Patents Issued in October 2, 2014
  • Publication number: 20140290324
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for controlling a hem profile in roll-forming processes are described. An example roll-forming apparatus includes a first plurality of work rolls to form a first hem on a material and a second plurality of work rolls. One of the second plurality of work rolls is adjustable relative to an opposing work roll and to the first plurality of work rolls to adjustably control a profile of the first hem.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: Verne D. Voth, Gregory S. Smith
  • Publication number: 20140290325
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a stripper (11) for a work roll of a rolling stand, in particular a hot rolling stand, wherein the stripper tip (11) has a stripper tip (5) that makes a contact with the work roll (1), and a first screening element (8) for screening a rolled material (10) from cooling water of the rolling stand, wherein there is provided a second screening element (6) for screening the first screening element (8) from being thermally loaded by the rolled material (10).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: SMS SIEMAG AG
    Inventors: Stephan Fischer, Andreas Loehr
  • Publication number: 20140290326
    Abstract: A mechanism for use in adjusting the position of components in a machine including an elongate shaft assembly, at least one projection shaft extending in a direction transverse to said elongate shaft assembly, and a support frame. The elongate shaft assembly includes at least one primary shaft segment, and at least one secondary shaft segment removably coupled to the primary shaft segment, the secondary shaft segment includes a first gear. The projection shaft extends in a direction transverse to the elongate shaft assembly and includes a second gear element disposed on its proximal end portion. The second gear element is coupled to the first gear element whereby rotation of the elongate shaft assembly translates into rotation of the projection shaft. The projection shaft is capable of being coupled to the components such that rotation of the projection shaft operates to adjust the position of the components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: New Tech Machinery
    Inventors: Ronald W. Schell, Jeffrey A. Fry, Adam J. Binderup, John W. DeBerard
  • Publication number: 20140290327
    Abstract: A flaring device for flaring a hollow malleable tubular member is provided. A hydraulically powered assembly includes a main body having a cylinder, a lever and a piston member which is received in the cylinder. The main body has an axis and opposing first end and second end. The lever is pivoted on the first end of the main body and operable to drive the piston member to move along the axis. One end of the piston member is formed with a conical expander. The die set is disposed at the second end of the main body and has a plurality of die elements arranged around the axis. The conical expander of the piston member is actuated to move axially and outwardly so as to radially drive the die elements to flare the hollow malleable tubular member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: CHIEH-YU CHENG
  • Publication number: 20140290328
    Abstract: A test system and a test method adapted for a remote control device are disclosed. The remote control device is electrically connected to gas supply equipment. The gas supply equipment stores gas and is connected to a gas actuating device. A gas detector is near to the gas actuating device. The method includes: providing a test interface, acquiring a gas detector on the test interface and generating a trigger signal to start testing the gas detector; remotely controlling the gas supply equipment to generate high pressure; and controlling the gas actuating device to spew out gas. The method further includes: comparing the concentration of the gas with a stored reference concentration to determine whether or not the gas detector works properly and generating a result.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: SHIH-CHENG WANG, YI-WEN CAI
  • Publication number: 20140290329
    Abstract: A process combustion transmitter is provided. The transmitter includes a process probe extendible into a flow of process combustion exhaust. The process probe has a measurement cell and a diffuser that define a chamber within the process probe. Electronic circuitry is coupled to the measurement cell and is configured to provide an indication relative to a combustion process based on an output signal of the measurement cell. A pressure sensor is coupled to the electronic circuitry and is fluidically coupled to the chamber. The electronic circuitry is configured to provide an adjusted calibration based on pressure measured within the chamber during a calibration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Rosemount Analytical, Inc.
    Inventors: James D. Kramer, Joseph C. Nemer, Anni S. Wey, Douglas E. Simmers, Mark Stojkov
  • Publication number: 20140290330
    Abstract: A method that includes pulling a sled disposed on a trough across a first filtercake at a constant speed, measuring a force versus distance or time based on the pulling; and outputting a frictional force curve is described. An apparatus that includes a base, a pulley attached to the base, a trough attached to the base, a sled disposed on the trough, a cable connecting the pulley and the sled, the cable connected to an arm capable of being moved at a constant speed, and a system to measure the force required to move the sled is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: M-I L.L.C.
    Inventor: Aaron Blue
  • Publication number: 20140290331
    Abstract: A wafer level centrifuge (WLC) system and method of testing MEMS devices using the system. The wafer level centrifuge (WLC) system can include a base centrifuge system and a cassette mounting hub coupled to the base centrifuge system. The method can include applying a smooth and continuous acceleration profile to two or more MEMS wafers via the base centrifuge system. Each of the two or more MEMS wafers can have one or more MEMS devices formed thereon. The two or more MEMS wafers can be provided in two or more wafer holding cassettes configured on the cassette mounting hub. The method can also include identifying one or more target MEMS wafers, which can include identifying stiction in one or more MEMS devices on the one or more MEMS wafers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: mCube Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond Merrill, JR., David Paul Jensen
  • Publication number: 20140290332
    Abstract: Provided is a sensor device including a sensor configured to output a vibration datum by detecting a change in a state of a vibration in a first object when a second object touches the first object, a holding section configured to hold, at a portion of the first object which is different from a portion where the second object touches, the sensor in a state where the vibration in the first object is transmitted, and a communication section configured to transmit the single vibration datum detected by the sensor to an analyzing device which identifies a touch position where the second object touches the first object by analyzing the vibration datum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kosei Yamashita, Hideyuki Matsunaga
  • Publication number: 20140290333
    Abstract: An outer tube and a rubber plug are swaged at two sites, a first swaged section located on the side of connections between contact fittings of a connector and leads and a swaged section located closer to an open end of the outer tube than the first swaged section, such that the inside diameter of a portion of the outer tube is greater than the inside diameter. This prevents reduction of the detection accuracy of a gas sensor because sealing properties can be enhanced by heavily swaging at the second swaged section than the first swaged section. Additionally, excessive force can be prevented on the connections and the leads by lightly swaging the first swaged section rather than the second swaged section. Thus, the disconnection between the connector and the leads can be prevented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: NGK INSULATORS, LTD.
    Inventors: Shodai HIRATA, Takehiro KOGANEI, Nobukazu IKOMA
  • Publication number: 20140290334
    Abstract: A measurement device and method for detecting the hydrocarbon content in gases includes: devices for subdividing an original gas stream into first and second measuring gas streams; first and reference gas units for producing first and second reference gas streams from a substream of the first and second measuring gas streams, respectively; two sensors for determining the content of hydrocarbon in the two measuring gas streams and generating a corresponding measurement results; and an evaluation unit for evaluating the measurement results of the two sensors. The first sensor is alternately fed the first measuring gas stream or the reference gas stream prepared by the first reference unit, and the second sensor is alternately fed the second measuring gas stream or the second reference gas stream prepared by the second reference gas unit. Because the two cycles are time-offset, a measurement value is continuously available.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: BEKO TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
    Inventor: Martin Friedrich
  • Publication number: 20140290335
    Abstract: A fluid measurement system and method for determining distributed measurement of a fluid type and a fluid velocity in a wellbore, pipeline or other conduit in which fluid is moving. Measurement is made by immersing one or more cables having sequential sampling sections in the fluid and monitoring a cooling effect across a cable on the sampling sections and the response to injection of a high frequency pulse each sampling section. A probabilistic model is then used to determine the distributed velocity and fluid types along the conduit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: David Sirda Shanks
  • Publication number: 20140290336
    Abstract: The present invention is one that can, with suppressing moisture from condensing, easily set a dilution ratio to that enabling measurement accuracy to be improved, and provided with a constant volume sampling part that samples mixed gas that is controlled to have a constant flow rate, wherein the constant volume sampling part is provided with: a main flow path that is connected with an exhaust gas flow path and a diluent gas flow path, and intended to flow the mixed gas that is a mixture of exhaust gas and diluent gas; a constant flow rate mechanism that is configured to control a flow rate of the mixed gas to the constant flow rate; and a moisture detecting part that is provided on an upstream side of the constant flow rate mechanism to detect moisture in the mixed gas or the diluent gas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: HORIBA, Ltd.
    Inventor: Masaru MIYAI
  • Publication number: 20140290337
    Abstract: A sensor control apparatus (2) of a gas detection system (1) includes a first low-pass filter (46), a second low-pass filter (48), and a multiplexer (50) so as to provide different time constants for detection of a sensor output signal Vs1 and for detection of a response signal Vs2. When the sensor output signal Vs1 is detected, a signal whose frequency band is the same as that of Vs1 is input to the analog-to-digital conversion section (31) through the first low-pass filter (46). Therefore, the detection accuracy of Vs1 is increased. When Vs2 is detected, a signal whose frequency band is the same as that of Vs2 is input to the analog-to-digital conversion section (31) through the second low-pass filter (48).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuzo Higuchi, Tomonori Uemura
  • Publication number: 20140290338
    Abstract: A hydrogen sensor and a method of manufacturing the same are provided. The hydrogen sensor includes i) a substrate, ii) a first metal oxide semiconductor that is formed in the substrate, and iii) a second metal oxide semiconductor that is separated from the first metal oxide semiconductor and that is formed in the substrate. The first metal oxide semiconductor includes i) a source electrode that is positioned on the substrate, ii) a drain electrode that is positioned on the substrate, iii) a channel layer that connects the source electrode and the drain electrode, iv) a gate insulating layer that is positioned on the channel layer, v) a gate electrode that is positioned on the gate insulating layer, and vi) a plurality of nano metal catalyst protrusions that are formed at an outside surface of the gate electrode to be applied to contact with hydrogen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Intellectual Discovery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jung-Sik KIM, Beom-Jun KIM
  • Publication number: 20140290339
    Abstract: A sensor element for the qualitative and/or quantitative detection of a gas includes a front electrode configured to be exposed to the gas to be measured, a back electrode, and an electrically insulating layer positioned between front electrode and back electrode. The front electrode and the back electrode can be electrically contact connected to an AC voltage source for a qualitative and/or quantitative detection of a gas. The electrically insulating layer is at least locally polarizable in such a way that in a polarized state the electrically insulating layer has a relative permittivity which is lower than in a non-polarized state by a factor in a range of greater than or equal to 1.1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Denis Kunz, Wolfgang Menesklou, Martin Schreivogel
  • Publication number: 20140290340
    Abstract: There is provided a monitoring apparatus including a gas sampling apparatus and a sensor that detects a chemical substance included in gas obtained by the gas sampling apparatus. The gas sampling apparatus includes: an air supplying unit that forms an air curtain to form a space that covers a region to which an object to be monitored is included and which is separated from the outside environment; a sampling unit that extracts the gas inside the separated space; and a diffusion gas supplying unit that supplies, into the separated space, an amount of diffusion gas that is at least equal to the sampled amount of the sampling unit, wherein the sampling unit includes a plurality of sampling nozzles disposed at three-dimensionally different positions inside the separated space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: ATONARP INC.
    Inventors: Prakash Sreedhar Murthy, Akira Imai
  • Publication number: 20140290341
    Abstract: Provided herein are systems and methods for detecting a compromised flow line in a laboratory instrument. In one embodiment, for example, the system includes: (1) a wash station in fluid communication with a sample probe; (2) a fluid line coupled to the wash station to withdraw fluid from the wash station and deliver the fluid to a waste tank; and (3) a vacuum transducer, coupled to the fluid line, to measure vacuum pressure per unit time within the fluid line. The vacuum pressure per unit time is then used to detect a compromised flow line (e.g., a clog, occlusion, opening, etc. in the flow line).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: BECTON, DICKINSON AND COMPANY
    Inventors: Amirthaganesh Subramanian, Jeffrey Sugarman, Chiming Frank Huang
  • Publication number: 20140290342
    Abstract: A method and apparatus detects gas or liquid leaks in a building. The device may include a pressure gauge attached to liquid or gas piping in the building. The pressure gauge may detect fluctuations of pressure and may send signals of fluctuations to an indicator. Once the indicator receives the fluctuation, the indicator may be activated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: David John Drake
  • Publication number: 20140290343
    Abstract: System and method for detecting a leak in a pipeline with a sensing cable including an optical fiber sensor array aligned with a heating element. At least one heat pulse is propagated through the heating element along at least a portion of the sensing cable to affect an exchange of thermal energy between the heating element and fluid exposed to the sensing cable. A temperature profile of the sensing cable corresponding to the heat pulse at each of a plurality of sensor locations on the optical fiber sensor array is measured over time. A leak in a pipeline is detected by determining one or more properties of the fluid exposed to the sensing cable at each of the plurality of sensor locations based on the temperature profile corresponding thereto.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company
    Inventors: Mohan G. Kulkarni, Yibing Zhang
  • Publication number: 20140290344
    Abstract: Described is a method for checking syringe bodies of the type comprising a hollow body, a seal for closing the hollow body and a dose of a liquid product enclosed by the hollow body and by the seal, the method comprising the steps of applying a pneumatic negative pressure to the syringe body and moving a stop body towards the syringe body in such a way that, during at least a part of the step of applying the pneumatic negative pressure, the stop body obstructs withdrawal of the seal towards a rear end of the syringe body opposite the liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: BONFIGLIOLI ENGINEERING S.r.I.
    Inventor: Giuseppe BONFIGLIOLI
  • Publication number: 20140290345
    Abstract: An apparatus and a system is provided that may be utilized to determine oil migration and oil displacement from a pre-oiled air filter. The present invention may also be utilized to determine if oil is displaced from the air filter onto a portion of the apparatus for visualization to a user. The present invention utilizes a demonstration apparatus having a system for forcing air through the oil subjected air filter thereby attempting to force displacement of the oil from the air filter. The apparatus utilizes a blowing means whereby the oil infused air filter is subject to higher than normal air flow and whereby the apparatus has a deflection portion whereby if oil is displaced from the air filter, it is deflected onto the deflection portion where it would be physically viewable to an observer present in the vicinity of the apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: K&N Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: John Reedy, Steve Rogers, Richard Dwyer
  • Publication number: 20140290346
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a viscometer or a rheometer including a touch screen interface. The touch screen interface enables a wider variety of user interface options and functions that would otherwise be cumbersome to implement. These options and functions include a wide variety of settings, security features, and the ability to manipulate test definitions and test data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: James A. Salomon, Alex H. Mak, Robert P. Bishop, Charles J. Falzarano, Teresa L. McKim, Jason P. Hartshorn, David A. DiCorpo
  • Publication number: 20140290347
    Abstract: A sensor control apparatus which receives from a gas sensor (10) a sensor output signal Ip corresponding to the concentration of a specific gas component, and a pressure signal P output from a pressure sensor (20). The sensor control apparatus includes a computation section (38) which computes a specific component concentration which is corrected based on the pressure signal P so as to eliminate the influence of the pressure of the gas. The sensor control apparatus includes response adjustment sections (34) and (36) for adjusting the response rates of the sensor output signal Ip and the pressure signal P before being input to the computation section (38), the response rate exhibiting a time variation of the corresponding signal to a change in the pressure of the gas, such that the response rate of the sensor output signal Ip or the response rate of the pressure signal P, whichever is faster, approaches the slower of the two.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuzo HIGUCHI, Hiroshi INAGAKI
  • Publication number: 20140290348
    Abstract: An abnormality detecting device of an internal combustion engine according to the present invention includes a sensor nick abnormality detecting unit configured to detect a nick abnormality in a detecting element of a downstream side sensor which is provided in a downstream side of an exhaust gas purifying catalyst in an exhaust passage and generates an output corresponding to an oxygen concentration in exhaust gas, on the basis of a matter that a distribution of an output of the downstream side sensor is biased to an area in which the air-fuel ratio is leaner than a theoretical air-fuel ratio, and an inhibiting unit configured to inhibit detection of the nick abnormality of the detecting element by the sensor nick abnormality detecting unit in the case that an intake air amount exceeds a predetermined amount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Isao Nakajima, Yoshifumi Matsuda, Yoshihisa Oda, Masashi Hakariya, Masahide Okada, Hiroaki Tsuji, Tokiji Ito, Tatsuro Shimada, Toshihiro Kato, Yuya Yoshikawa
  • Publication number: 20140290349
    Abstract: Methods to classify a proppant with respect to functional performance is described and includes measuring a coefficient of restitution for the proppant. Methods to select a proppant, methods to design a proppant, methods to predict proppant performance in a subterranean formation, and methods for providing product specifications for proppants are also described as well as other uses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Oxane Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Florio, Christopher E. Coker
  • Publication number: 20140290350
    Abstract: A probe assembly for use with a well data acquisition tool includes a probe and a probe guard. The probe includes a body and a tip extending from the body along a longitudinal axis of the tip to a terminal end. The tip defines a length and a surface area along the length and is configured for sensing one or more well characteristics. The probe guard extends about the tip of the probe and leaves a majority of the surface area of the tip exposed to a flow that is angularly offset from the longitudinal axis of the tip of the probe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Pierre Mouget
  • Publication number: 20140290351
    Abstract: A system, method and apparatus for determining wear on a component of a tool is disclosed. An oscillating member receives a particle freed from the component as a result of the wear on the component. A measuring device measures a change in a parameter of the oscillating member resulting from receiving the particle. A processor determines the wear on the component from the change in the parameter. In one embodiment, the component may include a component of a downhole tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Thomas Kruspe
  • Publication number: 20140290352
    Abstract: A sensing subassembly for use with a downhole tool comprises a housing, a cavity disposed within the housing, at least one electronic component disposed within the cavity, and at least one isolating member disposed within the cavity. The at least one isolating member is configured to attenuate at least a portion of frequency components of a mechanical wave above a threshold and transmit at least a portion of frequency components below the threshold to the at least one electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Patrick L. Walter, John P. Rodgers, Timothy S. Glenn, Marco Serra
  • Publication number: 20140290353
    Abstract: Disclosed is a precipitation gauge including a precipitation receiving member having a water collecting part provided in a shape of a funnel at a lower portion of a cylindrical body and a drain tube, a photodetector installed on an inner sidewall of the cylindrical body to detect snow collected in the precipitation receiving member, heating parts installed on a bottom surface of the water collecting part and a wall of the drain tube to receive a snow signal detected by the photodetector for operation of the heating parts, a rotatable fluid supply unit coupled on a connection tube coupled with the drain tube of the precipitation receiving member perpendicularly to the drain tube, and a flow rate measuring unit provided in a discharge tube coupled with the connection tube provided at a lower portion of the rotatable fluid supply unit to measure a flow rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: Ik Sang Shin, Dong Seon Kim, Kyung Woo Lee
  • Publication number: 20140290354
    Abstract: A method of repairing an air data probe sense port includes inserting a plug into a sense port in an air data probe, mounting the plug to the air data probe, dressing the welded plug to be substantially flush with adjacent air data probe surface, and forming a new sense port in the air data probe. The method can include enlarging the sense port prior to inserting the plug therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Rosemount Aerospace Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Marty, David J. Koch
  • Publication number: 20140290355
    Abstract: Systems and methods for thermal imaging for measuring mixing of fluids are provided. In one embodiment, a method for measuring mixing of gaseous fluids using thermal imaging comprises: positioning a thermal test medium parallel to a direction gaseous fluid flow from an outlet vent of a momentum source, wherein when the source is operating, the fluid flows across a surface of the medium; obtaining an ambient temperature value from a baseline thermal image of the surface; obtaining at least one operational thermal image of the surface when the fluid is flowing from the outlet vent across the surface, wherein the fluid has a temperature different than the ambient temperature; and calculating at least one temperature-difference fraction associated with at least a first position on the surface based on a difference between temperature measurements obtained from the at least one operational thermal image and the ambient temperature value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC
    Inventors: Charles BOOTEN, Jeff TOMERLIN, Jon WINKLER
  • Publication number: 20140290356
    Abstract: Device (1) for measuring a liquid level, comprising: -a body (2) extending along a longitudinal axis (X) and having at least one open portion (5) in which at least one aperture (A) is formed in the wall of the body (2), -a loop (10) of electric wire positioned at least in the open portion (5) so that it can be in contact with the liquid and run substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis (X) of the body (2), -an electric power supply circuit (15, 16) for powering the loop of wire arranged in the body, the circuit comprising two end fittings (16) positioned in the open portion (5), each end fitting (16) being connected to one of the open ends (11) of the loop (10), the end fittings (16) being arranged in an offset manner along the longitudinal axis (X) of the body (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: SC2N
    Inventors: Ludovic Riviere, Dominique Le Bouquin, Franck Menard, Nicolas Renard, Xavier Michaudet
  • Publication number: 20140290357
    Abstract: Systems and methods for identifying the level of media in a vessel with a sensing cable including an optical fiber sensor array aligned with a heating element disposed in the vessel. An excitation source is configured to propagate at least one heat pulse through the heating element along at least a portion of the sensing cable to affect an exchange of thermal energy between the heating element and the one or more media exposed to the sensing cable. An optical signal interrogator is adapted to receive a signal from each of a plurality of sensor locations and measure a temperature profile corresponding to the heat pulse at the sensor locations. A control unit is configured to identify a level of each of media by determining properties of the media exposed to the sensing cable at each of the sensor locations based on the temperature profile corresponding thereto.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company
    Inventors: Yibing Zhang, Limin Song, Mohsen Shahmirzadi Yeganeh, Geoff Keiser, Zhen Li, Michael G. Starkey
  • Publication number: 20140290358
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a liquid level measuring system comprising: a liquid container; a measuring stick immersed into the liquid container; and a buoyancy ball attached to the immersed end of the measuring stick. The measuring stick may include numerical markers indicating the liquid level within the liquid container. The liquid level measuring system may also include a threaded cap, where the threaded cap receives the measuring stick for insertion into the liquid container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Peter Eiselt
  • Publication number: 20140290359
    Abstract: A highly sensitive humidity measurement device is provided. The humidity measurement device has: a housing component integrally including a connector for performing input/output to/from the outside and a connector terminal component; an electronic circuit board mounted on the housing component and electrically connected to the connector terminal; and a humidity sensing element provided on the electronic circuit board. When the humidity measurement device is installed in an installation hole that is provided in a part of a main air flow passage through which suction air flows, apart of the housing component is exposed to the suction air flowing through the main air flow passage. The housing component is provided with a bypass passage to suction a part of the suction air. The bypass passage includes a bypass inlet opening that serves as a suction port of the suction air and a bypass outlet opening that discharges the suction air. The bypass outlet opening is exposed to the suction air.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: Takayuki Saito, Keiji Hanzawa, Takayuki Yogo
  • Publication number: 20140290360
    Abstract: The device includes a signaling means and a motion sensor, and logic for activating or controlling the signaling means in response to a sensed motion according to an embedded logic. The device may be used as a toy, and may be shaped like a play ball or as a handheld unit. It may be powered from a battery, either chargeable from an AC power source directly or contactless by using induction or by converting electrical energy from harvested kinetic energy. The embedded logic may activate or control the signaling means, predictably or randomly, in response to sensed acceleration magnitude or direction, such as sensing the crossing of a preset threshold or sensing the peak value. The visual means may be a numeric display for displaying a value associated with the count of the number of times the threshold has been exceeded or the peak magnitude of the acceleration sensed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Yehuda BINDER
  • Publication number: 20140290361
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an apparatus for driving a gyroscope sensor, including: multi-axis sensing means; detecting circuit means; switching means that is disposed between the axes of the multi-axis sensing means and the detecting circuit means so as to connect or disconnect between the axes of the multi-axis sensing means and the detecting circuit means according to a switching control signal; and control means that controls the switching means such that the axes of the multi-axis sensing means and the detecting circuit means are sequentially connected or disconnected. By providing Integrated detecting circuit means to detect gyro signals on axes from a gyroscope sensor, size can be reduced and power consumption (current) and cost can be saved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRO-MECHANICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sung Tae KIM, Young Kil CHOI, Jun Kyung NA, Seung Chul PYO, Chang Hyun KIM
  • Publication number: 20140290362
    Abstract: A vibrator element has a first vibration mode in which first and second detection portions perform flexural vibration in opposite directions in the opposite phase to first and second driving portions which vibrate in opposite directions according to a Coriolis force, and a second vibration mode in which the first and second detection portions perform flexural vibration in opposite directions in the same phase as the first and second driving portions which vibrate in opposite directions according to a Coriolis force. A ratio r=R2/R1 of equivalent series resistance R2 at the time of the second vibration mode to equivalent series resistance R1 at the time of the first vibration mode is set between 0.15 and 6.0.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Keiji NAKAGAWA, Ryuta NISHIZAWA
  • Publication number: 20140290363
    Abstract: A physical quantity sensor includes: a sensor element which detects predetermined physical quantity; a driving circuit which generates a driving signal of the sensor element; and an AGC circuit which controls the driving signal at a constant level according to a reference voltage, based on an output signal of the sensor element, in which the reference voltage is variable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Takehiko SHINDO, Masahiro OSHIO
  • Publication number: 20140290364
    Abstract: An accelerometer for sensing acceleration along a sensing axis, includes a flexure member (having a pendulum member pivotably connected to a support member via a hinge arrangement), a housing, and at least one mounting structure configured for clamping the support member to the housing in load bearing contact while concurrently allowing for differential movement between the support member and the housing. Also disclosed are a corresponding housing member for use with a flexure member of an accelerometer, and a flexure member for use with a housing of an accelerometer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Oren Levy
  • Publication number: 20140290365
    Abstract: A MEMS gyro is provided, having a movable portion, a non-movable portion, and a magnetic sensing structure that comprises a magnetic source disposed at the movable portion, a magnetic sensing element positioned at the non-movable portion. The movable portion is capable of moving in response to external angular velocity or an external accelerator such that the magnetic field sensed by the magnetic sensing element is in relation to the movement of the movable portion, therefore, the angular velocity or the accelerator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Tao Ju
  • Publication number: 20140290366
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a cantilevered element including a coating material having an affinity for at least one compound. The apparatus further includes a first capacitive plate and a second capacitive plate that are each spaced from and capacitively coupled to the cantilevered element. The first capacitive plate is configured to induce a vibration in the cantilevered element at a frequency related to a mass of the cantilevered element. A frequency detector is coupled to the second capacitive plate to detect a change in vibrational frequency of the cantilevered element as a result of at least one particle of the at least one compound coupling to the coating material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Robert Raymond Miller, II
  • Publication number: 20140290367
    Abstract: A method is for examining a sheet-shaped or card-shaped value document with a security feature having one or more cavities configured in the value document. The width of the cavity or cavities is in at least one respectively specified direction exceeding 10 ?m. Transmission values are established in a locally resolved manner for the transmission of ultrasound in a specified frequency range. In employing the transmission values, it is checked whether a specified number of transmission values is greater than a specified transmission threshold value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: Jan Domke, Stefan Kokrhoun, Patrick Renner, Andre Gregarek
  • Publication number: 20140290368
    Abstract: A freestanding ultrasonic probe or transducer position relative to the inspected object is remotely tracked with a wireless transmitter/receiver or an optically based positioning system. Either type of positioning system generates a time stamped or commonly clocked positional data set that are sent to a post data processing module. The post data processing module creates a 3-D model of the inspected object, including location and size of indications in the inspected object, utilizing the positional data and inspection data generated by an ultrasonic testing instrument coupled to the freestanding probe/transducer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Siemens Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: Yan Guo, Kevin P. Bailey, Joshua S. McConkey
  • Publication number: 20140290369
    Abstract: An ultrasonic measuring system includes an ultrasonic probe and a sheet member. The ultrasonic probe has an ultrasonic sensor section and a probe side engaging section. Ultrasonic waves emitted from the ultrasonic sensor section are transmitted through the sheet member to a target sample. The sheet member has a sheet side engaging section. The probe side engaging section slidably engages with the sheet side engaging section so that the ultrasonic probe slides along the sheet member while the ultrasonic sensor section faces a sheet surface of the sheet member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kanechika KIYOSE
  • Publication number: 20140290370
    Abstract: An optical microresonator based RF oscillator sensor for measuring mass, temperature, and particle/molecule concentration. An optical energy source is coupled to the optical microresonator to generate optical power oscillations at Rf frequencies. A stable or reference RF oscillation frequency is established which allows for measuring oscillation frequency variations induced by the interaction of the substance with the optical microresonator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Mani Hossein-Zadeh
  • Publication number: 20140290371
    Abstract: An acoustic matching body includes a convex curved surface formed by generatrices that extend parallel to one another and a groove formed on the curved surface along a line of intersection between a plane intersecting the generatrices and the curved surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tomoaki NAKAMURA
  • Publication number: 20140290372
    Abstract: A fiber optic acoustic sensor and a method of using same. The sensor includes a light emitting diode and a fiber optic probe having a transmitting multimode optical fiber and at least one receiving multimode optical fiber. The transmitting multimode optical fiber and the receiving multimode optical fiber are substantially parallel to a longitudinal axis of the probe. The fiber optic probe communicates with the light emitting diode. The sensor further includes a cantilever, which includes a cantilever rod. The cantilever rod includes a proximal end with an edge reflector located thereon. The edge reflector is spaced apart from the fiber probe and oriented to face said fiber probe. The edge reflector is able to move in a direction substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the fiber optic probe. The sensor further includes a light intensity detector communicating with the fiber optic probe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: Joseph A. Bucaro, Brian H. Houston, Nicholas Lagakos
  • Publication number: 20140290373
    Abstract: A polymer layer system pressure sensor device includes a first polymer substrate having a first cavity and a first polymer membrane stretched over the first cavity. The first polymer membrane is configured to be deflected dependent on a pressure in the first cavity. The device further includes a first membrane metallization layer applied to the first polymer membrane above the first cavity. The first membrane metallization layer is configured to be deflected together with the first polymer membrane dependent on the pressure in the first cavity. The device further includes a second polymer substrate, arranged over the first polymer membrane, a second cavity, arranged over the first cavity, and a second polymer membrane, stretched over the second cavity. The device further includes a second membrane metallization layer applied to the second polymer membrane within the second cavity and includes a third polymer substrate arranged over the second polymer membrane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Brettschneider, Christian Dorrer