Methods Patents (Class 116/201)
  • Patent number: 10436651
    Abstract: Low-cost techniques for sensing ambient temperatures in a container or package using phase change materials are provided. In one aspect, a temperature sensor is provided. The temperature sensor includes: at least one phase change material configured to transition from an amorphous state to a crystalline state upon exposure to temperatures above a predetermined threshold temperature for a given duration. A method of monitoring temperature exposure of a consumer good using the temperature sensor is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Amos Cahan, Guy M. Cohen, Lior Horesh, Raya Horesh
  • Patent number: 10416033
    Abstract: A hollow cylindrical tube having an outer surface coated with one or more inks is provided, each ink encapsulated in capsules that rupture under one or more specific loading conditions to display a visually perceptible color. The tube may be used to determine the load capabilities of the tube, to optimize the tube construction and to determine load magnitudes of windable materials and/or the winding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventor: Russell P. Grabowski
  • Patent number: 10378970
    Abstract: A new and useful thermochromic liquid crystal Indicator is disclosed that provides an indication of the temperature of the Object to which the Indicator is attached, and is an improvement over the existing art for at least the fact that the impact of ambient air circulating around the Indicator and circulating the Object is reduced by several means, such as i) the use of a novel cap or housing to isolate the liquid crystal Structure from ambient air and from touching or ii) using a novel liquid crystal formulation that reduces the reaction time of the thermochromic liquid crystal contained in the Indicator to changing temperatures conveyed by the ambient air. The new and useful liquid crystal Indicator can also employ either a template or a colored filter as a mask that narrows the colors and narrows the range of temperatures indicated by the Indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Prasidiux, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin K. Diehn, Bani H. Cipriano, Rel S. Ambrozy
  • Patent number: 10145856
    Abstract: The drug tracking system may be used to screen a subject's bodily waste and to identify a drug the subject has consumed. The system includes drug tags which include a one or more food dyes, each detectable in a subject's bodily waste using photographic or absorption spectroscopic analysis. The system may further include a database in which is stored the spectral signature of each drug tag and the unique drug associated with each drug tag. A spectral analysis obtained by analyzing a bodily waste sample may be entered into the database. The database may include instructions for comparing the spectral analysis to the spectral signature of each drug tag. The instructions may further report the unique drug associated with a drug tag which has a spectral signature matching the spectral analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Hall Labs, LLC
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Steven J. M. Butala, Daniel R. Hendricks, Andrew Huy Nguyen, A. Terrece Pearman
  • Patent number: 10060099
    Abstract: A wear indicator is provided for a wear member of a machine wherein the wear member is subject to wear during use of the machine. The wear indicator may include a plug member configured to be positioned in a region of the wear member subject to wear. The plug member may be oriented with a central axis extending in a direction substantially parallel to a direction of wear of the wear member. The wear indicator may include a plurality of perceptibly different and distinct axial cross sections taken perpendicular to the central axis of the plug member in axially spaced planes along the central axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Caterpillar, Inc.
    Inventors: Doug Serrurier, Arun Venugopal
  • Patent number: 10052054
    Abstract: Blood collection apparatus includes a blood collection container and a mix detection unit operatively coupled to the blood collection container. The mix detection unit includes a device to produce a data signal indicative of the extent to which the blood collection container is moved in a manner to promote mixing of blood collected into the container and an anti-coagulant also present in the container. A method described herein provides for filling a blood collection container with blood, inverting the blood collection container by hand to mix the blood with an anti-coagulant, and viewing or listening to an indication generated by a mix detection device attached to the blood collection container, wherein the indication provides information about the appropriate amount of mixing for the blood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventor: George S. Cembrowski
  • Patent number: 10017306
    Abstract: The invention provides a tamper resistant assembly that that securely contains a valuable material. The assembly has a container for holding the valuable material, an optional carrier that contains the container, one or more cover components that enclose the valuable material in the container, and one or more labels having a plurality of devices that reveal tampering by distortion of at least one of the plurality of devices. The label(s) are positioned so that dislodging a cover component causes a detectable distortion in at least one of the plurality of devices, thereby revealing tampering with the assembly. In one embodiment the label can be affixed partially to a surface of a cover component and partially to a surface of the container or the optional carrier. Also disclosed are methods of detecting tampering and method of manufacturing a temper-resistant assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Synthetic Genomics, Inc.
    Inventors: Laurence Warden, Tei Newman-Lehman, Daniel G. Gibson
  • Patent number: 10004373
    Abstract: A cleaning pad for use with a surface cleaning appliance, such as a steam mop, includes a cleaning composition and at least one visually discernible indicator that alerts a user to the condition of the cleaning pad. The visually discernible indicator can change color as the cleaning composition is consumed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: BISSELL Homecare, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric J. Hansen
  • Patent number: 10001415
    Abstract: The subject matter of the present disclosure generally relates to a sensor assembly having a first component configured to melt when a temperature of the sensor assembly reaches a first value below a minimum value of a predetermined temperature range, a second component configured to melt when the temperature of the sensor assembly reaches a second value above a maximum value of the predetermined temperature range, and a third component configured to monitor a volume of fluid disposed in a vessel when the temperature of the sensor assembly is within the predetermined temperature range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Nandini Nagraj, Timothy Mark Sivavec, Yongjae Lee, Daniel Paik
  • Patent number: 9970967
    Abstract: Cable assemblies react to electrical power. A visual indicator in a cable assembly changes color in response to the electrical power. The visual indicator, for example, may respond to heat or electromagnetic field in the cable assembly. In smart cables, a controller may activate the visual indicator in response to the electrical power applied to the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Barrett M. Kreiner, Jonathan L. Reeves
  • Patent number: 9965897
    Abstract: A guide system for guiding actions of an individual includes a guide system controller and a head wearable display device that includes a display that is viewable by an individual wearing the device. An information signal from the controller to the head wearable display device generates a visual image on the display corresponding to the information signal that is viewable by the individual, with the visual image providing guidance to the wearer to perform an action and the display being generally transparent and the visual image electronically generated and virtually over laid on a physical object or surface when viewed through the display. Upon completion of an action associated with the visual image, a confirmation signal is provided to the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: OPS Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Ryznar, William T. Sommerville
  • Patent number: 9927448
    Abstract: We disclose a drug tracking system and method of use which may be used to screen a subject's bodily waste and to identify the drug the subject has consumed. The system includes a drug that is tagged with a food dye that may be detected in the subject's bodily waste using absorption spectroscopic analysis. The subject consumes the tagged drug and a user obtains a sample of the subject's bodily waste. The user may analyze the subject's urine using an absorption spectroscopic technique. The user may enter the emission spectrum obtained from the absorption spectroscopic analysis into a database that includes the signature emission spectra from multiple food dyes that are used as drug tags. The emission spectra may be compared and the identity of the food dye and its associated drug may be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Steven Butala, Dan Allen, Daniel Hendricks, Andrew Nguyen, Terrece Pearman
  • Patent number: 9855713
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a reflective tire marking system for use as a warning indication to highlight the width of large vehicles, the system including a reflective tire marking inserted into an outer edge of a tire lug, wherein the reflective tire marking is made of a reflective rubber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventor: Andrew Cassidy
  • Patent number: 9751668
    Abstract: The invention provides a tamper resistant assembly that that securely contains a valuable material. The assembly has a container for holding the valuable material, an optional carrier that contains the container, one or more cover components that enclose the valuable material in the container, and one or more labels having a plurality of devices that reveal tampering by distortion of at least one of the plurality of devices. The label(s) are positioned so that dislodging a cover component causes a detectable distortion in at least one of the plurality of devices, thereby revealing tampering with the assembly. In one embodiment the label can be affixed partially to a surface of a cover component and partially to a surface of the container or the optional carrier. Also disclosed are methods of detecting tampering and method of manufacturing a temper-resistant assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Synthetic Genomics, Inc.
    Inventors: Laurence Warden, Tei Newman-Lehman, Daniel G. Gibson
  • Patent number: 9645183
    Abstract: Cable assemblies react to electrical power. A visual indicator in a cable assembly changes color in response to the electrical power. The visual indicator, for example, may respond to heat or electromagnetic field in the cable assembly. In smart cables, a controller may activate the visual indicator in response to the electrical power applied to the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Barrett M. Kreiner, Jonathan L. Reeves
  • Patent number: 9457115
    Abstract: There is provided a sterilization indicating tape having a breathable and liquid impervious film, wherein the tape is printed with a sterilization indicator ink. The tape is compatible with a wrap polymer for recycling. The tape is used to hold a wrapped package closed so that it can be sterilized and stored. The ink changes color upon sterilization to show the user that the package has been subject to sterilization. The tape is desirably made from the same or a similar polymer to the wrap polymer so that they may be recycled together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Avent, Inc.
    Inventor: Laura E. Keck
  • Patent number: 9412497
    Abstract: An object of the invention is to provide a cable capable of matching exposed dimensions of conductors with a predetermined dimension to perform good processing at the time of distal end processing. In a cable (10) in which a pair of insulated wires (1) each of which is formed by covering a conductor (4) with an insulator (5) is mutually stranded and a periphery of these stranded insulated wires (1) is covered with a sheath (6) made of an inner sheath (2) and an outer sheath (3), the conductor (4) is formed by assembling a plurality of stranded wires (4a) each of which is formed by wholly stranding a plurality of wires (4b), and by further wholly stranding the stranded wires (4a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Satoshi Hashimoto, Yuji Ochi, Takaya Kohori, Takami Sagisaka, Yuhei Mayama
  • Patent number: 9297706
    Abstract: A freeze indicator including an indicator dispersion is described herein. Such an indicator dispersion can include: a liquid medium and particles of a colored indicator agent dispersed in the liquid medium. The colored indicator agent particles having an inherent color; wherein the indicator dispersion exhibits the inherent color of the colored indicator agent particles after freezing and is configured to have a less colored appearance before freezing and wherein light scattering masks the inherent color of the colored indicator agent particles before freezing. Some indicator dispersions can be free of color-changing chemical co-reactants. These freeze indicators can be small, have a low cost, and have a simple configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: TEMPTIME CORPORATION
    Inventors: Dawn E. Smith, Brian S. Huffman, Dene H. Taylor
  • Publication number: 20150136014
    Abstract: Disclosed are devices, kits and systems for enhancing distance determination of an object from a point of reference within a terrain. One or more devices are provided which are visually distinct in appearance. The devices are placed within a terrain such that devices of a similar visual appearance are at a first distance from the point of reference, objects of a similar appearance different than the first set of objects are placed at a second distance from the point of reference, and so on. The use of one or more devices representing one or more distances from a point of reference can be used to determine a position of one or more items within the terrain based on its position relative to the devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Mark PERUZZARO
  • Publication number: 20150107506
    Abstract: A valve position indicator assembly is disclosed herein. The valve position indicator assembly includes a gearing assembly operable to transmit an input rotation to an output rotation. The gearing assembly includes a first gearing member driven to the output rotation by the input rotation. A rate of the output rotation is a fraction of and less than a rate of the input rotation. The valve position indicator assembly also includes a position indicia engaged with the first gearing member such that the indicia and the first gearing member jointly move together. The valve position indicator assembly also includes a scale plate including a plurality of graduated indicia defining a scale of rotation movement of the first gearing member. The scale plate is disposed proximate to the first gearing member such that the position indicia passes across the scale of the scale plate during the output rotation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: TRUMBULL MANUFACTURING, INC.
    Inventors: BLAKE J. EMANUEL, Francis Craig Newmeyer
  • Publication number: 20150053638
    Abstract: The instant disclosure relates to an anti-tampering composition for use with capsules and corks of a wine closure or other good or article, including a composition comprising a natural wax and an ink present in the natural wax, the composition being suitable for printing on various substrates and having high stability, and having at least 60 wt % natural wax based on the total weight of the composition. Also provided are methods of detecting exposure of an article or good to elevated temperatures, and methods of making an anti-tampering system for a good or article such as a beverage bottle capsule or cork.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Martin SAROBE, Javier AMOR
  • Publication number: 20150027361
    Abstract: An indicating assembly for a container in which pressurized fluid is stored comprises a valve assembly connected to the pressurized container and having a fluid passage for receiving the pressurized fluid and a piston movable within the valve assembly along a longitudinal axis in response to fluid pressure within the fluid passage. The assembly further comprises an indicating member movable in response to longitudinal movement of the piston between a first condition providing a first indicator portion representing fluid pressure below a threshold pressure and a second condition providing a second indicator portion representing fluid pressure above the threshold pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: BRYAN EYRING, Gregory Eytchison, Ryan Pereira
  • Publication number: 20150020727
    Abstract: A system and method for identifying areas of a processing plant in which a glove is damaged. The system includes utilizing color-coded sets of gloves in different areas or processing steps within the plant. All the gloves used in a particular plant are provided with a unique identifier. If a piece of a glove is located in the product within the plant, the color of that piece indicates the area or process of the plant in which the glove was used. If a piece of a damaged glove is located in the product at a remote destination, the unique identifier in that piece is matched with a registry to determine the plant in which the glove was used. The color of the piece then helps the plant to identify where the damaged glove was used. The system and method are particularly helpful in the food processing industry, especially meat processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: Summit Glove Inc.
    Inventor: James L. Hull
  • Publication number: 20150000588
    Abstract: Described herein are temperature condition indicators (e.g. freezing, threshold temperature, thermal history indicators, etc.) comprising three phase emulsions. Methods of forming and using these indicators, and products that include these indicators, are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: John F. L. Newport, Dawn E. Smith, Dene H. Taylor, Brian Huffman
  • Publication number: 20150000589
    Abstract: A replacement indicator can be operatively associated with an elastomeric article such that the replacement indicator is visually observable. In some cases, the replacement indicator can be secured on or along the elastomeric article. Gas spring assemblies and pneumatic tires including a replacement indicator, as well as methods of manufacture are also included.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Jason D. Nieten, Graham R. Brookes, Michael C. Howard, Pradipta N. Moulik
  • Publication number: 20140366796
    Abstract: A time validation indicator is disclosed comprising at least a receiving layer and an activating layer. The receiving layer comprises at least one or more masking colorants and one or more deactivators that cause and maintain the one or more masking colorants in an initial colored state. The activating layer comprises at least one or more migratory activators that migrate into the receiving layer upon at least a portion of the receiving layer being placed in contact with at least a portion of the activating layer to initiate a predetermined time period. The migration of the one or more migratory activators into the receiving layer causes at least a portion of the one or more masking colorants to advance to a final colorless state resulting in a visual color change of the receiving layer that indicates the predetermined time period has elapsed. Also disclosed are methods for creating and using the inventive time validation indicator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Louis Cincotta, Clifford Parker
  • Publication number: 20140354407
    Abstract: A beverage counting device comprising a wrist band and one or more counters secured to the wrist band where the counters permit an individual the ability to record and display the number of beverages they have consumed. A method for using a beverage counting device comprising the steps of: providing a beverage counting device comprising a beverage counting device comprising a wrist band and one or more counters secured to the wrist band where the counters permit an individual the ability to record and display the number of beverages they have consumed; a) obtaining a beverage to drink; b) actuating a button on the counter to record the beverage; c) consuming the beverage; and d) repeating steps a) through c) until no further beverages are consumed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Paul Evans
  • Publication number: 20140352602
    Abstract: Technologies are generally described for devices for detection of a biofilm by a color change in a moisture-indicating substance, such as a chemical or a dye. The moisture indicating material may be supported by a substrate and sealed to keep moisture from the moisture indicating material. Alternatively, the moisture indicating material may be supported in a pouch and sealed by the pouch. The color change results from an ingress of moisture accompanying growth of a biofilm. The moisture-indicating substance may be used with indwelling or other devices to detect a biofilm. When the biofilm has sufficiently degraded the seal, an ingress of moisture and its accompanying pH may cause a color change in the moisture-indicating substance to signify the presence of the biofilm. Methods of manufacture and use of the disclosed devices are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: EMPIRE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPEMENT LLC
    Inventors: Michael Keoni Manion, George Charles Peppou
  • Publication number: 20140331913
    Abstract: A valve position indicator assembly is disclosed herein. The valve position indicator assembly includes a gearing assembly operable to transmit an input rotation to an output rotation. The gearing assembly includes a first gearing member driven to the output rotation by the input rotation. A rate of the output rotation is a fraction of and less than a rate of the input rotation. The valve position indicator assembly also includes a position indicia engaged with the first gearing member such that the indicia and the first gearing member jointly move together. The valve position indicator assembly also includes a scale plate including a plurality of graduated indicia defining a scale of rotation movement of the first gearing member. The scale plate is disposed proximate to the first gearing member such that the position indicia passes across the scale of the scale plate during the output rotation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: TRUMBULL MANUFACTURING, INC.
    Inventors: BLAKE J. EMANUEL, Francis Craig Newmeyer
  • Publication number: 20140299040
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for measuring stem nut wear in a valve having a threaded valve stem that is positioned to engage the threads of a stem nut. In a preferred embodiment, a tool is mounted on the stem nut, wherein the tool rotates when the stem nut rotates. The tool indicates a measurement of stem nut rotation. An indicator indicates stem movement. The stem nut is rotated and the amount of percent wear is observed. Rotation continues until the stem begins to move. The tool provides a reading when the stem begins to move that indicates an amount of stem nut wear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicants: SHAW INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY HOLDINGS, LLC, LOOP LLC
    Inventors: CHRIS A. LABAT, CARTER REAMES, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140290558
    Abstract: The thaw indicator is a device to determine if a frozen space has gone thru an undesired temperature change and if so remains in an alert position until manually reset even if the temperature corrects itself. It's made up of three major components a base, a piston indicator and a transparent tube. When frozen the thaw indicator looks like a thermometer when unfrozen it looks like a thermometer that has jumped out of its case indicating a change of temperature and state with great certainty. It has been designed to stay out of the way but in plain sight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Kevin Barry Sheehy, SR.
  • Publication number: 20140290559
    Abstract: A compressor in fluid communication with a filter is disclosed. A gauge is used with the filter and is configured to react to a pressure drop across the filter and indicate an increasing amount of contaminants captured by the filter. The gauge is provided with a dial having multiple scales thereon. A unitary indicator, such as a needle, is further provided with multiple indicating portions which can be used to indicate a property of the fluid, such as a differential pressure across the filter, and can simultaneously indicate a property, such as an economic cost associated with running the compressor with a filter having accumulated contaminants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Janez Jakop
  • Publication number: 20140290560
    Abstract: A flame resistant fabric with tracing yarns includes a flame resistant fabric with a first non-tracing yarn, and a second tracing yarn. The first non-tracing yarn and/or the second tracing yarn include flame resistant fibers being selected from the group consisting of inherently flame resistant fibers and treated fibers. When the flame resistant fabric is exposed to heat, flames, long-term excessive UV light, or the like, the first non-tracing yarn is adapted to hold its color and the second tracing yarn is adapted to change colors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: William L. Lawson, III, Kimberly M. Henry, Brian P. Shiels
  • Publication number: 20140261149
    Abstract: A system for assisting a distressed diver in order to communicate with the surface includes a housing that includes a portion containing a gas canister and an upper portion that is in fluid contact with an expandable balloon. By manipulating the upper portion, a needle or other activation mechanism dispenses the gas in the canister and allows the balloon to inflate. The housing is lifted by the balloon to the surface and is attached to a lockable spool reel tethered to the diver. The balloon may be also inflated for other uses in buoyancy, notification, and to frighten potentially dangerous threats when the spool reel is locked at an appropriate depth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Ben Amini
  • Publication number: 20140261150
    Abstract: This bookmark comprises a flat anchor and a ribbon. The anchor has non-aggressive pressure-sensitive adhesive on its back, to enable it to adhere to a book surface such as the inside back cover. The adhesive is weak enough that the bookmark may be detached and used in another book without leaving significant residue. The ribbon is attached to the anchor so that it the user can slide it to lengthen or shorten the upper part of the ribbon. The user drapes the upper part of the ribbon over the tops of the desired pages and back down into the book to mark a particular page. The user may adjust the length of the ribbon so that it slightly protrudes from the bottom of the book. The anchor may contain graphic images or text.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Virtual Development Corporation
    Inventors: Gary Robinson, Deborah Hoffert
  • Publication number: 20140224687
    Abstract: In a first aspect of the invention, a medical sterile container has a container interior for accommodating articles to be sterilized. The medical sterile container comprises a pressure-activatable sterilization status detection device for detecting a sterilization status of the sterile container. In a second aspect of the invention, a method for determining the sterilization status of a medical sterile container having a container interior for accommodating articles to be sterilized is provided. While the sterile container is undergoing a sterilization process in a sterilization apparatus, pressure differences to which the sterile container is thereby subjected are detected, and the sterilization status sterile is allocated to the sterile container if during the sterilization process a limit value for a pressure gradient per time unit is exceeded.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: AESCULAP AG
    Inventor: Stefan Schuster
  • Patent number: 8800471
    Abstract: A visual indicator used to indicate a disposition of an end of a tape comprises a colored layer, and one or more layers of elongate polymer elements, or one or more polarizing layers, or one or more dichroic filter layers. When the tape is stretched as a piece is torn or cut away, an orientation of the polymer elements, or a polarization configuration, or a thickness of the dichroic layers is changed, changing a color, opacity, or reflectance visually evident at the end of the tape. In other embodiments, the visual indicator comprises one or more visible lines that run diagonally across the width of the tape, either in successive sections or along the entire length, so that a discontinuity between the line at the end and at an adjacent point on the remainder of the tape indicates the disposition of the end and an approximate amount of tape remaining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventors: Sharon Quinn, Cheryl Grunbock
  • Publication number: 20140202374
    Abstract: An electro permanent magnetic system (10) for anchoring ferromagnetic material, with magnetic state indicator (14), comprising: an electro permanent magnetic module (12), a control unit (11) for said electro permanent magnetic module (12), an electrical connection system (13) between said control unit (11) and said electro permanent magnetic module (12); a magnetization indicator (14) for said electro permanent magnetic module (12) associated with the electro permanent magnetic module (12); characterised in that said magnetization indicator (14) is a bistable indicator having two stable states; said magnetization indicator (14) not requiring electrical power to remain in one of said stable states; said magnetization indicator (14) being electrically fed only in association with the magnetization or demagnetization of said electro permanent magnetic module (12), to pass from one stable state to the other of said two stable states.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicants: SCHUNK GMBH & CO. KG SPANN-UND GREIFTECHNIK, S.P.D. S.P.A.
    Inventors: Giuseppe Filosa, Daniele Obori, Matteo Cipolla, Daniele Messinella, Andrea Parolari, Albino Premoli
  • Publication number: 20140190394
    Abstract: Devices to measure bearing wear are known for bearings such as rod-ends, wherein the rod-end must either be removed completely from its installed position or relocated relative to the device each time wear in a different axis is to be measured. Such devices also tend to be relatively large and cumbersome. The present invention provides a device 10 which is a fully portable light-weight apparatus that precisely measures bearings in two axes. When employed for the purpose of assessing bearing wear, the invention is capable of obtaining the measurement in confined spaces, without the need to remove the bearing from its fully installed position or reorient the bearing housing to facilitate both measurements. By using the disclosed apparatus, a user may ascertain the serviceability of a bearing by detecting the level of wear in the bearing allowing timely replacement and/or repair.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventor: Shane Lovett
  • Publication number: 20140169710
    Abstract: A wear-indicating bearing and method of detecting wear in a bearing are disclosed. The bearing includes a bearing stack having a first end and a second end with a longitudinal axis defined between the first and second ends. The bearing stack includes a plurality of elastomeric layers sandwiched between non-elastomeric shim layers, where each layer is concentric about the longitudinal axis. At least one elastomeric layer is a marker layer configured to indicate wear of the bearing. The marker layer is made up of a first elastomeric composition and a second elastomeric composition, wherein the first and second elastomeric compositions have optically different characteristics. Upon fatigue of the bearing, the first elastomeric composition is detectable through a fracture extending from an exterior surface of the bearing stack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: LORD CORPORATION
    Inventors: James R. HALLADAY, Patrick M. SHERIDAN, Marshall W. DOWNING, Zach FUHRER
  • Patent number: 8752291
    Abstract: A method for marking a specific tube in a shell and tube heat exchanger includes inserting a marker into a second tube adjacent to the tube to be marked and directing a directional pointer on the marker toward the tube to be marked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Extundo Incorporated
    Inventors: Clifford L. Johns, Guillermo Camoriano, Bart Nuss, Dennis McAndrews, Munaf N. Chasmawala, Matthew Laughlin, Douglas K. Cornett
  • Publication number: 20140158573
    Abstract: A fluid tank has a housing that has an upper end wall, a side wall, and a lower end wall that together define a cavity. A flexible diaphragm is connected to the side wall within the cavity and separates the cavity into an upper portion, which is sealed to contain a pressurized gas, and a lower portion, which is sealed to contain a pressurized fluid. An indicator is positioned in the upper wall of the housing and has an indicator arm and a visual indicator. The indicator arm is not visible and the visual indicator is visible with the indicator in a first position and the indicator arm is visible and the visual indicator is not visible with the indicator in a second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: AMTROL LICENSING INC.
    Inventor: Christopher A. Van Haaren
  • Publication number: 20140150709
    Abstract: A cable system is disclosed including a central cable; an inner membrane having a higher minimum bend radius than the central cable and surrounding the cable, thereby forming an inner chamber around the central cable, the inner chamber containing a gas or at least one chemical; and an outer membrane surrounding the inner membrane and forming an outer chamber around the inner chamber, the outer chamber comprising a gas or at least one chemical. When the minimum bend radius of the inner membrane is exceeded, the inner membrane fractures or breaks, and the gas or at least one chemical from the inner chamber enters the outer chamber to create a chemiluminescence reaction, color, or smell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Christopher P. Jones, Jonathan Lenchner, Nathan E. Masters, James A. Oravec, Rodrigo A. Rey
  • Publication number: 20140150708
    Abstract: A system for monitoring an area is disclosed herein. Specifically, a chemical-based system is disclosed. The system can comprise a chemical, chemical compound or chemical mixture. The system can, in one embodiment, permanently crush and/or flatten upon contact with no ability to be repaired or concealed after contact with a disturbance by an intruding force. The disturbance to chemical leaves behind impressions, which can be used to determine characteristics about intruding forces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventor: Leslie Riekie
  • Publication number: 20140130729
    Abstract: A defrost indicator including: a body member defining a cavity; two or more fluids, each having one or more of a different composition or characteristic; and wherein when the two or more fluids are exposed to a predetermined temperature, the two or more fluids mix or interact to produce a different composition or characteristic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventors: Jahangir S. Rastegar, Thomas Spinelli
  • Publication number: 20140069316
    Abstract: In a system for imparting visually identifiable distinctions between individual drinking vessels, an identification helix is used to impermanently attach to an elongate element of at least one of the drinking vessels. At least two identification helices are provided for engaging an elongate element of a drinking vessel such as a stem or handle. The system of identification helices comprises a first helical member of resilient flexible material having a pair of ends and adapted to engage the elongate element by wrapping the elongate element with a generally encircling geometry. A second helical member of resilient flexible material has, as well, a pair of ends and adapted to engage the elongate element by wrapping the elongate element with a generally encircling geometry. The second helical member is visually distinct from the first differing in one of a group of qualities consisting of handedness, color, color combinations, and attached charms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: TRUE FABRICATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Dhruv Agarwal, Erin Malaspino
  • Patent number: 8662003
    Abstract: A wire level gauge for indicating the level of wire in a wire storage container and a method for determining the level of wire in a wire storage container using the wire level gauge. The wire level gauge has a level indicator with a magnet which is slidably movable on a measuring bar. The level indicator moves on the measuring bar and follows a leading edge of the wire in the wire storage container as the wire is dispensed from the wire storage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventors: Edward L. Cooper, Brent M. Cooper
  • Publication number: 20140041572
    Abstract: A luminescent end indicating tape comprising one or more base layers and an adhesive layer is disclosed. The one or more base layers provide support to the adhesive layer, whereas the adhesive layer comprises one or more fluorescent materials that convert at least a portion of incident electromagnetic radiation to a longer output wavelength. The adhesive layer redirects at least a portion of the longer output wavelength to at least an end of the tape, such that the end is illuminated with that of at least a portion of the longer output wavelength upon the tape being exposed to incident electromagnetic radiation. Further disclosed are methods of fabricating and using the luminescent end indicating tape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: PERFORMANCE INDICATOR, LLC
    Inventors: Alan N. Schuler, Edward D. Kingsley, Cliff Parker
  • Patent number: 8646401
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the present disclosure, a device and technique for impact detection and indication is disclosed. The impact indicator includes a housing; a mass member located within the housing where the housing is configured to enable movement of the mass member from a first position to a second position within the housing in response to receipt by the housing of an acceleration event; and first and second biasing members disposed within the housing and biased toward each other to retain the mass member in the first position. In response to receipt by the housing of the acceleration event, the mass member is configured to overcome the biasing force of the first biasing member and move from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: ShockWatch, Inc.
    Inventor: Clinton A. Branch
  • Publication number: 20140033964
    Abstract: A shock sensor includes: a supporting body; a bistable mechanism, configured to switch from a first stable mechanical configuration to a second stable mechanical configuration in response to an impact force applied along a detection axis and such as to supply to the bistable mechanism an amount of energy higher than a transition energy; and a detection device, coupled to the bistable mechanism and having a first state, when the bistable mechanism is in an initial stable mechanical configuration and a second state, after the bistable mechanism has made a transition from the initial stable mechanical configuration to a final stable mechanical configuration. The bistable mechanism includes at least one elastic element, constrained to the supporting body in at least two opposite peripheral regions and defining a first concavity in the first stable mechanical configuration and a second concavity, opposite to the first concavity, in the second stable mechanical configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventors: Attilio Frangi, Biagio De Masi, Leonardo Baldasarre