Processes Patents (Class 177/1)
  • Patent number: 11110911
    Abstract: There is provided a measurement device including a data acquisition unit that acquires pieces of first to third data output from first to third sensors provided on a structure, an abnormality determination unit that determines whether or not each of the sensors is abnormal, a moving object detection unit that detects a moving object based on at least one of the first data and the second data, and a displacement amount calculation unit that calculates a displacement amount of the structure based on the third data, in which, when the first sensor provided on a main girder closest to an i-th lane of the structure or a main girder second closest to the i-th lane is not abnormal, the moving object detection unit detects the moving object moving on the i-th lane based on the first data output from the first sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Keishi Omori
  • Patent number: 11113483
    Abstract: A radio frequency identification system comprising: a measuring assembly configured to measure a physical quantity of an object to output a first data associated with the object, a loop antenna configured to be attached to the object, wherein the loop antenna has an IC chip storing a second data associated with the object, a radiation pattern disposed at the measuring assembly and a transreceiver in signal-transmittable connection to the measuring assembly, with the transreceiver configured to perform at least one of sending the first data and receiving the second data when the loop antenna and the radiation pattern are electromagnetically coupled to each other, wherein the IC chip stores the first data when the transreceiver sends the first data, and the measuring assembly receives the second data and outputs a message having the first data and the second data when the transreceiver receives the second data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: CYMMETRIK ENTERPRISE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shan-Jen Kuo, Frank Shang-Teng Chan, Yosephine Yulia Margaretha, Jen-Chieh Wei, Shao-Ming Kao
  • Patent number: 11100194
    Abstract: A method at a computing device, the method including obtaining a cargo load signal measurement; and applying an estimator to the cargo load signal measurement, the estimator being in the form of {circumflex over (x)}=ay+bZ, where {circumflex over (x)} is an estimate of a true signal vector, y is the cargo load signal measurement, Z is a calculated or pre-determined reference vector, and a and b are weighting factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Yu Gao, Sandeep Chennakeshu, Jesse William Bennett, Scott Leonard Dill
  • Patent number: 11092476
    Abstract: Provided is a scaling and monitoring system for remotely weighing, monitoring, and measuring volumes of rubber buffings (also referred to in text as “shavings” or “dust”) produced by commercial tire retreading plants and other materials. The method utilizes a custom scale system installed underneath a shipping container or a semi van trailer, container, or other collection and storage unit or area. The custom scale system feeds weight data to a PLC and VPN/gateway-based control panel which processes and relays information to the Internet, thus allowing all accessible and recorded data to be remotely collected and viewed for the purpose of optimizing rubber dust collection and processing and minimizing overhead costs associated with such processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Spartan Enterrises, Inc.
    Inventors: Dave Little, Andy Little, Allen Rider
  • Patent number: 11085810
    Abstract: A hydraulic mass-determining unit arranged for determining the mass of a load held by a hydraulic fluid system, the mass-determining unit is adapted to be connected to a hydraulic pump at a first fluid connection and a hydraulic actuator of a lifting device at a second fluid connection, the mass-determining unit comprises a first pipe arranged for connecting the first fluid connection and the second fluid connection, and at least one pressure sensor arranged to measure the pressure in the first pipe, wherein the mass-determining unit further comprises a flow regulator with a pressure compensator, where the flow regulator is serially connected to the first pipe to regulate the flow in the first pipe, and one of a pressure switch arranged for measuring the pressure difference over the flow regulator, and for sending a signal to the pressure sensor to measure the pressure in the first pipe when the pressure difference is above a preset value, or a magnetic field switch that comprises a magnet attached to the pre
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: GRIPTECH B.V.
    Inventors: Knud-Erik Larsen, Robert Servaas Matti
  • Patent number: 11041589
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system, apparatus and method for safety control, the system comprising: a first device, which provides information capable of being used to determine whether a single staff member is present in a target area; a second device, which may be arranged at an entrance of a designated area, and used for controlling the entry of staff into the designated area; at least one sensing device, for detecting whether an activated transmitting unit, required to be carried by a staff member entering the designated area, is present in the target area; and a control device, for causing the second device to allow a staff member located in the target area to enter the designated area, when it is determined that a single staff member is present in the target area on the basis of the information from the first device and it is determined using the at least one sensing device that the activated transmitting unit is present in the target area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Huajun Yu, Patrick Poa, Mingliang Zhang, Wei Wang
  • Patent number: 11033143
    Abstract: A weigh scale unit may be used in conjunction with a beverage preparation machine to prepare beverages efficiently. The weigh scale unit may provide the status of ingredient addition to a beverage receptacle. The weigh scale unit may send instructions and/or data to the beverage preparation machine. In some embodiments, the beverage preparation machine sends instructions and/or data to the weigh scale unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Island Oasis Frozen Cocktail Company, Inc.
    Inventors: John Michael Herbert, Bryan Hotaling, John Macneill, Scott Leclerc, Matthew Naples, Patrick Devine
  • Patent number: 11015404
    Abstract: A system for measuring drill cuttings may comprise a conveyor belt disposed below a shaker, wherein the shaker disposes the drill cuttings on to the conveyor belt, and an imaging system connected to the conveyor belt by a frame, wherein the frame positions the imaging system to form a field of view on the conveyor belt with the imaging system. The system may further include an information handling system configured to operate the shaker and the conveyor belt. A method for identifying a size of drill cuttings may comprise dropping drill cuttings on a conveyor belt from a shaker, operating the conveyor belt to move the drill cuttings through a field of view, viewing the drill cuttings in the field of view with an imaging system, and sizing the drill cuttings based at least in part on one or more calibration blocks attached to the conveyor belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Prashant Shekhar, Abhijit Kulkarni
  • Patent number: 11009386
    Abstract: A combination weighing apparatus includes a plurality of hoppers a conveying unit; a weighing unit; a controller; and a setting unit, the controller executing the combination weighing based on a measured value acquired in a cycle in which the combination weighing failed and corresponding to the articles that were forcibly discharged from at least some of the hoppers and measuring values associated with the respective hoppers weighed in a cycle after the cycle in which the combination weighing failed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Ishida Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoru Kamigaito, Hiroe Konishi
  • Patent number: 10989585
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to measure mass in low gravity environments are disclosed. A disclosed example low-gravity mass-measuring apparatus includes a coupler to couple a coupling portion to an object, the coupling portion including a first inertial measurement unit (IMU), a force device to provide a force to cause a movement of a dock relative to the coupling portion, where the dock is releasably couplable to the coupling portion and includes a second IMU, and a processor to calculate a mass of the object based on movement data from the first and second IMUs and the force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Kevin Cannon
  • Patent number: 10988275
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for producing product packages comprises operating first and second feedback control loops where product package weight is averaged and used to determine one of two possible adjustments to change the product fill rate and the volume of the product. The feedback loops operate in one of a plurality of index levels. The first feedback loop seeks to improve performance by making adjustments to the fill rate and volume of the product, while incrementally moving to more stable index levels requiring tighter tolerances and package weight averages based on more product packages. The second feedback loop seeks to preserve stability by making its own adjustments to the fill rate and volume of the product if large product package weight fluctuations are sensed. The second feedback loop can move operation to less stable index levels having wider tolerances and package weight averages based on fewer product packages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Cryovac, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel D. Bean, William R. Wilson
  • Patent number: 10982993
    Abstract: An overload detection processing apparatus, an overload detection system and a computer-readable recording medium storing a program capable of determining overload more accurately are provided. An overload detection processing apparatus for determining a vehicle whose loading weight exceeds a predetermined reference is provided with a processor. The processor acquires a determination value relating to magnitude of deformation of a tire from image data obtained by photographing the tire of the vehicle and determines whether or not the loading weight of the vehicle exceeds a predetermined reference based on data corresponding to the determination value and a situation relating to the tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA INC.
    Inventors: Takumi Kaseda, Asahi Ebe
  • Patent number: 10960874
    Abstract: The invention is a system for automatically adjusting drive modes based on weight. The system includes a weight determination system, a data input device configured to receive input data, and a processing device. The processing devices includes a processor and non-volatile memory. The processor is configured to receive weight data from the weight determination system, receive the input data from the data input device, and receive a user input. The processor is also configured to determine at least one drive mode setting based on the weight data, the input data and the user input, send the drive mode setting data to a vehicle control system, and communicate the drive mode setting to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Hall Labs LLC
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Michael Hall, Seth Myer
  • Patent number: 10948337
    Abstract: A control device for combination weighing apparatuses includes: an acquisition unit capable of acquiring, from a plurality of combination weighing apparatuses, parameters relating to combination weighing that are set for the combination weighing apparatuses; and a controller configured to collect the parameters from the combination weighing apparatuses from which acquiring the parameters via the acquisition unit is possible, to generate, based on the collected parameters, setting parameters to set for some of the combination weighing apparatuses among the combination weighing apparatuses from which acquiring via the acquisition unit is possible, and to transmit the setting parameters to some of the combination weighing apparatuses from which acquiring via the acquisition unit is possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Ishida Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshiharu Kageyama, Shinya Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10935310
    Abstract: An inventory system for a refrigerator appliance includes an inventory plate which is operably coupled to a load cell and positioned within a chilled chamber. The inventory plate may be a fixed shelf or a portable coaster on which food items may be placed. A controller is configured for monitoring a weight of the food items over time using the load cell and/or a moisture content using a moisture sensor and providing an indication of food quality based at least in part on the weight and/or moisture content of the food items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Brent Alden Junge, John Keith Besore, Michael C. Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10929969
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are apparatus, systems and methods of measuring the weight and distribution of the fluff pulp and super absorbent polymer (SAP) or absorbent gelling material (AGM) of absorbent articles. The apparatus may be located at a position after the absorbent cores are formed. Each absorbent article is passed between the light emitter and the camera as well as between the radio transmitter and the radio detector. The camera and radio detector receive the signal transmitted by the light emitter and the radio transmitter respectively through the absorbent articles. The encoder synchronizes the transmission of data by the camera and the radio receiver to the movement of the web. The computer receives the signal data from radio detector and the image data from the camera from each absorbent article and uses the data to determine at least the weight of the fluff pulp and SAP/AGM in the absorbent core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: AccuSentry, Inc.
    Inventors: Wei Siong Tan, Stephen Wachtel, Tjendera Santoso, Patrick Lizana, David Kosen
  • Patent number: 10925289
    Abstract: A method for processing and batching food items in a food processing system according to a predefined batch target criterion, comprises the steps of conveying a food item to weight determining means, determining the weight of the food item by means of the weight determining means, and processing the determined weight of the food item together with a weight of a plurality of food items. The processing includes dynamically generating a control-cutting signal. The method further comprises determining if the dynamically generated control cutting signal indicates that cutting off a part of the food item will increase a prospect to meet the predefined batch target criterion, and in the confirmative convey the food item to a separation device wherein a part of the food item is cut off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: MAREL A/S
    Inventors: Henning Skrædderdal, Henrik Kristiansen
  • Patent number: 10895492
    Abstract: The invention is a monitoring system for determining a vehicle safety setting based on weight. The system includes a monitoring station, a weight determination system, a data input device configured to receive input data, and a processing device. The processing devices includes a processor and non-volatile memory. The processor is configured to receive load ratings for a tow vehicle and tow equipment, receive weight data from the weight determination system, and receive the input data from the data input device. The processor is also configured to determine at least one safety setting based on the load ratings, the weight data, and the input data, send the safety setting data to the monitoring system, and communicate the safety setting to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Hall Labs LLC
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Michael Hall, Seth Myer
  • Patent number: 10883911
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a method for determining at least one pore-related parameter of a porous structure is provided. The method includes supplying a volatile liquid into a chamber. The method also includes coating a first surface of the porous structure with an evaporation preventing substance. The method further includes placing the coated porous structure within the chamber. The method additionally includes determining an effective mass of the chamber over a period of time. The method also includes determining the at least one pore-related parameter of an uncoated second surface of the coated porous structure based on the effective mass determined. The second surface of the porous structure is opposite the first surface of the porous structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Farhad Zamani, Ebrahim Akhondi, Jia Wei Chew, William Bernard Krantz, Anthony Gordon Fane
  • Patent number: 10843362
    Abstract: The apparatus for detecting physical characteristics of food products, such as poultry, meat or fish, includes: a conveyor for transporting the products; a floating belt, located above the conveyor so as to define an analysis zone (Z) therebetween; a first and a second detecting device, located on opposite sides of an advancement path, each adapted to acquire a multiplicity of partial profiles of the products in the analysis zone (Z), a processing unit connected to the first and second detecting devices and including a first shape module configured to determine the conformation of the external surface of a first portion of the product, based on the partial profiles acquired by the first detecting device; and a second shape module (62) configured to determine the conformation of the external surface of a second portion of the product, based on the partial profiles acquired by the second detecting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: GRASSELLI S.P.A.
    Inventor: Giorgio Grasselli
  • Patent number: 10845184
    Abstract: A method of operating a dimensioning system to determine dimensional information for objects is disclosed. A number of images are acquired. Objects in at least one of the acquired images are computationally identified. One object represented in the at least one of the acquired images is computationally initially selected as a candidate for processing. An indication of the initially selected object is provided to a user. At least one user input indicative of an object selected for processing is received. Dimensional data for the object indicated by the received user input is computationally determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: INTERMEC IP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Virginie Benos, Vincent Bessettes, Franck Laffargue
  • Patent number: 10837822
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and a weighing scale for weighing vehicles, the weighing scale comprising a weighing bridge having a first and second side for entering and leaving the weighing bridge; a weighing circuit comprising a first set of load sensors and a second set of load sensors coupled to a weight indicator, the first set of load sensors being arranged at the first side and the second set of load sensors being arranged at the second side; a measuring circuit arranged to measure at least one unbalance current in the weighing circuit when a vehicle enters or leaves the weighing bridge; a processing circuit arranged to determine at least one point in time when wheels of the vehicle enter the first side or leave the second side based on the at least one unbalance current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: MOTUS WEIGHING AB
    Inventors: Stefan Valdemarsson, Marcus Timmerman
  • Patent number: 10815032
    Abstract: A temperature compensated bellows is provided for storage and displacement of a first fluid used as an indicator in a capillary tube. The bellows is made of a housing made of flexible, watertight material. The housing is made up of an upper portion, a lower portion, and an outer accordion formed portion. The accordion formed portion has a length/and is sealingly connected along a periphery between the upper and lower portions. At least one entry/exit port formed on at least one of the portions thereof. At least one of the upper and lower portions extends from a periphery of the accordion formed portion substantially within the housing so as to reduce the storage volume. Preferably, within this area defined by the portion which extends within the housing, a temperature compensation device is disposed. This device is made up of a miniature bellows and reservoir in which a second fluid is placed having a coefficient of expansion which is different than the first fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: PRECIFLEX SA
    Inventor: Lucien Vouillamoz
  • Patent number: 10817692
    Abstract: This disclosure includes a parcel terminal that may include a shelving unit comprising a plurality of shelves that are separated by respective predetermined distances along a dimension of the unit. In an embodiment, the plurality of shelves may be evenly spaced. The parcel terminal may further include a receptable for receiving a parcel from a user, a loader configured to transfer the parcel from the receptacle to a shelf on the shelving unit, and an electronic controller in electronic communication with the loader. The electronic controller may be configured to determine a number of open shelves required to accommodate the parcel based on a size of the parcel and on the respective predetermined distances, to select a set of shelves having at least the required number of open shelves, and to initiate a movement of the loader so as to place the parcel within the selected set of shelves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Cleveron AS
    Inventors: Remi Lõssov, Lauri Hirvesaar, Mikk Noorkõiv, Mart Roht
  • Patent number: 10809120
    Abstract: A WIM system for detecting loads of vehicles on a roadway segment when a crossing wheel of a vehicle crosses a WIM sensor includes a WIM sensor arranged in the roadway segment and having a section that is flush with the roadway surface. The WIM sensor includes an elongated profile extending along a longitudinal axis and defining at least one space in which is arranged at least one force sensor, which is configured to generate a force sensor signal that corresponds to a dynamic ground reaction force to the crossing wheel. The WIM system includes at least one acceleration sensor that detects an acceleration of the road surface of the roadway segment in which the WIM sensor is arranged in at least one spatial direction and that accordingly provides an acceleration sensor signal indicative of the deflection of the roadway segment along the one spatial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: KISTLER HOLDING, AG
    Inventors: Dennis Minkoley, Biruk Hailesilassie
  • Patent number: 10775225
    Abstract: A WIM system for detecting loads of vehicles on a roadway segment when a crossing wheel of a vehicle crosses a WIM sensor includes a WIM sensor arranged in the roadway segment and having a section that is flush with the roadway surface. The WIM sensor includes an elongated profile extending along a longitudinal axis and defining at least one space in which is arranged at least one force sensor, which is configured to generate a force sensor signal that corresponds to a dynamic ground reaction force to the crossing wheel. The WIM system includes at least one acceleration sensor that detects an acceleration of the road surface of the roadway segment in which the WIM sensor is arranged in at least one spatial direction and that accordingly provides an acceleration sensor signal indicative of the deflection of the roadway segment along the one spatial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: KISTLER HOLDING, AG
    Inventors: Dennis Minkoley, Biruk Hailesilassie
  • Patent number: 10768041
    Abstract: A weighing scale includes a scale body and a detecting board. The scale body includes a platform in contact with feet of a subject, a weighing mechanism, a signal processor, a wireless communication device, and a display screen. The detecting board is separated from the scale body and can abut against a top head of the subject and can move towards or away from the platform. At least one of the scale body and the detecting board includes a signal emitter, and at least one of the scale body and the detecting board includes a signal receiver. The signal emitter and the signal receiver measure a distance between the platform and the detecting board. The signal processor processes data of the signal emitter, the signal receiver, and the weighing mechanism, transmits processed data to the display screen and an external mobile device or server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventor: Xinqiang Xu
  • Patent number: 10725197
    Abstract: Methods for improved interpretation of NMR data acquired from industrial samples by simultaneously detecting more than one resonant nucleus without removing the sample from the sensitive volume of the NMR magnet or radio frequency probe are disclosed. In other aspects, the present disclosure provides methods for robust imaging/analysis of spatial distribution of different fluids (e.g., 1H, 23Na, 19F) within a core or reservoir rock. NMR data may be interpreted in real-time during dynamic processes to enable rapid screening, e.g. of enhanced oil recovery techniques and products and/or to provide improved interpretation of well-logs. Measurements of resonant nuclei other than 1H may be performed in the laboratory or downhole with a NMR logging tool. In other aspects, the present disclosure describes a novel kernel function to extract values for underlying parameters that define relaxation time behavior of a quadrupolar nucleus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jonathan Mitchell, Edmund J. Fordham, Lukasz Zielinski, Ravinath Kausik Kadayam Viswanathan
  • Patent number: 10718725
    Abstract: To correctly acquire image data of an inspected article by preventing a difference in shade between images caused by a difference in position or sensitivity between sensor elements. An X-ray generation source irradiates an inspection region where an inspected article passes with an X-ray. X-ray detection means receives the X-ray passing through the inspection region using a plurality of sensor elements. Image data generation means generates image data of the inspected article from an output of the X-ray detection means. Incidence condition changing means changes two or more kinds of X-ray incidence conditions common for all of the plurality of sensor elements of the X-ray detection means in a state of absence of the inspected article in the inspection region. Correction data generation means acquires correction data that is needed for making a shade of an image uniform for each incidence condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: ANRITSU INFIVIS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Itaru Miyazaki, Akihiro Tanaka, Takashi Kanai, Hisashi Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10710757
    Abstract: A weigh-in-motion scale system for a linear synchronous motor conveyor and a method for weighing objects on a linear synchronous motor conveyor are described herein. In one embodiment, the weigh-in-motion scale system includes a support structure for supporting the following: a weigh cell, a section of a linear synchronous motor conveyor track, a vehicle for transporting an object, and an object; and a weigh cell on the support structure on which a section of a linear synchronous motor conveyor track rests directly or indirectly. In one embodiment, the method includes transporting a vehicle with an object thereon along a section of a linear synchronous motor conveyor track; and at a weighing station while the vehicle with the object thereon is being transported, weighing the section of a linear synchronous motor conveyor track, vehicle, and object to determine the weight of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Christopher Robert Lyman, Michael Granitz, Daniel Richard Royce
  • Patent number: 10634549
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes a load frame, a support frame, and a plurality of load cells supporting the load frame on the support frame such that a load supported by the load frame is supported by the load cells, each load cell configured to produce a signal indicative of a load weight bearing upon that load cell. The load cells are calibrated after installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Isaac J. Charles, Unnati Ojha, Michael Provinzano
  • Patent number: 10561151
    Abstract: An offset weighing apparatus and method for use with poultry processing equipment includes a weigh assembly to weigh an animal connected to a shackle assembly as the shackle moves in contact with a force sensor along a conveyor line. A diverter assembly laterally displaces a shackle retaining the animal from below the conveyor line into engagement with the force sensor. The bending axis of the force sensor is approximately parallel to the displaced shackle. The angular position of the bending axis and shackle, and relative positions, friction, and forces of the components of the shackle assembly and weigh assembly are analyzed to calculate the weight of the animal connected to the shackle without removing the animal from the shackle or ceasing movement of the conveyor line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Baader Linco, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua J. Gillespie, Ryan W. O'Dell, Gerald Kent Lauer, Douglas Bryan Barnett, Kenneth Darrell Pinkston
  • Patent number: 10549318
    Abstract: An assembly for processing fruit and vegetable products includes a plurality of units for containing fruit and vegetable products (A), which can move in sequence along a conveyance line. The assembly includes at least one vision element, arranged along the line and intended at least to check the actual number (N) of containment units on which each product (A) lies and is conveyed along the line, with such actual number (N) being able to depend randomly or otherwise on the size, shape, arrangement and/or method of loading on the line of the respective product (A). Downstream of the element there are at least one first device for weighing a first predefined number (n1) of consecutive containment units and at least one second device for weighing a second predefined number (n2) of consecutive containment units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: UNITEC S.P.A.
    Inventor: Luca Benedetti
  • Patent number: 10539452
    Abstract: A weight measurement system able to hold a plurality of articles and measure the respective weight thereof. A weight measurement system includes a robot arm, a weight measurement device attached to the robot arm, a plurality of hand movement mechanisms attached to the weight measurement device, and a plurality of hands separately moved by respective motions of the plurality of hand movement mechanisms, wherein the weight measurement device measures a weight of a first article held by a first of the hands moved by a motion of a first of the hand movement mechanisms and a weight of a second article held by a second of the hands moved by a motion of a second of the hand movement mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yuuji Taira
  • Patent number: 10532335
    Abstract: There is disclosed a system for enabling dynamic mixture of hair colorant for individuals within a local retail establishment or salon. The system utilizes a dynamically-updatable database of hair colorant mixtures, based upon input data regarding natural hair color and current state to generate a suitable mixture. The same system and database can be used for subsequent refill orders from a remote manufacturing site. The remote manufacturing system operates in much the same way, but at a larger scale, and can be used for subsequent refill orders submitted online. Whichever system is used, the same user and colorant mixtures will be generated, and any updates or changes to the colorant mixture will appear on any system reliant upon the same database of colorant combinate instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: eSalon.com, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Chan, Anthony Brzozowski, Francisco Gimenez, Rabih Zaouk
  • Patent number: 10524403
    Abstract: A method is provided for determining a weight of a payload carried by a support structure of an agricultural utility vehicle via a hitch. The hitch includes at least one upper link and at least one lower link. The method includes determining the weight based on at least one of (1) an angle between the upper link and a vehicle horizontal, and (2) a holding force that arises at a connection between the upper link and the payload and is effective along the upper link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Valentin Gresch, Martin Kremmer, Ramon Isele
  • Patent number: 10527597
    Abstract: A method for determining the carbon dioxide content in ambient air includes providing a mobile data transmission device which comprises a sensor configured to detect carbon dioxide in ambient air. The method further includes calibrating the sensor. Calibrating the sensor includes measuring the carbon dioxide content of the ambient air in a reference situation. The method also includes measuring the carbon dioxide content of the ambient air using the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Krauss
  • Patent number: 10489738
    Abstract: A system for delivering store items to a selected destination comprises a store computer that receives selected store item data including a delivery request; a delivery request database that stores the delivery request; and a delivery request application processor that provides a rule that includes criteria for selecting at least one delivery driver and generates a result that identifies a delivery driver of the at least one delivery driver satisfying the criteria of the generated rule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventors: Jimmie R. Clark, Michael Lawerance Payne, Kevin Matthew Charles
  • Patent number: 10479047
    Abstract: The foam composite sheet of the present invention comprises a polyolefin resin foam sheet and a metallic thin film provided on at least one surface of the foam sheet, the metallic thin film being formed of a material selected from metals, alloys containing a plurality of metals, and the like, in an amount of deposition of 5 to 1,000 ?g/cm2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kenichiro Takasu
  • Patent number: 10472181
    Abstract: A dispersive supply device includes a dispersion portion configured to disperse articles supplied from above toward a periphery, a plurality of conveying portions radially arrayed around the dispersion portion and configured to further convey the articles supplied from the dispersion portion in radial directions, and a plurality of block bodies arranged between the adjacent conveying portions. The block bodies include a first block body configured to restrict the articles supplied from the dispersion portion from entering a portion between the conveying portions, and a second block body configured to allow the articles supplied from the dispersion portion to enter the portion between the conveying portions. The first block body and the second block body are arranged alternately, or at intervals of the block bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Ishida Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takao Eto
  • Patent number: 10474080
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit to form an image on a sheet, first and second rollers, a motor, a phase determiner, a controller, a current detector, and a discriminator. The motor drives the first roller which conveys the sheet. The second roller is downstream from the first roller. The phase determiner determines a rotation phase of a rotor of the motor. The controller controls a drive current flowing through a motor winding to reduce a deviation between a command phase representing a rotor target phase and the determined rotation phase. The current detector detects the drive current flowing through the winding. The discriminator determines a type of the sheet conveyed by the first roller based on a value of the drive current detected in a state in which the sheet is deflected while being conveyed by the first roller and not conveyed by the second roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Junichi Hirota, Toshifumi Itabashi
  • Patent number: 10462958
    Abstract: The present disclosure concerns a discharge device for a product dispersion assembly, for example intended to be attached on an agricultural machine, comprising a receiving element, such as a hopper, intended to receive the product, wherein the discharge device includes a mass measurement system configured to measure the mass of the receiving element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: EXEL INDUSTRIES
    Inventor: Fabien Chaperon
  • Patent number: 10458818
    Abstract: In an arrangement of a traffic infrastructure and an optic sensor system (10, 20), the traffic infrastructure has a traffic carrying surface (51) for providing support of conveyance elements (92) of a vehicle (90), therewith allowing movements of the vehicle over the traffic carrying surface. The optic sensor system (10, 20) comprising an interrogator (10) and at least one fiber optic sensor (20) arranged below the traffic carrying surface that is coupled to the interrogator. The at least one fiber optic sensor (20) comprising an optic fiber (21) with a plurality of optic strain-sensor elements (22) distributed over its length. The plurality of optic strain-sensor elements (22) have mutually different optical characteristics, e.g. a mutually different characteristic wavelength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Fugro Technology B.V.
    Inventors: Devrez Mehmet Karabacak, Johannes Maria Singer, German Enrique Knoppers, John O'Dowd
  • Patent number: 10451663
    Abstract: An electromagnetic field measurement device includes a first probe and a second probe arranged in a space to measure an electric field, a reference signal generator that generates a reference signal, a first multiplier that multiplies the reference signal by a signal obtained via the first probe, a second multiplier that multiplies a signal obtained via the second probe by the signal output from the first multiplier, and a synchronous detector that extracts a signal component that is synchronous with the reference signal from the signal output from the second multiplier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: OSAKA UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Shintarou Hisatake, Tadao Nagatsuma
  • Patent number: 10433641
    Abstract: In some embodiments, apparatuses and methods are provided herein useful to provide a visual indication of a weight of products stocked on a display assembly, such as a shelf of a shelving unit. The visual indication is provided by virtue of the display assembly having a product support member that sequentially flattens as additional weight is added thereto. A laser device can be mounted proximate to the assembly and oriented to determine a distance to the product support member and a control circuit can be configured to receive the distance and analyze the distance to determine a deflection of the product support member to determine a current stock level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholaus A. Jones, Matthew A. Jones
  • Patent number: 10417676
    Abstract: A method for having a mobile price transaction system including comparisons. The system obtains information about prices and transactions involving products and services in real time over a wireless link. The actions include making a price comparison inquiry to a central server for the product, service, or price information. The inquiry is formatted in the central server for transmission to sources of the information such as vendors or their web sites. After receiving a response from the sources, the response is suitably formatted and is displayed on the mobile unit. The information will often be available locally on the central server, but the present invention includes commanding remote sources to provide an action such as a response, including a response at a desired time or for desired conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventors: Sunil K. Rao, Sa K. Rao, Raman K. Rao
  • Patent number: 10417610
    Abstract: A system for verifying a load placed in one or more trucks that include a plant, a mixer, a discharge point, the one or more trucks, an output ID, an output ID reader and a material load verification non-transitory storage media. The system may also include a third-party cloud platform or an output ID reader that display data from the output ID reader that may be read, relayed and utilized for a configuration decision that would be made by a plant manager on comparing a truck file database with the load matrix interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventors: Brent Robert Pommerening, Patrick Alan Dunbar
  • Patent number: 10392100
    Abstract: A device and system for monitoring a load or applied force includes a body having first and second ends, a plate, a force-providing member connected to the plate, a first biasing member, and a first sensor. In embodiments the first biasing member is disposed between a portion of the body at or about the first end and a portion of the plate, and is configured to substantially retain the plate in an initial position during normal operation of the device; the first sensor is configured to sense a displacement (e.g., displacement position) with respect to the plate; and the body includes a portion configured to connect to or apply a force to another component. A controller may selectively instruct and/or operate a component, such as a motor, in response to an output generated or provided by the sensor. If an excessive force is sensed, the device may mitigate resulting damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventors: Christopher James Jezewski, Thomas James Fields, Tyler Quincey Curtis, Sorin Gavriliuc
  • Patent number: 10384703
    Abstract: A inventory processing cart including a body portion, the body portion having a top surface and a plurality of walls that define an interior region between the plurality of walls and beneath the top surface, an opening in the top surface, the opening providing access to the interior region of the body portion, a weighing device, the weighing device positioned proximate the opening in the top surface of the body portion, a stowing system disposed within the interior region of the body portion, the stowing system configured to receive one or more containers within the interior region of the body portion, wherein the opening is configured to receive store product that has been accounted for by the weighing device, is provided. Furthermore, an associated method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Green, Jesse Ashley
  • Patent number: 10385547
    Abstract: A machine includes a frame supported on at least a first axle and a second axle and a work implement that is hydraulically powered to be displaced with respect to the frame. A powertrain disposed on the machine generates a first force for propelling the machine with respect to the ground. The machine can include an electronic controller that communicates with the powertrain and a hydraulic sensor on the hydraulic actuator. The controller is configured to determine the weight distribution directed through the front and rear axles of the machine based in part on the dynamic positioning of the work implement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey K. Berry, Qi Li, Dinny Jacob, Randall D. Pruitt