Combined With Diverse-type Art Device Patents (Class 219/201)
  • Patent number: 11076453
    Abstract: A heatable glazing comprising a pane of glazing material with a first portion delimited by a first and a second bus bars wherein a voltage VI is applied and a second portion of the pane in need of rapid heating delimited by the second bus bar and a third bus bar wherein a voltage V2 is applied. The voltage VI is converted into a voltage V2 within the second portion by an electrical converter DC/DC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: AGC Glass Europe
    Inventors: Ophelie Baruzier, Renaud Hubert, Pierre Defoy
  • Patent number: 11058057
    Abstract: An asparagus harvester includes a chassis movable over a bed of growing asparagus. Spears above a selected height are severed at the ground by a severing assembly. A conveyor receives from a pick-up apparatus and conveys away asparagus spears severed by the severing assembly. The severing assembly includes a severing blade carried by a plunger mounted in a pneumatic cylinder. Conduits couple the pneumatic cylinder to a source of air under pressure through a valve unit operable for actuating the pneumatic cylinder to repeatedly fire and withdraw the plunger for repeatedly moving the severing blade back-and-forth along a stroke path between a raised set position and a lowered severing position proximate to the ground. A heater mounted proximate to the valve unit is configured to sufficiently heat the valve unit to enable the valve unit to operate in the presence of an ambient temperature sufficiently low to impair its operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Inventor: William J. Lund
  • Patent number: 11051677
    Abstract: An insertion system includes an insertion section and a rigidity variable portion provided in the insertion section. The rigidity variable portion includes a superelastic alloy member whose rigidity starts changing from a high-rigidity state to a low-rigidity state at a temperature, which varies with a degree of bending of the superelastic alloy member, and a heating member capable of switching between presence and absence of heating of the superelastic alloy member. The insertion system also includes a bending state detection sensor that detects a bending state of the rigidity variable portion, and a rigidity variable controller that controls switching between presence and absence of heating of the superelastic alloy member by the heating member to control the temperature of the superelastic alloy member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryo Tojo, Hiromasa Fujita, Tetsuya Morishima
  • Patent number: 11033311
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to systems, methods, and apparatus for immobilizing and/or securing bone portions. Particularly, at least one embodiment involves a compact anti-rotation device that can secure adjacent bones and/or bone portions in a manner that prevents or limits relative rotational movement thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: University of Kansas
    Inventors: Terence Edward McIff, Edward Bruce Toby
  • Patent number: 11008759
    Abstract: A roofing product can include a heater. In an embodiment, the heater can have different areas that have different heat flux capacities, different portions having heater elements of different lengths or a combination thereof. The roofing product can be installed so that an area of the roof that has a higher heat load, such as near an eave and a valley of the roof, can receive more heat. In another embodiment, the roofing product includes an overhang section that includes at least a portion of the heater. The roofing product can be installed, and the overhang section can be coupled to an object that extends beyond an edge of the roof or over a plane defined by a roof. Many different manufacturing techniques can be used to form the heaters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: CERTAINTEED CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert L. Jenkins, Stephen A. Koch, Gregory F. Jacobs
  • Patent number: 11001374
    Abstract: An autogyro includes a frame and a rotor hub coupled to the frame. The autogyro also includes a connector coupled to the rotor hub and configured to couple the rotor hub to a ground-based pre-rotator device to rotate the rotor hub during a vertical take-off operation. The autogyro further includes a plurality of rotor blades coupled to the rotor hub, each rotor blade configured such that rotation of the rotor hub, during the vertical take-off operation, results in twisting the rotor blade from a first blade pitch distribution to a second blade pitch distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Grzegorz Marian Kawiecki
  • Patent number: 11000180
    Abstract: A flexible tube insertion apparatus includes an insertion section, one or more stiffness variable portion, and a detection unit. The flexible tube insertion apparatus includes a bending information calculator, a main determiner, and a controller that performs control to increase a stiffness of the stiffness variable portion provided in a segment located in a bent part, when the main determiner determines that the bent part is present and the segment provided in the stiffness variable portion is located in the bent part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takeshi Takahashi, Shuji Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10993372
    Abstract: An asparagus harvester includes a chassis movable over a bed of growing asparagus. Spears above a selected height are severed at the ground by a severing assembly. A conveyor receives from a pick-up apparatus and conveys away asparagus spears severed by the severing assembly. The severing assembly includes a severing blade carried by a plunger mounted in a pneumatic cylinder. Conduits couple the pneumatic cylinder to a source of air under pressure through a valve unit operable for actuating the pneumatic cylinder to repeatedly fire and withdraw the plunger for repeatedly moving the severing blade back-and-forth along a stroke path between a raised set position and a lowered severing position proximate to the ground. A heater mounted proximate to the valve unit is configured to sufficiently heat the valve unit to enable the valve unit to operate in the presence of an ambient temperature sufficiently low to impair its operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventor: William J. Lund
  • Patent number: 10992140
    Abstract: An electrical power distribution assembly for an airplane, the assembly including an electric switch device for placing in a Karman fairing of the airplane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: SAFRAN ELECTRICAL & POWER
    Inventors: Serge Thierry Roques, Philippe Pierre Avignon, Jean-Marc Blineau
  • Patent number: 10980372
    Abstract: The present application discloses an automated cooking apparatus that includes a holder configured to hold a container of food or food ingredients, one or more first kinematic pairs, each comprising a first mating part and a second mating part, wherein the first mating part is connected to the holder; a motion mechanisms that can move the second mating parts of the one or more kinematic pairs; and a driver or controller configured to drive or control the motion mechanism to produce a movement of properly fast speed so that a center point on the internal surface of the container is displaced by properly small distance. The first kinematic pairs and the motion mechanisms in combination can move the holder and the cooking pan to produce fast enough acceleration in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventor: Zhengxu He
  • Patent number: 10933611
    Abstract: A method for producing a composite pane, includes arranging a functional element in a recess of a thermoplastic frame film, arranging the thermoplastic frame film along with the functional element between a first glass pane and a second glass pane to form a layer stack, and subsequent joining of the layer stack by lamination to form a composite pane. The thermoplastic frame film and the functional element have a different thickness and the different thickness is at least partially compensated by at least one thermoplastic compensating film, whose thickness is less than twice as large as the difference between the thicknesses of the thermoplastic frame film and the functional element such that the maximum offset in the layer stack is less than the difference between the thicknesses of the thermoplastic frame film and the functional element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE
    Inventors: Ali-Osman Kizmaz, Horst Mercks, Walter Goerenz
  • Patent number: 10895392
    Abstract: Improved systems for heating and cooling a space may include a heating and cooling unit for providing heating and cooling functions mounted inside a housing assembly and a display unit mounted to the housing assembly. A control unit may be coupled to the heating and cooling unit and the display unit. The control unit may be operative to cause an image or video associated with heat be displayed on the display unit when the heating and cooling unit is in the heating mode of operation and to cause an image or video associated with coolness be displayed on the display unit when the heating and cooling unit is in the cooling mode of operation. The control unit may be coupled to a server that enables remotes operation of the system via a client application. Other implementations also may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Resource Management Data System, LLC
    Inventors: David Nyhof, Michael Nyhof, Wayne E. Gulley, Ahmed Ibrahim, Jason Kaminski
  • Patent number: 10889389
    Abstract: An electronic pressure regulation system includes an electronic control unit and a fluid assembly, with the fluid assembly including a fluid control branch having a proportional control valve and a heater. The heater may be a strip heater applied to or a coil wrapped around an external surface of the proportional control valve. The system may further include a latching isolation valve. A secondary fluid control branch can be included, and the fluid control branches can be in parallel. The electronic pressure regulation system can be included in an all-electric satellite. Another electronic pressure regulation system includes an electronic control unit and a fluid assembly, with the fluid assembly including a fluid control branch having a proportional control valve, the proportional control valve including two independently-controlled coils for magnetostrictive actuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Marotta Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Boyle, James LaGrotta
  • Patent number: 10886109
    Abstract: A stage according to an exemplary embodiment has an electrostatic chuck. The electrostatic chuck has a base and a chuck main body. The chuck main body is provided on the base and configured to hold a substrate with electrostatic attractive force. The chuck main body has a plurality of first heaters and a plurality of second heaters. The number of second heaters is larger than the number of first heaters. The first heater controller drives the plurality of first heaters by an alternating current output or a direct current output from a first power source. The second heater controller drives the plurality of second heaters by an alternating current output or a direct current output from a second power source which has electric power lower than electric power of the output from the first power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Hiroki Endo, Katsuyuki Koizumi, Naohiko Okunishi
  • Patent number: 10852002
    Abstract: A multi-zone food holding bin has a continuous food supporting surface with multiple food holding zones. Each food holding zone is independently controllable so that different food temperatures may be maintained in adjacent food holding zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: PRINCE CASTLE LLC
    Inventors: Kyle Thomas Kestner, Christopher B. Lyons, Jr., Charles B. Hartfelder, Zachary N. McCoy
  • Patent number: 10852263
    Abstract: A micro-heater element for a MEMS sensor device, envisages, in a single conductive layer: an outer ring, defining inside it a window; a heat-diffusion structure, arranged within the window, separated from the outer ring by a first separation gap; and connection elements, arranged between the heat-diffusion structure and the outer ring, and designed to connect the heat-diffusion structure to the outer ring. The outer ring is designed to dissipate energy upon passage of an electric current, and the heat-diffusion structure is designed to distribute, within the micro-heater element, the heat that is transferred by the outer ring through the connection elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS S.R.L.
    Inventors: Salvatore Cascino, Antonello Santangelo
  • Patent number: 10846975
    Abstract: A fluid filling station which has a supply tank, filter, transfer pump, a high pressure valve, an optional flow meter, a pressure relief valve, at least one muffler, a filling head, a control module, a purge head, cylinder dispensing mechanism, and its method of use are provided for. This fluid filling station is capable of refilling many types of fluids, but is preferably for the use with carbon dioxide. Additionally, this station is capable of housing and dispensing prefilled refillable fluid containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Fountain Master, LLC
    Inventors: Francis X. Tansey, Jr., Gwenivere R. Tansey, Joseph F. Tansey
  • Patent number: 10842042
    Abstract: A cooling device for surveillance system includes: an outer housing surrounding a surveillance camera; and a blower positioned on an outer surface of the outer housing and configured to generate cooling air flowing along the outer surface of the outer housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: HANWHA TECHWIN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sin Hyun Kim, Ji Seok Kim, Se Ra Hong
  • Patent number: 10830137
    Abstract: Systems and methods for de-icing a fan of a gas turbine engine are disclosed. The systems and methods may include an electrical coil an electrical coil operatively associated with a non-rotating forward assembly of the gas turbine engine; a magnet operatively associated with a rotating surface of the fan, the magnet and the electrical coil producing electricity when the fan is in motion; and a heating element operatively associated with a surface on the fan, the heating element being powered by the electricity produced by the magnet and the electrical coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: RAYTHEON TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Thomas W. Ward, Scot A. Webb, Isaac Jon Hogate
  • Patent number: 10832395
    Abstract: A method is provided for inspecting a device comprising a plurality of bristles. During this method, image data provided from an electronic optical sensor is received. The image data is indicative of an image of at least a portion of the bristles. A bristle configuration (e.g., an angle) of at least one of the bristles (e.g., an average bristle) in the image is determined by processing the image data with a computer processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Raytheon Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph D. Drescher, Kamiko L. Darrow, Brian Duguay, Erik M. Pedersen, Brian Ricciardelli, Danielle N. Balzano
  • Patent number: 10787267
    Abstract: The present invention includes a first barrier layer configured to cover a leading edge of the blade or wing; one or more electrical bus bars disposed on the first barrier layer proximate to and substantially parallel with the leading edge; a ground bus bar disposed on the first barrier layer proximate to and substantially parallel with the leading edge; a second barrier layer disposed over the one or more electrical bus bars and the ground bus bar; one or more heating elements disposed on the second barrier layer, and each heating element electrically connected to one of the electrical bus bars and to the ground bus bar; and a third barrier layer disposed over the one or more heating elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC.
    Inventors: Jared Mark Paulson, Michael Christopher Burnett, Christopher E. Foskey
  • Patent number: 10777049
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for strobes and speaker-strobes for a mass notification system are described herein. One device is comprised of a strobe assembly including a strobe and a strobe housing configured to cover at least a portion of the strobe. A plate attached to the strobe assembly can have an aperture configured to allow at least a portion of the strobe assembly to protrude through the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: John Holba, Wilson Cheung, Lena Zhang
  • Patent number: 10746452
    Abstract: An ice maker includes an ice making unit and an ice storage bin. A frame is positioned between the ice making unit and the storage bin. An ice making tray is coupled with the frame, including a base defining a first plurality of apertures and a second plurality of apertures. A plurality of ice forming features is positioned proximate the first plurality of apertures. The ice forming features are coupled to and extend away from the base. A heating element is in thermal communication with the ice forming features. A wastewater disposal assembly is coupled with the ice making tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Binglai Chen, Alexander Edward Caine, Abigail Jean Livingston, Darby Marie Spiegel, Morgan Aileen Weber, Abigail Caroline Wulf
  • Patent number: 10750597
    Abstract: A color temperature sensor assembly comprising a sensor body, a substantially dome shaped diffuser extending through an opening in the sensor body, a substantially flat diffuser disposed within the sensor body below the first diffuser, and a color temperature sensing module disposed below the flat diffuser and adapted to detect a color temperature of light collected by the dome shaped diffuser and the flat diffuser. The shape of the dome diffuser helps capture light from all angles to bring in more light to the sensor and provide more accurate readings. The secondary flat diffuser is adapted to further diffuse the light to reduce light concentration and prevent inaccurate readings. The color temperature readings from the color temperature sensor assembly may be used to control at least one lighting load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Crestron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis Hromin, Agnieszka Libson, Benjamin Slivka
  • Patent number: 10731553
    Abstract: The present invention achieves technical advantages as an engine compartment drainage system that allows fluid on an engine deck to exit an engine compartment, while shielding fluid from airflow. A fluid drainage apparatus utilizes a funnel member to direct fluid to an external drain line. A drain shield circumscribes the top end of the funnel member and upwardly extending therefrom and directs airflow away from the funnel member. A plurality of deck holes are disposed in the drain shield, such that fluid on the deck can enter the funnel member and exit the engine compartment. A fluid drainage system, disposes the fluid drainage apparatus in an engine deck to allow fluid on the deck to enter a funnel member of the apparatus and direct it toward the external drain line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Dewey Parsons, Chris James Ludtke, Andrew Jordan Birkenheuer, Eric Christopher Terry
  • Patent number: 10723200
    Abstract: A controller for an electric heating device comprising a support element and a busbar which is secured on the support element and which is connected to an SMD component in an electrically conductive manner. The busbar is part of an initially single-part stamped metal plate with a severed connecting piece, which separates the metal plate into a supply element and a discharge element, the elements being connected together in an electrically conductive manner solely via the SMD component. Also disclosed is a method of producing an electric heating device generally as described above such that the supply element and the discharge element are produced from the supply element region and the discharge element region on the stamped metal plate, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Eberspächer catem GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Andreas Bilhöfer, Bohlender Franz, Albert Reger, Andreas Schwarzer, Daniela Weber
  • Patent number: 10725065
    Abstract: An angle of attack sensor includes a vane that is freely rotatable to align with a direction of an oncoming airflow over the vane. The airfoil includes a root proximate a vane hub that connects to a rotatable shaft, a tip opposite the root, a leading edge, a trailing edge opposite the leading edge, a first lateral face, a second lateral face, and a heating element disposed within the airfoil between the first and second lateral faces proximate the leading edge. The first lateral face extends from the leading edge to the trailing edge. The second lateral face is opposite the first lateral face and extends from the leading edge to the trailing edge. The first and second lateral faces are symmetric about a chord of the airfoil and each have an outer surface profile that is nonlinear and geometrically convex from the leading edge to the trailing edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Rosemount Aerospace Inc.
    Inventors: William B. Krueger, Alexander N. Reid, Richard Alan Schwartz, Kenneth Freeman
  • Patent number: 10717514
    Abstract: An integrated drain mast structure for use in draining fluids emanating from aircraft components, such as turbine engines and fuselages, for facilitating the detection of fluids leaking from said components. A self-supporting tube section including a plurality of generally aligned fluid passages each having a peripheral wall, at least a portion of which is common with at least a portion of another aligned adjacent fluid passage is connected to one or more of these aircraft components. An aerodynamic fairing includes a plurality of fairing fluid passages each connected to a respective fluid passage of the tube section and having respective fluid outlets. The tube section and fairing section can comprise a single integral structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Senior IP GmbH
    Inventors: Matthew J. Parker, Shailesh N. Mistry, Eric M. Possert
  • Patent number: 10718051
    Abstract: An example method for chemical vapor deposition (CVD) of thin films includes providing a deposition zone in a reaction chamber having a fixed showerhead assembly that introduces CVD reactive gases under positive pressure into the deposition zone. The example method also includes moving a substrate carrier beneath the showerhead assembly in the reaction chamber, the substrate carrier supports and transports at least one substrate within the reaction chamber so as to be subjected to a CVD process by the CVD reactive gases. The example method also includes providing a liner assembly shrouding the deposition zone and including at least one partial enclosure around the deposition zone isolating the deposition zone and the substrate carrier, whereby solid reaction byproducts are plated onto material in the liner assembly and gaseous reaction byproducts flow radially outward, the liner assembly being mounted on the substrate carrier for motion with the substrate carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: ALTA DEVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Gregg Higashi, Khurshed Sorabji, Lori D. Washington
  • Patent number: 10716562
    Abstract: The invention pertains to a method and apparatus for delivering an article formed of a shape memory alloy to a surgical implantation site. The apparatus may include a body having a passage for receiving the proximal portion of the shape memory article, the passage being shaped to substantially prevent the shape memory article from deforming in accordance with its shape memory properties when the proximal portion of the shape memory article is positioned in the passage. An exemplary involves placing the distal portions of legs of a staple in at least one passage in a constraining device that substantially constrains the legs from deforming; and placing the proximal portions of the legs of the staple in at least one passage in an apparatus that, independently of the constraining device, substantially prevents the legs from deforming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: OsteoMed LLC
    Inventors: Alan B. Miller, Shawn T. Huxel, Richard Thomas Briganti
  • Patent number: 10690000
    Abstract: The gas turbine engine can have a rotor rotatably mounted to an engine casing, the rotor having compressor blades, and an alternator, the alternator having an armature with a winding forming part of the rotor and a magnetic field generator forming part of the engine casing, with an air gap between the magnetic field generator and the armature, the winding being electrically connected to a resistor embedded in at least one of the compressor blades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: PRATT & WHITNEY CANADA CORP.
    Inventors: Daniel Alecu, Enzo Macchia
  • Patent number: 10638644
    Abstract: A system for managing heat transfer is provided by the present disclosure, which in one form includes a cavity having an inner wall portion, at least one heat-generating component disposed within the cavity, and a plurality of heat conducting members disposed adjacent one another. Each heat conducting member includes a resilient core and an outer shell wrapped around at least a portion of the resilient core. The outer shell is made of a material having a relatively high thermal conductivity, and the plurality of heat conducting members are positioned between the heat-generating component and the inner wall portion of the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: AeroVironment Inc.
    Inventors: Uchenna Ofoma, Bart Dean Hibbs
  • Patent number: 10619310
    Abstract: A device for heating of railway tracks is provided. The device comprises a magnetic field generator fed with a low-frequency current. The magnetic field generator is formed by a device without a circuit returning a magnetic flux generated by the magnetic field generator. Hereby the magnetic flux can be returned via a heater. The heater is a material generating heat when placed in the magnetic field. The heater can be the railway tracks or a plate provided in conjunction with the railway tracks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Stegia AB
    Inventor: Agne Fälldin
  • Patent number: 10583928
    Abstract: An in-line heater system on board an aircraft includes a heater element positioned within a tubing, at least one sensor positioned within the tubing configured to monitor the temperature within the tubing, and an inline heater controller configured to receive information regarding the heater element via the at least one sensor. The inline heater controller is positioned at a location spaced away from the heater element and the tubing. The inline heater controller includes a printed circuit board configured to receive the information regarding the heater element via the at least one sensor, and an aerospace connector configured to transmit the information regarding the heater element via the at least one sensor to the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan L. White, Greg King
  • Patent number: 10569720
    Abstract: The invention relates to a motor vehicle camera system with an image capture unit and a drive device by means of which the image capture unit can be displaced from a standby position into at least one operating position, wherein the image capture unit is arranged in a mounting chamber of a motor vehicle and the mounting chamber has a movable closing element, wherein said closing element closes the mounting chamber if the image capture unit is in the standby position thereof, and opens the mounting chamber at least partially to the environment if the image capture unit is displaced into an operating position, wherein the closing element is at least partially transparent, and the image capture unit is aligned in the standby position thereof so that the image capture unit in the standby position thereof captures an outer region of the motor vehicle through the closing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: HUF HUELSBECK & FUERST GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Gerd Buschmann, Heiko Schutz
  • Patent number: 10513323
    Abstract: A system for controlling moisture ingress in aircraft skin mounted electronics, comprising: a moisture diverter comprising a substantially planar base flange, configured to sealingly engage an underlying surface of an interior structure of an aircraft, and, a shroud having a moisture impermeable wall extending inboard from the base flange and defining an enclosure therein for enclosing an electrical connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Robert M. Petersen, Heath Michael Olinger, Robert Steven Graybill
  • Patent number: 10499017
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for operating a rear camera with an embedded defroster and proximity switch. An example vehicle includes a rear view camera having a lens, an indium-tin-oxide (ITO) coating applied to the lens, and a control system. The control system is configured to detect a water-based obstruction on the lens, run current through the ITO coating to remove the water-based obstruction, detect a lens touch event, and release a vehicle trunk latch responsive to the lens touch event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Kenneth Dellock, Pietro Buttolo, Stuart C. Salter, Aaron Bradley Johnson
  • Patent number: 10487737
    Abstract: The present application relates to a de-icing splitter lip for a low-pressure compressor of a turbofan aircraft engine. The splitter lip surrounds the primary flow and includes an annular splitter wall with a circular leading edge, an outer shroud connected to the splitter wall, and a heating device in an electric ribbon that de-ices the splitter lip. The splitter lip further includes an elastic element made of elastomer, holding the heating device on the inside of the splitter wall. The elastic element is compressed, pre-loaded, in the splitter lip. Thus, the elastic element exerts a force F clamping the heating device against the splitter wall and the outer shroud in order to improve thermal contact. The present application also provides a method for assembling a splitter lip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: SAFRAN AERO BOOSTERS SA
    Inventors: David Bouillon, Ghislain Herbaut
  • Patent number: 10451331
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a refrigerator having a defrosting device, the refrigerator comprising: a refrigerator main body; an evaporator provided in the refrigerator main body; a defrosting heater provided at the lower side of the evaporator so as to emit heat when a power source is applied; and a heat pipe for transferring heat to the evaporator, one side of the heat pipe being arranged so as to be able to transfer heat to one side of the defrosting heater, and the other side of the heater pipe extending to the upper side along the vertical direction of the evaporator. Thereby, the present invention can shorten defrosting time and reduce power consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Gyuwon Shin, Kyungroc Moon, Jinwoo Kwag
  • Patent number: 10449798
    Abstract: A method for authenticating a security mark containing a photochromic compound can provide higher security performance. The method comprises a process of irradiating a security mark containing a photochromic compound with excitation light, a process of acquiring first security information on a time-dependent change in the absorption spectrum and/or reflection spectrum of the security mark after the irradiation with excitation light, and a process of checking the acquired first security information against previously acquired first security information on the security mark. In this method, the security mark preferably contains two or more photochromic compounds different from one another in color development and/or in quenching rate after the color development in a photochromic reaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: JAPAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AGENCY
    Inventors: Jiro Abe, Yoichi Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10442680
    Abstract: Electric connection flexures for moving stages of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) devices are disclosed. The disclosed flexures may provide an electrical and mechanical connection between a fixed frame and a moving frame, and are flexible in the moving frame's plane of motion. In implementations, the flexures are formed using a process that embeds the two ends of each flexure in the fixed frame and moving frame, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: MEMS Drive, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaolei Liu, Kegang Huang, Guiqin Wang, Matthew Ng, Benson Mai, Changgeng Liu
  • Patent number: 10442539
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system may comprise an electro-thermal heating element and a controller. The electro-thermal heating element may be configured to heat a structure, and the controller may be configured to: identify a target temperature for the structure; identify a target rate of temperature change for the structure; identify a target voltage for heating the structure at the target rate of temperature change; and apply the target voltage to the electro-thermal heating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC.
    Inventor: Gary S. Froman
  • Patent number: 10416188
    Abstract: An air data probe includes a probe body and an air data sensing port disposed in the probe body. The probe body includes a barrel region, a tapered head region extending forward from the barrel region, and a tip at a forward-most end of the tapered head region. The air data sensing port is disposed in the probe body at a port location aft of the tip. The probe body has a turbulence-producing geometry originating at the tip that produces a turbulent boundary layer of airflow that extends from the tip to the port location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Rosemount Aerospace Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Jae Doolittle, Mackenzie Whalen, James Barron Egberg, Aaron A. Cusher, Brian Daniel Matheis
  • Patent number: 10401317
    Abstract: A wireless sensor measures properties of a substance and transmits the properties to a remote wireless receiver. The wireless sensor can be fully enclosed within a container containing the substance, allowing remote monitoring of the properties of the substance without compromising integrity of a closed system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Gate Scientific, Inc.
    Inventors: Kristian Michael Scaboo, Morten Juel Jensen
  • Patent number: 10386102
    Abstract: A defrosting device includes a heating unit filled with a working fluid and including an active heating part heated to a first temperature that can evaporate the working fluid, and a passive heating part positioned at a rear side of the active heating part and heated to a lower temperature than the first temperature. The defrosting device also includes a heat pipe disposed adjacent to an evaporator to transfer heat to the evaporator while circulating working fluid heated by the active heating part, the heat pipe including an entrance portion configured to receive working fluid evaporated by the active heating part, and a return portion connected adjacent to the passive heating part and configured to receive working fluid that has condensed after circulating through the heat pipe. Condensed working fluid received at the heating unit first passes through the passive heating part before being reheated at the active heating part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Geunhyung Lee, Jongryul Kim, Kwangsoo Jung, Woocheol Kang, Jongmin Lee, Hyunwoo Cho
  • Patent number: 10378006
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods of using the same for conducting photonic and optical treatments on biological samples with additional functions including temperature monitoring and real-time microscopic imaging are provided. The photonic and optical treatments can be conducted using light with wavelengths in the near-infrared region (NIR) on biological samples, including in-vitro brain cell cultures, in-vivo central nervous system (CNS) and peripheral nervous system (PNS) tissue samples, and other body tissues. The apparatus and methods can be combined with magnetic nanoparticles treatment to accomplish non-invasive, on-demand drug targeting, brain cell specific gene delivery, and magnetized photo-biomodulation for treating various CNS disorders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: The Florida International University Board of Trustees
    Inventors: Vidya Sagar, Madhavan Nair
  • Patent number: 10365009
    Abstract: A heater, e.g. an anti-freezing heater, is disclosed. The heater can be configured to set off an alarm when a heating element is broken or malfunctioning. The heater can also be configured to connect the heating element to a relatively low voltage when the heating element may experience a dry burning condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignees: TRANE INTERNATIONAL INC., TRANE AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS (CHINA) CO., LTD
    Inventors: Nipeng Cong, Hua Zhao, Ping Yuan
  • Patent number: 10345328
    Abstract: A wind direction meter has the following plurality of sensors and a control unit. Each sensor has a first surface and has first and second interlayer connection members made of different metals or semiconductors. Further, the wind direction meter includes a thermoelectric conversion element which generates an electrical output when a temperature difference occurs between first ends and second ends of the respective first and second interlayer connection members. The sensor generates an electric output when the surrounding air, whose temperature has been changed by a heater, is moved by the wind to produce a temperature difference between the first ends and the second ends of the first and second interlayer connection members. The control unit calculates the direction of the wind on the basis of the difference in output. Thus, the wind direction of a weak wind can be detected with the wind direction meter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshikazu Harada, Atusi Sakaida, Toshihisa Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 10324051
    Abstract: An open cup flash point detector is shown that rapidly increases the temperature of the substance being tested until temperature is close to a theoretical flash point. Thereafter, as temperature is slowly increased, an igniter flame moves in an arc over the upper lip of the test cup while simultaneously a UV sensor senses a wedge-shaped area, also immediately over the upper lip of the test cup. The arc of the igniter flame and the wedge-shaped area do not overlap. By incremental increases in temperature and repeating the arc movement of the igniter flame, the flash point can be detected by the UV sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Petroleum Analyzer Company, LP
    Inventors: Michael Brosseau, Thomas Herold, Simon Blass, Oezkan Oguz
  • Patent number: 10321519
    Abstract: Various components and methods related to a leading edge assembly are disclosed. The leading edge assembly can include an outer strike shell and a foam core. The foam core can be located inside the outer strike shell. The leading edge assembly can include a heating element with a plurality of sensors and wires. A method of manufacturing a leading edge assembly can include forming a composite layer, applying a metallic layer to the composite layer, installing an electronic device, and inserting a foam core into a cavity bounded by the composite layer and/or the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: ITT Manufacturing Enterprises LLC
    Inventor: A. David Sandiford