Electrical Device Making Patents (Class 29/592.1)
  • Patent number: 11063498
    Abstract: A conductor shaping apparatus includes a first shaping die, a second shaping die and a holding section configured to hold the conductor and rotates the second shaping die about a rotational axis with respect to the first shaping die, and it further includes a first movement restricting portion formed in the first shaping die and configured to contact with a portion of the conductor so as to restrict a movement of the conductor together with the second shaping die when the second shaping die is rotated in a direction approaching the first shaping die, and a second movement restricting portion that is formed in the first shaping die and is configured to contact with a portion of the conductor so as to restrict the movement of the conductor together with the second shaping die when the second shaping die is rotated in a direction apart from the first shaping die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Junki Nishino, Hiromitsu Kuraoka, Toshiaki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 11041706
    Abstract: Described is a feed mechanism for a slider which is convenient to use with good durability and low costs by eliminating a rack-and-pinion method. The feed mechanism allows the slider to be fed and moved along a longitudinal main scale. The feed mechanism includes a driving gear that is a gear train pivotally supported by the slider, a driven roller that meshes with the driving gear and rotates by rotation of the driving gear, and an arm that includes a cup portion capable of receiving the driven roller on a distal end. The arm includes the cup portion capable of receiving the driven roller on the distal end and is pivotally supported by the slider on a base end. The cup portion in a state of receiving the driven roller is biased toward the main scale by a pin plunger. Accordingly, the driven roller is kept abutted against the main scale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Mitutoyo Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuhiko Kimura
  • Patent number: 11000849
    Abstract: The present invention is generally related to systems and methods for producing droplets. The droplets may contain varying species, e.g., for use as a library. In some cases, at least one droplet is used to create a plurality of droplets, using techniques such as flow-focusing techniques. In one set of embodiments, a plurality of droplets, containing varying species, can be divided to form a collection of droplets containing the various species therein. A collection of droplets, according to certain embodiments, may contain various subpopulations of droplets that all contain the same species therein. Such a collection of droplets may be used as a library in some cases, or may be used for other purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: President and Fellows of Harvard College
    Inventors: David A. Weitz, Adam R. Abate
  • Patent number: 10996184
    Abstract: A biosensor including a capillary chamber having an inner boundary, a working electrode including an effective working electrode portion positioned within the capillary chamber, and a counter electrode including an effective counter electrode portion positioned within the capillary chamber, and with the working and counter electrodes each having a neck that constitutes the sole portion of the electrodes that extends across the inner boundary and out of the capillary chamber. In one embodiment, the effective working electrode portion defines an average working electrode width, and the working electrode neck defines a working electrode neck width that is reduced relative to the average working electrode width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Roche Diabetes Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall K. Riggles, Abner D. Joseph, Scott E. Carpenter, Harvey B. Buck, Jr., Georgeta C. Lica, Terry A. Beaty
  • Patent number: 10940428
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments relate to the design of a preconcentrator system for preconcentrating air samples. This preconcentrator system includes a plurality of preconcentrators that preconcentrate the air samples prior to chemical analysis, and a delivery structure comprising a manifold that selectively routes a sample airflow to the plurality of concentrators so that the plurality of preconcentrators receive a sample airflow concurrently or individually.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Cristina E. Davis, Michael K. Levasseur, Raquel Cumeras, Yuriy Zrodnikov, Mitchell M. McCartney, Alexander G. Fung, Daniel J. Peirano
  • Patent number: 10919650
    Abstract: In some aspects, this disclosure relates to improved Z-grade materials, such as those used for shielding, systems incorporating such materials, and processes for making such Z-grade materials. In some examples, the Z-grade material includes a diffusion zone including mixed metallic alloy material with both a high atomic number material and a lower atomic number material. In certain examples, a process for making Z-grade material includes combining a high atomic number material and a low atomic number material, and bonding the high atomic number material and the low atomic number together using diffusion bonding. The processes may include vacuum pressing material at an elevated temperature, such as a temperature near a softening or melting point of the low atomic number material. In another aspect, systems such as a vault or an electronic enclosure are disclosed, where one or more surfaces of Z-grade material make up part or all of the vault/enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AS REPRESENTED BY THE ADMINISTRATOR OF NASA
    Inventors: Donald L. Thomsen, III, Sankara N. Sankaran, Joel A. Alexa
  • Patent number: 10868392
    Abstract: A connector assembly includes a housing having a base having signal contact channels and ground contact channels extending therethrough having ground contact channel walls defining the ground contact channels. The connector assembly includes signal contacts held in signal contact channels having mating ends for mating with mating signal contacts. The connector assembly includes ground contacts held in ground contact channels having mating ends for mating with mating ground contacts. The connector assembly includes ground commoning conductors within the housing including metal surface coverings deposited on the corresponding ground contact channel walls. Each ground commoning conductor extends into at least two ground contact channels and is oriented for direct electrical contact with at least two of the ground contacts or the mating ground contacts for electrically commoning the corresponding ground contacts or the mating ground contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jared Evan Rossman, Kyle Robert Sammon, Justin Dennis Pickel
  • Patent number: 10846583
    Abstract: RFID inlays or straps may be assembled using impulse heating of metal precursors. Metal precursors are applied to and/or included in contacts on an RFID IC and/or terminals on a substrate. During assembly of the tag, the IC is disposed onto the substrate such that the IC contacts physically contact either the substrate terminals or metal precursors that in turn physically contact the substrate terminals. Impulse heating is then used to rapidly apply heat to the metal precursors, processing them into metallic structures that electrically couple the IC contacts to the substrate terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Impinj, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Lee Koepp, Harley Heinrich, Christopher J. Diorio
  • Patent number: 10811383
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a plurality of electronic circuits is disclosed. Each electronic circuit comprises a respective first portion, comprising a respective group of contact pads, and a respective integrated circuit, IC, comprising a respective group of terminals and mounted on the respective group of contact pads with each terminal in electrical contact with a respective contact pad. The method comprises: providing a first structure comprising the plurality of first portions; providing a second structure comprising the plurality of ICs and a common support arranged to support the plurality of ICs; transferring said ICs from the common support onto a first roller; transferring said ICs from the first roller onto a second roller; and transferring said ICs from the second roller onto the first structure such that each group of terminals is mounted on a respective group of contact pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: PRAGMATIC PRINTING LTD.
    Inventors: Neil Davies, Richard David Price, Stephen Devenport, Stuart Philip Speakman
  • Patent number: 10791963
    Abstract: A method for measuring motions of a thumb and fingers, which can relatively easily measure angles at joints of a thumb and fingers within a limited space of the thumb and fingers, using a system that may be lightweight and compact enough not to hinder a natural motion of a hand. To this end, the method measures motions of a thumb and fingers of a user who wears a glove, and includes: attaching first ends of first and second flexible wires to positions of the glove respectively corresponding to middle and proximal phalanxes of each finger; connecting second ends of the first and second flexible wires to a sensing module so that the first and second flexible wires can move forward and backward while maintaining tension thereof in accordance with a motion of the finger; and by the sensing module, measuring moved distances of the first and second flexible wires, wherein rotary angles at corresponding joints in the thumb and fingers are calculated based on the measured moved distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: UNIST (ULSAN NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY)
    Inventors: Joonbum Bae, Yeongyu Park, Jeongsoo Lee
  • Patent number: 10768021
    Abstract: A position detection device includes a fixed element, a movable element, a plurality of first electrodes, a second electrode, a third electrode and a first detection circuit. The movable element is movable relative to the fixed element. The first electrodes are arranged on either the fixed element or the movable element, and the second electrode is on the other of the movable element or the fixed element. The first electrodes include two or more phases with electrical signals having mutually different phases. The third electrode is provided on the fixed element and opposing the electrode that is on the movable element while the movable element is in a prescribed position. The first detection circuit detects when the movable element is in the prescribed position based on electrical signals generated in the second and third electrodes in accordance with the electrical signals supplied to the first electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Taku Ueda, Yoshihiro Suzuki, Yoshihiro Natsume
  • Patent number: 10760908
    Abstract: A vibration device includes a vibration element that has a plurality of terminals, a base that has a plurality of electrical connection terminals, and a board that has a wiring portion which electrically connects the plurality of electrical connection terminal and the plurality of terminals to each other, and that supports the vibration element with respect to the base. The board has a base fixing portion fixed to the base, a vibration element mounting portion on which the vibration element is mounted, and at least one beam portion which couples the base fixing portion and the vibration element mounting portion to each other. At least the one beam portion has a first portion which extends in a first direction and a second portion which extends in a second direction intersecting the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Ryuta Nishizawa, Shiro Murakami, Keiichi Yamaguchi, Keiji Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 10765050
    Abstract: A component mounting system includes a component mounting line in which a plurality of processing devices are connected to constitute the component mounting line and a management device (management computer) connected to the component mounting line by a network, and each of the plurality of processing devices can be remotely operated via the network by an input unit of the management device. In this component mounting system, a remote operation right allowing a remote operation is set with respect to the management device (ST21), and the remote operation right set with respect to the management device is released (ST23) in a case where a specific operation set in advance with respect to the one or more processing devices is performed (Yes in ST41) in a state where the remote operation right is set with respect to the management device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tetsushi Oohori, Kenichiro Ishimoto, Atsushi Nakazono
  • Patent number: 10670556
    Abstract: An electrochemical gas sensor biasing module may include a main housing, a battery that is contained in and/or extending from the main housing, and a sensor connector extending from a portion of the main housing. The sensor connector is configured to removably connect to an electrochemical gas sensor so that energy from the battery is delivered to the electrochemical gas sensor in order to maintain the electrochemical gas sensor in a biased state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Teledyne Detcon, Inc.
    Inventor: Nicholas Anthony DeBlasio
  • Patent number: 10658652
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a lithium-ion secondary battery electrode sheet proposed herein includes the step of pressing granulated particles (13a), wherein the ratio (t/D50) is less than 1, where D50 is the mean particle size of the granulated particles (13a) and t is the thickness of a layer (14) of active material particles (13a1) after pressing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shingo Komura, Kunihito Arai, Taku Matsumura
  • Patent number: 10644354
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a nonaqueous electrolyte secondary battery includes: a step of forming a first electrode mixture layer containing an electrode active material and a first binder; a step of forming granulated particles containing the electrode active material and a second binder; a step of forming a second electrode mixture layer, which is formed of the granulated particles, on the first electrode mixture layer; a step of forming a heat resistance layer, which contains an inorganic filler and a third binder, on a surface of a separator; a step of preparing an electrode body by laminating the electrode and the separator such that the second electrode mixture layer and the heat resistance layer are in contact with each other; and a step of heating the electrode body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroya Umeyama, Harunari Shimamura, Tatsuya Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 10581204
    Abstract: The present invention effectively prevents a short circuit from occurring between a power supply terminal and a ground electrode. A receptacle-side connector (3) includes a metal plate (mid-plate 32) and a shell part (23). An edge surface (end surface part 32a) of the metal plate, which edge surface is located at an end surface facing a first side toward an opening (23a) of the shell part (23) and which corresponds to a position of a power supply terminal (Vbus terminal 25), is shaped so as to be set back toward a second side opposite the first side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kohji Sawayama
  • Patent number: 10554170
    Abstract: A photovoltaic energy system includes a photovoltaic field configured to convert solar energy into electrical energy, one or more solar intensity sensors configured to measure solar intensity and detect a cloud approaching the photovoltaic field, and a controller. The controller receives input from the solar intensity sensors and predicts a change in solar intensity within the photovoltaic field before the change in solar intensity within the photovoltaic field occurs. The controller is configured to preemptively adjust an electric power output of the photovoltaic energy system in response to predicting the change in solar intensity within the photovoltaic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Con Edison Battery Storage, LLC
    Inventor: Kirk H. Drees
  • Patent number: 10541645
    Abstract: A solar cell module includes a solar cell panel, a frame member, and an adhesive. The solar cell panel has a front surface, a back surface and a lateral surface. The frame member is located along an outer peripheral part of the solar cell panel, and includes a fitting section with the outer peripheral part fitted therein. The adhesive is located in a space in the fitting section, and bonded to the outer peripheral part. The adhesive includes a pressure-sensitive first adhesive and a curable second adhesive. The curable second adhesive exists at a position different from a position at which the first adhesive exists, in a direction along the longitudinal direction of the frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Yuasa, Kazushi Motonaga, Jun Komada, Keita Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10458053
    Abstract: This invention is directed to an improved contact surface for manipulating articles wherein the microstructure included on the contact surface having a plurality of pillars spaced apart in the range of 200 ?m and 600 ?m, having a height in the range of 50 ?m and 1200 ?m, a width of in the range of 70 ?m and 300 ?m, a wall draft angle between 0° and 15°, a density of in the range of 5,000 to 20,000 pillars per square inch, and a friction rating greater than 7. The contact surface can be included on a sewing machine feed dog, a glove, sporting equipment, firearm grip, hand rail, tool grip, tool handle, and a strap such as for a satchel or backpack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Hoowaki, LLC
    Inventors: Ralph Hulseman, Sarah Hulseman
  • Patent number: 10422892
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a photon counting X-ray detector and detection method that effectively suppress polarization even under high flux conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Antonius Johannes Maria Nellissen, Frank Verbakel, Johan Hendrik Klootwijk, Herfried Karl Wieczorek
  • Patent number: 10418527
    Abstract: Fluidic assembly methods are presented for the fabrication of emissive displays. An emissive substrate is provided with a top surface, and a first plurality of wells formed in the top surface. Each well has a bottom surface with a first electrical interface. Also provided is a liquid suspension of emissive elements. The suspension is flowed across the emissive substrate and the emissive elements are captured in the wells. As a result of annealing the emissive substrate, electrical connections are made between each emissive element to the first electrical interface of a corresponding well. A eutectic solder interface metal on either the substrate or the emissive element is desirable as well as the use of a fluxing agent prior to thermal anneal. The emissive element may be a surface mount light emitting diode (SMLED) with two electrical contacts on its top surface (adjacent to the bottom surfaces of the wells).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: eLux, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenji Sasaki, Paul J. Schuele, Kurt Ulmer, Jong-Jan Lee
  • Patent number: 10418237
    Abstract: A nanoelectronics structure is disclosed which includes a substrate layer which has least a first surface and also has a thickness of less than 100 nm. The nanoelectronics structure also includes a dielectric layer, which is deposited on the first surface of the substrate layer and has a thickness of less than 100 nm. This dielectric layer is made up of at least 90 mole percent amorphous boron nitride. Also disclosed is a method for forming a dielectric layer on a substrate using pulsed laser deposition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventors: Nicholas Glavin, Chris Muratore, Timothy Fisher, Andrey Voevodin
  • Patent number: 10339434
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a method for forming a core layer for at least one information carrying card, and resulting products. The method includes forming an inlay layout, and dispensing a crosslinkable polymer composition over the inlay layout and contacting the inlay layer so as to form the core layer of the information carrying card. The inlay layout includes at least one inlay layer coupled with a first thermoplastic layer. The first thermoplastic layer comprises a thermoplastic material, and defines at least one hole therein. The at least one inlay layer is disposed at least partially inside a respective hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: X-Card Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Mark A. Cox
  • Patent number: 10334742
    Abstract: Provided is a method of manufacturing an electronic device, the method including: preparing first mother glass and second mother glass; forming, on the first mother glass, a plurality of device cells partially connected to the first mother glass through a plurality of first separating portions; patterning a device circuit on each of the plurality of device cells; forming, on the second mother glass, a plurality of cover cells partially connected to the second mother glass through a plurality of second separating portions; forming a plurality of electronic devices by laminating the first mother glass and the second mother glass together such that the plurality of device cells are respectively aligned to the plurality of cover cells; and separating the plurality of electronic devices from the first mother glass and the second mother glass by cutting the plurality of first separating portions and the plurality of second separating portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hongsuk Kim
  • Patent number: 10276754
    Abstract: Fluidic assembly methods are presented for the fabrication of emissive displays. An emissive substrate is provided with a top surface, and a first plurality of wells formed in the top surface. Each well has a bottom surface with a first electrical interface. Also provided is a liquid suspension of emissive elements. The suspension is flowed across the emissive substrate and the emissive elements are captured in the wells. As a result of annealing the emissive substrate, electrical connections are made between each emissive element to the first electrical interface of a corresponding well. A eutectic solder interface metal on either the substrate or the emissive element is desirable as well as the use of a fluxing agent prior to thermal anneal. The emissive element may be a surface mount light emitting diode (SMLED) with two electrical contacts on its top surface (adjacent to the bottom surfaces of the wells).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: eLux, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenji Sasaki, Paul J. Schuele, Kurt Ulmer, Jong-Jan Lee
  • Patent number: 10276755
    Abstract: Fluidic assembly methods are presented for the fabrication of emissive displays. An emissive substrate is provided with a top surface, and a first plurality of wells formed in the top surface. Each well has a bottom surface with a first electrical interface. Also provided is a liquid suspension of emissive elements. The suspension is flowed across the emissive substrate and the emissive elements are captured in the wells. As a result of annealing the emissive substrate, electrical connections are made between each emissive element to the first electrical interface of a corresponding well. A eutectic solder interface metal on either the substrate or the emissive element is desirable as well as the use of a fluxing agent prior to thermal anneal. The emissive element may be a surface mount light emitting diode (SMLED) with two electrical contacts on its top surface (adjacent to the bottom surfaces of the wells).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: eLux, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenji Sasaki, Paul J. Schuele, Kurt Ulmer, Jong-Jan Lee
  • Patent number: 10224661
    Abstract: Contact structures that are readily manufactured, where contacts in the contact structures provide a sufficient normal force while consuming a minimal amount of surface area, depth, and volume in an electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel C. Wagman, Mahmoud Amini, Eric S. Jol
  • Patent number: 10212815
    Abstract: A laminate contains conductive circuit patterns, a substrate material, and an adhesive pattern or other bond. Each conductive circuit pattern and the substrate material are interconnected by the adhesive pattern or other bond, having its size and shape substantially matching the main outlines of each conductive circuit pattern. Each conductive circuit pattern has thin lines and thin interline spaces, patterned on top of the adhesive pattern or other bond by a removal of conductive material, such that the circuit pattern's thin interline spaces may have residues of the adhesive patterns or other bond. Outside the conductive circuit patterns' main outlines, the substrate material is substantially void of an adhesive or other bond, with the exception of edge areas of the main outlines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: TECNOMAR OY
    Inventor: Tom Marttila
  • Patent number: 10203301
    Abstract: A gas sensor includes a sensor element having an electrode pad and a metal terminal member including a forward metal terminal member connected to the electrode pad, and a rear metal terminal member connected to the forward metal terminal member and a lead wire. The rear metal terminal member includes a forward end portion, a central portion, and a lead-wire connection portion. The forward end portion and the central portion are integrally connected through a first neck portion smaller in sectional area than the forward end portion and the central portion. The central portion and the lead-wire connection portion are integrally connected through a second neck portion smaller in sectional area than the central portion and the lead-wire connection portion. The first neck portion is greater in moment of inertia of area than the second neck portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shunya Mihara, Takehiro Oba, Shogo Nagata
  • Patent number: 10188454
    Abstract: A system for the manufacture of an end effector assembly which is configured for use with an electrosurgical instrument configured for performing an electrosurgical procedure is provided. The system includes a photolithography module that is configured to etch one or more pockets on a seal surface of the seal plate. A vacuum module is configured to raise, transfer and lower a spacer from a location remote from the pocket(s) on the seal plate to the pocket on the seal plate(s). An adhesive dispensing module is configured to dispense an adhesive into the pocket on the seal plate. An optical module is configured to monitor a volume of the adhesive dispensed within the pocket and monitor placement of the spacer within the pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Kim V. Brandt, Allan G. Aquino
  • Patent number: 10155201
    Abstract: A disposable, crossflow membrane stack suitable for use in an ion exchange unit, the stack comprising alternate dilution compartments and concentration compartments, each compartment being defined by a flat cation-permeable membrane (2) and a flat anion-permeable membrane (1) and at least two edges along which the cation-permeable and an anion-permeable membranes are permanently secured together wherein the cation-permeable membranes and/or the anion-permeable membranes have a textured surface profile which keep said membranes apart and/or from touching each other and wherein the edges secured together define the direction in which liquid may flow through the compartments. Also claimed are ion exchange units comprising the stack, optionally comprising a quick-release securement means to allow facile attachment and release of modular units comprising the stacks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Fujifilm Manufacturing Europe B.V.
    Inventors: Willem Van Baak, Vinodnarain Bhikhi, Bastiaan Van Berchum, Johannes Van Engelen
  • Patent number: 10081238
    Abstract: A drive system, mountable onto a vehicle including a detachable rotational drive mechanism, for driving the rotational drive mechanism in accordance with a torque requirement. The drive system includes an engine that outputs first rotational power, and a generator that includes a rotor for receiving the first rotational power, a stator including a stator core with a winding wound thereon, a magnetic circuit for the winding passing through the stator core, and a supply current adjustment device for adjusting magnetic resistance of the magnetic circuit for the winding, to thereby change an inductance of the winding to adjust an output current of the generator. The drive system further includes a motor driven by the outputted current of the generator to output second rotational power to the rotational drive mechanism, and a control device configured to control both the engine and the supply current adjustment device, in accordance with the torque requirement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Haruyoshi Hino
  • Patent number: 10075049
    Abstract: To provide a stacking apparatus and a stack manufacturing system having high accuracy and productivity. A stacking apparatus 10 includes: a stage unit 40 on which a first material to be stacked 91 and a second material to be stacked 92 are stacked and placed; a sandwiching member 31 that is vertically movable with respect to the stage unit 40, and between which and the stage unit 40 the first material to be stacked 91 an the second stacked 92 are sandwiched; and a press member 33 that is vertically movable with respect to the sandwiching member 31 and simultaneously presses the first material to be stacked 91 and the second material to be stacked 92.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: HODEN SEIMITSU KAKO KENKYUSHO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chikara Murata
  • Patent number: 10061350
    Abstract: Particular embodiments described herein provide for a wearable electronic device, such as a bracelet, watch, wristband or armband that includes a circuit board coupled to a plurality of electronic components (which may include any type of components, elements, circuitry, etc.). One particular implementation of a wearable electronic device may include one or more strap portions that may each comprise a shape memory material, which has a default shape. At least one strap portion may further comprise one or more input elements configured to register one or more inputs and logic configured to receive input data based the one or more inputs and to manipulate, based, at least in part, on the input data, the shape memory material for each of the one or more strap portions from a deformed shape back to its default shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Aleksander Magi
  • Patent number: 10049259
    Abstract: Disclosed are a fingerprint module, a method for fabricating the same, and a mobile terminal. The fingerprint module has a fingerprint chip and a circuit board. The fingerprint chip has an identifying surface and a connecting surface opposite to the identifying surface, wherein the identifying surface is configured to identify a fingerprint of a user. The circuit board is attached to the connecting surface, wherein a sealing adhesive is disposed between the circuit board and the fingerprint chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Guangdong Oppo Mobile Telecommunications Corp., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wenzhen Zhang
  • Patent number: 10051757
    Abstract: An electronic package module includes a packaging box, multiple terminals, and a coil unit. The packaging box includes a mounting wall including a base surface, multiple protruding blocks disposed on the mounting wall, and multiple gaps each being located between adjacent two of the protruding blocks. The terminals are mounted to the mounting wall, and each have a welding section received in a corresponding one of the gaps and having a welding surface and a guiding surface bent from the welding surface. The coil unit includes multiple wires each having a connecting section connected to the welding surface and an extending section bent from the connecting section and abutting against the guiding surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Bothhand Enterprise Inc.
    Inventors: Yung-Ming Pan, Chung-Cheng Fan
  • Patent number: 10045438
    Abstract: A support-type display device (100) of the present invention comprises: a fixing member (110) which is fixed to a support (200); a display panel (120) which is fixed to one side of the fixing member (110), and has a flexible form that can be rolled and unrolled; and shape maintenance means (130) which are respectively installed along upper and lower parts of the display panel (120), and roll the display panel (120) or unroll in the shape of a flat board to maintain the rolled or unrolled state if an external force is applied. The present invention is installed on an outdoor support and is used for advertising and/or prevention, wherein a flexible display panel which can be rolled and unrolled is used such that the display panel is unrolled only when necessary, whereby the invention can be used for advertising and/or prevention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: REEF. T. MAX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ho Seob Eom
  • Patent number: 10043687
    Abstract: An apparatus including a bumped electrode array and a method of fabricating a bumped electrode array is disclosed. The method includes providing a substrate for the electrode array. The method also includes disposing a plurality of non-planar structures including electrodes above the substrate of the electrode array. The method further includes disposing a dielectric layer above the plurality of non-planar structures having a defined radius of curvature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: PALO ALTO RESEARCH CENTER INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Julie A. Bert, David K. Biegelsen, Sourobh Raychaudhuri
  • Patent number: 9979067
    Abstract: A microwave radial power divider/combiner device in which ridged waveguides structures are provided to provide adjacent-port isolation, large bandwidth, consistent cross-port phase matching, low insertion loss, and high peak and average power handling characteristics. The device includes a single rectangular input/output waveguide coupled to a bi-conical waveguide, which in turn is coupled to multiple ridged waveguides. These ridged radial waveguides are coupled to waveguide end-launches and impedance transformers located around the circumference of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Continental Microwave and Tool Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Brett Danderson
  • Patent number: 9977460
    Abstract: An electronic device comprising a device enclosure having an exterior surface; a contact area positioned at the exterior surface and having first and second ends, the contact area having a plurality of contacts arranged between the first and second ends and substantially flush with the exterior surface; and an alignment feature within the enclosure comprising first and second magnets positioned on opposing sides of the contact area, the first magnet positioned adjacent to the first end of the contact area and the second magnet positioned adjacent to the second end of the contact area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Wagman, Oliver Ross, Eric S. Jol, Hani Esmaeili, Brett Degner, Ibuki Kamei
  • Patent number: 9949412
    Abstract: A method of providing a cooling apparatus for cooling a heat-dissipating component(s) of an electronics enclosure includes: providing a thermal conductor to couple to the heat-dissipating component(s), the thermal conductor including a first conductor portion coupled to the heat-dissipating component, and a second conductor portion to position along an air inlet side of the electronics enclosure, so that in operation, the first conductor portion transfers heat from the component(s) to the second conductor portion; coupling at least one air-cooled heat sink to the second conductor portion to facilitate transfer of heat to airflow ingressing into the enclosure; providing at least one thermoelectric device coupled to the first or second conductor portion to facilitate providing active auxiliary cooling to the thermal conductor; and providing a controller to control operation of the thermoelectric device(s) and to selectively switch operation of the cooling apparatus between active and passive cooling modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Levi A. Campbell, Milnes P. David, Dustin W. Demetriou, Michael J. Ellsworth, Jr., Roger R. Schmidt, Robert E. Simons
  • Patent number: 9929679
    Abstract: An electrostatic induction-type vibration power generation device and method for improving a power generation amount, and extracting an external electric field from a spontaneous polarization electret. A pair of conductive plates is disposed with a gap therebetween. A charged body formed of a spontaneous polarization electret having predetermined thickness has a positively charged lower surface and negatively charged upper surface. The charged body is between conductive plates in contact with one conductive plate. The gap between the conductive plates is displaced in a direction vertical to the surfaces of the spontaneous polarization electret, whereby an electrostatic capacitance changes and electric power is generated. The other conductive plate is disposed at a position where an absolute value of an external electric field emitted outside from the charged body is between 2.7×107 V/m and 1.5×1010 V/m. Moreover, the thickness of the spontaneous polarization electret is between 1 mm and 60 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: SENDAI SMART MACHINES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Haruhiko Asanuma, Hiroyuki Oguchi, Motoaki Hara, Hiroki Kuwano
  • Patent number: 9913977
    Abstract: A method and related systems and apparatus for wrinkle reduction. The method includes the steps of positioning and applying a patch to skin of a consumer and adhesively securing the patch to the skin. A chemical composition on the patch includes both active ingredients and adhesive. A pair of electrodes are connected to a battery-driven, microprocessor-based controller. A current is applied through the electrodes in the patch for a selected time. The chemical composition in the patch is propelled into the consumer through use of the current in order to relax the skin or the consumer. The patch is removed and any residue of the chemical composition is massaged into the skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: University Medical Pharmaceuticals Corp.
    Inventors: Raymond J. Francis, John Trengrove, Gregory Hunt, Josh Hoyt, Jim Thorne, Darrick Carter
  • Patent number: 9874541
    Abstract: A sensor is provided with (i) a pair of electrically conducting electrodes on an electrically insulating substrate; (ii) a chemiresistor film in contact with the pair of electrodes, with an impedance that changes in the presence of an ionic analyte; (iii) a gate electrode formed from an electrically conductive material; (iv) a potential generator configured to apply an electrical potential difference between the gate electrode and the chemiresistor film; (v) a controller to selectively control the potential generator to apply an electric potential to the gate electrode relative to the potential of the chemiresistor film; and (vi) a voltage power source adapted to apply a voltage signal between the pair of electrically conducting electrodes to enable measurement of the resistance of the chemiresistor film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization
    Inventors: Burkhard Raguse, Edith Chow
  • Patent number: 9859767
    Abstract: An electric motor has an end cap assembly having a ground connection. The motor has a housing, a brush assembly including brushes, electrical components and a terminal holder, an end cap, and a ground plate. The brush assembly is secured in an open end of the housing. The end cap is positioned on an outer side of the brush assembly and fixed to the housing. The ground plate is disposed between and is resiliently compressed by the brush assembly and the end cap. The plate includes a plurality of elastic structures. Each elastic structure resiliently bears against corresponding leads of at least some of the electrical components. The ground plate is electrically connected to at least one of the housing and the end cap to accomplish a ground connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Johnson Electric S.A.
    Inventors: James Ching Sik Lau, Siu Kin Tam, Hua Ping Zeng, Yuk Wai Elton Yeung
  • Patent number: 9851605
    Abstract: A display panel includes a substrate and a display medium layer held on the substrate and has a display region and a frame region outside the display region and a hole on an inner side of the frame region penetrating the substrate and the display medium layer. The display panel further includes a hole-periphery sealing part disposed on the substrate at a side facing the display medium layer so as to surround the hole, in which the hole-periphery sealing part is made of: a first sealing member having a broken loop shape, surrounding the hole, having at least one open section; and at least one second sealing member provided at a location corresponding to the one open section so as to seal said at least one open section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hisashi Watanabe, Masayuki Kanehiro, Youhei Nakanishi
  • Patent number: 9846833
    Abstract: RFID inlays or straps may be assembled using impulse heating of metal precursors. Metal precursors are applied to and/or included in contacts on an RFID IC and/or terminals on a substrate. During assembly of the tag, the IC is disposed onto the substrate such that the IC contacts physically contact either the substrate terminals or metal precursors that in turn physically contact the substrate terminals. Impulse heating is then used to rapidly apply heat to the metal precursors, processing them into metallic structures that electrically couple the IC contacts to the substrate terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: IMPINJ, INC.
    Inventors: Ronald Lee Koepp, Harley Heinrich, Christopher J. Diorio
  • Patent number: 9844154
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a packaging box, multiple connecting pins, and an electronic unit mounted to a base of the packaging box and including multiple wires. The base includes a wire holding platform having multiple spaced-apart insertion through holes. The connecting pins are mounted to the wire holding platform, and each have a first wire connecting portion mounted in a corresponding insertion through hole, having a first through hole and a first electrically connecting portion connected between the first wire connecting portion and a circuit board. Each of the wires has two electrically conductive portions, each of which is connected to the first wire connecting portion of a corresponding connecting pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Bothhand Enterprise Inc.
    Inventors: Yung-Ming Pan, Chung-Cheng Fan
  • Patent number: 9836686
    Abstract: In a wireless communication device, radiation conductors including a first and second end portions are reformed on an upper surface of a radiation conductor base material. First and second terminal electrodes are provided at a same or substantially the same interval as the first and second end portions, on a lower surface of a RFIC element. A seal includes an adhesive surface larger than a principal surface of the RFIC element. The RFIC element is arranged on the upper surface of the radiation conductor substrate so that each of the first and second terminal electrodes comes into contact with the first and second end portions. The seal is pasted to the radiation conductor substrate so as to cover the RFIC element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Noboru Kato, Kunihiro Komaki