Combined Patents (Class 324/226)
  • Patent number: 10715686
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus connected to a sheet hole punching apparatus that applies a punch process to a sheet, and a method for controlling the same, in which from a die-set mounted to the sheet hole punching apparatus, die-set information including at least identification information for identifying the die-set is obtained, and in association with the die-set information, a number of times that the punch process has been executed using the die-set is counted. Control is performed to prompt a user to lubricate the die-set when the number of times counted by the counter unit exceeds a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshiro Tachibana, Nobuhiro Kawamura
  • Patent number: 10618553
    Abstract: A torque sensor for sensing the torque applied to a first shaft has a multipolar magnet rotated therewith and is connected to a second shaft via a torsion bar. The torque sensor includes a pair of magnetic yokes adapted to be disposed in a magnetic field of the multipolar magnet and adapted to be rotated together with the second shaft. A magnetic detection element has a detection surface and is capable of detecting a magnetic flux in a direction parallel to the detection surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: MELEXIS TECHNOLOGIES SA
    Inventor: Takumi Yoshiya
  • Patent number: 10588644
    Abstract: A distal targeting device for a surgical instrument includes a field generator having a coupling element configured to receive a shaft that is elongate along an axis and a bridge connectable to the field generator so as to be spaced from the field generator in a proximal direction with respect to the axis. The bridge includes an attachment device that is connectable to a tool that is configured to manipulate the shaft. The bridge also includes a pair of arms configured to clasp a body of the tool in a manner substantially rigidly coupling the bridge to the tool. At least one of the arms is positionable with respect to the attachment member at a distance that is adjustable so as to enable the arms to substantially rigidly clasp tool bodies having one or more of various shapes and sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Karg, Nils Schmuckli, Andre Furrer, Mike Santini, Samantha Weber
  • Patent number: 10564309
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods for uniquely identifying buried utilities in a multi-utility region. The system and methods may include sensing magnetic fields upon moving a magnetic field sensing locating device over a multi-utility region comprising a plurality of buried utilities. The sensed magnetic fields may be used to identify a plurality of location data points each indicative of location information pertaining to one or more buried utilities. Based on these location data points, a plurality of clusters may be generated where each cluster may include a set of location data points sharing common characteristics. The generated clusters may exhibit one or more patterns which may be identified and subsequently utilized for classifying the clusters to uniquely identify the buried utilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: SEESCAN, INC.
    Inventors: Sequoyah Aldridge, Mark S. Olsson, Michael J. Martin, Youngin Oh
  • Patent number: 10472910
    Abstract: A system includes a cable and a toolstring. The toolstring may couple to the cable to enable the toolstring to be placed in a wellbore. The toolstring includes a sensor that can collect measurements relating to the wellbore. An electromagnetic or anchoring device may selectively hold the toolstring or the cable against a surface of the wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joseph Varkey, Maria Grisanti, Paul Wanjau, David Kim, William Brian Underhill
  • Patent number: 10464105
    Abstract: A method for sorting waste, in which waste or recyclable material intended for sorting is brought in waste bags to a sorting apparatus, which includes a conveyor, from which the waste bags belonging to different waste components are separated from each other by guiding them into the containers according to the waste components or to further processing. A waste bag, an identifier arranged in connection with it and/or the content of the waste bag is identified with a sensor system, which includes a number of sensors monitoring different properties, which sensors essentially simultaneously read and/or identify a waste bag, an identifier arranged in connection with it and/or the content of the waste bag when the waste bag is transferred on the conveyor via the reading area of the sensors, and in which method on the basis of information coming from the sensors the waste bags are sorted into different waste components using one or more handling devices of the sorting apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: METROSENSE OY
    Inventors: Oskari Koistinen, Hannu Karhuketo, Göran Sundholm
  • Patent number: 10353022
    Abstract: A measuring apparatus for electromagnetic property of material includes a chamber and a specified shielding piece. The chamber has a cavity inside and the chamber has an electromagnetic wave access terminal to connect to the cavity, used to receive an input electromagnetic wave and output a reflective electromagnetic wave. The specified shielding piece is disposed inside the cavity with respect to the electromagnetic wave access terminal, used to produce a region in side the cavity. The region is dominated by magnetic field and is used to adapt an object to be measured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: National Tsing Hua University
    Inventors: Tsun-Hsu Chang, Wei-Syuan Wong, Yan-Ren Chen, Hsien-Wen Chao
  • Patent number: 10175125
    Abstract: A planar sensor for sensing lateral displacement and shear measures the displacement of a small ferromagnetic or diamagnetic target that is positioned and allowed to move laterally over a series of specially shaped and orientated planar coils. The coils are preferably multi-layer printed circuit boards (PCB) that contain the planar windings and in other embodiments can be fabricated using flexible PCBs or using micro electromechanical (MEMS) assemblies. The target displacement is constrained to a general area and in multiple lateral directions (measuring shear).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventors: Bruce J. P. Mortimer, Gary A. Zets
  • Patent number: 10088305
    Abstract: A scanning measurement system includes independently driven, self-aligning, dual-sided heads. The system is configured to perform a method that includes receiving information associated with a discrepancy in a desired cross direction alignment of a first sensor head and a second sensor head that are disposed on opposite sides of a web of material and that are configured to move in a cross direction relative to the web. The method also includes adjusting a velocity of at least one of the sensor heads based on the received information to improve the cross direction alignment of the first sensor head and the second sensor head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell Limited
    Inventors: Ronald E. Beselt, Cristian Andronic, Gertjan Hofman, Sudhir Thalore
  • Patent number: 10065396
    Abstract: An embodiment relates to a method comprising overmolding a bulk-solidifying amorphous alloy on a preform of another material than the bulk-solidifying amorphous alloy to form a bulk-solidifying amorphous alloy overmolded preform. Another embodiment relates to an article comprising an overmolded shell comprising the bulk-solidifying amorphous alloy on a preform of another material than the bulk-solidifying amorphous alloy. The preform could be made of a crystalline or amorphous metal or alloy such as aluminum, stainless steel, copper or beryllium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Crucible Intellectual Property, LLC
    Inventors: Adam A. Verreault, Sean T. O'Keeffe, Glenton R. Jelbert
  • Patent number: 10032322
    Abstract: A tool for validation of a system for monitoring at least one piece of equipment in an aircraft engine, also comprising a computer configured to: collect observation data related to the equipment, calculate a current value of at least one quality indicator on a current quantity of observation data, estimate the probability that the current value of the quality indicator reaches a predetermined reliability criterion, thus forming a probabilistic reliability law, and estimate a minimum quantity of observation data from the probabilistic reliability law, starting from which the value of the quality indicator reaches a predetermined reliability criterion with a probability exceeding a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES
    Inventor: Jérôme Henri Noël Lacaille
  • Patent number: 9933392
    Abstract: An apparatus, for non-destructively inspecting a sandwich panel defining an enclosed space, has an external and internal probe. The external probe is adjacent an external face-sheet of the sandwich panel and the internal probe is adjacent an internal face-sheet of the sandwich panel. The sandwich panel has a core material that is is interposed between the external and internal face-sheets of the sandwich panel. Each of the probes includes two elements that integrally form the probe. The external probe includes and is integrally formed from one of a magnetic field emitter and a magnetic field sensor, the magnetic field emitter emitting a magnetic field, and one of an ultrasonic transmit transducer and an ultrasonic receive transducer. The internal probe includes and is integrally formed from the other of the magnetic field emitter and the magnetic field sensor and the other of the ultrasonic transmit transducer and the ultrasonic receive transducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Jeffrey R. Kollgaard
  • Patent number: 9890661
    Abstract: An aero engine rotor air floatation assembling method and device based on a gantry structure belong to mechanical assembling technology. The present invention can effectively solve the problem of poor coaxality after the aero engine rotor is assembled and has the characteristics of high coaxality after the rotor is assembled, reduced vibration, mounting easiness, high flexibility and improved engine performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: HARBIN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Jiubin Tan, Chuanzhi Sun, Lei Wang, Bo Zhao
  • Patent number: 9753114
    Abstract: A gap and displacement magnetic sensor system for scanner heads in paper machines or other systems includes a multiple-sensor assembly. The multiple-sensor assembly includes multiple magnetic field orientation sensors configured to capture measurements of a magnetic field in order to identify (i) a displacement of first and second scanning sensor heads in a first direction, and (ii) a gap separation of the first and second scanning sensor heads in a second direction, and (iii) a displacement of the first and second scanning sensor heads in a third direction. At least one of the magnetic field orientation sensors is disposed offset from a centerline of the magnetic field such that an output from the at least one magnetic field orientation sensor indicates a combination of the gap separation and the displacement in either the first direction or the third direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Honeywell Limited
    Inventor: Ronald E. Beselt
  • Patent number: 9664650
    Abstract: A transducer is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: SEOUL NATIONAL UNIVERSITY R & DB FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Hong Min Seung, Yoon Young Kim
  • Patent number: 9599592
    Abstract: A method of magnetic crack depth prediction for a magnetisable component of a first geometry comprising determining a measure of remnant magnetic flux leakage for a section of the component and, converting the remnant magnetic flux leakage to a predicted crack depth for that section of the component using an empirically determined relationship between remnant magnetic flux leakage and crack depth for a previously tested in service component of the first geometry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Inventors: Ian Stewart Blair, Stephanie Klecha, Lloyd Lissiman
  • Patent number: 9581567
    Abstract: A device for discovering, identification and monitoring, of mechanical flaws in metallic structures is disclosed, based on magneto-graphic/magnetic tomography technique to identify stress-related defects. The device can determine the position of the defect or stress including depth information. The device includes registration means that optimized for use with metallic structures of various types, shapes and sizes. Applications include a real-time quality control, monitoring and emergency alarms, as well structural repairs and maintenance work recommendations and planning. Examples of the device implementation include pipes for oil and gas industry monitoring, detection of flaws in rolled products in metallurgical industry, welding quality of heavy duty equipment such as ships, reservoirs. etc. It is especially important for loaded constructions, such as pressured pipes, infrastructure maintenance, nuclear power plant monitoring, bridges, corrosion prevention and environment protection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Inventors: Valerian Goroshevskiy, Svetlana Kamaeva, Igor Kolesnikov
  • Patent number: 9412411
    Abstract: A data storage device testing system may be configured with at least a test slot, a loader assembly, and an exchange assembly. The loader assembly can be positioned to respectively engage and disengage a test deck with the test slot. The exchange assembly may be configured to open an access port portion of the test deck and subsequently replace a tested data storage component housed within the first test deck with an untested data storage component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Michael Louis Rancour, Brett Robert Herdendorf, Ronald Eldon Anderson
  • Patent number: 9386995
    Abstract: A method for inserting screws in holes in intramedullary (IM) nails comprising providing a surgical drill which in turn comprises a drill bit having an axis and two or more radiopaque circles on the drill, the circles having the same diameter and having planes which are parallel to each other and have an imaginary axis through them which is parallel to the axis of the drill bit, and confirming the alignment of the drill bit with the hole in the IM nail by adjusting the location and orientation of the drill to correspond to a position wherein the two or more radiopaque circles on the drill form a perfect circle in an x-ray image taken by a C-arm which has previously been aligned with a hole in the IM nail. The circles can be part of the drill and can flip out or be retracted or they can be part of a clip on device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Inventors: Jake Doroshow, Scott Doroshow
  • Patent number: 9354706
    Abstract: An example of an information processing apparatus calculates a first position using imaging information based on an image captured by an imaging device. The information processing apparatus calculates a second position using a detection result of a sensor. The information processing apparatus repeatedly determines whether or not a predetermined condition is satisfied, the predetermined condition including a condition regarding a relationship between the first position and the second position. A designated position on a predetermined plane is calculated using the first position and/or the second position. In a satisfaction period after the predetermined condition has been satisfied, the information processing apparatus calculates the designated position by making an influence of the second position relatively great as compared to an unsatisfaction period before the predetermined condition is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Naoya Yamada
  • Patent number: 9285345
    Abstract: An inspection tool for the non-destructive testing of a test component made of an electrically conductive material is described. The inspection tool employs movably mounted permanent magnets, which provides a means for generating a variable DC magnetic field within the test component, and eddy current probes so as to provide a means for performing a partial saturation eddy current test upon the test component. The eddy current probe preferably comprises an integrated magnetic field sensor which increases the accuracy and flexibility of the modes of operation of the described apparatus and methods. The described apparatus and methods are particularly suited for the inspection of tubular components that are often remotely located within the oil and gas exploration and production industries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Innospection Group Limited
    Inventor: Andreas Boenisch
  • Patent number: 9255851
    Abstract: A method for identifying the location of a binding zone between a stuck tubular and a borehole includes the steps of passing a demagnetizing stress sensor through the tubular on a baseline magnetization pass to magnetize the tubular. Next, the demagnetizing stress sensor measures a baseline magnetization of the tubular. Once the baseline magnetization has been established, the method continues by applying a stress to the tubular and passing the demagnetizing stress sensor through the tubular on a scanning pass while the tubular is stressed. The demagnetizing stress sensor then measures a stress-induced magnetization of the tubular. The method concludes by comparing the baseline magnetization of the tubular against the stress-induced magnetization of the tubular. Notably, in preferred embodiments, the method includes the magnetization of the tubular in a substantially radial direction and the stresses are applied in vectors perpendicular to the radial magnetization of the tubular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: GE Oil & Gas ESP, Inc.
    Inventor: Guy Harvey Mason
  • Patent number: 9221610
    Abstract: A conveyor belt (13) includes a main body rubber (14) extending in a belt longitudinal direction, tension members (15) embedded in the main body rubber throughout a circumference of the main body rubber (14) in the belt longitudinal direction, and loop coils (16) embedded in the main body rubber (14) and having an annular shape in plan view taken in a belt thickness direction (T). The loop coils (16) are embedded at one side of the main body rubber (14) in the belt thickness direction (T), and the tension members (15) are embedded at the other side of the main body rubber (14) in the belt thickness direction (T) relative to the loop coils (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hirozumi Enshu
  • Patent number: 9213017
    Abstract: The present application provides a rotary testing apparatus for use with a work piece. The rotary testing apparatus may include a rotor, a probe, and a lifting unit for maneuvering the probe about the work piece. The lifting unit may include a hydraulic lifting mechanism and a counterweight mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Xun Yu, Hua Zhou, Kai Fan
  • Patent number: 9191758
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a custom-fit in-ear-monitor (IEM) is provided that utilizes a pre-tuned, single piece driver module to simplify fabrication and reduce cost while insuring that the performance of the IEM consistently meets the acoustic goals set for the device. During fabrication the driver module, the drivers coupled to the module's driver ports, and the crossover circuit are installed in a custom-fit IEM shell such that the module's acoustic output is aligned with the output surface of the IEM shell. After installing the device components within the IEM shell, the shell is sealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Logitech Europe, S.A.
    Inventors: Philippe Depallens, Joseph A. Saggio, Jr., Todd W. Lansinger
  • Patent number: 9176097
    Abstract: A welded portion quality determining system includes a first plate and a second plate, a welded portion defined at a point where the first plate and the second plate are welded to each other. Magnetic field generators generate a magnetic field to be supplied to the welded portion, and magnetic pickup devices receive the magnetic field generated by the magnetized welded portion to sense the received magnetic field. Therefore, a magnetic field may be generated by the welded portion through the magnetic field generators, and the magnetic field generated by the magnetized welded portion is sensed by the magnetic pickup devices so that quality of the welded portion may be rapidly and correctly verified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Yong Joon Cho
  • Patent number: 9151590
    Abstract: A method for determining the proximity to an electrically conductive body comprises transmitting an alternating magnetic field at a selected frequency and registering an alternating magnetic field. Frequencies of the registered alternating magnetic field comprising the selected frequency and have an amplitude value above a predefined threshold value and are detected by a detection means. Utilizing a blocking circuit, frequencies of a predefined frequency band comprising the detected frequency or a plurality of predefined frequency bands comprising in each case one of the detected frequencies, are defined as blocked frequencies. A following frequency following the respective selected frequency and different from the selected frequency and the blocked frequencies is defined in a selection controller. The following frequency of a selected frequency is continuously selected as a newly selected frequency for a new time window following immediately after or chronologically spaced apart from a selected time window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Atlas Elektronik GmbH
    Inventor: Heinz Knaak
  • Patent number: 9095834
    Abstract: A method of modifying a substrate using a plasma comprises providing a first electrode and a second electrode; arranging the substrate such that only a portion of the substrate is between the electrodes; and rotating either the substrate or at least one of the electrodes about an axis so as to cause different portions of the substrate to pass between the electrodes during the rotation. A voltage is supplied to at least one of the electrodes so as to create a plasma discharge between the electrodes which contacts at least the portions of the substrate that pass between the electrodes. The electrodes and the substrate are arranged such that the rotating causes the speed of transit of the substrate portion between the electrodes to vary in a radial direction away from the axis of rotation and the rate that the plasma discharge modifies the substrate varies across the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Innovation Ulster Limited
    Inventors: Cormac Patrick Byrne, Brian Joseph Meenan, Raechelle Andrea D'Sa
  • Patent number: 9063095
    Abstract: A test method for testing elongated objects comprising moving an elongated object in a feed-through direction through a feed-through coil arrangement having at least one feed-through coil, wherein the feed-through coil arrangement is secured to be transversely movable with respect to the feed-through direction of the object and is guided on the object passing through such that the feed-through coil arrangement can follow transverse movements of the object occurring transversely with respect to the feed-through direction of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Institut Dr. Foerster GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Günther Stritzke, Stefan Koch
  • Publication number: 20150115943
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method of determining a status of a cover of a display terminal are provided. The apparatus includes a terminal comprising a display screen, and a Hall sensor comprising a magnetic field sensing surface and a plurality of Hall elements disposed substantially parallel with the magnetic field sensing surface, the magnetic field sensing surface being substantially perpendicular to the display screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: MAGNACHIP SEMICONDUCTOR, LTD.
    Inventors: Hyung-nam JIN, Seung-hwan PARK, Eunjoong KIM
  • Publication number: 20150097558
    Abstract: A display terminal, an apparatus for cover opening detection, and a method of arranging a Hall sensor in a display terminal are provided. A display terminal includes a first body, and a Hall sensor disposed in the first body, the Hall sensor including a magnetic field sensing surface configured to sense a magnetic field, in which the magnetic field sensing surface is disposed at a slope with respect to an front surface of the first body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: Magnachip Semiconductor, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyung-nam JIN, Seung-hwan PARK
  • Patent number: 8878552
    Abstract: A system includes a capacitor, a plurality of notification devices connected in parallel with the capacitor, and a controller. The controller is capable of determining capacitance of the capacitor during charge-up of the capacitor, and the controller is capable of determining the wiring impedance of the emergency notification circuit during discharge of the capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: UTC Fire and Security Americas Corp., Inc.
    Inventors: Andres Cordoba Galera, William Edwards, Joseph Peter Calinski, Donald Becker, Antonio Gonzalez Requejo, Miguel Angel Perez Gandara
  • Patent number: 8797023
    Abstract: Provided is a coercive-force specifying apparatus capable of creating a demagnetization curve for each divisional area of a coercive-force distributed magnet without breaking the coercive-force distributed magnet and of specifying an average coercive force for each divisional area precisely. A coercive force specifying apparatus of the present invention includes: a yoke including an insertion space into which a coercive-force distributed magnet is to be inserted; a magnetizing coil; a search coil that detects a magnetization change when the magnetic field is applied to the coercive-force distributed magnet; and a tracer that creates a demagnetization curve on a basis of a voltage value generated due to the magnetization change. The end face is provided with two or more loop-shaped thread grooves bored therein, the search coil being provided in each thread groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masafumi Suzuki, Tomonari Kogure, Mayumi Nakanishi
  • Patent number: 8779778
    Abstract: Disclosed is a proximity switch provided with an actuator unit and a sensor unit. The sensor unit is provided with an antenna coil, a transmitting circuit which transmits electromagnetic waves at a constant frequency to the antenna coil, a receiving circuit which detects external signals received by means of the antenna coil, and control circuits. The actuator unit is provided with an antenna coil, a power supply circuit which rectifies an electromotive force generated in the antenna coil, and a signal processing circuit which receives power supply from the power supply circuit, performs frequency-dividing to the signals received by means of the antenna coil, and transmits the signals from the antenna coil after the frequency-dividing. The control circuit of the sensor unit has memory for registering the frequency of the signals transmitted from the actuator unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Higuchi, Teruyuki Nakayama, Daichi Kamisono, Satoshi Nishiuchi, Kazunori Okamoto
  • Publication number: 20140167747
    Abstract: A welded portion quality determining system includes a first plate and a second plate, a welded portion defined at a point where the first plate and the second plate are welded to each other. Magnetic field generators generate a magnetic field to be supplied to the welded portion, and magnetic pickup devices receive the magnetic field generated by the magnetized welded portion to sense the received magnetic field. Therefore, a magnetic field may be generated by the welded portion through the magnetic field generators, and the magnetic field generated by the magnetized welded portion is sensed by the magnetic pickup devices so that quality of the welded portion may be rapidly and correctly verified.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Yong Joon CHO
  • Publication number: 20140141085
    Abstract: The invention relates generally to tracer particles for product identification and/or authentication. When incorporated into a manufactured item, that item can be subsequently authenticated by either detecting, or failing to detect, the tracer particle. The tracer particles of the invention are magnetically attractable, with micromarkings, and in some embodiments, are manufactured with food grade materials and of a particle size suitable for ingestion by humans. The particles can be analyzed qualitatively or quantitatively. In other aspects, the invention provides methods for the manufacture of the tracer particles, and in other aspects, provides methods for using the particles. Examples of products that can be tagged using the tracer particles of the invention include pharmaceuticals, animal feeds or feed supplements, and baby formula. Other applications include forensics, such as in explosive materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: Micro-Tracers, Inc.
    Inventors: Nikolay Barashkov, Jonathan Germain, David Eisenberg, Zachary Eisenberg, Lou Kish
  • Patent number: 8547086
    Abstract: There is provided a coercivity performance determination device for a coercivity distribution magnet that is capable of determining, in a short period of time, with precision, and at as low a testing cost as possible, whether or not each part of one coercivity distribution magnet has a coercivity that is equal to or greater than the required coercivity. A coercivity determining device of the present invention comprises: a substantially C-shaped magnetic body; excitation means that generates a magnetic flow in the magnetic body; and a flux meter that measures the residual magnetic flux of the coercivity distribution magnet. Protrusions are provided at corresponding positions on two opposing end faces of the magnetic body, and the coercivity distribution magnet is held between the two protrusions to form an annular magnetic circuit. An external magnetic field generation means is formed by magnetic regions caused by the protrusions and non-magnetic regions comprising the air in the periphery thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masafumi Suzuki, Mayumi Nakanishi
  • Patent number: 8542006
    Abstract: A solenoid current monitoring circuit of a solenoid actuator includes a solenoid drive board configured to receive a control signal, a sensing resistor configured to detect a current signal of a solenoid coil of the actuator resulting from the control signal, and a differentiator configured to differentiate the current signal. The solenoid current monitoring circuit detects the movement of the solenoid actuator based on a change in the differentiated current signal caused by a change in inductance of the solenoid coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Hydril USA Manfacturing LLC
    Inventor: Zhen Liu
  • Publication number: 20130241540
    Abstract: A sensor system comprises a sensor element adapted to sense at least one physical quantity, wherein the sensor element is adapted to generate a sensor signal in response to the at least one physical quantity, an evaluation circuit adapted to detect a manipulation of the sensor system based on the sensor signal and stored reference values and to output an indication signal in response to a detected manipulation and a package, the package housing at least the sensor element and the evaluation circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Udo Ausserlechner, Christian Kolle, Mario Motz
  • Patent number: 8493062
    Abstract: According to the present invention, a method for determining coercivity of a coercivity distribution magnet, whereby coercivity of each portion in the coercivity distribution magnet can be determined with good accuracy without, for example, cutting the coercivity distribution magnet into pieces and thus quality assurance can be achieved with good accuracy, is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomonari Kogure, Mayumi Nakanishi
  • Patent number: 8483800
    Abstract: A system for integrating radiolucent tracking sensors in a medical table, table mat, or surgical drape of a surgical navigation system, allowing the surgical navigation system to be less obtrusive in a surgery environment. A plurality of radiolucent magnetoresistance sensors are integrated into a table, table mat, or surgical draping of a surgical navigation system for improving surgical navigation workflow and eliminating image artifacts from intraoperative images. The plurality of radiolucent magnetoresistance sensors may be located within a table or adjacent to a table surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Vernon Thomas Jensen, William H. Huber
  • Publication number: 20130154631
    Abstract: A current sensor includes: a conductive member through which a current to be measured flows; first and second magnetic sensors which output output signals having reversed phases to each other due to an induction magnetic field from the current to be measured; and a control unit which performs differential operation on the output signal of the first magnetic sensor and the output signal of the second magnetic sensor, wherein sensing axis directions of the first magnetic sensor and the second magnetic sensor are fixed in the same direction, form a predetermined angle with respect to an application direction of the induction magnetic field from the current to be measured applied to the first magnetic sensor and the second magnetic sensor, and are fixed so that the induction magnetic fields are applied to the first magnetic sensor and the second magnetic sensor in reverse directions to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: ALPS GREEN DEVICES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Alps Green Devices Co., Ltd.
  • Publication number: 20130154630
    Abstract: A current sensor includes: a first magnetic sensor and a second magnetic sensor; a first analog-to-digital converter which is connected to the first magnetic sensor and converts an output signal of the first magnetic sensor from an analog signal to a digital signal so as to be output; a second analog-to-digital converter which is connected to the second magnetic sensor and converts an output signal of the second magnetic sensor from an analog signal to a digital signal so as to be output; and an operation device which is connected to the first analog-to-digital converter and the second analog-to-digital converter, and outputs an operation value by subjecting the output signal of the first analog-to-digital converter and the output signal of the second analog-to-digital converter to differential operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: ALPS GREEN DEVICES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: ALPS GREEN DEVICES CO., LTD.
  • Patent number: 8450997
    Abstract: Magnetic tracking systems and methods for determining the position and orientation of a remote object. A magnetic tracking system includes a stationary transmitter for establishing a reference coordinate system, and at least one receiver. The remote object is attached to, mounted on, or otherwise coupled to the receiver. The transmitter can include a set of three mutually perpendicular coils having a common center point, or a set of three coplanar coils with separate centers. The receiver can include a set of three orthogonal coils. The position and orientation of the receiver and the remote object coupled thereto is determined by measuring the nine mutual inductances between the three transmitter coils and the three receiver coils. The magnetic tracking system provides reduced power consumption, increased efficiency, digital compensation for component variation, automatic self-calibration, automatic synchronization with no connections between transmitter and receiver, and rapid low-cost implementation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Brown University
    Inventor: Kenneth J. Silverman
  • Patent number: 8432160
    Abstract: A method for estimating the value of the weight of the contents of the oscillating assembly of an electronically controlled household appliance is provided. The oscillating assembly is connected to a frame by a suspension system having a damper. The damper includes at least two mechanical elements adapted to move reciprocally, a magnetic element which detects reciprocal motion, depending upon the distance between the two elements, the magnetic sensor generates an electrical signal. A reading of an initial value of an electric parameter, is taken when the oscillating assembly is empty. A mathematical function is identified on the basis of the initial value and of a plurality of predetermined parameters, which relate the electrical parameter to the weight of the contents. A second reading is taken when contents have been loaded in, and the value of the weight of the contents is estimated by using the mathematical function and electric parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Indesit Compnay S.p.A
    Inventors: Enrico Smargiassi, Giuseppina Pia Potena, Federica Minni, Fabrizio Concettoni, Valeria Animobono
  • Publication number: 20130021168
    Abstract: A transmit pad inspection device includes a magnetic coupling device, which includes an inductive circuit that is configured to magnetically couple to a primary circuit of a charging device in a transmit pad through an alternating current (AC) magnetic field. The inductive circuit functions as a secondary circuit for a set of magnetically coupled coils. The magnetic coupling device further includes a rectification circuit, and includes a controllable load bank or is configured to be connected to an external controllable load back. The transmit pad inspection device is configured to determine the efficiency of power transfer under various coupling conditions. In addition, the transmit pad inspection device can be configured to measure residual magnetic field and the frequency of the input current, and to determine whether the charging device has been installed properly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Applicant: UT-BATTELLE, LLC
    Inventors: Perry T. Jones, John M. Miller
  • Publication number: 20120226135
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods to enable the complete detection and assessment of electric currents flowing in a conductive medium not only parallel, but also perpendicular to the boundary separating the conducting medium from a non-conducting medium by means of a magnetometer located outside of the conducting medium itself.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Applicant: MOMENT TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Yoshio OKADA
  • Patent number: 8198889
    Abstract: A magnetic sensor for an elevating motor, and more particularly to a magnetic sensor whose magnetic induction elements are sealed within a magnetically non-permeable minor sleeve. Meanwhile, a signal transmission line is extended therefrom. In addition, the minor sleeve and the magnetic induction elements are disposed within a gear box of the elevating motor. Since the magnetic sensor in accordance with the invention is designed in a built-in type, it is not easily affected and damaged by the external environment. As a result, the service life may be prolonged. Moreover, it is modularized for a compact structure and a practical installation. In addition, it approaches more to the rotational and magnetic pole, thereby enhancing the measuring accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Inventor: Chen-Hui Ko
  • Patent number: 8148976
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and arrangement for the contactless determination of conductivity-influencing properties and their spatial distribution over the entire cross section of an electrically conductive substance moving in a primary magnetic field (B). The substance may be a liquid or a solid. A simultaneous measurement of a number of mechanical state parameters of the magnetic system is performed (three-dimensional components of the force and the torque), said parameters being variable by the effect of a secondary field on the magnetic system, the secondary field being produced on the basis of eddy currents induced in the substance by the primary field (B). To determine the spatial distribution of the property that is sought, the primary field is changed in intensity or form a number of times and a measurement of the state parameters is carried out for each change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Technische Universitat Ilmenau
    Inventors: André Thess, Yuri Kolesnikov, Christian Karcher
  • Patent number: 8053244
    Abstract: A biosensor is described. The biosensor includes a fixed multilayer stack providing a magnetization oscillation, a voltage source electrically coupled to the fixed multilayer stack, and a binding molecule covalently bonded to the biosensor. The voltage source provides a direct current through the fixed multilayer stack to generate the magnetization oscillation and a target molecule including a magnetic nanoparticle forms a complex with the binding molecule and alters the magnetization oscillation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Pat J. Ryan, Haiwen Xi, Insik Jin