Leakage Patents (Class 340/605)
  • Patent number: 10337181
    Abstract: An actuation system for a toilet including a capacitive sensor received within a toilet tank and including an electrode electrically coupled with water within the toilet tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Delta Faucet Company
    Inventors: Michael J. Veros, Joel D. Sawaski
  • Patent number: 10337477
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine fuel supply system includes a first fuel tank, a separator, and circuitry. The first fuel tank is to store fuel. The separator is connected to the first fuel tank to separate the fuel supplied from the first fuel tank into a high octane fuel and a low octane fuel which are to be supplied to an internal combustion engine. The high octane fuel has a first octane number. The low octane fuel has a second octane number lower than the first octane number. The circuitry is configured to determine whether fuel has been supplied to the first fuel tank, and to operate the separator to separate the fuel into the high octane fuel and the low octane fuel when it is determined that fuel has been supplied to the first fuel tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kengo Ishimitsu, Daiko Tsutsumi, Hiroshi Chishima, Kohei Kuzuoka, Tadashi Kurotani
  • Patent number: 10323857
    Abstract: A coupling harness useful with a HVAC mini-split system includes a first interface connected to a thermistor, a second interface connected to a condensate overflow sensor and a control device interface connected to a HVAC electronic control device. The first and second interfaces can notify the control device interface of the existence of an alarm condition of the thermistor and condensate overflow sensor, respectively. The control device interface can actuate the HVAC electronic control device in response to such notifications that an alarm condition exists for the thermistor or condensate overflow sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: RectorSeal, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Cantolino, Mark Oudshoorn, Robert Dean Sells
  • Patent number: 10309860
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a water detection device that includes a water-activated battery configured to supply an electrical voltage upon contact with water, a device housing configured to receive the water-activated battery and one or more first electronic components, where the device housing has a plurality of ports that are configured to facilitate insertion and removal of the one or more first electronic components, and a modular housing disposed in a first port of the plurality of ports of the device housing, where the modular housing has one or more second electronic components communicatively coupled to the water-activated battery via the first port, such that the water-activated battery supplies the electrical voltage to the one or more second electronic components upon contact with water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Bradly Jay Billman, Kade Scott, Matthew T. Flachsbart, Cory Matheson, Benjamin D. Ethington
  • Patent number: 10309861
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for intelligently detecting pipeline small leaks and thefts. In the Energy Flow Line Method, measured changes in flow data at both ends of the pipeline are monitored and analyzed to detect a leak or a theft. The energy wave front speed and the unsteady flow mathematical model of the subject pipeline is used to calculate leak details. In the Filtered Pressure Waves Method, the measured pressure data at both ends of the pipeline is monitored and analyzed. Pressure waves that do not originate at the ends of the pipeline are selected. Two travelling time windows are applied to those candidates, and the candidates are processed within each window. Leaks, thefts and their details are obtained if the detected leak locations meet the criteria. The Enhanced Filtered Pressure Waves Method, provides the leaked amount and verifies the leak and the leak location to avoid false alarms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Pro-Fin Engineering Inc.
    Inventor: Yan Zhang
  • Patent number: 10301167
    Abstract: An automated liquid inventory monitoring and inventory reconciliation system. The system uses a liquid densitometer to precisely measure the density of liquid being dispensed. This allows the system to account for the significant temperature-induced volume variations existing in common liquids such as gasoline. In the preferred embodiments, a fuel inventory processor tracks the quantity of fuel loaded into the tank and the quantity of fuel dispensed to maintain an ongoing computation of the quantity of fuel that should be present in the tank. An accurate tank depth measurement device is also employed. The processor compares the tank depth measurement to the computed quantity of fuel in the tank and uses the values to create an updated tank strapping chart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventors: Paul Johnson, Thomas D'Alesandro, Mark Butsch
  • Patent number: 10281933
    Abstract: Pressure balancing apparatuses and methods disclosed here include embodiments with a waterproof enclosure having walls surrounding an interior chamber, a mounting interface mounted to the enclosure with a port to an outside, and a balancing module, connected to the mounting interface, the balancing module including, a balancing module housing, a valve actuator member inside the balancing module housing, with a receptacle for a pressure source. In certain embodiments the valve actuator member is configured to move in response to changes in differential pressure between a pressure in the enclosure chamber and pressure from the outside, and a module valve, inside the balancing module housing, connected to the valve actuator member, and fluidically separating the enclosure chamber from the port to the outside, wherein the module valve is configured to open and close in response to the movement of the valve actuator member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: iDive, Inc.
    Inventors: James Pena, Michael Berumen, Wai Man Victor Tsui
  • Patent number: 10268165
    Abstract: A liquid metal leak detector system including a direct current (DC) power supply and a plurality of analog to digital converters connected to the DC power supply. Each converter includes a liquid metal switch, where the liquid metal switch is closed in event of a liquid metal leak since the liquid metal leak causes electrical continuity between a conductive sheeting and a housing for liquid metal. The converter also includes a comparator connected to both the liquid metal switch for converting an analog signal into a digital signal, wherein the digital signal is configured such that a high signal constitutes no leak and a low signal constitutes a leak. An AND gate is also connected to each of the plurality of converters for combining all of the digital signals output from the converters, the AND gate configured such that the AND gate outputs a high signal if all of its inputs are high and a low signal if any input is low.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: THE TRUSTEES OF PRINCETON UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Jacob Schwartz, Michael Jaworski
  • Patent number: 10260338
    Abstract: A fluid analyzer for a downhole tool positionable in a wellbore penetrating a subterranean formation is provided. The fluid analyzer includes an optical sensor positioned in the downhole tool to receive a downhole fluid therefrom. The optical sensor includes an optical cell to measure properties of the downhole fluid in a flowline of the downhole tool, and has a wavelength range. The fluid analyzer also includes a calibration fluid having a liquid that absorbs outside of the wavelength range, and a calibrator. The calibrator includes a fluid source housing the calibration fluid and at least one valve. The fluid source is operatively connectable to the optical sensor to provide the calibration fluid thereto whereby the calibration fluid is measureable by and calibratable to the optical sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Anthony Smits
  • Patent number: 10261523
    Abstract: A latching solenoid slave valve for wirelessly receiving watering instructions from an irrigation controller via acoustical waves or pulses. The latching solenoid slave valve comprises a diaphragm in direct communication with a main water distribution conduit of the irrigation system for detecting acoustical waves or pulses transmitted by pressurized water of the main water distribution conduit. An accelerometer is supported by the diaphragm for generating an output signal as the diaphragm vibrates due to detection of the acoustical waves or pulses. A microcontroller is electrically coupled to the accelerometer for processing the output signals of the accelerometer, and the microcontroller determining, from the processed output signals of the accelerometer, whether or not the latching solenoid slave valve is to commence a watering cycle for a desired duration of time. An irrigation controller is wirelessly coupled to the latching solenoid slave valve for controlling operation thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Rainboxx, Inc.
    Inventors: Alex Khabbaz, Steve Cratus Owens, Michael Varanka
  • Patent number: 10228351
    Abstract: An acoustic measurement system for an industrial process asset includes a process measurement device providing a value representative of an acoustic signal near the industrial process asset based in part on a signal from an acoustic sensor positioned near the industrial process asset. A second acoustic sensor provides an acoustic value and a noise reduction component uses the acoustic value from the second acoustic sensor to affect the value provided by the process measurement device so that the value provided by the process measurement device is more representative of an acoustic signal generated by the industrial process asset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: ROSEMOUNT INC.
    Inventors: Cory Michael Robinson, Marcos Antonio Vieira Peluso, Theodore Henry Schnaare, Ryan Thomas Lindsey, Lynn LeRoy Faulkner
  • Patent number: 10222411
    Abstract: The invention provides grounding safety control point monitoring method, measuring circuit and equipment grounding measuring system, wherein, The grounding safety control point monitoring method comprises the following steps: A safety monitoring level signal corresponding to each circuit is output according to the comparison result of the voltage between the grounding safety control points of at least one circuit and the preset grounding safety standard voltage; one circuit of safety action level signal is adjusted and output according to at least one circuit of input safety monitoring level signal; grounding safety protection is done according to the safety action level signal. All grounding points are monitored in real time by comparing the voltage between grounding safety control points with preset grounding safety standard voltage, so as to guarantee the product safety, equipment safety and personal safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventors: Ta-I Lin, Shulei Zhao, Zhizheng Qian, Jiahua Ren, Xiaodong Lu, Shang Liu
  • Patent number: 10196928
    Abstract: A pipe fault detection system is provided for a gas turbine engine having a compressor and a turbine. The pipe fault detection system includes a cooling manifold configured to direct cooling air from the compressor to the turbine. The cooling manifold includes at least two cooling pipes, a sensor configured to detect an operating condition indicative of a pipe break, and a controller configured to control the amount of cooling air through the cooling manifold in response to the operating condition detected by the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Sridhar Adibhatla, Steven Edward Nolte, Jeffrey Wayne Litzler
  • Patent number: 10186137
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention include a leak detector and monitor comprising: at least one leak sensor adapted to detect a leak of a substance; at least one microcontroller adapted to receive a signal from the leak sensor; and at least one wireless communication module adapted to receive the signal from the microcontroller, whereby the wireless communication module transmits an electronic message to at least one user, whereby the user wirelessly communicates his instructions to the microcontroller to exercise control over at least one electrical valve by transmitting at least one electrical signal to the electrical valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: VIDTEK ASSOCIATES INC.
    Inventors: Reza Zokaei, Mohammad Jalilian
  • Patent number: 10174863
    Abstract: A method and a system are provided for detecting first signs of failure in an aircraft engine valve. The system includes an acquisition device configured to acquire output pressure measurements of the valve and command and context data related to the valve, and a processing device configured to define a set of indicators of first signs of failure as a function of the output pressure measurements and the command and context data. The processing device is configured to monitor a change over time in each indicator of the set of indicators of first signs of failure. The processing device is configured to detect a possible deviation of at least one indicator among the set of indicators, the deviation representing the first signs of failure of the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES
    Inventor: William Bense
  • Patent number: 10173905
    Abstract: A system for detecting a liquid, such as liquid water, is provided. The system includes an RFID tag and an absorbent material positioned over the RFID tag. The system also includes features for hindering or preventing compression of the absorbent material and/or for spacing the RFID tag from the absorbent material. A water filter assembly with features for detecting water leaks is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Sergeevich Chernov, Andrew Reinhard Krause
  • Patent number: 10171895
    Abstract: A screen having a hydrophobic portion to resist the entry of liquid into an acoustic module and a hydrophilic portion to aid in the removal of liquid from an acoustic chamber is described. The screen is placed in an orifice in the acoustic module between the external environment and the internal acoustic chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas J. Weber, Naoto Matsuyuki
  • Patent number: 10156153
    Abstract: The present application provides a method of evaluating valve tightness in a turbine by a data acquisition system. The method may include the steps of receiving a number of operating parameters from a number of sensors, opening a first valve and closing a second valve, closing the first valve, determining a pressure decay time between the first valve and the second valve, determining a stable value of pressure between the first valve and the second valve, comparing the pressure decay time and the stable value of pressure to predetermined values, and altering one or more of the operating parameters and/or initiating repair procedures if the pressure decay time and/or the stable value of pressure is increasing and/or exceeds the predetermined values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Reigl, Frank Maeckle
  • Patent number: 10153112
    Abstract: A device for monitoring vacuum quality of a vacuum circuit breaker, the device including at least one rigid assembly including a first stationary conductive surface that is separated by an insulating layer from a second stationary conductive surface that is grounded. The assembly forms a first capacitor having a fixed value, the first stationary conductive surface being arranged opposite an electrically active portion of the vacuum circuit breaker to form, together with the portion, a second capacitor, and an electronic circuit for measuring a variation in voltage of the first capacitor that is representative of a change in state of the vacuum of the circuit breaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES SAS
    Inventors: Hans Schellekens, Jean-Pierre Gauthier, Olivier Cardoletti, Maxime Durand
  • Patent number: 10143114
    Abstract: A Rack Information Handling System (RIHS) has a liquid cooling subsystem that provides cooling liquid to liquid cooled (LC) nodes received in chassis-receiving bays of a rack. Leak collection structures are positioned to receive cooling liquid that leaks from the liquid cooling subsystem. Liquid sensors detect a presence of leaked cooling liquid in the leak collection structures. A leak detection subsystem responds to a detected presence of liquid by providing a leak indication. In one or more embodiments, the liquid cooling subsystem has a liquid rail formed by more than one rack interconnections vertically aligned in a rear section of the rack that are connected by modular rail conduits for node-to-node fluid transfer. The leak collection structures include a pipe cover received over at least one modular rail conduit. A liquid cavity of each pipe cover spills over into another lower pipe cover at a rate that can be correlated to severity of the leak.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Dell Products, L.P.
    Inventors: Austin Michael Shelnutt, Edmond I. Bailey, John R. Stuewe
  • Patent number: 10132569
    Abstract: A hybrid fluid cooler or tower that provides enhanced cooler performance by improving air and water distribution to the indirect heat exchange section by utilizing extended flow nozzles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: SPX Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Eldon F. Mockry
  • Patent number: 10132061
    Abstract: A water supply regulating system includes a housing having a water line input conduit and a water line output conduit located downstream therefrom, and in fluid communication with an existing water supply source providing incoming water ingressing the housing. Advantageously, a first mechanism is configured to detect a water leak in the existing plumbing system located downstream of the water line output conduit. Notably, a second mechanism configured to automatically shut off outgoing water egressing the housing via the water line output conduit. A first controller is in operable communication with the first mechanism and the second mechanism. An external host server is located external of the housing and in operable communication with the first controller. Advantageously, a second controller is located external of the housing and in operable communication with the first controller and the external host server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Farid Farag
  • Patent number: 10121353
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a water detection device that includes a water-activated battery configured to supply an electrical voltage upon contact with water, an electronic circuit configured to receive the electrical voltage from the water-activated battery, where the electronic circuit is configured to communicate with an external, electronic device upon receipt of the electrical voltage, and a housing configured to receive the water-activated battery and the electronic circuit, where the housing has passageways configured to facilitate movement of water into the housing and toward the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Bradly Jay Billman, Kade Scott, Matthew T. Flachsbart, Cory Matheson, Benjamin D. Ethington
  • Patent number: 10113896
    Abstract: A liquid reservoir includes at least one liquid surface level detection unit in the liquid reservoir. The at least one liquid surface level detection unit includes a plurality of liquid surface level detection units. The plurality of liquid surface level detection units each include a plurality of self-heating sensors. The plurality of self-heating sensors are positioned at different heights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Masaki Toyoshima, Yasutaka Ochiai, Makoto Saito
  • Patent number: 10107709
    Abstract: Embodiments of water sensors having multi-value outputs are disclosed. A water sensing circuit measures the impedance between two contacts of a water sensor and compares it with a reference signal. The impedance between two contacts varies depending on the wetness of the contacts, and so the sensing circuit may provide a measured wetness level. The water sensor may transmit measurements or other information wired or wirelessly. The water sensor may display indicia of measurements or other information via a display on a housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: SEARS BRANDS, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Patrick William Vilbrandt, Matthew Stephen Reynolds, Shwetak N. Patel
  • Patent number: 10101022
    Abstract: A method for optimizing a fluid utilization facility. The method includes monitoring an operating state of a fluid utilization device and an operating state of a drain trap in a fluid utilization facility based on detection information obtained by detectors installed in various places in the fluid utilization facility. A running state of the fluid utilization facility is optimized based on a monitoring result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: TLV Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshiyasu Fujiwara, Kazunori Oda, Noriaki Tsuchiiwa, Tomoyuki Shiraishi
  • Patent number: 10048231
    Abstract: Apparatus (1) for determining and/or monitoring at least one process variable, comprising: a primary side (I) and a secondary side (II), which are galvanically isolated from one another, wherein the secondary side (II) has a sensor element sensitive for the process variable (2) and an electronics unit (9) of the secondary side and provides a measurement signal representing the process variable, and wherein the primary side (I) has an electronics unit (8) of the primary side for evaluating the measurement signal and for producing an output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: ENDRESS + HAUSER GMBH + CO. KG
    Inventors: Franco Ferraro, Philipp Walser
  • Patent number: 9995435
    Abstract: Method for hindering the non-authorized withdrawal of a liquid from at least one offtake conduit connected to a main conduit for the transport of the aforementioned liquid, in particular a mixture of hydrocarbons and water, the main conduit having an inlet port and at least one outlet port between which the liquid flows, the method comprising the step of: introducing a plurality of solid objects into the main conduit through the at least one inlet port, the plurality of introduced solid objects having weight, dimensions and density such as to be transportable towards the at least one outlet port by the main flow of the liquid and such as to be able to be possibly captured by the offtake flow of the liquid directed towards the offtake conduit, and such as to be able to possibly at least partially obstruct such an offtake conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: ENI S.p.A.
    Inventors: Alberto Giulio Di Lullo, Giambattista De Ghetto
  • Patent number: 9947051
    Abstract: A computer system and method for processing insurance claim data to identify and recommend insurance policy modifications using informatic data from one or more informatic sensor devices relating to a dwelling. Analytical analysis is performed on the received informatic data to determine a dwelling assessment value regarding an insurance risk relating to the dwelling. Electronic data relating to an insurance policy associated with the dwelling is received by a computer processor and is electronically analyzed to determine insurance coverage and liability values for the dwelling as prescribed by the insurance policy. Predefined business rules are utilized by a computer processor using at least the dwelling assessment value and the determined insurance coverage and liability values for the dwelling to determine, and preferably recommend, one or more insurance products for inclusion with the insurance policy to mitigate insuree liability regarding the dwelling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association
    Inventors: Michael J. Allen, Ramsey Devereaux, Spencer Read, David S. Franck, William Chandler, Daniela Wheeler, Kathleen L. Swain, Cleburne R. Burgess
  • Patent number: 9933328
    Abstract: A system and method for detecting a leak in a hose of a hydraulic system having a control valve assembly with first and second work ports in fluid communication with an actuator is disclosed. In one aspect, the method includes estimating a first hydraulic fluid flow rate for fluid flowing from the control valve assembly first work port to the actuator. Another step may be estimating a second hydraulic fluid flow rate for fluid flowing from the actuator to the control valve assembly second work port. In one step, a proportional flow rate difference is calculated between the first and second hydraulic fluid flow rates. Subsequently, a flow error value can be calculated by subtracting the flow rate difference from a predetermined margin value. Where the flow error value integrated over time exceeds a total flow error threshold value, a hydraulic fluid leak signal can be generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventor: Michael Berne Rannow
  • Patent number: 9917750
    Abstract: A method includes: inputting information indicating power usage corresponding to each of a plurality of user IDs; generating a differential value between i) a first cumulative value of power usage corresponding to a first user ID in a prescribed period and ii) a second cumulative value of power usage corresponding to a second user ID in the prescribed period; generating a first conversion value by converting the differential value to a use time of an electric home appliance corresponding to a first type among electric home appliances corresponding to the first user ID; generating display data indicating that the differential value corresponds to the first conversion value; and transmitting the display data to an information terminal device corresponding to the first user ID.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Ryuji Inoue, Takamitsu Sasaki
  • Patent number: 9909295
    Abstract: An in-toilet leak detector is disclosed, as are communication systems for reporting toilet leaks. The leak detector comprises an inlet that receives water from the toilet's fill tube and diverts it through a flow tube. A capacitive sensor is located between the inlet and an opening of the flow tube from which water flows into the overflow tube of the toilet tank. A housing is connected to the flow tube and the inlet and contains a controller and other electronics, including one or more transceivers. The leak detector measures the duration of water flow and establishes an alert if the water flow is shorter or longer in duration than a calibrated normal duration. The transceivers connect the leak detector to a computer network, and leak alerts are communicated to a server or servers so that they can be forwarded directly to those responsible for fixing the toilets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Leak Beeper, LLC
    Inventors: James A Brackett, Sr., John Beal, Timothy Bottger
  • Patent number: 9894424
    Abstract: In an embodiment a protocol converter module for use with a gas transmitter assembly having a gas sensor, a controller, and a detector transceiver housed within an intrinsically safe detector housing is provided. The controller module comprises a converter housing having a converter mount configured to securely mount the converter module to the detector housing. A controller module includes a first converter transceiver, within the converter housing, configured to bi-directionally exchange data with the detector transceiver utilizing a first protocol. The controller module also includes a second converter transceiver, also within the converter housing, configured to bi-directionally exchange data with an external device using a second protocol. The controller module also include, an electronic converter, also within the converter housing, coupled to the first and second converter transceivers and configured to convert the data between the first and second protocols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Scott Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward R Propst, Jr., Nicholas Anthony DeBlasio
  • Patent number: 9888145
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media are provided. Some embodiments include receiving, at a computing system from an image processing device, a request to access a resource. The computing system obtains information that identifies a component installed on the image processing device as a replacement component. The computing system obtains information indicating a count value of a counter associated with the component. The computing system determines whether the counter has been reset based on the information indicating the count value of the counter. In response to determining that the counter has not been reset, the computing system sends, to the image processing device, the resource including information for presentation as an interface element in a graphical user interface on a display of the image processing device, the interface element enabling a user to reset the counter by selecting the interface element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignees: Canon Information and Imaging Solutions, Inc., Canon U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventor: Atsushi Kamasuka
  • Patent number: 9874490
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for determining a fluid leakage of a vehicle component. In one example, a method may include measuring a strain of an underbody cover in order to determine the fluid leakage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Enrique Remes
  • Patent number: 9835575
    Abstract: One example discloses a ratiometric device, including: a current source having a first current, a second current different from the first current, and a current-select program; a sensor device responsive to a gas and having a sensor-cold temperature T(cold,sens) in response to the first current and a sensor-hot temperature T(hot,sens) in response to the second current; a reference device having a reference-cold temperature T(cold,ref) in response to the first current and a reference-hot temperature T(hot,ref) in response to the second current; and wherein the ratiometric device includes a temperature difference ratio output based on T(cold,sens), T(hot,sens), T(cold,ref) and T(hot,ref).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: ams International AG
    Inventors: Zeyu Cai, Michiel Pertijs, Robert Hendrikus Margaretha van Veldhoven, Kofi Afolabi Anthony Makinwa
  • Patent number: 9811999
    Abstract: A system for facilitating automated response to a distress signal includes an attachment for a multifunction mobile computing device. In some embodiments, the attachment removably articulates to a sensor location coupled to a housing of the multifunction mobile computing device. In some embodiments, the system includes a computer program product in a non-transitory computer-readable medium. In some embodiments, the program instructions are computer-executable by the multifunction mobile computing device to implement detecting a disarticulation of the attachment from the sensor location on the multifunction mobile computing device, and, responsive to the detecting the disarticulation of the attachment from the sensor location on the multifunction mobile computing device, transmitting to a distress signal response receiver over a radio-frequency network from a radio-frequency transmitter located within a housing of the multifunction mobile computing device the distress signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Alert Media, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Cruver, David Godwin, Jeff Branc, Matthew Miller
  • Patent number: 9801001
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a disaster safety system using a combined beacon and a method for processing thereof. Various low-power sensors are combined with the combined beacon, which measures various environmental information for an installation place through a wireless communication network. The combined beacon supports, for example, Bluetooth and Bluetooth smart standards. The combined beacon combines sensors required by a user to measure and collect the environmental information for the installation place. The disaster safety system is provided to measure and collect various environmental information for the installation place in real time by using a combined beacon in which a plurality of sensors is combined and provide the environmental information to a smart device of a user and collect, analyze, and monitor the environmental information and predict and determine whether a disaster occurs at the installation place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: ARAM SOLUTION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Lee, Chan Gyu Park, Yun Jeong Lee
  • Patent number: 9799201
    Abstract: The disclosure reveals a system for detecting moisture or water in a particular location. The system may incorporate a moisture detector having a control module connected to an appliance, a moisture detection circuit connected to the control module, and a voltage source connected to the moisture detection circuit and to the control module. The voltage source and the moisture detection circuit may provide voltage levels to the control module when the moisture detection circuit detects dry or wet conditions, or conditions between those conditions. A voltage level to the control module may indicate whether the appliance, such as a water heater, a washing machine, or a dish washer, has a leak. If the leak is deemed by a voltage level from the circuit to be worthy of concern, then a display, an alarm, a message, or other notice mechanism may indicate an issue or what action needs to be taken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick Hazzard, Ravindra Khosla, David Heil
  • Patent number: 9768468
    Abstract: A battery manufacturing method has a first depressurization step of depressurizing the inside of a liquid injecting chamber, an injection step of injecting, in the inside of the liquid injecting chamber, a liquid electrolyte into the battery through an opening portion formed at the top end of an outer case body of the battery, a second depressurization step of depressurizing the inside of a sealing chamber and a sealing step of sealing the opening portion in the inside of the sealing chamber. Vacuum attainment time until the pressure of the inside of the liquid injecting chamber becomes at a predetermined vacuum degree is measured in the first depressurization step, and if this vacuum attainment time exceeds a first threshold, a depressurization rate is reduced and a depressurization time is extended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Keisho Ishibashi, Ryo Inoue, Natsumi Satoh
  • Patent number: 9757674
    Abstract: An air cleaning device is provided. The air cleaning device includes: a main body; a filter configured to be disposed in the main body to purify air; and an image transmitter configured to show a state of the filter to an outside of the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sung-wook Kwon, Ki-jun Kim
  • Patent number: 9749873
    Abstract: A method for estimating communication quality of a wireless network applied to an estimation device having a storage device and a processor is provided. The method includes the steps of: providing coordinate information of a plurality of nodes and at least two kinds of map data; associating the coordinate information of the nodes with the map data to map the nodes to the corresponding positions of the maps; extracting spatial feature data between any two nodes from the associated map data, wherein the spatial feature data include spatial distribution data and spatial attribute data; selecting one of a plurality of path loss models according to the spatial feature data between the two nodes and estimating a pass loss using the selected path loss model, thereby estimating the communication quality between the two nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Shih-Ying Chang, Yan-Hao Huang, Ping-Hai Hsu
  • Patent number: 9632067
    Abstract: The invention relates to a leak detector comprising a first sensor for detecting a gas component (helium) in a gas taken in. Because the sensor is susceptible to saturation or contamination, a second sensor is provided. The sensor is a thermal conductivity sensor. The thermal conductivity sensor has a lower detection sensitivity, yet, at a high concentration of the gas component, it does not risk being contaminated. The two sensors together allow for a large detection range, from extremely sensitive measurements to instances with high concentrations of the gas components as those which can occur with gross leaks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Inficon GmbH
    Inventors: Daniel Wetzig, Scott Dalton, Daniel Hoffmann, Walwyn Jackson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9552715
    Abstract: A filter condition indicator system is described herein. A pressure differential switch monitors air pressure across a filter, and a transmitter coupled to the pressure differential switch sends a signal to a networked device. If the pressure differential near the filter triggers the switch, then a “dirty” signal is sent to or retrieved by a mobile device which indicates that the filter is dirty and should be replaced. The filter condition indicator is able to be used by bypassing a thermostat and sending an alert to a computer or mobile device wirelessly. Alternatively, the filter condition indicator system described herein is able to be used in conjunction with a previously installed furnace/thermostat system by utilizing the pre-existing thermostat wiring. The filter condition indicator system is able to be used with HVAC systems, air conditioning systems, other heating/cooling systems, or other systems or devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: BD Technology Partners
    Inventor: Stewart Breslin
  • Patent number: 9514635
    Abstract: An interface circuit of a sub-system of a distributed fire detection system having a plurality of sub-systems, wherein the plurality of sub-systems are in communication with each other in a loop configuration to allow data signals to be routed between said sub-systems. The interface circuit connects the internal components of a sub-system to the external bus line connecting all components via at least three input/output ports. It comprises hardware logic components, namely switches and switch controllers listening for incoming data and opening or closing said switches to cause disconnection and connection between said input/output ports accordingly, thereby allowing the routing of data signals to one or more of the other input/output ports. The simpler configurations replaces a routing processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Thorn Security Limited
    Inventors: Andreas Brenner, Prasad Kulkarni, Josef Baroch, Vladimir Vetricek
  • Patent number: 9492042
    Abstract: A method for automatically configuring an electronic toilet device includes detecting usage of the electronic toilet device throughout a first time period. The first time period is divided into a plurality of discrete time units. The method further includes recording a usage state for each of the plurality of time units in the first time period based on the detecting and using the recorded usage states to configure an operating schedule for the electronic toilet device for a next time period. The method further includes operating the electronic toilet device throughout the next time period according to the operating schedule while detecting and recording a usage state for each of the plurality of time units in the next time period and periodically configuring an operating schedule for each subsequent time period using the recorded usage states associated with a preceding time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: SHANGHAI KOHLER ELECTRONICS, LTD.
    Inventors: Minghui Zhu, Bo Hu, Ni Li, Dan Cao, Yingfeng Wang, Jiongjun Xue, Weiran Xin
  • Patent number: 9442048
    Abstract: Systems and methods for sensing gas are disclosed. In one aspect, a system to monitor an output of a gas source comprises a chamber comprising a plurality of input ports to receive inputs from a plurality of gas sources, and means for repeatedly blocking one of the plurality of input ports for a period of time, detecting which one of the plurality of input ports is blocked, collecting data from a plurality of samples from the enclosure while the one of the plurality of input ports is blocked, and storing the data in a memory in association with an indicator of which one of the plurality of input ports is blocked. Other embodiments may be described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Richard R. Durbin, Jeffrey W. Glasnovich
  • Patent number: 9441988
    Abstract: A computerized method for determining one or more statistically likely geographical locations of an anomaly in a region or zone of a water utility network, the water utility network comprising at least a network of pipes for delivering water to consumers and a plurality of meters positioned within the water utility network including a plurality of meters capturing data regarding the water delivering within the region or zone of the anomaly, the method comprising. The method includes receiving anomaly event data, the anomaly event data representing an indication of an anomaly occurring or having occurred within a region or zone of the water utility network, the anomaly event data being associated with meter data produced by one or more of the meters. The method also includes performing a plurality of tests on the anomaly event data each designed to statistically determine a likely geographical location of the anomaly within the region or zone, the performance of each test producing a result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: TAKADU LTD
    Inventors: Amitai Armon, Haggai Scolnicov, Chaim Linhart, Raz Ziv
  • Patent number: 9395262
    Abstract: Technical solutions are described for detecting leaks in a pipeline network that are not detectable by a SCADA system over an extended period of time. An example method includes identifying a subsystem in the pipeline network that includes a first station and accessing historical temporal sensor measurements of the stations in the subsystem. The method also includes selecting a subset of temporal sensor measurements corresponding to timestamps without leak events and determining a benchmark value for the sensor measurements for the first station based on the subset. The method also includes detecting a leak computing a difference between a sensor measurement and the benchmark value, adding the difference to a cumulative sum of differences computed over a predetermined duration of time, and triggering a leak detection indication if the cumulative sum of differences being larger than a first predetermined threshold or smaller than a second predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tarun Kumar, Rui Zhang
  • Patent number: 9360465
    Abstract: The invention relates to a leak detector comprising a first sensor for detecting a gas component (helium) in a gas taken in. Because the sensor is susceptible to saturation or contamination, a second sensor is provided. The sensor is a thermal conductivity sensor. The thermal conductivity sensor has a lower detection sensitivity, yet, at a high concentration of the gas component, it does not risk being contaminated. The two sensors together allow for a large detection range, from extremely sensitive measurements to instances with high concentrations of the gas components as those which can occur with gross leaks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Inficon GmbH
    Inventors: Daniel Wetzig, Scott Dalton, Daniel Hoffmann, Walwyn Jackson, Jr.