Leakage Patents (Class 340/605)
  • Patent number: 10809206
    Abstract: The floating-type contamination measurement apparatus according to embodiments of the present invention can provide a body part; a buoyancy providing part, which is received to the body part and provides buoyancy to the body part; and a measurement part, which is received to the body part and measures the level of contamination in a closed space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: NATIONAL DISASTER MANAGEMENT RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Gun Sik Jeong, Hyunju Kim, KyungSu Lee, Tae Wook Lee, Jae Jeong Kim
  • Patent number: 10809146
    Abstract: A leakage detection device for detecting water leakage in a water pipe of a water system after a stop valve of the water system is closed. The leakage detection device may be part of a stop valve, and may include an interior chamber connectable to the water pipe in such a way so as to receive a stagnation volume of the water when the water flow through the water pipe is stopped by the stop valve. An actuation element provides a force acting on a diaphragm or a piston in the direction of the first interior chamber and against or into the stagnation volume of water. If water leakage is present in the water pipe, the diaphragm or piston will move under the applied force to compensate for the leakage in the water pipe. A sensor unit may detect water leakage in the water pipe based on the movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell Technologies Sarl
    Inventor: Kurt Weidner
  • Patent number: 10750253
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for remotely monitoring water usage in real time utilizes a sensor attached to a water meter. The sensor monitors water flowing through the meter by analyzing the water meter's magnetic coupling and processes the data to correlate it to real time flow rates. Data is transmitted through a base unit to remote storage and consumers may access the data with application software installed on electronics such as smartphones and tablets. Four components are combined to allow the real time monitoring of water utilization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Flume, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Ryan Adler, Jeffrey Ryan Hufford, James Joseph Fazio
  • Patent number: 10745195
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a surface mount secondary containment system comprising prefabricated pieces that may be assembled to form a wall and adjoining corner with overlapping sections to capture leaks, spillage or the like from a primary liquid container member that may be constructed so that no ground damage and or penetration is done during construction and use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Murray Services Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Allen Murray, Caleb Crick
  • Patent number: 10732580
    Abstract: A process for assembling a pipeline from pipe sections connected together using mechanical press-fit joints using mechanical press-fit pipe joints that are fully measured and documented during both manufacturing and assembly. Installed pipelines include pipeline data monitoring systems coupled to a pipeline data management center for receiving, archiving, and analysis of the data records to aid in administration operation and management, and troubleshooting of pipelines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventors: Larry W. Vincent, Darrell L. Vincent
  • Patent number: 10697269
    Abstract: A system including a valve, including a valve body having an interior volume and a bore along a first axis, a stem extending along a second axis, and a flow control element coupled to the stem, wherein the stem is configured to selectively move the flow control element through the interior volume between a closed position and an open position relative to the bore, and a valve insert system configured reduce a size of the interior volume and to guide a lubricant to reduce wear on the flow control element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventors: Loc Hoang, Jia Li
  • Patent number: 10677394
    Abstract: A method includes providing a length of pipeline that has a housing defining a central bore extending the length of the pipe and a space formed within the housing and extending the length of the pipe. At least one condition within the space is continuously monitored within the space to detect in real time if a change in the housing occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: TRINITY BAY EQUIPMENT HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew David Ethridge, Alexander Lee Winn
  • Patent number: 10677625
    Abstract: A system and an associated method for monitoring a flowing utility. A transducer, located at a utility flow location, senses data indicative of a utility flow characteristic and outputs a signal conveying the sensed data. A meter device, at the utility flow location, executes at least one program instruction and outputs a signal that conveys at least the sensed data but not a determination of a utility flow characteristic. A remote server, located remote from the utility flow location, receives the signal from the meter device that conveys at least the sensed data but not a determination of the utility flow characteristic, processes the sensed data to determine the utility flow characteristic, processes the sensed data to determine, based at least in part on the sensed data, a program instruction to be executed by the meter device, and transmits a control signal to the meter device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Michael Brusilovsky
  • Patent number: 10678543
    Abstract: A method including retrieving, by a processor, a standardized expression and one or more arguments for a calculation, attaching time-series parameters as required to the arguments, retrieving from a database time-series data based on the attaching step, converting, by the processor, the time-series data from an original unit associated with the data to a standard unit, performing a calculation based on the standardized expression to achieve a result, converting the result back to an original unit and then writing the result to a tag associated with the at least one argument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: BL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Ryan Andrew Oattes, Christopher Ness
  • Patent number: 10663933
    Abstract: A system for managing a distribution network, the system including a network hydraulic model and an automated meter infrastructure (AMI) providing AMI data from consumption meters. The system includes subnetworks within the distribution network, nodes interconnecting the subnetworks, and boundary devices connected to the nodes. Each boundary device includes a flow meter and a pressure sensor that sense a flow and a pressure of the distribution network at the nodes at a given time step. A subnetwork hydraulic model is generated for each subnetwork from the network hydraulic model. A processing module determines a first comparison for the given time interval between the AMI data from the consumption meters within a given subnetwork, the flow and the pressure at the nodes bordering the given subnetwork, and the subnetwork hydraulic model for the given subnetwork. The distribution network is managed based at least in part on the first comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Sensus Spectrum LLC
    Inventors: Amin Rasekh, Zachary A. Barker, Michael Ehsan Shafiee, Travis Smith
  • Patent number: 10620244
    Abstract: An aggregator is in operative communication with an aggregation of electric water heaters to receive thermostat readings and power consumption readings from the electric water heaters and to communicate demand response dispatch signals to the electric water heaters. The aggregator performs operations including: responding to instructions for a desired demand response by generating the demand response dispatch signals for the electric water heaters so as to cause the aggregation to draw electrical power providing the desired demand response; and determining whether an electric water heater of the aggregation has a failure and generating a notification of the failure. The determining including at least one of: determining whether the electric water heater has a failed heating element based on the thermostat readings received from the electric water heater; and determining whether the electric water heater has a water leak based on the power consumption readings received from the electric water heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: Seyed A. Mansouri, Eric Rehberg
  • Patent number: 10605648
    Abstract: A testing system for float liquid level transmitter includes a computation unit, an operation interface, a storage unit and a display unit. The computation unit computes basic data associated with the float liquid level transmitter to obtain corresponding standard values and the display unit displays the standard values. After a float liquid level transmitter performs measurement, the computation unit fetches displayed values measured by the float liquid level transmitter and obtain an error range by comparing the displayed values with the standard values; the computation unit analyzes the error range to provide analyzed data and determines whether the float liquid level transmitter is qualified based on the error range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventor: Fei-Che Hung
  • Patent number: 10590640
    Abstract: A standing water alert system comprises two conductive wires or a float extending into a drain and connected to an audible or visual alarm that is triggered when standing water is present. A drain alert system and method comprises a plurality of sensors, such as pressure or acoustic/vibration sensors, at various locations within a plumbing or fluid filtration system to measure pressure or an acoustic profile at that location and a control system to compare the measured parameters to a threshold value or range and/or to other measured parameters from nearby sensor locations. A signal is sent to a remote user or computer or an alarm is triggered when the comparison shows a potential blockage, a leak, or indicating that a filter needs to be replaced or cleaned. An approximate location of the blockage, leak, or fouled filter is determined by comparing measured parameters at nearby sensor locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: NCH Corporation
    Inventors: Robert C. Pearce, III, Christopher James Laney, Alesia Sigler, Alex Erdman
  • Patent number: 10571447
    Abstract: A monitoring system is configured to detect a threshold amount of petroleum in a storm water-based fluid of an oil handling facility. For instance, the storm water-based fluid can be drained from a floating roof of a petroleum storage tank, a diked area, or a retention pond.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventors: Mark S. Rauch, Ronald Kleineke
  • Patent number: 10539969
    Abstract: A HRS comprising at least a HRS center module, a HRS dispenser module and a first hydrogen supply line facilitating flow of hydrogen between the HRS center module and the HRS dispenser module, the HRS center module comprises a safety controller and a process controller, wherein data is communicated between the safety controller and safety components of the HRS dispenser module via a safety communication channel, and wherein data is communicated between the process controller and process components of the HRS dispenser module via a process communication channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Nel Hydrogen A/S
    Inventors: Lars Møller, Jørn Rosenlund
  • Patent number: 10533983
    Abstract: A monitoring system is configured to detect a threshold amount of petroleum in a storm water-based fluid of an oil handling facility. For instance, the storm water-based fluid can be drained from a floating roof of a petroleum storage tank, a diked area, or a retention pond.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Inventors: Mark S. Rauch, Ronald Kleineke
  • Patent number: 10506307
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for remotely monitoring water usage in real time utilizes a sensor attached to a water meter. The sensor monitors water flowing through the meter by analyzing the water meter's magnetic coupling and processes the data to correlate it to real time flow rates. Data is transmitted through a base unit to remote storage and consumers may access the data with application software installed on electronics such as smartphones and tablets. Four components are combined to allow the real time monitoring of water utilization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Flume, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Ryan Adler, Jeffrey Ryan Hufford, James Joseph Fazio
  • Patent number: 10473270
    Abstract: Leak detection user interfaces are provided. In general, a user interface for a pipeline management system can be configured to provide information regarding one or more pipelines to a user. The information can include data gathered using one or more sensors sensing various parameters. The information on the user interface can include results of analysis of the gathered data, such as notifications that the gathered data indicates an anomaly with a pipeline. The notifications of anomalies can be provided on the user interface in real time with the data analysis. Accordingly, the user can trigger one or more corrective actions such as notifying maintenance personnel local to a location of the identified anomaly, remotely controlling the pipeline with the anomaly to close valve(s) and/or other equipment to prevent fluid flow in the pipeline in the area of the detected anomaly, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Bruce J. Jacobson, Ryan McCormack, Gandeephan Ganeshalingam, Trent Gillham, Mauricio Palomino, Glen Peter Koste, Ehsan Jalilian
  • Patent number: 10459098
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for automatically correlating geologic tops. The system receives well logs from different well bores and one or more user seed picks identifying a well top to be correlated. Each of the seed picks is added to a priority queue ordered by each pick's confidence. User selected picks are assigned the highest level of confidence. The system performs correlation by selecting a window of well log data about a user's manual pick, selected from the top of the priority queue, and then finding the best optimal match with a corresponding window in a neighboring wellbore. That new pick is then estimated in the target well using a correlation function. A quality value and a confidence value may then be calculated for each pick using some correlation function, for example dynamic time warping, and added to the priority queue according to the confidence value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: DRILLING INFO, INC.
    Inventors: Christian W. Grant, Dean Clifford Witte
  • Patent number: 10444107
    Abstract: A plumbing system may include a first conduit that supplies a fluid to a destination device. The plumbing system may also include a second conduit concentric to the first conduit. The second conduit includes an indicator material that changes one or more properties of the fluid supplied to the destination device when the fluid contacts the indicator material via an opening present in the first conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Matthew Flachsbart, Snehal Desai, Richard D. Graham
  • Patent number: 10416660
    Abstract: A hybrid data collection and analysis infrastructure combines edge-level and cloud-level computing to perform high-level monitoring and control of industrial systems and processes. Edge devices located on-premise at one or more plant facilities can collect data from multiple industrial devices on the plant floor and perform local edge-level analytics on the collected data. In addition, the edge devices maintain a communication channel to a cloud platform executing cloud-level data collection and analytic services. As necessary, the edge devices can pass selected sets of data to the cloud platform, where the cloud-level analytic services perform higher level analytics on the industrial data. The hybrid architecture operates in a bi-directional manner, allowing the cloud-level and edge-level analytics to send control instructions to industrial devices based on results of the edge-level and cloud-level analytics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Francisco P. Maturana
  • Patent number: 10386258
    Abstract: In some embodiments, computer-implemented systems/methods detect and/or quantify changes in emission rates of gas emission sources (e.g. natural gas leaks originating from underground distribution pipelines) using data from multiple vehicle-based measurement runs. Exemplary described methods aim to address the observation that large (e.g. 10×) changes in gas concentrations away from a source may be observed even in the absence of significant changes in source emission rate, due to changes in wind or other atmospheric conditions and local spatial variations in gas concentrations. Described methods are useful for identifying large increases in the emission rate(s) of known sources, for example due to frost heave or other dislocations. Multiple runs are performed along the same survey path in closely-related conditions (e.g. same time of day, same lanes), and a statistical test (e.g. a Kolmogorov-Smirnov test) is used to identify changes in concentration reflecting changes in emission rates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Picarro Inc.
    Inventors: David Steele, Chris W. Rella, Sze M. Tan, Sean MacMullin, Anders Nottrott
  • Patent number: 10378940
    Abstract: A fluid manifold is capable of channeling and monitoring fluid flow within a fluid distribution system. The manifold includes one or more input lumens. Each input lumen associated with a respective inlet port. The manifold also includes a plurality of output lumens such that each output lumen is associated with a respective outlet port and at least one input lumen is coupled to two or more output lumens. The manifold also includes one or more flow sensors capable of measuring fluid flow parameters of fluid flowing through at least one of the one or more input lumens and the plurality of output lumens. In some implementations, a flow sensor can be mounted to each output lumen of the manifold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Leaders, Matthew Shane Smith, Francis M. Mess, Samuel Elia, Jorge C. Almirall, Brian Gestner
  • 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