Alignment Or Misalignment Patents (Class 340/686.2)
  • Patent number: 10329105
    Abstract: Wheel chock systems for use at loading docks and other locations are described herein. In some embodiments, the wheel chock systems can include a wheel chock assembly that is positionable in contact with a vehicle wheel to restrain the vehicle at a loading dock. The wheel chock assembly can include a sensor target, and a corresponding sensor can be mounted to, for example, an outer wall of the loading dock or a wheel chock storage cradle mounted to the outer wall. In operation, the sensor can emit a wireless signal (e.g., an electromagnetic signal) that is reflected off of the sensor target and received back by the sensor when the wheel chock has been positioned in a blocking relationship relative to the vehicle wheel to restrain the vehicle at the loading dock. The sensor can be operably connected to a loading dock signal system (e.g., a signal light system) that displays appropriate signals to loading dock personnel based on detection of proper wheel chock placement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems AB
    Inventors: Richard K. Hoofard, Daryl Day
  • Patent number: 9831599
    Abstract: Electrical connectors, electrical modules, and systems are provided. In one aspect, an electrical connector includes a housing defining a side surface, an electrical conductor supported by the housing and including an engagement portion proximate the side surface of the housing. The engagement portion is adapted to engage another electrical conductor of another electrical connector. The connector also includes a magnet supported by the housing proximate the side surface of the housing, a projection extending from the side surface of the housing, and a receptacle defined in the side surface of the housing. In other aspects, an electrical module includes at least one of these electrical connectors. In further aspects, a system includes a plurality of these modules and the modules are selectively couplable together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Littlebits Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Aya Bdeir
  • Patent number: 9379828
    Abstract: A system includes a control unit and multiple transceivers connected by a communication bus. The transceivers are respectively connected to antennas. The control unit tests the operation of the transceivers by transmitting a test signal from a first transceiver to a second transceiver, receiving a return signal based on the test signal from the second transceiver, and determining if the strength of the return signal is within a predetermined range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Lawrence Banasky, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9339246
    Abstract: A method for directing image data to a dental treatment site wherein a sensor controller is positioned near a programmed radio-frequency identification device at the dental treatment site. A command entry configures the sensor controller to encode and transmit image data content for delivery to a receiving address, according to information obtained from the radio-frequency identification device. A digital sensor that is associated with the sensor controller is positioned in proximity to a subject. Image data is acquired from the digital sensor and transmitted from the sensor controller to a wireless access point, and from the wireless access point to a host computer at the receiving address. The acquired transmitted image data is stored in a computer-accessible electronic memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: TROPHY
    Inventors: Alain Lemaire, Sylvie Bothorel, Caroline Jeanneau
  • Patent number: 9007216
    Abstract: A wearable therapeutic device is provided. The wearable therapeutic device includes a garment, and the garment includes an electrode and a conductive thread. A control unit is coupled to the conductive thread and identifies an electrical connection between a conductive surface of the electrode and the conductive thread, and an alarm module can provide information about the positioning of the electrode in the garment based on the electrical connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Zoll Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Emil Oskin, Philip C. Skalos, Thomas E. Kaib
  • Patent number: 9007173
    Abstract: A wireless device access system that employs directional antennas for short-range wireless communication to detect the proximity and orientation of a user device with respect to a structure is disclosed. The access system receives and authenticates an unlock request and confirms the proximity and orientation of the user device prior to transmitting an unlock command to the structure. This authentication may occur through the use of substantially opposing directional antennas separated by a ground plane. Additionally, the wireless device may require the proximity of a user token prior to operation and/or the access system may include an override within the structure blocking any unlock command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Yikes LLC
    Inventors: Jim E. McIntyre, Andrew Joseph Robertson, William Benjamin Robertson
  • Publication number: 20150097691
    Abstract: A method for preventing input and/or interaction on an apparatus having a user interface (UI) with input elements located on a door rotatable about an axis relative to an earth horizontal, the method includes detecting the horizontal position of the door and disabling input from the UI input elements based on the horizontal position of the door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: BLAYNE C. SMITH
  • Patent number: 8981910
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an RFID tag issuing apparatus includes a communication instructing unit, a search unit, and a misalignment amount detecting unit. The communication instructing unit instructs a reader-writer unit to communicate with the RFID tag at a reference position that is reached when the label is carried by a predetermined amount in a predetermined direction after the specific position on the label is detected by a label position detecting unit. The search unit repeats a carrying of the label and a communication instruction to the reader-writer unit when communication cannot be established with the RFID tag, and thus searches for a communication-available range with the RFID tag. The misalignment amount detecting unit detects an amount of carrying of the label to reach the communication-available range from the reference position, as a misalignment amount of the RFID tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kouichi Sano
  • Patent number: 8963733
    Abstract: A system includes more sensors configured to measure one or more characteristics of rotating equipment and a blind fault detection device. The blind fault detection device includes an input interface configured to receive at least one input signal from the one or more sensors. The blind fault detection device also includes a processing unit configured to identify a fault in the rotating equipment using the at least one input signal. The blind fault detection device further includes an output interface configured to provide an indicator identifying the fault. The processing unit is configured to identify the fault by determining at least one family of frequencies related to at least one sensor point, determining an average energy for the at least one sensor point based on the at least one family of frequencies, and comparing the average energy to a baseline value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Chinmaya Kar, Rajat Sadana, Joydeb Mukherjee
  • Patent number: 8937539
    Abstract: A security system comprises a system control panel for arming and disarming the security system. A door sensing unit comprises a first transceiver interconnected with the system control panel over a network. The first transceiver is mounted proximate to a door that defines at least a portion of a perimeter around an area to be monitored by the security system. The first transceiver has an detection field proximate to the door. A disarm device comprises a second transceiver that automatically transmits a disarm device packet. The first transceiver receives the disarm device packet when the second transceiver is within the detection field. The first transceiver sends a disarm message to the system control panel over the network to disarm the security system based on at least the disarm device packet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Inventors: Raman Kumar Sharma, Roger Parenteau, Juan Francisco Bogarin Munoz
  • Patent number: 8872668
    Abstract: One illustrative embodiment includes an apparatus for detecting if a fastener moves from a first position to a different second position. The apparatus includes a first connector for connecting a first side of a contact bridge to the fastener for movement in response to movement of the fastener, and a second connector for connecting a second side of the contact bridge to an object to remain stationary relative to the object. One of the first and second sides of the contact bridge includes first and second spaced apart electrical conductors; the other side includes a third electrical conductor. The third electrical conductor is positionable to contact the first and second electrical conductors when the fastener is in the first position, and the third electrical conductor may be spaced apart from at least one of the first and second electrical conductors when the fastener is in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: SST Wireless Inc.
    Inventor: Gordon Graham Schnare
  • Patent number: 8842018
    Abstract: Methods and/or devices are provided for monitoring life-expectancy and/or useful life of an optical transceiver module by tracking an insertion cycle count of an optical transceiver module. An alarm/warning indicator may be generated or the optical transceiver module can be disabled completely if the insertion cycle count exceeds a predefined threshold. The host device first detects the insertion of the optical transceiver module and then reads the cycle count along with an identifier value from the non-volatile memory of the optical transceiver module. The host device then increments the insertion cycle count by one, to account for the current insertion, and stores this new cycle count into a non-volatile memory of the optical transceiver module. The insertion cycle count value may be encrypted and/or the non-volatile memory of the optical transceiver module may be password-protected to avoid accidental and/or unauthorized access to the non-volatile memory of the optical transceiver module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Sanmina-SCI Corporation
    Inventors: Asif Hussain, Joshua Chien, Sushil Dhiman
  • Patent number: 8836529
    Abstract: A chain saw hazard warning light and method for using same. A pair of oppositely-directed light sources emit light beams throughout a chain shot hazard warning zone through rectilinear, slotted openings at opposite ends of a housing. The light beams turn on, if and only if, the cutting chain is rotating about the chain guide bar; alternatively, initiation of rotation of the cutting chain is delayed to permit the light beams to turn on some time prior thereto. The zone is defined by first and second pairs of planes that diverge in opposite directions from the chain guide bar, said planes being disposed at equal, acute angles (most preferably 15°) to, and on opposite sides of, a plane that includes the chain guide bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: Kenneth J. Thomsen
  • Patent number: 8810396
    Abstract: A method for analyzing the condition of a machine having a rotating shaft, includes: receiving a digital input signal (I) having a first plurality (ILENGTH) of sample values, the digital input signal (I) representing mechanical vibrations emanating from rotating the shaft so far as to cause occurrence of a vibration having a period of repetition (TR); dividing the received digital input signal (I) into a first signal portion (2070) and a second signal portion; generating a digital output signal (O) having a second plurality (OLENGTH) of samples, the second plurality (OLENGTH) being a positive integer and lower than the first plurality (ILENGTH); the digital output signal (O) being generated in response to the first signal portion (2070) and the second signal portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: S.P.M. Instrument AB
    Inventor: Lars-Olov Elis Hedin
  • Patent number: 8803682
    Abstract: In a system for protecting a user from injury sustained during sleep, a sensing device is operated to automatically monitor orientation or posture of a user during sleep of the user. A signal is transmitted from the sensing device to a control unit, which is operated to activate an appliance so that the appliance generates an alert signal upon detection by the sensing device and control unit of an undesirable orientation or posture of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: J.T. Labs Limited
    Inventors: Tit-Shing Wong, Sui-kay Wong, Lewie Wai-choi Leung
  • Patent number: 8773274
    Abstract: Packaging installation with a metering apparatus and method for monitoring damage in a packaging installation in which packs (19) which are to be filled can be charged with the contents in each case by means of a metering apparatus (01) designed according to one of Claims 1 to 8, wherein —the vibrations of the wall of the dispensing container (02) are measured at least during operation of the stirrer (06) and/or of the metering screw (05), —the measured values are evaluated by the vibration evaluator (10), —deviations in the vibration behavior are detected and compared with limit values stored in the vibration evaluator (10), —when the limit values are exceeded, this indicates with sufficient probability, that the stirrer (06) or the metering screw (05) is in contact with the dispensing container (02), —an alarm is triggered by means of the vibration evaluator (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Rovema GmbH
    Inventor: Burkhard Licher
  • Patent number: 8760309
    Abstract: A wear sensor system, compressors using the wear sensor system and methods of detecting wear on a bearing. The wear sensor system includes a stationary housing-mounted circuit comprising a first inductor electrically connected to a voltage source and a rotating shaft-mounted circuit comprising a second inductor electrically connected to a capacitor. When there is no metal-to-metal contact between the shaft of the compressor and the housing into which the shaft is mounted, the housing-mounted circuit inductively charges the shaft-mounted capacitor and reduces a current level when the shaft mounted capacitor is charged. Likewise, when there is metal-to-metal contact between the shaft and the housing (which is indicative of bearing wear), the shaft-mounted circuit is grounded; this causes the housing-mounted circuit to increase the current level. This increased current level may be output to a suitable device for display or other indicia of bearing wear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Joseph Vyas Mussro
  • Patent number: 8760312
    Abstract: In accordance with embodiments, a system includes a plurality of component slots and at least one indicator associated with each of said slots. The system also includes a controller coupled to the indicators. The indicators selectively provide installation guidance of components into said slots based on signals from the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Chanh V. Hua, Vincent Nguyen, Binh Nguyen
  • Patent number: 8710998
    Abstract: A laser receiver (1) for acoustically indicating a laser beam, including a housing (4), a detector unit (6) that ascertains the actual position (2) of the laser beam, an evaluation unit (8) that determines the difference between the actual position (2) and the target position (3), and an acoustic indication device (7) that uses an acoustic signal to indicate whether the actual position (2) of the laser beam is above, below or at the target position (3), wherein a control unit (9) is provided that, as a function of the difference between the actual position (2) and the target position (3), generates a scanning signal to modulate a basic signal, and then sends the scanning signal to the acoustic indication device (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Andreas Winter
  • Publication number: 20140097960
    Abstract: Systems and methods for preventing improper lifting of tubular members are described, in which sensing devices are used to detect when a tubular reaches a selected position within a lifting device suitable for engagement, and/or to detect when a lifting operation is initiated that would exceed the capacity of a lifting device. Operators are engaged with the tubular member and provided with a preselected force corresponding to the weight of one or more tubular members, such that when the weight of a lifting operation exceeds the preselected force, an audible device can be actuated responsive to sensor output, to immediately alert individuals, such that the improper lifting operation can be halted. Similarly, an audible device can be actuated responsive to sensor output when a tubular member reaches a selected position within the lifting device, such that additional movement can be ceased.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Inventor: Mark GUIDRY
  • Patent number: 8686869
    Abstract: A sensing system senses whether or not a lock's bolt (140), e.g. deadbolt, is aligned with a hole (150) which the bolt is to engage in the locked state. In electronic locks, the bolt is not driven into the hole until the sensing system indicates that the bolt is aligned with the hole. Another sensing system senses the position of the bolt and/or a dead-latch bar (1310). This sensing system is spaced from the bolt's end engaging the hole in order not to interfere with the alignment sensing. The two sensing systems are used to determine whether the lock is locked or unlocked. A magnet system provides alignment assistance to align the bolt with the hole before the bolt is driven into the hole. Position encoding for lock and non-lock devices, and other features and embodiments are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: SecureALL Corporation
    Inventors: Arun Kumar Sharma, David Arthur Candee
  • Patent number: 8665104
    Abstract: Systems and methods for protecting rotating machines are provided. Measurements data collected by a plurality of sensors may be received by a controller that includes one or more computers. The plurality of sensors may be configured to monitor vibrations associated with the rotating machine. Based at least in part upon the measurements data, the controller may determine that a respective amplitude change for at least two of the plurality of sensors exceeds a threshold condition. The controller may also determine that the threshold condition is exceeded for a predetermined period of time. Based at least in part upon determining that the threshold condition is exceeded for a predetermined period of time, the controller may identify an alarm event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Sanjeev Shyam Heda, Scott Alan Wood, Robert Joseph Iasillo
  • Patent number: 8624752
    Abstract: The invention relates to a safety means for a construction machine having a carrier unit and an actuation unit, which is adjustable with respect to the carrier unit, comprising at least one detecting means for detecting the current position of the actuation unit relative to the carrier unit, an indication means with which the current position of the actuation unit relative to the carrier unit can be indicated, and an evaluation unit, by means of which, depending on at least one input value, at least one adjustment range of the actuation unit can be determined, in which the actuation unit is adjustable at a given safety against tilting of the construction machine, whereby the adjustment range can be indicated together with the current position of the actuation unit by means of the indication means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Bauer Maschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Lanzl, Josef Haas, Markus Mayr, Manfred Angermeier, Thomas Elsner
  • Patent number: 8576086
    Abstract: In a limit signal indicator for determining two positions of a pneumatically operated positioning device, a position sensor detects a position of the positioning device. A first signal transmission contact, a second signal transmission contact, and a microprocessor are provided. The first and the second signal transmission contacts each output a respective electrical limit position signal, the limit position signals representing an adoption of the first and the second positions or of at least one position of the positioning device above or below a predetermined set limit value. At least one of the signal transmission contacts is connected for signal transmission so that in case of a malfunctioning of a signal transmission, the switch amplifier is capable of generating an emergency signal above a maximum limit value or below a lower limit value, and to transmit the emergency signal to an external processing location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Samson Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Fausto Crespo Vidal, Karl-Bernd Schaertner, Dirk Klee, Thomas Karte
  • Patent number: 8552836
    Abstract: An alignment system for coupling a component to a vehicle includes at least one sensor target coupled to the component, and a controller assembly configured to transmit a signal towards the sensor target and receive a reflected signal from the sensor target, wherein the controller assembly is configured to output an orientation dataset for the component relative to the vehicle using the reflected signal. The system also includes a processing device communicatively coupled to the controller assembly, wherein the processing device is programmed to translate the orientation dataset and cause a set of component positioning signals based on the orientation dataset to be displayed at a user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Joshua R. Pollema, James V. Leonard, Richard E. Meyer, John D. Musgraves, Jr., William J. Ebert
  • Patent number: 8502665
    Abstract: A security fence for swimming pools is provided to be so positioned as to surround the water of a swimming pool. The security fence comprises fence sections which are linked to an alarm system. The fence sections are moveable between a non-signaling position and an alarm signaling position. When the fence sections are in the non-signaling position and a given fence section is engaged with sufficient force it is moved to the alarm signaling position thereby signaling the alarm. The foregoing prevents a user, such as a child, from entering the pool water when the alarm system has been activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Inventor: Eric Boudreau
  • Patent number: 8264366
    Abstract: Components having one or more sensors adapted to provide sensor data relating to a condition(s) of the component are disclosed. The component is adapted to communicate with another mating component to associate sensor data with identity information of the mating component. The sensor and identity information can be communicated remotely including via radio-frequency communications employing RF identification devices (RFIDs). Location of the mating component can be determined using the identity information of the mating component. In this manner, the sensor data can be associated with the location of the mating component using the identity information in a “component-to-component” configuration to provide location-specific sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Aravind Chamarti, John David Downie, James Scott Sutherland, Richard Edward Wagner, Dale Alan Webb, Matthew Scott Whiting
  • Patent number: 8242925
    Abstract: In an arrangement and associated method for positioning of apparatuses (in particular of a C-arm), the position and orientation of a C-arm and of a pointer instrument are determined by a navigation system, and an alignment of the C-arm is conducted based on the orientation of the pointer apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Rainer Graumann, Lars Neuefeind
  • Patent number: 8237556
    Abstract: A system releases seat belts on school buses electronically via driver command or automatically by an inertia switch and electronic timer that then activate solenoids at each seat. This system operates on 12V direct current furnished by the load side of the bus's ignition switch. The system also has a level sensor that prohibits the system from energizing the solenoids when a bus equipped with the system does not have an upright position. The system provides a switch under each seat that notifies the driver when a child occupies it or a light at the dashboard. A second light flashes to notify the driver when the clip engages a buckle of each seat on a bus. The system allows for normal daily usage of seat belts and simultaneously releases the seat belts in an emergency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Inventor: Gary D. Thomas
  • Patent number: 8208681
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to an image analysis system for detecting compliance with requirements for using personal protective equipment (PPE). An image capturing device may be used to acquire an image of an individual requesting entry into a restricted area. In turn, a PPE analysis tool may be configured to analyze the image to detect the presence of the PPE, e.g., by recognizing markings made using UV fluorescent dye, reflective ink, or other marking materials visible in the captured image and/or the physical shape of the PPE. The image analysis tool may be further configured to demine not only whether the required PPE is present, but also determine whether the PPE is being worn correctly by the individual requesting access to the restricted area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey R. Heller, Sridhar Ranganathan, Shawn J. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 8191915
    Abstract: An automatic docking system for docking a towing vehicle with a towed vehicle includes a sensing device, a controller, an automatic steering system, an automatic braking system, and a plurality of targets. The sensing device detects the plurality of targets located on a hitch of the towed vehicle. The controller determines the location of the towing vehicle relative to the towed vehicle based on the detection of the plurality of targets. The controller automatically steers the towing vehicle towards the towed vehicle to assist in the docking of the towing vehicle to the towed vehicle. The controller engages the automatic braking system to slow or stop the towing vehicle as required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Charles E. Freese, V, Brent D. Hendrickson
  • Patent number: 8183990
    Abstract: A method for recognizing the removal of a tire provided with a tire sensor device, includes recognizing, with the tire sensor device, if a respective tire is mounted on the motor vehicle and storing an item of information relating to a mounting status in the tire sensor device. If a removal is determined, the tire sensor device sends an item of information characterizing the removal to a central control unit and the central control unit outputs a warning. A tire sensor device, a central control unit and a system for anti-theft protection through tire removal recognition, are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Janos Gila, Alfred Pohl, Robert Tschofen, Johannes Österreicher
  • Patent number: 8179277
    Abstract: A device for maintaining a flag in a desired position, and comprising a position transducer is disclosed. A support mounts the position transducer on a flagstaff. An alarm indicates a deviation in the position of the transducer from the desired position. The alarm has an audio output. The audio output of the alarm optionally indicates the direction of the deviation whereby a user may correct the position of the flag. The position transducer may comprise a central conductive member and a plurality of contacts surrounding that central conductive member. More particularly, the central conductive member may be a conductive ball resting on a concave conductive electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Inventor: Hunter Hollander
  • Patent number: 8164448
    Abstract: A security fence for swimming pools is provided to be so positioned as to surround the water of a swimming pool. The security fence comprises fence sections which are linked to an alarm system. The fence sections are moveable between a non-signaling position and an alarm signaling position. When the fence sections are in the non-signaling position and a given fence section is engaged with sufficient force it is moved to the alarm signaling position thereby signaling the alarm. The foregoing prevents a user, such as a child, from entering the pool water when the alarm system has been activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventor: Eric Boudreau
  • Patent number: 8154406
    Abstract: Apparatus for RFID tagging of packages is provided, including a conveyor, along which tags having microchips and antennae are applied to packages, with the tags being encoded via radio waves, to contain information about package identification and other information, with the encoding being done upstream of a palletizer system, and with the palletizer system being provided for receiving encoded packages from the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Hershey Chocolate and Confectionary Corporation
    Inventor: Kevin L. Feldenzer
  • Patent number: 8149129
    Abstract: A signal alignment monitoring system is provided. The system includes a signal assembly including at least one signal lamp. The system also includes an alignment monitoring apparatus coupled to the signal assembly. The alignment monitoring apparatus includes a source for emitting electromagnetic energy and a detector for sensing electromagnetic energy emitted by the source to facilitate determining an alignment of the signal assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Forrest Henry Ballinger
  • Patent number: 8138908
    Abstract: An arrangement in passenger vehicles, that diverts the impact energy in impacts away from the passengers to the remaining mass of the vehicle thereby protecting the passengers, and in the same arrangement provides utilitarian access to the vehicle, such utilitarian access making it possible to both install multi-element contoured surround seats for passengers and the driver, and also safety devices and arrangements for head-on collision protection that protect the passenger. An indo-skeletal structural arrangement proposed for the vehicle, provides further benefits by targeting the strength of the vehicle to protect passengers while minimizing other massive elements in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Inventor: Arjuna Indraeswaran Rajasingham
  • Patent number: 8115649
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a sensor system, a flexible line, and a sensor. The sensor system is capable of detecting skew in at least some of a plurality of control surfaces for a vehicle. The flexible line extends across a number of interfaces for a portion of the plurality of control surfaces. The sensor is connected to the flexible line and is capable of detecting the skew in the portion of the plurality of control surfaces in response to a selected amount of movement of the flexible line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: George Moy, Peter Angel Padilla, Michael Edward Renzelmann, Mark J. Gardner, Charles E. Jokisch, William Suhail Hanna, Eric J. Selby, Mark A. Barr, Stephen Roger Amorosi
  • Patent number: 8094006
    Abstract: A portable bearing test device includes a power supply that is operable to supply direct current (DC) electrical power via a plurality of power supply outputs and a circuit common. Independent bearing test circuits are coupled to receive output electrical power from one of the power supply outputs, and are further adapted to independently couple to a separate rotating machine test bearing. Separate indicator lights are electrically coupled in series in each of the independent bearing test circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Randall Dean Davis
  • Patent number: 8094035
    Abstract: A safety device for a storage rack can include a length of webbing configured to span across a rear side of the storage rack. A sensor device can be coupled to one end of the webbing and a signaling device can be configured to communicate with the sensor device. The signaling device can include a selectively actuatable alert indicator. The sensor device can be operable to sense an increase in tension in the webbing when an item is placed in a position on the storage rack so as to engage the webbing. The sensor device can generate a signal indicative of the increase in tension and communicate the signal to the signaling device. The signaling device can be operable to actuate the at least one alert indicator responsive to the communicated signal so as to provide an indication of a position of the item relative to the storage rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventor: Wendell C. Lane, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20110316714
    Abstract: A laser receiver (1) for acoustically indicating a laser beam, including a housing (4), a detector unit (6) that ascertains the actual position (2) of the laser beam, an evaluation unit (8) that determines the difference between the actual position (2) and the target position (3), and an acoustic indication device (7) that uses an acoustic signal to indicate whether the actual position (2) of the laser beam is above, below or at the target position (3), wherein a control unit (9) is provided that, as a function of the difference between the actual position (2) and the target position (3), generates a scanning signal to modulate a basic signal, and then sends the scanning signal to the acoustic indication device (7).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Applicant: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Andreas Winter
  • Patent number: 8038166
    Abstract: A target unit mounted on vehicle hitch ball contains a known object target and an optical unit mounted on trailer hitch socket contains an optical sensor. A real image of known object target is projected onto image plane of optical sensor. Vehicle hitching distance and offset from optical axis, normal to image plane origin, is related to real image size and offset from image plane origin respectively. Distance and offset are displayed to driver in the form of remaining distance and relative steering commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Inventor: Gregory Hubert Piesinger
  • Patent number: 8026798
    Abstract: An apparatus for presenting a time-variant information element in a vehicle, which has a steering wheel (1602), comprises one or more remotely and individually controllable tactile pads (1620), which produce a tactile sensation in response to a respective pad output signal, which is produced by a controller (CTRL). The tactile pads are positioned or adapted to be positioned on the steering wheel (1602) or proximate to it, such that they can be touched by at least one hand (1610,1612) of the vehicle driver while driving the vehicle. The apparatus further comprises means for determining the time-variant information element to be presented and for applying the determined time-variant information element to the controller and means for encoding the determined time-variant information element by the controller into temporal variations of the one or more pad output signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Senseg Ltd.
    Inventors: Ville Makinen, Jukka Linjama, Moaffak Ahmed
  • Patent number: 7944367
    Abstract: A system includes a comparator that triggers a signal indicating an event occurrence of a moving element of a machine that is sensed by a sensor. The signal is triggered in response to a raw signal from the sensor exceeding a trigger level. Logic calculates a hold off time for re-triggering of the signal, and a timer monitors expiration of the hold off time. A trigger screener monitors amplitude of the raw signal and accepts a triggering of the signal from the comparator in response to expiration of the hold off time and the raw signal exceeding a re-trigger level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Matthew Allen Nelson
  • Patent number: 7893845
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a socket for connecting a plug to an electronic device, comprising a sensor device, wherein the socket is adapted to be arranged in an electronic device and to be connected to a plug, the sensor device is adapted to detect a plug when it is arranged at the socket and adapted to emit a signal when it detects a plug. The present invention further relates to a plug for connecting a socket to an electronic device and to a system comprising a plug and a socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB
    Inventor: Tobias Ritzau
  • Patent number: 7880633
    Abstract: A cable position monitoring device is provided, for monitoring the position of a cable guided in the rollers of a roller assembly of a cable operated transportation system comprising at least one first and at least one second cable roller defining a reference roller, the cable position monitoring device comprising a movement-magnitude detecting device for determining a first movement-magnitude of the at least one first cable roller and a second movement-magnitude of the reference roller, and an evaluating device for comparing the first and second movement-magnitudes and for determining a mutual movement-magnitude deviation between the first and second movement-magnitudes which corresponds to a safe-to-operate status of the transportation system. An improved cable operated transportation system as well as a method for monitoring the position of a cable of a cable operated transportation system are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: HIMA Paul Hildebrandt GmbH + Co KG
    Inventor: Richard Thum
  • Patent number: 7864030
    Abstract: A system for encouraging the use of a load stabilizer in a cargo carrying vehicle comprising a storage device which has a detector, the detector being adapted to sense the presence or absence of a stabilizing member such as a shoring bar, the detector being designed to emit a first signal upon sensing the presence of the stabilizing member and to emit a second signal upon sensing the absence of the stabilizing member. The signal could activate or trigger a visual or audio indicator or alternatively the signal will allow or prevent an action being taken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: 9172-9863 Québec Inc.
    Inventor: Gaétan Jetté
  • Patent number: 7817040
    Abstract: A radio frequency identification (RFID) system having the capacity to detect conditions of alignment, wherein the system may be used with hand-held, fixed-in-place, stationary, and permanently mounted apparatus. The system includes an RF interrogator configured for use with dental x-ray, medical imaging, film, and digital radiography apparatus, and may include a multiplicity of RF transponders or interrogators. An RF interrogator, an RF transponder, and an x-ray sensitive imaging device, and its holder are configured to be critically aligned to a dental x-ray machine head apparatus, rendering repeat imaging unnecessary. The x-ray emitter may be further configured to automatically obtain a desired x-ray image or configured so that the device cannot activate and provide a radiograph until alignment with the transponder and associated x-ray sensitive imaging device has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: ABR, LLC
    Inventors: Ramin Homanfar, Bela Incze, David Massey
  • Patent number: 7800509
    Abstract: A ropeway may include at least one cable. A first sensor and a second sensor may be provided. The second sensor may be located between the first sensor and the cable. Related methodology is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Leitner-Poma of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremiah Daniel Frazier, Brian Christopher Kelly
  • Publication number: 20100231414
    Abstract: A signal alignment monitoring system is provided. The system includes a signal assembly including at least one signal lamp. The system also includes an alignment monitoring apparatus coupled to the signal assembly. The alignment monitoring apparatus includes a source for emitting electromagnetic energy and a detector for sensing electromagnetic energy emitted by the source to facilitate determining an alignment of the signal assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Inventor: Forrest Henry Ballinger