Temperature Measurement (e.g., Thermometer) Patents (Class 374/100)
  • Patent number: 9983004
    Abstract: A temperature characteristic correction device corrects a temperature characteristic of an electronic device. The temperature characteristic correction device calculates a peak correction characteristic approximating a peak waveform having a peak value in a second range included in a first range of the temperature characteristic using a first formula, and a correction characteristic approximating a waveform continuing in the first range of the temperature characteristic using a second formula. The temperature characteristic correction device calculates a total correction amount from the peak correction characteristic and the correction characteristic, and then corrects the temperature characteristic using the total correction amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9930461
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method implementing at least one loudspeaker comprising at least one module suitable for generating a value representative of an internal operation of the loudspeaker, and a memory unit for storing an alarm criterion relative to the generated value, and control software for controlling the loudspeaker. The method further comprising the steps of the module produces a value representative of the internal operation of the loudspeaker, the loudspeaker compares the generated value and the alarm criterion, and the loudspeaker emits a sound or visual signal if the result of the comparison indicates that the generated value fulfills the alarm criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: DEVIALET
    Inventors: Pierre-Emmanuel Calmel, Charles Coqueret, Maxime Leblanc
  • Patent number: 9772265
    Abstract: A system and method for preparing a sample for study in a charged-particle microscope is disclosed. A sample holder comprises substantially parallel opposing faces connected by apertures spanned by a perforated membrane. Blotting material is placed against the outer membrane surface, and liquid films may then be deposited onto the inner membrane surface within each aperture where each aperture can contain a unique sample. Liquids from each sample flow through the perforations in the membrane to be absorbed by the blotting material. After completion of deposition of liquid samples, the sample holder is raised off the blotting material, leaving aqueous samples within the perforations of the membrane. The sample holder may then be immersed in a vitrifying bath of liquid oxygen to form a cryo-sample for microscopic imaging and analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: FEI Company
    Inventor: Hervé-William Rémigy
  • Patent number: 9689851
    Abstract: A heatable gas analysis device which is monitored in a simply way, wherein a gas analysis device contains a monitoring unit which, after the device is switched on and until a predefined operating temperature is reached, generates a two-dimensional temperature profile from temperature progressions measured at different measuring points within the device, in which temperature profile one dimension indicates time and another dimension indicates the different measuring points, where the monitoring unit compares the temperature profile to a reference temperature profile generated and stored under reference conditions and, in the event of any deviation exceeding a predefined amount, generates an error message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Peter Krause
  • Patent number: 9587988
    Abstract: A temperature sensing system includes a vehicle that has a seat. An alarm is removably attached to the seat and the alarm is in thermal communication with an interior of the vehicle. The alarm issues a visual alert when a temperature of within the vehicle exceeds a trigger temperature. Thus, the alarm alerts an observer that the temperature within the vehicle exceeds the trigger temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventors: Kenneth Demmo, Kelly Demmo
  • Patent number: 9448117
    Abstract: An infrared thermometer includes a proximity sensor, an infrared sensor and a micro controller unit. The micro controller unit determines whether or not the infrared thermometer has contact with an object to be measured, using the proximity sensor. The micro controller unit measures the amount of infrared radiation using the infrared sensor at a time when determining that the infrared thermometer has contact with the object to be measured. The micro controller unit calculates a temperature of the object to be measured, based on the amount of infrared radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: BIO ECHO NET Inc
    Inventor: Hideki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9306249
    Abstract: A method of estimating temperature at a core of a module of a traction battery of an electric or hybrid vehicle in which is packaged a plurality of electric charge accumulating elements, the method including: measuring a temperature at a level of an exterior wall of the battery module; and calculating an estimation of the temperature at the core of the battery module on the basis of the measurement of the temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: RENAULT S.A.S.
    Inventors: Maxime Debert, Ahmed Ketfi-Cherif, Guillaume Colin, Yann Chamaillard
  • Patent number: 9046411
    Abstract: An optical sensor system includes a multi-color pyrometer in optical communication with a component. The pyrometer generates signals at least partially representative of radiation received from the component and from soot particles. The system includes at least one processing unit coupled to the pyrometer. The processing unit is programmed to receive the signals and distinguish portions of radiation received between at least two wavelength bands. The processing unit is also programmed to determine that a first portion of radiation within a first of the wavelength bands is representative of a temperature of soot particles and that a second portion of radiation within a second of the wavelength bands is representative of a temperature of the component. The processing unit is further programmed to filter out signals representative of the first portion of the radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Guanghua Wang, Anquan Wang, Nirm Velumylum Nirmalan, Jordi Estevadeordal, Sean Patrick Harper, Bradford Allen Lewandowski
  • Publication number: 20150135846
    Abstract: A package for a device to be inserted into a solid structure may include a building material that includes particles of one of micrometric and sub-micrometric dimensions. The device may include an integrated detection module having at least one integrated sensor and the package arranged to coat at least one portion of the device including the integrated detection module. A method aspect includes a method of manufacturing the device. A system aspect is for monitoring parameters in a solid structure that includes the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: STMICROELECTRONICS S.r.l.
    Inventors: Alberto Pagani, Bruno Murari, Federico Giovanni Ziglioli, Marco Ronchi, Giulio Ricotti
  • Publication number: 20150128705
    Abstract: There is disclosed a sensor assembly and a method of sensing. The sensor assembly is for sensing a property associated with a structure of interest. The sensor assembly includes an elongate member constructed and arranged so as to be capable of assuming a structure-engaging form in which it is resiliently biased such that the member can engage with and grip the structure along at least part of the length of the member, and, at least one sensor supported by the elongate member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: RTL Materials Limited
    Inventor: Andrew James DATON-LOVETT
  • Patent number: 9028140
    Abstract: The invention relates to a measuring sensor for measuring temperature in a chemical process, the measuring sensor comprising a measuring element supported on the frame of the measuring sensor and arranged in thermal contact with the process being measured, and measuring conductors connected to the measuring element for directing a measuring signal onward. The frame of the measuring sensor is made of mineral material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Janesko Oy
    Inventor: Esko Kamrat
  • Patent number: 9030173
    Abstract: A temperature is measured for each terminal of the battery unit. The magnitude and sign of a temperature differential is calculated from the temperatures. The temperature differential is then correlated to a deteriorating condition of the battery unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Global Energy Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: John McHardy, Paul Nicholas Chait, Kurt Salloux, Stanley Chait
  • Publication number: 20150124853
    Abstract: Provided according to one or more embodiments is a thermostat having a housing, the housing including a forward-facing surface, the thermostat comprising a passive infrared (PIR) motion sensor disposed inside the housing for sensing occupancy in the vicinity of the thermostat. The PIR motion sensor has a radiation receiving surface and is able to detect the lateral movement of an occupant in front of the forward-facing surface of the housing. The thermostat further comprises a grille member having one or more openings and included along the forward-facing surface of the housing, the grille member being placed over the radiation receiving surface of the PIR motion sensor. The grille member is configured and dimensioned to visually conceal and protect the PIR motion sensor disposed inside the housing, the visual concealment promoting a visually pleasing quality of the thermostat, while at the same time permitting the PIR motion sensor to effectively detect the lateral movement of the occupant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Brian Huppi, John B. Filson, Fred Bould, David Sloo, Matthew L. Rogers
  • Publication number: 20150110148
    Abstract: A method of sensing superheat includes the steps of: (a) connecting a fluid inlet member of a superheat sensor to one of a plurality of fluid systems; (b) allowing fluid to flow from the fluid system to which the superheat sensor is connected to the superheat sensor; (c) sensing a temperature of the fluid in the fluid system with one of an internal temperature sensor mounted within a housing of the superheat sensor and an external temperature sensor mounted outside of the housing of the superheat sensor; and (d) calculating a superheat of the fluid in the fluid system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: ZHEJIANG DUNAN HETIAN METAL CO., LTD
    Inventors: Parthiban Arunasalam, Wayne C. Long
  • Patent number: 8992078
    Abstract: During contactless transmission of energy between a receiver (6) for receiving the energy and a transmitter (7) for transmitting the energy for the purpose of charging a battery of a motor vehicle (1), a temperature is measured in a region between the transmitter (7) and the receiver (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Björn Elias, Florian Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8967384
    Abstract: A method of sorting mined material, such as mined ore, is disclosed. The method comprises exposing particles of mined material to radio frequency electromagnetic radiation and heating particles depending on the minerals present in the particles and then thermally analyzing particles exposed to radio frequency electromagnetic radiation to detect temperature differences between particles which indicate differences in the minerals in the particles. The method also comprises sorting the particles on the basis of the results of the thermal analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Technological Resources Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Samuel Kingman, Georgios Dimitrakis, Christopher Dodds
  • Patent number: 8967855
    Abstract: An electronic device that determines an external temperature is described. During operation, the electronic device uses a sensor mechanism (such as an integrated temperature sensor) to determine an internal temperature of the electronic device. Then, a thermoelectric device (which may be based on the Peltier effect and/or the Seeback effect) determines the relative temperature difference between the internal temperature and the external temperature. Next, the external temperature may be determined based on the internal temperature and the temperature difference. For example, the external temperature may be determined relative to a threshold value. Furthermore, an electrical signal (such as a voltage or a current) output by the thermoelectric device may be used to recharge a battery and, more generally, a power source in the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Leeo, Inc.
    Inventors: Nina S. Joshi, Aaron H. Squier, Andrew G. Stevens
  • Publication number: 20150020573
    Abstract: This invention relates to impact absorbing foams. These foams comprise a polymeric foam and ceramic particulates dispersing the foam. These foams have numerous uses, including, for example, as interior pads for football helmets, and the like, for reducing head injuries.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Karl-Heinz Schofalvi, Ji Seung Kim, Christopher James Durning
  • Patent number: 8936394
    Abstract: Methods and systems for estimating the core temperature of at least one cell in a battery at the termination of a rest period. The method for estimating the core temperature of the cells in a battery includes measuring the surface temperature of the cells, obtaining the estimated core temperature of the cells, obtaining the time required for the surface temperature and the estimated core temperature of the cells to converge, and estimating the core temperature of the cells based on the measured surface temperatures, the obtained estimated core temperature, and the obtained time. The system for estimating the core temperature of the cells in a battery includes at least one sensor configured to receive temperature information and a control system in signal communication with the sensor, wherein the control system comprises a memory device and a controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Mahendra M. Kenkre, Wei Liu, Charles Hua, Andrew H. Leutheuser
  • Patent number: 8931953
    Abstract: The present invention provides an ultra-low power embedded CMOS temperature sensor based on serially connected subthreshold MOS operation particularly well suited for passive RFID food monitoring applications. Employing serially connected subthreshold MOS as sensing element enables reduced minimum supply voltage for further power reduction, which is very important in passive RFID applications. The temperature sensor may be part of a passive RFID tag and incorporates a temperature sensor core, proportional-to-absolute-temperature (PTAT) and complimentary-to-absolute-temperature (CTAT) delay generators, and a time-to-digital differential readout circuit. In one embodiment, the sensor is embedded inside a passive UHF RFID tag fabricated with a conventional 0.18 ?m 1P6M CMOS process. With the sensor core working under 0.5 V and digital interfacing under 1 V, the sensor dissipates a measured total power of 119 nW at 33 samples/s and achieves an inaccuracy of +1/?0.8° C. from ?10° C. to 30° C. after calibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Man Kay Law, Amine Bermak, Howard Cam Luong
  • Patent number: 8926175
    Abstract: An adapter slip configured to be seated in a fluid port, the adapter slip including a lumen, an exterior wall, a shoulder, and a sleeve. The lumen extending along a length of a longitudinal axis, the lumen configured to receive a temperature probe. The exterior wall including a proximal end portion and a distal end portion, wherein the proximal end portion includes a tapered portion tapered at an acute angle with respect to the longitudinal axis. The shoulder extending outward from the exterior wall distal to the tapered portion configured to engage with a distal end of the fluid port. The sleeve configured extend within the lumen and project a predetermined distance beyond the proximal end portion of the exterior wall, the sleeve including a sleeve lumen and a closed proximal end, the sleeve lumen configured to receive at least a temperature sensor of the temperature probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Wendler
  • Patent number: 8920025
    Abstract: An electronic device, suitable for registering the temperature of a foodstuff in a oven provided with a door with a handle is disclosed. The device includes a casing with a user interface and a temperature probe suitable for being inserted into the food. The casing includes hook for connecting the device to the oven door, preferably to its handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Fabrizio Luigi Andreatti
  • Patent number: 8888360
    Abstract: A method of in-situ pyrometer calibration for a wafer treatment reactor such as a chemical vapor deposition reactor desirably includes the steps of positioning a calibrating pyrometer at a first calibrating position and heating the reactor until the reactor reaches a pyrometer calibration temperature. The method desirably further includes rotating the support element about the rotational axis, and while the support element is rotating about the rotational axis, obtaining first operating temperature measurements from a first operating pyrometer installed at a first operating position, and obtaining first calibrating temperature measurements from the calibration pyrometer. Both the calibrating pyrometer and the first operating pyrometer desirably are adapted to receive radiation from a first portion of a wafer support element at a first radial distance from a rotational axis of the wafer support element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Veeco Instruments Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander I. Gurary, Vadim Boguslavskiy, Sandeep Krishnan, Matthew King
  • Publication number: 20140334525
    Abstract: A sensor probe may include an elongated body and a temperature sensor. The elongated body may include at least one first aperture, a first passageway and a second passageway. The first passageway may be in communication with the first aperture and may extend along a longitudinal axis of the elongated body. The second passageway may be in communication with and may extend from the first passageway. The temperature sensor may be disposed within the first passageway and may include a wire extending through a portion of the first passageway and the second passageway. The wire may include a diameter that is less than a diameter of the first passageway such that the first passageway defines a pressure path around the wire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Jeffrey N. ARENSMEIER
  • Publication number: 20140328371
    Abstract: A device for measuring the temperature of water covering a road surface includes a member for measuring water temperature and channelling means for channelling the water covering the road surface. The channelling means includes a measuring chamber for measuring the temperature of the water covering the road surface. The measuring member includes a temperature measuring head situated in the measuring chamber. The device also includes driving means for driving the device over the road surface, the means being arranged in such a way that the temperature measuring head is situated at some distance from the road surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: JEREMY BUISSON
  • Patent number: 8866012
    Abstract: A sensor system includes a wiring harness including at least one wire, a grommet, a nugget, a sensor, and a harness sleeve, wherein the grommet includes at least one passageway configured to receive the wire and the nugget includes at least one terminal molded into the nugget and coupled to the wire. A mineral insulated cable may be coupled to the sensor and to the terminal and the harness sleeve may define at least one cavity configured to receive the nugget and at least a portion of the grommet. The harness sleeve may be coupled to the mineral insulated cable and may include a first crimp coupling the harness sleeve to the grommet. The harness sleeve may also include a second crimp coupling the harness sleeve to the nugget.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Stoneridge, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Engelbach, Robert J. Sparks, Tim Murphy, Jeffrey T. Norris, Michael L. Heston
  • Publication number: 20140269822
    Abstract: A wafer temperature measurement tool for measuring the surface temperature of a semiconductor wafer. The tool can be used to measure temperature on different parts of the wafer to provide a high resolution temperature distribution map. The tool includes an internal calibrated weight that is slidably disposed within a tool body. A temperature sensor is attached to the bottom of the weight. Ceramic stands are attached to the bottom of the tool body. Gravity pulls down on the weight such that the temperature sensor contacts the wafer when the ceramic stands of the tool body are placed on the wafer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: QUALITAU, INC.
    Inventors: Edward McCloud, David VandenBerg
  • Publication number: 20140254625
    Abstract: Systems and computer-implemented methods of determining a temperature of a load introduced into a chamber are provided. The computer-implemented method includes applying a power output to a medium in at least a portion of a chamber at a level to modify the temperature of the medium to achieve a predetermined medium temperature. A steady state power output level to achieve the predetermined medium temperature is determined using a computer processor. A load having a load temperature other than the predetermined medium temperature is received into the at least a portion of the chamber. The method includes determining that the load temperature is substantially at the predetermined medium temperature using the computer processor when the power output level reaches the determined steady state power output level and without any direct temperature measurement of the load.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Joel S. Faden
  • Patent number: 8827552
    Abstract: An electronic thermometer capable of displaying temperature by picture includes a body, a micro-controller, a display screen and a temperature-sensing element. The body has a measurement portion. The micro-controller is disposed in the body. The display screen is combined in the body. The temperature-sensing element is provided in the measurement portion and electrically connected to the micro-controller. A temperature signal sensed by the temperature-sensing element is transmitted to the micro-controller. The micro-controller converts the temperature signal into a temperature value comprising a measured integer value and a measured decimal value. The micro-controller converts the measured decimal value into a picture. The display screen is configured to display the measured integer value and the picture. The present invention further provides a method for displaying temperature measured by an electronic thermometer by picture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: K-Jump Health Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chao-Man Tseng
  • Patent number: 8827546
    Abstract: A method for calibrating a superheat sensor (5) for a refrigeration system is provided. The method comprises the following steps. Increasing an amount of liquid refrigerant in the evaporator (1), e.g. by increasing an opening degree of the expansion valve (3). Monitoring one or more parameters, e.g. the temperature of refrigerant leaving the evaporator (1), said parameters reflecting a superheat value of the refrigerant. Allowing the value of each of the parameter(s) to decrease. When the value(s) of the monitored parameter(s) reaches a substantially constant level, defining the superheat value corresponding to the constant level to be SH=0. The superheat sensor (5) is then calibrated in accordance with the defined SH=0 level. When the parameter(s) reaches the substantially constant level it is an indication that liquid refrigerant is allowed to pass through the evaporator (1), and thereby that the superheat of the refrigerant leaving the evaporator (1) is zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Danfoss A/S
    Inventors: Asbjoern Leth Vonsild, Claus Thybo, Lars Finn Sloth Larsen, Jakob Spangberg, Jesper Hoeyer, Jes Vogler
  • Publication number: 20140242631
    Abstract: Novel Mn2+-doped quantum dots are provided. These Mn2+-doped quantum dots exhibit excellent temperature sensitivity in both organic solvents and water-based solutions. Methods of preparing the Mn2+-doped quantum dots are provided. The Mn2+-doped quantum dots may be prepared via a stepwise procedure using air-stable and inexpensive chemicals. The use of air-stable chemicals can significantly reduce the cost of synthesis, chemical storage, and the risk associated with handling flammable chemicals. Methods of temperature sensing using Mn2+-doped quantum dots are provided. The stepwise procedure provides the ability to tune the temperature-sensing properties to satisfy specific needs for temperature sensing applications. Water solubility may be achieved by passivating the Mn2+-doped quantum dots, allowing the Mn2+-doped quantum dots to probe the fluctuations of local temperature in biological environments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventors: Haw Yang, Chih-Hao Hsia
  • Patent number: 8816875
    Abstract: An electronic thermometer includes a hollow probe provided at its longitudinal tip with a temperature measuring unit having a temperature sensor for sensing a temperature, electrodes neighboring to the temperature sensor and arranged in the hollow of the probe, and a determining unit for determining whether temperature measuring unit is in appropriate contact with a measurement target portion of a user or not, based on a change in electrostatic capacity sensed using the electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Omron Healthcare Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Hiramatsu, Yasuo Fujita, Yoshihito Nakanishi, Yoshihide Onishi, Daisuke Ishihara, Atsuko Fukui, Masaki Tomioka, Katsuyoshi Morita
  • Publication number: 20140233603
    Abstract: My invention will increase the speed in which tire temperatures can be gathered in the racing industry. Current standard practice allows one temperature reading from a single probe. My device will allow more than one reading simultaneously by employing multiple probes. My invention will be manufactured for adjustability and conformance. Several size variations will be required to meet current and future market demands.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventor: JAMES RICHARD SCHUTT
  • Patent number: 8808178
    Abstract: The invention is a medical monitor including an electronic circuit configured to receive a signal from the physiological sensor. A microcomputer configured to process the signal from the physiological sensor generates a value representative of the physiological parameter. The microcomputer is also configured to cause the medical monitor to display an in-service help screen on a display on the medical monitor in response to a detection of a predetermined number of out of range values of the physiological parameter. The microcomputer can also be configured to process a second signal from a second sensor representative of a second parameter and the microcomputer configured to cause the medical monitor to display an in-service help screen on a display on the medical monitor in response to a detection of a predetermined number of out of range values of the second parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Welch Allyn, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Lane, Suzanne Abate Gunter, Alisa J. Robinson, James M. Robinson, Lari E. Shreffler, Shawn C. St. Pierre
  • Patent number: 8810447
    Abstract: A calibration device, capable of calibrating a gain of a radiometer, includes an actuator and a micro-electromechanical-system (MEMS) unit. The actuator receives a calibration signal outputted from a control unit. The MEMS unit is coupled to the actuator, in which the actuator enables the MEMS unit to shield an antenna of the radiometer according to the calibration signal, such that the radiometer generates an environmental signal according to an equivalent radiant temperature received from the MEMS unit, and the control unit calibrates the gain of the radiometer according to the environmental signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Chun-Yen Huang, Chin-Chung Nien, Li-Yuan Chang, Chen-Ming Li, Ya-Chung Yu
  • Patent number: 8801280
    Abstract: A temperature measuring method using a temperature probe in which a temperature-sensitive magnetic substance having an arbitrary Curie point is arranged in a portion to be measured. A magnetic field is generated from a magnetic field generation source disposed at a position away from the portion to be measured. A change of the magnetic flux vector of the magnetic field depending on the temperature of the temperature-sensitive magnetic substance is detected by a magnetic sensor to measure the temperature of the portion to be measured, thereby the temperature of the portion to be measured can be wirelessly measured from the position away from the portion to be measured and the reduction in size can be easy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Akita University
    Inventors: Noboru Yoshimura, Kazutaka Mitobe, Jun-ichi Ogawa, Hajime Saito
  • Publication number: 20140221528
    Abstract: The invention involves the incorporation and enablement of multiple interactive elements into high-volume consumables products to increase utility, function and features of the consumable product at minimal incremental cost and adjustment to production and manufacturing processes. The invention further reports processes and compositions that enable consumable products with differentiating features which product would otherwise be deficient for their intended use and application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: Hans O. Ribi
  • Patent number: 8796807
    Abstract: By incorporating germanium material into thermal sensing diode structures, the sensitivity thereof may be significantly increased. In some illustrative embodiments, the process for incorporating the germanium material may be performed with high compatibility with a process flow for incorporating a silicon/germanium material into P-channel transistors of sophisticated semiconductor devices. Hence, temperature control efficiency may be increased with reduced die area consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Rolf Stephan, Markus Forsberg, Gert Burbach, Anthony Mowry
  • Patent number: 8790005
    Abstract: A sensor for determining a temperature in the cabin of a motor vehicle including a temperature sensor for detecting the temperature of a spatial region adjoining the temperature sensor or surrounding it, a solar sensor for detecting the solar radiation to which the cabin of the motor vehicle is exposed, the temperature sensor and the solar sensor disposed together in a sensor housing, wherein the temperature sensor is connected to two first electric connecting elements which are lead through the sensor housing and the solar sensor is connected to two second electric connecting elements which are lead through the sensor housing, and wherein the first and second connecting elements are configured separately from each other, at least inside the sensor housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Tylinski, Mario Wirtz
  • Publication number: 20140204975
    Abstract: There are provided a plate-shaped body for temperature measurement which, simply by being mounted on a mounting surface of an electrostatic chuck apparatus and without using a semiconductor wafer itself which is a product, is able to easily optimize the in-plane temperature distribution of the mounting surface of the electrostatic chuck apparatus, the temperature rising characteristics, and the cooling characteristics during decreases in temperature, and a temperature measuring apparatus provided with the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: Sumitomo Osaka Cement Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mamoru Kosakai, Kazunori Ishimura, Takeshi Watanabe, Hitoshi Kouno, Ryuuji Hayahara
  • Patent number: 8783945
    Abstract: A superheat sensor (1) for sensing superheat of a fluid flowing in a flow channel (3) is disclosed. The sensor (1) comprises a flexible wall defining an interface between an inner cavity (5) having a charge fluid (6) arranged therein and the flow channel (3). The flexible wall is arranged in the flow channel (3) in thermal contact with the fluid flowing therein, and the flexible wall is adapted to conduct heat between the flow channel (3) and the inner cavity (5). Thereby the temperature of the charge fluid (6) adapts to the temperature of the fluid flowing in the flow channel (3), and the pressure in the inner cavity (5) is determined by this temperature. A first wall part (7, 14) and a second wall part (9, 16) are arranged at a variable distance from each other, said distance being defined by a differential pressure between the pressure of the charge fluid (6) and the pressure of the fluid flowing in the flow channel (3), i.e.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Danfoss A/S
    Inventors: Asbjoern Leth Vonsild, Claus Thybo, Leo Bram, Jakob Spangberg
  • Patent number: 8770836
    Abstract: A wireless temperature profiling system and the methods of making it are disclosed. The wireless temperature profiling system can include a photovoltaic substrate, a transponder, and a reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: First Solar, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Burgard
  • Patent number: 8764286
    Abstract: Embodiments of separating apparatuses are generally described herein. Other embodiments may be described and claimed. In one embodiment, a thermal sensor assembly includes a shape memory substrate anchored within an isolation housing and braced between first and second anchors. The shape memory substrate is configured to transition from the strained configuration to the fractured configuration at a specified temperature range, and the first substrate end fractures from the second substrate end at the specified temperature. In another embodiment, a fracture indicator is coupled with the shape memory substrate, and the fracture indicator is configured to indicate the fractured configuration corresponding to meeting or exceeding of the specified temperature. In one example, the specified temperature range includes a range of temperatures or a single temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Frederick B. Koehler, Ward D. Lyman
  • Patent number: 8768530
    Abstract: A predefined mathematical relationship that is stored in the memory of a computing system is accessed, wherein the relationship refers to temperatures of a number of points in the system, wherein the points together define a zone. The mathematical relationship yields a representative temperature for the zone. Temperature data from sensors in the system is obtained and applied to thermal models, to estimate the temperatures of at least some of the points that define the zone. The representative temperature for the zone is computed using the estimated temperatures as input to the mathematical relationship. A decision is then made on whether or not to change a power consuming activity limit in the system, based on the computed representative temperature. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Faqiu Liang, Jay S. Nigen, Amaury J. Heresztyn, Keith Cox
  • Publication number: 20140177670
    Abstract: A method for estimating the temperature of the fuel entering a turbomachine injector, the turbomachine including engine spaces and an oil/fuel exchanger upstream of the injector, the engine spaces and the oil/fuel exchanger having oil passing through them, the oil/fuel exchanger having an efficiency, the engine spaces including a high-pressure spool, the method including (a) measuring the temperature of the oil entering the engine spaces; (b) measuring the rotational speed of the high-pressure spool; (c) calculating the temperature of the fuel leaving the oil/fuel exchanger using the temperature of the oil entering the engine spaces and the rotational speed of the high-pressure spool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: SNECMA
    Inventors: Sébastien Gameiro, Caroline Frantz, Sophie Lauranne Mottet
  • Patent number: 8757873
    Abstract: A method of determining the temperature of a sample carrier in a charged particle-optical apparatus, characterized in that the method comprises the observation of the sample carrier with a beam of charged particles, the observation giving information about the temperature of the sample carrier. The invention is based on the insight that a charged particle optical apparatus, such as a TEM, STEM, SEM or FIB, can be used to observe temperature related changes of a sample carrier. The changes may be mechanical changes (e.g. of a bimetal), crystallographic changes (e.g. of a perovskite), and luminescent changes (in intensity or decay time). In a preferred embodiment the sample carrier shows two bimetals, showing metals with different thermal expansion coefficients, bending in opposite directions. The distance between the two bimetals is used as a thermometer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: FEI Company
    Inventors: Stephanus Hubertus Leonardus van den Boom, Pleun Dona, Laurens Franz Taemsz Kwakman, Uwe Luecken, Hervé-William Rémigy, Hendrik Nicolaas Slingerland, Martin Verheijen, Gerbert Jeroen van de Water
  • Patent number: 8762097
    Abstract: In one aspect, a data processing system includes a virtual temperature sensor to provide system temperature for different system configurations, and a controller coupled to the sensor to control operations of the data processing system according to the virtual temperature. The virtual temperature sensor typically derives the temperature of a particular configuration of the data processing system using mathematical models or one or more operating parameters of the data processing system. In one example, the mathematical models include a characterization table which provides the measured temperature data from various system configurations. These measurements are performed with temperature sensors positioned in ideal locations for different configuration, and are preprocessed to provide the virtual temperature computation. The characterization table also includes thermal characteristics, such as thermal time constant and thermal resistance, of the critical components at multiple thermal control states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy John Millet
  • Publication number: 20140169398
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a temperature detector for detecting a temperature of a component. The temperature detector may receive a first signal indicative of the temperature of the component, with the first signal being received from a first type of temperature sensor. The temperature detector may further receive a second signal indicative of the temperature of the component, with the second signal being received from a second type of temperature sensor different from the first type of temperature sensor. The temperature detector may combine the first and second signals to generate an output indicative of the temperature of the component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Progress Rail Services Corporation
    Inventors: Donald J. Arndt, Mark J. Bartonek
  • Publication number: 20140169401
    Abstract: An air temperature sensor arrangement for a vehicle includes a temperature sensor housing having a base portion, an inlet and an outlet. Also included is a main flow path defined by a continuously curvilinear wall, the main flow path extending from the inlet to the outlet for separating particulate matter from an inlet airflow. Further included is a temperature sensor disposed within an internal cavity of the temperature sensor housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventors: Chester Miles Schwie, John Timothy Otto
  • Publication number: 20140146848
    Abstract: A conical flange of a temperature sensor for hygienic applications as a deep drawn part with a disk-shaped lower part 30c and an upper part, wherein the upper part partially serves as clamping surface is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: IFM ELECTRONIC GMBH
    Inventors: Benno Kathan, Stefan Kreis