Temperature Measurement (e.g., Thermometer) Patents (Class 374/100)
  • Patent number: 11781923
    Abstract: A fiber optic sensing head includes a single-mode optical fiber, a twin hole optical fiber including a cladding region and a core region surrounded by the cladding region, and the core region includes a second core located at an axis center, as well as a first and second round holes symmetrically distributed with respect to the second core; an incoming end of a gradient refractive-index fiber is connected to an outgoing end of the twin hole optical fiber with the incoming end of the gradient index fiber aligned with the outgoing end of the single-mode optical fiber at center. A thermal-sensitive structure is filled in a preset length part of the second round hole extending along an axial direction of the twin hole optical fiber. An incoming end of the twin hole optical fiber is connected to an outgoing end of the gradient index optical fiber with displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2023
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: Xinjiang Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, CAS
    Inventors: Linjun Li, Yuqiang Yang, Shilie Pan, Yu Zhou, Xiaoming Duan, Yingjie Shen, Qianqian Hao, Xin He
  • Patent number: 11768008
    Abstract: An air conditioner may include a heat exchanger having a first cooling coil and a second cooling coil inclined toward each other, an inlet formed between a lower end of the first cooling coil and a lower end of the second cooling coil to allow air to pass through, an inside air duct through which air introduced to the inlet flows, an air supply duct through which the air passing through the heat exchanger flows, a fan causing air passing through the heat exchanger to flow, and a temperature sensor sensing a temperature of the air introduced into the heat exchanger. The heat exchanger includes a plate positioned between the first cooling coil and the second cooling coil. The plate may have a sensor insertion hole into which the temperature sensing device is inserted. By measuring the temperature of the air introduced into the heat exchanger, more accurate control information may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2023
    Inventors: Joonshik Yoon, Beomsoo Seo, Youngheon Kwon, Junho Hwang
  • Patent number: 11692855
    Abstract: In some examples, a microstructured fiber comprises a cladding material surrounding at least one core material, wherein the at least one core material comprises an array of discrete devices contacted in parallel. A method of producing a microstructured fiber may include 3D-printing a fiber preform, thermally drawing the fiber preform into a fiber that preserves the cross-sectional geometry of the fiber preform, and axially patterning the fiber into a microstructured fiber comprising an array of discrete devices contacted in parallel. In some embodiments, microstructured fibers may be integrated into a sensory textile that includes at least one of an electrooptic portion, a sonar portion, a magnetic gradiometer portion, and a piezogenerating portion. In some embodiments, microstructured fibers may be formed into an in-fiber integrated quantum device circuit or an in-fiber ion trap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Inventors: Alexander Gumennik, Mengxin Zheng, Camila Faccini de Lima, Veda Narayana Koraganji
  • Patent number: 11686626
    Abstract: Various non-invasive sensors are adapted to be placed on a surface of an object having a volume with an internal region. The internal region of the object has internal properties indicated by corresponding internal parameters and an internal temperature distribution that is a function of the internal parameters and surface thermal signals. Each non-invasive sensor includes a heat flux sensor having one or more heat flux sensor output terminals to provide a measured heat transfer signal for the surface of the object, and a temperature sensor having one or more temperature sensor output terminals to provide a measured temperature signal for the surface of the object. Systems including one or more of the sensors perform non-invasive sensing of the object including accurate and rapid determination of an internal temperature distribution of the internal region of the object as well as one or more other internal properties of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Inventor: Ali R. Roghanizad
  • Patent number: 11480981
    Abstract: This temperature control device is provided with: an endothermic/exothermic unit that heats or cools a subject to be subjected to temperature control; a temperature detection unit that detects the first temperature of the periphery of the subject; a control unit that controls the endothermic/exothermic unit on the basis of a variable target temperature; and a variable target temperature setter that sets the variable target temperature to a first variable target temperature on the basis of the first temperature and target temperature information indicating the target temperature. With such temperature control device, since the target temperature changes to a suitable value as needed, a time needed until the temperature of the subject reaches the target temperature can be shortened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Inventors: Tadashi Kondo, Kiyoshi Tateishi, Tomoya Murakami, Akari Agata, Genki Adachi
  • Patent number: 11465602
    Abstract: A method for checking functionality of a motor vehicle braking system. The braking system has a main module, including: hydraulically actuatable wheel brakes, pairs being assigned to respective brake circuits; at least one electrically actuatable wheel valve per wheel brake sets wheel-specific brake pressures; a pressure provision device actively builds up pressure in the wheel brakes; a pressure-medium reservoir at atmospheric pressure, and an auxiliary module, which has for each of two wheel brakes: a pressure sensor for measuring pressure in a wheel brake line; an open when deenergized isolating valve in the wheel brake line; a pump. At least one variable is measured to assess functionality of the braking system. Using least one acceptance criterion, and checked whether the variable satisfies the acceptance criterion. Determining at least one variable representing the viscosity of the brake fluid, and the at least one acceptance criterion depends on a variable representing viscosity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Inventors: Andreas Neu, Boris Holzherr, Thomas Buch, Martin Brenn, Andreas Baltes
  • Patent number: 11350783
    Abstract: A hot water dispenser and a method for determining a boiling point of water in the same. The hot water dispenser contains a reservoir, a heating element, and a sensor. The method includes heating water in the reservoir with a first power value of the heating element during a first period of time until a value indicative of a threshold temperature of water is determined; upon reaching the threshold temperature, heating the reservoir water with a second power value of the heating element, which is lower than the first power value, during a second period of time until a water-temperature-rise-per-time value is lower than a first predetermined value; subsequently, increasing the power value of the heating element to a third power value during a third period of time; determining the boiling-point temperature of water by determining the highest temperature of water between the first and third periods of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Inventor: Hubert Nolte
  • Patent number: 11036413
    Abstract: A method includes determining, by a first component of a memory sub-system controller, a first temperature value of the memory subsystem controller. The method can further include determining, by a second component of a non-volatile memory device, a second temperature value of the non-volatile memory device coupled to the memory sub-system controller. The method can further include modifying a data parameter in response to at least one of the first temperature value or the second temperature value exceeding a threshold temperature value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Jacob Sloat
  • Patent number: 10942067
    Abstract: The surface temperature of a portable device is estimated. The portable device includes a sensor for detecting the internal temperature of the portable device. The portable device also includes circuitry for estimating the surface temperature, using the internal temperature and an ambient temperature of the portable device as input to a circuit model. The circuit model describes thermal behaviors of the portable device. The circuitry is operative to identify a scenario in which the portable device operates, and determine the ambient temperature using the scenario and at least the internal temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: MediaTek Inc.
    Inventors: Chi-Wen Pan, Pei-Yu Huang, Sheng-Liang Kuo, Jih-Ming Hsu, Tai-Yu Chen, Yun-Ching Li, Wei-Ting Wang
  • Patent number: 10837931
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for remotely identifying and classifying materials based on their respective complex permittivity features. Materials of interest to be identified in later inspections are cataloged according to their respective complex permittivity features by applying electromagnetic fields to them and determining their complex permittivity features. That library of features is used to compare field measurements taken during an inspection to determine the presence of a material of interest and to identify it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: The MITRE Corporation
    Inventors: Nicholas C. Donnangelo, Alexander V. Mamishev, Walter S. Kuklinski
  • Patent number: 10759543
    Abstract: An optical foreign object detection (FOD) system for a gas turbine engine includes a multiple of emitters arranged about an inner periphery of a fan cowl, a multiple or receivers arranged about the inner periphery of the fan cowl, each of the multiple of receivers receiving a beam from one of the multiple of emitters to form a beam matrix; and a control system in communication with the multiple of emitters and the multiple of receivers, the control system operable to detect a minimum sized object in response to breaking at least one beam of the beam matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Raytheon Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Sheridon Everette Haye
  • Patent number: 10739206
    Abstract: The surface temperature of a portable device is estimated. A sensor detects the internal temperature of the portable device. The internal temperature and an ambient temperature are used as input to a circuit model that describes thermal behaviors of the portable device. Dynamic thermal management may be performed based on the estimated surface temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: MediaTek Inc.
    Inventors: Chi-Wen Pan, Pei-Yu Huang, Sheng-Liang Kuo, Jih-Ming Hsu, Tai-Yu Chen, Yun-Ching Li, Wei-Ting Wang
  • Patent number: 10687515
    Abstract: An animal wellness notification system includes an attachment body configured to securely engage with an ear of the animal; an elongated temperature probe secured to the attachment body and configured to extend within the ear of the animal; a housing secured to the attachment body; a computer disposed within the housing and operably associated with the temperature probe; and a notification device in data communication with the computer, the notification device being configured to provide notice if a temperature of the animal goes beyond a determined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: FEVERTAGS LLC
    Inventors: Richard Arelin Crider, Jr., Alvin Cecil Fults
  • Patent number: 10605175
    Abstract: A method of managing the thermal output of a gas combustion engine having a plurality of combustion zones uses a temperature control system integrated with the engine to provide digital thermal signals to a control unit. The control unit determines when to adjust an engine operating parameter based on an analysis of the thermal signals. The temperature control system includes a plurality of smart thermal sensors with at least one sensor for each combustion zone, a communication bus, and a control unit. Each smart thermal sensor converts the measured temperature from an analog thermal signal to a digital thermal signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventors: Robert C. Dalley, John J. Costello
  • 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: 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
  • 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
  • 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
    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
  • 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