Temperature Measurement (e.g., Thermometer) Patents (Class 374/100)
  • Publication number: 20080202207
    Abstract: A probe for measuring mercury emissions in a flue gas. The probe contains a novel cartridge for holding one or more sorbent traps, which cartridge is easily removed and inserted on-site with reduced danger of sorbent trap damage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2008
    Publication date: August 28, 2008
    Inventor: Randall Moore
  • Publication number: 20080198900
    Abstract: The invention provides a temperature measurement system including a temperature sensor and means for biasing the temperature sensor in the direction of a thermal energy source in response to receiving thermal energy from the source. The invention also provides a continuous casting system including at least one temperature sensor disposed in the secondary cooling region and means for biasing the temperature sensor in the direction of the strand of metal in response to receiving thermal energy from the strand of metal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2007
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Inventor: Douglas C. Myhre
  • Publication number: 20080163670
    Abstract: Methods and systems for passenger monitoring and system control is provided. The system includes at least one sensor system configured to monitor an environment immediately surrounding the respective passenger and biometrics of the respective passenger and generate sensor data indicative of a state of the passenger. The system also includes a processing system configured to receive the sensor data. The processing system includes an ontology and reasoning module configured to model at least one of the plurality of passengers, reason about the received sensor data associated with the at least one of the plurality of passengers. The processing system also includes a contextual analyzer configured to transmit the received sensor data to said ontology and reasoning module and to store the information into a contextual information database.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Publication date: July 10, 2008
    Inventor: Gary E. Georgeson
  • Patent number: 7396157
    Abstract: A temperature measuring device includes a local terminal and a measuring element installed at a predetermined distance from the local terminal. The local terminal includes a first measuring unit for measuring a first human body temperature, a signal processing unit for receiving and converting the first human body temperature, a display unit coupled to the signal processing unit for displaying the converted first human body temperature, and a first interface unit coupled to the signal processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Inventor: Chi-Hong Liao
  • Patent number: 7387436
    Abstract: A probe includes, a substantially L-shaped cylindrical probe body coupled through a cable to a measuring device and a temperature measuring section connected to the probe body. The temperature measuring section includes a flange portion connected to the probe body and an end portion extending from the flange portion and mounting a sensor mirror in the interior. The sensor mirror includes a cylindrical holder having a concave reflection surface in the interior, a coupling shaft extending from the cylindrical holder, a first sensor for measurement and a second sensor for correction supported in a front space of the cylindrical holder by lead wires, respectively, and a cover sheathing a front surface of the cylindrical holder. The respective lead wires supporting the first and second sensors pass the temperature measuring section and probe body and are electrically connected to the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Bio Echo Net
    Inventor: Hideki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 7377690
    Abstract: A non-electrical intermetallic thermal sensor with trigger temperatures in a range of 360° F. to about 430° F., comprising, a hermetically sealed housing including at least one layer of electronegative metal disposed in the housing, wherein the electronegative metal comprises tin (Sn), and at least one layer of active lithium/magnesium alloy disposed in the housing, wherein each layer(s) of active lithium/magnesium alloy is disposed in abutting interface with each layer(s) of electronegative metal. The intermetallic thermal sensors of the present invention further include at least one diffusion barrier means for inhibiting the diffusion of the active lithium/magnesium alloy layer into the electronegative layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Amos J. Diede
  • Patent number: 7374336
    Abstract: A contact thermometer for determining-temperature of an inner wall of a cavity, where accuracy and speed response is assured by use of a probe having a variable geometry where the first shape of the probe exists before and during placing the probe into a cavity and the second shape is formed during the measurement process. The temperature measuring tip of the probe makes an intimate thermal contact with an inner wall of a cavity after the second geometrical shape is assumed. The accuracy is assured by use of at least two temperature sensors while the speed response is improved by taking at least two readings, from one temperature sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Inventor: Jacob Fraden
  • Publication number: 20080103724
    Abstract: Apparatuses, methods, and systems associated with and/or having components capable of, detecting a temperature of an integrated circuit in real time during testing are disclosed herein. In exemplary embodiments, an integrated circuit includes a register to store a temperature limit for the integrated circuit; a temperature sensor formed on the integrated circuit to sense a temperature of the integrated circuit, and output a signal indicative of the temperature sensed, based at least in part on the temperature sensed; and testing logic coupled to the register and the temperature sensor to record a temperature violation if at any time during a testing mode of operation the temperature sensed by the temperature sensor violates the stored temperature limit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2006
    Publication date: May 1, 2008
    Inventors: Mo S. Bashir, Arun Krishnamoorthy
  • Publication number: 20080084911
    Abstract: A thermometry assembly includes a thermometer and a mount for mounting the thermometer on a wall or other support structure. The thermometry assembly has an anti-theft system for deterring theft of the thermometer. The anti-theft system generally includes a counter that counts the number of uses of the thermometer during a period beginning from the time the thermometer was last on the mount. A microcontroller of the thermometer is programmed to disable further operation of the thermometer when a threshold number has been reached or exceeded by the counter. The counter is reset when the thermometer is returned to the mount. The anti-theft system includes a solid-state sensor that is activated by a magnet in the mount. The sensor signals to the microcontroller to reset the counter when it is activated by the magnet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2006
    Publication date: April 10, 2008
    Applicant: SHERWOOD SERVICES AG
    Inventor: Denis Y. Yerlikaya
  • Patent number: 7346386
    Abstract: Body temperature measurements are obtained by scanning a thermal radiation sensor across the side of the forehead over the temporal artery. A peak temperature measurement is processed to compute an internal temperature of the body as a function of ambient temperature and the sensed surface temperature. The function includes a weighted difference of surface temperature and ambient temperature, the weighting being varied with target temperature through a minimum in the range of 96° F. and 100° F. The radiation sensor views the target surface through an emissivity compensating cup which is spaced from the skin by a circular lip of low thermal conductivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Assignee: Exergen Corporation
    Inventor: Francesco Pompei
  • Patent number: 7339836
    Abstract: A data collector to be installed in an electrical storage device has a data reader and a base. The data reader is to be connected to the electrical storage device to store status data detected by the electrical storage device. The stored data has a specific format. The stored data in the data reader can be transmitted to a computer through the base. The computer can then generate statistical graphs to show the status data. According to the graphs, whether or not the interior status of the electrical storage device is normal can be easily monitored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: Ace Dragon Corp.
    Inventor: Ming-Jen Tsao
  • Patent number: 7338640
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a sensor is provided. The method includes disposing a sacrificial layer on a substrate, disposing a low-thermal-conductivity layer on the sacrificial layer, and disposing a first set of conductive arms and a second set of conductive arms on the low-thermal-conductivity layer to form a plurality of thermal junctions. The plurality of thermal junctions is adapted to form a plurality of hot junctions and a plurality of cold junctions when subjected to a difference in temperature. The method also includes removing the sacrificial layer and a portion of the low-thermal-conductivity layer to form a cavity therein. The cavity is configured to provide insulation for the plurality of hot junctions. A thermopile sensor is also provided, and a calorimetric gas sensor implementing the thermopile sensor is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Sunil Srinivasa Murthy, Anis Zribi, Shankar Chandrasekaran
  • Publication number: 20080049811
    Abstract: A temperature detector includes a plurality of temperature sensors each configured to generate a voltage signal in accordance with sensed temperature and output the voltage signal, a plurality of storage circuits corresponding to the respective temperature sensors and each configured to store a signal level input to the storage circuit and output the stored signal level in response to a control signal, and a control circuit configured to exclusively select one of the voltage signals output from the respective temperature sensors, compare the selected voltage signal with a predetermined reference voltage, and store the selected voltage signal into the corresponding storage circuit sequentially in response to the control signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2007
    Publication date: February 28, 2008
    Inventor: Yasutoshi Hirano
  • Publication number: 20080043810
    Abstract: An embodiment of a temperature sensor providing a digital signal representative of temperature comprises a measurement unit providing a first measurement current equal to the sum of at least a first current proportional to temperature and of a second current; a comparator capable of providing a comparison signal which depends on the comparison between the first current and the difference between a third current and the second current; a coding unit receiving the comparison signal and providing said digital signal; a digital-to-analog converter capable of providing the second current and the third current, said difference corresponding to the conversion of said digital signal; and a unit for providing a reference voltage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2007
    Publication date: February 21, 2008
    Inventors: Lionel Vogt, Youness Chara
  • Patent number: 7329389
    Abstract: New sensors and methods for qualitative and quantitative analysis of multiple gaseous substances simultaneously with both high selectivity and high sensitivity are provided. The new sensors rely on a characteristic difference in energy between the interaction of a particular substance with a catalyst coated heat transfer device (HTD) and a non-catalyst coated (or one coated with a different catalyst) reference HTD. Molecular detection is achieved by an exothermic or endothermic chemical or physical reaction between the catalytic surface of the sensor and the molecule, tending to induce a temperature change of the sensor. Both high temperature and non-destructive low temperature detection are possible. The magnitude and rate of endothermic or exothermic heat transfer from a specific molecule-catalyst interaction is related to molecular concentration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Assignee: Sensor Tech, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael L. Horovitz, Karl F. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20080027670
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses to measure temperatures of integrated circuits are disclosed. New circuit arrangements for measuring temperature using various types of integrated circuit sensor elements are discussed. Embodiments comprise methods and apparatuses arranged to measure temperature based upon current leakage rates of different integrated circuit sensor elements. The methods and apparatuses generally involve using a pulse module to generate a charge for the integrated circuit elements. In these method and apparatus embodiments, one or more elements form a decay module to sense when the voltage decays to a threshold value. The method and apparatus embodiments may also have a module to calculate or infer a temperature from the rate of the voltage decay.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2006
    Publication date: January 31, 2008
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Zhibin Cheng, Aleksandr Kaplun
  • Patent number: 7316507
    Abstract: An electronic thermometer is configured for ease and accuracy in construction. A probe of the thermometer includes a flex circuit containing electronic components used to measure temperature and transmit signals to a calculating unit of the thermometer. A locating member supported by the probe can function to pre-position the flex circuit prior to final fixation so that the electronic components are reliably positioned in manufacture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2008
    Assignee: Covidien AG
    Inventors: Ricky A. Sisk, Joseph T. Gierer, Mark Davis
  • Publication number: 20080002755
    Abstract: Temperatures in microelectronic integrated circuit packages and components may be measured in situ using carbon nanotube networks. An array of carbon nanotubes strung between upstanding structures may be used to measure local temperature. Because of the carbon nanotubes, a highly accurate temperature measurement may be achieved. In some cases, the carbon nanotubes and the upstanding structures may be secured to a substrate that is subsequently attached to a microelectronic package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2006
    Publication date: January 3, 2008
    Inventors: Nachiket R. Raravikar, Neha Patel
  • Patent number: 7283921
    Abstract: A modeling module is disclosed that couples to a modular platform chassis. The modeling module includes a resident management controller to implement a test to model a component layout for a module to be received and coupled to the modular platform chassis. The test includes an operating thermal load for a component resident on the module at a given location. The module has a dimensional length and width that is similar to that of the modeling module. The modeling module also includes a thermal load device that is responsive to the management controller. The thermal load device is to implement at least a portion of the test by simulating the operating thermal load for the component resident on the module at the given location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Neelam Chandwani, Udayan Mukherjee, Wen Wei, Chetan Hiremath, Rakesh Dodeja, Kevin W. Bross
  • Publication number: 20070223559
    Abstract: The present invention provides an intelligent keyboard can detect physical signals of environment condition in the intelligent keyboard automatically. The intelligent keyboard includes a microprocessor module, a physical condition detector, a physical condition adjustor, an analog-to-digital converter (AD converter), a memory, and an operation input unit. The physical condition detector samples physical signals of environment condition in the intelligent keyboard. The AD converter converts the physical signals into digitalized environment values. The memory stores reference physical values representing modest ranges of the environment condition. The physical condition adjustor adjusts the environment condition. The microprocessor module comprises an environment controller for processing the environment values inputted from the AD converter and outputting controller commands to control operation of the physical condition adjustor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2007
    Publication date: September 27, 2007
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shih-Fang Wong, Zhi-Yuan Ye
  • Publication number: 20070195855
    Abstract: The invention relates to a filling level sensor with several thermoelements for measuring a level of a liquid, especially for detecting the level of a fuel in a fuel tank of a motor vehicle, wherein a separate heating device for heating the thermoelements can be eliminated. Furthermore, the invention also relates to an associated operating method and manufacturing process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2007
    Publication date: August 23, 2007
    Applicant: ISABELLENHUTTE HEUSLER GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Ullrich Hetzler
  • Publication number: 20070171956
    Abstract: A bandgap reference circuit inputs a reference potential trimming signal therein, generates a reference potential using PN-junction diode characteristics and generates a first temperature-dependent potential dependent on the temperature. A subtraction amplifier circuit inputs the reference potential, the first temperature-dependent potential and a subtracter trimming signal therein and generates a second temperature-dependent potential amplified by subtraction amplification of both a constant bias potential obtained by performing multiplication on the reference potential and the first temperature-dependent potential. An A/D converter inputs the reference potential and the second temperature-dependent potential therein and A/D-converts the second temperature-dependent potential by reference to the reference potential to thereby output temperature decision results.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2007
    Publication date: July 26, 2007
    Inventor: Mineo Noguchi
  • Patent number: 7248357
    Abstract: A method and system for measuring heat energy of a combustible fluid in which light having wavelengths in the near-infrared is directed into a test cell containing the combustible fluid and portions of the light not absorbed by the combustible fluid and passing out of the cell are spatially dispersed by wavelength, forming a light spectrum that is projected onto a detector. The light spectrum is digitized and inputted into a data processing unit in which it is compared to the actual spectrum of the light source stored in the system to determine the absorbance spectrum of the combustible fluid. The system is spectrally calibrated by identifying known spectral features of the combustible gas absorbance spectrum. To correct for deviations in the original light source spectrum, a light source calibration system is employed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: Gas Technology Institute
    Inventors: James Servaites, Serguei Zelepouga
  • Publication number: 20070139204
    Abstract: An ear thermometer having the RFID reading function comprises an ear thermometer body, a display unit, an RFID reading key and a temperature detection unit. The ear thermometer can read an RFID tag of a subject and detect his ear temperature. The RFID tag and the measured ear temperature of the subject can be simultaneously displayed on the display unit of the ear thermometer. Moreover, the ear thermometer can store and call out several groups of RFID tags and temperature measurement results of different subjects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2006
    Publication date: June 21, 2007
    Inventors: Vincent Weng, James Huang
  • Patent number: 7231307
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a temperature measuring apparatus is provided with a light receiving portion having a plurality of light receiving units for measuring heat quantity of divided temperature detecting area in a noncontact manner, a thermal sensor for detecting temperature of each of the plurality of light receiving units, a calculation portion for calculating a temperature of each of the divided temperature detecting areas based on the temperature obtained by the thermal sensor and the relative temperature difference obtained by the light receiving portion, a correction information holding portion for holding correction information on known reference temperature of the temperature detecting area and its corresponding calculated result outputted from the calculation portion obtained when heat quantity of the temperature detecting area is set to the reference temperature, and a correction portion for correcting the calculated result of the calculation portion based on the correction information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Youji Takei, Masao Tsukizawa
  • Patent number: 7215212
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a system that enables the simultaneous remote monitoring of a plurality of infants' skin temperatures. The system comprises an electronic circuit that combines the functions of sensoring and multiple-channel transmitting, a pre-deployment temperature bath for calibration of the temperature sensor(s), and a receiving and reporting station for centralized monitoring the infants' skin temperatures. The present invention is further directed to a temperature sensor that measures the temperature and transmits the data in multiple channels to a remote receiver. In one embodiment, the temperature sensor comprises a ring oscillator, having a plurality of odd number of inverters, and the ring oscillator is capable of utilizing less than all of the inverters in the ring to modulate the frequency of the signal. In another embodiment, the temperature sensor comprises one inverter and a plurality of delay elements and sensor transmits phase shifted signals to modulate the signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Michael Joseph Mahony, Daniel White Sexton, John Erik Hershey
  • Patent number: 7203617
    Abstract: Low range limiting malfunctions of an engine coolant temperature (ECT) sensor are diagnosed by comparing a change in the sensed temperature during engine operation with a calibrated temperature change. If the change in sensed temperature fails to exceed the calibrated temperature change, and a diagnostic for detecting a stuck ECT signal is either inconclusive or passed, a low range limiting malfunction of the sensor is indicated. If the diagnostic for detecting a stuck ECT signal is failed, the low range limiting diagnostic concludes with no report even if the change in sensed temperature fails to exceed the calibrated temperature change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mahfuzur Rahman, Kenneth M. Simpson
  • Patent number: 7194912
    Abstract: A sensor has a plurality of carbon nanotube (CNT)-based conductors operatively positioned on a substrate. The conductors are arranged side-by-side, such as in a substantially parallel relationship to one another. At least one pair of spaced-apart electrodes is coupled to opposing ends of the conductors. A portion of each of the conductors spanning between each pair of electrodes comprises a plurality of carbon nanotubes arranged end-to-end and substantially aligned along an axis. Because a direct correlation exists between resistance of a carbon nanotube and carbon nanotube strain, changes experienced by the portion of the structure to which the sensor is coupled induce a change in electrical properties of the conductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Jordan, Anthony Neal Watkins, Donald M. Oglesby, JoAnne L. Ingram
  • Patent number: 7197419
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for monitoring temperature within a specified integrated circuit. Usefully, the system comprises at least one oscillator device proximate to the integrated circuit for generating signal pulses at a frequency that varies as a function of the temperature adjacent to the oscillator device. The system further comprises a control unit for establishing sample acquisition periods of invariant time duration based on an time invariant reference clock. A sampling component is coupled to count the number of pulses generated by the oscillator device during each of a succession of the time invariant sample acquisition periods, and a threshold component responsive to the respective count values for the succession of sample acquisition periods provides notice when at least some of the count values have a value associated with a prespecified excessive temperature level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Stephen Floyd, Asher Shlomo Lazarus, Brian Chan Monwai
  • Patent number: 7191088
    Abstract: A method and system for memory temperature measurement. The method includes the step of monitoring a plurality of accesses to a memory component. A number of accesses occurring to the memory component over a time period is determined. A temperature of the memory component is determined based on the number of accesses occurring over the time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Assignee: Nvidia Corporation
    Inventors: David G. Reed, Brad W. Simeral, Roman Surgutchik, Joshua Titus
  • Patent number: 7177778
    Abstract: Provided is a method and system for managing data processing rates at a network adapter using a temperature sensor. A temperature of a component in the adapter transmitting data over a network is measured. A rate at which data is processed in the adapter over the network is reduced in response to determining that the measured temperature exceeds a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel R. Gaur, Patrick L. Connor, Scott P. Dubal
  • Patent number: 7162384
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention generally pertains to a method of compensating for temperature variations in an eddy current sensor signal. The method may include the steps of receiving an initial signal from an eddy current sensor (ECS) in response to a conductive element passing the ECS and sensing an ECS temperature and an ECS board temperature. The method may also include determining a subset of correction coefficients based on the ECS temperature and the ECS board temperature and determining a temperature correction factor from the subset of correction coefficients. The method may then compute a temperature corrected signal from the initial signal and the temperature correction factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: General Dynamics Advanced Information
    Inventors: Douglas R. Browning, Victor G. Mishkevich, Richard T. Gieske
  • Patent number: 7158633
    Abstract: Subscriber line interface circuitry includes an integrated circuit having sense inputs for a sensed tip signal and a sensed ring signal of a subscriber loop. The integrated circuit generates a subscriber loop linefeed driver control signal in response to the sensed signals. The linefeed driver does not reside with the integrated circuit. A method for monitoring power dissipation of the linefeed driver components includes the step of sampling at least one of the tip and ring signals to determine a line voltage and a line current of a selected linefeed driver component. Instantaneous power dissipation of the linefeed component is estimated and then filtered to generate an estimated junction temperature of the linefeed component. In one embodiment, the linefeed driver includes a tip fuse series-coupled to the tip line and a ring fuse series-coupled to the ring line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Assignee: Silicon Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Jerrell P. Hein
  • Patent number: 7113888
    Abstract: A computer which functions by a performance prediction program for a ground source heat pump system of the present invention and a performance prediction system constructed thereby include a dimensionless distance calculating means, a first dimensionless time calculating means, a second dimensionless time calculating means, a boundary time acquiring means, an underground temperature change calculating means, and a tube surface temperature change calculating means. The performance prediction program and performance prediction system can be applied to the design of heat exchange system by obtaining predicted underground temperature data for the ground source heat pump system with high accuracy and predicting the performance for the ground source heat pump system based on the resulting underground temperature changes, etc., considering the use of a plurality of buried tubes, underground temperature change patterns for buried tubes placed at different intervals, and the use of U-shaped tube heat exchangers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Assignees: Hokkaido University, Nippon Steel Corporation
    Inventors: Katsunori Nagano, Takao Katsura
  • Patent number: 7052471
    Abstract: A digital thermometer with enhanced conformity to the anatomy, such as in and around the mouth of a human being. A non-linear probe has a temperature sensor at a first end adapted to be inserted into the mouth and under the tongue, and a downwardly disposed housing portion at the second end. An intermediate portion of the probe is shaped to rest on the lower lip and/or teeth. The probe is preferably integrally molded with the housing. The probe may also be flexible such that it may be bent into the desired non-linear configuration prior to use. Such a flexible probe may have an internal stiffener with a softer plastic overmold. A display component displays the measured temperature. Electronic circuitry receives a temperature signal from the temperature sensor, translates the signal into a value representative of the measured temperature, and provides the translated value to the display for displaying the temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Assignee: Medport LLC
    Inventors: Sherin B. Lussier, Melinda F. Penney, Dalita R. Tomellini
  • Patent number: 7036980
    Abstract: A pattern forming apparatus includes a drawing chamber having a drawing substrate on which an original pattern is drawn, a first temperature control unit having a first temperature regulator to make the temperature of the drawing chamber constant, and a constant-temperature member arranged near the drawing substrate. The pattern forming apparatus further includes a second temperature control unit having a second temperature regulator. The second temperature control unit is configured to control the set temperature of the constant-temperature member independently such that the temperature of the drawing substrate becomes substantially constant when the original pattern is drawn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Machine Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryoichi Hirano, Satoshi Imura, Noriaki Nakayamada
  • Patent number: 6984065
    Abstract: A measuring arrangement, particularly for measuring the temperature of an accumulator cell, includes an object of measurement (10), a support element (14), and a temperature sensor (12) electrically connected with the support element (14). The temperature sensor (12) is mounted on the support element (14) and is thermally connected with the object of measurement (10). The invention relates further to an energy storage module with this type of measuring arrangement, as well as to an electrical apparatus with this type of energy storage module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2006
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Stefan Roepke
  • Patent number: 6951419
    Abstract: A transparent face temperature sensor 3 for measuring temperature comprises a transparent insulating substrate 7 for the sensor, a transparent electrically conductive film 9 for the sensor provided on at least either one of the surfaces of the substrate, a pair of terminals 11 connected to the film. The wires 13 are made of copper and constantan, respectively. The sensor 3 is bonded in electrical insulation conditions, to the a transparent face heater 5, via a insulating sheet 25 and a silicone resin, and hold in a housing 27. Temperature-measuring point is not one point, but an entire surface. Accordingly, the face temperature sensor 3 can detect the average temperature over the entire surface of the sensor film 9.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2005
    Assignee: Tokai Hit Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideharu Tsuchiya
  • Patent number: 6939036
    Abstract: A temperature indicator for a siding panel senses panel temperature and indicates on a graphic scale the corresponding effect of thermal expansion over differences in temperature. The temperature indicator can be various forms of contact thermometer, temperature strip or sensor and can be integral or temporarily affixed during installation or for later assessment for correct panel gapping. The indicator shows how closely the edge of the panel can be placed to an adjacent surface while avoiding interference over a range of thermal expansion temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: CertainTeed Corporation
    Inventors: David H. Beck, Robert D. Shaw, David J. Stucky
  • Patent number: 6932809
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for detecting overheating in an optical device before harmful consequences, such as severe local heating, can result. In one embodiment of the invention, a blackbody emitter is disposed in close proximity to a therapeutic optical fiber to absorb therapeutic radiation at a fault and re-emit blackbody (infrared) radiation. The emitter can be coupled to the fiber but, during normal operation, lies outside the optical path between the output of the laser radiation and the site of treatment. Systems and catheters incorporating such emitters are also described for effective monitoring of the laser power transmitted along the optical fiber within the phototherapy device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Assignee: CardioFocus, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward L. Sinofsky
  • Patent number: 6905243
    Abstract: The invention relates to a buoyancy liquid for a Galilean thermometer, comprising at least a dipropylene glycol mono(C1-6-alkyl) ether, preferably at least a dipropylene glycol mono(C1-6-alkyl) ether of the following general formula (wherein R is a C1-6-alkyl group): as well as to a Galilean thermometer comprising said buoyancy liquid, and to a method of preparing a Galilean thermometer including the use of this buoyancy liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Assignee: Dr. Friedrichs Gruppe GmbH
    Inventor: Arvid Friedrichs
  • Patent number: 6890096
    Abstract: An electronic clinical thermometer has a probe including a temperature sensor and a heat flux sensor which are controlled to make measurements at specified time intervals. The measured values are used in solving the equation of heat conduction to estimate the temperature of an internal body position. A heater may be included to preheat a body part in order to reduce the time required for measurement. The probe may use two temperature sensors to measure temperatures at two body surface positions through insulating members which are different in thermal conductivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2005
    Assignee: Omron Corporation
    Inventors: Muneo Tokita, Satoshi Nakajima, Shigeru Makita
  • Patent number: 6873945
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a device which is inert and “thermally-equivalent” to actual ordnance. The device can travel with live ordnance and track the propellant temperatures in order to get a more precise propellant temperature for the ordnance. The device comprises a thermally equivalent inert grain instrumented with thermocouples, connected to a data recorder, and packaged in scaled-down ordnance hardware. The hardware is scaled down to enable the device to more easily travel with live munitions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2005
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Jonathan R. Ross, Conan R. Schultz, Michael K Oetjen
  • Patent number: 6866638
    Abstract: A temperature sensing system and method for determining a patient's core body temperature by measuring the temperature of the patient's blood at a location in a vessel lumen retrograde of an insertion point of a temperature sensor or sensors into the vessel lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Assignee: Radiant Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael W. Dae, Timothy R. Machold, Paul M. Stull
  • Patent number: 6852085
    Abstract: A body temperature measurement device includes a unit that continually measures body temperature and transmits the measurement through an RF transmitter to a display unit. The display unit includes an RF receiver, a processor, and a display that shows the temperature. The display unit includes an adjustable threshold alarm circuit that turns on an alarm whenever the temperature rises above a defined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Inventor: Eliahu Rubinstein
  • Patent number: 6847913
    Abstract: An ambulatory skin temperature monitoring system. A flexible band is attachable to a patient. The flexible band also secures an electronics assembly that comprises the various electrical components that monitor and operate the ambulatory skin temperature monitoring system. At least one skin temperature sensor is positioned so that it is in contact with the patients skin when the system is attached to the patient. There is also an ambient temperature sensor positioned on the top surface of the electronics assembly housing for measuring and contrasting the ambient temperature to the skin temperature. The electronics assembly positioned within generally comprises a power source and a micro-controller. The micro-controller is coupled with the skin temperature sensor and the ambient temperature sensor. The micro-controller also includes a memory unit for storing temperature data obtained from the skin temperature sensor and the ambient temperature sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2005
    Assignee: The Johns Hopkins University
    Inventors: Fredrick M. Wigley, Robert A. Wise, Paul D. Schwartz, Ark L. Lew, David D. Scott, Binh Q. Le
  • Publication number: 20040247014
    Abstract: The present invention relates to reliable and accurate techniques and devices for detecting and indicating temperature-related conditions and events associated with various items such as foods and medicines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2004
    Publication date: December 9, 2004
    Inventors: John P. Vache, John Conrard
  • Publication number: 20040226936
    Abstract: There is provided a semiconductor wafer heat treatment apparatus and method, which can carry out a heat treatment to suppress variations in line widths within surface on a semiconductor wafer and the like, which includes: a heating plate for heating a semiconductor wafer to a predetermined temperature; a temperature measuring unit for measuring temperatures when heating the semiconductor wafer or a semiconductor wafer equivalent placed on the heating plate, at portions divided into a plurality of regions; and a controller for controlling the temperatures of the semiconductor wafer, and based on the temperature measurement result of the temperature measuring unit, the controller controls the temperature in heating the semiconductor wafer, for each of the plurality of regions. In cooling after the heating process, based on the temperature measurement result, the controller controls the temperature in cooling the semiconductor wafer, for each of the plurality of regions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2004
    Publication date: November 18, 2004
    Inventors: Kenichi Oyama, Atsushi Someya, Yuko Yamaguchi
  • Publication number: 20040208230
    Abstract: A thermometer with image display that has infrared radiation sensor and visible light sensor. Hence, the temperature indicated by the infrared radiation and the image indicated by the visible light is acquired simultaneously. Then, it is possible to decide whether correct area is detected and to analysis the detected area by the image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2003
    Publication date: October 21, 2004
    Inventors: Tzong-Sheng Lee, Long-Der Chen, Kuo-Hua Tseng, Jia-Shing Wu
  • Patent number: 6805899
    Abstract: A system and method for processing measurements of a coating operation of a moving web, such as paper or plastic. A plurality of sensors are deployed at essentially the same cross direction (CD) locations and at different machine directions (MD) of the web. A measurement processor produces a plurality of measurement signal samples for each of the MD locations. The system also includes a computer that processes the signal samples produced by the measurement processor with correction data obtained from a quality control system and a distributed processing system. The signal samples of all the locations are combined to produce an MD profile of a characteristic of the web, such as moisture content, temperature, coating weight, drying rate and the like. The MD profile is adjusted with the correction data, which includes parameters, such as, dryer air temperature, dryer air pressure, web speed, base paper, coating formulation, coating weight, incoming moisture level, outgoing moisture level and infrared energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Ross K. MacHattie, Edward Belotserkovsky