By Thermally Emitted Radiation Patents (Class 374/121)
  • Patent number: 10697317
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine having an optical imaging system with a housing configured for mounting to a wall of the turbine engine, a hollow probe extending from the housing and having a longitudinal axis, and an image receiving device at an end of the hollow probe configured to receive at least one of a perspective or image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jeremy Clyde Bailey, Nirm Velumylum Nirmalan, Mohamed Sakami, Christopher Dale Mathias, Guanghua Wang, Ronald W. Ferree, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10687729
    Abstract: There is provided a measurement apparatus for estimating a value of a physiological characteristic of a subject. The apparatus comprises a radio-frequency (RF) power generating apparatus, a detector, and a controller in communication with the RF power generating apparatus. The RF power generating apparatus comprises a transmit antenna for emitting RF radiation; an RF signal generator; and a transmission line connecting the RF signal generator to the transmit antenna. The detector is arranged to measure the variation of at least one parameter correlated with attenuation of the emitted RF radiation, during the measurement period. The controller is arranged to: cause the RF power generating apparatus to emit RF radiation during a measurement period; receive measurements of the variation of the at least one parameter from the detector; and calculate a value of a physiological characteristic of a subject based on the received measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Josephus Arnoldus Henricus Maria Kahlman, Rick Bezemer
  • Patent number: 10660527
    Abstract: A blood vessel imaging temperature measurement method is provided. The method comprises the steps of finding blood vessels, displaying a measurement position, and aligning for temperature measurement to achieve visual and precision temperature measurement. The temperature measurement is quite visual, instead of the traditional technology that uses a blind measurement method corresponding to a position to be measured, thereby solving the problem that the temperature measurement is not accurate enough in the traditional technology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignees: HETAIDA TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD., HUNAN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Yaonan Tong, Zhenguang Chen, Song Chen, Zhaoming Luo, Feng Zhou, Xuanbing Yang
  • Patent number: 10648933
    Abstract: A light-trapping geometry enhances the sensitivity of strain, temperature, and/or electromagnetic field measurements using nitrogen vacancies in bulk diamond, which have exterior dimensions on the order of millimeters. In an example light-trapping geometry, a laser beam enters the bulk diamond, which may be at room temperature, through a facet or notch. The beam propagates along a path inside the bulk diamond that includes many total internal reflections off the diamond's surfaces. The NVs inside the bulk diamonds absorb the beam as it propagates. Photodetectors measure the transmitted beam or fluorescence emitted by the NVs. The resulting transmission or emission spectrum represents the NVs' quantum mechanical states, which in turn vary with temperature, magnetic field strength, electric field strength, strain/pressure, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Hannah A. Clevenson, Dirk Robert Englund
  • Patent number: 10570010
    Abstract: The various technologies presented herein relate to formation of carbon micromechanical systems (CMEMS), wherein the CMEMS comprise multiple layers of carbon structures and are formed using a plurality of photoresist precursors that are processed to form carbon. The various embodiments can be utilized in producing a plurality of CMEMS with full production level fabrication, e.g., 6 inch wafers can be processed. A pyrolyzed layer of carbon is lithographically defined after pyrolysis, wherein the post-pyrolysis etch process can produce carbon structures having repeatable and accurate device geometries, with straight sidewalls. A sacrificial layer can be applied to facilitate separation of a first carbon layer from a second carbon layer, wherein, upon pyrolysis to form the second carbon layer and lithography thereof, the sacrificial layer is removed to form a CMEMS comprising a first carbon layer (e.g., comprising bottom contacts) located beneath a second carbon layer (e.g., a mechanical layer).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Sean Finnegan, Cody M. Washburn, David Bruce Burckel, David R. Wheeler, Timothy N. Lambert, Lee Taylor Massey, Jennifer Marie Strong, Christopher Dyck
  • Patent number: 10529416
    Abstract: Devices and methods for the detection of magnetic fields, strain, and temperature using the spin states of a VSi monovacancy defect in silicon carbide, as well as quantum memory devices and methods for creation of quantum memory using the spin states of a VSi monovacancy defect in silicon carbide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: The Government of the United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Oney Soykal, Thomas L. Reinecke, Samuel G. Carter
  • Patent number: 10443146
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for determining whether a substrate includes an unacceptably high amount of oxide on its surface are described. The substrate is typically a substrate that is to be electroplated. The determination may be made directly in an electroplating apparatus, during an initial portion of an electroplating process. The determination may involve immersing the substrate in electrolyte with a particular applied voltage or applied current provided during or soon after immersion, and recording a current response or voltage response over this same timeframe. The applied current or applied voltage may be zero or non-zero. By comparing the current response or voltage response to a threshold current, threshold voltage, or threshold time, it can be determined whether the substrate included an unacceptably high amount of oxide on its surface. The threshold current, threshold voltage, and/or threshold time may be selected based on a calibration procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Ludan Huang, Lee J. Brogan, Tighe A. Spurlin, Shantinath Ghongadi, Jonathan David Reid, Manish Ranjan, Bryan Pennington, Clifford Raymond Berry
  • Patent number: 10317311
    Abstract: A gas detecting apparatus and a method for detecting gas leaks are disclosed. The gas detecting apparatus includes an infrared (IR) detector configured to monitor a presence of one or more gases in a field-of-interest (FOI), wherein the IR detector generates IR light distribution information within the FOI to be analyzed to identify the presence of one or more gases for a gas leak detection; and a visible light projector configured to project a visible frame image that frames an outer edge of the FOI during the gas leak detection. The method for detecting gas leaks includes generating an infrared (IR) light distribution information within a field-of-interest (FOI) to be analyzed to identify the presence of one or more gases for a gas leak detection; and projecting with a visible light a visible frame image that frames an outer edge of the FOI during the gas leak detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Laboratory U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventor: John Armando Miranda
  • Patent number: 10309670
    Abstract: A radiation receiving sensor includes an infrared receiver including a plurality of infrared receiving devices that receive infrared radiation, a lens that allows infrared radiation to enter the infrared receiver, a rotator that rotates the infrared receiver and the lens about a part of the lens, and a cover member that faces the infrared receiver through the lens and that has translucency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koichi Kusukame, Nawatt Silawan, Shinichi Shikii, Aki Yoneda, Kazuki Funase, Takahiro Fukunishi, Toshimitsu Koda, Norimasa Ishikawa, Hiroshi Yamanaka, Takanori Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 10309830
    Abstract: Methods are proposed for compensation of distortion in fiber Fabry-Perot interferometric (FFPI) sensors induced by dynamic wavelength dependent attenuation in subsurface wells. The methods involve measurement techniques that correct the reflective spectrum from one or more FFPI sensors utilizing a background low frequency spectrum for normalization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Mikko Jaaskelainen, Yunmiao Wang
  • Patent number: 10203252
    Abstract: A MEMS apparatus having measuring range selector including a sensor and an IC chip is provided. The sensor includes a sensing device. The IC chip includes a voltage range selector, an analog front end, a control device and an A/D converter. The sensing device is configured to detect the physical quantity and generate a sensing voltage. The voltage range selector is configured to select a sub-voltage range having a first upper-bound and a first lower-bound. The analog front end is configured to receive the sensing voltage and output a first voltage. The A/D converter has a full scale voltage range having a second lower-bound and a second upper-bound. A ratio of the full scale voltage range to the sub-voltage range is defined as a gain factor. A difference obtained by subtracting the first lower-bound from the first voltage is defined as a shift factor. The control device is configured to adjust the first voltage to the second voltage according to the gain factor and the shift factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Yu-Wen Hsu, Feng-Chia Hsu, Chao-Ta Huang, Shih-Ting Lin
  • Patent number: 10197449
    Abstract: A device for reading and transmitting measured temperature values for a device for monitoring a fluid flowing inside a pipe is disclosed. The device may include a temperature sensor configured to provide temperature values in accordance with time and a processing module, as well as a transmitter connected to the temperature sensor and configured to transmit signals that represent said temperature values, and a receiver configured to receive said signals. The temperature sensor may be mounted in a position that is close to the pipe. In addition, the processing module may be configured to assess a temperature variation speed, and of producing a signal to alert of the transformation of the fluid to the solid phase, when the temperature variation speed decreases over a given time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: SUEZ Groupe
    Inventor: Jean Rene Herbron
  • Patent number: 10107731
    Abstract: A method of operating a material testing apparatus comprises conducting a test by applying a fluctuating load to a material specimen at a variable test frequency, measuring the temperature of the specimen during application of the load, and varying the test frequency on the basis of the measured temperature whereby to prevent the specimen from exceeding a predetermined maximum temperature during the test. A corresponding material testing apparatus is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Steven R. Squires, Benjamin P. Jeppesen, Andrew J. Smith
  • Patent number: 10019748
    Abstract: In an exemplary method for evaluating building insulation, first thermal data for a first building location is received at a computing device from a thermal scanning device, the first thermal data including a first leak temperature reading of a first leak path feature at the first building location. Estimated inside and outside temperatures are stored in the computing device, and an environmental temperature deviation between the estimated inside temperature and the estimated outside temperature is determined. A first leak temperature deviation between the first leak temperature reading and the estimated inside temperature is determined. A first temperature deviation ratio of the first leak temperature deviation to the environmental temperature deviation is compared with a predetermined first maximum acceptable inefficiency ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: OWENS CORNING INTELLECTUAL CAPITAL, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas J. McNamee, III, Matthew Nichols, Clarke Berdan, II, Michael Dolinar
  • Patent number: 9995670
    Abstract: A method of laser bond inspection is provided. The method includes applying a thermochromatic energy-absorbing material to an inspection site of a test article. The method includes delivering a first amount of energy to the inspection site using a laser. The first amount of energy generates stresses in the test article. The method includes absorbing the first amount of energy into the thermochromatic energy-absorbing material to produce an observable thermal response that correlates to the first amount of energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Morteza Safai, Gary E. Georgeson
  • Patent number: 9974472
    Abstract: Methods, devices and systems related providing accurate glucose levels in view of temperatures that may adversely affect glucose value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Abbott Diabetes Care Inc.
    Inventors: Gary A. Hayter, Daniel M. Bernstein, Martin J. Fennell, Michael R. Love, Kenneth J. Doniger, Songbiao Zhang, Mark K. Sloan, Hyun Cho, Theodore J. Kunich, Jean-Pierre Cole, Christopher A. Thomas, Erwin S. Budiman, David L. Li, Royce Cheng, Udo Hoss
  • Patent number: 9970822
    Abstract: A host device and temperature monitoring device (TMD) integrated assembly that can automatically collect temperature data and interface with a workflow management system. The TMD is provided in a portable housing and incorporates one or more temperature sensors, such as a physical probe, infrared sensor, or RFID transceiver, along with an interface for communicating via a wired connection with a host device that has been programmed with temperature management tasks. The TMD may be used to automatically collect temperatures and provide the data to the host for monitoring and tracking as part of a comprehensive workflow management system that includes food safety monitoring and compliance programs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: PAR TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rahi Roshandel, Brian Johnson, William Denale, Bernard Baker
  • Patent number: 9964494
    Abstract: A sensor using thermally emissive materials for chemical spectroscopy analysis includes an emissive material, wherein the emissive material includes the thermally emissive materials which emit electromagnetic radiation, wherein the electromagnetic radiation is modified due to chemical composition in an environment; and a detector adapted to detect the electromagnetic radiation, wherein the electromagnetic radiation is indicative of the chemical interaction changes and hence chemical composition and/or chemical composition changes of the environment. The emissive material can be utilized with an optical fiber sensor, with the optical fiber sensor operating without the emissive material probed with a light source external to the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: U.S. Department of Energy
    Inventors: Zsolt Poole, Paul R. Ohodnicki
  • Patent number: 9835504
    Abstract: An image capture device includes an image sensor, a reading component, a timing generator, and a voltage regulator. The image sensor includes a temperature sensor configured to measure temperature measurements of the image sensor. The reading component is configured to read the temperature measurements from the temperature sensor. The timing generator is configured to apply an electronic shutter pulse to the image sensor. The voltage regulator is coupled between the temperature sensor and the reading component for regulating increased voltage at the reading component resulting from the electronic shutter pulse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: Shen Wang, Gregory Oscar Moberg
  • Patent number: 9768044
    Abstract: A method includes performing an anneal on a wafer. The wafer includes a wafer-edge region, and an inner region encircled by the wafer-edge region. During the anneal, a first power applied on a portion of the wafer-edge region is at least lower than a second power for annealing the inner region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yi-Chao Wang, Yu-Chang Lin, Li-Ting Wang, Tai-Chun Huang, Pei-Ren Jeng, Tze-Liang Lee
  • Patent number: 9738063
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for manufacturing a welded resin article which includes (a) bringing first and second resin members to come into contact with each other; (b) applying laser light to the first and second resin members while moving the laser light relative to the first and second resin members; (c1) obtaining a value corresponding to the intensity of infrared light from a plurality of locations on a surface; (d) successively calculating, as a section average, the average of a predetermined number of successive values, among those obtained from the plurality of locations corresponding to the intensity of the infrared light; (e) a step of successively calculating a deviation judgment value; and (f) a step of successively judging whether or not the deviation judgment value falls within a predetermined judgment threshold range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wataru Kawagishi, Shinji Kumazawa
  • Patent number: 9689262
    Abstract: The present application provides a method of inspecting a bond joint. The method may include the steps of applying an exothermic adhesive to a first shell and/or a second shell, attaching the first shell to the second shell via the exothermic adhesive to create the bond joint, allowing the exothermic adhesive to cure, and imaging the heat released by the exothermic adhesive along the bond joint. The bond joint may be a turbine blade bond joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Gary Austin Lamberton, Curtis Wayne Rose
  • Patent number: 9645013
    Abstract: At least one indicator light is located on the body or probe sections of a thermometer to indicate to the user that adjustments should be made to the timing or probe cover positioning of the thermometer. Additionally or alternatively the thermometer retains and displays information from previous uses, and in particular displays information pertaining to how long ago the last temperature measure was taken. Additionally, the thermometer may include additional buttons which can function to toggle the display to provide various types of information to the user, or toggle between thermometer usage modes, icon display, and LED color, among others. In another aspect, an internal body section with an access door provides access to a button allowing the user to toggle the interface of the thermometer, such as whether the temperature output is in degrees Fahrenheit or degrees Centigrade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Helen of Troy Limited
    Inventor: Rich Thrush
  • Patent number: 9557691
    Abstract: The fixing unit has a housing that has a heating roller and a pressing roller accommodated therein. A temperature detection sensor and a sensor board are provided outside the housing. An image forming apparatus includes a sensor protection tube. The sensor protection tube includes a hollow cylindrical body passing through a side wall portion of the housing. One end of the sensor protection tube abuts a mounting surface of the temperature detection sensor in the sensor board so as to surround a periphery of the temperature detection sensor. The other end of the sensor protection tube is positioned in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventors: Ryohei Tokunaga, Tatsuya Yamanaka
  • Patent number: 9541656
    Abstract: In accordance with the present approach, a dark current is measured for one or more detector elements and used to determine a gain or gain compensation for the respective detector elements. In certain embodiments, the dark current is used to determine a temperature for the respective detector element and the temperature is used to determine the gain or gain compensation. In other embodiments, the dark current is used to calculate the gain or gain compensation for the respective detector element without calculating an intermediate temperature value, such as via the use of a transfer function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Sergei Ivanovich Dolinsky, David Leo McDaniel
  • Patent number: 9536296
    Abstract: Assembly and quality of an electronic cigarette (“e-Cig”) may be tested and verified using imaging techniques. Infrared (“IR”) imaging may identify whether a temperature is uniform in an e-Cig during usage. Potential burning locations may be identified through the imaging by identifying locations whose temperature is unusually high or non-uniform. This temperature information may be used to calibrate the power of the e-Cig.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: SIS RESOURCES, LTD.
    Inventors: Eyal Peleg, Bernard Juster
  • Patent number: 9494622
    Abstract: A current measurement device measures current flowing in a composite material M containing conductive fibers. The current measurement device includes a temperature measuring unit that measures the temperature of a surface of the composite material, upon flow of current in the composite material; a storage unit that stores conversion data that is acquired as a result of a conversion data acquisition test performed beforehand and that results from converting the temperature of the surface of the composite material to the value of the current flowing in the composite material; and a current calculator that, on the basis of the conversion data stored in the storage unit, converts the temperature of the surface of the composite material M as measured by the temperature measuring unit to a value of the current flowing in the composite material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: FUJI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Tsubata
  • Patent number: 9470147
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for determining a two-dimensional temperature distribution in a cross-sectional path of a hot-temperature flow in a turbine engine (10). A grid (22, 24, 38) is located in a path of a hot-temperature flow in the turbine engine. A thermal imager (34) has a field of view configured to sense infrared emissions from the grid. A processor (50) is configured to generate data indicative of a two-dimensional temperature distribution in a cross-sectional path of the flow based on the sensed infrared emissions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: SIEMENS ENERGY, INC.
    Inventors: Dennis H. Lemieux, Vinay Jonnalagadda, Paul J. Zombo
  • Patent number: 9440502
    Abstract: A wheel sensor (4) comprises sensing means for sensing one or more conditions within a pneumatic tire (2) of a wheel (1) and an attachment means configured to secure said sensing means to the wheel rim (3); wherein said sensor (4) further comprises an optical sensor (6) pointing towards the inside surface (12) of said tire (2) for receiving radiation radiated from said inside surface (12); whereby temperature values may be derived representative of said tire surface temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: BF1SYSTEMS LIMITED
    Inventors: John Bailey, Gavin Skipper, James Shingleton, Kevin Ireland, Martin Oates
  • Patent number: 9417139
    Abstract: A temperature measurement head structure comprises a shell (14), a tube-shaped thermal conductor (13), a cap-shaped thermal conductor (12) and an infrared sensor (11). Detection holes are arranged at a front end of the shell (14) and a front end of the cap-shaped thermal conductor (12). The tube-shaped thermal conductor (13) is located inside the shell (14). A bottom surface of the infrared sensor (11) and an end portion of the tube-shaped thermal conductor (13) are closely adhered to the detection hole at the front end of the shell (14). The cap-shaped thermal conductor (12) surrounds the infrared sensor (11) and is sleeved on an external wall at the end portion of the tube-shaped thermal conductor (13). The detection hole at the front end of the cap-shaped thermal conductor (12) is located behind the detection hole at the front end of the shell (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Inventor: Zhigang Zhao
  • Patent number: 9400217
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for thermally mapping a component in a high temperature environment. An optical probe (10) has a field of view (14) arranged to encompass a surface of a component (15) to be mapped. The probe (10) captures infrared (IR) emissions in the near or mid IR band. An optical fiber (16) has a field of view to encompass a spot location (18) on the surface of the component within the field of view (14) of the probe (12). The fiber (16) captures emissions in the long IR band. The emissions in the long IR band are indicative of an emittance value at the spot location. This information may be used to calibrate a radiance map of the component generated from the emissions in the near or mid IR band and thus map the absolute temperature of the component regardless of whether the component includes a TBC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: SIEMENS ENERGY, INC.
    Inventors: Erwan Baleine, Christine P. Spiegelberg
  • Patent number: 9377756
    Abstract: A ventilation structure includes a duct unit between a heat generating structure and a heat insulating structure. The ventilation structure includes a heat generating structure side flow channel formed on the heat generating structure side in the duct unit to take in and let fresh air flow along a long side of the duct unit and a heat insulating structure side flow channel formed on the heat insulating structure side in the duct unit to exhaust air outputted from an exhaust system provided in the heat generating structure by letting the air flow and evacuate along the short side of the duct unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Noriaki Takenaga
  • Patent number: 9330459
    Abstract: A non-touch thermometer that includes a first circuit board that has a microprocessor, a battery operably coupled to the microprocessor and a single button operably coupled to the microprocessor, the non-touch thermometer also includes a camera operably coupled to the microprocessor that provides at least two images to the microprocessor, the non-touch thermometer also includes a second circuit board that has a digital infrared sensor operably coupled to the microprocessor with no analog-to-digital converter operably coupled between the digital infrared sensor and the microprocessor, the digital infrared sensor having only digital readout ports, the digital infrared sensor having no analog sensor readout ports, the microprocessor is operable to receive from the digital readout ports a digital signal that is representative of an infrared signal detected by the digital infrared sensor and the microprocessor is operable to determine a temperature from the digital signal that is representative of the infrared sig
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Arc Devices Limited
    Inventors: Martin Crawley, Michael G. Smith, Mark Khachaturian, Irwin Gross, Steven Gerst, John Barrett, Michael Cronin, Derek Turnbull
  • Patent number: 9304045
    Abstract: A temperature monitoring device that can automatically collect temperature data and wirelessly interface with a workflow management system. The device is provided in a portable housing and incorporates one or more temperature sensors, such as a physical probe, infrared sensor, or RFID transceiver, along with an interface for wirelessly communicating with a host personal device that has been programmed with temperature management tasks. The device may be used to automatically collect temperatures and provide wirelessly provide the data to the host for monitoring and tracking as part of a comprehensive workflow management system that includes food safety monitoring and compliance programs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Par Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Scott Langdoc, Scott Leapman, Facundo Formica, Russell Megonigal
  • Patent number: 9304962
    Abstract: A system and method for determining whether a temperature measurement made with an infrared thermometer is accurate is disclosed. An infrared sensor array is used to detect infrared radiation from a target object. By analyzing the relative values of output signals from the individual sensor elements, a determination can be made whether radiation from the target object sufficiently fills the field of view of the detecting element of the instrument. A temperature measurement is considered accurate if this criteria is met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Fluke Corporation
    Inventors: Ken Pomper, Medwin Schreher, Matt Rekow
  • Patent number: 9282896
    Abstract: A non-touch thermometer to measure a temperature includes a microprocessor, a battery that is operably coupled to the microprocessor, a single button that is operably coupled to the microprocessor, a digital infrared sensor that is operably coupled to the microprocessor with no analog-to-digital converter operably coupled between the digital infrared sensor and the microprocessor, the digital infrared sensor having only digital readout ports, and a display device that is operably coupled to the microprocessor, wherein the microprocessor is operable to receive from the digital readout ports a digital signal that is representative of a temperature detected by the digital infrared sensor and the microprocessor is operable to determine a body core temperature from the digital signal that is representative of the temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: ARC Devices Limited
    Inventors: Martin Crawley, Michael G. Smith, Irwin Gross, Mark Khachaturian, Steven Gerst, John Barrett, Michael Cronin, Derek Turnbull
  • Patent number: 9285276
    Abstract: A probe cover for medical thermometer has a matching feature for preventing its use with an incompatible thermometer. A mechanical matching feature of the probe cover includes at least one of a fold, a step, or a series of holes or indentations that are respectively matched to a ridge, a valley or series of pins formed on the front end of a compatible thermometer. When applied to the compatible thermometer, the mechanical matching feature permits the probe cover to be fully seated on and retained by the probe, thereby placing the thermometer in condition for use. Alternatively, an opto-electronic matching feature of the probe cover includes a reflective layer for use with an opto-electronic detection circuit of a compatible thermometer. When applied to the compatible thermometer, the opto-electronic detection detects the reflective layer and places the compatible thermometer in an operational state for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Helen of Troy Limited
    Inventor: Jacob Fraden
  • Patent number: 9265427
    Abstract: A temperature probe includes a handle and a shaft extending from the handle. The shaft includes a distal end, a proximal end, and a tip at the distal end. The temperature probe also includes a capacitance sensor disposed on one of the handle and the shaft, the capacitance sensor configured to measure a change in capacitance when positioned proximate a conductor. The temperature probe further includes a temperature sensor disposed on the shaft, the temperature sensor configured to measure a body cavity temperature of a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: WELCH ALLYN, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew D. Mullin, Matthew J. Kinsley, David E. Quinn, John A. Lane, Michael J. Anson, Eric Andreassen, Henry J. Smith, III, John Delaney, Scott A. Martin
  • Patent number: 9259159
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus including an eardrum recognition unit configured to recognize a position of an eardrum based on image information regarding the eardrum, a temperature measurement unit configured to acquire a temperature within an external ear canal including the eardrum, and a temperature processing unit configured to determine a temperature of the eardrum based on a recognition result of the eardrum recognition unit and a measured temperature of the temperature measurement unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshimitsu Tsuboi, Akichika Tanaka, Takeshi Asakawa, Naoya Sazuka, Seiji Wada
  • Patent number: 9225138
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a laser light source capable of suppressing variation in propagation state of randomly-polarized laser light. In the laser light source, an isolator including a Faraday rotation crystal having a positive thermooptic constant, and a nonlinear optical crystal having a negative thermooptic constant are arranged in order along a traveling direction of laser light. The nonlinear optical crystal is arranged in a state off normal incidence of incident light so that a propagation axis of light propagating in the crystal is parallel to an optic axis of the crystal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigehiro Nagano, Motoki Kakui, Hiroshi Kohda, Shinobu Tamaoki, Yasuomi Kaneuchi
  • Patent number: 9170339
    Abstract: A radiation measurement apparatus 10 includes a visible image acquisition unit 11 that takes a visible image, a radiation intensity acquisition unit 12 that measures intensity distribution of radiation incoming from a direction being substantially equal to an image picking up direction of the visible image acquisition unit, and an intensity display unit 15A that displays an image acquired by overlaying the intensity distribution of radiation, which is represented by using a plurality of colors being allocated to the intensity distribution of radiation on the visible image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Yoshinori Satoh, Toru Onodera, Naoto Kume, Shunichiro Makino, Tetsuro Aikawa
  • Patent number: 9163999
    Abstract: A temperature sensor includes a front surface; a back surface; a first temperature-sensitive element and a second temperature-sensitive element disposed side by side between the front surface and the back surface; an infrared-ray absorber; and a heat-transfer inhibitor. When the temperature sensor is exposed to infrared rays that have propagated from both of a front-surface side and a back-surface side of the temperature sensor, the infrared absorber heats up by absorbing the infrared rays and transfers heat to the first temperature-sensitive element and the heat-transfer inhibiter inhibits heat transfer to the second temperature-sensitive element caused by the infrared rays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuki Kubota, Yasutaka Goto
  • Patent number: 9155523
    Abstract: Methods of detecting and predicting ovulation and a period of fertility include determining a series of measures indicative of the basal body temperature of a female human user to identify a temperature change event. The method includes obtaining, within a first 24 hour period, a plurality of first readings of the temperature of the female human user at intervals over a first extended period of at least an hour. The plurality of first readings are then processed to determine at least one first representative temperature reading representative of the basal body temperature of the user for the first extended period and the at least one first representative temperature reading is stored. The method is repeated for at least second and third 24 hour periods and the representative temperature readings are provided for analysis to identify a temperature change event for the female human user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: FERTILITY FOCUS LIMITED
    Inventors: Michael Howard James, Toby Grahame Knowles
  • Patent number: 9130081
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a substrate having an electrode structure. An absorber structure is suspended over the electrode structure and spaced a first distance apart from the first electrode structure. The absorber structure includes i) suspension structures extending upwardly from the substrate and being electrically connected to readout conductors, and ii) a pillar structure extending downwardly from the absorber structure toward the first electrode structure. The pillar structure has a contact portion located a second distance apart from the first electrode structure, the second distance being less than the first distance. The absorber structure is configured to flex toward the substrate under a test condition. The second distance is selected such that the contact portion of the pillar structure is positioned in contact with the first electrode structure when the absorber structure is flexed in response to the test condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Gary Yama, Fabian Purkl, Ando Lars Feyh
  • Patent number: 9091599
    Abstract: A PTFE jacketed tantalum tipped thermowell that can be used in unusually difficult industrial applications such as pharmaceutical and chemical process plants and semiconductor manufacturing facilities. These facilities have process environments that may include at least one of the following: highly corrosive fluids, difficult mechanical conditions such as rapid or turbulent fluid flows, and/or reasonably high process temperatures and/or pressures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: MICROMOLD PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventor: Arthur S. Lukach, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9046420
    Abstract: An infrared light detector has a carrier membrane with at least two sensor chips thereon located next to each other. The carrier membrane has at least two rows of holes therein, proceeding parallel to each other between the sensor chips. The respective holes in one of the rows are offset with respect to the holes in an adjacent row, thereby hindering heat transmission via the carrier membrane between the sensor chips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Pyreos Ltd.
    Inventor: Scott Freeborn
  • Publication number: 20150139272
    Abstract: Implementations of the present disclosure involve a thermal monitoring system that includes multiple thermal sensor nodes and a control node. The thermal sensor nodes include an infrared sensor, an ambient temperature sensor, at least one LED, and a controller with a memory for storing temperature measurements and a sending and receiving information to and from the control node. The control node for receives, stores, and outputs temperature measurements from at least one thermal sensor node.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Canara, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Hanking, Stephen D. Cotton, Michael Carmel, Tony Yu, Douglas Sheppard
  • Publication number: 20150139271
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an infrared sensor assembly for measuring temperature in a vehicle, including: a support bracket 3 configured to be detachably coupled with an inner surface of a garnish on one side inside the vehicle to form a base; a casing 5 configured to be detachably coupled on the support bracket 3 and form an inner installation space between the support bracket 3 and the casing 5; a main PCB 7 configured to be inserted into a PCB housing 17 so as to be interposed between the support bracket 3 and the casing 5; and an infrared sensor 9 configured to be inclinedly bound with the main PCB 7 to measure the temperature in the vehicle. By this configuration, the overall size of the infrared sensor assembly may be compacted, the infrared sensor assembly may be easily commonly used in different types of vehicles, and the infrared sensor assembly may be embedded in a garnish of an interior material, such as an A-pillar to improve an aesthetic of the interior of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Jeong Hoon Lee, Seung Cheol Song, Chang Hyu Baek
  • 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: 9028135
    Abstract: A non-contact pyrometer and method for calibrating the same are provided. The pyrometer includes a radiation sensor configured to measure at least a portion of a radiance signal emitted from a target medium and output a voltage that is a function of an average of the absorbed radiance signal, and an optical window disposed proximate the radiation sensor and configured to control a wavelength range of the radiance signal that reaches the radiation sensor. The pyrometer may further include a reflective enclosure configured to receive the target medium therein, wherein the radiation sensor and the optical window are disposed within the reflective enclosure, an amplifier in communication with an output of the radiation sensor, and a data acquisition system in communication with an output of the amplifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventors: Asia N. Quince, Alexander Stein