By Thermally Emitted Radiation Patents (Class 374/121)
  • Patent number: 8764287
    Abstract: A thermal detector includes a thermal detecting element and a support member supporting the thermal detecting element and a wiring layer. The support member has an arm member connected to a mounting member with the first arm member having an arm base end section extending outwardly from the mounting member toward a first direction, the arm base section having a first width measured along a direction perpendicular to the first direction, and an arm body section having a proximal end portion extending from the arm base end section generally along an outer contour of the mounting member with the proximal end portion being spaced apart from an edge of the mounting member in the first direction. The proximal end portion of the arm body section has a second width measured along a direction perpendicular to a lengthwise direction of the arm body section that is narrower than the first width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Taketomi Kamikawa
  • Patent number: 8759770
    Abstract: A system for qualifying usability risk associated with subsurface defects in a multilayer coating includes a component having a multilayer coating, an infrared detection device for capturing infrared images of the multilayered coating and a processing unit that is in electronic communication with the infrared detection device where the processing unit generates a subsurface defect map of the multilayer coating based on the infrared images. The system further includes a risk map of the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Steven Charles Woods, James Carroll Baummer
  • Patent number: 8757872
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments relates to an optical measurement that determines the temperature in a flame and determines the particle size of the fuel present in the flame. The optical measurement device includes a color camera that measures light information in the flame and outputs measurement results and an evaluation unit that evaluates the measurement results. Further, a coal burning power plant is provided with a multitude of burners that burn milled coal each in a flame and a multitude of optical measurement devices described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: ABB Research Ltd
    Inventors: Julio Danin Lobo, Mehmet Mercangoez, Ken Yves Haffner
  • Publication number: 20140153610
    Abstract: A multi-mode temperature measuring device includes a first case, a second case, an IR sensing element and a wave-collection element. The first case has a measuring portion and a bottom portion, which are located at opposite sides of the first case. The measuring portion has a first through hole. The second case is connected with the first case and is rotatable from a first position to a second position. The IR sensing element is disposed at the measuring portion and corresponding to the first through hole. The wave-collection element is disposed in the second case and has a second through hole. When the second case is located at the first position, the second through hole is disposed opposite to the first through hole. When the second case is located at the second position, the second case is fixed at the bottom portion of the first case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: AVITA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hsuan-Hao SHIH, Jui-Teng WANG, Ta-Chieh YANG
  • Patent number: 8734009
    Abstract: A system, method and device determine the state of a beverage and communicate information regarding the beverage. A communication device runs an application that determines the start temperature of the beverage to be cooled and sets a desired end temperature. Thermochromatic inks are used on the container label or packaging of the container to convey temperature information. A camera of the communication device senses temperature information of an image of the container. The application then determines an amount of time for cooling the beverage also taking into consideration the type and size of container. The beverage is placed in a cooling device, a timer is initiated by the user, and the application later generates a message indicating the beverage has reached the desired end temperature. The user may link information generated from the application to social networking sites for purposes such as generating invitations to friends within the social network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Millercoors, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Morgan Kelly, Ray Alan Toms, Charles Ho Fung
  • Patent number: 8734008
    Abstract: An active sensor apparatus includes an array of sensor elements arranged in a plurality of columns and rows of sensor elements. The sensor apparatus includes a plurality of column and row thin film transistor switches for selectively activating the sensor elements, and a plurality of column and row thin film diodes for selectively accessing the sensor elements to obtain information from the sensor elements. The thin film transistor switches and thin film diodes are formed on a common substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Next Biometrics AS
    Inventor: Matias N. Troccoli
  • Patent number: 8734010
    Abstract: A thermal detector includes a substrate, a support member, a heat-detecting element, a thermal transfer member, a first light-absorbing layer and a second light-absorbing layer. The support member is supported on the substrate so that a cavity is formed between the substrate and the support member. The heat-detecting element is supported on the support member. The thermal transfer member includes a connecting portion connected to the heat-detecting element and a thermal collecting portion formed over the heat-detecting element and having a surface area larger than a surface area of the connecting portion as seen in plan view. The first light-absorbing layer contacts the thermal transfer member and disposed between the thermal transfer member and the support member. The second light-absorbing layer contacts the thermal transfer member and disposed on the thermal transfer member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Yasushi Tsuchiya
  • Publication number: 20140140368
    Abstract: A non-contact medical thermometer is disclosed that includes an IR sensor assembly having an IR sensor for sensing IR radiation from a target, a distance sensor configured to determine a distance of the thermometer from the target, and a memory component operatively coupled at least to the IR sensor assembly and the distance sensor. The memory component contains predetermined compensation information that relates to predetermined temperatures of targets and to predetermined distances from at least one predetermined target. A microprocessor is operatively coupled to the memory component. The microprocessor is configured to perform temperature calculations based on the IR radiation from the target, the distance of the thermometer from the target, and the predetermined compensation information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: Kaz USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Aleksan Yildizyan, Jiawei Hu, Charles Squires, James Christopher Gorsich
  • Publication number: 20140140369
    Abstract: A battery system including a plurality of battery cells and at least one electronic unit having a circuit board and a temperature measuring device with at least two infrared temperature sensors arranged on and operatively connected to the circuit board and configured to measure a temperature of a predetermined measurement region on a surface of the battery cells.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: MAGNA STEYR Battery Systems GmbH & Co OG
    Inventor: Michael ERHART
  • Patent number: 8727611
    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: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Nest Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Huppi, John Benjamin Filson, Fred Bould, David Sloo, Matthew Lee Rogers, Anthony Michael Fadell
  • Patent number: 8727610
    Abstract: The object is to provide a laser processing apparatus, a laser processing temperature measuring apparatus, a laser processing method, and a laser processing temperature measuring method which can highly accurately detect the processing temperature when carrying out processing such as welding with laser light. A laser processing apparatus 1A for processing members DR, UR to be processed by irradiating the members with laser light LB comprises a laser (semiconductor laser unit 20A) for generating the laser light LB; optical means for converging the laser light LB generated by the laser onto processing areas DA, UA; and a filter 30, disposed between the members DR, UR to be processed and the optical means, for blocking a wavelength of fluorescence generated by the optical means upon pumping with the laser light LB; wherein light having the wavelength blocked by the filter 30 is used for measuring a temperature of the processing areas DA, UA.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Hamamatsu Photonics K.K.
    Inventors: Satoshi Matsumoto, Tsuyoshi Kosugi
  • Patent number: 8727612
    Abstract: An imaging thermographic measuring system to measure the thermal output (Qout) at a target object, such as a building wall, building facade, or the like, comprising a measuring station provided for the arrangement distant from the object with an electric imaging device to record a thermographic thermal image, with a temperature distribution to be allocated thereto, and with a temperature sensor distant from the object to measure a temperature (Tref) distant from the object; at least one thermal transition sensor provided to be arrange close to the object, a transmission arrangement to transmit values between at least one thermal transition sensor and the measuring station, with the thermal transition sensor being embodied to predetermine the test values to determine a thermal transition coefficient (h).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Torsten Gogolla
  • Publication number: 20140117237
    Abstract: There is provided a novel and useful a high responsivity device for thermal sensing in a Terahertz (THz) radiation detector. A load impedance connected to an antenna heats up due to the incident THz radiation received by the antenna. The heat generated by the load impedance is sensed by a thermal sensor such as a transistor. To increase the responsivity of the sense device without increasing the thermal mass, the device is located underneath a straight portion of an antenna arm. The transistor runs substantially the entire length of the antenna arm alleviating the problem caused by placing large devices on the side of the antenna and the resulting large additional thermal mass that must be heated. This boosts the responsivity of the pixel while retaining an acceptable level of noise and demanding a dramatically smaller increase in the thermal time constant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Dan Corcos, Danny Elad, Noam Kaminski, Bernhard Klein, Lukas Kull, Thomas Morf
  • Patent number: 8708555
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for determining an amount of bond between a structure and sensor. A method may include performing a process associated with a sensor bonded to a structure and generating measured data in response to the process. The method may further include comparing the measured data to known reference data to determine integrity of a bond between the sensor and the structure. A system may include a sensor system including at least one sensor bonded to a structure. The system may further include a sensing system configured to initiate an application of one or more stimuli to the at least one sensor and monitor a property associated with the at least one sensor. The sensing system may further be configured to determine an amount of bond between the at least one sensor and the structure based on the monitored property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Alliant Techsystems Inc.
    Inventors: John L. Shipley, Jerry W. Jenson, Mark R. Eggett, Sorin V. Teles, Don W. Wallentine
  • Patent number: 8696197
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed for determining at least one optical characteristic of a substrate, such as a semiconductor wafer. Once the optical characteristic is determined, at least one parameter in a processing chamber may be controlled for improving the process. For example, in one embodiment, the reflectivity of one surface of the substrate may first be determined at or near ambient temperature. From this information, the reflectance and/or emittance of the wafer during high temperature processing may be accurately estimated. The emittance can be used to correct temperature measurements using a pyrometer during wafer processing. In addition to making more accurate temperature measurements, the optical characteristics of the substrate can also be used to better optimize the heating cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Mattson Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Janis Timans
  • Patent number: 8692887
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for determining variable thickness of a coating on a surface of a substrate using in part a flash-lamp source, capable of generating a thermal pulse at the coating surface, and a image capture and processing device capable of capture sequential image frames of the coating surface, whereas each sequential image frame corresponds to an elapsed time and comprises a pixel array, and wherein each pixel of the array corresponds to a location on the coating surface. A method of calculating coating thickness is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Harry Israel Ringermacher, Donald Robert Howard, Bryon Edward Knight
  • Patent number: 8682417
    Abstract: Methods for detection of heat-related symptoms can include use of a thermal sensor to obtain thermal data. Subsets of the thermal data can correspond with multiple subjects. The subsets can be compared to determine whether any of the subjects is a thermal outlier relative to the remaining subjects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Intermountain Invention Management, LLC
    Inventor: Glen Forrest Huff
  • Patent number: 8678643
    Abstract: A method for non-destructive testing of open hollow components for tightness supplies a gas under pressure into the component and cools the component in a punctiform manner. Detecting a leak out of the component using a thermographic camera and using a computer connected downstream of the thermographic camera to visualise the leak, follows. The precise location of each leak is thus detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Inpro Innovationsgesellschaft fur Fortgeschrittene Produktionssysteme in der Fahrzeugindustrie mbH
    Inventor: Robert Strohmeyer
  • Publication number: 20140072012
    Abstract: An inspection system, in particular, a sewer inspection system is provided, comprising a temperature measurement device, whereby the temperature measurement device is a pyrometer for contact-free measurement of a surface temperature of an object, in particular, a pipe wall. Advantageously, the pyrometer is configured as an infra-red temperature sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: iPEX International GmbH
    Inventor: Alexander KREUTZER
  • Patent number: 8668383
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for wafer temperature measurement and calibration of temperature measurement devices may be based on determining the absorption of a layer in a semiconductor wafer. The absorption may be determined by directing light towards the wafer and measuring light reflected from the wafer from below the surface upon which the incident light impinges. Calibration wafers and measurement systems may be arranged and configured so that light reflected at predetermined angles to the wafer surface is measured and other light is not. Measurements may also be based on evaluating the degree of contrast in an image of a pattern in or on the wafer. Other measurements may utilize a determination of an optical path length within the wafer alongside a temperature determination based on reflected or transmitted light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Mattson Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Janis Timans
  • Publication number: 20140064327
    Abstract: Systems, methods and apparatus are provided through which in some implementations a non-contact thermometer includes a square-angled waveguide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: BROOKLANDS, INC.
    Inventor: Jason Roth
  • Patent number: 8662746
    Abstract: A gas turbine component (49) may be instrumented to provide a plurality of signals indicative of thermal measurements in a high temperature combustion environment of the gas turbine. A thermocouple arrangement may include a first thermocouple leg (50) disposed within a thickness of the component. At least two or more thermocouple legs (52, 53, 54) is each electrically connected to the first leg to form individual thermocouple junctions (56, 57, 58, 59) along the first leg for conversion of respective thermal gradients to respective electrical signals, such as electromotive force (emf) based voltages. The thermocouple arrangement may be used in combination with a thermographic system (70) to calculate heat flux over a region of the turbine component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens, Energy Inc.
    Inventors: Ramesh Subramanian, Anand A. Kulkarni, Vinay Jonnalagadda, David J. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 8657490
    Abstract: A method for measuring the temperature of an electrical conductor, the method comprising (a) providing a clamp comprising a flexible, thermally conductive material in thermal contact with the electrical conductor, wherein the clamp has an outer surface of a known emissivity value, or a coating of a known emissivity value is disposed on the outer surface of the clamp and (b) measuring the infrared (IR) temperature of the clamp to determine the temperature of the electrical conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Electric Power Research Institute, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Charles Sibilant, Andrew John Phillips, Daniel Clinton Lawry
  • Patent number: 8657491
    Abstract: This present invention discloses a detachable probe cover for an ear thermometer and a manufacturing method thereof. The detachable probe cover for the ear thermometer is for being mounted onto a measuring probe of the ear thermometer, wherein a combining mechanism is provided at a bottom of the measuring probe and the detachable probe cover comprises a main body of a hollow structure and a base, in which the main body has an open end and a closed end opposite to the open end, and the hollow structure has a diameter gradually reducing from the open end toward the closed end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Actherm Inc.
    Inventor: Chih-Wei Hsieh
  • Patent number: 8650883
    Abstract: A system for operating a gas turbine includes a compressor, a combustor, and a turbine. The combustor and turbine define a hot gas path. A sensor disposed outside the hot gas path measures internal thermal emissions from the combustor or turbine and generates a first signal reflective of the internal thermal emissions. The internal thermal emissions are infrared or ultraviolet emissions. A controller connected to the sensor receives the first signal and adjusts the compressor, combustor, or turbine in response to the first signal from the sensor. A method for operating a gas turbine includes measuring internal thermal emissions from inside a combustor or turbine using a sensor disposed outside the hot gas path. The method further includes generating a first signal reflective of the internal thermal emissions and adjusting the operation of the compressor, combustor, or turbine in response to the first signal from the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Shahryar Rabiei, Gilbert Otto Kraemer, Geoffrey David Myers
  • Publication number: 20140044148
    Abstract: A device is provided with a measurement window, which is provided in a heat treat furnace and which permits direct visual observation of a surface to be measured of a heat-treated workpiece, and a temperature sensor, which is provided outside the measurement window and which is capable of carrying out noncontact measurement of the surface temperature of the surface to be measured through the measurement window. The temperature sensor has a measurement wavelength range in which the absorptivity by water is low (e.g., 1.95 ?m to 2.5 ?m). Further, the measurement window is composed of a window material having a high transmittance in the measurement wavelength range (e.g., germanium).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicants: IHI Machinery and Furnace Co., Ltd., IHI Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhiko KATSUMATA, Junji INOUE, Takahisa SHIMADA, Shinya KUDO, Ami UEDA
  • Publication number: 20140036954
    Abstract: A method for dissolved gas analysis is presented. The method includes the steps of irradiating a fluid with electromagnetic radiation; and determining a concentration of a gas as a function of a temperature change of the fluid in response to the irradiation. A device for such an analysis of dissolved gases in a fluid, and a system having such device are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Sandip Maity, Nagapriya Kavoori Sethumadhavan, Shashank Sinha
  • Publication number: 20140036953
    Abstract: Disclosed are a temperature sensor device using a thermopile, the total number n of thermocouples thereon can be increased without greatly increasing the internal resistance of the thermopile r, providing high output level and high S/N ratio, a highly sensitive radiation thermometer using the device, and production method of the device using organic material for thin films to form the thermopile. These provide a standardized inexpensive multi-layered thin film thermopile, a radiation thermometer with high sensitivity, and production method of these devices. The temperature sensor device is a device wherein a thermopile which is formed on a thin film thermally isolated from a substrate is place in a temperature sensing part, and the thin film is formed as a multi-layered thin film, a layered thermopile is formed on each layered thin film, the substrate functioning as a heat sink which is one junction of the reference temperature of the thermopile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicants: HME CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mitsuteru Kimura, Nobuo Tanaka, Hironori Shimobayashi
  • Patent number: 8636406
    Abstract: An apparatus determines cooling characteristics of an operational cooling device used for transferring heat from an electronic device. The operational cooling device is thermally coupled to a heat pipe. The heat pipe has an exposed surface for selective application of heat thereon. Heat from a localized heat source is selectively applied to at least one region of the exposed surface. The heat source is preferably capable of being varied both positionally relative to the exposed surface and in heat intensity. A heat shield is preferably positioned around the exposed surface of the heat pipe to isolate the operational cooling device from the heat from the localized heat source. A temperature detector repeatedly measures a temperature distribution across the exposed surface while the cooling device is in a heat transfer mode. The temperature distribution is then used to thermally characterize the operational cooling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Hendrik F. Hamann, Madhusudan K. Iyengar, James A. Lacey, Roger R. Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20140016667
    Abstract: Methods are provided for monitoring water temperature using light reflected therefrom, where measurement of reflected light can be obtained from satellite imagery. Such methods include determining a temperature of a body of water by obtaining a measurement of thermal radiation from at least a portion of the body of water. The temperature of at least the portion of the body of water is then determined from the thermal radiation measurement by applying an algorithm relating the measurement to the temperature. The determined temperature can be output in various ways, including as numerical data and as graphical data, such as a temperature map of the body of water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventor: Louis M. Sanderson
  • Patent number: 8627643
    Abstract: A system includes a radiation detector array configured to direct a field of view toward multiple conduits within a fluid flow path from a turbine into a heat exchanger. The radiation detector array is configured to output a signal indicative of a multi-dimensional temperature profile of the fluid flow path based on thermal radiation emitted by the conduits. The system also includes a controller communicatively coupled to the radiation detector array. The controller is configured to determine a temperature variation across the fluid flow path based on the signal, and to compare the temperature variation to a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Rahul Jaikaran Chillar, Julio E. Mestroni, Eric J. Kauffman, Adil Ansari
  • Publication number: 20140010262
    Abstract: Provided is a lightweight infrared sensor that detects a temperature at a portion spaced apart from a circuit substrate with high accuracy, and is installed on the circuit substrate easily and stably. The infrared sensor includes an insulating film; a first and a second heat sensitive elements are disposed on one surface of the insulating film separately; a first conductive film on the insulating film that is connected to the first heat sensitive element; a second conductive film connected to the second heat sensitive element; an infrared reflection film on the other surface of the insulating film so as to face the second heat sensitive element; a plurality of terminal electrodes formed on one end of the insulating film and fitted into an external connector; an edge reinforcing plate adhered to one end of one surface of the insulating film; and a mounting hole that is formed on the other end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: Mitsubishi Materials Corporation
    Inventors: Kenzo Nakamura, Mototaka Ishikawa, Gakuji Uozumi
  • Patent number: 8622613
    Abstract: An electronic thermometer includes a probe adapted to be heated by a subject for use in measuring a temperature of the subject. At least one temperature sensor detects a temperature of the probe. An IR emitter emits an infrared signal from the probe. And an IR detector detects the infrared signal emitted by the IR emitter. The detection of the IR signal by the IR detector indicates that the probe is received in a probe cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Eric B. Holderle, Thomas G. Lewis
  • Publication number: 20140003462
    Abstract: Systems, methods and apparatus are provided through which in some implementations a digital thermometer is operably coupled to at least one printed circuit board, yielding a sensed temperature and a color display device is operably coupled to the at least one printed circuit board, wherein the color display device activates pixels in at least two colors, the colors being in accordance with the sensed temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: BROOKLANDS, INC.
    Inventor: Jason Roth
  • Publication number: 20140003461
    Abstract: Systems, methods and apparatus are provided through which in some implementations a non-contact thermometer and a contact-thermometer are operably coupled to a microprocessor, a battery and a display device in one housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: BROOKLANDS, INC.
    Inventor: Jason Roth
  • Publication number: 20140003463
    Abstract: A device for detecting infrared radiation emanating from a subject while not in physical contact with the subject is disclosed. The device includes a handle, a yoke having at least two yoke arms, which define a well there-between, and an infrared radiation sensor. The infrared radiation sensor is located in the well and oriented to receive the infrared radiation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Inventors: Patrick Jackson, Timothy Johnson, Ralf Oliver Schneider, Shankar M. Krishnan, Ross B. Kaplan
  • Publication number: 20130340500
    Abstract: A method of monitoring a space to determine at least one change in state related to at least one activity includes analyzing an amount of water vapor in the air over time and relating a change in the amount of water vapor in the air over time to the at least one change in state. In a number of embodiments, the at least one change in state is related to a kitchen activity which causes a change in the amount of water vapor in the air. Changes in dew point over time may, for example, are determined. In a number of embodiments, changes in dew point over time are determined by measuring temperature and relative humidity over time and determining dew point from measured temperature and measured relative humidity. Changes in dew point over time may, for example, used to identify or distinguish the activity from a plurality of possible activities associated with the change in state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventors: CRAIG MILLER, MICHAEL STURDEVANT, WILLIAM KAIGLER
  • Publication number: 20130342341
    Abstract: A vehicle tire monitoring system including a tire and wheel assembly. The tire and wheel assembly may include a wheel having a rim portion including an inside surface; a tire including a tire carcass having an inner surface and an outer surface with a tire tread over a radially outer portion of the outer surface, and with the inner surface and the inside surface of the rim portion forming a cavity in which pressurized air is sealed; and a tire sensor assembly mounted on the inside surface of the rim portion in the cavity and including an infrared sensor and a wireless transmitter operatively engaging the infrared sensor, with the infrared sensor oriented to detect a temperature on the inner surface of the tire carcass at a location opposite to a portion of the tire tread.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC.
    Inventors: Craig T. Simmerman, Anthony D. Grutta, David J. Trzcinski, Richard W. Wiese
  • Publication number: 20130343425
    Abstract: A radiation thermometer utilizing an off-focus telecentric lens arrangement in chemical vapor deposition reactors. An object assembly of one or more optical components is positioned at a distance equal to its focal length from an aperture stop. The aperture stop is dimensioned so that the chief rays are substantially parallel with the optical axis of the object assembly, and so that the rays that pass through the aperture stop define a narrow solid angle about the chief rays. The off-focus telecentric arrangement thus configured is focused at infinity, but is utilized to capture radiation from a relatively proximate target (e.g., within a couple meters) that is out of focus. The capture of collimated radiation from the target diminishes the contribution of stray radiation, particularly with targets having a highly specular surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventors: Guray Tas, Jing Zhou, Daewon Kwon
  • Publication number: 20130343426
    Abstract: A method of in-situ temperature measurement for a wafer treatment reactor such as a chemical vapor deposition reactor desirably includes the steps of heating the reactor until the reactor reaches a wafer treatment temperature and rotating a wafer support element within the reactor about a rotational axis. The method desirably further includes, while the wafer support element is rotating about the rotational axis, obtaining first operating temperature measurements using a first operating pyrometer that receives radiation from a first portion of the wafer support element, and obtaining first wafer temperature measurements using a wafer temperature measurement device that receives radiation from at least one wafer, the wafer temperature measurement device located at a first position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: VEECO INSTRUMENTS INC.
    Inventors: Alexander I. Gurary, Mikhail Belousov, Guray Tas
  • Patent number: 8614097
    Abstract: An assembly determines an analyte concentration in a sample of body fluid. The assembly includes a test sensor having a fluid-receiving area for receiving a sample of body fluid, where the fluid-receiving area contains a reagent that produces a measurable reaction with an analyte in the sample. The assembly also includes a meter having a port or opening configured to receive the test sensor; a measurement system configured to determine a measurement of the reaction between the reagent and the analyte; and a temperature-measuring system configured to determine a measurement of the test-sensor temperature when the test sensor is received into the opening. The meter determines a concentration of the analyte in the sample according to the measurement of the reaction and the measurement of the test-sensor temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Bayer HealthCare LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Blais, Steve Sun, Bern Harrison, Narasinha C. Parasnis, Serban F. Peteu, Tony Nguyen, Paul Ripley, Xin Wang, Igor Gofman
  • Publication number: 20130336355
    Abstract: A device for thermal analysis. This device includes at least one thermoanalytical measurement device and at least one infrared spectrometer, wherein the infrared spectrometer is fully integrated into the thermoanalytical measurement device. The thermoanalytical measurement device and the at least one infrared spectrometer are connected to one another by a lift-swivel unit. The at least one infrared spectrometer is disposed above the thermoanalytical measurement device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventors: Georg Neumann, Alexander Schindler, Juergen Blumm
  • Patent number: 8608375
    Abstract: A method of measuring a temperature of a noble gas in a chamber includes providing the noble gas in the chamber. The noble gas is characterized by a pressure and a temperature. The method also includes directing a first laser beam into the chamber and directing a second laser beam into the chamber. The first laser beam is characterized by a first frequency and the second laser beam is characterized by a second frequency. The method further includes converting at least a portion of the first laser beam and the second laser beam into a coherent anti-Stokes beam, measuring a Doppler broadening of the coherent anti-Stokes beam, and computing the temperature using the Doppler broadening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC
    Inventor: Mark Rhodes
  • Publication number: 20130329764
    Abstract: A radiant compensated thermometer, which uses a pair of parabolic-shaped radiation shields that are spaced-apart from one another. An upper shield is positioned to intercept the sunlight from impacting on a lower shield; both shields have an outer substantially reflective surface and an inner substantially non-reflective surface. A temperature sensor is positioned in a “dead space” near the inner surface of the lower shield, which is cooler than the other areas of the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventor: David M. Bergstein
  • Publication number: 20130329765
    Abstract: To provide a practical infrared transmissive protective cover capable of detecting a heating abnormality of an internal heating element and the like by visual observation and by using infrared rays. The infrared transmissive protective cover includes a light transmission section, the light transmission section is made of a resin sheet containing a resin composition, and a total light transmittance of the light transmission section in a visible light region is 70% or more, and an average infrared transmittance in a wavelength range of 8 to 14 ?m is 5% or more.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicants: THE JAPAN ATOMIC POWER COMPANY, THERMOGRAPHERS CO., LTD., ASAHI KASEI ENGINEERING CORPORATION, ASAHI KASEI CHEMICALS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Nishikawa, Shigeo Nakamura, Kazuhiro Yonezawa, Hidenobu Takeyama, Hisakazu Higasa, Akihiro Hirashima, Tetsushi Matsunaga
  • Patent number: 8596861
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to thermal imaging systems and methods and uses therefor, and in a particular though non-limiting embodiment, to a method of detecting corrosion under insulation, as well as corrosion-related material data associated therewith. The system utilizes advanced infrared imaging video cameras to detect characteristic signatures of wet thermal traits on process equipment. Various embodiments of the invention integrate equipment, automation, and algorithms to form a method for identifying wet thermal insulation by scanning multiple locations along insulated piping, tanks, or other manufacturing equipment. Such scans can occur individually, sequentially, or simultaneously, with the results then being stored and comparatively analyzed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc
    Inventors: Russell D. Kane, Isaac Cohen, Roland Miezianko, David A. Eden
  • Publication number: 20130315279
    Abstract: A temperature measuring device, which is used in a continuous casting machine, measures the surface temperature of a part or all of a cast slab in a width direction of the cast slab, which is drawn from a mold and conveyed by rollers, in a secondary cooling zone of the continuous casting machine. The temperature measuring device includes a support member that is installed on the side of roller support parts by which the rollers are rotatably supported; an arm member of which a proximal portion is rotatably mounted on the support member; and a radiation thermometer which is provided at a distal end portion of the arm member and of which a light receiving opening is disposed at a position corresponding to a height in the range of 1.0 to 4.5 m from the surface of the cast slab.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventors: Kazunori Ueda, Takeshi Okawa, Shinichi Fukunaga
  • Patent number: 8591103
    Abstract: An infrared thermometer includes a probe and an infrared sensor. The probe with an infrared target absorbs thermal radiation to provide a substantially consistent source of infrared radiation and an aperture for preventing contamination of the infrared target while permitting the transmission of thermal radiation to the target. The infrared sensor is configured for sensing infrared radiation from the infrared target. The infrared target is positioned within the probe such that it absorbs thermal radiation that comes from the aperture and thereafter emits thermal radiation to the infrared sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Welch Allyn, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Lane, David E. Quinn
  • Patent number: 8591105
    Abstract: The invention relates to an optical element for guiding and forming a laser beam, and to a method for recording beam parameters, particularly in a laser system, comprising a carrier substrate (40) and a coating (39), which is applied to at least one side of the carrier substrate (40), and comprising at least one temperature sensor (38). The temperature sensor (38) is comprised of a number of pixels arranged in a matrix, and each respective pixel has at least one temperature-sensitive element (39). The at least one temperature-sensitive element (39) of the pixel is constructed inside the carrier substrate (40) made of silicon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: TRUMPF Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventors: Jürgen-Michael Weick, Armin Horn, Gerhard Hammann, Peter Laitenberger, Nick Collier, Ross Peter Jones
  • Publication number: 20130308676
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an infrared thermometer (20), particularly adapted for reading the temperature of a patient on the forehead. The infrared thermometer comprises a housing, a sensor (4) element for sensing infrared radiation and means for converting sensed infrared radiation into an electrically usable signal. The infrared thermometer further comprises a baffle (3) for shielding the sensor (4) element from undesired infrared radiation. The baffle (3) is of an essentially cylindrical, tubular shape with a first opening for facing the source where the temperature is to be taken from and a second opening for facing the sensor element. The baffle (3) further has an inner surface adapted to prevent reflection of infrared radiation along its inner surface on to the (4) sensor element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: MICROLIFE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY GMBH
    Inventor: Chia-Chen Ho