Combined With Diverse Art Device Patents (Class 374/141)
  • Patent number: 10307762
    Abstract: Provided is a thermal cycler including a housing, the housing with a thermal block having sample wells, each for receiving a test sample in a sample vessel, an electric heater for heating the thermal block, a power supply and an electronic control for controlling the electric heater, and a temperature analysis and/or verification unit for analyzing and/or verifying a thermal performance of the thermal block. Also provided is a method for analyzing or verifying a thermal performance of a thermal cycler and for calibrating the thermal cycler. The thermal cycler has a temperature analysis and/or verification unit integrated into the housing and connected to the power supply and electronic control by an internal interface, whereas the method is characterized by the following steps: providing the thermal cycler with an integrated temperature analysis and/or verification unit and using the integrated temperature analysis and/or verification unit for self-calibration of the thermal cycler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Hahn Lifescience GmbH
    Inventor: James Courtney
  • Patent number: 10254265
    Abstract: A system for managing and monitoring a small or large collection of sealed containers, such as wine bottles, barrels, medicine containers, or bags, as well as individual grapes, batches of must, and other liquids, whose contents may be volatile and difficult to access without destroying the seal and the contents or risking contamination of the liquid. The system performs automated monitoring tasks by communicating with specially manufactured bottles or traditional bottles that have had a sensor installed. Sensor installation can be accomplished with unmodified commercial available equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: Mohsen Rezayat
  • Patent number: 10168229
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein generally relate to a temperature sensor disposed in an apparatus. In many semiconductor, liquid crystal display, solar panel or organic light emitting display fabrication processes, RF power is utilized to either ignite a plasma within the processing chamber or to provide supplemental energy to the process. Temperature control during many processes may be beneficial in order to produce a consistent product. Temperature sensors or thermocouples are sometimes utilized to measure the temperature of a substrate within a processing chamber. The RF power may have a negative impact on the temperature sensor. By coating the temperature sensor with a nanoparticle based metal coating, such as a silver coating, the negative impacts of the RF power on the temperature sensor may be reduced without contaminating the process, and an accurate temperature measurement may be obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Govinda Raj, Bopanna Ichettria Vasantha, Ashish Bhatnagar, Cariappa Baduvamanda
  • Patent number: 10137285
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a handle assembly, a guide assembly, and a dilation catheter. The guide assembly extends distally from the handle assembly. The guide assembly includes a malleable guide member and a flexible guide member. The distal end of the flexible guide member is distal to the distal end of the malleable guide member. The flexible guide member is positioned about the malleable guide member and is slidable along the malleable guide member. The dilation catheter is slidably disposed about the flexible guide member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas R. Jenkins, Randy J. Kesten, Siddhi K. Desai
  • Patent number: 10119863
    Abstract: A system for automated condition assessment of a turbine component is provided. The system includes a partially enclosed photobox and a controller. The partially enclosed photobox includes a configurable rotational table adapted to carry the turbine component, at least one wall perpendicular to and abutting a horizontal platform upon which the rotational table is carried. The photobox also includes a plurality of cameras configured to be automatically positioned at locations surrounding the turbine component and capture images of the turbine component. The controller communicates with each of the cameras to respectively control the positioning of each camera in order to capture a desired view of the turbine component. At least one of the cameras is an infrared camera configured to perform flash thermography capturing a thermographic image of a portion of the turbine component. The thermographic image is used to assess the condition of the turbine component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: SIEMENS ENERGY, INC.
    Inventors: Dustin C. Boudin, Clifford Hatcher, Jr., Anand A. Kulkarni, Ahmed Kamel
  • Patent number: 10067002
    Abstract: An atmospheric monitoring system designed for a low cost retrofit installation into a non commercial potter's gas fired kiln. The system uses a low cost, replaceable, unshielded oxygen sensor incorporated into a modified firebrick for simple installation into a kiln. There is also a high temperature thermocouple inserted through an orifice through the kiln wall such that it senses the temperature adjacent the wares. The system has three embodiments with successive levels of complexity that build onto each other. The simplest system has a base unit for localized visual display of the kiln's atmospheric parameters. The higher levels run a software application on their smart phones that allows for more comprehensive data reporting but more importantly, provide for redundant alarm notification through the LAN and the 4G cell phone network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventor: Mark Smith
  • Patent number: 10062932
    Abstract: A method is provided for determining the internal temperature of an electrochemical energy storage device, particularly for a motor vehicle. The internal temperature of a cell winding of the energy storage device is determined by calculation in a control device of the energy storage device by way of a thermal model for the energy storage device which is saved in the control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Matthias Fleckenstein, Marcel Fenkart, Oliver Bohlen
  • Patent number: 10061236
    Abstract: A fixing device includes a fixing unit that heats and fixes an unfixed image held on a recording medium onto the recording medium, a detector that is disposed at a position downstream from the fixing unit in a direction in which the recording medium is transported and that detects the recording medium by detecting thermal energy emitted by the recording medium, and a heating unit that heats the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shigehiko Haseba, Yasutaka Naito, Takayuki Uchiyama
  • Patent number: 10042342
    Abstract: A system and method for remotely monitoring, measuring and controlling power to an electrically powered device with the use of a temperature sensor is disclosed herein. The temperature sensor is configured to transmit temperature readings for room temperatures to the central command computer to prevent harm to equipment within the facility, wherein the central computer is configured to perform reactive operations for other equipment in order to prevent damage to the other equipment based on the temperature readings received from the temperature sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Best Energy Reduction Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Tyrrell, Scott J. Yetter
  • Patent number: 10012550
    Abstract: An electronic device may be provided with electronic components such as buttons and environmental sensors. An environmental sensor may be temperature sensor for gathering temperature data associated with the environment surrounding the device. The temperature sensor may be mounted to a button member for the button. The button member may be an actuating member that moves within an opening in a device housing and that extends beyond an outer surface of the housing into the surrounding environment. The button member may be arranged so that an internal electronic switch is activated when the button member is moved within the opening. The button member may be thermally isolated from other device structures using insulating material on the button member. The button member may be formed from a thermally conductive material that transmits the temperature of environmental materials that contact the button member to the temperature sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Henry H. Yang, Matthew E. Last
  • Patent number: 9964019
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for a dual loop coolant system used to control an engine transmission oil temperature. In one example, a high temperature coolant loop comprises a first heat exchanger and a control valve positioned upstream of the first heat exchanger whose coolant flow is separate from a second, low temperature coolant loop containing a second heat exchanger. An engine fluid circuit fluidically coupling the first heat exchanger, second heat exchanger, and an engine system component via a bypass valve positioned between the first heat exchanger and the second heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Ravi Gopal
  • Patent number: 9939364
    Abstract: A type of testing equipment for detecting the failure process of thermal barrier coating in a simulated working environment; it belongs to the field of simulated special working environment equipment. Testing equipment includes testing platform equipped with static or dynamic specimen holding apparatus, simulated module of working environment, real-time detection module, control panel. This invention is capable of simulating a high temperature, erosive, corrosive working environment for thermal barrier coated turbine blade of aero-engines; simulate high speed spinning working environment for thermal coated blade, simulate static working environment for guiding blade; perform real-time testing of temperature field, 3-D displacement field, crack initiation and expansion, surface oxidation, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: XIANGTAN UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Yichun Zhou, Li Yang, Zhichun Zhong, Canying Cai
  • Patent number: 9924295
    Abstract: A computing device, such as a smartphone, can replace the hardware of various instruments to overcome the cost issue in designing universal smart instruments. Distinguished from traditional instruments, a universal smart instrument takes the maximum advantage of the latest smart phone or mobile computing devices. The instrument control panel is realized on the smartphone by applying the interactive graphical representation of control and indicator elements common in real instruments such as knobs, buttons, dials, graphs and the like. Universal smart instruments unify heterogeneous measurement probes on the market into a single device that can be readily modified or expanded when new technologies need to be added to the existing system or current measurement requirement change. Universal smart instruments also make use of the internet to publish and share data, which was unable to be achieved in conventional propriety instruments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventor: Desheng Wang
  • Patent number: 9881642
    Abstract: The present application provides a transducer head comprising a laser source configured to heat a target storage medium surface, and a thermal sensor configured to detect a defect on the target storage medium surface. The present application also provides a method comprising heating a target storage medium surface with an energy source configured in a transducer head to irradiate the target storage medium surface, and detecting a defect on the target storage medium surface using a thermal sensor configured in the transducer head. Other implementations are also described and recited herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY LLC
    Inventors: Lihong Zhang, Samuel Gan, Xiong Liu
  • Patent number: 9816908
    Abstract: A liquid density measuring device for use with a hydrometer comprising a vessel for receiving a liquid sample with a temperature calibration gauge having a thermo sensing end in contact with the liquid sample within the vessel. The gauge including a readout can be either analog or digital. The readout indicates a number relative to a current temperature of the liquid sample as sensed by the gauge. The number indicated on the readout being a desired hydrometer reading at the current temperature of the liquid sample. The readout will change to indicate a different desired hydrometer reading if the liquid sample changes temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventors: James Joseph Schumacher, Angela Kristine Murphy Schumacher
  • Patent number: 9757097
    Abstract: The urine specimen capture device includes a capture bowl for collecting a urine specimen, a mounting frame for supporting the capture bowl within a toilet bowl, and an analytic device connected to the capture bowl to analyze a property of the urine specimen in the capture bowl. The capture bowl includes a capture flange for capturing flush water discharged from a toilet bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Stephen C. Davis, Joshua Larsen, Jared Reynolds
  • Patent number: 9760437
    Abstract: Systems and methods to manage a memory device by executing program code to determine a temperature profile associated with a region of the memory device. The temperature profile may be one of many temperature profiles each associated with a respective region of the memory device. A correction capability may be determined based on the thermal profile and an error in the memory region may be corrected using the determined correction capability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Diyanesh B. Chinnakkonda Vidyapoornachary, Vijay Anand Mathiyalagan, Gary A. Tressler
  • Patent number: 9696234
    Abstract: A method for a vehicle, comprising: initiating an engine-off natural vacuum test based on an ambient temperature change potential over a testing duration. The ambient temperature change potential may be based on historic weather data and further based on forecast weather data. In this way, the engine-off natural vacuum test may be executed only when conditions favor an in-tank temperature change significant enough to cause a threshold change in fuel tank pressure, thus reducing the number of aborted tests and increasing the test's overall performance metrics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Fling Finn Tseng, Imad Hassan Makki, Aed M. Dudar, Robert Roy Jentz, Hsin-hsiang Yang
  • Patent number: 9658118
    Abstract: A precision temperature sensing system includes a heater and a sensing element disposed on a semiconductor substrate. A power source drives the heater on a periodic basis according to a received clock signal. The sensing element senses the heat emitted by the heater and diffused through the semiconductor substrate. Processing circuitry coupled to the sensing element adjusts a phase of the periodic heater driving signal based on the heat sensed by the sensing element. The processing circuitry determines a temperature based on a thermal diffusivity (TD) of the semiconductor substrate, the adjusted value of the phase, and a known distance between the heater and the sensing element. A second temperature sensor can be disposed on the same substrate as the precision temperature sensing system, and calibrated based on temperature measurements obtained while applying a reference frequency signal to the precision sensing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: LINEAR TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gordon Alexander Charles, Mark Alan Lemkin
  • Patent number: 9648975
    Abstract: A temperature controlled heatable object is provided in which a temperature sensor is connected to a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag. The RFID tag is located within the handle of the object, and the temperature sensor is placed in contact with the object. In a first embodiment of the invention, the temperature sensor is partially imbedded within the object via a notch located in the side of the object. In a second embodiment of the invention, a temperature sensor is imbedded within a tunnel drilled within the base of the object. In a third embodiment, a temperature sensor is imbedded between the bottom of the object and a slab attached to the bottom of the object. The sensor can be located in a slot formed in either the slab or the bottom or the object. Handles and receivers for mounting the handles to the temperature controllable objects are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: IMURA INTERNATIONAL USA, INC.
    Inventor: Mamoru Imura
  • Patent number: 9567873
    Abstract: In a disc axis adjusting mechanism in a gas turbine, the gas turbine has an exhaust gas diffuser provided between a casing wall and a bearing case which are connected to a downstream side of a turbine, a plurality of struts provided at intervals in a circumferential direction, and strut covers coupling an outer diffuser and an inner diffuser of the exhaust gas diffuser so as to cover the struts, and the mechanism comprises: a plurality of air introduction holes formed in the casing wall so as to allow the interior and exterior of the wall to communicate with each other; a sensor unit configured to detect a parameter corresponding to the thermal elongation of each of the struts; and a flow rate adjustor configured to adjust the flow rate of air flowing through each of the air introduction holes based on a detection value detected by the sensor unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Motoharu Ueda, Eigo Katou, Eisaku Ito
  • Patent number: 9513501
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment of the present disclosure provides a touch screen structure used in a touch panel. The touch screen structure comprises a protection cover and at least one color changeable decoration layer. The color changeable decoration layer is made of thermochromic material or photochromic material, located at a side region of the lower surface of the protection cover, and the region at which the color changeable decoration layer is located defines a non-visible region of the touch panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: TPK Touch Solutions (Xiamen) Inc.
    Inventors: Jing Yu, Qiong Yuan, Manyu Yang
  • Patent number: 9500319
    Abstract: A flow module port fitting to be inserted in port hole in a flow module, which port hole is in communication with flow channel. The port fitting comprises a head, and a shaft with a center axis, attached to the head, wherein the shaft has a first and a second end portion, the port fitting comprises further a fastening element at its first end portion for fastening the port fitting to the flow module or flow plate. The port fitting comprises further a seal arranged either externally on said shaft or seal is arranged at the second end portion facing away from the head, or seal is arranged in the short side of said second end portion, wherein seal is sealing port hole together with port fitting from the fluids flowing in flow channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Alfa Laval Corporate AB
    Inventors: Magnus Lingvall, Kasper Hoglund
  • Patent number: 9498827
    Abstract: An arrangement for controlling the process of rotary chip removing machining of a work piece includes a monitoring system for monitoring the rotary chip removing machining. The monitoring system has at least one surface acoustic wave sensor and at least one first antenna mounted to a cutting tool. At least one second antenna is arranged for wireless communication with the second antenna. Each sensor detects at least one parameter of a group of parameters consisting of strain, temperature and pressure. The sensor and the first antenna transmit the detected at least one parameter to the second antenna in response to an interrogation signal received by the first antenna. A processing unit is connected to the second antenna and transmits the interrogation signal and transmission energy to the first antenna and to the sensor via the second antenna. A control system communicates with the monitoring system to control the machining of the work piece at least partially based on the detected parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: SANDVIK INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AB
    Inventors: Sture Sjoo, Peter Eriksson, Martin Helgoson, Sr.
  • Patent number: 9500070
    Abstract: Sensor-enabled cutting elements for an earth-boring drilling tool may comprise a substrate base, and a cutting tip at an end of the substrate base. The cutting tip may comprise a tapered surface extending from the substrate base and tapering to an apex of the cutting tip, and a sensor coupled with the cutting tip. The sensor may be configured to obtain data relating to at least one parameter related to at least one of a drilling condition, a wellbore condition, a formation condition, and a condition of the earth-boring drilling tool. The sensor-enabled cutting elements may be included on at least one of an earth-boring drill bit, a drilling tool, a bottom-hole assembly, and a drill string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Anthony A. DiGiovanni
  • Patent number: 9439535
    Abstract: Disclosures of roller tube grill temperature control assemblies and methods for human food have a sensing device to fit between a pair of tubes with sides that conform to the tube surface, and an associated temperature-sensing component for detecting the sensing device temperature. An electrical control arrangement in electrical connection with a heating element disposed within a tube can control electricity, with mechanisms to modify the set point. A biasing member biases the sensing device. Such device can also have on or more tube receiving inner openings located between the sides of the device. The sensing device can further be a bushing with one or more generally cylindrical openings to receive roller tube or tubes. The assembly moreover can have an infrared sensing device associated with a tube to sense radiation therefrom for detecting temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Star Manufacturing International Inc.
    Inventors: Michael L. Huegerich, James G. Luntz
  • Patent number: 9429966
    Abstract: An integrated circuit (IC) device is provided that includes at least one internal voltage regulator arranged to receive a voltage supply signal at a first input thereof, receive a control signal at a second input thereof, regulate the received voltage supply signal in accordance with the received control signal, and provide a regulated voltage supply signal at an output thereof. The IC device further includes at least one voltage regulation power control module operably coupled to the second input of the at least one internal voltage regulator and arranged to provide the control signal thereto. The voltage regulation power control module is further arranged to receive at least one IC device conditional indication, and generate the control signal for the at least one internal voltage regulator based at least partly on an available thermal power budget for the IC device corresponding to the at least one IC device conditional indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: FREESCALE SEMICONDUCTOR, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Priel, Dan Kuzmin, Anton Rozen
  • Patent number: 9429510
    Abstract: A corrosion sensor for an internal structure of a machine is provided. The corrosion sensor may include a test cap having at least one of a material and a geometry configured to fail faster than a material of the internal structure due to a corrosive influence. A mount secures the test cap in position in an opening in a portion of the machine that defines an operational environment. A chamber is adjacent the test cap and in at least one of the test cap and the mount. A failure in the test cap creates an environmental change in the chamber that indicates exceeding a corrosion threshold and can be sensed by, for example, a temperature or pressure change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Keith Cletus Belsom, Paul Stephen DiMascio
  • Patent number: 9417309
    Abstract: An apparatus for calibrating a three-dimensional thermography fault isolation tool, includes: a substrate having two or more pins; a first semiconductor die coupled to the substrate; a first heat generating test component at the first semiconductor die; and a second heat generating test component, wherein the first heat generating test component and the second heat generating test component are located at different respective heights; wherein the first heat generating test component is configured to produce a first temperature change in response to a voltage applied by the three-dimensional thermography fault isolation tool to the two or more pins; and wherein the second heat generating test component is configured to produce a second temperature change in response to the voltage or another voltage applied by the three-dimensional thermography fault isolation tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: XILINX, INC.
    Inventors: Yuezhen Fan, Daisy Lu
  • Patent number: 9335769
    Abstract: A mechanism for indicating ambient temperature of an enclosure from temperatures determined within the enclosure. The temperatures may be obtained from two or more sensors at each of two or more locations within the enclosure. The enclosure may include heat generating components such as electronics. The enclosure may also incorporate one or more dynamic components that emanate sudden amounts of heat. The present mechanism compensates for such heat sources with a compensating scheme.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Mohammad Aljabari, Michael Lunacek, Jeff Tauer
  • Patent number: 9313910
    Abstract: A plurality of custom thermometer models are manufactured from a universal clinical thermometer core. The thermometer core includes a housing, a controller storing a software program, a power source, a probe, a probe cord, and a display. A plurality of model selection devices are produced, each corresponding to a different thermometer model. One of the model selection devices is selected and connected to the controller. The controller operates the thermometer as a function of the connected model selection device such that the thermometer is configured with the features and default settings of the thermometer model corresponding to the connected model selection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Gary J. Waldhoff, Michael E. Bisch, Denis Y. Yerlikaya
  • Patent number: 9283521
    Abstract: Presteralized manifolds are provided which are designed for sterile packaging and single-use approaches. Disposable tubing and flexible-wall containers are assembled via aseptic connectors. These manifolds interact with valves and pumping equipment which can be operated by a controller which provides automated and accurate delivery of biotechnology fluid. The manifold also being used in conjunction with one or more conductivity sensors used to measure the conductivity of the biotechnology fluid. Such sensors interact with the controller or are connected to a separate user interface. The combination of disposable tubing, flexible-wall containers, aseptic connectors, manifold, controller, and conductivity sensors provides an aseptic environment while avoiding or reducing cleaning and quality assurance procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Parker-Hannifin Corporation
    Inventors: Karl G. Schick, David Uhen
  • Patent number: 9280172
    Abstract: With the progress toward multi-core processors, each core is can not readily ascertain the status of the other dies with respect to an idle or active status. A proposal for utilizing an interface to transmit core status among multiple cores in a multi-die microprocessor is discussed. Consequently, this facilitates thermal management by allowing an optimal setting for setting performance and frequency based on utilizing each core status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Jose P. Allarey, Varghese George, Sanjeev S. Jahagirdar, Oren Lamdan
  • Patent number: 9222904
    Abstract: A railroad track monitoring system is described which detects changes in rail track geometry that could lead to derailments, The changes in geometry are detected via analysis of temperature and stress parameters that are collected at one or more sensors installed on the track. Methods are described which provide faster detection and reduced false alerts, thereby saving time and expense to the railroad system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Inventor: Harold Harrison
  • Patent number: 9217675
    Abstract: An electronic device may be provided with electronic components such as buttons and environmental sensors. An environmental sensor may be temperature sensor for gathering temperature data associated with the environment surrounding the device. The temperature sensor may be mounted to a button member for the button. The button member may be an actuating member that moves within an opening in a device housing and that extends beyond an outer surface of the housing into the surrounding environment. The button member may be arranged so that an internal electronic switch is activated when the button member is moved within the opening. The button member may be thermally isolated from other device structures using insulating material on the button member. The button member may be formed from a thermally conductive material that transmits the temperature of environmental materials that contact the button member to the temperature sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Henry H. Yang, Matthew E. Last
  • Patent number: 9188492
    Abstract: A fluid monitoring apparatus to simultaneously detect the temperature and level of fluid within a container includes a translucent tube with a proximal end, a distal end, an aperture within the wall of the tube proximate the proximal end of the tube, the distal end able to extend into the fluid container, a thermocouple secured within the tube and tethered via a wire disposable through the aperture in the tube wall, the wire including a first end secured to the thermocouple and a second end secured to a display device to display the temperature of the fluid, and a cap secured to the proximal end of the tube to create a pressure within the tube sufficient to cause the fluid that fills the distal end of the tube to remain in the tube, thereby permitting a user to determine the fluid level of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Inventor: Long Van Ha
  • Patent number: 9182800
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, article of manufacture, and system, the method including, in some embodiments, processing a computational load by a first core of a multi-core processor, and dynamically distributing at least a portion of the computational load to a second core of the multi-core processor to reduce a power density of the multi-core processor for the processing of the computational load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Mark A. Trautman, Muralidhar Tirumala
  • Patent number: 9175858
    Abstract: A gas cooker including a cooktop with at least one burner having a burner crown, a support arranged to receive a cooking recipient above the burner, a sensor for detecting the temperature of the cooking recipient placed on the support, and a control unit for controlling the burner on the basis of sensor output values of the sensor, whereas the sensor is provided outside the burner crown a detachable connection, so that the sensor can be removed when cleaning the gas cooker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: ELECTROLUX HOME PRODUCTS CORPORATION N.V.
    Inventors: Filippo Tisselli, Francesco Corleoni
  • Patent number: 9170222
    Abstract: Detecting TIM between a heat sink and an integrated circuit, the heat sink including TIM detection points, each TIM detection point adapted to receive TIM upon installation of the heat sink, each TIM detection point including a TIM detection device configured to be activated upon contact with TIM, including: receiving, upon installation of the heat sink on the integrated circuit and the TIM, TIM in one or more of the TIM detection points; activating, by the TIM in each of the one or more TIM detection points receiving the TIM, a TIM detection device; and determining, by a TIM detection module in dependence upon the activations of the TIM detection devices, sufficiency of the TIM between the heat sink and the integrated circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Lenovo Enterprise Solutions (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: William M. Megarity, Luke D. Remis, Gregory D. Sellman
  • Patent number: 9116690
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, article of manufacture, and system, the method including, in some embodiments, processing a computational load by a first core of a multi-core processor, and dynamically distributing at least a portion of the computational load to a second core of the multi-core processor to reduce a power density of the multi-core processor for the processing of the computational load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Mark A. Trautman, Muralidhar Tirumala
  • Patent number: 9115423
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for monitoring and controlling silicon rod temperature. One example is a method of monitoring a surface temperature of at least one silicon rod in a chemical vapor deposition (CVD) reactor during a CVD process. The method includes capturing an image of an interior of the CVD reactor. The image includes a silicon rod. The image is scanned to identify a left edge of the silicon rod and a right edge of the silicon rod. A target area is identified midway between the left edge and the right edge. A temperature of the silicon rod in the target area is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: MEMC Electronic Materials S.p.A.
    Inventor: Enrico Rigon
  • Patent number: 9098561
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a processor includes multiple cores and a power control unit (PCU) coupled to the cores. The PCU has a stress detector to receive a voltage and a temperature at which the processor is operating and can calculate an effective reliability stress, maintain the effective reliability stress over multiple boot cycles of a computing system such as personal computer, server computer, tablet computer, smart phone or any other computing platform, and control one or more operating parameters of the processor based on the effective reliability stress. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Dorit Shapira, Efraim Rotem, Douglas R. Moran
  • Patent number: 9037387
    Abstract: A control apparatus for an internal combustion engine having a means for performing a model calculation to calculate, as an exhaust temperature calculation value, the temperature of exhaust gas in an exhaust branch tube at the time of starting an engine, using a model representing the temperature behavior of the exhaust gas in the exhaust branch tube during stop of an engine; and an exhaust temperature actual measurement value output means for detecting the temperature of exhaust gas in the exhaust branch tube, and outputting the detected temperature as an exhaust temperature actual measurement value, wherein the model includes at least one parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Teruhiko Miyake
  • Publication number: 20150129574
    Abstract: Embodiments involve smart device fabrication for semiconductor processing tools via precision patterning. In one embodiment, a method of manufacturing a semiconductor processing tool component includes providing a substrate of the semiconductor processing tool component, patterning the substrate to form a sensor directly on the substrate, and depositing a top layer over the sensor. The sensor may include, for example, a temperature or strain sensor. The method can also include patterning the substrate to form one or more of: heaters, thermistors, and electrodes on the substrate. In one embodiment, the method involves patterning a surface of the component oriented towards a plasma region inside of the semiconductor processing tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Jennifer SUN, Yikai CHEN, Biraja KANUNGO, Vahid FIROUZDOR
  • Patent number: 9028137
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for thermal adaptation, comprising at least one surface element arranged to assume a determined thermal distribution, said surface element comprising a first heat conducting layer, a second heat conducting layer, said first and second heat conducting layers being mutually thermally isolated by means of an intermediate insulation layer, wherein at least one thermoelectric element is arranged to generate a predetermined temperature gradient to a portion of said first layer. The invention also relates to an object such as a craft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: BAE Systems Hägglunds Aktiebolag
    Inventors: Peder Sjölund, Jussi Myllyluoma
  • Patent number: 9028142
    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: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Nachiket R. Raravikar, Neha Patel
  • Patent number: 9028139
    Abstract: A component in a processing chamber of a substrate processing apparatus, where a temperature may be accurately measured by using a temperature measuring apparatus using an interference of a low-coherence light, even when a front surface and a rear surface are not parallel due to abrasion, or the like. A focus ring used in a vacuum atmosphere and of which a temperature is measured includes an abrasive surface exposed to an abrasive atmosphere according to plasma, a nonabrasive surface not exposed to the abrasive atmosphere, a thin-walled portion including a top surface and a bottom surface that are parallel to each other, and a coating member coating the top surface of the thin-walled portion, wherein a mirror-like finishing is performed on each of the top and bottom surfaces of the thin-walled portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Jun Yamawaku, Chishio Koshimizu, Tatsuo Matsudo
  • 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: 9028141
    Abstract: An on die thermal sensor (ODTS) of a semiconductor memory device includes a high voltage generating unit for generating a high voltage having a voltage level higher than that of a power supply voltage of the semiconductor memory device; and a thermal information output unit for sensing and outputting a temperature as a thermal information code, wherein the thermal information output unit uses the high voltage as its driving voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Hynix Semiconductor Inc.
    Inventors: Chun-Seok Jeong, Yong-Ki Kim
  • Patent number: 9027847
    Abstract: A method of estimating a floor temperature of a solid floor that has a fluid conduit embedded in the floor. Provided is a control scheme that provides a sequence, where the concrete temperature can be estimated through the temperature of the fluid in the conduit embedded in the floor. After the concrete temperature is obtained, a heating sequence can be initiated for providing fast and accurate control of the floor temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Danfoss A/S
    Inventors: Lars Finn Sloth Larsen, Honglian Thybo, Claus Thybo