Combined With Diverse Art Device Patents (Class 374/141)
  • Patent number: 11134321
    Abstract: A probe used with food preparation, rethermalization, storage, transportation, and/or service includes a head portion with a display, and a shaft portion that is coupled to the head portion and is configured to be at least partially immersed in a foodstuff. The probe further includes a sensing unit configured to collect data including the temperature of the foodstuff and a wireless device configured to transmit data collected by the sensing unit to a supervisory control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: The Vollrath Company, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Brian Hedlund, Jill Hundley, Rebecca J. Schreiber-Pethan, Peter Roever, Jeremiah Kopiness
  • Patent number: 11111731
    Abstract: Methods of forming earth-boring tools including one or more instrumented cutting elements may involve placing a cutting element partially within a pocket extending into a body of an earth-boring tool. The cutting element may include a first hole extending partially through a cutting element from a back side of the cutting element toward a cutting face and a second, shorter, wider hole extending partially through the cutting element from the back side toward the cutting face. The second hole may be in fluid communication with the first hole. An extension including a passageway extending through the extension may be located at least partially within the second hole, such that the passageway may be in fluid communication with the first hole. A thermocouple may be inserted through the passageway and into the first hole after affixing the cutting element in the pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Oilfield Operations LLC
    Inventors: Wanjun Cao, Juan Miguel Bilen, Steven W. Webb
  • Patent number: 11028526
    Abstract: A clothes care apparatus capable of improving cooling performance of a printed circuit board assembly includes a body, a first chamber provided inside the body and configured to receive clothes, a second chamber provided inside the body but separated from the first chamber, a printed circuit board housing configured to form one side wall of the second chamber and provided with a receiving space separated from the second chamber in the second chamber, the receiving space to which air outside the body flows, and a printed circuit board assembly arranged in the receiving space to be cooled by air flowing into the receiving space from the outside of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dong Bum Lee, Sang Jin Kim, Eung Ryeol Seo
  • Patent number: 11014429
    Abstract: The invention relates to an operating device (5) for an automatic climate control (2) of a motor vehicle (1) including a sensor assembly (7) for determining an interior temperature in a passenger cabin (4) of the motor vehicle (1) and including an operating area (8), wherein the sensor assembly (7) comprises a circuit board (11) and a sensor unit (12) disposed on the circuit board (11) with a first temperature sensor (17), and wherein a top side (9) of the operating area (8) faces the passenger cabin (4) in an intended installation position of the operating device (5) on the motor vehicle (1). In addition, the invention relates to an automatic climate control (2) as well as to a motor vehicle (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Valeo Schalter und Sensoren GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Findeisen, Otto Mueller
  • Patent number: 11014588
    Abstract: A train navigation system and method are provided for safely navigating a track loop in a railway, by determining a head end location of a train navigating a track block in a plurality of track blocks associated with a track loop in the railway; determining a train route from the head end location of the train including a forward path and a rearward path, the train route based on a position of a switch in the plurality of track blocks associated with the track loop in the railway; the system and method for dynamically generating an updated train route as the train traverses the railway based on a continuously updated head end location as the train traverses the railway relative to the position of the switch; and safely traversing the track loop in the railway based upon the updated train route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: WESTINGHOUSE AIR BRAKE TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Amit Saxena, James A. Oswald
  • Patent number: 10981519
    Abstract: A driving assistance apparatus installed in a vehicle, the apparatus comprising an image capturing unit configured to capture an image of a left-rearward area and a right-rearward area of the vehicle, a display unit configured to display an image capturing result from the image capturing unit as an image, and a control unit configured to control the driving of the display unit, wherein the control unit causes an icon for communicating predetermined information to a driver to be displayed over the image capturing result, at a position of a corner part corresponding to an upper part on a vehicle body side of the image displayed by the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshimasa Hayashida, Makoto Sawada, Masaru Aoki
  • Patent number: 10962598
    Abstract: Provided is an energy storage device state estimation device (100) for estimating a state of an energy storage device (200), the energy storage device state estimation device (100) including: a temperature estimation part (110) configured to estimate a temperature of the energy storage device (200); and a state estimation part (120) configured to estimate a state of the energy storage device (200) using the temperature of the energy storage device (200), wherein the temperature estimation part (110) is configured such that the energy storage device (200) is divided into a plurality of regions, the respective regions are set as internal regions, a region outside the energy storage device (200) adjacently disposed to the internal region is set as an external region, and a temperature of the energy storage device (200) is estimated using an internal heat transfer amount which is a transfer amount of heat between the two internal regions disposed adjacently to each other and an external heat transfer amount which
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: GS Yuasa International Ltd.
    Inventors: Keita Suzuki, Shigeki Yamate
  • Patent number: 10911130
    Abstract: Radio frequency signal boosters are provided herein. In certain embodiments, a signal booster system includes a signal booster that is proximately located to an outdoor base station antenna. Implementing the signal booster system in this manner can provide a number of advantages relative to a configuration in which the signal booster is far from a base station antenna. For example, a long cable connected from an indoor signal booster to an outdoor base station antenna can be several meters long, resulting in significant cable loss that degrades transmit power and/or receiver sensitivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Cellphone-Mate, Inc.
    Inventor: Hongtao Zhan
  • Patent number: 10895507
    Abstract: A method of measuring a temperature of a thermally-insulated, high temperature system. The method includes directing a first electromagnetic energy into the high temperature system so that the first electromagnetic energy may cause multi-photon ionization of a molecular or atomic species within the high temperature system. A second electromagnetic energy resulting from the multi-photon ionization is detected through a thermally-insulating wall of the high temperature system. The detected second electromagnetic energy is related to a temperature within the high temperature system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventors: Joseph D. Miller, Zhili Zhang, Yue Wu, Mark Gragston
  • Patent number: 10847980
    Abstract: A battery module includes a secondary battery, temperature detection unit that detects temperature information about the secondary battery, and a control device that controls charging and discharging of the secondary battery on the basis of the temperature information detected by the temperature detection unit. In the battery module, a level difference (recess) is provided on the surface of at least one of the secondary battery and the temperature sensor such that a space is formed at least at a central portion of a contact region at which the temperature sensor of the temperature detection unit and the secondary battery come into contact with each other. As a result, a space in which foreign matter can be accommodated can be formed, and accordingly the temperature information about the secondary battery can be detected with high precision by suitably bringing the temperature sensor and the secondary battery into contact with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Mizuho Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10827651
    Abstract: An airflow characterization system includes a first airflow sensor subsystem positioned at a first location on an airflow characterization board base and a second airflow sensor subsystem positioned at a second location on the airflow characterization board base that is different than the first location. An airflow characterization controller is coupled to the first airflow sensor subsystem and the second airflow sensor subsystem. When the airflow characterization board is positioned in a circuit board slot, the airflow characterization controller receives a first airflow signal from the first airflow sensor subsystem during a first time period and receives a second airflow signal from the second airflow sensor subsystem during the first time period. The airflow characterization controller determines a circuit board slot airflow characterization for the circuit board slot based on the first airflow signal and the second airflow signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Hasnain Shabbir, Dominick Adam Lovicott, Carlos Guillermo Henry
  • Patent number: 10700576
    Abstract: A self-generating positioning detector using wheel rotation, comprising a positioning detection unit arranged at a vehicle hub and a power supply unit, wherein the positioning detection unit comprises a positioning module, a wireless communication module and a temperature sensor, the power supply unit comprises an electric generator having a hub-driven rotor and a stator rotating relatively; the input ends of the positioning module and the temperature sensor are electrically communicated with the output end of the electric generator, and the output ends of the positioning module and the temperature sensor are electrically communicated with the input end of the wireless communication module. The self-generating positioning detector using wheel rotation can conduct real-time positioning and monitoring for vehicles without power supply, detect temperature of wheel axles during running, and generate power for the positioning detection unit. The detector has a simple structure and is convenient to install.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventor: Guanghai Zeng
  • Patent number: 10695761
    Abstract: A microfluidic system is configured for enhanced temperature control by combining spatial and temporal temperature control. The microfluidic system includes an electro-wetting on dielectric (EWOD) device comprising an element array configured to receive one or more liquid droplets, the element array comprising a plurality of individual array elements; a control system configured to control actuation voltages applied to the element array to perform manipulation operations of the liquid droplets; and a plurality of thermal control elements located at different spatial locations along the EWOD device, at least one of the thermal control elements being variable in temperature with respect to time. The control system includes a thermal control unit configured to control temperatures of the thermal control elements to generate a plurality of thermal zones located at different spatial locations along the EWOD device, at least one of the thermal zones being variable in temperature with respect to time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Sharp Life Science (EU) Limited
    Inventors: Sally Anderson, Pamela Ann Dothie, Philip Mark Shryane Roberts
  • Patent number: 10691099
    Abstract: A motor selection apparatus includes: a mechanical condition obtainment unit that obtains information pertaining to a distance between a center of mass of a workpiece and a rotation center of a motor; an operating pattern obtainment unit that obtains information pertaining to an operating pattern; a motor information obtainment unit that obtains information pertaining to instantaneous torque; an eccentric load torque calculation unit that calculates eccentric load torque, which is load torque acting on the motor in accordance with the rotation phase of the motor; an acceleration/deceleration torque calculation unit that calculates acceleration/deceleration torque; a required torque calculation unit that calculates a required torque from a sum of the eccentric load torque and the acceleration/deceleration torque; and a motor selection unit that determines whether a motor can be selected, based on whether the required torque is less than or equal to the instantaneous torque of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Fanuc Corporation
    Inventor: Yasuo Yamada
  • Patent number: 10605670
    Abstract: A method determines a performance index of a cooking vessel subjected to a heating power, the index being representative of the capacity of the vessel to distribute the heating power in a homogeneous manner, the vessel including a bottom and a lateral wall furnished with an external face. The method includes a) subjecting the bottom of the vessel to a heating system, b) measuring and recording at regular time intervals the temperature at least three points of predetermined altitude of the external face until the stabilization of at least one of the measured temperatures at each time interval at the level of the at least three points, c) calculating and recording in the course of the time taken for the temperature of the external face to rise, the difference between the maximum temperature and the minimum temperature measured, d) determining the performance index based on the calculations and recordings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: SEB S.A.
    Inventor: CĂ©line Hofleitner
  • Patent number: 10598552
    Abstract: A fluid temperature sensor may include a housing having an inlet, an indicator coupled to the housing, and a container disposed within the housing. The container may include a thermo-sensitive housing containing a thermal sensing element. The thermal sensing element may be configured to expand in response to reaching a threshold temperature thereby moving the container from a closed position to an open position. Fluid may flow through the inlet and fill the housing in the open position of the container to actuate the indicator into an activated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce Corporation
    Inventor: Timothy A. Wachob
  • Patent number: 10571345
    Abstract: The present invention preferably comprises a system and method for measuring and/or continuously monitoring the temperature and/or height of a molten metal bath in a vessel. Specifically, an ultrasonic transmitter and an ultrasonic receiver are disposed about sides of the vessel and are used to send and receive an ultrasonic signal in order to detect the temperature of the bath. More specifically, the ultrasonic transmitter is configured to send an ultrasonic signal through the vessel, and the ultrasonic receiver is configured to receive that ultrasonic signal after it has travelled through the vessel (comprising the molten metal bath). The ultrasonic receiver provides at least one signal to a processing unit (i.e., control center), which processes the at least one signal to determine the temperature and/or level of the molten metal bath. The invention may further comprise chillers to protect the transmitter and receiver from the heat of the bath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: BERRY METAL COMPANY
    Inventors: Edward J. Green, Donald E. Yuhas
  • Patent number: 10493766
    Abstract: A fluid level sensing device includes a substrate (210) and a sensing die (216) cantilevered at one end from the substrate. A number of sensing components (218), preferably thermal or impedance sensing components, are disposed on the sensing die and detect a fluid level in a fluid reservoir. A protective member (208) is also cantilevered at one end from the substrate alongside the sensing die. Electrical interconnects (212) output data collected from the number of sensing components. A number of sensing dies may be provided to lengthen the sensing device, in which case the protective cover extends alongside and parallel to the number of sensing dies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Chien-Hua Chen, Michael W. Cumbie, Devin Alexander Mourey
  • Patent number: 10464113
    Abstract: A monitoring device monitors a forming machine (target device). The forming machine includes a housing, a bearing attached to the housing, and a shaft placed radially inside the bearing. The monitoring device includes a plurality of heat flux sensors and a detector. The heat flux sensors are provided on the radially outer side of the bearing and spaced from each other in the circumferential direction of the bearing. The heat flux sensors output a signal corresponding to heat fluxes through faces thereof on the bearing side and faces thereof on the other side. The detector detects a load applied radially to the shaft or bearing, based on the output from the heat flux sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Norio Gouko, Toshihisa Taniguchi, Atusi Sakaida, Keiji Okamoto, Yoshihiko Shiraishi, Masahiro Asano
  • Patent number: 10454145
    Abstract: An example electric vehicle battery thermocouple includes a temperature sense lead of a first material, and an electric vehicle battery component of a second material different than the first material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Joseph Turgeon, Masahiro Kimoto
  • Patent number: 10429330
    Abstract: A miniature gas analyzer capable of detecting VOC gases in ambient air as well as sensing relative humidity and ambient temperature can be used to monitor indoor air quality. The VOC gas sensor is thermally controlled and can be tuned to detect a certain gas by programming an adjacent heater. An insulating air pocket formed below the sensor helps to maintain the VOC gas sensor at a desired temperature. A local temperature sensor may be integrated with each gas sensor to provide feedback control. The heater, local temperature sensor, gas sensor(s), relative humidity sensor, and ambient temperature sensor are in the form of patternable thin films integrated on a single microchip, e.g., an ASIC. The device can be incorporated into computer workstations, smart phones, clothing, or other wearable accessories to function as a personal air quality monitor that is smaller, more accurate, and less expensive than existing air quality sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics Pte Ltd
    Inventors: Olivier Le Neel, Ravi Shankar, Shian Yeu Kam, Tien Choy Loh
  • Patent number: 10390660
    Abstract: Provided is a method for producing a handle subassembly made to be mounted to a body (2) to form a cooking vessel (1), said subassembly including a handle (20), a sensor (30), particularly a temperature sensor, equipped with at least one flexible insulated conducting element (31, 32) which is connected to a connector (17) of a control circuit (28), said subassembly including a receiving area (49) for the conducting element (31, 32) a part of which (49b) is disposed in the handle (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: SEB S.A.
    Inventor: Guy Magnouloux
  • Patent number: 10371684
    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 commercialy available equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: Mohsen Rezayat
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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