With Other Measuring Device Patents (Class 374/142)
  • Patent number: 10648869
    Abstract: The present disclosure illustrates a temperature sensing device capable of automatically switching mode, and a method thereof. The temperature sensing device includes a control unit configured to determine that the temperature sensing device is to enter or leave from a first mode or a second mode; a power supply unit configured to provide power required by the temperature sensing device; a power circuit including the power supply unit and is electrically connected to the control unit for power supply. The power circuit includes a detection unit electrically connected to the power supply unit and the control unit, and the detection unit is configured to detect when the temperature sensing device is moved from a standing state, and enable the control unit to determine that the temperature sensing device is to leave from the first mode and enter the second mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventors: Hsing Ou Yang, Hsuan Hao Shih, Ta Chieh Yang
  • Patent number: 10640124
    Abstract: According to an aspect, a method including receiving, by a remote computing apparatus, drive parameter data sent from a drive via a communications network, to a remote computing apparatus; storing the drive parameters to a database; calculating an expected drive registration data object value for the drive using the first algorithm based on the drive parameter data; comparing the expected drive registration data object differs from the drive registration data object included in the drive registration data for the drive, causing sending information on a conflicting registration data object from the remote computing apparatus via the communications network to the drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Zhongliang Hu, Mikko Kohvakka, Teemu Tanila
  • Patent number: 10627280
    Abstract: An integrated sensor unit for estimating a quantity of fluid in a container includes a pressure sensor configured to measure a pressure at a physical location of the sensor unit, an acceleration sensor configured to measure at least three components of an acceleration vector at the physical location of the sensor unit, and a temperature sensor configured to measure a temperature at the physical location of the sensor unit. The sensor unit is configured to produce an output signal comprising the pressure, acceleration, and temperature measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Simmonds Precision Products
    Inventors: Radoslaw Zakrzewski, Michael A. Lynch, Nghia T. Dinh
  • Patent number: 10564049
    Abstract: A copper thermal resistance thin-film temperature sensor chip comprises a substrate, a temperature sensor, and two electrode plates, the temperature sensor which has a plurality of electrically connected resistance elements is placed on the substrate, a portion of the resistance elements form a resistance adjustment circuit. Integrated circuit elements are deposited by thin-film technology. It consists seed layer, copper thermal resistance thin-film layer above the seed layer and passivation layer above the copper thermal resistance thin-film layer. Through semiconductor manufacturing and processing technology, the thermistor layer of this structure is to be fabricated into a serious of thermistor wires and then to form the temperature sensor, furthermore this temperature sensor has a resistance adjustment circuit which is used to adjust resistance value precisely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: MultiDimension Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Songsheng Xue, Weifeng Shen, Lixian Feng
  • Patent number: 10520400
    Abstract: A device for obtaining samples from a flowing powder stream and performing their immediate analysis using a spectroscopic method is provided. Systematic sample size reduction is achieved to provide representative samples and their immediate (real-time) analysis. The powder blends may come from pharmaceutical, vitamin and nutraceutical products, which must fulfill blend homogeneity requirements. All parts of the batch will have the same probability of being selected as a sample. Samples are obtained without disturbing or changing the composition of the powder blend during the sampling process. Unlike the sample thief commonly used in the pharmaceutical industry, the device of the invention does not disturb the powder blend and does not change the properties of the powder blend during the sampling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: University of Puerto Rico
    Inventors: Rodolfo J. Romanach, Rafael Mendez
  • Patent number: 10408687
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a semiconductor device 1 includes a temperature sensor module 10 that outputs a non-linear digital value with respect to temperature and a substantially linear sensor voltage value with respect to the temperature, a storage unit 30 that stores the temperature, the digital value, and the sensor voltage value, and a controller 40 that calculates a characteristic formula using the temperature, the digital value, and the sensor voltage value stored in the storage unit 30, in which the temperature, the digital value, and the sensor voltage value stored in the storage unit 30 include absolute temperature under measurement of absolute temperature, the digital value at the absolute temperature, and the sensor voltage value at the absolute temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventors: Masanori Ikeda, Tadashi Kameyama
  • Patent number: 10365168
    Abstract: An electronic device detachable from and attachable to a user and a method of determining a temperature in the electronic device are provided. The electronic device includes a housing, a battery mounted in the housing, a coupling member connected to a part of the housing and configured to detachably couple the electronic device to a part of the user's body, a conductive member disposed on one surface of the housing or on one surface of the coupling member and exposed externally, in electrical connection to the battery, a temperature sensor electrically connected to the conductive member, and a circuit electrically connected to the battery, the conductive member, and the temperature sensor, wherein the circuit is configured to monitor a value of a current or a voltage received through the conductive member, and to charge the battery using the current or operate the temperature sensor, based on at least a part of the monitored value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Young-Kyun Ban
  • Patent number: 10254839
    Abstract: An impact feedback operation device includes a base member, an operation member having an operation part equipped with a touch sensor, an actuator having a shape memory alloy wire, a temperature sensor, a voltage sensor, and a processing unit. The processing unit determines an energization condition required for the shape memory alloy wire, depending on a detected temperature and a detected voltage. The operation part is fixed to the base member through an elastically deformable elastic portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: TOYO DENSO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kenji Ikuta, Miyuki Shimada
  • Patent number: 10247686
    Abstract: A compression heat-generation detector and a method therefor include one set or multi-sets of detecting units. The detecting unit includes a vertical compression device, a vertical compensation device and a synchronization device for a core center temperature sensor. The vertical compression device and the vertical compensation device are respectively fixed in an upper frame. A pressure sensor is mounted between a middle support of the rubber sample and a supporting plate of the vertical compensation device via a first transition column. The synchronization device is mounted between the pressing plate of the vertical compression device and the supporting plate of the vertical compensation device via a second transition column and a cushion block. The transition column penetrates through a hole of the middle support without affecting accuracy of the pressure sensor in a compression stress test with respect to the rubber sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventors: Meng-Jiao Wang, Deying Dai, Pengzhang Wu, Shijie Liu
  • Patent number: 10083443
    Abstract: A system and method for maintaining authentication of a user of a wearable device. The wearable device can include an electrical circuit, an accelerometer, a capacitive sensor, or other wearable detection module that can determine that the wearable device has been in continuous contact with, or continuous use by, the wearer. A first payment transaction can be initiated between the wearable device and a first payment terminal. A user credential is then received at either the wearable device or a mobile device coupled to the wearable device. The user credential is verified and the first payment transaction is authorized. A second payment transaction is then initiated between the wearable device and a second payment terminal. If the wearable device is determined to have been in continuous use by the user, then the second payment transaction can be completed without requiring re-authentication of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: SQUARE, INC.
    Inventor: Rodion Steshenko
  • Patent number: 10074257
    Abstract: An example method of security prejudgment based on characteristic information include receiving characteristic information of a monitored party from the monitored party, calculating security status information of the monitored party based on a probability of danger that has been stored and corresponds to the characteristic information of the monitored party, determining that the security status information is greater than a first threshold, performing an appropriate operation based on the determination. Accordingly, the technical solution of the present disclosure solves a problem that presetting of monitoring conditions cannot cover potential surrounding risks that result in a safety hazard. Further, the technical solution can monitor risks that are not reflected by spatial information. After identifying and warning based on the characteristic information, potential risks may be avoided before occurring without wasting data traffic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Alibaba Group Holding Limited
    Inventor: Jinhua Wang
  • Patent number: 10066991
    Abstract: Systems, tools, and methods are presented for processing a plurality of spectral ranges from an electromagnetic radiation that has been interacted with a fluid. Each spectral range within the plurality corresponds to a property of the fluid or a constituent therein. In one instance, a series of spectral analyzers, each including an integrated computational element coupled to an optical transducer, forms a monolithic structure to receive interacted electromagnetic radiation from the fluid. Each spectral analyzer is configured to process one of the plurality of spectral ranges. The series is ordered so spectral ranges are processed progressively from shortest wavelengths to longest wavelengths as interacted electromagnetic radiation propagates therethrough. Other systems, tools, and methods are presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventors: Michael T. Pelletier, William J. Soltmann, Raj Pai, James E. Masino, Christopher M. Jones, David L. Perkins, Aditya B. Nayak, James M. Price
  • Patent number: 9983095
    Abstract: An optical fiber characteristic measuring device of the present invention includes a light source, an optical divider, an optical waveguide, a first separator, a second separator, a first interferer, a second interferer, and a calculator. The light source is configured to generate a frequency modulated continuous wave of light. The optical divider is configured to divide the frequency modulated continuous wave of light into first and second divided-waves of light. The optical waveguide is configured to guide the first divided-wave of light to one end of an optical fiber to be measured. The first separator is configured to separate a backscattered light generated by Brillouin scattering of the first divided-wave of light in the optical fiber to be measured into a first scattered light, which is a linearly polarized light, and a second scattered light, which is a linearly polarized light perpendicular to the first scattered light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Yokogawa Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Matsuura, Osamu Furukawa
  • Patent number: 9813874
    Abstract: A mobile application tracks a user's behavior and activities and, in particular, a geo-location. The mobile application may then produce a profile of the user's behaviors and locations. This may be used to optimize mobile device power and may also be used as a data aggregator to collect and gather user information for other purposes, such as data marketing and modeling. In an embodiment, the mobile application is continuously monitoring the mobile device's battery level and power usage and determining the most power-efficient approach for tracking the device's location. One-hundred percent location accuracy is not always required when profiling a user's behavior. It may be more critical to simply determine the general location of the device and the associated user. The application may continuously function in the background while expending the least amount of power possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Twosense, Inc.
    Inventor: Dawud Gordon
  • Patent number: 9768474
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a detachable voltage sensing module and a battery device having same. The voltage sensing module comprises: a body on which are fixed a plurality of bus bars, which are connected to the cell tabs of battery cells; a substrate on which a control circuit is formed and which is detachably attached to the body; a jack terminal, disposed on the substrate, for connecting the battery cells to the substrate, when the substrate is being attached to the body, by connecting to one end of each of the bus bars; and a fixing means for fixing the substrate to the body. A detachable voltage sensing module formed as described above and a battery device having same, according to the present invention, are formed such that bus bars can be assembled on or disassembled from a substrate, and thus the substrate can be replaced at any time, thereby enabling easy assembly, maintenance and repair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: SK INNOVATION CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yun Nyoung Lee
  • Patent number: 9753466
    Abstract: A temperature determination apparatus includes a signal detection section having an A/D input port, a thermistor that is connected to the A/D input port and outputs an analog signal to the A/D input port, and a switch section that shifts a level of the analog signal to a low level. The signal detection section determines that a control signal having a priority higher than that of an output detection process of the thermistor is generated when it is detected that the analog signal to be input to the A/D input port is in the low level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignees: Yazaki Corporation, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Kawamura, Susumu Yamamoto, Mitsuteru Yano
  • Patent number: 9752891
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a fitness device comprising a display having plurality of lights that are configured for illumination as fitness intervals are achieved by a user. The fitness device is interchangeable with plural wearable articles. This functional fitness device allows a user to track their steps while at work, shopping, an evening out, or anytime one is on the move, even when it is interchanged between different wearable articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventors: Carolyn M. Merkel, Barbara J. Merkel
  • Patent number: 9739606
    Abstract: A series of nominally identical production workpieces is measured on a measuring apparatus. To correct for temperature variations, one of the workpieces forms a master artifact, the dimensions of which are known. The artifact is measured on the measuring apparatus at two or more temperatures, producing two or more corresponding sets of measured dimensional values of the master artifact at the respective temperatures. One or more error maps, look-up tables, or functions are generated which relate the measured dimensional values of the artifact to the known dimensions of the artifact. The error map(s), look-up table(s) or function(s) are dependent on the respective temperatures at which the artifact was measured. Correction values derived from the error map(s), look-up table(s) or function(s) are used to correct the measurements of production workpieces in the series. These correction values are determined in dependence upon the temperature at which the workpiece measurements were obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: RENISHAW PLC
    Inventors: Kevyn Barry Jonas, Leo Christopher Somerville
  • Patent number: 9593984
    Abstract: A sensor probe may include an elongated body and a temperature sensor. The elongated body may include at least one first aperture, a first passageway and a second passageway. The first passageway may be in communication with the first aperture and may extend along a longitudinal axis of the elongated body. The second passageway may be in communication with and may extend from the first passageway. The temperature sensor may be disposed within the first passageway and may include a wire extending through a portion of the first passageway and the second passageway. The wire may include a diameter that is less than a diameter of the first passageway such that the first passageway defines a pressure path around the wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Inventor: Jeffrey N. Arensmeier
  • Patent number: 9470317
    Abstract: An apparatus for reducing the outlet bore restriction of the inlet tube of existing outage gauges from a diameter of 0.055 in. to a chosen diameter, thereby reducing the quantity of LP Liquid and/or Gas, or other liquid or gaseous fluid, escaping from an LP Gas tank during filling thereof, is described. By retrofitting the original valve stem of an outage gauge with an adapter having a smaller inlet bore and a smaller stem, which screws into the adapter, the restriction of the outlet bore is achieved without requiring the emptying the LP Gas tank upon which the outage gauge is mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: The Adept Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Ernest H. Reed, Alex Spataru, Bryan A. Kitchener
  • Patent number: 9470667
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining and/or monitoring at least one process variable of a medium, comprising at least one sensor element sensitive for the process variable, a process connection for securing the apparatus to a container or pipeline and a housing connected with the process connection. The apparatus has at least one, first component of metal and at least one, second component of synthetic material, wherein the first component and the second component are embodied as hollow bodies. An annular, first connection region is formed on the first component, wherein on the second component an annular second connection region is formed, whose outer diameter corresponds at least sectionally to the inner diameter of the first connection region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Endress + Hauser GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventors: Andreas Krumbholz, Volker Dreyer
  • Patent number: 9464941
    Abstract: A high-temperature sensor comprising a sensor element and a device for holding and positioning the sensor element in a point of use, especially for automotive uses, has a holding part with a pouch molded into it in which the sensor element is received such as to be flush with the surface. In this way, the sensor element is reliably held in a high-temperature sensor and its safe operation is guaranteed also when the sensor is subject to vibrations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Hella KGaA Hueck & Co.
    Inventors: Thomas Niemann, Jürgen Palloks
  • Patent number: 9442017
    Abstract: An occupancy sensor includes a passive infrared sensor (PIR sensor) and an infrared sensor (IR sensor). The occupancy sensor is configured to confirm occupancy or non-occupancy in dependence on signals measured by both the PIR sensor and the IR sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Inventor: Dale Read
  • Patent number: 9349561
    Abstract: Impregnated rare earth metal-containing barium-aluminum-scandate cathodes with a rare earth oxide doped tungsten matrix and methods for the fabrication thereof are described. In one aspect, an impregnated rare earth metal-containing barium-aluminum-scandate cathode comprises: a rare earth oxide doped tungsten matrix, and an impregnated active substance. The active substance comprises scandium oxide (Sc2O3), a second rare earth oxide, and barium calcium aluminate, wherein the molar ratio of Ba:Ca:Al is about 4:1:1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Inventors: Jinshu Wang, Wei Liu, Fan Yang, Xiang Liu, Hongyi Li, Meiling Zhou, Tieyong Zuo
  • Patent number: 9318359
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for heat-treating a substrate, and more particularly to an apparatus for substrate treatment to perform a heat treatment of a substrate for a flat panel display panel. An apparatus for substrate treatment according to an embodiment of the present invention comprises a processing chamber having a substrate treatment space; a heating housing having a heating lamp that emits radiant energy and a reflecting block that reflects radiant energy emitted from the heating lamp; and a window that maintains a sealing between the processing chamber and the heating housing and transmits the radiant energy to a substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: AP SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Il-Hwan Lim, Jang-Woo Shim, Chul-Soo Kim, Seung-Ae Choi
  • Patent number: 9291585
    Abstract: A technique facilitates the monitoring of thermodynamic properties of reservoir fluids. The technique utilizes a modular sensor assembly designed to evaluate a sample of a hydrocarbon-containing fluid within a cell body. A variety of sensors may be selectively placed into communication with a sample chamber within the cell body to evaluate the sample at potentially high pressures and temperatures. The sensors may comprise a density-viscosity sensor located in-situ to efficiently measure both the density and viscosity of the sample as a function of pressure and temperature. Other sensors, such as an optic sensor, may also be positioned to measure parameters of the sample while the sample is retained in the sample chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Inventors: Anil Singh, Kurt Schmidt, Brian Abbott, Robert J Schroeder, Eric Paul Donzler
  • Patent number: 9194594
    Abstract: A multiple-tank water thermal storage system and its using method belong to energy saving technology. The multiple-tank water thermal storage system includes at least two water tanks. There are an upper diffuser (2) and a lower diffuser (5) provided in each said water tank. The upper and lower diffusers (2, 5) are connected with a chiller (heater) unit (4) and a heat exchanger (11) after connecting in parallel, respectively. Control valves (8) are set on pipes of the upper and the lower diffusers (2, 5), respectively. A thermal energy-charging pump (1) is set on the water-inlet pipe of chiller (heater) unit (4). A thermal energy-releasing pump (10) is set on the water-inlet pipe of the heat exchanger (11), and temperature sensors (6) are set in the water tanks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Beijing Poweru Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hong Liu, Yuanquan Jiang, Zhangwei Hou
  • Patent number: 9057637
    Abstract: A method and a device for optically determining state variables inside a container (1) for liquefied gases. In the method and device, light emitted by an illumination unit (2) travels within an optical waveguide (7, 9) to a contact point (33) with the content of the container (1) and is partially reflected there, the intensity of the reflected light is measured by an image sensor (4), and a state variable is determined from the intensity. In order to create a comprehensive “image” of the state variables in the container and of the container content, several optical waveguides (29, 29?) are guided to contact points (33) which are distributed within the container (1) and form measurement points (9.1, 9.2, 9.3, . . . , 9.n). Locally assigned state variables (refractive index, density, temperature, etc.) of the container content are determined from the measured values obtained at the measurement points (9.1, 9.2, 9.3, . . . , 9.n) and are evaluated along with the spatial coordinates of the measurement points (9.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Magna Steyr Fahrzeugtechnik AG & Co. KG
    Inventor: Gert Krammer
  • Patent number: 9057315
    Abstract: A vehicle having an engine is disclosed. The vehicle includes an exhaust pipe receiving exhaust gas from the engine and a muffler connected to the exhaust pipe. An oxygen concentration sensor is disposed in a boss defining a port in the exhaust pipe. The boss includes a diameter greater than a widest dimension of the oxygen concentration sensor which may be in the form of a fin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Rodney M. Frijas
  • Publication number: 20150146760
    Abstract: A cable-base sensor can detect a material level and temperatures of a material stored in a silo. The cable-base sensor comprises an electronic box, a cable, a stopper, and a signal processing module. The electronic box comprises a base and a space for containing the signal processing module, and a hole is formed through a bottom of the electronic box. The base is mounted in the bottom, and a tapered hole is formed through the base. A first end of the cable extents into the tapered hole and the hole, and spreads to form a cable bud. The stopper is a tapered block and pressed into the tapered hole for enforcing the cable bud to be sandwiched between the stopper and the base. The cable bud strengthens a connection between the electronic box and the cable for preventing damages from solid materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Finetek Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chien-Lung Huang, Sheng-Shou Chen, Tzu-Chuan Tsai, Yao-Chen Yu, Chao-Kai Cheng, Ting-Kuo Wu
  • Publication number: 20150124853
    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: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Brian Huppi, John B. Filson, Fred Bould, David Sloo, Matthew L. Rogers
  • Patent number: 9022646
    Abstract: A sensor module for acquiring the temperature in the interior of a vehicle is disclosed. The sensor module has a temperature sensor for acquiring the interior temperature, and a radiation sensor for acquiring an insolation. Information provided by the radiation sensor is used to correct the interior temperature acquired by the temperature sensor, and the temperature sensor and the radiation sensor are arranged in a common first housing and make electrical contact with conductor tracks of a carrier board via first contact elements. A device for determining the temperature in the interior of a vehicle with the aid of such a sensor module is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: VALEO Schalter and Sensoren GmbH
    Inventors: Joachim Hentschel, Thomas Findeisen, Otto Mueller
  • Patent number: 9026413
    Abstract: A method of modeling phase characteristics of thermodynamic systems utilizing pseudo-properties strategy and a reduced number of variables is disclosed herein. The method describes a means of determining the probability of phase splitting of mixtures of materials at a given temperature, pressure, and composition by characterizing the functions that describe the system via pseudo-properties, and also by describing the system in n?1 or fewer variables, where n represents the number of components in the system of interest. In an embodiment, a multi-component system is characterized in one variable, thereby providing simplified thermodynamic models in a time-efficient manner. In addition, the information generated by this reduced-variable calculation can further be used as a starting point for calculations of equations of state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Invensys Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Gang Xu, David Bluck
  • Publication number: 20150112697
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for verifying compliance with a dental appliance therapy for a human patient is described. At least one parameter of a dental appliance worn by the human patient is periodically measured and compliance with the dental appliance therapy is determined by performing a spectral analysis of the measured parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2012
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: Braebon Medical Corporation
    Inventor: Donald Carmon Bradley
  • Publication number: 20150098487
    Abstract: A method of determining position and a temperature is disclosed. A test pulse is propagated along a longitudinal axis of a magnetostrictive rod having a plurality of longitudinally-spaced reflective features. Reflections of the ultrasonic test pulse are received from the reflective features and from a cursor coupled with the magnetostrictive rod. The received reflections are separated into one of a first set indicative of temperature and a second set indicative of position of the cursor. Temperature is determined from the first set of pulses, and the position of the cursor along the magnetostrictive rod is determined from the second set of pulses. Position and temperature measurements may be used to operate a downhole tool on a work string.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Ke Wang, Zhiyue Xu
  • Publication number: 20150090804
    Abstract: A dual functionality temperature control measurement and low water cutoff measurement system is taught within a single tapping to a boiler. This dual functionality combines a low water cutoff and temperature sensor into one control utilizing a sensing element suitable for use in a single existing tapping for a boiler. Independent of low water functionality, the temperature sensor is also capable of monitoring temperature as a replacement probe in an existing temperature sensor-only well. A conductive member provides a compression fit inside the probe well for thermistors, while simultaneously providing conduction with the well interior for a low water cutoff signal in a two-conductor well.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Christopher L. Murray
  • Patent number: 8992080
    Abstract: A temperature detection device includes a diode and an analog-digital converter. An output voltage signal of the diode is applicable to an input of the analog-digital converter. The temperature detection device is adapted for the purpose of coupling a reference voltage of the analog-digital converter and the diode current of the diode such that effects of variations of the reference voltage or the diode current on the digital output signal of the analog-digital converter are partially or completely suppressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Polichronis Lepidis, Uwe Schiller
  • Publication number: 20150078417
    Abstract: A wireless temperature sensor for a concrete delivery vehicle senses temperatures of the drum, and wirelessly transmits this data to a central processor. The sensor implements power management methods to reduce power consumption and increase battery life, permitting the use of battery power in the sensor. Temperature readings from the sensor may be used qualify or evaluate a load.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Verifi LLC
    Inventor: Steve Verdino
  • Publication number: 20150063415
    Abstract: A method of wear detection of a coated belt or rope includes measuring an initial electrical resistance of one or more cords, strands or wires of the coated belt or rope. The initial electrical resistance is calibrated by repeating the measuring of initial electrical resistance and populating a database with the measured initial electrical resistance values. A true initial resistance is determined from the population of initial electrical resistances and subsequent measured values of electrical resistance of the one or more cords, strands or wires of the coated belt or rope.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Michael Garfinkel, Daryl J. Marvin
  • Publication number: 20150049786
    Abstract: A temperature measurement system includes a plurality of filaments. The plurality of filaments are configured to emit thermal radiation in a relatively broad and substantially continuous wavelength band at least partially representative of a temperature of the plurality of filaments. A first and second portion of the filaments has a differing first and a second diameter and/or emissivity, respectively. The system also includes a detector array configured to generate electrical signals at least partially representative of the thermal radiation received from the filaments. The system further includes a controller communicatively coupled to the detector array configured to transform the first electrical signals to a first temperature indication at least partially as a function of the first diameter and/or first emissivity and transform the second electrical signals to a second temperature indication at least partially as a function of the second diameter and/or emissivity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Guanghua Wang, Nirm Velumylum Nirmalan, Ronald Scott Bunker, Todd Garrett Wetzel, Robert Michael Zacharias, Shawn David Wehe, Robert David Briggs
  • Publication number: 20150032392
    Abstract: Monitoring the condition of an anti-vibration mount, e.g. a sandwich mount in which a plurality of elastomeric layers are interleaved with rigid plates. A set of effectiveness data is determined using input and output data measured or derived over a period of time. The effectiveness data is indicative of the effectiveness of the anti-vibration mount, in particular is dynamic stiffness. The input data is indicative of the amplitude of input vibrations that are applied to the anti-vibration mount and the output data is indicative of the amplitude of corresponding output vibrations of the anti-vibration mount (e.g. the vibrations that are transferred into an external support frame of the associated apparatus or equipment). The operating condition of the anti-vibration mount is monitored using the set of effectiveness data, e.g. by comparing successive sets of effectiveness data determined using input and output data collected over different time periods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Stuart Ian Bradley
  • Patent number: 8920024
    Abstract: The present invention provides a steel plate quality assurance system and facilities thereof, wherein the steel plate quality assurance system measures, with a steel plate manufacturing line including a finishing mill of a steel plate manufacturing line, and accelerated cooling equipment disposed on the downstream side of the finishing mill in the advancing direction of the steel plate manufacturing line, temperature of at least the whole area of the upper surface of a steel plate, or the whole area of the lower surface of a steel plate to perform quality assurance, and includes temperature measurement means; temperature analysis means; and mechanical property determining means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: JFE Steel Corporation
    Inventors: Koji Narihara, Toshikazu Akita, Yukihiro Okada, Yutaka Wada, Kouhei Obara, Toru Takahashi
  • Publication number: 20140348206
    Abstract: An apparatus for connecting an electrical measurement system, which includes at least a first and a second conductor, to a movable object to measure at least one of a temperature and an electrical resistivity of the movable object includes a first and a second connector, and a first and a second contact wire. The first and the second contact wires are electrically communicable with the first and the second conductors, respectively, and are wound around at least a portion of the first and the second connectors, respectively, such that the first and the second contact wires are engageable with the movable object at a first and a second contact point, respectively. The first and the second contact wires each has a polarity. The first and the second connectors are made of a material having a higher electrical and thermal resistivity than the first and the second contact wires.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Menashe Barak, Mario Jodorkovsky
  • Publication number: 20140348205
    Abstract: A non-invasive thermal dispersion flow meter with chronometric monitor for fluid leak detection includes a heater, an ambient temperature sensor and a flow rate sensor which are configured to sense the temperature of a fluid in a conduit, and then monitor the flow of that fluid through the conduit. The fluid flow sensor is incorporated into a Wheatstone bridge circuit which is used to provide increased sensitivity to the outputs of the sensors. Based upon the ambient temperature sensor readings, the flow rate sensor and heater may be adjusted to optimize the operation of the system to detect leaks. An alternative embodiment utilizes a single sensor and separate heater which work together to determine heat propagation times which in turn is used to calculate flow rate. Based on the sensor readings, the flow may be adjusted to prevent damage and leaks by relieving the system of excess pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Scott Shaw, Robert Trescott
  • Publication number: 20140321505
    Abstract: A monitoring device comprises a housing, a thermally isolated chamber defined by the housing, and a temperature sensor supported by the housing within the thermally isolated chamber to detect a temperature of a location where the device is located. An air quality sensor may also be supported by the housing within the thermally isolated chamber, to sense a quality of air in the location. The housing may define a first vent through the housing to allow external air to flow into the thermally isolated chamber. A first open end of the chamber may be proximate the first vent to allow air flow through the vent, into the chamber. A second open end of the chamber may open into an interior of the housing, and the housing may define a second vent to allow air flow out of the housing. The thermally isolated chamber may comprises thermally reflective material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Canary Connects, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris I. Rill, Karthik Lakshminarayanan
  • Publication number: 20140314122
    Abstract: A sensor system for monitoring temperature loads and other impacts on electrical supply installations comprises at least two sensor devices arranged in series at positions in the electrical supply installation to be monitored, one or more signal transmitters connected to each of the sensor devices, one or more signal receivers adapted to communicate with and receive signals from the signal transmitters, and a processing unit connected to at least one of the signal receivers for processing the signals and providing an indication signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Kjell Knoop
  • Patent number: 8864373
    Abstract: A battery temperature monitoring circuit, which has a cold comparator and a hot comparator, achieves high accuracy in a small cell size by utilizing a cold current optimized for the cold comparator and a cold reference voltage, and a hot current optimized for the hot comparator and a hot reference voltage, along with switching circuitry that provides the cold current to the cold comparator as the battery temperature approaches the cold trip temperature, and the hot current to the hot comparator as the battery temperature approaches the hot trip temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: National Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventors: Luan Minh Vu, Thomas Y. Tse, Tuong Hoang
  • Publication number: 20140294044
    Abstract: An apparatus for measuring temperature and humidity includes a detecting unit, an A/D converting unit, a storage unit, a processing unit and a display unit. The detecting unit determines a temperature reading and a humidity reading, and outputs analog signals according to the temperature reading and the humidity reading. The A/D converting unit receives the analog signals, and converts the analog signals to digital signals. The storage unit stores multiple reference temperature values and multiple reference humidity values. The processing unit receives the digital signals, and compares the digital signals with the reference temperature values and the reference humidity values to determine whether the digital signals are valid. The processing unit converts the digital signals which are valid to temperature values and humidity values. The storage unit receives and stores the temperature values and the humidity values. The display unit receives and displays the temperature values and the humidity values.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: FU-MING LIU
  • Publication number: 20140294045
    Abstract: A capacitor module includes a plurality of capacitor elements, a bus bar, a contact portion, and a temperature sensor. The bus bar includes an element connection portion on one end thereof and an electrode portion for external connection on the other end thereof, the element connection portion being electrically connected to respective terminal portions of the plurality of capacitor elements. The contact portion is connected to the bus bar and makes contact with heat generation portions of the plurality of capacitor elements. The temperature sensor is disposed on a portion extending from the contact portion. A detection apparatus includes the capacitor module and a detecting circuit that includes a temperature detecting circuit connected to one and the other terminals of the temperature sensor, and a voltage detecting circuit connected to the other terminal of the temperature sensor and detecting a voltage between negative and positive terminals of the capacitor module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ryouji Hironaka
  • Patent number: 8840301
    Abstract: A diverse and redundant resistance temperature detector (“D&R RTD”) is provided. The D&R RTD is utilized in obtaining temperature readings in environments, such as fluids and gasses, by measuring electrical characteristics of the D&R RTD that are influenced by the temperature. Furthermore, the D&R RTD's are arranged such that a plurality of measurements can be obtained, which provides sufficient diversity and redundancy of the measurements for enhanced diagnostics to be performed, such as optimization for fast dynamic response, calibration stability, in-situ response time testability, and in-situ calibration testability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventor: Hashem M. Hashemian