With Removable Cover For Sensor (e.g., Disposable Sheath) Patents (Class 374/158)
  • Patent number: 10656053
    Abstract: A hand-held device for measuring tire pressure and temperature including a pressure sensor, a temperature sensor, an optical pointer, a processor responsive to an output of the pressure sensor and the temperature sensor, and a display. The processor is configured to output a value on the display indicative of a measured tire pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Measurement Ltd.
    Inventors: Steven Petrucelli, Mark Kuskovsky
  • Patent number: 10478260
    Abstract: Arrangements described herein relate to systems, apparatuses, and methods for an enclosure for a device having a probe supported by a housing. The housing defines a cavity through which the probe protrudes. The probe is configured to move within the cavity. The enclosure includes a removable enclosure body. The enclosure body is configured to enclose at least a portion of the housing while covering an entirety of the cavity. The enclosure further includes a probe interaction portion in the enclosure body. The probe interaction portion is configured to be operatively engaged with the probe such that the probe is configured to transmit acoustic energy to a subject from within the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: NEURAL ANALYTICS, INC.
    Inventors: Jan Zwierstra, Kiah Lesher, Lane Stith
  • Patent number: 10302531
    Abstract: A hand-held device for measuring tire pressure and temperature including a pressure sensor, a temperature sensor, an optical pointer, a processor responsive to an output of the pressure sensor and the temperature sensor, and a display. The processor is configured to output a value on the display indicative of a measured tire pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Measurement Ltd.
    Inventors: Steven Petrucelli, Mark Kuskovsky
  • Patent number: 10234742
    Abstract: A full color display device in which each pixel can display at least seven different optical states. Each pixel comprises two subpixels, and each subpixel includes a respective subpixel electrode driven by a driver. The electrophoretic fluid includes four types of particles, dispersed in a solvent or solvent mixture and each subpixel can display at least four different color states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: E INK CALIFORNIA, LLC
    Inventors: Bryan Hans Chan, Hui Du, Craig Lin, HongMei Zang
  • Patent number: 10184842
    Abstract: A protective cover for an insertion probe of a medical instrument. The cover contains a flexible tubular body that compliments the probe geometry and a radially disposed flange that surrounds the proximal end of the body. A series of snap-on fasteners removably connect the cover to the instrument. A camming surface is located on the outer face of the flange which coacts with a cam follower that is movably mounted upon the instrument to flex the cover sufficiently to open the fastener and release the cover from the instrument and move the cover axially toward the distal end of the tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: WELCH ALLYN, INC.
    Inventors: John A. Lane, David E. Quinn, Ray D. Stone, Scott A. Martin, John R. Strom
  • Patent number: 10156481
    Abstract: A temperature measurement system includes a temperature probe including a temperature sensor. The system also includes a reader, and a controller in communication with the temperature sensor and the reader. The system further includes a container housing a plurality of probe covers associated with the temperature probe. The container includes an information feature providing information related to the plurality of probe covers. The reader is configured to read the information and direct a signal to the controller indicative of the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: WELCH ALLYN, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew D. Mullin, John A. Lane, Craig M. Meyerson, David E. Quinn, Ray D. Stone, Scott A. Martin
  • Patent number: 9869606
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a system and method for measuring the structural characteristics of an object. The object is subjected to an energy application processes and provides an objective, quantitative measurement of structural characteristics of an object. The system may include a device, for example, a percussion instrument, capable of being reproducibly placed against the object undergoing such measurement for reproducible positioning. The structural characteristics as defined herein may include vibration damping capacities, acoustic damping capacities, structural integrity or structural stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Perimetrics, LLC
    Inventors: James C. Earthman, Cherilyn G. Sheets, Dipankar Ghosh, John Wallace Berger
  • Patent number: 9816879
    Abstract: The invention relates to a temperature sensor (1) for a motor vehicle comprising:—a housing (3) defining an internal volume comprising a temperature sensitive element (5),—electrical wires (9) linked electrically to said temperature sensitive element (5) and configured to transmit an item of temperature information from said sensitive element (5) to the exterior of the housing (3),—a seal (13) partially surrounding the said electrical wires (9) so as to isolate the sensitive element (5) with respect to the exterior of the housing (3), the seal (13) extending preferably in a direction, termed the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: SC2N
    Inventors: Jean Sannier, Stéphane Massiera, Marc Seigneur
  • Patent number: 9791325
    Abstract: A temperature measurement system includes a temperature probe including a temperature sensor. The system also includes a reader, and a controller in communication with the temperature sensor and the reader. The system further includes a container housing a plurality of probe covers associated with the temperature probe. The container includes an information feature providing information related to the plurality of probe covers. The reader is configured to read the information and direct a signal to the controller indicative of the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Welch Allyn, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew D. Mullin, John A. Lane, Craig M. Meyerson, David E. Quinn, Ray D. Stone, Scott A. Martin
  • Patent number: 9791326
    Abstract: A protective cover for an insertion probe of a medical instrument. The cover contains a flexible tubular body that compliments the probe geometry and a radially disposed flange that surrounds the proximal end of the body. A series of snap-on fasteners removably connect the cover to the instrument. A camming surface is located on the outer face of the flange which coacts with a cam follower that is movably mounted upon the instrument to flex the cover sufficiently to open the fastener and release the cover from the instrument and move the cover axially toward the distal end of the tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignees: Welch Allyn, Inc., Kaz USA, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Lane, David E. Quinn, John R. Strom, Ray D. Stone, Scott A. Martin, Matthew D. Mullin, Richard Thrush, Richard G. McDuffie
  • Patent number: 9757147
    Abstract: A surgical access assembly and method of use is disclosed. The surgical access assembly comprises an outer sheath and an obturator. The outer sheath and obturator are configured to be delivered to an area of interest within the brain. Either the outer sheath or the obturator may be configured to operate with a navigational system to track the location of either device within the brain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Nico Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph L. Mark, Chad Lamar, Mick Trompen
  • Patent number: 9739665
    Abstract: A covering cap, in particular for placing on a skin analyzer, contains an end wall bounded by a circumferential edge, and a circumferential wall adjoining the circumferential edge of the end wall. At least one part of the covering cap has a thickness that is less than a thickness of the circumferential wall in a portion of the circumferential wall that lies in the region or end of the circumferential wall remote from the end wall. The end wall is of a gas-permeable configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Vasema Diagnostics AG
    Inventor: Peter Hagl
  • Patent number: 9250141
    Abstract: A method for calibrating a transmitter with measurement circuitry electrically connected to first and second input terminals includes connecting a primary temperature sensor to the first input terminal and connecting a calibrated reference device to the second input terminal. The measurement circuitry is calibrated with respect to the first input terminal according to signals received from the second input terminal while measuring temperature according to signals received from the first input terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Rosemount Inc.
    Inventors: Loren Michael Engelstad, Dirk Willy Bauschke, Jason Harold Rud
  • Patent number: 9197956
    Abstract: Certain embodiments provide a conformable eartip. The conformable eartip includes a round flange and a core. The round flange includes a sealing surface for mating with walls of an ear canal. The round flange extends from an insertion end to an opposite end of the conformable eartip. The sealing surface is tapered from the opposite end toward the insertion end of the conformable eartip. The core is joined to the round flange at the insertion end of the conformable eartip. The core extends from the insertion end to a base of the core toward the opposite end of the conformable eartip. The core includes a channel extending through the core from the insertion end of the conformable eartip to the base of the cor. In various embodiments, the conformable eartip provides an elongation ratio of at least 1.4 and/or a compression ratio of at least 2.0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: ETYMOTIC RESEARCH, INC.
    Inventors: Steve Iseberg, Steve Viranyi
  • Patent number: 9138149
    Abstract: A temperature probe includes a handle and a shaft extending from the handle. The shaft includes a distal end, a proximal end, and a tip at the distal end. The temperature probe also includes a capacitance sensor disposed on one of the handle and the shaft, the capacitance sensor configured to measure a change in capacitance when positioned proximate a conductor. The temperature probe further includes a temperature sensor disposed on the shaft, the temperature sensor configured to measure a body cavity temperature of a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: WELCH ALLYN, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew J. Kinsley, David E. Quinn, John A. Lane, Michael J. Anson, Henry J. Smith, III, Matthew D. Mullin, Eric Lawson
  • Patent number: 8882347
    Abstract: A probe cover for medical thermometer has a matching feature for preventing its use with an incompatible thermometer. A mechanical matching feature of the probe cover includes at least one of a fold, a step, or a series of holes or indentations that are respectively matched to a ridge, a valley or series of pins formed on the front end of a compatible thermometer. When applied to the compatible thermometer, the mechanical matching feature permits the probe cover to be fully seated on and retained by the probe, thereby placing the thermometer in condition for use. Alternatively, an opto-electronic matching feature of the probe cover includes a reflective layer for use with an opto-electronic detection circuit of a compatible thermometer. When applied to the compatible thermometer, the opto-electronic detection detects the reflective layer and places the compatible thermometer in an operational state for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Helen of Troy Limited
    Inventor: Jacob Fraden
  • Patent number: 8876373
    Abstract: A protective cover for an insertion probe of a medical instrument. The cover contains a flexible tubular body that compliments the probe geometry and a radially disposed flange that surrounds the proximal end of the body. A series of snap-on fasteners removably connect the cover to the instrument. A camming surface is located on the outer face of the flange which coacts with a cam follower that is movably mounted upon the instrument to flex the cover sufficiently to open the fastener and release the cover from the instrument and move the cover axially toward the distal end of the tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Welch Allyn, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Lane, David E. Quinn, Ray D. Stone, Scott A. Martin, John R. Strom, Matthew David Mullin, Richard Thrush, Richard G. McDuffie
  • Publication number: 20140064331
    Abstract: A temperature measurement system includes a temperature probe including a temperature sensor. The system also includes a reader, and a controller in communication with the temperature sensor and the reader. The system further includes a container housing a plurality of probe covers associated with the temperature probe. The container includes an information feature providing information related to the plurality of probe covers. The reader is configured to read the information and direct a signal to the controller indicative of the information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: Welch Allyn Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew D. Mullin, John A. Lane, Craig M. Meyerson, David E. Quinn, Ray D. Stone, Scott A. Martin
  • Patent number: 8657491
    Abstract: This present invention discloses a detachable probe cover for an ear thermometer and a manufacturing method thereof. The detachable probe cover for the ear thermometer is for being mounted onto a measuring probe of the ear thermometer, wherein a combining mechanism is provided at a bottom of the measuring probe and the detachable probe cover comprises a main body of a hollow structure and a base, in which the main body has an open end and a closed end opposite to the open end, and the hollow structure has a diameter gradually reducing from the open end toward the closed end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Actherm Inc.
    Inventor: Chih-Wei Hsieh
  • Patent number: 8651736
    Abstract: A temperature measurement system includes a temperature probe including a temperature sensor. The system also includes a reader, and a controller in communication with the temperature sensor and the reader. The system further includes a container housing a plurality of probe covers associated with the temperature probe. The container includes an information feature providing information related to the plurality of probe covers. The reader is configured to read the information and direct a signal to the controller indicative of the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Welch Allyn, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew D. Mullin, John A. Lane, Scott A. Martin, Craig M. Meyerson, David E. Quinn, Ray Douglas Stone
  • Patent number: 8540424
    Abstract: A cover for a shaft of an electronic thermometer probe. The cover includes a tubular body having an open end and a closed end opposite the open end. The body defines a cavity sized and shaped to slidably receive the shaft of the electronic thermometer probe. At least a portion of the tubular body is formed from a nanotube composite material including a polymer matrix material and a carbon nanotube filler material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Jeffrey E. Price
  • Publication number: 20130245488
    Abstract: A temperature measurement system includes a temperature probe having a head and an infrared temperature sensor disposed in the head. The system also includes a replaceable probe cover removably attachable to the head. The probe cover includes a body, a substantially cylindrical waveguide extending from the body, and a distal tip. The waveguide is configured to direct radiation entering the distal tip to the temperature sensor when the probe cover is attached to the head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventors: David E. Quinn, John A. Lane
  • Patent number: 8517604
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining air temperature such as an air temperature sensor suitable for use on an aircraft, such as on an aircraft engine, and where the air temperature sensor may be exposed to adverse conditions including high Mach numbers and icing conditions as well as water and debris and be capable of providing accurate temperature readings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Unison Industries, LLC
    Inventor: John Patrick Parsons
  • Patent number: 8517603
    Abstract: A thermometer that enables the measurement of temperature from multiple body sites comprising a body portion that has a circuit configured to measure an IR signal and convert it into an output that accurately reflects body temperature and a switch in communication with the circuit. The thermometer also comprises a probe that has an IR window configured to accept an IR signal and an attachment mechanism coupled to the probe which comprises a generally circular hollow bore at its distal end, fastening members to engage the body of the thermometer and a pin at its proximal end for interacting with the switch on the body of the thermometer. When the attachment mechanism couples to the probe, the pin interacts with the switch in various positions and the circuit converts the signal based upon the position of the switch which position reflects the location from which the temperature measurement was taken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Kaz USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Jacob Fraden
  • Publication number: 20130202011
    Abstract: A temperature measurement system includes a temperature probe including a temperature sensor. The system also includes a reader, and a controller in communication with the temperature sensor and the reader. The system further includes a container housing a plurality of probe covers associated with the temperature probe. The container includes an information feature providing information related to the plurality of probe covers. The reader is configured to read the information and direct a signal to the controller indicative of the information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Inventors: Matthew D. Mullin, John A. Lane, Scott A. Martin, Craig M. Meyerson, David E. Quinn, Ray Douglas Stone
  • Publication number: 20130163636
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining air temperature such as an air temperature sensor suitable for use on an aircraft, such as on an aircraft engine, and where the air temperature sensor may be exposed to adverse conditions including high Mach numbers and icing conditions as well as water and debris and be capable of providing accurate temperature readings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: UNISON INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventor: John Patrick Parsons
  • Patent number: 8414501
    Abstract: A rectal thermal monitor for transrectal prostate temperature measurement includes a handle arranged in a proximal end portion of the monitor for gripping by a user, an elongate shaft extending from the handle, and an expandable distal probe portion arranged on a distal end of the shaft. The distal probe portion is arranged at a position opposite the handle portion, and is shaped to facilitate insertion through an anal sphincter and into a rectum of a patient. A cover element, is provided for covering at least a portion of the distal probe portion, and is made from a resilient material. A temperature sensing element is arranged within the distal probe portion, beneath the cover element, and is adapted and configured to sense a temperature of the prostate of the patient through the rectum wall of the patient. Further, and actuator can be provided to actuate the expandable distal probe portion, to increase a diameter thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Medifocus, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian M. Hanley, Michael S. H. Chu, Kenneth J. Daignault, Aidan Petrie, Justin Sirotin, David Robson, Andrew W. Marsella, Dan Nelsen, Michael Weiser, Ramin N. Tehrani
  • Patent number: 8409110
    Abstract: A rectal thermal monitor for transrectal prostate temperature measurement includes a handle arranged in a proximal end portion of the monitor for gripping by a user, an elongate shaft extending from the handle, and a probe portion arranged on a distal end portion of the shaft. The probe portion is arranged at a position opposite the handle portion, and is shaped to facilitate insertion through an anal sphincter and into a rectum of a patient. A temperature sensing element is arranged within the distal probe portion and is adapted and configured to sense a temperature of the prostate of the patient through the rectum wall of the patient. The probe portion can include one or more compliant materials and/or be shaped so as to compress during insertion through the anal sphincter of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Medifocus, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher L. Oskin, Brian M. Hanley, Michael Barenboym
  • Publication number: 20120320945
    Abstract: A robust media sealing temperature probe is provided and includes a tubular member having a closed end and an open end opposite the closed end, an annular seal formed about the tubular member, a probe having a temperature sensing element and a signal conductive assembly coupled to the temperature sensing element, the probe being secured within the tubular member with the temperature sensing element proximate to the closed end and the signal conductive assembly extending through the open end and a housing formed to encapsulate the seal about the tubular member with the closed end and a portion of the signal conductive assembly exposed at an exterior of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Brian Allen Engle, David John Geer, Ronald Anthony Martonik
  • Publication number: 20120307864
    Abstract: A temperature-control device for thermoanalytical analyses, including a housing, one heating element, one protective sheath disposed in the housing, wherein the protective sheath is connectable to a gas supply. The heating element is partially arranged inside the protective sheath.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventors: Juergen Blumm, Thomas Denner
  • Publication number: 20120250725
    Abstract: A temperature measuring insert composed of ceramic or sintered materials of magnesium oxide or aluminum oxide accommodates, on its end facing the measured medium, temperature sensor elements, such as thermocouples and temperature measuring resistors, as a measuring tip, installable singly or with others in metal or ceramic protective tubes. The site of the measuring tip, a water adsorption behavior differing from the remaining measuring insert material is present, in order to protect the temperature sensor elements in the case of rapid process related temperature changes, in order to prevent, in the case of heating, effects due to superheated steam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: Endress + Hauser Wetzer GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventors: Wilfried Meissner, Helmut Kalteis, Peter Seefeld
  • Patent number: 8231271
    Abstract: A removable protective cover for an insertion probe of a medical instrument. The cover contains a flexible tubular body that compliments the probe geometry and a radially disposed flange that surrounds the proximal end of the body. A series of snap-on fasteners removably connect the cover to the instrument. A camming surface is located on the outer face of the flange which coacts with a cam follower that is movably mounted upon the instrument to flex the cover sufficiently to open the fastener and release the cover from the instrument and move the cover axially toward the distal end of the tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Welch Allyn, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Lane, David E. Quinn, Ray D. Stone, Scott A. Martin, John R. Strom
  • Publication number: 20120147923
    Abstract: A thermometer with protective tube inner part for insertion into a protective tube, especially a protective tube of a thermometer, wherein the protective tube inner part serves for arranging conductor elements, and wherein the protective tube inner part is matched to the shape of the inside of the protective tube in the region of a closed, protective tube end, and wherein the protective tube inner part serves to arrange the conductor elements on the side of the protective tube inner part facing the protective tube in the installed state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Applicant: Endress + Wetzer GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventors: Dieter Schmidt, Peter Seefeld, Alfred Umkehrer, Wilfried Meissner, Helmut Kalteis
  • Patent number: 8192079
    Abstract: A disposable thermometer probe sheath includes a bottom piece and a plastic cover film sealed onto the bottom piece. The plastic cover film comprising an upper plastic sheet film and a lower plastic sheet film, each of which has a front edge provided with an opening, a rear edge provided with a tip, and a sealed peripheral edge except for the opening, so as to receive a thermometer probe. The plastic cover film is made of a flexible and deformable material, while the plastic cover film is provided with two notches respectively formed on two side edges adjacent to the tip. The upper plastic sheet film is provided with a first flap attached to the opening thereof, while the lower plastic sheet film is provided with a second flap attached to the opening. When the thermometer probe is inserted into the plastic cover film, the notches are tightly engaged with the thermometer probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Actherm Inc.
    Inventor: Chih-Wei Hsieh
  • Patent number: 8186876
    Abstract: A tip assembly for an IR thermometer apparatus includes a heat sink having a heat sink cavity and a tip section and a fluid path and at least one hydraulic port. The tip assembly also includes an IR sensor mechanically seated in the tip section and thermally coupled to the heat sink. The tip assembly also includes an electrical connector configured to provide an electrical connection to the tip assembly. A fluid having a fluid temperature is introduced into the fluid path via the hydraulic port. The fluid causes the heat sink and the IR sensor to substantially reach one or more pre-determined temperatures by thermal conduction during calibration of the tip assembly. Another tip assembly having an internal heat source is described. Another tip assembly having an internal heat pump is described. A method to calibrate a tip assembly is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Welch Allyn, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew D. Mullin, Michael J. Anson, John A. Lane, David E. Quinn, Henry J. Smith, III, Ray D. Stone
  • Patent number: 8162537
    Abstract: A thermometer quick linkage apparatus comprises an elastic member, a button, a probe, and a chamber having one end provided with an opening for receiving the end portion of the probe, and the other end also provided with an opening for receiving the button. Within the chamber, one end of the elastic member connects with the button, and the other end thereof connects with the probe. The elastic member is configured such that, when the button is pressed to compress the elastic member to a certain degree, the end portion of the button comes into contact with the end portion of the probe, and when the button is pressed further down, the probe is pushed away from the chamber. The apparatus is simplified in structure, and allows quick replacement of the probe jacket, and therefore is cost-efficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Shenzhen Mindray Bio-Medical Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiaojian Ma, Peitao Chen
  • Publication number: 20120076169
    Abstract: This present invention discloses a detachable probe cover for an ear thermometer and a manufacturing method thereof. The detachable probe cover for the ear thermometer is for being mounted onto a measuring probe of the ear thermometer, wherein a combining mechanism is provided at a bottom of the measuring probe and the detachable probe cover comprises a main body of a hollow structure and a base, in which the main body has an open end and a closed end opposite to the open end, and the hollow structure has a diameter gradually reducing from the open end toward the closed end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Inventor: Chih-Wei HSIEH
  • Patent number: 8136985
    Abstract: An IR tip assembly includes a shroud having at least one feature that permits releasable attachment of a disposable cover fitted to a shroud. When the disposable cover is fitted to the shroud, at least one air gap is defined between the shroud and the disposable cover. An IR sensor disposed within the IR tip assembly is mechanically and thermally coupled to a heat sink. The at least one defined air gap creates a thermal isolation between the disposable cover and the disposed IR sensor. There can also be airflow through the at least one air gap. Apparatus and methods to create the airflow are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Welch Allyn, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Lane, David E. Quinn, Scott A. Martin, Ray D. Stone, Matthew D. Mullin, Craig M. Meyerson
  • Patent number: 8136986
    Abstract: A tip element that is capable of being removably attached to an infrared thermometer and includes an axisymetric body having a distal end and an open proximal end. A membrane is located at the distal end of the body that is formed of an infrared transparent material. At least one engagement mechanism is mounted along the proximal edge of the body that has an engagement surface that passes circumferentially about a portion of the proximal edge and which contains an integral rib that extends axially toward said distal end of said body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Welch Allyn, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Lane, Scott A. Martin
  • Publication number: 20120051397
    Abstract: A temperature sensor has a temperature sensitive element for detecting a temperature, a sheath pin having core wires electrically connected to the temperature sensitive element, lead wires to output a detection signal of the temperature sensitive element to an outside device, connectors through which the core wires and the lead wires are connected, and a protection tube accommodating the core wires, the lead wires and the connectors. The protection tube has a supporting member made of an elastic member having inserting and supporting holes through which the connectors are inserted and supported. Each connector has a circular arc part and claw parts. The circular arc part is made along a profile of a front end part of each lead wire. The claw parts are formed at both the end parts of the circular arc part. Each claw part pushes an inner wall surface of the corresponding inserting and supporting hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Applicant: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuusuke TOUDOU, Takashi Kojima, Tomohiro Adachi
  • Patent number: 8123401
    Abstract: A probe cover for an infrared electronic thermometer including a generally tubular body having open first and second ends. The body is sized and shaped to receive a probe of the infrared electronic thermometer into the body through the first end. The probe cover further includes a film closing the second end of the body. The film has a metallic region defining a blackbody portion for rapidly equilibrating to a temperature corresponding to the temperature of an object for viewing by a sensor of the electronic thermometer to measure the temperature of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Covidien AG
    Inventor: Jeffrey E. Price
  • Patent number: 8126672
    Abstract: An ear-type thermometer which measures body temperature using a temperature detection element 21 that detects ambient temperature and an infrared detection element 22 that detects infrared radiation from a measurement site within the aural cavity, the 2 elements housed in a probe 3, wherein the ear-type thermometer comprises a probe cover 10 which can be detachably provided with the probe, a detection switch 60 which detects that the probe cover is attached or detached to the probe, and two temperature conversion coefficients 52a and 52b which corrects body temperature based on the detection result from the two detection elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Terumo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Keiji Yamaguchi, Hideo Harada
  • Patent number: 8123402
    Abstract: The present invention is an ear thermometer cradle and an ear thermometer assembly. The ear thermometer cradle comprises a hollow housing, a swivel arm, a probe cover container seat, a first elastic member disposed between the swivel arm and the hollow house. The ear thermometer cradle comprises a second elastic member between the container seat and the hollow housing. The hollow housing has an opening and a first blocking portion. The swivel arm includes a first pivot on one end thereof for pivotally connected with the hollow housing, a bearing portion on the other end thereof, and a second blocking portion between the first pivot and the bearing portion. The container seat includes a connective device, a second pivot on two lateral sides thereof for pivotally connected with the hollow housing, a third blocking portion and a forth blocking portion engaging with the first and the second blocking portion respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Actherm Inc.
    Inventor: Liang-Yi Li
  • Publication number: 20120020385
    Abstract: A sensor (101) is configured such that a seal member (71) is provided in a deformed manner through crimping of a portion of a tube (11) located toward a rear end (17c) of the tube (11). The seal member (71) is deformed such that a frontward-oriented surface (75), which is a bottom surface of a recess (74) formed in a front end (73) of the seal member (72), presses a rear end (45) of an insulation sheath (41) frontward. Consequently, a front end (21a) of a sensor element is pressed against a front end (12) of the tube (11) via the insulation sheath (41). By virtue of a pressing action induced by rubber-like elasticity, high sensor responsiveness is maintained over a long period of time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Applicant: NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kouji MATSUO, Satoshi Ishikawa, Masamichi Ito, Satoshi Mogari
  • Patent number: 8033719
    Abstract: The invention relates to a gas turbine, with a flow path for a hot gas, enclosed by a channel wall with at least one measuring probe, arranged in the channel wall, for determination of a parameter of the hot gas, said measuring probe comprising a temperature-resistant measuring tip in contact with the hot gas and a measuring line, arranged outside the flow path in a protective sleeve. According to the invention, such a gas turbine with a structurally uncomplicated protective sleeve for measuring lines from measuring probes, in which the measuring lines can be economically fitted and securely protected from excessively high operating temperatures, may be achieved, whereby the protective sleeve has a flow of coolant running therethrough which may be taken from a coolant supply connected to the protective sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Matthias Beutin, Gilbert Braun, Holger Eisenlohr, Giuseppe Gaio, Frank Günther, Kai-Uwe Rogos, Bernd Vonnemann, Edmund Zastrozny
  • Patent number: 8021040
    Abstract: A disposable thermometer probe sheath includes a bottom piece and a plastic cover film sealed onto the bottom piece. The plastic cover film comprising an upper plastic sheet film and a lower plastic sheet film, each of which has a front edge provided with an opening, a rear edge provided with a tip, and a sealed peripheral edge except for the opening, so as to receive a thermometer probe. The plastic cover film is made of a flexible and deformable material, while the plastic cover film is provided with two notches respectively formed on two side edges adjacent to the tip. The upper plastic sheet film is provided with a first flap attached to the opening thereof, while the lower plastic sheet film is provided with a second flap attached to the opening. When the thermometer probe is inserted into the plastic cover film, the notches are tightly engaged with the thermometer probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Actherm Inc.
    Inventor: Chih-Wei Hsieh
  • Patent number: 7946761
    Abstract: This invention relates to a shrinkable dispensing container for probe covers of an ear thermometer. Therein, the ear thermometer probe cover refers to a product having a hollow body and a flange. The dispensing container for probe covers of an ear thermometer comprises a main body for accommodating a plurality of stacked probe covers and an access opening formed at one end of the main body for allowing an ear thermometer probe to insert into the probe cover in the main body. The present invention is characterized by a bottom portion formed at another end of the main body opposite to the access opening for supporting all the probe covers stacked within the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Actherm Inc.
    Inventor: Liang-Yi Li
  • Patent number: 7927012
    Abstract: A cassette of tympanic thermometer probe covers includes a frame and probe covers releasably attached to the frame. The probe covers can be individually attached over a probe of a tympanic thermometer to protect the probe from contamination. The probe covers are constructed to releasably secure themselves to the probe. The force required to secure the probe covers to the frame is less that the force which is required to detach the probe covers from the frame so that the probe cover is held by the frame while being attached to the thermometer probe. The probe cover is connected to the frame by frangible connections that are arranged to inhibit pivoting of the probe cover when being attached to the thermometer probe. A method of securing a probe cover to a probe of a tympanic thermometer is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Covidien AG
    Inventors: James M. Harr, Mitchell H. Babkes, Clarence Walker
  • Publication number: 20110032970
    Abstract: A disposable thermometer probe sheath includes a bottom piece and a plastic cover film sealed onto the bottom piece. The plastic cover film comprising an upper plastic sheet film and a lower plastic sheet film, each of which has a front edge provided with an opening, a rear edge provided with a tip, and a sealed peripheral edge except for the opening, so as to receive a thermometer probe. The plastic cover film is made of a flexible and deformable material, while the plastic cover film is provided with two notches respectively formed on two side edges adjacent to the tip. The upper plastic sheet film is provided with a first flap attached to the opening thereof, while the lower plastic sheet film is provided with a second flap attached to the opening. When the thermometer probe is inserted into the plastic cover film, the notches are tightly engaged with the thermometer probe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2010
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    Inventor: Chih-Wei HSIEH
  • Patent number: RE43745
    Abstract: A probe cover for a tympanic thermometer probe comprises a generally tubular body having an opening for receiving the thermometer probe and an infrared transparent window at a distal end thereof. In one embodiment, a film support extends radially inward from the distal end of the body and supports an infrared transparent film spanning the window. The film support has an inner edge that is substantially free from corners turning in the plane of the window. A plurality of end ribs are spaced apart and disposed about an inner circumference of the distal end of the body to engage a distal end of the thermometer probe and form an insulating gap by preventing contact of the film by the thermometer probe. The insulating gap also extends proximally into spaces between the end ribs, reducing thermal contact between the thermometer probe and a circumferential inner surface of the probe cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Tyco Healthcare Group LP
    Inventors: Clarence Walker, Kevin C. Meier, Wayne Schuessler, David Rork Swisher