Housing, Support, Or Adjunct Patents (Class 374/208)
  • Patent number: 11002610
    Abstract: A temperature detection module for detecting a temperature of a measurement target is provided. The temperature detection module includes a temperature sensor, and a holder for holding the temperature sensor such that movement is possible in a separation and contact direction in which the temperature sensor is separated from and brought into contact with the measurement target. The temperature sensor includes a sensor main body portion in which a temperature detection element is accommodated, and a spring portion that is integrally provided on the sensor main body portion. The spring portion is of a type that expands and contracts only in a single direction, and expands and contracts only in the separation and contact direction. The spring portion is attached to the holder and biases the temperature sensor such that a detection surface comes into contact with the measurement target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignees: AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LTD., SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD. '
    Inventors: Taiji Yanagida, Shinichi Takase, Hiroki Shimoda, Yoshinori Ito
  • Patent number: 10998659
    Abstract: A female terminal 10 to be fit to a male terminal 60 and connected to a wire 40 includes a box-shaped female body portion 12 open in a front-rear direction, the male terminal 60 being inserted into the female body portion, a contact pressure applying portion 16 configured to apply a contact pressure to the male terminal 60 inwardly of the female body portion 12 from a ceiling wall 14 of the female body portion 12, and bottom wall contact portions 26 projecting from a bottom wall 24 of the female body portion 12 and configured to contact the male terminal 60. A conductor portion of the wire 40 is mounted by welding on a back surface 28 opposite to a surface where the bottom wall 24 and the male terminal 60 are in contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventor: Junichi Mukuno
  • Patent number: 10983014
    Abstract: A method for calibrating a temperature measuring device having a temperature measuring unit and having at least one sensor connectable to the temperature measuring unit includes the steps of providing a temperature calibrator having a sensor mount into which the sensor is inserted and heated to a test temperature, inserting the at least one sensor into the sensor mount, setting up a communication channel for a data transmission between the temperature calibrator and the temperature measuring device, and transmitting a calibration value from the temperature calibrator to the temperature measuring device by means of the communication channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: SIKA DR. SIEBERT & KÜHN GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Klaus Rümler
  • Patent number: 10952682
    Abstract: A photoplethysmography (PPG) circuit obtains PPG signals at a plurality of wavelengths of light reflected from tissue of a user. A processing device generates parameters using the PPG signals to determine a glucose level in blood flow of the user. The parameters include one or more ratio values obtained using the plurality of PPG signals; a phase delay between the plurality of PPG signals; a correlation of phase shape between the plurality of PPG signals or a periodicity of one or more of the plurality of PPG signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: SANMINA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert Steven Newberry, Matthew Rodencal
  • Patent number: 10914413
    Abstract: A quick connect fluid connector that is detachably connectable to a fluid system to process a gas into or from the fluid system through the quick connect fluid connector. The quick connect fluid connector includes one or more temperature sensors that can sense the temperature of the gas within the fluid connector during processing. Based on the sensed temperature(s), an alert can be generated to alert a human operator conducting the processing and/or automatically shut-off the processing if the sensed temperature becomes too high. The operator will therefore be alerted if the cylinders are being processed too quickly or if the processing duration could be shortened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: FasTest, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Danielson, Chris Wagner
  • Patent number: 10888280
    Abstract: A photoplethysmography (PPG) circuit or non-contact camera obtains PPG signals at a plurality of wavelengths. A signal processing module obtains at least a first spectral response around a first wavelength and a second spectral response around a second wavelength. The signal processing device generates PPG input data using the PPG signals, wherein the PPG input data includes one or more parameters obtained from each of the first spectral response and the second spectral response. A neural network processing device generates an input vector including the PPG input data and determines an output vector including health data, wherein the health data includes for example, an oxygen saturation level, a glucose level or a blood alcohol level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Sanmina Corporation
    Inventor: Robert Steven Newberry
  • Patent number: 10850623
    Abstract: Provided herein is an inverter module that can include a first inverter cell and a second inverter cell, each including at least one transistor device, and a cold plate placed in contact with or proximate to the at least one transistor device. The cold plate can have a coolant channel through the cold plate. A connector can connect a coolant outlet of the cold plate of the first inverter cell to a coolant inlet of the cold plate of the second inverter cell in series, to form a continuous channel that extends from the first coolant inlet of the cold plate of the first inverter cell into the coolant channel of the cold plate of the second inverter cell. The coolant inlet of the cold plate of the first inverter cell can receive coolant fluid into the continuous channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignees: SF Motors, Inc., CHONGQING JINKANG NEW ENERGY VEHICLE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nathan Chung, Zhong Nie, Duanyang Wang, Yifan Tang
  • Patent number: 10800072
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a enclosure assembly including an enclosure assembly-leading end and an opposed enclosure assembly-lagging end, and a temperature emulation assembly mounted within the enclosure assembly and including a temperature emulation assembly-leading end located proximate to the enclosure assembly-leading end and a temperature emulation assembly-lagging end spaced away from the enclosure assembly-lagging end. The enclosure assembly thermally isolates the temperature emulation assembly. The enclosure assembly permits conductive heat transfer to the temperature emulation assembly only through the enclosure assembly-leading end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: John M. Griffith, George E. Bible, Steven M. Shewchuk, Steven J. Plummer, Ryan M. Trella, Ronald J. Byington
  • Patent number: 10801894
    Abstract: A reflecting shell includes a hollow joint unit, a hollow guide unit and a hollow receiving unit. The hollow joint unit has a stationary part at one end, and the stationary part is detachably connected to a detecting part of a measuring device. One end of the hollow guide unit is connected to the other end of the hollow joint unit, and an internal wall of the hollow guide unit has a first reflective surface and a second reflective surface, in which the first reflective surface and the second reflective surface correspond to each other. One end of the hollow receiving unit is connected to the other end of the hollow guide unit. Heat radiation from a heat source enters the hollow guide unit, and the heat radiation is transmitted to the detecting part by the reflection of the first reflective surface and the second reflective surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: RADIANT INNOVATION INC.
    Inventors: Tseng-Lung Lin, Chin-Hui Ku
  • Patent number: 10791938
    Abstract: Systems for calculating extent of congestive heart failure (CHF) and/or identifying exacerbation of CHF. In one embodiment, a system includes smartglasses configured to be worn on a user's head, and an inward-facing camera and a sensor, both physically coupled to the smartglasses. The inward-facing camera is mounted more than 5 mm away from the head and captures images of an area comprising skin on the user's head, which is larger than 4 cm{circumflex over (?)}2. The sensor measures a signal indicative of a respiration rate of the user (respiration signal). The system also includes a computer that calculates the extent of CHF based on: a facial blood flow pattern recognizable in the images, and respiration rate recognizable in the respiration signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Facense Ltd.
    Inventors: Ori Tzvieli, Ari M Frank, Arie Tzvieli, Gil Thieberger
  • Patent number: 10768053
    Abstract: The present specification describes a telescopic thermometer that allows a user to measure surface or air temperature in hardly accessible places. The telescopic thermometer includes a telescopic body with a temperature sensor attached at remote end of the telescopic body and a magnet used to temporarily attach the thermometer to a place near the place of measurement for hands free operation. A display unit at user end displays the temperature readings received from the sensor. The temperature readings are transmitted to a networked device for storing and processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventor: Raymond Armstrong Valdez
  • Patent number: 10695117
    Abstract: Systems and methods for treating vertebral compression fractures are provided. A kit can include at least one body containing a bone cement precursor to be mixed with at least one other bone cement precursor to form a bone cement. The body or a package containing the body can include at least one sensor. In some embodiments the sensor can be a temperature sensor. In some methods, data from the sensor can be used to determine certain parameters related to a treatment interval involving the bone cement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: DFine, Inc.
    Inventors: Csaba Truckai, Andrew Kohm, John H. Shadduck
  • Patent number: 10697835
    Abstract: A method for assembling sensor on a housing. The sensor provided with a body, a protrusion and an electrical connection cable. The housing being provided with a blind hole shaped to engage with the protrusion of the sensor. The assembly method provides the following phases: a) inserting the protrusion in the blind hole of the housing bringing an end wall of the protrusion into contact with a bottom wall of the blind hole, b) tightening a bushing to a first tightening torque value, the bushing having an external thread that engages with an internal thread of the blind hole and an internal thread that engages with an external thread of the protrusion, in which all of the threads have the same pitch, c) tightening a hexagonal nut to a second tightening torque value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: AKTIEBOLAGET SKF
    Inventor: Fabrizio Sozzi
  • Patent number: 10677661
    Abstract: A method for calorimetry includes flowing a first fluid through a co-flow reactor microchannel having plural inlets and an outlet, the first fluid flowing through each of the inlets, and measuring transmission of light through a Nano Hole Array (NHA) sensor to obtain a baseline extraordinary optical transmission (EOT) measurement. The flow of the first fluid is stopped, the microchannel is emptied of the first fluid, and the first fluid and a second fluid are passed through the microchannel such that a reaction occurs, the first fluid flowing through a first of the inlets and the second fluid flowing through a second of the inlets. While flowing the first and second fluids, transmission of light through the NHA sensor is measured to obtain a reaction EOT measurement. A calorimetry measurement, indicative of energy released during the reaction, is calculated as a function of the baseline and reaction EOT measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Northeastern University
    Inventors: Masoud Modaresifar, Gregory J. Kowalski
  • Patent number: 10524696
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are embodiments of an athletic coaching system that includes at least one inward-facing head-mounted thermal camera (CAM) and a computer. Each CAM from among the at least one CAM is configured to take thermal measurements of a region below the nostrils (denoted THRBN) of a user. THRBN are indicative of an exhale stream of the user (e.g., an exhale stream from a nostril and/or from the mouth). The computer is configured to: receive measurements of movements (Mmove) involving the user; generate, based on THRBN and Mmove, a coaching indication; and present, via a user interface, the coaching indication to the user. In one example, the coaching indication is indicative of a change the user should make to one or more of the following: cadence of movements, stride length, breathing rate, breathing type (mouth or nasal), and duration of exhales.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Facense Ltd.
    Inventors: Arie Tzvieli, Gil Thieberger, Ari M Frank
  • Patent number: 10524667
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are embodiments of a system that utilizes measurements indicative of respiration in order to estimate an aerobic activity parameter, such as oxygen consumption (VO2), maximal oxygen consumption (VO2 max), or energy expenditure (EE). In one embodiment, this system includes at least one inward-facing head-mounted thermal camera (CAM) and a computer. Each CAM, from among the at least one CAM, is configured to take thermal measurements of a region below the nostrils (THRBN) of a user. THRBN are indicative of an exhale stream of the user, such as an exhale stream from one, or both, of the nostrils and/or the exhale from the mouth. The computer calculates, based on THRBN, the aerobic activity parameter. Optionally, the computer generates feature values based on data comprising THRBN and utilizes a model to calculate the aerobic activity parameter based on the feature values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Facense Ltd.
    Inventors: Arie Tzvieli, Gil Thieberger, Ari M Frank
  • Patent number: 10448890
    Abstract: Support structures for positioning sensors on a physiologic tunnel for measuring physical, chemical and biological parameters of the body and to produce an action according to the measured value of the parameters. The support structure includes a sensor fitted on the support structures using a special geometry for acquiring continuous and undisturbed data on the physiology of the body. Signals are transmitted to a remote station by wireless transmission such as by electromagnetic waves, radio waves, infrared, sound and the like or by being reported locally by audio or visual transmission. The physical and chemical parameters include brain function, metabolic function, hydrodynamic function, hydration status, levels of chemical compounds in the blood, and the like. The support structure includes patches, clips, eyeglasses, head mounted gear and the like, containing passive or active sensors positioned at the end of the tunnel with sensing systems positioned on and accessing a physiologic tunnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Geelux Holdings, Ltd.
    Inventor: Marcio Marc Abreu
  • Patent number: 10429863
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling refrigerator temperatures are provided. In one example embodiment a control system for adjusting the temperature of a refrigerator, wherein the refrigerator includes a fresh food compartment, a freezer compartment and a cooling system, the control system includes a printed circuit board, one or more thermistors, one or more processors and one or more memory devices, the one or more memory devices storing instructions that when executed by the one or more processors cause the one or more processors to perform operations, the operations can include monitoring one or more characteristics of the one or more thermistors, determining the temperature of the fresh food compartment based, at least in part, on the characteristics of a first thermistor, comparing the determined temperature of the fresh food compartment to a first predetermined threshold value, and determining, by the one or more processors, whether to operate the cooling system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Thomas Chezem, Martin Mitchell Zentner, Mark Schipp
  • Patent number: 10388941
    Abstract: A connection module configured to connect a plurality of battery packs having positive and negative electrode terminals, the connection module including an insulating member having a holding portion that holds a bus bar configured to connect electrode terminals of adjacent battery packs, and a temperature detection portion that detects the temperature of the bus bar, the insulating member having a temporary locking portion that detachably locks the temperature detection portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignees: AutoNetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Osamu Nakayama, Seishi Kimura
  • Patent number: 10301899
    Abstract: A containment device for containing leakage from a stuffing box is provided. The containment device can have a base defining an interior space, a structural member positioned substantially vertically with an interior passage sized to allow a polish rod to pass through and a lid. The containment device can be adapted for connection to the stuffing box so that a bottom of the structural member rests on the stuffing box when the containment device is installed on the stuffing box. The containment device can be installed by removing a dust cap from the stuffing box and attaching the containment device to a top of the stuffing box with the interior passage aligning with the stuffing box. The dust is installed on top of the lid and the lid placed on the base. The polish rod can then be run through the interior passage of the containment device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Jayson King
  • Patent number: 10147536
    Abstract: Provided is a reactor that can be manufactured without holding an assembly when the assembly is fixed to a mounting plate via a bonding layer. The reactor includes a coil, a magnetic core, an interposed insulating member, a metal mounting plate, and a bonding layer. The interposed insulating member is provided with an inwardly interposed portion, a first interposed end face portion, and a second interposed end face portion. The interposed insulating member is obtained by combining a plurality of divided pieces that includes a divided piece having the first interposed end face portion, and a divided piece having the second interposed end face portion. The divided pieces are respectively provided with engaging portions that engage with each other, and the first interposed end face portion and the second interposed end face portion are each provided with a leg piece that separates the coil from the mounting plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignees: AutoNetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kouhei Yoshikawa, Seiji Shitama, Takashi Takada, Shintaro Nanbara
  • Patent number: 10126179
    Abstract: A temperature sensor includes a detector and a first mold-resin body. The detector includes: a temperature sensing element which is disposed at a first end part of the detector, a terminal which is disposed at a second end part of the detector, and a lead wire for coupling the temperature sensing element to the terminal. The first mold-resin body covers the temperature sensing element, a portion the terminal, and the lead wire. The temperature sensor further includes a second mold-resin body which covers an another portion of the terminal and the first mold-resin body; the another portion of the terminal is exposed from the first mold-resin body. Then, a gate mark is formed on a surface of the second mold-resin body; the surface faces a side of the first end part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshiya Motooka, Masaki Kita, Hiroshi Shigemura, Yasurou Kurahara, Seiji Tamura
  • Patent number: 10107694
    Abstract: A sensor arrangement and a set of sensor arrangement elements are disclosed. In an embodiment the sensor arrangement includes a connector piece having a first connection part; and a sensor element having a second connection part, which is connectable to the first connection part or is connected to the first connection part, wherein the sensor arrangement, in case the connector piece and the sensor element are connected to one another, includes a plug-connection part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: EPCOS AG
    Inventors: Oliver Bard, Wolfgang Grundmann
  • Patent number: 10107124
    Abstract: A modular egress seal assembly includes an annular plate with an axially extending aperture. A base plate is mountable to the annular plate. The base plate includes an aperture extending along the axis when said base plate is mounted to the annular plate thereby forming an axial passageway and a cover plate mountable to said annular plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: William W. Rice
  • Patent number: 10060331
    Abstract: A temperature indicating cap assembly includes a radiator cap that is removably attached to a fill neck on a radiator. A temperature indicator is coupled to the radiator cap. The temperature indicator is in thermal communication with the radiator when the radiator cap is removably coupled to the radiator. The temperature indicator indicates a safe temperature, a caution temperature and a danger temperature. In this way the temperature indicator communicates when the radiator cap may be safely removed from the radiator. A lock is coupled to the radiator cap and the lock is comprised of a thermally reactive material. Moreover, the lock engage the fill neck when the temperature of the radiator is above the caution temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventor: William Ocasio
  • Patent number: 9971316
    Abstract: A process variable transmitter for use in an industrial control or monitoring process is provided and includes a housing with a cavity formed therein which extends between first and second housing openings. The transmitter further includes a process variable sensor configured to sense a process variable of the industrial process. An electronics carrier assembly is mounted in the cavity and is configured to define a first compartment and a second compartment in the cavity and provide a seal therebetween. Measurement circuitry is carried by the electronics carrier assembly in the first compartment and configured to receive a process variable signal and provide an output. An electrical connection is carried on the electronics carrier assembly in the second compartment and is electrically coupled to the output of the measurement circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Rosemount Inc.
    Inventors: Jinjie Jia, Dirk Bauschke, Kirsten Norman, Todd Larson
  • Patent number: 9954726
    Abstract: A method includes a compute node transmitting data to a port of a first switch at a first data transfer rate, monitoring the temperature of the port, and a management node providing an instruction to the compute node in response to the port temperature exceeding a temperature limit, wherein the instruction instructs the compute node to reduce the first data transfer rate to the port. The method further includes the compute node reducing the data transfer rate to the port in response to receiving the instruction. The method is applicable to multiple compute nodes transmitting data to multiple ports of a first switch. The data transfer rate may be reduced by throttling the compute node, renegotiating a link speed between the compute node and the port, or redirecting data to another switch. The methods facilitate thermal control of a switch without its own thermal throttling capability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Lenovo Enterprise Solutions (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Shareef F. Alshinnawi, Gary D. Cudak, Jeffrey S. Holland, Mark McCool, Pradeep Ramineni
  • Patent number: 9909929
    Abstract: A temperature sensor includes a temperature detecting section including a temperature-sensitive element, a cylindrical housing disposed on a proximal end side of the temperature detecting section, a connector member disposed on a proximal end side of the housing, and a buffer member which is elastically deformable and disposed between the connector member and the housing. The connector member includes a connector counter surface located on a side of the housing in an axial direction along a longitudinal axis of the housing. The housing includes a housing counter surface located opposite to the connector counter surface. The housing counter surface and the connector counter surface are separated from each other so that a gap is present therebetween. The buffer member is disposed deformably in the gap so that the connector member and the housing are movable relative to each other in the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Susumu Shibayama
  • Patent number: 9848577
    Abstract: Apparatus for managing animals such as but not limited to livestock. In some embodiments, an ear tag assembly has a tag, a backing member and an elongated shaft assembly configured to pierce and extend through an outer ear (auricle) of the animal. A first temperature sensor is disposed within the shaft assembly to obtain an ear temperature measurement of the animal. A second temperature sensor obtains an ambient temperature measurement adjacent the animal. A control circuit accumulates temperature data from the first and second temperature sensors in a tag memory for subsequent transfer, via a wireless communication network, to a data collection unit. Additional sensors may be utilized. In some cases, the backing member may house a battery to power the control circuit. The backing member may be removably attachable to the shaft to allow replacement of the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Herddogg, Inc.
    Inventors: Melissa Brandao, David W. Proctor
  • Patent number: 9804035
    Abstract: A thermometer has temperature sensing tip, a processor taking temperature readings and determining a sensed temperature reading of the living being from the temperature sensing tip. The thermometer also includes a display and a backlight for lighting the display. The backlight is activated upon a command from the processor and the processor determines whether to activate the backlight based upon the temperature readings. The method embodiment can includes the steps of using the processor to monitor a temperature change indicated by a temperature sensing element. The processor then detects a temperature decrease and activates a first color light emitting element to backlight a display if the temperature decrease exceeds or equals a predetermined threshold. The thermometer is operable in one of a plurality of selectable operating modes, and the predetermined threshold is dependent upon the selected operating mode. For example, operating modes may depend on patient age range or measurement location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Helen of Troy Limited
    Inventors: Aleksan Yildizyan, Rich Thrush, Kelly M. White, Amanda Jane Wilson, Ali Cem Yildirim, Richard McDuffie
  • Patent number: 9612049
    Abstract: A refrigeration system for a mobile unit includes a refrigeration loop (32), an air duct (70), a sensor (34) and a shock absorption unit (36). The refrigeration loop includes a compressor, a condenser, a refrigerant regulator and an evaporator (64). The air duct directs air from an air inlet to the evaporator, which air duct is defined by first and second panels. The sensor is disposed in the air duct. The shock absorption unit mounts the sensor to and provides a limited thermal conduction path between the sensor and the first panel (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Carrier Corporation
    Inventors: Zhigang Wu, Degang Fu, Yun Li, Stevo Mijanovic, Mark J. Perkovich, Thomas D. Radcliff
  • Patent number: 9593985
    Abstract: In one or more implementations, a temperature measuring system is provided, including a temperature sensing probe having (a) a thermistor operatively connected to a first conductor and (b) a resistor operatively connected to a second conductor, and a temperature determination application stored in a memory of a computing device operatively connected to the temperature sensing probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: KINSA, INC.
    Inventors: Edo Segal, Kent Suzuki, Michael Fusaro, Dmitro Panin, Inder Singh
  • Patent number: 9523650
    Abstract: An improved temperature sensor assembly (15) comprising a temperature sensing probe (16) having a temperature sensing portion (18), a terminal portion (21), and an intermediate portion (20) between the temperature sensing portion and the terminal portion; a mounting element (28) in sliding engagement along a first axis (x-x) with the intermediate portion of the temperature sensing probe such that the temperature sensing probe is movable linearly relative to the mounting element in an axial direction; the mounting element configured to attach to an open tip thermowell (100) such that the temperature sensing portion of the probe is exposed to a process environment (104); the temperature sensing probe comprising a stop (19) configured to bear against a seat (108) in the thermowell; and a spring element (24) arranged between the stop and the mounting element and configured to bias the stop and the mounting element linearly away from each other in the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Conax Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Richard A. Lyon, Thomas P. Oakley, Jr., Steven M. Dale
  • Patent number: 9442024
    Abstract: A multi-mode temperature measuring device includes a first case, a second case, an IR sensing element and a wave-collection element. The first case has a measuring portion and a bottom portion, which are located at opposite sides of the first case. The measuring portion has a first through hole. The second case is connected with the first case and is rotatable from a first position to a second position. The IR sensing element is disposed at the measuring portion and corresponding to the first through hole. The wave-collection element is disposed in the second case and has a second through hole. When the second case is located at the first position, the second through hole is disposed opposite to the first through hole. When the second case is located at the second position, the second case is fixed at the bottom portion of the first case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: AVITA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hsuan-Hao Shih, Jui-Teng Wang, Ta-Chieh Yang
  • Patent number: 9373832
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a spacer used in a battery pack having a plurality of battery cells mounted in a pack case, wherein the spacer is configured to have a top shape corresponding to the inner shape of the pack case in vertical section and a bottom shape corresponding to the outer circumferential shape of the battery cells in vertical section so that the spacer can be mounted in a space defined between the battery cells and the pack case, grooves, in which electrical connection members are mounted, are formed at the top of the spacer, and the spacer includes at least one temperature detection member mounting part including a horizontal opening open in one direction or in opposite directions and a vertical opening communicating with the horizontal opening so that a temperature detection member is inserted from one side of the spacer and mounted in a space defined between the battery cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Youngsun Park, SooRyoung Kim, Seunghyun Bang, Won Joon Choi
  • Patent number: 9249987
    Abstract: A mounting bracket for mounting a temperature sensor, a gas valve, a power delivery unit, a controller and/or any other suitable object or device to a water heater tank. An illustrative but non-limiting example may be found in a mounting bracket that includes a polymeric body that has a sensor portion configured to receive a temperature sensor. The sensor portion may have a distal end that extends into and supports the temperature sensor within the water heater tank, and may include a shell disposed over at least a portion of the sensor portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Regan Foster, Thomas M. Johnson, Don C. Kennedy, Lynn Fliger, Bruce L. Hill
  • Patent number: 9222840
    Abstract: The dual temperature sensor for an engine includes a first sensor configured for detecting the temperature of an engine and for generating at least one information signal corresponding to the detected temperature of the engine, and a second sensor configured for detecting the temperature of the engine coolant and for generating at least one information signal corresponding to the detected temperature of the engine coolant within the engine. An insulator is positioned between the first sensor and the second sensor. The dual temperature sensor is mounted in the thermostat housing such that the first sensor of the dual temperature sensor is positioned outside the thermostat housing wall so that the first sensor is in communicating relation with the engine and the second sensor of the dual temperature sensor is positioned inside the thermostat housing in communicating relation with the engine coolant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Inventor: Ali A. A. J. Shammoh
  • Patent number: 9145101
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the securing of a garnish in a vehicle. The garnish is disposed over the airbag and secures to one or more apertures in the vehicle. The garnish includes a cover, which hides the airbag before it is deployed. A tether is attached to the cover. The tether extends from the cover, and includes a flexible securing portion which is received in the vehicle aperture. When the airbag deploys, the garnish is displaced. Displacement of the garnish, and deployment of the airbag, is enabled by the flexible securing portion, which deforms in response to the airbag, thereby allowing deployment while maintaining attachment of the cover to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel F. Gillay
  • Patent number: 9143021
    Abstract: A structure which enables highly accurate detection of the temperature of the stator windings of a dynamo-electric machine. A terminal base (12) integrated with a stator by resin molding is provided with: positioning sections (13, 14, 15) for three-phase stator windings (100, 101, 102); and a positioning section (16) for a thermistor (17). The positioning section (16) is disposed between the positioning sections (14, 15). The thermistor (17) is insert molded on the terminal base (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kentaro Haruno, Yuki Yamakawa
  • Patent number: 9057647
    Abstract: A detached-type temperature indicator and method for using the same is disclosed. The indicator includes a temperature sensing module and a temperature display module. These two modules are separated apart with a distance, and the temperature change sensed by the temperature sensing module can be displayed on the separate temperature display module without using any power sources. This indicator is suitable for observing the magnetic sensing patterns which reflect the temperature variations within the package from the exterior of the package without opening the package. Also, this indicator may be used repeatedly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Jian-Ren Chen, Leii H. Chang, Chen-Ying Kao, Ju-Chia Kuo
  • Patent number: 9039277
    Abstract: The invention relates to a temperature sensor comprising: a temperature-sensitive element (3); and a peripheral casing (7) accommodating the temperature-sensitive element (3) and having a closed end (9), the peripheral casing (7) being able to be inserted into a corresponding cavity (11), characterized in that the closed end (9) of the peripheral casing (7) has a peripheral portion (21) revealing, butted against the closed end, a flexible assembly stop (23) after said peripheral portion (21), said stop (23) being able to deform towards the peripheral portion (21) by shape cooperation with the bottom (15) of the corresponding cavity (11). The subject of the invention is also a process for manufacturing a temperature sensor as described above and a method of assembling said sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: SC2N
    Inventors: Dominique Le Bouquin, Jean-Pierre Robic
  • Patent number: 9033574
    Abstract: A thermal analyzer (100) includes: a furnace tube (9) made of a transparent material; a heating furnace (3); a sample holding part (41, 42) arranged inside the furnace tube; a first support base (12); a second support base (14); a measurement chamber (30) connected to the furnace tube; a first movement part (22) for moving the first support base and the second support base between a measurement position, at which the furnace tube is connected to the measurement chamber, and a sample setting position, at which the sample holding part is exposed on a rear end side with respect to the furnace tube and the heating furnace; and a second movement part (24) for moving only the second support base to a sample observation position, at which the heating furnace is advanced and the furnace tube is exposed. Accordingly, the sample is observable from outside the exposed furnace tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: HITACHI HIGH-TECH SCIENCE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kanji Nagasawa, Kentaro Yamada, Shinya Nishimura
  • Patent number: 9028137
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for thermal adaptation, comprising at least one surface element arranged to assume a determined thermal distribution, said surface element comprising a first heat conducting layer, a second heat conducting layer, said first and second heat conducting layers being mutually thermally isolated by means of an intermediate insulation layer, wherein at least one thermoelectric element is arranged to generate a predetermined temperature gradient to a portion of said first layer. The invention also relates to an object such as a craft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: BAE Systems Hägglunds Aktiebolag
    Inventors: Peder Sjölund, Jussi Myllyluoma
  • Patent number: 9028136
    Abstract: A method for determining a blackbody temperature of an electrical discharge may include providing a radiometer with a sensor aperture, positioning a viewing aperture sheet between the sensor aperture and the electrical discharge, and providing the viewing aperture sheet with a viewing aperture therethrough, determining an area of the viewing aperture, determining a distance of the sensor aperture from the viewing aperture, observing the electrical discharge with the sensor aperture through the viewing aperture to obtain radiometer data, and calculating the blackbody temperature based at least on the radiometer data, the area of the viewing aperture and the distance of the sensor aperture from the viewing aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Michael M. Ladd
  • Patent number: 9028143
    Abstract: A sensor arrangement includes at least two sensor components. Each sensor component includes a housing with at least one sensor element. The housings each include at least one connecting device. The at least one connecting device can be used to mechanically connect the at least two sensor components to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Epcos AG
    Inventors: Oliver Bard, Wolfgang Grundmann, Michael Kubiak
  • 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: 9022644
    Abstract: The present inventions, in one aspect, are directed to a temperature sensing apparatus comprising a micromachined thermistor configured to output voltage and/or current signals which are/is correlated to an ambient temperature. The micromachined thermistor includes a micromachined thermistor structure suspended over and released from the substrate, wherein the micromachined thermistor structure includes a temperature dependent characteristic (e.g., resistance to an electrical current), and electrical contacts connected to the micromachined thermistor structure, wherein the electrical contacts are adapted to conduct the voltage and/or current signals. The apparatus, in one aspect, includes measurement circuitry, to generate data which is representative of the ambient temperature using the electrical resistance of the micromachined thermistor structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: SiTime Corporation
    Inventors: Carl Arft, Aaron Partridge, Paul M. Hagelin
  • Publication number: 20150115044
    Abstract: Disclosed is a thermostat unit having at least two thermostats, which are held at a normed rail. The two thermostats are arranged transversely to the rail axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Katherine Claber, Gary Silk
  • Patent number: 9016936
    Abstract: A method of calibrating a temperature sensor of a chemical microreactor envisages: determining an airflow along a path in such a way as to cause a thermal exchange between the airflow and a chemical microreactor, which is provided with an on-board temperature sensor and is set along the path; and detecting a temperature in the airflow downstream of the microreactor, in conditions of thermal equilibrium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.r.l.
    Inventors: Marco Angelo Bianchessi, Alessandro Cocci
  • Patent number: 8992075
    Abstract: A sensor apparatus and sensor apparatus system for use in conjunction with a cassette, including a disposable or replaceable cassette. In some embodiments, the cassette includes a thermal well for permitting the sensing of various properties of a subject media. The thermal well includes a hollow housing of a thermally conductive material. In other embodiments, the cassette includes sensor leads for sensing of various properties of a subject media. The thermal well has an inner surface shaped so as to form a mating relationship with a sensing probe. The mating thermally couples the inner surface with a sensing probe. In some embodiments, the thermal well is located on a disposable portion and the sensing probe on a reusable portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Dean Kamen, N. Christopher Perry, Jason A. Demers, Brian D. Tracey, Arun D. Chawan, Kevin L. Grant