Chemical Process Control Or Monitoring System Patents (Class 700/266)
  • Patent number: 10863638
    Abstract: An enclosure system can include an enclosure comprising at least one wall forming a first cavity. The enclosure system can further include a moisture control system in communication with the enclosure, wherein the moisture control system controls at least one condition within the cavity of the enclosure, where the at least one condition affects an amount of moisture within the first cavity. The moisture control system can include a sensor that measures an amount of moisture in desiccant disposed within a desiccant vessel. The moisture control system can include a structural filter and a desiccant vessel, where the structural filter is coupled to an enclosure and disposed within a cavity formed by the enclosure, where the desiccant vessel is removably coupled to the structural filter, and where the desiccant vessel is accessible from outside the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: EATON INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventors: Benjamin Avery Freer, Jesse Wade Taylor, Andrew Francis Scarlata, Joseph Michael Manahan
  • Patent number: 10845321
    Abstract: A system includes a focusing system, a radiation detector, and a controller. The focusing system is configured to receive an incident radiation beam from a radiation source and focus the incident radiation beam on a portion of a component of a high temperature mechanical system. The incident radiation beam scatters from the portion of the component as a diffracted radiation beam. The focusing system is further configured to focus the diffracted radiation beam from the portion of the component on the radiation detector. The radiation detector is configured to detect a diffraction pattern of the diffracted radiation beam from the portion of the component. The controller is configured to determine a temperature of the portion of the component based on the diffraction pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce Corporation
    Inventor: Michael George Glavicic
  • Patent number: 10791933
    Abstract: A hand held spectrometer is used to illuminate the object and measure the one or more spectra. The spectral data of the object can be used to determine one or more attributes of the object. In many embodiments, the spectrometer is coupled to a database of spectral information that can be used to determine the attributes of the object. The spectrometer system may comprise a hand held communication device coupled to a spectrometer, in which the user can input and receive data related to the measured object with the hand held communication device. The embodiments disclosed herein allow many users to share object data with many people, in order to provide many people with actionable intelligence in response to spectral data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignees: VERIFOOD, LTD., THE BRIGHAM AND WOMEN'S HOSPITAL, INC.
    Inventors: Damian Goldring, Menahem Kaplan, William B. Gormley
  • Patent number: 10732094
    Abstract: Methods and systems for determining a drop delay of a flow stream in a flow cytometer are provided. Aspects of the methods according to certain embodiments include capturing an image of the flow stream to obtain an imaged flow stream, identifying a disturbance at a break off point in the imaged flow stream and calculating the drop delay of the flow stream based on the identified disturbance. Systems for practicing the subject methods having an imaging sensor for capturing one or more images of the flow stream and a processor configured to identify a disturbance at a break off in the imaged flow stream and calculating the drop delay using the imaged flow stream are also provided. Non-transitory computer readable storage mediums are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: BECTON, DICKINSON AND COMPANY
    Inventor: Pierce O. Norton
  • Patent number: 10687462
    Abstract: A fertilization amount information management device and the like are provided with which a manager of a farm field or the like can be free of cumbersome operation of drafting fertilization amount plans for entire farm fields and with which a dedicated fertilization amount plan tailored for an actual condition of each farm field can be drafted. A fertilization amount information management device 10 includes a display unit. Fertilization amount plan information 56 on each of farm field portions that are portions of a farm field is generated based on measured growth information 24 that is growth information on a measured plant and is displayed on the display unit 16. Corrected fertilization amount plan information 65 indicating correction needed for each of the farm field portions is able to be input based on the fertilization amount plan information for each farm field displayed on the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Topcon Corporation
    Inventors: Ryosuke Tomizawa, Issei Hanya, Shinkai Shu
  • Patent number: 10678195
    Abstract: A method includes obtaining data associated with operation of an industrial process controller and identifying impacts of operational problems of the industrial process controller. The method also includes generating a graphical display for a user, where the graphical display presents one or more recommended actions to reduce or eliminate at least one of the impacts of at least one of the operational problems. The method further includes triggering at least one of the one or more recommended actions based on input from the user. The method could also include executing one or more analytic algorithms to process the obtained data and identify the operational problems of the industrial process controller. Each of the one or more analytic algorithms could be instantiated as a container, and multiple containers could be instantiated and executed as needed. Results of executing the one or more analytic algorithms could be transformed into a standard format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Mandar Vartak, Andrew John Trenchard, Matthew G. Grizzle, Christopher J. Webb, Sanjay K. Dave, Michael Niemiec, Sriram Hallihole
  • Patent number: 10663447
    Abstract: Various methods and systems are provided for monitoring and control of soil conditions. In one example, among others, a method includes obtaining aqueous samples from suction probes within a soil substrate and analyzing the aqueous samples to determine a chemical composition of the soil substrate. Amounts of an additive may be determined to adjust the chemical composition of the soil substrate. In another example, a method includes installing a suction probe within a soil substrate; drawing a vacuum to induce hydraulic conduction of aqueous solutions from the soil substrate; extracting an aqueous sample; and analyzing the aqueous sample to determine a chemical composition of the soil substrate. In another example, a method includes obtaining a composition of a fertilizer solution (FS) supplied to a soil substrate and a chemical composition within the soil substrate; determining nutrient utilization, and providing an amount of additive to produce a subsequent FS for supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: AGQ Technological Corporate S.A.
    Inventor: Estanislao Martinez Martinez
  • Patent number: 10620180
    Abstract: Various methods and systems are provided for monitoring and control of soil conditions. In one example, among others, a method includes obtaining aqueous samples from suction probes within a soil substrate and analyzing the aqueous samples to determine a chemical composition of the soil substrate. Amounts of an additive may be determined to adjust the chemical composition of the soil substrate. In another example, a method includes installing a suction probe within a soil substrate; drawing a vacuum to induce hydraulic conduction of aqueous solutions from the soil substrate; extracting an aqueous sample; and analyzing the aqueous sample to determine a chemical composition of the soil substrate. In another example, a method includes obtaining a composition of a fertilizer solution (FS) supplied to a soil substrate and a chemical composition within the soil substrate; determining nutrient utilization, and providing an amount of additive to produce a subsequent FS for supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: AGQ Technological Corporate S.A.
    Inventor: Estanislao Martinez Martinez
  • Patent number: 10571314
    Abstract: Signal processing apparatus includes: an input interface configured to receive an output signal Va(T) from a sensor; a prediction circuit configured to generate, on the basis of a relationship different depending on each of a plurality of converged values Vc, a plurality of predicted values Vb_T2 corresponding to a value of the output signal that would be obtained at a time T2 after a time T1, in a transition response period before a response time period Tr elapses where Tr denotes a response time period required for a value of the output signal Va(T) to become a converged value Vc corresponding to a value P of a parameter representing a certain property of an object to be measured, in accordance with a value Va_T1 of the output signal obtained at the time T1; and an estimation circuit configured to generate, on the basis of the value Va_T2 of the output signal obtained at the time T2 and the plurality of predicted values Vb_T2, an estimated value Pe of a parameter representing the certain property of the obj
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshihisa Adachi, Tetsuya Okumura, Tetsuya Hayashi, Shigemi Maeda
  • Patent number: 10561177
    Abstract: An electronic smoking article includes a liquid supply region including liquid material and a heater-wick element operable to wick liquid material and heat the liquid material to a temperature sufficient to vaporize the liquid material and form an aerosol. The heater-wick element is formed of a carbon or graphite foam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Susan E. Plunkett, David B. Kane
  • Patent number: 10509872
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a computer-implemented method of selecting locations in a field for treatment sampling is disclosed. The method comprises receiving, by a processor, input data including a number T of treatments applied to a field, a number L of treatment locations for each treatment, a list of treatment polygons within the field, and a map for the field indicating one or more values of a set of design parameters corresponding to environment factors for each of a plurality of locations in the field. The method also comprises computing, by the processor, an environment class index for each of a group of locations in the list of treatment polygons based on the map; distributing the list of treatment polygons to the T treatments based on the computed indices; and selecting, for each of the T of treatments, L treatment locations from the group of locations in the treatment polygons distributed to the treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: THE CLIMATE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jie Hu, Moslem Ladoni
  • Patent number: 10466720
    Abstract: A process control device that includes a process control valve, an actuator, a digital valve controller (“DVC”), and a processor. The actuator is coupled to the process control valve and is configured to control a position of the process control valve. The DVC is communicatively coupled to the process control valve and the actuator. The DVC is configured to obtain first data and second data, the first data associated with a fluid flow through the actuator or the DVC at a first point in time, and the second data associated with the fluid flow through the actuator or the DVC at a second point in time different from the first point in time. The processor is configured to aggregate the first data and the second data, and perform diagnostic and/or prognostic techniques based on the aggregated data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: FISHER CONTROLS INTERNATIONAL LLC
    Inventor: Shawn W. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10436615
    Abstract: A sensing system includes a sensor assembly that is communicably connected to a computer system, such as a server or a cloud computing system. The sensor assembly includes a plurality of sensors that sense a variety of different physical phenomena. The sensor assembly featurizes the raw sensor data and transmits the featurized data to the computer system. Through machine learning, the computer system then trains a classifier to serve as a virtual sensor for an event that is correlated to the data from one or more sensor streams within the featurized sensor data. The virtual sensor can then subscribe to the relevant sensor feeds from the sensor assembly and monitor for subsequent occurrences of the event. Higher order virtual sensors can receive the outputs from lower order virtual sensors to infer nonbinary details about the environment in which the sensor assemblies are located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Carnegie Mellon University
    Inventors: Yuvraj Agarwal, Christopher Harrison, Gierad Laput, Sudershan Boovaraghavan, Chen Chen, Abhijit Hota, Bo Robert Xiao, Yang Zhang
  • Patent number: 10339441
    Abstract: An example embodiment may involve a machine learning model representing relationships between a dependent variable and a plurality of n independent variables. The dependent variable may be a function of the n independent variables, where the n independent variables are measurable characteristics of computing devices, and where the dependent variable is a predicted behavior of the computing devices. The embodiment may also involve obtaining a target value of the dependent variable, and separating the n independent variables into n?1 independent variables with fixed values and a particular independent variable with an unfixed value. The embodiment may also involve performing a partial inversion of the function to produce a value of the particular independent variable such that, when the function is applied to the value of the particular independent variable and the n?1 independent variables with fixed values, the dependent variable is within a pre-defined range of the target value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: SERVICENOW, INC.
    Inventors: Baskar Jayaraman, Aniruddha Thakur, Kannan Govindarajan
  • Patent number: 10323225
    Abstract: A fermentation system includes a fermentation tank, a plurality of sensors operable to measure a plurality of fermentation system parameters, a plurality of mechanisms operable to control the fermentation system parameters, and a controller in electronic communication with the sensors and with the mechanisms. The controller includes a memory, a receiver circuit, a transmitting circuit, and a control circuit. The memory stores a plurality of recipes each defining user operating instructions and parameter settings. The receiver circuit is configured to receive a batch identification code associated in the memory with one of the recipes. The transmitting circuit is configured to communicate the user operating instructions defined by the associated one of the recipes. The control circuit is configured to operate the mechanisms to adjust the fermentation system parameters in accordance with the parameter settings defined by the associated one of the recipes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Locus Solutions
    Inventors: Sean Farmer, Sharmistha Mazumder, Xiao-Zhou Zhang, Maja Milovanovic
  • Patent number: 10281383
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining liquid phase turbidity of multiphase wastewater. A turbidity sensor is provided with multiphase wastewater, such as by placement of the sensor in a reaction chamber, and generates a signal in response to a detected turbidity of the wastewater. The generated signal is sampled to produce a plurality of signal samples. The samples are compared to a threshold, and a turbidity of the wastewater is determined based on samples falling within the threshold. The threshold may be determined based on a statistical analysis of the plurality of samples, or may be set to a predetermined value. The wastewater may be provided by placing the turbidity sensor in a flocculation chamber, and a control signal generated based on the determined turbidity of the wastewater. This control signal may be used to adjust the amount of a chemical, such as a coagulant, introduced into the wastewater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: SOLENIS TECHNOLOGIES, L.P.
    Inventor: Mikel E. Goldblatt
  • Patent number: 10260329
    Abstract: A method includes controlling an oil and gas extraction process, controlling a production separation process, and controlling a de-gassing process. The method also includes optimizing the oil and gas extraction process, the production separation process, and the degassing process to optimize at least one process objective. The method could further include controlling a lift-gas compression process. The optimizing could include optimizing the lift-gas compression process, the oil and gas extraction process, the production separation process, and the degassing process to optimize the at least one process objective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Brian A. Coward
  • Patent number: 10185314
    Abstract: The present set of embodiments relate to an environmental condition monitoring and control system employing a software based virtual transmitter for a bioreactor or mixer. The system includes a probe for measuring a condition in a bioreactor that can generate a signal. Measured conditions may include pH, DO, temperature, and pressure. The signal can travel to an electronic card capable of converting the signal from analog to digital and the card can then send the converted signal to a digital controller. The condition monitoring and control system eliminates hardware redundancies and increases versatility by then displaying the converted signal in a software-based virtual transmitter on a non-dedicated human machine interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Finesse Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark D. Selker, Barbara Alice Paldus
  • Patent number: 10161835
    Abstract: An aspect of the present disclosure relates to a microsampler for hermetically sealing a sample. In particular, such microsamplers can be useful for encapsulation of chemical, biological, and explosive samples for the purposes of archival sample storage. Methods of making and using such microsamplers are also described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew W. Moorman, Ronald P. Manginell, Jerome A. Rejent
  • Patent number: 10118199
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a system may include at least one optical sensor configured to capture optical data associated with a waste product and a processor coupled to the at least one optical sensor. The processor may be configured to determine information about the waste product based on the optical data and to selectively direct the waste product to a selected destination in response to determining the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Waste Repurposing International, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher B. Ripley
  • Patent number: 10046298
    Abstract: The invention relates to a chemical conversion process and to a process for removing particles from a reaction mixture. The chemical conversion process of the invention includes plasmonic heating of a reaction mixture having at least a one component and plasmonic particles, by exposing the reaction mixture to light having one or more wavelengths which are absorbed by at least part of the plasmonic particles, thereby controlling the reaction rate of one or more chemical reactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST-NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
    Inventors: Pascal Jozef Paul Buskens, Maurice Christian Danho Mourad, Maria Elizabeth Louise Wouters, Leonardus Johannus Maria Genoveva Dortmans, Earl Lawrence Vincent Goetheer, Nanning Joerg Arfsten
  • Patent number: 9987592
    Abstract: A system for abating waste methane includes a catalytic combustor device configured to catalytically combust waste-associated methane emissions generated by waste in a waste container, where the catalytic combustion is based on a reaction of the methane emissions and a catalyst of the catalytic combustor device in the presence of heat. The system further includes a combustion sensor configured to generate combustion data based on the catalytic combustion, a transmitter, and a processing circuit. The processing circuit is configured to control operation of the catalytic combustor device, determine an amount of methane abated by the catalytic combustor device, where the amount of methane abated is based on the combustion data, and report, via the transmitter, the amount of methane abated by the catalytic combustor device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9933765
    Abstract: A control device includes a primary control unit which computes a manipulated variable and outputs it to an actuator of the primary control system; a secondary control unit which takes as input an equilibrium point setpoint representing an equilibrium point which is the desired manipulated variable output in steady state of primary control, takes the manipulated variable of the primary control system as process variable input, computes an adjusted manipulated variable, and outputs it to an actuator of the secondary control system; and an equilibrium point setpoint determination functional unit which detects a state in which the setpoint of the primary control system is maintained at the same value for a pre-specified period of time or longer as a steady state, computes an equilibrium point, and sets this equilibrium point setpoint in the secondary control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Azbil Corporation
    Inventor: Masato Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9790260
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vaccine comprising dendritic cells and bacterial ghosts for tumor immunotherapy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Inventor: Werner Lubitz
  • Patent number: 9670380
    Abstract: The invention relates to a chemical conversion process and to a process for removing particles from a reaction mixture. The chemical conversion process of the invention comprises plasmonic heating of a reaction mixture, which reaction mixture comprises at least a one component and plasmonic particles, by exposing said reaction mixture to light comprising one or more wavelengths which are absorbed by at least part of the plasmonic particles, thereby controlling the reaction rate of one or more chemical reactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST-NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
    Inventors: Pascal Jozef Paul Buskens, Maurice Christian Danho Mourad, Maria Elizabeth Louise Wouters, Leonardus Johannus Maria Genoveva Dortmans, Earl Lawrence Vincent Goetheer, Nanning Joerg Arfsten
  • Patent number: 9562871
    Abstract: An integrated chemical sensor chip comprises on or integrated in a common substrate a chemically sensitive layer and a heater heating the sensitive layer. In addition, a memory is provided for the storage of a measurement routine, the measurement routine comprising instructions defining a heating process over time and instructions defining one or more measurement points in time. An I/O interface is provided for receiving a trigger for the measurement routine and for supplying a result of the measurement routine. An engine controls the heater and measures a resistance of the sensitive layer according the instructions of the measurement routine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Sensirion AG
    Inventors: Moritz Lechner, Samuel Fuhrer, Zeljko Mrcarica, Ferdinando Pace, Leo Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 9513237
    Abstract: A method of detecting polymorphs using X-ray produced by a synchrotron source is described. In particular, the method allows to detect particular polymorphs present in small amounts in mixtures of polymorphic compounds present in a prevailing amount. The method offers a powerful resolution of mixtures of polymorph and finds application particularly in the pharmaceutical field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: ZETACUBE S.R.L.
    Inventors: Roberto Brescello, Livius Cotarca, Anna Smaniotto, Massimo Verzini, Maurizio Polentarutti, Giorgio Bais, Jasper Rikkert Plaisier
  • Patent number: 9501064
    Abstract: A method of solving a control problem in a processing plant is provided by modification of at least two manipulated variables within the manipulation range thereof, wherein the manipulated variables are associated with one or more processing unit(s), and the at least two manipulated variables affect at least one process variable of the processing plant. The method includes the following steps: establishing a value distribution of the at least one process variable for different value combinations of the at least two manipulated variables within the manipulation range thereof, taking into account one or more process parameter(s), and determining a control curve on the basis of the value distribution of the process variable for modifying the at least two manipulated variables in order to switch the processing plant from the start state to the end state, taking into account at least one boundary condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Z & J Technologies GmbH
    Inventor: Marco Knoedler
  • Patent number: 9453154
    Abstract: A refrigerant mixture for use in multistage auto cascade ultralow and cryogenic temperature refrigeration systems. Particularly, the present invention relates to a refrigerant mixture comprising one hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) and the major proportion includes hydrofluorocarbons (HFC), fluorocarbons, hydrocarbons and natural gases. More particularly, the present invention relates to non-flammable, non-toxic refrigerant mixture having no chlorofluorocarbon (CFC). Further, the present invention aims in providing a refrigerant mixture having low Ozone Depleting Potential (ODP) combined with low Global Warming Potential (GWP).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Inventor: Varadarajan Seshamani
  • Patent number: 9410832
    Abstract: A microfluidic device for detecting a flow parameter, includes a channel configured within a base body, the channel including a first inlet for feeding a first fluid and a second inlet for feeding a second fluid so as to form a fluid stream having the first and second fluids within the channel, and further including an output for providing the fluid stream on the output side, a first feeder including a micropump associated with the first inlet for selectively feeding the first fluid to the channel, a second feeder associated with the second inlet for feeding the second fluid to the channel; and a detector for detecting, on the basis of a different physical property of the first fluid and the second fluid within the channel, a measurement value dependent on a current flow parameter of the first or second fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Martin Richter, Sebastian Kibler
  • Patent number: 9399110
    Abstract: An improved medicant delivery system 100 is disclosed wherein the carrier for the medicant is a fluid that can be atomized or vaporized by exposure to heat. The system provides for repeatable dose of medicant, can be stored in any orientation, and/or has an ability to maximize energy efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: CHONG CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jack Goodman, William O'Neill, Alexander ChinHak Chong, William P. Bartkowski, Peter Joseph Kovach, Larry Gawain Linde, Randy Eugene Berg
  • Patent number: 9377340
    Abstract: System for monitoring a floating roof of a tank containing a liquid, wherein the system determines a local status of the floating roof in spaced apart sensing element locations. In a hazardous or potentially hazardous environment, there is an on-roof subsystem including a sensing element in each sensing element location, intrinsically safe measuring circuitry coupled a sensing elements and arranged for determining said local status, intrinsically safe radio communication on-roof circuitry coupled for communicating externally of the on-roof subsystem the local, an intrinsically safe power supply circuitry connected to an intrinsically safe and interchangeable energy storage unit for powering the on-roof subsystem. The system further includes monitoring circuitry for receiving the indication of local status and for determining an overall monitored status of said floating and further radio communication circuitry. The on-roof subsystem is wireless in its power supply and communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Rosemount Tank Radar AB
    Inventor: Lennart Hägg
  • Patent number: 9315890
    Abstract: An electronic device for volatilizing organic matter is described. The electronic device includes a housing, a removable transparent tube, a heating element, a setting profile, a memory and a processor. The removable transparent tube has a chamber distal end within the housing. The heating element is proximate to the chamber distal end of the transparent tube. The chamber distal end holds vaporizable organic matter. The settings profile includes a first wattage setting and a first timer setting for the heating element and the heating element vaporizes the vaporizable material. The memory stores the settings profile. The processor is operatively coupled to the memory module and controls the heating element according to the settings profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Inventors: Markus Frick, Richard Hicksted
  • Patent number: 9255228
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a method of providing advisory controls for a desalter system. The method allows a user to continuously monitor performance of the desalter system, to continuously monitor position of the emulsion band (or rag layer), to control the emulsion band using demulsifiers, and to recommend to users how to maintain optimal pressure drop at the mix valve of the desalter system. This is achieved by using a first principles based model combined with an ultra-sound sensor. The ultra-sound sensor measures the position, quality and size of the emulsion band. The first principles based model takes into account the geometry of the desalter system, physical properties of the crude oil and water, as well as the operating conditions. Thus, the method provides users with sensing of an emulsion layer through ultrasound measurements and also gives recommendations on appropriate corrective actions to be initiated during upsets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Vijaysai Prasad, Jayaprakash Sandhala Radhakrishnan, Jeffrey Allen Zurlo, Richard Stephen Hutte, Arjun Bhattacharyya, Manish Joshi
  • Patent number: 9132403
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention generally relate to temperature control of a reactor using probability distribution of temperature measurements. In one embodiment, a method of controlling a temperature of a chemical reaction includes injecting a reactant stream into a reactor and through a catalyst bed of the reactor. The reactant stream includes a hydrocarbon and oxygen. Injection of the reactant stream into the catalyst bed causes an exothermic chemical reaction. The method further includes circulating a coolant through the reactor, thereby removing heat from the catalyst bed. The method further includes measuring temperature at a plurality of locations in the catalyst bed. The method further includes calculating a fraction of the catalyst bed greater than a predetermined maximum temperature limit using a probability distribution generated using the temperature measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: HUNTSMAN PETROCHEMICAL LLC
    Inventor: Michael J Gross
  • Patent number: 9072996
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus are provided for carrying out integrity tests of at least one filter element, arranged within a filter housing, with porous filter materials. Sensors are provided for measuring the sound generated by a test fluid when it flows through the filter element. The method includes applying a test fluid to a first side of the filter materials of the filter element while maintaining a constant fluid pressure, measuring the body-borne sound and/or the vibrations caused by test fluid flowing through the filter materials by sensors, and comparing the body-borne sound and/or the vibrations with the body-borne sound and/or the vibrations of an integral, identical filter element, measured under identical conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Sartorius Stedim Biotech GmbH
    Inventors: Maik Jornitz, Jens Meyer
  • Patent number: 9074606
    Abstract: Compressors having at least two compressor stages, a compressor discharge a first recycle flow path wherein the first recycle flow path connects the first compressor stage inlet feed and the compressor discharge, a second recycle flow path wherein the second recycle flow path connects the second compressor stage inlet feed and the compressor discharge, measurement devices sufficient to quantify a volumetric flow rate of the first compressor stage inlet feed, and a controller arranged and configured to accept a set of inputs, wherein the set of inputs comprises information sufficient to determine the work imparted by the first compressor stage, wherein the set of inputs is sufficient to quantify a volumetric flow rate of the second compressor stage inlet feed are described herein. Compressors having differing numbers of stages and the control of those compressors are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: RMOORE CONTROLS L.L.C.
    Inventor: Robert Doak Moore
  • Patent number: 9069927
    Abstract: A method of monitoring advanced separation and/or ion exchange processes through the collection of localized data. The data is manipulated to generate preconfigured performance, maintenance, quality assurance, quality control, regulatory, cost reports, performance graphing and historical trends. The data is collected from sensors located at an equipment site and transferred to a remote located by use of the Internet, further all data received and used for generation of reports is also accessible by Internet connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Hach Company
    Inventor: Thomas D. Wolfe
  • Patent number: 9037298
    Abstract: The present invention provides novel techniques for controlling the output of a distillation sub-process by controlling, using model predictive control, the temperature of steam used in the distillation sub-process, wherein the steam is generated in a milling and cooking sub-process. In particular, the present techniques are presented in the context of biofuel production, wherein the temperature of a cook tube generated in a milling and cooking sub-process may be controlled to optimize the energy utilization in the ethanol/water separation of a side stripper column, which uses the cook flash steam as an energy source. However, the present techniques may also be applied to other suitable applications, such as liquor processing, where steam generated in a different process may be used in a distillation process to help separate water from the liquor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Maina A. Macharia, Michael E. Tay
  • Patent number: 9031700
    Abstract: A high productivity combinatorial system can be configured with sensors to automatically sense an identification tag of an installed reactor assembly, which comprises corresponding sensing elements. Configuration and usage data of the install reactor assembly can be retrieved from the identification tag, allowing the combinatorial system to properly access the reactor regions in the reactor assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Intermolecular, Inc.
    Inventors: Makonnen Payne, Rekha Rajaram
  • Patent number: 9031701
    Abstract: An integrated system for determining a hemostasis and oxygen transport parameter of a blood sample, such as blood, is disclosed. The system includes a measurement system, such as an ultrasonic sensor, configured to determine data characterizing the blood sample. For example, the data could be displacement of the blood sample in response to ultrasonic pulses. An integrated aspect of the system may be a common sensor, sample portion or data for fast and efficient determination of both parameters. The parameters can also be used to correct or improve measured parameters. For example, physiological adjustments may be applied to the hemostatic parameters using a HCT measurement. Also, physical adjustments may be applied, such as through calibration using a speed or attenuation of the sound pulse through or by the blood sample. These parameters may be displayed on a GUI to guide treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: HemoSonics LLC
    Inventors: Francesco Viola, William F. Walker
  • Patent number: 9002521
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system for optimizing and controlling the particle size distribution and scale-up of production of nanoparticle in an aerosol flame reactor. The method provides nanoparticles with desired, optimized and controlled particle size and the specific surface area in aerosol reactors using a simulation tool with programmed instructions. The simulation tool couples flame dynamics model and particle population balance model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Tata Consultancy Services Limited
    Inventors: Venkataramana Runkana, Venkata Sudheendra Buddhiraju, Nagaravi Kumar Varma Nadimpalli
  • Patent number: 8996178
    Abstract: A system that generates brewed beverages may receive requests to produce specified brewed beverages. The system may include a scheduler that initiates and controls the performance of one or more chemical or mechanical processes to produce the beverages. While one chemical or mechanical process for producing a beverage is being performed, other processes may be performed for production of the beverage or another beverage. The scheduler may determine the time at which to perform each process, the time at which a beverage should be presented, the resources to be used to perform the processes, or the time at which to perform a cleaning process, dependent on an actual or expected demand for beverages, or dependent on a target time for beverage retrieval. Shared resources may be applied to the production of beverages for high priority orders, while partially completed beverages for lower priority orders are staged for subsequent advancement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Briggo, LLC
    Inventors: Charles F. Studor, J. Kevin Nater, Marwan M. Hassoun
  • Patent number: 8992868
    Abstract: Dry processes, apparatus, compositions and systems are provided for reducing emissions of mercury and optionally sulfur oxides and/or HCl. In an embodiment the copper-based mercury remediation composition comprises a copper ammonium complex having an empirical formula of C2H7CuNO2 or any of the other materials described, which include compositions defined by the formula Cu(NH3)x(lower carboxylate)y, wherein the lower carboxylate is selected from the group consisting of formate, acetate and propionate, x is an integer from 0 to 4, y is an integer from 0 to 2, and x+y is equal to or greater than 1. Sulfur oxides and/or HCl can be additionally reduced by introduction of dolomite hydrate sorbent, and additional mercury remediation chemicals as manganese oxides can be employed. The treated gas stream is treated with a particulate removal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Fuel Tech, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher R. Smyrniotis, Kent W. Schulz, Emelito P. Rivera, Mingming Fang, Ian Saratovsky
  • Patent number: 8961876
    Abstract: A sample analyzer for analyzing a sample with a liquid in a container is disclosed. The sample analyzer comprises: a reader that reads an information of a liquid in a container, the information of the liquid being stored in a storage medium; a display; and a controller including a processor and a memory under control of the processor, the memory storing instruction causing the processor to carry out operations comprising: determining whether the sample analyzer is ready to read the information of the liquid by the reader; and causing, when the sample analyzer is determined to be ready, the display to display an indication that indicates the sample analyzer is ready to read the information of the liquid by the reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Sysmex Corporation
    Inventors: Eiji Tanoshima, Naohiko Matsuo, Eiji Hama
  • Patent number: 8958917
    Abstract: The present invention provides a remote monitoring system for monitoring the operation of a fluid treatment system and/or the qualities, characteristics, properties, etc., of the fluid being processed or treated by the fluid treatment system. The system includes a remote computer that may be associated with a database that accesses data transmitted from the fluid treatment system with the data collected, acquired, etc., from one or more sensors placed in the fluid treatment system for measuring fluid quality and/or equipment operation in a fluid treatment system. The remote computer may then analyze or manipulate the data to generate an analysis result or analysis report that may be sent or communicated along with the data and/or any historical or expected information or data to a remote viewing device for viewing by a user. A method is further provided for the operation of the remote monitoring system of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Hach Company
    Inventors: Thomas D. Wolfe, Charles Scholpp
  • Patent number: 8958112
    Abstract: A method of managing a mixed injection preparation process includes obtaining a mixed injection preparation instruction (e.g., a prescription) and obtaining information about a drug to be potentially included in the mixed injection according to the preparation instruction. The information about the candidate drug is compared to the preparation instruction and a determination as to whether the mixed injection is prepared in accordance with the mixed injection preparation instruction is made based on the information obtained about the candidate drug. A printer is used to print a label indicating whether the mixed injection is prepared in accordance with the mixed injection preparation instruction, and then it is determined whether the label is removed from the printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shiomi Matsui, Yasutsugu Sasaki, Maki Sato
  • Patent number: 8956567
    Abstract: A control system for optimizing a chemical loop system includes one or more sensors for measuring one or more parameters in a chemical loop. The sensors are disposed on or in a conduit positioned in the chemical loop. The sensors generate one or more data signals representative of an amount of solids in the conduit. The control system includes a data acquisition system in communication with the sensors and a controller in communication with the data acquisition system. The data acquisition system receives the data signals and the controller generates the control signals. The controller is in communication with one or more valves positioned in the chemical loop. The valves are configured to regulate a flow of the solids through the chemical loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: ALSTOM Technology Ltd
    Inventors: Xinsheng Lou, Abhinaya Joshi, Hao Lei
  • Patent number: 8951480
    Abstract: A modular chemical production system includes multiple modules for performing a chemical reaction, particularly of radiochemical compounds, from a remote location. One embodiment comprises a reaction vessel including a moveable heat source with the position thereof relative to the reaction vessel being controllable from a remote position. Alternatively the heat source may be fixed in location and the reaction vial is moveable into and out of the heat source. The reaction vessel has one or more sealing plugs, the positioning of which in relationship to the reaction vessel is controllable from a remote position. Also the one or more reaction vessel sealing plugs can include one or more conduits there through for delivery of reactants, gases at atmospheric or an elevated pressure, inert gases, drawing a vacuum and removal of reaction end products to and from the reaction vial, the reaction vial with sealing plug in position being operable at elevated pressures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Nagichettiar Satyamurthy, Jorge R. Barrio, Bernard Amarasekera, R. Michael Van Dam, Sebastian Olma, Dirk Williams, Mark A. Eddings, Clifton Kwang-Fu Shen
  • Patent number: RE46901
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a plurality of test drop recipes are first created based on design data on a semiconductor integrated circuit. Based on a defect inspection result of a pattern of a hardening resin material, which is formed by pressing a template on which patterns of the semiconductor integrated circuit are formed onto the hardening resin material applied to a substrate to be processed by use of the test drop recipes, a drop recipe with least defects is selected per press position on the substrate to be processed from the test drop recipes. The selected drop recipes for respective press positions are collected per functional circuit block configuring the semiconductor integrated circuit, thereby to generate a drop recipe creation assistant database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Toshiba Memory Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuo Matsuoka, Takumi Ota, Ryoichi Inanami