Temperature Measuring System Patents (Class 702/130)
  • Patent number: 10782754
    Abstract: A method of thermal management in a computing device using a management controller is provided. The method includes obtaining, via a virtual management controller, monitoring information of a thermally sensitive component untethered to the management controller. The monitoring information can include temperature information of the thermally sensitive component. The method also includes transmitting, via the virtual management controller, the monitoring information to the management controller via a system interface of the management controller. Finally, the method includes adjusting, via the management controller, operation of a thermal management component of the computing device tethered to the management controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: QUANTA COMPUTER INC.
    Inventor: Chun-Hung Wang
  • Patent number: 10779442
    Abstract: The disclosure is related to a method for verifying an immersion cooling system. The immersion cooling system includes a first sensor, a second sensor and at least one third sensor. The method includes: obtaining a first difference value; determining whether the first difference value is smaller than a first threshold value; determining that the first sensor and the second sensor are in normal operation when the first difference value is smaller than the first threshold value; when the first difference value is not smaller than the first threshold value, determining an operating condition of the first sensor or the second sensor according to a relationship between a sensor value of the at least one third sensor and the sensor value of the first sensor, or a relationship between the sensor value of the at least one third sensor and the sensor value of the second sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignees: INVENTEC (PUDONG) TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION, INVENTEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kai-Yang Tung, Hung-Ju Chen
  • Patent number: 10725458
    Abstract: A CPU unit is a life prediction device for a fan. The CPU unit includes a temperature calculation unit to calculate internal temperature of the CPU unit on the basis of at least one of the utilization of the CPU unit, the temperature a CPU, and the rotation speed of the fan; and a storage unit to store fan life data that indicates the life of the fan relative to temperature. A control unit includes a life prediction unit to calculate remaining life expectancy of the fan on the basis of the fan life data and the internal temperature calculated by the temperature calculation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroki Matsuyama
  • Patent number: 10716216
    Abstract: Various aspects of the disclosed technology relate to pixel-based thermal conductivity determination. A pixelized representation is created for a conductor layer of a printed circuit board. The pixelized representation is analyzed to identify conductor paths in a direction. Based on the conductor paths, the conductor pixels separated into net pixels and isolated pixels. An effective thermal conductivity property value in the direction is then computed for a section or a whole of the conductor layer based on the number of the isolated pixels, the number of the net pixels and the number of total pixels in the section or the whole of the conductor layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Mentor Graphics Corporation
    Inventor: Paul Richard Blais
  • Patent number: 10663187
    Abstract: An air conditioning system including a management server for analyzing data being received from at least one air conditioner at a predetermined time interval and for diagnosing a state of the air conditioner is provided. The condition of the air conditioner is diagnosed in real time through the analyzing of the data on the air conditioner. Performance deterioration on the air conditioner corresponding to variations over a certain period is diagnosed with data calculated or accumulated on a performance and an efficiency based on the data relating to the air conditioner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Seunghwan Jung, Juntae Kim
  • Patent number: 10591965
    Abstract: Various embodiments of methods and systems context-aware thermal management in a portable computing device (“PCD”) are disclosed. Notably, the environmental context to which a PCD is subjected may have significant impact on the PCD's thermal energy dissipation efficiency. Embodiments of the solution seek to leverage knowledge of a PCD's environmental context to modify or adjust thermal policy parameters applied within a PCD in response to a thermal event within the PCD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Palkesh Jain, Ronald Alton, Jon Anderson, Mehdi Saeidi
  • Patent number: 10588247
    Abstract: An embodiment circuit includes a plurality of heat-generating circuits, a heat-sensitive circuit exposed to heat generated during operation of the plurality of heat-generating circuit, and a temperature sensor disposed at a location between the heat-sensitive circuit and the plurality of heat-generating circuits, the temperature sensor being configured to generate an over-temperature signal as a function of temperature sensed at the location. The plurality of heat-generating circuits may be selectively deactivatable in an ordered sequence based on deactivation weights respectively assigned to the plurality of heat-generating circuits and in response to the over-temperature signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS S.R.L.
    Inventors: Giovanni Luca Torrisi, Domenico Porto
  • Patent number: 10541040
    Abstract: There is provided a circuit assembly for time-discretizing an analog electrical signal, including an input terminal supplying the analog electrical signal, an output terminal providing a time-discrete signal depending on the supplied analog electrical signal and a sample and hold circuit, which comprises a capacitor connected to the output terminal, an electronic switching unit connected between the input terminal and the output terminal and a control unit controlling the switching unit, wherein the switching unit provides an off-state due to an off-signal of the control unit and an on-state due to an on-signal of the control unit, wherein the switching unit provides an electrical resistance in the on-state, which cooperates with the capacitor and comprises a preset resistance value, such that the sample and hold circuit provides a low-pass with preset cut-off frequency. There is further provided a detection device and lighting device with such a circuit assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: OSRAM GMBH
    Inventors: Andreas Seider, Johannes Jantsch
  • Patent number: 10440679
    Abstract: According to various embodiments, there is provided a passenger load prediction system including: a component configured to detect a wireless device carried by a passenger on a train or a train station platform, the train including a plurality of train cars; a passenger to train car mapper configured to determine a location of the passenger, based on a location of the wireless device; a destination predictor configured to predict a destination of the passenger, based at least in part on an identifier code of the wireless device; and a train car load level estimator configured to predict a respective passenger load of each train car of the plurality of train cars, based on the predicted destination and further based on the determined location of the passenger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Rajesh Vellore Arumugam, Wujuan Lin, Yutaka Kudo, Su Hnin Wut Yi
  • Patent number: 10402515
    Abstract: An environmental monitoring system including a base station. The base station may receive at least two reports from at least one environmental sensor in an environment; compute, based on values of physical properties of a simulated object and the at least two reports, a simulated condition of the simulated object within the environment; and transmit, to a computing device, the at least two reports and/or the computed simulated condition of the simulated object. A method of operating a base station of an environmental monitoring system. At least one computer-readable storage medium encoded with executable instructions that, when executed by at least one processor, cause the at least one processor to perform a method of operating a base station of an environmental monitoring system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Digi International, Inc.
    Inventors: Harry J. Schechter, Philip Trapasso
  • Patent number: 10381956
    Abstract: The embodiments describe monitoring user activity to estimate the amount of power generated by piezoelectric fabric disposed in an article of clothing, where the piezoelectric fabric is configured to generate electrical energy in response to user movement that is stored in a power supply device, and where the power supply device is configured to provide power to a charging coil disposed in the article of clothing for charging an electronic device. Upon determining the estimated power is insufficient to charge the electronic device to a threshold power level, a user exercise is selected which is predicted to generate sufficient power using the piezoelectric fabric to reach the threshold power level. A prompt is outputted to the user to perform the user exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sarbajit K. Rakshit, Harish Bharti, Abhay Patra
  • Patent number: 10363197
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing network connectivity and remote monitoring, optimization, and control of pool/spa equipment are provided. “Internet-of-Things” (IoT) functionality is provided for pool and spa equipment in a flexible and cost-effective manner. Network connectivity and remote monitoring/control of pool and spa equipment is provided by various components such as a network communication and local control subsystem installed in pool/spa equipment, and other components. Also disclosed are various control processes (“pool logic”) which can be embodied as software code installed in any of the various embodiments of the present disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Hayward Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Potucek, James Murdock, James Carter, Gregory Fournier, Arthur W. Johnson, III, David Blaine, Jason DeBruin, Bruce Aubrey, Scott Petty, Jason Parcell, Craig Horrocks
  • Patent number: 10337930
    Abstract: A number of variations may include a method which may include determining a temperature rise in an IGBT junction without the use of a temperature estimation or measurement device because determination may be made by first determining the power loss due to the conduction losses of the IGBT and power loss associated with switching the IGBT where these losses may be determined by utilizing the saturation voltage of the IGBT, IGBT PWM duty cycle, IGBT switching frequency, fundamental frequency along with a lookup table for the switching energies and the phase current going through the IGBT. The determined power loss may be multiplied by a measured, sensed or obtained thermal impedance from the IGBT junction. Finally, the determined temperature rise of the IGBT junction may be added to a measured, sensed or obtained temperature of the coolant in order to determine the absolute temperature of the IGBT junction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: S. M. Nayeem Hasan, Bryan M. Ludwig, David P. Tasky
  • Patent number: 10254178
    Abstract: Techniques for estimating ambient temperature are described herein. Temperature data may be received from a first sensor of a computing device. Temperature data may be received from a second sensor of a computing device. The ambient temperature may be estimated based on the first temperature data in relation to the second temperature data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Carbone, Paul Karayacoubian
  • Patent number: 10247625
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for correcting a temperature sensing signal of an IGBT temperature sensing device which outputs only a temperature sensing signal having a voltage value equal to or higher than a preset voltage value, by using an output limiting diode. The apparatus includes: a calculating part configured to calculate a conduction current value of the output limiting diode by using the resistance of an NTC thermistor included in the IGBT temperature sensing device; a determining part configured to determine a drop voltage value of a voltage drop occurring in the output limiting diode based on the conduction current value; and a correcting part configured to correct the temperature sensing signal by increasing the voltage of the temperature sensing signal output from the IGBT temperature sensing device by the drop voltage value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: LSIS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hong-Seok Kim, Jae-Moon Lee, Chun-Suk Yang
  • Patent number: 10228292
    Abstract: A virtual temperature monitoring system in a data center communicates with servers mounted in racks to receive internal temperature data generated by internal temperature sensors of the servers. The system derives a virtual sensor measurement of external temperatures external to the server, including a portion of a cold aisle that extends proximate to a rack in which the server is mounted, based upon a relationship between the received internal temperature sensors and the external environment. Sensor data from other sensors can be received via a building management system, and building management signals to the building management system can be generated based at least partially on the virtual sensor data. The virtual sensor data can be used to generate a graphical representation of the servers that highlights relative thermal characteristics of the servers based on the virtual external sensor measurements, including heat indices, excursions beyond thresholds, historical excursion histories, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter George Ross, Adolfo Bravo Ferreira, Richard Chadwick Towner
  • Patent number: 10219975
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing network connectivity and remote monitoring, optimization, and control of pool/spa equipment are provided. “Internet-of-Things” (IoT) functionality is provided for pool and spa equipment in a flexible and cost-effective manner. Network connectivity and remote monitoring/control of pool and spa equipment is provided by various components such as a network communication and local control subsystem installed in pool/spa equipment, and other components. Also disclosed are various control processes (“pool logic”) which can be embodied as software code installed in any of the various embodiments of the present disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Hayward Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Potucek, James Murdock, James Carter, Gregory Fournier, Arthur W. Johnson, III, David Blaine, Jason DeBruin, Bruce Aubrey, Scott Petty, Jason Parcell, Craig Horrocks
  • Patent number: 10216876
    Abstract: A method of designing a semiconductor circuit using a circuit simulation tool executed by a computer includes calculating power consumptions of elements of the semiconductor circuit by use of the circuit simulation tool. A thermal netlist is created about the semiconductor circuit, based on the power consumptions and geometry information of each of the elements. A simulation of the semiconductor circuit is performed with the thermal netlist using the circuit simulation tool to detect a temperature of each of the elements. The thermal netlist includes thermal capacitance information of each of the elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jongwook Jeon, Yeoil Yun, Sangwoo Pae, Uihui Kwon, Keunho Lee
  • Patent number: 10198051
    Abstract: To make a replacement time difference between two power supply devices as small as possible when the two power supply devices serving as double power supply devices constitute a PLC, a power supply unit includes a temperature detection unit that detects an internal temperature of the own power supply unit, and an output adjustment circuit that adjusts internal power output from the own power supply unit so as to make smaller a difference between a detected temperature by the temperature detection unit of the own power supply unit and a detected temperature by the temperature detection unit included in the other power supply unit attached to a same PLC as the PLC to which the own power supply unit is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Takahiko Yamanaka
  • Patent number: 10194390
    Abstract: A portable recording device may use a low-energy transceiver to communicate with a computing device in order to activate a high-energy communication connection with the computing device for exchanging data. The portable recording device may initially broadcast a device identifier of the portable recording device via the low-energy transceiver. The portable recording device may then connect to a computing device via a high-energy communication connection that is formed using a high-energy transceiver of the portable recording device. The computing device may be triggered to initiate a formation of the high-energy communication connection with the portable recording device by the device identifier broadcasted using the low-energy transceiver. Subsequently, the portable recording device may send data files to the computing device via the high-energy communication connection. The data files may include a data asset that is captured by the portable recording device or metadata for the data asset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignees: WHP Workflow Solutions, Inc., Getac Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Guzik, Muhammad Adeel
  • Patent number: 10161646
    Abstract: A motion sensor assembly may include a cover plate configured to be mounted to an electrical box. The cover plate may include a front surface configured to face away from the electrical box and a rear surface opposite the front surface. The cover plate may further include an aperture configured to receive a toggle or rocker type switch. A motion sensor may be coupled to the cover plate. A power source and processor may be operably coupled to the motion sensor. Furthermore, the processor may be operably coupled to a communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: SEARS BRANDS, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Shwetak N. Patel, Matthew Stephen Reynolds
  • Patent number: 10154095
    Abstract: An improved system and method are disclosed for receiving sensor readings from one or more devices and processing the readings in real time to create an output. For example, the method may include, for each device, calculating a value based on the sensor readings obtained from the device for which the value is being calculated. Each of the values that satisfies at least one defined parameter is identified. All of the values that satisfy the defined parameter are aggregated to form an aggregated value. A defined action is executed based on the aggregated value. The steps of receiving, calculating, identifying, aggregating, and executing occur in real time without storing the sensor readings, the values, or the aggregated value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: n.io Innovation, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas A. Standley, Matthew R. Dodge, Randall E. Bye
  • Patent number: 10134257
    Abstract: Operating a pumping system includes moving a pumping element to transition liquid through the pump, and determining a value based at least in part upon inlet pressure and pumping speed that is indicative of a pressure of the liquid within a bore susceptible to cavitation. Pumping speed and/or inlet pressure can be varied responsive to the determined value to limit cavitation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Yanchai Zhang, Zhaoxu Dong, Xuefei Hu
  • Patent number: 10119537
    Abstract: A pump monitoring device is configured to be connected to a case drain of a pump. The device includes a manifold having an inlet for connection to the case drain. A flow rate sensor generates a signal indicative of a flow rate of fluid in a fluid path. The flow rate sensor includes a temperature sensor, a heater, and a sensor barrel. The heater heats the sensor barrel while in fluid communication with the fluid. A pressure sensor generates a signal indicative of a pressure of the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: IOT Diagnostics LLC
    Inventors: Rex A. Wetherill, John Rasmussen, Peter R. Jones
  • Patent number: 10105704
    Abstract: A pressurizable sample system includes a microplate having a planar plate surface and several sample wells. Each sample well has a flange positioned circumferentially around an outer surface of the sample well and against the planar plate surface. The sample system further includes a capping plate with a planar cap surface and several caps projecting from the planar cap surface. Each cap has a geometrical configuration in complementary correspondence with the configuration of the sample well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: PRESSURE BIOSCIENCES, INC.
    Inventors: Edmund Y. Ting, Alexander Lazarev
  • Patent number: 10082849
    Abstract: A computing system includes a first pool of collocated high heat density computing components; a second pool of collocated low heat density computing components; and a reconfigurable switching fabric electrically interconnecting the pools. A first cooling structure is in thermal communication with the first pool; a second cooling structure is in thermal communication with the second pool; and at least one heat rejection unit is in thermal communication with the first cooling structure, the second cooling structure, and at least one heat sink. A controller is configured to obtain a specification of a computing workload; electrically configure at least a portion of the first pool and at least a portion of the second pool to handle the computing workload, by reconfiguring the switching fabric; and select operating parameters for the first and second cooling structures and the at least one heat rejection unit to handle the computing workload.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy J. Chainer, Pritish R. Parida
  • Patent number: 9994438
    Abstract: An automated system for filling oil tankers and other equipment with different materials. The system comprises product/additive pumps, a section for delivering product/additive, and optionally an emergency control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: MEDA ENDUSTRI KONTROL SISTEMLERI TICARET LIMITED SIRKETI
    Inventor: Bülent Sahiner
  • Patent number: 9955924
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods and systems for magnetic nanoparticle temperature imaging. Particularly, the present methods involve applying different combinations of magnetic fields to magnetic nanoparticles placed in a one-dimensional space, collecting AC magnetization signals of the magnetic nanoparticles, and analyzing the collected signals to obtain in vivo temperature information of the one-dimensional space. Different exciting magnetic fields are applied to the magnetic nanoparticles, so that one-dimensional temperature imaging is transformed into single-point temperature measurement of each minizone, and one-dimensional temperature imaging can be precisely and quickly achieved without knowing the concentration distribution of the magnetic nanoparticles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: HUAZHONG UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Wenzhong Liu, Shiqiang Pi, Wenping Mao, Jing Zhong, Le He
  • Patent number: 9910495
    Abstract: A system is provided that automatically converts an input into one or more haptic effects in near real-time. The system senses the input in near real-time. The system automatically converts the sensed input into one or more haptic signals in near real-time. The system generates the one or more haptic effects based on the one or more haptic signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Amaya Becvar Weddle, Danny Grant
  • Patent number: 9903765
    Abstract: An apparatus for detecting temperatures of power-conversion semiconductor elements, which is applicable to a system including a plurality of power-conversion semiconductor elements and a plurality of temperature signal outputs for outputting temperature signals correlated to temperatures of the respective semiconductor elements. In the apparatus, the temperature signal outputted from at least one of the temperature signal outputs is input directly to a microcomputer without passing through at least one input-output interface. The temperature signals outputted from the other two or more temperature signal outputs are input to a plurality of input ports of the at least one input-output interface sequentially connected to an output of the interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Osamu Daitoku, Hiroshi Fujita
  • Patent number: 9878804
    Abstract: Aerial thermal images of a ground surface may be captured using a thermal image sensor. The images may be contrasted, georeferenced, orthorectified, and/or stitched together to form a complete thermal image. The complete thermal image may include a plurality of pixels with display values corresponding to temperatures of the ground. Local temperature sensors may measure the temperature at locations on the ground. Based on display values for pixels corresponding to the locations on the ground and the temperature measurements, a curve mapping display values to temperature measurements may be calculated. Temperatures may be calculated for pixels for which the temperature was not previously known. Users may select a temperature range of interest, and pixels with temperature values within the temperature range of interest may be distinctively marked. The pixels may be marked with different colors based on where their temperature value falls within the temperature range of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventor: Eric Olsen
  • Patent number: 9880628
    Abstract: A system is provided that automatically converts an input into one or more haptic effects in near real-time. The system senses the input in near real-time. The system automatically converts the sensed input into one or more haptic signals in near real-time. The system generates the one or more haptic effects based on the one or more haptic signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Amaya Becvar Weddle, Danny Grant
  • Patent number: 9861014
    Abstract: An automatic control system and method of chillers for a data center are provided. The control system includes: a plurality of servers; a plurality of first temperature sensors, mounted at air inlets of the plurality of servers, respectively, and configured to detect temperatures at the air inlets of the plurality of servers in a real-time manner, respectively; a controller, configured to receive detected temperatures sent by the plurality of first temperature sensors, calculate an average temperature in the data center according to the detected temperatures, and generate a control instruction according to the average temperature in the data center; and an air conditioner, configured to receive the control instruction sent by the controller, and adjust a working mode of the air conditioner according to the control instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: BEIJING BAIDU NETCOM SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shu Zhang, Guofeng Chen, Ruiquan Ding
  • Patent number: 9843696
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a control unit configured to control writing or reading data to or from a storage unit and a cooling unit configured to cool the control unit and the storage unit, in which the control unit reads temperature information from the storage unit, and changes a timing of when to read the temperature information next from the storage unit and a cooling level of the cooling unit in conjunction with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Katsuhiko Yanagawa
  • Patent number: 9835751
    Abstract: In a proximity sensor including a circuit board on which a detection circuit is printed, and a first drive electrode and a lock electrode mounted on one surface of the circuit board and electrically connected to the detection circuit, the first planar drive electrode and the planar lock electrode are formed in a standing manner on one surface of the circuit board to face each other. A second planar drive electrode and a planar unlock electrode are formed in a standing manner on the other surface of the circuit board to face each other. The proximity sensor is used in a keyless entry device of vehicle, and the controller that controls driving of an actuator for locking or unlocking a vehicle door based on detection of the proximity sensor determines that the proximity sensor is turned on when decrease in output of the proximity sensor exceeds a predetermined threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: U-SHIN LTD
    Inventor: Tetsuo Tokudome
  • Patent number: 9792253
    Abstract: A sensor device has a difference calculation unit that calculates the difference between a predetermined threshold and a current measured value measured by a sensor unit that measures a measurement subject, a change amount recording unit that records the maximum amount of change of the measured value with respect to elapsed time on the basis of a plurality of measured value history records obtained by measuring the measurement subject, and a minimum time calculation unit that calculates the minimum arrival time that is the minimum time for the measurement subject to arrive at the predetermined threshold from the current measured value on the basis of the calculated difference and the recorded maximum amount of change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Soji Ohmae, Masahiro Ikumo, Akane Nakashima, Ryota Akai, Akira Nakajima
  • Patent number: 9757878
    Abstract: Method of heating a blank (2) of plastic material for the manufacture of a hollow body by forming from the blank (2), which comprises the operations consisting of: inserting the blank (2) into an oven (7) provided with sources (9) of monochromatic or pseudo-monochromatic electromagnetic radiation emitting in the infrared range; exposing the blank (2) to the radiation from the sources (9), adjusted to a predetermined emission power for a predetermined exposure time; measuring a temperature on an outer wall (16) of the blank (2); Characterized in that it comprises an operation consisting of: adjusting the exposure time and/or the emission power so that said temperature at an exit from the oven (2) [sic: (7)], does not fall between Tg and 1.8·Tg, where Tg is the glass transition temperature of the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: SIDEL PARTICIPATIONS
    Inventors: Guy Feuilloley, Caroline Bellec, Isabelle Maillot, Mikael Derrien
  • Patent number: 9760332
    Abstract: A system displays an image using a plurality of projection type display devices, and is capable of reliably notifying a user who uses the system that an error has occurred in a certain projection type display device. A slave includes a display unit that projects and displays an image and a signal receiving unit that receives data transmitted from a commander. The slave includes a detection unit that detects an error in the commander on the basis of the receiving conditions of the data in the signal receiving unit. The slave includes a display control unit that, when an error is detected by the detection unit, makes the display unit display an image showing that the error has been detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tadanori Aruga, Yutaka Yasuda, Toru Katahira
  • Patent number: 9752939
    Abstract: A measuring device and method according to the invention for registering an ambient temperature Ta of a medical machine including a measuring housing, which is arranged on an outer wall of the machine and in which at least one temperature sensor remote from the machine and at least one temperature sensor (16, 16?) near to the machine are held, wherein the at least one temperature sensor remote from the machine registers a first temperature T1 and the at least one temperature sensor near to the machine registers a second temperature T2, and an evaluation apparatus configured to establish the ambient temperature Ta using a difference between the first temperature T1 registered by the at least one temperature sensor remote from the machine and the second temperature T2 registered by the at least one temperature sensor near to the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Storz Endoskop Produktions GmbH
    Inventors: Walter Hauser, Manfred Schmidt, Otmar Stillhard
  • Patent number: 9753442
    Abstract: This disclosure is related to systems and methods for temperature monitoring of electronics, such as a controller or processor within a data storage device. In one example, a controller may be configured to determine an operation to perform and determine a temperature of electronics associated with executing the operation. The controller may then delay execution of the operation when the temperature is greater than a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Kang Hai Lim, Lucas Kong Yaw Lee, Scott Vincent Vitale, Choon Wei Ng, Jun Gu
  • Patent number: 9727050
    Abstract: A vibration data acquisition and analysis module is operable to be inserted directly into a distributed control system (DCS) I/O backplane, so that processed vibration parameters may be scanned directly by the DCS I/O controller. Because the process data and the vibration data are both being scanned by the same DCS I/O controller, there is no need to integrate numerical data, binary relay outputs, and analog overall vibration level outputs from a separate vibration monitoring system into the DCS. The system provides for: (1) directly acquiring vibration data by the DCS for machinery protection and predictive machinery health analysis; (2) direct integration of vibration information on DCS alarm screens; (3) acquisition and display of real time vibration data on operator screens; (4) using vibration data to detect abnormal situations associated with equipment failures; and (5) using vibration data directly in closed-loop control applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Computational Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: John W. Willis, Deane M. Horn, Michael D. Medley, Richard W. Kephart, Kevin D. Steele
  • Patent number: 9723763
    Abstract: A computing device having a housing; a temperature monitor to monitor a temperature within the housing; a cooling fluid drawing mechanism to draw cooling fluid into the housing; a cooling fluid drawing controller, when the computing device is installed within an enclosure as one of plural computing devices, to obtain a value representing the temperature, and if the value is within a predetermined range, to select an operating state for the mechanism from among a first state in which the mechanism draws fluid into the housing at a first rate, and a second state in which the mechanism draws cooling fluid into the housing at a second rate lower than the first rate, and to run the mechanism in the selected state; where the selection of the state is based on demand for cooling from other computing devices from among the plurality of computing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Sven Van Den Berghe
  • Patent number: 9702761
    Abstract: A method for monitoring a temperature of a survey surface in a room. The method includes: providing a number of temperature sensors coupled to the survey surface; receiving from the number of temperature sensors respective temperature values; applying an extrapolation model to the received temperature values and extrapolating an extrapolated thermographic scan of the survey surface; and monitoring the temperature of the survey surface on the basis of the extrapolated thermographic scan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: TELECOM ITALIA S.p.A.
    Inventors: Roberto Antonini, Felice Fulvio Faraci, Marco Gaspardone
  • Patent number: 9698803
    Abstract: In one aspect a system is provided. The system a plurality of flash compare modules to output a set of unordered output signals based on an analog input signal; a plurality of device selection modules that receive the unordered output signals and generate ordered signals representing the analog input; and a temperature and voltage compensation module for receiving one or more of temperature and voltage signals from at least a temperature and voltage sensor module that senses one or more of temperature and voltage values that are used to compensate for changes in output signals caused by changes in one or more of die temperature and core voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Inventor: Frank R. Dropps
  • Patent number: 9696214
    Abstract: In a portable electronic device, a temperature sensor (1) is provided for sensing an ambient temperature (TR) of the portable electronic device. At least one other temperature sensor (3) is provided for sensing a temperature (TI) inside the portable electronic device. The portable electronic device further comprises a set of components (2) radiating heat in an active state in response to the consumption of electrical energy. A calibration module (5) is adapted to conduct a calibration measurement during or in response to an active state of at least a first component out of the set, and is adapted to determine a set of calibration parameters (c1) in response to the calibration measurement for adjusting the at least one sensed inside temperature (T1). A compensator (4) is provided for determining a compensated ambient temperature (TA) dependent on at least the sensed ambient temperature (TS) and the at least one adjusted sensed inside temperature (c1, T1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Sensirion AG
    Inventors: Dominik Niederberger, Andrea Sacchetti, Dominic Boni
  • Patent number: 9665141
    Abstract: Methods for thermal management of an integrated circuit are disclosed. In particular, a dual control loop, having a first control loop and a second control loop, is used to maintain the temperature of an integrated circuit at a first temperature and a second temperature, respectively. In order to prevent the integrated circuit from overheating during periods of rapid temperature increase, the second control loop may be configured to control temperature at the second temperature below the specification limit of the integrated circuit by reducing power to the integrated circuit. The second control loop samples and maintains temperature of the integrated circuit at time intervals relatively faster than that of the first control loop. However, the second control loop is configured to release control to the first control loop when the temperature of the integrated circuit is reduced. The first control loop may then control power to the integrated circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Cox, Kit-Man Wan, Gaurav Kapoor
  • Patent number: 9638583
    Abstract: A virtual temperature monitoring system in a data center communicates with servers mounted in racks to receive internal temperature data generated by internal temperature sensors of the servers. The system derives a virtual sensor measurement of external temperatures external to the server, including a portion of a cold aisle that extends proximate to a rack in which the server is mounted, based upon a relationship between the received internal temperature sensors and the external environment. Sensor data from other sensors can be received via a building management system, and building management signals to the building management system can be generated based at least partially on the virtual sensor data. The virtual sensor data can be used to generate a graphical representation of the servers that highlights relative thermal characteristics of the servers based on the virtual external sensor measurements, including heat indices, excursions beyond thresholds, historical excursion histories, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter George Ross, Adolfo Bravo Ferreira, Richard Chadwick Towner
  • Patent number: 9633539
    Abstract: A collision sensor assembly is attachable to a stationary structure such as a pallet rack, a door frame, the corner of a wall, or the like. The collision sensor is configured to sense when a collision occurs with the stationary structure such as when a piece of movable machinery contacts the stationary structure. The collision sensor assembly includes a sensor operatively connected to a processor which determines when a collision occurs, and produces a signal to an output signal generator to provide an external indication of the collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: SENTRY PROTECTION PRODUCTS
    Inventors: James P. Ryan, Jeffrey P. Wagner
  • Patent number: 9629205
    Abstract: A temperature control device which can control the temperature of an object to be processed even after supply of radio waves or electromagnetic waves from a high-frequency heating apparatus is stopped. The temperature control device includes a temperature sensor detecting the temperature of the object to be processed heated by radio waves generated from the high-frequency heating apparatus, a signal processing circuit comparing the temperature detected by the temperature sensor with a standard temperature, a rechargeable battery charged by electric energy generated by reception of the radio waves by an antenna, a charging circuit controlling charging of the rechargeable battery, and a heater supplied with electric power from the rechargeable battery to heat the object to be processed so that the temperature thereof gets closer to the standard temperature, in accordance with a comparison result by the signal processing circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hikaru Tamura
  • Patent number: 9625327
    Abstract: An electronic inspection apparatus includes a probe, a sensor, a memory unit, and a controller. The apparatus senses a condition, and stores data representative of the sensed condition at a high bit rate. The inspection apparatus transfers the sensed data to a computing device or database via a lower bit rate. In one embodiment, a data queue or memory unit of a temperature probe temporarily stores data before transmitting the data to a computing device (e.g., a mobile device). The method of the present invention provides two separate data logging parameters: (1) how fast to read and log data which determines a data logging period and (2) how fast to send the data to the mobile device which determines a data transmit period. Thus, the data transfer period is isolated or decoupled from the data logging period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: E-CONTROLSYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Eran Y. Bernstein