Liquid Mixture (e.g., Solid-liquid, Liquid-liquid) Patents (Class 702/25)
  • Patent number: 10942160
    Abstract: A system and a method are provided for calculating the cetane number, pour point, cloud point, aniline point, aromaticity, and/or octane number of a gas oil or naphtha fraction of a crude oil from the density and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) of a sample of the crude oil, without first distilling the crude oil into the gas oil or naphtha fraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY
    Inventors: Omer Refa Koseoglu, Adnan Al-Hajji, Amer A. Al-Tuwailib
  • Patent number: 10942194
    Abstract: An automatic analyzer configured to automatically prevent interruption of an analysis owing to water shortage in use includes a plurality of analysis sections using water supplied from the outside, an operation section for giving operation instructions to the analysis sections, and a control section executing a program for controlling operations of the analysis sections. The control section switches maintenance using water between simultaneous execution and time difference execution for all the analysis sections in accordance with an instruction input through the operation section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: HITACHI HIGH-TECH CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takayuki Noda
  • Patent number: 10935528
    Abstract: The detection of minute amounts of components that have been undetectable due to an influence of a mobile phase or reagents or the like added to the mobile phase is realized in LC-MS. At the outset, blank measurement is executed, and an m/z value MBG of a background signal derived from a mobile phase or the like is extracted on a mass spectrum obtained by the blank measurement (S2-S4). An analysis method is then created that executes scanning measurement in a plurality of divided m/z ranges in which the m/z value MBG of the background signal has been excluded from a predetermined m/z range. An LC/MS analysis of the target sample is executed according to the analysis method (S5-S6). When a total ion chromatogram (TIC) is created from data obtained by the LC/MS analysis, influence of the background signal hardly appears in the TIC, and the base line is lowered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: SHIMADZU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Manabu Ueda, Jun Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10914719
    Abstract: A significantly improved version of the ASTM D942 Test Method, with apparatus employable to effect the same, is provided. This is useful in measurement of grease oxidation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: TANNAS COMPANY
    Inventors: Theodore W. Selby, Jonathan C. Evans, Gregory C. Miiller, Calvin David Hugo, Sarah Nuss-Warren, Douglas J. Wirsing
  • Patent number: 10894724
    Abstract: A self-diagnostic maintenance system for wastewater treatment employs unique environmental sensor configurations to link operational states of a water treatment system with unique failure modes of the system. Upon detection of failure modes, the maintenance system alerts users and operators via a short messaging service (SMS) of the problem, and can display step-by-step pictorial repair instructions for the operator to replace broken or malfunctioning parts, without the operator needing to diagnosis the problem or understand the detailed workings of the wastewater treatment system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Cody E. Finke, Clement A. Cid, Michael R. Hoffmann, Anastasia K. Hanan, Donald Harvey Pinkston, III, Michael Christopher Vanier
  • Patent number: 10794891
    Abstract: A method for predicting the critical solvent power of a visbroken residue stream of interest, CSPVisRes(OI) comprises predicting CSPVisRes(OI) from the critical percentage titrant of an atmospheric residue stream, CPTAR, the atmospheric residue stream being derived from the same crude oil as the visbroken residue stream of interest. A method for predicting the solvent power of a visbroken residue stream of interest, SPVisRes(OI), comprises predicting SPVisRes(OI) from the critical solvent power of the visbroken residue stream, CSPVisRes, and the critical percentage titrant of the visbroken residue stream, CPTVisRes. CPTVisRes is derived from the critical percentage cetane of the visbroken residue stream, CPCVisRes, which, in turn, is calculated from the P-value of the visbroken residue stream. The methods may be used to predict the stability of a fuel oil containing the visbroken residue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: BP Corporation North America Inc.
    Inventors: Soban Balashanmugam, Rosa Rueda-Velasquez
  • Patent number: 10683716
    Abstract: A water transfer system utilizing uniform portable, self-contained equipment packages for cost-effective remote monitoring and control of temporary water transfer installations. The equipment packages contain a collection of sensors for determining water transfer parameters including flowrate, pressure, temperature, and storage tank levels. Data from the equipment packages is communicated by a local controller to a remote data service providing system performance, alarm notification, and operation reports via PC or portable communication devices. The combination of these functions reduces the amount of onsite supervision needed for reliable temporary water transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventor: Harry Joseph Browne
  • Patent number: 10436748
    Abstract: This disclosure describes methods, apparatuses, and systems to determine the presence of a chemical substance in an environment, by detecting one or more chemical substances in the environment by using at least one sensor that performs one or more electrochemical tests on one or more chemical samples in the environment, and generates one or more electrical signals corresponding to the chemical samples in the environment. The methods, apparatuses, and systems may also receive and process the one or more electrical signals corresponding to the one or more samples from the environment, wherein the methods, apparatuses, and systems compare the electrical signals to electrical signals corresponding to profiles of known chemical substances in the environment to determine if a match exists. The methods, apparatuses, and systems may compare the electrical signals to baseline threshold values of known chemical substances in the environment to determine if there is an excess or lack of the chemical substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: POCKET LABORATORIES, LLC
    Inventors: Sean Conte, Christopher Anthony Cassano, Michael Albin Grisanti, Corey Letcher
  • Patent number: 10377981
    Abstract: A beer making system may modify a beer ingredient/process recipe to adjust sensory characteristics of a desired beer. With a given ingredient list and starting recipe, a performance model of a brewing system may be used to generate an updated recipe when given a set of desired sensory characteristics of a desired beer. A user interface may permit a user to adjust characteristics such as thin/thick mouthfeel, dryness/maltiness, hops bitterness, hops flavor, hops aroma, and other characteristics. An updated recipe may change mashing schedules, boiling schedules, or other programmatically controlled aspects of a brewing system. The performance model may include heuristics as well as performance metrics derived from observing previous brewing sessions on one or multiple devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: PicoBrew, Inc.
    Inventor: William H. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10330656
    Abstract: The disclosure includes an apparatus for determining a measured value in a liquid medium, comprising at least a light transmitter, at least one light receiver assigned to the transmitter, a measuring chamber that can be filled with the medium, wherein an optical path runs through the measuring chamber from the transmitter to the receiver. The apparatus includes a dosing apparatus for dosing at least one reagent and/or the medium, and for inserting the dosed reagent and/or the medium into the measuring chamber. The dosing apparatus is designed as a tube, and the tube includes at least a first control point, wherein the volume in the tube from a starting point to a first control point defines the amount of reagent or medium to be inserted into the measuring chamber. The disclosure further includes the use of the apparatus and a method for dosing the reagent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Endress+Hauser Conducta GmbH+Co. KG
    Inventors: Frank Müller, Ralf Steuerwald, Thilo Krätschmer
  • Patent number: 10323968
    Abstract: When an appliance identification art is provided, the computing speed and the identification accuracy are improved while the required memory amount, etc., is decreased. In a gas meter 100, an ultrasonic flowmeter 104 measures the flow rate of gas flowing into a flow path 102 at a given time interval, and a computation section 108 computes a difference value of the predetermined time period between the measured flow rates. A difference value conversion section 112 converts the computed difference value into a code with reference to a flow rate class table by which classes of difference values corresponding to a size of the difference value and codes representing the classes are associated with each other. Further, a flow rate change history generation section 114 generates a flow rate change history approximately representing flow rate change of gas based on a set of the codes of the predetermined time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ryuji Iwamoto
  • Patent number: 10268783
    Abstract: System and method for correcting the vertical structure of the ocean temperature and salinity can enable the use of sea surface height (SSH) measurements to correct ocean forecast models. In the present embodiment, three relations that can be precomputed are exploited: (1) the relation between temperature and salinity throughout a water column, (2) the relation between temperature/salinity and geopotential, and (3) the relation between geopotential and SSH. The relations are stored in a form that allows efficient application through a cross-correlation matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Robert W. Helber, Scott R. Smith, Gregg Arthur Jacobs
  • Patent number: 10174326
    Abstract: The present invention provides a TLR7 ligand and its use in therapeutic applications. Specifically, the present application provides a RNA oligonucleotide comprising a G:U wobble base pair in the context of a fully double-stranded structure and its use in treating disease such as viral infections, immune disorders and cancer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
    Inventors: Gunther Hartmann, Winfried Barchet, Vera Wimmenauer
  • Patent number: 10101305
    Abstract: Provided is a chromatograph data processing system for presenting unexamined analysis conditions to a user in an easily understood manner when changing a plurality of analysis condition parameters. The system is used for a chromatograph for analyzing a sample according to a schedule table in which a plurality of analysis conditions and execution order of a plurality of analyses are described, each of the plurality of analysis conditions being defined by a combination of control parameter values. The system includes: memory 61 for storing a plurality of analysis conditions; unexamined analysis condition creator 66 for creating all combinations of values of control parameters included in the plurality of analysis conditions, and for creating a list of unexamined analysis conditions from the created combinations, the list being composed of analysis conditions that are not included in the plurality of analysis conditions stored in the memory 61; and display section 72.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: SHIMADZU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroshi Ohashi
  • Patent number: 9885728
    Abstract: Methods are provided for end users of diagnostic measurement procedures to prepare quality controls having desired analyte recoveries, estimate recoveries of quality controls already prepared, and compare estimated and measured recoveries. To prepare a quality control containing a particular analyte, a desired recovery of a measurement procedure for the analyte can be scaled by a correlation factor to obtain a target nominal concentration of the analyte in the quality control. Alternatively, the nominal concentration of an analyte in a quality control can be scaled by a correlation factor to obtain a predicted recovery of a measurement procedure for the analyte. The correlation factors can be based on recovery data previously obtained using the measurement procedure and optionally one or more reference procedures, and can be calculated using regression analysis of these data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Alireza Ebrahim, Karl De Vore, Christopher Spates
  • Patent number: 9877670
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for non-invasively measuring blood glucose levels in a biological sample based on spectral data. This includes at least one light source configured to strike a target area of a sample, at least one light detector positioned to receive light from the at least one light source and to generate an output signal, having a time dependent current, which is indicative of the power of light detected, a processor configured to receive the output signal from the at least one light detector based on the received output signal, calculate the attenuance attributable to blood in a sample present in the target area with a ratio factor, eliminate effect of uncertainty caused by temperature dependent detector response of the at least one light detector, and then determine a blood glucose level associated with a sample present in the target area based on the calculated attenuance with the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: St. Louis Medical Devices, Inc.
    Inventor: Zhi Xu
  • Patent number: 9760914
    Abstract: Methods, systems and apparatus for determining a proposed cost for use of sensor resources and selecting a method of processing of sensed data are presented. Such a method includes the steps of: predicting a state of an environment, obtaining at least one criterion related to the use of the sensor resources comprising one or more data sensors, determining the proposed cost for use of the sensor resources, acquiring the sensed data from the one or more data sensors, determining a characteristic of the sensed data, and selecting the method of processing the sensed data according to the determined characteristic and the predicted state. The at least one criterion is based upon the predicted state. The determining of the proposed cost is based on the at least one criterion. One or more of steps are implemented on the processor device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ching-Hua Chen-Ritzo, David Alexander Epstein, Rick Allen Hamilton, II, Perry G. Hartswick, Hongfei Li, Clifford Alan Pickover, Ralph Peter Williams
  • Patent number: 9659320
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for providing services to a patron of an establishment by providing to the patron a handheld device upon entering the establishment. The patron is identified such that the patron is associated with the handheld device provided thereto and the operation thereof. The patron is presented with available services of the establishment and, in association with the available services, parameterized information from a database is presented to the patron relating to prior actual experiences with at least one of the services as rated by the patron, which rating defines how the patron viewed the services at the time of such providing. The patron selects from the provided information one or more of the available services. As part of the parameterized information, prior selected and not yet rated services are also presented. The patron rates the prior selected and not yet rated services and the database is updated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Inventors: Jennifer Martucci, Patrick Martucci
  • Patent number: 9636044
    Abstract: A method for extending an effective working range of an analyzer for measuring an analyte in a breath sample. The method includes initiating a reaction in the analyzer that produces an optically discernable reaction product having an optical property that is indicative of a concentration of the analyte in the breath sample, taking a first reading of the optical property at a first time, and comparing the first reading to a reference. If the comparison yields a first state, the method includes determining the concentration using the first reading. If it yields a second state different from the first state, the method includes taking a second reading of the optical property at a second time, and determining the concentration of the analyte using the second reading. Other methods are provided as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Invoy Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Lubna M. Ahmad, Zachary Smith, Salman A. Ahmad, Brent C. Satterfield, Rhett L. Martineau
  • Patent number: 9524465
    Abstract: A method for analyzing and prioritizing changes to configuration parameters of applications in an information technology system, including collecting configuration parameters of applications executed on computer stations in a network, storing the collected configuration parameters in a database, comparing the configuration parameters of an application from a specific station with configuration parameters of the application at different stations, determining differences in the configuration parameters by the comparing, analyzing the determined differences according to a set of analysis dimensions that represent rules for evaluating the differences, assigning a score representing the level of conformity of the differences to each of the analysis dimensions, defining a context for reviewing the differences, assigning a weight to each analysis dimension representing the importance of the analysis dimension, adjusting the weights assigned to the analysis dimension based on the context, calculating a total risk for
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: E.S.I. SOFTWARE LTD
    Inventors: Alexander Gilenson, Eyal Oz, Michael Noam
  • Patent number: 9464242
    Abstract: A system for characterizing and optimizing refinery feedstock blends according to their corrosivity is provided. Refinery feedstocks can be characterized based on any of: dissociation of acids in the crude, breakup of naphthenic acid molecular associations, mass changes of carbon steel samples, and/or dissociation of sulfur compounds in the feedstocks. The characterization can be carried out via any of impedance, spectroscopic measurements, and continuous measurements of mass changes of carbon steel samples with a crystal microbalance over a range of temperature, e.g., from ambient to 750° F. The system can be employed in any of refinery, terminal, and laboratories, using models and/or hardware to optimize the usage of refinery feedstocks in the blending and valuation of the feedstocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Grzegorz Jan Kusinski, Thomas M. Devine
  • Patent number: 9285353
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for dissolution testing of active substances in various dosage forms is provided. The apparatus has filtration cells equipped and configured to simulate bodily functions, operate continuously and facilitate testing various types of dosage forms including, but not limited to, tablets, capsules and those having non-disintegrating substrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Rohm and Haas Company
    Inventors: Lyn Hughes, Donald Frederick Wright
  • Patent number: 9279897
    Abstract: This patent deals with methods to extract and analyze seismic signals due to resonance phenomena in an enclosed oil, gas, or water reservoir, which are passively excited by seismic background noise, locating thereby the presence of the reservoir by doing qualitative and quantitative estimates via forward modeling. Measurements are first used in a qualitative analysis in eight steps. The influence of gas bubbles is important. A quantitative method in form of a numerical simulation using one of several specific physical concepts is used for further analysis. By using successive forward modeling, together with investigation and feedback and in conjunction with the Monte Carlo method, more details are gained. It is also possible to determine the fluid type. The uniqueness of the methods is first that it is purely passive; second it is directly sensitive to the oil or gas, because the resonance effect is only present for a fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Inventor: Hannes Georges Zuercher
  • Patent number: 9207250
    Abstract: A reagent preparing device for preparing a reagent to be supplied to a measurement section for measuring a specimen; the reagent preparing device comprising: a reagent preparing section for preparing a reagent including a first liquid and a second liquid, different from the first liquid; a reagent storage container, connected to the measurement section, for storing the reagent prepared by the reagent preparing section; and a controller configured for determining whether or not the reagent stored in the reagent storage container is suppliable to the measurement section based on reagent expiration date information related to an expiration date of the reagent stored in the reagent storage container, is disclosed. A reagent preparing method and a specimen processing system are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: SYSMEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Asahara, Koichi Okubo, Noriyuki Nakanishi
  • Patent number: 9068873
    Abstract: The multiphase flow measurement system and method includes video sensors and illumination along a pipe upstream, and a similar arrangement of sensors and illumination downstream displaced from the first location by a known distance utilized for velocity calculation between images at both locations. Image capturing and processing is done from video data at both locations. Objects corresponding to each flow phase in the video images are characterized and sorted by size, color, spectral properties, shapes, and pattern features using automatic pattern recognition. Image cross-correlation and pattern recognition are applied to each group of objects corresponding to one or more flow phases to estimate the velocity of each phase based on the delay calculation. Flow velocity is calculated from the weighted average of the phase velocities. Overall flow type is estimated using the estimated phase velocities and the areas occupied by the objects corresponding to each phase in the images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: KING FAHD UNIVERSITY OF PETROLEUM AND MINERALS
    Inventors: Moustafa Elshafei, Fouad Al-Sunni, Sami El-Ferik
  • Publication number: 20150141271
    Abstract: A method for analyzing water toxicity, the method including: exposure experiment, sample collection, transcriptome detection, metabolome detection, screening of differentially expressed genes, screening of differentially expressed metabolites, and identification of commonly changed biological pathways in both the transcriptome and the metabolome.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Yan ZHANG, Hongqiang REN, Bing WU, Xuxiang ZHANG
  • Patent number: 9037418
    Abstract: Methods and sensors for selective fluid sensing are provided. Each sensor includes a resonant inductor-capacitor-resistor (LCR) sensor that is coated with a sensing material. In order to collect data, an impedance spectrum is acquired over a relatively narrow frequency range, such as the resonant frequency range of the LCR circuit. A multivariate signature may be calculated from the acquired spectrum to discern the presence of certain fluids and/or fluid mixtures. The presence of fluids is detected by measuring the changes in dielectric, dimensional, resistance, charge transfer, and other changes in the properties of the materials employed by observing the changes in the resonant electronic properties of the circuit. By using a mathematical procedure, such as principal components analysis (PCA) and others, multiple fluids and mixtures can be detected in the presence of one another, even in a high humidity environment or an environment wherein one or more fluids has a substantially higher concentration (e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Radislav Alexandrovich Potyrailo, Cheryl Margaret Surman, Andrew Arthur Paul Burns, Nandini Nagraj
  • Publication number: 20150112611
    Abstract: A system and a method for determining the relative value of a naphtha stream is provided, by conducting analysis on the crude oil sample, after which modules or steps are performed to estimate the total liquid yields, estimate raw product yields, normalize raw product yields, determine the value of each fraction based on predetermined values, and calculate the total value of the naphtha stream. The method is repeated on samples from different crude oils in order to provide relative values for comparison purposes at a predetermined RON.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: OMER Refa KOSEOGLU
  • Patent number: 9014991
    Abstract: A system and method for quantitatively characterizing moisture content of an at least partially hydrophobic fluid sample. The method includes providing a dry solution of an aprotic solvent, adding at least a part of the fluid sample to the solvent to produce an extract-sample, performing infrared spectroscopic testing on the extract-sample to generate absorbance data representing at least one absorbance characteristic of the extracted sample, and generating moisture data for the sample based on the extracted sample data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Thermal-Lube, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederik R. van de Voort, David Pinchuk
  • Publication number: 20150106027
    Abstract: A system and a method for applying 13C or 1H NMR spectroscopy to a sample of crude oil in order to calculate the cetane number, pour point, cloud point, aniline point and octane number of a gas oil fraction of the crude oil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Omer Refa Koseoglu, Adnan Al-Hajji, Mohammed Abdullah Al-Ghamdi, Alexander Rebrov
  • Publication number: 20150106029
    Abstract: A system and a method are provided for calculating the cetane number, octane number, pour point, cloud point and aniline point of a crude oil fractions from the density and high pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC) of a sample of the crude oil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Omer Refa KOSEOGLU, Adran AL-HAJJI, Saroj Kumar PANDA
  • Publication number: 20150106034
    Abstract: A system and a method for characterizing a crude oil sample from the weight and ultraviolet visible spectroscopy of the sample, including calculating a crude oil ultraviolet visible index and using the index to calculate the API gravity and the aromaticity of the sample.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Omer Refa KOSEOGLU, Adnan Al-Hajji, Gordon Jamieson
  • Publication number: 20150106028
    Abstract: A system, method and computer program product are provided for calculating the cetane number, octane number, pour point, cloud point and aniline point of crude oil fractions from the density and Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (FT-ICR MS) of a sample of the crude oil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Omer Refa KOSEOGLU, Adnan Al-Hajji, Hendrik Muller, Hanadi H. Jawad
  • Patent number: 8999648
    Abstract: A system (100) for classifying a biological test sample, including a database (112) populated with reference expression data. The reference expression data includes expression levels of a plurality of molecules (polynucleotides or polypeptides), including a set of marker molecules, in a plurality of reference samples. Each reference sample has a pre-assigned value for each of one or more clinically significant variables. The system includes at least one processor (110) and at least one storage medium containing program instructions for execution by said processor (110). The program instructions cause the processor to accept (122) input expression data including a test vector of expression levels of the marker molecules in the biological test sample; and pass the input expression data to one or more analysis programs (130a, 130b, 35).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Signal Genetics, Inc.
    Inventor: Ryan Van Laar
  • Patent number: 8990025
    Abstract: Methods and sensors for selective fluid sensing are provided. A sensor includes a resonant inductor-capacitor-resistor (LCR) circuit and a sensing material disposed over a sensing region. The sensing region comprises at least a portion of the LCR circuit. Temperature-dependent response coefficients of inductance L, capacitance C, and resistance R properties of the LCR circuit and the sensing material are at least approximately 5 percent different from one another. The difference in the temperature-dependent response coefficients of the properties of the LCR circuit and the sensing material enables the sensor to selectively detect analyte fluids from an analyzed fluid mixture substantially independent of temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Radislav Alexandrovich Potyrailo, Cheryl Margaret Surman
  • Publication number: 20150081227
    Abstract: A state of a ballast water treatment system of a ship detected by a variety of sensors is monitored by transmitting it to a control means provided with a data storage/transmission means. The control means transmits from a satellite communication means to a satellite communication means on the receiving side via a communication satellite, and a host computer receives it. The host computer analyzes and monitors information from the various sensors S1 to S6 and sends back an optimal operation state, which is received by the satellite communication means on the ship side via the communication satellite, and the control means maintains an operation of the ballast water treatment system based on instructions from the host computer. According to the remote monitoring device for a ballast water treatment system as above, the ballast water treatment system can be monitored and controlled from remote.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: KURITA WATER INDUSTRIES LTD.
    Inventors: Kotaro Fukuzawa, Tetsuo Koga, Kazuki Hayashi, Tetsuro Fukase
  • Patent number: 8981949
    Abstract: A harvester grain bin monitoring system is disclosed. The system includes a sensor that monitors the perimeter of the bin proximate to the top rim to provide a warning to an operator when the grain level reaches approaches the bin rim. The sensor may be optical or mechanical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan E. Ricketts, Brandon E. Ricketts, Wade L. Klennert
  • Publication number: 20150057948
    Abstract: A time-ordered series of measurements of a polymer made during translocation of the polymer through a nanopore are analysed. The measurements are dependent on the identity of k-mers in the nanopore, a k-mer being k polymer units of the polymer, where k is a positive integer. The method involves deriving, from the series of measurements, a feature vector of time-ordered features representing characteristics of the measurements; and determining similarity between the derived feature vector and at least one other feature vector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Stuart Reid, James Anthony Clarke, James White, Gavin Harper
  • Publication number: 20150051844
    Abstract: A method for determining a condition indicator of an apparatus includes providing an apparatus configured to measure at least two different technical parameters. A respective parameter value is determined for each of the at least two different technical parameters of the apparatus using at least one sensor configured to determine a respective parameter value for each of the at least two different technical parameters. A respective deviation value of each of the parameter values is determined with respect to an associated respective parameter reference value for each of the technical parameters. A respective deviation relevance value is determined from each of the deviation values using a respective parameter-specific deviation relevance function for each of the parameter values, the parameter-specific deviation relevance functions being different from each other. Using an indicator function, a condition indicator is calculated from the determined deviation relevance values.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: HACH LANGE GMBH
    Inventors: TOON STREPPEL, TORSTEN SEEHAUS, ULRICH SCHMITZ, MANFRED BATTEFELD, FRANK THOMAS, MICHAEL KUSSMANN, MICHAEL HAECK
  • 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: 8956874
    Abstract: A method for determining corrosiveness of naphthenic acid in a crude oil feedstock is provided. The method includes the steps of providing a crude oil feedstock containing naphthenic acid; contacting the crude oil feedstock with iron for a period of time at a sufficient temperature for the iron to react with the naphthenic acid, forming iron salts. Under sufficiently high temperatures, at least a portion of the iron salts decompose to form ketone, which can be quantified. Measurements of the ketone can be used to correlate with the amount of iron lost from corrosion given a certain level of naphthenic acid present, giving a measure of the corrosivity of crude oil feedstock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Monica Michele Barney, Toni Zhang Miao, Michael Tung-hai Cheng, Grzegorz Jan Kusinski
  • Patent number: 8945374
    Abstract: A device and mechanism for recommending a water filter in a beverage dispenser is described. A sensor senses qualities of unfiltered water. Another sensor senses qualities of a flavorant container, such as the flavorant contained within the container. Based on the quality of the unfiltered water and the particular flavored beverage desired, the device will recommend a water filter to optimize the flavor of the beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Kevin M. Chase
  • Patent number: 8949038
    Abstract: Described herein is a method of controlling bitumen quality in a process stream within a solvent-assisted bitumen extraction operation, for instance a hydrocarbon stream from a froth separation unit (FSU). Bitumen quality is a measure of the amount of selected contaminants in the process stream. Contaminants may include asphaltenes (comprising metal porphyrins), sulfur, and inorganic solids (comprising inorganic elements, e.g. Si, Al, Ti, Fe, Na, K, Mg, and Ca). First, the amounts of selected contaminants are measured. Next, these measured values are compared to maximum reference values. If one or more of these contaminants is higher than the maximum reference value, at least one variable of the solvent-assisted bitumen extraction is adjusted to improve bitumen quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Tapantosh Chakrabarty, Ken N. Sury, Joseph L. Feimer
  • Publication number: 20150019141
    Abstract: Provided is a liquid chromatograph control system for controlling an operation of a liquid chromatograph according to a method file containing a plurality of analysis parameters representing configuration items which determine operational conditions of the liquid chromatograph, including: a) a display section for displaying, for each of the analysis parameters, selectable values of the analysis parameter on a condition-setting screen; b) a grouping section for allowing a user to prepare grouping information for the values of the analysis parameter displayed on the condition-setting screen, the grouping information determining whether or not one value of one analysis parameter and one value of another analysis parameter can be included in one group; and c) a file-creating section for extracting, from the values of the analysis parameters, such values that can be included in one group according to the grouping information, and for creating a method file containing the extracted values.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: SHIMADZU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroshi OHASHI
  • Patent number: 8935007
    Abstract: An analyte testing device is provided for use with a mobile processing device having a camera with a lens, a processor for processing an image captured by the lens. The analyte testing device comprises a casing and a test strip positioner. The test strip positioner positions an analyte containing test strip adjacent to the camera lens to permit the camera to capture an image of the analyte containing test strip. A light source is disposed within the casing. The light source is positioned within the casing to illuminate the analyte containing test strip to facilitate the capture of the image of the test strip. Software is contained within the mobile processing device for performing a quantitative analysis of at least one analyte from the captured image, and providing an output of the results of the quantitative analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: 4a medicom GmbH
    Inventors: Hans G. Kloepfer, Thomas Kloepfer, Jason Heim, Reinhard Hafellner
  • Patent number: 8930149
    Abstract: A system and a method for determining the relative value of a naphtha stream is provided, by reforming the stream into fractions at a predetermined constant research octane number (RON), conducting PIONA analysis on the reformate, after which modules or steps are performed to calculate the feed quality, estimate the total liquid yields, estimate raw product yields, normalize raw product yields, determine the value of each fraction based on predetermined values, and calculate the total value of the naphtha stream. The method is repeated on samples from different crude oils in order to provide relative values for comparison purposes at the predetermined RON.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventor: Omer Refa Koseoglu
  • Publication number: 20140378643
    Abstract: A continuous process for the manufacture of a polycarbonate comprises: combining an aromatic dihydroxy compound stream and a diaryl carbonate stream to form a mixture; controlling a weight or molar ratio of the diaryl carbonate to the aromatic dihydroxy compound by: measuring a sound velocity, Vs, in the mixture at an operating temperature of the controlling step; and determining the weight or molar ratio of the diaryl carbonate to the aromatic dihydroxy compound in the mixture; and adjusting a flow rate of at least one of the aromatic dihydroxy compound stream and the diaryl carbonate stream, if needed, to achieve a desired weight or molar ratio of the diaryl carbonate to the aromatic dihydroxy compound; and polymerizing the aromatic dihydroxy compound and the diaryl carbonate in the presence of a catalyst to produce the polycarbonate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Ignacio Vic Fernandez, Isabel Macian Aviles
  • Publication number: 20140379277
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for the quantitative determination of an impurity present in a peptide product, wherein the impurity cannot be separated from other impurities or the main product. The method particularly involves the use of high resolution mass spectrometry (MS) detection with or without high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The method can be used for the investigation of the quality of peptides and proteins, particularly of pharmaceutical peptides and proteins.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: SANOFI-AVENTIS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Martin VOGEL, Werner MUELLER
  • Publication number: 20140373926
    Abstract: A control system is configured to remotely read data associated with a process system in real time and perform various functions associated with the obtained data. The data may be stored to a database and/or analyzed to provide various operating parameters to one or more remote clients.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: HYDRONOVATION, INC.
    Inventors: Anil D. Jha, Ramandeep Mehmi, Peter Naylor
  • Patent number: 8909484
    Abstract: An apparatus for testing a porous medium is provided. The apparatus includes a liquid processing subsystem and a liquid weighing subsystem. The liquid processing subsystem is interfaced with the medium in a manner that establishes liquid contact there-between. The liquid processing and liquid weighing subsystems are sealably interconnected via an interconnecting liquid tube. The liquid weighing subsystem stores a liquid which flows therefrom, through the tube, through the liquid processing subsystem, and into the medium until it is saturated with the liquid. The liquid weighing subsystem automatically measures the weight of the liquid stored therein on an ongoing basis and uses these measurements to determine one or more hydraulic properties of the medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Soilmoisture Equipment Corp.
    Inventors: Ali Farsad, Thomas G. Macfie, Whitney Skaling, Gregory T. Hart