Moisture Content Or Absorption Characteristic Of Material Patents (Class 73/73)
  • Patent number: 10445847
    Abstract: System that enables a user to generate a detailed noise complaint with a simple input such as a button click; the system identifies the source of the noise and the authority responsible for monitoring this noise, and it creates a properly formatted complaint and sends it to the responsible authority. Illustrative uses include generation of complaints for noise caused by air traffic, trains, wind turbines, road traffic, or sirens. The user may initiate a complaint using any device such as a mobile phone, a voice-activated system such as Amazon Echo™ or Google Home™, or a dedicated input device. The system may search databases or information feeds to identify the likely source of noise near the user's location. For example, the system may access real-time flight path data to find the airplane closest to the user at the time the user initiates an air noise complaint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventor: Christopher McCann
  • Patent number: 10338490
    Abstract: A system and method for adjusting transfer parameters in electrostatic-based printers includes a sensor proximate to a paper path before a toner transfer area. A sensor comprised of opposing conductive plates determines a paper property, such as its capacitance, as it passes through an air gap between the conductive plates. A transfer roller receives an electric charge for transferring toner from an associated transfer belt to the paper with a voltage of the electric charge being adjusted based on a transfer parameter corresponding to the sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba TEC Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Don W. Stafford, Michael W. Lawrence
  • Patent number: 10309853
    Abstract: A sensor-plug for insertion into a drier bottle of an automotive condenser. The sensor-plug is a unitary piece and positioned within the drier bottle to eliminate the use of a separate sensor on the opposite side of the condenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Trensor, LLC
    Inventors: Scott C. Gilman, Steven D. Gilman, Jingxun Zhou, James Resutek
  • Patent number: 10178823
    Abstract: An agricultural implement includes a chassis; an implement frame carried by the chassis; a shank connected to the implement frame, the shank including a shank point configured to break apart soil and a load sensor associated with the shank point which is configured to output shank load signals as the shank point advances through soil; an actuator carried by the chassis and configured to adjust a depth of the shank point; and a controller electrically coupled to the load sensor and the actuator. The controller is configured to receive the shank load signals; generate a load profile from the received shank load signals; analyze the load profile to determine whether the shank point is in a soil compaction layer; and activate the actuator to adjust the depth of the shank point based on the analyzed load profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael G. Kovach, Christopher Barrick, James W. Henry, Tracey D. Meiners
  • Patent number: 10087028
    Abstract: A perforated roll (10) of a fiber web machine includes a roll shell (19), holes (13) extending through the roll shell, and a sensing system (14) arranged in the roll shell. The sensing system (14) includes at least one pair of leads (16), to which one or more sensors (15) have been connected. At least one pair of leads is composed of flat leads (17.2, 17.2), which are arranged in the roll shell side by side. A prefabricated sensor sheet (26) may be prepared for a perforated roll of a fiber web machine, such that holes may be drilled therethrough to communicate with the roll shell holes (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: VALMET TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Kari Röyskö, Heikki Kettunen, Tatu Pitkänen
  • Patent number: 9736282
    Abstract: According to various embodiments of the present disclosure, an electronic device may include: an external housing having a through-hole that connects the inside and the outside of the portable electronic device; a first structure that is accommodated in a space of the external housing and has an opening and a passage, wherein the opening is disposed adjacent to the through-hole and the passage extends in a first direction and is connected to the opening; a second structure that is accommodated in the space of the external housing and disposed adjacent to the first structure, and has a portion directed toward the through-hole; and a material that is located on the portion of the second structure so as to be visible from the outside through the through-hole and changes color in reaction to contact of a fluid. In addition, various other embodiments can be made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sung-Young Lee, Tae-Hwan Kang, Jung-Ho Chun
  • Patent number: 9689719
    Abstract: A cover for a duct sensor includes an outer envelope extending circumferentially around the cover, a seal projecting from the outer envelope and extending circumferentially around the outer envelope, a duct extending through the cover and defining a plurality of walls including side walls, and a front surface connecting to the outer envelope and to the walls of the duct. A guide runner is laterally arranged along a side wall of the duct. An opening in the front surface of the cover provides an entry for a circuit board into the duct, and the guide runner is configured to support a circuit board extending through the duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Giuseppe Radatti, Martin Zimmermann
  • Patent number: 9523652
    Abstract: An apparatus for measuring moisture content of biomass is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a probe apparatus and a mechanism that inserts the probe apparatus into the biomass. The probe apparatus measures a capacitance of the biomass. In accordance with an embodiment, the probe apparatus is mounted on the mechanism. In an embodiment, the mechanism positions the probe apparatus over the biomass. According to an embodiment, the mechanism inserts the probe apparatus into the biomass as the biomass is being transported in a trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: POET Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Julie A. Kluin, Brandon L. McLellan
  • Patent number: 9417122
    Abstract: Some embodiments herein generally relate to self-clean lenses, sensor systems, and/or methods of cleaning. In some embodiments, a self-cleaning lens is provided for a sensor for monitoring a liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: EMPIRE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT LLC
    Inventor: Quentin Arthur Carl Adam
  • Patent number: 9311547
    Abstract: A failure detection system that includes an image processing unit configured to acquire a morphological image illustrating a morphology of the absorbent article after processing of the absorbent article, in each of the plurality of steps, a failure detection unit configured to detect the existence of a failure location of the absorbent article after processing, based on the morphological image acquired by the image processing unit, and an image display unit configured to display an image of the absorbent article after processing, when a failure location of the absorbent article is detected by the failure detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Unicharm Corporation
    Inventor: Takumi Nakano
  • Patent number: 9182333
    Abstract: A method testing physical properties of bulk powder materials uses acceleration forces induce a change in physical configuration of a powder sample. Various different properties may be determined by relationships between the applied acceleration and the associated detected change in configuration event. In various embodiments powder strength, friction angle, or other properties may be determined. Novel methods and devices are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: JOHANSON HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventor: Kerry Johanson
  • Patent number: 9165094
    Abstract: Included are embodiments for dynamically modeling a human internal pelvic environment for product interactions. Some embodiments include creating a computational simulation of biomechanical interactions between feminine product and a pelvic region for a predetermined body type and simulating dynamic contraction of pelvic floor muscles and movement of surrounding parts of the pelvic region as would be experienced in normal use of the feminine product. Similarly, some embodiments are configured to determine, from the simulation, positional changes and effectiveness of the feminine product, determine whether the feminine product is acceptable, and in response to determining that the feminine product is not acceptable, alter a feature of the feminine product. In some embodiments, in response to determining that the feminine product is acceptable, data related to the feminine product being acceptable may be output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Alexzandra Joan Ramachandran, Ryo Nmn Minoguchi, Diana Lynne Gann, Dean Larry Duval
  • Patent number: 9146206
    Abstract: A capacitance-based moisture sensor may include a sleeve having an internal cavity, a container filled with soil or other material inserted into the internal cavity, and a pair of ring-shaped conductive bands around the exterior of the sleeve forming a capacitor and providing a frequency output. The rings positioned around a perimeter of the sleeve may be connected to a fixed inductor to form an oscillator with a variable frequency output. The sensor may be calibrated from the frequency output for each of a plurality of substances, measuring the volumetric water content for saturation of the material, and determining at least one fitting constant in an equation wherein volumetric water content is a function of the frequency output and a plurality of fitting constants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael L. Rhodes, Clayton S. Morton, James A. Chambers, Graeme L. Jarvis, Larry L. Hendrickson
  • Patent number: 9086298
    Abstract: Electronic devices may have sensitive circuitry. To determine whether an electronic device has been exposed to excessive amounts of moisture, the electronic device may be provided with a moisture indicator. The moisture indicator may have a wicking layer of white paper and a red dye layer. If a portion of the moisture indicator is exposed to moisture, red dye may bleed into the white paper. The moisture indicator may be mounted in an input-output port opening or other portion of the electronic device where the state of the moisture indicator is visible. The moisture indicator may have sealed edges to reduce sensitivity to small amounts of moisture intrusion. Different regions of the moisture indicator may be provided with different sensitivities by forming structures that have altered moisture flow properties, by altering wicking layer thicknesses, or by otherwise spatially modifying moisture sensitivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Erik L. Wang
  • Publication number: 20150143881
    Abstract: A system and method for moisture sensing and methods for making and using same. The present disclosure describes a fluid sensing array that comprises a first and second set of conducting lines with a fluid layer disposed between the first and second set of conducting lines. Proximate intersections of the sets of conducting lines define a plurality of sensing regions. Reading the plurality of sensing regions may provide for calculating a value for fluid volume present, a value for surface area where fluid is present, or a determination of the identity, class or a characteristic of a fluid present.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Nitin Raut, Luke Stevens
  • Patent number: 9038444
    Abstract: In an ink jet printing apparatus of the present invention, a moisture content of a print sheet is estimated without decreasing productivity of the printing apparatus and appropriate conditions of printing operation in the subsequent printing process are specified. More specifically, by measuring a change in thickness of the print sheet after printing, a state of moisture content is estimated. Estimating a state of moisture content allows determination of appropriate conditions of printing operation such as a minimum drying time required for printing a high-quality image on various types of print sheets such as print coated paper or coated paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Riichi Saito, Noboru Toyama, Takaharu Aotani
  • Patent number: 9016112
    Abstract: A method for determining the moisture content in an absorbent sanitary product, in particular a diaper, incontinence pad or incontinence briefs, or sanitary towel, wherein liquid is first applied to the sanitary product under preferably predetermined conditions and subsequently the article is spread out in a planar fashion. A plurality of zoned measurement areas is defined over the planar extension of the spread-out sanitary article, and a measured value is taken in each measurement area or with respect to each measurement area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Paul Hartmann Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Rui Miguel Paz, Susanne Beckert, Ruediger Kesselmeier, Maximilian Swerev, Enno Gause, Tim Krueger, Magnus Bodmer, Oliver Gassner
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9003870
    Abstract: To address this and/or other needs, the present inventor devised, among other things, a passive moisture detection probe that can be installed and left in place to continuously indicate whether the moisture-content in the wall-cavity of a building is below or above a desirable level. One exemplary moisture detection assembly includes a moisture-absorbent sensor element and an indicator. The sensor element, which can be placed in contact with the inner surface of a home's exterior sheathing, expands and contracts in response to the moisture content of the sheathing. The indicator, for example a rod, moves in responsive to the expansion and contraction of the sensor element, with its relative position corresponding to the moisture in the exterior sheathing and thus providing an on-going and observable sign of moisture intrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Alan B. Powell
  • Patent number: 8997682
    Abstract: The patent application is directed to a moisture indicator that reversibly changes between two different colors depending on whether the moisture indicator is in a wet state or in a dry state. The moisture indicator is used to provide visual information about dryness/wetness of a substrate such as plant soil. The moisture indicator comprises a porous body member having a moisture indicating color and a moisture indicating material over the moisture indicating color. Water passed through the porous material activates the moisture indicating material from a dry opaque state to a transparent clear state. In the transparent clear state, the moisture indicating material reveals the moisture indicating color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas William David Ashcroft
  • Patent number: 8991240
    Abstract: A resonance frequency shift amount ?f and a peak level change amount ?P are measured using a microwave resonator, V1 and V2 are obtained based on V1=(?f·??2/Kf??P·??2/Kp)/(??1·??2???1·??2), and V2=(?f·??1/Kf??P·??1/Kp)/(??1·??2???1·??2), and an absolute dry basis weight and a moisture amount are obtained based on absolute dry basis weight=?·V1, and moisture amount=?·V2. For the constants Kf, Kp, ??1, ??2, ??1 and ??2, the constants ??1, ??2, ??1 and ??2 are determined so that the variance values of Kf and Kp are smaller than a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Oji Holdings Corporation
    Inventors: Shinichi Nagata, Hidetada Sawamoto, Masahiro Kurosawa
  • Publication number: 20150075263
    Abstract: A moisture sensing device having an elongated chute with an open top and a gate at the bottom. The gate is connected to an actuator for opening and closing the gate. A proximity sensor is mounted to the chute adjacent the gate to detect whether the gate is open or closed. Connected to and extending into the chute is a moisture sensor. The moisture sensor, proximity sensor, and actuator are all connected to a controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Sukup Manufacturing Co.
    Inventors: Matthew R. Koch, Kerry Hartwig, Graham Giddings, Mitchell Meier
  • Patent number: 8978447
    Abstract: A porous medium sensor comprises: a sensing portion, a gas exchange tubing, a gas permeable protection sleeve, and a water impermeable distal end collar. The sensing portion is at least partially insertable in a porous medium and has a housing with a gas exchange aperture defined therein and a parameter sensor mounted in the housing for measuring a parameter of the porous medium in which the sensing portion is insertable. The gas exchange tubing is in gas communication with the gas exchange aperture of the sensor portion and has a water-repellent membrane inserted therein. The water-repellent membrane prevents water infiltration in the housing through the gas exchange aperture. The gas permeable protection sleeve covers at least a section of the gas exchange tubing. The water impermeable distal end collar covers a distal end of the gas permeable protective sleeve and the water-repellent membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Hortau, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean Caron, Daniel Belleau, Jocelyn Boudreau, Sébastien Rochette
  • Patent number: 8943875
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mopping device (1) having a mop plate (2), or which a mop cover (3) can be fastened in a replaceable manner, wherein a measuring device (4) for detecting the residual moisture present in the mop cover (3) is integrated in the mop plate (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Carl Freudenberg KG
    Inventors: Ulla Reimann, Keijo Lindholm, Aulis Tuominen, Sakari Laehdetie, Eija Pesonen-Leinonen
  • Publication number: 20140360253
    Abstract: Apparatuses include a base, a linear beam of paper material connected to the base, and an adhesive surface connected to the base adjacent the linear beam. In its un-deformed state, the linear beam is straight and elongated. A coating (e.g., a flexible moisture barrier) covers only a second side along the length of the linear beam (and does not cover a first side). The adhesive surface is a contact self-adhesive. The linear beam develops a curvature toward the adhesive surface from exposure to an atmospheric excessive moisture level above a previously established moisture level. A sufficient amount of curvature causes the linear beam to contact the adhesive surface, and the linear beam remains permanently attached to the adhesive surface after contacting the adhesive surface, thereby indicating that at some point the previously established moisture level has been exceeded.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: George A. Gibson, Linn C. Hoover
  • Publication number: 20140352413
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a moisture transmission testing instrument of measuring moisture transmission of an electronic material, the moisture transmission testing instrument including: a moisture supplying part having an opened upper portion and having water stored therein; a sample support part stacked on the moisture supplying part so as to be communicated with the moisture supplying part and having a sample seated on an upper side thereof; and a moisture collecting part stacked on the sample support part so as to be communicated with the sample support part and having a dehumidifying agent installed therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRO-MECHANICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hee Jin PARK, Seung Mi LEE, Suk Jin HAM
  • Patent number: 8887546
    Abstract: A method for analyzing moisture content in an analyzer. In one embodiment a sample is introduced into an analyzer and an initial weight is obtained. The sample is then fortified where it is allowed to pick-up moisture. The temperature of the analyzer is increased and an initial fortified point is obtained wherein the sample has returned to its initial weight. Thereafter the analyzer obtains the final moisture content of the sample at a test finish time. In one embodiment satellite analyzers are biased against a standard analyzer so that more uniform results are obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Wilfred M. Bourg, Jr., Scott Fagan
  • Patent number: 8890550
    Abstract: An electrical device for detecting moisture has a detection cable (10a, 10b, 10c) made up of a first element (1) and of a second element (2a, 2b, 2c) which elements are elongate and electrically conducting and separated by a polymer-based material (3), and an electrical resistance measurement appliance intended to measure the electrical resistance between the first and second elements of the the cable, where the material (3) is a non-soluble and moisture-sensitive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Nexans
    Inventors: Laurent Tribut, Yann Breton, Ivar Granheim
  • Publication number: 20140331749
    Abstract: A pet training pad with diagnostic materials to detect wetness includes an impermeable bottom layer, at least one absorbent layer, a wetness indicator, and a permeable top layer. The at least one absorbent layer is connected on to the impermeable bottom layer, and the wetness indicator is positioned on the at least one absorbent layer. The permeable top layer is positioned on the at least one absorbent layer and perimetrically connected to the impermeable bottom layer enclosing the at least one absorbent layer. When any kind of bodily fluid penetrates through the permeable top layer, the wetness indicator detects the bodily fluid within the training pad and is able to visually indicate the wetness of the training pad to pet owners or caregivers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: MEDNET DIRECT CORP
    Inventor: Robert PERISSI
  • Patent number: 8857367
    Abstract: Connector structures for electronic devices may be provided with moisture indicators. The connector structures may include a connector such as data port connector that has a rear opening. A moisture barrier structure may cover the rear of the data port connector and may have an opening that is aligned with the rear opening. A moisture indicator may cover the opening in the moisture barrier structure. A transparent window structure such as a layer of clear film may be used to prevent moisture from traveling through the rear opening of the data port connector and the opening in the moisture barrier structure to the moisture indicator. An audio port connector may be provided with a moisture indicator and a transparent window structure that helps prevent moisture from reaching the moisture indicator through the audio port connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Sloey, John Ardisana
  • Publication number: 20140303854
    Abstract: An on-the-go monitor and control means and method for an agriculture machines includes on-the-go soil sensors that can be used to control tillage and seeding depth. On seeder implements, the sensors provide information that affects uniform plant emergence.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: AG LEADER TECHNOLOGY
    Inventor: Roger R. Zielke
  • Patent number: 8851745
    Abstract: A hygrometer and dew-point instrument is provided that is structurally simple while reducing the workload during maintenance. The hygrometer measures relative humidity of a measurement space, and has a main body that encapsulates a working fluid therein and causes a heat-pipe phenomenon. The main body is disposed across the measurement space and an external space spaced from the measurement space by a heat-insulating part and has a temperature lower than the measurement space. A first temperature deriving part derives the temperature of the main body in a section where the working fluid evaporates. A space temperature detecting unit detects the temperature of the measurement space. A computation unit calculate relative humidity of the measurement space based on the temperature of the main body derived by the first temperature deriving part and the temperature of the measurement space detected by the space temperature detecting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Espec Corp.
    Inventor: Shinichirou Sakami
  • Publication number: 20140260571
    Abstract: A progressive, or graded, passive moisture detector is configured to provide an indication of the amount of moisture to which a moisture-sensitive substrate has been exposed, a duration of time that a moisture-sensitive substrate has been exposed to moisture or the effectiveness of one or more protective coatings at preventing moisture-sensitive components from being exposed to moisture. A progressive passive moisture detector includes a plurality of different passive moisture detectors with different properties. The passive moisture detectors may be arranged in a manner (e.g., a sequence, etc.) that correlates to information the progressive passive moisture detector is intended to provide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: HzO, Inc.
    Inventor: Blake Stevens
  • Publication number: 20140260570
    Abstract: A sensor assembly is provided for measuring moisture content of concrete. The sensor assembly includes a sensor housing that is received within an opening in the concrete. The sensor housing includes an internal bore. The sensor housing is length adjustable so as to match a length of the opening. The sensor assembly further includes a moisture sensor received within the internal bore of the sensor housing. The sensor measure the moisture content of the concrete.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Christopher James Elliott Ranwell
  • Publication number: 20140250988
    Abstract: An apparatus determines the dryness of inked paper using laser light absorption technique for application in inkjet printers. Direct in-line feedback is provided as to the effectiveness of the drying of the ink placed deposited upon paper or other media. Associated laser system designs and the technologies employed in the determination of drying efficiency of inks and other liquids placed upon a media are enabled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: 7-SIGMA, INC.
    Inventors: Wade R. Eichhorn, Kristian G. Wyrobek
  • Patent number: 8813541
    Abstract: Methods and systems for measuring atmospheric water content, are provided. The method includes measuring a first air temperature and a first air pressure at a first location in a compressor, measuring a second air temperature and a second air pressure at a second location in the compressor, computing a ratio of specific heats from the first and second air temperatures and the first and second air pressures, and determining an atmospheric water content from the ratio of specific heats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Charles B. Spinelli, Brian J. Tillotson, Tamaira E. Ross
  • Publication number: 20140230917
    Abstract: A moisture sensing water system comprising at least one moisture sensor coupled with at least one wheel coupled with a water conveyance system, the at least one moisture sensor pierces the ground during each rotation of the at least one wheel and performs a moisture sensing. A moisture information converter receives the moisture sensing information and converts the moisture sensing information into a signal indicative of the moisture content of the ground. A moisture content provider provides the signal indicative of the moisture content of the ground in a user accessible format to automatically control the amount of water disseminated by the moisture sensing watering system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: TRIMBLE NAVIGATION LIMITED
    Inventor: Robert James Lindores
  • Patent number: 8800353
    Abstract: Described herein are systems, apparatuses and methods for the design and use of a suction-controlled box for the measurement of stress-dependent soil and water characteristics, shear strength, volume changes and consolidation characteristics from a single unsaturated soil specimen. The suction-controlled box can include a suction control part and a mechanical loading part, which can apply various suctions and mechanical loadings to test a specimen for a full range of suctions. The suction-controlled box can also include a helical water compartment that can flush diffused air bubbles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
    Inventor: Charles Wang Wai Ng
  • Publication number: 20140216143
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device, system and method for measuring moisture in building structures. A tubular body part (100) may be embedded in a material during its casting. Hole(s) (106) provided in the body part (100) lets moisture inside a space separated by the body part (100). Measuring element including electronics (102) and a sensor (104) functionally connected to the body part (100) is used to measure the separated space 108. With a reading device (234), the results may then be read from above surface due to a provided wireless link between the measuring element (102) and (104) and the reading device (234).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: WIISTE OY
    Inventors: Risto-Matti Salmi, Toni Luopajarvi
  • Publication number: 20140210492
    Abstract: A moisture meter for determining the moisture content of particulate material is provided. The moisture meter comprises a frame part, a space, a measuring cup disposed within said space for receiving a sample of the particulate material which moisture is to be measured, and moisture measuring means. The moisture meter comprises a swiping means for removing at least partly a part of a sample of particulate material which moisture is to be measured, which part of the sample of particulate material extends out of the inner space of the measuring cup through the open end of the measuring cup. The swiping means are movably attached to the frame part for movement in a swiping path where a swiping member of the swiping means is configured to move essentially along the open end of the measuring cup.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: Agratronix LLC
    Inventors: Janne Kivijarvi, Jere Keskiaho, Johannes Hyrsky
  • Patent number: 8783206
    Abstract: Disclosed is a wet label that includes a submergence check layer capable of being discolored according to an environmental change (e.g., water, moisture, dampness, etc.). The disclosed wet label includes an adhesive layer; a coating layer provided under the adhesive layer; and a submergence check layer provided under the coating layer, which is discolored according to an internal environmental change, wherein the coating layer blocks environment changes from contacting the submergence check layer. Furthermore, a discolored part of the submergence check layer may be visually checked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jin-Young Kwak
  • Publication number: 20140196525
    Abstract: In a sensor device for detecting moisture on a pane comprising at least one transmitter which emits light which is reflected at the pane and received by at least one receiver, an optical system is provided between the transmitter and the receiver, which brings about a multiple reflection between the pane and the optical system. A particularly good measurement is thereby made possible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: Hella KGaA Hueck & Co.
    Inventors: Thomas NIEMANN, Torsten EGGERS
  • Publication number: 20140186215
    Abstract: A dew condensation sensor is described, including a nano-composite for generating local surface plasmon resonance, a light reflecting member disposed on one side of the nano-composite, a protection layer laminated on the light reflecting member, a light source/light receiver disposed facing the nano-composite, a spectroscope (or photo-detector) for detecting the light reflected by the light source/light receiver, a controller connected to the light source/light receiver and the spectroscope (or photo-detector) and used for overall control thereof, and a display unit connected to the controller. The dew condensation sensor detects occurrence of dew condensation based on the variation in the absorption spectrum, the absorption intensity or the reflected-light intensity of the local surface plasmon resonance of the nano-composite.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: NIPPON STEEL & SUMIKIN CHEMICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryuzo Shinta, Yasufumi Matsumura, Yasushi Enomoto
  • Patent number: 8763480
    Abstract: A dew formation testing device has an adjustment tank capable of adjusting the temperature and humidity of air to predetermined temperature and humidity, a testing tank installed separately from the adjustment tank and having a sample base that has a mounting surface, onto which a testing sample W can be placed, and that is capable to cool the mounting surface, and ducts that link the adjustment unit and the testing tank. The testing tank is provided with an air guide member that, when air flowing into the testing tank through the duct flows onto the sample base from a side of the sample base, guides the air in the direction tilted downward at a predetermined angle, the guidance being performed at a position right above the sample base at an end thereof which is on the upstream side of the air flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignees: Espec Corp., Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Shimada, Hirokazu Tanaka, Akira Okamoto, Yoshinori Mizuma, Seiichi Okada
  • Publication number: 20140155851
    Abstract: The present subject matter relates to absorbent articles and signaling devices for use therewith. The signaling device includes one or more non-invasive sensors configured to detect the presence of a substance, such as a body fluid, in the absorbent article. The signaling device can provide an audible and/or visible alert to the user of the absorbent article when it detects the presence of a substance. The absorbent article includes one or more identifiable characteristics the presence of which permits operation of the signaling device. In this manner, the present disclosure provides for product and signaling device matching for use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Michael Ales, Sudhanshu Gakhar, Andrew Mark Long, Davis-Dang H Nhan
  • Patent number: 8744773
    Abstract: An intelligent rain sensor incorporates at least one hygroscopic member and a sensor that generates signals representative of its amount of expansion due to absorption of moisture. A microcontroller executes a pre-programmed algorithm that determines at least the rate of expansion and uses that information to distinguish between actual rainfall events on the one hand, and high humidity, dew or a light sprinkle on the other hand, and sends a shut off command to an irrigation controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Hunter Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter J. Woytowitz, La Monte D. Porter
  • Patent number: 8733155
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an irrigation sprinkler sensor for sensing if a sprinkler riser has elevated, if water is flowing through the sprinkler riser, if the sprinkler is rotating, or if a sprinkler valve has properly closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: The Toro Company
    Inventors: Jason Lester Hill, Thomas H. Runge, Alex Korol
  • Patent number: 8720255
    Abstract: A water uptake measurement system for measuring uptake of a fluid by a sample includes a sample chamber, a suspension component and a supply interface. A suspension aperture is located at a first end of the sample chamber and extends from an outer surface of the sample chamber to an inner surface of the sample chamber. The suspension component passes through the suspension aperture and is configured to support the sample within the internal cavity such that the sample is spaced apart from the inner surface of the sample chamber. The supply interface is configured to deliver the fluid to the internal cavity of the sample chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory DiLeo, Rameshwar Yadav, Kevork Adjemian
  • Publication number: 20140123738
    Abstract: Apparatus for physically analyzing soil includes a sample changer for receiving at least two soil-sample holders, and having an element for placing each sample holder and sample thereof in a measurement area, in turns, according to a cycle repeated over time, the apparatus including: elements for measuring the size of the samples; elements for measuring the potential of the samples containing water; and elements for measuring the weight of the samples, wherein all of the measuring elements are grouped together in the measurement area so as to be simultaneously used implemented for a given sample when the latter is placed in the measurement area. The shrinkage curve and water potential curve, obtained from the measurements, represent the change, over time, in the status of the water and structure of the soil sample during the drying thereof, and can be used to determine the hydrostructural characteristics of the soil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Inventors: Gerard Bellier, Erik Braudeau
  • Patent number: 8714181
    Abstract: A tensiometer for use in determining matric potential of a soil includes a water inlet; a hydraulic coupler comprising a porous material for providing hydraulic coupling between water that enters the inlet and the soil; and a septum that seals water that enters the inlet against ingress of air via the porous material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignees: Netafim, Ltd., Yissum Research Development Company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    Inventors: Uri Shani, Abraham Schweitzer