Mounting And Connection Patents (Class 73/756)
  • Patent number: 11035294
    Abstract: Bypass turbine engine, comprising a gas generator surrounded by a nacelle and connected to the latter by tubular arms, a primary flow duct within the gas generator being externally delimited by a first annular casing of the gas generator, and a bypass flow duct of a secondary flow around the gas generator being internally delimited by a second annular casing of the gas generator and externally by a third annular casing of the nacelle, the second and third casings being connected together by at least some of the tubular arms, characterized in that it comprises at least one lubricant tank located in the annular space that extends between the first and second casings, and lubricant supply means of the tank or of each tank that comprise at least one supply line extending from the or each tank to at least one filler opening located at the level of the third casing, passing within at least one of said arms connecting the second and third casings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES
    Inventors: Frédéric Paul Eichstadt, Nicolas Maurice Hervé Aussedat, Bellal Waissi
  • Patent number: 11009146
    Abstract: A sealing valve is provided for a sensor that includes a sensing element and a sensor opening that exposes the sensing element. The sealing valve includes a housing that is configured to be mounted to the sensor such that an internal channel of the housing fluidly communicates with the sensor opening. The sealing valve includes a float element configured to float along a surface of the liquid. The float element is configured to move within the internal channel between an open position and a closed position. The float element is configured to close the sensor opening to the internal channel in the closed position. The sensor opening is open to the internal channel when the float element is in the open position. The float element is configured to rise with the surface of the liquid within the internal channel toward the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Teledyne Detcon, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Lynn Landis
  • Patent number: 10996124
    Abstract: A high accuracy capacitive pressure transducer capable of performing measurements at a fixed temperature, with stability better than ±2 mK, in the temperature range of 15° C.-30° C. and which does not require the use of correction for thermal transpiration effect. The pressure transducer includes a vacuum gauge having a pressure sensor and a pressure sensor sheath, a temperature control unit secured in a cap; an aluminum block having a lower surface in contact with the pressure sensor sheath and an upper surface in contact with a main plate; and a temperature sensor located between the main plate and the upper surface of the aluminum block. The vacuum gauge is connected to a vacuum system by means of a connecting pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: TUBITAK
    Inventor: Rifat Kangi
  • Patent number: 10935448
    Abstract: A pressure detection device includes a base plate having first and second principal surfaces and a through-hole in which a fluid to be measured flows. A pressure sensor arranged above the first principal surface to cover the through-hole outputs an electric signal corresponding to the pressure of the fluid. A housing includes a recessed portion and first and second capacitor holders. The recessed portion retains the base plate and first and second lead terminals electrically connected to the pressure sensor and allows a part of each of the lead terminals to be exposed. The capacitor holders each includes an outwardly opened recess and together hold a capacitor electrically connected to the lead terminals. Each of the capacitor holders obliquely protrudes from an outer shape of the housing to both sides when viewed in a plan view in a direction from the first principal surface to the second principal surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignees: NIDEK TOSOK CORPORATION, NIPPON SEIKI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Kobayashi, Shigehiro Kataoka, Yoshihiro Kamimura
  • Patent number: 10928262
    Abstract: A pressure-sensor device (1) comprises: a pressure-sensitive component (5, 5a, 6), having a sensor body (5) that includes an elastically deformable membrane part (5a) and at least one detection element (6) suitable for detecting a deformation of the membrane part (5a); a supporting structure (2, 3) for supporting the pressure-sensitive component (5, 5a, 6), having a passageway (15) for a fluid of which a pressure is to be measured. The supporting structure (2, 3) comprises: a supporting body (2) with respect to which the sensor body (5) is positioned in such a way that its membrane part (5a) is exposed to the fluid exiting the passageway (15), the supporting body (2) having at least one through cavity (14), a compressible body (16), which is configured for compensating possible variations of volume of the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: ELTEK S.p.A.
    Inventor: Giorgio Martinengo
  • Patent number: 10914647
    Abstract: A capacitive sensor for monitoring stresses acting in a construction structure and having a multi-layer structure provided with an upper conductive layer defining an upper outer surface of the sensor. A lower conductive layer defines a lower outer surface. At least a first structural layer of insulating material is in contact with the upper conductive layer and at least a second structural layer of insulating material is in contact with the lower conductive layer. At least a first plate layer of conductive material and at least a second plate layer, of conductive material, and at least one dielectric layer is interposed between the first plate layer and the second plate layer to define at least one detection capacitor inside the multi-layer structure of the sensor. The upper and lower conductive layers jointly defining an electromagnetic screen for screening the detection capacitor against electromagnetic interference originating from outside the capacitive sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.r.l.
    Inventors: Francesco Pappalardo, Agatino Pennisi, Elio Guidetti, Angelo Doriani
  • Patent number: 10866196
    Abstract: A system for use in performing maintenance on a turbine rotor. The system includes a rotor mount configured to receive the turbine rotor, a robotic device, a visual inspection device removably coupleable to the robotic device, and a computing device. The computing device is configured to direct the robotic device to evaluate, with the visual inspection device, the turbine rotor at different circumferential locations thereof to obtain rotor axis data, determine a centerline of the turbine rotor based on the rotor axis data, generate a coordinate system including the centerline of the turbine rotor, direct the robotic device to evaluate, with the visual inspection device, each blade on at least one stage of the turbine rotor to obtain blade position data relative to the centerline, and populate the coordinate system with the blade position data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Lukasz Sajdak, Dariusz Zybura, Anna Ewa Swieca, Kamil Koszarny
  • Patent number: 10828415
    Abstract: A photopheresis system (200) is disclosed, and that may be configured to execute one or more protocols. These protocols include: 1) protocols (400; 430; 460) for purging air out of a centrifuge bowl (210) used by the photopheresis system (200); 2) protocols (500; 510 550) for assessing the installation/operation of one or more pressure domes (330) used by the photopheresis system (200); and 3) protocols (580; 600; 660; 700; 740) for collecting buffy coat from blood processed by the photopheresis system (200).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: MALLINCKRODT HOSPITAL PRODUCTS IP LIMITED
    Inventors: Dennis Briggs, Simon Do, Eric Rabeno, Abdoulaye Sangare, Mark Vandlik, Vicki Fluck, Christopher Turek
  • Patent number: 10772564
    Abstract: Intravascular devices, systems, and methods are disclosed. In some instances, the intravascular device is a guide wire that includes separate sections with engaged core components. For example, a sensing guide wire can include a proximal portion having a proximal core member and at least one proximal electrical conductor and a distal portion coupled to the proximal portion, the distal portion having a distal core member, a sensing element, and at least one distal electrical conductor coupled to the sensing element, wherein engagement structures of the proximal and distal core members are engaged and wherein the at least one distal electrical conductor is coupled to the at least one proximal electrical conductor such that the at least one proximal electrical conductor is in electrical communication with the sensing element. Methods of making, manufacturing, and/or assembling such intravascular devices and associated systems are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: David Burkett, Eric Henderson
  • Patent number: 10748243
    Abstract: An image distortion transformation method for transforming an original image by an imager having an original distortion profile to a transformed image optimized for a distortion processing unit includes inputting the original image from the imager into the transformation unit, inputting an original image distortion profile into the original distortion profile memory of the transformation unit, and inputting a target distortion profile into the target distortion profile memory of the transformation unit. The target distortion profile is different from the original distortion profile. The method further includes transforming the original image into a transformed image by transforming the distortion profile of the original image from the original image distortion profile to the target image distortion profile, and outputting the transformed image from the transformation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: ImmerVision, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrice Roulet, Xiaojun Du, Jocelyn Parent, Pierre Konen, Simon Thibault, Pascale Nini, Valentin Bataille, Jhinseok Lee, Hu Zhang
  • Patent number: 10745956
    Abstract: In a touch sensor unit, since a base portion is provided with a hard resin portion for holding a curved state of a sensor portion deformed in conformity to a curved shape of a door frame of a tail gate, even when the base portion is not fixed to the tail gate, it is possible to hold the curved state of the base portion. Therefore, after the curved base portion is fixed to the tail gate with a double-sided adhesive tape, even if the double-sided adhesive tape is degraded with age, a restoring force of the sensor portion does not remove the double-sided adhesive tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mitsuhiro Okada
  • Patent number: 10712182
    Abstract: Apparatus and Methods for fabricating apparatus having a hermetic seal to seal a portion of an apparatus, for example and without limitation, a portion having a MEMS sensor. One such method uses crimping devices to compress a seal in a cavity formed in a housing that includes a MEMS sensor attached to a stress isolator. Under such compression, the seal deforms to hermetically seal surfaces around the inside, outside and bottom of the stress isolator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: DUNAN SENSING LLC
    Inventor: Tom T Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10704977
    Abstract: A pressure sensor includes a connection portion provided with a screw portion configured to fix the pressure sensor to a combustion chamber of a vehicle engine; a hollow liquid-enclosing container fixed to one end of the connection portion; a pressure transmission fluid enclosed inside the liquid-enclosing container; a diaphragm fixed to one end of the liquid-enclosing container and elastically deformed when receiving pressure to transmit the pressure to the pressure transmission fluid; a pressure detection element fixed to the other end of the liquid-enclosing container and detecting the pressure transmitted to the pressure transmission fluid and converts the detected pressure into an electric signal; and a heat-dissipating rod provided inside the liquid-enclosing container. The connection portion and the liquid-enclosing container, and the connection portion and the diaphragm are mechanically connected to each other by welding or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yusuke Kaga, Tomonari Misawa, Kousaku Morita, Hiroshi Onuki
  • Patent number: 10524367
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a electronic assembly and a housing. The electronic assembly comprises a sensor module mounted on or encapsulated within a substrate. The housing generally has a sensor cavity configured to receive the electronic assembly, a connector cavity configured to connect with a wire harness connector, a wall separating the sensor cavity and the connector cavity, and a plurality of terminals having a first end extending from the wall into the sensor cavity and a second end extending from the wall into the connector cavity. The first end of each terminal is generally configured to form an electrical and mechanical connection with a respective conductive pad of the substrate. The wall separating the sensor cavity and the connector cavity generally comprises an overlap configured to set an amount of deflection experienced by the first end of each terminal when the electronic assembly is inserted in the sensor cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: VEONEER US INC.
    Inventors: Jacob Pusheck, Ankur Doshi, Joshua Forwerck
  • Patent number: 10506934
    Abstract: The disclosure includes an apparatus for insertion into a body lumen. The apparatus can comprise an optical fiber pressure sensor. The optical fiber pressure sensor can comprise an optical fiber configured to transmit an optical sensing signal. A temperature compensated Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) interferometer can be in optical communication with the optical fiber. The FBG interferometer can be configured to receive a pressure and modulate, in response to the received pressure, the optical sensing signal. A compliant member such as a sensor membrane can be in physical communication with the FBG interferometer. The membrane configured to transmit the received pressure to the FBG interferometer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Phyzhon Health Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Eberle, Diana Margaret Tasker, Howard Neil Rourke, David J. Spamer
  • Patent number: 10370878
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a touch sensor unit. A conductive component is arranged between a pair of electrodes which are arranged inside an insulating tube, and the conductive component includes: a body section, which extends in a longitudinal direction of the insulating tube; and a convex section, which is arranged on an outer circumference of the body section, extends along the longitudinal direction of the body section, and sinks into the pair of electrodes. Short circuit or non-short circuit and so on of the electrodes can be detected by detecting the resistance value of the conductive component. Merely by inserting the conductive component into one end in the longitudinal direction of the electrodes, the pair of electrodes are electrically connected, and only the convex section sinks into the pair of electrodes, therefore the insertion load of the conductive component can be reduced, and the terminal treatment can be simplified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBA Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Orihara, Hideki Kubota, Minori Shoda, Mitsuhiro Okada
  • Patent number: 10345124
    Abstract: An industrial process assembly for carrying a process fluid conveyed through process piping includes a wafer having a sealing surface of a first type and a fitting having a sealing surface of a second type, different from the first type. The wafer includes a bore for carrying the process fluid and the fitting is attached to process piping. An adapter has a first sealing surface for mating with the sealing surface of the wafer and a second sealing surface for mating with the sealing surface of the fitting. The adapter is positioned between the wafer and the fitting. The adapter further includes an inner bore having a same diameter as the bore of the wafer in some embodiments. An additional adapter is provided on a second side of the wafer in some embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: DIETERICH STANDARD, INC.
    Inventor: Kyle Joseph Palmiscno
  • Patent number: 10345182
    Abstract: A sensor element for recording at least one property of a fluid medium. The sensor element includes at least one housing that forms at least one wall of at least one flow channel that can be traversed by the flow of the fluid medium. In the wall, at least one pressure tap branches off from the flow channel. At least one pressure sensor for recording a pressure of the fluid medium is configured in the pressure tap. Provided in the wall is at least one outflow contour that at least partially surrounds an orifice of the pressure tap and is adapted for diverting impurities flowing along the wall away from the orifice of the pressure tap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Benjamin Plogmann
  • Patent number: 10337600
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for in-situ filtering and monitoring of a lubricating fluid which includes, among other elements, a housing, a filter assembly and a lubrication monitoring module. The housing is adapted for being secured directly to a source of lubricating fluid and defines an internal filter chamber. The filter assembly is positioned at least partially within the internal filter chamber of the housing and the lubrication monitoring module is in fluid communication with the internal filter chamber of the housing. The filter assembly and the lubrication monitoring module are arranged so as to create first and second flow paths for lubricating fluid within the housing. The first flow path directs a portion of the lubricating fluid from the source, through the filter assembly where it is conditioned and returned to the source. The second flow path directs a second portion of the lubricating fluid from the source to the lubrication monitoring module and subsequently it is returned to the source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Cody M. Ture
  • Patent number: 10280072
    Abstract: In an electronic component with a component housing and an integrated circuit with sensor function which is accommodated in a plastic electronic housing, wherein the component housing has a cutaway in the region of the circuit with sensor function so that the integrated circuit can perform its function as a sensor through the cutaways, the component housing lies flush with the edge of the cutaway on the electronic housing and is joined in sealing manner with an adhesive bond to the electronic housing. The component housing has an approximately vertical section on the edge of the cutaways, which section extends along the side of the electronic housing. A horizontal section is also present and projects horizontally over the electronic housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: HELLA GMBH & CO. KGAA
    Inventors: Silvio Fedgenhaeuer, Sergej Tonewizki, Ingo Zoyke
  • Patent number: 10191076
    Abstract: A flow of air induces vibration of a tip of an airflow sensor. A cantilever coupled to the tip vibrates as the tip is displaced, and a piezoelectric element associated with the cantilever generates an electrical signal in response to mechanical stress or strain induced by vibration of the cantilever. A control element that is in communication with the piezoelectric element of the cantilever receives the electrical signal and derives at least one parameter indicative of the flow of air sensed by the sensor. The control element communicates or otherwise transmits an output signal that is indicative of the parameter to an output device to display sensor data to a user as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama, for and on behalf of the University of Alabama in Huntsville
    Inventors: Gang Wang, Felix Ewere
  • Patent number: 10190929
    Abstract: Provided are a pressure sensor device and method for making the same. A base member and a pressure sensor chip are joined so that a pressure receiving portion is aligned with a through hole. A pressure introduction unit and the base member are positioned and joined so that through holes thereof are continuous. The pressure introduction unit has a stepped portion in an end portion on an opened end side, and has a protruding portion protruding from the stepped portion to the base member side in an end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Eisuke Sato, Shigeru Shinoda, Kimihiro Ashino
  • Patent number: 10054469
    Abstract: An electrical process control sensor assembly 10 for sensing a process or machine parameter, the assembly 10 including a sensor body 12 and a head 14, the body 12 defining a body interior 20. The assembly includes a sensing device 22 at least partially located in the body interior 20. The head 14 defines a head interior 24 which communicates with the body interior 20. The assembly 10 includes a connector arrangement 26 located in the head interior 24. The assembly 10 includes internal communicating members 28 extending between the sensing device 22 and the connector arrangement 26, the connector arrangement 26 connecting, in an installed condition, the internal communicating members 28 to external communicating members 30 to permit electrical communication therebetween. The head 14 defines a port 34 through which the external connecting members 30 are located in the installed condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: LONGVALE LIMITED
    Inventors: Ben Hiron-Jones, Nathan Dear
  • Patent number: 10024747
    Abstract: A pressure port assembly and related components and methods are disclosed. In some instances, the pressure port assembly may comprise a pressure port body, including pressure port bodies composed of a continuous material. Pressure port bodies within the scope of this disclosure may be coupled to pressure sensing elements, including pressure transducers. Apertures or other flow paths may be provided across a pressure port body. Methods of integrally forming a pressure port body comprising a continuous material are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Merit Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Rick Russell, Jonathan Cheney, Scott Sidwell, Luca Salmaso, Jeff Chance, Greg Liddiard
  • Patent number: 10012334
    Abstract: An attachment structure for a pressure detector that is such that the pressure detector is attached in an airtight manner within an insertion hole of an attachment tool main body attached to a mechanical device or pipelines, with a pipe, a gasket presser, a gasket, a split ring, and a bonnet. The configuration is such that the gasket presser and the split ring are inserted into the insertion hole of the attachment tool main body, the bonnet is inserted into the insertion hole, the bonnet is fastened to the attachment tool main body side, the gasket presser and the gasket are pressed by the split ring, and sealing portions are formed between the bottom surface of the insertion hole and one end surface of the gasket and between the tip end surface of the gasket restraint and the other end surface of the gasket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignees: FUJIKIN INCORPORATED, NIDEC COPAL ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryousuke Dohi, Kouji Nishino, Nobukazu Ikeda, Masaki Fukasawa, Katsumi Ishiguro
  • Patent number: 9927315
    Abstract: A sensor unit including a measuring cell with a section-wise heat-conducting surface, a housing in which the measuring cell for the most part is contained, and an access channel to the measuring cell. The sensor unit includes a cavity that is confined for the most part by an outer surface of the measuring cell and by a wall of the housing facing towards the surface of the measuring cell. The cavity is closed in itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: INFICON GMBH
    Inventors: Hansjakob Hanselmann-Willi, Francesco Scuderi
  • Patent number: 9884757
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to sensor and sensing devices, systems and methods. In an embodiment, a micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) device comprises at least one sensor element; a framing element disposed around the at least one sensor element; at least one port defined by the framing element, the at least one port configured to expose at least a portion of the at least one sensor element to an ambient environment; and a thin layer disposed in the at least one port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Bernhard Winkler, Rainer Leuschner, Horst Theuss
  • Patent number: 9868629
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes: a semiconductor element; a case; a terminal made of a conductive material and embedded in the case, a part of the terminal being exposed to the outside, having an outermost surface that includes a first film, and having a base portion; a bonding wire that is connected to the first film and electrically connects the semiconductor element and the terminal; and a protection member that is more flexible than the case and covers a contact portion of the terminal contacting with the bonding wire. The first film is removed from an area around the contact portion with the bonding wire in the part of the terminal being exposed to the outside, causing the base portion to be exposed. An exposed portion of the base portion and the protection member adhere to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nobukazu Oba, Yasuhiro Yamashita, Wataru Kobayashi, Eiji Hayashi
  • Patent number: 9763622
    Abstract: A sensor element comprises a sensor section comprising a sensor unit configured to measure a physiological variable or any other signal in a living body and to generate a sensor signal in response to the variable or other signal, and a bond section comprising contact members configured to electrically connect at least one signal transmitting microcable. The bond section is coated with an electrically insulating material and the sensor unit is left uncoated. The sensor element may further comprise an intermediate section between the sensor section and the bond section. The intermediate section includes electric connection lines configured to connect the contact members to the sensor unit. The intermediate section is also coated with the electrically insulating material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: ST. JUDE MEDICAL COORDINATION CENTER BVBA
    Inventor: Shawn Boye
  • Patent number: 9664581
    Abstract: A pressure sensor includes a sensor chip that detects a pressure and generates an electric signal; a package that has an opening and an internal space in which the sensor chip is accommodated; and flying leads that protrude from the package into the internal space. The sensor chip is connected to the flying leads. Then, the sensor chip is disposed away from an inner wall of the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hideo Imai
  • Patent number: 9645197
    Abstract: A method of operating a testing system is provided, wherein the testing system has a test machine and a probe module, which has a first probe set and a second probe set. One of the first probe set and the second probe set can be connected to the test machine. The method includes the following steps: connect the test machine and the first probe set; calibrate the testing system; abut the first probe set against a DUT to do electrical tests; disconnect the first probe set and the DUT; disconnect the test machine and the first probe set; connect the test machine and the second probe set; calibrate the testing system again; abut the second probe set against the DUT to do electrical tests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: MPI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Wei-Cheng Ku, Shao-Wei Lu, Hao Wei, Yu-Tse Wang
  • Patent number: 9581468
    Abstract: Methods for fabricating a hermetic seal to seal a portion of an apparatus, for example and without limitation, a portion having a MEMS sensor. One such method uses crimping devices to compress a seal in a cavity formed in a housing that includes a MEMS sensor attached to a stress isolator. Under such compression, the seal deforms to hermetically seal surfaces around the inside, outside and bottom of the stress isolator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: DUNAN SENSING, LLC
    Inventor: Tom T. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9562819
    Abstract: A polymeric remote seal system is provided for coupling a single-use container to a pressure measurement instrument. The polymeric remote seal system includes a process-side coupling, an instrument-side coupling and a fluidic coupling therebetween. The process-side coupling is configured to couple to the single-use container and is formed of a radiation sterilizable polymer. The process-side coupling has a process-side deflectable diaphragm that is configured to deflect in response to pressure within the single-use container. The instrument-side coupling is configured to couple to the pressure measurement instrument and is formed of a radiation sterilizable polymer. The instrument-side coupling is configured to fluidically convey fluid pressure to an isolation diaphragm of the pressure measurement instrument. Tubing fluidically couples the process-side coupling to the instrument-side coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Rosemount Inc
    Inventors: Paul R. Fadell, Mark S. Schumacher, Joshua M. Price, Fred C. Sittler
  • Patent number: 9539090
    Abstract: A valve insertion device for traversing a wire guide through a valve within an intraluminal passage. A wire guide is positioned near the outflow of a valve within an intraluminal passage. Alongside the wire guide, a pressure sensor is positioned to detect the pressure of the fluid in the intraluminal passage. As the valve opens, the fluid pressure at the outflow of the valve increases. This information is sent from the pressure sensor to a control system. From this information, the control system can determine when the valve will open and can actuate an advancement system to move the wire guide to traverse the open valve. After traversing the valve, various catheters and sheaths may be advanced over the wire guide through the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: John C. Sigmon, Jr., Jillian Haac, Michelle D. Martinez, Shaun D. Gittard, Devesh Amatya, Vihar C. Surti
  • Patent number: 9523619
    Abstract: This disclosure provides example methods, devices, and systems for a sensor having thermal gradients. In one embodiment, a system may comprise a sensor assembly including a housing; a first header and a second header coupled to the housing; a first transducer coupled to the first header, wherein the first transducer is configured to measure a first pressure to generate a first pressure signal; a second transducer coupled to the second header, wherein the second transducer is configured to measure a second pressure to generate a second pressure signal; and wherein the first transducer and the second transducer are positioned in the housing such that a first temperature of the first transducer is about equivalent to a second temperature of the second transducer during operation of the sensor assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Kulite Semiconductor Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Louis DeRosa, Robert Gardner, Richard Martin
  • Patent number: 9488619
    Abstract: A sensor device and method for monitoring interaction between a fluid and a wall includes includes a mechanical oscillator, a housing, and mechanical response sensing system. The mechanical oscillator includes a floating member formed from a first material configured to be susceptible to the fluid and a support member formed from a second material resistant to the fluid. The mechanical oscillator is affixed within the housing that is adaptably fastened to the structural component such that the floating member contacts the fluid. The mechanical response sensing system is configured to measure a mechanical characteristic of the combined floating member and the support member. The mechanical characteristic is configured to be indicative of the interaction between the fluid and the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Ohio University
    Inventors: Srdjan Nesic, Valery A. Sheverev
  • Patent number: 9470595
    Abstract: A crash pressure sensor assembly includes a housing and an inlet arm extending from the housing, the inlet arm having a through bore. The housing is secured to a dividing panel so that a main portion of the housing is located on a first side of the dividing panel and the inlet arm extends through to a second side of the dividing panel. A pressure sensor is located in the housing so as to be on the first side of the dividing panel. The pressure sensor senses air pressure on the second side of the dividing panel via the through bore of the inlet arm and provides an electrical signal indicative of the sensed pressure. An electrical connector provides an electrical connection to the pressure sensor within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: TRW Automotive U.S. LLC
    Inventor: Mark W. Ramsay
  • Patent number: 9360390
    Abstract: There is provided a pressure measuring instrument including: a detecting unit including the reference pressure chamber therein and formed in a cylindrical shape, the diaphragm being disposed inside the detecting unit; a communicating unit for providing communication between the diaphragm and the measurement pressure chamber, and formed in a circular tube shape having an inner diameter smaller than an inner diameter of the detecting unit; and an annular flow-path forming unit disposed between the detecting unit and the communicating unit, and configured to form a substantially annular path. The communicating unit introduces a gas of the measurement pressure chamber into the substantially annular path. The annular flow-path forming unit allows the gas introduced from the communicating unit to pass through the substantially annular path and to supply the passing gas to a side surface of the diaphragm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventor: Satoru Koike
  • Patent number: 9360348
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sensor device (10), in particular for use in a motor vehicle, having a housing (11) for accommodating a sensor element (1), wherein the sensor element (1) has electrical contact areas (2, 3) which are connected to electrical plug connections (18, 19) arranged in the housing (11) in an electrically conductive manner in the region of contacts (23, 24) of the plug connections (18, 19), wherein a force is applied to the sensor element (1) for the purpose of making electrical contact with a housing element in the direction of the plug connections (18, 19). The invention provides for the electrical plug connections (18, 19) to be arranged in a stationary manner in the housing (11) in the region of the contacts (23, 24) with the electrical contact areas (2, 3) of the sensor element (1), and for a support to be formed between the sensor element (1) and the housing (11) in such a manner that the sensor element (1) has three-point contact in the housing (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Stephan Henzler, Wolfgang Woernle, Alexander Herrmann, Benjamin Bertsch
  • Patent number: 9345144
    Abstract: A method of making a multi-layer micro-wire structure includes providing a substrate with a plurality of micro-channels. First and second material compositions are provided. The first material composition is coated over the substrate and micro-channels and then removed from the substrate surface but not the micro-channels. The second material composition is coated over the substrate, in the micro-channels, and over the first materials, and then removed from the substrate surface but not the micro-channels. The first and second material compositions are cured in the micro-channels in a common step to form a cured first material layer and a cured second material layer in the micro-channels. The cured first material layer and the cured second material layer form an electrically conductive multi-layer micro-wire in each micro-channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY
    Inventor: Ronald Steven Cok
  • Patent number: 9310266
    Abstract: A pressure transducer assembly that includes a pressure-responsive diaphragm to which a sensing element is mounted and an electronic package that includes wire-bonding pads adapted be electrically connected to the sensing element by wire bonding equipment. The diaphragm and wire bonding pads are supported within the transducer so that they lie in proximity to each other and in non-intersecting planes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Sensata Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Neil S. Petrarca
  • Patent number: 9261385
    Abstract: A housing cap comprises: a cap basic body having a cap floor having an opening as well as a surrounding cap lateral wall adjoining an edge of the cap floor. A window pane of a transparent material placed on a side of the cap floor facing toward the cap lateral wall in a manner sealing the opening of the cap floor; as well as a contact disk placed on a side of the window pane facing away from the cap floor. The cap lateral wall includes on an inner side facing the window pane a groove, while the contact disk has a contact region bearing against the window pane as well as an outer edge having formed therein a plurality of teeth, which are in engagement with the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: ENDRESS + HAUSER FLOWTEC AG
    Inventors: Philipp Loeffel, Utz Dette, Sascha Kamber
  • Patent number: 9243936
    Abstract: A measuring sensor includes an elongated shell part, manufactured from a synthetic gemstone material or ceramic material, is provided with a first end and a second end, the first end being arranged in a process medium to be measured. A housing structure is manufactured from a material softer than the synthetic gemstone material or the ceramic material and arranged to surround the measuring electronics. The second end of the elongated shell part is arranged to be supported against the housing structure. The elongated shell part is fastened to the housing structure by a connecting piece manufactured from a material having a hardness property between hardness properties of the material of manufacture of the elongated shell part and the material of manufacture of the housing structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: JANESKO OY
    Inventor: Harri J. Salo
  • Patent number: 9233839
    Abstract: A method for forming a MEMS device is provided. The method includes the following steps of providing a substrate having a first portion and a second portion; fabricating a membrane type sensor on the first portion of the substrate; and fabricating a bulk silicon sensor on the second portion of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited
    Inventors: Yu-Chia Liu, Chia-Hua Chu, Jung-Huei Peng, Kuei-Sung Chang, Chun-Wen Cheng
  • Patent number: 9222424
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine fitted with a combustion pressure detection device includes: an internal combustion engine having a combustion chamber, a pressure detection device having a housing, a diaphragm, and a detection member, and having a shoulder part. The diaphragm is provided on the front end side of the housing and the detection member arranged inside the housing and behind the diaphragm, allowing it to detect the pressure working via the diaphragm. Also provided is a second seal member in a ring shape that seals the opening in the combustion chamber and the housing in the shoulder part of the housing in the pressure detection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignees: CITIZEN FINEDEVICE CO., LTD., CITIZEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuo Takahashi, Yoshihiko Soga, Tsuyoshi Misaizu
  • Patent number: 9207103
    Abstract: A quick release coupling for connecting at least two connecting elements of a fluid system for a liquid medium, and comprises a coupling body, defining a flow channel between a first connecting end for the connection of a first connecting element, and a second connecting end. The coupling body includes a sensor chamber separated from the flow channel by a separating wall. At least one sensor is disposed in the sensor chamber, wherein a sensor probe is connected to the sensor, which extends through the separating wall from the sensor such that an end of the sensor probe facing the flow channel is in communication with the flow channel. The coupling body rests against the sensor probe without a seal. The sensor probe is a capillary tube and could be made of glass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: TI Automotive (Fuldabrück) GmbH
    Inventor: Hans Jensen
  • Patent number: 9194759
    Abstract: A flange for a corrosion resistant and nevertheless low cost flange for pressure measurement cells, or pressure transfer means, is composed essentially of a metal foundation of a standard material and is protected on the side facing a process medium by a there applied layer of a highly alloyed, special material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Endress + Hauser GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventors: Markus Berger, Volker Frey, Dietmar Salg, Christoph Bollig
  • Patent number: 9175620
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine fitted with a combustion pressure detection device includes: an internal combustion engine having a combustion chamber, a pressure detection device having a housing, a diaphragm, and a detection member, and having a shoulder part. The diaphragm is provided on the front end side of the housing and the detection member arranged inside the housing and behind the diaphragm, allowing it to detect the pressure working via the diaphragm. Also provided is a second seal member in a ring shape that seals the opening in the combustion chamber and the housing in the shoulder part of the housing in the pressure detection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignees: CITIZEN FINEDEVICE CO., LTD., CITIZEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuo Takahashi, Yoshihiko Soga, Tsuyoshi Misaizu
  • Patent number: 9146139
    Abstract: A measurement device (1) for determining at least one process variable with a sensor element (2) for measuring the process variable and with an electronic component (3), the sensor element (2) being connected to the electronic component (3) via at least one electrical conductor (4) has a connection, made to be as reliable as possible, between a sensor element and the electronic component due to the provision of an adapter unit (5). The adapter unit (5) guides at least one electrical conductor (4). Furthermore, the adapter unit (5), the sensor element (2) and the electronic component (3) are configured and matched to one another such that the adapter unit (5) set a minimum distance between the sensor element (2) and electronic component (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: KROHNE Messtechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Wolfgang Babel
  • Patent number: 9140621
    Abstract: An arrangement for the direct contacting of contact mechanism has a first contact mechanism arranged on a contact carrier and a second contact mechanism. The second contact mechanism acts with a predetermined contact force on the first contact mechanism. The contact carrier includes a plastic injection premolding of galvanizable plastic and a nongalvanizable plastic. The galvanizable plastic has a predetermined resilient behavior and the first contact mechanism is formed by a metal layer having predetermined dimensions. The first contact mechanism can be applied onto the galvanizable plastic in a galvanic process. The resilient behavior of the galvanizable plastic and the dimensions of the metal layer form, under the predetermined contact force, a microdepression configured to guide the second contact mechanism in the first contact mechanism. A corresponding connection device for a pressure measurement cell includes such a direct contacting arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Schlitzkus, Hartmut Rohde, Stefan Lehenberger, Robert Hengler, Dmitriy Aranovich, Christian Pfleger, Philip Martin Lenk, Peter Diesel