With Structure Of Coupling To Indicator Patents (Class 73/861.56)
  • Patent number: 10719032
    Abstract: A fluid storage device includes a container and a torsion sensor. The container stores a fluid to be agitated. The torsion sensor has a substrate and detects torsion of the substrate. The substrate has a first end inserted in the container and a second end fixed to the container or a housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masamichi Ando
  • Patent number: 10675945
    Abstract: This technology relates to a condensation reduction system for a sensor. The system may comprise a sensor cover, wherein the sensor cover is configured to house one or more sensor components, a flexible, external chamber, and a conduit. The external chamber may be communicably coupled to an interior of the sensor cover via the conduit configured such that during an increase of pressure of gas within the sensor cover the gas flows to the external chamber via the conduit and during a decrease in the pressure of gas within the sensor cover the gas flows from the external chamber to the sensor cover via the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: WAYMO LLC
    Inventors: Peter Craig Lombrozo, Jonathan Switkes
  • Patent number: 10627267
    Abstract: The invention relates to a variable-area flow meter with a measuring tube in which a float provided with at least one permanent magnet and movable by a fluid flowing through the measuring tube is arranged, and with an indicating device arranged outside the measuring tube, said indicating device comprising a magnet holder rotatably mounted about a rotation axis, said magnet holder holding at least one follower magnet that follows the movement of the permanent magnet, and having an indicating element which reflects the movement of the at least one follower magnet, wherein at least one follower magnet in the magnet holder is arranged in such a manner that its magnetic axis is inclined in relation to the rotation axis by an angle (?) not equal to 90°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: ROTA YOKOGAWA GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Klaus Bayer, Fabian Blum
  • Patent number: 10605634
    Abstract: A taper pipe-shaped area flow meter uses a magnetostrictive distance measurement method through which a flow rate may be accurately measured by measuring a height of a float through a magnetostrictive method. A taper pipe-shaped area flow meter using a magnetostrictive distance measurement method includes a taper pipe including an inlet at a lower portion thereof and an outlet at an upper portion thereof and formed in a taper shape having a diameter decreasing downward, a float in which a magnet is embedded and a height of the float is changed according to a flow rate in the taper pipe, a probe shaft in which a magnetrostrictive line is embedded and which is installed in the taper pipe and detects a position of the float through the magnetostrictive method, and a magnetostrictive distance measuring part, which is configured to apply a pulse to the probe shaft, receive a signal reflected by the magnet of the float, measure a position of the float, and calculate a flow rate from the position of the float.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: HiLevel Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yeong-Joo Baeg, Nam-Gyu Tak
  • Patent number: 9970793
    Abstract: A self-rotating flow meter includes a housing, a rotating mechanism and a sensor. The rotating mechanism is disposed in a chamber of the housing between an inlet port and an outlet port. The sensor is disposed in the housing and near the rotating mechanism. The rotation mechanism contains inflow and outflow passages in a rotating shaft and a rotating disk respectively. The inlet flow passage has a centerline that is coincident with or parallel to the centerline of the rotating shaft. The centerline of any outlet flow passage in the rotating disk and the centerline of the rotating shaft are in two different planes and have a distance between them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Shanghai Universoon Autoparts Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zhou Yang
  • Patent number: 9945692
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for non-intrusive monitoring by sensing physical parameters such as electric and/or magnetic fields. Such apparatus and techniques may find application in a variety of fields, such as monitoring consumption of electricity, water, etc., in homes or businesses, for example, or industrial process monitoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Steven B. Leeb, James Paris, John Sebastian Donnal, Jinyeong Moon, Christopher Schantz
  • Patent number: 9354172
    Abstract: Tube and float systems for analyzing target materials of a suspension include in which at least a portion of the outer surface of the float is reflective are described. The target material particles can be conjugated with fluorophores. In order to identify the target material, the material between the float and tube is illuminated with one or more channels of excitation radiation, which causes the fluorophores to become excited and emit radiation at longer wavelengths. The reflective surface of the float reflects the excitation radiation and the emitted radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: RARECYTE, INC.
    Inventors: Jackie Lynn Stilwell, Arturo Bernardo Ramirez
  • Patent number: 8356627
    Abstract: A three-valves manifold for a differential pressure type flow meter includes a valve unit and a housing. The valve unit includes a shaft portion, a first valve portion having a first through hole and first to third grooves and a second valve portion having a second through hole and fourth and fifth grooves. The housing includes a space in which the shaft portion and valve portions are rotatably arranged. The first and second through holes and first to fifth grooves are formed at positions such that the first and second through holes communicate differently with first and second inlet and outlet openings of the housing in each of first, second, and third rotational positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Tokyo Keiso Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kaname Hoshi, Chikara Kanda
  • Patent number: 7549348
    Abstract: A flow meter having a scale with temperature set points corresponding to a flow rate that a known fluid flowing therethrough at the set point temperature must reach to ensure turbulent flow of the fluid through a cooling system of a specified diameter. The flow meter preferably includes a plurality of scales, each having temperature set points corresponding to a different sized passageway in the mold cooling system. The scales are printed on a sleeve, rotatably mounted on a cylindrical body of the flow meter. The scales are selectively rotated into view by an operator to permit the operator to use the appropriate scale corresponding to the diameter of the passageways of the cooling system with which the flow meter is to be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: Burger & Brown Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Brown, Philip M. Burger
  • Patent number: 7469601
    Abstract: A flow meter using digital signals constructed in a small size and outputting an electric signal of a position of a float in a tapered tube with high accuracy is provided. A first reflecting means 6 has a ray 20 entered from the entering means 5 and reflected, and a second reflecting means 7 reflecting the ray 20 reflected from the first reflecting means 6 toward the first reflecting means 6 at least once. An emitting means 8 has the ray 20 entered and emits it, and an image sensor 9 has the ray 20 from the emitting means 8 entered and outputs an image of the float 3 in the tapered tube 1, while a control portion executes input processing of an image and outputs an electric signal S1 indicating the flow rate of a fluid 2 by detecting the position of the float 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Assignees: Tokyo Keiso Co. Ltd. Shiba Toho Bldg., Tokyo Magnet Engineering Co. Ltd
    Inventors: Tokio Sugi, Tomoyuki Okumura
  • Patent number: 7298280
    Abstract: A fluid flow indication apparatus is provided for monitoring and giving an indication of fluid flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Assignee: Ameriflo Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Voege, David A. Ferrer, Matthew G. Thie
  • Publication number: 20070227265
    Abstract: A flow meter using digital signals constructed in a small size and outputting an electric signal of a position of a float in a tapered tube with high accuracy is provided. A first reflecting means 6 has a ray 20 entered from the entering means 5 and reflected, and a second reflecting means 7 reflecting the ray 20 reflected from the first reflecting means 6 toward the first reflecting means 6 at least once. An emitting means 8 has the ray 20 entered and emits it, and an image sensor 9 has the ray 20 from the emitting means 8 entered and outputs an image of the float 3 in the tapered tube 1, while a control portion executes input processing of an image and outputs an electric signal S1 indicating the flow rate of a fluid 2 by detecting the position of the float 3.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2007
    Publication date: October 4, 2007
    Applicants: TOKYO KEISO CO., LTD, TOKYO MAGNET ENGINEERING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tokio SUGI, Tomoyuki OKUMURA
  • Patent number: 7219559
    Abstract: A flow meter outputs an electric signal of a position a float within a taper-shaped tube precisely. A taper-shaped tube is made of an approximately transparent material, is mounted approximately vertically, and circulates a fluid such as water or the like, and a float is arranged within the taper-shaped tube so as to displace in a vertical direction in correspondence to a flow rate of the fluid. An LED irradiates a light ray to the taper-shaped tube and the float, makes the light ray to transmit through the taper-shaped tube, and generates a transmitted light ray. The image sensor outputs a digital image of the float within the taper-shaped tube, and a control portion 11 executes an input process of the digital signal detects the position of the float, and outputs an electric signal showing a flow rate of the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Assignees: Tokyo Keiso Co., Ltd., Tokyo Magnet Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tokio Sugi, Tomoyuki Okumura
  • Patent number: 6943690
    Abstract: A flow verification sensor apparatus (30) is used with a constant volume pump (11) that pumps a liquid product (13) from a container (12). A plummet (32) is positioned in a flow tube (31). A sensor (33) is positioned upward from the lower end of the flow tube (31). A timer (34) measures the length of time for the plummet (32) to move from a first position to a second position after activation of the pump (11). Suitable alarms (50) are operated to indicate low flow or out of product conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Ecolab Inc.
    Inventor: David R. Johnson
  • Patent number: 6679291
    Abstract: A poppet valve assembly is provided for use on a fuel tanker truck which enables the truck's driver to determine whether fuel is flowing through the valve assembly and whether fuel is present in the valve assembly. When a threshold flow rate through the valve assembly is reached, fluid flows inside a flow channel. The flow channel has a fluid indicator and a flow indicator therein mounted in a sight glass. When fluid is flowing in the flow channel both indicators rise. When fluid is present but not flowing in the flow channel only the fluid indicator rises. The fluid and flow indicators, being different colors, may be easily seen at a distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2004
    Assignee: Exxon.Valve and Coupling Company
    Inventors: Richard L. Fahl, John T. Hill
  • Publication number: 20030074980
    Abstract: A flowmeter for measuring fluid flow including a body having a receptacle including a cavity formed by a threadless cylindrical side wall, a stopper adapted to be inserted into the cavity of the receptacle including a generally cylindrical threadless shank having an annular groove, and a clip member slidably located in a passage of the body. The clip member is slidable between a first position wherein the clip member is located within the annular groove of the stopper to prevent removal of the stopper from the body, and a second position wherein the clip member is located outside of the annular groove of the stopper whereby the stopper may be longitudinally removed from the receptacle of the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2001
    Publication date: April 24, 2003
    Inventors: Michael A. Popp, Michael A. Morningstar
  • Patent number: 6539814
    Abstract: A flowmeter for measuring fluid flow including a body having a receptacle including a cavity formed by a threadless cylindrical side wall, a stopper adapted to be inserted into the cavity of the receptacle including a generally cylindrical threadless shank having an annular groove, and a clip member slidably located in a passage of the body. The clip member is slidable between a first position wherein the clip member is located within the annular groove of the stopper to prevent removal of the stopper from the body, and a second position wherein the clip member is located outside of the annular groove of the stopper whereby the stopper may be longitudinally removed from the receptacle of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Assignee: Dwyer Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Popp, Michael A. Morningstar
  • Patent number: 6434494
    Abstract: A method for gauging liquid in a container, the method comprising: a) assigning a local three axis coordinate system for the container; b) dividing the container into a plurality of regular volumes; c) disposing a first pressure sensor at a predetermined coordinate proximate the bottom surface of the container, with the pressure sensor producing an output related to detected fluid pressure at the predetermined coordinate; d) assigning to each of the volumes a corresponding volume location coordinate; e) numerically determining, for each of the regular volumes, a corresponding liquid mass value therein based on a relationship between the detected pressure at the predetermined coordinate and a calculated pressure at each of the volume location coordinates; and f) summing all of the numerically determined liquid mass values corresponding to the regular volumes to produce a total fluid mass for the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: Simmonds Precision Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur M. Forsythe, Jr., Lisa Brackenbury Maurice
  • Patent number: 6338279
    Abstract: A flow detector to detect and monitor the flow of fluid through a conduit comprising a first flow detection element selectively moveable between a first position and a second position and a second flow detection element disposed to operatively engage the first flow detection element when in the second position coupled between a power source and a flow detection monitor such that when fluid flows through the conduit the first flow detection element moves from the first position to the second position to operatively engage the second flow detection element to activate the flow detection monitor and when fluid ceases to flow through the conduit the first flow detector element returns to the first position thereby disengaging the second flow detector element to deactivate the flow detection monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2002
    Inventor: Eddie J. Tsataros
  • Patent number: 6338278
    Abstract: A flow detector to detect and monitor the flow of fluid through a conduit comprising a first flow detection element selectively moveable between a first position and a second position and a second flow detection element disposed to operatively engage the first flow detection element when in the second position coupled between a power source and a flow detection monitor such that when fluid flows through the conduit the first flow detection element moves from the first position to the second position to operatively engage the second flow detection element to activate the flow detection monitor and when fluid ceases to flow through the conduit the first flow detector element returns to the first position thereby disengaging the second flow detector element to deactivate the flow detection monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2002
    Inventor: Eddie J. Tsataros
  • Patent number: 6321604
    Abstract: A device for converting a position of a float member in a rotameter in to an electrical output. Light from a light source is collimated into parallel light rays, at either or both opposing sides of a rotameter tube to greatly enhance accuracy of readings. The lightrays passing through the tube are detected by a linear optical array. A range of movement capable of being read by the linear optical array is extended by use of either a fiber optical array or a movable illumination device and linear optic array. The collimator(s) may be a linear array of one or two rows of cylindrical lenses sandwiched between a pair of plates. The linear optic array maybe arranged on opposite sides of the rotameter tube or may be on the same side there of. A light guide is used in the latter arrangement to guide light from the light source to a side of the rotameter tube opposite the linear optic array which may be a charge-coupled device(CCD).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2001
    Assignee: World Wide Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: George R. Jackson, Donald C. Frick, Wayne D. Tessarvich
  • Patent number: 6196070
    Abstract: An improved fluid flow measuring device having more nearly linear response characteristics over a wide range of fluid flow rates measures the force exerted on a fluid flow sensing element (21, 37, 41, 47, 55, 61) located in the fluid flow. The effective area of the sensing element subjected to the fluid force decreases as the flow rate increases and increases as the flow rate decreases thereby compensating for the nonlinear relationship between fluid flow rate and the force exerted thereby. The sensing element may retract somewhat into a calm or minimal flow region (27, 35) in response to increased flow rate. The sensing element may include resilient vanes (45, 51, 52, 53, 57, 59) which bend thereby reducing their effective area in response to increased flow. The sensing element may include one or more flow passing apertures (43, 49) the size of which varies with flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Assignee: AlliedSignal Inc.
    Inventors: James Piascik, Reza Oboodi, Devlin M. Gualtieri