Inspecting Patents (Class 73/865.8)
  • Patent number: 11059211
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an injection molding control method. The injection molding control method comprises the following steps: establishing a work command according to a plurality of production process parameters; receiving a position information directly from an injection molding machine; and controlling a servo pump to drive the injection molding machine according to the position information and the work command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: DELTA ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Te-Wei Yuan, Tun-Jung Li, Yuan-Hung Cho
  • Patent number: 11003171
    Abstract: A parameter setting device is configured to set a parameter relating to a speed of a table of a machine tool in accordance with the weight of an object placed on the table. The parameter setting device includes: an operation control unit configured to provide control such that the table is operated according to a predetermined operation; a positional change obtaining unit configured to obtain a positional change of the table; a storage unit that stores the parameter corresponding to the positional change caused when the table is operated according to the predetermined operation; and a parameter setting unit configured to set, by using the storage unit, the parameter based on the positional change obtained by the positional change obtaining unit when the operation control unit operates the table according to the predetermined operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Naoya Takeuchi, Rikizou Watanabe
  • Patent number: 11002707
    Abstract: Diagnostic device including a hammering sound signal acquisition unit, a frequency characteristic conversion unit, and an abnormality determination unit. The hammering sound signal acquisition unit acquires an i-th hammering sound signal and a j-th hammering sound signal representing hammering sounds with respect to striking applied to an i-th and a j-th struck position of an inspection target. The frequency characteristic conversion unit respectively converts the i-th hammering sound signal and the j-th hammering sound signal into an i-th frequency characteristic and a j-th frequency characteristic. The abnormality determination unit determines presence or absence of an abnormality in the inspection target on the basis of a matching degree of waveforms around peaks in the i-th frequency characteristic and waveforms around peaks in the j-th frequency characteristic. The diagnostic device can be used with an inspection robot to automatically analyze for loose stator wedges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Akihiko Enamito, Osamu Nishimura
  • Patent number: 10969366
    Abstract: Circumferential and axial magnetizers for a magnetic flux leakage pig. A magnet bar may comprise at least one magnet and may be configured to collapse radially inward to the shaft. Magnetizers may include a cushion disposed about the shaft and biasing the magnet bar against a pipe wall. A sensor head disposed between circuit poles at each polar end of the magnet monitors magnetic flux. The central shaft of a circumferential magnetizer or axial magnetizer may comprise a joint linking an additional smart pig module. A novel magnetizer cushion is described, as are smart pigs containing one or more circumferential or axial magnetizers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Novitech Inc.
    Inventors: Ron Thompson, Min Xu
  • Patent number: 10962521
    Abstract: A condition monitoring system that determines a presence of change of water content in grease. The system provides a sensor electrode that is placed in the space where the grease is located. The electrode is suitably a plate with a surface area creating a capacitance C. This in combination with a resistor R, creates an RC circuit. The system senses the RC circuit. The dielectric constant of the monitored grease varies in dependence of the water content of the grease. A change of the dielectric constant will change RC, that is then sensed by the system. An analysis of a change of RC will determine if there is a presence of a change of the level of water content in the monitored grease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Aktiebolaget SKF
    Inventors: Fredrik Sundquist, Paer Marklund
  • Patent number: 10954102
    Abstract: A diagnostic step for a passenger conveyor comprises at least one camera for shooting at least one lateral side of the interior space of the passenger conveyor, at least one directional microphone pointed to said at least one lateral side of the interior space of the passenger conveyor and an analyzer unit which receives image data from the camera and sound data from the directional microphone and transmits the data to an outside network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Atsushi Yamada, Hiromitsu Miyajima
  • Patent number: 10954661
    Abstract: An apparatus for cleaning waste collection systems of solid materials. The apparatus is capable of cleaning waste systems in two known ways. First, a pumping method uses normal and injected water flow to suspend the solids in a slurry. A submersible pump moves the slurry from a collection point up to a pressurized container where the water content of the slurry is decanted and reused as injection water while the particulate material settles to the bottom of the pressurized container. Second, a vacuum system may be used to move the slurry from the waste system to the waste container. The vacuum system creates a negative pressure differential, causing material to be pulled through a vacuum tube and into the waste container. When the container becomes substantially full of solid particles, it may be emptied at a dumpsite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: U.S. Submergent Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Henry B. Polston
  • Patent number: 10927818
    Abstract: A system and method for inspecting, repairing and upgrading wind turbine rotor blades of a wind turbine. The system including deploying one or more cables via an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), a balloon, a ballistic mechanism or a catapult to position the one or more cables in draping engagement with a portion of the wind turbine. A climbing robot is positioned to ascend the one or more cables and perform a task related to inspecting for indications, repair of indications or upgrading the rotor blade. A slave robot system, disposed at the base location and anchored to the one or more cables, provides modulation of the cables for positioning of the climbing robot relative to the wind turbine as it ascends and descends the one or more cables. After completion of the task, the climbing robot descends the one or more cables and the cables are removed from the wind turbine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Shiraj Sen, Todd William Danko, John Robert Hoare, Charles Burton Theurer, Douglas Forman, Judith Ann Guzzo
  • Patent number: 10924149
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an underground base station configured to locate below a ground surface of the earth. It includes an outer shell assembly, configured to have a cavity therein; a sealing assembly, arranged to be housed within the cavity and provided with at least one communication component therein; a fiber assembly, disposed to fix onto the outer shell assembly and a fiber from which is connected with the at least one communication component; and a cover assembly, fixed on top of the outer shell assembly and having an antenna module therein. The sealing assembly is configured to have at least one opening facing away from the ground surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (Publ)
    Inventors: Jie Zhao, Jianmin Kou
  • Patent number: 10920919
    Abstract: A method of inspecting a length of pipe having a pipe wall and a nominal inner diameter, comprising providing an inspection pig configured for passing along the length of pipe, wherein the inspection pig is provided with a substantially circumferential inside-out capacitance tomography sensor arrangement having a diameter smaller than the nominal inner diameter; passing the inspection pig along the length of pipe thereby defining an annular space between the sensor arrangement and the pipe wall; conducting measurements using the sensor arrangement at a plurality of locations along the length of pipe, and deriving, for each of the plurality of locations, information about an interface surrounding the inspection pig from the measurements. Further provided is an inspection pig for inspecting a length of pipe, wherein the inspection pig is provided with an inside-out capacitance tomography sensor arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: SHELL OIL COMPANY
    Inventors: Aloysius Johannes Nicolaas Vreenegoor, Rajneesh Varma, Vipul Khosla
  • Patent number: 10871455
    Abstract: A method of inspecting the inside of a vessel. The method includes the step of obtaining a visual image of the inside of the vessel using a camera. The method includes using a first three-dimensional scanner to obtain a low-resolution image of one or more surfaces of the inside of the vessel; and using a second three-dimensional scanner to obtain a high-resolution image of one or more objects inside of the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: E M & I (Maritime) Limited
    Inventor: Daniel Constantinis
  • Patent number: 10823632
    Abstract: In a method for identifying an unbalance correction for flexible rotors (1), the rotor (1) is rotatably mounted in two bearing devices. An RPM sensor (4) records the speed of the rotor (1) and a radial movement of the rotor (1) is recorded, by means of position sensors (3) at measuring points (6), during an unbalance measurement run or a plurality of unbalance measurement runs for different rotor speeds. The measured values recorded are fed to an evaluation device (5), which determines the eccentricity measured values assigned to the measuring points (6) by means of expanding the influence coefficient method, and therefore unbalances are determined per plane and eccentricities are determined per measuring point for each measurement run.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Schenck RoTec GmbH
    Inventor: Kai Trukenmueller
  • Patent number: 10827237
    Abstract: A method for providing information about a mechanical wristwatch, including the following steps, performed by the wristwatch: harvesting an intermittently available external energy, storing the harvested energy, at the end of a predefined period of time, generating an analysis report on an activity of the owner of the wristwatch, based at least on the times and durations of availability of the external energy, when or after the harvested energy quantity reaches a threshold, the threshold being on or above an energy level required to power a transmission unit of the wristwatch, wirelessly transmitting the analysis report to a distant reader with the transmission unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventors: Thierry Scordilis, Arnaud Casagrande, Luca De Rosa, Jean-Luc Arend, Jean Gorisse, Zoran Randjelovic
  • Patent number: 10816481
    Abstract: A non-destructive measurement unit of gas concentration in sealed containers and an automatic filling and/or packaging line using such a unit are provided. The flexible containers are at least partially optically transparent, and the measurement unit comprises a light source for emitting a light beam at a wavelength tunable with an absorption wavelength of a gas contained in the sealed flexible container. The light source directs the light beam toward at least one inspection area, and a detector detects at least a portion of the beam after the beam passes through the inspection area and outputs data representative of an absorption spectrum of the gas. Means for generating a head space of predefined width into the sealed flexible container is adapted to advance the sealed flexible container by an advancement path which crosses the inspection zone and to maintain the predefined width of the head space during the advancement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: FT SYSTEM S.R.L.
    Inventors: Fabio Forestelli, Gian Carlo Frazzi
  • Patent number: 10785548
    Abstract: A method for providing information about a mechanical wristwatch, including the following steps, performed by the wristwatch: harvesting an intermittently available external energy, storing the harvested energy, at the end of a predefined period of time, generating an analysis report on an activity of the owner of the wristwatch, based at least on the times and durations of availability of the external energy, when or after the harvested energy quantity reaches a threshold, the threshold being on or above an energy level required to power a transmission unit of the wristwatch, wirelessly transmitting the analysis report to a distant reader with the transmission unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventors: Thierry Scordilis, Arnaud Casagrande, Luca De Rosa, Jean-Luc Arend, Jean Gorisse, Zoran Randjelovic
  • Patent number: 10724993
    Abstract: A workpiece handling system for inspection of workpieces having an elongated cylindrical segment with an enlarged feature such as a threaded fastener. A pair of rollers is inclined with respect to horizontal, and having cylindrical surfaces separated by a gap and rotated about parallel axes, with upwardly presented end surfaces. A drive arrangement rotates the rollers. A slide mechanism enables the rollers to be set at a first and second separation gaps. A workpiece transfer mechanism loads the workpiece onto the rollers, rotation of the rollers set at the first separation gap causes the workpieces to rotate. A sensor probe is positioned in close proximity to the workpiece head as the workpiece is rotated. A workpiece receiving system is provided for handling the workpieces when the rollers are set to the separation second gap, allowing the workpiece to fall under gravity between the rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: MECTRON ENGINEERING COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Mark L. Hanna, Lamoyne Durham
  • Patent number: 10698383
    Abstract: A method of load characteristic identification and acceleration adjustment for a machine tool is provided. A first acceleration of a transmission system is set according to the weight of a workpiece, and the working platform and the workpiece are driven at the first acceleration. A first elastic deformation of the transmission system and an amount of first position error of the transmission system are calculated when transmission system is moved at the first acceleration. A dynamic error is calculated according to the first elastic deformation and the first position error. When the dynamic error is less than or greater than a target error, a second acceleration is set to the transmission system, and a second elastic deformation and a second position error are calculated when the transmission system moves at the second acceleration unit the dynamic error is converged to the target error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Jheng-Jie Lin, Kuo-Hua Chou, Chien-Chih Liao, Jen-Ji Wang
  • Patent number: 10648895
    Abstract: A device and a method for testing tablets are disclosed. The device for testing tablets includes a test chamber, which has a crusher jaw and, lying opposite the latter, a counter-jaw. The device has a movable sheet metal strip, which is designed to position a tablet for testing. The longitudinal axis of the movable sheet metal strip is at an angle of less than 90° to the longitudinal axis of the direction of movement of the crusher jaw, and the direction of movement of the sheet metal strip corresponds to the longitudinal axis of the sheet metal strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: ERWEKA GMBH
    Inventors: Werner Georg Müller, Levent Bozkurt
  • Patent number: 10630117
    Abstract: An energy management method and system are provided for a receiving terminal of a simultaneous information and energy transfer system. The method comprises the steps of: activating a battery to provide a working power supply, receiving a simultaneous information and energy transfer signal, processing the signal and harvesting energy in the signal, storing the harvested energy into a temporary energy storage unit, and stopping the battery from supplying power, and charging the battery from the energy stored in the temporary energy storage unit. The system comprises a receiver and an energy management module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: South University of Science & Technology of China
    Inventors: Yi Gong, Zidong Han
  • Patent number: 10589432
    Abstract: A system for underwater inspection including an inspection crawler are provided. The inspection crawler includes a housing having first and second sides, a power source, a controller, an inspection tool, at least two driving wheels, and a moveable center of gravity. A method for traversing a weld joint with the inspection crawler having a moving mass is also provided. In the method, the crawler is parked proximate to the joint, and the mass is slid along a slide rail to the second end of the crawler distal to the joint. The first end of the crawler is then propelled over the joint and the mass is slid to the center of the crawler. A center portion of the crawler is then propelled over the joint and the mass is slid to the first end of the crawler. The second end of the crawler is then propelled over the joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Ammar Al Nahwi, Fadl Abdellatif, Ali Outa, Ihsan Al-Taie
  • Patent number: 10506149
    Abstract: An endoscope device for the automated inspection of the interior of a transmission. The endoscope has a control unit and an evaluation unit, a feed unit having a swivel element, a changer magazine having a plurality of guide channels and an endoscope. The control unit is connected to the endoscope and is largely provided for controlling the endoscope and for transmitting images to the evaluation unit. The swivel element is provided for aligning a distal end of the endoscope with respect to a relevant guide channel, and the feed unit is provided for axially passing the endoscope through the relevant guide channel. Furthermore, a transmission, in particular for a wind turbine, has a transmission housing having at least one access opening for receiving an endoscope device. Automated inspection of the interior of the transmission can be conducted by the endoscope device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Daniel Wolf, Johannes Schäfer, Marton Kurucz
  • Patent number: 10494915
    Abstract: A wellbore leakage detection tool and method for assembling such tool includes a longitudinal tool element, including a through bore perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the longitudinal tool element, an acoustic insulator or damper arranged in the through bore, and an acoustic sensor assembly arranged suspended in the acoustic insulator or damper inside the through bore. The acoustic insulator or damper has an acoustic impedance different from an acoustic impedance of the tool element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: BERGEN TECHNOLOGY CENTER AS
    Inventor: Morten Ivar Andersen
  • Patent number: 10495564
    Abstract: A method and apparatuses to make an in-service measurement of the thickness and corrosion rate of the floor an aboveground or bulk underground storage tank. The preferred method is to use an off-the-shelf ultrasonic sensor that is placed on the end of a staff and inserted into an opening at the top of the tank to make one or more local measurements of the thickness and corrosion rate of the tank floor. When combined with the results of a previous out-of service internal inspection of the floor or an acoustic emission (AE) corrosion activity test performed with a vertical and horizontal array of three or more AE sensors placed on a staff and inserted into the liquid or on the external wall of the tank and show almost no corrosion activity, these local measurements can be used to determine the thickness and corrosion rate for the entire tank floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: VISTA PRECISION SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph W. Maresca, Jr., Brian E. Humann, Wendell G. Faultersack, Wilhelmina C. Leuschen
  • Patent number: 10463298
    Abstract: A physical area network described herein enables significantly improved health monitoring and treatment by utilizing internal (in-body) mechanisms and information and external mechanisms and information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventor: Lucas J. Myslinski
  • Patent number: 10451209
    Abstract: The invention relates to a segment of pipe-in-pipe pipeline comprising an annulus under reduced pressure sealed and delimited by a metallic internal pipe inserted into a metallic external pipe and provided with a measurement system to determine in a non-intrusive manner the state of the annulus, the measurement system being composed of a first internal emitter/receiver assembly placed inside the annulus and cooperating with means to measure a first physical quantity such as pressure, hygrometry or temperature inside the reduced pressure annulus and a second external emitter/receiver assembly arranged to the exterior of the segment and facing said first assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: ITP SA
    Inventors: Jean-Aurélien Damour, Christian Geertsen, Pierre Ollier
  • Patent number: 10451521
    Abstract: A scanner for inspecting a component is disclosed. The scanner may include a main body having a clamp attachable to the component, a first arm moveably attached to the main body, a first probe attached to the first arm, a first axial actuator in mechanical communication with the first arm, a second arm moveably attached to the main body, a second probe attached to the second arm, a second axial actuator in mechanical communication with the second arm, and a radial actuator in mechanical communication with the first arm and the second arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Elena Otero, Thomas Morris, Christoph Hurzeler
  • Patent number: 10437641
    Abstract: Aspects of the technology provide systems and methods for interleaving a processing task in a network monitoring appliance. A process of the technology could include steps for identifying operators in the network monitoring appliance, wherein the operators are sequentially arranged to form a processing pipeline, determining an epoch for the processing pipeline, wherein the epoch corresponds with a time duration required for a processing task to traverse the pipeline, and determining a time window in which a supplemental processing task can be interleaved into the processing pipeline, wherein the time window is based on the epoch. Machine-readable media are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Chetan Narsude, Gaurav Gupta, Azeem Suleman, Shadab Nazar, Pavan Mamillapalli, Sundar Iyer
  • Patent number: 10377509
    Abstract: A fully automated method for testing functionality of a spacecraft or aircraft unit under testing (UUT) includes selecting a test station at which to conduct a first functionality test on the UUT. The method also includes coupling a program specific module (PSM) to the UUT. Each PSM is configured to couple to a specific type of UUT to provide power and telemetry to the specific type of UUT. The method further includes a robot arm moving the UUT to the selected test station. The method still further includes conducting the first functionality test on the UUT at the selected test station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Rigel Quinn Woida-O'Brien
  • Patent number: 10378992
    Abstract: A system and method for pipeline inspection may include a transport module having a sensor arrangement configured to carry one or more sensors, and it may be movable longitudinally through the pipeline and circumferentially around an interior of the pipeline. The sensor arrangement may include a sensor and a sensor cover selectively disposable over the sensor for isolating the sensor from contact with the inside surface of a wall of the pipeline. The sensor cover may include a cleaning arrangement disposed proximate the sensor for removing debris from the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: ULC Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: G. Gregory Penza, Robert E. Kodadek, Michael Passaretti, Eric S. Feldman, Benjamin Lagosz-Sinclair
  • Patent number: 10370830
    Abstract: A method of in-line inspection of integrity of a pipeline includes identifying a first prospective cluster related to at least a first feature of the pipeline and a second prospective cluster related to at least a second feature of the pipeline. The method includes calculating an effective area using Length Adaptive Pressure Assessment (LAPA) techniques. The effective area corresponds to a lower calculated burst pressure than surrounding areas of the pipeline. LAPA techniques are used to determine if the first prospective cluster interacts with the second prospective cluster. The method includes combining the first and the second prospective cluster when the effective area includes the first and the second prospective cluster to form a resultant cluster. The method further includes generating an indication of an attribute of the resultant cluster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Steven Farnie
  • Patent number: 10315237
    Abstract: A pig, in particular an inspection or cleaning pig, for passing through an elongate pipe having a pipe wall, preferably a gas pipeline, said pig comprising at least one functional unit for cleaning the pipe and/or for gathering pipe information and comprising a plurality of magnets, and said pig having an eddy current-braking unit formed by the magnets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Rosen Swiss AG
    Inventors: Andrey Danilov, Thomas Beuker
  • Patent number: 10260985
    Abstract: A method for monitoring and detecting leaks in a pipeline is disclosed. The method is particularly useful in pipelines that are transporting hydrocarbons. Gas enabled photo sensitive particles are fed into the pipeline and when they encounter a leak, change their condition. This change is captured by a detector which transmits the data to an operator that a leak condition exists as well as its location and intensity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Linde Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Naveed Aslam
  • Patent number: 10210556
    Abstract: A computer-based system and method of universal sizing and selling of apparel is provided. A central computer has a database of universal size indicators for articles of apparel, each corresponding to a range of physical measurements. The central computer receives from at least one remote computer at least one physical measurement corresponding to a consumer and provides to the consumer at least one of the universal size indicators corresponding to the received physical measurement. At least one consumer profile includes the universal size indicators corresponding to the physical measurements of the consumer. The consumer profile is shareable with others. Software is loadable onto the remote computer and is adapted to measure a person's foot placed upon a touch screen of the remote computer. The universal size indicators do not vary amongst different brands of the articles of apparel and include at least one of a character or a shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Future Shoe Inc.
    Inventors: Evan Cagner, Sarah Caplan
  • Patent number: 10119390
    Abstract: A system is described that is positionable downhole in wellbore for determining a parameter of a downhole tool. The system includes a tubing subassembly and a signal generator positioned in the tubing subassembly for outputting, in response to being covered or uncovered by a detectable portion of a downhole tool, a detectable signal for determining a parameter of the downhole tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Joshua Max Hornsby
  • Patent number: 10102471
    Abstract: According to one aspect, an apparatus adapted to be connected to a component that is part of a pump system or a manifold trailer includes a block defining opposing first and second exterior surfaces. In one aspect, the block includes a recess formed in the first exterior surface and extending towards the second exterior surface, and an opening formed in the second exterior surface. In another aspect, the apparatus also includes an electronic identifying device at least partially accommodated within the recess, the device including a first portion having data stored thereon that provides identification of the component. In one aspect, the electronic identifying device further includes a second portion having data stored thereon that provides one of: information associated with certification of the component; and identification of the pump system or the manifold trailer of which the component is a part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: S.P.M. FLOW CONTROL, INC.
    Inventors: Ben Ward, Jeff Myers, Connor Landrum, Preston Smith
  • Patent number: 10073062
    Abstract: A system includes a probe assembly configured to inspect components of an assembled flange connection when the probe assembly is disposed within a bore of the components. The probe assembly includes a shaft configured to be aligned with an axis of the assembled flange connection, one or more ultrasound probes coupled to the shaft, and one or more encoders. The one or more ultrasound probes are configured to interface with an interior surface of the bore of the components, to emit ultrasound signals into the components, and to receive ultrasound signals from the components. The one or more encoders are coupled to the shaft and are configured to determine a position of the one or more ultrasound probes relative to a reference point of the assembled flange connection during an inspection of components of the assembled flange connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Manuel Kenneth Bueno, Robert Martin Roney, Jr., Willis James Perry, Robert Charles Shaffer, Richard Michael Hatley
  • Patent number: 10005555
    Abstract: An aerial imaging system and method of aerially capturing an image including a first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and a second UAV. The first UAV includes a camera and may be configured to receive input from an operator. The second UAV may be configured to dock with and deploy from the first UAV. The second UAV includes a light configured to provide remote illumination for the camera. The light on the second UAV may be activated to illuminate a target of photography by the camera while the second UAV is flown separate from the first UAV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Lalan Jee Mishra, Jose G. Corleto Mena
  • Patent number: 10002376
    Abstract: A computer-based system and method of universal sizing and selling of apparel is provided. A central computer has a database of universal size indicators for articles of apparel, each corresponding to a range of physical measurements. The central computer receives from at least one remote computer at least one physical measurement corresponding to a consumer and provides to the consumer at least one of the universal size indicators corresponding to the received physical measurement. At least one consumer profile includes the universal size indicators corresponding to the physical measurements of the consumer. The consumer profile is shareable with others. Software is loadable onto the remote computer and is adapted to measure a person's foot placed upon a touch screen of the remote computer. The universal size indicators do not vary amongst different brands of the articles of apparel and include at least one of a character or a shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Future Shoe Inc.
    Inventors: Evan Cagner, Sarah Caplan
  • Patent number: 9976704
    Abstract: A pressure relief valve including a housing having an inlet and a relief outlet connected by a fluid flow passageway, the inlet fluidly connectable to a work string. The pressure relief valve includes a head sealingly disposed within the passageway between the inlet and relief outlet closing the fluid flow passageway between the inlet and relief outlet. An elongate buckling rod supports the head and is bucklable at a predetermined load thereby permitting sliding of the head from between the inlet and a relief outlet and opening the fluid flow passageway. A projection within the housing is extendible to an extended configuration, wherein in the extended configuration the projection applies a lateral force perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the buckling rod bending the rod from its axial center thereby decreasing the load at which the buckling rod collapses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventor: Lawrence A. Herndon
  • Patent number: 9952593
    Abstract: A device for visually inspecting the external surfaces of an aircraft includes an inspection area to receive an aircraft, at least one visual inspection robot, and a control center. A movable platform of the robot supports a turret having an observation unit. The robot includes a processing unit which guides the movable platform and process the data received from the observation unit. The processing unit of the robot are configured to autonomously control the robot during the visual inspection of the external surfaces of the aircraft parked in the inspection area; to interrupt a visual inspection in the event of a detection of an anomaly on the external surface of the aircraft; to transmit a visual inspection data to the control center; and to receive instructions from the control center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: AIRBUS
    Inventors: Nicolas Colin, Frank Guibert
  • Patent number: 9927409
    Abstract: The invention relates to methods for inspecting objects fed in a continuous flow, in particular packages or components, wherein an inspecting body is guided along an inspection segment together with an object and a response to an inspection of the object is detected by means of a sensor in order to determine if the object meets a quality criterion, in particular is tight or leaky or true to size or functional.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventor: Eckhard Polman
  • Patent number: 9863042
    Abstract: A method for coating a substrate surface such as a syringe part by PECVD is provided, the method comprising generating a plasma from a gaseous reactant comprising an organosilicon precursor and optionally an oxidizing gas by providing plasma-forming energy adjacent to the substrate, thus forming a coating on the substrate surface by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD). The plasma-forming energy is applied in a first phase as a first pulse at a first energy level followed by further treatment in a second phase at a second energy level lower than the first energy level. The lubricity, hydrophobicity and/or barrier properties of the coating are set by setting the ratio of the O2 to the organosilicon precursor in the gaseous reactant, and/or by setting the electric power used for generating the plasma.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: SiO2 Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph A. Jones, John T. Felts, James Troy Gresham, Brian Russell Lilly, Thomas E. Fisk
  • Patent number: 9863919
    Abstract: A modular inspection vehicle having at least first and second motion modules is provided. The first and second motion modules are connected to a chassis. The first motion module includes a first wheel mounted to the chassis. The second motion module includes second wheel mounted to the chassis, the second wheel being at an angle to the first wheel. The vehicle further includes a navigation module configured to collect position data related to the position of the vehicle, an inspection module configured to collect inspection data related to the vehicle's environment, and a communication module configured to transmit and receive data. The vehicle can also include a control module configured to receive the inspection data and associate the inspection data with received position data that corresponds to the inspection data collect at a corresponding position for transmission via the communication module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Pablo Carrasco Zanini, Fadl Abdellatif, Brian Parrott, Hassane Trigui, Sahejad Patel, Ayman Amer, Ali Outa
  • Patent number: 9811900
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for automatically collecting and processing nondestructive test (NDT) data to determine the presence, type, location, size, and strength of defects in composite, honeycomb, and grid structures like those found in aircraft, wind blades, boats, cars, building structures. The preferred embodiment is comprised of an uncooled IR mounted on a frame, a conductive heating mat, an IR Ruler with fiducials in a recognizable pattern, a computer, a processor, and output displays. The data collection, processing, and display output can be controlled or reviewed remotely via the internet. The processing, location, and output displays can be applied to any NDT system that collects and processes a two dimensional amplitude image (e.g., x-ray systems).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: KURION, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph W. Maresca, Jr., Wilhelmina C. Leuschen, Marissa L. Ammer
  • Patent number: 9804132
    Abstract: An in-line pipeline inspection tool includes a plurality of sensors assemblies distributed about a central body. Each sensor assembly includes a sensor body coupled at the ends thereof to the central body by first and second linkage assemblies. The linkage assemblies include first and second links, the first link coupled by a first pivot to the central body and by a second pivot to the second link. The second link is coupled to the sensor body by a third pivot. As the tool is moved in one direction, the sensor body is urged away from the first linkage assembly, which engages a block that prevents further rotation of about one of the pivots. As the tool is moved in another direction, the block disengages, thereby permitting rotation about all three pivots. The second linkage assembly functions in an identical fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventor: Philip M. Hoyt
  • Patent number: 9766175
    Abstract: A method and apparatuses to make an in-service measurement of the thickness and corrosion rate of the floor an aboveground or bulk underground storage tank. The preferred method is to use an off-the-shelf ultrasonic sensor that is placed on the end of a staff and inserted into an opening at the top of the tank to make one or more local measurements of the thickness and corrosion rate of the tank floor. When combined with the results of a previous out-of service internal inspection of the floor or an acoustic emission (AE) corrosion activity test performed with a vertical and horizontal array of three or more AE sensors placed on a staff and inserted into the liquid or on the external wall of the tank and show almost no corrosion activity, these local measurements can be used to determine the thickness and corrosion rate for the entire tank floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Vista Precision Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph W. Maresca, Jr., Brian E. Humann, Wendell G. Faultersack, Wilhelmina C. Leuschen
  • Patent number: 9756231
    Abstract: A wastewater monitoring system uses a camera in a fixed location in a wastewater pipe that takes a still photograph of a location of interest at defined intervals, such as five minutes. The photographs are retrieved from the camera, and are then analyzed on a computer system that aggregates the still photographs into a video stream, allows a user to define an area of interest on one of the still photographs, then uses suitable algorithms or heuristics to detect changes between the photographs in the video stream. Video clips of interest are then generated using the detected changes, and are identified to a user so the user can review the video clips of interest to determine flows in the wastewater pipe that was monitored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: I&Eye Enterprises, LLC
    Inventor: Brandon Casey Freeman
  • Patent number: 9734397
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) assessment and reporting system may utilize one or more scanning techniques to provide useful assessments and/or reports for structures and other objects. The scanning techniques may be performed in sequence and optionally used to further fine tune each subsequent scan. The system may include shadow elimination, annotation, and/or reduction for the UAV itself and/or other objects. A UAV may be used to determine a pitch of roof of a structure. The pitch of the roof may be used to fine tune subsequent scanning and data capture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Loveland Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Leif Larson, Jim Loveland, Dan Christiansen, Tad Christiansen, Cam Christiansen
  • Patent number: 9721448
    Abstract: Wireless communication system for underground pipeline inspection. The system includes a plurality of sensor nodes moved by robots within the pipeline and each sensor node includes a radio transceiver. A plurality of spaced apart, above ground relay nodes are deployed along the pipeline, each relay node including a radio transceiver for communication with the sensor nodes. A remote monitoring center is provided in communication with the relay nodes, whereby a leak detected by a sensor node is communicated to the remote monitoring center. Each sensor node may further include a microcontroller, an accelerometer and a timer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignees: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
    Inventors: Dalei Wu, Kamal Youcef-Toumi, Samir Mekid, Rached Ben-Mansour
  • Patent number: 9683437
    Abstract: An electro-mechanical indicator system for signaling when a droppable object (such as, for example, a dart, plug or ball) is released during well cementing operations. A body section has first and second chambers divided by a fluid and pressure sealing barrier. A mechanical trigger mechanism is situated in the first chamber, which is exposed to elevated pressures and harsh wellbore fluids. Less robust components, such as sensor(s), power source(s), and signal device(s) located in the second chamber, remain isolated from the wellbore environment and elevated pressures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Blackhawk Specialty Tools, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth Flanigan, James F. Giebeler, Juan Carlos E. Mondelli, Ron D. Robichaux