Testing Of Apparatus Patents (Class 73/865.9)
  • Patent number: 10352275
    Abstract: A field of test methods, and more particularly to a method for testing a device, the method including one operating stage corresponding to a stable value of one operating setpoint for the device and/or for a test bench for testing the device. The operating stage is finalized before a maximum duration threshold if a criterion associated with a set of physical parameters picked up during the operating stage is satisfied and if a confidence level associated with the set of physical parameters reaches at least a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventors: Serge Le Gonidec, Sebastien Reichstadt
  • Patent number: 10168136
    Abstract: A clearance gage that includes an elongated shaft having a first end and a second end, a gage element connected to the first end of the elongated shaft, where the gage element defines a first width and a second width measured perpendicular to the elongated shaft, where the first width is larger than the second width, where a thickness of the elongated shaft is not more than the second width, where the first width defines a size of the gage element to assess a gap clearance between two components, and a marker connected to the elongated shaft, where the marker is positioned at a predetermined distance from the gage element along the elongated shaft, where the marker defines a marker width measured in a direction perpendicular to the elongated shaft that is greater than the second width of the gage element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel James Hassan, III, John Patrick Godsil, James Alan Davis
  • Patent number: 10088387
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a brake beam fatigue test stand, for simultaneously testing a fatigue strength of two brake beams, comprise: a base, and four upright columns vertical to the base and arranged on the base at intervals; a first tangential load actuator is mounted vertically between the first upright column and the second upright column, with simulated wheels being mounted on a front side and a rear side of a bottom of the actuator; a pressure load actuator is mounted vertically between the second upright column and the third upright column; a second tangential load actuator is mounted vertically between the third upright column and the fourth upright column, with simulated wheels being mounted on a front side and a rear side of a bottom of the actuator; the stiffness of the test stand in vertical and transverse directions is enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventors: Xing Jin, Yunkang Luo
  • Patent number: 10024759
    Abstract: The invention relates to a three-in-one testing machine for a coded luggage lock. The three-in-one testing machine includes a testing machine table and a control unit. At least two coded lock fixing clamps, a code wheel code-rubbing testing mechanism and a key pulling/insertion/rotation testing mechanism are installed on a working table top of the testing machine table. In the invention, by means of the structure, two testing mechanisms on one testing machine can complete testing on three functions including the rotation life of a code wheel, key insertion/pulling to detect the fatigue strength of a lock kernel and a lock row and key rotation to detect the rotation strength of the lock kernel and the fatigue resistance of a locating pit cooperating with the lock kernel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Dongguan Jingyu Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zheng Xu, Xiangshou Zeng, Maotian He
  • Patent number: 10012632
    Abstract: A personal-sized, portable explosive detection field test kit (ETK) and related methods of use. Embodiments of the disclosed ETK include a case having a closing system featuring three levels of closure which retain the case cover securely in a closed position until ready for use, while being easily opened when necessary. The ETK instructions are permanently attached to the case to prevent loss. The case includes retention features which retain the kit components until needed and protects them against loss or damage. The ETK includes one or more test tubes that are color coded and include abbreviated instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Lindon Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Dalita Tomellini, Melinda Penney, Phil Brooks
  • Patent number: 9976846
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are devices and methods for measuring deformation of a gripper of a robot. Devices for measuring deformation of a gripper of a robot include: a frame mounted in the vicinity of the robot at which the gripper taking out components is formed; a sensor block provided on the frame that is configured to sense the deformation of the gripper; and a controlling part connected to the sensor block that is configured to analyze and manage a deformation state of the gripper. A deformation state of the gripper of the robot is measured, such that a component takeout defect and component work line non-operation due to the deformation may be sensed and prevented in advance, a state of the gripper may be managed, and real-time monitoring may be possible, thereby improving work reliability and an operation rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Ki Hwan Jung, Man Chai Han, Jae Wan Park
  • Patent number: 9975172
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for real time preventative maintenance of a molding system. The molding system could be a metal molding system or a plastics molding system. The method and apparatus are capable for scheduling service, business billing and invoicing, parts management, a remote control of a molding system for assessing the need for preventative maintenance. The indication for preventative maintenance is based upon a real time operational status of the molding system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Inventors: John Robert Galt, Bryan Phillips
  • Patent number: 9847700
    Abstract: A monitoring system for monitoring an electric machine is provided. A mini-camera for observing the electric machine is arranged inside the electric machine. Moreover, the mini-camera is arranged movably on guide elements, wherein the guide element is designed in such a way that the mini-camera is held in an uncritical parked position during the operation of the electric machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Waldemar Kowalski, Christoph Lehmann
  • Patent number: 9778318
    Abstract: A monitoring latch assembly structured to monitor circuit breaker assembly operating mechanism component characteristics is provided. The monitoring latch assembly includes a latch member and a sensor assembly. The latch member includes a body. The latch member body defines a pocket. The sensor assembly is disposed in the latch member body pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Inventors: Jiong Chen, Li Yu, Fangji Wu, Binhui Mao, Steven Zhenghong Chen, Jingxuan Liu
  • Patent number: 9631611
    Abstract: Systems and methods for monitoring operation of a pump, including verifying operation or actions of a pump, are disclosed. A baseline profile for one or more parameters of a pump may be established. An operating profile may then be created by recording one or more values for the same set of parameters during subsequent operation of the pump. A value for a goodness of fit measure comparing the operating profile and baseline profile can be established. If the goodness of fit measure is insufficient, an alarm may be sent or another action taken, for example the pumping system may shut down, etc. An example goodness of fit measure is an R-squared measure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Entegris, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Magoon, George Gonnella, James Cedrone
  • Patent number: 9599980
    Abstract: A numerical controller includes a commanded movement-amount adjustment section, in addition to a position command section and a positional deviation counter but also. The commanded movement-amount adjustment section calculates an adjusted command movement amount based on a commanded movement amount output from the position command section, positional deviation acquired from the positional deviation counter, and an actual velocity of a control axis, and outputs the calculated adjusted command movement amount to the positional deviation counter. When a load acts on a servo motor so that positional deviation is accumulated and the load is abruptly removed, a situation in which the servo motor abruptly accelerates with its maximum torque in an attempt to eliminate the accumulated positional deviation is avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: FANUC Corporation
    Inventors: Kouichi Etou, Takehiro Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 9579905
    Abstract: Apparatus and techniques for use in manufacturing a light emitting device, such as an organic light emitting diode (OLED) device can include using one or more modules having a controlled environment. The controlled environment can be maintained at a pressure at about atmospheric pressure or above atmospheric pressure. The modules can be arranged to provide various processing regions and to facilitate printing or otherwise depositing one or more patterned organic layers of an OLED device, such as an organic encapsulation layer (OEL) of an OLED device. In an example, uniform support for a substrate can be provided at least in part using a gas cushion, such as during one or more of a printing, holding, or curing operation comprising an OEL fabrication process. In another example, uniform support for the substrate can be provided using a distributed vacuum region, such as provided by a porous medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Kateeva, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Sou-Kang Ko, Justin Mauck, Eliyahu Vronsky, Conor F. Madigan, Eugene Rabinovich, Nahid Harjee, Christopher Buchner, Gregory Lewis
  • Patent number: 9527477
    Abstract: A seat belt system for a vehicle having a seat belt mounted to a vehicle seat or a portion of a vehicle structure, a tongue which can slide is attached to the seat belt, and a buckle that receives and locks the tongue in an attached state such that the seat belt restrains an occupant in the vehicle seat. A primary coil is included in the buckle and is electrically connected to at least one primary circuit. At least one secondary coil is included in the tongue and is electrically connected to at least one secondary circuit. The primary coil and the at least one secondary coil are configured to be electromagnetically coupled when the buckle and tongue are in the attached state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: TK Holdings Inc.
    Inventors: Len Steven Cech, Dennis Rumps, Gilbert Allan Todd
  • Patent number: 9216892
    Abstract: A fuel quality monitoring system and method to automatically and/or continuously monitor quality of fuel dispensed and control the operation of the fuel dispenser. The control system monitors fuel quality to prevent unsafe refuelings when the fuel quality is unacceptable. In one embodiment, a combination of a differential pressure sensor and a fuel quality monitoring device. If fuel quality is at an acceptable level although not ideal, the control system can allow fueling with the generation of reports and alarms. If the fuel quality is unacceptable, fuel flow can be stopped. If the differential pressure across the filter indicates a high degree of debris and/or water retention, the control system can automatically lower the flow rate to reduce the risk of filter breakdown without completely preventing fueling until the filter can be replaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Inventors: Christopher K. Kastner, Kevin G. Jensen, Phillip A. Wetmore
  • Patent number: 9218752
    Abstract: An aspect of various systems and methods provides, but not limited thereto, novel means for simulating physiological systems and processes in vitro in order to test surgical devices and train practitioners in the use of surgical devices. An aspect of various embodiments further provides in vitro anatomical components, such as a thorax, lungs, heart and pericardium, configured to contain at least one fluid having a pressure-frequency profile that may mimic typical pressure-frequency waveforms of in vivo anatomical fluids. A model communication system may be used to communicate the desired pressure-frequency profiles to the in vitro anatomical fluids. In a further aspect of various embodiments, an access device, e.g. a surgical instrument, configured to sense pressure, frequency, and/or a pressure-frequency profile may be inserted into one or more anatomical components of the in vitro model in order to test the instrument and/or train a practitioner in proper use of the instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Inventors: George Gillies, Harutyun V. Gyurjyan, Srijoy Mahapatra, Jason M. Tucker-Schwartz
  • Patent number: 9209856
    Abstract: A digital spread spectrum non-linear junction detector (NLJD) utilizes the 2.4 GHz transmission band to increase sensitivity to detect smaller electronics. The receiver chain of the NLJD pre-distorts the transmission signal and correlates the result with the response signal to differentiate between target responses and ambient interference signals. A touch screen display displays a signal strength received by the NLJDs receiver at a second harmonic frequency of the 2.4 GHz transmit signal and a signal strength received by the receiver at a third harmonic frequency of the transmit signal. A frequency swept response received by the receiver in response to the transmitted 2.4 GHz transmit signal is graphically displayed on the touch screen. The use of the 2.4 GHz band, touch screen, correlation based target differentiation and frequency swept response display improve the sensitivity and usability of the NLJD and increase the likelihood of it successfully performing its tasks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Research Electronics International
    Inventors: Bruce R. Barsumian, Thomas H. Jones, Darrell L. Harmon
  • Patent number: 9204584
    Abstract: A testing system includes a base, a frame installed on the base, a platform, a first driving mechanism, a second driving mechanism, a locating component, a third driving mechanism and a control unit. Two guiding tracks and a sliding component which slides along the two guiding tracks are disposed under two sides of the platform. The second driving mechanism is connected to the sliding component, and the third driving mechanism is disposed on the sliding component and connected to the locating component. The control unit is for controlling the first driving mechanism to drive the platform to move in a first direction, so that the locating component presses a portable electronic device disposed on the base. The control unit is further for controlling the second driving mechanism and the third driving mechanism to drive the locating component to move in a second direction and a third direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Zhen Wang, Wei Hu, Bing Liao, Bin Wang, Yen-Wei Liao
  • Patent number: 9170141
    Abstract: A technology to measure the mass flux distribution of liquid spray to evaluate droplet dispersion of a spray device for liquids such as fuel, paints, or coating agents, is provided. The apparatus for measuring spray mass flux to evaluate the droplet dispersion of the spray device includes a liquid spraying part including a spray nozzle to spray liquid, a spray collecting part to collect the liquid sprayed from the liquid spraying part, a transfer tube to transfer the liquid collected in the spray collecting part, a multi-cylinder part including a plurality of cylinders to receive the liquid collected in the spray collecting part, a movable mass measurement part to measure a mass of each cylinder of the multi-cylinder part, and a mass flux calculating part to calculate a distribution graph of mass flux of the sprayed liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Inventors: In Chul Lee, Do Hun Kim, Ja Ye Koo
  • Patent number: 9128508
    Abstract: A force control module, assembly, or device for controlling a force required to actuate an electromechanical actuator or a set of electromechanical actuators. The electromechanical actuator is for example a computer mouse button, a keypad, or a joystick button. The force control module includes a lever element that is couplable to the electromechanical actuator, and a fulcrum element that is engageable with the lever element at a pivot point or fulcrum point. A set of displacement control units is configured and disposed for controlling the displacement of the fulcrum element relative to the lever element. A displacement of the fulcrum element relative to the lever element varies a position of the fulcrum point. The force required for actuating the electromechanical actuator is at least partially dependent upon the position of the fulcrum point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Inventor: Justin Tang
  • Patent number: 9041549
    Abstract: Remotely readable valve position indicators and related methods are described. An example apparatus in accordance with the teachings of this disclosure includes a valve body, a valve stem and a fluid flow control apparatus coupled to the valve stem. The fluid flow control apparatus is longitudinally displaceable between a first position and a second position to control fluid flow through a flow aperture of the valve body. The apparatus also includes a valve position indicator including an identifier device coupled to the valve stem. In the first position, the wireless identifier device associated with a first value indicative of the first position of the fluid flow control apparatus. In the second position, the wireless identifier device associated with a second value indicative of the second position of the fluid flow control apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Fisher Controls International, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Wildie McCarty
  • Patent number: 9038489
    Abstract: A control system according to the principles of the present disclosure includes a fuel system diagnostic module and a pump control module. The fuel system diagnostic module performs a diagnostic test on a fuel system when a vacuum pump is switched off to prevent flow through the vacuum pump and thereby seal a portion of the fuel system from an atmosphere. The vacuum pump includes a cam ring, a rotor that rotates within the cam ring, and vanes that slide into and out of slots in the rotor as the rotor rotates. The pump control module switches on the vacuum pump for a predetermined period to force the vanes out of the slots and into contact with the cam ring to seal the vacuum pump before switching off the vacuum pump for the fuel system diagnostic test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Robert Jackson, William R. Cadman, Paul William Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 9032785
    Abstract: A system and method of measuring a residence time in a gas-turbine engine is provided, whereby the method includes placing pressure sensors at a combustor entrance and at a turbine exit of the gas-turbine engine and measuring a combustor pressure at the combustor entrance and a turbine exit pressure at the turbine exit. The method further includes computing cross-spectrum functions between a combustor pressure sensor signal from the measured combustor pressure and a turbine exit pressure sensor signal from the measured turbine exit pressure, applying a linear curve fit to the cross-spectrum functions, and computing a post-combustion residence time from the linear curve fit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Administrator National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventor: Jeffrey H Miles
  • Patent number: 9031311
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for identifying a position of a surface on an aircraft. Image data for an image of the surface on the aircraft is received. The image data is processed to determine whether the position of the surface on the aircraft is a desired position. A surface position identification report comprising information identifying whether the position of the surface on the aircraft is the desired position is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Brian J. Tillotson
  • Patent number: 9027661
    Abstract: A foam chamber of a fire suppressant system having a closable testing outlet is disclosed. The foam chamber can operate in a testing mode and an operation mode. The invention has an inlet conduit for accepting a fire suppressant fluid attached to an expansion conduit. An expansion enclosure having two closable outlets is also attached to the inlet conduit and surrounds the expansion conduit. One outlet empties into the expansion enclosure. The other outlet extends through the wall of the expansion enclosure and empties outside of the expansion enclosure. Both of the closable outlets can be fitted with either an unbreakable seal or a frangible seal. If the foam chamber is configured for normal operation, the unbreakable seal is placed on the outlet that extends through the wall of the expansion enclosure and a frangible seal is placed on the outlet that empties into the expansion enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventor: Kenneth C. Baker
  • Patent number: 9026394
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to the automated testing of a system that includes software or hardware components. In some embodiments, a testing framework generates a set of test cases for a system under test using a grammar. Each test case may perform an action, such as provide an input to the system under test, and result in an output from the system under test. The inputs and outputs are then compared to the expected results to determine whether the system under test is performing correctly. The data can then be interpreted in the grammar system or used as input to a fault isolation engine to determine anomalies in the system under test. Based on identified faults, one or more mitigation techniques may be implemented in an automated fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Wurldtech Security Technologies
    Inventors: Nathan John Walter Kube, Daniel Malcolm Hoffman, Frank Marcus
  • Patent number: 9008985
    Abstract: The invention relates to a test method for examining an inspection device, which is associated with a functional unit of a master unit, comprising at least the following steps: producing a specified number of faulty and/or correct containers or test containers by means of the functional unit itself in that a control signal for producing a distinctive element is fed to the functional unit; leading the faulty containers or test containers past the inspection device, which detects the faulty containers or test containers and produces a signal to discharge the faulty containers or test containers, or indicates a value regarding the expected and the measured faulty and/or correct containers. The test method is automatically started or performed and is suitable, for example, for examining a label position checking device, the filling amount checking unit, and the closure seating checking unit in order to be able to determine the fault-free functioning thereof or optionally the faulty functioning thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Manfred Pschichholz
  • Patent number: 9003892
    Abstract: A testing fixture includes a driving component, a supporting component, a first resilient component, a plurality of connecting components and a plurality of testing components. The driving component includes a board and a sleeve. A guiding slot is formed on a lateral wall of the sleeve. The supporting component includes a base, a bridging pillar and a guiding pin. The base includes a plurality of pivot hole structures. The bridging pillar is disposed on a surface of the base and movably disposed inside the sleeve. The guiding pin is disposed on a lateral surface of the bridging pillar and slidably passing through the guiding slot. The first resilient component is disposed on the bridging pillar and contacts against the sleeve, so as to move the base relative to the board. The connecting components pivot to the pivot hole structures, and each testing component is disposed on the corresponding connecting component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Jian-Wu Hou, Shou-Lun Chang
  • Publication number: 20150100014
    Abstract: A fluid infusing apparatus includes: a flow channel member configured to transport a fluid; a cylindrical portion provided on the flow channel member, a measuring unit configured to measure a displacement of the cylindrical portion; a determining unit configured to determine a condition of transport of the fluid on the basis of the displacement of the cylindrical portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Yukihiro UCHIYAMA, Yoshihiko MOMOSE
  • Patent number: 8991273
    Abstract: An inspection apparatus for inspecting high voltage insulators is disclosed. The inspection apparatus includes a first platform having first and second linkages, at least one outer gripping mechanism having first and second arms extending outwardly from the first platform, a second slidable platform adapted to slide along the first and second linkages, and at least one inner gripping mechanism having third and fourth arms extending outwardly from the second slidable platform. The outer and inner gripping mechanisms are adapted to move between an open position where the insulator is received by the outer and inner gripping mechanisms and a closed position where the outer and inner gripping mechanisms engage the insulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Electric Power Research Institute, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew John Phillips, Jason Cary Nave, Glynn Ray Bartlett, Cody Michael Porter, Ian Royappan Meinzen
  • Patent number: 8984969
    Abstract: A polyacrylamide tissue phantom embedded with multi-formulated thermochromic liquid crystals for use in the evaluation of RF ablation therapies is provided. The tissue phantom approximates the properties of biological tissue, and therefore provides a suitable substitute for use in testing the effects of RF and other energy-emitting devices on biological tissue. Also provided is a system for using the tissue phantom in the evaluation of RF therapies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Medtronic Ablation Frontiers LLC
    Inventors: Aaron R. Strunk, Alex Novichenok
  • Patent number: 8983792
    Abstract: An indoor testing device for multiple rotor-containing flying objects including a main support having a plurality of linking members, a plurality of mechanical arms, a plurality of trays, and control units of the mechanical arms. The main support is disposed vertically. The mechanical arms are separately disposed on the linking members of the main support with different height. The trays are separately disposed on one end of the mechanical arms for receiving rotor-containing flying objects, and the control units are disposed on the mechanical arms and rotate therewith. The device can be used for the cooperation and coordination test of multiple rotor-containing flying objects and autonomous control experiments of a single rotor-containing flying object. The tests have high stimulation and improve the usability of the experimental results in the actual system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Shenyang Institute of Automation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences
    Inventors: Jianda Han, Yuqing He, Feng Gu, Zheng Wang
  • Publication number: 20150068330
    Abstract: In order to obtain a configuration allowing an operator to promptly identify whether a physical amount is within the normal range, this machine tool is configured so as to be provided with: sensors for sensing a physical amount showing the state of the machine tool, the normal range of the physical amount changing in correspondence with the machining condition; a setting unit for setting the normal range of the physical amount corresponding to the machining condition; and a display for displaying the normal range set by the setting unit alongside the sensing value sensed by the sensors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Tadashi Kimura
  • Patent number: 8973211
    Abstract: An apparatus for cleaning a detector comprising a housing and a bowl connected to the housing having a detector chamber adapted for enclosing a detector to be cleaned, a contacting surface positioned on the bowl, and one of more air nozzles positioned within the detector chamber for directing one or more bursts of compressed air at a detector to clean the detector, and a fan positioned within the housing operable to draw air within the detector chamber into a filter, and a dust collector for containing dirt and debris dislodged from a detector during the cleaning operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: HSI Fire & Safety Group, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Rote, Dan Johnson, Aaron B. Eiger
  • Patent number: 8973449
    Abstract: The invention relates to a test device for testing the inspection device of a washing machine for endoscopes, the inspection device including a connection that can be sealingly connected to an opening of an endoscope and feeding a fluid under pressure, said connector having a flow meter and/or a pressure transducer and the test device comprising at least one test chamber that can be sealingly connected to the connector by means of a test opening, wherein the test chamber is designed to be adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Olympus Winter & Ibe GmbH
    Inventors: Sascha Eschborn, Jens Waldmann
  • Patent number: 8967001
    Abstract: An exemplary testing device includes a shell, a motor, a wheel rotating eccentrically, a testing plug, and a sliding assembly. The sliding assembly is configured to move back and forth along a first direction in a first accommodating space of the shell. A periphery of the wheel abuts against two opposite sides of the sliding assembly. An eccentricity e defined between a eccentric hole of the wheel and the center of the wheel causes the sliding assembly to move back and forth along the first direction when the wheel rotates eccentrically. The testing plug connects to the sliding assembly and moves back and forth in unison with the sliding assembly, such that the testing plug can be inserted into the interface of the electronic device more than once.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jun-Liang Zhang
  • Patent number: 8943912
    Abstract: A proximity probe device for detecting rotating shaft deviation, wherein a rigid body has a pair of flat magnets for forcibly seating against a substantially flat surface area of a shaft bearing housing of magnetizable material, a threaded bore through the body for holding a proximity probe having a mating threaded casing, an angle indicator for assisting in placing the body on the surface area and a pair of spaced shoulders on a proximate edge surface of the body, wherein a sight plane for each of the shoulders is substantially tangential to the surface of a shaft in the shaft bearing housing to aid in aiming the probe at a desired location on the shaft surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventors: Ken E. Singleton, Barry T. Cease
  • Publication number: 20140373930
    Abstract: A liquid processing system is disclosed. The liquid processing system comprises a number of sub-systems handling a liquid product. The liquid product is transferred between said sub-systems during processing of the liquid product. The liquid processing system further comprises a number of secondary sub-systems connectable to said sub-systems respectively. Each secondary sub-system has an associated measuring device, such that product losses or water consumption, caused by at least one secondary sub-system being connected to a corresponding sub-system of the liquid processing system, can be measured for each secondary sub-system individually.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Pontus Luedtke, Ferdinand Franz
  • Patent number: 8915156
    Abstract: A method of compensating friction in a force-feedback device comprising a control member manipulated by a user and coupled to a tensioned cable that is actuated by a motor and gearbox unit. The method includes the steps of (1) detecting a variation in the sag of the cable caused by a manipulation of the control member, and (2) in response to such a detection, controlling the unit so that it develops a force (Fa) that compensates, at least in part, for the internal friction (Rsa) of the unit that opposes movement of the control member manipulated by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives
    Inventor: Philippe Garrec
  • Publication number: 20140352964
    Abstract: One disclosed method includes conveying a casing cutting tool into the wellbore lined with at least one casing string and cement, stroking the casing cutting tool over a predetermined axial length of the wellbore while ejecting fluid from one or more nozzles in the casing cutting tool and thereby forming a plurality of longitudinal cuts through the casing string and cement, rotating the casing cutting tool about its longitudinal axis at two or more axially offset locations along the predetermined axial length while ejecting fluid from nozzles and thereby forming a plurality of axially offset transverse cuts in the casing string and the cement, whereby longitudinal cuts and axially offset transverse cuts form wedges in the wellbore, and dislodging the wedges from the wellbore and thereby exposing formation rock along the predetermined axial length.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Jim Basuki Surjaatmadja, Jorn Tore Giskemo, Oyvind Rakstang, Aimee Greening, Desmond Jones
  • Publication number: 20140338474
    Abstract: A direct visual monitoring system for sensing the interior of a rotary mineral mill which comprises a monitoring unit, a main control unit and an operation and management unit wherein the monitoring unit is located inside a feed hopper and adjusted according to the physical characteristics of said feed hopper and in accordance with the dimensions of the mill, so as to allow for a direct view of the interior of the mill. The operating method comprises arranging inside a monitoring unit, a container of sensors for sensing the inner temperature thereof; determining the acceleration on the vertical axis, on the horizontal lateral axis and on the front horizontal axis, according to the time; obtaining two-dimensional images of the geometric conditions of the interior of the mill; obtaining two-dimensional thermal images of the interior of the mill and executing a detection of distance in one or more planes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: German Arnaldo Sepulveda Villalobos, Javier Alejandro Venegas Requena, Ennio Carlo Perelli Bacigalupo, Sebastian Jose Nova Vega, Alfredo Alejandro Bruce, Rodrigo Antonio Riquelme Hormazabal, Rodrigo Edgardo Pozo Escobar
  • Publication number: 20140332240
    Abstract: A fire sprinkler system according to one aspect of the present disclosure includes a pipe having a first pipe portion and a second pipe portion. The first pipe portion includes a wall having a first wall thickness, and the second pipe portion includes a wall having a second wall thickness that is greater than the first wall thickness. The fire sprinkler system further includes structure coupled to the pipe and defining a sealed chamber between the structure and at least the first pipe portion, and a sensor for sensing a pressure in the sealed chamber. Example corrosion monitoring devices and methods for monitoring corrosion in pipe systems, including fire sprinkler systems, are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Jeffrey T. Kochelek, Adam H. Hilton, Lucas E. Kirn
  • Patent number: 8849613
    Abstract: Vibration protection in a compressor system with a variable speed compressor may include operating a variable speed compressor of a compressor system at a first frequency, measuring a vibration of the compressor system at the first frequency, determining whether the vibration exceeds a maximum vibration value, and operating the variable speed compressor at an average frequency equivalent to the first frequency, when the vibration exceeds the maximum vibration value, by identifying an allowed upper frequency and an allowed lower frequency, calculating an upper operating time and a lower operating time, and operating the variable speed compressor at the allowed upper frequency for the upper operating time and the allowed lower frequency for the lower operating time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jean-Luc M. Caillat
  • Patent number: 8839686
    Abstract: An apparatus for testing an implement having an elongate shaft with a head end and a grip end, with a head attached to the head end. The apparatus may include a wind tunnel with a test cell adapted to receive the head of the implement and permit a range of unrestricted movement of the head within the test cell. The test cell includes an inlet and outlet for air flow and a portal or opening in a wall of the cell to which an elongate conduit is attached. The conduit extends in a direction substantially normal, or radial, to the direction of airflow. The conduit is adapted to receive the shaft of the implement, with the grip end of the implement extending beyond the far end of the conduit and into a clamp. The clamp is adapted to hold the grip end of the shaft in a fixed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Lindner, Greg Laue, John Cranston
  • Publication number: 20140260707
    Abstract: An apparatus for characterizing the performance of air turbine handpieces including high speed dental handpieces and chucking devices in terms of speed, torque, power, and air consumption include an air or fluid supply source for the handpiece and various sensors to measure input, flow rate, temperature and pressure and output speed and forces on the output shaft of the handpiece. Data from the sensors is collected, collated, processed and recorded to continuously provide a record of the handpiece characteristics for purposes of evaluating efficiency, quality control, safety and compliance with standards.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: American Dental Association
    Inventors: Spiro John Megremis, Daniel Edward Halpin, Henry Lukic, Henry J. Shepelak, JR., Victoria K. Ong
  • Patent number: 8806961
    Abstract: The portable pneumatic impact wrench testing machine is a portable torque tester that tests the torque output of a pneumatic impact wrench. The machine includes a first member that is hingedly attached to a second member via a hinge member. A hydraulic jack is positioned between the first member and the second member, and includes a gauge that translates compression or pressure imposed on the hydraulic jack into torque that an impact wrench is inputting. A bolt member is positioned between the hinge member and hydraulic jack, and the bolt member passes across the first member and the second member. A nut extends on an outer surface of the second member, and is threadably engaged to the bolt member. The impact wrench rotates said nut thereby squeezing the first member towards the second member in order to compress the hydraulic jack positioned there between.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Thomas W. Reilly
  • Patent number: 8801102
    Abstract: A method of testing a seating structure includes disposing a seat engaging member on a seat and engaging a backrest material with an anthropometric surface of a back engaging member. The back engaging member is pivotally attached to the seat engaging member. A test device kit includes a plurality of seat engaging members having different flexibilities and a plurality of back engaging members having different anthropometric rear surfaces. Each of the back engaging members is pivotally connectable with each of the plurality of seat engaging members. A method of assembling a test device includes selecting a seat engaging member from a plurality of seat engaging members having different flexibilities and selecting a back engaging member having an anthropometric rear surface from a plurality of back engaging members each having a different anthropometric rear surface, and pivotally connecting the seat engaging member with the back engaging member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Herman Miller, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Allen Broome, Matthew Reed, Timothy Hoogland, Douglas Woodard
  • Patent number: 8791813
    Abstract: A monitoring system includes a testing apparatus and a display control apparatus connected to the testing apparatus. The testing apparatus includes a plurality of testing locations and a collection module connected to the plurality of testing locations. Each of the plurality of testing locations receives a tested product, which is tested by the testing apparatus. The collection module collects testing states of the tested products. A display apparatus is connected to the display control apparatus. The display control apparatus controls the display apparatus to show a plurality of indicating blocks corresponding to the plurality of testing locations. The display apparatus is adapted to display the plurality of indicating blocks to match the plurality of testing locations. The display control apparatus controls each of the plurality of indicating blocks to show the testing state of the tested product in each the plurality of testing locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Dong Chen
  • Patent number: 8793011
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system for the automatic detection of load cycles of a machine for the transferring of loads, wherein the machine includes a lifting apparatus for the raising of the load and a transport apparatus for the horizontal movement of the load, comprising: a load change detection for the automatic detection of a load change at least on the basis of the output signals of a lifting force measurement apparatus, a load position detection which detects the position of the load in at least a horizontal direction and a load cycle detection for the automatic detection of a load cycle, wherein the load cycle detection takes place at least on the basis of the output signals of the load change detection and of the load position detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Liebherr-Werk Nenzing GmbH
    Inventors: Klaus Schneider, Jürgen Sonderegger, Martin Amann, Mathias Schneller
  • Publication number: 20140202497
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to monitor and control cleaning systems are disclosed. One disclosed example method includes detecting initial contamination of workpieces before cleaning and detecting residual contamination of workpieces after cleaning. The example method also includes determining, via a processor, a system malfunction from a comparison of the initial contamination with a first threshold value and from a comparison of the final contamination with a second threshold value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: Durr Ecoclean GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Kreis, Hermann-Josef David, Egon Käske
  • Publication number: 20140207080
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and to a monitoring device for monitoring operation of a drug delivery device, the monitoring device comprising of at least a first and a second sensor arranged at a distance from each other with regard to a first direction and being adapted to generate a first and a second electrical signal in response to an operation of the device, a processing unit configured to determine a time delay between the first and the second electrical signals and being adapted to determine at least one state parameter of the drug delivery device on the basis of said time delay.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventor: Alexander Allerdings