Testing Of Apparatus Patents (Class 73/865.9)
  • Patent number: 8746089
    Abstract: An apparatus for automated inspection and repair of a tube sheet. The apparatus has a rotating gripper pod, comprising at least one tube gripper, a sliding body portion containing the gripper pod; a housing portion comprising at least one tube gripper and a tool head coupling. The tool head coupling swapably attaches to a eddy current test probe and at least one kind of tube repair tool. Novel, auto-locking tube grippers are also disclosed. A serial bus connects electronic modules within the apparatus and also connects the apparatus to an external controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Babcock & Wilcox Nuclear Energy, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas O'Dell
  • Patent number: 8751170
    Abstract: A method for determining the fatigue of the pump rotor of a gas turbopump comprises the following method steps: continuous determination of the rotational speed (n) of the pump rotor, determination of the local rotational speed maxima and minima of a temporal rotational speed profile under consideration, association of the rotational speed maxima and minima with each other to form pairs, determination of a pair fatigue value (L) for each of the rotational speed pairs, and accumulation of all pair fatigue values (L) to form a total fatigue value (Ltot). In this manner it is possible to determine the cyclic stress for the pump rotor of a vacuum pump and to include it in the calculation of a total fatigue value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum GmbH
    Inventors: Roland Blumenthal, Michael Froitzheim, Thomas Palten, Dieter Bohry, Manfred Kiefer
  • Patent number: 8727336
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for determining a condition at an item of media container. The method includes the steps of locating a suction element at a pick up region of a container, selectively connecting a source of negative pressure to the suction element, determining a pressure at the suction element, and determining a condition of the container responsive to the determined pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Scott L. Colston, Douglas L. Milne
  • Publication number: 20140130618
    Abstract: A sensor bearing assembly for supporting a rotatable shaft includes a bearing having an inner ring disposable about the shaft, an outer ring disposed about the inner ring, and rolling elements between the rings. An annular detection member is coupled with the bearing inner ring and has an outer circumferential surface and a circular cover is configured to enclose the axial end of the shaft when the bearing assembly is mounted on the shaft. The cover includes a rim coupled with the bearing outer ring, a radially-extending end wall spaced axially from the shaft end, and an annular side wall extending axially between the end wall and the rim. A sensor is mounted to the cover side wall, has an inner end spaced radially outwardly from the detection member outer circumferential surface, and is configured to sense angular displacement of the detection member about the shaft central axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: AKTIEBOLAGET SKF
    Inventors: Erich Klinglmair, Andreas Pichler, Frans Grove
  • Patent number: 8712710
    Abstract: A method includes measuring a first voltage (VA) across a first sensing coil of a linear variable differential transformer (LVDT) and measuring a second voltage (VB) across a second sensing coil of the LVDT. The method also includes signaling a core fallout condition in response to (i) determining that a ratio of VA and VB is within a specified range of a value of one and (ii) determining that a sum of VA and VB is less than a sum of VA0 and VB0 by more than a specified amount. VA0 and VB0 are minimum voltages across the first and second sensing coils of the LVDT, respectively, when a core of the LVDT is in the LVDT.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Rakesh Damodaran Nair, Arulvel Sellamuthu, Nagaraja Sundaresh, Manjunatha Kotreshi Alabur, Amol Kinage, Karthik Giritharan, Ananda Huchappa Shastry
  • Patent number: 8707807
    Abstract: A system includes an internal combustion engine producing an exhaust stream, a particulate filtering device that treats the exhaust stream, a particulate sensor operatively coupled to the exhaust stream at a position downstream of the particulate filtering device, and a temperature sensor operatively coupled to the exhaust stream. The system includes a controller that interprets a particulate sensor particulate stability condition, interprets a particulate sensor input value and a particulate sensor temperature, compensates the particulate sensor input value in response to the particulate sensor temperature, and filters the compensated particulate sensor input value. The controller determines a soot accumulation value in response to the filtered compensated particulate sensor input value, interprets a diagnostic enable condition, and determines a particulate filter diagnostic value in response to the active diagnostic enable condition and the soot accumulation value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Cummins Inc.
    Inventors: Pranati Yadav, Phanindra Garimella, Joan M. Wills, Daniel R. Hashbarger, Ross C. Berryhill, Dean H. Dringenburg
  • Patent number: 8706284
    Abstract: A diagnostic system to diagnose a pressure profile of a molding machine M in an operating state is disclosed. The pressure profile of the molding machine M in the operating state is measured with a pressure sensor of a measurement system 3. In a diagnostic system A, a database is formed such that a reference pressure profile and the actual pressure profile selected according to a mold to be made are preserved therein. The diagnostic system A compares the reference pressure profile to the actual pressure profile in the database to determine whether the actual pressure profile is within a predetermined tolerance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Sintokogio, Ltd.
    Inventor: Mitsuaki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 8695446
    Abstract: A process and system for detecting pluggage in a conduit that is feeding a solid and carrier gas to a flowing gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Albemarle Corporation
    Inventors: Xin Liu, Jon E. Miller
  • Publication number: 20140090491
    Abstract: A control circuit operably couples to a non-invasive imaging system that utilizes a particular corresponding effective spectrum and receives imaging information as pertains to an object being imaged. The control circuit uses that information to identify the particular corresponding spectrum for the corresponding source of radiation by, at least in part, evaluating candidate spectra as a function, at least in part, of physical likelihood (for example, by identifying a spectrum that is physically unlikely or physically impossible). Evaluating the candidate spectra as a function of physical likelihood can comprise evaluating the candidate spectra with respect to regularization, smoothness, being non-negative, normalization characteristics, monotonic characteristics, envelope limitations, quasi-concave characteristics, and/or consistency with one or more physics models of choice to note but a few options in these regards.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: VARIAN MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Kevin M. Holt
  • Patent number: 8688405
    Abstract: A system for monitoring an industrial process, comprising one or more sensors connected to one or more operating components of the industrial process; a remote monitoring station, comprising a computer and a database; and a connection between the one or more sensors and the remote monitoring station, wherein the remote monitoring station is at least about 100-2500 miles away from the industrial process, for example 500-1000 miles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Shell Oil Company
    Inventors: Michael Edward Cottrell, Chester Bing Dang, Rong Pieter Gul, Wilhelmus Antonius Hardeveld, Brett Richard Alexander Harnish, Kenneth John Innes, James Po Kong, Mark Theodoor Van Latum, Kwi-Cheng Lee, Charles Anthony Lickteig, Robert Frank Parchewsky, Matthew Charles Polley, Wilhelmus Ravesloot, Steven Michael Schultheis, Daniel Dazhang Ying, George Mark Zolkiewski
  • Patent number: 8676538
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and a system, for provided for performing a dynamic weighting technique for performing fault detection. The method comprises processing a workpiece and performing a fault detection analysis relating to the processing of the workpiece. The method further comprises determining a relationship of a parameter relating to the fault detection analysis to a detected fault and adjusting a weighting associated with the parameter based upon the relationship of the parameter to the detected fault.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew A. Purdy
  • Patent number: 8650964
    Abstract: A testing apparatus includes a retaining panel, a screw pole, two securing panels moveably attached to the screw pole, and two mounting members. Each of the two securing panels is slidably attached to the retaining panel. Each of the two mounting member is engaged with each of the two securing panels. The two securing panels are moveable relative to the screw pole for sandwiching an electronic device, and each of the two mounting member is engaged with the screw pole, for prevent the two securing panels from disengaged from the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (WuHan) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wei-Min Qin, Cong-Xu Hu, Yu-Lin Liu
  • Publication number: 20140041465
    Abstract: A method for testing electronic equipment, comprising at least a first board and a second board connected to each other, the method being controlled by means of a test tool external to the equipment. The method includes the steps of transmitting an acquisition command from the test tool to the first board, the first board comprising at least one input, on receipt of the acquisition command by the first board, triggering the acquisition of the signals present on the input, transmitting a generation command from the test tool to the second board, the second board comprising at least one output connected to the input, on receipt of the generation command by the second board, triggering of the generation on the output of signals to the input, receiving the signals by the first board; and transmitting from the first board to the test tool data about the signals received.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventors: Bertrand Crouzet, Pascal Maurere
  • Patent number: 8650002
    Abstract: A test system for facilitating determining whether a plasma processing system (which includes a plasma processing chamber) is ready for processing wafers. The test system may include a computer-readable medium storing at least a test program. The test program may include code for receiving electric parameter values derived from signals detected by at least one sensor when no plasma is present in the plasma processing chamber. The test program may also include code for generating electric model parameter values using the electric parameter values and a mathematical model. The test program may also include code for comparing the electric model parameter values with baseline model parameter value information. The test program may also include code for determining readiness of the plasma processing system based on the comparison. The test system may also include circuit hardware for performing one or more tasks associated with the test program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Choi, Gunsu Yun, Vijayakumar C. Venugopal, Norman Williams
  • Patent number: 8646346
    Abstract: A skew detection arrangement comprises first and second series of targets movable past respective sensors, and monitoring means operable to monitor the outputs of the sensors, wherein the monitoring means is operable upon sensing that an output of a first one of the sensors is in a transition state to determine, from a transition direction of the transition state and an output of the other of the sensors, whether a skew condition has arisen. A skew detection method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Goodrich Actuation Systems Limited
    Inventors: Mark Hubberstey, Paul Smith, Mark Whatley
  • Patent number: 8635921
    Abstract: The invention relates to a measurement apparatus for vacuum therapy system (60) for wound treatment, comprising an artificial wound unit (44) with a wall (43) that encloses an artificial wound cavity (45) open at least on one side, wherein passages for fluid are provided in the wall and can be supplied with a fluid via fluid delivery lines (46,80), and wherein the open side of the wound cavity (45) can be covered by a vacuum therapy system (60), wherein the vacuum therapy system (60) can apply a vacuum to the wound cavity (45) via a vacuum-generating device (90,92,100) of the measurement apparatus, and wherein a controllable heating device (39,40) is provided for regulating the temperature of the wound unit (44) and/or of the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Paul Hartmann Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Axel Eckstein, Martin Junginger
  • Publication number: 20140020486
    Abstract: A test bench includes a supporting member, a hollow and columnar first surrounding wall, and a second surrounding wall surrounding the first surrounding wall. The first surrounding wall is lower than the second surrounding wall, and defines an annular groove in a top surface. The supporting member includes a round main portion and an annular extension portion mounted to a circumference of the main portion. A clearance communicating with the groove is defined between a circumference of the extension portion and the second surrounding wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD .
    Inventor: YONG-SHENG YANG
  • Patent number: 8630537
    Abstract: A monitoring apparatus for sensing conditions associated with a package handling system. The monitoring apparatus includes a test package configured for being handled by the package handling system with non-test packages handled by the package handling system. The test package has a housing defining a test package interior and has at least one sensor positioned within the interior for sensing conditions associated with the package handling system. The sensor produces an output signal corresponding to the conditions that it senses. The test package further includes a support positioned within the test package interior and connecting the sensor to the housing so that the sensor is directed generally toward an outside of the test package for sensing conditions associated with the package handling system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Nagesh Kadaba
  • Patent number: 8621933
    Abstract: A testing apparatus includes a securing member, a first clipping panel, a second clipping panel, two mounting members, and a sliding member. The securing member includes a screw pole. The first clipping panel is secured to the screw pole. The second clipping panel is moveably attached to the screw pole, and the first clipping panel and the second clipping panel are attached to opposite side plates of an electronic device. The two mounting members are attached to the screw pole and located on opposite sides of the second clipping panel, for preventing the second clipping panel from disengaging from the electronic device. The sliding member is slidably attached to the screw pole and located between the first clipping panel and the second clipping panel, for moving the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (WuHan) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yu-Lan Liu, Wei-Min Qin, Yu-Lin Liu
  • Patent number: 8626460
    Abstract: A chip diagnostics management system includes secure design information that define production features of integrated circuit devices and are accessible according to selected levels of access privilege. A database of device defect information includes information of defects of devices produced according to the production features of the design information and associated wafers, production lots, and dies in or with which the devices were produced. A diagnostic manager correlates device defect information from plural wafers with the design information to identify a device location with a probability of being associated with the device defect information. A diagnostic manager viewer indicates the device location together with an amount of design information correlated the level of access privilege assigned to a selected user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Teseda Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce Kaufman, Ralph Sanchez, Brian Mason
  • Patent number: 8617409
    Abstract: A protective chuck is magnetically levitated on a substrate with a gas layer between the bottom surface of the protective chuck and the substrate surface. The gas layer protects a surface region of the substrate against a fluid layer covering the remaining of the substrate surface without contacting the substrate, reducing or eliminating potential damage to the substrate surface. The magnetically levitated protective chuck can enable combinatorial processing of a substrate, providing multiple isolated processing regions on a single substrate with different material and processing conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Intermolecular, Inc.
    Inventors: Rajesh Kelekar, Kent Riley Child
  • Patent number: 8616076
    Abstract: Testing the reliability of flexible separators arranged under conditions enabling the cycling rate of testing to be accelerated. According to the invention, two separators are enclosed in two rigid chambers, each defining a liquid capacity and a gas capacity. The two gas capacities communicate with each other, and each of the liquid capacities communicates with means for causing the volume of each of them to vary in alternation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Olaer Industries
    Inventor: Alain Houssais
  • Publication number: 20130333492
    Abstract: A test device for a liquid dispenser including a base for stationary placement of the test device, a receiving device for receiving a liquid dispenser, and an actuation device configured for mechanical actuation of the liquid dispenser received in the receiving device. The test device is configured as a test device for a drop dispenser, wherein the receiving device and the actuation device are configured and arranged such that the drop dispenser can be received and actuated in a position where a discharge opening of the drop dispenser faces downwards.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventors: Matthias WOCHELE, Matthias BIRKHOFF
  • Patent number: 8601878
    Abstract: A system (1100) for fatigue testing wind turbine blades (1102) through forced or resonant excitation of the base (1104) of a blade (1102). The system (1100) includes a test stand (1112) and a restoring spring assembly (1120) mounted on the test stand (1112). The restoring spring assembly (1120) includes a primary spring element (1124) that extends outward from the test stand (1112) to a blade mounting plate (1130) configured to receive a base (1104) of blade (1102). During fatigue testing, a supported base (1104) of a blade (1102) may be pivotally mounted to the test stand (1112) via the restoring spring assembly (1120). The system (1100) may include an excitation input assembly (1140) that is interconnected with the blade mounting plate (1130) to selectively apply flapwise, edgewise, and/or pitch excitation forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Cotrell, Scott Hughes, Sandy Butterfield, Scott Lambert
  • Patent number: 8590405
    Abstract: For the simplified use of a test strip holder, a device having a holding or positioning device is provided, comprising a mixing chamber, a lid for closing the mixing chamber, and an obvious fluid opening for a fluid passage from the mixing chamber to the test strip holder. This allows for the test strip holder to be inserted into the device in a simple way and a sample can be prepared in the mixing chamber of the device. The device is provided with a mixing chamber that can be closed, wherein a reaction partner, for example a gold conjugate, can be dissolved in the sample for increasing the sensitivity of the test strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: Michael Matallana-Kielmann
  • Patent number: 8589088
    Abstract: Certain embodiments of the invention may include systems and methods for evaluating pipeline using GIS data. According to an example embodiment of the invention, a method is provided for evaluating pipeline using geographical information system (GIS) data. The method can include receiving component information from a GIS database for one or more components in a pipeline; determining a modified maximum allowable operating pressure (MAOPm) for the one or more components; determining an uprating pressure (MAOPm*) that the one or more components can withstand; and outputting a upgrade recommendation or an uprate recommendation based at least in part on the MAOPm and the MAOPm*.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Vinoth Kumar Mohan, Kavitha Andoji, Christophe Faucherand
  • Publication number: 20130291661
    Abstract: An error display device is a device for displaying a translation error and an attitude error associated with a rectilinear motion of a machine element, and includes a reference-motion-trajectory display unit that displays a design motion trajectory, and an error magnification/display unit that magnifies the translation error and the attitude error and displays the magnified errors, wherein the error magnification/display unit calculates a translation error vector including a magnified translation error obtained by multiplying the translation error by a predetermined magnification factor, draws a translation error trajectory including the design motion trajectory and the translation error vector added thereto, calculates an attitude error matrix including a magnified attitude error obtained by multiplying the attitude error by a predetermined magnification factor, and draws a predetermined shape with coordinates transformed using the attitude error matrix and the translation error vector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryuta Sato, Kotaro Nagaoka, Shunro Ono
  • Patent number: 8561487
    Abstract: A testing apparatus includes a support mechanism, a pushing device, and a clamping device secured to the driving member. The clamping device secures a product. The pushing device includes a guiding pipe, a driving member moveably attached to the guiding pipe, and an elastic member received in the guiding pipe. The elastic member is connected to a first end of the driving member. The first end of the driving member is received in the guiding pipe. The clamping device is secured to the driving member. Wherein the guiding pipe is adapted to receive air, the driving member is adapted to be driven by air to move along a first direction, and the elastic member is adapted to rebound to pull the driving member to move along a second direction opposite to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Fang-Yuan Chen, Shu-Qi Wu, Yang Chen, Yu-Lin Liu
  • Patent number: 8566049
    Abstract: A battery system comprises a first battery cell and a first management unit which is connected in one-to-one correspondence to the first battery cell. The first management unit comprises a first parameter acquiring unit, a first calculating unit, and a first storage unit. The first parameter acquiring unit acquires a power consumption parameter of the first battery cell. The first calculating unit calculates a power consumption state value of the first battery cell on the basis of the power consumption parameter acquired by the first parameter acquiring unit. The first storage unit stores the power consumption state value calculated by the first calculating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Fumihiro Akahane, Toshimichi Tsumaki, Takumi Oya
  • Patent number: 8555917
    Abstract: A motor operated valve diagnostic data acquisition system including: a motor operated valve assembly; a transmitter, the transmitter being permanently connected in a housing of a motor operated valve assembly; a receiver, the transmitter transmitting signals to the receiver via motor operated valve cables, the cables being existing motor operated valve cables; and electronic circuitry connected to the receiver, the electronic circuitry processing the signals received by the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Areva NP Inc
    Inventors: Vedat T. Ataman, Lew McKeague
  • Patent number: 8550941
    Abstract: Systems and methods for evaluating a golf ball design are disclosed. In one implementation, a method for evaluating a golf ball design may comprise designing a proposed golf ball having a size and dimple design; determining a specific gravity of the proposed golf ball; selecting a material for a test golf ball that will mimic the specific gravity of the proposed golf ball when the material is formed into a test golf ball having substantially the same size, shape, and dimple pattern as the proposed golf ball, but having a predetermined construction differing from the proposed golf ball; forming the selected material into the size and dimple design of the proposed golf ball to form the test golf ball; and testing the test golf ball to evaluate the golf ball design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Derek A. Fitchett
  • Patent number: 8550940
    Abstract: Systems and methods for evaluating a golf ball design are disclosed. In one implementation, a method for evaluating a golf ball design may comprise designing a proposed golf ball having a size and dimple design; determining a specific gravity of the proposed golf ball; selecting a material for a test golf ball that will mimic the specific gravity of the proposed golf ball when the material is formed into a test golf ball having substantially the same size, shape, and dimple pattern as the proposed golf ball, but having a predetermined construction differing from the proposed golf ball; forming the selected material into the size and dimple design of the proposed golf ball to form the test golf ball; and testing the test golf ball to evaluate the golf ball design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Derek A. Fitchett
  • Patent number: 8539842
    Abstract: A system for use in measuring an end play of a wheel hub assembly includes a follower configured to extend through an opening in a cover connected to a wheel hub. The cover covers the wheel hub such that the cover inhibits access to an end of a shaft of the wheel hub assembly, and the follower is configured to contact the end through the opening. The follower is received in a holder engageable with the cover such that the follower is movable relative to the cover and the holder to allow the follower to extend from the holder to contact the end of the shaft. A frame has a cavity receiving a measurement probe extending outwardly from the cavity. The probe contacts the follower and is configured to measure movement of the follower to determine endplay of the bearing assembly on the shaft. The frame includes a plurality of legs extending from the frame to a hub mounted on the shaft and coupled to the bearing to support the frame relative to the hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Inventor: John E. Rode
  • Patent number: 8539848
    Abstract: A system for evaluating cutting efficiency of root canal rotary instruments is provided. The system includes a root canal rotary instrument, a driving unit, a cutting object, a prestressing force providing unit and a feeding unit. The root canal rotary instrument is attached on the driving unit, and driven thereby. The cutting object is pressed by the prestressing force providing unit to contact the root canal rotary instrument. The feeding unit feeds the cutting object to the root canal rotary instrument, and the root canal rotary instrument cuts an uncut surface of the cutting object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: National Taiwan University
    Inventors: Chow-Shing Shin, Zheng-Cheng Lin, Chun-Pin Lin
  • Patent number: 8532329
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device and a method for testing systems or devices with visual output and at least one mechanical input element. The device comprises an input unit for the automated mechanical actuation of the at least one input element of the device, an image analysis unit, which acquires and analyzes the visual output of the device, and a control unit, which controls the input unit and image analysis unit, and automatically determines a test result based on predetermined desired outputs and the findings of the image analysis unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignees: Europcopter Deutschland GmbH, ESG Elektroniksystem Und Logistik GmbH
    Inventors: Hartmut Braun, Bernd Gumpel, Jürgen Müller
  • Publication number: 20130228025
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for checking gripping elements for containers may include a plurality of gripping elements for gripping a plurality of containers. Occupancy states of these gripping elements with containers are regularly detected and statistics regarding these occupancy states are formed. Based on these statistics, in particular a failure of individual gripping elements can be ascertained and can be output to the user in a targeted manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: KRONES AG
    Inventor: Volker Grimm
  • Patent number: 8527231
    Abstract: A test system that provides an output signal for analysis without requiring the test hardware to be idle during a settling interval. The test system includes a preprocessor that identifies the near-DC drift that occurs in the output signal and then adjusts the output signal to remove the near-DC drift. A set of values representing the near-DC drift at each of multiple times during the acquisition of a signal for analysis may be computed and used to model a settling profile of the signal by fitting a curve to the set of values. The model of the settling profile may then be subtracted from samples representing the output signal to provide an adjusted signal for further analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Teradyne, Inc.
    Inventor: Lawrence B. Luce
  • Patent number: 8516910
    Abstract: A method of developing a tool for non-destructive inspection of parts of a turbomachine engine is disclosed. The method includes: a) making parts and/or sets of parts of an engine portion by prototyping from a digital model of the engine portion, and then assembling the parts and/or sets of parts in order to make a three-dimensional lifesize mock-up; and b) verifying that it is possible to pass the inspection tool through access orifices and/or passages of the mock-up until a distal end of the tool is situated in the vicinity of a part for inspection, and validating the tool or modifying its configuration or the configuration of the access orifices as a function of the results of the verification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: SNECMA
    Inventors: Sadia Bousquet, Claude Robert Louis Lejars, Sylvie Mozer, Alain Timon
  • Publication number: 20130205924
    Abstract: A paint tester station for testing a paint applicator is disclosed. The paint tester station comprises a testing material defining a testing surface suitable for testing a paint applicator thereon, and a housing defining a plurality of walls surrounding a periphery of the testing surface. The housing defines a window providing access to the testing surface. Thus, as paint is applied to the testing surface through the window, the walls cooperate to assist in limiting application of paint to within the periphery of the testing surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Inventor: G. Gary Holt
  • Patent number: 8499652
    Abstract: A test ramp is disclosed comprising a plurality of planar surfaces, wherein each planar surface comprises at least one impediment. Each impediment is offset along a planar axis from the other impediments, and each impediment is operable to contact part of a respective actuator arm of a disk drive in order to excite a microactuator coupled to the actuator arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Tran, Yanning Liu, Sivabalan Ganisen, Mukesh Patel
  • Patent number: 8504319
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products maintain reflective maintenance records for a network. Test results are mirrored from different testing applications to a centralized testing database. The test results are associated to circuit identifiers. A work order is received that identifies trouble associated with a customer. A circuit identifier associated with the customer is retrieved and, prior to performing a test of a circuit to resolve the trouble, the centralized testing database is queried for the circuit identifier. A test result associated with the circuit identifier is retrieved and the work order is updated with the test result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L. P.
    Inventors: Zhiqiang Qian, Paritosh Bajpay, Jackson Liu, Michael John Zinnikas
  • Publication number: 20130192392
    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: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: MEDTRONIC ABLATION FRONTIERS LLC
    Inventors: Aaron R. STRUNK, Alex NOVICHENOK
  • Patent number: 8495923
    Abstract: A testing device for testing of rivets is provided. The testing device includes a first holding element and a second holding element that can be driven toward the first holding element to cooperatively define at least one hole on which at least one type of rivet can be installed. The second holding element also can be driven to separate from the first holding element to release the installed rivets for analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Bing-Jun Zhang
  • Publication number: 20130186210
    Abstract: A domestic appliance device includes an evaluating unit for evaluating the consumption of at least one external resource by a domestic appliance, and an output unit for outputting the evaluated consumption. In order to provide a generic domestic appliance device having increased ease of use, the evaluating unit evaluates the consumption of the external resource while taking into consideration at least one variable evaluating parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Applicant: BSH BOSCH UND SIEMENS HAUSGERÄTE GMBH
    Inventors: Juan Jose Galindo Perez, Maria Lourdes Grande Mainar, Enrique Javier Perez Visa
  • Patent number: 8490474
    Abstract: A system for detecting defects in a combustion duct of a combustion system of a combustion turbine engine while the combustion turbine engine operates, wherein the combustion duct comprises a hot side, which is exposed to combustion gases and, opposing the hot side, a cold side. The system may include: an indicator coating disposed on an outer surface of the combustion duct, the indicator coating comprising a detectable substance; and a gas sensor positioned downstream of the combustor, the gas sensor configured to take a measurement of the amount of the detectable substance in the combustion products of the combustion turbine engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Pradeep Aadi Gopala Krishna, Dullal Ghosh, Saurav Dugar, Matthew Paul Berkebile, Anthony Wayne Krull
  • Publication number: 20130183443
    Abstract: A processing apparatus includes a processing chamber configured to accommodate a target object to be processed, gas supply paths provided in a corresponding relationship with the kinds of process gases supplied into the processing chamber, and valves respectively arranged in the gas supply paths to open and close the gas supply paths. The processing apparatus further includes valve drive units configured to independently drive the valves, sensor units configured to independently monitor opening and closing operations of the valves, and a control unit configured to determine operation statuses of the valves based on valve opening and closing drive signals transmitted to the valve drive units and/or valve opening and closing detection signals transmitted from the sensor units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventor: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
  • Patent number: 8485045
    Abstract: A system(s) and method(s) of testing the foam delivery system(s) of fire suppression systems. Systems are adapted to test the foam delivery system of a fire suppression system under test while minimizing the release of foam to the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Rance Tetsuo Kudo
  • Patent number: 8479593
    Abstract: A system(s) and method(s) of testing the foam delivery system(s) of fire suppression systems. Systems are adapted to test the foam delivery system of a fire suppression system under test while minimizing the release of foam to the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Rance Tetsuo Kudo
  • Publication number: 20130167670
    Abstract: A testing apparatus includes a testing platform, a tray attached to the testing platform and substantially perpendicular to the testing platform, a pressing member substantially parallel to the testing platform and slidably attached to the tray, and a resilient member located between the tray and the pressing member. The pressing member is slidable relative to the tray between a first position and a second position. When the pressing member is located on the first position, a first distance is defined between the pressing member and the testing platform, for receiving an electronic device between the pressing member and the testing platform. When the pressing member is located on the second position, the resilient member is deformed, and a second distance, that is greater than the first distance is defined between the pressing member and the testing platform, for disengaging the electronic device from the testing platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen, HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
  • Patent number: 8473252
    Abstract: A system includes a subsystem interaction module device, which includes at least one interface configured to receive input signals associated with multiple components of a system. The subsystem interaction module device also includes at least one processing unit configured to identify a potential fault in one or more of the components using the input signals and to provide an indicator identifying the potential fault. The at least one processing unit is configured to identify the potential fault by: identifying conflicting frequencies that are associated with different faults in the components of the system; and determining a confidence level associated with the potential fault based on the conflicting frequencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Chinmaya Kar, Venkataramana Bantwal Kini, Vedika Agrawal, Meenakshi Sunderam