Testing Of Apparatus Patents (Class 73/865.9)
  • Publication number: 20130152711
    Abstract: A testing apparatus for testing an input device of an electronic device includes a testing stage, a bracket, a testing device, and a driving system. The testing stage receives the electronic device. The testing device is slidably mounted to the bracket. The testing device including a first touching member. The driving system drives the testing device to move in an X-axis, a Y-axis, and a Z-axis, such that the touching member rolls and presses on the input device. Each two of the X-axis, the Y-axis, and the Z-axis are perpendicular to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: MING-MING XU, XIAO-WEI WANG
  • Patent number: 8453527
    Abstract: A movable member position-sensing device includes a sensor and a biasing member in operable communication with both the sensor and a movable member such that it can generate a bias to both the sensor and the movable member and configured to communicate a parameter to the sensor indicative of a position of the movable member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventor: Ashraf S. Soliman
  • Patent number: 8452564
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of determining geometric errors in a machine tool or measuring machine having a mobile unit for moving a target within a measuring volume. The method includes the steps of generating a succession of laser beams in different directions by means of an interferometer, and, for each direction, moving the target into a number of points along the beam; measuring, by means of the interferometer, the abscissa of each of the points from an origin located along the direction of the beam; acquiring the coordinates of each of the points by means of the machine; and determining error parameters of the machine on the basis of the abscissas measured by the interferometer, and the coordinates of the points acquired by the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignees: Hexagon Metrology S.p.A., Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica (I.N.RI.M.)
    Inventors: Alessandro Balsamo, Michele Verdi
  • Patent number: 8447551
    Abstract: An assembly tool is provided. The assembly tool comprises a body and a gripper mount slidably mounted to the body with a first actuator. The first actuator is configured to slide the gripper mount from a first position to a second position along an axis. The assembly tool also comprises a gripper assembly slidably mounted to the gripper mount with a second actuator. The second actuator is configured to facilitate displacement of the gripper assembly with respect to the gripper mount along the axis. The assembly tool also comprises an encoder configured to indicate a displacement distance between an expected position and an actual position of the gripper assembly with respect to the gripper mount along the axis when the gripper mount is in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Tze Yang Ong, Jit Han Tan
  • Patent number: 8438940
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for simulatively measuring an environment in a microspace between human skin and a wound dressing. The simulative environment-measuring apparatus includes a constant temperature-and-humidity chamber (14); a heat exchanger (12) disposed in the chamber; a constant temperature water bath (10) and a pump (11) for supplying warm water to the heat exchanger; and a container (1) set on the heat exchanger. The container holds a water retentive member (2) therein, and is covered with a water vapor diffusion-controlling member (4). A microspace (6) formed between the water vapor diffusion-controlling member and a wound dressing (5) is a simulatively reproduced space between human skin and the wound dressing. A thin temperature-and-humidity sensor (7) is set in the microspace to measure temperature and humidity. When plural containers are used, the environments of plural wound dressings can be measured at once.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Teikoku Seiyaku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Takahashi, Takehiko Ohura, Yukiko Inamoto, Takashi Kamakura, Shigeyuki Inamoto
  • Patent number: 8441362
    Abstract: Provided is a moisture detection device including: a moisture detection label that has at least a pair of detection terminals and a pattern, the detection terminals being provided on a base material with an insulated front surface, the pattern being provided on the surface of the base material and formed between the detection terminals with water-dispersible and conductive paint; and detection circuit which detects an electrical connection state between the detection terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Shinji Oguri
  • Patent number: 8439062
    Abstract: A system and method for detecting water in locations in homes and buildings where it should not be present, and responding by terminating water inlet access to plumbing in said home or building or the like and optionally operating a dump valve, in combination with an approach to periodically testing system operability and providing a signal upon a component performing a predetermined number of operations. The method can further include the monitoring of signals and responding with maintenance and/or replacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Inventors: Keith J. Ziegenbein, Zachary J. Ziegenbein, Zebadiah W. Ziegenbein
  • Patent number: 8429990
    Abstract: A system for cover screw float detection. The system includes a drive cradle coupled to a structure. The system also includes a moveable portion coupled to the structure. The system further includes a sensor coupled to said structure. The system additionally includes another sensor coupled to the moveable portion. Spatial separation between the another sensor and the sensor when the moveable portion is oriented in a screw float check position indicates presence of cover screw float in a disk drive disposed in the drive cradle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: HGST Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Phatharah Siriowatana, Kullachat Supanyadecha, Sitthichai Theosungnern
  • Patent number: 8432631
    Abstract: A disk spindle assembly cartridge is described. The disk spindle assembly cartridge includes a base, a spindle motor attached to the base, a disk seated on the spindle motor, a disk clamp attached to the spindle motor, wherein the disk clamp secures the disk to the spindle motor, and a cover attached to the base. The base is configured to detachably mount a head stack assembly cartridge, where the disk is accessible to a head stack assembly pivotally mounted in the head stack assembly cartridge via an opening defined by the base and the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Tao Lin, Chih-Wu Jen, Chunjer C. Cheng, Gang H. Lin
  • Patent number: 8428912
    Abstract: A test stand sensor apparatus includes a sensor for acquiring data from the item under test and/or the environment, a power supply unit for converting electromagnetic radiation into electrical energy, and a unit for the wire-free transmission of sensor data and of a code which is characteristic of the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: AVL List GmbH
    Inventor: Werner Neuwirth
  • Publication number: 20130091930
    Abstract: A device for checking the passability of a through-hole of a component includes a front section and an inflatable balloon. The front section is configured so that it can be pressed into or onto the through-hole. The inflatable balloon is fluidically connected to the front section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicant: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
  • Patent number: 8423321
    Abstract: An electronic module for level measurements, pressure measurements or density measurements is disclosed. In the module, a safety-relevant function is transferred into an area that is categorized as safety-uncritical. In order to prevent malfunctions, a diagnostic function is performed in the safety-critical area of the electronic module in order to check the transferred function. This diagnostic function is also checked with respect to its effectiveness during the safety-oriented operation. Suitable measures can be initiated in case an error is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Vega Grieshaber KG
    Inventors: Martin Gaiser, Juergen Haas, Juergen Lienhard, Juergen Motzer
  • Patent number: 8423284
    Abstract: A testing system is described. The testing system is adapted to evaluate navigation systems. The testing system includes: a recording system adapted to collect and record signals received and interpreted by a navigation system during field operation; a time-synchronized database adapted to receive and store data representing the signals collected and recorded by the recording system: wherein the stored data is able to be used to test operation of one or more navigation systems under test. A method of testing navigation systems includes: gathering data that would be received and interpreted by a navigation system during field operation, wherein the gathered data includes data associated with received radio signals; storing gathered data in a time-synchronized database; and using the stored data to test the operation of one or more navigation systems. A system adapted to test navigation systems includes: a recording system; a playback system; and a simulation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Abalta Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael O'Shea
  • Patent number: 8417484
    Abstract: A method for diagnosing a bypass valve in a bypass line for an intercooler in a supercharger for an internal combustion engine, including the following steps: ascertaining a value of an efficiency of the intercooler as the reference efficiency; actuating the bypass valve to open the bypass valve; ascertaining a value of a further efficiency of the intercooler as the diagnosis efficiency after actuating the bypass valve to open; and detecting a malfunction of the bypass valve when the absolute value of the deviation between the reference efficiency and the diagnosis efficiency is less than a specified threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Marc Ringeisen
  • Patent number: 8413530
    Abstract: A method and apparatus to simulate a flow of products from a real fire without reproducing a thermal environment associated with the real fire includes the release of a gas or a mixture of gases with an appropriate density less than air to simulate smoke movement from real fire sources. The buoyant inert gas may be helium. In some embodiments, the buoyant gas is combined with artificial smoke, such as a tracer gas or an inert dye (e.g., a particulate) to provide a visual representation of the location and flow characteristics of the surrogate smoke that is released from a release apparatus. In another embodiment, optical techniques that show differences in gas density are used to visualize the movement of the buoyant gas. The release apparatus includes a control system that follows a prescribed time-dependent flow rate to simulate different fire source configurations and growth rates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Combustion Science & Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard J. Roby, Douglas J. Carpenter
  • Patent number: 8402844
    Abstract: A health and usage monitoring system for use in monitoring health and usage of one or more components of a vehicle. In various embodiments, the present invention uses at least one roving wireless sensor that can be temporarily placed in a first position to monitor one or more components of the vehicle and then moved to another position to monitor one or more other components of the vehicle, thus reducing the total number of sensors used to monitor the vehicle. In some embodiments, a system according to the present invention may comprise at least one or more roving wireless sensors. Other embodiments may comprise one or more roving wireless sensors used in conjunction with one or more wired sensors. The present invention also provides similar embodiments for a method of monitoring the health and usage of one or more components of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Simmonds Precision Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Radoslaw Romuald Zakrzewski, Michael Anthony Lynch, Robert Zeliff, Eric Robert Bechhoefer
  • Patent number: 8402845
    Abstract: An apparatus for deploying two fluids separately into a reaction chamber is provided. The apparatus includes a first distribution network that is formed on a plate having a distribution face and a dispensing face. The first distribution network is defined by a plurality of recessed channels on the distribution face. The plurality of recessed channels includes a plurality of thru-ports that extend from the plurality of recessed channels to the dispensing face. The apparatus further includes a second distribution network that has passages formed below the plurality of recessed channels and above the dispensing face. A first set of ports extends from the passages to the distribution face and a second set of ports extends from a top surface of the distribution face to the dispensing face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Intermolecular, Inc.
    Inventor: Jay B. Dedontney
  • Patent number: 8393235
    Abstract: A testing device for a vehicle part having an interior space is disclosed. The testing device includes a conduit, a test material source, and a controller. The conduit includes a first end and a second end, the first end operable to be disposed within the interior space of the vehicle part and the second end operable to be disposed outside the vehicle part. The test material source is in fluid communication with the conduit to provide a test material to the conduit. The controller is configured to direct the test material from the test material source through the conduit to the interior space in a predetermined manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Chrysler Group LLC
    Inventors: Robert E. Ciborowski, Jeffery E. Long, Preston S. Reynolds
  • Patent number: 8381571
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for assessing the penetration of tooth cleaning elements into a simulated gingival pocket. In one embodiment, the apparatus includes a tooth shaped member, wherein at least a portion of the tooth is transparent to light; a gum member positioned on a first side of the tooth shaped member; a simulated gingival pocket created between the gum member and the tooth shaped member; and an imaging device configured to obtain a plurality of images related to the gingival pocket, and bristle penetration into the gingival pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Braun GmbH
    Inventors: Joachim Wilhelm, Günter Helbig, Bernd Trebitz
  • Patent number: 8380452
    Abstract: A two-dimensional map for calculating an SOC of a secondary battery is corrected. A battery ECU obtains a voltage index of a secondary battery. The voltage index is, for example, a no-load voltage of the secondary battery. When an amount of change of the calculated no-load voltage from an initial state falls outside a predefined range, the battery ECU corrects the two-dimensional map of initial state which is stored in advance in a storage unit using data obtained by statistically processing a plurality of two-dimensional maps obtained from a plurality of vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic EV Energy Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsunori Maegawa, Toshiaki Nakanishi, Motoyoshi Okumura
  • Publication number: 20130040254
    Abstract: A combustor nozzle includes a center body that defines an axial centerline. A shroud circumferentially surrounds at least a portion of the center body to define an annular passage between the center body and the shroud. A plenum is inside the center body and aligned substantially parallel to the axial centerline. A sensor extends inside the center body and is generally adjacent to the plenum, wherein the sensor detects a condition proximate to the combustor nozzle. A method for monitoring a combustor includes flowing a fuel through a center body axially aligned in a nozzle and flowing a working fluid through an annular passage substantially parallel to and radially outward of the center body. The method further includes sensing a condition inside the combustor using a sensor located inside the center body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Anthony Wayne Krull, Krishnakumar Venkataraman
  • Patent number: 8371183
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for determining properties of three-dimensional objects that have been produced by a generative method, in particular by a thermal generative method. The problem solved is that of providing a nondestructive test method by which the density of such objects can be determined and possible component defects can be identified. This is achieved by firstly completely immersing the three-dimensional object in a dyeing liquor, removing it from the dyeing liquor after a defined residence time, then washing it off, drying it and exposing it to a vacuum and subsequently subjecting it to an image-analytical evaluation by determining the intensity of the coloration by apparatus technology, wherein an assessment with regard to density and component defects of the three-dimensional object is effected by a comparison of the image-analytical characteristic values of coloration and reference data stored beforehand by computer technology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Inventors: Volker Griessbach, Soeren Griessbach
  • Patent number: 8365619
    Abstract: An assembly for testing the effectiveness of anti-fog coatings on eyewear lenses, the assembly comprising a chamber for receiving and retaining the eyewear, means for controlling the temperature and relative humidity in the chamber, means for providing warm moist air to the chamber, and a hazemeter for detecting and recording haze values exhibited by the lenses; and a method for evaluating effectiveness of anti-fog coatings on eyewear lenses, utilizing the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: David P. Ziegler, Christopher P. Drew, Michelle Markey
  • Publication number: 20130025803
    Abstract: A stored energy emergency barrier release device comprising a barrier and a barrel member for storing the barrier thereon. The barrel member is rotatable on a stationary counterbalance shaft and a push down shaft. The release device further includes a push down spring coupled to the push down shaft for storing potential energy in order to exert a closing force on the barrier when the release device is positioned from an engaged position to a released position. The release device includes a reset mechanism interfaced with the push down spring for transmitting a lifting torque to the push down spring in response to moving the barrier from a first position to a second position to store energy within the push down spring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Applicant: Overhead Door Corporation
    Inventors: Dwayne J. Kornish, Carolyn D. Eiterman
  • Patent number: 8359936
    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: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Inventor: John E. Rode
  • Publication number: 20130000424
    Abstract: A cycle life testing machine includes a controller, a clamping device, a driver, and a cycle device. The cycle device includes a servo motor, an actuator, a shaft, and a swing rod. The controller sends a signal to control the driver to trigger working of the servo motor, and the servo motor drives the actuator and the shaft rotate to swing the swing rod in a cycle procedure specified by the controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSRTY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: TENG-TSUNG HUANG, YONG-BING HU, YUAN-ZHAO LI, ZHAN SHANG
  • Patent number: 8340930
    Abstract: An arrangement for protecting equipment of an AC electrical power system comprises first means configured to measure the frequency of the current and voltage at at least one location in the electrical power system along an interconnection between two theoretical electric machines of an equivalent two machine system. Fourth means are configured to use the values of the frequency of the current and voltage measured to determine whether a power swing has occurred and if an occurrence of a power swing has been determined determine whether the measuring location is located on a motor side or a generator side of a potential pole slip electrical centre along said interconnection, the electrical centre being defined as the location where the voltage becomes zero during a pole slip, and send this information further to third means for use in a control for protecting equipment of the electrical power system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: ABB Technology AG
    Inventor: Zoran Gajic
  • Patent number: 8340938
    Abstract: A computer system for safety critical sensor variables includes first and second sensors which respectively output first and second sensor variables, a computer, and an independent comparator. The computer calculates an output variable from the first sensor variable by a first function. The computer calculates a comparison variable from the output variable by a second function. The comparison variable and the second sensor variable are applied to the input of the comparator. The second sensor variable is not an input variable of the computer and differs from the first sensor variable in terms of its qualitative value. By calculations of the computer and, if appropriate, of the comparator, an expected comparison variable for the second sensor variable is determined from the calculated output variable, and the correspondence of the two variables is checked by the comparator. Specific internal errors of the computer can thereby be discovered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Leopold Kostal GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Jan Edel
  • Patent number: 8333125
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system with which fuel cell stacks can be tested automatically or manually so that production of pollutants and consumption of electricity are little. The system runs various analyses and tests on the fuel cell stacks and provides operative conditions such as temperatures and fluid flows needed in the tests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Atomic Energy Council—Institute of Nuclear Energy Research
    Inventors: Yu-Ching Tsai, Wen-Tang Hong, Hung-Yu Wang, Wei-Ping Huang, Ruey-Yi Lee
  • Patent number: 8322235
    Abstract: A microactuator test assembly is disclosed for testing a microactuator mounted at a joint coupling a base end of a load beam to a distal end of an actuator arm. A spreader pin deflects the load beam by moving from a first position to a second position, and a signal detector measures a sensor signal generated by the microactuator while deflecting the load beam with the spreader pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Witthaya Keopuang, Siwaphon Sonkham, Sanya Thamprasit
  • Publication number: 20120285271
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for simulating smoking of a smokable rod member. A receiver is configured to receive one end of the smokable rod member. An analyzer is in communication with the receiver and is configured to receive smoke from the smokable rod member upon combustion of the other end thereof. An air source is in communication with the receiver and is configured to mix air with the smoke from the smokable rod member. A container device is in communication with the receiver and the air source, and is configured to receive a smoke and air mixture. The container device is further configured to have an adjustable volume to vary an amount of the smoke and air mixture received thereby, and to be in communication with the analyzer, with the container device also being configured to expel the smoke and air mixture therefrom to the analyzer for the smoke and air mixture to be analyzed thereby.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Inventors: Balager Ademe, John Larkin Nelson
  • Patent number: 8311776
    Abstract: The Data Throughput Tester (“DTT”) provides efficient and reliable methods to characterize the performance capabilities of electronic data systems. Embodiments of the DTT may allow test organizations to find the throughput limitations of a data system under test to the nearest whole packet in both an efficient and reliable manner. Embodiments of the DTT may allow determination of the throughput of a data system under test under the requirement that data output obtained from the data system is identical to the data input provided to the data system. Further embodiments of the DTT may allow determination of the throughput of a data system under test under the condition that specific performance characteristics of the data system under test satisfy pre-defined benchmark parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Blackledge
  • Patent number: 8286516
    Abstract: A method and a device for measuring the movement of a subsea pipeline. The measuring device has an accommodating mount anchored in the sea bed to accept the subsea pipeline. The subsea pipeline is liable to be made to move over a determined travel with respect to the accommodating support as the pipelines deforms. The movement has an amplitude that varies according to the deformation of the subsea pipeline. A plurality of frangible elements secured to one of either the deformable subsea pipeline and the accommodating mount. The frangible elements are intended to be broken in succession by the other of either the deformable subsea pipeline and the accommodating mount when the pipeline is caused to move.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Technip France
    Inventors: Sylvain Routeau, Isabelle Clement, Frédéric Demanze
  • Publication number: 20120247235
    Abstract: An inhalation simulation system is provided for use with inhalers in particular breath-powered dry powder inhalers. The simulation system can recreate a patient's inhalation profile obtained with an inhaler adapted with a sensing and monitoring device for the detection of characteristic signals generated from the inhaler in use, which signals are transmitted to a computer with an algorithm which is configured to analyze the signals and generate new signals via a transmitter to actuate the inhalation simulation system component parts so that a subject's inhalation profile is replicated simultaneously or in real-time, or stored for later use. Methods of measuring the performance of inhalers are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2010
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: MANNKIND CORPORATION
    Inventors: Benoit Adamo, John M. Polidoro, Dennis Overfield, Carl R. Sahi, Brendan Laurenzi, Chad C. Smutney, Spencer P. Kinsey
  • Patent number: 8272281
    Abstract: Remotely readable valve position indicators and related methods are described. An example valve position indicator includes a wireless identifier device coupled to a valve stem or shaft to move with the valve stem or shaft. The wireless identifier device is to convey information indicative of the position of the valve stem or shaft to a remote wireless electronic reader. The example valve position indicator also includes a shielding body to prevent the wireless identifier device from conveying the information to the remote wireless electronic reader when the valve stem or shaft is in a first position and to permit the wireless identifier device to convey the information to the remote wireless electronic reader when the valve stem or shaft is in a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Fisher Controls International, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Wildie McCarty
  • Patent number: 8271231
    Abstract: A configuration method for a computer device comprises generating a load condition on at least one serial bus link using a plurality of differential voltage levels, determining a minimum voltage differential value for producing an eye compliance diagram at a receiver of the at least one serial bus link, and configuring a driver associated with the at least one serial bus link to drive an operational differential voltage level on the at least one serial bus link within a predetermined range of the minimum voltage differential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Monji G. Jabori, Qijun Chen, Rahul V. Lakdawala
  • Patent number: 8266974
    Abstract: A duct detector housing includes a housing cover and a housing body defining a midline between the center of a detector and a printed circuit board within said body. Gas inlet and outlets are off axis of the midline to allow water that collects in conventional housing to drain from the housing. A maintenance mode button associated with a duct detector housing cover that is secured to a housing body of the housing provides a preselected time period during which removal of the cover is independent of a cover removal alarm. A printed circuit board within the housing has dedicated terminal blocks providing grouped connections with each of the groups segregated from another. An improved duct detector terminal has a hole in the terminal adapted to receive a test meter probe therethrough to provide an electrical contact between the wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Inventors: David L. Hall, Peter Stouffer, James E. Ludwig
  • Patent number: 8260574
    Abstract: A technique is provided for diagnosing deficiencies in a material handling system having a track and a material support member adapted to travel on the track. A diagnostic device travels with the material support member and includes one or more sensors that measure one or more parameters of the material support member. Such parameters may include an amount of force exerted laterally against one or more restraining members or the accelerations of the material support member. The material handling system may include a plurality of slats connected in an endless web that defines a conveying surface upon which articles are transported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Dematic Corp.
    Inventors: Dennis J. Schuitema, Kenneth J. Kooistra, Stephen C. Wolf, Matthew A. Steenwyk
  • Patent number: 8256309
    Abstract: An apparatus for detecting a break in a screen of a vibratory separator includes an infeed section coupled to the housing such that at least a portion of the material passing through the screen and directed from the housing is directed through the infeed section, a detector screening element receiving material from the infeed section, wherein the detector screening element has a plurality of openings having a size equal to or slightly larger than the opening size of the screen in the vibratory separator, and a level sensor positioned above the detector screening element, wherein the level sensor is positioned to detect material build up on the detector screening element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: M-I L.L.C.
    Inventors: Charles T. Bowen, Robert A. Lunnemann, Joachim M. Zaun
  • Publication number: 20120210806
    Abstract: An apparatus designed to accurately measure the capacitance required in order to optimize the power factor of single phase and three phase induction motors. Capacitor circuits are interruptably connected to the busses by means of push-button switches. Leads electrically connected to the busses are attached to a calculator unit which is, in turn, electrically connected to the load leads. The calculator unit displays in digital figures the actual operating conditions of an induction motor and the capacitance required for power factor optimization. The correct capacitance required to increase power factor in the 99% to 100% range is determined by either: (1) pushing a switch or a combination of switches, or (2) pushing the automatic mapping switch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Applicant: REPESA, LLC
    Inventors: Ricardo C. Limpin, Lilibeth S. Mediavillo, Angel Vicente G. Arcilla
  • Publication number: 20120210807
    Abstract: A testing module includes a sleeve, a guide pole, an elastic member and a fixing member. The guide pole is slidably received in the sleeve, and the elastic member is fitted around the guide pole and received in the sleeve. The fixing member includes a main body, a first extending plate and a second extending plate. The sleeve is received in the main body, and the first extending plate and the second extending plate are positioned at two ends of the main body. The guide pole is driven to move relative to the sleeve and the fixing member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: TENG-TSUNG HUANG, GUO-JUN YU, YONG-BING HU, YUAN-ZHAO LI
  • Patent number: 8242919
    Abstract: Provided is a moisture detection device including: a moisture detection label that has at least a pair of detection terminals and a pattern, the detection terminals being provided on a base material with an insulated front surface, the pattern being provided on the surface of the base material and formed between the detection terminals with water-dispersible and conductive paint; and detection circuit which detects an electrical connection state between the detection terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Shinji Oguri
  • Patent number: 8230718
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus that precisely measures the bearings in a rotor pitch link. The apparatus permits measurements to within a thousandths of an inch to be taken in multiple perpendicular orientations. Namely, measurements can be taken in the axial direction, in the longitudinal radial direction, and in the transverse radial direction. All of these measurements can be taken without having to reorient the pitch link. By using the apparatus of the present invention, a user can detect unacceptable levels of wear within the pitch link bearings to thereby permit timely replacement and/or repair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Walin Tool, LLC
    Inventors: Linda K. Swadling, Bryan Hinman, Dan Oliverius
  • Publication number: 20120132016
    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: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD
    Inventors: FANG-YUAN CHEN, SHU-QI WU, YANG CHEN, YU-LIN LIU
  • Patent number: 8176802
    Abstract: There is provided a fibrous particle generating apparatus and a test system. The fibrous particle generating apparatus includes a base material containing a fibrous material; a holding unit holding the base material; a fibrous particle generator generating fibrous particles by chafing the base material; and a movement unit moving the holding unit such that the base material held by holding unit is chafed against the fibrous particle generator. With this configuration, fibrous particles can be stably generated, and an evaluation of the object apparatus can be carried out on the basis of the generated fibrous particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Hiroshi Muto, Shouji Hattori, Shinichirou Kouno
  • Patent number: 8169750
    Abstract: A removable cartridge for magnetic head and disk testers is disclosed. The removable cartridge includes: a base plate; a first end of an actuator rigidly fixed to the base plate; an HGA mounting block rigidly fixed to a second end of the actuator; a first end of a flexure rigidly coupled to the HGA mounting block; and a second end of the flexure rigidly coupled to the base plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Guzik Technical Enterprises
    Inventors: Nahum Guzik, Brice Arnold, Forest Ray
  • Patent number: 8166836
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tool which has more than one function. As a first function, the tool is capable of activating a fastening element, either by direct physical contact or by remote activation. As a second function, the tool is capable of detecting an attribute of the fastening element. The attribute can include position or location of the fastening element, status of the fastening element, identity of the fastening element, environmental factors affecting the fastening element, size of the fastening element, sequence in which the fastening element must be activated, history of the fastening element, authorization requirements in relation to the fastening element, or activation requirements of the fastening element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Telezygology, Inc.
    Inventor: Dickory Rudduck
  • Patent number: 8165839
    Abstract: A method is proposed for calibrating an instrument location facility with an imaging apparatus. The instrument location apparatus and the imaging apparatus are synchronized temporally with one another. According to such synchronization at least three points of the position of a medical instrument relative to a tracking coordinate system of the instrument location apparatus and/or relative to an image coordinate system of the imaging apparatus are measured simultaneously both by the instrument location apparatus and by the imaging apparatus. The instrument and/or the imaging apparatus are moved relative to one another between the measurements. The measured points parameterize a predetermined transformation rule for mapping the tracking coordinate system onto the image coordinate system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Jan Boese, Matthias John
  • Patent number: 8151657
    Abstract: An input device that inputs a failure signal of a flat panel display in which a failure is found in a process of inspecting flat panel displays of a mother substrate state is provided. The input device includes an input unit that is positioned in the front of a mother substrate and spaced apart from the mother substrate and that has a plurality of labels in which a kind of a failure is written and at least one selection button to generate a failure selection signal, a guide unit that includes a first guide rail that guides horizontal movement of the input unit and a second guide rail that guides vertical movement of the input unit, a position detector that detects a position of the input unit to generate a position signal, and a controller that receives a failure selection signal from the input unit and receives a position signal from the position detector to map failure information of the mother substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Mobile Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sang-Hun Park
  • Patent number: 8151659
    Abstract: A machine tool for chip removing machining operations on workpieces using tools comprises a tool checking device for checking a tool of the machine tool as regards damage or fracture by means of a sensor. There is a provision on the machine tool such that sensor is a contact-free sensor arranged on a movably disposed sensor holder, that the tool checking device possesses a drive for the sensor holder to shift the sensor toward and away from the tool to be checked and that the machine tool or the tool checking device possesses a control module for the control of the drive to perform a measuring excursion so that the drive shifts the sensor for a measurement of a tool to be checked for a measurement toward the tool and after the measurement shifts it away from the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Alfing Kessler Sondermaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Willi Diemer, Simon Ellinger