Testing Of Material Patents (Class 73/866)
  • Patent number: 11231383
    Abstract: A system for collecting data associated with one or more sub-surface characteristics of a material is provided. The system may include a plurality of sensor nodes configured to collect data regarding the one or more sub-surface material characteristics and transmit the collected data to a data gateway. The data gateway may be configured to receive the collected data from the plurality of sensor nodes and store the collected data in memory. The system may also include a controller configured to receive the collected data from the data gateway via a network. The controller may be further configured to display data associated with the one or more sub-surface material characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: REALMFIVE, INC.
    Inventors: Brant Burkey, Steve R. Tippery, Tim Adkins, Jochen Pfrenger, Dan Pickerill
  • Patent number: 11131613
    Abstract: A compact, handheld, battery-powered radar transceiver used to analyze the stability of the snowpack to avoid avalanche danger. The device scans the snowpack and presents a depth vs. density profile chart and highlights layers of concern (strong over weak layers) and other relevant information on an integrated backlit touchscreen LCD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Inventors: Gordon D. Pratt, Nicole D. Rota
  • Patent number: 11116442
    Abstract: A method and instructions for operating an image integrity and repeatability system can comprise: acquiring an original image; extracting a protocol from the original image; recording the original image to an image history; determining an area within an image frame of the original image as a skin area; creating a background as the inverse of the skin area within the image frame of the original image; and acquiring a subsequent image including: extracting an image parameter from the subsequent image, providing feedback based on the image parameter being outside a threshold, prohibiting capture of the subsequent image based on the image parameter being outside the threshold, displaying the background overlaid on the subsequent image, and storing the subsequent image to the image history based on the image parameter of the subsequent image being within the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: CAPTUREPROOF, INC.
    Inventors: Meghan Patricia Conroy, Jaroslaw Walery Winniczek, David Chocron
  • Patent number: 11060855
    Abstract: A system for measuring an angle of repose includes an angle of repose device that holds a granular material, and a portable smart device having a camera and a processor. The angle of repose device is configured to open a slit to allow a first part of the granular material to remain in an upper chamber while a second part of the granular material moves freely, due to gravity, from the upper chamber to a lower chamber. The portable smart device uses the camera to take a digital image of the first part and the second part of the granular material and uses an app installed on the processor to calculate an internal angle of repose and an external angle of repose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Inventors: Juan Carlos Santamarina, Marisol Salva Ramirez
  • Patent number: 10962518
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for drug dissolution testing may include an overflow vessel with an overflow outlet port at a predetermined height from a bottom of the overflow vessel, a first water bath submerging the overflow vessel and configured to keep a temperature of the overflow vessel at a first predetermined temperature, a pressurized vessel containing a dissolution medium, a second water bath submerging the pressurized vessel and configured to keep the dissolution medium at a second predetermined temperature, a dissolution medium path with an output end connected in fluid communication with the flow cell and an input end attached in fluid communication to the pressurized vessel, where the dissolution medium path may transfer the dissolution medium from the pressurized vessel into the flow cell, a collection vessel connected to the overflow outlet port of the flow cell, and a third water bath submerging the collection vessel and configured to keep the collection vessel at a third predetermined temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventors: Hamid Gourabi, Hamid Mobedi, Siyavash Mirzaei, Sakineh Khezli
  • Patent number: 10928377
    Abstract: The present invention provides an instrument and a method for examining the condition of column-shaped or cylindrical sections of objects. It comprises a drive device having a drill chuck, which holds a drill needle that can be driven by the drive device, and a guiding device for guided insertion of the drill needle into the object to be examined. The guiding device is a telescopic tube that comprises a shorter inner tube section that is arranged in a longer outer tube section such that it is axially displaceable, and has a longitudinally arranged measuring scale on its outer circumference. The telescopic tube is placed on the drive device in non-rotating manner via the inner tube section. The inner and the outer tube sections have guiding means for centrally-axially guiding the drill needle, which extends in central-axial direction from the drill chuck through the inner tube section and through the outer tube section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventors: Erich Hunger, Sebastian Hunger
  • Patent number: 10842715
    Abstract: Disclosed is an infusion accessory capable of detecting infusion liquid parameters, which is a lid body, comprising a first portion provided with one or more detecting members and a second portion having one or more liquid channels. Relative position changes may occur between the first portion and the second portion, the liquid channels and the detecting members may be switched between an open position and a closed position as position changes occur between the first portion and the second portion, the open position enables communication between the liquid channels and the detecting members so that liquid in the liquid channels may flow into the detecting members, the close position enables sealing between the liquid channels and the detecting members so that the liquid in the liquid channels cannot flow into the detecting members and the liquid that already flows into the detecting members cannot return to the liquid channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventor: Zhaowei She
  • Patent number: 10724364
    Abstract: Systems and methods for performing drilling operations in earth formations. The systems and methods include drilling a borehole within the earth formation, receiving data acquired within the borehole in the earth formation, analyzing the data to locate a plurality of data structures formed by the data, the plurality of data structures including a first structure at a first location and a second structure at a second location, projecting the first structure as a first geological projection intersecting the first location, and projecting the second structure as a second geological projection intersecting the second location, classifying the first geological projection and the second geological projection based on a hierarchy of geological feature types to generate a hierarchical classification, and adjusting one or more of the first geological projection and the second geological projection based on the hierarchical classification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventors: Anne Claudia Maria Bartetzko, Stefan Wessling, Nicklas Jeremias Ritzmann, Stephen A. Morris, Florent Kelfoun
  • Patent number: 10634605
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for predicting the physical properties of polymers. More specifically, the present invention relates to a method for predicting long-term stability of polymers using a molecular weight distribution curve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoon Ki Hong, Hyuck Ju Kwon, Eun Kyoung Song, Dae Sik Hong, Ye Jin Lee, Joong Soo Kim, Eun Young Shin, Young Suk You, Ki Soo Lee
  • Patent number: 10609906
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for testing the efficacy of an insect repellent is disclosed. The apparatus according to one embodiment includes a housing having an aperture extending through a wall of the housing, a carbon dioxide delivery device coupled to the housing through the aperture, a skin substitute substrate, and a heater coupled to the substrate. The method includes the steps of providing a skin substitute substrate, treating the skin substitute substrate with an insect repellent, exposing a plurality of insects to the treated skin substitute substrate for a first period of time, blocking the treated skin substitute substrate from the plurality of insects for a second period of time, and recording the insect repellent's complete protection time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Michael Mascari, Richard W. Wadleigh
  • Patent number: 10527414
    Abstract: The technology relates to a system and method for monitoring an environment. The method comprises receiving first and second sets of data from a plurality of mobile units, wherein the first set of data is associated with a first temporal indicator, the second set of data is associated with a second temporal indicator and each mobile unit comprises: a position determining device configured to generate position data associated with a position of the mobile unit within the environment, and a laser scanning device configured to generate scan data based on a scan of at least part of the environment; determining a first parameter associated with the first set of data; determining a second parameter corresponding to the first parameter and associated with the second set of data; and determining a difference between the first and second parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventor: Graham Hunter
  • Patent number: 10520411
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method and system for determining dissolution properties of a particle. The method comprises providing into a vessel dissolution medium capable of dissolving the particle and providing the particle into said vessel in contact with the dissolution medium for dissolving the particle. According to the invention, the particle is trapped in a particle trapping zone formed at a predetermined location in the vessel, the particle trapping zone being formed preferably at least partially by continuous hydrodynamic motion of the dissolution medium. Residue of the particle is imaged while being trapped in said particle trapping zone for providing a plurality of sequential images of the particle residue. Finally, at least one dissolution property of the particle is determined based on the sequential images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: The Solubility Company Oy
    Inventor: Sami Svanbäck
  • Patent number: 10184874
    Abstract: An apparatus (1) for dissolution testing comprises a tank (2) having a circular cylindrical outer body portion (21) with a transparent side wall and a circular cylindrical inner body portion (22) with a transparent side wall, wherein the inner body portion (22) is coaxially arranged with respect to the outer body portion (21) such that an outer interior (23) having a ring-shaped cross section is defined between the outer body portion (21) and the inner body portion (22) and an inner interior (24) having a circular cross section is defined inside the inner body portion. The apparatus (1) further comprises a plurality of dissolution vessels (4) arranged in the outer interior (23) of the tank and a heater assembly being arranged to heat a test media in the vessels (4) to a predefined temperature. The apparatus (1) according to the invention allows for a comparably precise monitoring of vessels (4) inside the tank (2) and/or an appropriate manipulation of the vessels (4) inside the tank (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Sotax AG
    Inventors: Gilles Kalbermatten, Rolf Benz
  • Patent number: 10119850
    Abstract: An apparatus for identifying and measuring volume fraction constituents of a fluid using time domain analysis and frequency domain analysis to identify individual volume fraction constituents within a pipe on a real time basis and to measure the volume of the individual volume fraction constituents flowing through the pipe on a real time basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Mohr and Associates
    Inventors: Charles L. Mohr, Brandt C. Mohr, Benno Mohr, Michael Stordahl, James Van Corbach, Erik Von Reis, Christopher Mulkey, Ryan Sams, David Hurley, Gordon Anderson, Daniel Kenney, William Rausch, Edgar Gilbert
  • Patent number: 9897586
    Abstract: The molecular weight distribution in a polymer sample can be used as a measure for when parts need to be replaced, and can be tracked over time to allow for predicting when parts need to be replaced and/or identifying the type of aging taking place in the polymer part. Molecular weight distribution determination has particular application in determining the replacement time and or aging parameters in polyamide (e.g., formed from 11-aminoundecanoic acid or formed from 12 aminododecanoic acid) polyvinyldiflouride, and polyethyelene pipe liners used in, for example, offshore oil and gas production and fuel transport operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Inventor: David Kranbuehl
  • Patent number: 9568428
    Abstract: A diagnostic instrument having a cellular analysis system capable of running standardized immune monitoring panels. The system could include an automated and integrated specimen sampling method through a continuous flow process. The instrument could include a probe washer station, scheduler, cassette autoloader, bar coding system, and/or containment area common interface. An improved optimization test is proposed for instrument and flow cytometer quality assurance. The proposed method analyzes population separation for measuring instrument performance and/or sample quality. Such a method may also use population separation for measuring sample and/or run quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Beckman Coulter Biomedical, LLC
    Inventors: Richard A. Thomas, Michael W. Brochu, Jr., Michael L. Brochu, Sr., Ernest R. Thomas, Michael A. Thomas
  • Patent number: 9510362
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a time at which a first device in a frequency-hopping communication network is expected to transmit a data message is determined. A first schedule is then generated based on the determined time, and the first schedule is overlaid on a frequency-hopping schedule for a second device in the network. The first schedule defines a first timeslot during which the second device listens for the data message, while the frequency-hopping schedule defines second timeslots during which the second device listens for data messages from other devices in the network. Notably, a duration of the first timeslot is greater than respective durations of the second timeslots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan W. Hui, Wei Hong, Jean-Philippe Vasseur
  • Patent number: 9494523
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for verifying representativeness of samples collected in a contaminated soil. The method includes the steps of horizontally and vertically collecting the samples from the contaminated soil on a basis of a stratum of the contaminated soil at a predetermined sampling interval; measuring a total concentration of trace elements by analyzing the collected samples according to the sampling interval; and determining horizontal and vertical sampling intervals and a sample number based on a statistical analysis result for the total concentration of the trace elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources
    Inventors: Pyeong-Koo Lee, Seung-Jun Youm
  • Patent number: 9246845
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a time at which a first device in a frequency-hopping communication network is expected to transmit a data message is determined. A first schedule is then generated based on the determined time, and the first schedule is overlaid on a frequency-hopping schedule for a second device in the network. The first schedule defines a first timeslot during which the second device listens for the data message, while the frequency-hopping schedule defines second timeslots during which the second device listens for data messages from other devices in the network. Notably, a duration of the first timeslot is greater than respective durations of the second timeslots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan W. Hui, Wei Hong, Jean-Philippe Vasseur
  • Patent number: 9128028
    Abstract: Thermal conductivity detectors and methods of operating thermal conductivity detectors are described herein. One or more device embodiments include a single fluidic channel, wherein the single fluidic channel includes a single inlet and a single outlet, and multiple sensors configured to determine one or more properties associated with a thermal conductivity of a fluid in the single fluidic channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Adam D. McBrady, Robert Higashi, Karen M. Newstrom-Peitso, Fouad Nusseibeh
  • Patent number: 9121791
    Abstract: A testing machine includes a pair of vertical columns, a crosshead selectively positionable on the vertical columns, and a head assembly supported by and movable with the crosshead. The head assembly has an electric actuator, a support that can be selectively moved from a first position when the test machine is operated to a lowered position. The support supporting components are related to powering or controlling the electric actuator, said components are exposed for servicing in the lowered position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: MTS Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Bradley Dean Schulz, Paul M. Krueger, Mark William Schletty, Tyler B. Kuhlmann, Richard Leo Taylor
  • Patent number: 9057803
    Abstract: The present inventions relate generally to methods, apparatus and systems for measuring snow stability and structure which may be used to assess avalanche risk. The disclosed apparatus includes a sensing unit configured to measure a size of snow grains as the sensing unit is being driven into a layer of snow. The disclosed apparatus may also be configured to take other environmental measurements, including resistance to penetration, temperature, humidity, slope aspect and inclination. Methods and apparatus are also disclosed for generating a profile of snow grain size according to depth based on the measured size of snow grains. Systems and apparatus are also disclosed for sharing the generated profiles among a plurality of users via a central server, and for evaluating an avalanche risk at a geographic location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: AVATECH, INC.
    Inventors: James Loren Christian, Samuel Tileston Whittemore, Brinton Johnston Wadsworth Markle
  • Patent number: 9032821
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are improved articles for screening candidate insect pest-repellents; and their uses in host-free methods and/or systems for screening candidate insect pest-repellents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: National Taiwan University
    Inventors: Wen-Jer Wu, Rong-Nan Huang, Li-Chong Su
  • Patent number: 9032820
    Abstract: A protective device for a test installation, the test installation being used for testing objects that have a tendency to burn and emit gas, in particular for testing lithium-ion batteries, and the test installation having a test chamber that is sealable via a door-type opening element with the interposition of a sealing element, and having a testing device configured in the test chamber for the objects. The test chamber includes a venting device for gases and is surrounded by a sealed enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventors: Frank Dallinger, Rudi Kaiser, Jannis Stemmann, Rainer Kern, Carsten Pipper
  • Publication number: 20150122027
    Abstract: Porosity of aluminum ingot can be evaluated using focused beam ultrasonic testing and/or florescent dye penetrant testing. The aluminum ingot can be machine cut to form an aluminum ingot slice prior to testing. The machine cut can be performed using a polycrystalline cutting material in a “fly cutter” configuration. The polycrystalline cutting material can comprise a diamond material. The insert can cut an aluminum ingot slice to a surface roughness finish in the range of about 7-9 micro inches.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
  • Publication number: 20150125338
    Abstract: Identifying a stable phase of a binary alloy comprising a solute element and a solvent element. In one example, at least two thermodynamic parameters associated with grain growth and phase separation of the binary alloy are determined, and the stable phase of the binary alloy is identified based on the first thermodynamic parameter and the second thermodynamic parameter, wherein the stable phase is one of a stable nanocrystalline phase, a metastable nanocrystalline phase, and a non-nanocrystalline phase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Heather Murdoch, Christopher A. Schuh
  • Patent number: 9026386
    Abstract: A material property testing device with capabilities of energy-consumption monitoring and environment detecting the device including a processing unit, which intercommunicates with the testing unit and the storage unit; the input end of the processing unit connects with an energy monitoring device and an environment detecting unit; the energy monitoring device is installed in a power supply module to monitor the electricity consumption conditions and sends the energy consumption data to the processing unit; the environment detecting unit adopts a detection sensor to detect the environment conditions and sends the environmental information to the processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Yunzhong Jiang
  • Publication number: 20150104802
    Abstract: Methods and systems for enabling additive manufacturing feedstock materials to communicate with supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems by way of molecular markers. Markers can be DNA encoded with information or other small molecules that emit a biochemical, chemical, fluorescent, or conductive signal; markers also include additives that transmit empirical data about resistivity, density, weight, volumetric information or other properties of the 3D printed object. The methods to inject materials with markers are to use various solvents or integration as a dry formulation, blended by weight, and concentration. Markers can be applied to feedstock materials entirely, or integrated at various locations on a 3D-printed object while it is being printed or as a thin layer while the object undergoes post-processing treatment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Paul Reep, Kabir Sagoo
  • Publication number: 20150102516
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are green bodies comprising at least one ceramic-forming powder; at least one binder; and at least one cross-linked starch present in an amount of at least about 20% by weight as a super addition. Further disclosed herein is a method of making a porous ceramic body comprising mixing at least one ceramic-forming powder, at least one solvent such as water, at least one binder, and at least one cross-linked starch present in an amount of about 20% by weight as a super addition to form a batch composition; extruding the batch composition to form a green body; drying the green body; and firing the green body to form a porous ceramic body. Also disclosed herein are methods of screening a green body for making a porous ceramic body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Mark Alan Lewis, Pascale Oram, Cameron Wayne Tanner, Elizabeth Marie Vileno
  • Patent number: 8984970
    Abstract: The product efficacy apparatus includes a roller having an outer surface and a test bed having a test surface. The roller may be affixed to a rotatable shaft having opposing end regions. The shaft may be rotatably connected to an arm at each end of the end regions of the shaft. Each arm is pivotally connected to a drive member that is rollingly connected to a stationary track. In operation, a cleaning product may be affixed to the outer surface of the roller. A controlled insult may be applied to the test surface. The arms pivot toward the test surface in order to direct the cleaning product on the outer surface of the roller into contact with the test surface. The drive members direct the roller over the controlled insult. The shaft rotates the roller over the test surface and the arms pivot the roller away from the test surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Plaza
    Inventors: Wendy Qin, Thomas Schatto, Randall Glenn Marsh
  • Patent number: 8978494
    Abstract: A whole determination area of a targeted wafer is concentrically divided in a radial direction, COP density is obtained in each divided determination segment, a maximum value of the COP density is set as COP densityRADIUSMAX, a minimum value of the COP density is set as COP densityRADIUSMIN, a value computed by “(COP densityRADIUSMAX?COP densityRADIUSMIN/COP densityRADIUSMAX” is compared to a predetermined set value, and a non-crystal-induced COP and a crystal-induced COP are distinguished from each other based on a clear criterion, thereby determining the COP generation factor. Therefore, a rejected wafer in which a determination of the crystal-induced COP is made despite being the non-crystal-induced COP can be relieved, so that a wafer production yield can be enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Sumco Corporation
    Inventor: Shuichi Inami
  • Publication number: 20150064741
    Abstract: A wear-indicating metalworking fluid is provided that includes a lubricant base; and a wear-indicating agent. A method of determining wear in a metalworking fluid includes providing wear-indicating metalworking fluid that contains a lubricant base and a wear indicating agent; and observing the visual appearance of the metalworking fluid. A change in visual appearance of the metalworking fluid when compared to an unused metalworking fluid indicates wear of the metalworking fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Emily J. Gibbons, Steven M. Badger, II, Leroy N. Hitchcock, Jacob F. Harkey
  • Patent number: 8961008
    Abstract: A temperature transmitter includes a dual-compartment housing and a head-mount temperature transmitter electronics module. The dual-compartment housing has a first compartment and a second compartment. The first compartment is configured to receive field wiring at a terminal block through at least one conduit. The first and second compartments are separated except for an electrical feedthrough therebetween. A head-mount temperature transmitter electronics module is disposed in the second compartment and is operably coupled to the terminal block in the first compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Rosemount Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew J. Bronczyk, Aaron A. Perrault
  • Patent number: 8960027
    Abstract: Provided is a method for classifying a powder using a classifier, wherein the method comprises: a mixing step for mixing a powder and an auxiliary agent formed from an alcohol aqueous solution containing 10 to 50 mass % of an alcohol; an introduction step for introducing the powder mixed in the mixing step to the classifier; a heating step for heating a gas; a feed step for feeding the gas heated in the heating step to the classifier; and a classifying step for classifying the powder in the classifier on the basis of grain size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Nisshin Engineering Inc.
    Inventors: Kazumi Kozawa, Satoshi Akiyama, Kosuke Ando
  • Patent number: 8960028
    Abstract: A method for identifying and/or authenticating a material or an object, especially for the purpose of sorting materials or objects, includes: an excitation step including application of excitation vectors to a material or an object; a detection step in which the responses of the materials or objects subjected to the excitation vectors are detected; and a step of determining at least one item of information relating to the material or object on the basis of the responses obtained and of a pre-established look-up table. These steps will have been preceded by the incorporation, into or on the surface of the materials or objects, of at least one substance selected so as to react to at least one excitation vector and by the generation of a look-up table consisting of a set of one-to-one relationships between a combination of responses and an item of information relating to the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventors: Claude Lambert, Jean-Michel Hachin
  • Patent number: 8954292
    Abstract: A system for locating and tracking an object is provided. The system includes a measuring device configured to determine a property of a paving-related material, a locating device configured to determine a location of the measuring device, a tracking system configured to store tracking information associated with the measuring device and one or more properties determined by the measuring device, and a communications system configured to transfer, to a remote device, the location of the measuring device and the tracking information associated with the measuring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Troxler Electronic Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Ernest Troxler
  • Patent number: 8939041
    Abstract: An automated testing system includes systems and methods to facilitate inline production testing of samples at a micro (multiple microns) or less scale with a mechanical testing instrument. In an example, the system includes a probe changing assembly for coupling and decoupling a probe of the instrument. The probe changing assembly includes a probe change unit configured to grasp one of a plurality of probes in a probe magazine and couple one of the probes with an instrument probe receptacle. An actuator is coupled with the probe change unit, and the actuator is configured to move and align the probe change unit with the probe magazine and the instrument probe receptacle. In another example, the automated testing system includes a multiple degree of freedom stage for aligning a sample testing location with the instrument. The stage includes a sample stage and a stage actuator assembly including translational and rotational actuators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Hysitron, Inc.
    Inventors: David James Vodnick, Arpit Dwivedi, Lucas Paul Keranen, Michael David Okerlund, Roger William Schmitz, Oden Lee Warren, Christopher David Young
  • Patent number: 8940246
    Abstract: A system for diagnostic testing may include a meter for performing a diagnostic test on a sample applied to a test media, the meter having a housing and an interface for receiving a signal representing coding information, and a container configured to contain test media compatible with the meter, the container having a coding element associated therewith. Additionally, the system may provide a mechanism for removing the meter from an interconnected test container and reattaching it to a new container using on-container coding methods that can recalibrate the meter for the new container of test strips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Nipro Diagnostics, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary T. Neel, Brent E. Modzelewski, George R. Rounds, Carlos Oti, Allan Javier Caban, Jeffrey Akins
  • Publication number: 20150015870
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method of monitoring wafer topography. A position and orientation of a plurality first alignment shapes disposed on a surface of a wafer are measured. Wafer topography as a function of wafer position is modeled by subjecting the wafer to an alignment which simultaneously minimizes misalignment between the wafer and a patterning apparatus and maximizes a focus of radiation on the surface. A non-correctable error is determined as a difference between the modeled wafer topography and a measured wafer topography. A maximum non-correctable error per field is determined for a wafer, and a mean variation in the maximum non-correctable error across each field within each wafer of a lot is determined, both within a layer and across layers. These values are then verified against a set of statistical process control rules to determine if they are within a specification limit of the manufacturing process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Chun-Hsien Lin, Kuo-Hung Chao, Yi-Ping Hsieh, Yen-Di Tsen, Jui-Chun Peng, Heng-Hsin Liu, Jong-I Mou
  • Patent number: 8935101
    Abstract: A method for matching precursor ions to product ions generated in a chromatography—mass spectrometry experiment comprises: choosing a time window defining a region of interest for precursor ion data and product ion data generated by the experiment; constructing a plurality of extracted ion chromatograms (XICs) for the precursor ion data and the product ion data within the region of interest; automatically detecting and characterizing chromatogram peaks within each XIC and automatically generating synthetic analytical fit peaks thereof; discarding a subset of the synthetic analytical peaks which do not satisfy noise reduction rules; performing a respective cross-correlation score calculation between each pair of synthetic analytical fit peaks; and recognizing matches between precursor ions and product ions based on the cross correlation scores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Thermo Finnigan LLC
    Inventor: David A. Wright
  • Patent number: 8928322
    Abstract: A method for determining water saturation in a subsurface formation include determining an invasion depth in the formation from a plurality of measurements made within a wellbore drilled through the formation. The measurements have different lateral depths of investigation into the formation. Carbon and oxygen in the formation are measured at substantially a same longitudinal position as at a position of the determining the invasion depth. The measured carbon and oxygen and the invasion depth are used to determine the water saturation in a substantially uninvaded part of the formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Bernard Montaron
  • Patent number: 8927080
    Abstract: A swatch sheet which is thin and pliable used for testing paint samples allows for paint to be placed on the viewable surface and prevents curling of the surface. A unique combination of a latex impregnated saturated paper, an acrylic microsphere adhesive and a release liner are provided, allowing for a substantially thin and pliable swatch to be applied on a flat or any other contoured or corner surface and be easily removed therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Myra Hersh
  • Publication number: 20150000430
    Abstract: A method and a device that determines surface characteristics of a stent to be implanted in a lumen in a body in which a wetting behavior of a stent surface serves as measure for the surface characteristics of the stent surface. In order to determine the wetting behavior, a course of a wetting force along a length of the stent surface is determined, the wetting power between the stent surface and a liquid surface being detected along the length of the stent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Arik Zucker, Stefano Buzzi, Armin W. Mäder, Vincent Milleret
  • Patent number: 8919179
    Abstract: A system and method for optimizing the response of a metal loss sensor which is configured in a way that its insertion depth and orientation in the process fluid are adjustable. These adjustments affect local turbulence and thereby enable achieving a desired corrosion rate at the metal loss sensor. Corrosion rate comparison between the metal loss sensor and pressure containment boundary can be measured directly or indirectly by computing wall shear stresses at the sensor and the pressure containment boundary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company
    Inventors: Henry Alan Wolf, Alan M. Schliowitz, Manuel S. Alvarez, Anastasios Skoulidas, David Samuel Deutsch, Richard J. Basile
  • Publication number: 20140373649
    Abstract: Industrial fluids may be monitored at the site of each industrial fluid by introducing a sample of the industrial fluid into a device employing a detection technique for detecting at least one composition within the sample. The detection technique may be or include surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS), mass spectrometry (MS), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), ultraviolet light (UV) spectroscopy, UV spectrophotometry, indirect UV spectroscopy, contactless conductivity, laser induced fluorescence, and combinations thereof. In one non-limiting embodiment, a separation technique may be applied to the sample prior to the introduction of the sample into the device for detecting the composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Bradley G. HARRELL, Sai Reddy PINAPPU, George G. DUGGAN
  • Patent number: 8914242
    Abstract: The present invention includes a guided microwave spectroscopy system (1) that eliminates the need for an automatic gain control feature by providing multiple signal processing paths having differing fixed voltage gains. An emitted signal which exits a test chamber (2) containing a material under test is simultaneously amplified by at least a first fixed gain amplifier (4) and a second fixed gain amplifier (7). The output signal of each amplifier is separately digitized and then normalized for further digital signal processing by a computer (13) in order to determine parameters of the material under test which may have variable microwave radiation characteristics that are a function of the frequency of the signal emitted into the test chamber. During the signal processing step a system clock (121) causes the computer to sample only an integral number of complete output signal cycles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Thermo Ramsey, Inc.
    Inventor: Tom Lee Erb
  • Patent number: 8904888
    Abstract: A drinking simulator provides for testing of dental samples under three different condition sets simultaneously. A first tank provides chilled liquid to testing chambers at a first temperature range, a second tank provides heated liquid to testing chambers at a second temperature range and a third tank provides heated liquid to testing chambers at a third temperature range. Shower heads in each of the tanks are provided to shower dental samples with the provided liquid. A human machine interface allows for user control of multiple showering modes and liquid temperatures and additionally displays testing conditions to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Mashhad University of Medical Sciences (MUMS)
    Inventors: Saied Mostafa Moazzami, Berahman Sabzevari
  • Patent number: 8904853
    Abstract: Methods comprising: placing particulates in a test column; adding a fluid medium comprising a salt solution to the test column; placing the column under test conditions, wherein the test conditions comprise target temperature and target pressure; maintaining test conditions for a target test duration; and, analyzing the particulates. Some methods also measure a permeability value of the column after placing particulates in a test column and before placing the column under test conditions; continuously flow the salt solution through the particulates during the test; measure a permeability value after maintaining the test conditions for the target test duration; and, calculate a retained permeability value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Enrique A. Reyes, Jimmie D. Weaver, Richard D. Rickman, Hongyu Luo
  • Publication number: 20140352452
    Abstract: Systems and methods for materials testing are disclosed. According to one embodiment, a system for materials testing comprises a communication interface coupled to testing hardware, an electronic user interface for facilitating the input of production requirements and a specification, and a display device for displaying results of tests conducted on the testing hardware, wherein the results are based in part on the production requirements and specification.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Varun Jain
  • Patent number: 8903673
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a modular dissolution-testing apparatus has a base unit adapted to hold and control operation of between one and eight dissolution-testing modules. The base unit has a programmable controller and a color touch screen for user interface with the controller and the modules. Each module includes a vessel for holding a solution of a dosage form dissolving in a solvent, an agitator apparatus for stirring the solution, and a motor to power—via a multi-motion assembly and a stirring shaft—stirring by, lifting of, and lowering of, the apparatus. Each module has a vessel heater and a temperature sensor, both communicatively connected to the controller for heating and regulating the temperature of the vessel contents. Each module is independently controllable by the controller, where control includes manually (by a user) or programmatically setting stirring speed, lifting and lowering apparatus, and starting and stopping stirring and heating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Distek, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Brinker, Wenyu Wang