Testing Of Material Patents (Class 73/866)
  • 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
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    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
    Inventors: FAN LI, WILLIAM ROGERS, JAMES A. BUSTA, MICHAEL R. CHILKO, GARY A. SCHAPER
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • 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
  • 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: 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
  • 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
  • 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
    Applicant: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    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: 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140338460
    Abstract: A micromechanical component having a sensor chip is described, on and/or in which at least one sensor element is disposed, and a cladding, formed of an injection-molding material, encloses the sensor chip in such a way that at least one partial area of a surface of the sensor chip is covered in airtight fashion by the injection-molding material. At least one channel is formed in the injection-molding material, which takes a course, straight or not straight, from an outer surrounding area of the cladding toward the at least one sensor element of such a length that a change in shape and/or a change in chemical consistency of at least one part of the at least one sensor element is able to be brought about as a function of at least one physical property and/or at least one chemical partial composition of a medium present in the at least one channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Matthias LUDWIG, Martin ROJAHN
  • Publication number: 20140331796
    Abstract: A system for measuring nutritional parameters of food items is provided. The system includes a holding cavity. The system further includes a sensor assembly that includes a transmitter antenna and at least one receiver antenna. The transmitter antenna is configured to transmit signals to a food item in the holding cavity. The receiver antenna is configured to receive response signals from the food item. The system includes at least one switch coupled to each antenna. The switch, in a first state, is configured to set the sensor assembly to an electric potential equal to that of the holding cavity. In a second state, the switch is configured to couple the sensor assembly to a power source. The system also includes a processing unit to process the signals received to determine the nutritional parameters of the food item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Yongjae Lee, Aghogho Atemu Obi, Seog Tae Kim, William Chester Platt, James William Bray, Yuri Alexeyevich Plotnikov, Jack Mathew Webster, Vasile Bogdan Neculaes
  • Patent number: 8875591
    Abstract: Methods of measuring at least one rheological property of diamond particles used in the manufacture of polycrystalline diamond are disclosed. Diamond particles are provided including a plurality of unsintered diamond particles. A rheological property (e.g., a torsional mechanical property or other flow property) of the diamond particles is measured. By comparing the measured value of the torsional mechanical property to that of a baseline known to correlate to the desired target specification, it may be determined whether the diamond particles are within an acceptable range relative to the target specification. Such a method may be incorporated into methods for manufacturing a polycrystalline diamond compact to ensure the quality of a polycrystalline diamond table thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: US Synthetic Corporation
    Inventor: Amy Leigh Rodriguez
  • Publication number: 20140305232
    Abstract: A system configured to determine a property of a paving-related material is provided. The system includes a measuring device configured for measuring a property of a paving-related material and a cellular computer device configured for being in communication with and receiving data from the measuring device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: Troxler Electronic Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Ernest Troxler
  • Publication number: 20140290563
    Abstract: Provided is a method of evaluating quality of a wafer or a single crystal ingot and a method of controlling quality of a single crystal ingot by using the same. The method of evaluating quality of a wafer or a single crystal ingot according to an embodiment may include performing Cu (copper) haze evaluation on a wafer or a slice of a single crystal ingot and Cu haze scoring with respect to the result of the Cu haze evaluation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: Yun-Seon Jang, Young-Ho Hong, Yo-Han Jung, Se-Hun Kim
  • Publication number: 20140290396
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a preservation system for storage and logistic transport of nutritional substances. The preservation system obtains information about the nutritional substance to be preserved, senses and measures the external environment to the preservation system, senses and measures the internal environment to the preservation system, senses and measures the state of the nutritional substance, and stores such information throughout the period of preservation. Using this accumulated information, the preservation system can measure, or estimate, changes in nutritional content (usually degradation) during the period of preservation. Additionally, the preservation system can use this information to dynamically modify the preservation system to minimize detrimental changes to the nutritional content of the nutritional substance, and in some cases actually improve the nutritional substance attributes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Eugenio Minvielle
  • Publication number: 20140260708
    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: March 11, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Bradley G. Harrell, Sai Reddy Pinappu, George G. Duggan
  • Publication number: 20140260623
    Abstract: According to aspects of the present disclosure, features of interest in materials are analyzed. The method comprises capturing a morphology of the feature of interest on a surface or an interior of a material under evaluation. The method also comprises selecting targeted spatial locations on the surface or the interior of the material under evaluation based upon the captured morphology. Also, the method comprises capturing information about the local state (e.g., crystallographic orientation) of the surface or the interior of the sample at the selected targeted spatial locations. Still further, the method comprises using the captured local state information to fill in the non-targeted spatial locations in the material corresponding to the captured morphology and or topology.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: MRL Materials Resources LLC
    Inventors: Ayman A. Salem, Daniel P. Satko, Joshua B. Shaffer
  • Publication number: 20140260709
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining and/or monitoring at least one process variable of a medium, comprising at least one sensor element sensitive for the process variable, a process connection for securing the apparatus to a container or pipeline and a housing connected with the process connection. The apparatus has at least one, first component of metal and at least one, second component of synthetic material, wherein the first component and the second component are embodied as hollow bodies. An annular, first connection region is formed on the first component, wherein on the second component an annular second connection region is formed, whose outer diameter corresponds at least sectionally to the inner diameter of the first connection region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Endress + Hauser GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventors: Andreas Krumbholz, Volker Dreyer
  • Publication number: 20140251005
    Abstract: Connected tableware is provided with various sensors and systems for quantifying a user's dietary intake. Sensors and systems include a weight sensing system, a fluid level sensor, a fat content sensor, and a temperature sensor. Further, the connected tableware is comprised in a system including a data transfer medium (i.e. “smartphone”) and the Cloud, which allows for data transfer between multiple platforms from the connected tableware. The connected tableware and the system operate in conjunction to identify the dietary items contained on the connected tableware, thus quantifying dietary intake of a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: Beam Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alexander D. Curry, Alex X. Frommeyer, Daniel E. Dykes
  • Patent number: 8829929
    Abstract: An environmental degradation sensor for rubber products comprises a conductive composite having a matrix of at least one polymeric component of the rubber product, a conductive filler, and a degradation control agent. The sensor is attached to the rubber product and communicates with a reader through electrical contact or by use of a radio frequency identification device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventor: Kenneth S. Watkins, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8828732
    Abstract: The method of labeling a sugar chain from a biological sample employs a single reaction vessel for the sequential performance of the following steps of (a) isolating a sugar chain from a sample using a sugar-trapping substance; (b) washing the sugar-trapping substance having the sugar chains trapped thereon; (c) releasing the sugar chain from the sugar-trapping substance; and (d) labeling the released sugar chain with UV/visible or fluorescent compound having an amino group forming a stable labeled sugar in fewer steps than a conventional ion exchange based technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Midori Abe, Hideyuki Shimaoka, Hiromitsu Kuramoto
  • Patent number: 8807110
    Abstract: A system and method for sampling fluid from a top land piston crevice of a reciprocating piston engine. Access into the crevice is via a length of tubing inserted into a bore through the piston wall. Two valves, first a relief valve and then a piloted check valve, operate together to capture a sample of fluid from the crevice at a time just before TDC of the piston on its compression stroke. The sampled fluid flows from the check valve into a sample container. The valves further cooperate to close fluid communication from the crevice after a sample is taken, which allows the engine to operate normally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Southwest Research Institute
    Inventors: Mitchel A. Smolik, Dustin B. Kramer, Timothy L. Haby
  • Patent number: 8800353
    Abstract: Described herein are systems, apparatuses and methods for the design and use of a suction-controlled box for the measurement of stress-dependent soil and water characteristics, shear strength, volume changes and consolidation characteristics from a single unsaturated soil specimen. The suction-controlled box can include a suction control part and a mechanical loading part, which can apply various suctions and mechanical loadings to test a specimen for a full range of suctions. The suction-controlled box can also include a helical water compartment that can flush diffused air bubbles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
    Inventor: Charles Wang Wai Ng