Probe Or Probe Mounting Patents (Class 73/866.5)
  • Patent number: 11319806
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods measuring properties of drilling fluids in which the drilling fluid is contained in a structure, and a measuring device and a processor are used to measure the properties. The measuring device is immersed within the drilling fluid. The measuring device can comprise a shell defining a chamber, a weight adapted to cause the measuring device to sink through the drilling fluid, a transmitter and at least one sensor adapted to measure a property of the drilling fluid. The transmitter is adapted to transmit data representing the property to the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Brice Aaron Jackson, Daniel R. Robichaud, Andrew Vos, Lawrence Joseph Herskowitz
  • Patent number: 11313883
    Abstract: A probe station includes a base, a adaptor, a probe holder and a probe. The adaptor has a first portion and a second portion away from the first portion towards a first direction by a first length. The first portion connects to the base. A probe holder connects to the second portion and extends towards a second direction opposite to the first direction by a second length. The probe connects to an end of the probe holder away from the second portion and extends towards the second direction by a third length. A product of a thermal coefficient of the adaptor and the first length is equal to a sum of a product of a thermal coefficient of the probe holder and the second length and a product of a thermal coefficient of the probe and the third length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Inventors: Yu-Hsun Hsu, Jhih-Wei Fang, Sebastian Giessmann
  • Patent number: 11168560
    Abstract: An array of sensors provided on the outside of a tubular string for measuring a property within the tubular string. The array of sensors may include a plurality of connected sensors, wherein at least one of the plurality of connected sensors is at least partially encompassed in a shroud. A snorkel line may extend from the shroud, the snorkel line capable of coupling with a sensor port in a tubular of the tubular string. The snorkel line may establish fluid communication between one of the sensors at least partially encompassed in the shroud and a corresponding sensor port of a tubular in the tubular string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Inventors: Suzi Marie Marcuccio, Clint Adam Brown, Paul Gregory James
  • Patent number: 11168543
    Abstract: A deployable device including a deployable member. The deployable member includes an optical fibre. The deployable member is stowed at the device in a first wound configuration and arranged to be deployed from the device to a second unwound configuration within a well. In examples, the deployable device is configured such that, when unwound, the deployable member has a propensity to adhere to a wall within the well. In examples, the deployable member includes at least a first length and second length, the first and second lengths having different mechanical properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Inventor: Daniel George Purkis
  • Patent number: 11150116
    Abstract: To enable fine adjustment of a sensor in a mounting device, a mounting device is provided for holding the sensor in an operating position. The mounting device comprises a base body having a first through-hole, a holding member having a second through-hole. The sensor is held in these through-holes by displacement of the holding member versus the base body and shifting the through-holes out of alignment. The holding member comprises an adjustment element, in particular a thread, which engages with an outer surface of the sensor in such a way that, when the sensor is rotated about a sensor central axis, the adjustment element causes the sensor to move along the central axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: SICK AG
    Inventors: Torsten Neuhaeuser, Manuel Krüger
  • Patent number: 11143674
    Abstract: A probe head includes a linear probe which is flattened at least one of tail, body and head portions thereof and thereby defined with first and second width axes, along which each of the tail, body and head portions is defined with first and second widths, and upper and lower die units having upper and lower installation holes respectively, wherein the tail and head portions are inserted respectively, which are offset from each other along the second width axis so that the body portion is curved. The first and second widths of the body portion are respectively larger and smaller than the first and second widths of at least one of the tail and head portions. As a result, the probes of the same probe head are consistent in bending direction and moving behavior and prevented from rotation, drop and escape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Inventors: Tzu Yang Chen, Chia Ju Wei
  • Patent number: 11070624
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a hybrid, wireless sensor network architecture for monitoring, operating, controlling, or maintaining a fluid delivery and distribution system. The architecture includes intelligent fittings locatable at almost any location within the system and that are configured with sensor modules to make measurements of characteristics of a fluid passing therethrough or of component parameters, and with wireless communication modules to wireless communicate the measurements. The intelligent fittings may be used, via strategic location, to convert unintelligent components of the system into intelligent components at a cost lower than that required to replace the unintelligent components with intelligent components. The intelligent fittings may also replace unintelligent fittings to provide supplemental data corresponding to fluid characteristics at desired locations of a fluid delivery and distribution system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Inventors: QingHui Yuan, Jeffrey Lowinger
  • Patent number: 11060901
    Abstract: The invention relates to a filling level measuring device (10) for measuring the filling level in a container (2) through the wall (9) thereof by means of ultrasound, having an ultrasonic measuring head (12), a controller (20), and a fastening device (24) by means of which the filling level measuring device (10) can be fastened to the container (2) such that the ultrasonic measuring head (12) is pressed against the wall (9) of the container (2). The invention further relates to a method of operating such a filling level measuring device (10), wherein a sampling rate is used which is situation-dependent. The invention finally relates to an assembly made up of such a filling level measuring device and at least one spacer (50) which can be attached to the lower edge of a container (2) to be provided with the filling level measuring device (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Inventors: Johannes Merker, Andreas Schmoll, Daniel Pless
  • Patent number: 11046927
    Abstract: A pH sensor for a single-use container includes a plunger sleeve configured to couple to a flange of the single-use container. A plunger is axially movable within the plunger sleeve between a storage position and an operating position. A pH sensing element coupled to the plunger wherein the pH element is disposed within a storage chamber in the storage position and is configured to be exposed to an interior of the single-use container in the operating position. In one example, a temperature sensitive element is disposed within the pH sensor and configured to sense temperature proximate the pH sensing element. In another example, a lock member is coupled to the plunger, where the lock member has a locked position and an unlocked position, the lock member being configured to inhibit movement of the plunger when in the locked position. In yet another example, the plunger includes at least one filling channel that allows access to a reference fill chamber when the plunger is in a filling position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Rosemount Inc.
    Inventors: Jinbo Hu, Andrew S. Dierker, Rick J. Sumrall, Tyrel L. Ruch, John W. Simon, Ryan L. Bowlds
  • Patent number: 10989570
    Abstract: A connection apparatus comprises: a connecting nozzle having a lumen surrounded by a nozzle wall; as well as a tubular cable duct with a lumen surrounded by a duct wall and extending from a duct end to a duct end remote therefrom for guiding electrical connecting lines. The nozzle wall, or the connecting nozzle formed therewith, has an opening and an opening remote therefrom. The cable duct and the connecting nozzle are additionally so arranged that the cable duct is partially located in the lumen of the connecting nozzle and partially accommodated both by the opening of the nozzle wall as well as also the opening of the nozzle wall, and that a cavity is formed between an inner surface of the nozzle wall facing the lumen and an outer surface of the duct wall facing the lumen. Moreover, the cable duct and the connecting nozzle are so connected together that the cavity is closed gas tightly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Endress + Hauser Flowtec AG
    Inventors: Ennio Bitto, Andreas Gunzenhauser
  • Jig
    Patent number: 10962568
    Abstract: Provided is a jig enabling detachment and attachment of a probe head from and to an electric connecting apparatus without using a special holding device. A jig (50) is applied to an electric connecting apparatus (10) electrically connecting a device under test to a testing apparatus for the device under test. The electric connecting apparatus includes a wiring substrate (22) and a probe head (28) secured to the wiring substrate with a plurality of set screws (26) and including a plurality of probes (34) made of a magnetic body. The jig (50) includes a plate (52) and a magnet (54) attached to the plate. The plate can detachably be attached to the probe head, and the magnet is opposed to a lower end portion (34 b) of each of the probes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Nihon Micronics
    Inventor: Akihiro Shuto
  • Patent number: 10942044
    Abstract: The invention resides in a sensor unit (100) for measuring and monitoring a plurality of parameters associated with an asset or equipment (126, 128) having a fixing connected thereto. The asset can typically be an object, such as a rail or motor casing, that is fixed, using a fixing (122) such as a bolt. The sensor unit has a housing (112) having a portion (120) for receiving a fixing therethrough; sensors (114) arranged to measure and/or monitor (i) parameters associated with a fixing that is secured to the asset via housing and/or (ii) parameters influencing the performance of the asset; a processor (142) configured to process data from the sensors; and a communicator (116) adapted to transmit said data to a remote device. At least one of the sensors can be an inductive sensor, which can measures the displacement or force applied to a fixing against the asset to which it is fixed, said fixing is biased against a resilient member located in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Inventor: Roger Bromley
  • Patent number: 10935880
    Abstract: A video pipe inspection system may include a push-cable, camera head, and pipe guide having a pair of cylindrical shells, with each shell having a plurality of radially extending circumferentially spaced vanes and structure for holding the shells together when the shells are axially mated end-to-end. A pair of curved tab arms may extend circumferentially about corresponding ones of the cylindrical shells. A pair of slide-locks may be configured to slide over corresponding ones of the tab arms to move them into a locking position in which keys on the tab arms extend between adjacent coils of a coil spring surrounded by the shells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: SEESCAN, INC.
    Inventors: Mark S. Olsson, Eric M. Chapman, Allen W. Tucker, Dawn E. Shaffer
  • Patent number: 10914718
    Abstract: Provided are multi-parameter sonde systems having a unique form-factor, wherein the plurality of sensors are arranged in a tight-fit configuration. This provides a single distal sensing surface and minimal separation distance between adjacent sensors. The sensors may be pie shaped with an interlocking feature to tightly hold the sensors together, with a sensor guard disposed over the outer surface of the interlocked sensors. Sensor-guards disclosed herein may have an integrated sensor storage and sensor guard configuration, thereby avoiding a need for a separate storage cup and that are configured to minimize unwanted biological growth. Also provided are uniquely shaped individual sensors having interlocking features to hold several sensors together in a sonde.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: In-Situ, Inc.
    Inventors: Elijah Lyle Scott, Steven Collin Sewell, Duane B. McKee
  • Patent number: 10794737
    Abstract: A mountable sensor assembly for mounting on the sheet metal of a vehicle assembly. The sheet metal may have an opening for mounting the mountable sensor assembly. The mountable sensor assembly may include a sensor circuit and a sensor housing assembly. The sensor housing assembly may include a first portion with a cavity that receives the sensor circuit and a second portion that slideably interacts with the first portion to lock the sensor housing into the opening in the sheet metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: VEONEER US, INC.
    Inventor: Jacob Pusheck
  • Patent number: 10760941
    Abstract: There is disclosed herein a probe comprising a process connection for mounting to a process vessel. A sealed connector is for connection to the measurement instrument and includes an extension sleeve. A return tube extends from the extension sleeve and is secured to the process connection, the return tube has a connector end proximate the sealed connector and a distal end including vent openings below the process connection. A process tube is connected to the distal end of the return tube and extends into the process vessel. A center conductor is coaxial with the return tube and the process tube for conducting the pulses. A target tube is coaxial with and received within the return tube to define a condensation return path therebetween. The target tube extends downward from a near end at the return tube connector end by bottom end to a position below the process connection. The target tube includes apertures at the near end opening into the condensation return path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Magnetrol International, Incorporated
    Inventor: Paul G. Janitch
  • Patent number: 10753809
    Abstract: A contact force testing apparatus includes a measuring sensor that can be contacted with an electrical contact element and measures a contact force (F) of a contact with the electrical contact element. The measuring sensor includes piezoelectric material that receives the contact force (F) in a contact region and produces polarization charges. The measuring sensor includes an acceptor electrode that is completely surrounded by piezoelectric material in the contact region in the direction of a thickness extension of the measuring sensor and receives the polarization charges. A method is provided for the use of such a contact force testing apparatus, and a method is provided for producing such a contact force testing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventors: Giovanni Mastrogiacomo, Sandro Brandenberger, Paul Furter, Reinhard Staub, Rolf Thiel, Claudio Cavalloni
  • Patent number: 10732078
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, an inspection system comprises: a moving body including a moving main body movable along a structure; a detector attached to the moving main body; a shape information storage unit for storing shape information indicating shape and size of the structure; an inspection location information storage unit for storing information of inspection locations to be inspected; an inspection item information storage unit for storing information of inspection items to be inspected; a moving body location detecting unit for detecting moving body location information indicating location of the moving body; a moving control unit for controlling movement of the moving body; and an inspection control unit for inspection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Manabu Watanabe, Akihiro Matsuzaki, Fumio Sato, Fujio Terai, Hitoshi Katayama, Yuichiro Gunji
  • Patent number: 10724880
    Abstract: A scalable monolithic sensor assembly, controller, and methods of making and installing same are disclosed. The sensor assembly includes a sensor head sized to fully traverse the diameter of the pipe such that its electrodes sample a voltage indicative of the entire pipe flow across its diameter. An improved stem design is included that decreases insertion force and increases lateral stability of the sensor head. An improved insertion device is disclosed that provide for independent axial insertion and rotation. An improved core is disclosed that minimizes interference of magnetic fields and reduces manufacturing costs. An improved controller is disclosed that improves sensitivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Onicon Incorporated
    Inventors: Eric Ball, Adam Tyler, Kevin Holler, Darral Ying, David Gagliardo, Michael Upham, Adam Sheppard
  • Patent number: 10718644
    Abstract: An apparatus for measuring flow in a conduit includes a sensor head configured for insertion transversely through a conduit sidewall to position the sensor head in an electrically conductive fluid flowing through the conduit. The sensor head includes a core and a coil that at least partially surrounds the core, the coil being excitable to generate an electromagnetic field. The sensor head also includes first and second electrodes spaced apart from each other, and a body that supports the coil, core, and electrodes. The body includes at least one channel through which the electrically conductive fluid flows. The electrodes are positioned in the at least one channel. Each channel is defined by opposing sidewalls that have a converging configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventors: Robert Austin Moss, Alejandro Ignacio Baez Guada, Shilei Ma, Jeff Meuili
  • Patent number: 10699097
    Abstract: Biometric detection of a fingerprint is provided by a flexible sensor, in which one or more positioning members move at least a portion of the sensor to conform to a shape of a finger disposed along the sensor to enable capture of a rolled-equivalent fingerprint for the finger. Such one or more positioning members move the sensor causing it to curl at least along a region extending between right and left sides of a fingernail of the finger around a front of the finger in order to conform the sensor to the finger so that the sensing elements of the sensor when enabled capture images of the rolled-equivalent fingerprints without rotation or rocking of the finger with respect to the sensor. When sensing elements are optically sensitive, one or more light sources may provide light to illuminate the finger when the sensor captures rolled-equivalent fingerprint images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Cross Match Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel H. Raguin, George William McClurg
  • Patent number: 10690522
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to the use of a sensor well encoded in a structural, electrical, magnetic, or optical manner so as to provide the sensor well with a unique or otherwise distinctive fingerprint. In addition, a sensor configured to be positioned within the sensor well incorporates a sensing modality for reading or detecting the encoding of the sensor well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventors: Austars Raymond Schnore, Jr., Stephen Zingelewicz
  • Patent number: 10670714
    Abstract: An outside sensor unit includes an outside sensor, a main bracket, a support bracket, and a cover member. The main bracket is attached to a vehicle body. The support bracket supports the outside sensor and is attached to the main bracket rotatably adjustably. The cover member covers an outer circumference in an outside detection direction of the outside sensor. The main bracket has a base wall that is attached to the support bracket rotatably adjustably and an attachment seat that is arranged at a position which is offset in the outside detection direction of the outside sensor with respect to the base wall. The cover member is attached to the attachment seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akira Fujita, Takato Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10570589
    Abstract: A method for determining an N+1-dimensional environmental model is provided. According to the method, environmental information in N dimensions is determined using a sensor. In a further step, position and/or orientation of the sensor is/are determined. Then, the N+1-dimensional environmental model is determined based on the determined environmental information in N dimensions and the determined position and/or orientation of the sensor. Further, a device and a mining apparatus are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventors: Robert Eidenberger, Daniel W. Robertson, Julian D. Jaeger, Thomas Wösch
  • Patent number: 10545039
    Abstract: A sensor mounting assembly for installing an environment sensor in a drop-down ceiling or light fixture of a building. The sensor mounting assembly includes a cylindrically-shaped carrier and a locking nut adapted to removably engage the carrier, and to clamp onto the mounting substrate. The carrier further is configured to receive the environment sensor from the front. The carrier and sensor include interlocking features to removably lock the sensor. Both installation and removal of the sensor may be performed from the front of the mounting substrate. Method and kits for mounting the sensor are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Enlighted, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Lake, Christopher Glover, Vladimir Kovalevsky, Richard P. Sillman
  • Patent number: 10518151
    Abstract: A method of measuring, recording, and mapping at least one performance variable of a face of a golf club head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventors: Scott T. Blevins, Michael Fox, Justin Honea
  • Patent number: 10371179
    Abstract: A hydraulic cylinder assembly, a sensor assembly for a cylinder assembly and methods of assembling and operating a cylinder assembly. The cylinder assembly may include a housing; a ram slidably mounted in the housing; and a sensor assembly mounted between the housing and the ram and operable to sense a side load. The sensor assembly may be incorporated into a bearing. In some constructions, the sensor assembly may include a capacitive sensor. In some constructions, the sensor assembly may include a piezoelectric sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Actuant Corporation
    Inventor: Frantz D. Stanford
  • Patent number: 10202276
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for manufacturing a microcantilever having a predetermined thickness that includes forming a liquid synthetic resin for cantilevers to a thickness corresponding to the thickness of the microcantilever on an upper surface of a base block having an adhesive base and a non-adhesive base, and curing the liquid synthetic resin for cantilevers via a boundary between the adhesive base and the non-adhesive base, wherein the adhesive base has stronger adhesivity to the cured synthetic resin for cantilevers than the non-adhesive base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventors: Jung Chul Lee, Il Lee
  • Patent number: 10190247
    Abstract: Provided is a wall-mounted drum washing machine which includes a rear panel having a buffer member interposed between a through-hole and a wall surface and mounted on the wall surface through a fastening member inserted through the through-hole, a tub containing wash water and supported by the rear panel, and a box unit coupled to the rear panel so as to surround the tub. The wall-mounted drum washing machine includes a sensor configured to sense a contact state between the rear panel and the wall surface, a control unit configured to determine a mounting abnormality of the drum washing machine based on the sensed contact state, and a power supply unit configured to control power supply according to the determination result of the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Dongbu Daewoo Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Ju Dong Lee, Ui Kun Hwang, Jae Min Lee, Sang Ill Bae, Sang Ok Lee
  • Patent number: 10054493
    Abstract: A container system includes a flexible bag, a probe port, and a probe. The probe port includes an elongated tubular member having an interior surface bounding a first passageway extending between a first end and an opposing second end, the tubular member being made of a polymeric or elastomeric material and being flexible. The probe port also includes a flange coupled to the tubular member and radially outwardly projecting therefrom, the flange being secured to the flexible bag so that the first end of the tubular member projects into a chamber of the flexible bag while the second end of the first passageway of the tubular member is accessible from outside of the flexible bag. The probe is received within the first passageway of the probe port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Life Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Michael E. Goodwin
  • Patent number: 10006838
    Abstract: A sampling apparatus is provided. The sampling apparatus may include at least a valve, a pump and an actuator. The valve may include a sampling channel, a transfer channel and an extraction channel. The pump may be connected to at least one of the transfer channel and the extraction channel. The actuator is operable to transition the valve from a sampling position to an extracting position. The sampling position includes a fluid connection between the sampling channel and the transfer channel and the extracting position includes a fluid connection between the transfer channel and the extraction channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Inventor: Adam Tokarski
  • Patent number: 9927232
    Abstract: In order to support an inspecting person in a method for the manual non-destructive inspection of a test object, a detection device is provided for detecting three-dimensional surface coordinates of a region to be inspected on the test object and for continuously determining positions and speeds of an inspecting tool relative to the test object Discrete position values and speed values of the inspecting tool for the respective measurement time points are stored by a storage device. A computing device determines the share of an already inspected region in relation to the total region of the test object to be inspected. The method and device can be used for manual inspection of test objects having a plurality of different shapes. The inspecting person is effectively relieved and the process for the non-destructive inspection is documented in order to guarantee a complete inspection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventors: Lukasz Adam Bienkowski, Christian Homma, Hubert Mooshofer, Max Rothenfusser
  • Patent number: 9929077
    Abstract: A magnetic sensor includes a semiconductor element, a lead frame, a bonding wire, and a package. The lead frame includes a die pad to which the semiconductor element is attached and an external connection lead. The bonding wire connects the external connection lead with the semiconductor element. The package seals the semiconductor element, the die pad, the external connection pad, and the bonding wire. The package is made of epoxy-based resin. The lead frame further includes a projecting portion extending from the die pad, the projecting portion is exposed from the package at a position different from a position of the external connection lead, and a partial surface of the projecting portion which contacts with the package is made of material having a higher ionization tendency than an ionization tendency of silver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventor: Yoshinori Inuzuka
  • Patent number: 9864357
    Abstract: An intrinsically-safe handheld field maintenance tool is provided. The tool includes a process communication module configured to communicate with a field device in accordance with a process industry communication protocol. A controller is coupled to the process communication module and is configured to provide at least one function related to maintenance of the field device. Program instructions embodied on a computer readable medium coupled to the controller, the program instructions causing the controller, when executed by the controller, to provide operator rounds functionality, CMMS/EAM functionality and/or ERP functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Fisher-Rosemount Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Brad N. Mathiowetz, Christopher P. Kantzes, Todd M. Toepke, Kun Yang, Adam E. Lund
  • Patent number: 9802195
    Abstract: A rigid mask protects selective portions of a chip including a plurality of wells for biochemical reactions. The rigid mask includes a supporting portion and a plurality of legs, where each leg is provided with a rigid stem and a plate. The plurality of legs are arranged and fixed with respect to the supporting portion in a way aligned to the spatial arrangement of the wells, and are configured in such a way that, when each leg is inserted into the corresponding well, the respective plate covers at least in part the bottom of the well, protecting it during a chemical/physical treatment of side walls of the wells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.r.l.
    Inventor: Alessandro Paolo Bramanti
  • Patent number: 9709973
    Abstract: A handheld field maintenance tool with improved diagnostic functions is provided. The tool includes a process communication module configured to interact with a field device. A controller is coupled to the process communication module. The controller is configured to execute a number of improved diagnostic functions relative to the field device. The controller may obtain contextual information relative to a current field maintenance operation and preload at least one resource relative to a next field operation step. The controller may obtain process alarm information through a wireless communication module, and field device alert information through the process communication module and provide an indication on a display relative to both process alarm information and field device alert information. The controller may execute a sequence of field device maintenance operations on the field device in response to a signal from a user input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Fisher-Rosemount Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd M. Toepke, Christopher P. Kantzes, Brad N. Mathiowetz, Kun Yang, Adam E. Lund
  • Patent number: 9684296
    Abstract: A handheld field maintenance tool with improved functionality is provided. The handheld field maintenance tool includes a keypad, a display, a short-range wireless transceiver and a processor. The processor is coupled to the keypad, the display and the short-range wireless transceiver. The processor is also coupled to memory having a plurality of instructions stored therein, which instructions, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform at least one of remote wireless display; remote wireless keypress injection; and wireless printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Fisher-Rosemount Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Alden Chester Russell, III, Todd Mitchell Toepke, Alan Roger Dewey, Joseph Citrano, III
  • Patent number: 9605239
    Abstract: An attachment arrangement for providing a sensor in a flexible bag, said attachment arrangement comprising: a sensor holding part adapted to be integrated with the flexible bag and comprising first locking part protruding out form the flexible bag, the sensor holding part holding an optical sensor inside the flexible bag; an adaptor part provided outside the flexible bag and adapted to hold an optical fiber, the adaptor part comprising second locking part adapted to mate with the first locking part to lock the first locking part and the second locking part together such that the optical fiber can communicate with the optical sensor inside the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: GE Healthcare Bio-Sciences AB
    Inventors: Hanno Ehring, Kine Frej, Owe Salven, Anders Wilen
  • Patent number: 9540924
    Abstract: An optical device (32) transfers an optical signal to or from an electronics unit (30) used in relation to downhole equipment of a drilling operation. The device includes a body (38) and an optical signal direction or light path altering means (40), the body having a light path arranged to allow the optical signal from a light source (16,18) associated with the electronics unit to pass to the optical signal direction altering means, the optical signal direction altering means arranged to cause the optical signal to change direction of travel within the body of the optical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Globaltech Corporation Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Michael Alan Klass, Gordon Henderson Stewart
  • Patent number: 9532232
    Abstract: A method of evaluating a potential location to add a wireless field device to an existing network of a plurality of existing wireless field devices is provided. The method includes placing a handheld field maintenance tool in the potential location and causing the handheld field maintenance tool to identify wireless field devices within communicative range of the potential location. Information related to wireless communication at the potential location is viewed. Methods are also provided for identifying a selected field device in a process installation using a handheld field maintenance tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Fisher-Rosemount Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Roger Dewey, Joseph Citrano, III, Todd Mitchell Toepke, Alden Chester Russell, III, Eric D. Rotvold
  • Patent number: 9523351
    Abstract: A system for packaging electronic components in a rotatable shaft includes an annular carrier shaft having a first end that is axially spaced from a second end and an inner surface that is radially spaced from an outer surface, and a plurality of transmitter assemblies annularly arranged within the carrier shaft. Each transmitter assembly includes a transmitter housing radially supported within the carrier shaft via a pair of circumferentially spaced rail members. Each transmitter assembly comprises a daughter board that extends laterally and longitudinally across a bottom portion of the transmitter housing and at least one electronic component electrically coupled to the daughter board. The electronic component extends substantially perpendicular to the daughter board within the transmitter housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Inventors: Donald W. Shaw, Kurt Kramer Schleif, Zachary John Snider
  • Patent number: 9513146
    Abstract: Described herein is an insertion mount, including a threaded cylindrical mount with a hollow inner diameter and a lengthwise slot cutout for receiving a probe; and a drive assembly further comprising a drive nut, wherein the drive nut has threads that engage the threaded outer diameter of the threaded cylindrical mount which allows the drive nut to be moved the length of the cylindrical mount by screwing the drive nut of the drive assembly onto the threads of the threaded cylindrical mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Hach Company
    Inventor: Ralf Leidner
  • Patent number: 9513231
    Abstract: A multi-axis tool may include, in some embodiments, a gimbal adapted to be positioned adjacent an opening in a wall; an extended-reach device having first and second ends and an end effector adjacent the first end, the extended-reach device engaging the gimbal for relative rotational movement and relative slidable movement through the opening such that the end effector is positioned on a side of the wall opposite the second end; a sensor system configured to measure a linear position of the extended-reach device relative to the gimbal, and a position and spatial orientation of the end effector relative to the opening; and a computer control connected to receive signals from the sensor system to determine at least one of a position and an orientation of the end effector relative to the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Inventors: Nathan R. Smith, James J. Troy, Jeffrey R. Kollgaard, Gary E. Georgeson, Paul S. Rutherford
  • Patent number: 9500311
    Abstract: A device and method for inserting a tool into a pipeline transporting a fluid. The device includes a housing that is attachable to a vertical fitting applied on the pipeline, and a launch tube supported by the housing and including a tool passageway through which a tool is fed. The launch tube moves relative to the housing to raise and lower a shoe at an end of the launch tube into the pipeline. The shoe is and adapted to insert a tool into the pipeline at an angle to the launch tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Gas Technology Institute
    Inventors: Jeff Mainzer, Dennis R. Jarnecke
  • Patent number: 9409780
    Abstract: An electrostatic printing method such as laser printing can be employed for cost-effective and scalable patterning of nanostructure growth catalysts onto growth substrates, either directly or via one or more transfer substrates. Particles comprising a nanostructure growth catalyst are deposited onto the substrate in an electrostatically defined growth pattern. Another aspect of the method includes pressing a mixture of a nanostructure growth catalyst and a binder against the substrate to bond the mixture to the substrate. Nanostructures are grown from the deposited pattern in known nanostructure growth environments. The method allows a user to define a nanostructure growth pattern using familiar, user-friendly computer programs such as word processors, CAD, or other graphics software. Carbon nanotube forests can be grown from magnetic ink character recognition (MICR) toner printed on or transferred to the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of Michigan
    Inventors: Anastasios John Hart, Erik Polsen
  • Patent number: 9408526
    Abstract: The present invention is a telescopic drive device of a device for holding a surgical instrument. The telescopic drive device includes a support; a first telescopic stage carried by the support; a first telescopic stage carried by the support, the first telescopic stage being able to perform a first motion with respect to the support; a second telescopic stage, which is able to perform a second motion with respect to the first telescopic stage; and a drive system, which is operable to drive the first and second motions. The first telescopic element performs the first motion and the second telescopic element simultaneously performs the second motion. The telescopic drive is operable to support a further device and to move the further device such that the movement is centered around a point or wherein each of the telescopic elements is arcuate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Freehand 2010 Limited
    Inventors: David Gale, Adrian Cooper, Keith Marshall
  • Patent number: 9404785
    Abstract: A tool and a retractable assembly for measuring at least one measured variable of a medium in a containment, comprising: an essentially cylindrical housing; an immersion tube, which is movable axially in the housing between a service position run out from the medium and a process position run into the medium; and an engagement apparatus secured on the housing; wherein a movable piston is provided in the engagement apparatus and at least a first position and a second position of the piston are provided. The engagement apparatus holds the immersion tube in the service position when the piston is located in the first position, especially when no energy supply is present, and the engagement apparatus holds the immersion tube in an intermediate position between the service position and the process position and prevents further movement of the immersion tube in the direction of the medium when the piston is located in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Endress+Hauser Conducta GmbH+Co. KG
    Inventors: Ingrid Wunderlich, Thomas Pfauch, Felix Schneider
  • Patent number: 9394783
    Abstract: A method for evaluating inflow or outflow in a subterranean wellbore includes acquiring first and second axially spaced pressure measurements in the wellbore. The pressure measurements may then be processed to obtain an interval density of drilling fluid between the measurement locations. A tool string including a large number of axially spaced pressure sensors (e.g., four or more or even six or more) electronically coupled with a surface processor via wired drill pipe may be used to obtain a plurality of interval densities corresponding to various wellbore intervals. The interval density may be measured during static conditions or while drilling and may be further processed to compute a density of an inflow constituent in the annulus. Changes in the computed interval density with time may be used as an indicator of either an inflow event or an outflow event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: John Rasmus, William Lesso, John James
  • Patent number: 9358857
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an infrared sensor assembly for measuring temperature in a vehicle, including: a support bracket 3 configured to be detachably coupled with an inner surface of a garnish on one side inside the vehicle to form a base; a casing 5 configured to be detachably coupled on the support bracket 3 and form an inner installation space between the support bracket 3 and the casing 5; a main PCB 7 configured to be inserted into a PCB housing 17 so as to be interposed between the support bracket 3 and the casing 5; and an infrared sensor 9 configured to be inclinedly bound with the main PCB 7 to measure the temperature in the vehicle. By this configuration, the overall size of the infrared sensor assembly may be compacted, the infrared sensor assembly may be easily commonly used in different types of vehicles, and the infrared sensor assembly may be embedded in a garnish of an interior material, such as an A-pillar to improve an aesthetic of the interior of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Hanon Systems
    Inventors: Jeong Hoon Lee, Seung Cheol Song, Chang Hyu Baek
  • Patent number: RE46378
    Abstract: An assembly for insertion of an object into a pipeline comprises a base, a connector, and a set of pins. The base has a cylindrical passage and is connected to a mechanism for configured to drive the object into an inlet in the pipeline. The connector includes a head and a cylinder with a threaded internal surface and a an external surface having a groove spanning a extending around the circumference of the external surface. The connector is rotatable within the cylindrical passage in the base in a first direction and is held substantially axially stationary within the cylindrical passage in the base in a second direction by the set of pins in cooperation with the groove. The base is rotatable in the first direction and held substantially stationary in the second direction while connected to the inlet in the pipeline by the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventors: Wilie V. Evans, Gary K. Evans