Probe Or Probe Mounting Patents (Class 73/866.5)
  • 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: 9297478
    Abstract: A valve system for a vessel has a valve body, and a valve stem extending through the valve body and terminating in a plug for axial movement between open and closed position as the stem moves through the valve body. There is at least one probe passageway through the valve stem, at least one of which has a circumferential seal for engaging a probe inserted in the passageway and being exposed in a vessel. The circumferential seal seals the inside of a vessel from atmosphere while allowing a probe to be inserted and removed by moving axially in the passageway. This avoids need to remove the valve system to insert or remove a probe, and indeed a single expensive probe is used at different times with different valve systems. When no exposed probe is required, the seal may be completed by simply inserting a dummy probe in the passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Inventors: John O'Halloran, Fergus Keane, Brian Guilly
  • Patent number: 9228940
    Abstract: Optical analysis systems, methods, and apparatuses for analyzing fluids may be useful for in situ monitoring fluids that relate to cementing operations. For example, a method may include containing a cement fluid composition in a flow path comprising a wellbore; and optically interacting the cement fluid composition with an integrated computational element, thereby generating an output signal corresponding to a characteristic of the cement fluid composition, the integrated computational element being coupled to a tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael T. Pelletier, Christopher Michael Jones, B. Raghava Reddy, Ashok K. Santra
  • Patent number: 9214197
    Abstract: A secondary memory device includes a substrate configured to receive power from an external power source, at least one of non-volatile memory devices mounted on the substrate, a control device mounted on the substrate to control the non-volatile memory devices, and a secondary battery electrically connected to the substrate and configured to supply second power to the substrate when a power supply from the external power source is abnormally stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: In-bo Shim, Cheol Kwon, Jong-yun Yun, Yeong-kyun Lee
  • Patent number: 9210581
    Abstract: A method of commissioning a wireless field device is provided. The method includes communicatively coupling a handheld field maintenance tool to the wireless field device to obtain a wireless field device identifier. A wireless network is selected. Wireless communication is generated between the handheld field maintenance tool and a wireless gateway to automatically obtain a join key for the wireless field device identifier. The join key is written to the wireless field device with the handheld field maintenance tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Fisher-Rosemount Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Mitchell Toepke, Joseph Citrano, III, Alan Roger Dewey, Alden Chester Russell, III, Eric D. Rotvold
  • Patent number: 9201414
    Abstract: An intrinsically-safe handheld field maintenance tool includes a process communication module configured communicatively couple to a field device. A camera is configured to obtain at least one image relative to the field device. A controller is coupled to the process communication module and operably coupled to the camera. The controller is configured to store the at least one image relative to the field device. The handheld field maintenance tool may also include or employ an audio input device to capture audio files.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Fisher-Rosemount Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher P. Kantzes, Brad N. Mathiowetz, Todd M. Toepke, Kun Yang, Adam E. Lund, Donald R. Lattimer, Brian A. Franchuk
  • Patent number: 9157772
    Abstract: A variety of sensing assembly components, and methods of assembling, mounting, and orientating such assemblies and/or components, are disclosed. In one example embodiment, a sensing assembly includes a main body including at least a housing portion, and a mounting portion protruding outward from the main body. The mounting portion includes an outer connector section including at least one electrical connector, and an intermediate section that includes an outer surface that either has substantially a shape of a polygon or is at least partly threaded, where the intermediate section is positioned in between the main body and the outer connector section. Additionally, the intermediate section has an outer diameter, the outer connector section has an outer diameter, and the intermediate section outer diameter is greater than the outer connection section outer diameter. In other example embodiments, retaining structures on portions of a sensing assembly, or bracket assembly components, are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Roberto S. Santos, Diana A. Sufariu
  • Patent number: 9146138
    Abstract: A probe arrangement, in the case of which a probe is arranged within a tubular housing, wherein the tubular housing has at least one process window open to the process medium, and at least one functional element is secured on the probe and surrounded by the process medium. In order to suppress a taking along of the process medium during transfer of the functional element from the measured medium into a rinsing chamber, the tubular housing includes at least one treatment window open opposite the probe (3), preferably for washing, rinsing and/or calibrating the functional element, wherein the functional element is movable between the process window and the treatment window, and, during the measuring in the process medium, the at least one functional element is arranged approximately coincident with the at least one process window of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Endress + Hauser Conducta Gesellschaft für Mess- und Regeltechnik mbH + Co. KG
    Inventors: Michael Hanko, René Kündscher, Torsten Pechstein
  • Patent number: 9116787
    Abstract: A control system for mobile heavy equipment machinery includes an electronic control module for receiving and processing pulse width modulated control signals. There is a programmable logic controller (PLC) that receives position sensor generated input signals selectively from manual and remote sources. The PLC processes the input signals and transmits such signals in pulse width modulated format to the electronic control module, which processes the signals and directs corresponding output signals to control operation of the equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Marden Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Larry Fey Johnson
  • Patent number: 9091570
    Abstract: A retractable assembly, comprising: a housing; a media connection with complementary connecting means; an immersion tube; and a probe provided in the immersion tube. The probe has a probe head on its end facing the medium, wherein, in the service position, the probe head is arranged within a treatment chamber formed in the housing, wherein the immersion tube is divided into three regions, and, indeed, a upper region facing away from the containment, a middle region, on which a sealing system is provided, and a lower region facing the containment, wherein the sealing system is so embodied that in no position of the immersion tube does an exchange of medium or impurities from the drive to the treatment chamber, or vice versa, occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas Pfauch, Hermann Straub, René Kündscher, Rainer Schlereth
  • Patent number: 9089049
    Abstract: A process transmitter housing assembly includes a housing and a cover assembly including a cover chassis and a transparent cover piece. The cover chassis includes a cover flange extending inward from a perimeter of the cover chassis. Internal threads of the cover chassis threadedly engage external threads of the housing. The transparent cover piece is mechanically clamped between the cover flange and a surface of the housing nearest the cover flange when the cover chassis is threadedly secured to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Rosemount Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Andrew Perrault, George Charles Hausler, Craig Daniel Zelasko, Daniel Ronald Schwartz
  • Patent number: 9067494
    Abstract: A pedal force adjusting apparatus for an accelerator pedal regulates a resilient force of a resilient member through movement of an upper carrier and a lower carrier due to rotation of a lead screw. Accordingly, a pedal force of a pedal arm can be easily regulated if necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Inventors: Eun Sik Kim, Jeong Seon Min, Yong Lee, Yang Rae Cho, Sun Geun Kim
  • Patent number: 9057471
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method and a device for tapping and tracing a conduit that is obstructed from view such as a subterranean pipe. The invention allows the conduit to be traced while the conduit continues to function. The device includes a tapping tee for tapping into a conduit with an entry port at an acute angle to the conduit, a flexible fiberglass rodder that includes a conductor, a stuffing box removably attached to the tapping tee for inserting the rodder into the tapping tee, a signal transmitter operably attached to the rodder, and a signal receiver that receives the signals transmitted by the transmitter through the rodder and through the obstruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: JAMESON LLC
    Inventor: Bradley Robert Kokoski
  • Publication number: 20150143931
    Abstract: An installation assembly for connecting a probe element to a wall of a container, comprising: a first mounting part and a second mounting part, wherein the first mounting part serves for attaching the assembly to the container wall and has a lead-through through which the probe element is insertable. The second mounting part serves for receiving and fastening the probe element and the first and the second mounting part are flexibly connected to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Luca Palma, Helena Furgut
  • Patent number: 9039277
    Abstract: The invention relates to a temperature sensor comprising: a temperature-sensitive element (3); and a peripheral casing (7) accommodating the temperature-sensitive element (3) and having a closed end (9), the peripheral casing (7) being able to be inserted into a corresponding cavity (11), characterized in that the closed end (9) of the peripheral casing (7) has a peripheral portion (21) revealing, butted against the closed end, a flexible assembly stop (23) after said peripheral portion (21), said stop (23) being able to deform towards the peripheral portion (21) by shape cooperation with the bottom (15) of the corresponding cavity (11). The subject of the invention is also a process for manufacturing a temperature sensor as described above and a method of assembling said sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: SC2N
    Inventors: Dominique Le Bouquin, Jean-Pierre Robic
  • 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