US Pat. No. 9,223,318

MASS FLOW CONTROLLER SYSTEM

HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd., ...

1. A mass flow controller system, comprising:
a flow rate control device, calibrated by a use of a reference gas, which controls at least one valve based on a flow rate
set value; and

a control device that outputs the flow rate set value to the flow rate control device, including memory and an associated
processor,

wherein the memory stores a relation data that indicates a corresponding relation between a flow rate value of the reference
gas and a conversion factor (CF) value of a sample gas, and

wherein the processor is configured to execute a control program including:
a reference gas flow rate conversion part that converts a target flow rate of the sample gas to be flowed by the flow rate
control device into a reference gas flow rate by the use of a predetermined CF value,

a sample gas flow rate calculation part that calculates the sample gas flow rate based on the reference gas flow rate obtained
by the reference gas flow rate conversion part and a corresponding CF value for converting the reference gas flow rate into
the sample gas flow rate, and

a CF value update part that updates the CF value used by the reference gas flow rate conversion part or the sample gas flow
rate calculation part in a case where a difference between the sample gas flow rate obtained by the sample gas flow rate calculation
part and the target flow rate is bigger than a predetermined range, and once the difference falls within the predetermined
range, outputs the flow rate set value to the flow rate control device based on the reference as flow rate.

US Pat. No. 9,222,923

DATA PROCESSING DEVICE FOR GAS CHROMATOGRAPH AND DATA PROCESSING PROGRAM USED IN SAME

HORIBA STEC, CO., LTD., ...

1. A data processing device for a gas chromatograph, comprising:
a known retention index data converter that is configured to receive pieces of retention index data for an identified substance
indicating retention indices respectively at a plurality of mutually different temperatures that are identified, the retention
indices being related with an identifier specific to the identified substance, and convert from the retention indices of the
identified substance at the plurality of different temperatures to a retention index of the identified substance at a predetermined
temperature condition,
wherein
the known retention index data converter is further configured to perform calculations; and
the calculations comprise:
a retention time conversion that converts from, retention indices of the identified substance at a first temperature and a
second temperature that are two different temperatures, to an adjusted retention time of the identified substance under the
predetermined temperature condition, and

a retention index calculation that calculates a retention index of the identified substance under the predetermined temperature
condition on a basis of the adjusted retention time of the identified substance under the predetermined temperature condition.

US Pat. No. 9,371,930

FLUID CONTROL VALVE

HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd., ...

1. A fluid control valve that is configured to control a fluid from an upstream side flow channel and is configured to flow
out the fluid to a downstream side flow channel, comprising
a valve body that is arranged within a valve chest, and that moves through a predetermined space in the valve chest without
making contact with a fixed support member that has a surrounding surface that surrounds a side surface of the valve body,
and that is arranged on a valve seat arranged in the valve chest in a detachable manner,

an actuator that is configured to bias the valve body in a direction of opening or closing the valve,
a valve body return spring that is configured to bias the valve body in a direction of closing or opening the valve and that
is arranged in contact with the fixed support member and is arranged in contact with the valve body, and

a tilt restraining spring that is configured to bias the valve body in a direction of resolving a tilt of the valve body to
the direction of opening or closing the valve and that is arranged in contact with the fixed support member and is arranged
in contact with the valve body.

US Pat. No. 9,328,826

FLUID CONTROL VALVE AND MASS FLOW CONTROLLER

HORIBA STEC, CO. Ltd., K...

1. A fluid control valve configured to include a valve seat block and a valve element member, the valve seat block comprising:
an in-valve flow path that is formed inside of the valve seat block; and a valve seat surface that is brought into contact
with or separated from a seating surface of the valve element member, wherein
the valve seat block further comprises:
one end surface part that is at an upstream end of the in-valve flow path and on an upstream side of the valve seat block,
and formed with an inflow opening connected to an upstream side flow path;

another end surface part that is at a downstream end of the in-valve flow path and on a downstream side of the valve seat
block, and formed with an outflow opening through which fluid flowing in from the inflow opening flows outside the valve seat
block;

a protruded rim that is protruded by a predetermined height so as to surround the outflow opening in the other end surface
part on the downstream side of the valve seat block, and comprises a pressed surface that is pressed toward a one end surface
part side during assembly; and

a cutout that is formed in a part of the protruded rim so as to be communicatively connected to a downstream side flow path,
wherein

the valve element member is arranged outside of the in-valve flow path, and the valve seat surface of the valve seat block,
facing the seating surface of the valve element member, is on the upstream side of the valve seat block opposite from the
downstream side of the valve seat block.

US Pat. No. 10,165,684

FLUID CONTROL APPARATUS

HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd., ...

1. A fluid control apparatus, comprising:a fluid control unit configured to measure a flow rate or pressure of a fluid;
a circuit board configured to send and receive a signal to and from the fluid control unit;
a casing configured to accommodate therein the fluid control unit and the circuit board; and
an apparatus-side connector configured to accept connection from a cable,
wherein the fluid control apparatus further comprises, besides the circuit board, a connector board configured to mount thereon the apparatus-side connector,
wherein the connector board is secured to the circuit board in a state in which at least a part of the connector board is overlapped with the circuit board,
wherein the circuit board comprises a notch part configured to dispose at least a part of the apparatus-side connector, and
wherein the connector board is disposed so as to cover the notch part.

US Pat. No. 9,188,517

APPARATUS, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR SAMPLING AND CONDITIONING A FLUID

HORIBA Instruments Incorp...

1. A fluid sampling system comprising:
a fluid separator including
an insulating sleeve,
a separator assembly disposed within and spaced radially inward with respect to the insulating sleeve to form an insulating
chamber in an annular space between the insulting sleeve and separator assembly,

a cooling device in fluid communication with the insulating chamber, wherein the separator assembly includes a conduit and
a separator member within the conduit, and

a baffle comprising a generally dome-shaped disc including a convex surface.

US Pat. No. 9,304,030

FLOW RATE CONTROL DEVICE

HORIBA STEC, Co. Ltd., K...

1. A flow rate control device comprising a flow rate measuring part that measures a flow rate of a fluid flowing in a flow
channel and outputs a measured flow rate value, a control valve, a valve control part that controls an opening degree of the
control valve based on an entirely-close command to entirely close the control valve compulsorily or a set flow rate value
set as a target value, and an external output part that, in a first mode of operation, outputs an external output flow rate
value based on the measured flow rate value to a location outside of the flow rate control device, wherein
in a second mode of operation,
the valve control part is configured to receive the entirely-close command or zero as the set flow rate value,
the flow rate measuring part is configured to measure a non-zero value as the measured flow rate value, and
upon receipt of the entirely-close command or zero as the set flow rate value by the valve control part, and upon the flow
rate measuring part measuring the non-zero value as the measured flow rate value, the external output part is configured to
output zero as the external output flow rate value, irrespective of the measured flow rate value, until the entirely-close
command is released or a value other than zero is set as the set flow rate value.

US Pat. No. 9,494,946

FLOW RATE CONTROL DEVICE

HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd., ...

1. A flow rate control device comprising
a basal plate block having a substantially rectangular mounting surface including short sides and long sides, wherein the
short sides are shorter than the long sides;

a single input port into which a fluid flows, wherein the single input port opens on an outer surface of the basal plate block;
a single output port from which the fluid flows out, wherein the single output port opens on the outer surface of the basal
plate block;

two inflow channels whose proximal ends are connected to the input port, wherein the two inflow channels are formed inside
of the basal plate block;

two outflow channels whose terminal ends are connected to the output port, wherein the two outflow channels are formed inside
of the basal plate block; and

two flow rate control units arranged on the substantially rectangular mounting surface of the basal plate block, wherein
each of the two flow rate control units comprises:
a flow rate sensor, and
a flow rate control valve which is feed-back controlled based on the output of the flow rate sensor,
one of the flow rate control units is arranged between one of the inflow channels and one of the outflow channels, the other
flow rate control unit is arranged between the other inflow channel and the other outflow channel, and each of the flow rate
control units is configured to be capable of operating independently to control a flow rate, and

as viewed from a direction perpendicular to the mounting surface, each of the two inflow channels diagonally leads from the
single input port toward either long side of the mounting surface and each of the two outflow channels diagonally leads from
the either long side of the mounting surface to the single output port.

US Pat. No. 9,285,079

GAS SUPPLY SYSTEM

HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd., ...

1. A gas supply system comprising:
first and second gas supply devices, each connected to a respective plurality of gas supply ports formed in a device manufacturing
chamber, each of the first and second gas supply devices being configured to supply a material gas composed of a plurality
of component gases to the gas supply ports;

wherein each of the first and second gas supply devices includes:
first and second component gas supply pipes, the first component gas supply pipe of the first gas supply device being confluently
connected on a downstream side to the first component gas supply pipe of the second gas supply device, and the second component
gas supply pipe of the first gas supply device being confluently connected on a downstream side to the second component gas
supply pipe of the second gas supply device; and

first and second unit bodies, each of the first and second unit bodies being coupled to a respective one of the component
gas supply pipes and configured to control a respective flow rate of the corresponding component gas flowing in the respective
one of the component gas supply pipes;

a first material gas supply pipe fluidly connected at an upstream side thereof with the first component gas supply pipes of
the first and second gas supply devices, and connected at a downstream end thereof with one of the gas supply ports;

a first common pressure sensor configured to sense a first pressure in the fluidly connected region of the first material
gas supply pipe and first component gas supply pipes;

a second material gas supply pipe fluidly connected at an upstream side thereof with the second component gas supply pipes
of the first and second gas supply devices and connected at a downstream end thereof with one of the gas supply ports;

a second common pressure sensor configured to sense a second pressure in the fluidly connected region of the second material
gas supply pipe and second component gas supply pipes; and

a controller;
wherein the first and second unit bodies of the first gas supply device are placed adjacently;
wherein the first and second unit bodies of the second gas supply device are placed adjacently;
wherein each unit body includes:
a flow rate control valve, an individual pressure sensor, and a fluid resistance element provided on each component gas supply
pipe associated with the respective unit body in this order from upstream to downstream, respectively, within the respective
gas supply device, the common pressure sensors being provided downstream of the fluid resistance elements;

wherein the controller is configured to calculate the flow rates of each of the component gases flowing in each of the first
component gas supply pipe of the first gas supply device and the first component gas supply pipe of the second gas supply
device based on respective pressures measured by the corresponding individual pressure sensors of each of the first unit body
of the first gas supply device and first unit body of the second gas supply device, and further based on the first pressure
measured by the first common pressure sensor, the controller also being configured to control each of the flow rate control
valves of the first unit body of the first gas supply device and first unit body of the second gas supply device so that the
calculated component gas flow rate for each of the respective component gas supply pipes of the first unit body of the first
gas supply device and the first unit body of the second gas supply device approach respective predetermined gas flow rates;
and

wherein the controller is further configured to calculate the flow rates of each of the component gases flowing in each of
the second component gas supply pipe of the first gas supply device and the second component gas supply pipe of the second
gas supply device based on respective pressures measured by the corresponding individual pressure sensors of each of the second
unit body of the first gas supply device and second unit body of the second gas supply device, and further based on the second
pressure measured by the second common pressure sensor, the controller also being configured to control each of the flow rate
control valves of the second unit body of the first gas supply device and second unit body of the second gas supply device
so that the calculated component gas flow rate for each of the respective component gas supply pipes of the second unit body
of the first gas supply device and the second unit body of the second gas supply device approach respective predetermined
gas flow rates.

US Pat. No. 9,188,990

FLUID MECHANISM, SUPPORT MEMBER CONSTITUTING FLUID MECHANISM AND FLUID CONTROL SYSTEM

HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd., ...

1. A fluid mechanism comprising a plurality of fluid device units in an elongated shape, including a valve or a sensor, where
one or a plurality of fluid devices are arranged between an input port into which a fluid flows and an output port from which
the fluid flows out, a direction connecting the input port and the output port being set as a longitudinal port alignment
direction as viewed in a plan view, and a support member that supports the fluid device units in a state of being adjacent
each other with the fluid device units being arranged substantially parallel to each other in a longitudinal device alignment
direction, and characterized in that the support member comprises:
an introducing path that is connected to the input port on a terminal end thereof and that introduces the fluid into the input
port, and

a discharging path that is connected to the output port on a leading end thereof and that discharges the fluid from the output
port, wherein

an introducing port that is formed at a leading end of the introducing path is arranged on one external side of the fluid
device unit and is located at one end of the fluid device unit, and

a discharging port that is formed at a terminal end of the discharging path is arranged on another external side of the fluid
device unit and is located at an opposite end of the fluid device unit,

wherein a direction connecting the one end and the opposite end of the fluid device unit is set as the longitudinal device
alignment direction that is substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal port alignment direction as viewed in the plan
view.

US Pat. No. 9,157,578

GAS SUPPLY DEVICE

HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd., ...

1. A gas supply device comprising:
a tank configured to retain material liquid and heat the material liquid; and
a mass flow controller configured to be connected to an inside of the tank through a first valve unit and control a flow rate
of gas resulting from vaporizing the material liquid, wherein:

the first valve unit is configured to have a first valve body that is directly attached onto an outer wall surface of the
tank and formed with a first inlet port and a first outlet port on a surface of the valve unit that is mounted to the outer
wall surface of the tank, and a first valve that is provided in an in-valve flow path within the first valve unit that makes
a connection between the first inlet port and the first outlet port of the first valve unit; and

inside an outer wall of the tank, an internal flow path is formed which includes a first valve flow-in flow path and a first
valve flow-out path, the first valve flow-in path connecting the inside of the tank and the first inlet port of the first
valve unit, and the first valve flow-out flow path connecting the first outlet port of the first valve unit and an introduction
port of the mass flow controller, wherein a portion of the first valve flow-out flow path extends in a direction that runs
substantially parallel to the outer wall surface to which the first valve unit is attached,

the internal flow path and the in-valve flow path being configured to flow generated gas from the tank through the first valve
flow-in path of the internal flow path in the outer wall in a gas travel path, through the in-valve flow path in the first
valve unit, and through the first valve flow-out path of the internal flow path in the outer wall, to the introduction port
of the mass flow controller, such that the gas in a gas travel path does not travel outside the outer wall except when in
the first valve unit.

US Pat. No. 9,091,380

FLUID DEVICE

HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd., ...

1. A fluid device comprising: a plurality of vertical fluid lines, each vertical fluid line having one or more fluid apparatuses
and pipes that are connected in series; and a plurality of horizontal fluid lines, each horizontal fluid line having one or
more series-connected pipes, wherein the plurality of vertical fluid lines are arranged to be fluidically parallel to each
other, and wherein between any two adjoining vertical fluid lines, the plurality of horizontal fluid lines for connecting
them are arranged to be fluidically parallel;
wherein one of the plurality of horizontal fluid lines is arranged between pipes of the adjoining vertical fluid lines and
includes a plurality of series-connected pipes, each having a flange part at an adjoining end portion, and a coupling member
for connecting the adjoining flange parts;

wherein each coupling member and its adjoining flange parts connect a horizontal fluid line to a vertical fluid line and constitute
a flange joint;

wherein another one of the plurality of fluidically parallel horizontal fluid lines is arranged between the pipes of the adjoining
vertical fluid lines and includes a pipe connected to the pipes of the vertical fluid lines by flexible joint pipes that are
structurally elongated in an axial flow direction and different from the flange part and the coupling member;

wherein each one of the plurality of vertical fluid lines includes a plurality of series-connected pipes that are connected
to a respective one of the flexible joint pipes connecting a pipe of one of the horizontal fluid lines to a pipe of the one
of the vertical fluid lines, and that are also connected to a respective one of the flange joints;

wherein each flange joint is vertically spaced apart from each flexible joint pipe and connected by a vertical pipe to the
flexible joint pipe; and

wherein the flexibility of the flexible joint pipe enables the vertical lines at the flexible joint pipes to absorb changes
in pipe dimension and accommodate misalignment at the flexible joint pipes.

US Pat. No. 9,459,629

FLOW RATE CONTROLLER AND RECORDING MEDIUM RECORDED WITH PROGRAM FOR FLOW RATE CONTROLLER

HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd., ...

1. A flow rate controller comprising:
a flow rate sensor that is provided in a flow path through which fluid flows;
a flow rate control valve that is provided in the flow path;
a setting flow rate shaping part that, in a case of receiving an input setting flow rate in which an absolute value of a deviation
between a first target value and a second target value changes by a reference value or more within a reference time, outputs
a shaped setting flow rate formed with an interval in which from the first target value to the second target value, a continuous
change is made over a predetermined period of time; and

a valve control part that controls an opening level of the flow rate control valve so as to reduce a deviation between the
shaped setting flow rate outputted from the setting flow rate shaping part and a measured flow rate measured by the flow rate
sensor, wherein

the setting flow rate shaping part is configured to, depending on a magnitude of the absolute value of a deviation between
the first target value and the second target value in the received input setting flow rate, change an amount of change in
a target value per unit time in the interval.

US Pat. No. 9,670,072

DETERMINATION OF WATER TREATMENT PARAMETERS BASED ON ABSORBANCE AND FLUORESCENCE

HORIBA INSTRUMENTS INCORP...

1. A computer-implemented method for controlling a water treatment process, comprising:
measuring a first fluorescence emission spectrum of a pre-process water sample over a predetermined wavelength range produced
in response to an excitation wavelength;

integrating the first fluorescence emission spectrum over the predetermined wavelength range to generate a first integral;
normalizing the first integral of the first fluorescence emission spectrum to a predetermined peak value;
measuring a second fluorescence emission spectrum of a post-process water sample over the predetermined wavelength range produced
in response to the excitation wavelength;

integrating the second fluorescence emission spectrum over the predetermined wavelength range to generate a second integral;
normalizing the second integral of the second fluorescence emission spectrum to the predetermined peak value;
comparing the first and second peak normalized integrals of the fluorescence emission spectra to determine a change in dissolved
organic carbon (DOC); and

controlling the water treatment process based on the change in DOC.

US Pat. No. 9,354,210

PLATE-TYPE CAPILLARY COLUMN, CAPILLARY COLUMN UNIT, AND CHROMATOGRAPH USING SAME

HORIBA STEC, CO., LTD., ...

14. A plate-type capillary column comprising:
at least two stackable plates;
each said stackable plate comprising:
a first plate having an upper side and a lower side;
a second plate having an upper side and a lower side;
the lower side of the first plate facing the upper side of the second plate;
a capillary disposed inside said stackable plate;
a first hole in fluid communication with one end part of the capillary and extending through the first plate;
a second hole in fluid communication with another end part of the capillary and extending through the second plate; and
at least two through holes extending through both the first plate and the second plate and not being in fluid communication
with the capillary disposed inside said stackable plate,

wherein the at least two stackable plates are stackable over another so that the at least one through hole of one stackable
plate is aligned with the at least one through hole of another stackable plate.

US Pat. No. 9,091,578

THERMAL FLOW RATE SENSOR

HORIBA STEC, Co. Ltd., K...

1. A thermal flow rate sensor comprising:
a main flow path through which a fluid flows; and
a sensor flow path that branches off from the main flow path so as to cause the fluid to flow in a split flow and that is
provided with a flow rate detecting mechanism configured to detect a flow rate of the fluid;

wherein the flow rate detecting mechanism includes an upstream-side coil having a resistor temperature coefficient and a downstream-side
coil having the same resistor temperature coefficient as the upstream-side coil, each configured by using a heat-generating
resistance wire wound around a sensor flow pipe forming the sensor flow path; and

a resistor connected in parallel to only the downstream-side coil, wherein a peak position of a temperature distribution generated
in the sensor flow path by the upstream-side coil, the downstream-side coil, and the resistor connected in parallel to only
the downstream-side coil is positioned on the upstream-side coil side relative to a middle position between the upstream-side
coil and the downstream-side coil on the sensor flow path.

US Pat. No. 9,228,942

TURBIDIMETER

HORIBA Advanced Techno, C...

1. A turbidimeter comprising:
a closed-bottom cylindrical sensor head forming a measurement space in which a sample is accommodated without a vessel;
a light source for irradiating inspection light to the measurement space;
a transmitted light detector for detecting transmitted light passing through the measurement space; and
a scattered light detector for detecting scattered light scattered in the measurement space, wherein
the sensor head is formed of a material having optical transparency,
a side wall of the sensor head comprises an inner surface and an outer surface separated by a wall thickness, and a plurality
of accommodating spaces formed within the wall thickness which accommodate the light source, transmitted light detector, and
scattered light detector,

respectively optically transparent portions of the inner surface of the side wall adjacent the plurality of accommodating
spaces of the sensor head are configured to serve as: an inspection light optical window for guiding the inspection light
to the measurement space; a transmitted light optical window for guiding the transmitted light to the transmitted light detector;
and a scattered light optical window for guiding the scattered light to the scattered light detector, and

each of the optical windows, the inner surface of the side wall which forms the accommodating spaces, and the outer surface
of the side wall which forms the plurality of accommodating spaces are formed integrally together of the material having the
optical transparency such that the side wall has the optical transparency throughout its wall thickness for at least a portion
of the side wall.

US Pat. No. 9,207,653

CONTROL SYSTEM AUTO-TUNING

Horiba Instruments Incorp...

1. A control system comprising:
at least one processor configured to
perform a plurality of trials that each result in a score until the scores no longer achieve a value less than a minimum of
the scores for a predefined number of trials occurring after the trial yielding the minimum of the scores, each of the trials
including

(i) providing a demand signal to a control loop having parameters,
(ii) comparing a target signal to a response to the demand signal,
(iii) generating a score based on the comparison, and
(iv) randomly adjusting values of the parameters, and
output parameter values that yielded the minimum of the scores to auto-tune the control system.

US Pat. No. 9,106,172

ELECTRIC MACHINE TEMPERATURE CONTROL

HORIBA Instruments Incorp...

1. A test automation system comprising:
at least one controller programmed to receive a temperature setpoint for a motor and to generate a command for the motor to
output non-zero torque such that a temperature of the motor varies within a predefined range of the temperature setpoint for
at least a predefined period of time.

US Pat. No. 9,075,414

PRESSURE CONTROL DEVICE, FLOW RATE CONTROL DEVICE AND RECORDING MEDIUM HAVING PROGRAMS USED FOR PRESSURE CONTROL DEVICE, RECORDING MEDIUM HAVING PROGRAMS USED FOR FLOW RATE CONTROL DEVICE

HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd., ...

1. A pressure control device comprising
a pressure sensor that measures a pressure of a fluid flowing in a flow channel,
a pressure control valve arranged in the flow channel, and
a valve control part that controls the pressure control valve so as to make a measured pressure value measured by the pressure
sensor at a set pressure value, wherein

the valve control part comprises an open degree operated amount output part that outputs an open degree operated amount of
the pressure control valve based on the measured pressure value and the set pressure value, and

a limiter part that sets a tolerance of the open degree operated amount by setting a limit value of the open degree operated
amount and that controls the pressure control valve at the open degree operated amount of the limit value in a case where
the open degree operated amount output by the open degree operated amount output part is out of the tolerance, and

the limiter part sets the limit value of the open degree operated amount according to the set pressure value.

US Pat. No. 9,464,955

STRUCTURE FOR USE WITH FLUID DIAPHRAGM

HORIBA STEC, Co. Ltd., K...

1. A structure comprising:
a base that has a top surface and a bottom surface;
a diaphragm that is displaced by pressure of a fluid;
a peripheral wall member of which one end surface is attached to a circumferential edge part of the diaphragm and the other
end surface is attached on the top surface of the base to form an internal space filled with the fluid together with the base
and the diaphragm;

a protruding part that is formed integrally with the base, an outer lateral surface of which protrudes upwardly from the top
surface of the base; and

a communicatively connecting path that extends from a bottom surface side of the base toward the diaphragm, and communicatively
connects the internal space and an outside to each other to flow the fluid, wherein

on the outer lateral surface of the protruding part, an opening is formed in a part intersecting with an inner lateral surface
of the communicatively connecting path, and a part of a fore end inner surface of the communicatively connecting path is formed
in the protruding part, and a fore end of a portion of the communicatively connecting path on a side of the top surface of
the base is opened toward the diaphragm.

US Pat. No. 9,605,985

FLOW RATE MEASURING MECHANISM, MASS FLOW CONTROLLER, AND PRESSURE SENSOR

HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd., ...

1. A flow rate measuring mechanism comprising:
a body unit that has an internal flow path through which a target fluid to be measured is configured to flow;
a fluid resistance member is separating the internal flow path and has a resistance flow path that communicatively connects
an upstream side internal flow path upstream of the resistance member and a downstream side flow path downstream of the resistance
member; and

a pressure sensor that is attached to the body unit and senses a pressure of at least one of the upstream side internal flow
path and the downstream side internal flow path, the flow rate measuring mechanism being configured to calculate a flow rate
of the fluid on a basis of the fluid pressure sensed by the pressure sensor, wherein:

the body unit has a length direction and a surface parallel to the length direction, the surface being set as a component
attachment surface, and to the component attachment surface, the pressure sensor is attached such that a pressure sensitive
surface thereof is substantially vertical to the component attachment surface and substantially parallel to the length direction,

a length direction size of the pressure sensitive surface is larger than a width size of the body unit at a largest width
portion of the body unit, the width size being a size in a direction orthogonal to the length direction of the body unit,
and

an outer dimensional thickness size from one outermost surface to another opposite outermost surface of the pressure sensor
in a direction parallel to a width direction of the body unit is set to be smaller than or the same as the width size of the
body unit.

US Pat. No. 9,057,636

SELF-CALIBRATING MECHANISM AND SELF-CALIBRATING METHOD FOR FLOW RATE SENSOR, AND DIAGNOSTIC MECHANISM AND DIAGNOSTIC METHOD FOR FLUID SENSOR

HORIBA STEC, Co. Ltd., K...

1. A diagnostic mechanism that verifies or calibrates a measured value of a fluid sensor that measures a flow rate or a pressure
of fluid flowing through a flow path, the diagnostic mechanism comprising:
a valve fully closing part that outputs a fully closing signal for fully closing a valve provided in the flow path;
a diagnostic parameter calculation part that divides, into a plurality of diagnostic intervals, a fluid parameter changing
interval in which the valve is in a state of being kept in a fully closed state or in a state of being changed from the fully
closed state to an opened state, and the flow rate or the pressure of the fluid flowing through the flow path changes with
time, and also on a basis of a flow rate or pressure measured value outputted from the fluid sensor in each of the diagnostic
intervals, calculates a corresponding diagnostic parameter for each of the respective diagnostic intervals; and

a diagnostic part that, on a basis of each of the diagnostic parameters calculated for the respective diagnostic intervals
and at least one preset reference parameter, verifies or calibrates the flow rate or pressure measured value outputted by
the fluid sensor in the diagnostic interval.

US Pat. No. 9,411,054

AMPLIFIER AND RADIATION DETECTOR

HORIBA, LTD., Kyoto (JP)...

1. An amplifier, comprising: a first amplifying circuit; a capacitor connected between an input terminal and an output terminal
of the first amplifying circuit; a switch for discharging the capacitor; and a second amplifying circuit having a positive
gain of less than onefold, and including an input terminal connected to the output terminal of the first amplifying circuit,
wherein the switch is connected between the input terminal of the first amplifying circuit and an output terminal of the second
amplifying circuit, and the first amplifying circuit receives a signal and outputs a signal to an area external to the amplifier.

US Pat. No. 9,255,917

ANALYZER CALIBRATING SYSTEM AND EXHAUST GAS ANALYZING SYSTEM

HORIBA, Ltd., Kyoto (JP)...

1. An analyzer calibrating system for calibrating a plurality of exhaust gas analyzing apparatuses, the system comprising:
a calibration gas line for concurrently supplying a same calibration gas, from a calibration gas cylinder arranged in a cylinder
chamber partitioned from a plurality of test chambers, to a plurality of analyzers provided in each of the plurality of apparatuses,
the plurality of apparatuses being provided in the plurality of test chambers respectively; and

a control unit adapted to determine whether or not an output value of each of the plurality of analyzers supplied with the
same calibration gas is stable,

wherein the control unit is configured to calibrate each of the analyzers having the output value determined to be stable
and to stop the supply of the calibration gas to each of the analyzers having completed the calibration,

wherein the calibration gas line comprises a plurality of branch lines respectively provided in a one to one correspondence
with the plurality of analyzers and a plurality of on/off valves respectively provided on the plurality of branch lines, and

wherein the control unit is configured to control the on/off valve provided on each of the branch lines to stop the supply
of the calibration gas to each of the analyzers having completed the calibration.

US Pat. No. 9,068,889

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR OBSERVING AND FOR MEASURING RAMAN SCATTERING

Horiba Jobin Yvon SAS, L...

1. An optical device for Raman spectrometry and for viewing a sample, said device comprising:
optical superimposition and separation means adapted to be placed on the optical path of an excitation laser beam having a
spectral band B0 centered about a wavelength ?0 and on the optical path of a viewing beam having a spectral band BV, distinct from the spectral band B0 of the laser and distinct from the spectral band BR of the Raman scattering beam to be measured, so as to form a combined excitation and viewing incident beam toward the sample,
wherein the spectral band B0 of said excitation laser and the spectral band BV of said viewing beam are defined in wavelength in such a manner that:

BV
and
the optical superimposition and separation means is adapted to be placed on the path of a collected beam coming from the scattering
of the combined excitation and viewing incident beam on the sample, said optical superimposition and separation means comprising:

i. a first filter comprising a dichroic beam splitter for spatially separating said collected beam into a first and a second
secondary beam, said first secondary beam comprising one spectral band chosen from the spectral band B0 of the laser, the spectral band BV of the viewing beam and the spectral band BR of the Raman scattering beam, and said second secondary beam comprising the two other remaining spectral bands among the spectral
band B0 of the laser, the spectral band BV of the viewing beam and the spectral band BR of the Raman scattering beam;

ii. a second filter comprising a dichroic beam splitter placed on the path of the second secondary beam for spatially separating
said second secondary beam into a first and a second tertiary beam, each respectively comprising one of the two remaining
spectral bands among the spectral band B0 of the laser, the spectral band BV of the viewing beam and the spectral band BR of the Raman scattering beam, and

a separating plate for directing the viewing beam that goes from the sample to a viewing camera, said viewing camera having
a maximum sensitivity about the spectral band BV in the blue-green-yellow domain of the visible spectrum, and wherein extinction rate for at least one of said first and second
filters is chosen in such a manner that a very small part of the Rayleigh scattering beam is transmitted toward the viewing
camera so as to allow to view simultaneously the sample and the position of the excitation laser beam on the sample, without
saturation of the viewing camera.

US Pat. No. 9,109,736

FLUID RESISTANCE DEVICE

HORIBA STEC, Co. Ltd., K...

1. A fluid resistance device where an upstream side flow channel, a downstream side flow channel and a fluid resistance channel
that connects these flow channels are formed, comprising
two members that have facing surfaces that face each other and a downstream end of the upstream side flow channel and an upstream
end of the downstream side flow channel open respectively at a downstream end opening and an upstream end opening at positions
displaced from each other on the facing surfaces, and

a ring body that is arranged to surround the downstream end opening and the upstream end opening and that forms the fluid
resistance channel between the downstream end opening and the upstream end opening by being sandwiched by the facing surfaces,
wherein

the ring body is made of a material harder than that of each member, the ring body comprises a center member and a first projecting
part that projects from a part of a surface facing one of the facing surfaces on the center member, and the first projecting
part is so configured to break into the facing surfaces by fastening the two members so as to make the facing surfaces approach
each other.

US Pat. No. 9,690,302

FLUID RESISTANCE DEVICE

HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd., ...

1. A fluid resistance device comprising:
a fluid resistance element having a resistance flow passage;
a first member and a second member configured to hold the fluid resistance element to be fixed between the first and second
members;

a pressing member configured to press the first member against the second member;
a thin plate-shaped seal member interposed between the first member and the fluid resistance element;
an internal space into which a fluid flows is formed inside of the fluid resistance element; and
an external space into which the fluid flows is formed adjacent to an exterior radial surface of the fluid resistance element
and adjacent to a surrounding surface which surrounds the fluid resistance element, wherein

the fluid resistance element comprises:
a slit plate formed with a slit passing through in a thickness direction; and
a slit cover plate provided on each side of the slit plate in the thickness direction to cover a partial portion of the slit,
and

a first end part of the slit is communicated with the internal space, and a second end part of the slit is communicated with
the external space.

US Pat. No. 9,329,116

PARTICLE SIZE DISTRIBUTION MEASURING DEVICE

HORIBA, LTD., (JP)

1. A particle size distribution measuring device for use with a dispersed particle group, the particle size distribution measuring
device comprising:
a light source that structured to irradiate an inspection light on the dispersed particle group;
a light receiving part structured to receive a secondary light produced when the inspection light is irradiated on the particle
group; and

an arithmetic circuit structured to calculate a particle size distribution of the particle group based on a characteristic
of the secondary light (hereinafter called a real secondary light characteristic) obtained from an output signal of the light
receiving part, wherein

the arithmetic circuit comprises an iterative solver that structured to update more than once an imaginary solution in order
to make a characteristic of an imaginary secondary light (hereinafter called an imaginary secondary light characteristic)
calculated based on the imaginary solution of the particle size distribution approach the real secondary light characteristic
and structured to calculate the obtained imaginary solution as the particle size distribution, and

the arithmetic circuit is structured to repeat more than once a process to update the particle size distribution calculated
by the use of one iterative solver with a new particle size distribution calculated by giving the calculated particle size
distribution to the other iterative solver, that is different from the one iterative solver, as the imaginary solution.

US Pat. No. 9,243,989

PARTICLE SIZE DISTRIBUTION MEASURING APPARATUS

HORIBA, LTD., (JP)

1. A particle size distribution measuring apparatus comprising:
a light source for irradiating light to particles to be measured;
a plurality of photodetectors for detecting light intensities of diffracted/scattered lights caused by the irradiation of
the light; and

an operation part for receiving light intensity signals outputted from the respective photodetectors and calculating a particle
size distribution of the particles based on the fact that a vector s is represented by a predetermined expression including
the expressions below, wherein

the operation part is adapted to calculate values of a plurality of first parameters that depend on the particle sizes of
the particles and a plurality of second parameters that depend on spread angles of the diffracted/scattered lights, the first
and second parameters being used for calculating one element among elements of the coefficient matrix K, and store at least
one of the values to be used for calculating another element of the coefficient matrix K,

s=Kq;


here, the vector s is a vector representing a light intensity pattern at every angle of the diffracted/scattered lights obtained
from values of the light intensity signals outputted from the respective photodetectors, the vector q is a vector representing
the particle size distribution of the particles to be measured, and the coefficient matrix K is a matrix for converting the
vector q to the vector s, and x and y are integers representing the number of rows and columns in matrix K.

US Pat. No. 9,081,388

FLOW RATE CONTROL DEVICE

HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd., ...

1. A flow rate control device comprising a flow rate measuring part that measures a flow rate of a fluid flowing in a flow
channel and outputs a measured flow rate value, a control valve, a valve control part that controls an opening degree of the
control valve based on an entirely-close command to entirely close the control valve compulsorily or a set flow rate value
set as a target value, and an external output part that, in a first mode of operation, outputs an external output flow rate
value based on the measured flow rate value to a location outside of the flow rate control device, wherein
in a second mode of operation,
the valve control part is configured to receive the entirely-close command or zero as the set flow rate value,
the flow rate measuring part is configured to measure a non-zero value as the measured flow rate value,
after receipt of the entirely-close command or zero as the set flow rate value, the external output part is configured to
detect that an absolute value of a variation of the measured flow rate value with respect to time is equal to or greater than
a predetermined value, and

the external output part is configured to output the measured flow rate value only at the time when the absolute value is
equal to or greater than the predetermined value as the external output flow rate value.

US Pat. No. 9,389,152

EXHAUST GAS SAMPLING APPARATUS

Horiba, Ltd., Kyoto (JP)...

1. An exhaust gas sampling apparatus comprising:
an exhaust gas introduction port for introducing exhaust gas;
a diluent gas introduction port for introducing diluent gas;
a main flow path of which one end is connected to the exhaust gas introduction port;
a diluent gas flow path of which one end is connected to the diluent gas introduction port and the other end is connected
to the main flow path;

a sampling part that is provided at a connecting point between the main flow path and the diluent gas flow path or on a downstream
side of the connecting point to collect part of diluted exhaust gas that is the exhaust gas diluted with the diluent gas;

a diluted exhaust gas sampling flow path of which one end is connected to the sampling part and the other end is connected
to a diluted exhaust gas analyzing device;

a diluent gas sampling flow path of which one end is connected to the diluent gas flow path and the other end is connected
to a diluent gas analyzing device; and

a flow rate control part that is provided in the diluent gas sampling flow path to control a flow rate of the diluent gas
flowing through the diluent gas sampling flow path, wherein:

the sampling part includes a plurality of venturis connected in parallel that controls a flow rate of the diluted exhaust
gas to be introduced into the diluted exhaust gas analyzing device,

the flow rate control part includes a plurality of venturis connected in parallel that controls a flow rate of the diluent
gas to be introduced into the diluent gas analyzing device, and

corresponding members of the plurality of venturis that controls the flow rate of the diluted exhaust gas and the plurality
of venturis that controls the flow rate of the diluent gas have a same critical flow rate.

US Pat. No. 9,170,220

X-RAY ANALYZER

HORIBA, LTD, (JP)

1. An X-ray analyzer, comprising:
a beam source;
a sample holder;
a scanning unit structured to scan repetitively a sample held by the sample holder, by a beam from the beam source;
an X-ray detector that is disposed in a position between the beam source and the sample holder, comprising:
a hole for passing the beam; and
a plurality of X-ray sensors disposed around the hole,
wherein the X-ray detector is structured to detect an X-ray generated on the sample scanned by the scanning unit;
a generation unit structured to generate an element distribution image representative of a distribution of an element contained
in the sample, based on a result of the detection by the X-ray detector, every time the scanning unit scans the sample; and

a storage unit structured to store a plurality of element distribution images generated by the generation unit, in associated
with information representative of a sequential order of generation of the element distribution images.

US Pat. No. 9,116,526

GAS CONCENTRATION CONTROLLER SYSTEM

HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd., ...

1. A gas concentration controller system configured to mix a first gas and a second gas at a predetermined ratio to produce
mixed gas having a predetermined concentration, the gas concentration controller system comprising:
a first gas line that is provided with a first gas flow rate controlling mechanism for controlling a flow rate of the first
gas;

a second gas line that is provided with a second gas flow rate controlling mechanism for controlling a flow rate of the second
gas;

an output gas line that is joined by the first gas line and the second gas line and configured to output the mixed gas having
the predetermined concentration;

an exhaust gas line that is connected to an upstream side of the second gas flow rate controlling mechanism in the second
gas line and provided with an on/off valve and a flow rate control part configured to flow the second gas in the exhaust gas
line; and

a control part configured to, depending on the flow rate of the second gas flowing through the second gas line or a type of
the second gas, switch on/off the on/off valve provided in the exhaust gas line, while the flow rate of the second gas in
the second gas line is being controlled by the second gas flow rate controlling mechanism.

US Pat. No. 9,243,892

PARTICLE ANALYTICAL DEVICE

HORIBA, LTD., (JP)

1. A particle analytical device comprising
a light irradiation part that irradiates the light toward a particle group that moves in a dispersion medium,
a light receiving part that receives the scattered light emitted from the particle group on which the light from the light
irradiation part is irradiated and that outputs an electric current signal,

a data processing part that processes data concerning particle analysis based on time series data of a number of pulses obtained
by the electric current signal output by the light receiving part,

an overcurrent detecting part that detects flowing of an overcurrent in the light receiving part based on the electric current
signal output by the light receiving part, and

a control part that halts an operation of the light receiving part in a case where the overcurrent detecting part detects
the overcurrent, and that restarts the operation of the light receiving part after a predetermined time passes from a time
when the operation of the light receiving part is halted, wherein

the data processing part holds the time series data until the halt at a time when the operation of the light receiving part
is halted and processes the data, after the operation of the light receiving part is restarted, by the use of the held time
series data and the time series data obtained after the restart.

US Pat. No. 10,184,185

GAS FLOW MONITORING METHOD AND GAS FLOW MONITORING APPARATUS

CKD CORPORATION, Komaki ...

1. A gas flow monitoring method for monitoring a flow rate of a flow control device,the method using:
the flow control device for controlling a flow rate of process gas from a process gas supply source and supplying the process gas to a predetermined process chamber;
a start shut-off valve placed on an upstream side of the flow control device; and
a pressure gauge placed between the start shut-off valve and the flow control device, and
the method comprising:
closing the start shut-off valve and measuring a decrease in pressure on the upstream side of the flow control device to measure the flow rate of the flow control device; and
subsequently opening the start shut-off valve and monitoring the flow rate of the flow control device,
wherein the method further includes switching the flow control device from an ON state to an OFF state before opening the start shut-off valve.

US Pat. No. 10,114,385

FLUID CONTROL VALVE

HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd., ...

1. A fluid control valve, comprising:a valve seat portion;
a valve body capable of making or breaking contact with the valve seat portion by moving in a movement direction, wherein, in a condition of breaking contact, the valve body in its entirety is displaced from being in contact with the valve seat portion;
a fluid resistance; and
an upstream-side clamping member and a downstream-side clamping member that together comprise a pair of clamping members that clamps the fluid resistance,
wherein the fluid resistance and at least one of the upstream-side clamping member and the downstream-side clamping member enclose an in-valve space in which the valve body or at least part of an actuation member that moves the valve body is housed,
wherein fluid passing through a space between the valve seat portion and the valve body passes through the fluid resistance from the in-valve space and flows outside of the fluid control valve, or the fluid passes through the fluid resistance from outside of the fluid control valve and flows into the in-valve space, and
wherein the pair of clamping members clamps the fluid resistance along the movement direction of the valve body.

US Pat. No. 9,702,744

FLUID CONTROL DEVICE

HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd., ...

1. A fluid control device comprising:
a measurement control part for measuring or controlling fluid;
a communication part for performing communication with an external device;
a first recording part for storing a communication program for controlling the communication part;
a second recording part for storing a measurement control program for controlling the measurement control part;
a third recording part for storing data of each component part of the measurement control part or data for use in control
thereof; and

a central processing unit, wherein
the communication program stored in the first recording part is configured to be unrewritable by the central processing unit
and the measurement control program stored in the second recording part is configured to be rewritable by the central processing
unit, wherein

the central processing unit has a chip select output terminal for outputting a chip select signal for selecting alternatively
the first recording part or the second recording part,

the fluid control device including:
a chip select line for connecting the chip select output terminal with a chip select input terminal of the first recording
part and a chip select input terminal of the second recording part; and

a switch part for alternatively switching a recording part for inputting the chip select signal between the first recording
part and the second recording part by switching the chip select line, wherein

the first recording part, the second recording part, and the central processing unit are mounted on the same first mounting
apparatus; and

the third recording part is mounted on a second mounting apparatus that is separate and different from the first substrate;
where the third recording part of the second mounting apparatus is configured to retain data during replacement of the first
or second recording parts of the first mounting apparatus due to failure of the first or second recording parts.

US Pat. No. 9,387,801

VEHICLE DRIVING MODE DISPLAY DEVICE AND PROGRAM FOR DISPLAYING VEHICLE DRIVING MODE

Horiba, Ltd., Kyoto (JP)...

1. A vehicle driving mode display device comprising:
a body part having a central processing unit which acquires vehicle speed; and
a screen where a running speed pattern, a tolerance range of the running speed pattern, and a vehicle speed at a moment when
a measurement is conducted are plotted on a graph where time and the vehicle speed are plotted on each axes,

wherein in a case that the vehicle is driven within the tolerance range, the central processing unit is adapted to judge whether
or not a first condition or a second condition is satisfied, and if the first condition or the second condition is satisfied,
to issue a warning, wherein the first condition is a case in which a difference between an acceleration at a first time and
a standard acceleration obtained from the running speed pattern is less than a difference between the acceleration at a second
time when a predetermined time period has passed since the first time and the standard acceleration obtained from the running
speed pattern, and wherein the second condition is a case in which, if the current acceleration is to be maintained, the vehicle
speed would exceed the tolerance range within a predetermined allowable time period.

US Pat. No. 9,360,450

MEASURING DEVICE WITH ERROR CONTENT QUESTION SENTENCE AND USER-SELECTABLE CHOICES

HORIBA, LTD., (JP)

1. A measuring device for use by a user to measure a measurement sample by using an electrode, the measuring device comprising:
a main body comprising a display;
a display control part structured to display on the display a measurement result obtained by measuring the measurement sample,
wherein the display control part is structured to display at least one question sentence, in accordance with abnormality in
the electrode, abnormality in asymmetric potential of the electrode, or abnormality in sensitivity of the electrode in a measurement
or calibration, together with choices responsive to the respective question sentence on the display, each of the choices being
indicative of a sign of trouble that causes the abnormality, and each of the choices being selectable by the user; and

the display control part is structured to display at least one next question sentence associated with the choice selected
by the user and a choice or choices responsive to the next question sentence or a solution to the abnormality, and

wherein, for each choice to each of the question sentences, a choice sentence indicative of the sign of trouble that causes
the abnormality, as well as a visual indicative of a characteristic part in an appearance of the electrode according to the
sign of trouble in the choice sentence are displayed.

US Pat. No. 9,222,920

ELEMENTAL ANALYZER

HORIBA, LTD., (JP)

1. An elemental analyzer comprising:
an extraction furnace adapted to heat a sample contained in a crucible, and gasify an element contained in the sample into
sample gas;

an introduction flow path adapted to introduce carrier gas into the extraction furnace;
a lead-out flow path adapted to lead out mixed gas from the extraction furnace, the mixed gas is that the sample gas and the
carrier gas are mixed in;

an elemental analysis part that is provided in the lead-out flow path and analyzes elements contained in the mixed gas;
a bypass flow path that branches from the introduction flow path and joins the lead-out flow path;
a valve that is provided in the bypass flow path and whose opening level is adjustable;
a dust filter between the extraction furnace and the elemental analysis part in the lead-out flow path; and
a junction that is provided between the dust filter and the elemental analysis part in the lead-out flow path, the junction
being a merging point of the lead-out flow path and the bypass flow path, wherein

the bypass flow path is provided so as to join the lead-out flow path on a downstream side of the dust filter.

US Pat. No. 9,982,883

VAPORIZATION SYSTEM

HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd., ...

1. A vaporization system comprising:a vaporizer that vaporizes a liquid material;
a supply rate controller that controls a supply rate of the liquid material to the vaporizer; and
a manifold block configured in an elongated shape, inside which is formed an internal flow path having an intake port on a first end side along a longitudinal direction of the elongated shape and a discharge port on a second end side opposite the first end side along the longitudinal direction, and that has a device mounting surface on which both the vaporizer and the supply rate controller are mounted, wherein
the vaporizer and the supply rate controller are arranged along the longitudinal direction of the elongated shape, and
as a result of the vaporizer and the supply rate controller being mounted on the device mounting surface, the vaporizer and the supply rate controller are connected together via the flow path.

US Pat. No. 9,970,865

DECOMPOSITION DETECTING UNIT, CONCENTRATION MEASURING UNIT, AND CONCENTRATION CONTROL APPARATUS

HORIBA STEC, CO., LTD., ...

1. A decomposition detecting unit comprising:a gas analyzer, that is an NDIR gas analyzer or laser absorption spectroscopic gas analyzer, that measures first absorbance and second absorbance of mixed gas containing material gas resulting from vaporization of a semiconductor material, the first absorbance being absorbance at a wavelength at which the semiconductor material absorbs light, the second absorbance being absorbance at a wavelength at which a material produced when the semiconductor material decomposes absorbs light; and
a decomposition detector that detects the decomposition of the semiconductor material on a basis of the first absorbance and the second absorbance.

US Pat. No. 9,638,635

SPECTROMETER FOR ANALYSING THE SPECTRUM OF A LIGHT BEAM

HORIBA JOBIN YVON SAS, L...

1. A spectrometer for analyzing the spectrum of an upstream light beam, the spectrometer comprising:
an entrance slit that lets said upstream light beam therethrough;
a collimation system configured to generate, from said upstream light beam, a collimated light beam;
an angular dispersion device configured to intercept said collimated light beam and to angularly disperse said collimated
light beam according to a plurality of wavelengths, said angular dispersion device comprising at least one polarization-separation
diffraction grating that has a normal N to the grating, said polarization-separation diffraction grating being configured
to diffract said collimated light beam into:

at least one first diffracted light beam according to a first diffraction order that is either the diffraction order +1, or
the diffraction order ?1 of said polarization-separation diffraction grating, said first diffracted light beam being angularly
diffracted according to said plurality of wavelengths and having a first polarization state that is circular, and

a second diffracted light beam according to a second diffraction order that is either the diffraction order +1, or the diffraction
order ?1 of said polarization-separation diffraction grating, said second diffraction order being different from said first
diffraction order, said second diffracted light beam being angularly diffracted according to said plurality of wavelengths
and having a second polarization state that is circular and orthogonal to said first polarization state;

an optical recombination system disposed at least on an optical path of said second diffracted light beam, downstream of said
polarization-separation diffraction grating, said optical recombination system comprising at least one planar optical-reflection
surface parallel to said normal N to the grating that is configured to deviate at least said second diffracted light beam;
and

a focusing system configured to focus, for each wavelength of said plurality of wavelength, said first diffracted light beam
and said second diffracted light beam to a same focusing surface.

US Pat. No. 9,625,048

INTERLACE LIFTING MECHANISM

HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd., ...

1. A mechanism for coupling motion of an actuator, the mechanism being adapted to surround the actuator and to contact opposite
ends of the actuator, the mechanism comprising:
a mounting portion that during an extension motion lengthening the actuator, remains at a fixed position and receives a pushing
force from a first opposite end of the actuator; and

a lifting portion that during the extension motion lengthening the actuator, receives a pushing force from a second opposite
end of the actuator; and

a coupling disc connected to the lifting portion on one side surface and to the mounting portion on another side surface,
whereby the extension motion lengthening the actuator causes the lifting portion of the mechanism to move in an upward direction
while elastically deforming the coupling disc, and a diaphragm to move in the upward direction in conjunction with the lifting
portion.

US Pat. No. 9,453,751

FUEL CONSUMPTION MEASURING INSTRUMENT

Horiba, Ltd., Kyoto (JP)...

1. A fuel consumption measuring instrument that measures fuel consumption of an engine, the fuel consumption measuring instrument
comprising:
an ultrasonic flowmeter that is provided in an exhaust gas flow path through which exhaust gas emitted from the engine flows,
and measures a flow rate of the exhaust gas flowing through the exhaust gas flow path; and

an arithmetic unit that is configured to calculate the fuel consumption of the engine with use of the exhaust gas flow rate
obtained by the ultrasonic flowmeter, and an air-fuel ratio obtained by an air-fuel ratio sensor that is provided in the exhaust
gas flow path and measures the air-fuel ratio of the exhaust gas flowing through the exhaust gas flow path.

US Pat. No. 9,389,143

TEST SYSTEM

HORIBA, Ltd., Kyoto (JP)...

1. A test system that is, with a moving body such as a vehicle, a ship, or an airplane, or a device used for the moving body
being set as an object, intended to perform a test of the object, the test system comprising:
one or more testing devices used for the test; and a device management apparatus that is communicably connected to the testing
devices to manage the testing devices, wherein

the device management apparatus comprises:
a disconnecting/connecting operation sensing part that senses that a disconnecting/connecting operation for connecting or
disconnecting any of the testing devices has been performed; and

a management main body part that, in a case where the disconnecting/connecting operation sensing part detects a connecting
operation, starts a predetermined connecting protocol for establishing a connecting state and starts management of the testing
device, as well as in a case where the disconnecting/connecting operation sensing part detects a disconnecting operation,
canceling the connection to terminate the management of the testing device.

US Pat. No. 9,223,748

SPEED CONTROL APPARATUS AND PROGRAM FOR SPEED CONTROL APPARATUS; AND AUTOMATIC VEHICLE DRIVING APPARATUS, ENGINE DYNAMO CONTROL APPARATUS, AND CONTROL PROGRAMS USED FOR RESPECTIVE APPARATUSES

Horiba, Ltd., Kyoto (JP)...

1. A speed control apparatus comprising:
a controller including
actual vehicle speed obtaining logic that obtains an actual vehicle speed of a vehicle,
commanded vehicle speed obtaining logic that obtains a commanded vehicle speed of the vehicle, and
vehicle speed control logic that, a predetermined time before a starting time point that is a time when the commanded vehicle
speed rises from zero, sets a clutch position of the vehicle to an initial intermediate position where power is partially
transmitted, and after the starting time point, performs clutch feedback control that changes the clutch position depending
on a deviation between the actual vehicle speed and the commanded vehicle speed to make the actual vehicle speed follow the
commanded vehicle speed, wherein

the vehicle speed control logic sets the initial intermediate position depending on rising commanded acceleration that is
a time rate of change at the time when a value of the commanded vehicle speed rises from zero.

US Pat. No. 9,151,727

LIQUID MEMBRANE TYPE ION-SELECTIVE ELECTRODE

HORIBA, Ltd., Kyoto-shi ...

1. A liquid membrane type ion-selective electrode, comprising
a liquid membrane type ion-sensitive membrane wherein a predetermined ionophore is supported by a base material,
an inner electrode that has electrical conductivity and is arranged at a position on which light that has transmitted through
the ion-sensitive membrane is incident, and

an internal solution that contains an electrolyte and makes contact with the ion-sensitive membrane and the inner electrode,
wherein

the ion-sensitive membrane contains a mixture of a resin, an ionophore, and a material selected from the group consisting
of an ultraviolet absorber or an ultraviolet reflecting agent, both the ultraviolet absorber and the ultraviolet reflecting
agent having an insulative property sufficient to restrain an electric potential fluctuation of the inner electrode due to
ultraviolet rays without affecting a measurement by the electrode, thereby preserving the ion-sensitivity of the ion-sensitive
membrane, the ultraviolet absorber restraining electric potential fluctuation of the inner electrode by absorbing ultraviolet
rays and the ultraviolet reflecting agent restraining electric potential fluctuation of the inner electrode by reflecting
ultraviolet rays.

US Pat. No. 10,138,555

GAS CONTROL SYSTEM AND PROGRAM FOR GAS CONTROL SYSTEM

HORIBA STEC, CO., LTD., ...

1. A gas control system used for a vaporizer comprising: a tank adapted to contain a material; a carrier gas line adapted to introduce a carrier gas into the tank; a gas supply line through which a material gas produced by vaporizing the material and the carrier gas flow and led out of the tank; and a diluent gas line adapted to merge with the gas supply line and introduce a diluent gas into the gas supply line, the gas control system comprising:a first valve that is provided in the carrier gas line or provided in the gas supply line on an upstream side of a merging point with the diluent gas line;
a flow rate control mechanism that is provided in the diluent gas line and comprises a flow rate sensor and a second valve;
a first concentration sensor that is provided in the gas supply line on a downstream side of the merging point with the diluent gas line and adapted to measure a concentration of the material gas in a post-dilution mixed gas containing the material gas, the carrier gas, and the diluent gas;
a first valve control part adapted to control an opening level of the first valve so as to decrease a deviation between a preset setting concentration of the material gas in the post-dilution mixed gas and a post-dilution measured concentration of the material gas in the post-dilution mixed gas, the post-dilution measured concentration being measured by the first concentration sensor;
a diluent gas setting flow rate calculation part adapted to, on a basis of a preset setting total flow rate of the post-dilution mixed gas, the post-dilution measured concentration, and an estimated or actually measured concentration of the material gas in a pre-dilution mixed gas, calculate a diluent gas setting flow rate that is a flow rate of the diluent gas to be flowed through the diluent gas line; and
a second valve control part adapted to control an opening level of the second valve so as to decrease a deviation between the diluent gas setting flow rate and a measured flow rate measured by the flow rate sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,823,667

FLOW RATE CONTROL APPARATUS, STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM FOR FLOW RATE CONTROL APPARATUS AND FLOW RATE CONTROL METHOD

HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd., ...

1. A flow rate control apparatus comprising:
a valve provided on a flow path where fluid flows;
a flow rate sensor provided on an upstream side of the valve in the flow path;
a valve control part configured to control the valve so that a deviation is reduced, based on the deviation and a control
coefficient which is set, and the valve control part is configured so as to control an opening position of the valve by a
PID control; and

a control coefficient setting part configured to set a control coefficient of the valve control part based on pressure in
the upstream side of the valve or a set flow rate value, wherein

the deviation is a difference between the set flow rate value and a measurement flow rate value measured by the flow rate
sensor, and

the control coefficient is a value which is set so that, in the case where a pressure rise due to disturbance occurs in the
upstream side of the valve, a decreased amount in flow due to disturbance and an increased amount in flow due to disturbance
are substantially balanced,

the decreased amount in flow due to disturbance is a decreased amount of a flow rate corresponding to a decreased amount of
the opening position of the valve in the case where the pressure rise due to disturbance occurs in the upstream side of the
valve, and

the increased amount in flow due to disturbance is an increased amount of a flow rate corresponding to an increased amount
of a differential pressure before and after the valve in the case where the pressure rise due to disturbance occurs in the
upstream side of the valve, and

the control coefficient setting part is configured so as to set a proportional gain as the control coefficient and configured
so as to set the proportional gain larger as the set flow rate value is larger so that the increased amount in flow due to
disturbance and the decreased amount in flow due to disturbance are substantially balanced.

US Pat. No. 9,823,181

CP2MG CONCENTRATION MEASURING DEVICE

HORIBA STEC, CO., LTD., ...

1. A Cp2Mg concentration measuring device that is attached to a supply pipe for supplying material gas containing Cp2Mg to a process chamber, the Cp2Mg concentration measuring device comprising:
a cell into which the material gas flowing through the supply pipe is introduced, the cell having a first window and a second
window; a light source unit adapted to irradiate an inside of the cell with light through the first window; and a light receiving
unit adapted to receive light led out of the second window through the inside of the cell, wherein

light transmissive members forming the respective windows are ones allowing light having wavelengths including wavelengths
around 12.8 ?m to transmit therethrough, and

the light receiving unit comprises: a light intensity measuring part adapted to measure light intensity in a predetermined
wavelength band around 12.8 ?m; and a concentration calculation part adapted to, on a basis of the light intensity, calculate
a concentration of Cp2Mg in the material gas or a basic value for calculating the concentration of Cp2Mg.

US Pat. No. 9,468,877

EXHAUST GAS ANALYZING APPARATUS

Horiba, Ltd., Kyoto (JP)...

1. An exhaust gas analyzing apparatus for analyzing exhaust gas, the apparatus comprising:
a first filter flow path provided with a first filter for passing the exhaust gas therethrough and a first sensor for detecting
clogging of the first filter;

a second filter flow path provided with a second filter for passing the exhaust gas therethrough and a second sensor for detecting
clogging of the second filter;

an exhaust gas analyzing part for analyzing combustion byproduct components contained in the exhaust gas passing through the
first or second filters;

a flow path switching mechanism for selectively passing the exhaust gas to the first or second filter flow paths;
a pulse purge mechanism provided in each of the first and second filter flow paths, the pulse purge mechanism for supplying
purge gas to each of the first and second filters in a pulsed manner;

a first filter heating mechanism for heating the first filter;
a second filter heating mechanism for heating the second filter; and
one or more computers programmed to execute
a switching control part, in the case where an output value of one of the first and second sensors corresponding to one of
the first and second filter flow paths through which the flow path switching mechanism is passing the exhaust gas falls outside
a predetermined range, for causing the flow path switching mechanism to stop passing the exhaust gas through the one of the
first and second filter flow paths and to start passing the exhaust gas through the other of the first and second filter flow
paths,

a pulse purge control part, in the case where the flow path switching mechanism stops passing the exhaust gas through the
one of the first and second filter flow paths and starts passing the exhaust gas through the other of the first and second
filter flow paths, for causing the pulse purge mechanism to supply the purge gas to one of the first and second filters corresponding
to the one of the first and second filter flow paths in a pulsed manner, and

a filter heater control part for causing a corresponding one of the first and second filter heater mechanisms to heat the
other of the first and second filters at least just before the switching mechanism stops passing the exhaust gas through the
one of the first and second filter flow paths and starts passing the exhaust gas through the other of the first and second
filter flow paths.

US Pat. No. 9,170,180

PARTICLE NUMBER COUNTING APPARATUS

Horiba, Ltd., Kyoto (JP)...

1. A particle number counting apparatus comprising:
a saturator part including a flow path in which a working liquid is diffused in a vaporized state so as to render sample particles
contained in a measurement targeted gas to flow in the flow path;

a condenser part for introducing the sample particles and vaporized working liquid from the flow path and condensing the working
liquid with the sample particles as cores so as to produce droplets of the working liquid; and

a counter part for counting the droplets of the working liquid,
wherein the saturator part includes a porous member in which the flow path is passed through to form an inlet at a lower side
and an outlet at an upper side thereof so that the working liquid is supplied to a predetermined section of the porous member
so as to be impregnated into the entire part of the porous member, and a housing having an accommodating space for accommodating
the porous member,

wherein a gap is formed between an outer peripheral surface of the porous member and an inner peripheral surface of the accommodating
space of the housing, the gap providing an open space free of any material at least in an upper side opposite the predetermined
section of the porous member to be supplied with the working liquid.

US Pat. No. 9,983,179

GAS CHROMATOGRAPH

HORIBA STEC, CO., LTD., ...

1. A gas chromatograph comprising:a column that, by causing a sample gas to pass through itself, is able to separate constituents to be measured that are contained in the sample gas;
an oxidation reaction unit that, by using an oxidizing gas, oxidizes the sample gas that has passed through the column, and creates an oxidation sample gas;
a reduction reaction unit that, by using a reducing gas, reduces the oxidation sample gas created by the oxidation reaction unit, and creates an oxidation reduction sample gas;
an analyzing unit that analyzes the sample gas;
a switch that switches modes of the gas chromatograph between
a first connection mode in which the oxidation reaction unit is connected to the reduction reaction unit, and the reduction reaction unit is connected to the analyzing unit, and the oxidation reduction sample gas is introduced into the analyzing unit, and
a second connection mode in which the oxidation reaction unit is connected to the analyzing unit, and the oxidation sample gas is introduced into the analyzing unit, and wherein
the gas chromatograph further comprising a reducing gas supply pipe that, in both the first connection mode and the second connection mode, is connected to the reduction reaction unit and supplies the reducing gas to the reduction reaction unit, and
the reducing gas supply pipe supplies the reducing gas with the oxidation sample gas after passing through the switch.

US Pat. No. 9,970,803

FLUID ANALYSIS DEVICE

HORIBA STEC, CO., LTD., ...

1. A fluid analysis device comprising:a flow path through which measuring target fluid flows;
an upstream side electrical resistive element provided on an upstream side of the flow path;
a downstream side electrical resistive element provided on a downstream side of the flow path; and
a fluid-specific value calculation part that is configured to calculate a fluid-specific value on a basis of an upstream side parameter and a downstream side parameter, wherein
the fluid specific value exhibits a specific value depending on thermal conductivity of the fluid;
an upstream side parameter is a value related to a change rate of an upstream side voltage when a flow rate of the measuring target fluid changes;
the upstream side voltage is a voltage applied in order to make the upstream side electrical resistive element generate heat;
a downstream side parameter is a value related to a change rate of a downstream side voltage when the flow rate of the measuring target fluid changes; and
the downstream side voltage is a voltage applied in order to make the downstream side electrical resistive element generate heat.

US Pat. No. 9,799,504

ION SOURCE, QUADRUPOLE MASS SPECTROMETER AND RESIDUAL GAS ANALYZING METHOD

HORIBA STEC, CO., LTD., ...

1. An ion source comprising:
a conductive tubular body having an ion emitting aperture in a tip surface thereof and a penetration portion in a side wall
allowing thermo-electrons to pass through from an outside toward an inside;

a mesh surrounding an outer periphery of the penetration portion; and
a thermionic emission filament surrounding an outer periphery of the mesh, wherein
the ion source is configured such that the thermo-electrons emitted from the thermionic emission filament pass through the
mesh and reach the inside of the conductive tubular body through the penetration portion.

US Pat. No. 9,746,102

FLUID CONTROL VALVE

HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd., ...

1. A fluid control valve comprising a diaphragm structure, and an actuator that presses the diaphragm structure, wherein the
diaphragm structure comprises:
a protruding part that is formed in a tubular shape with a closed fore end and pressed by the actuator at least in an axial
direction thereof;

a brim part that spreads from a base end of the protruding part outward with respect to the protruding part;
a support part that is formed on an outer circumference of the brim part and attached to another member;
a valve seat member that is formed with a valve seat surface; and
a valve element member that has a seating surface that is brought into contact with or separated from the valve seat surface,
wherein

the fore end of the protruding part is configured to press the valve element member,
the brim part is formed as a film in a flat or slanted annular disk shape,
the base end of the protruding part is formed as a curved shape, and
the diaphragm structure has a uniform thickness.

US Pat. No. 9,657,860

VALVE ELEMENT AND FLUID CONTROL VALVE

HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd., ...

1. A fluid control valve, comprising:
a valve seat member which has a valve seat surface;
a valve body member which has a seating surface that is seated on the valve seat surface; and
an actuator for driving the valve body member to set a valve opening degree, wherein
the actuator comprises a piezoelectric stack which is formed by laminating a plurality of piezoelectric elements,
the valve body member includes:
a driving force acting surface formed in an opposing surface facing the valve seat surface and which is formed of stainless
steel or another alloy and contacts the actuator to receive a driving force;

a cavity formed in only the opposing surface facing the valve seat surface, and which is formed so as to surround the driving
force acting surface; and

a resin coating film which is formed in the cavity and contacts an entire part of the valve seat surface,
the resin coating film is wider in a radial direction than the valve seat surface,
a top surface of a peripheral portion of the cavity is positioned to be coplanar with a top surface of the resin coating film,
and

the top surface of the peripheral portion is an outermost surface of the valve body member in an open-close direction of the
valve body member.

US Pat. No. 9,551,618

WAVEFRONT-DIVISION POLARIMETRIC ANALYSIS METHOD AND DEVICE, SPECTROPOLARIMETER, POLARIMETRIC CAMERA AND OPTICAL MICROSCOPE USING SUCH A DEVICE

HORIBA JOBIN YVON SAS, L...

1. A wavefront-division polarimetric analysis device to determine the polarisation state of an upstream light beam coming
from a light source, comprising:
means for dividing the wavefront of said upstream light beam, adapted to split said upstream light beam into N split light
beams, where N is an integer higher than or equal to two, each of the N split light beams propagating along a direction of
propagation forming an angle of deviation with the direction of propagation of the upstream light beam, the N deviation angles
being all different, such that said N split light beams are angularly separated,

polarisation modification means adapted to modify the polarisation state of each of said at least (N?1) split light beams,
such that said N split light beams are polarised according to polarisation states that are all different,

polarisation separation means, arranged so as to intercept said N split light beams, and adapted to generate, from each of
said N split light beams, two light beams polarised according to two orthogonal polarisation states and along two different
directions of propagation, so as to generate 2*N polarised light beams,

a plurality of detectors intercepting said 2*N polarised light beams and arranged in such a manner that one detector intercepts
only one of said 2*N polarised light beams, said plurality of detectors delivering 2*N signals relating to the luminous intensity
of each of the 2*N polarised light beams intercepted by said detectors, and

processing means adapted to collect said 2*N signals at the output of said plurality of detectors to determine the polarisation
state of said upstream light beam from said luminous intensities of the 2*N polarised light beams.

US Pat. No. 9,506,021

GLASS-ELECTRODE RESPONSIVE-GLASS CLEANING LIQUID AND METHOD FOR CLEANING GLASS-ELECTRODE RESPONSIVE-GLASS

HORIBA, LTD., Kyoto-Shi,...

1. A kit for glass electrode responsive-glass cleaning comprising:
a glass-electrode responsive-glass cleaning agent that cleans a responsive glass used in a glass electrode; and
a hydrated-layer forming agent that forms a hydrated layer on the surface of the responsive glass immersed in the hydrated-layer
forming agent after cleaning by the glass-electrode responsive-glass cleaning agent, wherein

the glass-electrode responsive-glass cleaning agent contains ammonium hydrogen fluoride having a predetermined concentration
or a mixed solution of hydrofluoric acid and a salt of a strong base a fluoride ion;

and the hydrated-layer forming agent is selected from the group consisting of a standard solution for pH calibration having
a pH of 2, 4, or 7, hydrochloric acid, and nitric acid; and

wherein the hydrated-layer forming agent does not include hydrofluoric acid.

US Pat. No. 9,945,759

VEHICLE TEST SYSTEM, TEST CONDITION DATA GENERATION APPARATUS, AND VEHICLE TEST METHOD

Horiba, Ltd., Kyoto (JP)...

1. A vehicle test system comprising:an actual running data acquisition apparatus that acquires actual running data related to states inside and outside of a vehicle running on a road;
multiple types of test apparatuses each of which includes a dynamometer, and performs a drive test or an operation test of a vehicle or a part of the vehicle in accordance with a test condition; and
a test condition data generation apparatus adapted to generate, from the actual running data, test condition data indicating the test condition for reproducing a part or all of running states indicated by the actual running data, and performs a drive test or an operation test of a vehicle or a part of the vehicle in accordance with a set test condition, wherein
the test condition data generation apparatus comprises a simulation preference order setting part adapted to specify actual running data content to be preferentially simulated among contents of actual running data,
a test apparatus specifying part adapted to specify one or more of the dynamometers by receiving input, and
a test condition data generation part adapted to generate the test condition data from the actual running data content specified in the simulation preference order setting part, and to transmit the test condition data to one or more of the dynamometers specified in the test apparatus specifying part.

US Pat. No. 9,719,829

FLUID MEASUREMENT SYSTEM

HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd., ...

1. A fluid measurement system comprising:
a plurality of flow rate fluid measurement devices, each device comprising:
a fluid sensor configured to obtain measurement data,
a related data store part configured to store fluid calculation related data, which is preset data specifically adapted for
use with measurement data obtained by the fluid sensor, and

a first casing that houses the fluid sensor and the related data store part, the first casing having a length in a thickness
direction; and

a control device comprising a CPU, a related data obtaining part, and a second casing housing the CPU and the related data
obtaining part, the control device being provided separately from the fluid measurement devices and configured to control
the fluid measurement devices, the second casing having a length in the thickness direction, wherein

the related data obtaining part is configured to obtain the fluid calculation related data from the related data store part,
the CPU is configured to calculate one or more fluid parameters with the measurement data obtained by the fluid sensor and
the fluid calculation related data, and

the second casing is provided separately from the first casings of the plurality of fluid measurement devices and configured
to be stacked on top of each of the first casings to adjoin the first casings in a vertical direction perpendicular to the
thickness direction,

the first casings of the plurality of flow rate fluid measurement devices are configured to be stacked side-by-side in the
thickness direction, and

a combined length of the first casings, comprising a combined sum of the lengths in the thickness direction of the first casings
that are stacked side-by-side, is equal to the length in the thickness direction of the second casing stacked on top of each
of the first casings.

US Pat. No. 9,896,768

SEALING MEMBER AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd., ...

1. A sealing member which is a metallic sealing member arranged so as to be interposed between a first surface and a second
surface of an object to be sealed which are facing each other, comprising:
a first protrusion protruding toward the first surface;
a pair of second protrusions protruding toward the second surface, and
a groove formed between the pair of second protrusions, wherein
the first protrusion is arranged between the paired second protrusions,
distal end portions of the first protrusion and second protrusions are mutually parallel flat surfaces,
in a transverse section perpendicular to an extending direction of the sealing member, the groove is arch-shaped, and each
of two opposite sides of the first protrusion is joined to one of the second protrusions by a respective third surface and
a respective fourth surface that meet at a corresponding intersection, wherein a vertical distance from each intersection
to the second surface is smaller than a vertical distance from the respective intersection to the first surface, the intersections
being formed at respective outwardmost locations of the transverse section in a transverse direction,

in the case where a force is applied to the sealing member from the first surface and the second surface and the sealing member
is in a fully closed state, each inner edge of the pair of second protrusions is brought into tight contact with the second
surface and each outer edge of the pair of second protrusions moves away from the second surface and only the first protrusion
is brought into tight contact with the first surface, and the sealing member contacts the object to be sealed only at contact
points between the first protrusion and the first surface and between the pair of second protrusions and the second surface,
and

the sum of an area of contact between the sealing member and the first surface and an area of contact between the sealing
member and the second surface in the case where a force is applied to the sealing member from the first surface and the second
surface is equal to or smaller than the sum of an area of contact between the sealing member and the first surface and an
area of contact between the sealing member and the second surface in the case where a force is not applied to the sealing
member from the first surface and the second surface.

US Pat. No. 9,797,765

SELF-CALIBRATING MECHANISM AND SELF-CALIBRATING METHOD FOR FLOW RATE SENSOR, AND DIAGNOSTIC MECHANISM AND DIAGNOSTIC METHOD FOR FLUID SENSOR

HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd., ...

1. A self-calibrating mechanism that, on a basis of a measured value of a flow rate sensor that measures a flow rate of fluid
flowing through a flow path, performs self-calibration of a measured value of the flow rate sensor, the self-calibrating mechanism
comprising:
a valve fully closing part that outputs a fully closing command for fully closing a valve provided in the flow path;
a calibrating volume calculation part that calculates a calibrating volume on a basis of an integrated value of a flow rate
measured by the flow rate sensor in at least a partial interval of a fluid parameter changing interval in which the valve
is in a state of being kept in a fully closed state or in a state of being changed from the fully closed state to an opened
state, and the flow rate of the fluid flowing through the flow path changes with time; and

a calibration part that, on a basis of the calibrating volume calculated in the calibrating volume calculation part, and a
preset reference volume, calculates a calibration factor for performing the self-calibration of the measured value of the
flow rate sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,766,634

FLUID MECHANISM, SUPPORT MEMBER CONSTITUTING FLUID MECHANISM AND FLUID CONTROL SYSTEM

HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd., ...

1. A fluid control system comprising:
a primary flow channel that extends in parallel to an imaginary plane;
a plurality of secondary flow channels that intersect with the primary flow channel viewed from a position above the imaginary
plane and that are so configured to be connected to the primary flow channel at the intersect points and into which a part
of a fluid flowing in the primary flow channel flows; and

a fluid resistive element that is arranged in an installation area set at least at one of the intersect points and that determines
a ratio of the fluid flow rate flowing from the primary flow channel into at least one of the plurality of secondary flow
channels, wherein

the fluid resistive element is configured with an internal channel through which at least a portion of the fluid flows from
one side of the primary flow channel into the at least one of the plurality of secondary flow channels, and through which
a remaining portion of the fluid flows from the one side of the primary flow channel to a second side of the primary flow
channel, and

the primary flow channel and the plurality of secondary flow channels are configured in a skewed relationship.

US Pat. No. 9,347,875

GAS ANALYZING SYSTEM

HORIBA, LTD., Kyoto, Kyo...

1. An exhaust gas analyzing system comprising:
a gas analyzer that analyzes a measuring target component contained in sample gas;
a span gas flow path that is configured to be able to introduce span gas from a span gas supply source into the gas analyzer,
and provided with an open-close device;

a span gas supply line that connects the span gas supply source and the span gas flow path;
a zero gas flow path that is configured to be able to introduce zero gas from a zero gas supply source into the gas analyzer,
and provided with an open-close device;

an open-close device control part that receives a calibration start signal issuing an instruction to start zero calibration
and span calibration, and controls the open-close device for the span gas flow path and the open-close device for the zero
gas flow path, and

an information processor unit having a CPU, a memory, and a valve control signal output cooperating with the open-close device
control part, the information processor unit storing a program operated on the CPU wherein;

if the open-close device control part receives a new calibration start signal after a predetermined time A, that is a predicted
time that the span gas deteriorates, has passed since previous calibration was performed, before the span calibration is started,
the open-close device control part controls the open-close device for the span gas flow path so as to open the open-close
device for the span gas flow path for a predetermined time B, and thereby replaces the deteriorated span gas that remains
in the span gas supply line and the span gas flow path, where the predetermined time B is set to be able to replace all of
remaining deteriorated span gas in the span gas supply line and the span gas flow path with new span gas wherein,

if the open-close device control part receives the new calibration start signal after the predetermined time A has passed
since previous calibration was performed, the open-close device control part opens the open-close device for the span gas
flow path for the predetermined time B,

after replacing the remaining deteriorated span gas the open-close device control part closes the open-close device for the
span gas flow path; and continuously opens the open-close device for the zero gas flow path, and

after the zero calibration by introducing the zero gas from the zero gas supply source has been finished, the open-close device
control part closes the open-close device for the zero gas flow path and continuously opens the open-close device for the
span gas flow path in order to start the span calibration by introducing the span gas from the span gas supply source.

US Pat. No. 9,671,421

MICRO-POSITION GAP SENSOR ASSEMBLY

HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd., ...

1. A micro-position gap sensor assembly comprising:
a structural housing;
a flexible diaphragm fixedly attached at a first end of the structural housing forming a barrier against fluid ingress into
the structural housing;

a shaft orthogonally attached to the flexible diaphragm;
a first retainer;
a second retainer; and
a plate gap sensor, the plate gap sensor comprising:
a non-contact sensor plate, the non-contact sensor plate biased at a first side against a portion of the first retainer and
receiving a biasing force in opposition of the first retainer from the second retainer; and

a target plate positioned adjacent the non-contact sensor plate and separated therefrom by a gap;
wherein the plate gap sensor is configured such that one of the target plate or non-contact sensor plate is coupled to the
shaft and is configured to move with movement of the shaft, and wherein displacement of the one of the target plate or the
non-contact sensor plate caused by movement of the shaft changes a distance between the target plate and the non-contact sensor
plate, and wherein the biasing force biases the other of the target plate and non-contact sensor to thereby maintain the gap
during the displacement.

US Pat. No. 9,140,645

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MULTIPARAMETRIC MEASUREMENTS OF MICROPARTICLES IN A FLUID

HORIBA ABX SAS, Montpell...

1. An electro-optical flow measuring device for the characterization of microparticles, comprising:
a first optical axis comprising, from one extremity to another, a first light source, an emitting gun, a measuring chamber,
a receiving gun, and a first detector, the first light source and the first detector being arranged facing each other at opposite
ends of the first optical axis,

a second optical axis, perpendicular to the first optical axis, comprising from one extremity to another, a second light source
and the measuring chamber, the measuring chamber being arranged along the first optical axis at the intersection of the first
optical axis and the secondary optical axis,

a third optical axis, perpendicular to the first optical axis, comprising from one extremity to another a second detector
and a first dichroic mirror arranged in the emitting gun, and

a fourth optical axis, perpendicular to the first optical axes, comprising from one extremity to another a third detector
and a second dichroic mirror arranged in the receiving gun, and

wherein the emitting gun comprises:
beam-shaping optics for shaping the beam emitted by the first light source such that the light beam is collimated over a portion
of its pathway, and

the first dichroic mirror placed at the portion of the pathway where the light beam is collimated, so as to partly reflect
the beam issued from the interaction between the second light source and the particles in the flow towards the second detector
along the third optical axis,

wherein the receiving gun comprises:
collection optics collecting the beam issued from the interaction between the first light source and the particles in the
flow towards the first detector such that the transmitted light beam is collimated over a portion of its pathway, and

the second dichroic mirror placed in the receiving gun at the portion of pathway where the light beam is collimated, so that
it partly reflects the light beam issued from the interaction between the second light source and the particles in the flow
towards the third detector along the fourth optical axis, and

a device for measuring resistivity,
wherein:
the first, second, third, and fourth optical axes are within a first plane,
a fluid comprising the microparticles to be characterized circulates in the measuring chamber perpendicular to the first plane
formed by the axes,

the first, second, and third detectors each allow an optical parameter to be measured, the optical parameters chosen from
among fluorescence, extinction, wide angle diffraction, and small angle diffraction,

the first and second light sources are of disjoint spectra, the first light source being the least coherent and having the
longest wavelength, and the second light source being the most coherent and having the shortest wavelength.

US Pat. No. 10,073,014

EXHAUST GAS SAMPLING MECHANISM AND EXHAUST GAS ANALYSIS APPARATUS

Horiba Ltd., Kyoto (JP)

1. A exhaust gas sampling mechanism that is inserted to an attachment pipe attached to an exhaust pipe, the exhaust gas sampling mechanism comprising:a sampling probe disposed in a flow path through which exhaust gas flows and configured to sample the exhaust gas; and
an unshielded metal mesh cover forming a semi-cylindrical protection pipe around a portion of the sampling probe without completely surrounding the sampling probe and without any intervening members between the metal mesh cover and sampling probe, spaced away from an outer surface of the sampling probe, and defining a plurality of openings such that the cover permits passage of the exhaust gas therethrough and promotes adherence of water from the exhaust gas thereon resulting in formation of droplets to remove water from the exhaust gas, wherein the cover is shaped and oriented to promote flow of the droplets toward at least one peripheral edge of the cover to discharge the droplets and preclude pooling of the droplets underneath the sampling probe between the sampling probe and cover.

US Pat. No. 10,060,890

GAS CHROMATOGRAPH INTERMEDIATE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND GAS CHROMATOGRAPH

HORIBA STEC, CO., LTD., ...

1. A gas chromatograph intermediate processing apparatus comprising:an oxidation reaction part into which a sample gas passed through a column is introduced and which converts a measurement target component to a prescribed intermediate component to be led out therefrom by oxidation;
an intermediate gas flow path into which the intermediate component led out from the oxidation reaction part is introduced;
a reduction reaction part into which the intermediate component is introduced from the intermediate gas flow path and which converts the resultant intermediate component to a prescribed derivative to be led out therefrom by reduction;
a reagent to be reacted with measurement non-related components is provided in the intermediate gas flow path between the oxidation reaction part and the reduction reaction part or an upstream side of the oxidation reaction part; and
a reducing gas pipeline that supplies the reducing gas to the downstream side of the reagent, wherein
the reagent contains a metal element, wherein the metal element contained in the reagent is silver, wherein an oxide constituted from only the metal element and oxygen has a decomposition temperature that is equal to or lower than 1,000° C.

US Pat. No. 10,036,662

FLOW RATE CALCULATION SYSTEM AND FLOW RATE CALCULATION METHOD

HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd., ...

1. A flow rate calculation system comprising:a container in which gas is enclosed;
a weight measurement part on which the container is disposed;
a gas line which connects the container and fluid control equipment and in which the gas flows; and
an enclosing line for enclosing the gas in the container disposed on the weight measurement part, thereby allowing the gas to flow from the container to the fluid control equipment or from the fluid control equipment to the container in a state that the container is disposed on the weight measurement part, and calculating a flow rate of the gas flowing to the fluid control equipment based on an output value outputted from the weight measurement part, wherein
the container and the weight measurement part are placed in a decompressed decompression chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,026,582

THERMIONIC EMISSION FILAMENT, QUADRUPOLE MASS SPECTROMETER AND RESIDUAL GAS ANALYZING METHOD

HORIBA STEC, CO., LTD., ...

1. A mass spectrometer comprising:an ionizer having a thermionic emission filament which includes a core member through which electric current flows; and an electron emitting layer which is formed so as to cover a surface of the core member, wherein:
the electron emitting layer is made to have denseness for substantial gas-tight integrity, and
the thickness of the electron emitting layer is 1 ?m to 15 ?m;
a separator that separates ions generated in the ionizer; and
a detector that catches and detects the ions separated by the separator.

US Pat. No. 9,903,891

CAPACITIVE SENSOR

HORIBA STEC, CO., LTD., ...

1. A capacitive sensor comprising:
at least one capacitor of which capacitance is changed by a change in external force;
an initial voltage applier comprising an integrated circuit that applies an initial voltage having a predetermined frequency
to the at least one capacitor;

a first operational amplifier that outputs an output voltage from the at least one capacitor applied with the initial voltage;
at least one impedance element that serves as a reference for a change in the output voltage of the first operational amplifier
and generates a reference voltage having a same frequency as the frequency of the initial voltage;

a second operational amplifier that outputs an output voltage based on a difference between the output voltage of the first
operational amplifier and the reference voltage; and

a pressure controller having an analog-to-digital converter and storage, wherein the pressure controller operates the pressure
based upon an external force from amplitude of the output voltage of the second operational amplifier.

US Pat. No. 9,903,507

MICRO-POSITION GAP SENSOR ASSEMBLY

HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd., ...

1. A micro-position gap sensor assembly comprising:
a structural housing having a sidewall at least partially surrounding a central region;
a flexible diaphragm fixedly attached at a first end of the structural housing and forming a barrier against fluid ingress
into the central region of the structural housing;

a shaft attached to the flexible diaphragm and extending in an orthogonal direction to a surface of the flexible diaphragm
through the central region of the structural housing towards a second end of the structural housing opposite the first end;

a first retainer formed as an inwardly extending step in the sidewall of the central region of the structural housing; and
a second retainer including a compression spring, one end of the second retainer being secured against movement in the orthogonal
direction;

a plate gap sensor, the plate gap sensor including:
a non-contact sensor plate; and
a target plate positioned adjacent the non-contact sensor plate and separated therefrom by a gap;
wherein one of the target plate and non-contact sensor plate is configured to follow the movement of the shaft, and the other
of the target plate and non-contact sensor plate is retained by a biasing force of the second retainer, by being biased against
the first retainer; and

wherein displacement of the one of the target plate and non-contact sensor plate that follows the movement of the shaft, caused
by movement of the shaft, changes a distance between the target plate and the non-contact sensor plate.

US Pat. No. 9,897,503

CAPACITIVE PRESSURE SENSOR

HORIBA STEC, CO., LTD., ...

1. A capacitive pressure sensor comprising:
a diaphragm that deforms under pressure;
an electrode member having an electrode face opposed to the diaphragm with a gap between the diaphragm and the electrode face;
a body having one end to which the diaphragm is joined, and accommodating at least a portion of the electrode member;
a support part that projects toward an inside of the body;
an insulating positioning member comprising an insulating material, the insulating positioning member being supported by the
support part, wherein

the electrode member includes:
a measurement electrode provided in the body and having the electrode face, the measurement electrode is supported by the
support part;

a signal extraction electrode fixed to the other end of the body, the signal extraction electrode extracts a signal from the
measurement electrode; and

a flexible connection member that electrically connects the measurement electrode and the signal extraction electrode, and
the flexible connection member is accommodated in an accommodating depressed portion that is provided in the measurement electrode
or the signal extraction electrode.

US Pat. No. 9,508,539

GLOW DISCHARGE MASS SPECTROMETRY METHOD AND DEVICE

HORIBA JOBIN YVON SAS, L...

1. A glow discharge mass spectrometry method comprising the following steps:
a. placing a sample to be analyzed by glow discharge mass spectrometry in a cell of a glow discharge lamp;
b. pumping a flow of gaseous species out of said cell;
c. injecting a flow of plasma gas into said cell;
d. applying an electric power to the electrodes of the glow discharge cell so as to light an ablation plasma at the surface
of the sample to be analyzed;

e. detecting ionized species of the plasma, analyzing said ionized species and measuring the species detected by glow discharge
mass spectrometry;

wherein said glow discharge mass spectrometry method further includes the following steps:
f. heating a gas flow to a temperature T higher than the ambient temperature;
g. injecting, into the glow discharge cell, said flow of gas heated to the temperature T for a duration D before the step
d) of lighting the ablation plasma; and

h. pumping a flow of gaseous species out of said cell for the duration D, so as to decontaminate the surface of the sample
and/or the internal walls of the glow discharge cell before the lighting of the ablation plasma.

US Pat. No. 9,448,175

METHOD FOR COMPENSATING FOR THE AGING OF A REAGENT DURING FLUORESCENCE MEASUREMENTS CARRIED OUT ON PARTICLES, AND BIOLOGICAL ANALYSIS DEVICE IMPLEMENTING THE METHOD

HORIBA ABX SAS, Montpell...

1. A method for identifying particles by compensating for the decomposition of a stored aqueous phase reagent that comprises
at least one fluorescent compound comprising measuring fluorescence level FLUOm(t) on particles labelled with said reagent:
measuring the absorbance of a solution comprising said reagent with at least one wavelength at a time point t, wherein t is
measured at a point close to the measurements of the fluorescence level FLUOm(t), to obtain at least one current optical density
OD(t) of the reagent, and,

calculating a correction of the measurements of the fluorescence level using said current optical density or densities OD(t)
and at least one initial optical density OD(0) of the degradation-free reagent

calculating a ratio K(t) corresponding to the ratio of an initial optical density OD(0) to a current optical density OD(t),
and

calculating corrected fluorescence levels FLUOc(t) by multiplying the fluorescence levels FLUOm(t) measured around the measurement
time point t on particles labelled with the reagent, by the ratio K(t).

US Pat. No. 9,302,665

BRAKE TEST BENCH HAVING AN ELECTRICAL BRAKE ACTUATOR AND METHOD FOR SAME

Horiba Europe GmbH, (DE)...

1. A test bench for testing a brake, comprising
a pressure generating assembly for providing a brake fluid with an increased hydraulic pressure, the pressure generating assembly
operable to be actuated mechanically and operable to supply the brake fluid to the brake to actuate the brake;

a test bench control;
an electromechanical brake actuator comprising:
an electric motor operable to be activated by the test bench control; and
a planetary roller screw drive driven by the electric motor, the planetary roller screw drive being mechanically coupled to
the pressure generating assembly to mechanically actuate the pressure generating assembly, wherein

the pressure generating assembly comprises:
a brake master cylinder;
a pressure piston axially movable in the brake master cylinder based upon an effect of the brake actuator; and
a brake fluid storage tank connected to the brake master cylinder through a supply line;
a brake line connecting the brake master cylinder to the brake to be tested;
a bypass line connecting the supply line and the brake line; and
an activatable bypass valve disposed in the bypass line and activated such that:
the bypass valve is open when the test bench control does not request any actuation of the brake; and
the bypass valve is closed when the test bench control requests an actuation of the brake.

US Pat. No. 9,086,333

EXAMINATION SYSTEM FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE OR HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE

HORIBA Instruments Incorp...

7. An electric vehicle motor examination system, comprising:
a dynamometer mechanically coupled to an output shaft of a motor that is used in an electric vehicle or a hybrid electric
vehicle, the dynamometer being configured to absorb power of the motor and including an associated torque sensor provided
on the output shaft of the motor;

a power supply unit configured to supply power to the motor and the dynamometer;
a motor examination circuit configured to selectively supply the power of the power supply unit to the dynamometer and the
motor, the torque sensor being configured to output a torque detection signal to a motor examination control unit, and the
motor examination control unit being configured to determine an output torque of the motor based on the torque detection signal;

a battery charge and discharge circuit connected with a battery that is used in the electric vehicle or the hybrid electric
vehicle, configured to supply the power of the power supply unit to charge the battery or discharge the power of the battery
in a battery charge and discharge mode;

a battery motor connection circuit connecting the battery with the motor and configured to supply the power of the battery
to the motor; and

a circuit switching mechanism configured to alternatively switch among a first motor examination mode, a second motor examination
mode, and a battery charge and discharge mode, wherein:

in the first motor examination mode the circuit switching mechanism is configured to conduct electrical current from the power
supply to the motor examination circuit and not to conduct electrical current from the battery motor connection circuit to
the motor examination circuit, and also not to conduct electrical current from the power supply to the battery charge and
discharge circuit;

in the second motor examination mode the circuit switching mechanism is configured to conduct electrical current from the
battery motor connection circuit to the motor examination circuit and not to conduct electrical current from the power supply
to the motor examination circuit, and also not to conduct electrical current from the power supply to the battery charge and
discharge circuit;

in the battery charge and discharge mode the circuit switching mechanism is configured to conduct the electrical current from
the power supply to the battery charge and discharge circuit, and not to conduct electrical current from either the battery
motor connection circuit or the power supply to the motor examination circuit; and

wherein, when the battery is charged up to a desired state of charge (SOC) in the battery charge and discharge mode, and is
then connected with the motor by switching the circuit switching mechanism, without moving the battery, to the second motor
examination mode configured to conduct an examination of the motor using the battery.

US Pat. No. 9,618,943

FLUID CONTROL SYSTEM

HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd., ...

1. A fluid control system comprising a flow rate adjusting valve that adjusts a flow rate of a fluid flowing in a flow channel
by changing an open degree of the flow rate adjusting valve in accordance with a value of a driving signal, a flow rate measuring
device for measuring the flow rate of the fluid that flows in the flow channel, and a control circuit that conducts feedback
control on the flow rate adjusting valve by outputting the driving signal so as to make a measured flow rate obtained by the
flow rate measuring device equal to a given target flow rate, wherein
the control circuit comprises an initial value generation part which outputs an initial value of the driving signal applied
to the flow rate adjusting valve at a time when the control circuit initiates control of the flow rate adjusting valve from
a fully closed state; and

the initial value generation part does not conduct the feedback control, but sets an initial value of the driving signal by
the use of at least a type of the fluid or a temperature of the fluid at a time, as a parameter, wherein

the initial value of the driving signal is set based on the type of the fluid or the temperature of the fluid that is detected
at a time when the feedback control is not being conducted.

US Pat. No. 10,073,038

GLOW DISCHARGE SPECTROSCOPY METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MEASURING IN SITU THE ETCH DEPTH OF A SAMPLE

Horiba Jobin Yvon SAS, L...

1. A system of glow discharge spectrometry and in situ measurement of the etching depth of a sample, comprising:a glow discharge lamp adapted to receive a solid sample and to form a glow discharge etching plasma, the sample having, on a same face, a first zone exposed to the etching plasma and a second zone protected from the etching plasma;
a spectrometer coupled to the glow discharge lamp, the spectrometer being adapted to measure, as a function the time of exposure of the first zone to said plasma, at least one signal representative of the glow discharge plasma by optical emission spectrometry and/or by mass spectrometry;
a system of in situ measurement of the depth of an erosion crater generated by etching of the first zone of the sample as a function of the time of exposure to said plasma;
wherein the system of measurement of the erosion crater depth includes:
a light source adapted to emit a light beam;
an optical splitter adapted to spatially or angularly split the light beam into a first incident beam and a second incident beam;
the glow discharge lamp being adapted to provide a first optical path towards the first zone and a second optical path towards the second zone of the sample, the glow discharge lamp including an anode having a first axial opening and a second opening, offset with respect to the axis of the anode;
optical means adapted to direct, respectively, the first incident beam towards the first zone along the first optical path and the second incident beam towards the second zone along the second optical path, so as to form a first reflected beam by reflection on the first zone and, respectively, a second reflected beam by reflection on the second zone, the first axial opening being adapted for the passage of the first incident beam and of the first reflected beam and, respectively, the second opening being adapted for the passage of the second incident beam and of the second reflected beam;
a beam splitter adapted to recombine the first reflected beam and the second reflected beam and to form an interferometric beam;
detection means adapted to receive the interferometric beam and to detect an interferometric signal as a function of the time of exposure of the first zone to said plasma; and
processing means adapted to process the interferometric signal so as to determine the depth (d) of the erosion carter as a function of the time of exposure of the first zone to said plasma.

US Pat. No. 9,952,238

AUTOMATIC METHOD OF PREPARING SAMPLES OF TOTAL BLOOD FOR ANALYSIS, AND AN AUTOMATIC DEVICE FOR IMPLEMENTING THE METHOD

Horiba ABX SAS, Montpell...

1. A method of preparing analyses of samples of total blood, the samples being conserved in tubes including identification information relating to the sample contained in the tube for identifying the samples and closed by plugs, the method being characterized by the following successive steps:a) placing a tube in a storage zone and reading the identification information of the tube by a reader as soon as the tube is placed in the storage zone, such that the information read from the identification information may be recorded in an automatic controller in order to know the identity of the patient, the type of analysis to be performed on the sample of total blood contained in the tube, and to determine automatically therefrom the type of preparation to which each tube is to be subjected to before analysis, the information being recorded together in relation with the positions of the tubes so as to establish a programmed electronic map of the tubes in the storage zone prior to proceeding with the following steps b) to f);
b) selecting, using the programmed electronic map, a tube in the storage zone for processing,
c) taking and moving the selected tube individually with the help of a robotic gripper controlled by the automatic controller, from the storage zone to at least one preparation zone for preparing the tube and the total blood sample, wherein the tubes are not moved collectively in the storage zone;
d) preparing the selected tube and the sample in the preparation zone in application of a preparation sequence that is determined as a function of the information read from the sample identification information and/or information input into the automatic controller by an operator, the sequence not using any reagent and including at least agitating the tube so as to mix together all of the components of the total blood contained therein;
e) individually displacing the selected tube immediately after preparation with the help of the robotic gripper to at least one access zone giving access to an automatic analyzer of total blood to analyze the total blood sample contained in the tube as a function of the information read from said identification information of the tube;
f) extracting the selected tube from the analyzer from the access zone after analysis and replacing it in the storage zone with the help of the robotic gripper; and
g) reiterating operations b) to f) for the other samples, wherein steps b) to f) are performed for an individual sample tube without using a cassette.

US Pat. No. 10,101,309

EXHAUST GAS ANALYZING APPARATUS

Horiba Ltd., Kyoto (JP)

1. An exhaust gas analyzing apparatus of a vehicle mounted type equipped with one or multiple analyzers that are configured to analyze components contained in exhaust gas, comprising:an exhaust gas introduction terminal that is connected to a hot hose;
a sampling line that is an exhaust gas flow path extending from the exhaust gas introduction terminal that is configured to introduce the exhaust gas from the outside to the one or multiples analyzers;
a single pressure reduction source that is arranged downstream of the one or multiple analyzers and that is configured to reduce a pressure in the sampling line to a predetermined pressure;
a pressure sensor that is arranged between the one or multiple analyzers and pressure reduction source; and
a temperature-regulating mechanism that is configured to
regulate a temperature of the exhaust gas flowing in the sampling line to be at least a first temperature during normal analysis of the exhaust gas, and
regulate the temperature of the exhaust gas to be at least a second temperature greater than the first temperature during cold start operation of the vehicle prior to the normal analysis of the exhaust gas,
wherein the first temperature is set to be a temperature equal to or greater than an evaporation temperature of moisture at a reduced predetermined pressure and lower than an evaporation temperature of moisture at one atmospheric pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,094,939

SEMICONDUCTOR DETECTOR, RADIATION DETECTOR AND RADIATION DETECTION APPARATUS

FONDAZIONE BRUNO KESSLER,...

1. A semiconductor detector for detecting radiation, comprising:a first semiconductor part in which an electron and a hole are generated by incident radiation;
a signal output electrode outputting a signal based on the electron or the hole;
a gettering part gettering impurities in the first semiconductor part; and
a second semiconductor part doped with a type of dopant impurities and having dopant impurity concentration higher than dopant impurity concentration of the first semiconductor part, wherein
the second semiconductor part is in contact with the first semiconductor part,
the gettering part is in contact with the second semiconductor part and not in contact with the first semiconductor part,
one of the first semiconductor part and the second semiconductor part includes a constituent composed of n-type silicon and the other of the first semiconductor part and the second semiconductor part includes a constituent composed of p-type silicon, and
the gettering part includes n-type polysilicon.

US Pat. No. 9,857,483

RADIATION DETECTOR AND RADIATION DETECTION APPARATUS

HORIBA, LTD., Kyoto (JP)...

1. A radiation detector, comprising:
a radiation detecting element;
an electronic cooling unit for cooling the radiation detecting element;
a housing in which the radiation detecting element and the electronic cooling unit are accommodated; and
a thermally conductive part which is in thermal contact with a heat releasing part of the electronic cooling unit,
wherein the thermally conductive part is made of a material with a thermal conductivity higher than a thermal conductivity
of the housing, and penetrates the housing so that a part of the thermally conductive part protrudes to an outside of the
housing,

the thermally conductive part includes a contacting part which is in thermal contact with the heat releasing part and a connection
part configured to be connected to a part outside the radiation detector to transfer heat from the contacting part to the
part outside the radiation detector, and

the contacting part is larger than the connection part along a direction crossing a direction in which the thermally conductive
part penetrates the housing.

US Pat. No. 9,377,429

CALIBRATION LIQUID

HORIBA, Ltd., Kyoto-shi ...

6. A method for calibrating an ion-selective electrode, electrically coupled to a reference electrode and operatively coupled
to a processor and a display, the ion-selective electrode comprising a sodium ion-sensitive part that selectively reacts with
sodium ions, and a potassium ion-sensitive part that selectively reacts with potassium ions, wherein the sodium ion-sensitive
part is a liquid membrane type ion-sensitive membrane wherein a sodium ionophore is supported by a base material and the potassium
ion-sensitive part is a liquid membrane type ion-sensitive membrane wherein a potassium ionophore is supported by a base material,
the method comprising:
applying a urine sample to the liquid membranes of the ion-selective electrode,
applying a calibration liquid, including sodium and potassium ions, to the liquid membranes of the ion-selective electrode
before the urine sample is applied to the liquid membranes of the ion-selective electrode, and

mixing an electrolytic ionic strength modifier mixed into the calibration liquid before the urine sample is applied to the
liquid membranes of the ion-selective electrode, until the calibration liquid has an ionic strength that is substantially
equal to an ionic strength of another urine sample;

wherein the processor, operatively coupled to the ion-selective electrode and the display, is configured to detect electrical
signals from the ion-selective electrode and calculate a ratio between a sodium ion concentration and a potassium ion concentration
in the urine sample based on the electrical signals,

wherein the display, operatively coupled to the processor, is configured to display the ratio between the sodium ion concentration
and the potassium ion concentration in the urine sample;

wherein the electrolytic ionic strength modifier contains ions that are identical to ions of an internal solution for the
ion-selective electrode and ions of an internal solution for the reference electrode, and

wherein the ions of the electrolytic ionic strength modifier are identical to ions contained in the other urine sample.

US Pat. No. 9,297,736

PARTICLE SIZE DISTRIBUTION MEASURING DEVICE

HORIBA, LTD., (JP)

1. A particle size distribution measuring device comprising:
an instrument main body that is structured to measure a particle size distribution of a sample; and
an interface device that is structured to receive an input from an operator to perform drive control of the instrument main
body, and to receive a measurement result from the instrument main body to display the measurement result, wherein

the interface device is structured to display an evaluation graph and a measurement result graph on the same screen at a same
time, the evaluation graph showing a relationship between values of operational parameters to be set to measure the particle
size distribution and values of evaluation parameters which are obtained by using the measurement result from the instrument
main body and correspond to respective values of the operational parameters, and the measurement result graph showing the
measurement result from the instrument main body; and

the interface device is further structured to display in the measurement result graph, a plurality of the measurement results
corresponding to respective values of the operational parameters shown in the evaluation graph.

US Pat. No. 9,188,506

EXHAUST GAS ANALYSIS SYSTEM AND EXHAUST GAS ANALYSIS PROGRAM

Horiba, Ltd., Kyoto (JP)...

1. An exhaust gas analysis system comprising:
a particle concentration measurement device that measures concentration of particles contained in exhaust gas from an exhaust
pipe that is connected to an internal combustion engine;

a sampling cooling pipe that has an exhaust gas inlet provided inside the exhaust pipe to introduce the exhaust gas and an
exhaust gas outlet connected to the particle concentration measurement device such that the exhaust gas flows through the
sampling cooling pipe and enters the particle concentration measurement device via the exhaust gas outlet, and cools the introduced
exhaust gas to a measurable temperature range of the particle concentration measurement device without dilution to guide the
introduced exhaust gas;

a temperature sensor that detects temperature of the exhaust gas flowing into the exhaust gas inlet; and
a calculation device that uses a relational expression between the temperature of the exhaust gas and particle concentration
at the exhaust gas inlet and the temperature of the exhaust gas and the particle concentration at the exhaust gas outlet,
and from the detected temperature by the temperature sensor and the temperature of the exhaust gas introduced into the particle
concentration measurement device, corrects in real time while the exhaust gas is flowing into the exhaust gas inlet the particle
concentration measured by the particle concentration measurement device and calculates the particle concentration of the exhaust
gas flowing into the exhaust gas inlet.

US Pat. No. 9,795,936

FLUID MIXING ELEMENT

HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd., ...

1. A fluid mixing element that is arranged in a pipe member where a sub-flow channel where a second fluid flows is connected
to a main flow channel where a first fluid flows so as to mix the first fluid and the second fluid, the volume of the first
fluid being larger than the volume of the second fluid, wherein
a first internal flow channel comprises a front flow channel whose starting end opens on an end surface of one end part of
the fluid mixing element and a plurality of back flow channels whose starting ends diverge from a terminal end of the front
flow channel and whose terminal ends open on an end surface of another end part of the fluid mixing element,

a second internal flow channel comprises a circumferential groove arranged on a side peripheral surface of a middle part between
the one end part and the other end part, and through bores that extend along the center axial line of the fluid mixing element
whose starting ends open on a bottom surface of the circumferential groove and whose terminal ends open in the end surface
of the other end part,

a diameter of the middle part is smaller than a diameter of the one end part and a diameter of the other end part,
the above-mentioned one end part fits into the main flow channel at an upstream side of a portion where the main flow channel
is connected with the sub-flow channel and the above-mentioned other end part fits into the main flow channel at a downstream
side of the portion where the main flow channel is connected with the sub-flow channel so that a terminal end opening of the
sub-flow channel is arranged to face a starting end opening of the second internal flow channel,

flow directions of the back flow channels extend diagonally away from a center axial line of the first internal flow channel,
and

from an end surface view, the terminal ends of the plurality of back flow channels are positioned farther from the center
axial line than the starting ends of the plurality of back flow channels are positioned from the center axial line.

US Pat. No. 10,082,806

FLOW-RATE CONTROL DEVICE AND FLOW-RATE CONTROL PROGRAM

HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd., ...

1. A flow-rate control device comprising:a flow-rate sensor that measures a flow rate of a fluid that flows through a flow channel;
a valve provided in the flow channel; and
a flow-rate control unit that controls the flow rate using the valve based on a flow-rate setting value and a flow-rate measurement value that is measured with the flow-rate sensor;
wherein the flow-rate control unit includes:
a sensor model storage unit that stores a sensor model that simulates a response characteristic of the flow-rate sensor;
a flow-rate simulation value output unit that outputs a flow-rate simulation value which is a flow-rate value calculated based on the flow-rate setting value and the sensor model;
a feedback control unit that outputs a flow-rate feedback value based on a deviation between the flow-rate measurement value and the flow-rate simulation value; and
a valve control unit that controls the valve based on the flow-rate feedback value and a flow-rate feedforward value that is calculated from the flow-rate setting value,
wherein the flow-rate simulation value includes a predetermined time delay.

US Pat. No. 9,910,066

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR NON-DESTRUCTIVE SURFACE CHEMICAL ANALYSIS OF SAMPLES

HORIBA INSTRUMENTS, INC.,...

1. A non-destructive method of surface chemical analysis of a sample having a surface, the method comprising the following
steps:
(a) providing a device comprising a programmed computer, and a scanning probe microscope operably linked with an optical spectrometer
so that said device is capable of following general operations:

(i) changing position of a probe of said microscope relative to the sample in any of three dimensions, said probe operably
linked to a coordinate sensor system, said coordinate sensor system comprising a feedback sensor capable of producing a signal
in response to deformation of said probe and transmitting said signal to said programmable computer;

(ii) illuminating a tip of said probe with a focused laser beam;
(iii) providing chemical analysis of a substance located on a first location on the surface of said sample in proximity of
said tip, said step of providing comprising illuminating said tip with a focused laser beam and accumulation of chemical data,
wherein said analysis is based on optical spectrometry of light emitted from said proximity of said tip;

(b) selecting a first point on the surface of a sample;
(c) bringing the tip of said probe into contact with said first point at a pressure of less than 106 N/cm2;

(d) illuminating said tip for a contact period of time ?cont with a focused laser beam and accumulating light emitted from said surface, and analysis of chemical data within a time interval
?2, said accumulating provided by optical spectrometry of the light emitted from the proximity of said tip;

(e) terminating said accumulation of chemical data on or before ending of said limited time contact period ?cont;

(f) selecting another point on the surface of said sample for chemical analysis, said selecting performed during a programmatically
predetermined time interval ?1 comprises both changing distance of the probe relative to the surface of the sample in a Z-direction and further locating
said probe over said another selected point, said step of locating comprising moving either the probe or the sample parallel
to the sample's surface, said moving performed in either of an X or Y direction at speed S1;

(g) bringing the tip of said probe into contact with said selected point of the sample located in previous step (b), said
bringing comprising another step of changing the distance of between said tip of the probe relative to said surface of the
sample in the Z-direction;

(h) keeping said contact during the programmatically predetermined limited time interval ?2 and illuminating said tip with another focused laser beam and accumulating light emitted from said surface, and analysis of
chemical data within said time interval ?2, said accumulating provided by optical spectrometry of the light emitted from the proximity of said tip;

(i) terminating said accumulation of chemical data on or before ending of said limited time interval ?2;

(j) if said feedback sensor produces a signal indicating probe deformation force of greater than 106 N/cm2, said moving in step (f) in the X or Y dimension is terminated, or said probe is moved away from said surface to reduce said
deformation pressure to below 106N/cm2; and

(k) returning to step (f) at least one additional time in order to continue chemical analysis for a next selected point of
the sample or terminating the method if the point analyzed in the step (h) is the last one.

US Pat. No. 9,768,737

AMPLIFIER AND RADIATION DETECTOR

HORIBA, LTD., Kyoto (JP)...

1. An amplifier, comprising:
a semiconductor substrate;
an amplifying circuit integrated on the semiconductor substrate;
a feedback capacitor connected in parallel to the amplifying circuit;
a first conductive layer directly or indirectly connected to an external bonding wire for signal input;
a second conductive layer arranged on a side more toward the semiconductor substrate than the first conductive layer;
a first insulating layer interposed between the first conductive layer and the second conductive layer; and
a second insulating layer interposed between the second conductive layer and the semiconductor substrate, wherein
the feedback capacitor so configured that the first insulating layer serves as a dielectric while the first conductive layer
and the second conductive layer serve as a pair of electrodes,

the first conductive layer is connected to an input terminal of the amplifying circuit, and
the second conductive layer is connected to an output terminal of the amplifying circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,116,106

X-RAY DETECTION APPARATUS FOR X-RAY FLUORESCENCE ANALYSIS

HORIBA, LTD., (JP)

1. An X-ray detection apparatus comprising:
an X-ray irradiation unit;
a sample support unit structured to support a sample to be irradiated with X-rays from the X-ray irradiation unit;
an X-ray detector structured to detect X-rays generated from the sample;
an imaging unit structured to obtain an optical image of the sample supported by the sample support unit by receiving light
which is reflected from the sample and is not coaxial with X-rays; and

a collimator which includes a plurality of apertures having different sizes and a window unit that light used for obtaining
an optical image of the sample can pass through,

wherein the collimator moves to change an aperture that X-rays pass through and moves to shift the window unit to a position
that allows the imaging unit to obtain an optical image of the sample through the window unit.

US Pat. No. 10,073,086

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CARRYING OUT HAEMATOLOGICAL AND BIOCHEMICAL MEASUREMENTS FROM A BIOLOGICAL SAMPLE

HORIBA ABX SAS, Montpell...

1. A method for analyzing a whole blood sample, comprisinga) performing a hematological measurement comprising
i) transferring the whole blood sample to one or more mixture containers;
ii) diluting the whole blood sample with at least one lytic agent for lysing red blood cells to obtain a first diluted sample; and
iii) obtaining at least one measurement of cell volume from said first diluted sample relative to total volume of the whole blood sample; and
b) performing a biochemical measurement comprising
i) transferring a portion of the first diluted sample to a preparing module, and diluting said portion of the first diluted sample with an assay reagent comprising surface functionalized particles comprising at least one ligand specific for at least one analyte of interest to obtain a second diluted sample, and binding said at least one ligand to said at least one analyte of interest; and
ii) assaying said at least one analyte of interest by measuring, in a measuring cuvette, the degree of aggregation of said particles,
wherein the transferring in a) and b) use different sampling needles.

US Pat. No. 10,101,264

MULTIPLE REFLECTION TYPE CELL AND ANALYZER

Horiba Ltd., Kyoto (JP)

1. A multiple reflection type cell that reflects incident light at multiple times and subsequently emits reflected light outside, comprising:a cell body where a cell chamber into which a sample is introduced is formed;
two or more reflecting members that are mounted on the cell body and whose reflecting surfaces locate in the cell chamber, each of the reflecting members having the reflecting surface on a distal end surface; and
a position adjusting mechanism arranged outside of the cell chamber and that adjusts a position of the reflecting members relative to the cell body, wherein
the cell body has a mounting part that communicates the cell chamber and the outside and on which the reflecting members are mounted, the mounting part having an inside peripheral surface configured to face an outside peripheral surface of each of the reflecting members, and
a seal member that fills and airtightly seals a gap between the outside peripheral surface of one of the reflecting members and the inside peripheral surface of the mounting part to form a seal between the cell chamber and an outside of the cell body.

US Pat. No. 10,024,700

FLUID ANALYSIS DEVICE

HORIBA STEC, CO., LTD., ...

1. A fluid analysis device comprising:a flow path through which measuring target fluid flows;
an upstream side electrical resistive element provided on an upstream side of the flow path;
a downstream side electrical resistive element provided on a downstream side of the flow path; and
a fluid-specific value calculation part that is configured to calculate a fluid-specific value on a basis of an upstream side parameter and a downstream side parameter, wherein
the fluid specific value exhibits a specific value depending on thermal conductivity of the fluid;
an upstream side parameter is a value related to a change rate of an upstream side voltage when a flow rate of the measuring target fluid changes;
the upstream side voltage is a voltage applied in order to make the upstream side electrical resistive element generate heat;
a downstream side parameter is a value related to a change rate of a downstream side voltage when the flow rate of the measuring target fluid changes; and
the downstream side voltage is a voltage applied in order to make the downstream side electrical resistive element generate heat.

US Pat. No. 9,829,461

MEASURING DEVICE

HORIBA Advanced Techno, C...

1. A measuring device that comprises a casing having a permeable member through which an object substance permeates into a
measurement sample and a pair of electrodes, namely, a first electrode and a second electrode immersed in an electrolytic
solution filled in the casing, and that measures the object substance in the measurement sample based on a value of an electric
current that flows through the first electrode and the second electrode in case that the object substance in the measurement
sample entering inside the casing through the permeable member is reduced or oxidized on the first electrode, further comprising
a guard electrode that is arranged around the first electrode, and that is electrically connected to the second electrode
or a third electrode immersed in the electrolytic solution, and that reduces or oxidizes the object substance contained in
the electrolytic solution outside of the guard electrode so as to inhibit the object substance from reaching the first electrode,
and

a resistor having a prescribed resistance that is arranged on an electrical connection pathway between the guard electrode
and the second electrode or between the guard electrode and the third electrode, thereby flowing current from the guard electrode
through the resistor to the second electrode, or flowing current from the guard electrode through the resistor to the third
electrode.

US Pat. No. 9,683,926

EXHAUST GAS SAMPLING APPARATUS AND EXHAUST GAS SAMPLING METHOD

Horiba, Ltd., Kyoto (JP)...

1. An exhaust gas sampling method using an exhaust gas sampling apparatus, the exhaust gas sampling apparatus including a
constant volume sampling part that is configured to sample mixed gas that is controlled to have a constant flow rate, wherein
the constant volume sampling part comprises
a main flow path that is connected with an exhaust gas flow path through which exhaust gas flows and a diluent gas flow path
through which diluent gas flows, and intended to flow the mixed gas that is a mixture of the exhaust gas and the diluent gas,

a constant flow rate mechanism that is provided in the main flow path, and configured to control a flow rate of the mixed
gas flowing through the main flow path to the constant flow rate and enable the constant flow rate to be changed, wherein
the constant flow rate mechanism includes a plurality of flow rate adjusting parts that respectively have different flow rates
and are connected mutually in parallel, and a switching mechanism that switches to at least one of the plurality of flow rate
adjusting parts to flow the mixed gas,

a sampling flow path that is connected to the main flow path to sample the mixed gas that is controlled to have the constant
flow rate, and

a moisture detecting part that is provided on an upstream side of the constant flow rate mechanism to detect moisture in the
mixed gas or the diluent gas, the method comprising:

on a basis of a moisture detected value obtained by the moisture detecting part, operating the switching mechanism to switch
to at least one of the plurality of flow rate adjusting parts to flow the mixed gas and to adjust a dilution ratio of the
exhaust gas, wherein before an exhaust gas sampling measurement the dilution ratio is adjusted by gradually increasing or
decreasing the dilution ratio to make the moisture detected value closer to a predetermined reference value, and after the
adjustment of the dilution ratio, the exhaust gas sampling measurement is started.

US Pat. No. 10,114,204

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR OPTICAL BEAM SCANNING MICROSCOPY

HORIBA JOBIN YVON SAS, L...

1. An apparatus for optical beam scanning microscopy comprising:at least one light source configured to emit an optical beam;
a microscope objective having an entrance pupil, the microscope objective being arranged according to a longitudinal optical axis of the microscopy apparatus, the pupil having a center on the longitudinal optical axis and the microscope objective being configured to focus said optical beam in an object plane transverse to the longitudinal optical axis; and
an angular displacement system configured to angularly displace the optical beam according to two transverse spatial directions in the object plane, the angular displacement system consisting of:
a first mirror and a second mirror disposed in series on the optical path of the optical beam between the light source and the microscope objective,
the first mirror being mounted on an actuator with two axes of rotation configured to tilt said first mirror according to a first predetermined rotation angle around a first rotation axis and configured to tilt the first mirror according to a third predetermined rotation angle around a second rotation axis transverse to the first rotation axis,
the second mirror being mounted on another actuator with two axes of rotation configured to tilt said second mirror according to a second predetermined rotation angle as a function of said first rotation angle, around the first rotation axis and configured to tilt the second mirror according to a fourth predetermined rotation angle as a function of the third rotation angle around the second rotation axis transverse to the first rotation axis, to angularly tilt the axis of the optical beam by pivoting about the center of the pupil of the microscope objective, said optical beam remaining centered on the center of the pupil of the microscope objective in a range of tilting angles of the axis of the optical beam with respect to the longitudinal optical axis, to displace the optical beam according to said two directions in the object plane.

US Pat. No. 9,709,441

SPECTROMETER OF HIGH DIFFRACTION EFFICIENCY FOR ANALYZING THE SPECTRUM OF A LIGHT BEAM

HORIBA JOBIN YVON SAS, L...

1. A spectrometer for analysing the spectrum of an upstream light beam comprising:
an entrance slit adapted to let the upstream light beam through;
angular dispersion means, adapted to angularly disperse a rectified light beam as a function of a plurality of wavelengths
into a plurality of diffracted light beams,

wherein said angular dispersion means comprise at least one polarization-separation diffraction grating that is adapted, when
said rectified light beam has a predetermined rectified polarization state that is circular, to diffract, for said plurality
of wavelengths, said rectified light beam into the plurality of diffracted light beams in a same particular diffraction order,
which is either the diffraction order +1 or the diffraction order ?1; and

polarization-modification means arranged between said entrance slit and said angular dispersion means, and adapted, for said
plurality of wavelengths, to modify the polarization state of said upstream light beam to generate said rectified light beam
according to the predetermined rectified polarization state, said polarization-modification means comprising:

polarization-separation means adapted, for said plurality of wavelengths, to generate, from said upstream light beam, a first
separated light beam and a second separated light beam that have polarization states that are orthogonal to each other, and

polarization-rectification means adapted, for said plurality of wavelengths, to generate a first rectified polarized light
beam from said first separated light beam and a second rectified polarized light beam from said second separated light beam,
said first rectified polarized light beam and said second rectified polarized light beam having a same polarization state
that is circular, said first rectified polarized light beam and said second rectified polarized light beam forming said rectified
light beam having said same circular polarization state.

US Pat. No. 9,606,090

ANALYSIS DEVICE WITH SIMULTANEOUS INDUCTION AND LASER HEATING AND ANALYSIS METHOD THEREWITH

HORIBA, LTD., Kyoto-Shi,...

4. An analysis method in which a sample is heated inside a sample holding portion, and the resulting gas that is thereby generated
is analyzed, wherein
the sample is heated by an induced current generating mechanism, which generates an induced current in the sample by electromagnetic
induction, and by a laser irradiation mechanism, which irradiates laser light onto the sample, acting on the sample simultaneously.

US Pat. No. 9,897,570

DISSOLVED OXYGEN MEASUREMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CALIBRATING DISSOLVED OXYGEN METER

HORIBA ADVANCED TECHNO, C...

1. A dissolved oxygen measurement system comprising:
a dissolved oxygen measuring device comprising a cell to be loaded with a sample solution, and a dissolved oxygen meter that
is attached to the cell and measures an oxygen concentration in the sample solution; and

a mode switching mechanism to switch between a measurement mode, in which a sensor surface of the dissolved oxygen meter is
in contact with the sample solution in the cell, and a calibration mode, in which the sensor surface is not in contact with
the sample solution in the cell, by feeding air into the cell through a feed port disposed on the cell, and by discharging
part of the sample solution through a discharge port disposed on the cell, wherein

the sensor surface is higher than the surface of the sample solution in the cell during the calibration mode.

US Pat. No. 9,116,107

X-RAY DETECTION APPARATUS FOR X-RAY FLOURESCENCE ANALYSIS

HORIBA, LTD., (JP)

1. An X-ray detection apparatus comprising:
a sample support unit;
an X-ray irradiation unit, which is located with an exit of X-rays faced to a predetermined part of the sample support unit,
structured to irradiate a sample supported by the sample support unit with X-rays;

an X-ray detector, which is located with an entrance of X-rays faced to the predetermined part of the sample support unit,
structured to detect fluorescent X-rays generated from the sample;

a collimator structured to narrow X-rays to be used for irradiation of the sample by the X-ray irradiation unit; and
a shield disposed to block X-rays emitted from the X-ray irradiation unit from passing through a path linking the exit of
the X-ray irradiation unit with the entrance of the X-ray detector in a straight line, and the shield being further disposed
to block fluorescent X-rays generated by the collimator or scattered X-rays generated by the collimator from passing through
a path linking an arbitrary part of the collimator with the entrance of the X-ray detector in a straight line.

US Pat. No. 10,145,814

INTERNAL SOLUTION FOR REFERENCE ELECTRODE, REFERENCE ELECTRODE, AND GLASS ELECTRODE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA PILOT CO...

1. An electrochemical measurement device comprising:a glass electrode that is equipped with responsive glass; and
a comparison electrode having a reference electrode internal solution containing a copolymerization of a cross-linking agent having a plurality of functional groups excluding acrylamide, and a monofunctional hydrophilic monomer excluding acrylamide, wherein
the responsive glass contains Me2O3, wherein Me is a lanthanide;
the cross-linking agent is at least one substance selected from the group consisting of acrylates having a plurality of functional groups, methacrylates having a plurality of functional groups, amines having a plurality of functional groups and vinyl compounds having a plurality of functional groups; and
the monofunctional hydrophilic monomer is at least one substance selected from the group consisting of polyhydric alcohol acrylates, as well as alkoxy ether derivatives thereof, acryloyloxy ethyl succinic acid, acryloyloxy ethyl acid phosphates, 2-(acryloyloxy) ethane sulfonic acid, 3-sulfopropyl potassium acrylates, and polyhydric alcohol methacrylates, as well as alkoxy ether derivatives thereof, methacryloyloxy ethyl succinic acid, methacryloyloxy ethyl acid phosphates, 2-(methacryloyloxy) ethane sulfonic acid, and 3-sulfopropyl potassium methacrylates.

US Pat. No. 10,132,941

RADIATION DETECTOR AND RADIATION DETECTION APPARATUS

HORIBA, LTD., Kyoto (JP)...

1. A radiation detector, comprising:a radiation detecting element;
an electronic cooling unit for cooling the radiation detecting element;
a housing including a base having a plate shape and a cover that has a cap shape and is placed over one surface side of the base;
a thermally conductive part which is in thermal contact with a heat releasing part of the electronic cooling unit; and
a low conductivity material having a thermal conductivity lower than the thermal conductivity of the base,
wherein the radiation detecting element and the electronic cooling unit are accommodated in the housing,
the thermally conductive part is made of a material with a thermal conductivity higher than a thermal conductivity of the base, and penetrates the base from the one surface side of the base to the other side of the base,
a part of the thermally conductive part protrudes to an outside of the housing, and
the low conductivity material is disposed between the base and the thermally conductive part.

US Pat. No. 9,736,389

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CHARACTERIZING A SAMPLE USING LOCALIZED MEASUREMENTS

HORIBA JOBIN YVON SAS, L...

1. A device (1, 10, 110, 210) for characterizing a sample (11) comprising:
a measuring instrument (2, 20, 120, 220) adapted to determine a physical characteristic of said sample (11) at one point of said sample (11); and

a positioning system (3, 30, 230) adapted to position said measuring instrument (2, 20, 120, 220) in relation to said sample (11) to be characterized, at one localized measurement point of said sample (11),

wherein said positioning system (3, 30, 230) comprises:

a localization target (31) made integral with said sample (11) and defining a referential system linked to said sample (11),

image acquisition and analysis means including:
means (321) for illuminating said localization target (31),

an optical imaging system (322), integral with said measuring instrument (2, 20, 120, 220), adapted to acquire an image (31P) of at least one portion of said localization target (31), and

image analysis means (33) adapted to analyse the image (31P) of said portion of the localization target (31) to determine the position and orientation of said optical imaging system (322) in relation to said localization target (31),

calibration means (34, 34A) adapted to determine the relative position of said measuring instrument (2, 20, 120, 220) in relation to said optical imaging system (322), and

means (13) for processing the results of the image analysis and of the calibration, adapted to determine the absolute position of said
localized measurement point in said referential system linked to said sample (11), said measuring instrument (2, 20, 120, 220) being positioned for the measurement at said localized measurement point and said physical characteristic of said sample
(11) being determined by said measuring instrument (2, 20, 120, 220) at said localized measurement point, and

wherein the characterization device (110) includes another measuring instrument (120) adapted to determine another physical characteristic of said sample (11) at one point of said sample (11), said positioning system (30) being adapted to position said other measuring instrument (120) in relation to said sample (11) at a second localized measurement point of said sample (11), said optical imaging system (322) being also integral with said other measuring instrument (120), said calibration means (34, 34A) of said positioning system (30) being adapted to determine the relative position of said measuring instrument (120) in relation to said optical imaging system (322), and said result processing means (13) being adapted to determine the absolute position of said second localized measurement point in said referential system linked
to said sample (11), said other physical characteristics of said sample (11) being determined by said other measuring instrument (120) at said second measurement point.

US Pat. No. 9,557,261

SPECTROSCOPIC ANALYSIS METHOD AND SPECTROSCOPIC ANALYZER

HORIBA, Ltd., Kyoto-shi ...

1. A spectroscopic analyzer comprising:
a light source;
a measurement cell storing a liquid sample irradiated with light of the light source during sample measurement;
a dimmer being irradiated with the light of the light source during reference measurement, and transmitting a part of the
light;

a light detector configured to detect sample light which has passed through the measurement cell during sample measurement
and configured to detect reference light which has passed through the dimmer during reference measurement;

an amplifier configured to amplify an analog sample light intensity signal outputted from the light detector during sample
measurement and configured to amplify an analog reference light intensity signal outputted from the light detector during
reference measurement;

an A/D converter configured to convert the analog sample light intensity signal into a digital sample light intensity signal
and to configured amplify the analog reference light intensity signal into a digital reference light intensity signal; and

a processor configured to calculate an absorbance of the liquid sample using the digital sample light intensity signal outputted
from the A/D converter during the sample measurement and by using the digital reference light intensity signal outputted from
the A/D converter during the reference measurement, wherein

the dimmer has lower transmittance than that of optical glass, the dimmer having water as its component or being an optical
filter; and

the analog sample light intensity signal and analog reference light intensity signal inputted to the A/D converter are amplified
in a manner such that the digital reference light intensity signal and the digital sample light intensity signal become less
than or equal to a full scale of the A/D converter.

US Pat. No. 9,482,571

DEVICE FOR MEASURING A FUEL FLOW AND CALIBRATING DEVICE THEREFOR

Horiba Europe GmbH, Darm...

1. A device for measuring a fuel flow, the device comprising:
a measuring module operable to measure a fuel flow guided through the measuring module;
a conditioning module downstream of the measuring module and operable to condition the fuel;
a verification module downstream of the measuring module and operable to check the measuring precision of the measuring module,
the verification module installed firmly and permanently as an integral part of the device and connected with the measuring
module such that the fuel can be guided from the measuring module downstream to the verification module;

a main pipe for guiding the fuel from the measuring module to the conditioning module; and
a secondary pipe branching off to the verification module from the main pipe at a branching point,
wherein the verification module has a dosing unit with a fuel injector unit operable to extract an exactly defined quantity
of fuel serving as a reference fuel quantity,

wherein the measurement fuel quantity determined by the measuring module and the reference fuel quantity determined by the
dosing unit are comparable in order to determine a measuring precision of the measuring module.

US Pat. No. 9,074,512

EXHAUST GAS ANALYZING SYSTEM AND EXHAUST GAS ANALYZING METHOD

HORIBA, LTD., Kyoto (JP)...

1. An exhaust gas analyzing system comprising:
an analytical instrument that analyzes exhaust gas from an engine and that is provided separately from an exhaust gas flow
path through which the exhaust gas from the engine flows;

an exhaust gas introduction pipe of which one end is opened to the exhaust gas flow path and the other end is connected to
the analytical instrument;

a pump that samples the exhaust gas flowing through the exhaust gas flow path by the exhaust gas introduction pipe to introduce
it into the analytical instrument and that operates during an exhaust gas measurement without stopping while the engine is
switched between stopped and operating states, and

a switching mechanism that selectively switches between a sampling path that samples the exhaust gas from the exhaust gas
flow path by the pump operating without stopping during the exhaust gas measurement to introduce the sampled exhaust gas into
the analytical instrument from the exhaust gas introduction pipe and an air introduction path that introduces air into the
analytical instrument by the pump while the sampling path to the analytical instrument is cut off,

wherein when the engine switches from the stopped state to the operating state while the pump is operating without stopping
during the exhaust gas measurement, a path to the analytical instrument is switched to the sampling path by the switching
mechanism and wherein when the engine switches from the operating state to the stopped state while the pump is operating without
stopping during the exhaust gas measurement, the sampling path to the analytical instrument is cut off by the switching mechanism
and the path is switched to the air introduction path by the switching mechanism.

US Pat. No. 9,074,968

EXHAUST GAS SAMPLING APPARATUS

Horiba, Ltd., Kyoto (JP)...

1. An exhaust gas sampling apparatus comprising:
an exhaust gas flow path through which exhaust gas flows;
a dilution gas flow path through which dilution gas flows;
a main flow path that is connected with the exhaust gas flow path and the dilution gas flow path to flow diluted exhaust gas
that is a mixture of the exhaust gas and the dilution gas;

a constant volume sampler that is provided in the main flow path;
a temperature sensor that is provided in the main flow path upstream of the constant volume sampler;
a diluted exhaust gas sampling flow path for sampling part of the diluted exhaust gas from the main flow path to introduce
the part into a collection filter for collecting particulate matter contained in the diluted exhaust gas;

a flow rate control mechanism that is provided in the diluted exhaust gas sampling flow path to control a flow rate of the
diluted exhaust gas to be sampled through the diluted exhaust gas sampling flow path; and

a control device that controls the flow rate control mechanism to set a ratio of the flow rate of the diluted exhaust gas
to be sampled through the diluted exhaust gas sampling flow path to a flow rate of the diluted exhaust gas flowing through
the constant volume sampler, wherein

the control device obtains values of temperature of the diluted exhaust gas flowing through the constant volume sampler from
the temperature sensor, calculates the flow rate of the diluted exhaust gas flowing through the constant volume sampler by
using the temperature, and sets the ratio so as to make the flow rate of the diluted exhaust gas flowing into the collection
filter equal to a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,105,641

HYDROGEN PURIFICATION DEVICE AND HYDROGEN PURIFICATION SYSTEM USING HYDROGEN PURIFICATION DEVICE

HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd., ...

1. A hydrogen purification device in which a source gas is supplied and from which a purified gas flows out, comprising:a hydrogen permeable membrane allowing hydrogen to selectively permeate therethrough;
two porous supports that sandwich and support the hydrogen permeable membrane from both surfaces thereof; and
a casing having a space formed therein configured to accommodate reaction of the source gas and the hydrogen permeable membrane;
wherein:
the porous supports are contained inside the casing;
an outermost edge of the hydrogen permeable membrane extends outward from outer edges of the porous supports in at least one location;
a peripheral portion of the hydrogen permeable membrane in a vicinity of the outermost edge and the casing are airtightly sealed to each other by at least a welded part in the vicinity of the outermost edge and the casing,
a heat concentration structure is formed at least partially around the welded part to concentrate heat during welding of the welded part, and
the heat concentration structure is formed circulating around a side surface of the casing.

US Pat. No. 10,082,477

RESISTIVITY-MEASURING CIRCUIT, CELL FOR MEASURING LIQUID SAMPLE, RESISTIVITY-MEASURING APPARATUS, LIQUID SAMPLE CONTROL METHOD, AND LIQUID SAMPLE CONTROL SYSTEM

HORIBA ADVANCED TECHNO, C...

1. A resistivity-measuring circuit that measures resistivity in order to sense deterioration of a liquid sample, the resistivity-measuring circuitbeing one that measures the resistivity of the liquid sample between a pair of electrodes comprising a first electrode and a second electrode by detecting voltage generated between the first electrode and the second electrode, the first electrode being connected to a first wiring line and the second electrode being connected to a second wiring line,
having a shield drive circuit having a conductor which at least partially covers at least one of the first wiring line and the second wiring line without contacting with portions of the first wiring line or the second wiring line that are partially covered by the conductor, wherein the conductor is connected to an operational amplifier, the shield drive circuit zeroing a potential difference of floating capacitance formed between the first and second wiring lines at the portions of the respective first and second wiring lines that are partially covered by the conductor, and
between the pair of electrodes, applying square wave AC voltage having an amplitude of 1 V to 42 V and a frequency of 0.5 Hz to 30 Hz.

US Pat. No. 9,518,969

GAS ANALYSIS APPARATUS

Horiba, Ltd., Kyoto (JP)...

1. A gas analysis apparatus comprising:
a mixed gas sampling pipe that does not provide a flow path to a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) catalyst and that, from
a sampling port formed on one end side inside an exhaust gas pipe, samples mixed gas that is a mixture of exhaust gas emitted
from an internal combustion engine and a misty urea aqueous solution;

a decomposition reaction controlling mechanism that controls a decomposition reaction of urea or isocyanic acid in the mixed
gas sampling pipe;

a produced substance measuring mechanism that is provided on an other end side of the mixed gas sampling pipe downstream from
the decomposition reaction controlling mechanism and measures a value related to an amount of a substance produced from the
urea or the isocyanic acid in the urea aqueous solution;

a calculation part configured to calculate an amount of the urea contained in the mixed gas, on a basis of a measured value
measured by the produced substance measuring mechanism; and

a filter, including fibers, that is provided between the sampling port and the produced substance measuring mechanism in the
mixed gas sampling pipe to collect the urea in a solid state or in a state of being dissolved in water in the mixed gas, wherein
the decomposition reaction controlling mechanism is configured to control a temperature of the filter or a voltage applied
to the filter.

US Pat. No. 9,322,742

HYDROGEN FLAME IONIZATION TYPE EXHAUST GAS ANALYZER

HORIBA, LTD., Kyoto (JP)...

1. A hydrogen flame ionization type exhaust gas analyzer adapted to measure a concentration of a measurement target substance
contained in an exhaust gas based on ion current that is generated upon introduction of the exhaust gas into a hydrogen flame
of the hydrogen flame ionization type exhaust gas analyzer, comprising:
a collector electrode for capturing ions generated from the exhaust gas by the hydrogen flame;
an acquisition circuit electrically connected to the collector electrode to acquire ion current caused by the ions captured
by the collector electrode; and

an abnormality determining part for determining an abnormality in the case where a difference between a first output value
or a first relevant value obtained from the first output value, and a second output value or a second relevant value obtained
from the second output value, is equal to or larger than a predetermined value, wherein the first output value is measured
by the acquisition circuit while no ion current caused by the exhaust gas flows to the collector electrode and wherein the
second output value is measured by the acquisition circuit while gas of a known concentration of a measurement target substance
is introduced into the hydrogen flame.

US Pat. No. 9,322,743

TEST SYSTEM

HORIBA, Ltd., Kyoto (JP)...

1. A test system to test a vehicle, a component of the vehicle, or an internal combustion engine by measuring components in
sampled exhaust gas of the vehicle or the internal combusting engine, the system comprising:
one or a plurality of exhaust gas measuring devices for measuring the components during a test and a device administrating
device that is connected to the one or the plurality of exhaust gas measuring devices in a communicable manner and that administrates
the one or the plurality of exhaust gas measurement devices, wherein for each of the vehicle, the component of the vehicle,
or the internal combustion engine, the test system is configured to be changed to a different set of regulations relevant
to the test, and to perform the test according to the set of regulations relevant to the test; and

a QC storing part that stores a regulation ID to identify the set of regulations relevant to the test and a quality check
time to be provided for the one or the plurality of exhaust gas measurement devices in a mutually associated manner, wherein
the device administrating device or the one or the plurality of exhaust gas measurement devices further comprises a previous
quality check completion time storing part that stores a previous quality check completion time as being a time when a quality
check that is previously provided for the one or the plurality of exhaust gas measurement devices is completed, and wherein
the device administrating device further comprises a next quality check initiation time calculating part that calculates a
next quality check initiation time as being a time when a next quality check is initiated for the one or the plurality of
exhaust gas measurement devices by obtaining the quality check time from the QC storing part and by adding the quality check
time from the QC storing part to the previous quality check completion time.

US Pat. No. 9,234,905

METHOD OF CALIBRATING AND CALIBRATION APPARATUS FOR A MOISTURE CONCENTRATION MEASUREMENT APPARATUS

Horiba, Ltd., Kyoto (JP)...

1. A method of calibrating a moisture concentration measurement apparatus that measures the moisture concentration in a sample
gas using a light source, the method comprising:
(a) deriving an intensity of an absorption spectrum of a known substance which is not moisture at a first concentration;
(b) deriving an intensity of an absorption spectrum of moisture at a second concentration, the intensity of the absorption
spectrum of moisture at the second concentration being derived based on the intensity of the absorption spectrum for the known
substance at the first concentration derived in (a) and an intensity ratio of the absorption spectra for the known substance
and for the moisture known in advance, and

(c) calibrating a moisture concentration measurement value based on the intensity of the absorption spectrum of the moisture
at the second concentration derived in (b).

US Pat. No. 9,116,138

EXHAUST GAS ANALYSIS SYSTEM AND PROGRAM FOR THIS SYSTEM

HORIBA, Ltd., Kyoto (JP)...

1. An exhaust gas analysis system comprising:
an exhaust gas flow line where an exhaust gas flows;
a measurement device that is arranged in the exhaust gas flow line and that includes a pollutant component meter to measure
a pollutant component to be a cause of pollutant of the exhaust gas flow line; and

a display control device that compares an accumulated value, that is obtained by accumulating measurement signal values from
the pollutant component meter at predetermined sampling intervals and is only reset to zero when a purge is conducted, with
a predetermined pollutant tolerance at a time of measuring the exhaust gas and that displays on a display a warning window
that recommends a purge be conducted in response to the accumulated value exceeding the pollutant tolerance.

US Pat. No. 9,097,613

DRIVING CONTROLLER, DRIVING CONTROL PROGRAM, AND MEASURING DEVICE

HORIBA, LTD., Kyoto (JP)...

1. A driving controller comprising:
a controller including
a signal value acquisition part that, every predetermined sampling time, receives a detection signal outputted from a sensor
part in accordance with a rate of rotations or speed and acquires a signal value for the detection signal, and

an actuator control part that controls the rate of rotations or speed at control timings with predetermined intervals using
the signal value obtained by the signal value acquisition part, wherein

in response to a plurality of signal values obtained before an outstanding control timing monotonically increasing or monotonically
decreasing, the actuator control part controls the rate of rotations or speed using the most recent signal value before the
outstanding control timing, and

in response to the plurality of signal values obtained before the outstanding control timing not monotonically increasing
or monotonically decreasing, the actuator control part controls the rate of rotations or speed using an average value of the
plurality of signal values obtained before the outstanding control timing.

US Pat. No. 9,074,965

EXHAUST GAS ANALYZING DEVICE, MANAGEMENT DEVICE FOR EXHAUST GAS ANALYZING DEVICE AND MANAGEMENT PROGRAM FOR EXHAUST GAS ANALYZING DEVICE

HORIBA, Ltd., Kyoto (JP)...

1. An exhaust gas analyzing device for analyzing components contained in exhaust gas comprising:
a maintenance setting data updating part adapted to overwrite stored maintenance setting data when the stored maintenance
setting data is updated with latest maintenance setting data; and

a setting data storage part adapted to store
initial setting data indicating initial setting information of each part constituting the exhaust gas analyzing device in
a state of product shipment, and

the latest maintenance setting data indicating latest maintenance setting information of each part constituting the exhaust
gas analyzing device in a state of latest maintenance such that the setting data storage part stores the initial setting data
and latest maintenance setting data but not previous versions of the stored maintenance setting data, and each part constituting
the exhaust gas analyzing device can be returned to an initial setting in response to the initial setting data being selected
during maintenance or to a latest maintenance setting in response to the latest maintenance setting data being selected during
maintenance, the latest maintenance setting data including items which are included in the initial setting information and
items which are not included in the state of product shipment.

US Pat. No. 9,063,071

MULTI-ION SENSOR

HORIBA, LTD., (JP)

1. A multi-ion sensor adapted to measure a concentration ratio of sodium ions to potassium ions in a sample solution, comprising:
a sodium ion electrode selectively reacting to the sodium ions;
a potassium ion electrode selectively reacting to the potassium ions;
a common electrode that is a reference electrode common to both the sodium ion electrode and the potassium ion electrode,
and

an microcomputer, wherein
the sodium ion electrode, the potassium ion electrode, and the common electrode are provided on same support body,
the common electrode does not include internal solution, and
the microcomputer is structured to calculate the concentration ratio of the sodium ions to the potassium ions using a potential
measured by the sodium ion electrode and a potential measured by the potassium ion electrode based on a variable A that is
obtained by the following Equation (1),


in Equation (1), ENa represents a potential of the sodium ion electrode, EK represents a potential of the potassium ion electrode, Q represents a Nernst coefficient, ?Na represents a sensitivity coefficient of the sodium ion electrode, and ?K represents a sensitivity coefficient of the potassium ion electrode.

US Pat. No. 9,989,556

SYSTEMS AND DEVICES FOR NON-DESTRUCTIVE SURFACE CHEMICAL ANALYSIS OF SAMPLES

HORIBA INSTRUMENTS INCORP...

1. A device for surface analysis of a sample, comprising: (a) a scanning probe microscope (SPM) comprising a probe having a tip, said tip capable of being illuminated by a laser beam, wherein a position of said tip relative to a selected surface point on the sample is expressed by X- and Y-coordinates in a plane of said sample and by a Z-coordinate in a direction perpendicular to both said X- and Y-coordinates, a sensor system configured to detect a force between said tip and said surface in one or more of X-, Y-, or Z-coordinates, said sensor system to detect lateral flexion of said tip and to detect force exerted by said tip on said surface; (b) said SPM operably linked to an optical spectrometer so that said spectrometer is capable of performing spectral analysis of light emitted from said sample in a vicinity of said tip, said light having wavelengths shorter than a wavelength of said laser beam, said spectral analysis resulting in determination of chemical composition of the selected surface point; (c) said sensor system capable of being switched at least two times while said tip is located at said point to measure said Z-coordinate in both a first configuration and another configuration; (d) a scanner of said SPM capable of controlling movement of said tip in each of said X-, Y-, and Z-coordinates of either a first operating regime or a second operating regime, said first operating regime to separate said tip from said surface and move said tip to a selected point on said sample, said second regime to lower said tip towards said selected point to make contact between said tip and said selected point; (e) a computer processor comprising operating instructions capable of being sent to either said scanner of said SPM or said optical spectrometer, or both, said instructions comprising: (i) said instructions to cause said scanner of said SPM to switch from its first operating regime to its second operating regime and instructions to cause said sensor system to switch from its first operating regime to its second operating regime, wherein said second operating regime of said scanner provides contact between said tip and said selected point on said surface, said contact having a force sufficient for Tip Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (TERS), said contact force of at least 10?8 N by an order of magnitude; (ii) instructions causing said optical spectrometer to perform said spectral analysis when said contact force between said tip and said surface is established at a beginning of a time interval; and (iii) instructions causing said scanner and sensor system to switch from its second regime of operation to its first operating regime.

US Pat. No. 9,581,068

EXHAUST GAS DILUTION DEVICE AND PM MEASUREMENT SYSTEM

Horiba, Ltd., Kyoto (JP)...

1. An exhaust gas dilution device comprising:
a dilution tunnel configured to be supplied with dilution air;
a first exhaust gas introduction path configured to introduce into the dilution tunnel first exhaust gas discharged from a
first engine; and

a second diluted exhaust gas introduction path configured to introduce into the dilution tunnel second diluted exhaust gas
that results from dilution of second exhaust gas discharged from a second engine, wherein

the dilution tunnel contains and surrounds a gas mixing part configured to mix the dilution air and the first exhaust gas,
and

the first exhaust gas introduction path and the second diluted exhaust gas introduction path each extend into an interior
of the dilution tunnel, and physically merge so the first exhaust gas introduction path and the second gas introduction path
generally face a same direction at a common joint to form a common outlet (i) that extends from the common joint such that
the first exhaust gas introduction path and the second diluted exhaust gas introduction path each branch from the common outlet,
(ii) inside the dilution tunnel such that the dilution tunnel surrounds the common outlet, and (iii) configured to direct
the first exhaust gas and the second diluted exhaust gas toward an upstream side of the gas mixing part.

US Pat. No. 9,528,911

ANALYSIS SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE AND PROGRAM

Horiba, Ltd., Kyoto (JP)...

1. An analysis system provided with at least one analysis device adapted to analyze intake gas or exhaust gas of an internal
combustion engine and an information processing device that is communicatively connected to the analysis device, wherein
the information processing device comprises:
a unit series data storage part adapted to store multi-pieces of unit series data composed by specifying units to be respectively
used for values of multi-pieces of analysis-associated data given and received between the analysis device and the information
processing device, wherein the unit series data includes an analysis-associated data name for identifying each of the analysis-associated
data, a physical phenomenon type name indicating a physical phenomenon type such as a weight, length, volume and temperature
associated with the analysis-associated data name, a unit name indicating the unit, and a number of output digits;

a selection input receiving part adapted to receive a selection input of any of the multi-pieces of the unit series data stored
in the unit series data storage part; and

a data output part adapted to output each of the values of the analysis-associated data in the unit specified to the selected
unit series data.

US Pat. No. 9,176,046

ANALYZING DEVICE

HORIBA, Ltd., Kyoto-shi ...

1. An analyzing device comprising:
a cell switching mechanism that switches a measurement position where a measurement cell that houses a measurement specimen
is located on an optical path and an evacuating position where the measurement cell is evacuated from the optical path and
that is configured to make a first moving speed from the measurement position to the evacuating position different from a
second moving speed from the evacuating position to the measurement position, and

a distinguishing mechanism that detects first speed information relating to the first moving speed and second speed information
relating to the second moving speed by the use of light used for measuring the measurement specimen and that distinguishes
the measurement position and the evacuating position using a difference between the first speed information and the second
speed information.

US Pat. No. 10,147,511

RADIOLUCENT WINDOW, RADIATION DETECTOR AND RADIATION DETECTION APPARATUS

HORIBA, LTD., Kyoto (JP)...

1. A radiolucent window, comprising:a film which transmits radiation; and
a plurality of ribs formed on one face of the film, each rib of the plurality of ribs is individually connected to and formed integrally with the film,
wherein the plurality of ribs include
a plurality of linear ribs formed radially with a center at a predetermined one point,
a peripheral rib which has an annular shape and is formed at a peripheral part of the film, and
an annular rib which is formed to surround the predetermined one point and is formed at between the predetermined one point and the peripheral rib, and
wherein ribs located at between the annular rib and the peripheral rib are only the plurality of linear ribs.

US Pat. No. 9,962,647

ZERO GAS REFINER CO2 CONCENTRATION MEASUREMENT DEVICE AND CO2 CONCENTRATION MEASUREMENT SYSTEM

HORIBA, Ltd., Kyoto (JP)...

1. A CO2 concentration measurement system comprising:a CO2 concentration measurement device that has a measurement cell into which a sample gas containing CO2 or a zero gas containing no CO2 is introduced, and that measures a concentration of the CO2; and
one or multiple zero gas refiners for the CO2 concentration measurement device that refines the zero gas as being a reference of a measurement and supplies the measurement cell,
wherein each of the one or multiple zero gas refiners includes
a refiner body,
a water adsorbent and a CO2 adsorbent, housed inside of the refiner body, that desorb an adsorbed component and restore an adsorption ability by being heated to a predetermined restoration temperature, and
a heating mechanism that applies heat to the refiner body at a time when the adsorption ability of the water adsorbent or the CO2 adsorbent drops to an amount that is less than or equal to a predetermined amount,
wherein the refiner body is configured to introduce air into the water absorbent first and into the CO2 adsorbent second, and
wherein the one or multiple zero gas refiners is connected to a zero gas flow channel that directs the zero gas refined by the one or multiple zero gas refiners to the measurement cell.

US Pat. No. 9,465,026

APPARATUS FOR MEASURING BLOOD CELLS AND IMMUNITY FROM WHOLE BLOOD

HORIBA, Ltd., Kyoto-shi ...

1. An apparatus for measuring blood cells and immunity from whole blood, comprising:
an immunity measuring part comprising an immunity measuring cell;
reagent container(s) containing reagent(s) for the immunity measurement; and
a blood cell counting-measuring part comprising blood cell counting-measuring cell(s);
wherein the immunity measuring part, the reagent container(s) and the blood cell counting-measuring part are placed at predetermined
positions, and

a controller configured to control such that
a single sampling nozzle moves to the predetermined positions and moves downwardly and upwardly to suck and discharge a specimen
and the reagent(s), and

an immunity measurement in the immunity measuring cell and counting and measuring of the blood cells in the blood cell counting-measuring
cell(s) are performed,

the apparatus further comprising:
a first cleaning chamber for blood cell count-measurement, which is for cleaning the sampling nozzle, the sampling nozzle
being in a state possibly having blood thereon after dispensing for counting and measurement of the blood cells; and

a second cleaning chamber for immunity measurement, which is different from the first cleaning chamber, and is a separate
and dedicated cleaning chamber for immunity measurement exclusively for finally cleaning the sampling nozzle after completion
of dispensing the specimen and the reagent(s) to the immunity measuring cell(s),

wherein the controller is configured to control such that a diluting liquid or a diluting liquid containing a cleaning agent
fills the second cleaning chamber to a predetermined level and is discarded therefrom;

the controller is configured to control such that the sampling nozzle is immersed in the diluting liquid or the diluting liquid
containing the cleaning agent, and an outer surface and an inner surface of the sampling nozzle are cleaned in the second
cleaning chamber for immunity measurement, by an operation of the sampling nozzle including sucking and discharging the diluting
liquid supplied in the second cleaning chamber or the diluting liquid containing the cleaning agent supplied in the second
cleaning chamber, while the immunity measurement in the immunity measuring cell is performed, and

the controller is configured to control such that cleaning of the sampling nozzle immediately after use for immunity measurement
is not performed in the first cleaning chamber, and cleaning of the sampling nozzle immediately after use for blood cell count-measurement
is not performed in the second cleaning chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,203,372

FUEL CELL POWERED VEHICLE TESTING SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF

Horiba Ltd., Kyoto (JP)

1. A fuel cell powered vehicle testing system comprising:a dynamometer, including an electric motor and a control device therefor, connected to an output shaft of an electric motor of a fuel cell powered vehicle and adapted to apply a simulation travelling load that reproduces resistance when travelling to the electric motor of the fuel. cell powered vehicle;
a main control device adapted to determine and transmit a control signal based on travelling data and motor status data: and
a supply power simulator adapted to, responsive to the control signal, obtain at least voltage or current values that simulate operation of a fuel cell of the fuel cell powered vehicle, and to apply power to the electric motor of the fuel cell powered vehicle based on the values.

US Pat. No. 10,146,233

FLOW RATE RATIO CONTROL APPARATUS AND PROGRAM FOR FLOW RATE RATIO CONTROL APPARATUS

HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd., ...

1. A flow rate ratio control apparatus in a flow path structure, the flow path structure including:multiple supply lines through which multiple component fluids separately flow; and
a mix line connected with downstream end parts of the multiple supply lines, the mix line being a line through which mixed fluid where the multiple component fluids are mixed flows,
the flow rate ratio control apparatus configured to separately control flow rates of the component fluids respectively flowing through the supply lines such that the component fluids in the mixed fluid meet a target mixing ratio,
the flow rate ratio control apparatus comprising:
multiple flow rate control devices including at least a first mass flow controller to control a first flow rate of a first component gas and a second mass flow controller to control a second flow rate of a second component gas, the multiple component fluids including at least the first component gas and the second component gas, the first mass flow controller and the second mass flow controller separately provided in the supply lines so as to achieve set target flow rates, respectively; and
a target flow rate setting part that sets the target flow rates of the component fluids in the first mass flow controller and the second mass flow controller, respectively and correspondingly, wherein:
the second mass flow controller has a lower response speed compared to the first mass flow controller and the target flow rate setting part sets the target flow rate according to the second mass flow controller having the lower response speed;
the target flow rate setting part sets the target flow rates to have continuous change periods during which target flow rate values continuously change from pre-change target flow rate values to post-change target flow rate values, respectively and correspondingly;
the target flow rate setting part sets time lengths of the continuous change periods so that each of the flow rate control devices substantially matches each actual component fluid flow rate to each of the target flow rate in the continuous change periods, respectively and correspondingly;
the target flow rate setting part sets target flow rate values at start points of the continuous change periods to have a same rate of change as respective target flow rate values at end points of the continuous change periods;
the target flow rate setting part calculates linear functions passing through each respective pair of start points and end points;
the target flow rate setting part sets values of the target flow rates during the continuous change periods based on the linear functions so that the flow rate values set in the flow rate control devices are maintained at a same ratio during an overlapping period of the continuous change periods; and
the flow rate ratio control apparatus is configured to maintain an actual mixing ratio during the continuous change periods at the target mixing ratio.

US Pat. No. 9,863,851

EXHAUST GAS MEASURING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, EXHAUST GAS MEASURING SYSTEM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Horiba, Ltd., Kyoto (JP)...

1. An exhaust gas measuring system comprising:
an exhaust gas measuring information processing apparatus;
a flow sensor that measures a flow rate of exhaust gas flowing through an exhaust gas tube of an internal combustion engine
and outputs a flow rate measurement signal indicating a measurement value of the flow rate; and

an operational state detecting sensor that detects an operational state of the internal combustion engine and outputs an operational
state signal indicating the detected operational state, wherein

the exhaust gas measuring information processing apparatus includes:
a reception circuit that receives the flow rate measurement signal indicating the flow rate measurement value of the exhaust
gas flowing through the exhaust gas tube of the internal combustion engine and the operational state signal indicating the
operational state of the internal combustion engine; and

a processing executing circuit that executes predetermined processing relevant to reporting abnormality or normalizing of
the flow sensor that outputs the flow rate measurement signal when a predetermined correlation is not satisfied between an
index value for the operational state indicated by the operational state signal and the flow rate measurement value indicated
by the flow rate measurement signal, wherein

the flow sensor includes a sensor main body and a conversion circuit that converts an output signal from the sensor main body
into the flow rate measurement signal,

the sensor main body includes an exhaust gas introduction tube which is attached to the exhaust gas tube and into which the
exhaust gas is introduced, and

as part of the predetermined processing relevant to normalizing of the flow sensor, the processing executing circuit starts
a purge operation for the exhaust gas introduction tube at the moment that the predetermined correlation is not satisfied.

US Pat. No. 9,594,169

ALTITUDE DETECTING UNIT, LOADING/DRIVING APPARATUS, AND ALTITUDE DETECTING METHOD

Horiba, Ltd., Kyoto (JP)...

1. An altitude detecting unit that detects altitude of a running vehicle along a test running route, the altitude detecting
unit comprising:
a reception circuit that receives data indicating altitude of the vehicle from a satellite positioning system receiver, and
data indicating pressure around the vehicle from a pressure sensor, the satellite positioning system receiver and the pressure
sensor both being mounted on the test vehicle during running of a test;

a conversion expression generating circuit that generates a conversion expression for converting data indicating pressure
around the vehicle from the pressure sensor, into data indicating the altitude of the vehicle; and

an altitude calculation circuit that converts the data indicating pressure around the vehicle based on the conversion expression
into data indicating altitude, and thereby calculates the altitude of the vehicle at a part of or along the whole of the test
running route of the vehicle,

the altitude detecting unit being configured such that at each one of multiple predetermined valid altitude measurement points
at which valid altitude data is outputted from the receiver along the test running route, pressure altitude, that is altitude
obtained by converting pressure data using the conversion expression, is made substantially equal to altitude indicated by
valid altitude data.

US Pat. No. 9,594,037

ANALYZING APPARATUS AND CALIBRATION METHOD

Horiba, Ltd., Kyoto (JP)...

1. An analyzing apparatus for analyzing compositions of particulate matter based on a fluorescent X-ray generated from the
particulate matter, the analyzing apparatus comprising:
an emission unit configured to emit a primary X-ray in the atmosphere, the primary X-ray exciting the particulate matter to
generate the fluorescent X-ray;

a detection unit configured to detect a secondary X-ray generated by emitting the primary X-ray and passing through the atmosphere;
an environment measurement unit configured to measure an environment parameter comprising at least one of temperature, pressure,
and humidity defining the atmosphere; and

a time-dependent change calculation unit configured to calculate a time-dependent change or a rate of the time-dependent change
between intensities of the secondary X-rays detected at a first timing and at a second timing, based on a first environment
parameter, a first intensity of the secondary X-ray, a second environment parameter, and a second intensity of the secondary
X-ray, wherein

the first timing is the timing after the elapse of a predetermined period from the second timing, the first environment parameter
is measured at the first timing by the environment measurement unit, the first intensity of the secondary X-ray is an intensity
of the secondary X-ray detected at the first timing by the detection unit, the second environment parameter is measured at
the second timing by the environment measurement unit, and the second intensity of the secondary X-ray is an intensity of
the secondary X-ray detected at the second timing by the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,513,268

ANALYSIS SYSTEM AND MANAGEMENT DEVICE

Horiba, Ltd., Kyoto (JP)...

1. An analysis system comprising:
one or more analysis devices and a management device that manages the analysis devices, wherein
the management device recognizes a user based on input user information and sets an operable range for the management device
of the user in an initial operable range previously determined for each of the users, and in case that an operation of the
user is interrupted for a certain period of time, the operable range of the user is automatically changed to a previously
determined base operable range, and

the management device comprises
an access level memory part that memorizes a plurality of access levels whose initial operable range is determined respectively
and users who are allowed for each of the access levels, and

an operable range setting part that
recognizes the user based on the input user information,
specifies the access level that is set for each of the users by referring to the access level memory part,
sets the operable range for the management device of the user in the initial operable range that is determined for the access
level, and

in case that the operation conducted based on one access level is interrupted for a certain period of time, automatically
changes the access level to a base access level as being an access level whose base operable range is determined.

US Pat. No. 9,476,797

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE TEST SYSTEM AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

Horiba, Ltd., Kyoto (JP)...

1. An internal combustion engine test system equipped with a plurality of test devices including an exhaust gas line for sampling
exhaust gas discharged from an internal combustion engine, the system comprising:
a system status display part adapted to display a schematic diagram of the internal combustion engine test system including
a plurality of symbols each representing one of the test devices and a corresponding connecting aspect thereof on a screen;
and

an operating condition acquisition part adapted to acquire data indicative of operating conditions of combinations of the
test devices,

wherein the system status display part is further adapted to determine that the data indicates abnormal operating conditions
for a set of the test devices and, in response to the determining, change, visual aspects of the symbols representing each
of the test devices of the set, without changing an entirety of the screen, to indicate a change in degree of operation safety
associated with the set of the test devices.

US Pat. No. 9,322,741

EXHAUST GAS ANALYZING SYSTEM

HORIBA, Ltd., Kyoto (JP)...

1. An exhaust gas analyzing system comprising:
an analyzer for analyzing exhaust gas; and
a manager for managing or controlling the analyzer, wherein the manager includes a procedure display part for selectively
displaying, in a predetermined area of one screen, adjustment items necessary for adjustment of the analyzer in an order that
is determined according to an interdependence of the adjustment items such that the adjustment items that affect a greater
number of other of the adjustment items appear earlier in the order as compared with the adjustment items that affect a lesser
number of other of the adjustment items, and a detail input screen display part for displaying a detail input screen of a
selected adjustment item.

US Pat. No. 9,140,664

LIQUID CHARACTERISTIC ANALYZING APPARATUS

HORIBA, LTD., (JP)

1. A liquid characteristic analyzing apparatus that is configured to analyze a characteristic of liquid in a container, the
apparatus comprising:
a sensor part structured to bring a sensor surface into contact with the liquid to thereby detect the characteristic of the
liquid, and outputs an electrical signal having a value corresponding to a detected value;

a transmission part structured to convert the electrical signal to an electromagnetic wave signal or a sound wave signal,
and structured to wirelessly output the electromagnetic wave signal or the sound wave signal;

a containing body that has a structure that exposes the sensor surface, contains the sensor part and the transmission part
in an inside of the structure, and prevents the liquid from intruding into the inside, the containing body structured to be
arranged in the container and immersed in the liquid;

close contact means structured to bring a passing portion for the electromagnetic wave signal or the sound wave signal in
the containing body into substantially close contact with an inner wall of the container;

wherein the close contact means comprises a first magnetic part that is provided in the containing body and a second magnetic
part that is arranged outside the container; and

a surface of the containing body is provided with a concave portion, and the sensor surface is exposed in the concave portion.

US Pat. No. 9,116,116

OPTICAL ANALYZER AND WAVELENGTH STABILIZED LASER DEVICE FOR ANALYZER

HORIBA, LTD., Kyoto (JP)...

1. A laser device for analyzer comprising:
a laser light source configured to output light having a wavelength near an absorption wavelength of an analysis object;
a wavelength selection element configured to receive a part of the light output from the laser light source and configured
to select and lead out the light having a wavelength substantially equal to the absorption wavelength of the analysis object
from among wavelengths of the light;

a light detection device configured to detect intensity of the light led out from the wavelength selection element;
a single substrate equipped with the laser light source, the wavelength selection element and the light detection device;
a temperature adjustment mechanism configured to adjust a temperature of the single substrate to a predetermined temperature;
a temperature detector configured to detect whether the temperature of the single substrate is kept at the predetermined temperature;
and

a drive electric current control device configured to control a drive electric current of the laser light source and including
a drive electric current oscillator configured to, in a state that the temperature detector detects that the temperature of
the single substrate is kept at the predetermined temperature, oscillate the drive electric current of the laser light source
near a specified electric current value to output the light at the absorption wavelength of the analysis object,

a searching part configured to search an electric current value at a time when the intensity of the light detected by the
light detection device becomes a peak while the drive electric current oscillator oscillates the drive electric current of
the laser light source, and

a setting part configured to stop the oscillation of the drive electric current of the laser light source and set the drive
electric current at the electric current value that is searched by the searching part.

US Pat. No. 10,234,884

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS OF FLUID CONTROL AND MEASUREMENT SYSTEM

HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd., ...

1. A power supply apparatus,comprising:
a power supply control part configured to start supplying power via at least one of a plurality of power supply lines to at least one fluidic device of a plurality of fluidic devices at a first start timing and start supplying power to at least another fluidic device of the plurality of fluidic devices at a second start timing which is different from the first start timing, wherein:
the plurality of fluidic devices are each adapted to control or measure fluid;
the power supply apparatus is configured to supply power to a plurality of disconnection/connection monitoring lines which are provided separately from the power supply lines;
the power supply control part includes:
a management part configured to communicate with the plurality of fluidic devices via a plurality of communication lines that are provided separately from the power supply lines and the disconnection/connection monitoring lines;
a power supply/shutoff part configured to turn on/off the power supply to each of the plurality of fluidic devices; and
an electric connecting line disconnection/connection monitoring part configured to monitor disconnection/connection of each of the respective fluidic devices at least in part by determining whether current flows through the respective disconnection/connection monitoring lines; and
the electric connecting line disconnection/connection monitoring part is further configured to transmit an ON/OFF control signal to the power supply/shutoff part to supply power to the power supply line, the connection of which is detected.

US Pat. No. 10,209,728

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS OF FLUID CONTROL AND MEASUREMENT SYSTEM

HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd., ...

1. A power supply apparatus,comprising:
a power supply control part configured to start supplying power via at least one of a plurality of power supply lines to at least one fluidic device of a plurality of fluidic devices at a first start timing and start supplying power to at least another fluidic device of the plurality of fluidic devices at a second start timing which is different from the first start timing, wherein:
the plurality of fluidic devices are each adapted to control or measure fluid;
the power supply apparatus is configured to supply power to a plurality of disconnection/connection monitoring lines which are provided separately from the power supply lines;
the power supply control part includes:
a management part configured to communicate with the plurality of fluidic devices via a plurality of communication lines that are provided separately from the power supply lines and the disconnection/connection monitoring lines;
a power supply/shutoff part configured to turn on/off the power supply to each of the plurality of fluidic devices; and
an electric connecting line disconnection/connection monitoring part configured to monitor disconnection/connection of each of the respective fluidic devices at least in part by determining whether current flows through the respective disconnection/connection monitoring lines; and
the electric connecting line disconnection/connection monitoring part is further configured to transmit an ON/OFF control signal to the power supply/shutoff part to supply power to the power supply line, the connection of which is detected.

US Pat. No. 10,107,801

FLOW ASSAY METHOD FOR AN OBJECT OF INTEREST

HORIBA ABX SAS, Montpell...

1. A method for quantifying in a liquid medium at least one object of interest, comprising:mixing particles surface functionalized with at least one receptor specific for said object of interest to be assayed with the object of interest, for an initial time (t1) to form a first mixture;
immediately sampling a volume (v) of the first mixture and counting the number N1 of singlets in said volume (v) by flow measurement;
incubating the first mixture for a second time (t2) sufficient to allow the formation of aggregates, thereby forming a second mixture;
sampling a volume of the second mixture and counting the number N2 corresponding to both the singlets and the aggregates contained in the volume (v) by the same flow measurement technique as used previously;
determining a calculated degree of aggregation using the formula DA=(N1?N2)/N1 (calculated DA) and quantifying said object of interest by comparison of the calculated DA with a standard range (DA=f([C]) previously produced by measuring and calculating the degree of aggregation obtained using the same flow measurement technique with the object of interest at predetermined concentrations ([C]) of said object of interest.

US Pat. No. 9,074,918

FUEL MEASUREMENT SYSTEM

HORIBA, Ltd., Kyoto (JP)...

1. A fuel measurement system for measuring a fuel consumed by an internal combustion engine comprising:
a Coriolis flowmeter provided on a fuel supply path for supplying a fuel to the internal combustion engine to measure a flow
rate of the fuel in the fuel supply path; and

a temperature control mechanism provided in an upstream side of the Coriolis flowmeter on the fuel supply path to control
a temperature of the fuel flowing into the Coriolis flowmeter, and including

a heat exchanger performing a heat exchange between a cooling liquid flowing through a cooling liquid flow path provided with
a flow rate regulating valve and the fuel flowing in the upstream side of the Coriolis flowmeter in the fuel supply path,

a temperature sensor provided inside the Coriolis flowmeter or in the upstream side of the Coriolis flowmeter on the fuel
supply path, and

a control unit adapted to control an opening degree of the flow rate regulating valve using a detected temperature detected
by the temperature sensor to control the flow rate of the cooling liquid flowing in the heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 10,150,119

ROTARY SAMPLING VALVE AND DEVICE EQUIPPED WITH SUCH A VALVE

HORIBA ABX SAS, Montpell...

1. A sampling valve comprising two external parts, and one internal part clamped between said external parts wherein the external parts are rotatable about an axis of rotation (A), said internal part having opposite surfaces bearing in a fluid tight and sliding fashion against adjacent surfaces of said external parts, said external parts comprising a plurality of external orifices, loops and ducts, said loops and said ducts being configured to communicate selectively with internal orifices passing through said internal part, wherein the external and internal parts are configured so as to allow, through a relative rotation, a transitionfrom a functional sample-withdrawing state, in which calibrated volumes of withdrawn liquid are isolated,
to a functional dispensing state in which calibrated volumes are placed in communication with dispensing circuits,
wherein some of said calibrated volumes are defined in one or several loops and calibrated by the capacity of said one or several loops and other calibrated volumes are defined in one or several orifices of the internal part and calibrated by the capacity of said one or several orifices of said internal part.

US Pat. No. 9,945,723

INTERFEROMETER, SPECTROPHOTOMETER USING INTERFEROMETER AND CONTROL METHOD FOR INTERFEROMETER

Horiba, Ltd., Kyoto (JP)...

6. A method of controlling an interferometer comprising:measuring a position of a moving mirror of the interferometer;
receiving original target position data indicating an original target position of the moving mirror that is shown as a time-varying triangular waveform;
generating target position data indicating a target position of the moving mirror by cutting apex portions of the triangular waveform; and
controlling a movement mechanism of the interferometer that reciprocates the moving mirror based on the target position data so as to bring a position of the moving mirror measured by a measurement part of the interferometer close to the target position and such that the moving mirror reduces its speed short of the apex portion of the triangular waveform.

US Pat. No. 9,835,556

GAS ANALYSIS DEVICE

Horiba, Ltd., Kyoto (JP)...

1. A gas analysis device comprising:
a tubular member including an optical path through which measurement light is projected to a predetermined measurement region
of a sample gas flowing through a pipe and/or is received from the measurement region;

an annular flange fixed to an outer periphery of the tubular member and mounted on a side wall of the pipe;
an optical system member configured to project the measurement light to the sample gas in the measurement region and/or receive
the measurement light from the measurement region; and

a heater attached directly to the annular flange, configured to heat a weld portion between the tubular member and the annular
flange.

US Pat. No. 9,568,411

EXHAUST GAS ANALYSIS SYSTEM AND EXHAUST GAS ANALYSIS PROGRAM

Horiba, Ltd., Kyoto (JP)...

1. An exhaust gas analysis system comprising:
a particle concentration measurement device that measures concentration of particles contained in exhaust gas from an exhaust
pipe that is connected to an internal combustion engine;

a sampling cooling pipe that has an exhaust gas inlet to introduce the exhaust gas and an exhaust gas outlet connected to
the particle concentration measurement device such that the exhaust gas flows through the sampling cooling pipe and enters
the particle concentration measurement device via the exhaust gas outlet to guide the introduced exhaust gas;

a temperature sensor that detects temperature of the exhaust gas flowing into the exhaust gas inlet; and
a calculation device that uses a relational expression or relational table between the temperature of the exhaust gas and
particle concentration at the exhaust gas inlet and the temperature of the exhaust gas and the particle concentration at the
exhaust gas outlet, and from the detected temperature by the temperature sensor and the temperature of the exhaust gas introduced
into the particle concentration measurement device, corrects the particle concentration measured by the particle concentration
measurement device while the exhaust gas is flowing into the exhaust gas inlet and calculates the particle concentration of
the exhaust gas flowing into the exhaust gas inlet.

US Pat. No. 9,506,807

OPTICAL GAS TEMPERATURE SENSOR

HORIBA, Ltd., Kyoto-shi ...

1. A thermometer, comprising:
an emitting unit configured to emit a measurement light along a measurement light axis into a flue, wherethrough a gas that
contains light scattering particles flows, wherein the measurement light axis is formed between the emitting unit and the
flue;

a light receiving unit configured to receive, of the measurement light, scattered measurement light scattered by the light
scattering particles, wherein a wavelength of the emitted measurement light is the same as a wavelength of scattered measurement
light after scattering by the light scattering particles;

a light collecting unit provided on a side closer to the flue than the light receiving unit, existing along a light receiving
axis, and configured to collect the scattered measurement light existing on the light receiving axis, the light receiving
axis extending between the light receiving unit and the prescribed position inside the flue, wherein either the light receiving
axis and the measurement light axis coincide at least inside the flue, or the light receiving axis and the measurement light
axis are formed at a first prescribed angle and a second prescribed angle, respectively, the first prescribed angle and the
second prescribed angle being angles relative to an axis perpendicular to an extending direction of the flue, and the second
prescribed angle being different from the first prescribed angle; and

a calculation unit configured to calculate the temperature inside the flue based on an intensity ratio of absorption spectra
at a plurality of wavelengths, wherein the absorption spectra at the plurality of wavelengths are selected among absorption
spectra of a prescribed component in the gas and included in the scattered measurement light received by the light receiving
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,501,876

ON-ROAD RUNNING TEST APPARATUS

Horiba, Ltd., Kyoto (JP)...

1. An on-road running exhaust gas test apparatus for a vehicle comprising:
a processor connected to a display and configured to
sequentially acquire actual running data of the vehicle, via sensors, under execution of a running exhaust gas test on a road
by a driver,

sequentially produce tendency data indicating a tendency as to whether or not the running exhaust gas test is valid, based
on the actual running data during the running exhaust gas test,

comparably output the tendency data and a predetermined condition for validating the running exhaust gas test on the display,
and

sequentially update contents of the display during the running exhaust gas test to indicate state of progress towards meeting
requirements for the running exhaust gas test to be valid.

US Pat. No. 9,410,872

EXHAUST GAS FLOWMETER AND EXHAUST GAS ANALYZING SYSTEM

Horiba, Ltd., Kyoto (JP)...

1. An exhaust gas flowmeter used for an exhaust gas dilution system that is provided with a main flow path through which exhaust
gas emitted from an internal combustion engine flows, and a diluent gas flow path through which diluent gas for diluting the
exhaust gas flows, the diluent gas flow path meeting the main flow path, the exhaust gas flowmeter comprising:
a first sampling line for, from an upstream side of a meeting point between the main flow path and the diluent gas flow path
in the main flow path, sampling raw exhaust gas that is the exhaust gas before dilution;

a first concentration measuring part that is provided in the first sampling line to measure concentration of a predetermined
target component contained in the raw exhaust gas;

a second sampling line for, from a downstream side of the meeting point in the main flow path, sampling diluted exhaust gas
that is the exhaust gas after dilution;

a second concentration measuring part that is provided in the second sampling line to measure concentration of the predetermined
target component contained in the diluted exhaust gas; and

an arithmetic unit that, with use of first measured concentration of the predetermined target component obtained by the first
concentration measuring part, second measured concentration of the predetermined target component obtained by the second concentration
measuring part, and a diluted exhaust gas flow rate that is a flow rate of the diluted exhaust gas, calculates a raw exhaust
gas flow rate that is a flow rate of the raw exhaust gas, wherein

in a state where the first sampling line and the first concentration measuring part are heated, the first concentration measuring
part measures the concentration of the predetermined target component contained in the raw exhaust gas.

US Pat. No. 9,335,235

EXHAUST GAS SAMPLING DEVICE

HORIBA, LTD., Kyoto (JP)...

1. An exhaust gas sampling device comprising:
a sampling conduit having an inlet and an outlet, and configured to sample exhaust gas flowing through an exhaust pipe via
the inlet;

a plurality of heaters provided along the sampling conduit from the inlet to the outlet and configured to heat exhaust gas
flowing through the sampling conduit; and

a controller programmed to define, for each of the heaters, a set temperature for the heater based on a temperature of exhaust
gas at a sampling point in the exhaust pipe and a target temperature for exhaust gas exiting the outlet such that the set
temperatures are different, and to operate the heaters based on the set temperatures to form a temperature gradient along
the sampling conduit.

US Pat. No. 9,140,675

TEST SYSTEM

HORIBA, Ltd., Kyoto (JP)...

1. A test system for measuring gas ingredients in sampled intake and/or exhaust gas of an internal-combustion engine, the
test system comprising:
a plurality of measuring devices used for measuring the gas ingredients, wherein each of the plurality of measuring devices
includes a plurality of components, wherein each of the plurality of measuring devices is configured to be operable in and
switched among at least first and second operational modes in which at least one of the components of the measuring device
is set to operate in the first operational mode of the measuring device, and set to not operate while other of the components
of the measuring device operate in the second operational mode of the measuring device, and wherein each of the plurality
of measuring devices includes a local computer that calculates a measured value indicating a concentration of each ingredient
in the sampled gas;

a device managing device communicably connected to the plurality of measuring devices and configured to manage the plurality
of measuring devices;

a history-information acquiring unit for acquiring, for each of the plurality of measuring devices, operating history information
indicating operating history including accumulating operating time of each of the plurality of components, wherein in accumulating
the operating time of each of the plurality of components, the history-information acquiring unit accumulates the operating
time of the component only in the operational modes for which the component is set to operate and not in the operational modes
for which the component is set to not operate; and

an accepting unit for accepting setting data to set, for each of the plurality of measuring devices, predetermined operational
modes, wherein the setting data indicates whether each of the plurality of components of the measuring device should operate.

US Pat. No. 10,041,406

FLOW RATE MEASUREMENT DEVICE, FUEL EFFICIENCY MEASUREMENT DEVICE, PROGRAM FOR FLOW RATE MEASUREMENT DEVICE AND FLOW RATE MEASUREMENT METHOD

Horiba, Ltd., Kyoto (JP)...

1. A flow rate measurement device that comprises a temperature measurement device that measures a mean temperature of a sample fluid that flows in a tube body or temperature distribution of the sample fluid along a radial direction of the tube body, and that measures a flow rate of the sample fluid based on the mean temperature or the temperature distribution measured by the temperature measurement device, wherein the sample fluid is an exhaust gas that is discharged from an internal combustion engine and that flows in the tube body, and wherein the temperature measurement device measures the mean temperature of the exhaust gas that is discharged from the internal combustion engine and that flows in the tube body or the temperature distribution of the exhaust gas along the radial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,013,819

VEHICLE SPEED PATTERN DISPLAY DEVICE, PROGRAM USED THEREFOR, RUNNING TEST METHOD, AND AUTO-DRIVING DEVICE

HORIBA, Ltd., Kyoto (JP)...

1. A vehicle speed pattern display device adapted to display on a graph having an axis representing vehicle speed and another axis representing time or running distanceupper and lower limit speed pattern traces set to define a tolerance band for a prescribed speed pattern trace, and
a target speed pattern trace different than the prescribed speed pattern trace, wherein the target speed pattern trace corresponds to a driving mode targeted by a user or is calculated from the prescribed speed pattern trace.

US Pat. No. 9,989,430

TEST BENCH WITH A COOLING GAS INFLOW DEVICE

HORIBA Europe GmbH, Darm...

1. A test bench for testing of vehicles or components of a vehicle, the test bench comprising:a test specimen holder configured to hold a test specimen and introduce a load onto the test specimen; and
a cooling gas inflow device configured to cool the test specimen during introducing the load into the test specimen, by means of a cooling gas stream exiting an outlet opening of the cooling gas inflow device,
wherein the cooling gas inflow device comprises cooling gas deflection surfaces and/or flow straightener such that the cooling gas stream inside the cooling gas inflow device is divided in at least a section of the cooling gas inflow device into at least two partial cooling gas streams,
wherein the cooling gas inflow device comprises a cooling gas source and a supply,
wherein the outlet opening is arranged in a vertical direction above the test specimen holder.

US Pat. No. 9,746,993

MEASUREMENT DATA DISPLAY DEVICE

HORIBA, LTD., Kyoto (JP)...

1. A measurement data display device comprising:
a screen that displays an icon representing a data file in which plural measurement data measured by a predetermined measuring
device and plural location data indicating locations where each of the measurement data was measured are recorded in association
with each other, and also displays a window for displaying a map; and

a display control part that controls a display on the screen,
wherein, when the icon is moved onto the window, a predetermined type of symbol, determined in advance depending each value
of the measurement data included in the data file represented by the icon, is displayed in the window at a position on the
map, the position being indicated by the location data corresponding to each of the measurement data.

US Pat. No. 9,724,662

EXHAUST GAS MIXER AND CONSTANT VOLUME SAMPLING APPARATUS

Horiba, Ltd., Kyoto (JP)...

1. An exhaust gas mixer that mixes target gas containing exhaust gas and diluent gas to form diluted exhaust gas, the exhaust
gas mixer comprising:
a mixer main body having an inner circumferential surface defining a hollow part extending in an axial direction, and configured
to mix target gas containing exhaust gas and diluent gas;

an inner pipe part disposed in the hollow part along the axial direction, and passing through and projecting away from a closed
end of the mixer main body, wherein a central axis of the inner pipe part and a central axis of the hollow part are disposed
in different positions;

a gas introduction part configured to introduce the target gas into a space between the mixer main body and the inner pipe
part;

a guide plate disposed within the hollow part at an inner end part of a connecting part between the mixer main body and the
gas introduction part, tilted toward an outer end part of the connecting part, and configured to guide the target gas exiting
the gas introduction part toward the outer end part at the inner circumferential surface to promote spiraling of the target
gas in the space; and

a gas lead-out part disposed in the inner pipe part to lead out the diluted exhaust gas that has been mixed by the spiraling.

US Pat. No. 9,638,619

OPTICAL ANALYSIS CELL AND PARTICLE SIZE DISTRIBUTION MEASURING APPARATUS

HORIBA, LTD., Kyoto (JP)...

1. An optical analysis cell, comprising:
a pair of light transmitting plates that sandwich and hold a sample having predetermined viscoelasticity between mutually
opposed inward surfaces without a spacer that contacts both of the inward surfaces to fix a separation distance between the
inward surfaces,

a distance fixing member having a pair of opposed surfaces provided separately from each other by a predetermined distance,
wherein

the light transmitting plates are arranged between the pair of opposed surfaces such that when the sample having the predetermined
viscoelasticity is disposed between the light transmitting plates, an elastic force of the sample is received by the light
transmitting plates, and thereby outward surfaces on sides opposite to the inward surfaces of the light transmitting plates
are pressed against the opposed surfaces of the distance fixing member to fix the separation distance between the inward surfaces,
whereby the light transmitting plates do not contact each other when the light transmitting plates are pressed against the
opposed surfaces of the distance fixing member.

US Pat. No. 9,666,323

RADIOLUCENT WINDOW, RADIATION DETECTOR AND RADIATION DETECTION APPARATUS

HORIBA, LTD., Kyoto (JP)...

1. A radiolucent window, comprising:
a film which is transmissive to radiation;
a through-hole provided at the film; and
a plurality of ribs formed on one face of the film,
wherein the plurality of ribs include
a plurality of first ribs formed radially with a center at a predetermined one point disposed in the through-hole.

US Pat. No. 9,448,179

GAS ANALYZING APPARATUS

HORIBA, LTD., Kyoto (JP)...

1. A gas analyzing apparatus for measuring a concentration of a component gas in a sample gas using a chemical luminescence
analysis method, the gas analyzing apparatus comprising:
a gas analyzing unit comprising a sample gas introducing unit that introduces the sample gas and a standard gas, and receives
a luminescence inducing gas, and further comprising a light detector configured to output a detection signal based on an intensity
of a reaction light, the reaction light being generated by interaction between the component gas and a luminescence inducing
component in the luminescence inducing gas;

a luminescence inducing component generating unit configured to generate the luminescence inducing gas by electric discharge
and connected to the gas analyzing unit to introduce the generated luminescence inducing gas into the gas analyzing unit,
the electric discharge being generated repeatedly at a discharge interval, the discharge interval being determined based on
the concentration of the component gas; and

a measurement signal calculating unit coupled to the gas analyzing unit and the luminescence inducing component generating
unit and programmed to calculate a first measurement signal for measuring the concentration of the component gas based on
a first detection signal and a second detection signal, the first detection signal being outputted when the sample gas and
the luminescence inducing gas are introduced into the gas analyzing unit, and the second detection signal being outputted
when the standard gas and the luminescence inducing gas are introduced into the gas analyzing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,250,201

X-RAY ANALYZER

HORIBA, LTD., (JP)

1. An X-ray analyzer, comprising:
a scanning unit for scanning a sample with a beam;
an X-ray detector for detecting X-rays generated on the sample by the scanning;
an element distribution obtaining unit for, from the detection result of the X-rays generated in an area on the sample scanned
with the beam, obtaining intensity distribution of the X-rays whose energy or wavelength is included in a range of energy
or wavelength set up in correspondence to an element contained in the sample and thereby obtaining distribution of the element;

an intensity distribution acquiring unit for acquiring intensity distribution of X-rays whose energy or wavelength is not
included in the range;

an area specifying unit for specifying an area on the sample corresponding to a portion where the intensity of X-rays is not
less than a predetermined intensity in the intensity distribution;

a spectrum generating unit for generating a spectrum of X-rays generated in the specified area on the sample;
an element identification unit for identifying an element contained in the sample on the basis of a peak included in the generated
spectrum; and

a setting unit for setting a range of energy or wavelength of X-rays corresponding to the identified element,
wherein the element distribution obtaining unit obtains distribution of the element identified by the element identification
means, in accordance with the range set by the setting means.

US Pat. No. 9,140,631

METHOD OF MEASURING CHARACTERISTICS OF CRITICAL ORIFICE TYPE CONSTANT FLOW RATE INSTRUMENT FOR USE IN MULTISTAGE DILUTION MECHANISM

HORIBA, LTD., Kyoto (JP)...

5. A dilution mechanism comprising:
a plurality of dilution units each constructed such that a confluence is provided at an intermediate portion of a main flow
passage connecting between an input terminal and an output terminal for leading input gas and a diluent gas flow passage provided
with a flow rate controller is connected to the confluence so that diluent gas of a prescribed flow rate having a predetermined
dilution ratio is introduced to the main flow passage and the plurality of dilution units are connected in series and at least
one of the dilution units is provided with a branch point at the intermediate portion of the main flow passage so that a derivation
flow passage provided with a critical orifice type constant flow rate instrument is connected to the branch point so as to
derive the gas of a constant flow rate from the main flow passage, wherein the dilution mechanism further includes an information
processing device programmed to control

selective operation of a valving arrangement of the dilution mechanism such that only the diluent gas from the diluent gas
flow passage in the corresponding one dilution unit and the diluent gas from the diluent gas flow passages in one or more
other dilution units flow into the derivation flow passage of one of the dilution units, and

the flow rate controllers such that the total flow rate of the respective diluent gas at this time is equal to the constant
flow rate and that the flow rate of the diluent gas from the corresponding one dilution unit is equal to the prescribed flow
rate, and measuring the flow rate characteristics of the corresponding critical orifice type constant flow rate instrument
based on at least an upstream side pressure of the critical orifice type constant flow rate instrument in the corresponding
derivation flow passage.

US Pat. No. 9,110,040

EXHAUST GAS MEASUREMENT DEVICE AND RECORDING MEDIUM HAVING PROGRAM FOR EXHAUST GAS MEASUREMENT DEVICE RECORDED THEREON

HORIBA, Ltd., Kyoto (JP)...

1. An exhaust gas measurement device comprising:
an introduction flow line to which sample gas containing exhaust gas is introduced;
a sensor flow line branched from the introduction flow line and provided with at least one gas analyzer configured for continuous
measurement of components contained in the sample gas;

a bypass flow line branched from the introduction flow line so as to bypass a part of the sample gas;
a flow rate sensor provided on the bypass flow line and adapted to measure a flow rate of the sample gas flowing through the
bypass flow line;

a pressure regulator adapted to keep a pressure of the sample gas in the sensor flow line or the bypass flow line to be a
set pressure value provided the flow rate is greater than a pressure controlling limit flow rate value; and

an attention attracting part programmed to display that the flow rate is reduced in the case where a flow rate measurement
value of the sample gas measured by the flow rate sensor becomes equal to or less than an attention attracting flow rate value
to provide a user an advanced warning that the continuous measurement will be interrupted and become impossible, the attention
attracting flow rate value being greater than the pressure controlling limit flow rate value, and the at least one gas analyzer
being programmed to continue the continuous measurement after the flow rate measurement value of the sample gas measured by
the flow rate sensor becomes equal to or less than the attention attracting flow rate value.

US Pat. No. 10,233,813

EXHAUST GAS MEASUREMENT SYSTEM

HORIBA Ltd., Kyoto (JP)

1. An exhaust gas measurement system including an exhaust gas component measuring device that measures a component contained in exhaust gas of an internal combustion engine, the exhaust gas measuring system comprising:an exhaust gas piping member into which the exhaust gas is introduced;
a purge gas supply arrangement, including a valve, adapted to supply purge gas to the exhaust gas piping member;
one or more heaters adapted to heat the exhaust gas piping member; and
a computer adapted to,
other than during measuring of the exhaust gas component and after the one or more heaters has heated the exhaust gas piping member or the exhaust gas flowing through the exhaust gas piping member to a predetermined temperature, control the purge gas supply arrangement to start supplying the purge gas to peel and remove condensed gaseous components from inner walls of the exhaust gas piping member; and
before the purge gas supply arrangement finishes supplying the purge gas, control the one or more heaters to finish heating the exhaust gas piping member.

US Pat. No. 10,184,892

DETERMINATION OF WATER TREATMENT PARAMETERS BASED ON ABSORBANCE AND FLUORESCENCE

HORIBA INSTRUMENTS INCORP...

1. A system configured to measure absorbance and fluorescence of a sample, comprising:an input light source configured to generate at least one excitation wavelength;
a chamber positioned to receive the sample and to be illuminated by the at least one excitation wavelength from the input light source;
a single detector positioned to selectively receive and detect light transmitted through the sample during an absorbance measurement, and emitted by the sample along a non-parallel excitation optical path during a fluorescence measurement in response to illumination by each of the at least one excitation wavelength; and
an optical fiber positioned to receive light transmitted through the sample and direct the transmitted light to the single detector during the absorbance measurement;
wherein the light emitted by the sample during the fluorescence measurement is directed to the single detector without passing through any optical fiber.

US Pat. No. 10,139,346

OPTICAL MICROSCOPY SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RAMAN SCATTERING WITH ADAPTIVE OPTICS

HORIBA JOBIN YVON SAS, L...

1. A Raman microscopy or Raman microspectrometry apparatus of confocal type, said apparatus comprising:a laser source suitable for emitting a laser beam at an excitation wavelength ?;
a microscope objective suitable for receiving the laser beam and focusing the laser beam in an image plane of the microscope objective, the focused laser beam being intended to illuminate a sample;
an optical system suitable for collecting a scattering optical beam on the sample;
a filter suitable for receiving the scattering optical beam and separating the scattering optical beam into a Rayleigh scattering beam and a Raman scattering beam;
a detection system comprising a spectrometer suitable for detecting and measuring the Raman scattering beam collected;
a confocal hole positioned between the microscope objective and the detection system; and
an adaptive optics system positioned on an optical path of the Raman scattering beam,
wherein said adaptive optics system is configured to form the image of an energy distribution inside the confocal hole on the entrance slit of the spectrometer in such a way as to obtain an energy distribution in a direction of a height of the slit.

US Pat. No. 10,132,785

GAS ANALYSIS APPARATUS

Horiba, Ltd., Kyoto (JP)...

1. A gas analysis apparatus comprising:first and second analyzers configured to accept a sample gas;
first and second gas lines, joined at a junction downstream of the first analyzer, on which the first and second analyzers are respectively arranged; and
a valve or buffer tank disposed between one of the first and second analyzers and the junction,
wherein the first analyzer is configured to cause pressure fluctuations in the first gas line when analyzing the sample gas or the second analyzer is configured to cause pressure fluctuations in the second gas line when analyzing the sample gas,
wherein the valve is configured to prevent a fluid from flowing backward from the one of the first and second analyzers through the junction toward the other of the first and second analyzers, and
wherein the buffer tank is configured to reduce the pressure fluctuations, and has a buffer space into which exhaust gas discharged from the first and second analyzer flows, first and second inflow ports coupled with the first and second gas lines, and a discharge port through which the exhaust gas is discharged to the outside.

US Pat. No. 10,006,834

VEHICLE TESTING SYSTEM

Horiba, Ltd., Kyoto (JP)...

8. A method of testing an actual vehicle, comprising:controlling an actuator that operates at least a portion of the actual vehicle according to a predetermined driving algorithm during a first time period;
calculating operating conditions being applied to an actual component of the at least a portion of the actual vehicle by the actuator during the first time period;
storing in a vehicle model, in a predetermined region of a memory storage member, information on operation features of actual components that are identified based on the calculated operating conditions during the first time period; and
calculating based on the vehicle model, operating conditions to be applied during a second time period having a starting point that is later than a starting point of the first time period to a replacement component, wherein the method of testing an actual vehicle is configured to operate the at least a portion of the actual vehicle during the first time period and the actual component in a common driving algorithm during the second time period.

US Pat. No. 9,897,485

ABSORPTION SPECTROMETER

HORIBA, Ltd., Kyoto-shi,...

1. An absorption spectrometer comprising:
a light source;
a light detector adapted to detect light emitted from the light source;
a sample cell adapted to be selectively arrangeable either a sample measurement position positioned in a light path of the
light passing between the light source and the light detector or a sample retracted position retracted from the sample measurement
position; and

a reference cell adapted to be selectively arrangeable either a reference measurement position positioned in the light path
of the light passing between the light source and the light detector or a reference retracted position retracted from the
reference measurement position, and contain at least one translucent member that transmits the light traveling along the light
path from an incident surface to an emitting surface in a state of being arranged in the reference measurement position, wherein

at least one surface selected from among the incident surface and the emitting surface of the translucent member constituting
the reference cell is tilted with respect to a light axis of the light traveling along the light path.

US Pat. No. 9,841,350

VEHICLE DRIVE SYSTEM TESTING APPARATUS

Horiba, Ltd., Kyoto (JP)...

1. A vehicle drive system testing apparatus adapted to test a vehicle drive system, comprising:
a load device connected to the vehicle drive system and applying a load to the vehicle drive system, wherein the load device
includes a first load device connected to a first output shaft to which a first wheel is connected and a second load device
connected to a second output shaft to which a second wheel is connected, and wherein the first and second wheels are left
and right wheels respectively or front and rear wheels respectively;

a handle operation amount input part for inputting a handle operation amount corresponding to a handle operation of a vehicle;
an accelerator operation amount input part for inputting an accelerator operation amount corresponding to an accelerator operation
of the vehicle;

a brake operation amount input part for inputting a brake operation amount corresponding to a brake operation of the vehicle;
and

a control part for simulating a revolution number difference or a torque difference between the first and second wheels by
controlling the load device based on the operation amounts simultaneously inputted by at least two of the handle operation
amount input part, the accelerator operation amount input part, and the brake operation amount input part, wherein the controlling
includes setting, using a relationship-associated data indicated relationship between the handle operation amount and the
revolution number difference or between the handle operation amount and the torque difference, a first command value to be
input to the first load device and a second command value to be input to the second load device.

US Pat. No. 9,791,350

EXHAUST GAS ANALYZER VERIFICATION SYSTEM

Horiba, Ltd., Kyoto (JP)...

1. A verification system used for an exhaust gas analysis system including an exhaust gas dilution device that mixes exhaust
gas and diluent gas to produce diluted exhaust gas having a predetermined setting flow rate, and an analyzer that measures
a component contained in the diluted exhaust gas, the verification system comprising:
a reference gas supply part adapted to supply reference gas in place of the exhaust gas;
a flow rate reception part that receives a setting flow rate signal that is a signal indicating the setting flow rate;
an analysis range reception part that receives an analysis range signal that is a signal indicating an analysis range of the
analyzer;

a target flow rate calculation part that calculates a target supply amount of the reference gas on a basis of the setting
flow rate and the analysis range indicated by the respective signals; and

a supply flow rate setting part that controls the reference gas supply part and makes a reference gas supply amount by the
reference gas supply part equal to the target supply amount.

US Pat. No. 9,645,059

SAMPLE INTRODUCTION SYSTEM AND PARTICLE SIZE DISTRIBUTION MEASURING APPARATUS

HORIBA, LTD., Kyoto (JP)...

1. A sample introduction system adapted to introduce a sample into a particle size distribution measuring apparatus that measures
a particle size distribution of the sample, the sample introduction system comprising:
a sample load part that has a load space with an inner circumferential surface, into which the sample is loaded, and a lead-out
port adapted to lead out the sample loaded into the load space; and

a liquid supply mechanism adapted to, into the load space, supply liquid that is mixed with the sample and used for measuring
the particle size distribution, wherein

the liquid supply mechanism is configured so that the liquid is ejected from the liquid supply mechanism into the load space,
and the liquid ejected into the load space in a direction that causes the ejected liquid to circulate along the inner circumferential
surface of the load space toward the lead-out port and thereby forms a vortex.

US Pat. No. 9,581,583

BLOOD ANALYSIS APPARATUS

HORIBA, Ltd., Kyoto-shi ...

1. A blood analysis apparatus comprising at least:
a plurality of blood cell counting parts;
a sampling nozzle;
a specimen container containing a blood specimen to be set in the blood analysis apparatus; and
a controller programmed to control operations of the blood cell counting parts and the sampling nozzle, and perform data processing
of blood analysis;

wherein the controller is further programmed to:
control the sampling nozzle to suck a predetermined amount of the blood specimen and then dispense the predetermined amount
of the blood specimen to each of the blood cell counting parts at a predetermined ratio,

control each of the blood cell counting parts to obtain count data for each blood cell counting part, and
control two or more blood cell counting parts to obtain the count data about a particular, same kind of blood cell, in addition
to the count data that each blood cell counting part originally intends to obtain, and

wherein the controller is further programmed to:
process the count data from each of the blood cell counting parts and perform blood analysis;
respectively calculate a ratio or number of the existing particular kind of blood cells from the count data about the particular
kind of blood cell;

compare the calculation results to determine whether the calculation results are within a predetermined allowable range, thereby
determine whether the amount of the blood specimen sucked in the sampling nozzle was normal or insufficient.

US Pat. No. 10,330,519

FLOW RATE SENSOR CORRECTION DEVICE, PROGRAM FOR CORRECTION DEVICE, AND CORRECTION METHOD

HORIBA STEC, CO., Ltd., ...

1. A correction device that corrects a flow rate characteristic function of a flow rate sensor comprising: a sensor mechanism adapted to output an output signal corresponding to a flow rate of fluid flowing through a flow path; a sensor output calculation part adapted to calculate a sensor output value x on a basis of a value indicated by the output signal and a sensitivity coefficient; a function storage part adapted to store the flow rate characteristic function with the sensor output value x as an input and a flow rate value y as an output; and a flow rate calculation part adapted to calculate the flow rate value y on a basis of the sensor output value x calculated by the sensor output calculation part and the flow rate characteristic function, the correction device comprising:a sensitivity setting part adapted to set the sensitivity coefficient on a basis of an initial value and a sensitivity correction value m and adjust a sensitivity of the flow rate sensor;
a function calculation part adapted to calculate a corrected flow rate characteristic function g(x) on a basis of a function correction value n and a standard flow rate characteristic function f(x), the function correction value n being determined on a basis of the flow rate value y outputted from the flow rate sensor after the sensitivity coefficient of the flow rate sensor has been changed by the sensitivity setting part; and
a function modification part adapted to make the function storage part store, as the flow rate characteristic function, a final flow rate characteristic function h(x) based on the corrected flow rate characteristic function g(x) calculated by the function calculation part.

US Pat. No. 10,302,242

DEVICE FOR POSITIONING AN OBJECT IN SPACE

HORIBA ABX SAS, Montpell...

1. A device for positioning an object in space, comprising at least 4 plates, each one of said plates being movable with respect to another of said plates such that at each plate is contiguous with another of said plates along one of 3 axes of space, each of said plates further comprises at least one of a tenon/mortise assembly which guides the movement of at least one plate with respect to at least another plate, wherein the tenon is on one of the plates and the mortise is on the other plate, the spatial orientation of each of the tenon/mortise assemblies being different from the other 2 and along one of the 3 axes of space wherein:said device is free of any compensating spring;
at least one of the tenon/mortise assemblies is in the form of a dovetail;
a preload member configured to apply a lateral preload to one of the edges of the tenon of the tenon/mortise assembly, said preload member comprising a blade having a distal end and a proximal end that is narrower than the distal end, wherein the preload member is configured to limit but not prevent the movement of said plates relative to another;
at least one plate is movable relative to another by at least one micrometer screw acting on at least one of the two plates that are to be moved relative to the other, said micrometer screw being secured to a first one of said two plates, said micrometer screw being fixed in direct mesh with a second one of said two plates and is free to turn, wherein the micrometer screw is secured with a collar of cylindrical shape force-fitted onto one of the ends of said micrometer screw, and of a bracket, having an orifice of a diameter corresponding to the outside diameter of a body of the collar through which orifice said body of said collar passes, said bracket being fixed to the plate that the micrometer screw is to move;
at least one plate of the at least 4 plates is capable of being locked in the desired position relative to another plate of the at least 4 plates, wherein said plate is locked independently of the tenon/mortise assemblies associated with the plate.

US Pat. No. 10,288,509

CAPACITIVE PRESSURE SENSOR WITH REDUCED SENSITIVITY TO TEMPERATURE CHANGE

HORIBA STEC, CO., LTD., ...

1. A capacitive pressure sensor comprising:a diaphragm that deforms under pressure;
an electrode having an electrode face opposed to the diaphragm with a gap between the diaphragm and the electrode face;
a body having one end to which the diaphragm is joined, and accommodating at least a portion of the electrode;
an insulating positioning member that is provided in the body, and that positions at least the portion of the electrode accommodated in the body; and
a pressing mechanism that is configured to hold and press the insulating positioning member or the electrode in a direction parallel to the diaphragm,
wherein the pressing mechanism includes a position adjuster that includes a contact surface that is in contact with the insulating positioning member, the position adjuster configured to press the insulating positioning member in a direction oblique to the diaphragm and
the position adjuster includes a cutout portion comprising a recess that extends transverse to the contact surface and through the position adjustor.