US Pat. No. 10,509,086

MAGNETIC RESONANCE FINGERPRINTING DICTIONARY GENERATION USING A SUPPLEMENTARY MAGNETIC FIELD COIL

Koninklijke Philips N.V.,...

1. A method of operating an instrument, wherein the instrument comprises:a magnetic resonance system for measuring dictionary magnetic resonance data from a measurement zone, wherein the magnetic resonance system comprises a magnet for generating a main magnetic field within the measurement zone; and
a test fixture for holding a test sample within the measurement zone, wherein the test fixture comprises a supplementary magnetic field coil and a magnetic resonance antenna;
wherein the method comprises the steps of repeatedly:
choosing an electrical current from a distribution of electrical currents;
supplying the electrical current to the supplementary magnetic field coil to adjust the main magnetic field within the measurement zone;
acquiring the dictionary magnetic resonance data from the test sample with the magnetic resonance antenna by controlling the magnetic resonance system with pulse sequence commands during the supplying of the electrical current to the supplementary magnetic field coil, wherein the pulse sequence commands cause the magnetic resonance system to acquire the dictionary magnetic resonance data according to a magnetic resonance fingerprinting technique, wherein the pulse sequence commands specify a train of pulse sequence repetitions, wherein each pulse sequence repetition has a repetition time chosen from a distribution of repetition times, wherein each pulse sequence repetition comprises a radio frequency pulse chosen from a distribution of radio frequency pulses, wherein the distribution of radio frequency pulses cause magnetic spins to rotate to a distribution of flip angles, and wherein each pulse sequence repetition comprises a sampling event where the magnetic resonance signal is sampled for a predetermined duration at a sampling time before the end of the pulse sequence repetition, wherein the sampling time is chosen from a distribution of sampling times, wherein the dictionary magnetic resonance data is acquired during the sampling event; and
appending the dictionary magnetic resonance data to a magnetic resonance fingerprinting dictionary.

US Pat. No. 10,509,085

AUTOMATED IMPEDANCE ADJUSTMENT OF A MULTICHANNEL RF COIL ASSEMBLY

Koninklijke Philips N.V.,...

1. A multichannel radio frequency (RF) receive/transmit system for use in an magnetic resonance (MR) imaging system which includes a main magnet configured to generate a static magnetic field in an examination space, a gradient coil system configured to superimpose magnetic field gradients on the static magnetic field and an RF transmitter configured to feed RF power to the multichannel RF receive/transmit system to implement an imaging sequence, the multichannel RF receive/transmit system comprising:a plurality of RF coil elements configured for emission and reception of RF signals, each RF coil element including an adjustable impedance for tuning a resonance frequency of the RF coil element, the plurality of RF coil elements defining a plurality of channels;
each of the channels including an RF oscillator, the RF oscillator being configured to provide an RF signal to the RF coil elements of the channel;
each of the channels further including a tuning/matching circuit configured to compare forward power provided to at least one of the RF coil elements by the RF oscillator with reflected power at the respective RF coil element of the at least one of the RF coil elements, and to adjust the variable impedance of the at least one of the RF coil elements based on the comparison of the forward power and the reflected power to tune the least one of the RF coil elements.

US Pat. No. 10,509,082

MAGNETORESISTIVE SENSOR SYSTEMS WITH STRAY FIELD CANCELLATION UTILIZING AUXILIARY SENSOR SIGNALS

NXP B.V., Eindhoven (NL)...

1. A system comprising:a first magnetic sense element configured to produce a first output signal in response to an external magnetic field directed along a sensing axis parallel to a plane of the first magnetic sense element, the first magnetic sense element having a first magnetization direction;
a second magnetic sense element having a second magnetization direction that is rotated in the plane relative to the first magnetization direction, the second magnetic sense element being configured to produce a second output signal in response to the external magnetic field, wherein the second output signal differs from the first output signal in dependency to a magnetic interference field directed along a non-sensing axis of the first magnetic field; and
a processing circuit coupled with the first and second magnetic sense elements, wherein the processing circuit is configured to receive the first and second output signals, identify from a relationship between the first and second output signals an influence of the magnetic interference field on the first output signal, and apply a correction factor to the first output signal to produce a resultant output signal in which the influence of the magnetic interference field is substantially removed.

US Pat. No. 10,509,081

MAGNETO-SENSITIVE WIRE FOR MAGNETIC IMPEDANCE SENSOR CAPABLE OF HIGH-ACCURACY MEASUREMENT AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME

AICHI STEEL CORPORATION, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a magneto-sensitive wire for a magnetic impedance sensor capable of high-accuracy measurement,the magneto-sensitive wire comprising an amorphous wire for detecting magnetism,
the magnetic impedance sensor having the magneto-sensitive wire and a detection coil around the magneto-sensitive wire, the magnetic impedance sensor being configured to apply a pulse current to the magneto-sensitive wire and detect a voltage generated in the detection coil thereby capable of measuring strength of a magnetic field, the voltage having magnitude in response to strength of an external magnetic field,
the method comprising:
performing an in-rotating liquid spinning method and a subsequent wire drawing process to manufacture the amorphous wire; and
performing removal treatment for a process-affected residual layer generated at a surface and near the surface due to finishing by the wire drawing, the removal treatment being performed under a condition in which a wire diameter reduction rate with respect to a wire diameter before the removal treatment is 0.5-30%,
wherein a rate of the removal treatment for the process-affected residual layer is 10 micrometers per minute or less.

US Pat. No. 10,509,080

DIFFERENTIAL TYPE MAGNETIC SENSOR

AICHI STEEL CORPORATION, ...

1. A differential type magnetic sensor comprising a driving means for outputting driving currents,two magnetic detecting means including two magneto-impedance elements comprising two magneto-sensitive bodies which are disposed at two distant points and wherein two magnetic field signal voltages are generated in response to two external magnetic fields intensities around said two magneto-sensitive bodies to which the driving currents are applied and
a differential operating means for operating a difference signal voltage between the two magnetic field signal voltages output from said magnetic detecting means and for outputting the difference signal between the two external magnetic field intensities, and
further comprising a signal adjusting means which is interposed between said driving means and said differential operating means and adjusts the output signals of said two magnetic detecting means in response to the different detection sensitivities of two magneto-impedance elements in order that said two magnetic detecting means including said two magneto-impedance elements having different detection sensitivities output the two magnetic field signal voltages of same level in case of same intensities on the two external magnetic field intensities around said two magneto-sensitive bodies, and wherein
said differential type magnetic sensor is configured that a local weaker magnetic field than a background magnetic field component is detected by adjusting the two magnetic field signal voltages such that the detection sensitivities of the magnetic detecting means are regarded to be roughly the same as each other and canceling the background magnetic field components common to the two points.

US Pat. No. 10,509,078

ASSESSMENT METHOD

ROLLS-ROYCE PLC, London ...

1. A method of assessing a condition of a multi-phase power system, the method comprising:acquiring, via a voltage sensor and a current sensor, a voltage signal and a current signal, respectively, for each phase of the multi-phase power system;
calculating, via a processor, a product of the voltage signal for each phase of the multi-phase power system with a current signal for one of the phases of the multi-phase power system, wherein at least two of the calculated products are the product of the voltage signal for one phase and the current signal for a different phase;
summing, via the processor, the calculated products;
performing a frequency analysis of the summed calculated products to extract at least one of a direct current component of the summed calculated products and a second harmonic component of the summed calculated products;
determining whether the extracted at least one of the direct current component of the summed calculated products and the second harmonic component of the summed calculated products exceeds a threshold; and
when it is determined that the extracted at least one of the direct current component of the summed calculated products and the second harmonic component of the summed calculated products exceeds a threshold, identifying the possible existence of a fault in the multi-phase power system.

US Pat. No. 10,509,077

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ESTIMATING STATE OF BATTERY

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A battery state estimation method comprising:receiving sensing data of a battery;
acquiring feature information by preprocessing the sensing data;
selecting the preprocessed sensing data based on the feature information; and
determining state information of the battery based on either one or both of the selected preprocessed sensing data and previous state information of the battery.

US Pat. No. 10,509,076

BATTERY PERFORMANCE MONITORING

Microsoft Technology Lice...

16. A method, executed by a controller, comprising:creating a load pulse for a battery;
receive a temperature of the battery;
measuring a battery voltage during creation of the load pulse;
measuring a battery current during creation of the load pulse;
calculating a battery resistance from the measured battery voltage and battery current;
based on the battery resistance and the temperature of the battery, calculating a maximum allowable current extractable from the battery, wherein the maximum allowable current is determined such that a voltage across the battery does not drop below a system shutdown threshold voltage when the maximum allowable current is drawn from the battery and does drop below the system shutdown threshold voltage when a current greater than the maximum allowable current is drawn from the battery; and
storing a value of the maximum allowable current in a memory.

US Pat. No. 10,509,075

DIAGNOSTIC METHOD FOR AN ENGINE-GENERATOR SET

Kohler Co., Kohler, WI (...

1. A method for performing a diagnostic test on a backup power system, the method comprising:starting, by a controller, a stationary electrical backup system that includes a generator and an internal combustion engine that drives the generator to produce electricity;
controlling, by the controller, a throttle of the engine to adjust an engine speed of the engine from a first speed to a second speed;
determining, by the controller, a transition time indicative of an amount of time taken by the engine to adjust from the first speed to the second speed; and
generating a fault indication based on the transition time.

US Pat. No. 10,509,074

ELECTRICAL TESTING APPARATUS FOR SPINTRONICS DEVICES

TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANU...

1. A stimulus and response controller contained within a magnetic electrical test apparatus for evaluating, and characterizing at least one magnetic tunnel junction device under test (MTJ DUT), the stimulus and response controller comprising:a communication interface connected to a tester controller for receiving tester configuration instructions and test stimulus instructions from the tester controller and transmitting response results to the tester controller;
a configurable function circuit selectively configured for performing analytical and evaluation operations of the response data prior to transmission to the tester controller;
a test function configurator in communication through the communication interface with the tester controller for receiving the test configuration instructions and configured for decoding the test configuration instructions and transferring the decoded test configuration to the configurable function circuit for constituting the configurable function circuit to a function detailed in the test configuration instructions;
a stimulus memory configured for receiving test commands and instruction data from the communication interface and configured for retaining test commands and instruction data;
a stimulus waveform generator in communication with the stimulus memory for extracting the test commands and instruction data from the stimulus memory and is configured for decoding the test commands and instruction data to form a stimulus signal that is applied to a first terminal of the at least one MTJ DUT;
a response waveform receiver in communication with the at least one MTJ DUT for capturing the at least one response signal from the at least one MTJ DUT; and
a response memory in communication with the response waveform receiver for receiving the at least one response signal for retention, in communication with the stimulus waveform generator for receiving the stimulus signal and timing trace signals for retention with the response signal and in communication with the configurable function circuit for selectively transferring the stimulus signal, the response signal and timing traces signals to the configurable function circuit for performing the evaluation and characterization operations and for receiving result data from the configurable function circuit and in communication with the tester controller through the communication interface for transferring the result data to the tester controller.

US Pat. No. 10,509,072

TEST APPLICATION TIME REDUCTION USING CAPTURE-PER-CYCLE TEST POINTS

Mentor Graphics Corporati...

1. A system, comprising:scan chains for testing a circuit in a test mode, the scan chains comprising:
a plurality of regular scan chains, the plurality of regular scan chains being scan chains configurable to shift in test stimuli, to capture test responses, and to shift out the captured test responses in the test mode, and
one or more capture-per-cycle scan chains, the one or more capture-per-cycle scan chains being scan chains configurable to capture test responses at observation sites (observation points) selected for testing the circuit during scan shift operations in the test mode, each of the one or more capture-per-cycle scan chains comprising:
scan cells, and
signal-combining devices, each of the signal-combining devices being inserted between two neighboring scan cells in the scan cells, wherein:
each of the signal-combining devices comprises an XOR logic gate and a logic gate,
inputs of the logic gate are respectively connected to one of the observation sites and to a test point enable signal (TPE),
an output of the logic gate is connected to an input of the XOR logic gate,
an output of each of the signal-combining devices is connected to a data input of a first neighboring scan cell,
a first input of the each of the signal-combining devices is connected to an output of a second neighboring scan cell, and
no outputs of the scan cells drive any logic of the circuit in the test mode.

US Pat. No. 10,509,065

IMAGING OF ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS

Quantum Valley Ideas Labo...

1. An imaging method, comprising:receiving, at a vapor-cell sensor, electromagnetic radiation from a source of the electromagnetic radiation;
passing beams of light from a laser system through the vapor-cell sensor, one or more of the beams of light reflecting off a dielectric mirror of the vapor-cell sensor;
receiving at least one of the beams of light at an optical imaging system, the optical imaging system configured to measure spatial properties of a beam of light; and
determining one or both of an amplitude and a phase of the electromagnetic radiation based on spatial properties of the at least one received beam of light.

US Pat. No. 10,509,064

IMPEDANCE MEASUREMENT THROUGH WAVEFORM MONITORING

Tektronix, Inc., Beavert...

1. A method of determining electrical input impedance of a Device Under Test (DUT) in a network including a waveform generator structured to provide waveform information of a test waveform at an output of the waveform generator, and a waveform monitor having an input coupled to the output of the waveform generator, the method comprising:coupling the output of the waveform generator to a load matching a cable load;
measuring a first voltage of the test waveform at one or more frequencies;
coupling the output of the waveform generator to an open load;
measuring a second voltage of the test waveform at the same one or more frequencies;
coupling the output of the waveform generator to the DUT through a cable having the same load as the cable load;
measuring a third voltage of the test waveform at the same one or more frequencies; and
determining the input impedance of the DUT from the measured voltages.

US Pat. No. 10,509,063

ELECTRICAL SIGNAL MEASUREMENT DEVICE USING REFERENCE SIGNAL

FLUKE CORPORATION, Evere...

1. An electrical parameter measurement device, comprising:a voltage test input terminal operatively coupled to voltage measurement circuitry of the electrical parameter measurement device;
a common input terminal operatively coupled to the voltage measurement circuitry of the electrical parameter measurement device; and
reference signal circuitry, comprising:
a common mode reference voltage source which, in operation, generates an alternating current (AC) reference voltage having a reference frequency, wherein the common mode reference voltage source is electrically coupled to the common input terminal;
detection circuitry that, in operation,
detects a first signal present at the voltage test input terminal; and
detects a second signal present at the common input terminal; and
processing circuitry that, in operation,
receives the first and second signals from the detection circuitry;
processes the first and second signals; and
determines at least one electrical characteristic of a device under test that is electrically coupled to the voltage test input terminal and the common input terminal based at least in part on the processing of the first and second signals.

US Pat. No. 10,509,062

METHOD OF MEASURING FREQUENCY OF COORDINATE INDICATING DEVICE, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS THEREOF

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An electronic apparatus configured to determine a frequency of an electromagnetic signal, the electronic apparatus comprising:a signal receiver configured to receive the electromagnetic signal emitted from a coordinate indicating device configured to emit a frequency in a range of a predetermined center frequency upon contacting a sensor pad;
a band-pass filter device comprising at least one band-pass filter configured to respectively generate a first filtered signal and a second filtered signal by filtering the received electromagnetic signal in an adjustable first frequency range, the adjustable first frequency range having a first center frequency based on a first value of the range and the predetermined center frequency of the coordinate indicating device and an adjustable second frequency range having a second center frequency based on a second value of the range and the predetermined center frequency of the coordinate indicating device;
a controller configured to generate a first integrated signal and a second integrated signal by integrating the generated first filtered signal and the generated second filtered signal respectively and to detect a frequency value of the received electromagnetic signal based on a ratio value between the generated first integrated signal and the generated second integrated signal, to measure a pressure of the coordinate indicating device; and
a memory configured to store a lookup table usable by the controller to calculate the ratio value.

US Pat. No. 10,509,061

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR HIGH TEMPERATURE DETECTION IN ELECTRIC METERS

Sensus Spectrum, LLC, Ra...

1. A system for responding to an electrical meter alarm, comprising:a processor at a meter or at a utility;
an alarm chronical encoded in memory of the processor, the alarm chronical comprising,
an alarm level correlating to a degree of risk associated with a state of the meter,
a time stamp including a date and a time of when the alarm level triggered,
a meter identification, and
performance data of the meter,
wherein the degree of risk is correlated by cross-checking records at the utility for meters operating under similar external conditions and under similar power loads.

US Pat. No. 10,509,059

APPARATUS FOR DETECTING CURRENT

LSIS CO., LTD., Anyang-s...

1. An apparatus for detecting a current flowing through an inductor, the apparatus comprising:a charging stage having one end connected to a power source and another end connected to an inductor and configured to operate in accordance with a first operating phase to charge the inductor with a current;
a discharging stage having one end connected to the inductor and another end connected to ground potential and configured to operate in accordance with a second operating phase which is opposite to the first operating phase to discharge the current charged in the inductor; and
a detecting stage configured to detect a magnitude of a current flowing through the inductor based on a first output voltage output from a first output node of the charging stage when the inductor is charged by the charging stage or on a second output voltage output from a second output node of the discharging stage when the inductor is discharged by the discharging stage,
wherein the detecting stage comprises:
a sensing resistor;
a feedback resistor;
an output terminal transistor; and
a differential amplifier comprising a first input terminal connected to the first output node or the second output node, a second input terminal connected to one end of the feedback resistor, and an output terminal connected to the output terminal transistor,
wherein a resistance value of the feedback resistor is set so that voltages at the first input terminal and the second input terminal of the differential amplifier are the same,
wherein the apparatus further comprises a switching element at one end of the first input terminal of the differential amplifier, and the switching element operates according to the first operating phase or the second operating phase.

US Pat. No. 10,509,057

PROBE ASSEMBLY AND PROBE STRUCTURE THEREOF

CHUNGHWA PRECISION TEST T...

1. A probe assembly, including:a metal main portion having a first end portion, a second end portion corresponding to the first end portion, a connecting portion connected between the first end portion and the second end portion, and a surrounding surface surrounding the first end portion, the second end portion and the connecting portion;
a covering layer including a first covering layer disposed on the surrounding surface located on the first end portion, a second covering layer disposed on the surrounding layer located on the second end portion and a third covering layer disposed on the surrounding surface located on the connecting portion; and
an insulating layer disposed on the third covering layer for exposing the first covering layer and the second covering layer;
wherein the first covering layer includes a reinforcing layer, and the reinforcing layer of the first covering layer is disposed on the surrounding surface located on the first end portion, wherein the Young's modulus of the reinforcing layer of the first covering layer is more than 100 GPa.

US Pat. No. 10,509,055

METHOD FOR CONTACTING AT LEAST TWO METAL ELECTRODES AND ARRANGEMENT

1. An arrangement, comprising:a body of sintered ceramic, the body having a front face and a rear face and two cavities disposed in the front face, each of the two cavities having a through-hole leading from the respective cavity, through the body, to the rear face;
two metal electrodes, wherein each metal electrode is disposed in a cavity of the two cavities in the body such that a front end face of each metal electrode is essentially plan-parallel to the front face of the body;
two electrical cables, wherein each electrical cable extends from outside the body into the rear face of the body and into a through-hole of the two through-holes; and
a solder paste or an electrically conductive adhesive disposed in each through-hole such that the solder paste or electrically conductive adhesive connects each cable with the respective metal electrode electrically and mechanically,
wherein the two metal electrodes are embodied as hollow cylinders, each hollow cylinder having a height and a wall thickness, wherein the height of each hollow cylinder is substantially equal to its wall thickness, wherein the two hollow cylinders are disposed concentrically.

US Pat. No. 10,509,051

PHYSICAL QUANTITY SENSOR AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A physical quantity sensor that is configured to detect at least one of acceleration or angular velocity, the physical quantity sensor comprising:a detection element that outputs a sensor signal in accordance with at least one of acceleration or angular velocity as a physical quantity; and
a mount member on which the detection element is mounted, wherein:
the detection element includes
a sensor portion that has a first surface and that includes a movable electrode and a fixed electrode, the movable electrode is displaceable in a surface direction of the first surface in accordance with a physical quantity, the surface direction extends parallel to the first surface of the sensor portion, and the fixed electrode is disposed to oppose the movable electrode in the surface direction of the first surface, and the sensor portion outputs the sensor signal based on a capacitance between the movable electrode and the fixed electrode, and
a cap portion that has a first surface and that is bonded with the sensor portion in a state where the first surface of the cap portion opposes the first surface of the sensor portion;
each of the first surface of the sensor portion and the first surface of the cap portion is mounted on the mount member so as to be orthogonal to a first surface of the mount member, and the detection element detects the physical quantity in a normal direction to the first surface of the mount member; and
a first electrode, which is electrically connected with the movable electrode and electrically connected with a circuit portion to perform a predetermined process, and a second electrode, which is electrically connected with the fixed electrode and electrically connected with the circuit portion, are provided on a side surface of the cap portion adjacent to the first surface of the cap portion and parallel to the first surface of the mount member, wherein:
the side surface of the cap portion adjacent to the first surface of the cap portion and parallel to the first surface of the mount member includes a first side surface and a second side surface,
the first side surface of the cap portion is farther from the first surface of the mount member than the second side surface of the cap portion,
the first electrode and the second electrode are located on the first side surface of the cap portion, and
each of the first electrode and the second electrode is electrically connected with the circuit portion via each conductive member.

US Pat. No. 10,509,049

METHOD OF OPERATING A LABORATORY SAMPLE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM, LABORATORY SAMPLE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM AND LABORATORY AUTOMATION SYSTEM

Roche Diagnostics Operati...

1. A method of operating a laboratory sample distribution system, the laboratory sample distribution system comprising a number of sample container carriers, the sample container carriers each comprising at least one magnetically active device and adapted to carry at least one sample container, a transport plane adapted to support the sample container carriers, and a number of electro-magnetic actuators stationary arranged below the transport plane, the electro-magnetic actuators adapted to move a corresponding sample container carrier on top of the transport plane by applying a magnetic force to the sample container carrier, the method comprising:a) activating one of the number electro-magnetic actuators to apply a magnetic force to one of the number of sample container carriers in order to cause a movement of the one sample container carrier;
b) detecting an electro-magnetic actuator calibration movement profile of the one sample container carrier;
c) determining at least one electro-magnetic actuator calibration parameter for the one electro-magnetic actuator in response to the electro-magnetic actuator calibration movement profile; and
d) operating the one electro-magnetic actuator according to the at least one determined electro-magnetic actuator calibration parameter, when the one electro-magnetic actuator is activated a next time.

US Pat. No. 10,509,048

BLOOD TEST APPARATUS

NIHON KOHDEN CORPORATION,...

1. A blood test apparatus comprising:a test section configured to perform a predetermined test with respect to blood specimens contained in a plurality of blood collecting tubes held by a first rack representing a first color and blood specimens contained in a plurality of blood collecting tubes held by a second rack representing a second color which is different from the first color;
a carry-out section at which the first rack and the second rack are disposed after the test is finished; and
a display section adjacent to the carry-out section and configured to display a result screen showing a result of the test,
wherein the result screen includes:
a first region displayed in a position corresponding to a position of the first rack in the carry-out section, and presenting the first color;
a second region displayed in a position corresponding to a position of the second rack in the carry-out section, and presenting the second color;
a plurality of first symbols displayed in the first region at positions corresponding to positions of the blood collecting tubes held in the first rack; and
a plurality of second symbols displayed in the second region at positions corresponding to positions of the blood collecting tubes held in the second rack; and
wherein a displayed appearance of each of the first symbols and the second symbols is changed in accordance with the result of the test.

US Pat. No. 10,509,047

METHOD FOR HANDLING A SAMPLE TUBE AND HANDLING DEVICE

Roche Diagnostics Operati...

1. A method for automated handling of an unaligned sample tube by a gripper apparatus, wherein the unaligned sample tube is filled with liquid to be analyzed, the method comprises:determining a position and alignment of a sample tube in a holding apparatus based on 3D spatial geometric data of the sample tube acquired by an image acquisition apparatus under control of a control apparatus; and
handling the sample tube by the gripper apparatus under control of the control apparatus, wherein the handling is based on the 3D spatial geometric sample tube position and alignment data acquired by the image acquisition apparatus and conveyed to the control apparatus and wherein upon determination by the image acquisition apparatus that the alignment of the sample tube deviates obliquely from a longitudinal bearing axis standard such that a vertical axis of the sample tube is not parallel to the longitudinal bearing axis, the control apparatus spatially manipulates the gripper apparatus based on the 3D spatial geometric sample tube position and alignment data acquired by the image acquisition apparatus so that the gripper apparatus adjusts itself spatially in order to grip the sample tube obliquely at the same non-parallel deviation from the longitudinal bearing axis standard as the sample tube.

US Pat. No. 10,509,046

DETECTION OF INDAZOLE SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

Randox Laboratories Limit...

1. A polyclonal antibody, wherein the polyclonal antibody is raised against an immunogen having the structure of:
wherein KLH is keyhole limpet hemocyanin,wherein the polyclonal antibody has an IC50 value of:1.723 ng/ml to AB-Pinaca N-pentanoic acid;
0.544 ng/ml to 5-fluoropentyl AB-Pinaca;
0.887 ng/ml to 1-(5-hydroxypentyl) AB-Pinaca;
1.107 ng/ml to AB-Pinaca; and
1.546 ng/ml to AB-Fubinaca;wherein the IC50 values are determined using a tracer having the structure of:
wherein HRP is horseradish peroxidase and HRP is a detectable label.

US Pat. No. 10,509,041

GLUCOSE DERIVATIVE, AND CELL IMAGING METHOD AND IMAGING AGENT USING SAID DERIVATIVE

HIROSAKI UNIVERSITY, Hir...

1. A method for detecting a cancer or a cancer cell, comprising the following steps:(a) contacting a composition containing a glucose derivative with a target cell; and
(b) detecting the glucose derivative present within the target cell,
wherein the glucose derivative is a compound represented by the following formula (2), (3), (4) or (5) or a salt thereof:

wherein X represents O, NH, or NR3, wherein R3 represents C1-C5 alkyl; and
R1 and R2 each independently represent a group selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, halogen, C1-C5 alkyl, C2-C5 alkenyl, C2-C5 alkynyl, C1-C5 haloalkyl, C1-C5 alkylamino, cycloalkyl, phenyl, pyridyl, thiophenyl, pyrrolyl, and furanyl;

wherein R1 and R2 each independently represent a group selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, halogen, C1-C5 alkyl, C2-C5 alkenyl, C2-C5 alkynyl, C1-C5 haloalkyl, C1-C5 alkylamino, cycloalkyl, phenyl, pyridyl, thiophenyl, pyrrolyl, and furanyl;
and R4 represents C1-C5 alkyl;

wherein X represents O, NH, or NR3, wherein R3 represents C1-C5 alkyl; and
R1 and R2 each independently represent a group selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, halogen, C1-C5 alkyl, C2-C5 alkenyl, C2-C5 alkynyl, C1-C5 haloalkyl, C1-C5 alkylamino, cycloalkyl, phenyl, pyridyl, thiophenyl, pyrrolyl, and furanyl; or

wherein R1 and R2 each independently represent a group selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, halogen, C1-C5 alkyl, C2-C5 alkenyl, C2-C5 alkynyl, C1-C5 haloalkyl, C1-C5 alkylamino, cycloalkyl, phenyl, pyridyl, thiophenyl, pyrrolyl, and furanyl;
and R4 represents C1-C5 alkyl.

US Pat. No. 10,509,028

USE OF A LOW-DENSITY IMMISCIBLE COMPOUND IN A DEVICE FOR DETECTING AN ANALYTE IN A SAMPLE

BIO-RAD EUROPE GMBH, Bas...

1. A device for detecting an analyte in a sample, the device comprising:a reaction chamber able to receive the sample;
a separation matrix; and
a layer composed of a low-density immiscible compound that separates the reaction chamber from the separation matrix,
wherein the reaction chamber is located above the separation matrix within the device.

US Pat. No. 10,509,027

URINE SAMPLE ANALYZER AND URINE SAMPLE ANALYZING METHOD

SYSMEX CORPORATION, Kobe...

1. A urine sample analyzer comprising:a flow cell through which a measurement specimen containing a urine sample flows;
a light source that applies light onto the measurement specimen flowing through the flow cell;
a light receiver that receives light from particles contained in the urine sample, and outputs a signal corresponding to a magnitude of the received light; and
an analysis unit comprising a processor configured with a program to perform operations comprising:
obtaining, for each signal waveform with a peak, a first parameter representing a rise time of the signal waveform and a second parameter representing a fall time of the signal waveform;
counting particular waveforms that are to be given certain coordinates in response to being plotted on a two-dimensional plane with axes of the first parameter and the second parameter, wherein the certain coordinates comprise: (i) a group of coordinates having the first parameter relatively greater than the second parameter; and (ii) a group of coordinates having the second parameter relatively greater than the first parameter; and
determining a presence of sperms in the urine sample, based on-the number of particular waveforms counted.

US Pat. No. 10,509,023

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM FOR IMAGE PROCESSING

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an input unit to input a fluorescent image and a morphological image of a tissue, wherein
a specific biological substance expressed at a first structure of a cell in the tissue is stained by a fluorescent substance,
the fluorescent image illustrates at least one fluorescent bright point which represents expression of the biological substance in the tissue, and
the morphological image illustrates a morphology of a second structure of of respective cells in the tissue and comprises a same range of the tissue as the fluorescent image;
a feature amount extraction unit to extract a feature amount of the second structure from the morphological image;
a bright point extraction unit to extract the at least one fluorescent bright point from the fluorescent image;
a discrimination unit to discriminate a fluorescent bright point of the at least one fluorescent bright point corresponding to the second structure; and
a region of interest determination unit to determine a region of interest on a basis of the feature amount of the second structure and a distribution of the fluorescent bright point corresponding to the second structure.

US Pat. No. 10,509,020

MARKER COMPOSITIONS, AND METHODS FOR MAKING AND USING SAME

United Color Manufacturin...

1. A method of identifying marked hydrocarbon fluids that have been laundered, wherein unlaundered marked hydrocarbon fluids contain a gas chromatography marker and a spectroscopic marker, the gas chromatography marker including a pyrrolidinone, the method comprising:a) introducing a first portion of a marked hydrocarbon fluid sample that is suspected of having been laundered into a gas chromatography system, thereby resulting in a gas chromatography report of the marked hydrocarbon fluid sample;
b) spectroscopically analyzing a second portion of the marked hydrocarbon fluid sample, thereby resulting in a spectroscopic report of the marked hydrocarbon fluid sample;
c) identifying a presence or absence of the gas chromatography marker using the gas chromatography report and identifying a presence or absence of the spectroscopic marker using the spectroscopic report; and
d) based on the identifying of step c):
if the gas chromatography marker and the spectroscopic marker are identified as present, then indicating that the hydrocarbon fluid sample is marked and unlaundered; and
if the gas chromatography marker is identified as present and the spectroscopic marker is identified as absent, then indicating that the hydrocarbon fluid sample is marked and laundered.

US Pat. No. 10,509,019

METHOD FOR DETERMINING SOIL MOISTURE

1. A method for determining soil moisture, comprising(a) measuring an initial electrical conductivity and an initial dielectric constant of a training sample of a soil;
(b) adjusting the training sample's water content by adding a fixed amount of water and obtaining a plurality of adjusted electrical conductivities and dielectric constants from the adjusted training sample;
(c) entering the initial and adjusted electrical conductivities and dielectric constants into a computing device;
(d) obtaining a regression value from the initial and adjusted electrical conductivities and dielectric constants of the training sample;
(e) measuring a final electrical conductivity and a final dielectric constant from a real sample of the soil; and
(f) determining the soil moisture of the soil using the regression value and the final electrical conductivity and dielectric constant of the real sample.

US Pat. No. 10,509,017

HIGH PRESSURE PROCESSING PRESSURE SENSOR

Chromatic Technologies, I...

1. A pressure sensor for visually determining whether a pressure threshold has been achieved, said pressure sensor comprising:a color-changing system comprising:
a dye;
a developer; and
a solvent;
wherein said color-changing system is contained such that said dye, said developer, and said solvent are encapsulated together;
wherein said developer variably interacts with said dye according to the pressure of said color-changing system; and
wherein upon achievement of said pressure threshold, said dye and said developer interact, resulting in a visible color change.

US Pat. No. 10,509,016

METHODS FOR DETECTING LACOSAMIDE BY MASS SPECTROMETRY

Quest Diagnostics Investm...

1. A method for determining the amount of lacosamide in a sample, said method comprising:a. subjecting the sample to protein precipitation;
b. purifying lacosamide from said sample by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC);
c. ionizing lacosamide and an internal standard by electrospray ionization (ESI) to produce at least one lacosamide ion and at least one internal standard ion detectable by mass spectrometry, wherein the ions are fragmented with a collision energy of 35V;
d. determining an amount of said at least one lacosamide ion and an amount of said at least one internal standard ion by mass spectrometry; and
e. comparing the amount of said at least one lacosamide ion and the amount of said at least one internal standard ion to determine the amount of lacosamide in the sample.

US Pat. No. 10,509,015

DETECTING FAULTY COLLECTION OF VIBRATION DATA

Computational Systems, In...

1. A method for collecting vibration data indicative of health of a machine, the method comprising:(a) attaching a vibration sensor to a measurement point on the machine;
(b) collecting vibration data including a bin of vibration data that extends over a measurement time period having a begin time and an end time;
(c) storing the vibration data in memory;
(d) determining a first average amplitude of a first portion of the bin of vibration data collected during a first time window that includes the begin time of the measurement time period;
(e) determining a second average amplitude of a second portion of the bin of vibration data collected during a second time window that includes the end time of the measurement time period;
(f) determining a slope of the vibration data based on a ratio of an amplitude difference between the first and second average amplitudes and a time difference between a first time in the first time window and a second time in the second time window; and
(g) retaining or discarding the bin of vibration data collected in step (b) based on comparison of the slope to one or more threshold levels.

US Pat. No. 10,509,014

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR THE TESTING OF ULTRASOUND PROBES

1. A method of testing an ultrasound probe having a plurality of transducer element/lead pairs, the method comprising:selecting an interrogation protocol from a plurality of interrogation protocols, each of the plurality of interrogation protocols specifying an order in which voltage pulses are sent from transmitters of a plurality of transmitter/receiver circuits to the plurality of transducer element/lead pairs;
sending voltage pulses according to the selected interrogation protocol; and
registering voltage pulses received by receivers of the plurality of transmitter/receiver circuits according to the selected interrogation protocol,
the selected interrogation protocol detecting crosstalk between any two transducer element/lead pairs of the plurality of transducer element/lead pairs by:
i. selecting an individual transducer element/lead pair of the plurality of transducer element/lead pairs,
ii. sending a voltage pulse to the individual transducer element/lead pair,
iii. registering voltage pulses received by each of the receivers of the plurality of transmitter/receiver circuits,
iv. repeating i)-iii) until a voltage pulse is sent to each individual transducer element/lead pair, and
v. producing a report of detected crosstalk based on results from i) to iv).

US Pat. No. 10,509,013

METHOD FOR FABRICATING A LAYERED STRUCTURE USING WAFER BONDING

The University of British...

1. A method for fabricating a layered structure, the method comprising:(a) depositing a first polymer-based layer on a substrate assembly that functions as a bottom electrode;
(b) patterning the first polymer-based layer to be a cavity;
(c) depositing a sacrificial layer on a separate substrate;
(d) depositing a second polymer-based layer over the sacrificial layer;
(e) depositing a top electrode on the second polymer-based layer;
(f) depositing a third polymer-based layer on the top electrode such that the top electrode is between the second and third polymer-based layers;
(g) adhering the first and third polymer-based layers together such that the cavity is closed by the first and third polymer-based layers; and
(h) etching away the sacrificial layer such that the second polymer-based layer is released from the separate substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,509,012

SOUND PROPAGATION COMPARISON WITH AUTOMATED FREQUENCY SELECTION FOR PIPE CONDITION ASSESSMENT

Mueller International, LL...

1. A method for receiving and analyzing data for condition assessment within a fluid distribution system, comprising:receiving pipe segment criteria for a pipe segment, the pipe segment comprising a length of a pipe between a first computing node and a second computing node;
determining a predicted parameter based on the received pipe segment criteria for the pipe segment;
utilizing the predicted parameter to measure an actual speed of sound for the pipe segment between the first computing node and the second computing node; and
comparing the actual speed of sound and a theoretical speed of sound to calculate a predicted pipe degradation for the pipe segment.

US Pat. No. 10,509,010

VACUUM PROCESSING APPARATUS AND MASS SPECTROMETER

SHIMADZU CORPORATION, Ky...

5. A mass spectrometer comprising:a processing chamber that can bring an inside of the processing chamber into a vacuum state;
a load lock chamber that is coupled to the processing chamber and that is switchable between an atmospheric state and the vacuum state;
a communication unit configured to communicate the processing chamber with the load lock chamber;
a stage on which a processing object is placed, the stage being movable between the processing chamber and the load lock chamber through the communication unit; and
a sealing unit fixed to the stage, the sealing unit being larger than an opening of the communication unit on a processing chamber side;
a plate-shaped member rotatably provided on a horizontal axis placed above the opening of the communication unit on the processing chamber side in an inner wall of the processing chamber, the plate-shaped member being switchable between a closed state in which the plate-shaped member abuts on the inner wall and an opened state in which the plate-shaped member is detached from the inner wall; and
a penetration opening formed in the plate-shaped member to allow the stage to pass, wherein:
an opening end of the penetration opening on the inner wall side is formed at a position corresponding to the opening of the communication unit on the processing chamber side when the plate-shaped member is in the closed state, while the penetration opening is inclined obliquely downward as the penetration opening goes away from the inner wall,
an inclined portion inclined obliquely downward at an angle equal to that of the penetration opening is formed at an end of the stage on a side on which the sealing unit is fixed as it approaches the sealing unit,
the sealing unit is larger than an opening end of the penetration opening on a side opposite to the inner wall, and
in a state in which the stage is located on a load lock chamber side, the inclined portion of the stage is disposed inside the penetration opening, and the sealing unit abuts on the plate-shaped member to bring the plate-shaped member into the closed state.

US Pat. No. 10,509,009

SENSOR CONTROL APPARATUS AND SENSOR CONTROL SYSTEM

NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.,...

1. A sensor control apparatus configured for connection to a gas sensor, the gas sensor including an electromotive force cell having a first solid electrolyte body and a pair of first electrodes formed on the first solid electrolyte body and a pump cell having a second solid electrolyte body and a pair of second electrodes formed on the second solid electrolyte body and which detects a particular gas component contained in a gas under measurement, the sensor control apparatus comprising:current control means for controlling pump current flowing between the pair of second electrodes such that an electromotive force cell voltage generated between the pair of first electrodes becomes equal to a target voltage;
pump current detection means for detecting the pump current;
voltage setting means for setting the target voltage to a first target voltage, a second target voltage, and a third target voltage, in this order, the first target voltage being a voltage at which moisture contained in the gas under measurement does not substantially dissociate and which is used when the particular gas component is detected, the second target voltage being a voltage at which moisture contained in the gas under measurement dissociates, the third target voltage being lower than the first target voltage,
control means for detecting humidity of the gas under measurement based on a difference between the pump current when the target voltage is the first target voltage and the pump current when the target voltage is the second target voltage,
wherein the control means causes the pump current detection means to detect the pump current when a predetermined time has elapsed after the target voltage has been changed from the third target voltage to the first target voltage by the voltage setting means, and
wherein the first, second, and third target voltages are positive voltages.

US Pat. No. 10,509,008

BIOLOGICAL DEVICE AND BIOSENSING METHOD THEREOF

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

1. A device comprising:a substrate comprising:
a source region and a drain region;
a channel region disposed on a same plane as the source region and the drain region and between the source region and the drain region in a first lateral direction on the plane;
a body region; and
a sensing region disposed at least on the same plane as the channel region and between the channel region and the body region in a second lateral direction on the plane different from the first lateral direction, wherein the sensing region is configured to bind target molecules;
a gate electrode disposed on the substrate;
a sensing well disposed at least adjacent to the sensing region; and
a gate dielectric disposed between the sensing region and the gate electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,509,005

BLOOD COMPONENT MEASURING DEVICE, METHOD FOR MEASURING BLOOD COMPONENT, AND BIO-SENSOR

PHC Holdings Corporation,...

1. A method for measuring a blood component that measures a blood component amount with a biosensor in which blood is introduced, and a blood component contained in the blood is oxidized and reduced by an oxidoreductase,the method comprising:
measuring a first current value generated when a first voltage is applied to a first electrode pair of the biosensor,
measuring multiple times a second current value generated when a second voltage is applied to a second electrode pair of the biosensor multiple times, and
correcting the measured first current value based on at least a part of the measured first and second current values,
wherein measuring the first current value is conducted by
applying the first voltage to the first electrode pair during a predetermined period after introduction of the blood to the biosensor, and
detecting the current at the predetermined timing for detection of the first current,
measuring the second current value multiple times is conducted by
applying a pulse of the second voltage to the second electrode pair during a predetermined short period from the measuring of the second current and during a predetermined timing for detection of the second current, and
detecting the current corresponding to each of the second currents.

US Pat. No. 10,509,004

SENSOR ELEMENTS WITH A TANTALUM- OR NIOBIUM-CONTAINING BASE LAYER AND METHODS OF PRODUCING THE SAME

ROCHE DIABETES CARE, INC....

1. A sensor element for electrochemically analyzing a body fluid sample, the sensor, element comprising:an electrically insulating carrier substrate; and
an electrically conductive layer structure deposited on a surface of the electrically insulating carrier substrate, wherein the electrically conductive layer structure comprises a continuous base layer of tantalum, niobium or an alloy thereof and a metallic cover layer formed only on the base layer covering the base layer only in some regions thereof, wherein the cover layer is a noble metal which is more noble than the base layer, and wherein the electrically conductive layer structure includes an electrode arrangement to which the body, fluid sample can be applied,
the electrically conductive layer structure also including, contact pads for making electrical contact with an instrument for applying electrical potential to the sensor element, and conductive paths extending between the electrode arrangement and the contact pads, the electrode arrangement including portions of the base layer and the cover layer, the contact pads including portions of the base layer and the cover layer; and the conductive paths including portions of the base layer free of the cover layer.

US Pat. No. 10,509,003

CONDUCTIVITY SENSOR AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING THE ELECTRICAL CONDUCTIVITY OF A LIQUID MEDIUM

KROHNE MESSTECHNIK GMBH, ...

1. A conductivity sensor for measuring the electrical conductivity of a liquid medium comprising:at least a first coil,
a current source connected to the first coil,
a control and evaluation unit,
at least a first electrode and a second electrode, and
at least one voltage measuring unit, the voltage measuring unit being connected to the first electrode and the second electrode,
wherein the control and evaluation unit is connected to the current source and to the at least one voltage measuring unit,
wherein the first electrode and the second electrode are arranged out of electrical contact with the first coil, and
wherein at least one electrically insulating unit is provided, the electrically insulating unit having an inner space and an outer space, the inner space being open, wherein the first coil surrounds the electrically insulating unit and the first coil and the first electrode and the second electrode are arranged parallel to one another along the electrically insulating unit.

US Pat. No. 10,509,000

X-RAY FLUORESCENCE DEVICE CALIBRATION

Tribo Labs, Marina del R...

1. A method of calibrating a device, comprising:generating x-rays from an x-ray generator within a housing;
receiving a return signal emitted by a material struck by the x-rays in a sensor, the material being of a shutter within the housing;
providing data generated by the sensor to electronics connected to the x-ray generator and the sensor;
processing the data in the electronics;
wherein the electronics comprise at least one processor, and the data from the sensor comprises wavelengths of a set of peak magnitudes of a return spectrum, and the at least one processor compares the wavelengths of the set of peak magnitudes of the return spectrum with a set of expected wavelengths of peak magnitudes of a return spectrum, and updates parameters relating to the operation of the x-ray generator and sensor based on the analysis of the comparison of the wavelengths of the set of peak magnitudes of the return spectrum with the set of expected wavelengths of peak magnitudes of the return spectrum, the updated parameters including parameters relating to a length of time of generation of x-rays by the device.

US Pat. No. 10,508,999

SAMPLE HOLDER

Shimadzu Corporation, Ky...

1. A sample holder that is used in common by an X-ray fluorescence spectrometer and a Fourier transform infrared spectrometer and holds a sample to be analyzed, the sample holder comprising:a holder body; and
a pair of films attached to the holder body;
wherein,
when an analysis of a sample is conducted with the X-ray fluorescence spectrometer, the sample is irradiated with X-rays through one of the pair of films while being sandwiched between the pair of films, and
when an analysis of a sample is conducted with the Fourier transform infrared spectrometer, the sample is irradiated with infrared rays not through the pair of films while not being sandwiched between the pair of films.

US Pat. No. 10,508,997

METHOD OF ANALYZING FINES MIGRATION IN MULTIPHASE FLOW IN SEDIMENT LAYER USING X-RAY COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY IMAGE

Korea Institute of Geosci...

1. A method of analyzing fines migration in a multiphase flow in a sediment layer using X-ray computed tomography (CT) image, comprising,preparing an X-ray CT image analysis sample;
analyzing an X-ray CT image during a depressurization process;
calibrating and calculating fines content; and
estimating a fines migration analysis result.

US Pat. No. 10,508,996

SYSTEM FOR TESTING INTEGRATED CIRCUIT AND METHOD FOR TESTING INTEGRATED CIRCUIT

HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS K.K.,...

1. A system for testing an integrated circuit using light probing, the system comprising:a light source configured to output light having a wavelength width;
a wavelength width adjustment unit optically coupled to the light source and configured to adjust the wavelength width of the output light;
a lens configured to receive the adjusted light and focus the adjusted light onto a selected portion on the integrated circuit;
a photosensor configured to receive reflected light that is reflected from the integrated circuit and provide an electrical signal; and
an analyzer configured to receive the electrical signal and extract a signal corresponding to a specific frequency from the electrical signal,
wherein the photosensor is configured to detect a modulation of the reflected light caused by movement of a reflecting surface of the integrated circuit due to fluctuation of a depletion layer formed in the integrated circuit;
wherein the wavelength width of the adjusted light is larger than 33.8 nm and smaller than 106 nm.

US Pat. No. 10,508,991

POLARIZATION ANALYSIS APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF POLARIZATION ANALYSIS APPARATUS

TIANMA JAPAN, LTD., Kana...

1. A polarization analysis apparatus, comprising:a light source that radiates first light causing a sample to be in an excitation state;
a polarization selection element that outputs polarized light in a specific direction from second light radiated from the excited state sample in response to a voltage applied based on control information on a rectangular wave, the rectangular wave oscillates between positive and negative and an absolute value changes in a first cycle;
an image sensor that measures a luminance of polarized light that has passed through the polarization selection element; and
a controller that controls the polarization selection element and the image sensor,
wherein the controller is configured to:
calculate a reference voltage for each phase of the rectangular wave to cause the polarization selection element to output polarized light such that a change in luminance thereof forms a sine wave that oscillates in the first cycle;
calculate a corrected reference voltage by correcting the reference voltage in at least one of two sections of the rectangular wave where an absolute value of the reference voltage increases in response to a phase change and where an absolute value of the reference voltage decreases in response to the phase change;
generate the control information on the rectangular wave based on the reference voltage and the corrected reference voltage;
apply a voltage to the polarization selection element based on the control information on the rectangular wave;
operate the image sensor in accordance with a light exposure time having a time width obtained by dividing the first cycle by four, and measure luminance of polarized light output from the polarization selection element; and
calculate a degree of polarization of the sample based on results of the measurement.

US Pat. No. 10,508,989

OPTICAL CHEMICAL ANALYSER AND LIQUID DEPTH SENSOR

International Moisture An...

1. An optical chemical analyser comprising a target detection module, the target detection module being configured to detect a change in presence of a desired class of target and output a target change signal when a predetermined change in presence of the desired class of target is detected; and wherein the optical chemical analyser is configured such that at least a portion of the optical chemical analyser enters a powered-up state from a powered-down state based on the target change signal being output by the target detection module, wherein the target is contained in a pressurised vessel and the optical chemical analyser is configured to be mounted to and located exterior to the pressurised vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,508,988

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR GAS DETECTION

GasSecure AS, Oslo (NO)

1. A method of operating a gas sensor for determining a concentration of a gas in a measurement volume, the gas sensor comprising a light source and a detector arranged to receive light that has passed through the measurement volume, the method comprising the steps of:during a lower energy consumption measurement period, using the detector to make a lower energy consumption measurement of an amount of light received in at least one wavelength band which is absorbed by the gas;
comparing said lower energy consumption measurement to a threshold value;
if said threshold value is crossed, during a higher energy consumption measurement period using the detector to make a higher energy consumption measurement of an amount of light received in at least one wavelength band which is absorbed by the gas; and
calculating the concentration of said gas in said measurement volume using the lower energy consumption and/or the higher energy consumption measurement;
wherein the gas sensor comprises a temperature sensor, the method further comprising using a temperature of the gas sensor to configure one or more of a length of the higher energy consumption measurement period, a sampling rate at which the higher energy consumption measurement is carried out or an intensity of the light source during the higher energy consumption measurement period.

US Pat. No. 10,508,985

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PUMP-PROBE SPECTROSCOPY

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY, ...

1. A pump-probe spectroscopy system comprising:an optical subsystem comprising a light source and optical elements for generating a pulsed pump beam and a pulsed probe beam, the pulsed probe beam having a probe pulse frequency ? of at least 20 kHz;
a detector subsystem configured to detect a sample signal induced by the pulsed pump beam and the pulsed probe beam;
a chopper configured to adjust the frequency of the pump beam to ?/2, wherein the chopper is synchronized with a detector of the detector subsystem but is unsynchronized with the pulsed probe beam; and
a data acquisition subsystem comprising a processor and a non-transitory computer-readable medium comprising instructions, that, when executed by the processor, cause the system to initiate acquisition of image data by the detector based on a trigger signal derived from the pulsed pump beam.

US Pat. No. 10,508,984

METHOD OF DETECTING THE IN-LIQUID STATE OF A MOBILE DEVICE, RELATED IN-LIQUID DETECTION SYSTEM, MOBILE DEVICE AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT

STMicroelectronics S.r.l....

1. A method of detecting an in-liquid state of a mobile device, comprising:receiving a first sensor signal comprising a plurality of color components indicative of an intensity of ambient light at different wavelengths;
receiving a second sensor signal indicative of ambient pressure;
determining a first plausibility index indicating a likelihood that the mobile device has performed an air/liquid transition as a function of variations of at least two color components of said first sensor signal;
determining a second plausibility index indicating a likelihood that the mobile device has performed the air/liquid transition as a function of variations of said second sensor signal wherein determining the second plausibility index comprises:
setting said second plausibility index to a given value indicating that it is likely that the mobile device has performed the air/liquid transition when said second sensor signal has a variation exceeding a given threshold; and
generating an in-liquid state signal as a function of said first and said second plausibility indices, wherein in case both said first and said second plausibility indices indicate that it is likely that the mobile device has performed the air/liquid transition, said in-liquid state signal is set to a given value indicating that the mobile device has performed the air/liquid transition.

US Pat. No. 10,508,983

METHOD FOR PERFORMING A BLOOD COUNT AND DETERMINING THE MORPHOLOGY OF A BLOOD SMEAR

Abbott Laboratories, Abb...

1. A device for counting blood cells in a sample of whole blood, said device comprising:a first imaging system that measures an absorbance or a reflectance value of light attributable to hemoglobin in a plurality of red blood cells to determine an optical density for a blood smear;
a computer comprising a processor and a computer-readable medium comprising instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the device to:
(a) measure an absorbance or a reflectance value of light attributable to hemoglobin in a plurality of red blood cells in the blood smear on the slide to determine an optical density for the blood smear;
(b) identify an analysis area of the blood smear that has a suitable thickness for analysis;
(c) determine an optical density of the entire blood smear;
(d) count a plurality of blood cells in the analysis area; and
(e) determine a volume of the sample that is present in the analysis area by calculating a ratio of the optical density of the analysis area to the optical density of the entire blood smear and multiplying the ratio by the volume of the sample.

US Pat. No. 10,508,982

PARTICLE SENSOR AND PARTICLE SENSING METHOD

Koninklijke Philips N.V.,...

1. A particle sensor, comprising:an input,
wherein the input is configured to receive a gas flow,
wherein the gas flow comprises entrained particles;
an electrostatic particle charging section, the electrostatic particle charging section comprising an ionization electrode within an ionization chamber,
wherein the gas flow passes past the ionization chamber and partially enters the ionization chamber,
wherein the electrostatic particle charging section is configured to charge particles in the ionization chamber;
a particle precipitation section,
wherein the particle precipitation section is configured to precipitate the charged particles;
a sensor circuit,
wherein the sensor circuit is arranged to detect the precipitated particles to produce a sensor signal;
a flow sensor arrangement,
wherein the flow sensor arrangement is arranged to produce a flow signal,
wherein the flow signal is representative of an amount of gas flow between the outside of the ionization chamber and the inside of the ionization chamber; and
a controller,
wherein the controller is arranged to control a gas flow rate through the particle sensor based on the flow signal.

US Pat. No. 10,508,981

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SENSING AND TRAPPING NANOPARTICLES WITH PLASMONIC NANOPORES

Purdue Research Foundatio...

1. A particle sensor, comprising:a conductive transparent layer;
a conductive film aperture layer mounted to a substrate, the aperture layer comprising a plurality of nanopores for trapping nanoparticles contained in a fluid situated between the transparent layer and the aperture layer, the nanoparticles functionalized with a target protein, the nanopores functionalized with an antibody of the target protein;
a light source configured to illuminate the nanopores to induce a flow of the nanoparticles towards the nanopores; and
an electric field source connected between the transparent layer and the aperture layer.

US Pat. No. 10,508,980

MEASURING NOZZLE FOR DETERMINING THE EXTENSIONAL VISCOSITY OF POLYMER MELTS

1. A measuring nozzle for determining the extensional viscosity of polymer melts during their processing, said nozzle comprising:a flow channel having a rectangular cross-section and a transitional section between an inlet section and an outlet section each having a respective constant cross-section,
wherein said transitional section tapers hyperbolically in a flow direction between pairs of opposing channel walls,
wherein the transitional section comprises
an inlet-side zone in which the pairs of said channel walls each have a respective distance therebetween that decreases continuously in the direction of flow, and the channel walls of one of the pairs of said opposing channel walls is hyperbolic in shape,
an outlet-side zone that adjoins the inlet-side zone and in which the two channel walls of one of the pairs of the channel walls disposed opposite one another extend parallel to one another, and the two channel walls of the other of the pairs of channel walls arranged therebetween converge hyperbolically in the flow direction.

US Pat. No. 10,508,979

PURE BENDING MECHANICAL TEST DEVICE AND METHOD FOR IMPLEMENTING SAME

1. A device for performing a mechanical four-point bending test on a test piece, said device comprising:a) a bearing for holding a first end of the test piece and means for holding a second end of the test piece;
b) traction means and converting means for converting a translational movement of said traction means into a rotational movement; and
c) a first Cardan joint for converting said rotational movement into bending deformation of the test piece, the first Cardan joint being connected to the bearing.

US Pat. No. 10,508,978

STRAIN ENERGY-BASED METHOD AND APPARATUS TO DETERMINE THE COEFFICIENT OF RESILIENCE OF LOST CIRCULATION MATERIALS

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. An apparatus for determining the coefficient of resilience of a lost circulation material (LCM), comprising:a test cell having an interior chamber configured to contain a sample of the LCM, the test cell having an open end and closed end defining the interior chamber;
a probe configured to insert into the open end of the test cell, the probe comprising a disc-shaped probe foot and a probe leg;
an arm coupled to the probe and configured to apply a load to the probe such that a force is applied to the LCM sample via movement of the probe over a first displacement during a compression cycle, the arm further configured to release the load applied to the probe such that the force is removed via movement of the probe over a second displacement during a decompression cycle;
a processor;
a non-transitory computer-readable memory accessible by the processor, the memory having executable code stored thereon, the executable code comprising a set of instructions that causes the processor to perform operations comprising:
determining a strain energy absorbed by the LCM sample during the compression cycle using the first displacement;
determining a strain energy released by the LCM sample during a decompression cycle using the second displacement; and
determining a coefficient of resilience by dividing the released strain energy by the absorbed strain energy.

US Pat. No. 10,508,975

SAMPLE COLLECTION DEVICE

Orion Genomics LLC, St. ...

1. A sampling device comprising:a lower portion comprising a sample container;
a cap moveably attached with the lower portion and comprising a cutting edge configured for cutting a leaf, such that when the cap is attached to the lower portion with a leaf therebetween, a leaf sample is deposited into the sample container of the lower portion, the cap also comprising a dead space opening configured to receive a first pipette,
wherein the cap is moveably attached to the lower portion by an elongated post extending out of the lower portion, and wherein the cap includes a vent in fluid communication with the sample container such that the leaf sample is dried during transport of the sampling device, the vent being configured to receive a second pipette.

US Pat. No. 10,508,972

FIBER-OPTIC TESTING SOURCE AND FIBER-OPTIC TESTING RECEIVER FOR MULTI-FIBER CABLE TESTING

VIAVI SOLUTIONS INC., Sa...

1. A fiber-optic testing source for testing a multi-fiber cable, the fiber-optic testing source comprising:a laser source communicatively coupled to a plurality of optical fibers connected to a connector; and
at least one photodiode communicatively coupled to one or more selective optical fibers of the plurality of optical fibers by at least one corresponding splitter to implement a communication channel between the fiber-optic testing source and a fiber-optic testing receiver, wherein the communication channel is operable independently from a polarity associated with the multi-fiber cable, and wherein a number of the one or more selective optical fibers is less than a total number of the plurality of optical fibers.

US Pat. No. 10,508,971

OPTICAL TEST SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING SIZE OF GAP BETWEEN TWO SUBSTRATES OF OPTICAL ELEMENT

TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANU...

1. An optical test method, comprising:emitting light through a gap between two substrates of an optical element disposed on a holder to generate a plurality of light beams;
driving the holder with the optical element to move to N positions, wherein N is a natural number greater than 2;
receiving on a sensor one of the plurality of light beams from the optical element in the N positions to generate N first intensity signals; and
determining the size of the gap of the optical element according to the N first intensity signals with a processor and reference data stored on a memory device.

US Pat. No. 10,508,970

SYSTEM FOR PRECISION MEASUREMENT OF STRUCTURE AND METHOD THEREFOR

POONGSAN FNS CORPORATION,...

1. A system for precisely measuring a structure, comprising:a reference meter installed at a fixed position and configured to provide GPS reference information received via a reference GPS module,
a plurality of response meters, installed at a plurality of positions of the structure respectively, each of which comprises an acceleration sensor and a response GPS module, and is configured to synchronize acceleration information obtained through the acceleration sensor with a plurality of real-time kinematic (RTK) displacement data measured through the response GPS module using the GPS reference information to transmit the synchronized acceleration information and the plurality of RTK displacement data, and
an operation processor configured to calculate structure response information using the transmitted acceleration information and the plurality of RTK displacement data,
wherein the GPS reference information includes reference position data and reference time data, and the plurality of RTK displacement data include dynamic displacement data corresponding to X-axis, Y-axis, and Z-axis and displacement time data, and
wherein the response meter acquires the acceleration information by measuring an X-axis component, a Y-axis component, and a Z-axis component of an acceleration of the structure through the acceleration sensor, and synchronizes acceleration time data corresponding to the acceleration information with the displacement time data at multi-sampling frequencies to generate the acceleration information and the plurality of RTK displacement data into a packet, the acceleration information including acceleration data corresponding to an X-axis, a Y-axis, and a Z-axis, and angular displacement data corresponding to an XY plane, a YZ plane, and a ZX plane.

US Pat. No. 10,508,969

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR TESTING AIR TIGHTNESS

CHROMA ATE INC., Taoyuan...

1. A method for testing air tightness, comprising:airtightnessly disposing an object at an opening of a testing chamber;
connecting a storage chamber and the testing chamber;
supplying a negative pressure to the storage chamber;
measuring a pressure in the storage chamber or the testing chamber to obtain a first pressure value;
determining an air tightness of the testing chamber according to the negative pressure and the first pressure value;
stopping supplying the negative pressure to the storage chamber;
measuring the pressure in the storage chamber or the testing chamber to obtain a second pressure value;
measuring the pressure in the storage chamber or the testing chamber after stopping supplying the negative pressure to the storage chamber for a predetermined period of time to obtain a third pressure value; and
determining the air tightness of the testing chamber according to the second pressure value and the third pressure value.

US Pat. No. 10,508,968

SYSTEMS, METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR IN-SERVICE TANK INSPECTIONS

Square Robot, Inc., Bost...

1. A system to inspect a tank containing a flammable fluid, comprising:a vehicle comprising a battery, a pressure switch, a control unit, a propeller, an inspection device having one or more conductors, and a ranging device;
the pressure switch closing an electronic circuit between the control unit and the battery responsive to the pressure switch detecting an ambient pressure greater than a minimum threshold;
the battery of the vehicle providing, responsive to closing of the electronic circuit by the pressure switch, power to the control unit, the propeller, the inspection device, and the ranging device;
the control unit generating, based on data received from the ranging device, a map of the tank, and determining a first position of the vehicle on the map of the tank;
the inspection device receiving, from the control unit responsive to identifying the first position of the vehicle on the map of the tank based on data from the ranging device, a command to initiate inspection at the first position on the map;
the inspection device changing, responsive to the command to initiate inspection, a magnetic field in the one or more conductors to induce loops of electric current that extend towards a portion of the tank corresponding to the first position on the map;
the inspection device detecting values corresponding to the induced loops of electric current at the portion of the tank corresponding to the first position on the map;
the inspection device providing, to the control unit, data comprising the detected values;
the control unit determining a quality metric at the portion of the tank corresponding to the first position of the vehicle on the map, and storing, in a memory of the vehicle, the quality metric; and
the propeller of the vehicle moving, responsive to a second command from the control unit, the vehicle through the flammable fluid in the tank towards a second position on the map.

US Pat. No. 10,508,966

WATER FLOW ANALYSIS

HOMESERVE PLC, Walsall (...

1. A method of determining water consumption at a site, comprising:recording a temperature of a part of a water supply system between a water main and a site as a function of time;
analysing the recorded temperature as a function of time to determine a property indicative of the water consumption at the site; and
recording the temperature of respective parts of the water supply system between a water main and a plurality of sites as a function of time and wherein the site is a one of the plurality of sites.

US Pat. No. 10,508,965

SEALANT DETECTION APPARATUS, METHOD AND ASSEMBLY

Eaton Intelligent Power L...

1. A sealing fitting rated for use in a hazardous environment, the sealing fitting comprising:a wall defining an interior space and having an inner surface and an outer surface, and including first and second ports through the wall into the interior space, the ports being disposed, respectively, beyond a proximal extreme and a distal extreme of a sealant disposed within the fitting, the sealant being configured to limit the passage of vapors between an explosion-proof enclosure and the atmosphere in a hazardous location;
a first probe removably inserted into the first port and configured to transmit one or more signals; and
a second probe removably inserted into the second port and configured to receive the one or more signals to inspect the integrity of the sealant.

US Pat. No. 10,508,964

SOLENOID VALVE ASSEMBLY WITH PILOT PRESSURE CONTROL

Eaton Intelligent Power L...

19. A method of testing a solenoid valve assembly, the solenoid valve assembly including a valve body defining a supply port and a control port each fluidly connected to an interior cavity, the solenoid valve assembly including a selectively energizable coil attached to the valve body and defining an interior core, the method comprising:energizing or deenergizing the coil to responsively move an armature assembly within the interior cavity of the valve body from a first position to a second position, the armature assembly and the valve body being cooperatively configured to regulate fluid flow from the supply port to the control port when the armature assembly is in at least one of the first or second positions; and
identifying an inadvertent leak of a fluid seal between the valve body and a pole piece at least partially disposed within the interior core of the coil adjacent the armature assembly, the pole piece including a pole piece body with a flange projecting from the pole piece body, the flange abutting the valve body and including a chamfered portion,
wherein the chamfered portion of the pole piece and the valve body cooperatively define a fluid leak path that passes air therethrough responsive to the inadvertent leak of the fluid seal.

US Pat. No. 10,508,963

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR KNOCK RECOGNITION OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

10. A processor configured for knock recognition of an internal combustion engine, the processor configured to:Fourier transform, weight in frequency-dependent fashion, and sum a signal of a knock sensor to produce a first knock signal; and
determine, based on a multiplicity of first knock signals considered together, a concentration point of the multiplicity of the first knock signals, and subtract a first offset value from the first knock signal to form a second knock signal, the first offset value being ascertained from the concentration point of the multiplicity of the first knock signals, wherein when the second knock signal has a value below zero, the second knock signal is set to a value of zero, and the device is configured to evaluate the second knock signal as knocking or non-knocking;
wherein each one of the multiplicity of the first knock signals is produced based on a different signal of the knock sensor, the different signal being Fourier-transformed, weighted in frequency dependent fashion, and summed to produce the one of the multiplicity of the first knock signals, and
wherein the concentration point is determined using a best-fit line through measurement points.

US Pat. No. 10,508,962

PRINTABLE HIGH PRESSURE IRREVERSIBLE INDICATING MATERIAL

Volk Enterprises, Inc., ...

1. A pressure indicator comprising a printed or coated film with micron sized particles disbursed in a transparent binder, wherein the particles will change from white to transparent when exposed to high pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,508,960

LOAD DETERMINING SYSTEM FOR A ROLLING ELEMENT BEARING

1. A load-determining system comprising:a sensorized rolling element bearing in a hub unit for wheels, the bearing including a first ring and a second ring as an inner ring and an outer ring, the system including:
at least one magnetic field sensor attached to the first ring that interacts with a target ring attached to the second ring; and
a signal processing unit configured to receive a magnetic field sensor output of the at least one magnetic field sensor, wherein the signal processing unit is configured to determine at least axial forces acting on the bearing based on an amplitude of the magnetic field sensor output;
wherein a pitch wavelength of the target ring is 4 mm or less.

US Pat. No. 10,508,958

SEMICONDUCTOR PRESSURE SENSOR WITH PIEZO-RESISTIVE PORTIONS WITH CONDUCTIVE SHIELDS

FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD., ...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:a semiconductor substrate having provided therein a hollowed portion;
a plurality of piezo-resistive portions constituting a Wheatstone bridge circuit provided in a region of the semiconductor substrate above the hollowed portion;
an insulating film provided above the piezo-resistive portion; and
a plurality of conductive shield films provided above respective ones of the plurality of piezo-resistive portions with the insulating film intervening therebetween,
wherein
two different parts of each conductive shield film among the plurality of conductive shield films are connected to different potentials so that current flows in the plurality of conductive shield films.

US Pat. No. 10,508,955

SENSOR DEVICE FOR MEASURING THE INTERIOR TEMPERATURE OF A MOTOR VEHICLE WITH LATCHING MEANS

PREH GMBH, Bad Neustadt ...

1. A sensor device for measuring an interior temperature of a motor vehicle, the motor vehicle comprising an inner trim which comprises an aperture and latching springs, the sensor device comprising:a housing configured to be inserted in an insertion direction into the aperture of the inner trim of the motor vehicle;
a circuit board arranged in the housing;
at least one electrical temperature sensor element arranged on the circuit board; and
latching lugs arranged on the housing which are configured to form an engagement with the latching springs formed on the inner trim,
wherein,
the engagement of the latching lugs with the latching springs forms a latching arrangement which fixes the housing when inserted into the aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,508,953

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROCESSING SUBSTRATE BY CHEMICAL SOLUTION IN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING FABRICATION

TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANU...

1. A method for processing a substrate, comprising:supplying a flow of a chemical solution into a processing chamber, configured to process the substrate, via a first dispensing nozzle;
producing a first thermal image of the flow of the chemical solution without positioning the substrate in the processing chamber;
performing an image analysis on the first thermal image; and
moving the substrate into the processing chamber when the result of the analysis of the first thermal image is within an allowable deviation from a baseline.

US Pat. No. 10,508,952

OPTIMUM SPECTRAL BANDS FOR ACTIVE VISION SYSTEMS

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. An active vision system for monitoring areas of interest, the vision system comprising:an illumination source outputting energy to the areas of interest in at least one spectral band in which solar radiation is reduced substantially due to absorption by atmospheric constituents, the at least one spectral band being selected from the group consisting of less than 0.3, 0.90-0.95 ?m, 1.10-1.15 ?m, 1.35-1.50 ?m, 1.80-2.06 ?m, and 2.50-3.05 ?m;
an optics system receiving an optical input in the at least one spectral band from the areas of interest and outputting an optics signal; and
a processing system receiving the optics signal, the processing system configured to measure the optics signal, the processing system configured to output a resultant signal in response to the measurements in the at least one spectral band,
wherein the optics system comprises at least one detector configured to measure radiance in the at least one spectral band adjacent to a crossover point of the imaginary part of the index of refraction of liquid water and ice, the at least one detector configured to measure the radiance in the first band portion of the at least one spectral band having wavelengths on a first side of the crossover point and output a first band signal, the at least one detector configured to measure the radiance in a second band portion of the at least one spectral band having wavelengths on a second side of the crossover point and output a second band signal, the second side of the crossover point being opposite of the first side; and
the processing system configured to detect the presence of water, snow, frost, ice, and water/ice mixtures using non-transitory software and look-up tables to estimate the surface condition and output an alert when a predetermined condition is detected based on the radiance measurements in the first band portion and the second band portion.

US Pat. No. 10,508,951

HIGH RESOLUTION BROADBAND MONOLITHIC SPECTROMETER AND METHOD

Nederlandse Organisatie v...

1. A monolithic spectrometer for spectrally resolving light, the monolithic spectrometer comprising a body of solid material having optical surfaces configured to guide the light along an optical path inside the body, the optical surfaces comprising:an entry surface configured to receive the light to enter into the body as an entry beam;
a collimating surface configured to receive the entry beam and to reflect the entry beam as a collimated beam;
a grating surface configured to receive the collimated beam and to reflect diffracted beams in different directions according to a wavelength dependent diffraction angle;
a first focusing section configured to receive at least part of a first diffracted beam of the diffracted beams, the received at least part of the first diffracted beam having a first wavelength, the first focusing section having a first continuously functional optical shape to focus all received parts of the first diffracted beam onto a first focal position in an imaging plane outside the body;
a second focusing section configured to receive at least part of a second diffracted beam of the diffracted beams, the received at least part of the second diffracted beam having a second wavelength that is distinct from the first wavelength, the second focusing section having a second continuously functional optical shape to focus all received parts of the second diffracted beam onto a second focal position in the imaging plane, the second focal position being distinct from the first focal position, wherein the second continuously functional optical shape is separated from the first continuously functional optical shape by an optical discontinuity there between; and
an exit surface of an exiting part of the light exiting the body, the exit surface being arranged in the optical path inside the body between:
the first focusing section and the second focusing section, and
the imaging plane;
wherein the optical path inside the body defines a two dimensional plane of the body transverse to the optical surfaces,
wherein the optical discontinuity extends transverse to the two dimensional plane of the body,
wherein light focused onto the imaging place by the first focusing section has an average angle of incidence that is smaller than an average angle of incidence of light focused onto the imaging place by the second focusing section, and
wherein the first focusing section spans a larger opening angle than an opening angle of the second focusing section.

US Pat. No. 10,508,948

TURBINE ENGINE ASSEMBLY FOR MEASURING THE VIBRATIONS TO WHICH A ROTATING BLADE IS SUBJECTED

SAFRAN HELICOPTER ENGINES...

1. An assembly for a turbine engine, the assembly comprising:a casing and an impeller rotatably movable in the casing, the impeller including at least one vane including a tip facing the casing,
wherein the tip includes a magnet and the casing includes a first electrical conductor and a second electrical conductor, each electrical conductor being configured to generate between terminals thereof an electrical voltage induced by the magnet of the facing tip representative of vibrations sustained by the tip of the vane when the impeller is set in rotation,
the first electrical conductor comprising a first central part extending around an axis of rotation of the impeller and including two facing ends, and the second electrical conductor comprising a second central part passing through a space left by the first central part between the two facing ends of the first central part.

US Pat. No. 10,508,946

WET SCREED HARDWARE APPARATUS

Stego Industries, LLC, S...

1. A screed hardware apparatus for adjusting a grade height in screeding concrete poured over a post extending vertically from a horizontal surface, comprising:a cap configured to attach to a base, the cap including:
a bottom portion including a post mount to engage and mount the cap to the post,
a top portion including a grade surface disposed opposite the post mount, and
one or more flexible antenna that extend from the grade surface.

US Pat. No. 10,508,945

METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR DETERMINING THE VOLUME OF A SUBSTANCE IN A FLEXIBLE TANK

DRS Sustainment Systems, ...

1. A method of determining a volume of a substance contained in a collapsible tank placed on a surface, the method comprising:receiving a first set of sensor data from a first set of load-sensitive sensors disposed on at least a first region of the surface and a second set of sensor data from a second set of load-sensitive sensors disposed on a second region of the surface, wherein the first region of the surface is covered by the collapsible tank when the collapsible tank is empty and is exposed when the collapsible tank is full, and wherein the second region of the surface is covered by the collapsible tank when the collapsible tank is full;
determining a pressure level profile of the collapsible tank using at least the second set of sensor data from the second set of load-sensitive sensors;
calculating a weight of the substance using the pressure level profile; and
determining the volume of the substance using the weight and density of the substance.

US Pat. No. 10,508,943

THERMAL MASS FLOW RATE MEASUREMENT METHOD, THERMAL MASS FLOW METER USING SAID METHOD, AND THERMAL MASS FLOW CONTROLLER USING SAID THERMAL MASS FLOW METER

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

4. A thermal mass flow meter comprising:a passage through which a gas flows;
a bypass which is prepared in the middle of said passage;
a flow sensor which comprises:
a sensor tube that branches from said passage on an upstream side of said bypass and joins said passage again on a downstream side of said bypass; and
a pair of sensor wires which is disposed so as to be not in direct contact with said gas which flows through said sensor tube, but be able to conduct heat with the gas which flows through said sensor tube, an upstream one of the pair of sensor wires is positioned along the sensor tube proximate to the upstream side of the bypass and a downstream one of the pair of sensor wires is positioned along the sensor tube proximate to the downstream side of the bypass;
a power supply which is configured to supply an input signal to said pair of sensor wires for generating heat from said pair of sensor wires to heat the gas in the sensor tube with energy given by the input signal,
a sensor circuit which comprises a bridge circuit including said pair of sensor wires the sensor circuit configured to provide the input signal simultaneously to both the upstream one of the pair of sensor wires and the downstream one of the pair of sensor wires, and the sensor circuit is configured to provide an output signal with a magnitude that is proportional to a difference between a resistance of the upstream one of the pair of sensor wires and a resistance of the downstream one of the pair of sensor wires; and
a first control part configured to control said power supply and said sensor circuit, said first control part is further configured to calculate a flow rate of said gas by:
supplying pulses to form, as said input signal to said pair of sensor wires, a pulse signal, wherein the pulse signal alternates between a first intensity for each of the pulses and a 0 (zero) intensity between the pulses;
acquiring, as an output signal intensity, a signal intensity of the output signal which results from said first intensity of said input signal simultaneously heating the pair of sensor wires and heat from the upstream one of the sensor wires being conveyed to the downstream one of the sensor wires via the gas passing through the sensor tube to produce the output signal with a magnitude that is proportional to a mass flow rate of the gas;
wherein the output signal intensity is detected when a range of fluctuation of the signal intensity of the output signal per unit time is not more than a predetermined threshold value, and wherein the output signal intensity is detected from among output signals outputted from said sensor circuit; and
calculating a mass flow rate of said gas based on said output signal intensity that results from the temperature difference between the upstream one of the sensor wires and the downstream one of the sensor wires, wherein the pulses occur multiple times to simultaneously heat both of the sensor wires in a measurement period that is a time period required for reaching a thermal equilibrium state and the output signal intensity becoming stable.

US Pat. No. 10,508,941

FLOW SENSOR

SENSIRION AG, Staefa ZH ...

1. A flow sensor, comprising:a semiconductor module on which a temperature sensing means and a heat source are arranged,
a flow channel for guiding the fluid medium in a flow direction, and
a wall delimiting the flow channel, wherein said heat source and said temperature sensing means are configured such that they are in thermal contact with said wall,
wherein
said wall comprises a glass member and a metal member, wherein the glass member is connected to the metal member such that said flow channel is formed, wherein the glass member is arranged between the semiconductor module and the metal member, and wherein the metal member comprises two neighbouring through holes each extending from a first side of the metal member to a second side of the metal member, wherein one of said through holes forms an inlet and the other one forms an outlet of said flow channel.

US Pat. No. 10,508,940

MEASURING DEVICE FOR FLUIDS AS WELL AS FLUIDIC SYSTEM WITH A MEASURING DEVICE

BURKERT S.A.S., (FR)

1. Measuring device with a fluid module, which comprises a measuring tube through which a fluid can flow and at least one acoustic measuring unit,wherein the at least one acoustic measuring unit comprises at least one transmitter, at least one receiver as well as at least one waveguide,
wherein the measuring tube has at least one measuring section with a substantially angular internal cross section and at least one connecting section with a non-angular internal cross section,
wherein the measuring tube has at least one transition section, which extends between the measuring section and the connecting section, and
wherein the transition section has an internal cross section identical to the internal cross section of the measuring section at an end allocated to the measuring section and further has an internal cross section identical to the internal cross section of the connecting section at an end allocated to the connecting section.

US Pat. No. 10,508,936

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR RELIABLY DETERMINING THE POSITION OF AN OBJECT

1. Apparatus for reliably determining the position of an object (1) regarding a relative movement between the object (1) and a path (2), the apparatus comprising:a detector (3) attached to or integrated in the object (1),
at least one marker (4) located along the path (2),
generating means for providing a definable graphic representation (7, 8) or graphic representation sequence, and
evaluating means (6) for verifying a coincidence or relationship of the provided graphic representation (7, 8) or graphic representation sequence with corresponding data detected by the detector (3) for verifying whether a software within the detector (3) is correctly functioning, is frozen or hung, or has a time shift or delay,
wherein:
the at least one marker (4) is detected by the detector (3) within its spatial detection range (5) for determining the position of the object (1) relative to the marker (4),
said graphic representation (7, 8) or graphic representation sequence is detected by the detector (3) within its spatial detection range (5);
the generating means comprise at least one light source (9, 10) emitting at least one definable light color or light color spectrum for illuminating a correspondingly colored graphic representation (7, 8) or graphic representation sequence provided by the generating means, such that dependent on the at least one illuminating light color or light color spectrum, the graphic representation (7, 8) or a part of the graphic representation is either: visible by the detector (3) with at least one of a predefined intensity or color, or not visible by the detector (3); and
the colored graphic representation (7, 8) or graphic representation sequence and the at least one marker (4) are identical and are realized by a data matrix code or data matrix codes.

US Pat. No. 10,508,935

OPTICAL MODULE AND MANUFACTURING PROCESS THEREOF

ADVANCED SEMICONDUCTOR EN...

1. An optical module, comprising:a carrier;
a light source disposed adjacent to a surface of the carrier;
a light detector disposed adjacent to the surface of the carrier; and
a molding compound encapsulating the light source and the light detector, and including at least one sloped structure, the at least one sloped structure comprising a sloped surface extended between a side surface and a top surface of the molding compound; and
a lid disposed between the light source and the light detector, and surrounding the light source and the light detector.

US Pat. No. 10,508,934

TRANSMISSION OF INFORMATION AND ENERGY BETWEEN A MOBILE SENSOR AND A STATIONARY ELEMENT

BIA, Conflans Sainte Hon...

1. A device, comprising:a fixed element,
a mobile element,
a physical measurement sensor secured to the mobile element,
a link allowing a transmission of information between the sensor and the fixed element, the sensor generating a primary signal representative of the physical measurement,
an actuator configured to move the mobile element relative to the fixed element, and
a converter for conversion of the primary signal into a light signal, the converter being secured to the mobile element,
wherein the link is an optical path, the light signal being propagated freely between the fixed element and the mobile element along the optical path, and
wherein the sensor comprises a power supply module receiving energy from the fixed element without contact.

US Pat. No. 10,508,933

COMPOSITE DETECTION SENSOR AND SENSOR CABLE

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A composite detection sensor, comprising:a sensor cable comprising not less than three conductive electrode wires and a resilient insulation covering collectively the not less than three electrode wires and holding the electrode wires that are circumferentially spaced from each other; and
a capacitance measurement unit for measuring capacitance between each two electrode wires and between at least one of the electrode wires and the ground,
wherein the three electrode wires comprise a first electrode wire, a second electrode wire and a third electrode wire, and
wherein the composite detection sensor further comprises an arithmetic unit that determines whether or not the sensor cable is pressed, the arithmetic unit making the determination by comparing ?C obtained from the following formula (1) with a predetermined threshold value,
?C=(C1+C2)?2×C3  (1)based on capacitance C1 between the first electrode wire and the second electrode wire, capacitance C2 between the first electrode wire and the third electrode wire, and capacitance C3 between the second electrode wire and the third electrode wire.

US Pat. No. 10,508,932

MEASURING THE POSITION OF AN OBJECT USING EDDY-CURRENTS

Calnetix Technologies, LL...

1. An apparatus to determine the position of a sensor target relative to a sensor head along a measurement axis, the apparatus comprising:a sensor head comprising:
an excitation coil, and
a sensing coil, the excitation coil and the sensing coils are formed by printed circuit board traces, the excitation coil and the sensing coil are located one on top of the other, the excitation coil and the sensing coil separated by a first distance so that when the excitation coil is energized with an alternating excitation electrical current, a resulting alternating excitation magnetic field couples to the sensing coil and induces alternating sensing voltage across sensing coil terminals;
a sensor target movable in relation to the sensor head, the sensor target is made of an electrically conductive material and separated by a second distance from the electrical sensing coil on the side of the electrical sensing coil opposite to the excitation coil so that the position of the sensor target along a measurement axis affects an amount of an alternating excitation magnetic field which couples to the sensing coil and an alternating sensing voltage across the sensing coil terminals, the alternating sensing voltage is a representation of sensor target displacements;
a sensor drive electronics generating a sinusoidal, or substantially sinusoidal, electrical current in the excitation coil, wherein the sensor drive electronics comprises:
a capacitor connected in series with the excitation coil to form a series LCR circuit, and
a positive feedback closed around the series LCR circuit to induce alternating excitation electrical current at the resonance frequency of the series LCR circuit, the positive feedback comprises
an electrical current sensor which measures the alternating excitation electrical current in the series LCR circuit,
an adjustable gain amplifier configured to apply an alternating voltage to the terminals of the excitation coil proportional to the measured alternating excitation electrical current, and
current-limiting negative feedback control configured to reduce the gain of the adjustable gain amplifier when the absolute value of the alternating excitation electrical current increases in order to limit the amplitude of the alternating excitation electrical current; and
sensor signal processing electronics configured to:
receive the alternating sensing voltage from the sensing coil, and
transform the alternating sensing voltage into a desirable form of output representing the sensor target displacements along the measurement axis.

US Pat. No. 10,508,929

MONITORING DEVICE MESH NETWORK SYSTEMS AND METHOD

Konica Minolta Business S...

1. A field node in a mesh network for monitoring a business machine, the field node comprising:a processor;
memory operatively coupled with the processor;
a first monitoring unit operatively coupled with the processor and configured to monitor the business machine to generate a first set of monitoring data;
a receiving unit, operatively coupled with the processor and communicatively coupled with the first monitoring unit, and configured to receive a second set of monitoring data from at least one additional field node different from the field node;
a routing unit, operatively coupled with the processor and communicatively coupled with the first monitoring unit and the receiving unit, and configured to:
maintain a routing table for transmission of the first set of monitoring data within the mesh network, wherein the routing table contains at least one routing table entry;
identify, based at least in part on the at least one routing table entry, a destination field node within the mesh network for transmission of the generated first set of monitoring data and the received second set of monitoring data; and
obtain location identification information corresponding to the business machine and the destination field node; and
a first transmitting unit, operatively coupled with the processor and communicatively coupled with the routing unit, and configured to:
transmit the generated first set of monitoring data and the received second set of monitoring data to the destination field node, wherein the first transmitting unit is operable to modulate the generated first set of monitoring data and the received second set of monitoring data prior to transmitting the generated first set of monitoring data and the received second set of monitoring data to the destination field node, and
transmit the location identification information to a computing device.

US Pat. No. 10,508,924

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SHOPPING DETOUR DURING TRAFFIC CONGESTION

PAYPAL, INC., San Jose, ...

1. A method, comprising:providing, via a user interface of a mobile electronic device to a user, navigation instructions for a first route of a first trip to reach a destination specified by the user;
detecting a traffic condition along the first route;
generating, in response to detecting the traffic condition, a second route to reach the destination, the second route being different from the first route, wherein the second route includes a visit to a first merchant that is selected based on a determined purchase target of the user;
calculating a first travel time associated with staying on the first route, a second travel time associated with taking the second route, and a third travel time associated with a second trip, separate from the first trip, to a second merchant to obtain the determined purchase target;
determining the second travel time is less than a total travel time that is a sum of the first travel time and the third travel time;
updating the user interface of the mobile electronic device such that the total travel time and the second travel time is presented to the user;
receiving, via the user interface of the mobile electronic device from the user, a selection of the second route subsequent to the presenting of the total travel time and the second travel time;
in response to the receiving, updating the user interface of the mobile electronic device such that navigation instructions for the second route of the first trip is presented to the user;
providing, via the user interface of the mobile electronic device, an input from the user of a purchase order corresponding to the determined purchase target; and
sending the purchase order to the first merchant.

US Pat. No. 10,508,921

LOCATION BASED TRACKING

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A method, comprising:displaying a map of a geographic region in a user interface of a first mobile device;
receiving, at the first mobile device, user input requesting data associated with a specified geographic location in the geographic region;
transmitting, to a remote storage location, a request for data objects captured by other mobile devices and associated with the specified geographic location;
receiving, from the remote storage location, at least one data object associated with the specified geographic location, wherein the at least one data object is at least one of an image data object, a video data object, or a text data object,
wherein the at least one data object was captured by and uploaded to the remote storage location by a second mobile device, and
wherein the at least one data object is stored at the remote storage location in association with data representing the specified geographic location; and
displaying, on the first mobile device, one or more user interface elements enabling a user to access the at least one data object.

US Pat. No. 10,508,920

PEDESTRIAN DEAD RECKONING POSITION TRACKER

XSENS HOLDING B.V., Ensc...

1. A method of determining a pedestrian position via dead reckoning on a portable device carried by a user, the device including at least a 3D accelerometer, a 3D gyroscope and a processor, the processor being configured to gather 3D gyroscope samples and 3D accelerometer samples, the method comprising:determining a device orientation based on 3D gyroscope samples and 3D accelerometer samples;
collecting further 3D accelerometer samples during a sensor time frame TW via the processor;
determining an average step frequency fs;
determining an estimated user speed based on fs;
determining an estimated user direction of movement based on the further 3D accelerometer samples;
determining a device velocity with respect to a prior device velocity via dead-reckoning;
correcting the estimated velocity for drift via using at least one of the estimated user speed and the estimated user direction of movement; and
determining the user position by the processor based on the corrected estimated velocity.

US Pat. No. 10,508,917

SPRING-LOADED TARGET CARRIER FOR LASER TRACKING

The United States of Amer...

1. A laser tracking system comprising a laser target assembly, said laser target assembly including a generally rectangular member, four legs, a shaft, a coil spring, and a retroreflective target, said generally rectangular member characterized by four corners and a central aperture extending therethrough, said four legs each connected to said generally rectangular member at a said corner of said rectangular member, said shaft passing through said central aperture, said retroreflective target connected to said shaft at an end of said shaft, said coil spring circumscribing said shaft so as to exert respective tensile forces against said rectangular member and said retroreflective target, wherein said laser target assembly is positionable upon a surface at each of plural locations of said surface whereby said legs and said retroreflective target are contiguous said surface, and wherein at each said location of said surface said retroreflective target is contiguous said surface in accordance with spring-loading associated with said coil spring.

US Pat. No. 10,508,912

ROAD SURFACE SHAPE MEASURING DEVICE, MEASURING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A road surface shape measuring device that measures a shape of a road surface having undulation, the road surface shape measuring device comprising:a sensor that acquires road surface information for a plurality of points on the road surface, the road surface information including a road surface position of the road surface on a reference plane divided into a plurality of segmented regions, and a road surface height indicating a height from the reference plane of the road surface at the road surface position; and
a processor that determines a shape of a part or all of the road surface by estimating a surface shape using the road surface information included in a segmented region for each segmented region.

US Pat. No. 10,508,911

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MEASUREMENT, AND PROGRAM

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A measurement apparatus, comprising:a rotation control portion controlling rotation of a photographing portion by a rotation mechanism in such a way that the photographing portion is rotated with a center of rotation as an axis in a state in which a distance from the center of rotation of the rotation mechanism to a focal point position of the photographing portion is a constant distance; and
a distance calculating portion calculating a distance to an object on a space on the basis of a plurality of photographed images obtained through photographing in positions different from one another by the photographing portion in a state in which the photographing portion is rotated,
wherein the distance calculating portion extracts line images constituted by pixel lines containing corresponding points from the photographed images, and calculates the distance to the object on the basis of a synthetic image which is obtained by arranging side by side and synthesizing the plurality of line images obtained from the plurality of photographed images.

US Pat. No. 10,508,909

LINE DISPLACEMENT EVALUATION METHOD, LINE DISPLACEMENT EVALUATION DEVICE, PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION,...

1. A line displacement evaluation method of evaluating line displacement occurring in a press-formed article in press forming of forming a character line, the method comprising:acquiring a cross section profile of the press-formed article measured so as to traverse the character line formed in the press-formed article;
calculating a 4th order differential coefficient of the acquired cross section profile; and
evaluating the line displacement, on the basis of the calculated 4th order differential coefficient of the cross section profile,
wherein in the evaluating, a peak value H of the 4th order differential coefficient of the cross section profile on a side area of the character line where the line displacement occurs, and a displacement width L between a position where the peak value H appears and a position of an R stop of a design character line on the side area where the line displacement occurs are determined, and the line displacement is evaluated using the peak value H and the displacement width L, and
wherein in the evaluating a first line displacement evaluation parameter S is calculated from the following Formula (1), and the line displacement is evaluated using the calculated first line displacement evaluation parameter S,
S=L×|H|n  (1)
here, n is a weighting index that is determined in advance.

US Pat. No. 10,508,908

SENSOR DEVICE, ANALYZING DEVICE, AND RECORDING MEDIUM FOR DETECTING THE POSITION AT WHICH AN OBJECT TOUCHES ANOTHER OBJECT

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A sensor device comprising:a sensor configured to output vibration data by detecting a change in a state of a vibration in a first object when a second object touches the first object; and
circuitry configured to transmit the vibration data detected by the sensor to circuitry of an information processing apparatus configured to determine a touch position where the second object touches the first object by analyzing the vibration data, determine a command corresponding to the touch position, and perform a process according to the command,
wherein the sensor is attached, at a portion of the first object which is different from a portion where the second object touches, in a state where the vibration in the first object is transmitted,
wherein the command is determined at least in part from the touch position, and
wherein analyzing the vibration data to determine the touch position comprises using a learning result of a frequency spectrum of the vibration data.

US Pat. No. 10,508,907

WHEEL ALIGNER WITH ADVANCED DIAGNOSTICS AND NO-STOP POSITIONING

SNAP-ON INCORPORATED, Ke...

1. A vehicle wheel alignment system comprising:a plurality of cameras, each camera for viewing a respective set of a plurality of three-dimensional points on a respective wheel of the vehicle and capturing image data of the set of points as the wheel is continuously rotated a number of degrees of rotation without a pause,
wherein the image data is used to calculate a minimum number of poses of the wheel;
wherein each of the minimum number of poses of the wheel is stored;
wherein the stored minimum number of poses of the wheel comprises at least one pose for every five degrees of rotation captured by each camera as the wheel is continuously rotated the number of degrees of rotation without a pause; and
wherein at least one of the cameras comprises a data processor for performing the steps of: preprocessing the image data; and calculating an alignment parameter for the vehicle based on the preprocessed image data.

US Pat. No. 10,508,904

MARKER

Enplas Corporation, Sait...

1. A marker formed of an optically transparent material, the marker comprising:a plurality of optical units disposed along at least one arrangement direction, wherein:
each of the plurality of optical units comprises a convex surface portion and a detection object part, the detection object part being disposed to correspond to the convex surface portion, the detection object part being disposed away from the convex surface portion in a direction opposite to a protruding direction in which the convex surface portion protrudes, and the detection object part being configured to be projected onto the convex surface portion in a form of an optically detectable image,
all of detection object parts for respective plurality of optical units are located in a single plane, the single plane being located closer to the convex surface portion in the protruding direction than a focal point of the convex surface portion of any first one of the plurality of optical units in the at least one arrangement direction is to the convex surface portion, the focal point being located in an image field of the convex surface portion of the first one of the plurality of optical units, and the single plane being located away from an edge of the image field in the direction opposite to the protruding direction, and
the image field extends in the at least one arrangement direction from the first one of the plurality of optical units to an n-th one of the plurality of optical units, where n is equal to or greater than 2.

US Pat. No. 10,508,903

THREE-DIMENSIONAL MEASUREMENT DEVICE

CKD CORPORATION, Aichi (...

1. A three-dimensional measurement device comprising:a projector comprising:
a light source that emits a predetermined light;
a grid that converts the light from the light source into a predetermined striped pattern; and
a driver that moves the grid, wherein the projector projects the striped pattern onto a measurement object;
an imaging device that takes an image of the measurement object on which the striped pattern is projected; and
a controller that:
controls the projector and the imaging device to obtain a plurality of image data having different light intensity distributions;
executes three-dimensional measurement of the measurement object by phase shifting based on the plurality of image data having different light intensity distributions; and
obtains each of the image data among the image data having different light intensity distributions by:
moving the grid to a predetermined position and temporarily stopping the grid at the predetermined position;
executing imaging multiple times during a predetermined period to obtain the image data including image data of the striped pattern that stops and image data of the striped pattern that is moving, the predetermined period including at least a stop period of the grid and including part of a moving period of the grid prior to the stop period and/or part of a moving period of the grid after the stop period; and
summing up or averaging results of the imaging with regard to each pixel.

US Pat. No. 10,508,902

THREE-DIMENSIONAL MEASUREMENT DEVICE

Keyence Corporation, Osa...

1. A three-dimensional measurement device comprising:a shape data generation unit configured to measure respective three-dimensional positions of a plurality of measurement points in a three-dimensional space, and to generate a point cloud representing a measurement three-dimensional shape of a measurement target object from the respective three-dimensional positions;
a display configured to display a measurement three-dimensional shape image of the measurement target object based on the point cloud representing the measurement three-dimensional shape of the measurement target object, and to display a model three-dimensional shape image corresponding to a model three-dimensional shape data representing a model object;
a dimension calculator configured to receive, as a dimension measurement, a dimension type and a position on the model three-dimensional shape image displayed by the display, and to determine a dimension value of the model object based on the dimension type and a measuring position in accordance with the position on the model three-dimensional shape image;
a memory configured to store, as a template, the model three-dimensional shape data and an operation procedure of the dimension measurement performed by the dimension calculator;
a selector configured to receive a position on the model three-dimensional shape image of the model object displayed by the display, to receive a position on the measurement three-dimensional shape image of the measurement target object displayed by the display, and to select, based on the position on the measurement three-dimensional shape image, a subset of the point cloud;
an extractor configured to determine a first geometric element corresponding to the position on the model three-dimensional shape of the model object received by the selector, and a second geometric element fitting the subset of the point cloud selected by the selector; and
a positional calculator configured to determine a relative positional relationship between the model three-dimensional shape data and the point cloud representing the measurement three-dimensional shape of the measurement target object based on the first geometric element and the second geometric element,
wherein the extractor is further configured to determine a geometric element on a measurement three-dimensional shape based on the relative positional relationship and the template, and
wherein the dimension calculator is further configured to determine, as the dimension measurement, a dimension type and a measuring position of the measurement target object based on the relative positional relationship and the template, and determine a dimension value of the measurement target object based on the dimension type and the measuring position of the measurement target object.

US Pat. No. 10,508,899

METHOD FOR GENERATING INFORMATION ABOUT A SENSOR CHAIN OF A COORDINATE MEASURING MACHINE (CMM)

HEXAGON TECHNOLOGY CENTER...

1. A method for providing information about a sensor chain of a coordinate measuring machine, the method comprising:providing the coordinate measuring machine that is configured to determine at least one spatial coordinate of a measurement point of an object to be measured, wherein the object is not part of the coordinate measuring machine, the coordinate measuring machine comprising:
a drive mechanism with a motor drive for moving a tool carrier relative to a base for approaching the measurement point of the object to be measured,
the sensor chain carried by the tool carrier and comprising an arrangement of sensor chain components providing a particular sensor configuration for measuring the measurement point of the object to be measured, and
a camera aimed at the sensor chain for providing an image of at least a part of the sensor chain;
capturing an image of at least a part of the sensor chain;
deriving at least one sensor chain property from the image by image processing;
comparing the sensor chain property with reference data which relates to a set of known sensor chain components; and
providing an output relating to the comparison of the sensor chain property with the reference data.

US Pat. No. 10,508,898

INTERFERENCE MEASUREMENT DEVICE HAVING A VARIABLE PHASE ELEMENT

Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo (JP...

1. An interference measurement device configured to detect a phase from an interference beam between an object beam and a reference beam, the interference measurement device comprising:a laser beam source;
one or more beam splitters configured to split an emitted beam from the laser beam source into the object beam which is incident on a measurement object and the reference beam and to combine the object beam from the measurement object with the reference beam to make the interference beam;
a plurality of beam splitters configured to split the interference beam into a plurality of interference beams;
a plurality of detectors configured to detect the plurality of interference beams received from the plurality of beam, splitters at time T1 and at time T2 which follows T1; and
a variable phase retarder disposed in an optical path of half of the interference beams split by the plurality of beam splitters and configured to shift a phase of the half of the interference beams which are incident on half of the plurality of detectors, by approximately (n+1)?, the n being 0 or a positive integer, wherein the phase shift varies between a first phase at time T1 and a second phase at time T2.

US Pat. No. 10,508,895

METHOD FOR SINGLE-POINT SCANNING OF A WORKPIECE AND COORDINATE MEASURING MACHINE

CARL ZEISS INDUSTRIELLE M...

1. A method for single-point probing of a workpiece by means of a sensor of a coordinate measuring machine, said method comprising the following steps:providing a variable at least indirectly representing a required accuracy of the single-point probing;
providing a parameter data set, wherein the parameter data set has prescriptions for regulating and/or evaluating the single-point probing with the required accuracy, wherein the sensor is a measuring sensor, wherein each individual point of probing is determined by forming a moving average over a probing time interval, wherein the parameter data set comprises at least one parameter of forming the moving average, and wherein the at least one parameter of forming a moving average is a duration of the probing time interval, a weighting of the measurement values captured during the probing time interval and/or an accuracy of forming the moving average; and
carrying out the single-point probing of the workpiece, wherein the coordinate measuring machine is regulated on the basis of the provided parameter data set and/or an evaluation is carried out on the basis of the provided parameter data set.

US Pat. No. 10,508,894

BRAKE COMPONENT MEASUREMENT TOOL

Hendrickson USA, L.L.C., ...

1. A tool for measuring dimensions of disc brake components without removing a mounted wheel associated with the disc brake components to be measured, the tool comprising:a substantially planar elongated first member having a first tip extending transversely from the first member, the first tip having a first projection at an end portion of the first tip;
a substantially planar elongated second member being relatively movable to the first member, the second member having a second tip extending transversely from the second member in the same direction that the first tip of the first member extends, the second tip having a second projection at an end portion of the second tip, a planar portion of the first member overlying and engaging a planar portion of the second member;
the overlying first and second members sized to fit between disc brake components to be measured and an associated mounted wheel;
first indicia on the first and second members to indicate a first relative distance between surfaces of the first and second tips when measuring an object located between the first and second projections; and
second indicia on the first and second members to indicate a second relative distance between the first and second projections when measuring spaced apart objects located outside of the first and second projections.

US Pat. No. 10,508,893

FLATNESS DETECTOR

Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shen...

1. A flatness detector comprising:a positioning plate;
a positioning assembly arranged on a top surface of the positioning plate, the positioning assembly comprising a first positioning rod and a second positioning rod perpendicularly coupled together and pin-jointed;
a dial indicator arranged on the positioning assembly, the dial indicator comprising a detecting post maintained as a plumb line by the positioning assembly; and
a sliding block defining a groove for conforming to the detecting post;
wherein a measurement value of the dial indicator is obtained when the groove of the sliding block is conformed to the detecting post.

US Pat. No. 10,508,892

DISTRIBUTED FUZE ARCHITECTURE FOR HIGHLY RELIABLE SUBMUNITIONS

The United States of Amer...

1. A submunition delivery device, comprising:a master electronics module;
a submunition module operatively being connected to said master electronics module and comprising a plurality of submunition banks being separated by bulkheads, wherein each of said submunition banks includes a plurality of submunitions;
a base plug module operatively being connected to said submunition module; and
a distributed fuze module being operatively connected to said master electronics module for limiting a detrimental effect of said plurality of submunitions upon a collision by arming said plurality of submunitions before a dispense action,
wherein each of said plurality of submunitions comprises:
a warhead;
a fuze can adaptor connected to said warhead;
an electronic submunition fuze operatively connected to said warhead, wherein said electronic submunition fuze comprises at least one of a high voltage fireset with initiator and a microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) safe and arm device; and
a plurality of aero-dynamic elements operatively connected to a submunition, wherein said plurality of aero-dynamic elements comprises any of fins, parachutes, and air-decelerators.

US Pat. No. 10,508,890

SYSTEM, METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TOYS AND GAMES FOR WATER GUNS

1. A toy, comprising:a target piece configured to position on an exterior surface of a garment, the target piece including a conformable target substrate, a target, and a target magnet, wherein the conformable target substrate comprises a first conformable target substrate surface including the target and a second conformable target substrate surface that is opposite the first conformable target substrate surface and that is fixedly attached to the target magnet, wherein the target is configured to transition from a non-activated state to an activated state when the target receives a stimulus; and
a backing piece configured to position on an interior surface of the garment, the backing piece including a backing magnet, wherein when the target piece is positioned on the exterior surface of the garment and the backing piece is positioned on the interior surface of the garment, the backing magnet is configured to apply an attraction magnetic force through the garment and to the target magnet to secure the target piece to the exterior surface of the garment.

US Pat. No. 10,508,889

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR LASER-INDUCED PLASMA FILAMENTS FOR AGILE COUNTER-DIRECTED ENERGY WEAPON APPLICATIONS

United States of America ...

1. A method comprising the steps of:propagating an infrared laser pulse in air;
self-focusing the laser pulse until the laser reaches a critical power density, wherein molecules in the air ionize and simultaneously absorb a plurality of infrared photons resulting in a clamping effect on the intensity of the pulse, wherein the laser pulse defocuses and plasma filaments are created;
causing a dynamical competition between the self-focusing of the laser pulse and the defocusing effect due to the created plasma;
the laser pulse maintaining a small beam diameter and high peak intensity over large distances;
creating a plasma column;
repeating the above steps to create a plurality of plasma columns;
creating a parallel linear array with the plurality of plasma columns;
using the array to deflect an incident energy.

US Pat. No. 10,508,887

ATTITUDE-COUPLED TARGETING SYSTEM FOR ROTARY WING AIRCRAFT

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A flight control system for an aircraft, comprising:a flight control computer operatively interconnected with a main rotor system and a translational thrust system of the aircraft; and
an integrated target and flight control system arranged in communication with the flight control computer, the integrated target flight and control system being operable to control pitch attitude and heading of the aircraft, wherein when operation of the integrated target and flight control system is enabled, at least one operation of the aircraft is controlled in response to a pilot input via the flight control computer.

US Pat. No. 10,508,885

KNIFE MOUNTS FOR RELEASABLY SECURING A KNIFE TO A FIREARM

1. A knife mount configured to selectively secure to a handguard of a firearm and configured to releasably secure a knife, the knife having a handle and a blade moveably mounted to the handle wherein the blade is configured to move between a stowed position where a tip of the blade is proximate the handle and a deployed position where the tip of the blade is distal the handle, the knife mount comprising:a body configured to secure to the handguard in a foregrip position disposed on an underside of the handguard between a muzzle of the firearm and a pistol grip of the firearm;
a slot defined in the body and the slot complimentarily configured to receive the knife, the slot defining a blade receiving portion and a handle receiving portion adjacent the blade receiving portion; and
a locking mechanism moveably mounted to the body proximate the handle receiving portion of the slot, the locking mechanism including a catch and the locking mechanism configured to selectively secure the knife within the slot by engaging the catch with the handle of the knife, the locking mechanism being configured to move between a lock position where the catch engages the handle of the knife to secure the knife within the slot and a release position where the catch disengages from the handle of the knife to allow the handle to move relative to the slot;
wherein the blade receiving portion, the handle receiving portion, and the locking mechanism cooperate to rigidly secure the knife to the body in the foregrip position in an orientation where the handle of the knife defines a foregrip of the firearm for a user to grip and manipulate the firearm when the locking mechanism is in the lock position and to allow the user to rapidly remove the knife from the body when the locking mechanism is in the release position; and
wherein the blade is longitudinally aligned with the handguard in the blade receiving portion.

US Pat. No. 10,508,882

SIMULATED HUNTING DEVICES AND METHODS

1. A hunting simulation accessory, comprising:a housing comprising a mount positioned to interface with a functional or non-functional firearm having a trigger;
a sensor activated by said trigger to generate a trigger signal;
a laser module supported by the housing and comprising:
an emitter oriented to emit a laser toward an object; and
a detector responsive to light reflected from said object;
a display screen supported by the housing; and
a processor supported by the housing and configured to receive the trigger signal, provide a first feedback to a user in response to receipt of the trigger signal, activate the emitter in response to receipt of the trigger signal, determine whether a reflected signal is received within a time limit at the detector, and indicate to the user a hit shot based on the determination that the reflected signal is received within the time limit or a missed shot based on the determination that the reflected signal is not received within the time limit,
wherein indicating a hit shot includes providing a second feedback to the user, different from the first feedback, wherein the second feedback comprises a video selected by the user,
wherein indicating a missed shot includes withholding the second feedback, and
wherein the hunting simulation accessory is removable from the firearm.

US Pat. No. 10,508,873

HEAT EXCHANGER WITH DUAL INTERNAL VALVE

Dana Canada Corporation, ...

1. A heat exchanger apparatus, comprising:a heat exchanger section comprising:
a top end heat exchanger plate, a bottom end heat exchanger plate and a plurality of heat exchanger plates positioned between the top end heat exchanger plate and the bottom end heat exchanger plate, the plurality of heat exchange plates defining a first fluid channel and a second fluid channel;
a first fluid inlet manifold having a first fluid inlet, a first fluid outlet manifold having a first fluid outlet, the first fluid channel in fluid communication with the first fluid inlet manifold and the first fluid outlet manifold;
a second fluid inlet manifold having a second fluid inlet, a second fluid outlet manifold having a second fluid outlet, the second fluid channel in fluid communication with the second fluid inlet manifold and the second fluid outlet manifold;
a bypass section coupled to the heat exchanger section, the bypass section comprising:
a bypass channel cover plate coupled to the top end heat exchanger plate, the bypass channel cover plate together with the top end heat exchanger plate defining a bypass channel with the bypass channel being in fluid communication with the second fluid inlet manifold and the second fluid outlet manifold; and
a thermal bypass valve assembly positioned within the second fluid inlet manifold, the thermal bypass valve assembly comprising:
a hollow outer sleeve having an inner wall, an outer wall, a first open end, a second end, a first aperture proximate to the first open end, a second aperture and a third aperture proximate the second end, the second aperture axially displaced between the first aperture and the third aperture; the first aperture permitting fluid communication from the second fluid inlet to the bypass channel, and the second aperture and the third aperture permitting fluid communication from the second fluid inlet to the second fluid inlet manifold in the heat exchanger section;
a hollow inner sleeve positioned within the outer sleeve and moveable from a first position to a second position, the hollow inner sleeve having an inner sleeve inner wall, an inner sleeve outer wall in contact with the inner wall of the hollow outer sleeve, an inner sleeve first open end, an inner sleeve second end, a valve seat positioned at the inner sleeve second end, a first orifice, and a second orifice defined by the inner sleeve second end; the first orifice aligning with the first aperture permitting fluid communication from the second fluid inlet to the bypass channel in the first position and the first orifice aligning with the second aperture permitting fluid communication from the second fluid inlet to the second fluid inlet manifold in the heat exchanger section in the second position;
a valve assembly cap coupled at the first open end of the hollow outer sleeve, the valve assembly cap having a valve base and a hole for permitting fluid flow from the second fluid inlet to the hollow portion of the inner sleeve;
a first thermal actuator coupled to the valve base and engaging an inner surface of the hollow inner sleeve at the second end; the first thermal actuator actuating movement of the hollow inner sleeve from the first position to the second position;
a second thermal actuator positioned proximate to the second end of the hollow outer sleeve and engaging an outer surface of the hollow inner sleeve at the second end; and
a stopper coupled to the second thermal actuator and moveable from a stopper first position to a stopper second position upon actuation of the second thermal actuator;
wherein the stopper engages the valve seat in the stopper first position to inhibit fluid flow from the second fluid inlet through the second orifice, and the stopper disengages from the valve seat in the stopper second position to permit fluid flow from the second fluid inlet through the second orifice.

US Pat. No. 10,508,872

STREET LAMP WITH ENCHANCED HEAT DISSIPATION

LITE-ON ELECTRONICS (GUAN...

1. A light-emitting device, comprising:a lamp cover;
a transparent front cover combined with the lamp cover, wherein there is a cavity between the transparent front cover and the lamp cover;
a circuit board directly disposed on an inner surface of the lamp cover and located within the cavity;
a plurality of light-emitting elements disposed on the circuit board and located within the cavity, wherein lights emitted by the plurality of light-emitting elements are outputted through the transparent front cover;
a single lens covering every light-emitting element and located within the cavity;
a radiation layer formed next to the circuit board and directly formed on the inner surface of the lamp cover covered by the cavity; and
a reflective layer directly formed on the radiation layer,
wherein the radiation layer is further formed on an outer surface of the lamp cover.

US Pat. No. 10,508,871

REFRIGERANT DISTRIBUTOR, AND HEAT PUMP DEVICE HAVING THE REFRIGERANT DISTRIBUTOR

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A refrigerant distributor comprising:an inflow portion into which refrigerant flows from an inflow pipe; and
a distributing portion configured to distribute refrigerant from the inflow portion to a plurality of outflow pipes,
the distributing portion including:
a main body portion connected to the inflow portion, and
a plurality of outflow portions connected to the outflow pipes,
the outflow portions protruding from the main body portion, and being unitary with and formed integrally with the main body portion, such that a heat capacity difference between the outflow pipes and the distributing portion is small
longitudinal axes of the plurality of outflow portions and a longitudinal axis of the main body portion are substantially parallel.

US Pat. No. 10,508,868

PROTECTION STRUCTURE FOR HEAT DISSIPATION UNIT

Asia Vital Components Co....

1. A protection structure for a heat dissipation unit, comprising:a main body divided into a working zone and a sealing zone; the working zone internally forming a sealed chamber, the sealing zone being located around an outer edge of the sealed chamber and being provided with a notch area, to which a protrusion pipe for working fluid adding and air evacuation is connected, and the sealing zone being an area at which an upper and lower plate member are hermetically connected to each other, the protrusion pipe being clamped between the upper and the lower plate members to communicate with the sealed chamber, wherein the notch area is defined as a notch in one of the upper and lower plate member, an exposed space to expose the protrusion pipe; and
a protection element being a ductile structure and correspondingly formed and located at the notch area to seal the exposed space and to at least partially cover the protrusion pipe;
wherein the notch area has a first side, a second side located at and connected to one of two opposite ends of the first side, and a third side located at and connected to the other end of the first side; and
wherein the protection element has a first edge, a second edge and a third edge configured for covering the first, the second and the third side of the notch area, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,508,863

HEAT EXCHANGER AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING PLATE-SHAPED FINS FOR HEAT EXCHANGER

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A heat exchanger comprising:a plurality of plate-shaped fins arranged at predetermined fin pitches, each of the plate-shaped fins being provided with an opening; and
a heat transfer tube having a flattened shape and disposed in the opening,
each of the plurality of plate-shaped fins including, at circumferential portions thereof defining the opening, raised portions being in contact with the heat transfer tube,
each of the raised portions including a plurality of first portions that are in contact with an adjoining one of the plurality of plate-shaped fins,
the heat transfer tube having a first end portion that is one end of a flat-cross section in a longitudinal direction and a second end portion that is an other end of the flat-cross section in the longitudinal direction,
the plurality of first portions being provided along the longitudinal direction of the flat-cross section in positions that face each of both side surfaces of the heat transfer tube,
in the longitudinal direction, a distance between the first end portion and one of the plurality of first portions that is closest to the first end portion being different from a distance between the second end portion and another one of the plurality of first portions that is closest to the second end portion.

US Pat. No. 10,508,862

HEAT EXCHANGER FOR AIR-COOLED CHILLER

CARRIER CORPORATION, Pal...

1. An air-cooled chiller system comprising:a first heat exchanger including:
a first tube bank including at least a first flattened tube segment and a second flattened tube segment extending longitudinally in spaced parallel relationship;
a second tube bank including at least a first flattened tube segment and a second flattened tube segment extending longitudinally in spaced parallel relationship, the second tube bank disposed behind the first tube bank with a leading edge of the second tube bank spaced from a trailing edge of the first tube bank;
a plurality of spaced webs joining the first flattened tube segment of the first tube bank to the first flattened tube segment of the second tube bank, wherein at least one web of the plurality of webs is scored at a score location defining at least one scored web configured to provide a path of least resistance for crack propagation due to different thermal expansion of components of the first heat exchanger; and
a fan positioned to direct an airflow over the first tube bank prior to the second tube bank, wherein refrigerant is configured to flow in the first heat exchanger in a cross-counterflow direction opposite that of the airflow direction from the fan.

US Pat. No. 10,508,861

REFRACTORY ANCHOR DEVICE AND SYSTEM

BRAND SHARED SERVICES, LL...

1. An anchoring device for a refractory material for lining a thermal vessel, the anchoring device comprising:a main body having the shape of two “Y”s arranged end-to-end and including a central segment, four branch segments extending from the central segment with a first pair of the branch segments extending from a first part of the central segment and with a second opposite pair of the branch segments extending from a second part of the central segment that is spaced apart from the first part, and four extension segments with each one extending from a respective one of the four branch segments,
wherein the four branch segments are each angled with respect to the central segment at a first obtuse angle and the four extension segments are each angled relative to their respective branch segments at a second obtuse angle to form four unenclosed openings between them including two opposite central openings and two opposite end openings, wherein the four unenclosed openings are each semi-hexagonal in shape,
wherein the main body further includes four reinforcement segments with each one extending into a respective one of the four unenclosed cell openings so that each of the four unenclosed cell openings has a respective reinforcement segment extending into it,
wherein the main body further defines at least one body void that extends through and along at least one of the extension segments and the adjacent angled branch segment, and wherein the body void allows the refractory material to flow through the anchor main body when the anchor is mounted to the vessel and the refractory material is being installed, and
wherein the main body further has at least one bottom surface that defines a base portion on one of the extension segments and an elevated portion on the central segment and elevated relative to the base portion to form an underbody gap between the main body bottom surface and the vessel, wherein the underbody gap allows the refractory material to flow under the anchor when the anchor is mounted to the vessel and the refractory material is being installed;
a mounting element adapted to mount the main body to the thermal vessel; wherein the main body and the mounting element are made of a single component piece of a metal material that is formed by casting into a one-piece part, wherein the anchoring device includes no clinching mechanisms to fasten multiple parts together.

US Pat. No. 10,508,859

PROCESS FOR INCREASING LOW PRESSURE PURE NITROGEN PRODUCTION BY REVAMPING ORIGINAL APPARATUS FOR CRYOGENIC AIR SEPARATION

1. A process of revamping an original apparatus for the separation of air by cryogenic distillation so as to increase the production of low pressure pure nitrogen, the original apparatus for the separation of air by cryogenic distillation comprising:a. a first column operated under a first pressure and a second column operated under a relatively lower second pressure, a condensation evaporator disposed on top of the first column and an original pure nitrogen column connected to a top of the second column and having a smaller diameter than the second column,
b. a main compressor, an air purification and cooling system, a main heat exchanger, an expander and a conduit conveying system for compressing, purifying, and cooling feed air, and transferring said feed air to at least the first column,
c. a subcooler for indirect heat exchange between fluids to be cooled, which comprise an oxygen enriched liquid air, original waste liquid nitrogen and original pure liquid nitrogen produced from the first column and possibly pure liquid oxygen from the second column, and fluids to be warmed, which comprise the original low pressure pure nitrogen and original waste nitrogen produced from the second column, the subcooler comprising a first group of passages through which the original waste liquid nitrogen is passed and a second group of passages through which the original pure liquid nitrogen is passed, and the total heat exchange area of the first group of passages being greater than the total heat exchange area of the second group of passages,
d. a first conduit having a diameter D that transfers the original waste liquid nitrogen from the first column to the first group of passages in the subcooler and a second conduit having a diameter D? that transfers the original waste liquid nitrogen from the first group of passages in the subcooler to an upper part of the second column as well as a third conduit having a diameter d that transfers the original pure liquid nitrogen from the first column to the second group of passages in the subcooler and a fourth conduit having a diameter d? that transfers the original pure liquid nitrogen from the second group of passages in the subcooler to the top of original pure nitrogen column, wherein D>d, D?>d?,
wherein the process comprises the steps of:
substituting the original pure nitrogen column with a revamped pure nitrogen column having an increased diameter and/or height as compared to the original pure nitrogen column to thereby improve the production capacity of the low pressure pure nitrogen in the revamped pure nitrogen column and/or installing an additional pure nitrogen column in parallel to the original pure nitrogen column in order to improve the overall production capacity; and
physically switching the first and third conduits having diameters D and d at a hot end of the subcooler, and physically switching the second and fourth conduits having diameters D? and d? at a cold end of the subcooler, thereby allowing the pure liquid nitrogen after revamping to be passed through the first group of passages in the subcooler, and the waste liquid nitrogen after revamping to be passed through the second group of passages in the subcooler.

US Pat. No. 10,508,858

REFRIGERATOR

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a cabinet comprising an inner cabinet, having therein a storage compartment defined by a front surface having an opening, a pair of side surfaces extending rearward from the front surface while facing each other, an upper surface interconnecting upper ends of the side surfaces, a bottom surface interconnecting lower ends of the side surfaces while facing the upper surface, and a rear surface interconnecting the side surfaces, the upper surface, and the bottom surface while facing the opening, and an outer cabinet disposed outside the inner cabinet to form a predetermined space between the outer cabinet and the inner cabinet, the inner cabinet being provided in a side surface thereof with a frame guide slit horizontally extending in a forward-rearward direction and an interlocking unit guide slit extending parallel to the frame guide slit above the frame guide slit;
a door hinged to the cabinet for opening and closing the opening;
a drawer disposed in the storage compartment for storing goods;
a cantilever disposed in the storage compartment, a rear end of the cantilever being coupled to the rear surface of the storage compartment, the cantilever extending horizontally from the rear end thereof toward the opening;
a drawer for storing goods, the drawer being supported by the cantilever, the drawer being disposed so as to be movable in a longitudinal direction of the cantilever;
a frame comprising a horizontal plate disposed at a lower side of the drawer in the storage compartment and a vertical part disposed between a side wall of the inner cabinet, which defines a side surface of the storage compartment, and the outer cabinet, the vertical part being connected to the horizontal plate through the frame guide slit, the vertical part extending up to at least a height corresponding to the drawer and having a horizontal section extending in the forward-rearward direction;
a frame guide disposed between the inner cabinet and the storage compartment for supporting the horizontal plate such that the horizontal plate is movable in the forward-rearward direction;
a link, having a front end turnably connected to the door and a rear end turnably connected to the horizontal plate, for moving the horizontal plate in response to turning of the door; and
an interlocking unit for connecting the drawer to the vertical part through the interlocking unit guide slit such that the drawer is interlocked with the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,508,857

HOME APPLIANCE DEVICE

BSH Hausgeraete GmbH, Mu...

1. A home appliance device, comprising:at least one inner liner defining at least one storage space and having at least one first wall section and at least one second wall section with at least one gap between the first wall section and the second wall section; and a separate cover unit which is connected to the inner liner and is arranged outside the storage space, said cover unit covering the gap;
said cover unit including a cover element which has a cover element longitudinal axis oriented at least substantially parallel to a gap longitudinal axis of the gap;
said cover unit including at least one cap element which at least partly covers at least one axial end portion of said cover element; and
said inner liner having at least one seam arranged below the gap; and
said cap element featuring at least one seam cover element which partly engages around at least one axial end portion of the seam.

US Pat. No. 10,508,854

COOLING DEVICE FOR THE COOLED STORAGE OF MEDICAL PRODUCTS

B. Medical Systems, S.a.r...

1. A cooling device for the cooled storage of medical products, the cooler having:a cooling circuit comprising a compressor, at least one evaporator and a condenser;
a closable cooling space with a plurality of cooling space sidewalls and a cooling space base;
at least one cooling element; and
an insulation vessel;
wherein the at least one evaporator and the at least one cooling element are disposed within the cooling space;
wherein a first side of the cooling element at least partially abuts the at least one evaporator and a second side of the cooling element faces the insulation vessel;
wherein the insulation vessel is closed at least towards the at least one cooling element and forms a space for cooling goods; and
wherein the first side of the cooling element abutting the at least one evaporator has at least one recess adapted to removably receive at least one removable cold accumulator.

US Pat. No. 10,508,852

REFRIGERATOR AND METHOD OF SUPPLYING WATER IN REFRIGERATOR

DONGBU DAEWOO ELECTRONICS...

1. A refrigerator, comprising:a main body comprising a food storage space;
a door installed in the main body and configured to open and close the food storage space;
an ice-making device installed in the food storage space; and
feet to obliquely position the refrigerator on a floor surface at a predetermined angle with respect to the floor surface in a state in which a front end portion of the main body is positioned higher than a rear end portion thereof,
wherein the ice-making device comprises:
a case comprising a cooling space defined therein;
a cooling unit configured to cool the cooling space; and
an ice-making system located in the cooling space and configured to produce ice pieces, the ice-making system comprising an ice tray comprising:
a plurality of ice-making spaces for retaining water; and
a water supply unit configured to supply water to the ice-making spaces,
wherein the water supply unit comprises:
a feeder pipe configured to feed water to the ice-making system; and
a water supply pipe connected to the feeder pipe and disposed above the ice tray to extend along a length direction of the ice tray; and
a heater configured to heat the water supply pipe and the feeder pipe and that surrounds an outer circumference of the water supply pipe and an outer circumference of the feeder pipe;
the water supply pipe comprising a plurality of holes in the positions corresponding to the ice-making spaces wherein water is supplied to the respective ice-making spaces through the respective holes, wherein the diameters of the plurality of holes are larger as the holes are positioned farther away from the feeder pipe, and wherein the plurality of holes is formed on a lower surface of the water supply pipe in positions corresponding to the ice-making spaces.

US Pat. No. 10,508,851

ICE MAKER ASSEMBLY WITH TILTED WATER TANK FOR REFRIGERATOR

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. An ice maker assembly disposed in a storage space of a refrigerator to form ice, the ice maker assembly comprising:an ice maker unit configured to form ice, including:
a frame mounted at the refrigerator and including a guide;
a tray mounted at the frame and comprising a space in which the ice is formed;
a water tank tiltably mounted at the frame, configured to supply water to the tray, and including a rotating protrusion configured to be inserted into the guide, the rotating protrusion defining an axis about which the water tank is tilted; and
a basket unit configured to store the ice formed in the ice maker unit;
wherein:
water stored in the water tank is supplied to the tray when the water tank is tilted in a first direction, and
when the water tank is tilted in a second direction opposite to the first direction, the water tank is opened to receive water.

US Pat. No. 10,508,848

REFRIGERATION CYCLE APPARATUS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A refrigeration cycle apparatus using refrigerant including HFO-1123, the refrigeration cycle apparatus comprising:a compressor, a condenser, an expansion valve, and an evaporator connected in a loop;
a cooling unit configured to cool the refrigerant at an inlet of the expansion valve, the cooling unit cooling the refrigerant including HFO-1123 so that a temperature and a pressure of the refrigerant becomes equal to or less than a lower limit temperature or a lower limit pressure causing disproportionation reaction;
a first refrigerant pipe connected between an outlet of the condenser and the expansion valve, one end of the first refrigerant pipe being connected to the outlet of the condenser and another end of the first refrigerant pipe being connected to the expansion valve; and
a second refrigerant pipe connected between the compressor and an inlet of the condenser, one end of the second refrigerant pipe being connected to the compressor and another end of the second refrigerant pipe being connected to the inlet of the condenser;
wherein the first refrigerant pipe has a diameter that is smaller than a diameter of the second refrigerant pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,508,847

REFRIGERATION APPARATUS

DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, LTD., ...

1. A refrigeration apparatus comprising:a refrigerant circuit which provides refrigerant piping running through a compressor, a heat source-side heat exchanger, and a heat-source side expansion valve of a heat source-side circuit and a utilization-side heat exchanger of each of one or more utilization-side circuits, and performs a refrigeration cycle by reversibly circulating a refrigerant in the refrigerant piping, a gas end of each of the one or more utilization-side circuits communicating with the compressor at all times, wherein
the utilization-side heat exchanger of each of the one or more utilization-side circuits exchanges heat between indoor air and the refrigerant in the refrigerant circuit,
the refrigeration apparatus further comprises a controller configured to:
receive a detection output from a sensor in each of the one or more utilization side circuits, and detect a leak of the refrigerant from the one or more utilization-side circuits based on the received detection output, and
in response to detecting the leak of the refrigerant, set a flow passage for the refrigerant through the refrigerant piping in the refrigerant circuit to perform the refrigeration cycle in which the refrigerant flows into the utilization-side heat exchanger of each of the one or more utilization-side circuits, the refrigerant flows out of each of the one or more utilization-side circuits, a discharge and suction side of the compressor communicate with the utilization-side heat exchanger of each of the one or more utilization-side circuits via the refrigerant piping without being blocked by a valve, the refrigerant circulates through the refrigerant circuit such that the refrigerant discharged from the compressor is sucked again into the compressor, and the utilization-side heat exchanger of each of the one or more utilization-side circuits functions as an evaporator.

US Pat. No. 10,508,846

AIR CONDITIONING APPARATUS

DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, LTD., ...

1. An air conditioning apparatus comprising:a refrigerant circuit that is configured as a result of an outdoor unit having an outdoor heat exchanger and plural indoor units having indoor heat exchangers being interconnected via a liquid refrigerant communication pipe and a gas refrigerant communication pipe, the refrigerant circuit being switchable to a cooling cycle state, which causes the outdoor heat exchanger to function as a radiator of a refrigerant and causes the indoor heat exchangers to function as evaporators of the refrigerant, and a heating cycle state, which causes the outdoor heat exchanger to function as an evaporator of the refrigerant and causes the indoor heat exchangers to function as radiators of the refrigerant; and
a controller configured to control devices configuring the outdoor unit and the plural indoor units,
wherein when charging the refrigerant circuit with the refrigerant under a particular temperature condition, the controller starts a heating refrigerant charging operation that is performed by switching the refrigerant circuit to the heating cycle state, performs the heating refrigerant charging operation until a predetermined heating refrigerant charging completion condition is met, thereafter switches to a cooling refrigerant charging operation that is performed by switching the refrigerant circuit to the cooling cycle state, and performs the cooling refrigerant charging operation until a refrigerant charging completion condition where the refrigerant circuit is charged with a prescribed quantity of the refrigerant is met.

US Pat. No. 10,508,844

EVAPORATOR WITH REDIRECTED PROCESS FLUID FLOW

TRANE INTERNATIONAL INC.,...

1. A refrigerant evaporator comprising:a shell including a process fluid inlet and a process fluid outlet;
a plurality of tubes disposed within the shell and carrying a process fluid including a first plurality of tubes and a second plurality of tubes; and
a plurality of redirect pipes disposed within the shell and carrying the process fluid including a first redirect pipe and a second redirect pipe;
wherein the shell having a first end and a second end,
the process fluid inlet and the process fluid outlet being located at the first end,
the first plurality of tubes being in fluid communication with the second redirect pipe at the second end so that the first plurality of tubes redirect the process fluid from the process fluid inlet to the second redirect pipe and then from the second redirect pipe to the process fluid outlet, and
the second plurality of tubes being in fluid communication with the first redirect pipe at the second end so that the first redirect pipe redirects the process fluid from the process fluid inlet to the second plurality of tubes and then from the second plurality of tubes to the process fluid outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,508,843

HEAT EXCHANGER WITH WATER BOX

Johnson Controls Technolo...

1. A vapor compression system comprising:a refrigerant loop;
a compressor disposed along the refrigerant loop and configured to circulate refrigerant through the refrigerant loop; and
a heat exchanger disposed along the refrigerant loop and configured to place the refrigerant in a heat exchange relationship with a cooling fluid, wherein the heat exchanger comprises a water box portion having a first length, a shell having a second length, a first plurality of tubes disposed in the shell and configured to flow the cooling fluid, a cooling fluid portion having a third length, and a second plurality of tubes disposed in the cooling fluid portion, wherein the first plurality of tubes and the second plurality of tubes are offset from one another with respect to an axial length of the heat exchanger, wherein the water box portion and the cooling fluid portion are coupled to the shell, such that the first length, the second length, and the third length at least partially form a combined length of the heat exchanger that is substantially equal to a target length, and wherein the water box portion, the shell, and the cooling fluid portion are coupled to one another via flanges, such that the water box portion, the shell, and the cooling fluid portion are removably coupled to one another.

US Pat. No. 10,508,841

COOLING CIRCUIT FOR A VARIABLE FREQUENCY DRIVE

TRANE INTERNATIONAL INC.,...

1. A cooling circuit for a variable frequency drive (VFD) in a heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) system, the HVACR system including a condenser, an evaporator, an expansion device, and a compressor fluidly connected, the cooling circuit having a working fluid, the compressor being driven by the VFD, the cooling circuit comprising:a pump fluidly connected to the condenser and configured to receive the working fluid in liquid form from the condenser;
a bypass flow control device fluidly connected to the pump, a heat sink, the condenser, and a location in the HVACR system at which the working fluid is at a relatively lower temperature than a temperature of the working fluid in liquid form in the condenser;
the heat sink being in a heat exchange relationship with the VFD such that the VFD rejects heat to the working fluid when the HVACR system is in operation; and
a sensor and a controller, wherein the controller determines a value representative of an operating condition from the sensor and selectively enables and/or disables the bypass flow control device such that the location fluidly communicates with the heat sink when the bypass flow control device is enabled, and fluid communication between the heat sink and the location is prevented when the bypass flow control device is disabled.

US Pat. No. 10,508,840

DEVICE THAT CAN BE USED WITH A REFRIGERANT FLUID FOR INCREASING THE THERMODYNAMIC EFFICIENCY

DYNAES, Berd Huis (FR)

1. A heat pump comprising:a closed circuit intended to contain a refrigerant fluid and a lubricant that is miscible with the refrigerant fluid,
the closed circuit comprising a fluid compressor and a return circuit for returning fluid to the compressor, the compressor extending in the closed circuit between a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet, the return circuit extending in the closed circuit, complementarily to the compressor, between the fluid outlet and the fluid inlet,
the return circuit comprising a condenser, an expander and an evaporator, said return circuit comprising a first line extending between the fluid outlet and the condenser, a second line extending between the condenser and the expander, a third line extending between the expander and the evaporator, and a fourth line extending between the evaporator and the fluid inlet,
wherein the closed circuit comprises a first widening of one of the lines of the return circuit, in series in the circuit, containing pipes in parallel in the circuit, and a second widening of one of the lines of the return circuit, in series in the circuit,
wherein the first widening regenerates or maintains an emulsion of oil droplets by imposing a negative pressure on the oil droplets in both a liquid phase and a gas phase,
wherein the second widening regenerates or maintains an emulsion of oil droplets by imposing a negative pressure on the oil droplets in a liquid phase, and
wherein the emulsion of the oil droplets travel through the first widening, the condenser, the second widening, the expander, the evaporator, and to the fluid compressor.

US Pat. No. 10,508,839

REFRIGERANT COMPRESSOR WITH LUBRICANT DISTRIBUTION UNIT HAVING FILTER HOLDING CHAMBER WITH FILTER BODY THEREIN

1. Refrigerant compressor, in the form of a rotary screw compressor, comprising a compressor housing, at least one compressor element which is arranged in the compressor housing and is driven by a drive, a plurality of bearing units disposed at at least one of a low pressure side or a high pressure side for the at least one compressor element driven by the drive, each of the bearing units comprising a bearing housing and at least one roller bearing that is arranged in the bearing housing, a lubricant being supplied to the bearing housing by a lubricant distribution system, a plurality of lubricant dispensing units, each lubricant dispensing unit comprising a filter holding chamber and a filter body is arranged in the filter holding chamber, wherein the lubricant dispensing units include a first lubricant dispensing unit arranged to dispense lubricant to at least one of the bearing units of the low pressure side or the high pressure side and a second lubricant dispensing unit arranged to dispense to at least another one of the bearing units of the low pressure side or the high pressure side.

US Pat. No. 10,508,838

ULTRAHIGH-PERFORMANCE RADIATIVE COOLER

The Board of Trustees of ...

1. A radiative cooler comprising a mirror cone disposed on top of a thermally insulated vacuum chamber,wherein said mirror cone comprises an open top and an open bottom,
wherein said thermally insulated vacuum chamber comprises an infrared-transparent window sealably disposed on top of said thermally insulated vacuum chamber,
wherein said mirror cone is disposed on said infrared-transparent window,
wherein said infrared-transparent window has a transparency in the range of 8-13 ?m,
wherein an interior of said thermally insulated vacuum chamber comprises:
a) at least one stainless steel post;
b) a stack of radiation shield sheets;
c) ceramic washers;
d) at least one ceramic peg; and
e) a selective emitter;
wherein said at least one stainless steel post supports said stack of radiation shield sheets above a bottom surface of said thermally insulated vacuum chamber,
wherein said radiation shield sheets are separated by said ceramic washers in an alternating sequence of said radiation shield sheets and said ceramic washers,
wherein said ceramic washers are disposed circumferentially to said at least one ceramic peg,
wherein said selective emitter is disposed on top of said at least one ceramic peg,
wherein said selective emitter is disposed below and separated from said infrared-transparent window,
wherein said selective emitter is thermally decoupled from ambient air and sunshine.

US Pat. No. 10,508,837

METHOD OF BRINGING TO TEMPERATURE AND HOLDING AT TEMPERATURE THE INTERIOR OF A THERMALLY INSULATED ENCLOSURE WITH NO CONTINUOUS SUPPLY OF ENERGY AND THE ASSOCIATED DEVICE

COLDWAY TECHNOLOGIES SAS,...

1. A method of changing a temperature of an internal volume of a thermally insulated enclosure to a preset temperature and maintaining said temperature at said preset temperature, wherein:a device is provided comprising:
at least a first and a second system chosen independently of each other from among absorption systems, adsorption systems and thermochemical systems, said first and second systems each comprising:
at least one reservoir containing a fluid, connected to a reactor which contains a reagent capable of reacting exothermically and reversibly with said fluid, said reagent being consumed during said exothermic reaction and being able to be regenerated during the reverse reaction, which can be induced by heating said reactor, and
a heater for heating said reactor and capable of regenerating said reagent by inducing said reverse reaction; said heater being capable of being connected to an energy source external to said device and able to be disconnected from said external energy source;wherein said device further comprises:at least one thermally insulated enclosure disposed in such a way that its internal volume can be heated and/or cooled by said first and second systems;
wherein all of the fluid of each of said systems is contained in said reservoir of said system before the method is performed;the method comprising:using at least said first system of said systems to change said temperature of the internal volume of said enclosure to said preset temperature by said exothermic reaction;
connecting said heater of said first system to said external energy source when said preset temperature is reached;
a) heating the reactor of said first system of said systems until complete regeneration of said reagent, while said second system maintains said temperature of the internal volume of said enclosure at said preset temperature by said exothermic reaction;
b) when the reagent is completely regenerated, said heater of said first system is disconnected from said external energy source, and said first system having the reactor whose reagent has just been regenerated is used to maintain said temperature of the internal volume of said enclosure at said preset temperature before all the reagent and/or all the fluid of said second system is consumed in said exothermic reaction, and the reactor of said second system, which still contains reagent and said fluid capable of reacting, is heated by connecting said heater of said second system to said external energy source until the complete regeneration of the reagent, at which time said heater of said second system is disconnected from said external energy source;
c) connecting said heater of said first system to said external energy source; and
d) returning to step a);
while said heaters of said first system and said second system are connected to said external energy source, the aforementioned steps a), b), c), and d) are repeated;when each of said heaters of said first and second systems is disconnected from said external energy source, each of said first and second systems is used successively to maintain said temperature of the internal volume of said enclosure at said preset temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,508,834

FALLING PARTICLE SOLAR RECEIVERS

1. A falling particle solar receiver, comprising:a receiver body comprising two or more inlets for forming two or more parallel corresponding falling particle curtains of falling particles through the falling particle solar receiver;
wherein the falling particle curtains are separated by a curtain separation distance.

US Pat. No. 10,508,833

INTEGRATED HOOK AND FLASHING FOR PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE INSTALLATION ON TILE ROOFS

SolarCity Corporation, S...

1. A bracket for supporting photovoltaic modules on a tile roof, the bracket comprising:a base portion configured to contact a flat roof surface along a first plane;
a first curved portion including a first concave surface facing away from the first plane, wherein the first concave surface extends in a first direction substantially parallel to the first plane;
a second curved portion including a second concave surface facing toward the first plane, wherein the second concave surface extends in the first direction;
a riser portion connected to the first and second curved portions and extending away from the first and second curved portions and the first plane in a second direction; and
a flange connected to the riser portion and substantially parallel to the first plane, wherein the flange is positioned further from the first plane than the first curved portion and the second curved portion,
wherein the first and second curved portions define sides of an opening separating the first and second curved portions, and
wherein the bracket is configured for the base portion to be positioned between a first roof tile and the flat roof surface while the first curved portion is configured to be positioned between a convex portion of a lower surface of the first roof tile and a concave portion of an upper surface of a second roof tile overlapped by the first roof tile.

US Pat. No. 10,508,832

SWIMMING POOL COVER WITH LENSES

10. A swimming pool cover, comprising:a continuous sheet of substantially constant thickness comprised of a plurality of flexible Fresnel lenses arranged in a matrix and detachably connected to flexible interstitial connecting material so the lenses cover substantially the entirety of a surface area of the swimming pool cover.

US Pat. No. 10,508,831

PERFORMING INTEGRITY CHECKS ON CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEM COMPONENTS

Emerson Electric Co., St...

1. A method performed by a controller of a climate control system having an igniter and an igniter relay, the method comprising:in one or more of a plurality of heating operational phases of the system, sensing current draw by the igniter and sensing voltage between terminals of a second relay of the system, the current draw by the igniter being sensed by the controller independently of the igniter relay;
for a given one of the heating operational phases in which the sensing is performed, comparing the sensed current and voltage with a current value and voltage value predetermined together for the igniter and second relay in relation to the given operational phase to indicate the presence of a condition specifically of the igniter, of the second relay, or of the igniter relay, the comparing performed using a processor; and
based on the comparing, distinguishing between a failure of one of the relays and a failure of the igniter.

US Pat. No. 10,508,828

SPLITTER AND SOUND ATTENUATOR INCLUDING THE SAME

S.I.PAN, Gyeonggi-do (KR...

1. A splitter comprising:a first sound absorber;
a second sound absorber;
a perforated plate member interposed between the first sound absorber and the second sound absorber; and
an outer frame surrounding the first sound absorber, the second sound absorber and the perforated plate member;
wherein the perforated plate member has a fundamental resonance frequency (fp0) of 125 Hz or less, which is calculated according to the follow equations:

wherein
D: Flexural rigidity of the perforated plate member,
h: Thickness of the perforated plate member,
?: Volume density of the perforated plate member,
?: Poisson's ratio of the perforated plate member,
?: Porosity (ratio of a total cross-sectional area of pores to a cross-sectional area of the perforated plate member),
r: Radius of pores,
La: Horizontal pitch between pores,
Lb: Vertical pitch between pores,
Lx: Horizontal length of the perforated plate member, and
Ly: Vertical length of the perforated plate member.

US Pat. No. 10,508,827

VENTILATING DEVICE

PANASONIC ECOLOGY SYSTEMS...

1. A ventilating device, comprising:a frame forming an outer contour,
an airflow path formed by a flowing of air inside the frame,
a plurality of orifices provided on the frame, and
a plurality of fixing bolts each provided in a respective orifice and being rotatable with respect to the respective orifice between a first position, in which the respective fixing bolt cannot be removed from the respective orifice and is configured to fix a measuring tube of different sizes of a static pressure gauge therein so as to measure a static pressure in a chamber where the airflow path is located, and a second position, in which the respective fixing bolt can be removed from the respective orifice so as to drain water out of the frame via the respective orifice;
wherein each fixing bolt comprises a fixing bolt body of a hollow truncated cone shape, the fixing bolt body comprising:
a first bottom surface extending into the frame and provided with a first opening,
wherein the first opening is adapted to communicate the air inside the frame with the static pressure gauge when the static pressure gauge is inserted into the fixing bolt body, and
a second bottom surface positioned outside of the frame and provided with a second opening.

US Pat. No. 10,508,826

REFRIGERATION CYCLE APPARATUS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A refrigeration cycle apparatus comprising:a main circuit including a compressor, a flow switching valve configured to switch a passage of refrigerant discharged from the compressor, a first heat exchanger configured to serve at least as a condenser, a flow rate adjusting expansion valve provided for the first heat exchanger, and a plurality of parallel heat exchangers provided in parallel with each other and each being a second heat exchanger configured to serve at least as an evaporator;
a defrosting circuit configured to branch part of the refrigerant discharged from the compressor and allow the branched refrigerant to flow into selected one or more of the plurality of parallel heat exchangers;
a detector configured to detect, as an index for determining an amount of frost deposited on the parallel heat exchangers, an operation time period of the main circuit during which all of the parallel heat exchangers serve as evaporators; and
a controller configured to control the flow switching valve and the defrosting circuit,
the controller including circuitry configured to
select one of a reverse-defrosting operation mode and a heating-defrosting simultaneous operation mode as a mode for performing a defrosting operation for defrosting the parallel heat exchangers,
the reverse-defrosting operation mode being an operation mode in which the flow switching valve is switched to connect the passage of the refrigerant discharged from the compressor to the second heat exchanger to defrost all of the parallel heat exchangers,
the heating-defrosting simultaneous operation mode being an operation mode in which the refrigerant discharged from the compressor is allowed to flow into one or more of the parallel heat exchangers by the defrosting circuit, the one or more of the parallel heat exchangers serving as heat exchangers that are defrosting targets, and one or more of the parallel heat exchangers other than the heat exchangers that are defrosting targets serving as evaporators, and
determine whether or not the defrosting operation is to be started based on a result of detection performed by the detector,
in the determination, the circuitry being configured to start the defrosting operation when the operation time period detected by the detector is longer than an operation time period threshold, the operation time period threshold being a smaller value when the heating-defrosting simultaneous operation mode is selected than when the reverse-defrosting operation mode is selected.

US Pat. No. 10,508,825

SOLAR AIR CONDITIONER, METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING SOLAR AIR CONDITIONER

MIDEA GROUP CO., LTD., F...

1. A method for controlling a solar air conditioner, comprising:receiving an enabling command to enable the solar air conditioner to enter into an energy-saving control mode;
disconnecting the solar air conditioner from a utility grid;
powering the solar air conditioner by an output of an inverter coupled to a solar cell, the inverter being configured to increase a cell DC voltage of an output of the solar cell to generate the output of inverter;
detecting, through a controller of the solar air conditioner, a change of an inverter DC voltage of the output of the inverter;
and
changing, through the controller, an operating frequency of a compressor of the solar air conditioner according to at least the change of the inverter DC voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,508,824

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR INTERACTING WITH A CONTROL SYSTEM THAT IS CONNECTED TO A NETWORK

ADEMCO INC., Golden Vall...

1. A system of controlling a network connected building automation system servicing a building, the system comprising:a network;
a server located outside of the building and connected to the network;
a voice command manager implemented on the server;
a thermostat located inside of the building, wherein the thermostat includes a temperature sensor and a first voice sensor device, wherein the thermostat is in communication with the voice command manager via the network, and wherein the thermostat is configured to receive a plurality of natural language voice commands via the first voice sensor device and to communicate each of the plurality of natural language voice commands received by the first voice sensor to the voice command manager via the network; and
a second voice sensor device in communication with the voice command manager via the network, wherein the second voice sensor device is configured to receive the plurality of natural language voice commands and to communicate each of the plurality of natural language voice commands received by the second voice sensor device to the voice command manager via the network, and wherein the voice command manager is configured to translate each of the plurality of the natural language voice commands received into a respective command understandable by the thermostat, to transmit the respective command associated with each of the plurality of natural language voice commands received to the thermostat for execution, to identify a conflict between a first of the plurality of natural language voice commands received and a second of the plurality of natural language voice commands received, to transmit a query regarding whether the second of the plurality of natural language voice commands, that conflicts with the first of the plurality of natural language voice commands, should override the first of the plurality of natural language voice commands, to receive a response to the query, and to transmit the first of the plurality of natural language voice commands or the second of the plurality of natural language voice commands to the thermostat based on contents of the response.

US Pat. No. 10,508,823

DEVICE CONTROL SYSTEM

LUCIS TECHNOLOGIES HOLDIN...

1. A system comprising,a first panel comprising a first sensing module configured to collect a parameter and a first processing module configured to control a device according to the collected parameter,
a second panel comprising a physical controller operably connected to the device with the first panel and the second panel being operably and detachably connected to each other, and
an accessory comprising at least one of a mobile tag or a smart meter being configured to communicate with the first panel,
wherein the first panel is configured to control the device through the second panel and the physical controller is configured to work independently of the first panel to directly control the device when the first panel is detached and disconnected from the second panel, and
wherein the physical controller is covered by the first panel when the first panel is attached and connected to the second panel.

US Pat. No. 10,508,821

HUMIDIFICATION SYSTEM

Corrigan Corporation of A...

1. A dry fog humidification system comprising:a controllable water valve connected between a water supply and a water header;
a compressor selectively supplying a pressurized air supply to an air header;
a control selectively operating the compressor and the water valve;
a plurality of diffusers, each diffuser comprising a housing, a shroud mounted in the housing, the shroud comprising a tube having an open inlet end open to atmospheric air and an outlet end, the shroud mounted with a lower side of the tube including a drain port facing downward and extending through an opening in a bottom wall of the housing, and an air atomizing nozzle mounted at the open inlet end of the tube and aligned with an axis of the tube at the inlet end providing a space between the air atomizing nozzle and the tube at the open inlet end, the air atomizing nozzle connected via a water inlet adapter to the water header and via an air inlet adapter to the air header, whereby, when the air atomizing nozzle is operating, atmospheric air is drawn into the tube at the open inlet end in the space around the air atomizing nozzle so that air volume from the outlet end is about at least two times air volume from the pressurized air supply and each diffuser produces a dry fog exiting the shroud at the outlet end of the tube.

US Pat. No. 10,508,819

AIR TREATMENT SYSTEM

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. An air treatment system comprising:an air treatment unit arranged to treat a first parameter of ambient air;
a controller arranged to control operation of the air treatment unit; and
a first sensor arranged to detect a value indicative of the first parameter, and to output sensor data indicative of the value to the controller;
wherein the controller is arranged to determine whether the first sensor and the air treatment unit are co-located in a same ambient air space by controlling the air treatment unit to operate in a first mode and analyzing sensor data from the first sensor received during the first mode;
wherein if the first sensor and the air treatment unit are determined to be co-located in the same ambient air space, the controller is arranged to control the air treatment unit to operate in a second mode based on sensor data from the first sensor,
wherein the air treatment unit comprises an air purifier arranged to filter surrounding ambient air to treat the first parameter of the ambient air; andif the first sensor and the air purifier are determined not to be co-located in the same ambient air space, the controller is arranged to control the air purifier to operate in a third mode that is independent of sensor data indicative of the first parameter, andwherein after the controller has determined whether the first sensor and the air purifier are co-located in the same ambient air space, the controller is arranged to wait a predetermined time before newly determining whether the first sensor and the air purifier are in the air same space.

US Pat. No. 10,508,818

WINDOW AIR CONDITIONER WITH SIDE INSULATING SEALING ASSEMBLY

GD MIDEA AIR-CONDITIONING...

1. A window air conditioner, comprising:an air conditioner body configured to be mounted to a mounting window;
a heat-insulation sealing assembly having at least two layers and provided between the air conditioner body and the mounting window to insulate an inside of the mounting window from an outside of the mounting window in a sealing manner; and
a sliding guiding portion slidable in a left-and-right direction with respect to the air conditioner body, the sliding guiding portion including:
a mounting groove arranged at one end of the sliding guiding portion that is distal from the air conditioner body, the mounting groove extending along a length direction of the heat-insulation sealing assembly that is approximately perpendicular to the left-and-right direction; and
a vertical groove arranged at the one end of the sliding guiding portion, the vertical groove being separated from the mounting groove and extending approximately parallel to the mounting groove,
wherein:
the at least two layers of the heat-insulation sealing assembly include a heat insulation plate and a sealing louver that are arranged substantially parallel to and spaced apart from each other in a direction from the inside of the mounting window to the outside of the mounting window,
one end of the heat insulation plate that is distal from the air conditioner body is inserted in the mounting groove, and
one end of the sealing louver that is distal from the air conditioner body is coupled in the vertical groove.

US Pat. No. 10,508,817

OVEN APPLIANCE WITH DUAL OPENING AND CLOSING DOORS

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. An appliance, comprising:a cabinet defining a chamber, the cabinet also defining an opening;
a first door rotatably mounted proximate the opening of the cabinet;
a second door rotatably mounted proximate the opening of the cabinet, the first and second doors rotatable between an open position and a closed position in order to permit selective access to the chamber of the cabinet through the opening of the cabinet;
a pair of handles, each handle of the pair of handles mounted to a respective one of the first and second doors; and
a linkage assembly coupling the first door and the second door such that the first and second doors rotate between the open position and the closed position simultaneously when one of the first door and the second door is manually moved, the linkage assembly comprising:
a first linkage arm extending between a first end and a second end, the first end of the first linkage arm connected to the first door;
a first gear having a plurality of teeth disposed on an engagement edge of the first gear, the second end of the first linkage arm connected to the first gear, the first gear having an outer edge radially spaced apart from an axis of rotation of the first gear, the engagement edge of the first gear forming only a portion of the outer edge of the first gear, the first gear positioned within the cabinet above the chamber of the cabinet, the first gear having a leg positioned on the outer edge of the first gear, the second end of the first linkage arm connected to the first gear at the leg of the first gear, the leg of the first gear positioned opposite the plurality of teeth of the first gear on the first gear;
a second gear having a plurality of teeth disposed on an engagement edge of the second gear, the plurality of teeth of the second gear meshing with the plurality of teeth of the first gear, the second gear having an outer edge radially spaced apart from an axis of rotation of the second gear, the engagement edge of the first gear forming only a portion of the outer edge of the first gear, the second gear positioned within the cabinet above the chamber of the cabinet; and
a second linkage arm extending between a first end and a second end, the first end of the second linkage arm connected to the second door, the second end of the second linkage arm connected to the second gear.

US Pat. No. 10,508,815

DOMESTIC OVEN WITH MUFFLE LIGHTING

1. A domestic oven comprising:a muffle which delimits a cooking chamber, the muffle having a muffle side wall, a light outlet window formed within the muffle side wall, and a window element having a light outlet surface fitted within the light outlet window, the window element having an upper window edge; and
a lighting device for illuminating the cooking chamber, the lighting device comprising:
a light source which, when viewed normally to the muffle side wall, is arranged above the muffle;
a reflective surface with a diffuse reflecting property which is arranged behind the window element within a contour of the light outlet window and is irradiated with light from the light source;
a lens element with a collecting property which is arranged in a light path between the light source and the reflective surface, the lens element being arranged, when viewed normally to the muffle side wall, above the muffle; and
a light guiding structure having a light entry point and a light exit point which are arranged in the light path between the lens element and the reflective surface,
wherein the light guiding structure is formed by a solid body made of a transparent material wherein a light beam entering the light guiding structure at the light entry point is guided therein by total reflection to the light exit point,
wherein the light entry point is arranged, when viewed normally to the muffle side wall, above the muffle,
wherein the light guiding structure extends as far as the upper window edge of the window element and the light exit point is arranged adjacent the upper window edge of the window element.

US Pat. No. 10,508,814

BIOMASS PELLET STOVE

QSTOVES INC., Bellevue, ...

1. A stove, using biomass pellets as fuels, comprising:a stove body that includes a firebox;
a grate disposed in the firebox, the grate comprising a planar plate having a first planar face and a second planar face, the second planar face opposed to the first planar face;
at least one hopper, the at least one hopper having an inner cavity, the inner cavity configured to removably contain the biomass pellets; and
at least one feed tube, the at least one feed tube having a first end and a second end opposed to the first end, the at least one feed tube extending between the at least one hopper and the firebox, wherein the first end of the at least one feed tube communicates with the inner cavity of the at least one hopper and the second end of the at least one feed tube is located proximate to the grate; and
at least one control lever laterally disposed on the at least one feed tube, the at least one control lever moveable between a first position and a second position;
wherein biomass pellets as fuels within the at least one hopper enter the firebox along the at least one feed tube under gravity when the at least one control lever is in a second position and,
wherein the grate further comprises at least one first wall member, the first wall member connected to the first planar face of the plate at a perimeter region thereof and extending outward from the first planar face, the first wall member having at least one wall aperture defined therein; wherein the grate further comprises at least one second wall member, the second wall member connected to the first planar face of the plate at the perimeter region thereof and extending outward from the first planar face, the at least one second wall member contiguous to the at least one first wall member and oriented perpendicular thereto, the second wall member defining a solid member and wherein the at least second one wall member is located proximate to the second end of the at least one feed tube.

US Pat. No. 10,508,811

CIRCUMFERENTIAL FUEL SHIFTING AND BIASING IN AN AXIAL STAGED COMBUSTOR FOR A GAS TURBINE ENGINE

United Technologies Corpo...

1. An injector for a combustor of a gas turbine engine comprising:a swirler of a radial fuel injection system positioned downstream of an axial pilot fuel injection system; and
a fuel nozzle located within the swirler, the fuel nozzle comprising a multiple of fuel injector orifices operable to provide a biased circumferential fuel distribution to fuel enrich a circumferential location with respect to an exit diameter of the swirler, the fuel injector orifices located downstream of the swirler with respect to a combustion chamber, the multiple of fuel injector orifices comprises a first set of fuel injector orifices and a second set of fuel injector orifices in the fuel nozzle, the second set of fuel injector orifices downstream of the first set of fuel injector orifices with respect to the swirler.

US Pat. No. 10,508,810

THERMAL PANEL WITH A CORRUGATED CERAMIC COMPOSITE SHEET HAVING UNEQUAL RIDGE WIDTHS

HEXCEL CORPORATION, Dubl...

1. A thermal panel for use near a source of heat having a high temperature side located nearest said source of heat and a low temperature side located away from said source of heat, said thermal panel comprising:A) a core having a first side located closest to said source of heat and a second side located away from said source of heat, said core having a length direction, a width direction and a thickness, said core comprising a support structure comprising a corrugated sheet of ceramic composite material wherein said corrugated sheet comprises a plurality of hot side ridges located at the first side of said core, said hot side ridges defining a hot side ridge surface area, said hot side ridges extending in said length direction and having first and second ridge edges that are spaced apart a hot side ridge width, said corrugated sheet comprising a plurality of cold side ridges located at the second side of said core, said cold side ridges defining a cold side ridge surface area, said cold side ridges extending in said length direction and having first and second ridge edges that are spaced apart a cold side ridge width, said corrugated sheet comprising a plurality of first connecting walls that extend in said length direction and which connect the first ridge edges of said hot side ridges to the second ridge edges of said cold side ridges, said corrugated sheet comprising a plurality of second connecting walls that extend in said length direction and which connect the second ridge edges of said hot side ridges to the first ridge edges of said cold side ridges, wherein said cold side ridges, first connecting walls and second connecting walls define longitudinal hot side channels and wherein said hot side ridges, first connecting walls and second connecting walls define longitudinal cold side channels;
B) a hot side skin attached to said hot side ridges wherein said hot side skin, first connecting walls, second connecting walls and said cold side ridges form a plurality of first cells which extend in the length direction, said first cells each having a width measured between said first and second connecting walls and a thickness measured between said hot side skin and cold side ridge, said hot side skin being a metal foil; and
C) a cold side skin attached to said cold side ridges wherein said cold side skin, first connecting walls, second connecting walls and said hot side ridges form a plurality of second cells which extend in the length direction, said second cells each having a width measured between said first and second connecting walls and a thickness measured between said cold side skin and hot side ridge, said first cells and second cells being substantially filled with an insulating material selected from the group consisting of silicon dioxide aerogels, alumina aerogels, ceramic microporous insulation, mineral wool, ceramic fibers and amorphous silica which is supported by a nonwoven glass or silica fiber and wherein said hot side ridge widths are greater than said cold side ridge widths such that said hot side ridge surface area is greater than said cold side ridge surface area.

US Pat. No. 10,508,809

ARTICLES FOR HIGH TEMPERATURE SERVICE AND METHODS FOR MAKING

General Electric Company,...

1. A method of forming an article, comprising:disposing a fugitive material within at least some surface-connected columnar voids in a thermal barrier coating disposed on a substrate, wherein disposing the fugitive material comprises infiltrating the at least some surface-connected columnar voids with a first liquid; and
disposing a calcium-magnesium-aluminum-silicon-oxide (CMAS)-reactive material within the at least some surface-connected columnar voids, such that the CMAS-reactive material is physically separated from the substrate by a columnar cavity having an aspect ratio greater than 3, wherein disposing the CMAS-reactive material comprises infiltrating the at least some surface-connected columnar voids with a second liquid, wherein the first liquid is at least partially immiscible with the second liquid.

US Pat. No. 10,508,808

GAS TURBINE ENGINE WAVE GEOMETRY COMBUSTOR LINER PANEL

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A combustor of a gas turbine engine comprising:a shell comprising a multiple of impingement flow passages; and
a panel mounted to said shell, said panel defining a wave pattern on a cold side thereof, said wave pattern comprising a multiple of peaks and troughs, said troughs defining a multiple of corresponding entrances to a respective multiple of effusion passages through said panel;
wherein at least one of said multiple of impingement flow passages is directed at one of said multiple of peaks; and
wherein each of said entrances is located in a lowest portion of said multiple of troughs.

US Pat. No. 10,508,804

STAGE LIGHTING FIXTURE THERMAL SYSTEM CAPABLE OF DYNAMICALLY ADJUSTING AIR FLOW DELIVERY

Guangzhou Haoyang Electro...

1. A stage lighting fixture thermal system capable of dynamically adjusting air flow delivery, comprising,a light source and a heat dissipation chamber, the light source being arranged inside the heat dissipation chamber, wherein the stage lighting fixture thermal system further comprises at least one first air supply mechanism connected with the heat dissipation chamber, and the first air supply mechanism is dynamically arranged on the heat dissipation chamber;
a drive device connected below the first air supply mechanism, wherein the drive device is connected on the heat dissipation chamber;
wherein the drive device further includes a drive motor and a transmission mechanism, and the transmission mechanism is connected to the drive motor and the first air supply mechanism respectively; and
wherein the drive motor drives an air outlet of the first air supply mechanism to move linearly along an air inlet of the heat dissipation chamber, so that the air outlet of the first air supply mechanism is adjusted to an optimal position relative to the light source.

US Pat. No. 10,508,803

SYNTHETIC JETS TO COOL DIGITAL MICROMIRROR DEVICES

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A laser imaging module (LIM), comprising:a digital micromirror device (DMD);
a housing coupled to the DMD, wherein a first side of the housing is coupled to a bottom of the DMD; and
a cooling block coupled to a second side of the housing that is opposite the first side, wherein the cooling block comprises:
a plate comprising a plurality of openings;
a diaphragm coupled to the plate;
an air inlet to generate an airflow;
an air outlet to collect the airflow; and
a plurality of airflow guides, wherein the airflow moves across a top side of the plate inside of an enclosure formed by the air inlet, the air outlet, and the plurality of airflow guides, wherein a movable floor of the diaphragm moves towards a bottom side of the plate to force air out through the plurality of openings and move the airflow in a direction that is perpendicular to a direction of the airflow towards the second side of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,508,801

WAVELENGTH CONVERSION MEMBER AND LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE

NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.,...

1. A wavelength converting member of reflection type configured to convert light with a specific wavelength to light with other wavelength and also configured to reflect the light on a reflection surface, thereby emitting the light as illumination light, whereinthe wavelength converting member comprises:
a substrate including an inorganic material, and
a phosphor layer disposed on the substrate and including phosphor particles that absorb light and emit converted light and a translucent ceramic that binds the phosphor particles to one another;
the ratio of the thickness of the phosphor layer to the average particle size of the phosphor particles is less than 30;
when the wavelength converting member is irradiated with source light having a specific wavelength at a power density of 20 W/mm2, the emission efficiency retention ratio of the phosphor layer is not less than 70%; and
the reflection surface on which the converted light is reflected is a surface of the substrate or a surface of a reflector adjacent to the wavelength converting member.

US Pat. No. 10,508,799

IN-TUBE BATTERY TREE

1. A lighted tree, comprising:a tree trunk section adapted to be mechanically supported by a support structure external to the tree and configured to subsume a substantially elongated structure inserted into the trunk section;
a plurality of artificial tree branches extending from the trunk section;
at least one light source electrically connected to the trunk section and disposed to emit light from an LED string on tree branches; and
a battery holder, adapted to be inserted into the tree trunk section, and configured to power the lighted tree trunk section with a battery retained within the battery holder;
wherein the battery holder includes an end cap including electrical contacts configured to maintain the battery holder electrical polarity independent of the orientation of the battery retained within the battery holder.

US Pat. No. 10,508,798

LIGHTING SYSTEMS INCORPORATING CONNECTIONS FOR SIGNAL AND POWER TRANSMISSION

COOLEDGE LIGHTING INC., ...

1. A lighting system comprising:a first light panel comprising:
a first substrate,
first and second spaced-apart power conductors disposed on the first substrate,
a plurality of first light-emitting elements disposed on the first substrate and electrically connected to the first and second power conductors,
a first connector electrically connected to the first power conductor, and
a second connector electrically connected to the second power conductor; and
a second light panel comprising:
a second substrate,
first and second planar elongated tabs extending from the second substrate, wherein the first and second tabs are flexible,
third and fourth spaced-apart power conductors disposed on the second substrate,
a plurality of second light-emitting elements disposed on the second substrate and electrically connected to the third and fourth power conductors,
a third connector electrically connected to the third power conductor and disposed on the first tab, and
a fourth connector electrically connected to the fourth power conductor and disposed on the second tab,
wherein (i) the first connector is configured for connection to the third connector, thereby electrically coupling the first power conductor to the third power conductor, (ii) the second connector is configured for connection to the fourth connector, thereby electrically coupling the second power conductor to the fourth power conductor, (iii) the first tab comprises one or more first strain-relief features, and (iv) the second tab comprises one or more second strain-relief features.

US Pat. No. 10,508,795

ADJUSTABLE ASSEMBLY FOR AN ADJUSTABLE DOWNLIGHT

Focal Point, LLC, Chicag...

1. An adjustable assembly for a downlight comprising:a mounting bracket;
a heatsink configured to receive a light source, the heatsink comprising a plurality of cooling fins and connected to the mounting bracket; and
a rotation ring connected to the mounting bracket and rotatably engaged to a downlight fixture assembly;
wherein the mounting bracket comprises:
a first side wall connected to the rotation ring and the heatsink,
a second side wall opposite the first side wall and connected to the rotation ring and the heatsink, and
a front wall extending between the first side wall and the second side wall, wherein the heatsink is positioned between the first side wall and the second side wall,
the first side wall having a first plurality of slots extending through the first side wall and the second side wall having a second plurality of slots extending through the second side wall,
wherein the heatsink is connected to the first side wall with a first set of securing members extending through the first plurality of slots and is connected to the second side wall with a second set of securing members extending through the second plurality of slots, and
wherein the heatsink is tiltably engaged with the mounting bracket, and
further including a tension spring having a first end attached to the front wall and a second end engaged with a plurality of locking steps positioned along an upper surface of at least one cooling fin of the heatsink, wherein the tension spring applies a tension force to the plurality of locking steps to keep the heatsink in a fixed position, wherein the heatsink is tilted by slidable engagement along the first plurality of slots and the second plurality of slots to overcome the tension force of the tension spring to allow ratcheting of the tension spring into different angles of the locking steps along an upper surface of the heatsink, wherein the tilting of the heatsink tilts a light beam from the light source.

US Pat. No. 10,508,793

ARTIFICIAL SKYLIGHT AND METHODS

INNERSCENE, INC., San Fr...

1. An artificial skylight, comprising:at least one light source;
at least one first collimator configured to collimate light from the at least one light source to produce a collimated light beam;
a prism sheet disposed adjacent to the at least one first collimator and configured to reflect and refract the collimated light beam received from the at least one first collimator; and
at least one transmissive material disposed adjacent to the prism sheet, the at least one transmissive material configured to radiate light diffusely;
wherein the prism sheet is configured to:
redirect part of the collimated light beam received from the at least one collimator by way of reflection to create a virtual sun; and
refract part of the collimated light beam received from the at least one collimator towards the at least one transmissive material;
wherein the at least one transmissive material is configured to radiate diffuse refracted light to create a virtual sky; and
wherein, in operation, an output from the artificial skylight comprises a mixture of the collimated light forming the virtual sun and the diffuse refracted light forming the virtual sky.

US Pat. No. 10,508,792

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROTECTING THE OPTICAL SYSTEM OF A LIGHT FIXTURE

1. A filter apparatus for a light fixture including a lens and a lighting element controlled by a controller, comprising:a light filter movable into an optical path between the lighting element and the lens, in use, under control of the controller during execution of a light program; and
the filter apparatus configured to automatically move said light filter from a position outside the optical path to a position within the optical path upon power down of the light fixture.

US Pat. No. 10,508,791

CONVERSION OF PRIMARY LIGHT INTO SECONDARY LIGHT BY MEANS OF A WAVELENGTH CONVERTER

OSRAM GmbH, Munich (DE)

1. A wavelength converter, comprising:a converter layer for at least partly converting primary light of a first spectral composition into secondary light of a second spectral composition;
an electrically insulating first insulation layer arranged below the converter layer, a mirror being arranged at the front side of said insulation layer facing the converter layer;
at least one conductor track which is arranged at the first insulation layer and which extends laterally at a distance from the mirror;
mutually spaced apart contacts extending through the first insulation layer, of which contacts in each case at least two contacts electrically connect a conductor track to a rear side of the first insulation layer; and
mutually spaced apart electrically conductive solder connection volumes arranged below the first insulation layer, said solder connection volumes being electrically connected in each case to one of the contacts.

US Pat. No. 10,508,789

HOLLOW LIGHT GUIDE LUMINAIRE

LOOM INC., Penticton, Br...

1. A luminaire (100) comprising:a light ingress surface (110) coincident to a principal axis (190) of a nominally hollow light guide (102) with a narrow portion and a wide portion,
the light guide (102) providing means of transporting light via total internal reflection within the light guide (102), such that when a light source (300) is positioned at the narrow portion (104), light passes along the light guide (102) to the wide portion (106) wherefrom light is emitted from the light guide (102) into an environment surrounding the luminaire (100).

US Pat. No. 10,508,786

VEHICLE LAMP WITH PROJECTOR LENS, REFLECTOR, SHIELD AND GRATING PLATE WITH EXTENSION DISPOSED BELOW THE OPTICAL AXIS AND IN FRONT OF THE REAR FOCAL POINT OF THE LENS

Hua Xin Optronics Co., H...

1. A vehicle lamp adapted to be installed on a vehicle, said vehicle lamp comprising:a projector lens disposed on an optical axis which extends along a longitudinal direction of the vehicle, and having a light entry surface and a light exit surface that is opposite to said light entry surface;
a reflector disposed on the optical axis at a position which is behind a rear focal point of said projector lens;
a light emitting element being adjacent to a first focal point of said reflector which is distal from the rear focal point of said projector lens, and disposed for emitting light towards said reflector, such that the light is reflected by said reflector substantially toward a second focal point of said reflector which is proximate to the rear focal point of said projector lens, and to pass subsequently through said light entry surface and said light exit surface of said projector lens to form a light distribution pattern;
a shield for blocking a portion of the light that is emitted from said light emitting element to form a cut-off line in the light distribution pattern; and
a grating plate disposed below the optical axis and in front of the rear focal point of said projector lens for reflecting at least a portion of the light that has traveled ahead of the second focal point of said reflector and that has not passed through said light exit surface of said projector lens, an extension of said grating plate and the optical axis defining an angle between 0 degree and 45 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,508,785

LIGHT SYSTEM FOR FIREPLACE INCLUDING CHAOS CIRCUIT

HNI Technologies Inc., M...

1. A light system for a fireplace, comprising:a plurality of lights; and
a chaos circuit coupled to the plurality of lights and configured to provide signals to the plurality of lights to provide naturalistic flame lighting and naturalistic ember lighting,
wherein the plurality of lights includes at least two backlights that receive at least one of the signals and the at least two backlights flicker based on the at least one of the signals to provide the naturalistic flame lighting, wherein the at least two backlights are synchronized to provide the naturalistic flame lighting.

US Pat. No. 10,508,782

MODULAR LED RETROFIT LAMP SYSTEM

Brian Moon, Woodbridge, ...

1. An LED apparatus, comprising:an LED light source attached to a heat sink assembly comprising a driver thermal protection component, a LED thermal protection component, and a spacer, the spacer being disposed between the driver thermal protection component and the LED thermal protection component;
an LED driver in operable communication with the LED light source;
a housing assembly, wherein the LED driver is within the housing assembly; and
a mounting bracket comprising at least one direct connection to an anterior portion of the heat sink assembly and at least one direct connection to an anterior portion of the housing assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,508,779

PROJECTOR

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A projector comprising:an illumination device;
a first color separation device that separates first color light and second color light from light emitted from the illumination device;
a second color separation device that separates third color light and fourth color light from the second color light separated by the first color separation device;
a plurality of light modulation devices that modulate the lights separated by the first color separation device and the second color separation device;
a projection optical device that projects an image based on the lights modulated by the plurality of light modulation devices;
a first filter that is insertably and removably provided on an optical path of the third color light; and
a second filter that is insertably and removably provided on an optical path of the fourth color light, wherein
the optical path of the third color light is parallel to the optical path of the fourth color light at a position where a first filter and a second filter are disposed,
a wavelength of the third color light is shorter than a wavelength of the fourth color light,
the first filter attenuates light at a wavelength exceeding a first threshold set in an dimming wavelength region that is a wavelength region between a wavelength region of the third color light and a wavelength region of the fourth color light,
the second filter attenuates light at a wavelength equal to or less than a second threshold set in the dimming wavelength region,
the first filter and the second filter are stored in an overlapping manner between the optical path of the third color light and the optical path of the fourth color light, and
the first filter and the second filter are each plate-shaped and, when being stored, are parallel with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,508,778

LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE

Citizen Electronics Co., ...

1. A light-emitting device comprising:a central light-emitting unit having a disc-shaped light-emitting region; and
a plurality of peripheral light-emitting units arranged at regular intervals in a circumferential direction of the central light-emitting unit to fill a periphery of the central light-emitting unit, each of the peripheral light-emitting units having a substantially trapezoidal-shaped light-emitting region,
wherein
each of the central light-emitting unit and the peripheral light-emitting units includes a circuit substrate on an upper surface or lower surface of whose end part a connection electrode is formed, and light-emitting elements electrically connected to the circuit substrate,
an area of the light-emitting region of each of the peripheral light-emitting units is equal to or smaller than an area of the light-emitting region of the central light-emitting unit,
the number of the light-emitting elements of each of the peripheral light-emitting units is smaller than the number of the light-emitting elements of the central light-emitting unit,
an amount of light of the central light-emitting unit is larger than an amount of light of each of the peripheral light-emitting units,
the end parts of the circuit substrate of the central light-emitting unit and the circuit substrates of the plurality of peripheral light-emitting units vertically overlap with each other, so that the connection electrodes are directly in contact with each other to obtain electrical conduction between the central light-emitting unit and the plurality of peripheral light-emitting units, and an end part of the light-emitting region of each of the peripheral light-emitting units on a side of the central light-emitting unit is adjacent to the light-emitting region of the central light-emitting unit, so that one substantially disc-shaped light-emitting region is formed by the central light-emitting unit and the plurality of peripheral light-emitting units,
the central light-emitting unit further includes a heat dissipation substrate arranged below the circuit substrate,
the heat dissipation substrate is smaller than the circuit substrate of the central light-emitting unit by an overlapped region between the circuit substrate of the central light-emitting unit and the circuit substrates of the plurality of peripheral light-emitting units, and
the circuit substrate of the central light-emitting unit is located at a position higher than a position of the circuit substrates of the plurality of peripheral light-emitting units by a thickness of the heat dissipation substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,508,777

LIGHT ENGINE RETROFIT KIT AND METHOD FOR INSTALLING SAME

ABL IP Holding LLC, Atla...

1. A retrofit kit comprising:a linear light engine comprising a light engine base having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end comprises at least one aperture; and
a hook bracket comprising a base and at least one hook extending from the base, wherein the hook bracket is configured to be installed in an existing light fixture housing such that the at least one hook extends upwardly within the existing light fixture housing,
wherein the at least one hook is configured to engage the at least one aperture in the first end of the light engine base and support the light engine by the first end in a hanging orientation within the existing light fixture housing, and
wherein, from the hanging orientation, the light engine is pivotable upwardly relative to the hook bracket so that the second end of the light engine base may be secured to the existing light fixture housing.

US Pat. No. 10,508,776

ANTI-DETACHMENT CAPPER FOR LED RETROFIT LAMPS

CURRENT LIGHTING SOLUTION...

1. A capper component for an illuminating lamp, comprising a first portion formed of a first material and a second portion formed of a second material different from the first material, the second portion in contact with the first portion, the first portion configured to threadedly engage within a standard threaded metal base component of the illuminating lamp, wherein the second portion is formed by a forming process on an inner surface of the first portion and an outer surface of the first portion, said second portion touching said inner surface of the first portion and said outer surface of the first portion.

US Pat. No. 10,508,775

LIGHT APPARATUS WITH ENLIGHTENED PATTERN

XIAMEN ECO LIGHTING CO. L...

1. A light apparatus, comprising:a driver circuit for converting an external power source to a driving current;
an LED plate being connected to the driver circuit and having a first LED module and a second LED module, the first light emitting a first light with the driving current;
an optical light guide, as a first optical unit, having a bottom end facing to the first LED module for receiving the first light and having a top end forming an enlightened pattern where the first light escaped from the top end of the optical light guide;
a second optical unit for guiding a second light emitted from the second LED module to a lateral surface of the optical light guide, the lateral surface being between the top end and the bottom end of the optical light guide;
a connector for fixing the LED plate to the optical light guide for aligning the first LED module to emit the first light into the bottom end and for transmitting heat of the LED plate to the optical light guide; and
a bulb shell covering the optical light guide.

US Pat. No. 10,508,774

SYSTEM, METHOD, AND APPARATUS FOR REGULATING THE FLOW OF GAS

Dean Leonidas Koulogianes...

1. A gas flow regulating system comprising:a gas-pressure regulation system receiving a gas from outside the gas flow regulating system, protecting the gas flow regulating system from an overpressure of the gas and supplying a control gas and a power gas to the gas flow regulating system;
a differential pressure system receiving the control gas from the gas-pressure regulation system and relaying the control gas in the gas flow regulating system, wherein the differential pressure system comprises;
a differential pressure pneumatic relay receiving the control gas from the gas-pressure regulation system and relaying the control gas to a control gas relay system;
a high calibration valve connected to the differential pressure pneumatic relay;
a low calibration valve connected to the differential pressure pneumatic relay;
a differential pressure measurement system provided between the high calibration valve and the low calibration valve; and
a filter provided between the high calibration valve and the differential pressure measurement system;
the control gas relay system receiving the control gas from at least one of the gas-pressure regulation system and the differential pressure system;
wherein the differential pressure pneumatic relay relays the control gas to the control gas relay system when a differential gas pressure reaches a predetermined value; and
a multi-way universal relay receiving the power gas for an actuator from the gas-pressure regulation system and receiving the control gas from the control gas relay system.

US Pat. No. 10,508,772

FLOW APPARATUS AND MONITORING SYSTEM RELATING THERETO

LINDE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT,...

1. A method of monitoring fluid flow comprising:(a) providing a flow apparatus (10) for a vessel (34) storing fluid under pressure, the flow apparatus (10) having a flow control valve (12) for varying the flow-rate of fluid from the vessel (34), a valve position monitor (21), an internal pressure sensor (48), and a computer (114),
(b) monitoring the position of said flow control valve (12) with said valve position monitor (21),
(c) determining the pressure (P1) within said vessel (34) with said internal pressure sensor (21), and
(d) processing data relating to the position of said flow control valve (12) and the pressure (P1) and comparing said data with reference data to determine the time to exhaustion of the fluid in said vessel (34), wherein said valve position monitor (21) comprises a plurality of discrete sensors (28a-28e) associated with a plurality of open positions (B-L) of said flow control valve (12),
wherein said plurality of discrete sensors (28a-28e) detect the presence or absence of one or more members (26) movable with said flow control valve (12) wherein said one or more members (26) transmit a property or emit a signal that can be detected by the discrete sensors (28a-e).

US Pat. No. 10,508,771

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR OPTIMIZING THE FILLING, STORAGE AND DISPENSING OF CARBON DIOXIDE FROM MULTIPLE CONTAINERS WITHOUT OVERPRESSURIZATION

Praxair Technology, Inc.,...

1. A method for dispensing CO2 product to an end-user from an on-site carbon dioxide (CO2) multiple container system comprising a liquid CO2 container operatively connected with a vapor CO2 container, said method comprising the steps of:dispensing CO2 vapor substantially from the vapor CO2 container to the end-user; and
depleting CO2 liquid from the vapor CO2 container, such that the dispensing of the CO2 vapor substantially from the vapor CO2 container to the end-user occurs until a pressure difference between the liquid CO2 container and the vapor CO2 container acquires a set point value;
creating the pressure difference between the liquid CO2 container and the vapor CO2 container equal to the set point value, and in response thereto,
creating a temporary flow path defined, at least in part, as an internal pathway of a reciprocating piston of a shuttle valve configured in an unbiased position, said internal pathway in fluid communication with a passageway through a pressure differential device activated into an open position when the pressure difference is equal to the set point value, said pressure differential device located downstream of the shuttle valve and upstream of the vapor CO2 container; and
transferring the CO2 vapor and/or the CO2 liquid from the liquid CO2 container into the temporary created flow path followed by entry of the CO2 vapor and/or the CO2 liquid into the vapor CO2 container.

US Pat. No. 10,508,770

COMPRESSED GAS DISPENSING

Air Products and Chemical...

1. A method for dispensing a gas to a plurality of receiving vessels, the method comprising:transferring a first quantity of the gas from a first storage vessel of a plurality of storage vessels on a first mobile compressed gas storage device to a receiving vessel using a pressure difference between the gas in the first storage vessel and the gas in the receiving vessel to transfer the first quantity of gas;
transferring a second quantity of the gas from a second storage vessel of the plurality of storage vessels on the first mobile compressed gas storage device to the receiving vessel using a pressure difference between the gas in the second storage vessel and the gas in the receiving vessel to transfer the second quantity of gas;
transferring a third quantity of the gas from at least one of the plurality of storage vessels on the first mobile compressed gas storage device to one or more fixed compressed gas storage vessels via a compressor;
transferring a fourth quantity of the gas from at least one of the one or more fixed compressed gas storage vessels to the receiving vessel using a pressure difference between the gas in the at least one of the one or more fixed compressed gas storage vessels and the gas in the receiving vessel to transfer the fourth quantity of gas, wherein the fourth quantity of gas comprises at least a portion of the third quantity of gas;
transporting the first mobile compressed gas storage device to a refilling station after the first mobile compressed gas storage device has been depleted to a selected depletion level;
refilling the first mobile compressed gas storage device at the refilling station;
transferring a fifth quantity of the gas from a first storage vessel of a plurality of storage vessels on a second mobile compressed gas storage device to a second receiving vessel using a pressure difference between the gas in the first storage vessel of the plurality of storage vessels on the second mobile compressed gas storage device and the gas in the second receiving vessel to transfer the fifth quantity of gas;
transferring a sixth quantity of the gas from a second storage vessel of the plurality of storage vessels on the second mobile compressed gas storage device to the second receiving vessel using a pressure difference between the gas in the second storage vessel of the plurality of storage vessels on the second mobile compressed gas storage device and the gas in the second receiving vessel to transfer the sixth quantity of gas;
transferring a seventh quantity of the gas from at least one of the plurality of storage vessels on the second mobile compressed gas storage device to one or more of the fixed storage vessels via a compressor;
transferring an eighth quantity of the gas from the at least one or another of the one or more fixed compressed gas storage vessels to the second receiving vessel using a pressure difference between the gas in the at least one or the other of the one or more fixed compressed gas storage vessels and the gas in the second receiving vessel to transfer the eighth quantity of gas, wherein the eighth quantity of gas comprises at least a portion of the seventh quantity of gas
transferring a first quantity of a liquid from a liquid storage vessel to the one or more fixed compressed gas storage vessels via the compressor or a fluid mover thereby forming a ninth quantity of the gas in the one or more fixed compressed gas storage vessels;
transferring a tenth quantity of the gas from one or more of the plurality of storage vessels on the second mobile compressed gas storage device to a third receiving vessel using a respective pressure difference between each of the one or more of the plurality of storage vessels on the second mobile compressed gas storage device and the gas in the third receiving vessel to transfer the tenth quantity of gas; and
subsequent to the transfer of the tenth quantity of gas, transferring an eleventh quantity of gas from at least one of the one or more fixed compressed gas storage vessels to the third receiving vessel using a pressure difference between the gas in the at least one of the one or more fixed compressed gas storage vessels and the gas in the third receiving vessel to transfer the eleventh quantity of gas, wherein the eleventh quantity of gas comprises at least a portion of the ninth quantity of gas.

US Pat. No. 10,508,766

WALL MOUNTED SLIDING MOUNT FOR SMALL DEVICES

Legrand AV Inc., Fairfie...

1. A slide mount assembly for attachment to a wall or other structure in a location behind a mounted display and for mounting of electronics equipment, the slide mount assembly comprising:a base frame configured to attach to a structure, the base frame having a mounting flange with holes for use in securing the base frame to the structure;
a slide frame slidably attached to the base frame, the sliding attachment being provided by at least one slide assembly, the slide frame including upper and lower flanges which are attached to or formed integral with a slide frame plate, each flange having a plurality of spaced apart mounting apertures; and
a mounting plate attached to the slide frame, the mounting plate having a generally planar portion with a plurality of mounting apertures, the planar portion having upper and lower edges, at least one mounting tab is formed on and extends outward from each of the upper and lower edges of the mounting plate, each mounting tab being configured to engage with one of the mounting apertures on the slide frame.