US Pat. No. 10,921,346

RESONANT SENSOR DEVICE

Yokogawa Electric Corpora...

1. A resonant sensor device comprising:a base; and
a detection substrate supported by being at least partially fixed to the base,
wherein the detection substrate comprises:
a movable portion configured to move in a first direction, and is disposed away from the base in the first direction;
a supporter comprising one or more supporting portions which extend in a direction along an intersecting plane intersecting the first direction, the supporter being disposed away from the base in the first direction;
an intermediate fixing portion which is connected to the movable portion via the supporter, the intermediate fixing portion being disposed away from the base in the first direction;
a connection portion which connects a mounting portion fixed to the base to the intermediate fixing portion in a second direction that is one direction along the intersecting plane, the connection portion being disposed away from the base in the first direction; and
a resonator at least partially embedded in the one or more supporting portions,
wherein a maximum dimension of the connection portion in a third direction orthogonal to the second direction in the intersecting plane is smaller than a maximum dimension of the supporter in the third direction.

US Pat. No. 10,921,345

METHOD FOR THE CONTACTLESS DETERMINING OF FLOW PARAMETERS USING LASER DOPPLER ANEMOMETRY AND RAMAN SPECTROSCOPY THROUGH A SAME OPTICAL LENS SYSTEM

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET W...

1. A method for the contactless determination of both the speed of a liquid flow and the concentration of at least one analyte therein, wherein:a) the flow speed is measured by means of laser Doppler anemometry, LDA, using tracer particles, which pass an interference strip pattern in the intersecting region (3) of two coherent monochromatic light beams and thereby generate a scattered light signal, the frequency of which is proportional to the speed component of the flow extending perpendicular to the interference strips; and
b) the concentration of the at least one analyte is measured by means of Raman spectroscopy in that a monochromatic light beam is irradiated and the Raman spectrum of the light inelastically scattered on analyte molecules in the flow is recorded, wherein the light intensity of frequencies, which only occur in the scattered light, is proportional to the concentration of the analyte molecules in the flow; wherein
c) a single light source is used for both the LDA and the Raman spectroscopy such that both measurements are carried out in the intersecting region of the two coherent light beams originating from the light source, and wherein the speed is measured by means of photons that are elastically scattered on the tracer particles and the concentration is measured by means of photons that are inelastically scattered on analyte molecules; and
d) the elastically back-scattered photons are detected by light passing back through a same optical lens system, which is also used for the irradiation of the light beams, for the speed measurement.

US Pat. No. 10,921,344

PRESSURE SENSING PROBE

BNSF Railway Company, Fo...

1. A probe, comprising:a first facet associated with a first pressure port operable to measure a first wind pressure;
a second facet adjacent to the first facet, the second facet associated with a second pressure port operable to measure a second wind pressure;
a third facet adjacent to the second facet, the third facet associated with a third pressure port operable to measure a third wind pressure;
a fourth facet adjacent to the third facet; and
a fifth facet adjacent to the fourth facet and to the first facet;
wherein:
the first facet, the second facet, the third facet, the fourth facet, and the fifth facet are located between a first end portion and a second end portion of the probe;
the probe is coupled to a vehicle; and
a surface of each of the first facet, the second facet, and the third facet of the probe face away from a longitudinal centerline of the vehicle and a surface of each of the fourth facet and the fifth facet face toward the longitudinal centerline of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,921,343

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONVERTING WIND PRESSURE TO WIND VELOCITY

BNSF Railway Company, Fo...

1. A method, comprising:determining, by a controller, a first wind pressure associated with a first port of a first probe;
determining, by the controller, a second wind pressure associated with a second port of the first probe;
determining, by the controller, a reference wind pressure associated with an end portion of the first probe;
calculating, by the controller, a first reference differential using the first wind pressure and the reference wind pressure;
calculating, by the controller, a first rotational differential using the first wind pressure and the second wind pressure;
calculating, by the controller, an angular coefficient using the first reference differential and the first rotational differential; and
calculating, by the controller, a wind velocity using the first reference differential and the angular coefficient, wherein the wind velocity represents a wind velocity relative to a vehicle;
wherein:
the first probe further comprises a third port, a fourth port, and a fifth port;
the first port, the second port, and the third port of the first probe face away from a longitudinal centerline of the vehicle; and
the fourth port and the fifth port of the first probe face toward the longitudinal centerline of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,921,342

ARM SWING COMPENSATION TECHNIQUES

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A mobile device comprising:a memory unit;
a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) receiver;
a sensor configured to detect an arm swing motion;
one or more processing units operably coupled to the memory unit, the GNSS receiver, and the sensor, and configured to:
determine an arm swing period (T);
set an N value equal to 1 and a K value equal to 2;
calculate a position signal measurement period (MP) value equal to
(N*T)+(T/K)
store the MP value in the memory unit if the MP value is between a t1 value and t2 value;
modify the N value or the K value and iterate the MP calculation, wherein the N value is a non-negative integer and the K value is a positive or negative even integer if the MP value is not between the t1 value and the t2 value; and
acquire position signals with the GNSS receiver at an interval equal to the MP value stored in the memory unit; and determine a location of the mobile device based at least in part on the position signals acquired at two or more intervals.

US Pat. No. 10,921,341

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR GENERATING A UNIFORM RESPONSE IN A MAGNETIC FIELD SENSOR

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC...

1. A magnetic field sensor for detecting motion of an object, comprising:one or more magnetic field sensing elements configured to generate a magnetic field signal in response to a magnetic field associated with the object;
a motion detector responsive to the magnetic field signal and to a threshold signal and configured to generate a detector output signal having edges occurring in response to a comparison of the magnetic field signal and the threshold signal;
a speed detector responsive to the detector output signal to generate a speed signal indicative of a speed of motion of the object; and
a delay processor responsive to the speed signal and configured to determine a delay for the detector output signal based on the speed of motion of the object.

US Pat. No. 10,921,340

LIQUID FEEDING METHOD, AND DETECTION SYSTEM AND DETECTION DEVICE FOR CARRYING OUT SAID METHOD

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. A liquid feeding method, comprising:a first step of sucking, by a pipette chip, liquid in a liquid injection section to remove liquid in a flow path in a state where no gap is between an opening section and the pipette chip, the pipette chip being inserted through the opening section into the liquid injection section of a detection chip, the detection chip including both the flow path and the liquid injection section communicating with one end of the flow path and having the opening section;
a second step of, after the first step, moving the pipette chip in a reciprocating manner two or more times along an axial direction of the pipette chip while ensuring that no gap occurs between the opening section and the pipette chip, the two or more times including at least one time where fluid in the liquid injection section is sucked by the pipette chip; and
a third step of, after the second step, injecting the liquid from the pipette chip into the liquid injection section to introduce the liquid into the flow path in a state where no gap is between the opening section and the pipette chip.

US Pat. No. 10,921,339

METHOD TO CHECK THE CONSUMMATION OF SAMPLING BY CONCAVE LIQUID LEVEL

Shimadzu Corporation, Ky...

1. A method for judging whether or not a detection sample has been supplied in a detection system,the detection system including:
a reaction cell including a container in which the detection sample is reacted,
a light source configured to emit a detection light toward an inside of the reaction cell from one side of the reaction cell, and
a photoelectric sensor arranged on the other side of the reaction cell to face the light source and configured to receive the detection light transmitted through the reaction cell and convert the received detection light into an electrical signal,
the method comprising a step of judging whether or not the detection sample has been supplied, based on a variation in the electrical signal output from the photoelectric sensor when an instruction to supply the detection sample to the reaction cell is transmitted to the detection system in a state in which the light source and the photoelectric sensor are being operated, and
wherein the step of judging includes judging that the detection sample has been supplied when the liquid level of the detection sample reaches an optical path of the detection light, causing an amount of change of the electrical signal output from the photoelectric sensor to exceed a specified threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,921,338

SAMPLE CONTAINER HANDLING WITH AUTOMATED CAP REMOVAL/REPLACEMENT AND DRIP CONTROL

GEN-PROBE INCORPORATED, ...

1. A processing station for automatically processing a biological sample, comprising:(a) a rotatable platform configured and controlled by a controller to rotate around a central axis of rotation;
(b) two or more container holders arranged in spatially distinct locations on the rotatable platform, wherein each of the container holders is configured to rotate about a secondary axis of rotation that is associated with that container holder and is radially spaced from the central axis of rotation;
(c) a capping/decapping mechanism located above the rotatable platform and configured and controlled by the controller to cap and decap a container held in one of the container holders positioned below the capping/decapping mechanism and comprising a chuck configured to grasp a cap of a container and an elevator configured to move the chuck between a lowered position and a raised position with respect to the container; and
(d) a drip tray configured and controlled by the controller to be movable between a first position not under the chuck and a second position under the chuck when the chuck is moved to the raised position by the elevator.

US Pat. No. 10,921,337

AUTOMATIC ANALYZING DEVICE

HITACHI HIGH-TECH CORPORA...

1. An automatic analyzing device comprising:a reagent holder that movably holds a plurality of reagent containers;
a reagent refrigerator that covers a periphery of the reagent holder;
a reagent loader configured to pass through an opening disposed in part of the reagent refrigerator;
a detector configured to detect a predetermined component in a sample to analyze the sample;
a user input device to control movement of the reagent loader; and
a controller programmed to:
control the detector;
upon detecting an instruction from the user input device, determine whether the automatic analyzer is in a standby state in which analysis of the sample has not been started and can be started in response to an analysis instruction for the sample or in an analyzing state in which the analysis of the sample has been started;
upon determining the automatic analyzer is in the standby state, control the reagent holder and the reagent loader so as to execute a carry-in operation according to a first reagent carry-in/out mode,
upon determining the automatic analyzer is in the analyzing state, control the reagent holder and the reagent loader so as to execute the carry-in operation according to a second reagent carry in/out mode which is different than the first reagent carry-in/out mode,
upon determining the automatic analyzer is in the standby state:
upon detecting the user input device being pressed for less than a predetermined time, execute the carry-in operation of a respective reagent container by lowering the reagent loader through the opening and thereafter lift the reagent loader through the opening for receiving a next carry-in operation; and
upon detecting the user input device being pressed for greater than the predetermined time, complete the carry-in operation of the respective reagent container by lowering the reagent loader through the opening without thereafter lifting the reagent loader through the opening for receiving a next carry-in operation, and start to perform a reagent preparing operation on a reagent in the respective reagent container; and
upon determining the automatic analyzer is in the analyzing state:
upon detecting the user input device being pressed for less than the predetermined time, execute the carry-in operation of the respective reagent container by lowering the reagent loader through the opening, perform the analyzing operation with priority and wait until the analysis of the sample is complete, and then perform the reagent preparing operation on the reagent of the respective reagent container, and
upon detecting the user input device being pressed for greater than the predetermined time execute the carry-in operation of the respective reagent container by lowering the reagent loader through the opening, perform the reagent preparing operation with priority with respect to the reagent container that has been carried in, and temporarily stop the analyzing operation until the reagent preparing operation has been completed.

US Pat. No. 10,921,335

SAFETY LIGHT CURTAIN TO DISABLE CAROUSEL ROTATION

LEICA BIOSYSTEMS IMAGING,...

1. A digital slide scanning apparatus, comprising:a carousel comprising:
a carousel base, the carousel base configured to support a plurality of slide racks, the carousel base having an upper surface, a lower surface and a perimeter edge, the carousel base further configured to be rotated 360 degrees in either direction under control of at least one processor of the digital slide scanning apparatus;
a plurality of rack spacers extending upward from the carousel base, wherein adjacent pairs of rack spacers define a rack slot bordered on three sides by the carousel base, a first side of a first rack spacer and a second side of a second rack spacer, wherein each rack spacer comprises:
a perimeter edge extending upward from the carousel base proximal the perimeter edge of the carousel base, the perimeter edge having an upper portion and a lower portion; and
a recess in the perimeter edge positioned between the upper portion the lower portion, the recess configured to allow a hand of an operator to access a rack slot defined in part by the rack spacer;
a mount bracket positioned above the carousel;
a machine base positioned below the carousel and configured to support the carousel;
a plurality of transmitter and receiver pairs, wherein for each transmitter and receiver pair:
one of the transmitter or receiver is positioned on or in the mount bracket and the other of the transmitter or receiver is positioned on or in the machine base, wherein the transmitter and receiver are communicatively coupled via a direct wireless link and wherein the transmitter and receiver pair are configured to detect the presence of an object by interruption of the direct wireless link;
wherein the at least one processor of the digital slide scanning apparatus is configured to receive an indication from a first transmitter and receiver pair when the presence of an object in a first recess is detected, and
wherein the at least one processor of the digital slide scanning apparatus is configured to disable rotation of the base in response to the indication.

US Pat. No. 10,921,334

SYSTEM, METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR CLASSIFYING DEFECTS

APPLIED MATERIALS ISRAEL ...

1. An examination system comprising:a classification tool, configured to:
receive object inspection results comprising data indicative of potential defects, each potential defect of the potential defects associated with a multiplicity of attribute values defining a location of the potential defect in an attribute space;
sample a first set of defects from the potential defects, wherein the defects within the first set are selected independently of a density of the potential defects in the attribute space, wherein to be selected independently of the density of the potential defects, a first potential defect from a first region in the attribute space is selected with a lower probability than a second potential defect from a second region in the attribute space, the first region having a higher density of the potential defects than the second region;
obtain a training defect sample set comprising the first set of defects and one or more parameters representative of the density of the potential defects in the attribute space;
based on the defect sample set, obtain classification results useable for selecting potential defects for review; and
a review tool configured to review the potential defects selected for review.

US Pat. No. 10,921,327

PROBES FOR QUANTITATIVE IMAGING OF THIOLS IN VARIOUS ENVIRONMENTS

BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICIN...

28. A method of detecting a thiol in an environment, said method comprising:exposing the environment to a probe molecule, wherein the probe molecule is selected from the group consisting of:

wherein AM comprises —CH2OCOCH3 and R comprises one of

wherein the probe molecule reversibly reacts with the thiol in the environment to form a probe-thiol adduct, thereby causing a ratiometric change in a spectrometric property of the probe molecule and the probe-thiol adduct; and
correlating the ratiometric change in the spectrometric property of the probe molecule and the probe-thiol adduct to presence of the thiol in the environment, wherein the correlating comprises quantifying the concentration of the thiol in the environment.

US Pat. No. 10,921,321

PEPTIDES AND METHODS FOR THE DETECTION OF LYME DISEASE ANTIBODIES

Abaxis, Inc., Union City...

1. A mixture of isolated peptides comprising three or more different isolated peptides, wherein each isolated peptide comprises(i) a sequence according to L-K-K-D-D-N-I-A-A-A-X11-V-L-R-G-X16-X17-K-D-G-X21-F-A-X24-X25 (SEQ ID NO: 1) wherein X11 is an amino acid selected from the group consisting of V and L, X16 is an amino acid selected from the group consisting of L and I, X17 is an amino acid selected from the group consisting of A and V, X21 is an amino acid selected from the group consisting of R, D and N, X24 is an amino acid selected from the group consisting of I, W, and Y, and X25 is an amino acid selected from the group consisting of K and R;
(ii) an N-terminal peptide sequence wherein the sequence is n1-n2-S-P-n5-n6-P (SEQ ID NO: 149) or a fragment thereof, wherein n1 is an amino acid selected from the group consisting of A and V, n2 is an amino acid selected from the group consisting of E and D, n5 is an amino acid selected from the group consisting of K and R, and n6 is an amino acid selected from the group consisting of K and R; and
(iii) a C-terminal peptide sequence wherein the sequence is
(a) V-c2-E-G-c5-Q-Q-E-G-A-Q-Q-P-S-C (SEQ ID NO: 150) or a fragment thereof, wherein c2 is an amino acid selected from the group consisting of Q and R, and c5 is an amino acid selected from the group consisting of V and A; or
(b) A-V-c3-E-G-c6-Q-Q-E-G-A-Q-Q-P-S (SEQ ID NO: 151) or a fragment thereof, wherein C3 is an amino acid selected from the group consisting of Q and R, and C6 is an amino acid selected from the group consisting of V and A.

US Pat. No. 10,921,320

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR DIAGNOSIS OF SINUSITIS

Entvantage Diagnostics, I...

1. A nasal sampling device for obtaining a sinus secretion sample from a subject's sinus, the nasal sampling device comprising:a proximal handle configured to be held in a human hand;
an elongate body extending distally from the proximal handle and having a distal portion that is configured to be inserted into a nare of a patient;
a sample collector on a distal end of an extendable shaft configured to collect a sample of sinus fluid for diagnostic testing, further wherein the sample collector is housed entirely within the distal portion of the elongate body in a retracted position; and
a control on the extendable shaft and visible through the elongate body, the control having a first position wherein the sample collector is extended distally out of a distal opening of the distal portion of the elongate body a first distance between 0.2 cm to 3 cm, the control having a second position, wherein the sample collector is housed entirely within the distal end of the elongate body in the retracted position, the control having a third position, wherein the sample collector is extended distally out of the distal opening of the distal portion of the elongate body a second distance that is greater than the first distance.

US Pat. No. 10,921,319

IMMUNOASSAY DETECTION DEVICE WITH TEST STRIP ACCOMMODATED IN A CAPILLARY TUBE

Great North Research And ...

1. A method for analysing an analyte using a test device, wherein the test device comprises:a capillary tube; and
a test strip which is flexibly accommodated in the capillary tube and lines the inner wall of the capillary tube, the test strip having:
a control zone on to which a probe capture ligand is immobilized,
a first major surface on which two or more test zones are defined,
a first test zone having immobilised thereon a first analyte specific antibody adapted to bind to a first capture target on a first analyte,
a second test zone having immobilised thereon, a second analyte-specific antibody adapted to bind to a second capture target on a second analyte, and
a test strip holding tab, wherein the method comprises the steps of:
exposing the test device to sample containing the first analyte such that the first analyte becomes bound to the first analyte specific antibody on the first test zone on the test device, washing the test device to remove unbound analyte, exposing the test device to a detection solution comprising at least one labelled probe adapted to bind to the first analyte, washing the test device to remove unbound probe, and observing the presence of bound probe at the first test zone.

US Pat. No. 10,921,318

CONTROL MARKER FOR IMPLEMENTING ANALYSIS METHODS ON SPOTS

BIO-RAD EUROPE GMBH, Bas...

1. A method for preparing a solid support for detecting at least one analyte in a sample comprising the following steps:a) depositing, on the surface of at least one compartment of a solid support, a mixture comprising at least one resistant control marker and at least one capture ligand, to obtain a spot, said resistant control marker(s) being markers that remain at least partially fixed at said spot on the surface of the solid support during the implementation of a method for detecting at least one analyte, so as to produce a detectable signal at the end of the detection method,
b) repeating step a) n?1 times, n being an integer greater than or equal to 1, to obtain n spots intended to detect an analyte on the surface of said compartment(s),
c) saturating the surface of said compartment(s), and
d) drying the surface of said compartment(s).

US Pat. No. 10,921,314

METHOD OF MAKING AN INTEGRATED CIRCUIT FOR A SINGLE-MOLECULE NUCLEIC-ACID ASSAY PLATFORM

THE TRUSTEES OF COLUMBIA ...

1. A method of making an integrated circuit for a single-molecule nucleic-acid assay platform, comprising:adhering a carbon nanotube to a surface of a transfer film;
placing the surface of the transfer film on a CMOS integrated circuit;
releasing the carbon nanotube from the transfer film; and
forming a pair of post-processed electrodes proximate opposing ends of the carbon nanotube, the post-processed electrodes electrically connecting the carbon nanotube to the CMOS integrated circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,921,310

BIO-FLUID ANALYSIS AND REPORTING SYSTEM AND METHOD

Asghar D. Mostafa, McLea...

1. A bio-fluid analysis system comprising:a first apparatus configured to be attached to a toilet and configured to capture bio-fluid from a user;
a second apparatus to analyze the bio-fluid and to determine one or more constituents in the bio-fluid, wherein the second apparatus includes a portion that forms a lip for attaching the second apparatus to a rim of a toilet bowl and the second apparatus projects one or more test substrates through the lip into the toilet bowl for receiving the bio-fluid thereon;
a first device that separates the captured bio-fluid from the first apparatus into separate channels for analysis by the second apparatus; and
a mechanism to transmit results of an analysis of the captured bio-fluid by the second apparatus to a remote computer over a network.

US Pat. No. 10,921,309

SINGLE-MOLECULE PORE-BASED SENSOR FOR PROTEINS AND TRANSIENT PROTEIN-PROTEIN INTERACTIONS

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY, Syr...

1. A protein sensor, comprising:a membrane;
a transducer positioned in the membrane;
a protein receptor tethered to the transducer by a flexible linker;
a charged polypeptide adaptor coupled to the protein receptor, wherein the charged polypeptide adaptor comprises SEQ. ID NO. 4.

US Pat. No. 10,921,308

ION SELECTIVE FIBER SENSORS FOR DETERMINING THE WATER CUT IN WELLBORE-RELATED FLUIDS

HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVIC...

1. A method comprising:flowing a fluid comprising an aqueous phase and an oleaginous phase through a sensor;
contacting an ion selective fiber positioned in the sensor with the fluid, wherein the ion selective fiber has an intrinsic time constant (?0) associated with an intrinsic color change of the ion selective fiber in response to contact with the aqueous phase;
measuring a color change of the ion selective fiber in response to contact with the fluid as a function of time;
deriving an effective time constant (?eff) for the color change of the ion selective fiber in response to contact with the fluid; and
calculating a water cut (Y) in the fluid based on

wherein salinity of the aqueous phase at the intrinsic time constant is equal to salinity of the aqueous phase at the effective time constant.

US Pat. No. 10,921,307

DECONTAMINATING ROCK SAMPLES BY THERMOVAPORIZATION

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A method of decontaminating a rock sample obtained from a borehole, the method comprising:thermovaporizing the rock sample to a thermovaporization temperature below that of a cracking temperature of organic matter carried within the rock sample, the thermovaporization temperature sufficient to at least partially decontaminate the rock sample;
ceasing to thermovaporize the rock sample at the thermovaporization temperature;
separating a portion of the rock sample from the rock sample prior to thermovaporization;
decontaminating the portion with a solvent, wherein decontaminating at least partially removes an organic contaminant from the portion;
determining that a difference between a first pyrolysis Tmax value of the portion decontaminated by the solvent and a second pyrolysis Tmax value of the portion of the decontaminated by the thermovaporization satisfies a decontamination level threshold; and
decontaminating additional rock samples by the thermovaporization in response to determining that the difference satisfies the decontamination level threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,921,306

ELECTRONIC PART CONTAINING A METAL COMPONENT SOURCED FROM A CONFLICT-FREE MINE SITE AND A METHOD OF FORMING THEREOF

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A method of forming an electronic part comprising a metal component, the method comprising:obtaining an unverified mineral sample from a mine site;
analyzing the unverified mineral sample via quantitative mineralogical analysis and comparing data collected during the quantitative mineralogical analysis for the unverified mineral sample to data in a database that corresponds to quantitative mineralogical analysis collected for verified mineral samples sourced from one or more mine sites from a conflict-free geographic region to determine if the unverified mineral sample is sourced from the one or more mine sites from the conflict-free geographic region, wherein analyzing the unverified mineral sample via quantitative mineralogical analysis comprises performing automated mineralogy testing on the unverified mineral sample and identifying grains for additional testing based on data obtained during automated mineralogy testing, wherein from about 25 grains to about 125 grains are identified for additional testing; and
if it is determined that the unverified mineral sample is sourced from the one or more mine sites from the conflict-free geographic region, converting the unverified mineral sample into the metal component.

US Pat. No. 10,921,305

DRINKING WATER HEAVY METALS SENSOR AND METHODS FOR USE THEREOF

The Regents of the Univer...

1. A sensor for detecting a heavy metal in water, the sensor comprising:a first electrode and a second electrode, the first electrode and the second electrode having complementary interdigitated surfaces that are separated from each other by a gap having a distance of greater than or equal to about 500 nm to less than or equal to about 10 ?m;
first and second leads connected to the first electrode and the second electrode, respectively, the first and second leads being configured to connect the first and second electrodes to a power source; and
a resistance connected to the first lead such that a voltage difference across the resistance is indicative of an impedance between the first and second electrodes;
wherein the sensor is configured to continuously monitor the water for the heavy metal by detecting an increase in the voltage difference arising from a change in the impedance due to electroplating of a conductive species of the heavy metal on the first electrode or the second electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,921,304

REMOTE MONITORING OF WATER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM

AMI Investments, LLC, Co...

1. A fire hydrant, comprising:a valve that permits flow of pressurized water when opened and blocks flow of pressurized water when sealed;
a first fire hydrant component having an exposed surface that is exposed to the pressurized water while the valve is sealed, the first fire hydrant component comprising a channel at the exposed surface;
a pressure sensor at least partially located in the channel of the first fire hydrant component, wherein the pressure sensor is in contact with the pressurized water while the valve is sealed, and wherein the pressure sensor is configured to output a pressure signal based on a pressure of the pressurized water;
a second fire hydrant component, the second fire hydrant component comprising:a processing device coupled to the pressure sensor to identify pressure values based on the pressure signal; anda communication interface coupled to the processing device and configured to wirelessly transmit the pressure values, wherein the processing device and the communication interface are not exposed to the pressurized water while the valve is sealed or while the valve is open; and
a wire attached to the pressure sensor and extending through a cavity to the processing device to couple the pressure sensor to the processing device.

US Pat. No. 10,921,303

MINIATURE SENSORS WITH PROBE INSERTABLE INTO AND FOR OBTAINING MEASUREMENTS FROM PLANTS AND A VARIETY OF OTHER MEDIUMS

Iowa State University Res...

1. A method of biochemical sensing in a medium or sample of interest comprising:a. accessing a medium or sample of interest with one or more micro-scale probes;
b. transducing a property of the accessed medium or sample of interest with one or more measurements by one or more sensing elements on, in, or operatively connected to at least one of the one or more micro-scale probes, wherein at least one of the one or more sensing elements comprises an ion-selective sensor and the transducing comprises trapping and taking the one or more measurements of the ionic species of interest at the ion-selective sensor at the accessed medium or sample of interest, wherein the trapping comprises (i) presenting a nano-fibrous membrane at the ion-selective sensor, and (ii) where the membrane is configured to promote trapping of a particular ionic species of interest; and
c. capturing the transduced one or more measurements, wherein the capturing comprises wirelessly obtaining electrical power from a remote source for operation of the ion-selective sensor and transmitting data related to the one or more measurements by the ion-selective sensor to a remote reader by telemetry.

US Pat. No. 10,921,302

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING CHEMOCHROMIC NANOPARTICLES

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method for manufacturing a chemochromic nanoparticle, the method comprising:preparing a hydrated or non-hydrated transition metal oxide;
preparing a metal catalyst solution by dissolving a metal catalyst precursor and a polymer compound in an organic solvent;
preparing a mixed solution by adding the hydrated or non-hydrated transition metal oxide to the metal catalyst solution;
manufacturing the chemochromic nanoparticle with a core-shell structure by irradiating the mixed solution with UV light; and
obtaining the chemochromic nanoparticle by filtering the mixed solution, wherein the ratio between the metal catalyst precursor and the hydrated or non-hydrated transition metal oxide in the mixed solution is 8:10 to 8:12 by weight.

US Pat. No. 10,921,301

TESTING SUBTERRANEAN WATER FOR A HAZARDOUS WASTE MATERIAL REPOSITORY

Deep Isolation, Inc., Be...

21. A method, comprising:determining a concentration of a krypton isotope in a subterranean water sample collected from a subterranean formation;
determining that the concentration of the krypton isotope is less than a threshold value that is based on a concentration of the krypton isotope in a surface water sample;
based on the determination, determining that the subterranean formation is suitable as a hazardous waste repository; and
based on the determination that the subterranean formation is suitable as the hazardous waste storage repository, forming an access drillhole from the terranean surface toward the subterranean formation.

US Pat. No. 10,921,300

INTERNAL SERVER AIR QUALITY STATION

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. An air quality monitor comprising:an enclosure having a size and shape mountable into one or more openings in a server rack, the enclosure comprising a first set of one or more airflow openings on a first side of the enclosure and second set of one or more airflow openings on a second side of the enclosure, the first and second sides being either opposite to one another or adjacent to one another;
a first corrosion hosting metallic member mounted inside the enclosure;
a first voltage source electrically coupled to the first corrosion hosting metallic member, wherein the electrical coupling of the first voltage source to the first corrosion hosting metallic member induces a first current in the first corrosion hosting metallic member to simulate a corrosion of an operating printed circuit board in one or more server computing devices that are also mountable into the one or more openings in the server rack;
a first condensation hosting member mounted inside the enclosure, the first condensation hosting member comprising a heater, the first condensation hosting member utilizing the heater to simulate a thermal behavior of the operating printed circuit board in the one or more server computing devices;
a first moisture detector positioned on or proximate to the first condensation hosting member and detecting moisture formation on at least one surface of the first condensation hosting member; and
one or more fans mounted proximate to the second set of one or more airflow openings on the second side of the enclosure, the one or more fans generating an airflow within the enclosure via the first set of one or more airflow openings and the second set of one or more airflow openings.

US Pat. No. 10,921,299

ANALYTICAL DEVICE FOR CONSTITUENTS OF A SAMPLE

Analytik Jena AG, Jena (...

1. An analytical device for determining a measured variable dependent on the concentration of one or more constituents of a sample, comprising:a decomposition reactor including an oxygen feeding means for introducing oxygen into the decomposition reactor and a gas outlet connecting the decomposition reactor with a measuring system, the decomposition reactor at least partially surrounded by an insulating body;
a heating apparatus for heating the decomposition reactor to a predetermined operating temperature;
an oxygen production system including at least one oxygen permeable membrane;
a housing in which the insulating body, the decomposition reactor, the heating apparatus and the oxygen production system are arranged; and
a feed gas guiding system for supplying a feed gas to the at least one membrane of the oxygen production system, the feed gas guiding system including a reaction space at least partially surrounding the at least one membrane, and connected to at least one inflow duct in fluid communication with the environment of the analytical device, and further including at least two partitions arranged within the insulating body and substantially coaxially relative to the insulating body, the partitions surrounding the decomposition reactor, wherein the partitions divide an intermediate space defined between the decomposition reactor and the insulating body into annular chambers, wherein the annular chambers are in fluid communication with one another via overflow openings.

US Pat. No. 10,921,298

VIAL CAP AND METHOD FOR REMOVING MATRIX COMPONENTS FROM A LIQUID SAMPLE

DIONEX CORPORATION, Sunn...

1. A vial cap for removing a matrix component from a liquid sample and transferring the liquid sample in a sample vial to an injection valve at the same time, the vial cap comprising:a cap body including a liquid sample passageway, and an outer periphery configured to have a slidable gas and liquid seal with a side wall of a sample vial, the sample vial including a side wall, a bottom wall, and an inlet opening;
an inlet portion configured to receive a pressurized liquid sample from the sample vial where the liquid sample flows into the liquid sample passageway, the inlet portion including a counterbore section, the counterbore section holding a filter plug, the filter plug comprising high density polyethylene resin particles fused together with an ion exchange material selected from the group consisting of a crosslinked copolymer of a vinylbenzylchloride and a divinylbenzene where the crosslinked copolymer is quaternized with a trimethylamine, a crosslinked copolymer of a chloromethylated styrene quaternized with a tertiary amine and a divinylbenzene, a crosslinked styrene sulfonate treated with an anion exchange latex, and a positively charged crosslinked polymer treated with a cation exchange latex, the ion exchange material physically entrapped within a void volume in the fused high density polyethylene; and
an outlet portion configured to output the liquid sample from the liquid sample passageway that has passed through the filter plug, the outlet portion including a plunger section configured to receive a downward force into a sample vial to pressurize the liquid sample within the sample vial.

US Pat. No. 10,921,296

SEPARATION COLUMN CONNECTION DEVICE, CONNECTION METHOD, AND ANALYSIS SYSTEM

HITACHI HIGH-TECH CORPORA...

1. A separation column connecting device comprising:a column holder for retaining a separation column;
a first fitting holder carrying a first fitting which includes a seal portion to be connected to an upstream seal portion of the separation column and is connected with an upstream pipe;
a second fitting holder carrying a second fitting which includes a seal portion to be connected to a downstream seal portion of the separation column and is connected with a downstream pipe;
a body member to which either one of the first fitting holder and the second fitting holder is fixed;
a driver for moving, relative to the body member, the first fitting holder or the second fitting holder that is not fixed to the body member and moving the column holder relative to the body member;
a guide for guiding the column holder in a direction of movement driven by the driver; and
an elastic body disposed between the column holder and the second fitting holder.

US Pat. No. 10,921,295

AUTOMATED SYSTEM FOR DETECTION OF SILICON SPECIES IN PHOSPHORIC ACID

ELEMENTAL SCIENTIFIC, INC...

1. A method of automatic inline chromatography of silicon contained in a fluid sample, comprising:receiving a fluid sample containing inorganic silicon in the presence of bound silicon from a remote sampling system via a fluid transfer line;
transferring the fluid sample to an inline chromatographic separation system;
separating the inorganic silicon from the bound silicon via the inline chromatographic separation system;
transferring the separated inorganic silicon and bound silicon to a silicon detector in fluid communication with the inline chromatographic separation system; and
determining an amount of one or more of the inorganic silicon or the bound silicon in the fluid sample via the silicon detector.

US Pat. No. 10,921,294

SYSTEM FOR NON-DESTRUCTIVELY INSPECTING AND DETERMINING SEALING OF ALUMINUM POUCH BY USING ULTRASONIC WAVES

LG Chem, Ltd.

1. A non-destructive inspection judgment system for inspecting sealing of a non-destructive inspection subject using ultrasonic waves, the non-destructive inspection judgment system comprising:an ultrasonic wave generator formed of probes and configured to transmit and receive ultrasonic signals by generating ultrasonic waves to the non-destructive inspection subject placed on an inspection table;
an interface configured to transmit an ultrasonic signal received from the ultrasonic wave generator to an ultrasonic wave generation data controller;
the ultrasonic wave generation data controller configured to process ultrasonic wave data received from the interface;
a sealing defect presence judger configured to judge, using the processed ultrasonic wave data, whether a sealing defect is present; and
a display configured to display a result of the judgment on a monitor,
wherein the non-destructive inspection subject is an aluminum pouch, and the non-destructive inspection judgment system is configured to perform automatic judgment in a non-destructive inspection of the sealing of the aluminum pouch including inspecting at least one of a side and a bottom of the aluminum pouch after final sealing of the aluminum pouch is performed, and inspecting at least one of a side and a bottom of the aluminum pouch after degassing and resealing are performed.

US Pat. No. 10,921,293

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETECTING AND CHARACTERIZING A REFLECTING ELEMENT IN AN OBJECT

1. A method for determining at least one detection mode m of reconstruction of a reflecting object having a portion capable of generating specular reflections of ultrasonic waves, within a given volume Zr, comprising at least the following steps:for each point P of the given volume Zr, determining an ultrasonic field value Aijm(P) for N emitter-receiver pairs (i, j) and for the one detection mode m,
computing a number
of reflections of the wave wherewith nijm(P) the normal formed by the “forward” direction di and the “backward” direction dj of an ultrasonic wave emitted and reflected by the reflecting object,computing an energy value Em (P,n) for each point P of the given volume Zr, with n the normal to the reflecting object, and for a plurality of detection modes m, by summing, over the N emitter-receiver pairs (i, j) the product of the ultrasonic field value and the number of reflections of the wave:
with

comparing one or more obtained energy values Em(P,n) to a given criterion and on the basis of the obtained result selecting the at least one reconstruction mode m to be used to detect and characterize the reflecting element.

US Pat. No. 10,921,292

SUPERSONIC INSPECTION JIG AND SUPERSONIC INSPECTION METHOD

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A supersonic inspection jig comprising:an insertion section that is inserted into a hole of an inspection target; and
a flange section connected with the insertion section and contacting the inspection target,
wherein the flange section comprises:
a flange section first surface that is a surface on a side contacting the inspection target; and
a flange section second surface that is a surface on a side contacting a probe,
wherein the flange section includes a protruding section having the flange section second surface,
wherein a position limiting section is provided on the flange section second surface of the protruding section to limit a position of the probe such that the probe is prevented from moving to a direction separate from a center axis of the hole and/or from moving to a direction approaching the center axis of the hole,
wherein the position limiting section has a first annular wall surface to guide a movement of the probe, and
wherein the first annular wall surface contacts the probe which is movable along the first annular wall surface.

US Pat. No. 10,921,291

METHOD FOR INSPECTING A WELD SEAM

Baker Hughes Oilfield Ope...

1. A method of non-destructive inspection of a weld seam, comprising:positioning an ultrasonic sensor including an array of transducer elements over a weld seam of a pipe, wherein the weld seam extends parallel to a longitudinal axis of the pipe and wherein the transducer elements are arranged in a direction substantially perpendicular to the weld seam;
exciting each transducer element of the array of transducer elements to emit an ultrasonic signal in which the array of transducer elements is positioned to extend over at least part of a width of the weld seam;
receiving a plurality of reflected ultrasonic signals at the array of transducer elements;
converting the reflected ultrasonic signals to electrical signals;
measuring time of flight between all of the transducer elements and a surface of the weld seam;
selecting at least one set of delay law based on the measured time of flight;
applying the selected at least one set of delay laws to the electrical signals to generate a plurality of virtual probes steered to a plurality of angles, foci, or a combination of angles and foci; and
identifying, by at least one of the virtual probes, a defect in the weld seam.

US Pat. No. 10,921,290

LASER ULTRASONIC TESTING

HITACHI, LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. A laser ultrasonic testing device comprising:a laser apparatus;
a splitting unit configured to split a pulsed laser beam from the laser apparatus into a first laser beam and a second laser beam;
a first pulse width conversion unit configured to convert a pulse width of the first laser beam;
a first optical system configured to guide the first laser beam to a test object, the pulse width of the first laser beam being converted by the first pulse width conversion unit;
a second pulse width conversion unit configured to convert a pulse width of the second laser beam;
a pulse propagation time adjustment unit configured to adjust a propagation time of the second laser beam, the pulse width of the second laser beam being adjusted by the second pulse width conversion unit;
a second optical system configured to guide the second laser beam to the test object, the pulse width of the second laser beam being converted, the propagation time of the second laser beam being adjusted;
a detection unit configured to detect a change of a surface displacement of the test object, the change of the surface displacement being caused by an ultrasonic wave generated by the first laser beam when the second laser beam is reflected by the test object; and
a spectrum width expansion member configured to expand a spectrum width of the first laser beam, the pulse width of the first laser beam being converted by the first pulse width conversion unit,
wherein the pulse propagation time adjustment unit adjusts irradiation of the second laser beam onto the test object at a timing identical to a timing when the ultrasonic wave generated by the first laser beam propagates to the test object and then reaches a position where the test object is irradiated with the second laser beam.

US Pat. No. 10,921,289

METHOD FOR MEASURING ULTRASONIC NONLINEARITY GENERATED BY HIGH VOLTAGE PULSER

Industry-University Coope...

1. A method for measuring an ultrasonic nonlinearity generated by a high voltage pulser, the method comprising:a calibration step of transmitting and receiving an ultrasonic signal to and from an object to be inspected having a reception probe attached thereto, by a receiving unit;
a harmonic wave measuring step of transmitting a tone burst signal generated using a high voltage pulser to an object to be inspected having a transmission/reception probe attached thereto and receiving the tone burst signal which passes through the object to be inspected, by the receiving unit;
a harmonic wave measuring step of transmitting a tone burst signal to an object to be inspected having a transmission probe attached thereto and receiving the transmitted tone burst signal, by a transmitting unit;
a calibration step of transmitting and receiving an ultrasonic signal to and from the object to be inspected having a transmission probe attached thereto, by the transmitting unit; and
a step of measuring an ultrasonic nonlinearity of the object to be inspected by comparing a fundamental frequency and a harmonic component measured by the receiving unit and a fundamental frequency and a harmonic component measured, by the transmitting unit,
wherein during the calibration step by the transmitting unit, a conversion coefficient represented by the following Equation 15 is measured from a voltage and a current transmitted/received by the ultrasonic signal of the transmitting unit;

wherein ? is a frequency, ? is a density, v is an ultrasonic wave velocity, a is an area of a probe, and Zs is an impedance of a pulser.

US Pat. No. 10,921,288

FLUID CONSUMPTION METER WITH NOISE SENSOR

1. A consumption meter arranged to measure a flow rate of a fluid, the consumption meter comprising:a flow tube with a through-going opening for passage of the fluid between an inlet and an outlet,
first and second transducers external to the flow tube, wherein each of the transducers is configured to transmit and receive at least one ultrasonic signal through both a wall of the flow tube and the fluid,
a control circuit comprising a flow measurement sub-circuit arranged to operate the first and second transducers, and to generate a signal indicative of the flow rate of the fluid from the at least one ultrasonic signal transmitted and received through both the wall of the flow tube and the fluid,
wherein the control circuit further comprises a noise measurement sub-circuit, arranged for generating a signal indicative of a noise level of the flow tube or of the fluid therein by means of operating a dedicated noise level sensor arranged external to the wall of the flow tube or by means of operating at least one of the first and second transducers to detect acoustic signals below an ultrasonic frequency range through the wall of the flow tube or of the fluid,
wherein the noise measurement sub-circuit comprises a first transimpedance amplifier connected to the first transducer for the conversion of a first current indicative of the noise level of the flow tube or of the fluid therein to a first voltage indicative of the noise level of the flow tube or the fluid therein, and a second transimpedance amplifier connected to the second transducer for the conversion of a second current indicative of the noise level of the flow tube or of the fluid therein to a second voltage indicative of the noise level of the flow tube or the fluid therein.

US Pat. No. 10,921,287

DRIVE COIL FOR EDDY CURRENT INSPECTION PROBE

ZETEC, INC., Snoqualmie,...

1. An eddy current generation system for inspection of a tubular object comprising electrically conductive material, comprisingan alternating current source; and
a first current-carrying structure having a circular perimeter and comprising:
a plurality of current carrying paths, wherein said paths are substantially concentric about a common axis and are further spatially modulated in the axial direction, so that each of said one or more paths has an integer number of axial undulations around the perimeter of the structure, said axial undulations being spatially phased, and
wherein said alternating current source supplies each of said current carrying paths with an excitation current having a fixed temporal phase and said temporal phases of the currents supplied to the plurality of current carrying paths are configured so that net current about the common axis is zero.

US Pat. No. 10,921,286

IN-LINE INSPECTION TOOL

Innospection Group Limite...

1. An untethered in-line inspection tool for a non-destructive testing of a tubular test component, the in-line inspection tool comprising one or more partial saturation eddy current testing (PSET) modules configured to locate with an internal surface of the tubular test component, the one or more PSET modules comprising a variable strength permanent magnet for generating a variable DC magnetic field within the tubular test component and at least one eddy current sensor, wherein the variable strength permanent magnet comprises a backing plate connected between poles of the variable strength permanent magnet, wherein the backing plate is moveable relative to the poles so as to provide a means for adjusting a strength of the DC magnetic field generated by the variable strength permanent magnet.

US Pat. No. 10,921,285

SAMPLE SEPARATING IMPLEMENT AND SAMPLE ANALYZING DEVICE

Merck Ltd., Tokyo (JP)

1. A sample separating instrument, for use in emission transfer, which includes a separation medium and a holding section, the separation medium, in which a sample is electrophoresed, having an end part from which the sample is emitted and transferred to a transfer membrane that is moved in a state where the transfer membrane is in contact with the end part of the separation medium and wherein the transfer membrane is under a tensile force, the holding section, which holds the separation medium, having an opening on an end part side, the separation medium having an exposed part which is exposed outside the holding section through the opening, the exposed part having an extending part which extends on an edge part of the holding section which edge part is located on a side of the opening, the sample separating instrument further comprising a fixing section for fixing the separation medium to the holding section, the fixing section being provided so as to be located between the edge part and the extending part.

US Pat. No. 10,921,284

PHASED NANOPORE ARRAY

Roche Sequencing Solution...

1. A system for nucleic acid sequencing, the system comprising:a plurality of cells including a first group of cells and a second group of cells, each cell of the plurality of cells having a cell electrode;
one or more counter electrodes associated with the first group of cells and the second group of cells;
a control circuit electrically connected to the first group of cells and the second group of cells, the control circuit configured to simultaneously:
provide a first alternating current (AC) signal to the cell electrodes of the first group of cells and the one or more counter electrodes associated with the first group of cells, and
provide a second AC signal to the cell electrodes of the second group of cells and the one or more counter electrodes associated with the second group of cells, wherein the first AC signal and the second AC signal are out of phase such that, when one of the first group of cells or the second group of cells are in a bright period that generates sequencing data, the other group of cells are in a dark period that does not generate sequencing data; and
a sampling circuit in electrical communication with the control circuit and configured to, based on the first AC signal and the second AC signal;
sample the generated sequencing data from the plurality of cells in the bright period at a bright period sampling rate; and
sample the plurality of cells in the dark period at a dark period sampling rate, wherein the bright period sampling rate is greater than the dark period sampling rate.

US Pat. No. 10,921,283

GAS SENSOR FOR DETECTING CONCENTRATION OF SPECIFIC GAS COMPONENT

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A gas sensor, measuring concentration of a specific gas component in a gas containing oxygen, comprising:a plate shaped solid electrolyte having oxygen ion conductivity;
a gas chamber formed on a side of a first main surface of the solid electrolyte to have the gas introduced thereinto through a gas introduction part;
a reference gas chamber formed on a side of a second main surface of the solid electrolyte to have a reference gas introduced thereinto;
a pump electrode provided on the first main surface of the solid electrolyte;
a monitor electrode provided on the first main surface of the solid electrolyte and positioned on a downstream side in a direction of flow of the gas from a position where the pump electrode is provided;
a sensor electrode provided on the first main surface of the solid electrolyte and aligned with the monitor electrode in a direction that is perpendicular to the direction of the flow;
a reference electrode provided on the second main surface of the solid electrolyte; and
a heater arranged facing the solid electrolyte via the gas chamber or the reference gas chamber to heat the solid electrolyte, wherein
part of the pump electrode, the reference electrode, and the solid electrolyte forms a pump cell, the pump cell being configured to apply a voltage between the pump electrode and the reference electrode to adjust oxygen concentration in the gas in the gas chamber,
part of the monitor electrode, the reference electrode, and the solid electrolyte forms a monitor cell to detect the oxygen concentration in the gas chamber on the basis of an oxygen ion current flowing between the monitor electrode and the reference electrode,
part of the sensor electrode, the reference electrode, and the solid electrolyte forms a sensor cell to detect the oxygen concentration and the concentration of the specific gas component in the gas chamber on the basis of an oxygen ion current flowing between the sensor electrode and the reference electrode,
the gas sensor is configured to detect the concentration of the specific gas component by subtracting the oxygen ion current detected by the monitor cell from the oxygen ion current detected by the sensor cell,
the gas chamber has a spatial width constant in a width direction orthogonal to the direction of flow in a position where the pump electrode, the monitor electrode, and the sensor electrode are provided on the solid electrolyte,
a gap exists between the monitor electrode and the sensor electrode in the width direction,
in the width direction, an amount of shift ?X1 of a central position of the gap between the monitor electrode and the sensor electrode from a central position of the pump electrode has relationship of, where the pump electrode has a width W1, 0 the pump electrode, the sensor electrode and the monitor electrode are each disposed in the gas chamber,
the sensor electrode and the monitor electrode are each disposed on the solid electrolyte,
a distance between the sensor electrode and the heater and a distance between the monitor electrode and the heater are the same in a thickness direction of the gas sensor, the thickness direction being orthogonal to the direction of the flow,
a distance between to the sensor electrode and the gas introduction part and a distance between the monitor electrode and the gas introduction part are the same in the direction of the flow of the gas,
the distance ?Y1 from the central position of the pump electrode to the side surface of the sensor electrode is greater than the amount of shift ?X1;
the gas chamber is configured by a single chamber in which the pump electrode, the sensor electrode and the monitor electrode are disposed; and
W0>W2>W1, where W0 is the spatial width of the gas chamber in the width direction, W1 is the width of the pump electrode in the width direction, and W2 is the width of the heater in the width direction.

US Pat. No. 10,921,282

FIELD-EFFECT APPARATUS, ASSOCIATED APPARATUS AND METHODS

Nokia Technologies Oy, E...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a channel member,
first and second electrodes configured to enable a flow of electrical current from the first electrode through the channel member to the second electrode, and
a supporting substrate configured to support the channel member and the first and second electrodes,
a first functional coating fixed on a first exposed surface of the channel member and not in contact with the first and second electrodes, and
a second functional coating fixed on an opposing second exposed surface of the channel member, the second functional coating being located separate from the first functional coating and different from the first functional coating and extending uninterrupted from the first electrode to the second electrode,
wherein one or more of the supporting substrate and electrodes are configured such that a portion of the channel member is suspended to expose the first functional coating and the second functional coating, the first functional coating and the second functional coating being configured to facilitate variation of the flow of electrical current through the channel member.

US Pat. No. 10,921,281

GAS SENSOR ELEMENT, GAS SENSOR, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING GAS SENSOR ELEMENT

NGK Spark Plug Co., LTD.,...

1. A gas sensor element configured to detect a first component and a second component in a measurement target gas, the gas sensor element comprising:an element body portion extending in an axial direction and having a front end face formed at a front end in the axial direction, a rear end face formed at a rear end in the axial direction, and a plurality of side faces extending from the front end face to the rear end face;
a first detection portion configured to pump out or pump in the measurement target gas through a porous portion formed on at least one of the plurality of side faces, and configured to detect the first component;
a second detection portion provided at a rear side with respect to a front end of the porous portion, and configured to detect the second component; and
an element protection portion configured to cover at least the porous portion, wherein
the plurality of side faces include a second detection side face on which the second detection portion is provided, and normal side faces which are not the second detection side face,
the element body portion comprises a second detection region that contains the second detection portion and extends in the axial direction and a porous region that contains the porous portion and extends in the axial direction,
the element protection portion covers the porous region and a region at a front side with respect to the porous region on the normal side faces, and covers a part of a region at a front side with respect to the second detection portion except for the second detection portion on the second detection side face, and
the element protection portion extends into the second detection region in the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,921,280

READER DEVICE AND METHOD OF SIGNAL AMPLIFICATION

Siemens Healthcare Diagno...

1. An analysis instrument, comprising:a first signal generator providing a first alternating current signal having a first frequency within a range between 0.5 Hz to 2.5 Hz, the first alternating current signal varying from a positive voltage to a negative voltage, the first signal generator supplying the first alternating current signal to at least two electrodes of a first electrochemical cell of a sensor to switch polarities of the electrodes, the electrodes including bio-recognition constituents binding to an analyte of interest, the bio-recognition constituents selected from a group consisting of antibodies, oligonucleotides, and molecule receptors for binding to one or more electroactive species, the first alternating current signal having a first voltage and a first frequency suitable for inducing redox cycling between the at least two electrodes in which one of the electrodes is a working electrode and another of the electrodes is a counter electrode to create a first amplified signal across the two electrodes; and
a second signal generator configured to provide a second alternating current signal to at least two electrodes of a second electrochemical cell of the sensor, the second alternating current signal having a second voltage and a second frequency suitable to induce redox cycling across the two electrodes of the second electrochemical cell to generate a second amplified signal; and
an analytical measuring device to ascertain at least one presence and concentration of a given constituent of a sample by measuring the first amplified signal and the second amplified signal.

US Pat. No. 10,921,279

FABRICATION OF HIGH ASPECT RATIO TALL FREE STANDING POSTS USING CARBON-NANOTUBE (CNT) TEMPLATED MICROFABRICATION

Brigham Young University,...

1. An apparatus comprising:a substrate; and
a micro-scale, free-standing post disposed on the substrate, the micro-scale, free-standng post having a height-to-diameter aspect ratio of greater than or equal to 25:1, the micro-scale, free-standing post including:
a plurality of nanotubes, the micro-scale, free-standing post extending substantially vertically from the substrate; and
an infiltration material that, over a height of the micro-scale, free-standing post, structurally links nanotubes of the plurality of nanotubes together.

US Pat. No. 10,921,278

SLOPE-BASED COMPENSATION INCLUDING SECONDARY OUTPUT SIGNALS

Ascensia Diabetes Care Ho...

1. A method for determining an analyte concentration in a biological sample from a test sensor including a sample interface having a working electrode and a counter electrode, an additional sensor and a measurement device including a processor and a signal generator connected to the processor, the method comprising:applying an electrical input signal from the signal generator to the biological sample through the working electrode and the counter electrode of the sample interface;
generating from the input signal an analytic output signal in response to a redox reaction of an analyte from the biological sample;
generating a secondary output signal from the biological sample from the additional sensor, the secondary output signal in response to the hematocrit content of the sample, the secondary output signal being generated independently from the redox reaction of the analyte from the biological sample;
measuring the temperature of the biological sample;
determining at least one index function responsive to multiple error parameters via the processor, the index function including:
a) at least one term based on values extracted from the analytic output signal,
b) at least one term of the interaction based on the temperature measurement; and
c) at least one term including the hematocrit content determined from the secondary output signal; and
via the processor, determining the analyte concentration in the biological sample from the at least one analytic output signal and a slope compensation equation responsive to the at least one index function, wherein the slope compensation equation including at least one reference correlation between analyte concentrations and output signal values and at least one slope deviation from the reference correlation.

US Pat. No. 10,921,277

SENSOR ARRANGEMENT AND METHOD FOR GENERATING MEASUREMENT SIGNALS

12. A method for generating measurement signals, comprising: generating a first measurement signal using a first and a second electrode line of acapacitive sensor by a readout circuit, and
generating a second measurement signal using a third and a fourth electrode line of the capacitive sensor by the readout circuit,
wherein the capacitive sensor comprises a sensitive layer, wherein the first, the second, the third and the fourth electrode line are arranged in the sensitive layer, and wherein the readout circuit comprises a capacitance-to-digital converter, wherein;
each of the first and the second electrode lines comprises a respective top surface and a respective bottom surface such that an interface of the sensitive layer and an ambient gas is below the top surfaces and above the bottom surfaces of the first and second electrode line, wherein each of the third and the fourth electrode lines comprises a respective top surface covered by the sensitive layer, and wherein the sensitive layer is exposed to the ambient gas, or
the interface of the sensitive layer and the ambient gas is below the top surfaces and above the bottom surfaces of the first and second electrode line, the first electrode line is arranged on top of the third electrode line, the second electrode line is arranged on top of the fourth electrode line and a further dielectric layer is arranged between the first and the third electrode lines and between the second and the fourth electrode lines, and
wherein the first and the second electrode lines form a first capacitor that is partially covered by the sensitive layer, and wherein the third and the fourth electrode lines form a second capacitor that is completely buried in the sensitive layer.

US Pat. No. 10,921,276

SENSOR DEVICE

Ablic Inc., Chiba (JP)

1. A sensor device, comprising:a detection electrode opposing an external electrode to which a predetermined voltage is applied, and configured to generate a voltage corresponding to a change in electrostatic capacitance;
a capacitive amplifier circuit having an operational amplifier, a first capacitor, and a second capacitor, the first capacitor connected in series to the second capacitor, the second capacitor connected between an output terminal and an inverting input terminal of the operational amplifier, and the capacitive amplifier circuit being configured to detect the voltage generated in the detection electrode, and output a detection signal obtained by amplifying the voltage generated in the detection electrode based on a capacitance ratio between the first capacitor and the second capacitor;
a reset switch configured to reset the voltage of the detection electrode to a reference potential;
a changeover switch configured to switch the capacitive amplifier circuit between functioning as a capacitive amplifier and functioning as a voltage follower by establishing a short circuit between the output terminal and the inverting input terminal;
a second changeover switch configured to disconnect the first capacitor from the capacitive amplifier circuit for the capacitive amplifier circuit to function as the voltage follower; and
a second reset switch configured to reset a voltage of the first capacitor to the reference potential according to disconnection of the first capacitor from the capacitive amplifier circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,921,275

TOMOGRAPHIC DETERMINATION OF MULTIPHASE FLOWS IN PIPES AND/OR LIQUID/FROTH INTERFACES IN PROCESS TANKS USING HIGH SPEED MULTIPLEXED ELECTRICAL IMPEDANCE SENSING

CiDRA Corporate Services ...

1. A coded and multiplexed tomographic system for determining information about a process fluid in an industrial fluid processing structure, including a pipe, tank, vessel, vat or container, comprising:a current signaling coding and multiplexing circuit configured to respond control signaling and inject coded and multiplexed current signaling across pairs of electrodes in an array of electrodes configured in relation to the industrial fluid processing structure having a process fluid therein, the coded and multiplexed current signaling being coded and multiplexed as encoded current signaling by:
applying a current signal I1 driven and formed by an M-Sequence noise code to one pair of electrodes, and
injecting simultaneously current signals I2 to In between n?1 other pairs of electrodes, and modulating each current signal I2 to In by the same M-sequence code as the current signal I1, each current signal I2 to In being successively delayed by one clock period, T, of an M-sequence noise code bit rate;
a voltage signaling decoding and demultiplexing circuit configured to receive coded and multiplexed voltage signaling measured across successive pairs of electrodes in the array of electrodes, and to provide decoded and demultiplexed voltage signaling containing information about the coded and multiplexed voltage signaling measured, the coded and multiplexed voltage signaling being synchronously detected in response to a simultaneous injection of the coded and multiplexed current signaling provided to the pairs of electrodes; and
a signal processor or signal processing module configured to:
receive the decoded and demultiplexed voltage signaling;
provide the control signaling; and
determine tomographic signaling containing information about a tomographic indication having an image or visualization of multiphase flows, liquid interfaces or liquid-froth layers detected in the process fluid using a tomographic signal processing algorithm, based upon the decoded and demultiplexed voltage signaling received.

US Pat. No. 10,921,274

APPARATUS FOR IN VIVO DIELECTRIC SPECTROSCOPY

1. A microstrip waveguide structure for in vivo sensing of an electric permeability of an organism, wherein the electric permeability of the organism includes a known permeability component and an unknown permeability component, the microstrip waveguide structure comprising:a dielectric composite having a first side and a second side opposite the first side, the dielectric composite comprising three dielectric regions organized linearly and including a first dielectric region, a second dielectric region, and a third dielectric region, wherein the second dielectric region has an anisotropic electric permeability that is different than an electric permeability of the first dielectric region and the third dielectric region, and wherein the anisotropic electric permeability of the second dielectric region is selected to be substantially equal to the known permeability component of the electric permeability of the organism;
a microstrip transmission line formed on the first side of the dielectric composite and having an input section formed on the first dielectric region, a radiator portion formed on the second dielectric region, and an output portion formed on the third dielectric region; and
a ground plane formed on the second side of the dielectric composite.

US Pat. No. 10,921,273

APPARATUS FOR MEASURING THE EFFECTIVE THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY OF PACKED BED OF AGGREGATES

QATAR UNIVERSITY, Doha (...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a first assembly, comprising:
a first faucet;
a first brass cover comprising a surface to which the first faucet is connected;
a first heat exchanger body connected to the first brass cover via one or more bolts; and
a first aluminum plate attached to the first heat exchanger body at an end opposite the first brass cover, wherein the first aluminum plate is attached to the first heat exchanger body via one or more additional bolts;
a second assembly, comprising:
a second faucet;
a second brass cover comprising a surface to which the second faucet is connected;
a second heat exchanger body connected to the second brass cover via one or more bolts; and
a second aluminum plate attached to the second heat exchanger body at an end opposite the second brass cover, wherein the second aluminum plate is attached to the second heat exchanger body via one or more additional bolts; and
a cylindrical insulator, wherein the first assembly and the second assembly are placed into opposite ends of the cylindrical insulator.

US Pat. No. 10,921,272

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR THE PHOTOTHERMAL QUALITY CONTROL OF GRAIN SIZE AND LAYER ADHESION OF A COMPONENT

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method (18, 19, 20, 21) for the quality control of a component (4, 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, i, j, k), the method comprising:heating the component (4, 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, i, j, k) with an energy source (5, 5c, 5d), wherein an intensity of the energy source (5, 5c, 5d) is modulated with a first selected frequency between 25 and 400 Hz;
measuring the amplitude A, the phase ?, or both the amplitude A and phase ? of a heat wave (81) emitted by the component (4, 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, i, j, k), wherein the heat wave (81) is modulated with the first selected frequency;
evaluating the grain size d of the material of which the component (4, 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, i, j, k) is made from the amplitude A, the phase ?, or both the amplitude A and phase ? when the heat wave (81) is modulated with the first selected frequency;
heating the component (4, 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, i, j, k) with the energy source (5, 5c, 5d), wherein the intensity of the energy source (5, 5c, 5d) is modulated with a second selected frequency between 600 and 2000 Hz;
measuring the amplitude A, the phase ?, or both the amplitude A and phase ? of a heat wave (81) emitted by the component (4, 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, i, j, k), wherein the heat wave (81) is modulated with the second selected frequency; and
evaluating the adhesion properties F of a functional layer (42) applied on the component (4, 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, i, j, k) from the amplitude A, the phase ?, or both the amplitude A and phase ? when the heat wave (81) is modulated with the second selected frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,921,271

MOBILE DETECTOR AND METHOD FOR DETECTING POTENTIALLY EXPLOSIVE SUBSTANCES, EXPLOSIVES AND DRUGS BY NUCLEAR QUADRUPOLE RESONANCE (NQR)

MIRA TECHNOLOGIES GROUP S...

1. A mobile NQR detector for detecting potentially explosive substances, explosives and drugs which consists of a housing (15) with reduced overall dimensions with a 4-compartment partitioning (A, A?, B, and C); in the first compartment (A) is a scanning coil (1) which emits the RF excitation signal and receives an NQR response signal; in the second compartment (A?) are variable capacitors (CV1, CV2); in the third compartment (B) is a central processing unit (UC); in the fourth compartment (C) are means of reception and the detector power supply, in which the central processing unit (UC) connects to a storage, data processing, and interface unit (USPI) provided with a user console (IC) and with a head (CS1) for scanning explosives/drugs around the legs and a head (CS2) for scanning suspicious objects on the ground or that cannot be moved, further comprising a radio processing system (SPR) which includes a programmable RF signal generator (DDS) which transmits RF pulses to a power amplifier (AP) coupled to an interface for gain control and for the acquisition of the reflected signal level (IAP), a series-parallel tuning circuit (CA) consisting of a flat spiral ferrite-core coil (L) and two variable capacitors (CV1, CV2) driven by two stepper motors (M1, M2) which are controlled by an automatic tuning matching module (MAA) through control interfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,921,270

MEASURING THE WETTABILITY OF POROUS MEDIA BASED ON THE TEMPERATURE SENSITIVITY OF NUCLEAR MAGNETIC RESONANCE RELAXATION TIME

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A device for measuring wettability of a rock sample, comprising:at least one hardware processor; and
a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium coupled to the at least one hardware processor and storing programming instructions for execution by the at least one hardware processor, wherein the programming instructions, when executed, cause the at least one hardware processor to perform operations comprising:
at each temperature of a plurality of temperatures, obtaining a first Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) surface relaxation time for the rock sample having a saturation level, wherein the first NMR surface relaxation time is determined based on a T1 relaxation time;
determining a first temperature sensitivity based on the first NMR surface relaxation times and corresponding temperatures;
at each temperature of the plurality of temperatures, obtaining a second Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) surface relaxation time for the rock sample that is saturated with oil;
determining a second temperature sensitivity based on the second NMR surface relaxation times and corresponding temperature;
determining the wettability of the rock sample based on the first temperature sensitivity and the second temperature sensitivity, wherein the wettability is a first wettability;
at each temperature of the plurality of temperatures, obtaining a third NMR surface relaxation time for the rock sample having a saturation level, wherein the third NMR surface relaxation time is determined based on a T2 relaxation time;
determining a third temperature sensitivity based on the third NMR surface relaxation times and corresponding temperatures;
at each temperature of the plurality of temperatures, obtaining a fourth Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) surface relaxation time for the rock sample that is saturated with oil, wherein the fourth NMR surface relaxation time is determined based on the T2 relaxation time;
determining a fourth temperature sensitivity based on the fourth NMR surface relaxation times and corresponding temperature;
determining a second wettability of the rock sample based on the third temperature sensitivity and the fourth temperature sensitivity; and
determining a combined wettability of the rock sample based on the first wettability and the second wettability.

US Pat. No. 10,921,269

METHOD FOR CHARACTERISATION BY CD-SEM SCANNING ELECTRONIC MICROSCOPY

1. A method for implementing a scanning electron microscopy characterisation technique for the determination of at least one critical dimension of a structure of a sample in the field of dimensional metrology, known as CD-SEM technique, said method comprising:producing an experimental image representative of the structure of the sample and derived from a scanning electron microscope;
from a first theoretical model based on parametric mathematical functions, calculating a second theoretical model U(Pi,ti) describing a signal measured at the position Pi at the instant ti, said second model U(Pi,ti) being obtained by algebraic summation of a corrective term S(Pi,ti), said second theoretical model comprising a set of parameters to be determined;
determining the set of parameters present in the second theoretical model by means of an adjustment between said second theoretical model and said experimental image;wherein said corrective term S(Pi,ti) is calculated by summing a signal originating from electric charges deposited by a primary electron beam at a plurality of instants t less than or equal to ti.

US Pat. No. 10,921,268

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR PREPARING SAMPLE FOR CRYOGENIC ELECTRON MICROSCOPY

FEI Company, Hillsboro, ...

1. A sample inspection device, comprising:a first chamber formed between a top electron transparent layer and a bottom electron transparent layer for holding a first sample;
a second chamber formed between the top electron transparent layer and the bottom electron transparent layer for holding a second sample, and wherein the window covers a portion of the second chamber for inspecting the second sample in the second chamber;
multiple pillars within the first chamber, each pillar of the multiple pillars extends from the top electron transparent layer to the bottom electron transparent layer; and
a window formed with a portion of at least one of the top electron transparent layer and the bottom electron transparent layer for inspecting the first sample in the first chamber, the window covering at least one of the multiple pillars.

US Pat. No. 10,921,267

X-RAY FLUORESCENCE ANALYSIS METHOD, X-RAY FLUORESCENCE ANALYSIS PROGRAM, AND X-RAY FLUORESCENCE SPECTROMETER

Rigaku Corporation, Akis...

1. An X-ray fluorescence analysis method comprising:a standard sample measurement step of irradiating a standard sample, which contains elements or compounds as components and whose composition is known, with primary X-rays, and measuring an intensity of fluorescent X-rays generated from the component in the standard sample;
a standard sample theoretical intensity calculation step of calculating a theoretical intensity of the fluorescent X-rays generated from the component in the standard sample, based on a mass fraction of the component in the standard sample, by using a predefined theoretical intensity formula;
a sensitivity constant calculation step of calculating a sensitivity constant, based on the intensity measured in the standard sample measurement step and the theoretical intensity calculated in the standard sample theoretical intensity calculation step;
an unknown sample measurement step of irradiating an unknown sample, which contains elements or compounds as components and whose composition is unknown, with the primary X-rays, and measuring an intensity of fluorescent X-rays generated from the component in the unknown sample;
a conversion step of converting the intensity measured in the unknown sample measurement step into a theoretical intensity scale by using the sensitivity constant, to obtain a converted measured intensity;
an initial value assumption step of assuming an initial value of an estimated mass fraction for the component in the unknown sample and normalizing the estimated mass fraction of each component, such that the sum of the estimated mass fraction of each component becomes 1, by obtaining the estimated mass fraction of each component by dividing mass fractions of each component by a sum of the mass fractions of each component, wherein the sum of the mass fractions of each component is other than 1;
an unknown sample theoretical intensity calculation step of calculating a theoretical intensity of the fluorescent X-rays generated from the component in the unknown sample, based on a latest estimated mass fraction, by using the predefined theoretical intensity formula;
an update step of updating the estimated mass fraction, based on the theoretical intensity calculated in the unknown sample theoretical intensity calculation step and on the converted measured intensity obtained in the conversion step;
a convergence determination step of performing convergence determination, based on the estimated mass fractions before and after update in the update step and on a predetermined convergence condition; and
a result output step of outputting a latest estimated mass fraction as a mass fraction, to be obtained, of the component in the unknown sample, wherein
when a result of determination in the convergence determination step is “not converged”, the convergence determination step is followed by the unknown sample theoretical intensity calculation step, whereas, when the result of determination in the convergence determination step is “converged”, the convergence determination step is followed by the result output step, and
in the predefined theoretical intensity formula used in the standard sample theoretical intensity calculation step and the unknown sample theoretical intensity calculation step, the mass fraction of each component is normalized, only in an absorption term relating to absorption of X-rays, so that a sum of the mass fractions of all the components becomes 1.

US Pat. No. 10,921,266

IMAGING DEVICE, IMAGING METHOD, AND IMAGING SYSTEM

NANJING UNIVERSITY, Nanj...

1. An imaging device, comprising:a charged particle source (1), configured to emit a charged particle beam;
a convergence system (2), configured to constrain and converge the charged particle beam;
a scanning control system (3), configured to control the charged particle beam to scan a sample;
the sample (4);
a detection module (5), configured to receive the charged particle beam and detect a signal strength of the charged particle beam to acquire at least one diffraction pattern; and
a spectral analysis module (6) disposed below the detection module (5), configured to analyze spectroscopic characteristics of the charged particle beam to acquire spectral data,
wherein the detection module (5) comprises a plurality of pixelated detector units (7) and the detection module (5) is provided with a hole (8) thereon,
wherein the imaging device performs hollow ptychography on the at least one diffraction pattern based on a hollow ptychography algorithm to reconstruct an image, and
wherein the reconstructed image is obtained through computer calculation.

US Pat. No. 10,921,265

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CABINET X-RAY SYSTEMS WITH NEAR-INFRARED OPTICAL SYSTEM

KUB Techologles Inc., St...

1. A cabinet x-ray and near-infrared (NIR) image system for obtaining x-ray images and NIR images of a specimen, the system comprising:a cabinet defining an interior chamber;
a display;
an x-ray system including:
an x-ray source;
an x-ray detector; and
a specimen platform having a protective cover of and in physical contact with the x-ray detector;
a motion control mechanism configured for moving the x-ray source to or along a plurality of positions within the interior chamber relative to the specimen disposed on the specimen platform;
an NIR image system configured to capture an NIR image of the specimen, the NIR image system including:
an NIR camera/detector; and
an NIR excitation light; and
a controller configured to:
selectively energize the x-ray source to emit x-rays through the specimen to the x-ray detector at selected positions of the x-ray source relative to the specimen such that the isocenter of the emitted x-rays at the selected positions is located at a surface of the x-ray detector;
control the x-ray detector to collect a projection x-ray image of the specimen when the x-ray source is energized at the selected positions, wherein one of the projection x-ray images is a two-dimensional x-ray image taken at standard imaging angle of approximately 0°;
create a tomosynthetic x-ray image reconstructed from a collection of projection x-ray images;
process the collection of the projection x-ray images in the controller into one or more reconstructed tomosynthetic x-ray images representing a volume of the specimen and relating to one or more image planes that are selectively the same or different from that of the two-dimensional x-ray image;
control the NIR image system to capture and collect the NIR image of the specimen; and
selectively display the NIR image and at least one of the two-dimensional x-ray image and the one or more reconstructed tomosynthetic x-ray images on the display.

US Pat. No. 10,921,264

MICROWAVE REFLECTOMETRY FOR PHYSICAL INSPECTIONS

THE CURATORS OF THE UNIVE...

1. A method of evaluating a device under test (DUT) comprising:irradiating a DUT with a first electromagnetic signal comprising electromagnetic energy having a microwave or higher frequency;
receiving a second electromagnetic signal comprising the electromagnetic energy of the first electromagnetic signal reflected by the DUT;
measuring, by a measuring device, a reflection coefficient associated with the DUT as a function of frequency of the second electromagnetic signal;
determining an electromagnetic signature of the DUT as a function of the reflection coefficient associated therewith; and
comparing the electromagnetic signature of the DUT to one or more known electromagnetic signatures to evaluate the DUT.

US Pat. No. 10,921,263

PIPE INSPECTION SYSTEM WITH JETTER PUSH-CABLE

1. An apparatus for pipe cleaning, comprising:a push-cable structure comprising:
a hose;
a stiffening structure helically wrapped around the hose to provide rigidity to the push-cable structure comprising one or more rods;
a cutter head operatively coupled at a distal end of the push-cable; and
a camera head assembly disposed on the push-cable structure at or near the distal end.

US Pat. No. 10,921,262

CORRELATING SEM AND OPTICAL IMAGES FOR WAFER NOISE NUISANCE IDENTIFICATION

KLA-Tencor Corporation, ...

1. A method of inspecting a sample, the method comprising:providing a plurality of locations corresponding to a plurality of candidate defect events on a sample from an inspector operable to acquire a plurality of acquired optical images from which such candidate defect events are detected at their corresponding locations across the sample;
acquiring high-resolution images from a high-resolution inspector operable to acquire such high-resolution images of the plurality of candidate defect events at their corresponding locations on the sample; and
correlating each of a first set of modelled optical images, which have been modeled from a first subset of the acquired high-resolution images, with a corresponding one of a first set of the acquired optical images, to identify a plurality of surface noise events, as shown in the first set of high-resolution images, as sources for the corresponding candidate defect events in the first set of acquired optical images, wherein the correlating of each of the first set of modelled optical images results in identification of the surface noise events, rather than a subsurface defect event, as sources if the corresponding modelled and acquired optical images are substantially identical.

US Pat. No. 10,921,260

OPTICAL MEASURING DEVICE

HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS K.K.,...

1. An optical measuring device comprising:a measuring unit configured to irradiate a detection portion of an immunochromatographic test piece with measurement light and measure light obtained from the detection portion due to the irradiation with the measurement light; and
a determination unit configured to perform a determination regarding the immunochromatographic test piece on the basis of a determination according to a comparison of a measurement value obtained by the measuring unit with a preset threshold value,
wherein the measuring unit is configured to perform the measurement of the light obtained from the detection portion a plurality of times, and
the determination unit is configured to not immediately perform a determination regarding the immunochromatographic test piece when a measurement value in an nth measurement is equal to or greater than the threshold value and perform the determination regarding the immunochromatographic test piece when the determination unit determines that a measurement value in an (n+1)th measurement is equal to or greater than the threshold value consecutively following the nth measurement.

US Pat. No. 10,921,259

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ANALYTE MEASUREMENT

IXENSOR CO., LTD.

1. A system comprising:a portable computing device; and
a peripheral device to be placed over an image sensor and a portion of a screen on a same side of the portable computing device,
wherein:
the portable computing device is configured to read a reaction area on a test strip in the peripheral device and generate an alignment mark on the screen of the portable computing device to indicate where to place the peripheral device on the portable computing device to cover the image sensor and the portion of the screen; and
the peripheral device comprises an alignment feature to aid placement of the peripheral device on the portable computing device and a light guide having a first reflective surface to direct light from the portion of the screen to illuminate the reaction area of the test strip in a manner that the image sensor on the same side is impinged by the light that reflects by the first reflective surface and then passes through the reaction area, by the light that reflects by the first reflective surface and then scatters or reflects from the reaction area, or by the light that reflects from the reaction area and then reflects by the first reflective surface.

US Pat. No. 10,921,256

MULTI-SURFACE IMAGE ACQUISITION SYSTEM, OBSERVATION DEVICE, OBSERVATION METHOD, SCREENING METHOD, AND STEREOSCOPIC RECONSTRUCTION METHOD OF SUBJECT

Hirosaki University, Aom...

1. An optical system for simultaneous imaging of an associated three-dimensional object from multiple directions, comprising:a prism assembly comprising a plurality of prisms configured to provide a pass through opening, wherein the pass through opening allows a direct imaging of the associated object positioned on an object side of the prism assembly, wherein the prism assembly has a light path formed so as to converge multiple images of the associated object that are obtained from the multiple directions of imaging of the associated object, into a single direction, wherein a light path length correction is made utilizing a difference between a refractive index of a glass of the prism assembly and of air located adjacent the prism assembly to equalize a working distance for each direction of imaging of the associated object;
a light field camera, positioned on an observation side of the prism assembly, for expanding a focal-length adjustment range of the multiple images of the associated object, which images are incident on an incident plane, via the prism assembly; and,
a beam splitter positioned between the prism assembly and the light field camera, wherein the beam splitter reflects excitation light to illuminate the associated object, and transmits emitted images of the associated object to the light field camera;
wherein both a fluorescence excitation and a fluorescence observation of the associated object are performed through the prism assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,921,255

OPTICAL MEASURING DEVICE AND PROCESS

Bioaxial SAS

1. An optical measuring process for determining at least one of a spatial distribution and a location of a set of re-emitting sources on a sample, each reemitting source re-emitting light as a function of light projected onto the sample by a first excitation light distribution, the first excitation light distribution created from an excitation beam emitted by a first light source, wherein a wavelength of the first light source is aligned to an excitation wavelength of a re-emitting source of said set, the first excitation light distribution being compact, the process comprising:projecting onto the sample the first excitation distribution;
projecting onto the sample at least one second light distribution generated by a second beam emitted by at least one second light source, the at least one second light distribution characterized as a distribution selected from the group consisting of (i) a depletion distribution based on alignment of a wavelength of the second light distribution to a depletion wavelength of the set of re-emitting sources and (ii) an activation distribution based on alignment of the wavelength of the second light distribution to an activation wavelength of the set of re-emitting sources;
wherein each second light distribution is compact;
wherein each second light distribution includes a superposition of a singular distribution characterized by a first polarization and one of a black sphere distribution and a top-hat distribution characterized by a polarization orthogonal to the first polarization;
wherein the first distribution and each second distribution is spread along a substantially identical path from an output of an optical bench to an objective lens of a microscope;
wherein at least one of the steps of projecting onto the sample the first excitation distribution and projecting on the sample each second light distribution is performed by means of an achromatic projection optical device, the achromatic projection optical device based on an effect selected from the group consisting of a conical diffraction effect and a propagation-of-light effect in a crystal;
detecting light re-emitted by each re-emitting source of the sample;
generating at least one image from the light in the step of detecting; and
obtaining from the image at least one of spatial distribution information with respect to the at least one re-emitting source and a location of said at least one reemitting source.

US Pat. No. 10,921,254

THIN STACKUP FOR DIFFUSE FLUORESCENCE SYSTEM

Verily Life Sciences LLC,...

1. An optical system, comprising:an image sensor sensitive to one or more wavelengths of light;
a light guiding layer;
a light source positioned to emit light into a side surface of the light guiding layer, wherein the emitted light is transmitted in an in-plane direction in the light guiding layer;
an output coupler optically coupled to the light guiding layer, wherein at least a portion of the emitted light transmitted in the in-plane direction in the light guiding layer is coupled out of the light guiding layer in an out-of-plane direction via the output coupler, wherein the light guiding layer is disposed between the optical coupler and image sensor; and
a standoff disposed on the optical coupler.

US Pat. No. 10,921,253

APPARATUS OF EVALUATING STABILITY OF LUMINESCENT MATERIAL AND METHOD OF EVALUATING THE SAME

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. An apparatus to evaluate a stability of a luminescent material, the apparatus comprising:an electrochemical cell that accommodates a sample including a solvent and the luminescent material mixed in the solvent;
a voltage application device that applies a constant voltage to the sample;
a light source that irradiates a source light to the sample; and
a photoluminescence measuring device that measures a luminescence spectrum of an emission light generated by the luminescent material,
wherein the constant voltage is at a level sufficient to oxidize the luminescent material.

US Pat. No. 10,921,252

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF OPERATING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a fluorescence intensity information storage configured to store therein fluorescence intensity information on predetermined body tissue and fluorescence intensity information on a detection target cell; and
a processor comprising hardware, wherein the processor is configured to:
calculate intensities of fluorescence in a plurality of fluorescence images that are associated with different cross sections of a same living body, each fluorescence image being obtained by removing an effect of a piece of fluorescence other than a piece of fluorescence on an imaging surface, from among pieces of fluorescence emitted from a living body that has been irradiated with excitation light;
create a three-dimensional fluorescence intensity distribution of the same living body from the calculated intensities of fluorescence of the plurality of fluorescence images;
identify, by using the created fluorescence intensity distribution, body tissue that is matched with the fluorescence intensity information on the predetermined body tissue read from the fluorescence intensity information storage;
identify, by using the created fluorescence intensity distribution, for each of pieces of the identified body tissue, a cell that is matched with the fluorescence intensity information on the detection target cell read from the fluorescence intensity information storage; and
determine a state of the identified body tissue based on information on the identified cell.

US Pat. No. 10,921,251

CHAMBER COMPONENT PART WEAR INDICATOR AND A SYSTEM FOR DETECTING PART WEAR

Applied Materials, Inc., ...

1. A plasma processing chamber comprising:a chamber body having in internal volume;
a substrate support disposed in the internal volume;
an energy source configured to emit light of a first wavelength;
a first chamber component disposed in the internal volume of the chamber body, the first chamber component comprising:
a component body having a top surface and a bottom surface; and
a part wear indicator having an indicator body disposed in the component body, the indicator body comprising:
a transparent first layer; and
a second layer comprising a tracer material, wherein the first layer is closer to the top surface than the second layer, wherein the tracer material is an up-converting material (UCM) configured to emit light of a second wavelength when excited by the light of the first wavelength, the second wavelength being shorter than the first wavelength;
a sensor configured to detect the light of the second wavelength from the first chamber component;
a controller coupled to the sensor and configured to issue a wear indication message upon detection of the light of the second wavelength by the sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,921,250

DUST ACCUMULATION MONITOR

1. A dust accumulation monitor comprising:a casing having a translucent or transparent portion, wherein the translucent or transparent portion includes a dust accumulating surface plane;
a light source and a light sensor disposed opposing sides of the translucent or transparent portion of the casing, wherein the light sensor is configured to output a sensing signal to a communication interface based on sensed light by the light source penetrating through the translucent or transparent portion of the casing; and
a controller coupled to the light sensor to receive the sensing signal and configured to output a dust alert signal based on the received sensing signal,
wherein the communication interface is coupled to the controller and configured to output an alert based on the dust alert signal output by the controller, and
wherein light perpendicularly penetrates through only one dust accumulating surface plane of the translucent or transparent portion that accumulates dust and faces upwards with respect to gravity.

US Pat. No. 10,921,249

OPTICAL DIFFERENTIAL INTERROGATION METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SURFACE PLASMON RESONANCE IMAGING

ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMU...

1. An optical differential interrogation method for surface plasmon resonance imaging, comprising:letting first incident light of a first wavelength and second incident light of a second wavelength to be incident on a sample while varying an incident angle;
detecting intensity of first reflection light of the first incident light and intensity of second reflection light of the second incident light; and
identifying the sample by using a difference between the intensity of the first reflection light and the intensity of the second reflection light,
wherein the identifying of the sample by using the difference between the intensity of the first reflection light and the intensity of the second reflection light comprises:
detecting a first angle at which the difference between the intensity of the first reflection light and the intensity of the second reflection light becomes zero; and
identifying a sample that corresponds to the first angle.

US Pat. No. 10,921,248

MEASUREMENT APPARATUS AND MEASUREMENT METHOD

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A measurement apparatus, comprising:a projector configured to project pulse light or light whose intensity is periodically modulated onto a subject;
an imaging sensor that includes a plurality of pixels, the imaging sensor being configured to image backscattered light of the light projected by the projector from the subject a plurality of times to output a plurality of image signals; and
a processor comprising hardware, the processor being configured to:
select, for each of the pixels, an image signal closest to a reference light amount from the plurality of image signals; and
calculate, for each of the pixels, time-of-flight (TOF) information obtained when the selected image signal is imaged, acquire light intensity information of the light projected by the projector, and calculate a characteristic of the subject based on the calculated TOF information and the acquired light intensity information;
wherein the projector is configured to project the light while changing a light amount, and
the imaging sensor is configured to perform imaging a plurality of times in each of which the light amount of the light projected from the projector is different.

US Pat. No. 10,921,247

MULTI-CHANNEL COHERENT DETECTION

The Johns Hopkins Univers...

1. A system comprising:a light source configured to output light; and
an optics assembly configured to receive the light from the light source and output a reference beam and an object beam, the reference beam or the object beam being modulated and the object beam being directed to a scattering medium for interaction with the scattering medium to generate a speckle pattern;
processing circuitry;
an optical receiver comprising an array of photoreceivers including a first photoreceiver, each photoreceiver within the array of photoreceivers being configured to receive a respective portion of the speckle pattern and generate respective electrical detection signals for provision to the processing circuitry;
wherein the processing circuitry is configured to perform a summing operation based on the respective electrical detection signals to generate an output signal for analysis;
wherein the first photoreceiver comprises:
a collector configured to receive a first portion of the speckle pattern;
a first detector and a second detector;
a first splitter configured to mix the first portion of the speckle pattern at a first polarization with the reference beam to generate first optical signals for receipt by the first detector, the first detector being configured to generate a first electrical detection signal based on the first optical signals for provision to the processing circuitry;
a second splitter configured to mix the first portion of the speckle pattern at a second polarization with the reference beam to generate second optical signals for receipt by the second detector, the second detector being configured to generate a second electrical detection signal based on the second optical signals for provision to the processing circuitry;
wherein the first electrical detection signal and the second electrical detection signal are included in the respective electrical detection signals for provision to the processing circuitry.

US Pat. No. 10,921,246

METHOD OF TUNING A RESONANT CAVITY, AND CAVITY RING-DOWN SPECTROSCOPY SYSTEM

PICOMOLE INC., Moncton (...

1. A method of tuning a resonant cavity, comprising:actuating a first mirror at a first end of a resonant cavity to move in a direction between a first position relative to a second mirror at a second end of the resonant cavity, at which a cavity length between the first mirror and the second mirror is less than a resonance length for a laser beam, and a second position relative to the second mirror, at which the cavity length is greater than the resonance length;
triggering an event when the cavity length is proximal to the resonance length; and
continuing to actuate the first mirror in the direction between the first position and the second position during the event.

US Pat. No. 10,921,245

METHOD AND SYSTEMS FOR REMOTE EMISSION DETECTION AND RATE DETERMINATION

1. A method for detecting gas plumes, comprising:obtaining data for a plurality of points within a scene, wherein the data includes a concentration value for a gas of interest at each of a plurality of different locations within a scene;
processing the data including the concentration value for the gas of interest at each of the plurality of different locations within the scene in a neural network to obtain a confidence value;
gridding the obtained and processed data to obtain 2D data;
processing the 2D data in a neural network to obtain a 2D confidence value;
spatially correlating the 2D data; and
outputting the spatially correlated 2D data as a map of likely emission locations for the gas of interest.

US Pat. No. 10,921,244

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MEASURING FLUID STATUS

Spectroflow, Inc., Porto...

1. A device comprising:a processor;
an emitter coupled to the processor, the emitter being configured to emit a signal into a subcutaneous tissue space of a subject, the signal being reflected by a subcutaneous tissue space; and
a detector coupled to the processor, the detector being configured to determine an energy level based on the reflected signal;
wherein the processor is configured to:
periodically determine a fluid buildup in the subcutaneous tissue space based on an the energy level of the reflected signal;
measure a rate of change of the fluid buildup; and
determine a disease state of the subject based on the rate of change of the fluid buildup.

US Pat. No. 10,921,243

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MULTISPECTRAL IMAGING AND GAS DETECTION USING A SCANNING ILLUMINATOR AND OPTICAL SENSOR

MultiSensor Scientific, I...

1. A system for obtaining a multispectral absorption image of a scene using a structured illumination beam that is scanned in a synchronized fashion with an instantaneous field of view (ifov) of an optical sensor, the system comprising:(a) an illumination source aligned and operable to produce the structured illumination beam and direct the structured illumination beam towards a target surface within the scene, thereby illuminating an illumination spot corresponding to a projection of the structured illumination beam onto the target surface, the illumination spot having a length and a width, wherein the length is greater than or equal to the width;
(b) a beam scanner operable to scan the illumination spot in a beam scan direction that is substantially parallel to the width of the illumination spot;
(c) an optical sensor comprising one or more spectral detectors, each aligned and operable to detect light having wavelengths within a particular associated spectral band, wherein the optical sensor is aligned and operable to capture light from the scene within a sensor instantaneous field of view (ifov) corresponding to a combined ifov of the one or more spectral detectors and direct the captured light, for detection, onto the one or more spectral detectors, thereby detecting light from a particular sampled image location corresponding to a projection of the sensor ifov onto the target surface;
(d) an optical sensor scanner aligned and operable to scan the projection of the sensor ifov across the scene, so as to detect light from a plurality of sampled image locations within the scene, wherein the optical sensor scanner is synchronized with the beam scanner so as to maintain overlap between the projection of the sensor ifov and the illumination spot as both are scanned;
(e) a processor of a computing device; and
(f) a memory having instructions stored thereon, wherein the instructions, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
retrieve and/or access data corresponding to the detected light from each of the sampled image locations; and
use the data to create a multispectral absorption image of the scene,
wherein the structured beam of illumination comprises short wave infrared (SWIR) light, and the one or more spectral detectors are responsive to SWIR light.

US Pat. No. 10,921,242

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR INDETIFICATION OF COUNTERFEIT DRUGS, PHARMACEUTICALS, OR MEDICINES

1. A method of verifying authenticity of a drug, a pharmaceuticals, or a medicine, the method comprising the steps of: a) forming a gaseous oxide through combustion of the drugs, pharmaceuticals, or medicines with a gas containing molecular oxygen; b) delivering a sample of a gas mixture containing the gaseous oxide to an isotopic ratio gas analyzer; c) measuring a value proportional to the ratio of a number of molecules of a first isotopologue of the oxide in the sample to a number of molecules of a second isotopologue of the gaseous oxide in the sample; d) making a conclusion based on the measured value and an isotopic composition of an authentic product, wherein said gaseous oxides selected from the group consisting of: CO, CO2, N2O, NO, NO2, H2O, H2O2, SO2, SO3, CIO.

US Pat. No. 10,921,241

OBLIQUE INCIDENCE, PRISM-INCIDENT, SILICON-BASED, IMMERSION MICROCHANNEL-BASED MEASUREMENT DEVICE AND MEASUREMENT METHOD

KOREA RESEARCH INSTITUTE ...

1. An oblique incidence, prism-incident, silicon-based, immersion microchannel-based measurement device comprising:a microchannel structure which has a support, a substrate which is formed on the support and made of a semiconductor or dielectric material, a cover part which has a prism structure and is installed on the support, and a microchannel which is formed in any one of an upper portion of the support and a lower end of the cover part;
a sample injection part which forms an adsorption layer for a sample on a substrate by injecting a buffer solution containing the sample made of a biomaterial into the microchannel;
a polarized light generation part which emits polarized incident light through an incident surface of the prism structure to the adsorption layer at an incident angle that satisfies a p-wave antireflection condition; and
a polarized light detection part which first reflective light reflected by at least one of the adsorption layer and the substrate enters through a reflective surface of the prism structure and which detects a change in polarization of the first reflective light;
wherein the support has an upper surface with an opened through portion in the upper surface, the opened through portion is opened in a trapezoidal shape defining an aperture with an upper side of the opened through portion inclined upwards in a direction toward the incident surface and a smaller length than a lower side inclined upwards in a direction toward the reflective surface; and
wherein a surface of the substrate is formed so as to form a predetermined inclination angle with a bottom surface of the prism structure.

US Pat. No. 10,921,240

HIGH THROUGHPUT ANALYTICAL SYSTEM FOR MOLECULE DETECTION AND SENSING

GeneSense Technology Inc....

1. A throughput-scalable image sensing system for analyzing biological or chemical samples, comprising:a plurality of semiconductor dies sharing a common semiconductor substrate and comprising one or more through-silicon vias;
a single optical waveguide disposed across surfaces of the plurality of semiconductor dies, the surfaces of the plurality of semiconductor dies being substantially flat;
a plurality of image sensors configured to detect at least a portion of light emitted as a result of analyzing the biological or chemical samples;
a plurality of dicing streets separating the plurality of semiconductor dies from one another, wherein each dicing street of the plurality of dicing streets comprises an indented area between two immediately neighboring semiconductor dies, the indented area facilitating separation of the two immediately neighboring semiconductor dies;
wherein two immediately neighboring image sensors of the plurality of image sensors are arranged on respective two semiconductor dies separated by a dicing street of the plurality of dicing streets;
wherein each image sensor of the plurality of image sensors is arranged on a separate semiconductor die of the plurality of semiconductor dies, and each image sensor comprises:
a portion of the common semiconductor substrate, the portion of the common semiconductor substate being a base layer of the semiconductor die,
a plurality of photosensitive elements disposed in the portion of the common semiconductor substrate,
a plurality of interconnected conductive layers disposed on the portion of the common semiconductor substrate, the plurality of interconnected conductive layers being configured to transmit electrical signals generated by the plurality of photosensitive elements, and
one or more dielectric layers electrically isolating the plurality of interconnected conductive layers from one another.

US Pat. No. 10,921,239

ANALYSIS SYSTEM, ANALYSIS BYPASS, AND ANALYSIS METHOD

HITACHI, LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. An analysis system in which light is radiated on a liquid sample to analyze the sample, the system comprising:a reaction part which includes a reaction tank for accommodating the sample, an inlet port for flowing the sample into the reaction tank, and an outlet port for flowing out the sample from the reaction tank;
an analysis part which includes an analysis cell for analyzing the sample, at least one light source part for radiating light on the analysis cell, and at least one detector for receiving transmitted light or scattered light of the sample; and
a flow path tube which includes a first flow path for feeding the sample from the outlet port of the reaction tank to the analysis cell, and a second flow path for feeding the sample from the analysis cell to the inlet port of the reaction tank, wherein
the analysis cell includes a measurement part where the light from the light source part is radiated on the sample, a supply port where the sample is supplied from the first flow path to the measurement part, and a discharge port where the sample is discharged from the measurement part to the second flow path, and
the measurement part includes a first measurement portion and the second measurement portion, which mutually have different sectional areas.

US Pat. No. 10,921,238

DEVICE FOR DETERMINING AT LEAST ONE COMPONENT PARAMETER OF A PLURALITY OF, PARTICULARLY ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURED, COMPONENTS

CONCEPT LASER GMBH, Lich...

1. A device for determining at least one component parameter of an additively manufactured component, the device comprising:a supporting unit comprising a supporting unit base body comprising a plurality of receiving sections in a defined spatial relationship, wherein the plurality of receiving sections are each configured to detachably receive one of a plurality of components each having a plurality of component parameters;
a component parameter determining unit configured to determine at least one component parameter of the component when received in a respective receiving section.

US Pat. No. 10,921,237

CELL CAPTURE SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE

Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc...

12. A method comprising:providing a substrate comprising an inlet channel, an outlet channel, and a set of chambers in fluid communication with the inlet channel and the outlet channel, wherein flow from the inlet channel is configured to reach the outlet channel only upon passing the set of chambers;
receiving a fluid sample comprising a set of targets into the inlet channel;
capturing and partitioning the set of targets, by way of the set of chambers; and
providing an environment for conducting a set of processes at the substrate, wherein the set of processes comprises an imaging process configured for imaging contents of the set of chambers.

US Pat. No. 10,921,236

INTEGRATED LENS FREE IMAGING DEVICE

IMEC VZW, Leuven (BE)

1. A lens-free imaging device for imaging a sample, the lens-free imaging device comprising:an imaging region; and
a radiation guiding structure proximate the imaging region and configured to receive an incoming radiation wave, the radiation guiding structure comprising:
first and second parallel surfaces configured to confine and propagate the incoming radiation wave in a direction parallel to the first surface and the second surface via total internal reflection of the incoming radiation wave by the first surface and the second surface; and
at least one perturbation on the first surface, wherein the at least one perturbation is configured to direct a first radiation wave towards a sample measurement region proximate the first surface, and to direct a second radiation wave towards the imaging region,
wherein when a sample is in the sample measurement region, the sample scatters and reflects the first radiation wave towards the imaging region, wherein the scattered and reflected wave is at least partly captured in the imaging region and is combinable with the second radiation wave for forming an image.

US Pat. No. 10,921,235

FOUL-RESISTANT COATING OF WINDOWS FOR OPTICAL PARTICLE SENSING

Honeywell International I...

1. A system for in-situ monitoring of particles in a process fluid, comprising:a flow channel comprising a window for flowing the process fluid therethrough, wherein the process fluid includes birefringent particles, and wherein an inner surface of the window includes a coating that reduces a buildup rate of the particles on the inner surface;
a light source for directing a polarized beam having a first polarization state along a first beam path into the process fluid such that the polarized beam interacts with the birefringent particles so that along a first beam path into the process fluid such that an output beam having a changed polarization state relative to the first polarization state emerges from the process fluid along a second beam path;
a polarizing filter positioned in the second beam path configured to transmit the changed polarization state of the output beam and to block another portion of the output beam that is backscattered from the birefringent particles and has a polarization state parallel to the first polarization state;
a photodetector for detecting the changed polarization state of the output beam after passing the polarizing filter that generates signals which represent images of the birefringent particles in the process fluid, and
a controller coupled to the photodetector for analyzing the signals to determine at least one parameter related to the birefringent particles in the process fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,921,234

IMAGE FORMING CYTOMETER

1. An imaging apparatus, comprising:a first light source configured for emitting light into a sample region;
a collimator configured for forming collimated light from the first light source and wherein the imaging apparatus is configured for directing the collimated light along an optical axis of the imaging apparatus, and for illuminating a 2-dimensional area of at least 0.01 mm2 of the sample region with the collimated light;
a second light source comprising a first excitation light source configured for emitting excitation light into the sample region;
an image forming element for forming at least one image of at least part of the sample region on an array of detection elements;
wherein the sample region is located between the collimator and the array of detection elements;
wherein the imaging apparatus is configured to be interchanged between a bright field mode, a dark field mode and a fluorescence mode.

US Pat. No. 10,921,233

FLOW CELLS AND METHODS RELATED TO SAME

Illumina, Inc., San Dieg...

1. A flow cell, comprising:a support frame comprising a top side, a back side and at least one cavity extending from the top side toward the bottom side, wherein the support frame further comprises at least one electrically conductive via extending from the top side to the bottom side;
at least one light detection device disposed within the at least one cavity comprising an active area and a top surface, wherein the at least one light detection device comprises at least one solid-state light detection device including a base wafer portion, a plurality of light sensors, and a plurality of light guides associated with the plurality of light sensors;
a support material disposed within the at least one cavity between the support frame and the periphery of the at least one light detection device coupling the support frame and the at least one light detection device together; and
a lid extending over the at least one light detection device and coupled to the top side of the support frame about the periphery of the at least one light detection device,
wherein the lid and at least the top surface of the at least one light detection device form a flow channel therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,921,231

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING CONCENTRATION

FloLevel Technologies Pty...

1. An apparatus for dynamically determining the concentration of a target component in an aerated mixture, the apparatus comprising:at least one acoustic transducer located within the aerated mixture;
a controller generating an acoustic signal for the at least one acoustic transducer operating at a fixed voltage and frequency and transmitting the acoustic signal toward the target component within the aerated mixture, wherein the acoustic signal is generated with a known power level; and
a processor for measuring change in the power level of the at least one acoustic transducer that is required to maintain the at least one acoustic transducer at the fixed voltage and frequency as the acoustic signal is transmitted through the aerated mixture, wherein the magnitude of the change in power level of the at least one acoustic transducer determines the concentration of the target component in the aerated mixture.

US Pat. No. 10,921,230

SUSPENSION PARTICLE SENSING APPARATUS

Industrial Technology Res...

1. A suspension particle sensing apparatus, comprising:a first flow channel, having a first entrance and a first exit;
a suspension particle concentration sensor, disposed in the first flow channel, and located between the first entrance and the first exit;
a second flow channel, having a second entrance and a second exit, wherein the first entrance of the first flow channel is communicated with an opening of the second flow channel that is located between the second entrance and the second exit; and
a suspension particle filtering assembly, disposed at the first entrance of the first flow channel, and comprising:
a casing, having a first opening and a second opening, wherein the first opening is communicated with the first entrance of the first flow channel; and
a suspension particle filtering structure, covering the second opening.

US Pat. No. 10,921,229

DETECTION SCHEME FOR PARTICLE SIZE AND CONCENTRATION MEASUREMENT

PARTICLE MEASURING SYSTEM...

1. A particle monitoring system comprising:a cuvette;
a laser that generates a Gaussian laser beam;
a phase mask for converting said Gaussian laser beam into a non-Gaussian dark beam;
a focusing lens that focuses said non-Gaussian dark beam onto particles moving through said cuvette; and
a first detector and a second detector each positioned to receive said dark beam transmitted through said cuvette; wherein the dark beam transmitted through said cuvette is characterized by a first intensity lobe and a second intensity lobe; and wherein the first detector is positioned over the first intensity lobe of the dark beam and the second detector is positioned over the second intensity lobe of the dark beam;
wherein the first and second detectors are separated from each other by a spacing and are optimized for sensitivity by alignment of the spacing between the first and second detectors to the maximum intensity gradient of the non-Gaussian dark beam;
wherein said focusing lens directs said non-Gaussian dark beam in said cuvette such that the particles cross a focal region of said non-Gaussian dark beam;
wherein the first detector and the second detector generate signals corresponding to particle size and particle concentration of the particles passing through the cuvette due to the interaction between the non-Gaussian dark beam and the particles.

US Pat. No. 10,921,228

TESTING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR FLOATING RATE OF FLOATING AGENT FOR FRACTURE HEIGHT CONTROL

SOUTHWEST PETROLEUM UNIVE...

1. A testing method for floating rate of floating agent for fracture height control, comprising steps of:step A: turning off a control valve A and a control valve B, loading a floating agent for fracture height control into a floating agent storage container, and injecting distilled water into a liquid storage tank;
step B: turning on the control valve B, filling a glass tube with the distilled water, and recording turbidity data z10, z20, z30, z40, and z50 of five turbidimeters before test;
step C: turning on the control valve A so that the floating agent contacts the distilled water in the glass tube, initiating a floating process, and using a current time, at which the floating agent is contacting the distilled water in the glass tube, as an initial floating time to;
step D: recording the turbidity data of the five turbidimeters at intervals during the floating process, denoting a turbidity data of the n-th turbidimeter at the i-th time ti as zni;
step E: plotting a curve of turbidity over time monitored by each of the turbidimeters znt=f(t), and determining a time tnf at which a turbidity value at each of the turbidimeters starts to change and a time tnl at which the turbidity value returns to a reference value after reaching a peak according to the curve;
step F: using following formula to calculate a floating rate of the floating agent according to time data tnf and tnl of each of the turbidimeters:

wherein unf is a maximum floating rate of the floating agent calculated based on the data of the n-th turbidimeter, in mm/s; unl is a minimum floating rate of the floating agent calculated based on the data of the n-th turbidimeter, in mm/s; Dn is a floating distance of the floating agent corresponding to the n-th turbidimeter, in mm; t0 is an initial time when the floating agent floats during test, in s; tnf is a time when the turbidity value at the n-th turbidimeter starts to change from the reference value, in s; tnl is a time when the turbidity value at the n-th turbidimeter returns to the reference value after reaching the peak, in s;
step G: averaging the maximum floating rate and the minimum floating rate of the floating agent calculated based on each turbidimeter data to obtain an average maximum floating rate umax and an average minimum floating rate umin of the floating agent:

wherein N is a number of the turbidimeters, dimensionless; unf is the maximum floating rate of the floating agent calculated based on the data of the n-th turbidimeter, in mm/s; unl is the minimum floating rate of the floating agent calculated based on the data of the n-th turbidimeter, in mm/s; umax is the average maximum floating rate, in mm/s; umin is the average minimum floating rate, in mm/s.

US Pat. No. 10,921,227

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR FILLET PUNCH CREEP TESTING

1. An apparatus for fillet punch creep testing on a specimen, comprising:a structural support unit having a top end and a bottom end; and
a testing unit extending between the top and bottom ends of the structural support unit, and configured to conduct creep testing on the specimen;
wherein:
the structural support unit includes an upper plate, a lower plate, a plurality of columns, a plurality of column supports, a top quartz pipe, a bottom quartz pipe, and a plurality of quartz supports,
each column extends between the upper and lower plates, and is connected to the plates by a corresponding one of the column supports,
the top and bottom quartz pipes are connected respectively from one end to the upper and lower plates by a corresponding one of the quartz supports,
the testing unit includes a loading unit, a fillet punch unit, a thermal unit, and a measuring unit,
the loading unit includes a loading weight, a loading rod, and a supporting rod, and is secured to the structural support unit and arranged to apply direct loading to the specimen,
the fillet punch unit includes an upper die, an upper die holder, a filleted lower die, a lower die holder, and a filleted punch, and is arranged to transfer the applied load to the specimen clamped between the upper die and the filleted lower die, and the filleted lower die and the filleted punch have filleted edges of 0.1 mm in radii which eliminate stress concentration against the specimen resulting in stable measurements, thus, reducing dispersion of the applied load during creep testing,
the thermal unit surrounds the fillet punch unit, and is configured to heat the specimen, and
the measuring unit is in contact with the fillet punch unit, and is configured to measure displacement and to produce a creep curve,
the measuring unit includes a motion sensor, and a data storage unit in which:
the motion sensor is in contact with the loading rod, and is configured to instantaneously measure an amount of displacement of the loading rod at predetermined time intervals during creep testing, and
the data storage unit is connected to the motion sensor to analyze the received displacement data, and to produce a creep curve for the specimen.

US Pat. No. 10,921,226

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR TESTING MECHANICAL MATERIALS

1. A device for testing the application of a mechanical force on a target material, comprising:an outer module;
at least one inner module comprising a connector connected to a target material; and
at least one bolt connecting said outer module and said inner module, wherein said at least one bolt is configured to be turned during testing of the target material to apply a mechanical force on the target material.

US Pat. No. 10,921,225

LIQUID VAPORIZATION DEVICE AND METHOD

Mustang Sampling, LLC, R...

1. A vaporizer for vaporizing a multi component hydrocarbon containing liquid mixture, comprising:a generally elongated tubular body having a first segment defining a first end and a second segment defining a second end;
a liquid sample port connected to a liquid passage formed integrally in the first segment, where said liquid sample port provides for liquid input;
a liquid channel disposed generally longitudinally along a central axis of the vaporizer and extending substantially in the direction of elongation of said tubular body, said liquid channel having a first end and a second end, said first end of said liquid channel intersecting with said liquid passage to provide a flow path for liquid from said liquid sample port therethrough along its length;
a liquid flow control element integrated within said first segment of said tubular body and configured to intersect the liquid channel;
a gap formed in and extending from an exterior surface of the tubular body, the gap defining a generally non-parallel surface directed inwardly toward the liquid channel and disposed along the length of the liquid channel;
a vaporizer core internal to and extending from said second end of said tubular body to said second end of said liquid channel;
a heating assembly dimensioned for insertion into the vaporizer core and sealingly securable to said tubular body, said heating assembly having a flash vaporizing heating element that vaporizes liquid introduced from said liquid channel; and
a vapor discharge outlet port formed in said tubular body in said second segment spaced from said second end of the tubular body and intersecting with said vaporizer core an active cooling circuit established by a liquid takeoff proximate a liquid fluid tube within said thermal insulator to minimize heat transfer from said second segment to said first segment.

US Pat. No. 10,921,224

THERMOPHORETIC PARTICLE DETECTION SYSTEM WITH VARIABLE CHANNEL GEOMETRY

1. A system for analyzing particles in an air stream, said particles comprising airborne suspended PM2.5 aerosol particles, the system comprising:an air inlet configured to admit the air stream comprising the airborne suspended PM2.5 aerosol particles;
a PM2.5 particle concentrator, the PM2.5 particle concentrator having at least two focusing heater elements disposed on opposite sides of an air channel that encompasses the air stream, the focusing heater elements configured to thermophoretically force airborne suspended PM2.5 aerosol particles away from a periphery of the air channel and towards an interior region of the air channel, the air channel fluidically coupled to the air inlet, thereby producing thermophoretically focused airborne suspended PM2.5 particles; and
a PM2.5 thermophoretic particle discriminator and analyzer, the PM2.5 thermophoretic particle discriminator and analyzer having at least one precipitating heater element configured to thermophoretically force thermophoretically focused airborne suspended PM2.5 aerosol particles, according to a size of said PM2.5 particles, onto at least one particle detector capable of detecting PM2.5 particles, the PM2.5 particle discriminator and analyzer fluidically coupled to the PM2.5 particle concentrator in a direction downstream from the PM2.5 particle concentrator;
wherein a cross-sectional geometry of said air channel changes within at least one of the PM2.5 particle concentrator, and the PM2.5 thermophoretic particle discriminator and analyzer.

US Pat. No. 10,921,223

PROCESS RECORD SLIDE FOR STAINING AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME

SHENZHEN PRS LIMITED, Sh...

1. A slide, comprising:a detection area configured to hold a sample comprising a tissue section or loose cells; and
a control area configured to:
indicate an error and performance measure of intermediate steps during an immunohistochemical or an immunochemical detection process, and
provide a reference for qualitatively or quantitatively determining a color and antigen density of the stained tissue or cells.

US Pat. No. 10,921,222

DEVICE FOR USE WITH MEASURING SOIL GAS AND METHOD OF USE

VAPOR PIN ENTERPRISES, IN...

1. A soil gas collecting device comprising:a first body portion having a first barbed end and a male connection mechanism;
a second body portion having a second barbed end and a first female receiving mechanism that receives the male connection mechanism;
a grip portion that facilitates the attachment and removal of the first body portion from the second body portion;
an internal cavity axially extending the length of both the first body portion and the second body portion that allows soil gas to flow through the first body portion and the second body portion; and
a tubular body having an interior cavity adapted to receive the second barbed end of the second body portion, an entirety of an outer surface of the tubular member parallel with a central axis of the tubular member to facilitate insertion of the tubular member into a core, wherein the second body portion includes a threaded collar disposed at a first end of the second barbed end portion that facilitates the installation and removal of the device, the threaded collar including at least one thread having oppositely disposed flat surfaces that facilitates prevention of rotation of the second body portion after installation.

US Pat. No. 10,921,221

GAS DETECTING DEVICE

MICROJET TECHNOLOGY CO., ...

1. A gas detecting device comprising:a casing having an airflow chamber, at least one inlet, at least one branch channel, at least one connection channel and at least one partition plate, wherein the airflow chamber is in fluid communication with an environment outside the casing through the at least one inlet, the at least one branch channel is in fluid communication with the airflow chamber, and the at least one connection channel is in fluid communication with the at least one branch channel;
at least one gas transporting actuator disposed on the at least one branch channel and having a nozzle plate, a chamber frame, an actuator, an insulation frame and a conducting frame, wherein the gas transporting actuator is actuated to inhale air into the at least one airflow chamber through the at least one inlet and transport the air into the at least one branch channel, wherein the at least one partition plate is used to space apart the at least one branch channel and the at least one connection channel, and the nozzle plate of the at least one gas transporting actuator is fixed on the at least one partition plate, so that the nozzle plate is positioned and accommodated within the at least one branch channel;
at least one valve disposed between the at least one connection channel and the at least one branch channel to control the air to flow into the at least one connection channel; and
at least one external sensor detachably assembled in the at least one connection channel and comprising a sensor to measure the air in the at least one connection channel.

US Pat. No. 10,921,220

INTELLIGENT BAG FILLING FOR EXHAUST SAMPLING SYSTEM

AVL TEST SYSTEMS, INC., ...

1. An exhaust sampling system for an engine, the exhaust sampling system comprising:a dilution tunnel in which exhaust gas from the engine is diluted with a diluent gas;
an exhaust collection unit including at least one primary sample bag that selectively receives the diluted exhaust gas;
a sample probe in fluid communication with the dilution tunnel and operable to selectively supply the at least one primary sample bag with the diluted exhaust gas during a test phase;
a first flow path in fluid communication with the sample probe and the exhaust collection unit;
a source of fill gas;
a second flow path in fluid communication with the source of fill gas and the exhaust collection unit, wherein at least a portion of the second flow path is different than the first flow path; and
a controller operable to permit flow of the diluted exhaust gas from the sample probe to the at least one primary sample bag in a first state of the controller and operable to prevent flow of the diluent gas from the sample probe to the at least one primary sample bag in a second state of the controller, the controller selectively supplying the diluted exhaust gas to the at least one primary sample bag through the first flow path during the test phase, the controller selectively supplying the fill gas to the at least one primary sample bag through the second flow path during the test phase.

US Pat. No. 10,921,219

WET GAS LATERAL SAMPLING SYSTEM AND METHOD

MAYEAUX HOLDING, LLC, Go...

1. A method of sampling a fluid stream comprising gas having entrained liquid particles flowing through a pipe having an inner diameter, comprising the steps of:a) providing a body having opposing ends, a length, and an outer wall having an elongated slot situated along its length, said body having a conduit formed to engage said slot, said conduit having an inner diameter formed so that said fluid flows therethrough at a velocity equal to or greater than the flow of fluid through said slot, providing an enhanced flow velocity;
b) laterally positioning said body in the fluid stream so that said slot faces the stream and said opposing ends of said body are situated at opposing sides forming the inner diameter of said pipe, respectively;
c) utilizing said slot to receive a contiguous, transverse, linear sample of flow of said stream along a line spanning the inner diameter of said pipe into said body, providing received flow;
d) collecting said received flow to provide a representative sample by allowing said received flow to pass into said conduit, then utilizing said enhanced flow velocity of step “a” to prevent disassociation and enhance the reliability of said sample.

US Pat. No. 10,921,218

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR LASER CAPTURE MICRODISSECTION

Life Technologies Corpora...

1. A method for processing a biological sample comprising:capturing a cell sample on a transfer film disposed on a bottom surface of a sample carrier cap, wherein the sample carrier cap is configured with a first seating area and a second seating area for interference fit with a variety of sample chamber opening diameters;
selecting a sample chamber having an opening diameter dimensioned to engage with the first or the second seating area of the sample carrier cap and a volume to accommodate processing the cell sample;
engaging the sample carrier cap with the opening of the sample chamber to provide an interference fit, wherein the sample carrier cap is configured to reversibly seal the sample chamber during use; and
processing the cell sample to provide a cell lysate in the sample chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,921,217

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CALIBRATING AND/OR ADJUSTING A FORCE TRANSDUCER OR ACCELERATION SENSOR OF A MEASURING APPARATUS FOR DYNAMIC FORCES

Schenck Process Europe Gm...

1. An apparatus for calibrating and/or adjusting a force transducer or acceleration sensor of a measuring apparatus for dynamic forces that is integrated into a measuring section of a rail track, the apparatus comprising:a force application element fixedly connectable with the measuring apparatus;
a mass body movable along a guide relative to the force application element;
a reference force transducer or reference acceleration sensor arranged between the force application element and the mass body, wherein a positive or negative acceleration is applied to the mass body, wherein, due to the acceleration of the mass body, reaction forces are introduced into the force application element and into the force transducer or acceleration sensor of the measuring apparatus; and
an analysis device for recording, processing and comparing values determined by the reference force transducer or reference acceleration sensor and by the force transducer or acceleration sensor of the measuring apparatus,
wherein the force application element is part of a holding device with which the apparatus is tensioned against the measuring apparatus, and
wherein the holding device clamps around a rail head of the rail track, such that the force application element rests on top of the rail head.

US Pat. No. 10,921,216

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR EFFICIENT LOAD IDENTIFICATION

SIEMENS INDUSTRY SOFTWARE...

1. A method for identifying loads impacting a vehicle, said vehicle comprising a vehicle body and a suspension system, said method comprising the steps of:acquiring a system response from a plurality of sensors under dedicated conditions in a test environment, the plurality of sensors being assigned to the suspension system of the vehicle;
acquiring system loads via application of the same dedicated conditions in a simulation environment;
generating a calibration matrix based on data pertaining to the acquired system response and data pertaining to the acquired system loads;
acquiring an operational system response from the plurality of sensors in a test-track situation; and
utilizing the acquired operational system response and the generated calibration matrix to calculate numerical values for loads impacting the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,921,215

STATE DETECTION SYSTEM FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE, DATA ANALYSIS DEVICE, AND VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A state detection system for an internal combustion engine, the state detection system being configured to be used for the internal combustion engine mounted on a vehicle to detect a predetermined operating state of the internal combustion engine that is accompanied by variations in combustion state among cylinders, the state detection system comprising:a storage device configured to store snapping data that defines a detection mapping, wherein
the detection mapping takes, as inputs, rotation waveform variables and a road surface state variable to output a combustion state variable,
the rotation waveform variables include information on a difference between cylinders in rotational speed of a crankshaft of the internal combustion engine during periods in which the respective cylinders generate combustion torque,
the road surface state variable relates to a state of a road surface on which the vehicle is traveling,
the combustion state variable relates to a level of variations in combustion state among the cylinders, and
the detection mapping outputs a value of the combustion state variable by computing a combination of the rotation waveform variables and the road surface state variable based on parameters learned by machine learning; and
an execution devices configured to perform an obtainment process and a determination process, wherein
the obtainment process obtains values of the rotation waveform variables based on an output of a sensor that detects rotational behavior of the crankshaft, and obtains a value of the road surface state variable based on an output of a sensor that detects a road surface state, and
the determination process determines whether the internal combustion engine is in the predetermined operating state based on an output value of the detection mapping that takes, as inputs, the values of the rotation waveform variables and the value of the road surface state variable, which are obtained in the obtainment process.

US Pat. No. 10,921,213

SCREENING APPARATUS FOR OPTICAL FIBER

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A screening apparatus for an optical fiber comprising:a delivery bobbin that delivers an optical fiber;
a screener that applies tension to the delivered optical fiber to perform screening of the optical fiber;
a winding bobbin that winds the optical fiber after the screening; and
a static electricity remover that removes static electricity of the optical fiber traveling on a predetermined passage of the optical fiber, the static electricity remover being disposed along the predetermined passage from an exit side of the screener to an entry side of the winding bobbin, wherein
the predetermined passage is one of a plurality of passages, which are provided between two pulleys,
the static electricity remover removes static electricity of the predetermined passage, and
the predetermined passage among the plurality of passages satisfies the following conditions:
1) a distance of the predetermined passage is ensured for removing static electricity from the optical fiber after the screening by the static electricity remover;
2) the distance of the predetermined passage does not change and is stable; and
3) the predetermined passage is arranged closer to the winding bobbin than at least one of the rest of the plurality of passages.

US Pat. No. 10,921,212

AUTOMATED CALIBRATION SYSTEM FOR A FIBER OPTIC PROBE

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY, ...

1. An automated calibration system for an optical probe, the system comprising:a probe guide configured to receive therein a fiber optic probe; and
a target assembly attached to the probe guide, the target assembly including one or more calibration targets, the one or more calibration targets including a phantom calibration target, a white calibration target, a flat field calibration target, a mercury argon calibration target, a black calibration target, or any combination thereof,
wherein the target assembly is slideable relative to the probe guide so that a first calibration target of the one or more calibration targets is aligned under the fiber optic probe in a first position of the target assembly, and a second calibration target of the one or more calibration targets is aligned under the fiber optic probe in a second position of the target assembly, the first calibration target being configured to be used to measure a first optical property of the fiber optic probe, the second calibration target being configured to be used to measure a second optical property of the fiber optic probe different than the first optical property of the fiber optic probe.

US Pat. No. 10,921,211

DEVICE FOR SIMULATING THE CENTRIFUGAL ACCELERATION APPLIED TO AT LEAST ONE AERONAUTICAL TURBOMACHINE ROTOR BLADE

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. A device for simulating the centrifugal acceleration applied to at least one aeronautical turbomachine rotor blade, comprising at least one test piece for simulating a turbomachine rotor blade, said test piece comprising a blade simulation part, called a “false blade”, which comprises a body and an attachment end having the shape of a blade root, wherein said device comprises at least one rotor disk, this rotor disk comprising a peripheral rim in which are formed a plurality of cells leading to the outer surface of said rim, each cell being delimited by two lateral teeth and formed to receive the attachment end of said false blade, wherein said simulation test piece comprises a screw and a spacer, wherein said false blade comprises a bore tapped over at least a portion of its length, this tapping corresponding to the thread of said screw, and wherein the false blade, the screw and the spacer are configured and disposed with respect to one another so that when the screw is screwed inside the tapped bore, while the attachment end of said false blade is engaged in the cell of the disk, the screw comes into abutment against said spacer and presses it against the two lateral teeth situated on either side of said cell of the rotor disk and this causes the displacement of the false blade toward the outside of the disk, so as to simulate a centrifugal acceleration applied to said false blade.

US Pat. No. 10,921,210

SEALING AND TESTING SEGMENTED TOOLS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of sealing between two segments of a mandrel, comprising:arranging an inner seal, an outer seal, and a middle seal to form first and second seal chambers between the two mandrel segments, wherein the inner, outer and middle seals seal the mandrel segments together;
applying a vacuum to each of the first and second seal chambers; and
sensing a change in vacuum pressure within the first and second seal chambers.

US Pat. No. 10,921,209

LIQUID SENSOR AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A FUNCTION OF A LIQUID SENSOR

Grohe AG, Hemer (DE)

1. A liquid sensor, including:a) a housing;
b) at least one sensor having at least two metallic contact surfaces for detecting a liquid;
c) a processing unit for processing sensor signals of the at least one sensor,
wherein a function of the liquid sensor, other than the detecting of the liquid, is controllable by an actuation of at least one of the at least two metallic contact surfaces in which a user touches the at least one of the at least two metallic contact surfaces, such that the at least two metallic contact surfaces are provided for the detecting of the liquid and are actuatable by touch from the user for control of the function other than the detecting of the liquid.

US Pat. No. 10,921,208

SYSTEMS AND METHODS DIFFERENTIAL PRESSURE SENSING

InvenSense, Inc., San Jo...

1. A method for determining motion of a mobile device, the method comprising:obtaining sensor data from the mobile device comprising at least pressure sensor data;
obtaining sensor data from at least one additional mobile device comprising at least pressure sensor data,
defining the pressure sensor data from the at least one additional device as reference pressure information based at least in part on a condition characteristic, wherein the mobile device sends a request for the reference pressure information to the at least one additional device; and
correcting pressure sensor data from the mobile device based at least in part on the reference pressure information, wherein a vertical motion of the mobile device is determined based at least in part on the corrected pressure sensor data.

US Pat. No. 10,921,206

PACKAGED MEMS DEVICE WITH DISTURBANCE COMPENSATION

Infineon Technologies AG,...

1. An apparatus comprising:a MEMS device comprising:
a first measurement arrangement for capturing a measurement variable (X1) based on a physical variable,
the measurement variable (X1) having a useful variable component (N1) and a first disturbance variable component (Z1), and
a second measurement arrangement for capturing a second disturbance variable component (Z2), and
a disturbance compensation circuit configured to reduce the measurement variable (X1) by an absolute value of the second disturbance variable component (Z2) to obtain a disturbance-compensated measurement variable (Xcomp),
wherein the MEMS device is arranged in a housing, and
wherein the MEMS device is in immediate mechanical contact with the housing by way of at least 50% of a surface of the MEMS device.

US Pat. No. 10,921,205

PRESSURE SENSOR INCLUDING PROTECTIVE FILM TO AVOID ADHESION OF FOREIGN MATERIAL

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A pressure sensor configured to generate an electrical output according to a fluid pressure in a detection space applied to a diaphragm, the diaphragm being provided in a part of a substrate in a thickness direction and an in-plane direction orthogonal to the thickness direction, the diaphragm being a thin plate flexibly deformable in the thickness direction, the diaphragm and the detection space being adjacent to each other in the thickness direction, the pressure sensor comprising:a pressure receiving recess that is provided in the substrate to define the detection space by opening toward a detection direction along the thickness direction, the pressure receiving recess including a bottom wall and a side wall, the bottom wall being parallel to the in-plane direction and having an outer edge portion outside the diaphragm in the in-plane direction, the side wall protruding from the outer edge portion of the bottom wall in the detection direction; and
a protection film that covers the bottom wall and the side wall,
wherein:
the substrate includes a first substrate portion extending from the diaphragm in a detection direction, and a second substrate portion extending from the diaphragm in a pressure receiving direction opposite to the detection direction,
the protection film has
a corner portion provided in an inner corner area of the pressure receiving recess where the bottom wall and the side wall connect with each other, and
a thin film portion having a uniform thickness and covering a portion of the bottom wall corresponding to the diaphragm, and
a thickness of the thin film portion is smaller than a depth of the pressure receiving recess; and
the corner portion is located outside the diaphragm in the in-plane direction.

US Pat. No. 10,921,204

COMPACT SENSOR CONNECTOR FOR SINGLE-USE FLUID MEASUREMENT

Rosemount Inc., Shakopee...

1. A sensor connector for coupling a single-use container to a measurement instrument, the connector comprising:a connector region having a substantially cylindrical sidewall, the substantially cylindrical sidewall having at least one hose barb disposed on an outer surface, the at least one hose barb being configured to receive and to retain tubing attached to a single-use container; and
a deflectable diaphragm sealed to the connector region and configured to contact a measurement instrument and a media sample, the deflectable diaphragm having a portion that lines an interior surface of at least a portion of the substantially cylindrical sidewall.

US Pat. No. 10,921,203

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM WITH IMMERSION COUNTER

HARRIS GLOBAL COMMUNICATI...

1. A method for operating a communication device, comprising:monitoring, by the processor, states of snap-dome based switches of a keypad provided with the communication device;
activating, by the processor, a first timer when the snap-dome based switches are simultaneously activated;
detecting, by the processor, when maintenance of the communication device is needed based on a value of the first timer; and
causing, by the processor, performance of communication device maintenance based on the detecting.

US Pat. No. 10,921,202

TAMPER DETECTION FOR BREAKABLE REMAKEABLE CONNECTIONS

Palo Alto Research Center...

1. A system, comprising:a detector configured to measure a value of a parameter for each connection of multiple breakable remakeable connections between a first component and a second component; and
an analyzer configured to:
compare the measured parameter value for each connection or a representative value derived from measured parameter values to an expected value; and
determine whether the multiple breakable remakeable connections between the first and second components have been broken and remade based on the comparisons.

US Pat. No. 10,921,201

TRACTOR DRAFT CONTROL TESTING DEVICE

1. A tractor draft control testing device for draft control test of hydraulic system of all types tractors comprising:a draft control ladder; connected to a tractor draft control sensor;
a pressure loadcell which measures pressure forces exerted on said tractor draft control sensor;
a central hydraulic jack; exerting a force on a draft control spring;
a jack guide, preventing diversion of direction of said central hydraulic jack during exertion of said pressure forces;
a first positioning plate, wherein said central hydraulic jack and said jack guide are mounted on said first positioning plate and wherein said first positioning plate is adjustable vertically;
an electro gearbox; adjusting a height of said first positioning plate;
a rotating arm; carrying a steering box and capable of rotating left to right;
multiple microswitches determining movement range of said first positioning plate;
an electromotor;
tracting loadcells; measuring tracting forces exerted on lower arms of said tractor at time of test through lower hydraulic jacks;
connecting hooks; fastened on said tracting loadcells, where they connect said device to said lower arms;
lower hydraulic jacks; wherein said tracting loadcells are fastened to said lower hydraulic jacks;
a second positioning plate, wherein said lower hydraulic jacks are mounted to;
a rail wherein said first and second positioning plate vertically move and are adjusted on to; and
a hydraulic pump.

US Pat. No. 10,921,200

PRESSURE SENSOR, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A pressure sensor, comprising:an electroluminescent device, comprising a first electrode, a second electrode and an electroluminescent layer arranged between the first electrode and the second electrode;
a resistor layer arranged at a side of the second electrode distal to the electroluminescent layer, and configured to be deformed in a such manner as to change a resistance of the resistor layer when a pressure is applied to the resistor layer, wherein the first electrode and the resistor layer are connected to two electrodes of a power source respectively to form a loop;
at least one photoelectric sensor configured to acquire a parameter related to a brightness change of the electroluminescent device;
a detection unit connected to the photoelectric sensor and configured to determine a size of the pressure in accordance with the parameter related to the brightness change of the electroluminescent device; and
an elastic restoration layer arranged at a side of the resistor layer distal to the first electrode or arranged at another side of the resistor layer proximate to the first electrode,
wherein the elastic restoration layer is made of an elastic material, and configured to be restored from deformation when the pressure applied to the resistor layer is removed, to restore the deformed resistor layer to its initial state.

US Pat. No. 10,921,199

FORCE SENSOR AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

PIXART IMAGING INC., Hsi...

1. A force sensor, comprising:a substrate laid with a drive electrode and a sensing electrode thereon;
a polymer material layer covering on the drive electrode and the sensing electrode;
an adhesive layer configured to adhere the polymer material layer to the substrate; and
a bump arranged on a surface of the polymer material layer, the surface not facing the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,921,198

DEVICE FOR MEASURING THE PRESSURE AND TEMPERATURE OF FLUIDS

CEBI ELECTROMECHANICAL CO...

1. A device for measuring the pressure and temperature of fluids comprising a metal body connected to a connector,the metal body housing a temperature-sensitive element and a pressure-sensitive cell arranged connected to an electronic circuit;
the connector comprising terminals which connect to the electronic circuit;
the metal body defining an inner diameter that coincides with a periphery of a plastic body and a wedge element;
a cavity defined on one side of the plastic body through which electric conductors pass, connect the temperature-sensitive element to the electronic circuit, wherein the pressure-sensitive cell rests against a seal disposed between said pressure-sensitive cell and a base of the cavity;
the wedge element placed over the pressure-sensitive cell which rests against said pressure-sensitive cell to compress the seal thereby providing a seal around a mouth of a conduit through which the pressure of the fluid to be controlled is transmitted onto the pressure-sensitive cell.

US Pat. No. 10,921,197

VISUALIZATION AND MANIPULATION OF MICRO-SCALE CALORIMETER CHAMBER DATA MATRICES

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A method for improving the accuracy of data generated by a microscale calorimeter chamber system, the method comprising:receiving, at a computing device, a dataset from a microscale calorimeter chamber, the dataset indicative of heat release rates for a test material as a function of a temperature applied by the microscale calorimeter chamber to the test material;
computing a first average point at a start of a selected temperature interval, the first average point including an average of heat release rates corresponding to a first plurality of temperature values from the dataset corresponding to the start of the selected temperature interval;
computing a second average point at an end of the selected temperature interval, the second average point including an average of heat release rates corresponding to a second plurality of temperature values from the dataset corresponding to the end of the selected temperature interval;
generating a linear baseline extending from the first average point to the second average point;
generating a modified dataset by canceling the linear baseline from each heat release rate value of the dataset;
determining whether heat release rate values of the modified dataset include negative values;
in response to the modified heat release rate values including negative values, tuning the baseline by modifying the first average point, the second average point, or both, and regenerating the baseline based on the modified first average point, the modified second average point, or both; and
displaying, via a graphical user interface, a graphical depiction of the modified dataset.

US Pat. No. 10,921,196

OPTIMIZED THERMOCOUPLE SYSTEM AND METHOD

HarcoSemco, LLC, Branfor...

1. A Thermocouple System (TCS), comprising:a junction box;
a first thermocouple probe, wherein the first thermocouple probe includes a first positive terminal connected with the junction box via a first positive leg having a First Positive Harness Wire and a first positive probe wire, and a first negative terminal connected with the junction box via a first negative leg having a First Negative Harness Wire and a first negative probe wire; and
a second thermocouple probe, wherein the second thermocouple probe includes a second positive terminal connected with the junction box via a second positive leg having a Second Positive Harness Wire and a second positive probe wire, and a second negative terminal connected with the junction box via a second negative leg having a Second Negative Harness Wire and a second negative probe wire,
wherein the TCS includes a total system resistance and wherein the First Positive Harness Wire includes a first positive harness wire length, the First Negative Harness Wire includes a first negative harness wire length, the Second Positive Harness Wire includes a second positive harness wire length and the Second Negative Harness Wire includes a second negative harness wire length, and
wherein at least one of the first positive harness wire length, second positive harness wire length, first negative harness wire length, and second negative harness wire length are configured such that the total system resistance is balanced between the first thermocouple probe and the second thermocouple probe.

US Pat. No. 10,921,195

TEMPERATURE SENSOR AND TEMPERATURE DETECTION METHOD

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A temperature sensor, comprising:an oscillation circuitry, coupled to a first node and a signal output end, and configured to control the signal output end to output an oscillation signal under a control of the first node;
a switch circuitry, coupled to a power signal input end, the first node and the signal output end, and configured to control the power signal input end to be coupled to or decoupled with the first node under a control of the signal output end;
a first charge-discharge circuitry, coupled to the first node and a low-level signal input end, configured to charge or discharge under the control of the first node;
a sensing transistor, wherein a first electrode of the sensing transistor is coupled to the first node, a second electrode of the sensing transistor is coupled to the low-level signal input end, and a gate of the sensing transistor is coupled to a data signal input end;
a second charge-discharge circuitry, wherein a first end of the second charge-discharge circuitry is coupled to the first node; and
a compensation control circuitry, coupled to a second end of the second charge-discharge circuitry, an adjustment voltage input end and a first control signal input end, and configured to:
control the adjustment voltage input end to be decoupled with the second end of the second charge-discharge circuitry under a control of the first control signal input end in a charging period of a temperature detection stage;
control the adjustment voltage input end to be coupled to the second end of the second charge-discharge circuitry under the control of the first control signal input end in a discharging period of the temperature detection stage;
wherein the temperature sensor further comprises: a sensing control circuitry, wherein the gate of the sensing transistor is coupled to the data signal input end through the sensing control circuitry;
the sensing control circuitry is coupled to a second control signal input end, and configured to:
control the data signal input end to be decoupled with the gate of the sensing transistor under a control of the second control signal input end in the charging period of the temperature detection stage, to turn off the sensing transistor;
control the data signal input end to be coupled with the gate of the sensing transistor under the control of the second control signal input end in the discharging period of the temperature detection stage, to enable a level of the gate of the sensing transistor to be a data voltage output by the data signal input end, to turn on the sensing transistor, and enable the first charge-discharge circuitry to discharge through the sensing transistor.

US Pat. No. 10,921,194

ELECTRICAL CONTACT THERMAL SENSING SYSTEM

TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATI...

1. A thermal sensing system comprising:an electrical contact including a shaft that defines a channel, the channel extending into the shaft from an opening along an outer surface of the shaft;
a sensing element disposed at least partially outside of the channel and operably connected to the channel through the opening, the sensing element being movable relative to the electrical contact based on a temperature change within the channel; and
a position sensor spaced apart from the electrical contact and the sensing element, the position sensor configured to detect a position change of a portion of the sensing element outside of the channel responsive to the temperature change within the channel.

US Pat. No. 10,921,193

ELECTRONIC MEASUREMENT APPARATUS

Wistron Corp., New Taipe...

1. An electronic measurement apparatus, comprising:a measurement device, comprising:
a first housing;
a measurement module disposed on the first housing, and configured to generate a measurement signal; and
a first wireless module disposed in the first housing, and configured to generate a wireless signal according to the measurement signal; and
a display device detachably assembled with the measurement device, and comprising:
a second housing;
a second wireless module disposed in the second housing, and configured to receive the wireless signal; and
a display panel disposed on the second housing, and configured to display measurement data, which is corresponding to the measurement signal, according to the wireless signal;
wherein the measurement device further comprises a first connection mechanism disposed on the first housing, and the display device further comprises a second connection mechanism disposed on the second housing and corresponding to the first connection mechanism, wherein the display device is detachably assembled with the measurement device by fastening the second connection mechanism with the first connection mechanism;
wherein the first connection mechanism comprises:
a first locking element movably disposed on the first housing; and
an elastic component disposed in the first housing, and configured to apply an elastic force to the first locking element;
wherein the second housing further comprises a locking groove, and the second connection mechanism comprises a second locking element connected to the second housing and adjacent to the locking groove, wherein when the display device is attached to the measurement device, the first locking element is inserted into the locking groove and fastened to the second locking element.

US Pat. No. 10,921,192

PLANE SOURCE BLACKBODY

Tsinghua University, Bei...

1. A plane source blackbody consisting of:a panel comprising a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface;
a black lacquer coated on the first surface; and
a carbon nanotube layer located on a surface of the black lacquer away from the first surface, wherein the carbon nanotube layer consists of a plurality of carbon nanotubes, the carbon nanotube layer is fixed on the first surface by the black lacquer, and the carbon nanotube layer is an emissivity source; and the carbon nanotube layer defines a third surface and a fourth surface opposite to the third surface, the third surface is submerged in the black lacquer, and the fourth surface is exposed outside of the black lacquer;
a heating element located on the second surface; and
wherein the panel, black lacquer, and carbon nanotube layer are configured to have high blackbody emissivity when heated by the heating element.

US Pat. No. 10,921,190

SPECTRUM MEASURING APPARATUS AND SPECTRUM MEASURING METHOD

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A spectrum measuring apparatus comprising:a plurality of light sources configured to emit light of different wavelengths onto an object, based on current at various intensities that is applied to each of the plurality of light sources;
a photodetector configured to:
receive light that is reflected from or scattered from the object onto which the light is emitted; and
measure an intensity of the received light; and
a processor configured to obtain spectrum of the object, based on the measured intensity of the received light,
wherein the processor is further configured to obtain the spectrum of the object by reconstructing the spectrum based on the measured intensity of the received light and a light source spectrum.

US Pat. No. 10,921,189

DETECTING THE PRESENCE OF PLANTS ON THE GROUND

Trimble Inc., Sunnyvale,...

1. A system for detecting the presence of a plant on the ground, comprising:a light module configured to emit a light beam having a shape with a length longer than a width, the light beam comprising light at a first wavelength and light at a second wavelength different from the first wavelength, the light at the first wavelength modulated with a first signal having a first phase, and the light at the second wavelength modulated with a second signal having a second phase different from the first phase;
a photodetector system comprising photodetectors configured to receive portions of the light beam reflected from surfaces that include surfaces on the plant and surfaces on the ground, the photodetector system comprising:
a first plurality of photodetectors arranged in a side-by-side configuration;
a first lens configured to receive first reflected portions of the light beam and direct the first reflected portions of the light beam onto the first plurality of photodetectors to provide a first field of view of the surfaces on the first plurality of photodetectors, the first reflected portions of the light beam having the shape with a length longer than a width, wherein the width of the first reflected portions of the light beam impinging on the first plurality of photodetectors is less than a width of any one of the first plurality of photodetectors, and the length of the first reflected portions of the light beam impinging on the first plurality of photodetectors is greater than a length of any one of the first plurality of photodetectors and extends across multiple ones of the first plurality of photodetectors in the side-by-side configuration;
a second plurality of photodetectors separate from the first plurality of photodetectors, the second plurality of photodetectors arranged in the side-by-side configuration; and
a second lens separate from the first lens, the second lens configured to receive second reflected portions of the light beam and direct the second reflected portions of the light beam onto the second plurality of photodetectors to provide a second field of view of the surfaces on the second plurality of photodetectors, the second reflected portions of the light beam having the shape with a length longer than a width, wherein the width of the second reflected portions of the light beam impinging on the second plurality of photodetectors is less than a width of any one of the second plurality of photodetectors, and the length of the second reflected portions of the light beam impinging on the second plurality of photodetectors is greater than a length of any one of the second plurality of photodetectors and extends across multiple ones of the second plurality of photodetectors in the side-by-side configuration, wherein the first field of view of the surfaces on the first plurality of photodetectors and the second field of view of the surfaces on the second plurality of photodetectors both encompass reflected portions from an entirety of the length of the light beam.

US Pat. No. 10,921,188

METHOD FOR CORRECTING A WAVELENGTH AND TUNING RANGE OF A LASER SPECTROMETER

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A method for correcting a wavelength and a tuning range of a laser spectrometer, in which light of a wavelength-tunable laser diode is detected and evaluated after radiating through a gas, the laser diode being periodically driven with a current ramp, such that a time-resolved absorption spectrum of the gas is obtained upon the detection of the light, the method comprising:comparing, in a currently obtained absorption spectrum, an actual position of an absorption line of the gas with a target position of the same absorption line detected and stored in a preceding one-off adjustment of the laser spectrometer;
changing, in a correction step, with a deviation of the actual position of the absorption line from the target position, a temperature of the laser diode until an actual position corresponds to the target position;
comparing, in the absorption spectrum currently obtained, the actual position of a further absorption line with the target position of the same absorption line detected and stored in a preceding one-off adjustment of the laser spectrometer; and
changing, in a further correction step, with a deviation of the actual position of the further absorption line from a target position of the further absorption line, the gradient of the current ramp until the actual position corresponds to the target position.

US Pat. No. 10,921,187

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR STANDOFF DIFFERENTIAL RAMAN SPECTROSCOPY WITH INCREASED EYE SAFETY AND DECREASED RISK OF EXPLOSION

Pendar Technologies, LLC,...

1. A method of Raman spectroscopy, the method comprising:projecting a first Raman pump beam at a first wavelength onto a sample from a standoff distance of at least 2 centimeters;
detecting a first Raman signal emitted by the sample in response to the first Raman pump beam, the first Raman signal representing a first Raman signature and a first background signature;
projecting a second Raman pump beam at a second wavelength different than the first wavelength onto the sample from the standoff distance, wherein a difference between the first wavelength and the second wavelength is from about 0.25 nm to less than 10 nm;
detecting a second Raman signal emitted by the sample in response to the second Raman pump beam, the second Raman signal representing a second Raman signature and a second background signature; and
generating a post-processed signature based on at least one of the first Raman signal or the second Raman signal, the post-processed signature having a background lower than or equal to the first background signature.

US Pat. No. 10,921,186

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR IMAGING DISCRETE WAVELENGTH BANDS USING A MOBILE DEVICE

HYPERMED IMAGING, INC., ...

1. An attachment device, comprising:a cover having a first optical window and a second optical window;
a backing, having a third optical window and a fourth optical window, wherein,
the cover is affixed onto the backing thereby forming a casing having an interior,
the first and third optical windows form a first optical path within the casing interior, in which light entering the third optical window passes through the first optical window, and
the second and fourth optical windows form a second optical path within the casing interior, in which light entering the second optical window passes through the fourth optical window;
a filter housing in the interior of the casing, the filter housing comprising a plurality of filters, each filter in the plurality of filters characterized by a wavelength range in a plurality of wavelength ranges, wherein the filter housing is moveable along or about an axis to thereby selectively intercept the first optical path, wherein
a first filter in the plurality of filters is characterized by a first wavelength range in the plurality of wavelength ranges, wherein the first filter is transparent to the first wavelength range and opaque to other wavelengths in at least the visible spectrum,
a second filter in the plurality of filters is characterized by a second wavelength range in the plurality of wavelength ranges, wherein the second filter is transparent to the second wavelength range and opaque to other wavelengths in at least the visible spectrum, and
the first wavelength range is other than the second wavelength range;
a motor in the interior of the casing, wherein the motor is configured to move the filter housing;
a circuit board in the interior of the casing, wherein the circuit board comprises non-transistory instructions for implementing at least a portion of a hyperspectral/multispectral imaging regimen, wherein the instructions for implementing the hyperspectral/multispectral imaging regimen include instructions for driving the motor in accordance with the hyperspectral/multispectral imaging regimen;
a communications interface configured to send instructions to an external device, comprising a two-dimensional imager and a light source, to control the two-dimensional imager and the light source in accordance with the hyperspectral/multispectral imaging regimen, wherein the attachment device is attached to the external device; and
a source of power, in the interior of the casing powers the circuit board, the motor, and the communications interface.

US Pat. No. 10,921,185

SPECTROSCOPIC CAMERA AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Seiko Epson Corporation

1. A spectroscopic camera comprising:a first light source configured to emit a first source light toward a measurement target along a first optical axis;
a second light source configured to emit a second source light toward the measurement target along a second optical axis;
a first monochrome image sensor configured to receive a first reflected light from the measurement target along a third optical axis so as to create a first image, the first reflected light being formed by reflecting the first source light from the measurement target;
a first wavelength variable spectral filter configured to selectively emit a first filter light with a first predetermined wavelength from a first incident light and change a wavelength region of the emitted first filter light, the first incident light being formed based on the first reflected light;
a second wavelength variable spectral filter configured to selectively emit a second filter light with a second predetermined wavelength from a second incident light and change a wavelength region of the emitted second filter light, the second incident light being formed based on the second source light;
a memory configured to store a program; and
a processor configured to execute the program so as to:
control operations of the first light source, the second light source, the first monochrome image sensor, the first wavelength variable spectral filter, and the second wavelength variable spectral filter;
perform a first mode in which the first monochrome image sensor and the first wavelength variable spectral filter are operated; and
perform a second mode in which the second light source and the second wavelength variable spectral filter are operated,
wherein the first light source, the second light source, and the first monochrome image sensor face toward a same direction,
the first wavelength variable spectral filter is disposed between the first monochrome image sensor and the measurement target in the third optical axis,
the second wavelength variable spectral filter is disposed between the second light source and the measurement target in the second optical axis, and
the processor is configured to perform one of the first mode or the second mode at a time.

US Pat. No. 10,921,184

STIMULATED RAMAN SCATTERING SPECTROSCOPE BASED ON PASSIVE Q-SWITCH AND USE THEREOF IN INDUSTRIAL MOLECULAR ANALYSIS

OPTIQGAIN LTD., Moshav S...

1. A stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) spectroscope for high-resolution, real-time and on-site industrial molecular analysis of a sample, comprising:(a) a laser generator subsystem comprising a first laser capable of generating a first laser beam having a relatively low power, and a second laser capable of generating a second laser beam having a wavelength that matches the input of a passive Q-switch crystal, and transmitting said two laser beams into a passive detection probe subsystem via optical fibres, wherein the spectral difference wavelength between said first laser beam and said passive Q-switch crystal matches the excitation Raman wavelength of a target analyte in said sample;
(b) at least one passive detection probe subsystem comprising:
said passive Q-switch crystal, capable of receiving said second laser beam and generating high-power short pulses of a Stokes signal from said second laser beam, and
a beam combiner unit capable of combining said high-power short pulses of the Stokes signal with said first low-power laser beam into a mixed laser beam, transmitting 5-10% of said mixed laser beam to a receiver subsystem via an optical fibre or through free space optics, transmitting the rest 90-95% of said mixed laser beam into a detection cell containing said sample, and further transmitting the resulting laser beam to said receiver subsystem via another optical fibre or through free space optics;
(c) the receiver subsystem capable of capturing said mixed laser beam and said resulting laser beam onto an optical frontend connected to an analogue frontend, converting said two laser beams to an analogue signal at said analogue frontend, converting said analogue signal to a digital signal, improving a signal-to-noise ratio, generating the SRS data for said sample, and outputting said SRS data to a computing unit; and
(d) the computing unit capable of collecting, analysing and displaying said SRS data in a readable format, controlling said SRS spectroscope, calculating molecular composition of the sample and concentration of said target analyte in said sample, obtained from said SRS data using a concentration algorithm, and transmitting the obtained calculation results to a process control host system for improving and optimising the process via real-time close loops or via massive data collection and big data analysis;
wherein
(i) said laser generator subsystem is distant from said passive detection probe system, said distance is determined by safety and design requirements in analysis of said sample;
(ii) said passive detection probe subsystem is purely optical and contains no electronic components;
(iii) said high-power short pulses of the Stokes signal are generated using said passive Q-switch crystal in a close proximity to said detection cell, and filtered out at the exit from said detection cell;
(iv) said receiver subsystem is asynchronous with respect to said laser generator subsystem, detecting the SRS signal at a pre-defined moment of time independent of capturing said laser beams, thereby improving the overall signal-to-noise ratio and obviating the need for signal transduction from said laser generator subsystem;
(v) said high-power Stokes signal is used as an acquisition clock for detection (clocking) of said SRS signal and removal of a fundamental jitter, thereby obviating the need for tracking said jitter in said SRS spectroscope; and
(vi) said SRS data is collected as a lost signal in said low-power pump signal, which is symmetric to said high-power Stokes signal, thereby obviating the need for synchronisation of said signals.

US Pat. No. 10,921,183

OPTOELECTRONIC SENSOR AND METHOD FOR DETECTING OBJECTS IN A MONITORED ZONE

SICK AG, Waldkirch (DE)

1. An optoelectronic sensor for detecting objects in a monitored zone, the optoelectronic sensor comprising a light receiver having a reception optics arranged in front of it for generating a received signal from received light that is incident on the sensor in a direction of incidence of light from the monitored zone,wherein the reception optics comprises a flat light guide plate having a first main surface and a lateral edge bounding the first main surface at a side,
wherein the first main surface of the light guide plate is arranged transversely to the direction of incidence of light and deflects the incident received light inwardly to the lateral edge to direct the toward the light receiver and differentially aligned to deflect the received light inwardly in a plane of the first main surface to establish a concentration effect,
and wherein the light guide plate has a diffractive structure for deflection to the lateral edge.

US Pat. No. 10,921,182

POLARIZATION INDEPENDENT OPTOELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD

TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANU...

1. A device, comprising:a scattering structure comprising a plurality of pillars positioned over a top surface of a substrate, wherein:
the plurality of pillars are arranged to concurrently scatter incident electromagnetic radiation along a first scattering axis and along a second scattering axis,
the first scattering axis and the second scattering axis are non-orthogonal, and
the plurality of pillars comprises silicon; and
a collection structure to collect the scattered electromagnetic radiation, wherein the collection structure comprises:
a first input port aligned with the first scattering axis;
a second input port aligned with the second scattering axis;
a first waveguide to guide the scattered electromagnetic radiation received at the first input port; and
a second waveguide to guide the scattered electromagnetic radiation received at the second input port.

US Pat. No. 10,921,181

PHOTOELECTRIC SENSOR

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A photoelectric sensor, comprising:a case founded with a housing space inside;
a light projecting part disposed in the housing space and emitting light;
a light receiving part disposed in the housing space and receiving light; and
a light guide member disposed in the housing space and having one side portion disposed opposite to the light projecting part and the light receiving part, and the other side portion directed to outside of the case,
wherein the light guide member comprises:
a light projecting side light guide part extending in a predetermined direction and guiding light emitted from the light projecting part to the outside of the case;
a light receiving side light guide part extending in the predetermined direction and spaced apart from the light projecting side light guide part by a gap in a direction intersecting the predetermined direction, and the light receiving side light guide part having a protrusion that protrudes towards a front side of a connecting part in the predetermined direction and the light receiving side light guide part having another protrusion that protrudes towards a rear side of the connecting part in a direction inclined with respect to the predetermined direction for guiding light that enters from the outside of the case to the light receiving part; and
the connecting part disposed over the gap and connecting the light projecting side light guide part and the light receiving side light guide part,
wherein the gap is provided with a reduction part at an end portion on the side of the connecting part, and a dimension of the reduction part gradually decreases toward the side of the light projecting part.

US Pat. No. 10,921,180

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR IMPROVED SENSOR VIBRATION CANCELLATION

Raytheon BBN Technologies...

1. An infrared (IR) sensing system for vehicle-based counter-shooter applications comprising:an IR sensor configured to produce an IR sensor output signal representative of a response of the IR sensor to an IR signature of a muzzle flash of a gunshot event and a local vehicle motion-induced vibration excitation that substantially overlaps in frequency with the IR signature of the muzzle flash of the gunshot event;
a reference sensor coupled to a housing of the IR sensor and configured to provide a reference signal responsive to the local vehicle motion-induced vibration excitation; and
a controller, including an adaptive digital filter, coupled to the IR sensor and to the reference sensor, and configured to receive the reference signal and to adjust coefficients of the adaptive digital filter so as to minimize coherence between a residual signal and the reference signal to remove the local vehicle motion-induced vibration excitation from the IR sensor output signal, and thereby preserve the IR signature of the muzzle flash of the gunshot event, the residual signal being a difference between the IR sensor output signal and a filter output signal from the adaptive digital filter.

US Pat. No. 10,921,179

ASSEMBLY FOR TURBINE ENGINE FOR MEASURING VIBRATIONS SUSTAINED BY A ROTATING BLADE

SAFRAN HELICOPTER ENGINES...

1. An assembly for turbine engine, the assembly comprising: a casing; and an impeller rotatably movable in the casing, the impeller comprising at least one vane having a tip facing the casing, the tip including a magnet, wherein the casing comprises an electrical conductor adapted to generate between terminals thereof an electrical voltage signal induced by the magnet of the tip and representative of vibrations sustained by the tip of the vane when the impeller is set in rotation, wherein the electrical conductor comprises: a central part having first and second opposite ends, and first and second branches forming the terminals of the electrical conductor, the first branch extending from the first end of the central part, and the second branch extending from the second end of the central part, wherein the central part extends over an entire length thereof from the first end to the second end in a plane which coincides with a path plane of the magnet around an axis of rotation of the impeller, and wherein the electrical conductor is embedded at least partially in an abradable deposit located on an internal surface of the casing facing the impeller, the abradable deposit being made of diamagnetic material.

US Pat. No. 10,921,178

METHOD AND APPARATUS TO MONITOR A RESERVOIR OR A STRUCTURE

Technologies Intelia Inc....

1. A system for monitoring and supporting the weight of a structure above a surface, the structure comprising supporting members, the system comprising:an anchoring member attached to the surface;
a load cell support attached to the surface;
a load cell acting as a lever mechanism, the load cell comprising:
a first end section pivotally attached to the anchoring member;
a second end section configured to receive a lifting mechanism, the lifting mechanism being configured to upwardly or downwardly move the second end section of the load cell with respect to the load cell support;
the load cell being pivotally attached to one of the supporting members between the first and the second end sections;
at least one means for measuring any deformation of the load cell.

US Pat. No. 10,921,177

BARCODE READER WITH OFF-PLATTER DETECTION

Zebra Technologies Corpor...

1. A barcode reader configured to be supported by a workstation, the barcode reader comprising:a housing having a lower housing and an upper housing extending above the lower housing;
a weigh platter positioned within the lower housing and configured to measure a weight of an object placed on the weigh platter, the weigh platter having an upper surface facing a product scanning region, a proximal edge adjacent the upper housing, a first lateral edge extending non-parallel to the proximal edge, a second lateral edge, opposite the first lateral edge, extending non-parallel to the proximal edge, and a distal edge, opposite the proximal edge, extending non-parallel to the first lateral edge and the second lateral edge; and
an off-platter detection assembly comprising:
an imaging assembly positioned within the upper housing and including an imager having a field-of-view extending over the upper surface of the weigh platter, the field-of-view having an upper boundary, a lower boundary, a first lateral boundary, and a second lateral boundary, the imager configured to capture an image of the first lateral edge and the second lateral edge of the weigh platter within the field-of-view; and
a controller in communication with the imaging assembly, the controller configured to:
identify and locate the first and second lateral edges based upon a training image of the upper surface of the weigh platter within the field-of-view, the training image comprising an image of the weigh platter without an object and the first and second lateral edges within the field-of-view;
receive the image from the imager;
allow the measured weight to be recorded by a host system operatively coupled to the controller in response to the controller determining that a footprint of an object positioned on the weigh platter does not extend over the first and second lateral edges based on the image; and
prevent the measured weight from being recorded by the host system and/or providing an alert to a user in response to the controller determining that the footprint of the object does extend over the first and/or second lateral edges based on the image.

US Pat. No. 10,921,176

WIM SENSOR AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE WIM SENSOR

Kistler Holding AG, Wint...

1. A WIM sensor for determining wheel loads of a wheeled vehicle traveling on a roadway segment that defines a roadway surface on which moves a crossing wheel of the wheeled vehicle, the WIM sensor comprising:a hollow profile that elongates to extend along a longitudinal axis thereof, the hollow profile defining an upper surface that is configured to be disposed flush with the roadway surface when the profile is arranged in the roadway segment, the hollow profile defining a first space enclosed within the hollow profile;
a plurality of piezoelectric measuring elements disposed in the first space and arranged along said longitudinal axis, each said piezoelectric measuring element includes a first force-receiving surface and a second force-receiving surface, each piezoelectric measuring element is configured to generate on each first force-receiving surface and each second force-receiving surface thereof electric charges that are proportional to the wheel load exerted on the respective piezoelectric measuring element;
a support element disposed in the first space so as to secure at least one piezoelectric measuring element;
an electronic element disposed in the first space and secured by the support element; and
an electric charge conductor disposed in the first space and electrically connecting the electronic element and a respective first force-receiving surface of one of said plurality of piezoelectric measuring elements, wherein the electric charge conductor is configured for conducting a charge signal from the respective first force-receiving surface to the electronic element.

US Pat. No. 10,921,175

LIVESTOCK WEIGHING DEVICE

1. A livestock weighing device for weighing an animal and actuating a secondary operation if the detected weight exceeds a target weight, the livestock weighing device comprising:a frame;
a platform;
first and second scale arms extending generally horizontally; the first scale arm pivotally connected to the frame at a first pivotal connection proximate a first end of the platform and connected to a first suspension link proximate a second end of the platform; the second scale arm pivotally connected to the frame at a second pivotal connection proximate a second end of the platform and connected to a second suspension link proximate a first end of the platform; the platform suspended from the first scale arm by a first hanger connected to the first scale arm between the first pivotal connection and the first suspension link and from the second scale arm by a second hanger connected to the second scale arm between the second pivotal connection and the second suspension link;
a container of a marking substance, the container supported on the livestock weighing device and having an outlet through which the marking substance may be released and an outlet valve for selectively releasing the marking substance through the outlet, the outlet valve oriented for discharging the marking substance downward and toward a center of the platform;
a trigger operably advanceable between first and second conditions; and
a trip weight setting means applying a resistive force to prevent advancement of the trigger between the first and second conditions until a counteracting force corresponding to the weight of the animal supported on the platform transmitted through the first and second scale arms and the first and second suspension links, and acting in opposition to the resistive force, exceeds the resistive force and wherein when the counteracting force exceeds the resistive force the trigger advances between the first and second conditions and operably engages the outlet valve to discharge a quantity of the marking substance through the outlet for the container and downward onto a portion of the animal located at the center of the platform.

US Pat. No. 10,921,174

HYDROCARBON TRANSFER STANDARD CERTIFIED TO PROVIDE IN SITU CALIBRATION OF MEASURING DEVICES

1. A transfer standard apparatus for in situ calibration of measuring devices, the apparatus comprising:a manifold comprising:
a first header in fluid communication with a second header via three or more flow lines, the first header and the second header each having ports at each end, the ports structured to enable external flow lines to be connected to the first header and the second header, wherein at least one port of each of the first header and second header is configured to be connected via the external flow lines to external ports of a remote industrial process in which a measuring device to be calibrated is deployed, wherein the at least one port of each of the first header and second header is configured to be connected such that the manifold forms a fluid circuit with the remote industrial process as to enable in situ calibration of the measuring device using a process fluid operated upon by the remote industrial process;
three or more flow meters, each having a flow capacity and disposed in one of the three or more flow lines such that the flow meters are connected in parallel relative to the first header and second header, wherein each of the flow meters has the same flow capacity as the other flow meters, wherein each flow meter is a Coriolis flow meter; and
valves disposed in the flow lines adjacent the first header and the second header and operable to selectively isolate each flow meter from the first header and the second header;
a mobile platform on which the manifold is mounted, the platform including access to the ports of the first header and second header; and
a flow computer in communication with each flow meter and configured to receive signals from each flow meter and to determine a desired process value from measurement variables determined by each flow meter, wherein the flow computer is further configured to correct the determined process value for changes in Reynolds number calculated from the received signals.

US Pat. No. 10,921,173

FILLING MACHINE AND METHOD FOR THE FILLING LEVEL MEASUREMENT, IN PARTICULAR FOR THE SAUSAGE PRODUCTION

1. A filling machine for filling of filling medium for production of sausages having a hopper for accommodating the filling medium, a first conveyer for supplying the filling medium to a filling element, where the filling element is a filling tube, as well as a device for measuring a filling level in the hopper, wherein the device for the filling level measurement comprises a radar sensor, wherein the hopper comprises a cover, whereby the radar sensor and a drive for a second conveyer and/or a drive for an inlet valve are arranged in an area inside the cover, the cover having a bottom sealing the area inside the cover from an interior of the hopper, the radar sensor being positioned completely above the bottom, and wherein the radar sensor is sealed by a sealing element from the interior of the hopper, wherein the radar sensor is accessible via opening the cover.

US Pat. No. 10,921,172

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETECTING VOLUMETRIC PARAMETERS OF LIQUID IN A CONTAINER

Nordson Corporartion, We...

1. A method of determining volumetric parameters of liquid within a container, the method comprising:a) closing a second valve and opening a first valve connected to the second valve by a first tube;
b) filling the first tube with gas through the first valve until a supply of gas within the first tube reaches a reference pressure;
c) closing the first valve and opening the second valve, such that the supply of gas diffuses to the container through a second tube attached to the second valve and the container, wherein the container contains none of the liquid;
d) measuring a first stable pressure of the supply of gas;
e) filling the container with an amount of the liquid;
f) closing the second valve;
g) filling the first tube with gas through the first valve until the supply of gas within the first tube reaches the reference pressure;
h) closing the first valve and opening the second valve, such that the supply of gas diffuses to the container through the second tube;
i) measuring a second stable pressure of the supply of gas;
j) discharging a portion of the amount of the liquid from the container;
k) closing the second valve;
l) filling the first tube with gas through the first valve until the supply of gas within the first tube reaches the reference pressure;
m) closing the first valve and opening the second valve, such that the supply of gas diffuses to the container through the second tube;
n) detecting an instantaneous pressure of the supply of gas; and
o) calculating an instantaneous volume of the liquid within the container.

US Pat. No. 10,921,170

ARRAY OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF METERING SCOOPS FOR DOSING A CONSUMER PRODUCT

1. An array of different types of scoops comprising at least two different types scoops, each type of scoop in the array comprising:a scoop bowl having a scoop capacity; and
a handle having a proximal end connected to said scoop bowl, said handle having a handle extension extending from said proximal end to a distal end remote from said scoop bowl; and
visually detectable identification means;
each type of scoop in said array of different types of scoops differing from every other type of scoop in said array of different types of scoops by having a different scoop capacity and/or handle extension,
said visually detectable identification means is a visually detectable identification element, characterized in that each type of scoop in said array of different types of scoops is provided with a unique visually detectable identification element chosen from the group consisting of one or more of apertures or a combination of one or more of apertures and raised elements, each type of scoop in said array of different types of scoops being arranged to be stacked together with one or more scoops of the same type of scoops and having the identical unique visually detectable identification element.

US Pat. No. 10,921,169

FLOW SENSOR, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING FLOW SENSOR AND FLOW SENSOR MODULE

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. A flow sensor comprising:a board having an opening;
a flow sensing unit disposed on a surface of the board;
a structure including an air passage groove, wherein
the structure further includes a positioning projection inserted to the opening of the board so that the flow sensing unit is disposed in the air passage groove,
the opening has a continuous edge that is defined by the board,
the air passage groove has a bottom portion which is parallel to the board, and sides which are vertical to the board,
the flow sensing unit is disposed between the sides of the air passage grooves;
an electric control circuit disposed outside the air passage groove and on the board for controlling the flow sensing unit, wherein
a first direction starting from the flow sensing device to the electric control circuit is not parallel to an air flow direction generated by the air passage groove, around the flow sensing unit,
the structure has a longest side wall which is longest wall in the structure,
the air passage groove includes a first passage space in which an air flow direction is parallel to the long side of the structure, a second passage space including around the flow sensing unit, and vending passage space in which an air flow direction is vended vertically.

US Pat. No. 10,921,168

INTEGRATED MEASURING SYSTEM AND METHOD

WUHAN TAILIMEIXIN HEALTHC...

1. An apparatus comprising:a storage device that stores a library of calibration formulas and calibration parameters associated with one or more of the calibration formulas, wherein
the calibration parameter associated with a calibration formula is stored in a format having at least a first part and a second part, wherein
the first part indicates a measurement range for the calibration formula, and
the second part includes a plurality of segments, each of which corresponds to a segment of the measurement range and a value to be used in the associated calibration formula;
a communication module that retrieves information from a sensor;
an energy harvesting module configured to harvest various forms of energy from an ambient environment in coordination with the communication module; and
a computing center that selects, based on the retrieved information, a calibration formula and an associated calibration parameter from the library, and calibrates the retrieved information according to the selected calibration formula and at least one segment of the associated calibration parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,921,167

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR VALIDATING EVENT SCENARIOS USING REFERENCE READINGS FROM SENSORS ASSOCIATED WITH PREDEFINED EVENT SCENARIOS

EMC IP Holding Company LL...

1. A method comprising:obtaining a non-binary reading from a first sensor of a plurality of distributed sensors, wherein the distributed sensors monitor a particular physical area and comprise at least one of: one or more smoke detectors, one or more thermometers, one or more motion sensors, and one or more cameras;
obtaining a scenario library comprised of a plurality of event scenarios, wherein each event scenario comprises at least one reference reading for each of a plurality of said distributed sensors involved in the given event scenario, wherein at least one of said at least one reference reading for a given event scenario comprises a non-binary reference reading;
evaluating said non-binary reading of said first sensor to determine if said non-binary reading from said first sensor satisfies a non-binary reference reading of the first sensor for at least one of said scenarios; and
performing, using at least one processing device, the following steps in response to identifying a scenario where said non-binary reading from said first sensor satisfies said non-binary reference reading of said first sensor for said identified scenario, wherein said identified scenario comprises an emergency scenario related to said particular physical area:
identifying at least one additional sensor from said identified scenario;
obtaining at least one reading of said at least one additional sensor identified from said identified scenario;
determining if said at least one reading of said at least one additional sensor satisfies a reference reading in said scenario library for said at least one additional sensor from said identified scenario;
validating said identified scenario when said at least one reading of said at least one additional sensor identified from said identified scenario satisfies said reference reading for said at least one additional sensor from said identified scenario;
updating said reference readings in said scenario library for said identified scenario based upon one or more of said readings of said sensors in said identified scenario; and
triggering an alarm for said identified scenario to mitigate said identified scenario only after said validating of said identified scenario.

US Pat. No. 10,921,166

SENSOR BRACKET

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A sensor bracket that holds a sensor which is attached to an inner surface of a glass windshield of a vehicle, the sensor having an engaging protrusion and a lens section is directed towards the front of the vehicle, the sensor bracket comprising:a groove that is formed in a bracket main body of the sensor bracket and through which the engaging protrusion is capable of being inserted in an upward/downward direction,
an engaging claw that is formed in a forward side of the bracket main body with respect to the groove and that is configured to lock a front edge portion of the sensor and the sensor bracket,
a locking wall that is formed adjacent to the groove on the bracket main body of the sensor bracket and to which a side surface of the engaging protrusion is locked in a pressed state, the side surface of the engaging protrusion being formed so as to cross with a protruding direction of the engaging protrusion; and
a biasing piece having a base section and a tip region, the base section being formed so as to be supported by the bracket main body, the tip region being formed so as to abut the side surface of the engaging protrusion and to bias the engaging protrusion in a direction pressing against the locking wall,
wherein the sensor is attachable and detachable with respect to the sensor bracket by aligning the engaging protrusion with the groove in the upward/downward direction,
wherein a plurality of bending deformation sections bent in a state in which the biasing piece is biasing the engaging protrusion against the locking wall are installed between the base section and the tip region of the biasing piece.

US Pat. No. 10,921,165

SEISMIC SENSOR STATION

SHELL OIL COMPANY, Houst...

1. A seismic sensor station comprising a housing comprising:a base and a removable lid, which when assembled together form a shell whereby the base and the removable lid both have a shell side and an exterior side;
a central mounting post attached to the base and protruding into the shell side of the base;
a sensor unit mounted on the central mounting post, whereby no other mechanically supporting contact exists between the sensor unit and the base other than via the central mounting post,
wherein the sensor unit comprises:
a central sensor plate mounted transversely on the central mounting post;
optical sensor fibers disposed on the central sensor plate; and
two sensor weights whereby a first of the two sensor weights is mechanically supported on the central sensor plate on a lid facing side of the central sensor plate and a second of the two is mechanically supported on the central sensor plate on a base facing side.

US Pat. No. 10,921,164

INTEGRATED ELECTRONIC DEVICE INCLUDING A FULL SCALE ADJUSTMENT STAGE FOR SIGNALS SUPPLIED BY A MEMS SENSOR

STMICROELECTRONICS S.R.L....

1. An electronic device, comprising:a signal input configured to receive a reading signal produced by a MEMS sensor device that is subject to saturation; and
circuitry coupled to the signal input and configured to:
generate a saturation detection signal based on the reading signal produced by the MEMS sensor device;
generate a saturation prediction signal that predicts when saturation will occur based on the reading signal produced by the MEMS sensor device; and
generate a full scale change signal based on the saturation detection signal and the saturation prediction signal, wherein the full scale change signal, in operation, is provided to the MEMS sensor device and directs the MEMS sensor device to adjust its full scale in accordance with the full scale change signal.

US Pat. No. 10,921,163

OPTICAL ENCODER WITH INCREMENTAL AND ABSOLUTE CODE SENSORS AND DEFINING DISTANCE BETWEEN GEOMETRIC CENTERS OF ADJACENT PHOTOSENSORS OF AN INCREMENTAL CODE SENSOR

HIWIN MIKROSYSTEM CORP., ...

1. An optical positioning measurement device, comprising:a light source module operable to emit light;
an encoder module disposed to be illuminated by said light source, and movable relative to said light source module, said encoder module including an encoder body, and further including a first incremental code portion, a second incremental code portion and an absolute code portion that are disposed on said encoder body; and
a sensor module disposed to receive light provided by said light source module via said encoder module, and configured to output electric signal relating to luminous flux of light received thereby, said sensor module including:
a first incremental code sensor unit corresponding in position to said first incremental code portion for receiving light provided via said first incremental code portion, and configured to output a first incremental code signal relating to light received thereby;
a second incremental code sensor unit corresponding in position to said second incremental code portion for receiving light provided via said second incremental code portion, and configured to output a second incremental code signal relating to light received thereby; and
an absolute code sensor unit corresponding in position to said absolute code portion for receiving light provided via said absolute code portion, and configured to output an absolute code signal relating to light received thereby;
wherein said light source module, said encoder module and said sensor module are spaced apart from each other in a first direction; and
said first incremental code portion includes a plurality of first incremental code patterns that are equally distributed along a second direction on said encoder body, and said second incremental code portion includes a plurality of second incremental code patterns that are equally distributed along the second direction on said encoder body, where said second incremental code patterns are arranged more loosely than said first incremental code patterns;
said optical positioning measurement device further comprising a computational controller module electrically connected to said light source module, said absolute code sensor unit, said first incremental code sensor unit and said second incremental code sensor unit for receiving the absolute code signal, the first incremental code signal and the second incremental code signal, respectively, said computational controller module being configured to perform analysis on the absolute code signal, the first incremental code signal and the second incremental code signal to output a positioning signal relating to movement of said encoder module relative to said light source module;
wherein:
said encoder module is rotatably movable around an axis relative to said light source module and said sensor module;
said encoder body surrounds the axis along a circumferential direction, the circumferential direction serving as the second direction;
said first incremental code portion has a plurality of first incremental barcode pattern boundaries that are equiangularly arranged along the circumferential direction by an angular distance of A and that define a plurality of first incremental light barcode elements and a plurality of first incremental dark barcode elements;
arbitrary successive three of said first incremental barcode pattern boundaries cooperatively define one of the first incremental light barcode elements and one of the first incremental dark barcode elements that are adjacent to each other;
each of said first incremental light barcode element is configured to allow the light received thereby from said light source module to reach said first incremental code sensor unit when said first incremental light barcode element is in a sensing zone of said first incremental code sensor unit, and said first incremental dark barcode elements are configured to prevent the light received thereby from said light source module from reaching said first incremental code sensor unit;
said first incremental code sensor unit includes a plurality of first incremental code photo sensors that are equiangularly arranged along the circumferential direction; and
a geometric center of each of said first incremental code photo sensors is spaced apart from that of an adjacent one of said first incremental code photo sensors by an angular distance of A×(N?0.5), where N is a positive integer.

US Pat. No. 10,921,162

ROTARY SWITCH OR OTHER ENCODER HAVING NON-SEQUENTIAL UNIQUE BIT PATTERN AND METHOD FOR DESIGN

Raytheon Canada Ltd., Ot...

1. An apparatus for rotary encoding, the apparatus comprising:a knob configured to be rotated;
multiple switches each configured to selectively form or not form a connection based on a current rotational position of the knob; and
a controller configured to generate or use a digital value associated with the current rotational position of the knob, the digital value defined by which switches have or have not formed connections;
wherein locations where the switches form the connections are selected such that the digital values uniquely identify different rotational positions of the knob and are non-sequential as the knob is rotated; and
wherein multiple bits of each digital value are defined based on the switches that are arranged in a single annular ring positioned at a specified radial distance from a center of the knob.

US Pat. No. 10,921,161

DIFFERENTIAL ANGLE SENSOR

CHINA AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS,...

1. A differential angle sensor for measuring a differential angle between an input shaft and an output shaft comprising:a target assembly fixed to rotate with one of the input shaft or the output shaft and including a first target and a second target and a third target and a fourth target, with each of the targets including a plurality of teeth extending radially;
the first target and the second target extending parallel and spaced apart from one another with a first magnetic field sensor disposed therebetween for measuring a first magnetic field strength between the first and second targets;
the third target and the fourth target extending parallel and spaced apart from one another with a second magnetic field sensor disposed therebetween for measuring a second magnetic field strength between the third and fourth targets;
a ring magnet fixed to rotate with the other one of the input shaft or the output shaft different from the one of the input shaft or the output shaft with the target assembly fixed thereto; and
the ring magnet including a plurality of magnetic segments equidistantly spaced by a constant first angular spacing and having alternating magnetic polarities.

US Pat. No. 10,921,160

SENSING CIRCUIT OF MOVING BODY AND MOVING BODY SENSING DEVICE

Samsung Electro-Mechanics...

1. A sensing circuit in a device having a moving body in which a unit to be detected comprising first and second pattern units spaced apart from each other is formed, comprising:an oscillation circuit unit comprising first and second oscillation circuits fixedly mounted on a substrate spaced apart from the unit to be detected, each of the first and second oscillation circuits comprising, respectively, first and second sensing coils having first and second inductance values depending on areas of overlap between the first and second sensing coils and the first and second pattern units, and the first and second oscillation circuits being configured to output, respectively, first and second sensed oscillation signals based on the first and second inductance values; and
the sensing circuit being configured to output an output signal having movement information of the moving body, the sensing circuit comprising
a frequency divider configured to divide a frequency of a reference oscillation signal and to output a frequency-divided reference oscillation signal,
a period counting circuit unit comprising first and second period counting circuits configured to generate, respectively, first and second sensed signals having first and second period count values counted using the frequency-divided reference oscillation signal for each of the first and second sensed oscillation signals, and
a calculation circuit unit configured to calculate the first and second sensed signals to generate the output signal.

US Pat. No. 10,921,159

USE OF REFERENCE SENSOR IN RESONANT PHASE SENSING SYSTEM

Cirrus Logic, Inc., Aust...

1. A system comprising:a first resistive-inductive-capacitive sensor;
a second resistive-inductive-capacitive sensor; and
a measurement circuit communicatively coupled to the first resistive-inductive-capacitive sensor and the second resistive-inductive-capacitive sensor and configured to:
measure first phase information associated with the first resistive-inductive-capacitive sensor;
measure second phase information associated with the second resistive-inductive-capacitive sensor; and
based on the first phase information and the second phase information, determine a displacement of a mechanical member relative to the first resistive-inductive-capacitive sensor;
wherein the measurement circuit uses the second phase information to cancel out one or more environmental variables common to the first resistive-inductive-capacitive sensor and the second resistive-inductive-capacitive sensor in order to determine the displacement.

US Pat. No. 10,921,158

POWER SUPPLY GENERATING CIRCUIT, CAPACITIVE ARRAY SENSING APPARATUS AND TERMINAL DEVICE

SHENZHEN GOODIX TECHNOLOG...

1. A power supply generating circuit, comprising:a driving voltage generating circuit, configured to generate a driving voltage signal; and
a pulse generating circuit, comprising a first input end, a second input end, a first output end and an energy storage end, wherein the pulse generating circuit receives the driving voltage signal through the first input end and receives a communication signal through the second input end; at a positive phase stage of the communication signal, the pulse generating circuit outputs the driving voltage signal from the first output end; and at a negative phase stage of the communication signal, the first output end does not output the driving voltage signal, and the pulse generating circuit outputs a charge to the energy storage end, wherein the charge is input from the first output end.

US Pat. No. 10,921,157

INDUCTIVE ANGULAR POSITION SENSOR

1. A position sensor assembly comprising:a first bearing ring defining a first bearing raceway, and a second bearing ring defining a second bearing raceway;
a ferromagnetic component arranged on the first bearing ring, the ferromagnetic component defining a surface that has a non-uniform circumferential profile that varies for at least 90 degrees in a circumferential direction; and
an inductor assembly arranged on the second bearing ring, the inductor assembly including at least two inductors that are circumferentially spaced from each other by at least 90 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,921,155

MULTI CYCLE DUAL REDUNDANT ANGULAR POSITION SENSING MECHANISM AND ASSOCIATED METHOD OF USE FOR PRECISE ANGULAR DISPLACEMENT MEASUREMENT

Microsemi Corporation, C...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a first planar inductive sensor comprising two oscillator coils, which are 180 degrees out of phase with respect to each other, and two sensing coils;
a second planar inductive sensor independent of the first sensor comprising two oscillator coils, which are 180 degrees out of phase with respect to each other, and two sensing coils; and
a high frequency alternating current carrier generator configured to inject high frequency alternating current carrier signals into the oscillator coils,
wherein a carrier signal for the oscillator coils of the first planar inductive sensor are in phase with a carrier signal for the oscillator coils of the second planar inductive sensor,
wherein the oscillator coils of the first planar inductive sensor are wound in a same geometric direction as respective oscillator coils of the second planar inductive sensor,
wherein the two sensing coils of the first planar inductive sensor are 90 degrees out of phase with one another, and
wherein the two sensing coils of the second planar inductive sensor are 90 degrees out of phase with one another.

US Pat. No. 10,921,154

MONITORING A SENSOR ARRAY

Hewlett Packard Enterpris...

1. An apparatus comprising:an interface to communicate with a sensor array;
an inheritance engine to create a model of the sensor array based on information collected from the each one of a plurality of nodes in the sensor array over the interface, the inheritance engine comprising:
an automated inheritance rules database for storing how each one of the plurality of nodes behave based on a capability of the node;
an inheritance database for storing calibration settings of each node in the sensor array; and
an inheritance and dependency modeling tool that creates the model based on information in the automated inheritance rules database and the inheritance database;
an anomaly detection module to monitor the sensor array in accordance with the model to detect an anomaly and initiate a corrective action to correct the anomaly in two or more of the plurality of nodes within the sensor array simultaneously; and
a processor in communication with the inheritance engine and the anomaly detection module to execute instructions associated with the inheritance engine and the anomaly detection module.

US Pat. No. 10,921,153

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO CONSTRUCT A MAGNETIC CALIBRATION (MAG-CAL) PATTERN FOR DEPICTING THE PROGRESS OF A CALIBRATION OF A MAGNETOMETER OF AN AIRCRAFT DISPLAYED BY A COCKPIT DISPLAY

HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL I...

1. A computer-implemented method for calibrating magnetic distortions of an attitude heading reference system (AHRS) of an aircraft, the method comprising:executing a magnetometer calibration (MAG-CAL) application of the AHRS disposed with a magnetometer, while the aircraft is in-flight, to enable an in-air calibration of the magnetometer of the aircraft while proceeding on a flight of an original flight-path;
generating, by calculations using software solutions of the MAG-CAL application, a MAG-CAL calculated pattern based on a set of aircraft parameters for the in-air magnetometer calibration, wherein the set of aircraft parameters at least comprises: speed, bank angle, altitude, and position of the aircraft, wherein the MAG-CAL calculated pattern is configured in a figure-eight pattern to take into account all directions for calibration of the aircraft on both sides of the aircraft;
generating, by the MAG-CAL application, a set of waypoints that define a calibration flight path corresponding to the MAG-CAL calculated figure-eight pattern;
configuring, by the MAG-CAL application, the calibration flight path of the MAG-CAL calculated figure-eight pattern to be part of the original flight path of the in-flight aircraft to enable the aircraft, while flying the original flight-path, to proceed in part on the calibration flight path corresponding to the MAG-CAL calculated figure-eight pattern; and
generating position data for lateral and vertical flight paths, by the MAG-CAL application, to enable the aircraft to deviate, while in-flight, from the original flight-path to the calibration flight path, wherein the aircraft proceeds on the calibration flight path for a time period to enable a required level of calibration of the magnetometer for operation, wherein the required level of calibration is determined by the MAG-CAL application based on an aircraft flying in a calibration region to enable a MAG-CAL calibrating process to occur to reach at least one threshold indicative of a required calibration level for a magnetometer operation.

US Pat. No. 10,921,152

DATA PROCESSING METHOD FOR SYNTHESIZING IN REAL TIME CUSTOMIZED TRAFFIC INFORMATION

Duel S.R.L., Rome (IT)

1. A data processing method for synthesizing in real time by a server data processing device customized traffic information for a user to reach a destination position from a departure position and for sending said customized traffic information through a wireless network by the server data processing device to a user's client data processing device, the client data processing device being a smartphone or a dedicated hardware and software device installed or carried onboard of a vehicle, the server data processing device comprising at least one computing device comprising at least one hardware processor, the data processing method comprising:establishing by said client data processing device said departure position by automatically detecting said departure position by means of a satellite positioning system;
sending, through said wireless network, by the client data processing device to the server data processing device a service request for customized traffic information, said service request comprising data identifying said established departure position;
obtaining, by the at least one computing device, data which define a topological graph, said topological graph being an oriented graph containing information on the connection between segments of a road network, said topological graph comprising nodes which represent points of connection between two adjacent segments and arcs which connect nodes and which correspond to road or carriageway segments;
generating, by the at least one computing device, data which define a routes graph, the routes graph being a subset of the topological graph, and having a departure node associated with the departure position, a destination node associated with the destination position, intermediate nodes between the departure node and the destination node, and arcs which connect the nodes of the routes graph to one another, wherein generating data comprises an operation of identifying on the routes graph a plurality of alternative routes which extend from the departure node to the destination node of the routes graph passing through intermediate nodes and arcs of the routes graph;
noting, by the at least one computing device, traffic data, weather data, or both on the routes graph and obtaining data adapted to define an annotated routes graph;
obtaining, by the at least one computing device, data adapted to define a simplified routes graph reducing the number of intermediate nodes of the annotated routes graph by defining aggregate segments as sequences of arcs of the same alternative route which meet one or more homogeneity criteria of the traffic data, weather data, or a combination thereof; and
obtaining, by the at least one computing device, said customized traffic information from said simplified routes graph and sending said customized traffic information to said client data processing device through said wireless network.

US Pat. No. 10,921,151

OBJECTIVE GENERATION OF A POINT OF INTEREST SCORE BASED ON QUANTITIES OF USER STOPS

Verizon Connect Ireland L...

15. A non-transitory computer-readable medium storing instructions, the instructions comprising:one or more instructions that, when executed by one or more processors of a rating platform, cause the one or more processors to:
identify a point of interest (POI) among a first plurality of POIs included in a stop cluster;
generate a plurality of unweighted user scores for the POI,
wherein respective unweighted user scores, of the plurality of unweighted user scores is associated, are associated with respective users of a plurality of users,
wherein an unweighted user score, of the plurality of unweighted user scores, is based on:
a first quantity of user stops at the POI, and
a second quantity of user stops at other POIs among a second plurality of POIs that are located within a threshold distance from the POI, and
wherein at least a subset of the first quantity of user stops and the second quantity of user stops is based on global navigation satellite system (GNSS) data generated by a client device;
generate a plurality of weighted user scores for the POI based on:
the plurality of unweighted user scores, and
respective weights assigned to respective users of the plurality of users;
generate a POI score for the POI based on the plurality of weighted user scores; and
transmit, based on the POI score, an instruction to display, on the client device, information associated with the POI.

US Pat. No. 10,921,150

NAVIGATION APPLICATION PROGRAMMING INTERFACE

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable medium storing instructions that implement an application programming interface for obtaining navigation information for a software application executed on an iOS computing device implementing an iOS operating platform, the computing device having one or more processors and a display, device, the application programming interface comprising:a first set of instructions associated with a map view class, wherein the map view class specifies a plurality of functions to display a map associated with a navigation service of the software application, wherein the navigation service is configured to provide navigation information associated with the software application, and wherein the plurality of functions to display the map comprise controlling one or more instances of the map view class; and
a second set of instructions associated with a navigator class, wherein the navigator class is associated with the application programming interface and specifies a plurality of functions to control the implementation of the navigation service by the software application; and wherein the plurality of functions to control the implementation of the navigation service comprise controlling one or more instances of the map view class.

US Pat. No. 10,921,149

ROUTING BASED ON DETECTED STOPS

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A method comprising:receiving, on a mobile device, information indicating a vehicle start location and a vehicle destination location;
determining, on the mobile device, a plurality of vehicle navigation routes between the vehicle start location and the vehicle destination location;
identifying, on the mobile device, a vehicle traffic pattern for each of the plurality of vehicle navigation routes;
determining, on the mobile device, a vehicle travel time for each of the plurality of vehicle navigation routes based on the identified vehicle traffic pattern;
determining, on the mobile device, at least one vehicle navigation route of the plurality of vehicle navigation routes based on the vehicle travel time for each of the plurality of vehicle navigation routes; and
presenting, on the mobile device, a suggested departure time from the vehicle start location based on the at least one navigation route.

US Pat. No. 10,921,148

SYSTEM, METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR PATH COMPUTING BASED ON UNPLEASANT DATA

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A computer-implemented path computing method, the method comprising:extracting unpleasant data from a database to create a plurality of multi-variate spatio-temporal density functions including a reference to a geographic location of the unpleasant data with respect to a time that the unpleasant data occurred at the geographic location;
collecting a tolerance level of a user; and
computing a path for the user at a travel time of the user in reference to the time in the unpleasant data based on the tolerance level and the plurality of density functions,
wherein the computing computes the path based on a method of transportation of the user, and
wherein, around a geolocation of centroids defining an incident in the unpleasant data for each of the plurality of density functions, a decay function is created with decay rates that are weighted based on a type of the incident and the time of day associated with the incident, the decay being in relation to a distance from a location having a highest value risk of the unpleasant data.

US Pat. No. 10,921,146

USER GUIDANCE SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A user guidance system comprising:an electronic control unit including a processor for executing programs stored in a memory unit thereof and a display, the electronic control unit configured to:
acquire departure point information indicating a departure point of a user;
acquire destination information indicating a destination of the user;
generate a plurality of candidate routes from the departure point information and the destination information;
acquire point resource information indicating point resources from an attraction desirer;
acquire desire information indicating a via route through which the attraction desirer desires for a user to pass or a via point that the attraction desirer desires for the user to visit;
acquire non-desire information indicating a via route via which the attraction desirer does not desire for the user to pass or a via point that the attraction desirer does not desire for the user to visit;
collate the plurality of candidate routes based on at least one of the desire-information or the non-desire information;
calculate a first point that is imparted to a candidate route of the plurality of candidate routes, or the via route or the via point included in the candidate route based on the point resource information and the desire information;
calculate a second point that is imparted to the candidate route of the plurality of candidate routes, or the via route or the via point included in the candidate route based on the point resource information and the non-desire information; and
provide point information indicating that the first point is higher than the second point to the user,
wherein the first point and the second point being used as a toll fee or a discount coupon for a toll road, or as a usage fee or a discount coupon for a store or commercial facility, and
wherein the attraction desirer is a person who desires to attract the user using the user guidance system to pass through a predetermined route or a predetermined point or so that the user using the guidance system does not pass through a predetermined route or a predetermined point.

US Pat. No. 10,921,145

HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE AND METHOD OF SEARCHING FOR PATH THEREOF

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method of searching for a path of a hybrid electric vehicle, comprising:acquiring, by a controller, driving environment information;
determining, by the controller, a driving load of the vehicle in each of a plurality of sections of at least one path from a point of departure to a destination;
determining, by the controller, output energy and brake energy in each of the sections based on the determined driving load;
determining, by the controller, consumption energy and regeneration energy in each of the sections based on the output energy and the brake energy in each of the sections;
determining, by the controller, energy consumption on each of the at least one path by summing the consumption energies and the regeneration energies in the sections;
determining, by the controller, an energy minimization path by comparing the determined energy consumptions on the at least one path;
determining, by the controller, a state of charge (SOC) of a battery in each of the sections; and
correcting, by the controller, the consumption energy and the regeneration energy in each of the sections according to the determined SOC,
wherein the determination of the energy consumption is executed based on the corrected consumption energy and regeneration energy in each of the sections,
wherein the determination of the SOC of the battery includes:
determining, by the controller, a ratio of fuel consumption energy and battery consumption energy;
determining, by the controller, the battery consumption energy by applying the determined ratio to the consumption energy in each of the sections; and
determining, by the controller, change of the SOC by reflecting the determined battery consumption energy sand the regeneration energy in each of the sections,
wherein the determination of the SOC of the battery further comprises:
determining, by the controller, a state of charge (SOC) change in each of the sections according to the determined battery consumption energy and the regeneration energy; and
determining, by the controller, whether the SOC in each of the sections deviates from a range between a predetermined minimum SOC value and a predetermined maximum SOC value by the determined SOC change,
wherein the correction of the consumption energy and the regeneration energy is executed in a section in which the SOC deviates from the range between the minimum SOC value and the maximum SOC value by the determined SOC change,
wherein the correction of the consumption energy and the regeneration energy includes:
correcting, by the controller, the battery consumption energy in a corresponding section to zero if the SOC becomes less than the minimum SOC value by the determined SOC change; and
correcting, by the controller, the entirety of the consumption energy in the corresponding section to the fuel consumption energy.

US Pat. No. 10,921,144

NAVIGATION APPARATUS

PIONEER CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A navigation apparatus comprising:a searching device configured to search a route;
an avoidance recommended region acquisition device configured to acquire information about an avoidance recommended region, which is a region for which avoidance of passing is recommended;
a reporting device configured to report presence of the avoidance recommended region on a route searched by the searching device on a basis of the avoidance recommended region acquired by the avoidance recommended region acquisition device; and
a passage history acquisition device configured to acquire history information, which is a history of passing an avoidance recommended region,
wherein the reporting device reports presence of the avoidance recommended region on a basis of the history information, and
wherein the information about the avoidance recommended region includes information about a frequent occurrence region of crimes.

US Pat. No. 10,921,143

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, MOBILE OBJECT, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT

Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba,...

1. An information processing device for autonomous driving of a motor vehicle, the information processing device comprising:a memory; and
one or more processors coupled to the memory and configured to:
arrange a first node in a first region not interfering with an object on a scheduled traveling route;
arrange a second node in a second region around an interference region interfering with the object, the second node in the second region around the interference region interfering with the object having more number of reference points than the first node in the first region not interfering with the object; and
search for a route going through a plurality of nodes and having a moving cost from a first point to a second point on the scheduled traveling route equal to or smaller than a threshold.