US Pat. No. 10,690,710

METHOD FOR PREPARING AN OBJECT TO BE TESTED AND METHOD FOR IMPROVING THE UNIFORMITY AND INTENSITY OF AN ELECTRIC FIELD INDUCED IN SAID OBJECT ILLUMINATED BY AN INCIDENT ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVE

11. A method for improving uniformity and intensity of an electric field induced in an object to be tested illuminated by an incident electromagnetic wave, the object having a relative permittivity, wherein the method comprises:preparing the object to be tested the preparing comprising:
supplying a part having a cavity to house the object and having at least one extension element made of a material with a relative permittivity equal to the relative permittivity of the object within +/?50%, the at least one extension element partly delimiting the cavity and extending on each side of the cavity along a passage direction of the cavity, over a length which is, on each side of the cavity, equal to at least one third of the length of the cavity along the passage direction;
placing the object in the cavity such that the object s in contact with the at least one extension element along the passage direction; and
placing the part in an exposure system having at least two electrically conducting elements made of an electrically conducting material and placed approximately parallel to and facing each other, such that the part s placed between the two electrical conducting elements; and
applying an incident electric field on the object to be tested by illumination of the object with an incident electromagnetic wave, a direction of the incident electric field of the incident electromagnetic wave being chosen to be identical to the passage direction of the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,690,709

SYSTEM FOR MONITORING RESISTANCE AND CURRENT IN GROUND LINE

SUNKWANG LIGHTNING PROTEC...

1. A system for monitoring resistance and current of a ground line, the system comprising:a ground electrode (100) positioned in an earth; and
a monitoring device (200) configured to measure a current and resistance of a ground line,
wherein the monitoring device (200) comprises:
a ground current sensing unit (210) configured to measure the current of the ground line;
a resistance sensing unit (220) configured to measure ground resistance of the earth and an earth resistance rate;
a voltage sensing unit (230) configured to check a voltage value of commercial power;
a temperature and humidity sensing unit (240) configured to check a surrounding temperature and humidity of the monitoring device (200); and
a monitoring unit (250) configured to confirm whether the ground current, ground resistance and earth resistance measured by the ground current sensing unit (210) and the resistance sensing unit (220) are abnormal values by compared with reference values classified based on the temperature and humidity measured by the temperature and humidity sensing unit (240),
wherein the resistance sensing unit (220) comprises:
a ground resistance sensing unit (221) configured to measure ground resistance between the ground electrodes (100) positioned in the earth by flowing a current for measurement into the ground electrodes (100) and an earth resistance rate sensing unit (222) configured to measure the earth resistance rate of the earth, and
wherein the monitoring unit (250) further comprises:
a measurement power application unit (251) configured to apply power for measurement to the ground electrode (100) so that the ground resistance and the earth resistance rate are measured;
a sensing value management unit (252) configured to receive information about the ground current, ground resistance and earth resistance rate measured by the ground current sensing unit (210), the voltage sensing unit (230) and the temperature and humidity sensing unit (240);
a sensing value comparator (253) configured to check whether the sensing values received from the sensing value management unit (252) are abnormal values of references or higher by comparing the sensing values with reference values of a previously registered ground current, ground resistance and earth resistance rate so that the sensing values are distinguished based on temperature and humidity;
an abnormal notification unit (254) configured to provide the external management center (300) with information about an abnormal item and an abnormal value if, as a result of the comparison of the sensing value comparator (253), the measured values of the current, ground resistance and earth resistance rate are found to be abnormal values;
a sensing value display unit (255) positioned in an outside of the monitoring device (200) to display the sensing values received from the sensing value management unit (252) and an abnormal item and abnormal value checked by the sensing value comparator (253) so that the sensing values and the abnormal item and abnormal value are able to be viewed externally; and
a sensing value notification unit (256) configured to provide the external management center (300) with information received by the sensing value management unit (252).

US Pat. No. 10,690,708

DIFFERENTIAL PHASE AND AMPLITUDE DETECTOR

pSemi Corporation, San D...

1. A circuit arrangement comprising:a first differential phase and amplitude detector, comprising:
an NMOS transistor;
a PMOS transistor;
a first input coupled to a gate node of the NMOS transistor, the first input configured for receiving a first radio frequency (RF) signal having a first voltage;
a second input coupled to a gate node of the PMOS transistor, the second input configured for receiving a second RF signal having a second voltage;
a differential output comprising a first node coupled to a source node of the NMOS transistor and a second node coupled to a source node of the PMOS transistor, and
a sampling capacitor coupled between the first node and the second node;
wherein:
when the first voltage and the second voltage are equal, a first DC biasing current flows through the NMOS transistor, a second DC biasing current flows through the PMOS transistor, and no current flows between the first node and the second node,
when the first voltage is larger than the second voltage, an excess current sourced by the NMOS transistor and sinked by the PMOS transistor flows from the first node to the second node to charge the sampling capacitor, the excess current having a magnitude that is substantially larger than the first DC biasing current, and
when the first voltage is smaller than the second voltage, no current flows between the NMOS transistor and the PMOS transistor, and the sampling capacitor is discharged by a portion of the first and the second DC biasing currents that flow from the second node to the first node.

US Pat. No. 10,690,707

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR VERIFYING AN ENERGY GENERATION SOURCE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A system for verifying an energy generation source, comprising:a key forming device that forms a key comprising an OFF pattern in a DC voltage signal generated by the energy generation source; and
a verifying device that verifies the energy generation source based on the key in the DC voltage signal.

US Pat. No. 10,690,706

DEVICE FOR MEASURING AN ELECTRICAL QUANTITY OF ONE PHASE OF AN AC ELECTRIC CURRENT OF AN OVERHEAD ELECTRICAL NETWORK

SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC INDUST...

1. A device for measuring an electrical quantity of one phase of an AC electric current of an overhead electrical network, comprising:a sensor, configured to be attached to an electric line of the overhead electrical network, this sensor comprising:
an electrically conductive plate, and
an electrical conductor, configured to electrically connect the plate to the electric line, for the circulation of a first electric current from the electric line through the electrical conductor,
a computation unit, configured to determine the electrical quantity from a value of the first electric current and a value of an electrical capacity between the plate and the ground,wherein the device further includes:a generator, electrically connected to the electrical conductor and configured to inject a second electric current through the electrical conductor, this second electric current having a frequency different from the frequency of the first electric current,
the computation unit further being configured to compute the value of the electrical capacity between the plate and the ground as a function of a value of the second electric current.

US Pat. No. 10,690,705

POWER CONVERTER FOR A THERMAL SYSTEM

Watlow Electric Manufactu...

1. A thermal system comprising:a heater comprising a resistive heating element operable to emit heat and operable as a sensor; and
a control system comprising:
a power converter being a step-down voltage converter and including a power switch, wherein the power converter is electrically coupled to the heater and is operable to apply an output voltage that is adjustable to the resistive heating element;
a sensor circuit configured to measure at least one of a voltage and an electric current of the resistive heating element; and
a controller connected to the power converter and the sensor circuit, the controller being configured to determine the output voltage applied to the resistive heating element based on an input parameter and a desired setpoint, wherein the controller is configured to operate the power switch of the power converter to apply the output voltage applied to the resistive heating element, and the input parameter includes a temperature of the resistive heating element that is determined based on the at least one of the voltage and the electric current, and the desired setpoint is based on an operational state of the heater.

US Pat. No. 10,690,704

MULTI-ACCESS CONTROL AND MULTI-RELAY SYSTEMS AND METHODS

I.D. Systems, Inc., Wood...

1. A multi-access relay comprising:a first multi-relay;
a second multi-relay;
first and second contacts for receiving a control current of the first multi-relay; and
third and fourth contacts for receiving a control current of the second multi-relay,
wherein each of the first multi-relay and the second multi-relay comprise:
a respective first relay switch operable over a first current range;
a respective second relay switch operable over a second current range; and
a respective current sensor configured to:
detect the respective control current;
in response to detecting the respective control current being within the first current range, activate the respective first relay switch; and
in response to detecting the respective control current being within the second current range, activate the respective second relay switch.

US Pat. No. 10,690,703

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE FOR MONITORING A REVERSE VOLTAGE

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:a reverse voltage monitoring circuit connected to an input node and an output node of a functional block within the semiconductor device and powered by a driving power, the reverse voltage monitoring circuit configured to monitor a difference between an input level at the input node and an output level at the output node to detect a reverse voltage across the functional block; and
a passive component connected between an output node of the reverse voltage monitoring circuit and a potential;
wherein the driving power is provided by the output node of the functional block in the semiconductor device.

US Pat. No. 10,690,702

DISCRETE INPUT DETERMINING CIRCUIT AND METHOD

GE AVIATION SYSTEMS LLC, ...

1. A discrete input determining circuit, comprising:an input biasing network connected to a discrete input for providing a first input voltage;
a voltage divider network for dividing the first input voltage into a second input voltage and a third input voltage;
a first comparator, wherein a non-inverting input terminal of the first comparator receives the second input voltage; and
a second comparator, wherein an inverting input terminal of the second comparator receives the third input voltage;
wherein an inverting input terminal of the first comparator and a non-inverting input terminal of the second comparator receive a reference voltage, and an output terminal of the first comparator and an output terminal of the second comparator are configured to provide a logic output; and
wherein the voltage divider network comprises a second resistive load between the second input voltage and the third input voltage and a third resistive load between the third input voltage and a ground.

US Pat. No. 10,690,701

CORELESS CURRENT PROBE AND A METHOD OF MEASURING CURRENT

GMW ASSOCIATES INCORPORAT...

1. A coreless current probe comprising a body defining an opening, whereby a conductor carrying a current to be measured can be accommodated in said opening so as to extend through said opening;at least three coreless single point magnetic field sensors distributed in or on said body around said opening such that the at least three coreless single point magnetic field sensors are co-planar or are not co-planar, said sensors each having a respective axis of magnetic field sensitivity;
and sensing circuitry connected to said sensors which is operative to produce for each of said sensors a respective sensor signal which is a measure of the angle component of magnetic field at the sensor aligned with the respective axis of magnetic field sensitivity of the sensor,
said sensors being arranged such that there are values of cr for which, in any homogeneous magnetic field and no enclosed current,
where n is the number of said magnetic field sensors,hr is said measure of said magnetic field component for the rth sensor, and cr is a constant factor for the rth sensor,
said sensing circuitry being further operative to combine said measures hr employing the summation
to produce a measured current value representing current following in a conductor accommodated in said opening in said body of said probe, where at least one value of cr in said summation differs from other values of cr.

US Pat. No. 10,690,700

MULTIPLE CORE TRANSFORMER ASSEMBLY

Leviton Manufacturing Com...

1. A circuit interrupting device comprising:a current sensor core;
a core assembly defining a longitudinal axis and including:
a grounded neutral transformer core;
a high frequency transformer core, the grounded neutral transformer core and the high frequency transformer core are stacked along the longitudinal axis; and
a differential transformer core disposed within a cavity defined by both the grounded neutral transformer core and the high frequency transformer core.

US Pat. No. 10,690,699

HOLDER WITH SELF-ALIGNING FEATURE FOR HOLDING CURRENT SENSOR AROUND LINE CONDUCTOR

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A holder for a current sensor, comprising:a first portion having a first inner surface, a first opposing outermost radial surface, a first opposing side surface and a second opposing side surface, wherein each side surface extends radially outward from the first inner surface to the first outermost radial surface, and a first groove formed in and extending along a circumferential length of the first outermost radial surface;
a second portion having a second inner surface, a second opposing outermost radial surface, a first opposing side surface and a second opposing side surface, wherein each side surface extends radially outward from the second inner surface to the second outermost radial surface, and a second groove formed in and extending along a length of the second outermost radial surface, wherein the first portion is at least partially separable from the second portion, the first and second inner surfaces defining an opening through the first and second portions, and the first groove joins the second groove; and
a plurality of flexible members on the first and second portions and extending toward the opening;
wherein the flexible members are configured to hold a line conductor substantially centered within the opening, wherein the first and second inner surfaces are disposed proximate to the line conductor when the line conductor is disposed within the opening,
and wherein the first groove and the second groove are each configured to join one another and receive a current sensing coil.

US Pat. No. 10,690,698

SCANNING PROBE MICROSCOPE COMBINED WITH A DEVICE FOR ACTING ON A PROBE AND A SPECIMEN

1. A scanning probe microscope combined with a device for acting on a probe and sample, comprising a base having mounted thereon a punch module with a punch, comprising a first cutting edge, wherein the punch module comprises a first drive which provides for the movement of the punch along a first coordinate X and a second drive which provides for the movement of the punch along a second coordinate Y, and a first cutting edge is disposed along a second coordinate Y also comprising a lever mounted on the base with the capability of movement in the direction of the third coordinate Z and coupled to a pusher of the third drive which provides for movement of the lever along the third coordinate Z, also comprising a measurement unit which is secured on the lever and consists of a set of structural elements comprising a platform, a piezo scanner with sample holder on which is mounted a sample carrier with sample having a surface to be measured, also comprising a probe unit with probe holder in which a probe is secured, wherein the first cutting average of the punch directs its sharpened point at the sample in the direction of the third coordinate Z and is disposed with the capability of interacting with the sample by moving it along the coordinate Z with the lever, the piezo scanner being secured on the platform and providing for scanning of the sample in the X, Y, Z coordinates, a probe unit being mounted on the platform and coupled to the fourth drive, providing for movement of the probe unit along a first coordinate X, while the probe has the capability of interacting with the surface to be measured of the sample during scanning along the coordinates X, Y, Z, characterized in that a mechanical action module, secured on the punch module and having the capability of interacting with at least one element from the set of structural elements of the measurement unit is incorporated in it.

US Pat. No. 10,690,697

METROLOGY TECHNIQUE THAT PROVIDES TRUE FLATTENING

SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY LLC, ...

1. A method comprising:scanning a first surface of a workpiece with a scanning probe at a first resolution to derive a first topographical image;
performing a refining operation on the first topographical image to obtain a true first topographical image;
scanning, with the scanning probe, a surface of interest of the workpiece, which is a sub-portion of the first surface, at a second resolution that is higher than the first resolution to derive a second topographical image;
scaling down the second topographical image to the first resolution to obtain a scaled-down second topographical image that is separate from the second topographical image at the second resolution;
after scaling down the second topographical image to the first resolution to obtain the separate scaled-down second topographical image, performing a pattern recognition operation, with the separate scaled-down second topographical image at the first resolution, to substantially match the scaled-down second topographical image to a corresponding sub-portion of the true first topographical image;
determining a first second-order plane for the matched sub-portion of the true first topographical image;
determining a second second-order plane for the second topographical image scaled down to the first resolution;
calculating a difference between the first second-order plane and the second second-order plane;
rescaling the calculated difference to the second resolution; and
applying the calculated difference at the second resolution to the second topographical image at the second resolution to obtain a true second topographical image.

US Pat. No. 10,690,696

ACCELERATION SENSOR

HITACHI, LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. A MEMS capacitive acceleration sensor comprising:a capacitive MEMS; a C/V amplifier; an analog/digital converter; a digital PID control unit; and a binarizer,
wherein the C/V amplifier converts a charge signal output from the capacitive MEMS into an electric signal, the analog/digital converter converts an analog signal based on the electric signal into a digital signal, the digital PID control unit calculates a control signal based on the digital signal, the binarizer converts the control signal into a binary signal, a negative feedback servo control loop in which the capacitive MEMS is controlled by the binary signal is formed,
the digital PID control unit performs integration at least once to calculate the control signal,
the binarizer forms a feedback loop comprising an integrator, a subtractor, and an encoder, and
the encoder generates a binary output depending on whether an input signal is a positive value or a negative value.

US Pat. No. 10,690,695

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING DRIVING BEHAVIOR

SHANGHAI XIAOYI TECHNOLOG...

1. A method performed by a processor for detecting driving behavior, the method comprising:sampling, at a preset time interval, acceleration data of a vehicle generated by an accelerometer along a longitudinal direction of the vehicle, the accelerometer being mounted on the vehicle;
determining an average acceleration along a longitudinal direction by averaging the sampled acceleration data over a first preset time period, the average acceleration being represented by a magnitude and a direction; and
when the magnitude of the average acceleration is greater than a first preset magnitude, determining an aggressive driving behavior has occurred;
wherein:
the accelerometer is a 3-axis accelerometer; and
the method further comprises before the average acceleration along the longitudinal direction is determined:
sampling, at the preset time interval, acceleration data generated by the accelerometer along a second direction and a third direction, respectively, the longitudinal, second, and third directions being mutually perpendicular; and
determining whether ?x2+y2+z2 is greater than or equal to a second preset magnitude, x being a magnitude of the acceleration data along the second direction, y being a magnitude of the acceleration data along the third direction, z being a magnitude of the acceleration data along the first direction, and the second preset magnitude being less than or equal to the first preset magnitude,
wherein the determining of the average acceleration along the longitudinal direction is conditioned upon the ?x2+y2+z2 being greater than or equal to the second preset magnitude.

US Pat. No. 10,690,693

SENSOR COMPRISING AN INTEGRATED IDENTIFICATION DEVICE

1. A sensor comprising:at least one magnetic field sensor element configured to sense a magnetic field,
at least one signal processing circuit connected to receive and process a signal from the at least one magnetic field sensor element, and
at least one package that contains the at least one magnetic field sensor element and the at least one signal processing circuit, wherein
the sensor has an electronic identification device and a data transmission interface that comprises a data transmission line or a wireless data transmission unit, the electronic identification device configured to receive an at least one identification datum from an external electronic device via the data transmission interface and store the at least one identification datum in a data memory unit of the electronic identification device, and
the sensor has a leadframe to which the at least one signal processing circuit, the at least one magnetic field sensor element and the electronic identification device are electrically and mechanically connected, the electronic identification device configured to communicate with the external electronic device via the leadframe.

US Pat. No. 10,690,692

METHOD FOR LINKING THE SHAFT OF A TACHOMETER AND AN AIRCRAFT WHEEL

SAFRAN LANDING SYSTEMS, ...

1. A method for linking an end of a shaft of a tachometer positioned in a landing gear hub and a wheel mounted to rotate on said hub, the method comprising;a step of equipping the wheel with a bush comprising a hollow body defining a housing suitable for receiving the end of the shaft of the tachometer and driving the shaft in rotation with the wheel, the housing comprising a receptacle in which a sleeve is mounted to rotate and the sleeve having a bearing member protruding inside the housing to be pushed back by the end of the shaft of the tachometer when the end of the tachometer shaft is engaged in the housing against a return force exerted by an elastic member to take up any play between the end of the shaft of the tachometer and the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,690,691

AUTOMATIC ANALYZER AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

JEOL Ltd., Tokyo (JP)

6. A computer-readable recording medium storing a program for causing a computer to execute a process comprising:outputting, by using an oscillation circuit, an alternating current signal indicating oscillating frequency according to an electrostatic capacity, the electrostatic capacity being produced between a tip portion of a dispensing probe and a surrounding portion associated with the dispensing probe, the oscillation circuit being connected to the dispensing probe, the dispensing probe moving to a liquid level in a container and suctioning and ejecting liquid in the container;
extracting feature values from time-series oscillating frequency data of the alternating current signal, the alternating current signal being output by the oscillation circuit in a period from a time point at which the dispensing probe starts moving downward until a time point at which a certain period of time has elapsed;
determining a plurality of determination results comprising whether or not the liquid level in the container is detected properly on the basis of the extracted feature values of the time-series oscillating frequency data by using a plurality of different methods; and
determining whether a gap is present and a reason for the gap from a combination of the plurality of determination results obtained by using the plurality of methods, the gap being present between the tip portion of the dispensing probe and the liquid level in the container.

US Pat. No. 10,690,690

AUTOMATIC ANALYSER AND METHOD

HITACHI HIGH-TECH CORPORA...

1. An automatic analyser comprising:a specimen dispensing mechanism that includes a specimen nozzle, a first pump and a first valve;
a nozzle connected to a first channel that is connected to a second pump and a second valve, the nozzle configured to eject liquid onto the specimen nozzle and into a cleaning tank;
a second channel connected to a third valve and the second pump; and
a controller connected to the specimen dispensing mechanism, the pump, the first valve, the second valve and the third valve, the controller programmed to:
perform a specimen suctioning process of controlling the specimen dispensing mechanism to insert the specimen nozzle into a specimen chamber holding a specimen and driving the first pump to suction the specimen in the specimen chamber,
perform a cleaning water introducing process of controlling the specimen dispensing mechanism to move the specimen nozzle to the cleaning tank after the specimen suctioning process and controlling the second valve to eject the liquid through the nozzle connected to the first channel onto the specimen nozzle,
perform a first liquid suctioning process of controlling the specimen dispensing mechanism to move the specimen nozzle to the second channel after the cleaning water introducing process and driving the first pump to suction a first volume of liquid,
perform an air suctioning process of driving the first pump to suction air after the liquid suctioning process, and
perform an ejection process of driving the first pump to eject the air before the liquid, and eject the liquid before a portion of the specimen is ejected from the specimen nozzle to a reaction chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,690,689

MICROFLUIDIC DEVICE FOR CHARACTERZING POLYNUCLEOTIDES

BASE4 INNOVATION LTD, Ca...

1. A microfluidic device for sequencing a nucleic acid analyte comprising:(a) a nucleic acid pyrophosphorolysis zone including a bead-receiving location and a bead to which is attached the nucleic acid analyte;
(b) at least one inlet connected to a source of an aqueous medium consisting essentially of a pyrophosphorolysing enzyme for introducing the aqueous medium into the pyrophosphorolysis zone upstream of the bead-receiving location via a first microfluidic pathway;
(c) at least one first outlet for removing a stream of single nucleotides in the flowing aqueous medium downstream of the bead-receiving location via the first microfluidic pathway;
(d) a microdroplet-generating chamber comprising a carrier solvent inlet, a first microdroplet head attached to the first outlet and a second outlet for removing a stream of microdroplets in the carrier solvent therefrom;
(e) a second microfluidic pathway attached to the second outlet and provided with at least one microdroplet injector and/or at least one second microdroplet coalescence zone for introducing enzymes and biological probes into the first microdroplets;
(f) a storage zone comprising locations at which the microdroplets issuing from the second microfluidic pathway are stored;
(g) a light source for interrogating microdroplet locations;
(h) a photodetector for detecting fluorescence at the microdroplet locations and generating an output data stream comprised of components characteristic of each single nucleotide in the stream of single nucleotides; and
(i) a microprocessor programmed with a computer algorithm to recreate the original nucleotide base sequence of the nucleic acid analyte from the data stream.

US Pat. No. 10,690,688

AUTOMATIC ANALYZER

Hitachi High-Tech Corpora...

1. An automatic analyzer comprising:a reagent dispensing mechanism having a nozzle part configured to dispense a reagent;
a cleaning water supply configured to supply a cleaning water to the reagent dispensing mechanism, the cleaning water supply part including a water supply tank and a liquid delivery pump, the water supply tank storing cleaning water and the liquid delivery pump delivering the cleaning water stored in the water supply tank;
a heater configured to increase a temperature of the cleaning water to be supplied from the cleaning water supply to the reagent dispensing mechanism to a predetermined temperature;
a control unit configured to control the reagent dispensing mechanism, the heater, and the cleaning water supply, the control unit including an input part configured to receive analysis request information and a memory configured to store the analysis request information; and
a biochemical analyzing part including a first light source and a first detecting part, the first light source emitting light to a liquid mixture of the sample and the reagent that is stored in the first reaction container arranged in the reaction disk, and the first detecting part detecting the emitted light, wherein
the control unit is configured to determine whether dispensing operation for next analysis is continually performed or intermittent based on the analysis request information stored in the memory and control operation of the reagent dispensing mechanism and the cleaning water supply such that, if the dispensing operation for the next analysis is intermittent, in a cycle before a cycle in which the dispensing operation is started, the cleaning water stored in the water supply tank is delivered by the liquid delivery pump, the temperature of the delivered cleaning water is increased by the heater, and the cleaning water of the increased temperature is then supplied to the nozzle part of the reagent dispensing mechanism, and
if the dispensing operation for the next analysis is continually performed, the control unit controls the operation of cleaning water supply part such that the cleaning water stored in the water supply tank is delivered by the liquid delivery pump, and the delivered cleaning water is supplied to the nozzle part of the reagent dispensing mechanism without increasing the temperature of the cleaning water.

US Pat. No. 10,690,687

PREGABALIN IMMUNOASSAYS

ARK Diagnostics, Inc., F...

1. A compound of Formula (A):whereinR1 is —X—W-L-Z;
R2 is —NH2;
X is NH;
W is a bond;
L is a linker; and
Z is an enzyme;
wherein the linker is selected from the group consisting of —(CH2)nC(O)—, —C(O)(CH2)n—, —C(O)(CH2)nNH—C(O)—, —C(O)(CH2)mNH—C(O)(CH2)n—, —(CH2)nSCH2C(O)—, —(CH2)mSCH2C(O)(CH2)n—, —(CH2)mC(O)NH(CH2)n—, —(CH2)nNH—C(O)—, —(CH2)mNH—C(O)(CH2)n—, —C(O)—(CH2)n—, and —(CH2)n—;
wherein in and n are each independently selected from an integer from 0 to 10,
or a salt thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,690,685

MECHANOCHEMICAL PLATFORM AND SENSING METHODS USING DNA ORIGAMI NANOSTRUCTURES

KENT STATE UNIVERSITY, K...

1. A biosensing platform which is capable of real time, high throughput mechanochemical biosensing, comprising:a DNA origami nanostructure, comprising multiple, flat DNA tiles having a plurality of slots between the tiles into which target recognition elements are strategically placed to lock adjacent tiles together, wherein the DNA origami nanostructure is 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional and tethered on terminal ends between two optically trapped beads through dsDNA handles, and
optical tweezers that sense mechanical signals generated when the target recognition element binds with a target to disassemble the lock and unlock the tiles.

US Pat. No. 10,690,684

APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR MEASURING VOLUME OF BLOOD LOSS

Majelco Medical, Inc., W...

1. A blood loss measurement device for determining an amount of blood within a fluid sample from a patient, comprising:a container having a vertical axis, the container configured for receiving fluid containing blood from a patient during a surgical procedure;
at least one light source in an operative position within the container configured to generate light at a plurality of wavelengths within the container;
at least one light detector to detect at least a first portion of light from the at least one light source at the first wavelength from the plurality of wavelengths and at least a second portion at a second wavelength from the plurality of wavelengths that is different than the first wavelength, the at least one light detector producing a first signal indicative of a first absorbance of light of the fluid sample and a second signal indicative of a second absorbance of light of the fluid sample;
a plurality of optical fibers comprising:
a first optical fiber having a first end coupled to the light source and a second end opposite the first end held in the container proximate a bottom of the container; and
a second optical fiber having a first end held within the container proximate a bottom of the container and positioned a distance from the second end of the first optical fiber so that light emanating from the first optical fiber is a least partially received by the second optical fiber and a second end coupled to the at least one light sensor, an amount of light received by the second optical fiber being detected by the at least one light sensor to detect the amount of light received by the second optical fiber from the first optical fiber at the first and second wavelengths; and
a processor operatively coupled to the at least one light detector, the processor receiving the first and second signals from the at least one light detector, the at least one signal being dependent upon an amount of absorption of light by blood in the container disposed between the first optical fiber and second optical fibers, the processor repeatedly determining a concentration of hemoglobin in the container depending on the first and second signals as fluid from the patient is added to the fluid sample in the container.

US Pat. No. 10,690,683

METHODS OF USE FOR INTERMEDIATE FILAMENT PROTEIN PROBES

University of Conneticut,...

1. A method of detecting a gliotic condition in a subject, comprising:administering to the subject a compound of formula (I)

wherein:
A is a fluorophore;
obtaining a tissue sample from the subject; and
detecting the compound of formula (I) in the tissue sample using fluorescence or near-infrared imaging, thereby detecting a gliotic condition in the subject;
wherein the gliotic condition is selected from the group consisting of choroidal neovascularization, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and vitreoretinopathy.

US Pat. No. 10,690,682

METHOD FOR THE DIAGNOSIS OF METACHROMATIC LEUKODYSTROPHY

Centogene AG, Rostock (D...

1. A method for generating quantitative data for a subject comprising: determining by means of mass spectrometric analysis a level of a free lyso-Gb1-sulfatide present in a sample from the subject, wherein the sample is a whole blood sample collected from the subject on a dry blood filter card, wherein the mass spectrometric analysis is carried out from the collected whole blood on the dry blood filter card and wherein lyso-Gb1-sulfatide is of formula (I)
wherein the subject is suffering from metachromatic leukodystrophy, or is suspected of suffering from metachromatic leukodystrophy.

US Pat. No. 10,690,680

METHOD FOR ANALYZING THE ACTIVITY OF AN ION CHANNEL

Paris Sciences Et Lettres...

1. A method to analyze the activity of an ion channel comprising:(i) providing in a hydrophobic medium a first droplet D1 of an aqueous solution AS1 comprising a concentration c1 of an ion I with c1?0, wherein the droplet D1 is surrounded by a monolayer of amphiphilic molecules,
(ii) (ii) providing in the said hydrophobic medium a second droplet D2 of an aqueous solution AS2 comprising a concentration c2 of the ion I with c2?0 and c2?c1, wherein the droplet D2 is surrounded by a monolayer of amphiphilic molecules further comprising the ion channels to be analyzed,
(iii) (iii) bringing the first droplet D1 and the second droplet D2 into contact so as to form a bilayer of amphiphilic molecules in the contact area, wherein the bilayer of amphiphilic molecules further comprises ion channels to be analyzed, and measuring the radius of the two droplets when they are brought into contact referred to as initial state, and
(iv) (iv) maintaining the first droplet D1 and the second droplet D2 into contact until equilibrium is reached, wherein at equilibrium the size of the two droplets does not evolve anymore and the osmolarity between the two droplets is in equilibrium;
and measuring the radius of the two contacted droplets or determining the number of resulting droplet(s) at the equilibrium referred to as equilibrium state,
wherein the ion channel is inactive when the difference of the radius of at least one droplet between its initial state and its equilibrium state is at least 10% or when only one droplet is obtained at the equilibrium state.

US Pat. No. 10,690,676

QUANTIFYING MONOCLONAL ANTIBODY THERAPEUTICS BY LC-MS/MS

Mayo Roundation for Medic...

1. A method for quantifying a monoclonal antibody therapeutic in a sample, the method comprising:a) providing a human sample comprising a humanized monoclonal antibody therapeutic;
b) adding an internal standard to the sample, wherein the internal standard is a non-isotopically labeled immunoglobulin from a non-human species; and
c) subjecting the sample to a mass spectrometry technique to quantify the humanized monoclonal antibody therapeutic in the sample.

US Pat. No. 10,690,675

METHODS FOR ENRICHING GLYCOPEPTIDES FOR GLOBAL ANALYSIS OF GLYCOPROTEINS

Georgia Tech Research Cor...

1. A method for enriching a glycan-containing molecule, the glycan-containing molecule comprising a glycan component, the method comprising:preparing a dendrimer-benzoboroxole (DB) complex comprising:
a benzoboroxole compound conjugated to a dendrimer; and
a bead;
contacting the glycan-containing molecule with the DB complex at pH 9-11 to form a glycan-DB complex;
wherein the glycan-containing molecule is reversibly bound to the DB complex; and
wherein the benzoboroxole compound is a compound of Formula II:
.

US Pat. No. 10,690,673

METHOD OF TREATING CANCER METASTASIS BY CDK 4/6 INHIBITORS

Mayo Foundation for Medic...

1. A method for treating cancer in a mammal, wherein said method comprises:(a) identifying said mammal as having cancer cells that express an elevated level of a DUB3 polypeptide or an elevated level of a SNAIL polypeptide, and
(b) administering a CDK 4/6 inhibitor selected from the group consisting of PD0332991, LY2835219, and LEE011 to said mammal under conditions wherein said cancer cells do not metastasize.

US Pat. No. 10,690,669

BOVINE HERPESVIRUS DETECTION AND TREATMENT

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF L...

1. A method for determining whether an animal is infected with a Bovine herpesvirus type 1 (BoHV-1), vaccinated with a recombinant BoHV-1 triple mutant virus (BoHV-1 tmv), or uninfected with a Bovine herpesvirus type 1 (BoHV-1) comprising:(a) contacting a test sample from said animal with at least one polypeptide or peptide to form an assay mixture, where the at least one polypeptide or peptide consists of a sequence selected from the group consisting of SEQ ID NO:1, 4-44, and 45; and
(b) detecting or measuring whether a complex between the at least one polypeptide or peptide and antibodies is present in the assay mixture, and
where detecting or measuring comprises contacting the complex, or a polypeptide, a peptide, or an antibody in the complex with a binding entity, wherein the binding entity comprises at least one label.

US Pat. No. 10,690,668

METHOD FOR DETECTING POLYOMAVIRUS REACTIVATION

1. A method for detecting polyomavirus agnoprotein in a patient, said method comprising:obtaining a sample of a body fluid from a human patient; and
detecting whether polyomavirus apoprotein is present in the sample by contacting the sample with a binding agent that specifically binds polyomavirus agnoprotein, and detecting binding between the agnoprotein and the binding agent.

US Pat. No. 10,690,667

RAPID SCREENING ASSAY FOR QUALITATIVE DETECTION OF MULTIPLE FEBRILE ILLNESSES

Chembio Diagnostic System...

1. A test device for the qualitative detection from a liquid sample of at least one febrile illness from a plurality of pathogenically unrelated febrile illnesses, the test device for use with a solution, the device comprising:a) a first sorbent material having a first width and a first length substantially longer than said first width, the first sorbent material having a plurality of conjugates having antigens or antibodies with attached visible color markers deposited thereon, and having a first location for receiving the solution and defining a first migration path for the solution and conjugates;
b) a second sorbent material having a second width and a second length substantially longer than said second width, the second sorbent material separate from the first sorbent material and defining a second migration path separate from the first migration path, the second sorbent material having a second location for receiving the liquid sample;
c) a test site located on or in the first sorbent material or on or in the second sorbent material and having a plurality of separately located immobilized ligand-binding mechanisms for receiving the liquid sample, each ligand-binding mechanism being capable of binding with a ligand corresponding to one of the pathogenically unrelated febrile illnesses, wherein said plurality of separately located immobilized ligand-binding mechanisms includes a first mechanism that binds to a viral infection antigen or antibody, and a second mechanism that binds to a bacterial infection antigen or antibody or to a parasitic infection antigen or antibody, said viral infection antigen or antibody and said bacterial or parasitic infection antigen or antibody respectively corresponding to a first febrile illness and a second febrile illness that are prevalent within a geographical proximity, wherein the second sorbent material intersects the first sorbent material at or adjacent the test site, and
wherein time is required for the liquid sample to laterally flow from the second location to the test site such that the liquid sample does not immediately wet the test site upon application; and
d) a single control line spaced from said test site and having anti-conjugate antibodies such that said plurality of conjugates will bind to said anti-conjugate antibodies at said single control line.

US Pat. No. 10,690,664

OPTICAL ASSAY DEVICE WITH PNEUMATIC SAMPLE ACTUATION

Abbott Point of Care Inc....

1. A system for testing an analyte, the system comprising:a testing device comprising a holding chamber and a first conduit comprising a labeling zone comprising an antibody conjugate specific for the analyte and a detection zone including a porous plug with a plurality of capture antibodies for the analyte;
one or more processors; and
a memory coupled to the one or more processors, the memory storing a plurality of instructions executable by the one or more processors, the plurality of instructions comprising instructions, which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to perform processing, comprising
actuating a pneumatic pump to move a portion of a test sample in the testing device from the holding chamber to the labeling zone in the first conduit, wherein the portion of the test sample comes in contact with the antibody conjugate specific for the analyte;
actuating the pneumatic pump to push the portion of the sample from the labeling zone to the detection zone; and,
capturing an image of the detection zone.

US Pat. No. 10,690,663

MANUFACTURING OF A BIOSENSOR CARTRIDGE

Koninklijke Philips N.V.,...

1. A method for manufacturing a processing device comprising magnetic particles, said method comprising the following steps:a) depositing a liquid mixture comprising magnetic particles, a matrix material, and a volatile carrier onto a surface of the device;
b) pulling the magnetic particles of the mixture away from said surface to a desired location within the mixture; and
c) drying the mixture by removing the volatile carrier.

US Pat. No. 10,690,662

MAGNETIC CAPTURING OF RARE CELLS

INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHN...

1. A system for magnetic capturing of rare cells from a liquid sample, wherein the rare cells are conjugated with magnetic particles through a binding agent, wherein the system comprises:a capture chip comprising:
a longitudinal channel for passing the liquid sample, wherein the longitudinal channel has a first part and a second part interfaced with the first part, wherein the second part has a narrower cross-sectional width than the first part; and
a capture well for the magnetic capturing of the rare cells from the passed liquid sample, wherein the capture well is near an end of the second part closer to an interfacing region between the first part and the second part; and
a first set of multiple rows of magnets for the magnetic capturing of the rare cells in the first part of the longitudinal channel, wherein a first row of the first set of multiple rows has magnets that span a length of the first part of the longitudinal channel and each subsequent row of the first set of multiple rows has one magnet less than a previous row.

US Pat. No. 10,690,660

ENVIRONMENTAL SAMPLING AND ASSAY DEVICE

CBRN INTERNATIONAL, LTD.,...

1. An environmental sampling and assay system, comprising:(a) a sealed glove box having a sample collection port to the outside;
(b) a humidity sensor and a dehumidifier, located in said glove box, said dehumidifier controlled by said humidity sensor to prevent humidity in said glove box from rising above a threshold level;
(c) a set of coupons; and
(d) a substance detection coupon reading system, located in said glove box and capable to gather a sample from said sample collection port, form a liquid that includes said sample, select a first coupon from said set of coupons, wet said first coupon with said liquid, read said first coupon and provide a human operator with information from said first coupon.

US Pat. No. 10,690,659

MEASURING PHYSICAL AND BIOCHEMICAL PARAMETERS WITH MOBILE DEVICES

IXENSOR CO., LTD., Taipe...

1. A method for a mobile computing device to measure a test strip in a test strip module, the method comprising:in a calibration phase before a sample is introduced to a reaction area on the test strip, detecting with a camera on a face of the mobile computing device an ambient light effect from an ambient light leaking into the test strip module through an interface between a case of the test strip module and the face of the mobile computing device when the test strip module is mounted on the face of the mobile computing device, wherein detecting the ambient light effect comprises:
capturing a series of images under incrementing light intensities;
linearizing a response of the camera based on the series; and
determining a formula for a corrected color based a first image in the series that is captured with the light source area off and a second in the series that is captured with the light source area on, comprising:

where Coff is a detected color of a color calibration area in the first image, Con is a detected color of the color calibration area in the second image, Cactual is an actual color of the color calibration area, Cdetected is a detected color in a third image captured with the light source area on in the measurement phase, and Ccorrected is the corrected color value;
in a measurement phase after the sample is introduced to the reaction area on the test strip:
illuminating the test strip with a light emitted by a light source area of a screen on the face of the mobile computing device, wherein the light source area corresponds to a portion of the screen;
detecting with the camera one or more colors of the reaction area;
correcting the detected one or more colors for the ambient light effect;
correlating the corrected one or more colors to an analyte property; and
displaying a value of the analyte property on the screen.

US Pat. No. 10,690,657

EPITHELIAL TISSUE MODEL

1. A vial for holding a segment of epithelial tissue, the vial having a neck and a first open end at a top of the neck, wherein a rim is provided at the first open end that defines a first opening, wherein an upper surface of the rim faces away from the neck,wherein the neck and the rim define a crimp cap receiving area for receiving a crimp cap;
wherein the vial has a second open end located distal to the neck and wherein a ring of inert material is provided adjacent the upper surface of the rim and covers at least part of the upper surface of the rim; and
wherein the rim extends from a perimeter of the first open end inward; said vial further comprising a receiving area for receiving a segment of epithelial tissue, wherein said receiving area is adjacent the ring of inert material, at a side of the ring of inert material facing away from the rim, wherein:
(i) a segment of epithelial tissue is received in the receiving area, and wherein an apical side of the epithelial tissue faces the first opening and a basolateral side of the epithelial tissue faces away from the first opening; and whereby the ring of inert material is positioned on the apical side of the epithelial tissue and a crimp cap is provided on the crimp cap receiving area to provide a tight seal to the first open end of the vial; or
(ii) a segment of epithelial tissue is received in the receiving area, and wherein a basolateral side of the epithelial tissue faces the first opening and an apical side of the epithelial tissue faces away from the first opening; and whereby the ring of inert material is positioned on the basolateral side of the epithelial tissue and a crimp cap is provided on the crimp cap receiving area to provide a tight seal to the first open end of the vial;
wherein the vial comprises a support that is provided in the receiving area for receiving a segment of epithelial tissue, such that when the segment of epithelial tissue is received in the receiving area the basolateral or apical side of the epithelial tissue is covered by said support.

US Pat. No. 10,690,656

METHODS OF SCREENING AND TREATMENT WITH USP4 INHIBITORS

MISSION THERAPEUTICS LIMI...

1. A method of treating cancer, comprising the step of administering a Ubiquitin Specific Protease 4 (USP4) inhibitor to a subject in need thereof, wherein the cancer comprises cells deficient in one or more DNA damage response (DDR) pathways and/or cells resistant to platinum-based chemotherapy, wherein the USP4 inhibitor is an RNA-based drug and the cancer is bone cancer or cervical cancer.

US Pat. No. 10,690,655

AUTOMATED URINE COLLECTOR-ANALYZER

Ur24 Technology, LLC, Sa...

1. A urine collector-analyzer apparatus comprising:a disk positioned within a vented spherical enclosure;
a urine tube engaged with and terminated within said spherical enclosure, wherein a diametrically stretched distal end of said urine tube is positioned around a periphery of said disk for securement of said stretched distal end of said urine tube;
a fluid sensor mounted on said disk for sensing fluid within said urine tube;
an air vent valve mounted through said disk for injecting air into said urine tube;
a vacuum pump engaged with an interconnection tube for establishing a suction level within said urine tube and said interconnection tube;
a proximal end of said interconnection tube extended into and secured by said spherical enclosure wherein said interconnection tube extends through said disk terminating within said distal end of said urine tube;
a distal end of said interconnection tube terminated within a canister for collecting said fluid;
said fluid sensor adapted for producing a first signal when said fluid is detected in said urine tube;
a fluid level sensor within said canister, said fluid level sensor adapted for producing a second signal, said second signal related to a fluid level within said canister;
a signal processor adapted for receiving said first and said second signals: said signal processor interconnected for control of said vacuum pump and said air vent valve for adjustment of urine flow and for producing a third signal when said fluid level equals a selected maximum fluid level, wherein said third signal identifies a need for service of said canister.

US Pat. No. 10,690,654

PLASMA SEPARATION DEVICE

ViveBio Scientific, LLC, ...

18. A method for separating plasma from whole blood comprising:providing a device according to claim 1; and
depositing whole blood through the aperture and onto the separation membrane.

US Pat. No. 10,690,653

FLUID SEPARATOR FOR POINT OF CARE MOLECULAR DIAGNOSTICS

The Trustees of the Unive...

1. A device for biological fluid separation, comprising:an upper surface and a lower surface, the device being configured such that in an open state, the lower surface is in fluid communication with the environment exterior to the device, and the device being configured such that in a closed state, the upper and lower surfaces are positioned opposite one another so as to define a volume between the surfaces; and
at least one separation membrane being disposed in the upper surface, the separation membrane being positioned so as to be in fluid communication with the volume between the surfaces when the device is in the closed state, and the separation membrane being selectively permeable to a fluid blood component,
wherein the lower surface comprises a hydrophilic region at least partially in register with the membrane when the device is in the closed state.

US Pat. No. 10,690,650

SYSTEM FOR IMAGING CAPTURED CELLS

Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc...

1. A system for detecting sample features, the system comprising:a platform comprising a set of guides for a set of imaging substrates;
a filter subsystem comprising a dichroic mirror superior to the platform;
a first light source, inferior to the platform, configured to transmit light toward an imaging substrate of the set of imaging substrates from a first direction;
a second light source configured to transmit light through the filter subsystem, to the dichroic mirror of the filter subsystem, and toward the imaging substrate from a second direction opposed to the first direction;
a lens actuator coupled to a lens configured to transmit light from a target object of the imaging substrate, through the dichroic mirror of the filter subsystem, toward an optical sensor, wherein the lens actuator comprises a lens selector and a translation stage coupled to an optical shaft concentrically aligned with the lens by way of the lens selector, the lens actuator configured to vertically translate the lens to facilitate focusing of the target object, and wherein the target object comprises a fiducial with one or more depth features coupled to the imaging substrate, for autofocusing the lens relative to a sample component retained at the imaging substrate; and
a control subsystem comprising a non-transitory computer-readable medium comprising instructions stored thereon, that when executed on a processor perform the steps of:
actuating the platform relative to a first axis perpendicular to a plane defined by the platform, into a first configuration that aligns the imaging substrate between the first light source and the lens,
rotating the filter subsystem about a second axis, into a second configuration that positions a filter of the filter subsystem into alignment with the second light source, and
adjusting operation of the lens actuator, thereby automatically focusing the lens relative to the target object.

US Pat. No. 10,690,649

SUPERCRITICAL CO2 REACTOR AND TEST SYSTEM OF CREEPAGE, DIFFUSION AND EROSION OF ROCK MASS

Taiyuan University of Tec...

1. A supercritical CO2 reactor for providing a supercritical CO2 environment to a specimen, comprising:a reactor body having a test chamber,
a heating layer arranged in a side wall of the reactor body,
a temperature sensor and a pressure sensor arranged in the test chamber,
a sealing cover configured to seal an opening of the reactor body,
a fixing component arranged on the sealing cover, and
a hydraulic loading component configured to apply an axial load on the specimen; wherein
the reactor body is provided with an air inlet/outlet pipe configured to communicate the test chamber with an external environment;
the air inlet/outlet pipe is provided with an air valve;
the fixing component comprises at least two vertical guide bars, and an upper pad and a lower pad slidably arranged on each of the vertical guide bars;
a first end of each vertical guide bar is connected to a lower surface of the sealing cover; a second end of each vertical guide bar is provided with a limit part;
the vertical guide bar, the upper pad and the lower pad form a fixing area;
the hydraulic loading component comprises an oil-loading tank and an axial loading rod;
the oil-loading tank is sealingly arranged on an upper surface of the sealing cover and provided with an oil inlet pipe;
the oil inlet pipe is provided with an oil valve;
a first end of the axial loading rod is slidably arranged in the oil-loading tank; a second end of the axial loading rod passes through the sealing cover and faces the upper pad; and the axial loading rod is in sealed contact with the oil-loading tank and the sealing cover.

US Pat. No. 10,690,648

LITHIUM REAGENT COMPOSITION, AND METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETERMINING LITHIUM ION AMOUNT USING SAME

METALLOGENICS Co., Ltd, ...

1. A lithium reagent composition for measuring the quantity of lithium in serum or blood plasma, comprising a compound having a structure represented by the formula (I):
in which all hydrogens bonded to carbons of a tetraphenylporphyrin are replaced by fluorine atoms, a water-miscible organic solvent selected from the group consisting of dimethylsulfoxide (DMS), dimethylformamide (DMF) and dimethylacetamide (DMA), and a pH modifier for adjusting the pH to a range from pH 5 to pH 12,
wherein said reagent composition is an aqueous solution.

US Pat. No. 10,690,647

CHEMICAL SENSOR FOR HEAVY METAL DETECTION

NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNI...

1. A chemical sensor, comprising:an inlet;
a chamber in fluid communication with the inlet;
an outlet in fluid communication with the chamber;
a working electrode provided in the chamber, wherein the working electrode comprises a plurality of protrusions extending into a fluid flow path in the chamber beyond a boundary layer of the fluid flow path;
a reference electrode;
a counter electrode;
a plurality of contact pads electrically connected to respective ones of the working electrode, the reference electrode and the counter electrode;
a first microfluidic channel coupling the inlet to the chamber; and
a plurality of subchannels interfacing the first microfluidic channel and the working electrode,
wherein the protrusions are provided in a parabolic arrangement, and
wherein the plurality of subchannels are configured to guide the fluid flow path towards the plurality of protrusions.

US Pat. No. 10,690,646

UNDERWATER CAMERA AND WATER QUALITY MONITORING SYSTEM

1. A water quality monitoring and image capture device for submersive deployment in a body of water, comprising:a water tight sealed housing;
a camera module disposed within the sealed housing;
one or more water quality monitoring sensors;
a data logger communicatively coupled to the camera and the one or more water quality monitoring sensors, the data logger_ operating to record measurement data from the one or more water quality monitoring sensors and camera data from the camera module;
control electronics operating to cause the data logger to record the measurement data and the camera data over an observation period commencing after a delay period from activation at submerged deployment of the device in the body of water;
wherein the water quality monitoring and image capturing device further comprising a mounting system attached to a weighted landing frame for standing on a bottom of a body of water, the weighted landing frame enabling the mounting system to stand upright on the bottom of the body of water wherein the camera module and the one or more water quality monitoring sensors have a desired orientation and a height above the bottom of the body of water for unobstructed observation.

US Pat. No. 10,690,645

SMART MEASUREMENT SYSTEM AT THE DELIVERY POINT OF A FLUID

SUEZ GROUPE, Paris la De...

1. A device for measuring at least one physical, chemical or biological parameter of a fluid that is water or gas, flowing in a pipe belonging to a fluid distribution network, said device being configured to be installed as cutoff on said pipe at the point of delivery of the fluid, said pipe including a first section and a second section, said device comprising:a plurality of sensors each provided with a measurement end configured to measure the at least one physical, chemical or biological parameter of the fluid flowing through the flow pipe;
a body comprising a flow pipe through which the fluid flows, the flow pipe comprising a plurality of flow pipe orifices;
a modular support element located within the body and comprising a plurality of spaced-apart insertion housings in the form of orifices, each insertion housing being aligned with one of the orifices of the flow pipe such that each of the sensors is configured to be inserted within the modular support element and extend through the respective insertion housing through the respective orifice of the flow pipe, the flow pipe being secured to the modular support element, said measurement end of each said sensor being received in a respective one of the insertion housings and extending through the respective insertion housing and the respective orifice of the flow pipe to protrude beyond the modular support element into the flow pipe;
a sensor fixing system that fixes each sensor in the respective one of the insertion housings, each sensor being held in a measurement position in which each sensor is operative to measure the at least one physical, chemical or biological parameter of the fluid flowing through the flow pipe;
a first fixing system configured to connect:
a first end of the flow pipe to an end of the first section, and
a second end of the flow pipe to an end of the second section,
to allow the fluid to flow through the flow pipe;
a smart module located within the body and configured to:
trigger at least one measurement by the plurality of sensors at determined time intervals, and
diagnose an anomaly of at least one physical, chemical or biological parameter of the fluid as a function of at least one measured value, the smart module comprising a communication system configured to carry out a computerized communication between the smart module and a remote computer terminal, the smart module being configured to transmit to the computer terminal information relating to the diagnosed anomaly; and
a component configured to parameterize or to configure the device by the remote computer terminal using the communication system,
wherein the sensors are mounted in a modular manner in the modular support element.

US Pat. No. 10,690,644

COMPUTER SYSTEM, PLANT DIAGNOSIS METHOD, AND PROGRAM

OPTIM CORPORATION, Saga ...

1. A computer system comprising: a processor and a storage; wherein the storage stores a processor-executable program executed by the processor, and the program comprises:a storage unit configured to store a feature value or an RGB value of a plant in advance;
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire a visible light image and an infrared image that are imaged by a camera;
a first image processing unit configured to compare a feature value or an RGB value, which is extracted from data of the visible light image, with the feature value or the RGB value of the plant stored in the storage unit, discriminate a plant present in the data of the visible light image, and identify a region, which corresponds to a predetermined site of the discriminated plant, according to the feature value or the RGB value;
a second image processing unit configured to identify a region, in the infrared image, which corresponds to the identified region in the visible light image; and
a diagnosis unit configured to diagnosis the plant based on a temperature of the identified region in the infrared image, wherein the diagnosis unit uses the temperature of another individual plant when diagnosing one of a plurality of individual plants, wherein the another individual plant is different from the one of the plurality of individual plants.

US Pat. No. 10,690,643

MONITORING POWER DEVICES

1. An instrument configured for monitoring an electrical power device, the instrument comprising:a fitting and seal assembly configured for attaching the instrument, through a valve, to a pipe section, wherein:
the pipe section comprises an envelope through which a flow of a fluid is coupled between a tank of the electrical power device and a cooling device, the envelope disposed about a longitudinal axis, and one or more penetrations in the envelope, the one or more penetrations disposed laterally in relation to the longitudinal axis; and
the valve comprises an outlet, an inlet disposed opposite from the outlet along a longitudinal axis of the valve and attached to the pipe section, coupled with one of the one or more penetrations, and a solid spherical disk penetrated with a hollow tubular conduit aligned with a diameter of the disk, wherein an open state of the valve corresponds to a position of the disk in which the conduit aligns with the outlet and the inlet;
a housing assembly attached, with the fitting and seal assembly, removably to the outlet of the valve, the housing assembly comprising one or more detection signal processors and a transmission component operable for generating a processor output signal corresponding to each of the processed data signals; and
a probe component attached to the housing assembly and protruding therefrom, the probe component comprising one or more sensors, each of the sensors operable for detecting one or more properties of the fluid and generating the detection signal corresponding to each of the detected fluid properties, and a conductor over which the generated detection signals are transmitted into the attached housing assembly, wherein each of the processors is operable for processing at least one of the detection signals transmitted into the housing assembly by the conductor and for generating a corresponding processed data signal;
wherein the fitting and seal assembly is attached to the housing assembly, wherein the fitting and seal assembly fastens the housing assembly directly and removably to the outlet of the valve wherein, with the valve in the open state, the conduit accommodates a protrusion of the probe through the valve upon an attachment of the housing component to the outlet of the valve and into contact with the flow of the fluid through the pipe section.

US Pat. No. 10,690,642

METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY GENERATING A FLUID PROPERTY LOG DERIVED FROM DRILLING FLUID GAS DATA

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. A method for generating a log of a value of a property of a fluid in an earth formation versus depth, the method comprising:obtaining a plurality of samples of drilling fluid that are entrained with a formation gas and correlating each sample to a depth in a borehole from which the formation gas was entrained in the drilling fluid;
extracting the formation gas from each sample to provide a plurality of formation gas samples;
analyzing each formation gas sample to provide a chemical composition of each formation gas sample in the plurality of formation gas samples;
determining at least one formation property at the depth in the borehole from which the formation gas was entrained in the drilling fluid; and
determining the value of the property of the fluid in the earth formation from the chemical composition of each formation gas sample in the plurality of formation gas samples and the at least one formation property at the depth in the borehole from which the formation gas was entrained in the drilling fluid to provide the value of the property of the fluid in the earth formation for each chemical composition at the depth in the borehole from which the formation gas in each sample of drilling fluid was entrained in the drilling fluid to provide the log using a processor.

US Pat. No. 10,690,641

SENSOR CALIBRATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Trane International Inc.,...

1. A sensor for an HVAC system, comprising:a processor;
a memory; and
a set of instructions stored in the memory and executable on the processor, which, when executed by the processor, cause the sensor to:
determine if the sensor may be locally auto-calibrated based on local conditions;
locally auto-calibrate the sensor against a reliable baseline reading upon a determination that the sensor may be locally auto-calibrated based on the local conditions;
output uncalibrated sensor data to a calibration module, upon a determination that the sensor cannot be auto-calibrated based on the local conditions, to populate an uncalibrated sensor dataset of the calibration module; and
receive calibration data, based on the uncalibrated sensor data, from the calibration module of a remote server, to calibrate the sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,690,639

LIQUID CHROMATOGRAPHY SYSTEM FOR SAMPLE LOADING WITH A TRAP COLUMN

Dionex Softron GMBH, Gem...

1. A liquid chromatography system comprising:A) a separation column;
B) a trap column;
C) a first switching valve;
wherein the first switching valve is adapted to include a first switching position to bring a sample into the trap column in a first flow direction;
wherein the first switching valve is adapted to include a second switching position to fluidly connect the trap column with the separation column and to provide a flow of a fluid from the trap column to the separation column in a second flow direction, in which the second flow direction is opposite to the first flow direction; and
wherein the first switching valve is adapted to include a third switching position to fluidly connecting the trap column with the separation column and provide a flow of the fluid from the trap column to the separation column in the first flow direction.

US Pat. No. 10,690,637

AUTOSAMPLER AND LIQUID CHROMATOGRAPH

SHIMADZU CORPORATION, Ky...

1. An autosampler comprising:a needle;
a syringe pump which sucks and discharges a sample through the needle;
a needle drive mechanism which moves the needle;
a sample loop which holds the sample sucked by the syringe pump; and
a flow path switching mechanism which includes a plurality of connection ports, the plurality of connection ports including a plurality of solvent supply ports individually connected to a plurality of solvent delivery flow paths feeding different solvents without any merging, an analysis port connected to an analysis flow path communicating with an analysis column for separating the sample, and a loop one end side port connected to one end of the sample loop, and the flow path switching mechanism being configured to switch a connection state between the connection ports to select any one of a loading mode for connecting all the solvent delivery flow paths to the analysis flow path in the same time without using the sample loop therebetween and an injecting mode for connecting all the solvent delivery flow paths to the analysis flow path at the same time through the sample loop by interposing the sample loop between all the solvent delivery flow paths and the analysis flow path,
wherein the flow path switching mechanism is a rotary type valve which switches a connection state between the connection ports by rotating a rotor including a flow path communicating the connection ports, the solvent supply ports are adjacently arranged to form a series of solvent supply ports, the loop one end side port is disposed at one end side of the series of solvent supply ports, the analysis port is disposed at the other end side of the series of solvent supply ports, the series of solvent supply ports and the analysis port communicate with one another by one flow path provided in the rotor in the loading mode, and the series of solvent supply ports and the loop one end side port communicate with one another by the one flow path in the injecting mode.

US Pat. No. 10,690,636

TRAPS FOR USE WITH CHROMATOGRAPHY SYSTEMS

PerkinElmer Health Scienc...

1. A gas chromatography system comprising:an injector comprising an inlet port fluidically coupled to an outlet of the injector which is fluidically coupled to a common fluid line at the outlet of the injector, wherein the common fluid line splits into a first fluid line and a second fluid line, in which the injector is configured to receive a fluid sample comprising an oil and analyte of interest through the inlet port, vaporize the received fluid sample and provide the vaporized fluid sample through the common fluid line and the first and second fluid lines;
a trap fluidically coupled to the first fluid line, the trap configured to receive vaporized oil in the vaporized fluid sample from the first fluid line and trap and condense the vaporized oil in the fluid sample in the trap while permitting continued flow of vaporized analyte of interest to waste;
a gas chromatography column fluidically coupled to the second fluid line and configured to receive the vaporized fluid sample through the second fluid line to separate analytes in the received vaporized fluid sample;
a detector fluidically coupled to the gas chromatography column and configured to receive the separated analytes from the gas chromatography column and detect the separated analytes,
in which the trap is positioned outside of an instrument housing comprising the gas chromatography column, and the common fluid line travels from an internal space of the instrument housing to the outside of the instrument housing where the trap is positioned, and wherein the first fluid line penetrates into the trap to permit dripping of vaporized oil from the first fluid line into the trap as condensed oil.

US Pat. No. 10,690,634

ULTRASONIC MEASUREMENT AND DETERMINATION OF CRYSTALLOGRAPHIC TEXTURE WITH RESPECT TO POSITION

Rolls-Royce Corporation, ...

1. A system comprising:an ultrasonic waveform generator configured to generate an ultrasonic waveform that propagates through a sample;
an ultrasonic waveform detector configured to detect the reflected ultrasonic waveform that propagated through the sample; and
a data analysis device configured to:
receive from the ultrasonic waveform detector ultrasonic waveform data representative of the reflected ultrasonic waveform that propagated through the sample;
select a portion of the ultrasonic waveform data;
apply a Fast Fourier Transform to the portion of the ultrasonic waveform data to transform the portion from a time domain to a frequency domain;
identify a dominant frequency of the portion in the frequency domain; and
determine a characteristic of a crystallographic texture for the portion based on at least one equation that relates the dominant frequency of the portion to the characteristic of the crystallographic texture for the portion.

US Pat. No. 10,690,632

ULTRASOUND PROBE FOR A BORE, EQUIPPED WITH AN OFFCENTRING DEVICE

Airbus Operations S.A.S.,...

1. An ultrasound probe for inspecting a bore opening onto a peripheral surface, the ultrasound probe comprising:a body which has a cylindrical side wall that extends from a first end to a second end;
an emission head positioned on the cylindrical side wall in proximity to the first end; and
an offcentring device comprising a support and at least two strips configured to deform elastically along a radial direction and connected to the support, the support configured to be fixed removably on the body of the ultrasound probe, the at least two strips positioned on the support so as to exert a force, oriented radially and passing through the emission head, on the ultrasound probe.

US Pat. No. 10,690,631

ULTRASOUND PROBE FOR A BORE, EQUIPPED WITH A COUPLING SUPPORT

Airbus Operations S.A.S.,...

1. An ultrasound probe for inspecting a bore opening onto a peripheral surface, the ultrasound probe comprising:a body which has a cylindrical side wall that extends from a first end to a second end;
an emission head positioned on the cylindrical side wall in proximity to the first end,
a coupling support which has:
a through-orifice having a diameter equal to or greater than the diameter of the body of the ultrasound probe; and
a contact face, which has an external diameter greater than the diameter of the bore to be inspected and is configured to be pressed against the peripheral surface over the entire perimeter of the bore during operation so as to close the bore.

US Pat. No. 10,690,630

GENERATION AND UTILIZATION OF PIPE-SPECIFIC SOUND ATTENUATION

Mueller International, LL...

1. A method of determining an optimal arrangement of computing nodes attached to a plurality of utility components within a fluid distribution system, comprising the steps of:automatically determining an equivalent length between two computing nodes, wherein a first computing node of the two computing nodes is attached to a first hydrant and a second computing node of the two computing nodes is attached to a second hydrant, wherein the step of determining the equivalent length comprises the steps of
receiving predetermined criteria for a specific pipe-soil combination, the specific pipe-soil combination comprising a pipe segment and a type of soil,
calculating sound attenuation data of the specific pipe-soil combination based on the predetermined criteria,
employing the sound attenuation data to produce a colormap of sound attenuation,
determining a propagating distance for the specific pipe-soil combination based on the colormap and a predetermined frequency, and
determining the equivalent length based on the propagating distance; and
determining the optimal arrangement of computing nodes attached to the plurality of utility components within the fluid distribution system based on the equivalent length.

US Pat. No. 10,690,629

GAS DETECTION DEVICE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A gas detection device comprising:an element portion which is disposed in an exhaust gas passage of an internal combustion engine, which includes an electrochemical cell including a solid electrolyte with oxide ion conductivity and a first electrode and a second electrode which are formed on surfaces of the solid electrolyte, and a diffusion resistor formed of a porous material being able to transmit an exhaust gas flowing in the exhaust gas passage, and in which the exhaust gas flowing in the exhaust gas passage reaches the first electrode via the diffusion resistor;
a power supply circuit configured to apply a voltage across the first electrode and the second electrode;
a current detection sensor configured to detect an output current which is a current flowing between the first electrode and the second electrode; and
an electronic control unit configured to control an application voltage which is a voltage applied across the first electrode and the second electrode using the power supply circuit, to acquire the output current using the current detection sensor, and to perform determination of whether sulfur oxides with a predetermined concentration or more is contained in the exhaust gas or detection of a concentration of sulfur oxides in the exhaust gas based on the acquired output current,
wherein the electronic control unit performs detection voltage control including first application voltage control, second application voltage control, and third application voltage control using the power supply circuit,
the first application voltage control is application voltage control of performing a step-up sweep of stepping up the application voltage from a first voltage, which is selected from a first voltage range which is higher than a lower limit voltage of a limiting current region in which the output current is a limiting current of oxygen and lower than a decomposition start voltage of sulfur oxides, to a second voltage which is higher than the decomposition start voltage of sulfur oxides,
the second application voltage control is application voltage control of maintaining the application voltage to be equal to or higher than the decomposition start voltage of sulfur oxides over a predetermined voltage maintaining time from a time point at which the first application voltage control ends after the first application voltage control,
the third application voltage control is application voltage control of performing a step-down sweep of stepping down the application voltage from a voltage at a time point at which the second application voltage control ends to the first voltage at a predetermined step-down rate after the second application voltage control,
the electronic control unit acquires a parameter, which has a correlation with a degree of a reoxidation current change of the output current, which appears in a voltage range below the decomposition start voltage of sulfur oxides, due to a current flowing between the first electrode and the second electrode due to return of sulfurs adsorbed on the first electrode to sulfur oxides by a reoxidation reaction in the first electrode when the application voltage is less than the decomposition start voltage of sulfur oxides during the step-down sweep, the degree of change of the output current increasing as the concentration of sulfur oxides in the exhaust gas increases, based on the output current, and performs determination of whether the concentration of sulfur oxides in the exhaust gas is equal to or higher than a predetermined value or detection of the concentration of sulfur oxides in the exhaust gas based on the acquired parameter, and
the predetermined step-down rate in the step-down sweep is set to a rate at which a current change indicating the reoxidation current change appears.

US Pat. No. 10,690,628

PENS FOR BIOLOGICAL MICRO-OBJECTS

Berkeley Lights, Inc, Em...

1. A micro-fluidic device, comprising:a housing comprising a base and a micro-fluidic structure disposed on a surface of said base, wherein said base and said micro-fluidic structure define an interior chamber for holding a first liquid medium and biological micro-objects suspended therein, and wherein said micro-fluidic structure comprises:
(i) a channel providing a flow path for the first liquid medium; and
(ii) a plurality of physical holding pens,
wherein each physical holding pen of said plurality comprises:
an enclosure;
a single opening to said channel; and
an inner wall extending from said opening into said enclosure,
said enclosure enclosing an interior space structured to hold a biological micro-object suspended in a second liquid medium, and
said opening is oriented such that no part is facing directly into said flow path of said channel, whereby, when said channel contains a flow of said first liquid medium and said holding pen contains said second liquid medium, a direct flow of said first liquid medium into said second liquid medium in said interior space is impeded while diffusive mixing of said first liquid medium with said second liquid medium in said interior space is allowed.

US Pat. No. 10,690,627

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SAMPLE PREPARATION, PROCESSING AND ANALYSIS

IntegenX, Inc., Pleasant...

1. An electrophoresis cartridge adapted to releasably engage with a cartridge interface of a system, wherein the electrophoresis cartridge comprises:(a) an electrophoresis assembly including:
(1) an anode sub-assembly comprising an anode,
(2) a cathode sub-assembly comprising a cathode, and
(3) an electrophoresis capillary having a first end and a second end, wherein said cathode and said anode are configured to provide a voltage gradient across said first end and said second end of said electrophoresis capillary;
(b) a reagent container comprising electrophoresis buffer in fluidic communication with the cathode sub-assembly via a fluid conduit that connects the cathode sub-assembly to the reagent container and is disposed between the electrophoresis capillary and the reagent container;
(c) a pump for pumping electrophoresis buffer from the reagent container through the fluid conduit to the cathode sub-assembly, wherein the cathode sub-assembly, the reagent container, and the pump are in fixed positions on the electrophoresis cartridge; and
(d) a sample inlet port fluidically connected to the cathode sub-assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,690,626

CASSETTES FOR USE IN AUTOMATED PARALLEL ELECTROPHORETIC ASSAYS AND METHODS FOR MANUFACTURING AND USING SAME

COASTAL GENOMICS INC., B...

1. A cassette for use in parallel electrophoretic assays, the cassette comprising:a tray, the tray having a floor and two pairs of opposing side walls extending upwards from the floor, the tray at least partially defining a plurality of assay channels, each of the assay channels comprising:
a first buffer reservoir;
a second buffer reservoir; and
a media channel, the media channel extending between, and in fluid communication with, the first and second buffer reservoirs;
a lid, the lid adapted to engage the side walls of the tray, thereby creating a space between the tray floor and the lid, the lid comprising a plurality of ports, each of the ports extending from an outer surface of the lid to an inner surface of the lid, the plurality of ports comprising:
a plurality of buffer reservoir ports for introducing and/or removing buffer;
a plurality of sample ports for introducing a plurality of samples into the media channels, each of the plurality of sample ports comprising one or more tip registration features for guiding a pipette tip to a desired location in the sample port;
wherein, when the lid is engaged with the tray, the buffer reservoir port is in fluid communication with one or more of the first and second buffer reservoirs, the plurality of sample ports are aligned with the plurality of media channels.

US Pat. No. 10,690,625

MEASURING ELECTROPHORETIC MOBILITY

1. An apparatus for measuring electrophoretic mobility of particles dispersed in a liquid medium which implements ELS via directing light from a laser source through a sample of a dilute dispersion of particles in a liquid medium, said apparatus comprising:a sample holder;
two or more laser beams in a crossed-beam configuration which produce scattered light dependent on position and velocity of particles in a certain direction in a sample in said holder;
a detector of the scattered light positioned out-of-plane with respect to a plane of intersecting laser beams; and
an analyzer of the detected scattered light.

US Pat. No. 10,690,624

ELECTROCHEMICAL MEASUREMENT METHOD, ELECTROCHEMICAL MEASUREMENT DEVICE AND TRANSDUCER

JAPAN AVIATION ELECTRONIC...

1. A method for electrochemically detecting a chemical substance generated or consumed in a biological sample immersed in a solution, the method comprising:performing a simulation including:
a) setting following parameters beforehand and keeping the following parameters constant during the simulation,
i) a dimension of an electrode surface of a working electrode for undergoing an oxidation-reduction reaction with the chemical substance, and
ii) a dimension of the biological sample;
b) obtaining a relation between a current flowing through the working electrode and a vertical distance, the vertical distance being a distance between the biological sample and the electrode surface in a direction perpendicular to the electrode surface, the current being calculated based on i) a chemical reaction rate at which the biological sample generates or consumes the chemical substance, ii) a change in a concentration distribution of the chemical substance in the solution, and iii) a rate at which electrons are supplied and received to and from the chemical substance at the electrode surface, and
c) determining a range of the vertical distance, within the range the current taking a maximum value and being greater than or equal to 90% of the maximum value; and
detecting electrochemically, after the performing of the simulation, the chemical substance with the biological sample placed in the solution at a distance away from the electrode surface in the vertical direction, the distance being within the range, the electrode surface having the dimension set in the simulation, the biological sample having the dimension set in the simulation.

US Pat. No. 10,690,623

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PORTABLE AND AREA DETECTION WITH A HEAT INDEX SENSOR

Industrial Scientific Cor...

1. A body-worn device for determining a heat index to which a human is exposed, the body-worn device comprising:a housing adapted to be attached to the human, the housing comprising;
a temperature sensor;
a humidity sensor;
a microprocessor in communication with the temperature sensor and the humidity sensor; and
at least two microphones arranged to provide a first signal and a second signal, respectively, to the microprocessor for determining an estimated wind speed;
wherein the microprocessor, based upon data communicated from the temperature sensor and the humidity sensor and from the estimated wind speed, is configured to calculate a heat index and wherein the microprocessor provides a notification signal to alert when the heat index is determined to be excessive.

US Pat. No. 10,690,622

PORTABLE GAS SENSING INSTRUMENT

Industrial Scientific Cor...

1. A portable electrochemical gas sensing apparatus, comprising:a housing comprising an exterior surface that defines an interior space, wherein at least one depression is formed in the exterior surface;
an electrochemical gas sensor at least partially disposed within the at least one depression of the housing; and
a processing unit disposed in the interior space of the housing and in electrical communication with the electrochemical gas sensor, wherein the electrochemical gas sensor comprises an electrode stack, wherein the electrode stack comprises at least one gas permeable membrane, at least one electrolyte absorption pad, at least one measuring electrode, and at least one counter electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,690,621

SENSOR ELEMENT FOR DETECTING AT LEAST ONE PROPERTY OF A MEASURING GAS IN A MEASURING GAS CHAMBER

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A sensor element for detecting at least one property of a measuring gas in a measuring gas chamber, comprising:a ceramic layer construction that includes at least one electrochemical cell, the electrochemical cell including:
a first electrode;
a second electrode; and
at least one solid electrolyte connecting the first electrode and the second electrode;
wherein an electrode cavity is in the layer construction, wherein the second electrode faces the electrode cavity, and wherein a first outer diameter of the second electrode is greater than a first outer diameter of the electrode cavity;
wherein the electrode cavity includes two round electrode cavity sections that are situated opposite each other with the electrode cavity between the two round electrode cavity sections, the first outer diameter of the electrode cavity is defined by the two round electrode cavity sections, and wherein the second electrode includes two round electrode sections that are situated opposite each other with the second electrode between the two round electrode sections, the first outer diameter of the second electrode being defined by the two round electrode sections; and
wherein the electrode cavity has two straight electrode cavity sections situated opposite each other with the electrode cavity between the two straight electrode cavity sections, a second outer diameter of the electrode cavity being defined by the two straight electrode cavity sections, and wherein the second electrode has two straight electrode sections that are situated opposite each other with the second electrode between the two straight electrode sections, a second outer diameter of the second electrode being defined by the two straight electrode sections, the second outer diameter of the second electrode being greater than the second outer diameter of the electrode cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,690,620

METHOD FOR MEASURING CONCENTRATION OF ANALYTE IN BLOOD SAMPLE, AND BIOSENSOR SYSTEM

PHC HOLDINGS CORPORATION,...

1. A sensor chip comprising:a glucose measurement system configured to measure glucose of a blood sample;
a temperature measurement system configured to measure temperature of the blood sample; and
a capillary in which the blood sample is introduced, the capillary having a blood sample introduction port for introducing a blood sample and the discharge port disposed near an opposite side of the blood sample introduction port, the blood sample introduction port being disposed in a second end; and
connector leads provided on a first end of the sensor chip and configured to connect to a measuring device, the first end being disposed at an opposite side of the second end,
wherein the glucose measurement system includes a first working electrode, a first counter electrode and a reagent portion;
the temperature measurement system includes a second working electrode and a second counter electrode, and
the temperature measurement system is arranged closer to the blood sample introduction port in the capillary than the glucose measurement system including the reagent portion, and
the temperature measurement system is disposed so as to be out of contact and separated from the reagent portion.

US Pat. No. 10,690,619

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MEASURING CONCENTRATION OF AN ANALYTE IN WHOLE BLOOD SAMPLES

I-SENS, INC., Seoul (KR)...

1. A method for measuring a concentration of an analyte in a bio-sample, the method comprising:a step of introducing a liquid bio-sample into a sample cell in which an oxidation/reduction enzyme capable of catalyzing an oxidation/reduction reaction of the analyte and an electron transfer mediator are fixed and a working electrode and a counter electrode are provided;
a step of obtaining a first induced current by applying a constant DC voltage to the working electrode to start the oxidation/reduction reaction of the analyte and proceed with an electron transfer reaction;
a step of obtaining a second induced current by applying a ?-step ladder-type perturbation potential after applying the constant DC voltage, wherein the step of obtaining the second induced current is subsequent to the step of obtaining the first induced current;
a step of calculating a predetermined feature from two or more characteristic points from the first induced current or the second induced current; and
a step of calculating a concentration of the analyte using a calibration equation formed of at least one feature function so as to minimize an effect of at least one hindering material in the bio-sample, wherein the at least one feature function comprises a function using the first induced current obtained from the constant DC voltage and a function using the second induced current obtained from the ?-step ladder-type perturbation potential,
wherein the ?-step ladder-type perturbation potential is characterized by a height (Vstep) of each step, an application time (tstep) for each step, a difference (Vcenter) between a middle voltage and the constant DC voltage in an entire range of variations, a difference (Vpeak) between a middle voltage and a peak voltage, and a time difference (tcycle) between a peak voltage of an entire step ladder-type wave and a peak voltage of an adjacent next step ladder-type wave,
wherein the constant DC voltage and the ?-step ladder-type perturbation potential are applied to the working electrode through a same digital-to-analog converter circuit linked with a microcontroller, and
wherein a characteristic point, having different linearity with respect to the analyte and the hindering material, is selected from the first or second induced current, wherein a feature is formed of the characteristic point, and wherein a calibration equation is formed of the feature.

US Pat. No. 10,690,618

ELECTRODE ARRANGEMENTS FOR ELECTROCHEMICAL TEST ELEMENTS AND METHODS FOR USE THEREOF

Roche Diabetes Care, Inc....

1. A method of analyzing a fluid sample for an analyte of interest using a test element having a multiple electrode arrangement, the method comprising:providing a test element comprising:
a reagent composition for an analyte of interest;
an electrode-support substrate;
a spacer coupled to the electrode-support substrate, the spacer including an edge defining a boundary of a capillary channel formed between a cover and the electrode-support substrate;
a first electrode pair provided within the capillary channel on the electrode-support substrate, the first electrode pair including a first counter electrode and a first working electrode; and
a first and a second indicator electrode provided within the capillary channel on the electrode-support substrate, each of the first and second indicator electrodes being positioned along a respective side edge of the electrode-support substrate, wherein the first electrode pair is positioned between the first and second indicator electrodes;
dosing the test element with the fluid sample, wherein the fluid sample flows into the capillary channel;
applying, with a test meter, a signal to (1) the counter electrode and the first indicator electrode, (2) the first electrode pair, and (3) the counter electrode and the second indicator electrode;
detecting, with the test meter, a first response to the signal from the counter electrode and the first indicator electrode, a second response to the signal from the first electrode pair, and a third response to the signal from the counter electrode and the second indicator electrode, wherein one of the first response, the second response, and the third response having an earliest detection time is an initial response and another one of the first response, the second response, and the third response having a latest detection time is a final response;
determining, with the test meter, a time period between the initial response and the final response; and
applying, with the test meter, a measurement test sequence for the analyte of interest on the fluid sample if the time period is less than a first predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,690,617

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ELECTROCHEMICAL KETONE DETECTION AND MEASUREMENT

Polymer Technology System...

1. A system for the electrochemical detection of ketone and glucose levels, the system comprising:a test strip including a first electrode and a first counter electrode and a second electrode and a second counter electrode, the first electrode and first counter electrode located in a first sample reception area and the second electrode and second counter electrode located in a second sample reception area, the first and second sample reception areas interconnected via an inlet, each of the first and second sample reception areas being separate; and
a first coating on one of the first electrode and first counter electrode, the first coating including a mediator for ketones, wherein the first coating additionally includes diaphorase and the first coating includes 1-Methoxy-5-methylphenazinium methylsulfate;
a second coating on one of the second electrode and second counter electrode, the second coating including a mediator for glucose; wherein the mediator for ketones is ferricyanide, the first coating additionally includes hydroxybutyrate dehydrogenase, and nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) and wherein the second coating includes 1-Methoxy-5-methylphenazinium methylsulfate and the second coating does not include diaphorase; and
a meter engaging the test strip having an electrical source configured to provide different startup times for the first electrode and first counter electrode and the second electrode and second counter electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,690,616

SETTING METHOD FOR CONDUCTING ELEMENT OF ELECTROCHEMICAL TEST STRIP

Cheng-Feng Chiang, Taoyu...

1. A setting method for a conducting element of an electrochemical test strip, comprising the following steps:A. molding a metal conducting rack step, to mold the metal conducting rack on a conducting metal substrate by a metal processing method, the metal conducting rack including a holder connected to a plurality of conducting elements; wherein each the conducting element comprises an information reception end having an external contact surface, and each the conducting element further comprises an information outputting end having a transmission contact surface;
B. embedded injection of a conducting inspection body step, to inject molding the inspection body of a polymer plastic material from the plurality of conducting elements on the metal conducting rack, and wherein the inspection body comprises an inspection slot and at least one accommodation portion, the inspection slot is disposed on a side of the inspection body and is recessed into an inner side of the inspection body, and each the external contact surface of the information reception end exposes from the surface of inspection portion, the information outputting end is extended and pass through the inspection body and corresponds to the accommodation portion;
C. taking out the inspection body step, to get the inspection body from the holder of the metal conducting rack; and
D. bending the information outputting end step, to bend the information outputting end toward and into the accommodation portion of the inspection body, and to expose from the transmission contact surface.

US Pat. No. 10,690,615

MICRO-NANO TEXTURED GRAPHENE-BASED BIONIC PH SENSOR AND PREPARATION METHOD THEREFOR

JIANGSU UNIVERSITY, Jian...

1. A biomimetic graphene-based pH sensor with micro/nano texturing surface, wherein, the pH sensor consists of substrate, slot A, slot B, working electrode, reference electrode, copper contact A, copper contact B, inner lead A, and inner lead B; the upper and lower surfaces of the substrate are respectively provided with a slot A and a slot B; the working electrode and reference electrode are located in the slot A and slot B respectively; the bottom of the working electrode is connected with the inner lead A through the copper contact A, while the top of the reference electrode is connected with the inner lead B through the copper contact B; the working electrode includes graphene A and sensitive electrode material layer; the sensitive electrode material layer is located on the upper layer of the graphene A; the reference electrode includes graphene B and silver metal material layer; the silver metal material layer is located below the graphene B; the upper surface of sensitive electrode material layer and the lower surface of silver metal material layer are both provided with micro-grooves or micro-pits.

US Pat. No. 10,690,614

METHOD OF USING AN ELECTROCHEMICAL TEST SENSOR

Ascensia Diabetes Care Ho...

1. A method of using an electrochemical test sensor, the method comprising the acts of:introducing a fluid sample to the electrochemical test sensor;
applying a first voltage to the fluid sample;
measuring a first current value of the fluid sample at the first voltage;
applying a second voltage to the fluid sample;
measuring a second current value of the fluid sample at the second voltage;
comparing the first current value to a number so as to determine if the fluid sample is an analyte-fluid test sample; and
if the comparison using the first current value does not result in determining whether the sample is an analyte-fluid test sample, then using at least the first current value at the first voltage and the second current value at the second voltage to determine whether a control solution or the analyte-fluid test sample is present,
wherein the first voltage is higher than the second voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,690,613

MICRO-DEVICES FOR DISEASE DETECTION

AnPac Bio-Medical Science...

1. A method for fabricating a micro-device for detecting a disease in a biological subject, comprising:providing a substrate;
fabricating at least an additional component onto the substrate before sequentially depositing a first material and a second material as layers onto the substrate, wherein the additional component comprises a data storage component, a signal processing component, a memory storage component, a signal receiver, a signal transmitting component, a logic processing component, or an RF component; or fabricating at least a circuit onto the substrate before sequentially depositing the first material and the second material as layers onto the substrate, wherein the circuit comprises a data storage circuit, a signal processing circuit, a memory storage circuit, a signal transmitting circuit, or a logic processing circuit;
sequentially depositing the first material and the second material as two layers onto the substrate to form a material stack;
patterning the second material by microelectronic processes to form a first desired feature; depositing a third material onto the material stack to cover the second material and optionally the first material;
patterning the first and third materials by microelectronic processes to form a second desired feature, wherein the second desired feature is a recessed area or a trench form in the layers of the third and first materials; and
optionally depositing a fourth material onto the material stack,
wherein at least one of the materials deposited after the first material is piezo-electric.

US Pat. No. 10,690,611

SENSOR DEVICE, DETECTION METHOD, AND SENSOR UNIT

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sensor device for detecting a third vital substance serving as a target of antibody-antigen reaction of a first vital substance dispersed in liquid, the sensor device comprising:an oscillation unit formed in a semiconductor integrated circuit and having an oscillation frequency which changes in accordance with a physical property of a test object which comes into contact with the oscillation unit;
an oscillation frequency detection unit configured to detect the oscillation frequency; and
at least one electrode pair configured to move a specific test object dispersed in liquid to an arbitrary location,
the oscillation unit including sensing electrodes which are electrodes in a pair,
the electrode pair being configured to capture a second vital substance on which the first vital substance is adsorbed; and
the sensing electrodes being configured to detect a presence or absence of the third vital substance.

US Pat. No. 10,690,610

3D NONCONTACT HUMIDITY SENSING TECHNOLOGIES AND METHODS OF USE THEREOF

KING ABDULLAH UNIVERSITY ...

1. A noncontact sensing component for an electronic device, the noncontact sensing component comprising:a semiconductor layer having a reduced graphene oxide (r-GO) portion and a carbon nanotube (CNT) portion; and
a conductive line connected only to the r-GO portion or only to the CNT portion,
wherein the r-GO portion is separated by a junction from the CNT portion, and
wherein a resistance of the semiconductor layer is configured to change in response to a movement of a humidity source near the semiconductor layer relative to the noncontact sensing component.

US Pat. No. 10,690,609

IMPEDANCE SPECTROMETER WITH PROGRAMMABLE ELEMENTS

1. An impedance spectrometer for sensing wave impedance of a material, the impedance spectrometer comprising an interrogator, the interrogator comprising a communication/control circuit and an impedance calculator, and a sensing structure, the sensing structure comprising a resonant electromagnetic filter (REF), an RF signal source (T1), and an RF receiver (R1), wherein:the RF signal source (T1) couples into the material through the REF and is detected by the RF receiver (R1);
an RF response signal from the RF receiver (R1) is affected by the wave impedance of the material;
the transmitter (T1) is operatively-coupled with the interrogator by a wired and/or wireless link;
the receiver (R1) is operatively-coupled with the interrogator by a wired and/or wireless link;
the communications/control circuit provides operational control for the sensing structure and the impedance calculator, and
the impedance calculator determines the real part of the wave impedance of the material based on one or more difference signal databases obtained at a frequency higher than the resonance frequency of the resonant electromagnetic filter (REF).

US Pat. No. 10,690,608

SENSOR ARRAY

Siemens Healthcare Diagno...

1. A sensor assembly, comprising:a substrate having a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface;
at least one analyte sensor positioned on at least one of the first surface and the second surface of the substrate; and
at least one electrical contact positioned on the substrate in electrical communication with a corresponding one of the at least one analyte sensor,
wherein the substrate is configured to define a tube having an interior surface, and an exterior surface with at least a portion of the first surface of the substrate defining the interior surface of the tube and the at least one analyte sensor disposed on at least one of the interior surface and the exterior surface of the tube,
wherein the substrate is further configured to have a tab extending from the tube in a tangential relationship to the tube,
wherein the at least one electrical contact is positioned on the tab.

US Pat. No. 10,690,607

SAMPLE HOLDER AND LOCK-IN THERMOGRAPHY SYSTEM WITH SUCH

NANOLOCKIN GMBH, Fribour...

1. A sample holder for holding a plurality of magnetic nanoparticle samples and for usage in a lock-in thermography system, comprising: a plurality of sample wells distributed on a top surface of the sample holder, wherein each of the sample wells is adapted to hold a magnetic nanoparticle sample consisting of a plurality of magnetic nanoparticles embedded in a medium, wherein the sample wells are distributed on the top surface such that a first distance between neighboring samples wells and a second distance between each peripheral sample well and a respective edge of the top surface of the sample holder and a third distance between a deepest point of the sample wells and a bottom of the sample holder is at least 10 times greater, than a thermal diffusion length of the sample holder material, and wherein the thermal diffusion length is
where k is the sample thermal conductivity in [W/m/° C.], p is the sample density in [kg/m3], c is the sample heat capacity in [kJ/kg/° C.], and f is frequency at which the amplitude of the AMF is modulated in [Hz].

US Pat. No. 10,690,605

METHOD OF CRUDE OIL ANALYSIS

1. A method of analyzing a crude oil sample directly using multi-element scanning thermal analysis, the method comprising the steps of:heating the crude oil sample within a sample compartment furnace fed by oxygen,
disposing a carrier gas through the sample compartment furnace to a combustion furnace, thereby carrying volatile from the sample compartment furnace during heating of the crude oil sample to the combustion furnace, such that one or more elements within the crude oil sample are oxidized, wherein the one or more elements includes a sulfur species, such that the sulfur species is oxidized into sulfur dioxide;
quantifying the sulfur dioxide using a sulfur dioxide chemiluminescent detector;
utilizing a multi-channel data logger to record real-time signals from the sulfur dioxide chemiluminescent detector and real-time sample temperature;
displaying peak information within a thermogram indicating the presence of the sulfur species within the crude oil sample; and
continuously scanning the crude oil sample using the multi-channel data logger in a temperature range from ambient to about 700° C., where the thermograms obtained contains all possible distillation range information,
whereby multi-elements scanning thermal analysis simultaneously determines sulfur impurities and distillation ranges within the crude oil sample.

US Pat. No. 10,690,604

SENSORS AND METHODS OF IDENTIFYING A GAS, AND LEVITATED SPIN-OPTOMECHANICAL SYSTEMS

Purdue Research Foundatio...

1. A sensor comprising:a diamond material containing a nitrogen vacancy center, the diamond material being configured to be exposed to an environment comprising one or more gases;
an optical light source configured to excite the nitrogen vacancy center of the diamond material with an optical light beam produced therefrom;
a detector configured to detect a signal originating from the diamond material in response to the optical light beam exciting the nitrogen vacancy center; and
means for analyzing the signal to identify a specific gas in the environment.

US Pat. No. 10,690,603

WATER VAPOR OBSERVING SYSTEM

Furuno Electric Co., Ltd....

1. A water vapor observing system for observing water vapor contained within atmospheric air, comprising:a transmitter circuitry positioned on a ground and configured to transmit at least a transmission wave;
a first receiver circuitry positioned at a different position from the transmitter on the ground and configured to receive the transmission wave as a first wave;
a second receiver circuitry positioned at a different position from the transmitter and the first receiver circuitry on the ground and configured to receive a second wave from the transmitter circuitry; and
processing circuitry configured to calculate a first relative amount of water vapor in a first passing area of the first wave and a second relative amount of water vapor in a second passing area of the second wave based on a first attenuation amount obtained by subtracting an echo level of the first wave from a level of the transmission wave from the transmitter circuitry and a second attenuation amount obtained by subtracting an echo level of the second wave from the level of the transmission wave.

US Pat. No. 10,690,602

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR MEASUREMENT OF THICK FILMS AND HIGH ASPECT RATIO STRUCTURES

KLA-Tencor Corporation, ...

1. A spectroscopic metrology system comprising:a combined illumination source including a first illumination source configured to generate a first amount of illumination light including wavelengths less than two micrometers and a second illumination source configured to generate a second amount of illumination light including wavelengths greater than two micrometers;
an illumination optics subsystem including one or more optical elements in an optical path of the first and second amounts of illumination light, the first and second amounts of illumination light directed from the combined illumination source to a measurement spot on a surface of a specimen under measurement at one or more angles of incidence, one or more azimuth angles, or a combination thereof by the one or more optical elements;
a collection optics subsystem including one or more optical elements in an optical path of an amount of collected light from the measurement spot on the surface of the specimen;
at least one detector having a planar, two-dimensional surface sensitive to incident light, wherein the at least one detector includes two or more different surface areas each having different photosensitivity, wherein the two or more different surface areas are aligned with a direction of wavelength dispersion across the surface of the at least one detector, the at least one detector configured to detect the incident light and generate output indicative of the detected incident light; and
a computing system including one or more processors that generate an estimated value of a parameter of interest of the specimen under measurement based on an analysis of the output of the at least one detector.

US Pat. No. 10,690,601

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR COMPENSATING FOR A MATERIAL WEB OFFSET IN MATERIAL WEB INSPECTION

Texmag GmbH Vertriebsgese...

1. A method for compensating for a material web offset in inspection systems for material webs which are moving in the direction of a material web length (y) and/or a material web width (x), wherein the method comprises the following steps:taking a first picture of a first portion of a material web at a first point in time with a camera which comprises a matrix chip; and
taking a second picture of a second portion of the material web at a second point in time with the camera;
wherein;
a first active partial surface of the matrix chip is used for the first picture and a second active partial surface of the matrix chip is used for the second picture, and in that the first active partial surface and the second active partial surface are not identical;
and further wherein the second active partial surface is offset compared to the first active partial surface by a prescribed offset in the direction of the material web length (y) and/or in the direction of the material web width (x); and
further wherein a time lag between the first and the second picture either is fixed in advance or adjusted according to the material web movement and is a function of a first trigger which triggers the first picture at the first point in time and a second trigger which triggers the second picture at a second point in time.

US Pat. No. 10,690,600

ANALYZER OF TECHNOLOGICAL SURFACES

1. An analyzer of technological surfaces, the analyzer including:a scanner;
an electronic control and data processing system,
and a transport system providing a relative motion between the scanner and an analyzed technological surface;
wherein the scanner comprises:
i. a hollow shaft with a bore, the hollow shaft is configured for spinning about a spin axis perpendicular to an analyzed technological surface;
ii. a motor configured to drive the spinning of the hollow shaft;
iii. a laser module affixed to the hollow shaft and directed to illuminate an analyzed technological surface with a laser beam spot at a distance from the spin axis;
iv. a power transmitter wirelessly powering the laser module;
v. a photodetector mechanically decoupled from the hollow shaft, an entry window of the photodetector is centered about the spin axis and oriented to face the bore in the hollow shaft;
vi. a radiation collector affixed to the hollow shaft and configured to collect laser radiation scattered at the laser beam spot on an analyzed technological surface;
vii. and an optical transmitter conveying a collected portion of the scattered laser radiation from the radiation collector to the photodetector through the bore in the hollow shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,690,599

RADIATION-INDUCED FALSE COUNT MITIGATION AND DETECTOR COOLING

KLA-Tencor Corporation, ...

1. An inspection system with radiation-induced false count mitigation, comprising:an illumination source configured to illuminate a sample;
a liquid-cooling coincidence detector comprising:
an illumination detector configured to detect illumination from the sample positioned on a first side of the illumination detector; and
a radiation sensor, wherein the radiation sensor regulates a temperature of the illumination detector via a liquid circulating through one or more channels disposed on a second side of the illumination detector opposite the first side of the illumination detector, wherein the radiation sensor includes one or more photodetectors configured to detect photons generated in the liquid in response to particle radiation; and
one or more controllers communicatively coupled to the illumination detector and the one or more photodetectors, wherein the one or more controllers are configured to:
identify a set of illumination detection events based on an illumination signal received from the illumination detector;
identify a set of radiation detection events based on one or more radiation signals received from the one or more photodetectors;
compare the set of radiation detection events to the set of illumination detection events to identify a set of coincidence events, wherein the set of coincidence events corresponds to simultaneous occurrences of radiation detection events and illumination detection events; and
exclude the set of coincidence events from the set of illumination detection events to generate a set of identified features on the sample.

US Pat. No. 10,690,598

AIR PIPE JOINT AND MEASUREMENT SYSTEM FOR SUBSTRATE INSPECTION

WUHAN CHINA STAR OPTOELEC...

1. An air pipe joint for inspecting a substrate on a stage, including a hollow pipe body, a reflection mirror and a light source, wherein the pipe body comprises a first pipe body and a second pipe body which are bent to and communicated with each other, free ends of the first pipe body and the second pipe body are respectively an air inlet end for connecting an air intake pipe and an air outlet end for discharging air, the light source is fixed inside the pipe body, the light emitted by the light source is emitted from the air outlet end, and the reflection mirror is disposed in the pipe body for reflecting the light emitted from the light source toward the air outlet end,wherein the first pipe body and the second pipe body are perpendicular to each other, the first pipe body is attached to a lower surface of the stage, a tip of the air outlet end of the second pipe is at a plane same to an upper surface of the stage, and
wherein the reflection mirror is disposed at a corner portion where the first pipe body and the second pipe body are connected and has a reflecting surface, the light source is disposed at an opposite corner portion where the first pipe body and the second pipe body are connected, and the light source is right opposite to the reflection mirror and faces the reflecting surface.

US Pat. No. 10,690,597

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETECTION OF HUMIDITY-COMPROMISED URINE TEST STRIPS

Siemens Healthcare diagno...

1. The use of an infra-red dye as a reference in a method of detecting a humidity compromised moisture-sensitive reagent disposed on a urine test strip, wherein the moisture-sensitive reagent is based on proteolytic substrates to detect protease enzymes or protease inhibitors, said moisture-sensitive reagent including a diazonium salt and developing a color response just after applying a sample, the method comprising applying a first wavelength within a visible light spectrum and a second wavelength in an infrared light spectrum to the test strip, measuring a color response of the moisture-sensitive reagent by reflectance of the first wavelength, measuring the infra-red dye by reflectance of the second wavelength, determining the moisture-sensitive reagent to be the humidity compromised moisture-sensitive reagent by comparing a first measurement of the first wavelength to a second measurement of the second wavelength; and at least one of flagging or discarding the first measurement of the moisture-sensitive reagent.

US Pat. No. 10,690,596

SURFACE PLASMON-ENHANCED FLUORESCENCE MEASUREMENT DEVICE AND SURFACE PLASMON-ENHANCED FLUORESCENCE MEASUREMENT METHOD

Konica Minolta, Inc., To...

1. A surface plasmon-field enhanced fluorescence measurement apparatus equipped with a chip which includes a metal film and a diffraction grating formed in the metal film, the chip further including a ligand immobilized above the diffraction grating, the ligand being for capturing an analyte to be labeled with a fluorescent substance, the measurement apparatus detecting the presence or an amount of the analyte by irradiating the diffraction grating with excitation light, the measurement apparatus comprising:a light source irradiating the diffraction grating with linearly polarized excitation light so that the fluorescent substance is excited by an enhanced electric field to emit fluorescence;
a rotation section controlling the direction of an optical axis of the excitation light relative to the diffraction grating in a plain view, and a polarization direction of the excitation light relative to the diffraction grating;
a polarizer isolating linearly polarized light from fluorescence emitted from the fluorescent substance; and
a light detection section detecting the linearly polarized light isolated by the polarizer.

US Pat. No. 10,690,591

MEASUREMENT TIME DISTRIBUTION IN REFERENCING SCHEMES

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A system for determining a concentration and a type of substance in a sample at a sampling interface, the system comprising:one or more detector pixels including a first detector pixel, wherein the one or more detector pixels are configured to operate in a plurality of cycles, each cycle including a plurality of measurement states, the plurality of measurement states including:
a first measurement state configured to measure one or more optical properties of the type of substance in the sample during a first time period,
a second measurement state configured to measure one or more optical properties of a reference during a second time period, and
a third measurement state configured to measure noise during a third time period; and
logic capable of dynamically changing one or more aspects of the plurality of cycles, wherein the one or more aspects include a duration of a respective time period.

US Pat. No. 10,690,590

LIGHT PIPE FOR SPECTROSCOPY

VIAVI Solutions Inc., Sa...

1. A spectroscopic assembly, comprising:a spectrometer,
the spectrometer including an illumination source to generate a light to illuminate a sample,
the spectrometer including a sensor to obtain a spectroscopic measurement based on light, reflected by the sample, from the light illuminating the sample; and
a light pipe to transfer the light reflected from the sample,
the light pipe including:
a first portion that includes a first opening to receive the spectrometer,
a second portion that includes a second opening to receive the sample, such that the sample is enclosed by the light pipe and a base surface when the sample is received at the second opening,
a first diameter of the first portion being different from a second diameter of the second portion,
a mounting surface disposed between the first portion and the second portion, and
a glass window contiguous to the mounting surface,
the light pipe being associated with aligning the illumination source and the sensor with the sample.

US Pat. No. 10,690,589

LASER SUSTAINED PLASMA LIGHT SOURCE WITH FORCED FLOW THROUGH NATURAL CONVECTION

KLA-Tencor Corporation, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a plasma containment vessel configured to receive laser radiation from a pump source to sustain a plasma within gas flowed through the plasma containment vessel, wherein the plasma containment vessel is configured to transport gas from an inlet of the plasma containment vessel to an outlet of the plasma containment vessel, wherein the plasma containment vessel is further configured to transmit at least a portion of broadband radiation emitted by the plasma; and
one or more closed recirculation gas loops fluidically coupled to the plasma containment vessel, wherein a first portion of the one or more closed recirculation gas loops are fluidically coupled to the outlet of the plasma containment vessel and is configured to transport at least one of plasma or heated gas from the outlet of the plasma containment vessel, wherein a second portion of the one or more closed recirculation gas loops is fluidically coupled to the inlet of the plasma containment vessel and is configured to transport cooled gas to the inlet of the plasma containment vessel, wherein the one or more closed recirculation loops are configured to maintain a temperature difference of at least 100° C. between the first portion of the one or more closed recirculation gas loops and the second portion of the one or more closed recirculation gas loops to generate a pressure difference, wherein the first portion is hotter than the second portion.

US Pat. No. 10,690,588

SYSTEM FOR MEASURING TRANSPORT PROPERTIES OF MATERIALS AND RELATED METHOD

1. A transport properties measurement apparatus, comprising:an ellipsometry apparatus, a heat capacity measurement system, and a controller, wherein the ellipsometry apparatus and the heat capacity measurement system are electrically connected to the controller;
wherein the ellipsometry apparatus comprises a light source, a polarizer, a sample stage, an integrated polarization analyzer, and a detector assembly disposed along an optical path;
wherein the sample stage is configured to support a sample being measured, wherein a light emitted by the light source passes through the polarizer and shines on the sample, and the light is reflected from the sample to the integrated polarization analyzer;
wherein multiple polarized light reflected from the sample enter the integrated polarization analyzer, wherein the detector assembly is connected to the integrated polarization analyzer to detect the multiple light signals, to convert the multiple light signals to multiple first electrical signals, and to output the multiple first electrical signals to the controller;
wherein the heat capacity measurement system includes a thermometer and a temperature controller and is configured to measure the temperature parameter of the sample using non-contact measurement, to convert the temperature parameter to a second electrical signal, and to output the second electrical signal to the controller; and
wherein the controller obtains one or more transport properties of the material by analyzing the second and the multiple first electrical signals.

US Pat. No. 10,690,587

ACOUSTIC PROBE AND ACOUSTIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An acoustic probe comprising:a plurality of transducers that receives acoustic waves; and
a supporting body including a supporting portion having a spherical surface which supports the plurality of transducers in a spiral array,
wherein a supporting position R at which the supporting portion supports the transducers is defined as R(r0, ?, ?) [m, rad, rad] by a polar coordinate with respect to a center of the spherical surface by setting a sphere radius, a zenith angle, and an azimuth angle as “r0”, “?”, and “?”,
wherein the plurality of transducers is arrayed at a certain azimuth angle spiral pitch in an azimuth angle direction of the spiral array and a certain axis direction spiral pitch in an axial direction of the spiral array, and
wherein the azimuth angle spiral pitch is at an angle [rad] acquired by dividing 2? [rad] by 1+golden number, and
wherein the axis direction spiral pitch is parallel to a central axis direction of the spherical surface extending from the center to an extreme point.

US Pat. No. 10,690,586

RAPID DETECTION AND QUANTIFICATION OF SURFACE AND BULK CORROSION AND EROSION IN METALS AND NON-METALLIC MATERIALS WITH INTEGRATED MONITORING SYSTEM

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON SYS...

1. A method for detecting and quantifying the presence and amount of corrosion and erosion on the surface and bulk of a material along the three dimensional length, thickness and width of the material, comprising:attaching temporary and non-destructive contacts to the material for measuring and collecting data at various locations on the material and with various distances between the contacts, wherein the distances between the contacts range from millimeters to kilometers;
measuring and collecting data
to calculate impedance versus frequency response of the material at a frequency range of 20 Hz to 300 kHz; and
analyzing the impedance frequency response to determine the presence and amount of surface and bulk corrosion and erosion of the material.

US Pat. No. 10,690,585

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING AN ANOMALY IN A PIPE ASSEMBLY

General Electric Company,...

1. A system for detecting an anomaly in a pipe assembly, the system comprising:a plurality of movable members;
an electromagnetic wave probe disposed within at least one movable member among the plurality of movable members;
an actuation system coupled to the plurality of movable members; wherein the actuation system is configured to actuate and removably position the plurality of movable members to form a wave guide around at least a portion of an outer peripheral surface of the pipe assembly and position the electromagnetic wave probe proximate to the portion of the outer peripheral surface of the pipe assembly; and
a liquid removal system coupled to at least one movable member among the plurality of movable members and configured to remove a liquid between the plurality of movable members and the pipe assembly when the plurality of movable members is removably positioned around at least the portion of the outer peripheral surface of the pipe assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,690,584

AIR PARTICULATE DETECTION SYSTEM

CARRIER CORPORATION, Pal...

1. An air particulate detection system comprising:an aspiration particulate detection system;
one or more pipe runs fluidly connected to the aspiration detection system,
wherein each of the one or more pipe runs includes one or more sampling points configured to allow an air particulate entry into at least one of the one or more pipe runs; and
a secondary particulate detector fluidly connected to the aspiration particulate detection system through the one or more pipe runs, wherein the secondary particulate detector is in communication with the aspiration particulate detection system,
wherein the secondary particulate detector further comprises:
a laser source configured to generate a laser having a plurality of wavelengths; and
a sensor configured to detect at least one of an amount of laser scatter and laser fluorescence in response to interaction of the laser and air particulates.

US Pat. No. 10,690,583

MICROPARTICLE MEASURING DEVICE AND MICROPARTICLE MEASURING METHOD

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A microparticle measuring device, comprising:a detector configured to detect light from a microparticle of a plurality of microparticles sent from a first container of a plurality of containers containing the plurality of microparticles; and
a central processing unit (CPU) configured to:
specify a feature amount related to a detection number in a determined time period, wherein the feature amount is specified based on first information detected by the detector;
determine that the feature amount is abnormal based on the detection number per unit time smaller than a threshold; and
control finish of detection for the first container based on determined abnormality of the feature amount.

US Pat. No. 10,690,582

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SENSING BIOMOLECULES WHICH ALLOWS RESTORATION OF SENSING OFFSET

KOREA INSTITUTE OF SCIENC...

1. An apparatus for sensing biomolecules, comprising:a storage in which a solution containing a target material is received;
a sensor configured to sense the target material; and
a flow controller comprising:
a first flow path connecting the storage and the sensor;
a second flow path connecting the storage and the sensor;
a filter installed on the second flow path and not on the first flow path, the filter filtering out the target material,
wherein the flow controller controls a solution flow to supply the solution containing the target material through the first flow path and a solution containing no target material through the second flow path to the sensor in an alternating manner, and
the first flow path and the second flow path are connected to each other into a single path extending to the sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,690,581

INFRARED THERMOGRAPHIC POROSITY QUANTIFICATION IN COMPOSITE STRUCTURES

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method for inspecting porosity of a test part with a given thickness, comprising:emitting, by a thermal source, one or more heat pulses onto the test part;
detecting, by a thermal detector, IR signals emitted from the test part;
determining thermal test data associated with the test part based on the IR signals, wherein the thermal test data includes diffusion times of the test part;
deriving, from the thermal test data, one or more IR curves indicative of a perceived thickness of the test part;
determining a relative thickness of the test part based on a difference between the given thickness and the perceived thickness;
generating thermal model data based on a thickness of a model part, wherein the model part has substantially the same thickness as the test part;
generating, from the thermal model data, one or more baseline curves indicative a reference porosity of the model part; and
deriving porosity of the test part based on the reference porosity of the model part and the relative thickness of the test part.

US Pat. No. 10,690,580

SENSOR FOR DETECTING PARTICLES

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A sensor for detecting soot particles, comprising:a sensor element having at least two measuring electrodes which are situated on a carrier substrate; and
a protective tube assembly having at least one outer protective tube and one inner protective tube, the sensor element being situated in the inner protective tube in a longitudinal extension direction, the outer protective tube and the inner protective tube being designed to permit the particles to access the sensor element, the inner protective tube being designed to permit the particles to access the sensor element in a direction deviating from the longitudinal extension direction,
wherein an entire surface of the at least two measuring electrodes is uniformly acted upon by the particles,
wherein the inner protective tube includes openings with differing opening areas,
a sensor housing, wherein the sensor element protrudes from the sensor housing in the longitudinal extension direction, the inner protective tube including openings with differing opening areas, the opening areas decreasing away from the sensor housing in the longitudinal extension direction.

US Pat. No. 10,690,579

GROUND COMPACTOR AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING SUBSTRATE PROPERTIES USING A GROUND COMPACTOR

BOMAG GMBH, Boppard (DE)...

1. A ground compactor with a ground compaction drum rotating about a rotation axis during compaction of a substrate and an evaluation unit, wherein the ground compaction drum includes a deformation sensor for detecting an elastic deformation of the ground compaction drum, and in that the evaluation device is configured to determine the degree of stiffness of the substrate and/or the shape of a bow wave preceding the ground compaction drum in a working direction and/or the shape of a depression trough of the ground compaction drum based on the position of a point on a circumference of the ground compaction drum where the deformation sensor measures the largest deformation.

US Pat. No. 10,690,578

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR MEASURING THE DENSITY OF MATERIAL INCLUDING A NON-NUCLEAR MOISTURE PROPERTY DETECTOR

Troxler Electronic Labora...

1. A material property system for measuring a density of a sample construction material, the material property system comprising:a radiation source configured to emit radiation into the sample construction material; a radiation detector positioned apart from the radiation source, configured to detect radiation from the sample construction material, and to generate a signal representative of the detected radiation;
a non nuclear moisture determination apparatus configured to gravimetrically determine a moisture content of the sample construction material and to generate a signal representative of the moisture content; and
a material property calculation function configured to calculate a bulk density value associated with the sample construction material based upon the signal representative of the detected radiation and the signal representative of the moisture content.

US Pat. No. 10,690,577

NOZZLE SYSTEM

RigDeluge Ltd., Aberdeen...

1. A sprinkler system comprising a sprinkler and a pipeline, the pipeline having a central axis and a diameter of 2.5 cm to 20 cm (1? to 8?), the sprinkler attached to the pipeline such that there is fluid communication therebetween, the sprinkler having a first inlet portion, a second inlet portion and a sprinkler outlet, wherein the sprinkler extends into the pipeline such that at least a portion of the first inlet portion is in the center of the pipeline, the center of the pipeline is within ±15% of the central axis of the pipeline based on the diameter of the pipeline, and an end of the sprinkler is within 5 mm of the central axis of the pipeline; andwherein the second inlet portion is within the pipeline but outside the center of the pipeline, the second inlet portion comprising a particulate filter; and
wherein a first fluid inlet path extends through the first inlet portion, bypassing the second inlet portion; and a second fluid inlet path extends through the second inlet portion, bypassing the first inlet portion; thus the first and second fluid inlet portions providing parallel simultaneous flowpaths from the pipeline into the sprinkler.

US Pat. No. 10,690,576

EXPERIMENT DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETECTING ABRASION OF CONVEYER

TAIYUAN UNIVERSITY OF TEC...

1. An experiment device for aiding in measuring abrasion of a conveyer by testing a test piece of the conveyor, characterized in that, it comprises a rack, a reciprocation sliding mechanism, a speed adjusting mechanism and a crankshaft;the rack is a main body for bearing various components; the reciprocation sliding mechanism and the crankshaft are fixed on one side of the rack, and the speed adjusting mechanism is fixed on the other side of the rack;
the reciprocation sliding mechanism includes scrapers and scraper chains; the scraper chains are arranged between an upper-layer scraper and a lower-layer scraper; the upper-layer scraper and the lower-layer scraper forms a group; a plurality of groups of scrapers are arranged in parallel; a material groove is fixed inside the rack; the scrapers are placed on the material groove and move in a reciprocating manner; the end of the rack is provided with a connecting block; and the scrapers at ends of the scraper chains are connected with the connecting block;
the lower part of the connecting block is fixedly connected with two connecting rods through a pin shaft, and the upper part of the connecting block is connected with the scrapers;
the speed adjusting mechanism includes a motor, a friction driving wheel and a friction driven wheel; the motor is connected with the friction driving wheel through a motor shaft; the friction driving wheel slides on the motor shaft in an axial direction; speed adjustment is realized by changing a distance between the centers of the friction driving wheel and the friction driven wheel; the motor is a speed adjusting motor that realizes a motor output speed by adjusting a frequency; and
the shaft of the friction driven wheel is connected with the crankshaft; the driven wheel is in interference fit with the crankshaft; the crankshaft is fixed with the connecting block through two connecting rods to drive the scraper chains and the scrapers in a reciprocating manner, so as to realize reciprocation motion of the material in the material groove.

US Pat. No. 10,690,575

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR TESTING A MATERIAL SAMPLE IN A STANDARD TEST FOR INPLANE FRACTURE TOUGHNESS EVALUATION

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A method of testing a material in a standard test for in-plane fracture toughness evaluation, the material sample of a type used in a wall of a structure, the method comprising:obtaining a sample of the wall of the structure;
shaping the sample into a notched component, the notched component including a flat bottom surface having a thickness dimension equal to a thickness of the wall of the structure, and a profiled top surface, the profiled top surface having a central notch oriented perpendicular to a plane of the bottom surface to define a crack, a first socket on a first side of the central notch, and a second socket on a second side of the central notch;
assembling a test specimen which increases an effective thickness of the sample beyond the thickness of the bottom surface of the notched component by coupling a first lateral extension to the first socket and a second lateral extension to the second socket of the notched component;
applying a standard fracture toughness test to the so-assembled test specimen in order to evaluate the fracture toughness of the material in an in-plane direction by creating a bending moment that opens the crack defined by the central notch; and
machining the notched component such that the central notch is oriented to open in a S-L direction in a standard fracture toughness test,
wherein the crack in the central notch includes a first section of rectangular cross section having a first width and a distinct second section having a second width that is smaller than the first width, and wherein the bending moment opens the crack by increasing the first and second widths.

US Pat. No. 10,690,574

CHILLING APPARATUS

THE FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL...

1. A chilling apparatus, adapted to receive a refrigerant material, comprising:a base plate;
at least one thermally conductive top plate having a continuous substantially flat upper surface, adapted to support a plurality of sample carriers, and a bottom surface;
two or more supports extending from the base plate that support the top plate above the base plate;
two or more fasteners connected to each of the two or more supports for maintaining the top plate above the two or more supports, the top plate being slidable along the two or more fasteners;
a refrigerant space between the bottom surface of the at least one top plate and the base plate, adapted to receive the refrigerant material therein, and;
two or more springs respectively arranged on the two or more fasteners and in contact with the substantially flat upper surface of the top plate, to bias the top plate towards the base plate;such that, when the refrigerant material is received in the refrigerant space, the two or more springs on the two or more fasteners bias the top plate towards the base plate, the top plate thereby maintaining thermal contact with the refrigerant material, whereby the plurality of sample carriers are in thermal contact with the refrigerant material through the top plate.

US Pat. No. 10,690,572

DIRECT SPECIMEN COLLECTION DEVICE AND CASSETTE

LABORATORY CORPORATION OF...

10. A method of supporting a biological sample collection absorbent to provide for collecting a biological specimen, efficiently drying the collected specimen, using the original absorbent in an automated analytical system, and allowing for storage of the biological sample collection absorbent, the method comprising:a. providing a specimen collection assembly comprising a sample collection carrier and a collection absorbent connected to the specimen collection carrier through a raised cap;
b. providing a handle cover comprising an attachment means for removably connecting the handle to the specimen collection assembly, wherein the handle cover permits manipulation of the specimen collection assembly during specimen collection when the handle cover is attached to the specimen collection assembly, and wherein the handle cover comprises ventilation holes which provide for the drying of and the addition of additives to a collected specimen;
c. providing a sliding cover removably and slidably connected to the handle cover, the sliding cover having an elongated body and a head connected to the body on one end of the body and a protrusion that engages the raised cap when the sliding cover is moved forwardly on the handle cover thereby raising the head of the sliding cover above the collection absorbent and creating a ventilation gap between the head of the sliding cover and the collection absorbent, and wherein the head further comprises ventilation holes which provide for the drying of and the addition of additives to a collected specimen;
d. connecting the sample collection assembly and the sliding cover to the handle cover to produce a sample collector;
e. sliding the sliding cover backwardly to expose the sample collection absorbent;
f. collecting a biological sample, wherein the biological sample is contacted with the collection absorbent;
g. sliding the sliding cover forwardly to cover the sample collection absorbent thereby creating a ventilation gap between the handle cover and the collection absorbent;
h. drying the collected sample;
i. removing the sliding cover from the handle cover;
j. connecting the sample carrier to a cassette;
k. removing the handle cover from the sample collection carrier; and, I. storing the collection cassette.

US Pat. No. 10,690,571

PARTICULATE DETECTION SYSTEM

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

1. A particulate detection system comprising:a sensor section; and
a sensor drive section for driving the sensor section,
the particulate detection system being configured to utilize an external gas flow which is a flow of external gas flowing outside the sensor section to thereby produce a measurement target gas flow inside the sensor section, the measurement target gas flow being a flow of a measurement target gas which is a portion of the external gas and passing through the interior of the sensor section, and to detect an amount M of particulates contained in the measurement target gas, wherein
the sensor section includes an ion applying section which generates ions originating from the measurement target gas by means of discharge, causes the ions to adhere to the particulates contained in the measurement target gas to thereby produce electrified particulates, discharges the electrified particulates to the outside of the sensor section together with the measurement target gas, and collects at least a portion of unadhered ions which are some of the ions and have failed to adhere to the particulates to thereby restrain the discharge of the unadhered ions to the outside of the sensor section;
the sensor drive section includes:
a sensor current value obtainment section for obtaining a sensor current value Ss which corresponds to an amount of charge flowed out due to the discharge of the electrified particulates to the outside of the sensor section,
a flow velocity obtainment section for obtaining, from the outside, a flow velocity Vg of the external gas flow, and
a particulate amount obtainment section for obtaining the amount M of the particulates while mitigating an influence of the flow velocity Vg by using the sensor current value Ss and the flow velocity Vg of the external gas flow; and
when obtaining the amount M of the particulates from the sensor current value Ss, the particulate amount obtainment section obtains the amount M of the particulates by using an offset current value Sf(Vg) and a gain G(Vg) which change with the flow velocity Vg.

US Pat. No. 10,690,570

MODULAR CONDITIONING COMPONENT IMPROVEMENTS AND METHODS ASSOCIATED THEREWITH

MAYEAUX HOLDING, LLC, Go...

1. A device for vaporizing a wet gas, comprising:a vaporizer, comprising
an inlet providing flow to a component receiver;
a pressure reducing component formed to be inserted via said inlet to engage said component receiver, so that wet gas flowing into said inlet flows to said pressure reducing component;
a vaporization chamber receiving flow from said pressure reducing component; and
a heater associated with said vaporization chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,690,569

DEVICE FOR COLLECTING WATER SAMPLE TO CONCENTRATE DIVERSIFIED BACTERIA FROM DIFFERENT WATER DEPTH

1. A water sampling device comprising:a rigid body with a bottom end opening and a top end opening;
extension members extending above the top end opening and a horizontal member between the extension members so as to be located in a spaced-apart relationship with the top end opening;
a top lid located between the top end opening and the horizontal member;
a shaft comprising a first end and a second end, the first end of the shaft being connected to the top lid and the second end of the shaft adapted to receive a cable member configured to operate the shaft, the shaft traversing through the horizontal member;
a spring located around the shaft and in a space defined between the horizontal member and the top lid,
wherein the top lid, the shaft and the spring co-operating with the rigid body and the horizontal member such that, in a first state, the top lid seals the top end opening while in a second state allows fluid to flow to an inside portion of the rigid body;
a bottom lid co-operating with the rigid body to seal the bottom end opening in a first state and the bottom lid being separated from the rigid body and not sealing the bottom end opening in a second state;
a rod connected to the bottom lid, the rod being adapted to traverse through the inside portion of the rigid body when the bottom lid is in the first state; and
at least one polymer membrane fixed perpendicularly to the rod.

US Pat. No. 10,690,568

OPTICAL FIBER TEMPERATURE DISTRIBUTION MEASUREMENT SYSTEM AND OPTICAL FIBER TEMPERATURE DISTRIBUTION MEASUREMENT METHOD

Yokogawa Electric Corpora...

1. An optical fiber temperature distribution measurement system configured to enable a light pulse to be incident on an optical fiber and to measure a temperature distribution in units of a spatial resolution zone based on a return light from the optical fiber, the system comprising:a temperature distribution calculator configured to calculate a first temperature distribution being obtained by a return light from a first optical fiber part laid down along a row of rollers, the first temperature distribution comprising a plurality of spatial resolution zones, each spatial resolution zone defined by a spatial resolution, and a second temperature distribution being obtained by a return light from a second optical fiber part laid down side by side with the first optical fiber part at a position more distant from the row than the first optical fiber part, the second temperature distribution comprising a plurality of spatial resolution zones also defined by the spatial resolution and corresponding respectively to the spatial resolution zones of the first temperature distribution;
a temperature difference calculator configured to calculate, for each spatial resolution zone, a temperature difference between a first temperature in the spatial resolution zone from the first temperature distribution and a second temperature in the corresponding spatial resolution zone from the second temperature distribution; and
an abnormality detector configured to calculate, for each spatial resolution zone, a sum of the calculated temperature difference of the spatial resolution zone and the calculated temperature differences of spatial resolution zones adjacent thereto, and to determine that an abnormality has occurred in a roller monitored by a spatial resolution zone when the calculated sum for the spatial resolution zone exceeds a reference value.

US Pat. No. 10,690,567

OPTICAL TIME DOMAIN REFLECTOMETER USING POLYMER WAVELENGTH TUNABLE LASER

SOLiD, INC., Seongnam-si...

1. An optical time domain reflectometer, comprising:a wavelength-tunable laser configured to output an optical signal having a wavelength that varies with time so that at least two wavelengths are alternately repeated, in response to a control signal received from a controller; and
an optical filter configured to selectively pass a predetermined wavelength portion in a reflected optical signal that is returned from an optical fiber cable.

US Pat. No. 10,690,566

TEST DISC SYSTEM

1. A test disk system having at least one test disk for testing the seal of a glove which is installed in a port of an isolator, wherein the test disk is formed by a combination of a base body and a sealing adapter and is connectable in a hermetically sealed fashion to the port, wherein the glove encloses with the test disk a glove volume which can be pressurized by the test disk, wherein the test disk has the base body in which electronic components for recording and storing a pressure profile in the glove volume and at least one data interface are arranged, wherein the test disk has a reading device for reading both a first identification element which is arranged on the glove and also a second identification element which is assigned to the port, wherein the test disk has at least one radially expandable sealing device for obtaining a fluid-tight connection to the port by the expansion of the at least one radially expandable sealing device, wherein the at least one radially expandable sealing device is arranged on an outer circumference of the sealing adapter or on an inner or on an outer circumference of a cylindrical projection, which is part of the sealing adapter and directed toward an adjacent surface of the attached base body, wherein the base body is detachably connectable to the sealing adapter via coupling means, which are arranged on an underside of the base body and an upper side of the sealing adapter the scaling adapter.

US Pat. No. 10,690,565

IN-SITU GLOVEPORT GLOVE LEAK TESTER

UCHICAGO ARGONNE, LLC, C...

1. A system for detecting leaks in glovebox gloves, the system comprising:a. a first seal positioned within a glovebox aperture;
b. a first pressurized fluid supply for circumferentially expanding the first seal against center facing surfaces of the aperture to a first pressure, wherein expansion of the first seal causes a second seal to reversibly contact exterior surfaces of the glovebox;
c. a second pressurized fluid supply for inflating the glove to a second pressure; and
d. a pressure gauge for detecting a pressure decrease of the second pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,690,564

CONTAINER LEAK DETECTION

ISHIDA EUROPE LIMITED, B...

1. A leak detection system for detecting breaches in sealed food containers, the leak detection system comprising:a conveyor for conveying the sealed food container through the leak detection system along a conveyance direction;
air-sample testing equipment configured to test the composition of an air sample provided to the air-sample testing equipment;
a leak detection head arranged over the conveyor;
at least two pressing members located on the leak detection head and being spaced from one another along the conveyance direction of the conveyor, wherein each pressing member comprises a rotatable roller or wheel, and wherein the at least two pressing members are configured to, in use, apply pressure to the sealed food container located in an air-sampling region;
a plurality of air-sampling ports located on the leak detection head in the air-sampling region between the at least two pressing members;
an air sample conduit extending between the plurality of air sampling ports and the air-sample testing equipment;
wherein, in use, the plurality of air-sampling ports take an air sample from the air-sampling region at least during or after the at least two pressing members apply pressure to the sealed food container in the air-sampling region and communicates said air sample through the air sample conduit to the air-sample testing equipment.

US Pat. No. 10,690,563

SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND DEVICES FOR DETECTING LEAKS IN A CHROMATOGRAPHY SYSTEM

Waters Technologies Corpo...

1. An apparatus for stopping a leak in a chromatography system comprising:a coating disposed to conform to a component of a chromatography system; and
a responsive material disposed within the coating wherein the responsive material is disposed to increase stiffness in response to being contacted by the fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,690,562

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR LOCATION AND SIZING OF TRACE GAS SOURCES

The Regents of the Univer...

18. An apparatus for characterizing at least one gas source located in a geographical area, comprising:a spectrometer unit configured to transmit light to each of a plurality of retroreflectors arrayed over the geographical area, and to detect the transmitted light after reflecting off said each of the plurality of retroreflectors;
a spectrometer processor configured to process an output of the spectrometer unit to generate path-integrated spectroscopic data for an open path between the spectrometer unit and said each of the plurality of retroreflectors; and
a processor configured to:
use a transport model with meteorological data related to the geographical area to generate source-receptor relationships that describe influence of emissions from the at least one gas source on the path-integrated spectroscopic data, and
determine emissions information for the at least one gas source by applying an inversion model to the source-receptor relationships, the path-integrated spectroscopic data, and prior data indicating one or more known or potential gas sources in the geographical area.

US Pat. No. 10,690,561

METHODS AND APPARATUS TO CALIBRATE MICRO-ELECTROMECHANICAL SYSTEMS

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPO...

1. A method, comprising:performing a physical test on a first pressure sensor to determine a capacitance of the first pressure sensor;
performing a first electrical test on the first pressure sensor to determine a pull-in voltage of the first pressure sensor;
determining correlation coefficients based on the capacitance and the pull-in voltage;
performing a second electrical test on a second pressure sensor;
determining calibration coefficients based on the correlation coefficients and the second electrical test; and
calibrating the second pressure sensor based on the calibration coefficients.

US Pat. No. 10,690,560

DIRECTIONAL DIFFERENTIAL PRESSURE DETECTOR HAVING AN ADJUSTABLE PIVOT ARM

1. A device for indicating a presence of a directional differential pressure between a first space and a second space separated from the first space by a barrier, the device permitting fluidic pressure connection between the second space and a pivot arm in the first space, the device comprising:a first conduit arranged to extend through at least a portion of the barrier separating the first space and the second space;
a rotating base which is rotatable relative to the first conduit;
a pivot arm arranged to form a fluidic pressure connection with the first conduit, the pivot arm rotatably attached to the rotating base to permit adjustment of an inclination of the pivot arm relative to a horizontal plane among a plurality of inclination angles in which a first, vertically lower region of the pivot arm is vertically lower than a second, vertically higher region of the pivot arm; and
at least one movable element disposed within the pivot arm and movable from the first, vertically lower region of the pivot arm to the second, vertically higher region of the pivot arm in response to a differential pressure between the first and second spaces.

US Pat. No. 10,690,558

ROBOT COLLISION DETECTION METHOD

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A method of detecting a collision, comprising:providing a robot including a motor, a gear reducer connected to the motor, an encoder detecting a rotation of the motor, a temperature sensor installed to the encoder, and an object which is driven by the motor via the gear reducer;
estimating an external force torque caused by a collision as a collision torque estimation value by subtracting a dynamic torque obtained by an inverse dynamic calculation of the robot from a torque output to the gear reducer by the motor;
determining that the robot receives an external force if the collision torque estimation value is greater than a predetermined collision detection threshold;
setting the predetermined collision detection threshold to a first value in a case where a temperature detected by the temperature sensor is less than a predetermined temperature threshold;
setting the predetermined collision detection threshold to a second value less than the first value at a first time point at which the detected temperature is equal to or greater than the predetermined temperature threshold in a case where a maximum value of the collision torque estimation value is less than a first maximum value determination threshold in a period to the first time point from a second time point prior to the first time point by a predetermined length of time;
setting the predetermined collision detection threshold to the first value at the first time point in a case where the maximum value of the collision torque estimation value is equal to or greater than the first maximum value determination threshold in the period;
providing a second maximum value determination threshold which is greater than the first maximum value determination threshold and is less than the second value; and
obtaining a gradient of an approximate straight line obtained by approximating a change of the collision torque estimation value with respect to time in the period,
wherein said setting the predetermined collision detection threshold to the first value at the first time point in the case where the maximum value of the collision torque estimation value is equal to or greater than the first maximum value determination threshold in the period comprises:
setting the predetermined collision detection threshold to the second value at the first time point in a case where the maximum value of the collision torque estimation value is equal to or greater than the first maximum value determination threshold and is less than the second maximum value determination threshold and the gradient of the approximate straight line is negative in the period;
setting the predetermined collision detection threshold to the first value at the first time point in a case where the maximum value of the collision torque estimation value is equal to or greater than the first maximum value determination threshold and is less than the second maximum value determination threshold and the gradient of the approximate straight line is zero or positive in the period: and
setting the predetermined collision detection threshold to the first value at the first time point in a case where the maximum value of the collision torque estimation value is equal to or greater than the second maximum value determination threshold in the period.

US Pat. No. 10,690,557

POTTED LOAD CELL

Cardinal Scale Manufactur...

1. A load cell for measuring a force applied thereto by an object for determining a weight of the object, the load cell comprising:a rigid block configured to be supported on a load cell stand and configured to support a weighbridge, the rigid block including opposing first and second ends and comprising:
a plurality of interconnected cavities extending into the rigid block, the plurality of interconnected cavities including:
a first set of at least two strain gage pockets spaced from the first end of the rigid block;
a second set of at least two strain gage pockets spaced between the first set of two strain gage pockets and the second end of the rigid block;
an inlet potting tunnel extending from the first end of the rigid block to a first strain gage pocket of the first set of at least two strain gage pockets;
an intermediate potting tunnel extending from the first strain gage pocket of the first set of at least two strain gage pockets to a first strain gage pocket of the second set of at least two strain gage pockets;
an interconnect tunnel extending from the first strain gage pocket of the second set of at least two strain gage pockets to a second strain gage pocket of the second set of at least two strain gage pockets;
an intermediate potting tunnel extending from the second strain gage pocket of the second set of at least two strain gage pockets to a second strain gage pocket of the first set of at least two strain gage pockets;
an outlet potting tunnel extending from the second strain gage pocket of the second set of at least two strain gage pockets to the first end of the rigid block; and
a cable tunnel extending to one of the strain gage pockets and configured to receive an electronic cable therethrough;
a plurality of strain gages positioned in the strain gage pockets; and
a potting material filling the plurality of interconnected cavities such that moisture and debris cannot enter the strain gage pocket.

US Pat. No. 10,690,556

SPEED DRIVEN METHOD FOR CALCULATING TORQUE, POWER AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN THE CONTROL, HEALTH ASSESSMENT AND MAINTENANCE OF ROTATING EQUIPMENT AND TURBO MACHINERY

1. A method for measuring and managing torque and energy efficiency in a rotating machine comprising a rotating shaft having a moment of inertia about its axis of rotation, a bearing connected to the rotating shaft, a power source driving the rotating shaft, and a power sink opposing movement of the rotating shaft, the method comprising:A. measuring a rotating speed of the rotating shaft at discrete time intervals;
B. storing measurements of the rotating speed in electronic form;
C. using an equation describing the movement of the rotating shaft as follows:
TIN?TLOSS=TN=I*dW/dt
wherein TIN (in Newton*m) is torque from the power source, TLOSS, the power sink (in Newton*m), is negative torque due to losses and other sources opposing rotation of the shaft, TN (in Newton*m) is torque net of sources opposing the rotating shaft, I (kg*m2) is the moment of inertia about the axis of rotation of the shaft, W (Rad/s) is the rotating speed of the shaft, and dW/dt (Rad/s2) represents angular acceleration of the rotating shaft,
D. calculating the torque from the power source acting on the shaft, the torque from the power sink, the net torque acting on the shaft, the power consumed by the rotating machine, energy efficiency of the rotating machine, and a health index of the rotating machine in order to determine maintenance and safety actions to be taken,
wherein the method further comprises the following steps:
a. determining a target maximum operating speed of the rotating machine;
b. accelerating the rotating machine using the power source;
c. allowing the shaft of the rotating machine to reach the target maximum operating speed;
d. disconnecting the power source;
e. allowing the rotating machine to enter natural decay;
f. taking rotating speed measurements during natural decay at predetermined time intervals;
g. generating and storing a natural decay curve for each operating condition;
h. reconnecting the power source;
i. Operating the rotating machine in conditions consistent with the conditions by which the natural decay curve was developed and stored;
j. taking rotating speed measurements of the rotating shaft;
k. using the equation describing the movement of the rotating shaft for calculating torque of the power source by using the stored natural decay curve to determine TLOSS.

US Pat. No. 10,690,555

COMPOSITE AIRSPEED INDICATOR DISPLAY FOR COMPOUND AIRCRAFTS

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A torque indicator for an aircraft having a main rotor system and a translational thrust system driven by at least one engine comprising:a first indicator operable to display an actual torque of an engine of the aircraft relative to an engine torque limit; and
a second indicator operable to display an actual torque of the translational thrust system of the aircraft relative to a translational thrust system torque limit; and
a third indicator operable to display an actual torque of the main rotor system of the aircraft relative to a main rotor system torque limit.

US Pat. No. 10,690,554

COMPOSITE AIRSPEED INDICATOR DISPLAY FOR COMPOUND AIRCRAFTS

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. An airspeed indicator display for an aircraft having a main rotor system and a translational thrust system comprising:a first indicator operable to display an actual airspeed of the aircraft, wherein the first indicator includes a first graphical display including a first pointer; and
a second indicator positioned adjacent the first indicator, the second indicator being operable to display a second parameter associated with the translational thrust system, wherein the second indicator includes a second graphical display including a second pointer, the second pointer being located at a position offset from the first pointer.

US Pat. No. 10,690,553

VAPORIZABLE SUBSTANCE APPLICATION TOOL HAVING AN INTEGRATED IDEAL TEMPERATURE INDICATOR

ALL ZACK EVERYTHING LLC, ...

1. An apparatus, comprising:an applicator on a first end of the apparatus to apply a vaporizable substance onto a surface of a banger external to the apparatus, the surface of the banger configured to have heat applied thereto to enable the vaporizable substance applied thereon to aerify;
a thermocouple on a second end of the apparatus configured to capture a real-time temperature of the surface of the banger upon contact therewith; and
a temperature indicator positioned in between the applicator and the thermocouple, and coupled to both the applicator and the thermocouple,
wherein the temperature indicator is configured to visually indicate:
a first state in which a background of the temperature indicator is in a first color when the captured real-time temperature of the surface of the banger is below an ideal range,
a second state in which the background of the temperature indicator is in a second color when the captured real-time temperature of the surface of the banger is within the ideal range, and
a third state in which the background of the temperature indicator is in a third color when the captured real-time temperature of the surface of the banger exceeds the ideal range.

US Pat. No. 10,690,552

DTS PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT THROUGH VARIABLE MODE PATH LENGTH AVERAGING

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. A system to determine temperature, the system comprising:an optical fiber;
at least two pulse laser sources configured to transmit light pulses with at least two wavelengths into the optical fiber;
an optical path length modulator configured to modulate the optical path length of the optical fiber as the light pulses are transmitted into the optical fiber;
at least two photodetectors configured to detect backscatter reflected in the optical fiber resulting from the light pulses transmitted into the optical fiber; and
a processor configured to determine the temperature based on the backscatter, wherein the processor is configured to determine the temperature according to:
whereAS is an anti-Stokes Raman signal obtained from the backscatter, and RAp and RAas are Rayleigh signals obtained respectively using wavelengths of the light pulses and of the backscatter.

US Pat. No. 10,690,551

TEMPERATURE AND THERMAL GRADIENT SENSOR FOR CERAMIC MATRIX COMPOSITES AND METHODS OF PREPARATION THEREOF

RHODE ISLAND COUNCIL ON P...

1. A thermocouple comprising:a ceramic matrix composite (CMC) engine component;
a layer of an electrically insulating material deposited on a surface of said CMC engine component;
a electrically conductive material deposited on said layer of electrically insulating material except for a portion of said electrically conductive material which forms a point of contact with said CMC engine component;
wherein said CMC engine component and said electrically conductive material are two thermoelements of the thermocouple and said portion of said electrically conductive material forms a thermocouple junction with said CMC engine component at said point of contact.

US Pat. No. 10,690,550

METHOD FOR MONITORING A LINE FOR UNCHANGED AMBIENT CONDITIONS AND MEASURING ARRANGEMENT FOR MONITORING A LINE FOR CHANGED AMBIENT CONDITIONS

LEONI Kabel GmbH, Nuremb...

1. A method for monitoring a line for changed ambient conditions, the line having a measuring line with a predetermined length and a measuring conductor surrounded by insulation, which comprises the steps of:generating an analog signal being a periodic signal having a predetermined frequency;
dividing the analog signal into a reference signal and an operating signal;
feeding the operating signal into the measuring conductor;
combining a return signal obtained from the operating signal with the reference signal, wherein the return signal, under normal conditions, having a run time to be expected and under ambient conditions deviating from the normal conditions, a maximum run time difference to be expected and wherein a frequency is tuned to the maximum run time difference to be expected in such a manner that a phase shift is ?180° by amount; and
determining a measure for a changed condition by means of a phase shift between the reference signal and the return signal.

US Pat. No. 10,690,549

TEMPERATURE SENSOR HOLDER

JATCO LTD, Fuji-Shi (JP)...

1. A temperature sensor holder adapted to mount a temperature sensor adapted to measure a temperature of a coil of a stator comprising a stator core, the coil wound around the stator core, and an insulator providing insulation between the stator core and the coil, the temperature sensor holder comprising:a holder fixing portion structured to fix the temperature sensor to the insulator; and
a sensor holding portion integrated with the holder fixing portion and structured to hold the temperature sensor on a coil end portion of the coil, the sensor holding portion including
a storage groove adapted to store the temperature sensor, the storage groove including, at a groove bottom of the storage groove, a sensor pressing portion adapted to press the temperature sensor to the coil end portion from a direction of a rotation axis of a rotor of the stator.

US Pat. No. 10,690,548

ENVIRONMENTAL FACTOR ASSESSMENT BY A NON-INTRUSIVE SENSOR IN A FLUID TRANSFER PUMPING SYSTEM

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A method for assessing energy usage efficiency in a fluid transfer pumping system in a cloud computing environment by a processor, comprising:determining a rate of temperature decay over a selected time period using a temperature signal collected by one or more non-intrusive Internet of Things (IoT) sensors located at one or more selected positions of a piping network in the fluid transfer pumping system so as to determine energy efficiency in the fluid transfer pumping system associated with a heating service, a cooling service, or combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,690,547

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MEASURING POWERLINE TEMPERATURE BASED ON SELF-POWERED POWER SENSORS

Panoramic Power Ltd., Kf...

1. A method for measuring powerline temperature using a self-powered power sensor (SPPS), comprising:obtaining a powerline current reading and an SPPS temperature reading from an SPPS, wherein the SPPS is adapted to measure the powerline current as well as receive energy for SPPS operation from the powerline;
determining the powerline temperature based on an isothermal curve of the powerline current reading and the SPPS temperature reading;
generating a first alert when the powerline temperature exceeds a predetermined threshold;
generating a second alert when the determined powerline temperature increases relative to a temperature average of a past predetermined period of time by an indicated amount; and
generating the isothermal curve for the SPPS based on at least two data points, where each data point includes a powerline current reading and an SPPS temperature reading and wherein the isothermal curve is generated based on at least one of a powerline conductor material type and a powerline conductor material thickness.

US Pat. No. 10,690,546

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR NON-DESTRUCTIVE, IN-SITU, POSITIVE MATERIAL IDENTIFICATION OF A PIPE

TDW Delaware, Inc., Wilm...

1. A method for in-situ non-destructive positive material identification of a pipe which is part of a pipeline, the pipe including a plurality of selected test areas on a surface of the pipe, each test area being separated axially, circumferentially, or both axially and circumferentially from other test areas of the plurality, the method comprising:Preparing the surface of the pipe within at least a portion of each selected test area to be suitable for testing;
collecting within the prepared portion of each test area, by testing the yield strength and tensile strength using a tensile property tester including a ball indenter, a predetermined number of mechanical property data readings of the pipe, the predetermined number of mechanical property data readings representing a mechanical property data collection run;
calculating a yield strength and a tensile strength mean of the pipe from the mechanical property data collection run;
collecting from the prepared portion of each test area, by testing using a spectrometer, a predetermined number of chemical property data readings of the pipe, the predetermined number of chemical property data readings representing a chemical property data collection run;
calculating a chemical element percentage mean of the pipe from the chemical property data collection run;
calculating an overall yield strength and tensile strength mean of the mechanical property data collection runs and an overall chemical percentage mean of the chemical property data collection runs, each overall mean being calculated using at least two of its respective data collection runs;
each overall mean representing a material identification of the pipe;
comparing each material identification of the pipe to a known API material standard; and
identifying a grade of the pipe based upon the comparing.

US Pat. No. 10,690,545

HYBRID IMAGE-PUPIL OPTICAL REFORMATTER

TORNADO SPECTRAL SYSTEMS ...

1. A spectrometer comprising:an optical reformatter for generating an output beam, comprising:
a collimator which receives an input light and produces a first collimated beam;
a first optical element which
(i) redirects one or more portions of the first collimated beam so they are received by the collimator which produces one or more reimaging beams; and
(ii) allows one or more portions of the first collimated beam to pass by the first optical element to form part of the output beam;
a second optical element which redirects one or more portions of the reimaging beams so they are received by the collimator which produces additional collimated beams;
wherein one or more portions of the additional collimated beams also form part of the output beam;
an optical element to expand the output beam along a first dimension to produce an expanded beam;
a dispersive element to spectrally disperse the expanded beam along the first dimension to produce a spectrally dispersed beam;
a focusing element to Focus the spectrally dispersed beam to produce a focused spectrum; and
a detector to receive and measure the focused spectrum.

US Pat. No. 10,690,544

NON-CIRCULAR APERTURE REFLECTIVE IMAGER

Wavefront Research, Inc.,...

1. An optical system comprising:an entrance pupil, said entrance pupil having a substantially non-circular shape, said entrance pupil being hereinafter referred to as a non-circular entrance pupil;
an optical sub-system having at least one reflective optical element, said optical sub-system being configured to receive electromagnetic radiation from the non-circular entrance pupil, said optical sub-system being configured to image electromagnetic radiation from the entrance pupil onto an image plane;
an optical axis of the optical system being substantially folded in a predetermined direction; said entrance pupil being truncated in a direction substantially contained within a plane containing said folded optical axis; and
wherein said entrance pupil is a truncated circular shape.

US Pat. No. 10,690,543

SYSTEM, METHOD AND DEVICE FOR EVALUATING THE INTENSITY PROFILE OF A LASER BEAM

DHPC Technologies, Inc., ...

1. A system for evaluating the intensity profile of a laser beam, said system comprising:a target pod that is targeted by said laser beam, said target pod having a conical housing with wide end and a narrow end, wherein said wide end of said conical housing is covered by a dome that has an interior surface and an exterior surface,
wherein said dome and said conical housing define an enclosed chamber, wherein said interior surface of said dome faces said enclosed chamber; and
a camera positioned at said narrow end of said conical housing that images said interior surface of said dome from within said enclosed chamber, wherein at least some of said laser beam passes through said dome from said exterior surface to said interior surface when said laser beam shines upon said exterior surface of said dome, therein illuminating said interior surface of said dome for imaging by said camera.

US Pat. No. 10,690,542

DEVICE AND METHOD OF MEASURING ABSORBED ENERGY-MOMENTUM SYMMETRY

1. A method for measuring absorbed energy-momentum symmetry, comprising:splitting a single source of high intensity radiant energy into a first beam of energy and a second beam of energy, each beam being filtered to a desired monochromatic wavelength;
conducting a first measurement of radiant energy of both beams at a first measuring point, said measurement being performed in units of watts per steradian per square meter per nanometer (W·sr?1·m?2·nm?1);
providing an equal-arm force comparator device capable of engaging said two beams of energy, and rotating about a point, said comparator device including two targets to engage said two beams of energy such that said first beam impinges against a first target and said second beam impinges against a second target, said first and second beams having a known wavelength and radiant energy, and further said beams impinging against said targets at the same angle of incidence at the same moment and direction in time;
conducting a second measurement of any resultant angular velocity of said targets included on said comparator device at a second measuring point to provide a measurement of the radiant energy's impinging momentum;
determining an electrical output of the measured angular velocity as conducted as the second measuring point;
providing a programmable logic controller including an input device;
inputting an electrical output into said programmable logic controller, said input corresponding to the measured angular velocity as determined at the second measuring point and yielding a radiant momentum (p) value in the units of kg·m·s-1; and
determining a ratio of said first measurement of radiant energy relative said second measurement of the radiant energy's impinging momentum, to thereby yield a measurement of absorbed energy-momentum symmetry.

US Pat. No. 10,690,541

INFRARED LENS SWITCH ASSEMBLIES

Hewlett Packard Enterpris...

1. A device, comprising:a circuit assembly;
an infrared sensor coupled to the circuit assembly;
a switch coupled to the circuit assembly;
an infrared lens coupled to a hinge on a first edge and coupled to a resistive element to alter a state of the switch when the infrared lens alters a position of the resistive element; and
a light pipe ring positioned around the infrared lens to allow visible light to pass between an exterior and interior portion of an enclosure, wherein the hinge is coupled between the infrared lens and the light pipe ring.

US Pat. No. 10,690,540

MULTI-SENSOR HAVING A LIGHT DIFFUSING ELEMENT AROUND A PERIPHERY OF A RING OF PHOTOSENSORS

View, Inc., Milpitas, CA...

1. A device comprising:a ring of first photosensors, each having an angle of view oriented radially outward from the ring of first photosensors, the angle of view of each of the first photosensors overlapping the angle of view of each of two respective immediately adjacent first photosensors;
at least one light-diffusing element around a periphery of the ring of first photosensors to diffuse light incident on the device, during operation, prior to the light incident on the device being sensed by the first photosensors;
at least one second photosensor having an angle of view that at least partially encompasses a direction parallel with a central axis of the ring of first photosensors;
a circuit board;
a housing that physically supports at least portions of each of the first photosensors, the at least one light-diffusing element, the at least one second photosensor and the circuit board; and
wherein the at least one second photosensor is located further away than the ring of first photosensors in a direction opposite to a gravitational vector.

US Pat. No. 10,690,539

CIRCUIT AND METHOD FOR DETECTING AMBIENT LIGHT, AND DISPLAY PANEL

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP., LT...

1. A circuit for detecting ambient light, comprising:a light sensing sub-circuit configured to output a voltage pulse signal related to present intensity of the ambient light; and
a detection sub-circuit electrically connected to the light sensing sub-circuit, and configured to acquire a frequency of the voltage pulse signal, and obtain the present intensity of the ambient light according to the frequency of the voltage pulse signal;
wherein the light sensing sub-circuit comprises:
a first optical sensor, a first terminal of the first optical sensor being electrically connected to a first power source;
a first transistor, a first electrode of the first transistor being electrically connected to a second terminal of the first optical sensor;
a second transistor, a first electrode of the second transistor being electrically connected to the first power source, a control electrode of the second transistor being electrically connected to the first electrode of the first transistor, and a second electrode of the second transistor being electrically connected to an output terminal of the light sensing sub-circuit;
a first capacitor and a second capacitor, wherein a first terminal of the first capacitor is electrically connected to the control electrode of the second transistor, a first terminal of the second capacitor is electrically connected to the second electrode of the second transistor, and a second terminal of the first capacitor, a second terminal of the second capacitor and a second electrode of the first transistor are electrically connected to a second power source, respectively; and
a second optical sensor, a first terminal of the second optical sensor being electrically connected to the second electrode of the second transistor, the first terminal of the second capacitor, and a control electrode of the first transistor respectively, and a second terminal of the second optical sensor being electrically connected to the second power source.

US Pat. No. 10,690,538

OPTICAL SENSOR MODULE AND A WEARABLE DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

LITE-ON OPTO TECHNOLOGY (...

1. An optical sensor module, comprising:a support unit having a main plate and at least one side plate, said at least one side plate including a plurality of bendable bridge portions and a plurality of body portions respectively connected to said bridge portions, said bridge portions being bent to dispose said body portions laterally displaced from and inclined relative to said main plate;
a light-receiving unit having a photodetector that is disposed on a top of said main plate and that has a light-receiving surface located away from said main plate, and a first light-blocking member, said photodetector being disposed inside said first light-blocking member; and
at least one light-emitting unit disposed on at least one of said body portions of said at least one side plate, and having at least one light source that has a light-emitting surface;
wherein said optical sensor module defines an imaginary line perpendicular to said light-receiving surface, said at least one light source emitting light toward the imaginary line;
wherein a portion of said first light-blocking member is disposed between said at least one light source and said photodetector; and
wherein said body portions are disposed outside of said first light-blocking member of said light-receiving unit, said bridge portions projecting outwardly from said first light-blocking member, said body portions thereby connecting respectively with said bridge portions outside of said first light-blocking member, said bridge portions being bent outside of said first light-blocking member to dispose said body portions to be inclined relative to said main plate.

US Pat. No. 10,690,537

TEST RESULT EVALUATING METHOD AND MATERIAL TESTER

SHIMADZU CORPORATION, Ky...

1. A test result evaluating method for evaluating a reliability of a test result in a material test in which a test force is applied to a test subject by driving a load mechanism, the test result evaluating method comprising:a representative value calculating process of setting data in a predetermined time as section data, and calculating a representative value of the section data, wherein the data in the predetermined time is comprised in test data acquired by a force detector during a time period in which the test force is applied to the test subject;
a ratio calculating process of calculating a load natural vibration amplitude ratio that is a ratio between the representative value acquired in the representative value calculating process and a value based on an amplitude of a natural vibration; and
a determination process of determining the reliability of the test result on the basis of the load natural vibration amplitude ratio.

US Pat. No. 10,690,536

MULTIHEAD WEIGHER AND WEIGHING METHOD

Frito-Lay Trading Company...

1. A multihead weigher for weighing a batch of a product, the multihead weigher comprising:an upper annular feeder plate for receiving a supply of the product to be weighed, the annular feeder plate having at least one feed outlet at a radially inner edge of the annular feeder plate, an opening being defined by the radially inner edge of the annular feeder plate;
a plurality of staging hoppers located beneath the opening of the annular feeder plate, each staging hopper having an upper staging inlet and a lower staging outlet, the upper staging inlet being located beneath at least one feed outlet for receiving product from the annular feeder plate; a plurality of weigh hoppers located beneath the plurality of staging hoppers, each weigh hopper having an upper weigh inlet and a lower weigh outlet, the upper weigh inlet being located beneath a respective staging outlet; and
a collector located beneath the plurality of weigh hoppers for receiving product from the lower weigh outlets, the collector comprising a tubular element for receiving a weighed batch of the product from a selected one or more weigh hoppers of the plurality the weigh hoppers, the tubular element having a lower dispensing outlet;
wherein the annular feeder plate, the plurality of staging hoppers, the plurality of weigh hoppers and the collector are aligned along a longitudinal axis of the multihead weigher which in use is vertically oriented,
wherein the annular feeder plate, the plurality of staging hoppers, the plurality of weigh hoppers and the collector are configured, sequentially in each of the annular feeder plate, the plurality of staging hoppers, the plurality of weigh hoppers and the collector, progressively to funnel the product towards the longitudinal axis of the multihead weigher as the product is passed from the annular feeder plate to the collector under the action of gravity without radially outward movement of the product, and
wherein the radially inner edge of the annular feeder plate has a larger width than an outlet end of the plurality of staging hoppers, the outlet end of the plurality of staging hoppers has a larger width than an outlet end of the plurality of weigh hoppers, and the outlet end of the plurality of weigh hoppers has a larger width than the lower dispensing outlet of the tubular element of the collector.

US Pat. No. 10,690,535

DYNAMIC SCALE FOR FLAT GOODS TRANSPORTED ON THEIR SIDES, AND METHOD FOR CONTROL THEREOF

Francotyp-Postalia GmbH, ...

1. A method for controlling a dynamic scale through which flat items to be weighed proceed lying flat on their sides, said method comprising:with a control processor, controlling a transport device to transport the flat items through said dynamic scale while producing encoder pulses, and continuously counting said encoder pulses in a counter of said control processor;
from said control processor, starting a weight measurement of an individual, moving flat item when a trailing edge of said individual, moving flat item reaches a first sensor, with storage of a count in said counter if the leading edge of said individual, moving flat item reaches a second sensor but a valid weight measurement result is not present in said control processor;
if said individual, moving flat item reaches said second sensor with no valid weight measurement result being present in said control processor, reducing a transport velocity of said individual, moving flat item in a plurality of steps and, after a first step-down of said transport velocity, starting another weight measurement of said individual, moving flat item with the first stepped-down transport velocity;
after starting said another weight measurement, querying a current counter state of said counter, and storing said current counter state, if neither a valid weight measurement result is present in said control processor nor a trailing edge of said individual, moving flat item has reached said first sensor with said leading edge of said individual, moving flat item having reached said second sensor;
in said control processor, executing a check as to whether said current counter state corresponds to a sum of the stored counter state and a predetermined count value; and
repeating stepped-down reduction of said transport velocity in successive step-downs, and repeating query and said check, as long as said current counter state has not reached said sum, and stopping said repeating if said current counter state reaches said sum.

US Pat. No. 10,690,534

LIM-DRIVEN ROLLER CHECKWEIGHER

Laitram, L.L.C., Harahan...

1. A weighing conveyor system comprising:an upstream conveyor having a downstream end and conveying objects in a conveying direction to the downstream end;
a downstream conveyor having an upstream end and receiving the objects conveyed by the upstream conveyor;
a roller transfer device interposed between the downstream end of the upstream conveyor and the upstream end of the downstream conveyor and transferring the objects received from the upstream conveyor to the downstream conveyor in the conveying direction, the roller transfer device including:
a roller drive system;
an array of rollers, at least some of which are active rollers rotated by the roller drive system at a constant torque to propel the objects received from the upstream conveyor in the conveying direction to the downstream conveyor, wherein the acceleration of each of the objects in the conveying direction on the roller transfer device is inversely proportional to the object's weight;
a sensor system determining the change in the gap between consecutive objects or in the spacing of consecutive objects before and after they are propelled in the conveying direction by the active rollers to determine the weight of each of the objects.

US Pat. No. 10,690,533

ILLUMINATION PATTERN SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR 3D-TIME OF FLIGHT SYSTEMS

Symbol Technologies, LLC,...

1. An illumination system comprising:a light source positioned at a proximal end of a volume and configured to emit a photon beam; and
a diffuser positioned to receive the photon beam and to diffuse the photon beam into an output beam extending from a distal end plane of the volume to an interstitial plane in the volume thereby defining an illumination volume, the output beam having an illumination intensity that produces a threshold irradiance at a lateral off-axis extent of the distal end plane, the diffuser being further configured to maintain irradiance at a lateral off-axis extent of the interstitial plane at or above the threshold irradiance at the lateral off-axis extent of the distal end plane,
wherein the output beam has an illumination intensity that produces a first irradiance profile at the distal end plane and a second irradiance profile at the interstitial plane, wherein the diffuser is configured such that the first irradiance profile varies across the distal end plane and wherein the second irradiance profile varies across the interstitial plane,
wherein the diffuser is configured such that the illumination intensity of the output beam satisfies:
I(?)?Imax(?)=IO cos(?),where ? is an angle from an illumination axis of the output beam, and where IO is an illumination intensity on the illumination axis,wherein the diffuser is further configured such that the illumination intensity of the output beam, I, is expressed as Ix(?)·Iy(?) satisfies:

where ?x0 is an angle from an illumination axis of the output beam as measured at the distal end plane along a x-axis, and where ?x is an angle from an illumination axis of the output beam along the x-axis; and

where ?y0 is an angle from an illumination axis of the output beam as measured at the distal end plane along a y-axis, and where ?y is an angle from an illumination axis of the output beam along the y-axis.

US Pat. No. 10,690,532

MULTI-PHASE FLUID FRACTION MEASUREMENT

Baker Hughes Oilfield Ope...

1. A method of determining a fraction of one or more phases in a multi-phase fluid in a conduit, comprising:exciting a sensing device to cause the sensing device to emit electromagnetic waves of a range of frequencies comprising a first set of frequencies and a second set of frequencies into the multi-phase fluid,
wherein the sensing device comprises an enclosure containing an antenna and a dielectric layer that is placed in direct contact with the multi-phase fluid, the dielectric layer covering the antenna such that the antenna is located on a first side of the dielectric layer, and a second side of the dielectric layer, opposite the first side, is uncovered by the enclosure;
wherein the uncovered side of the dielectric layer is placed in direct contact with the multi-phase fluid; and
wherein the antenna and the dielectric layer are selected such that resonance is exhibited in at least one of the first set of frequencies and the second set of frequencies based on a flow state of the multi-phase fluid;
receiving transmitted or reflected electromagnetic waves from the multi-phase fluid;
selecting the flow state of the multi-phase fluid based on a classification parameter, wherein the classification parameter is determined from an analysis of the transmitted or reflected electromagnetic waves in at least one of the first set of frequencies and second set of frequencies; and
determining the fraction of the one or more phases in the multi-phase fluid utilizing at least one fraction determination model, wherein the fraction determination model is selected based on the flow state of the multi-phase fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,690,531

PIEZOELECTRIC ALTERNATING MAGNETIC FIELD FLOW METERS

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. An alternating magnetic field flow meter comprising:a magnetic token movable within a conduit operable to guide a fluid flow along a flow path;
a magnetic field generator configured to generate magnetic fields to move the magnetic token along the flow path; and
a detector configured to detect electrical signals associated with the movement of the magnetic token along the flow path,
wherein a flow rate of the fluid flow is determined based on the detected electrical signals.

US Pat. No. 10,690,530

HYDRAULIC SYSTEM FOR ULTRASONIC FLOW MEASUREMENT USING DIRECT ACOUSTIC PATH APPROACH

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPO...

1. A flow meter apparatus comprising:an inlet chamber;
an acoustic channel having a first end and a second end;
an outlet chamber, wherein:
the inlet chamber is directly coupled to the first end of the acoustic channel and the outlet chamber is directly coupled to the second end of the acoustic channel so that the inlet chamber, the acoustic channel, and outlet chamber are fluidly connected together to provide a fluid pathway through the inlet chamber, the acoustic channel, and the outlet chamber;
the inlet chamber and the acoustic channel are arranged so that, when a fluid is flowing through the flow meter apparatus, the fluid enters the inlet chamber in a first direction and the fluid exits the inlet chamber and enters the acoustic channel in a second direction that is substantially perpendicular to the first direction; and
a cross-sectional shape of each of the inlet chamber, the acoustic channel, and the outlet chamber is substantially the same;
a sound wave generator configured to transmit a sound wave through the acoustic channel; and
a sound wave receiver configured to receive the sound wave transmitted by the sound wave generator.

US Pat. No. 10,690,529

ULTRASONIC FLOW MEASUREMENT FOR MULTIPHASE FLUIDS USING SWIRL BLADE SECTION CAUSING VORTICAL FLOW FOR CENTRAL GAS FLOW REGION

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. An apparatus for forming measures of cross sectional composition of a three phase oil, gas and water fluid mixture in multiphase flow in a conduit, comprising:(a) a swirl blade section mounted in the conduit causing vortical flow in the fluid mixture in the conduit causing the gas to form a central flow region within an outer annular region of the oil and water of the mixture along a longitudinal of the conduit;
(b) an array of a plurality of ultrasonic transceivers mounted about the periphery of the conduit downstream of the swirl blade section, the ultrasonic transceivers transmitting ultrasonic energy pulses for travel in the mixture in multiphase flow in the conduit;
(c) the array of a plurality of ultrasonic transceivers mounted about the periphery of the conduit further receiving ultrasonic signals after travel of the transmitted ultrasonic energy pulses in the mixture in multiphase flow in the conduit;
(d) a digital control circuit controlling a measurement sequence to enable ones of the ultrasonic transceivers;
(e) an output signal processing circuit receiving measures of the ultrasonic energy from the enabled ones of the plurality of ultrasonic transceivers and transferring data signals for processing to determine the cross sectional composition of the oil, gas and water mixture in multiphase flow in the conduit; and
(f) a data processing system forming an output display of the determined cross sectional composition of the three phase oil, gas and water mixture in multiphase flow within the conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,690,528

MEASUREMENT OF ELECTRIC SIGNALS TO DETECT PRESENCE OR FLOW OF ELECTROACTIVE SPECIES IN SOLUTION

SFC FLUIDICS, INC., Faye...

1. An electrochemical sensor, comprising:a. a first ring electrode comprising a first electrode annular section;
b. a second ring electrode adjacent to the first electrode and comprising a second electrode annular section,
c. a first insulator between the first electrode and the second electrode;
d. a third ring electrode adjacent to the second electrode and comprising a third electrode annular section;
e. a second insulator between the second electrode and the third electrode; and
f. a lumen in which the electrodes are embedded, wherein the sections of the electrodes comprise an opening that is the same shape as the lumen in which they are embedded, and wherein the first, second, and third electrode annular sections and insulators are aligned such as to provide a flow path for a fluid through the lumen, the fluid comprising one or more of ions or electrochemical species whereby the electrodes are configured to measure an electrical signal from the fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,690,527

GAS FLOWMETER

1. A gas flowmeter comprising:a body having a transparent inner, rotameter tube sealed thereto that forms a pressurized passage that communicates with an inlet and an outlet for receiving gas flow therethrough;
a transparent, second tube that is secured and sealed at a first end to the body and has a second end that sealingly receives a cap, the transparent second tube coaxially receiving the rotameter tube therein to form a pressure chamber that also receives the gas flow therethrough;
a transparent unpressurized outer cover having first and second ends, the transparent outer cover coaxially received around both the rotameter tube and the transparent second tube, the transparent outer cover mounted for rotation relative to the body at the first end and relative to the cap at the second end;
a selectively variable valve that controls the gas flow to the outlet;
first, second, third, and fourth calibrated scales fixed to the outer cover and that represent a flow rate of one of at least first, second, third, and fourth different types or mixtures of gases, respectively, through the passage in the rotameter tube; and
first and second floats having different material properties received in the passage of the rotameter tube and viewable through the transparent second tube and the outer cover in operative association with the calibrated scales, the first float having a first density operatively associated with the first calibrated scale to monitor gas flow of the first gas when the first gas flows into the body, and the second float having a second density greater than the first density of the first float and operatively associated with one of the second, third, and fourth calibrated scales to monitor gas flow of one of the second, third, and fourth different gases different than the first gas when one of the second, third, and fourth different gases flows into the body.

US Pat. No. 10,690,526

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR COMPENSATING A POSITION INFORMATION ERROR OF A RESOLVER

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An apparatus for compensating for an error in position information of a resolver comprising:a mapping table storing predetermined mapping data for each of a plurality of resolver output signals according to a corresponding electric angular velocity;
a resolver-digital converter configured to generate a corresponding output angle by determining resolver position information from a resolver output signal of the plurality of resolver output signals;
a position error determiner configured to determine a position error component in a corresponding electric angular velocity of the resolver output signal using a resolver output signal of the plurality of output resolver signals and the corresponding output angle and to convert the position error component to a position error component in the electric angular velocity, wherein the electric angular velocity is zero, based on the mapping table; and
a processor configured to adjust a position or a velocity of a rotor of a motor based on the resolver position information and the position error component converted to the position error component in the electric angular velocity which is zero,
wherein the resolver-digital converter compensates for an error by applying the position error component, converted to the position error component in the electric angular velocity, wherein the electric angular velocity is zero, in the error between a position angle of the resolver output signal of the plurality of output resolver signals and the corresponding output angle,
wherein the position error determiner comprises:
an angular velocity determiner configured to determine the electric angular velocity of the resolver output signal;
a position error determiner configured to determine an N-order position error component including an amplitude and a phase in the electric angular velocity, wherein N is equal to or greater than zero; and
a position error converting calculator configured to calculate the N-order position error component as an amplitude and a phase corresponding to an N-order position error in the electric angular velocity which is zero, and
wherein the position error converting calculator is further configured to convert an amplitude MN@EAV and a phase ?N@EAV of the N-order position error component to an amplitude MN@ELECTRIC ANGULAR VELOCITY 0 and a phase ?N@ELECTRIC ANGULAR VELOCITY 0 corresponding to the N-order position error in the electric angular velocity which is zero by using the following equation:ØN@ELECTRIC ANGULAR VELOCITY 0=ØN@EAV?ATO?PDN@EAV
wherein, ATO?ARN@EAV is an amplitude ratio of the resolver output signal in a corresponding electric angular velocity for the electric angular velocity which is zero, and ATO?PDN@EAV is a phase difference of the resolver output signal in a corresponding electric angular velocity for the electric angular velocity which is zero.

US Pat. No. 10,690,525

SYSTEMS AND METHODS ASSOCIATED WITH UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE TARGETING ACCURACY

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A system for evaluating a target aiming accuracy of a sensor of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), comprising:a position and orientation measuring unit configured to measure a position and orientation of the sensor;
a pose estimation platform coupled to the position and orientation measuring unit, wherein the pose estimation platform is configured to:
receive the position and orientation of the sensor; and
execute a first order calculation using the position and orientation as an actual position and orientation of the sensor to create a first order model;
a targeting goal data store containing electronic records representing a planned sensor position and orientation of the sensor;
a geometry evaluation platform coupled to the pose estimation platform and the targeting goal data store, wherein the geometry evaluation platform is configured to:
receive the first order model from the pose estimation platform;
receive the planned sensor position and orientation from the targeting goal data store; and
determine a standard deviation for a target aiming error of a projected location of the sensor on an industrial asset being inspected utilizing: (i) location and geometry information associated with the industrial asset, (ii) a known relationship between the sensor and a center-of-gravity of the UAV, (iii) the first order model received as a transfer function, and (iv) an assumption that the position and orientation of the sensor have Gaussian-distributed noises with zero mean and a pre-determined standard deviation;
an evaluation result data store containing electronic records associated with the target aiming error; and
an interactive user interface, wherein the interactive user interface is configured to display results of the target aiming error and to receive a user input to adjust a flight path of the UAV.

US Pat. No. 10,690,524

LOCK CLIP FOR ELECTRICAL SENSOR CONNECTION

VEONEER US, INC., Southf...

1. A mountable sensor assembly for mounting on a vehicle assembly, the mountable sensor assembly comprising:a sensor circuit having at least one conducting pad;
a sensor housing comprising a sensor cavity that receives the sensor circuit, the sensor housing having a connector cavity, the connector cavity and the sensor cavity being separated by a housing wall;
at least one connector pin extending through the housing wall between the connector cavity and the sensor cavity; and
a clip fastened to the sensor housing, the clip being formed of a conductive material, the clip being configured to engage one of the conducting pads and a corresponding one of the connector pins to provide electrical continuity between the one of the conducting pads and the corresponding one of the connector pins;
a post located between the one of the connector pins and the one of the conducting pads wherein the clip attaches to the post and a spring force of the clip pushes against the post to provide the positive pressure against the one of the conducting pads and the one of the connector pins.

US Pat. No. 10,690,523

SHAFT-INTEGRATED ANGLE SENSING DEVICE

Infineon Technologies AG,...

1. A sensor arrangement, comprising:a rotatable shaft extending along a rotation axis in an axial direction and having an outer diameter defined in a radial direction, wherein the rotatable shaft comprises a bore extending within the rotatable shaft, wherein the bore extends in an inward direction from an end face of a shaft end portion of the rotatable shaft through at least a portion of the rotatable shaft along the rotation axis;
a magnet module coupled to the rotatable shaft configured to generate a magnetic field, wherein the magnet module is coupled to at least one face of the bore and configured to generate the magnetic field within the bore;
a sensor module comprising a sensing element configured to sense a rotating magnetic field caused by the magnet module upon rotation of the rotatable shaft around the rotation axis, wherein the sensing element has a sensitive spot, the sensitive spot being arranged within the bore and exposed to the rotating magnetic field; and
a non-rotatable case to which the rotatable shaft is rotatably coupled, the non-rotatable case comprising a module opening that extends along the rotation axis, wherein the sensor module is disposed at least partially within the module opening.

US Pat. No. 10,690,522

IDENTIFICATION AND OTHER MEASURES ENCODED IN A THREADED SENSOR WELL

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A sensor, comprising:a threaded sensor body configured to be positioned in a threaded sensor well;
a first sensing modality configured to sense a parameter of interest in a monitored environment; and
a second sensing modality configured to sense one or more encoded parameters of the threaded sensor well when the threaded sensor body is positioned within the threaded sensor well.

US Pat. No. 10,690,521

NON-ACOUSTIC MEASUREMENT UNIT

THALES, Courbevoie (FR)

1. A non-acoustic measurement unit intended to be integrated into an all-optical antenna comprising at least one hydrophone, said non-acoustic measurement unit comprising at least one non-acoustic sensor with electrical output able to deliver at least one electrical signal representative of at least one physical quantity, a passive electro-optical transducer subjected to said electrical signal and a portion of an optical fiber intended to convey non-acoustic measurements comprising a first sensitive zone on which said passive electro-optical transducer acts, the passive electro-optical transducer acting on a mechanical constraint undergone by the first sensitive zone in such a way that a value of a measurable property of a first optical signal conveyed by the optical fiber intended to convey non-acoustic measurements is representative of the electrical signal, and at least one photovoltaic cell coupled electrically to said non-acoustic sensor so as to electrically supply said sensor, in which the photovoltaic cell is supplied with optical energy by means of the optical fiber intended to convey non-acoustic measurements.

US Pat. No. 10,690,520

APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING A POSITION OF A PART

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An apparatus for determining a position of a first part relative to a second part, wherein the first part is movable relative to the second part and the apparatus comprises:a magnetic position indicator, non-movably fixed to the first part and comprising a plurality of magnetic field sources, wherein:
each magnetic field source of the plurality of magnetic field sources generates a magnetic field having a unique magnetic signature,
the magnetic position indicator comprises a single continuous material,
the single continuous material comprises the plurality of magnetic field sources formed within the single continuous material, and
the plurality of magnetic field sources comprises one or more pairs of immediately adjacent magnetic field sources in contact with each other and positioned consecutively along a length of the magnetic position indicator; and
a magnetic field sensor, non-movably fixed to the second part and configured to detect the unique magnetic signatures of the magnetic fields generated by the plurality of magnetic field sources of the magnetic position indicator.

US Pat. No. 10,690,519

METER READING SENSOR USING TMR AND HALL EFFECT SENSORS

1. A pulse sensor, comprising:a dial wheel having a first magnet located at a first orbital position of the dial wheel, a second magnet located at a second orbital position of the dial wheel, and a third magnet located on a center axis of the dial wheel, wherein the first magnet comprises a north pole and a south pole and the second magnet comprises a north pole and a south pole and wherein the first magnet and the second magnet are located perpendicular to the center axis of the dial wheel;
a first magnetic sensor for sensing a magnetic field, wherein the first magnetic sensor is positioned so that during a rotation of the dial wheel, when the dial wheel is in a first position the north pole of the first magnet is aligned with the first magnetic sensor and when the dial wheel is in a second position the south pole of the second magnet is aligned with first magnetic sensor; and
the first magnetic sensor configured to generate a pulsed output for each rotation of the dial wheel, wherein
when the dial wheel is in a first position, the pulsed output is a first value;
as the dial wheel rotates from the first position to the second position, the pulsed output remains at the first value until the magnetic field sensed by the first magnetic sensor reaches a second threshold value;
once the magnetic field reaches the second threshold value, the pulsed output switches to a second value and remains at the second value until the dial wheel rotates to the second position;
as the dial wheel rotates from the second position to the first position, the pulsed output remains at the second value until the magnetic field sensed by the first magnetic sensor reaches a first threshold value;
once the magnetic field reaches the first threshold value, the pulsed output switches to the first value; and
a second magnetic sensor positioned in alignment with the center axis of the dial wheel so that the second magnetic sensor is aligned with the third magnet, and wherein the second magnetic sensor is configured to sense a magnetic field along the center axis and to generate a second output proportional to the magnetic field, the second magnetic sensor is configured to detect a first error condition based on the magnetic field falling below a first threshold and a second error condition based on the magnetic field rising above a second threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,690,518

DEVICE FOR MEASURING A MEASUREMENT VARIABLE

1. An apparatus for measuring a measured variable, comprising:a first inductance,
at least one measurement inductance to sense the measured variable and coupled to the first inductance,
a capacitance interconnected with the first inductance to form a parallel resonant circuit, and
an electronic control unit,
wherein the electronic control unit is connected directly to the parallel resonant circuit and is configured to excite the parallel resonant circuit into oscillation at an excitation frequency that is derived from a clock of the electronic control unit,
wherein the electronic control unit has at least one analog-to-digital converter having a signal input connected directly to the at least one measurement inductance for picking up a signal,
wherein the electronic control unit has a distortion signal generator having a distortion signal output, the distortion signal generator delivering a distortion signal at a distortion signal reference point,
wherein the distortion signal output is coupled to the analog-to-digital converter exclusively by passive components,
wherein the electronic control unit is configured to measure the signal at intervals, a number of measured values being picked up within each interval, and
wherein the electronic control unit is configured to perform a frequency analysis of the measured values of a respective interval and to determine at least one characteristic value, indicating the measured variable, of the signal at an evaluation frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,690,517

SENSOR COIL OPTIMIZATION

Integrated Device Technol...

1. A method of providing an optimized position locating sensor coil design, comprising:receiving into a computing system a coil design and a desired specification for the accuracy of the position locating sensor coil design, the coil design being represented in a datafile to provide transmit coil, sine coil, and cosine coil coordinates;
simulating, in the computing system, position determination over a range of positions of a metallic target with respect to the coil design to form a simulated performance of the coil design, the simulated performance representing the simulated response of the sine coil and cosine coil to the metal target excited by the transmit coil over the range of positions;
comparing, in the computer system, the simulated response with the desired specification for the accuracy to provide a comparison;
modifying, in the computer system, the coil design based on the comparison between the simulated performance and the desired specification to arrive at an updated coil design that performs closer to the desired specification for the accuracy; and
providing the updated coil design;
wherein the coil design and the updated coil design includes a transmit coil layout, a sine receive coil layout, a cosine receive coil layout, a metallic target geometry, a sweep geometry, and an air gap, and
wherein simulating position determination includes, for each of a set of positions within the range of positions of a metallic target over the coil design,
computing parameters for the transmit coil in the absence of the sine receive coil and the cosine receive coil;
determining an electromagnetic field produced by the transmit coil;
determining eddy currents induced in the metallic target by the electromagnetic field produced by the transmit coil at a present location from the set of positions of the target;
determining a response of the sine receiver coil and the cosine receiver coil produced by the eddy currents in the metallic target;
computing a second set of parameters for the transmit coil with the metallic target; and
storing the voltage signals as a function of the position of the metallic target.

US Pat. No. 10,690,516

PROTECTIVE COMPOUND-ENVELOPED SENSOR FOR DETECTING THE POSITION OF AN ENCODER ELEMENT

1. A sensor for detecting a position of an encoder element, said sensor comprising a transducer having coil wires, a magnetic core having a length extending along an axis of the magnetic core, a circuit on a wiring carrier, and a protective compound comprising a thermosetting plastic material which at least partially envelops the transducer and the wiring carrier and thus holds the transducer on the wiring carrier, wherein the protective compound defines exactly four separating elements, each of the exactly four separating elements in direct contact with and extending outward from the magnetic core in an orthogonal direction relative to the axis of the magnetic core, the exactly four separating elements dividing the magnetic core along the length of the magnetic core into two outer winding regions and one inner winding region, the two outer winding regions each being shorter along the length of the magnetic core than the one inner winding region, and wherein the coil wires are wound around the axis of the magnetic core onto the magnetic core between respective ones of the exactly four separating elements that divide the magnetic core into each of the outer winding regions and between respective ones of the exactly four separating elements that divide the magnetic core into the inner winding region.

US Pat. No. 10,690,515

DUAL Z-AXIS MAGNETORESISTIVE ANGLE SENSOR

MultiDimension Technology...

1. A dual Z-axis magnetoresistive angle sensor, comprising:a circular permanent magnet encoding disc,
two Z-axis magnetoresistive sensor chips, and
a PCB,
wherein the circular permanent magnet encoding disc is attached to a rotating shaft, wherein the rotating shaft is configured to rotate around a central axis of the circular permanent magnet encoding disc, and the circular permanent magnet encoding disc has a rotation plane perpendicular to the central axis, wherein the rotation plane extends through the circular permanent magnet;
wherein the two Z-axis magnetoresistive sensor chips each comprise a substrate and at least one Z-axis magnetoresistive sensor located on the substrate, and a magnetic field sensitive direction of the Z-axis magnetoresistive sensor is perpendicular to a plane where the substrate is located;
wherein the two Z-axis magnetoresistive sensor chips are on the PCB and are in the rotation plane outside of a periphery of the circular permanent magnet, magnetic field sensitive directions of the two Z-axis magnetoresistive sensor chips as well as the central axis of the circular permanent magnet encoding disc are orthogonal to one another, the two Z-axis magnetoresistive sensor chips having angular positions with respect to the central axis orthogonal to each other and the two Z-axis magnetoresistive sensor chips maintain an equal distance from the central axis of the circular permanent magnet encoding disc;
wherein the two Z-axis magnetoresistive sensor chips are positioned operably close to the circular permanent magnet encoding disc so that, when the circular permanent magnet encoding disc rotates, the two Z-axis magnetoresistive sensor chips separately convert two orthogonal magnetic field signals generated by the circular permanent magnet encoding disc into two voltage signals for output, thereby calculating, according to the two voltage signals, a rotation angle ranging from 0-360 degrees of the circular permanent magnet encoding disc.

US Pat. No. 10,690,514

ROTATION ANGLE DETECTION DEVICE AND ROTATION ANGLE DETECTION METHOD

NSK LTD., Tokyo (JP)

1. A rotation angle detection device comprising:a rotating body having a plurality of magnetic tracks on which magnetic pole pairs each including a north pole and a south pole are arranged at even intervals in concentric ring shapes, the magnetic tracks being different from each other in number of the magnetic pole pairs arranged thereon;
a plurality of magnetic sensors each configured to detect a magnetic field of a corresponding one of the magnetic tracks and output a sine signal and a cosine signal;
storage configured to store magnetic sensor correction information that is preset such that a value of the sine signal output by each of the magnetic sensors corresponding to a rotation angle of the rotating body comes closer to a value of a reference sine signal of the magnetic sensor, or such that a value of the cosine signal output by the magnetic sensor corresponding to the rotation angle of the rotating body comes closer to a value of a reference cosine signal of the magnetic sensor;
a correction calculator configured to correct the sine signal and the cosine signal to a corrected sine signal and a corrected cosine signal based on the magnetic sensor correction information;
a phase detector configured to calculate a phase of the corrected sine signal and the corrected cosine signal;
a phase difference detector configured to calculate a phase difference between a plurality of the phases; and
an angle calculator configured to convert the phase difference into an absolute angle, wherein
V sin ave denotes an average value of the sine signal; V cos ave denotes an average value of the cosine signal; V sin max denotes a maximum value of the sine signal; V sin min denotes a minimum value of the sine signal; V cos max denotes a maximum value of the cosine signal; V cos min denotes a minimum value of the cosine signal; sin ?i and cos ?i denote input signal values; sin ?? and cos ?? denote output signal values; and the value V sin ave, the value V cos ave, the value V sin max, the value V sin min, the value V cos max, and the value V cos min are stored as the magnetic sensor correction information in the storage,
the correction calculator is configured to use Expressions (5) and (7) below to calculate the value sin ?? and use Expressions (6) and (8) below to calculate the value cos ??,
?ic denotes a sensor phase error between an output phase of the sine signal and an output phase of the cosine signal; sin ?? and cos (??+?ic) denote input signal values; sin ?o and cos ?o denote output signal values; and the error ?ic is stored as the magnetic sensor correction information in the storage, and
the correction calculator is configured to use Expressions (15) and (17) below to calculate the value sin ?o and use Expressions (16) and (18) below to calculate the value cos ?o,
sin ??=sin ?i?V sin ave  (5)
cos ??=cos ?i?V cos ave  (6)
sin ?? sin ??/(|V sin max?V sin min|/2)  (7)
cos ??=cos ??/(|V cos max?V cos min|/2)  (8)
sin ?o?=sin ??  (15)
cos ?o?=(cos(??+?ic)+sin ??×sin ?ic)/cos ?ic  (16)
sin ?o=sin ?o?/(1?(1?sin2 ?o?+cos2 ?o?)/2)  (17)
cos ?o=cos ?o?/(1?(1?sin2 ?o?+cos2 ?o?)/2)  (18).

US Pat. No. 10,690,513

LOW NOISE ZERO CROSSING DETECTION FOR INDIRECT TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING

Infineon Technologies AG,...

1. A device, comprising:a sensor; and
a digital component configured to:
detect a zero crossing of a digital signal;
obtain signal information associated with the zero crossing;
determine, based on the signal information, a fitted polynomial associated with the zero crossing;
determine, based on the fitted polynomial, a zero crossing time;
generate, based on the zero crossing time, a speed signal; and
determine vibration information based on removing a pattern from the speed signal,
a speed spectrum, after the pattern is removed, having a noise floor at a level that allows the vibration information to be determined, and
the vibration information being determined based on a frequency peak, of the speed spectrum, after the pattern is removed.

US Pat. No. 10,690,512

ANALYSIS OF SMART METER DATA BASED ON FREQUENCY CONTENT

EMC IP Holding Company LL...

1. A method, comprising:receiving for each of a plurality of resource consumption nodes a time series data including for each of a series of observation times a corresponding resource consumption data associated with that observation time;
transforming at least a portion of the time series data, for each of at least a subset of the plurality of resource consumption nodes, into a frequency domain;
using a feature set based at least in part on the resource consumption data as transformed into the frequency domain to detect that resource consumption data associated with a particular resource consumption node is anomalous;
determining whether to initiate an automated responsive action in response to the detection that resource consumption data associated with a particular resource consumption node is anomalous;
determining a type of anomaly associated with the resource consumption data associated with the particular resource consumption node, the type of anomaly being determined based at least in part on a cluster of other time series data that is different from a set of time series data that is determined to be non-anomalous; and
selecting at least one responsive action from a set of a plurality of responsive actions to be performed based at least in part on one or more anomalies and the type of anomaly, the selecting the at least one responsive action comprising selecting a type of investigation to be initiated based at least in part on the type of anomaly.

US Pat. No. 10,690,511

TECHNOLOGIES FOR MANAGING SENSOR ANOMALIES

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A compute system for managing sensor anomalies of the compute system, the compute system comprising:a first sensor to generate first sensor data;
a second sensor to generate second sensor data;
a data storage to store a correlation rule, wherein the correlation rule defines an expected correlation between the first sensor data and the second sensor data; and
a sensor management circuit to (i) determine whether the first sensor data is anomalous based on the second sensor data and the correlation rule, (ii) compare, in response to a determination that the first sensor data is anomalous based on the second sensor data and the correlation rule, the first sensor data to a reference threshold, (iii) determine whether the first sensor is malfunctioning based on the comparison of the first sensor data to the reference threshold, (iv) verify, in response to a determination that the first sensor is not malfunctioning, whether the first sensor data is valid based on a verification rule, wherein the verification rule identifies a third sensor useable to verify whether the first sensor data is valid and wherein to verify whether the first sensor data is valid comprises to verify whether the first sensor data is valid based on a comparison of the first sensor data to third sensor data generated by the third sensor, (v) in response to verification that the first sensor data is valid, utilize the first sensor data for standard functionality, and (vi) in response to no verification that the first sensor data is valid, utilize sensor data from another sensor in place of sensor data from the first sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,690,510

MONITORING SYSTEM FOR ANTICIPATING DANGEROUS CONDITIONS DURING TRANSPORTATION OF A CARGO OVER LAND

1. A dynamic-physical condition monitoring system of a land freight transport having a driver's cab, wherein the monitoring system allows anticipating risk conditions during travel of the freight transport, CHARACTERIZED in that the monitoring system includes at least:a) sensor equipment which is attached to a container for transported cargo, wherein the sensor equipment measures and registers, during its travel displacement, information defined as a path, tri-dimensional acceleration, tri-dimensional orientation, velocity and georeferenced position of the transported cargo;
b) a microcontroller of the sensor equipment, programmed with firmware that processes data from: georeferenced position, tri-dimensional acceleration, tri-dimensional orientation, speed, weight, gravity centre position and cargo container dimensions, the microcontroller being configured to create datasets from said processing and to generate risk alarms during travel of the container;
c) a memory module, of the sensing equipment, which stores the information collected during the travel for each of one or more combinations of route, transported cargo and cargo container;
d) display equipment located in the driver's cab, wherein the display equipment receives via a remote server data from the sensor equipment during or prior to travel, and displays one or both of audible and visual alarms;
e) a memory module installed in the display equipment, wherein the memory module stores information on geo-referenced risk points and areas associated with each of the one or more combinations of route, transported cargo and cargo container;
f) the remote server is configured to have software, wherein the remote server receives, stores and processes the information obtained from the sensor equipment and to transmit the information to the display equipment from specific geo-referenced points and risk areas for each of the one or more combinations of route, transported cargo and cargo container;
g) a wireless communication channel configured to operate between the sensor equipment and the display equipment during travel of the transported cargo; and
h) communication means configured to operate among the sensor equipment, the display equipment and the remote server via a cellular network;
wherein the monitoring system allows georeferenced information to be obtained from risk areas and points of risk during a journey between starting and ending points including, but not limited to: instability, lateral overturning risk, lateral slippage risk, excessive or prolonged braking, excessive frontal acceleration, vibrations over a certain threshold, and exceeding of a maximum road speed determined for each of the combinations of route, transported cargo and cargo container combination.

US Pat. No. 10,690,509

DISPLAY SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A DISPLAY SYSTEM IN A TRANSPORTATION VEHICLE HAVING AT LEAST ONE FIRST AND ONE SECOND DISPLAY SURFACE

VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSC...

1. A method for operating a display system in a transportation vehicle having at least one first display surface and one second display surface, wherein the display surfaces are arranged spaced apart from one another, and the display system has a first and a second operating mode, the method comprising:acquiring navigation data and generating a map display based on the acquired navigation data, wherein the map display comprises a current position of the transportation vehicle; and
generating display data for at least one first component display and a second component display based on the map display, wherein the first component display is displayed by the first display surface, and the second component display is displayed by the second display surface,
wherein the first component display comprises a first map excerpt, and the second component display comprises a second map excerpt,
wherein the first and the second map excerpts comprise different excerpts of the map display,
wherein the entirety of the two map excerpts forms a coherent representation of data of the map display,
wherein the first and the second map excerpts have a geographical relationship with one another,
wherein the geographical relationship between the first and second map excerpts is determined based on the relative arrangement of the first display surface to the second display surface and the arrangement of the display surfaces in the vehicle reflects the geographical relationship of the displayed map excerpts to one another, and
wherein one of the at least two display surfaces is determined, and the map excerpt of the component display that is displayed by the determined display surface is formed so the map excerpt includes the current position of the transportation vehicle depending on the operating mode of the display system.

US Pat. No. 10,690,508

NAVIGATIONAL SYSTEM UTILIZING LOCAL DRIVER BASED ROUTE DEVIATIONS

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A vehicle navigation system, comprising:a memory having computer readable instructions; and
a processor for executing the computer readable instructions, the computer readable instructions including:
monitoring a plurality of drivers;
storing, in a route database, a route that each of the plurality of drivers take from an origin to a destination and a number of times that each of the plurality of drivers has traveled the route;
classifying one or more drivers of the plurality of drivers as local drivers based on a determination that the number of times the one or more drivers traveled the route is greater than a threshold number;
receiving a routing request from a driver including a starting point and an endpoint and calculating an expected route from the starting point to the endpoint;
calculating a generated route from the starting point to the endpoint, wherein calculating includes determining routes local drivers have taken from the starting point to the endpoint; and
providing the generated route to the driver,
wherein calculating the generated route further includes determining a percentage of local drivers that have taken a route other than the expected route between the starting point and the endpoint and responsively setting the generated route to the expected route when the percentage is less than a threshold percentage.