US Pat. No. 10,429,434

ON-CHIP RELIABILITY MONITOR AND METHOD

GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC., Gr...

1. An integrated circuit chip comprising:a substrate; and
a reliability monitor on the substrate and comprising: a test circuit comprising a test device; a reference circuit comprising a reference device; and a comparator circuit connected to the test circuit and the reference circuit,
wherein, when the integrated circuit chip is powered on, the reliability monitor is alternatingly operable in stress and test modes,
wherein, during each stress mode, the test device is subjected to stress conditions that emulate operating conditions of a functional device and the reference device is unstressed, and
wherein, during each test mode, the stress conditions are removed from the test device and the comparator circuit compares a test parameter of the test device to a reference parameter of the reference device and outputs a status signal based on a difference between the test parameter and the reference parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,429,433

METHOD FOR THE CHARACTERIZATION AND MONITORING OF INTEGRATED CIRCUITS

International Business Ma...

1. A method for characterizing an integrated circuit that comprises:ramping a power supply voltage to an integrated circuit as a function of time from below a threshold voltage for each transistor in the integrated circuit, wherein said ramping is provided by a waveform generator in a testing device that is connected to the power supply pins of the integrated circuit;
measuring a power supply current for the integrated circuit during said ramping of the power supply voltage as said function of said time as the integrated circuit is brought to an operating bias condition, the operating bias condition being when said each transistor has reached its nominal operating bias point, wherein measured peaks in the power supply current are a current pulse that identifies an operation state of the integrated circuit, wherein measuring said power supply current comprises an ammeter and digitizer present within the testing device; and
comparing the peaks in the power supply current to reference peaks for a power supply current for a reference circuit having a same functionality as the integrated circuit to determine integrated circuit fitness using a computer implemented method of the testing device.

US Pat. No. 10,429,432

METHOD FOR DETECTING A FAULTY CONNECTION OF AN AUXILIARY BATTERY

CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE FR...

1. A method for detecting a faulty connection of a low-voltage auxiliary battery incorporated in an auxiliary network of a motor vehicle supplied by said low-voltage auxiliary battery and by a non-reversible current source, the non-reversible current source being voltage-controlled to supply an output voltage which is a function of a control setpoint voltage of said non-reversible current source, the method comprising:determining at least one minimum or maximum voltage value, which cannot be reached by voltage at terminals of the low-voltage auxiliary battery, based on measured or estimated parameters of the low-voltage auxiliary battery;
assigning the function of the control setpoint voltage corresponding to the minimum or maximum voltage value;
controlling the non-reversible current source at the assigned control setpoint voltage that corresponds to the minimum or maximum voltage value that cannot be reached by the voltage at the terminals of the low-voltage auxiliary battery only when a faulty connection of the low-voltage auxiliary battery is to be detected;
measuring the voltage at the terminals of the auxiliary network;
comparing the measured voltage at the terminals of the auxiliary network with the control setpoint voltage; and
determining the faulty connection of the low-voltage auxiliary battery when it is determined that there is a match between the measured voltage at the terminals of the auxiliary network and the control setpoint voltage, in the comparing the measured voltage with the control setpoint voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,429,431

CODELESS RECEPTACLE TESTER

ECM Industries, New Berl...

1. A single line codeless receptacle tester comprising:a single line outlet tester circuitry configured to perform a plurality of electrical outlet testing functions; and
a housing having
a first end,
a second end opposite the first end, and
an enclosure that encloses the single line outlet tester circuitry, and
an indicator section including five codeless wiring condition indicators and five dedicated light sources that are electrically connected to the single line outlet tester circuitry,
wherein each codeless wiring condition indicator of the five codeless wiring condition indicators is indicative of only one wiring condition of a plurality of wiring conditions of a single line electrical outlet,
wherein the each codeless wiring condition indicator corresponds to only a respective one of the five dedicated light sources,
wherein the single line outlet tester circuitry is configured to control a first dedicated light source of the five dedicated light sources to emit light based on the plurality of electrical outlet testing functions, the emission of light by the first dedicated light source being dedicated to a first codeless wiring condition indicator of the five codeless wiring condition indicators, and
wherein the single line outlet tester circuitry is configured to control the five dedicated light sources to not emit light based on the plurality of electrical outlet testing functions, a lack of emission of light by the five dedicated light sources being dedicated to a first wiring condition indicator, wherein the first wiring condition indicator is different from the first codeless wiring condition indicator.

US Pat. No. 10,429,430

METHOD FOR OPERATING A CAPACITIVE SENSOR ARRANGEMENT OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

16. A sensor system of a motor vehicle having at least one capacitive sensor arrangement for determining a distance to a measurement object and having a control unit for controlling the sensor arrangement, the sensor arrangement having at least one electrode and a connection arrangement which is assigned to the electrode and has a connecting line and, in a manner coupled to the latter, a connection on the electrode side and a connection on the control unit side, the control unit controlling the electrode during a measurement routine and determining the resulting distance values on the basis of a measurement capacitance formed by the electrode with respect to a reference potential, the control unit checking the electrical connection state of the electrode with regard to the connection to the control unit during a diagnostic routine, wherein the control unit checks the connection state during the diagnostic routine on the basis of the input capacitance between the connection on the control unit side and the reference potential.

US Pat. No. 10,429,429

DIFFERENTIAL PROTECTION METHOD, DIFFERENTIAL PROTECTION DEVICE AND DIFFERENTIAL PROTECTION SYSTEM

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A differential protection method for monitoring a line of a power grid, the method comprising:measuring current phasor values in each case with measuring devices at ends of the line, the current phasor values indicating an amplitude and a phase angle of a phase current flowing at a respective end of the line, the measuring devices having local timers and allocating a timestamp to the current phasor values indicating a time of a measurement thereof;
transmitting at least the current phasor values measured at one end via a communication connection to an evaluation device;
forming a differential current value through vectorial addition in the evaluation device with current phasor values from the end of the line temporally allocated to one another, using time delay information that is being calculated continuously indicating a time delay between the local timers of the measuring devices for the temporal allocation of the current phasor values measured at different ends of the line;
generating a fault signal indicating a fault affecting the line when the differential current value exceeds a predefined threshold value;
carrying out a check using measured electrical quantities temporally allocated to one another which have been measured at the different ends of the line and a line-specific parameter relating to the line running between the ends in order to determine whether the time delay information indicates an actual time delay between the respective local timers, wherein the measured electrical quantities are selected from the group consisting of: amplitudes of current phasor values temporally allocated to one another and voltage phasor values temporally allocated to one another;
determining a comparative phase angle in order to check the time delay information using the measured electrical quantities and the line-specific parameter, wherein the comparative phase angle is determined by extending the measured electrical quantities temporally allocated to one another by an amount of the line specific parameter and using an angle between extended amplitudes as the comparative phase angle;
using the comparative phase angle to check the time delay information;
when erroneous time delay information is detected in the check, generating a time error signal; and
in response to generating the time error signal, blocking the fault signal and thereby, preventing shutdown of the line.

US Pat. No. 10,429,428

ECU GROUND FAULT ISOLATION FOR A DELAY SYSTEM

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method of detecting a ground fault in a faulty electronic control unit from among a plurality of electronic control units, the method comprising:enabling a ground fault detection technique executed by a processor;
determining, by the processor, a message count for each respective electronic control unit transmitted during a ground offset condition over a predetermined time period, the message count including messages communicated within a communication bus having a measured voltage at least a predetermined voltage value above an expected voltage value;
normalizing the message counts for each respective electronic control unit to thereby generate a normalized message count for each respective one of the plurality of electronic control units, the normalized message count being a number of the messages having the measured voltage to a total number of the messages;
identifying the faulty electronic control unit as a function of the normalized message counts; and
outputting a fault signal to identify the fault electronic control unit.

US Pat. No. 10,429,427

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETERMINING THE STATE OF AN ELECTRICALLY CONTROLLED VALVE

11. An electrically switched hydraulic device comprising:a moveable subassembly configured to move between a first position and a second position; and
an electrical control device configured to actuate the moveable subassembly with a time-varying control signal, the electrical control device comprising a first switching transistor actuated by a first control input to generate the time-varying control signal applied to the moveable subassembly, and a second switching transistor actuated by a second control input to control an on/off state of the moveable subassembly;
wherein the electrical control device determines the time-varying control signal by comparing a first signal indicating a desired value of at least one state characteristic value of the electrically switched hydraulic device with a second signal indicating a current value of the at least one state characteristic value;
wherein the electrical control device comprises an evaluation unit that determines the at least one state characteristic value of the electrically switched hydraulic device by the time-varying control signal; and
wherein the at least one state characteristic value includes a measure of a current position of the moveable subassembly and a velocity of the moveable subassembly as the moveable subassembly moves between the first position at a first time and the second position at a second time.

US Pat. No. 10,429,426

SETUP AND METHOD FOR NOISE PARAMETER MEASUREMENT

1. An on-wafer noise parameter measuring system, being controlled by a computer, for measuring noise parameters and s-parameters of a semiconductor chip on a wafer comprising: a measurement setup,wherein the measurement setup comprises
a noise measurement path for measuring the noise parameters of the chip, and
an s-parameter measurement path for measuring s-parameters of the chip,
said noise measurement path including,
a cascade of calibrated noise source, input impedance tuner, input DC bias network, a first subset of wafer probes, output DC bias network, noise receiver and RF cables;
and said s-parameter measurement path including,
a second subset of wafer probes, input and output DC bias networks, RF cables and a vector network analyzer connected to the second subset of wafer probes,
and wherein
the bias networks of both paths are connected to DC bias supplies.

US Pat. No. 10,429,425

METHOD FOR DETECTING SURFACE ELECTRIC FIELD DISTRIBUTION OF NANOSTRUCTURES

Tsinghua University, Bei...

10. A method for detecting surface electric field distribution of nanostructures, the method comprising the following steps of:providing a nanostructure sample located on an insulated surface of a substrate, and a vapor-condensation-assisted optical microscope system comprising a vapor-condensation-assisted device and an optical microscope comprising a stage, wherein the vapor-condensation-assisted device configured to provide vapor;
locating a sample on the stage;
spraying first charged nanoparticles to the insulated surface; and
blowing vapor to the insulated surface to image the first charged nanoparticles via an optical microscope.

US Pat. No. 10,429,424

WIRELESS TERMINAL MEASUREMENT APPARATUS

ANRITSU CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A wireless terminal measurement apparatus comprising:a measurement antenna which is fixed at a predetermined position in a measurement space in which entrance of a radio wave from the outside and internal reflection of the radio wave are suppressed; and
a terminal holding rotation mechanism that includes a terminal holding section that holds, using a position that is spaced away from the measurement antenna by a predetermined distance as a standard point in the measurement space, a wireless terminal that is a measurement target on one surface side of a bottom plate of a predetermined area in a state where a terminal antenna of the wireless terminal is positioned at the standard point, and a rotation mechanism that rotates the terminal holding section around the standard point,
wherein a characteristic of the wireless terminal is obtained by the wireless terminal measurement apparatus performing transmission and reception of a radio wave between the measurement antenna and the wireless terminal while changing a posture of the wireless terminal with respect to the measurement antenna, and
wherein a distance from the standard point to the one surface of the bottom plate of the terminal holding section is set so that a reflectivity of a reflection wave that is output from one of the measurement antenna and the wireless terminal, is reflected from the one surface of the bottom plate of the terminal holding section, and is input to the other one thereof is equal to or smaller than a value of a predetermined allowable limit.

US Pat. No. 10,429,422

EMI TESTING DEVIATION CORRECTION SYSTEM

Dell Products L.P., Roun...

1. An Electro Magnetic Interference (EMI) testing deviation correction system, comprising:an EMI testing facility;
a signal provisioning device that is included in the EMI testing facility and that includes a first power connector coupling and a first networking port that is coupled to the first power connector coupling via cabling;
a signal generator that is included in the EMI testing facility and that includes a power connector that is connected to the power connector coupling on the signal provisioning device, wherein the signal generator is configured to generate signals having first signal characteristics and provide the signals through the power connector, and wherein the cabling, the first power connector coupling, and the first networking port included in the signal provisioning device are configured to provide a pass-through such that the signals generated by signal generator have the first signal characteristics when transmitted through the first networking port;
an Impedance Stabilization Network (ISN) device that is included in the EMI testing facility and that is configured to couple to the first networking port on the signal provisioning device to receive signals that are provided by the signal generator through power connector and that are transmitted through the signal provisioning device from the first power connector coupling to the first networking port; and
a signal receiver device that is included in the EMI testing facility and that is coupled to the ISN device and configured to receive signals transmitted through the signal provisioning device and the ISN device, wherein the signals received by the signal receiver device include second signal characteristics that are different than the first signal characteristics, and wherein the difference between the second signal characteristics and the first signal characteristics provides an indication of at least one correction for the EMI testing facility.

US Pat. No. 10,429,421

METHOD OF OPERATING A HEARING AID SYSTEM AND A HEARING AID SYSTEM

1. A method of operating a hearing aid system comprising the steps of:identifying a receiver type of the hearing aid system,
providing a threshold frequency based on the identified receiver type,
measuring the electrical impedance of a receiver of the hearing aid system for a range of frequencies hereby providing a measured receiver impedance spectrum,
determining at least one of a peak frequency and a valley frequency from the measured receiver impedance spectrum,
triggering an action in response to a frequency threshold test applied to the determined peak frequency or valley frequency indicating that the peak frequency or valley frequency exceeds the threshold frequency, wherein
the threshold frequency is selected such that the action is triggered when a sound output of a hearing aid is at least partially congested.

US Pat. No. 10,429,419

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ITERATIVE CONDITION MONITORING AND FAULT DIAGNOSIS OF ELECTRIC MACHINES

The University of Akron, ...

1. A method of detecting a fault comprising the steps of:providing a 3-phase AC (alternating current) motor coupled to a voltage source inverter;
coupling a control feedback module to said voltage source inverter including:
a motor controller;
a stationary frame module to convert voltage output signals of said motor controller into frame voltage signals; and
a SVPWM (space vector pulse width modulation) generator to receive said frame voltage output signals, said SVPWM generator configured to generate a 3-phase signal for supplying to said 3-phase AC motor, and wherein said motor controller monitors 2 phases of said 3-phase signal;
detecting said 2 phases of said 3 phase signal to identify a motor current spectrum signature;
identifying n fault characteristic frequency signatures from said motor current spectrum signature, wherein n is a positive integer value;
identifying m random noise frequency signatures from said motor current spectrum signature, wherein m is a positive integer value equal to n;
comparing an amplitude of said n fault characteristic frequency signatures with an amplitude of said m random noise frequency signatures;
generating at least one initial detection matrix including at least one matrix element, such that each said matrix element is associated with said comparison of an amplitude of said n fault characteristic frequency signatures and an amplitude of said m random noise frequency signatures;
assigning a first binary number to said matrix element if said amplitude of said n fault characteristic frequency signatures is greater than said amplitude of said m random noise frequency signatures to identify the presence of a fault, or assigning a second binary number different from said first binary number to said matrix element if said amplitude of said fault characteristic frequency signatures is less than said amplitude of said random noise frequency signatures to identify the presence of a non-fault;
generating a probability distribution based on said at least one initial detection matrix;
applying a predetermined threshold value to said probability distribution of said at least one initial detection matrix to generate a binary decision element;
generating an intermediate detection matrix that includes said binary decision element, wherein said second generating step and said applying step are performed for said intermediate decision matrix to generate a final binary decision value, and wherein said threshold value applied to said intermediate decision matrix is different from said threshold value applied to said at least one initial detection matrix; and
determining whether a fault is present in the 3-phase AC motor based on said final binary decision value.

US Pat. No. 10,429,418

FREQUENCY MEASUREMENT DEVICE, FREQUENCY MEASUREMENT METHOD AND UNDER FREQUENCY LOAD SHEDDING DEVICE

Schneider Electric Indust...

1. A frequency measurement device, comprising:a sampling module unit that outputs a voltage sampling value in accordance with a voltage to be sampled and a sampling frequency input thereto;
an angle shift computation unit based on single-cycle Discrete Fourier Transform DFT that computes and outputs a first angle shift based on the single-cycle DFT, in accordance with the voltage sampling value input from the sampling module unit;
an angle shift computation unit based on multi-cycle DFT that computes and outputs a second angle shift based on the multi-cycle DFT, in accordance with the voltage sampling value input from the sampling module unit;
an angle shift selection unit that selects and outputs one of the first angle shift and second angle shift an absolute value of which is smaller as a selected angle offset, in accordance with the first angle shift and second angle shift input thereto;
a sampling frequency computation and outputting unit that computes a sampling frequency in accordance with the selected angle offset input thereto, and outputs the sampling frequency to the sampling module unit as a new sampling frequency; and
a frequency measurement value computation and outputting unit that computes and outputs a frequency measurement value in accordance with the selected angle offset input thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,429,417

BROWN-OUT DETECTORS

SYNCMOS TECHNOLOGIES INTE...

1. A brown-out detector comprising:a variable resistor;
a current mirror including a transistor associated with a threshold voltage, the current mirror being configured to generate a first voltage representing a supply voltage received by the current mirror and generate a first current flowing through the variable resistor to generate a second voltage based at least in part on the first current;
a comparator configured to receive the first voltage and the second voltage and generate a comparison signal based at least in part on the first voltage and the second voltage; and
a controller coupled to the variable resistor and configured to vary an equivalent resistance value of the variable resistor;
wherein:
an absolute value of the threshold voltage changes with temperature at a first rate of change; and
the first current changes with temperature at a second rate of change;
wherein the controller is further configured to set the equivalent resistance value of the variable resistor based at least in part on the first rate of change and the second rate of change.

US Pat. No. 10,429,415

METHOD FOR IMPROVING COMMON MODE REJECTION IN A ROGOWSKI COIL-BASED CIRCUIT

1. A sensor for use in an electricity meter comprising:a non-magnetic core having a first winding wrapped thereon, the first winding having a center-tap coupled to a reference voltage; and
a common mode rejection circuit operably coupled to the first winding, the common mode rejection circuit operably coupled to reference the reference voltage, the common mode rejection circuit comprising
a differential amplifier having a first input, a second input and an output;
a first resistive path coupled from a first end of the first winding to the first input;
a second resistive path coupled from a second end of the first winding to the second input;
a first capacitive path coupled from the first input to the output;
a second capacitive path coupled from the second input to the reference voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,429,414

MULTIPLE CONTACT PROBE HEAD DISASSEMBLY METHOD AND SYSTEM

GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC., Gr...

1. A method for disassembling a multiple contact probe head including a plurality of contact probes positioned by a first die at a first end of the plurality of probes and a second die at a second end of the plurality of probes, the method comprising:applying a force to the plurality of contact probes in position in the first die across an opposing side of the first die from the second die; and
removing the second die from the plurality of contact probes by extracting the plurality of contact probes from one or more openings in the second die.

US Pat. No. 10,429,413

COAXIAL PROBE STRUCTURE

WIN SEMICONDUCTORS CORP.,...

1. A coaxial probe structure, comprising:a support member, comprising a first connecting member;
a connector, comprising a second connecting member for connecting to the first connecting member of the support member;
a coaxial probe, connecting with a connecting end of the coaxial probe to a bottom of the connector and extending downwards from the bottom of the connector to a probe tip, and an included angle formed at a junction of the probe tip and the connecting end; and
an elastic body, having one end connected to the support member and another end connected to the junction of the connecting end and the probe tip of the coaxial probe.

US Pat. No. 10,429,412

TEST CIRCUIT, TEST METHOD, ARRAY SUBSTRATE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A test circuit, comprising a plurality of to-be-tested units and a plurality of test electrodes connected to the to-be-tested units, wherein the plurality of to-be-tested units are arranged in a matrix, at least one of the test electrodes is multiplexed by the plurality of to-be-tested units in a row direction, and at least one of the test electrodes is multiplexed by the plurality of to-be-tested units in a column direction, whereinthe plurality of to-be-tested units in any row direction multiplex two of the test electrodes, and the plurality of to-be-tested units in any column direction multiplex one of the test electrodes; or
the plurality of to-be-tested units in adjacent two rows multiplex one of the test electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,429,411

NEAR FIELD SCANNING PROBE MICROSCOPE, PROBE FOR SCANNING PROBE MICROSCOPE, AND SAMPLE OBSERVATION METHOD

Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo (JP...

1. A near-field scanning probe microscope comprising:a measurement probe configured to relatively scan a test sample;
an excitation light irradiation system;
a near-field light generation system configured to generate near-field light in a region comprising the measurement probe in response to irradiation with excitation light from the excitation light irradiation system; and
a scattered light detection system configured to detect Rayleigh scattering and Ramen scattered light of the near-field light from the sample, generated between the measurement probe and the sample,
wherein the near-field light generation system comprises a cantilever with a chip coated with a noble metal, and a tip of the chip is provided with a nanowire wire group comprising a plurality of carbon nanowires with a noble metal provided at ends thereof; and
wherein the nanowire wire group comprises a main carbon nanowire for measurement, the main carbon nanowire being the carbon nanowire closest to the sample and being used to determine a measurement resolution, and adjacent to the main carbon nanowire, a plurality of auxiliary carbon nanowires is disposed in a predetermined arrangement to act as an antenna.

US Pat. No. 10,429,410

WHEEL SENSOR INTERFACE APPARATUS

Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd., ...

1. A wheel sensor interface apparatus, comprising:a wheel sensor interface unit configured to supply power to a wheel sensor of a vehicle, sense an output current of the wheel sensor and transmit the sensed current to a microprocessor unit of the vehicle; and
an over-current detection unit comprising: a reference current generation unit configured to generate a reference current using a voltage across a resistor through which the output current flows; and a voltage level decision unit configured to decide a voltage level according to the reference current,
wherein the reference current generation unit comprises:
a first NPN transistor having a base terminal connected to one end of the resistor;
a first PNP transistor having an emitter terminal connected to an emitter terminal of the first NPN transistor;
a second NPN transistor having a base terminal connected to the other end of the resistor and a collector terminal connected to a collector terminal of the first NPN transistor;
a second PNP transistor having an emitter terminal connected to an emitter terminal of the second NPN transistor and a base terminal connected to a base terminal of the first PNP transistor; and
wherein the over-current detection unit determines whether the output current is an over-current, according to the voltage level.

US Pat. No. 10,429,408

VEHICLE MONITORING MODULE

DANLAW INC., Novi, MI (U...

1. A portable system for monitoring vehicle driving conditions of a vehicle comprising:a processor;
an accelerometer unit in communication with the processor to provide accelerometer data for a first accelerometer axis, a second accelerometer axis, and a third accelerometer axis;
a gyroscope unit in communication with the processor to provide gyroscope data for a first gyroscope axis, a second gyroscope axis, and a third gyroscope axis;
a housing unit enclosing the processor, the accelerometer unit, and the gyroscope unit, the processor being configured to determine a gravity plane perpendicular to the gravity direction using rate of angular change data of the gyroscope for a plurality of turns when the vehicle is moving before determining a primary axis of the vehicle or a transverse axis of the vehicle, and after determining the gravity plane determining the primary axis or transverse axis of the vehicle based on the gravity plane the processor being configured to determine an orientation based on the primary axis or transverse axis of the vehicle relative to the accelerometer unit and the gyroscope unit based on the accelerometer data for the first accelerometer axis, the second accelerometer axis, and the third accelerometer axis and the gyroscope data for the first gyroscope axis, the second gyroscope axis, and the third gyroscope axis.

US Pat. No. 10,429,407

THREE-AXIS INERTIAL SENSOR FOR DETECTING LINEAR ACCELERATION FORCES

NXP USA, Inc., Austin, T...

1. An inertial sensor comprising:a proof mass spaced apart from a planar surface of a substrate, said proof mass having a first section and a second section, said first section having a first mass that is greater than a second mass of said second section;
an anchor coupled to said planar surface of said substrate; and
a spring system interconnected between said anchor and said first and second sections of said proof mass, said spring system being configured to enable translational motion of said first and second sections of said proof mass in response to linear acceleration forces imposed on said inertial sensor in any of three orthogonal directions.

US Pat. No. 10,429,406

MICROELECTROMECHANICAL STRUCTURE WITH FRAMES

MURTA MANUFACTURING CO., ...

1. A microelectromechanical structure, comprising:a first capacitive detection element, a first frame, and a second frame patterned into a material layer of the microelectromechanical structure; wherein
the first capacitive detection element includes a stator and a rotor, wherein the stator is anchored to a support to form a stationary electrode, and the rotor is suspended to a support to form a mobile electrode;
the rotor has a degree in freedom for translation in a first direction that is parallel to the material layer of the microelectromechanical structure;
the stationary electrode and the mobile electrode form a capacitor, capacitance of which is changed by motion of the mobile electrode in the first direction;
the first frame is anchored to the support and circumscribes the stator and the rotor of the first capacitive detection element in the material layer of the microelectromechanical structure;
the second frame is anchored to the support and circumscribes the stator and the rotor of the first capacitive detection element in the material layer of the microelectromechanical structure between the first capacitive detection element and the first frame;
the second frame is electrically isolated from the first frame; and
the rotor and the second frame are galvanically coupled to have a same electric potential.

US Pat. No. 10,429,405

VIBRATING BEAM ACCELEROMETER

Honeywell International I...

1. A system comprising:a first resonator coupled between a proof mass and a support base on a first side of the proof mass and the support base;
a second resonator coupled between the proof mass and the support base on a second side of the proof mass and the support base, wherein the first and second resonators comprise double-ended tuning forks (DETFs);
a first oscillator configured to generate a first drive signal at a first frequency based on a first resonant mode of the first resonator;
a second oscillator configured to generate a second drive signal at a second frequency based on a second resonant mode of the first resonator;
a third oscillator configured to generate a third drive signal at a third frequency based on a first resonant mode of the second resonator;
a fourth oscillator configured to generate a fourth drive signal at a fourth frequency based on a second resonant mode of the second resonator;
a first drive mechanism configured to cause the first resonator to resonate at the first and second resonant modes based on the generated first and second drive signals;
a second drive mechanism configured to cause the second resonator to resonate at the first and second resonant modes based on the generated third and fourth drive signals; and
a processing device configured to generate an acceleration value based on signals outputted by the first and second resonators.

US Pat. No. 10,429,404

ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING IMPACT DETECTING FUNCTION

Fanuc Corporation, Yaman...

1. An electronic device installed in a machine where there is a possibility of occurrence of vibration or impact, comprising:an acceleration sensor configured to detect acceleration in a predetermined time interval;
a processor for controlling an operation of the machine, the processor configured to:
1) compare an acceleration value of acceleration detected by the acceleration sensor to a predetermined first acceleration threshold value,
2) in response to determining that the acceleration value detected by the acceleration sensor exceeds the predetermined first acceleration threshold value, calculate a second acceleration threshold value as a fraction of a maximum acceleration value among acceleration values of plural accelerations detected by the acceleration sensor over the predetermined time interval,
3) compare subsequent acceleration values detected by the acceleration sensor to the second acceleration threshold value,
4) in response to determining that a number of the subsequent acceleration values exceeding the second acceleration threshold value is a predetermined number or less, determine the impact as a single-type impact, and
5) in response to determining that the number of the subsequent acceleration values exceeding the second threshold value exceeds the predetermined number, determine the impact as a multiple-type impact; and
an audio output device or a visual output device outputting a signal in response to the processor determining that the impact is the multiple-type impact.

US Pat. No. 10,429,403

HEAD DEVICE FOR MOUNTING DISPENSING TIP THEREON, AND MOVEMENT DEVICE USING SAME

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A head device for mounting a dispensing tip, the head device comprising:a mechanism to generate suction force and discharge force;
a first frame comprising a tubular rod including a tubular space in fluid communication with the mechanism, and including, at a lower end of the tubular rod, a tip mounting portion;
a first frame movement device to move the first frame in an up-down direction;
a second frame to guide the movement of the first frame in the up-down direction; and
a controller to control operation of the mechanism to generate the suction force and the discharge force in the tubular space and the operation of the first frame movement device, by executing
a first control to control the mechanism to generate the suction force and the discharge force in the tubular space, and
a second control of controlling the first frame movement device such that the tip mounting portion passes a lower end part of the second frame in the up-down direction by upward movement of the first frame.

US Pat. No. 10,429,402

WASHING/DRYING APPARATUS, SCREENING APPARATUS, WASHING/DRYING METHOD, AND SCREENING METHOD

NIKON CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. A cleaning and drying apparatus for a plate having a biochip, the cleaning and drying apparatus comprising:a cleaner that is configured to clean the plate in an upright condition;
a dryer that is configured to dry the plate in an upright condition, the dryer being arranged above the cleaner; and
a rotational operator that is configured to rotate the uncleaned plate in a horizontal condition to an upright condition and then to rotate the dried plate in an upright condition to a horizontal condition again.

US Pat. No. 10,429,401

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR TUBE INSPECTION AND LIQUID LEVEL DETECTION

Beckman Coulter, Inc., B...

1. A method comprising:receiving, by a processor, container identification data from a container inspection unit that analyzes a container containing a liquid;
determining, by a liquid level detection unit, liquid level detection raw data including a height of a liquid content layer within the container by rotating the container about a z-axis of the container as the container is held by a robotic arm, and obtaining multiple angular readings of the liquid around the container;
receiving, by the processor, the liquid level detection raw data from the liquid level detection unit that analyzes the container containing the liquid;
determining a liquid level detection result for the liquid in the container, based at least on the container identification data and the liquid level detection raw data;
receiving, by the processor, additional data from the container inspection unit;
cross-checking, by the processor, the liquid level detection result with the additional data received from the container inspection unit; and
determining if the liquid level detection result is erroneous as a result of the cross-checking.

US Pat. No. 10,429,400

CHEMICAL ASSAY TO VERIFY THE QUANTITY AND QUALITY OF SESQUITERPENE LACTONE DERIVATIVES

South Dakota Board of Reg...

1. A method for authenticating a medication comprising:obtaining an antimalarial medication;
combining a reactive system and the antimalarial medication, wherein the reactive system comprises a solvent comprising ethyl lactate, and an acid, wherein the solvent has a Hildebrand solubility of less than 24 MPa1/2; and wherein the acid has a pKa of less than 4.75;
allowing the reactive system and the antimalarial medication to react for less than 30 minutes at a temperature of between about 20° C. to about 35° C.; wherein the solvent reacts with the antimalarial medication to produce a color change; and
identifying whether the antimalarial medication is counterfeit or efficacious based on the color change.

US Pat. No. 10,429,398

VITAMIN D METABOLITE DETERMINATION UTILIZING MASS SPECTROMETRY FOLLOWING DERIVATIZATION

Quest Diagnostics Investm...

1. A method for determining an amount of one or more vitamin D metabolites in a sample by mass spectrometry, the method comprising:(i) adding one or more internal standards to a sample;
(ii) extracting one or more vitamin D metabolites and the one or more internal standards from the sample;
(iii) subjecting the one or more vitamin D metabolites and one or more internal standards to 4-phenyl-1,2,4-triazoline-3,5-dione (PTAD) derivatization;
(iv) purifying by solid phase extraction (SPE);
(v) ionizing the one or more PTAD-derivatized vitamin D metabolites derivatives and the one or more PTAD-derivatized internal standards to generate one or more PTAD-derivatized vitamin D metabolite ions, wherein the one or more ions comprise ions selected from the group consisting of ions with a m/z ratio of 570.3±0.5, 558.3±0.5, and 298.1±0.5; and
(vi) determining an amount of the one or more PTAD-derivatized vitamin D metabolites and the one or more PTAD-derivatized internal standards by mass spectrometry, wherein the amount of the one or more PTAD-derivatized vitamin D metabolites is determined from the amount of ions from step (v).

US Pat. No. 10,429,397

CELL PERMEABLE ATP ANALOG FOR KINASE-CATALYZED BIOTINYLATION

WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY, ...

1. A cell permeable ATP analog having the following formula:
or a physiologically or pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, wherein:

n, o, p are each independently 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6;
m is 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5;
X is O, S, NH, or CH2;
R1 is H or C1-6 alkyl,
R2 is H, C1-6 alkyl, C6-30 aryl, C5-32 heteroaryl, or C7-32 alkylaryl; and
R3, R4 are each independently H, C1-6 alkyl, C6-30 aryl, C5-32 heteroaryl, or C7-32 alkylaryl, wherein R3, and R4 can be combined together to form a ring structure.

US Pat. No. 10,429,396

MASS SPECTROMETRY ASSAY FOR CONGENITAL ADRENAL HYPERPLASIA

Quest Diagnostics Investm...

1. A method for determining the amount of 17-OH progesterone in a sample by mass spectrometry, the method comprising:(i) ionizing the sample under conditions suitable to produce one or more 17-OH progesterone ions detectable by mass spectrometry;
(ii) determining by tandem mass spectrometry the amount of the one or more 17-OH progesterone ions; and
(iii) using the determined amount of the one or more ions to determine the amount of 17-OH progesterone in the sample, wherein the method has a limit of quantitation of 6 ng/dL.

US Pat. No. 10,429,395

GLUCOSE SENSOR SIGNAL STABILITY ANALYSIS

Medtronic Minimed, Inc., ...

1. A method comprising:obtaining a series of samples of at least one sensor signal that is responsive to a blood glucose level of a patient wherein the at least one sensor signal is generated by a glucose sensor during a time that the glucose sensor is in contact with the patient;
determining, using the series of samples and using one or more processors, at least one metric assessing an underlying trend of a change in responsiveness of the at least one sensor signal to the blood glucose level of the patient over time;
assessing a reliability of the at least one sensor signal to respond to the blood glucose level of the patient using the at least one metric assessing the underlying trend and using the one or more processors; and
in response to the assessing the reliability of the at least one sensor signal, altering an infusion treatment for the patient, or transmitting notification to the patient or a healthcare provider indicative of the reliability of the at least one sensor signal,
wherein the assessing the reliability of the at least one sensor signal comprises comparing the at least one metric with at least a first predetermined threshold and a second predetermined threshold,
wherein the at least one sensor signal is assessed to not be drifting or the at least one sensor is assessed to be stable, or both, if an absolute value of the underlying trend is less than the first predetermined threshold,
wherein the at least one sensor signal is assessed to be drifting or the at least one sensor is assessed to be unstable, or both, if the absolute value of the underlying trend is between the first and second predetermined thresholds,
wherein the at least one sensor is assessed to be dying, if the absolute value of the underlying trend is greater than the second predetermined threshold, and
wherein the determining of the at least one metric assessing the underlying trend comprises determining the at least one metric using a slope of a linear regression that is derived at least partly from the series of samples of the at least one sensor signal.

US Pat. No. 10,429,393

TUMOR DECONSTRUCTION PLATFORM FOR THE ANALYSIS OF INTRA-TUMOR HETEROGENEITY

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR CELL ...

7. A method for monitoring tumour cell populations, which method employs the steps of:(i) obtaining a sample of tumour-derived single cell suspension, wherein said sample is from established cell lines or primary tumor samples;
(ii) optionally fixing and permeabilizing said tumour-derived single cell suspension;
(iii) combinatorial staining or labelling said tumour-derived single cell suspension with a binding dye, a fluorophore and/or antibodies specific to a marker on or in the tumour cells;
(iv) concurrently and simultaneously resolving each cell in said labelled tumour-derived single cell suspension through multivariant flow cytometry or fluorescence activated cell sorting to three levels of resolution of its cellular components involving tumour proliferative or regenerative hierarchy, DNA content, and cell cycle phase;
(v) detecting the frequency and identifying the profile of said levels of resolution of the tumour-derived single cell suspension; and
(vi) subjecting said frequency and profile detected in step (v) to combinatorial analyses, wherein the first level of resolution is based on tumour proliferative or regenerative hierarchy; the second level is based on varying DNA content; and the third level is based on cell cycle phases.

US Pat. No. 10,429,383

SIGNAL AMPLIFICATION IN SOLUTION-BASED PLASMONIC SPECIFIC-BINDING PARTNER ASSAYS

Abaxis, Inc., Union City...

1. A method of detecting a target analyte in a sample comprising:(a) mixing the sample with a first detection conjugate and a second detection conjugate in the presence of a salt and polyethylene glycol, wherein the polyethylene glycol is present at a concentration of between about 0.1 mg/mL to about 200 mg/mL, wherein the first and second detection conjugates comprise composite metallic nanostructures coupled to binding partners that are capable of specifically binding to the target analyte if present in the sample to form a complex between the first detection conjugate, the analyte, and the second detection conjugate, wherein the target analyte is a pathogenic antigen or antibody to a pathogenic antigen, wherein the pathogenic antigen is a viral or bacterial antigen;
(b) exposing the complex to a light source at a wavelength range within the ultraviolet-visible-infrared spectrum; and
(c) measuring an optical signal from the complex, wherein a change in the optical signal indicates the presence of the target analyte in the sample.

US Pat. No. 10,429,382

IMMUNOLOGICAL TEST ELEMENT WITH CONTROL ZONE FOR IDENTIFYING HOOK EFFECT

Roche Diagnostics Operati...

1. A method for identifying the presence of the Hook effect during the immunochromotographic determination of an analyte in a liquid sample, the method comprising:contacting the sample with a reagent zone of an immunochromatographic device comprising the reagent zone, a detection zone and a control line, and allowing the sample to migrate from the reagent zone to the detection zone and the control line, wherein
the reagent zone comprises a labeled conjugate comprising an analyte binding partner and a label in migratable form and is dissolvable in the liquid sample;
the detection zone comprises a first permanently immobilized binding partner for the analyte; and
the control line comprises a second permanently immobilized binding partner for the analyte or complexes containing the analyte and a permanently immobilized binding partner for the labeled conjugate, and
detecting the signal associated with the labeled conjugate immobilized in the detection zone and the control line, wherein the lack of signal in the detection zone and the control line indicates the presence of the Hook effect.

US Pat. No. 10,429,381

CHEMICALLY-SENSITIVE FIELD EFFECT TRANSISTORS, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR MANUFACTURING AND USING THE SAME

1. A chemically-sensitive field effect transistor having a multi-layered structure, comprising:a substrate layer having an extended body;
a first and second insulating layer positioned above the extended body of the substrate layer, the second insulating layer being positioned above the first insulating layer;
a source electrode and a drain electrode each having one or more surfaces, the one or more surfaces defining a boundary between an interior portion and an exterior portion of each electrode, at least a portion of the one or more surfaces of the source and drain electrodes being disposed at least partially within the first insulating layer, the source electrode being separated from the drain electrode by a distance;
a graphene layer positioned between the first and second insulating layers and contacting at least the exterior portion of the one or more surfaces of each of the source and drain electrodes, the graphene layer extending a length a first exterior portion of the source electrode to a first portion of the drain electrode thereby forming a channel between the source and drain electrodes; and
one or more surface structures forming a gate that overlaps at least a portion of the source and the drain electrodes, the one or more surface structures being at least partially positioned in the second insulating layer.

US Pat. No. 10,429,377

COAGULATION TEST DEVICE, SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF USE

COAGULATION SCIENCES LLC,...

1. A system comprising:a cartridge comprising a whole blood sample, the cartridge including a plurality of test chambers and a metal sphere in each test chamber;
a device configured to receive the cartridge, the device including
a plurality of sensors, each sensor positioned adjacent to one of the test chambers, and
a controller configured to
activate a vacuum source to move a portion of the whole blood sample into each of the test chambers,
move the cartridge,
receive signals from each of the sensors while the cartridge is moving,
determine whether the metal sphere is moving in the test chamber, and
determine whether the whole blood sample in each test chamber exhibits coagulopathy, and
output an indicator whether coagulopathy is present in the whole blood for each test chamber on a display.

US Pat. No. 10,429,376

MICROFLUIDIC ISOLATION OF TUMOR CELLS OR OTHER RARE CELLS FROM WHOLE BLOOD OR OTHER LIQUIDS

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF L...

1. A microfluidic device for capturing or isolating circulating tumor cells from a liquid, the microfluidic device comprising:a substrate comprising a common fluid input and a common fluid output, a plurality of parallel channels configured to capture or isolate circulating tumor cells and fluidically connected to the common fluid input and the common fluid output, wherein the circulating tumor cells have a mean diameter, and wherein:
a. a cross-section of each of said plurality of parallel channels has a height and width taken in direction perpendicular to a length of the channels, and the length extends longitudinally from the common fluid input to the common fluid output;
b. the width of each of said plurality of parallel channels is at least about the mean diameter of the circulating tumor cells, and is not greater than about twice the mean diameter of the circulating tumor cells;
c. the height of each of said plurality of parallel channels is at least about three times the width of each respective channel;
d. at least part of the surface within each of said plurality of parallel channels is covalently linked to one or more capture elements; wherein said capture elements comprise antibodies or aptamers that selectively bind molecules on the membranes of the circulating tumor cells; and
e. each of said plurality of parallel channels has a sinusoidal or quasi-sinusoidal shape.

US Pat. No. 10,429,375

EXPORTING MEASUREMENTS OF NANOPORE ARRAYS

Roche Sequencing Solution...

1. A nanopore based sequencing system, comprising:an array of cells, wherein a cell comprises a nanopore sensor;
a circuitry configured to:
make a plurality of measurements of an electrical characteristic associated with the nanopore sensor;
process the plurality of measurements of the electrical characteristic associated with the nanopore sensor; and
perform data reduction to the plurality of measurements of the electrical characteristic associated with the nanopore sensor, comprising:
determining that a first portion of the plurality of measurements of the electrical characteristic correspond to a single base call event at the nanopore sensor;
determining a summary for the first portion of the plurality of measurements of the electrical characteristic, wherein determining the summary comprises: representing the first portion of the plurality of measurements of the electrical characteristic such that consecutive measurements of the electrical characteristic are mapped to a single magnitude value and either (i) a time duration or (ii) a count of the consecutive measurements of the electrical characteristic; and
exporting the summary for the first portion of the plurality of measurements of the electrical characteristic.

US Pat. No. 10,429,373

METHOD FOR DIAGNOSING ROLLING DEVICE

NSK LTD., Tokyo (JP)

1. A method for diagnosing a rolling device comprising an outer member, an inner member, and a rolling element, the method comprising:providing a lubrication film between the outer member and the rolling element and/or between the inner member and the rolling element, wherein when the outer member and the rolling element contact each other and/or the inner member and the rolling element contact each other at a metallic contact part, the metallic contact part forms a resistor R2 in an electric circuit formed between the outer member and the rolling element, and/or between the rolling element and the inner member, the lubrication film and the metallic contact part being connected in parallel in the electric circuit;
applying an alternating voltage to the electric circuit;
measuring an impedance and a phase of the electric circuit when the alternating voltage is applied to the electric circuit, and
calculating a lubrication film thickness between the outer member and the rolling element and/or between the inner member and the rolling element, based on a measured impedance and a measured phase, and
calculating a metallic contact ratio between the outer member and the rolling element and/or between the inner member and the rolling element, based on the measured impedance and the measured phase.

US Pat. No. 10,429,372

SMART WATER FLOODING PROCESSES FOR INCREASING HYDROCARBON RECOVERY

SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY...

1. A method for measuring liquid-rock and liquid-liquid interfaces, the method comprising the steps of:performing at least one measurement technique proximate a subterranean rock sample and an interfacial liquid hydrocarbon fraction, where a liquid hydrocarbon fraction and the subterranean rock sample are combined to exhibit a first interface between the liquid hydrocarbon fraction and the subterranean rock sample, producing the interfacial liquid hydrocarbon fraction; and
performing at least one measurement technique proximate the interfacial liquid hydrocarbon fraction and a brine solution, where the liquid hydrocarbon fraction and the brine solution are combined to exhibit a second interface between the liquid hydrocarbon fraction and the brine solution, and where the measurement techniques result in measurements of the interfacial liquid hydrocarbon fraction at macro, micro to nano, nano to sub-nano, and sub-nano scales, and result in measurements of the second interface at macro and micro to nano scales.

US Pat. No. 10,429,371

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR EXTRACTING GAS OR GAS MIXTURES FROM A LIQUID FOR PERFORMING DISSOLVED GAS OR GAS MIXTURE ANALYSIS

Vaisala Oyj, Vantaa (FI)...

1. A system for extracting gas from a liquid for performing dissolved gas analysis, the system comprising:a container for storing at least one of a liquid and a gas,
a bidirectional liquid pump which is connected to the container,
a piping which is connected to the container and the bidirectional liquid pump, and wherein the system is configured to extract the gas from the liquid by circulating the liquid with the bidirectional liquid pump in a first direction along a closed flow channel formed by the piping, the bidirectional liquid pump, and the container, and
wherein the system is configured to dissolve the gas back into the liquid by circulating the liquid with the bidirectional pump in a second direction different than the first direction along the closed flow channel formed by the piping, the bidirectional liquid pump, and the container.

US Pat. No. 10,429,370

DYNAMOELECTRIC MACHINE SEALING OIL MONITORING SYSTEM, COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT AND RELATED METHODS

General Electric Company,...

1. A system comprising:at least one computing device configured to monitor a sealing oil from a dynamoelectric machine by performing actions including:
establish a baseline flow rate for the sealing oil through the dynamoelectric machine for designed operating conditions;
calculate a plurality of average flow rates for the sealing oil through the dynamoelectric machine from a set of measured flow rates in each of a plurality of successive designated periods;
provide an alert suggesting action in response to at least one of the average flow rates deviating from a threshold flow rate, the threshold flow rate derived from the baseline flow rate to indicate a fault in the sealing oil; and
calculate an expected sealing life for the sealing oil based upon a pattern in the plurality of average flow rates for the plurality of successive designated periods.

US Pat. No. 10,429,369

INTEGRATED USER INTERFACE FOR STATUS AND CONTROL OF A SUBMERSIBLE MULTI-PARAMETER SONDE

IN-SITU, INC., Fort Coll...

1. A submersible multi-parameter sonde having an integrated user interface comprising:a water-tight housing defining a water-tight volume, wherein said water-tight housing is at least partially optically transparent;
a central processing unit (CPU);
a display electronically connected to said CPU;
an accelerometer electronically connected to said CPU;
a measurement subsystem in electronic contact with said CPU and that provides an input to said CPU from a plurality of sonde sensors; wherein
said CPU, display, accelerometer and measurement subsystem are positioned in said water-tight volume; and
said accelerometer is configured to detect: a change in orientation including by a tilting of the sonde by a user thereof, and an exerted force including by a tapping or double tapping of the sonde by the user, to generate an input to said CPU; and
said CPU is configured to process said input and control an output display configuration of said display based on said input to implement, absent any external electronics, selections of the user for display configuration and sonde function of the sonde.

US Pat. No. 10,429,368

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETECTING THIOCYANATE IONS IN MARINE ENVIRONMENTS

Roger Williams University...

3. A method for detecting thiocyanate in a liquid, comprising the steps of:providing a conductive glass substrate with anatase titanium dioxide which is deposited and cured on the conductive glass substrate;
silanating the anatase titanium dioxide;
chemically coupling a metalloporphyrin moiety to at least one electrode, wherein the at least one electrode is interconnected to the conductive glass substrate;
contacting the liquid with the conductive glass substrate interconnected with the least one electrode; and
measuring a concentration of thiocyanate in the liquid by both photometric detection and electrochemical detection of thiocyanate in the liquid when thiocyanate ions in the liquid coordinate to a metal center of the metalloporphyrin moiety,
wherein the liquid is seawater.

US Pat. No. 10,429,367

MULTI-PARAMETRIC ENVIRONMENTAL DIAGNOSTICS AND MONITORING SENSOR NODE

Qatar University, Doha (...

1. A multi-parametric environmental diagnostics and monitoring sensor node, comprising:a base having opposed upper and lower faces and an opening formed therein;
a plurality of environmental air quality sensors, each of the sensors having opposed upper and lower surfaces;
a connector engaging each of the lower surfaces of the environmental sensors, wherein each of the connectors are mounted on at least one auxiliary harvesting module;
a microcontroller mounted on the upper face of the base, the environmental air quality sensors being in communication with the microcontroller;
a power storage module in communication with the environmental air quality sensors and the microcontroller;
an external photovoltaic cell mounted within the base, the external photovoltaic cell being exposed through the opening in the base;
a cover attached to the upper face of the base, the cover having an opening defined therein;
the at least one auxiliary harvesting module in communication with the power storage module;
an internal photovoltaic cell mounted on the cover, the internal photovoltaic cell being exposed through the opening in the cover; and
a power management circuit connected to the power storage module, the power management circuit having a plurality of switches configured for selectively controlling communication between the power storage module and the external photovoltaic cell, the internal photovoltaic cell, and the at least one auxiliary harvesting module to charge the power storage module either separately or simultaneously from multiple sources, the internal and the external photovoltaic cells each being in communication with the power storage module for electrical charging thereof, the base being adapted for mounting on a support surface such that the external photovoltaic cell is selectively exposed to light from an external source and the internal photovoltaic cell is selectively exposed to light from an internal source.

US Pat. No. 10,429,366

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR DETECTION OF NON-VOLATILE SOLUTES

Dionex Corporation, Sunn...

23. A method for detecting and measuring a non-volatile solute that is dissolved in a liquid solution comprising a liquid solvent comprising:generating an aerosol of droplets of the liquid solution;
transporting a portion of the droplets to a charging chamber through one or more conduits comprising a diffusion screen that preferentially removes, from the portion of the droplets, droplets having diameters less than a minimum diameter, wherein the transporting is such that the solvent fully evaporates during the transporting so as to generate a plurality of solid particles from the non-removed droplets;
imparting electric charge to the solid particles within the charging chamber; and
measuring a quantity of charge imparted to the solid particles by a detector,
wherein the removal of droplets by the diffusion screen is such that particles having diameters greater than 10 nm comprise more than 50 percent of all particles received by the detector.

US Pat. No. 10,429,365

CHROMATOGRAM DATA PROCESSING SYSTEM

SHIMADZU CORPORATION, Ky...

1. A chromatograph system comprising:a chromatograph for collecting three-dimensional chromatogram data having time, signal intensity and another third dimension collected for a sample to be analyzed, the chromatograph comprising a converter for converting detected signals to digital data;
a chromatogram data processing system for processing the three-dimensional chromatogram data based on the digital data received from the converter, the system comprising a processor configured to:
calculate at least one auxiliary vector orthogonal to a principal vector, the principal vector being a multidimensional vector expressing a spectrum which shows or can be regarded as a relationship between the third dimension and the signal intensity for a target component to be observed,
designate the at least one auxiliary vector as a filter for impurity extraction;
calculate an inner product of a process-target multidimensional vector and the at least one auxiliary vector designated as the filter, the process-target multidimensional vector expressing a process-target spectrum obtained or derived from the three-dimensional chromatogram data obtained for the sample to be analyzed; and
determine a presence or absence of an impurity other than the target component in the process-target spectrum based on the inner product of the process-target multidimensional vector and the at least one auxiliary vector designated; and
a display connected to the chromatogram data processing system for displaying the process-target spectrum and the impurity determination.

US Pat. No. 10,429,364

DETECTING LOW LEVEL LCMS COMPONENTS BY CHROMATOGRAPHIC RECONSTRUCTION

THERMO FINNIGAN LLC, San...

1. A method for analyzing a sample, comprising: performing a survey scan at a first gain setting of an ion detector to identify high intensity features corresponding to high abundance compounds within a sample, the survey scan indicating the presence of ions at various m/z and retention time values: generate a transmission matrix defining regions of retention time and m/z space for which ions should be transmitted which excludes of the retention time and mass-to-charge zones occupied by high intensity features: separating components of the sample using the chromatographic column: obtaining a first mass data set using the mass analyzer at a second gain setting of the ion detector in accordance with the transmission matrix, wherein the high abundance compounds are excluded from the analysis to prevent overloading the detector, the second gain setting more sensitive than the first gain setting; generating an inclusion list of features of the first mass data set, the inclusion list including low abundance compounds not detectable in the survey scan; fragmenting ions corresponding to features of the inclusion list; obtaining a second mass data set from the fragmented ions; and identifying and/or quantifying the low abundance compounds based on the second mass data set; wherein the low abundance compounds are at a concentration of not greater than 0.01% of the high abundance compounds.

US Pat. No. 10,429,363

FAR-ULTRAVIOLET ABSORBANCE DETECTION DEVICE FOR LIQUID CHROMATOGRAPHY

Hitachi High-Technologies...

1. A far-ultraviolet absorbance detection device for liquid chromatography, comprising:an optical system including a light source that emits light including far-ultraviolet light,
a first mirror disposed adjacent to the light source,
a first slit disposed adjacent to the first mirror,
a diffraction grating that disperses the light emitted from the light source, the diffraction grating being adjacent to the first slit and configured to rotate,
a flow cell through which a liquid is passed,
a second slit for selecting a predetermined wavelength of +1 order light diffracted by the diffraction grating and causing the light to enter the flow cell,
a second mirror disposed adjacent to the second slit,
a first photodetector that detects the light transmitted by the flow cell,
a second photodetector that detects light other than the +1 order light diffracted by the diffraction grating;
a mechanism for evacuating or substituting the optical system with nitrogen gas; and
a computation unit that calculates absorbance from an output signal from the first photodetector and an output signal from the second photodetector, wherein
the second photodetector is fixedly disposed relative to the diffraction grating and is adjacent to the diffraction grating, such that no structure is interposed between the second photodetector and the diffraction grating,
light from the diffraction gradient passes directly into the second photodetector without passing through any slit and without passing through any beam splitter,
light reflected from the second mirror passes directly into the flow cell without passing through any slit and without passing through any beam splitter, and
the computation unit performs base line correction in synchronism with wavelength modification caused by rotation of the diffraction grating during measurement.

US Pat. No. 10,429,361

VALVE AND SPLITTING SYSTEM FOR MULTI-DIMENSIONAL LIQUID ANALYSIS

Regents of the University...

1. A multi-dimensional liquid analysis system, comprising:a first separation system including a first separation column, the first separation column configured to chromatographically separate a sample within a liquid mobile phase and to provide a first dimension outflow having a first outflow rate;
a flow splitter fluidly coupled to the first dimension outflow, the flow splitter configured to split the first dimension outflow into a first split outlet flow and a second split outlet flow;
a second separation system including a sample loop and a second separation column, wherein the second separation system is configured that the sample loop receives a sample volume from the second split outlet flow, and wherein the second separation column is configured to chromatographically separate the sample volume from the second split outlet flow; and
a flow control pump fluidly coupled to and located downstream of one of the first split outlet flow and the second split outlet flow, the flow control pump configured to withdraw the one of the first split outlet flow and the second split outlet flow from the flow splitter at a controlled withdrawal flow rate to obtain, in the sample volume from the second split outlet flow, a representative sampling of compounds in the first dimension outflow for separation in the second separation system.

US Pat. No. 10,429,360

LIQUID CHROMATOGRAPH CONTROL SYSTEM AND LIQUID CHROMATOGRAPH CONTROL METHOD

SHIMADZU CORPORATION, Ky...

1. A liquid chromatograph control method in which a sample is analyzed using a liquid chromatograph provided with a function of switching columns, according to a schedule table in which analysis conditions and execution order of a plurality of analyses are described, the control method comprising the steps of:a) reading out two analysis conditions consecutively executed in the schedule table;
b) comparing columns used in the two read-out analysis conditions;
c) creating an insertion method file to the effect that a flow rate of a mobile phase sent to the column used in later one of the two analyses is increased in stages from a flow rate lower than a target flow rate determined for the later analysis toward the target flow rate, in a case where the compared columns are different from each other; and
d) inserting the insertion method file into immediately before the later analysis in the schedule table.

US Pat. No. 10,429,359

AUTOMATED MULTI-STEP PURIFICATION SYSTEM

GE HEALTHCARE BIO-SCIENCE...

1. An automated multi-step chromatography purification system arranged to perform a plurality of isolated multi-step purification cycles for purifying target molecules from separate feed sources, comprising:a system controller comprising a memory storing instructions for controlling components of the system,
two or more purification sections, each representing a purification step with one of the purification sections being a capture section comprising a first capture column and a second capture column and another one of the purification sections being a subsequent purification section comprising a purification column,
at least one pump for driving the purification,
a valve arrangement for controlling the fluid flow in the system, wherein the valve arrangement comprises a source valve connected to the at least one pump,
a capture flow path, a capture column eluent flow path, and a purification column eluent flow path all share the same source valve,
wherein: the capture columns and the source valve is arranged to simultaneously
(i) connecting, through the capture flow path the second capture column to one of the separate feed sources for capturing the respective target molecule, and
(ii) eluting, through the capture column eluent flow path a captured target molecule from the first capture column to the purification column and for preparing the eluted first capture column for a subsequent capture phase,
wherein the subsequent purification section comprises a smaller number of purification column eluent flow paths compared to the number of capture columns, each purification column eluent flow path comprising a purification column, whereby eluent flow from each of the capture column is separately purified in said purification column eluent flow path with intermediate cleaning of the purification column eluent flow path to keep subsequent purifications isolated, and
wherein each purification section being in direct fluidic communication with the subsequent purification section without an intermediate sample storage component.

US Pat. No. 10,429,358

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR INSPECTING DELAMINATION OF LAMINATED BODY

NON-DESTRUCTIVE INSPECTIO...

1. A delamination inspection method for a laminated body, including: causing an ultrasonic wave to enter the laminated body obtained by laminating a plurality of members, from a sensor disposed on one side of the laminated body; receiving the ultrasonic wave having propagated through the laminated body; and evaluating the received ultrasonic wave to inspect whether or not an inter-layer delamination is present,the sensor including: a transmission probe configured to cause the ultrasonic wave to enter the laminated body at a predetermined refraction angle; a reception probe configured to receive a propagation wave having propagated while having been repeatedly reflected by interfaces of the plurality of members; and a probe holding means configured to hold the transmission probe and the reception probe with a predetermined interval therebetween, and
the method comprising:
disposing the transmission probe and the reception probe on a sound part of the laminated body, with a preset probe interval therebetween by using the probe holding means, receiving the propagation wave having propagated through the sound part, and obtaining, as a reference detection length, a detection length over which an echo height of the received propagation wave through the sound part is detected as being equal to or greater than a predetermined value;
disposing the transmission probe and the reception probe so as to sandwich an inspection target part of the laminated body with an interval same as the preset probe interval by using the probe holding means, receiving the propagation wave having propagated through the inspection target part, and measuring a measured detection length over which an echo height of the received propagation wave through the inspection target part is detected as being equal to or greater than the predetermined value; and
comparing the measured detection length with the reference detection length to inspect whether or not an inter-layer delamination is present in the inspection target part.

US Pat. No. 10,429,357

MODEL CREATION METHOD AND DEVICE, AND INSPECTION DEVICE USING THE SAME

Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo (JP...

1. A model creation method executed by a processing device to create a model of an analysis region used in numerical analysis, the method comprising:a step of designating a crystal growth direction for a region including crystallinity having acoustic anisotropy in the analysis region;
a step of selecting partial image data to which the crystallinity of the region is reflected; and
a step of rotating and operating the partial image data along the crystal growth direction; and
a step of creating image data covered in the region designated using the rotated partial image data.

US Pat. No. 10,429,356

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CALIBRATING AN ULTRASONIC WEDGE AND A PROBE

General Electric Company,...

1. A system comprising:an ultrasonic wedge having a back wall;
a probe comprising a phased array transducer, wherein the probe is mounted to a probe interface wall of the ultrasonic wedge; and
an ultrasonic inspection station connected to the probe by a probe cable, wherein the ultrasonic inspection station comprises a display, a microprocessor, a memory coupled to the microprocessor, and one or more executable instructions stored in the memory and configured to be executed by the processor, the executable instructions including instructions for:
determining a first ultrasonic signal gate, wherein the first ultrasonic signal gate is determined by the processor based on a first theoretical Z distance Z1TH between a first transducer element of the phased array transducer of the probe and the back wall of the ultrasonic wedge, and a last theoretical Z distance ZnTH between a last transducer element of the phased array transducer of the ultrasonic probe and the back wall of the ultrasonic wedge;
displaying the first ultrasonic signal gate on the display;
locating a second ultrasonic signal gate above a start of the first ultrasonic signal gate;
firing an ultrasonic signal from each of the transducer elements;
determining an operating status of each transducer element in the phased array transducer of the probe as live or dead, wherein each of the transducer elements that did not trigger the first ultrasonic signal gate and each of the transducer elements that triggered the first ultrasonic signal gate and also triggered the second ultrasonic signal gate are determined to be dead transducer elements and the remaining transducer elements are determined to be live transducer elements; and
calibrating, based on the identification of the dead and live transducer elements, the ultrasonic wedge and probe.

US Pat. No. 10,429,354

RECONFIGURABLE DEVICE FOR CHECKING A COMPOSITE STRUCTURE USING ULTRASOUND

AIRBUS, Blagnac (FR)

1. An ultrasonic control device to inspect a structure made of composite material during its production, the structure being produced in a space limited by an inner face of a first form and by an inner face of a second form, the device comprising:a plurality of ultrasound sensors arranged in a vicinity of the structure, each ultrasound sensor emits an ultrasound wave into the structure and picks up an echo returned by the structure;
a layer of piezoelectric material, an inner face of the piezoelectric material is placed on an outer face of the second form; and
a replaceable film of electrically insulating flexible material arranged to be pressed against an outer face of the layer of piezoelectric material, the replaceable film of electrically insulating flexible material comprises, on a face in contact with the layer of piezoelectric material, a plurality of electrodes, each electrode is configured to be excited separately by a control signal transmitted via a conductor;
a conductive surface of said each electrode is arranged to be in contact with the outer face of the layer of piezoelectric material such that said each electrode forms, with an area of the layer of piezoelectric material facing which said each electrode is placed, a distinct ultrasound sensor;
wherein an arrangement of the plurality of ultrasound sensors is modifiable by altering the arrangement of the plurality of the electrodes; and
wherein the ultrasonic control device is reconfigurable by replacing or repositioning the replaceable film on the outer face of the layer of piezoelectric material to alter the arrangement of the plurality of electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,429,353

PHOTOACOUSTIC MICROSCOPE AND PHOTOACOUSTIC SIGNAL DETECTION METHOD

Olympus Corporation, Tok...

1. A photoacoustic microscope, comprising:a light source which generates pulse light;
a focusing optical system which focuses the pulse light emitted from the light source and irradiates a sample with the focused pulse light;
a photoacoustic signal detection sensor which detects an acoustic signal generated from the sample through irradiation of the pulse light; and
a controller configured to:
form an image signal of the sample based on the acoustic signal;
one of generate or store information representing a relation between intensity of the pulse light entering the sample and intensity of the acoustic signal generated from the sample;
change intensity of the pulse light from the light source based on the information;
calculate, based on the information, as a threshold, pulse light intensity with which the intensity of the acoustic signal relative to the intensity of the pulse light starts to increase;
change, based on the calculated threshold, the intensity of the pulse light from the light source to be equal to or more than the threshold; and
change the intensity of the pulse light from the light source such that the following Conditional Expression (1) is satisfied:
1.05 where IT is the calculated threshold and IP is a peak value of intensity at a focus position of the pulse light after the change.

US Pat. No. 10,429,352

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR IN-AND OUT-OF-DIE MONITORING AND CHARACTERIZATION OF MULTI-COMPONENT TABLETS AND FOR DETECTING AND MONITORING STICTION AND TOOLING MATERIAL MODIFICATIONS ON PUNCH AND DIE SURFACES

Clarkson University, Pos...

1. A method of detecting or monitoring powder materials sticking, tooling material mechanical property changes, or tooling geometric modifications at least one punch or die surface during compaction comprising the steps of:transmitting a first set of acoustic or ultrasonic waves onto the surfaces of said at least one punch or die surface;
receiving a second set of acoustic or ultrasonic waves from said at least one punch or die surface;
analyzing data received from said second set of acoustic or ultrasonic waves;
determining a vibration resonance frequency of said at least one punch or die surface based on said analyzed data; and
determining a material accumulation level, geometric deformation level, or a material defect state of said at least one punch or die surface based on said determined vibration resonance frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,429,350

PHOTOACOUSTIC GAS DETECTION

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A downhole system comprising:a quartz enhanced photoacoustic spectrometer (QEPAS) configured to be positioned within a wellbore formed in a subterranean zone of a hydrocarbon formation, the QEPAS comprising:
a laser configured to emit light;
a first, passive quartz tuning fork (QTF) configured to detect a pressure wave created in a gas, wherein the pressure wave is created as the light is absorbed by the gas; and
a second, active QTF configured to amplify the pressure wave in the gas, wherein the first, passive QTF is configured to detect the amplified pressure wave;
a sampling system coupled to the QEPAS, the sampling system configured to be positioned in the wellbore, the sampling system configured to obtain a sample of a wellbore fluid at a downhole location in the subterranean zone, the QEPAS configured to spectroscopically scan the sample and to determine a plurality of quantities of a corresponding plurality of hydrocarbons in the sample; and
a computer system connected to the QEPAS, the computer system comprising:
one or more processors; and
a computer-readable medium storing instructions executable by the one or more processors to perform operations comprising:
receiving the plurality of quantities of the plurality of hydrocarbons in the sample; and
determining a plurality of ratios, each ratio being a ratio of one of the plurality of hydrocarbons with another of the plurality of hydrocarbons.

US Pat. No. 10,429,349

METHOD FOR DETERMINING ELECTRICAL CONDUCTIVITIES IN SAMPLES BY MEANS OF AN EDDY CURRENT SENSOR

1. A method for determining the electrical conductivity in samples by means of an eddy current sensor in which an alternating electrical field is excited by an alternating electrical voltage applied to a transmitter coil at a known measurement frequency ? and an alternating electromagnetic field which is directed against the alternating electrical field is thereby formed which is detected by a receiver coil or by a suitable detector and the complex impedance Z=R+jX is determinedwherein this procedure is carried out at different measurement frequencies ? once in air and once at the same measurement frequencies at a calibration body with a known electrical conductivity ?, and wherein a determination of the electrical conductivity ? of a sample is performed in accordance with one of the following:
1) differences of the real and imaginary portions ?R and ?X of the measured values in air and over the calibration body are divided by the respective measurement frequency ?; wherein a product ?? is associated with each value pair ?R/? and ?X/?=?L in accordance with the associated measurement frequency ? and the known conductivity ? of the calibration body and a ?? locus shown in a Nyquist diagram with these value pairs;whereina value pair ?R/? and ?X/? of the values in air is formed at the measured values over the sample at a measured impedance Z at a measurement frequency ? of a sample with an unknown conductivity ? and a point from the ?? locus and thus a ?? value is associated with this value pair ?R/? and ?X/?=?L and the unknown electrical conductivity ? of the sample material is determined from this using the known measurement frequency ?;and2) on the calibration at a calibration body and a measurement at a sample, the phase angle ?=tan(?X/?R) is calculated and the function of the product ??=f(?) is determined instead of the ?? locus, with a product ?? being associated with the phase angle ? on the measurement of an unknown conductivity ? of the sample material with this function and thus the electrical conductivity ? of the sample being determined at the known measurement frequency ?;and3) on the calibration at a calibration body and a measurement at a sample, the quotient q=?X/?R or its reciprocal 1/q is calculated and, instead of the ?? locus, the function of the product ??=f(q) or ??=f(1/q) is determined and a product ?? is associated with the quotient q or 1/q on the measurement of an unknown conductivity ? of a sample with this function f(q) or f(1/q) and thus the electrical conductivity ? of the sample material is determined.

US Pat. No. 10,429,348

DETECTION APPARATUS AND DETECTION METHOD

Nuctech Company Limited, ...

1. A detection apparatus comprising:a sampling device for collecting a sample to be detected;
a sample pre-processing device configured to pre-process the sample from the sampling device; and
a sample analyzing device for separating the sample pre-processed by the sample pre-processing device and analyzing the separated sample;
wherein the sample pre-processing device comprises:
a piston-type absorber having an absorption cavity that is configured to communicate with the sampling device and is configured to absorb the sample collected by the sampling device;
a piston cylinder defining a piston chamber that is for accommodating the piston-type absorber and is in communication with the absorption cavity;
a thermal desorption chamber that is in communication with the absorption cavity and the piston chamber and is configured to thermally desorb the sample absorbed by the absorption cavity; and
a pump that is in communication with the piston chamber via a conduit and is configured to pump the sample which is leaked into ambient gas into the absorption cavity by a sample collecting structure;
wherein the piston-type absorber is configured to be movable between a sample collecting position where the absorption cavity is located outside the thermal desorption chamber and is in communication with the sample collecting structure so that the sample collected by the sample collecting structure is absorbed, and a sample desorbing position where the absorption cavity is located inside the thermal desorption chamber so that the sample absorbed by the thermal desorption chamber is thermally desorbed.

US Pat. No. 10,429,347

MEASUREMENT OF PARTICLE CHARGE

IZON SCIENCE LIMITED, Ch...

1. A method of determining a charge of at least one test particle, comprising:applying one of an electric current or a voltage across an aperture connecting two chambers, whereby the chambers are at least partially filled with an electrolyte and whereby the at least one test particle is suspended in the electrolyte of at least one of the chambers, wherein the aperture has a geometry that does not need to be known;
measuring a value indicative of the other of the electric current or the voltage across the aperture;
determining a time interval between a first and a second point in time, the second point in time corresponding to a point in time when the measured current or the measured voltage has reached a specific proportion of the measured current or the measured voltage at the first point in time; and
determining the charge of the at least one test particle by:
determining a value indicative of an electrical velocity component of a total velocity of at least one calibration particle having a known charge, taking into account that the total velocity of the at least one calibration particle comprises a non-zero convective velocity component and the electrical velocity component;
determining a value indicative of an electrical velocity component of a total velocity of the at least one test particle, taking into account that the total velocity of the at least one test particle comprises a non-zero convective velocity component and the electrical velocity component; and
using the determined values indicative of the electrical velocity components of the at least one test particle and the at least one calibration particle to calibrate a quantitative relationship between the charge of the at least one test particle and the determined time interval.

US Pat. No. 10,429,346

KIT FOR USE IN ELECTROPHORETIC MATRIX STAINING

PIERCE BIOTECHNOLOGY, INC...

1. A kit for electrophoretically staining a biopolymer in a matrix comprisinga first non-cellulosic or modified cellulosic matrix contact sheet contacting a first side of the matrix,
a second matrix contact sheet contacting a second side of the matrix and comprising a non-cellulosic or partially cellulosic material,
a stain solution comprising a stain reagent and a solvent, the stain solution optionally being absorbed within the first matrix contact sheet,
and
a destain solution comprising an organic solvent, an acid, water, and optionally a buffering agent, the destain solution being absorbed within the second matrix contact sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,429,345

ELECTROPHORESIS DEVICE, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ELECTROPHORESIS DEVICE, AND DEVICE FOR SEPARATING EXTRACELLULAR VESICLES

THE UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO, ...

1. An electrophoresis device comprising:a first flow passage extending in a first direction and through which a sample and a buffer solution flow;
a sample collecting part provided at an end portion of the first flow passage and configured to collect the sample;
electrodes disposed at both sides of the first flow passage in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction and configured to apply a voltage to the first flow passage in the second direction;
second flow passages communicating with both sides of the first flow passage in the second direction, configured to accommodate the electrodes, and through which a second buffer solution flows; and
partition walls fixed to communicating portions between the first and second flow passages with a predetermined bonding strength and configured to block movement of substances between the first and second flow passages,
wherein the first flow passage and the second flow passages are formed of a base material,
the partition walls are formed of a gel material having ion permeability, and being chemically bonded to the base material,
openings of the second flow passages are provided at a first surface of the base material in a third direction which is perpendicular to the first and second directions,
openings of the first flow passage is provided at a second surface of the base material in the third direction,
the second flow passages are disposed to communicate with the first flow passage in the third direction,
a second base material is stacked on the first surface of the base material, and
a third base material is stacked on the second surface of the base material.

US Pat. No. 10,429,342

CHEMICALLY-SENSITIVE FIELD EFFECT TRANSISTOR

1. A chemically-sensitive field effect transistor having a multi-layered structure for performing a sequencing reaction involving the sequencing of strands of nucleic acids, the field effect transistor, comprising:a substrate layer having an extended body;
a first insulating layer positioned above the extended body of the substrate layer;
a second insulating layer positioned above the first insulating layer;
a source electrode and a drain electrode each having a top surface and a bottom surface, the top surface separated from the bottom surface by opposing outer and inner side portions, each of the opposed side portions and each of the bottom surfaces of the source and drain electrodes being disposed within the first insulating layer, the source electrode being separated from the drain electrode by a distance;
a graphene layer positioned between the first insulating layer and second insulating layer and extending between the outer side portion of the source electrode and the outer side portion of the drain electrode thereby forming a channel between the source electrode and drain electrode, the graphene layer contacting the top surface of the source electrode and drain electrode; and
a reaction chamber formed by a well structure provided in the second insulating layer, the well structure having an opening at a top surface of the second insulating layer and extending toward the graphene layer the graphene layer forming a bottom layer of the reaction chamber, the reaction chamber configured for receiving and retaining one or more reactants therein for performing the sequencing reaction.

US Pat. No. 10,429,341

METHOD OF USING INTEGRATED ELECTRO-MICROFLUIDIC PROBE CARD

TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANU...

1. A method for testing a partially fabricated bio-sensor device wafer, the method comprising:aligning the partially fabricated bio-sensor device wafer on a wafer stage of a wafer-level bio-sensor processing tool;
mounting an integrated electro-microfluidic probe card to a device area on the partially fabricated bio-sensor device wafer, wherein the electro-microfluidic probe card has a first major surface and a second major surface and at least one minor surface between the first and second major surfaces, and the electro-microfluidic probe card comprises a transparent portion;
creating a seal between fluidic probes on the integrated electro-microfluidic probe card and the device area;
electrically connecting one or more electronic probe tips disposed on the first major surface of the integrated electro-microfluidic probe card to conductive areas of the device area;
flowing a test fluid from a fluid supply through the first major surface to the integrated electro-microfluidic probe card; and,
electrically measuring via the one or more electronic probe tips a first electrical property of one or more bio-FETs of the device area based on the test fluid flow.

US Pat. No. 10,429,340

GAS SENSOR

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A gas sensor comprising:a work function type sensor provided in a main surface of a semiconductor substrate;
a first ion pump removing a first interfering gas component from a detection target gas; and
a first gas diffusion prevention film formed between the work function type sensor and the first ion pump,
wherein the work function type sensor includes:
the semiconductor substrate;
a well having a first depth from the main surface of the semiconductor substrate and formed in the semiconductor substrate;
a gate insulation film formed over the well; and
a gate layer formed over the gate insulation film,
wherein the first ion pump includes:
a first ion conductive film;
a first ion pump electrode formed to be in contact with a lower surface of the first ion conductive film; and
a second ion pump electrode formed to be in contact with an upper surface of the first ion conductive film,
wherein a first cavity into which the detection target gas is introduced is formed in the first gas diffusion prevention film,
wherein a part of a front surface of the gate layer is exposed to the first cavity, and
wherein a part of a lower surface of the first ion pump electrode is exposed to the first cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,429,339

GAS SENSOR

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A gas sensor comprising:a cup-shaped solid electrolyte body having oxygen ion conductivity in which a tip of a tubular outer circumferential portion is closed;
a measuring gas side electrode disposed on an outer circumferential surface of the outer circumferential portion;
a reference gas side electrode disposed on an inner circumferential surface of the outer circumferential portion;
a heater disposed on an inner circumferential side of the solid electrolyte body for heating the solid electrolyte body;
a housing for holding the solid electrolyte body; and
a cover attached to the housing for covering the solid electrolyte body; wherein,
the cover has a large-diameter cover portion positioned on an outer circumferential side of the solid electrolyte body, a small-diameter cover portion positioned adjacent to a tip side of the large-diameter cover portion and formed smaller in diameter than the large-diameter cover portion, and a stepped portion connecting the small-diameter cover portion and the large-diameter cover portion; wherein,
a first through hole having the entire circumference of a hole punched out is formed at a tip of the small-diameter cover portion; and
a second through hole having the entire circumference of a hole punched out is formed at a plurality of positions in a circumferential direction of the stepped portion,
wherein the cover is the only cover attached to the housing for covering the solid electrolyte body.

US Pat. No. 10,429,338

GAS SENSOR AND GAS CONCENTRATION MEASURING METHOD USING THE SAME

NGK Insulators, Ltd., Na...

1. A mixed-potential type gas sensor for sensing a predetermined gas component in a measurement gas, said sensor comprising a sensor element composed of an oxygen-ion conductive solid electrolyte, said sensor element including:a measurement gas introduction space having an open end at a distal end of said sensor element and extending in a longitudinal direction of said sensor element to an opposite end of said measurement gas introduction space which is opposite to said open end;
a sensing electrode including a cermet of a noble metal and a first oxygen-ion conductive solid electrolyte and provided in said measurement gas introduction space at a position closer to said opposite end of said measurement gas introduction space than said open end;
a reference electrode including a cermet of Pt and a second oxygen-ion conductive solid electrolyte; and
a heater configured to heat said sensor element,whereinsaid gas sensor is configured to determine a concentration of said predetermined gas component based on a potential difference between said sensing electrode and said reference electrode, and
when said gas sensor determines the concentration of said predetermined gas component, said heater heats said sensor element so that a high temperature region exists between said open end and said sensing electrode and a temperature decreases from said high temperature region toward said sensing electrode in the longitudinal direction of said sensor element toward said sensing electrode, said high temperature region having a temperature higher than a temperature of said sensing electrode and higher than a melting point of a predetermined poisoning substance.

US Pat. No. 10,429,337

ANALYTE MEASUREMENT METHOD AND SYSTEM

LifeScan IP Holdings, LLC...

1. An analyte measurement system to measure a glucose concentration in physiological fluid of a user, the system comprising:a test strip including a substrate having a reference electrode, a first working electrode and a second working electrode coated with a reagent layer having a mediator, the electrodes being connected to corresponding contact pads; and
an analyte meter having a signal processor and a test circuit in connection with a test strip port that receives the contact pads of the test strip so that the meter is configured to apply a test voltage after deposition of physiological fluid on the electrodes and determine a hematocrit-corrected glucose concentration from measured first, second, third, fourth and fifth test currents at first, second, third, fourth and fifth discrete intervals after application of the test voltage by the meter in which the signal processor is programmed with instructions to determine a ratio of the first test current to the second test current raised to a power term and multiplying the ratio by the fifth test current, where the power term is a function of a first tuning parameter and a second tuning parameter in order to determine the hematocrit-corrected analyte concentration.

US Pat. No. 10,429,336

ELECTRODE ARRANGEMENTS FOR TEST ELEMENT INTEGRITY

Roche Diabeters Care, Inc...

1. A method of verifying test element integrity of a test element having an integrity electrode, the method comprising:providing a test element comprising (a) an electrode-support substrate, (b) a working electrode provided on the electrode-support substrate that includes a first body portion and a first connective neck extending from the first body portion, (c) a counter electrode provided on the electrode-support substrate that includes a second body portion, an opposite pair of second connective necks, and a third body portion coupled to one of the opposite pair of second connective necks and positioned adjacent the first body portion of the working electrode opposite the second body portion, each of the opposite pair of second connective necks extending transversely from a respective end of the second body portion, (d) a cover, and (e) a spacer coupled to the electrode-support substrate and partially overlapping the third body portion of the counter electrode, the spacer including an edge defining a boundary of a capillary channel formed between the cover and the electrode-support substrate, wherein each of the opposite pair of second connective necks extend across the boundary of the capillary channel free from the second body portion and the third body portion such that the second body portion is located entirely within the capillary channel, and the second body portion and the opposite pair of second connective necks surround the working electrode in the capillary channel forming a loop circuit around the working electrode; and
applying a signal across the pair of connective necks of the counter electrode to verify continuity along the counter electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,429,335

INTEGRATED GAS SENSOR DEVICE, IN PARTICULAR FOR DETECTING CARBON MONOXIDE (CO)

STMicroelectronics S.r.l....

1. A method, comprising:forming a first insulating layer on a first side of a substrate, the substrate having a second side opposite the first side;
forming a patterned layer on the first insulating layer, the patterned layer having a first electrode, a second electrode, and a third electrode, the forming the patterned layer including forming first through holes in at least one of the first electrode and the second electrode; and
forming a electrolytic hydrogel layer on the patterned layer, first portions of the electrolytic hydrogel layer being between the first, second, and third electrodes, respectively, and second portions of the electrolytic hydrogel layer being in at least one of the first through holes.

US Pat. No. 10,429,334

HUMIDITY SENSOR WITH HEAT MODULE

EM Microelectronic-Marin ...

1. A humidity sensor, comprising:a silicon base plate, on which a stack of a plurality of intermetallic dielectric layers, each of which is provided with a metallic zone, and a metal layer are disposed,
wherein the metal layer is etched to form two electrodes, each comprising an armature provided with a plurality of arms, the armatures being mounted so that the arms of said each armature are interlaced such that the arms are positioned to face one another;
an active layer, deposited directly onto the silicon base plate and being interposed between the silicon base plate and a first intermetallic dielectric layer of said stack of the plurality of intermetallic dielectric layers, the first intermetallic dielectric layer being disposed closest to the silicon base plate among the stack of the plurality of intermetallic dielectric layers, wherein a temperature module is disposed in the active layer, the temperature module supplying a signal representing a temperature, the temperature module comprising a temperature detector having:
a bipolar transistor connected by a base and a collector thereof to earth,
a current source, one terminal of which is connected to a power supply and another terminal of which is connected to an emitter of the bipolar transistor,
a voltage source supplying a reference voltage, and
a differential amplifier, wherein a base-emitter voltage at a connection point between the bipolar transistor and the current source is extracted to be directed to the differential amplifier, the differential amplifier providing a difference between the base-emitter voltage and the reference voltage to supply a voltage representing the temperature;
an interlevel dielectric layer deposited directly on the active layer and being disposed between the active layer and the first intermetallic dielectric layer; and
a heating element deposited on the active layer and being disposed within the interlevel dielectric layer.

US Pat. No. 10,429,333

RELATIVE HUMIDITY SENSOR AND METHOD

HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL I...

1. A relative humidity sensor, comprising:a first electrode and a second electrode disposed above a dielectric substrate;
a sensitive layer disposed above at least one of the first electrode and the second electrode, the sensitive layer is formed from a composition including a polyimide and a hydrophobic filler dispersed among the polyimide; and
a dust protection layer disposed above the sensitive layer.

US Pat. No. 10,429,332

OIL DEGRADATION METER AND METHOD FOR EVALUATING OIL DEGRADATION

ATAGO CO., LTD, Tokyo (J...

1. An oil degradation meter for displaying an acid value (AVn) of a sample oil/fat without measuring the acid value (AVn) of the sample oil/fat, comprising:(a) a dielectric constant sensor that measures a dielectric constant of the sample oil/fat;
(b) a memory that stores the dielectric constant of the sample oil/fat measured by said dielectric constant sensor;
(c) an input unit that inputs an acid value into said memory that stores the inputted acid value;
(d) a circuit;
(e) a display; and
(f) a processor that controls said dielectric constant sensor, said input unit, said memory, said circuit, and said display,
(g) wherein said processor, in a setup mode,
sets an acid value (AV0) of unused oil/fat to 0,
obtains from the dielectric constant sensor a dielectric constant (D0) of the unused oil/fat,
stores the obtained dielectric constant (D0) of the unused oil/fat in said memory,
obtains from the dielectric constant sensor a dielectric constant (D100) of used oil/fat at a replacement time under a specific oil/fat usage condition, and
stores the obtained dielectric constant (D100) of the used oil/fat at the replacement time under the specific oil/fat usage condition along with an acid value (AV100) of the used oil/fat at the replacement time under the specific oil/fat usage condition in said memory; and
(h) wherein said processor, in a measurement mode,
controls said dielectric constant sensor to measure a dielectric constant (Dn) of the sample oil/fat,
stores the measured dielectric constant (Dn) of the sample oil/fat in said memory, and
controls said display to display the acid value (AVn) of the sample oil/fat without measuring the acid value (AVn) based on
the dielectric constants of the unused oil/fat and the used oil/fat at the replacement time under the specific oil/fat usage condition (D0,D100) obtained from the dielectric constant sensor in the setup mode,
the acid value of the used oil/fat at the replacement time under the specific oil/fat usage condition (AV100) stored in said memory in the setup mode, and
a product of the acid value of the used oil/fat at the replacement time under the specific oil/fat usage condition (AV100) and a ratio of i) a difference between the measured dielectric constant of the sample oil/fat measured by the dielectric constant sensor in the measurement mode (Dn), and the dielectric constant of the unused oil/fat obtained from the dielectric constant sensor in the setup mode (D0), and ii) a difference between the dielectric constant of the used oil/fat obtained from the dielectric constant sensor at the replacement time under the specific oil/fat usage condition in the setup mode (D100), and the dielectric constant of the unused oil/fat obtained from the dielectric constant sensor in the setup mode (D0), determined by the circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,429,331

HEAT EXCHANGER MONITORING SYSTEM

HS MARSTON AEROSPACE LTD....

1. A heat exchanger monitoring system comprising:a heat exchanger for receiving a flow of a working fluid therethrough;
a first sensor for measuring a property relating to an amount of contaminant material carried by a first flow of fluid entering the heat exchanger and configured to output a first sensor signal indicative of the measured property relating to the amount of contaminant material carried by the first flow of fluid;
a second sensor for measuring the same property relating to an amount of contaminant material carried by a second flow of fluid exiting the heat exchanger and configured to output a second sensor signal indicative of the measured property relating to the amount of contaminant material carried by the second flow of fluid; and
a monitoring device configured to receive and compare the first and second sensor signals to thereby determine a variation in the property relating to the amount of contaminant material carried by the fluid as it passes through the heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 10,429,330

GAS ANALYZER THAT DETECTS GASES, HUMIDITY, AND TEMPERATURE

STMicroelectronics Pte Lt...

1. A microelectronic gas analyzer, comprising:a substrate;
a humidity micro-sensor formed on the substrate, the humidity micro-sensor configured to monitor humidity of ambient air, the humidity micro-sensor including capacitors having first and second plates;
a temperature micro-sensor formed on the substrate, the temperature micro-sensor configured to monitor a temperature of the ambient air;
a gas micro-sensor formed on the substrate, the gas micro-sensor configured to detect a particular gas species present in the ambient air, the gas micro-sensor including gas sensitive material;
a dielectric layer extending from the humidity micro-sensor to the gas micro-sensor, the dielectric layer being between the first and second plates of the capacitors and between the substrate and the gas sensitive material;
a microprocessor communicatively coupled to the humidity micro-sensor, the temperature micro-sensor, and the gas micro-sensor; and
an electronic memory communicatively coupled to the microprocessor, the electronic memory configured to store instructions for execution by the microprocessor and to store data received from the humidity micro-sensor, the temperature micro-sensor, and the gas micro-sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,429,329

ENVIRONMENTAL SENSOR TEST METHODOLOGY

AMS SENSORS UK LIMITED, ...

1. A method for testing a batch of environmental sensors to determine the fitness for purpose of the batch of environmental sensors, the method comprising:determining environmental parametric ranges by performing a plurality of environmental tests on at least one environmental sensor under a specified environmental condition;
performing a plurality of electrical test sequences to the sensor inputs of the at least one environmental sensor to measure electrical responses of the sensor outputs of the at least one environmental sensor;
correlating the measured electrical responses from the at least one environmental sensor to predetermined environmental parametric ranges of the at least one environmental sensor so as to define correlated electrical test limits;
testing the batch of environmental sensors by exclusively applying electrical impulses to each sensor of the batch of environmental sensors and by exclusively measuring electrical responses of the batch of environmental sensors; and
determining the fitness for purpose of the batch of environmental sensors if the measured electrical responses of the batch of environmental sensors are within the correlated electrical test limits.

US Pat. No. 10,429,328

MEMS-BASED ISOTHERMAL TITRATION CALORIMETRY

The Trustees of Columbia ...

1. A microelectromechanical systems-based calorimetric device for characterization of biomolecular interactions comprising:a first micromixer;
a second micromixer;
a thermally-isolated reaction chamber in fluid contact with the first micromixer;
a thermally-isolated reference chamber in fluid contact with the second micromixer; and
a thermoelectric sensor configured to measure at least one temperature metric associated with the reaction chamber and the reference chamber;
wherein the first micromixer comprises a passive chaotic micromixer.

US Pat. No. 10,429,327

SAMPLE-ANALYZING SYSTEM

SHIMADZU CORPORATION, Ky...

1. A sample-analyzing system for identifying a target sample from measurement data of the target sample obtained using a plurality of analyzing devices including a fluorescent X-ray analyzer as well as at least one device selected from an infrared spectrophotometer and a Raman spectrophotometer, the system comprising:a) a storage section in which measurement data obtained for each of a plurality of reference objects using each of the analyzing devices are stored;
b) a measurement data comparator for comparing, for each of the analyzing devices, the measurement data of the target sample with the measurement data of the plurality of reference objects and for determining a degree of matching of the target sample with each of the plurality of reference objects;
c) an integrated degree-of-matching calculator for calculating an integrated degree of matching for each of the plurality of reference objects by integrating the degrees of matching determined for the plurality of analyzing devices;
d) a comparison result output section for outputting information concerning a predetermined number of reference objects in descending order of the integrated degree of matching,
e) a scattered radiation intensity ratio calculator for calculating an intensity ratio between Compton scattered radiation and Rayleigh scattered radiation from the measurement data of the target sample obtained using the fluorescent X-ray analyzer; and
f) a coefficient determiner for determining, based on the intensity ratio, a coefficient for weighting degrees of matching related to the fluorescent X-ray analyzer and the infrared spectrophotometer or the Raman spectrophotometer,wherein the integrated degree-of-matching calculator calculates the integrated degree of matching after applying the coefficient to the degrees of matching related to the fluorescent X-ray analyzer and the infrared spectrophotometer or the Raman spectrophotometer.

US Pat. No. 10,429,326

X-RAY OPTICS ASSEMBLY WITH SWITCHING SYSTEM FOR THREE BEAM PATHS, AND ASSOCIATED X-RAY DIFFRACTOMETER

1. An X-ray optics assembly for an X-ray diffractometer, comprising:a multilayer mirror;
a monochromator; and
a switching system with selectable beam paths for an X-ray beam, such that a first beam path in a first position of the switching system bypasses the multilayer mirror and the monochromator, a second beam path in a second position of the switching system contains the multilayer mirror and bypasses the monochromator, and a third beam path in a third position of the switching system contains the multilayer mirror and the monochromator.

US Pat. No. 10,429,324

RADIOGRAPHIC PIPE INSPECTION METHOD AND APPARATUS

Paragon Inspection Limite...

1. A method of inspecting a pipe, the method including the steps of:providing a container comprising a first portion and a second portion that form a chamber in a closed position;
locating the container around a pipe when the container is in an open position;
moving the container from the open position to the closed position, wherein in the closed position the container is located around the pipe and substantially encloses at least a portion of the pipe within the chamber; and
passing a beam of radiation across the chamber of the container and through the at least a portion of the pipe when the container is in the closed position, wherein the container shields the beam of radiation, wherein a center of the beam of radiation is perpendicular to a longitudinal axis along a length of the pipe, a distance between a source of the radiation and the at least a portion of the pipe being equal to or less than 300 mm, wherein the container comprises a radiation detector attached to and movable with the second portion of the container, the radiation detector configured to determine a strength, quantity, and/or amount of radiation, wherein the radiation detector is located in the container opposite to the source of radiation when in the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,429,323

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING MULTI-ENERGY (INCLUDING DUAL ENERGY) COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY (CT) IMAGING

Photo Diagnostic Systems,...

1. A multi-energy computed tomography (CT) imaging system for providing an image of an object, the multi-energy computed tomography (CT) imaging system comprising:a polychromatic X-ray source;
a detector for detecting X-rays from the polychromatic X-ray source after the X-rays have passed through an object and for providing a first set of polychromatic energy measurements relating to a first polychromatic X-ray spectrum passed through the object and for providing a second set of polychromatic energy measurements relating to a second polychromatic X-ray spectrum passed through the object; and
a processor configured to:
(i) transform the first set of polychromatic energy measurements into a corresponding first monochromatic data set associated with X-rays at a selected first monochromatic energy level, and to transform the second set of polychromatic energy measurements into a corresponding second monochromatic data set associated with X-rays at a selected second monochromatic energy level;
(ii) transform the first monochromatic data set into a first monochromatic image and transform the second monochromatic data set into a second monochromatic image; and
(iii) use at least one of the first monochromatic image and the second monochromatic image to perform at least one of (a) provide an image free from beam hardening artifacts, and (b) provide identification of material properties within the object.

US Pat. No. 10,429,322

SENSOR FOR NON-DESTRUCTIVE CHARACTERIZATION OF OBJECTS

HAMMER-IMS, Hasselt (BE)...

1. A method for estimating a specification of a medium or an object in a medium, said method comprising:generating a transmitting signal, wherein the transmitting signal is provided by using a periodic baseband input signal having a frequency which is mixed with a first frequency reference resulting in a signal comprising at least two tones;
transmitting said transmitting signal through said object and/or medium;
receiving the resulting transmitted signal, transmitted through the object and/or medium, resulting in a received signal wherein said received signal comprises a phase shift;
wherein the received signal comprising the phase shift is mixed with the first frequency reference resulting in that the transmitting signal is generated with and the received signal is processed with the same frequency reference and therefore share the first frequency reference, and
estimating the phase shift and relating the estimated phase shift to the medium's and/or object's specification such to estimate the medium's and/or object's specification.

US Pat. No. 10,429,321

APPARATUS FOR HIGH-SPEED IMAGING SENSOR DATA TRANSFER

KLA-Tencor Corporation, ...

1. An imaging sensor assembly, comprising:at least one substrate, wherein the at least one substrate includes a plurality of substrate signal lines;
at least one imaging sensor package disposed on the at least one substrate, wherein the at least one imaging sensor package includes at least one imaging sensor disposed on at least one imaging sensor package substrate;
at least one receiver package disposed on the at least one substrate, wherein the receiver package includes at least one receiver integrated circuit disposed on at least one receiver package substrate, wherein the at least one receiver package and the at least one imaging sensor package are disposed a selected distance apart on the at least one substrate; and
at least one circuit board, wherein the at least one circuit board is operably coupled at a selected distance above a surface of the at least one substrate to the at least one imaging sensor package and the at least one receiver package, wherein a plurality of data signals is transmitted between the at least one imaging sensor package and the at least one receiver package via the at least one circuit board.

US Pat. No. 10,429,320

METHOD FOR AUTO-LEARNING TOOL MATCHING

KLA-Tencor Corporation, ...

1. A method of tool matching, comprising:performing measurements, with one or more detectors of an optical measurement tool, on a control wafer at a first time to determine a first set of parameters associated with tool conditions of a lithography tool for processing one or more wafers different from the control wafer, wherein one or more of the first set of parameters includes at least one of film thickness, critical dimension, trench height, sidewall angle, overlay, surface roughness, or surface smoothness of the control wafer;
comparing, with one or more processors communicatively coupled to the one or more detectors of the optical measurement tool, the first set of parameters against a primary set of parameter thresholds to determine when a parameter of the first set of parameters matches a correctable tool condition;
determining, with the one or more processors, a presence or an absence of the parameter in a library of key parameters when the parameter matches the correctable tool condition, the library of key parameters including a secondary set of parameter thresholds that is a subset of the primary set of parameter thresholds;
adding, with the one or more processors, the parameter to the library of key parameters when the parameter matches the correctable tool condition and is not represented in the library of key parameters;
providing to the lithography tool, with the one or more processors, a control signal configured to reconfigure at least one control setting of the lithography tool to repair the correctable tool condition;
performing measurements on a second wafer at a second time to determine a second set of parameters;
identifying at least one of a time difference or a run count between the first time and the second time; and
comparing, when the time difference is below a threshold time difference or when the run count is below a threshold run count, the second set of parameters against the secondary set of parameter thresholds of the library of key parameters to determine when a key parameter of the second set of parameters is out of limit.

US Pat. No. 10,429,318

DETECTION SYSTEM FOR A MULTILAYER FILM AND METHOD THEREOF USING DUAL IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICES FOR CAPTURING FORWARD SCATTERED LIGHT AND BACK SCATTERED LIGHT

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RES...

1. A detection system for a multilayer film, comprising:a light source device, projecting a pair of parallel incident light to a transparent multilayer film obliquely for producing and enabling a forward scattered light and a back scattered light to be emitted therefrom;
a first image capture device, capturing the back scattered light to produce a first image;
a second image capture device, capturing the forward scattered light to produce a second image; and
an image processing device, coupling to the first image capture device and the second image capture device for comparing and detecting the differences between the second image and the first image.

US Pat. No. 10,429,317

OPTICAL DEVICE FOR DETECTING AN INTERNAL FLAW OF A TRANSPARENT SUBSTRATE AND METHOD FOR THE SAME

SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE...

1. An optical device for detecting an internal flaw of a transparent substrate, comprising:a first detection unit configured to detect the substrate at a predetermined low resolution, wherein the first detection unit comprises a first photosensitive element and a first lens between the substrate and the first photosensitive element, and the first photosensitive element and the first lens are disposed such that an object plane is inclined relative to the substrate;
a second detection unit configured to detect the substrate at a predetermined high resolution, wherein the second detection unit comprises a second photosensitive element and a second lens between the substrate and the second photosensitive element; and
a processor configured to: determine a portion of the flaws detected by the first detection unit as flaws to be detected by the second detection unit, and determine a type of the flaw based on an image for the substrate imaged by the second detection unit, the processor is further configured to determine a position of the flaw in the substrate in a thickness direction based on a position of a pixel where the flaw is imaged on the first photosensitive element when the image for the flaw imaged by the first detection unit has an optimum sharpness, so as to determine whether the flaw is a flaw to be detected by the second detection unit.

US Pat. No. 10,429,316

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR SCANNING OF OBJECTS USING A COMBINATION OF SPECTRAL RANGES WITHIN VISION, NEAR INFRARED LIGHT AND X-RAYS

Teknologisk Institut, Ta...

1. An equipment for scanning and analyzing materials, where the equipment comprises:at least two sources configured to emit electromagnetic waves in different ranges, wherein the different ranges are selected from a group consisting of: a first range from 950 nm to 700 nm, a second range from 700 nm to 350 nm, and a third range from 100 pm to 7 pm; wherein at least one of the sources is configured to emit the electromagnetic waves within at least a part of the third range; and
at least one sensor configured to receive the electromagnetic waves within part of or an entirety of at least one of the first range, the second range, or the third range; wherein at least one of the sensors is configured to receive the electromagnetic waves within at least a part of the third range.

US Pat. No. 10,429,315

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An imaging apparatus, comprising:a stage to position a sample in an object plane and to move the sample in a predetermined transfer direction;
an illumination light source to output an illumination light;
a first diffraction grid positioned at a first conjugate focal plane that is within an illumination optical system, the first diffraction grid configured to transmit the illumination light received from the illumination light source toward a sample on the stage;
a second diffraction grid positioned at a second conjugate focal plane that is within an imaging optical system, the second diffraction grid configured to transmit light reflected from the sample; and
an image sensor to receive the light reflected from the sample transmitted by the second diffraction grid,
wherein the first conjugate focal plane, the second conjugate focal plane and the object plane are elements of the same conjugate set of focal planes of the imaging apparatus, and
wherein the image sensor is configured to operate repetitively at a timing in synchronization with a movement of the stage to obtain a time delay integration image.

US Pat. No. 10,429,314

EUV VESSEL INSPECTION METHOD AND RELATED SYSTEM

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

1. A method, comprising:providing a panoramic camera adapted for use within an extreme ultraviolet (EUV) vessel, wherein the panoramic camera includes two opposing fish-eye camera lenses;
capturing, by way of a single shot of the panoramic camera, an image of an interior of the EUV vessel; and
based on the image of the interior of the EUV vessel, quantifying a level of contamination within the EUV vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,429,313

METHODS, TEST STRUCTURES, AND TEST SYSTEMS FOR DETERMINING A SURFACE CHARACTERISTIC OF A CHIP FACET

Elenion Technologies, LLC...

1. A test system for determining a surface characteristic of a chip facet, the test system comprising:a first chip having a facet, the first chip including a first waveguide configured to direct test light towards the facet;
a detector configured to measure an amount of a portion of the test light reflected by the facet or a portion of the test light transmitted by the facet; and
a processor configured to determine a surface characteristic of the facet on the basis of the measured amount;
wherein the first waveguide is configured to receive the reflected portion of the test light from the facet, wherein the first chip further includes a second waveguide, wherein the first waveguide and the second waveguide are coupled by a directional coupler or a multimode interference coupler, and wherein the detector is coupled to the second waveguide to measure the reflected portion of the test light.

US Pat. No. 10,429,311

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR ANALYZING A LIQUID MEDIUM

Ecolab USA Inc., Saint P...

1. A method of controlling an oxidizing biocide in an industrial water system, the method comprising:exposing a reactive zone of a chemical test strip to the industrial water thereby creating a post-exposure reactive zone;
imaging the post-exposure reactive zone using an imaging device thereby creating a digital image of the post-exposure reactive zone;
analyzing a colorimetric parameter of at least a portion of the digital image of the post-exposure reactive zone using image analyzing software to determine the concentration of the oxidizing biocide; and
modifying the oxidizing biocide in the industrial water system based on the determined concentration by at least one of changing an injection rate of the oxidizing biocide, changing a concentration set point of the oxidizing biocide, or changing a type of the oxidizing biocide.

US Pat. No. 10,429,310

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SENSING A PARAMETER

NOKIA TECHNOLOGIES OY, E...

1. An apparatus comprising:a plurality of sensor elements wherein the sensor elements are configured to be actuated in response to exposure to a parameter and the apparatus is configured to record when each of the sensor elements are actuated wherein:
the plurality of sensor elements comprises at least a first subset of one or more sensor elements and at least a second subset of one or more sensor elements where the first subset of one or more sensor elements is actuated in response to a first level of exposure to a parameter and the second subset of one or more sensor elements is actuated in response to a second level of exposure to a parameter,
wherein at least one of the plurality of sensor elements comprise a portion of sensing material and an irreversible memory portion, wherein the portion of sensing material and the irreversible memory portion are connected in a circuit;
wherein the plurality of sensor elements are arranged such that when the exposure to the parameter sensed by the sensing material exceeds a threshold value, a reversible change in conductivity of the sensing material caused by the exposure to the parameter causes an irreversible change in an electrical characteristic of the irreversible memory portion, thereby causing an irreversible change in an electrical characteristic in the circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,429,308

CARRIER FOR RAMAN SPECTROSCOPY AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

NATIONAL CHENG KUNG UNIVE...

1. A carrier for Raman spectroscopy comprising:a substrate having a first metal surface;
a plurality of graphene islands disposed on the substrate,
wherein parts of the neighboring graphene islands are not connected and thereby form a plurality of gaps between the graphene islands; and
a plurality of second metal particles disposed at the gaps between the graphene islands.

US Pat. No. 10,429,307

SPECTROMETRIC MEASURING DEVICE

23. A spectrometric measuring device for a process measuring point, comprising:a housing;
a radiation source disposed in the housing;
a coupling and decoupling optical system structured to decouple radiation of the radiation source from the housing and direct the radiation into a measuring medium in a measuring region external to the housing, and to couple measuring radiation from the measuring region into the housing;
a spectrograph disposed in the housing and aligned in relation to the coupling and decoupling optical system such that the measuring radiation coupled into the housing from the measuring region is detected by the spectrograph, wherein the spectrograph is configured to disperse the measuring radiation into a spectrum and to register the spectrum using a detector;
an electronic device disposed in the housing and connected to the detector, the electronic device configured to detect and process the registered spectrum to determine, based upon the spectrum, a measurand correlated to the concentration of at least one analyte in the measuring medium; and
a connection connected to the housing, the connection structured to enable connecting the housing to a process container containing the measuring medium, wherein the measuring region is located within a volume area of the process container, said volume area containing the measuring medium, and
wherein the connection includes an immersion changeover device integrated into a wall of the process container, the immersion changeover device structured to move at least a portion of the housing adjacent the process container, which includes a window embodied to couple and decouple radiation into the measuring region of the process container, between a service position retracted into a service chamber of the immersion changeover device and a measuring position extended into the process container.

US Pat. No. 10,429,305

METHODS OF HIGH-RESOLUTION IMAGING A STRUCTURE OF A SAMPLE, THE STRUCTURE BEING MARKED WITH FLUORESCENCE MARKERS

ABBERIOR INSTRUMENTS GMBH...

1. A method of high-resolution imaging a structure of a sample, the structure being marked with fluorescence markers, the method comprisingsuperimposing an intensity maximum of focused fluorescence excitation light with an intensity minimum of focused fluorescence inhibition light, the intensity minimum being enclosed by intensity maxima of the focused fluorescence inhibition light, to form a light intensity distribution,
subjecting the sample to the light intensity distribution,
selectively scanning partial areas of interest of the sample with the intensity minimum of the focused fluorescence inhibition light of the light intensity distribution,
registering fluorescence light emitted out of the sample and allocating the registered fluorescence light to a respective location of the intensity minimum of the focused fluorescence inhibition light of the light intensity distribution in the sample, and
terminating subjecting the sample to at least the focused fluorescence inhibition light of the light intensity distribution at each location of the intensity minimum of the focused fluorescence inhibition light of the light intensity distribution, if at least one criterion selected from the following criteria is met for the respective location of the intensity minimum of the focused fluorescence inhibition light of the light intensity distribution:
a predetermined maximum light amount of the fluorescence light emitted out of the sample has been registered,
a predetermined minimum light amount of the fluorescence light emitted out of the sample has not been registered within a predetermined period of time,
wherein the partial areas of interest of the sample are selected in that the focused fluorescence excitation light is at first directed directly successively to partial areas of the sample which are located one behind the other in a scanning direction in scanning the sample, wherein fluorescence light emitted out of the sample is registered and wherein the partial areas of the sample are defined as partial areas of interest, if, within a predetermined test period of time, a predetermined minimal light amount of the fluorescence light emitted out of the sample has been registered, and
wherein the sample is afterwards scanned over the partial areas of the sample arranged one after the other in the scanning direction, wherein subjecting the sample to at least the focused fluorescence inhibition light of the light intensity distribution only takes place in the partial areas of interest.

US Pat. No. 10,429,303

PORTABLE AND AUTONOMOUS, IOT ENABLED, OPTICAL MEASUREMENT SYSTEM

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A portable optical measurement system for performing metal trace analysis on a liquid sample, the system comprising:a sample holder for holding an analysis substrate that includes a reference region and at least one test region co-planar with the reference region on the analysis substrate, the at least one test region including the liquid sample during the metal trace analysis, the reference region acting as a baseline, and the at least one test region testing a respective one of multiple liquid samples;
an ultraviolet (UV) light source for emitting ultraviolet light illuminating the liquid sample;
an optical sensor for detecting radiation emanating from the liquid sample and converting the detected radiation into an electrical signal;
a microcontroller for processing the electrical signal; and
an external interface for transmitting the processed electrical signal to an external device,
wherein the analysis substrate is configured for manual movement by a user, the system further comprises a tracking system for detecting a sample scanning location for the metal trace analysis, wherein the tracking system comprises a light source, other than the UV light source, and another optical sensor, and wherein the other optical sensor detects light emitted by the light source.

US Pat. No. 10,429,301

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR INVESTIGATING A SAMPLE BY MEANS OF OPTICAL PROJECTION TOMOGRAPHY

Leica Microsystems CMS Gm...

12. An apparatus for investigating a sample by means of optical projection tomography, the apparatus comprising:a light source that generates an illuminating light bundle that illuminates the sample to be investigated,
a transmission detector for detecting a transmitted light bundle that contains light of the illuminating light bundle transmitted through the sample, and
an objective having an optical axis,
wherein the illuminating light bundle and the transmitted light bundle proceed in opposite propagation directions through the objective, and wherein an illuminating light deflecting means deflects the illuminating light bundle, after the illuminating light bundle has passed through the objective, in such a way that the illuminating light bundle propagates such that a central axis of the illuminating light bundle defining a propagation direction of the illuminating light bundle is at an angle different from zero degrees with respect to the optical axis of the objective.

US Pat. No. 10,429,299

DETERMINATION APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING TYPE OF RECORDING MEDIUM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSKIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus for determining a type of a recording medium, comprising:a detection unit configured to detect a characteristic value indicating a physical characteristic of a recording medium;
a measurement unit configured to measure information regarding a moisture content contained in the recording medium; and
a control unit configured to determine the type of the recording medium,
wherein the control unit is configured to convert the characteristic value into a detected value, correct the detected value based on the information measured by the measurement unit, and determine the type of the recording medium based on the corrected detected value.

US Pat. No. 10,429,298

METHOD FOR DETERMINING THE REFLECTANCE OF AN OBJECT AND ASSOCIATED DEVICE

COLOR GRAIL RESEARCH, Le...

1. A method for determining the reflectance of an object, the method comprising the following steps:illuminating the object using an outside illuminant having an unknown and variable illumination,
emitting at least one flash of light illuminating the object, each flash of light being emitted by a source and having a known illumination in a wavelength range,
collecting the wave reflected by the object to form at least one image on a sensor,
obtaining an equation with several unknowns, the equation being obtained from formed images, the reflectance of the object and the illumination of the outside illuminant being two unknowns of the equation,
solving the equation,the step for solving the equation comprisingcalculating solution points of the equation,
interpolating points calculated by an interpolation function, and
using at least one of the following approximations to solve the equation:
a first approximation according to which each image is derived from the emission of a separate flash of light,
a second approximation according to which the interpolation function determines the stability points of the equation, and
a third approximation according to which the illumination of the outside illuminant at the moment of emission of a flash of light is equal to the illumination of the outside illuminant at a preceding moment.

US Pat. No. 10,429,297

MONITORING OPACITY OF SMOKE EXHAUSTED BY WOOD STOVE AND CONTROLLING WOOD STOVE BASED ON SAME

Acumentor LLC, Centralia...

1. A wood stove monitoring device comprising:a mounting flange mountable to and fittable over a chimney exhaust pipe of a wood stove, the mounting flange movably positionable vertically along the chimney exhaust pipe;
a ring removably mountable on top of the mounting flange, the ring having an interior surface and a plurality of exterior flat surfaces, the mounting flange suitably positionable vertically along the chimney exhaust pipe so that the ring is positioned at least partially above an end of the chimney exhaust pipe;
an optical beam source disposed on a first exterior flat surface of the exterior flat surfaces of the ring, the optical beam source generating and outputting an optical beam perpendicular to the first exterior flat surface and through a corresponding hole within the first exterior flat surface and the interior surface of the ring;
an optical sensor disposed on a second exterior flat surface of the exterior flat surfaces of the ring opposite to the first exterior flat surface, the optical sensor linearly aligned with the optical beam source to detect the optical beam output by the optical beam source as the optical beam passes through smoke exhausted by the wood stove through the chimney exhaust pipe; and
a temperature probe disposed on a third exterior flat surface of the exterior flat surfaces of the ring and extending through the third exterior flat surface and the interior surface of the ring, the temperature probe measuring a temperature of heat exhausted by the wood stove through the chimney exhaust pipe;
a thermal energy generation stack disposed on a fourth exterior flat surface of the exterior flat surfaces of the ring, the thermal energy generation stack generating electrical power responsive to heat exhausted by the wood stove through the chimney exhaust pipe,
wherein the optical beam source and the optical sensor are powered by the electrical power that the thermal energy generation stack generates;
a heat regulating transfer mechanism to conductively transfer heat from the ring and to reduce the heat transferred from the ring;
a thermal energy generator having a first surface attached to the heat transfer mechanism and converting the heat transferred by the heat regulating transfer mechanism to the power; and
a cooling mechanism attached to a second surface of the thermal energy generator opposite the first surface, the cooling mechanism cooling the thermal energy generator.

US Pat. No. 10,429,296

MULTILAYER FILM METROLOGY USING AN EFFECTIVE MEDIA APPROXIMATION

KLA-Tencor Corporation, ...

1. A metrology system comprising:a controller communicatively coupled to a detector configured to generate a detection signal based on reflection of an illumination beam from a multilayer film stack, wherein the multilayer film stack includes one or more zones with two or more material compositions disposed in a repeating pattern, wherein a number of layers of each material composition within the one or more zones is known, the controller including one or more processors configured to execute program instructions causing the one or more processors to:
model reflection of the illumination beam by the multilayer film stack by modeling the one or more zones of repeating layers of the multilayer film stack as thick films having zone thicknesses and effective permittivity values using an effective medium model, wherein the effective medium model relates the effective permittivity values of the one or more zones to permittivity values of the two or more material compositions and volume fractions of the two or more material compositions within the one or more zones;
determine values of the zone thicknesses and the volume fractions using a regression of the detection signal based on the effective medium model; and
determine average thickness values of the two or more material compositions within the one or more zones based on the number of films having each of the two or more material compositions, the zone thicknesses, the volume fractions, and the effective permittivity values.

US Pat. No. 10,429,295

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR THE DETECTION OF THE PRESENCE OF MYCOTOXINS IN CEREALS

TOMRA SORTING N.V., Leuv...

1. A method for detecting the presence of mycotoxins in cereals, the method comprising:capturing at least one diffuse-light absorption spectrum of a collection of cereal grains;
capturing at least one diffuse-light absorption spectrum of an individual cereal grain from the collection of cereal grains; and
classifying the level of mycotoxin contamination in at least one cereal grain by performing multivariate data analysis on the at least one diffuse-light absorption spectrum of the collection of cereal grains and the at least one diffuse-light absorption spectrum of the individual cereal grain.

US Pat. No. 10,429,294

OPTICAL PAINTING AND FLUORESCENCE-ACTIVATED SORTING OF ADHERENT CELLS

University of Washington,...

1. A method of optically marking and sorting adherent cells, the method comprising:providing a plurality of adherent cells attached to a substrate, each adherent cell of the plurality of adherent cells comprising an optical marker comprising a chromophoric polymer particle in a first optical state, the optical marker being convertible from the first optical state to a second optical state upon application of light energy, wherein an emission intensity of the optical marker at a peak emission wavelength in the first optical state is at least 10-fold different than an emission intensity of the optical marker at the peak emission wavelength in the second optical state, and wherein the optical marker has a time constant of reversion rate of at least 3 hours at 25° C.;
selectively applying the light energy to a subset of the plurality of adherent cells while attached to the substrate, thereby selectively converting the optical markers of the subset from the first optical state to the second optical state;
detaching the plurality of adherent cells from the substrate; and
sorting the plurality of adherent cells based on the emission intensity of the optical marker.

US Pat. No. 10,429,293

CELL ANALYSIS APPARATUS USING PLURALITY OF LASERS

1. A cell analysis apparatus using a plurality of lasers, the cell analysis apparatus comprising:a plurality of laser generators installed around a flow conduit through which classification target cells are moved, the plurality of laser generators configured to irradiate first laser beams at a plurality of different angles and having a plurality of different frequencies directed to a measurement point along the flow conduit, the first laser beams irradiated from the laser generators are incident on the cells and are refracted, reflected, transmitted, or fluoresced by the target cells in three dimensions, wherein the plurality of laser generators are arranged in a common plane and include a first group of laser generators directing multiple first laser beams along a first axis and a second group of laser generators directing multiple first laser beams along a second axis;
a plurality of photodetectors directed at various different angles towards the measurement point of the flow conduit to which each one of the plurality of laser generators is directed, the plurality of photo detectors include a first group of photodetectors arranged in the common plane with the plurality of laser generators, a second group of photodetectors arranged above the common plane, and a third group of photodetectors arranged below the common plane to collect second laser beams of different frequencies and angles that have been refracted, reflected, transmitted, or fluoresced by the target cells in the common plane, above the common plane, and below the common plane; and
a cell analysis unit that classifies the classification target cells according to the second laser beams collected by the photodetectors.

US Pat. No. 10,429,291

MULTI-SPECTRAL FILTER PROFILING AND QUALITY CONTROL FOR FLOW CYTOMETRY

Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc...

1. A method for determining filtering characteristics for one or more flow cytometry systems including a first flow cytometry system, the method comprising:emitting, at different first times, different spectral profiles of calibration light from a calibration light source installed in the first flow cytometry system, wherein each spectral profile of calibration light has one or more intensity peaks at different wavelengths, and wherein the calibration light source is different than a first sample illumination source of the first flow cytometry system, the first sample illumination source being configured to deliver light to one or more first sample locations of the first flow cytometry system, thereby producing first emitted or scattered sample light;
directing some of the calibration light emitted at the first times along at least a portion of one or more first optical paths of the first flow cytometry system, wherein each first optical path passes through a corresponding one or more first optical filter elements of the first flow cytometry system, and wherein each first optical path directs first emitted or scattered sample light from one of the one or more first sample locations to a corresponding first detector of the first flow cytometry system when the first sample illumination source is caused to deliver light to the one or more first sample locations;
measuring, for each different spectral profile of calibration light emitted at one of the first times, the light intensity at each of the one or more first detectors, wherein each of the one or more first detectors produces first output data that is indicative of the measured light intensity of the calibration light that reaches the first detector; and
analyzing the first output data from one of the one or more first detectors produced during the emission of at least two different spectral profiles of calibration light by the calibration light source in association with the corresponding first times to determine the first filtering characteristics of the first optical filter elements along the first optical path corresponding to that first detector.

US Pat. No. 10,429,290

PARTICULATE MEASUREMENT APPARATUS AND PARTICULATE MEASUREMENT SYSTEM

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

1. A particulate measurement apparatus for electrical connection to a particulate sensor for detecting particulates contained in a gas under measurement and which controls the particulate sensor so as to measure the amount of the particulates contained in the gas under measurement,wherein the particulate sensor comprises:
an ion generation section for generating ions by means of corona discharge;
an electrification chamber into which the gas under measurement is introduced and which electrifies the particulates contained in the gas under measurement by mixing with the ions generated by the ion generation section to thereby produce electrified particulates;
a trapping section which traps the ions generated by the ion generation section but not used for the electrification of the particulates; and
a metal support which supports the ion generation section, the electrification chamber, and the trapping section in a condition in which the metal support is electrically insulated from the ion generation section, the electrification chamber, and the trapping section,
wherein the particulate measurement apparatus comprises:
an isolation transformer for corona discharge which has a primary coil and a secondary coil and which performs voltage conversion;
a signal line which forms at least a portion of a signal path extending from the trapping section to a line of a secondary-side reference potential which is a reference potential of the secondary coil;
a particulate computation section which computes the amount of the particulates contained in the gas under measurement based on a current value of compensation current supplied to the signal line in accordance with the amount of the electrified particulates discharged from the particulate sensor; and
a corona discharge control section which controls the amount of electric power supplied to the primary coil, based on a secondary-side current flowing through the signal path, so as to control ion electric power generated at the secondary coil,
the particulate measurement apparatus being electrically connected to the particulate sensor through a corona cable which includes a corona core wire, an inner shield wire, and an outer shield wire,
the corona core wire forming at least a portion of a path for supplying electric power from the secondary coil to the ion generation section,
the inner shield wire being electrically insulated from the corona core wire and being electrically connected to the trapping section and the signal line,
the outer shield wire being electrically insulated from the corona core wire and the inner shield wire and being electrically connected to the metal support and a line of a primary-side reference potential which is a reference potential of the primary coil,
wherein the particulate measurement apparatus further comprises an anomaly determination section which determines, based on the secondary-side current, whether or not the corona core wire is in a wire-breakage anomaly state in which the corona core wire is broken.

US Pat. No. 10,429,289

PARTICLE DETECTION

GARRETT THERMAL SYSTEMS L...

1. A method of correcting light scattering measurements made by a particle detection system that emits a beam of light, the method including:providing a light receiver adapted to receive the beam of light at a terminal end thereof;
determining fractional light loss along the beam of light; and
correcting scattering measurements made in respect of a primary light source of the particle detection system on the basis of the determined fractional light loss;
wherein, determining fractional light loss along the beam, includes measuring fractional light loss with the receiver.

US Pat. No. 10,429,287

INTERFEROMETRIC METHOD FOR MEASURING A SIZE OF PARTICLE IN THE PRESENCE OF A GAP

OSAKA UNIVERSITY, Osaka ...

1. A device comprising:a first member, and
a second member forming a gap together with the first member, wherein
the gap has one end and another end, the one end being wider than the other end,
the second member is superposed on the first member,
the second member has an opposite surface opposite to the first member,
the opposite surface has a groove that forms the gap,
the groove extends from the one end toward the other end of the gap,
the groove is configured to generate interference fringes in the gap upon irradiation of the gap with a plurality of monochromatic light beams having different wavelengths, the interference fringes appearing for the respective monochromatic light beams,
portions of the opposite surface located on respective opposite sides of the groove are in contact with the first member,
the first member has a longer length than the second member in a direction in which the groove extends, and
the first member has a portion extending outward of the one end in the direction in which the groove extends.

US Pat. No. 10,429,286

VIBRONIC SENSOR

1. A vibronic sensor for determining and/or monitoring at least one process variable of a medium in a container, comprising:at least one unit which can oscillate mechanically;
a driving/receiving unit; and
an electronics unit, wherein:
said driving/receiving unit is designed to excite, via an electrical excitation signal, mechanical oscillations in said at least one unit which can oscillate mechanically and to receive said mechanical oscillations of said at least one unit which can oscillate mechanically, and to convert said mechanical oscillations into an electrical receiving signal;
said electronics unit is designed to generate the excitation signal on the basis of said receiving signal and to determine said at least one process variable from the receiving signal;
said electronics unit comprises at least one adaptive filter;
said electronics unit is designed to set a filter characteristic of said adaptive filter in such a way that there is a target phase shift between said excitation signal and said receiving signal;
said electronics unit is designed to set said target phase shift by setting a center frequency of said adaptive filter; and
said electronics unit comprises a phase control unit, which controls said center frequency of said adaptive filter in such a manner that there is a specifiable value for a phase shift between an input signal and an output signal of said adaptive filter.

US Pat. No. 10,429,285

APPARATUS FOR CHECKING NEED FOR MAINTENANCE AND VISCOMETER

VALMET AUTOMATION OY, Es...

2. A viscometer for measuring consistency of suspension, the viscometer comprising:a rigid rod and a measuring arm, a first end which is coupled with a projection insertable in the suspension;
the measuring arm comprises an elongated cavity;
the rigid rod is matched with the cavity for the rod to be movable by rotating around a longitudinal axis in the cavity; and
the cavity is configured to become mismatched with respect to the rod in response to a bending of the measuring arm, the mismatch indicating a need for maintenance of the viscometer.

US Pat. No. 10,429,284

IN SITU ENVIRONMENTALLY-ISOLATED WEAR TESTER

1. An in situ testing system comprising:a wear tester, wherein the tester comprises:
a sample mount configured to hold a sample;
a first positioner configured to position the sample mount;
a tip configured to contact a surface of the sample; and
a load cell configured to apply a normal load to the tip and to measure a friction arising from contact between the tip and the surface of the sample; and
an enclosure configured to house the tester, wherein the enclosure comprises:
a base plate;
a plurality of side walls and a top wall configured to provide an internal chamber;
a sealing surface formed between a portion of the surface of the base plate and an edge of each of the plurality of side walls;
a vacuum exchange port configured to introduce an additional sample to the tester without changing an environment maintained within the internal chamber; and
an overpressure valve configured to release one or more fluids within the internal chamber of the enclosure.

US Pat. No. 10,429,283

FRUIT TESTING DEVICE

CREATIVE VIEWPOINT MACHIN...

1. A device for measuring a compressibility characteristic of a test object comprising:(a) at least one gravity assisted measuring station comprising:
(i) a riser;
(ii) a sampling arm associated with said riser;
(iii) at least one sensor element associated with said sampling arm;
(iv) a paddle associated with said sensor element;
wherein said sampling arm is attached to said riser in a manner that enables said sampling arm to move vertically upward in synchronicity with an upward movement of said riser;
wherein said sampling arm is attached to said riser in a manner that enables said sampling arm to decouple its downward movement from a downward vertical movement of said riser following an instance of first contact of said sensor element or said paddle with a test object to be measured by said sensor element;
(b) a turntable;
wherein said turntable is rotationally indexable with respect to the position of said measuring station; and
(c) a drive mechanism which operates to index said turntable to a position corresponding to said measuring station and which operates to raise and lower said riser during a measurement operation.

US Pat. No. 10,429,282

DETECTION OF ORGANIC HALIDE COMPOUNDS USING CLOSE LOOP FLOW ASSISTED ELECTRO-ENHANCED SOLID-PHASE MICROEXTRACTION

King Fahd University of P...

1. A method for detecting and quantifying one or more haloether compounds in an aqueous sample, comprising:inducing a flow state to the aqueous sample to form a flowing aqueous sample, wherein the aqueous sample is confined to a sample system comprising a sample container, an extraction vial, a pump, and tubing fluidly connecting the sample container, the extraction vial and the pump, and the flow state is a continuous flow of the aqueous sample in the sample system;
immersing a fiber and an electrode into the flowing aqueous sample, wherein the fiber and the electrode are disposed in the extraction vial;
applying a negative voltage to the fiber and a positive voltage to the electrode while the fiber is in contact with the flowing aqueous sample to adsorb the one or more haloether compounds onto the fiber;
removing the fiber from the flowing aqueous sample and thermally desorbing the one or more haloether compounds from the fiber in an injection port of a gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer (GC-MS);
subjecting the one or more haloether compounds to GC-MS analysis to detect and determine a concentration of the one or more haloether compounds,
wherein the aqueous solution has a pH of 2; and
wherein the one or more haloether compounds are selected from the group consisting of chlorophenyl phenyl ether and bromophenyl phenyl ether.

US Pat. No. 10,429,280

METHODS FOR HEATING MICROSCOPE SLIDES CARRYING SPECIMENS

Ventana Medical Systems, ...

1. A method for processing microscope slides carrying specimens, the method comprising:robotically delivering the microscope slides to a drying station, the microscope slides carrying transfer liquid and the specimens, which include tissue sections;
moving the microscope slides within the drying station such that the microscopic slides are positioned at an angle of inclination to promote draining of the transfer liquid from the microscope slides;
heating the microscope slides held at the angle of inclination such that a temperature along each of the microscope slides is higher than about 50 degrees Celsius to at least partially dry specimens carried by the microscope slides;
after at least partially drying the specimens,
robotically delivering the microscope slides from the drying station to a staining station;
delivering stains onto the microscope slides, carrying the at least partially dried specimens, using the staining station;
robotically transporting the microscope slides from the staining station to a cover-slipping station; and
robotically placing coverslips on the microscope slides using the cover-slipping station.

US Pat. No. 10,429,279

DEVICES AND CARTRIDGES FOR EXTRACTING BIO-SAMPLE REGIONS AND MOLECULES OF INTEREST

XMD, LLC, Sterling, VA (...

1. A cartridge for extracting biological material from a biological sample, the cartridge comprising:a film pre-loaded on the cartridge, wherein the film comprises a substrate suitable for extracting biological material from the biological sample;
an adjustable link for attaching the cartridge to a slide upon which the biological sample has been mounted, wherein the cartridge and slide form a single unit after attaching the cartridge to the slide;
a pull tab which is attached to the film, wherein the pull tab enables the film to be removed from the cartridge.

US Pat. No. 10,429,278

COMPOSITE GAS SAMPLING SYSTEM

Mustang Sampling, LLC, R...

1. A system for selected sampling cryogenic liquid hydrocarbon source where the liquid hydrocarbon has been vaporized and conditioned by a vaporizer during transfer processing, comprising:a housing;
a controller for controlling the gas sampling operation contained within the housing;
a vaporized gas port providing a first, a second and a third gas stream feed lines adapted to receive a vaporized gas sample of a select volume at a select time;
a gas analyzer connected to said first gas stream feed line; a speed loop connected to said second feed line;
a plurality of removable, sample cylinders connected to the speed loop for collection of non-composite fresh samples at select times directly from the vaporizer;
an accumulator connected to said third gas stream for receiving a select volume of gas to create a composite sample of vaporized gas;
at least one pump associated with said accumulator to build accumulator pressure at a level to prevent dew point drop out of the vaporized gas;
a plurality of removable sample grab cylinders for receiving composite vaporized gas samples from the accumulator;
a residual gas removal array for removing residual gas as from the system following transfer processing of the cryogenic liquid hydrocarbon.

US Pat. No. 10,429,276

MOTORIZED TRACKING OF SAMPLE CELL WITHIN SPECIMEN CHAMBER AND METHODS OF USING THE SAME

Elemental Scientific Lase...

1. An apparatus for handling specimen material removed from a laser ablation site of a specimen, the apparatus comprising:a specimen stage configured to support the specimen;
a specimen-positioning system for imparting motion to the specimen stage to position the specimen for laser ablation;
a sample capture cell configured to receive specimen material removed from the laser ablation site when the sample capture cell is operably proximate to the laser ablation site;
a cell-positioning system including at least one actuator for imparting motion to the sample capture cell to move the sample capture cell relative to the specimen stage for positioning the sample capture cell adjacent to the laser ablation site wherein the sample capture cell and the specimen stage are independently moveable;
a sealed specimen chamber, wherein the specimen stage, the sample capture cell, the laser ablation site, the cell-positioning system, and the actuator are situated within the sealed specimen chamber; and
a transport conduit coupled to the sample capture cell and providing passage for the removed specimen material outside the sealed specimen chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,429,275

TRACE ANALYTE COLLECTION SWAB

Smiths Detection Montreal...

1. A trace analyte collection swab comprising:a swab substrate comprising a surface having a trace analyte collection area; and
a coating disposed on the surface of the swab substrate in the trace analyte collection area, the coating configured to be dry-to-the-feel and not perceptibly tacky yet microscopically adhesive to collect particles of the trace analyte from a surface when the trace analyte collection area is placed against the surface, the coating being applied in a pattern on the swab substrate in the trace particle collection area;
wherein the pattern comprises at least one first area where the coating is applied and at least one second area where the coating is not applied, the at least one first area configured to collect particles of a trace analyte of a first type and the at least one second area configured to collect particles of a trace analyte of a second type that are not collected by the at least one first area.

US Pat. No. 10,429,274

VERTICAL HIGH SPEED TESTING DEVICE FOR SPIRAL SEAL OF CONE BIT BEARING

Southwest Petrolem Univer...

1. A vertical high-speed testing device for a spiral seal of a cone bit bearing, comprising:an upper fixed plate;
a cone;
a shaft, in which a first through hole, a second through hole and a third through hole are formed;
a spiral sleeve, which is in threaded connection to the cone, and an inner surface of which is provided with sealing threads, and there is a clearance between the sealing threads and the shaft;
a liquid cylinder, inside which the cone, the spiral sleeve and the shaft are all arranged; and
a lower fixed plate;
wherein, both the cone and the spiral sleeve are sheathed on the shaft; a first cavity, which is sealed, is formed between the cone and the shaft; the first through hole is communicated with the first cavity; the upper fixed plate and the lower fixed plate are connected to upper and lower ends of the liquid cylinder, respectively, to form a second cavity communicated with the first cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,429,273

DEVICE FOR MEASURING TIRE GROUND STATE

TOYO TIRE CORPORATION, I...

1. A device for measuring a tire ground state comprising:a traveling surface;
a tire drive unit which grounds a tire on the traveling surface and rolls the tire;
a measuring sheet which is mounted to a partial area of the traveling surface and is provided for measuring the tire ground state;
a protection sheet which covers the measuring sheet; and
a backward and forward tensile force application mechanism which applies a tensile force along a tire forward traveling direction to the protection sheet,
wherein a space conducting the protection sheet to a portion below the traveling surface is formed in at least one of a delay side and an advance side of the measuring sheet in the tire forward traveling direction on the traveling surface, and
wherein the backward and forward tensile force application mechanism has a roller which is arranged within the space, and is structured such as to pull at least one end of the protection sheet fixed to the roller in the tire forward traveling direction from the below of the traveling surface by rotating the roller.

US Pat. No. 10,429,272

COMMAND-DRIVEN AUTOMATIC AND SEMI-AUTOMATIC MOBILE WEAR DETECTION

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. A method comprising:receiving, by a mobile device, first data associated with a part and indicative of a directive for the mobile device to provide an instruction for the mobile device to be situated in a specified position;
responsive to a determination, by the mobile device, that the mobile device is situated in the specified position, receiving, by a camera of the mobile device, visual data associated with the part;
receiving, by the mobile device, second data indicative of a directive for the mobile device to process the visual data;
determining, by the mobile device, a wear metric associated with the part, the wear metric based, at least, on the processed visual data;
identifying a user type of a user of the mobile device;
displaying the wear metric on the mobile device in a format selected based on the user type;
determining from inertial measurement unit (IMU) data of the mobile device, an amount of movement of the mobile device that the mobile device experienced during receiving the visual data associated with the part via the camera; and
outputting a confidence metric with the wear metric based on the amount of movement, the confidence metric indicative of confidence that the wear metric is accurate based on the amount of movement of the mobile device.

US Pat. No. 10,429,271

CAMERA TESTING USING REVERSE PROJECTION

MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICE...

1. A computer-implemented method for computing a modulation transfer function or spatial frequency response of an imaging system, the method comprising:on a computing device, receiving a digital test image captured via the imaging system, the digital test image having a plurality of pixels;
determining a region of interest in the digital test image;
fitting a boundary delineation to a boundary between a light segment and a dark segment of the region of interest, the boundary delineation being non-parallel relative to an edge of the digital test image;
generating a plurality of accumulation cells running along an accumulation line perpendicular to the boundary delineation, the plurality of accumulation cells collectively comprising a one-dimensional accumulation array;
loading each accumulation cell of the one-dimensional accumulation array with an accumulated pixel value, the accumulated pixel value being based on pixel values sampled from each of a plurality of sampling locations along a projection ray extending through the accumulation cell and through the region of interest, such that each projection ray is parallel to the boundary delineation and non-parallel relative to the edge of the digital test image; and
deriving the modulation transfer function or the spatial frequency response of the imaging system from the one-dimensional accumulation array.

US Pat. No. 10,429,270

WIND TUNNEL FOR HUMAN FLIGHT

Inclined Labs AB, Bromma...

1. A wind tunnel for stable sustained human flight for research or recreation, comprising:a tunnel comprising a first portion having a first central axis and a second portion having a second central axis wherein the second portion is a test section, allowing humans to achieve sustained gliding flight therein,
said first central axis and said second central axis being arranged at a first angle with respect to each other,
at least one fan for creating an air flow in the test section, and
said second central axis is at a second angle with respect to a horizontal plane, said second angle being 15°-60°.

US Pat. No. 10,429,267

PIPE ASSEMBLY

DURA-LINE CORPORATION, K...

1. A method comprising:connecting a pulse generator to a pipe assembly comprising a pipe, an insulating jacket coupled to the pipe via an attachment base, and a tracer wire within the insulating jacket, wherein width of the attachment base is greater than width of the insulating jacket, wherein the insulating jacket and the attachment base define a T-shape such that the attachment base is positioned between the tracer wire and the pipe;
passing pulses through the tracer wire by the pulse generator;
receiving reflections of the pulses from the tracer wire; and
analyzing the reflections to determine presence of a leak in the pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,429,265

COMPONENT DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETECTING A DAMAGE IN A BONDING OF A COMPONENT DEVICE

AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE ...

1. A component device for a primary supporting component of an aircraft, comprising:a first component element;
a second component element;
a bonding which provides a connection between the first component element and the second component element; and
a detector device with at least one interior space sensor device that measures a change of the pressure and/or of a concentration of a gas surrounding the interior space sensor device;
wherein the first component element, the second component element, and the bonding confine an interior space;
wherein the interior space sensor device is arranged in the interior space;
wherein the interior space sensor device comprises a first interior space sensor that measures the absolute pressure of the gases surrounding the first interior space sensor, a second interior space sensor that measures the partial pressure of a gas surrounding the second interior space sensor, and a third interior space sensor that measures the concentration of a gas surrounding the third interior space sensor; and
wherein the interior space sensor device comprises a plurality of different second interior space sensors, each of which is configured to measure the partial pressure of a different gas, and/or a plurality of different third interior space sensors, each of which is configured to measure the concentration of a different gas.

US Pat. No. 10,429,264

DEVICE FOR DETECTING BALANCE OF HUB VALVE HOLE

Citic Dicastal Co., Ltd, ...

1. A device for detecting balance of a hub valve hole, comprising:a hub conveying roller bed, a hub identification device, a valve hole balance detection device and a processor;
wherein the hub conveying roller bed is configured to sequentially convey a hub from an upstream of a conveying belt to the hub identification device and the valve hole balance detection device until the hub leaves the valve hole balance detection device;
wherein the hub identification device comprises an electronic belt scale and an industrial camera, the electronic belt scale is configured to obtain a weight of the hub when the hub is conveyed to the hub identification device, the industrial camera is configured to take a front photo of a wheel disc of the hub when the hub is conveyed to the hub identification device, and the electronic belt scale and the industrial camera are both in data connection with the processor;
wherein the valve hole balance detection device comprises a spindle, an industrial camera, a laser generating device and a laser receiving device, wherein the spindle is configured to clamp and rotate the hub when the hub reaches the valve hole balance detection device;
wherein the industrial camera is configured to face the front of the wheel disc of the hub;
wherein the laser generating device and the laser receiving device are configured to emit laser, detect laser reflection at a bolt hole of the wheel disc and transmit a reflected signal to the processor; and
wherein the processor is configured to receive the laser reflection from the laser generating device and the laser receiving device which are used for emitting laser and detecting the laser reflection at the bolt hole of the wheel disc, and calculate a weight compensation.

US Pat. No. 10,429,263

PRESSURE MEASURING DEVICE AND EXHAUST SYSTEM USING THE SAME, AND SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS

TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED, ...

1. A pressure measuring device comprising:a first pressure gauge connected to a processing chamber, which is configured to process a process target, and configured to measure a first internal pressure of the processing chamber;
a second pressure gauge connected to the processing chamber and configured to measure a second internal pressure of the processing chamber;
a first switching valve configured to disconnect the second pressure gauge from the processing chamber when the process target is being processed inside the processing chamber; and
a controller configured to measure an error of the first pressure gauge based on a difference between the first internal pressure and the second internal pressure when measured simultaneously by the first pressure gauge and the second pressure gauge when processing of the process target is stopped.

US Pat. No. 10,429,262

PROTECTIVE CASINGS FOR GAUGE ASSEMBLIES HAVING GAUGES AND HOSES

Gauge Guardian, LLC, Kau...

1. A protective casing for a manifold gauge assembly having a gauge and a hose, the protective casing comprising:a base member having a first end and an opposite, second end; and
a pair of opposing side members that each extend from the base member in a first direction such that the base member and the pair of opposing side members define a cavity, and wherein the pair of opposing side members define a channel through which the hose passes into the cavity such that the hose is received in the cavity and the gauge is positioned at the first end;
wherein the base member has an aperture that aligns with the channel to thereby form a handle, and wherein the aperture is defined by an inner edge having a base member ridge that divides the aperture into a first finger section and a second finger section; and
wherein one side member in the pair of opposing side members has a first side edge with a first side ridge that aligns with the base member ridge.

US Pat. No. 10,429,261

PRESSURE SENSOR DEVICE FOR UTILITY NETWORK

1. A pressure sensor device arranged for measuring a pressure in a fluid pipe system, the device comprising:a measurement system comprising a pressure sensor arranged for performing measurements of pressure at a position in the fluid pipe system;
a data processing unit arranged for processing data related to the measurements of pressure so as to determine at least one first statistical parameter selected from:
a second statistical moment,
a third statistical moment, or
a fourth statistical moment;
wherein the at least one first statistical parameter is calculated in response to a plurality of measurements of pressure as a measure of pressure transients in the fluid pipe system; and
a communication module arranged for transmitting data packets representing the at least one first statistical parameter to an associated receiver,
wherein the measurement system is arranged for performing the plurality of measurements of pressure according to a predefined measurement time sequence so that pressure is measured at a plurality of measurement times within a measurement time window, which is randomly spaced in time.

US Pat. No. 10,429,260

TIRE PRESSURE SENSING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION THEREOF

ALLIGATOR VENTILFABRIK GM...

1. A tyre pressure sensing device for detecting a tyre pressure in a pneumatic tyre, comprising:a housing, comprising at least a contact surface for setting on a rim carrying the pneumatic tyre and containing a pressure sensor;
a retainer fastenable to the rim, carrying the housing; and
a spring element connected to the retainer and connected to the housing; whereby the spring element is embedded partially into the housing and the housing in the area in which the spring element is embedded, comprises at least one opening into the housing partially or completely sealed by a soft component, which surrounds the spring element partially, the soft component having a reduced hardness and higher elasticity than the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,429,259

PRESSURE SENSOR FOR MEASURING A PRESSURE OF A FLUID MEDIUM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A pressure sensor for measuring a pressure of a fluid medium in a measuring chamber, comprising:a sensor housing;
a first pressure-sensor module for measuring at least one first pressure of the medium in a first measuring chamber; and
a second pressure-sensor module for measuring at least one second pressure of the medium in a second measuring chamber, the first pressure-sensor module and the second pressure-sensor module being situated inside the sensor housing;
at least one first pressure connection designed to be connected to the first measuring chamber; and
at least one second pressure connection designed to be connected to the second measuring chamber, wherein the first pressure connection differs from the second pressure connection,
wherein the second pressure-sensor module is designed to measure a third pressure of the medium in a third measuring chamber, and the pressure sensor further comprises:
a third pressure connection designed to be connected to the third measuring chamber, wherein the third pressure connection differs from the first pressure connection and the second pressure connection,
wherein each of the first pressure-sensor module and the second-pressure sensor module include a pressure sensor element in the form of a sensor diaphragm developed as a measuring bridge having at least one piezoresistive element or other sensitive elements and being connected to an evaluation and/or control circuit which is situated respectively on a circuit carrier developed as a circuit board,
wherein the sensor housing has a first housing chamber in which the first pressure prevails, a second housing chamber in which the second pressure prevails, and a third housing chamber in which the third pressure prevails, and the first housing chamber, the second housing chamber, and the third housing chamber are separated from one another.

US Pat. No. 10,429,257

HIGH-DAMPING RUBBER ISOLATION BEARING, INTELLIGENT BEARING AND BEARING MONITORING SYSTEM

Shenzhen Innova-Wise Engi...

1. A high-damping rubber isolation bearing, comprising:a top bearing plate,
a bottom bearing plate,
a high-damping rubber bearing body fixedly arranged between the top bearing plate and the bottom bearing plate,
a base plate stacked together with the top bearing plate, and
at least one pressure sensing unit arranged between the stacked top bearing plate and base plate;
wherein, the at least one pressure sensing unit and the base plate are sequentially arranged between the top bearing plate and the high damping rubber bearing body, the at least one pressure sensing unit is arranged in a gap between the top bearing plate and the base plate, the length of the pressure sensing unit is the same as that of a side of the base plate attached by the pressure sensing unit,
wherein, the pressure sensing unit is a nano-rubber sensor, a limit unit is arranged on a lateral side of the base plate which is subjected to a lateral force, the limit unit is used to limit lateral movement of the base plate and the sensing unit, a combination of the base plate, the sensing unit and the limit unit is used to lead out lead wire and facilitate replacement of the sensing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,429,254

PIEZO FORCE SENSOR WITH SOLID-STATE BONDING SPACER

UNIVERSAL CEMENT CORPORAT...

1. A force sensor, comprising:a top stack comprising:
a top substrate,
a top electrode, and
a top piezo material,
a bottom stack arranged under the top stack in a thickness direction of the force sensor, the bottom stack comprising:
a bottom substrate,
a bottom electrode, and
a bottom piezo material; and
a solid-state bonding spacer sandwiched, in the thickness direction of the force sensor, between the top substrate and the bottom substrate and keeping a fixed relative position between the top substrate and the bottom substrate in a baseline state,
wherein
the top piezo material has a first top extension extending laterally beyond a side edge of the top electrode to cover a portion of a bottom surface of the top substrate, and
the first top extension of the top piezo material is sandwiched, in the thickness direction of the force sensor, between the bottom surface of the top substrate and a top surface of the solid-state bonding spacer so that the top surface of the solid-state bonding spacer is connected to the first top extension of the top piezo material.

US Pat. No. 10,429,252

FLEXIBLE CAPACITIVE PRESSURE SENSOR

1. A flexible passive capacitance pressure sensor comprising:a first polymeric substrate having an inner surface and an outer surface;
a second polymeric substrate having an inner surface and an outer surface;
an elastic dielectric sensing material positioned between the inner surface of the first polymeric substrate and the inner surface of the second polymeric substrate;
a first plurality of wires positioned on the outer surface of the first polymeric substrate; and
a second plurality of wires positioned on the outer surface of the second polymeric substrate,
wherein the flexible passive capacitance pressure sensor has a thickness less than 200 microns.

US Pat. No. 10,429,251

WIRELESS TEMPERATURE SENSOR FOR SOUS VIDE COOKING

Anova Applied Electronics...

1. A precision temperature cooking system comprising:a fluid agitation device;
a heating element;
at least one processor;
a wireless temperature sensor comprising:
a temperature sensor coupled to a plurality of temperature sensor wires and configured to determine a current temperature,
a housing enclosing a controller, a battery, a wireless radio, and a plurality of temperature sensor wires,
wherein the controller is configured to receive via the plurality of temperature sensor wires the current temperature, and
the wireless radio is configured to transmit the current temperature to the at least one processor; and
at least one memory, the memory storing instructions which when executed by the processor cause the processor to:
actuate the fluid agitation device and the heating element to heat a fluid of a fluid container to a predetermined temperature;
receive, via a wireless network connection from the wireless temperature sensor in the fluid of the fluid container, a current temperature; and
adjust at least one of the fluid agitation device and the heating element when the current temperature is not equal to the predetermined temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,429,250

ANALYTE MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR MANAGING POWER AND NOISE

Abbott Diabetes Care, Inc...

1. A method comprising:determining, by a processor of an analyte monitoring device, a temperature level of a power source of the analyte monitoring device;
determining, by the processor, whether to cause the analyte monitoring device to enter a power saving mode in which an operation of at least one component of the analyte monitoring device is suspended based on: the temperature level of the power source and whether one or more executable actions are in process;
determining, by the processor, whether the one or more executable actions are in process based on one or more blocker flags, wherein each respective blocker flag of the one or more blocker flags is indicative of whether a respective executable action of the one or more executable actions is in process; and
causing, by the processor, the analyte monitoring device to enter the power saving mode based on: the temperature level of the power source and when the one or more executable actions are determined not to be in process based on the one or more blocker flags.

US Pat. No. 10,429,249

THERMOCOUPLE TRANSITION BODY APPARATUS

Cleveland Electric Labora...

1. A thermocouple transition body apparatus comprising:a transition body, having at least one recess, a thermocouple conductor, and an extension wire conductor; wherein the transition body is formed of a non-conductive composite material;
a positive electrical terminal having at least one female thread for receiving a first screw;
a negative electrical terminal having at least one female thread for receiving a second screw; and,
at least one cap; wherein the at least one cap is formed of a non-conductive composite material;
wherein the positive and negative electrical terminals and corresponding first and second screws provide an electrical and mechanical connection from the thermocouple conductor to the extension wire conductors, and;
wherein the connection provided by the positive and negative electrical terminals from the thermocouple conductor to the extension wire conductor are configured without the use of epoxy or crimping;
wherein the transition body, positive electrical terminal, negative electrical terminal, and at least one cap are configured to attach to a hard line sheath and flexible extension wires;
wherein the positive electrical terminal and negative electrical terminal further comprise an alloy material, the positive electrical terminal has a first and second female thread for receiving corresponding screws, and the negative electrical terminal has a first and second female thread for receiving corresponding screws;
wherein the transition body further comprises:
tracks; and either:
female snap locks; or
at least one transition body hole operable to accept at least one locking pin; and,
wherein the at least one cap further comprises:
slides; wherein the slides correspond to the tracks on the transition body; and either:
male snap teeth; wherein the male snap teeth are operable to interlock with the female snap locks on the transition body thereby locking the at least one cap in a closed position; or
a cap hole operable to accept the at least one locking pin; wherein the position of the cap hole aligns with the at least one transition body hole when the at least one cap is in a closed position, wherein the alignment of the holes allows insertion of the at least one locking pin through both holes thereby locking the at least one cap in the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,429,248

TEMPERATURE SENSOR

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A temperature sensor for measuring a temperature of a reference material, the temperature sensor comprising:a thermocouple configured to generate a signal that indicates the temperature of the reference material;
a spring coupled to the thermocouple;
a spring housing including a washer; and
a pin that is configured to retain the washer within the spring housing,
wherein the spring and the thermocouple are positioned within the spring housing,
wherein the spring housing is configured to attach to the reference material, and
wherein the spring is configured to apply a force to the thermocouple in a direction towards the reference material.

US Pat. No. 10,429,247

REACTOR

TAMURA CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A reactor, comprising:a core;
a resin member covering a periphery of the core;
a coil attached to an outer circumference of the resin member; and
a temperature sensor inserted into a gap between the resin member and the coil,
wherein:
the temperature sensor has a columnar temperature detection portion,
at least a part of the temperature detection portion is sandwiched by the resin member and the coil in close contact,
the resin member is provided with a recess portion in which the temperature detection portion is arranged,
the recess portion has an insertion port through which the temperature sensor is to be inserted; and
an inner circumferential surface of the recess portion is provided with an insertion guide for the temperature sensor continuously from the insertion port guiding a tip of the temperature detection portion to a position the tip of the temperature detection portion is to be arranged to.

US Pat. No. 10,429,246

PANORAMIC RECONSTRUCTION OF TEMPORAL IMAGING

The University of Hong Ko...

1. A single-shot optical waveform measurement apparatus that achieves scalable record length and sub-picosecond resolution simultaneously for ultrafast non-repetitive waveform characterization comprises:a fiber-loop based optical buffer that receives a signal under test, said buffer creating multiple identical replicas of the signal under test with a pre-defined period of T1;
a time magnifier integrated with the buffer to realize temporal scanning using stroboscopic signal acquisition with a constant time interval, said magnifier measuring the replicas with a certain time period of T2; and
clock and sync electronics that synchronize the buffer and magnifier such that if the measurement period of the time magnifier is T2, then in each frame, the time magnifier captures a different section of the long waveform of the signal under test with a step size equal to |T1-T2| in order to provide a magnified waveform corresponding to different sections of the signal under test.

US Pat. No. 10,429,245

RANDOM WAVELENGTH METER

UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE U...

1. A stabilization system for stabilizing an output of a controllable light or laser source, the stabilization system comprising:a randomizer for randomizing light output from the controllable light or laser source to generate a speckle pattern;
a detector for detecting the speckle pattern;
a processor or analyzer for analyzing the detected speckle pattern to determine one or more properties of the light output from the controllable light source or laser source and incident on the randomizer or to determine changes in the one or more properties of the light output from the controllable light or laser source and incident on the randomizer; and
a controller for controlling the controllable light or laser source based on the determined one or more properties of the light output from the controllable light or laser source and incident on the randomizer or based on the determined changes in the one or more properties of the light output from the controllable light or laser source and incident on the randomizer.

US Pat. No. 10,429,244

LIGHT MEASUREMENT DEVICE

NEC Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A light measurement device comprising:a light modulator configured to adjust a phase difference between signal light, which is based on object light being light to be obtained by causing light from a light source to transmit through or be reflected from a measured object, and reference light which is light for use in obtaining interference light with the signal light, by applying different modulations between the signal light and the reference light; and
a detector configured to detect interference light between the signal light and the reference light output from the phase adjustment unit, and derive a reflection light intensity distribution or a refractive index of the measured object, based on the interference light, wherein
an optical axis of the light from the light source or the object light is linearly disposed, and
the light modulator and the detector are disposed on the optical axis of the light from the light source or the object light.

US Pat. No. 10,429,243

SPACE-BASED SODIUM LIDAR INSTRUMENT AND METHOD OF OPERATION

U.S.A. as represented by ...

1. A Lidar instrument comprising:a laser transmitter including:
a continuous wave diode laser which emits laser beams at a predetermined wavelength, through mode matching lenses and a high reflective mirror to pump a c-cut Nd:YVO4 crystal;
a tunable seed continuous wave diode laser which emits laser beams through at least one mode matching lens, said laser beams which are redirected by a beam splitter to said c-cut Nd:YVO4 crystal, such that the tunable seed laser acts as an injection seeder for said c-cut Nd:YVO4 crystal to allow for tuning of the Nd:YVO4 crystal which tunes said continuous wave diode laser to produce light at a wavelength of 1066 nm;
wherein said tunable laser light after passing through said c-cut Nd:YVO4 crystal self-Raman shifts to 1178 nm;
wherein said continuous wave diode laser and said tunable seed continuous wave diode laser produce tunable laser light across the sodium D2 absorption line; and
wherein said c-cut Nd:YVO4 crystal is a zig-zag crystal which supports multiple total internal reflections of optical wave propagation therethrough, and increases an optical path length greater than a physical dimension of said zig-zag crystal.

US Pat. No. 10,429,242

MULTISPECTRAL DETECTION DEVICE

1. Detection device comprising:a first photodetector and a second photodetector respectively sensitive to a first wavelength and a second wavelength,
a first readout circuit provided with a first integration capacitor connected to the first photodetector and configured to define at least first and second different configurations comprising an acquisition configuration where electric charges emitted by the first photodetector are stored in the first integration capacitor and a reset configuration where the first integration capacitor is reset,
a second readout circuit provided with a second integration capacitor connected to the second photodetector and configured to define at least first and second different configurations comprising an acquisition configuration where electric charges emitted by the second photodetector are stored in the second integration capacitor and a reset configuration where the second integration capacitor is reset,
a generator of synchronisation signal,
a generator of clock signal,
a first synchronisation circuit connected to the first readout circuit, to the generator of synchronisation signal and to the generator of clock signal, the first synchronisation circuit being configured in such a way as to
command an action of the first synchronisation circuit in response to detection of a first predefined pattern emitted by the generator of synchronisation signal and
count a number of occurrences of a second predefined pattern in the clock signal and
switch the first readout circuit from an initial configuration to an other configuration when the number of occurrences of the second predefined pattern is equal to a first threshold value recorded in a register of the first synchronisation circuit, the initial configuration or the other configuration being chosen at least from the first configuration and the second configuration,
a second synchronisation circuit connected to the second readout circuit, to the synchronisation signal generator and to the clock signal generator, the second synchronisation circuit being configured in such a way as to
command an action of the second synchronisation circuit in response to detection of the first predefined pattern emitted by the generator of synchronisation signal and
count a number of occurrences of a fourth predefined pattern in the clock signal and
switch the second readout circuit from an initial configuration to an other configuration when the number of occurrences of the fourth predefined pattern in the clock signal is equal to a second threshold value recorded in a register of the second synchronisation circuit, the initial configuration or the other configuration being chosen from the first configuration and the second configuration, andwherein the fourth predefined pattern is different from the second predefined pattern or the first threshold value is different from the second threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,429,241

ENHANCED CO-REGISTERED OPTICAL SYSTEMS

Wavefront Research, Inc.,...

1. An imaging optical system comprising:a plurality of imaging optical sub-systems having at least one optical element;
said plurality of imaging optical sub-systems being optically disposed to receive light from a source;
a plurality of spectrometer optical sub-systems having at least one optical element;
each spectrometer optical sub-system of said plurality of spectrometer optical sub-systems configured to substantially receive light from at least one imaging optical sub-system of said plurality of imaging optical sub-systems;
a plurality of image planes; each spectrometer optical sub-system of said plurality of spectrometer optical sub-systems being configured to disperse said light received from said plurality of imaging optical sub-systems and imaging said dispersed light onto at least one image plane of said plurality of image planes;
a plurality of spectral distortion characteristics; at least two imaging optical sub-system and spectrometer optical sub-system of said plurality of imaging optical sub-systems and said plurality of spectrometer optical sub-systems having a spectral distortion characteristic of said plurality of spectral distortion characteristics; at least two spectral distortion characteristics of said plurality of spectral distortion characteristics being substantially matched.

US Pat. No. 10,429,240

TRANSFER OF A CALIBRATION MODEL USING A SPARSE TRANSFER SET

VIAVI Solutions Inc., Sa...

1. A device, comprising:a memory; and
one or more processors to:
obtain a master calibration set associated with a master calibration model of a master instrument,
the master calibration set including spectra, associated with a set of samples, generated by the master instrument;
identify a selected set of master calibrants based on the master calibration set,
the selected set of master calibrants including spectra associated with a subset of the set of samples;
obtain a selected set of target calibrants associated with a target instrument,
the selected set of target calibrants including spectra, associated with the subset of the set of samples, generated by the target instrument;
create a transfer set based on the selected set of master calibrants and the selected set of target calibrants,
the transfer set being associated with the subset of the set of samples;
create a target calibration set, corresponding to the master calibration set, based on the transfer set; and
generate, based on a support vector regression modeling technique, a transferred calibration model, associated with the target instrument, based on the target calibration set,
the transferred calibration model being generated using an optimization technique associated with the transfer set.

US Pat. No. 10,429,239

COLOR CAPTURE ARRANGEMENT AND CORRECTION METHOD USING THE COLOR CAPTURE ARRANGEMENT

SensoPart Industriesensor...

1. A color capture arrangement for determining at least one color of an object to be identified, the color capture arrangement comprising:a directed light source configured to direct light towards the object;
evaluation electronics; and
a color capture device comprising:
at least three color identification sensors configured to receiving radiation reflected by the object; and
funnels as light-guiding elements,
wherein each funnel is disposed upstream of a color identification sensor, and
wherein at least one of the color identification sensors is a distance sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,429,238

OPTICAL MEASUREMENT METHOD AND OPTICAL MEASUREMENT APPARATUS

Otsuka Electronics Co., L...

1. An optical measurement method using a detector having a detection sensitivity to at least a near-infrared region, a first time range of exposure in which an output value from the detector is proportional to an intensity of light incident on the detector, and a second time range of exposure in which the output value from the detector is not proportional to the intensity of the light incident on the detector being obtained in advance, the optical measurement method comprising:obtaining the output value by measuring a light sample with an exposure time length with the detector, the exposure time length including a first exposure time length within the first time range and a second exposure time length within the second time range;
correcting the output value with an amount of correction corresponding to the output value, when the second exposure time length with which the output value is obtained is within the second time range,
the amount of correction comprising a product of a coefficient and a square of the second exposure time length, the coefficient indicating a degree to which the output value obtained when the light sample is measured with the detector with the second exposure time length within the second time range deviates from output linearity obtained when the light sample is measured with the detector at the first exposure time length within the first time range, the coefficient being determined based on the output value, the exposure time length with which the output value is obtained, and a correction coefficient,
obtaining a plurality of output values by measuring a light sample having a prescribed light intensity at a plurality of exposure time lengths with the detector, the plurality of exposure time lengths comprising one first exposure time length within the first time range and a plurality of second exposure time lengths within the second time range;
determining a set of the coefficients that define an approximate equation for the obtained plurality of output values;
varying the intensity of the light incident on the detector, and repeating the step of obtaining the plurality of output values and the step of determining the set of the coefficients; and
determining the correction coefficient by regression analysis of the obtained sets of the coefficients for the respective light intensities.

US Pat. No. 10,429,237

MSM PHOTOELECTRIC DETECTION DEVICE, METHOD OF DRIVING THE MSM PHOTOELECTRIC DETECTION DEVICE, AND X-RAY DETECTOR

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A Metal-Semiconductor-Metal (MSM) photoelectric detection device, comprising a plurality of detection units each including: at least one first MSM structure, at least one second MSM structure, a first control unit, a second control unit, a third control unit, a threshold comparison unit, and an energy storage unit;a first metal layer of the first MSM structure being connected to a first node, a second metal layer of the first MSM structure being connected to a first level terminal;
a first metal layer of the second MSM structure being connected to the second control unit and the third control unit, a second metal layer of the second MSM structure being connected to the first level terminal;
the first control unit being connected to an output/reset signal terminal, a first control signal terminal and the first node, for connecting or disconnecting the output/reset signal terminal to or from the first node under the control of a first control signal of the first control signal terminal;
the second control unit being further connected to a second control signal terminal and the first node, for connecting or disconnecting the first node to or from the first metal layer of the second MSM structure under the control of a second control signal of the second control signal terminal;
the threshold comparison unit being connected to the output/reset signal terminal and a third control signal terminal, for outputting an ON control signal from the third control signal terminal if a voltage of the output/reset signal terminal is greater than a threshold voltage, and outputting an OFF control signal from the third control signal terminal if the voltage of the output/reset signal terminal is less than or equal to the threshold voltage;
the third control unit being further connected to the third control signal terminal and the first node, for connecting the first node to the first metal layer of the second MSM structure under the control of the ON control signal outputted from the third control signal terminal, or disconnecting the first node from the first metal layer of the second MSM structure under the control of the OFF control signal outputted from the third control signal terminal; and
the energy storage unit being connected to the first node and the first level terminal, for storing charges.

US Pat. No. 10,429,236

OPTICAL GESTURE SENSOR HAVING A LIGHT MODIFYING STRUCTURE

MAXIM INTEGRATED PRODUCTS...

1. A device comprising:a segmented photo sensor comprising a plurality of segments, each of the plurality of segments being configured to detect light and to output time dependent signals in response thereto;
a first light modifying structure disposed adjacent to a first one of the plurality of segments of the segmented photo sensor and configured to selectively block a portion of the light with respect to the first one of the plurality of segments and to influence how the light is directed to the first one of the plurality of segments, the first light modifying structure comprising a plurality of layers offset in a stair-step fashion with respect to a center axis defined perpendicular to a surface of the first one of the plurality of segments; and
a second light modifying structure disposed adjacent to a second one of the plurality of segments of the segmented photo sensor structure and configured to selectively block a portion of the light with respect to the second one of the plurality of segments and to influence how the light is directed to the second one of the plurality of segments, the second light modifying structure comprising a plurality of layers offset in a stair-step fashion with respect to a center axis defined perpendicular to a surface of the second one of the plurality of segments, wherein the first one of the plurality of segments and the associated first light modifying structure faces a first direction and the second one of the plurality of segments and the associated second light modifying structure faces a second direction, the first direction being different from the second direction such that the first one of the plurality of segments has a field of view that is different than the second one of the plurality of segments.

US Pat. No. 10,429,235

OPTICAL FIBER SENSOR SYSTEM FOR STRAIN DETECTION

Sumitomo Electric Industr...

1. An optical fiber sensor system, comprising:a light source that outputs measurement light;
a modulation unit that includes a looped optical path and a coil around which the optical path is wound, and modulates light passing through the optical path using stress applied to the coil;
an optical coupler that is optically coupled to the light source and both ends of the optical path, receives the measurement light, causes the measurement light to branch into first light and second light of which polarization states are different from that of the measurement light, outputs the first light from the one end of the optical path to the other end, outputs the second light from the other end of the optical path to the one end, combines the first light input to the other end with the second light input to one end, and outputs interference light;
a polarization separator that separates the interference light into a first component and a second component of which polarization states are orthogonal to each other and outputs the first component and the second component;
a first polarization controller optically coupled to the polarization separator; and
a first detection unit that includes a first optical detector that is optically coupled to the polarization separator and receives the first component output from the polarization separator, and converts the first component input to the first optical detector into a first electrical signal,
wherein the first polarization controller controls a polarization state of light input to the polarization separator so that the first electrical signal exhibits a first-order response to the stress.

US Pat. No. 10,429,234

DISTRIBUTED FIBER OPTIC ACOUSTIC DETECTION DEVICE

NEUBREX CO., LTD., Kobe-...

1. A distributed fiber optic acoustic detection device that measures a distribution state of an acoustic wave by utilizing backscattered light disturbance due to strain of an optical fiber caused by the acoustic wave, the distributed fiber optic acoustic detection device comprising:a laser light source;
a pulse generator for shaping laser light emitted from the laser light source into an optical pulse, to inject into an optical fiber the optical pulse as a prove optical pulse for acoustic detection;
a delay circuit for delaying the laser light to be injected into the pulse generator for the pulse generator to inject a delayed optical pulse as a replica optical pulse of the prove optical pulse for acoustic detection;
a switching circuit for switching injection of the laser light into the pulse generator between directly and via the delay circuit;
a detector for detecting Rayleigh backscattered light returning to an input end of the optical fiber after backscattered in the optical fiber, to extract an intermediate frequency signal from the detected signal; and
a signal processor for processing the intermediate frequency signal extracted by the detector to convert the processed signal into a baseband signal,wherein during acoustic measurement,the prove optical pulse and the replica optical pulse are repeatedly injected one after another as an odd-numbered prove pulse and an even-numbered prove pulse, respectively, into the optical fiber at constant time intervals by the switching action of the switching circuit, and the signal processor processes the intermediate signal that is obtained by subtracting a Rayleigh backscattered signal responsive to an odd-numbered optical pulse from a Rayleigh backscattered signal responsive to the next even-numbered optical pulse.

US Pat. No. 10,429,233

OBJECT INFORMATION OBTAINING DEVICE, DISPLAY METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image generating apparatus, comprising:a light source configured to emit light;
an acoustic wave detecting unit configured to detect a photoacoustic wave generated in an object in response to irradiation with the light and output an electric signal in response to detection of the acoustic wave; and
an arithmetic unit configured to generate photoacoustic signal data based on the electric signal and generate image data based on the photoacoustic signal data,
wherein the arithmetic unit is configured to:
cause a display unit to display a plurality of candidates in image reconstruction processing, those of which are ready to be specified by a user,
perform image reconstruction processing specified by the user on the photoacoustic signal data configured to generate the image data; and
cause the display unit to display an image based on the image data,
wherein the arithmetic unit is configured to cause the display unit to display a plurality of candidates in image reconstruction processing including a time-domain image reconstruction processing, a Fourier-domain image reconstruction processing and a model base image reconstruction processing, those of which are ready to be specified by a user, and to display a state of progress in the corresponding image reconstruction processing.

US Pat. No. 10,429,232

SYSTEM FOR PORTABLE MEASUREMENT OF WEIGHT OF FOODSTUFFS ELECTRONIC DEVICE USING THE SYSTEM, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE ASSEMBLY USING THE SYSTEM

Chiun Mai Communication S...

1. A weight measurement system comprising:a load-bearing member, configured to support an object, the load-bearing member comprising an elastic region made of an elastic material;
a sensing module electromagnetically coupled with the load-bearing member;
a processor electrically connected to the sensing module; and
a prompting module electrically connected to the processor;
wherein the sensing module is configured to detect a deformation of the elastic region of the load-bearing member and output a sensing signal to the processor upon detecting a deformation of the elastic region of the load-bearing member caused by the object, the processor processes the sensing signal and outputs a weight signal to the prompting module.

US Pat. No. 10,429,231

FLOWMETER TEST SYSTEM AND FLOWMETER TEST METHOD

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

1. A flowmeter test system that tests a test target flowmeter by flowing fluid through the test target flowmeter and measuring the fluid having flowed through the test target flowmeter by a measurement part different from the test target flowmeter, the flowmeter test system comprising:a storage part, including a main storage part and a sub-storage part, configured to store fluid;
a distribution flow path, including a circulation path configured to circulate the fluid between the main storage part and the test target flowmeter and a sub-storage part introduction path configured to be connected to the circulation path and introduce the fluid into the sub-storage part, configured to distribute the fluid between the storage part and the test target flowmeter;
a measurement part introduction path configured to be connected to the distribution flow path and introduce the fluid into the measurement part; and
a flow switching part configured to switch between the circulation path, the distribution flow path, the measurement part introduction path, and the sub-storage part introduction path, wherein
a pressure loss in a flow path from the flow path switching part to the storage part and a pressure loss in a flow path from the flow path switching part to the measurement part are the same.

US Pat. No. 10,429,230

SMALL FLOW CAPACITY DISPLACEMENT PROVER FOR PROVING FLOW METER WITH LARGE FLOW CAPACITY

SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY...

1. A method for verifying the accuracy of a first custody meter having a first custody flow capacity with a displacement prover having a prover flow capacity, the method including:providing a first master flow meter and a second master flow meter, the first master flow meter and the second master flow meter each being arranged in series with the first custody meter and the first master flow meter being arranged in parallel with the second master flow meter;
providing the displacement prover in series with the first master flow meter and the second master flow meter, wherein the prover flow capacity is less than the first custody flow capacity;
diverting a fluid flow through the first custody meter so that a portion of the fluid flow passes through each of the first master flow meter and the second master flow meter;
proving each of the first master flow meter and the second master flow meter individually with the displacement prover; and
proving the first custody meter with both of the first master flow meter and the second master flow meter simultaneously.

US Pat. No. 10,429,229

ELECTRICAL DEVICE WITH A HOUSING HOLDING INSULATION OIL AND A SENSOR AND METHOD OF MONITORING THE DEVICE

MASCHINENFABRIK REINHAUSE...

1. An electrical device comprising:a housing filled or fillable with insulation oil;
a sensor having a piezo element in the housing on a level with a minimum fill level of the insulation oil; and
an evaluation device that is connected to the piezo element and that
induces an oscillation of the piezo element by a burst signal followed by a time interval in which no oscillation is induced by the evaluation device;
determines the fill level from a measurement of a characteristic of the oscillation by the burst signal, and
acoustically monitors the electrical device by recording the oscillation during at least part of the time in which the piezo element is not induced to oscillate.

US Pat. No. 10,429,228

FUEL LEVEL MEASUREMENT USING IN-TANK MEASURING SYSTEM

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An apparatus for measuring a level of fuel in a fuel tank comprising:an in-tank measuring system configured for mounting at a predetermined position within the fuel tank, wherein:
the in-tank measuring system is further configured to generate an oscillating output signal at the predetermined position,
the oscillating output signal has a frequency that is inversely proportional to the level of the fuel, and
the in-tank measuring system consists of:
a capacitive fuel probe configured for mounting within the fuel tank at a position to contact the fuel, wherein the capacitive fuel probe includes a port that allows an amount of fuel to be housed within the capacitive fuel probe that corresponds to a level of fuel stored in the fuel tank and a capacitance that is a function of the level of the fuel housed in the capacitive fuel probe,
a clock circuit configured for direct mounting to and separate from the capacitive fuel probe, wherein:
the clock circuit is configured to generate the oscillating output signal, and
the position of the clock circuit creates a distance between the clock circuit and the capacitive fuel probe within the fuel tank, and
at least one signal transmission line electrically coupling the capacitive fuel probe and the clock circuit, wherein:
the distance between the capacitive fuel probe and the clock circuit defines a minimized run for the at least one signal transmission line to reduce resistance and capacitance in the at least one signal transmission line in the fuel tank,
each signal transmission line comprises a metallic wire including an amount of resistance that is less than a threshold amount of resistance, and
the threshold amount of resistance is low enough to prevent an amount of damping to the oscillating output signal that is greater than a threshold amount of damping;
an electrical circuit exterior to the fuel tank; and
a non-metallic signal transmission line within the fuel tank electrically coupling the clock circuit and the electrical circuit, wherein:
the non-metallic signal transmission line includes one of a carbon wire and a polymer wire, and
the non-metallic signal transmission line communicates the oscillating output signal from the clock circuit within the fuel tank to the electrical circuit exterior to the fuel tank.

US Pat. No. 10,429,227

ELECTRIC WAVE TYPE BIOSENSOR

OMRON CORPORATION, Kyoto...

1. An electric wave type biosensor comprising:an electromagnetic wave irradiation unit which irradiates a body surface of a living body with an electromagnetic wave;
a reflected wave receiving unit which receives a reflected wave obtained as the electromagnetic wave irradiated by the electromagnetic wave irradiation unit and then reflected on the body surface, and obtains an I signal obtained by multiplying the irradiated electromagnetic wave signal and the received reflected signal, and a Q signal obtained by delaying the I signal only by a predetermined phase;
a differentiation calculation unit which differentiates the I signal and the Q signal which are obtained by the reflected wave receiving unit, and calculates an I signal differential value and a Q signal differential value; and
an angular velocity calculation unit which calculates an angular velocity of the I signal and the Q signal, based on the I signal and the Q signal which are obtained by the reflected wave receiving unit and the I signal differential value and the Q signal differential value which are calculated by the differentiation calculation unit based on the I signal and the Q signal,
wherein the angular velocity is a function of a sum of a square of I?Ioffset and a square of Q?Qoffset, where I is the I signal, Ioffest is a first constant defined by an installation condition of the electric wave type biosensor, Q is the Q signal, and Qoffset is a second constant defined by the installation condition of the electric wave type biosensor.

US Pat. No. 10,429,226

WIRING INTERFACE FOR FLUID SENSORS

Scully Signal Company, W...

1. A cap for a fluid sensor, the cap comprising:a cap input port including a first toolless connector configured to removably couple to a first cable, the input port comprising a plurality of input terminals, each of the input terminals having an input ordinal value;
a cap output port including a second toolless connector configured to removably couple to a second cable, the cap output port comprising a plurality of output terminals, each of the output terminals having an output ordinal value; and
a plurality of cross-connections coupling the plurality of input terminals to the plurality of output terminals, at least one of the plurality of cross-connections coupling at least one of the plurality of input terminals to at least one of the plurality of output terminals, the at least one of the plurality of input terminals having at least one input ordinal value different from at least one output ordinal value of the at least one plurality of output terminals.

US Pat. No. 10,429,225

SCOOPING AND DISPENSING DEVICE

K3 Enterprises, LLC, Yub...

1. A scooping and dispensing device, comprising:a funnel including an upper opening and a lower opening, wherein the funnel comprises a passage between the upper opening and the lower opening, wherein the passage narrows between the upper opening and the lower opening, wherein the lower opening of the funnel is narrower than the upper opening of the funnel;
a cover rotatably connected to the funnel, the cover being rotatably adjustable between a first position in which the cover blocks the passage and a second position in which the cover fully covers the upper opening of the funnel; and
a handle connected to the cover such that the handle may be rotated to rotate the cover between the plurality of positions.

US Pat. No. 10,429,224

INTERFACE FOR A CORIOLIS FLOW SENSING ASSEMBLY

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. An assembly comprising:a flow tube configured to provide a flow path through the flow tube;
a mechanical drive assembly configured to drive an oscillation of the flow tube while fluid is flowing, wherein the mechanical drive assembly comprises an oscillation surface; and
an interface fixedly coupled to the oscillation surface of the mechanical drive assembly and configured to receive the flow tube such that at least a portion of the interface is in direct contact with the flow tube and such that the interface transfers oscillation forces of the oscillation surface to the flow tube.

US Pat. No. 10,429,223

AIR FLOW RATE MEASURING DEVICE WITH INTEGRATED SENSOR MODULE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An air flow rate measuring device disposed in an intake air passage for intake air to be taken in an engine system, the air flow rate measuring device measuring a flow rate of the intake air flowing through the intake air passage, the air flow rate measuring device comprising:a casing that defines a bypass passage to take in a portion of the intake air flowing through the intake air passage;
a flow rate sensor that is disposed in the bypass passage, the flow rate sensor generating an output signal according to a flow rate of the intake air taken in the bypass passage; and
a sensor module that is separate away from an outer wall of the casing, wherein
the sensor module includes
a module connector integrally formed with the sensor module,
a multi-sensor unit integrally formed with the sensor module and having a relative humidity sensor and a temperature sensor that are integrally coupled to each other, and
a signal processing circuit that is integrally coupled to the sensor module between the module connector and the multi-sensor unit, calculates an absolute humidity according to the temperature of the intake air, processes the absolute humidity and the temperature of the intake air flowing through the intake air passage into signals respectively, and outputs the signals,
the relative humidity sensor is exposed to an inside of the intake air passage to detect a relative humidity of the intake air flowing through the intake air passage, and
the temperature sensor detects a temperature of the intake air flowing through the intake air passage.

US Pat. No. 10,429,222

FLOW CHANNEL FOR LAMINARIZING FLOW IN FLOW SENSOR

Honeywell International I...

1. A flow sensor assembly, comprising:a housing defining a flow channel comprising
an inlet port,
an outlet port,
an inlet serpentine portion of the flow channel fluidly coupling to the inlet port,
an outlet serpentine portion of the flow channel fluidly coupling to the outlet port, and
a sensor chamber fluidly coupling the inlet serpentine portion of the flow channel to the outlet serpentine portion of the flow channel, where the sensor chamber defines:
a planar region comprising a first planar region, a second planar region, and a spit planar region, wherein the spit planar region is located between the first planar region and the second planar region, and wherein the spit planar region is in the same plane as that of the first planar region and the second planar region,
an inlet ramp that transitions between a bottom of an inlet of the sensor chamber to the spit planar region, an outlet ramp that transitions between a bottom of an outlet of the sensor chamber to the spit planar region, side walls between the inlet ramp and the planar region, side walls between the outlet ramp and the planar region, and where the sensor chamber is at least 3 times as wide as a width of the inlet serpentine portion of the flow channel and at least 3 times as wide as a width of the outlet serpentine portion of the flow channel; and
a sensor die located proximate to the spit planar region of the sensor chamber and configured to sense a measure related to a flow rate of a fluid flowing through the flow channel.

US Pat. No. 10,429,221

ELECTROMAGNETIC FLOWMETER

AZBIL CORPORATION, Chiyo...

1. An electromagnetic flowmeter comprising:a measurement pipe in which a fluid subjected to detection flows;
an exciting coil disposed on an outer side of the measurement pipe, the exciting coil generating a magnetic field according to a current supplied thereto;
a pair of a first electrode and a second electrode disposed on an outer circumferential surface of the measurement pipe so as to face each other in a direction perpendicular to the magnetic field generated by the exciting coil;
a preamplifier circuit that amplifies an electromotive force generated between the first electrode and the second electrode;
a board on which the preamplifier circuit is mounted;
a shield case disposed on the board; and
a data processing control circuit that calculates a flow rate of the fluid in accordance with a signal resulting from the amplification performed by the preamplifier circuit,
wherein the preamplifier circuit includes
a first operational amplifier,
a second operational amplifier,
a first wiring connecting the first electrode and a non-inverting input terminal of the first operational amplifier to each other,
a second wiring connecting the second electrode and a non-inverting input terminal of the second operational amplifier,
a first resistor connected between an output terminal of the first operational amplifier and an inverting input terminal of the first operational amplifier,
a second resistor connected between an output terminal of the second operational amplifier and an inverting input terminal of the second operational amplifier, and
a third resistor connected between the inverting input terminal of the first operational amplifier and the inverting input terminal of the second operational amplifier,
wherein the preamplifier circuit has an amplification factor greater than 1, and
wherein the shield case is disposed on the board so as to surround the first operational amplifier, the second operational amplifier, the first wiring, the second wiring, the first electrode, and the second electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,429,220

MAGNETO-INDUCTIVE FLOW MEASURING DEVICE

1. A magneto-inductive flow measuring device, comprising:a measuring tube;
on which a magnet system and two or more measuring electrodes are arranged and/or secured, wherein:
said measuring tube has inlet and outlet regions with a first cross section;
said measuring tube has a middle segment located between said inlet and outlet regions and having a second cross section;
said measuring electrodes are arranged in said middle segment of said measuring tube;
said measuring tube is a plastic measuring tube;
said middle segment at least in the region of said measuring electrodes is surrounded by a tube holder, which guards against cross-sectional deformation of said second cross section; and
said tube holder is composed of at least two plates, which are connected with one another.

US Pat. No. 10,429,219

POLYMERIC MAGNETIC FLOWMETER FLOW BODY ASSEMBLY

Micro Motion Inc., Bould...

1. A polymeric flow body assembly comprising:a polymeric flow body having a measurement bore with a bore curvature;
a first coil mounted with respect to the measurement bore and disposed about a first magnetic pole member disposed to contact fluid in the measurement bore;
a second coil mounted with respect to the measurement bore and disposed about a second magnetic pole member that is also disposed to contact the fluid in the measurement bore, wherein the second magnetic pole member is configured to cooperate with the first magnetic pole member to generate an electromagnetic field across the measurement bore;
first and second metal electrodes positioned within the flow body assembly to contact a fluid in the measurement bore and to measure an electromotive force generated within the fluid, wherein the first and second metal electrodes taper toward a center of the polymeric flow body assembly;
wherein at least one of the first magnetic pole member and second magnetic pole member is formed, at least in part, of the polymer; and
wherein each of the first and second metal electrodes and each of the first and second magnetic pole members has a curved end with the bore curvature.

US Pat. No. 10,429,218

MEASURING SYSTEM FOR MEASURING AT LEAST ONE MEASURED VARIABLE OF A FLUID AS WELL AS METHOD FOR OPERATING SUCH A MEASURING SYSTEM

1. A measuring system for measuring at least one measured variable of a flowing fluid, said measuring system comprising:a fluid supply line, said fluid supply line including an open first line end, an open second line end and a lumen extending from the first line end to the second line end;
a transducer apparatus, said transducer apparatus having a first tube with an open first tube end, an open second tube end and a lumen extending from said first tube end to said second tube end, and said transducer apparatus having at least a second tube with an open first tube end, an open second tube end and a lumen extending from said first tube end to said second tube end, said transducer apparatus being adapted to deliver at least one measurement signal corresponding to the at least one measured variable, said at least one measurement signal exhibiting at least one signal parameter dependent on the measured variable and/or said at least one measurement signal reacting to a change of the measured variable with a change of at least one signal parameter;
a fluid return line with an open first line end, an open second line end and a lumen extending from said first line end to said second line end;
a fluid withdrawal line with an open first line end, an open second line end and a lumen extending from said first line end to said second line end; and
a control apparatus for opening or interrupting flow paths involving both said lumen of said first tube as well as also said lumen of said second tube, wherein:
said control apparatus is embodied to provide a first flow path leading from said lumen of said fluid supply line to said lumen of said first tube of said transducer apparatus, further to said lumen of said second tube of said transducer apparatus and further to said lumen of said fluid return line, equally as well not to said lumen of said fluid withdrawal line; and
said control apparatus is embodied to provide a second flow path leading from said lumen of said fluid supply line to said lumen of said first tube of said transducer apparatus and, in parallel, to said lumen of said second tube of said transducer apparatus and further from said lumen of said first tube and from said lumen of said second tube, in each case, to said lumen of said fluid withdrawal line.

US Pat. No. 10,429,217

FLOW SENSOR SYSTEM WITH CONNECTION ASSEMBLY

CRISI Medical Systems, In...

1. A system for sensing medicament delivery and transmitting an operation modification signal having at least two separable components comprising:a first component comprising a flow sensor having:
a fluid port having a flow tube;
a fluid inlet at a first end of the flow tube adapted to couple to an outlet of a fluid source;
a fluid outlet at a second end of the flow tube adapted to deliver fluid from the fluid source to a fluid pathway that provides fluid to a patient; and
at least one sensor to characterize at least one attribute of the fluid from the fluid source; and
a second component comprising a base having:
a controller that generates at least one operation modification signal in response to at least one attribute matching at least one condition specified by at least one rule;
a transmitter for transmitting the operation modification signal to at least one device, the operation modification signal, when received by the at least one device, causing the at least one device to modify at least one operating parameter,
wherein the flow sensor is mountable onto the base and said at least one sensor is in electrical communication with said controller via a connection between the flow sensor and the base when the flow sensor is mounted onto the base.