US Pat. No. 10,481,240

SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO DETERMINE A LOCATION OF A MOBILE DEVICE

OneMarket Network LLC, S...

1. A server system comprising:at least one memory;
at least one microprocessor,
wherein the at least one memory and at least one processor are configured to perform the following operations:
obtaining a map of radio frequency signal characteristics in a region identified in the map;
receiving, from a transceiver of a mobile device during a period of time, radio frequency signals in the region emitted from a plurality of beacons located in a multi-floor transport corridor within the region;
determining characteristics of the radio frequency signals, the characteristics comprising signal strength levels of the radio frequency signals;
matching the characteristics of the radio frequency signals with the frequency signal characteristics of the map;
determining a plurality of successive locations based on the matching;
identifying a pattern of the plurality of successive locations during the period of time;
in response to the pattern being identified in the plurality of successive locations, assigning a confidence level of the plurality of successive locations as locations of the mobile device;
computing a weighted average of a first location of the mobile device from the map and a second location of the mobile device from inertial sensor measurements from the mobile device, the weighting based on the confidence level of the plurality of successive locations;
determining, based on the weighted average, a current location of the mobile device;
determining a movement speed of the mobile device based on the signal strength levels of the radio frequency signals; and
modifying the current location of the mobile device based on the movement speed of the mobile device and an expected traffic flow along the multi-floor transport corridor.

US Pat. No. 10,481,239

INDOOR ROOM-LOCALIZATION SYSTEM AND METHOD THEROF

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An indoor room localization system comprising:a memory including training data and response data;
a processor coupled to the memory, the processor for carrying or having computer-executable instructions to collect WiFi RSSI data corresponding to various sites, the instructions causing a machine to:
classify the collected WiFi RSSI data into an array of RSSI patterns;
transmit the classified RSSI patterns to the memory for storing into training data;
transmit response data identifying classifications of the collected WiFi RSSI data to the memory for storage;
generate observation vectors from the response data identifying classifications of the collected WiFi RSSI data; and
update categorical distribution parameters using the generated observation vectors to specify a probability that the machine is within a predetermined region; and
wherein a dirichlet distribution is used to classify the collected WiFi RSSI data into an array of RSSI patterns and a mode of the dirichlet distribution is used to specify the probability that the machine is within the predetermined region.

US Pat. No. 10,481,237

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR USING GESTURES TO CONTROL A MEASUREMENT DEVICE

FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC., ...

1. A method for controlling a measurement device, the method comprising:providing a relationship between a command and a gesture, the gesture corresponding to a skeletal model of a body position of a user;
measuring a three-dimensional coordinate of a point on a surface based on a first light projected from a first light source of the measurement device;
projecting a second light from a second light source on the user;
acquiring, with a camera, the body position of the user performing the gesture;
generating, at a processor, the skeletal model of the body position of the user;
identifying, at the processor, the gesture performed by the user from the skeletal model of the body position;
determining, at a processor, the command based on the gesture and the relationship between the command and the gesture; and
executing, by the processor, the command at the measurement device.

US Pat. No. 10,481,236

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ESTIMATING ANGLE OF ARRIVAL IN A WIRELESS DEVICE

Cypress Semiconductor Cor...

1. A method of a wireless device, the method comprising:determining a phase difference between a first offset introduced by a first oscillator of a transceiver of the wireless device and a second offset introduced by a second oscillator of a receiver of the wireless device;
using the transceiver coupled to a first antenna, determining a first attribute value of a first radio frequency (RF) signal received from a source through the first antenna during a first period;
using an attribute estimator of the receiver, determining a second attribute value of the first RF signal received from the source through a second antenna during the first period;
switching the attribute estimator from being coupled to the second antenna to being coupled to a third antenna;
using the transceiver coupled to the first antenna, determining a first attribute of a second RF signal received from the source through the first antenna during a second period;
using the attribute estimator, determining a second attribute of the second RF signal received from the source through the third antenna during the second period; and
compensating for the determined phase difference prior to estimating an angle of arrival associated with the first and second RF signals based on the first and second attributes of the first RF signal and the first and second attributes of the second RF signal.

US Pat. No. 10,481,235

MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Medical Systems Cor...

1. A magnetic resonance imaging apparatus, comprising:sequence control circuitry configured to conduct, on a subject, first imaging, and second imaging that is subsequent to the first imaging; and
processing circuitry configured to
generate a first magnetic resonance image based on the first imaging conducted by the sequence control circuitry;
set an imaging condition with regard to the second imaging;
estimate, based on the first magnetic resonance image and the set imaging condition, information about an image quality in a case in which the second imaging is conducted,
cause a display to display the first magnetic resonance image and superimpose the estimated information on the displayed first magnetic resonance image,
receive, from an operator, a designation operation on the first magnetic resonance image,
change a setting of the imaging condition related to the second imaging based on the designation operation; and
generate a second magnetic resonance image based on the second imaging conducted by the sequence control circuitry.

US Pat. No. 10,481,232

MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING APPARATUS AND MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING METHOD

Canon Medical Systems Cor...

1. A magnetic resonance imaging apparatus comprising:sequence control circuitry configured to execute a first pulse sequence that acquires data by radial sampling and configured to execute a second pulse sequence a plurality of times by changing a frequency of magnetization transfer (MT) pulses, the second pulse sequence acquiring data by Cartesian sampling after applying an MT pulse, and
processing circuitry configured to calculate a spectrum based on data acquired from the first pulse sequence and the second pulse sequence.

US Pat. No. 10,481,231

MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGE GENERATION METHOD

Canon Medical Systems Cor...

1. A magnetic resonance imaging apparatus comprising:first processing circuitry configured to execute a pulse sequence in an acquisition pattern set such that reduction factors in a plurality of pieces of k space data are made different in accordance with a predetermined imaging parameter when the pieces of k space data having different values of the imaging parameter are acquired while changing the values of the imaging parameter; and
second processing circuitry configured to generate an image based on the pieces of k space data, wherein
when the imaging parameter is included in a first range, the first processing circuitry acquires the pieces of k space data in a first region including a center in a k space with a first reduction factor and acquires the pieces of k space data in a second region that differs from the first region with a second reduction factor that differs from the first reduction factor, and
when the imaging parameter is included in a second range that differs from the first range, the first processing circuitry acquires the pieces of k space data in the first region with a reduction factor higher than the first reduction factor and acquires the pieces of k space data in the second region with a reduction factor lower than the second reduction factor.

US Pat. No. 10,481,230

NMR SHIM SYSTEM

BRUKER SWITZERLAND AG, F...

1. A shim system for influencing and homogenizing the magnetic field of a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) system, comprising:a coil former, an extension tube and a terminal unit,
partial coils mounted on the coil former and having terminal lines configured to connect the partial coils to the terminal unit,
wherein the terminal lines are disconnected from one another between the coil former and the extension tube, and
a circuit board interposed between the coil former and the extension tube, and having connection lines interconnecting the terminal lines to one another.

US Pat. No. 10,481,229

MAGNETIC-RESONANCE IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Medical Systems Cor...

1. A magnetic-resonance imaging apparatus, comprising:a gradient coil configured to apply a gradient magnetic field to an imaging space in which a subject is placed;
a transmitter coil configured to apply a RF (radio frequency) pulse to the imaging space; and
processing circuitry configured to calculate a target temperature of the gradient coil throughout a plurality of protocols to be executed in an examination of the subject, control a temperature of the gradient coil to approach the target temperature when data used to set a center frequency of the RF pulse is measured, generate image data based on MR signal data acquired by executing the plurality of protocols, and display an image based on the generated image data on a display.

US Pat. No. 10,481,228

LIGHT DATA COMMUNICATION LINK DEVICE FOR USE IN MAGNETIC RESONANCE EXAMINATION SYSTEMS

Koninklijke Philips N.V.,...

1. A light data communication link device for use in a magnetic resonance examination system including a scanning unit that comprises an enclosure having an outer enclosure surface defined by maximum spatial dimensions of the scanning unit, the light data communication link device comprising:a first light emitter and receiver unit and a second light emitter and receiver unit, each of the first and second light emitter and receiver units comprising:
a light generating member that is configured to generate light depending on an electrical signal applied to an electrical input port of the light generating member;
a light receiving member that is configured to generate an electrical signal at an electrical output port as a function of received light;
a light diffuser comprising a hollow semi-sphere;
a converging lens, wherein, in each of the first and second light emitter and receiver units, the light generating member is optically connected to the light diffuser by a first optical waveguide, and the light receiving member is optically connected to the converging lens by a second optical waveguide of the respective first and second light emitter and receiver units;
a first optical pathway for data communication existing along first distance between the light diffuser of the first light emitter and receiver unit and the converging lens of the second light emitter and receiver unit, and the converging lens, the second optical waveguide and the light receiving member of the second light emitter and receiver unit; and
a second optical pathway existing along a second distance between the light diffuser of the second light emitter and receiver unit and the converging lens of the first light emitter and receiver unit, and the converging lens, the second optical waveguide, and the light receiving member of the first light emitter and receiver unit, wherein at least the light generating member of the first light emitter and receiver unit is configured to be arranged outside a volume having an outer boundary surface comprising the outer enclosure surface, and the second light emitter and receiver unit is configured to be at least partially arranged inside the volume.

US Pat. No. 10,481,227

TRANSMISSION OF MAGNETIC RESONANCE SIGNALS BY DIFFERENTIAL CABLE ROUTING

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A transmission apparatus for transmitting an intermediate frequency signal and an oscillator signal for mixing down of the intermediate frequency signal, the transmission apparatus comprising:a symmetrical transmission line for transmission of the oscillator signal and the intermediate frequency signal; and
a symmetrizing element configured to adapt an unsymmetrical signal source, a signal sink, or the unsymmetrical signal source and the signal sink to the symmetrical transmission line,
wherein the symmetrizing element has only ferrite-free inductances, and
wherein the transmission apparatus has a local attenuation minimum in a frequency range of the oscillator signal and in a frequency range of the intermediate frequency signal, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,481,224

RF SURFACE COIL UNIT AND MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING SYSTEM COMPRISING SAME

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system, the system comprising:a plurality of radio frequency (RF) coils arranged on a cylindrical base, where at least one pair of the plurality of RF coils are respective facing RF coils; and
a conductive layer configured to respectively electrically connect the respective facing RF coils to each other across a first end of the base opposing a second open end of the base,
wherein the conductive layer forms a loop coil on the first end of the cylindrical base and is configured to apply a uniform magnetic field to an object penetrating the second end.

US Pat. No. 10,481,221

TUNNEL MAGNETO-RESISTIVE (TMR) SENSORS EMPLOYING TMR DEVICES WITH DIFFERENT MAGNETIC FIELD SENSITIVITIES FOR INCREASED DETECTION SENSITIVITY

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A tunnel magneto-resistive (TMR) sensor, comprising:a first TMR device comprising:
a first pinned layer, a first free layer, and a first tunnel barrier disposed between the first pinned layer and the first free layer;
the first TMR device having a first magnetic sensitivity and a first resistance as a function of the first magnetic sensitivity;
a second TMR device comprising:
a second pinned layer, a second free layer, and a second tunnel barrier disposed between the second pinned layer and the second free layer;
the second TMR device having a second magnetic sensitivity different from the first magnetic sensitivity of the first TMR device, and having a second resistance as a function of the second magnetic sensitivity;
a first bottom electrode electrically coupled to the first pinned layer of the first TMR device;
a first top electrode electrically coupled to the first free layer of the first TMR device;
a second bottom electrode electrically coupled to the second pinned layer of the second TMR device; and
a second top electrode electrically coupled to the second free layer of the second TMR device;
the first TMR device configured to carry a first current between the first bottom electrode and the first top electrode in response to a first voltage differential applied between the first bottom electrode and the first top electrode based on the first resistance of the first TMR device; and
the second TMR device configured to carry a second current between the second bottom electrode and the second top electrode in response to a second voltage differential applied between the second bottom electrode and the second top electrode based on the second resistance of the second TMR device; and
a first access transistor comprising a first gate, a first electrode, and a second electrode, wherein:
the first gate of the first access transistor is electrically coupled to a word line;
the first bottom electrode of the first TMR device is electrically coupled to the first electrode of the first access transistor; and
the first top electrode of the first TMR device is electrically coupled to a source line;
the first TMR device configured to receive the first current between the first top electrode and the first bottom electrode based on the first resistance of the first TMR device, in response to a control signal on the word line activating the first access transistor and a first voltage applied to the source line; and
a second access transistor comprising a second gate, a first electrode, and a second electrode, wherein:
the second gate of the second access transistor is electrically coupled to the word line;
the second bottom electrode of the second TMR device is electrically coupled to the first electrode of the second access transistor; and
the second top electrode of the second TMR device is electrically coupled to the source line;
the second TMR device configured to receive the second current between the second top electrode and the second bottom electrode based on the second resistance of the second TMR device in response to the control signal on the word line activating the second access transistor and a second voltage applied to the source line.

US Pat. No. 10,481,217

MAGNETIC FIELD SENSOR

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A magnetic field sensor comprising:a magnetic detection element that includes a magnetic material causing a magnetic impedance effect and a bias coil applying a bias magnetic field to the magnetic material;
a high-frequency oscillation circuit that supplies a high-frequency current to the magnetic material;
an AC bias circuit that supplies an AC bias current to the bias coil; and
a detection circuit that sets a reference point corresponding to an extreme impedance position in a characteristic of the magnetic detection element in the state of no application of an external magnetic field and outputs an electric signal changing in response to an impedance change amount from the reference point,
wherein the detection circuit includes an amplitude detection circuit which detects an amplitude of the electric signal at a timing of each vertex in which at least a voltage change direction of the electric signal changes.

US Pat. No. 10,481,216

DEVICE FOR FIELD VERIFICATION OF MULTI-DEVICE POWER OVER ETHERNET

FLUKE CORPORATION, Evere...

1. A power testing device that tests power providing capabilities of a device under test, the power testing device comprising:a communication port including a plurality of pins, the communication port, in operation, receiving signals from the device under test via a cable that includes a plurality of wires electrically coupled to the pins of the communication port;
first test circuitry electrically coupled to a first set of pairs of the pins of the communication port;
second test circuitry electrically coupled to a second set of pairs of the pins of the communication port;
a switch electrically coupled to at least one of the first test circuitry and the second test circuitry,
wherein, while the switch is in a first state, the first test circuitry and the second test circuitry are electrically isolated from each other, and
wherein, while the switch is in a second state, the first test circuitry and the second test circuitry are not electrically isolated from each other;
a processor coupled to the first test circuitry, the second test circuitry, and the switch; and
a memory coupled to the processor, the memory storing processor-readable instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
control operation of the first test circuitry;
control operation of the second test circuitry; and
control the switch to be in one of the first state or the second state.

US Pat. No. 10,481,213

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETECTING AN OVERCHARGING OF AN ACCUMULATOR OF A BATTERY

DCNS, Paris (FR)

1. An overcharge detection method for detecting an overcharging of an accumulator of a battery comprising a set of parallel branches, each branch comprising accumulators disposed in series, wherein the said method includes the following steps:(i) collecting the measurements of the currents flowing through the branches of the battery;
(ii) identifying at least one variation in current in one branch of the said set of branches with respect to at least one other branch of the said set of branches as a function of the measurements of current collected;
(iii) determining a level of state of charge of the said branch; and
(iv) detecting an overcharging of an accumulator in the said branch as a function of at least the said variation in current identified and of the level of state of charge determined.

US Pat. No. 10,481,211

STATE-OF-CHARGE INDICATOR

LAT ENTERPRISES, INC., R...

1. An indicator device for monitoring a state of charge of one or more batteries or battery packs, the device comprising:at least one voltage input connector configured to be electrically coupled to at least one mating voltage output connector of a battery or battery pack, wherein the at least one voltage input connector comprises a slip-on, non-locking male circular connector including a circular cross-section, wherein the at least one mating voltage output connector comprises a slip-on, non-locking female circular connector including a circular cross-section, and wherein the at least one voltage input connector is configured to press fit onto the at least one mating voltage output connector of the battery or battery pack such that the circular cross-section of the non-locking circular male connector fits within the circular cross-section of the non-locking female circular connector;
control electronics capable of measuring a voltage received from the at least one voltage input connector when the at least one voltage input connector is electrically coupled to the at least one mating voltage output connector of the battery or battery pack to be monitored, and wherein the control electronics are configured to process an input voltage range and/or a battery discharge characteristic to determine a state of charge, wherein the control electronics include a voltage sensing circuit, an analog-to-digital converter (ADC), a processor, and a driver to drive the at least one indicator;
a housing adapted to house the at least one voltage input connector, the control electronics, and the at least one indicator; and
at least one indicator which indicates the state of charge;
wherein the at least one voltage input connector, the control electronics, and the at least one indicator are in electronic communication;
wherein the state of charge indicated by the at least one indicator is related to the voltage measured by the control electronics; and
wherein the housing comprises a base plate and a plastic cover comprising a clouded plastic and including at least one viewing window comprised of a clear plastic, wherein the state of charge is operable to be viewed through one or more of the at least one viewing window.

US Pat. No. 10,481,210

METHODS TO DETERMINE BATTERY CELL VOLTAGE RELAXATION TIME BASED ON CELL USAGE HISTORY AND TEMPERATURE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A Battery Energy Control Module (BECM) for controlling a battery system for an electric vehicle, comprising:a relax time look up table (LUT) of battery relaxation time based on predetermined root mean square (RMS) current and temperature of the battery system, wherein the LUT provides a set of relaxation time values corresponding to RMS current and temperature,
wherein the BECM 1) monitors key-on power up events and key-off power down events of the vehicle, 2) detects the RMS current and temperature of the battery system when initiating a respective key-off power down event, 3) measures an elapsed time until a respective key-on power up event; 4) identifies a respective relaxation time in the relax time LUT according to the detected RMS current and temperature; and 5) measures an open circuit voltage (OCV) to estimate a state of charge (SOC) of the battery system when initiating the respective key-on power up event if the elapsed time is greater than the identified relaxation time and otherwise waits until the elapsed time from the respective key-off power down event reaches the identified relaxation time to measure the OCV for estimating the SOC of the battery system.

US Pat. No. 10,481,209

METHOD FOR CHECKING A WIRE CONNECTION

CHROMA ATE INC., Taoyuan...

1. A method for checking a wire connection, comprising:providing a first current to one of batteries by a first power channel and measuring a first voltage by a first measuring channel when the first power channel is connected to said one of the batteries and the first measuring channel is connected to said one or another one of the batteries,
after measuring the first voltage by the first measuring channel, providing a second current to said one of the batteries by the first power channel and measuring a second voltage by the first measuring channel; and
determining whether the first measuring channel and the first power channel are connected to a same battery of the batteries according to a difference between the second voltage and the first voltage,
wherein the first and second current have different values.

US Pat. No. 10,481,208

METHOD FOR WELDING ELECTRODE LEADS OF SECONDARY BATTERY MODULE AND COMPACT SECONDARY BATTERY MODULE USING THE SAME

LG CHEM, LTD., Seoul (KR...

1. A compact secondary battery module, comprising:a plurality of cartridges configured to accommodate cells, respectively, the plurality of cartridges stacked in a first direction;
a first battery cell accommodated in a first cartridge of the plurality of cartridges, the first battery cell having a first lead extending from the first cartridge;
a second battery cell accommodated in a second cartridge of the plurality of cartridges, the second battery cell having a second lead extending from the second cartridge; and
a sensing housing arranged at a side of a cartridge assembly in which the cartridges are stacked, the sensing housing having a plurality of bus bars,
wherein corresponding electrode leads of adjacent cells are arranged to be coplanar in a first plane and one of the plurality of bus bars in a second plane overlaps the first lead and second lead and then is welded to the first lead and second lead at two welding points, the second plane being parallel to the first plane, and
wherein the corresponding electrode leads of adjacent cells are spaced from one another in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,481,206

AUTOMATIC TEST EQUIPMENT (ATE) PLATFORM TRANSLATION

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPO...

1. A system comprising:a computer device, upon implementing a host test program, is configured to generate compiled host test instructions based on a non-host test program code prepared in accordance with performance characteristics of a non-host automatic test equipment (ATE) and based on calibration data and/or offset data associated with a host ATE; and
a hardware adapter configured to generate non-host test signals based on host test signals generated by the host ATE and with substantially similar characteristics as test signals generated by the non-host ATE, wherein the host test signals are generated by the host ATE based on the compiled host test instructions.

US Pat. No. 10,481,204

METHODS AND SYSTEMS TO MEASURE A SIGNAL ON AN INTEGRATED CIRCUIT DIE

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A processor comprising:a first pad;
a second pad; and
a measurement circuit having:
a first input node to receive a test signal;
a second input node to receive an adjustable reference signal from the first pad; and
an output node to provide an indication of a relation between the test signal and the reference signal to the second pad,
wherein the measurement circuit is to protect the first input node from the second pad to preserve signal fidelity of the test signal; and
a multiplexer coupled to the measurement circuit, wherein the multiplexer is to selectively provide an output from multiple measurement circuits including the measurement circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,481,203

GRANULAR DYNAMIC TEST SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Nvidia Corporation, Sant...

1. A system comprising:a global clock input for receiving a global clock associated with circuit testing operations;
a plurality of partitions;
a skew tolerant interface configured to compensate for clock skew differences between a global clock from outside at least one of the plurality of partitions and a balanced local clock within at least one of the plurality of partitions, wherein the skew tolerant interface includes a first de-skew sub system for a circuit test input path of the at least one of the plurality of partitions and a second de-skew sub-system for a circuit test output path of the at least one of the plurality of partitions.

US Pat. No. 10,481,202

IN-FIELD SELF-TEST CONTROLLER FOR SAFETY CRITICAL AUTOMOTIVE USE CASES

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A self-test controller, comprising:a memory configured to store a first test pattern that includes test subpatterns such that each of the test subpatterns includes test vectors and the test vectors in each of the test subpatterns correspond to a different test core of a plurality of test cores;
configuration registers configured to store configuration parameters that indicate a subset of the plurality of the test cores that are test enabled; and
a memory data component configured to upload the first test pattern and decode the test vectors in a subset of the test subpatterns that correspond to the subset of the plurality of the test cores that the configuration parameters indicate are test enabled.

US Pat. No. 10,481,200

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE TEST APPARATUSES COMPRISING AT LEAST ONE TEST SITE HAVING AN ARRAY OF POCKETS

Micron Technology, Inc., ...

1. A semiconductor device test apparatus, comprising:at least one substrate of a single material, the at least one substrate comprising at least one test site including an array of pockets, each
pocket extending into the single material of the at least one substrate from only one surface thereof to a bottom pocket surface defined by the single material of the at least one substrate and spaced by the single material of the substrate from a surface of the at least one substrate opposite the only one surface, each pocket of the array sized and configured for at least partially receiving a single conductive element protruding from a semiconductor device to be tested on the at least one test site; and
a conductive contact within each pocket and located at least proximate the bottom of the pocket coupled to a conductive trace within or directly on the substrate extending to a conductive pad on the substrate and offset from the array of pockets.

US Pat. No. 10,481,199

DATA ANALYTICS AND COMPUTATIONAL ANALYTICS FOR SEMICONDUCTOR PROCESS CONTROL

APPLIED MATERIALS, INC., ...

1. A method for detecting excursions comprising deviations from expected geometric features in an integrated circuit substrate, comprising:determining a set of contours suspected of having at least one excursion in a design window of the integrated circuit substrate based on a geometric distribution of proximities of a plurality of points of interest in the design window to a plurality of expected geometric features, wherein determining the geometric distribution comprises determining a design proximity index for each of the plurality of points of interest in the design window, wherein the design proximity index is a measure of how close a point of interest of the plurality of points of interest is to an adjacent expected geometric feature of the plurality of expected geometric features;
obtaining a set of imaged contours from one or more images of a defect-free integrated circuit substrate;
comparing the set of imaged contours to the set of suspected contours to obtain a set of potential excursions from the imaged contours;
determining a probability that a potential excursion from the set of potential excursions is a confirmed excursion, wherein the confirmed excursion is operable to cause a yield impacting defect within at least one of the expected geometric features of the design window of the substrate; and
taking a corrective action to eliminate a re-occurrence of the confirmed excursion based on the determined probability.

US Pat. No. 10,481,198

STATIONARY BATH FOR TESTING ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPO...

1. A system, comprising:a stationary bath including a tub that defines an aperture in a plane;
a plurality of slots defined inside the tub and oriented orthogonally with respect to the plane;
a dielectric fluid in the tub;
a heating element to apply heat to the dielectric fluid; and
a board retrievably placed in one of the plurality of slots, the board having a plurality of sockets operable to receive electronic components.

US Pat. No. 10,481,191

DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

LG Chem, Ltd., Seoul (KR...

1. A diagnostic system for a vehicle electrical system, wherein the vehicle electrical system has a battery module, a contactor, a high side driver circuit, a low side driver circuit, and a voltage regulator outputting a first voltage, the diagnostic system comprising:a first voltage divider circuit receiving the first voltage and outputting a second voltage in response to the first voltage,
a second voltage divider circuit receiving the first voltage and outputting a third voltage in response to the first voltage;
a first analog multiplexer having an input port that receives the second voltage from the first voltage divider circuit;
a second analog multiplexer having an input port that receives the third voltage from the second voltage divider circuit;
an analog-to-digital converter being electrically coupled to an output port of the first analog multiplexer and an output port of the second analog multiplexer, the analog-to-digital converter receiving the second and third voltages at first and second times, respectively, and outputting first and second voltage values respectively, based on the second and third voltages, respectively, that are received by a microcontroller;
the microcontroller determining a first compensated voltage value utilizing the first voltage value and a compensation value;
the microcontroller determining a difference value based on the first compensated voltage value and the second voltage value; and
the microcontroller commanding the high side driver circuit and the low side driver circuit to transition a contact of the contactor to an open operational position when the difference value is greater than a threshold difference value indicating that the analog-to-digital converter is malfunctioning.

US Pat. No. 10,481,189

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MEASURING VARIABLE IMPEDANCE ELEMENTS IN A WIRELESS SENSOR

Philips I.P. Ventures B.V...

1. A wireless remote sensor for sensing a first external parameter and a second external parameter comprising:a receiver coil configured to receive power wirelessly from a wireless power transmitter;
an oscillating circuit coupled to said receiver coil whereby oscillations of said oscillating circuit are communicated to the wireless power transmitter by reflected impedance, said oscillating circuit having a first variable impedance element that is configured to vary in response to changes in a value of a sensed first external parameter and a second variable impedance element that is configured to vary in response to changes in a value of a sensed second external parameter, wherein the first and second variable impedance elements are capable of varying independently of power received wirelessly from the wireless power transmitter; and
wherein a duty cycle of said oscillations varies based on variations in said first and second variable impedance elements, whereby said duty cycle of said oscillations is affected by sensed variations in the value of the sensed first and sensed second external parameters.

US Pat. No. 10,481,187

FREQUENCY SYNTHESIZER OUTPUT CYCLE COUNTER INCLUDING RING ENCODER

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPO...

1. A method of frequency estimation, the method comprising:receiving, at an input of a ring encoder from a frequency synthesizer, a clock output, wherein the ring encoder comprises a plurality of flip flops connected in series and at least one inverter coupled between a last flip flop of the plurality of flip flops and a first flip flop of the plurality of flip flops;
generating, by the ring encoder, a ring encoder output clock based on the clock output, wherein a frequency of the clock output is an integer multiple of a frequency of the ring encoder output clock;
generating, by the ring encoder, an encoded output based on the clock output, wherein the encoded output indicates least significant bits (LSBs) of a clock cycle count of the clock output;
generating, by a binary counter, based on the ring encoder output clock, an output count which indicates most significant bits (MSBs) of the clock cycle count;
sampling, by a frequency estimator, using a reference clock, the encoded output, to provide a sampled encoded output; and
sampling, by the frequency estimator, using the reference clock, the output count, to provide a sampled output count.

US Pat. No. 10,481,186

COMBINED DC CURRENT, AC CURRENT AND VOLTAGE SENSOR FOR HIGH VOLTAGE ELECTRIC POWER LINES

Southern States, LLC, Ha...

1. An in-line electric power line monitoring device, comprising:a bus bar configured to be connected in-line with an electric power line conductor;
an electronics board positioned transverse to the bus bar with the bus bar extending through the electronics board, electronic components carried the electronics board comprising a microprocessor, a memory and a radio, with the memory and the radio carried by the electronics board and operatively connected to the microprocessor;
a voltage sensor and an antenna carried on the electronics board operatively connected to the microprocessor,
a pair of DC current measurement pickups spaced apart on the bus bar and operatively connected to the microprocessor;
a power supply coil operatively connected to the microprocessor and positioned transverse to the bus bar with the bus bar extending through the power supply coil, the power supply coil configured to harvest electric energy from the power line conductor and provide the harvested electric energy to power the electronic components;
an AC current sensor coil operatively connected to the microprocessor and positioned transverse to the bus bar with the bus bar extending through the AC current sensor coil;
an electronics board cover positioned transverse to the bus bar with the bus bar extending through the electronics board cover;
an end plate positioned transverse to the bus bar with the bus bar extending through the end plate, with the electronics board, the DC current measurement pickups, the power supply coil, and the AC current sensor coil positioned between the electronics board cover and the end plate.

US Pat. No. 10,481,185

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE, SEMICONDUCTOR SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD OF SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE TO MONITOR A POWER SUPPLY VOLTAGE

RENESAS ELECTRONICS CORPO...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:a voltage monitor that is driven by a second power supply voltage different from a first power supply voltage supplied to a circuit to be monitored and monitors the first power supply voltage; and
a delay monitor that is driven by the first power supply voltage and monitors the signal propagation period of time of a critical path in the circuit to be monitored.

US Pat. No. 10,481,184

INPUT-VOLTAGE-ABNORMALITY DETECTION METHOD AND POWER SOURCE DEVICE

Sumitomo Electric Industr...

1. A power supply device comprising:a single-phase AC path from an input end to an output end in the power supply device;
a first voltage sensor configured to detect an input voltage at the input end;
a second voltage sensor configured to detect an output voltage at the output end;
a conversion unit connected to the AC path and being capable of bidirectional power conversion;
a storage battery connected to the AC path via the conversion unit;
an AC switch provided between the input end and a point at which the conversion unit is connected to the AC path; and
a control unit configured to control the conversion unit and the AC switch, thereby having a current conduction mode in which a power is supplied from the input end through the AC switch which is closed and the AC path, to reach the output end and thus supplied to a load connected to the output end, and a storage battery discharge mode in which the AC switch is opened and a power is supplied from the storage battery to the load via the conversion unit, wherein
the control unit has a function of a phase locked loop, and sequentially generates a simulated voltage waveform with a phase synchronized with the input voltage, by using the phase locked loop, and
within a period until a next update of the generated simulated voltage waveform, compares an instantaneous value of the input voltage with the simulated voltage waveform, and when the instantaneous value of the input voltage changes from a state of being along the simulated voltage waveform to a state of not being along the simulated voltage waveform, determines that the input voltage is abnormal, and shifts from the current conduction mode to the storage battery discharge mode.

US Pat. No. 10,481,182

OPTICAL SENSOR WITH SPUN BIREFRINGENT SENSING FIBER

ABB Schweiz AG, Baden (C...

1. An optical fiber current sensor having an opto-electronic module part for detecting a magneto-optic phase shift induced in a sensing fiber by a magnetic field of the current, and a sensor head including the sensing fiber, wherein the sensing fiber is a spun highly-birefringent fiber having a length L=? ds defined by the line integral along the space curve described by the sensing fiber,wherein a sensing length is defined as L?=L for a transmission optical sensor and as L?=2L for a sensing fiber being terminated by a reflector and

with

 and x being the spinning ratio of the spun highly-birefringent fiber,

 the ratio of center wavelength ? over the spectral width ?? of the light in the sensing fiber, and LLB being the linear beat length which is a length section of equivalent unspun highly-birefringent fiber that produces a birefringent phase shift of 2?, and
wherein

with Dmax being 50 cm or smaller and Dmax being a length characterising the available volume for the sensor head, and a and b being the two largest edge lengths of a cuboid of minimal size enclosing the sensing fiber, wherein
the magneto-optic phase shift accumulated in the fiber is reduced by having at least one of the following features:
(i) one or more sections of the sensing fiber forming loops enclosing the current but being counter-wound with respect to other sections of the sensing fiber forming loops enclosing the current,
(ii) one or more sections of the sensing fiber being at least partly magnetically shielded, and
(iii) one or more sections of the sensing fiber forming loops not enclosing the current.

US Pat. No. 10,481,180

METHOD FOR SENSING POWER CONSUMPTION AND SENSING DEVICE

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RES...

1. A method for sensing power consumption, comprising:sensing, by a sensing device, a change in a waveform of a current or a voltage on a wire;
performing integration operation and digital processing on the waveform of the current or the voltage;
calculating a root mean square of a value of the current or the voltage, wherein the value of the current or the voltage is a relative value, wherein the relative value is a simple number and free from being a measured value of a physical electricity meter; and
calculating a power factor after calculating the root mean square of the value of the current or the voltage, wherein calculating the power factor includes detecting zero crossings of the current and the voltage to measure a time difference between the zero crossings, and correcting a non-linear load error based on distortion in the waveform of the current to obtain the power factor.

US Pat. No. 10,481,178

METHOD FOR MARKING DATA IN TIME/FREQUENCY MEASUREMENT

ANRITSU COMPANY, Morgan ...

1. A method for obtaining data of interest for a device under test (DUT) acquired by a measuring instrument transmitting pulsed radio frequency (RF) test signals to the DUT, the method comprising:receiving an analog signal from the device under test and using an analog to digital converter (ADC) to generate a set of measurement data from the analog signal;
receiving, from a register, a location estimated to correspond with a first synchronization event within a synchronizing time pulse separate from and synchronized with the acquired set of measurement data,
wherein a synchronization event is associated with timing of a pulsed RF test signal,
wherein the location is inserted into the register in response to an initial trigger;
searching the synchronizing time pulse within a predetermined window for the first synchronization event based on the location;
identifying the first synchronization event based on the search;
obtaining particular measurement data from the acquired set of measurement data within an offset range determined based on the identified first synchronization event;
wherein a location of the identified first synchronization event within the synchronizing time pulse is designated as a current location; and
iteratively performing the following for a predetermined number of periods, wherein a period is an estimate of a length of time from an initiation of a pulsed RF test signal to an initiation of a next pulsed RF test signal:
applying an offset delta value to the current location to predict a location of a next synchronization event within the synchronizing time pulse;
wherein the offset delta value is based on the period;
searching the synchronizing time pulse within a window based on a target period fraction for the next synchronization event based on the current location;
iteratively widening the window, upon failing to identify the next synchronization event, and repeating the search within the widened window until identifying the next synchronization event or reaching a predefined maximum width for the window;
obtaining particular measurement data from the acquired set of measurement data within the offset range determined based on the identified next synchronization event; and
updating the current location based on a location of the identified next synchronization event within the synchronizing time pulse.

US Pat. No. 10,481,176

HIGH BANDWIDTH DIFFERENTIAL LEAD WITH DEVICE CONNECTION

Tektronix, Inc., Beavert...

1. A signal lead structured to be attached to an electrical device, the signal lead comprising:a signal pad;
a first spring housing, the first spring housing structured to touch the electrical device when the signal lead is attached to the electrical device;
a printed circuit board coupled to the first spring housing, the signal pad being disposed on the printed circuit board;
a first spring carried in the first spring housing, the first spring being uncompressed and having a first end extending beyond a surface of the first spring housing when the signal lead is not attached to the electrical device, and the first spring being compressed and having the first end substantially even with the surface of the first spring housing when the signal lead is attached to the electrical device, and the first spring structured to touch the electrical device and carry an electrical signal between the electrical device and the signal pad when the signal lead is attached to the electrical device;
a flexible electrical conduit coupled to the printed circuit board at a first end of the flexible electrical conduit, the flexible electrical conduit extending away from the first spring housing, wherein the flexible electrical conduit comprises a substantially planar flexible plastic substrate having a plurality of integrated conductive paths;
electrical terminals disposed at a second end of the flexible electrical conduit, opposite the first end, the electrical terminals printed on a surface of the flexible electrical conduit, and the electrical terminals structured to be inserted into a receiving socket coupled to a test device; and
a signal processing circuit mounted on the printed circuit board and coupled to the signal pad, the signal processing circuit configured to modify the electrical signal received from the electrical device when the signal lead is attached to the electrical device and pass the modified electrical signal to the test device when the flexible electrical conduit is coupled to the test device at a second end, opposite the first end, of the flexible electrical conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,481,175

CONTACTOR WITH ANGLED DEPRESSIBLE PROBES

ESSAI, INC., Fremont, CA...

1. A contactor for providing electrical contact between an array of contacts of an IC device under test (DUT) and a test board, said contactor comprising:a body portion having substantially parallel top and bottom faces defining a contactor interface wall which lies in an x-y plane and which has a perpendicular z-axis, the top face of said contactor interface wall receiving a DUT which is placed contacts down on said top face, and
a plurality of depressible probes extending through said contactor interface wall, said depressible probes having probe tips and being angled relative to the z-axis of said interface wall such that the probe tips of said depressible probes emerge at an angle from the top and bottom faces thereof, and wherein the depressible probes are arranged in different arrays of depressible probes, the depressible probes of one array of depressible probes being angled oppositely from the depressible probes of another array of depressible probes, and wherein the oppositely angled arrays of depressible probes exert equally opposing forces in the x-y plane on the DUT thereby self-aligning and self-centering the DUT with respect to the body portion.

US Pat. No. 10,481,173

WIRELESS SMART DEVICES HAVING INTEGRATED FORCE, POSITION, ACCELERATION, AND ROTATIONAL SENSING FOR SCIENCE EDUCATION

PASCO SCIENTIFIC, Rosevi...

1. An integrated wireless device for collecting data that measures dynamic properties of the integrated wireless device during a science experiment comprising: an accelerometer to generate acceleration data based on detecting a current rate of acceleration of the integrated wireless device over a period of time; a shaft encoder to detect angular positional changes of a shaft or axle of the integrated wireless device over the period of time; and at least one processing device communicatively coupled to the accelerometer and the shaft encoder, the at least one processing device is configured to decode angular position data of the encoder into positional data over the period of time and to time synchronize the acceleration data received from the accelerometer with the positional data decoded by the at least one processing device for the science experiment over the period of time.

US Pat. No. 10,481,172

SENSOR AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A SENSOR

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A sensor, comprising:a sensor core that includes:
a cable that leaves the sensor core essentially in an exit direction; and
a counter-structure;
a deviating component that is push mounted on and engaged with the sensor core; and
an aligning component that includes an aligning structure adapted to and engaged with the counter-structure and that is repositionable relative to the counter-structure in a plurality of different mounting directions relative to the sensor core that are transverse relative to the exit direction, the aligning component is laterally push mounted on the sensor core in one mounting direction of the plurality of different mounting directions;
wherein the deviating component and the aligning component define a final alignment direction of the cable that is different from the exit direction.

US Pat. No. 10,481,171

AUTOMATED SAMPLE STORAGE SYSTEM HAVING STORAGE CONSUMABLE WITH SUB-OPTIMAL STORAGE DENSITY

BROOKS AUTOMATION, INC., ...

1. An automated sample specimen storage system comprising:a tube holding microplate including
a plate frame;
a predetermined array of tube holding receptacles formed in the plate frame, the tube holding receptacles of the predetermined array having a SBS standard pitch corresponding to the predetermined array, and being configured for holding therein sample store and transport tubes that are separate and distinct from the predetermined array of tube holding receptacles, each tube holding receptacle being disposed so as to contain sample specimen in a sample storage array, of the automated sample specimen storage system and to effect, with the sample store and transport tube, delivery of the sample specimen from the sample storage array to a workstation, the predetermined array of tube holding receptacles defining a volume capacity of the tube holding microplate;
each of the tube holding receptacles being shaped to engage walls of the sample store and transport tubes and hold a respective one of the sample store and transport tubes, wherein the tube holding receptacles of the predetermined array are sized and spaced from one another so that the tube holding microplate volume capacity defined by the predetermined array of tube holding receptacles is an under optimum volume capacity; and
an automated storage and retrieval system configured for the automated storage and retrieval of sample store and transport tubes from a sample storage with a predetermined throughput capacity to the sample storage array, wherein the sample storage array is balanced with the predetermined throughput capacity of the automated storage and retrieval system so that the sub-optimal density of the predetermined array effects increased throughput of the sample store and transport tubes from the sample storage to the sample storage array relative to a storage area with optimal volume capacity arrayed tube holding receptacles.

US Pat. No. 10,481,170

TEST TUBE RACK OF ANALYZER PIPELINE, SHIFT DETECTION METHOD AND DEVICE USING THE SAME

Shenzhen Mindray Bio-Medi...

1. A detecting device for shift detection, comprising:a test tube rack including a plurality of test tube holders for holding test tubes;
a drive component for driving the test tube rack;
a light blocker arranged on a surface of the test tube rack, the light blocker comprising a first feature area and a second feature area alternated with the first feature area, the first feature area and the second feature area optically blocking the test tubes, the second feature area having a depth different from the first feature area in a direction perpendicular to the surface of the test tube rack;
a reflective optical sensor for detecting a reflected signal from the first feature area and the second feature area of the light blocker to output a detection signal during a shifting process of the test tube rack by the drive component, a single test tube is shifted during the shifting process of the test tube rack;
a processor configured to acquire a stop voltage from the detection signal and a limit voltage from the detection signal during the shifting process, wherein the stop voltage is detected upon the test tube rack ending the shift, and the limit voltage is the maximum absolute value of voltage from the beginning to the end of the shift of the test tube rack; and the processor is further configured to determine whether a ratio of the limit voltage and the stop voltage satisfies a first condition; upon the determination that the first condition is satisfied, the shifting process of the test tube rack is determined as correct; otherwise, the shifting process of the test tube rack is determined as false.

US Pat. No. 10,481,164

METHOD FOR USING LIGHT SCATTERING IN REAL TIME TO DIRECTLY MONITOR AND CONTROL IMPURITY REMOVAL IN PURIFICATION PROCESSES

AMGEN INC., Thousand Oak...

1. A method for controlling levels of biological impurities in an elution pool from a cation exchange chromatography resin comprising:loading a mixture containing a recombinant protein and biological impurities on to a cation exchange chromatography resin;
eluting by a salt gradient the recombinant protein from the cation exchange chromatography resin;
measuring the intensity of light scattered by the eluate with a laser light scattering detector to obtain a light scattering (LS) signal;
measuring the absorbance of the eluate with an ultraviolet (UV) absorbance detector to obtain an absorbance signal;
calculating a ratio of the LS signal to the absorbance signal for each elution fraction to obtain a LS/UV fraction ratio;
monitoring in real time during the elution of the recombinant protein the LS/UV fraction ratio over time for each elution fraction, wherein an increase in the LS/UV fraction ratio over time indicates an increase in the levels of biological impurities in the elution pool; and
terminating the elution when an increase in the LS/UV fraction ratio over time is detected.

US Pat. No. 10,481,156

DETECTION OF AUTOANTIBODIES REACTIVE WITH PANCREATIC ISLET CELL ANTIGENIC MOLECULES AND/OR INSULIN

RSR LIMITED, Cardiff (GB...

1. A method of screening a diluted sample of serum or plasma obtained from an animal subject for analyte autoantibodies reactive with one or more antigenic molecules selected from glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD) antigens or the protein tyrosine phosphatase-like islet cell antigen (IA-2), said method comprising:(a) immobilizing antigenic molecules from one or more first sources to a solid support in an amount so as to form a monovalent intermediate complex comprising [antigenic molecule of said first source]-[analyte autoantibody] capable of forming a divalent complex with antigenic molecules of a second source, wherein said antigenic molecules from the one or more first sources are capable of interacting with analyte autoantibodies in a sample of serum or plasma from said subject, or a calibrator and comprises molecules selected from the group consisting of glutamic acid decarboxylase 65 (GAD65), glutamic acid decarboxylase 67 (GAD67), and IA-2;
(b) contacting said immobilized antigenic molecules from the one or more first sources with:
(1) a diluted sample of serum or plasma from said subject, wherein the sample is diluted 32-fold or less; or said calibrator; and
(2) antigenic molecules from one or more second sources comprising a direct or indirect label, wherein said antigenic molecules from the one or more second sources are capable of interacting with analyte autoantibodies in a sample of serum or plasma from said subject, or said calibrator and comprises molecules selected from the group consisting of GAD65; GAD67; IA-2,
whereby analyte autoantibodies when present in said sample or calibrator interact with said antigenic molecules from the one or more first and second sources to form one or more divalent complexes comprising [antigenic molecule of said first source]-[analyte autoantibody]-[antigenic molecule of said second source]; and
(c) detecting the presence of complexes formed in (b) to provide an indication of analyte autoantibodies present in said sample;wherein said antigenic molecules from the one or more first and second sources comprises at least one GAD antigenic molecule.

US Pat. No. 10,481,155

PROTEOMIC ASSAY USING QUANTUM SENSORS

SomaLogic, Inc., Boulder...

1. A device for detecting label-free target analytes, comprising:a surface configured to contact a fluid;
at least two capture reagents attached to the surface, each capture reagent configured to bind to a different label-free target analyte;
a plurality of color centers located proximate the surface; and
at least one detector configured to detect a change in a property of at least one of the color centers in response to binding one of the different label-free target analytes to a corresponding one of the capture reagents.

US Pat. No. 10,481,151

ISOLATION OF PULMONARY ARTERIAL ENDOTHELIAL CELLS FROM PATIENTS WITH PULMONARY VASCULAR DISEASE AND USES THEREOF

Allegheny-Singer Research...

1. A method of culturing a population of pulmonary arterial endothelial cells from a patient, comprising:introducing an inflatable balloon catheter into a vein of the patient and advancing the catheter through the right heart of the patient and into a branch of the pulmonary artery of the patient;
inflating the balloon catheter to a pressure consistent with that of a pulmonary artery catheter;
removing the balloon catheter from the patient;
collecting a total cell population that adheres to the balloon catheter after removal from the patient;
purifying the population of pulmonary endothelial cells away from the total cell population; and
expanding the population of pulmonary endothelial cells in a growth medium.

US Pat. No. 10,481,146

GAS SENSOR AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM

FUJITSU LIMITED, Kawasak...

5. An information processing system, comprising:a gas sensor including a p-type semiconductor layer whose first surface as a top surface or as at least a portion of a top surface is covered with tertiary amine such that aldehyde is detected selectively and two electrodes electrically coupled with each other through the p-type semiconductor layer, the two electrodes being in contact with a second surface as opposing bottom surfaces or as portions of opposite sides of the portion of the top surface other than the first surface of the p-type semiconductor layer, wherein the surface of the tertiary amine is exposed such that the detection target gas contacts at least with the surface of the tertiary amine over a region between the two electrodes, and the p-type semiconductor layer contains any one material selected from the group consisting of cuprous bromide, cuprous oxide, cuprous sulfide, silver oxide, silver bromide and silver sulfide; and
a computer configured to process data obtained by the gas sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,481,145

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR MEASURING BLOOD COAGULATION

University of South Flori...

1. A whole blood coagulation measurement device, comprising:a single substrate made from a single piece of a silicon material and having a top surface;
an optical waveguide made of a silicon material that extends across the top surface of the substrate, the optical waveguide having an end that forms a waveguide tip, the optical waveguide comprising a primary branch and secondary branch that is coupled to the primary branch;
spacer members provided on the top surface of the substrate along opposed lateral sides of the waveguide that are sized and configured to shield the waveguide tip from red blood cells contained in whole blood deposited on the measurement device while enabling plasma contained in the whole blood to reach the waveguide tip, wherein a top surface of the waveguide is exposed between the spacer elements so as to provide space for the plasma to reach the waveguide tip;
a light source provided on the top surface of the substrate that is coupled to the primary branch; and
a light detector provided on the top surface of the substrate that is couple to the secondary branch.

US Pat. No. 10,481,144

NANOPORE SEQUENCING USING N-MERS

Pacific Biosciences of Ca...

1. A device for nucleic acid sequencing comprising:an array of at least 100 nanopores,
above the array of nanopores, in fluidic contact with the array of nanopores, an upper fluidic region comprising an upper electrode, the upper fluidic region comprising nucleic acid molecules,
below the array of nanopores, an array of discrete fluidic regions, each discrete fluidic region in fluidic contact with a nanopore, and each discrete fluidic region comprising a lower electrode, wherein there is no direct fluidic contact between the discrete fluidic regions, and
below the array of discrete fluidic regions, an array of electronic circuits, each electronic circuit comprising an amplifier in electrical contact with the fluidic region above it,
wherein voltage is applied between the upper electrode and the lower electrodes, resulting in translocation of a nucleic acid molecule through a plurality of the nanopores, and whereby a measured electrical signal is used to determine sequences of a plurality of nucleic acid molecules.

US Pat. No. 10,481,143

CHEMO-THERMO-PIEZORESISTIVE HIGHLY SENSING SMART CEMENT WITH INTEGRATED REAL-TIME MONITORING SYSTEM

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON SYS...

1. A system for monitoring performance-related properties of cement, comprising:a cement structure comprised of chemo-thermo-piezoresistive smart cement, wherein the chemo-thermo-piezoresistive smart cement comprises from about 0.03% to about 0.1% modified conductive or semi-conductive filler by weight of the chemo-thermo-piezoresistive smart cement, and wherein the modified conductive or semi-conductive filler comprises dispersed carbon fibers, dispersed basaltic fibers, or mixtures thereof; and
an integrated real-time monitoring system for monitoring changes in electrical resistivity of the chemo-thermo-piezoresistive smart cement, wherein the changes in the electrical resistivity of the chemo-thermo-piezoresistive smart cement correlate with performance-related properties of the chemo-thermo-piezoresistive smart cement, wherein the integrated real-time monitoring system collects AC resistance measurements at selected frequencies, wherein the integrated real-time monitoring system uses the AC resistance measurements to calculate the changes in the electrical resistivity and changes in electrical impedance of the chemo-thermo-piezoresistive smart cement using an equivalent circuit to represent electrical properties of the chemo-thermo-piezoresistive smart cement, wherein the chemo-thermo-piezoresistive smart cement is represented in the equivalent circuit as a bulk material with contacts as follows:

wherein Z2 is total electrical impedance for the equivalent circuit, Rb is resistance of the bulk material, Rc is resistance of the contacts, Cc is capacitance of the contacts, and ? is a selected frequency, and wherein the equivalent circuit assumes a negligible capacitance for the bulk material.

US Pat. No. 10,481,136

CHROMATOGRAPHIC SYSTEM TEMPERATURE CONTROL SYSTEM

Valco Instruments Company...

1. A method for controlling at least two chromatographic components in a chromatographic system, comprising:determining a power/temperature relationship for a first component;
determining a power/temperature relationship for a second component;
receiving a time/temperature profile for the first component;
receiving an input identifying whether a time/temperature profile for the second component will track an actual time/temperature profile of the first component;
applying power to the first component to alter a temperature of the first component according to the power-temperature relationship for the first component;
obtaining a temperature measurement of the first component;
constructing the actual time-temperature profile of the first component;
adjusting a first component power supplied to the first component to alter the temperature of the first component according to the power-temperature relationship for the first component as determined by the temperature measurement of the first component;
applying a second component power to the second component to alter the temperature of the second component according to one of the power-temperature relationship for the first component and the actual time-temperature profile of the first component;
obtaining a temperature measurement of the second component;
adjusting the first component power supplied to the first component to alter the temperature of the second component according to one of the group of relationships consisting of the power-temperature relationship for the first component and the actual time-temperature profile of the first component as determined by the temperature measurement of the second component.

US Pat. No. 10,481,133

INLINE CYCLE FUSE

Hexagon Technology, AS, ...

1. A method of predicting impending failure of a pressure vessel, the method including:fluidly connecting the pressure vessel to a source of pressurized fluid via a line;
fluidly connecting an apparatus to the line between the pressure vessel and the source, the apparatus including:
a conduit having a conduit wall, wherein the conduit is configured for fluid connection to the line; and
a containment structure including a cavity separated from an interior of the conduit by a portion of the conduit wall;
determining a first value of a physical property in the cavity of the containment structure;
experiencing a failure of the conduit wall that permits the fluid to flow from the interior of the conduit into the cavity;
determining a second value of the physical property in the cavity;
detecting a difference between the first and second values; and
calibrating the failure of the conduit wall to occur at a pre-determined percentage of an estimated useful life of the pressure vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,481,131

ULTRASONIC TEST SYSTEM, ULTRASONIC TEST METHOD AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING AIRCRAFT PART

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

2. An ultrasonic test system comprising:at least one ultrasonic transducer that transmits a first ultrasonic wave and a second ultrasonic wave toward a test region, the first ultrasonic wave having a relatively low frequency, the second ultrasonic wave having a frequency higher than the frequency of the first ultrasonic wave;
at least one sensor that detects a reflected wave of the first ultrasonic wave and the second ultrasonic wave which has passed through the test region, the reflected wave being from the test region; and
damage detection circuitry configured to detect a damage in the test region, based on the reflected wave of the first ultrasonic wave and the second ultrasonic wave which has passed through the test region;
and where the at least one ultrasonic transducer comprises:
a first ultrasonic transducer that transmits the first ultrasonic wave toward the test region; and
a second ultrasonic transducer that transmits the second ultrasonic wave toward the test region from a direction different from a direction of the first ultrasonic wave; and wherein the at least one sensor comprises:
at least one optical fiber sensor that detects the reflected wave of the first ultrasonic wave and the second ultrasonic wave which has passed through the test region.

US Pat. No. 10,481,129

OIL RECOVERY SENSOR

BATTELLE MEMORIAL INSTITU...

1. A system for measuring oil content of a fluid, comprising:a dielectric sensor, comprising:
a first resonance circuit formed by a first capacitor, a first inductor, and a pair of electrodes adapted to be attached to an associated cavity through which the fluid can flow; and
a first standing wave ratio (SWR) analyzer configured to measure a resonance frequency of the first resonance circuit;
an eddy current sensor, comprising:
a second resonance circuit formed by a second capacitor, and a second inductor configured to produce a magnetic field within the associated cavity; and
a second SWR analyzer configured to measure a height of a peak of a resonance frequency of the second resonance circuit; and
one or more processors configured to:
determine if the oil content is above or below a threshold;
if the oil content is above the threshold, report the oil content using the dielectric sensor; and
if the oil content is below the threshold, report the oil content using the eddy current sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,481,126

ELECTROLYTE-GATED TRANSISTORS FOR DETECTION OF MOLECULES

Regents of the University...

24. A method for detecting a molecule comprising a target chemical composition, the method comprising:applying a voltage to a primary gate electrode of a device, the device comprising:
a source electrode and a drain electrode, the source electrode and the drain electrode being coupled to a semiconductor;
an ionic conducting electronic insulator coupled to the semiconductor;
a floating gate electrode comprising a first portion and a second portion, the first portion being coupled to the semiconductor via the ionic conducting electronic insulator; and
an aqueous buffer, wherein the primary gate electrode is coupled to the second portion of the floating gate electrode via the aqueous buffer;
measuring an electrical property at the drain electrode;
determining, based on the measured electrical property, whether the target chemical composition of the molecule is present within the aqueous buffer; and
outputting an indication of the determination.

US Pat. No. 10,481,124

CHEMICAL DEVICE WITH THIN CONDUCTIVE ELEMENT

LIFE TECHNOLOGIES CORPORA...

1. A chemical device, comprising:a chemically-sensitive field effect transistor including a floating gate structure comprising a plurality of floating gate conductors electrically coupled to one another;
a conductive element overlying and in communication with an uppermost floating gate conductor in the plurality of floating gate conductors, the conductive element wider and thinner than the uppermost floating gate conductor, the conductive element comprising titanium nitride; and
a dielectric material defining an opening extending to an upper surface of the conductive element.

US Pat. No. 10,481,123

ION-SENSING CHARGE-ACCUMULATION CIRCUITS AND METHODS

LIFE TECHNOLOGIES CORPORA...

1. A method of detecting an ion concentration of a fluid, comprising:passing the fluid over an ion-sensitive passivation surface above an electrically floating gate structure of a charge accumulation device of an ion sensitive circuit, wherein the floating gate includes a plurality of conductors electrically coupled to one another and separated by dielectric layers;
applying a control signal to a first charge control electrode disposed on a gate oxide layer and formed over a first electrode semiconductor region of the charge accumulation device to control entry of charge from the ion concentration of the fluid to form a packet of charge in a gate semiconductor region below the electrically floating gate structure;
applying a control signal to a second charge control electrode disposed on the gate oxide layer and formed over a second electrode semiconductor region of the charge accumulation device to control transmission of the charge packet out of the gate semiconductor region and into a drain diffusion region;
accumulating a plurality of charge packets at the drain diffusion region of the charge accumulation device as a function of the ion concentration in the fluid at a selectable charge packet accumulation frequency; and
generating an output signal using at least one control and readout transistor as a function of the accumulated plurality of charge packets at the drain diffusion region at a selectable output signal generation frequency, wherein the output signal represents a measure of the ion concentration in the fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,481,121

MEMS SENSOR

Cirrus Logic, Inc., Aust...

1. An amplifier apparatus for amplifying an input signal from a MEMS capacitive sensor comprising:a sense node for receiving the input signal;
an antiphase signal generator for generating a second signal which is in antiphase with the input signal; and
an amplifier arrangement configured to receive the input signal at a first input and the second signal at a second input and to output corresponding first and second output signals,
wherein the antiphase signal generator generates the second signal based on a common-mode voltage of the first and second output signals.

US Pat. No. 10,481,120

DROPLET BASED MEASUREMENT OF SPECIFIC CAPACITANCE AND INTERFACIAL TENSIONS

University of Tennessee R...

1. A method of determining a plurality of physical properties of an artificial cellular membrane, wherein the method comprises:(a) preparing an artificial cellular membrane comprising a bilayer of amphiphilic molecules at an interface between a first droplet and a second droplet, wherein the first and second droplets each comprise an aqueous solution, wherein the first droplet is attached to a first electrode and the second droplet is attached to second electrode, and wherein the first and second droplets are suspended in a hydrophobic liquid medium;
(b) determining a specific capacitance of the artificial cellular membrane, wherein the determining comprises determining a nominal capacitance and an artificial cellular membrane area for the artificial cellular membrane at each of a plurality of artificial cellular membrane areas, wherein the area of the artificial cellular membrane is varied by changing the position of the first or second droplet relative to the other of the first or second droplet, and wherein the specific capacitance is calculated from the nominal capacitance and artificial cellular membrane area data, optionally from the slope of a linear least squares regression of nominal capacitance versus area data; and
(c) determining an artificial cellular membrane tension, wherein the determining comprises fixing the positions of the first and the second droplets relative to each other, measuring a contact angle between the droplets at a plurality of applied bias voltages, and calculating monolayer tension and bilayer tension.

US Pat. No. 10,481,119

FORCE SENSOR ARRAY HAVING AN ENERGY-ABSORBING FILM LAYER WITH AN ELASTIC DEFORMABILITY THAT CONVERTS KINETIC ENERGY INTO HEAT ENERGY

Foshan Sensicfusion Techn...

1. A force sensor array comprises:a circuit board,
a plurality of gas pressure sensors arranged on the circuit board, and
an energy-absorbing film layer covering a gas nozzle of each gas pressure sensor; wherein
said energy-absorbing film layer has an elastic deformability, and
said energy-absorbing film layer can convert impact kinetic energy into heat energy.

US Pat. No. 10,481,117

AMPEROMETRIC SENSOR SYSTEM

Halogen Systems, Inc., I...

1. A method of operating an amperometric sensor having a plurality of electrodes, each electrode having a surface exposable to water having at least one parameter to be measured by the plurality of electrodes, the method comprising:positioning a sensor housing through an opening into a source of the water having the at least one parameter to be measured to immerse an outer surface of the sensor housing in the water, the sensor housing enclosing a cavity, the sensor housing having at least one inlet opening that extends only from the outer surface of the sensor housing to the cavity to allow water to flow into the cavity from the water source, the sensor housing having at least one outlet opening that extends only from the cavity to the outer surface of the sensor housing to allow water to flow out of the cavity to the water source, the surfaces of the plurality of electrodes positioned within the cavity and exposed to water flowing into the cavity from the at least one inlet opening;
operating a flow generator positioned within the cavity to draw water into the cavity via the at least one inlet opening and to force water out of the cavity via the at least one outlet opening to thereby cause the water having the at least one parameter to be measured to flow into, through, and out of the cavity and to cause the water to flow across the surfaces of the plurality of electrodes at a substantially constant velocity, the flow generator drawing water into the cavity in a first flow direction, the flow generator redirecting the water to flow in a second flow direction perpendicular to the first flow direction; and
measuring the at least one parameter of the water while the water is flowing across the surfaces of the plurality of electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,481,116

HIGH RESOLUTION INSPECTION DEVICE FOR CASTING DEFECTS USING IR IMAGING

BAE Systems Information a...

1. A system for high definition thermal imaging for industrial inspection applications, said system comprising:a single channel, uncooled thermal sensor in a camera, wherein the sensor has low noise characteristics;
a cable connected to the camera, wherein the cable provides power to the camera and image data from the camera;
a controller with enhanced real time image processing software connected to the camera through the cable for processing the image data from the camera;
wherein the enhanced real time image processing software includes a plurality of preset filters that are user selectable;
wherein the preset filters include a spatial band-pass filter and a scene based noise suppression system for removing low frequency spatial noise and high frequency spatial noise; and
a unit under test that is subjected to a thermal gradient, wherein the camera produces at least one thermal gradient image of a subsurface of the unit under test, wherein the thermal gradient represents temperatures at least one of above or below ambient and the image is used to inspect the unit under test, and wherein the system operates at a working distance of less than about two feet.

US Pat. No. 10,481,115

CALORIMETER WITH DIFFUSION-BONDED BLOCK

WATERS TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A calorimeter comprising:a sample cell thermally coupled to a sample temperature sensor;
a reference cell thermally coupled to a reference temperature sensor;
a common heat sink thermally coupled to the sample cell and to the reference cell;
wherein the common heat sink comprises a diffusion-bonded block, and
wherein the diffusion-bonded block comprises a first metallic layer having a first thermal conductivity, a second metallic layer having a second thermal conductivity and a third metallic layer having a third thermal conductivity, wherein the second metallic layer is between the first metallic layer and the third metallic layer, and wherein the second thermal conductivity is different than the first thermal conductivity and the third thermal conductivity.

US Pat. No. 10,481,114

PROBE AND SAMPLE HOLDER FOR MAGNETIC RESONANCE AND MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING

University of New Brunswi...

1. A core holder for containing a reservoir rock core sample for MR or MRI measurement comprising:a casing having sufficient tensile strength to withstand being pressurized to an underground formation pressure, comprising
a cylindrical wall and end closures for closing the ends of the casing wherein
at least one of the end closures is removable to provide access to the inside of the casing, the wall and end closures defining a chamber internal to the core holder,
an inlet and an outlet in the core holder for circulating a confining fluid in the chamber,
a sample housing in the chamber for containing the core sample, the sample housing comprising
an inlet and an outlet in the sample holder for circulating fluid to and from the sample, and
a membrane for isolating the sample from fluid contact with the confining fluid but permitting fluid pressure to be exerted on the sample when the confining fluid is pressurized,
the space in the chamber not occupied by the sample housing defining a void space,
a radio frequency probe, connectable to an NMR or MRI apparatus, in the void space and at least partially surrounding the sample housing, whereby confining fluid introduced into the chamber circulates in the void space around the RF probe.

US Pat. No. 10,481,111

CALIBRATION OF A SMALL ANGLE X-RAY SCATTEROMETRY BASED METROLOGY SYSTEM

KLA-Tencor Corporation, ...

1. A metrology system comprising:an x-ray illumination source configured to generate an x-ray illumination beam;
a specimen stage moveable in a first direction orthogonal to an axis of the x-ray illumination beam and a second direction orthogonal to the axis of the x-ray illumination beam;
a specimen moveably attached to the specimen stage;
a first occlusion element disposed on the specimen stage adjacent to a specimen, the first occlusion element having a central axis co-planar with the surface of the specimen, wherein the specimen stage in a first position locates the first occlusion element in a path of the x-ray illumination beam such that a portion of the x-ray illumination beam is occluded by the first occlusion element;
a second occlusion element disposed on the specimen stage adjacent to the specimen, the second occlusion element having a central axis co-planar with the surface of the specimen and aligned in a direction different from the central axis of the first occlusion element, wherein the specimen stage in a second position locates the second occlusion element in the path of the x-ray illumination beam such that a portion of the x-ray illumination beam is occluded by the second occlusion element;
an x-ray detector configured to detect a first amount of transmitted flux at the first position and a second amount of flux at the second position; and
a computing system configured to determine a first position of the first occlusion element with respect to the x-ray illumination beam in the first direction based on the first amount of transmitted flux and determine a second position of the the second occlusion element with respect to the x-ray illumination beam in the second direction based on the second amount of transmitted flux.

US Pat. No. 10,481,110

RADIOGRAPHIC IMAGE GENERATING DEVICE

Tohoku University, Senda...

1. A radiographic image generating device, for generating an radiographic image for a sample, using an intensity distribution image for radiation that has passed through the sample and a grating group that have been arranged on a path from a source section to a detection section, comprising:a pixel value computation section; and
an image computation section,
wherein the pixel value computation section determines, using a plurality of intensity distribution images for the sample that is moved in a direction that traverses the path, whether or not point (p, q) on the sample falls in a region (Ak) on each intensity distribution image, and obtains a sum pixel value (Jk) for each region (Ak) by summing up pixel values, on each intensity distribution image, of the point (p, q) that falls in each region (Ak), and
wherein the image computation section creates a necessary radiographic image using the sum pixel values (Jk) of the regions (Ak).

US Pat. No. 10,481,108

SYSTEM FOR DEFECT INDICATION DETECTION

General Electric Company,...

1. A system for notifying a user of a potential defect in a composite part, comprising:one or more processors;
memory operably coupled to the one or more processors, the memory containing instructions that, in response to execution of the instructions by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to:
import data from a VCT acquisition apparatus over one or more computer networks, the data representing a plurality of associated parts;
segment a subset of data from the imported data, the subset representing an individual part of the plurality of associated parts;
perform assisted defect recognition to identify and classify indications of potential defects in the subset of data; and
report the indications of identified and classified potential defects to an operator.

US Pat. No. 10,481,107

SCANNING INSTRUMENT

Johnson Matthey Public Li...

1. A sub-sea pipeline scanning apparatus for measuring the attenuation of gamma radiation passing from a source of gamma radiation along a radiation path through a sub-sea pipeline to a radiation detector comprising:a) the source of gamma radiation;
b) the radiation detector, which is capable of detecting gamma radiation emitted by said source and passed through the sub-sea pipeline,
wherein the sub-sea pipeline scanning apparatus is configured to rotate the source and the at least one radiation detector around the sub-sea pipeline while maintaining the source and the at least one radiation detector in a fixed relationship to each other;
c) a data processor associated with said at radiation detector configured to calculate a property of a material present in a linear radiation path between said source and said radiation detector;
wherein said sub-sea pipeline scanning apparatus further comprises:
a first spacer mounted in a fixed relationship with respect to the source and positioned, between the source and the sub-sea pipeline to be scanned; and
a second spacer mounted in a fixed relationship with respect to the radiation detector and positioned, between the radiation detector and the sub-sea pipeline;
wherein said first and second spacers are rotatable around the sub-sea pipeline with the source and the radiation detector, and said first and second spacers each define a space which is capable of excluding water and have an average density which is less than 1 gcm?3.

US Pat. No. 10,481,106

MEASUREMENT PROCESSING DEVICE, X-RAY INSPECTION DEVICE, MEASUREMENT PROCESSING METHOD, MEASUREMENT PROCESSING PROGRAM, AND STRUCTURE MANUFACTURING METHOD

Nikon Corporation, Tokyo...

1. A measurement processing device, comprising:a memory storing instructions; and
at least one processor configured to execute the instructions to:
acquire a first sliced region that is a part of a specimen, as first sliced region information, by using X-rays; and
identify a position of the first sliced region in the specimen, by using the first sliced region information and shape information of the specimen.

US Pat. No. 10,481,103

INSPECTION DEVICE, INSPECTION FACILITY AND INSPECTION DEVICE FAILURE CONFIRMATION METHOD

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. An inspection device that inspects whether or not there is a foreign matter or dirt adhered to a surface of a workpiece or whether or not there is a scratch on the surface of the workpiece, the inspection device comprising:a mounting part on which the workpiece is mounted;
a light source part that irradiates the surface of the workpiece; and
a cover part that covers the mounting part and the light source part and blocks light coming from an outside light source from entering the inspection device, the outside light source being positioned outside the inspection device, wherein:
a first polarizing plate having a polarizing axis in a first direction is attached to an open window provided in the cover part, and a second polarizing plate having a polarizing axis in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction is attached to the open window so that the second polarizing plate is able to open and close; and
the second polarizing plate overlaps the first polarizing plate in a state where the second polarizing plate is closed, and the first polarizing plate and the second polarizing plate are present on a straight line that connects the outside light source and the workpiece in a state where the second polarizing plate is open.

US Pat. No. 10,481,100

IN-SITU SPECTRAL PROCESS MONITORING

VIAVI Solutions Inc., Sa...

1. A probe comprising:an outer housing,
the outer housing being spherical, cylindrical, prolate spheroid, ellipsoid, or toroidal in shape, and
the probe being configured to travel along with or through a flowing material;
a light source for transmitting light onto a material;
a conduit extending from an opening in the outer housing to an outlet in the outer housing; and
an optical filter for capturing the light refracted or reflected from the material,
the conduit enabling passing of the material in between the light source and the optical filter.

US Pat. No. 10,481,099

DETECTING MOISTURE PROXIMATE TO INSULATION

ExxonMobil Upstream Resea...

1. A system, comprising:an enclosure;
insulation material disposed over the enclosure, wherein the insulating material comprises a mineral fiber, a glass fiber, a polymeric foam, or any combinations thereof; and
a moisture reactive compound, wherein the moisture reactive compound indicates water proximate to the insulation; and
wherein the moisture reactive compound is incorporated into the insulation material.

US Pat. No. 10,481,095

METHODS AND MEANS FOR MULTISPECTRAL IMAGING

1. A method for acquisition of fluorescence and reflectance images of an object comprising the steps ofalternatingly illuminating the object with at least a first light having at least two spectral regions of high intensity, wherein the first light has regions of low intensity that are of longer wavelengths to a region of high intensity, and at least a second light having at least one spectral region of high intensity,
wherein the ratio of the light intensity between regions of high intensity at shorter wavelength and regions of low light intensity of longer wavelength for the first light is ?1×102,
recording a first image of the object during illumination of the object with the first light and a second image of the object during illumination of the object with the second light using a common sensor array,
wherein the light recorded by the sensor array is attenuated in at least said two of the spectral regions in which the first light has high intensities,
wherein the sensor array is a multichannel array where each channel has a distinct spectral sensitivity,
wherein the light recorded by the sensor array is attenuated by a multiple-bandpass filter with transmission characteristics, which are complementary to the first light, so as to attenuate at least said two spectral regions in which the first light has high intensities, and
wherein at least one of
(a) the attenuation ratio between the intensity of the unattenuated to the attenuated spectral regions is ?1×102, and
(b) the amount of attenuation of the light recorded by the sensor array in at least one of the spectral regions in which the first light has high intensities is such that the intensity of the light recorded in unattenuated spectral regions is higher than the intensity of the light recorded in the sum of the attenuated spectral regions.

US Pat. No. 10,481,094

TOTAL INTERNAL REFLECTION FLUORESCENCE IMAGING SYSTEM AND SEQUENCING DEVICE

GeneMind Biosciences Comp...

1. A total internal reflection fluorescence imaging system, comprising:a first imaging system, wherein the first imaging system comprises N separate laser light paths, an objective lens, a first receiving device, N first light sources, a reflecting mirror, and N first dichroic mirrors, N is an integer greater than one, each laser light path of the N separate laser light paths is configured to generate light to enter the objective lens, the light passing through the objective lens illuminates a sample to excite the sample to emit fluorescence, the fluorescence passes through the objective lens and enters the first receiving device to form a first image,
wherein each of the N first light sources corresponds to one of the N first dichroic mirrors,
wherein the N separate laser light paths are composed by the N first light sources, the reflecting mirror, and the N first dichroic mirrors, and
wherein light generated in each of the laser light paths is emitted from the first light source, the light emitted from the first light source is reflected by the reflecting mirror to enter the first dichroic mirror, the first dichroic mirror reflects the light into the objective lens; and
a second imaging system, wherein the second imaging system comprises a light emitting source, the objective lens, and a second receiving device, the light emitting source is configured to emit light to enter the objective lens, the light passing through the objective lens illuminates the sample and is reflected, the reflected light passes through the objective lens and enters the second receiving device to form a second image.

US Pat. No. 10,481,089

OPTICAL DETECTION SYSTEM WITH TILTED SENSOR

INTEGRATED PLASMONICS COR...

1. A detection system comprising:a planar plasmonic element for analyzing an analyte, the plasmonic element having dielectric and metallic regions, the plasmonic element emitting light that carries detected information, said light having an optical axis along which said light propagates, said optical axis being perpendicular to a plane of the planar plasmonic element; and
a planar two-dimensional image sensor positioned in non-parallel angled relationship with respect to a plane perpendicular to said optical axis of said light that enters the planar two-dimensional image sensor so as to enhance a spatial image resolution for said light that carries detected information with respect to at least a portion of said light,
wherein the planar two-dimensional image sensor is a CMOS sensor and is positioned directly below the planar plasmonic element without any other intervening optical elements between the planar plasmonic element and the CMOS sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,481,086

MASS SPECTROMETER AND SPECTROMETRY, WHICH USE NEAR INFRARED FLUORESCENCE

ASTA CO., LTD., Suwon-si...

1. A mass spectrometer using near infrared (NIR) fluorescence for combination of NIR fluorescence imaging and matrix assistant laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) imaging, comprising:a plate on which a sample is loaded, wherein the sample includes a fluorescent material having an excitation wavelength of an NIR wavelength band and a matrix for ionization, the sample comprising human tissue or animal tissue and a thickness of at least 10 ?m;
a fluorescence detection unit comprising a light source that irradiates the sample on the plate with excitation light to excite the fluorescent material included in the sample, the fluorescence detection unit acquiring a fluorescence image from a first surface of the plate responsive to the irradiation of the sample on the plate with the excitation light;
a light emission unit configured to emit a laser beam for ionization at the sample on the plate, the laser beam emitted to a second surface of the plate that is opposite to the first surface of the plate;
a moveable stage on which the plate is mounted, the moveable stage configured to move with respect to the fluorescence detection unit and the laser beam; and
an ion detection unit configured to acquire a mass image of the sample by detecting ions generated from the sample due to the laser beam being emitted to the sample while moving the plate with respect to the laser beam using the moving stage,
wherein the fluorescence detection unit and the ion detection unit are on a same axis but located opposite to each other with the plate between the fluorescence detection unit and the ion detection unit.

US Pat. No. 10,481,079

PATH LENGTH CALIBRATION SYSTEM AND METHOD

Thermo Electron Scientifi...

1. A path length calibration system, comprising:a swing arm coupled to a first surface;
a base coupled to a second surface configured to receive the sample;
a position sensor system comprising a first component coupled to the swing arm and a second component coupled to the base, wherein the position sensor system is configured to provide an output voltage when the swing arm is in a down position; and
a processor configured to calibrate a zero path length using the output voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,481,078

HYGROMETER AND TEMPERATURE-HUMIDITY CHAMBER PROVIDED WITH SAME

ESPEC CORP., (JP)

1. A temperature-humidity chamber, comprising:a thermal insulation wall surrounding a predetermined measurement space;
a hygrometer that measures a humidity of the measurement space defined by the thermal insulation wall;
a temperature and humidity adjustment section that adjusts at least one of a humidity and a temperature within the measurement space on a basis of a result of measurement by the hygrometer;
wherein the hygrometer includes:
a heat transfer section having a first end located in the measurement space and a second end opposite to the first end and external of the measurement space;
a heat transfer section temperature sensor provided in the measurement space to detect a temperature of the heat transfer section;
a measurement space temperature sensor provided in the measurement space at a position spaced from the heat transfer section to detect a temperature of the measurement space;
a heat release amount control unit having a power supply unit that outputs a regulated electricity, a contact portion contacting the second end of the heat transfer section and a release portion exposed to the outside space for releasing heat from the heat transfer section to the outside space, the heat release amount control unit being controllable to release a prescribed amount of heat from the release portion to the outside space when powered by the power supply unit;
a computation device that calculates a humidity of the measurement space,
wherein the computation device stores (i) a first formula expressing a relation between a temperature of the heat transfer section, a temperature of the measurement space, an amount of heat released to the outside space from the release portion and a water vapor pressure of the measurement space, (ii) a second formula for calculating a humidity of the measurement space from a water vapor pressure of the measurement space and a saturated water vapor pressure at the temperature of the measurement space, and (iii) data in which a temperature and a saturated water vapor pressure at each temperature are associated, the first formula being based on a base formula associating a sum of sensible heat and latent heat with the amount of heat released to the outside space from the release portion, the sensible heat being a heat that enters the heat transfer section from the measurement space, the latent heat being a heat supplied to the heat transfer section by dew formation on the heat transfer section, the base formula expressing the sum that equals the amount of heat released to the outside space from the release portion, and
the computation device includes a first calculating section and a second calculating section, the first calculating section being configured to calculate a water vapor pressure of the measurement space, using the first formula, from a temperature of the heat transfer section detected by the heat transfer section temperature sensor, a temperature of the measurement space detected by the measurement space temperature sensor and the prescribed amount of heat released to the outside space from the release portion when dew formation is occurring in the first end of the heat transfer section located within the measurement space in a state where the amount of heat released to the outside space from the release portion is controlled to the prescribed amount when the heat release amount control unit is powered by the power supply unit, and the second calculating section being configured to calculate a humidity of the measurement space, using the second formula, from the water vapor pressure of the measurement space calculated using the first formula and the saturated water vapor pressure at the temperature of the measurement space obtained using the data.

US Pat. No. 10,481,075

MICROORGANISM EVALUATION SYSTEM

SoBru Solutions, Inc., F...

1. A microorganism evaluation system comprising a viewing section for image acquisition, the viewing section comprising:a viewing section body inlet and an opposite viewing section body outlet and a viewing port therebetween, the viewing port configured to accommodate a fluid flow therethrough from the viewing section body inlet to and out of the viewing section body outlet;
imaging equipment operably installed on the viewing section adjacent to the viewing port;
at least one independently controlled imaging light source operably installed in the viewing section and configured to selectively illuminate the viewing port; and
at least one independently controlled light stimulation device operably installed in the viewing section and configured to selectively emit visible light for invoking a motile response in a microorganism within the fluid flow in the viewing port, whereby the system allows for continuous viewing section flow throughput and synchronizes illumination of the at least one imaging light source and the at least one light stimulation device of the viewing section for improved image acquisition by the imaging equipment.

US Pat. No. 10,481,074

SYSTEMS AND USER INTERFACE FOR COLLECTING A DATA SET IN A FLOW CYTOMETER

Becton, Dickinson and Com...

1. A system comprising:a light source for irradiating a sample in a flow stream;
a light dispersion component configured to disperse a spectrum of light from the sample; and
a light detection component comprising:
a plurality of detectors; and
a plurality of detector channels, wherein each detector channel corresponds to a user-configurable group of one or more detectors.

US Pat. No. 10,481,070

SYSTEMS, DEVICES, AND METHODS FOR FLOW CONTROL AND SAMPLE MONITORING CONTROL

Research Triangle Institu...

1. A method for sample monitoring control, the method comprising:using a fluid moving device to move a sample through a particle collection filter positioned in a sample chamber enclosed by a housing;
collecting particles of the sample for analysis;
directing irradiating light from a light source towards the particle collection filter;
determining an amount of the irradiating light passing through the particle collection filter by a light detector comprising a photo-responsive material receiving the light emitted from the particles of the sample, wherein the photo-responsive material is flexible and conformally disposed on an inside surface or an outside surface of the housing; and
controlling the fluid moving device based on the amount of the received light.

US Pat. No. 10,481,069

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MONITORING AND OPTIMIZING MICROFLUIDIC PARTICLE SORTING

1. A particle processing system comprising:a microfluidic sort module having a branched flow-channel defined in a substrate to receive a stream of particles, the branched flow-channel including a flow-path that branches at a branch point into a first output branch channel and a second output branch channel, the microfluidic sort module further having a particle sorter operable to selectively sort particles between the first output branch channel and the second output branch channel;
a first sensor system optically coupled to the flow-path upstream of the branch point having focusing optics and a first optical sensor to sense a particle characteristic of a particle flowing through the flow path to control a sorting operation of the microfluidic sort module;
a capillary tube fluidically coupled to one of the first output branch channel or the second output branch channel; and
a sort monitoring system having a second sensor system optically coupled to the capillary tube to monitor a performance of the sorting operation by detecting and collecting particle data that characterizes individual particles downstream of the particle sorter using focusing optics to direct light through the capillary tube and onto a second optical sensor to determine a statistically-based characteristic of a composition of a sorted sample from the data collected from the individual particles detected downstream of the particle sorter, and
wherein the sort monitoring system is configured to real-time evaluate the statistically-based characteristic of the composition of the sorted sample.

US Pat. No. 10,481,068

HYDROGEL PARTICLES WITH TUNABLE OPTICAL PROPERTIES

SLINGSHOT BIOSCIENCES, E...

1. A method, comprising:calibrating a cytometric device for analysis of a human target cell, the calibrating including:
inserting hydrogel particles having optical scatter properties at least 70% similar to optical scatter properties of the human target cell into the cytometric device, a physical property of the hydrogel particles being closer in value to a corresponding physical property of the human target cell than a corresponding physical property of polystyrene beads having substantially the same average diameter as the hydrogel particles, the optical scatter properties of the hydrogel particles provided by: a co-monomer, a chemical side-group, an encapsulated material, a colloidal silica, or a ratio of acrylamide to bi-acrylamide,
measuring the physical property of the hydrogel particles using the cytometric device, and
calibrating the cytometric device based on the measurements of the hydrogel particles; and
analyzing the human target cell with the calibrated cytometric device.

US Pat. No. 10,481,066

SOOT SENSOR

CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GM...

1. A soot sensor comprising:a first electrode;
a second electrode defining an internal cavity having a longitudinal extent and radially surrounded by material of the second electrode;
wherein the first electrode is disposed at least partially within the internal cavity of the second electrode;
an insulation body electrically separating the first electrode and the second electrode from one another, the insulation body in physical contact with both the first electrode and the second electrode, projecting into the internal cavity, and configured to allow soot particles to pass with a gas flow into the internal cavity between the first electrode and the second electrode;
a meter evaluating a current between the first electrode and the second electrode resulting from an electrical voltage applied between the first electrode and the second electrode; and
elements concentrating the electric field strength formed on at least one of a surface of the first electrode or a surface of the second electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,481,065

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR EXHAUST PARTICULATE MATTER SENSING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method, comprising:flowing exhaust gas proximal to a central axis of an exhaust passage through a first opening of a cone-shaped soot sensor; expelling a first portion of the exhaust gas through a second opening directly across the first opening, and diverting a second portion of the exhaust gas around flow diverters spaced about electrodes distal to the central axis.

US Pat. No. 10,481,064

BALLAST WATER MONITORING DEVICE

CHELSEA TECHNOLOGIES GROU...

1. A ballast water monitoring device for detecting live phytoplankton, the device comprising:a chamber for receiving a sample;
at least one light source to emit light towards the sample;
a light detector to receive light from the sample and generate a light signal; and
a controller configured to:
control the at least one light source to emit a single pulse of light with a duration of up to 450 ?s,
calculate the variable fluorescence [Fv] of the sample in response to the pulse of light, at time intervals less than the duration of the pulse of light,
compare the calculated variable fluorescence to a predetermined reference limit, and
perform an action when the calculated variable fluorescence is greater than the predetermined reference limit.

US Pat. No. 10,481,063

DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A display device comprising a detecting drive unit, an air cleanliness detecting unit, an air cleanliness indicating unit and a dust removal unit, wherein,the display device comprises a housing;
the air cleanliness detecting unit is disposed on an edge or a rear face of the housing of the display device and configured to detect air cleanliness under the driven of the detecting drive unit and to transmit a detecting result to the air cleanliness indicating unit; and
the air cleanliness indicating unit is configured to indicate an air cleanliness based on the detecting result of the air cleanliness detecting unit; and
the dust removal unit is disposed on the edge or the rear face of the housing of the display device and configured to clean air around the display device under the control of the detecting result of the air cleanliness detecting unit; and the dust removal unit comprises a dust removal drive module and a dust removal cleaning module, the dust removal drive module configured to be activated or shut-off under the control of the detecting result of the air cleanliness detecting unit, and the dust removal cleaning module configured to clean the air around the display device under the driven of the dust removal drive module.

US Pat. No. 10,481,062

METHOD FOR IMPROVING IDENTIFICATION DEGREE OF LOW-LUMINOSITY DISPERSED-PHASE PARTICLES IN MULTIPHASE SYSTEM

INSTITUTE OF PROCESS ENGI...

1. A method for improving an identification degree of low-luminosity dispersed-phase particles in a multiphase system, comprising: adding additive particles into a multiphase system containing low-luminosity dispersed-phase particles before photographing the multiphase system to obtain an image including the low-luminosity dispersed-phase particles, wherein the refractivity of the additive particles is greater than that of the low-luminosity dispersed-phase particles, and wherein the low-luminosity dispersed-phase particles are particles with a refractivity that meets the following conditions: the real part is less than 1.5, and the imaginary part is more than 0.5.

US Pat. No. 10,481,061

SENSOR FOR DETECTING AN EMISSION AMOUNT OF PARTICULATE MATTER

ISUZU MOTORS LIMITED, To...

1. A sensor comprising:a collection part in which a plurality of filter members, which are for collecting particulate matter in exhaust gas and have different porosities from each other, are arranged in descending order of the porosity from an exhaust upstream side to an exhaust downstream side of the exhaust gas;
a plurality of pairs of electrodes, each pair of the plurality of pairs of electrodes being arranged to one of the plurality of filter members, and the electrodes of each pair of the plurality of pairs of electrodes facing each other such that the one of the plurality of filter members is interposed between the each pair of the plurality of pairs of electrodes; and
an electronic control unit (ECU) which estimates a particulate matter amount collected on each of the plurality of filter members having the different porosities from each other based on a capacitance change amount between the each pair of the plurality of pairs of electrodes;
wherein the ECU estimates a particulate matter amount in the exhaust gas in real time by sequentially adding up the particulate matter amounts collected on the each of the plurality of filter members based on the capacitance change amounts thereof, during a regeneration interval period from an end of a filter regeneration to a start of a next filter regeneration by the ECU.

US Pat. No. 10,481,060

DENSITY SENSOR AND DENSITY SENSOR MANUFACTURING METHOD

WIKA TECH, Le Bourget-du...

1. A density sensor to measure density of a gas having a density ranging from 30 gram per cubic meter to 150 kilogram per cubic meter and a working pressure ranging from 0 to 100 bar comprising:a resonator housing defining a chamber isolated from the gas, the resonator housing comprising an area of reduced thickness defining a membrane separating the chamber from the gas;
an actuating/detecting module positioned within the chamber so as to be isolated from the gas and mechanically coupled to the membrane;
a resonating element arranged to be immersed in the gas, the resonating element being mechanically coupled to the membrane by a pedestal;wherein the membrane, the pedestal and the resonator housing are made of metal;wherein the membrane has a thickness enabling transfer of mechanical vibration between the actuating/detecting module and the resonating element through the pedestal;wherein the resonating element is a resonating disk having a thickness ranging from 25 ?m to 200 ?m and a diameter ranging from 4 mm to 12 mm, the resonating disk extending parallelly to the membrane or being angled relatively to the membrane, and being coupled by its center to the pedestal, the resonating disk being made of a metal chosen among a group comprising stainless steel, nickel-iron alloy and Molybdenum; and wherein the resonating disk comprises two opposing major surfaces, one major surface having a thinned or tapered edge forming a shoulder creating a dissymmetry between the two major surfaces such as to generate an anisotropic resonating disk.

US Pat. No. 10,481,059

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REMOTE MONITORING OF SOLID CONTAMINANT IN FLUIDS

Parker Hannifin Filtratio...

1. A pipeline contaminant monitoring apparatus comprising:i) a filter housing and a sampling probe configured to isokinetically sample a portion of a pipeline gas stream, the filter housing having a filter configured to trap solid contaminants within the gas stream;
ii) a first pressure sensor located upstream of the filter and a second pressure sensor located downstream of the filter; and
iii) a processor coupled to the first and second pressure sensors, the processor configured to determine a solid contaminant concentration level in the gas stream based on a rate of change of the pressure drop sensed across the filter;
wherein the processor is configured to compare the pressure drop sensed across the filter to empirically-derived data for contaminant concentration, the comparison resulting in a real-time determination of solid contamination concentration in the pipeline gas stream, based on a scaling of a mass of solids, measured at two different differential pressures, in the pipeline filter; and
further comprising a liquid collection chamber attached to a gravitational bottom of the filter housing, the liquid collection chamber positioned to collect liquid droplets from the filter,
iv) wherein the liquid collection chamber includes a float switch configured to generate an electrical signal when a predefined amount of liquid is collected in the liquid collection chamber; and
v) wherein the processor is configured to determine a level of liquid contaminant concentration in the gas stream based on a time required for the float switch to generate the electrical signal.

US Pat. No. 10,481,058

SAFETY TEST APPARATUS OF BATTERY CELL

LG Chem, Ltd., Seoul (KR...

1. A safety test apparatus of a battery cell, the safety test apparatus comprising:a jig on which the battery cell is disposed on a top surface thereof; and
an impact member comprising an impact rod supported on the top surface of the battery cell and a striking weight disposed above the jig to freely drop toward the jig and strike the impact rod so that an impact is applied to the battery cell,
wherein the striking weight is provided in a pair and comprises left and right striking parts that respectively strike two striking points, which are spaced apart from each other, of the impact rod and a connection part connecting the left and right striking parts to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,481,055

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REFILLING CRYOGEN IN MICROSCOPE CRYOGEN HOLDERS

Simple Origin, Inc., Pit...

1. A cryogen refilling system for a microscope cryogen holder, comprising:a reservoir assembly for holding cryogen;
a delivery channel in fluid communication with the reservoir assembly for delivering cryogen from the reservoir assembly to a microscope cryogen holder, wherein the delivery channel comprises at least one control valve;
a sensor-lid assembly comprising:
a sensor assembly configured to detect sensor data corresponding to a level of cryogen in the microscope cryogen holder, and
a lid assembly configured to be mounted over an opening of the microscope cryogen holder, the lid assembly further comprising:
a first opening configured to receive the sensor assembly, and
a second opening configured to:
receive a delivery nozzle via a nozzle receiving component that has a reentrant tube design, wherein the delivery nozzle is in fluid communication with the delivery channel; and
a controller, wherein the controller comprises:
a processor in communication with the sensor assembly, and
a computer-readable medium containing programming instructions that are configured to, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
receive sensor data from the sensor assembly,
analyze the sensor data to determine whether the microscope cryogen holder requires refilling, and
in response to determining that the microscope cryogen holder requires refilling, cause a valve control mechanism to open the at least one control valve of the delivery channel.

US Pat. No. 10,481,053

METHOD FOR DETECTING DEFECTS OF GLASS SUBSTRATES

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A method for detecting defects of a glass substrate, the method comprising:cutting a glass mother substrate into a plurality of glass substrates and making incision surfaces to the plurality of glass substrates which are side surfaces of the plurality of glass substrates;
penetrating ions into the incision surfaces of the plurality of glass substrates in perpendicular directions to the incision surfaces to visualize a defect of the incision surfaces; and
photographing the defect of the incision surfaces to determine a bending strength of the glass substrate based on a size of the defect.

US Pat. No. 10,481,052

QUALITY CONTROL PROCESS TO ASSESS THE ALUMINIZED COATING CHARACTERISTICS OF HOT STAMPED PARTS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of inspecting and determining characteristics of an aluminized coating of a hot stamped part comprising:removing a sample from the hot stamped part for Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectrometry (GDOES);
analyzing the sample using GDOES and plotting constituent element weight percentages versus depth on a graph; and
determining points on the graph where constituent elements intersect,
wherein the points of intersection indicate the characteristics of the aluminized coating.

US Pat. No. 10,481,051

CORNEAL TISSUE SAMPLE ASSEMBLIES AND RELATED METHODS OF USE

Lions VisionGift, Portla...

1. A method of administering a corneal tissue sample to a subject in need thereof, the method comprising:obtaining a corneal tissue sample assembly, the assembly comprising:
a viewing chamber;
a corneal tissue carrier removably coupled to an inner portion of the viewing chamber; and
a corneal tissue sample disposed within an inner cavity of the corneal tissue carrier; and
administering the corneal tissue sample to the subject.

US Pat. No. 10,481,048

SOIL SAMPLING COLLECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE

1. A soil sampling collection system comprising:a. a blade mounted on a front of a utility vehicle, wherein the utility vehicle is powered to move through a designated area and configured to automatically collect soil samples as the utility vehicle moves through the designated area, wherein the blade is configured to move up and down via power hydraulics;
b. a blade guard mounted to the blade;
c. a soil collection reservoir mounted on or near the blade guard; and
d. a conveyor mounted in between the soil collection reservoir and the front of the utility vehicle, wherein the conveyor comprises a plurality of soil bags configured to receive individual soil samples from the soil collection reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,481,046

MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, MANAGEMENT DEVICE, SPINDLE FAILURE DETECTION METHOD USING MANAGEMENT DEVICE, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM ENCODED WITH COMPUTER PROGRAM

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A management system comprising a network, a plurality of manufacturing cells connected to the network, and a management device that is connected to the network and manages the plurality of manufacturing cells,wherein each of the manufacturing cell includes:
a machine tool of a same type as a machine tool in another of the manufacturing cells; and
a control device that controls the machine tool, analyzes a vibration state of a spindle positioning shaft of the machine tool, and sends an analysis result via the network,
wherein the control device, in a case of the machine tool being in a non-processing state, sends via the network as the analysis result only frequency spectral intensities having an intensity of at least a predetermined value, among frequency spectral intensities obtained by conducting Fourier transformation on a feedback signal of a servomotor for driving the spindle positioning shaft when rotating the spindle of the machine tool at the same revolution speed as a machine tool in another of the manufacturing cells, and
wherein the management device includes:
a communication unit that receives the analysis result sent by the control device; and
a detection unit that compares the analysis results thus received, and compares vibration states among each of the machine tools of the plurality of manufacturing cells, so as to detect spindle failure of a machine tool having a frequency spectral intensity differing from another of the machine tools, and
wherein the communication unit, in a case of the detection unit detecting the spindle failure, sends a failure signal via the network.

US Pat. No. 10,481,044

PERCEPTION SIMULATION FOR IMPROVED AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE CONTROL

TuSimple, San Diego, CA ...

1. A system comprising:a data processor; and
a perception simulation module, executable by the data processor, the perception simulation module being configured to perform a perception simulation operation for autonomous vehicles, the perception simulation operation being configured to:
receive perception data from a plurality of sensors of an autonomous vehicle;
configure the perception simulation operation based on a comparison of the perception data against ground truth data;
generate simulated perception data by simulating errors related to the physical constraints of one or more of the plurality of sensors, and by simulating noise in data provided by a sensor processing module corresponding to one or more of the plurality of sensors, wherein simulating errors related to the physical constraints of one or more of the plurality of sensors includes applying an occlusion beyond which the one or more of the plurality of sensors cannot detect objects; and
provide the simulated perception data to a motion planning system for the autonomous vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,481,043

METHOD FOR SMALL LEAK TESTING OF AN EVAPORATIVE EMISSIONS SYSTEM

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method for small leak testing of an evaporative emissions system of an engine, the method comprising:monitoring a vacuum pressure level of the evaporation emissions system with the engine on;
opening a canister purge valve and activating a pump, both of which are within the evaporative emissions system, to provide a vacuum pressure level;
actuating a canister vent valve within the evaporative emissions system to regulate the vacuum pressure level to a predetermined minimum vacuum pressure level;
closing the canister vent valve and the canister purge valve when the engine is turned off;
deactivating the pump;
recording the vacuum pressure level over a predetermined time period after the engine is turned off and the pump is deactivated; and
setting a fault code when the vacuum pressure level becomes less than the predetermined minimum vacuum pressure level.

US Pat. No. 10,481,041

MEASURING OPTICAL ARRAY POLARITY, POWER, AND LOSS USING A POSITION SENSING DETECTOR AND PHOTODETECTOR-EQUIPPED OPTICAL TESTING DEVICE

Fluke Corporation, Evere...

1. An optical testing device, comprising:a position sensing detector having an optical sensing area that consists of a single integrated substrate having a first material that is photosensitive to a first range of wavelengths, the position sensing detector being configured to:
receive a plurality of first optical signals emitted through a respective plurality of optical fibers of an optical fiber cable, the plurality of first optical signals having wavelengths within the first range of wavelengths;
detect a plurality of positions on the single integrated substrate where the plurality of first optical signals respectively impinge on the single integrated substrate;
detect a plurality of first optical intensities of the plurality of first optical signals, respectively; and
output data representative of the plurality of positions and the plurality of first optical intensities; and
a photodetector of a second material that is different than the first material and is photosensitive to a second range of wavelengths different than the first range of wavelengths, the photodetector being configured to:
receive a plurality of second optical signals emitted through the plurality of optical fibers of the optical fiber cable, respectively, the plurality of second optical signals having wavelengths within the second range of wavelengths.

US Pat. No. 10,481,040

BOUNDARY LAYER SUCTION SYSTEM

AIRBUS OPERATIONS S.L., ...

1. A boundary layer suction system configured for being adapted to a surface exposed to the circulation of a fluid, the system comprising:a portion of said surface having a front and a rear face,
a bifurcation element configured for bifurcating a mass of fluid flowing along the front face of the surface, said bifurcation element comprising an airfoil-shaped cross-section such that the fluid is bifurcated into a first and a second flow, the first flow being movable between the bifurcation element and the surface,
a slot having an opening in the portion of the surface, wherein the opening is located at the portion of the surface downstream of a leading edge of the bifurcation element, the slot providing communication between the front and the rear faces of the portion of the surface, and
means for providing a pressure difference between the front and the rear faces of the surface around the slot such that a suction of the boundary layer is performed through the opening by said pressure difference,
wherein a wall of the bifurcation element extends towards the front face of the surface exposed to the flow and terminates at a downstream portion of the opening of the slot whereby the flow of a mass of fluid is guided through the opening and into the slot.

US Pat. No. 10,481,039

PIPE TESTING APPARATUS AND METHOD

DOOSAN BABCOCK LIMITED, ...

1. A pipe testing apparatus comprising:two pipe end holders, respectively to hold a first and a second end of a pipe section under test;
a reeling former;
a straightening former;
a translator to effect relative translational movement of the pipe and the reeling former and of the pipe and the straightening former to cause the pipe to move selectively into and out of contact with and to apply a contact force against one or other of the reeling former and the straightening former;
wherein each pipe end holder comprises a pipe end connector and an extending arm extending beyond the pipe end connector in a pipe longitudinal direction;
and wherein a lateral actuator is provided in association with each extending arm to apply a transverse load to the arm at a point distal from the pipe end connector.

US Pat. No. 10,481,034

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DIAGNOSING ABNORMAL OPERATION OF A ROTOR

Doosan Heavy Industries C...

1. An apparatus for diagnosing abnormal operation of a rotor having a shaft configured to be axially rotated, the apparatus comprising:a display circumferentially arranged at regular intervals around the rotor and configured to display a rotor status at any of a plurality of angular positions of the rotor with respect to a specific axial position of the shaft;
a first sensor provided in a bearing mount supporting the shaft at the specific axial position to detect vibration occurring in the rotor at the specific axial position while the shaft axially rotates and to generate a vibration signal indicative of rotor acceleration over time;
a second sensor installed at a location radially relative to the specific position of the first sensor to generate a periodic pulse signal over time, the generated periodic pulse signal including a periodic pulse for each rotation of the shaft; and
a controller configured to
determine the detected vibration to be an abnormal vibration when the vibration signal includes an aperiodic pulse signal, and
control the display to display the rotor status at an angular position among the plurality of angular positions based on a timing of the abnormal vibration with respect to the periodic pulse signal.

US Pat. No. 10,481,030

MULTI-TRANSDUCER MODULUS, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS INCLUDING THE MULTI-TRANSDUCER MODULUS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE MULTI-TRANSDUCER MODULUS

STMicroelectronics S.r.l....

1. A transducer modulus, comprising:a supporting substrate;
a cap coupled to the supporting substrate, the cap and the supporting structure defining a chamber;
a stack in the chamber, the stack including:
a pressure transducer having a first sensitive element configured to detect an environmental pressure and generate a first transduced signal as a function of the environmental pressure detected; and
an acoustic transducer coupled to the pressure transducer, the acoustic transducer having a second sensitive element configured to detect a sound wave and generate a second transduced signal as a function of the sound wave detected, wherein the first sensitive element of the pressure transducer overlies the second sensitive element of the acoustic transducer; and
a processing chip housed at least in part in the chamber, the processing chip operatively coupled to the pressure transducer and to the acoustic transducer and configured to receive the first and second transduced signals.

US Pat. No. 10,481,023

MECHANICAL QUANTITY MEASURING DEVICE AND SENSOR UNIT

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. A mechanical quantity measuring device comprising:a sensor chip having a strain detector formed on a surface of a semiconductor substrate and a plurality of electrodes;
a stem having a seat that protrudes from an adjacent peripheral portion and has an upper surface that is attached to a lower surface of the sensor chip by a bonding material formed from a metallic material or a glass material;
a lead-out wiring part including a plurality of wires that are electrically connected to the plurality of electrodes; and
a fixing part configured to fix the stem, wherein:
the stem and the fixing part are metallically bonded to one another,
the stem is a rectangular-shaped plate member,
the seat has a rectangular shape larger than the sensor chip, and
the sensor chip is bonded to the stem via the bonding material, the bonding material including solder containing Sn-3.5 wt %, Ag-0.5 wt %, or Au-20 wt %.

US Pat. No. 10,481,021

SUPERCAPACITIVE IONTRONIC NANOFABRIC SENSING ASSEMBLIES

TACSENSE, INC., Woodland...

1. A sensor assembly comprising:an ionic material coated on a plurality of fibers, wherein the ionic material is circumferentially coated on an outer surface of the plurality of fibers;
a conducting material contacting the ionic material at an interface between the conducting material and the plurality of fibers, wherein the conducting material is a layer engaging the circumferentially coated ionic material at the interface between the conducting material and the outer surface of the plurality of fibers;
wherein the combination of the ionic material and the conducting material form a fabric-based pressure sensor yielding an electrical signal in response to pressure exerted on the sensor assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,481,020

OPTICAL METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT FOR MEASURING RESIDUAL STRESSES, IN PARTICULAR IN COATED OBJECTS

1. A method for determining residual stresses of an object comprising:applying, by a laser exposure system, laser light to a surface of the object;
creating a pattern of holes or a pattern of locally heated points in the object;
after applying the laser light to the object, using an optical deformation measurement to determine one or more surface deformations;
determining, based on the one or more surface deformations, one or more residual stresses in the object; and
adapting a shape of the pattern of holes or of the pattern of locally heated points to at least one of: a topography of the surface of the object, the determined one or more residual stresses, or a gradient of the one or more residual stresses in the object.

US Pat. No. 10,481,019

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETERMINING THE HEAT LOSS COEFFICIENT OF A PREMISES

SAINT-GOBAIN ISOVER, Cou...

1. A method for reducing a value Kcalc of a heat loss coefficient K of a premises, comprising:undertaking, in the premises, over two successive time periods D1 and D2 :
i. over the first time period D1, an application of a first heating power P1 of the premises, a campaign of measurements of at least one temperature inside the premises Ti1 at closely-spaced time intervals, and a determination of the temperature of an outside air Te1 at closely-spaced time intervals, the first heating power P1 being such that a parameter

 is less than or equal to 0.8 with ?T1(0)=Ti1(t=0)?Tem, where t=0 is a starting point of the first time period D1, Tem is an average temperature of the outside air over all of the time periods D1 and D2 and Kref is a reference value of a heat loss coefficient K of the premises, and then
ii. over the second time period D2, the application of a substantially zero second heating power P2 of the premises, the campaign of measurements of at least one temperature inside the premises Ti2 at closely-spaced time intervals, and the determination of the temperature of the outside air Te2 at closely-spaced time intervals;
selecting for each of the first and second time periods D1 and D2, a time interval ?t1 or ?t2 for which an evolution Ti1(t) or Ti2(t) is substantially linear, where the time intervals ?t1 and ?t2 are such that the time interval ?t1 extends up to an end of the first period D1 of application of the first heating power P1 and such that, when the starting points of the first period D1 and of the second period D2 are superimposed, the time intervals ?t1 and ?t2 have a same end point;
determining a slope a1 or a2 of a tangent to a curve (Tik(t))k=1 or 2 over each time interval ?t1 or ?t2;
determining the value Kcalc of the heat loss coefficient K of the premises based on the slopes a1 and a2;
controlling the error in the value Kcalc of the heat loss coefficient K of the premises by controlling the parameter ? less than or equal to 0.8; and
reducing the value Kcalc of the heat loss coefficient K of the premises based on the controlled error, the value Kcalc of the heat loss coefficient K of the premises being greater than or equal to 80% of the heat loss coefficient K of the premises and less than or equal to 120% of the heat loss coefficient K of the premises.

US Pat. No. 10,481,016

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MEASURING TEMPERATURE OF BATTERIES AND INTERNAL BATTERY COMPONENTS

FEASIBLE, INC., Berkeley...

1. An apparatus comprising:at least one transducer coupled to a battery, the at least one transducer configured for one or more of transmitting sound waves or receiving sound waves through at least a portion of the battery; and
a temperature measurement unit communicatively coupled to the at least one transducer, the temperature measurement unit configured to determine a range of time-of-flight values of sound waves corresponding to a range of acoustic intensity levels at a time instance of observation based on transmitted and received sound waves through at least the portion of the battery,
wherein the temperature measurement unit is further configured to determine temperature characteristics of at least the portion of the battery based on a predetermined correlation between temperature and the range of time-of-flight values at two or more time instances.

US Pat. No. 10,481,011

TEMPERATURE PROBE

AKWEL SA, Champfromier (...

1. A temperature probe comprising a thermistor provided with a heat-sensitive element connected to two electrically-conductive output wires, said temperature probe configured to be immersed into a fluid and measure a temperature thereof, wherein said temperature probe comprises two electrically-conductive metal blades presenting proximal end portions connected by welding to the respective electrically-conductive output wires and supporting said heat-sensitive element at a distance from said proximal end portions, and wherein said temperature probe further comprises a plunger body made of a plastic material overmolded by injection at least around the proximal end portions of the electrically-conductive metal blades, the electrically-conductive output wires and the heat-sensitive element, said plunger body presenting an end portion overmolded directly all around the heat-sensitive element, said heat-sensitive element being wrapped only by said plunger body, said plunger body configured to plunge into the fluid,wherein the electrically-conductive metal blades support the electrically-conductive output wires and the heat-sensitive element is carried in a cantilever fashion at a distance from the proximal end portions of the electrically-conductive metal blades, such that the heat-sensitive element is maintained at a distance from the electrically-conductive metal blades and the heat-sensitive element is released from any external element therearound, with the exception of the electrically-conductive output wires which come out of the heat-sensitive element and the plunger body which is overmolded around the heat-sensitive element.

US Pat. No. 10,481,010

PAD-EQUIPPED THERMOCOUPLE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SHEATH THERMOCOUPLE USED THEREIN

OKAZAKI MANUFACTURING COM...

1. A pad-equipped thermocouple comprising:a sheathed thermocouple in which at least a pair of thermocouple elements and an insulating powder for holding the thermocouple elements are accommodated in a sheath, and an opening in a leading end of the sheath is sealed by a sealing member being welded to the leading end of the sheath; and
a pad welded to a temperature measurement target object and configured to hold the sheathed thermocouple at a surface of the temperature measurement target object, wherein
a temperature measuring junction formed by the pair of thermocouple elements is provided so as to be exposed at a sheath side face of a leading end portion of the sheathed thermocouple,
the pad includes an accommodation portion configured to accommodate the leading end portion of the sheathed thermocouple such that the leading end portion can be inserted into and pulled out from the accommodation portion along the surface of the temperature measurement target object, and
the accommodation portion accommodates the leading end portion of the sheathed thermocouple in a state where the temperature measuring junction and the surface of the temperature measurement target object are in contact with each other, wherein
the sheathed thermocouple includes:
a first bar-shaped portion having, at one end thereof, the leading end portion; and
a second bar-shaped portion connected to an other end of the first bar-shaped portion and extending in a direction that crosses an extending direction of the first bar-shaped portion in a state where the second bar-shaped portion is in contact with the temperature measurement target object, and
the pad-equipped thermocouple further comprises
a fixing plate configured to fix the second bar-shaped portion to the surface of the temperature measurement target object, thereby preventing the first bar-shaped portion from rotating about an axis extending along a longitudinal direction, wherein
the sheath side face of the leading end portion of the sheathed thermocouple has formed therein a hole portion for allowing the temperature measuring junction to be exposed therethrough,
the hole portion is formed at a predetermined interval from an end face of the leading end, of the sheath, which has the sealing member welded thereto,
the temperature measuring junction is formed as a weld portion obtained by welding leading ends of the pair of thermocouple elements to each other, and
the hole portion is sealed by the weld portion.

US Pat. No. 10,481,005

SEMICONDUCTOR SUBSTRATE MEASURING APPARATUS AND PLASMA TREATMENT APPARATUS USING THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A semiconductor substrate measuring apparatus, comprising:a light source unit generating irradiation light including light in a first wavelength band and light in a second wavelength band, having a longer wavelength than the first wavelength band;
an optical unit irradiating the irradiation light on a measurement object and condensing reflected light, reflected from a surface of the measurement object;
a light splitting unit splitting the reflected light, condensed in the optical unit, into a first optical path and a second optical path;
a first detecting unit disposed on the first optical path and detecting first interference light in the first wavelength band in the reflected light;
a second detecting unit disposed on the second optical path and detecting second interference light in the second wavelength band in the reflected light; and
a controlling unit calculating at least one of a surface shape or a thickness of the measurement object, based on the first interference light and calculating a temperature of the measurement object, based on the second interference light.

US Pat. No. 10,481,003

INTERFERENCE SPECTROPHOTOMETER AND TWO-BEAM INTERFEROMETER

SHIMADZU CORPORATION, Ky...

1. A Fourier transform spectrophotometer, comprising:a) a two-beam interferometer configured to produce interference light from multiwavelength light generated from a multiwavelength light source, the two-beam interferometer including a beam splitter configured to split the multiwavelength light into two light beams, a fixed mirror and a movable mirror configured to respectively reflect the two light beams back to the beam splitter, as well as a movable mirror driver configured to make the movable mirror reciprocally move at a given moving speed;
b) a detector configured to detect an intensity of the interference light and to output an intensity signal for each predetermined amount of change in an optical path length difference between the two light beams produced by the beam splitter;
c) a speed changer configured to change, by a predetermined amount, the value of the moving speed of the movable mirror using the movable mirror driver at each completion of an operation cycle during which a reciprocal motion or one-way motion of the movable mirror is performed one or more times;
d) a signal storage section configured to store the intensity signals of the interference light obtained by a plurality of detection operations and relating each of the intensity signals to a value of the optical path length difference, where each of the detection operations includes a series of detecting operations performed by the detector corresponding to the reciprocal motion or one-way motion of the movable mirror performed one or more times; and
e) an information extractor configured to extract speed-dependent information from the intensity signals of the interference light obtained by the plurality of detection operations and stored in the signal storage section, where the speed-dependent information represents a change in the intensity signal depending on the moving speed of the movable mirror.

US Pat. No. 10,481,002

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SELF-REFERENCED DETECTION AND IMAGING OF SAMPLE ARRAYS

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A system for detecting an array of samples, comprising:an electromagnetic radiation source;
a sensing surface comprising a two dimensional array having a plurality of rows in a x-direction and a plurality of columns in an orthogonal y-direction, wherein each row comprises a plurality of detectable sample fields each having a detectable sample disposed therein and at least one reference field each having a reference sample disposed therein, wherein a radiation resulting from the plurality of detectable sample fields and the at least one reference field arranged in each respective row interfere to form an interference spectra;
a phase difference generator configured to introduce differences in path lengths of the radiation emitable from the electromagnetic radiation source incident on or resulting from the sensing surface, the phase difference generator introduces the phase difference between the detectable samples and the reference sample disposed in each respective row in the x direction; and
an imaging spectrometer configured to acquire the interference spectra, wherein the imaging spectrometer is a 2D spectrometer comprising a detector and a grating element; and wherein for the detectable samples disposed in each respective row, the detector detects the phase difference introduced in the x direction of each respective row and the grating element is selected to spatially separate images of the detectable samples in the orthogonal y-direction.

US Pat. No. 10,481,000

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR EVALUATION OF SPECTRAL PROPERTIES OF A MEASUREMENT OBJECT

1. A measurement apparatus (100) for evaluating spectral properties of a measurement object (1); comprising:a plurality of light emission units (2-1, 2-2, . . . 2-K), each emitting light with a predetermined emission spectrum and having a respective output configured for emitting the light with the predetermined emission spectrum onto the measurement object (1);
an optical spectrograph (3) having an input port (40) adapted to receive light from the measurement object (1) and a diffraction unit (3-1) adapted to distribute different wavelengths of the received light to different output ports (41-1, 41-2, . . . 41-N) comprising optical detectors;
the diffraction unit (3-1) adapted to distribute said received light to the respective output ports (41-1, 41-2, . . . 41-N) such that the lights in the respective output port have different wavelengths at different diffraction orders; and
a signal identification unit (6) adapted to identify which of the light emission units contribute to the respective light in the respective output ports.

US Pat. No. 10,480,999

SPECTROSCOPE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SPECTROSCOPE

HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS K.K.,...

1. A spectrometer comprising:a light detection unit having a substrate made of a semiconductor material;
a support having a base wall part opposing the light detection unit through a space, and a side wall part to which the light detection unit is fixed; and
a dispersive part configured to disperse and reflect light entering the space to a light detection part of the light detection unit,
wherein a first slit and a second slit are formed in the substrate,
the first slit is configured to allow light entering the space to pass therethrough,
the second slit is configured to allow a part of light reflected by the dispersive part to pass therethrough,
in the first slit, an end part on an entrance side of light widens toward the entrance side of the light, and
in the second slit, an end part on the opposite side from an entrance side of light widens toward the opposite side from the entrance side of the light.

US Pat. No. 10,480,993

CYLINDRICAL PACKAGE

EZCONN CORPORATION, Taip...

1. A cylindrical package comprising:a cylindrical housing;
a pedestal at a bottom of a cylindrical space surrounded by said cylindrical housing;
a first circuit board in said cylindrical space, wherein said first circuit board has a working surface substantially parallel to a central axis of said cylindrical housing;
an optical splitter in said cylindrical space, wherein said optical splitter has an incident surface configured to receive a main optical beam coaxial with said central axis and split said main optical beam into a first split optical beam and a second split optical beam;
a first photodetector in said cylindrical space, wherein said first photodetector is configured to optically couple to said first split optical beam;
a second photodetector in said cylindrical space, wherein said second photodetector is configured to optically couple to said second split optical beam; and
a thermal-electric cooler in said cylindrical space and on said pedestal, wherein said second photodetector is attached onto said thermal-electric cooler;
wherein said optical splitter, the first photodetector and the second photodetector are mounted onto said working surface, wherein said first split optical beam and said second split optical beam are substantially parallel to said working surface, wherein said second photodetector comprises a second circuit board with a bottom surface attached onto said thermal-electric cooler and a sidewall attached onto said working surface and a photosensitive chip on a top surface of said second circuit board, wherein said photosensitive chip optically couples to said second split optical beam.

US Pat. No. 10,480,991

DEVICE FOR THE QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS OF DEBRIS PRODUCED WHILE DRILLING A WELL

Geolog Americans Inc., H...

1. A device comprising:a frame;
a tray supported by said frame;
a measurement device configured to weigh debris loaded on said tray;
wherein the tray has a front end and a rear end;
wherein the tray has a first side and a second side each extending from said front end to said rear end;
wherein said first side has a first protrusion and a second protrusion;
the device further comprising a movement member configured to make the first protrusion follow a first trajectory;
the device further comprising a guide configured to make the second protrusion follow a second trajectory while the first protrusion is moved along said first trajectory;
wherein said movement member is configured to act on said first protrusion so as to roto-translate said tray between a first position, wherein the tray is configured to carry debris to be weighted, and a second position wherein said tray is configured to discharge said debris,
wherein said movement member comprises:
a shaft, rotatably mounted on said frame;
an arm, having a first end mounted on said shaft and a second end hinged to said first protrusion; and
an actuator configured to rotate said shaft around its longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,480,990

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DYNAMIC ADJUSTMENT OF RECIPE INGREDIENTS

Perfect Company, Vancouv...

1. A system comprising:a scale;
a computing device having at least one processor, at least one user interface and a memory; and
the memory including computer-executable instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the at least one processor to:
receive a recipe, the recipe indicating at least two ingredients and a total nutritional data, the recipe including a first ingredient of the at least two ingredients having a first weight and a first nutritional data, and the recipe including a second ingredient of the at least two ingredients having a second weight and a second nutritional data;
receive, from the scale, a first intermediate weight measurement of the first ingredient based upon an addition of a first amount of the first ingredient to the scale, the first intermediate weight measurement being one of less than or more than the first weight;
generate a first intermediate nutritional data, the first intermediate nutritional data based, at least in part, on the first intermediate weight measurement of the first ingredient and the first nutritional data;
generate a total intermediate nutritional data, the total intermediate nutritional data based, at least in part, on a difference between the first weight and the first intermediate weight measurement of the first ingredient;
receive, from the scale, a second intermediate weight measurement of the second ingredient based upon an addition of a second amount of the second ingredient to the scale, the second intermediate weight measurement being one of less than or more than the second weight;
generate a second intermediate nutritional data, the second intermediate nutritional data based, at least in part, on the second intermediate weight measurement of the second ingredient and the second nutritional data;
update the total intermediate nutritional data, the update based, at least in part, on a difference between the second weight and the second intermediate weight measurement of the second ingredient; and
render, on the user interface, (i) a first display indicating the first intermediate nutritional data and the total intermediate nutritional data, and (ii) a second display indicating the second intermediate nutritional data and the first display further indicating the update to the total intermediate nutritional data.

US Pat. No. 10,480,989

DEVICE FOR CREATING A LOAD PROFILE OF A VEHICLE

ZF Friedrichshafen AG, F...

9. A method comprising:determining an overall weight of a vehicle with a control device based on a torque in a transmission shaft of the vehicle, the control device having a first counter and a second counter; and
incrementing one of the first counter and the second counter when the overall weight falls respectively within a first range or a second range,
wherein a measurement device mechanically coupled to a vehicle transmission shaft measures the torque in the transmission shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,480,988

CALIBRATION UNIT AND METHOD FOR METERING A DOSAGE UNIT

Harro Hoefliger Verpackun...

1. A metering unit comprising:a capacitive measuring system;
a calibration unit having a test body, a drive for said test body, and a guide for said test body;
said guide having a first terminal position, a second terminal position, and a guided section running between said first terminal position and said second terminal position;
said drive being configured to move said test body along said guided section in a reciprocating manner between said first terminal position and said second terminal position;
said capacitive measuring system having a measurement duct for dosage units; and,
said guide being configured to be positioned in said measurement duct.

US Pat. No. 10,480,987

CALIBRATING AN ELECTROMECHANICAL FILL-LEVEL MEASURING DEVICE

1. An electromechanical fill-level measuring device, comprising:at least one displacement element, which is connected by means of a measurement wire windably at least with a measurement drum;
at least one measuring shaft, with which said measurement drum is mechanically fixedly connected, wherein the shaft is held rotatably in at least one rotary bearing;
at least one weight measuring system, which ascertains the effective weight of said displacement element and said measurement wire; and
a servomotor, which is coupled with said measuring shaft and which rotates said measuring shaft corresponding to an ascertained weight measurement, so that an ascertaining of the relative movement of said measurement drum produced by a change of the liquid level to be measured is provided, wherein:
a calibration mode of said weight measuring system of the electromechanical fill-level measuring device is provided, in which a plurality of freely hanging displacement elements with defined mass, each having a different mass, are provided for ascertaining their weights on said measurement wire; and
after each change of the freely hanging displacement elements with defined mass a predefined rotational movement of said measurement drum is provided, and their ascertained weights are provided as calibration values for the weight measuring system.

US Pat. No. 10,480,984

DEVICE, CONTAINER AND METHOD FOR MEASURING LIQUID VOLUME IN CONTAINER BASED ON PRESSURE SENSING

Shenzhen Moikit Network T...

1. A device for measuring a liquid volume in a container based on pressure sensing, comprising:a compression member; the compression member is hermetically connected to the container to be detected to form a sealed space in the container, and compresses air in the sealed space under an external force; a volume value of the compressed air is a determined value;
a pressure sensor and a force transmission member; the force transmission member converts an air pressure in the sealed space into pressure applied to the pressure sensor, and an area value of a stress surface is a determined value; the pressure sensor detects a pressure value from the force transmission member before and after the compression;
an air pressure sensor for detecting an ambient air pressure value; and
a controller; the controller is configured to receive the pressure value obtained by the pressure sensor and the ambient air pressure value obtained by the air pressure sensor, and calculates the liquid volume in the container to be detected based on the pressure value, the ambient air pressure value, the volume value, the area value and the volume value of the container to be detected.

US Pat. No. 10,480,983

WASHER FLUID LEVEL DISPLAY CONTROL SYSTEMS AND METHODS

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A washer fluid level indication system of a vehicle, comprising:a volume module configured to determine a present volume of washer fluid present within a washer fluid reservoir;
a flowrate module configured to determine a volume of washer fluid dispensed based on a measured voltage applied to a washer fluid pump and a predetermined volumetric flowrate of dispensing washer fluid calibrated based on a predetermined voltage,
wherein the flowrate module is configured to subtract the volume of washer fluid dispensed from the present volume;
a level module configured to determine a present level of washer fluid within the washer fluid reservoir based on the present volume and a predetermined maximum volume of the washer fluid reservoir; and
a display control module configured to display the present level of washer fluid within the washer fluid reservoir using a washer level indicator.

US Pat. No. 10,480,975

METHOD AND A DEVICE FOR DETERMINING THE MASS FLOW RATE AND THE PRESENCE OR ABSENCE OF A LIQUID FLOWING IN A PIPE

DAIRYMASTER, County Kerr...

1. A method for detecting one or more properties of milk flowing turbulently in a pipeline with a gaseous phase medium as a pulsed flow comprising a plurality of time spaced apart slugs of milk with air interspersed therebetween, the one or more of the properties of the milk to be detected comprising the presence of milk flowing in the pipeline, the absence of milk flowing in the pipeline, connection of teat cups of a milking cluster to the teats of an animal, disconnection of the teat cups of a milking cluster from the teats of an animal, the commencement of milk flowing in the pipeline, and the ceasing of milk to flow in the pipeline, the method comprising:monitoring a sonic signal produced by the turbulently flowing spaced apart milk slugs in the pipeline,
filtering the frequency domain of the monitored signal to produce a portion of the monitored signal within a predefined frequency bandwidth indicative of milk flowing in the pipeline, computing an energy parameter value of the portion of the monitored signal within the predefined frequency bandwidth,
comparing the computed energy parameter value with a first predefined energy parameter value indicative of air being drawn under vacuum into the pipeline through the teat cups,
comparing the computed energy parameter value with a second predefined energy parameter value indicative of the teat cups of the milking cluster being attached to the teats of the animal without milk flowing in the pipeline,
comparing the computed energy parameter value with an upper third predefined energy parameter value and a lower third predefined energy parameter value indicative of milk flowing in the pipeline, and
determining one or more of the following:
the presence of milk flowing in a pipeline in response to the computed energy parameter value being within the upper and lower third predefined energy parameter values,
the absence of milk flowing in the pipeline in response to the computed energy parameter value being less than the second predefined energy parameter value,
disconnection of the teat cups of a milking cluster from the teats of an animal in response to the computed energy parameter value exceeding the first predefined energy parameter value,
connection of teat cups of a milking cluster to the teats of an animal in response to the computed energy parameter value transitioning from a value indicative of air being drawn into the pipeline through the teat cups to a value less than the upper third predefined energy parameter value,
the commencement of milk flowing in the pipeline in response to the computed energy parameter value transitioning from one of a value indicative of the teat cups of the milking cluster being attached to the teats of the animal without milk flowing in the pipeline, and a value indicative of air being drawn under vacuum into the pipeline through the teat cups to a value indicative of milk flowing in the pipeline, and
the ceasing of milk to flow in the pipeline in response to the computed energy parameter value transitioning from a value indicative of milk flowing in the pipeline to a value less than the second predefined energy parameter value.

US Pat. No. 10,480,973

FLOW MEASURING DEVICE MEASURING AIR FLOW THROUGH A BYPASS PASSAGE THROTTLED BY A THROTTLE PORTION

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A flow measuring device comprising:a housing including a bypass passage that introduces a part of an air flowing through a duct; and
a flow sensing chip located in the bypass passage and including a sensing surface portion that generates an electrical signal in response to a flow volume of the air in the duct by a heat transmission between the sensing surface portion and the air flowing through the bypass passage, wherein
the sensing surface portion is located along a flowing direction in which the air flows through the bypass passage,
the bypass passage is throttled by a throttle portion such that a cross-sectional area of the bypass passage perpendicular to the flowing direction decreases in accordance with a decrease in distance from a gravity center of the sensing surface portion to a center of the cross-sectional area in a direction parallel to the flowing direction,
the throttle portion is a part of a flowing passage wall facing the sensing surface portion, the throttle portion throttles the cross-sectional area of the bypass passage such that a distance from the sensing surface portion to the flowing passage wall at the cross-sectional area in a direction perpendicular to the sensing surface portion decreases in accordance with a decrease in distance from the gravity center of the sensing surface portion to the center of the cross-sectional area in the direction parallel to the flowing direction,
a position where the throttle portion starts is referred to as a start point position, and a position of the throttle portion where a distance between the gravity center of the sensing surface portion and the throttle portion is shortest is referred to as an end point position, and
the start point position and the end point position define an imagination line, and the imagination line and the flowing direction define an angle that is in a range from 0 degrees to 20 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,480,972

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AN APPARATUS FOR ULTRASONICALLY MEASURING THE FLOW RATE OF A FLUID IN A MEASURING CHANNEL

EFS SA, Montagny (FR) EC...

1. A control method for an apparatus for ultrasonically measuring the flow rate of a fluid in a measuring channel, including a measuring channel whose one end is equipped with a first transducer and the other end is equipped with a second transducer, each transducer emitting ultrasonic waves to the other transducer, and receiving waves generated by the other transducer, wherein, in a first step, the first transducer emits waves to the second transducer, and in a second step, which can be simultaneous with the first one, the second transducer emits waves prior to the reception of the waves emitted by the first transducer.

US Pat. No. 10,480,971

COMPACT WIDE ANGLE ACOUSTIC TRANSDUCER

GWF MESSSYSTEME AG, Luce...

1. A transducer for emitting and receiving acoustic waves, the transducer comprising a casing, the casing forming a cavity, the casing comprising:an excitation surface and an emitting surface which is arranged opposite to the excitation surface,
a transducer element, the transducer element being provided at the excitation surface,
an acoustic diffuser, the acoustic diffuser being provided at the emitting surface of the casing, wherein a diffusing structure of the acoustic diffuser faces the cavity, and
a second acoustic diffuser, the second acoustic diffuser being provided at the excitation surface, wherein a diffusing structure of the second acoustic diffuser faces the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,480,970

ELECTROMAGNETIC FLOW SENSOR INTERFACE ALLOWING DIFFERENTIAL DC COUPLING

Analog Devices Global, H...

1. An apparatus for processing an electromagnetic flow sensor signal; the apparatus comprising:first and second inputs configured to be respectively coupled to first and second electromagnetic flow sensor electrodes;
an amplifier circuit configured to:
apply a gain to a difference between the first and second inputs to amplify the difference based on a resistance coupled to the amplifier circuit; and
output the amplified difference; and
an analog-to-digital converter (ADC) circuit configured to receive the amplified difference from the amplifier circuit and to convert the amplified difference into a digital signal; wherein a dc-coupled signal path is provided from the first and second inputs, through the amplifier, to the ADC.

US Pat. No. 10,480,969

FIELD DEVICE OF MEASURING- AND AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGY

1. A field device of measuring- and automation technology, comprising:a modular housing having at least a first housing module having at least a first housing chamber and a second housing module having at least a second housing chamber, wherein said first housing module is connectable with said second housing module via at least one pluggable connector coupling, wherein said at least one pluggable connector coupling has a first coupling element and a second coupling element;
a sensor system for registering a measured variable dependent effect;
an excitation unit for producing the measured variable dependent effect registrable by said sensor system; and
an electronic operating circuit electrically coupled with said sensor system and with said excitation unit, wherein:
said electronic operating circuit is arranged in said first housing module;
said sensor system and said excitation unit are arranged at least partially in said second housing module;
an electrical coupling of said excitation unit and said sensor system with said operating electronics is assured by said at least one pluggable connector coupling;
said first coupling element and said second coupling element each have at least one contacting element for establishing an electrical coupling by bringing together said at least one contacting element of said first coupling element with said at least one contacting element of said second coupling element;
a free volume remaining between said first coupling elements and said second coupling element after the bringing together of said first coupling element with said second coupling element is at least partially filled by a sealing element, said sealing element seals at least one pair of contacting elements for establishing an electrical connection completely from said remaining volume;
wherein said excitation unit is a magnet system for producing a measuring tube vibration in a Coriolis flow measuring device; and said sensor system is a magnet system for registering a measuring tube vibration in a Coriolis flow measuring device; or
wherein said excitation unit is a magnet system for producing an induced voltage in a medium in a magneto-inductive flow measuring device and wherein said sensor system is arranged for registering said induced voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,480,967

SIGNAL PROCESSING DEVICE AND SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A signal processing device, comprising:an input interface configured to receive an output signal Va(T) from a sensor; and
a prediction unit configured to generate, in accordance with a value Va_T1 of an output signal obtained at a time T1, in a transition response period before a response time period Tr or Td elapses, a predicted value Vb_T2 corresponding to a value of an output signal to be obtained at a time T2 after the time T1, where Tr denotes a response time period during which the value of the output signal Va(T) changes from a first converged value Vc1 corresponding to a first value P1 of a parameter representing a certain property of an object to be measured to a second converged value Vc2 corresponding to a second value P2 different from the first value P1 of a parameter representing the certain property of the object to be measured, and Td denotes a response time period during which the value of the output signal Va(T) changes from the second converged value Vc2 to the first converged value Vc1, wherein
the prediction unit generates the predicted value so that TrE|1?TdE/TrE| are satisfied, where TrE denotes a response time period during which the predicted value becomes a value corresponding to the second converged value Vc2, and TdE denotes a response time period during which the predicted value becomes a value corresponding to the first converged value Vc1.

US Pat. No. 10,480,964

OPTICAL NAVIGATION DEVICE

PIXART IMAGING INC., Hsi...

1. An optical navigation device, comprising:a light-emitting unit, emitting a light to a surface of a displacement generating unit;
an optical navigation chip, comprising:
a sensing array, excluding any optical lens for focusing a reflected light, disposed opposite to the surface of the displacement generating unit, receiving a reflected light which the light is reflected from the surface of the displacement generating unit; and
a cover, having an inner surface and an outer surface, wherein a geometric structure is formed by the cover, the optical navigation chip, and the light-emitting unit, wherein the inner surface of the cover is polygonal-curved and has at least two different slopes to direct another reflected light reflected by the inner surface of the cover away from entering the sensing array of the optical navigation chip.

US Pat. No. 10,480,962

ELECTRONIC DEVICE INCLUDING A CAPACITIVE SENSOR IN A HOUSING

CAPSULE TECHNOLOGIES, INC...

1. An electronic device comprising:a capacitive sensor including a capacitor having at least one sensor electrode;
a housing that encloses the capacitive sensor and having an inner surface and an outer surface opposite the inner surface, wherein at least a first portion of the housing includes an electrically insulating material and at least a second portion of the housing includes a partially conductive material, wherein the at least one sensor electrode is in conductive contact with the second portion of the housing and separated from the outer surface by the housing; and
a controller coupled to the capacitive sensor, wherein:
the controller is configured to determine whether the electronic device is in contact or in close proximity to an object based at least in part on a rate of capacitance charge of the capacitor when the capacitive sensor is energized,
when the controller determines the electronic device is in contact or in close proximity to an object, the controller activates an active power mode of the electronic device, and
when the controller determines the electronic device is not in contact or in close proximity to an object, the controller activates a low-power mode of the electronic device.

US Pat. No. 10,480,960

HOLLOW CORE MAGNETIC POSITION SENSOR

Littelfuse, Inc., Chicag...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a hollow waveguide;
a magnet disposed in the hollow waveguide;
a rod disposed in the hollow waveguide and coupled directly to the magnet, wherein the rod is axially movable relative to the hollow waveguide for moving the magnet relative to the hollow waveguide; and
a signal transceiver disposed outside of the hollow waveguide and coupled to the hollow waveguide, the signal transceiver to sense a magnetic field associated with the magnet.

US Pat. No. 10,480,959

MEDICAL DEVICE POSITION LOCATION SYSTEMS, DEVICES AND METHODS

1. A medical device locating system for determining a disposition of a sensor in a subject, the system comprising:an array of three or more quadruplet drive coil sets, each of the quadruplet drive coil sets including at least four discrete drive coils, wherein
at least two of the discrete drive coils in each of the quadruplet drive coil sets are arranged perpendicularly relative to each other in one or more of an x-y, x-z, or y-z array, and at least two of the discrete drive coils in the same quadruplet drive coil set are arranged perpendicularly relative to each other and geometrically oriented off axis respectively at a negative 45 degree angle and a positive 45 degree angle away from the respective x, y, or z axis, each of the discrete drive coils being electromagnetic coils;
at least one moveable sensor coil configured to provide one or more sensor coil response signals;
a driving circuit configured to provide alternating current (AC) drive signals to energize the discrete drive coils, wherein
the driving circuit is configured to provide the AC drive signals by:
sequentially driving one or more of the discrete drive coils within each quadruplet drive coil set; or selectively providing phase inversion of the drive signal to any one or more of the discrete drive coils within each quadruplet drive coil set;
a receiving circuit configured to receive the one or more sensor coil response signals from the at least one moveable sensor coil; and
a processor configured to determine a sensor coil disposition of the at least one moveable sensor coil in the subject relative to the quadruplet drive coil sets based on the one or more sensor coil response signals.

US Pat. No. 10,480,957

MAGNETIC FIELD SENSOR TO DETECT DIRECTION OF ANGULAR ROTATION OF A ROTATING MAGNETIC STRUCTURE, SPEED OF THE ROTATING MAGNETIC STRUCTURE OR FAULT

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC...

1. An integrated circuit (IC) comprising:a magnetic field sensor to detect speed and direction of angular rotation of a rotating magnetic structure, the magnetic field sensor comprising:
at least two magnetic field sensing elements configured to sense changes in a magnetic field caused by rotation of the magnetic structure; and
an output port configured to provide an output signal of the magnetic field sensor, the output signal indicating the angular direction and one of the speed or a fault,
wherein the output signal at a first value or at a second value indicating the magnetic structure rotating in a first direction,
wherein the output signal at a third value or at a fourth value indicating the magnetic structure rotating in a second direction opposite the first direction,
wherein no two values of the first value, the second value, the third value or the fourth value are equal.

US Pat. No. 10,480,952

PROBABILISTIC NAVIGATION SYSTEM AND METHOD

DiDi Research America, LL...

1. A probabilistic navigation method, comprising:obtaining a map of an environment comprising a plurality of first objects each associated with a probability model, the environment comprising a metropolitan area, and the plurality of first objects including a first static object of the metropolitan area and a first dynamic object of the metropolitan area, the probability model at least describing probability fields of a second object colliding with each of the plurality of first objects, the probability fields decaying away from one or more physical boundaries of each of the plurality of first objects, the density and shape of each the probability fields being based on one or more physical properties of a corresponding first object of the plurality of first objects, the second object comprising an autonomous vehicle;
obtaining one or more global factors, the one or more global factors including a global weather condition;
obtaining one or more local factors, the one or more local factors including a local road condition, the one or more local factors being captured by one or more sensors disposed on the second object;
updating the probability fields of the probability models based on the one or more global factors and the one or more local factors, wherein the global factors relatively apply to all of the first objects, and the local factors apply to a portion of the first objects, wherein at least a first global factor has a first degree of influence for the first static object and the first global factor has a second degree of influence for the first dynamic object, the first degree of influence being different from the second degree of influence, the updating including adjusting a rate of decay for at least one of the probability fields of a corresponding probability of the plurality of probability models; and
determining a navigation for the second object through at least a part of the environment based at least on minimizing a total collision probability of the second object with the plurality of first objects along the navigation according to the updated probability models;
autonomously causing, in response to determining the navigation, the navigation of the second object through at least the part of the environment.

US Pat. No. 10,480,951

GENERATING ROUTES USING INFORMATION FROM TRUSTED SOURCES

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A system for generating routes based on information received from trusted sources, comprising:at least one computing device; and
a map engine adapted to:
receive a user drawn annotated boundary of an area of interest from a trusted source, wherein the user drawn annotated boundary of the area of interest includes one or more descriptions, each description including a time constraint and a transportation mode constraint;
receive a request for directions, wherein the request includes a time and a transportation mode;
determine that the time constraint and the transportation mode constraint of the area of interest apply to the time and transportation mode included in the request;
in response to the determination, generate a route in response to the request using the area of interest; and
display the user drawn annotated boundary of an area of interest with the route.

US Pat. No. 10,480,949

APPARATUS FOR IDENTIFYING POSITION OF OWN VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING POSITION OF OWN VEHICLE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A position identifying apparatus comprising:a position detecting unit that detects a position of an own vehicle on a map by using a map matching process;
an information acquiring unit that acquires, from the map, road information surrounding the own vehicle based on the position of the own vehicle detected by the position detecting unit;
a feature extracting unit that extracts features of ground object existing around the own vehicle, based on an output of a feature detecting unit mounted on the own vehicle;
an index value calculating unit that calculates an index value representing a likelihood of a stationary object for the features extracted by the feature extracting unit;
a feature selecting unit that selects feature candidates from among the features having an index value larger than or equal to a predetermined likelihood of the stationary object;
a correlating unit that correlates the feature candidates with the road information acquired by the information acquiring unit;
a weight setting unit that sets weights for feature candidates correlated with the road information, the weight being used for correcting the position of the own vehicle; and
wherein the index value calculating unit is configured to calculate a positional change of the feature, which changes with time, and configured to set a smaller index value to a feature having a large positional change relative to an index value calculated for a feature having a small positional change.

US Pat. No. 10,480,947

BOOLEAN SATISFIABILITY (SAT) REDUCTION FOR GEOMETRY AND KINEMATICS AGNOSTIC MULTI-AGENT PLANNING

X Development LLC, Mount...

1. A method, comprising:receiving, by a computing device, a roadmap representing a plurality of paths through an environment;
discretizing the roadmap, by the computing device, to obtain a discrete planning graph, wherein the discrete planning graph comprises a plurality of states corresponding to discretized path segments of the plurality of paths of the roadmap such that states corresponding to adjacent discretized path segments are connected in the discrete planning graph;
determining, by the computing device, a Boolean equation representing at least a portion of the discrete planning graph, wherein the Boolean equation comprises a plurality of Boolean clauses, wherein the plurality of Boolean clauses comprise a plurality of Boolean variables, wherein each Boolean variable of the plurality of Boolean variables represents a possible state of a robotic device in the discrete planning graph at one of a plurality of times;
determining, by the computing device, a set of values comprising a value of true or false for each Boolean variable of the plurality of Boolean variables, wherein the set of values satisfies the Boolean equation, wherein the set of values indicates a sequence of states for the robotic device to occupy from the plurality of states of the discrete planning graph, and wherein the sequence of states for the robotic device to occupy is represented by Boolean variables having a determined value of true; and
providing, by the computing device, a route through the environment for the robotic device to cause the robotic device to occupy each state in the sequence of states over the plurality of times.

US Pat. No. 10,480,946

VEHICLE AND METHOD OF PROVIDING INFORMATION THEREFOR

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A method of guiding an inertial driving timing of a vehicle, the method comprising:Storing, by a processor, pass-through speeds for respective deceleration situation types;
Sensing, by a sensor, a deceleration situation on a route;
Calculating, by the processor, a target speed corresponding to a type of the sensed deceleration situation based on the stored pass-through speeds for the respective deceleration situation types; and
Determining, by the processor, an inertial driving guidance timing using the calculated target speed.

US Pat. No. 10,480,943

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR NOISE AND DRIFT CALIBRATION USING DITHERED CALIBRATION

Honeywell International I...

1. A system for providing low-noise and low-bias measurements, the system comprising:a processing unit; and
two or more dithered calibrated sensors that provide directional measurements to the processing unit, wherein a dithered calibrated sensor in the two or more dithered calibrated sensors has an input axis that rotates about an axis such that bias error can be removed by the processing unit;
wherein the dithered calibrated sensor provides a zero bias measurement along a first axis and a low noise measurement along a second axis, the second axis being orthogonal to the first axis;
wherein the two or more dithered calibrated sensors are arranged with respect to each other such that the first axis of a first dithered calibrated sensor in the two or more dithered calibrated sensors is aligned with the zero-bias measurement of a second dithered calibrated sensor in the two or more dithered calibrated sensors; and
wherein the processing unit executes an algorithm to combine measurements produced by the two or more dithered calibrated sensors that are along the same axis to produce a measurement for each measured axis that has both low-noise and zero-bias, wherein the measurement is produced by combining the low-noise measurement from the first dithered calibrated sensor with the zero-bias measurement from the second dithered calibrated sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,480,942

MICROMECHANICAL DETECTION STRUCTURE OF A MEMS MULTI-AXIS GYROSCOPE, WITH REDUCED DRIFTS OF CORRESPONDING ELECTRICAL PARAMETERS

STMICROELECTRONICS S.R.L....

1. A multi-axis MEMS gyroscope, comprising:a micromechanical detection structure having a main extension in a horizontal plane, the micromechanical detection structure including:
a substrate including semiconductor material;
a driving-mass arrangement configured to be driven in a driving movement;
a driven-mass arrangement having a central window, the driven-mass arrangement coupled elastically to said driving-mass arrangement and configured to be driven in motion by said driving movement;
a sensing-mass arrangement configured to perform, in response to motion of the driven-mass arrangement and in the presence of a first angular velocity about a first horizontal axis of the horizontal plane, a first detection movement of rotation out of the horizontal plane about a second horizontal axis of the horizontal plane, perpendicular to the first horizontal axis, and further configured to perform, in response to motion of the driven-mass arrangement and in the presence of a second angular velocity about the second horizontal axis of the horizontal plane, a second detection movement of rotation out of the horizontal plane about the first horizontal axis;
a sensing-electrode arrangement fixed with respect to the substrate and capacitively coupled to the sensing-mass arrangement; and
an anchorage assembly arranged within the central window of the driven-mass arrangement, the anchorage assembly elastically coupled to the driven-mass arrangement, and configured to constrain the driven-mass arrangement to the substrate at anchorage elements, wherein
said anchorage assembly includes a rigid structure that is suspended above said substrate,
the rigid structure includes a pair of rigid elements that extend along the second horizontal axis and that are arranged symmetrically with respect to the second horizontal axis in the central window,
each of the pair of rigid elements is elastically coupled to the driven-mass arrangement by a respective elastic connection element that extends from a central portion of a respective rigid element to the driven-mass arrangement,
and each of the pair of rigid elements is coupled, at respective terminal ends of the rigid element, to respective anchorage elements by respective elastic decoupling elements, and
said anchorage elements are positioned at a distance from said elastic connection elements and proximate to said sensing-electrode arrangement in the horizontal plane.

US Pat. No. 10,480,939

HIGH SPEED STEREOSCOPIC PAVEMENT SURFACE SCANNING SYSTEM AND METHOD

FUGRO ROADWARE INC., Mis...

1. A mobile pavement surface scanning system for detecting pavement distress, comprising:one or more light sources mounted to a mobile vehicle for illuminating a pavement surface;
one or more stereoscopic image capturing devices mounted to the mobile vehicle for capturing sequential images of the illuminated pavement surface;
a plurality of positioning sensors mounted to the mobile vehicle, the positioning sensors adapted to encode movement of the mobile vehicle and provide a synchronization signal for the sequential images captured by the one or more stereoscopic image capture devices; and
one or more computer processors configured to:
synchronize the sequential images captured by each camera of the one or more stereoscopic image capturing devices;
generate intensity image pairs from the synchronized sequential images;
perform a 3D reconstruction of the illuminated pavement surface from the intensity image pairs using stereoscopic principles;
generate a depth image and an intensity image pair from the 3D reconstruction; and
process at least one of the depth image and the intensity image utilizing one or more distress detection modules to detect a type of pavement distress.

US Pat. No. 10,480,937

SYSTEM FOR SIMULTANEOUS MEASUREMENT OF WHEEL ALIGNMENT ANGLES AND WHEEL RUNOUT OF MULTI-AXLE VEHICLES

MANATEC ELECTRONICS PVT. ...

1. A system (100) for simultaneous measurement of wheel alignment angles and wheel runout of multi-axle vehicles (105) having a plurality of at least five or more axle wheels (110), said system (100) comprising:a plurality of at least ten or more wheel targets (115), wherein each of said plurality of at least ten or more wheel targets (115) is respectively mounted on said axle wheels (110);
a first vertical column (120a) on a first side of a multi-axle vehicle (105),
wherein the first vertical column (120a) comprises a first camera module (125a) and a second camera module (125b), which cover the first side of the multi-axle vehicle (105),
the first camera module (125a) is positioned at a height lower than the second camera module (125b) in such a way that the first camera module (125a) is set to focus on at least two or more axle wheels (110) at a time, comprising at least one axle wheel (110) of a first axle and one axle wheel (110) of a second front axle, and the second camera module (125b) is set to focus on at least three or more axle wheels (110) at a time, comprising at least one axle wheel (110) of a first rear axle, one axle wheel (110) of a second rear axle, and one axle wheel (110) of a third rear axle,
each of the first camera module (125a) and the second camera module (125b) includes a camera (127), and
a second vertical column (120b) on a second side of a multi-axle vehicle (105),
wherein the second vertical column (120b) comprises a first camera module (125a) and a second camera module (125b), which cover the second side of the multi-axle vehicle (105),
the first camera module (125a) is positioned at a height lower than the second camera module (125b) in such a way that the first camera module (125a) is set to focus on at least two or more axle wheels (110) at a time, comprising at least one axle wheel (110) of a first axle and one axle wheel (110) of a second front axle, and the second camera module (125b) is set to focus on at least three or more axle wheels (110) at a time, comprising at least one axle wheel (110) of a first rear axle, one axle wheel (110) of a second rear axle, and one axle wheel (110) of a third rear axle,
each of the first camera module (125a) and the second camera module (125b) includes a camera (127),
wherein the distance between the first vertical column (120a) and the second vertical column (120b) is the width of the multi-axle vehicle (105),
wherein simultaneously, the cameras (127) included in each of the first camera module (125a) and the second camera module (125b) mounted on both the first vertical column (120a) and the second vertical column (120b) are configured to capture images of said plurality of at least ten or more wheel targets (115); and
an alignment control module (130) having a processor (140) co-operating with each of the first camera modules (125a) and the second camera modules (125b) and configured to analyze said captured images to simultaneously compute wheel alignment angles for each of said axle wheels (110) and also to simultaneously compute wheel runout for each of said axle wheels (110), said processor (140) further configured to compare said computed wheel alignment angles with a predetermined range of acceptable wheel alignment angles.

US Pat. No. 10,480,936

OPTICAL SHAPE SENSING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SENSING A POSITION AND/OR SHAPE OF A MEDICAL DEVICE USING BACKSCATTER REFLECTOMETRY

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. An optical shape sensing system for sensing a position and/or shape of a medical device using backscatter reflectometry, comprising:a broadband light source for generating input light of multiple wavelengths of a broadband spectrum,
an interferometer arrangement comprising a plurality of interferometers including a multi-core optical fiber, the multi-core optical fiber comprising at least two fiber cores, wherein each of the interferometers is configured to perform backscatter reflectometry separately with a corresponding one of a plurality of input light beams divided from the input light and comprises:
a fiber splitter for dividing the corresponding input light beam into a reference beam and a device beam,
an additional optical fiber for guiding the reference beam,
a corresponding fiber core of the multi-core optical fiber for guiding the device beam to be reflected within the medical device and for guiding the reflected device beam, and
a fiber coupler for coupling the reflected device beam with the reference beam to form an output light beam,the optical shape sensing system further comprisinga spectrometer for receiving and dispersing the output light beam from each interferometer, the spectrometer comprising a detector unit for detecting the output light beam from each interferometer.

US Pat. No. 10,480,935

THICKNESS MAPPING USING MULTISPECTRAL IMAGING

Alliance for Sustainable ...

1. A system comprising:a transport system configured to transport a material through a monitoring zone, the material being substantially planar;
a light configured to illuminate a portion of the material that is within the monitoring zone;
a sensor configured to receive, for a plurality of points across a first axis positioned in the illuminated portion of the material, multispectral light intensity data for each point; and
a processing system configured to receive the multispectral light intensity data, wherein:
the processing system:
for each point, determines a discrete Fourier transform corresponding to the multispectral light intensity data,
from the discrete Fourier transform, identifies a characteristic peak,
from the characteristic peak, estimates a thickness of the material, and
from each thickness for each point along the first axis, produces a first thickness profile.

US Pat. No. 10,480,934

EFFECTIVE SEARCH FOR A SILHOUETTE CONE TO RECONSTRUCT A THREE DIMENSIONAL SHAPE OF AN OBJECT

FUJITSU LIMITED, Kawasak...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a memory; and
a processor coupled to the memory and configured to:
sequentially acquire, from a plurality of reference imaging devices for imaging a silhouette imaged with a base imaging device from viewpoints different from a viewpoint of the base imaging device, silhouette existing position information based on the reference imaging devices, the silhouette existing position information indicating an existing position of the silhouette, and transform the silhouette existing position information into a common coordinate system,
detect a silhouette absence range in which the silhouette does not exist, based on a result of comparison of the silhouette existing position information acquired this time and the silhouette existing position information acquired last time, and
search a range in which the silhouette exists, based on the silhouette absence range.

US Pat. No. 10,480,933

CONTROL SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM FOR CONTROL SYSTEM

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A control system, comprising:a displacement sensor configured to obtain one-dimensional information about an object;
a drive configured to change a relative position of the displacement sensor relative to the object;
a controller configured to control the displacement sensor and the drive to obtain information about a two-dimensional shape or a three-dimensional shape of the object based on the one-dimensional information obtained by the displacement sensor; and
a processor configured with a program to perform operations comprising:
operation as a measurement data obtaining unit configured to obtain measurement data comprising a plurality of pieces of one-dimensional information from the displacement sensor and a plurality of pieces of positional information from the drive that are read at each measurement recording position determined based on a measurement range and a measurement resolution comprising one or more measurement intervals; and
operation as a shape data generation unit configured to generate two-dimensional shape data or three-dimensional shape data based on the measurement data obtained by the measurement data obtaining unit, wherein
the processor is configured with the program to perform operations such that operation as the shape data generation unit comprises operation as the shape data generation unit that generates the two-dimensional shape data or the three-dimensional shape data as one-dimensional arrangement information for every measurement interval of the one or more measurement intervals from a combination measurement data combining the plurality of pieces of one-dimensional information and the plurality of pieces of positional information.

US Pat. No. 10,480,931

DIMENSION MEASURING APPARATUS, INFORMATION READING APPARATUS HAVING MEASURING FUNCTION, AND DIMENSION MEASURING METHOD

OPTOELECTRONICS CO., LTD....

1. A dimension measuring apparatus, comprising:a laser radiator that radiates a laser beam to form at least two feature points on a first surface of a measurement target object;
a decoder that measures a distance from the measurement target object to the dimension measuring apparatus by using reflection light of the laser beam reflected on the measurement target object;
an image sensor that captures an image of the measurement target object to which the laser beam is radiated; and
a dimension measurer that measures a length of the first surface of the measurement target object on a line connecting the at least two feature points based on the distance from the measurement target object to the dimension measuring apparatus, a position of the measurement target object in the image, and positions of the at least two feature points in the image,
wherein the dimension measuring apparatus moves to another position to measure a length of a second surface of the measurement target object.

US Pat. No. 10,480,930

OPTICAL DISPLACEMENT MEASURING INSTRUMENT, ADJUSTMENT METHOD AND MEASURING METHOD OF OPTICAL DISPLACEMENT MEASURING INSTRUMENT

MITUTOYO CORPORATION, Ka...

1. An optical displacement meter comprising:a light-emitting element for irradiating a measurement subject with a measurement light;
a light-receiving element for receiving a reflected light reflected by the measurement subject; and
a control device for controlling the light-emitting element and the light-receiving element and for processing an output signal of the light-receiving element to measure a displacement of the measurement subject,
wherein the control device sets a maximum value of the output signal of the light-receiving element with respect to a maximum value of a region in which a light-receiving amount needs to be measured.

US Pat. No. 10,480,929

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FOLLOWING AN OPERATOR AND LOCKING ONTO A RETROREFLECTOR WITH A LASER TRACKER

FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC., ...

1. A method for optically communicating, from a user to a laser tracker, a command to direct a beam of light from the laser tracker to a retroreflector with steps comprising:projecting a first light from a light source disposed on the laser tracker to the retroreflector;
reflecting a second light from the retroreflector, the second light being a portion of the first light;
obtaining first sensed data by sensing a third light, the third light being a portion of the second light, wherein the first sensed data is obtained by imaging the third light onto a photosensitive array disposed on the laser tracker and converting the third light on the photosensitive array into digital form;
generating by the user, between a first time and a second time, a predefined temporal pattern, the predefined temporal pattern including at least a decrease in optical power of the third light followed by an increase in the optical power of the third light, the predefined temporal pattern corresponding to the command;
determining by the laser tracker that the first sensed data corresponds to the predefined temporal pattern; and
pointing the beam of light from the laser tracker to the retroreflector.

US Pat. No. 10,480,928

PARALLAX-BASED DETERMINATION OF DIMENSION(S) RELATED TO AN OBJECT

Datalogic USA, Inc., Eug...

1. A system, comprising:a light source operable to emit light outward into an environment;
a first reflective surface and a second reflective surface, the first and the second reflective surfaces positioned with respect to the light source to concurrently receive light returned from an object in the environment as a structured light pattern, the second reflective surface oriented at a non-zero angle with respect to the first reflective surface;
a light sensor positioned to concurrently detect, in parallax, light reflected from the object in the environment via both the first and the second reflective surfaces, respectively as a first instance of the structured light pattern reflected from the first reflective surface and a second instance of the structured light pattern reflected from the second reflective surface; and
at least one processor communicatively coupled to the light sensor, and which in operation correlates a relative position of the first and the second instances of the structured light pattern detected by the light sensor and determines at least one dimension related to the object based at least in part on the correlation of the relative positions of the first and the second instances of the structured light pattern detected by the light sensor, wherein to correlate a relative position of the first and the second instances of the structured light pattern detected by the light sensor, the at least one processor:
for the first instance of the structured light pattern, determines at each of a plurality of positions along the first instance of the structured light pattern a respective centroid for the first instance of the structured light pattern at the respective position; and
for the second instance of the structured light pattern, determines at each of a plurality of positions along the second instance of the structured light pattern a respective centroid for the second instance of the structured light pattern at the respective position.

US Pat. No. 10,480,927

OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY SYSTEM

OncoRes Medical Pty Ltd, ...

1. An optical coherence tomography (OCT) system for characterising first and second areas of interest of a material, the OCT system comprising:first and second optical elements in use positioned at the first and second surface areas, respectively, the first and second optical elements being at least partially transmissive for electromagnetic radiation;
a scanning system having first and second optical portions, the first and second scanning portions being positioned at the first and second optical elements, respectively, to receive electromagnetic radiation that has interacted with the material within the first and second regions; and
at least one detector optically coupled to the scanning system;
wherein the first and second optical elements are arranged such that respective reference radiation associated with the first and second optical elements is generated by reflection at interfaces of or at the first and second optical elements, respectively, and the first and second optical elements are arranged or positioned such that an optical path length difference between the reference radiation associated with the first optical element and electromagnetic radiation that interacted with the first region differs from an optical path length difference between the reference radiation associated with the second optical element and electromagnetic radiation that interacted with second region.

US Pat. No. 10,480,925

INSPECTING A SLAB OF MATERIAL

APPLEJACK 199 L.P., Milp...

1. A system for inspecting a slab of material, the system comprising:single mode optical fiber;
a broadband light source configured to emit light with wavelengths in a range from 780 nanometers (nm) to 1800 nm over the optical fiber;
a beam-forming assembly configured to receive the light over the optical fiber and direct the light toward a slab of material;
a computer-controlled etalon filter configured to receive the light over the optical fiber either before the light is directed toward the slab of material or after the light has been reflected from or transmitted through the slab of material, filter the light, and direct the light over the optical fiber; and
a computer-controlled spectrometer configured to receive the light over the optical fiber after the light has been filtered by the etalon filter and after the light has been reflected from or transmitted through the slab of material and spectrally analyze the light.

US Pat. No. 10,480,924

POLARIZATION SENSITIVE OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY USING MULTIPLE POLARIZATION SENSITIVE SEMICONDUCTOR OPTICAL AMPLIFIERS

CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIV...

1. An optical coherence tomography (OCT) apparatus, comprising:a light source configured to provide broadband light;
a first polarization sensitive semiconductor optical amplifier (PS-SOA) to receive a portion of the broadband light and to output a first polarized optical signal having a first polarization state; and
a second PS-SOA to receive another portion of the broadband light and to output a second polarized optical signal having a second polarization state, the first and second polarization states being different.

US Pat. No. 10,480,922

CENTER ERROR VALUE OF BEARINGS MEASURING METHOD

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A method of measuring a center error between bearings, the method comprising:disposing both sides of a rotation shaft on inner circumferential surfaces of a magnetic bearing and a backup bearing;
applying current to the magnetic bearing to produce movement of the rotation shaft;
determining a contact point between the rotation shaft and the backup bearing according to movement of the rotation shaft;
determining a final target value using the contact point and predetermined position information of the magnetic bearing;
determining a magnetic center of the magnetic bearing through the final target value;
comparing the magnetic center of the magnetic bearing and a mechanical center of the backup bearing to determine a center error; and
aligning the magnetic center of the magnetic bearing and the mechanical center of the backup bearing based on the determined center error.

US Pat. No. 10,480,921

COUNTING DEVICE OF DISTANCE MEASURING WHEEL

1. A counting device for distance measuring wheel, comprising:a housing, having a top surface, a bottom surface, two side surfaces, a resetting surface, and a linking surface, the top surface has a measuring window, the bottom surface is corresponding to and parallel to the top surface, the two side surfaces are respectively connected to two sides of each of the top surface and the bottom surface, the resetting surface is connected with the top surface, the bottom surface, and the two side surfaces, the resetting surface has a fixing hole, a notch, and a first sliding slot, the notch is arranged toward the top surface, the first sliding slot is arranged toward one of the two side surfaces, the linking surface is opposite to the resetting surface and connected to the top surface, the bottom surface, and the two side surfaces, the linking surface has a through hole and a second sliding slot, the second sliding slot is corresponding to the first sliding slot;
a transmission assembly, having a first shaft, a driving wheel, a second shaft, and a plurality of transmission wheels, the first shaft is arranged in the through hole of the linking surface and the fixing hole of the resetting surface, one end of the first shaft is protruded from the through hole, the driving wheel is fastened to the first shaft and rotated with the first shaft, the second shaft is elastically reset and slidably arranged in the first sliding slot of the resetting surface and the second sliding slot of the linking surface, the transmission wheels are respectively pivoted on the second shaft, and one of the transmission wheels is engaged with the driving wheel;
a counter wheel assembly, disposed in the housing and toward the measuring window, the counter wheel assembly has a plurality of counter wheels, the counter wheels are respectively pivoted on the first shaft, and each of the counter wheels is engaged with each of the transmission wheel; and
a reset control assembly, having an elastic support unit, a push unit, and a dial unit, the elastic support unit is arranged at one of the two side surfaces and supports the second shaft, the push unit is movably arranged at the notch of the resetting surface and abutted against the second shaft, and the dial unit is arranged on the second shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,480,920

METHODS OF IGNITING DEVICES

Northrop Grumman Innovati...

1. A method of igniting an explosive device, the method comprising:coupling a shock tube to an explosive device;
connecting an initiator module to a munitions control system;
nondestructively attaching and detaching a pin connector of an electrical connector of the initiator module to and from a complementary electrical connector of a socket of the munitions control system;
mounting a longitudinal portion of the shock tube to a mount disposed on an exterior surface of the initiator module; and
igniting the shock tube with a detonator device disposed within the initiator module proximate to the mount with a signal generated by the munitions control system to ignite the explosive device.

US Pat. No. 10,480,918

PROJECTILE WITH ENHANCED BALLISTIC EFFICIENCY

Brown Dog Intellectual Pr...

1. A projectile for use with a firearm having a rifled barrel including helical grooves extending longitudinally along an inner surface thereof, the projectile comprising:a substantially cylindrical projectile body having at a front end an ogival nose section and at a rear end a tail section;
a driving band section formed on the projectile body between the nose section and the tail section;
a bore rider section formed on the projectile body between the nose section and the tail section; and
a driving band lead-on section formed on the projectile body adjacent to the driving band section on a forward side thereof and having an angled surface, with respect to a horizontal axis of the projectile body, that forms a transition from the driving band section to a portion of the projectile body adjacent to the driving band lead-on section on a forward side thereof,
wherein the driving band lead-on section is formed having an LD-Haack profile.

US Pat. No. 10,480,914

BIODEGRADABLE SHOTGUN WAD SYSTEM

1. A shotgun shell comprising:a shotgun hull;
a biodegradable shot wad configured to be confined within said shotgun hull;
a biodegradable powder wad configured to be confined within said shotgun hull;
wherein said biodegradable powder wad is separate and uncoupled from said biodegradable shot wad within said shotgun hull;
wherein said biodegradable shot wad at least partially surrounds shot within said shotgun hull;
wherein said biodegradable powder wad physically separates powder from said shot within said shotgun hull;
wherein said biodegradable shot wad comprises a biodegradable material, wherein the biodegradable shot wad is a relatively brittle shot wad that breaks into multiple fragmented and independent pieces upon exiting the barrel after a shot;
wherein said biodegradable powder wad comprises a biodegradable material, wherein the biodegradable powder wad is less brittle than the biodegradable shot wad, and wherein the biodegradable shot wad is more brittle than the biodegradable powder wad;
wherein upon firing of said shotgun shell, said biodegradable shot wad is configured to fragment into multiple discrete pieces during flight or landing; and
wherein upon firing of said shotgun shell, said biodegradable powder wad is configured to stay intact during flight and landing.

US Pat. No. 10,480,910

INTEGRATED CIRCUIT INITIATOR DEVICE

1. An integrated circuit initiator device comprising:a circuit substrate upon which an electrical insulating layer is formed;
an electrical conducting bridge circuit formed on the electrical insulating layer, wherein said electrical conducting bridge circuit is patterned as:
a set of contact areas, and
a bridge structure connecting together individual ones of the set of contact areas;
a flyer comprising a polymer layer spin-coated on the bridge structure;
wherein said bridge structure is configured to form a plasma when the bridge structure is fused by activating an initiator circuit when electrically coupled to at least one of the set of contact areas to provide an electrical current to the bridge structure through the at least one of the set of contact areas,
wherein the flyer is propelled away from the substrate by said plasma formed after activating the initiator circuit,
wherein the bridge circuit is patterned in a doped silicon layer epitaxially deposited on the electrical insulating layer,
wherein the doped silicon layer comprises a dopant from a group III element, and
wherein the bridge circuit pattern has an ohmic resistance less than 2*10 ?5 Ohm·m.

US Pat. No. 10,480,908

ENERGY ABSORPTION SYSTEM AND DEVICE

ST ENGINEERING LAND SYSTE...

1. An energy absorption device comprisinga plurality of pillars mountable to a ceiling of a hull, each pillar having a fixed portion and a movable portion, the movable portion housed within the fixed portion and slidable relative to the fixed portion;
a deformable material housed within each pillar, the deformable material disposed between the fixed portion and movable portion such that the deformable material resist the sliding movement of the movable portion in one direction when no blast energy is present; the deformable material further adapted to permanently deform when a blast energy directed towards the ceiling is present; and
a seat assembly attached to the movable portion of each pillar.

US Pat. No. 10,480,906

ELECTRONIC LOCK FOR MOUNTED FIREARM ACCESSORIES

1. A firearm accessory assembly including an electronic lock that remotely engages and disengages said firearm accessory assembly to a firearm; said firearm accessory assembly includes at least one sensor that detects round fire frequency, date of round fire, time of round fire, location of round fire, or whether said firearm was moved; said firearm accessory assembly further includes a housing having an inner surface and a lock shaft carriage therein that receives a lock shaft and said lock shaft carriage mounts said lock shaft to said inner surface; said lock shaft carriage includes a stopper extending therefrom, said lock shaft is inserted under said stopper and into said lock shaft carriage; said electronic lock includes a locking member, said stopper is adapted to limit downward movement of said locking member.

US Pat. No. 10,480,904

GBIAS FOR RATE BASED AUTOPILOT

BAE Systems Information a...

10. A system for shaping a trajectory of a projectile comprising:a guidance and control autopilot;
at least one processor of the guidance and control autopilot executing a program performing as follows:
processing a roll orientation with respect to gravity and an estimate of a velocity of the projectile;
determining an Inherent Gbias amount produced by null guidance and control lateral rate control loops of the guidance and control autopilot;
determining a Desired Gbias amount;
determining an Additional Gbias amount;
applying the Additional Gbias to the Inherent Gbias;
determining a total rate command by the at least one processor of the guidance and control autopilot system, wherein the total rate command is determined by dividing the Desired Gbias by the estimate of the velocity of the projectile; and
guiding the projectile to a target using the total rate command from the guidance and control autopilot.

US Pat. No. 10,480,901

RIFLESCOPE WITH FEEDBACK DISPLAY AND RELATED METHODS

GUNWERKS, LLC, Cody, WY ...

1. A riflescope comprising:a main tube;
an objective system coupled to a first end of the main tube;
an ocular system coupled to a second end of the main tube, wherein the objective system and the ocular system are cooperatively configured to define at least one focal plane; and
a display system comprising a display and a mirror, wherein the display and the mirror are positioned between the at least one focal plane and the ocular system, and wherein the mirror occludes only a portion of a view presented from the objective system to the ocular system;
wherein the at least one focal plane is positioned a first distance from a plane extending through a distal surface of the ocular system, the display is positioned a second distance from the mirror, and the mirror is positioned a third distance from the plane extending through the distal surface of the ocular system, the first distance being different from the second distance, and wherein the sum of the second distance and the third distance equals the first distance.

US Pat. No. 10,480,898

LOW-SHOCK SEPARATION DEVICE

AGENCY FOR DEFENSE DEVELO...

1. A low-shock separation device comprising:a housing having open top and bottom and an internal receiving space;
a cylinder disposed in the receiving space through the top of the housing and having a top hole and a bottom hole communicating with the top hole and larger in cross-sectional area than the top hole;
a housing cap fitted in a space between the housing and the cylinder and closing the top of the housing;
a piston disposed in the bottom hole of the cylinder;
a pressure cartridge partially inserted in the top hole and closing an upper end of the top hole; and
a bolt partially inserted in the bottom hole through the bottom of the housing, closing a lower end of the bottom hole, and kept in the bottom hole by a holder,
wherein a passage attenuating a collision between the cylinder and the housing cap is formed by filling a space between the cylinder and the housing cap with high pressure gas, and the passage is formed when the cylinder is moved toward the pressure cartridge by high pressure that is generated when the pressure cartridge is operated.

US Pat. No. 10,480,897

HANDGUARD SYSTEM FOR FIREARMS

1. A free-floating handguard system for a rifle comprising:a rear sight block including a lower portion that has a bore extending therethrough, the bore is configured to fit about a barrel of a rifle; and
a handguard including a first end portion and an opposed second end portion, the first end portion of the handguard can be removably secured to the lower portion of the rear sight block;
wherein a front end of the rear sight block receives a first end of a gas tube and holds the gas tube in place on the rifle.

US Pat. No. 10,480,891

RIFLE AND A FORESTOCK FOR A RIFLE WITH BIPOD

Steadystock NZ Limited, ...

1. A forestock for use in a rifle, wherein the forestock comprises a body and a tip, wherein the tip is configured to hinge downwardly from the forestock body, and wherein the forestock further comprises:a bipod housing comprising at least one bore that extends through the tip and into the body of the stock, and
a bipod comprising at least one leg configured to slide back and forth within the bipod housing between a stored position, in which the leg is substantially held within the housing, and an extended position, in which the leg is substantially retracted from the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,480,890

QUAD LOCK MULTICALIBER RIFLE RECEIVER WITH LOCKING BARREL

Vincent P. Battaglia, Ea...

1. A rifle comprising:a receiver having a longitudinal axis;
a barrel extension containing a cartridge chamber securable in an end of the receiver along the longitudinal axis, the barrel extension having a depression in the periphery; and
a projection engageable with the receiver and the barrel extension depression, the projection moveable between a lowered, unlocked position away from the longitudinal axis wherein the projection engages the receiver and is out of engagement with the barrel extension depression, leaving the barrel extension free to slide in and out of the receiver, and a raised, locked position toward the longitudinal axis wherein the projection engages the receiver and the barrel extension depression, thereby securing the barrel extension in the receiver.

US Pat. No. 10,480,889

FIREARM HAVING INTEGRAL RECOIL BOOSTER AND COMPENSATOR, AND QUICK DETACH SUPPRESSOR SYSTEM

1. A firearm comprising:a recoil booster including a front bushing, rear bushing and a spring positioned about at least said front bushing, said recoil booster positioned within a compensator; and
a quick detach mount removably attached to said compensator and configured to receive a suppressor baffle, said quick detach mount including a pair of mounting claws removably attaching said quick detach mount to said compensator.

US Pat. No. 10,480,888

SILENCER FOR FIREARM

1. A quick-coupling silencer assembly for a firearm, the assembly comprising:a longitudinal axis;
a muzzle device configured for attachment to a muzzle end of a firearm barrel, the muzzle device including a first rotational stop;
a support tube having a proximal end and a distal end;
a plurality of baffles arranged in a longitudinal stack and supported by the support tube, the baffles defining a plurality of gas expansion chambers;
a coupling member attached to the proximal end of the support tube and having a second rotational stop engageable with the first rotational stop of the muzzle device, the coupling member rotatably securing the support tube to the muzzle device;
a ratcheting mechanism comprising a freely rotatable first array of radial teeth disposed on the coupling member and a second array of radial teeth disposed on the coupling member in a fixed rotational position;
a biasing member biasing the second array of radial teeth into engagement with the first array of radial teeth;
wherein the first array of radial teeth is infinitely rotatable in opposing directions when the coupling member is not secured to the muzzle device, and wherein the first array of radial teeth is locked in rotational position when the coupling member is secured to the muzzle device.

US Pat. No. 10,480,887

FASTENING DEVICE FOR WEAPON ACCESSORY

Dieter Christandl, Weiz ...

1. A fixing device (10) for fixing silencer (11) to a handgun, wherein the fixing device comprises:a fixation rail (30) for fixing the fixing device at a mounting rail (94) of the handgun, and
a fixation plate (12) arranged at the front end of the fixation rail (30) extending perpendicular with respect to the fixation rail, wherein a shot channel (20) is formed in the fixation plate, which, with the fixing device fixed to the mounting rail (94), extends coaxially with respect to the central axis of the barrel of the gun, wherein
the fixation plate (12) comprises a fixation means for fixing the silencer at the fixation plate (12),
wherein the fixation means comprises a groove (12a) running at least partly circumferentially around the fixation plate (12), or a tongue of a tongue and groove connection running at least partly circumferentially around the fixation plate (12),
wherein the groove (12a) or the tongue is formed such that a tongue or groove provided at the silencer can be brought into engagement with the groove (12a) or tongue of the fixation plate (12),
wherein the groove (12a) or tongue of the fixation plate (12) is provided at least at two opposing side walls (16) of the fixation plate, wherein the silencer can be pushed on the fixation plate along the groove (12a) or the tongue,
wherein a locking means is provided at the fixation plate (12) for locking the silencer fixed at the fixation plate, wherein the locking means comprises at least one hole (12c) provided at at least one side wall (16), which corresponds to e borehole (40) provided at the silencer, when the silencer is fixed to the fixation plate (12), wherein a safety bolt can be pushed through the hole (12c) and through the borehole (40).

US Pat. No. 10,480,886

SUPPRESSOR DESIGN

Gladius Suppressor Compan...

1. An insulated suppressor for a rifle comprising:a blast baffle;
a monocore baffle stack; and
an insulating sleeve comprising;
a continuous cylindrical wall;
a distal end cap, comprising a first recess, wherein the first recess contains a distal end cap insulation disk;
a proximal end cap, comprising a second recess, wherein the second recess contains a proximal end cap insulation disc;
the insulating sleeve substantially covering the entirety of a suppressor a second continuous cylindrical wall of the suppressor.