US Pat. No. 10,114,162

OPTICAL FILM STACK WITH RETARDANCE LAYER HAVING IN-PLANE RETARDANCE OF GREATER THAN 2.0 MICRONS

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. An optical film stack, comprising:a first reflective polarizer having a pass axis;
a second reflective polarizer; and
a stretched polymeric retardance layer having a fast axis disposed between the first reflective polarizer and the second reflective polarizer, the retardance layer having a thickness, d, and having in-plane index of refraction values nx and ny and an index of refraction nz in a direction orthogonal to the plane of the film, wherein
0.04<|(nx?ny)/(0.5(nx+ny)?nz)|<1.00, and
2.0 microns wherein the pass axis of the first reflective polarizer is within 20 degrees of parallel with the fast axis of the retardance layer.

US Pat. No. 10,114,161

MULTI-LAYER ABSORPTIVE WIRE GRID POLARIZER

Moxtek, Inc., Orem, UT (...

1. A wire grid polarizer comprising:a. a transmissive substrate;
b. an array of parallel, elongated first rib groups disposed over the substrate, each first rib group comprising:
i. a central first transmissive rib; and
ii. a pair of first wires including a first wire disposed along each side of the first transmissive rib;
c. a first dielectric material substantially filling first gaps between each rib group and an adjacent rib group;
d. an array of parallel, elongated second wires disposed over the first rib groups and the first dielectric material, on a same side of the substrate as the first rib groups, and farther from the substrate than the first rib groups;
e. the first wires are absorptive and the second wires are reflective; and
f. a pitch of the first wires is less than a pitch of the second wires.

US Pat. No. 10,114,160

POLARIZING PLATE, LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE INCLUDING SAME, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING POLARIZING PLATE

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A polarizing plate comprising:at least a polarizer layer including a polyvinyl alcohol film dyed with iodine; and
a compound exhibiting a polyiodide ion I5? forming ability in an iodide compound-containing solution,
wherein the compound is included in the polarizer layer.

US Pat. No. 10,114,158

STRETCHED LAMINATE, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THIN POLARIZER, THIN POLARIZER MANUFACTURED BY THE METHOD, AND POLARIZING PLATE INCLUDING THE THIN POLARIZER

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

1. A method of manufacturing a thin polarizer, the method comprising:forming a laminate by attaching a prefabricated non-stretched polyvinyl alcohol-based film to at least one surface of a non-stretched high-density polyethylene film; and
stretching the laminate until the polyvinyl alcohol-based film has a thickness of 10 ?m or less.

US Pat. No. 10,114,157

PULSE WIDTH CONTROLLER

APPLIED MATERIALS, INC., ...

1. An optical apparatus, comprising:a first rotatable wave plate having an optical axis;
a polarizing beam splitter with a reflecting axis and a transmitting axis, wherein the transmitting axis is substantially parallel to the optical axis of the first rotatable wave plate;
a first reflector positioned along the transmitting axis and propagating a first deflected electromagnetic radiation along a first deflection axis; and
a second reflector positioned to receive electromagnetic radiation originating from the first reflector and propagate a return electromagnetic radiation to the polarizing beam splitter along the reflecting axis.

US Pat. No. 10,114,156

VEHICLE COMPONENTS UTILIZING INFRARED REFLECTIVE DETECTABLE LAYER AND INFRARED TRANSMISSIVE DECORATIVE LAYER

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle body panel, comprising:a substrate defining an exterior surface;
a detectable layer positioned on the exterior surface and configured to interact with a first band of an electromagnetic spectrum, wherein the detectable layer has a thickness of from about 12 ?m to about 75 ?m;
a decorative layer positioned on the detectable layer and configured to reflect a portion of a second band of the electromagnetic spectrum and transmit the first band of the electromagnetic spectrum; and
a top layer positioned on the decorative layer and configured to transmit the first and second bands of the electromagnetic spectrum.

US Pat. No. 10,114,155

OPTICAL FILTER AND IMAGING DEVICE COMPRISING SAME

1. An optical filter comprising:a light absorption layer including a binder resin and two or more light absorbents dispersed in the binder resin;
a transparent base having a first surface attached to the light absorption layer; and
a near-infrared reflection layer attached to a second surface of the transparent base,
wherein the light absorbents comprise a first light absorbent having a first maximum absorption in a wavelength range of 680 to 700 nm and a second light absorbent having a second maximum absorption in a wavelength range of greater than 700 to 750 nm, and the first and second maximum absorptions do not overlap each other,
a wavelength at which the near-infrared reflection layer has a transmittance of 50% with regard to light incident in a direction perpendicular to the optical filter is in a range of 680 to 730 nm, and
the optical filter satisfies the following Equation 1:
?E*?1.5  [Equation 1]
wherein ?E* represents a color difference between light, which has been incident in a direction perpendicular to the optical filter and has passed through the optical filter, and light, which has been incident at an angle of 30° with regard to the direction perpendicular to the optical filter and has passed through the optical filter.

US Pat. No. 10,114,154

OPTICAL HEAD FOR RECEIVING LIGHT AND OPTICAL SYSTEM USING THE SAME

OTO PHOTONICS INC., Hsin...

1. An optical head for receiving an incident light, comprising:a reflector;
a reflective diffuser facing the reflector and disposed in an optical path of the incident light, the reflective diffuser having an optical output section and a reflective scattering section, wherein the reflective diffuser is configured to convert the incident light incident on the reflective scattering section to a scattered light, wherein the scattered light is incident on the reflector, other portions of the reflective scattering section, or both the reflector and the other portions of the reflective scattering section; and
a light collector disposed at the optical output section of the reflective diffuser, wherein the reflector is positioned to shield the optical output section from the incident light, and the light collector is configured to receive the scattered light from the reflector and has a light collection range overlying an area of the reflector through which the scattered light from the reflective diffuser is reflected to the optical output section.

US Pat. No. 10,114,153

OPTICAL ASSEMBLY AND THE METHOD TO MAKE THE SAME

UBright Optronics Corpora...

1. An optical assembly, comprising:a first optical film having a first surface;
an adhesive disposed on the first surface of the first optical film, wherein the adhesive comprises a photo-curable portion and a thermally-curable portion mixed with the photo-curable portion; and
a second optical film comprising a photo-curable material, wherein the adhesive is bonded to the second optical film through the bonding between the photo-curable portion of the adhesive and the photo-curable material of the second optical film without relying on the bonding between the thermally-curable portion of the adhesive and the photo-curable material of the second optical film.

US Pat. No. 10,114,152

PHOTOGRAPHING LENS MODULE AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

LARGAN PRECISION CO., LTD...

1. A photographing lens module, comprising a plurality of lens elements, wherein one of the lens elements is a plastic lens element, and at least one surface of an object-side surface and an image-side surface of the plastic lens element comprises:an effective optical portion being aspheric; and
a peripheral portion surrounding the effective optical portion and comprising:
a plurality of strip rib structures, wherein each of the strip rib structures has a strip shape along a radial direction of an optical axis of the plastic lens element, and the strip rib structures are arranged around the effective optical portion;
a plurality of light absorbing coatings coated on the strip rib structures respectively; and
at least one annular rib structure surrounding the effective optical portion and intersecting with the strip rib structures.

US Pat. No. 10,114,150

OPTICAL MULTILAYER COATING, OPTICAL LENS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING OPTICAL MULTILAYER COATING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical multilayer coating formed on or above a substrate, comprising:a high-refractive index layer with a refractive index of 1.76 to 2.7;
a magnesium oxyfluoride layer; and
a magnesium fluoride layer,
the high-refractive index layer, the magnesium oxyfluoride layer, and the magnesium fluoride layer being stacked on or above the substrate in this order and being in direct contact with each other,
wherein the magnesium oxyfluoride layer has a composition represented by the following formula:
MgxOyFz  (1)
where z/x is not less than 0.01 nor greater than 1.45 and z/y is not less than 0.01 nor greater than 3.17.

US Pat. No. 10,114,149

CLOUD COVERAGE ESTIMATION BY DYNAMIC SCHEDULING OF A DISTRIBUTED SET OF CAMERAS

International Business Ma...

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:transmitting one or more instructions to each of multiple spatially-distributed cameras in a pre-determined geographic area, wherein the one or more instructions cause each of the spatially-distributed cameras to change a context from (i) a pre-determined task to (ii) capturing one or more spatio-temporal measurements of cloud coverage;
tracking the one or more spatio-temporal measurements of cloud coverage captured by the multiple spatially-distributed cameras;
obtaining one or more meteorological measurements from one or more non-camera sources; and
generating a cloud coverage forecast for the pre-determined geographic area based on (i) the one or more spatio-temporal measurements of cloud coverage captured by the multiple spatially-distributed cameras and (ii) the one or more meteorological measurements from the one or more non-camera sources;
wherein the steps are carried out by at least one computing device.

US Pat. No. 10,114,145

ACCELERATION MEASUREMENT APPARATUS

King Fahd University of P...

1. An apparatus for measuring a local acceleration of gravity, the apparatus comprising:a ferrous rod having a regular alternating pattern of reflective and non-reflective portions on a surface thereof;
an electromagnetic holder mounted on a vertical beam configured to releasably hold the ferrous rod;
an infrared (IR) transceiver including
a light emitting diode (LED) configured to emit IR light,
a photodiode configured to detect IR light emitted by the LED which is reflected back to the IR transceiver, wherein the light emitting diode (LED) and the photodiode are disposed at the same height beneath the electromagnetic holder, and
an output circuit configured to output a two-state signal corresponding to an illumination state of the photodiode by the reflected IR light;
a power supply configured to the power the electromagnetic holder and the IR transceiver; and
circuitry configured to:
control a current from the power supply to the electromagnetic holder to the cause electromagnetic holder to release the rod,
cause the IR transceiver to emit IR light,
receive the signal from the IR transceiver,
calculate times of transitions between the two states in the received signal to determine kinematic data, and
calculate a local acceleration of gravity from a fit to the kinematic data.

US Pat. No. 10,114,144

SCALE IDENTIFIER

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method for scale identification comprising:disposing a first logging tool into a wellbore comprising a tool body, a neutron source coupled to the tool body, wherein the neutron source induces an emission of gamma rays from a measured area, wherein the emission of gamma rays is related to an elemental makeup of the measured area, and detectors coupled to the tool body;
disposing a second logging tool for measuring deviations in inner diameter of a tubing in the wellbore, wherein the second logging tool is coupled to the first logging tool;
logging the interior of the tubing with the first logging tool and the second logging tool to generate data;
analyzing the emission of gamma rays in relation to base element spectra; and
generating a log of scale location and type from the data.

US Pat. No. 10,114,143

DOWNHOLE TOOL AND METHOD FOR IMAGING A WELLBORE

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A downhole tool to be lowered into a wellbore, having a longitudinal axis and an outer surface, the tool including:a particle detection assembly having at least one particle detector for detecting at least a predetermined type of particles, wherein the particle detectors of the assembly are each wrapped around at least one detecting portion forming an angular portion of the tool's azimuthal plane perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the tool so that the detection assembly substantially forms a ring,
at least a window transparent to the particle type and extending between the outer surface and the particle detection assembly, wherein each of the particle detectors is a micro-mesh gaseous detector.

US Pat. No. 10,114,142

IMAGING SUBTERRANEAN FORMATIONS AND FEATURES USING MULTICOIL NMR MEASUREMENTS

1. A method of investigating an earth formation, comprising:moving a nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) tool having a permanent magnet that generates a static, main magnetic field B0 and two or more receiving coils located azimuthally around the NMR tool, wherein the two or more receiving coils rotate with a drilling string to which the NMR tool is attached and wherein the two or more receiving coils are locally sensitive to those spins in front of a respective coil at a respective time;
applying one or more magnetic field pulses within the earth formation;
using the two or more rotating receiving coils, acquiring signals generated in response to the B0 field and the one or more magnetic field pulses, wherein measurements based on the acquired signals change with time due to the rotation of the NMR tool;
processing the signals to obtain an indication of a parameter of the earth formation at multiple azimuthal orientations; and
wherein said processing the signals is performed in accordance with a forward model based on: Mt(?j(t))=?02?Mt(?)k(?j(t)??)d?, where ? is the formation angle and Mt(?j(t)) denotes the measured data at time t when the jth receiving coil faces a time-dependent angle ?j(t).

US Pat. No. 10,114,138

METHOD TO DENOISE PULSE ECHO MEASUREMENT USING TOOL RESPONSE IN FRONT OF COLLARS

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A method, comprising:performing pulse echo measurements using a pulse echo tool, wherein the pulse echo tool comprises a transducer;
detecting a casing collar using the pulse echo measurements performed by the pulse echo tool;
estimating a tool response of the pulse echo tool response at the casing collar using one or more processors based on the pulse echo measurement at the casing collar; and
removing the pulse echo tool response estimation from at least some of the pulse echo measurements not at the casing collar.

US Pat. No. 10,114,137

UNDERWATER SEISMIC EXPLORATION WITH A HELICAL CONVEYOR AND SKID STRUCTURE

Fairfield Industries, Inc...

1. A system to acquire seismic data from a seabed, comprising:an underwater vehicle comprising a sensor to identify a case having a hydrodynamic shape, wherein the case stores one or more ocean bottom seismometer (“OBS”) units;
the underwater vehicle comprising an arm;
the underwater vehicle comprising an actuator to position the arm in an open state above a cap of the case, or to close the arm;
the underwater vehicle comprising a conveyor;
the underwater vehicle configured to move the arm to a bottom portion of the case opposite the cap, an opening of the case aligned with the conveyor of the underwater vehicle;
the conveyor configured to receive, via the opening of the case, a first OBS unit of the one or more OBS units; and
the conveyor configured to move the first OBS unit to the seabed to acquire seismic data from the seabed.

US Pat. No. 10,114,136

STREAMER EQUIPMENT TENSION CONTROL

PGS Geophysical AS, Oslo...

1. A geophysical streamer system comprising:streamer equipment comprising:
a geophysical streamer with a plurality of geophysical sensors distributed along the geophysical streamer, including a forward geophysical sensor; and
a lead-in cable for coupling the geophysical streamer to a survey vessel; and
a tension control system capable of tuning vibrational behavior of the streamer equipment and comprising:
a depressor coupled to the streamer equipment in front of the forward geophysical sensor;
a variable tension control device coupled at a back end of the geophysical streamer; and
a plurality of tension control system sensors, wherein:
the plurality of tension control system sensors are disposed at one or more locations consisting of: on the survey vessel, on the depressor, on the variable tension control device, along the lead-in cable, and along the geophysical streamer, and
at least some of the plurality of tension control system sensors are capable of being used to estimate amplitude or spectral properties of the vibrational behavior of the streamer equipment.

US Pat. No. 10,114,135

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPTIMIZING SEISMIC DATA ANALYSIS

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A method, comprising:accessing a seismic image comprising a plurality of features of interest;
defining a plurality of configuration files for a plurality of graphical models;
applying the plurality of graphical models to the seismic image;
generating a plurality of scores for each feature of interest, wherein each graphical model generates a score for each feature of interest, and wherein each score is representative of each respective feature's degree of agreement with one of the plurality of graphical models;
combining the plurality of scores for each feature of interest into a plurality of combined scores, wherein each feature of interest has a combined score; and
ranking the plurality of features of interest based on the plurality of combined scores.

US Pat. No. 10,114,134

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR GENERATING A GEOLOGICAL MODEL HONORING HORIZONS AND FAULTS

Emerson Paradigm Holding ...

1. A method for modeling a subsurface structure including faults and horizons, the method comprising:by one or more computer processors:
receiving geological data representing a current configuration of the faults and horizons, wherein said data is produced in a three-dimensional field by a transmitter emitting compression waves that reflect at geological discontinuities throughout the subsurface structure and a receiver receiving the reflected compression waves that correspond to the compression waves output by the transmitter;
transforming the geological data to a depositional model comprising cells representing an estimated configuration of the horizons at a depositional time period when the subsurface structure was originally formed and superimposing an estimated depositional configuration of the faults in the depositional model that are not iso-surfaces of the depositional model;
dividing groups of cells in the depositional model into a plurality of sub-meshes by iso-surfaces of the depositional model, one set of iso-surfaces representing the horizons at the depositional time period;
further dividing one or more of the plurality of sub-meshes in the depositional model into a plurality of sub-mesh parts by the superimposed estimated depositional configuration of the faults;
representing the cells in each sub-mesh part by a single polyhedron with each facet corresponding to one of the faults or iso-surfaces of the depositional model having a single value for one or more coordinates of the depositional model;
wherein for one or more of the faults that does not intersect a sub-mesh, the cells of the sub-mesh are represented by a single polyhedron with each facet corresponding to an iso-surface of the depositional model and for one or more of the faults that does intersect a sub-mesh, the cells of the sub-mesh are further divided into a plurality of polyhedrons each having at least a facet approximating the orientation of the fault surface;
inverse transforming the polyhedrons from the depositional model to generate a current model to represent the current configuration of the faults and horizons using inverse transformed polyhedrons; and
displaying the current model.

US Pat. No. 10,114,133

SENSING SYSTEM RESPONSIVE TO ACOUSTIC OR SEISMIC SIGNALS

1. A sensing system for monitoring an area for a signal of interest, comprising: a sensing device and a monitoring device coupled to receive information from the sensing device, the sensing device comprising a frame and a piezo-electric sensor element, generally responsive to variation in a wavefield of seismic or acoustic energy to produce a signal based on charge separation, the sensor element positioned about the frame, wherein mechanical coupling between the sensor element and the frame is so limited as to render direct mechanical coupling of the sensor element with the wavefield the predominant means for stimulating the sensor element with seismic energy, and the monitoring device comprising interface circuitry coupled to provide a voltage level output based on the charge separation signal produced by the sensor element, conversion circuitry which converts the voltage level output into formatted frames of digital data, and data analysis circuitry coupled to perform analyses on the formatted frames of digital data to provide a determination of whether the digital data contain signals of potential interest.

US Pat. No. 10,114,132

OPTIMAL PHASE RELATIONSHIP

CONOCOPHILLIPS COMPANY, ...


wherein the two to eight vibratory sources are positioned proximate to a predetermined location on a surface of earth.

US Pat. No. 10,114,131

SCINTILLATOR BASED FIBER OPTIC PLATE FOR NEUTRON IMAGING APPLICATIONS AND THE LIKE

Consolidated Nuclear Secu...

1. A scintillator based fiber optic plate for use in a neutron imaging system, comprising:a plurality of optical fiber segments disposed side-by-side adjacent to one another in a parallel array, wherein each of the plurality of optical fiber segments itself is manufactured from a scintillator core material; and
a binder material disposed between and coupling the plurality of optical fiber segments together.

US Pat. No. 10,114,127

AUGMENTED REALITY VISUALIZATION SYSTEM

The United States of Amer...

1. An augmented reality (AR) system comprising:a head mounted display (HMD) comprising a visual display system and a head mounting structure adapted to fix the HMD with respect to a human operator's field of view (FOV), and a camera system oriented towards said FOV configured to capture a plurality of video images of entities, elements or objects within the FOV;
a plurality of sensors comprising a head mounted position sensor and a first position sensor receiver positioned on a first device, said plurality of sensors comprising one or more inertial navigation units (INU) or an inertial measuring unit (IMU), said INU comprising a plurality of accelerometers, said IMU comprising an INU and a global position system (GPS) configured to determine a location of the GPS system, wherein said INU and IMU are configured to determine an orientation of at least a first device and each said sensor is coupled with an output of said location as an orientation data;
a laser rangefinder mounted to said first device used to measure distance between projectile launcher and impact point, or moving object and intended flight path;
a control system comprising a storage medium comprising a plurality of machine readable instructions operable to control elements of said AR system, a processor adapted to execute said plurality of machine readable instructions, said control system is configured to control said AR system, said sensors, and said HMD;
a communication system configured to couple said HMD, said sensors, and said control system, said communication system is further configured to transmit electronic data between said HMD and a remote source using a radio frequency system or a laser data transfer system;
wherein said plurality of machine readable instructions comprises:
a first plurality of instructions configured to operate laser range-finder and ballistic trajectory calculation system as well as an impact point determination system based on at least a first, second, and third data associated with at least one said first device, wherein said first data comprises an aim point of said first device, said second data comprises a computed impact point of a projectile fired from said first device, said third data comprises a path of travel of said projectile from a point of origin from said first device to said impact point, wherein said first, second and third data each comprise one or more geo-reference system position coordinates;
a second plurality of instructions configured to control said processor to operate said plurality of sensors to generate data used by said control system to determine three dimensional orientations of each of said sensors based determinations of location of the devices relative to at least the head mounted position system (HMPS) and said device mounted position sensor;
a third plurality of instructions configured to operate a video processing system to determine and create a wire frame model data of objects within the FOV based on the plurality of video images captured by the camera system, using a photogrammetry processing system
a fourth plurality of instructions configured to control said processor to operate said HMD to generate and display on said HMD a plurality of AR visualizations comprising a first visualization within said FOV of said operator comprising at least a first, second, third, and fourth visualization element, wherein said first and second visualization elements are generated based on a first, second, and third plurality of instructions outputs, said first visualization element comprises a visual designator showing said aim point on a surface defined by said wire frame model data, said impact point on said wire frame model data, or said path of travel with respect to at least a portion of said wire frame model data, said second visualization element comprises a visual damage overlay displaying a predicted blast radius associated with a projectile fired from first device, said third visualization element comprises a visual overlay highlighting or designating of a plurality of entities, elements or objects, said fourth visualization element comprises a plurality of metadata associated with said plurality of entities, elements or objects highlighted or designated by said third plurality element; and
a fifth plurality of instructions configured to provide a graphical user interface (GUI) control interfaces enables said operator to select and control one or more of said plurality of visualization elements, wherein a cursor control software module generates and displays a cursor on said HMD, wherein said operator is able to manipulate said cursor to interact with said plurality of visualization elements.

US Pat. No. 10,114,125

RECEIVER FOR A SATELLITE POSITIONING SYSTEM AND SATELLITE SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD

STMicroelectronics (Grand...

9. A satellite signal processing method, comprising the following steps performed within a same receive channel:receiving a plurality of satellite signals having different constellation frequencies belonging to one frequency band;
sequentially and cyclically generating different frequency transposition signals respectively adapted to the different constellation frequencies of the one frequency band;
frequency transposing the satellite signals on the basis of the adapted frequency transposition signals in such a way as to sequentially and cyclically deliver transposed satellite signals; and
filtering the transposed satellite signals, wherein a bandwidth of the filtering is selected as a function of a current adapted frequency transposition signal.

US Pat. No. 10,114,124

MULTIMODE PEDESTRIAN ODOMETER

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

10. A device comprising:a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) receiver;
a location processor;
one or more computer-readable mediums coupled to the location processor and configured to store instructions that when executed by the location processor, cause the location processor to perform operations comprising:
obtaining position and velocity data from a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) receiver embedded in, or coupled to the mobile device;
statistically combining the position and velocity data to generate a first delta distance travelled by the mobile device over a period of time, the statistical combining including configuring the location processor to adjust a weighting of a contribution of an integrated speed to the first delta distance, the integrated speed derived from the obtained GNSS velocity data and period of time;
filtering the first delta distance to generate a filtered first delta distance; and
generating a first estimate of total distance travelled by the mobile device based on the filtered first delta distance.

US Pat. No. 10,114,122

CROSSWIND SPEED MEASUREMENT BY OPTICAL MEASUREMENT OF SCINTILLATION

Torrey Pines Logic, Inc.,...

1. A device for optically measuring crosswind, comprising:a laser transmitter adapted to generate a pulsed laser to illuminate a path through an atmosphere;
a gated optical receiver configured to analyze the path of the laser through the atmosphere, the gated optical receiver subdivided into a plurality of distinct detecting areas, each detecting area spaced apart from other detecting areas at a known particular distance and acting as a separate photodetector to convert a received atmospheric scintillation pattern into a single data point measuring cumulative light intensity; and
a computer processor configured to compare the measured cumulative light intensity from each detecting area and to generate a crosswind profile along the path of the pulsed laser in the atmosphere for a defined distance between the laser transmitter and the atmosphere at the defined distance.

US Pat. No. 10,114,121

DISTANCE MEASURING METHOD AND DISTANCE MEASURING ELEMENT

LEICA GEOSYSTEMS AG, Hee...

1. A distance measuring method, comprising at least:emitting at least one measurement signal to a target object, wherein at least one start signal is generated;
receiving the measurement signal backscattered from the target object as a target signal;
performing a first sampling of the received target signal and determining the relative position of the start signal and the target signal;
deriving a distance to the target object from the relative position of the start signal and the target signal being effected;
wherein at least a second sampling of the received target signal is performed, wherein the first and second sampling have different sampling frequencies with a sampling pattern defined by the respective sampling frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,114,119

SONAR SYSTEMS AND METHODS USING INTERFEROMETRY AND/OR BEAMFORMING FOR 3D IMAGING

NAVICO HOLDING AS, Egers...

1. A sonar system for imaging an underwater environment comprising:a housing mountable to a watercraft;
a transducer array within the housing and aimed at least partially downwardly from the watercraft;
wherein the transducer array defines a first row of transducer elements and a second row of transducer elements;
wherein the first row of transducer elements comprises at least a first transducer element and a second transducer element;
wherein the first transducer element is configured to receive first sonar returns from sonar pulses transmitted into the underwater environment and convert sound energy of the first sonar returns into first sonar return data;
wherein the second transducer element is configured to receive second sonar returns from the sonar pulses transmitted into the underwater environment and convert sound energy of the second sonar returns into second sonar return data;
wherein the second row of transducer elements comprises at least a third transducer element and a fourth transducer element;
wherein the third transducer element is configured to receive third sonar returns from the sonar pulses transmitted into the underwater environment and convert sound energy of the third sonar returns into third sonar return data;
wherein the fourth transducer element is configured to receive fourth sonar returns from the sonar pulses transmitted into the underwater environment and convert sound energy of the fourth sonar returns into fourth sonar return data;
wherein the first row of transducer elements is disposed proximate the second row of transducer elements such that the first transducer element is positioned in the housing at a predetermined distance from the third transducer element and the second transducer element is positioned in the housing at the predetermined distance from the fourth transducer element;
a sonar signal processor configured to:
process the first sonar return data and the second sonar return data to generate a plurality of first array sonar return data that correspond to a plurality of first receive beams that are each oriented at different predetermined angles with respect to each other;
process the third sonar return data and the fourth sonar return data to generate a plurality of second array sonar return data that correspond to a plurality of second receive beams that are each oriented at the different predetermined angles with respect to each other;
generate, based on the first sonar return data, the second sonar return data, the third sonar return data, and the fourth sonar return data, a set of 3D sonar return data associated with the underwater environment by:
generating one or more second angles within each of the plurality of first receive beams by correlating the plurality of first array sonar return data and the plurality of second array sonar return data at each of the different predetermined angles, wherein the correlation is based on the predetermined distance, and wherein the second angle is perpendicular to the different predetermined angle of each corresponding first receive beam; and
generate a 3D image based on the generated set of 3D sonar return data.

US Pat. No. 10,114,118

RADAR DEVICE

FURUNO ELECTRIC COMPANY L...

1. A radar device with a radar antenna, the radar device comprising:a housing having a first wall component and a second wall component that are opposite each other;
a transmitting unit attached on the first wall component side in an internal space of the housing, and configured to transmit radar signal through the radar antenna;
a receiving unit attached on the second wall component side in the internal space of the housing, disposed opposite the transmitting unit, and configured to receive reflected wave of the radar signal through the radar antenna; and
a power supply unit,
the housing further having a third wall component that is disposed in an orientation that is different from that of the first wall component and the second wall component, and
the power supply unit being disposed on the third wall component side in the internal space of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,114,117

DETECTION OF AN OBJECT BY USE OF A 3D CAMERA AND A RADAR

SCANIA CV AB, (SE)

1. A method using a 3D camera and radar for a vehicle for detecting an object in an area, the method comprising:collecting first measurement data related to the area by a sensor in the 3D camera, using a first sensor setting;
receiving second measurement data related to the area from a radar; and
adjusting the sensor setting of the 3D camera from the first sensor setting to an adjusted second sensor setting based on the second measurement data received from the radar to enable collection of third measurement data related to the area using the adjusted second sensor setting;
collecting the third measurement data related to the area by the sensor in the 3D camera using the adjusted second sensor setting; and
detecting the object based on interpreting of the third measurement data together with the second measurement data received from the radar.

US Pat. No. 10,114,116

COMMON BURST FOR PULSE COMPRESSION RADAR

NAVICO HOLDING AS, Egers...

1. A method, the method comprising:determining a first burst for a first range using a pulse compression radar system, wherein the first burst comprises one or more first transmission frames;
determining a second burst for a second range using the pulse compression radar system, wherein the second burst comprises one or more second transmission frames, wherein the first range is different than the second range; and
transmitting a common burst for the first range and the second range using the pulse compression radar system, wherein the common burst includes the one or more first transmission frames and the one or more second transmission frames, wherein at least one common transmission frame is included in the one or more first transmission frames and included in the one or more second transmission frames, wherein the at least one common transmission frame is transmitted once with the common burst.

US Pat. No. 10,114,115

DYNAMIC SENSOR ARRAY

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A sensing apparatus, comprising:a sensor array including a plurality of sensors with a distance defined between at least two of said sensors; and
a shape memory alloy (“SMA”) operatively connected to at least one of said plurality of sensors, said SMA controllably deformable to change the distance between said at least two of said sensors;
wherein a desired frequency of operation for the sensors comprises a first desired frequency and a second desired frequency for a radio frequency (“RF”) signal, and wherein said distance varies between a minimum distance corresponding to about one half of the first desired wavelength of the RF signal and a maximum distance corresponding to about one half of the second desired wavelength of the RF signal.

US Pat. No. 10,114,113

ULTRASOUND RANGE CORRECTION

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle system comprising:a processor having a memory, wherein the processor is programmed to receive a first distance signal representing a distance measured by a radar sensor, determine a correction factor for a distance measured by an ultrasound sensor based on the distance measured by the radar sensor, and calibrate the ultrasound sensor in accordance with the distance measured by the radar sensor by applying the correction factor to a distance measured by the ultrasound sensor,
wherein applying the correction factor to the output of the ultrasound sensor includes multiplying a distance measured by the ultrasound sensor by the correction factor.

US Pat. No. 10,114,111

METHOD FOR DYNAMICALLY CONTROLLING LASER POWER

LUMINAR TECHNOLOGIES, INC...

1. A method for dynamically varying an amount of laser power in a lidar system, the method comprising:emitting light pulses by a light source in a lidar system;
identifying, by a controller in the lidar system, a triggering event for adjusting an amount of power for subsequent light pulses provided by the light source, the triggering event including detecting an atmospheric condition; and
providing, by the controller, a control signal to the light source adjusting the amount of power for the subsequent light pulses provided by the light source based on the triggering event.

US Pat. No. 10,114,109

LIDAR WITH HEXAGONAL LASER ARRAY

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method of assembling an array lidar system comprising a plurality of illuminators and a plurality of detectors, the method comprising:designing a plurality of hexagons of a same size such that no gaps remain between adjacent ones of the plurality of hexagons;
designing an arrangement of the plurality of illuminators or the plurality of detectors according to a hexagonal construct, the designing including arranging one or more illuminators of the plurality of illuminators or one or more detectors of the plurality of detectors within respective ones of the plurality of hexagons, wherein the one or more illuminators or the one or more detectors is at a same position within each of the respective ones of the plurality of hexagons;
implementing the design by disposing the plurality of illuminators or the plurality of detectors according to the arrangement; and
arranging a first set of wires along a first axis and arranging a second set of wires along a second axis, each of the plurality of illuminators or the plurality of detectors being associated with one of the first set of wires and one of the second set of wires, wherein the arranging the first set of wires and the arranging the second set of wires includes arranging ground wires and data-reading wires for the plurality of detectors.

US Pat. No. 10,114,108

POSITIONING APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A positioning apparatus that is mounted to an own vehicle, and performs positioning of the own vehicle, the positioning apparatus comprising:a light reception pattern acquisition unit that acquires a light reception pattern, the light reception pattern indicating a pattern of a change in strength of reflected light in relation to a position of the own vehicle, the reflected light being obtained using a light wave for measurement that has been transmitted from the own vehicle;
a first own vehicle position estimation unit that estimates a position of the own vehicle by referencing a database in which a reference pattern is recorded in advance, and by comparing the light reception pattern and the reference pattern, the reference pattern indicating a pattern in which a strength of reflected light is associated with each position in which a vehicle travels;
a reliability level calculator that calculates a reliability level of the position of the own vehicle estimated by the first own vehicle position estimation unit; and
an adoption determination unit that determines whether or not the estimated position of the own vehicle is adopted as a position of the own vehicle by comparing the light reception pattern and the reference pattern based on the reliability level, wherein
the reliability level calculator calculates the reliability level taking into consideration a degree of similarity in an environment in which a strength of reflected light is acquired, between the reference pattern and the light reception pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,114,107

OPTICAL PULSE CONTRAST IMPROVEMENT USING NONLINEAR CONVERSION

Raytheon Company, Waltha...

1. A laser radar (LADAR) system comprising:a laser transmitter configured to (i) emit laser pulses at a first wavelength and (ii) emit amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) in a spectrum concentrated around the first wavelength;
a non-linear converter configured to (i) convert the laser pulses to a second wavelength and (ii) allow the ASE to remain substantially unconverted in the spectrum concentrated around the first wavelength;
a receiver configured to receive and detect reflected laser pulses, the reflected laser pulses comprising the laser pulses at the second wavelength after reflection from at least one target; and
a spectral filter configured to (i) allow passage of the laser pulses or the reflected laser pulses and (ii) substantially filter the ASE and prevent the filtered ASE from being detected by the receiver.

US Pat. No. 10,114,106

AUTOMATED VEHICLE RADAR SYSTEM WITH AUTO-ALIGNMENT FOR AZIMUTH, ELEVATION, AND VEHICLE SPEED-SCALING-ERROR

DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES, INC....

1. A radar system with auto-alignment, said system comprising:a radar-sensor used to detect objects present in a field-of-view proximate to a host-vehicle on which the radar-sensor is mounted, said radar-sensor operable to determine a measured-range-rate (dRm), a measured-azimuth-angle (Am), and a measured-elevation-angle (Em) to each of at least three objects present in the field-of-view;
a speed-sensor used to determine a measured-speed (Sm) of the host-vehicle; and
a controller in communication with the radar-sensor and the speed-sensor, said controller configured to simultaneously determine a speed-scaling-error (Bs) of the measured-speed, an azimuth-misalignment (Ba) of the radar-sensor, and an elevation-misalignment (Be) of the radar-sensor based on the measured-range-rate, the measured-azimuth-angle, and the measured-elevation-angle to each of the at least three objects, while the host-vehicle is moving, wherein the system includes a yaw-rate-sensor used to determine a yaw-rate of the host-vehicle, wherein the controller is further configured to determine a side-slip-angle (Ys) of the host-vehicle based on the yaw-rate, and further determine the speed-scaling-error, the azimuth-misalignment, and the elevation-misalignment based on the side-slip-angle.

US Pat. No. 10,114,105

LOCATION SYSTEM USING ULTRASOUND

Sonitor Technologies AS, ...

1. A system comprising:a transmitter device configured to transmit an ultrasonic signal that communicates a binary identifier using an encoding, wherein the encoding is such that each bit position in the identifier is associated with a respective pair of frequencies and with respective first and second time positions in the signal, with the value of the bit position in the identifier determining which frequency of the pair of frequencies is transmitted at the first respective time position in the signal, and with the other frequency of the pair of frequencies being transmitted at the second respective time position in the signal; and
a receiver device comprising an ultrasonic receiver and a processing system, wherein the receiver device is configured to:
receive, with the ultrasonic receiver, said ultrasonic signal that encodes the binary identifier, wherein the encoding is such that each bit position in the identifier is associated with a respective pair of frequencies and with respective first and second time positions in the signal, with the value of the bit position in the identifier determining which frequency of the pair of frequencies is transmitted at the first respective time position in the signal, and with the other frequency of the pair of frequencies being transmitted at the second respective time position in the signal;
use the processing system to determine, for each bit position in the identifier, information relating to the strength of the received signal at (a) the first frequency and first time position, associated with the respective bit position, (b) the first frequency and second time position, associated with the respective bit position, (c) the second frequency and first time position, associated with the respective bit position, and (d) the second frequency and second time position, associated with the respective bit position; and
use the processing system to decode the binary identifier from the received signal by determining a respective value for each bit position in the identifier from said information relating to the strength of the received signal.

US Pat. No. 10,114,101

FLOW CELL FOR BATCH AND CONTINUOUS SIMULTANEOUS ELECTROCHEMICAL AND EPR MEASUREMENTS AND A METHOD THEREOF

King Fahd University of P...

1. A flow cell, comprising:a first tube with a hollow interior, a top portion and a bottom portion;
a second tube forming a conduit with an inlet and an outlet, wherein the second tube is positioned in the hollow interior of the first tube;
a first electrode with a first end positioned in the conduit; and
a second electrode with a first end positioned in the conduit, wherein the first end of the second electrode opposes the first end of the first electrode and leaves a gap therebetween;
wherein the bottom portion of the first tube is removably connected to a first tube assembly, the top portion of the first tube is removably connected to a second tube assembly, the inlet of the conduit is fluidly connected to at least one solution comprising an analyte, the outlet of the conduit is fluidly connected to a waste receptacle, and a second end of the first electrode is electrically connected to a measurement device and a second end of the second electrode is electrically connected to a voltage source;
wherein the first tube assembly comprises:
a third tube with a hollow interior and a top portion, which is removably connected to the bottom portion of the first tube;
a fourth tube with a hollow interior and an exterior, wherein the fourth tube is positioned in the hollow interior of the third tube and the second end of the first electrode is located in the hollow interior of the fourth tube;
an electro-conductive material positioned in the hollow interior of the fourth tube, wherein a second end of the first electrode engages the electro-conductive material;
at least one inlet flow channel positioned in the hollow interior of the third tube, wherein the at least one inlet flow channel connects the inlet of the conduit with the at least one solution comprising the analyte;
a wire with a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the wire is positioned in the hollow interior of the fourth tube, opposing the second end of the first electrode and engages the electro-conductive material; and
a first seal positioned circumferentially about the first electrode and seals the hollow interior of the fourth tube from the conduit;
wherein the inlet flow channel and the exterior of the fourth tube are secured in the hollow interior of the third tube.

US Pat. No. 10,114,100

METHOD FOR MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING

1. A method for Magnetic Resonance Imaging to depict a 3-dimensional object by an image having pixels representing volume elements of the object, comprising:immobilising the object and acquiring a reference image of the object with a receiver coil at a first echo time immediately following an excitation by a transmitter coil, wherein said reference image is complex-valued, representing each volume element by a pixel with a reference magnitude value and a reference phase value;
keeping the object immobilised and acquiring a target image of the object with said receiver coil at a pre-selected second echo time, longer than said first echo time, following the same or another excitation by said transmitter coil, wherein said target image is complex-valued, representing each volume element by a pixel with a target magnitude value and a target phase value;
subtracting, pixel by pixel, the reference phase value from the target phase value to obtain a corrected phase value for each pixel; and
obtaining said image from said target magnitude values and said corrected phase values, wherein the method is applied to each of a plurality of receiver coils arranged around said immobilised object to obtain a respective plurality of said images, followed by the step of calculating a combined phase image, pixel by pixel, according to
with<(?) denoting the four-quadrant tangent inverse operator,
mT,p being the target magnitude value of a pixel, representing a volume element of the object, in a target image acquired with the pth receiver coil,
?T,p being the target phase value of said pixel,
?R,p being the reference phase value of a pixel, representing said volume element, in a reference image acquired with the pth receiver coil, and
?S being the phase value of a pixel, representing said volume element, in the combined phase image.

US Pat. No. 10,114,099

HIGH RESOLUTION MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING WITH REDUCED DISTORTION BASED ON REDUCED-FIELD-OF-VIEW AND GENERALIZED PARALLEL IMAGING

The Board of Trustees of ...

1. A magnetic resonance imaging method comprising:a) using a magnetic resonance imaging system to excite a field of view (FOV) for a target being imaged;
b) using an excitation plan to limit said excited FOV to selected bands of magnetization;
c) simultaneously exciting multiple said selected bands of magnetization within a single slice;
d) applying phase encoding along a shortest FOV dimension;
e) simultaneously acquiring a signal from each said excited selected band of magnetization; and
f) combining different strips of said magnetization into a composite image to reconstruct and output a target image from said acquired signal.

US Pat. No. 10,114,096

MULTI-SLICE MAGNETIC RESONANCE DATA ACQUISITION METHOD AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A multi-slice data acquisition and ordering method for a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) apparatus, said method comprising:in a computer, automatically determining a number NC of fractional acquisitions and a number NS of individual, complete slice data acquisitions of a multi-slice data acquisition to be executed by an MR scanner;
in said computer, using an iterative odd/even arranging algorithm to arrange a slice data acquisition order of each of the fractional acquisitions according to an ideal number of iterations, and obtaining the ideal number of iterations from multiple undetermined numbers j of iterations of the iterative odd/even arranging algorithm according to the number NS of individual complete slice data acquisitions and the number NC of fractional acquisitions; and
said computer being configured to generate an electronic signal that designates the determined slice acquisition order, and to emit said electronic signal from said computer in a form for controlling the scanner so as to execute the multi-slice data acquisition with data for the respective slices being acquired according to the determined slice acquisition order.

US Pat. No. 10,114,095

MULTI-SPECTRAL MRI SCAN WITH MAGNETIZATION RECOVERY

BOSTON MEDICAL CENTER COR...

1. A method of performing a multi-slice magnetic resonance scan on a subject, the method comprising:(a) applying a first excitation pulse to a first slice of a subject;
(b) detecting a first plurality of echo signals emitted by the first slice after the first excitation pulse;
(c) waiting a first period of time;
(d) applying a second excitation pulse to the first slice during partial recovery of a longitudinal magnetization of the first slice; and
(e) detecting a second plurality of echo signals emitted by the first slice after the second excitation pulse.

US Pat. No. 10,114,094

METHOD AND MAGNETIC RESONANCE SYSTEM FOR DETECTING MR DATA

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A method for acquiring magnetic resonance (MR) data from an object, comprising:operating an MR scanner, while an object is situated therein, to activate a slice-selection gradient along a first direction and to radiate a radio-frequency (RF) excitation pulse that excites nuclear spins in a volume of the object selected by said slice-selection gradient;
operating said MR scanner to radiate a first refocusing pulse and to activate a first phase encoding gradient along said first direction and to activate a second phase encoding gradient along a second direction that is perpendicular to said first direction;
operating said MR scanner to activate a readout gradient along a third direction that is perpendicular to said first direction and to said second direction to read out MR data from the object;
entering the MR data into a memory organized as k-space, comprising a plurality of k-space lines, by entering said MR data into a first k-space line among said plurality of k-space lines; and
for each of multiple k-space lines in said plurality of k-space lines other than said first k-space line, activating said readout gradient along said third direction, without again activating said first phase encoding gradient, and radiate a second refocusing pulse and, after radiating said second refocusing pulse, reading out further MR data and entering said further MR data respectively into said multiple k-space lines.

US Pat. No. 10,114,092

CONNECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A connection system, comprising:a connector electrically connected and fixedly secured to a gradient coil assembly of a magnetic resonance imaging device;
a cable block fixedly secured to a magnet of the magnetic resonance imaging device substantially above the connector; and
a cable having a first end electrically connected to the cable block and a second end received by the connector and forming an electrical connection between the connector and the cable block.

US Pat. No. 10,114,091

AUTOMATIC DETUNING OF NON-CONNECTED TRANSCEIVER COILS FOR MRI

1. A device for automatic detuning of a magnetic resonance tomography (MRT) local coil of an MRT system, the device comprising:a transceiver branch comprising self-closing switches that are automatically closed or open depending on the presence of an MRT high-frequency field, the self-closing switches being in communication with the MRT local coil,
wherein the MRT local coil comprises a connecting cable with a plug connectable to the MRT system, and wherein the MRT local coil is not connected to the MRT system via the connecting cable and plug during the detuning of the MRT local coil, and
wherein the MRT local coil is configured for transmitting RF transmit signals and for receiving RF receive signals.

US Pat. No. 10,114,090

RF AMPLIFIER CONTROL IN PARALLEL RF TRANSMISSION BASED ON POWER REQUIREMENTS

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system for acquiring magnetic resonance data from a target volume in a subject, the magnetic resonance imaging system comprising:a plurality of excitation means for generating a-slice-selective or slab-selective spatial radio frequency (RF) excitation magnetic field targeting only slice/slab spatial variations in the target volume, and
a controller coupled to the plurality of excitation means, wherein the controller is adapted to control a process comprising:
determining a power level that the plurality of excitation means require to generate the slice-selective or slab-selective spatial RF excitation magnetic field for exciting the selected slice or slab,
wherein the determining of the power level required by the plurality of excitation means comprises:
controlling the MRI system to acquire pre-scan data from a pre-scan of the subject using the slice-selective spatial RF excitation magnetic field and using the pre-scan data to determine the power level;
decomposing the slice-selective or slab-selective spatial RF
excitation magnetic field into respective RF excitation constituents of the plurality of excitation means, and
controlling each of the plurality of excitation means to simultaneously generate the respective RF excitation constituent, using the determined power-level to generate the slice-selective or slab-selective spatial RF excitation magnetic field, wherein the slice-selective or slab-selective spatial RF excitation magnetic field is applied to the selected slice or slab, and the magnetic resonance data is acquired.

US Pat. No. 10,114,088

METHOD FOR THE GENERATION OF RADICALS FOR DYNAMIC NUCLEAR POLARIZATION AND USES THEREOF FOR NMR, MRS AND MRI

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDER...

1. A method for the preparation of a sample comprising highly polarized nuclear spins, comprising at least the following steps:a) provision of molecules in a solid state selected from the group consisting of: molecules with 1,2-dione structural units, molecules with 2,5-diene-1,4-dione structural units, and combinations thereof;
b) generation of radicals from these molecules in the solid state by photo induced electron transfer by a first electromagnetic irradiation in the visible or ultraviolet frequency range;
c) dynamic nuclear polarization in the presence of a magnetic field in the solid state by applying a second electromagnetic irradiation with a frequency adapted to transfer spin polarization from electrons to the nuclear spins leading to a highly polarized state thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,114,082

SYSTEM AND METHOD USING HYBRID MAGNETIC FIELD MODEL FOR IMAGING MAGNETIC FIELD SOURCES

1. A system for detecting a magnetic field generated by a magnetic field source, the system comprising:a magnetometer array configured to generate data regarding an activity of the magnetic field source; and
a computing device configured to execute a magnetic beamforming data processing program including a hybrid model configured to receive the data generated by the magnetometer array and to detect the magnetic field generated by the magnetic field source, wherein the hybrid model is based on a weighted sum of a plurality of contributions to the magnetic field including—
a first modelled magnetic field contribution generated by a current dipole aligned with an axis of the magnetic field source, and
a second modelled magnetic field contribution generated by a loop current flowing around the axis of the magnetic field source,
wherein a first weighting factor is applied to the first modelled magnetic field contribution and a second weighting factor is applied to the second modelled magnetic field contribution, and then the weighted first and second modelled magnetic field contributions are summed to produce the hybrid model.

US Pat. No. 10,114,078

METHOD AND APPARATUS TO ESTIMATE STATE OF BATTERY BASED ON BATTERY CHARGING VOLTAGE DATA

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A computing apparatus for performing a real-time battery stabilization using battery state estimation, the computing apparatus comprising:one or more sensors configured to sense charging voltage data for a current battery and for a plurality of batteries at a battery life termination point, wherein the sensed charging voltage data for the plurality of batteries at the battery life termination point is pre-stored; and
one or more processors, in communication with the one or more sensors, configured to:
extract partial data corresponding to a section from the sensed charging voltage data;
determine a first distance between data extracted from pre-stored charging voltage data of an initial battery life and the partial data extracted from the sensed charging voltage data of the current battery, for reducing a computation or calculation workload using the partial data in the determining of the first distance;
determine a second distance between the data extracted from the pre-stored charging voltage data of the initial battery life and data extracted from the pre-stored charging voltage data of the plurality of batteries at the battery life termination point;
determine a score using the first distance and the second distance; and
estimate an abnormal state of the current battery using the score, such that the real-time battery stabilization is provided using a result of the estimating.

US Pat. No. 10,114,076

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE FOR HYBRID ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEMS

NEC Corporation, (JP)

1. A method for semiconductor device selection, comprising:identifying a worst operation condition for a plurality of semiconductor devices in a Modular Multilevel Converter (MMC), the identifying comprising:
determining power losses for each of the semiconductor devices under a plurality of operation conditions, and
calculating a maximum junction temperature for each of the plurality of semiconductor devices at each of the plurality of operation conditions;
determining a maximum junction temperature under the identified worst operation condition for each of a plurality of commercially available semiconductor devices which satisfy a threshold voltage rating;
comparing all semiconductor devices which satisfy the threshold voltage rating and a maximum junction temperature threshold condition to identify a semiconductor device with a lowest system cost; and
selecting and installing the semiconductor device with the lowest system cost in the MMC.

US Pat. No. 10,114,074

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR WAFER-LEVEL LOOPBACK TEST

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A method performed on a die having a plurality of data nodes, each of the data nodes associated with a respective bit of data, each data node of the plurality of data nodes having a transmit data path coupled to a receive data path through a conductor exposed on a surface of the die, the method comprising:providing a clock signal on a clock path of the die, wherein the clock signal is provided to the transmit data path of each data node through a transmit clock tree, and wherein the clock signal is provided to the receive data path of each data node through a receive clock tree, wherein the transmit clock tree feeds the clock signal to the receive clock tree through an exposed conductive clock node on the surface of the die, further wherein the transmit clock tree, the receive clock tree, and the conductive clock node form a loopback clock path contained within the die; and
for each of the data nodes:
performing a loopback test by latching in test data to the transmit data path and latching out result data from the receive data path.

US Pat. No. 10,114,071

TESTING MECHANISM FOR A PROXIMITY FAIL PROBABILITY OF DEFECTS ACROSS INTEGRATED CHIPS

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A processor-implemented method implementing a testing mechanism for determining a status of circuitry within a chip, the chip comprising a semiconductor wafer including one or more levels on which one or more resistors, one or more capacitors, and one or more transistors are fabricated to provide the circuitry, each of the one or more levels being a structural portion of the chip itself, the processor-implemented method comprising:collecting, by the testing mechanism, fail signatures from portions of the circuitry within the chip to determine the status of the circuitry within a chip, where the fail signatures evidence lack of operability for the portions of the circuitry within the chip;
analyzing, by the testing mechanism, the fail signatures on a by-level basis to produce analyzed signatures;
statistically, by the testing mechanism, determining by-level fail probabilities and associated confidence scores utilizing tracing diagnostics of the fail signatures, the by-level fail probabilities comprise statistical determinations that the portions of the circuitry within the chip contain defects and that the portions of the circuitry within the chip are likely to fail due to those defects, the by-level fail probabilities being statistically determined based on a plurality of signal types received as the tracing diagnostics by the testing mechanism during testing of the chip, the confidence scores comprising an agreement level between multiple by-level fail probabilities;
determining, by the testing mechanism, whether functionally needed circuitry of the chip intersects with the high probability defect area within the chip;
identifying, by the testing mechanism, at least one high probability defect area within the chip based on the by-level fail probabilities, associated confidence scores, and the analyzed signatures; and
determining, by the testing mechanism, the status of the circuitry in response to the determining of whether the functionally needed circuitry intersects with the at least one high probability defect area; and
determining, by the testing mechanism, whether to mitigate the at least one high probability defect area when the functionally needed circuitry intersects with the high probability defect area, mitigating the at least one high probability defect area includes blocking operations by turning off corresponding circuitry, thereby preventing use within the chip.

US Pat. No. 10,114,066

INTERFACE UNIT, CONVEYING SYSTEM AND METHOD

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. An interface of a safety circuit associated with a conveying system, the interface configured to interface with one or more sensors, the interface comprising:an input circuit configured to receive a first sensing signal indicating a safety of the conveying system from the one or more sensors; and
one or more controllers configured to,
test an operating condition of the input circuit by,
duplicating the first sensing signal to generate duplicate sensing signals,
reading a first one of the duplicate sensing signals received by the input circuit via a first path connected to an input node of the input circuit and a second one of the duplicate sensing signals received by the input circuit via a second path connected to the input node of the input circuit, and
determining whether a failure is present in the input circuit based on the duplicate sensing signals, and
transmit a control command to an elevator control unit to instruct the elevator control unit to enter a prevention mode to prevent a subsequent run of the conveying system, if the failure is present in the input circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,114,064

ERROR DETECTION DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An abnormality detection device comprising:a coupling capacitor including:
a first end; and
a second end to be coupled with a high-voltage circuit;
a signal output unit which outputs an alternating-current inspection signal, the signal output unit being coupled with the first end of the coupling capacitor via a detection resistor;
a signal extraction unit which extracts the inspection signal as an extraction signal, the inspection signal being output between the detection resistor and the coupling capacitor; and
a signal input unit which receives the extraction signal and detects an abnormality of insulation resistance of the high-voltage circuit based on a level of the received extraction signal,
wherein the signal extraction unit includes:
a signal removing filter which removes a signal equal in frequency to the inspection signal, and passes, through the signal removing filter, a low-frequency noise lower in frequency than the inspection signal; and
a subtraction circuit which outputs a differential signal as the extraction signal, the differential signal being a difference between a signal having been passed through the signal removing filter and a signal not having been passed through the signal removing filter, and
wherein the signal removing filter is a low-pass filter which removes the signal equal in frequency to the inspection signal and passes the low-frequency noise through the signal removing filter.

US Pat. No. 10,114,061

OUTPUT CABLE MEASUREMENT

Kohler Co., Kohler, WI (...

18. A generator comprising:a first breaker coupled to a first electrical path for a first signal indicative of a generator output and a first connection of a generator cable to an alternator of the generator;
a second breaker coupled to a second electrical path for a second signal indicative of a second connection of the generator cable to a load powered by the alternator of the generator; and
a controller configured to calculate a characteristic value for the generator cable based on the first signal and the second signal and perform a comparison of the characteristic value for the generator cable to a threshold value,
wherein the controller is configured to modify the threshold value based on temperature data for the generator cable and at least one generator cable property value,
wherein a generator status message or a generator command is provided in response to the comparison.

US Pat. No. 10,114,060

NEGATIVE BATTERY MAIN CONTACTOR STATUS DETERMINATION

Continental Automotive Sy...

1. A system for detecting negative contactor status of a battery, the system comprising:a battery having a negative contactor, the negative contactor having a switch side; and
a battery control module in communication with the battery, the battery control module comprising:
a diode and a first resistor, the first resistor and the diode being electrically connected with the negative contactor;
a bipolar transistor having a base, an emitter, and a collector, the collector being electrically connected to the first resistor;
a second resistor and an analog-to-digital converter, each of the second resistor and the analog-to-digital converter being connected to the base of the bipolar transistor; and
a constant current source being electrically connected to the emitter of the bipolar transistor,
wherein the battery control module is configured to apply a constant current through the constant current source and to determine a switch side resistance of the negative contactor.

US Pat. No. 10,114,058

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR HIGH VOLTAGE LEAKAGE DETECTION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a voltage bus including a positive-side conductor and a negative-side conductor;
an inverter configured to selectively couple the voltage bus to each phase of a three-phase electric machine;
a switching element arranged within a circuit including the voltage bus and a chassis of the vehicle; and
at least one controller programmed to, while the switching element is closed, operate the inverter to simultaneously couple terminals of each phase of the three-phase electric machine to a common conductor of the voltage bus to detect a leakage path to the chassis.

US Pat. No. 10,114,056

DETERIORATION SPECIFYING DEVICE AND DETERIORATION SPECIFYING METHOD

FUJITSU TEN LIMITED, Kob...

1. A deterioration specifying device mounted on a vehicle, the device comprising:a capacitor that is connected to an insulated electric power source to execute charging/discharging;
a voltage detector that detects a voltage of the capacitor when being charged through a charging path for detecting deterioration in a insulation resistance of the electric power source; and
a specifying unit that specifies an abnormal part based on whether or not the voltage of the capacitor detected by the voltage detector is within a predetermined range, wherein
the specifying unit determines: (1) during running of the vehicle, an abnormality of a motor, which is connected to the electric power source and the capacitor to be driven, based on whether or not the voltage of the capacitor is within a predetermined range, and (2) when the vehicle is stopped, an abnormality of a part mounted on the vehicle other than the motor, based on the voltage of the capacitor.

US Pat. No. 10,114,054

FILTERED DIELECTRIC SENSOR APPARATUS

1. A dielectric sensor apparatus comprising:a. a sensor assembly further comprising:
i. a voltage signal generator which provides a carrier frequency;
ii. a transmission line probe of one or more segments and being formed of two parallel input lines, where one input line is coupled to a fixed potential, and one input line is coupled to the signal generator through a complex impedance network; and
iii. an AM demodulator coupled to the transmission line probe, providing an output voltage through at least one output data line, whereby the dielectric level of the material may be determined;
b. a microprocessor coupled to the output data line and further coupled to at least one input-output data line which connects to a filter assembly;
c. a power voltage network further comprising a network voltage source, a plurality of power nodes within the dielectric sensor apparatus and a power voltage line connected to the network voltage source;
d. a return voltage network with a plurality of return nodes within the dielectric sensor apparatus and a return voltage line connected to the network voltage source;
e. a cable of wires which includes the power voltage line, the return voltage line and the at least one input-output data line; and,
f. the filter assembly, located on a sensor side of the cable, further comprising, on each of the at least one input-output data line and the power line of the power voltage network, an inductor in series with the cable and a capacitor, on a sensor side of the inductor and shunted to the return voltage network, and, in the return voltage network, an inductor in series with the cable,wherein the transmission line probe is inserted into a medium having a dielectric constant and the AM demodulator provides an output voltage signal correlated to the medium's dielectric constant and a length of the transmission line probe that is inserted in the medium.

US Pat. No. 10,114,053

PULSE FREQUENCY MEASUREMENT DEVICE AND METHOD AND CONTROL SYSTEM

ABB Schweiz AG, Baden (C...

1. A pulse frequency measurement device comprising:a hardware counter that performs a counting operation on an input pulse sequence to output a counting result; and
a processing unit that obtains a number of pulses from the counting result and measures a first time period occupied by the obtained number of pulses, wherein the processing unit further comprises a frequency calculation module that calculates a frequency of the input pulse sequence based on the obtained number of pulses and the first time period,
wherein the frequency calculation module further calculates the frequency of the input pulse sequence based on a time period of a single pulse measured by the processing unit if the processing unit:
determines that number of times that the hardware counter reaches a full-scale counting number obtained from the counting result within a predetermined sampling time period is smaller than a first predetermined threshold; or
determines that the number of pulses obtained from the counting result within the predetermined sampling time period is smaller than a second predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,114,050

UTILITY CONSUMPTION IDENTIFICATION

Sensus USA Inc., Raleigh...

1. A method of identifying with a non-intrusive load monitoring apparatus consumption of a utility by devices in a group of devices, wherein each device in the group of devices has a plurality of device-states and is arranged to consume the utility, the method comprising, for a given measurement period in a supply of the utility to the group of devices:configuring a non-transitory memory to receive and store a predetermined mean vector, ?d, for each device of a plurality of devices within the group of devices, each predetermined mean vector being a time-based vector of levels of consumption of the utility by that device during a predetermined measurement period for each device-state of the plurality of devices-states for that device;
providing an input module configured to operate with a utility sensor that measures consumption of the utility by the group of devices, the input module obtaining a time-based vector of total levels of consumption of the utility by the group of devices during the given measurement period;
receiving the predetermined mean vector, ?d, for each device of the plurality of devices within the group of devices, wherein each predetermined mean vector, ?d, is provided other than by the utility sensor that measures consumption of the utility by the group of devices;
calculating with a processor, for each of a plurality of group-states, wherein each group-state corresponds to each device in the group of devices being in a corresponding device-state, a score representing a likelihood that the group of devices is in the group-state during the given measurement period, wherein said score is based on a likelihood of the obtained vector occurring based on a multivariate statistical model that incorporates the predetermined mean vectors, corresponding to the group-state, of the total level of consumption of the utility by the group of devices during a measurement period in the supply of the utility to the group of devices when the group of devices is in the group-state;
identifying, based at least in part on the calculated scores, a most likely group-state for the group of devices; and
identifying consumption of the utility by an individual device in the group of devices based at least in part on the most likely group-state for the group of devices, wherein the non-intrusive load monitoring apparatus is automatically calibrated for identifying the consumption of the utility by receiving the predetermined mean vector, ?d, for each device of the plurality of devices.

US Pat. No. 10,114,048

DETECTION CIRCUIT

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A detection circuit comprising:a comparator circuit including:
a first input terminal;
a second input terminal to receive a load voltage from a load circuit; and
an output terminal;
a reference voltage circuit to provide a set point voltage to the comparator circuit via the first input terminal, wherein the set point voltage has a first magnitude; and
a diode to reduce the set point voltage from the first magnitude to a second magnitude when the first magnitude is equal to or lower than a magnitude of the load voltage, wherein the diode includes an anode terminal and a cathode terminal, wherein the anode terminal is coupled to the first input terminal, and wherein the cathode terminal is coupled to the reference voltage circuit via the second input terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,114,047

CONTROL LINE DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS

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

1. A control line diagnostic apparatus for diagnosing a control line of a driver circuit in which a driven load is driven due to a current flowing through the control line from a first high-potential node to a first low-potential node when a driving switch having a higher potential than a potential of the driven load is turned on, the control line diagnostic apparatus comprising:a first diagnostic line having an end connected to a first node provided on the control line and the other end connected to a second high-potential node, and comprising a first resistor, a second resistor, and a first diode connected to one another in series;
a second diagnostic line having an end connected to the first node and the other end connected to a second low-potential node, and comprising a third resistor;
a voltage measurement unit configured to measure a voltage of a second node provided between the first and second resistors; and
a control unit configured to set predetermined operation modes by controlling the driving switch and to diagnose a state of the control line by using voltage values of the second node, which are measured by the voltage measurement unit in the set operation modes,
wherein the first diode is provided on the first diagnostic line to allow flow of a current from the second high-potential node to the first node.

US Pat. No. 10,114,045

METER AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING METER READINGS AND METHOD FOR THE WIRELESS TRANSMISSION OF ELECTRICAL ENERGY

GWF MESSSYSTEME AG, Luce...

1. A meter comprising:a hermetically encapsulated electronic metering mechanism with a metering unit for determining meter readings, wherein the metering mechanism includes a data memory for storing the meter readings;
the metering unit including an antenna having a predefined antenna shape;
a readout unit for reading out the meter readings from the data memory arranged outside the metering mechanism;
the readout unit having an antenna with the predefined antenna shape corresponding to the antenna of the metering unit; and
wherein the readout unit and the metering unit are positioned relative to one another whereby the antenna of the readout unit and the antenna of the metering unit are arranged congruent with one another, and wherein electrical energy of electromagnetic radiation emitted by the antenna of the readout unit is initially used for establishing a data link between the antenna of the metering unit and the antenna of the readout unit, and wherein one of the meter readings is simultaneously determined by the metering mechanism due to the availability of the electrical energy, and wherein data is subsequently conditioned and synchronized between a main memory and a buffer memory of the data memory, and wherein a selected memory flag is set after the synchronization of the data between the buffer memory and the main memory has been completed, and wherein the readout unit is configured to initiate the transmission of the data once the selected memory flag is detected and is configured to immediately interrupt the transmission of electrical energy to the metering unit once an expected data volume has been received.

US Pat. No. 10,114,044

CURRENT SENSOR

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC...

1. A current sensor, comprising:a ferromagnetic core having a substantially central opening for receiving a current conductor and a gap comprising at least two gaps portions; and
a detector comprising at least one first magnetic field sensing element disposed in a first one of the gap portions and configured to generate a respective first magnetic field signal in response to a first magnetic field having a first angle with respect to the at least one first magnetic field sensing element and at least one second magnetic field sensing element disposed in a second one of the gap portions and configured to generate a respective second magnetic field signal in response to a second magnetic field having a second angle with respect to the at least one second magnetic field sensing element, wherein the first and second magnetic fields are substantially equal in magnitude and wherein the first and second angles are substantially opposite in polarity.

US Pat. No. 10,114,042

VERTICAL PROBE CARD

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPO...

1. A probe for a vertical probe card, the probe comprising:an unsupported base portion that extends from the vertical probe card;
a contact portion that includes a tip; and
a cantilevered portion that extends between the unsupported base portion and the contact portion and is connected to the unsupported base portion and to the contact portion, the cantilevered portion having a first end, a second end opposite the first end, a top surface that extends from the first end to second end, and a bottom surface that extends from the first end to the second end, the bottom surface being opposite the top surface and the top surface defining a length of the cantilevered portion;
wherein the unsupported base portion has a lower end that is connected to a portion of the top surface of the cantilevered portion and an upper end opposite the lower end, the unsupported base portion extending away from the top surface of the cantilevered portion so that the upper end of the unsupported base portion is located at a first height, and the lower end is connected to the portion of the top surface at a first position along the length of the cantilevered portion, the first position being adjacent the first end;
wherein the contact portion has an upper end opposite the tip, and the upper end of the contact portion is connected to a portion of the bottom surface of the cantilevered portion at a second position along the length of the cantilevered portion, the second position being adjacent the second end; and
wherein the cantilevered portion has a first thickness at the first end and a second thickness at the second end, the second thickness being less than the first thickness, and wherein a first distance between the first height and the bottom surface when measured at the first position is greater than a second distance between the first height and the bottom surface when measured at the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,114,041

GROUND LOOP REDUCTION APPARATUS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A voltage probe holster comprising:a support member disposed on a base and defining a plurality of apertures sized to receive a plurality of single-ended probes having coaxial leads, each of the apertures having a conductive periphery configured to conduct electricity from one of the coaxial leads such that a common ground loop through the support member and the base is formed and that differences in ground potential are reduced.

US Pat. No. 10,114,040

HIGH/LOW TEMPERATURE CONTACTLESS RADIO FREQUENCY PROBES

The United States of Amer...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a microstrip or slot line associated with a device under test;
an inverted microstrip broadside coupled to the microstrip or slot line, and configured to exchange radio frequency signals within the apparatus; and
an air gap separating the microstrip or slot line and the inverted microstrip so that there are no structural connections between the microstrip or slot line and the inverted microstrip, wherein the inverted microstrip is independently movable with respect to the microstrip or slot line, wherein the inverted microstrip is coupled to a second substrate, wherein the second substrate comprises a flexible joint configured to allow a portion of the second substrate and a portion of the inverted microstrip to remain uniform or flare, wherein the flexible joint is configured to increase or decrease the air gap, increasing or decreasing the coupling between the microstrip or slot line and the inverted microstrip.

US Pat. No. 10,114,039

SELECTIVELY GEOMETRIC SHAPED CONTACT PIN FOR ELECTRONIC COMPONENT TESTING AND METHOD OF FABRICATION

Johnstech International C...

1. A method of making contacts pins for use in integrated circuit testing where said pins have sidewalls which join at edges which are initially sharp edges and which some of the edges are then selectively radiused comprising the steps of:a. forming a blank of planar material;
b. defining a shape of a pin in the form of an outline of a pin on the blank;
c. cutting the blank along said outline to partially physically separate part of the pin with the remaining portion of the pin still attached to the blank, thereby creating sharp corner edges where the blank has been cut;
d. subsequently, after cutting the blank along said outline, and exposing a part of a finished pin shape, mechanically radiusing all edges of the blank thereby removing said sharp corner edges of that portion of the pin shape which has its edges exposed from cutting away of the blank;
e. cutting the blank away from the remainder of the pin outline to create a singulated pin completely separated from the blank, thereby creating edges of the pin shape which are not radiused and retain said sharp corner edges;
so that a planar pin which results has edges which are radiused and edges which are not radiused on different portions of the same pin.

US Pat. No. 10,114,038

FORCE BIASED SPRING PROBE PIN ASSEMBLY

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPO...

1. A force-biased spring probe pin assembly comprising:a cylindrical barrel member having a barrel wall defining an elongate internal cavity with a lower end and an upper end;
a first plunger member reciprocally mounted In the internal cavity proximate to the lower end of the internal cavity;
a spring member positioned in the internal cavity between the first plunger member and the upper end of the internal cavity;
a first cavity formed within the first plunger member; and
a movable bearing in the first cavity wherein the movable bearing applies a slight transverse force to the first plunger member ensuring good electrical contact between the first plunger member and the barrel member.

US Pat. No. 10,114,037

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CURRENT AND VOLTAGE MONITORING

SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC IT COR...

1. A cable, comprising; a plug at a first end of the cable; a socket at a second end of the cable; first and second conductors extending from the plug to the socket; a current and voltage, monitoring module coupled to the first and the second conductors and configured to measure current and voltage levels of the conductors; a transceiver coupled to the current and voltage monitoring, module, configured to receive data related to the current and voltage levels and transmit the data related to the current and voltage levels; and a housing configured to house the current and voltage monitoring module, the transceiver, and one of the socket and the plug, wherein the current and voltage monitoring module is configured to cycle between a sleep mode and a wake mode, and in a first wake mode cycle determine if received data related to current and voltage levels has changed by a predetermined amount, and in response to the change in current and voltage levels being over the predetermined amount, provide the received data to the transceiver for transmission by the transceiver in a next wake mode cycle.

US Pat. No. 10,114,036

PORTABLE HUNTING DEVICE FOR GENERATING SCENTED VAPOR

Arcus Hunting, LLC, Covi...

1. A portable device for attracting animals and/or disguising human scent during hunting, said device comprising:a power source;
a reservoir containing a vaporizable agent, wherein the vaporizable agent contains a scent for attracting animals and/or disguising human scent;
a piezoelectric vaporizing element arranged in association with the vaporizable agent and capable of vaporizing at least a portion of the vaporizable agent using ultrasonic vibrations; and
a switch for selectively connecting the power source to the piezoelectric vaporizing element, thereby energizing the piezoelectric vaporizing element and generating a vapor stream carrying the scent for attracting animals and/or disguising human scent.

US Pat. No. 10,114,034

DOOR LOCK INCLUDING SENSOR

Ingersoll-Rand Company, ...

1. A door assembly comprising:a door panel connected to a door frame and pivotable about a pivot axis;
a door latch coupled to the door panel and operable to selectively inhibit movement of the door from a closed position to an open position;
a sensor coupled to the door latch and operable to detect acceleration of the door and output acceleration data corresponding to the acceleration of the door panel in a first direction; and
a controller coupled to the door latch and the sensor, the controller operable to analyze a change in the acceleration data during movement from the open position to the closed position to determine the cause of the acceleration, wherein the sensor is operable to measure a first acceleration produced by a centripetal force and a second acceleration, and wherein the controller determines the cause of the second acceleration at least partially in response to a measurement of the first acceleration.

US Pat. No. 10,114,033

METHODS, DEVICES, AND SYSTEMS FOR MIXING FLUIDS

Theranos IP Company, LLC,...

7. A system for mixing small volumes of fluid comprising:i) a fluid handling apparatus comprising a controller, a base in communication with the controller; at least one head operably connected with said base; at least one nozzle operably connected with said at least one head and having a pathway for fluid flow between said nozzle and said head; wherein said at least one head comprises mechanical and structural components operable with each nozzle, and wherein said at least one nozzle is configured to engage a pipette tip, effective that a pipette tip may be held by a nozzle; a pipette tip having an interior passage therethrough and comprising a proximal end configured to engage with a nozzle effective that said pipette tip may be held by the nozzle, and a distal end having a lip defining an orifice, wherein said orifice is continuous with and connected to said interior passage, wherein when a pipette tip is held by a nozzle, i) a continuous pathway for fluid flow is provided between the orifice of said pipette tip, the pipette tip interior passage, the nozzle holding the pipette tip, and the head associated with the nozzle; and ii) the pipette tip may be sealed to the nozzle effective that positive-pressure or suction within the pipette tip is effective to cause fluid flow into or out of the orifice of the pipette tip without dislodging the pipette tip from the nozzle; and a source of positive-pressure or suction in fluid contact with one or more of the pipette tip, the nozzle, the head, and the base, effective that said source may apply positive-pressure or suction within the pipette tip effective to cause fluid flow into or out of the orifice of the pipette tip, and
ii) a mixing vessel comprising an interior portion defined by an interior surface having an interior wall and a bottom, said interior portion having an engagement region, wherein said engagement region comprises a concave or convex feature configured to engage said lip of the pipette tip, effective that when the lip of the pipette tip is pressed against said concave or convex feature, the orifice is occluded effective to prevent fluid flow through the orifice;
wherein the controller is configured to mix fluid within the mixing vessel following occlusion of the orifice of the pipette tip against the inner surface of the mixing vessel, by instructing the head to apply pressure to fluid in the pipette tip during said occlusion, and then removing said pipette tip from contact with said inner surface of the mixing vessel, effective to remove said occlusion of said orifice effective that fluid flows through said orifice, whereby fluid is mixed within the mixing vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,114,032

BLOOD COAGULATION TEST METHOD

NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELE...

1. A blood coagulation test method comprising:a first step of introducing a specimen containing blood plasma and a coagulation activating agent into a flow channel, with the coagulation activating agent being positioned ahead, in a state in which portions arrayed in series in an extending direction of the flow channel flow in contact with each other;
a second step of measuring refractive indices of the coagulation activating agent and refractive indices of a contact region between the coagulation activating agent and the specimen at a predetermined measurement position provided midway in the flow channel in a time-series manner in the process in which the coagulation activating agent, the contact region, and the specimen pass through the predetermined measurement position in the order named;
a third step of identifying, from the refractive indices measured in a time-series manner at the predetermined measurement position in the second step, a first refractive index value which is the measured refractive index of the coagulation activating agent and a second refractive index value which is the minimum refractive index value out of the measured refractive indices of the contact region; and
a fourth step of measuring blood coagulation ability of the specimen by comparing the first refractive index value with the second refractive index value.

US Pat. No. 10,114,030

DETECTION AGENT FOR DETECTING 25-HYDROXY VITAMIN D, PREPARATION METHOD AND USE

SHENZHEN NEW INDUSTRIES B...

1. A detection agent for detecting 25-hydroxyvitamin D, the detection agent comprising a magnetic sphere coated with a conjugate, wherein the conjugate comprises a 25-hydroxyvitamin D antigen derivative and a protein carrier, and wherein the 25-hydroxyvitamin D antigen derivative has the following formula:
wherein m is 0, 1, 2, or 3, and n is 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6.

US Pat. No. 10,114,016

PARTICLES AND MANUFACTURING METHODS THEREOF

Yeu-Kuang Hwu, Taipei (T...

1. A method for preparing particles, comprising:providing a precursor solution containing a precursor dissolved in a solution comprising water, ethanol, or a combination thereof, wherein the precursor comprises silver nitrate, chloroauric acid, ferrous chloride, nickel sulfate, copper sulfate, or zinc chloride;
adding a polyethylene glycol, a poly(etherimide), or a poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) to the precursor solution, wherein no free radical scavenger is present in the precursor solution; and
irradiating the precursor solution with an ionizing radiation beam having a dose rate of above 7.4 J/cm2sec to convert the precursor to the particles, wherein the ionizing radiation beam is an x-ray.

US Pat. No. 10,114,015

ASSAY METHODS

MESO SCALE TECHNOLOGIES, ...

1. A kit for the measurement of an analyte of interest in a sample, the kit comprising:a. a surface comprising at least one binding domain to which are bound a binding reagent for the analyte and an anchoring reagent comprising an anchoring sequence complementary to a first region of an amplicon sequence; and
b. in one or more containers, compartments, or vessels:
i. two detection reagents for the analyte, wherein the two detection reagents comprise a first proximity probe sequence and a second proximity probe sequence, respectively;
ii. one or more connector oligonucleotides that comprise a first connector probe sequence complementary to a first region of the first proximity probe sequence and a first region of the second proximity probe sequence, and a second connector probe sequence complementary to a second non-overlapping region of the first proximity probe sequence and a second non-overlapping region of the second proximity probe sequence, wherein hybridization of the one or more connector oligonucleotides to the first and second proximity probe sequences via the complementary sequences allows ligation of the one or more connector oligonucleotides to form a circular oligonucleotide that serves as a template for producing an amplicon comprising a first region complementary to the anchoring sequence; and
iii. one or more detection probes comprising a sequence complementary to a second region of the amplicon sequence, wherein each of the one or more detection probes comprise a detectable label.

US Pat. No. 10,114,014

MACROMOLECULAR CONJUGATES FOR ISOLATION, IMMOBILIZATION AND VISUALIZATION OF PROTEINS

USTAV ORGANICKE CHEMIE A ...

1. Synthetic macromolecular conjugate for selective interaction with proteins, characterized in that it comprises a synthetic copolymer, and at least one binding group and at least one further group selected from an affinity tag and an imaging probe, said at least one binding group and at least one further group being bound via covalent bond to said synthetic copolymer,wherein
the synthetic copolymer is a copolymer obtainable by copolymerization of at least one monomer of Formula 1:

wherein:
R1 is selected from H, CH3; and
R2 is selected from NH2, NH—CH2—CH(OH)—CH3, NH—CH3, NH—CH2CH3, NH—CH2CH2—OH, NH—CH2CH2CH2—OH, NHC(CH2OH)3, NH—CH2CH2—N+(CH3)3Cl?, O—CH2CH2—OH, O—(CH2CH2O)2—H O—(CH2CH2O)3—H, O—CH2CH2—N+(CH3)3Cl?, NH—(CH2)3N+(CH3)2—(CH2)2—COO?;
and at least one monomer of Formula 2:

wherein:
R1 is selected from H, CH3; and
X is selected from NH—(CH2)2—CO, NH—(CH2)3—CO, NH—(CH2)4—CO, NH—(CH2)5—CO, Gly, GlyGly, GlyPheLeuGly; andR3 is selected from:
whereas in the copolymer at least one reactive group R3 is replaced by the binding group, at least one reactive group R3 is replaced by the affinity tag and/or at least one reactive group R3 is replaced by the imaging probe, and
wherein the binding group is selected from nitrilotriacetic acid and tris(nitriloacetic) acid.

US Pat. No. 10,114,008

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR HIGH THROUGHPUT SCREENING OF CONDITIONS AFFECTING STEM CELL DIFFERENTIATION

EMPIRE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOP...

1. A method for identifying a pluripotency profile of stem cells comprising:culturing one or more stem cells in a cell culturing system, wherein the cell culturing system comprises a cell culturing plate comprising a layer of cell culturing substrate, a cell culture site comprising the one or more stem cells, and one or more morphogen sites comprising one or more morphogens, wherein the one or more morphogen sites are each positioned peripheral to the cell culture site, and wherein each of the one or more morphogen sites are separated by physical barriers in the cell culturing plate;
incubating the cell culturing system under conditions suitable to allow the one or more stem cells to differentiate into one or more differentiated cells and migrate on the cell culturing plate in response to the one or more morphogens; and
determining the migration pattern of the one or more differentiated cells on the cell culturing plate, wherein the migration pattern of the one or more differentiated cells is indicative of the pluripotency profile of the population of stem cells.

US Pat. No. 10,114,007

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ANALYZING BREATH GAS MIXTURE FOR HALITOSIS DETECTION

SUNSTAR SUISSE SA, (CH)

1. An apparatus for separating specific compounds in a gas mixture, the apparatus comprising: a line for delivering a pressure-controlled neutral carrier gas, said line including a bypass for the pressure-controlled neutral gas; a sample chamber of specific volume for collecting a gas mixture to be examined, the sample chamber being removably connectable in the bypass of to the line in a bypass configuration relative to the line for pressurizing the gas sample before injection of the sample into the line; means configured to inject the pressurized gas sample from the bypass into said line during a pre-set injection time when the sample chamber is connected to in the bypass of said line and has been pressurized by said pressure-controlled carrier gas; a temperature-controlled separation capillary column arranged to receive the gas sample injected into said line; a gas sensor at the outlet of the capillary column; and a data processing system configured to automatically control the measurement sequence including the sample injection, the injection time and the measurement time.

US Pat. No. 10,114,006

SELF-DIAGNOSIS METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MEASURING RESULTS FROM BLOOD ANALYZERS

Shenzhen Mindray Bio-Medi...

1. A method for self-diagnosis of measurement results of a blood sample from a blood analyzer comprising an acquisition driver and a pipeline, the method comprising:flowing the blood sample from a sample tube through the pipeline to the acquisition driver for a sample acquisition;
detecting changes with time in an optical transmittance of the blood sample in the pipeline by using a photoelectric sensor during the sample acquisition;
generating an acquisition transmittance curve according to the changes versus time in the optical transmittance of the blood sample; and
determining whether there is an anomaly in the acquisition process according to the acquisition transmittance curve.

US Pat. No. 10,114,003

STEM CELL DIFFERENTIATION DETERMINATION DEVICE, METHOD, AND PROGRAM

FUJIFILM Corporation, Mi...

1. A stem cell differentiation determination device comprising:an observation image acquisition unit that captures an image of an observation region including a stem cell in time series to acquire at least two observation images;
a feature amount acquisition unit that acquires at least two distinct feature amounts of the stem cell within a plurality of regions within the observation region for each observation image;
a determination unit that determines whether or not the stem cell has been differentiated within each of the plurality of regions, on the basis of the at least two distinct feature amounts;
a change information acquisition unit that acquires information about a change in the distinct feature amounts within each of the plurality of regions between the observation images captured in time series or information about a change in a determination result from undifferentiation to differentiation within each of the plurality of regions between the observation images;
an output unit that outputs the information about a change in the distinct feature amounts within each of the plurality of regions or the information about a change in the determination result within each of the plurality of regions; and
a reliability acquisition unit that acquires a degree of reliability for the determination results for each of the plurality of regions, based on a result of comparing the at least two distinct feature amounts within each of the plurality of regions between each other.

US Pat. No. 10,114,001

QUANTITATION OF AMINES IN HYDROCARBONS

Phillips 66 Company, Hou...

1. A process for quantitation of amines in a petroleum oil, comprising:(a) warming a petroleum oil sample to a temperature of 20° C. to 150° C.;
(b) adding water and a solvent to the petroleum oil sample to create an extraction mixture;
(c) heating the extraction mixture to a temperature ranging from 50° C. to 160° C., and maintaining at a constant the temperature for a period of time ranging from 5 minutes to 5 hours to produce an extracted amine mixture comprising an oil phase and an aqueous phase;
(d) analyzing at least a portion of the aqueous phase by ion chromatography for quantitation of amines.

US Pat. No. 10,113,999

METHOD AND A DEVICE FOR DETECTING A SUBSTANCE

CITY UNIVERSITY OF HONG K...

1. A device for detecting a substance comprising:a light source arranged to emit a light signal through a sample cell, wherein the sample cell is arranged to temporally house a sample compound having a portion of the substance; and
an optical processing module arranged to detect the light signal emitted through the sample cell to identify physical attributes of the light signal altered by the sample compound at multiple wavelengths, the light signal is at least partially absorbed by the sample compound in the sample cell;
wherein the physical attributes of the light signal altered by the sample compound are processed by fitting the physical attributes at the multiple wavelengths to a reference absorption spectrum of the substance so as to detect the substance within the sample compound; and wherein the optical processing module includes a light sensor and a micro-electric-mechanical-system arranged to enable the light sensor to detect the physical attributes of the altered light signal at the multiple wavelengths; and
wherein the optical processing module is further arranged to process the detected physical attributes using an iterative retrieval process so as to correct a non-linear effect of the light signal altered by the sample compound in a dispersive infrared spectroscopy measurement process; the iterative retrieval process includes:
a convolution process of high resolution cross sections with an instrument spectral resolution of the optical processing module; and
a second order polynomial in a fitting process between a measured absorption spectrum and a reference absorption spectrum of the sample compound; wherein the fitting process is carried out using a modified absorption cross section represented by:

 where L represents a distance that the light signal passes through the sample compound, c represents a concentration of the sample compound, and F represents an instrument function associated with an influence of the instrument on the spectra including the sampling process.

US Pat. No. 10,113,998

BELL CAP AEROSOL ADAPTOR

HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPO...

1. A method of testing aerosolized sample particles comprising:introducing aerosolized sample particles into an air flow to create sample air upstream from an air quality sampling device;
introducing the sample air to a sample inlet of a bell cap inlet adaptor coupled to a sample tube;
merging a first portion of the introduced sample air with axially cyclonic flowing air with low turbulence in the bell cap inlet adaptor;
introducing a second portion of the sample air into the sample inlet; and
testing at least one of a quality of the sample air and/or a functionality of the bell cap inlet adapter with the air quality sampling device,
wherein the sample inlet comprises a width that is substantially equal to a shortest distance from an outer surface of the sample tube to an internal surface of the bell cap inlet adaptor,
the sample tube is offset so as to not be concentric with the bell cap inlet adaptor, and
a distance from the outer surface of the sample tube to an internal surface of the bell cap inlet adaptor at a location opposite the sample tube from a location of the shortest distance from the outer surface of the sample tube to the internal surface of the bell cap inlet adaptor, within a same horizontal plane, is no larger than twice the width of the sample inlet.

US Pat. No. 10,113,997

METHODS FOR GAS LEAK DETECTION AND LOCALIZATION IN POPULATED AREAS USING TWO OR MORE TRACER MEASUREMENTS

Picarro, Inc., Santa Cla...

1. A method of gas leak detection and localization, the method comprising:performing one or more primary gas concentration measurements of a target gas species from a moving platform that proceeds along at least one platform track disposed near one or more potential gas leak locations;
performing two or more secondary tracer measurements of the target gas species from the moving platform as it proceeds along the at least one platform track;
automatically determining whether or not a gas leak is present at the potential gas leak locations based on the primary gas concentration measurements and the two or more secondary tracer measurements, wherein the secondary tracer measurements provide source identification for detected leaks of the target gas species into three or more distinct categories; and
providing a leak indication at the potential gas leak locations to an end user.

US Pat. No. 10,113,995

MULTI-POSITION, MICRO-FLUIDIC VALVE ASSEMBLY WITH MULTIPLE RADIAL GROOVES TO ENABLE INDIVIDUAL OR COMBINED FLOWS

1. A rotary shear valve assembly comprising:a rotor device having a substantially planar rotor face, and
a stator device having a substantially planar stator face, and defining a first passage extending therethrough that terminates at a central port on said stator face, and at a common central rotational axis of both said rotor face and said stator face, said stator device further defining a second passage extending therethrough that terminates at a second port on said stator face, and radially spaced a radius R1 from said central port, and said stator device further defining a third passage extending therethrough that terminates at a third port on said stator face, radially spaced a radius R2 from said central port and in general linear alignment with said central port and said second port, wherein radius R2 is greater than radius R1;
said rotor device further having a first rotor groove defined in said rotor face and extending radially outward from said common central rotational axis to a position generally at said radius R2 from said central port, said rotor device being rotatably mounted to said stator device for rotation thereof about said rotational axis in a manner enabling fluid-tight, selective relative rotation between the rotor face and the stator face, at a rotor-stator interface, between two or more discrete rotor positions,
wherein when said rotor device is in a discrete first rotor position, said first rotor groove is oriented in radial alignment with, and fluidly connects, said central port and said second port with said third port.

US Pat. No. 10,113,993

PHASED ARRAY SYSTEM FOR INSPECTION OF LASER WELDS

Edison Welding Institute,...

1. A system for non-destructively inspecting laser welds, comprising:(a) at least one phased array probe, wherein the at least one phased array probe includes:
(i) one hundred transducer elements arranged in a two-dimensional array at one end of the probe,
a) wherein the transducer elements are operative to both generate ultrasonic signals and to receive reflections thereof,
b) wherein the transducer elements are further arranged into discrete subgroups of 3×3 or 5×2 transducer elements, and
c) wherein each subgroup may be activated independently of the other subgroups and at different time intervals;
(ii) a combination of materials for allowing the probe to conform to a contoured surface of a laser weld while enabling sound energy to be transferred directly into the laser weld under test conditions, wherein the combination of materials further includes a flexible membrane mounted on the end of the probe and a fluid filled chamber or solid sound delay material disposed between the membrane and the array of ultrasonic transducer elements;
(b) a data processor in communication with the at least one phased array probe, wherein the data processor includes software that includes at least one imaging algorithm for processing data received from the probe and generating color coded ultrasonic C-scan images of a inspected laser weld.

US Pat. No. 10,113,990

MICROBIAL SENSOR SYSTEM FOR THE ASSESSMENT OF SUBSURFACE ENVIRONMENTS

9. A microbial monitoring system comprising:a cathode assembly comprising a cathode and a permeable membrane;
a conduit coupled to the cathode assembly, the conduit configured to provide access to a second environment when the cathode assembly is submerged in a first environment;
an anode; and
a device interposed between the anode and the cathode, the device capable of measuring one or more of an open circuit voltage and a recovery voltage between the anode and the cathode to characterize the first environment.

US Pat. No. 10,113,988

GAS SENSOR

NGK INSULATORS, LTD., Na...

1. A gas sensor comprising:a sensor element including a plurality of layers that are bonded and formed of an oxygen-ion conductive solid electrolyte, said gas sensor configured to reduce a predetermined gas component of a measurement gas to identify a concentration of said gas component on the basis of a current flowing through said solid electrolyte;
at least one internal space;
a measuring electrode in one of said at least one internal space and being configured to reduce said gas component of said measurement gas;
a first layer that is one of said plurality of layers and forms a bottom surface of said internal space;
a second layer that is another of said plurality of layers and forms a side surface of said internal space; and
an interlaminar bonding layer bonding said first layer and said second layer,
an exposed surface of said interlaminar bonding layer, that is exposed to said internal space, projecting from said side surface into said internal space such that said exposed surface has a straight-line edge parallel to said side surface in a lamination direction of the plurality of layers.

US Pat. No. 10,113,987

WASHABLE ANALYTE METERS, SEALED CONNECTORS, AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURING AND USING SAME

ASCENSIA DIABETES CARE HO...

1. An analyte meter, comprising:a meter housing having a first part and a second part interfacing each other to form an internal chamber;
an analyte sensor electrical connector having a sensor port configured to receive an analyte sensor through a port entryway of the sensor port; and
at least one wash port coupled to the sensor port and separate from the port entryway, the at least one wash port configured to receive a cleaning fluid;
wherein the analyte sensor electrical connector includes at least two electrodes at a first wall of the analyte sensor electrical connector, and the at least one wash port is disposed in a second wall opposite the at least two electrodes to facilitate application of the cleaning fluid onto the at least two electrodes and out through the port entryway.

US Pat. No. 10,113,983

EXPLOSIVES VAPOR DETECTOR

THERMO FISHER SCIENTIFIC ...

1. Apparatus for selectively detecting, essentially in real time, vapors from explosives present in an air sample at low concentrations comprising:preconcentration means for collecting explosives vapors from said air sample, said preconcentration means including an open-ended cartridge containing (a) an electrically-conductive multi-layer collector having a surface effective to trap explosives vapors from said air sample while avoiding the trapping, in any substantial amount, of nitrogen oxides present in the air sample, said collector further being operable to release the explosives vapors and decomposition products thereof upon being flash-heated, and (b) insulating means for providing insulation between, and for supporting adjacent layers of, said collector, said insulating means being formed of a material which substantially neither traps nor readily releases nitrogen oxides;
means for directing said air sample through said preconcentration means;
means for evacuating said preconcentration means to remove gases therefrom substantially without removing trapped explosives vapors;
means for flash-heating said collector to release explosives vapors therefrom and to thermally fracture and decompose said explosives vapors to selectively liberate nitric oxide gas; and
a nitric oxide detector operable to detect nitric oxide gas liberated in said preconcentration means.

US Pat. No. 10,113,981

REAL-TIME ANALYSIS AND CONTROL OF ELECTRON BEAM MANUFACTURING PROCESS THROUGH X-RAY COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY

Lockheed Martin Corporati...

1. A process of detecting and correcting a defect during an electron beam manufacturing process on a workpiece, comprising:as an electron beam is directed onto a portion of the workpiece with sufficient energy to generate secondary x-rays, detecting the secondary x-rays generated from the electron beam contacting the portion of the workpiece;
in real-time, using transmission computed tomography to generate from the detected secondary x-rays a three-dimensional cross-sectional image of the workpiece adjacent the portion thereof contacted by the electron beam;
in real-time, analyzing the generated three-dimensional cross-sectional image to detect a defect in the workpiece; and
thereafter using a correction electron beam to re-work the workpiece containing the detected defect without conducting a separate inspection of the workpiece.

US Pat. No. 10,113,977

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ACQUIRING A TWO-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE OF THE SURFACE OF A THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT

Capsugel Belgium NV, Bor...

1. An apparatus for acquiring a two-dimensional image of an external surface of a three-dimensional object, comprising:a conveyor that displaces the object along a path;
a camera for capturing images of portions of the object surface;
a friction member that engages with the object to cause the object to rotate about an axis of rotation to vary the object surface that is exposed to the camera to provide a plurality of exposed portions of the object surface, wherein the camera is configured to capture images corresponding to the exposed portions of the object surface, and wherein the camera is configured to capture the images as respective single frames;
a source of illumination; and
an electronic control unit adapted, for each single frame, to:
read out a sub-frame from the single frame, the sub-frame corresponding to a respective individual portion of the exposed portion of the object surface, whereby the sub-frames correspond to individual portions of the object surface; and
assemble the sub-frames into an assembled frame corresponding to a two-dimensional image of a surface area of the object,
wherein the object is a cylindrical capsule with a circular cross section along a central axis of the type used in pharmaceutical or healthcare applications, the conveyor includes at least one spacing member that spaces the object apart from a second three-dimensional object being displaced by the conveyor and a driving member adapted to move the spacing member relative to the friction member to displace the object along the path,
wherein the friction member is arranged to contact locally the external surface of the object when the object is displaced along the path by the conveyor, and
wherein the friction member has a first side and a second side, and the camera is positioned on the first side of the friction member and the source of illumination is positioned on the second side.

US Pat. No. 10,113,976

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR NON-CONTACT DETECTION OF THIN MEDIUM

GRG BANKING EQUIPMENT CO....

1. A method for non-contact detection of a thin medium, comprising:step S1, obtaining time instants when target light, which is generated by reflecting light emitted by a light source via the thin medium, reaches a linear array photoelectric detector;
step S2, obtaining time instants when reference light, which is generated by reflecting the light emitted by the light source via a reference plane, reaches the linear array photoelectric detector;
step S3, calculating first optical distances of the target light according to a first formula ?1=ct1;
calculating second optical distances of the reference light according to a second formula ?2=ct2; and
calculating number of changes between the bright and dark fringes in the interference fringes according to a third formula

wherein, ?1 indicates the first optical distances of the target light, t1 indicates a time period from a time instant of turning on the light source to the time instant when the target light reaches the linear array photoelectric detector, ?2 indicates the second optical distances of the target light, t2 indicates a time period from the time instant of turning on the light source to the time instant when the reference light reaches the linear array photoelectric detector, K indicates the number of changes between the bright and dark fringes in the interference fringes, M indicates the total number of rows scanned by a light signal from the light source, N indicates the number of photosensitive units in the linear array photoelectrical detector, and ?0 indicates a wavelength of the light source;
step S4, calculating a difference between the number of changes between the bright and dark fringes in the interference fringes and a standard number of changes between bright fringes and dark fringes in interference fringes by using a predetermined method, and determining that there is a foreign body on a surface of the thin medium in a case that the difference is greater than a predetermined threshold;
step S5, picking out the thin medium which has the foreign body on the surface.

US Pat. No. 10,113,974

ARRANGEMENT FOR THE SPECTROMETRIC MEASUREMENT OF PRODUCTS SUCH AS CEREALS, OLEAGINOUS PRODUCTS OR DERIVED PRODUCTS

CHAUVIN ARNOUX, Paris (F...

1. A spectrometric measurement arrangement for analysis of a sample of a product, the spectrometric measurement arrangement comprising:a light source for producing a light beam;
a readout chamber crossed by the light beam for analyzing the sample of the product that is located in the readout chamber;
a tank for containing the product to be analyzed;
a feeding device feeding the product from the tank and into the readout chamber, wherein the feeding device is movable between an obturating position, preventing flow of the product from the tank and into the readout chamber, and an open position allowing flow of the product from the tank and into the readout chamber, for controlling amount of the product flowing into the readout chamber;
a discharge device for discharging the product from the readout chamber;
a selective adjustment mechanism for adjusting position of the light beam in two mutually orthogonal planes, wherein the selective adjustment mechanism comprises
a device bearing the light source,
a plurality of adjustment plates, wherein first and second adjustment plates of the plurality of the adjustment plates pivot around respective first and second mutually orthogonal axes, and
a plurality of adjustment screws actuated from outside the readout chamber for pivoting the first and second adjustment plates around the respective first and second mutually orthogonal axes; and
a selective adjustment device for ensuring that rays of the light beam are parallel to each other along an optical axis.

US Pat. No. 10,113,973

INFRARED INK PRINT TESTING FOR MANUFACTURING

MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICE...

1. An assembly for testing an infrared (IR) ink print quality of an IR ink print area on an optical component, the assembly comprising:a light source including an illuminated periphery and a dark interior;
an IR camera having a field of view positioned to image the dark interior without imaging at least a portion of the illuminated periphery; and
a component holder configured to hold the optical component between the IR camera and the light source such that IR light emitted from the portion of the illuminated periphery that illuminates the IR ink print area on the optical component is deflected into the field of view of the IR camera if the IR ink print area has defects but is not deflected into the field of view of the IR camera if the IR ink print area does not have defects.

US Pat. No. 10,113,972

IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Sony Semiconductor Soluti...

1. An image capture device comprising:a narrow-band optical irradiation system including a light source configured to emit light;
an imaging element including an array of pixels divided into a plurality of blocks, the plurality of blocks including a first block adjacent to a second block such that an edge of the first block borders an edge of the second block, wherein the imaging element is sensitive to light of a predetermined range of wavelengths; and
a metal thin-film filter provided in an optical path between the narrow-band optical irradiation system and the imaging element, the metal thin-film filter including a first region corresponding to the first block and a second adjacent region corresponding to the adjacent second block, and a surface of the metal thin-film filter in each of the first region and the adjacent second region including one or more immobilized antigens or antibodies; and
a signal processor configured to detect a change in transmission efficiency of light through the metal thin-film filter.

US Pat. No. 10,113,970

DETECTION DEVICE

NATIONAL TAIWAN UNIVERSIT...

1. A spectral analysis device which cooperates with an external mobile electronic device having an image capturing sensor and a data processor, the spectral analysis device comprising:a plasma generator configured to generate plasma from a sample; and
a light decomposer configured to decompose light emitted by the plasma for spectral analysis, wherein the light decomposed by the light decomposer is received directly and analyzed by the image capturing sensor and the data processor of the external mobile electronic device to determine whether an element exists in the sample.

US Pat. No. 10,113,969

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR MEASURING RAMAN SCATTERING OF A SAMPLE

1. A light delivery and collection device for measuring Raman scattering from an area of a sample, the light delivery and collection device comprising:a reflective cavity having a first aperture and a second aperture, the second aperture configured to be applied to the sample such that the reflective cavity substantially forms an enclosure covering an area of the sample; and
one or more optic components which receive excitation light from a light source and focus the excitation light at the first aperture of the reflective cavity to deliver the excitation into the reflective cavity, wherein the excitation light projects onto the second aperture of the reflective cavity and is scattered by the covered area of the sample to generate Raman light,
wherein the reflective cavity is adapted to reflect back-scattered excitation light and Raman light and causes said back-scattered excitation light and Raman light to be re-scattered by the sample at the second aperture, except said back-scattered excitation light and Raman light that exits the reflective cavity through the first aperture to be collected by the one or more optic components for measurement, and
wherein the first aperture is sized substantially just large enough to encompass the beam waist of the focused excitation light.

US Pat. No. 10,113,967

ABSORBANCE SPRECTRUM SCANNING FLOW CYTOMETRY

BECTON, DICKINSON AND COM...

1. A method of analyzing a fluorescently labeled particle in a flow channel, the method comprising:exciting the fluorescently labeled particle in the flow channel with a continuously varying excitation wavelength of light as the fluorescently labeled particle passes through a detection region of the flow channel; and
detecting emissions from the fluorescently labeled particle as the fluorescently labeled particle passes through the detection region of the flow channel to analyze the fluorescently labeled particle.

US Pat. No. 10,113,966

BLOOD ANALYZER, DIAGNOSTIC SUPPORT METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIUM

SYSMEX CORPORATION, Hyog...

1. A blood analyzer, comprising:a light source configured to irradiate the prepared specimen with light of a wavelength selected to excite auto-fluorescence out of red blood cells in the prepared specimen;
a fluorescent light detector configured to detect the auto-fluorescence excited out by the light source from at least some red blood cells in the prepared specimen and output a signal that carries an auto-fluorescent measurement indicative of an amount of red blood cells exciting auto-fluorescence in the prepared specimen;
a light detector configured to sense a respective blood cell in the prepared specimen and output a signal that carries a size measurement indicative of a size of a respective blood cell in the prepared specimen;
an information processor programmed to execute an anemia classifying algorithm for evaluating the auto-fluorescence measurements from the fluorescent detector to classify the prepared specimen into a category of iron-deficiency anemia or a category of thalassemia, wherein the anemia classifying algorithm being executed to:
from the size measurements from the cell detector, count total red blood cells;
from the auto-fluorescence measurements from the light detector, count the at least some red blood cells in the prepared specimen that emit the auto-fluorescence;
calculate a ratio of a count of the at least some red blood cells in the prepared specimen that emit the auto-fluorescence relative to a count of the total red blood cells; and
classify the prepared specimen into a category of iron-deficiency anemia or a category of thalassemia, based on the ratio.

US Pat. No. 10,113,965

METHODS FOR SECOND HARMONIC GENERATION IMAGING OF PROTEIN CRYSTALS

Purdue Research Foundatio...

1. A method of determining a three-dimensional structure of a protein crystal, the method comprising:incorporating a compound into a protein crystal, the compound enhancing the activity of the protein crystal to second harmonic generation;
illuminating the protein crystal with a sufficiently intense light to cause second harmonic generation by the protein crystal; and
detecting a second harmonic generation response produced by the protein crystal that is suitable for protein structure determination by diffraction analysis.

US Pat. No. 10,113,962

AUTOMATIC ANALYZER

HITACHI HIGH-TECHNOLOGIES...

1. An automatic analyzer comprising:a cell disc that holds at least a first cell and a second cell each containing a reaction mixture in which a sample and reagent are mixed with each other on a circumference thereof and the cell disc repeats rotation and termination;
a light source;
a plurality of optical systems, each optical system of the plurality of optical systems configured to receive scattered light at a different angle during rotation of the cell disc relative to each other optical system of the plurality of optical systems, the scattered light being generated upon irradiation of the reaction mixture in the cell with irradiation light from the light source; and
a scattered light receiver configured to receive light guided by the plurality of optical systems, wherein
a processor programmed to run a measurement time for measuring scattered light from a single cell is 2 msec or more, and
the processor programmed to run a measurement and sequential accumulation of the scattered light received from each cell during rotation of the cell disc.

US Pat. No. 10,113,961

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR QUANTITIVE PHASE TOMOGRAPHY THROUGH LINEAR SCANNING WITH COHERENT AND NON-COHERENT DETECTION

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDER...

1. An apparatus for performing quantitative phase tomography on a specimen, comprising:an illumination source for providing an illuminating beam;
a condenser lens having an optical axis direction arranged to transform the illuminating beam into a convergent illuminating beam;
a microscope objective arranged to collect a beam that is back-scattered by the specimen, the illumination source arranged to illuminate the specimen from a same side as the beam collected by the microscope objective; and
a wave front analyzer for analyzing a wave field amplitude and phase of the beam back-scattered by the specimen, the wave front analyzer including,
an array sensor for measuring an intensity of the beam back-scattered by the specimen and collected by the microscope objective, and outputting a measurement signal,
a displacement device to move the specimen in a plane normal to the optical axis direction, and
a processing device configured to process the measurement signal output by the array sensor to deliver quantitative phase tomography images representing the specimen in three dimensions based on the beam back-scattered by the specimen, and to provide quantitative values of a refractive index distribution.

US Pat. No. 10,113,960

ARRANGEMENT IN CONNECTION WITH MEASURING WINDOW OF REFRACTOMETER, AND REFRACTOMETER

JANESKO OY, Vantaa (FI)

1. An arrangement in connection with a measuring window of a refractometer, the arrangement comprising:a prism-shaped measuring window, which has a measuring surface adapted to contact a substance being measured;
a first surface through which light originating from a light source is adapted to be directed to the measuring surface through the prism-shaped measuring window;
a second surface, through which totally reflected light from an interface between the measuring surface in contact with the substance being measured and the substance being measured, is adapted to be directed outside of the measuring window for analysis; and
a first surface normal of the first surface and a second surface normal of the second surface having an intersection point at the interface between the measuring surface in contact with the substance being measured and the substance being measured, the intersection point being adapted to a center point of the measuring surface;
wherein a totally reflected part of light directed to the measuring surface along the first surface normal is adapted to be directed outside of the measuring window along the second surface normal;
a first lens arrangement and a second lens arrangement, each of the first lens arrangement and the second lens arrangement including at least two lenses,
wherein the first lens arrangement is adapted to focus the light originating from the light source on the first surface, and the second lens arrangement is adapted to focus the totally reflected light passing through the second surface to a device used for analysis,
wherein a lens in each of the first and second lens arrangements that is closest in relation to the measuring window is integrated into the measuring window, and surfaces of the lens in each of the first and second lens arrangements is adapted to form the first and second surfaces, respectively, which have optical refractive power, and
wherein the lens in each of the first and second lens arrangements that is closest in relation to the measuring window is of a same material as a material of the measuring window and is adapted to form a seamless structure with the measuring window.

US Pat. No. 10,113,959

TERAHERTZ WAVE GENERATING DEVICE AND SPECTROSCOPIC DEVICE USING SAME

Hitachi High-Technologies...

1. A terahertz wave generating device comprising:a fixed-wavelength pump optical laser that generates a single wavelength pump beam;
a variable-wavelength laser that emits a seed beam and is capable of making the wavelength of the seed beam variable;
a delay element that delays pulses of the pump beam;
a first non-linear crystal that generates terahertz waves by receiving the seed beam, a first pump beam that is not delayed by the delay element, and a second pump beam that is delayed by the delay element; and
a control portion which controls the wavelength of the seed beam output from the variable-wavelength laser in accordance with the time by which the second pump beam is delayed by the delay element.

US Pat. No. 10,113,958

OPTICALLY TRANSPARENT FILMS FOR MEASURING OPTICALLY THICK FLUIDS

HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVIC...

1. A method for measuring properties of a fluid, the method comprising:directing an input light through a multivariate optical element (MOE) of a multilayered film, then through a substrate and a porous layer of the multilayered film, the multilayered film further including a reflective layer disposed on the porous layer, and the porous layer having the fluid therein;
reflecting the input light using the reflective layer, thereby forming an output light which is directed back through the porous layer and the substrate, then through the MOE;
detecting the output light from the multilayered film; and
comparing the output light with the input light to measure a property of at least one component of the fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,113,957

NON-DISPERSIVE INFRARED CARBON DIOXIDE GAS SENSOR WITH DEPOSITED HYDROPHOBIC THIN FILM

KOREA NATIONAL UNIVERSITY...

1. A non-dispersive infrared carbon dioxide gas sensor deposited with a hydrophobic thin film, whereinin the carbon dioxide gas sensor for measuring a concentration of carbon dioxide included in gas, the gas sensor is a white-cell,
in the white-cell, first and second reflectors are disposed to face a third reflector,
a light source is provided at one side of the third reflector and a first detector and a second detector are provided at another side of the third reflector, and
at least a part of a reflection surface of each of the first, second, and third reflectors is deposited with the hydrophobic thin film.

US Pat. No. 10,113,955

GAS CELL FOR ABSORPTION SPECTROSCOPY

Unisearch Associates Inc....

1. A gas cell for absorption spectroscopy, the gas cell comprising:a channel providing at least a passage from a first end to a second end, the channel comprising an inlet for receiving a gas sample from a gas source and an outlet for releasing the gas sample from the gas cell, the first end being substantially opposite from the second end;
a first end component coupled to the first end and a second end component coupled to the second end, each of the first end component and the second end component comprising;
a mounting end coupled to the respective first end and second end of the channel; an extending member coupled to the respective mounting end and extending inwardly within the channel from the respective mounting end; and
an optical frame coupled to the respective extending member inwardly within the channel and containing an optically transparent portion, the optical frame being spaced from the respective mounting end, and the extending member defining a space from the optical frame to an opening defined by the respective mounting end such that the space is exposed to an external environment of the gas cell;
wherein the optically transparent portion coupled to the first end component is positioned inwardly within the channel and positioned to receive an incident beam from an optical source into the channel via the opening defined by the mounting end coupled to the first end; and
the optically transparent portion coupled to the second end component is positioned inwardly within the channel and positioned to permit optical transmission into and out of the channel; and
each of the optically transparent portions is oriented at a tilt angle relative to the respective mounting end; and
wherein at least one of the optically transparent portions of the first end component and the second end component comprises two optical layers; and
wherein a value of the optical layer tilt angle varies with at least one of a spacing size between the first and second optical layers, a thickness of the first optical layer, a thickness of the second optical layer, and a diameter of the incident beam.

US Pat. No. 10,113,953

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETERMINING THE PRESENCE OF A SPILL OF A PETROLEUM PRODUCT BY THE DETECTION OF A PETROLEUM-DERIVED VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUND

1. A method of determining the presence of a spill of a petroleum product by the detection of a petroleum-derived volatile organic compound (VOC), the method comprising:providing an ultraviolet (UV) radiation generator and a receiver assembly aimed at a scene;
the UV radiation generator illuminating a distant target in the scene with a UV radiation beam, the UV radiation beam having an excitation wavelength being tuned to a resonance Raman excitation wavelength of the petroleum-derived VOC;
the receiver assembly receiving a return signal from the distant target; and
determining the presence of the spill of the petroleum product upon detecting a Raman scattering in the received return signal, the Raman scattering being indicative of a resonance Raman interaction between the UV radiation beam and molecules of the petroleum-derived VOC.

US Pat. No. 10,113,950

FRICTION TESTER FOR A TRAVEL SURFACE

W.D.M. LIMITED, Bristol ...

1. A friction tester comprising:a vehicle arranged to travel along a surface at a first speed;
a test element arranged to engage with the surface;
a motor to drive the test element at a second speed; and
a measuring device;wherein:the second speed is independently controllable of the first speed;
the second speed is not equal to the first speed so that the test element slips over the surface at a slip speed; and
the measuring device measures a resultant parameter of the test element slipping against the surface and wherein the second speed is controlled to obtain a nominally constant slip speed independent of the vehicle speed.

US Pat. No. 10,113,949

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETECTING AND ANALYZING DEPOSITS

SOLENIS TECHNOLOGIES, L.P...

1. A device for detecting deposits in a reflection area inside a liquid-bearing system comprising an ultrasonic transducer for emitting an ultrasonic emission signal towards the reflection area and a first detection means for detecting an ultrasonic reflection signal obtained by reflection of the ultrasonic emission signal in the reflection area, wherein a second detection means is disposed in the reflection area, the second detection means being configured to detect a specific kind of deposit, wherein the second detection means is selected from the group consisting of an electrochemical biosensor, optical biosensor, electronic biosensor, piezoelectric biosensor or gravimetric biosensor, and light-addressable potentiometric sensor (LAPS), and wherein the second detection means is configured to generate a liveness detection signal comprising liveness-information about the deposits, extracellular acidification information of the deposits, information on a position dependent distribution of the deposits along a plane of main extension of a sensing surface of the second detection means, or a combination of information thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,113,948

PARTICLE DETECTION METHOD, PARTICLE DETECTION DEVICE AND PARTICLE DETECTION SYSTEM

The University of Tokyo, ...

1. A particle detection method in which particles in a sample are detected, comprising:a mounting step of mounting, on a stage portion, a fluid device comprising a channel through which the particles can move;
an irradiation step of irradiating the channel with illumination light; and
a detection step of observing scattered light generated from the particles by irradiation with the illumination light and acquiring image information of the particles,
wherein in the irradiation step, the illumination light is converged such as to enter the channel by passing through, among side surfaces of the channel, only a first side surface that faces an illumination light incident direction.

US Pat. No. 10,113,947

SEMICONDUCTOR ANALYSIS CHIP AND PARTICLE INSPECTION METHOD

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

17. A particle inspection method comprising:using a semiconductor analysis chip for detecting a particle in a sample liquid, the semiconductor analysis chip including a semiconductor substrate, a first flow channel formed in a surface portion of the semiconductor substrate and configured to receive the sample liquid, a second flow channel formed in a surface portion of the semiconductor substrate and configured to receive the sample liquid or an electrolyte electrolytic solution, part of the second flow channel contacting or intersecting the first flow channel, a micropore formed in a contact portion or an intersection of the first and second flow channels, and configured to permit the particle to pass therethrough, a first electrode provided in the first flow channel, a second electrode provided in the second flow channel, and a third electrode provided in the first flow channel downstream of the first electrode;
introducing the sample liquid into the first flow channel;
introducing the sample liquid or the electrolytic solution into the second flow channel;
applying, between the first and third electrodes, a voltage for generating an electroosmotic flow, to accelerate flow of the sample liquid in the first flow channel and to move the particle from an upstream side to a downstream side; and
applying a voltage between the first and second electrodes to detect a change in a current when the particle passes through the micropore, in order to detect a presence of the particle.

US Pat. No. 10,113,945

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR COMBINING MEASUREMENTS OF PARTICLE CHARACTERISTICS USING LIGHT SCATTERING AND OPTICAL IMAGING

MICROTRAC INC., Montgome...

1. An apparatus which determines a particle size distribution from scattering measurements of particles and imaging of particles comprising:a) at least one light source which illuminates particles,
b) at least one scatter detector which detects light scattered from particles over a range of scattering angles,
c) a plurality of imaging detectors which detect an image of each of a plurality of particles,
d) means which determines a first particle size distribution from said detection of scattered light from particles,
e) means which determines a second particle size distribution from said detection of images of particles,
f) combining means which combines said first particle size distribution and said second particle size distribution to create a third particle size distribution with larger size range, wherein said third particle size distribution comprises three size regions which comprise a small size region, a size overlap region, and a large size region, wherein said third particle size distribution, in said small size region, is derived from a portion of said first particle size distribution, wherein said third particle size distribution, in said large size region, is derived from a portion of said second particle size distribution, and wherein said third particle size distribution, in said size overlap region, is derived from said first particle size distribution and said second particle size distribution, comprising the following means,
g) means which places said first particle size distribution and said second particle size distribution onto the same scale and/or onto the same size distribution parameter, and
h) means which combines said first particle size distribution and said second particle size distribution in said size overlap region to create said third particle size distribution in said size overlap region by utilizing a generally monotonic function of particle size.

US Pat. No. 10,113,944

CIRCUIT BOARD TESTING APPARATUS AND CIRCUIT BOARD TESTING METHOD

Shenzhen China Star Optoe...

1. A circuit board testing apparatus used in a bending test to a printed circuit board, wherein the circuit board testing apparatus comprises:a base frame;
a carrying platform located on an upper surface of the base frame, the carrying platform comprising a carrying curved surface, a first distance is formed between a central portion of the carrying curved surface and the upper surface of the base frame, a second distance is formed between two terminals of the carrying curved surface and the upper surface of the base frame, the second distance is greater than the first distance; and
a plurality of supporting components disposed in intervals, each of the supporting components comprising a supporting rod and a driving member, the driving member being fixed on the base frame, the supporting rods passing through the carrying curved surface, one terminal of the supporting rod being used to connect to the printed circuit board, another terminal of the supporting rod being connected to the driving member, the driving member driving the supporting rod to move in a direction perpendicular to the upper surface, and the driving member driving the supporting rod to move a displacement to fit the printed circuit board to the carrying curved surface so that the printed circuit board is bent and deformed.

US Pat. No. 10,113,941

METHOD FOR AUTOMATIC REAL-TIME DIAGNOSTICS FOR EQUIPMENT THAT GENERATES VIBRATION AND STATIC EQUIPMENT

Dynamic Scientific Produc...

1. A method for automatic real-time diagnostics for equipment that generates vibration and static equipment comprising:a. installing a plurality of sensors on or mounted proximate to the equipment that generates vibration and static equipment, the plurality of sensors comprising a vibration sensor, and an acoustic emission sensor, and at least one of: a pressure sensor, a temperature sensor, a current sensor, a level of liquid sensor, a rotation frequency sensor, additional acoustic emission sensors, a shaft position sensor, a linear deformation sensor, each of the plurality of sensors configured to transmit sensor data;
b. collecting sensor data using at least one peripheral intellectual measurement equipment (PIM) from the plurality of sensors, processing the sensor data by removing signal noise or averaging collected sensor data from a sensor over time, and then transmitting the processed sensor data as assembled data;
c. receiving sensor data and the assembled data using a plurality of diagnostic stations each diagnostic station with a diagnostic processor in communication with a diagnostic data storage and a diagnostic display and an enterprise network, each diagnostic station processor comparing the assembled data to threshold values for diagnostic features generating diagnostic information, and each diagnostic processor using a diagnostic passport and the assembled data to calculate diagnostic features and calculate technical states for each diagnostic feature of all or portions of the equipment that generates vibration and static equipment and generate diagnostic prescriptions for each diagnostic feature, the data storage having instructions to generate simultaneously a Monitor Executive Dashboard, a Trend Executive Dashboard, an Analysis Executive Dashboard, a Report Executive Dashboard, a System Executive Dashboard, and an Oscilloscope Executive Dashboard; and wherein
(i) the Monitor Executive Dashboard automatically uses the sensor data and the assembled data to generate the diagnostic information simultaneously for: (i) portions of equipment in a facility, (ii) individual equipment in a facility, (iii) groups of equipment in a facility, and (iv) all equipment in a facility as a visual presentation: for monitoring by worst operating condition of at least one of: the portions of equipment in the facility, the individual equipment in the facility; the groups of equipment in the facility, and all equipment in the facility;
(ii) the Trend Executive Dashboard automatically compares the diagnostic information to threshold values for diagnostic features and generates trends as a visual presentation;
(iii) the Analysis Executive Dashboard automatically presents the assembled data as a visual presentation of signals in data forms comprising: spectra, cepstrums, and wavelets; and simultaneously (a) calculates each diagnostic feature and (b) creates and edits diagnostic rules and configurations stored in the diagnostic data storage;
(iv) the Report Executive Dashboard automatically generates multiple reports using the diagnostic information based on preset user requests or according to a preset schedule for maintenance of equipment that produces vibration and static equipment;
(v) the System Executive Dashboard automatically generates a visual interface enabling monitoring, configuration and control of the plurality of peripheral intelligent measurement equipment, the plurality of diagnostic stations and the plurality of sensors; and
(vi) the Oscilloscope Executive Dashboard automatically generates a visual interface with a visual signal diagram of sensor data and operation parameters for channels and operational parameters for peripheral intellectual measurement equipment with synchronization in real time, when sensor data changes;
d. communicating with the plurality of diagnostic processors through at least one of: the enterprise network and the global communication network using an administrative processor with administrative data storage and administrative display, the administrative data storage having instructions for the administrative processor to automatically collect and store the diagnostic information and automatically compile the diagnostic information into a diagnostic database;
e. providing bidirectional communication with the plurality of diagnostic stations and the administrative processor to at least one client device with a client device processor, a client device data storage and client device display, each client device configured to present the diagnostic information by each of the Monitor Executive Dashboard, Trend Executive Dashboard, Analysis Executive Dashboard, Report Executive Dashboard, System Executive Dashboard and Oscilloscope Executive Dashboard generated by the diagnostic processor; and
wherein the method automatically generates real time diagnostic information from assembled data as a composite visualization of equipment in a facility by (i) portions of equipment in a facility, (ii) individual equipment in a facility, (iii) groups of equipment in a facility, and (iv) all equipment in a facility with the Monitor, Trend, Analysis, Report, System and Oscilloscope Executive Dashboards enabling a visualization of user selected diagnostic features, user selected trends, identification of equipment that generates vibration and static equipment, operational parameters enabling prediction of maintenance events associated with equipment that generates vibration and static equipment, while presenting the equipment that generates vibration as virtual images 21i-l, with each virtual image having at least one virtual tag representing diagnostic information providing simultaneous and automatic real time diagnostic analysis, real time equipment trend updating, proposed maintenance schedules, and real time viewing of maintenance activities on at least one portion of equipment that generates vibration and static equipment.

US Pat. No. 10,113,938

TEST APPARATUS FOR SIMULATED TESTING OF A MOTOR VEHICLE ON AT LEAST ONE TEST BENCH, TEST BENCH WITH THE TEST APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SIMULATED TESTING OF A MOTOR VEHICLE ON AT LEAST ONE TEST BENCH WITH THE TEST APPARATUS

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A test apparatus for simulated testing of a motor vehicle on at least one test bench, the test apparatus comprising:a frame structure having a plurality of beam members that cooperate to form a model of a body of the motor vehicle, the frame structure having a length and including:
a front frame section with a front axle model, the front frame section having a first coupling beam member;
a rear frame section with a rear axle model, the rear frame section having a second coupling beam member; and
a middle frame section arranged between the front frame section and the rear frame section, the middle frame section defined by a subplurality of beam members of the plurality of beam members, with the subplurality of beam members including a first beam member opposed from a second beam member, the first beam member coupled to the first coupling beam member and the second beam member coupled to the second coupling beam member; and
at least one stiffening element including at least two bending beams that are coupled to one another, the at least two bending beams coupled to the first beam member and the second beam member so as to extend between the first beam member and the second beam member of the middle frame section, the at least one stiffening element defining a bracing length that is adjustable relative to the middle frame section to vary a stiffness of the frame structure,
wherein the front frame section and the rear frame section are each movable relative to the middle frame section such that the length of the frame structure structure is variably adjustable.

US Pat. No. 10,113,933

LEAKAGE OIL DETECTOR SYSTEM AND METHOD

Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo (JP...

1. A leakage oil detector system having:an ultraviolet light source that is arranged so as to irradiate an oil-filled device from a plurality of different incidence angles, is switched on and off at the respective incidence angles in sequence, and includes a wavelength exciting oil;
an imaging device to photograph said oil-filled device irradiated with ultraviolet light emitted from the ultraviolet light source when the ultraviolet light source is switched on;
a recorder to record respective images photographed by the imaging device;
an image processor to compare the respective images, judge a site where a light emitting position does not change always as a leakage oil site, and judge a site emitting light or not emitting light at different positions as a noise light site; and
a display to display the respective images.

US Pat. No. 10,113,932

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTING BREAKAGE OF PIPING IN COMBINED POWER PLANTS

MITSUBISHI HITACHI POWER ...

1. A method for detecting breakage of piping in a combined power plant in which piping through which a second fluid circulates is disposed in a container through which a first fluid circulates for heat exchange between the first fluid and the second fluid, the method comprising the steps of:closing an outlet of the piping;
supplying the second fluid into the piping with a pump;
closing an inlet of the piping with the piping filled with the second fluid; and
determining breakage of the piping based on a change in pressure of the second fluid in the piping with the inlet and the outlet closed,
wherein breakage of the piping is determined based on a change in the pressure of the second fluid in the piping when the outlet of the piping is closed after the first fluid bypasses the container through a bypass line and the second fluid is supplied to the piping in the combined power plant during startup of the combined power plant.

US Pat. No. 10,113,931

PROBE MEASURING FORCE ADJUSTER

MITUTOYO CORPORATION, Ka...

1. A probe measuring force adjuster, comprising:a frame;
a support moveable in a first direction and arranged separate from the frame;
a first spring having a first end fixed to a first end of the support, a second end fixed to the frame, and a principal surface facing the first direction;
a second spring having a first end fixed to a second end which second end is separated from the first end of the support in the first direction, a second end fixed to the frame, and a principal surface facing the first direction;
a first magnet provided to the first end of the support;
a second magnet provided to the second end of the support;
a third magnet provided to the frame and arranged separate from the first magnet so as to generate a magnetic force in the first direction between the first magnet and the third magnet; and
a fourth magnet provided to the frame and arranged separate from the second magnet so as to generate the magnetic force in the first direction between the second magnet and the fourth magnet,
wherein the first through fourth magnets are permanent magnets.

US Pat. No. 10,113,930

METHOD FOR DETERMINING THE TOTAL PRESSURE IN THE CYLINDER OF AN ENGINE

CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE FR...

1. A method for determining a total pressure in a cylinder (Pcyl) of an engine as a function of an angular position (crk) of a crankshaft (14) and from a quantity of fuel to be injected in possibly several injections, and for controlling a quantity of fuel injected into the engine, the method comprising:determining the pressure in the cylinder when there is no combustion, said pressure being called the pressure without combustion (Pcyl_m),
determining, for each injection (inji), a curve of sub-variation of pressure (?Pcomb_i) caused by a combustion of the fuel quantity injected during the injection (inji) in question, a shape of the curve being estimated as a function of the quantity of fuel (MFi) to be injected and of an angular position for start of injection (SOIi) of the corresponding injection,
determining the total pressure in the cylinder (Pcyl) by adding together the pressure without combustion (Pcyl_m) and the pressures given by the pressure sub-variation curves (?Pcomb_i) of each injection (inji),
adjusting an injector opening duration based on the total pressure of the cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,113,927

FLIP CHIP PRESSURE SENSOR ASSEMBLY

Honeywell International I...

1. A flip chip pressure sensor assembly, comprising:a substrate;
a pressure sensor die comprising a pressure sensing diaphragm, the die having a top side and a bottom side that is reverse to the top side, where the top side of the die is electrically connected to the substrate by flip chip mounting technology;
a cover defining an aperture disposed over the pressure sensor die, where the aperture defined by the cover aligns with the pressure sensing diaphragm to provide a path for pressure to be transmitted through the aperture to the bottom side of the pressure sensing diaphragm;
a seal between the cover and the pressure sensor die; and
a vent hole that communicates with an interior chamber of the flip chip pressure sensor assembly, wherein the interior chamber is defined at least in part by the cover, the pressure sensor die, and the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,113,919

TEMPERATURE SENSOR AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

MITSUBISHI MATERIALS CORP...

1. A temperature sensor comprising:an insulation substrate;
a thin film thermistor portion formed on the insulation substrate; and
a pair of pattern electrodes formed on the insulation substrate with a pair of opposed electrode portions being arranged so as to be opposed to each other on the thin film thermistor portion,
wherein the thin film thermistor portion is made of a Ti—Al—N thermistor material,
the pair of pattern electrodes has a Ti—N bonding layer formed directly on the thin film thermistor portion and an electrode layer made of a noble metal formed on the bonding layer, and
the Ti—N bonding layer has a bondability to the thin film thermistor portion and the electrode layer, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,113,917

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IN SITU TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENT

Varian Semiconductor Equi...

1. A system for determining a temperature of a platen, comprising:the platen comprising at least one electrode;
a power supply to provide a clamping voltage and a clamping current to the at least one electrode, wherein the clamping voltage creates an electrical field that serves to clamp a workpiece to the platen;
a current sensor to monitor the clamping current; and
a controller configured to determine a temperature of the platen based on a parameter of the clamping current.

US Pat. No. 10,113,915

NON-CONTACT TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENT SENSOR

MAXIM INTEGRATED PRODUCTS...

1. A sensor package comprising:a substrate;
a thermopile sensor disposed over the substrate;
a reference thermopile sensor disposed over the substrate;
a reference temperature sensor disposed over the substrate and adjacent to the thermopile sensor and the reference thermopile sensor;
a lid assembly disposed over the thermopile sensor, the reference thermopile sensor, and the reference temperature sensor, the lid assembly comprising a transparent structure that passes electromagnetic radiation occurring in a limited spectrum of wavelengths; and
a thermo-optical shield, at least a portion of which is positioned between the transparent structure and one or more of the thermopile sensor, the reference thermopile sensor, or the reference temperature sensor, wherein the thermo-optical shield includes a thermal insulation layer and an electromagnetic blocker.

US Pat. No. 10,113,914

DIVIDED-APERTURE INFRA-RED SPECTRAL IMAGING SYSTEM

REBELLION PHOTONICS, INC....

1. An infrared (IR) imaging system, the imaging system comprising:an optical system comprising an optical focal plane array (FPA) unit, the optical system including components associated with at least two optical channels, said at least two optical channels being spatially and spectrally different from one another, the at least two optical channels positioned to transfer IR radiation incident on the optical system towards the optical FPA unit, the optical FPA unit comprising at least two groups of detector pixels disposed at a distance from at least two corresponding focusing lenses;
a first thermal reference at a first temperature;
a second thermal reference at a second temperature different from the first temperature, wherein radiation emitted from the first and the second thermal references is directed to at least one of the at least two groups of detector pixels simultaneously with radiation emitted from a scene viewed by the imaging system; and
electronics configured to:
dynamically calibrate the at least two groups of detector pixels to reduce a difference in measurements obtained using light from the first and the second thermal references received by at least one of the at least two groups of detector pixels.

US Pat. No. 10,113,912

THERMOPILE MODULE

PIXART IMAGING INC., Hsi...

1. An electronic device, comprising:an outer case having an opening;
a circuit substrate disposed inside the outer case;
a thermopile sensor chip disposed on the circuit substrate;
a filter structure disposed above the thermopile sensor chip;
a waterproof structure surroundingly connected between the filter structure and the outer case for sealing up the opening of the outer case;
wherein the waterproof structure includes a first waterproofing element, a second waterproofing element, and a support structure, the first waterproofing element is surroundingly connected onto the filter structure, the second waterproofing element is surroundingly connected onto the outer case, the support structure is disposed between the first waterproofing element and the second waterproofing element, and the support structure has a first support portion connected between the first waterproofing element and the second waterproofing element and a second support portion extended downwardly from the first support portion to contact the circuit substrate for supporting the second waterproofing element;
wherein the first waterproofing element has a first through hole, the second waterproofing element has a second through hole communicated with the opening of the outer case, the first support portion has a third through hole communicated between the first through hole and the second through hole, and the opening of the outer case and the first, the second, and the third through holes of the waterproof structure are filled with an infrared passing glue.

US Pat. No. 10,113,911

AUTOMATED DYNAMIC LUMINAIRE IDENTIFICATION USING BARCODES

Gooee Limited, St Albans...

1. A system for automated dynamic luminaire identification using a barcode, the system comprising:a gateway configured to control a dimming level of the luminaire;
at least one sensor configured in a position to read a barcode associated with the luminaire; and,
a server in data communication with at least one of the gateway and the sensor, wherein the gateway is further configured to adjust the dimming level of the luminaire to a level at which the sensor may read the barcode,
the sensor is further configured to read the barcode and transmit information regarding the barcode to the server either directly or via the gateway, and
the server is configured to identify the luminaire and/or instruct the gateway to adjust the dimming level of the luminaire, based at least in part on the information regarding the barcode.

US Pat. No. 10,113,910

SENSOR-SYNCHRONIZED SPECTRALLY-STRUCTURED-LIGHT IMAGING

Digimarc Corporation, Be...

1. An apparatus comprising:an imaging apparatus for obtaining pixels sampled from a produce item in a scene, the pixels each comprising an N-dimensional spectral vector, where N is an integer greater or equal to four, and corresponding to a number of spectral values obtained per pixel, the spectral values obtained from capture of the pixels by an image sensor in response to pulsed illumination of the object by 4 or more different LED light sources;
a digital signal processing device in communication with the imaging apparatus for computing texture feature values of the pixels at plural spatial scales, sampled from different locations of the produce item;
a classifier for classifying the produce item based on the N-dimensional spectral vector and texture feature values of the pixels at plural spatial scales to identify a variety of the produce item in the scene, wherein the classifier is trained on N-dimensional spectral vector and texture feature values of varieties of each of different produce items to discriminate between the varieties of each of the different produce items,
the classifier configured to identify the variety of the produce item with a plural stage classifier, the plural stage classifier having a first stage classifier comprising one-versus-one classifiers to discriminate the N-dimensional spectral vector of the produce item for each of plural categories of produce, and a second stage classifier comprising one-versus-one classifiers to discriminate the N-dimensional spectral vector and texture feature values of the produce item for variety of produce within each of the plural categories; and
a display device configured to display identifying information of the variety of the produce item.

US Pat. No. 10,113,907

ULTRAVIOLET-SENSING SHEET, ULTRAVIOLET-SENSING SET, AND ULTRAVIOLET-SENSING METHOD

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. An ultraviolet-sensing sheet comprising:a filter layer that selectively allows transmission of light having a specific wavelength; and
an ultraviolet-sensing layer that includes a capsule including a color-forming dye and a photooxidant; and
wherein a maximum value of a transmittance of the filter layer in a thickness direction in a wavelength range of 300 nm or longer and shorter than 380 nm is 70% or higher, and
a maximum value of a transmittance of the filter layer in the thickness direction in a wavelength range of 380 nm to 450 nm is 20% or lower.

US Pat. No. 10,113,903

AMBIENT LIGHT SENSOR CALIBRATION

AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC....

1. A system for calibrating a sensor of an electronic device, the system comprising:an illumination assembly comprising:
a first light emitter configured to emit first light having a first wavelength;
a second light emitter configured to emit second light having a second wavelength;
a first light combiner comprising a first exit port;
a first light diffuser positioned between the first light emitter and the first light combiner, the first light diffuser being configured to receive the first light and output first diffuse light; and
a second light diffuser positioned between the second light emitter and the first light combiner, the second light diffuser being configured to receive the second light and output second diffuse light; and
wherein the first light combiner is configured to:
receive the first diffuse light and to output the first diffuse light via the first exit port of the first light combiner; and
receive the second diffuse light and to output the second diffuse light via the first exit port of the first light combiner; and
an opaque housing comprising an interior region enclosing the illumination assembly, wherein the opaque housing is effective to reduce an amount of light from an exterior of the opaque housing from entering the interior region of the opaque housing.

US Pat. No. 10,113,901

METHOD FOR EVALUATING A TDR LIMIT LEVEL SWITCH

VEGA GRIESHABER AG, Wolf...

1. A TDR limit level switch, comprising:a measuring probe adapted to be immersed into a filling material, the probe detecting a measuring signal corresponding to a state of the probe;
a transmission unit and a receiving unit, the transmission unit being configured to produce a transmission pulse P0, to transmit the transmission pulse to the receiving unit via a first line and to couple the transmission pulse into the measuring probe via a second line; and
an evaluation unit evaluating the detected measuring signal, the detected measuring signal including at least two reflections P1, P2 of the transmission pulse P0 at locations of the measuring probe at which there is a jump in impedance,
wherein the probe has a coupling point at which the transmission pulse P0, from which the detected measuring signal results, is coupled into the probe, wherein the locations of the probe at which there is a jump in impedance are the location of the coupling point and of an end of the probe,
wherein the evaluation unit is configured to determine if the probe is surrounded by the filling material on the basis of the positions of the amplitudes of the least two reflections P1, P2 relative to the transmission pulse P0,
wherein the evaluation unit is configured to determine, when the probe is installed with a downward orientation, whether the time coordinate of a reference XR1 is greater than the time coordinate of the reflection P1 and that the measuring probe is covered by the filling material, and
wherein the evaluation unit is configured to determine, when the probe is installed with an upward orientation, whether the time coordinate of the reflection P2 is greater than the time coordinate of a reference XR2 and that the measuring probe is covered by the filling material.

US Pat. No. 10,113,899

APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING FILL LEVEL OF A FILL SUBSTANCE IN A CONTAINER WITH PROCESS ISOLATION HAVING AT LEAST TWO PLASTICS

1. An apparatus for determining or monitoring the fill level of a fill substance located in a container in a process, comprising:a signal producing unit, which produces high-frequency measuring signals;
an in-coupling/out-coupling unit, which couples the high-frequency measuring signals into an antenna unit, respectively out of the antenna unit; said antenna unit has a hollow conductor and an antenna element widening toward the fill substance; and
said antenna unit transmits the high-frequency measuring signals in the direction of the surface of the fill substance and receives echo signals reflected on the surface of the fill substance; and
a control/evaluation unit, which ascertains the fill level of the fill substance in the container based on travel time of the measuring signals, wherein:
in or on said antenna unit a process isolation is provided, which is at least approximately transparent for the high-frequency measuring signals and which protects said in-coupling/out-coupling unit against influences of the process;
said process isolation is an isostatically pressed, molded part, which is manufactured of at least two plastics having different physical and/or chemical properties; and
each of said at least two plastics is provided in respectively defined regions of said process isolation.

US Pat. No. 10,113,898

LIQUID LEVEL DETECTOR FOR OPEN VESSEL AND CLOSED VESSEL

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A liquid level detector, comprising:a detecting element having a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface, the first surface being opposed to a liquid to be detected, while being parallel to a height direction of liquid level;
a heating means provided to the second surface of the detecting element, the heating means being located on an outer side of the detecting element other than a side to which the first surface is opposed to detect the liquid;
a detection processing means performing a detection process for a liquid level of the liquid;
a single sensor unit configured with the detecting element, a length of the detecting element in a height direction of liquid level being equal to a detection range of liquid level;
a plurality of pairs of first and second via holes formed in the detecting element and penetrating an insulating substrate of a thermoplastic resin in a thickness direction; and
a plurality of pairs of first and second interlayer connection members provided for the pairs of first and second via holes, and embedded in the pairs of first and second via holes, the first interlayer connection members are formed of a different type of metal than the second interlayer connection members, wherein:
the heating means forms a heat flow passing through the detecting element from the second surface to the first surface, toward the liquid or a gas;
the detecting element has a structure in which the plurality of pairs of the first and second interlayer connection members are alternately connected in series;
the detecting element generates, in the first and second interlayer connection members alternately connected in series, an electromotive force corresponding to the heat flow passing through the detecting element, and outputs an electrical signal corresponding to the electromotive force to the detection processing means; and the detection processing means calculates a liquid level on the basis of an output value of the detecting element, and a relationship between an output value of the detecting element and a liquid level.

US Pat. No. 10,113,897

APPARATUS FOR CATCHING OIL DRIPS ASSOCIATED WITH USE OF AN OIL LEVEL GAUGE TOOL

1. Apparatus for catching and accumulating oil drips associated with use of an oil level gauge tool, the oil level gauge tool having a handle, a tape, a tape reel having a winding handle for winding the tape onto the tape reel, a tape frame for supporting the tape reel, and a plumb bob attached at an end of the tape, the apparatus comprising:a handle receiving portion capable of receiving and securing the handle of the oil level gauge tool;
a plumb bob receiving portion capable of receiving the plumb bob, also capable of catching and accumulating oil drips from the oil level gauge tool; and
a tape reel receiving portion capable of receiving the tape reel, also capable of catching oil drips from the oil level gauge tool.

US Pat. No. 10,113,896

LIQUID RESERVOIR WITH A PLURALITY OF LIQUID LEVEL DETECTION UNITS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A liquid reservoir comprising a plurality of liquid surface level detection units, whereineach of the liquid surface level detection units includes a plurality of self-heating sensors, which are positioned at different heights,
the liquid reservoir comprising an inflow pipe through which refrigerant flows into the liquid reservoir at an upper portion of the liquid reservoir,
one of the liquid surface level detection units is arranged horizontally farther from the inflow pipe than a remainder of the liquid surface level detection units, and the self-heating sensors of the one liquid surface level detection unit are located higher than the self-hating sensors of the remainder of the plurality of liquid surface level detection units.

US Pat. No. 10,113,895

REMOTE MONITORING FOR AUTOMATED FLOW METER

ARTHROSCOPIC SURGERY ASSO...

1. A method for monitoring remote assets in real-time, the method comprising:sending a command from a server system over a wireless communication network to a control board that is communicatively coupled to a plurality of sensors, wherein the command instructs the control board to begin collecting data in real-time from the plurality of sensors at the remote assets at one or more locations, each sensor of the plurality of sensors measuring a flow volume of liquid at least one of the remote assets in real-time, and wherein the control board compiles data from the plurality of sensors into a packet;
receiving the packet sent from the control board over the wireless communications network to the server system, the packet including the sensor data collected in real-time concerning the flow volume of liquid at the at least one of remote assets in real-time;
executing instructions stored in a memory of the server system, wherein execution of the instructions by a processor of the server system examines the packet of the sensor data to:
identify each of the plurality of sensors associated with the packet,
extract the real-time sensor data from the compiled data, and
generate a display of a sensor listing, wherein each of the plurality of sensors are listed with its associated real-time flow volume measurement; and
storing the sensor data in the memory.

US Pat. No. 10,113,892

MEASURING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE MEASURING APPARATUS

Azbil Corporation, Tokyo...

1. A measuring apparatus comprising:a tubular member;
a sensor fixed to a first area on an outer peripheral surface of the tubular member;
a circuit board that relays a detection signal from the sensor, the circuit board being fixed to a second area on the outer peripheral surface that is different from the first area and being separated from the sensor; and
one or more wires that electrically connect the sensor and the circuit board,
wherein the sensor and the circuit board are separately supported by being fixed to the first and second areas on the outer peripheral surface, respectively, and are otherwise connected to one another solely by electrical connection via the one or more wires so as to reduce a mechanical coupling between the circuit board and the sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,113,890

MEASURING ARRANGEMENT HAVING A RAIL AND LINKAGE ASSEMBLY FOR MOUNTING AN ULTRASONIC FLOW MEASURING DEVICE IN A PIPE IN TILTED POSITION

1. A measuring arrangement, comprising:a pipe with a pipe axis and a pipe wall; and
an ultrasonic flow measuring device, wherein:
said ultrasonic flow measuring device has a sensor unit, which is fixed in a hole in said pipe, which hole is introduced essentially perpendicularly to said pipe axis into said pipe wall;
said sensor unit has a rail or a rod with a longitudinal axis;
said rail or said rod bears at least two ultrasonic transducers, defining a signal path;
said signal path extends parallel to or on the longitudinal axis of said rail or of said rod;
said signal path proceeds directly between said at least two ultrasonic transducers without reflections on said pipe wall;
said signal path is tilted from a perpendicular connecting line between a center point of said hole and said pipe axis after said rail or said rod is inserted into the pipe through the hole and maintaining the direct signal path between the at least two ultrasonic transducers; and
said rail or the rod is orientable in said pipe by a linkage.

US Pat. No. 10,113,887

SCALE FOR A LENGTH MEASURING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

Hamilton Bonaduz AG, (CH...

1. A scale for a length-measuring system for recording the absolute values of angles or distances, the scale comprising: (a) a printed circuit board including at least one track for identifying length information or angle information; and (b) a coding for identifying the scale, the coding having at least one coding element with at least two electrodes and a conductive connection between the electrodes on an insulator substrate, wherein the conductive connection is configured to be irreversibly destroyed by applying an electrical current.

US Pat. No. 10,113,886

METHOD FOR MONITORING A TRANSMISSION LINK

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

1. A method for transmitting error information in a data transmission signal, comprising:introducing, by a vehicle conditioning circuit, measured value pulses into the data transmission signal, the measured value pulses indicate a measured value detected by a sensor;
introducing, by the vehicle conditioning circuit, an, error indication pulse into the data transmission signal, the error indication pulse indicates that the measured value contains an error;
introducing, by the vehicle conditioning circuit, at least one evaluation information pulse into the data transmission signal, the at least one evaluation information pulse identifies the error in the measured value; and
in response to the error indication pulse indicating that the measured value contains an error, controlling, by the vehicle controller, a driver assistance system of the vehicle based on the at least one evaluation information pulse.

US Pat. No. 10,113,883

HYBRID SENSOR SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE

Control Products, Inc., ...

1. A system for sensing a position of a movable element within a vessel having a vessel wall and a closed end, the system comprising:a flexible connector having a first end attached to the movable element;
a rotatable element positioned within the vessel and coupled to a second end of the flexible connector, the rotatable element rotating about an axis, the rotation of the rotatable element moving a magnet along a linear path a distance proportional to the movement of the movable element;
a magnetostrictive sensor affixed to the vessel wall and having a sensor probe extending into the vessel, the sensor probe being located in close proximity to the magnet to sense the position of the magnet;
the magnetostrictive sensor sensing the position of the magnet to determine the position of the movable element.

US Pat. No. 10,113,882

INDICATING DEVICE, IN PARTICULAR A PRESSURE GAUGE

ASCO AS, Luce (FR)

1. An indicating device comprising:a basic housing comprising a drive mechanism that drives a rotary indicator needle that is mobile relative to a dial,
an interface housing attached to the basic housing,
at least one rotary screen borne by the interface housing, for identifying an operating zone, of which the angular position about the axis of the needle is adjustable,
a protective cover fixed removably to the interface housing and, when removed, allowing the position of the rotary screen to be adjusted without detaching the interface housing from the basic housing.

US Pat. No. 10,113,879

HIERARCHY OF TOOLS FOR NAVIGATION

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A non-transitory machine readable medium storing a mapping application for execution by at least one processing unit, the mapping application comprising sets of instructions for:presenting, on a display screen, a first user interface (UI) page for providing automatic predicted-location notifications and providing a first UI affordance for a list of predicted locations, wherein the first UI page does not provide a UI affordance for receiving a search query;
responsive to a selection of the first UI affordance for the list of predicted locations, presenting, on a display screen, a second UI page for providing the list of predicted locations and providing a second UI affordance for a verbal search query, wherein the second UI page does not provide a UI affordance for displaying alphanumeric characters for entering a search query through character input; and
responsive to a selection of the second UI affordance, presenting, on a display screen, a third UI page for receiving the verbal search query and providing a third UI affordance for displaying alphanumeric characters for entering a search query through character input .

US Pat. No. 10,113,877

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING DIRECTIONAL INFORMATION

1. A system for providing directional information to a user about a target of interest comprisingan angle sensor configured to sense information about the orientation of a part of the body of the user and to output a pointing angle;
a location sensor configured to obtain information about the location of the user and/or changes in the location of the user and to output a user location signal;
a target storage module coupled to the angle sensor and to the location sensor and configured to receive a target distance signal from the user, the pointing angle from the angle sensor, and the user location signal from the location sensor, to store a target data element, the target data element comprising information about the pointing angle, the location signal, and the target distance signal for later recall, and to output the target data element;
a target-angle module coupled to the angle sensor, the target storage module, and the location sensor, and configured to receive the pointing angle from the angle sensor, the target data element from the target storage module, and the user location signal from the location sensor, to compute a relative position of the user based on the user location signal and the target data element, to compute a target angle based on the target data element and the relative position of the user, and to output an error signal corresponding to the difference between the pointing angle and the target angle;
and a signal-output module coupled to the target-angle module and configured to receive the error signal from the target-angle module and, based on the error signal, to output a feedback signal that is detectable by the user;
wherein the angle sensor is configured to output an additional pointing angle, wherein the target-angle module is configured to output an additional error signal, and wherein the signal-output module is configured to output an additional feedback signal in response to a reorientation of the part of the body of the user.

US Pat. No. 10,113,876

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CREATING AND USING A LOCATION IDENTIFICATION GRID

United States Postal Serv...

1. A method for creating a location identification grid, the method comprising:receiving information identifying a physical location of a device;
identifying an area corresponding to a plurality of pre-existing areas based at least in part on the physical location of the device;
selecting a pre-existing area included in the plurality of pre-existing areas and sub-dividing the pre-existing area into a first plurality of areas within the pre-existing area;
sub-dividing one of the first plurality of areas within the pre-existing area into a second plurality of areas within the one of the first plurality of areas;
associating delivery points contained within the second plurality of areas with identifiers corresponding to the first plurality of areas and the second plurality of areas;
storing the association in a database for access by a user; and
transmitting at least a portion of the identifiers to the device.

US Pat. No. 10,113,875

MODULE AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A module comprising:a first substrate that includes a first sensor device;
a second substrate that includes a second sensor device, the first substrate including an electronic component which is electrically connected to the first sensor device and the second sensor device;
a third substrate that includes a third sensor device;
a fourth substrate that includes a digital circuit which is electrically connected to the electronic component;
a first connecting portion that connects the first substrate and the second substrate, and the first connecting portion being flexible;
a second connecting portion that connects the first substrate and the third substrate, and the second connecting portion being flexible;
a third connecting portion that connects the first substrate and the fourth substrate, and the third connecting portion being flexible; and
a supporting member that has a plurality of fixing faces,
wherein the first substrate has a first cut-out portion, and the first connecting portion connects to the first substrate within the first cut-out portion,
the first substrate has a second cut-out portion, and the second connecting portion extends from the second cut-out portion,
the first substrate has a third cut-out portion, and the third connecting portion extends from the third cut-out portion,
the second substrate has a fourth cut-out portion, and the first connecting portion extends from the fourth cut-out portion, and
the first substrate, the second substrate, the third substrate, and the fourth substrate each include apertures that mate with projections formed on the fixing faces of the supporting member when the first, second, and third connecting members are each bent to mate the first, second, third, and fourth substrates with the fixing faces, respectively, and
the first substrate and the second substrate are arranged horizontally in parallel with each other when attached to one of the fixing faces, respectively,
the third and fourth substrates are arranged vertically and orthogonal to each other when attached to one of the fixing faces, respectively, and
the first and second substrates are arranged orthogonal to each of the third and fourth substrates when attached to one of the fixing faces, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,113,873

WHOLE ANGLE MEMS GYROSCOPE

THE CHARLES STARK DRAPER ...

1. A gyroscope comprising:a central anchor;
a plurality of internal flexures;
a plurality of masses configured to vibrate in a first vibratory mode and a second vibratory mode, each mass coupled to the central anchor via at least one of the plurality of internal flexures and configured to translate in a plane of the gyroscope;
a plurality of mass-to-mass couplers, each mass-to-mass coupler coupled between two adjacent masses of the plurality of masses; and
a plurality of transducers configured to drive the plurality of masses and sense motion of the plurality of masses;
wherein the plurality of transducers is configured to drive the plurality of masses in at least the first vibratory mode and the second vibratory mode.

US Pat. No. 10,113,872

MICRO-ELECTRO-MECHANICAL DEVICE WITH COMPENSATION OF ERRORS DUE TO DISTURBANCE FORCES, SUCH AS QUADRATURE COMPONENTS

STMicroelectronics S.r.l....

1. A gyroscope comprising:a substrate;
elastic elements;
a drive system; and
a plurality of movable mass systems elastically coupled to the substrate and the drive system by the elastic elements, the plurality of movable mass systems being configured to be driven by the drive system, each of the plurality of movable mass systems including:
a suspended mass configured to be subjected to disturbance forces; and
a damping mass coupled to the suspended mass by elastic elements and configured to resonate at its natural frequency in response to the respective movable mass systems being driven by the drive system, the damping mass being configured to reduce movements of the suspended mass due to the disturbance forces.

US Pat. No. 10,113,871

SURVEYING POLE

LEICA GEOSYSTEMS AG, Hee...

1. A surveying pole comprising:at least two pole sections being telescopically insertable into each other so that a height adjustment of the pole is provided;
a pointing tip at the lower end of the pole for setting the pole on a terrain point,
a position giving means arranged on the pole; and
a height measuring system for measuring the height of the position giving means relative to the terrain point, the height measuring system comprises:
a magneto-strictive wire placed inside of the pole;
a magnet interacting with the wire, the positioning of the magnet relative to the wire being linked to the height adjustment of the pole;
a sensor circuitry for emitting current pulses through the wire;
a signal transducer, in particular comprising a sensing coil, for transforming mechanical waves of the wire into electrical signals; and
a decoder for evaluating the signals and the current pulses, and therewith deriving the height of the position giving means.

US Pat. No. 10,113,864

METHOD FOR DETERMINING THE REGISTRATION OF A STRUCTURE ON A PHOTOMASK AND APPARATUS TO PERFORM THE METHOD

Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH, Obe...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:simulating, using a processor, a second aerial image from pattern specifications of a mask, including determining said second aerial image as a matrix composed of pixels having intensity values, taking as a basis the pattern specifications of the mask in the form of a transmission function that has, at least in part, a higher resolution than a first aerial image of the mask that was captured by a position measuring device, the first aerial image having a feature, the second aerial images also having the feature; and
determining, using the processor, a registration error of the feature on the mask based on a comparison of the simulated second aerial image and the first aerial image, the registration error indicating a deviation of a nominal position of the feature from its actual position on the mask.

US Pat. No. 10,113,863

VISCOSITY MEASURING METHOD

FEMTOBIOMED INC., Seongn...

1. A viscosity measuring method comprising:(i) a step of acquiring an image of a droplet in a static state without vibration;
(ii) a step of using a vibrator to vibrate the droplet, and acquiring an image of the droplet in a dynamic state in which the droplet is maximally extended in a horizontal direction or maximally extended in a vertical direction;
(iii) a step of obtaining the static curvature change rate of the droplet interface and the dynamic curvature change rate of the droplet interface from the images acquired in step (i) and (ii); and
(iv) a step of substituting the ratio of the static curvature change rate of the droplet interface to the dynamic curvature change rate of the droplet interface obtained by the following equation (3), into an interaction equation, adjusted for the vibrator, obtained by the following equation (4), to obtain the viscosity of the droplet

US Pat. No. 10,113,861

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR THE DETERMINATION OF STRESS IN A SUBSTRATE

BROWN UNIVERSITY, Provid...

32. A method for determining multidimensional stress components in a material, the method comprising:directing a first optical pump pulse and a second optical pump pulse towards the material, wherein the first optical pump pulse and the second optical pump pulse induce a first surface wave on the material traveling in a first direction;
directing a first optical probe pulse at the surface of the material, wherein the first optical pulse probe is diffracted by the first surface wave;
determining a first variation in a transient optical response of the material due to the first surface wave;
directing a third optical pump pulse and a fourth optical pump pulse towards the material, wherein the third optical pump pulse and the fourth optical pump pulse induce a second surface wave on the material traveling in a second direction;
determining a second variation in a transient optical response of the material due to the second surface wave; and
based on the first variation and second variation, determining at least a first and a second stress component of a stress tensor, wherein the first stress component represents a stress in a first direction and the second stress component represents a stress in a second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,113,860

INSPECTING A MULTILAYER SAMPLE

APPLEJACK 199, L.P., Mil...

1. A method for inspecting a multilayer sample, the method comprising:(b) emitting light from a broadband light source;
(c) receiving, at a beam splitter, the light and splitting, at the beam splitter, the light into first and second portions;
(d) directing, from the beam splitter, the first portion of the light toward a multilayer sample positioned a first optical distance from the beam splitter;
(e) directing, from the beam splitter, the second portion of the light onto a reflector positioned a second optical distance from the beam splitter;
(f) combining, at the beam splitter, the first portion of the light after being reflected from the multilayer sample and the second portion of the light after being reflected from the reflector;
(g) directing, from the beam splitter, the combined light toward a system for analyzing Fabry-Perot fringes;
(h) receiving, at a computer-controlled etalon filter included in the system for analyzing Fabry-Perot fringes, the combined light, filtering the combined light at the computer-controlled etalon filter, directing, from the computer-controlled etalon filter, the filtered light over a single-mode optical fiber, receiving, at a computer-controlled spectrograph included in the system for analyzing Fabry-Perot fringes, the filtered light over the single-mode optical fiber, and spectrally analyzing the filtered light using the computer-controlled spectrograph to determine a value of a total power impinging a slit of the system for analyzing Fabry-Perot fringes;
(i) determining an optical path difference (OPD) between an optical path of the first portion of the light and an optical path of the second portion of the light;
(j) recording an interferogram that plots the value versus the OPD for the OPD;
(k) performing (b)-(j) one or more additional times after decreasing the first optical distance by moving the multilayer sample closer to the beam splitter resulting in a different OPD; and
(l) using the interferogram for each of the different OPDs to determine the thicknesses and order of the layers of the multilayer sample.

US Pat. No. 10,113,858

DISTRIBUTED DELAY-LINE FOR LOW-COHERENCE INTERFEROMETRY

Medlumics S.L., Madrid (...

1. An optical coherence tomography system comprising:an optical source configured to provide a beam of radiation;
an optical element configured to direct a first portion of the beam of radiation toward a sample arm and a second portion of the beam of radiation toward a reference arm; and
a detector configured to receive the first and second portions of the beam of radiation from the sample arm and reference arm,
wherein the reference arm includes a plurality of stages, each stage having a fixed group delay element and a group delay modulator, wherein the fixed group delay element and group delay modulator are configured to introduce a group delay such that the first portion of the beam of radiation corresponding to a distinct axial scanning depth range interferes with the second portion of the beam of radiation, wherein frequencies of phase modulation signals applied to each group delay modulator are the same and equal to a phase modulation frequency applied to a delay line in the sample arm.

US Pat. No. 10,113,857

SELECTIVE AMPLIFICATION OF OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY SIGNALS

1. A swept-source optical coherence tomography system for recording sub-surface structure of an analyzed object, said optical coherence tomography system comprising:a swept light source configured for generating coherent light with a wavenumber varying with time, where the swept light source comprises a laser that has an approximately periodically linear wavenumber-vs-time characteristic over each sweep;
an interferometric system configured for splitting the generated light onto a reference arm and a sample arm, where the sample arm is for projecting light onto and receiving light from the analyzed object, and where the received light interferes with light returning from the reference arm to produce an interference signal;
a photo-detector configured for recording a photo-detector signal in response to the interference signal, wherein the photo-detector signal includes a first component and a second component, wherein the first component has a higher frequency than the second component;
a signal processing unit comprising a variable gain amplifier configured for selectively amplifying a selected frequency window of the recorded photo-detector signal, wherein the gain of the variable gain amplifier is selected to be proportional to the frequency such that the first component of the signal is amplified more than the second component, and for generating a digitized signal from the selectively amplified photo-detector signal, the signal processing unit further comprising at least one band pass filter or at least one high pass filter; and
a data processing unit configured for calculation of at least one A scan from the digitized signal.

US Pat. No. 10,113,851

PROBE HEAD ROTATING MECHANISM

MITUTOYO CORPORATION, Ka...

1. A probe head rotation mechanism situated between a spindle and a probe of a coordinate measurement device, the probe head rotation mechanism comprising:a main body frame supported by the spindle;
a rotor supported by the main body frame so as to be tiltable with respect to an axial center of the spindle;
a drive source supported by the main body frame and configured to drive the rotor, wherein a main body of the drive source is arranged away from lying on the axial center of the spindle, and an axial center of the drive source is oriented outward in a diameter direction of the spindle;
a drive source casing that houses the main body of the drive source; and
a heat buffer positioned between the drive source and the rotor and configured to absorb thermal conduction from the drive source to the rotor, the heat buffer including a thermal insulator positioned between the drive source casing and the main body frame and configured to support the drive source casing.

US Pat. No. 10,113,850

TOOL FOR DISCLOSING AND CORRECTING DIMENSIONAL NON-COMPLIANCE OF AN EDGE PRIOR TO MOUNTING AN EDGE GUARD

1. A tool comprising:a body having a length ending at a first lengthwise end and at a second lengthwise end opposite the first lengthwise end;
a first portion of the body at the first lengthwise end comprising a first slot for gauging clearance depth of an edge of an object by insertion of the edge into the first slot, the first slot comprising an open entrance and mutually confronting side surfaces lying in respective parallel planes and extending depthwise of the first slot from the open entrance of the first slot to a bottom surface of the first slot;
a second portion of the body at the second lengthwise end comprising a second slot into which an edge of an object can be inserted to correct clearance depth of the edge alter the first slot has disclosed insufficient clearance depth of the edge for mounting an edge guard on the edge because of interfering material on the edge, the second slot comprising an open entrance and mutually confronting side surfaces lying in respective parallel planes and extending depthwise of the second slot from the open entrance of the second slot to a bottom surface of the second slot;
one side surface of the second slot having a depth, extending from the open entrance of the second slot to the bottom surface of the second slot, which is greater than depth of each side surface of the first slot, the one side surface of the second slot comprising an edge at the open entrance of the second slot; and
a surface extending from the edge of the one side surface of the second slot at an acute angle to the one side surface of the second slot and cooperating with the one side surface of the second slot to form a wedge for correcting insufficient clearance depth by displacing interfering material on the edge of the object when the edge of the object is inserted into the second slot so that sufficient clearance depth is achieved.

US Pat. No. 10,113,847

ARM-FIRE DEVICE AND METHOD OF IGNITING PROPULSION SYSTEM USING THE SAME

AGENCY FOR DEFENSE DEVELO...

1. An arm-fire device comprising:a capacitor charged by an arming signal;
an acceleration switch for generating an operation signal if an acceleration more than a predetermined acceleration is sensed;
a controller electrically connected with the capacitor and the acceleration switch, controlling generation of a firing signal by discharging the capacitor when the operation signal and an externally-applied launching signal are all sensed in a state that capacitor is charged; and
a through bulkhead initiator provided with an ignition portion installed at a space separated by a bulkhead and configured to be electrically connected with the controller to ignite the ignition portion if the firing signal is transferred thereto,
wherein the acceleration switch includes:
a stator having a first contact point;
a proof mass accommodated within the stator and supported by an elastic member to be movable with respect to the stator;
a second contact point formed at one side of the proof mass and formed to contact the first contact point if the acceleration more than the predetermined acceleration is applied thereto;
a plurality of first electrode plates formed to be protruded from the stator in a direction crossing a moving direction of the proof mass;
a plurality of second electrode plates formed to be protruded from the proof mass and thus arranged alternately with the first electrode plates along the moving direction of the proof mass;
a base glass coupled to a lower portion of the stator to cover a lower portion of the proof mass; and
a cup glass coupled to an upper portion of the stator to cover an upper portion of the proof mass,
wherein a protrusion protrudes from the cup glass toward a groove formed at the upper portion of the proof mass to be caught in the groove, such that the cup glass and the base glass restrict a displacement of the proof mass.

US Pat. No. 10,113,846

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REDUCING MUNITION SENSITIVITY

General Dynamics Ordnance...

17. A container comprising:a body structure including a wall defining a cavity configured to accept an energetic material, the body structure having a central region situated on a longitudinal axis defined between a first side region and a second side region, wherein the wall within the central region has a thickness that is less than a thickness of the wall within the first region and either less or equal to a thickness of the wall within the second side region; and
a strength reduction pattern formed at least partially within the central region of the wall such that the strength reduction pattern provides a preferred rupture path when the energetic material is subjected to an undesired external stimulus that is not associated with the use of the container and the energetic material in a weapon system, wherein the preferred rupture path diverges at least in part from the longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,113,845

APPARATUS FOR SHIPPING COMPONENTS OF AN EXPLOSIVE DEVICE

Ultratec Special Effects,...

1. A method, comprising:receiving a hollow structure having a first compartment and a second compartment, wherein the first compartment stores a first explosive component, wherein the second compartment stores a second explosive component, and wherein the first compartment is separated from the second compartment by a separator;
fracturing the separator, wherein the fracturing comprises applying a compressive force by hand to the separator; and
mixing the first and second explosive components within the hollow structure, wherein the mixing comprises passing at least one of the explosive components through the fractured separator causing the first and second explosive components to mix, wherein mixing the first explosive component with the second explosive component produces an explosive compound.

US Pat. No. 10,113,844

MISSILE, CHEMICAL PLASM STEERING SYSTEM, AND METHOD

LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATI...

8. A missile comprising:a missile body having a nose section, a forward section, an aft section and a tail section;
a computing device configured to control steering of the missile body in air; and
at least one missile segment comprising an external surface conforming to an external surface of the missile body, the at least one missile segment being integrated in the missile body, the at least one missile segment comprising:
a plurality of chemical plasma dispensing units (CPDUs) embedded in the external surface of the at least one missile segment and having a chemical plasma reactant (CPR), each respective CPDU being individually addressable so that a group of selected CPDUs in an area is ignited simultaneously to effectuate production of expanding hot gas energy to cause overpressure in a flow stream with gaseous reaction products over the missile body to provide an amount of a steering force to change one or more of six degrees of freedom at a location on the missile body which lags the area defined by the group of selected CPDUs.

US Pat. No. 10,113,843

APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INITIATION OF BURIED EXPLOSIVES

Orica International Pte L...

1. An initiator apparatus (IA) for blasting, the apparatus including:a magnetic receiver including a magnetometer that receives a magnetic communication signal through the ground by detection of a magnetic field;
a controller, in electrical communication with the magnetic receiver, for processing the magnetic communication signal to determine a command for blasting;
a light source in electrical communication with the controller for generating a light beam to initiate a light-sensitive explosive (LSE) having a reaction time of less than 1 millisecond in accordance with the command; and
a data store with a group identifier (GID) code electronically stored, the GID code establishing a group of IAs to which this IA belongs.

US Pat. No. 10,113,840

REACTIVE TARGET FOR USE WITH FIREARMS

1. A reactive firearm target, comprising: an outer container including an outer receptacle and an interior surface, the outer container including at least one opening; an inner container within the outer receptacle of the outer container, exterior side surfaces of the inner container being spaced apart from interior side surfaces of the outer container, the inner container including an inner receptacle and an exterior surface; a fluid within the inner receptacle of the inner container, the fluid comprising a non-compressive material that, upon impacting being impacted by a projectile shot by a firearm, is capable of forcefully exiting the inner receptacle of the inner container; and a dispersal agent within the outer receptacle of the outer container, substantially filling a space between the interior side surfaces of the outer container and the exterior side surfaces of the inner container, the dispersal agent capable of being exposed through the at least one opening of the outer container, the dispersal agent comprising a compressive material that, upon being impacted by the fluid forcefully exiting the inner receptacle of the inner container, is capable of being visibly dispersed from the outer container.

US Pat. No. 10,113,839

SMALL UNMANNED AIR VEHICLE REPULSING APPARATUS

Disco Corporation, Tokyo...

1. An unmanned air vehicle repulsing apparatus for repulsing an unmanned air vehicle, comprising:a single capturing body adapted to capture the unmanned air vehicle; the capturing body having a capturing bullet, a gas generator and a detonator,
a net adapted to entangle the unmanned air vehicle,
a parachute adapted to reduce a failing speed of the unmanned air vehicle, and
a single wire coupled at one end to the capturing body; and
a capturing body launching apparatus adapted to launch the capturing body at the unmanned air vehicle and retrieve the unmanned air vehicle; the capturing body launching apparatus have an electric reel on the capturing body launch apparatus, another end of the wire being secured to the electric reel;
a radar device adapted to detect a distance to and a direction of the unmanned air vehicle,
wherein the radar device is adapted to determine whether or not the unmanned air vehicle is within a firing range, and
when the unmanned air vehicle is within the firing range, the capturing body launching apparatus launches the capturing body at the unmanned air vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,113,836

MOVING TARGET ACTIVATED BY LASER LIGHT

1. An apparatus for detecting a strike of laser light, the apparatus comprising:(a) a body having an outer surface, a top, a bottom, and at least a portion of the outer surface being configured to permit laser light to pass through, the body having a first mode in which it does not vibrate and a second mode in which it vibrates;
(b) one or more printed circuit boards inside of the outer surface, wherein each printed circuit board has a plurality of light sensors configured to detect a laser light strike;
(c) a power source in electrical communication with the one or more circuit boards;
(d) a motor in electrical communication with the one or more circuit boards, the motor having: (i) a non-operating mode in which it does not receive power from the power source, and (ii) an operating mode in which it receives power from the power source and vibrates for a predetermined period, which causes the body to be in its second mode in which it vibrates, and wherein the motor switches from its non-operating mode to its operating mode when one or more of the light sensors detect a laser light strike;
(e) the motor at least partially retained in a motor sleeve and the motor sleeve is configured to vibrate when the motor vibrates; a top cap having a downwardly-extending retainer, and the motor sleeve is at least partially received in the downwardly extending retainer, such that when the motor vibrates, the motor sleeve, the retainer, and the top cap each vibrate.

US Pat. No. 10,113,832

FOLDING STOCK ADAPTOR FOR MILITARY-STYLE ASSAULT RIFLES AND A METHOD FOR ITS USE

1. A method for using a folding stock adapter comprising:providing a folding stock adapter comprising: a dead hinge section, configured to be connected to a rifle's receiver; a live hinge section configured to be connected to a rifle's stock;
a hinged joint configured to connect the live hinge section to the dead hinge section allowing the live hinge section and dead hinge section to move between an open position and a closed position;
a threaded flange connecting the dead hinge section to the receiver;
and a bolt carrier extension;
providing a rifle comprising a receiver comprising a rear threaded section and a stock, further comprising a receiver extension;
connecting the dead hinge section of the folding stock adapter to the rear threaded section of the receiver by screwing the threaded flange into the rear threaded section of the receiver;
connecting the stock to the live hinge section by screwing the receiver extension into the dead hinge section;
placing the rifle into a folded position by placing the folding stock adapter in an open position; and
placing the rifle into an unfolded position by placing the folding stock adapter in a closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,113,830

PUMP-ACTION FIREARM WITH BOLT CARRIER LOCKING MECHANISM AND FOLDING BUTT STOCK

TROY INDUSTRIES, INC., W...

1. A butt stock for a firearm comprising:the butt stock arrangeable in a first configuration and a second configuration;
in the first configuration, the butt stock is configured to fold toward a first side of a receiver of the firearm into a first folded position along the first side of the receiver, and unfold away from the first side of the receiver of the firearm into an unfolded position rearward of the receiver; and
in the second configuration, the butt stock is configured to fold toward a second side of the receiver of the firearm into a second folded position along the second side of the receiver, and unfold away from the second side of the receiver of the firearm into the unfolded position rearward of the receiver.