Total 6107 patents for "2005-09-22"

Polyhydroxyalkanoate-containing structure and manufacturing method thereof

Pub Date: 2005-09-22

Pub Number: US20050208635

A method for manufacturing polyhydroxyalkanoate-containing structure, at least a part of a base material surface of the structure being coated with polyhydroxyalkanoate, the method comprises the steps of immobilizing a polyhydroxyalkanoate synthase on the base material surface, synthesizing, on the base material surface, polyhydroxyalkanoate using a 3-hydroxyacyl coenzyme A to become the substrate of the synthase and the synthase and coating at least a part of the base material surface with the synthesized polyhydroxyalkanoate, wherein the synthase contains an amino acid sequence capable of binding to the base material. A polyhydroxyalkanoate-containing structure, at least a part of a base material surface of the structure being coated with a polyhydroxyalkanoate, comprises the base material, a polyhydroxyalkanoate synthase immobilized on the base material surface, and the polyhydroxyalkanoate with which at least a part of the base material surface is coated, wherein the synthase contains an amino acid sequence capable of binding to the base material.

Preparation of solid ammonium glyphosate using organic solvent in extraction

Pub Date: 2005-09-22

Pub Number: US20050209105

A method of preparing ammonium glyphosate suitable for preparation of water-soluble solid ammonium glyphosate formulation by an extraction with organic solvent in a gas-liquid-solid phase system, which comprises adding glyphosate and water into a reactor with a stirer, introducing ammonia to carry out the reaction, an aqueous solution of ammonium glyphosate is formed after the reaction is completed; adding a water-soluble organic solvent such as methanol and/or ethanol and/or methylal to decrease the solubility of the ammonium glyphosate in the system, thereby crystallizing out ammonium glyphosate; and filtering in suction or further oven-drying to obtain the solid ammonium glyphosate. The organic solvent may be recovered and reused by rectifying or distilling, the remainder residue may be returned to the reaction procedure or used in the preparation of the aqueous formulation of ammonium glyphosate.

Supported polymerisation catalysts

Pub Date: 2005-09-22

Pub Number: US20050209096

A novel process for the preparation of a supported transition metal catalyst system said method comprises the steps of: (i) mixing together in a suitable solvent (a) an organometallic compound, and (b) an ionic activator comprising a cation and an anion, (ii) addition of the mixture from step (i) to a support material, and (iii) addition of a transition metal compound in a suitable solvent, characterised in that the molar ratio of organometallic compound (a) to ionic activator (b) in step (i) is in the range 0.1 to 2.0. By use of the reduced molar ratio of the organometallic compound to the ionic activator in step (i) better reproducibilty of the catalyst may be achieved as well as higher activities. In addition polymer properties may be improved for example higher melt strength resulting in better product performance. The preferred transition metal compounds are metallocenes.

Vital signs probe

Pub Date: 2005-09-22

Pub Number: US20050209516

A combination of a patient core temperature sensor and the dual-wavelength optical sensors in an ear probe or a body surface probe improves performance and allows for accurate computation of various vital signs from the photo-plethysmographic signal, such as arterial blood oxygenation (pulse oximetry), blood pressure, and others. A core body temperature is measured by two sensors, where the first contact sensor positioned on a resilient ear plug and the second sensor is on the external portion of the probe. The ear plug changes it's geometry after being inserted into an ear canal and compress both the first temperature sensor and the optical assembly against ear canal walls. The second temperature sensor provides a reference signal to a heater that is warmed up close to the body core temperature. The heater is connected to a common heat equalizer for the temperature sensor and the pulse oximeter. Temperature of the heat equalizer enhances the tissue perfusion to improve the optical sensors response. A pilot light is conducted to the ear canal via a contact illuminator, while a light transparent ear plug conducts the reflected lights back to the light detector.

Vehicle and vehicle drive-through suspension arm

Pub Date: 2005-09-22

Pub Number: US20050205329

A vehicle suspension system includes a drive through suspension arm being operably coupled to a motive source and to a ground engaging device for propelling a vehicle and including an internally disposed drive shaft for transmitting rotational torque from the motive source to the ground engaging device and for acting as a resilient torque coupler device acting to provide a spring effect for the ground engaging device. Further, a vehicle includes a motive source and at least one ground engaging device for propelling the vehicle , the motive source being an electric drive that is remotely disposed from the ground engaging device. A method of forming a vehicle is additionally included.

Motor speed sensor advancement emulation and compensation

Pub Date: 2005-09-22

Pub Number: US20050206335

A microcontroller emulates advancement of a speed sensor for a motor, rather than having a physical movement of the speed sensor. The microcontroller calculates an advancement time based on the motor's efficiency. The microcontroller measures a motor speed utilizing a tachometer signal transmitted from the speed sensor. The microcontroller subtracts the emulated advancement time from the motor speed to generate a commutation countdown time. The microcontroller switches or commutates outputs when the commutation countdown time has elapsed. The microcontroller measures an actual advance time, which is a time between the commutating of the outputs and a receipt of the next speed sensor interrupt. The microcontroller calculates an anticipated motor speed by adding the actual advance time to the commutation countdown time.

Builder risk assessment system

Pub Date: 2005-09-22

Pub Number: US20050209897

A builder risk assessment system that assesses the quality of a builder's operations is disclosed. In various embodiments, the system assesses the builder on a variety of quality measures that are deemed to be associated with potential risk and determines an overall risk assessment for the builder that may be expressed, for example, as a numerical score, a grade, or an assigned tier-level. In various embodiments, the assessment considers factors such as design quality, builder knowledge, communications systems, customer service, data tracking, prior and active claims, safety programs, and legal/contractual/insurance issues. The builder risk assessment system may use responses to questions related to the factors and results from field inspections of the builder's construction sites to generate the risk assessment. The builder risk assessment system may select the questions and inspection checkpoints based on a consideration of characteristics of the builder's operations, such as size, type, and geographical location of the builder's construction projects so that the assessment may be customized and may be used to meaningfully compare the builder's quality and risk relative to that of other builders.

OFDM communication channel

Pub Date: 2005-09-22

Pub Number: US20050207334

In an OFDM-based receiver, means for achieving time synchronization comprising: A. means for extracting pilot signals contained in the OFDM received signal; B. means for analyzing the pilot signals in the frequency domain and for issuing a signal indicative of a synchronization error in the received signal; C. means for correcting the synchronization error responsive to the signal indicative of the synchronization error. In an OFDM-based receiver, automatic frequency correction means in a subscriber unit comprising: A. an inner frequency correction loop for generating a LO frequency related to a frequency of a received signal; B. an outer frequency correction loop for correcting the LO frequency according to instructions received from a base station. In an OFDM-based receiver, a channel sounder comprising: A. means for extracting pilot signals contained in the OFDM received signal; B. means for analyzing the pilot signals in the frequency domain and for issuing signals indicative of a distortion in each pilot signal, wherein each of said pilot distortion signals comprises both an amplitude and a phase component; C. means for analyzing the signals indicative of a distortion in each pilot signal and for computing therefrom corrective signals for correcting distortions in the received signal.

Alkyl-containing 5-acylindolinones, the preparation thereof and their use as medicaments

Pub Date: 2005-09-22

Pub Number: US20050209302

The present invention relates to alkyl-containing 5-acylindolinones of general formula

Autonomous adaptive software loading for a data collection device

Pub Date: 2005-09-22

Pub Number: US20050210466

A scalable and adaptive technique determines which particular software features should be installed in a device (such as a data collection device) without having to rebuild the operating system of the device. The device stores a product configuration matrix (PCM) that provides identification information, including which software features should be installed in the device. A configuration control file (CCF) is externally stored at any suitable location, such as in a local file system or on a network (wired or wireless). The CCF contains product configuration masks, identifications of external locations where software features can be obtained, and identifications of locations within the device where the software feature is to be loaded. During an installation process, the PCM is read from the device and compared with the product configuration mask in the CCF. When there is a match between the product configuration mask and the PCM, the software features corresponding to the matching product configuration mask are obtained (such as via network access) and loaded into the device. This loading of the software features is automatically performed during a boot sequence without user intervention.

Neutral-ground connector subassembly

Pub Date: 2005-09-22

Pub Number: US20050207097

A socket assembly for mounting an electric meter. The assembly includes a neutral-ground connector subassembly comprising a base having opposing legs and a bottom defining a saddle for supporting at least one neutral conductor of a power line system, and a connector of electrically conductive material slidable on the base. A first screw is threaded through a first screw opening in the connector to a position in which the screw contacts a neutral conductor laid between the legs of the base. A second screw is threaded through a second screw opening in the connector to a position in which the screw contacts a socket assembly ground conductor.

Method for the administration of a subscriber card for mobile telephony equipment of the type with auxiliary reader and embedded system for the implementation of the method

Pub Date: 2005-09-22

Pub Number: US20050207562

The invention concerns a method for the administration of a subscriber SIM card 3 inserted in the main smartcard reader of a mobile telephone of the type including a second smartcard reader, using an additional administrator smartcard temporarily inserted in this second reader. The administrator smartcard includes at least one specific loader (Ch) applet and one or more files (f l -f n ) corresponding to the applets (A 1 -A n ) which can be loaded in the SIM card under the control of the loader (Ch). The administrator card complies with the Sim Toolkit standard. The method can also be used to carry out the deletion, modification and various operations on data or applets (A 1 -A n ) present in the SIM card: display, determination of the memory space, etc. The invention also concerns an embedded system, more particularly a smartcard, for the implementation of the method.

Game device

Pub Date: 2005-09-22

Pub Number: US20050209008

An object of the present invention is to provide a game machine having high data management ability. In order to achieve this object, the game machine (10) of the present invention includes a card interface (11) configured so that a magnetic card (20) is detachably attached thereto, card ID recording means (12) for recording a card ID generated on the basis of time information specifying the date and time when the magnetic card (20) is attached to the card interface (11) in a magnetic data recording area (22) provided in the magnetic card (20), and printing means (14) for printing an access code uniquely obtained by the calculation of a predetermined function based on the card ID in a printing area (21) of the magnetic card (20).

Disc unit

Pub Date: 2005-09-22

Pub Number: US20050210489

It is an object of the invention to provide a disc unit having the small number of parts and capable of effecting fitting operation with ease. A chassis is fitted onto a holder which is fitted to a body frame to be movable up and down by way of dampers. Each damper is formed of a cylindrical body and a pair of flange portions are formed on both upper and lower end portions of each damper. A pair of first fitting portions each having a small diameter are formed adjacent to the inner sides of the flange portions. A pair of expansion portions having a large diameter are formed between the first fitting portions, and a second fitting portion is formed between the pair of expansion portions. There are formed on the holder a pair of supporting portions provided with notches which are formed to fit into the first fitting portions while there are formed notches on the side end portion of the chassis to fit into the second fitting portion.

Nebulizer apparatus and method

Pub Date: 2005-09-22

Pub Number: US20050205085

A nebulizer for efficiently and reliably delivering aerosolized fluid to an inhaling patient is disclosed. The nebulizer includes a fixed diverter and a movable fluid orifice or fluid pathway connected with an actuator for responding to an inhalation or a manual actuation and beginning the nebulization process. Also provided is a method of providing nebulization including the steps of moving a fluid orifice or fluid pathway connected to an actuator so that the fluid orifice or fluid pathway reaches a nebulizing position during inhalation.

DIGITAL CAMERA CAPABLE OF AUTO-DETECTING WHETHER TO BE STABLE

Pub Date: 2005-09-22

Pub Number: US20050206778

A digital camera capable of detecting whether to be stable is provided. The digital camera includes a housing, a lens formed on the housing for inputting light, a photosensor for sensing the inputted light, an image generator for generating an image based on the sensed light, and a trigger disposed on the housing for generating a trigger signal while the housing is fixed. The digital camera is able to adjusting its operation as the housing is fixed.

Apparatus for materials processing by stimulated light emission and method of its utilization

Pub Date: 2005-09-22

Pub Number: US20050205206

A materials processing apparatus and a method of its utilization for surface modification and/or cleaning, sterilization, disinfection, film deposition, and etching of discrete objects, powder-like substances and continuous media by generating a stimulated light emission in the chamber wherein treated surfaces are placed. The apparatus may operate by itself or together with plasma chamber and/or means for adding an active monomer vapor.

Micro-pattern embedded plastic optical film device for cell-based assays

Pub Date: 2005-09-22

Pub Number: US20050208467

In the present invention, a micro-pattern embedded optical film for cell-based assays is described. The optical film contains micro-patterns in the form of geometric shapes, such as lines and curves, and numbers and letters. Furthermore, the optical film contains a coordinate system that allows identification of each location on the optical film for cell-based assays, including cell growth, identification, and measurements under an optical microscope. Furthermore, an apparatus with the micro-pattern embedded optical film and a supporting part is described. Methods for making the optical film and apparatus are disclosed. A method for performing cell-based assays using the optical film or apparatus is shown.

Container assembly for mixing substances

Pub Date: 2005-09-22

Pub Number: US20050205438

A portion dispensing container assembly includes a container that has an externally threaded finish portion and a closure main body that is mounted to the finish portion. The closure main body has a storage space defined therein in which a concentrate may be stored. A plunger member is mounted for linear movement within the closure main body between a first upper position and a second lower position. In the second, lower position the plunger member causes the storage space two open into communication with the interior of the container. A tamper evident interlock is further provided to prevent movement of the plunger member to the second, lower position until a consumer removes the tamper evident interlock.

Valve timing control apparatus for internal combustion engine and control method thereof

Pub Date: 2005-09-22

Pub Number: US20050205030

In a structure with a variable valve timing mechanism which varies an opening-and-closing timing of an intake valve and/or an exhaust valve due to a rotational phase of a camshaft with respect to a crankshaft of an internal combustion engine being varied, the rotational phase is detected in an arbitrary timing regardless of a rotational period of the camshaft, and the variable valve timing mechanism is controlled on the basis of the detected rotational phase.

Automated system and method for providing chemical treatment solutions for fluid system problems via structured data-entry process

Pub Date: 2005-09-22

Pub Number: US20050209807

An automated system and method provides a user with a chemical treatment solution for a problem with the user's fluid system. The user, who may have an industrial or commercial water treatment problem, uses a structured data-entry process having a plurality of interfaces. With the interfaces, the user can specify the type of system they have, the service their system provides (e.g., heating, cooling, supply or waste water process), the heating or cooling load of their system, the quality of the water source, the evaporative or other losses expected, the throughput, the metallurgy of the piping and other equipment of their system, and the operating conditions of their system. After the data-entry process is complete, the automated system and method recommends a specific water treatment solution uniquely tailored to the needs of the user.

Data hiding through arrangement of objects

Pub Date: 2005-09-22

Pub Number: US20050207615

The present invention provides steganographic embedding techniques. A digital watermark signal is reduced to a set of spatial positions. The set of spatial positions sufficiently conveys the digital watermark signal. Message objects are positioned according to the set of spatial positions. Non-message objects are combined with the message objects to form an image or design. The message objects include distinguishable characteristics, e.g., via color, contrast, gray-scale level or luminance, in comparison to the non-message objects. The digital watermark signal is detected by distinguishing the message objects from the non-message objects (e.g., via color or contrast differences) and analyzing the relative placement of the message objects within the image or design.

Apparatus for uniformly baking substrates such as photomasks

Pub Date: 2005-09-22

Pub Number: US20050205007

An apparatus for baking a film onto a substrate. A film, such as a layer of photoresist, is disposed on a first surface of a substrate while a second surface is exposed to a liquid bath. The liquid bath is maintained at a pre-selected temperature. Exposure of the substrate to the liquid bath allows the film on the opposite surface to bake. The liquid bath is re-circulated to maintain a constant and uniform temperature gradient across the substrate.

Method for qualifying joints and contacts of electric circuits

Pub Date: 2005-09-22

Pub Number: US20050206391

A method for qualifying an electric circuit having at least one electric joint or contact is disclosed. A reference function of thermoelectric voltage versus time of a faultless electric circuit is provided. Then, the electric circuit to be qualified is heated by at least one measuring electric impulse. The next step is acquiring the thermoelectric-voltage-versus-time data of the electric circuit. Subsequent steps are: comparing the acquired thermoelectric-voltage-versus-time data to the reference function, and qualifying the electric circuit based on the differences between the acquired data and the reference function. As another aspect of the invention, a method for localizing a weak or bad contacting joint or contact of an electric circuit is also disclosed. Reference functions of thermoelectric voltage versus time of different possible locations of the weak or bad contacting joint or contact of the electric circuit are provided. Then, the electric circuit is heated by at least one measuring electric impulse, and subsequently the thermoelectric-voltage-versus-time data of the electric circuit is acquired. The weak or bad contacting joint or contact of the electric circuit is localized in accordance with the similarities between the acquired data and the reference functions.

Body therapy apparatus

Pub Date: 2005-09-22

Pub Number: US20050209539

A foot therapy apparatus is provided having a bladder for retaining fluid. The bladder is sized and supported for receiving a user's feet thereon. The foot therapy apparatus may include various therapeutic features, such as a fluid pump for providing a fluid flow massage effect to the feet of the user. A heater may be provided for heating the fluid. The bladder may be translucent and LED's may be provided in a substrate that supports the bladder for conveying an illumination effect through the bladder.

Axial flow fan

Pub Date: 2005-09-22

Pub Number: US20050207894

The present invention relates to an axial flow fan which prevents the deformation of blades even when rotated at high speed, thus promoting the structural stability. The axial flow fan includes a hub and a plurality of blades, which are arranged along a circumferential outer surface of the hub in a radial direction such that the direction of a sweeping angle of each of the blades alternately changes between a blade root and a blade tip. A chord length, which is the length from a leading edge to a trailing edge of the blade, gradually reduces from the blade root to an intermediate portion of the blade, while the chord length gradually increases from a predetermined position on the intermediate portion of the blade to the blade tip.

Digital rights management structure, portable storage device, and contents management method using the portable storage device

Pub Date: 2005-09-22

Pub Number: US20050210236

A digital rights management (DRM) structure, a portable storage device, and a contents management method using the portable storage device are provided to facilitate the move of a rights object or encrypted content. The digital rights management structure includes a security section comprising private key information and cryptographic method which are needed to decrypt information that has been encrypted by a host device, a restriction section comprising authentication information needed for authentication with the host device and rights object information regarding content, and a data section comprising encrypted content which the host device attempts accessing.

Monitor system and camera

Pub Date: 2005-09-22

Pub Number: US20050206726

There is provided a monitor system which can flexibly deal with changes in the system structure and perform monitoring of high quality.

Printing system

Pub Date: 2005-09-22

Pub Number: US20050204946

A printing system according to the present invention includes a media terminal box 2 which is installed on a street. In the box 2, there are disposed measuring means 5 that measures the temperature or humidity in the box 20, a control part 1, and storing means 4. The storing means 4 incorporates therein correction data 10 storing a correction value based on a combination of the temperature and humidity, and history data 9 relating to the temperature and humidity measured by the measuring means 5. Correcting means 7 of the control part 1 corrects a color tone of image data 8 which is read out from the storing means 4 based on the temperature/humidity history data 9 and the correction data 10 so as to generate corrected image data 8. The corrected image data 8 is sent to a printer 6, and then the printer 6 is operated based on the corrected image data 8.

Heat dissipating arrangement

Pub Date: 2005-09-22

Pub Number: US20050207115

A heat dissipating arrangement includes a first heat emitting device, a second heat emitting device, and a heat sink thermally coupled to the first heat emitting device and extending on opposite sides of the second heat emitting device.