Total 5847 patents for "2011-01-13"

WOUND CLEANSING APPARATUS WITH HEAT

Pub Date: 2011-01-13

Pub Number: US20110009835

An apparatus for cleansing and promoting tissue growth in wounds, in which irrigant fluid optionally containing cell nutrients and/or other physiologically active material from a reservoir connected to a conformable wound dressing and wound exudate from the dressing are recirculated by a device for moving fluid through a flow path which passes through the dressing, a biodegradable scaffold in contact with the wound bed and a means for fluid cleansing and back to the dressing. The apparatus has means for supplying thermal energy to the fluid in the wound. The cleansing means (which may be a single-phase, e.g. micro-filtration, system or a two-phase, e.g. dialytic system) removes materials deleterious to wound healing, and the cleansed fluid, still containing materials that are beneficial in promoting wound healing, is returned to the wound bed. The dressing and a method of treatment using the apparatus.

APPARATUS FOR NBTI PREDICTION

Pub Date: 2011-01-13

Pub Number: US20110010117

An apparatus comprises a circuit for measuring a gate leakage current of a plurality of transistors. A circuit is provided to apply heat to gates of the plurality of transistors. A circuit is provided to apply a single stress bias voltage to the plurality of transistors for a stress period t. The stress bias voltage is sufficient to cause a 10% degradation in a drive current of the transistor within the stress period t. A processor is provided for estimating a negative bias temperature instability (NBTI) lifetime of the transistor based on a relationship between the gate leakage current and one or more of the group consisting of gate voltage, gate length, gate temperature, and gate width of the plurality of transistors. The relationship is determined from data observed while applying the single stress bias voltage.

MEDICAL/SURGICAL PERSONAL PROTECTION SYSTEM INCLUDING A LIGHT ASSEMBLY ARRANGED SO THAT HEAT GENERATED BY THE ASSEMBLY IS EXHAUSTED AWAY FROM THE ASSEMBLY

Pub Date: 2011-01-13

Pub Number: US20110004979

A personal protection system for providing a sterile barrier around medical/surgical personnel. The system includes a helmet over which a hood or a toga suspended. Integral with the helmet is a ventilation fan. The helmet also includes a light assembly for illuminating the surgical field. The helmet includes a front nozzle from which air from the ventilation fan is discharged. The light assembly is mounted to the helmet and is located below the front nozzle. Air discharged from the front nozzle blows heat generated by the light assembly away from the light assembly. In some versions of the invention, the light assembly includes a control arm connected to the light assembly for pivoting the light assembly.

DYNAMICALLY CONTROLLABLE DIRECT OXIDATION FUEL CELL SYSTEMS METHODS THEREFOR

Pub Date: 2011-01-13

Pub Number: US20110008691

A direct oxidation fuel cell (DOFC) system comprises at least one fuel cell assembly including a cathode and an anode with an electrolyte positioned therebetween; a source of liquid fuel in fluid communication with an anode inlet; an oxidant supply in fluid communication with a cathode inlet; a liquid/gas (L/G) separator in fluid communication with anode and cathode outlets for: (1) receiving unreacted fuel and liquid and gaseous products of electrochemical reactions at the cathode and anode, and (2) supplying the unreacted fuel and liquid product to the inlet of said anode; and a control and/or regulation system for determining a fuel efficiency value of the DOFC system during operation and determining and regulating and/or controlling oxidant stoichiometry of the DOFC system at an appropriate value in response to the determined fuel efficiency value.

Use of antifungal compositions to treat upper gastrointestinal conditions

Pub Date: 2011-01-13

Pub Number: US20110008291

The present invention provides a novel method for treating oral conditions and upper gastrointestinal conditions in a subject by providing an inventive oral dosage form of a pharmaceutical composition comprising an effective amount of at least one antifungal and optionally a flavor modifier and/or salivation component such as an herbal component. In the present invention, the subjects have either not been diagnosed or do not have active or recurrent fungal infections. Specifically, the present invention is directed to chewable dosage forms.

Fuel Cell System

Pub Date: 2011-01-13

Pub Number: US20110008692

The potential energy from a hydrogen tank is used in a gas jet pump, which draws in anode waste gas via an inlet and recirculates it to an anode inlet. To ensure that this system operates effectively even under low loads, a part of the waste gas is supplied to a compressor, and the compressed waste gas is supplied to the motive jet inlet of a gas jet pump, which may be the same one to which the hydrogen from the tank is also supplied. Different gas jet pumps may also be used, for the hydrogen from the tank on the one hand, and the compressed waste gas on the other hand.

METHODS AND SYSTEMS THAT MONITOR FOR AN IMPENDING MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION

Pub Date: 2011-01-13

Pub Number: US20110009712

Implantable systems, and methods for use therewith, are provided for monitoring for an impending myocardial infarction. A signal indicative of changes in arterial blood volume is obtained. Such a signal can be a photoplethysmography signal or an impedance plethysmography signal. For each of a plurality of periods of time, a metric indicative of the areas under the curve of the signal or number of inflections in the signal is determined. An impending myocardial infarction is monitored for based on changes in the metric indicative of the area under the curve of the signal or number of inflections in the signal, and an alert and/or therapy is triggered in response to an impending myocardial infarction being predicted.

MACHINE FOR TYING PLANTS, IN PARTICULAR THE BRANCHES OF VINES

Pub Date: 2011-01-13

Pub Number: US20110005634

A machine (1) for tying vegetation, in particular vine, raspberry or similar branches, including a unit (4) for lifting up the branches, an element (5) for supplying tying-up wires (50) and members (7, 8) for binding the tying-up wires. These binding members include two pivoting arms (7, 8) that are mounted to pivot around vertical axes (A) and be moved by jacks. One of the arms (7) comprises an on-board tie magazine (71) that is arranged in the extension of a tying head (72), and the other arm (8) includes an insertion head (82) cooperating with the tying head (72) when the arms (7, 8) are in a working position in order to fit the tie (60) on the tying-up wires (50).

Patterning Embedded Control Lines for Vertically Stacked Semiconductor Elements

Pub Date: 2011-01-13

Pub Number: US20110006377

Various embodiments of the present invention are generally directed to an apparatus with embedded (bottom side) control lines for vertically stacked semiconductor elements, and a method for forming the same. In accordance with various embodiments, a first semiconductor wafer is provided with a first facing surface on which a first conductive layer is formed. The first semiconductor wafer is attached to a second semiconductor wafer to form a multi-wafer structure, the second semiconductor wafer having a second facing surface on which a second conductive wafer is formed. The first conductive layer is contactingly bonded to the second conductive layer to form an embedded combined conductive layer within said structure. Portions of the combined conductive layer are removed to form a plurality of spaced apart control lines that extend in a selected length or width dimension through said structure.

SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING THE POSITION OF A FEED ROLLER

Pub Date: 2011-01-13

Pub Number: US20110006142

A feed system that is configured to more effectively grab and pull brush and tree materials into a chipper is provided. The system of the present disclosure is configured such that a large, heavy tree trunk can be effectively pulled into the chipper. The system includes a hydraulic pump that applies variable down pressure on a feed roller.

LOCKING DEVICE FOR RECLOSABLE PACKAGE

Pub Date: 2011-01-13

Pub Number: US20110006066

Package including a receptacle (2) extending along a central axis (Z) up to a top face (23) having an opening (24), a closure system (3) including a cover (31) mounted so as to be articulated thereat between an open position and a closed position, and a locking device (4) including a locking lug (41) that is elastically deformable towards the central axis (Z) fastened to the cover (31) and furnished with a snout (43), and a gripping edge (42) secured to the receptacle (2) with which the snout (43) engages in the closed position. The cover (31) has a recess (47) in which the locking lug (41) is arranged. The locking lug has an actuation zone (41 c ) that can be accessed via the mouth (47 a ) of the recess, and a tamper-proof cap (51) is immobilized relative to the cover (31) by at least one breakable connection (52) and is arranged facing the actuation zone (41 c ).

FLAME RETARDANT POLYMER COMPOSITION COMPRISING ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE AS FILLER AND A NANOFILLER

Pub Date: 2011-01-13

Pub Number: US20110009526

The present invention relates to a flame retardant polymer composition comprising (A) an ethylene copolymer comprising alkyl acrylate comonomer units, (B) coated aluminum hydroxide as filler material (C) a nanofiller to an article, in particular a wire or cable, comprising said flame retardant polymer composition, and to the use of said composition for the production of a layer of a wire or cable. The invention is furthermore directed to a process for producing a flame retardant polymer composition.

PROCESS FOR DEWATERING A MINERAL SLURRY CONCENTRATE AND INCREASING THE PRODUCTION OF A FILTER CAKE

Pub Date: 2011-01-13

Pub Number: US20110009534

The present invention provides a process for dewatering a mineral slurry concentrate and increasing the production of the resulting filter cake consisting essentially of mixing an aqueous mineral slurry concentrate with an effective amount of a nonionic surfactant and an effective amount of a cationic polymer to form a nonionic surfactant and cationic polymer treated aqueous mineral slurry concentrate, and subjecting the treated aqueous mineral slurry concentrate to a liquid water removal process for dewatering the treated aqueous mineral slurry and for increasing the production of a resulting filter cake of the dewatered mineral slurry. An improved mineral slurry concentrate composition and an improved mineral concentrate filter cake is also disclosed.

INTRAVENOUS FLUID MONITORING

Pub Date: 2011-01-13

Pub Number: US20110009817

Apparatus, systems and methods related to monitoring intravenous fluids during administration to a subject are disclosed. These apparatus, systems and methods provide near real-time monitoring of the identity of one or more components of an intravenous fluid.

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR ADJUSTING COLLISION TIMING BETWEEN ELECTRON BEAM AND LASER LIGHT

Pub Date: 2011-01-13

Pub Number: US20110007875

An electron beam detection device (34) is arranged on an electron beam passing path so that a beam delay time t B from a passing moment of an electron beam (1) to a moment when the beam reaches a predicted collision point (9 a ) is longer than a laser delay time t L from a moment when a command for generating laser light (3) is issued to the moment when the laser light reaches the predicted collision point (9 a ) by at least a predetermined delay time t. The device (34) may detect passing therethrough without affecting the electron beam and output a laser light generation command from a laser light command delay circuit (36) when the predetermined delay time t (=t B t L ) has elapsed after the detection.

Combined Axial Piston Liquid Pump and Energy Recovery Pressure Exchanger

Pub Date: 2011-01-13

Pub Number: US20110006006

A pumping machine, that can serve a system as the sole main pump for pressurizing a primary liquid flow, incorporates, in a single machine, a rotor-drum type AP (axial piston) pump and a PX (pressure exchanger) that recovers energy from a secondary liquid flow such as the brine discharge from an RO seawater desalination system, with benefits including fewer moving parts and small machine size along with lower capital and operating costs. A single rotor-drum containing the cylinders and pistons is located between two end blocks, one or both configured with manifold passageways, ports and sliding valves. A swash-plate at one end reciprocates the pistons axially when the rotor-drum is rotated. Two working chambers, primary and secondary, are formed at opposite ends of a single piston in each cylinder, thus enabling the single rotor-drum to function as a primary liquid-pressurizing axial pump (AP) with sliding valves at the primary end enabling primary liquid pumping, and as a secondary outflow-driven pressure exchanger (PX) recovering energy from pressure drop in the secondary liquid flow and thus contributing work to primary pumping, saving energy and reducing operating costs.

PICK AND PLACE APPARATUS FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICE INSPECTION EQUIPMENT, PICKING APPARATUS THEREOF, AND METHOD FOR LOADING ELECTRONIC DEVICES ONTO LOADING ELEMENT

Pub Date: 2011-01-13

Pub Number: US20110008144

A technology related to a pick-and-place apparatus for electronic device inspection equipment is provided. The pick-and-place apparatus includes the guiding unit that can interact with a loading element and can guide the picker to load the electronic devices at a correct position on the loading element. Therefore, the pick-and-place apparatus can allow the electronic devices, for example, semiconductor devices having a ball type of electrical contact lead (BGA, FBGA, etc.), to electrically contact the tester in a stable manner when the tester inspects the electronic devices.

FAST BOOTING A COMPUTING DEVICE TO A SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE

Pub Date: 2011-01-13

Pub Number: US20110010714

Described is a technology by which independent computing functions such as corresponding to separate operating systems may be partitioned into coexisting partitions. A virtual machine manager, or hypervisor, manages the input and output of each partition to operate computer system hardware. One partition may correspond to a special purpose operating system that quickly boots, such as to provide appliance-like behavior, while another partition may correspond to a general purpose operating system that may load while the special purpose operating system is already running. The computer system that contains the partitions may transition functionality and devices from one operating system to the other. The virtual machine manager controls which computer hardware devices are capable of being utilized by which partition at any given time, and may also facilitate inter-partition communication.

N-ARYL-N-PIPERIDIN-4-YL-PROPIONAMIDE DERIVATIVES AND THEIR USE AS MONOAMINE NEUROTRANSMITTER RE-UPTAKE INHIBITORS

Pub Date: 2011-01-13

Pub Number: US20110009449

This invention relates to N-aryl-N-piperidin-4-yl-propionamide derivatives for use as monoamine neurotransmitter re-uptake inhibitors.

SEAT OCCUPANY DETERMINING APPARATUS

Pub Date: 2011-01-13

Pub Number: US20110010037

A seat occupancy determining apparatus includes right and left load detecting portion provided at right and left side portions of a seat portion of a vehicle seat and detecting load applied thereto, respectively, a vehicle operation detecting portion for detecting an operation of a predetermined component of a vehicle, and a seat occupancy determining portion determining a seat occupancy state of the vehicle seat on the basis of signals outputted from the vehicle operation detecting portion and the right and left load detecting portion, the seat occupancy determining portion calculating a left-right load difference value on the basis of the detection loads and determining that vehicle seat is in a child seat fastened state where the child seat is fastened to the vehicle seat by means of a seat belt apparatus in a case where a fluctuation of the left-right load difference value occurs after the predetermined component is operated.

LIGHTING DEVICE, DISPLAY DEVICE AND TELEVISION RECEIVER

Pub Date: 2011-01-13

Pub Number: US20110007229

A lighting device of the present invention includes a light source 17, a power source 170 configured to supply driving power to the light source, and a relay terminal 152 configured to electrically connect the light source 17 and the power source 170. The light source 17 includes an electrical terminal 136 configured to receive the supplied driving power. The relay terminal 152 includes a placing surface 153 a on which the electrical terminal 136 is placed, and the driving power can be supplied to the light source 17 via the placing surface 153 a on which the electrical terminal 136 is placed. The urging member 19 is provided independently from the relay terminal 152 so as to urge the light source 17 toward the placing surface 153 a of the relay terminal 152.

ROTARY SHEAR VALVE ASSEMBLY WITH HARD-ON-HARD SEAL SURFACES

Pub Date: 2011-01-13

Pub Number: US20110006237

A multi-position rotary shear valve assembly having a substantially metallic or ceramic stator device and a substantially metallic or ceramic rotor device. The stator device defines a substantially planar stator face and at least two or more stator channels in fluid communication with the stator face at corresponding stator ports, while the rotor device includes a substantially planar rotor face defining one or more rotor channels. A tribological coating is disposed atop at least one of the rotor face and the stator face, which enables a substantially fluid-tight, selective relative rotation between the rotor face and the stator face, at a rotor-stator interface, between two or more rotor positions.

SYSTEM FOR MONITORING SENSOR OUTPUTS OF A GAS TURBINE ENGINE

Pub Date: 2011-01-13

Pub Number: US20110005296

In a system for monitoring an output of a sensor for detecting an operating state of a gas turbine engine by comparing a value of an output of the sensor with a prescribed reference value, a calibration map for converting the output of the sensor into a variable that is normally used for controlling the engine is used for defining the reference value for determining the state of the sensor. Thereby, a fault of a sensor can be detected both accurately and promptly by using the existing resource without unduly complicating the control program. It is particularly desirable to monitor the output of the sensor by taking into account the current operating condition of the engine to improve the reliability in detecting a fault in the sensor.

METHOD FOR TRANSFERRING ENCRYPTED USEFUL DATA OBJECTS

Pub Date: 2011-01-13

Pub Number: US20110007898

An apparatus and method for transferring encrypted useful data objects (NDO) to a first telecommunication terminal (TG1), wherein at least one encrypted useful data object is initially transferred from a switching component to the first telecommunication terminal. Time information (SABS) is transferred from the switching component to the first telecommunication terminal indicating up to which moment in time a rights object (RO) associated with the at least one encrypted useful data object will arrive. Once the rights object received by the first telecommunication terminal, the telecommunication terminal checks if the moment in time indicated in the time information has elapsed. If the moment has not elapsed, the first telecommunication terminal issues a signal relating to the receipt of a useful data object via a user interface.

INTERCOM SYSTEM

Pub Date: 2011-01-13

Pub Number: US20110007883

An entry station for an intercom system comprises a touch-screen user interface operable to facilitate a dialling function. A communications module is provided which is arranged to communicate with at least one destination terminal in accordance with the dialling function.

METHOD OF PROCESSING BETA-GLUCAN

Pub Date: 2011-01-13

Pub Number: US20110009613

The invention relates to a method of degrading plant-based -glucan into a controlled molecular size by hydrolyzing -glucan in a closed space under pressure by means of an acid at an elevated temperature. The invention also relates to a degraded -glucan product. The -glucan product obtained is useful in foodstuffs applications, such as beverages.

2-AZA-BICYCLO[2.2.1]HEPTANE DERIVATIVES

Pub Date: 2011-01-13

Pub Number: US20110009401

The invention relates to novel 2-aza-bicyclo[2.2.1]heptane derivatives of formula (I),

USE OF HYPERICUM PERFORATUM EXTRACTS IN THE TREATMENT OF NEUROPATHIC PAIN

Pub Date: 2011-01-13

Pub Number: US20110008473

Disclosed is the use of hypericum ( Hypericum perforatum L.) tip extracts containing hypericin, of hypericin, to prepare medicinal products and/or food supplements for the treatment of neuropathic pain.

VACCINE COMPOSITION AND IMMUNIZATION METHOD

Pub Date: 2011-01-13

Pub Number: US20110008391

The present invention refers to the recombinant vaccine against canine visceral leishmaniasis containing the recombinant A2 protein and saponin, as an adjuvant, allowing the distinction between vaccinated and infected animals through conventional ELISA or immunofluorescence tests that employ antigens of promastigote forms of Leishmania.

Portable Personal Privacy Curtain For Use With Portable Toilet

Pub Date: 2011-01-13

Pub Number: US20110004992

A portable, wearable, packable privacy curtain for use with portable toilets. The privacy curtain is a tubular cape of flexible material, without rigid frame members, having open top and bottom ends. The open bottom end is sized to fit around the base of a portable toilet, and the open top end is expandable via a partial vertical zipper extending from the cape's top front edge partway down the front of the cap, so that a person can easily step into the cape after the cape has been pre-positioned around a toilet and then zip the cape back up to use the toilet. The open top end is also provided with shoulder straps for hands-free use while standing and sitting.