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Method and apparatus to predict the remaining service life of an operating system

A method and computer-based apparatus for monitoring the degradation of, predicting the remaining service life of, and / or planning maintenance for, an operating system are disclosed. Diagnostic information on degradation of the operating system is obtained through measurement of one or more performance characteristics by one or more sensors onboard and / or proximate the operating system. Though not required, it is preferred that the sensor data are validated to improve the accuracy and reliability of the service life predictions. The condition or degree of degradation of the operating system is presented to a user by way of one or more calculated, numeric degradation figures of merit that are trended against one or more independent variables using one or more mathematical techniques. Furthermore, more than one trendline and uncertainty interval may be generated for a given degradation figure of merit / independent variable data set. The trendline(s) and uncertainty interval(s) are subsequently compared to one or more degradation figure of merit thresholds to predict the remaining service life of the operating system. The present invention enables multiple mathematical approaches in determining which trendline(s) to use to provide the best estimate of the remaining service life.

Biochemical analyzer and method of controlling internal temperature of the biochemical analyzer

Provided is a biochemical analyzer in which a microfluidic biochemical assay may be performed. The analyzer includes: a microfluidic device loading space including a microfluidic device supporting unit detachably supporting a microfluidic device including an energy application region in which an energy is applied; an energy source loading space including an energy source applying the energy to the radiation application region; and an isolation wall isolating the microfluidic device loading space and the energy source loading space to prevent heat transfer between the microfluidic device loading space and the energy source loading space and including a window through which the energy can be transmitted. A method of controlling an internal temperature of the biochemical analyzer is also provided.

Method, System and Computer Program Product for Automatic and Semi-Automatic Modification of Digital Images of Faces

The present invention is directed at modifying digital images of faces automatically or semi-automatically. In one aspect, a method of detecting faces in digital images and matching and replacing features within the digital images is provided. Techniques for blending, recoloring, shifting and resizing of portions of digital images are disclosed. In other aspects, methods of virtual “face lifts” and methods of detecting faces within digital image are provided. Advantageously, the detection and localization of faces and facial features, such as the eyes, nose, lips and hair, can be achieved on an automated or semi-automated basis. User feedback and adjustment enables fine tuning of modified images. A variety of systems for matching and replacing features within digital images and detection of faces in digital images is also provided, including implementation as a website, through mobile phones, handheld computers, or a kiosk. Related computer program products are also disclosed.

Calibrations and controls for droplet-based assays

System, including methods and apparatus, for performing droplet-based assays that are controlled and / or calibrated using signals detected from droplets.

Mass spectrometric methods for detecting mutations in a target nucleic acid

Provided herein are mass spectrometric methods for detecting a mutation in a target nucleic acid. In an embodiment, provided is a method which comprises digesting a target nucleic acid molecule; capturing digested fragments on a solid support that comprises oligonucleotides complementary thereto; and detecting hybrids and the molecular weights of captured fragments by mass spectrometry, thereby identifying mutations in the target nucleic acid molecule.

Radar sensor for motor vehicles

Radar sensor for motor vehicles, having a transmitter and receiver unit whose directional characteristic has multiple lobes, at least one of which is directed parallel to the roadway surface, at least one other lobe being directed obliquely to the roadway surface.

Method for high throughput drop dispensing of specific patterns

The invention relates to methods and systems for high throughput precision “on-the-fly” dispensing of sub-microfluidic quantities of reagents and other liquids in specific patterns onto or into a target substrate. In certain embodiments, a high speed process is provided for creating and / or repeating spaced lines or line segments by dispensing spaced arrays of drops on a target. One example of a target is a biosensor or the like with spaced electrodes, wherein each electrode receives a dispensed line.

Method for predicting short-run air traffic flux based on real time radar and flight information

The invention relates to a method for predicting short-term air traffic flow based on real-time radar and flight information, which pertains to emulation of computers. On the basis of traditional prediction, real-time radar data and weather information are brought in; the radar data are directly led from an ATC system and the flight information and the weather information are led from an AFTN network. Corresponding flight models are set up according to different plane types; a flight route and specified cruising speed are obtained from a flight plan; time and speed of flying each way point, as well as when and where to pass through what controlled areas, are predicted roughly. After a plane takes off, the real-time radar data are used for amending existing prediction. During the whole way of flight, relevant upper wind data are brought in to judge the influence of wind on the flight and amend relevant flight models. A system is provided with a processing server of the flight information and weather, a processing server of the radar data, a processing server of the flow, a database and a display terminal. The invention greatly promotes correctness and reliability of flow prediction by carrying out data exchanging through ethernet network.

Method and system for monitoring motor temperature as well as method and system for controlling motor power

The invention discloses a method for monitoring motor temperature. The method comprises the following steps: arranging n temperature sensors for detecting the current temperature T of a motor, wherein, n is not less than 2; reading detection data from the n temperature sensors; and obtaining the current temperature T of the motor on the basis of the detection data from the temperature sensors which normally work in the n temperature sensors. The invention further provides a method for controlling motor power. The method comprises the following steps: obtaining the current temperature T of the motor by utilizing the method for monitoring motor temperature; judging temperature range of the current temperature T of the motor according to the current temperature T of the motor and a predetermined motor temperature range threshold; and setting the maximum output power of the motor according to the temperature range of the current temperature T of the motor. By utilizing the method for monitoring the motor temperature and the method for controlling the motor power, the current temperature of the motor can be effectively and reliably obtained, and reliably and maintenance-free performance of the motor can be improved.

Methods and apparatus for sensing the internal temperature of an electrochemical device

The internal temperature of an electrochemical device may be probed without a thermocouple, infrared detector, or other auxiliary device to measure temperature. Some methods include exciting an electrochemical device with a driving profile; acquiring voltage and current data from the electrochemical device, in response to the driving profile; calculating an impulse response from the current and voltage data; calculating an impedance spectrum of the electrochemical device from the impulse response; calculating a state-of-charge of the electrochemical device; and then estimating internal temperature of the electrochemical device based on a temperature-impedance-state-of-charge relationship. The electrochemical device may be a battery, fuel cell, electrolytic cell, or capacitor, for example. The procedure is useful for on-line applications which benefit from real-time temperature sensing capabilities during operations. These methods may be readily implemented as part of a device management and safety system.
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