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1638 results about "Assignment methods" patented technology

An assignment method is an approach to the allocation of resources, from personnel to equipment, that will result in the most optimal distribution and utilization of those resources. Assignment methods are used not just in the business world, but also in organizational structures and a variety of other applications.

Dry powder inhalers, related blister devices, and associated methods of dispensing dry powder substances and fabricating blister packages

The present invention includes dry powder inhalers and associated multi-dose dry powder packages for holding inhalant formulated dry powder substances and associated fabrication and dispensing methods. The multi-dose package can include a platform body comprising at least one thin piezoelectric polymer material layer defining at least a portion of a plurality of spatially separated discrete elongate dry powder channels having an associated length, width and height; and a metallic material attached to selected portions of the piezoelectric polymer material including each of the regions corresponding to the elongate dry powder channels to, in operation, define active energy releasing vibratory channels. In operation, the elongate channels can be selectively individually activated to vibrate upon exposure to an electrical input.
The dry powder inhaler includes an elongate body having opposing first and second outer primary surfaces with a cavity therebetween and having opposing top and bottom end portions and a multi-dose sealed blister package holding a plurality of discrete meted doses of a dry powder inhalable product located in the cavity of the elongate body. The inhaler also includes an inhalation port formed in the bottom end portion of the elongate body, the inhalation port configured to be in fluid communication with at least one of the discrete meted doses during use and a cover member that is pivotably attached to the elongate body so that it remains attached to the body during normal operational periods of use and moves to a first closed position to overlie the inhalation port at the bottom end portion of the body during periods of non-use and moves to a second open position away from the inhalation port during periods of use to allow a user to access the inhalation port.

Optical network subscriber access architecture

A technique for providing an optical signal to a destination. In one embodiment, the technique is realized through the use of an environmentally hardened, modular switch and a fiber distribution methodology. The modular switch may include fiber access ports, power access ports, dual power supply modules, dual switch fabric modules, dual optical trunking modules, and multiple subscriber service modules that house subscriber service ports and serve a total of up to 96 end points. The dual optical trunking modules may act as an interface between an optical network and the dual switch fabrics, and provide redundancy and variable optical transmission distance between the modular switch and the optical network to which the modular switch is connected. The dual switch fabrics are used for switching and aggregating signals and providing redundancy. Each subscriber service module acts as an interface between one or more subscriber end points and the dual switch fabrics of the modular switch. The subscriber service modules may be coupled to one or both of the dual switch fabrics and a total of up to 96 subscriber end points. Subscriber end point connectivity may be achieved via subscriber service ports (housed within a subscriber service module), one or more of the fiber access ports, external fiber optic splice cabinet, fiber optic trunk cable, and one or more fiber breakout points (housed by pedestals). The subscriber end points may consist of one or more optical or electrical subscriber connection types.

Vapor hydration of a hydrophilic catheter in a package

ActiveUS20060163097A1Little and no possibility of liquid spillageEasy to handleDispensing apparatusDiagnosticsHydrophilic coatingBiological activation
A vapor hydrated packaged catheter assembly and method of manufacturing and distributing same includes a gas impermeable package housing a catheter within a catheter-receiving cavity. The catheter assembly has a hydrophilic coating applied to at least a portion of the outer surface of a catheter tube or shaft which may be surrounded by a sleeve to provide a no-touch, sure grip feature. The catheter assembly is disposed within the catheter receiving cavity of the package together with a limited amount of a vapor donating liquid provided as a source of vapor to activate the hydrophilic coating. The amount of vapor donating liquid is less than the amount that would otherwise be sufficient to cause a spill hazard. It may be loose liquid as a desired percentage of the volume of a tube-receiving portion of the catheter receiving cavity of the package, or it may be contained in a liquid sequestering element. The activation of at least some of the hydrophilic coating occurs solely by reason of exposure of the outer surface of the catheter to a vapor produced by the vapor donating liquid. The distribution of the catheter following manufacture is delayed for a time sufficient to permit the vapor to complete hydration of the entire hydrophilic coating on the surface.

Cash dispensing method and system for merchandise delivery facility

A system for providing cash to users in a merchandise delivery environment such as a fast food drive-through environment. The system includes a customer request station (212, 262, 288, 300, 322, 378) at which the customer is enabled to input a request for merchandise as well as an input corresponding to a request to receive cash. The customer is further enabled to input to the customer request station information corresponding to a source of monetary value which the customer may charge against for ordered merchandise or for the amount of cash requested. The customer may receive the cash directly at a customer request station. Alternatively, a computer may operate to correlate an identifying input associated with the customer or the transaction, and the request to receive the amount of cash. The customer may then move to a cash delivery station (216, 338). In response to the customer providing the identifying input at the cash delivery station, the customer receives a portion or all of the requested cash. The customer may then move to a merchandise delivery station (222, 292, 304, 316, 324, 342) at which the customer may receive the ordered merchandise. The customer may also receive the balance of any amount due such as coin, at the merchandise delivery station or other change delivery location.

Frequency and power distributing method based on NOMA (non-orthogonal multiple access) system

The invention relates to a frequency and power distributing method based on an NOMA (non-orthogonal multiple access) system. The frequency and power distributing method comprises the following steps: confirming a user set for sending information to a cell by a base station and obtaining CSI (channel state information) of the user set at a base station end; distributing each sub channel to a user with the best CSI condition, and regarding the user as a strong user; based on this, combining the strong user with other users in sequence, calculating a maximum channel capacity value of each pair of sets, selecting one pair of set with maximum channel capacity value, and regarding another user in the set as a weak user; distributing two users which are respectively the strong user and the weaker user on each sub channel, wherein the set comprising the strong user is a strong user set Omega A, and the set comprising the weak user is a weak user set Omega B; performing optimal power distribution on the strong user and the weak user on each sub channel respectively. The method can meet large-scale user transmission needs in the future, and increases access probability of the user, so that the spectrum efficiency of the system is improved.
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