US 11,656,136 B2
Devices and methods for detecting axial forces applied to a container
Jonathan Halse, Saint Andrews (CA); Abhishek Kar, Fredericton (CA); Jordan Ritchie, Island View (CA); Shawn Maurice Dale Durette, Yoho (CA); and Daniel Robert Rogers, McLeod Hill (CA)
Assigned to Smart Skin Technologies Inc., Fredericton (CA)
Filed by Smart Skin Technologies Inc., Fredericton (CA)
Filed on Apr. 12, 2022, as Appl. No. 17/718,814.
Application 17/718,814 is a continuation of application No. 16/927,819, filed on Jul. 13, 2020, granted, now 11,326,968.
Prior Publication US 2022/0236126 A1, Jul. 28, 2022
Int. Cl. G01L 5/00 (2006.01); G01L 1/22 (2006.01); A61M 5/24 (2006.01)
CPC G01L 5/0028 (2013.01) [G01L 1/22 (2013.01); A61M 5/24 (2013.01)] 20 Claims
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1. A container monitoring system for identifying axial forces within a production or transportation process, the system comprising:
one or more axial force measurement devices, each axial force measurement device comprising:
a device housing extending between a first housing end and a second housing end along a longitudinal axis, the device housing having an inner housing wall and an outer housing wall;
a container section mounted to the housing proximate the first housing end and extending into the device housing, the container section having an open first section end, a closed second section end, and at least one sidewall extending between the first section end and the second section end, wherein the container section defines a cavity bounded by the first section end, the second section end and the at least one sidewall;
a force measurement sensor positioned within the device housing and configured to generate force measurement data in response to an axial force applied to the axial force measurement device;
a processor to process the force measurement data; and
a transmitter to transmit the force measurement data; and
an analysis system in communication with the one or more axial force measurement devices, the analysis system comprising a processor configured to:
receive the force measurement data and associated device location data from a corresponding axial force measurement device of the one or more axial force measurement devices; and
identify a portion of the production or transportation process associated with the application of axial forces, based on a correlation between the force measurement data and the device location data.