The patent's assignee for patent number 8632039 is
News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Some water meters and gas meters are equipped with a wireless device for transmitting meter readings by wireless. A meter disclosed in Patent Literature 1 includes a wireless device inside a meter casing. A meter reading measured by the meter is sent outside by the wireless device. Accordingly, meter readings can be collected at a place far from the meter by using wireless transmission. In addition, meter readings from multiple meters can be collected at one place.
"However, this conventional meter includes the wireless device inside the meter casing. The meter is often installed in a highly-humid environment. This often causes dew condensation by difference between temperature of water or gas passing through the meter and ambient temperature. In other words, the wireless device in the conventional meter has disadvantages such as erroneous operation of electronic circuit, degradation of wireless performance, and degradation of insulation performance due to influence of moisture such as dew condensation water. [PTL 1] Japanese Patent Unexamined Publication No. H11-86174"
As a supplement to the background information on this patent, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "The present invention solves the above disadvantages, and offers a device for mounting wireless device case that allows easy mounting of a wireless device case with built-in wireless device to a meter without being affected by moisture such as dew condensation water.
"The device for mounting wireless device case of the present invention includes a first mounting ring and a second mounting ring fitted from above to a meter casing. Each of the first mounting ring and the second mounting ring in the device for mounting wireless device case of the present invention includes a fastening screw hole. Each of the first mounting ring and the second mounting ring also has a mounting bolt hole. The device for mounting wireless device case of the present invention is fixed to the wireless device case by the fastening screws and the fastening screw holes of the first mounting ring and the second mounting ring. The device for mounting wireless device case of the present invention then fixes the wireless device case onto a meter by passing a co-mounting bolt through the mounting bolt holes of the first mounting ring and the second mounting ring, and tightening the first mounting ring and the second mounting ring together.
"This configuration facilitates mounting of the wireless device case to the meter. Accordingly, the wireless device can be disposed independent of the meter to prevent erroneous operation or performance degradation of the wireless device due to an influence of moisture, typically dew condensation of the meter."
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