Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm David C. Goldman
  • Patent number: 6832205
    Abstract: A system and method for automatically predicting timing and costs of future service events in a life cycle of a product. A database contains a plurality of service information and performance information for the product. A statistical analyzer automatically analyzes the plurality of processed service information to determine a plurality of compartment failure information. A performance deterioration rate analyzer automatically analyzes the performance deterioration rate of the product from the plurality of service information and performance information. A simulator, automatically simulates a distribution of future service events in the life cycle of the product and predicts the costs of the service events according to the plurality of compartment failure information and the performance deterioration rate analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2004
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: James Kenneth Aragones, Jeffrey William Stein, Amy Victoria Aragones, William Talbert Tucker
  • Patent number: 6814872
    Abstract: Regeneration controller and method for controlling regeneration of a water softener are provided. The controller includes a water meter configured to output a signal indicative of the volume of influent water received by the water softener. A water-hardness indicator, such as a conductivity meter or ion-selective electrode, is configured to output a signal indicative of a degree of hardness of the influent water. A processor is coupled to receive the respective signals from the water meter and the hardness indicator. The processor is further configured to calculate a value indicative of the total level of hardness removed by the water softener. A comparator is coupled to receive a signal indicative of the quantity of resin capacity of the water softener. The comparator is further configured to receive the value indicative of total hardness to issue a regeneration command based on comparing the resin capacity relative to the value of total hardness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: James Rulon Young Rawson
  • Patent number: 6799154
    Abstract: A system and method for predicting timing of future service events of a product. A database contains a plurality of service information and performance information for the product. A statistical analyzer analyzes the plurality of processed service information to determine a plurality of compartment failure information. A performance deterioration rate analyzer analyzes the performance deterioration rate of the product from the plurality of service information and performance information. A simulator, simulates a distribution of future service events of the product according to the plurality of compartment failure information and the performance deterioration rate analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Assignee: General Electric Comapny
    Inventors: James Kenneth Aragones, Jeffrey William Stein
  • Patent number: 6772157
    Abstract: A delegated administration tool for administrating information in a database directory. The delegated administration tool enables an administrator to delegate administration and various types of administrative authority to other users within a community of users. In particular, an administrator with proper authority may create new administrative domains and assign authority referred to as delegation authority and edit authority to other users. The creation of additional administrative domains and the assignment of the delegation authority and edit authority can continue to an arbitrary level within the community.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Janet Arlie Barnett, Barbara Jean Vivier, Kareem Sherif Aggour, Mark Mitchell Kornfein
  • Patent number: 6760712
    Abstract: An automatic train handling controller. In one embodiment, there is disclosed a system and method for tracking a velocity profile in a rail-based transportation system. A fuzzy logic controller is used to ensure that a train simulator complies to the velocity profile over a specified track profile while providing a smooth ride. A safety constraint enforcer is used to minimize sudden slack movements by ensuring that the control action provided by the fuzzy logic controller is kept in compliance with a set of predetermined safety constraints. In a second embodiment, there is an automatic train handling controller that smoothly manages the slack of the couplers while keeping the train within prescribed speed limits over a varying terrain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Piero Patrone Bonissone, Yu-To Chen, Pratap Shankar Khedkar, Paul Kenneth Houpt, John Lewis Schneiter
  • Patent number: 6757668
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and tools to aggregate information stemming from a plurality of different classification tools and supportive evidential information to arrive at a unified classification estimate. The information fusion system according to the present invention has a plurality of sensors associated with the system, where each sensor is related to at least one class of the system and is data-related to the at least one class. A plurality of classification tools are each designed to receive selected and pre-processed outputs from the sensors and to generate classification outputs representing a state of at least one class of the system. An information fusion tool is configured to receive the outputs of the classification tools as well as evidential information as inputs, and has an hierarchical architecture which manipulates the inputs to generate an output of aggregated fused information for a particular class of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2004
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kai Frank Goebel, Malcolm John Ashby, Vivek Venugopal Badami
  • Patent number: 6748369
    Abstract: A method and system for automating a process for valuing a property that produces an estimated value of a subject property, and a reliability assessment of the estimated value. The process is a generative artificial intelligence method that trains a fuzzy-neural network using a subset of cases from a case-base, and produces a run-time system to provide an estimate of the subject property's value. A network-based implementation of fuzzy inference is based on a system that implements a fuzzy system as a five-layer neural network so that the structure of the network can be interpreted in terms of high-level rules. The neural network is trained automatically from data. IF/THEN rules are used to map inputs to outputs by a fuzzy logic inference system. Different models for the same problem can be obtained by changing the inputs to the neuro-fuzzy network, or by varying its architecture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Pratap Shankar Khedkar, Piero Patrone Bonissone
  • Patent number: 6745195
    Abstract: A system, method and computer program product for generating software cards that summarize and index information. A documentation storage unit stores a variety of documentation. A software card generator generates each of the software cards for a predetermined card category. Each software card points to blocks of information stored in the documentation storage unit that relate to the predetermined card category. A software card database stores the generated plurality of software cards. A user can search the software cards in order to quickly and easily access documentation and materials specific to their specific area of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2004
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Mark Mitchell Kornfein, Rasiklal Punjalal Shah, Russell Robert Irving, Mark Kathleen Parini
  • Patent number: 6738931
    Abstract: A reliability assessment analysis system. Included as part of system are a plurality of analysis stations, at least one of the analysis stations being located at a remote geographic location from others, and each of the analysis stations being capable of performing reliability assessment analysis processes on components or systems of components. Further provided is a plurality of database sites, where at least one of the database sites is located at a remote geographic location from the others. Each database site includes a database of data, at least some of the data being usable by at least one of the analysis stations. A communications infrastructure provides a communication path between and among the plurality of analysis stations and the plurality of database sites. The analysis stations and database sites are configured to provide a user of at least one of the analysis stations with access to more than a single one of the database sites.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Brock Estel Osborn, Christopher Leon Stanard, David Mark Handkins, John Erik Hershey
  • Patent number: 6734972
    Abstract: Predicting material color shifts due to weathering. A color formulation tool determines the concentration of colorants from a color standard. The color formulation tool obtains weathered optical parameters for the color standard from a color database and predicts the color of the color standard from the colorant concentrations and weathered optical parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: John Frederick Graf, James Edward Pickett, Alexander Isaakovich Shakhnovich, James Paul Barren
  • Patent number: 6728580
    Abstract: An apparatus for estimating the time to failure acceleration factor of a large industrial motor includes a sensor, a clock for controlling sensor sampling times, and a memory address calculator for mapping output signals of the sensor to a memory address. A unit is provided for incrementing the content of a specified memory address by unity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: John Erik Hershey, Brock Estel Osborn, Kati Illouz, Gerald Burt Kliman
  • Patent number: 6725398
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for aiding a field engineer in the field such as at a remote service facility in analyzing a fault log of a malfunctioning machine such as a locomotive. The method includes obtaining data associated with operation of the malfunctioning machine from a user at a second computing unit coupled via a communications network such as the Internet to a first computing unit such as a centrally located server operable to provide data associated with analysis of the malfunctioning machine, and providing at the second computing unit at least one of a diagnosis of and a repair for the malfunctioning machine based on the data associated with the operation of the malfunctioning machine and the data associated with analysis of the malfunctioning machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Anil Varma, Nicholas Edward Roddy, David Richard Gibson
  • Patent number: 6720561
    Abstract: The present invention provides an X-ray detector assembly and a fabrication method, where the X-ray detector assembly comprises a scintillator material disposed on a detector matrix array disposed on a detector substrate; an encapsulating coating disposed on the scintillator material; a moisture resistant cover disposed over the detector substrate and the encapsulating coating, and an adhesive material disposed between the detector substrate and the moisture resistant cover so as to form a moisture vapor barrier. The adhesive material is disposed so that it is not in contact with the encapsulating coating. The fabrication method of the X-ray detector assembly includes the steps of disposing the encapsulating coating on the scintillator material and a portion of the detector substrate and removing the encapsulating coating from the portion of the detector substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Charles Edward Baumgartner, David Francis Fobare, Michael Clement DeJule, Ching-Yeu Wei, William Andrew Hennessy, Robert John Wojnarowski, Haleh Ardebili, William Edward Burdick, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6668201
    Abstract: A system and method for tuning a raw mix proportioning controller used in a cement plant. A fuzzy logic supervisory controller tracks the performance of a cement plant simulator to target set points for attaining a correct mix and composition of raw materials. A genetic algorithm adjusts the fuzzy logic supervisory controller's performance by adjusting its parameters in a sequential order of significance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Piero Patrone Bonissone, Yu-to Chen
  • Patent number: 6661930
    Abstract: A method of nesting a computer model of a part (100) into a computer model of a fixture (104) useful for situations where the original positions of the part and fixture are completely separate and for situations where the respective part and fixture surfaces overlap. The model of the fixture is first inset by a distance D sufficient to eliminate any overlap between the modeled surfaces. The minimum normal distance segment (105) between the inset fixture surface and the part surface may then be determined using standard CAD system capabilities. A vector is then constructed having a length D beginning at the minimum distance point 111 on the inset fixture surface (107) and extending in the direction of the minimum normal distance segment (105) to a point (112) on the original fixture model surface (106). The minimum distance segment between point (112) and the surface of the part (102) is then determined to identify a point (114). The respective point pair (112,114) is recorded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Michael Evans Graham, Dean Michael Robinson
  • Patent number: 6662187
    Abstract: Establishment and maintenance of a managed community. In this disclosure there is an approach and tool that enables an administration tool to manage communities whose information resides in separate and differently structured directories and databases. In addition, this disclosure describes an approach and tool that enables an administration tool to establish information to be managed from the broad range of directories and databases, which includes defining information that is to be managed and information that is not to be managed and the discovering of new information to manage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Janet Arlie Barnett, Barbara Jean Vivier, Kareem Sherif Aggour, Mark Mitchell Kornfein, Osman Rifki Oksoy, Bassel Omari Williams
  • Patent number: 6662071
    Abstract: A method (28) for manufacturing a precision part (18) utilizing a non-precision fixture (10). The non-precision fixture is precisely measured (40) and modeled in a CAD program (42) together with a model of the part (30). The part model is nested (48) into the fixture model, and a transformation matrix describing the movement of a coordinate system of the part during the step of nesting is recorded (50). The transformation matrix may then be used to transform (52) a tool path that had been developed for the originally designed shape of the fixture. Accordingly, imprecision in the location of a part within an imprecisely measured fixture may be accounted for during subsequent manufacturing operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: John Dennis Jackson, Dean Michael Robinson, Michael Evans Graham, Gregory Alan Mohr, Olalekan Solomon Odesanya
  • Patent number: 6643608
    Abstract: A system for collecting and analyzing shipment parameter data, e.g., temperature, vibration, acceleration, shock, humidity, barometric pressure, pH, transit time, container position, etc., affecting predicted statistical variables of articles is provided. Examples of the predicted statistical variables may include article life expectancy, warranty costs, service and/or maintenance schedules, etc. The system is made up of a plurality of data collection subsystems for respectively collecting shipment parameter data encountered by respective articles being shipped, and a data analysis subsystem coupled to receive the collected shipment data for adjusting the respective predicted statistical variables of the articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: John E. Hershey, Brock E. Osborn, Scott C. Evans, Kenneth B. Welles, II
  • Patent number: 6643799
    Abstract: A system and method for diagnosing and validating a machine with waveform data generated therefrom. Historical waveform data are obtained from machines having known faults along with corresponding actions for repairing the machines and are used to develop fault classification rules. The fault classification rules are stored in a diagnostic knowledge database. The database of classification rules are used to diagnose new waveform data from a machine having an unknown fault.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Piero Patrone Bonissone, Yu-To Chen, Vipin Kewal Ramani, Rasiklal Punjalal Shah, John Andrew Johnson, Phillip Edward Steen, Ramesh Ramachandran
  • Patent number: 6609217
    Abstract: A system and method for diagnosing and validating a machine over a network using waveform data. Historical waveform data are obtained via the network from machines having known faults along with corresponding actions for repairing the machines and are used to develop fault classification rules. The fault classification rules are stored in a diagnostic knowledge database. The database of classification rules are used to diagnose new waveform data from a machine having an unknown fault, via the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2003
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Piero Patrone Bonissone, Yu-To Chen, Vipin Kewal Ramani, Rasiklal Punjalal Shah, John Andrew Johnson, Phillip Edward Steen, Ramesh Ramchandran