Patents Represented by Attorney Ziolkowski Patent Solutions Group, SC
  • Patent number: 8340456
    Abstract: An imaging system includes a positionable device configured to axially shift an image plane, wherein the image plane is generated from photons emanating from an object and passing through a lens, a detector plane positioned to receive the photons of the object that pass through the lens, and a computer programmed to characterize the lens as a mathematical function, acquire two or more elemental images of the object with the image plane of each elemental image at different axial positions with respect to the detector plane, determine a focused distance of the object from the lens, based on the characterization of the lens and based on the two or more elemental images acquired, and generate a depth map of the object based on the determined distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Mohammad Mehdi DaneshPanah, Kevin George Harding, Gil Abramovich, Daniel Curtis Gray
  • Patent number: 8339093
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling an AC motor drive includes a control system programmed with an energy algorithm configured to optimize operation of the motor drive. Specifically, the control system receives input of an initial voltage-frequency command to the AC motor drive, receives a real-time output of the AC motor drive generated according to the initial voltage-frequency command, and determines a real-time value of a motor parameter based on the real-time output of the AC motor drive. The control system also inputs a plurality of modified voltage-frequency commands to the AC motor drive, determines the real-time value of the motor parameter corresponding to each of the plurality of modified voltage-frequency commands, and identifies an optimal value of the motor parameter based on the real-time values of the motor parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Bin Lu, Charles John Luebke, Joseph Charles Zuercher, John Charles Merrison, Thomas M. Ruchti
  • Patent number: 8340250
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an X-ray tube is provided. The X-ray tube comprises at least one thermionic cathode configured to generate an electron beam, a target assembly configured to generate X-rays when impinged with the electron beam emitted from the thermionic cathode, a high voltage supply unit for establishing an output voltage across the thermionic cathode and the target assembly for establishing an accelerating electric field between the thermionic cathode and the target assembly and a mesh grid disposed between the thermionic cathode and the target assembly, the mesh grid configured to operate at a voltage so as to lower the electric field applied at the surface of the thermionic cathode. Further, the voltage at the mesh grid is negatively biased with respect to the voltage at the thermionic cathode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Sergio Lemaitre, Carey Rogers, Yun Zou, Jizhong Chen
  • Patent number: 8340833
    Abstract: A method, system, and apparatus including a distribution transformer having a communications module. The distribution transformer is configured to convert a first high voltage electricity from a high voltage distribution line to a first low voltage electricity and convey the first low voltage electricity along a low voltage line to an electrical device. The communications module is configured to transmit a load reduction request along the low voltage line to the electrical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: John Erik Hershey, Michael James Hartman, Robert Dean King, Richard Louis Zinser, John Anderson Fergus Ross, Michael Joseph Dell'Anno
  • Patent number: 8315353
    Abstract: A computerized tomographic system configured to acquire short scan data of an object within a single revolution of a detector array about the object over a first angular range of rotation of the detector array about the object, define a temporal subset of the acquired short scan data over a second angular range of rotation of the detector that is less than the first angular range of rotation, generate a mathematical function that is based on the acquired short scan data and the defined temporal subset of data, minimize the mathematical function, and generate an image of the object using the minimized mathematical function and the data acquired over the second angular range of rotation of the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jiang Hsieh, Guang-Hong Chen
  • Patent number: 8314615
    Abstract: An MRI apparatus and method comprises an MRI system having a plurality of gradient coils positioned about a bore of a magnet, and an RF transceiver system and an RF switch controlled by a pulse module to transmit RF signals to an RF coil assembly to acquire MR images. The magnet comprises a main coil former and a shield coil former arranged radially around the bore of the magnet, wherein a radius of the shield coil former is greater than a radius of the main coil former. The magnet also includes at least one main coil affixed to the main coil former, at least one shield coil affixed to the shield coil former, and at least one structural member affixed to the main coil former and to the shield coil former to provide structural support and enable longitudinal alignment adjustment between the main coil former and the shield coil former.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Longzhi Jiang, John Scaturro, Jr., William Einziger, Yuri Lvovsky, Robbi McDonald, Xiaoxue Diao
  • Patent number: 8315352
    Abstract: An imaging system includes an x-ray source that emits a beam of x-rays toward an object, a detector that receives high frequency electromagnetic energy attenuated by the object, a data acquisition system (DAS) operably connected to the detector, and a computer operably connected to the DAS. The computer is programmed to compute detector coefficients based on a static low kVp measurement and a static high kVp measurement, capture incident spectra at high and low kVp during fast kVp switching, compute effective X-ray incident spectra at high and low kVp during fast kVp switching using the captured incident spectra, scan a water phantom and normalize the computed detector coefficients to water, adjust the computed effective X-ray incident spectra based on the normalized detector coefficients, compute basis material decomposition functions using the adjusted X-ray incident spectra, and generate one or more basis material density images using the computed basis material decomposition functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Xiaoye Wu, Dan Xu, Naveen Chandra, Zhanyu Ge, Jiang Hsieh, Daniel David Harrison, Mary Sue Kulpins
  • Patent number: 8311181
    Abstract: An imaging system includes an x-ray source configured to emit a beam of x-rays toward an object to be imaged, a detector configured to receive x-rays that are attenuated by the object, a data acquisition system (DAS) operably coupled to the detector, and a computer operably coupled to the DAS and programmed to obtain scan data with two or more incident energy spectra, decompose the obtained scan data into at least three basis materials, generate an image of one of the at least three basis materials using the decomposed scan data, and replace at least one pixel in the image using decomposed data of another of the at least three basis materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Brian William Thomsen, Paulo Mendonca, Rahul Bhotika
  • Patent number: 8309910
    Abstract: A phantom includes a housing enclosing an interior volume and having a plurality of passages formed therein, wherein each passage is fluidly isolated from the interior volume. First and second inserts are included and configured to be positioned in a first passage of the plurality of passages and include materials having a known material density. The material is selected from iodine, hydroxyapatite (HAP), tricalcium phosphate (TCP), body fat, fatty plaque, sodium chloride (NaCl), gold (Au), and iron (Fe). The material of the inserts can be different materials or the same material at different densities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Sandeep Dutta, Naveen Chandra, Toshihiro Rifu
  • Patent number: 8308078
    Abstract: A synthetic jet includes a first backer structure, a first actuator coupled to the first backer structure to form a first composite unit, a second backer structure, a second actuator coupled to the second backer structure to form a second composite unit, and a wall member coupled to and positioned between the first and second backer structures to form a cavity, wherein the first composite unit has an orifice formed through both the first backer structure and the first actuator, the orifice fluidically coupled to the cavity and fluidically coupled to an environment external to the cavity, and wherein the first and second composite units are operable independently from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Mehmet Arik, Stanton Earl Weaver, Charles Erklin Seeley, Yogen Vishwas Utturkar
  • Patent number: 8311182
    Abstract: An imaging system includes an x-ray source that emits a beam of x-rays toward an object to be imaged, a detector that receives the x-rays attenuated by the object, a spectral notch filter positioned between the x-ray source and the object, a data acquisition system (DAS) operably connected to the detector, and a computer operably connected to the DAS and programmed to acquire a first image dataset at a first kVp, acquire a second image dataset at a second kVp that is greater than the first kVp, and generate an image of the object using the first image dataset and the second image dataset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Naveen Chandra, Bruno Kristiaan Bernard De Man
  • Patent number: 8310083
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a DC-link, a voltage converter, a bus voltage controller, and a supervisory controller. The voltage converter is configured to convert a first DC voltage into a second DC voltage based on a command signal and based on an adjustment signal and to supply the second DC voltage to the DC-link. The bus voltage controller is configured to iterate calculation of the adjustment signal to communicate each iterated calculation of the adjustment signal to the voltage converter. The supervisory controller is configured to iterate calculation of the command signal and to communicate each iterated calculation of the command signal to the voltage converter and to the bus voltage controller. A frequency of the bus voltage controller to communicate each iterated calculation of the adjustment signal is higher than a frequency of the supervisory controller to communicate each iterated calculation of the command signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Johannes Huber, Lembit Salasoo, Alexander Walsch, Michal-Wolfgang Waszak, Alexander Felix Fiseni, Stefan Brandhoff, Karl Kyrberg
  • Patent number: 8310040
    Abstract: A semiconductor device package includes a semiconductor device having connection pads formed thereon, with the connection pads being formed on first and second surfaces of the semiconductor device with edges of the semiconductor device extending therebetween. A first passivation layer is applied on the semiconductor device and a base dielectric laminate is affixed to the first surface of the semiconductor device that has a thickness greater than that of the first passivation layer. A second passivation layer having a thickness greater than that of the first passivation layer is applied over the first passivation layer and the semiconductor device to cover the second surface and the edges of the semiconductor device, and metal interconnects are coupled to the connection pads, with the metal interconnects extending through vias formed through the first and second passivation layers and the base dielectric laminate sheet to form a connection with the connection pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Richard Alfred Beaupre, Paul Alan McConnelee, Arun Virupaksha Gowda, Thomas Bert Gorczyca
  • Patent number: 8310115
    Abstract: A system and method of manufacturing an electric machine comprising a rotor and a stator, wherein the stator comprises a fractional-slot concentrated winding having two sets of terminals, wherein a first set of terminals configures the fractional-slot concentrated winding to have a first pole-number (P1), and wherein a second set of terminals configures the fractional-slot concentrated winding to have a second pole number (P2) different from the first pole-number (P1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ahmed Mostafa Elantably, Ayman Mohamed Fawzi El-Refaie, Robert Dean King
  • Patent number: 8305736
    Abstract: A system and method for connecting supply power to motor control components includes use of a motor control center subunit with moveable supply power contacts. After a motor control center subunit is secured into a motor control center compartment, the supply power contacts may be advanced to engage supply power buses. For disconnection, the supply power contacts may be refracted and isolated from the buses before physical removal of the subunit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Edgar Yee, Robert A. Morris, Scott E. McPherren, Neal Edward Rowe
  • Patent number: D669183
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Regis Personnelli
  • Patent number: D671648
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Lionel Wodecki
  • Patent number: D673680
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Regis Personnelli
  • Patent number: D673681
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Aurélie Boudier
  • Patent number: D673682
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Aurélie Boudier