Patents Assigned to ABB Schweiz AG
  • Patent number: 10939586
    Abstract: Heat exchanger structure for a rack assembly formed by a shaped body of thermally conductive material. The heat exchanger structure comprises a first heat exchanging portion adapted to provide a mechanical support for one or more power electronic components of said rack assembly and adapted to absorb and dissipate heat generated by said power electronic components. The heat exchanger structure comprises a second heat exchanging portion adapted to provide a mechanical support for one or more power electromagnetic components of said rack assembly and adapted to absorb and dissipate heat generated by said power electromagnetic components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Clemens Christiaan Van Der Veer, Fabio Tombelli, Filippo Chimento, Mauro Piazzesi, Daniel Gerber
  • Patent number: 10938321
    Abstract: An electrical converter with at least two output phases includes a rectifier and a thyristor-based inverter interconnected by a DC link with an inductor, wherein the thyristor-based inverter includes a half-bridge with at least two half-bridge arms for each output phase of the electrical converter and each arm being provided by a thyristor. A method for switching the electrical converter includes: cyclically switching the thyristors of the inverter, such that at least one time instant, two thyristors of different half-bridge arms are switched on simultaneously, such that a pulse number, which determines at how many time instants thyristors of the inverter are switched during one stator voltage period, is lower than the number of half-bridge arms of the inverter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Thomas Besselmann, Martin Bruha, Pieder Jörg, Stefan Almer
  • Patent number: 10935575
    Abstract: A submersible current sensor for sensing a current in a submerged conductor includes: a split core current transformer constructed to generate an output representative of the current carried by the conductor, the split core having a first core member, a first winding disposed about at least a portion of the first core member; a second core member; and a second winding disposed about at least a portion of the second core member; and a housing, the housing including: a first housing member constructed to house the first core member and the first winding; and a second housing member constructed to house the second core member and the second winding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Steven A. Shaw, Vivek Siddharth, David Raschka, Jaroslaw Wojciech Chorzepa, Bandeep Singh
  • Patent number: 10939460
    Abstract: A method of scheduling field devices in a wireless network of an industrial process system is provided. The method is performed in a scheduling device and includes scheduling one or more field devices on uplink resources and on downlink resources, such that, for at least one of the field devices, a periodicity of uplink resources is different than a periodicity of downlink resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Ewa Hansen, Johan Åkerberg, Jonas Neander, Krister Landernäs, Niclas Ericsson, Tomas Lennvall
  • Patent number: 10935604
    Abstract: An electrical power distribution system includes a plurality of circuit protection devices coupled between an electrical power source and a plurality of electrical loads. Each circuit protection device includes a trip unit, a network interface communicatively coupled to a communication network including the circuit protection devices, a processor, and a memory. The memory stores instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to store test operational parameters associated with the circuit protection device, receive a test message including test data representing an electrical condition in the electrical power distribution system, adjust the test operational parameters based on the test data to simulate a response of the trip unit to the electrical condition, generate circuit protection data based on the test data and the adjusted set of test operational parameters, and transmit the circuit protection data to at least one of the communication network and a remote access device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Lathom Alexander Louco, Jeffrey Marcel Kubascik, Shawn Alan Morgan, Lucas Ray Mallory, Craig Benjamin Williams
  • Patent number: 10937597
    Abstract: A high voltage capacitive device having: a non-impregnatable film having a plurality of physically separated regions each defined by a conductive coating provided on the non-impregnatable film, wherein the non-impregnatable film is wound in a plurality of turns to form a plurality of layers, wherein the regions are arranged in overlapping layers in the radial direction, wherein the non-impregnatable film forms a dielectric between adjacent layers of the regions, and wherein the conductive coating of at least some of the regions is provided with a plurality of first radial openings extending through the conductive coating to the non-impregnatable film, which delimits a radial extension of each first radial opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Cecilia Forssen, Francisco Penayo, Joachim Schiessling, Nils Lavesson, Peter Sjöberg, Roger Hedlund, Ylva Granbom, Peter Dyreklev, Staffan Nordlinder
  • Patent number: 10937604
    Abstract: The invention relates to a switching device for a MV electric power distribution network. The switching device comprises electric contacts, which are electrically connectable to a conductor of said electric power distribution network, and a control unit. The switching device comprises signalling means emitting visible light externally to said switching device, said signalling means being controlled by said control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Leandro Vacirca, Angelo Cleber, Luciano Di Maìo
  • Patent number: 10935609
    Abstract: An example method of operating a solidly grounded, multi-source, multi-phase power distribution system having coupled neutral conductors is disclosed. The power distribution system includes a bus, a plurality of source protection devices coupled to the bus, and a plurality of feeder protection devices coupled to the bus. The method includes receiving, for each source protection device of the plurality of source protection devices, data indicative of detected source phase currents associated with the source protection device. Data indicative of detected feeder neutral currents and detected feeder phase currents associated with the feeder protection device are received for each feeder protection device of the plurality of feeder protection devices. A net source ground fault current associated with the plurality of source protection devices is determined based on the received data indicative of source phase currents and the received data indicative of feeder neutral currents and feeder phase currents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventor: Marcelo Esteban Valdes
  • Patent number: 10938266
    Abstract: An electrical machine comprises a polymeric housing formed by a polymeric material and constructed to house components of the electrical machine, structurally support the electrical machine and react torque loads generated by the electrical machine; a stator overmolded into and partially encapsulated by the polymeric housing, the stator including a laminated stator core and a plurality of stator windings, the stator windings including a winding overhang extending from the laminated stator core; a rotor in magnetic communication with the stator; and a cooling channel disposed within the polymeric material forming the housing and encapsulated by the polymeric material and positioned adjacent to the laminated stator core, wherein the cooling channel is constructed to pass a fluid for cooling the electrical machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Colin E. Tschida, Sheng Zhong, Darren D. Tremelling, Dariusz Bednarowski
  • Publication number: 20210053455
    Abstract: Systems and method for underside charging of electric vehicles (EVs) are provided. With the EV positioned in a charging environment having a ground surface, a floor unit device actuates an electrical connector toward a charge receptacle of an EV vehicle unit, and the vehicle unit actuates the charge receptacle toward the electrical connector. The actuation facilitates coupling between the connector and the charge receptacle. A flow of electrical current is initiated through the coupled connector and charge receptacle to charge the EV power storage device. Upon completion of the EV charging process, the electrical connector and the charge receptacle are actuated away from one another to facilitate decoupling therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2019
    Publication date: February 25, 2021
    Applicant: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Thomas A. Fuhlbrigge, Gregory A. Cole, William J. Eakins, Sangeun Choi, Martin Krucinski
  • Patent number: 10931212
    Abstract: Unique systems, methods, techniques and apparatuses of motor starters are disclosed. One exemplary embodiment is a synchronous machine including a plurality of stator phase windings, a rotor, a motor starter, and a controller. The motor starter includes a plurality of wye semiconductor switches and a plurality of delta semiconductor switches. The controller is structured to operate the plurality of wye semiconductor switches and the plurality of delta semiconductor switches so as to couple the plurality of stator phase windings in a delta configuration while an angular speed of the rotor is less than a synchronous speed, and structured to operate the plurality of wye semiconductor switches and the plurality of delta semiconductor switches so as to couple the plurality of stator phase windings in a wye configuration in response to the angular speed of the rotor being equal to the synchronous speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Robert F. McElveen, Jr., Jukka Jarvinen
  • Patent number: 10929811
    Abstract: Systems, methods and software for mapping locations of cartons are provided. The method includes, for a first carton, assigning a first identifier to the first carton received for positioning in: a pallet space of a pallet, or in a container space of a container. The method includes determining one or more physical properties of the first carton. The method includes associating the one or more physical properties of the first carton with the first identifier. The method includes determining an as-positioned location of the first carton in the pallet space or in the container space. The method includes generating a three-dimensional (3D) map of the pallet space or the container space. The 3D is generated based on: the determined one or more physical properties of the first carton, and the determined as-positioned location of the first carton in the pallet space or in the container space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Gregory A. Cole, Thomas A. Fuhlbrigge
  • Patent number: 10926928
    Abstract: A reinforced cable tie generally includes an elongate strap, a head attached to a first end of the strap and a continuous fiber reinforcement disposed in and extending substantially continuously along a path defining at least one of the strap and the head. The head has one or more apertures formed therein and a locking device disposed in the aperture of the head. The locking device is configured to permit a second end of the strap opposite the head to be inserted through the head aperture in a first direction and is further configured to prevent movement of the second end of the strap from the head aperture in a second direction opposite the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Nikolaus Zant, Harald Martini, Kathryn F. Murphy, Mark Drane, Dariusz Bednarowski, Marco Schneider, Yan Gao, Jens Rocks
  • Patent number: 10928815
    Abstract: A computer system is configured to process alarm activations received from technical systems, where an alarm activation represents a deviation of the technical status of a technical system from normal. The system includes: a data storage interface for receiving alarm activations in data storage, where the recorded alarm activations correspond to alarms; a data processor for: determining, from the recorded alarm activations, time intervals for alarm analysis; and computing similarity measures between the time intervals that depend on the occurrence of the recorded alarm activations in the time intervals, and where the contribution of an alarm activation to the similarity of two time intervals is reduced with an increasing occurrence of the alarm in the time intervals; and a user interface configured to provide pairs of time intervals to an operator of the one or more technical systems that include time intervals with similarity measures indicating similar alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: ABB SCHWEIZ AG
    Inventors: Martin Hollender, Matus Harvan
  • Patent number: 10921060
    Abstract: A furnace assembly for a metal-making process, including: an electric arc furnace configured for flat bath operation and having a bottom, and an electromagnetic stirrer configured to be arranged underneath the bottom of the electric arc furnace to enable stirring of molten metal in the electric arc furnace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignees: ABB Schweiz AG, Tenova S.p.A.
    Inventors: Lidong Teng, Anders Lehman, Hongliang Yang, Andrea Grasselli, Maria Silvio Reali
  • Patent number: 10919088
    Abstract: A method of controlling an electromagnetic stirrer arranged around a submerged entry nozzle (SEN) of a tundish provided with a stopper rod to control throughput of the tundish, the SEN being configured to provide tapping of molten metal from the tundish and the electromagnetic stirrer being configured to generate a rotating magnetic field in the SEN, wherein the method includes controlling the electromagnetic stirrer to operate only when a gas flow rate through the stopper rod is in a first range of 1.5 NL/min to 20 NL/min.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignees: ABB Schweiz AG, ArcelorMittal
    Inventors: Bengt Rydholm, Fredrik Sandberg, Hongliang Yang, Jan-Erik Eriksson, Jean-Marie Galpin, Bruno Langlet, Jean-Luc Curé, Nicolas Triolet, Thierry Lecoester
  • Patent number: 10923900
    Abstract: An electronic protection device for a LV electric line, the protection device being provided with a control unit comprising a controller including digital data processing resources clocked by a first clock source adapted to provide a first flock signal with a first nominal clock frequency. The control unit comprises a clock testing arrangement adapted to check whether the first clock source is properly operating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Agostino Butti, Antonio Currá, Luca Ghezzi, Vittorio Cozzi
  • Patent number: 10924053
    Abstract: The invention relates to electric drive apparatuses used in different industries for different applications more particularly to a method for remote support of an electric drive apparatus. The method comprises: starting in a first apparatus a remote support tool application, said first apparatus having a connection with an at least one electric drive apparatus in a local site, forwarding by said first apparatus an indication of a configuration parameter data user interface of said first apparatus to a third apparatus in a remote site, and receiving by said first apparatus from said third apparatus at least one tagged version of a screen of the configuration parameter data user interface of said first apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Zhongliang Hu, Pasi Koivumäki, Mikko Korpinen
  • Publication number: 20210039159
    Abstract: A method of determining a temperature distribution in a mold plate of a mold for a metal-making process, wherein the method includes: obtaining a temperature value from each of a plurality of temperature sensors arranged in the mold plate, each temperature sensor being spaced apart from a respective reference point in the mold plate, determining for each temperature value a reference point temperature value at the corresponding reference point using either a respective linear function or a respective non-linear function, wherein a correction factor and correction term of the linear function or a set of parameters in a general non-linear formulation of the non-linear function is obtained from a plurality of initial temperature relationships, wherein each initial temperature relationship is between a simulated temperature at the corresponding temperature sensor in the mold plate and a simulated temperature at the corresponding reference point in the mold plate, each simulated temperature being obtained based on
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Publication date: February 11, 2021
    Applicant: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventor: Martin Sedén
  • Patent number: 10913167
    Abstract: A sealing arrangement for application in a robot joint. The sealing arrangement includes: a circular sealing assembly arranged between a swing and a base of the robot joint in a longitudinal direction, the circular sealing assembly defining a tubular cavity in a circumferential direction and having a gas inlet and a gas outlet; and an air channel coupled to the gas inlet and operable to continuously conduct pressured air flow into the cavity to maintain an air pressure inside the cavity above an air pressure outside the cavity, and thereby a high-speed airflow out of the gas outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Yuhong Gong, Xiaodong Cao, Yun Ha, Xinguo Fu, Linjian Liang