Patents Assigned to Emerson Electric Co.
  • Patent number: 10557637
    Abstract: Disclosed are exemplary embodiments of systems and methods for facilitating scheduling of comfort controllers such as thermostats. In an exemplary embodiment, a comfort controller is operable to control one or more configurations of a climate control system for providing climate control in a structure. The comfort controller is operable in accordance with a user-selected one of a plurality of stored weekly schedules for operation of the one or more configurations, where each of the plurality of stored weekly schedules provides a plurality of daily time slots and temperature set points, and is based on user-specifications, and where the user-selected weekly schedule is wirelessly received by and completely replaces a current operating weekly schedule on the comfort controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: Thomas B. Lorenz, Gregory Polce
  • Patent number: 10536017
    Abstract: Disclosed are exemplary embodiments of controllers and methods for use in climate control systems. In an exemplary embodiment, a controller for use in a climate control system includes a charger for providing a charge current to a battery of the controller. The controller also includes a variable resistance for selectively limiting the charge current. A control is configured to monitor the charge current and a voltage of the battery. Based on the monitoring, the control varies the resistance to keep the monitored voltage in a range defined by (a) a top charge voltage less than full capacity of the battery and (b) a discharge end voltage greater than a cut-off voltage of the battery. The monitored voltage has a substantially minimized rate of change within the range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: Lihui Tu, Edward B. Evans
  • Patent number: 10512377
    Abstract: An upright vacuum cleaner includes a blower for pulling air and debris through the upright vacuum cleaner, a motor connected to the blower, and a cleaning head for removing the debris from a floor. The cleaning head includes a front wall, a rear wall, a first sidewall, and a second sidewall. The first sidewall and the second sidewall extend between the front wall and rear wall. The vacuum cleaner further includes a debris tube connected to the cleaning head for receiving the debris from the cleaning head. The vacuum cleaner also includes magnet assemblies adapted to prevent metal objects from entering the cleaning head. Each magnet assembly includes a bracket and a magnet. The bracket includes a horizontal plate and a vertical plate. The magnet is connected to the vertical plate. The front wall includes shelves to support the magnet assemblies. Each shelf is arranged to receive one of the magnet assemblies such that the horizontal plate rests on the shelf and the magnet is positioned below the shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventor: Matthew A. Williams
  • Patent number: 10508831
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are disclosed of a climate control system that includes an igniter and a controller having an igniter relay. The controller senses a current level through the igniter and senses voltage between terminals of a second relay of the controller. In a given one of a plurality of operational phases of the system, the controller is configured to compare the sensed current level and sensed voltage to a current level and voltage associated with a specific condition of the igniter, igniter relay, or second relay in the given phase. Based on a result of the comparing, the controller is configured to distinguish between a failure of one of the relays and a failure of the igniter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: John F. Broker, John J. Heller
  • Patent number: 10496065
    Abstract: A monitoring system for monitoring a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system of a building is provided. The monitoring system includes a monitoring server and a monitoring client. The monitoring server is configured to receive an aggregate current value from a monitoring device, wherein the aggregate current value represents a total current flowing through the HVAC system, determine a commanded operating mode of the HVAC system in response to the aggregate current value, wherein operating modes of the HVAC system include at least one of an idle mode and an ON mode, and analyze a system condition of the HVAC system based on the determined commanded operating mode. The monitoring client is configured to command the monitoring server to execute validation testing based on data received from monitoring the HVAC system, display results of validation testing, display real-time system performance data, and display an alert during a system malfunction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: EMERSON ELECTRIC CO.
    Inventors: Justin Dean Conley, Julie Ann Harpring, Jeffrey N. Arensmeier, Paul Layton, Scott Valentine, Thomas Ryan Koby
  • Patent number: 10486162
    Abstract: A food waste disposer system (300) has active noise control of food waste disposer noise that is generated by the food waste disposer (302) when a motor of the food waste disposer (302) is running. The food waste disposer (302) has a food conveying section that conveys food waste to a grinding section. The grinding section has a rotatable shredder plate that is rotated by a motor of a motor section. Active noise sound waves (310) are radiated into an area (313) where the food waste disposer noise is to be controlled at an amplitude and frequency to at least cancel or mask the food waste disposer noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: EMERSON ELECTRIC CO.
    Inventors: Samuel Alberts, Thomas R. Berger
  • Patent number: 10488044
    Abstract: A method of assembling a pilot burner assembly for use with a gas fired appliance includes inserting a retention element of a gas supply line through a slot defined by a retaining ledge of a second bracket plate, rotating an outlet orifice of the gas supply line such that the second retention element engages the retaining ledge, and inserting a pilot guard through first and second pilot guard apertures defined by respective first and second bracket plates such that a retention element of the pilot guard cooperatively engages the retention element of the gas supply line to maintain a connection between the pilot guard and the gas supply line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: James B. Prichard, Mark H. Stark, Soraya C. Mendoza, Arturo U. Olague, Jorge D. Viesca, John S. Haefner
  • Patent number: 10480811
    Abstract: A safety gas valve relay driving circuit for an HVAC system includes a gas valve relay including an output for selectively enabling and disabling a gas valve in an HVAC system according to an energization state of the gas valve relay, and a charge pump circuit to control energization of the gas valve relay. The charge pump circuit includes a charge pump capacitor. The driving circuit also includes first and second inputs for receiving first and second driving signals from at least one controller, a low-pass filter coupled between the first input and the charge pump circuit to filter the received first driving signal, and a high-pass filter watchdog circuit coupled between the second input and the charge pump circuit to filter the received second driving signal. Example methods of driving a gas valve relay for an HVAC system are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: EMERSON ELECTRIC CO.
    Inventors: Cuiyun Chen, Yindan Zhang, Yonglong Hu
  • Publication number: 20190338501
    Abstract: A control unit is located under a kitchen sink. The control unit controls the timing of the power demand from each device so that they can all be run from a single electrical circuit coupled to the control unit. The control unit also accommodates sensors and other accessories such as flow meters, electronic faucets, leak detectors, shutoff valves, and state communication either wired or wireless which allows these sensors and other accessories to be added with little additional cost beyond the cost of the sensors and other accessories.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Applicant: EMERSON ELECTRIC CO.
    Inventor: Nicholas J. HIRSCH
  • Patent number: 10426308
    Abstract: Described are methods, apparatuses, and systems for securing a vacuum appliance to a vacuum device including a first locking adapter that includes a tab and a second locking adapter that includes a receiving slot. The first and second adapters form an airtight seal when the tab is received by the slot by rotating one adapter relative to the other. The receiving slot can include a slot terminus to restrict rotational movement of the first adapter relative to the second. The apparatus can further include a securing slot that can secure the tab within a slot terminus such that a portion of the second locking adapter adjacent to the receiving slot is adapted to flex. Through the described rotation, the first and second adapters tighten and become rigid thus minimizing both the slippage between these two elements and the leakage between the vacuum device and any attached appliances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: Terrence L. Stanek, Mark Tomasiak
  • Patent number: 10413146
    Abstract: An upright vacuum cleaner includes a cleaning head having a suction opening defined along a bottom thereof, a handle assembly connected to the cleaning head, a motor, and a blower connected to the motor and operable to generate suction through the suction opening upon operation of the motor. The vacuum cleaner further includes an electrical connection interface selectively connectable to a direct current (DC) power source and an alternating current (AC) power source. The electrical connection interface is electrically connectable to the motor via an electrical path such that an AC current is supplied to the motor when the AC power source is connected to the electrical connection interface, and a DC current is supplied to the motor when the DC power source is connected to the electrical connection interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: Matthew A. Williams, Thomas E. Fogarty, Alex J. Wall, John L. Theising
  • Patent number: 10407884
    Abstract: A control unit (100) is in use located under a kitchen sink. The control unit (100) controls the timing of the power demand from each device so that they can all be run from a single electrical circuit coupled to the control unit (100). The control unit (100) also accommodates sensors and other accessories such as flow meters (134), electronic faucets (114), leak detectors (118), shutoff valves (136), and state communication either wired or wireless which allows these sensors and other accessories to be added with little additional cost beyond the cost of the sensors and other accessories. A common faucet base (302) is disposed in use on an underside of a sink. The common faucet base (302) is configured to accommodate a plurality of faucet heads (304) having different faucet styles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: EMERSON ELECTRIC CO.
    Inventor: Nicholas J. Hirsch
  • Patent number: D860011
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: Corey Berman, Bai Liang, William D. Rhodes
  • Patent number: D865305
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: Alex J. Wall, Douglas C. Schultz, Phuong Le
  • Patent number: D867702
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: Alex J. Wall, Mark J. Tomasiak
  • Patent number: D868404
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: Alex J. Wall, Douglas C. Schultz, Phuong Le
  • Patent number: D871544
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: Gregory E. Sisk, Terry F. Farace
  • Patent number: D872232
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: Gregory E. Sisk, Terry F. Farace
  • Patent number: D872233
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: Gregory E. Sisk, Terry F. Farace
  • Patent number: D874765
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: Jeremy Sanders, Matthew A. Williams, Taylor Fauss, Thomas L. McCue