Patents Assigned to Johnson Controls Technology Company
  • Patent number: 11527972
    Abstract: An actuator in a HVAC system includes a motor and a drive device driven by the motor. The drive device is coupled to a movable HVAC component for driving the movable HVAC component between multiple positions. The actuator includes an input connection configured to receive an input signal and a processing circuit coupled to the motor. The processing circuit is configured to determine whether the input signal is an AC voltage signal or a DC voltage signal. The processing circuit is configured to operate the motor using an AC motor control technique in response to determining that the input signal is an AC voltage signal and configured to operate the motor using a DC motor control technique in response to determining that the input signal is a DC voltage signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Robert K. Alexander, Gary A. Romanowich, Bernard P. Clement
  • Patent number: 11513489
    Abstract: A variable air volume controller includes a communications interface and a processing circuit. The communications interface is configured to facilitate communication with an external device and building equipment. The processing circuit is configured to store a plurality of predefined, selectable-applications; receive a selection of one of the plurality of predefined, selectable-applications; and implement the selected application such that the building equipment is controlled according to the selected application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: William R. Kuckuk, Christopher J. McCann, Claude E. Doyle, Jr., Brandon A. Sloat, Jacob R. Sheahan
  • Patent number: 11507063
    Abstract: A building management system (BMS) includes sensors that measure time series values of building variables and a deterministic model generator that uses historical values for the time series of building variables to train a deterministic model that predicts deterministic values for the time series. The BMS includes a stochastic model generator that uses differences between actual values for the time series and the predicted deterministic values to train a stochastic model that predicts a stochastic value for the time series. The BMS includes a forecast adjuster that adjusts the predicted deterministic values using the predicted stochastic value to generate an adjusted forecast for the time series. The BMS includes a demand response optimizer that uses the adjusted forecast to generate an optimal set of control actions for building equipment of the BMS. The building equipment operate to affect the building variables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Mohammad N. Elbsat, Michael J. Wenzel
  • Patent number: 11493220
    Abstract: A HVAC controller includes a housing and one or more heat-generating components contained within the housing. The heat-generating components cause a temperature inside the housing to exceed a temperature outside the housing. The controller includes a temperature sensor configured to measure the temperature inside the housing and a controller event detector configured to detect, for at least one of the heat-generating components, a controller event that generates heat inside the housing. The controller further includes a temperature compensation module configured to identify a steady-state temperature gain associated with the detected controller event, to calculate a temperature offset using a summation of the steady-state temperature gain, to determine the temperature of the building zone outside the housing by subtracting the temperature offset from the temperature measured inside the housing, and to store the temperature offset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Michael J. Ajax, Justin J. Seifi
  • Patent number: 11487259
    Abstract: A building management system that includes a plurality of slave devices, a remote server comprising a slave device configuration database, and a master controller. The master controller is configured to receive slave device configuration information stored in the slave device configuration database. The slave device configuration information includes at least one of cooling tower configuration parameters, chilled water pump configuration parameters, condenser water pump configuration parameters, air handling unit configuration parameters, rooftop air handling unit configuration parameters, variable air volume unit configuration parameters, chiller device configuration parameters, a rated device capacity, a rated device power, and a rated device speed. The master controller is further configured to control the plurality of slave devices using the slave device configuration information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventor: Homero L. Noboa
  • Publication number: 20220299233
    Abstract: A method for controlling temperature in a building zone to increase comfort and energy efficiency is shown. The method includes receiving historical data, the historical data indicative of the temperature and occupancy of the building zone during one or more historical states. The method includes training a system model to represent a dynamic response of the building zone based on the historical data. The method includes determining a control law by optimizing a policy function implemented as a neural network configured to process the trained system model. The method includes performing online control of the building zone using the control law.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2021
    Publication date: September 22, 2022
    Applicant: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventor: Michael James Risbeck
  • Publication number: 20220299953
    Abstract: A controller for making initiating actions in a building management system (BMS) is shown. The controller includes a processing circuit configured to receive location data relating to the building occupant located at a first location outside of a building. The processing circuit is configured to, in response to determining the first location is within a first distance range of the building, provide control signals to a first subsystem of the BMS. The processing circuit is configured to receive location data relating to the building occupant located at a second location outside of the building. The processing circuit is configured to, in response to determining that the second location is within a second distance range of the building, provide control signals to a second subsystem of the BMS.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2021
    Publication date: September 22, 2022
    Applicant: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Amit R. Patil, Steve E. Trivelpiece, Michael J. Paolella, Richard John Campero, Michelangelo Palella, Sanjeev Hasiza
  • Patent number: 11449015
    Abstract: A building management system with artificial intelligence based control of a building includes data collectors are configured to receive data and generate data streams for subsystems of the building. The system includes a learning engine configured to identify a building state of the building by correlating data of the data streams for the subsystems and provide the identified building state to cognitive agents. The system includes the cognitive agents, each of the cognitive agents configured to receive the identified building state from the learning engine, generate a control decision based on the received building state, and operate at least one of the plurality of subsystems of the building to control a physical condition of the building based on the control decision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: JOHNSON CONTROLS TECHNOLOGY COMPANY
    Inventors: Robert Locke, Sudhi R. Sinha
  • Patent number: 11449022
    Abstract: A building management system includes an entity database, a software defined gateway, and an entity service. The entity database stores a plurality of interconnected smart entities including object entities representing a plurality of physical devices, people, or spaces and data entities representing data associated with the plurality of physical devices, people, or spaces. The smart entities are interconnected by relational objects indicating relationships between the object entities and the data entities. The software defined gateway is configured to receive information technology (IT) data and operational technology (OT) data from a plurality of different data sources. The entity service is configured to create a new smart entity in the entity database or update an existing smart entity in the entity database using the IT data and the OT data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: JOHNSON CONTROLS TECHNOLOGY COMPANY
    Inventors: Youngchoon Park, Sudhi R. Sinha, Vaidhyanathan Venkiteswaran, Erik S. Paulson, Vijaya S. Chennupati
  • Publication number: 20220275963
    Abstract: A flow control device for controlling flow in a heating, ventilation, or air conditioning (HVAC) system is shown. The flow control device includes a valve body including an inlet path, an outlet path, a valve member, and a valve stem coupled to the valve member. The flow control device includes a first sensor configured to obtain pressure measurements within the valve body, a second sensor configured to obtain displacement measurements of the valve stem, and a controller including a processing circuit configured to determine a flowrate based at least on the pressure measurements from the first sensor and the displacement measurements from the second sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2021
    Publication date: September 1, 2022
    Applicant: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Jason J. Raasch, Christopher Brophy, Kevin A. Weiss, Duane S. Freimuth
  • Patent number: 11422687
    Abstract: A building energy management includes building equipment, one or more data platform services, a timeseries database, and an energy management application. The building equipment operate to monitor and control a variable and provide raw data samples of a data point associated with the variable. The timeseries database stores a plurality of timeseries associated with the data point. The plurality of timeseries include a timeseries of the raw data samples and the one or more optimized data timeseries generated by the data platform services based on the raw data timeseries. The energy management application generates an ad hoc dashboard including a widget and associates the widget with the data point. The widget displays a graphical visualization of the plurality of timeseries associated with the data point and includes interactive user interface options for switching between the plurality of timeseries associated with the data point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: JOHNSON CONTROLS TECHNOLOGY COMPANY
    Inventors: Youngchoon Park, Vijaya S. Chennupati, Sudhi Sinha, Justin Ploegert
  • Publication number: 20220260268
    Abstract: A building management system includes a communications bus, field devices connected to the communications bus, a cloud service including a machine learning engine; and a controller for an HVAC device. The controller communicates with the communications bus and the cloud service and is configured to transmit messages through the communications bus to the field devices, compile a list of connected field devices, receive sample data from the connected field devices, and transmit the sample data from the connected field devices to the cloud service. The controller is further configured to receive identifying characteristics for each of the connected field devices from the cloud service and to select a control logic file for the HVAC device based on the identifying characteristics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2022
    Publication date: August 18, 2022
    Applicant: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Sourav Bandyopadhyay, Sushant Trivedi
  • Patent number: 11416017
    Abstract: A building manager includes a communications interface configured to receive information from a smart energy grid. The building manager further includes an integrated control layer configured to receive inputs from and to provide outputs to a plurality of building subsystems. The integrated control layer includes a plurality of control algorithm modules configured to process the inputs and to determine the outputs. The building manager further includes a fault detection and diagnostics layer configured to use statistical analysis on the inputs received from the integrated control layer to detect and diagnose faults. The building manager yet further includes a demand response layer configured to process the information received from the smart energy grid to determine adjustments to the plurality of control algorithms of the integrated control layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Clay G. Nesler, Kirk H. Drees, James P. Kummer, Derek Supple, Marc D. Andraca, John I. Ruiz, Paul Harrison Rode
  • Patent number: 11409514
    Abstract: A building management system includes a system manager and a cloud-based data platform. The system manager is configured to identify building equipment and generate a reported network tree listing the building equipment. The cloud-based data platform is configured to receive the reported network tree from the system manager, generate a list of bound properties of the building equipment based on the reported network tree, and create timeseries for the bound properties of the building equipment. The system manager is configured to detect a change of value (COV) of a bound property listed in the list of bound properties and post a sample of the bound property to the timeseries in response to detecting the COV of the bound property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Pravin J. Duraisingh, Lisa E. Strand
  • Patent number: 11402115
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes systems and methods for pre-programming a thermostat such that operational parameters of the thermostat may be selected by an installer during installation based at least in part on a location of the thermostat. For example, a thermostat communicatively coupled to conditioned air equipment may include location determination logic configured to determine a location of the thermostat with respect to a building for which the conditioned air equipment operates. The thermostat also includes conditioned air equipment control logic comprising a plurality of sets of static location-based temperature control algorithms. Each set of the static location-based temperature control algorithms corresponds to a location of the thermostat with respect to the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Brian D. Rigg, Shaun B. Atchison, Theresa N. Gillette
  • Publication number: 20220229945
    Abstract: A system includes processors configured to perform operations including obtaining a base design resource production of a building asset and a base resource production data set comprising a base resource production of the building asset at a plurality of operating points, calculating a scaled resource production data set comprising a scaled resource production of the building asset at the plurality of operating points by scaling the base resource production data set based on a new design resource production of the building asset relative to the base design resource production of the building asset, generating a resource consumption data set comprising a resource consumption of the building asset at the plurality of operating points based on the scaled resource production data set, and initiating an automated action based on the scaled resource production data set and the resource consumption data set.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2021
    Publication date: July 21, 2022
    Applicant: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Matthew J. Asmus, Steven R. Vitullo, Steven C. Snyder
  • Patent number: 11394576
    Abstract: A method of controlling building equipment to facilitate repurposing of a space includes selecting a first job profile for a space. The first job profile corresponds to a first job to be performed at the space and defines a first set of control logic configured to cause building equipment that serve the space to facilitate the first job. The method includes controlling the building equipment using the first set of control logic and selecting a second job profile for the space in response to determining that a second job different from the first job will be performed at the space. The second job profile corresponds to the second job and defines a second set of control logic configured to cause the building equipment to facilitate the second job. The method includes controlling the building equipment using the second set of control logic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Beth A. Ray, Sheri L. Meyer, Radu M. Dorneanu
  • Patent number: 11391484
    Abstract: A building control system includes one or more processors and one or more non-transitory computer-readable media storing instructions. When executed by the one or more processors, the instructions cause the one or more processors to perform operations including using an artificial intelligence model to adjust a threshold value of a constraint based on user input provided via one or more user devices during a first time period. The user input indicates user satisfaction with an environmental condition of a building space during the first time period. The operations include using the threshold value of the constraint to operate equipment that affect the environmental condition of the building space during a second time period subsequent to the first time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventor: Robert D. Turney
  • Patent number: 11378926
    Abstract: A building management system (BMS) includes building equipment configured to provide samples of one or more data points in the building management system and a timeseries service. The timeseries service is configured to identify a first timeseries processing workflow that uses an input timeseries as an input and defines processing operations to be applied to the samples of the input timeseries, perform the processing operations defined by the first timeseries processing workflow to generate a first derived timeseries comprising a first set of derived timeseries samples, identify a second timeseries processing workflow that uses the first derived timeseries as an input and defines processing operations to be applied to the samples of the first derived timeseries, and perform the processing operations defined by the second timeseries processing workflow to generate a second derived timeseries comprising a second set of derived timeseries samples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: JOHNSON CONTROLS TECHNOLOGY COMPANY
    Inventors: Youngchoon Park, Sudhi R. Sinha, Vaidhyanathan Venkiteswaran, Erik S. Paulson, Vijaya S. Chennupati
  • Patent number: D963679
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Benjamin W. Hapka, Patrick E. Harder, William Schroeder