Patents Assigned to Somfy SAS
  • Patent number: 10416622
    Abstract: A method of operating a home-automation installation, the home-automation installation including items of equipment fixed in a building and a mobile unit for controlling the items of equipment, the elements communicating over a home-automation network, each element being furnished with an identifier which is specific to it and with an authentication key specific to the home-automation network, termed “common key”, identical for all the elements and authenticating an element's membership of the home-automation network, The method includes a step of locating the mobile control unit and delivering an item of position information, then a step of pinpointing using at least the item of position information to pinpoint a particular item of equipment, the pinpointing step allowing the identification of the particular item of equipment and allowing the locating of the particular item of equipment in a mode of configuration of the home-automation installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: SOMFY SAS
    Inventors: Pierre Mignot, Isabelle Duchene, Stephane Lapierre
  • Patent number: 10401812
    Abstract: A home automation installation includes several sensors, several pieces of controlled home automation equipment, and a control unit communicating with the sensors and the controlled home automation equipment. To control this installation, it is provided to select a control scenario by the control unit for at least one parameterized sensor from among the sensors, at a current moment belonging to a periodic time range from among one or more time ranges associated with the parameterized sensor, and as a function of at least one current value of the signal coming from the parameterized sensor, then to send, by the control unit to at least one of the pieces of controlled home automation equipment, at least one order depending on the selected control scenario.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: SOMFY SAS
    Inventors: Isabelle Duchene, Frederic Devis, Pierre-Yves Cogne, Alexandre Espinasse
  • Patent number: 10372099
    Abstract: Method for configuring an actuator (2) for the operation of a moving element (3) for closure, solar protection, privacy or screening, said actuator comprising a gear motor (4) and a gear motor electronic control unit (5), said electronic control unit incorporating a memory (51) in which at least one range of travel of the element has been pre-recorded, and said method comprising a step for the relative modification of the magnitude of at least one range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: SOMFY SAS
    Inventors: Eric Barralon, Jean-François Bocquet
  • Patent number: 10345776
    Abstract: A method for controlling and/or monitoring at least one actuator of a visual or thermal comfort device in a building, includes the steps of: collecting data from a plurality of control points configured to send at least one control order to at least one actuator, the data including, for at least each control point, information relating to an instantaneous measurement value of a physical quantity relating to comfort or to the energy consumption in the building. The measurement value is determined at the location of the control point. The method further includes the step of exploiting the data, wherein the exploitation includes the definition of at least one correspondence between an instantaneous measurement value of a physical quantity and a spatial location of the measurement of the physical quantity in the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: SOMFY SAS
    Inventors: Pierre Emmanuel Cavarec, Fabien Rousseau
  • Patent number: 10254000
    Abstract: A device for control and/or command of a visual or thermal comfort element or security element of a building includes a display screen, and an electronic control unit provided with a communication module arranged so as to receive data, according to a wireless communication protocol, originating from a complementary communication module of a central entity arranged so as to control and/or command the at least one visual or thermal comfort element or security element. The central entity is arranged to employ and transmit to the electronic control unit representative data relating to the visual or thermal comfort to electrical consumption or to the security of the building. The electronic control unit generates a display configuration based on at least one datum of content and at least one display descriptive datum defining the arrangement of a display of the at least one datum of content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: SOMFY SAS
    Inventors: Pierre Mignot, Pierre Emmanuel Cavarec
  • Patent number: 10241522
    Abstract: A communication method for a home automation actuator comprising an electric motor driving a moving element in a building and two electric terminals making it possible to power the actuator by a power supply and communication entity (IMS) and allowing communication between the actuator and the power supply and communication entity (IMS), the method comprising the following steps: analysis of a power supply signal supplied by the power supply and communication entity; generation of a first time-sequence of a response signal, representative of a first predetermined calibration information element, called first calibration sequence; sending of a series of time-sequences of the response signal, representative of a series of information elements, each information element of this series, equal to the calibration information element, being represented by a time-sequence which is an image of the first calibration sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Somfy SAS
    Inventors: Claude Desbiolles, Florian Germain, Daniel Mugnier, Stephane Riffaud
  • Patent number: 10234836
    Abstract: A method for operating a control device of a home automation installation of a building, the control device comprising a data input device and a display device, the control device being configured so as to control the operation of home automation equipment items and communicate with sensors, the method including automatic operation configuration steps of selecting an icon representing a first condition for implementation of an action relating to the installation out of a proposed set of condition icons, positioning the first selected condition in a matrix table accommodating the condition icons, selecting an icon representing a second condition for implementation of an action relating to the installation, and positioning the icon representing the second condition on a same row or a same column as the icon representing the first condition in the matrix table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: SOMFY SAS
    Inventors: Isabelle Duchene, Frédéric Devis, Pierre-Yves Cogne
  • Patent number: 10233691
    Abstract: This actuator for driving a home-automation screen includes an electric motor (M), a reduction gear (R) for transmitting the movement of the motor to the home-automation screen and a brake. The actuator includes a direct current electronic switching motor (M) and a mechanical brake (2) having a continuous drag torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: SOMFY SAS
    Inventor: Frank Schadlich
  • Patent number: 10197975
    Abstract: A method for operating an installation for the automated control of the conditions in a building, the installation including a central control unit, electrical equipment items with which areas of the building are equipped and a unit for managing sensor(s) suitable for measuring an input physical quantity, includes modelling the building and the building areas, obtaining at least one first value of the input physical quantity measured by the sensor(s), iteratively determining values of at least one output physical quantity, as a function of at least one second value of the input physical quantity, of the model of the building and of the areas of the building, and using the determined values in order to control the electrical equipment items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: SOMFY SAS
    Inventors: Thierry Beaujeu, Serge Neuman, Morgan Roux, Eric Cheron
  • Patent number: 10185293
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for controlling a motor-driven mobile screen having adjustable slats by means of an electromechanical actuator in a building, the control being implemented from a control interface including at least one control button for extending the screen and an element for assisting in the movement for adjusting the slats. The invention also relates to a control interface for implementing the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: SOMFY SAS
    Inventor: Morgan Roux
  • Patent number: 10174553
    Abstract: The disclosed method enables control of an actuator for winding a blackout screen around a winding shaft. The actuator includes at least one electric motor. The method includes: at least one step that involves using an electronic unit to detect screen locking, during lowering or raising, by detecting a torque exerted by the motor on the winding shaft, the torque being determined on the basis of a current for supplying power to the motor; and a step that involves stopping the motor when a signal representing the detected current is greater than a threshold value. The electronic unit is parametrizable. Moreover, the method includes at least one additional step, used when the signal representing the detected current is less than the threshold value and involving detecting, on the basis of the detected current, a localized change in the shape of the screen, during lowering, by using the same electronic unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: SOMFY SAS
    Inventor: David Mugnier
  • Patent number: 10107033
    Abstract: A method for operationally controlling a motor-driven device for driving a home automated closure or sun-shading apparatus includes at least the following steps: —measuring (E21), via a measuring device, a first value of the strength of an electrical current passing through an electric motor; —determining (E24) a difference in strength relative to the first measured strength value after a period of time starting from the moment that the first strength value is measured has elapsed; —selecting (E25) one of the first threshold strength values on the basis of the elapsed time period; —comparing (E26) the difference in strength determined relative to the selected threshold strength value; and —determining (E27) the presence or absence of an obstacle or end of travel on the basis of the result of the comparison step (E26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: SOMFY SAS
    Inventor: David Mugnier
  • Patent number: 10072460
    Abstract: The invention relates to a screen device (10) comprising a screen (16) movable between a retracted position and a deployed position, bearing on a load bar (12), and motorized by an installation comprising at least two winding units (24), each comprising a winding coil (26) associated with a driving gear motor (28), the winding coils (26) being guided to rotate relative to the box (18) mechanically independently from one another. A control circuit (32) synchronizes the two winding units (24) by driving each gear motor (28) so as to ensure the horizontal position of the load bar. To that end, the control circuit (32) is connected to one or more sensors (34), for example accelerometers, delivering a signal representative of the levelness of the load bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Somfy SAS
    Inventors: Pierre-Emmanuel Cavarec, Sebastien Lemaitre
  • Patent number: 10027264
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for generating control signals for managing the operation of a synchronous motor with one or more permanent magnets (1) comprising a stator (2), the stator comprising a number P of phases (3, 4, 5), a rotor, the rotor comprising said permanent magnet or magnets, a switching module (6) provided with a plurality of switches (K1-K6), a number N of Hall-effect sensors sensitive to a rotating electromagnetic field induced by said permanent magnet or magnets, N being no lower than 2 and strictly lower than P, the method comprising a step of acquiring status information transmitted by the sensors (9, 10) and a step of estimating at least one piece of complementary information on the basis of status information transmitted by the sensors (9, 10), the complementary information characterizing the status variation of at least one virtual sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: SOMFY SAS
    Inventors: David Mugnier, Florian Germain
  • Patent number: 10017986
    Abstract: A winding device for a windable screen of a closure or sun-protection home-automation installation, includes: a winding tube movable around a rotation axis; a hollow sleeve positioned at one of the two ends and inside the winding tube; a tubular electromechanical actuator inserted inside the hollow sleeve; and two supports, each support being positioned across from one of two ends of the winding tube. The tubular electromechanical actuator includes: a case, and a closing off element positioned at one end of the case. The closing off element has a front face positioned in a plane parallel to a wall of one of the two supports, and includes first fastening elements cooperating with second fastening elements of the support. The hollow sleeve includes a first stop cooperating with a stop of the closing off element, and a second stop cooperating with the end of the winding where the sleeve is inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: SOMFY SAS
    Inventor: Adrien Brondex
  • Patent number: 10000968
    Abstract: An electromechanical actuator (11) includes a sealing element (21) provided with a housing (22), an electronic control unit (15) electrically connected to a first electrical connector (23), and a power supply cable (18) including, at one of the ends of same, a second electrical connector (24). The second connector (24) includes an elastic tab (26) provided with a stop element (27) cooperating with a recess (28) provided in the housing (22), and a first bending area (32) provided at the junction between a first end (26a) of the elastic tab (26) and a body (25) of the second connector (24). The stop element (27) is provided at a second free end (26b) of the elastic tab (26). The elastic tab (26) includes a second bending area (33) provided at the junction between an arm (37) and the stop element (27) of the elastic tab (26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: SOMFY SAS
    Inventors: Florian Bodet, Beatrice Ducornetz, Fabrizio Girola
  • Patent number: 9991840
    Abstract: A method for controlling and/or protecting an actuator of a piece of mobile equipment of a building, the actuator comprising a motor, comprises the steps consisting of: (E1) providing an instantaneous signal representative of the electrical power provided to the motor, (E2) carrying out a sampling of values of the instantaneous signal, (E3) performing a control of each sampled value according to a first protection criterion of the actuator, and issuing a first piece of anomaly information for each sampled value that does not satisfy the first criterion, (E3?) acquiring a set of values from the sampled values, (E4?) performing a control according to a second protection criterion of the actuator applied to all of the acquired sampled values, and issuing a second piece of anomaly information for all of the acquired sampled values that do not satisfy the second protection criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: SOMFY SAS
    Inventors: Nicolas Terrier, David Mugnier
  • Patent number: 9954951
    Abstract: A communication method and device for remote control of an actuator for mobile equipment in a building. The present invention concerns an operating method of a communication device (DC) for remote control of an actuator (ACT) for a piece of mobile equipment (ME) in a building, comprising the steps consisting of receiving a first signal (RS) according to a determined configuration communication mode (MCi), defining an operational communication mode (MUO) on the basis of at least a portion of the content of the first received signal (RS), receiving a second signal (RS2) according to the operational communication mode (MUO), and interpreting the second received signal (RS2) according to the operational communication mode (MUO), in such a way as to identify control data in the second received signal (RS2). The invention also concerns a method for configuring a communication device of an actuator, and a communication device and a tool for configuring said device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: SOMFY SAS
    Inventor: Florent Pellarin
  • Patent number: D831050
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Somfy SAS
    Inventors: Isabelle Duchene, Frederic Devis, Bruno de Lescure, Marie Coulomb, Romain Passelande
  • Patent number: D850414
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: SOMFY SAS
    Inventors: Thomas Desagre, Frederic Strubi, Philippe Bajard