Patents Examined by Anthony Whittington
  • Patent number: 9285789
    Abstract: A cogeneration unit and wind power joint heating system and a scheduling method therefor. The joint heating system comprises a coal-fired steam-extraction condensing-steam cogeneration unit (A), a wind turbine generator unit (B), an air conditioner heat pump (108) parallel-connected to the coal-fired steam-extraction condensing-steam cogeneration unit (A) and to the wind turbine generator unit (B) via a power cable network (113), and a hot water heating radiator (110) connected to the coal-fired steam-extraction condensing-steam cogeneration unit (A) via a heating pipe network (114). The joint heating system also comprises an integrated scheduling control device (115), a first remote centralized controller (1121), a second remote centralized controller (1122), and a third remote centralized controller (1123).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignees: State Grid Corporation of China, Chongqing Electric Power Research Institute
    Inventors: Hongyu Long, Kunyao Xu, Jianjun He, Xingzhe Hou, Ruilin Xu, Kai Wu
  • Patent number: 9278420
    Abstract: A contacting or non-contacting probe (2) is mounted to a spindle (6), preferably a tool spindle, of a machining device, such as a chamfering device (4), whereby it has a home position retracted out of the way of the machining (e.g. chamfering) process and an active position where it can contact a workpiece before or after the machining (e.g. chamfering) process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Inventors: William D. McGlasson, Kenneth E. Glasow
  • Patent number: 9239576
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to apply multiple trip limits to a device in a process control system are disclosed. An example method involves monitoring a value of a parameter associated with the operation of the device and receiving an input indicative of an operational state of the device, where a first input indicates a first operational state and a second input indicates a second operational state. If the first input is received, comparing via a function block the value of the parameter to a first trip limit, and if the second input is received, comparing via the function block the value of the parameter to a second trip limit, and implementing a response based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Fisher-Rosemount Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Richard Bellville, Gary Keith Law, Godfrey R. Sherriff, David Mark Smith
  • Patent number: 9229437
    Abstract: A system, a method and a computer program product for determining an amount of an electric power to be generated in an electric power system and determining a total cost for generating the amount of electric power while satisfying at least one contingency constraint and one or more customer request. The system creates an optimization problem for calculating amount of the electric power to be generated and a total cost for generating the calculated amount of the electric power while meeting the at least one contingency constraint. The system runs the optimization problem in real-time. The system outputs, from the optimization problem, an output specifying the calculated amount of the electric power and the total cost to generate the calculated amount of the electric power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jayant R. Kalagnanam, Dung Phan
  • Patent number: 9223323
    Abstract: A user-friendly programmable thermostat is described that includes a circular body having a large central display surrounded by a ring that can be rotated an pressed inward by a user so as to receive user input in a simple elegant fashion. Different colors can be displayed to the user to indicate currently active HVAC functions, and different shades of colors can be displayed to a user to indicate an estimated amount of time and/or energy for reaching a target temperature. The thermostat is wall mountable and is made up of a head unit removeably mounted to a backplate. A locking mechanism can be provided so as to increase security against unauthorized removal of the head unit. The backplate can be adapted to be mounted on a wall so as to be level, for example by including a bubble level on the backplate. One or more vents are preferably located on the sides of the body, such as in a gap beneath the translatably mounted ring, and/or in a gap between the head unit and the backplate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Michael James Matas, David Sloo, Michael Plitkins, Anthony Michael Fadell, Matthew Lee Rogers, John Benjamin Filson, Brian Huppi, Fred Bould
  • Patent number: 9207665
    Abstract: The heat treatment apparatus that increases a temperature of a processing object and performs a heat treatment in a constant temperature, the heat treatment apparatus includes: a processing chamber which accommodates the processing object; a heating unit which heats the processing object accommodated in the processing chamber; a memory unit which stores two or more temperature control models that are previously created, a temperature controller which controls a temperature of the heating unit; and an apparatus controller which controls the temperature controller and the memory unit, wherein the apparatus controller selects a temperature control model among the two or more temperature control models according to desired heat treatment conditions, and wherein the temperature controller reads out the selected temperature control model from the memory unit to control the heating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Inventors: Goro Takahashi, Takahito Kasai, Takanori Saito, Wenling Wang, Koji Yoshii, Tatsuya Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 9207682
    Abstract: A water pump controlled by a microcontroller and operated to pump hot water for specific recirculation periods during a multi-day cycle. The recirculation periods are determined from hot water usage data logged by the microcontroller during a logging period occurring in the previous multi-day cycle. A preferred cycle is during a seven-day, or one-week, period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Taco, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael E. McNamara, Robert Kellicker, Christian Gonzales
  • Patent number: 9202187
    Abstract: A plant operation support system of one embodiment includes a condition setting unit, a characteristic data storage unit, and a predicting unit. The condition setting unit sets a power supply amount to be supplied from the plant to an outside, and a target recovery rate of carbon dioxide to be generated by the thermal power generation facility. The characteristic data storage unit stores characteristic data representing a capability of recovering carbon dioxide by the carbon dioxide recovery facility, which varies according to operating output of the thermal power generation facility. The predicting unit predicts a fuel consumption amount in the thermal power generation facility and a recovery amount of carbon dioxide in the carbon dioxide recovery facility based on contents set by the condition setting unit and contents stored in the characteristic data storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Hideki Noda, Reiko Obara, Takenori Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9201988
    Abstract: A process and system for generating a specification for customized devices, such as rehabilitation or assistive devices, including prostheses and orthoses, or sports padding or equipment. A digital model, which is fully parameterized at least for characterizing clinical shape characteristics and functional characteristics of the device, is populated with a plurality of design parameter values and 3-dimensional coordinates of captured and calculated virtual landmarks to construct a customized model corresponding to the specification. The customized device may be manufactured based upon the specification. A system connected to a computer aided manufacturing system may generate instructions for automatically fabricating the device. In embodiments with standardized design parameter values, the customized model may be constructed without involving a human operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Inventors: Steven J. Stanhope, Elisa S. Arch
  • Patent number: 9148019
    Abstract: A computing architecture that facilitates autonomously controlling operations of a microgrid is described herein. A microgrid network includes numerous computing devices that execute intelligent agents, each of which is assigned to a particular entity (load, source, storage device, or switch) in the microgrid. The intelligent agents can execute in accordance with predefined protocols to collectively perform computations that facilitate uninterrupted control of the microgrid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Sandia Corporation
    Inventor: Steven Y. Goldsmith
  • Patent number: 9146550
    Abstract: A scheduling system for chemical processing provides an electronic computer that models the process as a set of tasks with known production ranges. A desired output from the process is back projected through the process to determine production quantities of each task of the process within the production ranges. These values are used to constrain a mixed integer programming evaluation of the schedule which may be used to control operation of the equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
    Inventors: Christos T. Maravelias, Sara Zenner, Arul Sundaramoorthy
  • Patent number: 9141093
    Abstract: A load control system for a building having a heating and cooling system and a window located in a space of the building is operable to control a motorized window treatment in order to attempt to reduce the power consumption of the heating and cooling system. When the window may be receiving direct sunlight, the motorized window treatment closes a fabric covering the window when the heating and cooling system is cooling the space, and opens the fabric when the heating and cooling system is heating the space. In addition, when the space is unoccupied and the heating and cooling system is heating the space, the motorized window treatment may open the fabric if the window may be receiving direct sunlight, and may close the fabric if the window may not be receiving direct sunlight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Inventors: Gregory Altonen, William Bryce Fricke, Elliot G. Jacoby, Michael W. Pessina, Walter S. Zaharchuk, Joel S. Spira
  • Patent number: 9141097
    Abstract: A method of automatically determining process parameters for processing equipment includes processing at least one first substrate in the processing equipment at a first time; and processing at least one second substrate in the processing equipment at a second time. The method includes collecting data on process monitors for the at least one first substrate; and the at least one second substrate. The method includes receiving the data by a multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) optimization system. The method includes revising a sensitivity matrix, by a MIMO optimizer, using the data and an adaptive-learning algorithm, wherein the adaptive-learning algorithm revises the sensitivity matrix based on a learning parameter which is related to a rate of change of the processing equipment over time. The method includes determining a set of process parameters for the processing equipment by the MIMO optimizer, wherein the MIMO optimizer uses the revised sensitivity matrix to determine the process parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Inventors: Po-Feng Tsai, Chia-Tong Ho, Sunny Wu, Jo Fei Wang, Jong-I Mou
  • Patent number: 9134634
    Abstract: A control device for preventing meandering of patterns for use in a patterned film manufacturing device which includes a film transferring equipment and a pattern forming equipment, includes a marking unit that forms markings on a predetermined reference position on the film, a recognizing unit that is located at the rear of the marking unit and recognizes positions of the markings on the film, a computing unit that computes an amount of meandering based on differences between the reference position and the recognized positions of the markings, a control unit that generates a correction signal for correcting positions of the marking unit and the pattern forming equipment corresponding to the computed the amount of meandering, and a correction unit that receives the correction signal and corrects positions of the marking unit and the pattern forming equipment based on the received correction signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Inventors: Young Geun Yoon, Il Woo Park, Yong Hwan Kim, Bong Jin Choi
  • Patent number: 9135592
    Abstract: A device management system is equipped with a storage section, a detecting component, and a calculating component and manages an installation device. The storage section stores operating rules of the installation device. The detecting component detects a violating action of the installation device running counter to the operating rules. The calculating component calculates a violating quantity that quantitatively expresses the violating action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Daikin Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshiaki Kumata, Seiji Kawai
  • Patent number: 9131642
    Abstract: A system and method to use remote sensing to estimate crop water use that is forecasted and is updated as weather and new satellite data become available. From these data the system and method uses a water accounting algorithm to prescribe irrigation differentially for regions of a field or for the entire field as an average. Irrigation prescription is delivered remotely through Internet technology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: HydroBio, Inc.
    Inventor: David P. Groeneveld
  • Patent number: 9124098
    Abstract: A renewable energy management system includes a load center that enables current flow into a renewable energy system generated from one or more sources and facilitates consumption of generated energy by one or more devices in the renewable energy system, and a smart meter that tracks energy flow in and out of the load center to measure energy consumption and energy production for the renewable energy system. The system also includes an energy manager in communication with the smart meter and at least one of the devices, wherein the energy manager signals the at least one of the devices to function as an energy storage device for storing excess renewable energy generated by the renewable energy system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jay Andrew Broniak, Joseph Mark Brian
  • Patent number: 9120280
    Abstract: A system and related method for improving tire uniformity includes providing a number (n) of test tires manufactured in a known order and identifying at least one candidate cyclic process effect with a corresponding frequency of introduction (f). A given uniformity parameter, such as radial or lateral run-out, balance, mass variation, radial lateral or tangential force variation, is measured for each tire in the test set, and measured data points are combined into a concatenated composite waveform. At least one process harmonic associated with each identified cyclic process effect is separated from the tire harmonics, for example, by Fourier transformation with identification of the process harmonics as positive integer multiples of the mth harmonic of the measured uniformity parameter where m=n/f. Once the process harmonics are extracted, filtered uniformity measurements can be provided or new tires can be built with the process effect minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Inventors: William David Mawby, Jimmy Jeter
  • Patent number: 9122261
    Abstract: A method includes identifying a nonlinear model used by an optimizer to perform optimization operations associated with an industrial process to be controlled. The method also includes generating a Hessian matrix associated with the nonlinear model. The method further includes providing the Hessian matrix to an advanced process controller that uses the Hessian matrix to perform both process control and optimization operations. The Hessian matrix can approximate a nonlinear objective function. The method can also include providing one or more approximated nonlinear constraints, a solution of a quadratic sub-problem that approximates the nonlinear model, or a combination of multiple solutions of the quadratic sub-problem to the advanced process controller. The Hessian matrix can be updated and provided to the advanced process controller during each of multiple iterations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph Z. Lu
  • Patent number: 9124442
    Abstract: The invention relates to a home automation system and a method for controlling the same. In order to stably control a continuing concerted adjustment action of a continuously variable parameter by means of few and low-sized commands in order to avoid overloading of a low-data rate network while providing means for fast and unobtrusive correction of failures due to missed commands, it is provided a method for controlling a wireless home automation system, the home automation system being arranged as a network comprising at least one controller and a plurality of devices, wherein the method comprises the steps of sending a start command from the controller to a group of devices comprising an action type and a transaction ID and sending a stop command from the controller to the devices comprising the transaction ID and a controller counter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventor: James Joseph Anthony McCormack