Patents Examined by Bryan Bui
  • Patent number: 10732618
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, system and methods are provided, comprising receiving, at a machine health module, non-parametric data associated with operation of an installed product; generating, via the machine health module, a health status for at least one of a failure type and a remaining useful life of the installed product, based on the received non-parametric data; and generating an operating response of the installed product based on the generated health status. Numerous other aspects are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Fuxiao Xin, Abhinav Saxena, Jianbo Yang, Achalesh Pandey
  • Patent number: 10732299
    Abstract: A velocity estimation device including an acceleration sensor and a yaw rate sensor is provided. The velocity estimation device determines an initial velocity value of a mobile object based on a velocity estimation expression, an integrated value of acceleration detected by the acceleration sensor, and a relative azimuth calculated from detected yaw rates. The velocity estimation device estimates the velocity of the mobile object based on the initial velocity value and the integrated value of acceleration. In the velocity estimation expression, a magnitude of the velocity vector is constrained by the velocity of the mobile object and a time variation of a direction of the velocity vector is constrained by a time variation of the azimuth of the mobile object in the traveling direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Seigou Kumabe, Kojiro Takeyama, Yoshiko Kojima
  • Patent number: 10722968
    Abstract: A method for monitoring a spatter generating event during a welding application. The method includes capturing data that corresponds to a welding current of the welding application. The method also includes detecting parameters associated with a short circuit from the captured data. The method includes analyzing the detected parameters to monitor the spatter generating event during the welding application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Richard Martin Hutchison, Todd Earl Holverson, James Lee Uecker
  • Patent number: 10719574
    Abstract: A method and system for calibrating a wireless sensor device are disclosed. In a first aspect, the method comprises determining a vertical calibration vector and determining a rotation matrix using the vertical calibration vector to line up native axes of the wireless sensor device with body axes. In a second aspect, a wireless sensor device comprises a processor and a memory device coupled to the processor, wherein the memory device includes an application that, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to determine a vertical calibration vector and to determine a rotation matrix using the vertical calibration vector to line up native axes of the wireless sensor device with body axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Vital Connect, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Chan, Nima Ferdosi, Ravi Narasimhan
  • Patent number: 10717102
    Abstract: A method for calculating the height and the density of a fluidized bed is described. In a first mode of operation, a first differential pressure and a second differential pressure are obtained, a bed density of the fluidized bed is calculated, and a bed height is calculated by dividing the first differential pressure by the calculated bed density. In a second mode of operation the system is purged by using a pressurized gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: ThermoChem Recovery International, Inc.
    Inventors: Ravi Chandran, Dave G. Newport, Daniel Michael Leo, Daniel A. Burciaga, Justin Kevin Miller, Kaitlin Emily Harrington, Brian Christopher Attwood
  • Patent number: 10704973
    Abstract: A method of timing data sampling includes, in a data acquisition device, generating sampling intervals from a system clock of the data acquisition device, sampling data at the generated sampling intervals, and receiving start of frame (SOF) signals from a port, such as a USB port. For a selected number of SOF signals received, an actual number of system clock cycles is determined for a time interval corresponding to the selected number of SOF signals. The actual number of system clock cycles is compared to a nominal number of system clock cycles and a sampling interval is adjusted based on the comparison. The actual number of system clock cycles may be determined using a count-and-capture counter. The nominal number of system clock cycles may be calculated based on a nominal system clock rate and on a known SOF interval. Generating sampling intervals may include using a divide-by-N counter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Advanced Mechanical Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Albert C. Drueding, Gary M. Glass
  • Patent number: 10698012
    Abstract: A method for measuring electric power includes: mounting a sensing device on a wire between a capturing device and an electronic goods, wherein the capturing device is used for capturing a total power consumption value of the wire; measuring a relative electricity value of the wire using the sensing device; establishing a solution model based on the relative electricity value to output a loop power consumption result of the wire; determining whether the solution model satisfies a predefined condition, wherein the predefined condition includes the loop power consumption result of the wire being close to the power consumption value captured by the capturing device; and when the solution model satisfies the condition, outputting an absolute electricity value of the wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Ko-Ying Tseng, Bo-Yin Chu, Hsin-Yi Chung
  • Patent number: 10698394
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention may include a method, computer program product and system for guided service procedure. The embodiment may include receiving feedback data from one or more of a plurality of sensors. Each of the plurality of sensors may detect a physical condition at a serviceable location within an item of equipment. The item of equipment may be undergoing a service procedure by an equipment servicer. The embodiment may include determining whether the received feedback data from one or more of the plurality of sensors exceeds a threshold value. Based on determining that the threshold value is exceeded, the embodiment may include alerting the equipment servicer during the service procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Bradbury, Jonathan R. Fry, Michael R. Kane, Jeffrey Nettey
  • Patent number: 10689972
    Abstract: Dynamic segmentation model to divide bottom hole net pressure curve into different stages based on slope of curve includes: step S1, establish calculation model of bottom hole net pressure: according to wellhead pressure during hydraulic fracturing in shale gas reservoir, calculate bottom hole net pressure based on fluid dynamics theory; step S2, establishing dynamic segmentation model to divide bottom hole net pressure curve into different stages based on slope of curve by numerical analysis theory; step S3, establish recognition model to recognize extension behavior of underground fracture network based on rock mechanics and fracture mechanics; and step S4, combine step S1, S2, and S3 to realize automatic diagnosis for wellhead pressure curve of hydraulic fracturing in shale gas horizontal well. A diagnosis and analysis method of the wellhead pressure curve of hydraulic fracturing in shale gas horizontal well is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: SOUTHWEST PETROLEUM UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Jinzhou Zhao, Lan Ren, Ran Lin, Kuidong Li, Yuanzhao Li
  • Patent number: 10685084
    Abstract: A risk managing device for monitoring and managing one or more areas at risk, includes an obtaining module, a setting module, an updating module, a calculating module, and a sorting module. The obtaining module obtains live inspection information of an area. The setting module sets a Severity, Occurrence, and Detection (SOD) score for each failure factor of each safety device. The updating module updates the SOD score of each failure factor of each safety device according to the live inspection information. The calculating module calculates a grey correlation degree of each safety device according to updated SOD score. The sorting module outputs a risk sorting list of the plurality of safety devices of the area according to the grey correlation degree of each safety device. A risk managing method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: HONGFUJIN PRECISION ELECTRONICS (TIANJN) CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shih-Cheng Wang
  • Patent number: 10684144
    Abstract: A position measuring device includes: a graduation carrier on which a measuring graduation is provided; a scanning unit for generating position-dependent scanning signals by scanning the measuring graduation; and a signal processing unit for processing the scanning signals into position signals. A monitoring unit is provided, to which at least one signal to be monitored is supplied, and by which a modification signal is able to be output to a modification unit based on the monitoring of the signal to be monitored. At least one position signal is supplied to the modification unit, and the position signal is able to be modified by the modification unit for the transmission of at least one status report and able to be output as output signal to subsequent electronics. The modification is implemented based on the modification signal by adding a disturbance variable to the at least one position signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: DR. JOHANNES HEIDENHAIN GMBH
    Inventor: Martin von Berg
  • Patent number: 10686225
    Abstract: A battery has a case, an external environment information acquisition component, and an internal environment information acquisition component. The case houses one or more cells. The external environment information acquisition component acquires specific external environment information (such as temperature and amount of sunlight) on the outside of the case. The internal environment information acquisition component acquires specific internal environment information (such as temperature and humidity) on the inside of the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Omron Corporation
    Inventors: Hiromasa Takatsuka, Kazuki Kasai, Taiji Yoshikawa
  • Patent number: 10677621
    Abstract: A system for storing transducer information in a memory device includes a memory device connected with a transducer by a circuit that enables a meter or data acquisition circuit to access transducer signals and the transducer information from the memory device over a single pair of wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Continental Control Systems LLC
    Inventor: Gerald Anthony Hannam
  • Patent number: 10677723
    Abstract: A system according for monitoring agricultural product quality, wherein the system includes a client device that receives an indication of the quality data at least partially indicative of an agricultural product quality of an agricultural product load, determines a load identifier indicative of the agricultural product load, determines a location identifier indicative of a storage location of the agricultural product load, generates agricultural product data indicative of the load identifier, the agricultural product quality and the storage location and transfers the agricultural product data to a remote data store via a communications network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: DITTERICH AGRICULTURE PTY LTD
    Inventor: Caile Ditterich
  • Patent number: 10670496
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for estimating useful life of a seal in a process control device are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a body including an inlet and an outlet; a stem to move a plug within the body to control a flow of fluid between the inlet and the outlet; a seal to deter fluid from exiting the body along the stem; and a positioner including a processor, the processor to estimate a total amount of useful life of the seal consumed based on 1) a number of operational cycles that the seal is exposed to; and 2) stresses experienced by the seal during the respective operational cycles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: FISHER CONTROLS INTERNATIONAL
    Inventor: Shawn William Anderson
  • Patent number: 10660572
    Abstract: One variation of a method for testing contact quality of electrical-biosignal electrodes includes: outputting a drive signal through a driven electrode, the drive signal comprising an alternating-current component oscillating at a reference frequency and a direct-current component; reading a set of sense signals from a set of sense electrodes at a first time; calculating a first combination of the set of sense signals; calculating a first direct-current value comprising a combination of the first combination and the direct-current component of the drive signal at approximately the first time; and at a second time succeeding the first time, shifting the direct-current component of the drive signal output by the driven electrode to the first direct-current value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Zeto, Inc.
    Inventors: Aswin Gunasekar, Ferenc Benedek, János Kokavecz, Gabor Braun
  • Patent number: 10663523
    Abstract: This remaining stored power amount estimation device 3 includes: sensors 5, 6 for observing the state of the storage battery 2; and a remaining amount estimation unit 15 which, on the basis of a state vector xk representing the state of the storage battery 2 by a plurality of elements included in an equivalent circuit model 20 modeling the storage battery 2, and an observation vector yk representing an observed value based on the observation result, updates the state of the storage battery 2, using a Kalman filter, and estimates the SOC of the storage battery 2. The remaining amount estimation unit 15 changes the internal impedance of the storage battery 2 modeled by the equivalent circuit model 20, in accordance with values influencing the internal impedance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: The Ritsumeikan Trust
    Inventor: Masahiro Fukui
  • Patent number: 10663520
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for outputting a supplementary content in a WFD is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Giwon Park, Dongcheol Kim, Byungjoo Lee, Jeongyun Jeong, Youngjun Jo, Mingi Kim, Hyunhee Park, Taesung Lim
  • Patent number: 10655068
    Abstract: A gas meter system includes a gas meter, a gas production plant, and a center device. The gas meter includes a sound velocity derivation unit configured to derive a sound velocity of a gas supplied to a demand place. The gas production plant includes: a gas production unit configured to produce the gas; and a gas characteristic identification unit configured to identify a gas characteristic representing a relationship between the sound velocity and a heating value of the gas based on an analysis result of a component of the gas produced by the gas production unit. The center device includes a gas heating value derivation unit configured to derive the heating value of the gas passing through the gas meter based on the derived sound velocity of the gas, and on the gas characteristic identified by the gas characteristic identification unit of the gas production plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: TOKYO GAS CO., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masakazu Hishinuma, Kenchi Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10654375
    Abstract: A drivable distance calculation device calculates a drivable distance that the vehicle equipped with the device can travel. The drivable distance calculation device includes a remaining battery capacity sensor which calculates a remaining capacity of a battery installed in the vehicle; and a arithmetic unit which calculates multiple power consumption ratios for different units of driving in accordance with variations in the remaining battery capacity calculated by the remaining battery capacity sensor and calculates the drivable distance based on the remaining battery capacity calculated by the remaining battery capacity sensor and a power consumption ratio selected from among the calculated multiple power consumption ratios.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satomi Ota, Naoki Yamamoto, Kenichi Gotou