Patents Examined by Catherine T. Rastovski
  • Patent number: 11079263
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a double analysis of signals emitted by a rotational angle sensor. For this purpose, the signal emitted by the rotational angle sensor is processed in a first signal path with respect to a maximum angle quality of the angle signal to be calculated. A second signal path for processing the signal emitted by the rotational angle sensor is optimized to indicate a maximum diagnosability of errors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Daniel Zirkel, Michael Ungermann, Benjamin Lechner, Daniel Raichle, Edwin Eberlein, Tim Bruckhaus
  • Patent number: 11079880
    Abstract: A method for measuring a capacitance value of a capacitive sensor uses an integration process involving charge quantities being transferred in successive integration cycles from the capacitive sensor to an integration capacitor. The method includes performing the integration process until the number of integration cycles carried out has reached a number N of integration cycles to be carried out, wherein a starting value NStart is set to N and an end value NEnd is determined. An A/D converter measures a voltage value UCI(N) at the integration capacitor and the voltage value is added to a voltage sum value UTotal. The number N is increased by a value n, where n is at least one and is less than NDiff=NEnd?NStart. The steps are repeated until the number N exceeds the end value NEnd. The ending voltage sum value is indicative of the capacitance value of the capacitive sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: KOSTAL Automobil Elektrik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Carl Christian Lexow
  • Patent number: 11080660
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method, system, and computer program product are provided. A plurality of maintenance messages (MMSGs) are identified. Each MMSG is associated with at least one shut-off valve. A sensor parameter is identified based on an analysis of sensor parameters associated with the shut-off valves of each MMSG. A threshold value for the sensor parameter is identified as being associated with abnormal operation of the respective shut-off valves. A sensor associated with a first shut-off valve captures values for the sensor parameter during a first and second predefined time period, the first and second predefined time periods associated with an opening and a closing of the first shut-off valve. Upon determining that a difference between the maximum values of the sensor values captured during the first and second predefined time periods exceeds the first threshold value, a determination is made that the first shut-off valve is operating abnormally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Inventors: Rashmi N. Sundareswara, Tsai-Ching Lu, Franz D. Betz
  • Patent number: 11060763
    Abstract: The present disclosure relate to a controller system and method for use in storage-style water heating systems that offers significant opportunities for energy saving. The controller system can adjust the water heating system in response to energy demand patterns of user fixtures. The controller system can detect quantity of heated water usage and produce a heated water usage profile. The controller system can determine the quantity or volume of the used heated water without a mechanical flow meter. The controller system can include a cost-effective, accurate, and easy-to-install water temperature sensors that provide measurements of the differentials between water temperatures without direct contact with the water. The water temperature sensors can be cost-effective and easy-to-install sensors that are attached to the water pipes through a strap or other attachment methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Aquanta Inc.
    Inventor: Arnoud Bruins Jan van Houten
  • Patent number: 11054239
    Abstract: Embodiments provide a device, a tire pressure measurement system, a tire, a vehicle, a method and a computer program for determining information indicating a length of a footprint of the tire. The device for determining information indicating a length of a footprint of a tire includes an input for a signal from a magnetic earth field sensor configured to generate the signal indicating a measured magnetic earth field. The device further includes a processing module, which is configured to determine the information indicating the length of the footprint of the tire based on the signal indicating the measured magnetic earth field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Inventors: Michael Kandler, Thomas Lange, Jooil Park
  • Patent number: 11054435
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for processing a primary signal produced by a sensor detecting the rotation of a rotating target. The primary signal includes pulses having, for a given speed of rotation of the target, a first positive voltage level for rotation in a first determined direction or a second positive voltage level for the opposite direction. A first secondary signal is generated by comparing the primary signal to a first determined voltage threshold between the first and second voltages. A second secondary signal is generated by comparing the primary signal to a second determined voltage threshold between the second voltage level and zero. A determined delay is introduced in the second secondary signal. A determined time threshold is compared to the duration between an active edge of the second secondary signal and the last preceding active edge of the first secondary signal, indicating direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Inventors: Fabien Joseph, Valerie Gouzenne Coutier
  • Patent number: 11052285
    Abstract: A system and method for using weather applied metrics for determining the impact of weather conditions on the flight of a ball at an outside sports venue. Historical and current data for weather parameters, including wind, air pressure, humidity, temperature, and rain, are obtained to calculate the influence of each parameter on the flight of a ball. The influences of each of the parameters are summed to model the flight of the ball based on the current weather conditions. Weather instruments, such as weather sensors, anemometers, LiDAR and SODAR devices, weather consoles, data routing devices, and processors can be included in a system for using weather applied metrics to predict the flight of a ball based on current weather conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Martin Meter LLC
    Inventors: William Martin, John Paul Farley, John Amirault Farley, Peter Jackson, Douglas Milton Sinton, Metin Ozen
  • Patent number: 11048604
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and devices related to diagnosing a device-under-service (DUS) are disclosed. DUS-related data is received. The DUS-related data is determined to be aggregated into aggregated data based on a determined classification of the DUS-related data. An aggregated-data comparison of the DUS-related data and aggregated data is generated. The aggregated-data comparison can include a statistical analysis of the DUS-related data and/or a differential analysis of DUS-related data taken while the DUS is operating in two or more operating states. A DUS report is generated based on the aggregated-data comparison. The DUS report can include one or more sub-strategies. At least one of the one or more sub-strategies can include a sub-strategy-success estimate. The DUS report can be sent and a DUS-report display can be generated based on the DUS report.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Mark Theriot, Patrick S. Merg, Roy Steven Brozovich, Bradley R. Lewis
  • Patent number: 11048022
    Abstract: The systems, methods, and apparatuses described herein provide integrated weather forecast products designed to assist operations managers with operational decision-making related to a designated event or set of events. The present disclosure provides a way to process weather data from various sources and in diverse data formats containing varying spatial resolutions and temporal resolutions, in order to generate an integrated and cohesive weather projection product such that the weather projection product is continuous in both spatial and temporal domains, subject to data availability, relative to a designated event or set of events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: I.M. Systems Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Le Jiang
  • Patent number: 11047706
    Abstract: A method for distinguishing a foot motion of a user by placing a pedometer at a foot of a user includes the steps of collecting an accelerating data from an accelerometer in a real time manner; filtering the accelerating data via a smoothing filter and a Kalman filter; generating a step data that represents number of steps taken by the user in response to the accelerating data through the smoothing filter; generating an activity data that represents a foot motion of the user in response to the accelerating data through the Kalman filter; and combining the step data and the activity data to form a resulted data that distinguishes the foot motion with step count of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Inventors: Deming Kong, Guanxing Chen
  • Patent number: 11041964
    Abstract: The operation unit of radiation monitoring equipment reads in a real countable number (this time) and a cumulated countable number (previous time) in a every operational cycle, and judges whether the real countable number (this time) is within a permissible range, if the real countable number (this time) is judged to be within the permissible range, it is judged whether a number of times deviated from the permissible range is equal to zero or not, if the number of times deviated from the permissible range is judged to be equal to zero, a regular processing is performed, if the real countable number (this time) is judged to be out of a permissible range, 1 is added to the number of times deviated from the permissible range and further it is judged whether the added number of times deviated from the permissible range is equal to 1 or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Eguchi
  • Patent number: 11041782
    Abstract: A system includes a secure data interface system. The secure data interface system includes a one-way communications interface configured to communicatively couple to a monitoring and protection system to receive data transmitted by the monitoring and protection system, and a processor configured to derive at least one measurement based on the data. The secure data interface system further includes a two-way communications interface configured to communicate the measurement to an external system, wherein the monitoring and protection system is configured to monitor operations of a machinery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Inventors: Chien Chung Cheng, Michael Alan Tart, Scott Terrell Williams
  • Patent number: 11040582
    Abstract: Sensor and method for determining operating states associated with one or more tires. The operating state of the tire can be determined based on one or more measures environmental conditions of the tire(s). For example, a controller can be configured to determine a change in one or more environmental conditions, including determining, for example, a rate-of-change value, a variance value, a standard deviation, or the like. The rate-of-change, variance, and/or standard deviation values can be compared to one or more threshold values to determine the operating state(s) associated with the tire(s). The environmental condition can include, for example, acceleration of the tire, pressure of the tire, and/or temperature of the tire. The operating state can be, for example, a filling state indicative of the tire being inflating, and/or a drive state indicative of the tire rotating about its axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Christoph Steiner, Ralf-Rainer Schledz
  • Patent number: 11035892
    Abstract: There is provided an electric power system monitoring apparatus that can estimate dynamic behavior constants using measurement signals and can obtain the accuracy of an estimation result. An apparatus according to the present invention that monitors an electric power system includes a dynamic behavior constant estimation unit to estimate a predetermined dynamic behavior constant from a measurement value obtained from the electric power system, a relative accuracy calculation unit to calculate, from the measurement value, a relative accuracy index that indicates accuracy of a dynamic behavior constant estimation value estimated at the dynamic behavior constant estimation unit, and an estimation error calculation unit to calculate an estimation error from reference dynamic behavior information, the dynamic behavior constant estimation value, and the relative accuracy index. Thus, after the accuracy of a dynamic behavior constant estimation value is grasped, a process using the estimation value can be executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masatoshi Kumagai, Shota Omi, Kenichirou Yamane
  • Patent number: 11029290
    Abstract: A method for the automatic calculation of a distance-amplitude correction curve for a non-destructive ultrasonic testing system, the system comprising an ultrasound sensor and a reference part. The method comprises the following steps: acquiring a large number of measuring points uniformly distributed over the entire surface of the reference part and classifying, unsupervised, the acquisition points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: AIRBUS SAS
    Inventor: Frank Guibert
  • Patent number: 11029350
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to a method for detecting harmonic pollution in an electrical distribution network carrying a three-phase current, including a step of measuring the voltages and strengths of the current, for each of said phases, at a counting point of the network; a step of calculating a first quaternion impedance corresponding to the fundamental frequency of the current; a step of calculating at least one second quaternion impedance corresponding to a harmonic frequency of the current, these impedances being calculated by converting the voltages and strengths in a two-dimensional frame of reference defined according to an angle that is dependent on said frequency in order to provide a system of two vectors of three quantities, ud, uq, uo and id, iq, io, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventor: Laurent Rambault
  • Patent number: 11029444
    Abstract: A system for a drilling rig, a computer-readable medium, and a method for tracking an oilfield tubular. The method includes applying a tag to the oilfield tubular, the tag including a readable tag identifier, determining a physical parameter of the oilfield tubular, storing data representing the physical parameter in association with the tag identifier in a database, reading the tag identifier from the tag applied to the oilfield tubular, prior to deploying the oilfield tubular into a wellbore, and generating a pipe tally comprising data representing a plurality of oilfield tubulars, including the oilfield tubular, connected together and deployed into the wellbore using a drilling rig.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Gokturk Tunc, Shunfeng Zheng, Vishwanathan Parmeshwar
  • Patent number: 11029175
    Abstract: Method for determining a pressure in a pressure cell, the method consisting in determining a measuring signal (x) that is at least proportional to a measured pressure in the pressure cell, generating an output signal (y) from the measuring signal (x) using a filter unit (10) comprising a transfer function by at least reducing, preferably eliminating, a noise signal contained in the measuring signal determining a change over time of the measuring signal (x), and setting the transfer function as a function of the change over time of the measuring signal (x). A measuring cell arrangement is also specified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: INFICON AG
    Inventor: Felix Mullis
  • Patent number: 11016047
    Abstract: The disclosure describes techniques for detecting a crack or defect in a material. A computing device may determine whether a tested material includes a crack or other defect based on a temperature-scaled control data set and a measurement data set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Inventor: David H. Redinger
  • Patent number: 11009431
    Abstract: There is provided a failure mode specifying system or the like that suitably specifies a failure mode of an apparatus. A failure mode specifying system 10 includes a communication portion 11 that obtains data including a detection value of a sensor 22 which is installed in an apparatus 20, an apparatus structural parameter estimating portion 14 that estimates a predetermined apparatus structural parameter based on a structure and properties of the apparatus 20, based on the data which is obtained by the communication portion 11, a failure mode specifying portion 16 that specifies a failure mode indicating a kind of failure or failure sign of the apparatus 20, based on the apparatus structural parameter, and an input-output portion 18 that presents the failure mode which is specified by the failure mode specifying portion 16.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Takayuki Uchida, Tomoaki Hiruta, Toshiaki Kono, Yasuharu Namba