Patents Examined by Chad G Erdman
  • Patent number: 10967579
    Abstract: In an example, a data unit includes a mounting to removably mount the data unit on a receiving portion of an additive manufacturing build material container, a data source to provide data comprising a plurality of additive manufacturing parameters and a communications interface to communicate with a reader of an additive manufacturing build material processing apparatus. The communications interface is to transmit data from the data source to the additive manufacturing build material processing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Vicente Granados Asensio, Emilio Lopez Matos, Ismael Chanclon Fernandez, Jorge Castano Aspas, Salvador Sanchez Ribes, Luis Garcia Garcia, Carmen Blasco
  • Patent number: 10967518
    Abstract: A production system for automated assembly of vehicle components, in particular for automated assembly of structural components of an aircraft or spacecraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Neuhaus, Rainer Schildt, Wolfgang Juedes
  • Patent number: 10966380
    Abstract: An alfalfa valve telemetry system for regulating irrigation fluid to an irrigation-dependent field provides an alfalfa valve that operates over an opening to a fluid supply pipe in a field, so as to selectively discharge fluid to the field. The alfalfa valve telemetry system provides a telemetry-controlled valve actuation assembly that axially or pivotally displaces the alfalfa valve between an open position and a closed position over the opening in the pipe. A valve actuation assembly displaces the lid, axially, or pivotally, over the opening of the pipe. A mounting portion anchors the valve actuation assembly to the pipe. Environmental sensors and fluid sensors in the field communicate data signals with a primary controller that controls the valve actuation assembly. The position of the alfalfa valve is based upon the data signals received from the sensors, indicating fluid levels, fluid flow rate, and environmental conditions on and near the field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Inventor: Jack Martin Goldwasser
  • Patent number: 10956578
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, a system, method and non-transitory computer-readable medium are provided to protect a decision manifold of a control system for an industrial asset, comprising: a detection and neutralization module including: a decision manifold having a receiver configured to receive a training dataset comprising data, wherein the decision manifold is operative to generate a first decision manifold with the received training dataset; and a detection model; a memory for storing program instructions; and a detection and neutralization processor, coupled to the memory, and in communication with the detection and neutralization module and operative to execute program instructions to: receive the first decision manifold, wherein the first decision manifold separates a normal operating space from an abnormal operating space; determine whether there are one or more inadequacies with the detection model; generate a corrected decision manifold based on the determined one or more inadequacies with the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Hema Achanta, Lalit Keshav Mestha, Weizhong Yan
  • Patent number: 10951059
    Abstract: A harmonic detection system (1) comprises a measurement component (71), a harmonic abnormality determination unit (561), and a smartphone (9). The measurement component (71) is installed at a specific position on a distribution line constituting a distribution network (100), and measures data related to the current of the distribution line. The harmonic abnormality determination unit (561) uses some or all of the data related to current as detection data to detect abnormality related to harmonics. The smartphone (9) is owned by a user (G), and notifies the user that an abnormality has occurred in the distribution line when a harmonic is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Omron Corporation
    Inventors: Tatsuya Adachi, Hiroaki Takeya, Mitsunori Sugiura
  • Patent number: 10940646
    Abstract: A three dimensional (3D) printing system includes computer-executable instructions for obtaining a volumetric object representation file, parsing the volumetric object representation file into multiple layers, and for each layer, decomposing the layer into a sequence of continuous paths, aggregating non-continuous sets of tool paths with a single outer path and zero or more open or closed inner paths into islands, and generating one or more motion segments according to each island. Once generated, the motion segments may be aggregated to form a toolpath, which is used by the three dimensional printer to print a 3D model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: THE ADMINISTRATORS OF THE TULANE EDUCATIONAL FUND
    Inventors: Sam Lensgraf, Ramgopal Mettu
  • Patent number: 10938217
    Abstract: The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for using adaptable and modular mobile container in different environments to provide and manage digital and analog resources. One or more mobile containers can be placed in a location to take advantage of resource availability, generation, and/or distribution at the location. Per mobile container, different numbers and/or combinations of digital and analog components can be configured for use with and contained within or attached to the mobile container to provide different numbers and/or combinations of functionality. The number and/or combination of components and functionalities associated with a mobile container can be tailored to the environment where the mobile container is to be located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventor: Wright W. Thurston
  • Patent number: 10935940
    Abstract: A building management system is provided. The building management system includes a database, a trust region identifier configured to perform a cluster analysis technique to identify trust regions, and a regression model predictor configured to utilize a regression model technique to calculate a regression model prediction. The building management system further includes a distance metric calculator configured to calculate a distance metric, an artificial neural network model predictor configured to utilize an artificial neural network model technique to calculate an artificial neural network model prediction, and a combined prediction calculator configured to determine a combined prediction based on the distance metric, the regression model prediction, and the artificial neural network model prediction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventor: Kirk H. Drees
  • Patent number: 10935935
    Abstract: A safety control unit includes: a memory; a computation control part; and an input and output unit for connecting the computation control part to a safety input device and an output device to be safely controlled. A system program includes a data refresh program for executing a data refresh of safety control data of the safety input device and the output device and the control data of the memory via the input and output unit. If the computation control part receives a change of a control program, the computation control part stops executing the control program. The computation control part executes the change of the control program while executing a part of the system program including the data refresh. The computation control part resumes executing the control program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: OMRON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tatsuya Kojima, Koji Yaoita, Takamasa Ueda, Katsushige Ohnuki
  • Patent number: 10935956
    Abstract: A positioning control device mounted on an industrial machine including a driver including a motor, a movable body movable by the driver, a first detector that detects a position of the movable body based on the amount of driving of the driver, a servo amplifier that performs first feedback control of feedback-controlling driving of the motor based on a first detection value by the first detector, and a second detector that detects a position of the movable body when the movable body comes closer to a target position within a distance or shorter. The positioning control device is configured to position the movable body at the target position and includes a controller that controls the servo amplifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: MURATA MACHINERY, LTD.
    Inventors: Hajime Sato, Atsuo Nagasawa
  • Patent number: 10928795
    Abstract: A system for controlling a plurality of power consuming devices is disclosed including a plurality of nodes, a gateway that communicates with the plurality of nodes, and a controller configured to send command signals to the nodes via the gateway. The controller associates each node with a region, each region representing a physical area and having a target profile associated therewith. The controller includes a command signal generation unit that determines command signals for a node based on the associated target profile, each node providing control signals to a corresponding power consuming device in response to a command signal received from the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Shields Energy Services Limited
    Inventor: Christopher Jones
  • Patent number: 10931111
    Abstract: A power distribution control system for controlling a plurality of power assets connected to a power grid is provided. The system includes a server which can identify a set of power assets selected from sources, loads, and stores that are to form a string and provide to the string instructions for response to a change in the power grid. The system further includes a router for each of the power assets in the string, for receiving instructions from the server and for controlling the respective power asset. The power assets in the string are selected by the server to have different response times and/or response profiles, such that the string of assets present a collective response to the change, the collective response being defined by the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: ORIGAMI ENERGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Jerzy Lelusz, Oliver William John Burstall
  • Patent number: 10908566
    Abstract: When the strip head (7) of a metal strip (1) runs out of a roll stand (2a), a lateral position (y) of the strip head (7) is detected by a detection device (8) at at least one location (P) lying between the roll stand (2a) and a device (8) arranged downstream of the roll stand. A strip position controller (10) is designed as a model predictive controller which ascertains a sequence of adjusting commands (uk) to be output one after the other in a work cycle (T) on the basis of the detected lateral position (y) of the strip head (7), and the sequence is used to adjust a respective roll gap wedge. The number of control commands (uk) define a prediction horizon (PH) of the strip position controller (10) in connection with the work cycle (T). The strip position controller (10) at least supplies the roll stand (2a) with the control command (u0) ascertained to be output next.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventors: Ilhom Gafur, Anastasiia Galkina, Kurt Schlacher
  • Patent number: 10908661
    Abstract: A method is provided for optimizing fan speed control of a computer system that includes a fan unit, a temperature sensor, a control unit to control operation of the fan unit, and a disk storage unit. A forbidden range corresponding to a range for a fan speed is determined based on a relationship between fan speed and vibration of the disk storage unit. An optimized fan control table is generated based on a reference table relating to a relationship between ambient temperature and fan speed. The optimized fan control table is generated by making a part of the ambient temperature values in the reference table change to corresponding to a predetermined fan speed not smaller than a fan speed value corresponding to an upper limit of the forbidden range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Mitac Computing Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Ko-Yi Yao
  • Patent number: 10900683
    Abstract: Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) controllers are described herein. One method includes receiving an approximate relationship between each of a number of controlled and manipulated variables of an HVAC system, designating one of the number of controlled variables as a primary controlled variable, determining operating parameters for each of the number of manipulated variables that maintain the primary controlled variable based, at least in part, on the approximate relationship between the primary controlled variable and each respective manipulated variable, and determining operating parameters for each of the number of manipulated variables that maintain each of the other controlled variables based, at least in part, on the approximate relationship between each respective other controlled variable and each respective manipulated variable and the determined operating parameters for each of the number of manipulated variables that maintain the primary controlled variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Purnaprajna R. Mangsuli, Ranganathan Srinivasan, Paul Wacker, Ondrej Holub
  • Patent number: 10895855
    Abstract: A technique is described herein for using computing technology to intelligently manage the consumption of a resource in a physical environment and/or controlling the physical environment in other ways. The technique maintains environment information that describes entities within the physical environment, together with the relationships among the entities. The technique leverages the environment information and collected sensor data to generate forecast data using one or more machine-trained models. The technique then leverages the environment information, sensor data, and forecast data to generate a control plan. The control plan provides a strategy for controlling the physical environment that satisfies a specified optimization objective. In one use case, the technique contributes to the efficient consumption of power provided by a distribution system by avoiding consumption of power in periods in which the distribution system is expected to experience high loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Conor Edmund Kelly, Om Prakash Ravi, Supradha Sankaran, Alina Mihaela Stanciu, Stanislaw Wiktor Swierc, Hubert Van Hoof
  • Patent number: 10896700
    Abstract: A system including a first storage drive and a superior device superior to the first storage drive, wherein the superior device specifies a first allowable environmental temperature that makes the remaining lifetime of the first storage drive longer than the remaining operation schedule period of the first storage drive, and controls an environmental temperature adjusting device that adjusts the environmental temperature of the first storage drive on the basis of the first allowable environmental temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Masahiro Tsuruya, Masahiro Arai, Akifumi Suzuki, Shimpei Nomura
  • Patent number: 10893650
    Abstract: An electronic device is described, including memory and a processor coupled to the memory. The processor is configured to receive center pivot irrigation system information corresponding to a center pivot irrigation system and to request map data. The processor is also configured to a user interface with a map of the center pivot irrigation system. The processor is further configured to receive an input via the user interface indicating an input point. The processor is additionally configured to render an alteration point marker at a first position, the alteration point marker representing an alteration point for the pivot, the alteration point corresponding to a first radial position of the pivot at which a change in operation of the pivot is set to occur. The processor is also configured to control the center pivot irrigation system to alter operation of the pivot at the first radial position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Orbit Irrigation Products, LLC
    Inventors: Jason R. Sims, James G. Stewart, II, Brad J. Wardle
  • Patent number: 10897051
    Abstract: A cell control system that reduces an abnormality occurrence probability in a manufacturing cell according to a manufacturing cell operation plan includes a cell controller that transmits an operation instruction to a manufacturing machine of the manufacturing cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Manabu Saitou
  • Patent number: 10892638
    Abstract: A method determines the topology of a DERs system having a plurality of assets, where at least one of the assets is a controllable asset. The method injects a power signal at a given frequency from a controllable asset into the DERs system. The voltage at each of the plurality of assets is measured, and the magnitude of perturbation of the voltage at the given frequency is determined for each of the plurality of assets. The method then constructs the topology of the DERs system as a function of the differences of the magnitude of perturbations of each of the plurality of assets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Heila Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jorge Elizondo Martinez, Albert Tak Chun Chan, Francisco A. Morocz Bazzani