Patents Examined by Christopher E Everett
  • Patent number: 11514344
    Abstract: Various systems and methods for modeling a manufacturing assembly line are disclosed herein. Some embodiments relate to operating a processor to receive cell data, extract feature data from the cell data, determine a plurality of cell configurations, determine an efficiency score by applying the feature data to a predictive model generated for predicting a production level of the manufacturing assembly line, determine at least one target cell configuration from the cell configurations based on the efficiency score, and apply the at least one target cell configuration to at least one cell by implementing each target cell configuration to a corresponding cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Inventors: Nicholas Willison, Mehdi Sadeghzadeh, Masoud Kheradmandi, Bo Yuan Chang, Stephen Bacso, Yang Wang, Nick Foisy, Stanley Kleinikkink
  • Patent number: 11513497
    Abstract: The present invention is a control device which includes a filter unit for performing an attenuation process at a predetermined frequency on a control input based on a predetermined target command, generates the control input through model predictive control executed by a model predictive control unit and causes an output of a predetermined control object to follow the predetermined target command. A prediction model defines a correlation between the control input and predetermined extended state variables including a state variable related to a predetermined control object and a predetermined filter state variable related to the filter unit, and a predetermined evaluation function for model predictive controls configured to calculate a state quantity cost that is a stage cost with respect to state variables except the predetermined filter state variable among the predetermined extended state variables, and a control input cost that is a stage cost related to the control input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Inventor: Mamoru Egi
  • Patent number: 11507096
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for controlling device movement based on a movement command. Issues on accurately controlling movement of a device such as a programmable robot and rover are addressed by first determining a command type of the movement command, followed by determining specific types of controllers for a high-level controller and a low-level controller based on the determined command type. When the command type is a linear movement, a Proportional-Integral-Derivative (PID) controller is used at the high-level controller and a Proportional/Proportional-Integral (PPI) controller is used at the low-level controller to accurately control a target distance. When the command type is an angular movement, the PPI controller is used at the high-level controller and the PID controller is used at the low-level controller to accurate control the end-heading of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: SPHERO, INC.
    Inventors: David E. Hygh, James William Konish, Ting Cao
  • Patent number: 11507066
    Abstract: A plant for manufacturing products, in particular for applying a coating on parts, includes apparatuses having radiofrequency transmitters, with a pre-set periodicity, of a radio signal containing a unique identifier of each apparatus; a portable device carried by an operator and receiving the radio signal; a program loaded on and performed by the portable device to extract a unique identifier of the apparatus and detect the operator-apparatus distance through an analysis of the trend of the radio signal, the radio-transmitters transmitting periodically their unique identifier and having a remote configuring/setting channel through radio-frequency communication with an external control device to exchange data packets; and a connecting procedure between the portable device and the radio-frequency transmitter to receive information on the operating status of the apparatuses, the signals being transmitted to a remote server or a cloud to monitor the operating conditions of the apparatuses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Inventor: Giancarlo Bonzi
  • Patent number: 11507046
    Abstract: Manufacturing of a shoe or a portion of a shoe is enhanced by executing various shoe-manufacturing processes in an automated fashion. For example, information describing a shoe part may be determined, such as an identification, an orientation, a color, a surface topography, an alignment, a size, etc. Based on the information describing the shoe part, automated shoe-manufacturing apparatuses may be instructed to apply various shoe-manufacturing processes to the shoe part, such as a pickup and placement of the shoe part with a pickup tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Dragan Jurkovic, Patrick Conall Regan, Chih-Chi Chang, Chang-Chu Liao, Ming-Feng Jean, Kuo-Hung Lee, Yen-Hsi Liu, Hung-Yu Wu
  • Patent number: 11507038
    Abstract: In a quality control method applied in manufacturing, product information of a product is obtained. Manufacturing parameters corresponding to the product information are queried. The manufacturing parameters are input into a product quality prediction model which is trained to obtain the value of at least one quality inspection of each product. If such quality inspection value is not equal to a standard value or is not within a standard value range, an incorrect manufacturing parameter is identified from all the manufacturing parameters applicable to each product, the incorrect manufacturing parameter being output when identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Fulian Precision Electronics (Tianjin) Co., LTD.
    Inventors: Kuang-Hui Ma, Shang-Yi Lin, Li-Ming Chen
  • Patent number: 11493891
    Abstract: A model (8) is based on mathematical-physical equations. The model models the production of a particular output product (1) from at least one input product (2) supplied in each case to an installation in the raw materials industry on the basis of operation (B) of the installation. During production of the output products (1), the installation is controlled by a control device (5) in such a manner that particular actual operation (B) of the installation corresponds as far as possible to particular desired operation (B*) of the installation. The desired operation (B*) is determined by the control device (5) using the model (8) of the installation. The model (8) is parameterized according to a number of first model parameters (P1) for the purpose of modelling the installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Inventors: Matthias Kurz, Marco Miele, Alexander Thekale
  • Patent number: 11486211
    Abstract: A well drilling system is provided that includes a choke manifold and a controller. The choke manifold includes at least one choke valve. The choke valve is actuable between fully open and closed choke positions. The choke valve has a Cv value for each choke position. The controller is in communication with the choke valve and a non-transitory memory storing instructions. The instructions relate Cv values to choke positions for the choke valve. The instructions when executed cause the controller to: a) determine a difference in pressure (?P); b) input or determine a density value; c) input or determine a Q value; d) determine a first Cv value using the ?P, the density value, and the Q value; and e) actuate the choke valve to a first choke position associated with the first Cv value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: ADS Services LLC
    Inventors: Anand Parthasarathy, Scott Charles
  • Patent number: 11490053
    Abstract: A system for outputting a work instruction, in which an image processing device that takes a picture of a photographic subject is connected to an output device is disclosed. The system includes an imaging unit that generates image data showing the picture of the photographic subject; an obtaining unit that obtains determination data used for determining whether a work process performed on the photographic subject is completed; an input unit that inputs reference material data indicating reference materials used for reference in the work process; a determination unit that determines whether the work process performed on the photographic subject is completed, the determination being made depending on whether the photographic subject in the image data is in a state indicated by the determination data; and an output unit that outputs, to the output device, reference material data for a work process specified in accordance with the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Hideki Sugimoto, Akihiro Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 11474501
    Abstract: An apparatus, method and computer program product for: receiving information on a configurable set of devices defined as a follow-up group, the set of devices including at least one follow-up device configured to at least temporarily operate in a follow-up mode, receiving an instruction to select first process information provided by the industrial process control system, activating a follow-up mode on the at least one follow-up device, determining second process information based on the first process information and instructing the at least one follow-up device to present the second process information according to the follow-up mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Inventors: Anni Uusitalo, Lauri Lehtikunnas, Jouni Ruotsalainen
  • Patent number: 11454959
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, system, and computer program product for managing a product. An engineering product structure for the product is identified. The engineering product structure comprises parts for the product. A manufacturing product and process structure is created using the engineering product structure, wherein the manufacturing product and process structure comprises the parts and manufacturing information for connecting the parts to each other to form the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Joseph Anelle
  • Patent number: 11449028
    Abstract: An industrial development hub (IDH) supports industrial development and testing capabilities that are offered as a cloud-based service. The IDH comprises an enhanced storage platform and associated design tools that serve as a repository on which customers can store control project code, device configurations, and other digital aspects of an industrial automation project. The IDH system can facilitate discovery and management of digital content associated with control systems, and can be used for system backup and restore, code conversion, and version management.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott A Miller, Nathan Reynolds, Christopher Wayne Como, Nathaniel S Sandler, Ryan P Dunn, Bruce T McCleave, Jr., Kyle Reissner, Stephen C Briant
  • Patent number: 11449035
    Abstract: An information processing device is connected to a measurement device provided in the vicinity of a machine tool for machining a workpiece using a tool and a numerical control device configured to control the machine tool. The information processing device includes: a display unit configured to display information; a first acquisition unit configured to acquire, from the measurement device, measurement information measured by the measurement device; a second acquisition unit configured to acquire, from the numerical control device, state information indicating a state of the machine tool; and a display control unit configured to cause the display unit to display the measurement information and the state information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Inventor: Sichen Liu
  • Patent number: 11449027
    Abstract: A method for reducing vibrations originating in a mechanical processing for removal of swarf comprising monitoring the vibration resulting from contact between the tool and workpiece, detecting the occurrence of a regenerative vibratory phenomenon, calculating the frequency of the phenomenon, estimating a value representing a resonance frequency of the machine as a function of the frequency of the phenomenon and determining a threshold value on the basis of the value. Also, comparing the operating speed of the mandrel with the threshold value and reducing the intensity of the phenomenon by a first reduction strategy based on correction of the operating speed of the mandrel being greater than the threshold value or by a second reduction strategy based on a continuous modulation which imparts an oscillation to the speed around the value of the operating speed, when the operating speed of the mandrel is less than the threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: MANDELLI SRL
    Inventor: Paolo Albertelli
  • Patent number: 11442431
    Abstract: An industrial control system includes an engineering device having a security key, a memory and a first user interface embodied as a display representing a second user interface of an operating device of the industrial control system. The engineering device stores project data and furthermore includes an engineering program running in a cloud, wherein for implementing calculation results, commands and outputs are transmitted via the cloud to the engineering device and/or the operating device. A programming device connects the engineering device to a cloud device. A method for controlling the industrial control system is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Rene Ermler, Jörg Neidig
  • Patent number: 11435730
    Abstract: A system and method include a simulation control unit configured to receive structural data regarding a structure to be formed. The simulation control unit performs a virtual forming simulation to determine a feasibility of forming the structure based on the structural data. In response to the simulation control unit determining that the structure can be feasibly formed based on the structural data, the simulation control unit outputs a forming plan for forming the structure based on the structural data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Inventors: James B. Weathers, Jeffrey W. Weathers
  • Patent number: 11435721
    Abstract: A personal computer for setting of parameters of a machine tool acquires adjusted parameters, adjusted by a numerical controller or a simulator, from the numerical controller or the simulator, makes a comparison between an axis configuration of the machine tool set up by a user and an axis configuration of the adjusted parameter adjusted by the numerical controller or the simulator, and converts the axis configuration of the adjusted parameters into the axis configuration set up by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Inventors: Akinobu Fukumoto, Tooru Watanabe
  • Patent number: 11429076
    Abstract: A method for automated manufacturing strategy generation can include: identifying features of a desired part from a virtual model; and determining a tactic strategy based on the identified features. The method can additionally include: determining a toolpath primitive for each tactic; combining the toolpath primitives for the tactics to generate a master toolpath; and translating the master toolpath into machine code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: CADDi Inc.
    Inventors: William Haldean Brown, Ruza Markov, Michael Rivlin, Ambrus Csaszar, Jonathan Stults
  • Patent number: 11422543
    Abstract: A Multi-Purpose Dynamic Simulation and run-time Control platform includes a virtual process environment coupled to a physical process environment, where components/nodes of the virtual and physical process environments cooperate to dynamically perform run-time process control of an industrial process plant and/or simulations thereof. Virtual components may include virtual run-time nodes and/or simulated nodes. The MPDSC includes an I/O Switch which delivers I/O data between virtual and/or physical nodes, e.g., by using publish/subscribe mechanisms, thereby virtualizing physical I/O process data delivery. Nodes serviced by the I/O Switch may include respective component behavior modules that are unaware as to whether or not they are being utilized on a virtual or physical node. Simulations may be performed in real-time and even in conjunction with run-time operations of the plant, and/or simulations may be manipulated as desired (speed, values, administration, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Inventors: Mark J. Nixon, Anthony Amaro, Jr., Noel Howard Bell, John M. Caldwell, Gary K. Law
  • Patent number: 11422536
    Abstract: A new method is disclosed for monitoring the operation of a corrugated board production plant, the method provides for detecting at least one operational parameter of a functional unit of the plant, for example a current absorbed by a motor. Then, the current value of a statistical function of the operational parameter is calculated in a current temporal window. The maximum value and the minimum value of the same statistical function are calculated based on historicized data of the operational parameter in question. By comparing the current value of the statistical function and the maximum and minimum values, a piece of information of predictive diagnostics is obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Fosber S.p.A.
    Inventors: Mauro Adami, Marco Imposti, Gianluca Berrettini