Patents Examined by Christopher E Everett
  • Patent number: 10809673
    Abstract: Embodiments determine historical geographic travel data of a vehicle over a contaminant exposure time period that is inclusive of a present time; identify a contaminant that is likely located on an external surface of the vehicle as a function of historic meteorological and terrain data of the historical geographic travel data of a vehicle over a contaminant exposure time period; select a cleaning solution that is appropriate for use in cleaning the identified contaminant from the external surface of the vehicle; and drive a vehicle wash system nozzle to use the selected cleaning solution to wash the identified contaminant from the external surface of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Shubhadip Ray, Norbert Herman, Gregory J. Boss, Siddique M. Adoni, Dhandapani Shanmugam
  • Patent number: 10802512
    Abstract: A building management system network interface device is provided. The network interface device includes a processing circuit with a device interface module and a network interface module. The device interface module is communicably coupled to a refrigeration equipment controller and includes an equipment object configured to receive data values and to populate attributes of the equipment object with the data values. The network interface module is communicably coupled to the device interface module and an external network, and is configured to map the attributes of the equipment object to individual data objects and to write the attributes of the equipment object to the mapped individual data objects. The processing circuit is also configured to execute control logic to control the operation of the refrigeration equipment controller based on the data values received from the refrigeration equipment controller and commands received from the external network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Kenneth E. Moore, Dinesh Trikha, Abu Bakr Khan
  • Patent number: 10802470
    Abstract: A control system is mounted with a function of transmitting/receiving a plurality of types of data together. If a plurality of data acquisition requests are made, the system creates a single grouping request by grouping the individual data acquisition requests. The grouping request is transmitted by a single communication session, and a device having received the grouping request acquires a plurality of pieces of data in response to the plurality of data acquisition requests included in the received request, creates the result of grouping of the acquired data, and transmits the result as a response to the grouping request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Fanuc Corporation
    Inventor: Masatoshi Nakajima
  • Patent number: 10795335
    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: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    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: 10788807
    Abstract: A method for compensating for the deflection of a milling cutter during the machining of a workpiece by a numerically controlled machine tool having a plurality of axes includes: executing a learning cut on a test workpiece having a known geometry by the milling cutter mounted on a tool spindle in a climb milling mode, and in doing so, ascertaining a correlation between a quantity that is proportional to the torque of the drive of the tool spindle and the deflection of the milling cutter normal to a surface of the test workpiece, the deflection being determined by comparing the actual contour of the test workpiece to a setpoint contour. This is followed by storing of the correlation for the milling cutter and machining of the workpiece by the milling cutter in a climb milling mode, while utilizing the stored correlation for compensating for the deflection of the milling cutter by applying a positional correction that is proportional to the quantity to a setpoint position of the axes of the machine tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: DR. JOHANNES HEIDENHAIN GMBH
    Inventor: Tim Boye
  • Patent number: 10780642
    Abstract: A system and method is provided that facilitates computing surfaces for layers of a multi-layer part. The system may include at least one processor configured to determine a plurality of surfaces for layers of at least one material that form a multi-layer part by repeatedly carrying out a level set method computation. The level set method computation may be carried out relative to an interface surface that propagates outwardly with each determined surface for each layer with respect to an initial surface, based on data that defines at least one thickness of the material in each layer and at least one drop-off rate of the material at a boundary of the material in each layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Industry Software Inc.
    Inventors: Gilbert Choudury, Gonzalo Feijoo, Johan Arendt Grape
  • Patent number: 10784688
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, system and computer program is provided for controlling an electric power system, including implementation of a voltage control and conservation (VCC) system used to optimally control the independent voltage and capacitor banks using a linear optimization methodology to minimize the losses in the EEDCS and the EUS. An energy validation process system (EVP) is provided which is used to document the savings of the VCC and an EPP is used to optimize improvements to the EEDCS for continuously improving the energy losses in the EEDS. The EVP system measures the improvement in the EEDS a result of operating the VCC system in the “ON” state determining the level of energy conservation achieved by the VCC system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Dominion Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen J. Tyler, Phillip W. Powell
  • Patent number: 10775766
    Abstract: A compensation quantity acquisition device acquires vibration of the movement target in a second axis direction, orthogonal to the first axis direction when the movement target is moved in the first axis direction, acquires a positional frequency characteristic by performing Fourier transformation on the acquired vibration in the second axis direction, performs inverse Fourier transformation on the positional frequency characteristic from which the component of position independent frequency in the second axis direction (that occurs independently of a position of the movement target in the first axis direction) has been removed, to recover the vibration of the movement target in the second axial direction as position dependent vibration, and acquires positional compensation quantity of the movement target in the second axis direction that cancels the position dependent vibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiromitsu Kadokura
  • Patent number: 10774809
    Abstract: Controlling a power converters during over voltage condition. A wind turbine signal is monitored for detection of an over voltage of the grid and upon detection of the over voltage, an over-modulation mode is initiated wherein the grid side converter is operated with a modulation index being increased in an over-modulation range at least during a sub-period of the over-modulation mode, and upon the detection of the operational condition, a DC-voltage adjustment mode is initiated wherein the DC voltage of the DC link is decreased from a second voltage level towards a first voltage level at least during a sub-period of the DC-voltage adjustment mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: VESTAS WIND SYSTEMS A/S
    Inventors: Ciprian Biris, Kent Tange, Duy Duc Doan, Torsten Lund, Gert Karmisholt Andersen
  • Patent number: 10768654
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing power supplied over an electric power grid by an electric utility and/or other market participants to a multiplicity of grid elements and devices for supply and/or load curtailment as supply, each of which having a supply equivalence value associated with its energy consumption and/or reduction in consumption and/or supply, and wherein messaging is managed through a network by a coordinator using IP messaging for communication with the grid elements and devices, with the energy management system (EMS), and with the utilities, market participants, and/or grid operators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: CAUSAM ENERGY, INC.
    Inventor: Joseph W. Forbes, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10755813
    Abstract: Surgical systems can include evacuation systems for evacuating smoke, fluid, and/or particulates from a surgical site. A surgical evacuation system can be intelligent and may include one or more sensors for detecting one or more properties of the surgical system, evacuation system, surgical procedure, surgical site, and/or patient tissue, for example. Communication among devices in the surgical system may include a surgical evacuation system acquiring a value of a parameter and transmitting the value of the parameter to a cloud computing network or a surgical hub. The cloud computing network or surgical hub may process the value of the parameter, determine an impact of the value of the parameter on the surgical evacuation system or a modular device, and send an instruction to adjust operation to the surgical evacuation system or the modular device. The surgical evacuation system or the modular device will adjust operation based on the instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Shawn K. Horner, David C. Yates, Jason L. Harris
  • Patent number: 10754327
    Abstract: To provide a numerical controller, a numerical control method and a numerical control program enabling to improve laser cutting speed. A numerical controller for dividing a laser cutting range into a plurality of sections and performing cutting in the respective sections with individual laser outputs includes a nonvolatile memory for storing division conditions and laser output conditions for the plurality of respective sections in association with a cutting condition identifier, and a CPU for specifying the cutting condition identifier as a command value along with an axial movement command in a cutting program, thereby sequentially applying the stored laser output conditions to the plurality of respective sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masaki Oka
  • Patent number: 10745893
    Abstract: Systems and methods for facilitating water conservation and smart water control are provided. Water conservation and smart water control can be achieved using a smart water apparatus having the ability to approximate distance, mass, and/or specific characteristics of an object such as a human or inanimate object and adjust flow rate of water and/or temperature of the water based on the approximated distance, mass, and/or specific characteristics of an object. The smart water apparatus can be embodied, for example, in a network connected shower head or a network connected faucet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Brian Silverstein, Lawrence Chang, Mary Reilly, David Sloo
  • Patent number: 10747199
    Abstract: An operation management device includes: a machining program information acquisition unit acquiring information related to machining program executed in the machine tool; a signaling information acquisition unit acquiring signaling information related to signals detected during execution of the machining programs in the machine tool; and an associated-information creation unit associating the information related to the machining program with the signaling information; and a search/display unit displaying the information related to the machining program and the signaling information, which are associated by the associated-information creation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasumasa Okamura, Kazuhiro Koizumi
  • Patent number: 10739748
    Abstract: According to an aspect, an apparatus is provided. The apparatus includes a cutter, a spooling mechanism and a computing system. The computing system is configured to drive the cutter to form a channel in the ply based on the stored instrumentation layout. The computing system is additionally configured to drive the spooling mechanism to insert the instrumentation into the formed channel based on the stored instrumentation layout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nathaniel Dew, Jonathan K. Garhart
  • Patent number: 10739760
    Abstract: A control system constructed so that a machine tool and a high-order server configured to manage the machine tool are connected through a communication line determines the arrangement of a control process in the respective execution environments of the machine tool and the high-order server, based on an execution condition for the execution of the control process available in machining performed in the machine tool and machining information on the machining in the machine tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Fanuc Corporation
    Inventors: Shinya Ogawa, Akira Kanemaru
  • Patent number: 10732590
    Abstract: A method for energy management is described. In one embodiment, an aspect of a dwelling is monitored. The monitored aspect of the dwelling is compared to an energy policy to determine a deviation of the monitored aspect of the dwelling from a setting of the energy policy. A notification is sent to an occupant, the notification comprising the deviation of the monitored aspect of the dwelling from the setting of the energy policy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy B. Warren, Matthew J. Eyring, James Ellis Nye, Jungtaik Hwang, Tim Lott, Luke Langford, Wade Shearer
  • Patent number: 10731871
    Abstract: According to an embodiment of the disclosure, a retrofit for a system using a fluid to transfer thermal energy in a system that utilizes a thermostat to regulate a temperature associated with a terminal is provided. The retrofit includes a return line temperature sensor configured to measure a temperature of a fluid leaving a terminal; and a circuit. The circuit is configured to: receive a signal from a thermostat, the signal commanding a modulated valve to open or close; receive a temperature from the return line temperature sensor; determine whether the temperature is either greater than a maximum set point or less than a minimum set point; and modify the signal from the thermostat if the temperature is either greater than the set point or less than set point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventor: John M. Trantham
  • Patent number: 10732609
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to produce fluid control device components are related fluid control devices. An example method of producing a valve component, includes: accessing a first request from a user interface device to produce a valve component, the first request specifying first characteristics of the valve component; when the first characteristics are not associated with a first build file, comparing the first characteristics to first reference characteristics to determine if the first characteristics satisfy a threshold; if the first characteristics do not satisfy the threshold, providing feedback accessible at the user interface device to change the first characteristics to second characteristics, where the second characteristics satisfy the threshold; and when the first characteristics are associated with the first build file or when the first or second characteristics satisfy the threshold, causing, using the one or more processors, an additive manufacturing machine to produce the valve component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: FISHER CONTROLS INTERNATIONAL LLC
    Inventor: Thomas N. Gabriel
  • Patent number: 10694014
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments of haptic locomotion use one or more actuators to: 1) determine the properties of contact surfaces to improve various applications that use haptic locomotion; 2) automatically improve power transfer efficiency during wireless charging or cellular or wireless signal reception; 3) increase device accessibility for visually or hearing impaired users; 4) improve speaker and microphone performance; 5) protect a free falling mobile device from impact damage by orienting the mobile device to a low-risk orientation during free fall, or by driving the mobile device away from a high-risk orientation during free fall; and 6) control asymmetric surface friction using a directional magnetic field provided by an actuator to improve haptic locomotion in a desired direction of travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jere C. Harrison, Alex J. Speltz, Sheng Liu