Patents Examined by Crystal J Barnes
  • Patent number: 10970128
    Abstract: A server is provided. The server includes a communication device configured to receive operation information from an air conditioner, a memory configured to store information of a plurality of groups and a cooling capacity prediction model for predicting a cooling capacity that corresponds to each of the plurality of groups, and a processor to map the air conditioner to one group among the plurality of groups based on the received operation information, and control the communication device to enable the air conditioner to use the cooling capacity prediction model corresponding to the mapped group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyungseon Song, Soonhyung Gwon, Minkyong Kim, Tan Kim, Chandra Ashok Maloo, Dongjun Shin, Hyunwoo Ock, Hyeongjoon Seo, Youngju Joo
  • Patent number: 10948211
    Abstract: A water circulation system for air conditioning system and a control method thereof, wherein the water circulation loop comprises: a main loop provided with air-conditioning indoor units, air-conditioning outdoor units and an actuator, and a bypass branch connected between upstream and downstream of the air-conditioning outdoor units and provided with a bypass valve; the control method comprises: S100, starting the water circulation system after receiving a start command; S200, executing a PID control step after initialization and a first preset time period of the water circulation system; S300, executing a feed forward control step when the operating states of the air-conditioning indoor units and/or the air-conditioning outdoor units are changed, and going back to execute the PID control step after a second preset time period; and S400, executing a shutdown step of the water circulation system after receiving a shutdown command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: CARRIER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Liang Chang, Jingwei Sun, Pei Sun, Lishan Wang, Jian Ni, Qing Lu
  • Patent number: 10935967
    Abstract: Provided is a machining equipment system including machining equipment that performs machining of a workpiece; a control device that controls the machining equipment on the basis of a machining condition; a state obtaining device that obtains a state of the machining equipment during the machining; an inspection device that inspects the workpiece after the machining; and a machine learning device that performs machine learning on the basis of a result of inspection by the inspection device and the state of the machining equipment, obtained by the state obtaining device, wherein the machine learning device modifies the machining condition on the basis of a result of the machine learning so as to improve the machining accuracy of the workpiece or so as to minimize the defect rate of the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akiyuki Kuwabara, Norio Takei
  • Patent number: 10931107
    Abstract: Systems and methods of managing an electricity distribution grid, including receiving a layout of at least one electricity distribution grid coupled to at least one power distributor facility, each grid having at least two electrical power nodes, collecting data for at least one consumer of the electricity distribution grid, assigning a dynamic consumer value to each of the at least one consumer according to predefined attributes, determining aggregated power consumption values for each electrical power node, wherein for each electrical power node the aggregated power consumption values are received for all consumers assigned thereto, and allocating resources of the at least one power distributor facility, from the first electrical power node to the second electrical power node, if the difference between the compared consumer values exceeds a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: FORESIGHT ENERGY LTD.
    Inventors: Evgeny Finkel, Emek Sadot, Sergei Edelstein, Nir Badt
  • Patent number: 10932222
    Abstract: In one example embodiment, a power storage management system includes a user terminal, a power storage apparatus and an information processing apparatus. In one example embodiment, the information processing apparatus is configured to, using a mobile communication network (e.g., Global System for Mobile Communications or the Universal Mobile Telecommunications System), communicate with the power storage apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hideki Noma, Tomoyuki Ono, Hiroshi Kawashima, Kayoko Tanaka, Ryoki Honjo, Shigeru Tajima, Daisuke Yamazaki, Kazumi Sato, Yoshihito Ishibashi
  • Patent number: 10921770
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a machine component includes determining a track of a cutting edge and feeding the cutting edge along the track. The determining a track includes calculating a coordinate (X(t), Y(t), Z(t)) of a first end portion of the cutting edge in accordance with X(t)=(Rsh(t)cos ?(t)?Xchip(t)), Y(t)=(Rsh(t)sin ?(t)?Ychip(t)), and Z(t)=(Zsh(t)?Zchip(t)), where a variable t assumes (N+1) values not smaller than 0 and not greater than 1. ?(t) represents an angle formed by a straight line connecting a point of cutting projected on an XY plane and an origin of the XY plane to each other with respect to an X axis, and ?(t) satisfies a condition tan ? ? ? ? ( t ) = tan ? ? ? · tan ? ? ? s - tan ? ? ? · tan 2 ? ? + tan 2 ? ? - tan 2 ? ? s tan ? ? ? · tan ? ? ? s + tan ? ? ? · tan 2 ? ? + tan 2 ? ? - tan 2 ? ? s .
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignees: Sumitomo Electric Hardmetal Corp., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Tool Net, Inc.
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Kanada, Kunishige Tanaka, Shota Takemura, Soichiro Okumura, Jun Okamoto, Futoshi Takeshita
  • Patent number: 10908561
    Abstract: Method and environment controller for inferring via a neural network one or more commands for controlling an appliance. A predictive model generated by a neural network training engine is stored by the environment controller. The environment controller determines at least one room characteristic. The environment controller receives at least one environmental characteristic value and at least one set point. The environment controller executes a neural network inference engine, which uses the predictive model for inferring the one or more commands for controlling the appliance. The inference is based on the at least one environmental characteristic value, the at least one set point and the at least one room characteristic. The environment controller transmits the one or more commands to the controlled appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: DISTECH CONTROLS INC.
    Inventor: Francois Gervais
  • Patent number: 10911807
    Abstract: The technology described herein solicits user feedback in order to improve the processing of contextual signal data to identify automation setting preferences. Users have limited availability or willingness to provide explicit feedback. The technology calculates an impact score that measures a possible improvement to the automation system that could result from receiving feedback. Feedback is solicited when the impact score exceeds a threshold. Other rules can be provided in conjunction with the impact score to determine when feedback is solicited, such as a daily cap on feedback solicitations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Shira Weinberg Harel, Uri Zevulun
  • Patent number: 10901376
    Abstract: A self-optimizing controller for equipment of a plant provides a manipulated variable as an input to the plant and receives an output variable as feedback. The controller generates a performance variable model defining the performance variable as a function of the manipulated variable and an output variable model defining the output variable as a function of the manipulated variable. The controller uses the performance variable model to determine a gradient of the performance variable, uses the output variable model to determine a gradient of the output variable, and generates a self-optimizing variable based on the gradient of the performance variable model and the gradient of the output variable model. The controller operates the equipment of the plant to affect a variable state or condition of the building based on the value of the self-optimizing variable from the self-optimizing variable model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Carlos Felipe Alcala Perez, Timothy I. Salsbury, John M. House
  • Patent number: 10895853
    Abstract: Inference server and environment controller for inferring via a neural network one or more commands for controlling an appliance. The environment controller determines at least one room characteristic. The environment controller receives at least one environmental characteristic value and at least one set point. The environment controller transmits the at least one environmental characteristic, set point and room characteristic to the inference server. The inference server executes a neural network inference engine using a predictive model (generated by a neural network training engine) for inferring the one or more commands for controlling the appliance. The inference is based on the received at least one environmental characteristic value, at least one set point and at least one room characteristic. The inference server transmits the one or more commands to the environment controller, which forwards the one or more commands to the controlled appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: DISTECH CONTROLS INC.
    Inventor: Francois Gervais
  • Patent number: 10886745
    Abstract: An apparatus in one embodiment comprises at least one processing device. The processing device comprises a processor coupled to a memory, and is configured to obtain energy usage data generated by advanced metering infrastructure of a particular energy usage location of an electrical distribution system, to model a virtual localized energy storage device for the particular energy usage location, and to execute an algorithm to control charging and discharging of the virtual localized energy storage device based at least in part on the energy usage data and associated pricing data of the electrical distribution system. The processing device is further configured to provide an interface through which a user can adjust one or more parameters for controlling energy usage at the particular energy usage location based at least in part on a charge state of the virtual localized energy storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Cornell University
    Inventor: Edwin A. Cowen, III
  • Patent number: 10874490
    Abstract: A method for producing a dental prosthesis, the method including the following steps: affixing several prefabricated prosthetic teeth in a support; producing a prosthetic base according to a virtual model with a CAM method to create tooth sockets that lie parallel to each other; processing the prosthetic teeth basally and adjacent cervically while held in the support in accordance with the virtual model using a CAM method, so that the roots of the prosthetic teeth produced lie parallel to each other when the prosthetic teeth are inserted into the prosthetic base; and, inserting the processed prosthetic teeth together or in groups into the tooth sockets of the prosthetic base and attaching the processed prosthetic teeth in the tooth sockets. Also provided are a dental prosthesis produced by the method and a device for implementing the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Kulzer GmbH
    Inventors: Klaus Ruppert, Stephan Dekert
  • Patent number: 10859985
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device to control a window or a window shading device, based on at least indoor temperature or indoor humidity, and a temperature setpoint or a humidity setpoint. The devices of the invention have a number of interesting applications, such as the control of temperature or humidity in the room. The invention also discloses embodiments including the detection of the presence or absence of a human being in the room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: NETATMO
    Inventors: Chadi Gabriel, Frédéric Potter, Romain Paoli, Emmanuelle Thomas
  • Patent number: 10859986
    Abstract: Systems and methods may use a low speed controller in addition to an economic optimizer to achieve long-term objectives without significantly disrupting or destabilizing an electrical system. Specific long-term objectives include maximizing a capacity factor incentive and regulating battery degradation, but the methods and systems herein can be extended to more long-term objectives. A low speed controller can adjust one or more parameters of a cost function based on the relation between the projected state of the electrical system and the one or more parameters to effectuate a change to the electrical system to attempt to comply with the long-term objective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Enel X North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Rebecca G. Wolkoff
  • Patent number: 10845768
    Abstract: Method and environment controller for inferring via a neural network one or more commands for controlling an appliance. A predictive model generated by a neural network training engine is stored by the environment controller. The environment controller receives at least one environmental characteristic value (for example, at least one of a current temperature, current humidity level, current carbon dioxide level, and current room occupancy). The environment controller receives at least one set point (for example, at least one of a target temperature, target humidity level, and target carbon dioxide level). The environment controller executes a neural network inference engine, which uses the predictive model for inferring the one or more commands for controlling the appliance based on the at least one environmental characteristic value and the at least one set point. The environment controller transmits the one or more commands to the controlled appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: DISTECH CONTROLS INC.
    Inventors: Francois Gervais, Carlo Masciovecchio, Dominique Laplante
  • Patent number: 10845794
    Abstract: A state identification device includes: a feature amount extraction unit that extracts a feature amount from physical data of a machine tool unit which shifts to a plurality of operation states; a feature amount storage unit in which a region is provided as a storage destination of the extracted feature amount for each of the plurality of operation states to which the machine tool unit shifts; a similarity calculation unit that calculates a similarity between the extracted feature amount and a feature amount stored in the feature amount storage unit; a state determination unit that determines an operation state of the machine tool unit based on the calculated similarity; and a storage destination determination unit that determines the region serving as the storage destination of the extracted feature amount based on a determination result of the state determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Hideo Sakai, Masaaki Maeda, Yuichi Sakurai, Masayoshi Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10846715
    Abstract: An energy operation system, apparatus, and method capable of stably supplying energy and providing adjustment control based on prediction precision and planning precision for energy supply and demand. An energy operation apparatus includes a demand predictor, planner, evaluator, and solution quality controller. The demand predictor predicts demand and/or a power generation amount of future energy in a management area. The planner prepares a future energy supply plan in the management area based on a prediction. The evaluator evaluates supply and/or demand conditions including at least one of future weather in the management area, energy demand in the management area, a demand density and/or a generation density of future energy in the management area. The solution quality controller controls the quality of at least one of a prediction solution of the demand predictor and the energy supply plan of the planner based on an evaluation result from the evaluator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Tohru Watanabe, Isao Hagiya, Masamichi Nakamura, Yu Ikemoto, Masato Utsumi, Masashi Fukaya, Jyunpei Ogawa, Hiroaki Ogawa, Ikuo Shigemori, Hiroshi Iimura
  • Patent number: 10843821
    Abstract: A method and system may be provided for determining a set of parameters for preparing a skin for assembly to a substructure. The skin may be nondestructively inspected to gather a data set relating to the skin thickness. Sets of as-built thickness values for the skin and of deviations from a nominal map of the skin thickness may be calculated. A mating area for the skin and substructure and a set of one or more locations for fastener holes in the mating area may be determined. A set of parameters for the one or more fastener holes and a set of one or more fastener lengths may be generated using the deviations. A tool may cut the one or more fastener holes using the set of parameters and the skin and substructure may be fastened using fasteners selected according to the generated set of one or more fastener lengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Roger W. Engelbart, John William Adams, James C. Kennedy
  • Patent number: 10837665
    Abstract: An HVAC system within a building including a ventilator, a number of sensors, and a control device. The control device has a processor that is configured to receive a request to operate the ventilator. The control device is further configured to determine a status of a minimum runtime mode of the ventilator. The minimum runtime mode operates the ventilator for a minimum amount of each time in a predefined time period. The control device is further configured to determine an air quality value. The air quality value is based on one or more measurements provided to the control device by the plurality of sensors. The control device is further configured to operate the ventilator based on the air quality value being determined to be below an acceptable value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Michael J. Ajax, Joseph R. Ribbich, Joseph Michael Ruggiero
  • Patent number: 10838371
    Abstract: Information is collected from a management target device having a drive unit such as a machine tool, and this collected information is more practically used. An information collection device includes a collection unit that collects, from management target devices having a drive unit, operating state information which is information indicating an operating state of the management target device while operating accompanying movement of the drive unit; and a comparison unit that extracts a plurality of sets of information matching in a predetermined condition from the operating state information thus collected, and outputs a comparison result of the plurality of sets of information thus extracted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORAITON
    Inventor: Tadashi Okita