Patents Examined by Emilio J Saavedra
  • Patent number: 10361168
    Abstract: A method of forming a wire loop in connection with a semiconductor package is provided. The method includes the steps of: (1) providing package data related to the semiconductor package to a wire bonding machine; (2) providing at least one looping control value related to a desired wire loop to the wire bonding machine, the at least one looping control value including at least a loop height value related to the desired wire loop; (3) deriving looping parameters, using an algorithm, for forming the desired wire loop; (4) forming a first wire loop on the wire bonding machine using the looping parameters derived in step (3); (5) measuring actual looping control values of the first wire loop formed in step (4) corresponding to the at least one looping control value; and (6) comparing the actual looping control values measured in step (5) to the at least one looping control value provided in step (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventors: Ivy Wei Qin, Ray L. Cathcart, Cuong Huynh, Deepak Sood, Paul W. Sucro, Joseph O. DeAngelo
  • Patent number: 10353373
    Abstract: A machine tool includes a workpiece holding unit to hold a workpiece. A tool holding unit holds a tool. At least one of the workpiece holding unit and the tool holding unit is drivingly rotatable or drivingly movable in a predetermined direction to machine the workpiece with the tool. Temperature sensors are attached to members constituting the machine tool. An estimator calculates an environmental temperature system thermal displacement amount due to a heat source outside the machine tool. A correction magnification processor calculates an environmental temperature system thermal displacement correction amount. Another estimator calculates a driving system thermal displacement amount due to a heat source in the machine tool. A thermal displacement correction amount adder obtains and outputs a total thermal displacement correction amount based on which the machine tool performs thermal displacement correction control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventors: Atsushi Suzuki, Tsunekazu Ishida, Toshihito Okuda
  • Patent number: 10338566
    Abstract: Varying a slicing thickness for 3D modeling may include: receiving 3D modeling data from a user device; slicing the 3D modeling data, in accordance with a first thickness, into multiple cross-sections; calculating a complexity of one or more of the multiple cross-sections; and determining a slicing thickness of the 3D modeling data based on the complexity of the one or more of the multiple cross-sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: KT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Zucheul Lee, Daehwan Kim, Yeong-il Seo
  • Patent number: 10327397
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide irrigation systems comprising: a central irrigation controller; a radio module; a control module; and a radio adaptor in communication with the control module; where the control module comprises: a processor, a first communication interface, and one or more valve drivers, where the control module is configured to implement irrigation commands in implementing at least a portion of irrigation programming such that the one or more valve drivers are each configured to control a different irrigation valve in accordance with the irrigation programming; and the radio adapter comprises: a second communication interface communicationally coupled with the first communication interface, and a wireless radio frequency transceiver configured to provide wireless communication with the radio module where the radio adapter is configured to relay information between the radio module and the control module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Rain Bird Corporation
    Inventors: Ingrid Olive-Chahinian, Myriam Vialleton, Guillaume Barbe
  • Patent number: 10331149
    Abstract: A power strip may automatically disconnect a wired connection in response to received weather alert data based on a configuration file including one or more user preference settings. The power strip may include a receiver for a National Weather Service Specific Area Message Encoding system message including an alert type. The power strip may process the message and disconnect a wired connection based on the preference settings. A timer function may also define a time period that the power strip monitors its receiver for weather alert data and automatically disconnects and reconnects the wired connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Jackie O. Jordan, II
  • Patent number: 10327080
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing hearing devices comprising an otoplastic individually shaped for a user includes providing input data for each set of input parameters of an algorithm for determining target data for each of a set of target parameters, wherein at least a portion of said input data are individual to said user, and wherein said target parameters are parameters related to the geometrical and/or acoustical properties of a hearing device. The target data is determined by applying the algorithm to the input data. A suitable three-dimensional shape of the otoplastic is designed in dependence of the target data by means of otoplastic modeling software. The otoplastic is manufactured according to the suitable three-dimensional shape. Property data descriptive of properties related to the manufactured otoplastic are obtained using the otoplastic, and the algorithm is amended in dependence of the property data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: SONOVA AG
    Inventor: Daniel Probst
  • Patent number: 10298013
    Abstract: Systems and methods for integrating demand response with service restoration in an electric distribution system. The electric distribution system may include a plurality of regions, zones, and/or areas including at least an outage area that includes a fault and is not receiving electric current from the electric distribution system and a restoration area that is receiving electric current from the electric distribution system and that may be selectively configured to provide electric current to a selected portion of the outage area. The electric distribution system also includes a plurality of demand responsive loads configured to be selectively isolated from the electric distribution system responsive to a load shed signal. The demand responsive loads may be selectively utilized during service restoration, such as to provide additional excess capacity within the restoration area and/or decrease a magnitude of the electric load applied by the selected portion of the outage area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: ABB Research Ltd.
    Inventors: Fang Yang, Salman Mohagheghi, Zhao Li
  • Patent number: 10295992
    Abstract: A method for configuring a manufacturing plant includes generating a set of initial production schedules for manufacturing an entity, determining a set of consistent production schedules given each of the initial production schedules, selecting an instance of the consistent production schedules, generating a schedule for manufacturing instances of the entity, and operating the manufacturing plant using the schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Chandrasekhara K. Reddy, Ashish Sabharwal, Horst C. Samulowitz
  • Patent number: 10295993
    Abstract: The invention may be embodied in a system and method for monitoring and controlling feedback control in a manufacturing process, such as an integrated circuit fabrication process. The process control parameters may include translation, rotation, magnification, dose and focus applied by a photolithographic scanner or stepper operating on silicon wafers. Overlay errors are used to compute measured parameters used in the feedback control process. Statistical parameters are computed, normalized and graphed on a common set of axes for at-a-glance comparison of measured parameters and process control parameters to facilitate the detection of problematic parameters. Parameter trends and context relaxation scenarios are also compared graphically. Feedback control parameters, such as EWMA lambdas, may be determined and used as feedback parameters for refining the APC model that computes adjustments to the process control parameters based on the measured parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: KLA-Tencor Corporation
    Inventors: Dongsub Choi, David Tien
  • Patent number: 10295987
    Abstract: A machining program editing assist apparatus includes a display controller. When a specific portion on a shape display area is designated via an input device, the display controller allows a display candidate specified by the specific portion to be displayed as a designated display target of the shape display area, and allows at least one portion of data being among at least one display candidate of a program data display area and sectioned by a machining process constituting the at least one machining process and corresponding to the designated display target of the shape display area to be displayed as a designated display target of the program data display area on the program data display area in a state in which a beginning of the at least one portion of data is set to a display start position of the program data display area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Kikata, Morikuni Kimura, Takuro Katayama, Shunsuke Koike, Takayuki Ota, Jun Matsui
  • Patent number: 10291425
    Abstract: The present application discloses a method for controlling a terminal apparatus that is used for an appliance control system for executing a remote operation on a plurality of air conditioners from a car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventors: Hiroshi Amano, Toshihisa Nakano
  • Patent number: 10280897
    Abstract: A method for controlling a wind turbine includes receiving signals representative of oncoming wind speeds approaching at least a portion of a wind turbine, receiving background noise and signals representative of signal-to-noise ratios corresponding to the signals representative of the oncoming wind speeds, determining an availability-and-atmospheric noise in the signals based on one or more of the signal-to-noise ratios, blade positions of blades of the wind turbine, and the yaw position of a nacelle of the wind turbine, determining a wind incoherence noise in the signals due to a change in the oncoming wind speeds while approaching at least the portion of the wind turbine, determining a net measurement noise in the signals based on the background noise, the availability-and-atmospheric noise, and the wind incoherence noise, and controlling the wind turbine based at least on the signals representative of the oncoming wind speeds and the net measurement noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas Stephen Markham, Samuel Davoust
  • Patent number: 10280844
    Abstract: Power systems are disclosed. The power system may include a turbine component of a gas turbine system, and a computing device(s) in communication with the power plant. The computing device(s) may be configured to control the power plant system by performing various processes including defining a turbine inlet temperature range for a combustion gas flowing through the turbine component of the gas turbine system. The turbine inlet temperature range may be based on a desired operational load for the power plant system. The processes performed by the computing device(s) may also include determining fuel and maintenance cost ranges based on the turbine inlet temperature range, calculating a desired turbine inlet temperature range for the combustion gas based on the determined fuel and maintenance cost range, and adjusting an actual turbine inlet temperature of the combustion gas to be within the calculated, desired turbine inlet temperature range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Phillip Waniczek, Dirk Therkorn, Alexey Mozharov, Dominic Graf
  • Patent number: 10274972
    Abstract: A flow rate of a gas supplied into a processing vessel of a substrate processing apparatus is controlled according to a set flow rate of a first flow rate controller. The gas is also supplied into a second flow rate controller. When an output flow rate of the first flow rate controller is in a steady state, a first pressure measurement value of a first pressure gauge and a second pressure measurement value of a second pressure gauge of the second flow rate controller are obtained. A difference absolute value between the first pressure measurement value and a reference pressure value and a difference absolute value between the second pressure measurement value and a reference pressure value are calculated, and then, an average value of the difference absolute values is calculated. The difference absolute values and the average value are respectively compared with a first to third threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventors: Norihiko Amikura, Risako Miyoshi
  • Patent number: 10253758
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to systems and methods for optimizing power output of a wind farm. The method includes determining baseline loading condition(s) for wind turbines of the wind farm and defining a baseline threshold value for the load sensors. Another step includes identifying at least one wind turbine having at least one load sensor operating below the baseline threshold value. An upgrade is then provided to the identified wind turbine. In response to the upgrade, the method includes determining whether the load sensor of the identified wind turbine continues to operate below the baseline threshold value. The method also includes classifying an additional load sensor(s) of an additional wind turbine with respect to the load sensor of the identified wind turbine to determine whether to provide the additional wind turbine with the upgrade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Steven Jay Tyber, Jianhui Chen, Scott Charles Evans, Kiersten Marie Ralston
  • Patent number: 10241489
    Abstract: A control device includes a diagnosis-information output circuit constituted by a condition monitoring circuit, a condition determining circuit, a condition-controlling-signal monitoring circuit, an output-information generating circuit that generates diagnosis information indicating a condition of the control device, and a condition controlling circuit that changes a signal in the control device in response to a signal for controlling the control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: FANUC Corporation
    Inventor: Tohru Nishi
  • Patent number: 10240585
    Abstract: An equivalent variable pitch differential control method and apparatus. The method includes: acquire a first control parameter and a second control parameter respectively by means of a static energy deviation PI control method; acquire an equivalent differential third control parameter using a dynamic energy deviation; and by taking a wind wheel measurement rotating speed and a wind wheel reference rotating speed as inputs, a proportion integration differentiation controller controls a wind generating set according to the first control parameter, the second control parameter, and the third control parameter, thereby making a wind wheel rotating speed follow the wind wheel reference rotating speed. A wind generating set is controlled in real time by combining first and second control parameters and an equivalent differential third control parameter to serve as parameter values of the proportion integration differentiation controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventors: Wei Yang, Youchuan Tao, Fen Tao, Jie Liu
  • Patent number: 10228132
    Abstract: A control system for adjusting total air flow or oxygen in flue gas for a fossil fired power generating or steam generating unit, that includes a plurality of sensors that supply data to a tunable controller adapted to sense total air flow and/or oxygen flow; with the sensors also supplying data relating to carbon monoxide (CO) and/or combustibles and/or loss of ignition (LOI) and/or carbon in ash (CIA), and where the tunable controller can set a desired target or target range for at least one of CO, combustibles, CIA, or LOI and adjust the total air flow and/or O2 via direct control or bias signals. The system can respond to discrete events, analog events and/or thresholds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventor: Brad Radl
  • Patent number: 10228707
    Abstract: A valve control device for controlling a drive device that drives a valve includes: an operation amount calculation unit that calculates an operation amount of the drive device at predetermined sampling intervals based on a control deviation between a target value of an opening degree of the valve and an actually measured value of an opening degree of the valve; a state determination unit that determines whether the valve is in a steady or transient state; and a first correction unit that outputs, if the state determination unit determines the valve is in the steady state, a predetermined first correction value corresponding to a sign of the control deviation to correct the operation amount calculated by the operation amount calculation unit with the first correction value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventor: Munekazu Yokoyama
  • Patent number: 10224717
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention produce and define a relationship between local voltage and power measurements at a node of an electrical network and system conditions on a remote branch of the network. These local measurements are used to determine an optimal voltage set point at the node that, if realized by a reactive power resource, would affect the flow of reactive power or line current at one or more particular remote branches of the power system in a manner captured by the derived relationship. The change in reactive power required to obtain this voltage set point is also calculated based on local measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Univ. College Dublin, Nat'l. Univ. of Ireland
    Inventors: Conor Murphy, Andrew Keane, Peter Richardson