Patents Examined by Erick D Glass
  • Patent number: 11563397
    Abstract: A motor controller comprises a switch circuit and a driving circuit. The switch circuit is coupled to a three-phase motor for driving the three-phase motor. The driving circuit generates a plurality of control signals to control the switch circuit. The motor controller utilizes a first pulse width modulation waveform and a second pulse width modulation waveform for driving the three-phase motor, where the first pulse width modulation waveform and the second pulse width modulation waveform have different frequencies from each other. The motor controller utilizes the second pulse width modulation waveform to detect a phase switching time point, where the frequency of the first pulse width modulation waveform is greater than the frequency of the second pulse width modulation waveform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: Global Mixed-mode Technology Inc.
    Inventor: Chia-Tai Yang
  • Patent number: 11557993
    Abstract: A motor-driving control system includes an actuator configured to generate rotational force by driving received current, a current provider configured to provide current to the actuator while repeatedly turning on and off the current at a preset period and duty, and a controller configured to estimate a rotation position or a rotation speed of the actuator in a section in which the current of the current provider is turned on or off and to control the current provider to follow a speed command based on the estimated rotation position or rotation speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Chang Seok You, Joo Yeon Kim, Sung Do Kim, Min Su Kang
  • Patent number: 11541930
    Abstract: Control circuits control inverter circuits provided in correspondence to the control circuits by a drive mode selected from a plurality of drive modes. A cooperative drive mode is for controlling a current supply to motor windings by a plurality of systems by using a value acquired from the other control circuit via communication. An independent drive mode is for controlling the current supply to the motor windings by the plurality of systems without using the value acquired from the other control circuit. A one-system drive mode is for controlling the current supply to the motor winding by one system without using the value acquired from the other control circuit. The control circuits set the drive mode to a cooperative drive mode when inter-computer communication is normal. The control circuits set the drive mode to an independent drive mode or a one-system drive mode thereby differentiating an output characteristic of a motor from that in the cooperative drive mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroyasu Ootake, Nobuyori Nakazima, Kouichi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 11530065
    Abstract: A method accurately detects biting of a foreign object in a packaging machine. A control apparatus controls a packaging machine that sequentially seals and/or cuts a packaging material transported in a first direction using a rotor. The rotor is arranged to have a tangent to its outer circumference portion in contact with the packaging material extending in the first direction. The rotor is drivable and rotatable by a driver. The control apparatus includes an information obtaining unit that obtains information indicating a rotational position of the rotor and a status value of the driver in predetermined cycles, and a determination unit that determines a presence of an abnormality in a sealed portion of the packaging material using, from the information obtained by the information obtaining unit, a status value of the driver corresponding to a rotational position of the rotor falling within a predetermined range or being a predetermined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventor: Yusuke Kiyota
  • Patent number: 11527979
    Abstract: A method of controlling a 3n-phase electrical machine (7) by means of n power converters (3a, 3b) each being controlled by a respective controller, and each power converter (3a, 3b) being configured to power a respective set of three phases of the electrical machine (7), wherein the method for each controller comprises: a) obtaining measured currents (ia,1, ib,1, ic,1, ia,2, ib,2, ic,2) of the set of three phases of the electrical machine (7) controlled by the controller, b) estimating all currents ({circumflex over (?)}dq, 2, {circumflex over (?)}dq, 1) of all the other sets of three phases of the electrical machine (7), which are controlled by the other controllers, c) transforming the measured currents (ia,1, ib,1, ic,1, ia,2, ib,2, ic,2) and all the estimated currents ({circumflex over (?)}dq,2, {circumflex over (?)}dq,1) using vector space decomposition, VSD, to obtain a set of VSD currents, and d) controlling the corresponding power converter based on the VSD currents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Panagiotis Kakosimos, Rahul Kanchan
  • Patent number: 11522480
    Abstract: A PMSM sensorless composite control method with dual sliding-mode observers is provided. In particular, two sliding-mode observers are designed, one provides an exponential piecewise sliding-mode function for observation of back electromotive force, and the other sliding-mode observer is for observation of load torque and fine-tuning parameters of a piecewise PI controller while introducing an estimated load torque onto a q-axis for feedforward compensation. A q-axis current inner loop is designed with a second-order sliding-mode controller, which can improve tracking performance of q-axis current and indirectly control an electromagnetic torque. The exponential piecewise sliding-mode function is more conductive to the observation of back electromotive force and can weaken the buffeting phenomenon. The sliding-mode observer for observing the load torque fine-tunes parameters of the piecewise PI controller while performing the feedforward compensation, the load capability of the system is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignees: Xiangtan University, Foshan Green Intelligent Manufacturing Research Institute of Xiangtan University
    Inventors: Siqi Peng, Yuhan Jiang
  • Patent number: 11511630
    Abstract: A motor control system is configured to: determine a current supply limit for an electric motor; receive a current supply of the electric motor; identify one or more motor commands; adjust the one or more motor commands in response to a determination that the current supply is greater than the current supply limit; and selectively control the electric motor using the adjusted one or more motor commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Prerit Pramod, Jeffery A. Zuraski
  • Patent number: 11515825
    Abstract: In an embodiment of the present disclosure, a heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC&R) system includes a refrigerant loop and a compressor disposed along the refrigerant loop. The compressor is configured to circulate refrigerant through the refrigerant loop. The HVAC&R system also includes a motor configured to drive the compressor and a variable speed drive (VSD) configured to supply power to the motor. The VSD further includes a first power pod configured to supply a first power to the motor and a second power pod configured to supply a second power to the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Tyco IP Holdings LLP
    Inventors: Ivan Jadric, Ajit Wasant Kane, Scott Victor Slothower
  • Patent number: 11509254
    Abstract: In a method for detecting a motor phase fault of a motor arrangement, the motor phases of which are connected to a drive circuit having a DC voltage intermediate circuit and an inverter. A motor phase voltage at at least one of the motor phases with respect to a reference potential is captured while the inverter is switched off; and a voltage profile of the captured motor phase voltage is used to determine whether there is a motor phase fault on one of the motor phases of the motor arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Diehl AKO Stiftung & Co. KG
    Inventors: Martin Weinmann, Andreas Schmid, Sebastian Tinius
  • Patent number: 11502632
    Abstract: A motor can be controlled in a user-friendly manner so that a phase current based on an input command torque command value is caused to flow to at least one among U-phase, V-phase, and W-phase windings of the motor, so that a predetermined in-phase current is superimposed on the phase current and caused to flow to at least one among the windings. The motor is controlled such that energization to one winding corresponding to a predetermined energization stop phase is stopped, for example, so that energization to the U-phase winding is stopped, and so that a V-phase current, a W-phase current and an in-phase current are caused to flow to each winding corresponding to a phase other than the energization stop phase, for example, so that the V-phase current, the W-phase current and the in-phase current are caused to flow to the V-phase winding and the W-phase winding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: HITACHI ASTEMO, LTD.
    Inventors: Takahiro Araki, Hideki Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 11490927
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes: an end effector; a power source; a motor coupled to the power source, the motor configured to actuate the end effector; and a controller operatively coupled to the motor and configured to control the motor based on a current draw of the motor and an angular velocity of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Christopher Kelly Evans, Anthony Calderoni
  • Patent number: 11491879
    Abstract: A regenerative braking system includes a motor configured to rotate at a variable rotational speed in response to receiving power from a three-phase power supply, and a regenerative braking circuit in signal communication with the three-phase power supply to control the rotational speed of the motor. A brake controller is in signal communication with the regenerative braking circuit and is configured to selectively operate the regenerative braking circuit in a plurality of different braking modes based on the rotational speed of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventor: Rajkumar Sengodan
  • Patent number: 11496086
    Abstract: A control device for a motor including a first coil and a second coil which are insulated from each other is provided. The control device includes a first circuit and a second circuit that switches a first process to a second process when the first circuit fails. The external circuit generates an instruction for performing a process of increasing an amount of operation which is calculated by one of the first circuit and the second circuit according to the number of control systems when the other of the first circuit and the second circuit fails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignees: JTEKT CORPORATION, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shingo Nitta, Takahiro Toko, Takahiro Kojo, Hisaya Akatsuka
  • Patent number: 11489474
    Abstract: In a driving device for a rotating electric machine, a first inverter unit blocks and allows, for each winding of multi-phase windings of the rotating electric machine, current conduction on one side of the winding and a second inverter unit blocks and allows current conduction on the other side of the winding. A plurality of second switching elements forming the second inverter unit each have a lower ON resistance than a plurality of first switching elements forming the first inverter unit. A controller is configured to switch on and off the respective first switching elements at a switching frequency higher than an electric fundamental frequency and switch on and off the respective second switching elements at a switching frequency lower than the switching frequency at which to switch on and off the first switching elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hirofumi Kinjo, Makoto Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 11489472
    Abstract: A motor control system includes: a d-q target module configured to, based on a target torque of an electric motor, determine a first target d-axis current and a first target q-axis current; an offset module configured to, based on a capacitor current through capacitors connected across phases of the electric motor, determine a d-axis current offset and a q-axis current offset; an adder module configured to determine a second target d-axis current based on a sum of the first target d-axis current and the d-axis current offset and to determine a second target q-axis current based on a sum of the first target q-axis current and the q-axis current offset; and a driver module configured to, based on the second target d-axis current and the second target q-axis current, switch switches of a current source inverter (CSI) module configured to apply power to the phases of the electric motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Suresh Gopalakrishnan, Chandra S. Namuduri, Lei Hao, Muhammad H. Alvi, Alireza Fatemi
  • Patent number: 11489480
    Abstract: An apparatus for driving a motor of an MDPS may include: first to fourth driving power supply units configured to supply driving power to a driving motor; first to fourth inverters configured to switch the driving power supplied from the first to fourth driving power supply units, and supply the switched driving motor to the driving motor, in order to drive the driving motor; first to fourth driving units configured to drive the first to fourth inverters, respectively; a first control unit configured to operate the driving motor by switching the first and second inverters through the first and second driving units; a second control unit configured to operate the driving motor by switching the third and fourth inverters through the third and fourth driving units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jin Woo Lee
  • Patent number: 11482952
    Abstract: A method for determining zero crossing occurrence in an alternating current (AC) signal with constant frequency of a permanent magnet synchronous motor (PMSM) includes: sampling the AC signal to obtain a plurality of data points; starting to count a number of consecutive data points that have sampled values with a same sign in a detection range, to generate a count value, wherein the consecutive data points are included in the plurality of data points; determining whether the count value is equal to a zero crossing determination value; and in response to the count value being equal to the zero crossing determination value, determining that a zero crossing occurs at a last data point of the consecutive data points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Elite Semiconductor Microelectronics Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Shih-Chieh Wang, Yong-Yi Jhuang, Ming-Fu Tsai
  • Patent number: 11472473
    Abstract: A motor control device is provided with a plurality of power converters and a plurality of microcomputers, and controls driving of a motor that has a plurality of sets of windings. The microcomputers perform initial check of components in respective circuits after activation. The microcomputers prohibit driving of the motor by a circuit determined to be abnormal during the initial inspection. When two or more circuits are determined to be normal in the initial check, the microcomputers start driving of the motor by synchronizing the timing between the two or more circuits determined to be normal. When only one circuit is determined to be normal in the initial check, the microcomputers start driving of the motor by the one circuit determined to be normal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koichi Nakamura, Nobuyori Nakajima, Masaya Taki
  • Patent number: 11463035
    Abstract: A method of controlling a sensorless motor of an air compressor is provided to overcome the known problems of sensorless control methods and to improve control responsiveness. In various aspects of the present invention, a method of controlling a sensorless motor of an air compressor includes: performing a speed control for stopping a motor by a controller; determining a motor stopped state from an estimated motor speed while the speed control is performed by the controller; determining a rotor position estimated as a fixed position when the motor stopped state is determined by the controller; performing motor position control for moving the rotor position to the fixed position when the motor stopped state is determined; and starting sensorless control for driving the motor by setting the fixed position to an initial position when requesting a motor driving while the rotor position is maintained at the fixed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Chang Seok You, Min Su Kang, Sung Do Kim, Dong Hun Lee
  • Patent number: 11463034
    Abstract: A motor drive comprises a rectifier circuit portion arranged to receive an externally supplied AC voltage and to generate a DC bus voltage. An inverter circuit portion is arranged to receive the DC bus voltage (VDC_Bus) and to generate an AC output voltage (Vout) for supply to an external load. A DC bus portion is connected between the rectifier and the inverter. An inductor (L1) is connected in series along a bus conductor between the rectifier and inverter, and a DC link capacitor (C1) is connected in parallel between the bus conductors. A voltage across the DC link capacitor (C1) is input to a tuneable notch filter arranged to supply a filtered signal. A controller varies the resonant frequency of the notch filter to a plurality of values across an operational range and modulates a supply current provided by the inverter with a probe current signal at the resonant frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventor: Andrei Dinu