Patents Examined by Erick Glass
  • Patent number: 10284128
    Abstract: A motor includes a stator comprising windings configured to be energized, and a rotor electromagnetically coupled to the stator and configured to turn relative thereto when the stator is energized. The motor also includes a motor controller configured to measure a speed at which the rotor turns, and energize said stator to generate a first torque output at the rotor when the measured speed is below a first threshold. The motor controller is also configured to energize the stator to generate a second torque output at the rotor when the measured speed is at least the first threshold, wherein the second torque output is greater than the first torque output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Regal Beloit America, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Craig Barry, Brian Lee Beifus, Lester Benjamin Manz, Kamron Mark Wright
  • Patent number: 10263556
    Abstract: A method and a system for correcting an initial zero position deviation are provided, which is applied to a permanent magnet synchronous motor and a resolver. The method includes: driving a rotor of the permanent magnet synchronous motor to rotate at a constant speed; acquiring counter electromotive forces of a stator of the permanent magnet synchronous motor and a position of a rotor of the resolver; calculating a space vector phase angle ?1 based on the counter electromotive forces; acquiring a rotation angle ?2 measured by the resolver; calculating an installation deviation ?? corresponding to the space vector phase angle ?1 and the rotation angle ?2; and adjusting a position of the resolver until the installation deviation ?? meets a precision requirement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventors: Jianghua Feng, Junfeng Xu, Yuliang Wen, Jing Shang, Jiade Huang, Xiaofan Zeng, Zhaoyang Zhang, Hanfeng Zheng, Xiong Liu, Yaping He
  • Patent number: 10256753
    Abstract: An alternating current (AC) motor system and control methods are provided herein. The AC motor system includes a motor having a first rated horsepower and configured to be coupled to a power source, and a drive circuit configured to be electrically coupled between the power source and the motor. The drive circuit has a second rated horsepower that is lower than the first rated horsepower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Regal Beloit America, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Bryan Snipes, Luis D. Morales, Maung Saw Eddison, Zachary Joseph Stauffer, Ludovic Andre Chretien, Lester Benjamin Manz
  • Patent number: 10252743
    Abstract: An electric power steering device is provided, easing a sense of incongruity that a driver feels with respect to steering. If an abnormal phase is detected, an electronic control unit (ECU) 50 stops energizing a winding (any one of windings 86u, 86v and 86w) of the abnormal phase and energizes windings (two of the windings 86u, 86v and 86w) of the two phases other than the abnormal phase, and, as a vehicle speed V increases, the ECU 50 reduces a current value applied to the windings (two of the windings 86u, 86v and 86w) of the two phases other than the abnormal phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaya Kusatani, Norifumi Tamura
  • Patent number: 10243492
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a pulse generation circuit which generates a pulse control signal for selectively supplying currents to the coils with the coil phases of the brushless DC motor, a selector circuit which selects arbitrary two signals, from detection signals corresponding to currents flowing respectively to the coils and a reference signal, a comparator circuit which compares the two signals selected by the selector circuit, timer counter, and a control circuit. The control circuit repeatedly controls an operation for the pulse generation circuit to output a pulse control signal for supplying electricity to one of the coil phases in a state where the rotor is stopped, an operation for the selector circuit selects the reference signal and one of the detection signals, from the detection signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventors: Atsuko Maekawa, Yuuki Akashi, Tetsuhiko Inoue, Futoshi Hosoya
  • Patent number: 10231590
    Abstract: A cleaning system including a motor, an impeller driven by the motor, a battery receptacle, and a motor controller. The battery receptacle is configured to receive a battery pack. The battery pack includes one or more battery cells and a battery controller. The motor controller is configured to receive from the battery controller one of a first type of data and a second type of data, and operate the motor at a defined speed, the defined speed being a first speed upon receiving the first type of data, and a second speed upon receiving the second type of data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Techtronic Industries Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Brett A. Reed, Mark Reindle, Will Sebastian
  • Patent number: 10230316
    Abstract: A motor driving device for brushless direct current motors and an application apparatus thereof are provided. The motor driving device includes an inverter, a plurality of motor branches, and a microprocessor. The inverter includes a plurality of semiconductor switches to output an alternating current power via a first output terminal and a second output terminal. The plurality of motor branches are connected in parallel between the first output terminal and the second output terminal of the inverter, and each of the plurality of motor branches comprising a motor and a controllable bidirectional alternating current switch connected in series. The microprocessor controls a conduction manner of the semiconductor switches in the inverter, and whether to turn of the controllable bidirectional alternating current switch in each of the plurality of motor branches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventors: Yue Li, Chiping Sun, Fei Xin, Shinghin Yeung, Xiuwen Yang, Shujuan Huang
  • Patent number: 10220726
    Abstract: An electric vehicle accomplishes speed changes through the use of electronically controlled, multiple electric motor configurations that are coupled to an output drive shaft instead of a speed change transmission. A parallel-coupled motor configuration includes at least two motors that are each coupled to the output drive shaft through respective gear arrangements, each gear arrangement having a respective gear ratio. In a serially-coupled motor configuration, the stator of the second motor is coupled to the rotor of the first motor, where the rotor of the second motor is coupled to the output drive shaft. The required torque to reach or maintain a desired vehicle speed can be obtained by selective energization of either one or both of the motors (in both multi-motor configurations). Two motors are also coupled to a differential gear so that the rotational speed contributed by both motors are additive at the output shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Superior Electron, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher P. Zing, Joachim H. Wiest, Henry T. Fung
  • Patent number: 10208649
    Abstract: An estimator includes a model unit that calculates a state quantity by using an input signal and a relational expression that expresses a target model, a correction signal measurement sensor that measures a correction signal for correcting the state quantity, a correction unit that outputs a value for correcting the state quantity based on the correction signal to the model unit, and a model changing unit that changes the model unit in accordance with an oil flow related value that relates to a change of flow of cooling oil. The correction signal measurement sensor is arranged to be in contact with a metal member that includes a coil conductive wire that constitutes the stator coil, a terminal connected to the coil conductive wire, and a power line connected between the coil conductive wire and the terminal, at a point on which no cooling oil drops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hideo Nakai, Hiroyuki Hattori, Toshinori Okouchi
  • Patent number: 10199963
    Abstract: A motor driving device and a motor system that can reduce a torque ripple of a motor are provided. The current control loop detects a drive current of the motor, detects an error between the detected value of the drive current and a current indication value as a target value of the drive current, and determines the duty of the PWM signal reflecting the error concerned. The back EMF phase detector detects the phase of a back electromotive force of each phase in the motor. The torque correction unit calculates a first torque correction coefficient of a periodic function based on the phase variations in the three phases of the back electromotive force, and corrects the current indication value superimposing the first torque correction coefficient on the current indication value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Renesas Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Minoru Kurosawa, Kichiya Itagaki
  • Patent number: 10199979
    Abstract: A power conversion device includes an alternating current rotating machine having a multiple of multi-phase windings, a multiple of power conversion means that convert direct current voltage of a direct current power supply based on a multiple of switching signals and apply voltage to the multiple of multi-phase windings, first current detection means that detects a first bus current, which is current flowing between the power conversion means that applies voltage to one multi-phase windings of the multiple of multi-phase windings and the direct current power supply, and first phase current calculation means that calculates the current flowing through the one multi-phase windings based on the first bus current, wherein the first current detection means detects the first bus current at a timing at which a multiple of voltage vectors based on the multiple of switching signals neighbor or coincide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Tatsuya Mori, Akira Furukawa
  • Patent number: 10186994
    Abstract: The invention is related to a drive control for driving a dc motor of an electrical household appliance, in particular a hair cutting device such as an electric razor, shaver or epilator, at constant rotational speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Bruan GMBH
    Inventors: Christian Neyer, Holger Hild, Felix Koenig, Gerd Laschinski
  • Patent number: 10186990
    Abstract: A driving apparatus which reduces power consumption as compared to conventional driving apparatuses. A voltage amplitude of first AC voltages is controlled based on a relative angle between a moving direction of a moving body, which is indicated by a driving command for moving the moving body, and a driving direction of a first vibrator, and a voltage amplitude of second AC voltages is controlled based on a relative angle between the moving direction and a driving direction of a second vibrator. Each of the first vibrator and the second vibrator is controlled based on a deviation between the driving command and a detected position of the moving body while the first AC voltages and the second AC voltages are being controlled. The driving direction of the first vibrator and the driving direction of the second vibrator cross each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventor: Jun Sumioka
  • Patent number: 10182693
    Abstract: A piezoelectric debris sensor and associated signal processor responsive to debris strikes enable an autonomous or non-autonomous cleaning device to detect the presence of debris and in response, to select a behavioral mode, operational condition or pattern of movement, such as spot coverage or the like. Multiple sensor channels (e.g., left and right) can be used to enable the detection or generation of differential left/right debris signals and thereby enable an autonomous device to steer in the direction of debris.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: iRobot Corporation
    Inventors: Gregg W. Landry, David A. Cohen, Daniel N. Ozick
  • Patent number: 10180080
    Abstract: Techniques are described for using an electrical motor to slow down or stop a propulsor during an operation mode where the engine is to be otherwise running but the speed of the propulsor should be low or the propulsor should be stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce North American Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Erik Alexander Munevar
  • Patent number: 10173865
    Abstract: An example electromotive linear drive mechanism for moving walkways for conveying people or objects may comprise a long stator as an active primary part positioned along a direction of movement of a moving walkway, as well as a plurality of passive secondary parts that are movable with respect to the active primary part and are arranged with one another along the direction of movement. The long stator may have a plurality of successive long stator sections in the form of coil groups along the direction of movement. Each long stator section may have its own control device that is configured to move the secondary parts using control parameters stipulated for the respective long stator section. Further, example methods for operating the electromotive linear drive mechanism may involve predefining different movement profiles for the respective control devices for at least some of the long stator sections such that the secondary parts move along the long stator in a non-uniform manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventors: Jürgen Frantzheld, Qinghua Zheng, Friedrich Löser
  • Patent number: 10171018
    Abstract: A method for detecting stall of a multiphase motor operated in a sinusoidal micro-stepped mode. The method comprises: a) measuring at least one phase current and/or measuring the sum of all phase currents at regular time intervals synchronous with the micro-steps, b) calculating the difference between the measured phase current at a first moment and the measured phase current of the same phase at a previous moment and/or the difference between the measured sum of all phase currents at a first moment and the measured sum of all phase currents at a previous synchronous moment, c) analyzing the series of obtained current differences so as to generate a stall detection signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventors: Marcel Jakobus Gerardus Braat, Marc Lambrechts
  • Patent number: 10160345
    Abstract: A method for operating a motor vehicle, which is driven by an electric motor. The motor vehicle has a high-voltage power system, to which the electric motor is connected, with a high-voltage battery that is operated in an operating temperature range, for which purpose, a temperature control mechanism utilizing a circulating coolant, and having a heating mechanism for the coolant and a cooling mechanism for the coolant is assigned to the high-voltage battery, to satisfy a power deficiency which indicates that a braking power required by recuperation of the electric motor exceeds the on-demand power currently in the high-voltage power system that can be demanded for charging the high-voltage battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Daniel Ghebru, Klaus Strasser, Alois Stauber
  • Patent number: 10164555
    Abstract: A half-bridge inverter comprised of upper and lower switches can be placed in linear motor track sections to alternately connect a common point of all drive coils to a full-bus DC power rail (“full-bus”) and a DC reference, according to PWM command signals, functioning as a “virtual mid-bus” to allow bi-directional flow of a sum of currents of all drive coils in the section. Separate upper and lower drive switches of the half-bridge inverters that are also connected to drive the drive coils can then be controlled, according to separate PWM command signals, to synchronize their PWM cycles and duty cycle commands with respect to the virtual mid-bus at times when a mover is not present, resulting in zero voltage across the drive coils, or command different duty cycles with respect to the virtual mid-bus when a mover is present, resulting in a desired voltage across the drive coils. The desired voltage can produce a current in the drive coils to electromagnetically propel the mover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwel Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick E. Ozimek
  • Patent number: 10161384
    Abstract: A fan control circuit for controlling a fan includes a processing module, a driving module and a speed compensation module. The driving module is electrically connected to the processing module, and generates at least one driving signal to drive the fan. The speed compensation module is electrically connected to the processing module, and receives a first voltage. The first voltage is variable. The speed compensation module generates and transmits a speed-compensation parameter to the processing module according to the first voltage and a first waveform, and the processing module adjusts the driving signal according to the speed-compensation parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventors: Chia-Tai Yang, Yin-Kai Chen, Ching-Feng Lai