Patents Examined by Gregory J Toatley
  • Patent number: 10890473
    Abstract: A method is provided comprising the steps of exciting a vibration mode of a flow tube (130, 130?), wherein first and second drivers (180L, 180R) are amplitude modulated out of phase from each other, and wherein a drive command provided to the first and second drivers (180L, 180R) comprises a sum of N+1 independent signals. The first and second drivers (180L, 180R) are excited with a plurality of off-resonance frequencies and the effective phase between a modal response and the drivers (180L, 180R) at each of the off-resonance frequencies is inferred. A left eigenvector phase estimate is generated for each of the off-resonance frequencies. A phase of a left eigenvector at a resonant drive frequency is estimated based on off-resonance frequency phase estimates. The method also comprises measuring the phase between a first pickoff (170L) and a second pickoff (170R) and determining a phase of a right eigenvector for the flow tube (130, 130?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Micro Motion, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Joseph Rensing
  • Patent number: 10890480
    Abstract: Systems and methods for finding and solving problems with wet gas venturi meters in one or more gas well sites include one or more gas well sites configured to supply gas to a gas plant, each gas well site comprising a gas well connected to a piping, one or more valves installed on the piping, one or more pressure sensors, one or more temperature sensors, one or more venturi meters configured to measure a differential pressure of the gas in the piping, and one or more programmable logic controllers configured to receive the measured data from the pressure sensors, temperature sensors, and the venturi meters, receive a plurality of dimensions of the one or more venturi meters, receive a plurality of fluid properties values and, determine a first gas rate and first condensate rate for each of the well sites.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Muhammad Idris, Mohammed A. Al-Atwi
  • Patent number: 10883894
    Abstract: A technique facilitates monitoring and managing fatigue related a flexible conduit deployed from a surface vessel. Movements of the surface vessel may be measured to obtain vessel movement/position data. Based on this data, a flexible conduit bend profile may be determined via a computer-based data processing system. The flexible conduit bend profile may then be used to provide a flexible conduit fatigue profile for assessment of the flexible conduit in light of the environmental conditions. In some embodiments, the fatigue profile and assessment of the flexible conduit may be based on both functional loading and environmental loading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: OneSubsea IP UK Limited
    Inventors: Phillip Adam Rice, Robert Stewart James Large, Andrew Edward Heaney, Bernard Theron
  • Patent number: 10887433
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for segmenting a data frame to be acquired into a number of incremental data of equal data length. A first incremental data of the data frame can be acquired from one or more sensors. The first incremental data of the data frame can be processed while a next incremental data of the data frame is being acquired from the one or more sensors. The acquiring and processing of incremental data of the data frame can continue until a last incremental data of the data frame is acquired and processed. Processed incremental data can be outputted as a processed data frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Pony AI Inc.
    Inventors: Haoying Fu, Mengda Yang, Xiang Yu, Tiancheng Lou, Jun Peng, Sinan Xiao, Tianyi Li, Hao Song
  • Patent number: 10876930
    Abstract: A test system and method for testing a coupled hybrid dynamic system in simulated motion along a path includes a physical test rig configured to test a physical component. A processor is configured with modeled test data, a first virtual model portion and a second virtual model portion of the coupled hybrid dynamic system, the first virtual model portion, the second virtual model portion and the physical component comprising the coupled hybrid dynamic system. The processor is configured to control the test rig such that the component under test responds to the second virtual model portion, that in turn receives a first input comprising the modeled test data, a second input being motion of the first virtual model portion of the coupled hybrid dynamic system, a third input being a control mode response from the test rig having the physical component under test and a fourth input comprising guidance controls for the coupled hybrid dynamic system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: MTS Systems Corporation
    Inventor: David M. Fricke
  • Patent number: 10879708
    Abstract: A method includes receiving current measurements from at least one current sensor configured to measure current of a battery system in communication with a power distribution network having a power plant. The method also includes receiving voltage measurements from at least one voltage sensor configured to measure voltage of the battery system and temperature measurements from at least one temperature sensor configured to measure temperature of the battery system. The method includes determining an impedance parameter of the battery system based on the received measurements, a temperature parameter of the battery system based on the received measurements, a predicted voltage parameter based on the impedance parameter, and a predicted temperature parameter based on the temperature parameter. The method includes commanding the battery system to charge power from the power plant or discharge power from the power plant based on the predicted voltage parameter and the predicted temperature parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Eos Energy Storage, LLC
    Inventors: Kamel Belkacem-Boussaid, George W. Adamson
  • Patent number: 10878554
    Abstract: A method of evaluating an article includes measuring a feature of the article using a defect detection device. A set of data points is recorded representing the first feature and the set of data points is analyzed. The analyzing includes constructing a filtered curve by constructing a raw curve by listing the set of data points, constructing a first meanline curve, and finding a first difference between the raw curve and the first meanline curve. The analyzing also includes constructing a reversal curve by calculating a second derivative of a meanline curve constructed from the set of data points. The method also includes deciding the acceptability of the feature of the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph D. Drescher, Kenneth A. Frisk
  • Patent number: 10877013
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system, method, and apparatus for monitoring food products. The system includes an integrated modular sensing device for monitoring food and environmentally sensitive industrial products, including a processor, at least two interfaces in communication with the processor and adapted to receive an electronic connection of at least two temperature sensor probes, at least one sensor in communication with the processor, the at least one sensor including at least one of the following: a motion sensor, a proximity sensor, a light sensor, or any combination thereof, and a wireless communication device programmed or configured to transmit food and environmentally sensitive industrial product data to at least one of a remote server and a remote device, and act as a gateway to receive sensory data from distributed sensors wirelessly and upload to cloud databases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Inteligistics, Inc.
    Inventors: Panduranga Rao Mandava, Erick John Muriungi Kithinji
  • Patent number: 10876869
    Abstract: A segmented Kalman filter based anti-transient-impact-vibration-interference signal processing method and system for a vortex flowmeter with a microcontroller as a core are provided, which relate to a flow rate measurement field. The method includes: (1) seeking for data segments containing transient impact vibration interferences, (2) configuring a Kalman filter, (3) implementing Kalman filtering in segments, (4) analyzing frequency domain amplitude spectrum. A vortex flow signal is predicted and estimated by the Kalman filter to achieve an objective of reducing powers and proportions of transient impact vibration interferences. Even when multiple transient impact interference components exist, and powers of these interferences are larger than the power of the vortex flow signal, the interferences can still be eliminated to correctly extract a frequency of the vortex flow signal, as well as ensuring measurement accuracy of the vortex flowmeter under complicated working process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: HEFEI UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Kejun Xu, Chunli Shao, Zhangping Shu
  • Patent number: 10876931
    Abstract: A diagnostic service system includes one or plurality of factory monitoring systems configured to perform monitoring of at least one machine; a service center management device that is connected with the one or plurality of factory monitoring systems via a network; one or plurality of service centers that are connected with the service center management device; and a plurality of service terminals connected with one service center or each of the plurality of service centers via a service control. The plurality of service terminals are used by each responder capable of fault diagnosis of the machine, and when fault of a machine occurs, one of the plurality of service terminals is selected via the service center management device and the one service center or plurality of service centers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenichi Matsuo, Masao Kamiguchi, Masato Yamamura, Shouichi Kawakami, Yutaka Igarashi, Takahiro Kouji
  • Patent number: 10872172
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus for testing randomness of a digital value and processing the digital value. The digital value may include first bit sequences generated by a physically unclonable function (PUF). A grouping unit may generate a plurality of groups by segmenting the first bit sequence, and a processing unit may calculate a second bit sequence from the plurality of groups by performing a logical operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: ICTK HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dong Kyue Kim, Byong Deok Choi
  • Patent number: 10859724
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is method of computing formation attributes from acoustic measurements in a borehole. The acoustic measurements can be made by operating an acoustic source at multiple frequencies to excite the formation and operating receivers at multiple, longitudinally spaced receiver stations to receive acoustic energy from the formation. The method can include: deriving phase data from the spectrum of received acoustic signals; unwrapping phase information of the phase spectrum data; determining two or more values of difference of phase between acoustic signals at each of a range of frequencies each based on a single generated signal received at two or more pairs of adjacent said receiver stations; generating a value of slope of phase difference values; and in any case of slope ambiguity, unwrapping phase difference information and deriving a dominant slope, at each frequency, from which slowness of the acoustic signal in the formation can be derived.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventors: Peter Adrian Spencer Elkington, Said Assous, Laurence Linnett
  • Patent number: 10852341
    Abstract: Systems and methods to combine line fault location probabilities. A first and second location probability distribution are received for a location of an line fault along an electrical line based upon at least electrical current measurements reported by a first electrical current monitor at a first location and at least a second electrical current measurements reported by a second electrical current monitor at a second location. The second electrical current measurements being made within a time interval of the first electrical current measurements. A composite location probability distribution is determined for the location of the line fault along the electrical line based on an algorithm processing the first location probability distribution and the second location probability distribution. The composite location probability distribution is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: FLORIDA POWER & LIGHT COMPANY
    Inventors: Eric D. Schwartz, Ronald A. Capute
  • Patent number: 10850690
    Abstract: An electronic device for use in a vehicle and method for controlling the same are provided. The device includes a battery sensor configured to detect a battery voltage when connected to a vehicle's battery, and a processor in communication with the battery sensor. The processor is configured to monitor the battery voltage of a vehicle's battery using the battery sensor and identify at least one transition in the battery voltage. The processor is also configured to determine an operational state of the vehicle based on the transition and the battery voltage, and control the electronic device in accordance with the operational state of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig J. Witcraft, Kamran Faterioun
  • Patent number: 10853893
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for automatically correlating geologic tops. The system receives well logs from different well bores and each of the picks is added to a priority queue ordered by each pick's quality measure. User selected picks are assigned the highest level of quality measure. The system performs correlation by selecting a window of well log data about a pick selected from the top of the priority queue and then finding the best optimal match with a corresponding window in a neighboring wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Drilling Info, Inc.
    Inventors: Christian W. Grant, Stefan Compton, Dean Witte
  • Patent number: 10845433
    Abstract: A magnetic field sensor arrangement includes a magnetic field sensor element configured to provide a sensor output signal responsive to a magnetic field, wherein the sensor output signal is representative of a magnetic field amplitude; a processing module configured to provide a processed sensor output signal representative of the sensor output signal; a switching level calculation module configured to calculate a switching level, (1) during a power up mode, based on a default switching level, and (2) during a running mode, based on the processed sensor output signal; a comparator module configured to compare the processed sensor output signal with the switching level, and to provide a comparator output signal based on the comparison; and a storage module configured to store the default switching level, provide the default switching level during the power up mode, and update the default switching level during the running mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Tobias Werth, Catalina-Petruta Juglan
  • Patent number: 10845282
    Abstract: A test coupon having node bonds is disclosed. In some aspects, the method includes a first foil and a second foil, stripes of adhesive serially disposed across a width of the first foil or the second foil and coupling the first foil and second foil to one another to form node bonds, and a first adherend coupled to the first foil and a second adherend coupled to the second foil such that the first foil and the second foil are provided between the first adherend and the second adherend, the first adherend and the second adherend being connectable to load blocks of a test apparatus capable of loading the test coupon to determine characteristics of each of the node bonds formed from the stripes of adhesive. A method for testing node bonds and a related apparatus are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Matthew Anthony Dilligan, William B. H. Grace, Brice Thompson Collamer, Joe M. Walters, Randy Jay Grove
  • Patent number: 10835779
    Abstract: An action information processing device includes: a biological sensor which acquires biological information; a motion sensor which acquires action information including a first action indicating a predetermined action and a second action executed before the start of the first action; an information acquisition unit which acquires the biological information and the action information; a mental information processing unit which estimates mental state information from the biological information; an action decision unit which calculates an action of a subject from the action information and decides whether the first action is success or failure, based on a predetermined decision condition; and an action advice output information unit which outputs action advice information about the second action, based on the mental state information about the second action and a result of the decision about the first action by the action decision unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yosuke Itasaka, Osamu Takahashi, Michihiro Nagaishi, Hideaki Yamada, Yuji Kamichika
  • Patent number: 10837995
    Abstract: Systems and methods to combine line fault location probabilities. A first and second location probability distribution are received for a location of an line fault along an electrical line based upon at least electrical current measurements reported by a first electrical current monitor at a first location and at least a second electrical current measurements reported by a second electrical current monitor at a second location. The second electrical current measurements being made within a time interval of the first electrical current measurements. A composite location probability distribution is determined for the location of the line fault along the electrical line based on an algorithm processing the first location probability distribution and the second location probability distribution. The composite location probability distribution is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Florida Power & Light Company
    Inventors: David L. Herlong, II, Eric D. Schwartz, Ronald A. Capute, Alexandra J. Hayes, Michael A. Gonzalez, Prashant R. Kansakar, Carmen J. Seppy, Andres Gomez, Giovanni Herazo
  • Patent number: 10834213
    Abstract: A system for monitoring user engagement, comprising at least one hardware processor, configured to: receive from a plurality of sensors information about a sequence of interactions of a user with a software application during a time interval, the information comprising, for each of the sequence of interactions, a plurality of sensor output values of a plurality of engagement metrics reflecting the user's emotional attachment to the software application; compute a sequence of linearly uncorrelated principle components based on an outcome of principal component analysis (PCA) of the plurality of sensor output values of the plurality of engagement metrics; and select a first component from the sequence of linearly uncorrelated principle components to be a user engagement index representing engagement of the user with the application during the time interval according to the plurality of engagement metrics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Idan Ben-Harrush, Nili Ifergan-Guy, Lior Turgeman