Patents Examined by John E. Breene
  • Patent number: 10842144
    Abstract: A method for precisely applying chemicals targeted by digital maps developed from remotely sensed data, including: obtaining EOS data through a growing season of a crop growing in a field; processing the EOS data to reflectance values, removing error-inducing effects of atmospheric alteration from the processed EOS data; calculating from the processed EOS data a crop performance index that indicates one or more poor performing area of the field; generating one or more maps of the crop performance index to allow a user to determine whether each of the one or more poor performing areas of the field are due to biological pests instead of topographic or soil constraints in discrete locations of the field; guiding the user to the one or more poor performing areas of the field using the one or more maps to allow the user to scout the one or more poor performing areas of the field to confirm and identify the biological pests; and providing guidance for a chemical application at the one or more poor performing areas
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: THE CLIMATE CORPORATION
    Inventor: David P. Groeneveld
  • Patent number: 10848092
    Abstract: Monitoring conditions of an electric motor using stator current and voltage signals from power supplied to the motor is disclosed herein. The stator voltage and current signals may be used to calculate instantaneous power values which may be used to calculate slip. The slip may be used to monitor for a locked rotor condition during startup of the motor. The slip value may be used to provide thermal protection to the electric motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Marcos A. Donolo, Jay Hartshorn
  • Patent number: 10830875
    Abstract: An auxiliary apparatus for a lighthouse positioning system is provided. The lighthouse positioning system includes a first positioning base station and a second positioning base station, wherein the first positioning base station includes a first signal transmitter and a second signal transmitter and the second positioning base station includes a first signal transmitter and a second signal transmitter. The auxiliary apparatus calculates a first signal time sequence of the first signal transmitters, calculates a second signal time sequence of the second signal transmitters, and determines a third signal time sequence according to the first signal time sequence and the second signal time sequence. The third signal time sequence is not overlapped with the first signal time sequence and the second signal time sequence. The auxiliary apparatus transmits a plurality of signals according to the third signal time sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: HTC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Iok-Kan Choi, Tsung-Han Wu, Kuang-Wei Lin
  • Patent number: 10816529
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a system and process for monitoring jet fuel quality control procedural compliance. One system of the current invention includes a portable computer in communication with a server over network, an equipment database, and a report module. In exemplary process, jet fuel equipment is input into the system and stored in the equipment database, along with the process for its inspection. Inspector profiles are input into the system. The system facilitates notification of required inspections for a facility. The system presents an interface guiding an inspector through inspection of jet fuel and jet fuel equipment inspections. The input is stored by the system, whereby the report module generate reports based on inspection reports, equipment, and facilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Wingware, LLC
    Inventor: Kent Dial
  • Patent number: 10809129
    Abstract: A computer-implemented intelligent alignment method for a color sensing device (12) which initially obtains a raw sense value measured by the color sensing device and converts the raw sense value to a tristimulus value (S401). The color sensing device may be calibrated using a known set of colors (S402). Raw readings received from the color sensing device may be mapped to known tristimulus values (S403), and mapped values may be converted to a standard reference illuminant color space (S404). A client-server system may be provided in which a color sensing device and one or more servers collectively execute operations according to the present disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Variable, Inc.
    Inventors: George Yang Yu, Andrew Richard Temple, Jeff McGehee
  • Patent number: 10809148
    Abstract: Gas leakage monitoring systems and methods are provided, which use infrared camera(s) configured to capture images and to detect gas leakage at specified detection locations (SDLs) captured thereby, sniffer(s) configured to quantify the gas leakage at specified measurement points, and processing unit(s) in communication with the sniffer(s) and the camera(s), which are configured to associate and display sniffer point measurements within captured image(s) or video of the corresponding SDLs. The systems and methods generate a documentation of gas leakage measurements in association with images of the sniffers' positions during the measurements, e.g., measurement data being displayed on the image(s) of the sniffer(s) and provide additional combined analysis of images and measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: OPGAL OPTRONIC INDUSTRIES LTD.
    Inventors: Omer Yanai, Ernest Grimberg, Gil Abramovich, Alberto Wahnon
  • Patent number: 10807495
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an electricity storage control device includes a setting unit, and a control unit. The setting unit sets, for each time zone, a target state of charge (SOC) of electric energy to be stored in an electricity storage device in the time zone. The control unit controls at least charging or discharging of the electricity storage device based on the set target SOC for each time zone, a SOC detected from the electricity storage device, and a voltage of a supply destination of electric power from the electricity storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Masakuni Akashi, Masaaki Saito, Masahiko Murai, Yumi Hanashima, Hiroyuki Kaneko, Miyako Miyoshi
  • Patent number: 10801996
    Abstract: An inspection system includes: a sheet material that is attached to a surface of a pipe and has two-dimensional patterns drawn thereon that are arranged on the pipe and indicate positions on the pipe; a reader that is mounted to an ultrasonic probe and reads the two-dimensional patterns; and a calculation unit that acquires position data on the pipe based on the two-dimensional patterns read by the reader. The inspection system associates the position data with a flaw detection result obtained from a detection result based on the ultrasonic probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: IHI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eisuke Shiina, Toshiaki Hamano, Takuya Shimomura
  • Patent number: 10788349
    Abstract: An experimental system comprises a water level indicator, a data processing module, and an experimental simulator. The water level indicator is connected to the data processing module, and the water level indicator is mounted nearby the experimental simulator when in use. The experimental simulator comprises several experimental units. Each experimental unit comprises a first pipe, a second pipe, and a third pipe, wherein the first pipe perpendicularly communicates with the second pipe, a check valve which allows water to flow out but allows no water to flow in is connected to the water outlet of the second pipe, and the third pipe perpendicularly communicates with the second pipe and is parallel to the first pipe. The heights of the third pipes of the several experimental units are in a decreasing or increasing order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: NANJING HYDRAULIC RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Qiuwen Chen, Wenqing Shi, Haoyu Zhu, Dongsheng Liu, Yuchen Chen, Honghai Ma, Qi Zhang, Yingxin Hong
  • Patent number: 10781685
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods are described, such as for aligning downhole measurements. Apparatuses and methods include an arrangement of at least two tilted transmitters and at least one tilted receiver along a longitudinal axis of the tool. A first and second plurality of azimuthal measurements are processed to provide a first and a second plurality of higher order mode signals configured to be time-shifted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Hsu-Hsiang Wu, Burkay Donderici
  • Patent number: 10781813
    Abstract: A controller for operating a rod pumping unit includes a processor configured to operate the rod pumping unit at a pumping profile speed. The processor is further configured to compute a first downhole dynamometer card from surface measurements at the rod pumping unit. The processor is further configured to compute a second downhole dynamometer card from the surface measurements. The processor is further configured to validate at least one of the first downhole dynamometer card and the second downhole dynamometer card based on a rod pumping unit condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Oilfield Operations, LLC
    Inventors: Omar Al Assad, Shyam Sivaramakrishnan, Kalpesh Singal, Justin Edwin Barton
  • Patent number: 10782167
    Abstract: There is provided a fluid detection device that detects a flow velocity or a flow rate of a fluid flowing through a piping, the fluid detection device including: a sound detection unit that detects a sound from the piping, and outputs a frequency signal; a signal processing unit that calculates a strength ratio of the frequency signal on the basis of the frequency signal and a predetermined reference frequency signal; and a data conversion unit that obtains the flow velocity or the flow rate on the basis of the strength ratio of the frequency signal and a predetermined fluid characteristic function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Munenori Degawa, Toshihiko Fukamachi, Tsukasa Fujimori
  • Patent number: 10782410
    Abstract: In a specific implementation of the method a reflectance map is constructed based on a position and an Euler angle, obtained through a global optimization and used for constructing a reflectance map, of a center of a laser radar corresponding to each frame laser point cloud used for constructing the reflectance map collected in each collection region. This implementation implements the level-by-level pose optimization of laser point clouds used for constructing a reflectance map that are collected in each collection region in an excessively large region, to obtain an accurate position and Euler angle, used for constructing the reflectance map, of a laser radar center corresponding to each frame laser point cloud used for constructing the reflectance map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Baidu Online Network Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Li Yu, Shichun Yi, Shiyu Song, Fangfang Dong, Baoqiang Xu
  • Patent number: 10746588
    Abstract: A pressure-sensitive device and a computing device are configured to register various steps of a meal lifecycle, including one or more of food purchasing, meal preparation, the serving and consumption of a meal, use of leftovers, management of food inventory, the transferring of a food item from one container to another, the transferring of a food item into a container, the transferring of a portion of a food item into a container. A food item may be automatically identified based on a weight and footprint of the food item. In some instances, a database associates a food item with multiple footprints such that a food item may be identified regardless of its orientation on the pressure-sensitive device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Inventor: Bradley Charles Ashmore
  • Patent number: 10746980
    Abstract: Approaches are disclosed for calibrating a plurality of imaging devices, such as microscopes. In certain implementations, a calibration plate is employed that includes a variety of calibration features. The calibration features comprise a geometric calibration, an illumination calibration, and an optical calibration. Imaging devices calibrated in accordance with the present approaches may be used to generate images having consistent attributes, such as brightness, regardless of which imaging device is employed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kevin Bernard Kenny, Alex David Corwin, David Andrew Shoudy, Christine Lynne Surrette
  • Patent number: 10732025
    Abstract: A vehicle analysis system including one or more weight sensors positioned to determine a weight of a vehicle within a pre-defined geographic location in the vicinity of a location of interest is described. The vehicle analysis system acquires data related to vehicles visiting the location of interest that may be saved in a database to provide further insight into individual's visiting the location of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholaus Adam Jones, Robert James Taylor, Aaron James Vasgaard, Matthew Allen Jones
  • Patent number: 10663610
    Abstract: Methods and systems for minimizing RMS travel time error in a seismic data acquisition. Field measurements of source and receiver coordinates, speed of sound in water as a function of depth and time, receiver timing, and clock drift are first collected. The seismic data is then examined to measure travel time from each source to each receiver. A model travel time is computed based on the field measurements. By iteratively perturbing at least one of the field measured data using a look-up table and calculating the travel time after each perturbation until an acceptable RMS error has been achieved, conditioned seismic data that takes into account the dynamic nature of the water column will provide the basis for creating an accurate seismic map that is unaffected by the changing water conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: FAIRFIELD INDUSTRIES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Kenneth Craft, Carsten Udengaard
  • Patent number: 10662757
    Abstract: A smart legend groups plot lines that reflect the same type of drill string analysis. The smart legend includes parent level legend entries, each parent level legend entry including child level legend entries. The child level legend entries for a given parent level legend entry correspond to plot lines that reflect a particular type of drill string analysis. Each child level legend entry corresponds to a plot line that reflects the particular drill string analysis performed over a different depth range. This allows users easily to view and compare the analyses at the different drilling depth ranges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Landmark Graphics Corporation
    Inventor: Matthew E. Wise
  • Patent number: 10663956
    Abstract: An I/O-abstracted configuration is defined for a field device that has not yet been assigned or allocated to communicate via a particular I/O device or I/O network within a plant, and this configuration is stored in a device placeholder object in a back-end environment of the plant. Thereafter other objects, modules, applications, user interfaces, etc., that are to execute in the back-end environment of the plant to communicate with the field device during on-line operation of the plant may be designed, built, configured, and tested using the device placeholder object without any actual communications with the field device and without assigning the device placeholder object to a particular I/O channel or I/O network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Larry O. Jundt, Gary K. Law, Cristopher Ian S. Uy, Deborah R. Colclazier, Sergio Diaz, Julian K. Naidoo, Neil J. Peterson, Kent A. Burr, Daniel R. Strinden
  • Patent number: 10655457
    Abstract: Methods for locating an acoustic source. A method may comprise measuring noise from the acoustic source from a downhole environment, which produces a measurement for processing, performing a dispersion analysis on the measurement, performing a space entropy equalization and normalization process on the measurement, performing a weighted integration on the measurement, performing a pattern recognition on the measurement, performing a weighted enhancement on the measurement, and producing a recognition factor from the measurement. A method may comprise measuring noise from the acoustic source from a downhole environment, which produces a measurement for processing, performing a dispersion analysis on the measurement, performing a time difference scan on the measurement, performing a propagation distance scan on the measurement, performing a weighted enhancement on the measurement, and producing a recognition factor from the measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: GOWell International, LLC
    Inventors: Qinshan Yang, Jinsong Zhao