Patents Examined by John H Le
  • Patent number: 11029181
    Abstract: A vortex flowmeter for measuring a flow rate of a process fluid, including a vortex generator arranged to generate vortices in a flow of the process fluid, a vortex sensor arranged to sense the vortices in the flow of the process fluid and responsively provide a sensor output related to the flow rate of the process fluid, measurement circuitry configured to receive the sensor output and provide a digital output, a memory configured to store measurements based upon the digital output; and diagnostic circuitry coupled to the memory arranged to detect instability in the flow of the process fluid based upon the measurements stored in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: MICRO MOTION, INC.
    Inventor: Jeffry Duane Foster
  • Patent number: 11022469
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for correcting sensor data in a multi-sensor environment. An exemplary method comprises obtaining sensor data from a first sensor; applying an anomaly detection technique to detect an anomaly in the sensor data from the first sensor based on additional sensor data from one or more of the first sensor and at least one additional sensor in proximity to the first sensor; and correcting the anomalous sensor data from the first sensor using additional sensor data from one or more of the first sensor and the at least one additional sensor. In some embodiments, additional sensor data from a plurality of neighboring sensors is used to predict the sensor data from the first sensor. The anomalous sensor data is optionally corrected substantially close in time to the detection of the anomaly in the sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: EMC IP Holding Company LLC
    Inventors: Anat Parush Tzur, Oshry Ben-Harush, Amihai Savir, Assaf Natanzon
  • Patent number: 11015974
    Abstract: A measurement device includes: a sensor for sensing a condition of an object to be measured; a plurality of output lines L for outputting a sensing result of the sensor; and a control unit for applying voltages to the plurality of output lines based on the sensing result of the sensor. The control unit performs self-failure diagnosis and outputs a result of the self-failure diagnosis with a combination of the voltages applied to the plurality of output lines L.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: NABTESCO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koji Hasegawa, Takashi Toyoda
  • Patent number: 11009535
    Abstract: A circuitry is configured to calculate a measured average value based on measured current values obtained in a target period for determination, and determine whether a memory device is an authorized or an unauthorized product, based on a comparison result between a measured average value and a reference average value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: MEGACHIPS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takahiko Sugahara, Harunobu Kishida
  • Patent number: 10990502
    Abstract: According to aspects of the disclosure, a method is provided comprising: executing a set of threads in a storage system, the set of threads including at least a first thread; executing a plurality of performance counters of the storage system, the plurality of performance counters including at least: (i) a first performance counter that is executed when an operating state of the first thread is changed in response to the first thread accessing a synchronization object, and (ii) a second performance counter that is executed when a marker inserted in the first thread is executed; generating one or more performance data containers associated the first thread based on performance data associated with the first thread; and generating a directed graph based on the performance data containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: EMC IP Holding Company LLC
    Inventors: Vladimir Kleiner, Vladimir Shveidel
  • Patent number: 10990712
    Abstract: There is provided a contact force evaluation method for evaluating a contact force against a supporting member of a tube bundle positioned in a fluid and supported by the supporting member, including a contact force setting step of setting a contact force of the tube bundle, a probability density function calculation step of calculating a probability density function of a reaction force received by the supporting member from the tube bundle in response to a predetermined input, using a vibration analysis model of the tube bundle and the supporting member, a probability calculation step of calculating a probability that a reaction force equal to or higher than the set contact force occurs, based on the calculated probability density function, and an evaluation step of evaluating the set contact force, based on the calculated probability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Makoto Iwasaki, Kazuo Hirota, Shingo Nishida, Tetsuya Arikawa, Ryoichi Kawakami, Masaaki Katayama, Toshifumi Nariai, Kohei Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10976731
    Abstract: Provided is an abnormality diagnosis system with which it is possible to express the propagation relationship of effects among areas, and to easily determine the area that is the factor causing a state that differs from normal operation, even when there is an extremely large number of devices in a facility. The present invention has a state change detection means that has a plurality of detection units set for each area of a facility and that detects state changes from changes in the relationship of a plurality of operation data items pertaining to the areas monitored by the detection units. The area that is the cause of a state change at the facility is estimated on the basis of the state change detection results of the detection units of the state change detection means, and on the basis of information about the relationships between the detection units, the information containing the propagation relationship of effects among the areas of the facility that correspond to the detection units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kouji Kageyama
  • Patent number: 10975542
    Abstract: A system configured to determine a property of a paving-related material is provided. The system includes a measuring device configured for measuring a property of a paving-related material and a cellular computer device configured for being in communication with and receiving data from the measuring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Troxler Electronic Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Ernest Troxler
  • Patent number: 10969401
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to the estimation of a velocity of a first object using accelerometer signals, indicating an acceleration of the first object and/or a second object coupled to a first object. To this end, a characteristic frequency in the accelerometer signal spectrum may be determined, preferably by applying a parametric model or by performing a spectrum analysis, and used as a basis to estimate the velocity of the first object based on the determined characteristic frequency. The characteristic frequency may be determined by identifying the frequency having the maximum spectral amplitude or by identifying the fundamental frequency or a particular harmonic in the spectrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: NIRA DYNAMICS AB
    Inventors: Rickard Karlsson, Fredrik Gustafsson
  • Patent number: 10969221
    Abstract: Method for providing avoiding of excitations of oscillations of a measuring machine and/or for reducing or damping such oscillations by actively controlling a driving unit of the measuring machine or actively controlling an actuation of an additionally attached actuator. The method using information about an actual state of the measuring device, the actual state is derived based on a dynamic model and/or by use of a suitable sensor unit. A state controller, an actuator or a frequency-filtering element are used for counteracting or preventing oscillations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: HEXAGON TECHNOLOGY CENTER GMBH
    Inventors: Bernhard Sprenger, Claudio Iseli
  • Patent number: 10963703
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products for identifying a desired target from among a more general class(es) of objects are provided. A method includes receiving one or more sensor feeds including one or more objects that are identified as being from the same class of objects, scanning the one or more objects to determine if a desired target is among the one or more objects based on a target profile, and identifying the desired target if the target profile matches one or more characteristics of a particular object in the one or more objects. One system includes a sensing device in communication with a hardware processor in which the hardware processor is configured for performing the above method. A computer program product includes computer code for performing the above method when a hardware processor executes the computer code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Smart Information Flow Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Allan Miller, Joshua David Hamell, Jeremy Frank Gottlieb
  • Patent number: 10962667
    Abstract: A method can include receiving seismic data acquired by a sensor unit responsive to emission of seismic energy in a frequency sweep of a duration having a duration time; correlating the seismic data and individual portions of the frequency sweep that correspond to individual time windows to generate individual sets of correlated seismic data; for a common event, identifying a corresponding event time in each of the individual sets of correlated seismic data; and determining a clock drift time based at least in part on the event times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Kambiz Iranpour
  • Patent number: 10962449
    Abstract: A rotary machine diagnostic device has a current acquisition unit that acquires current from a sensor, which measures the driving current of a rotary machine driving a machine to be driven; a sampling unit that performs sampling of the acquired driving current; a frequency range conversion unit that converts data concerning the time range subjected to sampling into a frequency range; a sideband detection unit that sets the driving current as a carrier wave in the frequency range, and detects, as a sideband, the spectrum appearing on each side of the carrier wave subjected to amplitude modulation; and an abnormality detection unit that detects whether or not there are abnormalities in the rotary machine and the machine to be driven on the basis of the difference in frequency between the sideband frequency detected by the sideband detection unit and the frequency of the carrier wave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Munetoshi Unuma, Junsuke Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 10946581
    Abstract: Method for calibrating an apparatus for manufacturing a three-dimensional object by layer-wise selective solidification of building material with the step of generating an substantially periodic first modulation pattern in a first sub-area of the build area, the step of generating an substantially periodic second modulation pattern in a second sub-area of the build area, wherein in the overlap zone, the first modulation pattern and the second modulation pattern form an substantially periodic superposition pattern, whose period is larger than the period of the first modulation pattern and the period of the second modulation pattern, the step of detecting the superposition pattern, and the step of determining the deviation of the position of the superposition pattern on the build area from a reference position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: EOS GmbH Electro Optical Systems
    Inventors: Robert Achim Domröse, Dominik Wolf, Michael Göth, Ulrich Schmid, Maximilian Mittermüller
  • Patent number: 10935692
    Abstract: Methods and systems for locating a chemical source include cross-correlating chemical concentration data from pairs of positions using a processor to determine an average velocity vector for a group of positions that averages away turbulence contributions. A convergence region is determined based on multiple average velocity vectors to determine a chemical source location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Bruce G. Elmegreen
  • Patent number: 10935970
    Abstract: A method collects from at least one power measuring device of an environment power consumption data indicating active power consumption during a timeframe by an electrical device in the environment. The method also collects operating parameter data indicating at least one operating parameter under which the electrical device operates during at least a portion of the timeframe. The method performs, based on observing an increase in power consumption of the electrical device during the timeframe, assessing extents of contribution by potential contributing factors to the increase in power consumption, the potential contributing factors including time-based degradation of the electrical device and the at least one operating parameter. The method outputs, based on the assessing, an indication of an extent of contribution of degradation of the electrical device to the increase in power consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Harish Bharti, Abhay K. Patra, Pranshu Tiwari, Saurabh Trehan
  • Patent number: 10928277
    Abstract: Automatic classifying vehicles by vocation and benchmarking vehicle performance relative to other vehicles of the same vocation are disclosed. Vehicles having a same vocation relative to each other and independent of vehicle fleet, industry vehicle application and vehicle type are benchmarked. Historical vehicle data that includes recurring vehicle usage data is stored. Using a learned trained classifier for each vehicle of the plurality of vehicles, a predicted vocation based on vehicle usage data may be obtained. A grouping based on the predicted vocations and the historical vehicle data is made. A determination from the benchmarked vehicles having better performance characteristics than other vehicles of the same predicted vocations is made. Performance of the other vehicles relative to benchmarking vehicles is made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Geotab Inc.
    Inventors: Javed Siddique, Robert Bradley, Xiaochen Zhang
  • Patent number: 10921381
    Abstract: The system may be configured to perform operations including receiving battery information, such as voltage data, temperature data, battery-specific data, and/or application-specific data; and displaying at least a portion of such data on a graphical user interface on a display screen. The operations may further include analyzing at least a portion of the battery information to monitor or determine battery health and performance, and displaying the results of such analysis on the display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: NORTHSTAR BATTERY COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Don Karner, Frank Fleming, Ulf Krohn, Christer Lindkvist
  • Patent number: 10912494
    Abstract: A sensor interface circuit enables signal reconstruction on data received from a sensor prior to sending the data to various sensor clients. Multiple sensor clients have different frequencies configured to receive sensor data. The sensor interface circuit performs signal reconstructions including data interpolation to generate interpolated data signal having frequencies corresponding to the different frequencies configured for the different sensor clients. Signal reconstruction can also include filtering the data. The sensor interface circuit sends the reconstructed data to the multiple clients in accordance with their different frequencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Ke Han, Dong Wang, He Han, Dror Lederman, Lev Lavy, Yehiel Shilo
  • Patent number: 10914772
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to phase measurement circuitry operable based on a first clock signal having an intended clock frequency F1 and a second clock signal having an intended clock frequency F2, the circuitry comprising: a delay line configured to receive the first clock signal, the delay line comprising a plurality of delay units each configured to cause a propagation delay, and the plurality of delay units connected in series along the length of the delay line and defining a series of positions therebetween through which signal edges of the first clock signal propagate over time; an edge detector configured to sample the delay line at successive sample times based on the second clock signal and to record at each sample time the position of a given signal edge of the first clock signal along the delay line; and a phase angle determiner configured to determine a phase angle per delay unit based on successive recorded said positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: SOCIONEXT INC.
    Inventors: Albert Hubert Dorner, Martin Wahle