Patents Examined by John H Le
  • Patent number: 9921937
    Abstract: Dimensionality reduction, such as principal component analysis, may be used at least in part to generate a model of time series observations of a computer application. The model may be applied to current and predicted observations. Outliers may be identified from current or predicted observations by analyzing those observations against the model, and statistically relevant outliers may generate alerts or corrective or other action to be taken. The outliers may be analyzed by searching for similar outliers that may have been previously observed, and predicting any future events based on similar observations of the past.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Tetsuo Seto
  • Patent number: 9911303
    Abstract: A system to evaluate airborne hazards having at least one sensor module which detects atmospheric conditions and generates output signals representative of those atmospheric conditions. A model module receives the output from the sensor and generates a model output signal representative of a calculated wind flow and plume footprint, when applicable, over an area of interest. A display module receives the model output signal and visually displays the calculated wind flow and its effect on a plume if present in near real-time. The final system output is provided to authorized end users in near real-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Gail Vaucher, Robert O. Brice, Saba A. Lucas, Sean G. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 9897516
    Abstract: Generally, a system and method consistent with the present disclosure may provide a relatively low cost, relatively robust data acquisition and analysis system useful for condition-based maintenance. The system may be useful for condition-based maintenance in industrial applications, e.g., of equipment and/or machinery. The industrial monitoring system may be used, for example, to monitor a condition of rotating machinery, e.g., a wind turbine. The system and method may include data analysis that may be useful for anticipating a need for maintenance, repair and/or replacement of one or more components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Simmonds Precision Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric R. Bechhoefer, John T. Taylor
  • Patent number: 9891088
    Abstract: Technologies are described herein for compensating for inaccuracies in flow measurement in real-time during accumulation of usage. A pulse count indicating an amount of flow in a meter over a measurement period is read. An average flow rate through the meter for the measurement period is determined and a correction factor is looked up from a table based on the average flow rate. A total usage accumulator for the meter is then updated with the amount of flow over the measurement period based on the pulse count and the correction factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Mueller International, LLC
    Inventors: Szabolcs Zigovszki, Ian Phillip Harvey, Francis J. Stifter, Jr., Matt Allen Thomas
  • Patent number: 9891332
    Abstract: A method for determining a quality control quantity corresponding to energy provided by a seismic source and related devices are provided. The method includes determining an envelope of a pilot signal associated with the seismic source; measuring a source signal of the energy provided by the seismic source; normalizing the pilot signal and the source signal using the determined envelope; and determining, in a processor, the quality control quantity using the normalized pilot signal and the normalized source signal. A control mechanism configured to implement the method includes a storage device holding data of a pilot signal associated with the seismic source; and a processor connected to the storage device and configured to carry out the method steps. A computer-readable medium having instructions to carry out steps of the method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: SERCEL
    Inventor: Gilles Ollivrin
  • Patent number: 9880228
    Abstract: A method of measuring integrity of a pulse-width modulated power converter may include the steps of monitoring data associated with an input and an output of the power converter. Then correlating the data to identify degradation in performance of the power converter. A system for measuring integrity of a pulse-width modulated power converter. Current sensors may sense input and output currents of the power converter. A programmable controller may be loaded with an integrity measuring algorithm that may analyze data from the current sensors. An impending failure of the power converter may be indicated as a result of the analysis of the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: InfiniRel Corporation
    Inventors: Norbert H. Wank, David H. Friedman
  • Patent number: 9880206
    Abstract: An electric current sensor includes a plurality of bus bars arranged in parallel, a plurality of magnetic detection elements that are adapted to detect a strength of a magnetic field generated by an electric current flowing through the bus bars and to output a voltage according to the strength of the magnetic field detected, and an arithmetic operation part to arithmetically operate an electric current flowing through the bus bars based on the voltage output from the plurality of magnetic detection elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: HITACHI METALS, LTD.
    Inventors: Katsuya Akimoto, Hisashi Tate, Naoki Futakuchi, Naofumi Chiwata, Ken Okuyama, Yukio Ikeda, Kazuhisa Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9869665
    Abstract: A system including one or more generators predicts engine oil life. Generator data is received or generated by a controller. The generator data describes the operation of the generator including a load placed on the generator. Engine data may also be received or generated by the controller describing an engine coupled to the generator. The controller calculates an estimated oil life based at least on the generator data and/or the engine data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Kohler, Co.
    Inventor: William F. Chapman, III
  • Patent number: 9863785
    Abstract: An improved total field calibration system and method is disclosed for reducing the rotational misalignment between magnetic and gravity sensors in a directional sensing system. A method of calibrating a tri-axial directional sensor that includes orthonormal accelerometers and orthonormal magnetometers is disclosed. The method includes measuring Earth's magnetic and gravity fields with said directional sensor in at least 4 sensor orientations; obtaining at least one reference field value of dip drift of Earth's magnetic field from at least one source independent of said directional sensor corresponding to said orientations; and, determining and applying rotational misalignments between said magnetometers and said accelerometers so that measured magnetic dip drifts are substantially equal to said reference values. The calibration process can be performed without monitoring the declination change during the calibration process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Bench Tree Group, LLC
    Inventors: Jian-Qun Wu, James-Christian F. Ang, Lee Jacobo Jose Roitberg
  • Patent number: 9846881
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention provides a system for providing assistance to a user of a product in diagnosing faults in the product. During operation, the system receives, at a help server, data associated with current and/or past operation of the product; performs an optimization to determine a sequence of diagnostic actions that is expected to maximize a net benefit to the user. The sequence of diagnostic actions includes one or more actions that require the user to perform at least one task, and performing the optimization involves accounting for costs to the user for performing the at least one task and savings to the user for correcting the faults. The system then interacts with the user, which involves presenting the sequence of diagnostic actions to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: PALO ALTO RESEARCH CENTER INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Daniel H. Greene, Marzieh Nabi-Abdolyousefi, Matthew E. Klenk, Johan de Kleer, Shekhar Gupta, Ion Matei, Kyle D. Dent
  • Patent number: 9847025
    Abstract: A method is presented for warning of bridge height clearance with a system that has a measuring device mounted on a bridge, a processor and a display. The method includes measuring the distance from the point at which the measuring device is mounted on the bridge to pavement below to obtain measurement data, processing the measurement data to calculate a clearance height of the bridge, and displaying a clearance height of the bridge on a display so that a driver approaching the bridge can see the current height of the bridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Inventor: Mory Mostafa Mohtashami
  • Patent number: 9846188
    Abstract: A method for detecting failures in electrical cable assemblies is provided. A cable test instrument obtains frequency domain data representing electrical characteristics of a cable link under test. A number of connectors in the cable link under test is determined based on the obtained frequency domain data. An estimated location of each of the connectors along the length of the cable link under test is determined by the cable test instrument. The connectors are ranked in accordance with their respective contribution to detected failures in the cable link under test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Fluke Corporation
    Inventor: Michael Imhof
  • Patent number: 9842513
    Abstract: A system may include utensil means for portioning a foodstuff into a first portion and a second portion, a means for detecting a first portion size for the first portion with the utensil means, a means for detecting a second portion size for the second portion with the utensil means, and a means for determining a cumulative amount of portioned foodstuff based upon the first portion size and the second portion size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Gearbox, LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Jordin T. Kare, Eric C. Leuthardt, Elizabeth Sweeney, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Victoria Y. H. Wood
  • Patent number: 9829306
    Abstract: A device for absolute distance measurement includes a first tunable light source for emitting a first wavelength light of a first tunable frequency modulated by a first modulating frequency and a second light source for emitting a second wavelength light of a second frequency modulated by a second modulating frequency. An optical coupler couples the first wavelength light and the second wavelength light into an interferometer cavity. An interferometer detector provides an interference measurement signal based on a detected interference pattern. A demodulator unit generates a first demodulation signal based on the interference measurement signal by demodulation with the first modulating frequency and a second demodulation signal based on the interference measurement signal by demodulation with the second modulating frequency. A computation unit computes an absolute distance by evaluating the first demodulation signal acquired during a sweep of the first tunable frequency and the second demodulation signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: attocube Systems AG
    Inventors: Klaus Thurner, Khaled Karrai, Pierre-Francois Braun
  • Patent number: 9823723
    Abstract: Embodiments of a computing system that may monitor energy usage are disclosed. The embodiments may provide a low overhead method for determining energy usage of a given application or process. Circuitry is configured to determine a respective energy for each of the plurality of operations and sum each respective energy for at least some of the plurality of operations to generate a normalized total. The circuitry may be further configured to scale the normalized total to generate an energy value, and store the energy value in a register. System software may then read the energy value from the register and determine an energy usage for at least one application dependent upon the energy value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel U. Becker, Cyril de la Cropte de Chanterac
  • Patent number: 9812306
    Abstract: Techniques are described for resolving and identifying peaks of signal intensity in mass chromatograms so that the peaks may be associated with components (e.g., chemical and/or ionic species) representative of an analysis sample to identify the components. The techniques facilitate correction of shift errors in the peaks of signal intensity of the mass chromatograms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: SMITHS DETECTION INC.
    Inventors: Greger Andersson, Kevin Judge
  • Patent number: 9810804
    Abstract: Concurrently measuring, correlating, and processing magnetic and electric field data includes measuring base band signals, and then up-converting those band signals to a higher frequency for filtering, while at the same time preserving phase and amplitude information. All timed elements in the system are rigorously synchronized. The increased data set results in improved signal-to-noise ratio and information correlation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Deep Imaging Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Alexander Edward Kalish
  • Patent number: 9797865
    Abstract: An electromagnetic testing assembly to predict a usable life of an installed vacuum interrupter in the field, which can include an electromagnetic testing device connected to a flexible magnetic field coil to generate a potential in a vacuum interrupter in an installation, magnetically monitor ion flow across one or more gaps in the vacuum interrupter, and apply trend data, tube chart information, and an algorithm to predict the usable life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventor: Finley Lee Ledbetter
  • Patent number: 9797929
    Abstract: Provided is a waveform processing assistance system for helping users determine the value of a parameter which is necessary in a waveform processing method for determining the rising and falling points of a peak and whose validity cannot be easily and intuitively determined The system includes: a waveform displayer for showing, on a display screen, a waveform including a peak; a marker displayer for showing, on the display screen, a marker which is capable of being moved by a user; and a slope information displayer for showing information related to the slope of the waveform at a point lying on the waveform and meeting the marker, or at a point which lies on the waveform, which meets the marker, and at which a predetermined operation has been performed by the user. Examples of the slope-related information include a numerical value of the slope, a tangent, and a grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: SHIMADZU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Daisuke Nakayama
  • Patent number: 9791352
    Abstract: An automated prognostics system includes a sensor system configured to obtain measurement data by monitoring one or more parameters at one or more locations on each of one or more movable components of an object when the object is subjected to a first mode of operation. The system also includes a computing device having an input interface and a processor. The input interface receives input information such as spatial coordinates information associated with the one or more locations, the measurement data obtained by the sensor system, operational data associated with the first mode of operation, and structural data associated with the object. The processor processes the input information and generates a prognostics report on at least a first component of the one or more movable components, the prognostics report including at least one of a failure prognostic or a likelihood-of-failure prognostic of the first component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Romano Patrick, Sameer Vittal, Johan Michael Reimann