Patents Examined by Jorge L Carrasquillo
  • Patent number: 10693394
    Abstract: A driving apparatus of a vibration-type actuator includes a driving circuit configured to drive a vibration unit including a plurality of vibrators, a detection unit configured to detect a sum of power consumption consumed by the plurality of vibrators, and a driving frequency setting unit configured to set a driving frequency within a frequency range depending on the sum of power consumption detected by the detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Akio Atsuta
  • Patent number: 10686393
    Abstract: A method for correcting a compensation item of a PMSM motor, the method including: offline measuring an error data of a parameter of a PMSM motor in a control process; providing a series of current commands and calculating compensation values of the parameter corresponding to the series of current commands; establishing a lookup table with regard to the series of current commands and the compensation values of the parameter corresponding to the series of current commands; storing the lookup table in a memory of a motor controller; starting and allowing the motor to work at a normal state; and online correcting the error data of the parameter by using the lookup table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: ZHONGSHAN BROAD-OCEAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jizhong Wang, Justin W. Kaput
  • Patent number: 10680471
    Abstract: A permanent magnet motor is provided, which includes a rotor including a rotation axle and a plurality of magnetized rotor magnets on a periphery, which rotor magnets are magnetized to form alternately N-poles and S-poles; first and second ring-shaped-claw-pole units, whose inner circumferences face the rotor magnets, including a plurality of first and second claw-poles along the inner circumference, the first and the second claw-poles being closely adjacent to each other extending alternately in upward and downward axis directions of the rotation axle, bottom sides of the first and the second claw-poles forming a ring shape. A first opening portion is formed in a first joint surface of the first ring-shaped-claw-pole unit, to be joined to the second ring-shaped-claw-pole unit, and the second opening portion is formed in a second joint surface of the second ring-shaped-claw-pole unit, to be joined to the first ring-shaped-claw-pole unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Hashimoto, Takahisa Koike, Haruyuki Suzuki, Eiki Yoshimizu, Norihiro Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10680541
    Abstract: A shift range control apparatus includes: an idling determination portion that determines, based on a motor angle and an output shaft angle, an end of an idling state in which a motor is rotating within a range of a play, the motor angle being a value based on a detected value of a motor rotation angle sensor that detects the rotation of the motor, the output shaft angle being a value based on a detected value of an output shaft sensor that detects rotation of the output shaft; and a target value setting portion that sets a motor angle target value for drive control of the motor using a corrected angle value that is a value corresponding to the motor angle at an end of an idling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shigeru Kamio
  • Patent number: 10675104
    Abstract: A surgical assembly includes an electromechanical instrument and an instrument drive unit. The electromechanical instrument includes a housing portion and a shaft. The instrument drive unit includes an outer shell, an inner hub, a first motor, and a second motor. The outer shell is configured to be selectively coupled to a robotic arm. The inner hub is rotatably disposed within the outer shell and configured to be non-rotatably coupled to the housing portion of the electromechanical instrument. The second motor is disposed within the outer shell and includes an outer stator fixedly coupled to the outer shell, and an inner rotor rotatably disposed within the outer stator. The inner rotor has an inner surface that defines a longitudinal channel having the inner hub non-rotatably disposed therein. Actuation of the second motor rotates the inner hub to effect rotation of the electromechanical instrument along a longitudinal axis thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Jaimeen Kapadia
  • Patent number: 10669112
    Abstract: To control a winding drive current of a motor based on a command phase representing a target phase of a rotor of the motor, a motor control apparatus includes a filter circuit, a phase determiner, and a controller. A current value of the drive current flowing through the winding is obtained at a predetermined period. The filter circuit reduces a harmonic component in a fundamental frequency of the drive current included in a signal indicated by the obtained current value. The phase determiner determines a rotation phase of the rotor based on a filter processed signal. The controller controls the winding drive current to reduce a deviation between the command phase and the determined rotation phase. The filter circuit reduces a harmonic component from a signal indicated by current values of which a number is not greater than a number of the current values obtained at the predetermined period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shingo Kitamura
  • Patent number: 10666181
    Abstract: The invention provides a system for creating a prescribed vibration profile on a mechanical device comprising a sensor for measuring an operating condition of the mechanical device, a circular force generator for creating a controllable rotating force vector comprising a controllable force magnitude, a controllable force phase and a controllable force frequency, a controller in electronic communication with said sensor and said circular force generator, the controller operably controlling the controllable rotating force vector, wherein the difference between the measured operating condition and a desired operating condition is minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: LORD Corporation
    Inventors: Mark R. Jolly, Russell E. Altieri, Askari Badre-Alam, Jonathan M. Owens, Anthony Gray Hunter, Bradley N. Jones, Brian Carr, Ben Holton, Eric Cady
  • Patent number: 10666180
    Abstract: An adaptive torque disturbance cancellation method and motor control system for rotating a load are described. The system has: (i) a speed controller for receiving a first input signal indicating a desired motor speed and, in response, for outputting a motor control signal; (ii) current sensing circuitry for sensing current through a motor that rotates in response to the speed controller; (iii) circuitry for storing, into a storage device, history data representative of the current through a motor when the motor operates to rotate the load; and (iv) circuitry for modifying the motor control signal in response to the history data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: David L. Wilson, Jorge Zambada Tinoco, David Patrick Magee
  • Patent number: 10666176
    Abstract: A motor drive system includes: a flywheel; a servomotor for buffer which includes a plurality of independent windings and allows the flywheel to rotate; a plurality of inverters for buffer respectively connected to the windings; a plurality of converters respectively connected to the DC links; inverters for drive which perform power conversion between a DC power in the DC links and an AC power which is a drive power or a regenerative power of the servomotor for drive; and a motor control unit for buffer configured to control driving of the servomotor for buffer by controlling power conversion of the respective inverters for buffer respectively connected to the windings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shougo Shinoda, Satoshi Ikai
  • Patent number: 10658903
    Abstract: A power tool is provided including a brushless electric motor, a switching arrangement having motor switches and interposed between the electric motor and a power supply, and a controller configured to control a switching operation of the motor switches for driving the electric motor and enforce a current limit on the current delivered to the electric motor. The controller receives a measure of current passing from the power supply to the switching arrangement and takes corrective action to reduce current delivered to the electric motor if the measured current exceeds the current limit. The controller further receives a signal corresponding to at least one of a type and/or a nominal voltage of the power supply and sets the current limit based on the received signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Michael K. Forster, John C. Vanko, Bhanuprasad V. Gorti, Tal Gottesman
  • Patent number: 10651765
    Abstract: A motor controller includes: a velocity calculation unit for obtaining an angle ?(n), which shows a rotation position, and an angular velocity ?(n) of a rotor at a time point n; a compensation amount calculation unit for calculating a compensation angle ?? by which the rotor advances from the time point n to a (n+1)th control cycle (a control cycle starting from a time point n+1), based on an angular acceleration a(n) of the rotor, an angular velocity ?(n) of the rotor at the time point n and a time length T of the control cycle; and a PWM inverter for controlling a voltage to be applied to a coil such that a rotating magnetic field based on a rotation position of the rotor advanced by the compensation angle ?? from the rotation position of the rotor at the time point n is formed in the (n+1)th control cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Daichi Suzuki, Yuta Tachibana, Hiroyuki Yoshikawa, Yasuhiro Koide
  • Patent number: 10649426
    Abstract: The present invention can stabilize driving of a motor even if multiple control instructions of driving the motor are acquired through non-real-time communication. A servo driver (10) does not perform processing corresponding to other control commands when acquiring the other control commands from other interfaces through non-real-time communication in a process of performing processing corresponding to a control command acquired via one interface and through non-real-time communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Takao Ushiyama, Satoshi Yamawaki, Takaya Kitano
  • Patent number: 10651777
    Abstract: A drive apparatus and a drive method for a brushless motor, capable of reducing noise occurring due to pulse shift processing, is provided. The drive apparatus for the brushless motor comprises one shunt resistor and a controller. The shunt resistor measures a phase current of the three-phase brushless motor. The controller measures the phase current of the brushless motor in a one-shunt system by using the shunt resistor, and controls driving of the brushless motor based on the measured phase current. The controller performs pulse shift when a voltage pulse width in a drive wire of the brushless motor is greater than a predetermined value, whereas the controller does not perform the pulse shift when the voltage pulse width is less than the predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Masaki Hano
  • Patent number: 10644634
    Abstract: An electric power tool in one aspect of the disclosure comprises an operation unit, a bridge circuit having a plurality of switching elements, and a control unit. The control unit is configured to select from the plurality of switching elements a pair of switching elements forming a current path of a motor. The control unit selectively executes one of non-complementary PWM in which one of the selected switching elements is turned on and the other turned on/off, and complementary PWM in which, in addition to the same control as that of the non-complementary PWM, a switching element connected to the same terminal of the motor as the other of the selected switching elements is turned on/off so that an on/off state of the switching element is reversed to that of the other of the selected switching elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: MAKITA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshitaka Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 10634390
    Abstract: An electric compressor includes a compression portion discharging a high pressure refrigerant by compressing a low-pressure drawn refrigerant, an electric motor driving the compression portion with a rotation of a rotor, a motor drive circuit driving the electric motor, an intermediate pressure port through which an intermediate pressure refrigerant is introduced into the compression portion, and a controller performing a rotation control of the rotor. When the controller stops the electric motor in a two-step compression mode in which the intermediate pressure refrigerant is introduced into the compression portion, the controller stops the rotor rotating by performing short-circuit braking on the electric motor and then fixes a rotational position of the rotor at a predetermined rotational position by performing direct current excitation on the electric motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Teruaki Ohyama, Koji Sakai, Yuuji Kamiya, Tomoyuki Sumi
  • Patent number: 10637385
    Abstract: A motor drive device includes a motor drive circuit which drives a stepping motor provided with three coils; a switching element for controlling a path through which a current for driving at least one of the coils flows; and a driving pulse generator which outputs a driving pulse to the switching element. The driving pulse generator outputs the driving pulse to the switching element so that the current for driving at least one of the coils flows through one path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuta Saito
  • Patent number: 10637383
    Abstract: A system and method is provided to monitor wear on a power factor correction capacitor in a motor system. The system and method obtains a baseline inductance angle, reactive power or power factor corresponding to a baseline power factor correction by the capacitor in the circuit; monitors a current supplied to the motor at a location upstream of the capacitor; monitors a voltage supplied to the motor, and determines a present inductance angle, reactive power or power factor based on the monitored current and voltage. The present inductance angle, reactive power or power factor corresponds to a present power factor correction by the capacitor. The system and method can then determine when the power factor correction of the capacitor has degraded to an unsatisfactory level based on a change in the inductance angle, reactive power or power factor from the baseline values, and take appropriate action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC USA, INC.
    Inventors: Richard K. Weiler, Benjamin W. Edwards, Alan E. Freeman, Kevin M. Jefferies, Julius M. Liptak, Matthew L. White
  • Patent number: 10627806
    Abstract: The present invention provides a servo control system and a robot. The servo control system is applied to a servo, and includes a main control module including an angle information receiving terminal and a detection control terminal; and an angle collection module including a magnet and a magnetic encoding chip spaced apart from the magnet by a certain distance. The magnet is connected to a rotation output shaft of the servo. The magnetic encoding chip includes an angle information output terminal and a detection control receiving terminal. In the above manner, the present invention can accurately acquire position information of a servo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: UBTECH ROBOTICS CORP.
    Inventors: Dong Liu, Youjun Xiong
  • Patent number: 10630219
    Abstract: A drive circuit for an electric motor includes a first filter, a rectifier, an inverter, and a line contactor. The first filter is configured to be coupled to an AC source and produces a filtered line frequency AC signal. The rectifier is coupled to the filter and produces a DC signal from the filtered line frequency AC signal. The inverter is coupled to the rectifier and produces an AC signal on an output node of the inverter. The AC signal is supplied to the electric motor to energize its stator windings. The line contactor is coupled between an output node of the first filter and the output node of the inverter. The line contactor supplies the output node of the inverter directly with the filtered line frequency AC signal to energize the stator windings when the inverter is disabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: REGAL BELOIT AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Ludovic Andre Chretien, Joseph Stephen Carnes
  • Patent number: 10630210
    Abstract: An optocoupler based control circuit and a method thereof are disclosed. The control circuit comprises a first control branch, which includes a first control signal input terminal configured to receive a first OFF function control signal; a first optocoupler, wherein a primary side of the first optocoupler is coupled to the first control signal input terminal, and an output of a secondary side of the first optocoupler is configured to control a first power supplied to a motor driving circuit; a first primary side on/off control circuit connected to the primary side of the first optocoupler, and configured to periodically turn on and off the coupling of the primary side to the first control signal input terminal; and a first secondary side filter circuit connected to the secondary side of the first optocoupler, and configured to filter the output of the secondary side, and configured as a low pass filter having a cutoff frequency lower than an on/off frequency of the primary side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Zhejiang Holip Electronic Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xiaoran Xu