Patents Examined by Karen Masih
  • Patent number: 10418920
    Abstract: A power system may include a first motor, a second motor connected in parallel to the first motor, a driver configured to supply a driving current to the first motor and the second motor and a controller configured to control the driver based on the driving current and a rotating speed of the first motor, and when the rotating speed of the first motor is different from a rotating speed of the second motor, the controller may control the driver so that the rotating speed of the first motor is equal to the rotating speed of the second motor. The power system may drive two and more motors at the same speed by applying the driving voltage based on the rotating speed and the driving current of one of two or more motors, using a single driving apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Je Hyung Cho, Alexey Bodrov, Sun Jin Kim, Yong Woon Lee
  • Patent number: 10413370
    Abstract: Various exemplary methods, systems, and devices for causing end effector motion with a robotic surgical system are provided. In general, a surgical tool can be configured to releasably and removably couple to a robotic surgical system. The robotic surgical system can include two motors configured to provide torque to the surgical tool to drive one single function of the surgical tool. In at least some embodiments, at least one of the two motors configured to cooperate with another motor to drive the single function of the surgical tool can be configured to drive a second function of the surgical tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: David C. Yates, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris
  • Patent number: 10396691
    Abstract: A motor control circuit system is arranged to control the activation of a motor when the input voltage of the motor equals to a predetermined threshold so as to save the power consumption of the motor, wherein no current is allowed to pass to the motor before the input voltage of the motor reaches again the predetermined threshold. Therefore, the motor is electrified in an intermittent manner, such that the driven mechanism runs with its inertia even though the motor is idling, i.e. no current passing to the motor, so as to save the energy consumption of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventor: Der-San Chen
  • Patent number: 10396693
    Abstract: A method for controlling a brushless direct current (BLDC) motor is disclosed. The method includes: receiving a constant current; comparing the constant current to a reference current; based on the comparison revealing that the constant current is smaller than the reference current, providing a first speed command to the rotational speed control unit to increase a speed of the BLDC motor; based on the comparison revealing that the constant current is larger than the reference current, providing a second speed command to the rotational speed control unit to decrease a speed of the BLDC motor; based on the comparison revealing that the constant current is the same as the reference current, providing a third speed command to the rotational speed control unit to maintain a speed of the BLDC motor; and controlling, by the rotational speed control unit, a speed of the BLDC motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jongseong Ji, Wontae Kim
  • Patent number: 10389352
    Abstract: A power electronics module is arranged to pass power between a traction battery and electric machine, and includes a pair of parallel power transistors and a differential mode choke arranged to, responsive to current flow through the choke, drive gate voltages of the power transistors apart to reduce differences in current magnitudes output by the transistors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Fan Xu, Lihua Chen, Baoming Ge, Yan Zhou, Shuitao Yang
  • Patent number: 10389292
    Abstract: Power converters, controllers, methods and non-transitory computer readable mediums are presented, in which a processor operates a switching rectifier in a first mode to regulate a DC bus voltage signal using rectifier switching control for motoring rectifier operation when the measured DC bus voltage value is less than or equal to a first threshold value, operates the switching rectifier in a second mode to regulate the DC bus voltage signal using rectifier switching control for regenerative rectifier operation when the measured DC bus voltage value is greater than the first threshold value and less than or equal to a higher second threshold value, and operates an inverter in a third mode to regulate the DC bus voltage signal using inverter acceleration/deceleration control when the measured DC bus voltage value is greater than the second threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jacob M. Lamb, Ahmed S. Mohamed Sayed Ahmed, Brian J. Seibel, Timothy M. Rowan
  • Patent number: 10381969
    Abstract: A control device comprises a driving unit configured to drive a plurality of coils of a multiple-phase motor by pulse width modulation; a detection unit configured to detect currents flowing through the plurality of coils in a time-division manner; and a change unit configured to change, in accordance with a duty in the pulse width modulation, a sequence of detecting the currents flowing through the plurality of coils by the detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koji Kawamura, Jumpei Ashida, Shigeru Kameyama
  • Patent number: 10368864
    Abstract: A motorized surgical instrument is disclosed. The surgical instrument includes a displacement member, a motor coupled to the displacement member, a control circuit coupled to the motor, and a position sensor coupled to the control circuit. The control circuit is configured to determine a velocity of the displacement member via the position sensor, and cause the display to present an indicia that is indicative of the velocity of the displacement member, wherein a portion of the display occupied by the indicia corresponds to the velocity of the displacement member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Jason L. Harris, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Sarah A. Worthington, Michael J. Vendely, Chester O. Baxter, III, Christopher J. Hess, Douglas E. Withers
  • Patent number: 10374539
    Abstract: A driving device includes a motor, an inverter configured to drive the motor by switching a plurality of switching elements, and an electronic control unit configured to set voltage commands of phases according to temporary voltage commands of the phases based on a torque command of the motor and perform switching control of the switching elements by generating PWM signals for the switching elements by using the voltage commands of the phases and a carrier voltage. The electronic control unit is configured to switch a method of setting the voltage commands between a first method and a second method for each irregular time interval. The first method is a method of setting the voltage commands without superposing harmonics to the temporary voltage commands, and the second method is a method of setting the voltage commands by superposing the harmonics to the temporary voltage command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toshihiro Yamamoto, Kenji Yamada
  • Patent number: 10374541
    Abstract: A motor control system includes a motor, a resolver configured to detect a rotation angle of the motor, a resolver/digital converter configured to convert an analog angle signal output from the resolver into a digital angle signal, and a motor control unit configured to control the motor based on the digital angle signal output from the resolver/digital converter and determine, when an integrated value obtained by integrating the digital angle signal at a predetermined time interval is not within a threshold range, that the resolver/digital converter is abnormal. The motor control unit increases the time interval for the integration when a rotation speed of the motor decreases and decreases the time interval for the integration when the rotation speed of the motor increases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuya Yamamoto, Yu Sasaki
  • Patent number: 10374530
    Abstract: A dual axis linear motion system utilizing one or more printed circuit boards embedded within a stage wherein the system components, including the controller, drive, and controller, may be mounted to a printed circuit board (PCB), and the electrical communications between the system components and the power to the system components are supplied through traces or etchings on the printed circuit board, thereby omitting the need for additional power and communication cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Invetech, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin McCarthy
  • Patent number: 10367436
    Abstract: A linear motion system utilizing one or more printed circuit boards embedded within a stage wherein the system components, including the controller, drive, and controller, may be mounted to a printed circuit board (PCB), and the electrical communications between the system components and the power to the system components are supplied through traces or etchings on the printed circuit board, thereby omitting the need for additional power and communication cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Invetech, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin McCarthy, David Thomas
  • Patent number: 10367432
    Abstract: A piezoelectric drive device includes piezoelectric vibration modules that each include a vibration portion and a transmission unit abutting a driven portion and transmitting longitudinal vibration in an alignment direction of the vibration portion with the driven portion and bending vibration which is a composite of the longitudinal vibration and lateral vibration of the vibration portion intersecting the alignment direction to the driven portion and a controller controlling the modules. The controller controls the modules in a first drive mode wherein the transmission portions of all the modules are driven to perform the bending vibration in a first direction and a second drive mode wherein the transmission portions of some of the modules are driven to perform the bending vibration in the first direction and the transmission portions of other modules are driven to perform the longitudinal or bending vibrations in a second direction opposite the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Tomoaki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10348183
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a plurality of H-bridge circuits and a logic circuit which is commonly used for the plurality of H-bridge circuits. The logic circuit controls driving of each of the plurality of H-bridge circuits on the basis of signals which are input thereinto in such a manner that a combination of respective driving states of the plurality of H-bridge circuits meets a predetermined condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: RENESAS ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinpei Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10348223
    Abstract: A system includes a motor circuit and a calibration test circuit configured to be coupled to the motor circuit to calculate a nominal motor constant representing operation of a motor in a nominal mode, calculate a motor impedance function comprising one or more motor impedance values at one or more motor frequencies, store one or more values of the impedance function in a memory of the motor circuit, and calculate a range of acceptable motor constant values based on the nominal motor constant. The motor circuit may be configured to calculate an operating motor constant value for the motor while operating, wherein the operating motor constant value is based on at least one of the stored values of the impedance function and compare the motor constant value to the range of acceptable motor constant values stored in the memory to detect if a motor stall has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Allegro MicroSystems, LLC
    Inventors: Kamyar Khosravi, Yisong Lu
  • Patent number: 10340825
    Abstract: An initial position determination process and a rotation driving process are both attained. A motor includes a rotor having a permanent magnet with a plurality of magnetic poles and a stator having coils with a plurality of phases. A voltage signal generation part generates a voltage signal corresponding to an electric current flowing through each of the coils with the phases of the stator. A filter part includes a first filter and a second filter. The voltage signal is inputted to a comparator through the filter part. A control part controls such that the first filter whose filter constant is larger is selected when performing the initial position determination process of the rotor and the second filter whose filter constant is smaller is selected when performing the rotation driving process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: RENESAS ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takayuki Aoki, Takahito Ishino
  • Patent number: 10340821
    Abstract: Low speed and high speed estimates of rotor angle and speed relative to the stator are received from a low speed estimator and a high speed estimator, respectively. LS_?_EST and a subset of torque-controlling I_Q trajectory curve (“IQTC”) parameter values appropriate to low speed rotor operation are selected for rotor speeds below a low speed threshold value ?_LOW_THRS. HS_?_EST and a subset of IQTC curve parameter values appropriate to high speed rotor operation are selected for rotor speeds above a high speed threshold value ?_HIGH_THRS. LS_?_EST and the low speed subset of IQTC parameter values remain selected for rotor speeds less than ?_HIGH_THRS after accelerating to a rotor speed greater than ?_LOW_THRS. HS_?_EST and the subset of high speed IQTC parameter values remain selected for rotor speeds greater than ?_LOW_THRS after decelerating to a rotor speed less than ?_HIGH_THRS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: David Patrick Magee, Eric James Thomas
  • Patent number: 10333435
    Abstract: A motor control module provides control of a plurality of different motor types, such as a 1-phase DC Brush motor, a 3-phase brushless DC motor, and a 2-phase step motor. The module includes a digital amplifier that is configurable to drive the plurality of different motor types. A motor control unit, coupled to the digital amplifier, controls a motor type driven by the digital amplifier via a command signal to the digital amplifier. The motor control unit also monitors status information about the motor control module, including status information about the digital amplifier. A motor coil interface is coupled to the digital amplifier and configured to connect with the plurality of different motor types.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Performance Motion Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Peng Li, Peter Fransiscus Vandermeulen, Emanuel Gustav Lewin, David Chanan Horovitch Shmelzer, Ahmad Radey Shouman
  • Patent number: 10322642
    Abstract: The present invention provides a power supply apparatus for a vehicle capable of supplying a stable voltage to an electronic system, and the power supply apparatus for a vehicle, which supplies power to a first electronic system and a second electronic system installed in the vehicle and includes the first electronic system including an inverter configured to drive a motor and an electronic control unit configured to control the inverter, a first battery configured to supply power to the second electronic system and the electronic control unit, a second battery configured to supply power to the inverter, and a charger configured to receive power from the first battery and charge the second battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: MANDO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Gyung Hun Sim
  • Patent number: 10320323
    Abstract: A power module configured to supply a multi-phase current to a multi-phase load is provided. The power module includes an inverter circuit configured to generate a plurality of phase currents that contribute to the multi-phase current and an output voltage based on a plurality of pulse width modulation (PWM) signals; and a control unit configured to generate the plurality of PWM signals to control a plurality of phases based on space vector modulation and modulate the multi-phase current to generate a voltage space vector that is representative of the output voltage and which rotates through a plurality of PWM sectors of a space vector coordinate system. The control unit is configured to regulate a shifting pattern of the plurality of PWM signals during a zero vector switching period such that the shifting pattern is fixed for all of the plurality of PWM sectors as the voltage space vector rotates therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies Austria AG
    Inventor: Wei Wu