Patents Examined by Kelvin Booker
  • Patent number: 10890886
    Abstract: An input-output apparatus is provided. The apparatus includes a lower-level layer interface connected to a field device, a higher-layer interface connected to a controller, a maintenance interface connected to a setting apparatus, a switch, and a control device. The switch switches between a first connection and a second connection. The control device, in an engineering mode, permits the switch to transition freely between the first connection and the second connection, and in an operation mode, controls the switch to switch to the first connection and prohibits communication through the maintenance interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Yokogawa Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Masahiro Hashiguchi, Kenji Torigoe, Nobuaki Ema, Naruaki Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10890883
    Abstract: An EMS (200) receives at least one of a message indicating a rated output of the storage battery (141) and a message indicating number of charged and discharged times of the storage battery (141), from the power storage apparatus (140).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Inventor: Masaomi Satake
  • Patent number: 10889098
    Abstract: A method for generating control data is a method for generating control data for manufacturing a product having a designated shape using an additive manufacturing technology. The control data includes a path of a nozzle for supplying a material. The method for generating the control data includes: determining a cutting path for cutting the designated shape by a tool; and determining the path of the nozzle by reproducing the cutting path temporally reversely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Inventors: Kazuo Yamazaki, David Carter, Makoto Fujishima, Yohei Oda
  • Patent number: 10886742
    Abstract: Approaches for managing and maintaining a state of charge of an energy storage device by adjusting (biasing) responses to electrical grid operator commands to perform ancillary services are disclosed. In embodiments, methods and systems regulate a set point regulation in an energy system. In an embodiment, a method determines when the set point needs to be changed, calculates a new set point, and moves the output of the system from an old set point to the new set point at a defined ramp rate. The method then incorporates, as part of a set point algorithm, the capability to restore the energy storage device to a desirable state of charge (SOC). Embodiments implement Dynamic Bias, SOC and Signal Bias Range Maintaining, Operational Limits, and Fixed Signal Bias algorithms and perform Intelligent Algorithm Selection to manage and maintain the SOC of an energy storage device by biasing responses to grid operator commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: The AES Corporation
    Inventors: Jay Craig Geinzer, John Christopher Shelton, Brett Lance Galura
  • Patent number: 10843361
    Abstract: A method for controlling a cutting machining process on a machine tool by a P-controller that changes a controlled variable u(t) affecting the cutting machining process based on a control deviation e(t) between a control quantity y(t) and a guide quantity w(t). To improve the control, the control factor (K) of the P-controller is variable and determined depending on instantaneous value of the control quantity y(t) via load characteristic fields. Each load characteristic field specifies a predetermined control factor for a defined value or value range of the control quantity y(t). Further disclosed is a control device for a cutting machine tool, a cutting machine tool, and a process for the cutting machining of a workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Yiwen Xu, Herman Yakaria, Tobias Kösler, Thomas Ackermann, Falko Fahnauer
  • Patent number: 10838378
    Abstract: According to an example embodiment of the present invention, there is provided an apparatus configured at least to receive control information embedded in an audio content signal, determine the control information conforms to a criterion defined by the computer program, and modify execution of the computer program at least in part in dependence of the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Inventor: Cristiano diFlora
  • Patent number: 10830476
    Abstract: The present disclosure presents techniques for improving operational efficiency of climate control systems. A climate control system may include climate control equipment, a sensor that measures temperature in a building, and a control system that controls operation of the equipment using a first temperature schedule, which associates each time step with a temperature setpoint, when the building is occupied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Brian D. Rigg, Shawn A. Hern, Cody J. Kaiser, Noel A. Grajeda-Trevizo, Tom R. Tasker, Andrew M. Boyd
  • Patent number: 10824125
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are related to a system, a method, and a non-transitory computer readable medium for operating an energy plant. In one aspect, the system generates a regression model of a produced thermal energy load produced by a supply device of the plurality of devices. The system predicts the produced thermal energy load produced by the supply device for a first time period based on the regression model. The system determines a heat capacity of gas or liquid in the loop based on the predicted produced thermal energy load. The system generates a model of mass storage based on the heat capacity. The system predicts an induced thermal energy load during a second time period at a consuming device of the plurality of devices based on the model of the mass storage. The system operates the energy plant according to the predicted induced thermal energy load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Mohammad N. Elbsat, Michael J. Wenzel, Graeme Willmott, Matthew J. Asmus
  • Patent number: 10816235
    Abstract: A building energy system includes HVAC equipment, green energy generation, a battery, and a predictive controller. The HVAC equipment provide heating or cooling for a building. The green energy generation collect green energy from a green energy source. The battery stores electric energy including at least a portion of the green energy provided by the green energy generation and grid energy purchased from an energy grid and discharges the stored electric energy for use in powering the HVAC equipment. The predictive controller generates a constraint that defines a total energy consumption of the HVAC equipment at each time step of an optimization period as a summation of multiple source-specific energy components and optimizes the predictive cost function subject to the constraint to determine values for each of the source-specific energy components at each time step of the optimization period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Robert D. Turney, Nishith R. Patel
  • Patent number: 10794667
    Abstract: Systems and methods thermal management of a directed energy weapon are provided. The system may include a controller module executable by a processor to determine a planned energy emission from a light-emitting diode (LED) of the directed energy weapon. The controller module may generate a cooling instruction to influence a temperature of the LED with a cooling fluid in response to the planned energy emission. The controller module may cause the cooling fluid to be applied to the LED in accordance with the cooling instruction prior to a start of the planned energy emission of the LED.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventors: Andrew Eifert, Eric Wilson, Russell White, Mark Jon Blackwelder
  • Patent number: 10782721
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention may include control methods employed in multiphase distributed energy storage systems that are located behind utility meters typically located at, but not limited to, medium and large commercial and industrial locations. These multiphase distributed energy storage systems can operate semi-autonomously, but may be in frequent contact with a cloud-based optimization engine that is configured to develop energy control solutions based on various data inputs and to communicate these energy control solutions to one or more of the distributed energy storage systems. Due to characteristics of the electric load location and/or the use of on-site power generation, imbalances in the power draw per phase can be created within the electric load location. Therefore, embodiments of the invention may include systems and methods that are used to control and/or limit the imbalance in power flowing through one phase versus other phases at the electric load location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: STEM, INC.
    Inventors: David Erhart, Craig Southeren, Ben Kearns, Jon Burlinson, Drew Stevens
  • Patent number: 10731885
    Abstract: A controller for controlling an environmental condition of a building space includes a proxy sensor configured to measure a proxy value indicating whether an occupant is within the building space and an occupancy sensor configured to measure an occupancy value. The controller includes a processing circuit configured to determine whether the occupant is within the building space based on the occupancy value of the occupancy sensor, generate a proxy parameter based on a first proxy value measured via the proxy sensor in response to a determination that the occupant is not within the building space based on the occupancy value of the occupancy sensor, determine whether the occupant is within the building based on a second proxy value measured via the proxy sensor and the generated proxy parameter, and control one or more pieces of building equipment to control the environmental condition of the building space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Michael J. Ajax, Nicholas S. Van Derven, Joseph R. Ribbich
  • Patent number: 10734811
    Abstract: Systems and methods for optimal control of one or more energy storage systems are provided. Based on live, historical, and/or forecast data received from one or more data sources, one or more forecasts of one or more parameters relating to the operation of the one or more energy storage systems and an associated forecast uncertainty may be calculated by various forecasting techniques. Using one or more optimization techniques, an optimal dispatch schedule for the operation of the one or more energy storage systems may be created based on the forecasts. The optimal dispatch schedule may be used to determine one or more energy storage system parameters, which are used to control the operation of the energy storage systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: IHI INC.
    Inventors: Tristan Doherty, Sergey Crane, Yuji Koguma, Marco Ferrara
  • Patent number: 10698432
    Abstract: Described is an apparatus which comprises: a plurality of transistors coupled to an input power supply and to a load; a first comparator with a first node coupled to the load, and a second node coupled to a first reference; a second comparator with a first node coupled to the load, and a second node coupled to a second reference, the second reference being different from the first reference; and a logic unit to receive output of the first comparator and output of the second comparator, the logic unit to turn on or off transistors of the plurality of transistors according to outputs of the first and second comparators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Yi-Chun Shih, Kaushik Mazumdar, Stephen T. Kim, Rinkle Jain, James W. Tschanz, Muhammad M. Khellah
  • Patent number: 10678224
    Abstract: The described methods and systems give users situational awareness regarding control loops in a process control system. The user can utilize the loop interface described herein to quickly understand how a given element (e.g., a device or function block) relates to other elements of the control loop. This enables the user to appreciate how modifying a parameter or device, for example, may impact control of the process. The user need not be intimately familiar with the logic associated with a control loop to understand the status of the control loop and its constituent elements. Further, in an embodiment, the user can easily correct certain statuses (e.g., unusual conditions) that arise with respect to the control loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventors: Julian K. Naidoo, Gary K. Law, Godfrey R. Sherriff, Daniel R. Strinden, Cristopher Ian Sarmiento Uy, Prashant Joshi
  • Patent number: 10672243
    Abstract: A smart device comprising at least one memory, a retractable base, the retractable base being electronically adjustable, a processor, coupled to the at least one memory, one or more sensors, wherein at least one of the one or more sensors is exterior to a smart device housing and communicable to the processor, and wherein the one or more sensors acquire a space information, an individual information, or both, of a surrounding environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventor: Chengfu Yu
  • Patent number: 10668664
    Abstract: A method of forming a part using additive manufacturing may include receiving, at a computer numeric controlled (CNC) machine, a computer aided design (CAD) model of the part. The method may further include dividing the CAD model into plurality of sections. The method may further include slicing each of the plurality of sections into a plurality of layers. Each section may include a distinct set of print parameters. The method may further include depositing a flowable material onto a worktable according the set of print parameters for each section of the plurality of sections to manufacture the part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Thermwood Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Susnjara, Scott G. Vaal, Nicolas C. Vote
  • Patent number: 10642255
    Abstract: A method of making a semiconductor device includes collecting process control parameters during operation of a processing tool processing a product. The method further includes calculating a processing tool offset for the processing tool based on the collected process control parameters and calculating a product offset based on the collected process control parameters. The method further includes determining whether the product offset is stable and calculating an offset time for processing the product using the processing tool based on the calculated processing tool offset if the product offset is stable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventors: Ching-Hsi Nan, Yu-Hsiu Fu, Chia Jung Chang
  • Patent number: 10635056
    Abstract: A system and process/method of modeling demand-response (DR) and distributed-energy resource (DER) assets is provided, facilitating the aggregation of said assets in virtual power plants (VPPs), and using VPPs to provide energy balancing services needed to minimize the impact of Variable Energy Resources (VER) on power system. The method accurately accounts for assets by qualifying assets based on various parameters and by forecasting the capabilities of the resulting VPPs for provision of balancing services. Asset performance factors that may affect the aggregated VPP's capabilities are monitored and recalculated when necessary. Near-term forecasted VPP capability is compared to near-term forecasted imbalances in the electric-power-supply system, and the VPP is dispatched to minimize the system imbalances. The dispatch signal is disaggregated to control commands to individual assets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Open Access Technology International, Inc.
    Inventors: Guillermo Irisarri, Sasan Mokhtari, Ali Ipakchi, Abdolhossein Rahimi, Jose Medina Palomo, Farrokh Albuyeh, Benham Danai
  • Patent number: 10637288
    Abstract: A hierarchical power control system associated with a cloud server includes a first microgrid cell, a second microgrid cell, a third microgrid cell, a middleware server, and an integrated control system. The first microgrid cell includes a first energy storage system (ESS) having an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) structure and a first load having a power state managed by the first energy storage system (ESS). The second microgrid cell includes a second load and a second energy storage system (ESS) for managing a power state of the second load. The third microgrid cell includes a third load. The middleware server communicates with the first to third microgrid cells. The integrated control system receives power supply-demand state information of the first to third microgrid cells through the middleware server, and establishes an integrated operation schedule based on the received power supply-demand state information of the first to third microgrid cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: LSIS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jae-Seong Shim, Myung-Hwan Lee, Yong-Hark Shin