Patents Examined by Kelvin Booker
  • Patent number: 10410300
    Abstract: A thermostat for a building space includes a network communication module and a processing circuit. The network communication module is communicatively coupled to at least one of one or more social media servers and one or more calendar servers. The processing circuit is configured to receive at least one of social media activity, social media events, and calendar events associated with a user via the network communication module. The processing circuit is further configured to determine an expected occupancy of the building based on at least one of the social media events and the calendar events. The processing circuit is further configured to adjust a setpoint of the thermostat based on at least one of the expected occupancy and the social media activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Jedidiah O. Bentz, Brian D. Rigg, Theresa N. Gillette, Tom R. Tasker, Tyler McCune, John W. Uerkvitz, Shaun B. Atchison, Daniel S. Middleton, Aneek Muhammad Noor
  • Patent number: 10386869
    Abstract: A vibration control system for a variable speed cooling system includes a programmable controller in communication with a variable frequency drive (VFD). The programmable controller is programmed to command the VFD to operate at frequencies only outside of one or more frequency lockout bands automatically calculated by the programmable controller based on a comparison of newly acquired variable speed cooling system vibration data with previously stored variable speed cooling system vibration specification data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventor: Gregory L. Meeuwsen
  • Patent number: 10386817
    Abstract: A machine tool control system may include a processing module and subsystem circuitry coupled to the processing module by a bus. The processing module may include memory circuitry and a multi-core processor. The multi-core processor may include a first set of processor cores assigned exclusively to perform real-time tasks for controlling motion relative to one or more axes by executing first instructions stored in the memory circuitry, a second set of processor cores assigned exclusively to perform non-real-time tasks by executing second instructions stored in the memory circuitry, and a timer circuit configured to generate a cycle signal at periodic intervals. The subsystem circuitry may be configured to obtain axis feedback data from one or more feedback encoders and axis control data from the first set of processor cores during each of the periodic intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventors: Sergey Lototsky, Radik Gradinarski
  • Patent number: 10379510
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a command control in a multi-servo feedback control system. The command control includes: a servo acquiring preset delay time when a first action command is received from a main controller via serial data bus; the servo sending feedback information to the main controller after the preset delay time; wherein the preset delay time of the plurality of servos are different from each other, and the feedback information is configured to identify work status of the servo; receiving a second action command from the main controller; performing actions corresponding to the second action command and sending the feedback information to the main controller after the preset delay time if the second action command is valid. A servo and a multi-servo feedback control system for performing the command control are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: UBTECH Robotics Corp.
    Inventors: Tingshuang Huang, Lifu Zhang, Youjun Xiong
  • Patent number: 10368503
    Abstract: An expandable irrigation controller for controlling a plurality of watering stations in an irrigation system includes a removable front panel and an inner housing, connected to the front panel. The inner housing includes a circuit board including control connectors which are connected electrically to the controller and a station module operable to provide an ON/OFF signal to at least one watering station of the irrigation system. The station module is electrically connected to the circuit board via the control connectors and the ON/OFF signal is provided based on instructions from the controller in accordance with the watering program. The control connectors are positioned in a substantially continuous line extending across the inner housing such that the station module is connectable to the control connectors at substantially any desired location. Multiple modules of different sizes may be mounted in the inner housing as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: Carl L. C. Kah, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10353357
    Abstract: In accordance with embodiments of the present disclosure, an information handling system may include a processor and an air mover control system for controlling at least one air mover configured to drive airflow to one or more components of the information handling system. The air mover control system may be configured to read from an information handling resource of the information handling system, wherein the information handling resource comprises an active cooling system, a fault condition cooling requirement defining a minimum airflow required by the information handling resource from the at least one air mover in presence of a fault condition of the active cooling system. The air mover control system may also be configured to read from the information handling resource a variable indicating whether the fault condition of the active cooling system exists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Hasnain Shabbir, Dominick A. Lovicott
  • Patent number: 10318708
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for calculating athletic activity parameters. Multiple housings are position at different locations on a user's body. The housings are configured to be removably engaged with an electronic module that includes a sensor and a processor configured to calculate athletic activity parameters. Each housing is connected to or includes an identification memory that stores information identifying a location of the housing. The electronic module uses the location information to select an algorithm to use when calculating the athletic activity parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Santoshkumar Balakrishnan, Jordan M Rice
  • Patent number: 10310553
    Abstract: A display apparatus for a vehicle and including a display; a heating element configured to provide heat to the display; an interface configured to receive at least one of interior temperature information and exterior temperature information about the vehicle; and a processor configured to control the heating element to produce heat based on the received at least one of the interior temperature information and the exterior temperature information about the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventors: Changgeun Choi, Soono Song, Daehyun An
  • Patent number: 10310466
    Abstract: An increase in communication traffic at the time of transmission of commands of controlling power consumption of individual buildings can be suppressed so as to be low.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuo Hashimoto, Yuji Ogata, Fumio Enmei, Minoru Kaneko
  • Patent number: 10311015
    Abstract: A distributed big data device in a process plant includes an embedded big data appliance configured to locally stream and store, as big data, data that is generated, received, or observed by the device, and to perform one or more learning analyzes on at least a portion of the stored data. The embedded big data appliance generates or creates learned knowledge based on a result of the learning analysis, which the device may use to modify its operation to control a process in real-time in the process plant, and/or which the device may transmit to other devices in the process plant. The distributed big data device may be a field device, a controller, an input/output device, or other process plant device, and may utilize learned knowledge created by other devices when performing its learning analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventors: Mark J. Nixon, Paul Richard Muston, Terrence L. Blevins, Wilhelm K. Wojsznis
  • Patent number: 10301135
    Abstract: A method accurately determines internal stress in a film roll and prevents defects in the film roll. A film winding device includes a take-up roller and a winding tension adjustment device. A calculation device uses a winding equation in which a winding tension function is explicitly expressed, the winding tension function expressing a winding tension as a function of a radius of a core. The winding tension adjustment device controls winding tension in accordance with a winding tension distribution function calculated by the calculation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Akinobu Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 10296021
    Abstract: The present subject matter relates to systems and methods for active vibration control system speed monitoring and control in which a speed protection monitor configured to receive index pulses as inputs to monitor the speed of one or more force generators. A rotary actuator control system can be connected in communication with the speed protection monitor and the one or more force generators, wherein the rotary actuator control system is configured to shut down or adjust the speed of the one or more force generators if the one or more force generators are determined to be operating at undesired speeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: LORD Corporation
    Inventors: Doug A. Swanson, Paul R. Black, David Clark, Matthew K. Ferguson, Jihan Ryu
  • Patent number: 10279759
    Abstract: An electric system of an aircraft includes a power stabilizing device connected to a primary AC bus and a secondary battery. The secondary battery has a rated voltage which allows the secondary battery to absorb regenerative power from a control surface actuator. Based on a voltage and a frequency in the primary AC bus, charging/discharging of the secondary battery is controlled to stabilize the electric system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventors: Atsushi Iwashima, Kazushige Sugimoto, Kazuya Matsuo, Joseph S. Breit, Farhad Nozari
  • Patent number: 10281884
    Abstract: A servo control system includes a position command generator, a position detector for a feed axis, a positional deviation obtainer for calculating a positional deviation, a position control loop, a band limiting filter for attenuating a high frequency component of the positional deviation, a dynamic characteristic compensation element for advancing a phase, a learning controller including the band limiting filter and the dynamic characteristic compensation element, a sine wave sweep input unit for applying a sine wave sweep to the position control loop, a frequency characteristic calculator for estimating the gain and phase of position control loop input and output signals, and a learning control characteristic evaluation function calculator for calculating an evaluation function, which indicates a position control characteristic with the learning controller based on a frequency characteristic by actual measurement and a frequency characteristic of the learning controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Kazunori Iijima
  • Patent number: 10261501
    Abstract: A system for optimizing blending. The system can include a processor configured to aggregate material information, aggregate production information, model consumer liking of the at least one product, and provide plan information for controlling production resources based on the material information, the production information, and the consumer liking. The material information can be associated with a product input of the at least one product. The production information can be associated with the production resources of the at least one product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Douglas A. Bippert, Sherri Lynn Hutter, Timothy A. Anglea, Jon A. Higbie, Jr., David Quinton Cross, Seonah Lee, Sean Patrick Lennon
  • Patent number: 10248104
    Abstract: A remote machining optimization system for a machine tool is provided, which includes an input unit configured to input a machining parameter including a spindle speed and a cut depth; a receiving unit configured to receive sound signals and vibration signals from the machine tool; a processing unit configured to generate a machining program with a program generating module, to modify the spindle speed and the cut depth according to the sound signals with a speed optimization module and a depth optimization module, respectively; a communication unit configured to send the machining program to the machine tool; and a storage unit configured to store the modified spindle speed and the cut depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Yi-Hsuan Chen, Ta-Jen Peng, Yi-Ming Chen, Shu-Chung Liao, Sheng-Ming Ma
  • Patent number: 10233727
    Abstract: A system, method and a computer program product may be provided for characterizing natural resource subsurface attributes and compositions. The system prescribes alterations of one or more controls of a natural resource. The system applies the altered controls to the natural resource wells. The system collects measurement data of the natural resource wells that responds to the applied altered controls. The system determines, based on the collected measurement data, the natural resource subsurface attributes and compositions that pertain to the natural resource.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignees: International Business Machines Corporation, SHELL OIL COMPANY
    Inventors: Andrew R. Conn, Lior Horesh, Eduardo Antonio Jimenez Arismendi, Ulisses Mello, Gijs Van Essen
  • Patent number: 10228685
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method, system, and/or computer program product controls manufacturing devices in a manufacturing environment. One or more processors receive sensor readings, which detect conditions that are unique to different areas within the manufacturing environment, in order to generate models of operations for each area in the manufacturing environment. One or more processors generate an ensemble model by extracting information from the models to describe a relationship between the conditions. One or more processors generate a device control signal, based on the ensemble model, that adjusts operations in the different areas in order to ameliorate the detected conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc.
    Inventors: John Z. Colt, Jr., Venkata N. Pavuluri
  • Patent number: 10207390
    Abstract: A processing end point detection method detects a timing of a processing end point (e.g., polishing stop, changing of polishing conditions) by calculating a characteristic value of a surface of a workpiece (an object of polishing) such as a substrate. This method includes producing a spectral waveform indicating a relationship between reflection intensities and wavelengths at a processing end point, with use of a reference workpiece or simulation calculation, based on the spectral waveform, selecting wavelengths of a local maximum value and a local minimum value of the reflection intensities, calculating the characteristic value with respect to a surface, to be processed, from reflection intensities at the selected wavelengths, setting a distinctive point of time variation of the characteristic value at a processing end point of the workpiece as the processing end point, and detecting the processing end point of the workpiece by detecting the distinctive point during processing of the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventors: Noburu Shimizu, Shinro Ohta, Koji Maruyama, Yoichi Kobayashi, Ryuichiro Mitani, Shunsuke Nakai, Atsushi Shigeta
  • Patent number: 10209694
    Abstract: An input-output apparatus which is used in a process control system is provided. The input-output apparatus includes a first interface to which a lower-level apparatus is connected; a second interface to which a higher-level apparatus is connected; a third interface to which an external setting apparatus is connected; a switcher which switches between a connection of the second interface to the first interface and a connection of the third interface to the first interface; and a control device which, when in a first state in which the second interface is connected to the first interface by the switcher and the connection of the third interface to the first interface is permitted, controls the switcher to cause transitioning to a second state in which the third interface and the first interface are connected when a connection request to the first interface is input through the third interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Yokogawa Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Masahiro Hashiguchi, Kenji Torigoe, Nobuaki Ema, Naruaki Shimizu