Patents Examined by Kelvin Booker
  • Patent number: 9767249
    Abstract: An automation system including a plurality of peripheral devices, each configured to perform at least one function relating to energy consumption in a facility and an automation controller in communication with the plurality of peripheral devices and providing for the control of the performance of the function by each device. An external network resource such as at least a virtual private network server is configured to enable communication with the automation controller. The automation controller is configured, such as by executing virtual private network software, to establish and maintain a secure data link with the virtual private network server and to enable oversight and/or control of the automation controller via the virtual private network server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Autani, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Belz, Randy Clayton
  • Patent number: 9765702
    Abstract: Methods are provided for ensuring non-excessive variation of a gradient of an applied split bias versus firing temperature of a gas turbine engine. It is determined that an incremental split bias step is to be taken, and a current firing temperature of the gas turbine engine is identified on a graph. A first difference between a split schedule and an applied schedule gradient is calculated using lower firing temperatures than the current firing temperature, and a second difference is calculated using higher firing temperatures. If the first difference exceeds a predetermined limit, the incremental split bias step is not allowed at a lower firing temperature, and similarly, if the second difference exceeds a predetermined limit, the incremental split bias step is not allowed at a higher firing temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: ANSALDO ENERGIA IP UK LIMITED
    Inventors: Donald Gauthier, Hany Rizkalla, Peter John Stuttaford
  • Patent number: 9753448
    Abstract: Machine tools are provided, including machines tools of large dimension, which include a bench, an upright base, control elements for the translation of the upright base, an upright base position sensor comprising an optical line or linear encoder fixed to the bench, detection elements for detecting the temperature of the optical line and management elements for processing the temperature signals coming from the optical line temperature detection elements and the signals of the upright base translation control elements to determine a correction signal for the upright base translation control elements according to at least one temperature detected along the optical line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: INNSE-BERARDI S.P.A.
    Inventors: Natale Valsecchi, Stefano Zucchini, Roberto Goffrini
  • Patent number: 9740178
    Abstract: A fault tolerant controller system includes a first controller and a second controller. One of the first and second controllers designated as a primary controller for generating control signals intended to control actuation devices on a vehicle under non-fault operating conditions, and the other of the first and second controllers designated as a secondary controller generating control signals intended to control actuation devices on the vehicle. The actuation devices are responsive only to the designated primary controller. An error is detected in the primary controller and a message is transmitted from the faulty controller to the non-faulty controller identifying the error. The non-faulty controller is subsequently designated as the primary controller. The control signals including an identifier that identifies the non-faulty controller as the designated primary controller. In response to detecting the error, the faulty controller is reset to operate in a safe operating mode as the secondary controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Rami I. Debouk, Stephen M. Baker, Jeffrey Joyce
  • Patent number: 9733630
    Abstract: A method, system and apparatus for operating an energy-using device are disclosed. Current data related to operation of the energy-using device is received at a remote device. An operating specification for the energy-using device is received at the remote device from a database. A recommended setting of the energy-using device is determined from the current data and the operating specification. The remote device communicates the recommended setting to the energy-using device. A control unit at the energy-using device receives the recommended setting and implements the recommended setting at the energy-using device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gary S. Ditlow, Brian P. Gaucher, Clifford A. Pickover, Jinjun Xiong
  • Patent number: 9729341
    Abstract: A building automation and building information system has a central unit, at least one control unit and first components. The central unit is connected to the at least one control unit via a bidirectional data line, as means for reception of data from the at least one control unit, and means for open-loop and/or closed-loop control of the at least one control unit. Each control unit is associated with at least one first component, to which the control unit is connected by radio. The control unit has means for open-loop and/or closed-loop radio control of the associated first components. The first components associated with each control unit can be connected to one another by radio. The central unit, the at least one control unit and the first components each have a plug-and-play capability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignees: Viessmann Hausautomation GmbH, Diehl Ako Stiftung & Co., KG
    Inventors: Werner Kaps, Helmut Simon, Armin Leonhardt, Christian Roth, Jens Petersohn
  • Patent number: 9653918
    Abstract: An autonomous thermal event control and monitoring system includes a processor component having an enclosure, a processor within the enclosure, a routine, a number of inputs from the processor, and a plurality of inputs to and a plurality of outputs from the processor for each of a plurality of feeders. The system also includes a human machine interface communicating with the processor. The inputs include for each of the feeders, a first input for a thermal sensor and a second input for a status of a network protector, a plurality of third inputs for statuses of a medium voltage interrupter, and a fourth input for a sudden pressure sensor of a network transformer. The outputs include for each of the feeders, a first output for a command to the network protector, and a plurality of second outputs for commands to the medium voltage interrupter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: EATON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Deborah Kaltwasser Mort, Mark A. Faulkner
  • Patent number: 9646268
    Abstract: The systems and methods of the present application include a parts planning application (PPA) configured such that a bill of material (BOM) structure is automatically managed from a product data management (PDM) application, while supporting multiple product assemblies within a same project space and operating from a common code base. The PPA of the present application includes cross-functional attribute participation and is editable by all users simultaneously worldwide, thus eliminating the need for a dedicated project data administrator. The PPA of the present application enables daily or weekly management reviews, and attributes security managed by the functional group. The PPA of the present application fosters reduced data entry due to automated population of design structure and attributes from an existing PDM application and/or an enterprise resource planning (ERP) application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Nat Workman, Carl Wendtland, Saurabh Mishra
  • Patent number: 9645589
    Abstract: A programmable thermostat may be configured to control one or more pieces of HVAC equipment in accordance with a programmable schedule. The HVAC equipment may be capable of modifying a temperature of an inside space with at least a primary stage and an auxiliary stage. The programmable thermostat may include a memory for storing operating parameters of the programmable thermostat, a user interface configured to accept modification of operating parameters, including one or more droop values, and a controller coupled to the memory and the user interface. The controller attempts to control the temperature of the inside space with the primary stage of the HVAC equipment, but if the temperature of the inside space deviates from a desired setpoint temperature value by more than or equal to a programmed droop value, the controller may activate the auxiliary stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Cary Leen, Stan Zywicki, III, Robert J. Schnell
  • Patent number: 9639096
    Abstract: A showcase control system 100 comprises a showcase operating rate detection unit 11 that detects a showcase operating rate of a showcase control unit 30 which controls freezing or refrigerating inside a showcase, an over-operating detection unit 12 that outputs an over-operating signal when the showcase operating rate input from the showcase operating rate detection unit 11 exceeds a predetermined value, and an air-conditioning control system 20 that curtails the energy-saving control of an air conditioner 50 when receiving an over-operating signal from the over-operating detection unit 12. Thereby, it is possible to comprehensively perform energy-saving control of a showcase and an air conditioner at a sales space where the showcase is installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: TECHNOMIRAI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuo Miwa
  • Patent number: 9632490
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an HVAC data processing and communication network. In an embodiment, the network includes a user interface, a first subnet controller and a second subnet controller. The first subnet controller is configured to operate with a first zone of the network with a first program schedule. The second subnet controller is configured to operate with a second zone of the network with a second program schedule. The second subnet controller is further configured to override the first and second schedules to operate the first and the second zones according to hold settings received from the user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Lennox Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Wojciech Grohman, Amanda Filbeck, Timothy E. Wallaert
  • Patent number: 9628843
    Abstract: A system for controlling infrared (IR) enabled devices by projecting coded IR pulses from an active illumination depth camera is described. In some embodiments, a gesture recognition system includes an active illumination depth camera such as a depth camera that utilizes time-of-flight (TOF) or structured light techniques for obtaining depth information. The gesture recognition system may detect the performance of a particular gesture associated with a particular electronic device, determine a set of device instructions in response to detecting the particular gesture, and transmit the set of device instructions to the particular electronic device utilizing coded IR pulses. The coded IR pulses may imitate the IR pulses associated with a remote control protocol. In some cases, the coded IR pulses transmitted may also be used by the active illumination depth camera for determining depth information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Sagi Katz, Avishai Adler, Giora Yahav
  • Patent number: 9625743
    Abstract: A method of preparing an ophthalmic lens (20) for mounting in an eyeglass frame, the ophthalmic lens including a memory mark (28) that is situated on one of its ophthalmic faces (22) and that forms a code storing in digital form at least one item of information relating to a mechanical, geometrical, or optical characteristic of the ophthalmic lens. The method includes three steps: a) acquiring a raw image of at least a portion of the optical face of the ophthalmic lens on which an image of the memory mark appears; b) processing the raw image acquired in step a) in order to decode the information stored in the code; and c) centering and then shaping the ophthalmic lens as a function of the information decoded in step b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: ESSILOR INTERNATIONAL (COMPAGNIE GENERALE D'OPTIQUE)
    Inventors: Loic Levraud, Dominique Leguy, Eva Lazuka-Nicoulaud
  • Patent number: 9618215
    Abstract: The present invention relates to energy supply systems which comprise an energy storage unit and an energy production unit. Control methods according to the invention advantageously allow to calculate an operational cost of the energy supply system based on the energy flux that can be supplied by the system and the energy flux that is demanded externally from the system. The operational cost can be calculated for all possible values of the above parameters in advance. The calculated parameters can be stored in an array in a device implementing methods of the invention. Methods of the invention allow to operate an energy supply system so as to guarantee that at any instant a predetermined (nonzero) amount of energy flux can be supplied by the energy storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: VITO NV
    Inventors: Johan Van Bael, Hans Hoes, Fjo De Ridder
  • Patent number: 9599973
    Abstract: A method, system and apparatus for operating an energy-using device are disclosed. Current data related to operation of the energy-using device is received at a remote device. An operating specification for the energy-using device is received at the remote device from a database. A recommended setting of the energy-using device is determined from the current data and the operating specification. The remote device communicates the recommended setting to the energy-using device. A control unit at the energy-using device receives the recommended setting and implements the recommended setting at the energy-using device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gary S. Ditlow, Brian P. Gaucher, Clifford A. Pickover, Jinjun Xiong
  • Patent number: 9568973
    Abstract: A device may include a memory to store control policies set for a network of smart grid devices connected to a power grid, the control policies including an energy consumption threshold associated with the network of smart grid devices; and a processor configured to obtain network content including energy consumption data associated with the network of smart grid devices, compare the energy consumption data to the energy consumption threshold associated with the network of smart grid devices, generate a first instruction with respect to energy consumption associated with network of smart grid devices, and generate a second instruction with respect to replenishment of unforced capacity associated with the network of smart grid devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSNG INC.
    Inventors: Madhusudan Raman, Jean Francois Dubois, Renu Chipalkatti
  • Patent number: 9570643
    Abstract: A cooling system for cooling a temperature-dependent power device includes an active cooling device and a controller to generate and transmit a drive signal thereto to selectively activate the device. The controller receives an input from sensors regarding the cooling device power consumption and measured operational parameters of the power equipment—including the power device output power if the device is a power producing device or the power device input power if the device is a power consuming device. The controller generates and transmits a drive signal to the cooling device based on the cooling device power consumption and the measured power device input or output power in order to cause the active cooling device to selectively cool the heat producing power device. A net system power output or total system power input can be maximized/minimized by controlling an amount of convection cooling provided by the cooling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kevin Sean Myers, Andrew Maxwell Peter, Hendrik Pieter Jacobus de Bock, Patrick Hammel Hart
  • Patent number: 9569564
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods to create a pattern part, and a subsequent mold core package, that can be used in the casting process to cast one or more die components having a near net-shape of the finished part. In this way, the present invention provides a cast part which greatly reduces the amount of finishing work that needs to be performed on the part after casting. Further, the present invention provides a method which involves less upfront stock material to cast the near net-shape of the desired die component part. The present invention accomplishes this by providing an efficient and effective automated method to determine where and how to add appropriate mechanical features to a design model part to produce a manufacturing model part in a CAD software program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Phillips, Varinder Singh Saini, Scott Gafken, Richard Raymond Urban, Paul Christopher Susalla, Lixing Ma, Yuan-Ping Hu, David Michael Boren
  • Patent number: 9562700
    Abstract: A use-side unit and an air conditioner that can feed out air at a target temperature into a target space are provided. A use-side evaporator that recovers moisture obtained by cooling and condensing the air to be fed out into the space to be air-conditioned or the like and dehumidifies it so as to obtain target relative humidity, a use-side condenser that heats the air having passed through the use-side evaporator by heat exchange, adjusts it to a target dry-bulb temperature and feeds it out into the space to be air-conditioned or the like, and a use-side controller that calculates a correction value if a difference between a dry-bulb temperature according to the detection of a temperature detector that detects a dry-bulb temperature of the air to be fed out into the target space and the target dry-bulb temperature is larger than a predetermined value and performs processing to correct a target intermediate dry-bulb temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9557722
    Abstract: Described is a control system for stabilizing complex systems through self-adjustment. The complex system consists of agents or machines interacting with an environment and controlled by a controller. The control system includes a sensor configured to measure a state of the complex system and output the measured state of the complex system. A filter receives the measured state of the complex system, computes a variance in the measured state of the complex system over time, and outputs the computed variance. A regulator, which is connected with at least one controller, adjusts a control parameter in response to the computed variance received from the filter. The regulator is configured to regulate each controller's action on each agent or machine based on the control parameter in order to maintain stability of the complex system. In a desired aspect, the at least one control parameter comprises a set of additional input delays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Heiko Hoffmann, David W. Payton