Patents Examined by Kelvin Booker
  • Patent number: 9547352
    Abstract: The illustrative embodiment describes a system that manages the energy usage of a user's appliance based on: (i) the user's location, and (ii) the user's “presence information.” The “presence information” of a user is defined as a status indicator that includes, but is not limited to: the ability and willingness of a user to communicate and a user's mood. For example, when a user is lonely and at work, the office door should open, but when the user is not lonely and at work, the user's instant messages should be shut off. The illustrative embodiment comprises: an appliance; and an energy-usage controller for de-activating an energy-consuming element of the appliance based on presence information of a user of the appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey G. Gartner
  • Patent number: 9547316
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a computer-implemented method and system of reducing commodity usage by providing tailored consumer information to the consumer. The method utilizes neural network and machine learning techniques to calculate and cluster statistical data to classify the premises for desired observable condition, including the presence of a programmed thermostat. A score is determined that corresponds to at least one of: (i) a present state of an observable condition, (ii) a non-present state of the observable condition, and (iii) a degree of a condition of the observable condition, to provide tailored consumer information associated to the consumer's usage of the commodity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: OPOWER, INC.
    Inventors: Erik Shilts, Jonathan Z. Ben-Meshulam, Richard Tyler Curtis
  • Patent number: 9534604
    Abstract: A manifold trailer and pairing system are disclosed. The pairing system has a non-transitory computer readable medium storing processor executable code. The processor executable code causes a processor to receive identification data indicative of a first low pressure valve and a second low pressure valve connected to a low pressure manifold of a manifold trailer; receive identification data indicative of a first high pressure valve and a second high pressure valve connected to a high pressure manifold of the manifold trailer; and receive identification data indicative of a plurality of pumps. The processor determines a first association indicative of a first fluid connection between the first low pressure valve and a selected pump and a second association indicative of a second fluid connection between the selected pump and a selected high pressure valve. The processor populates the non-transitory computer readable medium with information indicative of the first and second associations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Miguel Lopez, Marcos Suguru Kajita, Christopher Shen, William Troy Huey, Sarmad Adnan
  • Patent number: 9519281
    Abstract: A method for operating a power tool detects human contact with a non-moving implement of the power tool. The method includes sampling an electrical signal that passes through the non-moving implement, identifying in-phase and quadrature phase components for the sample, identifying a first distance between the components of the sample and a centroid of a cluster of samples corresponding to human contact with the non-moving implement, identifying a second distance between the components of the sample and a second centroid identified for another cluster of samples corresponding to no human contact with the non-moving implement, and identifying human contact with the non-moving implement with reference to the first distance being less than the second distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignees: Robert Bosch Tool Corporation, Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Bharadwaja Maharshi Ramaswamy, Niranjan Sathyanarayanarao Krishnarao, Sai Yogesh Kumar Mangapuram, Vishwanatha Manevarthe Srikantiah
  • Patent number: 9507393
    Abstract: A method comprising flowing a liquid through supply pipe couplings to a fin tube assembly of an air-to-liquid heat exchanger and through the fin tube assembly to return pipe couplings, wherein the fin tube assembly forms a central air flow pathway. The method further comprises passing air through components within a rack secured to the rear door heat exchanger and through the fin tube assembly and detecting an operating condition within the rack. The method then automatically moves the fin tube assembly from a retracted position to an extended position in response to the operating condition, wherein the retracted position directs substantially all of the air to exit the rack through the central air flow pathway, and wherein the extended position allows the air to exit through the central air flow pathway and also through first and second side air flow pathways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Lenovo Enterprise Solutions Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Shareef F. Alshinnawi, Gary D. Cudak, Edward S. Suffern, J. Mark Weber
  • Patent number: 9507391
    Abstract: A heat sink comprises a plurality of fins that may be positioned in a plurality of orientations relative to a heat-generating electronic component to which the heat sink is thermally coupled. A controller may be used to detect an elevated processor temperature and to activate a drive member to automatically adjust the orientation of fins on the heat sink. The fins may be moved and aligned with an air flow made over the heat sink. The adjustable-fin heat sink affords added flexibility in arranging a processor or other heat-generating electronic component on a circuit board. The orientation or position of the heat sink fins may also be automatically changed in response to a change in the air flow direction as manifested by a rise in the temperature of the heat sink or the heat-generating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Lenovo Enterprise Solutions (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Diane S. Busch, Michael S. June, Chunjian Ni, Pradeep Ramineni
  • Patent number: 9500361
    Abstract: A method for controlling the temperatures of steam for a steam power plant is provided. A state controller, in order to output a desired steam temperature as a controlled variable, feeds back several steam states in a superheater for superheating steam using a monitor, which calculates the steam states, and the desired steam temperature is forwarded to a further controller for controlling the temperature. In order to achieve a stable and accurate control of the steam temperature, it is proposed that the state controller be a linear quadratic controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Bernhard Meerbeck, Joachim Rupp, Michael Treuer, Tobias Weissbach, Klaus Wendelberger
  • Patent number: 9483043
    Abstract: A method of controlling a machine tool and other controlled devices, as well as a programmable numerical control (PNC) system, are disclosed. In at least one embodiment, the method of controlling includes receiving a first part program at a programmable logic controller (PLC), and storing the first part program in a string array library of a memory portion of the PLC. The method further includes communicating information between the PLC and an operator interface regarding the first part program, and providing a first signal from the PLC to a first port so as to cause the first machine tool to be operated in accordance with the first part program. Also, in at least some embodiments, the PNC system allows for control of multiple machine tools and/or other controlled devices, by way of one or more part programs, and/or for editing of a part program while that program is being executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: John W. Miller
  • Patent number: 9478987
    Abstract: A wind turbine (8) for controlling power oscillations on a grid of a power system (28). The wind turbine (8) comprises rotor blades (12) for turning by the wind, an electric generator (20) rotatably coupled to the rotor blades (12), a power converter (24) responsive to electricity generated by the electric generator (20), the power converter (24) for converting the generated electricity to a frequency and voltage suitable for supply to the power grid (28), and the power converter for regulating voltage on the grid supplemented by modulating real power for damping the power oscillations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Robert J. Nelson
  • Patent number: 9446466
    Abstract: A wire electrical discharge machine is provided with a rotating shaft for rotating a workpiece. In wire electrical discharge machining according to a machining program, a current average rotation radius at a current workpiece machining point is calculated for each predetermined period, based on average rotation radii at respective end points of a block to be executed and a directly preceding block and an amount of movement of the rotating shaft. Based on the calculated current average rotation radius, control is performed such that the speed of movement of the wire electrode relative to the workpiece machining point agrees with a command speed acquired from a machining power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasuo Arakawa
  • Patent number: 9440299
    Abstract: The invention relates to method of manufacturing a multiple of identical gears by means of cutting machining, in particular hob cutting or hob grinding, on a gear-cutting machine, wherein workpieces are machined by means of a rotating tool which is brought into engagement with the workpiece via the control of NC axes of the gear cutting machine. In accordance with the invention, deviations from workpiece to workpiece are compensated by a respective different control of at least one of the NC axes of the gear cutting machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Liebherr-Verzahntechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Oliver Winkel, Erwin Bodenmüller
  • Patent number: 9419430
    Abstract: A system and method for assessing and modeling operation of a transformer includes a controller connected to a power transformer. The controller is configured to calculate theoretical information related to operation of the power transformer, assess information related to actual operation of the power transformer, and manipulate one of more parameters associated with one or more equations used to calculate the theoretical information so that the calculated theoretical information more closely approximates the information associated with the actual operation of the power transformer. In a preferred embodiment, the controller is configured to automatically manipulate the parameters associated the theoretical calculation of operation of the power transformer although the controller may also be configured to request user confirmation of manipulation of one or more of the parameters of the equations associated with the theoretical calculations related of expected actual operation of the power transformer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Dynamic Ratings Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Mark D. Tostrud, Peter G. Stewart, Ryan C. Ziegler
  • Patent number: 9417628
    Abstract: A production failure analysis system including a factory quality control unit configured to transmit a trigger signal when a production failure is detected, and an analytics unit. The analytics unit is configured to determine a root cause of the production failure by at least receiving the trigger signal from a factory quality control unit, extracting production data from a database when the trigger signal is received, wherein the production data includes process input variables, and identifying one or more potential root causes of the production failure based in part on an analysis of the process input variables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kiam Hwee Sim, Nattaphat Kojarunchitt, Apisit Boonseng, Meng Seng Ng
  • Patent number: 9413197
    Abstract: The inductive power supply system comprises an input power module for receiving a stable voltage source, a storage module for storing a predetermined information, a processing module for generating a control signal according to the predetermined information and a feedback signal, a driving module for transforming the stable voltage source into a driving voltage according to the control signal, an inductive coil for electrically transmitting the driving voltage to process an inductive power transmission operation, and a feedback module for generating the feedback signal according to the driving voltage received by the inductive coil, where the predetermined information represents an initial state of the inductive power supply system comprising a sinusoidal amplitude corresponding to the driving voltage, and an intruding metal can affect another sinusoidal amplitude of the feedback signal to make the processing module correspondingly generate the control signal during the inductive power transmission operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Fu Da Tong Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ming-Chiu Tsai, Chi-Che Chan
  • Patent number: 9388635
    Abstract: In an apparatus of the type comprising a first assembly, a second assembly, an orientable rotatable connection between the first assembly and the second assembly, and a control device associated with the orientable rotatable connection, a method for controlling the actuation of the control device. Particular embodiments of the method include comparing an actual orientation of the second assembly with a target orientation, actuating the control device to perform a control device actuation cycle if the actual orientation is not acceptable, determining an updated actual orientation of the second assembly, comparing the updated actual orientation with the target orientation, and repeating the control device actuation cycle if the updated target orientation is not acceptable. A first exemplary embodiment of the method represents a target approach to achieving the target orientation. A second exemplary embodiment of the method represents an incremental approach to achieving the target orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Terence Allan Schroter, Alben D'Silva, Stephen Daniel Lloyd, Tim John Cox, Sheldon Kryger
  • Patent number: 9377776
    Abstract: A numerical control apparatus includes a machining-program reading unit that reads a command issued from a machining program, a command-path storing unit that stores a pre-compression command path in a pre-compression command path buffer, a compression processing unit that creates new one post-compression command path connecting start points and end points of a continuous plurality of pre-compression command paths, a movement-data creating unit that creates tool movement data necessary for correcting the post-compression command path to a tool movement path and interpolating the tool movement path, and an interpolation processing unit that interpolates the tool movement path and calculates a tool position using both the pre-compression command path stored by the command-path creating unit and the tool movement data of the tool movement path after compression created by the movement-data creating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Naoki Nakamura, Tomonori Sato, Shinya Nishino
  • Patent number: 9371607
    Abstract: In a method for setting a spin speed of a drum of a household laundry care appliance, which is installed on a base, a gradient of an actual speed of the drum is detected during a spin operation and a determination is made as to whether the speed gradient is rising or falling. Vibrations caused by the household appliance during a spin operation as a function of the base in respect of frequency and/or amplitude are detected and compared with reference values. The spin speed is then changed as a function of the determined speed gradient if parameter values characterizing the vibrations deviate from the reference values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: BSH HAUSGERÄTE GMBH
    Inventors: Eduardo Compains Pascualena, Rainer Jurmann
  • Patent number: 9358350
    Abstract: Systems and methods for wearable injection guides are described, which include: acquiring one or more digital images of a body region of an individual with at least one image capture device; creating a digitally rendered model of a wearable injection guide from the one or more digital images of the body region of the individual; adding one or more digitally rendered fiducials indicative of at least one treatment parameter to the digitally rendered model of the wearable injection guide; and forming the wearable injection guide from the digitally rendered model of the wearable injection guide, the formed wearable injection guide including one or more fiducials corresponding to the one or more digitally rendered fiducials on the digitally rendered model of the wearable injection guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Mahalaxmi Gita Bangera, Edward S. Boyden, Hon Wah Chin, Gregory J. Della Rocca, Daniel Hawkins, Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Jordin T. Kare, Robert Langer, Eric C. Leuthardt, Stephen L. Malaska, Terence Myckatyn, Parag Jitendra Parikh, Dennis J. Rivet, Joshua S. Shimony, Michael A. Smith, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Clarence T. Tegreene, Sharon L. Wolda, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9349660
    Abstract: A system and method for monitoring a process tool of an integrated circuit manufacturing system are disclosed. An exemplary method includes defining zones of an integrated circuit manufacturing process tool; grouping parameters of the integrated circuit manufacturing process tool based on the defined zones; and evaluating a condition of the integrated circuit manufacturing process tool based on the grouped parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Po-Feng Tsai, Chia-Tong Ho, Sunny Wu, Jo Fei Wang, Jong-I Mou, Chin-Hsiang Lin
  • Patent number: 9310786
    Abstract: A system and method for reducing an electrical load in a facility with a building automation system, includes first receiving information for a demand response event from an automated demand response server at an automated demand response client. After receipt of a new demand response event, the system determines a plurality of devices of the building automation system to be controlled during the demand response event. Next, the system prepares a schedule of control actions for the plurality of devices during the demand response event. The system then sends control messages to the building automation system to execute the control actions for the plurality of devices according to the schedule of control actions for the demand response event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventors: Raphael Imhof, Pornsak Songkakul, Michael J. Marchi, Thomas Rule, Paula Hiller, Florian Ersch