Patents Examined by Kidest Bahta
  • Patent number: 11068001
    Abstract: A system for detecting and indicating variations in volume of chemicals in a container is provided. The system includes a retention basin configured to retain the container. The retention basin includes a pressure cell, a basin input interfaces, and a basin controller. The pressure cell is configured to measure a weight of the container. The container is placed on the pressure cell. The basin input interface is configured to allow specification of properties of the chemicals in the container. The basin controller is configured to calculate the volume of the chemicals in the container based on the measured weight of the container and the specified properties of the chemicals in the container. The basin controller includes a basin display configured to display the calculated volume of the chemicals in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: STERIS Inc.
    Inventors: Xavier Elie-Dit-Cosaque, Hugo St-Jean, Louis-Philippe Gaudreau, Daniel Rochette, Luc Tremblay, Jaime Estevez
  • Patent number: 11070391
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for configuring a management unit connected to at least one home automation equipment (17) comprising at least one home automation device (D) and at least one central control unit (U), the method being implemented by a management unit (Sv) and comprising the following steps: configuring (EcfSv2) an alert (AI) corresponding to the triggering of a notification (N) and/or an action (Ac) when a triggering condition (Cnd, Cndp) is produced relating to at least one state variable (S) for a home automation device (D), a group of home automation devices (D), a type of home automation device (DT) or a group of types of home automation devices (DT); the step of configuring an alert (AI) being carried out on the basis of instructions of a first user (Usr1) having a first user profile type (UsrT1); declaring (ECfUsr25) the monitoring of an assembly (SDS) of home automation devices (D) comprising at least one home automation device (D) for which at least one alert (AI) has been de
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: OVERKIZ
    Inventor: Sylvain Pognant
  • Patent number: 11060749
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an air conditioner, an air conditioner controlling system, and an air conditioner controlling method. The air conditioner controlling system includes one or more controlled air conditioners, a main controlling air conditioner having control authority over, from among the one or more controlled air conditioners, one or more controlled air conditioners that belong to an upper rank group corresponding to the main controlling air conditioner, and a sub-controlling air conditioner having control authority over, from among the one or more controlled air conditioners, one or more controlled air conditioners that belong to a first lower rank group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae Hun Hur, Min Gyu Kim, Chang-Yong Lee
  • Patent number: 11052610
    Abstract: A powder delivery device for providing raw material powder to a powder application device of a powder bed fusion apparatus is provided. The powder delivery device comprises a powder supply section configured to receive raw material powder, the powder supply section comprising an outlet for providing the raw material powder to the powder application device. The powder delivery device further comprises a first physical parameter determining unit arranged at a first location of the powder supply section and configured to determine a first physical parameter in the powder supply section, and a controller configured to determine whether the first physical parameter meets a first tolerance criterion, and a powder treatment unit. The controller is configured to instruct the powder treatment unit to perform a powder treatment in case it determines that the first physical parameter does not meet the first tolerance criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: SLM Solutions Group AG
    Inventors: Henner Schoeneborn, Lukas Roesgen
  • Patent number: 11042178
    Abstract: Devices, methods, and systems for providing demand response are described herein. One device includes instructions executable to receive an indication of a demand response event, determine, based on a configuration made using a user interface, an action to be taken by a load of a facility in response to the demand response event, communicate the determined action to a controller associated with the load, and monitor a status of the action as the action is taken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Inventors: Victor Lavrisiuk, Michael Haling, Debra Lynn Pugel, Rob Warner
  • Patent number: 11031787
    Abstract: Systems include one or more critical datacenter connected to behind-the-meter flexible datacenters. The critical datacenter is powered by grid power and not necessarily collocated with the flexboxes, which are powered “behind the meter.” When a computational operation to be performed at the critical datacenter is identified and determined that it can be performed art a lower cost at a flexible datacenter, the computational operation is instead routed to the flexible datacenters for performance. The critical datacenter and flexible datacenters preferably shared a dedicated communication pathway to enable high-bandwidth, low-latency, secure data transmissions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: LANCIUM LLC
    Inventors: Michael T. McNamara, David J. Henson, Raymond E. Cline, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11026433
    Abstract: A three-dimensional (3D) printer system is disclosed. The 3D-printer system comprises an extruder, a housing configured to house the extruder, a 3D-printer base including a print bed, the print bed configured to receive material extruded from the extruder, and a first sensor configured to detect a location of an object on the print bed. In some embodiments, the 3D-printer system further comprises a plurality of sensors coupled to the housing or to the extruder, the plurality of sensors including the first sensor, wherein the plurality of sensors are configured to obtain data for detection of the location of the object. In yet some embodiments, the 3D-printer system of claim further comprises a processor and a non-transitory, computer-readable medium having stored thereon logic, the logic when executed performs operations including receiving data from the first sensor and detecting the location of the object on the print bed based on the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: BeeHex, LLC
    Inventors: Anjan Contractor, Benjamin Feltner
  • Patent number: 11017338
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to systems and methods for economically optimal control of an electrical system. Some embodiments employ generalized multivariable constrained continuous optimization techniques to determine an optimal control sequence over a future time domain in the presence of any number of costs, savings opportunities (value streams), and constraints. Some embodiments also include control methods that enable infrequent recalculation of the optimal setpoints. Some embodiments may include a battery degradation model that, working in conjunction with the economic optimizer, enables the most economical use of any type of battery. Some embodiments include techniques for load and generation learning and prediction. Some embodiments include consideration of external data, such as weather.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Enel X North America, Inc.
    Inventor: John Michael Fife
  • Patent number: 11018720
    Abstract: A sensor in a building HVAC system includes a transducer configured to measure a variable in the building HVAC system and to generate a sensor reading indicating a value of the measured variable. The sensor includes a communications interface configured to provide the sensor reading to a control device in the building HVAC system and a near field communication (NFC) circuit separate from the communications interface. The NFC circuit is configured to facilitate bidirectional NFC data communications between the sensor and a mobile device. The sensor includes a processing circuit having a processor and memory. The processing circuit is configured to wirelessly transmit data stored in the memory of the sensor to the mobile device via the NFC circuit, wirelessly receive data from the mobile device via the NFC circuit, and store the data received from the mobile device in the memory of the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Daniel R. Rumler, Steven L. Whitsitt, Robert K. Alexander, Christopher Merkl, Gary A. Romanowich, Bernard Clement, Kevin A. Weiss
  • Patent number: 11019754
    Abstract: A data storage system can be vigilant of the acoustic impedance between cooling features and a data storage device to prevent operational degradation in the data storage device as a result of cooling operations from the cooling features. One or more cooling feature may each be positioned on an opposite sides of an air plenum from a data storage device with each cooling feature connected to a cooling module configured to adjust a speed of the first cooling feature in response to a detected operational condition in the data storage device. The cooling features speed adjustment is executed independently to correct an acoustic and vibration disturbance interference in the data storage system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventor: Evgeny R. Kharisov
  • Patent number: 11009848
    Abstract: Techniques to facilitate device identification in a human machine interface (HMI) associated with an industrial automation environment are disclosed herein. In at least one implementation, the HMI is configured to display a plurality of graphical elements that represent one or more industrial devices. A user query selection of at least one query-building element is received. One or more of the graphical elements in the HMI that represent the one or more industrial devices that correlate to the at least one query-building element is identified. The one or more of the graphical elements that correlate to the at least one query-building element is visually distinguished distinctly from a remainder of the graphical elements that do not correlate to the at least one query-building element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ashish Anand, Sharon Billi-Duran
  • Patent number: 11009928
    Abstract: Techniques for optimizing airflow in a network device are provided. In one set of embodiments, a network device can identify one or more device components whose temperature thresholds may be adjusted to be higher (or in other words, more aggressive) than their normal values. The network device can then increase the temperature thresholds for those identified components and use the increased thresholds as static inputs to a fan control algorithm of the device. In another set of embodiments, the network device can check the current airflow within the device on a periodic basis. If the current airflow does not meet an airflow requirement, the network device can incrementally increase the temperature thresholds of the identified components, provide the increased thresholds to its fan control algorithm, and subsequently re-check the current airflow. These steps can repeat until the current airflow meets the airflow requirement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Arista Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Geoffrey Hanson, Vincent Cridlig, Edward Chien
  • Patent number: 11009838
    Abstract: A method and system for co-ordinating control of a plurality of sensorless devices. Each device includes a communication subsystem and configured to self-detect one or more device properties, the device properties resulting in output having one or more output properties. The method includes: detecting inputs including the one or more device properties of each device, correlating, for each device, the detected one or more device properties to the one or more output properties, and co-ordinating control of each of the devices to operate at least one of their respective device properties to co-ordinate one or more output properties for the combined output to achieve a setpoint. In some example embodiments, the setpoint can be fixed, calculated or externally determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: S.A. Armstrong Limited
    Inventor: Marcelo Javier Acosta Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 11003156
    Abstract: A hand-held through-skin (HHTS) sensor for determining the location of an underlying aperture in a support structure suited to mount a skin or surface. In an embodiment, the HHTS sensor includes a sensor disposed in a housing and configured to determine a location of an aperture disposed in an adjacent surface through electromagnetic, x-ray, ultrasonic or other means. The HHTS sensor further includes an alignment assembly having an alignment orifice disposed in the housing and configured to be maneuvered in an x-y plane within the housing. The HHTS sensor also includes a processor coupled to the sensor and configured to receive a signal from the sensor indicating the location of the aperture and configured to control first and second actuators to maneuver the alignment orifice within the x-y plane to be co-axially located with the aperture in response to the sensor signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: MTM Robotics, LLC
    Inventors: Eric Pospisil, Manny Leyden, Michael Gary Woogerd, Chace Howard Fadlovich
  • Patent number: 11000840
    Abstract: An article of manufacture includes a three-dimensional (3D) printed object for chemical reaction control. The 3D printed object includes a chemical reactant to be released to control a chemical reaction according to a chemical reactant release profile. The chemical reactant release profile is determined based on a shape of the 3D printed object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Scott B. King, Brandon M. Kobilka, Joseph Kuczynski, Jason T. Wertz
  • Patent number: 11002459
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method and a control device (100) for operating an air treatment apparatus (10), the control device (100) comprising an input (102) arranged to receive measured data that is indicative of particle concentration from a sensing unit (130), a baseline processing module (104) arranged to derive particle concentration indicative information from the received measured data, an obtaining module (106) arranged to obtain augmenting information that is indicative of air quality, an air quality index augmenting module (108) arranged to determine an augmented air quality index based on the particle concentration indicative information and the augmenting information, and an operation control module (110) arranged to operate the air treatment apparatus (10) based on the augmented air quality index. The disclosure further relates to a corresponding computer program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Inventors: Declan Patrick Kelly, John Robert McGarva, Xiao-Ming Zhou, Hongyi Zheng
  • Patent number: 10997308
    Abstract: A human machine interface (HMI) configured to provide visualizations of one or more device elements that correspond to one or more components in an industrial automation system on an HMI screen. The HMI includes computer-executable instructions stored on a tangible machine-readable medium configured to determine whether at least one of the device elements is associated with an error and modify at least one graphic that corresponds to the at least one of the device elements when the one of the device elements is associated with the error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew R. Ericsson, Gordon Daily, Kevin Carl Smith
  • Patent number: 10983484
    Abstract: A system or a method to at least partially steer systems, e.g. heating and/or cooling and clusters of systems, when the controller of the system is unknown or when the transfer function of the system is unknown. The steering of the energy flow, e.g. heating/cooling/electrical energy, includes providing energy to the system or the cluster of systems and preferably to manage common constraints, like capacity problems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventors: Dirk Vanhoudt, Gowri Suryanarayana, Fjo De Ridder, Johan Christian Johansson
  • Patent number: 10983508
    Abstract: A method and system for motion control of movers in an independent cart system is disclosed. In one implementation, the independent cart system includes a plurality of movers, a track including a path, and a controller coupled to the track. Each of the plurality of movers includes at least one drive magnet, and each track segment includes a plurality of drive coils and a drive coupled to the plurality of drive coils. The controller defines a queue zone for the path, the queue zone having one or more target positions; defines a circular pointer queue for the queue zone; associating the circular pointer queue with the one or more target positions of the queue zone; circulating the circular pointer queue when a lead mover leaves the queue zone; and moves the movers through the queue zone based on the circular pointer queue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: R. W. Klein, II
  • Patent number: 10985558
    Abstract: The wide application of power electronic components in power systems with renewable energy sources has changed the fault characteristics of conventional power systems, resulting in the performance degradation of conventional protections. To solve these problems, a novel principle of pilot protection based on structural similarity and square error criteria is provided. The structural similarity criterion utilizes the difference of fault characteristics between renewable sources and synchronous generators to identify internal faults, and the square error criterion is used to solve abnormal calculation of the conventional similarity based protection. Compared with conventional differential protections, the disclosed protection shows excellent performance in speed and reliability during various faults.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: North China Electric Power University
    Inventors: Ke Jia, Tianshu Bi, Liming Zheng