Patents Examined by Lisa M. Caputo
  • Patent number: 12038467
    Abstract: Partial discharge detection techniques are provided. In one aspect, a method of detecting partial discharge in an electrical power system having a power electronics converter is provided. A first current signal is captured in response to a first applied voltage. A second current signal is captured in response to a second applied voltage, the second applied voltage being different than the first applied voltage. The first current signal is set as a reference signal. A difference signal is determined based on the second current signal and the reference signal. A determination is made as to whether partial discharge is present based on the difference signal. The method may iterate, and for each iteration, the reference signal is refreshed on a rolling basis as a previously captured current signal measured in response to a previously applied voltage. The applied voltage is also stepped up or down for each iteration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2024
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Han Xiong, Karim Younsi, Lili Zhang, Weijun Yin
  • Patent number: 12030181
    Abstract: The three-dimensional geometry of an attachment is measured before work is started. A maximum dimension of a take-out head 60 in the X direction, a maximum dimension of the take-out head 60 in the Y direction, and a maximum dimension of the take-out head 60 in the Z direction are measured on the basis of an image of the take-out head 60 captured by at least imaging devices C11 and C12 before the take-out head 60 starts work with the take-out head 60 being mounted to an elevating frame 59B of an apparatus 5 for taking out a molded product, as an orthogonal three-axis robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Inventors: Kazutaka Ando, Fumitake Watanabe
  • Patent number: 12031823
    Abstract: A system and apparatus for identifying a position based on multiple inertial measurement units (IMU). An exemplary embodiment may include multiple IMUs fixed to a support surface which houses a control unit. The IMUs may be arranged in opposing pairs in order to identify and cancel out the bias or error of each individual IMU. The control unit may employ parallel processing and an AI system to calculate an accurate position based on measurement data from the IMUs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Inventor: Franz J. Gayl
  • Patent number: 12031640
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture are disclosed for power selection, including evaluating a first power source to determine if the first power source is available, evaluating a second power source to determine if the second power source is available, upon determining that a power source of the first and second power sources is available, selecting the power source, providing power from the selected power source to a sensor, and performing the diagnostic task based on an input from the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Inventors: Kurtis Jensen, William Sean Raymond, Eric Strong, Gregory W. Jacobs
  • Patent number: 12030538
    Abstract: Methods are provided that may include determining one or more of a vibration characteristic or a fluid characteristic of one or more components of a vehicle and determining one or more expected characteristics for the one or more of the vibration characteristic or the fluid characteristic. The methods may also include determining whether the one or more of the vibration characteristic or the fluid characteristic deviates from the one or more expected respective characteristics, and implementing one or more responsive actions in response to determining that the one or more of the vibration characteristic or the fluid characteristic deviates from the one or more expected characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Assignee: Transportation IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Ajith Kuttannair Kumar, Bret Worden
  • Patent number: 12025094
    Abstract: A device for subjecting a cantilevered wind turbine blade to transverse force during a fatigue test of the wind turbine blade, the device comprising: a pivot arm having a longitudinal pivot arm axis and being pivotally supported in an arm supporting structure for pivoting about an essentially horizontal pivot axis, a mass member being connected to the pivot arm, and a coupling member providing a connection between the pivot arm and a blade fixture configured to be fixedly connected to the blade, the pivot axis, the mass member and the coupling member being mutually spaced along the longitudinal pivot arm axis. The system comprises the device and an exciter configured for cyclically subjecting the cantilevered blade to a transverse reciprocating movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2024
    Assignee: LM WIND POWER A/S
    Inventors: Cornelis Van Beveren, Morten Philipsen
  • Patent number: 12024140
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments relate to a method for calibrating a coordinate system of a multi-axis deceleration sensor in a rail vehicle, including calibrating the vertical axis of the sensor to the vertical axis of the vehicle, measuring the acceleration along the longitudinal and transverse axis of the sensor during a braking process of the rail vehicle at a low speed and at a standstill over a time curve, determining an offset vector at a standstill, the offset vector consisting partly of a component in the longitudinal direction and partly of a component in the transverse direction of the sensor and representing the influence of the gravitational acceleration on the measured acceleration of the rail vehicle, and ascertaining at least one resulting acceleration vector of the coordinate system of the sensor about the vertical axis of the sensor such that the at least one resulting acceleration vector faces the vehicle longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2024
    Inventors: Ulf Friesen, Ralf Furtwängler, Dirk Deeken
  • Patent number: 12019090
    Abstract: A field device for determining a process variable is provided, the field device including: a sensor circuitry configured to sense a measured value of the process variable; a communication circuitry configured to transmit the measured value wirelessly to a receiver; a position determination circuitry configured to determine a geographic position of the field device; and a control circuitry configured to determine, as a function of a current geographical position of the field device, at least one of: (a) a current measurement rate at which the sensor circuitry acquires measured values of the process variable, and (b) a current data transmission rate at which the communication circuitry transmits measured values to the receiver. A method of operating a field device is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2024
    Assignee: VEGA Grieshaber KG
    Inventors: Juan Garcia, Ralf Hoell
  • Patent number: 12013713
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a system implementing a sensor. A sensing system is implemented in a functional circuit block that is coupled to a global supply voltage node. The sensing system includes a power converter circuit configured to generate a regulated voltage level on a local supply node using the voltage present on the global supply voltage node. The system also includes a sensor circuit coupled to receive the regulated voltage node, wherein the sensor is configured to compare corresponding parameters of different ones of a number of subset of device at a plurality of different time points and generate a plurality of comparison results. The comparisons generate an analog signal that is proportional to the operating parameter. An analog-to-digital converter (ADC) is coupled to receive the analog signal and generate a plurality of bits corresponding thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ali Mesgarani, Ke Yun, Seyedeh Sedigheh Hashemi, Jasdeep S. Dhaliwal, Mansour Keramat, Jafar Savoj, Bruno W. Garlepp, Vahid Majidzadeh Bafar, Emerson S. Fang
  • Patent number: 12000796
    Abstract: A system includes: an acoustic exciter, a compliant material applied to the acoustic exciter to configure the acoustic exciter for triggering acoustic excitation of at least part of a substrate; a sensor configured to receive an acoustic response of the acoustic excitation; and circuitry configured to determine at least one characteristic of the substrate using the acoustic response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: Brigham Young University (BYU)
    Inventors: Brian A. Mazzeo, William Spencer Guthrie
  • Patent number: 12000736
    Abstract: A maintenance system for a gate device includes a controller, at least one temperature sensor, and an evaluation unit. The controller has a motor control unit which actuates a drive apparatus for driving a gate member, and a non-volatile memory which stores gate data. The gate data is retrievable from the non-volatile memory. The at least one temperature sensor is arranged in a region of the drive apparatus. The at least one temperature sensor continuously transmits a detected temperature as further gate data to the non-volatile memory of the controller. The evaluation unit creates a temperature curve for each of the at least one temperature sensor over a preset operating cycle. A comparison of more than one temperature curve allows a conclusion to be drawn of a need for maintenance of the gate device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: FRABA B.V.
    Inventors: Christian Leeser, Martin Forthaus, Konrad Machill
  • Patent number: 11994445
    Abstract: A method for determining an operating condition of at least one plain bearing includes measuring, by a sensor, structure-borne noise arising from a toothed engagement of a first gear and a second gear, wherein the first gear is rotatably mounted via the plain bearing and meshes with the second gear. The method further includes assigning, to a signal of the sensor, a variable that correlates with the operating condition of the plain bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Inventors: Andreas Vath, Sebastian Schmidt
  • Patent number: 11994494
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for multi-bounce acoustic signal material detection is provided. The apparatus includes a container containing a quantity of material therein, wherein the quantity of material has at least two segmented layers. First and second acoustic sensors are positioned on a sidewall of the container, wherein the first acoustic sensor is positioned at a different height along the sidewall than the second acoustic sensor. An acoustic signal is transmitted into the sidewall of the container from the first acoustic sensor. The acoustic signal reflects between an interior surface of the sidewall and an exterior surface of the sidewall until it is received at the second acoustic sensor. A border between the at least two segmented layers of the quantity of material is detectable based on the acoustic signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Inventors: Lazar Bivolarsky, Joel D. Burcham, Earl Crochet, James M. Heim, William Coleman
  • Patent number: 11988647
    Abstract: A mixer arrangement for use in a chromatography system includes a first frequency targeting mixer including a first flow channel coupled between an inlet and an outlet and a second flow channel coupled between the inlet and the outlet, the second flow channel including a volume offset region configured to delay fluid propagation through the second flow channel, wherein the volume offset region is configured to reduce or eliminate fluidic compositional oscillations in a compositional solvent stream that depart from a desired composition at a first target frequency, and a residual noise targeting mixer fluidically connected in series to the frequency targeting mixer, the residual noise targeting mixer configured to dampen aperiodic baseline noise in the compositional solvent stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: Waters Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Fabrice Gritti
  • Patent number: 11986269
    Abstract: Among the various aspects of the present disclosure is the provision of systems and methods of imaging using photoacoustic computed tomography.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Lihong Wang, Peng Hu, Lei Li
  • Patent number: 11982987
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to efficiently identify an abnormal device by analyzing and classifying characteristics such as periodicity and continuity of data related to each device. A programmable logic controller collects data held by a device as a collection target out of the plurality of devices in accordance with a predetermined collection setting for each scan cycle of the user program, classifies each of the devices into one of a plurality of types on the basis of a characteristic of the collected time-series data of each of the devices, and determines a detection algorithm used in identification of the device as an abnormal device in accordance with the time-series data of the device collected by the collection section and the type of the device classified by the classification section for each of the devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Inventor: Tetsuya Miyasaka
  • Patent number: 11982648
    Abstract: An environmental condition may be measured with a sensor (10) including a wire (20) having an ultrasonic signal transmission characteristic that varies in response to the environmental condition by sensing ultrasonic energy propagated through the wire using multiple types of propagation, and separating an effect of temperature on the wire from an effect of strain on the wire using the sensed ultrasonic energy propagated through the wire using the multiple types of propagation. A positive feedback loop may be used to excite the wire such that strain in the wire is based upon a sensed resonant frequency, while a square wave with a controlled duty cycle may be used to excite the wire at multiple excitation frequencies. A phase matched cone (200, 210) may be used to couple ultrasonic energy between a waveguide wire (202, 212) and a transducer (204, 214).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: Etegent Technologies, Ltd.
    Inventors: Oleg Lobkis, Richard A. Roth, Christopher G. Larsen, Stuart J. Shelley
  • Patent number: 11977052
    Abstract: Systems and methods for analyzing physical characteristics of a battery include arrangements of two or more transducers coupled to the battery. A control module controls one or more of the two or more transducers to transmit acoustic signals through at least a portion of the battery, and one or more of the two or more transducers to receive response acoustic signals. Distribution of physical properties of the battery is determined based at least on the transmitted acoustic signals and the response acoustic signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: Liminal Insights, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Gaheem Hsieh, Barry James Van Tassell, Daniel Artemis Steingart, Shaurjo Biswas, Robert Charles Mohr
  • Patent number: 11959974
    Abstract: A pressurizing short-circuit inspection apparatus, which includes compression plates arranged with a predetermined separation distance therebetween so that at least one of secondary battery cells is inserted therein, the compression plates being moved in ±X-axis direction to adjust the separation distance; and a pressurizing short-circuit inspection assembly having a cell pressing unit configured to press a predetermined region of a body of the secondary battery cell and a power supply unit provided in contact with an electrode lead of the secondary battery cell to apply a test voltage, the pressurizing short-circuit inspection assembly being respectively mounted to the compression plates to be movable along ±Y-axis direction, is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Inventors: Jin-Gon Kim, Cha-Hun Ku, Su-Taek Jung, Jung-Kwan Pyo
  • Patent number: 11931818
    Abstract: A method for non-destructive testing of a quality of an ultrasonic weld from a welding process includes detecting of a time-dependent measurement value over a period of time, where the measurement value is characteristic of a mechanical or electrical vibration behavior of a welding process to be tested. The method includes evaluating a measurement-value course of the detected time-dependent measurement value by using a Fourier analysis. The method further includes comparing a result of the evaluation to a reference value in order to test the quality of the weld. A measuring device and an ultrasonic welding system are also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Lisa Dräxlmaier GmbH
    Inventors: Felix Klimas, Thomas Herzing, Lutz Lehmann, Daniel Zemann