Patents Examined by M. N. Von Buhr
  • Patent number: 9037284
    Abstract: A cutting machine for cutting metal, comprising: an understructure, rails (8), a driving trolley (2), a driven trolley (3), a cross beam (1), a transverse driving device (4), a hoisting device (6), a tow chain (9), a rail cleaning device (11), a torch support (10) and a software control system. The rails (8) with a circular cross section are parallel mounted on the understructure, and the driving trolley (2) and the driven trolley (3) move synchronously on the rails (8). An automatic longitudinal adjusting device (7) is provided at the driving trolley (2) and at one end of the drawn cross beam (1), and the driven trolley (3) is rigidly connected to the other end of the cross beam (1). Longitudinal driving devices (5) are installed symmetrically at the lower parts of the driving trolley (2) and the driven trolley (3). The longitudinal driving devices (5) comprise rack and pinion and guiding mechanisms for adjusting the distance between the rack and the gear by elastically sliding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Dalian Huarui Heavy Industry Group Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Baolin Sun, Haifeng Ni, Qingzhang Wang
  • Patent number: 9037307
    Abstract: The supply-and-demand control apparatus includes an obtaining unit that obtains power consumption and heat consumption; a forecast processing unit that obtains demand forecast data on each of electric power and an amount of heat using the power consumption and heat consumption, respectively; and a supply-and-demand planning unit that calculates a control parameter for controlling operations of an electricity storage system and a heat pump that supplies heat to a hot water storage tank, by substituting the calculated demand forecast data into a predetermined function. Additionally, a supply-and-demand control unit controls the operations using the control parameter, wherein the supply-and-demand planning unit calculates the control parameter such that electric power generated by a solar power system is distributed to the electricity storage system and the heat pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Mitsuru Kaji
  • Patent number: 9031680
    Abstract: A system and methods for solid freeform fabrication of an object is disclosed. The system comprises a solid freeform fabrication apparatus having a plurality of dispensing heads, a building material supply apparatus configured to supply a plurality of building materials to the fabrication apparatus, and a control unit configured for controlling the fabrication apparatus and the supply apparatus based on an operation mode selected from a plurality of predetermined operation modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Stratasys Ltd.
    Inventor: Eduardo Napadensky
  • Patent number: 9014827
    Abstract: A method for dynamically altering manufacturing routings to add, remove, or skip operations and combinations of operations within a shop floor control system in real-time to respond to current conditions. One aspect of the present invention is a computer-implemented method for dynamically generating a manufacturing production work flow. One embodiment of this method comprises receiving indication that an assembly has completed a manufacturing operation, the assembly having a work flow and a sampling strategy associated therewith; querying a data source for characteristics of a plurality of previously sampled components; querying a manufacturing floor control system for current production status; and dynamically updating the work flow for the assembly based at least in part on the sampling strategy, characteristics of the plurality of previously sampled components, and the current production status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Steven C. Erickson, Ivory W. Knipfer, Jason S. Lee, Antoine G. Sater, Matthew H. Zemke
  • Patent number: 9002529
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method and an apparatus for power control. An apparatus for power control in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention can include: a voltage comparing part configured to compute an error voltage by using a measured voltage measured at the generator and a reference voltage that is designated; a control module configured to compute a first reactive power value for power control of the generator by being inputted with the error voltage; and a driving module configured to compute a reference reactive power value by using the first reactive power value and a second reactive power value computed using an active power value of the power converter and configured to control the power converter in correspondence with the computed reference reactive power value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Heavy Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hee Sang Ko, Jung Hoon Kim, Won Deok Baek, Tai Yeon Cho
  • Patent number: 8996143
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and system comprising: an alignment pin to be positioned adjacent to the boss hole (BH) of an actuator arm (AA); an actuator coupled to the alignment pin to move the alignment pin; an imaging device; and a computing device that performs operations including: commanding the imaging device to produce an image of the position of the alignment pin relative to the BH of the AA; commanding the HGA to be positioned in the AA such that the boss of the HGA is adjacent to the BH of the AA; and, based on the image, commanding the actuator to move the alignment pin such that the alignment pin is concentric relative to the BH and to move the alignment pin through an opening of the boss of the HGA such that the boss of the HGA is concentric and aligned with the BH of the AA.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jambunathan Vangal-Ramamurthy, Omar C. Osorio
  • Patent number: 8989879
    Abstract: A system is disclosed providing visualization of a production control framework. The system includes a database storing production control data associated with one or more entities and a production control system coupled with the database and configured to model a production control framework of the one or more entities. The production control system includes one or more work centers authorizing one or more tasks for one or more parts and one or more manufacturing processes that produce one or more finished parts using the one or more parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: JDA Software Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy R. Hayes, Aamer Rehman
  • Patent number: 8965539
    Abstract: A system and method is disclosed providing visualization of a production control framework. The system includes a storage medium stored therein one or more user interfaces providing a visual representation of one or more graphical elements representing one or more entities, the one or more entities comprising one or more work centers, wherein the one or more work centers each comprise one or more user interfaces. The system further includes a storage medium stored therein a job queue display within the one or more user interfaces and a plurality of tasks for each of a plurality of parts produced by the one or more entities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: JDA Software Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy R. Hayes, Aamer Rehman
  • Patent number: 8924030
    Abstract: An agricultural system which includes at least one agricultural implement with at least one application device for applying crop inputs, where the agricultural implement includes an agricultural harvester and/or an agricultural planter. A databus is connected to the at least one agricultural implement, and at least one input device is connected to the databus. At least one data storage device is connected to the databus, and an application controller is connected to the at least one application device. A processor is connected to the databus and the application controller, where the processor applies inputs to the application controller to adjust and/or optimize in real time a current operation of the application device(s) in order to efficiently and accurately apply the crop inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Keith W. Wendte, Martin Rund
  • Patent number: 8903533
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an improved method for supporting an object made by means of stereo lithography or any other rapid prototype production method. The generation of the support begins by determining the region that requires support in each layer of the object and defines a number of support points in this region. In a next step, a support mesh is generated connected to the object using these support points. The present invention also discloses different techniques that reduce superfluous edges to further optimize the support mesh. Finally, a support is generated from this support mesh. The present invention may facilitate the generation of supports data by employing more automation and less user analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Materialise NV
    Inventors: Gerald Eggers, Kurt Renap
  • Patent number: 8892221
    Abstract: A system for resource usage optimization employs an automatically controlled sensor suite providing data to a computer system for the analysis of spatial relationships of the sensors and resources. A control module incorporates an interactive logic, in an exemplary embodiment of well-stream coupled dynamic or game theory engines, operating in conjunction with the spatial data processing algorithms, GIS in an exemplary embodiment, receives as an input an objective function set for the use of the resource and constraint sets which are then monitored by the sensor suite. Incoming data is compared to the constraint sets and upon impact to any of the elements of the objective function set, creates a report/alarm for action or to trigger a corrective action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Groundswell Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Kram, Hugo Loaiciga
  • Patent number: 8874275
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide methods and apparatus for water conservation with landscape irrigation controllers, plug-in and add-on devices, and centralized systems. In embodiments of the invention, a water budget percentage is determined by comparing current local geo-environmental data with stored local geo-environmental data, and the preliminary irrigation schedule or station run times are automatically modified based upon that water budget percentage. Embodiments of the present invention also provide for automation of mandated landscape watering restrictions alone, or in various combinations with water budgeting methods and apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: George Alexanian
  • Patent number: 8862273
    Abstract: Technologies are generally described for automatically managing noise profile in a predefined area by determining a desired noise profile within the predefined area, monitoring noise levels and/or frequencies within the predefined area, and adjusting operational aspects of one or more noise emitting devices in order to achieve the desired noise profile within the predefined area. A noise management system according to embodiments may be centrally controlled or organized in a distributed manner with control modules on individual noise emitting devices interacting through wired or wireless media. Furthermore, the adjustment of the operations of the noise emitting devices in order to achieve the desired noise profile may be accomplished through computing an acoustic transfer function or measuring actual noise levels/frequencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Empire Technology Development LLC
    Inventor: Lawrence J. Karr
  • Patent number: 8818536
    Abstract: A method for creating an NC program for controlling a test run for determining, optimizing and/or validating processing parameters and/or control parameters of a processing operation on a laser processing machine comprises accessing a base NC program that includes at least one contour variable for the at least one test contour to be produced in the test run and at least one decision function for value assignment of a contour parameter to the contour variable, providing a selection function for selection by an operator of a combination of input values that are characteristic of the processing operation, and creating the NC program from the base NC program by automatic execution of the at least one decision function for assigning a contour parameter to the contour variable, the contour parameter being determined based on the combination of input values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: TRUMPF Maschinen Gruesch AG
    Inventors: Uwe Mienhardt, David Lehmann
  • Patent number: 8788107
    Abstract: Damage is prevented on electric devices in a case where a generator is installed in a cold weather. A wind turbine generator includes a power supply unit connected to a utility grid via a switch gear; a utility grid voltage measuring unit provided between the power supply unit and the utility grid, for measuring a voltage of the utility grid; and a temperature measuring unit for obtaining an ambient temperature of the power supply unit. In a case where a measurement value of the temperature measuring unit or an ambient temperature of the power supply unit estimated based on the measurement value is smaller than a first temperature threshold determined based on a function guarantee temperature of the power supply unit and the voltage measured by the utility grid voltage measuring unit is smaller than a preset voltage threshold, the switch gear operates to interrupt the connection between the power supply unit and the utility grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Akira Yasugi
  • Patent number: 8788071
    Abstract: A configuration system uses process plant items that may represent, or be capable of representing, entities in a process plant to assist in configuring, organizing, and changing the control and display activities within the process plant. Access to the items may be controlled by associating access control data with the items. The configuration system may also use objects that represent, or may be capable of representing, one or more steps to be performed by entities in the process plant. Access to these objects may be controlled by associating access control data with the objects. The access control data may indicate whether users or certain users may be able to, for example, view or modify all or some data associated with the process plant items or the objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Fisher-Rosemount Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: John Michael Lucas, Arthur Webb, Mark J. Nixon, Larry Oscar Jundt, Jian Li, Dennis L. Stevenson, Michael George Ott, Herschel O. Koska, Robert Burke Havekost
  • Patent number: 8768527
    Abstract: A power demand/supply management server (10) obtains information defining restraint contents to a comfort and an electricity bill from a consumer power operating device (2). An individual-consumer control optimizing unit of the power demand/supply management server (10) calculates control contents to an electrical equipment having a minimum cost evaluation value based on a simulation result of cost evaluation values which are barometers for evaluating a comfort and an electricity bill excessiveness, and transmits the calculated control contents to the consumer power operating device (2). Also, a whole-consumer optimizing unit of the power demand/supply management server (10) calculates the most appropriate electricity unit meter-charge that ensures a necessary demand suppression plan level throughout the whole power system based on an electricity daily load curve for each consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasushi Tomita, Yasuo Sato, Masahiro Watanabe, Rena Tachihara, Yuichi Otake, Tatsuya Yamada
  • Patent number: 8761945
    Abstract: An HVAC system includes first and second devices coupled via a subnet. A feature manifest stored by the second device is readable by the first device after the first device enters a commissioning process. The first device is configured to determine a value of an internal parameter based on the feature manifest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Lennox Industries Inc.
    Inventor: Darko Hadzidedic
  • Patent number: 8744612
    Abstract: A numerical controller for machine tools that has function of controlling the speed of arc operation calculates a first operable feedrate based on the arc radius of a machining path and the allowable frequency (or allowable angular speed) to which servo position control is capable of responding. The numerical controller also calculates a second operable feedrate based on the arc radius of the machining path and the allowable acceleration to which servo position control can respond, and selects the minimum feedrate from the commanded feedrate and the calculated first and second feedrate to perform speed control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: FANUC Corporation
    Inventors: Soichiro Ide, Michiharu Kawahara, Takenori Ono
  • Patent number: 8738189
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods for water conservation with irrigation controllers based upon the ambient temperature and extraterrestrial radiation of a particular geographical area. It receives a preliminary irrigation schedule from the operator and computes a water budget ratio by comparing current local geo-environmental data with stored local geo-environmental data, then modifying the preliminary irrigation schedule based upon that ratio. The present invention utilizes fewer variables, is less complex, and is much easier to install and maintain than the current evapotranspiration-based controllers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: George Alexanian