Patents Examined by Manuel L. Barbee
  • Patent number: 11599102
    Abstract: An electronic device and a method are disclosed. The electronic device includes a sensor, a memory, a processor, and a communication interface. The sensor is configured to detected vibrations of a burner system including any component of a burner system. The memory is configured to store the detected vibrations. The processor is configured to record the detected vibrations caused by the burner system at a predetermined time interval. The processor is also configured to generate a report of the recorded vibrations caused by a burner component to indicate the operational status of the burner, wherein the generated report includes at least two recorded vibrations. The communication interface configured to transmit the generated report.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Wyatt Culler, David Kucera, Martin Bragg
  • Patent number: 11586195
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide a system that estimates a remaining useful life (RUL) for a fan. During operation, the system receives telemetry data associated with the fan during operation of the critical asset, wherein the telemetry data includes a fan-speed signal. Next, the system uses the telemetry data to construct a historical fan-speed profile, which indicates a cumulative time that the fan has operated in specific ranges of fan speeds. The system then computes an RUL for the fan based on the historical fan-speed profile and empirical time-to-failure (TTF) data, which indicates a TTF for the same type of fan as a function of fan speed. Finally, when the RUL falls below a threshold, the system generates a notification indicating that the fan needs to be replaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Kenny C. Gross, Anton A. Bougaev, Aleksey M. Urmanov, David K. McElfresh
  • Patent number: 11586181
    Abstract: Systems and methods for process monitoring through data collection in a production environment can include a data collector communicatively coupled to a plurality of input channels, each input channel connected to a monitoring point from which data is collected, the collected data providing a plurality of process parameter values for the production environment; a data storage structured to store collected data from the plurality of input channels; a data acquisition circuit structured to interpret the plurality of process parameter values from the collected data; a data analysis circuit structured to analyze the plurality of process parameter values to detect a process condition associated with the production environment; and a response circuit structured to adjust an operational process for the production environment in response to the detected process condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: Strong Force IoT Portfolio 2016, LLC
    Inventors: Charles Howard Cella, Gerald William Duffy, Jr., Jeffrey P. McGuckin, Mehul Desai
  • Patent number: 11578834
    Abstract: Provided is a life evaluating device that evaluates the life of a lubricant in a machine including a motor and a transmission mechanism that is lubricated by the lubricant and transmits power of the motor to a movable unit. The life evaluating device includes a motor-heat-value calculating unit that calculates a motor heat value on the basis of a current value of the motor, a frictional-heat-value calculating unit that calculates a frictional heat value in the transmission mechanism on the basis of rotating speed of the motor and a coefficient of friction of the transmission mechanism, a lubricant-temperature estimating unit that estimates temperature of the lubricant on the basis of the calculated frictional heat value and the calculated motor heat value, and a life estimating unit that estimates the life of the lubricant on the basis of the estimated temperature of the lubricant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Inventors: Wei Guo, Hiroshi Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 11560165
    Abstract: A system and method for inspecting a railway track using sensors oriented at an oblique angle relative to a rail vehicle on which the system is traveling. The orientation of the sensors allows for different data to be gathered regarding a particular rail including rail design specifications (gathered based on manufacturer markings detected and analyzed by the system), rail seat abrasion values based on direct measurement of rails from the oblique angle, and other analysis of rail features including joint bars, rail welds, bond wires, rail holes, and broken rails. The use of an air blower, ducts, and one or more air distribution lids over the sensors helps remove debris from blocking the sensors and structured light generators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: Tetra Tech, Inc.
    Inventor: Darel Mesher
  • Patent number: 11559620
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for determining status of a canister of a topical negative pressure (TNP) system. The method includes the steps of monitoring pressure provided by a pump element of the TNP system, determining at least one characteristic associated with the monitored pressure and determining status of at least one parameter associated with a canister of the TNP system responsive to the determined characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew PLC
    Inventors: Edward Vernon-Harcourt, Jake Turner, Benjamin Gordon
  • Patent number: 11560782
    Abstract: A system for monitoring conditions in a wellbore includes a sensor assembly and a controller assembly. The sensor assembly attaches to a portion of a casing disposed in the wellbore and includes a sensor module and an inductive module. The sensor module measures conditions in the wellbore and the inductive module forms a wireless communication channel. The inductive module includes a first set of inductive coils and a second set of inductive coils that substantially surround the first set of inductive coils. The controller assembly attaches to a portion of a production tube housed within the casing and includes at least one coil inductively coupled to the inductive module, and communicates signals over the wireless communication channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Inventor: Joachim Alexander Pihl
  • Patent number: 11562182
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method and system for detecting a detection device located at an energy metering point of natural gas, comprising: obtaining a first detection data set collected by the detection device located at the energy metering point of the natural gas and determining whether the detection device is abnormal based on the first detection data set and a first historical detection data set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Inventors: Zehua Shao, Haitang Xiang, Yaqiang Quan, Bin Liu
  • Patent number: 11551743
    Abstract: A method of operation in a memory controller is disclosed. The method includes receiving a strobe signal having a first phase relationship with respect to first data propagating on a first data line, and a second phase relationship with respect to second data propagating on a second data line. A first sample signal is generated based on the first phase relationship and a second sample signal is generated based on the second phase relationship. The first data signal is received using a first receiver clocked by the first sample signal. The second data signal is received using a second receiver clocked by the second sample signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Rambus, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott C. Best
  • Patent number: 11552436
    Abstract: A power control device is contained within a housing and has an electric current sensor configured to measure current passing through an electric outlet during a time period, a proximity sensor configured to detect a distance of an object relative to the electric outlet during the time period, a relay switch that can open or close to stop or conduct current through a circuit in the electric outlet in response to a command, and a wireless network interface in communication with the electric current sensor and the proximity sensor, the wireless network interface configured to transmit and receive data from the current sensor and the proximity sensor, to transmit commands to the relay switch, transmit the data to a computing device, and receive commands from the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Sapient Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Samuel M. Parks
  • Patent number: 11544169
    Abstract: Apparatuses, methods, and program products are disclosed for determining usage of an information handling device. One apparatus includes at least one processor and a memory that stores code executable by the at least one processor. The code is executable by the processor to monitor, by use of the at least one processor, a plurality of parameters indicative of a usage of an information handling device. The plurality of parameters is for a plurality of components of the information handling device. The code is executable by the processor to store data corresponding to the plurality of parameters. The code is executable by the processor to compute the usage of the information handling device based on the stored data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Philip Jakes, Jeremy R. Carlson, Daryl C. Cromer, Howard Locker, John Weldon Nicholson, Joseph David Plunkett, Kenneth Seethaler
  • Patent number: 11526416
    Abstract: To provide a performance impact evaluation apparatus and a performance impact evaluation method in which it is possible to more accurately evaluate a performance impact caused by software data/process separation. A performance impact evaluation apparatus 1 evaluates a performance impact caused by separating data 2 used in software into an external DB 4. The performance impact evaluation apparatus 1 includes a log acquisition unit 21 configured to acquire a log for recording an access to the external DB 4 and an evaluation unit 22 configured to evaluate the performance impact by using an evaluation expression considering a software structure in addition to characteristics of the data 2, based on the log acquired by the log acquisition unit 21.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation
    Inventor: Takeshi Yamada
  • Patent number: 11520649
    Abstract: A processor may provide a machine learning model. The machine learning model may have an input and an output. The processor may receive input data. The input data may include log data of a queried storage medium and a queried media drive. The processor may provide the input data to the input of the machine learning model. The processor may determine, from the output of the machine learning model, a predicted failure cause category and a predicted failure probability assigned to the predicted failure cause category. The processor may provide a first prediction to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ole Asmussen, Robert Beiderbeck, Ying Li, Erik Rueger, Markus Schäfer
  • Patent number: 11509136
    Abstract: An example method comprises receiving historical wind turbine failure data and asset data from SCADA systems, receiving first historical sensor data, determining healthy assets of the renewable energy assets by comparing signals to known healthy operating signals, training at least one machine learning model to indicate assets that may potentially fail and to a second set of assets that are operating within a healthy threshold, receiving first current sensor data of a second time period, applying a machine learning model to the current sensor data to generate a first failure prediction a failure and generate a list of assets that are operating within a healthy threshold, comparing the first failure prediction to a trigger criteria, generating and transmitting a first alert if comparing the first failure prediction to the trigger criteria indicates a failure prediction, and updating a list of assets to perform surveillance if within a healthy threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Utopus Insights, Inc.
    Inventors: Chandramouli Visweswariah, Lars Toghill, Joel Igba, Neil Desai, Younghun Kim, Yajuan Wang
  • Patent number: 11500122
    Abstract: A system can calculate estimated strain data for a fracture in a geological formation at each of a plurality of selected locations detectable by a strain measurement device. The system can receive real strain data from the strain measurement device for the geological formation. The system can perform a linear inversion to determine a probable distribution of fluid volume and hydraulic fracture orientation in the geological formation based on the estimated strain data and real strain data. The system can determine adjustments for a fracturing operation based on the linear inversion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Mikko Jaaskelainen, Eric James Davis, Michel Joseph LeBlanc, John Laureto Maida, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11494370
    Abstract: Latency of in-system test (IST) execution for a hardware component of an in-field (deployed) computing platform may be reduced when a value of a physical operating parameter can be changed without rebooting the computing platform. A test (e.g., patterns or vectors) is executed for varying values of the physical operating parameter (e.g., supply voltage, clock speed, temperature, noise magnitude/duration, operating current, and the like), providing the ability to detect faults in the hardware components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: NVIDIA Corporation
    Inventors: Sreedhar Narayanaswamy, Shantanu K. Sarangi, Hemalkumar Chandrakant Doshi, Hari Unni Krishnan, Gunaseelan Ponnuvel, Brian Lawrence Smith
  • Patent number: 11491892
    Abstract: A selection apparatus includes an acquirer configured to acquire information of a usage state of at least one reuse component before being reused and a purpose of use of the at least one reused component; and a selector configured to select a reused component suitable for the purpose of use based on the usage state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Koji Nakanishi
  • Patent number: 11487275
    Abstract: An analyzer includes a preliminary analysis unit that extracts interval data obtained by cutting out time-series data with a predetermined sliding window width, and analyzes simplicity of a change trend of the extracted interval, a data division unit that divides the data into pieces of division data with a sliding window width set based on an analysis result performed by the preliminary analysis unit, a data generation unit that generates combination data which is a text indicating a change trend in the division data based on the division data, and a data analysis unit that analyzes the combination data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Fanuc Corporation
    Inventor: Tomofumi Uwano
  • Patent number: 11478200
    Abstract: In some examples, a method includes receiving a signal indicative of a blood pressure of a patient and identifying at least one first portion of the signal comprising a first characteristic of the signal exceeding a first threshold. The method also includes identifying at least one first portion of the signal comprising a second characteristic of the signal exceeding a second threshold, the first characteristic being different than the second characteristic. The method further includes determining a filtered signal indicative of the blood pressure of the patient by excluding the at least one first portion and the at least one second portion from the signal. The method includes determining a set of mean arterial pressure values based on the filtered signal and determining an autoregulation status of the patient based on the set of mean arterial pressure values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Andre Antunes, Paul S. Addison, Dean Montgomery
  • Patent number: 11480703
    Abstract: Systems and methods are discussed to image lithological data within the strata beneath the earth surface, including a subterranean object detection system. The system may further comprise a pipeline operable to conduct a working fluid and an instrumented pig operable to travel within the pipeline and operable to image lithological strata and voids within the strata beneath and around the pipeline. The instrumented pig may comprise an outer case, a battery coupled to the outer case, a ground imaging unit operable to send a signal to image the lithological strata and voids within the strata beneath and around the pipeline and may be operable to receive a reflected signal indicating lithology data, wherein the ground imaging unit may be operably coupled to the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Inventor: Frederick Lee Newton