Patents Examined by Maria N. Von Buhr
  • Patent number: 7689308
    Abstract: The invention relates to the examination of a dental prosthesis, wherein the dental prosthesis is examined with finite element methods. Furthermore, the invention relates to the automated manufacture of a dental prosthesis, wherein the shape of a remaining tooth area is directly determined on the basis of the remaining tooth area itself. Furthermore, the invention relates to a method, wherein manufacturing data (milling data) which have been created with a system for calculating manufacturing data (system for calculating milling data) are optionally forwarded to one or another manufacturing machine (milling machine) at different locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Institut Straumann AG
    Inventors: Stephan Holzner, Gerhard Weber
  • Patent number: 7640078
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling a flow of a fluid using a multi-mode control algorithm is described. One embodiment includes a method for changing the multi-mode control algorithm from a closed-loop mode to an open-loop mode. The method includes receiving at least one sensor indicator generated by a sensor. The multi-mode control algorithm is modified from the closed-loop mode to the open-loop mode when, based on the at least one sensor indicator, the threshold condition is satisfied. The multi-mode control algorithm is used by a flow controller to control a flow of a fluid according to a set point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Advanced Energy Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Alexei V. Smirnov
  • Patent number: 7580768
    Abstract: A method of adjusting process variables in a processing flow is disclosed. Processed samples are tested to determine sample parameters of the tested samples. The sample parameters are analyzed analyzing in relation to the process variables applied in the processing steps to determine the impact of the process variables on the sample parameters The process variables are modified in an attempt to change the sample parameters towards predetermined target values. And, the sequence of processing steps is repeated with the modified process variables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Deutschland GmbH
    Inventor: Josef Muenz
  • Patent number: 7558642
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and product are disclosed for optimizing manufacturing testing of a customized configuration of a product. A plurality of part objects are defined within an order configuration application. Each one of the part objects is associated with one of a plurality of parts. A plurality of test objects is defined within the order configuration application. Each one of the test objects is associated with one of a plurality of tests. The order configuration application is used to generate order information using the part objects that are associated with parts that are selected to be included in a customized product. The order configuration application is also used to generate test cases using the test objects that are associated with the part objects that are associated with parts that are selected to be included in a customized product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Derek P. Bagwell, Gary V. Tollers, Cheranellore Vasudevan
  • Patent number: 7337037
    Abstract: A control wall saw includes a guide rail (2) securable on a to-be-cut wall (7), a saw head (3) displaceable along the guide rail (2), a rotary drive, a pivotally adjustable saw arm (4) on a radially end of which a rotatably driven, disc-shaped saw blade (5) is releasably mountable, a programmable control element (13) for controlling at least the saw head (3) and the saw arm (4) and having an input (14) and an output (15), a displacement sensor (16) for determining a position of the saw head (3) along the guide rail (2) and connected with the programmable control element (13), and a pivot angle sensor (17) for determining a pivot angle (?) of the saw arm (4) relative to a longitudinal direction of the guide rail (2) and connected with the programmable control element (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Roland Schaer, Christoph Würsch, Peter Hricko
  • Patent number: 7260447
    Abstract: An integrated, automated system concerning pharmaceutical products is provided. The system comprises an input queue, a dispensing apparatus comprising a robot device and a number of stations from which the robot device works, and an inspection station. A computer interface provides bi-directional communication between the analytical instruments, robots and peripheral devices and a computer. The robot employed by the system is responsive to computer commands and capable of performing mechanical functions including selection and retrieval of a necessary item and manipulation of retrieved items such that the desired product is produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignee: Forhealth Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Joel A. Osborne
  • Patent number: 7239941
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for programming a pump used to inject medicaments. Said pump comprises two connectable units, namely: (i) a cartridge unit (12) which contains the liquid to be injected and which comprises an electronic memory unit (36) that is intended to contain data relating to the treatment that the patient is to receive and (ii) a pump unit (10) comprising actuation means (18) which act on the aforementioned cartridge unit (12) in order to convey the liquid outwards and a microprocessor which is used to control said actuation means using the data contained in the memory unit (36). The inventive device comprises (a) a computer (46) which is used to produce the above-mentioned data and (b) a first interface (50) which can be connected to the computer in order to receive said data and designed to be connected to the cartridge unit (12) in place of the pump unit (10) in order to introduce the data into the memory unit (36).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2007
    Assignee: Precimedix SA
    Inventors: Peter Möri, Heinz Wüthrich, Beat Stulz, Claude Clement
  • Patent number: 7236855
    Abstract: In a method for compensation of an out-of-balance condition of an imaging data acquisition device, rotatable around a patient opening of a stationary unit of a tomography apparatus, such as an x-ray computed tomography apparatus or an ultrasound tomography apparatus, the data acquisition device being rotatably mounted such that it can rotate around an axis in a bearing of the stationary unit, vibrations transferred to the stationary unit by the out-of-balance condition of the data acquisition device, at least one of the out-of-balance vectors causing the out-of-balance condition is determined from the vibration measurement, and the axis of the data acquisition device is adjusted with regard to an axis of the bearing to compensate the out-of-balance condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Günter Danz, Hans-Jürgen Müller
  • Patent number: 7216213
    Abstract: A processor having a limited amount of local memory for storing code and/or data utilizes a program stored in external memory. The program stored in external memory is configured into blocks which can be loaded individually into the local memory for execution. Queuing the individual blocks of code allows the program to be executed by the processor and also facilitates loading of the subsequent code to be executed. A semaphore system can be utilized to indicate which blocks of local memory are available/unavailable. A group of transfer parameters as queue entries allow code and data for an algorithm to be transferred between both local and external memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Assignee: Genesis Microchip Inc.
    Inventor: Richard K. Greicar
  • Patent number: 7203563
    Abstract: A system for manufacturing semiconductor integrated circuit (IC) devices, including an operating control system, a process intermediate station in communication with the operating control system, and a gas purge device, wherein the gas purge device is included in the process intermediate station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ko-Pin Chang, Jui-An Shih, Hui-Tang Liu, Simon Chang, Nain-Sung Lee, Yung-Chang Peng
  • Patent number: 7200457
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a component and material traceability control apparatus for controlling manufacturing lot identification information of any of a component and material constituting a product manufactured according to a process where a manufacturing apparatus with not less than one component and material reserve unit picks up a needed amount out of the component and material reserved in the component and material reserve unit and manufactures the product, and the component and material traceability control apparatus is equipped with at least a processing unit, a memory unit used as a work area by the processing unit, a manufacturing performance information memory unit, a component and material supply performance information memory unit, and a manufacturing lot trace information memory unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Ohishi, Kazuo Hara, Yoshifumi Morioka, Katsumi Otani, Makoto Kogai
  • Patent number: 7184850
    Abstract: A system and method is disclosed for allocating multi-function resources among a plurality of tasks within a wetdeck process in semiconductor wafer fabrication. A resource allocator allocates multi-function resources among tasks within a process system that executes at least one application process. The resource allocator comprises a monitoring controller, model of the process system and a resource allocation controller. The monitoring controller monitors measurable characteristics associated with the executing application process, multi-function resources and tasks. The model represents the multi-function resources and the tasks, and defines relationships among them. The resource allocation controller operates the model in response to the monitored measurable characteristics and allocates ones of the multi-function resources among ones of the tasks to efficiently execute the wetdeck process of the semiconductor wafer fabrication process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Assignee: National Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventors: George Logsdon, Gary Elmore, John Devlin
  • Patent number: 7181304
    Abstract: The jurisdiction online manager manages required jurisdictional inspections mandated by a plurality of different jurisdictions performed by non-governmental entities. A central computer system receives object data for an object and most other information via a global computer network, typically the Internet. Based upon the provided object data, the jurisdiction online manage can determine the controlling jurisdiction for the object. The controlling jurisdiction is the jurisdiction in which the object is located. After determining the controlling jurisdiction, the jurisdiction's inspection form or a similar inspection template can be provided to the inspectors, who will perform the actual physical inspections of the objects. After receiving inspection result data from the non-governmental inspection, the inspection result data is stored the system database. The inspection result data is then provided to the controlling jurisdiction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: Praeses Corporation
    Inventor: Jeffery Manuel Key
  • Patent number: 7177719
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of manufacturing an item. The method includes providing a pattern building program to a client, wherein the client is to build a pattern using the program. The method also includes manufacturing the item based on the pattern. Preferably, the item is one of a textile, a tile, a wallpaper, or a carpet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Assignee: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
    Inventor: Christian P. Arkay-Leliever
  • Patent number: 7174232
    Abstract: To schedule the release of jobs from a pool of pending jobs, machine information and information about items to be processed are used to determine available machine capacity. Available machine capacity is allocated to jobs subject to multiple job release constraints. Allocation may be performed first for any pending jobs which were partially released during a previous time interval, and then to new jobs in decreasing order of determined job rank. If different operative constraints dictate different numbers of units of a job to be released, the minimum number of units meeting each constraint may be released. After the number of units to be released has been determined for a job, machine information is updated to account for available capacity consumed by the release of the selected number of units of the job. Updated information may be used for job release scheduling of the next job.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: Agency for Science, Technology and Research
    Inventors: Tay Jin Chua, Tian Xiang Cai, Ming Wei William Liu, Feng Yu Wang
  • Patent number: 7174226
    Abstract: A numerical controller having a learning control function executes commands in an NC program, starts performing learning control from a location where the same operation pattern starts occurring, and stops performing learning control at a location where the same operation pattern ends. Once a command that allows learning control is established in the NC program, the section in which learning control is carried out can be automatically determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: Fanuc Ltd
    Inventors: Tomomi Nakazato, Takahiko Endo
  • Patent number: 7174225
    Abstract: An application program that describes processing of a workpiece by the machine tool in form of instruction steps is disclosed. A computer executes the application program and step-by-step determines based on a simulation program machine-dependent control commands for a controller. The machine-dependent control commands depend on a virtual time base that is independent of an actual time base. The computer determines based on a computer-internal model of the machine tool and the determined machine-dependent control commands expected actual states of the machine tool, thereby simulating execution of the machine-dependent control commands by the machine tool. The simulation program is implemented as control software in the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Stefan Dolansky
  • Patent number: 7167767
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for controlling production run sequences of insulating glass units based on manufacturing variables. The method creates a sequence of runs of insulating glass units to be produced for assembly to window or door sash and frames at a plurality of glazing lines. A status of the runs, a status of one or more insulating glass component processing machines, and/or a queue of insulating glass units to be assembled to window or door sash and frames at the glazing lines is monitored at a production control workstation. The sequence of runs is altered at the production control workstation based on one of the status of the runs, the status of the one or more glass processing machines, and the queue of insulating glass units at the glazing line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Assignee: GED Integrated Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Byron Clayton, Paul Dorsch
  • Patent number: 7167769
    Abstract: It at least includes a step at which a coating and developing apparatus requests an exposure apparatus, connected inline thereto, to transfer profile information which is information relating to the exposure apparatus, a step at which the coating and developing apparatus receives the profile information from the exposure apparatus, and a step at which the coating and developing apparatus selects a software file to be used in the coating and developing apparatus, in association with the profile information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventor: Shigeki Wada
  • Patent number: 7167778
    Abstract: A temperature predicting unit predicts the temperature of an electronic device after a predetermined period, and the speed of temperature variation from the operating state of the load. Based on the results of prediction by the temperature predicting unit, a selection unit instructs either one or both of a nozzle control unit and an electric fan control unit to exercise control. According to a control signal from the selection unit, the nozzle control unit transmits a control signal to a nozzle unit to drive a jet cooling apparatus. According to a control signal from the selection unit, the electric fan control unit transmits a control signal to an electric fan unit to drive an electric fan. The selection unit selects the electric fan when the predicted speed of temperature variation exceeds a predetermined threshold, and selects the jet cooling apparatus when the predetermined thresholds is not exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Kazuaki Yazawa, Iwao Takiguchi, Tetsuji Tamura, Atsuhiko Imai, Kenichi Adachi