Patents Examined by Mark Connolly
  • Patent number: 10503127
    Abstract: System and method for safely controlling the containment of gas within a manifold system and the delivery of gas to a sample holder for an electron microscope for imaging and analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: PROTOCHIPS, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel S. Gardiner, John Damiano, Jr., David P. Nackashi, William Bradford Carpenter, James Rivenbark, Mark Uebel, Michael Zapata, III, Rebecca Thomas, Franklin Stampley Walden, II
  • Patent number: 10504195
    Abstract: A power generation system of a power producer for generating and providing electricity to an electric power system operated by an independent system operator (ISO). A processor determines a residual demand curve, at each time step of a future energy generation period, relating to a price and a quantity of a demanded energy for that time step. Determine a residual reserve curve at each time step of the future energy generation period, relating to a price and a quantity of a reserved energy for that time step. Determine a schedule of operations of a set of generators for each time step of the future energy generation period, by the power producer. A controller to control the set of generators to produce energy according to the schedule of operations, when the receiver receives an acceptance of the schedule of operations from the ISO.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Hongbo Sun, Chanaka Keerthisinghe
  • Patent number: 10503147
    Abstract: A program generating apparatus includes a machining program generating unit configured to generate a machining program for controlling a wire electrical discharge machine so as to machine a workpiece in accordance with a machining shape of the workpiece input by a user and so as to fix a core which is produced when the workpiece is machined, to the workpiece. In the program generating apparatus, a core handling program generating unit generates a core handling program for controlling a robot so as to remove the core from the workpiece by applying an impact to the core in accordance with the input machining shape of the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kaoru Hiraga, Shouta Irie
  • Patent number: 10496053
    Abstract: Method for integrated data handling for engineering and operation of a plant having a plurality of software applications with different functionalities, wherein the plurality of software applications are interconnected via a network, a common data model including data shared between at least two of the plurality of software applications is provided, the common data model is managed by a configuration data service, data specific to a single application is managed by an application specific configuration data service that is assigned to a number of applications such that flexible, consistent, performance-optimized and efficient management of the various heterogeneous systems in the plant is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Andreas Biesdorf, Matthias Jung, Klaus-Juergen Langer, Denis Schroff, Michael Unkelbach, Johannes Weiss, Klaus Wendelberger, Egon Wuchner
  • Patent number: 10488899
    Abstract: Embodiments of an apparatus, system and method are described for configurable processor thermal management. An apparatus may comprise, for example, a processor arranged to operate in a plurality of thermal modes comprising a thermal limit down mode, a normal thermal limit mode and a thermal limit up mode, and thermal management logic operative to select a thermal mode based on one or more properties of the apparatus. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Ketan R. Shah, Tawfik M. Rahal-Arabi, Eric Distefano, James G. Hermerding, II
  • Patent number: 10491145
    Abstract: A system includes a gas turbine operational at a constant rated rotational speed, a speed sensor to measure an actual speed of the gas turbine, a turbine controller to control the gas turbine to the constant rated rotational speed, and a generator coupled with the gas turbine and rotatable to output electric power. The system also includes a DC to DC converter to output a load current on a load bus to supply a load. The DC to DC converter is supplied input electric power from the generator. The system also includes an energy storage device cooperative operable with the DC to DC converter to supply power on the load bus, and a controller to receive the actual speed and adjust an output electrical current set point of the DC to DC converter to compensate for deviation of the actual speed from the constant rated speed of the gas turbine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce North American Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Keith D. Noderer
  • Patent number: 10473351
    Abstract: An illustrative HVAC controller may include a communication module for wirelessly communicating with a network and wiring terminals for receiving a wired connection to a remote temperature sensor that is situated remote from the HVAC controller and in a living space of the building. A controller may be operably coupled to the communication module and the wiring terminals and may be configured to implement a thermostat control algorithm to generate one or more control signals, wherein the one or more control signals are provided by a wired connection to the HVAC system to control one or more HVAC components of the HVAC system. The thermostat control algorithm may be configured to compare a sensed temperature received from the remote temperature sensor via the wiring terminals and a temperature setpoint received from the server via the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Ademco Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Anderson, Ryan Strassburg, Rolf Lee Strand, Luke A. Piram, John D. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10466662
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes system and methods for inferring energy usage at multiple levels of granularity. One embodiment describes an industrial automation system including a first industrial automation component, a first sensor coupled to the first industrial automation component, in which the first sensor measures a first amount of power supplied to the first industrial automation component, a second industrial automation component that couples to the first industrial automation component, and an industrial control system that infers energy usage by the first industrial automation component and the second industrial automation component based at least in part on the first amount of power supplied to the first industrial automation component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Philip John Kaufman
  • Patent number: 10466729
    Abstract: To ensure the electricity storage amount of a power storage device in preparation for the peak period of power consumption when supplying power to a plurality of devices, a power management apparatus includes a controller that controls the plurality of devices that receive a distribution of total power supplied from the power storage device and another power supply, an acquirer that acquires the remaining electric energy of the power storage device, and a determiner that determines whether the remaining electric energy of the power storage device is not more than a first predetermined value. If the remaining electric energy of the power storage device is not more than the first predetermined value, the controller controls the plurality of devices such that the power from the other power supply is distributed to the power storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Jun Yokoyama, Hitoshi Takagi
  • Patent number: 10466669
    Abstract: An automated machine wherein messages exchanged between components of the machine are forwarded to at least one component at a first time point that temporarily stores them and from that component to a central unit at a second time point is disclosed. Said first time point preceding said second time point within the framework of a cycle time of the automated machine. The time points are determined relative to that cycle time and provided to respective components in conjunction with a startup of the automated machine. The component temporarily storing messages forwards them in the manner of a layer-3 switch. This message forwarding is driven by the respective time points, rather than event-driven, can operate seamlessly in existing systems wherein communications are time-slot controlled, and decouples the components so that real-time communications within the machine can be optimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Bernd Dotterweich, Markus Gross, Oswald Käsdorf, Michael Von Der Bank
  • Patent number: 10451893
    Abstract: Method implemented by computer for determining an optical equipment including at least an optical lens and a spectacle frame, the lens being adapted to be mounted in the frame, the method including: a wearer data providing step, during which wearer data relating to the wearer's optical requirements is provided, an optical cost function providing step, during which an optical cost function is provided, the optical cost function relating to the optical function of the lens, a comfort cost function providing step, during which a comfort cost function is provided, the comfort cost function relating to the weight of the optical equipment, an optical equipment determining step, during which the optical equipment that minimizes the difference between a global cost function and a target value of the global cost function is determined, the global cost function being a weighted sum of the optical and comfort cost functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: ESSILOR INTERNATIONAL
    Inventors: Carlos Rego, Olivier Roussel, Berangere Granger, Loic Quere, Cedric Begon
  • Patent number: 10451302
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of controlling operation of a heating and air conditioning system, said method automatically obtaining current and forecasted weather data from one or more internet based meteorological HTTP web servers, automatically controlling operation of the heating and air conditioning system based on the current and forecasted weather data and a current indoor temperature of an indoor environment relative to a desired set point temperature for said indoor environment. Variable hysteresis ranges and temperature set points are adjusted not only on the basis of the weather data, but also on an occupancy status of the indoor environment. Embodiments include weather anticipating thermostats and Package Terminal Air Conditioner controllers interacting with Status Interface Alarm Control Update Servers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: IoT Cloud Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew James Lewis
  • Patent number: 10447038
    Abstract: An energy system includes a microgrid including a network of at least one distributed energy resource and a plurality of loads, the at least one distributed energy resource being configured to supply power to the plurality of loads. The microgrid is configurable to connect to one of a plurality of feeder circuits of a main power grid at one of a plurality of coupling interface locations, respectively. The microgrid is also configurable to expand or shrink its power supply area according to the available power generation capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: University of Tennessee Research
    Inventors: Fei Wang, Xiaojie Shi, Leon M. Tolbert, Yiwei Ma, Yilu Liu, Lin Zhu
  • Patent number: 10416634
    Abstract: The system generally includes a crosspoint switch in the local data collection system having multiple inputs and multiple outputs including a first input connected to the first sensor and a second input connected to the second sensor. The multiple outputs include a first output and a second output configured to be switchable between a condition in which the first output is configured to switch between delivery of the first sensor signal and the second sensor signal and a condition in which there is simultaneous delivery of the first sensor signal from the first output and the second sensor signal from the second output. Each of multiple inputs is configured to be individually assigned to any of the multiple outputs. Unassigned outputs are configured to be switched off producing a high-impedance state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Strong Force IOT Portfolio 2016, LLC
    Inventors: Charles Howard Cella, Gerald William Duffy, Jr., Jeffrey P. McGuckin
  • Patent number: 10414280
    Abstract: A selective battery control system includes a battery exchange station and an at least partially electric vehicle communicably coupled to the battery exchange station. The at least partially electric vehicle includes processing circuitry configured to determine a number of batteries needed for a trip, determine if the at least partially electric vehicle has a correct number of batteries, and in response to the at least partially electric vehicle having an incorrect number of batteries, add or remove batteries until the at least partially electric vehicle has the correct number of batteries for the trip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Paxton S. Williams, Colby S. Williams, Scott L. Frederick
  • Patent number: 10409255
    Abstract: To provide a controller for a machining device that controls oscillation of a cutting tool used for oscillating cutting to become capable of reducing a probability of interference between an interfering object existing near a work as a cutting target and the cutting tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Naoto Sonoda
  • Patent number: 10394224
    Abstract: A fabrication management system includes a fabrication control apparatus and a fabrication management server. The fabrication control apparatus includes a composite fabrication unit that fabricates multiple fabricated members in a single process, and a controller that controls fabrication performed by the composite fabrication unit. The fabrication management server includes a designing section that, from fabrication information about multiple first fabricated members for which a fabrication request has been made, designs a second fabricated member that holds all the first fabricated members in a removable manner, and an instructing section that instructs fabrication to be performed in accordance with fabrication procedure information, the fabrication procedure information indicating a procedure for obtaining a finished fabricated object by assembling together the first fabricated members and the second fabricated member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Hagiwara, Satoshi Tomita, Kazunori Onishi
  • Patent number: 10397427
    Abstract: The image processing apparatus in the present invention is an image processing apparatus that supplies roughness shape data to an image forming apparatus that forms a roughness shape based on a roughness shape of an object to be reproduced. The image processing apparatus includes: an input reception unit configured to receive an input of information representing the roughness shape of the object to be reproduced; an acquisition unit configured to acquire output characteristics relating to a roughness shape that the image forming apparatus can output; and a generation unit configured to generate roughness shape data that is supplied to the image forming apparatus based on the information representing the roughness shape of the object to be reproduced and the output characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hideki Kubo, Hitoshi Fukamachi
  • Patent number: 10379525
    Abstract: A method of designing and manufacturing a replica composite object based on an original object. The method identifies the structure and physical properties of an original object. Base materials, bodies, and structural templates, each of which includes associated physical properties, are utilized to generate a 3-dimensional model. The 3-dimensional model is discretized and tested to determine if the selected combination of base materials and bodies have physical properties that substantially equal the physical properties of the original object. If the physical properties do not equate, the 3-dimensional model is optimized by adjusting the combination of base materials, bodies, and structural templates. When the difference between the measured physical properties of the 3-dimensional model and the identified physical properties of the original object is less than a tolerance value, the method instructs an additive manufacturing system to generate a replica composite object based on the original object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: University of Central Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Fluvio Lobo Fenoglietto, Jack Stubbs
  • Patent number: 10376238
    Abstract: A method for customizing a probe grip of an ultrasound probe for a user is presented. The method includes printing the probe grip in a three-dimensional shape of the probe grip based on grip data corresponding to the user. Further, the method includes installing the printed probe grip on the ultrasound probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: Warren Lee