Patents Examined by Mark Connolly
  • Patent number: 11002458
    Abstract: A method carries out an outside temperature-dependent control of at least one thermal power indicative parameter of a supply temperature of a first heating or cooling system in a first building (H). The control is carried out on the basis of the at least one thermal power indicative parameter. The at least one thermal power indicative parameter is indicative of the heat consumption or of the cooling power of at least one second heating or cooling system of a second building (H?, H?, H??), located at a distance from the first building, and is received via a data network (1), in particular, via the Internet. An arrangement is provided for controlling a first heating or cooling system of a first building, wherein the arrangement is adapted to carry out the method mentioned above. A server is further provided that is adapted to receive at least one thermal power indicative parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: GRUNDFOS HOLDING A/S
    Inventors: Casper Hillerup Lyhne, Peter Elvekjær
  • Patent number: 10980445
    Abstract: A shoe-type device and a control method of the shoe-type device are disclosed. A control method of a shoe-type device including an actuator and at least one sensor includes estimating a posture of a user wearing the shoe-type device based on sensor data output from the sensor, and controlling the actuator based on the estimated posture of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Changhyun Roh
  • Patent number: 10983495
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a control module circuit having a circuit communication input port, a circuit communication output port, a first controllable unit that has a first controller module, and a second controllable unit having a second controller module. The first controller module has a first communication input port connected with the circuit communication input port and a first communication output port. The second controller module has a second communication input port connected with the first communication output port and a second communication output port connected with the circuit communication output port. The first and second controllable units are adapted to be identified with a permanent identity by way of a transmittable data signal receivable at the communication input port and sequentially received by the first and second controllable units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: GE Aviation Systems Limited
    Inventors: David Alan Elliott, James Angelo Elder, Peter James Handy, Denis Vaughan Weale
  • Patent number: 10983040
    Abstract: An airborne or liquid particle sensor with integrated bootloader. A particle sensor incorporating at least one bootloader for programming or retrieval of program or data in local memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Particles Plus, Inc.
    Inventor: David Pariseau
  • Patent number: 10976793
    Abstract: A rack computer system can provide data indicating electrical power consumption by separate sets of the mass storage devices, including separate individual mass storage devices, of the rack computer system. A power sensor can be electrically coupled to a power transmission line for each mass storage device. The power sensor can be coupled to the power transmission line externally to the mass storage device. The power sensor can be an internal power sensor of the mass storage device, where a mass storage device microcontroller transmits internally-generated data to an external power monitoring system. A microcontroller can transmit the data to a baseboard management controller via a side-band connection between the mass storage device and the controller. The data can be transmitted via an in-band connection between a baseboard management controller and an instance of firmware which accesses internally-generated data from mass storage device microcontrollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Felipe Enrique Ortega Gutierrez, Jason Alexander Harland, Roey Rivnay, David Edward Bryan, Christopher Strickland Beall
  • Patent number: 10955822
    Abstract: Provided is a technique for controlling a door of a toilet cubicle according to a situation in the toilet cubicle at the time of an abnormality occurrence. A toilet system according to the present invention is provided with a detection unit that detects a state of the inside of a toilet cubicle, an abnormality determination unit that determines the occurrence of an abnormality and the type thereof on the basis of a detection result obtained by the detection unit, and a door control unit that controls opening and closing of a door according to the type of the abnormality when it is determined that the abnormality has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: KIMURA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tomoei Kimura
  • Patent number: 10948209
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling HVAC equipment in a residential setting. The system may include an outdoor temperature sensor positioned to measure outdoor temperatures, an indoor air temperature sensor to measure indoor space air temperatures, a supply duct air temperature sensor positioned to measure supply duct air temperatures, a return duct air temperature sensor positioned to measure return duct air temperatures, an air blower current sensor positioned to measure air blower currents, and/or an air compressor current sensor positioned to measure air compressor currents, and a controller operable to receive the measures of outdoor temperature, indoor space air temperature, supply duct air temperature, return duct air temperature, air blower current, air compressor current, and measures of solar irradiation intensity and wind speed. The controller may be programmed with instructions to input the measures into a thermal model for outputting signals for implementing changes in the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: The Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma
    Inventors: Li Song, Choon Yik Tang
  • Patent number: 10948896
    Abstract: One goal in automated product designing of additive manufacturing is to obtain designs having overhangs without support structures if the criterion for overhangs is rigorously geometrical. In an embodiment of the present invention, designers can request automated optimization and design, using simulation and sensitivity-based optimization, of structures having overhangs in the print direction that do not need any support structures. In an embodiment, a method includes, at a processor, calculating model design responses and model sensitivities of a computer-aided engineering (CAE) model in a CAE system based on design variables of the CAE model for various design responses being either applied in objective or constraints. The method further includes optimizing values of the design variables. The method further includes calculating physical design variables by employing a penalty function. Additionally, the calculations can also be in conjunction with employing material interpolation schemes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Dassault Systemes Simulia Corp.
    Inventor: Claus Bech Wittendorf Pedersen
  • Patent number: 10948210
    Abstract: The present invention provides systems and methods where an intelligent thermostat optimizes operation of HVAC system by learning based on thermal profile of a zone and improvising past performance with the goal of energy and cost savings while managing user comfort. The systems and methods further use adaptive clustering to dissect huge problem space, and dynamic collaboration strategy between thermostat units to rapidly enhance performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventor: Harshal V Bharatia
  • Patent number: 10935266
    Abstract: An HVAC register airflow control system and an air flow control method are provided. A housing of the system is in fluid communication with an air source for supplying an airflow. The housing includes an air outlet to the enclosed space. A detection sensor detects occupancy information of the enclosed space. A controller generates a control signal based on the occupancy information and controls the shape change of a damper made of a shape memory material. The damper is controlled to switch between a first operative configuration for preventing the airflow from entering the enclosed space and a second operative configured for permitting the airflow to enter the enclosed space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: The Research Foundation for The State University of New York
    Inventors: Ya Wang, Zhangjie Chen
  • Patent number: 10915075
    Abstract: A device for controlling an industrial system comprises an input block and a reference value predicter. The reference value predicter includes a disturbance predicter, a state predicter, and a model parameter predicter. A model updater updates the model of the industrial system based on the predicted state and the predicted parameters. A one-prediction-step calculator of the reference value predicter calculates a prediction step based on the predicted disturbances and the model of the system. The device further includes a matrix updater and a linear solver that includes a memory structure such that each row of Jacobian and gradient matrices may be processed in parallel, a pivot search block that determines a maximum element in a column of the Jacobian and gradient matrices, and a pivot row reading block. Moreover, the device further includes a solution updater that updates the solution for an iteration step and controls the iteration process and an output block that sends a solution to the industrial system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON
    Inventors: Zhenhua Jiang, Seyed Ataollah Raziei
  • Patent number: 10908563
    Abstract: Real-time dynamic process modeling in an online model-based process control computing environment. A solver system utilizes an oracle to implement adaptive algorithms for a mixed integer nonlinear programming (MINLP) solver and a nonlinear programming (NLP) solver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: AVEVA SOFTWARE, LLC
    Inventors: Rajkumar Vedam, Detong Zhang, Purt Tanartkit, Gareth Hillier, Sanjay Desai, John C. Hernandez
  • Patent number: 10897860
    Abstract: Technologies disclosed herein are provided for irrigation monitoring and controlling based on water usage monitoring and control using an efficiency model for a defined geographic region. The technology includes receiving a first and a second set of moisture sensor measurements from a set of moisture sensors located in a defined geographic region, and determining an amount of water that is applied to the defined geographic region at a time period between the first and the second set of moisture measurements. An efficiency model representing efficiencies of locations in the defined geographic region is obtained based on the first and second set of moisture measurements and the amount of water applied. Schedule information is generated based on the efficiency model that indicates time periods at which areas in the defined geographic region are to be watered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Dish Network L.L.C.
    Inventor: Leo James Ferras
  • Patent number: 10883507
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for controlling at least one first circulation pump (17b, 17c) of a heating or cooling system (1) having a primary circuit (2, 2a) and a secondary circuit (4, 30a) coupled therewith at a transfer point (3, 29). The first circulation pump (17, 17b, 17c, 17b?) conveys a heating or cooling medium in the primary circuit (2, 2a), and in the second secondary circuit (4, 30a), at least one second circulation pump (12, 17d) is located that conveys a heating or cooling medium in at least one partial area of the secondary circuit (4, 30a). The volume flow rate (formula I) of the first circulation pump (17, 17b, 17c, 17b?) is controlled in functional dependence on the volume flow rate (formula II) of the secondary circuit (4, 30) behind the transfer point (3, 29). In this way, a demand based, and thus an energy-efficient control of the primary-side circulation pump is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Wilo SE
    Inventor: Stephan Schmied
  • Patent number: 10876752
    Abstract: A method of controlling a discharge air reset in an heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR system includes determining, by a controller, a space temperature in a conditioned space, a setpoint temperature of the conditioned space, and an operating mode of a variable-air-volume (VAV) box for the conditioned space. The controller determines whether the operating mode of the VAV box matches an operating mode of an HVACR unit. A deviation from the setpoint temperature of the conditioned space for the VAV box for the conditioned is calculated in response to determining the VAV box is in a same mode as the HVACR unit. An average deviation from the setpoint temperature of the conditioned space is calculated. A discharge air setpoint temperature is determined based on the average deviation from the setpoint temperature of the conditioned space. The controller sets the discharge air setpoint temperature of the HVACR unit using the determined discharge air setpoint temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: TRANE INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Aaron E. Opatz, John Arthur Murphy, Ronnie R. Moffitt, James Kenneth McKeever
  • Patent number: 10876756
    Abstract: A method of controlling a discharge air reset in an heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR system includes determining, by a controller, a space temperature in a conditioned space, a setpoint temperature of the conditioned space, and an operating mode of a variable-air-volume (VAV) box for the conditioned space. The controller determines whether the operating mode of the VAV box matches an operating mode of an HVACR unit. A deviation from the setpoint temperature of the conditioned space for the VAV box for the conditioned is calculated in response to determining the VAV box is in a same mode as the HVACR unit. A statistical deviation from the setpoint temperature of the conditioned space is calculated. A discharge air setpoint temperature is determined based on the statistical deviation from the setpoint temperature of the conditioned space. The controller sets the discharge air setpoint temperature of the HVACR unit using the determined discharge air setpoint temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: TRANE INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Aaron E. Opatz, Ronnie R. Moffitt, John Arthur Murphy, James Kenneth McKeever, Eugene R. Shedivy
  • Patent number: 10863681
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a greenhouse or single container for plant growth coupled to the Internet of Things and including a microfluidic die for water or nutrient distribution. The microfluidic die is controllable automatically or with instructions from a remote user, based on sensors included within a growth environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Marco De Fazio, Simon Dodd
  • Patent number: 10860011
    Abstract: During operation, the system receives time-series signals from sensors in the asset while the asset is operating. Next, the system obtains real-time environmental parameters for an environment in which the asset is operating. The system then selects an environment-specific inferential model for the asset based on the real-time environmental parameters, wherein the environment-specific inferential model was trained on a golden system while the golden system was operating in an environment that matches the real-time environmental parameters. Next, the system uses the environment-specific inferential model to generate estimated values for the received time-series signals based on correlations among the received time-series signals, and performs a pairwise-differencing operation between actual values and the estimated values for the received time-series signals to produce residuals. Finally, the system determines from the residuals whether the asset is operating correctly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Kenny C. Gross, Guang C. Wang
  • Patent number: 10859995
    Abstract: To provide a numerical controller for a machine tool capable of shredding chips efficiently along one path by making oscillating motion involving synchronization between multiple axes and intermittently making cutting-out motion and cutting-in motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenta Yamamoto, Naoto Sonoda
  • Patent number: 10823443
    Abstract: A self-adaptive smart setback heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) control system includes an HVAC unit configured to deliver at least one of heated air and cooled air to a target area. A temperature sensor determines a current internal air temperature (IAT) of the target area. An HVAC controller is in signal communication with the HVAC unit and the temperature sensor. The HVAC controller selectively operates in an active mode and a setback mode. The active mode controls the HVAC unit based on a first temperature setpoint value, and the setback mode controls the HVAC unit based on a second temperature setpoint value different from the first temperature setpoint value. The HVAC controller includes an electronic temperature setback unit that is configured change the IAT during the setback mode based on an actively determined upcoming temperature recovery rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: CARRIER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Xinyu Wu, Sheng Li, Xing Cai, Jun Pyo Lee, Marcin Cychowski