Patents Examined by Mark I Crohn
  • Patent number: 10578328
    Abstract: A method including: determining whether a cooling system is operating in a cooling mode, such that the cooling system is not operating in a reheat mode, a humidification mode or a dehumidification mode; determining whether the cooling system is operating in a compressor mode, such that the cooling system is not operating in a pump refrigerant economization mode; determining whether the cooling system is at steady-state; and if the cooling system is operating in the cooling mode and the compressor mode and is at steady-state, evaluating one or more rules to determine if a degradation symptom exists for the cooling system. The method further includes: subsequent to the evaluation, generating a degradation evaluation value to indicate whether the one or more rules are satisfied; and based on the degradation evaluation value, generating an alarm signal or performing a countermeasure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Vertiv Corporation
    Inventors: Zhiyong Lin, Martin Hrncar
  • Patent number: 10572956
    Abstract: According to one example embodiment, method and apparatus are provided to determine the impact of environmental conditions in an indoor space on human wellness, including automatically obtaining a plurality of scientific measurements of respective environmental conditions in an indoor space, and automatically referencing an electronic data repository containing human wellness information specifying a correlation between a magnitude of a scientific measurement of an environmental condition and human wellness, wherein the correlation specifies a range of magnitudes that are favorable to human wellness, and a range of magnitudes that are not favorable to human wellness. Human readable messages and/or symbols to be displayed in connection with a particular magnitude or range of magnitudes of a scientific measurement are also provided in the electronic data repository, wherein the messages and/or symbols concern an impact of an environmental condition on human wellness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Cunningham Group Architecture, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Wilbrecht, Philip Andrew Bussey, Christopher Michael Savage
  • Patent number: 10520631
    Abstract: A method of generating a magnetic anomaly map and a system to develop a magnetic anomaly map are described. The method includes obtaining magnetic compass data recorded by two or more magnetic compasses disposed along a seismic streamer that traverses a first area and obtaining measurements from one or more navigation systems over the first area. The method also includes determining a correct position of each of the two or more magnetic compasses based on the measurements from the one or more navigation systems, and comparing the magnetic compass data with theoretical magnetic field data at the correct positions to generate a magnetic anomaly map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: CONOCOPHILLIPS COMPANY
    Inventors: Peter M. Eick, Joel D. Brewer
  • Patent number: 10514372
    Abstract: The pore structure of rocks and other materials can be determined through microscopy and subjected to digital simulation to determine the properties of fluid flows through the material. To determine a porosity-permeability over an extended range even when working from a small model, some disclosed method embodiments obtain a three-dimensional pore/matrix model of a sample; measure a distribution of porosity-related parameter variation as a function of subvolume size; measure a connectivity-related parameter as a function of subvolume size; derive a reachable porosity range as a function of subvolume size based at least in part on the distribution of porosity-related parameter variation and the connectivity-related parameter; select a subvolume size offering a maximum reachable porosity range; find permeability values associated with the maximum reachable porosity range; and display said permeability values as a function of porosity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Giuseppe De Prisco, Jonas Toelke
  • Patent number: 10508532
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to automatically detecting an event in a production curve, generating a production estimate using a quantile regression and to performing a probabilistic decline curve analysis. In one scenario, a computer system identifies a candidate break point in a production decline curve which represents a decline in material production at a well. The computer system identifies one trend for the production decline curve occurring before the candidate break point and identifies a second trend for the production decline curve occurring after the candidate break point. The computer system calculates the difference between the first material production decline estimate and the second material production decline estimate and identifies the candidate break points where the difference between the first material production decline estimate and the second material production decline estimate is beyond a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: QRI GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Anirban Mondal, David Castiñeira Areas, Hamed Darabi, Sébastien François Matringe
  • Patent number: 10502850
    Abstract: Processing measurements to create “reflectivity” data at a datum for a target using Joint Point-Spread Functions. The “reflectivity” data can be an image or an extended image. The methods can create single reflectivity data from measurements from multiple experiments, or multiple processed datasets via different processing routes from measurements from a single experiment, or measurements from a single experiment with multiple simultaneous sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: WESTERNGECO L.L.C.
    Inventors: Ivan Pires De Vasconcelos, James E. Rickett
  • Patent number: 10466087
    Abstract: A method for calculating a fluid parameter of a fluid flowing through a vibratory flow meter is provided. The method comprises vibrating the flow meter at one or more frequencies and receiving a vibrational response. The method further comprises generating a first fluid property and generating at least a second fluid property. The method further comprises calculating a fluid parameter based on the first fluid property and the at least second fluid property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Micron Motion, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel Weinstein, Mark James Bell, Andrew Timothy Patten
  • Patent number: 10462076
    Abstract: A system, apparatus and method for automatic environmental data collection and analysis are provided, including a server comprising: a processor and a communication interface, the processor configured to: receive, using the communication interface, a geographic survey request from a first computing device; translate the geographic survey request into mission data for collecting geographic survey data; transmit, using the communication interface, the mission data to a second computing device associated with a geographic survey entity; receive, using the communication interface, the geographic survey data collected by the geographic survey entity using the mission data; analyze the geographic survey data to generate processed geographic survey data; and, transmit, using the communication interface, the processed geographic survey data to the first computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: CLEARPATH ROBOTICS INC.
    Inventors: Ryan Christopher Gariepy, Matthew Allen Rendall, Andrew Clifford Blakey
  • Patent number: 10451472
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for a capacitive inventory sensor. A system includes a track configured for retaining items. A first conducting plate is positioned along a portion of the track, and a second conducting plate is positioned in parallel with the first conducting plate along a portion of the track. The second conducting plate is positioned a distance from the first conducting plate, and the second plate is configured to have the items placed on top of the second plate. The system further includes a capacitance sensor configured for connection to the first and second conducting plates, where the capacitance sensor is configured to measure a capacitance between the first and second conducting plates, and where the capacitance varies based on a number of items positioned on the sensor track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: SHELFBUCKS, INC.
    Inventors: John W. Pyne, Gary L. Overhultz, Gordon E. Hardman
  • Patent number: 10415369
    Abstract: A blowout rate correction system comprises a sensor and a processor in communication with the sensor. The sensor is to measure sound characteristics associated with an exit point of a borehole. The processor is to determine a blowout rate of hydrocarbons exiting the borehole based on the sound characteristics. In some embodiments, the processor activates a device when the blowout rate exceeds a selected threshold. Additional apparatus, methods, and systems are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Arash Haghshenas, Joe E. Hess, Andrew John Cuthbert
  • Patent number: 10416740
    Abstract: In some examples, a method includes detecting, based at least in part on sampling a first set (122) of a plurality of sensors of a computing device (110) at a first rate, an indication that the user has initiated a fitness activity (112B), wherein the computing device (110) stores pre-defined identifiers of non-fitness and fitness activities in a set of pre-defined indications of activities; responsive to detecting the indication that the user has initiated the fitness activity, sampling, at a second rate that is greater than the first rate, a second set (120) of the plurality of sensors to determine a probability that the user is engaged in the fitness activity (112B); and responsive to determining that the probability satisfies a threshold, collecting, sensor data for the fitness activity using a particular set of the plurality of sensors that corresponds to a pre-defined identifier for the fitness activity (112B).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Satinder Pal Singh, Gustavo Mendes Estephanio de Moura, Ke Xiao
  • Patent number: 10401243
    Abstract: A system for measuring power generated by a skier is disclosed. The power generated by the skier may be calculated based upon each complete revolution of a ski pole or ski movement. To do so, the system may include various sensors that measure a force exerted on a ski pole or ski, the angle of the ski pole or ski, and the velocity of the skier at various time instants within each ski pole or ski revolution. A processing unit may calculate power generated by the skier in the skier's direction of travel using the force exerted in the skier's direction of travel during a complete revolution of ski pole (or ski) movement and the velocity of the skier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Garmin Switzerland GmbH
    Inventors: Christopher J. Kulach, Timothy Vandermeiden, Mason V. N. Hender
  • Patent number: 10359533
    Abstract: In a method of processing resistivity log data, two or more resistivity log measurements of differing depths of penetration of an invaded formation are generated. The deepest and shallowest of the resistivity log measurements are combined in accordance with a non-linear combination algorithm that is modulated by a parameter. The value of the parameter used varies in dependence on a comparison between deep and shallow log measurements. The results of the comparison are forward modelled from sample data. A modified log output is generated as a result of combining the deepest and shallowest of the resistivity log measurements in accordance with the non-linear combination algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: REEVES WIRELINE TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
    Inventor: James Roger Samworth
  • Patent number: 10352783
    Abstract: A difference module determines differences between an outdoor ambient temperature and an indoor temperature, determines a first average of the differences, and determines a second average of the differences. A storing module stores a first data point, the first data point including the first average and a first total run time of a heating, ventilation, and/or air conditioning (HVAC) system, and stores a second data point, the second data point including the second average and a second total run time of the HVAC system. A fitting module fits a line to the first and second data points. An envelope grading module generates a grade for an exterior envelope of a building based on a first characteristic of the line. An interior grading module generates a grade for an interior of the building based on a second characteristic of the line. A reporting module generates a displayable report for the building including the grade of the exterior envelope and the grade of the interior of the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Fadi Mohammad Alsaleem
  • Patent number: 10344997
    Abstract: An expectation module determines an expected average power consumption of a heat pump for a predetermined period as a function of indoor and outdoor temperatures of the building during the predetermined period. A difference module determines a power difference between an average power consumption of the heat pump during the predetermined period and the expected average power consumption of the heat pump for the predetermined period. A grade determination module determines a grade of the heat pump for the predetermined period based on the power difference of the predetermined period. A reporting module generates a displayable report including the grade of the heat pump for the predetermined period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Fadi Mohammad Alsaleem
  • Patent number: 10340196
    Abstract: The selection of metrology targets for use in a focus and dose application includes providing a FEM wafer including a plurality of fields with one or more metrology targets, measuring the one or more metrology targets within each field of the FEM wafer, performing a regression process on measurement results from the one or more selected fields of the FEM wafer to determine one or more DOI values for the one or more metrology targets of the one or more selected fields, calculating one or more diagnostic parameters for the one or more metrology targets of the one or more selected fields based on the regression process performed on the one or more selected fields of the FEM wafer, and identifying a set of candidate metrology targets based on the one or more calculated diagnostic parameters of the one or more selected fields of the FEM wafer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: KLA-Tencor Corporation
    Inventors: Roie Volkovich, Hiroyuki Kurita, Yoel Feler
  • Patent number: 10324109
    Abstract: A method and wireless sensor device for determining a time period a person is in bed. In one aspect, a method includes utilizing a wireless sensor device to obtain a plurality of acceleration samples in relation to at least one axis associated with a person's body over a predetermined time window. The method also includes calculating a polar angle for each acceleration sample within the predetermined time window. The method also includes calculating a fraction of an amount of time within the predetermined time window that the polar angle is greater than an angle threshold that indicates that the person is lying down, where if the fraction is greater than a predetermined threshold, the predetermined time window is marked as a period the person is lying down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: VITAL CONNECT, INC.
    Inventors: Alexander Chan, Ravi Narasimhan
  • Patent number: 10323922
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to localization and tracking of an object. As one example, measurement data can be stored in memory to represent measured electrical signals at each of a plurality of known measurement locations in a given coordinate system in response to an applied signal at an unknown location in the given coordinate system. A dipole model cost function has parameters representing a dipole location and moment corresponding to the applied signal. A boundary condition can be imposed on the dipole model cost function. The unknown location in the given coordinate system, corresponding to the dipole location, can then be determined based on the stored measurement data and the dipole model cost function with the boundary condition imposed thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: CARDIOINSIGHT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Qingguo Zeng, Ping Jia, Charulatha Ramanathan, Lijun Yu, Jeff Burrell, Brian George, Qing Lou, Ryan Bokan, Soniya Bhojwani
  • Patent number: 10323937
    Abstract: Various embodiments include approaches for determining a top-dead-center (TDC) of a reciprocating compressor. In some cases, an apparatus includes: a pressure transducer configured to measure pressure fluctuations inside a compressor cylinder and convert the pressure fluctuations into an asynchronous waveform; and at least one computing device operably connected with the pressure transducer, the at least one computing device configured to: extract a data set representing piston angles over a single revolution of a piston within the compressor cylinder from the asynchronous waveform; remove data representing invalid piston angles from the data set to form a refined data set; determine an average piston angle for the single revolution from the refined data set; and adjust the refined data set to identify a top-dead-center (TDC) position of the piston within the compressor cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Brian Francis Howard
  • Patent number: 10324121
    Abstract: An electrostatic clamp monitoring system has an electrostatic clamp configured to selectively electrostatically clamp a workpiece to a clamping surface via one or more electrodes. A power supply electrically coupled to the electrostatic clamp is configured to selectively supply a clamping voltage to the one or more electrodes. A data acquisition system is coupled to the power supply and configured to measure a current supplied to the one or more electrodes, therein defining a measured current. A controller integrates the measured current over time, therein determining a charge value associated a clamping force between the workpiece and electrostatic clamp. A memory stores the charge value associated with the clamping force over a plurality of clamping cycles, therein defining a plurality of charge values, and the controller determines a clamping capability of the electrostatic clamp based on a comparison of a currently determined charge value to the plurality of charge values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Axcelis Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward K. McIntyre, Edward J. Ladny, Nathaniel Robinson, William Davis Lee