Patents Examined by Michael J. Brown
  • Patent number: 10845080
    Abstract: A control system for a heating, ventilation, and/or air conditioning (HVAC) system having control circuitry includes a microcontroller, a memory that stores a plurality of addresses, a communication bus configured to communicatively couple the microcontroller and a device of a plurality of devices of the HVAC system, and a fault register. The plurality of addresses includes a plurality of compatible addresses, a plurality of incompatible addresses, or any combination thereof. The microcontroller is programmed to monitor a signal address of a signal on the communication bus. The microcontroller is programmed to compare the signal address with the plurality of addresses, detect a fault event, and record the fault event in the fault register. Detection of the fault event includes the signal address not corresponding to a compatible address, the signal address corresponding to an incompatible address, or any combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventor: Shaun B. Atchison
  • Patent number: 10843020
    Abstract: A system to mitigate false trips of a valve that supplies water to a piping system in a fire suppression system includes at least one edge device, a control circuit, and at least one user device. The at least one edge device monitors a parameter corresponding to at least one of a corrosion, a presence of water, a differential pressure across the valve, and a temperature in the piping system of the fire suppression system. The control circuit includes one or more processors and a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the control circuit to receive an indication of the parameter monitored by the at least one edge device, predict whether a valve tripping event is expected to occur based on the received indication, and in response to predicting that the valve tripping event is expected to occur, provide the prediction that the valve tripping event can occur for remedial action. The at least one user device presents display data regarding the prediction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Tyco Fire Products LP
    Inventors: Chad A. Goyette, Zachary L. Magnone, Cassandra Lyn DeNunzio, Jeremy Tyler Cogswell
  • Patent number: 10845790
    Abstract: A method for operating and observing a technical plant to be controlled, wherein block symbols for plant schematics can be generated which are structured, personalized, and assembled dynamically at runtime which, for example, enable an efficiently guided and assisted handling of alarm messages by an operator, where the dynamically updated display of alarm-producing process objects based on an equipment hierarchy enables an evaluation of items causing floods of alarms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Benjamin Lutz
  • Patent number: 10843042
    Abstract: A method includes: supporting a normal operation mode, during which functionalities of a portable apparatus are available through an operating system of the apparatus, wherein the operating system includes a plurality of layers including a kernel and library functions layer; supporting a limited operation mode during which the apparatus is configured to execute a physical activity algorithm based on physical activity data corresponding to a physical activity session performed by a user of the apparatus, wherein the physical activity algorithm applies a direct low-level hardware access bypassing at least the layers above the kernel and the library functions-layer; and switching between the normal operation mode and the limited operation mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Polar Electro Oy
    Inventors: David Munoz, Mikko Tuunanen, Matti Korpela, Markku Karjalainen, Jarmo Torvinen
  • Patent number: 10838391
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system for swapping springs present in a product. A data receiving module receives metadata associated to a spring. The metadata comprises a pitch, vector coordinates and alike. A comparison module compares the pitch associated to the spring with a predefined threshold value thereby categorizing each spring into one of a category including a utilized spring category and an underutilized spring category. A determination module determines an underutilized spring, amongst the underutilized spring category, based on at least one of the vector coordinates and the pitch, when the spring is categorized in the utilized spring category. Subsequent to determining the underutilized spring, the swapping module swaps the spring with the underutilized spring by using a control mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Inventors: Jasbir Singh Dhaliwal, Ashita Dhir, Mahesh Kaladaikurchi Subramaniam, Venkat Sharan Tirumalai Vinjumur
  • Patent number: 10838389
    Abstract: Provided are embodiments including a system and method for operating a reconfigurable control architecture for programmable logic devices. Some embodiments include a storage medium that is coupled to a programmable logic device and a dispatch mechanism that is operably coupled to the programmable logic device. In embodiments, the dispatch mechanism is configured is receive an object, select one or more constructs of the programmable logic device based on the object, schedule one or more inputs and outputs for each of the selected constructs based on the object, and execute a system level operation indicated by the object based on the schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventors: Christopher Grant, John M. Maljanian, Michael T. Runde
  • Patent number: 10828836
    Abstract: A method of controlling an additive manufacturing process in which a directed energy source is used to selectively melt material to form a workpiece, forming a melt pool in the process of melting, the method including: using an imaging apparatus to generate an image of the melt pool comprising an array of individual image elements, the image including a measurement of at least one physical property for each of the individual image elements; from the measurements, mapping a melt pool boundary of the melt pool; and controlling at least one aspect of the additive manufacturing process with reference to the melt pool boundary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Thomas Graham Spears
  • Patent number: 10828837
    Abstract: A method of controlling an additive manufacturing process in which a directed energy source is used to selectively melt material to form a workpiece, forming a melt pool in the process of melting, the method comprising: using an imaging apparatus to generate an image of the melt pool comprising an array of individual image elements, the image including a measurement of at least one physical property for each of the individual image elements; from the measurements, mapping a melt pool boundary of the melt pool; computing a algebraic connectivity of the melt pool; and controlling at least one aspect of the additive manufacturing process with reference to the algebraic connectivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Thomas Graham Spears
  • Patent number: 10833888
    Abstract: An automatic configuration device, for an Internet-of-Things (IoT) device, which operates a data analysis-based automation system includes when various types of IoT devices are registered in a system, a data analysis-based automation system for supporting both use of functions of the IoT devices and an effective analysis of collected data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Mal Hee Kim, Nae Soo Kim, Seong Ik Cho, Cheol Sig Pyo
  • Patent number: 10821461
    Abstract: A method for controlling a pump system as well as to a pump system with multi-component material being dispensed under pressure using a mixer and a spray gun of the pump system, component material being pumped using at least two pumps of the pump system, said component material being stored using liquid tanks of the pump system each allocated to the pumps, said component material being dosed using dosage valves of the pump system each allocated to the pumps, said pump system being controlled by means of a control unit of the pump system, said dosage valves each being regulated using an electric regulating device of the control unit each allocated to the pump, a mixing ratio of the component materials being regulated using a control device of the control unit, said regulating devices being regulated by means of the control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: WIWA WILHELM WAGNER GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Peter Turczak, Dirk Scherer
  • Patent number: 10824129
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus and a method for producing a continuously transposed cable (CTC) by using a plurality of motors and a plurality of linear servo actuators instead of conventional apparatus and method for mechanically producing the continuously transposed cable by using a cam in the step of driving a continuously transposing head, which is the core of the manufacturing process of the continuously transposed cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: SAM DONG CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sun Gi Park
  • Patent number: 10809689
    Abstract: A system and method for managing function blocks within a process control system for a process plant includes accessing an initial cause and effect matrix (CEM) having a set of causes and a set of effects. The system and method may then define a set of related groups within the initial CEM including: (i) accessing a set of rules associated with the set of related groups, (ii) identifying a portion of the set of causes that are related to a portion of the set of effects according to the set of rules and based on at least a portion of the corresponding cause-effect pairs, and (iii) rearranging the portion of the set of causes and the portion of the set of effects such that the portion of the corresponding cause-effect pairs are rearranged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Gary K. Law, Sergio Diaz, Godfrey R. Sherriff
  • Patent number: 10795332
    Abstract: Systems, computer-implemented methods and/or computer program products that facilitate automating home control are provided. In one embodiment a computer-implemented method comprises: using a voice recognition component to identify user identification by analyzing voice signatures; using a face recognition component to determine user identification by analyzing facial features; using an authentication component to verify user identification and authorize control access to functionality of one or more automated home control systems; using a communication component to facilitate communication between the one or more automated home control systems and one or more devices; using a service component to execute a set of functions based on authorized user commands and information communicated from the one or more devices; and using a machine learning component to learn user preferences by correlating a set of functions with the authorized users commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: RESILIENCE MAGNUM IP, LLC
    Inventors: Michael E. Giorgi, Patrick M. Mause, Steven Rosen
  • Patent number: 10795340
    Abstract: A system for manufacturing a discrete object from an additively manufactured body of material including a precursor to a discrete object and at least a reference feature is disclosed. The system includes an automated manufacturing device, the automated manufacturing device including at least a controller configured to receive a graphical representation of precursor to a discrete object, receive a graphical representation of at least a reference feature on the precursor to the discrete object, and generate a computer model of the body of material, wherein the computer model of the body of material includes the graphical representation of the precursor to the discrete object and the graphical representation of the at least a reference feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventor: James L. Jacobs, II
  • Patent number: 10788806
    Abstract: A method for initializing individual exposure field parameters of an overlay controller is disclosed including initializing a first control thread having a first context associated with a first product type, wherein a first layout of first exposure fields is defined for the first product type for processing in a stepper. The method further includes remapping a set of previous control state data for a set of control threads associated with other product types different than the first product type into the first layout. The other product types have layouts of second exposure fields different than the first layout. An initial set of control state data for the first control thread associated with the first product type is generated using the remapped previous control state data. The stepper is configured for processing a first substrate of the first product type using the initial set of control state data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc.
    Inventors: Richard P. Good, Eyup Cinar
  • Patent number: 10782715
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a method, system and computer program product for biometric enclosed space control. A method for biometric enclosed space control includes establishing a set point for an enclosed space and electronically transmitting a directive to a temperature control system to temperature regulate an atmosphere in the enclosed space to maintain a temperature of the atmosphere at the set point. The method also includes detecting a presence of an end user in the enclosed space and remotely sensing biometric measurements of the end user while the end user remains in the enclosed space. Finally, the method includes electronically transmitting a directive to the temperature control system to change the set point in response to a most recently received one of the remotely sensed biometric measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: James E. Bostick, John M. Ganci, Jr., Martin G. Keen, Brian M. O'Connell
  • Patent number: 10780792
    Abstract: In connection with an electric charging process of vehicles electrically connected to a power supply system operated by a power supply system operator, one or more parameters to be adhered to for a charging operation of the vehicles are defined and a user of a vehicle can alter at least one of the parameters via a user interface. A central control system is configured to communicate with the vehicles and with a server of the power supply system operator. A method includes performing a power reduction operation in accordance with a reduction scheme in response to a received reduction command. In the event that, after receiving the reduction command and prior to or during the power reduction operation, the user alters at least one of the one or more parameters such that the charging operation of the energy storage device of the respective vehicle is altered, the method further includes checking, by the central control system, whether a preset criterion has been met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Enrique Marcial-Simon, Rainer Mehlhorn, Xaver Pfab, Thomas Stauner
  • Patent number: 10775777
    Abstract: A method for performing quality control on a diagnostic analyzer includes receiving control measurement values from each of a plurality of diagnostic analyzers. A quality control measurement value is received from a target diagnostic analyzer. The quality control measurement value is compared with statistical criteria associated with the plurality of quality control measurement values received from the plurality of diagnostic analyzers. A comparison result is communicated to a user interface associated with the target diagnostic analyzer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: SYSMEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Scott Lesher
  • Patent number: 10768592
    Abstract: The invention is related to the field of control apparatus, and in particular, to control apparatus configured to allow a user to control the processing of data. In particular, this invention relates to controlling the processing of industrial plant data by controlling selection of a geographical area. The selection of a geographical area may be implemented by controlling a display using a user interface controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: NL FISHER SUPERVISION & ENGINEERING LTD.
    Inventors: Michael William Cameron, Daniel Joseph Jalbert
  • Patent number: 10766149
    Abstract: Techniques for controlling a robotic picking arm using estimated seal quality metrics. A plurality of candidate contact points for holding an item using a suction device of the robotic picking arm, based on captured images of the item and an n-dimensional surface model of the item. An expected seal quality metric for a first one of the candidate contact points, by processing the n-dimensional surface model of the item and physical properties of the suction device of the robotic picking arm. Based on the expected seal quality metric, embodiments can determine whether to retrieve the item from the storage container by holding the item at the first candidate contact point using the suction device of the robotic picking arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew D. Marchese, William Clay Flannigan, Parris S. Wellman