Patents Examined by Michael Rutland-Wallis
  • Patent number: 10289098
    Abstract: Disclosed are embodiments for a dynamic footwear cushioning system. One example embodiment includes: setting a cushioning level for cushioning material in accordance with a first setting; and altering, in dependence upon an environmental condition change, the cushioning level for the cushioning material in accordance with a second setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Lenovo Enterprise Solutions (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Steven J. Livaccari, William M. Megarity, Eric A. Stegner, Robert W. Stegner
  • Patent number: 10239210
    Abstract: The problem of picking tightly-pack generally uniformed products such as rubber bales in a bin is solved by sequentially selecting each one of the products based on the products depths in the bin, using a robot with a tool to grip each selected product, and moving on an output station each gripped product considering its position relative to the gripping tool. A first sensor system is used to determine the product depths in the bin. The sensor system can be mounted on the robot tool or be positioned above the bin. The position of each gripped product in the gripping tool is achieved by analyzing an image of the gripped product in the gripping tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Symbotic Canada ULC
    Inventors: Sylvain-Paul Morency, Marc Ducharme, Robert Jodoin, Christian Simon, Jonathan Fournier, Sebastien Lemay
  • Patent number: 10210568
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are disclosed for coordination of a population of Thermostatically Controlled Loads (TCLs) with unknown parameters to achieve group objectives including bidding and market clearing strategies designed to motivate self-interested users to realize efficient energy allocation subject to a peak power constraint. In one examples of the disclosed technology, a method of operating a load includes estimating a set of values for unmeasured parameters of the load's thermal environment based on output measurements of the thermal environment, determining an energy response based on the estimated set of values for the unmeasured parameters, and transmitting a bid for power for a finite time period based on the determined energy response to the coordinator. A clearing price is received from the coordinator responsive to the transmitted bid and power is sent to the load responsive to the received clearing price.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignees: Battelle Memorial Institute, Ohio State Innovation Foundation
    Inventors: Jianming Lian, Karanjit Kalsi, Sen Li, Wei Zhang
  • Patent number: 9811619
    Abstract: A specialized low drop-out voltage regulator (LDO) computer system stores a generalized base model of an LDO. The base model includes values representing a circuit topology and a set of analog behavior blocks associated with the generalized LDO. Values of a set of operational parameters associated with a specific model of LDO are input to the specialized LDO computer system from a data sheet associated with the specific model of LDO. The specialized LDO computer system transforms the set of operational parameters into a computer model of the specific LDO. The LDO-specific computer model is output as a netlist or as a set of instantiation control values to control external hardware such as an integrated circuit die tooling system or a computer graphical display system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Robert Nichols Atwell, Britt Eric Brooks
  • Patent number: 8362644
    Abstract: A system, method, and apparatus for managing an application of power from photovoltaic arrays to power conversion components. The method may include arranging a first array and a second array in series, coupling a positive terminal of a first array to the power conversion component, coupling a negative terminal of a second array to the power conversion component, and modulating an amount of current flowing between a negative terminal of the first array and a positive terminal of the second array so as to ramp up a level of current flowing through the arrays as the arrays are brought online with the power conversion component. A voltage of any terminal on either of the arrays may be limited so that the voltage on any of the terminals does not reach a restricted level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Advanced Energy Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Jack Arthur Gilmore
  • Patent number: 8362638
    Abstract: A marine vessel power and propulsion system that provides a vessel-wide uninterruptible power supply is described. The power and propulsion system includes a propulsion system including a prime mover coupled to a motor/generator and a propulsion device. The motor/generator is configured to be driven by the prime mover and to generate alternating current (AC) electric power. The power and propulsion system also includes a ship-service electrical system including a generator set and a ship-service bus. The generator set is configured to generate ship-service electric power for distribution over the ship-service bus. The power and propulsion system also includes a bi-directional converter configured to couple the propulsion system to the ship-service electrical system and to convert AC electric power generated by the propulsion system to ship-service electric power for distribution over the ship-service electrical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Paul R. Gemin, Ralph Teichmann, Kiyoung Chung
  • Patent number: 8362654
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an apparatus. The apparatus includes a first connector and a switching system. The first connector is configured to receive a second connector having a first contact area and a second different contact area. The switching system is connected to the first connector. The switching system is configured to alternatively connect a ground of the apparatus to the first or the second contact area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Kai Inha, Juha Backman
  • Patent number: 8362655
    Abstract: An apparatus for reducing the energy consumption of a machine has a deactivation device and a monitoring device. The deactivation device is embodied for providing a deactivation signal in response to a pre-defined deactivation event. The monitoring device is embodied for switching the machine to an energy-saving mode in response to the deactivation signal in accordance with a pre-defined deactivation rule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Guenther Landgraf, Thomas Buerger, Jens Bruehl
  • Patent number: 8358031
    Abstract: A power conversion system includes a photovoltaic source to generate direct current (DC) power; a direct current (DC) to an alternating current (AC) single stage inverter to convert the direct current (DC) power from the photovoltaic source to alternating current (AC) power for delivery to a power grid, and a load balancing unit coupled to the single stage inverter. The power conversion system also includes a controller configured to determine a maximum power point for the power conversion system, regulate an output voltage of the single stage inverter, compute a power balance difference between a power demand from the power grid and an output power of the single stage inverter obtainable at the maximum power point and control in real-time the load balancing unit based on the power balance difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kathleen Ann O'Brien, Ralph Teichmann
  • Patent number: 8350576
    Abstract: A switching system for interfacing a single channel test equipment with a multi-channel device under test, the switching system including: an input connection for connecting to the single channel test equipment; an N-way switch having an N-way switch input coupled to the input connection, the N-way switch having N switch outputs; N output connections coupled to the N switch outputs, the N output connections for connecting to inputs of the multi-channel device under test; a controller coupled to the N-way switch for controlling a connection between the N-way switch input and one of the N switch outputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Exelis Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Matthew Rondeau
  • Patent number: 8350410
    Abstract: An uninterruptible power supply is able to switch an operation mode between an on-line operation method and an off-line operation method for a wider range of commercial power supplies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Fuji Electric Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Yasumasa Murai
  • Patent number: 8344556
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a foam proportioning system powered by a battery, with the system including a pump, a pump motor, and a solid state contactor. The solid state contactor includes a battery terminal connected to the battery, a load terminal connected to the pump motor, and an enable switch. The enable switch selectively connects the battery terminal and the load terminal in order to form a power line carrying a current from the battery to the pump motor. A state of the enable switch is based on the current being drawn through the power line by the pump motor. The enable switch is closed in order for the solid state contactor to provide power to the pump motor when the current through the power line is between about zero amps and about 80 amps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Sta-Rite Industries, LLC
    Inventor: Jonathan Gamble
  • Patent number: 8344541
    Abstract: A reverse current protection system for a vehicle electrical system that communicates with a trailer electrical system generally includes a mode determination module that receives a reverse current flow detection signal and that selectively determines a field effect transistor (FET) operating mode to be a reverse on mode based on the reverse current flow detection signal. A current flow control module generates a current flow control signal to a field effect transistor to control the field effect transistor based on the determined FET operating mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Yazaki North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Kang Li, Alain Grenier
  • Patent number: 8338989
    Abstract: A photovoltaic system may include a DC to AC inverter, a voltage sensor configured to measure an input voltage from a photovoltaic array, and a controller configured to calculate a voltage differential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: First Solar, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Thompson
  • Patent number: 8338984
    Abstract: An uninterruptible power supply supporting active loads includes a charge and discharge module having a battery set and a charger charging the battery set with an input power, a switch circuit having at least two active switches connected to the battery set, a dynamic PWM control module connected with each of the active switches of the switch circuit, alternately outputting duty cycles composed of low-frequency square wave and high-frequency square wave and alternately controlling each of the active switches to turn on or off, and a transformer having a primary side connected with the switch circuit and a secondary side whose two terminals are connected with an output capacitor generating a filtering function in collaboration with an leakage inductor in the secondary side of the transformer. The uninterruptible power supply generates a quasi-continuous output satisfying the hold-up time demanded by an active load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Cyber Power System Inc.
    Inventors: Shou-Ting Yeh, Yung-Mei Lin, Hung-Ming Hsieh
  • Patent number: 8330305
    Abstract: A system and method for protecting devices from impact damage is provided. Prior to impact between a surface and a device, a determination of a risk of damage to the device is made. If the risk of damage to the device exceeds a threshold, a protection system is activated to reduce or substantially eliminate damage to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory M Hart, Jeffrey P Bezos
  • Patent number: 8330292
    Abstract: A power supply with an integrated power system has a common transformer. After the power supply receives input power, the common transformer generates an induction power at the secondary side. The power supply further includes a standby power system receiving the induction power and outputting a standby power, an actuation switch with one end electrically bridging the common transformer and the standby power system, a primary power system connecting to the other end of the actuation switch, and a power management unit receives the standby power to be activated. The standby power system modulates and transforms the induction power to the standby power to start operation of the power management unit. Users can trigger the power management unit to output an enabling signal to conduct the actuation switch to be ON so that the primary power system can receive the induction power and transform to output the primary output power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Zippy Technology Corp.
    Inventors: Yi-Hua Wang, Yu-Yuan Chang
  • Patent number: 8319370
    Abstract: A grid interconnection device 100 comprises a receiver configured to receive an adjustment instruction and a controller configured to control a backward flow power on the basis of the adjustment instruction. The adjustment instruction includes group information indicating an application group to which the adjustment instruction is applied among a plurality of groups G. Customers 30 (each includes a power supply device) are grouped depending on the distance from a substation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuo Itoh, Masahiro Makino, Toshiyuki Hirata
  • Patent number: 8314510
    Abstract: A method for selecting an electric power supply and a circuit thereof are provided. The method includes detecting whether there is an output signal from a high electric power source, connecting a low electric power source with input of a transformer if there is no output signal from the high electric power source, disconnecting output of the transformer with a general circuit if there is no output signal from the high electric power source, transforming a voltage received from the low electric power source, and outputting the transformed voltage to a control unit. By disconnecting the output of the transformer with the general circuit, the low power source may reduce waste of an electric power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ho-woong Kang
  • Patent number: 8310107
    Abstract: A power transmission control device used for a non-contact power transmission system includes a power-transmitting-side control circuit that controls power transmission to a power receiving device, and a harmonic detection circuit that detects a harmonic signal of a drive frequency of a primary coil. A resonant circuit (leakage inductance and resonant capacitor) that resonates with the harmonic of the drive frequency of the primary coil L1 is formed in the power receiving device so that harmonic resonance occurs. The harmonic detection circuit detects the harmonic resonance peak of the drive frequency of the primary coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Mikimoto Jin