Patents Examined by Mohammad Ali
  • Patent number: 11003162
    Abstract: A data collection device capable of reducing the load of a data collection process and network communication by monitoring trigger at a plurality of cycles is provided. The data collection device includes a control unit, and the control unit includes: an event monitoring unit that acquires first trigger information from the machine tool at a first cycle and monitors whether a starting condition and an ending condition for acquisition of the data have been established on the basis of the first trigger information; a sampling control unit that instructs the machine tool to sample the data at a second cycle shorter than the first cycle when the starting condition is established and instructs the machine tool to end the sampling when the ending condition is established; and a data acquisition unit that acquires the data sampled by the machine tool from the machine tool together with second trigger information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Sugiyama, Junichi Tezuka, Tadashi Okita
  • Patent number: 11003174
    Abstract: A production module for performing a production function on a product, production system, production planning device, and method for planning the production of the product, wherein a plurality of production modules are intercoupled, where a self-description information set is stored within each production module as a database, e.g., NoSQL, OWL, ontology, SPARQL, which comprises properties of the production module, where if a production information set comprising the production steps required to produce the product is present, then the production information set and the self-description information sets or parts thereof are transmitted to a production planning device to plan production of the product and a production procedure plan for a product to be processed is determined, and where the production procedure plan comprises an information set about a sequence of production modules of the production system, which sequence a product should pass through to produce an intermediate product or end product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Steffen Lamparter, Gisbert Lawitzky, Michael Pirker, Kai Wurm, Vladimir Zahorcak
  • Patent number: 11000051
    Abstract: Methods used to monitor a baby formula manufacturing process are disclosed herein. Consequently, the methods and systems provide a way to perform monitoring of a standardization process on an integrated level whereby baby formula manufacturers can achieve data and product integrity and ultimately minimize cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Inventor: Shane M. Popp
  • Patent number: 10996656
    Abstract: A system to receive data representing agronomic responses based on randomized replicated treatments conducted in test plots of agronomic environments, aggregate the data representing the agronomic responses into subsets of the data representing the agronomic responses, each subset of the data representing the agronomic responses associated with one of a number of performance zones, receive characteristics associated with a portion of a field and determine that the portion of the field represents a particular performance zone of the number of performance zones based on the characteristics associated with the portion of the field, recommend a particularized treatment level for a crop located in the portion of the field based on the particular performance zone, and communicate the particularized treatment level to a machine, the particularized treatment level to be applied to the portion of the field by the machine to optimize an agronomic response based on the particular performance zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: PREMIER CROP SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Dan Frieberg, Andrew Joseph Krmenec, Adam Michael Frieberg, Mark Stelford
  • Patent number: 10993783
    Abstract: Methods for designing and fabrication of a series of apparatuses for expanding a patient's palate (“palatal expanders”). In particular, described herein are methods and apparatuses for forming palatal expanders, including rapid palatal expanders, as well as series of palatal expanders formed as described herein and apparatuses for designing and fabricating them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Fuming Wu, Ryan Kimura, Jeremy Riley, Yaser Shanjani, Norman Su, Jun Sato, Bastien Pesenti, John Y. Morton, Jihua Cheng
  • Patent number: 10990086
    Abstract: The invention relates to a module for a technical facility comprising a technical hardware for executing a technical sub-process, a controller for locally controlling the technical hardware wherein the controller is configured to control the technical hardware automatically and an external interface of the controller, wherein the external interface comprises an OPC-UA server. The OPC-UA server has a fixedly predetermined information structure having static information and dynamic information wherein the static information describes the technical hardware and the controller, and the controller writes the dynamic information as real-time values of the technical hardware into the information structure. Furthermore, a corresponding method for controlling a technical facility is claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: WAGO Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH
    Inventors: Thomas Albers, Thomas Holm
  • Patent number: 10990092
    Abstract: Methods and systems of identifying a time reduction in a manufacturing time associated with a plurality of products. One system includes an electronic processor configured to receive a dataset associated with an assembly line. The dataset includes a classification for each of the plurality of products produced by the assembly line, where the assembly line is associated with a plurality of tests. The electronic processor is also configured to determine a set of test combinations for the assembly line based on the plurality of tests and, for each test combination, determine a number of missing products based on the classification for each of the plurality of products. The electronic processor is also configured to determine at least one test to remove based on the number of missing products for each test combination and output a result including an indication of the at least one test to remove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Rumi Ghosh, Soundararajan Srinivasan, Ruobing Chen, Shan Kang, Marc Naumann, Mahesh Goud Tandarpally
  • Patent number: 10989427
    Abstract: A system for remote diagnostic analysis of a heating, ventilation and air condition (HVAC) system is provided. The system includes a thermostat in operable communication with at least one peripheral component of the HVAC system and configured to receive information relating to the at least one peripheral component, and a server in operable communication with the thermostat for receiving and analyzing the information. The server causes the at least one peripheral component to conduct a diagnostic test and analyzes the test result to perform a root cause analysis of a system malfunction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Trane International Inc.
    Inventors: Prerana Maslekar, Mageshkumar Muthuswamy, Carl L Garrett
  • Patent number: 10987878
    Abstract: The hardware and software properties of a three-dimensional printer can be queried and applied to select suitable directly printable models for the printer, or to identify situations where a new machine-ready model must be generated. The properties may be any properties relevant to fabrication including, e.g., physical properties of the printer, printer firmware, user settings, hardware configurations, and so forth. A printer may respond to configuration queries with a dictionary of capabilities or properties, and this dictionary may be used to select suitable models, or determine when a new model must be created. Similarly, when a printable model is sent to the printer, metadata for the printable model may be compared to printer properties in the dictionary to ensure that the model can be fabricated by the printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: MakerBot Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Alison N. Leonard, Joseph Sadusk
  • Patent number: 10990116
    Abstract: There is provided a power management device including a load current control unit that sets an upper limit on a load current received from a connected feeding device and controls the load current on the basis of the upper limit, and a determination unit that, when the load current control unit has reset the upper limit to a higher value, determines if the upper limit has exceeded a current capacity of the feeding device on the basis of a voltage drop level of an input voltage. The load current control unit resets the upper limit in increments or decrements of a predetermined value, and the load current control unit, when the determination unit has determined that the upper limit had exceeded the current capacity of the feeding device, controls the load current by resetting the upper limit to a value not exceeding the current capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hidekazu Nakai
  • Patent number: 10983498
    Abstract: A calibration method of a detection device and a method for acquiring a calibration file of the detection device are described herein. The acquisition method includes generating the calibration file in an address space accessible by the detection device in a use environment according to a calibration result, and correspondingly storing a unique identification code, the calibration result, and the calibration file of each detection device. When the detection device detects an article, the method includes attempting to acquire the calibration file from itself. If the calibration file can be acquired, the method includes directly loading the calibration file. If the calibration file cannot be acquired, the method includes acquiring the calibration file from the address space accessible by the detection device in the use environment. The solution is applied to the calibration of the detection device on a production line and the use of the detection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: CLOUDMINDS (SHENZHEN) ROBOTICS SYSTEMS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Lei Luo, Wei Yang, Taotao Mu
  • Patent number: 10982889
    Abstract: A refrigeration cycle apparatus, in which demand control is performed to adjust electric power, includes: a compressor, a driving rotation speed; a recording device that records, as data, a relationship between the driving rotation speed of the compressor and a temperature difference between a set temperature and a detected temperature, the set temperature being set as desired as a temperature control target for a temperature adjustment target, and the detected temperature being detected by a temperature detecting device disposed at a position at which a temperature of the temperature adjustment target is detected; and a main controller that, in response to a request for the demand control, calculates the temperature difference between the set temperature and the detected temperature, retrieves, from the recording device, data of the driving rotation speed of the compressor corresponding to the calculated temperature difference, and controls the compressor based on the retrieved driving rotation speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Soichiro Koshi, Toshinori Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10983505
    Abstract: Some embodiments facilitate creation of an industrial asset item via an additive manufacturing process wherein motion is provided between a build plate and a print arm. A correction engine may receive, from an industrial asset item definition data store containing at least one electronic record defining the industrial asset item, the data defining the industrial asset item. A correction engine computer processor may then correct the motion provided between the build plate and the print arm such that the motion deviates from a path indicated by the data defining the industrial asset item. The three-dimension printer may be a rotary printer such that the build plate rotates about a vertical axis and moves along the vertical axis during printing. In these cases, a pre-compensation algorithm may be applied to correct the motion provided between the build plate and the print arm before transmitting data to the three-dimensional additive manufacturing printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Subhrajit Roychowdhury, Brian McCarthy, Michael Tucker, David C Bogdan, Jr., Michael Evans Graham, William Carter, Victor Ostroverkhov
  • Patent number: 10983491
    Abstract: An automation device, having an input for receiving input signals and/or an output for outputting output signals of a process, and an electronic data processing unit, which is adapted to run an application program during operation of the automation device and to process data contained in the input and/or output signals by means of a program function, characterized in that in a digital program memory, a plurality of program functions is stored separately to the application program, which are each uniquely addressable via a function pointer, wherein during operation of the automation device, based on a predetermined function selection, the application program is configured to determine the function pointer of the program function corresponding to the predetermined function selection from a functions reference list stored in a digital data memory and, by means of the determined function pointer, to run the program function corresponding to the predetermined function selection for processing the data contained in
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: WAGO Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH
    Inventors: Niels Fangmeier, Stefan Van Lier
  • Patent number: 10983500
    Abstract: A distributed light-guided processing method includes obtaining an order from a requester, for at least one completed product. Raw components are provided to at least one selected remote processing location. The selected remote processing location includes a light guided system. Work instructions are provided to the selected remote processing location, wherein the work instructions enable the light guided system to guide construction of the completed product. The completed product is processed, using at least the raw components, the work instructions, and the light guided system. The completed product is shipped from the selected remote processing location upon completion of the processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: OPS Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Paul Ryznar, William T. Sommerville
  • Patent number: 10981330
    Abstract: A method of forming a part using additive manufacturing may include receiving, at a computer numeric controlled (CNC) machine, a computer aided design (CAD) model of the part. The method may further include dividing the CAD model into plurality of sections. The method may further include slicing each of the plurality of sections into a plurality of layers. Each section may include a distinct set of print parameters. The method may further include depositing a flowable material onto a worktable according the set of print parameters for each section of the of the plurality of sections to manufacture the part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Thermwood Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Susnjara, Scott G. Vaal, Nicolas C. Vote
  • Patent number: 10974311
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for positioning an end effector relative to a fuselage assembly. The end effector is positioned relative to an expected reference location for a reference point on the fuselage assembly using data from a first metrology system. After positioning the end effector relative to the expected reference location, an actual reference location for the reference point on the fuselage assembly is identified using data from a second metrology system. The end effector is positioned at an operation location based on the actual reference location identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Harinder S. Oberoi, John Willard Dorsey-Palmateer, Yuanxin Charles Hu, Branko Sarh, Kevin Marion Barrick, Melissa Ann Findlay, Jorge Alberto Arriaga, Gregory Gudzinski, Jeffrey Lawrence Miller
  • Patent number: 10974460
    Abstract: Tracking of measured depth with intervening depositing of one or more layers provides a way of improving the accuracy of surface reconstruction. For example, knowledge of the desired or expected thickness of each layer, in combination with the scan data is combined to yield higher accuracy than is available from scan data of a single scan alone. One application of such an accurate surface reconstruction is in a feedback arrangement in which the desired thickness of one or more subsequent layers to be deposited after scanning is determined from the estimate of the surface depth and a model of the object that is being fabricated, and by increasing accuracy of the surface depth estimate, the precision of the fabrication of the object may be increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Inkbit, LLC
    Inventors: Desai Chen, Wojciech Matusik
  • Patent number: 10969798
    Abstract: An irrigation controller is disclosed together with associated methods and computer program products. The irrigation controller may calculate a first estimated in-soil water level at a first point in time and a second estimated in-soil water level at a second point in time with the second point in time comprising a beginning of an impermissible watering period for one watering zone. The irrigation controller may set a watering schedule, based on an estimated irrigation rate and the difference between the second estimated in-soil water level and an in-soil water capacity, for the one watering zone of a property such that the second estimated in-soil water level is elevated to the estimated in-soil water capacity based on the estimated irrigation rate for the one watering zone during a permissible watering period immediately before the impermissible watering period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Orbit Irrigation Products, LLC
    Inventors: Brad J. Wardle, Stuart J. Eyring, Jason R. Sims
  • Patent number: 10967574
    Abstract: A laser additive manufacturing apparatus and a method thereof are provided. The apparatus includes an irradiation unit that irradiates an irradiation region with a laser beam having a light intensity distribution converted by a diffractive optical element, a head having a material supplying unit for supplying powder material to the irradiation region, and a movement mechanism which relatively moves the head and a workpiece. In the irradiation region, irradiation light forms a substantially circular spot having a light intensity distribution in which light intensity in an outer peripheral portion is higher than light intensity in a central portion, and the central portion has predetermined light intensity, and the material supplying unit supplies the powder material to the substantially circular spot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: DMG MORI Company Limited
    Inventor: Masaki Kondo