Patents Examined by Paul B. Yanchus, III
  • Patent number: 10784687
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of controlling a multivalent energy supply system, wherein the multivalent energy supply system comprises at least two energy generators which use at least two different energy carriers to provide energy in the form of heat and/or cold and/or electrical energy. The energy supply system comprises, for each energy generator, a closed-loop controller for controlling controlled variables of the energy generator and a control device for coordinatedly controlling the closed-loop controllers. The control device detects at least one energy supply request for at least one energy form of heat and/or cold and/or electrical energy and determines a classification of the energy generator into groups according to a specific characteristic of the energy generators, each energy generator being assigned to exactly one group for each energy form that it provides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Viessmann Werke GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Christian Arnold, Martin Bock, Andrej Grad, Tobias Maurer, Reinhard Osterloh, Jörg Timmermann
  • Patent number: 10782661
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of controlling a multivalent energy supply system comprising at least two energy generators which use at least two different energy carriers in order to provide energy in the form of heat and/or cold and/or electrical energy. The energy supply system further comprises a closed-loop controller for each energy generator for controlling controlled variables of the energy generator and a control device for coordinatedly controlling the closed-loop controllers. The control device detects at least one energy supply request for at least one energy form of heat and/or cold and/or electrical energy. For each energy generator, the control device determines target values for meeting the at least one energy supply request based on the particular energy carrier being used, wherein the target values may also include instructions for switching the energy generator on or off, and outputs the target values to the closed-loop controllers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Viessmann Werke GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Christian Arnold, Martin Bock, Andrej Grad, Tobias Maurer, Reinhard Osterloh, Jörg Timmermann
  • Patent number: 10760810
    Abstract: Equipment management system including two or more indoor environment control devices controlling the air environment in an indoor space; and control terminal connected to each of indoor environment control devices and configured to send and receive information to and from them. Control terminal includes external communication unit that communicates with mobile communication device connected through a public line; condition acquiring unit that acquires information related to an operating condition of indoor environment control devices from mobile communication device through external communication unit; operating condition determination unit that determines an operating condition of indoor environment control devices based on information acquired by condition acquiring unit; and control unit that operates indoor environment control devices under the operating condition determined by operating condition determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuusuke Nakashima, Masamichi Kachi, Tsuraki Nakajima, Ayumi Konishi
  • Patent number: 10747202
    Abstract: A manufacturing computer device for dynamically adapting additive manufacturing of a part is configured to store a build file for building the part including one or more build parameters and receive build information. The manufacturing computer device is also configured to compare the sensor information to the one or more build parameters to determine one or more differences. The computer device is further configured to determine one or more adjustments to the one or more build parameters. Moreover, the computer device is configured to generate an updated build file based on the one or more adjustments. In addition, the computer device is further configured to transmit the updated build file to at least one machine of the plurality of machines for manufacture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Rogier Sebastiaan Blom, John Freer, Dean Michael Robinson, Subhrajit Roychowdhury, Harry Kirk Mathews, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10739763
    Abstract: An industrial controller within an industrial automation environment is provided. The industrial controller includes a programming logic controller, configured to control an industrial device, and a predictive module, coupled with the programming logic controller. The predictive module is configured to receive configuration data from the programming logic controller, create a user-defined controller tag, and transfer the user-defined controller tag to the programming logic controller. The predictive module is also configured to receive operational data from the programming logic controller, and calculate operation monitoring data and value estimation data based on the operational data. The predictive module is further configured to write the operation monitoring data and value estimation data to the user-defined controller tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Eugene Mourzine, Alexander B. Smith, Jonathan M. Wise, Olivia M. Leslie, Samuel L. Massari, Jonathan D. Walter
  • Patent number: 10743450
    Abstract: Component supply unit includes supply section for supplying components to mounting device, is electrically connected to mounting device, receives from an operator an operation input to supply section and an operation input to mounting device, controls supply section in accordance with the operation input to supply section, and outputs a signal to mounting device based on the operation input to mounting device. Component supply unit receives the operation input to mounting device in addition to the operation input to component supply unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: FUJI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuma Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 10732615
    Abstract: A system and method for minimizing the damage to the backside of a workpiece disposed on a platen during thermal transitions is disclosed. The system includes a controller that modulates the clamping voltage and backside gas pressure during the thermal transition. By modulating the clamping voltage, the workpiece may not be as tightly held to the platen at certain times, thus minimizing damage that may be caused by particles resident on the top surface of the platen. Furthermore, the modulation of the backside gas pressure still permits good thermal conductivity between the platen and the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott E. Peitzsch
  • Patent number: 10732587
    Abstract: Compensation for an external disturbance can be applied without requiring a model of the external disturbance, and, particularly, the amount of control can be accurately predicted even when the amplitude of a waveform representing changes in a predicted error with respect to time is not constant with respect to time in a case in which the predicted error that is an error between an actually-measured value of the amount of control of a control target and a predicted value periodically changes. A controller compensates a predicted value of the current amount of control using a predicted error of a previous period by taking changes in the amplitude of a waveform representing a predicted error that is an error between an actually-measured value of the amount of control and a predicted value into account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Masaki Namie, Yukio Iname
  • Patent number: 10725522
    Abstract: In some aspects, the disclosure is directed to methods and systems for a device including a physical interface with electrical connection to a communication channel, and circuitry configured to detect energy received at the physical interface, wait a predetermined length of a time until the beginning of a time slot, monitor the physical interface during the time slot for a predefined pattern from the communication channel, and upon detection of the predefined pattern, transition the device to an increased-power mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Avago Technologies International Sales Pte. Limited
    Inventors: Mehmet Vakif Tazebay, Ahmad Chini, Xiaotong Lin
  • Patent number: 10725444
    Abstract: A building automation space facility or building automation facility comprising systems and methods for classifying and standardizing sensors and sensor data using time-series data and/or meta data, such as data and meta information available in a control network or hardware is disclosed. The disclosed system and methods provide techniques to rapidly identify and classify sensors using analysis of time-series data (e.g., data collected from a sensor such as by polling the sensor every second, minute, hour, day, month, and so on) and/or meta data (e.g., label names, group names, associated equipment, and so on) from these sensors and associated control systems. In this manner, the disclosed techniques greatly improve the extent to which a building automation facility or system monitors, manages, and reports on various elements within a building or group of buildings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: CopperTree Analytics Ltd.
    Inventors: Jason Burt, Brice Kosnik
  • Patent number: 10725454
    Abstract: Techniques for modifying a mask fabrication process based the identification of an abnormality in a pattern of a fabricated lithography mask are disclosed including comparing a fabricated lithography mask to a lithography mask design where the fabricated lithography mask is fabricated based at least in part on the lithography mask design using a mask fabrication process. An abnormality in a pattern of the fabricated lithography mask relative to a corresponding one of the plurality of patterns in the lithography mask design is identified based at least in part on the comparison of the fabricated lithography mask to the lithography mask design. A calibrated mask model is generated based at least in part on the identified abnormality in the pattern of the fabricated lithography mask and the mask fabrication process is modified based at least in part on the calibrated mask model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ravi K. Bonam, Nicole Saulnier, Michael Crouse, Derren N. Dunn
  • Patent number: 10712720
    Abstract: A system adapted to provide alert signals to individuals or institutions and/or control signals to utilities control units to automatically stop the flow of gas, water, electricity, oil, etc., such signals being delivered in response to the detection of seismic events, the detection occurring via ground-based monitoring systems and/or satellite-based monitoring systems. The alert and/or control signals are distributed through various broadcasting systems or similar channels of communication, such as radio frequency transmitters, Internet service providers, cell phone wireless carriers, satellite phone service providers and/or security monitoring service providers, to individuals and/or facilities through smartphones, landline telephones, tablets, PC's, voice-controlled web communication devices or the like and/or to signal receivers on utilities control units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: E-SEISMIC SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Everett Ogden
  • Patent number: 10715347
    Abstract: A method of building automation control from a computing device is provided and includes a computing device: accessing a building automation network through one or more network connections and identifying automated devices attached to that building automation network; determining a user interface structure for the automated devices and a device user interface for each automated device from device names of the automated devices on the building automation network; providing a user interface comprising the user interface structure and the device user interfaces on the computing device; and controlling one or more of the automated devices over one of the one or more network connections using instructions received over the user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: ECONOWISE DRIVES AND CONTROLS LTD.
    Inventor: David Michael Lapsley
  • Patent number: 10699352
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of controlling an energy supply system comprising at least two energy generators each configured to provide at least one form of energy of heat and/or cold and/or electrical energy. The energy supply system further comprises one closed-loop controller per energy generator for controlling the energy generator and a control device coordinatedly controlling the closed-loop controllers. The control device detects an energy supply request for providing energy in the form of heat and/or cold and/or electrical energy and determines for each energy form which energy generators are required to meet the energy supply request. For each energy form, the control device generates switch-on requests for the energy generators required to meet the energy supply system and switch-off requests for the energy generators not required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Viessmann Werke GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Christian Arnold, Martin Bock, Andrej Grad, Tobias Maurer, Reinhard Osterloh, Jörg Timmermann
  • Patent number: 10684023
    Abstract: A water heating system can include a water heater having a tank, an inlet line, and an outlet line, where the inlet line provides unheated water to the tank, and where the outlet line draws heated water from the tank. The water heating system can also include multiple sensing devices, where each sensing device of the plurality of sensing devices measures a parameter associated with the tank. The water heating system can further include a controller communicably coupled to the plurality of sensing devices, where the controller determines an amount of heated water in the tank based on measurements made by the plurality of sensing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Rheem Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Raheel A. Chaudhry, Lydia Herge
  • Patent number: 10671133
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a distribution network that includes circuitry configured to receive first power from a first voltage source and second power from a second voltage source, and to deliver power to each of a plurality of electronic circuitry blocks (ECBs), including to deliver first ECB power to a first ECB and second ECB power to a second ECB. The first ECB power includes a first portion of the first power and a first portion of the second power. The apparatus also includes power management logic to dynamically adjust the power to be provided to each ECB. Responsive to a change in a first activity level of the first ECB, the power management logic is to change the first ECB power by adjustment of the first portion of the first power and adjustment of the first portion of the second power. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Sandeep K. Venishetti, Sanjeev S. Jahagirdar, Srinivas Thota
  • Patent number: 10671055
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for determining a target adjustment route for a preset control condition set of a production line are provided. The apparatus establishes at least one candidate adjustment route for the preset control condition set according to the historical control condition sets. Each candidate adjustment route includes at least one adjustment control condition set arranged in an adjustment order. Each adjustment control condition set is one of the historical control condition sets. Within the same candidate adjustment route, the historical yield related values corresponding to the adjustment control condition sets are all greater than the preset yield related value and increase in the adjustment order. Within the same candidate adjustment route, the numbers of the adjustment control condition(s) included in the adjustment sets increase in the adjustment order. The apparatus selects one of the candidate adjustment route(s) as the target adjustment route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Institute For Information Industry
    Inventors: Cheng-Juei Yu, Yi-Hsin Wu, Yin-Jing Tien, Jui-Yu Huang, Li-Jung Chen
  • Patent number: 10663944
    Abstract: A machining system (10) comprising a machine comprising: real tool (12); actuators (14) for moving the real tool (12); sensors (15) for generating positioning data (16) for the real tool (12); a memory (17) for storing shape correction data (20) for the real tool (12); and a physical controller (18) for executing a machining program (19) and for controlling the actuators (14) as a function of the shape correction data (20), so as to move the real tool (12) relative to the real blank (13). On the basis of said data (22) representative of the positions of the real tool (12) and of the real blank (13), image display means (24) generate a reconstituted image (25) representative: of the shape of the real blank (13); and of the position of the real tool (12) at a given instant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: MESSIER-BUGATTI-DOWTY
    Inventors: Christophe Chebroux, Daniel Lallement, Olivier Coma, Olivier Bellaton, Olivier Gueneau
  • Patent number: 10663498
    Abstract: A power monitoring device (PMD) can perform real-time remote managing, status reporting and analysis on the health/condition of equipment connected to the PMD. For example, a PMD provides data such as whether the equipment connected is idling, fully operating, malfunctioning, etc. The PMD can turn the power on/off, trigger system alert, and perform time-delayed or special profile programming to manage and monitor equipment usage. A power signature identification capability can identify what equipment such as monitor, laptop, lighting equipment, etc., are being connected. A configuration can be used by the power management device based at least in part on the waveform information (e.g., device model, activity status, etc.). Real-time diagnosis and collection of energy consumption and usage pattern can be aggregated for planning and management. Asset management can be enabled by discovering which models of devices are active and connected to a predetermined power management device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignees: Targus International LLC, Targus Group (UK) LTD
    Inventors: Ronald Decamp, Dan Tsang, David Kai Bong Mak, Paul Dale, Jay Turner
  • Patent number: 10658868
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a housing for an electronic circuit. The housing includes at least three planes that form a structure to house the electronic circuit. At least one channel is formed along at least one of the three planes to provide a waveguide in the housing for wireless communications. A wireless communications module communicates via the waveguide to control the electronic circuit enclosed in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Ralf J. Muenster, Ali Djabbari, Juan Alejandro Herbsommer