Patents Examined by Ramesh B. Patel
  • Patent number: 10365633
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally describes a method for processing a workpiece in a machine, where the method determines an offset of the machine and adjusts for the offset during production operation. In one form, the method includes logging offset data of the machine over a period of operational time having varying thermal conditions, and comparing the logged offset data against a thermal model, where the thermal model is generated based on a probing routine and dry cycling for a plurality of test cycles on a calibration artifact. Based on the comparing, the method estimates offsets for the machine and adjusts offsets of the machine during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Chandra Sekhar Jalluri, Himanshu Rajoria, Jon Guske, Michael Allen Schmitz
  • Patent number: 10363604
    Abstract: A lamination molding apparatus, including a numerical control apparatus configured to form a desired lamination molding object by a repetition in accordance with a main program pre-created and numbered with a sequence number, the main program including a plurality of program lines, wherein the repetition includes forming a material powder layer of a predetermined thickness on a molding table for each divided layer, the molding table being vertically movable, the divided layer being obtained by dividing a shape of the desired lamination molding object at the predetermined thickness; and irradiating a predetermined area of the material powder layer with a laser beam to form a sintered layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Sodick Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mikio Kaneko
  • Patent number: 10353407
    Abstract: The invention provides a method of demand management for fluid networks. The method includes the steps of providing a computer controlled fluid network for delivery of fluid to at least one customer (14), maintaining a real time database (16) within the computer controlled fluid network of predetermined parameters, requesting a flow rate and time of delivery of said fluid from the fluid network through a user interface (22) to a customer (20), determining, using predetermined parameters from the real time database (16), the availability (24) of providing delivery of fluid from the fluid network to the customer (14) based on hydraulic capacity of the fluid network, and, if the hydraulic capacity is available, calculating parameters (38) using the real time database (16) to deliver fluid to the customer (14) through the computer controlled fluid network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: RUBICON RESEARCH PTY LTD.
    Inventors: David John Aughton, Sumith Choy
  • Patent number: 10345780
    Abstract: A method for updating operating parameters of a consumer appliance. Respective operating conditions are received regarding a plurality of consumer appliances that are communicatively coupled to a database. Historical data tracking at least one component in the plurality of consumer appliances based on the operating conditions is generated. A trend, based on the data, as well as a first set of optimal operating parameters for operating the component in a first consumer appliance of the plurality of consumer appliances is determined. The first set of updated operating parameters is transmitted to the first consumer appliance to effect a change in an operation of the component in the first consumer appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: James E. Bostick, John M. Ganci, Jr., Martin G. Keen, Sarbajit K. Rakshit
  • Patent number: 10344615
    Abstract: A method and system of scheduling a demand for a process inner loop are provided. The loop controller includes an inner loop control system configured to generate a control output signal for a controllable member and a schedule demand module configured to receive parameter values for a controlled variable of a process from a parameter source and to generate a scheduled demand output using a demand schedule. The loop controller also includes a schedule prediction module configured to predict a future value of a scheduling parameter based on a historical performance of the inner loop control system and current system dynamics and to generate a scheduled rate output. The schedule prediction module includes the rate-of-change of a scheduling parameter and a lead time input that defines a look-ahead time period used with the parameter rate signal to determine a future predicted value of the controlled variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Darryl Brian Price, Mitchell Donald Smith
  • Patent number: 10338549
    Abstract: A system communicates process data to a remote computing device. The system includes a processor, a communication unit, and a memory storing instructions for modules. The modules include a scanner interfacing with the communication unit to enable communication with a server via a first network. The scanner enables communication by receiving data from the server, identifying polling requests in the data received, and transmitting request lists to the server in response to the polling requests. The modules also include a data stream processor determining a set of process data values in the data received, the set of process data values corresponding to view list data to be communicated to the remote computing device. Another module is an application program interface (API) interfacing with the communication units to enable communication with the remote computing device a second network by transmitting the set of process data values to the remote computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Mark J. Nixon, David R. Denison, Hoa Van Lai, Ken J. Beoughter, Daniel R. Strinden, Mariana Dionisio, Kim Ordean Van Camp, Matt William Poplawski
  • Patent number: 10338557
    Abstract: A system includes a safety controller that, in operation, interrupts power to industrial automation devices or puts the system into a safe state upon command of a human operator. The system also includes an emergency stop switch circuit actuatable by a human operator and a human machine interface in data communication with the safety controller and the emergency stop switch circuit. The human machine interface includes integrated safety circuitry that, in operation, detects a change of state of the emergency stop switch circuit and provides a signal to the safety controller to interrupt power to the industrial automation devices or put the system into a safe state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary D. Dotson
  • Patent number: 10337348
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to optimization of gas turbine power plant response during power system transients. In certain embodiments, systems, methods, and apparatus can control a power generating system by using the reactive components of the current and the reactive components of the voltage and the magnitude of the voltage at the generator terminals of a gas turbine generator system. In one embodiment, a system can identify a power system fault based on at least three conditions occurring for a specified duration and at substantially the same time: (1) an increase in the reactive current, (2) a decrease in the magnitude of the voltage, and (3) an increase in the reactive power. In one embodiment, a power system can further detect a remote breaker open (RBO) condition, and distinguish a RBO condition from a power system fault condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Sreedhar Desabhatla, John Huey, Scott Szepek
  • Patent number: 10338565
    Abstract: The subject technology is related to methods and apparatus for training a set of regression machine learning models with a training set to produce a set of predictive values for a pending manufacturing request, the training set including data extracted from a set of manufacturing transactions submitted by a set of entities of a supply chain. A multi-objective optimization model is implemented to (1) receive an input including the set of predictive values and a set of features of a physical object, and (2) generate an output with a set of attributes associated with a manufacture of the physical object in response to receiving the input, the output complying with a multi-objective condition satisfied in the multi-objective optimization model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Xometry, Inc.
    Inventors: Valerie R. Coffman, Mark Wicks, Daniel Wheeler
  • Patent number: 10331113
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and processes for detecting and rejecting defective absorbent articles from a converting line. In particular, the systems and methods may utilize feedback from technologies, such as vision systems, sensors, remote input and output stations, and controllers with synchronized embedded clocks to accurately correlate inspection results and measurements from an absorbent article converting process. As such, the systems and methods may accurately apply the use of precision clock synchronization for both instrumentation and control system devices on a non-deterministic communications network. In turn, the clock synchronized control and instrumentation network may be used to control a reject system on converters of absorbent articles. In some embodiments, the controller will reject only defective absorbent articles without the need to reject non-defective absorbent articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey Michael Kent, Louis J. Cedrone
  • Patent number: 10327959
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and processes for controlling the relative positions or phasing of advancing substrates and/or components in absorbent article converting lines. The systems and methods may utilize feedback from technologies, such as vision systems, sensors, remote input and output stations, and controllers with synchronized embedded clocks to accurately correlate component placement detections and placement control on an absorbent article converting process. The systems and methods may accurately apply the use of precision clock synchronization for both instrumentation and control system devices on a non-deterministic communications network. In turn, the clock synchronized control and instrumentation network may be used to control the substrate position. As such, the controller may be programmed to the relative positions of substrates and components along the converting line without having to account for undeterminable delays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Jason Lee DeBruler, Andrew Price Palmer, Louis J. Cedrone
  • Patent number: 10333810
    Abstract: A control system with asynchronous wireless data transmission includes a wireless sensor and a controller. The wireless sensor includes a measurement device configured to collect a plurality of samples of a measured variable at a plurality of different sampling times, a transmission generator configured to generate a compressed data object containing the plurality of samples of the measured variable, and a wireless radio configured to transmit the compressed data object at a transmission time asynchronous with at least one of the sampling times. The controller includes an object decompressor configured to extract the plurality of samples of the measured variable from the compressed data object and a feedback controller configured to use one or more of the extracted samples of the measured variable to modulate a control signal for a plant that operates to affect the measured variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Carlos Felipe Alcala Perez, Kirk H. Drees
  • Patent number: 10331157
    Abstract: A system that efficiently captures and utilizes the maximum generation capacity of an alternate energy source is disclosed. A first power converter is provided between the alternate energy source and a load. The first power converter is selected such that the capacity of the power converter is less than the generation capacity of the alternate energy source. A second power converter is selected such that the capacity of the second converter is at least equal to the difference between the capacity of the alternate energy source and the first power converter. A battery is provided to store the additional energy generated by the alternate energy source, and the second power converter is connected between the output of the alternate energy source and the battery. The power output from the first power converter is utilized to control operation of the second power converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: EnSync, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Dennis, Thomas A. Laubenstein
  • Patent number: 10324445
    Abstract: An automated computer-implemented method for generating commands for controlling a computer numerically controlled machine to fabricate an object from a workpiece, the method including the steps of selecting a maximum permitted engagement angle between a rotating cutting tool and the workpiece, selecting a minimum permitted engagement angle between the rotating cutting tool and the workpiece, and configuring a tool path for the tool relative to the workpiece in which the engagement angle gradually varies between the maximum permitted engagement angle and the minimum permitted engagement angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: SOLIDCAM LTD.
    Inventors: Michael Berman, Doron Osovlanski, Christopher Matthew Calderone, Anthony Joseph Calderone
  • Patent number: 10318712
    Abstract: An apparatus stores and dispenses biologic drug compositions. The apparatus is an automated device that stores a biologic drug under the desired conditions. When authorized, the automated device processes the stored biologic drug by performing the desired processing steps to prepare the biologic drug for administration to a patient. The automated device includes a computing system to transmit patient information to a remote location and receive authorization from a remote location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: IMMUNOVATIVE THERAPIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Michael Har-Noy
  • Patent number: 10303194
    Abstract: Systems, methods and apparatus for power management in an electric power grid are disclosed. A power flow to a plurality of power consuming devices in the electric power grid is enabled and disabled by a plurality of controllable devices under the control of one or more client devices. An apparatus receives a power control command and select at least one client device to which to issue a power reduction message. The power reduction message comprises an amount of electric power to be reduced to at least one of the plurality of power consuming devices for a predetermined time. A database stores information relating to power consumed by the plurality of power consuming devices based on measurement and verification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: CAUSAM ENERGY, INC
    Inventor: Joseph W. Forbes, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10295983
    Abstract: In an electrical power outlet device, a processor and a memory are configured to execute an application within the outlet device, which computes a pattern of usage of the outlet device. A set of sensors in the outlet device includes a first sensor that is usable to detect an event in an environment in which the outlet device is supplying power. The environment includes elements that are not participating in an electrical circuit that receives power from the outlet device and the event is usable by the application to alter the pattern of usage. An autonomous modification of an operation of the outlet device is performed in response to the pattern of usage, the event, or both. The operation changes a power supplying state of the outlet device without using an external switching apparatus or an external logic implemented outside the outlet device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael S. Gordon, Ryan T. Gordon, Maja Vukovic
  • Patent number: 10295966
    Abstract: A method for controlling an energy storage system which includes receiving time-series data and customer specific data and developing one or more customer specific control models based, at least in part, on the time-series data and the customer specific data. After developing one or more customer specific control models, the method proceeds by training the customer specific control models and then deploying the customer specific control model to the customer for use by the customer to determine which of a plurality of modes the energy storage system should be in. The method may include the development, deployment and/or execution of one or more centralized control models for controlling a network of any combination of common and/or different customer control models.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Reposit Power Pty Ltd.
    Inventors: Lachlan John Emblen Blackhall, Corrado Dean Paul Spaccavento
  • Patent number: 10295214
    Abstract: A control system for a HVAC system includes a user interface configured to present information to a user and receive inputs from the user, a temperature sensor configured to measure an air temperature inside of the building space, and a processing circuit. The processing circuit is configured to receive a user-preferred temperature setpoint, compare the user-preferred temperature setpoint to the measured air temperature, project an energy usage amount for the user-preferred energy setpoint, generate a user comfort score for the user-preferred energy setpoint, generate an overall score for the user-preferred temperature setpoint, and present, by the user interface, the user with a setpoint scoring interface including the overall score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Jedidiah O. Bentz, Theresa N. Gillette, Shaun B. Atchison, John W. Uerkvitz
  • Patent number: 10289095
    Abstract: A wire electric discharge machining system according to the present invention includes: a wire electric discharge machine that relatively moves a wire electrode and a workpiece to be machined according to a program, and subjects the workpiece to be machined to electric discharge machining by the wire electrode; at least one hand; a robot which mounts the hand on a head of an arm, and operates an object to be operated; and a visual sensor that detects a position of a machined workpiece in a machining tank, which has been cut from the workpiece to be machined by the electric discharge machining, wherein the robot performs an operation of removing the machined workpiece from the machining tank, based on the position of the machined workpiece, which has been detected by the visual sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shunichi Saito