Patents Examined by Ramesh B. Patel
  • Patent number: 10288307
    Abstract: Systems, devices and processes effectively and efficiently manage the energy consumption of shared workspaces such as meeting rooms and the like. A central control device receives scheduling information and/or sensor information relating to meeting attendees, for example, that can be used to activate or deactivate resources within the shared meeting space. Lights, computing equipment, heating/ventilation/air conditioning (HVAC) or other climate controls, electrical outlets, food or beverage preparation equipment and/or other energy-consuming resources within the workplace can be automatically controlled for efficient operation and energy conservation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: ECHOSTAR TECHNOLOGIES INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Bhavesh Patel
  • Patent number: 10275842
    Abstract: Various embodiments are provided for facilitating the operation and control of a fleet of on-site energy assets and optimizing energy dispatch across the fleet, thereby facilitating the use of the on-site energy assets instead of grid-supplied electric consumption. An example system may comprise a central platform and a plurality of on-site gateway devices configured to perform on-site asset control. An example method may comprise receiving a service availability call, performing fleet-level optimization, generating a set of site-level schedules, and causing, as a function of the site-level schedules, real-time on-site asset control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: ADVANCED MICROGRID SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Ja-Chin Audrey Lee, Corey Noone, Kate Knox
  • Patent number: 10276417
    Abstract: An apparatus for pre-aligning a wafer comprises: a wafer stage for carrying the wafer, wherein a first alignment mark (W1) and a second alignment mark (W2) are arranged on the wafer such that they are substantially symmetrical to each other with respect to a center of the wafer; a peripheral vision acquisition system (1), configured to perform a first positional compensation for the wafer based on a relative positional relationship of an edge or a notch of the wafer with respect to the wafer stage; and a mark detection system (4), configured to capture images of the first and second alignment marks (W1, W2) and perform a second positional compensation for the wafer by determining a relative positional relationship of the center of the wafer with respect to a center of the wafer stage based on the positions of the first and second alignment marks (W1, W2) in a coordinate system of the mark detection system, wherein the coordinate system of the mark detection system (4) has a horizontal axis (X) defined by a li
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: SHANGHAI MICRO ELECTRONICS EQUIPMENT (GROUP) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Gang Wang, Yunbin Pu, Shaoyu Wang, Jiaozeng Zheng, Jie Jiang
  • Patent number: 10265911
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes apparatuses and techniques for using an image-based monitoring and feedback system for three-dimensional printing. In some aspects, a camera captures images of objects being printed and an image-processing system compares the images with benchmark images to detect and correct differences between the object and the benchmark. The correction can be in real time or applied to subsequent printing. Other aspects include a calibration system that prints predefined test objects and compares them to benchmarks to ensure that the printer operating parameters are properly set. The comparison can be manually performed by a user or automated as a part of the image-processing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Marvell International Ltd.
    Inventors: Sandra Capri, Raymond C. Asbury
  • Patent number: 10260768
    Abstract: A method of controlling a water-pump of an air conditioning system used in an active air conditioning water circulating system includes: detecting an environmental parameter and a load value of the active air conditioning water system actively; adjusting a flow rate of a water-pump of the active air conditioning water system according to a first control logic when the environmental parameter is less than a first pre-default parameter and the load value is less than a load threshold; and, adjusting the flow rate of the water-pump according to a first control logic when the environmental parameter is not less than the first pre-default parameter or the load value is not less than the load threshold. The present disclosed example can enhance a flow control capacity for different environmental statuses via controlling the flow rate in the different environmental status according to the different control logic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: CHICONY POWER TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tse-Wen Chang, Wen-Yen Cheng
  • Patent number: 10251723
    Abstract: A method of producing a modification plan for producing a surgical guide from an impression element includes: obtaining surface data representing a configuration of a surface of an impression element providing an impression of a surgical site; obtaining image data of a patient's anatomy; obtaining surgical plan data providing a surgical plan with respect to features in the image data representing anatomical features of the patient's anatomy; registering the impression element using the surface data and the image data with anatomical features of the patient's anatomy; and producing a modification plan from the surgical plan data using the registration of the impression element with anatomical features of the patient's anatomy, the modification plan being a plan for modifying the impression element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Prometheus Surgical Limited
    Inventor: Alastair Darwood
  • Patent number: 10251719
    Abstract: System and method of virtual feedback with haptic devices for use with computer-assisted medical devices includes one or more processors and an input device coupled to a control unit configured to determine a reference point for the input device, select a virtual feedback model (VFM) for the input device from among a plurality of VFMs configure parameters of the VFM, determine a position of the input device based on information from one or more sensors associated with the input device, determine a feedback level for the input device based on the reference point, the position, and the VFM, and send one or more feedback commands to one or more actuators associated with the input device based on the feedback level. In some embodiments, the VFM includes a transfer function that has one or more characteristics selected from unidirectional, bidirectional, linear, non-linear, asymmetric, symmetric, isotropic, non-isotropic, and hysteresis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Azizian Mahdi
  • Patent number: 10248103
    Abstract: A numerical controller looks ahead and analyzes commands indicated by a block contained in a program, and identifies a travel direction of a control target for each of the commands to calculate a time constant based on the identified travel direction. The numerical controller then sets a time constant for filter processing based on the time constant for each of the commands, and performs filter processing on command data subjected to a linear acceleration and deceleration process, based on the set time constant. The numerical controller then calculates movement of each axis for each interpolation period, based on the command data subjected to the filter processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Fanuc Corporation
    Inventor: Mitsunori Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10241477
    Abstract: A method is provided for controlling a first switch terminal or equivalent of a building occupied by one or more building occupants. The first switch terminal includes a plurality of switch terminal parameters and a plurality of wiring terminals. The plurality of wiring terminals is coupled to a plurality of wiring elements without a specific coupling configuration of a wiring element to a wiring terminal. A first computer system is coupled to the first switch terminal or equivalent of the building at a first location of the building. A first plurality of sensors is coupled to the first switch terminal or equivalent and the first computer system. At least a portion of the sensors are configured to provide signal data to the first computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Edison Labs, Inc.
    Inventor: Colin Billings
  • Patent number: 10244043
    Abstract: A management system for a plant facility is disclosed. The system includes a first field device that measures a process value, a first control node that calculates a first control value based on the process value, a second field device that operates according to the first control value, and an application node that configures one or more parameters for calculating the first control value. The first control node compares the first control value with a second control value calculated by one of the first field device, a second control node, and the application node. When determining that the first and the second control value are identical, the first control node sets the first control value to the second field device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: YOKOGAWA ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Atushi Sato
  • Patent number: 10240544
    Abstract: The disclosure includes a system that includes a real-time engine model module and an adaptive control module. The real-time engine model module is configured to determine an engine parameter estimate signal based on at least one feedback signal indicative of an operating parameter of an engine. The adaptive control module is configured to receive a power request signal and receive, from the real real-time engine model module, the engine parameter estimate signal. The adaptive control module is further configured to determine a power demand signal based on the power request signal and the engine parameter estimate signal, wherein the adaptive control module is configured to determine the power demand signal based on the power request signal using a set of control laws. The adaptive control module is further configured to output the power demand signal to control at least one component of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignees: Rolls-Royce Corporation, Rolls-Royce North American Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Zeller, Curtis Harvey Cline, Michael P. Dougherty, Richard Joseph Skertic
  • Patent number: 10234853
    Abstract: Systems and methods described herein are configured for managing industrial assets. In an example embodiment, information about industrial assets or their use conditions, such as gathered from sensors embedded at or near industrial machines or assets themselves, can be aggregated, analyzed, and processed in software residing locally or remotely from the assets. In an example embodiment, applications can be provided to optimize an industrial asset for operation in a business context. In an example embodiment, a cloud-based asset management platform can include development tools to facilitate development, by end-users, of applications for interfacing with and optimizing industrial assets, and for managing relationships between various industrial assets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Himagiri Mukkamala, Steve Winkler, Subrata Roy, Harel Kodesh, Marc-Thomas Schmidt, Michael Hart
  • Patent number: 10234833
    Abstract: Technologies for predicting the power usage of a data center are disclosed. A data center manager gathers sensor data from the compute devices of the data center. The sensor data indicates factors such as power used by the compute device and the intake air inlet temperature. The data center manager trains a machine-learning-based algorithm based on training sensor data, and then applies the machine-learning-based algorithm to sensor data as it is being gathered. The machine-learning-based algorithm can predict a change in future power usage of the data center, and control a cooling unit to compensate before the power usage even begins to change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Nishi Ahuja, Rahul Khanna, Abishai Daniel, Zhijie Sheng
  • Patent number: 10234846
    Abstract: A method and device for determining an optimum manufacturing variant for manufacturing a product from currently available manufacturing alternatives of one or more manufacturing plants, and for creating the associated manufacturing documents based on the following steps: creating a product-specific, manufacturing plant-independent CAD manufacturing specification of the product to be manufactured; determining different possible manufacturing alternatives for manufacturing the product based on the created product-specific, manufacturing plant independent CAD-manufacturing specification and the available manufacturing machines; generating a specific CAD-model for each determined manufacturing alternative, wherein a feedback report is created by an associated CAM-engine for each generated specific CAD-model; evaluating the created feedback reports of the different manufacturing alternatives in order to determine the manufacturing alternatives that are suitable for manufacturing the product and to evaluate whether
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Tobias Jäger, Rupert Maier
  • Patent number: 10227153
    Abstract: Medicine packaging apparatuses and methods for accurately determining a remaining sheet amount of a medicine packaging sheet are described. The apparatus includes: a roll support section to which a core tube of a medicine packaging sheet roll is attached; a sensor disposed in the roll support section for outputting a count value according to a rotation amount; a wireless reader-writer unit for writing information to a core tube IC tag and reading said information; an information generation section for generating information to be written to the core tube IC tag; a remaining sheet amount estimation section for estimating a current amount of remaining sheet based on the information and dimensional information of the core tube; and a controller which selectively performs an operation if a reference time-point count value is not yet written to the core tube IC tag and another operation if the count value is already written thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: YUYAMA MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Katsunori Yoshina, Tomohiro Sugimoto, Noriyoshi Fujii
  • Patent number: 10222773
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing Internet of Things (“IoT”) functionality. In some embodiments, a computing system or IoT management node might receive sensor data from one or more IoT-capable sensors, analyze the sensor data to determine one or more actions to be taken, and identify one or more devices (e.g., household devices associated with a customer premises; vehicular components associated with a vehicle; devices disposed in, on, or along a roadway; devices disposed throughout a population area; etc.) for performing the determined one or more first actions. The computing system or IoT management node then autonomously controls each of the identified one or more devices to perform tasks based on the determined one or more first actions to be taken, thereby implementing smart environment functionality (e.g., smart home, building, or customer premises functionality, smart vehicle functionality, smart roadway functionality, smart city functionality, and so on).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Tom Funk, Phil Carpenter, Robert J. Morrill, William R. Walker
  • Patent number: 10222785
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method for manufacturing a component of a field device for determining or monitoring a process variable of a medium in a container, wherein the component is created via a 3D printing method, wherein during the creation the component is supplied at an intermediate state of the component with an exciter signal, wherein a response signal of the component to the exciter signal is registered, wherein shape and/or structure of the component are/is modified via the 3D printing method, when the current response signal does not agree with a predetermined response signal, and wherein the two previous method steps are alternately repeated, until the current response signal agrees with the predetermined response signal within predetermined tolerance limits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Endress-Hauser SE+Co. KG
    Inventors: Joachim Albert, Detlev Wittmer, Marc Baret, Dietmar Spanke, Thomas Uehlin
  • Patent number: 10223169
    Abstract: Technologies for collaborative optimization include multiple Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices in communication over a network with an optimization server. Each IoT device selects an optimization strategy based on device context and user preferences. The optimization strategy may be full-local, full-global, or hybrid. Each IoT device receives raw device data from one or more sensors/actuators. If the full-local strategy is selected, the IoT device generates processed data based on the raw device data, generates optimization results based on the processed data, and generates device controls/settings for the sensors/actuators based on the optimization results. If the full-global strategy is selected, the optimization server performs those operations. If the hybrid strategy is selected, the IoT device generates the processed data and the device controls/settings, and the optimization server generates the optimization results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Damian Kelly, Keith A. Ellis
  • Patent number: 10214003
    Abstract: A 3D printing method implemented by movable platform is disclosed. When printing a printing layer, a 3D printer first calculates respectively a starting point and an ending point of each swath of the printing layer, and calculates movement information of a movable printing platform upon an X-axis and a Y-axis of the 3D printer according to the starting points and the ending points. Next, the 3D printer controls the printing platform to move along the X-axis and the Y-axis based on the movement information, and controls a nozzle of the 3D printer to jet ink while the printing platform moves to corresponding positions. Therefore, the 3D printer uses the printing platform to complete printing actions of each swath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignees: XYZPRINTING, INC., KINPO ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Ting-Yu Lu, Ching-Hua Su
  • Patent number: 10215424
    Abstract: Methods and compositions for controlling and monitoring residential and commercial pumping systems. Preferably, the controlling and monitoring functions include a remotely located controller component capable of displaying alerts and/or from which a user may input commands regulating the functioning of the plumbing system. In particularly preferred examples, the plumbing system is an “on command” hot water system in which hot water availability, use and energy efficiencies and conservation are monitored and maximized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Advanced Conservation Technology Distribution, Inc
    Inventor: Larry K. Acker