Patents Examined by Ramesh B. Patel
  • Patent number: 10215157
    Abstract: A method is provided for operation of a wind turbine having rotor blades attached to a hub, wherein a controller compensates for torsionally induced blade twist. The method includes operating the wind turbine according to a rated power output curve and maximum design thrust value, and periodically or continuously detecting for induced torsional twist in the rotor blades. Upon determination of torsional twist being induced in the rotor blades, the method includes adjusting the maximum thrust value in the control program to compensate for the induced twist. The wind turbine controller then controls pitch of the rotor blades as a function of the increased maximum thrust value so that power output of the wind turbine is not unnecessarily limited or increased by the induced twist on the rotor blades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Thomas Franklin Perley, Thomas Frank Fric, Arne Koerber
  • Patent number: 10218530
    Abstract: A home energy management system includes a protocol conversion device configured to provide bi-directional communication between a networking device and one or more energy meters, wherein the protocol conversion device connects to the networking device via a transmission control protocol/Internet protocol (TCP/IP) and connects to one or more energy meters via one or more communication protocols supported by one or more energy meters. The home energy management system further includes the networking device, connected to the protocol conversion device via the TCP/IP connection, configured to receive, from the protocol conversion device, data packets generated by the one or more energy meters, and transmit the data packets to a remote server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Tekpea, Inc.
    Inventor: Davide Tappeiner
  • Patent number: 10216179
    Abstract: A monitoring control system includes: a safety control device that includes a state monitoring unit that monitors a state of a plant after emergency shut-down of the plant, and a work progress monitoring unit that monitors a work progress after the emergency shut-down of the plant; and a display device that displays, in a case where the emergency shut-down of the plant is performed by the safety control device, an emergency shut-down screen including a monitoring result of the state monitoring unit and a monitoring result of the work progress monitoring unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Yokogawa Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Yuta Machida, Makoto Nakaya, Hiromi Amii, Naoto Takano, Yuya Iketsuki
  • Patent number: 10208967
    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: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Advanced Conservation Technology Distribution, Inc.
    Inventor: Larry K. Acker
  • Patent number: 10186441
    Abstract: During a position deviation detection operation, a hand of a transport mechanism is moved to a true target position in a substrate supporter. A substrate supported at a preset reference position by the substrate supporter is received by the hand of the transport mechanism. A positional relationship between the substrate received by the hand and the hand is detected by a position detector. A deviation amount between the reference position and the true target position in the substrate supporter is acquired based on the detected positional relationship. An alarm is output in the case where the acquired deviation amount is larger than a predetermined threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Joji Kuwahara
  • Patent number: 10172694
    Abstract: A crown prosthesis preparing system includes a data generator and a cutting device including a retainer, a cutting mechanism, and a controller. The cutting mechanism includes a first processing tool that cuts a workpiece to form a processed workpiece, a second processing tool that polishes the processed workpiece, a driver detachably holding at least one of the first processing tool and the second processing tool and controlling its position. The controller includes a first control section causing the first processing tool to cut the workpiece retained by the retainer based on three-dimensional data, to form the processed workpiece, and a second control section causing the second processing tool to polish a surface of the processed workpiece retained by the retainer based on the three-dimensional data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventors: Sachino Isobe, Koji Saito, Keiichi Niuishi
  • Patent number: 10170083
    Abstract: A management unit including: a demand plan generating unit that obtains control information items related to energy consuming appliances; an obtaining unit that obtains picture data items showing the appliances; a memory which stores the picture data items obtained by the obtaining unit; a selecting unit which selects a picture data item from selection candidates including the picture data items stored in the memory, based on a specified control mode; a processor that executes processing for superimposing the control information items corresponding to the appliances in the picture data item selected by the selecting unit; and an output unit which displays the picture data item with the superimposed control information item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventors: Hisashi Takayama, Yuki Waki, Yasuo Yoshimura, Tetsuya Kouda, Toshihisa Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10165054
    Abstract: The present invention discloses control system and method of an IoT boiler. A control system of an IoT boiler according to the present invention includes: the IoT boiler that checks an operation state to transmit state information, and senses whether or not a fault occurs through a sensor to transmit fault information; a manager terminal that includes a boiler control application for monitoring and controlling the IoT boiler, monitors a state of the IoT boiler, receives control information for controlling the IoT boiler from a manager, and transmits the control information; and a central management server that is connected to the IoT boiler and the manager terminal through a network, periodically or non-periodically receives and stores the state information of the IoT boiler from the IoT boiler, and receives the control information for controlling the IoT boiler from the manager terminal to perform control of the IoT boiler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignees: KITURAMI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sung-Hwan Choi, Young-Hwan Choi
  • Patent number: 10162323
    Abstract: In a component mounting system having an inspection device performing a mounting inspection after component mounting, a correction value for correcting a mounting program is calculated based on board inspection information including fed-back component position deviation information, a component is mounted on a board in accordance with the mounting program corrected based on the calculated correction value, and a “present value” based on most recent board inspection information and a “pre-correction evaluation value” are displayed together on an evaluation value display screen as evaluation values representing accuracy at a time of the mounting based on the board inspection information during this component mounting work, the “pre-correction evaluation value” being calculated based on a temporary position deviation amount pertaining to a case where it is assumed that no correction based on the calculated correction value has been performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventors: Masahiro Taniguchi, Masafumi Inoue, Satoshi Furuichi, Masahiro Kihara
  • Patent number: 10143536
    Abstract: A set of rules to design an orthodontic appliance for generating an aesthetic smile is maintained in a computational device, where the set of rules is associated with an application that executes in the computational device. At least one measured value is computed from one or more features extracted by processing dental information of a patient. The application generates a parameter to design an orthodontic appliance based on the at least one measured value and the set of rules for generating the aesthetic smile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Ormco Corporation
    Inventors: Craig A. Andreiko, David M. Sarver
  • Patent number: 10146212
    Abstract: A machine tool feed drive design system is provided, which may include a component database, a detection module, a load condition estimation module and a calculation module. The component database may store the specification data of a plurality of feed drive components. The detection module may detect a plurality of operation signals from a machine tool during a period of time when the machine tool had been executing a machining process to a workpiece. The load condition estimation module may calculate a plurality of actual load conditions according to the operation signals and a device specification parameter of a feed drive of the machine tool. The calculation module may select at least one component combination from the feed drive components according to the actual load conditions and the specification data of the feed drive components to serve as an optimized feed drive specification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventors: Chia-Pei Wang, Chien-Chih Liao, Hsiao-Chen Ho, Jen-Ji Wang
  • Patent number: 10145198
    Abstract: An autonomous BOP system is provided for stopping an uncontrolled flow of formation hydrocarbons comprising two or more sensors distributed along a length of a subsea blowout preventer to monitor a drill pipe inside a blowout preventer and measure critical parameters. A subsea computer using predictive-software monitors a blowout preventer along with material critical parameters and calculates a blowout preventer configuration and sequence to arrest a well blowout. Blowout preventer components are fine-tuned and operational modes are added to aid an arrest of a well blowout under realistic conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventor: Wanda Papadimitriou
  • Patent number: 10132295
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a digital system for managing a wind farm having a plurality of wind turbines electrically coupled to a power grid. The system includes a farm-based first communication network having one or more individual wind turbine control systems communicatively coupled to the one or more wind turbines and an overall wind farm control system. The system also includes a cloud-based second communication network communicatively coupled to the first communication network via an industrial gateway. The second communication network includes a digital infrastructure having a plurality of digital models of the one or more wind turbines, wherein the plurality of digital models of the one or more wind turbines are continuously updated during operation of the wind farm via data supplied by the farm-based first communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventors: Arnold M. Lund, Karl Mochel, Jeng-Weei Lin, Raimundo Onetto, Jayanthi Srinivasan, Peter Gregg, Jeffrey Eric Bergman, Kenneth D. Hartling, Anwar Ahmed, Sham Chotai
  • Patent number: 10126718
    Abstract: A characteristic change, disturbance, and an abnormal state are accurately detected with no use of a high-accuracy simulation model. A control device for controlling a control target includes a predictive value calculator that outputs a predictive value of an output value to an input value with respect to a model of the control target, a prediction error calculator that calculates a relational value indicating a relationship between the predictive value and a measured value of output of the control target; and a change detector that compares a first relational value to a second relational value, the first relational value being the relational value in a reference state in which the control target operates normally, the second relational value being the relational value in an operating state in which the control target is operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Masaki Namie, Mikiko Manabe
  • Patent number: 10120403
    Abstract: A region information management unit of an energy management system manages at least part of information about a plurality of small regions that each partially include a plurality of power consumers. Each of the plurality of small regions partially overlaps at least any of the other small regions of the plurality of small regions. The region information management unit manages information about at least one belonging region of the plurality of small regions. The one power consumer belongs to the at least one belonging region. The region information management unit manages information specifying, in addition to the one power consumer, at least one other power consumer of the plurality of power consumers. The other power consumer belongs to the at least one belonging region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventor: Yoshito Nishita
  • Patent number: 10111481
    Abstract: A lingerie comprises an upper panel, a lower panel, and a signal-activated fastener. The upper panel is generally oriented horizontally and the lower panel is generally oriented vertically with respect to a wearer's body. The upper panel includes a first strap and a second strap and the lower panel includes one or more frontal straps and a back strap. The signal-activated fastener is coupled with one end of the first strap and one end of the second strap, the first ends of the one or more frontal straps are coupled with the upper panel, one end of the back strap is coupled with one the first strap and second strap, and the signal-activated fastener is responsive to a signal and operative to unfasten causing the lingerie to fall off from the wearer's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventor: Michael Mansour Ahmadshahi
  • Patent number: 10108173
    Abstract: A numerical control device that controls servomotors configured to process a workpiece into an arbitrary finishing shape by performing a plurality of processing operations so that the tool moves along a processing locus, the numeral control device includes: an initial locus deriving unit configured to derive the processing locus based on the arbitrary finishing shape; a processed range acquiring unit configured to acquire a processed range in which the tool has performed the processing operation; a receiving unit configured to receive a processing instruction for a changed finishing shape different from the arbitrary finishing shape; and a changed locus deriving unit configured to derive a changed processing locus based on a shape of a changed processed part obtained by excluding the processed range from the changed finishing shape at the time of interruption of the processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventors: Hiroshi Matsumura, Makoto Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8805595
    Abstract: A wind turbine which is composed of several subunits is provided. Each of the several subunits includes a controller. Each of the controllers is adapted to operate in a cooperative mode and in an isolated mode. In the cooperative mode, one of the controllers operates as a master controller and the remaining controllers operate as slave controllers. In the isolated mode, each subunit is exclusively controlled by its respective controller, wherein each of the controllers acts as an independent master controller for its subunit. Further, a method for operating a wind turbine which includes at least two subunits is provided. Each of the at least two subunits includes at least one sensor, at least one actuator and a controller. The method for operating the wind turbine is carried out independently in each subunit and includes detecting at least one sensor signal; and determining and transferring a command to at least one actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Detlef Menke, Stefan Rieken
  • Patent number: 8392027
    Abstract: A spa control system that measures the flow of water through the heater and accurately reports water temperature in the spa using only one solid-state sensor in the heater. The rate of flow is determined by energizing the pump, with the heater still de-energized, and observing the rate in which the moving water cools the inside of the heater. If there is no circulation of water through the heater, the temperature of the sensor will continue to rise from the energy applied when the heater was briefly energized. This rise will be quite significant and a clear indication of a flow problem. If the flow is found to be adequate, the heater will be energized for a normal period of time. The sensor is now carefully monitored for a sudden increase in temperature, which would indicate loss of a normal flow of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Balboa Instruments, Inc.
    Inventor: Jerrell P. Hollaway
  • Patent number: 8050784
    Abstract: A computer program to assist in programming an industrial control system provides a programmer with a functional description of the data of low-level devices in the industrial controller, as gleaned from electronic data sheets, whose data is extracted and combined with mapping data used during the configuration of the industrial controller. The functional description may be used to create a reference for the programmer that may be incorporated into the control program source file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Bizily, Scott A. Pierce, Patrick D. Telljohann, Robert D. Law, Dennis M. Wylie, Jr., Paul T. Griesmer