Patents Examined by Ramesh B. Patel
  • Patent number: 8028272
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for configuring process, environmental, industrial and other control systems generate and/or utilize models representing configurations of control systems and/or the systems controlled by them. Records of changes to the models or the configurations represented by them are maintained, thereby, for example, providing bases for determining current states, prior states and histories of changes. Objects in the model have characteristics, such as an object type characteristic and an area characteristic. Users can have corresponding permissions. A security mechanism apparatus controls access by users to the objects. Composite objects are defined by definition objects and are displayed in encapsulated or expanded formats. Objects can include an edit control type identifier that determines how they are presented for editing. Functionality responds to user commands by transferring characteristics of a first object depicted by the graphical user interface to a second object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Invensys Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Eldridge, Brian Mackay, Mark Johnson, Scott Volk, Kenneth A. Burke, Paul Meskonis, Robert Hall, Steven Dardinski
  • Patent number: 8019486
    Abstract: A controller for an adjustable bed can accept voice input, such as spoken commands to control functions of an adjustable bed. The controller can also accept voice commands to control functions of a second system associated with the bed. One or more voice commands can result in both the adjustable bed and the second system functionality being controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Inventor: Martin B Rawls-Meehan
  • Patent number: 8014903
    Abstract: The vibration suppressing device includes vibration sensors, a FFT calculating unit, a store device, a calculating unit, and a NC device. The vibration sensors detect a time-domain vibrational acceleration of a rotary shaft during rotating. The FFT calculating unit calculates a frequency of chatter vibration and a frequency-domain vibrational acceleration in the frequency of chatter vibration on the basis of the detected time-domain vibrational acceleration. The store device stores the frequency-domain vibrational acceleration, the frequency of chatter vibration and the like as machining information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Okuma Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroshi Inagaki
  • Patent number: 8014894
    Abstract: The present invention is related to manufacturing surfaces with an axis decentered from the spindle axis. In particular, the present invention is related to compensating for tool geometry in cutting processes that involve an oscillating tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Novartis AG
    Inventors: Stephen Kendig, Cornelius Daniel Niculas, Jason Emanuele Molinari, Nelson David Baity
  • Patent number: 8014888
    Abstract: A design module is a software module that is implemented in a computer system that comprises instructions stored in a machine-readable medium and a processor that executes the instructions. The design module receives inputs from a person to create a custom insert for a lighting control panel. The inputs identify the content and locations of labels and a decorative background of the insert. Each label is associated with a corresponding input device. Each input device is associated with an optical configuration or “scene” of an environment associated with the lighting control panel. Each label includes alphanumeric text and/or graphics that identify the scene of the label's corresponding input device. The design module causes the insert to be generated by instructing a printer to print the labels and background on a sheet of material, at the specified locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventor: Louis della-Porta
  • Patent number: 8014879
    Abstract: A digital controller includes a sampling component that samples an output signal from a system and an input signal to the system at a first sampling rate, which is at least equal to a predetermined operating rate. An input parameter obtaining component obtains a plurality of input parameters from the samples at the first sampling rate. A decimator component generates subsampled values for the plurality of input parameters at a second sampling rate, which is slower than the first sampling rate. An adaptive plant estimator component generates a model of the system based on the subsampled values. A compensator design component determines compensator parameters based on the model. The compensator parameters reflect changes in the system and are sampled at the second sampling rate. A feedback compensator adjusts the input signal to the system based on the compensator parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: L&L Engineering, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Latham, John C. Canfield
  • Patent number: 8014887
    Abstract: A substrate processing apparatus includes an operating section. The operating section includes a display unit having an operation screen, a screen file that stores daily check data monitor screen data in which a row number is settable as a data number, and a data name is settable as item data of a daily check. The operating section further includes a daily check initial parameter file that stores parameter data corresponding to the item data. The operating section displays the daily check data monitor screen data by extracting the screen file and placing the daily check data monitor screen data on the operation screen as a daily check data monitor screen, and by extracting the daily check initial parameter file, searching through the daily check initial parameter file based on the data number, and placing parameter data corresponding to the item data on the operation screen as the daily check data monitor screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc.
    Inventors: Masako Sueyoshi, Kazuhito Saito
  • Patent number: 8010223
    Abstract: There is provided a quality control system capable of displaying a display screen regarding quality control of an testing, including a display control part for performing a display control of the display screen regarding the quality control, wherein the display control part displays the display screen on a display in accordance with a category of a quality control sample used by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Sysmex Corporation
    Inventors: Tadayuki Yamaguchi, Minoru Takayanagi, Takeshi Matsumoto, Tamiko Fujita
  • Patent number: 8010217
    Abstract: A method for reconfiguring a partially manufactured product for a canceled custom-built order during a manufacturing process includes canceling a custom-built order for a product that has been partially manufactured. The method also includes reading a configuration of the partially manufactured product for the custom-built order that has been canceled, and reading at least one order for a different manufactured product, wherein each order is associated with a target configuration. The method yet further includes reading a set of rules that match a given configuration with one of a set of target configurations and executing the set of rules upon the configuration of the partially manufactured product so as to match the configuration of the partially manufactured product with one of a target configuration of the at least one order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ivory W. Knipfer, Jason S. Lee, Francis E. del Rosario, Antoine G. Sater, Hao H. Xu, Hui Zhang
  • Patent number: 8010215
    Abstract: In a design structure for allocating a plurality of parts of a computational system to a computational job, a set of requirements necessary to execute the job is determined. A set of parts of the plurality of parts is assembled so that the set of parts is capable of meeting the set of requirements and so that a part is added to the set of parts based on a determination that the addition of the part will minimize power consumption by the set of parts. The set of parts are caused to execute the job.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: John M. Borkenhagen, Jay S. Bryant, Daniel P. Kolz
  • Patent number: 8010220
    Abstract: A parts delivery management system and method that synchronizes production line side parts deliveries with a production schedule to facilitate delivering the right part to the right production line location at the right time. A consolidation center for receiving parts from suppliers is co-located with an assembly plant. Parts are received in returnable containers and organized for line side delivery according to the manufacturer's production schedule. Parts are delivered to production line locations using multi-cart “trains” that transport parts to the locations. Trains made of multiple carts are assembled throughout the production day and loaded with containers holding the parts that are then delivered line side. A delivery management system application executing on a computer receives production schedule data as well as part and container data to determine which parts are needed throughout the day at the various production line side locations and when they are needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignees: Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Midwest Express Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Christopher Ames, John Campbell, Yozo Handa, David Wayne Hicks, Hiroshi Kawaguchi, Joseph P. Lewis, Masahiko Minamikawa, Steven Michael Swank, Toshihide Tanaka, Yasushi Nagura
  • Patent number: 8010211
    Abstract: An appliance configured to perform a physical operation on an article, using a resource, includes a process control apparatus to control a cycle of the physical operation, and a service interface in communication with the process control apparatus and configured to receive a consumable holder. The service interface has at least one coupling point for conveying the consumable from a consumable holder to the appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Michael S. Hendrickson, Joel A. Luckman, Richard A. McCoy
  • Patent number: 8010226
    Abstract: A method for conforming components may include a measuring operation and a modifying operation. The method may comprise measuring a first component using a conforming tool that includes a measuring member, and recording position data for the first component based on the measuring. A path for the conforming tool may be provided using the position data, and a second component may be modified with a modifying member by moving the same conforming tool based on the provided path. The measuring member may include a sleeve configured so as to surround the modifying member when measuring, and to be removed from the modifying member so as to allow the modifying operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Phillip John Crothers
  • Patent number: 8010218
    Abstract: A visualization system integrated with an enterprise manufacturing intelligence (EMI) system utilizing preconfigured EMI data models, workflow reports and process event notifications to optimize a manufacturing process. The visualization system and the EMI system exchange data and information providing both systems with a broader process view than either system has independently. The visualization system can specifically target information and action requests to different classes of manufacturing personnel such as operators and engineers. Additionally, the visualization system maintains an audit log of all production identities, raw material usage, and requested corrective actions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Joseph McGreevy, Micheal John Pantaleano, Bruce Gordon Fuller, Ian Edward Tooke, Kevin John Albert, John Joseph Baier, Jan Pingel
  • Patent number: 8010221
    Abstract: A cleaning apparatus for immersion light exposure includes a cleaning apparatus main body including a mechanism configured to perform a cleaning process on the substrate, and a control section configured to control respective components of the cleaning apparatus main body. The control section is arranged to fabricate a new process recipe in response to input of a surface state of a film formed on a substrate, such that the new process recipe contains hardware conditions and/or process conditions corresponding to the surface state, with reference to relationships stored therein between parameter values representing a surface state of a film formed on a substrate and hardware conditions and/or process conditions for performing suitable cleaning for the parameter values; and to control the cleaning apparatus main body to perform a cleaning process in accordance with the new process recipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Kouichi Hontake, Masashi Enomoto, Hideharu Kyouda
  • Patent number: 8005576
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present disclosure relates to a method to deactivate a utility meter. In one exemplary embodiment, the method includes the step of reading a first status indicator associated with the utility meter in a memory of a utility meter management host processor, and the step of determining if the status of the utility meter is active. The method further includes the step of sending a first deactivation request message from the utility meter management host processor to an on-premise processor, and the step of deactivating the utility meter. The method further includes the step of sending a first acknowledgement deactivation message from the on-premise processor to the utility meter management host processor, and the step of recording, in the memory of the utility meter management host processor, a date and an activation status indicator associated with the utility meter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: SmartSynch, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark E. Rodgers
  • Patent number: 8005574
    Abstract: A stable rotation speed is acquired by finely changing a rotation speed of a rotary shaft 3 based on an expected stable rotation speed, and calculating an amount of change of a k? number, and the like. Therefore, a more accurate rotation speed can be acquired, and “chatter vibration” generated during machining can be suppressed more effectively than a conventional method. As a result, a quality of a workpiece surface can be improved, and a tool wear and the like can be suppressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Okuma Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroshi Inagaki
  • Patent number: 8000839
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention provides a system actively cancels vibrations in a computer system. During operation, the system monitors vibrations in the computer system. Next, the system analyzes the vibrations to identify one or more harmonics in the vibrations. The system then actively cancels one or more of the identified harmonics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Oracle America, Inc.
    Inventors: Aleksey M. Urmanov, Anton A. Bougaev, Kenny C. Gross, Andrew J. Lewis
  • Patent number: 8000819
    Abstract: A manufacturing instruction evaluation support system includes a data reading part that reads a manufacturing instruction parameter group and manufacturing performance data corresponding thereto, a parameter sorting part that calculates a risk rate for each manufacturing instruction parameter configuring the manufacturing instruction parameter group and an average value of risk rates among the manufacturing instruction parameters to identify as available choices the manufacturing instruction parameters having the risk rates no greater than the average value, a parameter identifying part that calculates an explanatory variable selection reference value for the manufacturing instruction parameter group and the manufacturing instruction parameters of the available choices with the multiple regression analysis program to identify the manufacturing instruction parameter group or the manufacturing instruction parameters of the available choices having the greater calculated explanatory variable selection reference
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinichirou Hanawa, Isao Nakamura, Akiko Tadokoro, Atsunori Hotehama, Yukiko Yamamoto, Haruo Umeki, Akihiro Kondo, Youichi Hamamoto, Kouichi Hiraoka
  • Patent number: 7991489
    Abstract: A method for creating a generated data set(s) for use in process capability calculations that mimics the statistics of a raw data set is presented. The method includes the steps of inputting desirable statistics and generating numbers from theoretical statistical distributions. This generated data can be combined with other generated data and used to calculate global process capabilities. In addition, the global process capabilities can be used to accept or reject supplier(s) from a list of suppliers. An apparatus for implementing the method outlined above comprising raw data statistics, number generating algorithm(s) and storage medium(s) is also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Brian J. Bahr, Jason M. Keller, Dale R. Mansholt