Patents Examined by Robert E. Fennema
  • Patent number: 10466726
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to technologies for a sensor network, machine-to-machine (M2M) communication, machine type communication (MTC), and Internet of Things (IoT). This disclosure can be utilized in intelligent services based on the above technologies, such as smart homes, smart buildings, smart cities, smart cars or connected cars, health care, digital education, retail sales, security and safety related services, etc. This disclosure relates to a method for generating an instruction for controlling equipment on the basis of biometric information, comprising: a step of obtaining at least one biometric information; a step of determining whether to calculate a calorific value by using stored biometric information and the obtained biometric information, and calculating the calorific value by using the stored biometric information and the obtained biometric information according to the determined result; and generating an instruction for controlling the equipment on the basis of the calculated calorific value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Byeong-Hoon Kwak, Chang-Hyun Lee, Jae-Ho Jung, Yang-Wook Kim, Yong-Chan Lee
  • Patent number: 10461535
    Abstract: A power management system includes a first administrator, a second administrator, a first estimator, a second estimator and a determiner. The first administrator manages a residual capacity of a power storage apparatus. The second administrator manages interruption information regarding a power grid. The first estimator estimates, as first power information, an amount of power that is consumed by an electric load during an interruption period. The second estimator estimates an estimation residual capacity that is the residual capacity at an end point of the interruption period, based on the first power information. The determiner determines that a condition for participating in a power trade market is met, when the estimation residual capacity exceeds a reference value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshihiko Tokunaga, Seiichi Miyazaki, Naohiro Fukuda, Hiroyuki Kuriyama, Norimasa Ota
  • Patent number: 10459419
    Abstract: A web jam detector and associated method are provided for detecting a jam of feedstock material in a scrap chopper. A web detection bar, mounted to the scrap chopper, includes a plurality of web detection fingers. The plurality of web detection fingers are made of an electrically conductive material, are electrically connected to and extend outwardly from the web detection bar, and are positioned to contact the feedstock material when the scrap chopper is in a closed position. A web jam detection circuit is electrically connected to the web detection bar. In operation, the web jam detection circuit supplies direct current electricity to the web detection bar and generates feedback signals based on a voltage of the web detection bar. The feedback signals are indicative of the presence or absence of the feedstock material at the plurality of web detection fingers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventors: Brian D Campbell, Jesse C James, Bruce M Berriman
  • Patent number: 10459433
    Abstract: Cable processing equipment for fitting out cables includes local control units for local setting-up of the processing stations, for example a crimping station. The local control unit of the crimping station has a trigger button for triggering the processing process and an approval button for approval of whether the crimping process is to be executed. The processing process can be started only with simultaneous pressing of the trigger button and the approval button. Moreover, the local control unit includes a cable call button for activating a feed unit for feeding a cable end of the cable to the crimping station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: KOMAX HOLDING AG
    Inventors: Thomas Agustoni, Peter Flury, Stefan Viviroli
  • Patent number: 10452034
    Abstract: Predictor variables that affect a building energy load are sampled at a plurality of times within a time period and aggregated to generate an aggregated value for each predictor variable over the time period. A model is generated which estimates the building energy load in terms of the predictor variables. A regression process is performed to generate values for a plurality of regression coefficients in the model based on a cumulative building energy load for the time period and the aggregated values. The sampled values of the predictor variables are then applied as inputs to the model to estimate building energy loads at each of the plurality of times. The estimated building energy loads may be used as inputs to a controller that optimizes operation of a central plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Steven R. Vitullo, Graeme Willmott
  • Patent number: 10444712
    Abstract: A system and method for optimizing energy consumption in a plurality of air handling units (AHUs) in a zone is provided. The system comprising a zone thermal unit that is configured to obtain a first set of input parameters including an internal heat gains, a surface convective loads, an intra-zone mixing, a supply air temperature, a second set of input parameters including internal moisture gains, a supply humidity ratio, and a third set of input parameters including an air contaminant concentration and an ambient contaminant concentration of the AHUs and generates a first set of output parameters including a zone temperature, a humidity ratio and an air concentration. The system further includes an optimizer that is configured to generate a second set of output parameters including an optimum combination of AHU flow rates for the AHUs based on at least one of the first set of output parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Tata Consultancy Services Limited
    Inventors: Srinarayana Nagarathinam, Shiva R Iyer, Venkata Ramakrishna P, Arunchandar Vasan, Venkatesh Sarangan, Anand Sivasubramaniam
  • Patent number: 10444716
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including medium-encoded computer program products, for passing actionable information between different buildings to facilitate building management without human intervention include, in one aspect, a method including: determining, in a building information modelling (BIM) system of a first building, a set of rules defining actions to be taken by a building automation system of the first building in response to a defined set of remote information received from a BIM system of a second building, the set of remote information corresponding to one or more sensors in or associated with the second building; receiving data from the BIM system of the second building in accordance with the set of remote information; and using the building automation system of the first building to automatically change configuration, use, or operation of the first building in response to the received data in accordance with the set of rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Autodesk, Inc.
    Inventors: Florencio Mazzoldi, Olivier Dionne, Thomas White, Heather Kerrick, Christopher C. Romes
  • Patent number: 10443567
    Abstract: A fast-converging and reliable method for estimating a wind speed at, for example, a wind turbine comprising a rotor carrying a set of variable pitch angle wind turbine blades. The estimated wind speed is iteratively derived using a wind turbine rotor rotational speed, a turbine blade pitch angle, and a derived initial estimated wind speed. The initial estimated wind speed is based on the rotational speed and an initial tip speed ratio. The initial tip speed ratio is selected to be a value greater than a minimum tip speed ratio, wherein the minimum tip speed ratio defines a control region stability limit as a function of the pitch angle. Thus, for a given pitch angle, a minimum tip speed ratio is derived as a limit or boundary point between a stable control region and an unstable control region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: VESTAS WIND SYSTEMS A/S
    Inventors: Martin Atzler, Thomas Scheel, Lars Finn Sloth Larsen, Thomas Krüger
  • Patent number: 10437224
    Abstract: A numerical controller controlling a five-axis machining machine having three linear axes and two rotation axes acquires a linear-axis-caused compensation amount associated with a combination of an instructed linear axis position and linear axis movement direction and an rotation-axis-caused compensation amount associated with a combination of an instructed rotation axis position and rotation axis movement direction, calculate a translation/rotation compensation amount based on the linear-axis-caused compensation amount and the rotation-axis-caused compensation amount, and adds the calculated translation/rotation compensation amount to the instructed linear axis position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Fanuc Corporation
    Inventor: Tsuyuki Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10427262
    Abstract: A machine tool includes a rotary table to which a workpiece is mounted, a brake, a displays, a memory configured to store a table in which values of a first coefficient correspond to different sizes of a disturbance torque, and values of a second coefficient correspond to different sizes of inertia of the workpiece. The controller is configured to calculate a size of the disturbance torque, find a first coefficient corresponding to the calculated size of the disturbance torque and the table, find a second coefficient corresponding to the size of the inertia of the workpiece and the table, accumulate the found values of the first and second coefficients, and cause the display to generate an indicator of necessity of a replacement of the brake in response to that the accumulated values of the first and second coefficients reaches a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Michi Masuya
  • Patent number: 10423173
    Abstract: A system incudes an equipment interface module (EIM) and a control unit. The EIM includes a signal encoder that is operable to generate one or more encoded signals by encoding one or more instructions onto one or more electrical signals according to one or more received commands from a thermostat unit. The signal encoder is further operable to transmit the generated one or more encoded signals on one or more of a plurality of electrical wires. The control unit is coupled to the EIM via the plurality of electrical wires and includes a signal decoder. The signal decoder is operable to decode the one or more instructions from the one or more encoded signals on the one or more electrical wires. The control unit is operable to control one or more functions of a motor according to the decoded instructions from the signal decoder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Lennox Industries Inc.
    Inventor: Robert B. “Dutch” Uselton
  • Patent number: 10421136
    Abstract: A method for deburring a gear blank includes correcting chamfer sizes, chamfer shapes and chamfer symmetry at tooth edges which were produced with a deburring cutter with a strongly asymmetric tooth shape (ChamferCut). The chamfers are semi-automatically corrected by coupling the movement of several axes of a gear cutting machine, including a workpiece axis of rotation C1, spatial shifting axes of a machine column Z1, X1, and Y1, and a V1-axis corresponding to the tool axis. The method further includes specifying a correction in the axial direction in one of the axes Z1, V1 and C1, and calculating the correction amount of further axes by the controller depending on the specified axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Liebherr-Verzahntechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Oliver Winkel
  • Patent number: 10426063
    Abstract: A method for cooling components of an information handling system (IHS) includes detecting, via a thermal control system, at least one pressure reading, at least one temperature reading and at least one current cooling device setting of the IHS. At least one new cooling device setting is calculated based on the pressure reading and the temperature reading. The new cooling device setting is compared to the current cooling device setting associated with one or more cooling devices of the IHS. In response to the new cooling device setting being different from the current cooling device setting, one or more of the corresponding cooling devices are triggered to adjust its/their current cooling device setting to the new cooling device setting corresponding to the respective cooling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Dell Products, L.P.
    Inventors: Travis C. North, Austin Michael Shelnutt, Chris Helberg
  • Patent number: 10416641
    Abstract: An operation program editing device includes a program editing portion configured to edit an operation program executable by a programmable controller that controls a facility, and the program editing portion includes a bypass circuit generation unit that generates a bypass circuit including a bypass path for skipping execution of some of the plurality of steps at a time of reactivation of the facility, a first selection receiving unit that receives selection of a last step, from among the plurality of steps, within a range where the execution is skipped by the bypass circuit, and a second selection receiving unit that receives selection of a first step, from among the plurality of steps, within the range where the execution is skipped by the bypass circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignees: JTEKT CORPORATION, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Akihiro Shimizu, Terukazu Senda, Masanori Muramatsu, Kouji Hamakawa, Kenzou Mima, Kouji Yamashiro
  • Patent number: 10417720
    Abstract: A method for distributing energy in a home energy management system including a central unit, at least one energy source and at least one energy consumer that are interconnected to exchange information. According to the method, the central unit generates information containing a first price information element and a first energy quantity information element for a predefined time period; the central unit transfers the information to the energy consumer; the energy consumer, taking account of the information, determines requirement information containing at least one requested energy quantity for the predefined time period; the energy consumer transfers the requirement information to the central unit; the central unit checks whether, at any given time, the total requested energy quantity determined from the transferred requirement information exceeds the energy quantity available at this time; and the central unit transfers confirmation information to the energy consumer or the method is carried out again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Barry Sole, Ralf Oestreicher
  • Patent number: 10409233
    Abstract: A control system for controlling an operation of a system with continuous-time nonlinear dynamics subject to constraints including equality and inequality constraints on state and control variables of the system, including an estimator to estimate a current state of the system using measurements of the operation of the system and a controller to iteratively solve, at each control time step, an approximation of a constrained nonlinear optimization problem to produce a control solution, wherein the approximation includes a linearization of the nonlinear dynamics of the system discretized by time intervals in the control horizon and represented using an approximation of the constraint Jacobian matrix for each time interval of the control horizon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Rien Quirynen, Pedro Hespanhol
  • Patent number: 10409237
    Abstract: A method and a device automatically manage mobile devices (1) with a storage device (10) with plural mobile device storage stations (12) and a mobile device maintenance station (14). A detection device (16, 18) detects the release and/or a return of a mobile device. A controller (30) is configured to determine a group of mobile devices (1) as a function of a ratio of at least one maintenance parameter of the particular mobile devices (1) to a corresponding maintenance threshold value, to select one of the mobile devices (1) from the group as a release device, to release the selected release device, and/or to receive the return device into the at least one maintenance station (14) or into one of the at least two storage stations (12) as a function of a ratio of at least one maintenance parameter of the return device to a corresponding maintenance threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Dräger Safety AG & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Jan Hegewald, Thielo Hammer
  • Patent number: 10409356
    Abstract: It is an object to enable a request received from an outside to be automatically processed immediately before shifting to a power saving state such as a suspend state. On the way of a shift from a normal state to the suspend state and in a state where the shift cannot be interrupted, when a predetermined request such as a print job is received from an external interface, an MFP reserves a return to the normal state by turning on a wake-up reservation flag and continues a suspend process. When shifting to the suspend state, if the wake-up reservation flag is ON, a power supply control unit performs a return (resume) to the normal state even if no wake-up factor occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kenji Hara
  • Patent number: 10409239
    Abstract: The disclosure relates generally to wireless sensor devices, and more particularly, to remote programming of wireless sensor devices. A wireless sensor device wirelessly may receive messages from a remotely located device to a wireless sensor device. The wireless sensor device may be programmed via the receive messages. In one example, a building controller may be programmed to wirelessly send one or more messages to a wireless sensor device in order to change the behavior of the wireless sensor device, even while the wireless sensor device and building controller are on-line and actively controlling a building control system. In some instances, a technician or installer may use a diagnostic or setup tool to send one or more messages to a wireless sensor device to change the behavior of the wireless sensor device. These are just some examples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Reeder, Robert Thomas, Patrick Brisbine
  • Patent number: 10409234
    Abstract: The HEMS controls equipment provided in a consumer. The HEMS comprises a transceiver unit that transmits a command to instruct processing executed by the equipment and a control unit that acquires start time information indicating a time from when the equipment receives the command to when the equipment starts processing according to the command from the equipment and controls the equipment based on the acquired start time information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mitsuhiro Kitaji