Patents Examined by Robert Fennema
  • Patent number: 9630796
    Abstract: A cutting mechanism assembly for use with a tape cartridge includes a support arm having first and second opposing ends and adapted to be coupled to the tape cartridge. The cutting mechanism assembly also includes a mount for a biasing element. The mount is coupled to the support arm and the biasing element is configured to couple the mount to the tape cartridge. Further, the cutting mechanism assembly includes a support plate for a mechanism for reducing a biasing force from the biasing element. The support plate is coupled to the support arm and the mechanism is configured to couple the support plate to the tape cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: SIGNODE INDUSTRIAL GROUP LLC
    Inventors: William J. Menta, Bryce J. Fox
  • Patent number: 9631870
    Abstract: A method and apparatus comprising a cure of a curable material. A cure of a curable material is initiated by using cure parameters. The cure parameters are based on material data related to curing the curable material. Temperature values are obtained based on temperatures measured periodically during the cure by a plurality of sensors. A cure setting is adjusted during the cure based on at least one cure parameter of the cure parameters and at least one temperature value of the temperature values to substantially maintain a desired effect. The cure parameters comprise a hot threshold, a cold threshold, a hot alarm, and cold alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventors: David Mitchell Anderson, Thomas Trautmann McCleave
  • Patent number: 9625914
    Abstract: A method of configuring a vortex flow control device 2 comprising a vortex chamber 4, an inlet 6 and an outlet 8 arranged at one end of the vortex chamber 4, wherein the method comprises the steps of: setting a target maximum flow rate FT-MAX through the outlet 8 for a predetermined pressure PT-MAX at the inlet; setting a target vortex initiation flow rate FT-VI through the outlet 8 at which vortex flow within the vortex chamber 4 initiates; determining the actual maximum flow rate FA-MAX through the outlet 8 for the predetermined pressure PT-MAX at the inlet 6; determining the actual vortex initiation flow rate FA-VI through the outlet 8; determining an error parameter E based on at least one of the actual maximum flow rate FA-MAX and the actual vortex initiation flow rate FA-VI and at least one of the target maximum flow rate FT-MAX and the target vortex initiation flow rate FT-VI; comparing the error parameter E against a target condition CT; and, if the error parameter E fails to satisfy the target condit
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Hydro International plc
    Inventors: Daniel Stuart Jarman, Robert Yaw Gyamfi Andoh, Jeremy Paul Lecornu, Kwabena Osei
  • Patent number: 9625171
    Abstract: A method includes aggregating multiple zones of an indoor structure, each zone having associated comfort limits, formulating an aggregated single zone model predictive control (MPC) problem representative of the multiple zones for a heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, determining optimal aggregated actions as a function of the aggregated single zone model predictive control problem, simulating an optimal trajectory of indoor qualities, and determining zone temperature setpoints to comply with the comfort limits for each zone and pre-cool the indoor structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Karel Macek, Karel Marik, Joseph Steven Majewski
  • Patent number: 9618946
    Abstract: A method includes presenting a set location setting within a graphical user interface (GUI) of a mobile device, and then detecting a selection of the set-location setting. The method proceeds by detecting at least one on-site network in communication with the mobile device in response to the selection of the set location setting, identifying a network name associated with the at least one on-site network, and associating the network name of the on-site network with an on-site zone of a site associated with the mobile device. The method then proceeds by altering an operating condition of a network device located at the site in response to a location of the mobile device relative to the on-site zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Allure Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin R. Imes, James Hollister, John F. Cottrell
  • Patent number: 9621371
    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: July 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Reeder, Robert Thomas, Patrick Brisbine
  • Patent number: 9618914
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an energy resource-grid-load automatic control system of smart microgrid and control methods thereof, which belong to the field of microgrid control and electrical technology. The energy resource-grid-load automatic control system includes a distributed renewable energy power generation module, a distributed renewable energy inverter module, a conventional power generation module, a user load module, a bidirectional grid-connected control module, a distributed renewable energy intelligent optimizing power generation control module, an energy storage module, an intelligent energy storage unit adjuster and a storage battery pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Northeastern University
    Inventors: HuaGuang Zhang, QiuYe Sun, Jun Yang, XinRui Liu, ZhiLiang Wang, Fei Teng, Jing Guo, ZhanShan Wang, ZhenWei Liu, YingChun Wang
  • Patent number: 9617713
    Abstract: A control device of an electric actuator adapted to perform a forward-reverse movement includes a control unit adapted to be operated in a forward direction or a reverse direction in accordance with the forward-reverse movement of the electric actuator. It also includes a pilot circuit, which is connected to the control unit and which generates a forward pilot pressure or a reverse pilot pressure in accordance with the forward operation or the reverse operation of the control unit. The control device has a differential pressure acquiring unit that acquires a differential pressure between a pilot pressure corresponding to an operation direction of the control unit and a pilot pressure, in a direction opposite to the operation direction, and it has a control command generator that generates a control command for controlling the electric actuator based on the differential pressure acquired by the differential pressure acquiring unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Take, Tadashi Kawaguchi, Jun Morinaga
  • Patent number: 9617007
    Abstract: A system for controlling a cooling system comprises an operating state detection unit adapted to detect operating signals characteristic of the operating state of the cooling system and/or the operating state of a plurality of cooling energy consumers to be supplied with cooling energy by the cooling system and a database in which priority data dependent on the operating state and characteristic of the priority to be given to the cooling energy consumers in terms of the cooling energy to be supplied in various operating states of the cooling system and/or of the cooling energy consumers, is stored for a plurality of cooling energy consumers to be supplied with cooling energy by the cooling system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Marc Hoelling, Werner Rothammer, Jan Dittmar, Carsten Colberg, Wilson Willy Casas Noriega, Ozan Uluc, Sebastian Roering, Holger Wolf
  • Patent number: 9612595
    Abstract: A chatter vibration suppressing method includes acquiring a moment of inertia of a rotating body, recording a value indicating the acquired moment of inertia into a machining program, and calculating a variable amplitude and a variable period when a rotation speed of the rotating body is varied in order to suppress chatter vibration from the value indicating the moment of inertia recorded in the machining program and the maximum input power of a motor for rotating the rotating body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: OKUMA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Yoshino, Yuto Mizukami, Takayuki Kato, Noriyoshi Ito, Nobuki Nishidera
  • Patent number: 9606519
    Abstract: Described herein are methods and systems for chamber matching in a manufacturing facility. A method may include receiving a first chamber recipe advice for a first chamber and a second chamber recipe advice for a second chamber. The chamber recipe advices describe a set of tunable inputs and a set of outputs for a process. The method may further include adjusting at least one of the set of first chamber input parameters or the set of second chamber input parameters and at least one of the set of first chamber output parameters or the set of second chamber output parameters to substantially match the first and second chamber recipe advices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: James Robert Moyne, Jimmy Iskandar
  • Patent number: 9607109
    Abstract: There is provided a method of regulating the formulation of a multi-component product comprising a product attribute profile, the method comprising providing a first and second component of the product, each component having a component attribute profile; supplying to a product formulation zone the first component and the second component in a desired ratio and combining the first and second components together to provide the product or a precursor thereof to yield a target product attribute profile; responsive to a change or predicted change in at least one component attribute profile, supplying information concerning the attribute change to a data processing apparatus and calculating with respect to that change an adjustment in the ratio to reduce the deviation of one or more attributes of the product attribute profile from the target product attribute profile. A production system is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventor: Douglas A. Bippert
  • Patent number: 9606516
    Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment, a plant control apparatus includes a deviation calculation unit, a velocity-type PID calculation unit, a plurality of integral calculation units, a plurality of overwrite units, and an automatic balance unit. The deviation calculation unit calculates a deviation between a process value from a plant with operation terminals and a set value corresponding to a control object, and generates a deviation signal. The velocity-type PID calculation unit generates a velocity-type operation amount command signal corresponding to the deviation. The integral calculation units generate position command signals as defined operation terminal position command signals. The overwrite units generate additional position command signals to perform overwrite processing and newly define operation terminal position command signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Masuo Yamasaki, Akimasa Nakai, Akinori Tani
  • Patent number: 9605680
    Abstract: A pumping system includes a pump for moving water. In one aspect, this is in connection with performance of an operation. The system includes a variable speed motor operatively connected to drive the pump. A value indicative of flow rate of water is determined and the motor is controlled to adjust the flow rate indicative value toward a constant. A value indicative of flow pressure is determined and the motor is controlled to adjust the flow pressure indicative value toward a constant. A selection is made between flow rate control and flow pressure control. In another aspect, the pump is controlled to perform a first operation, and is operated to perform a second water operation. Control of operation of the pump to perform the first water operation is altered in response to operation of the pump to perform the second operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignees: Pentair Water Pool and Spa, Inc., Danfoss Drives A/S
    Inventors: Robert W. Stiles, Jr., Lars Hoffmann Berthelsen, Ronald B. Robol, Everett Cox, Donald Steen, Kevin Murphy, Daniel J. Hruby, Peter Westermann-Rasmussen, Gert Kjaer, Nils-Ole Harvest, Christopher Yahnker, Walter Woodcock, Jr., Einar Kjartan Runarsson, Arne Fink Hansen, Alberto Morando, Florin Lungeanu
  • Patent number: 9600011
    Abstract: Various arrangements of controlling a temperature of an enclosure are presented. A setpoint temperature may be received by a thermostat from a user via an energy management device. The setpoint temperature may indicate a desired temperature of the enclosure. The thermostat may be operated in accordance with the setpoint temperature. Energy consumption associated with the thermostat may be monitored. The monitored energy consumption may be compared to an energy usage profile. Based on such a comparison, at least one adjustment to the operation of the thermostat may be determined that will reduce energy consumption associated with the thermostat as compared to the energy consumption associated with operating the thermostat in accordance with the setpoint temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Jason C. Weaver, Bradley A. Kayton
  • Patent number: 9594367
    Abstract: A process controller a procedure module that includes instructions for executing a procedure, and a plurality of supplemental procedure modules, each of which includes instructions for executing one of a plurality of supplemental procedures. The process controller also includes a process monitor processor configured to receive an input electronic signal indicative of a status of a process feature, apply logic based on the input electronic signal, and generate an output electronic signal in response to the input electronic signal. The process controller also includes a sequence engine processor configured to execute the procedure, receive the output electronic signal, apply logic based on the output electronic signal, select one or more of the plurality of supplemental procedures based on the received output electronic signal, and execute the selected one or more of the plurality of supplemental procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Paul R. D'Mura, Kenneth S. Plache, Michael D. Kalan, Kenwood H. Hall, Sujeet Chand
  • Patent number: 9595832
    Abstract: The invention relates to a control unit for an electrical generation/consumption system including generation sources (200) and consumption units (300) connected by a distribution network (100), including a control center (400) which transmits, to controllable consumption units (310) and to controllable generation sources (210), modulation orders based on warning information received from an external operator (500), on information relating to the potential of the respective suppression of units (310), and on information relating to the respective potential of generation or of a decrease in generation of sources (210), or of the suppression of the latter, at each unit (310), a module (312) which transmits, to the center (400), data updated in real time representing the potential modulation suppression of the unit (310), and at the sources (210), a module (212) which transmits, to the control center (400), data which is updated in real time and which is representative of the potential of generation or of the dec
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE
    Inventors: Pierre-Etienne Delon, Olivier Normand
  • Patent number: 9586337
    Abstract: A computerized reed fabrication system having an X-Y-Z axes computer numerical controlled (CNC) machine capable of holding a tool bit. The CNC machine operates under the control of CNC software commands. The reed fabrication system further includes a tool bit held by the CNC machine and a reed holder located adjacent that tool bit. Non-transitory computer readable media stores CNC software commands. A computer reads those stored CNC software commands and sends them to the CNC machine. The CNC software commands cause the CNC machine to move the tool bit relative to the reed holder as required to fabricate a double reed from a cut piece of reed cane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventor: William L Richey, Sr.
  • Patent number: 9588542
    Abstract: A rack server system and a method for automatically managing rack configuration information are disclosed herein. The rack server system includes a plurality of servers, plurality of fan modules, a plurality of fan control boards, and a rack management controller. The rack management controller is connected to the fan control boards, detects rack configuration information stored in the fan control boards during the operation of the rack server system, configured to update local rack configuration information stored in the rack management controller with the rack configuration information stored in the fan controllers when the local rack configuration information stored in the rack management controller is different from the rack configuration information stored in the fan control boards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignees: INVENTEC (PUDONG) TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION, INVENTEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hao-Hao Wang
  • Patent number: 9583947
    Abstract: A method of distributing electric current to electrical outlets, and a program to implement same, including the steps of supplying electric current to the electrical outlets not yet connected to an electronic device upon receipt of a distribution request from the electrical outlets; determining the instantaneous current intensity supplied to the electrical outlets; comparing the determined current intensity to a threshold referred to as the maximum threshold; and when the predetermined current intensity is greater than the maximum threshold, selecting an electrical outlet and terminating the supply of electric current to the selected electrical outlet. The steps of selection and termination being carried out while continuing the step of supplying electric current to the electrical outlets not yet connected to an electronic device upon receipt of a distribution request from the electrical outlets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: ECE
    Inventors: Jean-Clair Pradier, Jean-Pierre Balbinot, Stephane Le Garrec