Patents Examined by Robert Fennema
  • Patent number: 9581342
    Abstract: A thermostat stand for a thermostat device may include a base and a mounting fixture configured to receive a thermostat device. The thermostat stand may additionally include an opening configured to allow one or more wires to pass through the opening to connect to the thermostat device, the one or more wires originating from either a power supply or from the boiler control device. The thermostat stand may further include a reflective horizontal surface positioned such that motion detection of energy-emitting objects is enhanced by virtue of reflections of energy emissions off of the reflective horizontal surface into the occupancy sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Eric B. Daniels, William R. Dong, Jason C. Chamberlain, Daniel A. Warren, Helen Vo, Shyam R. Srinivasan, Anthony M. Fadell, Matthew L. Rogers
  • Patent number: 9573288
    Abstract: A cutting data generator includes a control device configured to obtain provisional hole arrangement data usable to arrange a plurality of provisional holes and to obtain an intercentral distance between two of the provisional holes. The provisional holes are adjacent to each other. The control device is also configured to connect the provisional holes with an auxiliary hole and to determine that the provisional holes and the auxiliary hole are contained in a group, thereby extracting an outermost outline of the group of the provisional holes arranged, when the intercentral distance between the provisional holes is not less than a sum of radii of the provisional holes and not more than a predetermined value. The control device is further configured to generate cutting data usable to cut the sheet along the outline extracted. The auxiliary hole having a smaller diameter than the provisional holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Noriharu Tashiro
  • Patent number: 9573198
    Abstract: A double eccentric positioning apparatus uses two equal offset eccentric bushings to accurately position a tool in two dimensions. Miniature servo motors and precise gearing control the rotation of each eccentric bushing, which controls the direction of the offset vectors. The offset vectors are used to determine the final position of the drill bushing. The desired rotation angles can be mathematically calculated based on desired position. The inner eccentric bushing is located concentric to the offset of the outer eccentric bushing. This allows any position, within a radius of two times the eccentric offset, to be achieved. The use of worm gearing on the eccentric bushings prevents back-driving of the servo motors, due to the lead angle of the worm gears, and the friction between the worm wheel and worm gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Stephan J. Favilla, Alan Ray Merkley, Christie Dusty Lagally, Ronald J. Collins
  • Patent number: 9575488
    Abstract: A method for notifying at least a first condition in an industrial system by way of a monitoring system in order to draw the attention of an operator monitoring the industrial system to the at least one condition. The method includes displaying the first condition in a first portion of a display screen of the monitoring system, determining by eye tracking an area where a user focuses on the display screen, the area where the user focuses differing from the first portion, and alerting the user of the first condition in order to allow the user to be notified of the first condition in the industrial system. A monitoring system is also presented herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: ABB Research Ltd.
    Inventors: Susanne Timsjo, Martin Olausson
  • Patent number: 9576470
    Abstract: A combination of an articulated apparatus having an electromechanical actuator, a power supply and a control unit with a unique electronic address, and a cordless controller, the cordless controller becoming exclusively electrically paired to the articulated apparatus when common signals therefrom to the control box include the unique electronic address, thus enabling control of the articulated apparatus when located near the other apparatus having other electronic addresses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Linak A/S
    Inventor: Svend Erik Knudsen Jensen
  • Patent number: 9574646
    Abstract: A twisted string transmission system comprises a twisted string actuator, a force sensor, and a controller. The twisted string actuator is for converting a rotational motion into a linear force. The force sensor is for sensing the linear force. The controller is for receiving sensor information regarding the linear force from the force sensor and for providing control information to control the rotational motion based at least in part on the sensor information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Redwood Robotics Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Edsinger, Jeff Weber, Philip Mullins, Lee Magnusson
  • Patent number: 9578465
    Abstract: A method for retrieving process, operation or maintenance relevant data of a process plant by way of a field monitor, wherein multiple wireless field device networks are present in the process plant. Data from the field devices from different field device networks are gathered by way of the field monitor. Plant information from the field devices belonging to different field device networks are displayed on a display of the field monitor to a user regardless of the respective field device network they belong to.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Endress + Hauser Process Solutions AG
    Inventors: Eugenio Ferreira Da Silva Neto, Jenish Gheewawla
  • Patent number: 9571986
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting and using equipment location in a building management system are provided. Location information is measured by one or more measurement devices at a physical location of building equipment. The measured location information is used to automatically determine the physical location of the building equipment in or around a building. The location of the building equipment is integrated with an architectural model of a building served by the building equipment and a graphical visualization of the integrated model is generated. The location of the building equipment can be used to automatically associate the building equipment with other building equipment or with a building zone, to automatically generate control parameters and control algorithms, and/or to generate an augmented reality display of the building equipment in the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Donald A. Gottschalk, Troy A. Goldschmidt, Christopher Brophy
  • Patent number: 9566138
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for modeling and manufacturing a denture for a patient, where the denture comprises a gingival part and artificial teeth, wherein the method comprises: providing a 3D scan comprising at least part of the patient's oral cavity; virtually modeling at least part of the denture using the 3D scan; obtaining virtual teeth to represent the artificial teeth; virtually modeling at least one of the virtual teeth to obtain a set of modeled virtual teeth; manufacturing the modeled virtual teeth in a first material; manufacturing the gingival part in a second material; and manufacturing at least part of the denture by means of computer aided manufacturing (CAM).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Inventor: Rune Fisker
  • Patent number: 9568910
    Abstract: A controller for a building management system includes a first data interface configured to receive data from the building management system and a processing circuit including a processor and a memory device storing a fault detection rule having an initial threshold value. The processing circuit is configured to detect a first fault in the building management system using the stored fault detection rule having the initial threshold value and to use the data from the building management system to determine whether an adjustment to the stored fault detection rule is needed. In response to a determination that an adjustment to the stored fault detection rule is needed, the processing circuit is configured to calculate a new threshold value for the stored fault detection rule and update the stored fault detection rule by replacing the initial threshold value with the new threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Kirk H. Drees, Andrew J. Boettcher, James P. Kummer
  • Patent number: 9568201
    Abstract: A control system may include a thermostat device and boiler control device. The thermostat device may be configured to receive electrical power from second wiring terminals and provide control signals to boiler control device using a second radio when wires are not present in first wiring terminals. The thermostat device may also be configured to receive electrical power from the first wiring terminals and provide the coded control signals to the boiler control device through the first wiring terminals when wires are present in the first wiring terminals. The boiler control device may be configured to receive the control signals from the thermostat device using a third radio and selectively couple the third wiring terminals to fifth wiring terminals to selectively control activation of the boiler-based heating system when wires are not present in fourth wiring terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony M. Fadell, Matthew L. Rogers, Daniel A. Warren, Shyam R. Srinivasan, Hirofumi Honjo, Eric B. Daniels, William R. Dong, Jason C. Chamberlain, Edwin H. Satterthwaite, Jr., Shigefumi Honjo, Helen Vo, Richard W. Holbrook
  • Patent number: 9566679
    Abstract: Automated fixture layout is approached in two distinct stages. First, the spatial locations of clamping points on the work piece are determined to ensure immobility of the fixtured part under any infinitesimal perturbation. Second, spatial locations are matched against a user-specified library of reconfigurable clamps to synthesize a valid fixture layout or configuration that includes clamps that are accessible and collision free. The spatial locations matching during the second stage can be the same spatial locations chosen in the first stage to ensure immobility, or a different set of spatial locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: PALO ALTO RESEARCH CENTER INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Saigopal Nelaturi, Arvind Rangarajan, Tolga Kurtoglu, Christian Fritz
  • Patent number: 9563184
    Abstract: Method, system and computer executable instructions for controlling a process that include collecting data sets for a process having an initial base layer DCV value and a corresponding initial ICV value, a rate-time value and a move series value, receiving a target ICV value and determining whether a change in DCV value is needed. The method checks for any DCV limits and implements a move series to the DCV setting. The rate-of-change of the ICV is calculated along with the estimated time needed to reach the target ICV value based on the rate-of-change. The time needed to reach the target ICV value is compared with the rate-time and the DCV move series is discontinued when the time needed to reach the target ICV value is less than a predetermined percentage of the rate-time value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Inventor: Allan G Kern
  • Patent number: 9563190
    Abstract: A power management system includes an electronic apparatus including a notification unit, a recording unit, a switching unit, and a transmitting unit, a management apparatus including an apparatus control unit, and a relay apparatus relaying communication between the apparatuses. In the first mode, the notification unit notifies the management apparatus of the state of the electronic apparatus at predetermined timings or according to a change in the state. In the second mode, the recording unit records the state instead of transmitting the notification. The switching unit switches the control mode in response to an instruction from the management apparatus. Upon switching from the first mode to the second mode, the transmitting unit transmits switching information to the management apparatus. Upon reception of the switching information, the apparatus control unit switches the control mode of the relay apparatus so as to reduce the power consumption of the relay apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kenji Kuroishi
  • Patent number: 9563185
    Abstract: A technique is disclosed for reducing an error in a controlled variable via model predictive control. A predicted error in the controlled variable is determined for a forward-looking control horizon based upon measured or computed variables. The integral of the predicted error is computed. If the error or the integral exceed a tolerance for a determined time period, the model predictive control algorithm is modified to drive the error or the integral to within a tolerance. The modifications to the control algorithm may include changes to coefficients for terms based upon the error and/or the integral of the error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Bijan Sayyar-Rodsari
  • Patent number: 9564757
    Abstract: An apparatus optimizes a hybrid power system with respect to long-term characteristics of the hybrid power system. The apparatus includes a real-time controller of the hybrid power system and a processor. The processor cooperates with the real-time controller and is structured to input current measurements of information from the hybrid power system and hybrid dynamics information including continuous dynamics and discrete time dynamics that model the hybrid power system. The processor provides online optimization of the hybrid power system based upon the input, and outputs a power flow reference and a number of switch controls to the real-time controller based upon the online optimization. The processor is further structured to provide at least one of: real-time forecasts or real-time prediction of future information operatively associated with the hybrid power system as part of the input, and real-time processing of the online optimization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: EATON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yigang Wang, Neha Mishra
  • Patent number: 9563191
    Abstract: A method and system for autonomously monitoring, evaluating, storing and testing tools and other units operated at a rig-site. The system may include a storage facility communicatively coupled to one or more tools, status flags identifying the health and operational status of the tools, and a computer for performing a self-check for determining the operational status for the one or more tools. The system may further include a remotely positioned computer system in communication with the operational status of the tools, and a user terminal in communication with the computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald Johannes Dirksen
  • Patent number: 9557076
    Abstract: By a feedback arithmetic operation based on a temperature deviation, an input number is set which corresponds to a requested heat quantity generation, which is a controlled object, to a hot water supply apparatus. The temperature deviation is calculated by correcting a deviation of a tapping temperature with respect to a set hot water temperature with use of a Smith compensation temperature calculated by a Smith compensator for predicting a variation in a tapping temperature prior to an elapse of a dead time corresponding to a detection lag of the tapping temperature. The Smith compensator calculates a Smith compensation temperature to be used in the next control cycle based on the input scale number, the present Smith compensation temperature, and a time constant set in accordance with a flow rate of the hot water supply apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: NORITZ CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rena Kusachi, Yuki Maeshima, Hiroki Nabeshima, Kenichi Nakayama
  • Patent number: 9557724
    Abstract: A method includes obtaining a reference tracking performance ratio and a disturbance rejection performance ratio associated with a model predictive control (MPC) controller. The method also includes filtering an output target signal for the controller using a first filter based on the reference tracking performance ratio. The method further includes filtering a feedback signal for the controller using a second filter based on the disturbance rejection performance ratio. The filters can provide two degrees of freedom for tuning reference tracking and disturbance rejection operations of the controller. The reference tracking operation of the controller and the disturbance rejection operation of the controller can be independently tunable. The reference tracking performance ratio can control how aggressively the controller responds to a change in the output target signal. The disturbance rejection performance ratio can control how aggressively the controller responds to a disturbance in the feedback signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Honeywell Limited
    Inventors: Danlei Chu, Michael Forbes, Johan U. Backstrom
  • Patent number: 9557721
    Abstract: An input device includes a coordinate input unit including capacitance detectors, a capacitance measuring unit that measures the capacitances of the capacitance detectors and outputs them as measurement signals by performing A/D conversion, and a control unit that controls the capacitance measuring unit, obtains the signals while associating them with coordinate information of the capacitance detectors, calculates first data signals that are difference values between the measurement signals and a reference value, performs a calculation for the first data signals, outputs control signals based on the calculation result, performs a first calculation in which the first data signals obtained after performing a noise removal process are associated with the coordinate information as second data signals and a second calculation in which the second signals obtained after performing a smoothing process are associated with the coordinate information as third data signals, and calculates an operation position using the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: ALPS ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Satoshi Nakajima, Satoshi Hayasaka, Shinichi Endo