Patents Examined by Ronald D Hartman, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10303159
    Abstract: Systems and methods for additive manufacturing of vehicles are provided. An additive manufacturing apparatus can include a printer that additively manufactures structures for a vehicle, and multiple analysis components. Each analysis component can receive information based on a design model of the vehicle and analyze the information based on an analysis factor. Each analysis component analyzes the information based on a different analysis factor. An integrator can receives the analyzed information from the analysis components, update the design model based on the analyzed information, and determine whether the updated design model satisfies criteria. If the updated design model satisfies the criteria, the integrator determines printing instructions for the printer to print one or more structures of the vehicle based on the updated design model, and if the updated design model does not satisfy the criteria, the integrator sends information based on the updated design model to the analysis components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Divergent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Robert Czinger, Broc William TenHouten, Richard W. Hoyle, Donald J. Christian, Stuart Paul Macey, Antonio Bernerd Martinez
  • Patent number: 10302324
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to instruct movement based on sensor data. An example apparatus includes a sensor data receiver to receive sensor data from a sensor device, a preference receiver to receive a user preference, and a preference analyzer to: in response to determining that the sensor data indicates that the user preference is not met at a first location, determine if a second location has a condition that meets the user preference, and in response to determining that the second location has the condition that meets the user preference, transmitting a notification to instruct movement to the second location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshifumi Nishi, David W. Browning, Mark MacDonald
  • Patent number: 10300543
    Abstract: To provide a wire electric discharge machine which can appropriately perform thermal displacement correction of upper/lower guides even when the installation environment changes. Provided are a storage unit that stores temperatures of machine elements as temperature data, and a rendering unit that digitizes the installation environment and renders as environmental data. Additionally provided are a position command unit that commands a relative position of the upper/lower guides; and a relational expression calculation unit that sets the temperature data environmental data as input data, sets the relative position as training data, and calculates the relational expression by way of machine learning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Keita Hada
  • Patent number: 10295964
    Abstract: A building management system includes a plurality of devices of building equipment and a control engine configured to, for at least one space of one or more spaces, associate the space with a group of the plurality of devices. The control engine is also configured to select a first space profile of a plurality of space profiles associated with a first type of space. The first space profile includes a plurality of modes each corresponding to a different functional state of the space. The control engine is also configured to select a mode of the plurality of modes of the first space profile, determine a setting of the set of settings of the first space profile based on the selected mode, and control the one or more devices that serve the space in accordance with the settings defined by the first space profile and the selected mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Beth A. Ray, Sheri L. Meyer, Radu M. Dorneanu, Gregory B. Cebasek, Donald A. Gottschalk, Rachel D. M. Ellerman
  • Patent number: 10289096
    Abstract: A polishing machine is described in which a surface treatment tool is moved across the surface of a workpiece in accordance with a predefined tool-path, in order to carry out the desired treatment process. The tool-path is non-periodic and preferably pseudo-random. Various techniques are described for generating data representing the tool-path to be followed. A technique is also described for determining optimum control parameters used to control the polishing machine for a given tool-path. The surface treatment may be a shaping technique in which material is removed from the surface, or a technique for adding material to the surface of the workpiece, or a technique for modifying the surface or a region under the surface of the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Zeeko Limited
    Inventors: David Walker, Anthony Beaucamp, Christina Reynolds Dunn
  • Patent number: 10289082
    Abstract: An app store includes a plurality of state machines that describe the function of a product. The system allows a user to select at least one app from this plurality of apps. The user may also customize the state machine represented by the app or parameters thereof. The selected state machine can be translated into a format readable by a semiconductor device in a target platform without requiring the user to generate computer code. The app store can also transact rights to use the app represented by the state machine. The state machine may be executed in a simulation environment, on a reference platform or development board, or on a semiconductor device in an end-user product to facilitate control in accordance with the state machine defined by the state machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: DANFOSS POWER ELECTRONICS A/S
    Inventors: Ali Husain, Greg Jackson, Chris Knaack, David Stopher
  • Patent number: 10286507
    Abstract: Tool mass arrangement patterns of masses of tools loaded onto tool holding parts of a tool magazine and thresholds, which are associated with the patterns and used to diagnose the abnormality of a speed reducer, are stored after associating the patterns with the thresholds. In addition, the masses of the tools loaded onto the respective tool holding parts are stored. Further, a tool mass arrangement pattern similar to a stored tool mass arrangement, among the stored tool mass arrangement patterns, is selected, and a threshold associated with the selected tool mass arrangement pattern is set as a threshold to be used to diagnose the abnormality of the speed reducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Gaku Isobe
  • Patent number: 10281895
    Abstract: A facility employing systems, methods, and/or techniques for dynamically and adaptively configuring configurable energy consuming and producing devices (e.g., smart energy devices) based on user profiles and user presence information is disclosed. In some embodiments, the facility periodically detects the presence of users, and retrieves preference information for those users. For each of one or more configurable energy devices in the area, the facility generates a combined setting based on the preferences of each user present and adjusts the devices based on the combined settings. For example, if User A, User B, and User C are present in a room and User A's preferred temperature setting is 75° F., User B's preferred temperature setting is 68° F., and User C's preferred temperature setting is 70° F., the facility may generate a combined setting for a thermostat by taking the average value of the users in the room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Tendril Networks, Inc.
    Inventor: Ashish Agarwal
  • Patent number: 10268170
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, a validation platform computer may interpret at least one received data packet to identify a control command for a controller of an industrial asset control system. The at least data packet being might be received, for example, from a network associated with a current operation of the industrial asset control system. The control command may then be introduced into an industrial asset simulation executing in parallel with the industrial asset control system. A simulated result of the control command from the industrial asset simulation may be validated, and, upon validation of the simulated result, it may be arranged for the control command to be provided to the controller of the industrial asset control system. Additionally, in some embodiments failed validation of a simulated result will prompt a threat-alert signal as well as prevent the command (e.g., data packet) from continuing to the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Cody Joe Bushey, Lalit Keshav Mestha, Daniel Francis Holzhauer
  • Patent number: 10268782
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for conducting a Service Call using orienteering methods. The AVM may assist in determining whether or when equipment needs repair and can automatically call a service technician. By referencing the AVM on a smart device, the technician can quickly and easily locate the equipment to be repaired. Additionally, the data contained within the AVM may provide valuable clues to solving any service-related problem. Technical walkthroughs may also be displayed on the service technician's smart device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Middle Chart, LLC
    Inventors: Michael S. Santarone, Jason E. Duff, Michael A. Wodrich
  • Patent number: 10270609
    Abstract: A first input is received from a plurality of sensors. A first state including a first location based on the first input is determined. The first state is associated with a first probability. A second input is received from the plurality of sensors. A second state including a second location is determined based on the second input associated with a second probability. It is determined that the second state corresponds to an actual state based on a transition model and the second probability. The transition model associates the first state with the second state and indicates a likelihood of a transition from the first state to the second state. A rule to change a state of at least one network connected device is triggered based on the second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: BrainofT Inc.
    Inventors: Ashutosh Saxena, Hema Swetha Koppula, Chenxia Wu, Ozan Sener
  • Patent number: 10248099
    Abstract: A programmable logic controller executes an SFC program including a plurality of blocks, each including a step indicating an operation output and a transition indicating a transition condition. The programmable logic controller includes an SFC device data collecting unit for collecting device data of a device included in an active step for each scan at the time when the SFC program is executed, an SFC device data storing unit for storing the data collected by the SFC device data collecting unit, and an SFC device data outputting unit for outputting the data stored in the SFC device data storing unit to a memory card as a file for each of the steps or the blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Nagatomo, Yoshifumi Takakura
  • Patent number: 10248107
    Abstract: Provided is a control device for a machine tool that exchanges a tool and machines a work piece on the basis of a machining program, said control device being provided with a machining program analysis unit that analyzes a machining program and extracts, from the machining program, measurement-related information relating to a dimensional measurement of a tool, and with a measurement program generation unit that, on the basis of the measurement-related information and basic tool information input in advance, generates a measurement program for measuring the dimensions of the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: MAKINO MILLING MACHINE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Rie Kawai, Hideki Heishi, Kenichi Ono
  • Patent number: 10241482
    Abstract: A thermostat for controlling an HVAC system is described, the thermostat having a user interface that is visually pleasing, approachable, and easy to use while also providing ready access to, and intuitive navigation within, a menuing system capable of receiving a variety of different types of user settings and/or control parameters. For some embodiments, the thermostat comprises a housing, a ring-shaped user-interface component configured to track a rotational input motion of a user, a processing system configured to identify a setpoint temperature value based on the tracked rotational input motion, and an electronic display coupled to the processing system. An interactive thermostat menuing system is accessible to the user by an inward pressing of the ring-shaped user interface component. User navigation within the interactive thermostat menuing system is achievable by virtue of respective rotational input motions and inward pressings of the ring-shaped user interface component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Anthony M. Fadell, Matthew L. Rogers, David Sloo, Michael J. Matas, Michael Plitkins
  • Patent number: 10238799
    Abstract: A system and method that identifies delayed infusion programs at an infusion pump or with a first computer and an infusion pump. The first computer receives an infusion auto-program from a remote source, transmits the infusion auto-program to the infusion pump, and sends a stale auto-program to the infusion pump. The infusion pump receives a manual infusion program, saves and executes the manual infusion program, and compares the stale auto-program to the manual infusion program to identify potential matches between the stale auto-program and the manual infusion program. The infusion pump evaluates the potential matches and determines if the potential matches are within a predefined tolerance, continues to execute the at least one manual infusion program on the infusion pump if the potential matches are within the predefined tolerance, and remotely saves differences in the manual infusion program and the at stale auto-program in a remote server for later analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: ICU Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Kohlbrecher
  • Patent number: 10235033
    Abstract: A method, device and system for displaying, via a user interface, an ambiance setting for a bathing system. The user interface is configured to display at least one display page on a display screen. The method comprises displaying on the display screen, a plurality of ambiance settings selectable by a user of the user interface, receiving, at a processor, an indication of a selected ambiance setting from the plurality of ambiance settings displayed on the display screen and in response to the selected ambiance setting, displaying on the display screen a first operational setting for at least one first type of bathing unit component and a second operational setting for at least one second type of bathing unit component. The first operational setting and the second operational setting are pre-programmed in association with the selected ambiance setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: GECKO ALLIANCE GROUP INC.
    Inventors: Benoit Laflamme, Christian Brochu
  • Patent number: 10228669
    Abstract: A method includes sending, by a computing device, control signals to a machine tool to machine a component located on a platform to form a feature in the component, monitoring, by the computing device, while machining the feature into the component with the machine tool, torque forces of the machine tool against the component caused by the machining of the feature into the component via at least one sensor positioned on the platform, evaluating, by the computing device, while machining the feature into the component with the machine tool, a quality of the machine tool based on the monitored torque forces; and, in response to the evaluation of the quality of the machine tool indicating an undesirable quality of the machine tool, sending, by the computing device, control signals to the machine tool to interrupt the machining of the component and replace a machining element of the machine tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce Corporation
    Inventor: Mike R. Dunkin
  • Patent number: 10228153
    Abstract: A method and a temperature adjustment apparatus of adjusting an indoor temperature includes: predicting an temperature change pattern of a first rate time zone that is reached after an operation of a Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system, based on an indoor temperature change pattern extracted from information stored; predicting a power consumption of the HVAC system based on the predicted temperature change pattern; and scheduling a discharging power quantity of an Energy Storage System (ESS) battery based on the predicted power consumption of the HVAC system in the first rate time zone, which is reached after the operation. The temperature adjustment method and the apparatus may schedule a discharging power quantity of the ESS battery in consideration of power consumption predicted by the temperature adjustment apparatus, external environmental factors, and characteristics of the ESS battery, thereby optimizing the rate reduction effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sooyoung Lee, Dong Seop Lee, Manjib Han, Hyejung Cho
  • Patent number: 10226895
    Abstract: In one embodiment of the present invention, a support structure generator creates support structures designed to buttress three-dimensional (3D) digital models during 3D printing. In operation, the support structure generator incrementally constructs a support graph that connects overhanging points included in the 3D model with support points on a horizontal ground plane or relatively flat surfaces in the 3D model. After generating the 3D model, the support structure generator translates the connections between the nodes into support posts sized to sufficiently support the connected surfaces with the minimum amount of support material. Advantageously, the support structure is noticeably sparser than conventional support structures that fill a given support region with a solid volume of support material. Consequently, the time necessary for 3D printers to fabricate the support structure of interconnected support posts is less than the time required for 3D printers to fabricate conventional support structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: AUTODESK, INC.
    Inventor: Ryan Michael Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10220569
    Abstract: In one embodiment of the present invention, a support structure generator creates support structures designed to buttress three-dimensional (3D) digital models during 3D printing. In operation, the support structure generator incrementally constructs a support graph that connects overhanging points included in the 3D model with support points on a horizontal ground plane or relatively flat surfaces in the 3D model. After generating the 3D model, the support structure generator translates the connections between the nodes into support posts sized to sufficiently support the connected surfaces with the minimum amount of support material. Advantageously, the support structure is noticeably sparser than conventional support structures that fill a given support region with a solid volume of support material. Consequently, the time necessary for 3D printers to fabricate the support structure of interconnected support posts is less than the time required for 3D printers to fabricate conventional support structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: AUTODESK, INC.
    Inventor: Ryan Michael Schmidt