Patents Examined by Ronald Hartman, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10100813
    Abstract: Methods and systems for optimizing operation of a wind farm are disclosed. The method includes providing a farm-level wake model for the wind farm based on historical wake parameters corresponding to reference sets of interacting wind turbines in the wind farm. Another step includes monitoring one or more real-time wake parameters for wind turbines in the wind farm. A further step includes identifying at least two interacting wind turbines from the reference sets based on the wake parameters. Another step includes determining a wake offset angle between the interacting wind turbines as a function of at least one of a wind direction, a geometry between the interacting wind turbines, or a wake meandering component. The method also includes continuously updating the wake model online based at least partially on the wake parameters and the wake offset angle and controlling the interacting wind turbines based on the updated wake model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Vishal Cholapadi Ravindra, Akshay Krishnamurty Ambekar, Siddhanth Chandrashekar
  • Patent number: 10097367
    Abstract: A service management system communicates via wide area network with gateway devices located at respective user premises. The service management system remotely manages delivery of application services, which can be voice controlled, by a gateway, e.g. by selectively activating/deactivating service logic modules in the gateway. The service management system also may selectively provide secure communications and exchange of information among gateway devices and among associated endpoint devices. An exemplary service management system includes a router connected to the network and one or more computer platforms, for implementing management functions. Examples of the functions include a connection manager for controlling system communications with the gateway devices, an authentication manager for authenticating each gateway device and controlling the connection manager and a subscription manager for managing applications services and/or features offered by the gateway devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: KIP PROD PI LP
    Inventors: Amir Ansari, George A. Cowgill, Leon E. Nicholls, Jude P. Ramayya, Ramprakash Masina, Alvin R. McQuarters, Atousa Raissyan
  • Patent number: 9957843
    Abstract: A control method for optimizing a turndown operation for a power plant having a plurality of generating units. The plurality of generating units each may include either an on-condition or an off-condition during a selected operating period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Lisa Anne Wichmann, Chrstopher Michael Raczynski
  • Patent number: 9954968
    Abstract: A remote access gateway configurable control system. There may be a series of control commands to set or adjust a gateway device's running parameters and modify the behavior of the device or start process action. There may be configuration commands for remote control of the device and server commands for unattended devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Bo Wang, Patrick Lemire, Cherry Lv
  • Patent number: 9952585
    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: August 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Zeeko Limited
    Inventors: David Walker, Anthony Beaucamp, Christina Dunn
  • Patent number: 9946238
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided that includes an automation system that detects threats within a secured geographic area, a wireless wearable device worn by a human user that detects activities of the user, and a processor of the automation system that wirelessly receives the detected activities of the human user from the wearable device as the user enters the secured area, that associates at least one of the detected activities with a predetermined action, and that automatically implements a physical change within the secured area in support of the predetermined action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Kamal Kannan, Savari Raj, Arumugakumar Mookan, Deepak S, Balaji Sambamoorthy
  • Patent number: 9937702
    Abstract: Embodiments include an apparatus for fabricating a three-dimensional object from a digital representation of the object stored in a computer readable media, the apparatus comprising: a component having a surface on which the object is to be fabricated, wherein information is embedded within the component; a sensor configured to sense the information embedded within the component; a module configured to, based on the sensor sensing the information embedded within the component, determine one or both of (i) a characteristic of the component and (ii) a configuration parameter of the apparatus; and a print mechanism disposed above the surface of the component, wherein the print mechanism is configured to, based on the determined one or both of (i) the characteristic of the component and (ii) the configuration parameter of the apparatus, fabricate the object on the surface of the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Marvell International Ltd.
    Inventors: Steven M. Goss, Gregory F. Carlson, James Mealy, Phillip Salvatori
  • Patent number: 9939833
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate generally to power management and the like, and more particularly, to an apparatus, a system, a method, and a computer-readable medium for providing power controlling functionality to generate configurable power signals and to deliver power during fault conditions. In at least some embodiments, a power control unit can generate power signals having configurable attributes as a function of a mode of operation, a fault type, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Global Embedded Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Stanley Stanczak, Louis Stephen Smutek, Alan Wayne Brown, David Allen Backus
  • Patent number: 9933765
    Abstract: A control device includes a primary control unit which computes a manipulated variable and outputs it to an actuator of the primary control system; a secondary control unit which takes as input an equilibrium point setpoint representing an equilibrium point which is the desired manipulated variable output in steady state of primary control, takes the manipulated variable of the primary control system as process variable input, computes an adjusted manipulated variable, and outputs it to an actuator of the secondary control system; and an equilibrium point setpoint determination functional unit which detects a state in which the setpoint of the primary control system is maintained at the same value for a pre-specified period of time or longer as a steady state, computes an equilibrium point, and sets this equilibrium point setpoint in the secondary control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Azbil Corporation
    Inventor: Masato Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9936614
    Abstract: An information handling system includes a pressure transducer and a fan controller. The pressure transducer produces a pressure reading in response to airflow through the information handling system. The fan controller is configured to communicate with the pressure transducer, the fan controller to operate a fan of an information handling system at a first duty cycle, to receive a first pressure reading from the pressure transducer, to determine a first airflow amount for the first duty cycle based on the first pressure reading, to create a first updated airflow-duty cycle table based on the first airflow amount at the first duty cycle, and to update a temperature control algorithm based on the first updated airflow-duty cycle table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: DELL PRODUCTS, LP
    Inventors: Austin M. Shelnutt, Travis C. North, Christopher M. Helberg
  • Patent number: 9924644
    Abstract: The disclosure extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for generating and optimizing irrigation protocols. The disclosure extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for optimizing water usage in growing plants for yard and crops. The disclosure also extends to methods, systems and computer program products for providing automated irrigation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Skydrop Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Clark Endrizzi, Robert Mars, Mack Dalley, Betsy Endrizzi
  • Patent number: 9927853
    Abstract: An information handling system includes a central processing unit, a temperature sensor to provide temperature information, a humidity sensor to provide humidity information, and an embedded controller. The embedded controller determines a current dew point temperature based on the temperature information and the humidity information. The embedded controller activates a condensation mitigation procedure if a difference between a current temperature and the current dew point temperature is less than a threshold value stored at a register at the embedded controller. The mitigation procedure is a software program executed by the information handling system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: DELL PRODUCTS, LP
    Inventors: Nikhil M. Vichare, Michael T. Miller, Mark L. Rehmann, Edwin C. Tinsley
  • Patent number: 9916537
    Abstract: A smart office desk interactive with the user, defined on the basis of an individual work desk (M) and various hardware and software elements applied to it and whose main hardware components comprise a working desktop divided into two zones, one which can be raised at an angle, motor-driven legs which raise and lower the desktop, a footrest tray and a series of sensors integrated into the desktop structure and in the legs. The smart office desk learns from the user by machine learning algorithms, and proposes physical actions in accordance with what has been learned. The table collects information from the user concerning their postures and working habits, using various physical sensors, and by their interactions with the software application displayed onscreen. It is thus a table controlled by a computer system which receives data on the user and the working environment as inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: PYNK SYSTEMS, S.L.
    Inventors: Carlos Riquelme Ruiz, David Mata Valdes
  • Patent number: 9910416
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for implementing an automated scheme for consistently confirming completion of repair and post-repair operating parameters for a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system to improve consistency of diagnostic analyzes, services provided by available or pre-selected HVAC repair facilities or contractors and confirmation of repair services performed by those HVAC repair facilities or contractors. A system-based automated solution is provided for confirmation of completion and efficacy of repairs in HVAC systems. HVAC system and component operations are confirmed to be within specified ranges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: LARS ENERGY LLC
    Inventor: Randel E. Roy
  • Patent number: 9907238
    Abstract: The disclosure extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for generating and optimizing irrigation protocols. The disclosure extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for optimizing water usage in growing plants for yard and crops. The disclosure also extends to methods, systems and computer program products for providing automated irrigation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Skydrop Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Clark Endrizzi, Matt Romney, Mack Dalley, Robert Mars
  • Patent number: 9912732
    Abstract: The disclosure extends to apparatuses, methods, systems, and computer program products for generating and optimizing irrigation protocols. The disclosure also extends to a system and method for the detection of faults or deviations from a baseline configuration in an irrigation system during operation in accordance with the disclosed methods, systems, and computer program products for optimizing water usage in growing plants for yard and crops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Skydrop Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Matt Romney, Clark Endrizzi
  • Patent number: 9901042
    Abstract: The disclosure extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for generating and optimizing irrigation protocols. The disclosure also extends to methods, systems and computer program products for providing automated irrigation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Skydrop Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Clark Endrizzi, Matt Romney, Mack Dalley, Robert Mars
  • Patent number: 9906101
    Abstract: An apparatus for automation technology, comprising an actuator and an assembly for manual actuation of the actuator, wherein an electrical drive or an electro hydraulic drive is provided as the driving element for the actuator. The assembly includes a generator and a manual actuating element for the generator and wherein the assembly can be electrically coupled with the driving element of the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: AUMA Riester GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventors: Wilfried Platzer, Benjamin Hofmann, Henrik Newerla
  • Patent number: 9891619
    Abstract: A device for checking the construction of an extruder screw having a shaft and screw elements that are to be pushed or have been pushed one after the other onto the shaft in a defined sequence. Each screw element has an element-specific external geometry. A recording device being provided for determining information concerning the sequence of the screw elements that are to be pushed on or have been pushed on and for comparing the information determined with target information, which directly or indirectly describes the target sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: LEISTRITZ EXTRUSIONSTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventors: Frank Rechter, Sven Wolf
  • Patent number: 9888081
    Abstract: Automation is effected for various remote circuits. As may be implemented in accordance with one or more embodiments, environmental characteristics are monitored at each of a plurality of remote systems located at different geographical regions (e.g., remote agricultural systems, or other equipment) and controlled by one or more local/master systems. Data indicative of the monitored environmental characteristic is communicated and used for controlling operational equipment, based upon operational instructions communicated from the master system. These communications are carried out by monitoring communication characteristics of communications paths between the master system and the remote systems, with some communication paths including one or more of the remote systems via which communications are passed (e.g., relayed). One of the communication paths is selected based upon the monitored communication characteristics, and used for communicating the operational instructions with the remote systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Smart Farm Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert P. Farinelli, Jr., Steve Christensen, James J. Suchora, Ryan Heringer, Brandon Finch, Gary Sterling