Patents Examined by Ryan A. Jarrett
  • Patent number: 10895397
    Abstract: An HVAC controller includes a first input terminal configured to be electrically coupled with a first field wire and a second input terminal configured to be electrically coupled with a second field wire, and a double pole relay including two input terminals and two output terminals. Control circuitry is operably coupled to the temperature sensor and the double pole relay and is configured to determine whether the first field wire is electrically coupled with the first input terminal and whether the second field wire is electrically coupled with the second input terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Ademco Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Barton, Mohammad Aljabari, Jeffrey Boll
  • Patent number: 10890349
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a sensor network, machine type communication (MTC), machine-to-machine (M2M) communication, and technology for internet of things (IoT). A method of a server in an air conditioning system and a server are provided. The method includes detecting a schedule duration for a compound control zone in which a compound control operation for controlling a ventilating operation and a cooling/heating operation will be performed; determining a ventilating schedule based on an air state change; and determining a cooling/heating schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Inventors: Woonsik Lee, Kyungjae Kim, Kwanwoo Song, Hyejung Cho, Soonheum Ko, Jaehong Kim
  • Patent number: 10889099
    Abstract: The automatic support device generation method includes: receiving a virtual part; determining a retention direction for the virtual part; determining a retention rotation for the virtual part; and constructing a support device based on the part, the retention rotation, and the retention direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Plethora Corporation
    Inventors: Ruza Markov, William Haldean Brown
  • Patent number: 10885144
    Abstract: There is provided a method of updating a setting value of a variable parameter, the method including: obtaining a time-series data of control input and a time-series data of control output observed in control with a controller; calculating a value of the variable parameter which minimizes an output value of an evaluation function based on the obtained time-series data of the control input and the control output; and updating the setting value of the variable parameter to the calculated value of the variable parameter. The evaluation function includes a first function part in which a first norm or a second norm changes depending on the value of the variable parameter, and a second function part of which specific frequency band has an amount, by which the output value of the evaluation function is increased, larger than that of any other frequency band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Eisuke Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10886740
    Abstract: Provided is an emergency accurate control method and system for large-scale interruptible loads. The method includes: acquiring, by a region control master station, a sheddable load sequence table; acquiring, by the region control master station, a first to-be-shed load; performing, by the region control master station, minimum under-shedding matching layer by layer according to the first to-be-shed load, and shedding a sheddable load corresponding to control substation matching with the first to-be-shed load; and sending, by the region control master station, a second to-be-shed load to the corresponding control substation for load shedding if the second to-be-shed load exists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignees: State Grid Jiangsu Electric Power Co., Ltd., Nari Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jijun Yin, Qing Chen, Gang Chen, Xiao Lu, Jianyu Luo, Haifeng Li, Xueming Li, Kaiming Luo, Lin Liu, Yunsong Yan, Yefeng Jiang, Jianfeng Ren, Haifeng Xia
  • Patent number: 10875163
    Abstract: An update manager for a tightening parameter server may include processing circuitry. The tightening parameter server may be operably coupled to one or more tool controllers that are each operably coupled to respective power tools. The processing circuitry may be configured to receive a subscription request from a tool controller where the subscription request identifies an application to which the tool controller is to be subscribed to receive updates to the application automatically, record an identity of the tool controller in association with the application to build a database of applications and corresponding tool controllers subscribed to each of the applications, determine that a particular application has been updated, and, in response to determining that the particular application has been updated, provide an update to each tool controller subscribed to the particular application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: APEX BRANDS, INC.
    Inventors: Markus Abele, Jonathan Reay Harris
  • Patent number: 10879701
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a power conditioning system (PCS) efficiency-considered microgrid operation device comprising: a scheduling unit for scheduling outputs of a controllable load, a battery, and an emergency internal combustion generator operated in a microgrid; and an operation control unit for controlling the operation of the battery, the emergency internal combustion generator, and the controllable load according to charging/discharging of the battery, the output or the emergency internal combustion generator, and the output of the controllable load, which have been scheduled by the scheduling unit, wherein the scheduling unit schedules charging/discharging by considering the efficiency of a PCS such that a mate of charge (SOC) of the battery is maintained within a preset range. According to the present invention, the microgrid can be efficiently operated by considering the charging/discharging efficiency of the PCS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Inventors: Woo-Kyu Chae, Hak-Ju Lee, Jung-Sung Park, Jong-Nam Weon, Jun-Bo Sim
  • Patent number: 10871391
    Abstract: A system for quantitative water management comprises: at least two interconnected water production entities (U), at least one water resource (S) linked to one at least of the production entities (U), at least one demander element (D) requesting water produced defined by a pre-established temporal curve of water demand produced as a function of time, each link between production entities (U), water resources (S) and demander elements (D) being ensured by a transfer work (C) having a predetermined maximum flowrate and being able to be interconnected, each production entity (U) and each water resource (S) furthermore being associated with a weighting function P, and a calculator adapted to minimize the global weighting function Pg of the system while guaranteeing compliance with the pre-established temporal curve of water demand produced of each demander element (D) under constraint of compliance with the maximum flowrates of the various elements of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Inventors: Magali Dechesne, Sébastien Kech, Boris David, Johann Mazzella, Pierre Mandel
  • Patent number: 10865522
    Abstract: A control system (100) for a functional section (I, II, III) of a paper processing device (140). The control system (100) has at least one safety-monitoring camera (110, 120, 130) which is arranged in the functional section (I, II, III) such that a functional region of the functional section (I, II, III) can be captured by the safety-monitoring camera (110, 120, 130). An operating unit (101) of the system (100) is designed to operate the functional section (I, II, III), and image data of the at least one safety-monitoring camera (110, 120, 130) can be selected by the operating unit (101). A display unit (103) is configured to display the selected image data such that a user allows or blocks the operation of the functional section (I, II, III) based on the displayed image data. A safety device (102) is coupled to the safety-monitoring camera (110, 120, 130) and the operating unit (101), and the safety device (102) receives image data of the safety-monitoring camera (110, 120, 130).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Bobst Grenchen AG
    Inventor: Stefan Wick
  • Patent number: 10865817
    Abstract: A valve positioner for use on a process control valve or “valve assembly.” The process control valve may include a pneumatic actuator and a valve having a closure member coupled with the pneumatic actuator and moveable relative to a seat. The valve positioner may couple to the pneumatic actuator to provide a pneumatic signal to set a position of the closure member relative to the seat. An accelerometer may couple with the valve positioner. The accelerometer may generate data in response to orientation of the valve positioner. In one implementation, the configurations can use this data to ensure proper visualization of data on a display. The data also permits the device to properly manage operating modes, like tight shut-off or fully-opened mode, that may prevail due to orientation issues that cause defects in a measured position for a closure member that regulates flow of material through the valve assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Dresser, LLC
    Inventors: Anatoly Podpaly, Jagadish Gattu, Mark Edmund Hebert
  • Patent number: 10866609
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for dynamically learning the optimum energy consumption operating condition for a building and monitor/control energy consuming equipment to keep the peak demand interval at a minimum. The dynamic demand limiting algorithm utilized employs two separate control schemes, one for HVAC loads and one for non-HVAC loads. Separate operating parameters can be applied to the two types of loads and multiple non-HVAC (control zones) loads can be configured. The algorithm uses historical peak demand measurements in its real-time limiting strategy. The algorithm continuously attempts to reduce peak demand within the user configured parameters. When a new peak is inevitable, the algorithm strategically removes and/or introduces loads in a fashion that limits the new peak magnitude and places the operating conditions within the user configured parameters. In an embodiment, the algorithm that examines the previous seven days of metering information to identify a peak demand interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: GridPoint, Inc.
    Inventors: Danny K. Dyess, Arnie J. Tamagni, Mark W. Vinson
  • Patent number: 10857899
    Abstract: Examples relate to flexible datacenters or other power loads tolerant of intermittent operation and configured to use power received behind-the-meter. A system may include a transportation hub electrically coupled to a BTM power source via a branch line. The transportation hub may receive behind-the-meter (“BTM”) power from the BTM power source. The system may also include a datacenter control system configured to modulate power delivery to the transportation hub based on a set of monitored conditions. The set of monitored conditions may include BTM power availability at the transportation hub. In some examples, the datacenter control system is a remote master control system positioned remotely from the transportation hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: LANCIUM LLC
    Inventors: Michael T. McNamara, Raymond E. Cline, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10857736
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus relating to substructures for three-dimensional objects are described. In an example, a processing apparatus includes: an interface to receive data representing a three-dimensional model object, the data including object model data and object property data; a mapping module to map received data to a print material coverage representation; a halftone module to provide halftone threshold data; and a substructure module to define a substructure for a three-dimensional object to be generated, the substructure specifying in at least a region thereof a consistent lattice structure and a variable material distribution. The apparatus is to apply a substructure and a halftoning to the print material coverage representation to generate control data for the production of a three-dimensional object having the substructure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Peter Morovic, Jan Morovic, Alejandro Manuel De Pena, Juan Manuel Garcia Reyero Vinas
  • Patent number: 10830475
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a zoning system for climate control including a controller configured to operate the zoning system to supply conditioned air to a first zone of a plurality of zones through a first supply air damper to thermally charge the first zone. The controller is also configured to close the first supply air damper of the first zone and open a second supply air damper of a second zone of the plurality of zones after the first zone is thermally charged. The controller is further configured to operate the zoning system to draw the conditioned air from the first zone and supply the conditioned air to the second zone through the second supply air damper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Brian D. Rigg, Shawn A. Hern, Andrew M. Boyd, Noel A. Grajeda-Trevizo, Cody J. Kaiser, Tom R. Tasker, Theresa N. Gillette, Jonathan A. Burns, Tyler P. McCune
  • Patent number: 10814925
    Abstract: A customized proposal system for a vehicle part capable of performing a proposal for a design part that matches user's preference is provided. The customized proposal system for the vehicle part includes a vehicle operating information acquisition unit configured to acquire vehicle operating information at least including traveling information on a vehicle; and a proposal unit configured to estimate preference of a vehicle user based on the vehicle operating information, perform selection of a part attachment position in the vehicle and design of the design part to be attached to the part attachment position based on the preference of the vehicle user that has been estimated, and propose the design part that has been designed to the vehicle user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Inventor: Satoru Ohno
  • Patent number: 10816952
    Abstract: A control method for a processing apparatus includes the steps of suspending a processing operation of a processing unit during the formation of a processed groove and then imaging the processed groove by using an imaging unit to obtain a detected image, inspecting the condition of the processed groove according to the detected image, inputting a selected one of plural parameters into an input area displayed on a touch panel from an operator in adjusting the parameters to optimize inspection conditions, moving an input cursor from the input area according to the input of the selected parameter, and executing the inspection of the processed groove by using the selected parameter input in the input area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Inventor: Satoshi Miyata
  • Patent number: 10809696
    Abstract: A method includes: scanning a first QR code on a first physical object to obtain first parameters, wherein the first parameters include specifications for making a product using a manufacturing process, and the specifications include at least one material used to build the product. The method further includes scanning a second QR code on a second physical object to obtain second parameters, wherein the second parameters correspond to the manufacturing process; comparing, by a computing device, the first parameters and the second parameters; based on comparing the first parameters and the second parameters, determining whether the first object corresponds to the second object; and in response to determining that the first object corresponds to the second object, building the product using the at least one material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Principato
  • Patent number: 10800106
    Abstract: A 3D printing estimation apparatus includes a database storing 3D model data indicating a printing part and usage amount information of each material in one spraying process, a printing data generating part for generating 3D data of a printing object including the printing part and a support, an area splitting part for splitting the 3D data into at least one area, a material determining part for determining a type and a printing pattern of each material constituting each of the at least one area, and a material usage amount estimating part for determining a number of times each material is sprayed on the at least one area based on the determined type and the printing pattern of each material, and estimating a usage amount of each material to be printed the printing object based on the determined number of times and the usage amount information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: 3D Systems Korea, Inc.
    Inventors: Jae Il Park, Gyeo Rye Lee, Du Su Kim, Sung Wook Cho
  • Patent number: 10804736
    Abstract: Systems and methods for configuring micro-grids to restore some power in a power distribution grid (PDG) in response to a power disruption over the PDG. A computing system configured to receive current condition information from devices in the PDG. Form a minimum spanning forest (MSF) to identify a set of micro-grids, each spanning tree in a forest is a self-sustained islanded micro-grid network. Assign a ranking to each inter-bus link within each micro-grid according to constraints, to identify some inter-bus links above a high-ranking threshold to be switched off during a restoration period. Identify switches that restore power to some critical loads of a subset of critical loads with different forest configurations, based on buses that are switched on, to determine a subset of micro-grids less susceptible for link failures during the restoration period. Upon receiving a power disruption, activate the switches to restore some power to the PDG.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Hongbo Sun, Shiva Poudel
  • Patent number: 10802460
    Abstract: A controller has a function of stopping an oscillation motion in a non-cutting section in oscillation cutting and includes an oscillation command creation unit and an oscillation command creation determination unit. The oscillation command creation unit outputs an oscillation command, and the oscillation command creation determination unit determines whether or not cutting of a workpiece by a tool is actually being performed and stops an output of the oscillation command during non-cutting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Fanuc Corporation
    Inventor: Masashi Yasuda