Patents Examined by Sean P. Shechtman
  • Patent number: 8706315
    Abstract: A cooling controlling apparatus that cools an electronic apparatus includes a cooling fan that discharges air in an inside of the electronic apparatus to an outside of the electronic apparatus; an intake air temperature detector that detects a temperature of air taken into the electronic apparatus by the cooling fan; a part temperature detector that detects a temperature of an electronic part arranged inside the electronic apparatus; and a fan controller that controls a rotation number of the cooling fan based on the detected temperature of the electronic part and the detected intake air temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventor: Yoichi Sato
  • Patent number: 8700219
    Abstract: A periodic rotational vibration check for storage devices to compensate for varying loads is disclosed. A variable representing rotational vibration status is maintained in a rotational vibration log. The variable is processed to determine whether a storage device exhibits a rotational vibration issue. Workload analysis is performed to identify a change to the workloads run on physically separate hardware to resolve the rotational vibration issue and thus eliminate the need for more expensive hardware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Brian James Cagno, Kenton Coleman Green, Carl Evan Jones, Michael Desmond O'Connell
  • Patent number: 8688247
    Abstract: A remote lock-out, tag-out system for controlling multiple buckets in a motor control center employs a safety network providing serial communication between one or more remote lock-out, tag-out stations and individual buckets of the control center permitting remote disconnection of power without the need for protective gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Scharnick
  • Patent number: 8676391
    Abstract: System and method for controlling a stuck nozzle system installed between first and second turbines connected in series to a compressor. The method includes determining whether the nozzle system is stuck; instructing the first turbine to increase a minimum speed reference when the nozzle system is stuck; verifying whether the nozzle system continues to be stuck; instructing the compressor to increase an inlet bleed heat (IBH) flow from a current value to a maximum value when the nozzle system is stuck; verifying whether the nozzle system continues to be stuck; and instructing the compressor to increase an inlet guide vanes (IGV) angle from a current value to a maximum value when the nozzle system is stuck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Nuovo Pignone S.p.A.
    Inventors: Carmine Allegorico, Carlo Trombi
  • Patent number: 8655502
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosed technology comprise a computer with at least one fan which may change orientation based on anticipated or actual heat of a device within the computer. The fan, in an embodiment of the disclosed technology, may point towards a central processing unit, a graphics card, or any other device generating heat, and, based on various thresholds, the fan may change direction to remove hot air from a more urgently needed device or section of the interior of a computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: EZ-Tech Corp
    Inventor: Wallace Santos
  • Patent number: 8655489
    Abstract: An air-conditioning controller is configured to receive an operation input for an air-conditioning apparatus capable of being set to a plurality of airflow direction settings. The air-conditioning controller includes a switching button, a determination unit and a display unit. The switching button is for switching between the airflow direction settings. The determination unit is configured to determine a currently selected airflow direction setting based on an operation input inputted via the switching button. The display unit is configured to simultaneously display an image and a character corresponding to the airflow direction setting determined to be currently selected by the determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Daikin Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kaya Horiuchi, Hisashi Sumida, Takashi Hasegawa, Kiyoshi Shima
  • Patent number: 8645000
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a temperature controller having phase control and zero-cross cycle control function that can be achieved at a low cost by controlling power that is supplied to a load, by generating a phase control signal or a zero-cross control signal according to control target temperature of a load, using a microcomputer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Autonics Corporation
    Inventor: Hwan-Ki Park
  • Patent number: 8639363
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for managing a plurality of components. The system can comprise a first component having a first operational parameter and a second component having a second operational parameter. The operational parameters of the first and second components can be modified in response to signals regarding the other one of the first and second components. Further, a component of the system can operate with a delay period during which an operational parameter of the component does not change in response to an operational parameter of the other component, but after which the operational parameter of the other component can cause a change in the operational parameter of the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Blue-White Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert Gledhill, III, John Nguyen, William M. McDowell
  • Patent number: 8634938
    Abstract: A method for safely parameterizing an electrical device, wherein a parameter input by a user on a control unit is transmitted to the electrical device and stored therein with write protection, the stored parameter is transmitted back to the control unit and displayed at the control unit for confirmation by the user, and the user confirmation is transmitted to the electrical device. In accordance with the invention, the stored parameter is transmitted back together with the name of the parameter, with a code generated by the device and in a data format which cannot be processed by the control unit. The returned parameter, the name of the returned parameter and the code are displayed for the user on the control unit, and the confirmation is checked in the electrical device to determine whether the confirmation contains the code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Adam Lomas
  • Patent number: 8626320
    Abstract: A process in an electro-mechanical system having a plurality of controllable components, is controlled by: (a) storing component objects each corresponding to a component and having activation and/or feedback data for that component; (b) storing operation objects each referencing an operation to be carried out on a component and a pointer to the relevant component object; (c) storing process steps each referring to operation objects; and (d) sequentially processing process steps, by: following each reference to an operation object to determine the operation type and the component object, and performing a data operation to be component object to cause the operation to be carried out on the relevant component. In this way, a system controller can be used to activate components in dependence on the activation state of corresponding component objects and to update the feedback states of component objects in dependence on signals received from the components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Inventors: Timothy Sexton, Eoai Keogh
  • Patent number: 8620470
    Abstract: A system for assembling aircraft is disclosed. An example system for moving components of an airplane into assembly alignment includes a jacking system including assembly jacks for supporting and moving components of the airplane into assembly alignment; a measurement system independent of the jacking system for determining locations of a plurality of features the components of the airplane while the components are supported on the assembly jacks; and a computer system for determining the relative positions of the components in a coordinate system of the airplane and for controlling the movement of the assembly jacks to bring the components into assembly alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: James M. Cobb, John G. Barnes, Alan K. Jones, Brian K. Sollenberger, Patrick B. Stone
  • Patent number: 8615312
    Abstract: A method for orchestrating services of a service-oriented automation system (SOAS), system components (SMC, LCC) offering services (S, WS) that represent the functionality thereof and requesting services (S) of other system components (SMC, LCC), the behavior of the automation system (SOAS) being controlled by the orchestration of the services (S) of the system components (SMC, LCC) using an orchestration machine (OE), and to an orchestration machine for orchestrating services of a service-oriented automation system (SOAS). In order to achieve an orchestration of services at a device level, it is provided that the orchestration machine (OE) uses high-level Petri nets tailored to service-oriented systems and the orchestration of the services (S) at the device level is performed by interpretation and execution of various HLPN models, which represent the behavior of the automation system (SOAS) and/or the system components (SMC, LCC).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Schneider Electric Automation GmbH
    Inventors: Armando Walter Colombo, Joao Marco Mendes, Paolo Leitao
  • Patent number: 8612040
    Abstract: A system and method for creating a derivative view from graphical data which is derived from native application data. The native application data may be extracted from a graphical application, such as a CAD application, converted to an intermediate or derivative format, and a derivative view of the graphic information produced by the original, native application is provided from the intermediate format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: SAP America, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Thomas, Paul Delaney, Mark Shafer, David Dauncey, Patrick Ashby
  • Patent number: 8606377
    Abstract: A computer-implemented system for process control has two operating modes: normal mode and active procedure mode, with automatic transition between them. In normal mode, the operating system, firewall and anti-virus are fully operational. When entering a time-critical phase of a process, a process control application signals the operating system and utilities, whereupon transition to active procedure mode automatically occurs, in which access by the system services and by other applications to the resources of the computer is selectively limited in favor of the process control application. Upon completion of the procedure, the system automatically returns to normal mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Biosense Webster, Inc.
    Inventors: Mati Amit, Yitzhack Schwartz
  • Patent number: 8606409
    Abstract: Methods are disclosed for facilitating installation and configuration of a programmable HVAC controller. In one example, a guided programming routine can be activated by a user, which then guides a user through two or more screens that are designed to collect sufficient information from the user to generate and/or update at least some of the installation parameters of the HVAC controller for a particular HVAC installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: John B. Amundson, Heidi J. Finch, Brent D. Vick
  • Patent number: 8606428
    Abstract: In order to adequately but not excessively or unnecessarily cool heat generating electrical components and decrease the noise produced by fans used to cool the heat generating electrical components in an electrical hardware system, an environmental controller controls the speeds of the fans using at least two temperature sensors. In one example, a first temperature sensor measures a hotspot component temperature and generates a hotspot component temperature value, and a second temperature sensor measures an air inlet temperature and generates an air inlet temperature value. The environmental controller controls the speeds of the fans based on the difference between the measured hotspot component temperature value and a target hotspot component temperature value calculated based on the measured air inlet temperature value and a predefined function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary Chan
  • Patent number: 8606388
    Abstract: A system automatically moves large scale components of a vehicle such as an airplane, into final assembly alignment. A noncontact measurement system determines the locations of aerodynamically significant features on each of the components. The measured locations of the components are used to control an automated jacking system that includes assembly jacks for individually moving the components into assembly alignment. A system is provided for calculating the cruise configuration of the vehicle “as-built” and for transferring the cruise configuration into the vehicle where it is recorded in the form of a physical monument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: James M. Cobb, John G. Barnes, Alan K. Jones, Brian K. Sollenberger, Patrick B. Stone
  • Patent number: 8600559
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an HVAC data processing and communication network and a method of manufacturing the same. In an embodiment, the network includes a sensor and a local controller. The sensor is configured to detect a fault condition associated with operation of a demand unit. The local controller, associated with the demand unit, is configured to receive sensor data from the sensor and to communicate the sensor data over the network. A network controller is configured to receive the sensor data via the communication network and to generate an alert in the event that the sensor data indicates the fault condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Lennox Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Wojciech Grohman, Darko Hadzidedic, Kamala Kodihally Nanjundeshaiah, Michael Courtney
  • Patent number: 8600524
    Abstract: A control system, a safety system, etc., within a process plant may each use one or more state machine function blocks that can be easily integrated into a function block diagram programming environment. Such a state machine function block may include one or more inputs, which may cause astute machine implemented by the state machine function block to change states. The state machine function block may determine a next state to which it is to transition based, at least in part, on data indicative of the next state to which to transition, if any. The configuration data may be retrieved from a database based on the current state of the state machine and at least one of the inputs. The state machine function block may also include one or more outputs that are generated based on the state of the state machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Fisher-Rosemount Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary K. Law, Michael G. Ott, Kent A. Burr, Godfrey R. Sherriff
  • Patent number: 8600538
    Abstract: A set of two-dimensional layers is determined based on a digital three-dimensional model. An image corresponding to each of the layers is rendered on each of a corresponding number of sheets of at least partially transparent material. The sheets of material are assembled together to produce a three-dimensional structure corresponding to the digital model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Holroyd, Ilya Baran, Jason Davis Lawrence, Wojciech Matusik