Patents Examined by Sean Shechtman
  • Patent number: 11574407
    Abstract: An apparatus, system and method for regulating fluid flow are disclosed. The apparatus includes a flow rate sensor and a valve. The flow rate sensor uses images to estimate flow through a drip chamber and then controls the valve based on the estimated flow rate. The valve comprises a rigid housing disposed around the tube in which fluid flow is being controlled. Increasing the pressure in the housing controls the size of the lumen within the tube by deforming the tube, therefore controlling flow through the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Bob D. Peret, Brian H. Yoo, Derek G. Kane, Dean Kamen, Colin H. Murphy, John M. Kerwin
  • Patent number: 11561531
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for controlling a color masterbatch feed rate in production of a manufactured part to match a color of the manufactured part to a target color by adjusting a concentration of masterbatch that is mixed with a raw material and fed into a processing machine for producing the manufactured part. Control of the color masterbatch feed rate is based on optical spectral properties of an in-line manufactured part, a known reference part having the target color, and an algorithm for calculating and adjusting the color masterbatch feed rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: Ampacet Corporation
    Inventors: Vadim (Dan) Regelman, Eli Margalit, Daniel Hofmann
  • Patent number: 11561528
    Abstract: A combination of electronic hardware, a microprocessor (embodied, e.g., in a personal-style computer (“PC”)), and control software blended together with unique systems integration techniques. When stationed at a machine tool, the result is an grated, interactive and intuitive machine tool or workstation capable of computer aided design (CAD), optional reverse engineering parts via coordinate measurement machining (CMM), toolpath generation computer aided manufacturing (CAM), and direct machine tool control (Direct CNC) by one person at one work station with a common human machine interface (HMI) and common file formats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Inventor: James Edmund Trounson, III
  • Patent number: 11561003
    Abstract: The disclosed technology includes a controller configured to control an output of one or more boilers to reduce temperature overshoot of the boiler system. The controller can receive temperature data, a threshold temperature value, and a maximum temperature value, and determine whether the temperature of the water in the boiler system is greater than or equal to a threshold temperature. The controller can also determine a number of operating boilers that were operating when the threshold temperature was reached and determine a temperature increment value based on the threshold temperature, the maximum temperature, and the number of operating boilers. The controller can output a control signal to a boiler to reduce an output of the boiler based on the temperature increment value and the temperature data to reduce overshoot of the boiler system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: Rheem Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Hiram Osuna Carrasco, Jorge Miguel Gamboa Revilla
  • Patent number: 11556116
    Abstract: A system and method for making made-to-order architectural millwork of custom dimensions; including the design of wood joints and a system for deploying them within the overall structural design of individual architectural millwork units, as well as methods for online design and ordering, automated writing of machine code, robotic part preparation, and simplified on-site installation. With the automation and generation of digital code for manufacturing custom architectural components, this method makes the formation of distributed manufacturing centers possible. Through this method and with minimum re-tooling and/or training, these centers are able to produce custom millwork more efficiently and effectively than traditional custom millwork woodshops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Inventor: Robert Anthony Baker
  • Patent number: 11543807
    Abstract: A mounting state informing apparatus includes a database, an acquisition unit, a first specifying unit, a comparison unit and an output unit. The database stores information upon a mounting position and a direction of each of multiple components belonging to a processing apparatus. The acquisition unit acquires first appearance data, which is obtained by a 3D scanner, indicating a state of an appearance of the processing apparatus. The first specifying unit identifies the multiple components based on the first appearance data and specifies a mounting position and a direction of each of the identified components. The comparison unit compares the specified mounting position and the specified direction of each of the identified components with the information upon the mounting position and the direction stored in the database. The output unit is configured to output a comparison result obtained by the comparison unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Naoto Hayasaka, Naoki Mihara, Kouko Yumura, Junsuke Hoshiya
  • Patent number: 11526155
    Abstract: Computer-based methods and systems provide automated batch data alignment for a batch production industrial process. An example embodiment selects a reference batch from batch data for a subject industrial process and configures batch alignment settings. In turn, a seed model configured to predict alignment quality given settings for one or more alignment hyperparameters is constructed. Collectively the selected reference batch, the configured batch alignment settings, the constructed seed model, and a set of representative batches, representative of the batch data for the industrial process, are used to perform at least one of: (i) automated active learning, (ii) interactive active learning, and (iii) guided learning to determine settings for the one or more alignment hyperparameters. Then, a batch alignment is performed using the determined settings for the one or more alignment hyperparameters and the configured batch alignment settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: AspenTech Corporation
    Inventors: Jian Ma, Chen Yang, Hong Zhao, Mark-John Bruwer, Timothy Lim
  • Patent number: 11521873
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a processing information management system includes: an abnormality analyzer configured to generate abnormality occurrence data of a target wafer based on processing location information, the processing location information collected based on a first sensor outputting a first sensor signal according to a detected processing state, the first sensor provided in a wafer processing apparatus; and an integration system configured to integrate the abnormality occurrence data into wafer map data corresponding to the target wafer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: KIOXIA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hidekazu Saeki, Kenta Kawamura
  • Patent number: 11507060
    Abstract: In an aspect a system for selecting a plurality of entities to manufacture an object. A system includes a computing device. A computing device is configured to receive one or more files providing a design of an object to be manufactured. A computing device is configured to identify a first comprehensive process for manufacturing an object using a first exterior element. A computing device is configured to identify a second comprehensive process for manufacturing an object using a second exterior element. A computing device is configured to communicate a first comprehensive process and a second comprehensive process to one or more third parties. A computing device is configured to receive a first exterior element dataset and a second exterior element dataset. A computing device is configured to generate an objective function. A computing device is configured to provide a selection of a process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Paperless Parts, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott M. Sawyer, Dana A. Wensberg, Jason Ray, William H. Headrick, IV, John Peck, Lucas M. Duros, Nicky Chu, James L. Jacobs, II
  • Patent number: 11507050
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for machining a workpiece by means of a milling tool arranged on a rotatable spindle, the spindle being moved relative to the workpiece or the workpiece being moved relative to the spindle along a machining path and, at the same time, the spindle rotating about a spindle axis. In said method, an improvement in the surface quality is achieved by controlling the rotational speed and/or the phase position of the rotation of the spindle along the machining path, the machining path comprising linear parallel tracks and the phase position of the spindle along the machining path being substantially the same on adjacent tracks, the phase position being controlled by varying the rotational speed of the spindle and/or the advancing speed of the spindle relative to the workpiece along the machining path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Inventor: Joachim Mayer
  • Patent number: 11508230
    Abstract: Systems and methods of preventing an event occurrence or mitigating effects of an event occurrence in an industrial facility are disclosed herein. In some embodiments, a first input is received from a first sensor and, based at least in part on the first input, an initial action is automatically generated. In response to the initial action, a second input is received from a second sensor and, based at least in part of the received first and second inputs, a likelihood of an event occurrence is determined. Based at least in part of the determined likelihood, a remedial action configured to prevent the occurrence of the event occurrence is automatically generated. In some embodiments, the remedial action is generated in real-time and can be directed to a process condition, environmental condition, or secondary source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: SUNCOKE TECHNOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENT LLC
    Inventors: John Francis Quanci, Andre Vassilnenko Kalinin
  • Patent number: 11499736
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products for interfacing with thermostats for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems are provided. Aspects include receiving, by a user device, job data comprising a location of a job. The credentialing data is transmitted, by the user device to a server, wherein the credentialing data comprises the location of the job. Also, responsive to transmitting credentialing data, thermostat setup data comprising HVAC system information is received by the user device. The user device connects to a thermostat and transmits the HVAC system information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: CARRIER CORPORATION
    Inventor: Siva S. Iyer
  • Patent number: 11500343
    Abstract: A method is for controlling a home automation installation. The installation includes pieces of home automation equipment and a central control member. The method includes providing a desired operation of the installation, providing a first operation of each piece of equipment, optimizing the operation of the installation by modifying the first operation of at least one piece of equipment, to obtain a second operation of the at least one piece of equipment, and an operation of the installation according to the desired operation, and installing a virtual machine in the at least one piece of equipment. The virtual machine is able to impose the second operation on the at least one piece of equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: FREEBOX
    Inventor: Sébastien Cerdan
  • Patent number: 11493896
    Abstract: A turn-off device for a sensor, an actuator or a control unit for a vehicle or for an industrial facility, the sensor, the actuator or the control unit being connectable via a PHY interface to a communication network, via which the sensor, the actuator or the control unit is able to exchange messages with other units of the vehicle or of the industrial facility, the turn-off device including a blocker, which physically prevents the PHY interface from sending messages to the communication network. A sensor, an actuator or a control unit that includes the turn-off device, a method for functional checking, and an associated computer program are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Bernd Mueller, Felix Laub, Liviu Vasiluta, Manuel Raible, Mateusz Marszalski, Nikolaos Avramidis, Sandra Hermoso Peralo, Wolfgang Kostorz
  • Patent number: 11493900
    Abstract: A warm-up method for a machine system including a machine component and a machine sensor configured to sense temperature of the machine component is provided. The method comprises steps of; A) activating the machine component to execute a warm-up operation for warming up the machine component; B) determining whether the machine component is warmed up based on a target temperature corresponding to the machine component and a temperature of the machine component that is currently sensed by the machine sensor; and C) when it is determined that the machine component is warmed up, making the machine component not execute the warm-up operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: HIWIN TECHNOLOGIES CORP.
    Inventors: Chen-Hsiung Hung, Yih-Chyun Hwang, Shui-Chin Lai, Yi Haung
  • Patent number: 11487252
    Abstract: A method of controlling and managing a process control system having a plurality of control loops includes implementing a plurality of control routines to control operation of the plurality of control loops, respectively, wherein the control routines may include at least one non-adaptive control routine. The method then collects operating condition data in connection with the operation of each control loop, and identifies a respective process model for each control loop from the respective operating condition data collected for each control loop. The identification of the respective process models may be automatic as a result of a detected process change or may be on-demand as a result of an injected parameter change. The process models are then analyzed to measure or determine the operation of the process control loops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: John M. Caldwell, Terrence L. Blevins, Peter Wojsznis, Wilhelm K. Wojsznis
  • Patent number: 11480936
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system for transmitting and receiving safety information, which generates first safety information about a control target and second safety information representing the occurrence or not of an error in the control target by using one microcontroller. The system includes a first slave controller generating first safety information and second safety information by using sensing data obtained from a control target and a master controller receiving the first safety information and the second safety information from the first slave controller through a wireless channel. When an error occurs in the first slave controller, the first slave controller transmits the second safety information to a second slave controller, and the second slave controller transmits the second safety information, received from the first slave controller, to the master controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: SILICON WORKS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Myoung Su Song, Jae Wan Kim, Il Kwon Kim
  • Patent number: 11480942
    Abstract: A design supporting apparatus includes an acquisition unit that acquires information regarding a design change, and an output unit that outputs information indicating that the design change is able to be coped with in a case where the design change is able to be coped with through replacement of a tool or a component with respect to a facility in the current manufacturing line, and outputs information indicating that the design change is not able to be coped with in a case where the design change is not able to be coped with even through replacement of the tool or the component with respect to the facility in the current manufacturing line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventor: Atsuo Kazama
  • Patent number: 11474493
    Abstract: To smoothen a machining route more appropriately. A numerical controller of the present invention comprises: a machining program look-ahead unit that acquires a program for machining; a command route mathematization unit that expresses a machining route as a parametric line segment or curve on the basis of the program for the machining; and a smoothing processing unit that sets a range of smoothing for a target point of the smoothing along the parametric line segment or curve in an optional range from the target point, and performs the smoothing on the target point on the basis of the set range of the smoothing. The range of the smoothing set by the smoothing processing unit is a range in which a deviation between before the smoothing and after the smoothing on the target point is a set threshold or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroki Murakami
  • Patent number: 11467559
    Abstract: In one aspect the invention relates to a method for calculating control instructions (CI) for controlling a cutting head (H) of a laser machine (L) for cutting a set of contours in a workpiece. The method comprises reading (S71) an encoded cutting plan (P), and continuously determining a state (S73) relating to the processing of the workpiece by the laser machine (L) by means of a set of sensor signals (sens). Further, the method provides a computer-implemented decision agent (DA), which dynamically calculates an action (a) for the machining head (H) to be taken next and based thereon providing control instructions (CI) for executing the processing plan (P) by accessing a trained model with the encoded cutting plan (P) and with the determined state (s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: BYSTRONIC LASER AG
    Inventor: Alexandre Paradzinets