Patents Examined by Shon Foley
  • Patent number: 10133323
    Abstract: A control system for use with a processor includes: (i) a controller configured to receive prediction information for a predicted temperature associated with the processor, and to determine a speed of operation for the processor based at least on a thermal model of the processor and the predicted temperature, where the speed supports an operational objective of the processor; and (ii) an error estimator that is separate from the controller, and that is configured to receive temperature information obtained from the processor operating at the speed, to determine updated prediction information based, at least in part, on the temperature information, and to output the updated prediction information to the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Arizona Board of Regents for and on behalf of Arizona State University
    Inventors: Vinay Hanumaiah, Sarma Vrudhula, Benjamin Gaudette
  • Patent number: 10072633
    Abstract: A method for controlling the operation of a wind turbine which includes a mechanical drive train, an electric generator being mechanically connected to the drive train, and a power converter being electrically connected to the generator is provided. The method comprises (a) determining a frequency of an AC output voltage signal provided by the power converter; (b) recognizing, whether there has been a modification of the determined frequency with respect to a previously determined frequency, which modification is larger than a given threshold; (c) if the modification of the determined frequency is larger than the given threshold, changing a power reference signal for the wind turbine; (d) providing the changed power reference signal to a controller of the wind turbine; and (e) controlling the operation of the wind turbine on the basis of the changed power reference signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Paul Brian Brogan, Nikolaus Goldenbaum, Jan Thisted
  • Patent number: 10048677
    Abstract: A numerical controller decodes a block read out from a machining program, calculates execution data to be used for control over a machine tool, and determines whether a travel amount resulting from travel instructions for control axes of the machine tool is existent or not based on the calculated execution data. If the travel amount resulting from the travel instructions for the control axes is not existent as a result of such determination, processes for the present block are omitted and cycle time is thereby shortened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: FANUC Corporation
    Inventor: Yuuichi Kageyama
  • Patent number: 10025332
    Abstract: The present invention provides an overheat protection method and apparatus for a hand-held electronic device, and an electronic hand-held device. The method includes: obtaining a cold zone temperature from a cold zone collection point, where the cold zone collection point is arranged in a position, away from a heat emitting element, of the hand-held electronic device; and selecting an overheat protection scheme that corresponds to the cold zone temperature and a hot zone temperature. In the overheat protection technology of a hand-held electronic device provided in embodiments of the present invention, a cold zone temperature is obtained, and an overheat protection scheme is selected by considering the cold zone temperature, so that overheat protection of the hand-held electronic device can put multipoint temperatures into consideration and is highly adaptable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Huawei Device (Dongguan) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wenbing Tang
  • Patent number: 10007252
    Abstract: A controller controls a machine tool that rotates a cutting tool attached to a spindle to cut a workpiece in accordance with a machining program. The controller identifies, when the machining program is executed to cause the cutting tool to cut into the workpiece, a position where the cutting tool has come into contact with the workpiece for the first time and a machining direction at the time when the cutting tool has cut into the workpiece, and inserts, in the machining program, a roll-in path instruction having an end point set to the identified position at which the cutting tool has come into contact with the workpiece for the first time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takaaki Fujii
  • Patent number: 9966761
    Abstract: In general, one innovative aspect of the subject matter described in this specification can be embodied in a load control system configured to perform load control operations comprising: measuring a voltage on an electrical grid at a plurality of times; determining, for each time of the plurality of times, a difference between a specified normal voltage and the respective measured voltage at that time; summing the differences between the specified normal voltage and the measured voltages to determine a curtailment level; determining whether the curtailment level exceeds a first threshold curtailment level; and in response to determining that the curtailment level exceeds the first threshold curtailment level, adjusting an amount of power drawn by a load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Sangsun Kim, Anand Ramesh, Ronald Scott Collyer, Jyoti Sastry, Arunava Majumdar
  • Patent number: 9921572
    Abstract: Finite element methods for compensating for springback in aircraft parts meet the visual appearance and aerodynamics of complex parts including those made of fabricated sheet metal. The methods can be used to make narrow parts (e.g., leading edge and slats) and double negative curvature parts, and do not need to leave marks on the surface of the sheet so that visual aspects are not adversely affected. The point to point compensation technique uses approach equations with constants adjustable for curves. The constant(s) used depend on geometry and type of forming (e.g., stretch or hydraulic press). Use of mechanical properties of the material is not required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Embraer S.A.
    Inventor: Olavo Dos Reis Alipio da Cruz
  • Patent number: 9911163
    Abstract: A system may include a processor that may receive energy data associated with one or more assets in an automation system, receive organizational model data associated with the automation system, and generate one or more energy reports based on a relationship between the energy data and the organizational model data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Philip J. Kaufman
  • Patent number: 9904277
    Abstract: A numerical controller configured for operation based on tabular data identifies a control command, calculates an operating time to achieve a target state for the control command, determines a time, an axis position, or a spindle position, which serves as a reference for the start of the operation, and starts the operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: FANUC Corporation
    Inventors: Akira Kanemaru, Yasushi Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 9885351
    Abstract: A pump system including a motor, a fluid pump powered by the motor, a user-interface, and a controller. The controller including a user-interface input electrically coupled to the user-interface, a serial communication input, a digital input having a plurality of digital input pins sharing a common ground pin, a processor, and a computer readable memory. The computer readable memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the controller to receive an operating signal simultaneously from the serial communication input and the digital input, and control the motor based on one of the operating signal from the serial communication input and the operating signal from the digital input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Regal Beloit America, Inc.
    Inventor: Marc C. McKinzie
  • Patent number: 9871377
    Abstract: The device for cooperation control of the EMS and the DMS comprises: a calculation unit for calculating an AQI index on the basis of target system information and power flow calculation data; a determination unit which determines whether or not to perform reactive power cooperation control switching of the DMS on the basis of the calculated AQI index and the amount of needed local reserve reactive power (Qreq), and which determines a suppliable reactive power capacity on the basis of the amount of needed local reserve reactive power (Qreq) and a suppliable reactive power range; and a control unit which transmits a cooperation control mode switching control signal so as to switch the DMS to a reactive power cooperation control mode if it is determined that reactive power cooperation control switching of the DMS is to be performed, and which controls the DMS to supply reactive power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: KOREA ELECTRIC POWER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jeong-Hoon Shin, Jae-Gul Lee, Seung-Mook Baek, Sang-Wook Han, Ji-Young Song, Tae-Kyun Kim
  • Patent number: 9866025
    Abstract: The invention substantially relates to a method, wherein operational control parameters and/or control limits, which are to be conveyed using communications technology, are determined on the operator side for each of the distributed storage devices in such a way that a specific cost function is minimal for all of the distributed storage devices on the basis of locally measured variables determined at the respective storage device and transmitted to the operator and on the basis of installation-dependent control limits stored locally in each case and which are also transmitted to the operator, and wherein the operational control parameters and/or control limits, which are to be conveyed using communications technology, are transmitted from the operator side to the corresponding distributed storage devices and implemented there.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Caterva GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Winter, Kolja Eger, Roland Gersch, Joerg Heuer
  • Patent number: 9842372
    Abstract: A system may include a processor that may receive structured energy data associated with one or more assets in an automation system such that the structured energy data comprises a logical grouping of assets in the automation system. The processor may also determine energy properties of the one or more assets with respect to the logical grouping over a period of time, identify one or more idle periods of the one or more assets with respect to the logical grouping during the period of time based on the energy properties, and send one or more commands to the one or more assets to enter a reduced power consumption mode during the idle periods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Philip J. Kaufman
  • Patent number: 9841201
    Abstract: This invention relates to methods and systems for limiting consumption, particularly power consumption, more particularly by appliances in a building, and is generally suitable for integration with building management systems. Embodiments of the invention provide arrangements in which the aggregated power load of a plurality of appliances is capped to a selected value (which may be arbitrary, or may be dictated by conditions) while seeking to minimize the deviation from target environmental conditions within the building through a combination of distributed decision making by the appliances themselves and centralized orchestration, which may be informed by real-time sensor readings and/or known properties of the building. The distributed decision-making by individual devices may be based on projected deviation from the target conditions after a period of activity or inactivity but with a central controller which determines which devices should be switched on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignees: Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research, British Telecommunications PLC, Emirates Telecommunications Corporation
    Inventors: Fabrice Saffre, Mark Shackleton, Hanno Hildmann, Sébastien Matthieu René Nicolas
  • Patent number: 9822762
    Abstract: The present subject matter is directed to a system and method for operating a wind turbine. The method includes determining an actual operating time for one or more wind turbine components at multiple power levels; determining a corresponding wind condition for each of the operating times at each power level; estimating a loading condition acting on the one or more wind turbine components at the multiple power levels and the corresponding wind conditions; estimating an accumulated fatigue life consumption of the one or more wind turbine components based at least partially on the operating times and the estimated loading conditions; and, operating the wind turbine based on the accumulated fatigue life consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Henk-Jan Kooijman, Neils Chris Schmitt, Kapil Dagg
  • Patent number: 9797616
    Abstract: A navigation device (100) estimates a time when a user utilizing the navigation device (100) comes home, and transmits the estimated expected arrival time to a control device (203) in association with the user identifier of the user. In response to receiving the expected arrival times from a plurality of the navigation devices (100), the control device (203) transmits, to an air conditioner (201), a reservation instruction for setting the room temperature at the home to a predetermined target temperature by the estimated arrival time of the earliest user who is supposed to come home earliest. The air conditioner (201) is turned on in accordance with the transmitted reservation instruction among the users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Corporation of America
    Inventors: Kazutaka Furuta, Toshihisa Nakano, Tsutomu Muraji, Yasunori Ishii
  • Patent number: 9798312
    Abstract: A numerical control device (1) of a machine tool capable of controlling its spindle rotating speed includes: a program analyzing unit (2) that reads ahead a machining program (6) by one block or more and analyzes a command for the machine tool; and a command determining unit (3) that determines, based on a result analyzed by the program analyzing unit (2), whether a command posterior to a spindle control command causes any machining problem when the command is executed during a spindle rotating speed change, outputs a first command, in which some problem occurs in the machining, after the spindle rotating speed reaches the commanded rotating speed, and output a second command, which is other than the first command, before the spindle rotating speed reaches the commanded rotating speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Yukihiro Iuchi, Tomonori Sato
  • Patent number: 9789555
    Abstract: In the present invention, when performing electrical discharge machining on a workpiece via an electrical discharge machine that has an electrode holder and an electrode guide, a workpiece model and an electrode-guide model are generated in advance, an interference-start position at which the electrode-guide model starts interfering with the workpiece model when the electrode-guide model is moved towards the workpiece model along an axis line (CLa) is calculated, and a position obtained by moving the electrode-guide model a prescribed distance away from the workpiece model, starting at the interference-start position, is set as an electrode-guide position. With the electrode guide positioned at the electrode-guide position, the electrode holder is moved downwards in order to move an electrode downwards toward the workpiece surface, and electrical discharge machining is performed on the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: MAKINO MILLING MACHINE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kyoichi Hamada, Takayuki Shiomizu
  • Patent number: 9778647
    Abstract: In a work machine which includes a working head including a lifting and lowering unit including a working device and a first lifting and lowering device which lifts and lowers the working device, and a second lifting and lowering device which lifts and lowers the lifting and lowering unit, a positional deviation (?x, ?y) of the working device in a direction which is perpendicular to a lifting and lowering direction is eliminated. Since the positional deviation is caused by both an inclination of a lifting and lowering axis line L1 of the working device by the first lifting and lowering device and an inclination of a lifting and lowering axis line L2 of the lifting and lowering unit by the second lifting and lowering device, based on positional deviation data a target moving position is corrected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Teshima, Takashi Taneike, Takashi Nakane, Masaki Kato
  • Patent number: 9778286
    Abstract: A network of sensors is associated with a power distribution network. Sensors are positioned at each connecting line in the vicinity of each node of the power distribution network. The sensors regularly report the following measured data to the central processing unit: a geographical position of each sensor, direction of the energy flow relative to the nearest node; and value of RMS current synchronously measured over the entire network and averaged over chosen averaging period. The central processing unit includes an arrangement for receiving the measured data and using this data for constructing and updating a graph and a state of the power distribution network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: The Research Foundation For The State University of New York
    Inventors: Mikhail Gouzman, Serge Luryi, Satya Sharma, Peter Shkolnikov