Patents Examined by Shon G Foley
  • Patent number: 10890348
    Abstract: An air conditioning system includes: an air conditioner that includes an outdoor unit including an outside air temperature sensor and an indoor unit including an indoor unit controller to control air conditioning operation and communicable with the outdoor unit; and a remote controller communicable with the indoor unit. The remote controller includes: a schedule storage to store information on an operation schedule of the air conditioner for each date and time, a reference temperature for determining an operation mode of the air conditioner, and an outside air temperature correction value; and an operation mode determiner to select the operation mode from among cooling, blowing, and heating using the information on the operation schedule, a corrected outside air temperature, and the reference temperature. The indoor unit controller controls the air conditioning operation using the reference temperature as a target temperature in the operation mode determined by the operation mode determiner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Teppei Higuchi
  • Patent number: 10871767
    Abstract: A production control system includes a plurality of processing machines configured to successively process a plurality of workpieces conveyed on a production line, and a system server connected to the plurality of processing machines, in which the system server acquires an operating status associated with a time from each of the plurality of processing machines, associates the acquired operating statuses with the plurality of workpieces successively arriving at the processing machines, and thereby identifies each of the plurality of workpieces conveyed on the production line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yohei Sano
  • Patent number: 10837666
    Abstract: There is provided a computer-implemented method for controlling operation of a plurality of devices of a facility that consume energy. The method comprises obtaining parameters of an energy model representing the energy consumed by the plurality of devices of the facility, the energy model including a first plurality of variables for operating the plurality of devices and a second plurality of variables for scheduling activities to be conducted in the facility; receiving requests for the activities to be conducted in the facility, the requests including requirements in relation to the activities; and automatically determining, based on the energy model, values of the first plurality of variables to control the operation of the plurality of devices, and values of the second plurality of variables that meet the requirements in relation to the activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: NATIONAL ICT AUSTRALIA LIMITED
    Inventors: Sylvie Thiébaux, Boon-Ping Lim, Pascal Van Hentenryck, Menkes Van Den Briel
  • Patent number: 10836038
    Abstract: A robot is moved along a first continuous programmed path with a robot controller executing a learning path control program without performing an operation on a workpiece. The actual movement of the robot along the first continuous programmed path is recorded. The first continuous programmed path is adjusted to create a second programmed path. The robot is moved along the second continuous programmed with the robot controller executing the learning path control program without performing the operation on the workpiece. The actual movement of the robot along the second continuous programmed path is recorded. Traces of the recorded actual movements of the robot along the first continuous programmed path and the second continuous programmed path are displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: FANUC AMERICA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yi Sun, Jason Tsai, Laxmi Musunur, Michael Sharpe
  • Patent number: 10820649
    Abstract: The incorporation of digitally-printed assembly instructions and notations into textile product assembly processes is described. In one embodiment, an order to purchase a textile product having a number of panels is received. The panels are arranged and placed into a template for printing on a textile printer. Seams among the panels are identified and, with reference to the seams, assembly tasks are compiled to assemble the textile product. The assembly tasks are ordered according to at least one assembly factor directed to efficiency, quality, or other factors. The assembly tasks are associated with a set of assembly notations according to an assembly notation syntax. The assembly notations are incorporated into the template for printing, and the textile printer is instructed to print the panels along with the assembly notations. Sewing workers can refer to the assembly notations to determine how the textile product should be assembled using the panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Takayanagi Barnet, Javier Govea Mata, Nancy Yi Liang, Rouzbeh Safavi Aminpour
  • Patent number: 10809684
    Abstract: A plant operation apparatus according to an embodiment operates a multi-shaft combined-cycle power plant including at least a plurality of gas turbines as a plurality of devices to be operated. The plant operation apparatus includes an interactive processing unit and a display unit. The interactive processing unit can display on the display unit an activation setting screen on which activation sequence in an activation operation of the gas turbines and number of gas turbines to be in an operating state after the activation operation can be selected, and/or a shutdown setting screen on which shutdown sequence in a shutdown operation of the gas turbines and number of gas turbines to be in an operating state after the shutdown operation can be selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Noriko Kameno, Masayuki Tobo, Kazuna Sawata, Tatsuharu Kamei
  • Patent number: 10794604
    Abstract: Devices, methods, and systems for building comfort control are described herein. One system includes computing device for building comfort control, comprising: a memory, and a processor configured to execute instructions to: receive feedback from a plurality of users on a comfort level for an area of a building, generate a comfort model for each of the plurality of users based on the feedback, and adjust a number of settings of a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) unit for the area based on the comfort model for users among the plurality of users who are currently in the area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Petr Endel, Ondrej Holub, Karel Marik
  • Patent number: 10794939
    Abstract: A system of sensors associated with a branched conductor of an AC power line using the conductor as the communication medium between different sensors. The communication is carried out at frequencies higher than the powerline frequency. At least one sensor is provided in every branch in the vicinity of every branching point of the conductor. Synchronous measurements are carried out of the root mean square current passing through every branch of the conductor and the direction of energy flow in the branch. Results of the measurements are regularly reported throughout the system. An arrangement is provided for analyzing the results of the measurements to determine the graph topology of the branched conductor and ascertain the distribution of the root mean square current passing through every branch of the graph.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: The Research Foundation for the State University of New York
    Inventors: Dmitri Gavrilov, Mikhail Gouzman, Serge Luryi
  • Patent number: 10786948
    Abstract: This invention teaches a multi-sensor quality inference system for additive manufacturing. This invention still further teaches a quality system that is capable of discerning and addressing three quality issues: i) process anomalies, or extreme unpredictable events uncorrelated to process inputs; ii) process variations, or difference between desired process parameters and actual operating conditions; and iii) material structure and properties, or the quality of the resultant material created by the Additive Manufacturing process. This invention further teaches experimental observations of the Additive Manufacturing process made only in a Lagrangian frame of reference. This invention even further teaches the use of the gathered sensor data to evaluate and control additive manufacturing operations in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: SIGMA LABS, INC.
    Inventors: Vivek R. Dave, David D. Clark, Matias Roybal, Mark J. Cola, Martin S. Piltch, R. Bruce Madigan, Alberto Castro
  • Patent number: 10788812
    Abstract: In the present invention: a plurality of meshes are defined on an object surface; the luminance of the object surface when the object surface is viewed from a viewpoint position is calculated for each of the plurality of meshes on the basis of data concerning a processed shape, a surface roughness curve, the viewpoint position, the direction, angle distribution, and intensity of incident light onto the object surface, and a reflectance and scattering characteristics for each wavelength on the object surface; the shape of the object surface is displayed on the basis of the luminances; and data concerning at least the object shape or the surface roughness curve is corrected so as to obtain a desired appearance of the object surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignees: NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPORATION KOBE UNIVERSITY, MAKINO MILLING MACHINE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryuta Sato, Takumi Nakanishi, Mitsunari Oda, Nobu Nakayama
  • Patent number: 10782033
    Abstract: A heating control system that includes a heating unit with a constant burner and a pulsed burner. The constant burner is configured to remain active during operation. The pulsed burner is configured to toggle between an active mode and an inactive mode. The heating control system further includes a memory operable to store a temperature map that maps temperatures to percentages of a period that the pulsed burner is active and a microprocessor operably coupled to the heating unit and the memory. The microprocessor is configured to transmit a first electrical signal to activate the constant burner, obtain a temperature set point, determine the percentage of the period that the pulsed burner is active using the temperature set point and the temperature map, and transmit a second electrical signal to toggle the pulsed burner based on the determination of the percentage of the period that the pulsed burner is active.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Lennox Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Eric M. Perez, Mark G. Beste, Steven Schneider
  • Patent number: 10775053
    Abstract: A heating control method includes determining a first speed for an air circulation fan that corresponds with a temperature set point using a temperature map that maps temperatures to speeds of the air circulation fan and operating the air circulation fan at the first speed and a heating unit in a first configuration with at least one active burner from a plurality of burners where less than all of the burners are active when the heating unit is in the first configuration. The method further includes measuring a first temperature while operating the air circulation fan at the first speed, determining a temperature difference between the first temperature and the temperature set point, comparing the temperature difference to a temperature difference threshold, and updating the temperature map to map the first speed to the first temperature when the temperature difference is greater than the temperature difference threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Lennox Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Eric M. Perez, Mark G. Beste, Steven Schneider
  • Patent number: 10773438
    Abstract: Disclosed herein, amongst other things, is a molding system (100) comprising control structure that includes a mold (120) that is configured to mold a molded article (180), a controller (170) with which to control the operation of the molding structure, and a vision system (174) with which to appreciate a parameter of the molded article (180) for control of molding system (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: HUSKY INJECTION MOLDING SYSTEMS LTD.
    Inventor: Vijay Gopichand Panjwani
  • Patent number: 10754328
    Abstract: A device intelligence architecture configures and controls on-site devices and performs environment monitoring to facilitate effective device functionality. The architecture facilitates efficient use of devices (e.g., robotics) in an unstructured and dynamic environment, which will allow deployments in many more environments than is currently possible. The architecture stores and shares information between segregated devices to avoid the silo effect of vendor specific stacks. The architecture also models capabilities of devices and maps actions to intelligence packages to deploy a specific intelligence package to the device. The architecture also implements distributed processing. For instance, computationally intensive tasks may be offloaded to the back end processing, with action updates resulting from the processing pushed to the devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Accenture Global Solutions Limited
    Inventors: Pramila Mullan, Michael Mui, Anuraag Chintalapally, Cindy Au
  • Patent number: 10747193
    Abstract: To perform reinforcement learning enabling to prevent complicated adjustment of coefficients of backlash compensation and backlash acceleration compensation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoshi Ikai, Tsutomu Nakamura, Tomoyuki Aizawa
  • Patent number: 10747192
    Abstract: The installation position pointer system comprises a laser source to supply a laser beam, a driving device to align the laser beam, a controller device to control the operation of the driving device in accordance with an installation position data (IPD) of an attachment to be installed in a building and an associated reference position in the building, and an input device to obtain the IPD of a plurality of attachments from the attachment. The IPD of the attachments may be provided by an attachment installation position database system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Jane Win Shih Liu
    Inventors: Cheng-Chieh Li, Jan Su
  • Patent number: 10703083
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including medium-encoded computer program products, for synchronizing the manufacture of objects using two or more separate tools include, in at least one aspect, determining tasks to be performed in a shared build volume to manufacture a 3D object, assigning the tasks to respective queues, ordering the tasks within each queue of assigned tasks based on a spatial dimension extent, generating wait times within the queues in accordance with timing dependencies, identifying which of the queues of assigned tasks takes a most amount of time in accordance with temporal dimension extents and the wait times, creating at least one variant of the queues of assigned tasks, repeating the ordering, the adding, and the identifying to reduce a total time of manufacturing, and providing a finalized version of the queues of assigned tasks for conducting synchronized activities of manufacturing in the shared build volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Autodesk, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory David Meess
  • Patent number: 10693295
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for shifting residential electric load from a utility power grid to a battery system during preconfigured hours of electric use. The apparatus includes a memory configured to store computer executable instructions, and a microprocessor in communication with the memory, the microprocessor configured to execute the instructions to cause the apparatus to shift residential electric load from the utility power grid to the battery system for a first time period during a first calendar period of a calendar year, and to shift residential electric load from the utility power grid to the battery system for a second time period during a second calendar period of the calendar year.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Alternate Power Source, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen M. Tuleja
  • Patent number: 10691079
    Abstract: The invention relates to a safe electronic device which has multichannel logic circuitry, a single channel input device, an output device, and a storage device. Data items, each of which is associated with an input value, are stored in the storage device. The multichannel logic circuitry is comprised of a first control unit and a second control unit. The first control unit reads in an input value which has been input, and transmits the input value to the second control unit which actuates the output device for outputting of optical and/or acoustic information, in response to the input value which has been input. If the optical and/or acoustic information corresponds to the input value, the selected data item is released for further use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: PHOENIX CONTACT GMBH & CO.KG
    Inventors: Viktor Oster, Kai Grube, Carsten Gregorius
  • Patent number: 10642241
    Abstract: Embodiments provide systems, methods and apparatus for improved generation control for microgrids. Embodiments include providing a microgrid management system (MGMS) having a smart generation control (SGC) system in communication with a plurality of resources and loads, wherein the resources and loads are coupled to a microgrid transmission line that is couplable to a macrogrid transmission line; performing preprocessing of the resources; determining current frequency, interchange, schedule, and area control error (ACE); monitoring and controlling the microgrid based on a system mode, a control mode, and system status; deriving a set point for active power control of resources; and transmitting control commands. Numerous other aspects are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Dingguo Chen, Ram P. Chinchali, Shashank Pande