Patents Examined by Stefanos Karmis
  • Patent number: 9466157
    Abstract: A method of onboard determination of vehicle wheel alignment is provided. In a first step, a lateral acceleration signal is generated, using an accelerometer mounted on the vehicle wheel. In a second step, a first lateral acceleration value ay Acc is derived from a first portion of the lateral acceleration signal, which is during a longitudinal acceleration a0 of the vehicle. In a third step, a second lateral acceleration value ay CS is derived from a second portion of the lateral acceleration signal, which is measured when the longitudinal acceleration has ceased and the vehicle is travelling at constant speed. In a fourth step, the magnitude of the longitudinal acceleration a0 associated with the first portion of the lateral acceleration signal is measured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Inventors: Milen Kourtev, Hendrik Anne Mol, Yosef Safi Harb, Edo Schramm
  • Patent number: 9452735
    Abstract: A device for controlling a restricted mode of a vehicle is provided. The device includes a controller that is configured to receive an input indicative of a request to change a vehicle state from a fully operational mode to a restricted mode and to transmit a first control signal indicative of a request to limit at least one of vehicle speed and vehicle acceleration. The controller is further configured to monitor a distance traveled by a driver when the vehicle is in the restricted mode and to compare the distance traveled to a predetermined distance limit. The controller is further configured to transmit a second control signal to remove the request to limit the at least one of the vehicle speed and the vehicle acceleration in response to determining that the distance traveled exceeds the predetermined distance limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Lee Miller, Brian Bennie, Eric L. Reed, Lisa Therese Boran
  • Patent number: 9448968
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a small object sorting system includes an object tray cart docking station configured to dock an object tray cart here within. The system additionally includes an automated tray removal and positioning subsystem configured to remove an object tray from the object tray cart, selectively position the tray such that selected small objects can be extracted therefrom, and replace the object tray into the object tray cart. Furthermore, the system includes an automated collection assembly positioning subsystem configured to selectively position a collection assembly such that the selected extracted small objects can be deposited into selected object receptacles, and an automated object extraction subsystem configured to extract the selected small objects and deposit each extracted small object into the selected object receptacles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Monsanto Technology LLC
    Inventors: Kevin L. Deppermann, David W. Finley, Elias J. Yannakakis
  • Patent number: 9440264
    Abstract: A method and system is described for determining the physical weights of flat articles being sorted without actually weighing the articles. Such a method includes the steps of; receiving volume information for individual flat articles from sensors, comparing that resultant data to classifiers stored in computer memory, and assigning a weight value associated to the physical flat article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Carpenter, Michael O. Norris
  • Patent number: 9428022
    Abstract: The present invention provides a control system operable to raise and lower the height of a vehicle based in part on the response characteristics of the vehicle's suspension and vehicle loading. The control system may develop a vehicle suspension system response by mapping a correlation between changes in air pressure of air springs in the vehicle's suspension and a test valve-open-time. During operation, the control system may predict a valve-open-time in response to a command relating to a target air pressure for the air springs, and then inflate or deflate one or more of the air springs for a duration substantially equal to the predicted valve-open-time. This process may be iterated until the control system achieves, within an acceptable degree of error, the target air pressure for the one or more air springs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Air Lift Company
    Inventors: Joshua D. Coombs, Aaron Mulder, Brian R. Vinson
  • Patent number: 9422673
    Abstract: Embodiments of a tie plate sorter are disclosed wherein the tie plates are sorted and fed to an output device for further feeding to a tie plate distribution system. The tie plates may be oriented as needed. Exemplary methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: B & B Metals, Inc.
    Inventor: William R. Coots
  • Patent number: 9387518
    Abstract: An automated object sorting system is provided. In various embodiments, the automated object sorting system includes an automated object extraction assembly and an automated object collection assembly. The automated object extraction assembly extracts one or more objects from an object sorting tray based on one or more attributes and/or traits of interest. The automated collection assembly selectively deposits the extracted objects in selected collection receptacles according to the particular attributes and/or traits of each respective object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Inventor: Kevin L. Deppermann
  • Patent number: 9321450
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling an engine in a hybrid vehicle based on the use of a calculated combustion stability value to modify a pulsewidth signal to fuel injectors of the engine to reduce hydrocarbon emissions, especially following an engine start. The calculated combustion stability value is determined as a function of a torque signal obtained from an electric motor of the hybrid vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth P DeGroot, Sashidhar Velnati, Timothy A Coatesworth, Mengyang Zhang, Scott A Reynolds
  • Patent number: 9303752
    Abstract: The twin clutch-type transmission can include a hydraulic twin clutch including the first clutch and the second clutch disposed on main shafts. The shift change controlling apparatus is configured to control shift change operation to and adjacent speed change stage by alternately changing an engagement state of the first clutch and the second clutch. The shift change controlling apparatus can also execute a pre-shift change of supplying a pre-pressure on one of the first and second clutches, while another of the first and second clutches is engaged. The pre-pressure provides a pre-engagement of the unengaged clutch. First and second clutch actuators are configured to actuate the first and second clutches, respectively. When the pre-shift change is executed, the pre-pressure is applied for a predetermined period and then removed prior to a driving of a shift gear or actuating a shift change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Nedachi, Hiroyuki Kojima, Dai Arai
  • Patent number: 9290338
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for dispensing cards and other items. In one embodiment, a card dispensing apparatus includes at least first and second card hoppers and a movable card carriage. The card carriage is movable between a first position proximate to the first card hopper and a second position proximate to the second card hopper. The card carriage is configured to receive a first card from the first card hopper when in the first position and a second card from the second card hopper when in the second position. In one aspect of this embodiment, the card carriage can dispense at least the first card into a card outlet chute when the first card has been sufficiently read by a card reader. Alternatively, the card carriage can dispense the first card into a card escrow chute when the first card has not been sufficiently read by the card reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Outerwall Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas A. Martin, Scott A. Dean, Mark L. Waechter, Gregory P. Winters
  • Patent number: 9199792
    Abstract: A sorting and distributing system (50) for sorting article units in accordance with customers' orders, the system having a high sorting performance and comprising: a rotary sorting conveyor (14), which may be closed, having a conveyor means, wherein the conveyor means is connected to a plurality of receiving devices (16), to which the article units are to be delivered. A plurality of target positions (54) is coupled to the sorting conveyor (14) and can supply articles units to the receiving devices (16) in accordance with a customer's order, wherein the target positions (54) are assigned to customers' orders. At least one filling station (10; 10?) manually fills the receiving devices (16) by article units, wherein the filling station (10; 10?) includes a plurality of filling buckets (12) each having an opening mechanism (18) at its lower end thereof, in order to allow supply of article units, which are order picked into the filling bucket (12), to the receiving devices (16) in an automated manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Inventor: Gerhard Schäfer
  • Patent number: 9199247
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a magnetic separation rack for isolating magnetically labeled particles from a non-magnetic medium comprising a body portion (1) and a foot portion (8). The body portion comprises an array of sample vessel retaining portions (2) and plurality of magnetizing portions (3). Each sample vessel retaining portion comprises at least one visible portion such that when a sample vessel is mounted in a sample vessel retaining portion at least one portion of the sample vessel is visible to a user. The magnetizing portions are arranged within the body portion (1) such that at least two magnetizing portions (3) are circumferentially spaced about each sample vessel retaining portion (2). The foot portion is pivotally coupled to the body portion such that the body portion is operatively tiltable with respect to the foot portion such that each sample vessel retaining portion may retain a sample vessel mounted therein in a tilted position with respect to the vertical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Invitrogen Dynal AS
    Inventors: Darren Ellis, Tine Borgen Hildisch, Jeremy Mundy, Erlend Ragnhildstveit, Richard Johan Toften, Kornelija Zgonc
  • Patent number: 9180492
    Abstract: A screening machine for superfine powder. The screening machine includes a casing, a screen drum, a funnel, a negative pressure chamber, a rotary air spray pipe, a drive motor, a blast pipe, and a feed pipe. The screen drum is disposed in the middle part of the inner cavity of the casing. The funnel is disposed beneath the casing. The opening of the screen drum is arranged on the bottom of the screen drum and communicates with the upper opening of the funnel. The inner cavity of the casing communicates with the external induced draft fan via the negative pressure chamber disposed on the upper part of the casing. The rotary air spray pipe is arranged in the space between the screen drum and the casing. The middle part of the transverse pipe is connected via a transmission with the drive motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Inventors: Guozu Zhang, Xianzhong Chen, Rui Yu, Kezhong Li, Weiwei Wang, Ruyu Chen, Haifeng Wei
  • Patent number: 9162663
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of controlling input torque of a powered vehicle. The vehicle includes a transmission having an input shaft, an output shaft, and a countershaft. The method includes providing input torque to the input shaft, determining a rotational acceleration of the countershaft, and measuring vehicle speed. The method also includes determining a threshold based on the measured vehicle speed. The measured countershaft acceleration is compared to the threshold and the input torque is controlled based on the result of the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Allison Transmission, Inc.
    Inventors: John P. Kresse, Avery T. Sheets
  • Patent number: 9149839
    Abstract: A shaker screen including a sealing element and a composite frame, wherein the sealing element is attached to a basal perimeter of the composite is disclosed. Furthermore, a method of forming a shaker screen including forming a sealing element, forming a composite frame, and attaching the sealing element to the composite frame, wherein the sealing element is disposed along at least one surface of a basal perimeter of the composite frame is disclosed. Also, a shaker screen attachment including a sealing element, a composite frame, and a wedge is disclosed. The shaker screen attachment further includes wherein the sealing element is attached to a basal perimeter of the composite frame, and wherein the wedge is disposed between the composite frame and a shaker basket such that the sealing element compresses against the shaker basket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignees: M-I L.L.C., United Wire Limited
    Inventors: Brian S. Carr, Graham Robertson, Eric Cady
  • Patent number: 9141095
    Abstract: A flywheel assembly may include first and second flywheels having respective first and second flywheel parasitic load profiles. Operating speeds of the first and second flywheels may be selected based at least in part on the first and second flywheel parasitic loads. The operating speeds may be determined such that an aggregate of the first and second flywheel parasitic loads is minimized, thereby increasing the efficiency of the flywheel assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan Thomas Siegel, Evan Earl Jacobson, Timothy Michael O'Donnell
  • Patent number: 9132431
    Abstract: A portable device for the separation of gold from other materials commonly found in placer deposits of gravel, sand, etc. Including an upper tray (72) into which is located a water spray assembly and placer materials classifier. This upper tray to be hinged to middle sluice tray (98), which has located on its bottom panel an expanded metal section (38) on top of a final mat (40) consisting of ribbed rubber matting or other suitable material, which has a series of groves, to be used as washable riffling device. Lower sluice tray (96) to be attached by hinging device to middle sluice tray (98) and locked into place by lower tray locks (48). Lower sluice tray to have laying on its bottom panel a continuation of final mat (40). This mat to be held in place by a riffle cage (36) containing a series of rigid riffles. Riffle cage (36) to be secured by hold down clamps (64). Expanded metal to be held in place by tab (42). Upper tray to be supported by sliding brace (43) and locking handles (94).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Inventors: Larry Allen Alderson, Peggy I. Alderson
  • Patent number: 9108223
    Abstract: A sorting apparatus conveys a sheet in a standing position, and detects, at various heights, the presence/absence of metal pieces in the sheet, conveyed in the standing position, by using a plurality of metal detection sensors. The sorting apparatus detects a tracking letter in which a metal piece is placed at a specific position or a clip letter containing a small metal piece whose position is fixed, on the basis of the detection result obtained by each metal detection sensor, and sorts the tracking letter or the clip letter in the same manner as a normal letter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Inventor: Masanori Sato
  • Patent number: 9108225
    Abstract: A sorting machine for sorting mailpieces including both letters and flats comprises: a first sorting system (20) adapted for flats and including a first mailpiece conveyor suitable for directing the flats towards sorting outlets of the type having racks (26) into which the flats fall by gravity; and a second sorting system (1) adapted for letters and including a second mailpiece conveyor suitable for directing the letters towards sorting outlets of the type having stackers (7) in which the letters are stacked on edge one behind another. The two sorting systems have the same number of sorting outlets, the two systems being superposed so that the sorting outlets of the first sorting system are superposed on respective ones of the sorting outlets of the second sorting system. Each sorting outlet of the first system may be equipped with at least two racks towards each of which a flat can be directed selectively by the first conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: SOLYSTIC
    Inventors: Bruno Cartal, Pierre Jourdan, Jean Rieu
  • Patent number: 9104199
    Abstract: A method of monitoring a device, the method comprising: measuring one or more device operating parameters and a device performance parameter during one or more device operational periods; recording a plurality of data points, each data point comprising the device operating parameters and the associated device performance parameter; identifying one or more steady state regions in the device performance parameter and selecting a plurality of the data points from the one or more steady state regions in the device performance parameter; selecting one or more groups (40) of the steady state data points in the device operating parameter space by virtue of a predetermined density of the steady state data points in the device operating parameter space; and comparing the device performance parameter within the groups so as to identify a change in the performance of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE PLC
    Inventors: Paul D Whatley, James A Gopsill