Patents Examined by Thomas C. Lee
  • Patent number: 11906944
    Abstract: Methods and systems include ways to implement change analysis of an automated production line including at least one robot. Monitoring a plurality of operating parameters associated with the automated production line including the at least one robot is followed by recording at least one change to the plurality of operating parameters. A notification is then provided identifying the at least one change to the plurality of operating parameters. The notification can include mapping the at least one change onto a graphical representation of the automated production line, thereby identifying a portion of the automated production line affected by the at least one change. As a result, at least one of the operating parameters can be adjusted in response to the notification. An action can also be performed in response to the notification. In this manner, the change analysis can optimize operation of the automated production line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: FANUC AMERICA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ashok Prajapati, Kenneth W. Krause, Michael B. Longo, Rick E. Wunderlich, Judy Evans, Glenn Nowak
  • Patent number: 11906951
    Abstract: A method may include obtaining acquired process data regarding a plant process that is performed by a plant system. The method may further include obtaining from a process model, simulated process data regarding the plant process. The method may further include determining drift data for the process model based on a difference between the acquired process data and the simulated process data. The drift data may correspond to an amount of model drift associated with the process model. The method may further include determining whether the drift data satisfies a predetermined criterion. The method further includes determining, in response to determining that the drift data fails to satisfy the predetermined criterion, a model update for the process model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY
    Inventors: Mohammed K Alanazi, Talal A. Altook, Gabriel Winter, Abdulaziz M Alnutaifi
  • Patent number: 11906945
    Abstract: A method and device for generating control data for an additive manufacturing device are described, wherein build-up material is built up and selectively solidified. Irradiating the build-up material on a build field with at least one energy beam occurs An impingement surface of the energy beam is moved on the build field in order to melt the build-up material in a target area in and around the impingement surface. For generating the control data, optimization criteria and/or secondary and/or boundary conditions relating to a local target temperature distribution in the target area of the build-up material are defined so that melting of the build-up material is effected as heat conduction welding. Based on this, an optimized intensity profile of the energy beam is determined, which is substantially non-rotationally symmetric at the impingement surface on the build field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: EOS GmbH Electro Optical Systems
    Inventors: Thomas Mattes, Peter Holfelder, Anoush Aghajani-Talesh
  • Patent number: 11906946
    Abstract: This document describes a system and method for selectively switching the fast-wet-etching direction of crystalline silicon, c-Si, nanostructures between the (100) and the (110) crystallographic planes of c-Si by a simple method of sample agitation. This method effectively allows the invention to achieve anisotropic and isotropic wet-etching of c-Si.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignees: NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE, AGENCY FOR SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND RESEARCH
    Inventors: Utkur Mirsaidov, Michel Bosman, Tanmay Ghosh, Zainul Aabdin, Frank Holsteyns, Antoine Pacco
  • Patent number: 11899419
    Abstract: An integrated control management system includes an input output device. The input output device includes a database, a memory module, a first processing module, and a second processing module. The memory module receives and stores a plurality of integrated control commands, and one of the integrated control commands is generated based on a hardware control command for setting a hardware control transmitted by another input and output device. The first processing module reads the integrated control command from the memory module and obtains the hardware control data from the integrated control command. The first processing module updates the hardware control data to the database. The second processing module reads the database and updates the hardware control data stored in the database to another database in another input output device. The second processing module sets the hardware control based on the hardware control data stored in the database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: MITAC COMPUTING TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Heng-Chia Hsu, Chen-Yin Lin, Yu-Shu Yeh, Chien-Chung Wang, Chin-Hung Tan
  • Patent number: 11899425
    Abstract: An apparatus for printing an energy balance formulation, wherein the apparatus includes at least a processor and a memory communicatively connected to the at least a processor, the memory containing instructions configuring the at least a processor to receive an energy quantifier related to a user and generate an energy rebalancing plan wherein the energy rebalancing plan identifies an energy balance formulation includes training a machine-learning process using energy training data, wherein the energy training data contains a plurality of inputs containing energy quantifiers correlated to a plurality of outputs containing energy rebalancing plans. The memory containing instructions further configuring the processor to generate the energy rebalancing plan as a function of the machine-learning process and the energy quantifier. The memory containing instructions further configuring the additive manufacturing device to print the energy balance formulation based on the energy rebalancing plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Inventor: Jeffrey Gladden
  • Patent number: 11901846
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to a motor simulator for an inverter under test (IUT), the motor simulator comprising: a voltage follower inverter for at least partially cancelling an output voltage of the IUT; and an output current control unit for controlling an output current of the IUT on the basis of an estimated current of a simulation target motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: PLECKO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seung-Ki Sul, Yong-Cheol Kwon, Yoon-Ro Lee
  • Patent number: 11899426
    Abstract: A 3D printing and assembly system includes a 3D printer having a build volume; a robotic arm configured to access both within the build volume and outside of the printer. The printing and assembly system and a 3D computer hardware system are connected to both the printer and the robotic arm. An assistive object outside of build volume and accessible by robotic arm is identified. A 3D object assembly to be generated by the printer is identified. The assistive object and the object assembly is real-time analyzed, using the computer hardware system, to generate interdependent sequential instructions for the printer and the robotic arm. The already-generated object is positioned within the build volume using the robotic arm with the sequential instructions for the robotic arm. The object assembly is 3D printed by 3D printing around the already-generated object using the sequential instructions for the 3D printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Venkata Vara Prasad Karri, Akash U. Dhoot, Shailendra Moyal, Sarbajit K. Rakshit
  • Patent number: 11890747
    Abstract: An interactive autonomous robot is configured for deployment within a social environment. The disclosed robot includes a show subsystem configured to select between different in-character behaviors depending on robot status, thereby allowing the robot to appear in-character despite technical failures. The disclosed robot further includes a safety subsystem configured to intervene with in-character behavior when necessary to enforce safety protocols. The disclosed robot is also configured with a social subsystem that interprets social behaviors of humans and then initiates specific behavior sequences in response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Jeremy Andrew Mika, Michael Richard Honeck, Kyle G. Freeman, Michael Fusco
  • Patent number: 11883927
    Abstract: A method of machining a surface of a component. The method comprises scanning the surface of the component to obtain scanned electronic 3D data representing the scanned surface of the component locating a surface defect of the scanned surface and identifying a defect region that surrounds and includes the surface defect, and providing electronic 3D data representing a patch having the desired shape of the defect region. The method also comprises transforming the patch to generate a tooling path for repairing the surface defect. The transformation comprising translating a plurality of nodes of the patch. The translation distance of each node based on the distance of that node from an origin node of the patch. The method further comprises machining the surface of the component according to the generated tooling path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce PLC
    Inventor: Karl S. Huckerby
  • Patent number: 11874649
    Abstract: Methods and systems for cleaning process sequence management are provided. An indication is received from a client device of a sequence of cleaning operations associated with a substrate process at a manufacturing system. An indication of one or more cleaning criteria that trigger initiation of the sequence of cleaning operations during a cleaning process at a process chamber of the manufacturing system is also received. A set of instructions corresponding to the sequence of cleaning operations is generated. In response to a detection that at least one of the one or more cleaning criteria is satisfied, the generated set of instructions are executed to initiate the sequence of cleaning operations at the process chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventor: Chongyang C. Wang
  • Patent number: 11868116
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method and an Internet of Things system for regulating a gas in-home pressure based on smart gas. The method includes: determining a gas in-home pressure regulation scheme, and the gas in-home pressure regulation scheme including a pressure regulation parameter of a gas device; generating, based on the gas in-home pressure regulation scheme, a pressure regulation instruction; regulating, based on the pressure regulation instruction, a gas in-home pressure of at least one floor; and transmitting the gas in-home pressure regulation scheme to a smart gas user terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2023
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: CHENGDU QINCHUAN IOT TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zehua Shao, Yong Li, Yaqiang Quan, Bin Liu, Lei Zhang
  • Patent number: 11860612
    Abstract: An automatic testing method includes obtaining a positioning image, analyzing position of a plurality of slots of the test motherboard in the positioning image to generate route information for insertion and testing of components; wherein photographing test motherboard and obtaining positioning image focused on the test motherboard, controlling the clamping device to insert a plurality of the components into the slots according to the route information, controlling the test motherboard to test the components, determining if there is a faulty component, controlling the clamping device to withdraw and insert the components into other slots according to the route information and controlling the test motherboard to retest the components again if there is no faulty component. An automatic testing device and a non-volatile storage medium performing the above-described method are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Fulian Precision Electronics (Tianjin) Co., LTD.
    Inventors: Wei-Chen Lin, Duo Qiu, Ya-Nan Bian
  • Patent number: 11860589
    Abstract: During each of a plurality of iterations, a policy of a controller is updated and at least part of a process is controlled using the updated policy. The updated policy is associated with a performance level of the controller. For each iteration, the updated policy is determined using the associations generated during one or more previous iterations between the policies and the corresponding performance levels of the controller in controlling the at least part of the process, such that the updated policy is optimized to have a highest likelihood of producing a positive change in the performance level of the controller in controlling the at least part of the process rather than optimized to have a highest likelihood of producing a largest positive magnitude of change in the performance level of the controller in controlling the at least part of the process relative to the previous iteration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Daniel Pachner, Vladimir Havlena, Pavel Otta
  • Patent number: 11851212
    Abstract: A method of producing a component part (202, 204) of an aircraft airframe (200), the method comprising: providing a first digital model, the first digital model being a digital model of the component part (202, 204); producing an initial physical part using the first digital model; measuring a surface of the initial physical part; creating a second digital model using the measurements of the surface of the initial physical part, the second digital model being a digital model of the initial physical part; specifying one or more fastener holes (606) in the second digital model; and drilling one or more fastener holes (606) in the initial physical part using the second digital model with the one or more fastener holes specified therein, thereby producing the component part (202, 204) of an aircraft airframe (200).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: BAE Systems plc
    Inventors: Graham Peter Coulier, Jonathan Michael Carberry, Alistair James Fletcher
  • Patent number: 11851793
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer-readable medium stores computer-readable instructions, when executed by a computer, causing the computer to execute a process. The process includes: obtaining image data; obtaining thread colors as available colors for sewing an embroidery pattern; setting a first color representing a target area; in a case where at least one color is assigned from the available colors as a color representing the target area, selecting a color close to the first color when combined with the at least one color assigned, from the available colors, as a candidate; determining whether a difference between color information representing the at least one color assigned and color information representing the candidate is smaller than a threshold value; in a case where the difference is smaller than the threshold value, adding the candidate to the at least one color assigned; and generating embroidery data associating thread color data with position data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuta Kamihira, Mayumi Nishizaki
  • Patent number: 11846933
    Abstract: An apparatus, system and method of providing industrial analytics. The apparatus, system and method include at least a plurality of sensors sensing performance indicators for an industrial process across multiple nodes, wherein ones of the multiple nodes are remote from each other; at least one machine learning module comprising non-transitory computing code executed by a processor. When executed by the processor, the code causes the steps of: receiving user input regarding at least the industrial process and a data set; selecting a model based on at least the user input, wherein the selected model comprises a plurality of learnings based on the performance indicators sensed by multiple sensors across at least multiple ones of the multiple nodes; applying the selected model to the data set; assessing at least the performance indicators for the data set upon application of the selected model; and outputting the assessed performance indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Mustafa Gokhan Uzunbas, Ser Nam Lim, Ashish Jain, Vladimir Shapiro, Weiwei Qian, Mohamad Bagheri Esfe
  • Patent number: 11846917
    Abstract: A computer device includes at least one processor in communication with at least one memory device. The at least one processor is programmed to store, in the at least one memory device, a model for simulating a portion of an assembly line and receive scan data of a first inspection of a product being assembled, execute the model using the scan data as inputs to generate a final profile of the product, compare the final profile to one or more thresholds, determine if the final profile exceeds at least one of the one or more thresholds, and adjust the first device if the determination is that the final profile exceeds at least one of the one or more thresholds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: GlobalWafers Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sumeet S. Bhagavat
  • Patent number: 11846959
    Abstract: An electricity management system for a residential setting includes a controller that is coupled with a plurality of appliances. A plurality of sensors are coupled with the controller and respectively coupled to the plurality of appliances. The controller cooperates with the sensors and the appliances to generate a demand response plan for delivering electrical power to the plurality of appliances. The demand response plan includes a shifting strategy that regulates a delivery of electrical power based upon a regional pattern of electrical consumption, a shedding strategy that maintains a household consumption of electrical power below a household upper consumption limit and a modulating strategy based upon the respective operating cycles of the plurality of appliances that prevents a simultaneous peak electrical event within more than one appliance of the plurality of appliances. The shifting strategy, the shedding strategy and the modulating strategy are implemented contemporaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew W. Batek, Jason Schneemann, Kevin Y. Zhang
  • Patent number: 11841149
    Abstract: Tools, strategies, and techniques are provided for enhancing the control and operation of air curtain devices. The air curtain device can be provided with a computer system programmed to receive input data from various sensors and to communicate the sensor data to a wireless mesh computer architecture. An algorithm module can be programmed to determine adjusted settings or parameters for the air curtain device in response to the sensor data and/or other data sources such as external data sources. Data may be obtained from multiple air curtain devices configured for cooperative performance, and operating parameters or settings may be adjusted in connection with one or more of the multiple air curtain devices. A control device of the air curtain may be provided with a unitary structure suitable for efficient installation of multiple control harness connectors thereon to supply power and/or to establish data connectivity with multiple components of the control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: BERNER INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Phillip M. Thomas, Jr., Lih Wei Chia, Yan Yi Seow, Yee Hui Poh