Patents Examined by Thomas C. Lee
  • Patent number: 11029670
    Abstract: A management apparatus manages works to supply components to component mounting devices in a component mounting line. The management apparatus includes a component remaining number information acquisition portion that acquires, from each of the component mounting devices, a remaining number of components stored in the component mounting device, a worker information storage portion that stores worker information including a working range of each of workers in the component mounting line, a work sequence decision portion that generates work sequence information indicating a work sequence of component supply works for each of the workers based on the worker information and component remaining number information about a plurality of components within a predetermined period of time, and an information transmission portion that transmits the work sequence information to the workers who should perform the works.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Atsushi Nakazono, Hisashi Maezono, Kazunori Tomotake, Hideo Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 11020907
    Abstract: A method of controlling an additive manufacturing process in which a directed energy source is used to selectively melt material to form a workpiece, forming a melt pool in the process of melting, the method comprising: using an imaging apparatus to generate an image of the melt pool comprising an array of individual image elements, the image including a measurement of at least one physical property for each of the individual image elements; from the measurements, mapping a melt pool boundary of the melt pool; computing a fractal dimension of the melt pool; and controlling at least one aspect of the additive manufacturing process with reference to the fractal dimension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Thomas Graham Spears
  • Patent number: 11025067
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of controlling wind turbines of a wind farm, each connected to a wind farm grid, in case of a disconnect from a main grid. During the disconnect from the main grid, at least one demand value is transmitted from a digital master grid controller to respective converter units of the wind turbines via a digital data link such that the converter units receive the at least one demand value substantially simultaneously and are operable to keep the wind turbines online and synchronised to the wind farm grid during the disconnect from the main grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Detlef Menke
  • Patent number: 11016470
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including medium-encoded computer program products, for computer aided design of physical structures include: obtaining a first 3D model including a polygon mesh associated with one or more modelled solids, the one or more modelled solids being in a boundary representation format; producing from the polygon mesh a quad patch network that combines, using transfinite interpolation, the polygon mesh with one or more smooth boundary curves corresponding to the one or more modelled solids; defining one or more locally refinable smooth surface representations using the quad patch network as input and based at least in part on a smallest dimension representable by a geometry modeling kernel of a computer aided design program; and combining the one or more locally refinable smooth surface representations with the one or more modelled solids to form a second 3D model that is watertight at the one or more smooth boundary curves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Autodesk, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Cvetanov Marinov, Marco Amagliani, Peter Hugh Charrot
  • Patent number: 11015592
    Abstract: An apparatus and associated method for operating a horizontal surface pump apparatus, including a motor operating a pump to pressurize a fluid inside the pump. A flow controller executes computer instructions stored in memory that define a selected flow rate of the fluid flowing out of the pump based on a flow profile trajectory stored in memory and related to an observed parameter of the fluid. A motor controller executes computer instructions stored in memory that map the selected flow rate and an observed head pressure of the fluid to a selected motor speed via a transformation function stored in memory, and that operate the motor at the selected motor speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Villicus, Inc.
    Inventors: Russell Self, Bill Mann
  • Patent number: 11011913
    Abstract: A dwelling power management system includes a smart power integrated node located at a dwelling and configured to transit information to and receive information from a remote server arrangement. The smart power integrated node selectively controls power applied to dwelling electrical power hardware components according to a recommended operating procedure (ROP). The system also includes a utility switch connected to the smart power integrated node, the utility switch configured to control distribution of electrical power received from a dwelling external power source. The smart power integrated node transmits dwelling power usage information and dwelling user preferences to the remote server arrangement that evaluates relevant information including dwelling power usage information and dwelling user preferences and dwelling external factors to develop an optimized ROP. The smart power integrated node operates according to the optimized ROP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Flex Power Control, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Smith, Lloyd Linder, Robert Dawsey, David Ouwerkerk, May Jang, James T. Burdette, Ted Peterson, George Bellino
  • Patent number: 11007704
    Abstract: A method of modifying or repairing a fluid conduit assembly includes scanning a sealing feature of a fluid conduit, the sealing feature including an abnormality, creating a 3D model of a sealing member configured to provide a fluid seal with the sealing feature, and utilizing the 3D model to form the sealing member via additive manufacturing. The method may include modifying the sealing feature of the fluid conduit to reduce or remove the abnormality and provide the sealing feature with modified dimensions. Scanning the sealing feature may include determining the modified dimensions of the sealing feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventors: Jeffrey Lowinger, Kelly A. Williams
  • Patent number: 11009243
    Abstract: The techniques described herein provide systems and methods for controlling climate characteristics in a building. The control system of a climate management system may calculate a default airflow rate for each zone in the building based on a minimum permitted airflow rate of climate control equipment, a maximum permitted airflow rate of the climate control equipment, and the number of zones serviced by the climate control equipment. The control system may also adjust the default airflow rate for a zone to a customized airflow rate based on a user input. The control system may adjust the default airflow rate to the customized airflow rate if the customized airflow rate is greater than or equal to the minimum permitted airflow rate. The control system may adjust the default airflow rate to the minimum permitted airflow rate if the customized airflow rate is less than the minimum permitted airflow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventor: Shaun B. Atchison
  • Patent number: 11009860
    Abstract: A preparation schedule creating method includes: an information acquiring step of acquiring production schedule information including a production sequence, a commenceable time point, and a production deadline time point, member information related to the members, arrangement means information related to a state of arrangement means attached to production equipment and a state of equipment detached arrangement means detached from the production equipment, work quantity information related to a work quantity of arrangement work of arranging members on the arrangement means, worker information related to the number of workers that performs the arrangement work; a usable arrangement means selecting step of selecting a usable arrangement means based on the production schedule information and the arrangement means information; and a preparation work schedule determining step of determining the selected usable arrangement means as the usable arrangement means for one model in the preparation work schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hirokazu Takehara, Hiroki Sagara
  • Patent number: 10998210
    Abstract: A configuration that maintains productivity and can automatically execute and control recipes includes a process chamber that processes a substrate, a first transfer chamber in which the substrate is transferred in a vacuum state, a second transfer chamber in which the substrate is transferred in an atmospheric pressure state, a depressurizable preparatory chamber connecting the first transfer chamber and the second transfer chamber, and a controller that executes a maintenance recipe in the preparatory chamber and a production recipe in the process chamber, respectively, in which, when the controller receives an instruction for executing the production recipe during execution of the maintenance recipe, the controller temporarily stops the maintenance recipe and preferentially executes the production recipe, and continuously executes the temporarily stopped maintenance recipe, after completion of the production recipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: KOKUSAI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhito Saito, Tsukasa Yashima
  • Patent number: 10998715
    Abstract: There is provided a protection apparatus for protecting an electrical network. The protection apparatus comprises: at least one protection device configured to protect the electrical network from a fault in response to a or a respective protection criterion being met; and a controller configured to: receive real-time information on a change in topological structure of the electrical network; perform an online determination of the real-time impedance or admittance matrix of the electrical network based on the change in topological structure of the electrical network; and adapt the or each protection criterion based on the real-time impedance or admittance matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: Hengxu Ha, Yang Lian
  • Patent number: 10996653
    Abstract: A three dimensional object building device includes a generation unit and a movement controller. The generation unit is configured to generate layer information for each layer of a three-dimensional (3D) object from height information and color information, the height information including information on a three-dimensional position of each pixel of the 3D object, information on a diameter of a dot of build material for the pixel, and information on a gap from an ejection surface of a build unit when the build material for the pixel is to be ejected, the color information indicating a color of each pixel of the 3D object. The movement controller is configured to, when build material for a pixel indicated by the layer information is to be deposited, move the build unit to make a gap correspond to a diameter of a dot for the pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuo Haida
  • Patent number: 10994381
    Abstract: To provide a controller, a data generation device, a control method, and a control program allowing a part of a machining program to be changed easily. A controller comprises: a storage unit that stores change designation data describing a command value in association with respective identifiers indicating at least one block among multiple blocks constituting a machining program for a machine tool; a change unit that reads the multiple blocks in the machining program sequentially, and changes the block indicated by the identifier based on the command value described in the change designation data; and an analysis unit that analyzes the block changed by the change unit, and generates execution data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Giichi Nakanishi, Yorikazu Fukui
  • Patent number: 10995594
    Abstract: A monitoring system can include a position sensor coupled to a pump to sense a position of a rotating assembly member of the pump and generate an associated position signal. The position signal can be used to determine a position of a displacement member in a chamber in a fluid end of the pump. The monitoring system can include a strain gauge to measure strain in the chamber and generate an associated strain signal. The strain signal can be used to determine an actuation point for a valve in the chamber. A computing device can determine an actuation delay of the valve by correlating the position of the displacement member in the chamber with the actuation point for the valve. The actuation delay can represent the actuation point relative to the position of the displacement member during operation of the pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph A. Beisel
  • Patent number: 10991269
    Abstract: A fluidic logic and actuator system for outputting a displacement having a fluidic logic circuitry layer including a fluidic control input and a plurality of fluidic latching memory units. At least some of the plurality of fluidic latching memory units are configured to perform combinatorial and sequential logic functions and output a fluid response. A fluid actuator layer is provided having a plurality of fluid actuators, wherein each of the plurality of fluid actuators being movable in response to the fluid response of a corresponding one of the plurality of fluidic latching memory units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
    Inventors: Alexander C. Russomanno, Richard Brent Gillespie, Maire Sile O'Modhrain, Mark A. Burns
  • Patent number: 10987872
    Abstract: A method of producing a retention piece having a guidance package configured to provide a desired movement profile including: obtaining data descriptive of mandibular and maxillary arches, an index position of the mandibular arch at a maximum closure position, and a temporomandibular joint of a recipient; specifying an appropriate guidance package based on the desired movement profile; positioning a retention piece comprising at least a portion of the specified guidance package about virtual representations of at least one of the mandibular and maxillary arches within a virtual articulator; modeling relative movement of the virtual representations of the mandibular and maxillary arches within the virtual articulator; and generating data that can be used by a computer aided machining (CAM) process to create at least one physical retention piece comprising the specified guidance package configured to provide the desired movement profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventor: Kelly Lucas
  • Patent number: 10988323
    Abstract: A maintenance system is disclosed for assisting in maintaining an automated carrier system for moving objects to be processed. The maintenance system includes a plurality of automated carriers that are adapted to move on an array of discontinuous standard track sections, each said automated carrier including a carrier body that is no larger in either a length or width direction that a standard track section, and an automated maintenance carrier that is adapted to move on the array of discontinuous track sections, said automated maintenance system including a maintenance body that is larger in at least one of a length or width direction than the standard track section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Berkshire Grey, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Wagner, Kevin Ahearn, John Richard Amend, Jr., Benjamin Cohen, Michael Dawson-Haggerty, William Hartman Fort, Christopher Geyer, Jennifer Eileen King, Thomas Koletschka, Michael Cap Koval, Kyle Maroney, Matthew T. Mason, William Chu-Hyon McMahan, Gene Temple Price, Joseph Romano, Daniel Smith, Siddhartha Srinivasa, Prasanna Velagapudi, Thomas Allen
  • Patent number: 10990066
    Abstract: Described herein is a neural network-based vector control method for the induction motor. The disclosure includes an approach to implement optimal vector control for an induction motor by using an NN; a NN controller to substitute two decoupled proportional-integral (PI) controllers in current loop; and, a mechanism to train the NN controller by using a Levenberg-Marquardt (LM)+forward accumulation through time (FATT) algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama
    Inventors: Xingang Fu, Shuhui Li
  • Patent number: 10991605
    Abstract: A substrate processing device for processing a substrate, comprising an image sensor configured to detect positions of two corners on at least one diagonal of a substrate when the substrate is transferred to a predetermined position; an illuminating device that can be disposed so as to illuminate the two corners of the substrate on an opposite side of the substrate at the predetermined position relative to the image sensor; and a control device configured to determine the position of the substrate on the basis of the positions of the two corners, which are detected by the image sensor, the control device being configured to be capable of changing at least either light quantity or wavelength of output light of the illuminating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: EBARA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Junitsu Yamakawa, Takuya Tsushima
  • Patent number: 10977586
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for forecasting and managing daily electrical demands. In some embodiments, a computing platform may receive historical demand data corresponding to historical electrical demand over a first period of time. Next, the computing platform may determine a reference rate of change (ROC) and a statistical mode corresponding to a number of positive ROCs. After, the computing platform may receive current demand data corresponding to current electrical demand over a second period of time. Subsequently, the computing platform may determine an alarm condition corresponding to a daily peak electrical demand. Following, the computing platform may generate one or more commands directing a second computing platform to display the alarm condition. Afterwards, the computing platform may transmit the one or more commands directing the second computing platform to display the alarm condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: The Trustees of Indiana University
    Inventors: Ali Razban, Da-Chun Wu, Amin Amini, Jie Chen