Patents Examined by Thomas C. Lee
  • Patent number: 10288040
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining current limits used in controlling wind turbine systems are provided. An example wind turbine controller identifies a largest current magnitude out of a first current magnitude, a second current magnitude, and a third current magnitude of a three phase power bus. The turbine controller averages the first current magnitude, the second current magnitude, and the third current magnitude to obtain an average current magnitude. The turbine controller determines a maximum current adjustment factor based at least in part on the largest current magnitude and based at least in part on the average current magnitude. The turbine controller adjusts a maximum current magnitude limit of the wind turbine by the maximum current adjustment factor to obtain an adjusted maximum current magnitude limit. The turbine controller controls the wind turbine based at least in part on the adjusted maximum current magnitude limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: David Smith
  • Patent number: 10289077
    Abstract: Method, system and computer executable instructions for controlling a process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Allan G Kern
  • Patent number: 10290066
    Abstract: A method and device for modeling a long-time-scale photovoltaic output time sequence are provided. The method includes that: historical data of a photovoltaic power station is acquired, and a photovoltaic output with a time length of one year and a time resolution of 15 mins is selected (101); weather types of days corresponding to the photovoltaic output are acquired from a weather station (102), and probabilities of transfer between each type of weather are calculated respectively (103); and a simulated time sequence of the photovoltaic output within a preset time scale is generated (104), and its validity is verified (105). By the method, annual and monthly photovoltaic output simulated time sequences consistent with a random fluctuation rule of a photovoltaic time sequence may be acquired according to different requirements to provide a favorable condition and a data support for analog simulation of time sequence production including massive new energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignees: China Electric Power Research Institute Company Li, State Grid Corporation of China, CLP Puri Zhangbei Wind Power Research & Testing Co
    Inventors: Weisheng Wang, Chun Liu, Chi Li, Yuehui Huang, Yuefeng Wang, Cun Dong, Nan Zhang, Xiaofei Li, Yunfeng Gao, Xiaoyan Xu, Yanping Xu, Xiaofeng Pan
  • Patent number: 10289078
    Abstract: Method, system and computer executable instructions for controlling a process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Allan G Kern
  • Patent number: 10281900
    Abstract: A numerical controller includes: a monitor unit that monitors a water level; a backup unit that performs power supply when a main power source is turned off; and a cutoff circuit that cuts off the power supply, and when the water level monitored by the monitor unit detects a predetermined water level, the power source of the backup unit from an external power source means is cut off. Thus, the power supply is cut off before the flooding occurs in the numerical controller, which makes it possible to reduce the damage caused by electrolytic corrosion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: FANUC Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Kubo, Masahiro Saeki
  • Patent number: 10261489
    Abstract: A method includes requesting a controller, which controls one or more field devices in an industrial control network, to report code currently used by the controller for controlling the field devices. The code reported by the controller is compared with a stored baseline version of the code, and a notification is issued upon detecting a discrepancy between the code reported by the controller and the baseline version.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: INDEGY LTD.
    Inventor: Mille Gandelsman
  • Patent number: 10254773
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and related methods for balancing two or more pieces of independently rotating (e.g., not synchrophased) machinery are provided. In some aspects, the devices, systems, and methods can provide improved balancing techniques and can include providing a controller configured to simultaneously measure/receive vibration data and control balancers, one balancer at a time. In some aspects, the controller can calculate a beating cycle or a beating period using vibration data received from multiple rotating machines. In some aspects, a balance correction command can be derived in part from either one of: (a) an interpolation of an average vibration of the first rotating machine from a complex vibration of the multiple rotating machines or (b) an average vibration derived from one or more rules applied based upon the duration of the beating period or the beating cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: LORD Corporation
    Inventors: Wayne L. Winzenz, Douglas G. Pedersen, Stephen F. Hildebrand
  • Patent number: 10253841
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for calculating optimal control force of an active mass damper and controlling the active mass damper, which is used for vibration control of a structure, the method comprising: (a) sensing frequency and an acceleration response generated in a structure in real time by a sensor, wherein the frequency and the acceleration response are structural responses; (b) calculating velocity and displacement of the active mass damper by integrating the acceleration response by an integral calculation module; (c) calculating the optimal control force using a weighting function and a zero point calibration signal according to the calculated velocity, the calculated displacement, and the calculated displacement, by a control force calculation module; and (d) controlling driving of an actuator according to the calculated optimal control force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventors: Sang Hyun Lee, Sung Sik Woo, Lan Chung
  • Patent number: 10250034
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus, and methods are disclosed for managing and forecasting energy usage. A distributed forecast device is located remote from a central server. The distributed forecast device receives from the central server information related to one or more accounts associated with the distributed forecast device. The distributed forecast device receives energy usage data from one or more energy meters for each of the accounts. The distributed forecast device predicts an energy usage forecast for each of the accounts based on the energy usage data and the information from the central server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: ABB SCHWEIZ AG
    Inventors: Karl E. Harper, Elizabeth Kielszewski, Thomas C. Fox, Jr., Paul B. Manning
  • Patent number: 10234158
    Abstract: A controller controls a first air-conditioning system and a second air-conditioning system having separate refrigerant circuits, but arranged for conditioning a common space. The controller includes a multi-variable regulator to determine control signals for controlling operations of first components of the first and the second refrigerant circuits to reduce jointly and concurrently an environmental error between setpoint and measured values of environment in the common space. The controller also includes at least two single-variable regulators to receive operational errors between setpoint and measured values of an operation of a second component of the first and the second refrigerant circuits. The controller separately determines control signals for controlling the operation of different refrigerant circuits that reduce the operational errors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher R. Laughman, Hongtao Qiao, Daniel Burns, Scott A Bortoff
  • Patent number: 10234836
    Abstract: A method for operating a control device of a home automation installation of a building, the control device comprising a data input device and a display device, the control device being configured so as to control the operation of home automation equipment items and communicate with sensors, the method including automatic operation configuration steps of selecting an icon representing a first condition for implementation of an action relating to the installation out of a proposed set of condition icons, positioning the first selected condition in a matrix table accommodating the condition icons, selecting an icon representing a second condition for implementation of an action relating to the installation, and positioning the icon representing the second condition on a same row or a same column as the icon representing the first condition in the matrix table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: SOMFY SAS
    Inventors: Isabelle Duchene, Frédéric Devis, Pierre-Yves Cogne
  • Patent number: 10234847
    Abstract: A method for supporting 3D printing includes identifying a product, searching and providing a 3D model present on a web in relation to the identified product, calculating and simulating suitability between the identified product and the searched 3D model based on information of the identified product and the searched 3D model, and transmitting the 3D model information to a 3D printer to produce the 3D model. Accordingly, the 3D printing technique may be actively utilized for DIY in various fields, business models or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Korea Institute of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Byounghyun Yoo, Sangchul Ahn, Heedong Ko
  • Patent number: 10229233
    Abstract: Metal forming tool design or metal forming manufacture utilize computer aided design to generate initial tool geometry and/or to optimize or investigate possible changes in the parameters. Such computer models utilize friction parameters in combination with material characteristics of the tool and blank to assess the process before actual testing. It has been found that such models and assessment possible with such models can be significantly improved by use of a friction parameter representative of the mixed film stage of the lubricant. In a preferred embodiment an approximate average of the mixed film range is used to determine a coefficient of friction used in a computer aided design model that includes a finite element analysis procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventor: Gregory Dalton
  • Patent number: 10216152
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for parameterizing a device with parameters from a parameter list, wherein in an event of a match occurring between an external parameter token calculated externally based on the parameter list, and an internal parameter token calculated internally by the device to be parameterized based on the parameter list, an external device token input into the device is compared with an internal device token, which is calculated internally by the device to be parameterized based on a device ID for the device and the internal parameter token to validate the parameter list such that fast and reliable parameterization of a device, particularly a safety critical device, which is provided in an industrial installation or a vehicle, is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Konstantin Keutner, Wolfgang Trumler, Michael Klotzbach
  • Patent number: 10210919
    Abstract: An integrated circuit that includes different types of embedded functional blocks such as programmable logic blocks, memory blocks, and digital signal processing (DSP) blocks is provided. At least a first portion of the functional blocks on the integrated circuit may operate at a normal data rate using a core clock signal while a second portion of the functional blocks on the integrated circuit may operate at a 2× data rate that is double the normal data rate. To support this type of architecture, the integrated circuit may include clock generation circuitry that is capable of providing double pumped clock signals having clock pulses at rising and falling edges of the core clock signal, data concentration circuitry at the input of the 2× functional blocks, and data spreading circuitry at the output of the 2× functional blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Altera Corporation
    Inventors: Martin Langhammer, Dana How
  • Patent number: 10185331
    Abstract: An enclosure design facilitates heat dissipation from a space-limited computer core device. An external computer platform is provided to connect the computer core device, the external computer platform including a fan that provides an air flow to the connected computer core device. The computer core device and the computing platform may be tightly connected by connectors located on their respective enclosure walls. Both the computer core device and the external computing platform are provided air inlets and outlets on their respective enclosures. When connected, an air inlet of the computer core device faces an air outlet of the external computing platform such that a single cooling air flow flows through the external computing platform and the computer core device. The external computing platform may include a built-in fan to blow air into or draw air from the matching air inlets and outlets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: ICE COMPUTER, INC.
    Inventors: Shang-Che Cheng, Wei-Han Wu, Chia-Ming Lin
  • Patent number: 10178810
    Abstract: Systems and methods disclose self-contained data center facility operations, management and build comprising, in the data center facility, installing a plurality of computer servers contained in a corresponding plurality of configurable rack mounted containers, a single or plurality of heat exchangers operatively coupled to the configurable rack mounted containers, and comprised in a thermal heat exchange system which further comprises a closed loop cooling unit. The closed loop cooling unit is caused to absorb heat from the single or plurality of heat exchangers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Nautilus Data Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Arnold Magcale, Daniel Kekai
  • Patent number: 10175739
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products are provided for supervised power management between a primary platform and a secondary platform. Communication between a primary platform and a secondary platform is established. An application running on the secondary platform is captured. Input features and output measures are collected to build a training set for the application, wherein the input features are collected through direct measurement and the output measures reflect characteristics of the application. Based on the training set, power consumption of the secondary platform with an expected performance level is predicted for a new application running on the secondary platform. Accordingly, an optimal power management policy is derived that minimizes the total power consumption of the primary and secondary platforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Avago Technologies International Sales Pte. Limited
    Inventor: Hwisung Jung
  • Patent number: 10175910
    Abstract: Implementations of the present disclosure involve a system and/or method for gracelessly rebooting a storage appliance. The method and system includes a storage appliance in association with an event that will result in the loss of a state table from volatile memory that halts changes to at least one state table of the storage appliance. The state tables describe a plurality of file system states of one or more clients connected to the first storage appliance. The state information is written to a persistent memory of the storage appliance. The state table may then be repopulated using the state table information stored in persistent memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventors: Jeffrey Anderson Smith, Piyush Shivam, William Eugene Baker
  • Patent number: 10175669
    Abstract: Systems and methods for measuring and controlling fluid flow comprises an orifice plate defining a variable opening, wherein the orifice plate includes an outer assembly comprising a central opening and an inner assembly extending through the central opening. Another embodiment comprises a plurality of blades disposed parallel to each other, wherein the blades are pivotable along its longitudinal axis and include at least one low-flow blade or partial blade and a plurality of high-flow blades The flow device regulates high and very low volumes of fluid with precision, inexpensively, with superior acoustics, reduced energy, a simpler design, and prevents building infiltration. The high turndown device permits use at lower velocities, thereby reducing noise generation and eliminating need for sound-attenuating liners. The high rangeability device combines several part numbers into fewer parts, thereby streamlining product portfolios.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Best Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John C. Karamanos, Herbert Willke