Patents Examined by Thomas C. Lee
  • Patent number: 10689928
    Abstract: A method for use with a managed pressure drilling (MPD) system, the system including a drill string having a drill bit, an annulus defined outside of the drill string, a mud pump for pumping mud down through the drill string and back up through the annulus, a control choke in an extraction path coupled to the annulus, a back pressure pump also coupled to the extraction path, and a programmable logic controller (PLC) for controlling the control choke, the method including: a) performing measurements to determine a dataset including, for each of a plurality of time steps k: a value of fluid flow rate through the drill bit qbit[k], a value of fluid flow rate through the control choke qc[k], a value of fluid flow rate from the back pressure pump qbpp[k] and a value of fluid pressure at the control choke pc[k]; b) executing an inversion algorithm on the PLC to obtain a value for the bulk modulus of a fluid within the annulus, the inversion algorithm taking the dataset as an input, wherein the inversion algorithm a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: EQUINOR ENERGY AS
    Inventors: Steinar Elgsæter, Christian Bratli
  • Patent number: 10691096
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system includes a HMI module. The HMI module includes a first external application unit that has first external application unit. The first external application unit has a first interface for the HMI module. The HMI module further includes a second external application unit that has a second interface for the HMI module. The HMI module can correspond with both the first interface and the second interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Joachim Schadow, Florian Esenwein, Thomas Schomisch
  • Patent number: 10691102
    Abstract: A machining technique management system of an integrated system in which a CAD; a CAM; and a CNC machine tool are connected to a shared database, the machining technique management system including: a machining state recorder that, in a case of the CNC machine tool executing the machining, records request information indicating a request demanded in the machining, and state information indicating the machining execution state to be associated as machining execution information in the shared database; and a machining information manager that compares each set of the machining execution information in which at least part of the request information matches, and defines machining execution information which was determined as satisfying a request in the request information better than other machining execution information based on a comparison result, as a candidate for machining technique information to be used for creation of the machining command at the CAM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yousuke Ootomo
  • Patent number: 10677487
    Abstract: A predictive HVAC control apparatus and method, the predictive HVAC control apparatus having an input/output interface connected to a gain amplifier and a thermocouple amplifier, the gain amplifier connected to a first plurality of sensors disposed on an HVAC system, the HVAC system having HVAC system controls, and the temperature amplifier connected to a second plurality of sensors disposed on an HVAC system, a central processing unit connected to the input/output interface, and an HVAC control relay, connected to the input/output interface and the HVAC system controls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventor: Sandeep Apsangi
  • Patent number: 10677490
    Abstract: A compensational control method includes the steps of: controlling a plurality of indoor air conditioning apparatuses to be in operation according to a target temperature; receiving continuously an operating parameter and an environmental datum from each of the indoor air conditioning apparatus; determining whether there is a specific indoor air conditioning apparatus that needs support; acquiring an adjacent indoor air conditioning apparatus which is influential for the specific indoor air conditioning apparatus according to an influence form which is previously built; establishing a supportive strategy according to a supportable operation capability of the adjacent indoor air conditioning apparatus; and adjusting the operating parameter of the adjacent indoor air conditioning apparatus according to the supportive strategy. Therefore, the adjacent indoor air conditioning apparatus is provided to improve an ambient temperature of an area where the specific indoor air conditioning apparatus is installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: DELTA ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Tien-Szu Lo, Meng-Seng Chen, Hsiang-Pin Lee, Ying-Hsiu Chen
  • Patent number: 10678225
    Abstract: A data analytics service for performing data analytics functions within a distributed process control environment is provided. The service may provide a user interface for creating a first diagram, representing a data model. The first diagram may be configured, compiled, and evaluated using off-line (i.e., historical) data from a distributed process control system, which may include data stored in distributed data engines (DDEs). Following evaluation, the first diagram may be automatically converted into a second diagram that is bound to on-line (i.e., real-time) data sources within the process control environment, which may then be compiled and executed to generate performance or predictive analytics data for the process. The diagrams may comprise a plurality of configurable function blocks or modules, connected logically via wires conveying outputs or inputs of the blocks or modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Joshua Brian Kidd, Mark John Nixon, Alper Turhan Enver, Noel Howard Bell, Paul R. Muston
  • Patent number: 10678205
    Abstract: This instrumentation control system includes: input/output modules provided correspondingly and adjacently to respective field devices; control logic units implemented inside the input/output modules and performing various control calculation processes for the field devices; and a communication network connecting the input/output modules to each other by a communication line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Susumu Okuda
  • Patent number: 10678221
    Abstract: Signals are transmitted between a device placed on an object and at least one further device. Based on measurement of the signals transmitted between the device and the at least one further device, a position of the object is determined. Further, data associated with the object are stored in the device. The stored data are then transmitted from the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hannes Bergkvist, Mattias Falk
  • Patent number: 10678217
    Abstract: An example technique for creating a voxel representation of a three dimensional (3-D) object can include obtaining a shape specification of a 3-D object and a number of 3-D objectives. The example technique for creating a voxel representation of the 3-D object can also include creating a voxel representation of the 3-D object by assigning a material type from a number of material types to each voxel of the voxel representation that defines the 3-D object. The example technique creating a voxel representation of a 3-D object can also include evaluating the voxel representation to determine whether the number of objectives are met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Jun Zeng, Sebastia Cortes, Scott A. White
  • Patent number: 10678219
    Abstract: A method for processing a workpiece on a numerically controlled machine tool by a tool includes the steps of: controlling a relative movement of the tool relative to the workpiece for processing the workpiece, producing an ultrasonic vibration of the tool by an ultrasonic generator, detecting at least one sensor signal outputted from the ultrasonic generator and identifying a change in the material at the workpiece while controlling the relative movement of the tool relative to the workpiece on the basis of the at least one sensor signal outputted from the ultrasonic generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: SAUER GmbH
    Inventors: Jens Ketelaer, Manuel Praetorius
  • Patent number: 10670027
    Abstract: A plant or refinery may include equipment such as condensers, regenerators, distillation columns, rotating equipment, compressors, pumps, turbines, or the like. Different operating methods may impact deterioration in equipment condition, thereby prolonging equipment life, extending production operating time, or providing other benefits. Mechanical or digital sensors may be used for monitoring equipment to determine whether problems are developing. For example, sensors may be used in conjunction with one or more system components to perform invariant mapping, monitor system operating characteristics, and/or predict pressure, volume, surges, reactor loop fouling, gas quality, or the like. An operating condition (e.g., of one or more pieces of equipment in the plant or refinery) may be adjusted to prolong equipment life or avoid equipment failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Michael Van de Cotte, Ian G. Horn
  • Patent number: 10668536
    Abstract: First subareas of a layer of powder applied on a substrate are heated locally with a process beam so as to heated, but not yet interconnect the grains of the powder in the first subareas. A temperature profile of the applied layer is evaluated proximate to the first subarea as a function of the distance from the respective first subarea and/or the time. The local thermal conductivity and/or local diffusivity are determined for the respective first subarea based on the temperature profile. Second subareas of the applied layer which at least partially overlap the first subareas are then heated locally with the process beam so as to interconnect the grains of the powder in the second subareas. A process variable of the process beam influencing heating of the second subareas is determined based on the local thermal conductivity or diffusivity previously determined for the at least partially overlapping first subarea.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Jürgen Zettner
  • Patent number: 10668666
    Abstract: In some examples, a plurality of print material combinations for object generation are determined, each print material combination having an associated color. A plurality of color descriptions may be determined, the color descriptions corresponding to a combination of voxels, each of the voxels of the combination of voxels having a defined print material combination and a defined depth with respect to a surface. A color mapping resource may be defined, the color mapping resource associating a color description with a print instruction, each print instruction being for use in causing an object generation apparatus to generate the combination of voxels corresponding to the associated color description.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Peter Morovic, Jan Morovic
  • Patent number: 10669988
    Abstract: A method for operating a wind turbine to avoid stall during derating thereof includes providing an initial pitch setting for one or more rotor blades of the wind turbine. Further, the method includes operating the wind turbine based on a rated power curve with the one or more rotor blades fixed at the initial pitch setting. Further, the method includes identifying at least one condition of the wind turbine that is indicative of stall. The method also includes derating the wind turbine. Further, the method includes modifying the initial pitch setting to an updated pitch setting when the at least one condition is identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Monika Marwaha, Nadine Schuell, Pranav Soni, Gert Torbohm
  • Patent number: 10671028
    Abstract: An automated method for managing a work flow in a process plant includes determining the steps of performing a work item and generating associated displays for an operator or other personnel to perform the steps of the work item. A work item is created specifying a task to be performed in the process plant and determining from the specified task a set of procedures for execution of the work item. For each procedure, an associated display is generated and the associated displays are displayed on a mobile user interface device sequentially in an order in which the set of procedures are to be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Mark J. Nixon, Ken J. Beoughter, Daniel D. Christensen
  • Patent number: 10670294
    Abstract: An in-room air conditioner adjustment method is provided and includes: obtaining a return air temperature detected by a temperature sensor corresponding to each air conditioner; adjusting, according to a difference between the obtained return air temperature and a temperature threshold, a fan rotational speed of each air conditioner until it is determined that an absolute value of the difference between the obtained return air temperature detected by the temperature sensor and the temperature threshold is less than a first specified value; determining that the absolute value of the difference between the return air temperature detected by the temperature sensor; and when an absolute value of a difference between fan rotational speeds of any two adjacent air conditioners is greater than a second specified value, adjusting a fan rotational speed of an air conditioner whose fan rotational speed is lower in the two adjacent air conditioners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xudong Yan, Linfu Chen, Zizhao Wang
  • Patent number: 10670286
    Abstract: An air conditioning control apparatus adjusts an amount of energy consumed by air conditioners installed in a property. The air conditioning control apparatus includes an adjustment control part that executes an adjustment control during a predetermined adjustment time period, a measurement acquisition part that acquires a measurement of the amount of energy consumed by the air conditioners, an effect estimation part that estimates an effect during the adjustment time period of the adjustment control executed, and an adjustment control content determining part that determines the adjustment control based on the estimated effect. The adjustment control is at least one of ventilation minimizing control reducing or stopping ventilation in order to minimize an accumulation of environmental loads, and sensible heat prioritizing control preferentially controlling sensible heat over latent heat in order to control a temperature of a room so that an accumulation of environmental loads is minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Daikin Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Nanae Kinugasa
  • Patent number: 10661552
    Abstract: A controller for use in an additive manufacturing system including a consolidation device configured to consolidate material is provided. The controller is configured to receive a build file for a component including a plurality of build layers, wherein each build layer includes a component outer perimeter, at least one build layer generating function, at least one generating function variable, and at least one generating function constant. The controller is configured to generate at least one control signal to control a power output throughout at least one scan path of the consolidation device across the material for each build layer of the plurality of build layers, the at least one scan path generated based at least partially on the component outer perimeter, the at least one generating function, the at least one generating function variable, and the at least one generating function constant for each build layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ananda Barua, Arun Karthi Subramaniyan, Daniel Jason Erno, Darren Lee Hallman
  • Patent number: 10663946
    Abstract: To efficiently estimate and detect a tool life of a machine tool while lowering an occupation ratio in a data band of a communication line between a machine tool and an upper-level controller, a management apparatus or the like. A machine tool to be managed by a production management apparatus includes a motor for moving one of a workpiece to be machined and a tool for performing a machining operation, an amplifier for driving the motor, a servo controller for controlling the motor via the amplifier based on a notification of a predetermined machining operation, and an NC device for notifying the servo controller of the predetermined machining operation. The servo controller obtains servo data representing a load on the amplifier, performs a first processing for compressing the servo data, and transmits the compressed data to the NC device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Naoto Sonoda, Yuusaku Oho
  • Patent number: 10656610
    Abstract: A system for controlling a remote electronics system includes a configuration device, a venue device, a user device, and a storage device storing configuration information relating to each piece of equipment included in a list of equipment. The configuration device performs a series of steps, including: accepting from the venue device, at least one piece of venue equipment from the list of equipment; accessing the configuration information relating to the at least one piece of venue equipment; accepting from the user device at least one generalized instruction (agnostic as to which equipment was selected) for a piece of equipment; creating at least one instruction specific from the at least one generalized instruction based on the configuration information; and transmitting the at least one specific instruction to the venue device. The venue device then uses same to control the at least one piece of venue equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: Edward W. Miles