Patents Examined by Yuhui R Pan
  • Patent number: 11567483
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method to control technical equipment that performs a production batch-run of a production process, the technical equipment providing data in a form of time-series from a set of data sources, the data sources being related to the technical equipment, includes: accessing a reference time-series with data from a previously performed batch-run of the production process, the reference time-series being related to a parameter for the technical equipment; and while the technical equipment performs the production batch-run: receiving a production time-series with data, identifying a sub-series of the reference time-series, and comparing the received time-series and the sub-series of the reference time-series, to provide an indication of similarity or non-similarity, in case of similarity, controlling the technical equipment during a continuation of the production batch-run, by using the parameter as control parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Benedikt Schmidt, Martin Hollender, Felix Lenders
  • Patent number: 11563325
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods for an operation of an electric power plant comprising a renewable energy resource and an energy storage device. The method may comprise determining, at a first time, a forecast of predicted energy production by the electric power plant over a time period subsequent to the first time based on a forecast for the time period; detecting a current state of charge of the energy storage device; calculating a range of automatic generation controls the electric power plant is capable of satisfying for the time period based on the forecast of predicted energy production and the detected current state of charge of the energy storage device; and signaling, from the electric power plant to a central utility controlling a power grid, the range of automatic generation controls the electric power plant is capable of satisfying for the time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: 8ME NOVA, LLC
    Inventors: Lukas Mercer Hansen, Gautham Ramesh, Finbar Sheehy
  • Patent number: 11556102
    Abstract: Various implementations power homes and businesses without needing to connect to electric utility company-provided power, i.e., they can operate off-grid. Generally the system includes solar panel racks (e.g., photovoltaic cells on sheets stabilized using ballasts, anchors, or mounting) that generate electrical power used to provide power to a building or that is stored on batteries. The system includes the solar panel racks and an enclosure to be installed at the premises and separate from the building. The enclosure includes the batteries and inverters that are electronically connected to the solar panel racks and batteries. The inverters are configured to convert direct current (DC) electricity from the solar power racks and batteries to alternating current (AC) electricity to provide power to the building via wires electrically connecting the inverters to the main panel of the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: United Renewable Energy, LLC
    Inventors: William Grant Silva, Neal Robert Erickson
  • Patent number: 11548227
    Abstract: Provided is a method for monitoring 3D printing equipped with a 3D printing slicer and a recursive loop structure. A 3D printing method according to an embodiment of the present invention sets up a slicing environment for 3D printing of a 3D model, generates a mechanical code by performing slicing according to the setup environment, monitors the status of the 3D printing according to the generated mechanical code, and, depending on the monitoring result, determines whether or not to re-perform the setup and subsequent steps. Accordingly, by semi- or fully automating the 3D printing engineering process, the time and effort for engineering performance involving human participation are reduced, and the human resource is concentrated on a more important area, such that the effects of enhancing the 3D printing output quality and assuring the quality can be expected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Korea Electronics Technology Institute
    Inventors: Hwa Seon Shin, Sung Hwan Chun, Hye In Lee
  • Patent number: 11548211
    Abstract: Joiners, methods of joining, and related systems for additive manufacturing are provided. The method of joining includes bulk depositing, by an additive manufacturing tool head, a joiner (anchor) of a second material in a receptacle in a body of a first material. Also, the method of joining includes depositing an anchor layer of a third material upon the anchor. Networks of joiners in 3D printed parts, multi-material parts comprising joiners, computer program products for providing joiners, joiner systems including trolleys, and related methods and systems are also provided. Further provided is a system, and method, for securing a part to a build platform and separating the part from the build platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Mosaic Manufacturing Ltd.
    Inventors: Mitchell Oliver Debora, Derek Alan Vogt, Christopher Patrick Labelle, Brendan Kyle Coady
  • Patent number: 11550279
    Abstract: A system, a device, a method, a communication protocol, and/or the like, for energy management in a fragment, heterogeneous, electrical grid. The grid may include multiple types of power generation systems, electrical energy storage systems, electrical loads, and efficiently managing these systems may require elements that will bridge the technology gap of these systems, as well as provide best-effort power generation and consumption in order to stabilize the grid. These techniques are especially important in differentiated electric energy networks, such as micro-grids, island grids, virtual power plants, and/or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Solaredge Technologies Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoav Galin
  • Patent number: 11543797
    Abstract: To reduce the disadvantage caused by low communication quality. A control system includes a controller configured to control an industrial machine, and a terminal device configured to communicate with the controller. The control system includes a communication quality measurement unit configured to measure as index indicating communication quality between the controller and the terminal device, a communication quality determination unit configured to determine the communication quality between the controller and the terminal device on the basis of the index measured by the communication quality measurement unit, a display unit configured to display an operation screen image for the controller, and a display control unit configured to control a display item of the operation screen image to be displayed on the display unit on the basis of result determined by the communication quality determination part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazushi Honjou
  • Patent number: 11537156
    Abstract: A supply-demand control device is configured to: set, for each priority rank defined in advance, an allowable limit within a range of a value set for a higher priority rank than the each priority rank, the allowable limit indicating an upper limit of the power or the energy allowed to be supplied in response to a demand of the each priority rank while the power or the energy supplied in response to a demand of the higher priority rank is secured; detect the demand for the power or the energy, which occurs in the industrial product; and allocate, in order of the priority rank, the power or the energy supplied from a predetermined supply source in response to the detected demand, such that the supplied power or energy is equal to or lower than the upper limit indicated by the allowable limit set for the each priority rank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Noritake Mitsutani
  • Patent number: 11524463
    Abstract: A plurality of scanned prints of a product part and a scan-path are received. A shape of a minimum printable feature of the product part is determined by analyzing the respective prints in a scan-path representation. A manufacturing error of the minimum printable feature is determined based on the analysis. A manufacturing error of a shape of the part is determined based on the determined manufacturing error of the minimum printable feature. An estimated manufactured shape of the part is produced based on the determined manufacturing error of the part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventors: Svyatoslav Korneev, Vaidyanathan Thiagarajan, Saigopal Nelaturi
  • Patent number: 11527889
    Abstract: A method for operating a power generating facility connected to a power distribution grid having an uncertain power generation condition includes predicting a probabilistic power flow forecast in a transmission line of the power distribution grid for a period of time, wherein the transmission line is electrically coupled to the power generating facility, predicting, using the probabilistic power flow forecast, a probability of congestion over the transmission line of the power distribution grid during the period of time, generating a mitigation plan, including a load adjustment on the transmission line, using the probability of congestion predicted over the transmission line and a thermal limit constraint of the transmission line, wherein the mitigation plan balances load adjustment and an overlimit line capacity on the transmission line, and controlling the power generating facility, using the mitigation plan, to achieve load modification and mitigate the probability of congestion predicted in the transmissi
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: Utopus Insights, Inc.
    Inventors: Soumyadip Ghosh, Dung Phan
  • Patent number: 11468460
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are representative embodiments of methods, apparatus, and systems for facilitating operation and control of a resource distribution system (such as a power grid). For example, embodiments of the disclosed technology can be used to improve the resiliency of a power grid and to allow for improved consumption of renewable resources. Further, certain implementations facilitate a degree of decentralized operations not available elsewhere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: Donald J. Hammerstrom, Ronald B. Melton, Trishan Esram, John E. Hathaway
  • Patent number: 11460830
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a duplicator assembly for forming a first void, which can be layered, in a laminated material of a part that matches a second void in a scarf repair guide. The duplicator assembly comprises an arm that comprises a first end portion and a second end portion. The first end portion is spaced apart from the second end portion. The duplication assembly also comprises a probe that is fixed to the first end portion of the arm and configured to trace the second void in the scarf repair guide. The duplication assembly further comprises a milling tool that is fixed to the second end portion of the arm such that the milling tool is co-movably coupled with the probe via the arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Larry D. Ridgeway, James H. Henderson, Michael A. Lazar, Steve J. Morse, David J. Hengy
  • Patent number: 11453168
    Abstract: A method of producing an object by sequentially printing layers of construction material one on top of the other, the method comprising: providing the construction material at a first lower temperature; flowing the construction material through a heated flow path in a flow structure to heat the construction material and delivering the heated construction material to a heated reservoir in a printing head; and dispensing the heated construction material from the reservoir to build the object layer by layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Stratasys Ltd.
    Inventors: Amnon Siyani, Eliahu M. Kritchman
  • Patent number: 11454490
    Abstract: A method for measuring strain of a component includes determining a preferred placement for a strain sensor on the component, and a preferred feature dimension and orientation for the strain sensor at the preferred placement on the component; and printing the strain sensor at the preferred placement on the component with the preferred feature dimension and orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Louis Lefebvre, Chinedu Francis Dibia
  • Patent number: 11446863
    Abstract: An additive manufacturing apparatus including a scanner for directing a laser beam on to layers of flowable material to selectively solidify the material to form an object in a layer-by-layer manner. The scanner includes an optical component operable under the control of a first actuator to reflect the laser beam over a first range of angles in a first dimension and the or a further optical component operable under the control of a second actuator to reflect the laser beam over a second range of angles in the first dimension, wherein the second actuator provides a faster dynamic response but a smaller range of movement of the laser beam than the first actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: RENISHAW PLC
    Inventors: Ceri Brown, Nicholas H H Jones, David G J Ewing, Geoffrey McFarland
  • Patent number: 11439139
    Abstract: A controller for an agricultural sprayer machine is configured to receive for each of a plurality of nozzle sets a respective upper pressure limit, a nozzle reference flow, and a nozzle reference pressure. For each one of the plurality of nozzle sets, a speed setpoint is calculated based upon the application rate setpoint, the nozzle reference flow, the nozzle reference pressure, and the product pressure setpoint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: AGCO International GmbH
    Inventors: Lars Schmitz, Hans Stols
  • Patent number: 11426935
    Abstract: A printing head assembly for 3D printing and methods of using the same are provided. The printing head incorporates a backing means that can be shaped and positioned by use of an attractive force. This creates the possibility of embodiments in which the head can move in three dimensions, without the need to print each successive layer on the layer below. Methods of ensuring the security and integrity of the 3D printing process are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: University of South Alabama
    Inventor: Kuang-Ting Hsiao
  • Patent number: 11422519
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed for controlling machine configurations. An example method includes deter mining a desired trajectory of an auxiliary machine based at least in part on a desired work path or an alignment of a host machine and the auxiliary machine; determining a first actual trajectory of the auxiliary machine based on i) determining a first distance between a first side of the auxiliary machine and the host machine and ii) determining a second distance between a second side of the auxiliary machine and the host machine, the first side is opposite the second side; comparing the desired trajectory of the auxiliary machine to the first actual trajectory of the auxiliary machine; and when the first actual trajectory does not satisfy a threshold distance of the desired trajectory, selecting a trajectory-assist mode to steer the auxiliary machine toward the desired trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Noel Wayne Anderson, Bryan Kirk Buerkle, Niels Dybro
  • Patent number: 11420395
    Abstract: In some examples, with respect to region of interest monitoring and control for additive manufacturing, a blob detection analysis may be performed on first and second component images associated with additive manufacturing of a component, and blobs that remain a same shape and include same centroids on the first and second component images may be identified. A further blob detection analysis may be performed on first and second thermal images associated with the first and second component images, and a determination may be made as to whether one of the identified blobs includes a same shape and a different centroid between the first and second thermal images. Based on a determination that the one of the identified blobs includes the same shape and the different centroid, an indication of a thermal camera misalignment associated with the additive manufacturing may be generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Sunil Kothari, Juan Carlos Catana, Tod Heiles
  • Patent number: 11414859
    Abstract: A multi-story building is described, and includes a vertical support core disposed on a foundation, and a plurality of floor plates disposed on the vertical support core in a stacked arrangement. A plurality of sensors are disposed to monitor the vertical support core and the plurality of floor plates. A controller is in communication with the plurality of sensors, and includes a memory device including an instruction set that is executable to determine baseline inputs for the plurality of sensors, dynamically monitor in-use inputs for the plurality of sensors, evaluate the multi-story building based upon the baseline inputs and the in-use inputs from the plurality of sensors and communicate the evaluation to a second controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: BIG TIME INVESTMENT, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen T. Houston