Patents by Inventor Hirotoshi YANO

Hirotoshi YANO has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 11204184
    Abstract: An air-conditioning apparatus includes: a suction-air temperature detection sensor that detects the temperature of air that is sucked into a heat exchange unit or the temperature of space to be subjected to heat exchange as a suction air temperature; a cooled/heated-air temperature detection sensor that detects the temperature of air blown from the heat exchange unit or the temperature of the heat exchange unit as a cooled/heated air temperature; and a control device, which includes a microcomputer or a hardware circuit. The control device acquires data on a temperature difference between the suction air temperature detected by the suction-air temperature detection sensor and the cooled/heated air temperature detected by the cooled/heated-air temperature detection sensor at different times as time-series data, and determines whether the heat exchange unit is dirty or not based on the time-series data regarding the temperature difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Hirotoshi Yano
  • Patent number: 10924296
    Abstract: A device information acquirer acquires device information of each electrical device of a plurality of electrical devices from a control apparatus. A device information display associates and displays on a screen an identifier, an expected installation location, and a device state for each electrical device based on the device information of each electrical device acquired by the device information acquirer. The device information acquirer acquires from the control apparatus the device state information of an electrical device of interest newly collected by the control apparatus after the electrical device installed at the expected installation location of the electrical device of interest is operated by the user. The device information display explicitly shows on the screen whether the device state of the electrical device has changed due to the operation by the user based on the device state information of the electrical device of interest acquired by the device information acquirer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Yuki Ogawa, Hirotoshi Yano, Masaaki Yabe, Satoshi Minezawa, Ichiro Maruyama
  • Publication number: 20200400325
    Abstract: An air-conditioning apparatus includes: a suction-air temperature detection unit that detects the temperature of air that is sucked into a heat exchange unit or the temperature of space to be subjected to heat exchange as a suction air temperature; a cooled/heated-air temperature detection unit that detects the temperature of air blown from the heat exchange unit or the temperature of the heat exchange unit as a cooled/heated air temperature; and a control device that acquires data on a temperature difference between the suction air temperature detected by the suction-air temperature detection unit and the cooled/heated air temperature detected by the cooled/heated-air temperature detection unit at different times as time-series data, and determines whether the heat exchange unit is dirty or not based on the time-series data regarding the temperature difference.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Publication date: December 24, 2020
    Inventor: Hirotoshi YANO
  • Patent number: 10838379
    Abstract: A controller stores an apparatus-room association table in which an apparatus installed in a home is associated with a room in the home, and stores a room-user association table in which the room in the home is associated with the user. The controller determines whether the user is inside the home, and updates a user status. When the user status changes, the controller determines the apparatus corresponding to the user whose user status has changed, and controls the determined apparatus to execute a predetermined process based on the apparatus-room association table and the room-user association table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Masaaki Yabe, Ichiro Maruyama, Satoshi Minezawa, Toshiaki Yoshikawa, Hirotoshi Yano, Daisuke Iizawa, Kenichiro Tanaka, Takashi Ogino
  • Patent number: 10775961
    Abstract: An appliance information acquirer (240) acquires appliance information including identification information for an appliance from a home controller. A location setter (241) displays on a display a floor plane that shows an inside of a home and an icon that is associated with the appliance based on the acquired appliance information, and positions the icon on the floor plane in accordance with a user operation. A measurement requestor (242) acquires a radio quality index for the appliance corresponding to the icon positioned on the floor plan from the home controller. A measurement result display (243) changes a display mode of the icon positioned on the floor plan, in accordance with the radio quality index acquired for the appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Yuki Ogawa, Hirotoshi Yano, Masaaki Yabe, Satoshi Minezawa, Ichiro Maruyama
  • Patent number: 10778461
    Abstract: In an appliance control system, a receiver receives, from a terminal device used by a first user, an instruction for remotely controlling an appliance installed in a home. A determiner determines whether a second user is present in a location in which an appliance-to-be-instructed is installed. When it is determined that the second user is not present in a location in which the appliance-to-be-instructed is installed, an appliance controller controls the appliance on the basis of the instruction. On the other hand, when it is determined that the second user is present in the location in which the appliance-to-be-instructed is installed, the appliance controller does not control the appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Minezawa, Ichiro Maruyama, Masaaki Yabe, Toshiaki Yoshikawa, Hirotoshi Yano, Daisuke Iizawa, Kenichiro Tanaka, Takashi Ogino, Shinji Nakamura, Masayuki Komatsu, Yuki Ogawa
  • Patent number: 10699037
    Abstract: A device information acquirer acquires device information collected by a controller. A floor plan editor edits a simplified floor plan of a home by individually adding a configuration of a room where an electric device is installed, in accordance with a user operation. A device icon positioner positions an icon of the electric device in each room in the floor plan edited by the floor plan editor, in accordance with the user operation. A layout generator generates layout information for the electric device in the home, based on the edited floor plan and the positioned icon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Masaaki Yabe, Ichiro Maruyama, Satoshi Minezawa, Toshiaki Yoshikawa, Hirotoshi Yano, Daisuke Iizawa, Kenichiro Tanaka, Takashi Ogino
  • Publication number: 20200169428
    Abstract: A device information acquirer acquires device information of each electrical device of a plurality of electrical devices from a control apparatus. A device information display associates and displays on a screen an identifier, an expected installation location, and a device state for each electrical device based on the device information of each electrical device acquired by the device information acquirer. The device information acquirer acquires from the control apparatus the device state information of an electrical device of interest newly collected by the control apparatus after the electrical device installed at the expected installation location of the electrical device of interest is operated by the user. The device information display explicitly shows on the screen whether the device state of the electrical device has changed due to the operation by the user based on the device state information of the electrical device of interest acquired by the device information acquirer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2020
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Inventors: Yuki OGAWA, Hirotoshi YANO, Masaaki YABE, Satoshi MINEZAWA, Ichiro MARUYAMA
  • Patent number: 10594506
    Abstract: A device information acquirer acquires device information of each electrical device of a plurality of electrical devices from a control apparatus. A device information display associates and displays on a screen an identifier, an expected installation location, and a device state for each electrical device based on the device information of each electrical device acquired by the device information acquirer. The device information acquirer acquires from the control apparatus the device state information of an electrical device of interest newly collected by the control apparatus after the electrical device installed at the expected installation location of the electrical device of interest is operated by the user. The device information display explicitly shows on the screen whether the device state of the electrical device has changed due to the operation by the user based on the device state information of the electrical device of interest acquired by the device information acquirer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Yuki Ogawa, Hirotoshi Yano, Masaaki Yabe, Satoshi Minezawa, Ichiro Maruyama
  • Patent number: 10424932
    Abstract: An energy management controller acquires, for each of power lines in a demand area, from devices, measurement data relating to a power value measured by each device. The energy management controller selects, when power values are measured from a single power line, one power value as a power value measured from the power line, based on a priority assigned beforehand to each device. Then, the energy management controller manages power consumed in the demand area using the power value measured from each power line. Furthermore, the energy management controller causes an operation terminal to display, in a predetermined mode, information indicating the power value measured from each power line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Endo, Hirotoshi Yano, Masaaki Yabe, Satoshi Minezawa, Ichiro Maruyama
  • Patent number: 10353690
    Abstract: A device management apparatus is configured to set a first update time to execute a first update procedure to update a running management program, for managing one or multiple devices in a management target area, to a new management program at a time outside a scheduled time of execution of a specific procedure. The device management apparatus is configured to execute the first update procedure at the set first update time. The specific procedure includes procedures to control the devices on a device schedule, periodic procedures executed by a periodic processor of the device management apparatus, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Masaaki Yabe, Ichiro Maruyama, Satoshi Minezawa, Hirotoshi Yano
  • Patent number: 10310460
    Abstract: A communicator communicates with a plurality of management targets. An operation-mode determiner determines, based on information representing a status of each of the management targets each received by the communicator, whether a total system status of the plurality of management targets satisfies a predefined condition. A mode-of-network-communication switch, a communication-parameter changer, a condition-for-device-communication setter, a cycle-for-obtaining-status-value setter and a communication-parameter setter adjust, when the operation-mode determiner determines that the system status satisfies the predefined condition, a communication status of the communicator in accordance with the system status and a processing performance of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Masaaki Yabe, Satoshi Minezawa, Yuki Ogawa, Hirotoshi Yano
  • Patent number: 10311666
    Abstract: A prediction value calculator calculates a prediction value of an electricity fee based on the amount of electric power supplied from a commercial electric power source to electric equipment within an electricity fee calculation period. A selector selects, as a first-stage control, either one control of an electric power saving control for the electric equipment and a charge-discharge control in which the electric power supplied from the commercial electric power source is stored in a storage battery in a first time slot and the electric power stored in the storage battery is supplied to the electric equipment in a second time slot in which the unit cost of the electric power supplied from the commercial electric power source is greater than that in the first time slot. A controller executes the first-stage control selected by the selector when the prediction value calculated by the prediction value calculator is greater than a targeted value of the electricity fee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Kaori Sato, Ichiro Maruyama, Satoshi Minezawa, Hirotoshi Yano, Masaaki Yabe
  • Patent number: 10281506
    Abstract: A device load consumes power supplied from an AC power supply. A bypass circuit is provided in parallel with the device load. A controller controls current flowing through the bypass circuit so that an identification signal indicating information for identifying an electric device is superimposed on current flowing from the AC power supply to the electric device. A power measurement sensor detects the current flowing from the AC power supply to the electric device. A control device identifies the electric device based on the identification signal superimposed on the current detected by the power measurement sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoshi Minezawa, Masaaki Yabe, Hirotoshi Yano
  • Patent number: 10269237
    Abstract: Upon receiving a command signal transmitted from a remote controller (100), based on contents of the received command signal, a setter of an electrical apparatus sets a time interval for prohibition of operation from an operation terminal. During the time interval set by the setter, an operation controller of the electrical apparatus does not control based on the received command signal, even if a command signal transmitted from the operation terminal is received via a HEMS controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Endo, Hirotoshi Yano, Masaaki Yabe, Satoshi Minezawa, Ichiro Maruyama, Masayuki Komatsu, Yuki Ogawa, Kaori Sato
  • Patent number: 10259335
    Abstract: An energy management system includes an energy management controller and a power conditioning system that charges and discharges a storage battery installed in an electric vehicle. The energy management controller includes: a charge/discharge controller that is configured to, in accordance with an operation mode having an operation right among a plurality of operation modes, control charging and discharging of the storage battery through the power conditioning system; and an operation right granter that is configured to determine an operation mode to which the operation right is to be granted next based on a predetermined transition condition, and to grant the operation right to the operation mode determined thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Endo, Hirotoshi Yano, Masaaki Yabe, Satoshi Minezawa, Ichiro Maruyama, Yuki Ogawa, Kaori Sato
  • Patent number: 10256988
    Abstract: A standardized information acquirer acquires standardized information from an electric device. A standardized telegraphic message sender sends a standardized telegraphic message including the standardized information to a communication device. An unstandardized information acquirer acquires unstandardized information from the electric device. A standardized telegraphic message receiver receives the standardized telegraphic message including the standardized information. An electric device determiner determines whether the electric device meets a specific condition based on the standardized information included in the received standardized telegraphic message. When the electric device is determined to meet the specific condition, an unstandardized telegraphic message sender sends the unstandardized telegraphic message including the unstandardized information. An unstandardized telegraphic message receiver receives the unstandardized telegraphic message including the unstandardized information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Masayuki Komatsu, Hirotoshi Yano, Masaaki Yabe, Satoshi Minezawa, Ichiro Maruyama, Shinji Nakamura, Shiro Suzuki, Yuki Ogawa, Kaori Sato
  • Patent number: 10135248
    Abstract: A control apparatus is configured to control a control target device among load devices for which power supply from an electricity storage apparatus is controlled based on total power consumption of the load devices. The control apparatus includes a power monitor and a device controller. The power monitor is configured to acquire a value of the total power consumption of the load devices. The device controller is configured to control the control target device to change the power consumption of the control target device so that the value of the total power consumption changes to a value having a level where the electricity storage apparatus supplies the power to the load devices when the value of the total power consumption acquired by the power monitor is at a level where the power is not supplied from the electricity storage apparatus to the electrical devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Kaori Sato, Hirotoshi Yano, Masaaki Yabe, Satoshi Minezawa, Satoshi Endo, Ichiro Maruyama
  • Patent number: 10120352
    Abstract: A remote control system (100) includes a home appliance (10) and a relay device (20, 30) for relaying transmission of an operation instruction for controlling the home appliance (10). The home appliance (10) includes a first detector for detecting a communication interruption on a first communication line (41, 42) for transmission of the operation instruction from the relay device (20, 30) to the home appliance (10), a receiver for receiving, from the relay device, an interruption signal indicating a communication interruption on a second communication line (42, 43) for transmitting the operation instruction from a communication device to the relay device (20, 30), and a state changer for changing a state of the home appliance in accordance with a duration of at least one of the communication interruption detected by the first detector or the communication interruption indicated by the interruption signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Minezawa, Hirotoshi Yano, Masaaki Yabe, Ichiro Maruyama
  • Patent number: 10110723
    Abstract: A controller in an energy management system is configured to acquire environmental parameters indicating an environment within a home. The controller is configured to receive a request from a terminal device installed outside the home for remotely operating a unit installed in the home such as an air-conditioning system. The controller is configured to transmit to the terminal device query data containing the acquired environmental parameters, and a query on whether to control the unit according to the request, when receiving the request. The controller is configured to control the unit based on a response to the query from the terminal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Minezawa, Hirotoshi Yano, Masaaki Yabe, Yuki Ogawa, Ichiro Maruyama, Shinji Nakamura, Shiro Suzuki, Masayuki Komatsu