Patents by Inventor James A. Rizzo

James A. Rizzo 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).

  • Publication number: 20230003192
    Abstract: A method for preventing a pitch bearing failure of a pitch system of a wind turbine includes monitoring, via at least one sensor, one or more electrical signals of a pitch motor of a pitch drive mechanism of the pitch system that drives a pitch bearing of the pitch system. The method also includes analyzing, via the controller, the one or more electrical signals of the pitch motor so as to remove noise and amplify outliers. Moreover, the method includes estimating bearing friction of the pitch bearing using the analyzed one or more electrical signals of the pitch motor. As such, the method includes implementing, via the controller, a control action when the estimated bearing friction of the pitch bearing indicates an anomaly in the pitch bearing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Publication date: January 5, 2023
    Inventors: Ameet Shridhar Deshpande, John Joseph Mihok, Ashley Simone Wilford, Michael James Rizzo, Santiago Murcia
  • Patent number: 11529337
    Abstract: Provided is a method of treating or lessening the severity of pain in a subject, comprising administering to the subject a compound of formula (I), defined as described herein, or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated
    Inventors: Sagar Agarwal, Cynthia Barber, Francoise Berlioz-Seux, Brenda Cirincione, James Jones, Sandra Lechner, Marco Rizzo, David Stiles
  • Publication number: 20220388757
    Abstract: Shipping system for storing and/or transporting temperature-sensitive materials. In one embodiment, the system includes an outer box having four side walls, bottom closure flaps, and top closure flaps. A vacuum insulated panel (VIP) is detachably coupled to one of the top closure flaps and is removably covered by a cover. An insulation unit is removably positioned within the outer box, the insulation unit including a plurality of VIPs arranged to define a cavity bounded by a bottom wall and four side walls. A disposable liner is removably mounted on the insulation unit. The liner may be a thermoformed sheet and may cover the interior and top surfaces of the insulation unit. A plurality of temperature-control members and a product box may be removably positioned in the liner. Preferably, the liner is shaped so that the temperature-control members snugly fit around all sides of the product box.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2022
    Publication date: December 8, 2022
    Inventors: Anthony Rizzo, Amanda Lynn Longley, James Nilsen, TzeHo Lee, Richard Orsini, Fery Pranadi, Gregory Cook, Ali Moghaddas, Brian Paul Skocypec, Joseph Francis Consiglio
  • Patent number: 11511928
    Abstract: Shipping system for storing and/or transporting temperature-sensitive materials. In one embodiment, the system includes an outer box having four side walls, bottom closure flaps, and top closure flaps. A vacuum insulated panel (VIP) is detachably coupled to one of the top closure flaps and is removably covered by a cover. An insulation unit is removably positioned within the outer box, the insulation unit including a plurality of VIPs arranged to define a cavity bounded by a bottom wall and four side walls. A disposable liner is removably mounted on the insulation unit. The liner may be a thermoformed sheet and may cover the interior and top surfaces of the insulation unit. A plurality of temperature-control members and a product box may be removably positioned in the liner. Preferably, the liner is shaped so that the temperature-control members snugly fit around all sides of the product box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: COLD CHAIN TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Anthony Rizzo, Amanda Lynn Longley, James Nilsen, TzeHo Lee, Richard Orsini, Fery Pranadi, Gregory Cook, Ali Moghaddas, Brian Paul Skocypec, Joseph Francis Consiglio
  • Publication number: 20220364549
    Abstract: A method for operating and maintaining a wind farm comprising a plurality of wind turbines includes determining an odometer for one or more components of at least one of the pluralities of wind turbines in the wind farm, the odometer representing operational usage of the component(s). The method also includes tracking the operational usage for the component(s) using the odometer and a usage threshold. Further, the method includes predicting an expected time frame for one or more preventative maintenance actions based on a comparison of the tracked operational usage and the usage threshold. Moreover, the method includes triggering scheduling of the one or more preventative maintenance actions when the prediction indicates that the tracked operational usage will exceed the usage threshold. In addition, the method includes shutting down the wind turbine or idling the wind turbine once the one or more preventative maintenance actions are scheduled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Publication date: November 17, 2022
    Inventors: Edward Lee McGrath, Brian J. Theilemann, Michael James Rizzo, Robert Randall Waara, Brian Scott Geist, Kyle Edward Thompson
  • Patent number: 11499770
    Abstract: Shipping system for storing and/or transporting temperature-sensitive materials. In one embodiment, the system includes an outer box having four side walls, bottom closure flaps, and top closure flaps. A vacuum insulated panel (VIP) is detachably coupled to one of the top closure flaps and is removably covered by a cover. An insulation unit is removably positioned within the outer box, the insulation unit including a plurality of VIPs arranged to define a cavity bounded by a bottom wall and four side walls. A disposable liner is removably mounted on the insulation unit. The liner may be a thermoformed sheet and may cover the interior and top surfaces of the insulation unit. A plurality of temperature-control members and a product box may be removably positioned in the liner. Preferably, the liner is shaped so that the temperature-control members snugly fit around all sides of the product box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: COLD CHAIN TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Anthony Rizzo, Amanda Lynn Longley, James Nilsen, TzeHo Lee, Richard Orsini, Fery Pranadi, Gregory Cook
  • Patent number: 11476685
    Abstract: A method for detecting a fault in a direct current (DC) battery of a pitch system includes receiving, via a server, a plurality of voltage signals of the battery over at least one time period. The method also includes storing, via a database of the server, the plurality of voltage signals of the battery for the predetermined time period. Further, the method includes determining, via the server, a state of the battery as a function of the plurality of voltage signals. When the state of the battery is indicative of a battery fault, the method includes implementing a corrective action for the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Christopher Albert Jordan, Michael James Rizzo, John Joseph Mihok, Frank William Ripple, Jr., Kyle Raymond Barden
  • Patent number: 11460006
    Abstract: A method for detecting damage in a bearing coupled to a rotating shaft of a rotary machine includes receiving one or more measurement signals from one or more first sensors for monitoring movement of the rotating shaft in one or more directions over a time period. The method also includes removing an effect of one or more environmental and/or operating conditions of the rotary machine from the one or more measurement signals over the time period. After removing, the method includes analyzing changes in the one or more measurement signals from the one or more first sensors, wherein changes in the one or more measurement signals above a predetermined threshold or of a certain magnitude are indicative of a damaged bearing. Moreover, the method includes implementing a corrective action when the changes in the one or more measurement signals are above the predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Inderdeep Kaur, Frederick Wilson Wheeler, Michael James Rizzo, John Joseph Mihok
  • Publication number: 20210075232
    Abstract: A method for detecting a fault in a direct current (DC) battery of a pitch system includes receiving, via a server, a plurality of voltage signals of the battery over at least one time period. The method also includes storing, via a database of the server, the plurality of voltage signals of the battery for the predetermined time period. Further, the method includes determining, via the server, a state of the battery as a function of the plurality of voltage signals. When the state of the battery is indicative of a battery fault, the method includes implementing a corrective action for the battery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Publication date: March 11, 2021
    Inventors: Christopher Albert Jordan, Michael James Rizzo, John Joseph Mihok, Frank William Ripple, JR., Kyle Raymond Barden
  • Publication number: 20210033074
    Abstract: A method for detecting damage in a bearing coupled to a rotating shaft of a rotary machine includes receiving one or more measurement signals from one or more first sensors for monitoring movement of the rotating shaft in one or more directions over a time period. The method also includes removing an effect of one or more environmental and/or operating conditions of the rotary machine from the one or more measurement signals over the time period. After removing, the method includes analyzing changes in the one or more measurement signals from the one or more first sensors, wherein changes in the one or more measurement signals above a predetermined threshold or of a certain magnitude are indicative of a damaged bearing. Moreover, the method includes implementing a corrective action when the changes in the one or more measurement signals are above the predetermined threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2020
    Publication date: February 4, 2021
    Inventors: Inderdeep Kaur, Frederick Wilson Wheeler, Michael James Rizzo, John Joseph Mihok
  • Patent number: 10876518
    Abstract: A method for mitigating damage in a rotor blade of a plurality of rotor blades of a wind turbine includes receiving a plurality of acceleration signals from the plurality of the rotor blades in at least one direction. The method also includes generating a spectral density for each of the plurality of acceleration signals. Further, the method includes determining blade energies for each of the plurality of rotor blades based on the spectral densities for each of the plurality of acceleration signals for at least one predetermined frequency range. Moreover, the method includes comparing the blade energies to at least one of each other or a predetermined damage threshold. In addition, the method includes implementing a control action when one or more of the blade energies vary from each other by a predetermined amount or one or more of the blade energies exceed the predetermined damage threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Michael James Rizzo, John Joseph Mihok
  • Patent number: 10823146
    Abstract: A method for monitoring and controlling a wind turbine to minimize rotor blade damage includes receiving sensor data from one or more sensors indicative of at least one blade parameter of the rotor blade over a predetermined time period. The method also includes trending the sensor data for the predetermined time period with respect to at least one wind parameter. Further, the method includes determining at least one characteristic of the trended sensor data. Moreover, the method includes comparing the at least one characteristic of the trended sensor data to an operating threshold. In addition, the method includes implementing a control action if the comparison of the at least one characteristic of the trended sensor data and the operating threshold indicates blade damage is occurring or is likely to occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Clovis Dillon Vaughn, Robert Peter Slack, Michael James Rizzo
  • Publication number: 20200325875
    Abstract: A method for mitigating damage in a rotor blade of a plurality of rotor blades of a wind turbine includes receiving a plurality of acceleration signals from the plurality of the rotor blades in at least one direction. The method also includes generating a spectral density for each of the plurality of acceleration signals. Further, the method includes determining blade energies for each of the plurality of rotor blades based on the spectral densities for each of the plurality of acceleration signals for at least one predetermined frequency range. Moreover, the method includes comparing the blade energies to at least one of each other or a predetermined damage threshold. In addition, the method includes implementing a control action when one or more of the blade energies vary from each other by a predetermined amount or one or more of the blade energies exceed the predetermined damage threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Inventors: Michael James Rizzo, John Joseph Mihok
  • Patent number: 10611348
    Abstract: A braking system operable independent of driver input, where the braking system includes a primary brake system, a secondary brake system, a primary controller controlling fluid pressure in the primary brake system, and a secondary controller controlling fluid pressure in the secondary brake system independently of the primary controller. There is also an actuator which is part of the primary brake system, where the actuator is controlled by the primary controller. A reservoir is in fluid communication with both the primary brake system and the secondary brake system, to supply fluid to both the primary brake system and the secondary brake system. The primary controller selectively actuates the actuator to control the fluid pressure in the primary brake system independently of driver input, to provide braking capability to a fully autonomous driving vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Zipfel, Yuji Nakayasu, James Rizzo
  • Publication number: 20190383266
    Abstract: A method for monitoring and controlling a wind turbine to minimize rotor blade damage includes receiving sensor data from one or more sensors indicative of at least one blade parameter of the rotor blade over a predetermined time period. The method also includes trending the sensor data for the predetermined time period with respect to at least one wind parameter. Further, the method includes determining at least one characteristic of the trended sensor data. Moreover, the method includes comparing the at least one characteristic of the trended sensor data to an operating threshold. In addition, the method includes implementing a control action if the comparison of the at least one characteristic of the trended sensor data and the operating threshold indicates blade damage is occurring or is likely to occur.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Publication date: December 19, 2019
    Inventors: Clovis Dillon Vaughn, Robert Peter Slack, Michael James Rizzo
  • Publication number: 20170341630
    Abstract: A braking system operable independent of driver input, where the braking system includes a primary brake system, a secondary brake system, a primary controller controlling fluid pressure in the primary brake system, and a secondary controller controlling fluid pressure in the secondary brake system independently of the primary controller. There is also an actuator which is part of the primary brake system, where the actuator is controlled by the primary controller. A reservoir is in fluid communication with both the primary brake system and the secondary brake system, to supply fluid to both the primary brake system and the secondary brake system. The primary controller selectively actuates the actuator to control the fluid pressure in the primary brake system independently of driver input, to provide braking capability to a fully autonomous driving vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Inventors: Thomas Zipfel, Yuji Nakayasu, James Rizzo
  • Patent number: 9524107
    Abstract: Methods and structure for host-side device drivers for Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) systems. One system includes a processor and memory of a host, which implement a device driver. The device driver receives an Input/Output (I/O) request from an Operating System (OS) of the host, translates Logical Block Addresses (LBAs) from the received request into physical addresses at multiple storage devices, generates child I/O requests directed to the physical addresses based on the received request, and accesses an address lock system at a RAID controller to determine whether the physical addresses are accessible. If the physical addresses are accessible, the device driver reserves the physical addresses by updating the address lock system, and directs the child I/O requests to a hardware path at the RAID controller for handling single-strip I/O requests. If the physical addresses are not accessible, the device driver delays processing of the child I/O requests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Avago Technologies General IP (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Adam Weiner, James A Rizzo, Mark Ish, Robert L Sheffield, Horia Cristian Simionescu
  • Patent number: 9286203
    Abstract: A redundant array of independent drives controller and board controlled cache off-loading during a power failure is described. Methods associated with the use of the redundant array of independent drives controller and board for controlled cache off-loading during a power failure are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Avago Technologies General IP (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Moby J. Abraham, Lakshmana M. Anupindi, R. Brian B. Skinner, James A. Rizzo, Mark J. Jander
  • Patent number: 9268695
    Abstract: Methods and structure within a storage controller for using region locks to efficiently divert an I/O request received from an attached host system to one of multiple processing stacks in the controller. A region lock module within the controller allows each processing stack to request a region lock for a range of block addresses of the storage devices. A divert-type lock request may be established to identify a range of block addresses for which I/O requests should be diverted to a particular one of the multiple processing stacks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Avago Technologies General IP (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Adam Weiner, Robert L. Sheffield, Jr., Naveen Krishnamurthy, Kapil Sundrani, Rajeev Srinivasa Murthy, Anand Narayanamurthy, Horia Cristian Simionescu, James A. Rizzo
  • Publication number: 20160034186
    Abstract: Methods and structure for host-side device drivers for Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) systems. One system includes a processor and memory of a host, which implement a device driver. The device driver receives an Input/Output (I/O) request from an Operating System (OS) of the host, translates Logical Block Addresses (LBAs) from the received request into physical addresses at multiple storage devices, generates child I/O requests directed to the physical addresses based on the received request, and accesses an address lock system at a RAID controller to determine whether the physical addresses are accessible. If the physical addresses are accessible, the device driver reserves the physical addresses by updating the address lock system, and directs the child I/O requests to a hardware path at the RAID controller for handling single-strip I/O requests. If the physical addresses are not accessible, the device driver delays processing of the child I/O requests.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Publication date: February 4, 2016
    Applicant: LSI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Adam Weiner, James A Rizzo, Mark Ish, Robert L Sheffield, Horia Cristian Simionescu