Patents by Inventor Martin T. Books

Martin T. Books 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: 10399556
    Abstract: Systems, methods and apparatus for controlling operation a hybrid powertrain are disclosed that use low power storage and motor/generator components in line haul operations. In one embodiment, a line haul drive cycle includes a low power motor/generator executing a power assistance operation of the hybrid powertrain powered by electricity from a low power storage responsive to a monitoring by a line haul controller of ascensions of the hybrid vehicle at or near a constant speed over an uneven terrain. The line haul drive cycle further includes the low power motor/generator executing a regenerative braking operation of the hybrid powertrain supplying captured electric energy to the low power storage responsive to a monitoring by the line haul controller of descensions of the hybrid vehicle at or near the constant speed over the uneven terrain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Cummins Inc.
    Inventors: Martin T. Books, Mahesh Madurai Kumar
  • Patent number: 10385817
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling automatic start/stop operations for an engine. While the engine is shutdown, operation of the engine may be automatically started upon expiration of a threshold time limit or in response to one or more adverse or deteriorated conditions of a power storage device, such as, for example, a state of health, state of function, or state of charge of the power storage device. After the engine has been automatically started, the ability of the controller to subsequently automatically stop the operation of the engine may be disabled until at least one secondary condition is satisfied. Upon satisfaction of the at least one secondary condition, the controller may again be enabled to at least automatically stop the operation of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Cummins Inc.
    Inventors: Martin T. Books, Erik L. Piper, Brian R. Alderfer, Jaideep Prasad, John P. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 10379143
    Abstract: Various systems, methods, and apparatuses disclosed herein provide for receiving pressure data for an accumulator system, the pressure data providing an indication of a pressure in an accumulator tank of the accumulator system; receiving energy data, the energy data indicating an availability of free energy for use to charge the accumulator tank; and activating a charging source of the accumulator tank to charge the accumulator tank based on at least one of the pressure data and the energy data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Cummins, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin T. Books, Craig M. Calmer, Robert Dziuba, Mahesh Madurai-Kumar, Praveen Chitradurga Muralidhar, John P. O'Brien, Joseph E. Paquette, Gary L. Parker, Anthony K. Perfetto, Jeffrey S. Rauch, Zachary Schwab, Jon S. Wardlow
  • Publication number: 20190227126
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a first confidence level from a first battery sensor coupled to a first battery electrically coupled to an engine; receiving a second confidence level from a second battery sensor coupled to a second battery electrically coupled to the engine; storing the first confidence level and the second confidence level prior to the engine being powered off; receiving an updated first confidence level and an updated second confidence level after the engine is powered on; comparing (i) the first confidence level to the updated first confidence level for the first battery sensor and (ii) the second confidence level to the updated second confidence level for the second battery sensor; and enabling a stop-start functionality of the engine in response to the first confidence level and the second confidence level decreasing after the engine system is powered on relative to when the engine system was powered off.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Applicant: Cummins Inc.
    Inventors: Martin T. Books, Carl A. Jones
  • Publication number: 20190219018
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods include a stop/start module in operative communication with an engine. The stop/start module is configured to determine a target start/stop ratio for an engine based on an operating parameter, determine an actual start/stop ratio for the engine based on a determined number of times that the engine is turned off in response to a determined number of stopping events, activate an inhibiting condition in response to the actual stop ratio being greater than the target stop ratio at a beginning of a driving event, and prevent the engine from turning off during a stop event in response to determining that the inhibiting condition is active and that a stopping event has occurred.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Applicant: Cummins, Inc.
    Inventor: Martin T. Books
  • Patent number: 10344695
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine operatively coupled with a variable load and an electronic control system operatively coupled with the internal combustion engine. The electronic control system is structured to receive an engine speed target value, a first engine speed feedback value, and a second engine speed feedback value. The electronic control system processes the first engine speed feedback value and the second engine speed feedback value to determine a feedforward correction value. The feedforward correction value is determined to correct for first variation between the second engine speed feedback value and the first engine speed feedback value due to variation in the variable load and to distinguish between the first variation and a second variation due to operation of the internal combustion engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Cummins Inc.
    Inventors: Randal L. Bergstedt, Rohit Saha, Martin T. Books, Richard G. Varo, Jagdeep I. Singh, Bibhu Batchal Mahanta
  • Patent number: 10336330
    Abstract: Controls for improved drivability of a vehicle equipped with start/stop logic are disclosed. A nominal control stop for the internal combustion engine of the vehicle is disabled or prevented from occurring in response to a vehicle mass and route grade indicating a roll back condition for the vehicle exists if the nominal control stop for the engine were to take place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Cummins Inc.
    Inventors: Martin T. Books, Praveen C. Muralidhar
  • Publication number: 20190145369
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling automatic start/stop operations for an engine. While the engine is shutdown, operation of the engine may be automatically started upon expiration of a threshold time limit or in response to one or more adverse or deteriorated conditions of a power storage device, such as, for example, a state of health, state of function, or state of charge of the power storage device. After the engine has been automatically started, the ability of the controller to subsequently automatically stop the operation of the engine may be disabled until at least one secondary condition is satisfied. Upon satisfaction of the at least one secondary condition, the controller may again be enabled to at least automatically stop the operation of the engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: Martin T. Books, Erik L. Piper, Brian R. Alderfer, Jaideep Prasad, John P. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 10272896
    Abstract: A device includes at least one of a brake position sensor operationally coupled to a brake and providing a brake position signal, or a clutch position sensor operationally coupled to a clutch and providing a clutch position signal. The device further includes a controller having a communication module structured to interpret the at least one of the brake position signal or the clutch position signal, and a collection module structured to collect vehicle dynamics information. The controller further includes a vehicle dynamics module structured to interpret the vehicle dynamics information, and a sensor diagnostics module structured to determine a failure of at least one of the clutch position sensor or the brake position sensor in response to the vehicle dynamics information and at least one of the clutch signal or the brake signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Cummins, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin T. Books, Praveen Chitradurga Muralidhar
  • Publication number: 20190107098
    Abstract: An apparatus includes an engine friction module in operative communication with an engine and structured to interpret engine operation data indicative of an engine friction amount, and a stop/start module structured to compare the engine operation data with predetermined protective criteria that includes an engine friction threshold and to turn off the engine for at least a portion of time based on the engine friction threshold exceeding the engine friction amount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Applicant: Cummins, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin T. Books, John P. O'Brien, Jaideep Prasad, Jeffrey S. Rauch
  • Patent number: 10239514
    Abstract: A hybrid controller unit includes a detection module, a gear-hold module, a gear-skip module, and an optimizing module. The detection module is structured to detect a deceleration event. The gear-hold module is structured to determine whether a certain gear of a transmission should be maintained for a certain period of time in order to optimize power regeneration during the deceleration event. The gear-hold module is also structured to generate a gear-hold request. The gear-skip module is structured to determine whether the transmission should skip a gear in order to optimize power regeneration during the deceleration event. The gear-skip module is also structured to generate a gear-skip request. The optimizing module is structured to receive the gear-hold request and the gear-skip request and generate a transmission command to be sent to a transmission control unit for actuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Cummins Inc.
    Inventors: Mahesh Madurai-Kumar, Tung-Ming Hsieh, Pinak Tulpule, Praveen Chitradurga Muralidhar, Martin T. Books
  • Patent number: 10240571
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a stop/start module in operative communication with an engine. The stop/start module structured to determine whether a stopping event has occurred, determine whether an inhibiting condition is activated, turn off the engine for at least a portion of time in response to determining that a stopping event has occurred, and determine an actual stop ratio for the engine based on a number of times the engine is turned off in response to determining the occurrences of stopping events. Turning off the engine is inhibited in response to determining that an inhibiting condition is activated. The inhibiting condition is activated based on the actual stop ratio for the engine being greater than a target stop ratio at a beginning of a driving event. The target stop ratio is based on an operating parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Cummins, Inc.
    Inventor: Martin T. Books
  • Publication number: 20190071065
    Abstract: A method of controlling a vehicle accessory includes determining a transmission of a vehicle is in a non-park setting; in response to determining the transmission of the vehicle is in the non-park setting, receiving speed data indicative of a speed of the vehicle; determining a speed to operate the vehicle accessory based on the vehicle speed; comparing the determined speed to operate the vehicle accessory to a speed threshold; and in response to determining that the determined speed is below the speed threshold, providing a command to the vehicle accessory to one of deactivate the vehicle accessory or operate the vehicle accessory at a reduced operating state relative to a current operating state of the vehicle accessory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Publication date: March 7, 2019
    Applicant: Cummins, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin T. Books, Mahesh Madurai Kumar, Robert Dziuba, Praveen Chitradurga Muralidhar, Jeffrey S. Rauch, Joseph E. Paquette
  • Publication number: 20190072064
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, methods, and techniques relating to engine start/stop functionality are disclosed. Automatic engine start/stop controls can be disabled during engine operating conditions in which one or more combustion parameters indicate a lack of combustion stability in one or more cylinders of the engine. Engine start/stop controls are enabled when the one or more combustion parameters satisfy combustion parameter conditions indicating combustion stability in the one or more cylinders.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Publication date: March 7, 2019
    Inventors: Martin T. Books, Vivek A. Sujan, J. Steven Kolhouse, Robert E. Cochran, Eric A. Pyers
  • Patent number: 10221754
    Abstract: Some exemplary embodiments include an electrically driven cooling system for cooling non-engine components of a vehicle. The electrically driven cooling system includes a closed loop coolant flowpath including an electrically driven coolant pump and a radiator connected to the closed loop coolant flowpath, and one or more components connected in parallel and/or in series in the closed loop coolant flow path that receives the coolant. An electrically driven radiator fan is also operable to cool the coolant in the radiator. The electrically driven cooling system is flow isolated from any mechanically driven cooling system that provides coolant to the engine for vehicles that include an engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Cummins Inc.
    Inventors: Mahesh Madurai Kumar, Gary L. Parker, Martin T. Books
  • Publication number: 20190054914
    Abstract: Systems, methods and apparatus for controlling operation a hybrid powertrain are disclosed that use low power storage and motor/generator components in line haul operations. In one embodiment, a line haul drive cycle includes a low power motor/generator executing a power assistance operation of the hybrid powertrain powered by electricity from a low power storage responsive to a monitoring by a line haul controller of ascensions of the hybrid vehicle at or near a constant speed over an uneven terrain. The line haul drive cycle further includes the low power motor/generator executing a regenerative braking operation of the hybrid powertrain supplying captured electric energy to the low power storage responsive to a monitoring by the line haul controller of descensions of the hybrid vehicle at or near the constant speed over the uneven terrain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Inventors: Martin T. Books, Mahesh Madurai Kumar
  • Publication number: 20190023272
    Abstract: Systems and methods for implementing a start-stop feature on a vehicle powered at least in party by an internal combustion engine are described. The method includes receiving, at an electronic control unit (“ECU”) of the vehicle, an indication that the vehicle is in line at a drive-thru. The method further includes determining, by the ECU, a number of start-stop events anticipated during the drive-thru. The method includes determining, by the ECU, an approximate stop time for each of the number of start-stop events. The method further includes determining, by the ECU, that a battery of the vehicle has enough remaining charge to power a plurality of vehicle components during implementation of the start-stop feature. The method includes implementing, by the ECU, the start-stop feature in which the internal combustion engine is turned off for at least a portion of the time when the vehicle is stopped.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Applicant: Cummins, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin T. Books, John P. O'Brien, Praveen C. Muralidhar, Jaideep Prasad, Randal L. Bergstedt, Ian N. Alsman, Jagdeep I. Singh, Rajan S. Kalirai, Rima Salve, Jeffrey S. Rauch
  • Patent number: 10184441
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling automatic start/stop operations for an engine. While the engine is shutdown, operation of the engine may be automatically started upon expiration of a threshold time limit or in response to one or more adverse or deteriorated conditions of a power storage device, such as, for example, a state of health, state of function, or state of charge of the power storage device. After the engine has been automatically started, the ability of the controller to subsequently automatically stop the operation of the engine may be disabled until at least one secondary condition is satisfied. Upon satisfaction of the at least one secondary condition, the controller may again be enabled to at least automatically stop the operation of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Cummins Inc.
    Inventors: Martin T. Books, Erik L. Piper, Brian R. Alderfer, Jaideep Prasad, John P. O'Brien
  • Publication number: 20190001981
    Abstract: Controls for improved performance of a vehicle equipped with start-stop control logic are disclosed. Deviation from nominal engine start-stop control logic for the internal combustion engine occurs when a predetermined mission related type of stop event will occur or is occurring that is different from other stop event types that are controlled by the nominal engine start-stop control logic. At least one of a location and a payload associated with the mission related stop event type is provided as an input to the controller before the vehicle arrives at the stop event so that operating parameters of the vehicle are controlled accordingly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Inventors: Arun Prakash Thunga Gopal, Martin T. Books, Jennifer Kay Light-Holets, Joseph E. Paquette, John P. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 10151290
    Abstract: An apparatus includes an engine friction module in operative communication with an engine and structured to interpret engine operation data indicative of an engine friction amount, and a stop/start module structured to compare the engine operation data with predetermined protective criteria that includes an engine friction threshold and to turn off the engine for at least a portion of time based on the engine friction threshold exceeding the engine friction amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Cummins, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin T. Books, John P. O'Brien, Jaideep Prasad, Jeffrey S. Rauch