Patents by Inventor Neil Rasmussen

Neil Rasmussen 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: 20190008072
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for determining data center resource requirements, such as cooling and power requirements, and for monitoring performance of data center resource systems, such as cooling and power systems, in data centers. At least one aspect provides a system and method that enables a data center operator to determine available data center resources, such as power and cooling, at specific areas and enclosures in a data center to assist in locating new equipment in the data center.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Inventors: Jane E. Morgan, Neil Rasmussen, James William VanGilder, Mikkel Dalgas, Edward M. Ives, Morten Bock, Brad T. Hammond, Todd J. Giaquinto
  • Patent number: 9494985
    Abstract: A system and method for providing energy assessment and optimization in a data center that includes at least one cooling provider, and at least one cooling consumer, the at least one cooling consumer having cooling requirements. The method according to one aspect includes receiving data regarding cooling availability and power consumption for the at least one cooling consumer, cooling capacity of the at least one cooling provider, and a physical relationship between the at least one cooling consumer and the at least one cooling provider in the data center, storing the received data, determining airflow distribution effectiveness between the at least one cooling consumer and the at least one cooling provider, and displaying at least one value representative of the effectiveness of the distribution of airflow in the data center between the at least one cooling consumer and the at least one cooling provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC IT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Neil Rasmussen, James W. VanGilder, Xuanhang Zhang
  • Patent number: 9451731
    Abstract: A method of manipulating a cooling system of a data center includes designing a cooling system to address cooling needs in the data center, selecting components for the cooling system including one or more distribution boxes adapted to distribute coolant, one or more cooling racks, and flexible tubing to connect the one or more distribution boxes to the one or more cooling racks, assembling the components for the cooling system in the data center, operating the cooling system, identifying hot spots within the data center, and adjusting the location of one or more cooling racks in the data center based on the indentified hot spots in the data center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC IT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Neil Rasmussen, John H. Bean, Jr., Greg R. Uhrhan, Scott D. Buell
  • Patent number: 9048688
    Abstract: Systems and methods for monitoring power in power distribution systems are provided. In one aspect, a system for monitoring power includes a power monitoring device that measures a value of at least one characteristic of power provided to a branch of a power distribution system. The power monitoring device includes an output that provides the value measured. The system further includes a controller having an input to receive the value measured and an output that couples to a first device powered by the branch to send a maximum power signal to the first device to command the first device to operate at a percentage of maximum power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC IT CORPORATION
    Inventors: James S. Spitaels, Neil Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 8867193
    Abstract: Systems and method for installing computer equipment and power distribution equipment in facilities is provided. In one aspect, the present invention provides a power distribution rack, and uninterruptible power supply rack and a plurality of equipment racks. A plurality of power cables are run from the power distribution rack to each of the plurality of equipment racks using power cable tracks located on the roofs of the equipment racks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Schneider Electric IT Corporation
    Inventors: Neil Rasmussen, James Simonelli, John McNally, Kenneth G. Brill
  • Patent number: 8672732
    Abstract: A system for cooling a data center designed to house a plurality of electronic equipment racks, with each equipment rack being adapted to support at least one piece of electronic equipment and having an industry-standard width, includes at least one cooling rack including a housing having a width approximately one-half the width of each of the plurality of equipment racks. The system further includes cooling system components supported by the housing. Methods of cooling a data center are further disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Schneider Electric IT Corporation
    Inventors: Neil Rasmussen, John H. Bean, Greg R. Uhrhan, Scott D. Buell
  • Patent number: 8670872
    Abstract: Aspects of the invention are directed to power distribution systems and methods for distributing power from a primary power source and a backup power source to a load. In one particular aspect, a power distribution system includes a first input to receive input power from the primary power source, a second input to receive input power from the backup power source, an output that provides output power from at least one of the primary power source and the backup power source, a first switch operatively coupled to the first input and the output and operative to selectively couple the first input to the output, a second switch operatively coupled to the second input and the output and operative to selectively couple the second input to the output, and a controller operatively coupled to the first switch and to the second switch and configured to control the first switch and the second switch to provide an electrical interlock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Schneider Electric IT Corporation
    Inventors: Neil Rasmussen, William Ziegler, David A. Colucci
  • Patent number: 8639482
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for determining data center cooling and power requirements and for monitoring performance of cooling and power systems in data centers. At least one aspect provides a system and method that enables a data center operator to determine available power and cooling at specific areas and enclosures in a data center to assist in locating new equipment in the data center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Schneider Electric IT Corporation
    Inventors: Neil Rasmussen, James W. VanGilder, Scott Douglass Buell, Saurabh Kumar Shrivastava, Mikkel Dalgas
  • Patent number: 8544289
    Abstract: An exhaust air removal system and method for use with a rack or enclosure containing equipment is provided. The system and method are configured for removal of exhaust air vented from equipment during operation to thereby remove heat from the equipment. In one aspect, the system includes a fan unit preferably configured to serve as a back door of an equipment rack or enclosure and configured to provide access to an interior of the rack or enclosure. The fan unit provides multiple fans coupled to internal exhaust ducts that are arranged to draw and to remove exhaust air vented from rack-mounted equipment. The fan unit is further configured to vent exhaust air to an area external to a rack or enclosure, such as an external exhaust duct or plenum. Removal of hot and warm exhaust air vented from rack-mounted equipment enables the equipment to operate effectively, drawing sufficient amounts of cooling air to meet its cooling requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Schneider Electric IT Corporation
    Inventors: Rollie R. Johnson, Neil Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 8403736
    Abstract: An enclosure is provided for housing electronic equipment that accommodates the different cooling and ventilating requirements of different types of equipment. The enclosure is constructed and arranged to support cooling airflow in a front-to-back configuration through the enclosure and in a side-to-side configuration from one side to an opposite side of the enclosure. The enclosure can thereby provide within a single enclosure means cooling air for components using front-to-back airflow for cooling, such as information technology (IT) equipment, and for components using side-to-side airflow, such as certain types of telecommunications equipment. The enclosure can thereby support a mix of IT and telecommunications equipment, providing flexibility and adaptability in network room and data center configuration. The enclosure is further configured to separate intake air used by equipment for cooling from exhaust air vented by equipment into its interior during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Schneider Electric IT Corporation
    Inventors: Neil Rasmussen, Mark H. Germagian, Victor P. Avelar, James E. Donovan
  • Publication number: 20130030585
    Abstract: A system and method for providing energy assessment and optimization in a data center that includes at least one cooling provider, and at least one cooling consumer, the at least one cooling consumer having cooling requirements. The method according to one aspect includes receiving data regarding cooling availability and power consumption for the at least one cooling consumer, cooling capacity of the at least one cooling provider, and a physical relationship between the at least one cooling consumer and the at least one cooling provider in the data center, storing the received data, determining airflow distribution effectiveness between the at least one cooling consumer and the at least one cooling provider, and displaying at least one value representative of the effectiveness of the distribution of airflow in the data center between the at least one cooling consumer and the at least one cooling provider.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Inventors: Neil Rasmussen, James W. VanGilder, Xuanhang Zhang
  • Publication number: 20130003263
    Abstract: Systems and method for installing computer equipment and power distribution equipment in facilities is provided. In one aspect, the present invention provides a power distribution rack, and uninterruptible power supply rack and a plurality of equipment racks. A plurality of power cables are run from the power distribution rack to each of the plurality of equipment racks using power cable tracks located on the roofs of the equipment racks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: AMERICAN POWER CONVERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Neil Rasmussen, James Simonelli, John McNally, Kenneth G. Brill
  • Patent number: 8315841
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for determining data center cooling and power requirements and for monitoring performance of cooling and power systems in data centers. At least one aspect provides a system and method that enables a data center operator to determine available power and cooling at specific areas and enclosures in a data center to assist in locating new equipment in the data center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: American Power Conversion Corporation
    Inventors: Neil Rasmussen, James W. VanGilder, Mikkel Dalgas, Stephen Berard, Henrik Jensen, Henrik Daae, Sandi Schoellhammer
  • Patent number: 8209056
    Abstract: A system and method for providing energy assessment and optimization in a data center that includes at least one cooling provider, and at least one cooling consumer, the at least one cooling consumer having cooling requirements. The method according to one aspect includes receiving data regarding cooling availability and power consumption for the at least one cooling consumer, cooling capacity of the at least one cooling provider, and a physical relationship between the at least one cooling consumer and the at least one cooling provider in the data center, storing the received data, determining airflow distribution effectiveness between the at least one cooling consumer and the at least one cooling provider, and displaying at least one value representative of the effectiveness of the distribution of airflow in the data center between the at least one cooling consumer and the at least one cooling provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: American Power Conversion Corporation
    Inventors: Neil Rasmussen, James W. VanGilder, Xuanhang Zhang
  • Publication number: 20120146417
    Abstract: Aspects of the invention are directed to power distribution systems and methods for distributing power from a primary power source and a backup power source to a load. In one particular aspect, a power distribution system includes a first input to receive input power from the primary power source, a second input to receive input power from the backup power source, an output that provides output power from at least one of the primary power source and the backup power source, a first switch operatively coupled to the first input and the output and operative to selectively couple the first input to the output, a second switch operatively coupled to the second input and the output and operative to selectively couple the second input to the output, and a controller operatively coupled to the first switch and to the second switch and configured to control the first switch and the second switch to provide an electrical interlock.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Inventors: Neil Rasmussen, William Ziegler, David A. Colucci
  • Patent number: 8173898
    Abstract: Systems and method for installing computer equipment and power distribution equipment in facilities is provided. In one aspect, the present invention provides an uninterruptible power supply system for use with a plurality of devices, each of the plurality of devices having a power input to receive power. The uninterruptible power supply system includes an equipment rack, an input to receive input power, a DC power source mounted in the equipment rack that provides DC power, an output that provides output power derived from at least one of the input power and the DC power, power distribution circuitry, mounted within the equipment rack, having a plurality of distribution devices each having an input coupled to the output to receive the output power, and a plurality of output power cables each having a first end coupled to one of the plurality of distribution devices to receive output power and a second end that mates with the power input of one of the plurality of devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: American Power Conversion Corporation
    Inventors: Neil Rasmussen, William Ziegler
  • Patent number: 8107225
    Abstract: Systems and method for installing computer equipment and power distribution equipment in facilities is provided. In one aspect, the present invention provides a power distribution rack, and uninterruptible power supply rack and a plurality of equipment racks. A plurality of power cables are run from the power distribution rack to each of the plurality of equipment racks using power cable tracks located on the roofs of the equipment racks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: American Power Conversion Corporation
    Inventors: Neil Rasmussen, James Simonelli, John McNally, Kenneth G. Brill
  • Patent number: 8087979
    Abstract: An enclosure is provided for housing electronic equipment that accommodates the different cooling and ventilating requirements of different types of equipment. The enclosure is constructed and arranged to support cooling airflow in a front-to-back configuration through the enclosure and in a side-to-side configuration from one side to an opposite side of the enclosure. The enclosure can thereby provide within a single enclosure means cooling air for components using front-to-back airflow for cooling, such as information technology (IT) equipment, and for components using side-to-side airflow, such as certain types of telecommunications equipment. The enclosure can thereby support a mix of IT and telecommunications equipment, providing flexibility and adaptability in network room and data center configuration. The enclosure is further configured to separate intake air used by equipment for cooling from exhaust air vented by equipment into its interior during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: American Power Conversion Corporation
    Inventor: Neil Rasmussen
  • Publication number: 20110307820
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for determining data center cooling and power requirements and for monitoring performance of cooling and power systems in data centers. At least one aspect provides a system and method that enables a data center operator to determine available power and cooling at specific areas and enclosures in a data center to assist in locating new equipment in the data center.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Applicant: AMERICAN POWER CONVERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Neil Rasmussen, James W. VanGilder, Mikkel Dalgas, Stephen Berard, Henrik Jensen, Henrik Daae, Sandi Schoellhammer
  • Publication number: 20110301773
    Abstract: Systems and methods for monitoring power in power distribution systems are provided. In one aspect, a system for monitoring power includes a power monitoring device that measures a value of at least one characteristic of power provided to a branch of a power distribution system. The power monitoring device includes an output that provides the value measured. The system further includes a controller having an input to receive the value measured and an output that couples to a first device powered by the branch to send a maximum power signal to the first device to command the first device to operate at a percentage of maximum power.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2011
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Applicant: AMERICAN POWER CONVERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: James S. Spitaels, Neil Rasmussen