Patents by Inventor Roger C. Becerra

Roger C. Becerra 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: 10774838
    Abstract: A motor controller for an electric motor is provided, including a drive circuit and a processor. The drive circuit regulates power supplied to a stator of the electric motor to turn a rotor and blower to generate an airflow. The processor receives an air density, an airflow rate demand, and at least one of a measured torque and a measured speed of the electric motor. The processor computes one of a torque set point and a speed set point for the electric motor using an airflow algorithm and based on the air density, the airflow rate demand, and the at least one of the measured torque and the measured speed. The processor controls the drive circuit based on the one of the torque set point and the speed set point to supply electrical power to the electric motor and to operate the blower to generate the airflow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Regal Beloit America, Inc.
    Inventors: Bin Yang, Brian L. Beifus, Roger C. Becerra
  • Publication number: 20200119669
    Abstract: A method for determining a direction of rotation for an electronically commutated motor (ECM) is described. The motor is configured to rotate a blower and the method comprises rotating the blower using the ECM and determining if the resulting blower rotation is indicative of the desired direction of rotation for the blower.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventors: STEPHEN SOLAN, JR., Brian L. Beifus, Roger C. Becerra
  • Patent number: 10516355
    Abstract: A method for determining a direction of rotation for an electronically commutated motor (ECM) is described. The motor is configured to rotate a blower and the method comprises rotating the blower using the ECM and determining if the resulting blower rotation is indicative of the desired direction of rotation for the blower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Regal Beloit America, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Solan, Jr., Brian L. Beifus, Roger C. Becerra
  • Publication number: 20190331123
    Abstract: A motor controller for an electric motor is provided, including a drive circuit and a processor. The drive circuit regulates power supplied to a stator of the electric motor to turn a rotor and blower to generate an airflow. The processor receives an air density, an airflow rate demand, and at least one of a measured torque and a measured speed of the electric motor. The processor computes one of a torque set point and a speed set point for the electric motor using an airflow algorithm and based on the air density, the airflow rate demand, and the at least one of the measured torque and the measured speed. The processor controls the drive circuit based on the one of the torque set point and the speed set point to supply electrical power to the electric motor and to operate the blower to generate the airflow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Inventors: Bin Yang, Brian L. Beifus, Roger C. Becerra
  • Patent number: 10175080
    Abstract: A motor controller is provided. The motor controller is coupled to an efficiency indicator device and to a motor that is coupled to a fluid movement device. The motor controller includes a processor. The motor controller is configured to determine a fluid flow amount representing an amount of fluid moved by the fluid movement device during a predefined time period. Additionally, the motor controller is configured to determine a power usage amount representing an amount of power used by at least the fluid movement device and the motor in association with the fluid flow amount, generate an efficiency report associated with at least the fluid flow amount and the power usage amount, and transmit the efficiency report to the efficiency indicator device for presentation thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Regal Beloit America, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Brattoli, Brian L. Beifus, Roger C. Becerra, Marc McKinzie, Joshua T. Doseck, John Sheldon Wagley
  • Patent number: 9735715
    Abstract: A controller configured to be coupled to an electric motor. The controller including a processor programmed to receive a signal indicating a stopping command of the electric motor, and control a current such that a capacitor coupled to the electric motor is not overcharged by regenerative energy when a stopping of the electric motor has commenced, wherein controlling the current includes one of the following: upon receiving the signal indicating the stopping command of the electric motor, ramping the current down below a threshold level, or upon receiving the signal indicating the stopping command of the electric motor, forcing the current to circulate in motor windings to prevent regeneration of energy in the capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Regal Beloit America, Inc.
    Inventors: Ludovic Andre Chretien, Roger C. Becerra
  • Publication number: 20170207737
    Abstract: A method for determining a direction of rotation for an electronically commutated motor (ECM) is described. The motor is configured to rotate a blower and the method comprises rotating the blower using the ECM and determining if the resulting blower rotation is indicative of the desired direction of rotation for the blower.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Inventors: STEPHEN SOLAN, JR., Brian L. Beifus, Roger C. Becerra
  • Patent number: 9634594
    Abstract: A method for determining a direction of rotation for an electronically commutated motor (ECM) is described. The motor is configured to rotate a blower and the method comprises rotating the blower using the ECM and determining if the resulting blower rotation is indicative of the desired direction of rotation for the blower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Regal Beloit America, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Solan, Jr., Brian L. Beifus, Roger C. Becerra
  • Patent number: 9391500
    Abstract: An electric machine is described. The electric machine includes a rotor comprising a rotor disk and a plurality of permanent magnets magnetically coupled to the rotor disk. The plurality of permanent magnets include a substantially flat profile and are aligned in a substantially planar array. The electric machine also includes a stator comprising a solid stator core and a plurality of coils each wound around a coil insulating member. The stator core includes a plurality of stator teeth extending substantially parallel to an axis of rotation of the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Regal Beloit America, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Smith, William A. Ziegler, Michael Garrett, Dean James Patterson, Roger C. Becerra, Ludovic Chretien, Darrel Buttram, Steven Peter Camilleri
  • Publication number: 20160123784
    Abstract: A motor controller is provided. The motor controller is coupled to an efficiency indicator device and to a motor that is coupled to a fluid movement device. The motor controller includes a processor. The motor controller is configured to determine a fluid flow amount representing an amount of fluid moved by the fluid movement device during a predefined time period. Additionally, the motor controller is configured to determine a power usage amount representing an amount of power used by at least the fluid movement device and the motor in association with the fluid flow amount, generate an efficiency report associated with at least the fluid flow amount and the power usage amount, and transmit the efficiency report to the efficiency indicator device for presentation thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Publication date: May 5, 2016
    Inventors: Mark A. Brattoli, Brian L. Beifus, Roger C. Becerra, Marc McKinzie, Joshua T. Doseck, John Sheldon Wagley
  • Patent number: 9201433
    Abstract: A motor control system for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) applications is described. The motor control system includes a thermostat and an electronically commutated motor (ECM) coupled to the thermostat. The ECM is configured to retrofit an existing non-ECM electric motor included in an HVAC application and to operate in one of a plurality of HVAC modes. The HVAC modes include at least one of a heating mode, a cooling mode, and a continuous fan mode. The HVAC mode is determined based at least partially on outputs provided by the thermostat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Regal Beloit America, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger C. Becerra, Steven A. Nardin, Michael R. Koller, Andrew C. Barry, Brian L. Beifus, Andrew M. Knollman
  • Publication number: 20140361716
    Abstract: A method for determining a direction of rotation for an electronically commutated motor (ECM) is described. The motor is configured to rotate a blower and the method comprises rotating the blower using the ECM and determining if the resulting blower rotation is indicative of the desired direction of rotation for the blower.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Stephen Solan, JR., Brian L. Beifus, Roger C. Becerra
  • Patent number: 8847526
    Abstract: A method for determining a direction of rotation for an electronically commutated motor (ECM) is described. The motor is configured to rotate a blower and the method comprises rotating the blower using the ECM and determining if the resulting blower rotation is indicative of the desired direction of rotation for the blower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Regal Beloit America, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Solan, Jr., Brian L. Beifus, Roger C. Becerra
  • Publication number: 20140265987
    Abstract: A controller configured to be coupled to an electric motor. The controller including a processor programmed to receive a signal indicating a stopping command of the electric motor, and control a current such that a capacitor coupled to the electric motor is not overcharged by regenerative energy when a stopping of the electric motor has commenced, wherein controlling the current includes one of the following: upon receiving the signal indicating the stopping command of the electric motor, ramping the current down below a threshold level, or upon receiving the signal indicating the stopping command of the electric motor, forcing the current to circulate in motor windings to prevent regeneration of energy in the capacitor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Regal Beloit America, Inc.
    Inventors: Ludovic Andre Chretien, Roger C. Becerra
  • Publication number: 20140257576
    Abstract: A motor control system for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) applications is described. The motor control system includes a thermostat and an electronically commutated motor (ECM) coupled to the thermostat. The ECM is configured to retrofit an existing non-ECM electric motor included in an HVAC application and to operate in one of a plurality of HVAC modes. The HVAC modes include at least one of a heating mode, a cooling mode, and a continuous fan mode. The HVAC mode is determined based at least partially on outputs provided by the thermostat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: Regal Beloit America, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger C. Becerra, Steven A. Nardin, Michael R. Koller, Andrew C. Barry, Brian L. Beifus, Andrew M. Knollman
  • Patent number: 8766573
    Abstract: A motor control system for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) applications is described. The motor control system includes a thermostat and an electronically commutated motor (ECM) coupled to the thermostat. The ECM is configured to retrofit an existing non-ECM electric motor included in an HVAC application and to operate in one of a plurality of HVAC modes. The HVAC modes include at least one of a heating mode, a cooling mode, and a continuous fan mode. The HVAC mode is determined based at least partially on outputs provided by the thermostat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Regal Beloit America, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger C. Becerra, Steven A. Nardin, Michael R. Koller, Andrew C. Barry, Brian L. Beifus, Andrew M. Knollman
  • Publication number: 20130334994
    Abstract: A method for determining a direction of rotation for an electronically commutated motor (ECM) is described. The motor is configured to rotate a blower and the method comprises rotating the blower using the ECM and determining if the resulting blower rotation is indicative of the desired direction of rotation for the blower.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventors: Stephen Solan, JR., Brian L. Beifus, Roger C. Becerra
  • Patent number: 8487562
    Abstract: A method for determining a direction of rotation for an electronically commutated motor (ECM) is described. The motor is configured to rotate a blower and the method comprises rotating the blower using the ECM and determining if the resulting blower rotation is indicative of the desired direction of rotation for the blower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Regal Beloit America, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Solan, Jr., Brian L. Beifus, Roger C. Becerra
  • Publication number: 20130069467
    Abstract: An electric machine is described. The electric machine includes a rotor comprising a rotor disk and a plurality of permanent magnets magnetically coupled to the rotor disk. The plurality of permanent magnets include a substantially flat profile and are aligned in a substantially planar array. The electric machine also includes a stator comprising a solid stator core and a plurality of coils each wound around a coil insulating member. The stator core includes a plurality of stator teeth extending substantially parallel to an axis of rotation of the rotor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: REGAL BELOIT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael D. Smith, William A. Ziegler, Michael Garrett, Dean James Patterson, Roger C. Becerra, Ludovic Chretien, Darrel Buttram, Steven Peter Camilleri
  • Patent number: 8362725
    Abstract: A motor control system for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) applications is described. The motor control system includes a thermostat and an electronically commutated motor (ECM) coupled to the thermostat. The ECM is configured to retrofit an existing non-ECM electric motor included in an HVAC application and to operate in one of a plurality of HVAC modes. The HVAC modes include at least one of a heating mode, a cooling mode, and a continuous fan mode. The HVAC mode is determined based at least partially on outputs provided by the thermostat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: RBC Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Roger C. Becerra, Steven A. Nardin, Michael R. Koller, Andrew C. Barry, Brian L. Beifus, Andrew M. Knollman