Electrically Actuated Patents (Class 236/49.3)
  • Patent number: 11059349
    Abstract: Data about a skin response characteristic are collected from a vehicle occupant. A target cabin temperature is determined based on the skin data. A climate control system is adjusted based on the target cabin temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Kwaku O. Prakah-Asante, Basavaraj Tonshal, Yifan Chen, Padma Aiswarya Kolisetty, Hsin-hsiang Yang, Gary Steven Strumolo
  • Patent number: 11036194
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, a validation platform computer may interpret at least one received data packet to identify a control command for a controller of an industrial asset control system. The at least data packet being might be received, for example, from a network associated with a current operation of the industrial asset control system. The control command may then be introduced into an industrial asset simulation executing in parallel with the industrial asset control system. A simulated result of the control command from the industrial asset simulation may be validated, and, upon validation of the simulated result, it may be arranged for the control command to be provided to the controller of the industrial asset control system. Additionally, in some embodiments failed validation of a simulated result will prompt a threat-alert signal as well as prevent the command (e.g., data packet) from continuing to the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Cody Joe Bushey, Lalit Keshav Mestha, Daniel Francis Holzhauer
  • Patent number: 11029057
    Abstract: An economizer controller calibration method, comprising: sealing an economizer perimeter gap between the economizer frame and a Heating, Ventilating Air Conditioning (HVAC) system cabinet to reduce an uncontrolled outdoor airflow; determining a functional relationship between an economizer actuator voltage (x) and a damper position Outdoor Airflow Fraction (OAF) (y); monitoring the economizer actuator voltage (x) and measuring at least one airflow characteristic to calculate the damper position OAF (y) and obtain a set of x-versus-y data for at least two damper positions: closed, intermediate, and fully-open; calculating at least two coefficients of the functional relationship using the x-versus-y data; calculating a target economizer actuator voltage (xt) as a function of a required OAFr (yr) using the functional relationship; and positioning the damper using the target economizer actuator voltage (xt) to provide the target damper position OAFr (yr) within a tolerance of the required OAFr (yr).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventor: Robert J. Mowris
  • Patent number: 11013152
    Abstract: A data center cooling system has an indoor portion wherein heat is absorbed from components in the data center, and an outdoor heat exchanger portion wherein outside air is used to cool a first heat transfer fluid (e.g., water) present in at least the outdoor heat exchanger portion of the cooling system during a first mode. When an appropriate time has been reached to switch from the first mode to a second mode, the outdoor heat exchanger portion of the data cooling system is switched to a second heat transfer fluid, which is a relatively low performance heat transfer fluid (compared to the first fluid). It has a second heat transfer fluid freezing point, lower than the first heat transfer fluid freezing point, and sufficiently low to operate without freezing when the outdoor air temperature drops below a first predetermined relationship with the first heat transfer fluid freezing point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Madhusudan K. Iyengar, Pritish R. Parida, Mark D. Schultz
  • Patent number: 10992114
    Abstract: A system described herein may allow for the actuating of venting apparatuses, without needing to supply electrical power. For example, a self-actuating material may be used, which may be responsive to heat, to open and/or close the venting apparatus. When the temperature of an apparatus, to which the venting apparatus is affixed, exceeds a threshold temperature, the venting apparatus may open. On the other hand, when the temperature of an apparatus, to which the venting apparatus is affixed, exceeds a threshold temperature, the venting apparatus may close.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Jean M. McManus
  • Patent number: 10989439
    Abstract: A damper to manage air flow includes a housing that defines a passageway through which the air flow is directed. The damper includes a ring having a flat surface that terminates at an outside dimension and at an inside dimension, where the outside dimension is disposed to fit within the passageway and is pivotably rotatable along an axis that bisects the passageway. The damper also includes a disc having a flat surface that terminates at an outside dimension that is nested within the inside dimension of the ring in a gimballed relationship and is pivotably rotatable along the axis. The damper further includes an actuator coupled to the ring and the disc, where the actuator is configured to separately rotate each of the ring and the disc about the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Air Distribution Technologies IP, LLC
    Inventors: Ashwath Sekar, A K S Manian, Parmeshwar G. Patil, Vikas A. Patil, Rajarajan Balaraman
  • Patent number: 10970987
    Abstract: A sensor system for identifying vaping, other smoking activities, and bullying at a site includes an air quality sensor configured to detect air quality, a sound detector configured to detect sounds, and a network interface configured to transmit a signal indicating abnormality matching signature of vaping, other smoking activity, or sound of bullying. Vaping or another smoking activity is identified based on the detected air quality, and bullying is identified based on the detected sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: SOTER TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Derek Peterson, William Schweigert, Asheik Hussain, Mohammed Elbadry
  • Patent number: 10969122
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an air conditioner. The air conditioner includes a housing having an inlet and an outlet, and having a first guide surface forming the outlet and a second guide surface facing the first guide surface provided therein, a heat exchanger configured to heat-exchange air suctioned through the inlet, a blower fan configured to suction air from the inlet, heat-exchange the air by passing air through the heat exchanger, and discharge air toward the outlet, and an airflow control unit provided to be movable between a first position adjacent to one end portion of the outlet from which air is discharged and a second position spaced apart from the end portion of the outlet from which air is discharged, and protruding from the first guide surface or the second guide surface when the airflow control unit placed at the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Do Hoon Kim, Kyoung Rock Kim, Jong Youb Kim, Jung Ho Kim, Je Myung Moon, Jae Hyoung Sim, Joon Ho Yoon, Bu Youn Lee, Jung Dae Lee, Bum Jang
  • Patent number: 10967705
    Abstract: An air purge method in a vehicle is provided. The air purge method comprises starting a vehicle ventilation device in response to ventilation instruction; determining a current air purge status based on an operation time of the ventilation device; and indicating the current air purge status via an air purge indication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Kevin Shen, Wei Xu, Xuezhi Jin, Hogan Jiang
  • Patent number: 10955165
    Abstract: An HVAC system includes an evaporator coil disposed between a supply air duct and a return air duct. A re-circulation duct fluidly couples the supply air duct and the return air duct. A damper is disposed in the re-circulation duct and is moveable between an open position and a closed position. A controller is operatively coupled to a variable-speed compressor, a variable-speed circulation fan, and the damper. Responsive to a determination that the variable-speed circulation fan is operating at the minimum speed and the suction pressure is above the pre-determined threshold, the controller signals the damper to move to the open position. Responsive to a determination that the variable-speed circulation fan is not operating at the minimum speed or the suction pressure is below the pre-determined threshold, the controller signals the damper to move to the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Lennox Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Rakesh Goel, Eric Perez
  • Patent number: 10941957
    Abstract: An HVAC system may include a building controller and one or more sensors. The building controller may be configured to receive one or more temperature readings from the one or more sensors located in a building and determine an extremum temperature reading. The building controller may be configured to control one or more components of an HVAC system of a building to control the extremum temperature in accordance with a programmed temperature set point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Ademco Inc.
    Inventors: John Amundson, David J. Emmons
  • Patent number: 10941952
    Abstract: The present specification relates to a system for managing the condition of air in an enclosed environment comprising a flow path adapted to circulate a flow of air through the enclosed environment, the flow of air comprising at least one of a first portion comprising a gas comprising oxygen and a second portion comprising indoor air from the enclosed environment. The flow path selectively provides the portions. An air processing assembly is adapted to receive the flow of air. A first and a second air processing element is provided. A control system is adapted to determine the first portion of gas comprising oxygen and the second portion of indoor air from the enclosed environment and control the selectively coupling of the air processing elements to the flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Inventors: Fredrik Edström, Anders Edström
  • Patent number: 10941958
    Abstract: An HVAC system includes an evaporator coil disposed between a return air duct and a supply air duct. The system includes a compressor fluidically connected to the evaporator coil, and a blower for providing a flow of air through the HVAC system. The HVAC system includes a supply air recirculation line with a recirculation damper and an evaporator bypass line with a bypass damper. A controller of the HVAC determines a recirculation portion of a flow of air and causes the recirculation damper to move to divert the recirculation portion to the recirculation line, so the air recirculates through the HVAC system. The controller determines a bypass portion of a flow of air and causes the bypass damper to move to divert the bypass portion to the bypass line, so the bypass portion does not contact the evaporator coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Lennox Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Rakesh Goel, Vijay Sathyamurthi
  • Patent number: 10921766
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a system and method for monitoring and reporting the energy consumption of an appliance or fixture installed within a building structure. More particularly, the present disclosure relates to a system and method for monitoring usage of a ventilation unit, such as an installed bathroom exhaust fan or cooktop/range ventilation hood. The system and method captures usage data of the ventilation unit, and transfers the usage data to a connected electronic device for determining the energy consumed by the ventilation unit and reporting the same to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Broan-NuTone LLC
    Inventors: Seddik Rougab, Bernard Krauska
  • Patent number: 10908470
    Abstract: “Smart” controllers for windows having controllable optical transitions are described. Controllers with multiple features can sense and adapt to local environmental conditions. Controllers described herein can be integrated with a building management system (BMS) to greatly enhance the BMS's effectiveness at managing local environments in a building. The controllers may have one, two, three or more functions such as powering a smart window, determining the percent transmittance, size, and/or temperature of a smart window, providing wireless communication between the controller and a separate communication node, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen C. Brown, Dhairya Shrivastava
  • Patent number: 10900672
    Abstract: A blower device includes a Coanda effect fluid flow amplifier having a suction opening, an outlet opening to provide an amplified fluid flow, an inner passage along an amplifier central axis passing through the suction opening and the outlet opening. An inlet conduit inputs pressurized fluid into the inner passage for drawing the ambient fluid from the suction opening to the outlet opening by Coanda effect, achieving amplified flow. A diffuser downstream of the amplifier includes diffuser side walls that delimit a diffuser inner side surface extending about a diffuser central axis arranged along the amplifier central axis and terminates with a first flow inlet open end facing the outlet opening, and an opposite second flow outlet open end delivers further amplified fluid flow. At least one side opening is upstream of the second flow outlet open end to allow additional ambient fluid to be sucked into the diffuser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: SAIPEM S.p.A.
    Inventor: Paolo Minola
  • Patent number: 10900685
    Abstract: A detection and control device for a supply vent of a heating or cooling system includes a housing attachable to the supply vent, a display configured to present a message to a user, at least one sensor configured to measure at least one parameter, and a central processing unit. The central processing unit is programmed or configured to receive an input from the at least one sensor, determine based on the input received from the at least one sensor if one or more of the parameters measured by the at least one sensor is within a predefined safe zone, and generate and communicate an instruction to turn off a component of the heating or cooling system based at least partially on a determination that one or more of the parameters measured by the at least one sensor is outside of the predefined safe zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventor: Thomas L. Jordan
  • Patent number: 10890348
    Abstract: An air conditioning system includes: an air conditioner that includes an outdoor unit including an outside air temperature sensor and an indoor unit including an indoor unit controller to control air conditioning operation and communicable with the outdoor unit; and a remote controller communicable with the indoor unit. The remote controller includes: a schedule storage to store information on an operation schedule of the air conditioner for each date and time, a reference temperature for determining an operation mode of the air conditioner, and an outside air temperature correction value; and an operation mode determiner to select the operation mode from among cooling, blowing, and heating using the information on the operation schedule, a corrected outside air temperature, and the reference temperature. The indoor unit controller controls the air conditioning operation using the reference temperature as a target temperature in the operation mode determined by the operation mode determiner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Teppei Higuchi
  • Patent number: 10866007
    Abstract: A controller for an economizer that provides outdoor air to a conditioned space. The controller includes an error calculator configured determine an indoor air quality (IAQ) setpoint error based on an actual IAQ and an IAQ setpoint, an outdoor air flow (OAF) setpoint adjuster configured to determine an adjusted OAF setpoint based on at least one of the IAQ setpoint error, an initial OAF setpoint, and an OAF setpoint upper limit, and a proportional variable deadband controller (PVDC) configured to adjust an operational deadband of the economizer and adjust an operation of at least one of an actuator and a damper of the economizer to achieve the adjusted OAF based on at least one of an actual OAF and the adjusted OAF setpoint. Achieving the adjusted OAF drives the actual IAQ to the IAQ setpoint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Tyler K. Paddock, Christopher R. Amundson, Nathan T. Ostrye
  • Patent number: 10843525
    Abstract: A vehicle including an air conditioner and a thermal sensation estimation apparatus is disclosed. The thermal sensation estimation apparatus includes a processor and a memory that stores a program, which causes the processor to perform a set of operations. The operations include obtaining thermal environment information at least regarding a thermal environment of or around a person, and estimating first and second thermal sensations using first and second methods, respectively, on the basis of the thermal environment information. The operations further include selecting at least one of the first thermal sensation estimated using the first method and the second thermal sensation estimated using the second method, and outputting, to the air conditioner, instruction information using the selected at least one of the first thermal sensation and the second thermal sensation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Aki Yoneda, Koichi Kusukame, Hiroko Kubo
  • Patent number: 10819906
    Abstract: A sensor control method that is executed by an air-conditioning apparatus includes: acquiring a first thermal image by scanning an air-conditioned space using the infrared sensor in accordance with a first scanning scheme, the air-conditioning apparatus being placed in the air-conditioned space; extracting a subject thermal image from the first thermal image, based on a difference between a background thermal image of the air-conditioned space when no subject is present therein and the first thermal image; determining a second scanning scheme different from the first scanning scheme, when the subject thermal image has a size smaller than a threshold size; and acquiring a second thermal image by scanning an area corresponding to the subject thermal image of the air-conditioned space using the infrared sensor in accordance with the determined second scanning scheme.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Nawatt Silawan, Koichi Kusukame
  • Patent number: 10809679
    Abstract: Disclosed is a server including a communication module and a control module. The communication module is configured to acquire first activity information of at least one user activity from an electronic device or a smart device outside the server. The communication module may then acquire device information corresponding to the at least one user activity based on the acquired first activity information. The control module is configured to generate environment control information corresponding to the at least one user activity and to acquire second activity information of a new user activity after the at least one user activity is acquired. The control module further configured to detect environment control information corresponding to the user activity in the generated environment control information, and to control the smart device based on device information corresponding to the detected environment control information among the acquired device information through the communication module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ji-Eun Kim
  • Patent number: 10806020
    Abstract: A device for receiving an electronics assembly having a closed housing with a housing wall, at least one electronic component, a holder and a fan with a fan housing, wherein the electronic component, the holder and the fan are arranged within the housing, and the fan is arranged in the holder. To provide a device for receiving an electronics assembly that enables an alternative cooling of the electronics assembly in a closed housing is achieved in that the fan is designed as a revolving blade fan and by the fact that the fan generates a continuous air flow for cooling the electronic unit during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: KROHNE MESSTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventors: Helmut Brockhaus, Alexander Erkelenz, Achim Matt
  • Patent number: 10788247
    Abstract: A climate-control system includes a variable-capacity compressor. An outdoor ambient temperature sensor indicates a temperature of the outdoor ambient air. A return air temperature sensor indicates a temperature of the return air in the system. A controller commands a startup compressor stage based on the temperature from the outdoor ambient temperature sensor and commands a running compressor stage based on a time-based slope of the temperature from the return air temperature sensor and the startup compressor stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Sahil Popli
  • Patent number: 10766381
    Abstract: One example of a system to monitor a presence of a body in a seat of an automobile can implement a method using processing circuitry. After an automobile engine has stopped operating, the system determines a presence of a body in a seat of the automobile. The system provides a notification indicating the presence of the body in the seat in response to determining the presence of the body in the seat of the automobile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Cornerstone 5:20, Inc.
    Inventors: Kaci Kay Bradley, Justin Morgan Bradley
  • Patent number: 10760805
    Abstract: An air purification apparatus (100) is disclosed that comprises a flow channel (110) extending between an inlet (111) and an outlet (113); a pollutant removal structure (120) and an air displacement apparatus (130) in the flow channel; a branched sensor channel (140) including: a first branch (142) extending between an ambient air port (141) and a further outlet (143) in the flow channel between the inlet and the air displacement apparatus; and a second branch (144) extending between the ambient air port and a further inlet (145) in the flow channel between the air displacement apparatus and the outlet, the first branch and second branch sharing a branch section; at least one sensor (150) in the shared branch section; a valve arrangement (161, 163) in the branched sensor channel adapted to exclusively disconnect the first branch from the flow channel in a first configuration and exclusively disconnect the second branch from the flow channel in a second configuration; and a controller (170) adapted to control
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Michael Martin Scheja, Declan Patrick Kelly
  • Patent number: 10744847
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for a control system that improves defroster performance in a vehicle by reducing rear heater core heat rejection to increase heat availability to the defroster. The control system includes a rear heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) unit configured that moves air into the vehicle. The control system 100 includes a memory for storing multiple blower maps. The control system includes an electronic control unit connected to the rear HVAC unit and memory. The electronic control unit is configured to determine a mode for a front HVAC. The electronic control unit is configured to obtain from the memory a blower map for the rear HVAC unit from the multiple blower maps based on the mode. The electronic control unit is configured to determine an airflow rate for the air based on the obtained blower map and control an amount of air outputted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Netsanet S. Chevers, Hidekazu Hirabayashi, Michael Camilleri
  • Patent number: 10737550
    Abstract: A remote air conditioning start system includes a portable terminal of a user, a center server configured to communicate with the portable terminal, and a vehicle that includes an air conditioner and is configured to communicate with the center server. The remote air conditioning start system includes a user positional information acquisition unit, a vehicle positional information acquisition unit, and a controller. The user positional information acquisition unit is configured to acquire positional information of the portable terminal. The vehicle positional information acquisition unit is configured to acquire positional information of the vehicle. The controller is configured to perform control of the air conditioner including a start timing of the air conditioner based on a start request transmitted from the portable terminal to the center server according to a predetermined operation of the user based on the positional information of the portable terminal and the positional information of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Tamane, Masato Endo, Kenichi Murata
  • Patent number: 10736241
    Abstract: A cooling system, e.g. for a hot aisle/cold aisle datacenter system, can detect local pressure differences between the hot and cold aisle by way of a conduit containing a temperature sensor positioned between the hot aisle and cold aisle. The temperature sensor can detect a temperature of airflow between the aisles by the temperature sensor in the conduit. This conduit is defined by a frame or insert that includes a first opening and a second opening separated by a nonzero distance and that is configured to penetrate a containment element separating the hot aisle and cold aisle. The cooling system can, based on the interstitial temperature, determine a direction of flow of the airflow between the hot region and the cold region and detect recirculation between the hot region and the cold region based on the direction of flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Joseph Lachapelle, Matthew Gangemi, Vikneshan Sundaralingam, Suresh Soundararaj
  • Patent number: 10732079
    Abstract: A system for increasing filter economy includes a memory configured to receive measurements of contaminants in an internal and an external environment. A cost effectiveness module is configured to determine a cost of a corrosion rate increase if unfiltered external air intake is increased for cooling, to determine a cost of increased air pressure to filter external air, and to determine if the cost of filtering external air exceeds the cost of the corrosion rate increase. An air intake module is configured to increase an intake of unfiltered external air if it is determined that the cost of filtering external air exceeds the cost of the corrosion rate increase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Hendrik F. Hamann, Levente I. Klein, Dennis G. Manzer, Fernando J. Marianno
  • Patent number: 10733973
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a vehicle and a method for controlling thereof, and more particularly to a technique for removing noise generated in a vehicle air conditioner. The vehicle may include an air conditioner, comprising: a speaker configured to output sound; a blower fan configured to blow air that is heat-exchanged in the air conditioner; an air vent configured to regulate a discharge amount of the air discharged into the vehicle; and a controller configured to sense a noise acoustic signal of the blower fan that is determined corresponding to an opening degree of the air vent, and to control the speaker to to output by generating an acoustic signal having an opposite phase to the sensed noise acoustic signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, KIA Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Young Kim, Yonghwan Hwang, Jaehyuk Jang, Minsik Yang, HyeonHee Kang
  • Patent number: 10724927
    Abstract: Systems for predicting a filter lifetime. A filter monitoring system includes a filter effectiveness history based on contaminant sensor information associated with a filter received from one or more contaminant sensors. A lifetime module is configured to determine a rate of filter consumption based on the filter effectiveness history and to determine a remaining filter lifetime based on the determined rate of filter consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Hendrik F. Hamann, Levente I. Klein, Dennis G. Manzer, Fernando J. Marianno
  • Patent number: 10717339
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for managing climate control. The control system includes one or more sensors that are configured to measure sunload energy. The control system includes a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) unit that is configured to output air with an airflow rate into the cabin of the vehicle. The electronic control unit is configured to obtain the amount of sunload energy and obtain a blower map based on the amount of sunload energy. The electronic control unit is configured to determine the airflow rate based on the obtained blower map and an expected temperature. The electronic control unit is configured to control the airflow rate to adjust an air temperature within the cabin of the vehicle to reach the expected temperature therefore increasing the fuel efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Netsanet S. Chevers, Hidekazu Hirabayashi, David W. Cosgrave, Stefan Young
  • Patent number: 10699549
    Abstract: A sensor system for identifying vaping, other smoking activities, and bullying at a site includes an air quality sensor configured to detect air quality, a sound detector configured to detect sounds, and a network interface configured to transmit a signal indicating abnormality matching signature of vaping, other smoking activity, or sound of bullying. Vaping or another smoking activity is identified based on the detected air quality, and bullying is identified based on the detected sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: SOTER TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Derek Peterson, William Schweigert, Asheik Hussain, Mohammed Elbadry
  • Patent number: 10697860
    Abstract: A predictive failure system for a cooling apparatus having sensors measuring operational components of a cooling apparatus to determine performance data and means to analyze the data to determine a performance profile, wherein anomalies in the performance profile are determined and the operator of the cooling apparatus is warned prior to failure of the operational components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: POLAR CONTROLLER, INC.
    Inventor: Kaleb Zeringue
  • Patent number: 10691214
    Abstract: An HVAC component may be configured using a wearable device and a mobile device that is operatively coupled to the wearable device. The wearable device may be configured to capture one or more gestures that correspond to a particular HVAC component command, and to communicate the captured gestures to the mobile device. In response, the mobile device may carry out the HVAC component command that corresponds to the captured gesture. In this way, an installer may configure the HVAC component while lessening the need to directly enter commands into the mobile device and/or some other device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Aaron D'Souza
  • Patent number: 10691081
    Abstract: A building management system includes one or more data sources that provide utilization data describing an actual utilization of one or more spaces and a utilization circuit. The utilization circuit is configured to, for each space of the one or more spaces, calculate a utilization attribute of the space based on the utilization data describing the actual utilization of the space, and retrieve, from a space profile for the space, a utilization target corresponding to the utilization attribute. At least two of the plurality of space profiles are associated with a different type of space that serves a different function and define the target utilization of the space. The utilization circuit is further configured to generate a normalized utilization metric for the space by normalizing the utilization attribute relative to the utilization target and generate and provide a utilization recommendation for the space based on the normalized utilization metric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Beth A. Ray, Sheri L. Meyer, Radu M. Dorneanu, Gregory B. Cebasek, Donald A. Gottschalk
  • Patent number: 10677489
    Abstract: An HVAC system includes at least one zone comprising a zone damper and a bypass comprising a bypass damper associated with a virtual zone. When an airflow of conditioned air to the at least one zone exceeds a maximum airflow value for the at least one zone and/or when other airflow reduction techniques have been exhausted, a system controller of the HVAC system controls the bypass damper to incrementally bypass a portion of conditioned air to the virtual zone. The portion of the conditioned air that is bypassed is a minimum amount of the conditioned air that is needed to reduce the airflow of the conditioned air below the maximum airflow value and keep the HVAC system running. Further, the system controller closes the bypass damper when a temperature of the portion of the conditioned air exceeds a threshold temperature value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Rheem Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Christopher M. Puranen, Stephen Maciulewicz
  • Patent number: 10673645
    Abstract: A service management system communicates via wide area network with gateway devices located at respective user premises. The service management system remotely manages delivery of application services, which can be voice controlled, by a gateway, e.g. by selectively activating/deactivating service logic modules in the gateway. The service management system also may selectively provide secure communications and exchange of information among gateway devices and among associated endpoint devices. An exemplary service management system includes a router connected to the network and one or more computer platforms, for implementing management functions. Examples of the functions include a connection manager for controlling system communications with the gateway devices, an authentication manager for authenticating each gateway device and controlling the connection manager and a subscription manager for managing applications services and/or features offered by the gateway devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: KIP PROD PI LP
    Inventors: Amir Ansari, George A. Cowgill, Leon E. Nicholls, Jude P. Ramayya, Ramprakash Masina, Alvin R. McQuarters, Atousa Raissyan
  • Patent number: 10670288
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a Demand Control Ventilation (DCV) and/or Economizer system that is capable of drawing outside air into an HVAC air stream. In some instances, the DCV and/or Economizer system may be configured to help perform one or more system checks to help verify that the system is functioning properly. In some instances, the DCV and/or Economizer system may provide some level of manual control over certain hardware (e.g. dampers) to help commission the system. The DCV and/or Economizer system may store one or more settings and or parameters used during the commissioning process (either in the factory or in the field), so that these settings and/or parameters may be later accessed to verify that the DCV and/or Economizer system was commissioned and commissioned properly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Adrienne Thomle, Todd Kreft, Mark Bokusky
  • Patent number: 10635067
    Abstract: A self-regulating intelligent building automation system includes: a smart sensing unit including a first sensing unit disposed in a first specific space and a second sensing unit disposed in a second specific space separated from the first specific space; a self-regulating terminal unit including a first self-regulating terminal disposed in the first specific space and a second self-regulating terminal disposed in the second specific space; a network management unit managing a network without a direct digital control unit and wirelessly communicating with the smart sensing unit and the self-regulating terminal unit; and a central monitoring unit connected to the network management unit via the Internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: NARA CONTROLS INC.
    Inventors: Gwan Sun Hwang, Dong Wook Ko, Se Woong Park
  • Patent number: 10598400
    Abstract: A remote control device according to the present invention includes an operation unit for switching and setting an operation state of an apparatus performing at least one of a heating operation and a cooling operation, a display unit that displays a screen on which an operation at the operation unit is reflected, and a controller that controls a display operation of the display unit. The controller causes the display unit to display at least one of a type and a range of an operation state that is able to be switched and set by the operation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Saiki, Kazuo Maeda, Masaoki Ino, Masatoshi Kawamura, Yuki Hanaeda
  • Patent number: 10549662
    Abstract: A system includes a climate control module and a thermal device control module. The climate control module, based on at least one of a user input and a first input from a temperature sensor that measures a temperature of a seat of a vehicle, generates one of (i) a heating command signal indicating an instruction to heat the seat and (ii) a cooling command signal indicating an instruction to cool the seat. The thermal device control module, in response to one of the heating command signal and the cooling command signal, controls at least one of a blower and at least one TED to one of heat and cool the seat based on a second input from at least one sensor that measures at least one of a pressure applied to the seat, a force applied to the seat, and a strain within the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Anand V. Iyer, Brennon L. White, Bruce L. Stone
  • Patent number: 10539336
    Abstract: A system, method and apparatus for remote control of a thermostat by a network-based server, when the thermostat is not connected to a local or wide-area network. A network-based server calculates a modified temperature profile for a thermostat based on a utility's time-of-use pricing and/or weather forecasts. After the server has calculated the modified temperature profile, it is provided to a mobile device via a wide-area network, and the mobile device provides the modified temperature profile directly to the thermostat when the mobile device is within range of the thermostat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: RCS Technology, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Hoffman
  • Patent number: 10520212
    Abstract: A thermostat has a thermostat housing that includes circuitry to control HVAC equipment and first and second dampers, and a first temperature sensor. A second temperature sensor is operatively connected to the thermostat, and a microcomputer enables the thermostat to perform the following steps: receiving a desired temperature; receiving first and zone temperatures; activating or de-activating the heating and cooling equipment responsive to a comparison between the first zone temperature relative to the desired temperature; and adjusting the first and second dampers as required to direct airflow to the first and second zones to adjust the second temperature until it is equal to or within an allowed deviation of the first temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventor: George N. Beck
  • Patent number: 10520214
    Abstract: An air-conditioning system control apparatus including: a storage to store data for control of a ventilation apparatus and an air-conditioning apparatus; and a computing device to generate a control command controlling the ventilation and the air-conditioning apparatus based on the stored data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Mio Motodani, Masae Sawada
  • Patent number: 10500926
    Abstract: A ventilation duct (10) for a passenger interior of a motor vehicle has an inflow duct (12) for supplying air and a main guiding duct (14) that extends from the inflow duct (12) to an outlet opening (16) for guiding at least part of the air of the inflow duct (12) along a main flow direction (28) toward the outlet opening (16). At least one bypass duct (18, 40) can branch from the inflow duct (12) for discharging part of the air of the inflow duct (12). The bypass duct (18, 40) opens into the main guiding duct (14) upstream of the outlet opening (16) and introduces a flow jet (32) into the main guiding duct (14) at an angle to the main flow direction (28) for setting the flow direction of air at the outlet opening (16) without openings or louver grilles that are visible from the passenger interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Bastian Freese, Robert Fleischhacker, Finn Oertzen
  • Patent number: 10502449
    Abstract: An air conditioner includes: a first heat exchanger configured to perform a first process of cooling air-conditioning air by heat-exchange water; a second heat exchanger configured to perform a second process of cooling the air-conditioning air by the heat-exchange water; a first water passage configured to cause the heat-exchange water to flow through the first heat exchanger and then flow through the second heat exchanger; a second water passage branching off from the first water passage and configured to cause the heat-exchange water that has been used in the first process to flow in a manner to bypass the second heat exchanger; a first water regulating valve configured to adjust performance of the first heat exchanger in the first process; a second water regulating valve configured to adjust performance of the second heat exchanger in the second process; and an air conditioner control device configured to adjust the air-conditioning air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: KIMURA KOHKI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Keiichi Kimura, Mitsuo Morita, Takayuki Ishida, Kazuya Goto, Hidekazu Sato
  • Patent number: 10502597
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure pertain to a monitored heat exchanger system that includes a heat exchanger unit in operable engagement with a heat generating device. The heat exchanger unit has a frame; and at least one cooler coupled with the frame, the at least one cooler having an airflow side and a service fluid side. The system includes a monitoring module coupled to the heat exchanger unit. The monitoring module an at least one sensor coupled with a panel; and at least one controller housing coupled with the panel. A microcontroller is disposed within the controller housing and in operable communication with the at least one sensor. The at least one sensor has a rotating member configured to generate a system signal proportional to an amount of rotation of the rotating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: FORUM US, INC.
    Inventors: Randy Vanberg, Hamid Reza Zareie Rajani, Seyed Reza Larimi, Morteza Abbasi
  • Patent number: 10502238
    Abstract: An electropneumatic positioner for a pneumatic actuator to operate a control device of a processing plant can include two modular pneumatic slots and a pneumatic control output. The two modular pneumatic slots can engage with a respective modular pneumatic component. The two pneumatic slots and the pneumatic components can be modularly matched to one another such that their respective pneumatic interfaces merge into one another when a pneumatic slot is engaged. The pneumatic control output can output a pneumatic control pressure signal to the pneumatic actuator. The two modular pneumatic slots and the pneumatic control output can form a pneumatic series connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSON AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Frank Valentin-Rumpel