Distance-adjusted Patents (Class 236/51)
  • Patent number: 9769876
    Abstract: Power outputs in a heating control and/or regulation device are each electrically connectable to a heating element, especially a radiant heater. A power input is able to be connected electrically to a power supply for the heating elements. A power distribution device is connected electrically on its input side to the power input and is connected electrically on its output side via a branch to each of the power outputs to supply the power outputs with electric power from the power supply. A switching element is disposed in each of the branches or between each of the power outputs and the heating elements. A control and/or regulation unit is configured such that it controls and/or regulates the switching state of the switching elements as a function of set values. An interface receiving set values has at least one additional connection to a temperature measurement device that measures actual values of temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Christine Bach, Bernhard Schmidt, Reinhard Schneider, J├╝rgen Stoll
  • Patent number: 9766003
    Abstract: An air conditioner controller and a safety protection circuit for the same are provided. The air conditioner controller includes a central processing unit, a drive unit, a safety locking unit and a protection detection unit, where the central processing unit is configured to output an air conditioner control signal; the air conditioner motor drive unit is configured to receive a drive control signal output from the safety locking unit and the detection protection signal, and output a drive signal to control an operation of an air conditioner motor; the safety locking unit is configured to receive the detection protection signal and the air conditioner control signal, output the drive control signal, and control the air conditioner control signal to be transmitted or cut off based on the detection protection signal output from the protection detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: HANGZHOU LEADERWAY ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shangen Li, Wenming Run, Shanzeng Cheng
  • Patent number: 9765983
    Abstract: An HVAC remote controller for use in an HVAC system is described. In some instances, the HVAC remote controller may include a wirelessly interface for communicating with one or more HVAC controllers and/or other HVAC devices. The HVAC remote controller may be configured to execute a user setup routine for entering user setup information, where the user setup routine may cause the HVAC remote controller to display a sequence of two or more user setup screens, sometimes at a common menu level rather than a sub-menu. Some or all of the two or more user setup screens may include, for example, a message center indicating a parameter or function to be set, one or more buttons for adjusting or selecting the parameter or function, and a next button to advance the user setup routine to a next screen in the sequence of user setup screens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Schultz, Chad W. Koster, Cary Leen
  • Patent number: 9764616
    Abstract: A HVAC system for a vehicle that includes a propulsion system, a frame, a passenger compartment, and a door coupled to the frame. The HVAC system includes a refrigeration circuit that selectively controls the temperature of the passenger compartment based on a sensed temperature within the passenger compartment. The refrigeration circuit includes an exterior heat exchanger, a first air moving device coupled to the exterior heat exchanger, an interior heat exchanger, a second air moving device coupled to the interior heat exchanger, and a compressor. The HVAC system also includes a controller that is operable to detect a condition of the vehicle that includes at least one of a position of the door, a location of the vehicle, and a load of the propulsion system. The controller is programmed to adjust the refrigeration circuit in response to the sensed passenger compartment temperature and the detected vehicle condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: THERMO KING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michal Hegar, Arnost Hurych, Michal Kolda, Antonin Ryska
  • Patent number: 9763023
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for using information broadcast by devices and resources in the immediate vicinity of a mobile device, or by sensors located within the mobile device itself, to ascertain and make a determination of the immediate environment and state of the mobile device. This determination may be used to control and manage the actions that the device is asked to carry out by or on behalf of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Sensoriant, Inc.
    Inventor: Shamim A. Naqvi
  • Patent number: 9669352
    Abstract: An air compressor system is disclosed that includes a housing sized to enclose an air compressor pump as well as a dryer structured to remove moisture from air that is compressed by the compressor pump. The air compressor pump may be intermittently placed into operation, but the dryer itself is structured in one form to continuously maintain a heat exchanger in a desired temperature range in anticipation of operation of the air compressor pump. The heat exchanger of the dryer can include sufficient thermal mass such that a refrigerant pump of the dryer need not be operated continuously in anticipation of operation of the air compressor pump. While a cooling air flow can be created by operation of the air compressor pump, when the air compressor pump is not operated a cooling fan can be used provide cooling to the heat generating components of the dryer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Ingersoll-Rand Company
    Inventors: Paolo De Piero, Stefano Vezil, Charles John Bergh
  • Patent number: 9664433
    Abstract: A method of determining a time delay for turning off an evaporator fan in a refrigerator after a compressor of the refrigerator is turned off includes operating the evaporator fan in the refrigerator for a period of time, operating the compressor of the refrigerator to cool the refrigerator to a predetermined temperature after turning off the evaporator fan, determining a power consumption value for operating the compressor to cool the refrigerator, repeating the previous steps to obtain a plurality of times and a plurality of power consumption values, selecting the time coinciding with a lowest power consumption value, and adapting the refrigerator to use the time as the time delay for turning off the evaporator fan in the refrigerator after the compressor of the refrigerator is turned off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Ali R. Buendia Garcia, Alberto Regio Gomes, Andrew D. Litch, Peter J. Richmond, Tushar Kulkarni
  • Patent number: 9666063
    Abstract: Systems and techniques are provided for motion sensor adjustment. A signal indicating that a moving heat source was detected by a passive infrared sensor may be received. A signal including a current temperature may be received. It may be determined based on the current temperature and at least one previous temperature that an area in proximity to the passive infrared sensor has experienced a temperature change. In response to the determination that the area in proximity to the passive infrared sensor has experienced a temperature change, the signal indicating that a moving heat source was detected by the passive infrared sensor may be disregarded as a false alert and no indication of motion detected may be sent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Yash Modi, Aveek Ravishekhar Purohit, Kenneth Louis Herman
  • Patent number: 9665076
    Abstract: Example methods and apparatus to interface with a control a loop are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a loop controller to control a control loop, a sensor to provide a measurement value to the loop controller, a device controller to adjust a control device based on an output from the loop controller, and a loop interface to receive a set point value and send the set point value to the loop controller, wherein the loop interface is different from a host device communicatively coupled to the loop controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: FISHER CONTROLS INTERNATIONAL LLC
    Inventors: Mitchell Stephen Panther, Brian J. Burlage, Rickey Lee Osborn, Carter Bill Cartwright
  • Patent number: 9667070
    Abstract: A network system includes at least one unit selected from between an energy consumption unit receiving energy and an energy management unit managing the energy consumption unit, wherein an energy usage amount or an energy usage cost of the energy consumption unit are controllable, and the energy usage amount or the energy usage cost when the unit is controlled based on information associated with at least an energy cost is smaller than an energy usage amount or an energy usage cost when the unit is controlled without using the information related to at least the energy cost, and a display device detachably coupled to the energy consumption unit, wherein availability of the display device is determined according to a communication signal transmitted to the energy receiving unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Woonghyun Lee, Yanghwan Kim, Jungho Ahn, Hoonbong Lee, Koonseok Lee
  • Patent number: 9649911
    Abstract: The embodiments described herein allow a user device to communicate with one or more components within a TRS via a single point communication scheme. That is, a single point access coordinator of a TRS can be configured to receive a message from a user device via a commercial grade communication link, process the message (e.g., determine which TRS component the message is intended for, determine whether the message is a proper message, unpack the message from a commercial grade communication protocol, repack the message into a rugged industrial grade communication protocol, etc.) and relay that message to one or more components of the TRS via a rugged industrial grade communication link within the TRS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: THERMO KING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Philip Morgan Abbott, Stanley O. Hoium, Nathan Patrick Longen
  • Patent number: 9651272
    Abstract: A base terminal receives the air-conditioning control information from the server, and on the basis of the received air-conditioning control information, when a power consumption value in a site is greater than the target power value for demand control, the base terminal transmits, to air-conditioning control equipment, a control instruction that sets an air conditioner to OFF, and when the temperature measured in an area is greater than the upper limit temperature when the air conditioner is performing a cooling operation, or when the temperature measured in the area is less than the lower limit temperature when the air conditioner is performing a heating operation, the base terminal transmits a control instruction that sets the air conditioner to ON.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Hitachi Appliances, Inc.
    Inventors: Yasuhisa Mori, Hideo Tomita, Norikazu Sasaki
  • Patent number: 9644860
    Abstract: An air-conditioning indoor unit includes a blow-out port, a Coanda vane and a controller. The Coanda vane is-provided in proximity to the blow-out port. The Coanda vane turns the blown air into a Coanda airflow along a bottom surface of the Coanda vane. The controller performs a control in which a direction of the Coanda airflow is directed in a first direction by positioning the Coanda vane in a first orientation, and the direction of the Coanda airflow is directed in a second direction different from the first direction by positioning the Coanda vane in a second orientation different from the first orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Daikin Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masanao Yasutomi, Masashi Kamada
  • Patent number: 9619249
    Abstract: A wall module user interface having a memory with a table driven structure. The structure may incorporate an objects table subject to a dynamic object table capable of rendering display objects such as labels or button icons based on arbitrary comparison conditions against the value of a variable at run time. Also, the structure may incorporate a screen actions table subject to a dynamic actions table to similarly determine an action of the user interface based on arbitrary comparison conditions against the value of a variable. An action may be, for example, going to a next screen, where the next screen is determined by the value of the variable at run time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Grinberg, Miroslav Mikulica, Ralph C. Brindle, Paul C. Wacker
  • Patent number: 9612029
    Abstract: According to embodiments of the invention, systems, methods and devices are directed to generating air flow in directions that are sensitive to surrounding objects. In one embodiment, a cooling system is provided. The system includes an air generator locating in an area of room temperature. The system also includes a position device in the air generator, a movable air vent, and a tracking sensor. Generally, the mobile cooling system is configured to detect a temperature of a human being and whether the human being moves from one location to another. Upon detection, a set of wheels is used to move the cooling device so that the vent of the cooling device is directed away from the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Inventor: Shek Fat Bosco Ng
  • Patent number: 9599360
    Abstract: A multi-type air conditioning apparatus including an outdoor unit, indoor units, and a communication line, each of the outdoor unit and the indoor units including a communicator transmitting/receiving data through the communication line and a controller transmitting at least one preamble signal, including priority information to transmit the data using the communication line, through the communication line, and transmitting the data through the communication line when transmission of the at least one preamble signal has been completed. In the multi-type air conditioning apparatus, each of the outdoor unit and the indoor units selects a priority set time, transmits a preamble signal after the selected priority set time has elapsed, and delays data transmission when a preamble signal transmitted by another constituent unit is sensed during the priority set time, thus avoiding collision on the communication line and rapidly occupying the communication line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Eun Joo Kim, Yong Gak Kim, Hee Il Park, Dong Kue Lee
  • Patent number: 9568201
    Abstract: A control system may include a thermostat device and boiler control device. The thermostat device may be configured to receive electrical power from second wiring terminals and provide control signals to boiler control device using a second radio when wires are not present in first wiring terminals. The thermostat device may also be configured to receive electrical power from the first wiring terminals and provide the coded control signals to the boiler control device through the first wiring terminals when wires are present in the first wiring terminals. The boiler control device may be configured to receive the control signals from the thermostat device using a third radio and selectively couple the third wiring terminals to fifth wiring terminals to selectively control activation of the boiler-based heating system when wires are not present in fourth wiring terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony M. Fadell, Matthew L. Rogers, Daniel A. Warren, Shyam R. Srinivasan, Hirofumi Honjo, Eric B. Daniels, William R. Dong, Jason C. Chamberlain, Edwin H. Satterthwaite, Jr., Shigefumi Honjo, Helen Vo, Richard W. Holbrook
  • Patent number: 9565287
    Abstract: A notification to prompt a user granted a remote control right to remote control a device is transmitted to the user. In such a case, if the user has not performed any operation on the device for a predetermined period of time, another user is temporarily granted the remote control right to the device. A notification to prompt the other user temporarily granted the remote control right is also transmitted to the other user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventor: Takayuki Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 9518943
    Abstract: A method and system for mimicking a thermal profile of a perishable product by fabricating a thermal mimicking probe (TMP). The TMP is obtained by forming a non-perishable, substantially solid material into a predetermined mass or shape, wherein the non-perishable material, in combination with the predetermined mass or size, has a temperature retention property similar to a perishable product; sealing an entirety of the formed material with a protective covering to form a core; accommodating a temperature sensor into a sensor side of the core; forming a first insulating layer on the sensor side of the core; and forming an enclosure of a second insulating layer that covers remaining sides of the core, wherein the first insulating layer is configured as a lid to the enclosure, wherein a change in temperature of a neighboring perishable product is substantially mimicked by readings from a temperature sensor in the core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: LETTUCE BOX, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Hogan, David Twining
  • Patent number: 9507353
    Abstract: A system and method disclosed herein are for providing local and remote control of home and enterprise heating systems (thermostats) via the Power line communication (PLC) networks configured to provide communication and power control capability within a local area network. The PLC based control unit allows the remote access and control of the thermostat of local heating systems from within and outside the PLC based local area network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Asoka USA Corporation
    Inventors: Mingyao Xia, Eric Grubel, Dan Castellano
  • Patent number: 9485344
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and systems for personalizing interaction with a structure are described herein. One method includes determining a comfort preference associated with a user of a mobile device corresponding to a particular location with respect to a structure, storing the comfort preference in a memory, and modifying an operation of at least one device in the structure to provide the comfort preference responsive to a distance between the mobile device and the particular location being less than a particular threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Arun Vijayakumari Mahasenan, Amit Kulkarni, Patrick Gonia
  • Patent number: 9448569
    Abstract: A system for controlling the cooling fan within an electronic display based on the amount of ambient light present. An ambient light sensor is used to measure the amount of ambient light which is contacting the display. To anticipate a temperature rise and lower the thermal inertia of the display, the fan speed is increased when high ambient light levels are measured at the exterior of the display. The ambient light sensor data may be used to apply a temperature correction factor to a temperature sensor within the display. Alternatively, the ambient light sensor data may be used to apply a fan speed correction factor to a desired fan speed (calculated based on a temperature sensor within the display). Multiple systems or methods can be used simultaneously within the display to cool several components which may heat and cool at different rates relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: MANUFACTURING RESOURCES INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: John Schuch, Rick De Laet
  • Patent number: 9366466
    Abstract: An air conditioner and a method of controlling the same are provided. The air conditioner and the method analyze a power used pattern according to input power data, compute expected power according to the pattern to dynamically control power, so the power consumption is expected and controlled according to the pattern to stably control a power amount without repeating unnecessary control instead of collective and simple control according to a fixed target. Since an expected amount of the power consumption can be computed, power control is easy and energy consumption is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Byoungkeun Cha
  • Patent number: 9338526
    Abstract: The invention provides for an upgrading of equipment without the potential problems in replacing the existing system. A relay mechanism is interposed between the existing remote sensor and the existing controller, and between the existing controller and the existing remote operational mechanism. The relay mechanism permits the existing system to perform as before while allowing the signals from both the existing remote sensor and the existing controller to be monitored by a new and isolated replacement controller until such time that the existing controller is isolated allowing the replacement controller assumes operational duties. In this manner, the upgrading of the system is done without the costs of down time nor the potential for catastrophic results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Inventor: Behrouz Golabil
  • Patent number: 9292013
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an energy management system that is based on a distributed architecture that includes networked energy management devices located at a plurality of sites and a collection of energy management program applications and modules implemented by a centralized energy management service unit. The energy management program applications and modules are responsible for facilitating customer access to the system, configuring energy management devices, and collecting, storing, and analyzing energy management data collected from the plurality of sites. The energy management system is adaptable to a wide variety of energy usage requirements and enables customers to configure energy management devices at customer sites using scheduling templates, to define and customize site groupings for device configuration and data analysis purposes, and to request and view various statistical views of collected energy usage data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: EnerAllies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert S Keil, Stephen C Maruyama
  • Patent number: 9275501
    Abstract: A method for controlling a function of a motor vehicle (18) employs a use module (4) at a storage location (6, 8) for a device outside the motor vehicle (18). The use module (4) and the storage location (6, 8) have recognition interfaces (10, 12, 14). The motor vehicle (18) has a first communication module (22), and a second communication module (16) is provided for the use module (4) and for the storage location (6, 8). The recognition interfaces make contact when the use module (4) is at the storage location (6, 8). If a storage location (28, 32) change is registered for the use module (4), a message with an instruction to perform the function of the motor vehicle (18) is transferred from the second communication module (16) for the use module (4) and the storage location (6, 8) to the first communication module (22) of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Manuel Gross
  • Patent number: 9255917
    Abstract: An analyzer calibrating system intended to reduce calibration time and a consumption amount of calibration gas in the case of concurrently calibrating a plurality of analyzers and includes: a calibration gas line for concurrently supplying the same calibration gas to a plurality of analyzers; and a control unit adapted to determine whether or not an output value of each of the plurality of analyzers supplied with the same calibration gas is stable. The control unit calibrates the analyzer having the output value determined to be stable and stops the supply of the calibration gas to the analyzer having completed with the calibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: HORIBA, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaru Miyai, Hiroshi Nakamura, Masahiro Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 9194601
    Abstract: An air conditioning control device includes; a storage unit configured to store a drawing illustrating a floorplan indicating where one or more air conditioners are installed and separated areas within the floorplan; an area specifying unit configured to specify areas where the one or more air conditioners are installed on the basis of the stored drawing; a number specifying unit configured to specify the number of air conditioners within the respective specified areas; and an air conditioner control unit configured to control operation of each air conditioner within the specified areas on the basis of the specified number of air conditioners. This permits automatically specifying the positions of each air conditioner and the number of air conditioners on the basis of the drawing, thereby facilitating input setting for each air conditioner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Takeru Kuroiwa, Taichi Ishizaka
  • Patent number: 9182140
    Abstract: An Electronically-Controlled Register vent (ECRV) that can be easily installed by a homeowner or general handyman is disclosed. The ECRV can be used to convert a non-zoned HVAC system into a zoned system. The ECRV can also be used in connection with a conventional zoned HVAC system to provide additional control and additional zones not provided by the conventional zoned HVAC system. In one embodiment, the ECRV is configured have a size and form-factor that conforms to a standard manually-controlled register vent. In one embodiment, a zone thermostat is configured to provide thermostat information to the ECRV. In one embodiment, the zone thermostat communicates with a central monitoring system that coordinates operation of the heating and cooling zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventor: Lawrence Kates
  • Patent number: 9164524
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the disclosure, a method of managing a site in a mobile environment, which includes detecting an availability of a thermostat wherein the thermostat has an operating condition; detecting a location of a mobile device associated with the site; providing a proximity control selector within a user interface of the mobile device to manage a proximity detection module disposed on the thermostat, wherein the proximity control selector has an enabled setting of the proximity detection module and a disabled setting of the proximity detection module; enabling the proximity detection module in response to the enabled setting of the proximity control selector to allow for the modification of the operating condition of the thermostat based on the detected location of the mobile device relative to the site; and disabling the proximity detection module in response to the disabled setting of the proximity control selector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Allure Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin R. Imes, James Hollister
  • Patent number: 9141182
    Abstract: An energy control system, helping to reduce energy consumption from an energy grid, includes a power meter which receives first power-save signal and generates a second power-save signal for receipt by a control device. The target temperature of a thermostat is changed for a period of time in response to the second power-save signal. The control device can create a third power-save signal for receipt by a power-save adapter for an associated energy-consuming unit to permit only limited operation of the energy-consuming unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Tim Simon, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy M. Simon, Blaine M. Smith, Matthew T. Fisher
  • Patent number: 9104188
    Abstract: An equipment controlling system and a controlling method thereof are disclosed. The system includes a first controller connected to equipments of a first group to monitor and control operations of the equipments; and a second controller connected to equipments of a second group to monitor and control operations of the equipments; the first controller emergently controlling the equipments of the second group when the second controller malfunctions, and the second controller emergently controlling the equipments of the second group when the first controller malfunctions. When control problem of equipments such as indoor and outdoor unit due to malfunction of a controller is solved, a systemic and consistent control are enabled by consistently controlling the equipments so that control efficiency is enhanced and the equipments are kept in operating to provide a comfortable condition and an improved convenience to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Bub Lae Kim, Jong Wook Kim
  • Patent number: 9097433
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a service execution apparatus controls facility devices in a group. The group includes a plurality of calculation areas. At least one facility device is installed in each calculation area. The service execution apparatus includes a calculation unit and a control unit. The calculation unit is configured to calculate a control value to control a selected facility device installed in one of calculation areas in the group, using weather information relating to the one of calculation areas. The control unit is configured to control other facility devices installed in the calculation areas of the group, based on the control value for the selected facility device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Yu Kaneko, Shigeo Matsuzawa
  • Patent number: 9081393
    Abstract: A programmable controller for homes and/or buildings and their related grounds, such as thermostat, that has a display and an external interface. The external interface may be use for uploading electronic images and/or other information from an external data source, and may use the uploaded electronic images and/or other information for programming and/or updating the controller and/or for viewing the electronic images and/or other information on the display of the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Michael G. Lunacek, John B. Amundson, Robert D. Juntunen
  • Patent number: 9057649
    Abstract: The invention comprises systems and methods for evaluating changes in the operational efficiency of an HVAC system over time. The climate control system obtains temperature measurements from at least a first location conditioned by the climate system, and status of said HVAC system. One or more processors receives measurements of outside temperatures from at least one source other than said HVAC system and compares said temperature measurements from said first location with expected temperature measurements. The expected temperature measurements are based at least in part upon past temperature measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: EcoFactor, Inc.
    Inventors: John Douglas Steinberg, Scott Douglas Hublou
  • Patent number: 9052260
    Abstract: To address this and/or other needs, the present inventor devised, among other things, a passive moisture detection probe that can be installed and left in place to continuously indicate whether the moisture-content in the wall-cavity of a building is below or above a desirable level. One exemplary moisture detection assembly includes a moisture-absorbent sensor element and an indicator. The sensor element, which can be placed in contact with the inner surface of a home's exterior sheathing, expands and contracts in response to the moisture content of the sheathing. The indicator, for example a rod, moves in responsive to the expansion and contraction of the sensor element, with its relative position corresponding to the moisture in the exterior sheathing and thus providing an on-going and observable sign of moisture intrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Inventor: Alan B. Powell
  • Publication number: 20150144705
    Abstract: A wiring configuration tool may be configured to determine a new wiring configuration for a replacement HVAC controller based, at least in part, on the existing wiring configuration for a current HVAC controller and, for example, the make and model of the replacement HVAC controller. The wiring configuration tool may be hosted by a server that provides a user interface for interacting with the user. The user may access the wiring configuration tool via a web services interface, a smart phone application or in any other suitable manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Hari Thiruvengada, Patrick Tessier, Heidi Finch
  • Publication number: 20150144706
    Abstract: An operation alteration of a network attached thermostat to control power usage. Control wires for a heating and air conditioning system may be connected to a thermostat control circuit configured to control the system. A power extraction circuit may be coupled to the control wires configured to extract power from the control wires. The power may be put into a storage device. The power may be provided to the thermostat control circuit and a WiFi radio module. The radio module may provide a network connection for the thermostat. Circuitry and techniques may be provided to reduce power usage by the thermostat components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt Robideau, Patrick R. Lemire, Robert D. Juntunen
  • Patent number: 9033255
    Abstract: Remote control of energy consumption is realized using a readily installable, flexible approach. According to an example embodiment of the present invention, a remote source communicates with a wireless controller for executing energy usage control. The remote source sends signals to the wireless controller via a gateway located near or, in one implementation, forming part of the wireless controller. In response to the signals, the wireless controller sets control settings for operating one or more of a variety of equipment types, such as a furnace, air conditioner, water heater or heat pump. With this approach, wired connections from the gateway to energy-consuming equipment do not necessarily need to be made in order to effect remote energy-consumption control. For instance, when used in connection with a controller wired to the energy-consuming equipment, the gateway need only communicate wirelessly with the controller and does not necessarily need to be coupled to the energy-consuming equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick C. Tessier, Jeffrey S. Hartzler
  • Publication number: 20150122900
    Abstract: A DC voltage-limiting circuit generally includes first, second, and third transistors. The first transistor is connected between a voltage input terminal and a voltage output terminal. The first transistor has a collector connected to the voltage input terminal, an emitter connected to the voltage output terminal, and a base connected to the voltage input terminal via a first resistor. The second transistor has a base connected to the voltage input terminal via a first voltage regulator and a second resistor, a collector connected to the base of the first transistor, and an emitter connected to the voltage output terminal. The third transistor has a collector connected to the base of the first transistor via a third resistor, an emitter grounded, and a base connected to the voltage output terminal via a second voltage regulator and a fourth resistor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: Zhongliang Xu, Liang Cao, Cuikun Chu, Bradley C. Zikes
  • Patent number: 9026232
    Abstract: A thermostat for controlling an HVAC system is described, the thermostat having a user interface that is visually pleasing, approachable, and easy to use while also providing ready access to, and intuitive navigation within, a menuing system capable of receiving a variety of different types of user settings and/or control parameters. For some embodiments, the thermostat comprises a housing, a ring-shaped user-interface component configured to track a rotational input motion of a user, a processing system configured to identify a setpoint temperature value based on the tracked rotational input motion, and an electronic display coupled to the processing system. An interactive thermostat menuing system is accessible to the user by an inward pressing of the ring-shaped user interface component. User navigation within the interactive thermostat menuing system is achievable by virtue of respective rotational input motions and inward pressings of the ring-shaped user interface component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Michael Fadell, Matthew Lee Rogers, David Sloo, Michael James Matas, Michael Plitkins
  • Patent number: 8991200
    Abstract: An air conditioner and a method of operating an air conditioner are provided. The air conditioner may include at least one indoor device, each having an indoor heat exchanger installed therein; at least one outdoor device connected to the at least one indoor device by a refrigerant flow path, and each having a water-refrigerant heat exchanger that provides heat exchange between a refrigerant and heat source water and an outdoor device controller installed therein; a heat source water flow path connected to each water-refrigerant heat exchanger; a pump installed on the heat source water flow path; a variable flow valve installed on the heat source water flow path; a central controller that controls the at least one outdoor device; and a variable flow valve control board that regulates an opening degree of the variable flow valve and a flow rate of heat source water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Junhyeon Hwang, Hongseok Choi, Changhwan Cho
  • Patent number: 8985472
    Abstract: A rotary aluminum kiln temperature regulation system comprising a temperature sensing device in the kiln that is configured to take temperature readings in an area of the kiln in proximity to the temperature sensing device. The system including a wireless transmitter operatively associated with the temperature sensing device and a receiver wirelessly associated with the transmitter, such that the transmitter and receiver wirelessly transmit the temperature readings taken by the temperature sensing device from the transmitter to the receiver. The system also including a control unit operatively connected to the receiver that is configured to receive the transmitted temperature readings and determine when the transmitted temperature readings exceed a predefined temperature setpoint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Gillespie + Powers, Inc.
    Inventors: John M. Peterman, Mark A. Roberts
  • Patent number: 8972063
    Abstract: When, in an administering device, there has been an evaluation that a user is authorized to enter into any given controlled region, the occupant counts of a movement origin controlled region and of a movement destination controlled region are updated by an occupant count updating portion and stored in a storing portion, where the occupancy statuses specified by the individual occupant counts in the storing portion are reported to an air-conditioning controlling device. In the air-conditioning controlling device, electricity-saving control parameters corresponding to the applicable occupancy statuses are obtained from an electricity-saving control information storing portion by an air-conditioning controlling portion in response to occupancy statuses reported by the administering device, to cause air-conditioning equipment, corresponding to the applicable region, to perform electricity-saving operation based on the electricity-saving control parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Azbil Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroaki Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20150053779
    Abstract: An HVAC controller may be controlled in response to a natural language audio message that is not recognizable by the HVAC controller as a command, where the natural language audio message is translated into a command recognizable by the HVAC controller. Voice recognition software identifies a trigger phrase included in the natural language audio message and in response the HVAC controller performs an action. The voice recognition software may be used to create a natural language text based message from a recorded voice message or streamed voice message, where the natural language text based message is translated into the command recognizable by the HVAC controller. In response to the command, the HVAC controller may perform an action and/or respond with a natural language text based or audio message. A user may communicate with the thermostat via the thermostat and/or a remote device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Martin Adamek, Juraj Buno, Jan Malek, Adam Nemcek, Martin Skala, David Bures, Libor Horky, Steven Hoglund, Jay Nelson
  • Publication number: 20150053781
    Abstract: An HVAC controller may be controlled in response to a natural language audio message that is not recognizable by the HVAC controller as a command, where the natural language audio message is translated into a command recognizable by the HVAC controller. The HVAC controller may be a thermostat including a housing that houses a temperature sensor, a microphone, and a controller. The controller may identify a trigger phrase in an audio stream provided by the microphone. In response to identifying the trigger phrase, the controller initiates processing of the audio stream to identify a command following the trigger phrase and to generate a command understandable by the thermostat that instructs the controller to perform the identified command. The controller then executes the generated command understandable by the thermostat. A user may communicate with the thermostat via the microphone of the thermostat and/or a remote device having a microphone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Jay Nelson, David Bures, Petr Kasparik, Soumitri Kolavennu, Roman Konecny, Amit Kulkarni, Daniel Becvar, Martin Adamek, Juraj Buno, Steven Hoglund, Libor Horky, Jan Malek, Adam Nemcek, Martin Skala, Tomas Losak, Josef Novotny, Thomas Gessner, Preston Gilmer, Ix Ix, Hari Thiruvengada, Christopher Goh, Robert D. Juntunen, David Mulhouse, Bas Timmers
  • Patent number: 8960563
    Abstract: A mobile refrigerator unit is operated remotely via wireless technology using a system with a local maintenance switch. A local override switch turns the refrigerator unit on and off, but keeps it on in the event of failure of the maintenance switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Startrak Information Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Herbert Perten, Timothy Slifkin
  • Publication number: 20150041551
    Abstract: Remote control of energy consumption is realized using a readily installable, flexible approach. According to an example embodiment of the present invention, a remote source communicates with a wireless controller for executing energy usage control. The remote source sends signals to the wireless controller via a gateway located near or, in one implementation, forming part of the wireless controller. In response to the signals, the wireless controller sets control settings for operating one or more of a variety of equipment types, such as a furnace, air conditioner, water heater or heat pump. With this approach, wired connections from the gateway to energy-consuming equipment do not necessarily need to be made in order to affect remote energy-consumption control. For instance, when used in connection with a controller wired to the energy-consuming equipment, the gateway need only communicate wirelessly with the controller and does not necessarily need to be coupled to the energy-consuming equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Patrick Tessier, Jeffrey Hartzler
  • Publication number: 20150041550
    Abstract: An air-conditioning controlling device sends to an air-conditioning system, which controls air-conditioning equipment that is provided in an air-conditioned space, a control setting value, to control the air-conditioned space to an arbitrary air-conditioning environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: AZBIL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mitsuhiro HONDA
  • Patent number: 8950687
    Abstract: An HVAC system includes an HVAC unit having a cooling mode and a heating mode for conditioning the air in an inside space, and a programmable thermostat located remotely from the HVAC unit. The HVAC unit may have an onboard controller configured to control when the HVAC unit is in the cooling mode or heating mode, and whether the HVAC unit is activated or not. In some cases, the onboard controller of the HVAC unit may use a common temperature setpoint when controlling in the cooling mode and the heating mode. The programmable thermostat may have a programmable schedule with a plurality of time periods, where each time period has a heating setpoint and a cooling setpoint separated by a dead band. The onboard controller of the HVAC unit may be configured to accept input signals from the remotely located thermostat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Gabriel Albert Bergman, Chris Mullarkey, Cary Leen, David Schultz, Milos Cabel