With Indicator Or Alarm Patents (Class 236/94)
  • Patent number: 10914476
    Abstract: A multi-circuit refrigeration system includes a first plurality of compressors, a second plurality of compressors, and a control panel. The control panel is configured to receive an input related to humidity from a humidity sensor or humidistat. Based on the input, the control panel is configured to sequence operation of the first plurality of compressors and the second plurality of compressors between a balanced mode and a clustered mode. In the balanced mode, a first compressor of the first plurality of compressors and a first compressor of second plurality of compressors are energized before a second compressor of the first plurality of compressors or a second compressor of the second plurality of compressors is energized. In the clustered mode, the first compressor and the second compressor of the first plurality of compressors are energized before the first compressor or the second compressor of the second plurality of compressors is energized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technolgy Company
    Inventors: Nathan T. Ostrye, Aron Marc Seiler, Christopher R. Amundson, Tyler Paddock
  • Patent number: 10907851
    Abstract: An air-conditioning remote controller for operating an air-conditioning apparatus is provided. The air-conditioning remote controller includes a display unit, an image acquisition processing unit, and a display processing unit. The display unit displays various information. The image acquisition processing unit acquires image data from an external communication terminal. The display processing unit displays, on the display unit, a settings management screen used for operating the air-conditioning apparatus, and the image data acquired by the image acquisition processing unit from the communication terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Mitsuru Kitazaki, Hirotaka Masui
  • Patent number: 10830470
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for operating a wall mounted thermostat. An example computer-implemented method includes receiving an indication of a physical touch to an exposed portion of a housing of the thermostat, wherein the housing is movable when touched. The method also includes determining a thermostat command associated with where the housing is touched and movement of the housing in response to the touch, and operating the thermostat according to the determined thermostat command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Bevan, James Beagley, Jason C. Flint
  • Patent number: 10746409
    Abstract: A knob assembly includes a front panel, a knob located at a front side of the front panel and configured to rotate based on operation by a user, a knob shaft that is coupled to the knob and that extends through the front panel, a supporting pipe that receives the knob shaft and that supports the knob shaft, the supporting pipe being configured to maintain a position relative to the front panel, a valve configured to control supply of gas to the appliance, a valve shaft connected to the valve and configured to control the valve to adjust a flow rate of gas based on rotation of the valve shaft, and a joint that couples the knob shaft to the valve shaft and that is configured to transfer at least one of a rotational motion or a linear motion of the knob shaft to the valve shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Yeonsik Ha
  • Patent number: 10714919
    Abstract: As described herein, a wall box installation tool may include a template body, one or more hollow pegs, a guide ring, and/or one or more template cards. The template cards may be configured to be installed on a front surface of the template body. A template card may define a plurality of holes therethrough. The guide ring may be configured to be installed within a pre-drilled hole in a wall. Each template card may be associated with a respective electrical device configuration. A subset of bores extending through the hollow pegs may be accessible via the template card when the template card is installed on the front surface of the template body. The wall box installation tool may include one or more fasteners that are configured to install a template card onto the front surface of the template body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Gregory S. Altonen, Adam Andersen, Xavier Boudin, Michel Hanns, Eric Johnathan Mace
  • Patent number: 10684021
    Abstract: A knob assembly includes a front panel, a knob located at a front side of the front panel and configured to rotate based on operation by a user, a knob shaft that is coupled to the knob and that extends through the front panel, a supporting pipe that receives the knob shaft and that supports the knob shaft, the supporting pipe being configured to maintain a position relative to the front panel, a valve configured to control supply of gas to the appliance, a valve shaft connected to the valve and configured to control the valve to adjust a flow rate of gas based on rotation of the valve shaft, and a joint that couples the knob shaft to the valve shaft and that is configured to transfer at least one of a rotational motion or a linear motion of the knob shaft to the valve shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Yeonsik Ha
  • Patent number: 10684055
    Abstract: An HVAC system includes a plurality of sensors, a tandem compressor, and a controller. The tandem compressor comprises a first and second compressor, each comprising a crankcase heater. The controller determines that one of the sensors has failed, and in response, initiates the first and second crankcase heaters and transmits an alert indicating that one of the sensors has failed. Further, the controller may disable threshold logic such that the first and second compressors are controlled independently of a determination whether the tandem compressor is operating outside of a threshold range. The controller operates the first and second compressors according to a safe mode, wherein first on or off settings of the compressors are determined based on a first required load operation of the tandem compressor. The first required load operation is determined from a first temperature demand of a structure associated with the HVAC system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Lennox Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Rakesh Goel, Anuradha Sundararajan
  • Patent number: 10663172
    Abstract: A knob assembly includes a front panel, a knob located at a front side of the front panel and configured to rotate based on operation by a user, a knob shaft that is coupled to the knob and that extends through the front panel, a supporting pipe that receives the knob shaft and that supports the knob shaft, the supporting pipe being configured to maintain a position relative to the front panel, a valve configured to control supply of gas to the appliance, a valve shaft connected to the valve and configured to control the valve to adjust a flow rate of gas based on rotation of the valve shaft, and a joint that couples the knob shaft to the valve shaft and that is configured to transfer at least one of a rotational motion or a linear motion of the knob shaft to the valve shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Yeonsik Ha
  • Patent number: 10655876
    Abstract: Programmable controller technology, in which data is received that identifies a particular type of HVAC system component that is to be controlled by a programmable controller. Based on receiving data identifying the particular type of HVAC system component, configuration information is accessed for the particular type of HVAC system component. A configuration is determined for one or more interface ports of the programmable controller based on the configuration information for the particular type of HVAC system component. The interface ports of the programmable controller are configured according to the determined configuration. A connection between the particular type of HVAC system component and the programmable controller that satisfies the determined configuration is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Daniel Goodman, Craig Carl Heffernan
  • Patent number: 10534458
    Abstract: Provided is an electric device including: a main body comprising a storage chamber with an opening; a door coupled to the main body and comprising a transparent display panel such that the transparent display panel covers at least a part of the opening when the door is closed; a movement detector being configured to detect a movement of the transparent display panel and output a movement detection signal corresponding to the movement; and a controller configured to identify a position of the transparent display panel based on the movement detection signal, and control the transparent display panel to reverse an image displayed on the transparent display panel based on the identified position of the transparent display panel being changed from a first position to a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Joo-yeon Lee, Sang Chul Lee, Jong Seo Lee, Se Yong Kim
  • Patent number: 10496143
    Abstract: A fan control method comprises: determining whether a processor power load value is larger than a load threshold, and generating a load determination result accordingly; determining whether a processor temperature is not larger than a temperature threshold, and generating a temperature determination result accordingly; choosing one set of PID coefficients from a plurality of sets of PID coefficients according to the load determination result and the temperature determination result; obtaining a temperature difference value related to the processor, and generating a first pulse width modulation value according to the temperature difference value and the set of PID coefficients; and calculating a second pulse width modulation value corresponding to an operation temperature, and obtaining a maximum of the first pulse width modulation value and the second pulse width modulation value to generate a fan control signal for controlling the fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignees: INVENTEC (PUDONG) TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION, INVENTEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Zhao Chen, Lian-Fei Zhang, Dong-Rui Xue
  • Patent number: 10480805
    Abstract: A surge protection circuit for an electronic device such as an HVAC controller. In one example, the surge protection circuit may include a first voltage clamp, a second voltage clamp, a resistor, and an output port. The first voltage clamp may provide a first clamping voltage between a power input terminal and a common terminal. The second voltage clamp may provide a second clamping voltage that is less than the first clamping voltage. The resistor may be connected in series with the second voltage clamp, and the series connected resistor and second voltage clamp may be connected in parallel with the first voltage clamp. As such, a surge current at the power input terminal may be split between the first voltage clamp and the second voltage clamp. The amount of surge current that is provided to the second voltage clamp may be set by the value of the resistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ademco Inc.
    Inventors: David Mulhouse, Mohammad Aljabari, Tracy Lentz, Petr Adamik, Tarik Khoury, Steven J. McPherson, Arnold Kalla, Eugene J. Takach
  • Patent number: 10458669
    Abstract: A thermostat for controlling HVAC equipment via one or more control wires includes a user interface, a wiring terminal, and a processing circuit. The user interface is configured to display output to a user. The wiring terminal includes one or more connection points. The processing circuit is configured to determine one or more wiring instructions for wiring the thermostat with the HVAC equipment and cause the user interface to display the one or more instructions. The instructions instruct the user to connect the control wires to the connection points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Joseph R. Ribbich, Nicholas S. Van Derven, William P. Alberth, Jr., Alan S. Schwegler, Corey A. Poquette, Michael J. Ajax
  • Patent number: 10345037
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a speaker assembly disposed on an upper side of the cabinet so as to be inclined forward, and the speaker assembly is disposed to be exposed to the outside to efficiently transmit sound to the outside of the refrigerator. Further, the cover member disposed on the upper side of the speaker assembly may prevent the penetration of water, foreign matter, etc. on the outside. The refrigerator also includes a rotatable USB port located above the door so that the user may easily connect the USB device to the USB port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Po Cheon Kim, Sun Hwan Joo, Sung Mo Kim, Youn Tae Shin, Sang Cheol Lee, Oun Gu Lee, Woo Chul Cho
  • Patent number: 10317100
    Abstract: An HVAC controller may be configured to control one or more HVAC components within an HVAC system. The HVAC controller may include a user interface, such as but not limited to a touchscreen display, that enables a user to view and/or manipulate settings within the HVAC controller including but not limited to parameters within a programmable schedule. In some cases, the HVAC controller may provide the user with a better user experience when viewing or editing the programmable schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Ademco Inc.
    Inventor: Jaymeson Tucker
  • Patent number: 10295891
    Abstract: A refrigeration appliance has an ice and water dispenser with a container receptacle. The refrigeration appliance has a light projector for projecting information into the container receptacle. A method serves to operate a refrigeration appliance, in which information is projected into a container receptacle of an ice and water dispenser by a light projector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Ralph Staud, Thomas Tischer, Marco Reitwiessner, Andreas Kessler, Andreas Korte
  • Patent number: 10253998
    Abstract: Programmable controller technology, in which data is received that identifies a particular type of HVAC system component that is to be controlled by a programmable controller. Based on receiving data identifying the particular type of HVAC system component, configuration information is accessed for the particular type of HVAC system component. A configuration is determined for one or more interface ports of the programmable controller based on the configuration information for the particular type of HVAC system component. The interface ports of the programmable controller are configured according to the determined configuration. A connection between the particular type of HVAC system component and the programmable controller that satisfies the determined configuration is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Daniel Marc Goodman, Craig Carl Heffernan
  • Patent number: 10234163
    Abstract: At least one aspect of the present disclose is directed towards a temperature control device that includes a face plate, a housing, and an adjustment mechanism. The housing may protrude away from the rear side of the face plate. The housing may include a mounting mechanism that includes a set of clamps configured to engage at least a portion of an inner surface. The set of clamps may be adjustable based on alterations to the adjustment mechanism. The housing may also include one or more cavities that may be configured to receive at least a portion of the set of clamps when the set of clamps is collapsed into the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventor: Gary Franklin Bart
  • Patent number: 10228188
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for real-time performance check of transport refrigeration units comprising the steps of: comparing via controller temperature sensors by pairs and determining from these comparisons by pairs if one or more temperature sensors are defective or in some extent deviates from expected temperature readings; at the same time measuring/monitoring the mass flow of cooling agent through a compressor and through an evaporator expansion valve Vexp which the controller by comparison determines if mass flow through the compressor do not deviate more than 25% from the mass flow through that evaporator expansion valve Vexp; if said deviation of mass flow through the compressor is more than 25% different from said mass flow through the expansion device Vexp, an error signal is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: MAERSK CONTAINER INDUSTRY A/S
    Inventors: Ole Thogersen, Torkild Folmer Pedersen
  • Patent number: 10228151
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for operating a wall mounted thermostat. An example computer-implemented method includes receiving an indication of a physical touch to an exposed portion of a housing of the thermostat, wherein the housing is movable when touched. The method also includes determining a thermostat command associated with where the housing is touched and movement of the housing in response to the touch, and operating the thermostat according to the determined thermostat command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Bevan, James Beagley, Jason C. Flint
  • Patent number: 10073427
    Abstract: An operation detecting device of an opening and closing body for a vehicle, includes: a detecting section that detects an operation by a user with respect to an opening and closing body of a vehicle; an input section that receives an opening and closing body motion signal which indicates whether or not the opening and closing body is in motion or idle; a determination section that determines whether or not the operation is performed using different detection conditions for a case in which the opening and closing body is in motion and a case in which the opening and closing body is idle; and an output section that outputs a control signal which causes the opening and closing body to move or stop based on the determination result of the determination section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koichi Hirota, Takaya Aiyama, Hitoshi Takayanagi
  • Patent number: 10060642
    Abstract: A damper controller may be configured to send damper control commands to open and close an outdoor air damper to provide free cooling as necessary to satisfy a temperature setpoint inside the building. In some cases, the damper controller may initiate a damper fault test to determine if a damper fault is present. The damper fault test may be based, at least in part, on an outdoor air temperature input, a discharge air temperature input, a commanded damper position, and a damper fault temperature threshold. If a damper fault is determined, the damper controller may send an alert indicative of a detected damper fault. In some cases, the damper fault test results may be weighted to reduce the false positives alerts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Lubos Sikora, Adrienne Thomle, Cory Grabinger, Miroslav Mikulica, Jan Prostejovsky
  • Patent number: 10054915
    Abstract: The obtainment unit obtains information indicative of a content of manual-operation performed by a user regarding control of an intended apparatus from a group of loads, and stores it as manual-operation information including an obtaining time. The identification unit identifies a type of control of the manual-operation information. The determination unit counts the number of times of obtaining the manual-operation information within a counting period equal to two days or more, for each type and for each time period, and determines whether the number of times of obtaining the same type of manual-operation information within the same time period is equal to a predetermined threshold or more. When the number of times of obtaining the same type of manual-operation information within the same time period is determined to be equal to the predetermined threshold or more, the schedule change unit changes a control schedule based on this manual-operation information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroki Kazuno, Toshiaki Nakao, Tomoya Sogo, Yoshifumi Murakami, Toru Shimotsuma, Ryuichi Maeda
  • Patent number: 10054325
    Abstract: An energy management system having a centralized site controller includes thermostats in multiple zones, each thermostat acting as a remote terminal to the controller. Each thermostat provides an interface to the site controller while acting as the thermostat for each zone. The thermostat displays the state of the building's systems for any zone and allows the local user to override set points. The central site controller determines how many thermostats are enabled with a terminal mode, including their read and write permissions on other zones. Override requests received by the central controller are merged with settings for current control algorithms. After a preconfigured time, the central controller reinstates the current control algorithm. The system can be shut down using a thermostat in remote terminal mode with appropriate permission. System status changes are sent to remote thermostats for display and remote thermostat terminals are polled for change requests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: GridPoint, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel K. Dyess
  • Patent number: 10048852
    Abstract: An occupancy sensing electronic thermostat is described that includes a thermostat body, an electronic display that is viewable by a user in front of the thermostat, a passive infrared sensor for measuring infrared energy and an infrared energy directing element formed integrally with a front surface of the thermostat body. The passive infrared sensor may be positioned behind the infrared energy directing element such that infrared energy is directed thereonto by the infrared energy directing element. The thermostat may also include a temperature sensor and a microprocessor programmed to detect occupancy based on measurements from the passive infrared sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Anthony Fadell, Matthew Rogers, David Sloo, Michael Plitkins, Shigefumi Honjo, John Filson, Michael Matas, Fred Bould, Brian Huppi
  • Patent number: 10024568
    Abstract: Lock boxes may be used to protect a building controller from tampering. In some cases, a lock box may include a back plate that is configured to be mounted to a wall or a junction box and a front cover that may be secured to the back plate and locked in place. In some cases, the back plate may be configured to help secure a building controller thereto. In some cases, the back plate may be configured to secure a wall mountable connector to which the building controller may be secured. In some instances, the back plate may include mounting features that can engage corresponding mounting features of the wall mountable connector in order to secure the wall mountable connector to the back plate of the lock box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Travis Read, Brian Moy, David Emmons, Tarik Khoury, Arnold Kalla
  • Patent number: 9988755
    Abstract: A household appliance (2) has a frontal panel (48) with a front side (62) facing the outside of the appliance (2) in an assembled state and a rear side (64) opposite to the front side (62) facing the interior of the appliance (2) in an assembled state and with an aperture (58). The appliance further has a cover element (60) covering the aperture (58) on the front side (62), and a receptacle (78) arranged on the rear side (64) behind the aperture (58). The receptacle (78) has a sealing element (86) which in an assembled state is in contact with the covering element (60), thereby providing a sealed space between the cover element (60) and the sealing element (86).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Electrolux Appliances Aktiebolag
    Inventors: Andrea De Pellegrin, Stefano Morandini, Rodolfo Marcuz
  • Patent number: 9981528
    Abstract: An air condition and lamp control system based on a light sensing of a vehicle may include an illumination sensor configured to detect an amount of irradiation of light irradiated into an interior side of the vehicle to be distinguished in a left and a right, an air condition controller configured to receive a left input voltage and a right input voltage according to the amount of irradiation of light detected by the illumination sensor and to independently compensate for left and right interior temperatures, a voltage amplifier configured to sum the left input voltage and the right input voltage which are transferred from the illumination sensor and to amplify the summed voltage to an amplified voltage, and a lamp controller configured to receive the amplified voltage amplified by the voltage amplifier, to compare the amplified voltage and a prestored lamp operation voltage, and to drive a lamp apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Dong Ho Kwon, June Kyu Park, Yong Soo Chang, Kwang Woon Cho
  • Patent number: 9970823
    Abstract: This invention provides a method for displaying different temperatures by a thermometer and the thermometer. The method includes the following steps of: obtaining a temperature value, determining whether the temperature value is within a first temperature range, if yes, displaying an indicator pointing to a first color mark located outside of a display screen. According to the method for displaying different temperatures by the thermometer and the thermometer in the invention, the use is convenient, the reaction is intuitive, and the manufacturing cost is effectively reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Hangzhou Sejoy Electronics & Instruments Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yan Liao, Dongzheng Han, Yunhua Ren, Xiaosheng Xuan
  • Patent number: 9964321
    Abstract: An HVAC controller is described that is configured to be more intuitive and user friendly to program and operate than convention HVAC controllers. In some instances, the HVAC controller may include a touch screen interface that provides greater flexibility in displaying information to the user and/or soliciting information from the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Boll, John B. Amundson, Peter J. Erickson
  • Patent number: 9897339
    Abstract: A wall mountable connector configured to facilitate a user in removing a first thermostat from the wall mountable connector and installing a new, different second thermostat on the wall mountable connector without having to do any wiring work. The field wires remain coupled to the wall mountable connector, and the wall mountable connector provides the appropriate electrical connections between the field wires and the first and second thermostats. In some cases, the wall mountable connector may include a memory for storing data communicated by a first thermostat, and to communicate the stored data to a subsequently installed second thermostat. In some instances, the first and second thermostats may be selected from a line of compatible thermostats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: David J Emmons, Travis Read, Tarik Khoury, Jaromir Cechak, Preston Gilmer
  • Patent number: 9857230
    Abstract: An infrared detector based on carbon nanotubes is provided. The infrared detector includes a detecting element, a first electrode and a second electrode. The detecting element includes an absorbing part and a non-absorbing part. A first end is located in the absorbing part. A second end is located in the non-absorbing part. An angle between the absorbing part and the non-absorbing part is less than 90 degrees. A first electrode is electrically connected with the first end. A second electrode is electrically connected with the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignees: Tsinghua University, HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chun-Hua Hu, Chang-Hong Liu, Shou-Shan Fan
  • Patent number: 9822991
    Abstract: An air-conditioning apparatus support system has a smartphone including a GPS, a camera, a communication unit that communicates with a center computer, a screen, and a control unit. When the control unit is activated at a location at which the air-conditioning apparatus is installed, the control unit executes a step of assuming a location detected by the GPS to be the location at which the air-conditioning apparatus is installed and causing the center computer to register the location, and, after registration has been made, when the control unit is activated at the location at which the air-conditioning apparatus is installed, in the case where the air-conditioning apparatus is registered in the center computer, the control unit causes the screen to display information about the air-conditioning apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 9804610
    Abstract: A user-friendly programmable thermostat is described that includes a body having a central electronic display surrounded by a ring that can be rotated and pressed inwardly to provide user input in a simple and elegant fashion. The current temperature and setpoint temperature are graphically displayed as prominent tick marks over a range of background tick marks on the electronic display. Different colors can be displayed to indicate currently active HVAC functions, and different intensities of colors can be displayed to indicate an amount of heating or cooling required to reach a target temperature. The setpoint temperature for the device can be altered by user rotation of the rotatable ring, and the programmed schedule can be displayed to the user and altered by the user by virtue of rotations and inward pressings of the ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: David Sloo, Anthony Michael Fadell, Matthew Lee Rogers, Michael Plitkins, Michael James Matas, Fred Bould
  • Patent number: 9791486
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided that increases resolution of a resistance sensor. The apparatus may include a variable current source that produces a variable current in response to a current value. The apparatus may also include a variable resistance device that generates a variable voltage associated with the variable current. The variable resistance may have a low resistance value and a high resistance value. In addition, the apparatus may include a controller that receives a voltage value associated with the variable voltage and controls the current value in order to result in an increase in resolution of a range between the low resistance value and a high resistance value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC.
    Inventor: Donald E. Charles
  • Patent number: 9714771
    Abstract: Programmable controller technology, in which data is received that identifies a particular type of HVAC system component that is to be controlled by a programmable controller. Based on receiving data identifying the particular type of HVAC system component, configuration information is accessed for the particular type of HVAC system component. A configuration is determined for one or more interface ports of the programmable controller based on the configuration information for the particular type of HVAC system component. The interface ports of the programmable controller are configured according to the determined configuration. A connection between the particular type of HVAC system component and the programmable controller that satisfies the determined configuration is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Daniel Goodman, Craig Carl Heffernan
  • Patent number: 9709295
    Abstract: An electronic assembly may have a display, a display holder, and a printed circuit board (PCB). The display may have a front side for viewing the display, a back side, and side walls extending between the front side and the back side. The display holder may have a recess for receiving at least part of the display, where the display holder may extend adjacent part of the front side of the display and adjacent at least part of the side walls of the display. The PCB may be secured relative to the display holder and adjacent the back side of the display. The PCB may be in operative communication with the display. In some cases, a spacer may be situated between the back side of the display and the PCB.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Honeywell International, Inc.
    Inventors: Petr Adamik, Tarik Khoury, Steven J. Mcpherson, Arnie Kalla, Eugene J. Takach, Mohammad Aljabari, Tracy Lentz, David Mulhouse, Daniel Eppinger
  • Patent number: 9655268
    Abstract: An operating control unit for an electrical appliance with an operating field is mounted on an underside of the operating field. The operating control unit includes a frame body, a flat component carrier being mounted to the frame body from behind and having piezo-active sensor elements, and a back support mounted to a back side of the frame body and enclosing the component carrier. The operating control unit has after pre-assembly two different assembly states. In a pre-mount state the back support is fixed to the frame body enclosing the component support, and some locking means of the frame body are formed as pre-mount locking means and are holding the back support against disassembly. In a final-assembly state the back support is pressed against the frame body with less distance between the two, and final-assembly locking means of the frame body are holding the back support in a closer position than the pre-mount locking means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: E.G.O. Elektro-Geraetebau GmbH
    Inventors: Peiliang Wang, Yizhou Yang, Xia Shen
  • Patent number: 9605584
    Abstract: A system includes an internal combustion engine having a thermostat provided to selectively allow coolant flow through the engine, and a coolant temperature determination device that provides a coolant temperature value. The system further includes a controller structured to functionally execute operations to diagnose the thermostat. The controller determines whether the engine is providing a high output operation. When the engine is providing a high output operation, the controller determines the thermostat is passed in response to the coolant temperature value exceeding a first threshold temperature value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Cummins Inc.
    Inventor: Jeremiah Nethercutt
  • Patent number: 9600208
    Abstract: A passive detector includes a sensor configured to sense an environmental parameter and to generate an output signal at an output of the sensor in response to the sensed environmental parameter. An energy scavenging circuit is coupled to the sensor, the energy scavenging circuit configured to convert a first voltage, V1, across the sensor to a second voltage, V2, where V2>V1. A discriminator is powered by the second voltage and is coupled to the output of the sensor. A nonvolatile memory is coupled to an output of the discriminator. The discriminator is configured to compare the sensor output signal to a threshold and, in response to the sensor output signal being above the threshold, to provide a programming signal at the output of the discriminator. The programming signal is configured to cause data to be stored or erased in the nonvolatile memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: PALO ALTO RESEARCH CENTER INCORPORATED
    Inventors: JengPing Lu, Christopher L. Chua, Alan G. Bell
  • Patent number: 9593845
    Abstract: A monitoring module for connection to a diagnostic device having two or more light emitting sources for indicating operating fault conditions of an apparatus. The monitoring module feeds information signals to a communication link for reception at a remote location. The monitoring module is secured over a series of light emitting diodes of the diagnostic device and reproduces these for local access. The series of LED's indicate fault conditions of the apparatus which in this embodiment is a hot water heater. Accordingly, the operation of the hot water heater at its fault status can be monitored from a remote location and on site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Inventors: Jean-Claude Lesage, Claude Lesage
  • Patent number: 9513643
    Abstract: A system and method for display of multiple data sets related to building systems is provided. A first building system includes a first sensor that generates first operating data corresponding to the first building system. A second building system includes a second sensor that generates second operating data corresponding to the second building system. A data server stores the first operating data and the second operating data. A user terminal accesses the first operating data and the second operating data, receives user input selecting the first operating data and the second operating data for display, and displays the first operating data and the second operating data together in a graphical display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Emerson Climate Technologies Retail Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Day, Paul Thompson, Timothy Coyle, John Wallace
  • Patent number: 9467549
    Abstract: An external apparatus which is controlled by a communication apparatus, comprises a control unit configured to execute functions corresponding to operation information received from the communication apparatus, a changing unit configured to change the operation information that are assigned in every function, wherein the operation information is changed by the changing unit each time connection to the communication apparatus is established, and a transmission unit configured to transmit the changed operation information that are assigned in every function to the communication apparatus together with decryption information for the changed operation information that is encrypted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tatsuya Nishiguchi
  • Patent number: 9441850
    Abstract: An air-conditioning management apparatus is capable of selecting an air-conditioning device that affects an air-conditioning environment at a specific position in an air-conditioned space from a plurality of air-conditioning devices. An area that is within an air-conditioned space to which a specific position P belongs in an arrangement plan and that is within a predetermined range from the specific position is obtained as a control target range. An air-conditioning device whose installation position in the arrangement plan is included in the control target range is selected as a control target air-conditioning device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Yasushi Sato
  • Patent number: 9423146
    Abstract: A device configured to control one or more components of an HVAC system. The device includes a display, a controller in communication with the display, and wherein the controller is configured to receive one or more user defined environmental settings. Further, the controller communicates with one or more environmental sensors, wherein the environmental sensors detect one or more environmental conditions. In addition, the controller is further configured to provide a visual indication on the display for the detected environmental conditions with respect to the user defined environmental settings. This visual indication includes one or more bounded region having an interior space indicative of user comfort level, wherein the bounded regions have one or more borders, and wherein the borders at least partially represent the user defined environmental settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Inventors: Bradley Steve Bruce, Daniel James Walter
  • Patent number: 9411703
    Abstract: A number of methods for testing an HVAC system for a building structure from a remote location outside of the building structure are disclosed. Generally, the HVAC system has a primarily active component and a primarily dormant component. The method includes the steps of transmitting a test request to the HVAC system from the remote location, performing a test on the primarily dormant component of the HVAC system in response to the test request, and producing a test result. The test result can then be transmitted to a location outside of the building structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Simons
  • Patent number: 9408264
    Abstract: A lamp control system with various control ways includes an AC power source; a wave generator; a driving circuit; a lamp set receiving power from the driving circuit to drive the lamp set; a microprocessor receiving power from the lamp set as driving power thereof and receiving, signals from the wave generator as driving signals; a switching circuit; the switching circuit being connected to the microprocessor and receiving the signals from the microprocessor for operating the lamp; the switching circuit also controlling current flowing through the lamp set and thus controlling the illumination of the lamp set; a sensing circuit connected to the microprocessor for detecting variations of environment illuminations and then transferring detecting signals to the microprocessor to cause the microprocessor to control the switching circuit to operate the lamp set; and an illumination setting by which a user can set illumination of the lamp set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Inventors: Hsiao Chang Tsai, Xiao Bing Tu
  • Patent number: 9384458
    Abstract: An environmentally-controlled structure for a cold chain. The structure includes a sensor, an identification reader, an environment implementer, and a controller. The sensor senses a parameter indicative of an environmental condition in the environmentally-controlled structure. The identification reader is positioned relative to the environmentally-controlled structure and reads information about the goods from an identification device associated with the goods. The environment implementer modifies the environmental condition inside the environmentally-controlled structure. The controller receives the indication of the environmental condition inside the environmental control structure from the sensor, receives the information about the goods from the identification reader, and controls the environment implementer to maintain a desired environment inside the environmentally-controlled structure based on the information about the goods and the indication of the environmental condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: THERMO KING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Surendra H, Dennis G. Gipson, Michael J. Higgins
  • Patent number: 9335063
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a method of testing a HVAC unit for a disconnected damper motor is provided. An outside air section of a damper assembly is closed and air is circulated through the unit. If a discharge air temperature is not substantially equal to a return air temperature, the damper motor is determined to be disconnected. Otherwise, an economizing function having a free cooling target temperature is started. An outside air temperature is compared to the free cooling target temperature. If the outside air temperature is less than the free cooling target temperature, the damper motor is determined to be disconnected if the damper motor has been commanded to fully open the outside air section. If the outside air temperature is not less than the free cooling target temperature, the damper motor is determined to be disconnected if a discharge air temperature is not substantially equal to an outside air temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Lennox Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Herman Marcus Thomas, Marcus W. Troxell, Stephen A. Walter
  • Patent number: 9310792
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are representative embodiments of methods, apparatus, and systems for controlling and scheduling power distribution in a power network, such as household power network. One disclosed embodiment is a system comprising a central controller and a control device coupled to a household appliance. The central controller can comprise computing hardware coupled to a wireless transceiver. The central controller can be configured to generate and transmit control signals for controlling the operational state of the household appliance according to the schedule. Furthermore, the control device can be configured to receive the transmitted control signals from the central controller and to control the operational state of the household appliance in response to the control signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: Ning Lu, Pengwei Du, Xinxin Guo, Robert G. Pratt, Donald J. Hammerstrom