Movement Or Position Of Motor Or Driven Device Patents (Class 318/286)
  • Patent number: 10363837
    Abstract: Provided a method for controlling the driving of an electric seat, the method including a step of detecting a motor driving signal of an electric seat; a stop determination step of determining whether the motor is forcibly terminated or normally terminated during the previous driving; and a driving step of driving the motor with a preset driving output value when previous driving of the motor is forcibly terminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: HYUNDAI DYMOS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Ho Cheoul Lee, Seung Kyu Lee, Chang Won Lee, Dong Gi Kim
  • Patent number: 10317871
    Abstract: A machine tool system and an opening stop position calculating device are provided. The machine tool system includes an openable and closable door for closing an opening of a cover surrounding a machine tool. Furthermore, the machine tool system includes an opening width setting unit for setting an opening width of the door, an opening stop position calculating unit for calculating an opening stop position of the door at which a total time, which is obtained by summing a time required to move the door from a fully closed position to a position of the set opening width and a time required to move the door from an opening stop position where the door is opened and stopped to the fully closed position, is minimized, and a door control unit for controlling opening and closing of the door based on the calculated opening stop position when exchanging the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshitsugu Ogawa
  • Patent number: 10320320
    Abstract: The invention relates to a self-learning repetitive method for an electrical drive or motor, in particular a linear or slewing drive, for determining the maximum speed during the movement of the actuator between a starting point (SP) and an end point (EP), wherein the actuator is accelerated to a speed vmax over a first distance (xbeschl), is braked over a second distance (xbrems) and is then moved at a safe low speed (vsafe) over a third distance (xsafe) as far as the stop and is stopped. The method is repeated with the aim of minimizing the third distance (xSafe,min) and thereby achieving the maximum speed (BPmax, vmax). The method also provides for taking into account the external interfering influences, for example external forces and friction. The invention also relates to such an electrical drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: SCHUNK ELECTRONIC SOLUTIONS GMBH
    Inventors: Bruno Fellhauer, Sebastian Hoepfl, Jakob Khoury, Franz Dieterle, Patrick Ruggieri, Matthias Heilmann
  • Patent number: 10293711
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vehicle seat control apparatus and a control method thereof. The present invention is based on a structure in which a hall sensor is applied to a seat motor for providing an operation power of a power seat, and a seat caught situation is judged through a sensing operation of the hall sensor and a maximum current is supplied to the seat motor in the present invention. Therefore, the present invention has an advantage of solving the seat caught situation by improving the operation mode of the seat control apparatus to which the soft start mode is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: HYUNDAI DYMOS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Ho Cheoul Lee, Chang Won Lee
  • Patent number: 10190356
    Abstract: A power door opening device that shortens time from start of manual operation to assistance starting. The device comprises an actuator that assists a motion for opening and closing a door supported by a vehicle body; a door-end sensor that detects the motion of the door; and a control that carries out opening/closing control of the actuator on the basis that the door-end sensor detects the motion of the end of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUI KINZOKU ACT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasuyuki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10118073
    Abstract: An interactive exercise system with apparatus and methods to optimize muscle strength for rehabilitation, to improve or maintain fitness, and to enhance the performance of athletes. The system uses an electronically controlled linear actuator to generate resistance against the muscular force exerted by the user. The system includes sensors configured to detect acceleration, speed, velocity, position, direction of movement, duration, and the force applied by the user. A control system preferably continuously monitors the sensors, and instantaneously adjusts the adaptive actuator. This provides a proportional counterforce to the user force throughout the entire range-of-motion. A display panel allows the user to interact with the system in real-time. The objective of the user is to synchronize the exercise performance with a selected target goal, by correlating the user's movement relative to a position on a display panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: WORLDPRO GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Russel L. Wicks, Derk Hartland, Todd A. Putnam
  • Patent number: 9923495
    Abstract: A motor control device to control rotation of an electric motor configured to conduct opening/closing of an opening/closing body provided in a vehicle includes a control unit configured to generate a regenerating brake force to the electric motor until a predetermined time passes, in a case where it is determined that the opening/closing body reaches a full open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Mitsuba Corporation
    Inventors: Takayuki Ikeda, Akira Kadoya
  • Patent number: 9841884
    Abstract: A system and method for providing a single-action multi-mode interface are provided. The system includes a touch detector to detect an input to a touch device; a mode detector to detect a mode associated with the input; a displacement detector to detect a displacement associated with the detected touch and mode, wherein the displacement is defined by a first and second parameter; and a command initiator to transmit an action to a first system based on the first parameter and a second system based on the second parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Wes A. Nagara, Royce D. Channey, Michael D. Tschirhart
  • Patent number: 9663070
    Abstract: A wiper device is provided that suppresses plastic deformation of a blade rubber of a wiper blade without wasting power of a battery installed to a vehicle. A wiper device is equipped with wiper blades that wipe a vehicle front glass, a wiper motor that swings the wiper blades in alternating between an upper turn position and a lower turn position by accompanied rotation of the output shaft, and a control unit that controls the wiper motor. In a case of the vehicle ignition switch being ON or OFF, the control unit controls the wiper motor such that from a stopped position where the wiper blades are located, the wiper blades are swung in a specific range of between a first stopping position and a second stopping position, and then stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: ASMO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takashi Natsume
  • Patent number: 9564850
    Abstract: A door opening/closing control device includes: a controller controlling driving of an actuator opening or closing a door; a position detector detecting an opening/closing position of the door; a speed calculator calculating an opening/closing speed of the door based on a temporal change in the opening/closing position detected by the position detector; and a target assisting force calculator calculating target assisting force based on the opening/closing position and the opening/closing speed of the door. The controller controls the driving of the actuator to assist an operation of opening or closing the door based on the target assisting force calculated by the target assisting force calculator. Further, the controller controls the driving of the actuator such that the door is fully closed upon judgment that the opening/closing position of the door is in the vicinity of the fully closed position based on the opening/closing position detected by the position detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: OMRON AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Keigo Fujimoto, Yoshiki Yamagishi, Yasutaka Shirota
  • Patent number: 9548152
    Abstract: A system and methods for redundant current-sum feedback control of an actuator system is presented. An actuator comprises actuation coils configured to actuate the actuator, and an actuation coil current sensor senses a measured total coil current comprising a sum of coil currents of each of the actuation coils. Actuator coil controllers control the actuation coils based on a commanded total coil current and the measured total coil current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Gen Matsui
  • Patent number: 9461462
    Abstract: A motor is driven to rotate in a closing direction in an ordinary region other than a full close position immediately ahead region. An interposition determination unit determines whether or not interposition occurs while a windowpane is closing. If the interposition determination unit determines that interposition occurs, the motor is driven in a reverse direction to open the windowpane by a predetermined amount. The interposition determination unit continuously determines interposition after the closing windowpane enters the full close position immediately ahead region. If the determination unit determines that the interposition occurs while the windowpane is closing in the full close position immediately ahead region, the control unit stops driving the motor to stop the windowpane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: OMRON AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Katsushige Nagahama
  • Patent number: 9416579
    Abstract: The present invention provides a drive unit for high-speed lifting gates in which a drive motor is provided for moving the gate leaf and can be down-regulated up to zero rotational speed. The drive motor is actuated via a control unit. Following the occurrence of an emergency stop condition, the drive motor is actuated such that its rotational speed is reduced to zero in a controlled manner and the gate leaf is thereby braked in a motor-driven manner. When the gate leaf is at a standstill, the gate leaf is held by the energized drive motor at zero rotational speed at the holding position. It is with an emergency power supply ensured that, also in the event of a power failure, motor-driven deceleration of the gate leaf and an emergency opening can occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Gabrijel Rejc GMBH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Gabrijel Rejc
  • Patent number: 9399884
    Abstract: A door closer assembly is provided, including a valve regulating an amount of hydraulic fluid that flows through the valve. The amount of hydraulic fluid flowing through the valve controls a force generated by the door closer assembly on a door. A first sensor measures an angular position of the door, and a second sensor measures an angular position of the valve. The angular position of the valve determines the amount of hydraulic fluid flowing through the valve. A controller controls the adjustment of the valve based on the angular position of the door and the angular position of the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Yale Security Inc.
    Inventors: David James Copeland, II, Keith James Weepie, Robert L. Tadlock, Jr., Charles E. Burris, John J. White, Jr., Jason Scott Gurley, Steven Michael Faes, Joseph Ralph McGinty, Wade C. Patterson
  • Patent number: 9031390
    Abstract: A wiper device that includes: a wiper motor that swings a wiper blade that is coupled to the wiper motor through a wiper arm to-and-fro over a window pane between an upper return position and a lower return position; and a drive component that gradually increases power supplied to the wiper motor until the rotation speed of the wiper motor reaches a specific speed when the wiper motor has been restarted from a stationary state of the wiper blade between the upper return position and the lower return position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: ASMO Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takashi Natsume
  • Patent number: 8975850
    Abstract: There is provided a driving control device of an opening and closing body, which drives the opening and closing body in a closed state by a motor through an idling section thereof. The device includes a calculation section for calculating a rotation speed difference between a rotation speed of the motor in the idling section and a current rotation speed of the motor; and an insertion detection section for detecting insertion of a foreign member based on the calculated rotation speed difference and a predetermined threshold value. The threshold value monotonously decreases according to an increase in the rotation amount of the motor to coincide with a fully-closed state threshold value at a predetermined rotation amount of the motor within an error range of the rotation amount corresponding to the fully-closed state, and to maintain the fully-closed state threshold value to a maximum rotation amount in the error range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignees: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha, Toytota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koichi Hirota, Nobuyasu Bessho, Masato Yamada, Shinichiro Noda, Tomomasa Inoue, Yoshiki Ishikawa, Tomoharu Tamaya
  • Patent number: 8957608
    Abstract: A motor-driving device of an electric caulking gun has a micro-controller unit (MCU), a direction-changing module, a motor and a speed sensor. The direction-changing module and the speed sensor are electrically connected to the MCU. The direction-changing module is electrically connected to the motor, and the speed sensor detects a speed of the motor. The MCU is built in with a speed determination procedure comparing an actual speed of the motor acquired from the speed sensor with a preset speed. If the actual speed is lower than the preset speed, it indicates that the resistance at a tube nozzle of the electrical caulking gun increases and the direction-changing module increases the speed of the motor to maintain a preset caulk discharge rate. Given the motor-driving device, the operational inconvenience arising from the unstable caulk discharge rate of conventional electric caulking gun can be tackled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Techway Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chih-Hua Hsu, Sen-Hsien Fang, Tain-Meei Lee, Hong-Yao Chen
  • Patent number: 8947027
    Abstract: The present invention advantageously provides a motorized roller shade that includes a shade tube, a motor/controller unit and a power supply unit. The motor/controller unit is disposed within the shade tube, and includes a bearing, rotatably coupled to a support shaft, and a DC gear motor. The output shaft of the DC gear motor is coupled to the support shaft such that the output shaft and the support shaft do not rotate when the support shaft is attached to the mounting bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Qmotion Incorporated
    Inventors: Willis Jay Mullet, Yan Rodriguez, Ben L. Garcia, Victoria Baynes Mullet, Matthew Warren Kirkland
  • Patent number: 8917037
    Abstract: The power circuit comprises a voltage conversion part converting an input voltage entered in accordance with a voltage of a power source to generate an output voltage and outputting the generated output voltage to the motor and a current detection part outputting a first signal in accordance with a current flowing through a given part of the power circuit. The voltage conversion part lowers the voltage value of new output voltage being generated when the current detection part outputs the first signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi Koki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Funabashi, Nobuhiro Takano
  • Patent number: 8907598
    Abstract: Method for operating an actuator for maneuvering a windable mobile element of a home automation appliance, the mobile element being able to be displaced between two extreme positions, the method comprising a first step for definition of a first angular speed setpoint of the actuator in a first docking area and a second step for definition of a second angular speed setpoint of the actuator in a second docking area, the first and second angular speed setpoints being different.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Somfy SAS
    Inventors: Jean-François Bocquet, Anne-Sophie Cleguer, Florian Germain, David Mugnier
  • Patent number: 8890456
    Abstract: Automated shade systems comprise motorized window coverings, sensors, and controllers that use algorithms to control operation of the automated shade control system. These algorithms may include information such as: 3-D models of a building and surrounding structures, shadow information, reflectance information, lighting and radiation information, ASHRAE clear sky algorithms, log information related to manual overrides, occupant preference information, motion information, real-time sky conditions, solar radiation on a building, a total foot-candle load on a structure, brightness overrides, actual and/or calculated BTU load, time-of-year information, and microclimate analysis. Modeled brightness information may be utilized to control shades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: MechoShade Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel Berman, Jan Berman, Alex Greenspan, Stephen P. Hebeisen, Muthukumar Ramalingam
  • Patent number: 8890452
    Abstract: A control device for an electrically driven door is provided that can enhance the sensitivity of detection of a door pinch state and that can prevent a passenger from being pressed when the door pinch state occurs. The control device includes a driving force instruction value producing unit that outputs a driving force instruction value of the electrically driven door, a state observing unit that estimates a mechanical resistant force to a door driving system, a reference model that determines a dynamic characteristic of the electrically driven door to the mechanical resistant force estimated by the state observing unit, a gain compensator that computes a control compensation value that makes an output of the reference model coincide with an actual speed of the electrically driven door; and an adder that adds the control compensation value computed by the gain compensator to the driving force instruction value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Fuji Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Satoru Ozaki
  • Patent number: 8872450
    Abstract: The power circuit comprises a voltage conversion part converting an input voltage entered in accordance with a voltage of a power source to generate an output voltage and outputting the generated output voltage to the motor and a current detection part outputting a first signal in accordance with a current flowing through a given part of the power circuit. The voltage conversion part lowers the voltage value of new output voltage being generated when the current detection part outputs the first signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi Koki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Funabashi, Nobuhiro Takano
  • Patent number: 8866418
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for controlling electrical machines including a controller component which receives a first signal providing a measured parameter of the electrical machine and a second signal providing a reference parameter of the electrical machine, using the first and second signals being used to produce a first control signal. A first filter component receives the first signal from the electrical machine and uses the first signal to produce a second control signal. A second filter component receives a third signal which relates to a reference parameter of a second electrical machine and uses the third signal to produce a third control signal. The system and second control signals are used to produce a first output control signal for provision to the first electrical machine, and the first and third control signals are used produce a second output control signal for provision to the second electrical machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: ABB Research Ltd
    Inventors: Robert Keller, Mehmet Mercangoez, Georgios Papafotiou
  • Patent number: 8816830
    Abstract: The present invention further provides a motor control system, which controls a motor through a power line. The motor control system includes a control apparatus and an actuation apparatus. The control apparatus includes a controller and a first communication module electrically connected to the controller. The controller receives a command and converts the command into electrical control signals. The first communication module receives the electrical control signals from the controller and transmits the electrical control signals to the power line. The actuation apparatus includes a second communication module and a motor actuator electrically connected to the second communication module. The second communication module is connected to the power line to receive the electrical control signals from the control apparatus and convert the electrical control signals into a command. The motor actuator receives the command from the second communication module to change the power supplying to the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Legendaire Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chun-Cheng Lai, Huang Hsiang Lin
  • Publication number: 20140210382
    Abstract: Wiper apparatuses are provided herein. In one example, a wiper apparatus includes a wiper that has a wiper arm and a wiper blade. The wiper blade is mounted to the wiper arm for contact with a window of a motor vehicle. A wiper drive motor pivots the wiper arm between an out-wipe position and an in-wipe position. A controller controls operation of the wiper drive motor to cause the wiper drive motor to selectively stop the wiper blade in a standard park position when in a standard park mode and in a high park position when in a high park mode. The wiper blade in the high park position is located further up from a bottom edge of the window than in the standard park position. A wiper control switch causes the controller to toggle between the standard park mode and the high park mode when moved according to a predetermined switching sequence.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Mark R. Willey, Thomas W. Cox, Marcia R. Ganske, Mark K. Denison
  • Patent number: 8791658
    Abstract: A method for controlling a motorized roller shade is provided. The motorized roller shade includes a shade attached to a shade tube, a microcontroller and a DC gear motor disposed within the shade tube. The DC gear motor includes a housing fixed to the shade tube and an output shaft coupled to a support shaft fixed to a mounting bracket. The method includes receiving a command from a remote control, and moving the shade to a position associated with the command by energizing the DC gear motor to rotate the shade tube and the DC gear motor housing while the DC gear motor output shaft and support shaft remain fixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: HomeRun Holdings Corporation
    Inventors: Willis Jay Mullet, Richard Scott Hand, Darrin W. Brunk
  • Patent number: 8786236
    Abstract: A load control system provides for automatically controlling a position of a motorized window treatment to control the amount of sunlight entering a space of a building through a window located in a façade of the building in order to control a sunlight penetration distance within the space and minimize occupant distractions. The load control system automatically generates a timeclock schedule having a number of timeclock events for controlling the position of the motorized window treatment during the present day. A user is able to select a desired maximum sunlight penetration distance for the space and a minimum time period that may occur between any two consecutive timeclock events. In addition, a maximum number of movements that may occur during the timeclock schedule may also be entered. The load control system uses these inputs to determine event times and corresponding positions of the motorized window treatment for each timeclock event of the timeclock schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Walter S. Zaharchuk, Brian Michael Courtney, William Bryce Fricke, William H. Howe, Timothy S. Majewski, Joel S. Spira
  • Patent number: 8766582
    Abstract: A trash can with a power operated lid can include a sensor assembly and a lifting mechanism. The sensor assembly can include at least one light emitter and at least one light receiver, the viewing area of the at least one light receiver being limited in size. The lifting mechanism can include a controller, a drive motor, and a lifting member. The trash can with power operated lid can further include at least one position sensor for detecting the position of the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: simplehuman, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, Joseph Sandor, Orlando Cardenas
  • Patent number: 8729837
    Abstract: A method of controlling the motion of a moveable door includes determining the direction that the door is moving with respect to its anticipated closed position, and based on the direction, regulating an amount of force that is available to the door for its motion. The method may further include monitoring the position of the door as it is moving, and adjusting the motion of the door and regulating the amount of force available to the door for its motion, based on the calculated difference between the door's position as detected during monitoring and its expected position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Haas Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: William F. Tandrow, Kurt P. Zierhut, Michael A. Teitel, Symon Man-Yiu Tsui, Michael Fechtner
  • Patent number: 8729836
    Abstract: A control device for a hoist, which enables easy judgment of the lifetime of a brake of a hoist is provided. The time setting unit sets the time from startup of a double winding induction motor to disengagement of the brake and the time from start of engagement of the brake to stopping of the double winding induction motor in accordance with the time from the startup of the double winding induction motor to generation of torque. The time changing unit detects if power-supply frequency of a power supply is 50 Hz or 60 Hz and can change at least one of the time from the startup of the double winding induction motor to the disengagement of the brake and the time from stopping of driving of the brake to stopping of double winding induction motor in accordance with the power-supply frequency of the power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Kito Corporation
    Inventors: Masaharu Maruno, Daisuke Matsuo, Kazuho Furukawa
  • Patent number: 8723455
    Abstract: The present invention advantageously provides a motorized roller shade that includes a shade conduit having an outer surface upon which a shade is attached and an inner surface defining an inner cavity. The motorized shade also comprises a motor disposed within the inner cavity along with a controller coupled to the motor that controls the motor. The motorized roller further comprises a power supply sleeve having an interior space, wherein the power supply sleeve is disposed within the inner cavity, wherein the power supply sleeve is coupled to the motor. The sleeve may be accessed by an access port that extends between the outer surface and the inner surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Homerun Holdings Corporation
    Inventors: Willis Jay Mullet, Richard Scott Hand, Darrin W. Brunk
  • Patent number: 8688330
    Abstract: A first operator control function is activated if it is detected by means of a first sensor that a first physical variable is higher than a predetermined first threshold value. In a similar way, a second operator control function is activated if it is detected by means of a second sensor that a second physical variable is higher than a predetermined second threshold value. A third operator control function is activated if it is detected by means of the first sensor that the first physical variable is higher than a predetermined third threshold value and if at the same time it is detected by means of the second sensor that the second physical variable is higher than a predetermined fourth threshold value, the third threshold value being higher than the first threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignees: Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, Hella KGAA Hueck & Co.
    Inventors: Stefan Werner, Lothar Scharwald, Dietmar Grave, Andreas Thiele
  • Patent number: 8686676
    Abstract: A trash can with a power operated lid can include a sensor assembly and a lifting mechanism. The sensor assembly can include at least one light emitter and at least one light receiver, the viewing area of the at least one light receiver being limited in size. The lifting mechanism can include a controller, a drive motor, and a lifting member. The trash can with power operated lid can further include at least one position sensor for detecting the position of the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: simplehuman, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, Joseph Sandor, Orlando Cardenas
  • Patent number: 8669726
    Abstract: The invention in certain embodiments relates to a control circuit for an electric-motor-operated window lifter (10) of a motor vehicle (1), the control circuit having a first switch (11) for opening a vehicle window (7), a second switch (12) for closing the vehicle window (7), and a control device (15), which, when one of the switches (11, 12) is activated, actuates the window lifter (10) to move the vehicle window (7) in the opening direction or closing direction. The control device (15) monitors the lighting current (ILED) which flows across a lighting element (14) for the switches (11, 12), and generates a control signal (I12), if appropriate, for opening the vehicle window (7) if the lighting current (ILED) exceeds an overcurrent threshold value (IRef) thereby detecting inundation of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. KG, Hallstadt
    Inventors: Ralf Daiminger, Andre Eberlein, Sven Baumann
  • Patent number: 8659246
    Abstract: A motorized roller shade is provided. The motorized roller shade includes a shade tube in which a motor unit, a controller unit and a power supply unit are disposed. The controller unit includes a controller to control the motor. The power supply unit includes at least one bearing rotatably coupled to a support shaft. The motor unit includes at least one bearing, rotatably coupled to another support shaft, a DC gear motor and a counterbalancing device. The output shaft of the DC gear motor is coupled to the support shaft such that the output shaft and the support shaft do not rotate when the support shaft is attached to a mounting bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: HomeRun Holdings Corporation
    Inventors: Willis Jay Mullet, Richard Scott Hand, Darrin W. Brunk
  • Patent number: 8639387
    Abstract: A method of controlling a controllable device related to a building aperture, whereby a climate related characteristic for the aperture is adjusted by the device, and whereby the device is controlled in accordance with a climate and comfort program which is dependent on a control parameter, whereby the device is controlled in accordance with a time schedule provided by the climate and comfort program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: VKR Holding A/S
    Inventors: Henrik Raun Byberg, Ulrik Vagn Ebbe
  • Patent number: 8589033
    Abstract: Time-of-flight (TOF) three-dimensional sensing systems are deployed on or in a motor vehicle to image contact zones associated with potential contact between an avoidable object and the vehicle or vehicle frame and/or remotely controllable motorized moving door or liftgate. An algorithm processes depth data acquired by each TOF system to determine whether an avoidable object is in the associated contact zone. If present, a control signal issues to halt or reverse the mechanism moving the door. A stored database preferably includes a depth image of the contact zone absent any object, an image of the door, and volume of the door. Database images are compared to newly acquired depth images to identify pixel sensors whose depth values are statistically unlikely to represent background or the door. Pixels within the contact zone so identified are an object, and the control signal is issued.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Abbas Rafii, Richard New, Sunil Acharya, Timothy Droz
  • Patent number: 8541969
    Abstract: In a method and a device for pulse width modulated (PWM-) activation of an electrical drive motor (2) of an adjustment arrangement based on a reference of the mechanical system of the adjustment arrangement that corresponds to a relationship between the force (F) on the drive motor (2) and the adjustment path (s) or the adjustment time (t) of the adjustment arrangement stored in a memory (9), an anticipated future force value (F(t+t0)) is determined based on the reference of the mechanical system in order to adjust the PWM activation in advance by utilizing this future force value such that motor synchronization fluctuations can be prevented upon anticipated mechanical fluctuations in the adjustment arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Holzinger, Roman Morawek, Daniel Zuffer
  • Patent number: 8531301
    Abstract: A warning device includes a sensing unit, a comparing unit, a controlling unit and a warning unit. The sensing unit sense whether a part of the body of a person is sticking out of the window and generates a sensing signal. The comparing unit detects if the sensing signal is at least a predetermined value. If it is determined that the sensing signal is at least the predetermined value, a part of the body of the person is sticking out of the window and the comparing unit generates a warning signal. The warning unit is used for generating the alarm, and is capable of alternating between an alarm state and standby state. The controlling unit responds to the warning signal to detect whether the warning unit is in the alarm state, and disables the warning unit to start generating the alarm when the warning unit is in the standby state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lung Dai
  • Patent number: 8525462
    Abstract: An automated shade system comprises one or more motorized window coverings, sensors, and controllers that use one or more algorithms to control operation of the automated shade control system. These algorithms may include information such as: 3-D models of a building and surrounding structures; shadow information; lighting and radiation information; ASHRAE clear sky algorithms; log information related to manual overrides; occupant preference information; motion information; real-time sky conditions; solar radiation on a building; a total foot-candle load on a structure; brightness overrides; actual and/or calculated BTU load; time-of-year information; and microclimate analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: MechoShade Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel Berman, Jan Berman, Alex Greenspan, Stephen P. Hebeisen
  • Patent number: 8519646
    Abstract: A container lid is adapted to be releasably mounted on a container and includes a base, a control mechanism bore on the base, and first and second hoods pivotally mounted and bore on the base. The control mechanism and the first and second hoods are within an outer circumferential edge of the base. The first hood is engaged with and driven to pivot by the control mechanism. Moreover, the first and second hoods are structurally connected to each other in a manner that the pivoting of the first hood would cause the second hood to pivot oppositely from the first hood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: THN Shong Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tsong-Yow Lin
  • Publication number: 20130207577
    Abstract: A wiper device is provided that suppresses plastic deformation of a blade rubber of a wiper blade without wasting power of a battery installed to a vehicle. A wiper device is equipped with wiper blades that wipe a vehicle front glass, a wiper motor that swings the wiper blades in alternating between an upper turn position and a lower turn position by accompanied rotation of the output shaft, and a control unit that controls the wiper motor. In a case of the vehicle ignition switch being ON or OFF, the control unit controls the wiper motor such that from a stopped position where the wiper blades are located, the wiper blades are swung in a specific range of between a first stopping position and a second stopping position, and then stopped.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: ASMO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: ASMO CO., LTD.
  • Patent number: 8508169
    Abstract: A load control system provides for automatically controlling a position of a motorized window treatment to control the amount of sunlight entering a space of a building through a window located in a façade of the building in order to control a sunlight penetration distance within the space and minimize occupant distractions. The load control system automatically generates a timeclock schedule having a number of timeclock events for controlling the position of the motorized window treatment during the present day. A user is able to select a desired maximum sunlight penetration distance for the space and a minimum time period that may occur between any two consecutive timeclock events. In addition, a maximum number of movements that may occur during the timeclock schedule may also be entered. The load control system uses these inputs to determine event times and corresponding positions of the motorized window treatment for each timeclock event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Walter S. Zaharchuk, Brian Michael Courtney, William Bryce Fricke, William H. Howe, Timothy S. Majewski, Joel S. Spira
  • Patent number: 8497643
    Abstract: Disclosed is a linear scale for obtaining a distance from a reference point. A scale detection mechanism is adapted to output waveform signals of the same phase. Also the scale detection mechanism corresponds to a magnetic flux density generated by magnetic bodies of a scale element. The scale detection mechanism may be sensors. The sensors are arranged at even intervals corresponding to a scale length of the scale element. The sensors are adapted to output sine-wave signals having the same phase to continuously detect the scale element in a movement direction of the scale element. The scale element has opposite ends each has the same polarity and configured such that an output voltage of the single sensor detecting the end of the scale element is reduced to one-half of an output voltage of the single sensor detecting the remaining portion of the scale element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Katsuyuki Takagi
  • Patent number: 8493015
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a door drive comprising electrically operated components which are supplied with electrical energy via a mains connection. In accordance with the invention, a control and an electrical energy store are provided, with the control separating the door drive from the mains and the electrical energy store providing the electrical energy in a first operating mode and with the control connecting the door drive to the mains in a second operating mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Marantec Antriebs-Und Steuerungstechnik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Michael Hoermann
  • Publication number: 20130162180
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for operating a direct wiper drive having a motor, in particular for a windshield wiper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Joachim Zimmer, Juergen Rapp, Swen Koehn
  • Patent number: 8456120
    Abstract: A touch control arrangement is arranged for a container having a foldable cover being folded between an opened position and a closed position via an actuation unit. The touch control arrangement includes a power source and a touch actuator electrically linked to the power source, wherein the touch actuator is located out of the storage cavity of the container body and is arranged in such a manner that when the touch actuator is activated by a presence of a touch, the actuation unit is actuated to move the foldable cover from the closed position to the opened position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventor: Xin Wang
  • Publication number: 20130100206
    Abstract: A driving apparatus includes an endless belt supported by a drive pulley configured to be driven by a motor and an idler pulley, and a moving member configured to be coupled to the endless belt and moved by driving the drive pulley by the motor, wherein a first limit value of electric power to be supplied to the motor when the moving member is moved in a first direction approaching the drive pulley is set larger than a second limit value of electric power to be supplied to the motor when the moving member is moved in a second direction approaching the idler pulley.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
  • Patent number: 8405336
    Abstract: A wiper is pivotably supported and is swung by a drive force of an electric motor. When a command, which commands execution of one of high and low speed modes, is entered through a wiper switch in the middle of operation of the wiper in another one of the high and low speed modes, a control unit controls an electric motor such that a moving speed of the wiper, which is preset for the another one of the high and low speed modes, is changed to the moving speed of the wiper, which is preset for the one of the high and low speed modes, during a time period of executing a predetermined number of swings of the wiper between an upper return position and a lower return position upon entering of the command through the wiper switch means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: ASMO Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takashi Natsume