Speed Comparing Means Patents (Class 324/161)
  • Patent number: 11841080
    Abstract: Methods and systems for a hydromechanical transmission. In one example, a vehicle system includes a hydromechanical transmission with a power-take off (PTO) that is designed to rotationally couple to an implement. The vehicle system further includes an engine coupled to the hydromechanical transmission and a power-management control unit configured to, during a drive or coast condition, cause the power-management control unit to: determine a net available power for the hydromechanical transmission and manage a power flow between the hydromechanical transmission, a drive axle, and the implement based on the net available power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: DANA ITALIA S.R.L.
    Inventors: Lorenzo Dalla Palma, Fabio Gunsch, Alessandro Dilisa
  • Patent number: 11531040
    Abstract: A method for determining a speed using a measurement-sensor in a vehicle, the measurement-sensor including at least one coil and a ferromagnetic-transmitter-element, including: changing the inductance of the coil, using an inductive-speed-sensor having at least the coil and the ferromagnetic-transmitter-element; recording a change in the coil inductance, and determining the speed based on the changed coil inductance; in which in each case one inductive-speed-sensor is a wheel-speed-sensor for at least two vehicle wheels, and in which a reversal of the direction of movement of the ferromagnetic-transmitter-element as to the coil or a reversal of the direction of travel of the vehicle from forward travel to reverse travel or from reverse travel to forward travel is recognized based on at least one temporal-phase-offset of the temporal-profiles of the inductances recorded by the wheel-speed-sensors of the at least two wheels. Also described is a related driver assistance system and vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: KNORR-BREMSE SYSTEME FUER NUTZFAHRZEUGE GMBH
    Inventors: Andre Kluftinger, Michael Herges, Christoph Huber, Markus Eissner
  • Patent number: 11518207
    Abstract: Included are an electromagnetic actuator which generates drive forces for a damping operation and a telescopic operation; an information acquirer which acquires information about the drive forces of, and control mode selection information about, the electromagnetic actuator; a drive force arithmetic part which sets a predetermined control mode based on the control mode selection information about the electromagnetic actuator, and sets a target damping force and a target telescopic force of the electromagnetic actuator based on setting information about the control mode; and a drive controller which controls drive of the electromagnetic actuator using a target drive force based on the target damping and telescopic forces set by the drive force arithmetic part. The drive force arithmetic part performs an operation of switching a setting of the predetermined control mode from one to another while a driving force of the electromagnetic actuator is within a predetermined force range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Satoshi Ohno, Atsuhiko Yoneda
  • Patent number: 11483974
    Abstract: A sensor input is detected on a cotton harvester. A performance characteristic value is identified based upon the detected sensor input. A speed control system controls cotton harvester drum speed and spindle speed, automatically, and separately from the ground speed of the cotton harvester, to improve the performance characteristic value, in a closed-loop fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignees: Deere & Company, IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC.
    Inventors: Brandon C. Carlson, Charles F. Ostermeier, Nicholas W. Vanlaningham, Jeffrey S. Wigdahl, Kurt D. Gustafson, Jeffrey C. Askey
  • Patent number: 11262375
    Abstract: A system and method for determining the speed and direction of rotation of a wheel in a vehicle are provided. The system includes a tone wheel configured for rotation with the vehicle wheel and a wheel speed sensor facing the tone wheel. The sensor generates different pluralities of phase-shifted signals responsive to rotation of the tone wheel depending on the direction of rotation of the vehicle wheel. A controller receives one of the pluralities of phase-shifted signals from the sensor, receives a direction signal indicative of the direction of rotation of the vehicle wheel from a source other than the sensor, and associates the plurality of phase-shifted signals with the direction of rotation of the vehicle wheel indicated by the direction signal in a memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: Daniel P. Zula, Nianqing Zhou, Timothy J. Frashure, Claus G. Beyer
  • Patent number: 11046314
    Abstract: A construction machine includes: an engine driving at least one hydraulic pump configured to supply operating oil to a hydraulic actuator; an exhaust adjustment mechanism adjusting a flow rate of exhaust from the engine; and a control device controlling the exhaust adjustment mechanism. The control device determines whether or not a first downhill traveling condition and/or a second downhill traveling condition are/is satisfied. When at least one of the first downhill traveling condition and the second downhill traveling condition is satisfied, the control device controls the exhaust adjustment mechanism such that the exhaust adjustment mechanism executes exhaust brake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Nakamura, Mototaka Katayama, Koji Shimazaki
  • Patent number: 10377008
    Abstract: Various embodiments of power tool and method of operating same are described. The power tool may include a first position sensor, a second position sensor, a third position sensor, and a controller. The first, second, and third position sensors may each generate a signal indicative of a distance between the respective position sensor and a workpiece. The controller may determine one or more angles of the power tool with respect to the workpiece based on the first, second, and third signal and present an indication as to whether the one or more angles are within a predetermined range. The controller may further obtain a depth measurement based on the first signal, the second signal, and the third signal and generate, based on the obtained depth measurement, one or more control signals that control operation of the power tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: TRANSFORM SR BRANDS LLC
    Inventors: Brian Todd Reese, Cody Lyle Mayer
  • Patent number: 10377240
    Abstract: A collected-current monitoring device includes a current-value obtaining unit for obtaining current values I1 and I2; a first RMS-calculation unit for calculating a root mean square (RMS) 1 of the current value I1 at a window width W; a second RMS-calculation unit for calculating a root mean square (RMS) 2 of the current value I2 at the window width W; a determining unit for determining whether a combination of the RMS 1 and the RMS 2 satisfies an abnormality condition; an abnormality-signal output unit for outputting an abnormality signal when the abnormality condition is satisfied; an information-obtaining unit for obtaining railway vehicle information; and a setting unit for setting a set-parameter that includes at least one of the window width W or the abnormality condition depending on the railway vehicle information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: CENTRAL JAPAN RAILWAY COMPANY
    Inventors: Yuichi Ahiko, Kotaro Nakamura, Hiroki Shimoyama
  • Patent number: 10363454
    Abstract: Portable fitness monitoring methods are disclosed. In an embodiment, a portable fitness monitoring method includes a method for providing audible output to a user during an athletic activity using a portable fitness monitoring device. The method includes the steps of receiving an audio feedback file package that includes a first audio feedback file, updating the audio feedback file package, and processing the updated audio feedback file package to provide audible output to the user through an audio output device during the athletic activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventors: Christian DiBenedetto, Mark Arthur Oleson, Ian Michael Munson
  • Patent number: 10343526
    Abstract: A collected-current monitoring device includes a current-value obtaining unit for obtaining current values I1 and I2; a first RMS-calculation unit for calculating a root mean square (RMS) 1 of the current value I1 at a window width W; a second RMS-calculation unit for calculating a root mean square (RMS) 2 of the current value I2 at the window width W; a determining unit for determining whether a combination of the RMS 1 and the RMS 2 satisfies an abnormality condition; an abnormality-signal output unit for outputting an abnormality signal when the abnormality condition is satisfied; an information-obtaining unit for obtaining railway vehicle information; and a setting unit for setting a set-parameter that includes at least one of the window width W or the abnormality condition depending on the railway vehicle information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: CENTRAL JAPAN RAILWAY COMPANY
    Inventors: Yuichi Ahiko, Kotaro Nakamura, Hiroki Shimoyama
  • Patent number: 10298020
    Abstract: A method of synchronizing a cross-compound generator system on one or more turning gears during startup includes determining, via a notch monitor controller, first and second angular velocities, respectively, of a first and a second rotor. The method also includes simultaneously exciting, via the notch monitor controller, the first and second rotors to attain electromechanical coupling therebetween. The method further includes determining, via the notch monitor controller, a value of a time at which a calibration value of an offset is a constant value, where the offset is representative of a phase alignment of the first rotor relative to the second rotor, and where the offset is indicative of a successful electromechanical coupling therebetween. The method also includes disengaging the one or more turning gears from the cross-compound generator system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Lawrence Dean Walters
  • Patent number: 10282742
    Abstract: A method, computer program product, and system for monitoring and rewarding athletic performance and use of a product worn by a person, thereby motivating use of the product and promoting customer loyalty. The present invention includes and system and method for measuring, tracking, and recording use of the product, preferably related to the athletic performance of an athlete, using a portable, remote device; transferring that data from the remote device to a common location, such as an Internet web site service; calculating, assigning, and tracking rewards based on the level of use determined from the data; and allowing the user to redeem his or her rewards or compare his or her performance level with other athletes using other remote devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Allan M. Schrock, Albert Y. S. Shum
  • Patent number: 10274813
    Abstract: A displacement detecting apparatus includes a first electrode having a base electrode segment and a plurality of detecting electrode segments, a second electrode having a plurality of periodically arranged electrode segments, and displaceable relative to the first electrode, and a detector configured to detect a displacement of the second electrode relative to the first electrode based on a capacitance between the first electrode and the second electrode. An area of an overlapping region between the base electrode segment and the electrode segments in the second electrode is constant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Noguchi
  • Patent number: 10274360
    Abstract: In various example embodiments, a system and method for using a mobile device to determine a haul weight are disclosed. A method includes: providing predetermined calibration settings relating force to engine speed for a vehicle travelling at various speeds, altering accelerometer data based on filtered vehicle pitch and roll data, determining that one or more vehicle performance parameters fall within a threshold range, storing a plurality of data pairs that include longitudinal acceleration and drive force, and determining a slope of a line that linearly approximates the plurality of data pairs, the slope indicating a total weight, the total weight comprising a weight of the vehicle and a weight being hauled by the vehicle; and transmitting the total weight to a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Hall Labs LLC
    Inventors: Michael Hall, Seth Myer
  • Patent number: 10215117
    Abstract: In a work vehicle according to the present invention, a control device calculates, for each of a plurality of speed-changing stages in a PTO transmission, an expected maximum rotational speed of PTO rotary power that is output from the PTO shaft when an engine rotational speed changing operation member is operated to a maximum extent, and shows, in a listed manner, the calculated results in a liquid crystal display part of a display device. The present invention can inform an operator of the maximum rotational speed of PTO rotary power that is output from the PTO shaft for each speed-changing stage in the PTO transmission without performing a speed changing operation on the PTO transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Yanmar Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ryouhei Ueda
  • Patent number: 10184966
    Abstract: A signal inspection apparatus, a signal inspection system, a signal inspection method, and a non-transitory computer-readable medium encoded with a signal inspection program are provided, all of which can appropriately detect discrepancy between multiplexed signals. A signal inspection apparatus includes: an acquisition unit that acquires values of at least two signals among multiplexed signals in a predetermined cycle; a count unit that counts respective changes in the at least two signals in a predetermined time frame; a calculation unit that calculates a difference between the counts of changes; and an output unit that performs an output indicating discrepancy between the signals, if the difference between the counts of changes exceeds an allowable value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Fanuc Corporation
    Inventor: Shouhei Miyashita
  • Patent number: 10078341
    Abstract: An apparatus a GPS device that tracks a current location of a user relative to a home of the user and a cloud application that tracks the current location of the user via the GPS device, the cloud application estimates a time period required for the user to travel from the current location to the home and upon detecting that the time is less than a threshold value, automatically sends an activating signal to an HVAC unit in the home of the user to activate the unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc
    Inventor: William R. Blum
  • Patent number: 9921113
    Abstract: A temperature change detection apparatus for monitoring temperature change in various portions of a large space includes a trip logic unit configured to execute a trip operation based on receipt of a trip signal at the trip logic unit; a plurality of temperature sensors each including a sensing portion composed of optical fiber cable and each being configured to generate light information indicating an amount of Brillouin scattering that occurs within the sensing portion; a plurality of monitoring units configured such that each monitoring unit determines a temperature value corresponding to each temperature sensor connected to the monitoring unit based on an amount of Brillouin scattering indicated by the light information generated by each of the connected temperature sensors, an each monitoring unit generates a trip signal when a determined temperature value exceeds a running average by more than a threshold amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: GE-HITACHI NUCLEAR ENERGY AMERICAS LLC
    Inventors: Eric P. Loewen, Brett J. Dooies, Seth Ryan Paul Strege, Nicholas Francis O'Neill
  • Patent number: 9890504
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to systems and methods for sensing wear in machines designed to reduce or break-down material. More particularly, the present disclosure relates to systems and methods for sensing wear of reducing elements used by excavation machines such as surface excavation machines. The present disclosure relates to a wear sensing system including a multilevel wear sensor protection system. The multi-level wear sensor protection system includes a first level of protection, a second level of protection, and a third level of protection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Vermeer Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Joseph D. Stock, Ty Hartwick, Robert D. Franz
  • Patent number: 9823870
    Abstract: A storage node for a distributed object storage system, comprising a control board configured to receive a parameter for setting predetermined allowable temperature ranges through a serial port, and sending a signal through said serial port for indicating one or more of said measurements of temperatures lies outside said predetermined allowable ranges. The control board is further configured to receive a parameter for controlling the switching on or off the storage elements through said serial port by sending a signal through said serial port to indicate which storage elements is switched on or off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Amplidata NV
    Inventors: Kristof Mark Guy De Spiegeleer, Wim De Wispelaere
  • Patent number: 9606007
    Abstract: The present invention provides a semiconductor device and a measurement method that enables high precision measurement of temperature or humidity or the like over a wide range. A semiconductor device of the present invention determines which is faster out of a reference oscillation and a thermistor oscillation, and using the faster oscillation as a reference, measures a count value based on the other oscillation. Moreover, the count based on the faster oscillation is employed as a reference value, and a count value based on the other oscillation when the reference value is taken as a measurement value. A frequency ratio is computed based on the reference value and the measurement value, and based on the computed frequency ratio, a table expressing correspondence relationships between frequency ratio and temperature is referred to and a temperature acquired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: LAPIS Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yosuke Iwasa
  • Patent number: 9523589
    Abstract: A rotation angle measurement apparatus includes: a first Hall element pair for detecting a magnetic component in a first direction; a second Hall element pair for detecting a magnetic component in a second direction different from the first direction; a third Hall element pair for detecting a magnetic component in a third direction different from the first direction and the second direction; and a fourth Hall element pair for detecting a magnetic component in a fourth direction different from the first to third directions. An angle calculation unit calculates a first rotation angle ? of a rotating magnet based upon the strengths of the output signals from the first Hall element pair and the second Hall element pair, and calculates a second rotation angle ?c of the rotating magnet based upon the strengths of the output signals from the third Hall element pair and the fourth Hall element pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corporation
    Inventors: Takenobu Nakamura, Shigeki Okatake
  • Patent number: 9499027
    Abstract: The performance of a transport refrigeration system (12) having a transport refrigeration unit powered by a diesel engine is optimized by matching a capacity output of the transport refrigeration unit to an available shaft power of the diesel engine. The power consumption of the transport refrigeration may be controlled by selectively limiting refrigerant mass flow through the refrigerant circuit of the transport refrigeration unit in response to an operating engine load and an operating speed of the diesel engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: CARRIER CORPORATION
    Inventors: John T. Steele, John R. Reason, Michael Stockbridge
  • Patent number: 9451019
    Abstract: When individual persons or vehicles move through a transportation network, they are likely to be both actively and passively creating information that reflects their location and current behavior. In this patent, we propose a system that makes complete use of this information. First, through a broad web of sensors, our system collects and stores the full range of information generated by travelers. Next, through the use of previously-stored data and active computational analysis, our system deduces the identity of individual travelers. Finally; using advanced data-mining technology, our system selects useful information and transmits it back to the individual, as well as to third-party users; in short, it forms the backbone for a variety of useful location-related end-user applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick S. M. Herz, Pierre Lemaire, Jean H. Lemaire, Walter Paul Labys
  • Patent number: 9342485
    Abstract: A circuit for use in conditioning a signal from a speed sensor. The circuit is configured to receive an analog signal from a speed sensor coupled to the circuit, acquire a threshold of the analog signal, generate a digital signal corresponding to the analog signal, based on the threshold, and output the digital signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Michael Alan Tart, Michael Dean Evans
  • Patent number: 9215457
    Abstract: A method and system use capacity-approaching rateless code to communicate multimedia data even with very short codewords, such as 64 bits or less, via erasure and noise channels. The method provides a way to design the edge degree distribution of rateless codes for any arbitrary channel. Based on an equivalent metric of decoding behavior in any channels, the degree distribution of a rateless code such as Luby-transform codes and raptor codes is optimized based on in-process status of decoding. A regularized least-squares optimization is used to avoid erroneous decoding. Multiple feedbacks can further improve the performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC RESEARCH LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventors: Toshiaki Koike-Akino, Jesper H Soerensen, Philip Orlik
  • Patent number: 9176160
    Abstract: A fan identification system identifies a fan type of a fan in an electronic system. The fan identification system includes a controller that includes: a setting module for setting a fan identification characteristic value corresponding to a pulse width modulation duty cycle with a substantial maximum difference between a fan speed of a first type of fan and a fan speed of a second type of fan; a reading module for reading a stable fan speed value after the fan receives the fan identification characteristic value and is initiated with the fan identification characteristic value; and an identification module for identifying the fan as the first type of fan or the second type of fan based on which fan has a predetermined fan speed that is the closest to the stable fan speed value when operating at the fan identification characteristic value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Lenovo Enterprise Solutions (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Kelvin WP Huang, Marcus A. Kelly, Edward YC Kung
  • Patent number: 9176161
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for identifying a fan type of a fan in an electronic system having a controller. The method includes: setting a fan identification characteristic value, the fan identification characteristic value corresponding to a PWM (pulse width modulation) duty cycle with a substantial maximum difference between the fan speed of a first type of fan and the fan speed a second type of fan; receiving, via the fan, the fan identification characteristic value; initiating the fan with the fan identification characteristic value; reading, via the controller, a stable fan speed value of the fan; identifying, via the controller, the fan type of the fan based on which fan has a predetermined fan speed (RPM) that is the closest to the stable fan speed value (RPM) when operating at the fan identification characteristic value (PWM).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Lenovo Enterprise Solutions (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Kelvin W P Huang, Marcus A. Kelly, Edward Y C Kung
  • Patent number: 8914164
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for calculating Mach number and true airspeed without reference to data from a pitot static sensor. The true airspeed and Mach number are calculated using the altitude information from GPS, IRS, Radio Altimeter and other onboard sensors other than the air data computer (ADC). The computed true airspeed or Mach number could be used to confirm the ADC information or in lieu of the ADC information when the ADC information is unreliable or unavailable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Visvanathan Thanigai Nathan, Thanga Anandappan
  • Patent number: 8729845
    Abstract: A method and device for controlling an electric motor, in particular a machine tool drive, wherein during a sensorless open-loop control mode of operation of the electric motor the speed and the torque are determined from the motor current and the motor voltage, and the moment of inertia of the electric motor torque are determined from the determined motor current and the determined motor voltage, wherefrom then a control torque is determined, which is then associated with an open-loop torque control value and supplied as the torque setpoint value to a control element for setting the motor current and/or the motor voltage in the open-loop mode of operation. As long as the speed is below a minimum speed, the control element receives as input variable a control or pilot control torque generated from a predefined moment of inertia for a sensorless closed-loop control mode of operation of the electric motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Stefan Künzel, Nico Spieckermann
  • Patent number: 8729890
    Abstract: A magnetic field sensor and a method used therein provide an output signal in angle units representative of an angle of rotation of a target of and also an output signal in speed units representative of a speed of rotation of the target object. A power control circuit can cycle a magnetic field sensor on and off in accordance with a sensed rotation speed of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Allegro Microsystems, LLC
    Inventors: Mark J. Donovan, Ryan Metivier, Michael C. Doogue
  • Patent number: 8718895
    Abstract: A method is described in which the wheel pressure in an electronically controlled motor vehicle brake system is determined. The brake system includes inlet valves and outlet valves in the wheel circuits. At least one of the valves allows adjusting the valve current. The basis for this are previously determined calibration values which describe the opening current behavior of the outlet valve. A verification of the wheel pressure is performed during a wheel pressure control operation by briefly opening the outlet valve of one brake circuit. The current prevailing in this case can be taken into account as an indicator for determining the wheel pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG
    Inventor: Mirco Loos
  • Publication number: 20140117977
    Abstract: A monitoring system for a powered system includes an electric energy sensor, a rotation sensor, and a monitoring device. The electric energy sensor is coupled with a blower to measure an amount of electric energy that powers the blower to draw air through an inlet duct and over one or more bodies to cool the bodies. The rotation sensor is coupled with the blower to measure a rotation speed at which the blower operates to draw the air through the inlet duct when the blower is powered with the amount of electric energy. The monitoring device compares the rotation speed of the blower with a designated speed limit that is associated with the amount of electric energy to determine if the inlet duct is at least partially blocked. The monitoring device identifies the inlet duct as being at least partially blocked when the rotation speed exceeds the designated speed limit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Brian Edward Celidonia, Laura Susanne Cooper, Kiran Madduri
  • Patent number: 8612088
    Abstract: A system for determining if a tire of a vehicle is improperly inflated. The system includes a radar, a wheel speed sensor, and a controller. The radar is configured to emit a signal to detect a reflection of the signal off of an object positioned perpendicular to the vehicle, and to output an indication of a speed of the vehicle. The wheel speed sensor is configured to sense a speed of a wheel of the vehicle. The controller is configured to receive the indication of the speed of the vehicle from the radar, to calculate a speed of the vehicle based on the sensed speed of the wheel, and to determine a tire of the wheel is improperly inflated when the speed of the vehicle calculated using the wheel speed sensor varies by more than a predetermined amount from the speed of the vehicle determined using the radar signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Kenneth Milburn
  • Patent number: 8531182
    Abstract: A control system for use in safety critical human/machine control interfaces is described, more particularly a joystick type control system and particularly a joystick type control system utilizing magnetic positional sensing. The control system provides a control input device having a movable magnet, a pole-piece frame arrangement positioned about the magnet, at least three magnetic flux sensors being positioned in said pole-piece frame arrangement and a monitoring arrangement for monitoring the output signal of each of said at least three sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Penny & Giles Controls Limited
    Inventor: Dev Kumar Banerjee
  • Patent number: 8497672
    Abstract: The present embodiments provide an acceleration sensor, which enables highly accurate detection and has an extremely compact size. The acceleration sensor of the present embodiments is provided with a substrate, a anchor portion formed on the substrate, a support beam, which has one end connected to the anchor portion and extends across a space from the substrate, and a proof mass which is connected to the other end of the support beam and held across a space from the substrate. The acceleration sensor is further provided with first and second piezoelectric bending resonators, a comparison unit, and a calculation unit. The first and second piezoelectric bending resonators have one end connected to the anchor portion and the other end connected to the proof mass or the support beam and have a stack of a first electrode, a first piezoelectric film, and a second electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Takashi Kawakubo, Toshihiko Nagano, Michihiko Nishigaki, Hiroshi Ono
  • Patent number: 8493017
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electrical drive having a motor with a rotor and a stationary stator, which has a coil arrangement, and having a motor controller for controlling the motor, with the motor controller being configured to pass current through the coil arrangement in order to produce an excitation field, with the coil arrangement having a plurality of coil winding sections, and with each coil winding section having a plurality of coil sections, wherein the polarity of at least one coil section of the plurality of coil sections of each coil winding section can be selectively reversed with respect to the other coil sections of the coil winding section. The drive is particularly suitable for use for an electrical tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: C. & E. Fein GmbH
    Inventor: Lothar Dietl
  • Patent number: 8461826
    Abstract: A device (10) for the detection of quadrature signals of a signal unit (11; 21) has a common power supply line (VBATT_A & B) and a common ground wire (GND), and emits at least two out-of-phase square wave signals (IA, IB; IS, ID) during operation for analyzing the same in an analysis unit (16), wherein both out-of-phase square wave signals (IA, IB; IS, ID) are applied to the common power supply line (VBATT_A & B) at different amplitudes, wherein the two out-of-phase square wave signals (IA, IB; IS, ID) are modulated onto the supply current (I0)), and wherein the analysis unit (16) is or can be connected to the power supply line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Egger, Wolfgang Köllner, Peter Stephan Mulacz, Caroline Renault
  • Patent number: 8324887
    Abstract: A device for determining the rotational speed of a transmission shaft (12). The device includes a rotational speed indicator (3) connected, in a rotationally fixed manner, to the transmission shaft (12) and at least one rotation speed sensor (2) including at least one sensor element (10). By way of the sensor element (10), the speed of the transmission shaft (12) is detected via the speed indicator (3). The speed sensor (2) is attached to a shifting element (5) for actuating a sliding sleeve (4) of a clutch device (1) that is connected to the transmission shaft (12) in such a manner that the sliding sleeve (4) axially movable on but fixed so as not to rotate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventor: Kim Fuhrer
  • Publication number: 20120299583
    Abstract: Sensor arrangement for measuring a rotation speed of a salient member of a rotatable body comprising a first electrode arrangement providing a first input, a second electrode arrangement providing a second input different from the first input, the first and second electrode arrangements configured so noise in the first and second inputs is substantially the same, and wherein variations in the first and second inputs are caused by rotation of the rotatable body and the salient member past the first and second electrode arrangements, an output arrangement for receiving the first and second inputs, and for providing an output proportional to a difference between the first and second inputs, and a retaining member for retaining one or more of the first and second electrode arrangements and output arrangement, the speed of rotation of the salient member measurable from a variation in the output caused by rotation of that salient member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Inventor: Calvin Howard Cox
  • Publication number: 20120268107
    Abstract: A safety circuit arrangement for the failsafe monitoring of a movement variable of a moving machine part has a signal input for supplying an encoder signal, with the encoder signal being representative of the movement variable to be monitored. The arrangement also has a reference signal path for supplying a reference signal, a tap connected to the signal input and to the reference signal path in order to provide a superposition signal by superposing the reference signal on the encoder signal, and a measuring unit which is connected to the tap and is designed to detect whether the superposition signal reaches at least one predefined signal level or is within a predefined signal level range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventor: Andre LATURNER
  • Publication number: 20120223698
    Abstract: A fan speed testing system for testing the rotational speed of a first fan, includes a switch module, a comparison module and a load module. The switch module outputs control signals. The comparison module receives the control signals and provides a first voltage according to the control signals. The load module receives the first voltage and outputs a second voltage to the first fan. The load module feeds the second voltage received by the first fan back to the comparison module. The comparison module adjusts the first voltage to the load module according to the second voltage received from the load module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2011
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD
    Inventor: DONG WANG
  • Patent number: 8246304
    Abstract: A method of determining at least one rotation parameter of a wind turbine rotor rotating with a rotation speed and a phase is provided. The method includes: measuring an effective centrifugal force acting in a first pre-determined direction, which is defined in a co-ordinate system rotating synchronously with the rotor, on at least one reference object located in or at the rotor, establishing a first angular frequency representing the rotation speed of the rotor on the basis of variations in the measured effective centrifugal force due to gravitational force, establishing a second angular frequency representing the rotation speed of the rotor by use of at least one yaw rate gyro, and establishing the value of the rotation speed as the rotational parameter by correcting the second angular frequency by comparing it to the first angular frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Per Egedal
  • Patent number: 8169214
    Abstract: An angular position sensor and method that relies on a stationary circular array of Hall sensors and a rotatable circular array of magnets arranged about a common axis. A periodic and simultaneous reading of all of the Hall sensor outputs is used to determine angular velocity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Hydro-Aire, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Zak
  • Patent number: 8018189
    Abstract: The present invention provides a motor drive apparatus which improves a trade-off relation between a stable position detection and noise at its driving. A sensorless drive operation circuit calculates by operation a zero cross point (point p) of a voltage of a position detection phase at the next interval, using time information measured based on an output signal from a comparison circuit at the previous interval and the present interval. After the point p has been calculated, points a and b are detected by interrupting a predetermined time drive current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Renesas Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Narumi, Masaaki Kato, Masaharu Hoashi, Toshiya Suzuki
  • Patent number: 7855550
    Abstract: A velocity-detecting device is mainly based on detection of charge, including a circuit board provided thereon with at least two capacitance sensors with potential difference. The two capacitance sensors are provided at different locations for detecting the time difference when a living thing moves and has its charge respectively reaching the critical one preset by the two capacitance sensors for calculating the moving velocity of the living thing, able to detect and calculate the moving velocity of a living thing for carrying out relative reaction to a machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: Ya Horng Electronic Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jin Yi Huang
  • Patent number: 7746064
    Abstract: The invention relates to a speed measurement device (1, 2) for a permanently excited electric synchronous machine (5, 7) comprising a first part (11, 13) and a second part (15, 17). The invention also relates to a corresponding method for measuring speed. The second part (15, 17) of the permanently excited electric synchronous machine comprises permanent magnets (19). The speed measurement device (1, 2) comprises at least one first sensor (25) and a second sensor (31), wherein the first sensor (25) is provided with a sensor coil and the second sensor (31) is a Hall sensor and the sensors (25, 31) on the first part (11, 13) are arranged in such a way that the first sensor (25) and second sensor (31) are influenced by a magnetic field (33), which is generated by the permanent magnets (19), by means of a flow conducting device (43) having an integrated character.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Markus Knorr, Zeljko Jajtic
  • Patent number: 7679298
    Abstract: A method for controlling a wheel speed of a locomotive includes determining an estimated wheel speed (52) for a desired wheel set of a locomotive responsive to a locomotive operating parameter indicative of an actual wheel speed of the desired wheel set. The method also includes generating a first adjustment parameter (e.g., 46) based on an operating condition of the locomotive, and then applying the first adjustment parameter to the estimated wheel speed for generating a first adjusted estimated wheel speed signal (54) used as a first input for controlling a wheel speed of at least one of the desired wheel set and the other wheel sets of the locomotive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Ajith Kuttannair Kumar
  • Patent number: 7583200
    Abstract: A method and system for detecting the variations of speed (R) of a rotor. Signals are measured representative of the march-past of the teeth of a measurement device secured to the rotor for a determined duration (T). The measurements are sampled, digitized and stored to obtain an initial digital vector (B). A detection signal is extracted around a known disturbing frequency (F). The detection signal is compared with a predetermined threshold (SO) and an alert message is delivered in the event of overshoot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Assignee: SNECMA
    Inventor: Valerio Gerez
  • Patent number: 7577767
    Abstract: An interface for coupling data between a host computer/server and a bank of disk drives. The interface includes a chassis having disposed therein: a pair of storage processors adapted for coupling to the host computer/server; and, a pair of management controllers in communication one with the other through a communication link. The management controllers monitor elements of the interface including fans and power supplies and control such elements in response to massages passing between the management controllers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: EMC Corporation
    Inventors: Michael N. Robillard, Timothy Dorr, Sharon Smith