Having Particular Safety Function Patents (Class 340/532)
  • Patent number: 10108183
    Abstract: A configuration system for a process control system configured to perform process control. The configuration system includes, not limited to, a) a definition module, which is stored in a memory, for a part of an industrial plant based on design data. The definition module includes, not limited to, a-1) a control logic definition file configured to define a control logic for the part, and a-2) a data definition file configured to define data relating to the defined control logic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: YOKOGAWA ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takahiro Kambe, Alexander Yap, Wilfred Woon Yew Teo, Hideki Murata, Prakash Mariappan, JiSong Zhang, Lin Naing Oo
  • Patent number: 9349268
    Abstract: The inventive device object of the present application is a comprehensive medical alert system that will save the lives of many people. When immediate medical attention is needed to save a life or to reduce complications, first responders need prompt access to the patient when they arrive at the patient's home. When the door is unlocked automatically using this system, medical personnel will be able to attend to the patient more quickly. It is emphasized that this abstract is provided to comply with the rules requiring an abstract that will allow a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the technical disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Inventor: Cornelius Tillman
  • Patent number: 9302634
    Abstract: A high voltage (HV) safety lock for HV components in a vehicle has an HV plug, including a safety bridge arranged in the HV plug and connected to a central vehicle control via an internal bus system within the vehicle or a simple switched signal via a decentral control and regulating unit of an HV component. The safety bridge is connected to an LV power supply configured with electric isolation from the HV system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Hanon Systems
    Inventors: Mario Lenz, Stefan Tydecks
  • Patent number: 9293285
    Abstract: A safety circuit arrangement for failsafe connection or disconnection of a hazardous installation has a control device, which is designed to connect or interrupt, in failsafe fashion, a power supply path to the installation. The safety circuit arrangement also has a signaling device, which is connected to the control device via a two-wire line having a first core and a second core. The signaling device has an actuator, which can change between a defined first state and a second state. Between the two cores is a substantially constant voltage when the actuator is in the second state. A pulse generator in the signaling device causes a voltage dip between the first core and the second core in order to generate a defined pulsed signal comprising a plurality of signal pulses on the lines, when the actuator is in the defined first state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: PILZ GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Juergen Pullmann, Christoph Zinser, Michael Schlecht
  • Patent number: 9126334
    Abstract: A robot system is provided, which includes a robot having an operable operation arm, an attachment detector for detecting one or more attachments, each attached to a wearing article equipped by a movable body, and a motion-control changer for changing a motion control of the robot based on a detection result detected by the attachment detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA DENKI
    Inventors: Tamio Nakamura, Dai Kouno, Takashi Suyama, Takashi Nishimura, Tomohiro Matsuo, Shinichi Ishikawa, Tomoki Kawano
  • Patent number: 9041531
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed herein to a radiation safety system comprising radiation emitting medical equipment; a radiation safety system controller connected to the radiation emitting medical equipment through a first communication means configured to determine a number of people within a radiation room housing the radiation emitting medical equipment and prevent the radiation emitting medical equipment from performing radiation emitting functions if the radiation safety system controller determines that more people than a maximum allowed number of people are presently in the radiation room; and a scanner connected to the radiation safety controller through a second communication means configured to detect people in the radiation room and communicate to the radiation safety system controller that a person has been detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Maitland M. DeLand
  • Patent number: 9024748
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the invention, the PASS-Tracker is a hand-held device that improves the ability of a rescuer to quickly locate a distressed firefighter by two processes: (1) detecting and recognizing the acoustic alarm sound from a PASS device in Alarm Mode, and (2) providing an indication to rescue personnel of the shortest path to the victim. The invention does not require a pre-installed infrastructure in a particular building; rather the device can be used in an ad hoc fashion at any fire scene. The PASS-Tracker utilizes a plurality of small microphones to detect the acoustic signal from the PASS device. Internal electronics in the PASS-Tracker measure the time-of-arrival (TOA) of the leading edge of the acoustic wave at each microphone and calculate and display the angle-of-arrival (AOA) of the wave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventors: Wayne C. Haase, Zachary S. Haase
  • Patent number: 8988213
    Abstract: A safety device for safeguarding a movable, guided movement element against undesired collisions with an object situated on a movement path of the movement element, said device comprising at least two sensors for detecting the object and the movement element and for outputting signals depending on the detection, and also having an evaluation unit for evaluating signals of the sensors and for generating a switch-off signal on the basis of the evaluation. For improved recognition of a risk of collision, the evaluation unit is designed to acquire from the at least two sensors a currently detected state vector from a set of state vectors which unambiguously comprise all possible combinations of the signals of the sensors, and to generate the switch-off signal in the case of predetermined state vectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Cedes AG
    Inventors: Tobias Leutenegger, Steven Freedman
  • Publication number: 20150077243
    Abstract: The current invention is an automatic AC power interruption system built into a portable apparatus or integrated into electrical systems and appliance control circuitry. Power is interrupted in potentially hazardous conditions, for example, when a T3 smoke detector alarm signal is detected. Alternatively, a portable device may be plugged into a power outlet having a GFCI breaker and, when a hazard alarm condition is detected, trip off power to the outlet. Signal-activated circuit interrupters (SACIs) may be integrated into appliance control circuitry and interrupt power to a problematic device when a hazard alarm condition is detected. In addition to fire prevention, other hazard alarm conditions may include alarms indicating toxic fumes, motor overload, natural gas, radon, or carbon monoxide. Interconnected networks of signal-activated circuit interrupters are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Donald Randolph Hooper, Danial L. Aalberg
  • Publication number: 20150061861
    Abstract: An isolation device is fitted to a mains electrical supply for a hydrocarbon burning appliance and is adapted to operate in response to an audible alarm signal emitted by a separately located detector, typically a carbon monoxide detector, to disconnect the power supply and thereby shutdown the operation of the hydrocarbon burning appliance. This can halt a potentially dangerous build up of CO in the vicinity of the appliance. The device includes a microphone circuit, a lock-in amplifier operable to lock on to a potential alarm signal within the audio signals detected by the microphone circuit, a processing unit operable to monitor the output of the lock-in amplifier so as to compare the potential alarm signal to a stored reference to determine whether it is an alarm signal and a relay operable in response to disconnect the electrical supply of the hydrocarbon burning apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Ben KUCHTA
  • Patent number: 8866624
    Abstract: Signaling systems are disclosed that indicate a change in an absorbent article, such as the presence of a body fluid. The various different signaling systems disclosed do not include any conductive elements contained on the interior of the article as were required in the past. Instead, the changes are monitored from the outer cover of the article. In one aspect, for instance, a signaling device is provided for sensing and indicating the presence of a body exudate in an absorbent article, the device including a housing and a capacitive sensor disposed within the housing, the capacitive sensor adapted to sense a change in capacitance due to an insult to the absorbent article. The signaling device can include an attachment mechanism for removably attaching the housing to the absorbent article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Michael Ales, III, Sudhanshu Gakhar, Andrew Mark Long
  • Patent number: 8803699
    Abstract: When the sight impaired become mobile, they often bump their heads on unseen objects and/or hazards that could result in injury. The object detection device uses signal emitting proximity sensors that alert the user to unseen objects. The object detection device notifies the user of detected objects. Stimulators contact the user to warn the user that an object has been detected and the distance between the object and the user. Each stimulator contacts the user at a specific contact point. The stimulator finger contacting the user at a specific contact point informs the user of the distance between the user and the detected object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventors: George Brandon Foshee, Timothy Allen Zigler
  • Publication number: 20140070942
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the invention, the PASS-Tracker is a hand-held device that improves the ability of a rescuer to quickly locate a distressed firefighter by two processes: (1) detecting and recognizing the acoustic alarm sound from a PASS device in Alarm Mode, and (2) providing an indication to rescue personnel of the shortest path to the victim. The invention does not require a pre-installed infrastructure in a particular building; rather the device can be used in an ad hoc fashion at any fire scene. The PASS-Tracker utilizes a plurality of small microphones to detect the acoustic signal from the PASS device. Internal electronics in the PASS-Tracker measure the time-of-arrival (TOA) of the leading edge of the acoustic wave at each microphone and calculate and display the angle-of-arrival (AOA) of the wave.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventors: Wayne C. Haase, Zachary S. Haase
  • Publication number: 20140055261
    Abstract: A disaster prevention device contains a detecting unit and a control unit. The detecting unit includes a single crystal microprocessor connecting with a temperature detector, a gas detector, a smoke detector, a sound generator, an automatic dialing circuit, and a wireless transmitter circuit, such that when a gas stove is not turned off to cause a continuous gas burning, an abnormal temperature or smoke generates, and the wireless transmitter circuit transmits a wireless signal. The control unit includes a wireless receiver circuit, an electromagnetic valve connecting with the wireless receiver circuit, and the electromagnetic valve having an air inlet coupled with a gas hose and an air outlet connected with a gas inlet hose of the gas stove, such that after the wireless receiver circuit receives the wireless signal from the wireless transmitter circuit of the detecting unit, the electromagnetic valve is driven to turn off gas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventor: Ta-Tsun Su
  • Publication number: 20140028453
    Abstract: A safety circuit assembly for switching on or switching off a hazardous system in a failsafe manner has an evaluating device which is designed to produce a redundant switching signal. The evaluating device is connected to a signaling device via a first and a second line forming a pair of lines. The signaling device has an actuator which can be switched between a defined first state and at least one further state. The evaluating device produces a first defined pulse signal and transmits the first defined pulse signal to the signaling device using the pair of lines in a first direction. The signaling device produces a second defined pulse signal, which is a predefined replica of the first pulse signal, and transmits the second defined pulse signal to the evaluating device using the same pair of lines when the actuator is in the defined first state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventors: Hans SCHWENKEL, Winfried GRUBER
  • Patent number: 8639474
    Abstract: A portable diagnostic module may use a standardized physical interface to connect to a series of sensors. The module can be configured to accept different types of sensor outputs, and to collect the sensed data for use in local or networked analysis to help identify errors and faults before they occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Toshiba International Corporation
    Inventors: Mohammed Arefeen, Mark Rayner
  • Patent number: 8604935
    Abstract: A safety sensor device for an appliance detects burning conditions and shuts off power to the appliance. The device includes a sensor unit positioned near an exhaust of the appliance, and a relay unit connected along a power supply path to the appliance. The relay and sensor units are linked. The sensor unit includes a sensor for monitoring exhaust air from the appliance. The relay unit includes a circuit that electrically connects the appliance with a power source while in an ON state and electrically disconnects the appliance from the power source while in an OFF state, the circuit being responsive to the sensor unit to transition from the ON state to the OFF state if the sensor detects burning conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Pioneering Technology Corp.
    Inventors: Eajaz Zaheer, Yee Bing Hoo, Timothy SoeMoe Thu, Peter M. Callahan
  • Patent number: 8604931
    Abstract: A security access device for a portable electronic device comprises a plurality of security access buttons recessed into depressions on at least a portion of the external surface of the security access device. More than one security access button requires continual contact of a pad of at least two digits of at least one hand or up to four digits of both hands of a user of the electronic device for safe operation of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Inventors: Carlos J. Veloso, Jose V. Veloso, Robert A. Riker
  • Patent number: 8554386
    Abstract: Techniques for providing localized power infrastructure and data infrastructure are disclosed. A transportable system for providing localized power infrastructure and data infrastructure can include: a data network service engine configured to function as a local data network service provider; a power generation engine configured to function as a local power service provider that generates and distributes power locally; a deployment engine configured to assist in deploying one or more components of the transportable system; and a maintenance engine configured to maintain operation and security of the transportable system. In some embodiments, multiple transportable systems can be deployed and then centrally monitored or controlled as a single, utility system and/or a single data delivery infrastructure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventor: Serge Rutman
  • Patent number: 8537726
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed that secure data transmission in a communications system employed to control safety-relevant processes, through the provision of cooperating evaluators arranged in a shared manner in communications stations in order to evaluate safety-oriented data in a simple and cost-effective way. In the disclosed method, a data report is transmitted from a first station, by means of a communications system designed for serial data transmission, to a second station and said data report is checked by means of a second evaluator arranged in the second station. Depending on the results of the check of the data report, an acknowledgement report is transmitted from the second station to the first station, which acknowledgement report likewise is checked by the evaluator arranged in the first station. Furthermore, the disclosed system carries out the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Johannes Kalhoff, Karsten Meyer-Graefe
  • Patent number: 8482401
    Abstract: A safety belt includes a connecting member including a rope, an attaching portion connected to a first end of the rope and arranged to be attached to a body belt worn around a body of a worker, a hook connected to a second end of the rope, and a load detection portion arranged to detect whether or not a load is applied to the connecting member and to output a load detection signal. The safety belt also includes a control device that includes a receiver unit arranged to receive the load detection signal, a control unit arranged to determine a status of the worker or a status of the safety belt based on the load detection signal, and a notification unit arranged to provide a notification in accordance with control by the control unit corresponding to the determined status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignees: Techno Links International, Inc., Fujii Denko Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Osamu Morino, Akitomo Kozuki, Michihiro Murata
  • Publication number: 20130106601
    Abstract: A safety device for safeguarding a movable, guided movement element against undesired collisions with an object situated on a movement path of the movement element, said device comprising at least two sensors for detecting the object and the movement element and for outputting signals depending on the detection, and also having an evaluation unit for evaluating signals of the sensors and for generating a switch-off signal on the basis of the evaluation. For improved recognition of a risk of collision, the evaluation unit is designed to acquire from the at least two sensors a currently detected state vector from a set of state vectors which unambiguously comprise all possible combinations of the signals of the sensors, and to generate the switch-off signal in the case of predetermined state vectors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: Cedes AG
    Inventors: Tobias LEUTENEGGER, Steven FREEDMAN
  • Patent number: 8427300
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a circuit coupled to a line, where the circuit may power a device, and where the power is transmitted to the device over the line as a pulse-width modulated signal. The circuit may set a duty cycle of the pulse-width modulated signal in order to transmit a determined power level to the device. The apparatus may vary a frequency of the pulse-width modulated signal to transmit data to the device while the duty cycle of the pulse-width modulated signal is fixed in order to continue to transmit the determined power level to the device. A variation in the frequency of the pulse-width modulated signal may be detectable by the device and represents at least a portion of the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Redwood Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Covaro, Dave Leonard
  • Patent number: 8421623
    Abstract: A system comprising a portable unit which can be temporarily placed outside a patient room comprising a processor, memory, a speaker or voice generator, and programming to allow an authorized user to select (A) a disease or medical condition which corresponds to preprogrammed simulated voice warnings, for example “wash hands,” “wear gown,” “wear gloves,” “wear mask,” “dispose of gown,” “use hand sanitizer,” “wash hands with soap and water after removing protective clothing,” and combinations of said voice warnings; or (B) one or more of said preprogrammed voice warnings; a room entry detector programmed to activate the simulated voice warnings, the system configured so that when entry to the room is detected, one or a combination of the simulated voice warnings is emitted by the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Inventor: Mitchell Chester Rosenberg
  • Patent number: 8400313
    Abstract: There is provided an arousal state classification model generating device for generating a blink waveform pattern model and an arousal state pattern model based on data on a blink waveform, which are preferably used for accurately estimating an arousal level with respect to unspecified object persons, an arousal state classifying device for classifying the arousal state of an object person, and a warning device. In the arousal state classification model generating device, a first pattern model is generated by learning a statistical model by using as learning data first feature data extracted from the blink data of at least one of the eyes of each object person at the time of blinking and blink waveform identification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Asahi Kasei Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Noguchi, Roongroj Nopsuwanchai
  • Patent number: 8384540
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods for scanning refuse (garbage, trash) from a large geographic area to detect the presence of hazardous materials in the refuse. Hazardous material may comprise CBRNE agents, components of terrorist devices, environmental pollutants and toxins and illegal drugs and may include trace particulates of such agents as well as by-products thereof. Systems and methods, according to some embodiments, may further comprise geo-locating to a small geographic area the origin of hazardous material. Accordingly, in some embodiments the disclosure provides systems and methods to geo-locate facilities or addresses where hazardous materials are generated, thereby geo-locating facilities that make terrorist devices, sources of environmental pollutants and/or sources of illegal drugs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Hector M. Reyes, Donald P. Graham, Mary J. Hewitt, Michael Crist
  • Patent number: 8339256
    Abstract: A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system includes an interventional instrument and a switched, segmented transmission (Tx) line which ensures safety during an MRI protocol while the interventional instrument is located in the system. The transmission line includes at least two electrically conductive Tx line segments separated by a non-conductive gap. An electrically conductive bridge, having an open and a closed state, and a parallel connected impedance bridge, having a known impedance which suppresses RF current between the line segments, bridge the non-conductive gap. A measurement unit measures the impedance across the Tx line while the conductive bridges are open. The line segments are verified to be decoupled if the measured impedance of the line is substantially equal to that of the impedance bridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Steffen Weiss, Oliver Lips, Sascha Krueger
  • Patent number: 8289149
    Abstract: A control method for an air compressor including a compressor body for compressing air and an item to be replaced used during the operation of the compressor body. The method includes computing a service time of the item to be replaced, being based upon an operating time of the compressor body, discriminating whether the item to be replaced is a manufacturer's recommended item or not, determining whether or not the service time of the item to be replaced discriminated as the manufacturer's recommend item is not longer than a first reference time, but determining whether or not the service time of the item to be replaced discriminated as one which is not the manufacturer's recommended item is not longer than a preset second reference time which is shorter than the first reference time, and issuing an alarm when determining that the reference time is exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Hitachi Industrial Equipment Systems Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Teramoto
  • Patent number: 8242901
    Abstract: At least one embodiment of the invention relates to a fieldbus system, in particular for use in an explosion-hazard area. The fieldbus system, in at least one embodiment, has a plurality of bus line sections with bus lines; an isolating element, by which in each case two of the plurality of bus line sections are coupled to one another and which galvanically isolates the bus lines of the two bus line sections from one another such that this prevents any direct current flowing between the bus lines of the two bus line sections and communication signals are transmitted between the two bus line sections; and a supply source for each of the bus line sections, in order to provide an electrical power supply for field devices which can be connected to the respective bus line section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Klaus Indefrey, Maximilian Korff, Andreas Schiff, Bernhard Wiesgickl
  • Patent number: 8188852
    Abstract: A machine-tool safety device for a machine tool having a transmitting unit for transmitting an outgoing signal and a receiving unit for receiving an incoming signal. The machine-tool safety device has an adjusting unit for at least semi-automatically adjusting the outgoing signal to be transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Heiko Braun, Wolfgang Baierl, Michael Mahler, Alexander Werner Hees
  • Patent number: 8179249
    Abstract: In an air compressor which can cope with an item to be replaced which is not a manufacturer's recommended item so as to enhance the safety, there is provided, as an example, an air compressor comprising a compressor body for compressing air, an item to be replaced (in detail, for example, a suction belt, a suction filter, a separator element and an oil filter) used during the operation of the compressor body, comprising a control device for computing a service time of the item to be replaced, from an operation time of the compressor body, discriminating whether the item to be replaced is a manufacturer's recommended item or not, determining whether or not the service time of the item to be replaced, which is discriminated as a manufacturer's recommended item, exceeds a preset first reference time, but determining whether the service time of the item to be replaced, which is discriminated as the one which is not the manufacturer's recommended item, exceeds a second reference time which has been preset so as to
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Hitachi Industrial Equipment Systems Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Teramoto
  • Patent number: 8120481
    Abstract: When a person believes that he/she is having a heart attack, a pendant (or other communications device) can be activated to communicate an emergency services request signal to an emergency services notification station (e.g., that houses an AED). Once the emergency services notification station receives the emergency services request signal, the emergency services notification station can notify anyone in the area of the pending emergency (e.g., by sounding a siren and/or flashing a light and/or vibrating). The emergency services notification station can utilize an address display such that someone passing by is informed of the address of the person that needs assistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventor: Mark Gottlieb
  • Publication number: 20110316689
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods for scanning refuse (garbage, trash) from a large geographic area to detect the presence of hazardous materials in the refuse. Hazardous material may comprise CBRNE agents, components of terrorist devices, environmental pollutants and toxins and illegal drugs and may include trace particulates of such agents as well as by-products thereof. Systems and methods, according to some embodiments, may further comprise geo-locating to a small geographic area the origin of hazardous material. Accordingly, in some embodiments the disclosure provides systems and methods to geo-locate facilities or addresses where hazardous materials are generated, thereby geo-locating facilities that make terrorist devices, sources of environmental pollutants and/or sources of illegal drugs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2010
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Applicant: RAYTHEON COMPANY
    Inventors: Hector M. Reyes, Donald P. Graham, Mary J. Hewitt, Michael Crist
  • Patent number: 8068034
    Abstract: A safety sensor device for an appliance detects burning conditions and shuts off power to the appliance. The device includes a sensor unit positioned near an exhaust of the appliance, and a relay unit connected along a power supply path to the appliance. The relay and sensor units are linked. The sensor unit includes a sensor for monitoring exhaust air from the appliance. The relay unit includes a circuit that electrically connects the appliance with a power source while in an ON state and electrically disconnects the appliance from the power source while in an OFF state, the circuit being responsive to the sensor unit to transition from the ON state to the OFF state if the sensor detects burning conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Pioneering Technology Corp.
    Inventors: Reza Shah, Peter M. Callahan, legal representative, Eajaz Zaheer, Yee Bing Hoo, Timothy SoeMoe Thu
  • Publication number: 20110260852
    Abstract: The invention relates to a security device for a cover device of a pipe and/or for a pipe, that can be used for producing pipelines having a series of further pipes welded to each other, wherein the cover device comprises a sleeve covering an inner wall of the pipe, and the security device is designed for generating an alarm signal, wherein the security device comprises a structure-borne sound detection device comprising a structure-borne sound sensor for detecting manipulation of the pipe. The invention further relates to a system for monitoring pipes having a plurality of security devices having a receiving station for receiving the security device signals, preferably repeatable by means of a repeater, and an electronic data processer designed for analyzing the signals and for out-putting an alarm signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Applicant: ROSEN SWISS AG
    Inventor: Hermann Rosen
  • Patent number: 8005467
    Abstract: A method and system for providing a telematics readiness mode including receiving a first readiness mode input at a telematics unit, initiating a readiness mode responsive to the received first readiness mode input, receiving a second readiness mode input at the telematics unit while in the readiness mode, and determining a readiness action based on the received second readiness mode input. A computer usable medium with suitable computer program code is employed for providing a telematics readiness mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan L. Gerlach, Ernest B. Rennells, Russell A. Patenaude
  • Patent number: 7999668
    Abstract: A system is provided for implementing a series interlock loop. An example of the interlock system includes a series interlock loop, a data table, and a control module. The series interlock loop has an overall electrical characteristic. The series interlock loop includes first and second safety interlocks electrically coupled in series. Each interlock includes a switch coupled in parallel with an impedance value. The data table is configured to store values corresponding to the impedance values. The control module is communicatively coupled to the data table and configured to receive an indication of the overall electrical characteristic and to compare the overall electrical characteristic to the values in the data table to thereby identify an open one of the first and second safety interlocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: William R. Cawthorne, James E. Tarchinski
  • Publication number: 20110136469
    Abstract: A method and system that limits the use of a communication device present in an area controlled by an intelligent controller. The intelligent controller detects any present communication devices in the area and conducts an inventory providing information about each detected device. The intelligent controller compares that information to a standard of use data, which specifies the conditions need to be present for allowing the usage of a communication device. If such conditions are not met, the intelligent controller sends commands to the communication device to restrict its functionality. Else if, the intelligent controller is incapable of restricting the communication device, it can notify authorities of unauthorized usage of a communication device in the restricted area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2010
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Inventors: Spencer A. Rathus, John W. Olivo, JR.
  • Publication number: 20110122245
    Abstract: This application for patent for Forest Fire Control Systems (FFiCS) describes an invention for prevention and control of forest fires (FF). The system comprises strategically located Ignition Detection and Uplink Signaling Towers (IDUSTs), equipped with the Global Positioning System (GPS) and a suitable optical/infrared Scanner and Detector Assembly (SDA), to continually scan the forest region to instantly detect the onset of the initial flames and sparks of any fire (f/s) within the region. The SDA may optionally utilize a Scanner and Accurate Location Calculator (SALC). Upon detecting an f/s, the IDUST instantly transmits relevant data to a Regional Forest Fire Control System (RFFCC) via a suitable communications means, optionally utilizing the Super-Efficient Satellite and Wireless Antenna System (SSWAS).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2009
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Inventor: ASHOK KUMAR SINHA
  • Patent number: 7933676
    Abstract: An industrial control system includes a machine, a machine controller, and a safety controller. The machine controller is operable to identify a need for a human interaction, place the machine into a ready state for the human interaction, and generate a ready message responsive to placing the machine into the ready state. The safety controller is operable to receive the ready message, place the machine into a safe state responsive to receiving the ready message, and provide a human interaction indication responsive to placing the machine into the safe state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: George K. Schuster
  • Publication number: 20110090079
    Abstract: A safety belt includes a connecting member including a rope, an attaching portion connected to a first end of the rope and arranged to be attached to a body belt worn around a body of a worker, a hook connected to a second end of the rope, and a load detection portion arranged to detect whether or not a load is applied to the connecting member and to output a load detection signal. The safety belt also includes a control device that includes a receiver unit arranged to receive the load detection signal, a control unit arranged to determine a status of the worker or a status of the safety belt based on the load detection signal, and a notification unit arranged to provide a notification in accordance with control by the control unit corresponding to the determined status.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Applicants: FUJII DENKO CO., LTD., TECHNO LINKS INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Osamu MORINO, Akitomo KOZUKI, Michihiro MURATA
  • Patent number: 7898427
    Abstract: A smoke/heat detector and alarm system for shutting off power to a heat generating appliance (gas or electric powered) when smoke/heat is detected. The system includes a smoke/heat detector that responds according to a selected one of four selectable modes. The system also includes a library of telephone numbers with corresponding emergency telephone numbers that are automatically dialed in response to reception of a Smoke alarm signal. The system is designed to avoid confusion that might otherwise be encountered when a plurality of such systems are operating in close proximity to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Inventor: Steve H S Kim
  • Patent number: 7893824
    Abstract: An alarm control apparatus which collects alarms from an equipment of a plant and handles the alarms includes a support information collecting section which adds support information for managing the equipment to the alarms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Yokogawa Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Satoshi Okada
  • Patent number: 7864038
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an alarm engineering aiding system for aiding engineering of an alarm generated in a plant. There are provided an alarm generating scenario file in which types of pseudo alarms and generation timings are defined, a plant instrumentation information DB for storing instrumentation information of the plant, and a pseudo alarm generating section for generating the pseudo alarm based on the alarm generating scenario file, and adding instrumentation information of the plant while referring to the plant instrumentation information DB when the pseudo alarm is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Yokogawa Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Satoshi Okada
  • Patent number: 7847683
    Abstract: An apparatus for implementing an emergency machine off circuit of a fabrication system, includes: at least one safety switch adapted for shunting an operation enable signal from a piece of equipment selected for removal from service, the switch also removing from service supplemental devices for the selected equipment. A semiconductor fabrication system and a method for removing equipment from service are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory S. Boettcher, William R. Copeland, Joseph P. DeGeorge, Scott M. Hargash, William T. Petry, Robert R. Young
  • Publication number: 20100271197
    Abstract: An apparatus for a vehicle that has a propulsion mechanism capable of causing injury to a bystander located proximate to the propulsion mechanism when the propulsion mechanism is started comprises an activation switch, a speaker, and a sound controller. The activation switch is accessible to an operator of the vehicle. The sound controller is operative to cause the speaker to emit an audible warning in response to an activation of the activation switch prior to the propulsion mechanism being started.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Inventor: Joao Carlos Almeida
  • Publication number: 20100245064
    Abstract: A system and a method are described for providing one or more messages associated with driving hazards to a driver of a vehicle, comprising: i. providing data derived from more than one driving sessions driven by the driver, and storing data that relate to a plurality of driving events associated with that driver; ii. identifying at least one event that might constitute a potential hazard in future driving sessions of that driver; and iii. sending one or more messages based on the at least one identified event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Applicant: GREENROAD DRIVING TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventors: Hod FLEISHMAN, Ofer Raz
  • Publication number: 20100225467
    Abstract: Apparatus for detecting failure of a protective barrier between a first object and a second object is provided. The apparatus includes a transmitter assembly for transmitting an alternating electrical signal through the first object and a receiver assembly, wherein the receiver assembly is configured to receive the alternating electrical signal through the second object upon breach of the protective barrier. In a preferred embodiment, the first object is a patient undergoing surgery and/or medical treatment, the second object is a healthcare worker such as a surgeon and the protective barrier is a glove such as a surgical glove. The transmitter and/or receiver assemblies typically include transmitter or receiver electronics and signal connections, and optionally, the electronics and connections can together form integral transmitter and/or receiver assemblies. A return path can be provided for the transmitted signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2010
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Applicant: QinetiQ Limited
    Inventors: Adrian Robert BOWLES, Timothy Rupert Charles JARMAN, Bernard Robert MONEY
  • Patent number: 7786879
    Abstract: A rechargeable smoke and carbon monoxide detector is provided. The base of the detector has a battery formed therein that is charged when connected to a power source, such as a 110-volt light bulb socket. The detector is further configured to receive a 110-volt light bulb so as to not eliminate the use of the light socket as a light source. Additionally, the detector may include one or more warning devices such as an ionization or photoelectric sensor, speaker, or light source. A power indicator LED, a smoke indicator LED, and a carbon monoxide indicator LED all provide visual notification that the detector is functioning properly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: L.I.F.E. Support Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Samuel Lax
  • Patent number: 7764169
    Abstract: A monitoring system for detecting faults in an apparatus, such as a ski lift, employs a communication network onto which a sensor bus controller periodically transmits a safety message and receives a echo of each safety message. Different sensors are coupled to sensor adapter modules that in turn are connected in a series to the communication network. After the last sensor adapter module in the series, each safety message is echoed back along the communication network. Each sensor adapter module, upon receiving a safety message, increments a count in that message and transmits the resultant safety message to another module. When a sensor indicates a fault condition, the associated sensor adapter module blocks propagation of safety messages along the communication network. The sensor bus controller determines, in response to a failure to receive the echo and to the count in the echo, whether a fault occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Shane Morse Rowell, Anthony Edward Develice, Timothy Allen Christensen