Condition Of Electrical Apparatus Patents (Class 340/635)
  • Patent number: 10840624
    Abstract: A device includes a connector and a detector device. The connector includes at least one first-type pin and at least one second-type pin. The connector is capable of being connected to a corresponding connector of a solid-state drive (SSD) device. The detector device controls the at least one first-type pin to be coupled to a first power supply voltage based on, at least in part, the at least one second-type pin is connected to a second power supply voltage while the corresponding connector of the SSD device is connected to the first connector. If the at least one second-type pin is detected as being connected to a third power supply voltage different from the second power supply voltage while the corresponding connector of the SSD device is connected to the first connector, the detector device controls the at least one first-type pin to be in a non-connected state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: David T. Wang, Gwangman Lim, Shinwoo Park
  • Patent number: 10840815
    Abstract: Provided are a power supply circuit, a power supply device and a control method. The power supply circuit includes a primary rectifier unit, a modulation unit, a transformer, a secondary rectifier and filtering unit, a current feedback unit, an isolation unit and a control unit. The power supply circuit removes a liquid electrolytic capacitor at a primary side. In the power supply circuit, the liquid electrolytic capacitor at the primary side is removed, such that a volume of the power supply circuit is smaller, and is safe to use. Moreover, the control unit may determine a type of a voltage of input alternating current, and set a current limit value in the current feedback unit according to the type of the voltage of the alternating current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventors: Chen Tian, Jialiang Zhang
  • Patent number: 10831686
    Abstract: A method of determining a hard disk operation status is for determining an operation status of an electronic device which comprises a SGPIO port and a hard disk. The method comprises receiving an operation status raw signal of the hard disk through the SGPIO port, determining whether receiving a previous operation status raw signal of the hard disk has been performed before an operational period before receiving the operation status raw signal, generating an operation status adjusted signal according to the operation status raw signal of the hard disk and an enabled status signal of the SGPIO port when determining that receiving the previous operation status raw signal has not been performed before an operational period before receiving the operation status raw signal, and performing a delay procedure on the operation status adjusted signal according to a preset time interval to generate and output an operation status determined signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignees: INVENTEC (PUDONG) TECHNOLOGY CORPORTION, INVENTEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jian-Fei Liu
  • Patent number: 10819246
    Abstract: Provided are a power supply circuit, a power supply device and a control method. The power supply circuit includes a primary rectifier unit, a modulation unit, a transformer, a secondary rectifier and filtering unit, a current feedback unit, and a control unit. The power supply circuit removes a liquid electrolytic capacitor at a primary side. Moreover, the control unit may determine a type of a voltage of input alternating current, and set a current limit value in the current feedback unit according to the type of the voltage of the alternating current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventors: Chen Tian, Jialiang Zhang
  • Patent number: 10802047
    Abstract: An inspection device according to the invention of the present application includes a fixing plate, plural expanding and contracting portions whose one ends are fixed to the fixing plate, plural contact probes that are fixed to the other ends of the plural expanding and contracting portions respectively, and plural fixing portions which are provided to the plural contact probes respectively, wherein each fixing portion performs switching between a fixing state where an upper end of a corresponding contact probe is fixed at a first position and a releasing state where the contact probe is not fixed, the contact probe is pulled to the fixing plate by a corresponding expanding and contracting portion under the fixing state, and the upper end of the contact probe is placed at a second position closer to the fixing plate than the first position under the releasing state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Naoto Kaguchi, Yuji Ebiike
  • Patent number: 10757385
    Abstract: In general, this disclosure describes techniques for communicating preferred color gamut settings from a sink device to a source device. The source device may send, through a video interface, first video data to the sink device, which receives the first video data through the video interface. The sink device may then send, through a feedback channel of the video interface, preferred color gamut settings of the sink device to the source device. The preferred color gamut settings may be for content received from the source device. The source device may adapt second video data using the preferred color gamut settings. The source device may then send, through the video interface, the second video data adapted to the preferred color gamut settings to the sink device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Dmytro Rusanovskyy, Adarsh Krishnan Ramasubramonian
  • Patent number: 10746894
    Abstract: Disclosed is a magnetotelluric measurement system, comprising: a magnetic sensor probe for collecting an electromagnetic signal as an impulse response of an earth and transmitting the same to a signal readout circuit; the signal readout circuit configured for receiving and amplifying the electromagnetic signal collected by the magnetic sensor probe; a data acquisition and processing module configured for receiving and processing electromagnetic signal amplified by the signal readout circuit; a storage module configured for storing the electromagnetic signals amplified by the signal readout circuit and processed by the data acquisition and processing module; a first casing for enclosing the magnetic sensor probe and the signal readout circuit; and a second casing for enclosing the data acquisition and processing module and the storage module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: INSTITUTE OF GEOLOGY AND GEOPHYSICS CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
    Inventors: Zhongxing Wang, Qingyun Di, Tianxin Zhang, Fei Tian, Yongyou Yang, Wenxiu Zhang, Yujie Yang
  • Patent number: 10705126
    Abstract: A system for energy metering with temperature monitoring that includes a plurality of current sensors, suitable to sense a changing current in a respective power cable, that provide a respective first output. The energy metering system includes a support and current sensors interconnected to the support at spaced apart locations along the support. A temperature sensor that provides a second output and is interconnected to the support. The energy metering system receives the respective first output and the second output and determines characteristics of the energy system based upon the second output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Veris Industries, LLC
    Inventor: Martin Cook
  • Patent number: 10679666
    Abstract: A data storage library system includes at least one data storage library comprising at least one library frame and at least one environmental conditioning unit, the at least one environmental conditioning unit configured to control one or more environmental conditions within the at least one library frame. The system further includes at least one access door for providing access to an interior portion of the data storage library, a library controller, and at least one warning indicator associated with the data storage library and in electronic communication with the library controller. The at least one warning indicator is configured to provide an indication to an operator when the conditions within the data storage library are such that the at least one access door may be opened and when the conditions within the data storage library are such that the access door should not be opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ernest S. Gale, Icko E. T. Iben, Leonard G. Jesionowski, James M. Karp, Michael P. McIntosh, Shawn M. Nave, Lee C. Randall
  • Patent number: 10670637
    Abstract: A current measuring circuit for redundantly measuring electrical current includes a measuring resistor, a magnetic field sensor, and an evaluation circuit on an evaluation circuit board. The evaluation circuit is used to determine electrical current using the measuring resistor. The magnetic field sensor on the evaluation circuit board and the evaluation circuit board are arranged in direct proximity to the measuring resistor such that the magnetic field sensor is configured to detect the magnetic field from the current-carrying resistor. A battery includes the current measuring circuit and a motor vehicle includes the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignees: Robert Bosch GmbH, Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Patrick Kaupp
  • Patent number: 10665081
    Abstract: An awakening support apparatus includes an acquisition portion acquiring surroundings information which indicates information of at least one of a temperature and a vibration around a driver of a movable object, a determination portion determining a drowsiness inducing level of the driver based on the surroundings information acquired by the acquisition portion, and an execution portion executing an awakening support for decreasing a possibility of induction of drowsiness of the driver based on a determination result of the drowsiness inducing level determined by the determination portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hideaki Yamaguchi, Yoshihisa Suetsugu
  • Patent number: 10651681
    Abstract: A circuit breaker includes a control circuit capable of generating and transmitting a test pulse through its attached circuit and any connected load while its contacts are open, with the breaker in the OFF, or TRIPPED, state, to determine if detrimental anomalies exist, such as a short circuit. In certain configurations, the control circuit can measure and store a circuit's parameters for a properly operating load when the breaker is in the OFF state, and subsequently with the breaker in the OFF, or TRIPPED, state, compare the stored parameters to determine if an alarm condition exists and thereby initiate appropriate alerts and actions. In an alternate configuration, the breaker can be commanded to the OFF position by the load sending a signal through the power connection, with the breaker then being able to store the load's reason for shut-down and report such information to a remote location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Carling Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard W. Sorenson
  • Patent number: 10651954
    Abstract: To provide a calibration system and a calibration method capable of measuring the amplitude and the phase of the radio signal on the electromagnetic radiation surface of the measured antenna, even in the case where the interval between antenna elements is narrow. The calibration system 1 includes: an antenna control unit 16 that selects and excites a combination of antenna elements from among a plurality of antenna elements provided in the measured antenna 100 and thereafter selects and excites another combination of antenna elements; and a probe antenna 12 that receives an electromagnetic wave of the radio signal transmitted from the combination of the antenna elements at a plurality of measurement positions set within a predetermined measurement plane P of the near field area of the measured antenna 100, each time a combination of the antenna elements selected by the antenna control unit 16 are switched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: ANRITSU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takashi Kawamura, Masaaki Fuse
  • Patent number: 10652096
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and software for providing a network structure for a network. In one example, a method includes identifying an occurrence of a cascade amongst a plurality of nodes of the network. The method also includes determining respective activation times for each node of a plurality of activated nodes activated during the cascade. The method further includes, for each pairwise combination of activated nodes from the plurality of activated nodes, computing, based on the respective activation times, a connection probability that a pair of nodes from the plurality of activated nodes is connected by an edge. The method further includes mapping a true edge between two activated nodes of the plurality of activated nodes in the network based on computed connection probabilities for the each pairwise combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: University of Notre Dame du Lac
    Inventors: Dervis Can Vural, Sushrut Ghonge
  • Patent number: 10588139
    Abstract: A wireless device may directly transmit and receive data using carrier sense multiple access and receive an indication of an operating mode of the at least one other wireless device for power saving. The wireless device may transmit a message with scheduling information indicating times that the wireless device is awake, wherein the message includes a duration field and a count field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: III Holdings 1, LLC
    Inventors: Brig Barnum Elliott, David Spencer Pearson
  • Patent number: 10581138
    Abstract: A support element of a keypad included in a keyboard of a data input device. The support element puts at least one dummy key of a printed circuit board under pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: INGENICO GROUP
    Inventors: Jerome Andre, Michel Rossignol, Olivier Berthiaud
  • Patent number: 10540495
    Abstract: A method includes establishing a power link between a power source and a computing device using a cable assembly, the cable assembly including at least one indicator, monitoring a status of the power link at the computing device, determining if the status of the power link includes establishing a communication link, and upon determining the status of the power link includes establishing the communication link determining a direction of data flow along the cable assembly associated with the communication link, and generating a signal using the at least one indicator, the signal indicating the direction of data flow along the cable assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Omri Amarilio, Katie Leah Roberts-Hoffman, Alexander Friedrich Kuscher
  • Patent number: 10534887
    Abstract: A method including creating a plurality of component groups in a circuit layout coupling multiple components in each component group of the plurality of component groups with a power rail, a ground rail, or a bulk, is provided. The method includes creating internal clusters based on a group cost and including the group cost in an overall cost function, forming a gap between two component groups of the plurality of component groups, and filling the gap with a first gap cell adjacent to a first power rail and to a first ground rail, and a second gap cell adjacent to the first gap cell. A system and a non-transitory, machine readable medium storing instructions to perform the above method are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: CADENCE DESIGN SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Sravasti Nair, Subhashis Mandal, Chandra Prakash Manglani, Nikhil Garg, Preeti Kapoor, Kanaka Raju Gorle
  • Patent number: 10474214
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for monitoring the power storage capability of a secondary power source of a data storage device is provided. A capacitor is used as a secondary power source. A charging path and a discharging path are selectively generated for the capacitor. After being charged through the charging path, the capacitor is then discharged through the discharging path while the charging path is disconnected from the capacitor. Then, the capacitor is checked to determine whether its voltage level has dropped below a threshold level and thereby an evaluation result obtained from evaluating the capacitor is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: SHANNON SYSTEMS LTD.
    Inventor: Xiawei Ye
  • Patent number: 10433396
    Abstract: A portable electrical device, such as an electrical lighting device, comprises a charging channel configured for directing electrical power from the electrical device to a separate electrical device connected via the charging channel (e.g., a charging port). While the charging port is unused, the electrical device generates outputs (e.g., lighting outputs) at a first output power level (e.g., a first brightness). The electrical device also comprises an onboard controller configured to monitor the charging channel, and upon detecting an electrical device connected via the charging channel, the onboard controller decreases the output power to a second output power level (e.g., a second brightness) to conserve power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Energizer Brands, LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Brandon, II, Stephen E. Osmialowski, Liu Jing
  • Patent number: 10432080
    Abstract: A driving device of a semiconductor device includes a plurality of protection factor detection units, an identification signal generation unit, a continuation signal generation unit, a signal selection unit, and an alarm signal output unit. The protection factor detection units detect an occurrence of a protection factor. The protection factor requires a protection operation of a semiconductor device. The protection factor detection units output a protection factor generation signal. When any protection factor detection units output the protection factor generation signal, the identification signal generation unit generates a protection factor identification signal. The continuation signal generation unit generates a protection factor continuation signal while the protection factor detection unit outputs the protection factor generation signal. The signal selection unit selects the protection factor identification signal and the protection factor continuation signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kenshi Terashima
  • Patent number: 10416126
    Abstract: A “periodic signal parameter” (PSP) indicates periodic patterns in an autocorrelated vibration waveform and potential faults in a monitored machine. The PSP is calculated based on statistical measures derived from an autocorrelation waveform and characteristics of an associated vibration waveform. The PSP provides an indication of periodicity and a generalization of potential fault, whereas characteristics of the associated waveform indicate severity. A “periodic information plot” (PIP) is derived from a vibration signal processed using two analysis techniques to produce two X-Y graphs of the signal data that share a common X-axis. The PIP is created by correlating the Y-values on the two graphs based on the corresponding X-value. The amplitudes of Y-values in the PIP is derived from the two source graphs by multiplication, taking a ratio, averaging, or keeping the maximum value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Computational Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Stewart V. Bowers, III, Robert D. Skeirik
  • Patent number: 10418063
    Abstract: A data storage library system includes at least one data storage library comprising at least one library frame and at least one environmental conditioning unit, the at least one environmental conditioning unit configured to control one or more environmental conditions within the at least one library frame. The system further includes at least one access door for providing access to an interior portion of the data storage library, a library controller, and at least one warning indicator associated with the data storage library and in electronic communication with the library controller. The at least one warning indicator is configured to provide an indication to an operator when the conditions within the data storage library are such that the at least one access door may be opened and when the conditions within the data storage library are such that the access door should not be opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ernest S. Gale, Icko E. T. Iben, Leonard G. Jesionowski, James M. Karp, Michael P. McIntosh, Shawn M. Nave, Lee C. Randall
  • Patent number: 10411697
    Abstract: A voltage detection circuit is disclosed. The voltage detection circuit includes a threshold voltage detection circuit, a current leakage compensation circuit and a low voltage detection circuit. The threshold voltage detection circuit detects the voltage of a power source and determines whether the voltage is dropped over a threshold voltage, so as to wake up the low voltage detection circuit. The current leakage compensation circuit determines whether a voltage difference between the first voltage and the second voltage exceeds a preset value, so as to generate a trigger signal to activate the low voltage detection circuit. As a result, the voltage detection circuit can have high efficiency and low power consumption, and can detect the voltage drop more accurately in environment with current leakage, temperature variation, or process variation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: NUVOTON TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Po-Sheng Chen, Yeh-Tai Hung
  • Patent number: 10395171
    Abstract: A method and system are provided for providing event-processing rules in an event-processing environment. The method includes providing at least one generalised event-processing rule to a customer, receiving customer input of rule customization to produce a customized rule, and storing the customized rule in Polish notation for processing using stack-based processing. The method also includes receiving notification of an event for a customer, retrieving a customized rule relating to the customer, and processing the customized rule using stack-based processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: William Bittles, Jonathan P. Bond, David Granshaw, Daniel J. McGinnes
  • Patent number: 10389301
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a reconfigurable multicore inductor capacitor (LC) oscillator comprising a plurality of oscillator cores. The oscillator may be configured at run-time, at manufacturing, or at production, which may allow for the tailoring of operating characteristics of the oscillator, such as phase noise, electromagnetic interference, or power consumption, for a specific application after production. The cores are coupled through an interconnect network to a common electrical signal output. A subset of the cores may be selectively enabled while the remainder of the cores is disabled. The ability to enable only a subset of the cores allows the total number of enabled cores to be reconfigurable. Furthermore, the direction in which oscillation current flows through the inductor of the cores may be configured. Reconfiguring the number of enabled cores and/or the oscillation current direction in the cores allow operating characteristics of the oscillator to be tailored after production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSEMI SOLUTIONS (U.S.), INC.
    Inventors: Hormoz Djahanshahi, Srinivasa Rao Madala
  • Patent number: 10374593
    Abstract: A signal indicating temperature of an IGBT chip, after input into an overheat detection terminal, is simultaneously input into a first comparator for protection operation and a second comparator for precaution. At a normal time when the chip temperature is low, a first transistor connected to an alarm signal output terminal via a resistor and a second transistor connected to the alarm signal output terminal via a Zener diode are turned off, and the alarm signal output terminal whose voltage is pulled up by an external pull-up circuit is set to high level voltage. When the second comparator detects a precaution condition, the second transistor is turned on, and the alarm signal output terminal is set to intermediate level voltage. When the first comparator detects chip overheat, the first transistor is turned on, and the alarm signal output terminal is set to low level voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masahiro Taoka
  • Patent number: 10360776
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to security systems and, more particularly, to a power and/or alarming security system for electrical appliances. In an example embodiment, an apparatus comprises a socket and a circuit. The socket can be configured for detachable electrical connection with an electrical appliance. The circuit can be configured to (1) provide power to a connected electrical appliance through the socket, and (2) calibrate an alarm limit for a security function for the socket based on a plurality of electrical characteristics of the connected electrical appliance that are measured via the socket, wherein the electrical characteristics comprise an admittance characteristic and a current draw characteristic of the connected electrical appliance. Furthermore, the circuit can calibrate the alarm limit for the socket according to a plurality of calibration phases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: MOBILE TECH, INC.
    Inventors: Steven R. Payne, Kenneth A. Boehlke, Kimberly Porter Miyake, Wade Carter Wheeler
  • Patent number: 10355487
    Abstract: A photovoltaic system includes power generators configured to generate power utilizing sunlight, inverters configured to convert the power generated by the power generators into alternating-current power output to a power system, a first limiter configured to limit output power of the inverters not more than a predetermined capacity, a second limiter configured to limit output power of at least one of the inverters to a level exceeding the predetermined capacity limited by the first limiter, when a predetermined condition is satisfied, and an inverter controller configured to control the output power of the inverters, based on the first limiter or the second limiter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: TOSHIBA MITSUBISHI-ELECTRIC INDUSTRIAL SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takahiro Terazono, Naoki Fujiwara, Yoshio Tsuji, Shuji Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10324495
    Abstract: A base of tablet computer includes a housing, a moving member, and an interface assembly. The housing has a trench, a first sidewall, and a second sidewall connected to the first sidewall. The first sidewall forms a portion of the trench and has a first opening. The second sidewall forms another portion of the trench and has a second opening. The moving member is configured to move relative to the housing to selectively enter or exit the trench via the first opening. The interface assembly protrudes to a side of the second sidewall adjacent to the trench via the second opening, and is configured to rotate relative to the second opening based on an axis. The interface assembly is operatively connected to the moving member, so as to be rotated by the moving member while the moving member is moved relative to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Quanta Computer Inc.
    Inventors: Jui-Yuan Lee, I-Hao Chen
  • Patent number: 10284285
    Abstract: An autonomous anonymity system includes a universal access transceiver. The universal access transceiver is designed and arranged to selectively provide a notification when autonomous aircraft operation is authorized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: FREEFLIGHT ACQUISITION CORPORATION
    Inventors: John DeBusk, William Luetkemeyer
  • Patent number: 10247763
    Abstract: A voltage detecting glove comprises a glove liner and an outer glove shell. A conductive antenna is disposed inside the outer glove shell but separated from the glove liner by a buffer. The antenna is connected to electronic circuitry configured to sense a voltage indicative of the proximity of the antenna to an AC electric field resulting from energized AC source, and to activate an alarm if the strength of the field exceeds a preselected threshold limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: E I DU PONT DE NEMOURS AND COMPANY
    Inventors: Wei Wu, Gregory Scott Blackman, Jeffrey Scott Meth, Kimberly K. Hockman
  • Patent number: 10203666
    Abstract: A cell controller includes an inside information acquiring unit for acquiring the inside information of the plurality of manufacturing machines, and an inside information comparing unit which compares, with regard to a first manufacturing machine and a second manufacturing machine, which are selected by the comparison object selecting unit, first inside information and second inside information, which are acquired, and the inside information comparing unit extracting a difference therebetween. The cell controller also includes an abnormality cause finding unit for finding a cause of an abnormality that occurs in the first manufacturing machine or the second manufacturing machine, based on the difference, and an abnormality cause conveying unit for conveying the cause of the abnormality to the outside of the cell controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiromitsu Takahashi, Toshimichi Aoki
  • Patent number: 10181725
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of operating at least one distributed energy resource comprising a refrigeration system (1) with a number of cooling entities, wherein a power consumption information is communicated to a smart-grid setup (SG).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: DANFOSS A/S
    Inventor: Torben Green
  • Patent number: 10182484
    Abstract: A technique for determining when to replace protection circuitry in electronic devices, such as lighting fixtures, is provided. Protection circuitry is provided between AC supply rails and in front of circuitry to be protected. A protection circuit sensor is located and configured to measure a characteristic of the protection circuitry and provide a corresponding sensor output. Control circuitry will monitor the sensor output of the protection circuit sensor on a continuous, periodic, or aperiodic basis. Next, the control circuitry will determine at least one metric indicative of an extent of damage inflicted on the protection circuitry 30 based on the sensor output. Based on the at least one metric, the control circuitry will determine when the at least one metric exceeds a threshold indicative of a need to replace the protection circuitry while the protection circuitry remains operational.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Cree, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerry Farrel Thornton, Xin Jiang
  • Patent number: 10164357
    Abstract: A connecting terminal in a power distribution unit includes a connecting plate and a first wire joint. The connecting plate includes first and second ends. The first end defines a first locking hole. The first wire joint is configured to be connected to an end of a wire, the connecting terminal is connected a power interface of an external device through the first locking hole. The power distributing unit having the connecting terminal is further disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Cloud Network Technology Singapore Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Chia-Peng Wang, Gi-Lung Lin
  • Patent number: 10148018
    Abstract: A power distributing socket in a power distributing unit includes an insulating chassis and a circuit unit embedded in the insulating chassis. The circuit unit includes an input end and an output end, each end is connected to a locking terminal. Each of the locking terminals defines a first locking hole. The power distributing unit is further disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Cloud Network Technology Singapore Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Chia-Peng Wang
  • Patent number: 10101144
    Abstract: A method for detecting a spacing defect between two adjacent strands of a layer of a fiber fabric includes positioning of the fiber fabric on a metal plate, the fiber fabric covered by an air-tight casing, removing air from between the metal plate and the casing, displacing an inductive sensor relative to the fiber fabric and identifying a defect based on a signal generated by the inductive sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Airbus Operations S.A.S.
    Inventors: Denis De Mattia, Christian Vivier
  • Patent number: 10088348
    Abstract: An ultrasonic gas flow meter based on FPGA and DSP consists of ultrasonic gas transducers and sensor components, transmitting/receiving signal channel switch circuits, a driving signal generation and amplification circuit, an echo signal conditioning and collection circuit, a time sequential controlling and signal processing circuit, a man-machine interface, a serial communication module and a power management module, propagation time of ultrasonic echo waves is calculated by adopting a variable ratio threshold and zero-crossing detection method of tracking maximum peak of the echo signal to obtain gas flow rates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: HEFEI UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Kejun Xu, Min Fang, Wei Wang, Wenjiao Zhu, Ziwen Shen
  • Patent number: 10061736
    Abstract: Embodiments described are generally directed to a mass storage unit possessing a plurality of non-volatile data storage devices each possessing non-transitory mass storage memory hardware, a drive message router possessing with a plurality of different light sequence instructions retained therein, a motherboard that is connected to each of the non-volatile data storage devices and the drive message router via a bus that is adapted to transfer data via a data storage protocol arranged for mass data storage, a bezel electrically connected to the drive message router via an electrical cable that is adapted to transfer signals in a non-data storage protocol, a plurality of lights visibly disposed on the bezel. The drive message router is adapted to receive a data packet in the data storage protocol from the motherboard via the bus. Once received, an execution instruction is extracted from the message to carry out a subset of the light sequence instructions in a particular order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Spectra Logic, Corp
    Inventors: David John Fatzer, Matthew John Ninesling, Matthew Thomas Starr
  • Patent number: 10055007
    Abstract: Methods and systems for conserving reserve energy for a communication module for a vehicle are provided. The occurrence of an event is detected. The communication module is placed in a first mode upon the detection of the event. The communication module is placed in a second mode after the communication module has been in the first mode for a predetermined amount of time. The first mode comprises an energy reserve conservation mode that uses less energy than the second mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Carlos S. Jabbour
  • Patent number: 10026445
    Abstract: A data storage library system includes at least one data storage library comprising at least one library frame and at least one environmental conditioning unit, the at least one environmental conditioning unit configured to control one or more environmental conditions within the at least one library frame. The system further includes at least one access door for providing access to an interior portion of the data storage library, a library controller, and at least one warning indicator associated with the data storage library and in electronic communication with the library controller. The at least one warning indicator is configured to provide an indication to an operator when the conditions within the data storage library are such that the at least one access door may be opened and when the conditions within the data storage library are such that the access door should not be opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ernest S. Gale, Icko E. T. Iben, Leonard G. Jesionowski, James M. Karp, Michael P. McIntosh, Shawn M. Nave, Lee C. Randall
  • Patent number: 9995382
    Abstract: A method for determining timing of oil filling for a ball screw can determine whether the oil film in a specific time period is sufficient, falling or insufficient, and then know the optimum timing of oil filling, by comparing the sum of the slope values within respective time periods with a predetermined value. The method is further capable of determining the timing of oil filling even when the rotation speed of the ball screw changes. The method includes a step of signal acquisition, a step of converting signal, a step of defining and saving eigenvalues, a step of calculating eigenvalues, and a step of determining oil filling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: HIWIN TECHNOLOGIES CORP.
    Inventors: Wei-Ying Chu, Hsiao-Ting Wen, Yih-Chyun Hwang
  • Patent number: 9986622
    Abstract: Provided is a lighting apparatus and a method for controlling the same using a mobile device. A lighting system may include a mobile terminal, a hub configured to communicate with the mobile terminal, and an LED lamp configured to communicate with the hub. The mobile terminal may be configured to display an image captured or focused using a camera at the mobile terminal. The mobile terminal may transfer to the hub information corresponding to a selection of a region of the image. The hub may provide a wireless signal corresponding to the information received from the mobile terminal for changing a color of light emitted by the LED lamp. The LED lamp may be controlled based on the ZigBee communication protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Youjoo Min, Jooyeon Kim, Jisun Lee, Jisook Lee, Grami Ryu, Moonsung Kim, Jeonghwa Yang, Jongsun Jeon
  • Patent number: 9958622
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving light from a light generating device at a port of a network device, the port comprising a port optical element positioned within a path of the light, receiving a cable assembly comprising a plug at the port, the plug comprising a plug optical element positioned for alignment with the port optical element when the cable assembly is coupled with the port, and processing the light at the port optical element and the plug optical element. The processed light is emitted from a portion of the plug extending from the port when the cable assembly is coupled with the port to provide a visual indication of compatibility between the cable assembly and the port. An apparatus is also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel Richard Goergen, Robert Gregory Twiss, Charles Calvin Byers, Chad M. Jones
  • Patent number: 9960936
    Abstract: A transmission apparatus includes a connector that couples a signal path to a receiver, an equalizer that performs an equalization operation on received signals to be input to the receiver via the connector, a controller that calculates a coefficient controlling an operation of the equalizer and sets the coefficient in the equalizer, and a detector that detects a mating fault of the signal path in the connector in response to the coefficient configured by the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Manabu Shibata
  • Patent number: 9940801
    Abstract: Examples are directed towards providing a set of hub devices for providing per-room monitoring of an area associated with a structure. A set of hub devices monitors movements of a user through the monitored area to generate user traffic data. A dynamic map of the monitored area is generated based on the user traffic data. The set of hub devices detects sounds occurring within the monitored area. The detected sounds are identified. Some of the detected sounds are amplified and replayed on speaker(s) within the monitored area. Notifications of some detected sounds are provided to user device(s) to notify at least one user of the occurrence of the detected sounds. If a detected sound indicates a safety issue, a safe route leading from a current location of the user to a different potentially safer location is generated and provided to the user to facilitate an evacuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph Benjamin Phillips
  • Patent number: 9880214
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for detection and adaption to an end-of-line resistor in a notification appliance circuit (NAC) of a control panel or power booster of, for example, an alarm system, and for ground fault localization in the alarm system are provided. The apparatus can include the NAC where the NAC includes first and second analog input terminals, where the NAC includes first and second external output terminals, and where the NAC includes an end-of-line resistor. Current can be driven through the NAC via the first and second analog input terminals, and voltage can be measured at each of the first and second external output terminals. The measured voltage can be indicative of one of a value of the end-of-line resistor or that a state of the NAC is one of open, shorted, ground faulted, or normal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventor: Donald M. Boettger
  • Patent number: 9875168
    Abstract: In an approach to automatic connection detection in an environment, the environment including a first device and a switching device, a first port on the first device being connected to a second port on the switching device, automatic connection detection occurs by associating a fifth port on the switching device to the second port. In response to detecting an identifier of a sixth port on a third device at the first port on the first device, it's determined that the sixth port on the third device is connected to the fifth port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Chang W. Chen, Jin Yan Huang
  • Patent number: 9862239
    Abstract: An antenna driving device includes an antenna driving circuit arranged to generate driving current of a transmission antenna, a power supply circuit arranged to generate an output voltage from an input voltage so as to supply the output voltage to the antenna driving circuit, and a logic circuit arranged to control the antenna driving circuit and the power supply circuit. The power supply circuit has a function of temporarily disabling current feedback control so as to perform voltage feedback control using a reference value just before halting the drive of the transmission antenna when the power supply circuit restarts to drive the transmission antenna, or has a function of performing variable control of a reference value for current feedback control in accordance with a rising edge of the driving current when the power supply circuit restarts to drive the transmission antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Rohm Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoki Takahashi, Masaki Omi, Muga Imamura, Yohei Okuno