Machine Condition Patents (Class 340/679)
  • Patent number: 10796577
    Abstract: Onboard terminal device includes its own vehicle information acquisition section, a vehicle-to-vehicle communication section, and a collision risk determination section. The vehicle information acquisition section acquires the vehicle information including position information of an own vehicle. The vehicle-to-vehicle communication section performs wireless communications with another vehicle to communicate one's vehicle information to another vehicle and to receive the another vehicle's information, which includes position information of the another vehicle, from the another vehicle. The collision risk determination section determines a risk of collision between the one vehicle and the another vehicle by using a predetermined determination algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: HITACHI CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seiya Katou, Hiroshi Watanabe, Takeshi Ito
  • Patent number: 10793371
    Abstract: A conveyor belt management system is capable of determining in detail the state of a conveyor belt, more reliably preventing the conveyor belt becoming unusable, determining a suitable replacement period, and lowing the running costs of the conveyor belt. A state of the conveyor belt is monitored by a calculation unit and an expected service life before use is calculated based on data of an indicator indicating a status of a belt conveyor device and an indicator indicating a use environment of the conveyor belt; at least one data from an amount of wear, an impact force, a tensile force, a state of a core, and an indicator indicating a state of an endless portion; and a belt specification database and a tolerance range database in which a tolerance range for each of the input items in input in advance per belt specification stored in a storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Gang Hou
  • Patent number: 10787047
    Abstract: A method for pairing a measurement module with a wheel of a motor vehicle. The method is implemented by a computer and includes, for each received measured signal, determining the power of the measured signal, determining the angular orientation of each wheel and identifying, in a plurality of tables, a row and column pair including the determined power and the angular orientation of each wheel. The pairing being performed when, for a number of determined columns of each table higher than a first minimum threshold, the number of row and column pairs identified in one table is lower than a predetermined maximum threshold and the number of row and column pairs identified in the other tables is higher than a second minimum threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignees: Continental Automotive France, Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Nicolas Guinart, Antoine Richard, Sylvain Godet
  • Patent number: 10754721
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, devices, and methods related to assets and asset operating conditions. In particular, examples involve defining and using a predictive model that is configured to output an indication of whether at least one failure type from the group of possible failure types is likely to occur at an asset within the given period of time in the future.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: UPTAKE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Horrell, John Ciasulli, Sheng Zhong, Jason Kolb
  • Patent number: 10735617
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a second detection unit configured to detect whether there is a decrease in reflectance of a reflection unit for light, based on a second output value which is output by an output unit based on light which is received by a light receiving unit in a state in which, after a first output value is controlled to become a prescribed value, a light emitting unit is radiating light and it is detected by a first detection unit that a predetermined object is present in a path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takumi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10728414
    Abstract: A detection apparatus includes a second detection unit configured to detect lowering of a light reflectance of a reflection portion based on an output value based on light received by a light receiving portion while an object is moving on a conveyance path, without depending on at least a part of output values output based on light received by the receiving unit while the object is stopped on the conveyance path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuki Sawai, Megumi Maruyama
  • Patent number: 10723183
    Abstract: A method whereby a central unit carried on board a motor vehicle can identify the wheels of a motor vehicle, by locating a radiofrequency black spot for transmissions between a wheel unit with which a wheel of a motor vehicle is equipped and a wheel-monitoring central control unit carried on board the vehicle, a wheel angle encoding independent of the transmission being in any case performed in order to measure the true rotation of the wheel at a given instant. A string of successive frames providing full angular coverage of the wheel is transmitted from the wheel unit, a receive rate for the frames being established and analyzed in order to detect at least one spot of poorer reception corresponding to the at least one black spot, the angle encoding providing an angle of rotation of the wheel at the instant of detection of the at least one black spot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignees: Continental Automotive France, Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Sylvain Godet, Stéphane Billy
  • Patent number: 10712033
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a system for a heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system includes a compressor configured to circulate a working fluid through the HVAC system, a fan configured to direct across a heat exchanger coil of the HVAC system, an ambient sensor configured to monitor a condition of an environment surrounding the heat exchanger coil, and a control system communicatively coupled to the ambient sensor, where the control system is configured to detect a status of the ambient sensor, and where the control system is configured to adjust operation of the compressor, or the fan, or both, upon detection of an error of the ambient sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Shaun B. Atchison, Andrew M. Boyd, Noel A. Grajeda-Trevizo, Tom R. Tasker
  • Patent number: 10697421
    Abstract: An integrated turbomachine is described, comprising: a casing; an electric motor and a driven turbomachine component housed in the casing; a rotating shaft drivingly connecting the electric motor and the driven turbomachine component; a thrust bearing and a radial bearing rotatingly supporting the shaft; an axial locking device housed inside the casing, for applying a thrust to the shaft, parallel to the rotation axis (A-A) of the shaft, and comprised of an actuator member, configured to selectively activate and/or deactivate the axial locking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: NUOVO PIGNONE SRL
    Inventors: Luciano Mei, Massimo Camatti, Manuele Bigi
  • Patent number: 10650664
    Abstract: A fall detection/fall indicator device (20) that automatically senses when a user (14) of fall protection equipment, such as a fall harness (10), has experienced an arrested fall, the fall harness (10) having an electrical circuit (45) that is a closed circuit (46) in a first state and an open circuit (48) in a second state after an arrested fall, and an alert device (62) that is automatically responsive to the open circuit (48) to emit an alert/alarm to other personnel that an arrested fall has been experienced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Hai Pham, Steve Huseth, Gina Marie Theisen, Steven James McPherson
  • Patent number: 10534360
    Abstract: An occurrence of a predetermined event is detected or predicted within a stream of data and a classification for the event is determined. A message is sent to an application when the predetermined event is detected or predicted. The message is received at the application and the message is visualized to a user of the application. The stream of data from the industrial machine to the transceiver circuit, to the control circuit, and to the application occurs in real-time without substantial interruption allowing the user of the application to make decisions and determine insights concerning the industrial machine in real-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Veera Kishore Reddipalli, Vamshi Gandrapu
  • Patent number: 10459227
    Abstract: A method includes detecting currently existing dose rates while a worker is performing an operation within a Radiologically Controlled Area (RCA) and visually outputting to the worker a dosage rate map of ionizing radiation within the RCA. The visual output can be visually depicted on a display that is worn by the worker during the operation and that is situated in proximity to the worker's eye. Another method of visually outputting to a worker a number of visual indicia that are representative of a number of parameters of an operation performed inside or outside the RCA includes periodically receiving a number of inputs from a number of detectors, employing the inputs to determine values for the parameters, and depicting the number of visible indicia on an electronic visual display that is situated on the worker and that is disposed proximate an eye of the worker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Company LLC
    Inventor: Michael S. Norrell
  • Patent number: 10452859
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed relating to securely storing file system metadata in a computing device. In one embodiment, a computing device includes a processor, memory, and a secure circuit. The memory has a file system stored therein that includes metadata for accessing a plurality of files in the memory. The metadata is encrypted with a metadata encryption key that is stored in an encrypted form. The secure circuit is configured to receive a request from the processor to access the file system. In response to the request, the secure circuit is configured to decrypt the encrypted form of the metadata encryption key. In some embodiments, the computing device includes a memory controller configured to receive the metadata encryption key from the secure circuit, retrieve the encrypted metadata from the memory, and decrypt the encrypted metadata prior to providing the metadata to the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Eric B. Tamura, Wade Benson, John Garvey
  • Patent number: 10442665
    Abstract: The invention relates to a hydraulically telescopic support device for a vehicle, in particular for a mobile loading crane, comprising a hydraulically movable piston-cylinder unit for extending and retracting the support device and a hydraulic system comprising a first hydraulic circuit for moving the piston-cylinder unit and a hydraulic force measuring device for determining a supporting force which acts on the support device, wherein the hydraulic force measuring device has a dedicated second hydraulic circuit that is independent from the first hydraulic circuit of the hydraulic system, at least during the determination of the supporting force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: PALFINGER AG
    Inventor: Eckhard Wimmer
  • Patent number: 10433474
    Abstract: An agricultural implement having ground engaging components and inboard and outboard frame members are safely unfolded by using a radar or laser sensor to detect the presence of an obstacle in the unfolded position. A warning signal or disabling the unfolding process occurs when an obstacle is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Parvathy K. Hadley, Dean A. Knobloch
  • Patent number: 10429180
    Abstract: Provided is versine trolley-type equipment for inspecting a track irregularity, having sensors respectively provided to a trolley so as to measure a height difference, direction misalignment, gauge irregularity, rail longitudinal slope, cant and the like of railroad rails, and simultaneously measuring the height difference and direction misalignment of a left rail and a right rail so as to reduce a measurement time by half and, also, allowing left and right measurement frames to freely move in a vertical direction within a predetermined range, thereby bringing front and rear trolley wheels of the left and right measurement frames into close contact with the rails all the time even if the rails are warped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: KOREA RAILROAD RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Il Yoon Choi, Jun Suk Lee, Sam Young Kwon, In Ki Min
  • Patent number: 10374457
    Abstract: A wireless transmitting device 1 using electric power supplied from a power generating element 100 which can generate the electric power by utilizing mechanical energy externally applied includes an electric storage element 3 for storing the electric power generated by the power generating element 100; and a wireless transmitting unit 4 for performing a wireless transmitting operation with using the electric power supplied from the electric storage element 3. The wireless transmitting unit 4 is capable of setting a power consumption amount consumed at one time of the wireless transmitting operation. The wireless transmitting device 1 is configured to set timing when the wireless transmitting unit 4 consumes the electric power and the power consumption amount of the wireless transmitting unit 4 according to electromotive force of the power generating element 100.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUMI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kenichi Furukawa
  • Patent number: 10370827
    Abstract: An excavator managing device has a communication device, a storage device, and a processing device. The processing device receives machine identification information of an excavator and operation information representing the operation status of the excavator from the excavator through the communication device. In addition, machine identification information of an excavator and failure classification information of the excavator are received from a support device through the communication device. Thereafter, the failure classification information and the operation information are stored in the storage device in association with each other. With the excavator managing device having this configuration, past repair experience can be easily applied to future repair operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Masato Koga
  • Patent number: 10371505
    Abstract: Systems and methods may provide for determining an amount of physical bend in an electronic device and comparing the amount of physical bend to a threshold. Additionally, a warning may be generated if the amount of physical bend exceeds the threshold. In one example, one or more values representing the amount of physical bend are stored to a nonvolatile memory on the device and retrieved in accordance with one or more of a diagnostic push event or a diagnostic pull event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuri I. Krimon, David I. Poisner, Reinhard R. Steffens
  • Patent number: 10367891
    Abstract: A system for optimizing network traffic is described. The system includes a plurality of appliances, each having an SSL session exchange module. An appliance in active state is called a primary appliance, and one or more appliances in inactive state are called secondary appliances. An appliance of a cluster of appliances comprises a secure session exchange module and one or more network interfaces configured to facilitate a first secure session between a client device and the appliance and a second secure session between the appliance and a server. The secure session exchange module in a primary appliance is configured to provide a message for sending to one or more secondary appliances. The message indicates that the appliance is acting as a primary instance for a server. The secure session exchange module in the primary appliance is also configured to acquire at least one session-related parameter through a handshake procedure for a secure layer with the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: CITRIX SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Praveen Raja Dhanabalan, Chaitra Maraliga Ramaiah, Akshata Bhat
  • Patent number: 10356691
    Abstract: A technique comprising: detecting at a first radio node a first signal indicating the number of hops at which a second radio node that transmitted the first signal first detected a second, earlier signal; and deciding whether to transmit said first signal onwards from said first radio node based at least partly on (i) a direction indicator in said first signal, (ii) a comparison of the respective numbers of hops at which said first and second radio nodes first detected said earlier second signal, and (iii) the result of a search at said first radio node for onwards transmission of said first signal by another radio node in the direction indicated by said hop-count number direction indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: PERPETUUM LTD.
    Inventors: Andrew Paul Pevy, Michael Allum, David Robert Vincent
  • Patent number: 10271115
    Abstract: Apparatus is provided having a signal processor configured to: respond to stimuli caused by a vibrating machine or structure and capture a sampled data set containing information about the stimuli, including where the stimuli include at least vibration of the vibrating machine or structure; and determine wireless signaling containing a pre-selected subset of information from the sampled data set that can be provided as relevant data that includes a relevant data package/sample, the size of the relevant data package/sample, and computations upon the relevant data package/sample, based upon implementing a data interpretation algorithm that uses a wireless communication capacity or protocol for communication. The apparatus may include a data collector or sensor having the signal processor arranged therein and configured for coupling to the vibrating machine or structure to be monitored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: ITT Manufacturing Enterprises LLC.
    Inventors: Neil Loychik, Daniel J. Kernan
  • Patent number: 10249167
    Abstract: Methods, computer program products, and systems are presented. The methods include, for instance: collecting user data from the user, analyzing a context of an event including one or more actions from the user data; identifying subsequent actions of the event based on the context of the event, creating one or more context-personality-cognitive state (CPC) mapping, building up a knowledgebase by machine learning, and predicting a cognitive state of the user based on the knowledgebase. The method generates an alarm for a subsequent action based on the predicted first cognitive state of the user and notifying the generated alarm to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Munish Goyal, Wing L. Leung, Sarbajit K. Rakshit, Kimberly G. Starks
  • Patent number: 10240643
    Abstract: A self-contained clutch for diesel engines for off-highway implementation is provided. A stationary friction disc, pressure plate and endplate sandwich a pair of rotating separator discs. Attenuation of vibration damping of the rotator discs may be achieved by a centrifugal weight. A pulse-width-modulated DC motor or valve is employed in association with a hydraulic actuator to control pressure to the clutch piston. An RFID tag uniquely identifies the nature and parameters of the clutch itself and is associated with the clutch such that the controller can most efficiently operate the clutch. Heat is dissipated by an oil pump servicing the support bearings and/or by the integration of a centrifugal fan into the heat disc stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: PT TECH, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy A. Clapp, Richard E. Cole, David A. Farwell, Tyler A. Naumoff, David J. Morris
  • Patent number: 10216158
    Abstract: A system for light commercial building solutions (LCBS). Solutions and other systems may incorporate lightweight alerting service, auto-adjustment of gateway poll rates based on the needs of various consuming applications, detecting loss of space comfort control in a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, HVAC capacity loss alerting using relative degree days and accumulated stage run time with operational equivalency checks, and HVAC alerting for loss of heat or cool capacity using delta temperature and dependent system properties. Also, incorporated may be triggering s subset of analytics by automatically inferring HVAC equipment details from controller configuration details, ensuring reliability of analytics by retaining logical continuity of HVAC equipment operational data even when controllers and other parts of the system are replaced, and an LCBS gateway with workflow and mechanisms to associate to a contractor account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Wacker
  • Patent number: 10189319
    Abstract: An improved method for a passenger car tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), including improvements of a direct TPMS or an indirect TPMS technique. The direct TPMS uses a dynamic tire pressure reference as a tire pressure determination basis, and monitors the real-time tire load, e.g., when the wheel load changes, the TPMS data processing center takes the tire cold inflation pressure data corresponding to the real-time load as the current tire pressure reference, and performs determinations and warnings for the real-time tire pressure data. The indirect TPMS establishes a wheel speed reference database based on a vehicle speed reference, and conducts compensations and corrections for wheel speed distortions caused by the tire wear in use, and performs an analysis and comparison between the compensated and modified real-time wheel speed and the data from the wheel speed reference database, and makes a real-time tire pressure information indication or warning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventor: Liming Fu
  • Patent number: 10192283
    Abstract: This invention provides a system and method for determining the level of clutter in an image in a manner that is rapid, and that allows a scoring process to quickly determine whether an image is above or below an acceptable level of clutter—for example to determine if the underlying imaged runtime object surface is defective without need to perform a more in-depth analysis of the features of the image. The system and method employs clutter test points that are associated with regions on the image that should contain a low gradient magnitude, indicative of emptiness. This enables the runtime image to be analyzed quickly by mapping trained clutter test points at locations in the coordinate space in which lack of emptiness indicates clutter, and if detected, can rapidly indicate differences and/or defects that allow for the subject of the image to be accepted or rejected without further image analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: COGNEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jason Davis, David J. Michael, Nathaniel R. Bogan
  • Patent number: 10134014
    Abstract: Methods and systems for proactively preventing hazardous or other situations in a robot-cloud interaction are provided. An example method includes receiving information associated with task logs for a plurality of robotic devices. The task logs may include information associated with tasks performed by the plurality of robotic devices. The method may also include a computing system determining information associated with hazardous situations based on the information associated with the task logs. For example, the hazardous situations may comprise situations associated with failures of one or more components of the plurality of robotic devices. According to the method, information associated with a contextual situation of a first robotic device may be determined, and when the information associated with the contextual situation is consistent with information associated with the one or more hazardous situations, an alert indicating a potential failure of the first robotic device may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventors: James J. Kuffner, Jr., Ryan Hickman
  • Patent number: 10100492
    Abstract: A hydraulic excavator includes an upper revolving unit revolvably mounted on a lower traveling unit. A counterweight is disposed on a rear end part of the upper revolving unit. A structure is disposed in front of the counterweight on the upper revolving unit. An upper surface of the structure has a substantially flat area. A first antenna supporting part is configured to support a first antenna. A second antenna supporting part is configured to support a second antenna. Each of the first and second antenna supporting parts is disposed above the substantially flat area of the upper surface of the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventor: Minetaka Nishimura
  • Patent number: 10082771
    Abstract: A machine learning apparatus learning an operating command to an electric motor. The machine learning apparatus is configured to learn an operating command to an electric motor. The machine learning apparatus comprises a status observing part observing an amount of power fed to an electric motor, a temperature of the electric motor, a load of the electric motor, and vibration of the electric motor as status variables and a learning part learning an operating command to an electric motor according to a set of training data prepared based on the status variables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasuyuki Nakazawa
  • Patent number: 10043367
    Abstract: Methods, computer program products, and systems are presented. The methods include, for instance: collecting user data from the user, analyzing a context of an event including one or more actions from the user data; identifying subsequent actions of the event based on the context of the event, creating one or more context-personality-cognitive state (CPC) mapping, building up a knowledgebase by machine learning, and predicting a cognitive state of the user based on the knowledgebase. The method generates an alarm for a subsequent action based on the predicted first cognitive state of the user and notifying the generated alarm to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Munish Goyal, Wing L. Leung, Sarbajit K. Rakshit, Kimberly G. Starks
  • Patent number: 10013677
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatus are disclosed for monitoring appliances at a site, such as a household, business office, etc. The appliances can include, for example but not limited to, an electric oven, dishwasher, refrigerator, laundry washer, freezer, pool controller, light bulb, microwave oven, computer, motor vehicle, television, telephone, etc. In many of the embodiments, the appliance has a computer based architecture or a controller that enables communication of data concerning the electronic appliance. In some embodiments the appliance is an apparatus with a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag or other passive device that can be interrogated for information concerning the appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Martin Kelly Jones, Scott Andrew Horstemeyer
  • Patent number: 9964967
    Abstract: A method for monitoring a control of a parameter of one or more devices or systems in an oil or gas production site includes receiving process data, the process data being a result of the control of the parameter of the one or more devices or systems in the production site; smoothing the process data using a polynomial filter while preserving features of the process data to obtain smoothed data; and applying a pattern recognition algorithm to the smoothed data to determine whether there is a malfunction condition in the one or more devices or systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignees: CHEVRON U.S.A. INC., UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: Yingying Zheng, Si-Zhao Qin, Michael Barham
  • Patent number: 9965939
    Abstract: A method for estimating a level of damage to perishable cargo during transportation of the cargo using data collected by a portable monitoring device. The method includes measuring vibrational data associated with the cargo. The vibrational data is monitored by a vibration sensor of the portable monitoring device. The method further includes incrementing a counter in the portable monitoring device in response to an amplitude of the measured vibrational data exceeding a predetermined threshold. The method also includes determining if the counter value exceeds a predetermined value, and generating an alert indicating damage to the cargo in response to determining the counter value has exceeded the predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: LOCUS SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Blair Nygren, Rodney Parsons
  • Patent number: 9928487
    Abstract: Methods and systems for proactively preventing hazardous or other situations in a robot-cloud interaction are provided. An example method includes receiving information associated with task logs for a plurality of robotic devices. The task logs may include information associated with tasks performed by the plurality of robotic devices. The method may also include a computing system determining information associated with hazardous situations based on the information associated with the task logs. For example, the hazardous situations may comprise situations associated with failures of one or more components of the plurality of robotic devices. According to the method, information associated with a contextual situation of a first robotic device may be determined, and when the information associated with the contextual situation is consistent with information associated with the one or more hazardous situations, an alert indicating a potential failure of the first robotic device may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventors: James J. Kuffner, Jr., Ryan Hickman
  • Patent number: 9891045
    Abstract: A method for determining a pivoting angle (?) of a wheel unit (12) mounted onto a snap-in inflation valve (10) includes the following three phases: observation of a curve representing the effect of gravity on the radial acceleration Ames of a wheel of the vehicle on a sensing axis Y? which is related to the wheel unit and is not parallel to the axis of rotation of the wheel, by spectrum analysis of the gravity curve at a sampling frequency Fs greater than an assumed rotation speed ? of the wheel, deduction of the actual rotation speed ? of the wheel, and determination of the pivoting angle ? according to the formula cos ? ? ? = A mes _ ? 2 ? × R , ?where ? is the actual angular speed deduced from the observation of the curve, Ames is a mean value of the corrected radial acceleration, and R is a standardized radius of the wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignees: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE FRANCE, CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventor: Youri Vassilieff
  • Patent number: 9888452
    Abstract: Sounds, alarms or other indications of conditions of potential interest that are produced by appliances and other household devices are detected by one or more sensors to trigger a notification signal that is sent to a remotely located user. The signals produced by the sensors are advantageously compared with a database of signals representing conditions of potential interest produced by known appliances and devices, producing the appropriate notification signal when a match is found. Notifications may be relayed to one or more selected users only when predetermined conditions are satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Twin Harbor Labs LLC
    Inventors: James D Logan, Eric Carr, Richard A Baker, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9874599
    Abstract: Embodiments of present invention provide a DC-DC device soldering detecting apparatus. The apparatus may include a power module adapted to input a preset voltage into the DC-DC device on a circuit board, a frequency generating module adapted to input a preset clock frequency signal into the DC-DC device, and a voltage detecting and determining module adapted to detect soldering quality of the DC-DC device on the circuit board based on an output voltage of the DC-DC device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., BOE (HEBEI) MOBILE DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wenkai Zhai, Litao Fan, Tianxiao Zhao, Ruifeng Yang
  • Patent number: 9858790
    Abstract: Methods, computer program products, and systems are presented. The methods include, for instance: collecting user data from the user, analyzing a context of an event including one or more actions from the user data; identifying subsequent actions of the event based on the context of the event, creating one or more context-personality-cognitive state (CPC) mapping and building up a knowledgebase by machine learning, predicting a cognitive state of the user while performing a of the event based on the knowledgebase. The method generates the alarm for the subsequent action based on the predicted first cognitive state of the user and notifying the generated alarm to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Munish Goyal, Wing L. Leung, Sarbajit K. Rakshit, Kimberly G. Starks
  • Patent number: 9784647
    Abstract: A wear sensing device is disclosed. The wear sensing device may have a wear sensor. The wear sensor may have plurality of wear members, a communication device, and a processing device. The processing device may be configured to generate a signal indicative of wear, based on a state of the plurality of wear members. The processing device may be further configured transmit the signal with the communication device. The wear sensing device may further have a housing. The housing may at least partially enclose the wear sensor and include a plurality of separate slots. The plurality of wear members may be positioned in the plurality of separate slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy Gibbs Sidles
  • Patent number: 9727051
    Abstract: A facility for automated modelling of the cutting process for a particular material to be cut by a beam cutting tool, such as a waterjet cutting system, from empirical data to predict aspects of the waterjet's effect on the workpiece across a range of material thicknesses, across a range of cutting geometries, and across a range of cutting quality levels, all of which may be broader than, and independent of the actual requirements for a target workpiece, is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: OMAX Corporation
    Inventors: Axel H. Henning, James M. O'Connor
  • Patent number: 9621724
    Abstract: Customer service calls to media service providers are addressed by remotely monitoring and diagnosing the customer's installed equipment. Such remote diagnosis decreases the need for assistance from customer service representatives and on-site repair technicians. In a method of operating a customer service routing system for a media service provider, subscriber equipment is first identified and then data specific to the subscriber equipment is collected. Relevant data can be maintained as an equipment health history in a database that is updated periodically by automatic monitoring. The database can be located within a remote server. Equipment data can be extracted automatically and relayed directly to the subscriber, thereby bypassing interaction with a customer service representative.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: William Michael Beals
  • Patent number: 9566834
    Abstract: A system includes an acceleration sensor for detecting a centrifugal acceleration, and a processing unit, which is coupled to the acceleration sensor and which is configured to determine numerical values from measured values of the centrifugal acceleration. The determined numerical values are representative of a mileage of a tire and/or wear of the tire and/or an installation radius of the system in the tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Michael Kandler, Thomas Lange, Christoph Steiner
  • Patent number: 9563181
    Abstract: In a method for operating an automation system having a first central unit and a second central unit connected with one another for communication and several automation devices connected for communication to the second central unit, information relating to a plurality of communication channels arranged between the second central unit and a respective automation device is compiled in a communication data record, and information relating to communication relationships with the plurality of communication channels and the respective automation device that can be accessed via the plurality of communication channels is automatically transmitted to the first central unit, based on a communication data record.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Hermann Jartyn
  • Patent number: 9559024
    Abstract: A power semiconductor module, including a housing and a substrate having at least one conductive path is located, at least one power semiconductor device arranged on said conductive path at least one contact, a self-sustaining system for detecting a physical parameter or a chemical substance, a device for wireless transmitting data provided by the sensor, and an energy source. The sensor detects at least one of current, voltage magnetic fields, mechanical stress, and humidity. The power semiconductor module may be part of an electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventor: Harald Beyer
  • Patent number: 9556887
    Abstract: A method for estimating health and remaining useful life of a hydraulic element of a machine is provided. The method includes determining a charge time of a hydraulic accumulator coupled to the hydraulic element in which a current pressure of a hydraulic fluid in the hydraulic accumulator reaches an upper threshold pressure, the current pressure being measured by a hydraulic accumulator pressure sensor coupled to the processor and the hydraulic accumulator. The method includes determining a discharging flow rate of the hydraulic element based upon the determined charge time of the hydraulic accumulator, a health indicator of the hydraulic element based upon a difference between the discharging flow rate and a stored discharging flow rate. The method includes determining a remaining useful life of the hydraulic element based upon the health indicator of the hydraulic element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Andrew Carpenter
  • Patent number: 9519561
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide tools and facilities for instrumentation of application programs, including application programs that execute on mobile-electronics devices, including web browsers. The application-program and mobile-electronics-device environment is a superset of the web-analytics problem domain and provides many new opportunities and challenges for instrumentation-based data collection and data analysis. Certain embodiments of the present invention provide configuration-controlled embedded instrumentation that allows fine-granularity control of instrumentation operation by remote data-collection servers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Webtrends Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Claudell Lawbaugh
  • Patent number: 9506981
    Abstract: A circuit configuration for secure application includes several internal frequency detectors arranged in digital units at critical points of an integrated circuit. The clock detectors are concealed in the digital part of the integrated circuit each as a standard cell (flip-flop unit) in order to prevent any external manipulation and in order to hide its function. The clock detectors are preferably disposed in a clock tree topology, which can be at several levels for distributing the clock signal through the different digital unit tree at critical points. Alarms are generated via a clock detector network if at any level an external clock attack has been monitored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: EM Microelectronic-Marin S.A.
    Inventor: Fabrice Walter
  • Patent number: 9510137
    Abstract: A short range peer-to-peer communications system for communicating between mobile machines includes a first machine having a first prime mover, a first ground engaging drive mechanism operatively connected to the first prime mover to propel the first machine about a work site, and a first peer-to-peer transmitter system on the first machine for transmitting a first signal indicative of a characteristic associated with operating of the first machine. A second machine has a second prime mover, a second ground engaging drive mechanism operatively connected to the second prime mover to propel the second machine about the work site, and a second peer-to-peer receiver system for receiving the first signal directly from the first peer-to-peer transmitter system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Steven R. McCoy, Stephen W. Rector
  • Patent number: 9476803
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and an apparatus for predicting the condition of a machine or a component of the machine based on measurements of a condition monitoring parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: E-Maintenance Sweden AB
    Inventor: Basim Al-Najjar