Means For Simulating Abnormal Condition Patents (Class 434/366)
  • Patent number: 8775515
    Abstract: A system and method for providing student performance alerts in an online learning environment is provided. An online learning environment is monitored. A score for a test taken by a student at a first time is received. One or more previous scores for previous tests taken by the student at previous times are obtained. The score is compared with one or more of the previous scores to determine a difference between the score and the one or more previous scores. A change threshold is applied to the difference and the difference is determined to be significant when the difference is outside the threshold. An alert for the significant difference is transmitted to one or more recipients associated with the student.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Apex Learning, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Lippert, Rohit Agarwal
  • Patent number: 7987108
    Abstract: A method and system for maintaining an item of equipment supports the provision of predictive maintenance in a manner which eliminates or reduces downtime of the equipment. The method includes tracking performance data on the equipment or a particular component of the equipment. At least one required maintenance activity is predicted based upon the performance data with respect to a defined performance standard. Performance of the required maintenance activity is scheduled at a defined respective time based upon the prediction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Accenture Global Services Limited
    Inventors: Michael Wetzer, David P. West, II, Patrick E. Weir, Gary R. Garrow, Charles P. Newton, III
  • Patent number: 7386432
    Abstract: A method of providing a software application to different network clients from a server including maintaining one or more sets of state data, each set of state data describing the state of an instance of an application, each instance of an application corresponding to one or more network clients, updating the sets of state data in accordance with applications running on one or more computers connected to the server via a local area network and for at least one of the sets of state data generating an interface based on the set of state data and transmitting the generated interface to the corresponding network client(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: Medical Learning Co., Inc./Web Simulator
    Inventors: Karl Haakonsen, Stas Taraschansky, Bryan Bergeron, Raymond C. Kurzweil
  • Patent number: 7244123
    Abstract: A self-contained training device for simulated personnel entry, exit and rescue in confined space scenarios. The device features an enclosed tank mounted on a truck trailer. The tank has at least one top portal and at least one side portal for entry and exit. An enclosed pipe is situated within the tank and has separate points of entry and exit. The top of the tank features a walkway and handrail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Assignee: Matrix Service, Inc.
    Inventor: John Barron
  • Patent number: 7124059
    Abstract: A method and system for maintaining an item of equipment supports the provision of predictive maintenance in a manner which eliminates or reduces downtime of the equipment. The method includes tracking performance data on the equipment or a particular component of the equipment. At least one required maintenance activity is predicted based upon the performance data with respect to a defined performance standard. Performance of the required maintenance activity is scheduled at a defined respective time based upon the prediction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Assignee: Accenture Global Services GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Wetzer, David P. West, II, Patrick E. Weir, Gary R. Garrow, Charles P. Newton, III
  • Patent number: 6870534
    Abstract: A method of simulating the effects of one or more explosive events utilizes a mapping of graphically-valued dots to describe the explosive event at detonation at a plurality of (x,y) positions. A degradation rule is applied to the mapping of dots at each of times tn, for n=1 to N, to yield corresponding mappings of degraded value dots. The degradation rule specifies how the mapping of dots at detonation changes with time. The mapping at detonation and mappings of the degraded value dots are then simultaneously displayed in (x,y) registration with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2005
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Robert Woodall, Felipe Garcia
  • Patent number: 6039570
    Abstract: A hydraulic demonstration apparatus is disclosed having a hydraulic system including a reservoir, an inlet line and an outlet line. A valve at the inlet line is included for introducing air so as to create aeration in the hydraulic system. A restricting valve is provided at the inlet line for creating cavitation in the hydraulic system. A hydraulic pump is provided having a clear cover for observing the effects of aeration and cavitation inside the pump. A flow meter having a clear housing is provided for observing the air in the system and the reduction of pump efficiency caused by aeration. The demonstration apparatus can be mounted on a movable cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2000
    Assignee: Aeroquip Vickers, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Garner, Joseph Klamecki
  • Patent number: 5147206
    Abstract: The invention features an engine operation simulation system for training maintenance and service personnel to diagnose and repair engines. The engine operating simulation system utilizes an actual electronic control unit for controlling an engine. A processor is provided to perform an simulation of engine operating parameters. The processor interfaces with the engine electronic control unit. A mechanism is provided for generating inputs and is connected to the processor and to the engine electronic control unit to provide parameters that represent engine operating characteristics. The parameters are applied to the engine electronic control unit. The input generating mechanism provides a plurality of simulated input signals that monitor the engine operation. There is also provided a mechanism for simulating a malfunction in the engine so that the processor can alter the desired operating parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1992
    Inventor: Stephen S. Golenski
  • Patent number: 5067901
    Abstract: An apparatus for simulating a multimode meter having a pair of test leads, a function switch, and a range select switch is provided. The simulated multimeter apparatus is fed by digital display data signals and provides a numeric display representative of a number corresponding to digital data display signals. Further, the simulated multimeter apparatus is fed by a plurality of switch signals which correspond to predetermined locations of the function and range select switches and fed by an input data stream corresponding to simulated electrical parameter values, related to the values of the functions switch and the range switch, for converting the input data stream into the digital display data signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1991
    Inventors: Donald S. Fordham, Richard A. Petersen, Charles E. Gorbet
  • Patent number: 5037302
    Abstract: An educational device for teaching humanistic values to a child is in the form of a toy manufactured with at least one recognizable abused condition or defect. The toy is packaged and marketed with repair apparatus enabling a child to permanently substantially eliminate the abused condition and effective upon completion of the repair to leave permanent visual reminder of the original abused condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 6, 1991
    Inventor: Vladimir Sirota
  • Patent number: 4996980
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a fault triggering component for life-sustaining systems such as ventilating apparatus and anesthesia apparatus. The fault triggering unit is adapted so as to be connectable to or exchangeable with one of the standard plug-in components of the system. The fault triggering unit includes at least one remote-controllable drive member and this drive member is connected to a movable triggering component which triggers at least one fault with its movement. A circuit arrangement for assembling a training program for a ventilating apparatus having a lung simulator is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 5, 1991
    Assignee: Dragerwerk Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Horst Frankenberger, Frank Simon
  • Patent number: 4964804
    Abstract: A training or servicing kit comprises a portable electronic simulation of an apparatus, the simulation including manually operable means to sense and/or control parameters of the simulation, and a computer with associated software serving in use to lead an operator through a training or servicing programme in dependence upon the values of parameters determined by the operator by means of the manually operable means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 23, 1990
    Assignee: Otis Elevator Company
    Inventors: Thomas G. Carr, Donald Oliver, John James, Robert Rayfield
  • Patent number: 4943238
    Abstract: Instructional apparatus for training automotive service technicians in the skills required for isolating, identifying and repairing malfunctions in sophisticated automotive electronic systems uses a group of electronic circuit modules wherein each module simulates at least a portion of an automotive electronic circuit and one or more modules may be connected to form more complex circuits. One or more jumper wires associated with each of the modules may be altered by an instructor to create at least one fault condition representative of an electrical malfunction in the circuit associated with the module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 24, 1990
    Assignee: Interplex Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank Gregorio
  • Patent number: 4932880
    Abstract: An interactive and programmable tone generator with scenarios is disclosed nd described as a training device. Sounds are recorded as they are heard in their actual environment. The recording then can be combined with a coded track that triggers a graphics demonstration previously prepared from notations taken during the recordings that describe the actual environment that corresponds to the respective sound. Also, selections can be taken from the recording that present a best example of a sound to be learned, looped for repetition, and then rerecorded digitally onto micro-floppy diskettes. When played-back the diskettes provide challenging interactive training for the novice and expert alike in a variety of available modes using both computer generated graphics and sounds reconverted from digital storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 12, 1990
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: David M. Kotick, Jonathan M. Smith
  • Patent number: 4776798
    Abstract: The changeable modular training system disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 4,623,312 is extended to include an energy management microprocessing unit, i.e. CPU, a keyboard, a video screen, a remote sensor, and a microprocessing interface unit, to create an energy management microprocessing training system. These added components are formed in the same size modules and/or are interconnected, where needed, by the same electrical connectors and the same peg and slot supports as used in the changeable modular training system. This energy management microprocessing training system is used when students are taught how to program, operate, install, service, and troubleshoot mechanical and electronic control systems in a classroom, when using simulated control systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1985
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1988
    Assignee: Training Labs Inc.
    Inventor: Larry C. Crawford
  • Patent number: 4734039
    Abstract: A pelvimetry phantom is assembled from components permitting replication of all of the pure and mixed pelvic types.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 29, 1988
    Inventor: Eric Thompson
  • Patent number: 4629430
    Abstract: A computer controlled training simulator for a thermal power plant includes a switching device for selecting interactive or independent operation of a boiler simulation section, a turbine simulation section and a generator simulator section. In the interactive mode, the boiler, turbine and generator sections operate as corresponding sections of a single power plant for training operators of the respective sections. In the independent mode, the individual sections are operated as the corresponding sections of three separate power plants so that training of operators of each section can proceed without delays associated with functions of the other two sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 16, 1986
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Fumio Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 4623312
    Abstract: A module for use in a training system assembly which includes a power base is multi-sided and includes mechanical-electrical feet on one side for jacking the module into the power base or into a second module. Detent spring latches are disposed on another side of the module for receiving the feet of a second module atop the first module. The module is hollow and an electrical component is mounted therein. The component is an electrical connection with the feet and the detent spring latches. A display is on a third side of the module and the rear of the module includes a fault selector switch which causes the component to be in either an operating configuration or a fault configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1984
    Date of Patent: November 18, 1986
    Assignee: Training Labs, Inc.
    Inventor: Larry C. Crawford
  • Patent number: 4613952
    Abstract: A simulator can simulate a multi-stage industrial plant that is controllable by a digital control and digital programmer for affecting plant operation. The simulator has a plurality of indicators mounted on a console for producing indications in response to display signals applied to the indicators. Also, a plurality of manually operated controls are mounted on the console for allowing production of manual signals. The simulator also has a computer coupled to the indicators for providing to them their display signals. The computer is also coupled to the manually operable controls for receiving their manual signals. The computer can respond to the manual signals of predetermined ones of the manually operable controls to provide a programmed array of processed values sized to simulate parameters existing during operation of the industrial plant. Given ones of this array of values are applied to specified ones of the indicators for providing their indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1983
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1986
    Assignee: Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation
    Inventor: Richard C. McClanahan
  • Patent number: 4568288
    Abstract: A simulation system for a fossil fuel power plant simulator. The simulation system includes first, second, and third displaying means for respectively displaying selected simulated flame characteristics within the furnace, emission density images from the smokestack, and water/steam levels as indicated by a steam drum level indicator of the power plant. A computer correlates the images displayed on the first, second, and third displaying means such that a change in the operating level of the power plant causes corresponding changes in the simulated flame characteristics, emission density images, and water/steam level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1983
    Date of Patent: February 4, 1986
    Assignee: The Singer Company
    Inventor: Michael W. Patteson
  • Patent number: 4545766
    Abstract: A simulated nuclear energy power plant system with visible internal working components comprising a reactor adapted to contain a liquid with heating elements submerged in the liquid and capable of heating the liquid to an elevated temperature, a steam generator containing water and a heat exchanger means to receive the liquid at an elevated temperature, transform the water to steam, and return the spent liquid to the reactor; a steam turbine receiving high energy steam to drive the turbine and discharging low energy steam to a condenser where the low energy steam is condensed to water which is returned to the steam generator; an electric generator driven by the turbine; indicating means to identify the physical status of the reactor and its contents; and manual and automatic controls to selectively establish normal or abnormal operating conditions in the reactor, steam generator, pressurizer, turbine, electric generator, condenser, and pumps; and to be selectively adjusted to bring the reactor to acceptable o
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1983
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1985
    Assignee: PowerSafety International, Inc.
    Inventor: Glen J. Schoessow
  • Patent number: 4464120
    Abstract: A simulator and signal processing system for interactive simulation or signal processing of models of complex dynamic systems includes a range of basic hardware processor modules, each of which simulates or signal processes a system element corresponding e.g. to the symbols of System Dynamics. The hardware processor modules are placed in sockets arranged in regular rows and columns on an electronic planning board to form a flow diagram structure of the dynamic system to be simulated or signal processed. The electronic planning board comprises power lines for energizing the hardware processor modules and a high bandwidth local bus structure which transfer information signals between neighoring modules placed on the electronic planning board. The simulator and signal processing system permits a constant low simulation or signal processing time irrespective of the size or complexity of the model to be simulated or signal processed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1982
    Date of Patent: August 7, 1984
    Inventor: Kaj Jensen
  • Patent number: 4425097
    Abstract: The training aid described herein is used to train operators of equipment, generally heavy mobile equipment, and comprises a briefcase-sized unit having a connector cable within releasably connects to the control systems and indicators on the vehicle, which have been modified in several ways. The control unit in the briefcase is capable of either simulating one or more abnormal conditions in the equipment by overriding normal readings such as on indicators, meters or alarms, or additionally actual abnormal conditions can be created in the equipment by degrading brakes, the retarder system, hydraulic steering mechanism, or actually killing the engine or the propulsive power of the unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1981
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1984
    Inventor: Lawrence L. Owens
  • Patent number: 4406627
    Abstract: A maintenance training system capable of precisely simulating both the inner and the outward functions of original electronic equipment is realized by utilizing a programmable waveform generator, a microcomputer and interfacing input/output circuits in a modular design that can be adapted to use with virtually any desired electronic system maintenance trainer. The system provides genuine waveform generation and display in a real time maintenance trainer with positive input/output control through line replacable unit read/write modules. The programmable waveform generator develops analog waveforms from digital control and picture data received from the micro-computer. The analog outputs of the programmable waveform generator drive the maintenance trainer's external meters, displays and oscilloscope and can be programmed to simulate point by point circuit tracing of the original electronic equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1982
    Date of Patent: September 27, 1983
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventors: Michael F. Winthrop, Buddy L. Holmes
  • Patent number: 4316720
    Abstract: This disclosure illustrates and describes a system that permits a student to receive hands-on maintenance training of electronic systems without interfering with the operation of the electronic system. The students are taught how to repair and maintain the electronic system by trying to locate defective simulated components that may be used to drive and control the electronic system. The simulated components are controlled by a computer and they will only malfunction when an instructor enters an instruction into the computer which causes that particular electronic component to be defective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1979
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1982
    Assignee: The Singer Company
    Inventor: Morris Ackerman
  • Patent number: 4259789
    Abstract: A simulated open circuit on high current electrical lines is generated, such that high currents, including transient currents, do not interact with and adversely effect the low current digital computer electronics which control the simulation. A bi-directional triode thyristor in its non-conducting state is triggered to enter its conducting state allowing current to flow through the thyristor and to trip a circuit breaker connected to the output of the thyristor. The tripping allows the thyristor to reset itself to its non-conducting state and to be ready for any new triggering signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1980
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1981
    Assignee: The Singer Company
    Inventor: John H. Mallett
  • Patent number: RE39542
    Abstract: Biological agents such as secretory cells are encapsulated in a hydrophilic gel made of agarose or collagen-agarose and gelatin sponge-agarose combinations. In a preferred embodiment, semi-solid beads are formed from a suspension containing collagen, agarose and secretory cells such as pancreatic islets, the collagen is polymerized to form solid, agarose-collagen beads and the solid beads are coated with agarose. Coating is preferably by rolling the solid beads in about 5-10% agarose, contacting the rolled beads with mineral oil and washing oil from the beads. Beads containing secretory cells can be transplanted into a mammal to treat a condition caused by impaired secretory cell function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Assignee: The Rogosin Institute
    Inventors: Kanti Jain, Albert L. Rubin, Barry Smith