Radiant Energy Control Patents (Class 49/25)
  • Patent number: 11384588
    Abstract: Method (100) for controlling a drive arrangement (200) for an automatic door operator (30) of an entrance system (10) having one or more movable door members (D1 . . . Dm), whereby the automatic door operator (30) is for causing movements of the one or more movable door members (D1 . . . Dm) between a closed position and an opened position, respectively. The drive arrangement (200) comprises a DC-motor (34) for driving the automatic door operator (30), a H-bridge (96) and a controller (32, 232) for controlling the drive arrangement (200). The H-bridge (96) comprises a first leg (A) and a second leg (B), the first leg (A) and second leg (B) both being connected to a first voltage supply line (97) and a second voltage supply line (98), the first voltage supply line (97) having a higher voltage than the second voltage supply line (98).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Assa Abloy Entrance Systems AB
    Inventor: Sven-Gunnar Soderqvist
  • Patent number: 11125003
    Abstract: A system for closing a door of a vehicle is disclosed. The system includes: at least one sensor configured to detect a velocity and a position of the door; a brake configured to decrease the velocity of the door; an actuator configured to move the door to a closed position; and a controller configured to control operation of the at least one sensor, the brake, and the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Faraday&Future Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Richard Partsch, Padmanabhan Kumar, Cian John Francis Brogan, Chris McCarthy
  • Patent number: 11110854
    Abstract: A method for determining presence of a person's hand at an exterior door handle assembly for a vehicular door includes providing an exterior door handle assembly having a base portion, a handle portion and a pocket lighting and sensing module, with the pocket lighting and sensing module including at least one light emitting diode and at least one light sensor. With the base portion mounted at the exterior door handle region of the vehicular door, the light emitting diode is energized to emit light to illuminate a pocket surface at the base portion, and the light sensor light senses light emitted by the light emitting diode that is reflected off the pocket surface at the base portion. Responsive to light sensed by the light sensor being below a threshold level, the pocket lighting and sensing module determines a presence of a person's hand at the handle portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Inventor: Kenneth C. Peterson
  • Patent number: 11047168
    Abstract: A shutter including a frame, a first blade set, a second blade set, a power source and a blade driving system is provided. The frame has a frame body. The first blade set and the second blade set are disposed on the frame body of the frame. The power source is disposed in the frame body. The blade driving system connects the power source, the first blade set and the second blade set for rotating the first blade set and/or the second blade set to rotate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Inventor: Wei-Ting Hsu
  • Patent number: 11008797
    Abstract: A power door actuation system for a vehicle door includes a power-operated presenter actuator mounted to one of the vehicle body and the vehicle door. The power-operated presenter actuator includes a motor and an extensible member being translatable between a retracted position and an extended position along a first axis in response to selective actuation of the motor. The motor has a motor shaft that extends along a second axis that is substantially parallel to the first axis along which the extensible member translates. Powered movement of the extensible member between its retracted and extended positions results in corresponding movement of the vehicle door between closed and presented positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Inventors: Fabio Termine, Francesco Cumbo
  • Patent number: 10975608
    Abstract: A method for teaching parameters for a door sensor for monitoring a monitoring field in front of the door leaf of a door, including: using an at least 2-axis rotation angle encoder having at least 1-axis inclination in relation to the door leaf; opening the door leaf of the closed door; detecting the rotation of the two axes of the rotation angle encoder during opening; ascertaining the direction of rotation of the two axes on the basis of the rotation thereof; ascertaining the side of the door on which the door sensor is installed on the door leaf on the basis of the direction of rotation of the two axes; and storing the side of the door in a memory unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: CEDES AG
    Inventor: Simon Walser
  • Patent number: 10767918
    Abstract: Provided is a refrigerator and control method for refrigerator and method for opening a refrigerator door. While a user is holding an object in both hands, a door may be automatically and additionally opened using another part of a body other than hands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Minsub Kim, Hongsik Kwon, Dongjeong Kim, Jungjae Lee, Jaehoon Shin
  • Patent number: 10443290
    Abstract: A door opening and closing device includes: a door opening and closing drive unit capable of opening and closing a door with respect to a vehicle body; a detection unit configured to detect a plurality of detection objects around the door; a memory part configured to store a detection result of the plurality of detection objects which are detected by the detection unit; and a control unit configured to perform an open/close control of the door by way of the door opening and closing drive unit. The control unit performs an open/close control of the door based on a detection result of the detection unit and a plurality of stored information stored in the memory part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: U-SHIN LTD.
    Inventor: Tetuo Tokudome
  • Patent number: 10159181
    Abstract: A doorway system for a robotic vehicle that accesses a separated area through a barrier that has a doorway formed through it. The system includes a wireless transmitter that transmits an electronic signal from the robotic vehicle, and a door movably disposed within the doorway, between a closed position and an open position. A doorway device with a wireless receiver that is coupled to a locking mechanism is configured to selectively engage and lock the door at the closed position, and unlock the door upon receipt of the electronic signal by the wireless receiver. Movement of the robotic vehicle toward the doorway device enables communication of the electronic signal from the wireless transmitter to the wireless receiver. Upon passage of the robotic vehicle through the doorway to the separated area, and return of the door to the closed position, the controller controls the locking mechanism to engage and lock the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Robin Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Crandall, Bart M. Lomont, David J. Melbourne
  • Patent number: 10144138
    Abstract: A long-range sonar assembly for detecting objects approximately 2.5-9.5 meters from a robotic device. The assembly includes a printed circuit board including a local controller operably connected to a processing device and configured to receive instructions from the processing device, a transmit potentiometer operably connected to the local controller and configured to produce a first transmit frequency, and a receive potentiometer operably connected to the local controller and configured to produce a first receive sensitivity; a transducer operably connected to the receive potentiometer; and a flared bell configured to house the transducer and the printed circuit board, the flared bell comprising at least a first enclosure for receiving a sub-assembly comprising the printed circuit board and the transducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Diversey, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen J. Balas, Ralph C. McCann, III
  • Patent number: 10138671
    Abstract: A barrier operator feature enhancement device is designed to provide one or more features found in modern barrier operator devices and to incorporate those features into a previously installed barrier operator system. To facilitate ease of use, the barrier operator feature enhancement device can communicate with a large variety of barrier operators. Such communication may be wireless or wired, depending on the communication protocol implemented by a particular previously installed barrier operator. To facilitate the ease of installation, the device is designed to configure itself to operate with the communication protocol of the previously installed barrier operator. Once configured to be able to communicate with the previously installed barrier operator, the feature enhancement device works with the barrier operator to provide one or more additional features to enhance the capabilities of the previously installed barrier operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: The Chamberlain Group, Inc.
    Inventors: James J. Fitzgibbon, Robert R. Keller, James Scott Murray, Cory Sorice, Greg John Stanek, Colin Willmott
  • Patent number: 10021350
    Abstract: The present specification discloses a system for controlling a movement of at least one person into a controlled location. The system includes an X-ray screening system having an entrance area defined by walls and a gate, and an exit area defined by walls and a gate. The gates are automatically controlled based upon the output of the X-ray screening system. Additional gates, defining an additional holding area, are used for subsequent analysis and inspection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Rapiscan Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy James Rayner
  • Patent number: 9932103
    Abstract: A device and a control method are described for a swinging aircraft door (3), mobile around a swinging axis (21) substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the aircraft via a motorized mechanism and having integrated boarding stairs (31). The method includes the capture of electromagnetic or ultrasonic radiation using at least one sensor (401, 501); the detection of something on the stairs on the basis of captured electromagnetic or ultrasonic radiation, in order to deduce therefrom whether a detection condition is satisfied or not; and, driving of the motorized mechanism in order to control the closure of the door in response to a closure command except in case of detection of something on the stairway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: RATIER FIGEAC
    Inventors: Jean De La Bardonnie, Eric Delbos, Bertrand Prouzet
  • Patent number: 9890575
    Abstract: The invention relates to a movable barrier operator with a removable power supply module for supplying power to the operator from a remote location. The power supply module may be decoupled from a barrier operator frame or housing, and installed in a remote location; the operator may therefore be observed and diagnosed remotely via a user interface that includes status indicators. In an exemplary embodiment, the user interface comprises one or more LED indicators to provide a user with information pertaining to the power supply of the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventor: Ali Tehranchi
  • Patent number: 9772612
    Abstract: Various arrangements for monitoring and control applications are presented. A television receiver may be configured to monitor sensor reading and or provide signals to control units for monitoring and home automation applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Echostar Technologies International Corporation
    Inventors: Bernard A. McCarthy, III, Charles Y. Thomason, IV, Henry Caughman, Thomas P. Olley
  • Patent number: 9723967
    Abstract: A method of opening a door of a household appliance having a cabinet with an open face providing access to a treating chamber where an article is received for treatment according to a useful cycle of operation is provided. The method includes: sensing a presence of at least a portion of a person within a predetermined range of the door and out of contact with the door; and automatically opening the door in response to the sensed presence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Benjamin E. Alexander
  • Patent number: 9474432
    Abstract: A method of opening a door of a household appliance having a cabinet with an open face providing access to a treating chamber where an article is received for treatment according to a useful cycle of operation is provided. The method includes: sensing a presence of at least a portion of a person within a predetermined range of the door and out of contact with the door; and automatically opening the door in response to the sensed presence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Benjamin E. Alexander
  • Patent number: 9412262
    Abstract: A system and method for integrating furniture accessories with automated furniture items is provided. In embodiments, a communication protocol enables a remote device to control an automated furniture accessory coupled to a control component of an automated furniture item. Items of identifying information are provided to a control component based on coupling the automated furniture accessory to the CAN bus of the control component. According to the communication protocol, one or more packets of information are provided to the remote device using a wireless communication device of the control component. The remote device may then be used to control features of the automated furniture accessory, based on wireless communication with the control component. In some embodiments, the firmware of the remote device may be updated to enable the control component to be coupled to updated automated furniture accessories, and enable the remote device to control such accessories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Chad Baker, Ryan Edward Chacon, Dave Jones, David M. Linhoff, William Rohr
  • Patent number: 9315956
    Abstract: The invention relates to a security barrier apparatus (10, 70, 100) comprising a support (12) having at least three upright posts (14, 16, 18, 72) thereon. Two of the posts (14, 18) being fixed to the support (12) and at least one post (16, 72) being translatably movable relative to the two fixed posts (14, 18). The two fixed posts (14, 18) being spaced apart from one another and comprise a first plane (19) therebetween. The movable post (16, 72) being mounted to a slide device (24) of the support (12) for providing said translatable movement. The slide device (24) to operate the apparatus (10, 70) between an open position and a closed position such that in the closed position the movable post (16, 72) is between the fixed posts (14, 18) for inhibiting the passage of a vehicle, and in the open position the movable post (16, 72) is out of alignment with the first plane (19) and adjacent to one of the fixed posts (14, 18) for allowing the passage of a vehicle therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Heald Technologies Ltd.
    Inventor: Jonathan Roderick Heald
  • Patent number: 9212028
    Abstract: An elevator car system and method for operating elevators doors includes an elevator car having a door capable of opening and closing along a pathway and an interior portion internal to the door, a first obstruction sensor disposed on the door capable of detecting an obstruction in the pathway of the door, and a supplemental obstruction sensor disposed in the interior portion of the elevator car system capable of detecting an obstruction in an area adjacent to the door, wherein the door opens or closes based on the detection of the first obstruction sensor or the detection of the second obstruction sensor. The interior portion of the elevator car may include a recessed channel, with the supplemental obstruction sensor being disposed in the recessed channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Precision Elevator Corp.
    Inventor: Yuri Novak
  • Patent number: 9151096
    Abstract: A door release system including a capacitive circuit that includes a touch bar, a microprocessor within the touch bar programmed with noise-discrimination software to sense touching of the bar, and at least one micro-switch within the bar to function as a back-up that picks up movement of the bar to release the latch should the capacitive circuit fail. Optionally, a sign illuminated by LEDs and an antimicrobial coating/treatment may be applied to the bar. The system is intended for use on magnetically locked doors. The addition of the micro-switches that are actuatable by continued movement on the touch bar after the bar is initially touched provides a redundant access function initiated by other than the capacitive effect of human touch, which is expected to simplify use and ease accessibility for personnel with prosthetics or who may otherwise have their hands occupied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Hanchett Entry Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert C. Hunt, Jonathan King, Larry Gene Corwin, Jr., Paul Justus Rodgers
  • Publication number: 20150143750
    Abstract: A method and system is provided that controls pet access to various different locations and/or objects. In a preferred embodiment, the present invention provides an automated system whereby pets are identified by sensors and allowed access to various locations and/or objects, such as food contained within a feeder dish for example. The feeder further includes a door structure and control system that keeps the pet safe through the use of a door which is made up of several repeated panels which together move to cover the food when access is not allowed and having a jam sensing system in order to protect pets from being caught in the closing door. Further embodiments employ the system to control access to litter boxes, pet toys, pet watering systems, pet gate access, pet containment systems or pet doors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: David B. Jalbert, Diane Eaker
  • Publication number: 20150082701
    Abstract: This door (1) comprises a flexible curtain (2) having a ballasting and sealing element (6) and a reinforcing element (24), able to move between an open position and a closed position, and means for detecting when an obstacle is encountered, said detecting means being carried at least partially by a support element (24), between the reinforcing element (24) and the ballasting and sealing element (6). In addition, the door (1) comprises an emitter (38), arranged close to an upright (4) in a lateral region of the curtain (2), said emitter (38) cooperating with the means for detecting when an obstacle is encountered so as to emit a radio signal after the means for detecting when an obstacle is encountered have been triggered, it being possible for the radio signals emitted by the emitter (38) to be received by a receiver (44) cooperating with the means for driving the curtain (2) so as to stop and/or move the curtain (2) after the means for detecting when an obstacle is encountered have been triggered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Bernard Kraeutler
  • Patent number: 8984809
    Abstract: An apparatus and method to adapt an automatic door motor operator utilizing a photoelectric eye generating a digital pulse train of known amplitude, periodicity and duty cycle to a control signal created through the opening or closure of a moving door edge sensing device or strip which closes or opens when compressed. The invention relates to safety edges used on motorized doors to provide a conversion means to allow a sensing edge switch on the leading edge of a moving door to control a door operator control unit which expects to receive a control signal of a predetermined amplitude, period and duty cycle normally generated through use of a photo eye used to monitor obstructions within the path of the moving door. The invention allows field replacement of an obstruction protecting photo-eye sensor with an safety edge switch type device utilizing the existing door operator and the in-place power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Miller Edge, Inc.
    Inventors: Bearge Miller, Timothy Castello, John Provenzano, Vinay Sao
  • Patent number: 8966825
    Abstract: A door module for a door of a motor vehicle. The door module has a support for receiving a window lifter drive and fixing points at which the door module can be fixed to the corresponding door. At least one sensor electrode of a capacitive and/or inductive control device is attached to the support in order to contactlessly operate an actuator in the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. KG, Hallstadt
    Inventors: Joerg Uebelein, Oscar Mauricio Ayala Guzman, Christian Thomann, Christian Hermann
  • Patent number: 8955253
    Abstract: A detecting unit (14) forms a plurality of detection spots arranged two-dimensionally on a floor surface near a door panel (12). Each detection spot is capable of detecting a human or an object by infrared light independently from other detection spots. Region distinguishing means (30) distinguishes a region formed by plural ones of the said detection spots that have detected the human or object. Person's movement judging means (44) judges the direction in which the distinguished region moves. A signal which causes a door panel (12) to be opened is supplied to a door controller (34) only when the direction of movement of the distinguished region is the direction toward the door panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Nabtesco Corporation
    Inventors: Hisayuki Kanki, Toru Iriba, Shinya Ikeda, Yasutaka Kanda, Kenji Nishigaki, Yasuteru Kitada, Takashi Wada
  • Publication number: 20150033628
    Abstract: A room access control system including a base attachable to a wall or door jamb adjacent a door opening to a room, an arm having a first end pivotally mounted to the base and a second end, wherein the arm is positionable in a first position wherein the arm is in a generally vertical, undeployed position with the second end of the arm positioned above a floor located adjacent the door opening, and wherein the arm is pivotable from the first, generally vertical undeployed position, to a second generally horizontal, deployed position, where the arm extends across the door opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Joseph R. Barwick, Stephen F. Blackler
  • Publication number: 20150030416
    Abstract: Provided is a wafer stocker that can prevent the inflow of an external atmosphere, maintain a wafer storage space at a desired atmosphere with a relatively small amount of gas, and prevent dust from being attached to a wafer surface. A shutter portion, including multiple shield plates having the same height as an interval between shelf plates disposed in a storage container, is disposed with a slight space from a body portion, and by supplying clean gas into the storage container, a clean atmosphere of a higher pressure than an external environment is maintained, and a shutter portion is opened and closed by moving up and down the shield plate independently from the shelf plate that supports a wafer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Fumio SAKIYA, Katsunori SAKATA
  • Publication number: 20150013227
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method conducted by a movable barrier gateway device is disclosed for controlling a movable barrier, comprising receiving, by a communication interface, a remote command from a remote control device to move the movable barrier, the remote command sent over a network, delaying transmission of a signal to a movable barrier controller to move the movable barrier, by a processor, for a predetermined time period after the remote command is received, detecting movement of the movable barrier within the predetermined time period by a barrier movement detector, and ignoring the remote command by the processor in response to detecting movement of the movable barrier within the predetermined time period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: Ecolink Intelligent Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Lamb, Michael Bailey, Jay Stone, Carlo Petrucci
  • Publication number: 20150013228
    Abstract: A window in an asset, having stealth plates mounted adjacent the window, in an active adaptive stealth system, the window including a pivotally mounted window pane, a motor drivingly coupled to the window pane causing the window pane to tilt relative to the asset, and a tilt control mechanism controlling the motor to change the tilt position of the window pane relative to the ground to approach a best match of IR image from the window pane with the stealth plates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: ELTICS LTD
    Inventor: Ronen Meir
  • Publication number: 20150013226
    Abstract: An access system for a temperature-controlled storage device includes a perimeter frame and least one display case door mounted within the perimeter frame. The perimeter frame and the at least one display case door are configured to move substantially vertically along a surface of the temperature-controlled storage device between a raised position and a lowered position. The at least one display case door is further configured to move substantially horizontally between an open position and a closed position when the perimeter frame is in the lowered position. The access system further includes a torsion spring and motor assembly coupled to the perimeter frame and configured to move the perimeter frame and the at least one display case door between the raised position and the lowered position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Paul Artwohl, Jack R. Christensen, Virginia Ramirez
  • Patent number: 8928458
    Abstract: A flow control gate system that comprises a first and second elongated barrier members defining a passageway between a first area and a second area. The gate system also comprises a plurality of narrow beam presence sensors with substantially constant spacing therebetween defining a linear array mounted along the first barrier member and defining a presence detection beam orientation crosswise and substantially perpendicular to the passageway. The gate system further comprises a controller electrically connected to the plurality of narrow beam presence sensors. The controller implements an operating program to process signals from the plurality of narrow beam presence sensors and define valid detection periods to determine that an item is detected when a detection period is equal to or longer than a predetermined value and invalid detection periods interpreted as no detection when a detection period is shorter than the predetermined value. A flow control method is further provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventors: Régis Fortin, André Lafleur
  • Patent number: 8904708
    Abstract: An apparatus for detecting an object 20 in an area adjacent a doorway includes a plurality of transducers US1, US2 mounted proximate the doorway and a processor 40. At least one of the transducers US1 is positioned to repeatedly transmit signals T1 toward an area adjacent the doorway. At least two of the transducers US1, US2 are positioned to repeatedly receive R1, R2 return signals. The processor 40 is operably connected to the plurality of transducers for detecting, in the area adjacent the doorway, an object 20 by determining the object's: position based upon one or more determined distances d1, d2 derived from times between transmission of signals and reception of corresponding return signals; and/or movement based upon transmission of signals and Doppler shift in the reception of corresponding return signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Otis Elevator Company
    Inventors: Joseph Zacchio, Bryan Siewert
  • Publication number: 20140331557
    Abstract: A system for integrating industrial doors into a total system for monitoring and control of a building, warehouse or group of buildings. Controllers for each door motor have absolute position shaft encoders that provide the exact shaft position to a controller system that allows real-time control of torque and current. Each motor controller can communicate bidirectionally over a wireless (or wired) network with other controllers and/or with one or more designated locations. Each controller can provide data over the network from any sensor or data collection device at the controller, motor or door. A program executing on a PC, laptop, tablet, smartphone can communicate with any or all of the controllers, integrate control of multiple doors, perform statistical analysis on collected data from each door and provide real-time security functions as well as long term trend data, energy usage and loss and predictive analytics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: BTR CONTROLS, INC.
    Inventors: Rik Bruns, Ron Seyk, Anders Sivebaek Nielsen, Rene' Joergensen
  • Patent number: 8878687
    Abstract: An automatic door sensor includes: at least one sensor module unit (sensor module 11) configured to detect optically an object or a human body and to output, according to the detection results, a signal to a door controller for controlling an automatic door to open/close; an accommodation unit (profile 12) capable of accommodating the at least one sensor module unit; a cover member (front cover 13) that is transmissive to light for use for the detection performed by the sensor module unit and configured to cover the accommodation unit in which the sensor module unit is accommodated; and a functionality expansion module (LED module 14) either side of which can be joined to the cover member and that is configured to expand functionalities of the automatic door sensor by performing communication with the sensor module unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Optex Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masanao Shiraishi, Takashi Imai, Takashi Kondo, Takayasu Ikeda, Yohei Iwata
  • Patent number: 8868376
    Abstract: An apparatus for monitoring a door with a 3D sensor which is able to detect distances to an object in the monitoring area as the third dimension, the 3D sensor being arranged in a housing, and immovably arranged transmission means for transmitting a measurement beam and receiver means for receiving a reflected measurement beam being provided in the housing, characterized in that provision is made of a control unit which is designed to obtain an item of information relating to the position of the apparatus, and in that the control unit evaluates the measurement beam on the basis of an item of position information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Cedes AG
    Inventor: Beat De Coi
  • Publication number: 20140290138
    Abstract: An information communication method that enables communication between various devices is an information communication method of obtaining information from a subject, and includes: setting an exposure time of an image sensor; obtaining a bright line image which is an image including a plurality of bright lines, by capturing the subject changing in luminance by the image sensor with the set exposure time; obtaining transmission information by demodulating data specified by a pattern of the plurality of bright lines included in the obtained bright line image; and causing an opening and closing drive device of a door to open the door, by transmitting a control signal after the transmission information is obtained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: Mitsuaki OSHIMA, Koji NAKANISHI, Hideki AOYAMA, Ikuo FUCHIGAMI, Hidehiko SHIN, Tsutomu MUKAI, Yosuke MATSUSHITA, Shigehiro IIDA, Kazunori YAMADA
  • Patent number: 8844200
    Abstract: A door operator for use with a door includes an arm that extends from the door operator. The door operator includes a motor moving the arm to move the door between a closed position and an open position and between the open position and the closed position. A current sensor generates a current signal corresponding to the current to the motor. A position sensor in communication with the door arm generates a position signal corresponding to the position of the door relative to the frame. A controller communicates with the sensor and the motor. The controller controls a motor current to the motor in response to the current signal and the position signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignees: Globe Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Leon Yulkowski, Gerard Edwards, Steve Gebhart
  • Patent number: 8819992
    Abstract: Monitoring apparatus for monitoring a movement element pivoted between open and closed states of an opening to be closed, the apparatus having a sensor for detecting an object and for monitoring a spatial angle originating at or near the rotation axis. The sensor is fitted at or near the rotation axis and includes a transmitter and receiver for transmitting and receiving radiation within the spatial angle. The sensor emits detection signals generated by the receiver when radiation is detected. The monitoring apparatus includes an evaluation unit that evaluates the detection signals depending on the angular position of the detected radiation in the spatial angle and determines whether an object has been detected and/or the position of the detected object. The evaluation unit draws a distinction between the movement element and an object depending on the current angular position of the movement element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Cedes AG
    Inventors: Beat De Coi, Tobias Leutenegger
  • Publication number: 20140230329
    Abstract: A vehicle door includes a lock cylinder having an actuator member that is operably connected to a door latch mechanism. A door handle is movably connected to the door structure for movement from a first or home position covering an outer end of the lock cylinder to a partially open position wherein the outer end of the lock cylinder is exposed. When the door handle is in the partially open position, a user can access the lock cylinder and insert a key into the lock cylinder to unlock the door then pull the handle to a fully open position. Thus, the lock cylinder is covered and hidden behind a portion of the door handle when the door handle is in the first position to provide an uncluttered, visually appealing appearance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventor: Rajesh K. Patel
  • Publication number: 20140208651
    Abstract: The present invention relates to doors for intensive care units and more particularly to an intensive care unit door control system. In particular, the invention relates to a door management system for an intensive care unit comprising at least one control unit configured to receive signals from at least one external device and to control the opening and closing of the automatic intensive care unit doors based on the received signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: Assa Abloy IP AB
  • Patent number: 8788152
    Abstract: In a method and a device (12) for actuating a door or flap (1) of a vehicle (10), the door or flap (1), if it is closed, is automatically opened or, if it is open, is automatically closed if a movement of an object with at least one change in direction is detected outside the vehicle (10) and at the same time a key (6) assigned to the vehicle (10) is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignees: Volkswagen AG, Audi AG, Hella KGaA Hueck & Co.
    Inventors: Martin Reimann, Ludger Weghaus, Ruben Maier, Andreas Thiele, Bernd Ette
  • Publication number: 20140190081
    Abstract: A delivery door may include a frame having a slot, an interior flange and an exterior flange. A panel may be attached to the frame and comprise a closed configuration and an open configuration. A securing device may be connected to the frame and the panel. The securing device may be a remote accessed internet enabled lock assembly. In certain embodiments, the panel may have a handle and a stopper. The panel may also be motorized. The delivery door may include a receptacle attached to the internal flange and the frame. The delivery door may be attached to a cut out portion of the structure. The securing device may be controlled from a wireless device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventor: Samuel Solomon Wanjohi
  • Publication number: 20140090300
    Abstract: A door actuator assembly comprising a base plate mounted to a container. The container includes a distribution orifice and a trap door mounted to the container that moves selectively between a closed position covering the distribution orifice, and an open position not fully covering the distribution orifice. The assembly includes a hook member mounted to the base plate including a hook. The hook engages with the trap door. The trap door moves linearly when the hook member moves. The assembly includes a hook actuator assembly mounted to the base plate, including a hook actuation arm coupled to the hook member. The hook actuation arm extends and retracts, moving the hook member linearly along the base plate when the hook actuation arm extends and retracts, causing the hook member to move the trap door selectively between the closed position and the open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventor: Mark Hoffmann
  • Publication number: 20140075842
    Abstract: A system and method for remotely controlling loading dock components is disclosed that includes a distribution center having at least one dock station for exchanging materials and a dock component configured to in at least two operational states. An actuator is included that is configured to change the operational state of the dock component in response to an activation signal. A mobile remote control is configured to generate the activation signal to cause the actuator to change the operational state of the dock component and at least one predefined non-activation zone is included such that changing of operational state of the dock component is inhibited when the mobile remote control is located within the at least one predefined non-activation zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: Rite-Hite Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew C. McNeill, Kyle E. Nelson, Richard A. Horton
  • Publication number: 20140069013
    Abstract: A door closer system includes a base housing configured to couple to a mounting point. A top housing movably couples to the base housing, where the top housing is configured to travel in a linear motion between a extended position and a compressed position relative to the base housing. A linear actuator couples to the base housing and the top housing. A spring couples to the base housing and the top housing. A locking mechanism couples to the base housing and the top housing. A controller couples to the base housing and the linear actuator. A wireless receiver couples to the base housing and the controller. A remote controller includes a user interface and a wireless transmitter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventor: Pamela Wilson
  • Publication number: 20140053466
    Abstract: An improved barrier door one way wireless communication system for operating a barrier, such as a garage door, includes the transmission and reception of multibit code hopping data packets in combination with automatic RF channel switching. Packet data is transmitted automatically on more than one RF channels in a switching style while sending two or more redundant multibit code hopping data packets on each of the RF channels. The system also provides for the learning of a transmitter to a receiver where two or more code hopping data packets must be received and decoded by the receiver on all RF channels before a transmitter can be learned to a receiver. Once the transmitter is learned, actuation of the transmitter during a learn mode can open a window for learning of a single channel transmitter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: Overhead Door Corporation
    Inventors: Grant B. Carlson, Brett A. Reed
  • Publication number: 20140047768
    Abstract: A motorized closure assembly is provided that includes an opening frame configured to fit around the opening; a substantially rectangular closure slab having a closure slab frame configured to surround the substantially rectangular closure slab and sealingly fit within the opening frame; and a motorized driver, wherein the motorized driver is entirely embedded within the closure slab frame or within a combination of the closure slab frame and the opening frame, the motorized driver configured to slidably move the slab between an open position and a closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Inventors: Oren Vaknin, Yoav Rodan, Giora Silne
  • Publication number: 20140040115
    Abstract: The invention provides a closures (106) for a compartment (100) having one or more walls (112, 114, 116, 118) and an opening (110) defined by at least one of the walls (112, 114, 116, 118). The closure (106) is associated with at least one fastener located inside the compartment (100). The fastener can hold the closure (106) in a first position (eg. closed) relative to the opening (110). The fastener is adapted to cause the closure (106) to assume a second position (eg. open) relative to the opening (110) upon receipt of a suitable signal. The closure (106) has at least one indicium (108) visible from outside the compartment (110). The indicium (108) is adapted to provide a visual indication of a status of the closure (106) or the compartment (110), such as closure open, closure closed, compartment empty, compartment occupied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventors: Dickory Rudduck, Lachlan Richard Goldspink
  • Publication number: 20140020295
    Abstract: A closure lock has a wireless power coupling. The wireless power coupling is used to determine whether the closure is in an open or closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventors: Bryan J. Bonahoom, Rodrigue Nyamaswa