Performance Monitoring Patents (Class 700/108)
  • Patent number: 10445699
    Abstract: This application discloses web or cloud-based electronic design automation tools, which can incorporate functionality to enable collaborative and/or social interaction among multiple different users of the electronic design automation tools. The electronic design automation tools can monitor activity of a user on a design tool, compare the activity of the user on the design tool to previous design activities of one or more different users of the design tool, and prompt presentation of a design suggestion to the user based, at least in part, on a commonality between the activity of the user and previous design activities of the one or more different users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Mentor Graphics Corporation
    Inventors: Adam Cabler, Darrell A. Teegarden
  • Patent number: 10409272
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for automatically providing a virtual sensor have been described. In one embodiment, a method for automatically providing a virtual sensor includes receiving a plurality of virtual sensor templates from a server. The method further includes selecting a virtual sensor template from the plurality of virtual sensor templates. The selected virtual sensor template has an algorithm to provide a desired functionality. The method further includes selecting at least one parameter to configure the selected virtual sensor template. The method further includes automatically creating a virtual sensor associated with the selected virtual sensor template.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Natalia Kroupnova, Aleksey Yanovich, Thorsten Kril, Mikhail B. Kozine
  • Patent number: 10393647
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product are provided for automatically determining a parameter causing an abnormal semiconductor metrology measurement. In use, an abnormal semiconductor metrology measurement measured from a fabricated semiconductor component is received. At least one parameter of the fabricated semiconductor component causing the abnormal semiconductor metrology measurement is then automatically determined by one or more hardware processors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: KLA-TENCOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Qiang Jimmy Zhao, Liequan Lee, Jonathan Ian Iloreta, Hong Qiu, Leonid Poslavsky
  • Patent number: 10372146
    Abstract: A heating, ventilation, or air conditioning (HVAC) system for a building includes HVAC equipment, a controller, and a predictive modeling system. The HVAC equipment are operable to affect an environmental condition in the building. The controller is configured to determine an operating point for the HVAC equipment and to operate the HVAC equipment at the operating point. The predictive modeling system includes a plurality of HVAC component models and one or more prediction combiners. The HVAC component models are configured to generate a plurality of component model predictions based on the operating point. The prediction combiners are configured to combine the plurality of component model predictions to form a combined model prediction. The controller is configured to use the combined model prediction to optimize the operating point and to operate the HVAC equipment at the optimized operating point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventor: Steven R. Vitullo
  • Patent number: 10352876
    Abstract: Methods and systems for creating a measurement model based only on measured training data are presented. The trained measurement model is then used to calculate overlay values directly from measured scatterometry data. The measurement models receive scatterometry signals directly as input and provide overlay values as output. In some embodiments, overlay error is determined from measurements of design rule structures. In some other embodiments, overlay error is determined from measurements of specialized target structures. In a further aspect, the measurement model is trained and employed to measure additional parameters of interest, in addition to overlay, based on the same or different metrology targets. In some embodiments, measurement data from multiple targets, measurement data collected by multiple metrologies, or both, is used for model building, training, and measurement. In some embodiments, an optimization algorithm automates the measurement model building and training process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: KLA—Tencor Corporation
    Inventors: Andrei V. Shchegrov, Stilian Ivanov Pandev, Jonathan M. Madsen, Alexander Kuznetsov, Walter Dean Mieher
  • Patent number: 10345796
    Abstract: A cell controller includes a plurality of sensors for detecting the state of a plurality of manufacturing machines, a state storing unit for storing the state of each manufacturing machine, a breakdown information acquiring unit for acquiring breakdown information of each manufacturing machine, an input unit for inputting recovery operation information when each manufacturing machine stops, a recovery operation information storing unit for storing the recovery operation information of each manufacturing machine, and a correlation data generating unit. The correlation data generating unit generates correlation data obtained by correlating the breakdown information acquired by the breakdown information acquiring unit with the recovery operation information stored by the recovery operation information storing unit in each manufacturing machine, and transmits the same to the database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Genzo Naito
  • Patent number: 10331855
    Abstract: A system for the automated categorization, research, correction, enhancement, and resubmission of payment rejections for prescriptions, is disclosed. The system is adapted for use across multiple pharmacies connected to a central server with access to various databases containing information about providers, customers, payers and past prescription history. The system reviews the rejections and categorizes them based on various material within the rejection information and on file in the databases. Once characterized, one or more of several routines and subroutines are worked on the rejection to determine any issues that may be resolved prior to resubmission. Where unsuccessful in automatic resubmission, the system executes a prioritization and agent-matching engine to field the rejection to the most efficient resource to overcome it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: WALGREEN CO.
    Inventors: Edward J. Bratton, Michael G. Shope
  • Patent number: 10317191
    Abstract: In the measurement of properties of a wafer substrate, such as Critical Dimension or overlay a sampling plan is produced 2506 defined for measuring a property of a substrate, wherein the sampling plan comprises a plurality of sub-sampling plans. The sampling plan may be constrained to a predetermined fixed number of measurement points and is used 2508 to control an inspection apparatus to perform a plurality of measurements of the property of a plurality of substrates using different sub-sampling plans for respective substrates, optionally, the results are stacked 2510 to at least partially recompose the measurement results according to the sample plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Wouter Lodewijk Elings, Franciscus Bernardus Maria Van Bilsen, Christianus Gerardus Maria De Mol, Everhardus Cornelis Mos, Hoite Pieter Theodoor Tolsma, Peter Ten Berge, Paul Jacques Van Wijnen, Leonardus Henricus Marie Verstappen, Gerald Dicker, Reiner Maria Jungblut, Chung-Hsun Li
  • Patent number: 10318541
    Abstract: The disclosed system and method acquire and store performance measurements relating to performance of a component in an information technology (IT) environment and log data produced by the IT environment, in association with corresponding time stamps. The disclosed system and method correlate at least one of the performance measurements with at least one of the portions of log data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: SPLUNK INC.
    Inventors: Brian Bingham, Tristan Fletcher, Alok Anant Bhide
  • Patent number: 10310749
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for predicting failure of a disk that is configured to store digital data is provided. The method includes receiving health status data from a monitor that measures health status of the disk, the health status data including factor values associated with a plurality of respective disk failure factors, receiving an overall factor weight assigned to each disk failure factor, wherein the overall factor weight indicates the contribution of that factor in predicting a failure of the disk, and receiving, for each disk failure factor, a weight factor assigned to each bin of a set of bins, wherein each bin has an assigned range of factor values, the weight factor assigned to each bin indicating a probability of disk failure based on empirical results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: NetScout Systems Texas, LLC
    Inventor: Fnu Akshara
  • Patent number: 10288415
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and apparatus for facilitating an inspection of a sample using an inspection tool. An inspection tool is used to obtain an image or signal from an EUV reticle that specifies an intensity variation across the EUV reticle, and this intensity variation is converted to a CD variation that removes a flare correction CD variation so as to generate a critical dimension uniformity (CDU) map without the flare correction CD variation. This removed flare correction CD variation originates from design data for fabricating the EUV reticle, and such flare correction CD variation is generally designed to compensate for flare differences that are present across a field of view (FOV) of a photolithography tool during a photolithography process. The CDU map is stored in one or more memory devices and/or displayed on a display device, for example, of the inspection tool or a photolithography system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: KLA-Tencor Corporation
    Inventors: Rui-fang Shi, Alex Pokrovskiy, Abdurrahman Sezginer, Weston L. Sousa
  • Patent number: 10289635
    Abstract: There is provided a control apparatus including a receiving part that receives working data of manufacturing cells; a storage part that stores the working data; an item list generation part that classifies the working data for each of the components of each manufacturing cell, and extracts a data item to generate a data item list of a whole of each manufacturing cell; an integrated data generation part that compares a plurality of the data item lists, reads out detailed data of the data items having the same value from the working data stored in the storage part, and generates integrated data; an aggregated working data generation part that combines the integrated data and data other than the integrated data to generate aggregated working data; and a transmission part that externally transmits the aggregated working data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akira Kanemaru
  • Patent number: 10282510
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method for improving the alignment of CAD data to optical imaging data, such as LSM and LVI images of integrated circuits is disclosed. Image reconstruction techniques are applied to optical images, such as laser voltage images (LVI), laser scanning microscope (LSM) images, or emission images, to produce reconstructed images which may have higher resolution, increased signal-to-noise, or other enhancements. Multiple CAD pattern layers are processed to generate second CAD images more closely corresponding to the appearance of the reconstructed images. Alignment of the reconstructed images to the second CAD data may be substantially more accurate and precise than alignment of the initial optical images to the CAD data—in some cases this improvement may make the difference between a successful alignment and a failed alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: FEI Company
    Inventors: Tenzile Berkin Cilingiroglu, Neel Leslie
  • Patent number: 10242316
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for automating manufacturing supply chain planning, comprising: (a) providing a computer processor for processing data; (b) providing at least one input device; (c) providing at least one output device; (d) providing a computer readable storage device; (e) providing a first ontology for defining a product in terms of the method of manufacture of said product or for defining a plurality of products in terms of the method of manufacture of said products; (f) providing a second ontology for defining the capabilities of a plurality of manufacturing facilities; and g) providing a knowledge representation and reasoning system executed on said computer processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: Christoph Adam Kohlhepp
  • Patent number: 10216901
    Abstract: Techniques for implementing Quality Assurance of the process of coding medical documents are disclosed. An audit of a coding process for a medical document is initiated by selecting and setting audit parameters. Using the selected parameters, a sample batch of coded documents is obtained from a universe of coded documents. The sample batch of coded documents is presented to auditor(s), and the auditor(s) provide corrections, which are recorded, and a score for each correction is calculated. A sample score, based on the corrections, is calculated in a manner that tracks to subjective auditor assessments of the process quality as being acceptable, marginally acceptable, or unacceptable, and which sample score accounts for the individual auditor subjectivity and an error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: A-Life Medical, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel T. Heinze, Peter Feller, Mark L. Morsch
  • Patent number: 10209695
    Abstract: In aspects, the present invention discloses a method for replacing a first field device with a second field device using a commissioning tool. The method comprising retrieving a device description file associated with the first field device, analyzing the device description file, generating a first object by mapping a parameters of the second field device to a parameter from the identified one or more parameters based on a first index and a second index, generating a configuration file associated with the second file device based on the device description file and the generated first object, and transmitting the configuration file to the second field device for commissioning operation of the second field device. The step of analyzing the device description file comprises identifying one or more parameters from the plurality of parameters for mapping based on a predetermined criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Ravish Kumar, Deepaknath Tandur, Mallikarjun Kande, Roland Braun, Bhangale Milind, Neil Shah, Stefan Bollmeyer, Shashishekhar Pandharkar
  • Patent number: 10198307
    Abstract: Various embodiments are generally directed to techniques for dynamic diagnosis and/or prediction of trouble events in a storage cluster system and automated selection of solutions thereto. An apparatus includes a retrieval component to, in response to a trouble event with a first component of a storage cluster system at a usage level under a first usage type, retrieve a component model of a second component associated with a second usage type from a model database, wherein the second usage type comprises operations that differ from operations of the first usage type by no more than a predetermined threshold of difference; and a selection component to apply the first usage level to the component model to derive a resulting level of performance and determine whether to recommend installation of the second component in the first storage cluster system to address the trouble event based on the resulting level of performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: NETAPP, INC.
    Inventors: Srirang Heroor, Michael Antony Joseph, Yichao Xue
  • Patent number: 10190289
    Abstract: A method for monitoring wear of a ground-engaging tool associated with a machine in relation to productivity of the machine is disclosed. The ground-engaging tool defines an inner cavity and a first wall. The method includes receiving a first characteristic signal associated with the first wall from a first sensor, the first sensor operatively associated with the first wall. The method further includes receiving one or more productivity metrics associated with the machine from a performance monitoring system, the performance monitoring system operatively associated with the machine. The method further includes determining a first dimension of the ground-engaging tool based on the first characteristic signal, determining a first wear metric of the ground-engaging tool based on the first dimension, and correlating the first wear metric and the one or more productivity metrics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Solimar Reyes-Rodriguez, Maria Cristina Herrera De Kontz, Aloke Jude Mascarenhas
  • Patent number: 10191463
    Abstract: Provided is a machine system having optical endpoint control and associated method for maintaining having is provided constant optical contact. Specifically, the machine system comprises a machine capable of movement in at least one direction. The machine is configured such that, during a calibration phase, a steerable retroreflective system is mounted upon the machine for movement therewith. A controller is configured to control the movement of the machine in at least one direction. The machine system may be configured to automatically adjust the feedrate of the machine, upon determining that a velocity required for the positioner to move the retroreflector to a desired position exceeds a certain segment feedrate threshold, such that an incident beam of light can maintain constant contact with the retroreflector throughout movement of the machine from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jared L. Bolin, Philip L. Freeman, Samuel J. Easley
  • Patent number: 10185308
    Abstract: Methods and systems to update information of a device description of a field instrument are described. In one example, a method involves comparing a host revision of the device description executed via a host application to an instrument revision of the device description of the field instrument, generating a character string of update information based on the comparison, the character string containing the update information, and displaying the character string via the host application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: FISHER CONTROLS INTERNATIONAL LLC
    Inventor: Mitchell Stephen Panther
  • Patent number: 10185312
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products for monitoring the tool health of on a critical dimension scanning electron microscope (CDSEM) and recipe quality on a CDSEM. Run-time data from a critical dimension scanning electron microscope is received at a computer. The computer converts the run-time data to time-sequenced data, and analyzes the time-sequenced data to detect an operational abnormality associated with the CDSEM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Fischer, Yvonne Jänicke, Stephan Melzig, Alexander Ullrich, Martin Pilz
  • Patent number: 10175969
    Abstract: A method for upgrading medical equipment is disclosed. The method may include: according to a first target upgrading identification in a software upgrading package, determining a first target equipment number corresponding to the first target upgrading identification. The table of upgrading identifications can include association between upgrading identifications and equipment numbers of the medical equipment. The method further includes sending the software upgrading package to a first target medical equipment corresponding to the first target equipment number to allow the first target medical equipment to upgrade itself according to the software upgrading package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: SHENYANG NEUSOFT MEDICAL SYSTEMS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shuangxue Li, Qingxiang Shu
  • Patent number: 10175686
    Abstract: Devices, methods, and systems for distributed rule based automated fault detection are described herein. One system includes a data extractor engine configured to: extract configuration data relating to an environment based on a number of defined rules, and receive monitored data relating to the environment, an AFD engine configured to evaluate the monitored data in view of the configuration data to determine a state of the environment, and a fault generation engine to determine whether the state of the environment is outside a range defined by the number of defined rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Jitendra Singh, Arvind R. Shetty, Rajesh V. Poojary, Manu Taranath, Greg Bernhardt
  • Patent number: 10162338
    Abstract: Manufacturing systems that employ intelligent sensing and methods for processing workpieces using such manufacturing systems, including methods of batch processing workpieces. The manufacturing systems may include a holding device to receive work order documents, where each work order document includes an identification tag, and each work order document corresponds with a specific manufacturing step. A scanner may be proximate to the holding device and associated with a workstation, where the scanner is configured to detect the identification tag of the work order documents held by the holding device. A control system may interpret the detected identification tag, identify the work order document associated with the interpreted identification tag, identify the specific manufacturing step corresponding with the identified work order document, and generate an output that includes an instruction for carrying out the manufacturing step at the workstation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Ali Salour, Douglas Duane Trimble, Anna Yvette Kalinowski, Jolynnetta Aisha Neal
  • Patent number: 10164928
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for automatic generation of dynamically assigned conditional follow-up tasks. A composition interface in which a user can compose an electronic mail message is provided. A mechanism within the composition interface to select a response window is provided. A follow-up task corresponding to the electronic mail message for the user is generated only if a response to the electronic mail message is not received within the response window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: salesforce.com, inc.
    Inventors: Kedao Wang, Jón Tómas Grétarsson, Adam Evans, Jason Li
  • Patent number: 10126351
    Abstract: Systems and methods for multi-site placement of singulated semiconductor devices are presented. The systems and methods for multi-site placement may facilitate multi-site testing of the singulated semiconductor devices. A method may include determining a quantity of singulated semiconductor devices to be arranged in a test configuration. The method may also include determining, using a data processing device, a test configuration in response to the quantity. In further embodiments, the method may include placing the singulated semiconductor devices in a test frame according to the test configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Joseph Gabriel, III, Jason Hwang
  • Patent number: 10126210
    Abstract: Raw data from chambers is received. Based on received raw data, if a fault exists in operations of the chambers is detected. The detecting includes at least one of operations outlined below. Sigma values respectively corresponding to the chambers are generated based on the raw data of the chambers. A determination is made to determine whether a sigma ratio corresponding to the sigma values is smaller than a threshold value. Mean outlier indexes respectively corresponding to the chambers is generated by executing a mean matching process for the chambers in a condition that the sigma ratio is smaller than the threshold value. One of the chambers, which has a worst first mean outlier index of the first mean outlier indexes, is identified as a target chamber having fault operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chia-Jen Chou, Yu-Jhen Liu, Yi-Ting Tsai, Jo-Ling Pan
  • Patent number: 10114365
    Abstract: An analysis device refers to information included in a recorded product drawing, builds apart of or the entire wire harness by drawing corresponding graphic data of each member constituting the wire harness, adds non-corresponding graphic data to the built wire harness, and displays the product drawing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Saki, Yuya Saito
  • Patent number: 10103960
    Abstract: An anomaly detection system is able to detect spatial and temporal environment anomalies and spatial and temporal behavior anomalies, and monitor servers for anomalous characteristics of the environment and behavior. If metrics and/or characteristics associated with a given server are beyond a certain threshold, an alert is generated. Among other options, the alert can take the form of a heat map or a cluster cohesiveness report.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: SPLUNK INC.
    Inventor: Toufic Boubez
  • Patent number: 10075350
    Abstract: A system and methods for dynamically controlling sample rates and data flow in a distributed networked environment by dynamic determination of statistical significance or characteristics for an unlimited number of data collection scripts concurrently executed on concurrently rendering web pages operating an unlimited number of advertisements. Consumer and media behaviors are sampled on all the different components of the distributed environment to gather information, which is transmitted to a downstream statistical analytics system. The system and methods are configured to balance the communication data flow and load among servers and browsers in this distributed networked environment that are engaged in viewing of online content including online content with one or more advertisements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Oracle Amereica, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel E. Fichter, Christopher R. Tsoufakis, Nikki K. Gomez, Aniq Rahman, Jonah Goodhart, Michael Garrett Seiler, Suryansh Agarwal
  • Patent number: 10073007
    Abstract: A reliability range is determined for a parameter of a component in a machine subjected to life reducing loads during operation, comprising the steps of: acquiring, for each of a plurality of load sessions, at least one parameter value for said component; generating a distribution pattern containing said parameter values for the plurality of load sessions; assigning a reliability range for the distribution pattern, wherein parameter values outside said reliability range are considered as being unrealistic; analyzing the parameter values outside the reliability range to determine which of said parameter values outside the reliability range are confirmed to be unrealistic; and adjusting the reliability range if a ratio between the confirmed unrealistic parameter values and the considered unrealistic parameter values is outside a further range being predetermined for the ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: GKN Aerospace Sweden AB
    Inventors: Magnus Andersson, Henrik Eckervald
  • Patent number: 10070569
    Abstract: A system for assembling electronic devices includes at least one coating element for applying a moisture-resistant coating to surfaces of a device under assembly, or an electronic device under assembly. As components and one or more moisture-resistant coatings are added to the electronic device under assembly to form a finished electronic device, at least one surface on which the coating resides and, thus, at least a portion of the coating itself, is located internally within the finished electronic device. Methods for assembling electronic devices that include internally confined moisture-resistant coatings are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: HZO, Inc.
    Inventors: Blake L. Stevens, Max E. Sorenson, Marc K. Chason
  • Patent number: 10067817
    Abstract: Detecting equipment failure risk in industrial process may include distributing equipment operations data to a cluster of servers based on a range of time and operation specified in maintenance data associated with the equipment. From a record entry in the maintenance data, an operation and installation and maintenance time may be determined. A plurality of servers storing equipment operations data associated with the operation during a time range between the installation and the maintenance time are selected. A distributed processing operation in each of the plurality of servers is executed to run in parallel and computes operation features. The operation features are aggregated and added as an entry in a target table. Equipment failure risk is detected by risk failure analysis performed based on the target table. A signal may be sent to automatically adjust or correct one or more operation features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Young M. Lee, Nizar Lethif
  • Patent number: 10042355
    Abstract: A decision support tool to assist decision-making in the operation of a facility. The decision support tool allows a user to perform planning and scheduling of the events within a facility so that established economic goals do not collide with feasibility of a schedule. This is achieved by flexible time modeling, which introduces a “look-ahead” planning and scheduling technique. This technique analyzes several time periods of the schedule in light of upcoming dominant events, in order for each segment of the schedule to remain as consistent with the planning objectives as possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: EXXONMOBIL RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING COMPANY
    Inventors: Anantha Sundaram, Philip H. Warrick, Jayanth Balasubramanian, Ahmet B. Keha, Gary R. Kocis, Joseph W. Evans
  • Patent number: 10033802
    Abstract: An information presenting method of providing presentation information to a terminal apparatus includes acquiring user schedule information in which at least one event is registered by a user for each date and time; searching for a free time after a current time, in which no event is registered, on the basis of the user schedule information; and generating the presentation information including information indicating a benefit which the user is capable of receiving in the free time in a facility that provides a service and transmitting the presentation information to the terminal apparatus at a timing when the free time starts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventor: Kotaro Sakata
  • Patent number: 10031531
    Abstract: A system and method are configured to deliver pulses of desired mass of gases. The system delivers a plurality of sequences of pulses of a desired mass of gas through at least two flow channels. The system comprises: a multi-channel fast pulse gas delivery system including (a) a plurality of flow channels, each channel comprising a flow sensor and a control valve, and (b) a dedicated controller configured and arranged to receive a recipe of one or more sequences of steps for opening and closing at least some of the control valves so as to deliver as a sequence of pulses of at least one gas through each of the corresponding channels as a function of the recipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: MKS Instruments, Inc.
    Inventor: Junhua Ding
  • Patent number: 10013464
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide systems and methods for finding individuals within a field. In one embodiment, a configured query is utilized in order to identify a set of appropriate individuals within a field. Information associated with a skill level and a relationship of a requester is found across a set of disparate media outlets. The system assigns a level of skill set and level of relationship of any identified individual to the requester. A ranking of the identified individuals is generated based on the skill set and relationship of any identified individual based on the configured query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher J. Dawson, Randy S. Johnson, Tedrick N. Northway, William A. Smith
  • Patent number: 9984452
    Abstract: In an NC device having a function as a monitoring apparatus for a machine tool, a monitoring parameter and a retracting parameter which are set and inputted through an input unit by an operator, can be stored in a storage unit. When, for example, monitoring is performed by using a load on a main spindle as machine information, a machining monitoring unit displays a monitored state on a monitor, and compares a threshold value, of the load on the main spindle, according to which occurrence of abnormality is determined, and which is set in the monitoring parameter, and an instruction load generated by a machine operation instruction unit with each other, to determine whether or not abnormality has occurred. When abnormality is determined as having occurred, a retracting instruction is transmitted to a retracting instruction unit according to the retracting parameter, and display is performed on the monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Okuma Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoharu Ando, Takaaki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9985823
    Abstract: A system is provided for mitigating partially correlated failure modes to increase application availability. The system includes a plurality of nodes connected by a computer network, each node configured to run an instance of the same application, a failure analysis engine configured to maintain current availability statistics for the nodes of the system, calculate current mean time to failure (MTTF) for the system as a function of the current time from the availability statistics, and compare the current MTTF to a plurality of threshold values, each of the threshold values corresponding to one or more actions to be taken to increase application availability, and a failure prevention engine that performs the one or more actions to increase application availability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Gravic, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce D. Holenstein, Wilbur H. Highleyman, Paul J. Holenstein
  • Patent number: 9970675
    Abstract: A system allows a contractor to remotely monitor and/or interact with its customers' building control systems, such as heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and analyze information obtained from the building control systems over time. Such a system may help the contractor monitor and diagnosis customer building control systems, setup service calls, achieve better customer relations, create more effective marketing opportunities, as well as other functions. In some cases, the disclosed system may include a controller that outputs a listing of one or more building automation system contractors having a service area that overlaps a geographical location of a customer or a potential customer or of a related HVAC system. In some cases, the disclosed system may output a listing of one or more building automation system contractors having a service area that overlaps a geographical location of a building automation system for which an alert has been indicated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: David Quam, Amy Ragland, Steve R. Peterson, Joel Swanson
  • Patent number: 9971337
    Abstract: A method for machining a selected part with a machine tool, comprises obtaining a master part replicating at least a portion of a geometry of a selected part. The master part is loaded in a machine tool. A signature of the machine tool is defined by measuring at least dimensional data of the master part relative to the machine tool, the dimensional data being limited to a selected-part-specific working volume substantially smaller than a complete working volume of the machine tool. The machine tool is certified as being within tolerances to machine the selected part within the working volume, using the dimensional data of the signature. The selected part is machined from a workpiece with the machine tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: PRATT & WHITNEY CANADA CORP.
    Inventors: Mario Blais, Philippe St-Jacques
  • Patent number: 9964945
    Abstract: The process flow checking system includes a manufacturing route generator, a rule-information storage part, and a check processor. The manufacturing route generator generates manufacturing route information while associating additional information indicating, contents of respective processes in a semiconductor process flow with the respective processes. The rule-information storage part stores therein rule information in which a rule about an order of processes in the manufacturing route information is described by using expressions included in the additional information. The check processor checks appropriateness of the order of processes in the manufacturing route information by comparing the additional information of the manufacturing route information with the rule information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Toshiba Memory Corporation
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Hosokawa
  • Patent number: 9958860
    Abstract: An industrial control system may receive data associated with at least one component within an industrial automation system. The industrial control system may then determine whether the data is associated with at least one of a plurality of data tags, such that the at least one of the plurality of data tags describes at least one characteristic of the data. The industrial control system may then broadcast the data and the at least one of the plurality of data tags in a data feed channel when the data is associated with the at least one of the plurality of data tags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Charles M. Rischar, William Sinner, Michael Kalan, Haithem Mansouri, Subbian Govindaraj, Juergen Weinhofer, Andrew R. Stump, Daniel S. DeYoung, Frank Kulaszewicz, Edward A. Hill, Keith Staninger, Matheus Bulho
  • Patent number: 9915439
    Abstract: A system that allows a contractor to remotely monitor and/or interact with its customers' building control systems, such as heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and analyze information obtained from the building control systems over time. Such a system may help the contractor monitor and diagnosis customer building control systems, setup service calls, achieve better customer relations, create more effective marketing opportunities, as well as other functions. In some cases, the disclosed system may include a controller that analyzes data from HVAC systems, determines if one or more of the HVAC systems may benefit from a particular product or service, and outputs the HVAC systems that are determined to benefit from a particular product or service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: David Quam, Amy Ragland, Steve R. Peterson, Brad Paine
  • Patent number: 9915942
    Abstract: A method, a computer program product, and a computer system for identifying significant and consumable-insensitive trace features. A computer computes a residual in a first regression of one or more secondary factors on a target. The computer computes residuals in a second regression of the one or more secondary factors on each of one or more trace features in one or more trace feature sets. The computer computes, for the one or more trace feature sets, coefficients of determination in a third regression of the residuals in the second regression on the residual in the first regression. The computer ranks the one or more trace feature sets by sorting the coefficient of determination. The computer determines, based on rankings of the one or more trace feature sets, significant trace feature sets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J. Baseman, Amit Dhurandhar, Fateh A. Tipu
  • Patent number: 9915939
    Abstract: An industrial control system is provided that includes a first control set, having a first frame period. The first control set includes at least one first input/output (I/O) pack; and at least one first controller. The industrial control system also has a second control set with a second frame period. The second control set includes at least one second input/output (I/O) pack; and at least one second controller. A mixed-frame rate logic device is also included with the industrial control system. This device may handle sharing of input data, output data, or both provided by the first control set to the second control set when the first and second frame periods are different.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Muralidhar Venkata Subrahmanya Duvvuri, Harry Paul Ridenour, III
  • Patent number: 9904266
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure relate to real-time debugging systems and methods. In one embodiment, a system that includes a server module and a client module can be provided. The server module can be executable on a first computer and can be adapted to use a native communications format for interactive transfer of industrial automation data between the first computer and at least one industrial automation element. The client module, which can be executable on the same computer as the server module or on a different computer, can include a debugging application configured to use a universal communications format for communicatively interacting with the server module for accessing the industrial automation data and debugging one or more programming portions associated with the industrial automation data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: John Ronald Burr, Richard William Shaw, Christina Ann Romanik, Muralidhar Venkata Subrahmanya Duvvuri
  • Patent number: 9898925
    Abstract: A method for operating a field device, wherein at least one command that is in line with a communication protocol for operating a field device is sent from a higher-order unit to a field device by sending the command to an operating unit by means of a first bearer protocol and by transmitting the command from the operating unit to the field device by means of a second bearer protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: CodeWrights GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Gunzert, Michael Maneval, Ralf Schmidt, Johannes Sprenger
  • Patent number: 9879875
    Abstract: A system that allows a contractor to remotely monitor and/or interact with its customers' building control systems, such as heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and analyze information obtained from the building control systems over time. Such a system may help the contractor monitor and diagnosis customer building control systems, setup service calls, achieve better customer relations, create more effective marketing opportunities, as well as other functions. In some cases, the disclosed system may help a contractor pro-actively identify possible issues with its customer's building control systems and may output an alert related to an operation of the customer's building control systems. Within the system, the contractor may able to open a case associated with the customer's building control systems and link related alerts to the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: David Quam, Amy Ragland, Steve R. Peterson
  • Patent number: 9847240
    Abstract: A workpiece support has a vessel having a top interior wall and a bottom interior wall. An interior cavity is defined between the top interior wall and bottom interior wall, wherein a support surface configured to support a workpiece. A plate is positioned within the interior cavity, dividing the interior cavity into a top cavity and a bottom cavity. The top and bottom cavities are fluidly coupled about a periphery of the plate. A first taper defined in one or more of the top interior wall and a top portion of the plate provides a substantially constant volume across a radial cross-section of the top cavity. A second taper defined in one or more of the bottom interior wall and a bottom portion of the plate provides a substantially constant volume across a radial cross-section of the bottom cavity. First and second ports fluidly couple the top and bottom cavities to respective first and second fluid channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Axcelis Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: William Davis Lee