Sequential Or Selective Patents (Class 700/11)
  • Patent number: 10317574
    Abstract: A system for identification and/or nowcasting of hail events with several measuring stations for detecting signals related to electromagnetic radiation in connection with lightning may comprise at least one time measuring unit for detecting the temporal course of the detected signals, and at least one analysis unit interconnected with the measuring stations and the time measuring unit. The analysis unit may comprise at least a first lightning signal analysis module for generation of a lightning signal analysis based on the detected signals, and a second lightning signal analysis module for identification of at least one lightning jump event based on the temporal course of the detected signals and the lightning signal analysis. The analysis unit may further comprise a nowcasting module for nowcasting concerning a hail event based on a lightning jump event. Furthermore, a method for identification and/or nowcasting of hail events is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: nowcast GmbH
    Inventors: Matthias Moehrlein, Silvia Riso, Hans-Dieter Betz, Daniel Betz
  • Patent number: 10274969
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments can provide a system and method for controlling irrigation schedules for a sprinkler system including automatically updating irrigation schedules based on qualitative and quantitative feedback and meteorological data as well as matching optimal or near-optimal irrigation schedules to other sprinkler zones based on characteristics of the landscape and sprinkler system as well as other characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Rachio, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Michael Klein, Franz David Garsombke, Matthew B. Reisman
  • Patent number: 10261673
    Abstract: In embodiments of statistics value chart interface cell mode drill down, a first interface displays in a table format that includes columns each with field values of an event field, and each column having a column heading of a different one of the event fields, and includes rows each with one or more of the field values, each field value in a row associated with a different one of the event fields, and having an aggregated metric that represents a number of events with field-value pairs that match all of the field values listed in a respective row and the corresponding event fields listed in the respective columns. A cell can be emphasized that includes one of the field values in a row that corresponds to one of the different event fields in a column, and in response, a menu displays options to transition to a second interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: SPLUNK INC.
    Inventors: Cory Eugene Burke, Katherine Kyle Feeney, Divanny I. Lamas, Marc Vincent Robichaud, Matthew G. Ness, Clara E. Lee
  • Patent number: 10249179
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure provide a method an device for transmitting a control signal in a multi-device system, where a first device determines a second device to be controlled by a remote controller of the first device to be connected with the first device; determines from a received signal a first value of the button for controlling the first device; determines a second value of the button, corresponding to the first value of the button, for controlling the second device; and transmits the second value of the button to the second device, so that the second device operates according to the received second value of the button, and with this technical solution, a multi-device system can be controlled by the remote controller of the single device without infrared learning by the first device to thereby simplify operations of the first device to control the other device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: HISENSE BROADBAND MULTIMEDIA TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shoujun Sun, Peishu Li, Changzhen Guo, Chaoqun Yu, Fushan Ma
  • Patent number: 10228668
    Abstract: In an implementation, airflow provisioning in an area by a plurality of fluid moving devices is managed through assignment of the fluid moving devices to monitor and regulate conditions at respective subsets of a plurality of locations based upon determined influence levels of the fluid moving devices on the respective locations to meet a predefined cooling influence redundancy level. The predefined cooling influence redundancy level for a particular location identifies a number of the fluid moving devices that are to monitor and regulate a condition at the particular location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT LP
    Inventors: Rongliang Zhou, Cullen E. Base, Tahir Cader, Zhiki Wang
  • Patent number: 10197258
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lighting system, the system comprising: a lighting device; and a controller for controlling the lighting device to produce user customisable realistic lighting effects, the controller comprising: a calculating device adapted to calculate a time varying lighting value based on at least one simulation parameter; and adapted to output said time varying lighting value to said lighting device so as to simulate a user customizable realistic lighting effect; wherein said lighting device and said controller are integrated in a combined unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Rotolight Limited
    Inventors: Roderick Allen Gammons, Andrew Francis, Roderick Aaron Gammons, Stefan Lange
  • Patent number: 10187396
    Abstract: Firmware updates for, e.g., thin client devices may be achieved in a seamless, non-disruptive manner using a two-stage firmware loader, including a base loader pre-installed on the device and a caching loader downloaded, by the base loader, from a firmware server and thereafter responsible for downloading and updating other firmware application packages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: IMPRIVATA, INC.
    Inventors: Pieter-Jan Boone, Lou Bergandi, Feroz Gora, David Kashtan, David M. T. Ting, Michael Michlin, Robert Calder, Alain Slak, Taras Lushney
  • Patent number: 10050444
    Abstract: An apparatus may control the power delivered from an AC power source to an electrical load, and may comprise a controllably conductive device. The apparatus may also comprise a controller that may be operatively coupled to a control input of the controllably conductive device. The apparatus may also include a first wireless communication circuit operable to communicate via a first protocol and to join a first wireless communication network operable to communicate via the first protocol. The first wireless communication circuit may be in communication with the controller. The controller may be operative to determine a first condition for communicating via the first protocol. The controller may also be operable to control the first wireless communication circuit to join the first wireless communication network upon the first condition being satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: LUTRON ELECTRONICS CO., INC.
    Inventor: Jeremy Thomas Neyhart
  • Patent number: 10036253
    Abstract: A control system for a material gathering mechanism includes a gathering head configured to gather material from aground surface, a plurality of gathering members configured to transport the material gathered by the gathering head towards a material conveying apparatus, and a jam detection device for detecting a jam condition in movement of one or more of the plurality of gathering members and generate signals indicative of the jam condition. The control system further includes a controller communicably coupled to the plurality of gathering members and the jam detection member. The controller receives signals indicative of the jam condition from the jam detection device. The controller initiates a sequence of stopping, delaying, and restarting the gathering member on receiving the signals indicative of the jam condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Carl Moberg, Fabian Wolf, Konstantin Halle, Justin Philip Pahl, Bjoern-Andre Huehn
  • Patent number: 9971330
    Abstract: A safety relay configuration system for configuring safety functions to be carried out by a safety relay is provided. The configuration system comprises a number of features that facilitate intuitive and simplified configuration of an industrial safety relay, including but not limited to features that guide the user through the configuration process using an intuitive sequential procedure, enforce design consistency throughout the configuration project by intelligently limiting user selections, and visually organize configuration and status information in a manner that efficiently utilizes display space and allows the user to quickly evaluate available configuration options. The configuration system organizes function blocks into columns according to function block type and uses pass-through blocks and signal flow line drawing rules to yield an organized program visualization that can be easily followed and interpreted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Zhixuan Liu, Bradley A. Prosak
  • Patent number: 9948865
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus is intended to find, even when shooting a subject having a depth, respective reflection characteristics of portions of the subject with high accuracy, and includes a high-luminance region extraction unit which extracts high-luminance regions having a higher luminance than a predetermined threshold value in a plurality of image signals obtained by irradiating the subject with light emitted from a known light source and shooting reflected light from the subject at a plurality of viewpoints, a local region extraction unit which extracts local regions respectively most focused on in the portions of the subject using the plurality of high-luminance regions, and a reflection characteristic estimation unit which estimates a reflection characteristic of the subject using respective light source characteristics of the high-luminance regions in the local regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignees: OLYMPUS CORPORATION, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPORATION CHIBA UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Masao Sambongi, Norimichi Tsumura, Kaori Baba
  • Patent number: 9911321
    Abstract: Systems and methods utilize a smart control hub and a relatively “dumb” remote control device that receives display information from the control hub. The remote control communicates simplified commands that are interpreted by the control hub, and translated into commands that are transmitted by the control hub to devices being controlled. Various display pages, or menus of options, may be fed to the remote control and displayed and/or updated on the remote control. A user can navigate the various pages to control various devices using a limited number of buttons and/or a limited reconfigurable input surface. The pages may be updated, for example, to reflect current state information for devices, e.g. on/off, percent power, etc., or to change available commands, e.g. alternating between “on” and “off”, “pause” and “play”, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Gareth Selfe, Wei Jiang, Christopher Coley
  • Patent number: 9857808
    Abstract: A dynamic electrical load model for an HVAC chiller for use in demand response applications is described herein. A dynamic model for coupling a building's electrical and thermal characteristics is described. This allows for more accurate planning of the dispatching of load for demand side response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignees: Drexel University, Viridity Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: Chikaodinaka Nwankpa, Karen Miu Miller, Jonathan Berardino, Alain Steven
  • Patent number: 9791855
    Abstract: A semiconductor process management system is provided. The semiconductor process management system includes a communicator that receives a process recipe from one or more process apparatuses and receives a measured value for each sampling point from one or more measuring apparatus, and a first determination unit that establishes a mutual influence model between the process recipe and the measured value for each sampling point based on the process recipe and the measured value for each sampling point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dong-hoon Han, Jai-hyung Won, Do-hyung Kim, Sung-hyup Kim, Ho-jun Kim
  • Patent number: 9765469
    Abstract: The souring of wet laundry in a laundry treating appliance may be retarded by sending an alert signal indicative of an ending of a cycle of operation from the laundry treating appliance to a remote electronic device. The appliance may receive an authorization signal from the electronic device indicative of an instruction to execute an anti-sour cycle. An anti-sour cycle comprising the energizing of a fan to flow air through a laundry treating chamber may be automatically initiated for the laundry treating appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Steven D. Ficke, Gregory T. Heine, Gregory S. Lieto
  • Patent number: 9733650
    Abstract: A water supply apparatus is provided to meet demands for energy saving by controlling the rotational speed of a pump (1), for example, so as to lower the rotational speed in the time zone when water is not used much while avoiding the time zone when water is used in large quantities. The water supply apparatus includes the pump (1) configured to pressurize and deliver water, a frequency converter configured to supply electric power to the pump (1) to operate the pump (1) at a variable speed, and a controller (15) configured to send operating signals to the frequency converter so as to operate the pump (1) either at a first operation or at a second operation with less power consumption than the first operation. The controller (15) is configured to judge whether the operation of the pump (1) should be shifted from the first operation to the second operation based on an operational state of the pump (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Ebara Corporation
    Inventors: Ryotaro Karaki, Sachiko Miyauchi, Yasutaka Konishi, Kazuhiro Kaneda, Tomoharu Tejima, Nobuhiro Higaki
  • Patent number: 9665412
    Abstract: The present invention provides an event-driven programming method of programmable logic controller (PLC), including: registering at least one event to be detected; storing at least one event handler segment corresponding to the at least one event to be detected respectively; detecting the occurrence of the at least one event to be detected; adding the detected event into an event queue; extracting events from the event queue; and executing the event handler segment corresponding to the extracted event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES SAS
    Inventor: Haifeng Wang
  • Patent number: 9618948
    Abstract: An appliance control system includes: a sensor (3) that detects environmental data of a surrounding environment; a plurality of appliances (2) as control targets; a remote controller including: a display unit (15) that displays a list of the appliances (2); an input unit (16) that receives an operation of controlling the appliances (2); a storage unit (13) that stores a threshold value in the environmental data for each of the plurality of appliances (2); and a processing unit (12) that gives higher priority to an appliance in which the environmental data has exceeded a threshold value, the priority being concerned with a display order of the appliance (2) on the display unit (15).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideaki Yamaguchi, Akihiko Hiroishi, Makoto Kawasaki, Satoshi Kitamura
  • Patent number: 9604361
    Abstract: A system for defining motions of a plurality of real robots cooperatively performing a show based on a description of the motions of the robots defined by animation software. The system includes at least one storage for storing a plurality of segments that describe the motions of the robots during the show, each segment includes a description of motions of one of the robots during a defined time period, and for storing a plurality of scenes, each scene specifying a plurality of segments to be executed simultaneously by the robots, and a playlist handler configured to handle creation of a playlist including a sequence of scenes and to amend the playlist according to user commands, and a user interface configured to display the playlist to a user, to allow the user to edit the playlist by amending the sequence of scenes, and to receive the user commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Magnus Gustafsson, Mark Ruth
  • Patent number: 9461464
    Abstract: The present application provides a drive unit for a switching element, the driving unit having a function that is capable of promptly detecting the flow of excess current. The unit is usable for an electrical rotating machine. A drive unit for a switching element, comprising: a sense terminal output current detecting means for detecting an output current of a sense terminal that outputs a minute current having correlation with a current flowing between an input terminal and an output terminal of a switching element; a switching element drive control means for restricting the driving of the switching element when the output current detected by the sense terminal output current detecting means exceeds a predetermined threshold value; and a threshold changing means for changing the threshold value on the basis of a difference of electric potential between the input terminal and the output terminal of the switching element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yousuke Asako, Tsuneo Maebara
  • Patent number: 9374870
    Abstract: A network using existing streetlights is described. Each street light becomes a node in the network, and each includes a power terminal for receiving electrical power, a light source coupled to the power terminal, a processor coupled to the power terminal, a network interface coupled between the processor and the network of lighting systems, and a sensor coupled to the processor for detecting a condition at the node, and in response providing information about that condition to the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Sensity Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Rusty Cumpston, Hugh Martin
  • Patent number: 9348338
    Abstract: Described herein are several embodiments relating to modular irrigation controllers. In many implementations, the irrigation controllers are modular in that various functional components of the irrigation controller are implemented in removable modules that when inserted into position within the controller, expand the capabilities of the controller. Also described are various different types of expansion modules that may be coupled to the modular controller, having as variety of functions and features, as well as related methods of use and configuration of these modules in the controller. In some embodiments, a serial communication bus is provided between a control unit of a modular irrigation controller and an expansion module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Rain Bird Corporation
    Inventors: Harvey J. Nickerson, Russel D. Leatherman, James R. Musselman
  • Patent number: 9295903
    Abstract: A bowling lane maintenance machine is provided with separate reservoirs for constituent conditioning components to allow separate storage of the conditioning components and mixing of the conditioning components just prior to application to a surface of the bowling lane. One conditioning component may be a polar component such as a polyethylene glycol and another conditioning component may be a non-polar component such as a mineral oil based product. Separate reservoirs for constituent cleaning components are also provided so that the cleaning components may also be stored separately and then mixed together just prior to application to the bowling lane surface. Primary and secondary drive wheels are positioned on opposite sides of the machine forwardly of a conditioner application roller in the intended forward direction of travel of the machine so that they do not leave “tracks” on the conditioner after its application on the bowling lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Kegel, LLC
    Inventors: Dennis W. Sheirs, Mark E. Davis, John M. Davis
  • Patent number: 9298566
    Abstract: Example embodiments relate to automatic cluster-based failover handling. In example embodiments, a first node included in a high availability cluster may receive a failure signal from a second node included in the high availability cluster, where the failure signal indicates a failure in the second node. The failure signal may also indicate a second port in the second node that is or will be inactive due to the failure, the second port being associated with a second port address. The first node may activate a first port of the first node, where the first port was previously inactive before being activated. The first node may assign a first port address to the first port, wherein the first port address is the same as the second port address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventor: Marc Edward LeFevre
  • Patent number: 9191689
    Abstract: Systems and methods for translating generic requests into requests specific to user media devices selected based on location are provided. In some embodiments, a first instruction data structure containing a request for an action to be performed on media content is received from a user equipment device. A location for the user equipment device is determined and a user media device is selected based on its proximity to the determined location. Device specific information for the selected user media device is then used to determine whether the selected user media device is authorized to perform the requested action. The device specific information is also used to translate the first instruction data structure into a second instruction data structure. The second instruction data structure is then transmitted to the selected user media device and causes the selected user media device to perform the requested action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Fife, Neel Suhas Ketkar
  • Patent number: 9154608
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes accessing data encoding a response shift in a signal received through an antenna of a mobile device. The signal corresponds to wireless communication to the mobile device from another device. The response shift is detected and encoded by a modem of the mobile device coupled to the antenna. The method also includes determining an environmental or operational state of the mobile device based at least in part on the response shift encoded in the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael John McKenzie Toksvig, Yoon Kean Wong, Craig Michael Nicol, Eglia Nair Flores
  • Patent number: 9124729
    Abstract: In certain aspects, designating an attribute of at least one shared image at least partially with a designating shared image device that can be utilized to capture an image with at least one capturing shared image device. In other aspects, synchronizing a capturing shared image device to a sharing session in a manner that at least partially allows conveying between the capturing shared image device with at least another shared image device at least some shared images captured during the sharing session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Edward K. Y. Jung, Royce A. Levien, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, John D. Rinaldo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9087100
    Abstract: A server device receives identity data retrieved from an appliance through use of a physical and logical interconnection referenced to a standard. The identity data is used at the server device to identify within a database having a plurality of appliance records, each of which is cross-referenced to an appliance, an appliance record having data in one or more record fields which matches the identity data retrieved from the appliance. A codeset identifier associated with the identified appliance record is then used to select from a plurality of codesets a codeset for use in configuring the portable device to command functional operations of the appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: UNIVERSAL ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Paul D. Arling, Brian Barnett, Norman G. Sheridan, Patrick H. Hayes
  • Publication number: 20150148916
    Abstract: The invention relates to a control device (3) intended to be connected to a communication network (R) over which frames exchanged between an automation equipment item (2) and a control interface (1) of said equipment item circulate, said device comprising: A recording module (36) arranged to control a recording of at least one frame transmitted by the control interface (1) to the automation equipment item (2), an action being associated with said stored frame, A control module (37) arranged to: retransmit said stored frame (T1-Tn) to the automation equipment item (2) when said action (A1-An) is controlled, queue and store all the frames exchanged between the control interface (1) and the automation equipment item (2) during the execution of said action, return, after the end of the execution of said action (A1-An), all the frames queued during the execution of said action.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Schneider Electric Industries SAS
    Inventor: Thierry CHICHE
  • Publication number: 20150142135
    Abstract: A control system for use with a control device in a network. The control system includes a sensing device to monitor a distance of the sensing device from the control device, and to communicate a first indication in response to the distance exceeding a predefined value through the network. The control system also includes a binary device coupled to the sensing device, and, in response to receiving a number of inputs, to generate a number of signals, and to communicate the number of signals through the network via the sensing device. The control system also includes a network manager that is remote from the binary device and the sensing device, to receive at least one of the first indication and the number of signals, and, in response to having received the at least one of the first indication and the number of signals, to activate one of a plurality of corresponding predefined actions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Maciej Fiedler, Bartlomiej Arcichowski, Adam Przybecki
  • Publication number: 20150112452
    Abstract: The technology described in this document is embodied in a method that includes processing data in a first dataset that represents time-varying information about at least one pulse pressure wave propagating through blood in a subject acquired at a location of the subject. The method also includes providing information related to the data to a remote device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: David Da He, Richard Robehr Bijjani, Shahid Azim, Bogart Vargas
  • Patent number: 9013116
    Abstract: An LED (Light Emitting Device) light source (100), a pulse controller or pulse control module (130) for an LED light source, and a method are provided, for controlling relative timing and phase of LED light pulse generation and operation of peripheral devices, relative to a common timing reference. A system is provided comprising a pulse controller (130) for controlling synchronization of multiple LEDs (144) and/or other devices and peripherals (164), relative to a common timing reference. The pulse controller (130) comprises a processor (131) that programmatically executes a time based sequence of digital control signals (141) from received inputs (121) indicative of a pulse generation sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Excelitas Canada, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Blair Porter, Stewart Andrew Clark
  • Patent number: 9015587
    Abstract: A home network device and a method of receiving and transmitting sound information using the same are provided. The home network device includes a reception unit, a display unit and a sound playing unit. The reception unit receives a user interface, which is used to control a control target device, and sound information, which is synchronized with the user interface, from the control target device connected through a home network. The display unit displays the received user interface. The sound playing unit plays the received sound information when the user interface is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ho Jin, Jung-yon Cho, Il-joo Kim
  • Patent number: 9014825
    Abstract: A programmable power distributing sequencer including a plurality of internal regulators, an internal memory adapted to store a user programmable script including instructions for sequentially enabling and disabling the regulators, and a controller adapted to enable and disable the regulators based on the script. The controller may receive the user programmable script from a programming source, such as an applications processor, an external memory, or external programming device. Before using the user programmable script, the controller may execute a default script stored in the internal memory to initially power up the programming source. The sequencer may further include an external port for similarly controlling one or more external regulators. The port may also be used to connect multiple sequencers together, such as in a cascaded, hierarchical, and/or redundant manner. Additionally, the sequencer may include a fault detection module for detecting faulty operating regulators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Chad L. Olson, Joseph B. Vandem Wymelenberg
  • Publication number: 20150105869
    Abstract: A motion control system comprising a machine platform, at least one event destination, and an event handler. The machine platform carries out automated tasks and generates events. The event handler is configurable to receive at least one event from the machine platform and send the at least one event to the at least one event destination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: David W. Brown, Skylar Stein
  • Patent number: 8977371
    Abstract: A controller, method and system, for controlling lighting responsive to ambient lighting conditions are described. In particular, disclosed is illumination controller (110) for controlling illumination of a workspace near a display (253). The illumination controller includes a memory device (113) storing a user's preference for illumination of the workspace; a processor (111) accessing the user's preference in the memory device; and an interface (112) between the processor and an electronic sensor (231) located proximate to the display, which collects a reading from the electronic sensor. The processor compares the reading with the user's preference, and sends a command to at least one luminaire (241) to adjust the illumination of the workspace. The electronic sensor can be, for example, a photosensor, an occupancy sensor, an orientation sensor, or a location sensor. In some embodiments, the interface collects the reading from the electronic sensor via a wireless communication link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Koninklijkle Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventor: Ian Edward Ashdown
  • Patent number: 8959006
    Abstract: A system for conducting a real-time power capacity assessment of an electrical system is disclosed. The system includes a data acquisition component, a power analytics server and a client terminal. The data acquisition component is communicatively connected to a sensor configured to acquire real-time data output from the electrical system. The power analytics server is communicatively connected to the data acquisition component and is comprised of a virtual system modeling engine, an analytics engine and a machine learning engine. The machine learning engine is configured to store and process patterns observed from the real-time data output and the predicted data output, forecasting power capacity of the electrical system subjected to a simulated contingency event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Power Analytics Corporation
    Inventor: Adib Nasle
  • Publication number: 20150045911
    Abstract: An industrial machine system includes an instruction device, a relay machine, and an industrial machine. The instruction device is configured to wirelessly transmit to the relay machine such that an instruction signal includes a regulation release signal that releases regulation of drive of the industrial machine or a regulation non-release signal that regulates the drive of the industrial machine, and a drive signal. The relay machine is configured to generate a control signal that corresponds to the instruction signal and to transmit the control signal to the industrial machine, when detecting that wireless communication is disconnected, the relay machine generates the control signal that corresponds to the regulation non-release signal and transmits the control signal to the industrial machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Takanori SAKAMOTO
  • Patent number: 8954956
    Abstract: Systems and methods for distributing and executing software code. In some embodiments, a method may include storing program instructions configured to invoke interactions with one or more of a plurality of automation devices, the plurality of automation devices divided into sets of one or more automation devices, each set of one or more automation devices associated with a respective Distributed Execution System (DES) node. The method may also include distributing the program instructions to each DES node, each DES node configured to operate in a discovery mode to evaluate the program instructions and identify one or more semantic statements that are applicable to its associated set of one or more automation devices, each DES node configured to operate in an execution mode subsequently to the discovery mode to execute the identified one or more semantic statements with respect to that DES node's associated set of one or more automation devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Wigwag, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas E. Hemphill, Jean-Marc Trinon
  • Patent number: 8948888
    Abstract: A human machine interface device and an interface integration method thereof are provided. The human machine interface device cooperates with a programmable logic controller. The programmable logic controller comprises a first program unit and a second program unit. The human machine interface device comprises a processor and a memory. The memory comprises a first address storing an operation variable and a second address storing a first common variable. The operation variable corresponds to the first logic operation via the first common variable. When the types and the amounts of the input/output parameters of the first program unit and the second program unit are the same, the processor causes the operation variable to correspond to the second program unit by updating the first common variable into a second common variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Delta Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Hsu-Yuan Kuo, Ching-Yang Wu
  • Patent number: 8948887
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided that are capable of synchronizing an industrial process. The industrial process may include a plurality of process levels. A visualization group may be displayed, showing the various levels of a process. A transition group may be graphically defined that allows for the linking of the transitions between the various process levels. In certain embodiments, sequential function charts (SFC) may include expanded capabilities that allow for the visual definition, editing, and review of the transition groups. Such SFC embodiments may be capable of process flow synchronization across any levels of the modeled process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert C. Kline, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150032229
    Abstract: A process control apparatus includes a hypervisor, a controller configured to run on the hypervisor and to communicate with a field apparatus to control an industrial process, an operation model definer configured to define an operation model, which is information establishing operation specifications derived from specifications of the controller, a trace information collector configured to collect traces of interactive motions between hardware and the controller, and a normality determiner configured to compare the operation model defined by the operation model definer with the information collected by the trace information collector and to determine the normality of the operation of the process control apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: YOKOGAWA ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takeshi Ohno, Masanobu Tsuchiya
  • Patent number: 8914156
    Abstract: A method is provided for the control of valves for flow path control, in particular in a medical treatment machine, having a plurality of processes for the manufacture of flow paths by control of a group of valves, with each process claiming a group of valves suitable for its carrying out for itself so that other processes cannot change the switching state of these valves and with each process itself making a decision on the release of the valves claimed by it. In addition, a method is provided for monitoring the then current and/or scheduled state of a plurality of valves in the flow path control, determining the connections resulting from the switching state of the valves, and comparing the resulting connections with a predetermined number of non-permitted connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Frank L. Hedmann, Stephan Klatte
  • ILG
    Publication number: 20140350696
    Abstract: The instant invention is related to methods and means for interacting with and controlling and/or regulating things—from appliances to environments, from potential mates to proprietors, and just about everything in between. Various embodiments of the methods and means of the invention may be performed by and/or implemented in hardware, in software, by one or more entities, and/or by some combination of hardware, software and/or one or more entities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: Alfred M. Haas
  • Publication number: 20140350697
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and apparatus for exposing (i.e. bridging) data and services offered by low power, low duty cycle transducers (e.g. sensors and actuators) in a standardized format over existing and established home networking technologies. A transducer access point is a functional component that serves as a proxy for health devices and sensors that are off/asleep the majority of the time to conserver power (e.g. battery life). The transducer access point may be implemented as a stand alone device or embedded within a computing device such as a home PC.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Christopher S. Gough, Devon M. Welles, William C. DeLeeuw, Nandakishore Kushalnagar
  • Patent number: 8892087
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for remotely controlling and interacting with a multimedia device using a mobile phone. This is accomplished by utilizing cell and mobile phones capable of establishing persistent Internet connections. A software application is provided for the mobile phone that receives inputs entered by a user on the mobile phone's keypad and translates the inputs into commands that are recognized by a multimedia device. For example, the multimedia device may be a television, set top box, or a digital video recorder such as a Tivo or ReplayTV. The software application transmits the data input by the user to the device, either directly, or through at least one central server. Mapping of the commands entered on the mobile phone into commands recognized by the remote device may occur on the phone, at a central server, or at the device itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan Ackley
  • Publication number: 20140330396
    Abstract: A control system and method based on a physiological signal are disclosed, by which a user wears a detection device on the user body to be detected with a physiological signal of the user body, a control server may process the physiological signal to generate a corresponding control command, and thus an under-control device may be controlled to operate based on the control command. By using the technical means, the present invention may achieve a technical efficacy of controlling the under-control device based on the user's physiological signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: Chih-Tsung Chang, Hou-Cheng Lu, Shu-Fen Ko, Mei-Hui Chao
  • Patent number: 8880199
    Abstract: A smart lighting control system has a central control unit and at least one lighting module. The lighting module has its own controller, an ambient light sensor, a current sensor, and an emergency button and is connected to the central control unit and other modules via a serial port. Each lighting module can follow commands from the central control unit to display a specific lighting effect or adjust its brightness according to the ambient light automatically or to switch to another color or lighting effect to generate a warning signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Southern Taiwan University
    Inventors: Chao-Huang Wei, Chia-Wei Yang, Wan-Tzu Chen
  • Publication number: 20140316536
    Abstract: When a numerical controller enters a DNC operation mode, a host apparatus transmits NC data to the numerical controller. When the received NC data includes a sub program call, a repeat instruction or a branch instruction, the numerical controller stores search information that is required for executing these instructions. When the numerical controller includes search information, the host apparatus transmits, to the numerical controller, NC data corresponding to the search information. The numerical controller analyzes the received NC data and executes operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: FANUC Corporation
    Inventor: Masatoshi NAKAJIMA
  • Publication number: 20140277593
    Abstract: A supervisor engine cooperates with an expert system in a process control environment to automatically generate, assign, track, and manage work items. The supervisor engine creates work items according to data received from the expert system, selects available personnel to execute work items, sends work items to the selected personnel, schedules the execution of the work items, and creates and stores permissions that allow the assigned personnel to complete a target function of the work item at an assigned time. The supervisor engine determines required skill sets, roles, certifications, and/or credentials associated with a work item, and selects personnel to perform the work item according to a personnel profile specifying a skill set, a role, certifications, and/or credentials associated with the personnel. Alternatively or additionally, the supervisor engine assigns a work item according to the presence of personnel at or near the target equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Mark J. Nixon, Ken J. Beoughter, Daniel D. Christensen