Particular Manufactured Product Or Operation Patents (Class 700/117)
  • Patent number: 11071211
    Abstract: Provided is a method for operating an electronic component mounting system including component storages including a keeping rack, a dry box and a dryer. The method includes, after a reel of a moisture sensitive device is dispatched from a component keeping area and setup to a tape feeder is performed in an external setup area, measuring a exposure time for which the moisture sensitive device is in an atmospheric exposure state is in a reel unit, and comparing the exposure time with an exposure limit time set for the moisture sensitive device and stored in a storage. The method includes stopping using the reel of the moisture sensitive device whose exposure time exceeds the exposure limit time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Norihisa Yamasaki, Yasuhiro Maenishi, Yuji Nakamura
  • Patent number: 11052606
    Abstract: A method of detecting a malfunction event in an additive manufacturing system includes building a workpiece with the additive manufacturing system. The additive manufacturing system includes a housing, a build chamber disposed within the housing, a recoater disposed within the build chamber, a build platform configured to receive the workpiece, a shaft mounted to the build platform, a sensor in operable communication with the additive manufacturing system, and an actuating mechanism engaged with the shaft such that the actuating mechanism is configured to move the shaft relative to the actuating mechanism. The undesirable event is sensed with the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: David W. Morganson, Eric M. Raffia
  • Patent number: 11021200
    Abstract: A modular vehicle assembly system and methods for increased flexibility and adaptability of a high-volume assembly facility which builds several vehicle models. In one example, the invention includes modular assembly equipment (AE) support pallets which are shipped to vendors for installation of selected AE equipment devices that are specific to a predetermined assembly operation and then validation tested prior to shipment to the assembly facility. The validated modular AE pallets and AE devices are then shipped to the assembly facility and quickly installed to support manufacturing, assembly or other operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Comau LLC
    Inventor: Velibor Kilibarda
  • Patent number: 10983507
    Abstract: A system and method for data collection and frequency analysis with self-organization functionality includes analyzing with a processor a plurality of sensor inputs, sampling with the processor data received from at least one of the plurality of sensor inputs at a first frequency, and self-organizing with the processor a selection operation of the plurality of sensor inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Strong Force IoT Portfolio 2016, LLC
    Inventors: Charles Howard Cella, Mehul Desai, Gerald William Duffy, Jr., Jeffrey P. McGuckin
  • Patent number: 10828836
    Abstract: A method of controlling an additive manufacturing process in which a directed energy source is used to selectively melt material to form a workpiece, forming a melt pool in the process of melting, the method including: using an imaging apparatus to generate an image of the melt pool comprising an array of individual image elements, the image including a measurement of at least one physical property for each of the individual image elements; from the measurements, mapping a melt pool boundary of the melt pool; and controlling at least one aspect of the additive manufacturing process with reference to the melt pool boundary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Thomas Graham Spears
  • Patent number: 10828837
    Abstract: A method of controlling an additive manufacturing process in which a directed energy source is used to selectively melt material to form a workpiece, forming a melt pool in the process of melting, the method comprising: using an imaging apparatus to generate an image of the melt pool comprising an array of individual image elements, the image including a measurement of at least one physical property for each of the individual image elements; from the measurements, mapping a melt pool boundary of the melt pool; computing a algebraic connectivity of the melt pool; and controlling at least one aspect of the additive manufacturing process with reference to the algebraic connectivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Thomas Graham Spears
  • Patent number: 10795339
    Abstract: Provided is a method for processing containers, wherein the containers are processed by. a first processing device in a first predetermined manner and are transported by. a transport device to a second processing device and are processed by this second processing device in a second predetermined manner, and wherein the processing devices are in each case controlled by at least control devices, wherein for the control parameters are used which are characteristic of the containers and/or the processing of the containers. According to the embodiment, predetermination parameters are output on at least one and preferably on several control devices, and said output predetermination parameters are compared with parameters required by at least one processing device, and it is checked whether the parameters required by the at least one processing device can be derived at least from the predetermination parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Andreas Gschrey, Thomas Hensel, Falk Huppelsberg
  • Patent number: 10772251
    Abstract: A setup support device that improves the efficiency of setup of a component mounter by guiding supplying of feeders to a component supply device as preparation for setting of the feeders. The support setup device includes: a preparation cart on which are loaded multiple of the feeders used to perform multiple production jobs; and a feeder identifying section configured to identify multiple of the feeders to be set on a component supply device among the multiple feeders loaded on the preparation cart. The preparation cart includes a guidance section configured to issue guidance all at once for the identified multiple feeders to an operator performing the setup so as to supply the identified multiple feeders to the component supply device as preparation for setting the identified multiple feeders on the component supply device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: FUJI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hideki Hayashi, Hiroyuki Haneda, Koji Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10618751
    Abstract: A modular loading and unloading system wherein modular units can be simply added to a base unit, or main unit, in a desired configuration that fulfill capacity and footprint needs of a manufacturer at any moment, for example when the manufacturer's business expands, thus considerably reducing the time and cost of modifying existing manufacturing systems, such as a laser-based parts cutting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Amada America, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Beransky, Mihai Cioclei, Alexey Volovik, Jonas Gutierrez, Fred Cortez, Karapet Kirishchyan
  • Patent number: 10614533
    Abstract: Methods and processes for moving towards optimizing one or more parameters in a parallel train comprising two hydrocarbon cracking facilities where the two facilities either have non-identical process unit configurations or are operating under non-identical process conditions are disclosed. These methods and processes use models to simulate the impact of interconnecting the facilities by partially withdrawing an intermediate stream from within one cracking facility and adding the partially withdrawn stream to the second cracking facility in order to better optimize the overall operation of the parallel train.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph F. Carpency, Xueyu S. Chen, Marie S. Delaroche
  • Patent number: 10596650
    Abstract: A welding system includes a first sensor associated with a welding helmet and configured to sense a parameter indicative of a position of a welding torch relative to the welding helmet. The travel speed sensing system also includes a processing system communicatively coupled to the first sensor and configured to determine a position of the welding torch relative to a workpiece based on the sensed first parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Kyle Andrew Pfeifer, William Todd Watson, Richard Martin Hutchison, William Joshua Becker
  • Patent number: 10591553
    Abstract: The invention relates to a circuit arrangement for establishing compatibility between a field device or an interface device for a field device and a diagnostic system pertaining to a control system, to the output of which the interface device or field device can be connected. The diagnostic system is adapted to send, via the output of the control system, a test signal to the interface device or field device and to emit an error signal when an electrical response at the output of the control system lies outside an expectancy range. The circuit arrangement comprises voltage influencing means for influencing a voltage at the output of the control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: PEPPERL + FUCHS GMBH
    Inventors: Martin Jung, Peter Ball
  • Patent number: 10549398
    Abstract: Provided is a block device that mounts a lens shape processing lens holder to a convex surface of a spectacle lens with two alignment reference marks for identifying a distance portion design reference point on a concave surface. The block device includes an imaging unit that images the alignment reference marks of the spectacle lens supported by a support unit from a convex surface side of the spectacle lens, an information processing unit that obtains expected imaged positions of the alignment reference marks imaged by the imaging unit, using information regarding the spectacle lens, when a posture of the spectacle lens supported by the support unit becomes a reference posture suitable for mounting the lens holder, and a display control unit that displays images of index marks indicating the expected imaged positions obtained in the information processing unit and images of the alignment reference marks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: HOYA LENS THAILAND LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Daimaru, Hidetoshi Nishimura, Takao Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10515157
    Abstract: A method is provided for the creation of an addendum for use in the design and production of sheet metal formed components, which method uses a sectionless approach. In a preferred approach, elevation curve (EC) lines are established relating to the component (ECc) and binder (ECb), and it is these lines which are used to design the addendum. Additional EC lines (EC1, EC2, EC3, etc.) can be added to modify or optimize the addendum design. The spaces between the EC lines are filled using various parameterized filling techniques so as to provide the addendum design. Optimization of the addendum can be achieved by modification of the various EC lines, so as to modify or control the various design parameters, in accordance with various quality or design criteria. A more rapid, and less complicated approach to addendum design is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence Canada Limited
    Inventors: Victor Apanovitch, Stefan Martin Walter Huhn, Yongguo Wu, Derek Edward George Peeling, Dong Zhao
  • Patent number: 10482439
    Abstract: A key-duplicating system comprises a network that includes a multiplicity of kiosks at a multiplicity of different locations, each of the kiosks having a customer interface and a processor coupled to the customer interface. A remote central server coupled to the kiosks is adapted to receive, from the kiosks, information identifying master keys to be duplicated. A key analysis module uses the information identifying master keys to be duplicated to derive information required to produce duplicates of the identified master keys, and a key duplicating module uses that information to produce duplicates of said identified master keys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: The Hillman Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Freeman
  • Patent number: 10474980
    Abstract: A system for providing access to delivery locations with added security. The system can include a database of images (or other data) of keys associated with a plurality of delivery addresses, or secure delivery locations. When a special handling item—i.e., one that cannot safely be left outside the delivery location—is ordered, the system creates a key to provide access to the secure delivery location. The key can be a one-time use, disposable, shreddable, or otherwise temporary key. The system can also utilize one or more video cameras to record some or all of the delivery process to ensure the delivery driver delivers the item(s), destroys or leaves the key, and leaves the secure delivery location locked, among other things. The manufacturing of a key and/or the choice to use secure delivery can be based on the delivery location, product, delivery value, perishability, or other factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David Bruce McCalib, Jr., Harrison Holmes Jones
  • Patent number: 10373371
    Abstract: An example technique for generating slice data from the tree data structure representation of a three dimensional (3-D) object can include obtaining a shape specification of the 3-D object and obtaining a material specification of the 3-D object. The example technique for generating slice data from the tree data structure representation of a 3-D object can also include merging the shape specification and the material specification to create a tree data structure representation of the 3-D object. The example technique for generating slice data from the tree data structure representation of a 3-D object can also include generating slice data from the tree data structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Jun Zeng, Pu Huang, Sebastia Cortes, Scott A. White, Gary J. Dispoto
  • Patent number: 10350399
    Abstract: A medical fluid suspension generating apparatus for performing medical procedures includes a Venturi-agitating tip assembly composed of a multi-channel arrangement at a proximal first end thereof and a tip at a distal second end thereof. The apparatus also includes a compressed medical fluid unit fluidly connected to the multi-channel arrangement at a proximal first end of the Venturi-agitating tip assembly and a medical solution fluidly connected to the multi-channel arrangement at a proximal first end of the Venturi-agitating tip assembly. Pressurized gas, from the compressed medical fluid unit, and the medical solution are combined within the Venturi-agitating tip assembly in a manner generating an enriched medical suspension that is ultimately dispensed from the suspension delivery apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventors: Frank Levy, Kimberley Levy
  • Patent number: 10322271
    Abstract: A medical fluid suspension generating apparatus for performing medical procedures includes a Venturi-agitating tip assembly composed of a multi-channel arrangement at a proximal first end thereof and a tip at a distal second end thereof. The apparatus also includes a compressed medical fluid unit fluidly connected to the multi-channel arrangement at a proximal first end of the Venturi-agitating tip assembly and a medical solution fluidly connected to the multi-channel arrangement at a proximal first end of the Venturi-agitating tip assembly. Pressurized sclerosant or other chemical medical solution, from the compressed medical fluid unit, and the medical solution of sclerosant or other chemical medical solution are combined within the Venturi-agitating tip assembly in a manner generating an enriched medical suspension that is ultimately dispensed from the suspension delivery apparatus to spray or wash the inner wall of a lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventors: Frank Levy, Kimberley Levy
  • Patent number: 10318381
    Abstract: A memory device can include three-dimensional memory entities each including a plurality of two-dimensional memory entities. A controller can read data from the memory at a first resolution and collect error rate information from the memory at a second resolution including a portion of a two-dimensional memory entity. The controller can determine a quantity of two-dimensional memory entities that have a greater error rate than a remainder of the two-dimensional memory entities based on the error rate information. The controller can determine a quantity of portions of three-dimensional memory entities that have a greater error rate than a remainder of the portions of three-dimensional memory entities based on the error rate information excluding error rate information for portions of the two-dimensional memory entities associated with the quantity of two-dimensional memory entities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin M. Eno, Samuel E. Bradshaw
  • Patent number: 10289696
    Abstract: A round baler may include a bale chamber having one or more bale forming apparatus which form a bale in the bale chamber. The round baler may include a size sensor which measures a plurality of dimensions of the bale as the bale increases in size from a partial bale to a completed bale. The round baler may include a force sensor which measures an ending weight of the completed bale. The round baler may include a location determining device which establishes a plurality of locations of the round baler corresponding to the plurality of dimensions of the bale. The round baler can determine a plurality of yields for the bale by correlating changes in the plurality of dimensions of the bale with the ending weight of the completed bale and generating a map by correlating the plurality of yields with the plurality of locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventor: Daniel E. Derscheid
  • Patent number: 10255060
    Abstract: Method for extending an embedded software component of a field device (F), wherein an extending software component is loaded into a memory of the field device (F), wherein by means of the extending software component at least one supplemental application function is provided for the field device (F), and wherein the embedded software component and the extending software component interact, in order to execute the supplemental application function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: ENDRESS + HAUSER PROCESS SOLUTIONS AG
    Inventor: Vincent De Groot
  • Patent number: 10110328
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides apparatus and methods for the calibration of analog circuitry on an integrated circuit. One embodiment relates to a method of calibrating analog circuitry within an integrated circuit. A microcontroller that is embedded in the integrated circuit is booted up. A reset control signal is sent to reset an analog circuit in the integrated circuit, and a response signal for the analog circuit is monitored by the microcontroller. Based on the response signal, a calibration parameter for the analog circuit is determined, and the analog circuit is configured using the calibration parameter. Other embodiments, aspects and features are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Altera Corporation
    Inventors: Neville Carvalho, Tim Tri Hoang, Sergey Shumarayev
  • Patent number: 10107679
    Abstract: The invention relates to an optoelectronic safety sensor comprising an electronic measuring device for generating measured signals which depend on a state of a safety zone observed by the safety sensor and an electronic evaluation unit for evaluating the measured signals. The electronic evaluation unit comprises a programmable logic controller integrated into the optoelectronic safety sensor for the logic evaluation of logic state variables which are derived from the measured signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: SICK AG
    Inventors: Manfred Haberer, Andreas Schieber, Frank Haberstroh
  • Patent number: 10036688
    Abstract: An interface and method for determining an operational reliability factor SB for a drive, including gear unit and motor, provided for a load, an operational reliability factor SB is determined for the drive or its gear unit from a load collective that is at least three-dimensional.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: SEW-EURODRIVE GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Peter Barton, Roman Schaefer
  • Patent number: 10015293
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are described for incorporating an Internet of Things (IoT) service interface protocol layer in at least one node. The format of various IoT messages used to communicate over a service interface are also described. A set of IoT service level operations may be defined in the node. The IoT service level operations may be performed on IoT information elements (IEs). The IoT service level operations may be defined in terms of various actions that are generic and applicable across industry verticals. The operations may leverage each other as sub-operations, (e.g., collaborate, share, synchronize, discover, associate, collect, aggregate, concatenate, share, relocate, invoke, delegate or surrogate). The IoT IEs may include at least one of a content IoT IE, a context IoT IE, a policy IoT IE, a decision IoT IE, an event IoT IE, a discovery IoT IE or a descriptor IoT IE.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: IOT Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale N. Seed, Chonggang Wang, Lijun Dong
  • Patent number: 10013510
    Abstract: A system or method includes receiving data regarding a first simulated object with at least one desired physical property to be exhibited by the first simulated object designed by a user. The method includes receiving a request for modifications to the simulated object to achieve the at least one desired physical property and determining based on the at least one desired physical property other simulated objects designed by other users, the other simulated objects exhibit the desired physical properties. The display at least one design path that shows other simulated objects that has the desired physical properties and allowing the user choose one of the other simulated objects and replace the object with the chosen object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: MSC.Software Corporation
    Inventors: Kunaseelan Kanthasamy, Herbert Dennis Húnt
  • Patent number: 9985958
    Abstract: Apparatus, methods, and systems described herein are for segmentation, handshaking, and access control solutions for Opendots technology. One embodiment described a charging pad that includes a plurality of conductive strips, switches, and decipher circuitry. A switch is coupled to the plurality of conductive strips whereas the decipher circuitry is coupled to the plurality of conductive strips and the switch. In response to contact with one conductive strip of the plurality of conductive strips, the decipher circuitry determines whether a security password has been received. The switch allows a voltage higher than a threshold voltage level to be supplied to an external device if the security password is received by the decipher circuitry. However, the switch can also prevent a voltage higher than a threshold voltage level to be supplied to an external device if the security password is not received by the decipher circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Bo Qiu, Jianfang Zhu, Anand S. Konanur, Bradley A. Jackson, Sayan Lahiri
  • Patent number: 9939388
    Abstract: A wafer inspection apparatus including a derivation unit configured to derive a first polar coordinate set and a second polar coordinate set using a latin hypercube sampling, the first and second polar coordinate sets not overlapping each other, an inspection unit configured to perform defect inspections of a plurality of wafers using the first and second polar coordinate sets, a support unit configured to support the wafers, and an calculation unit configured to combine a defect inspection result using the first polar coordinate set with a defect inspection result using the second polar coordinate set may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Choon-Shik Leem, Woo-Jin Jung, Chung-Sam Jun
  • Patent number: 9919444
    Abstract: A system for generating a repair patch for a damaged area of a composite structure may include a scanning module, a repair patch model generator and a cutting tool. The scanning module may be deployed at the location of the damaged composite structure. The scanning module may be configured to scan the damaged area to generate scanned data indicative of a shape, size and/or contours of the damaged area. The repair patch model generator may include processing circuitry configured to obtain the scanned data, obtain parent ply information of the damaged composite structure, and generating a patch model of a repair patch including size and shape definition for each of a plurality of plies based on the scanned data and the parent ply information. The cutting tool may be configured to receive cutting files based on the patch model to generate a plurality of cut plies that combine to form the repair patch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: John Tomblin, Brian M. Brown, Lamia Salah
  • Patent number: 9869981
    Abstract: A diagnostic device is physically coupled to a control device in a process control system, and includes an accelerometer that determines when a motion or vibration of the control device is greater than a predetermined threshold. When this condition is detected, one or more other components of the diagnostic device (e.g., processor, communication module, etc.) are activated, and a distress signal is transmitted from the diagnostic device using the activated components. Consequently, the duty cycles of components of the diagnostic device are decreased and optimized, leading to significant power savings. Indeed, in some embodiments, energy harvesting may be sufficient to power the diagnostic device. Further, in some embodiments, the diagnostic device may not require a component processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: FISHER CONTROLS INTERNATIONAL LLC
    Inventors: Matthew J. Kemp, Davin S. Nicholas, Mitchell S. Panther
  • Patent number: 9851019
    Abstract: Systems and methods for testing a valve using valve signatures are provided. An analytical device receives a first valve signature from a portable measurement device. The portable measurement device obtains the first valve signature by causing a plurality of control signals to be applied to the valve and receiving data representing actual positions of the valve corresponding to the applied control signals. The analytical device may generate an image including a graphical representation of the first valve signature and a second valve signature that was measured prior to or after the first valve signature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Fluke Corporation
    Inventor: James Dennis Shields
  • Patent number: 9839975
    Abstract: Methods for configuring laser machining machines (1) include control (2), whereby different types laser machining processes (A, B, C, D) can be executed using the laser machine (1), these processes being respectively controlled by the control apparatus (2) using process parameters. The processes of different types are categorized in a classification (20), in which a respective set of process parameters (21A-24A; 21B-24B; 21C-24C; 22D-24D), that are used during the execution of the respective process (A, B, C, D), is assigned to each process. During a determination and/or changing of a first process parameter (21A-24A) of a first process (A), a process parameter (S1-S6; 21B-24B; 21C-24C; 22D-24D) of a different process (B, C, D) that is contained within classification (20), is automatically determined and/or changed according to a stored rule, as a function of the first process parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: BYSTRONIC LASER AG
    Inventor: Beat Beutler
  • Patent number: 9629705
    Abstract: A method of generating a patient-specific prosthesis includes receiving anatomic imaging data representative of a portion of a patient's anatomy. A first digital representation of the anatomic imaging data is defined. The first digital representation of the anatomic imaging data is modified. A second digital representation of the portion of the patient's anatomy is defined based on the modifying of the first digital representation of the anatomic imaging data. A patient-specific prosthesis is generated based at least in part on the second digital representation of the anatomic imaging data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Aortica Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas C. Douthitt, Richard Van Bibber, Arun Palligaranai Tirumalai, Prashanth Dumpuri
  • Patent number: 9547617
    Abstract: A physical layer integrated circuit (PHY), including an accessory charger adapter (ACA) bridge circuit to communicate with an ACA via a universal serial bus (USB) cable having at least an ID pin and a VBUS pin. The PHY is also to communicate with an ACA-agnostic USB controller configured to act as an A-device or as a B-device. The ACA comprises a USB accessory port. The ACA bridge circuit comprises detection and control logic configured to detect, based on a resistance sensed on the ID pin, that a B-device is connected to the USB accessory port of the ACA and, as a result of such a detection, generate a signal to the USB controller that causes the USB controller to act as an A-device and ignore a VBUS drive signal from the USB controller that, if not ignored, would cause the PHY to drive the VBUS pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Peter Brendan Considine, Sylvain Berthout, Arnaud Deconinck
  • Patent number: 9504579
    Abstract: Methods for predetermining a contour of a resected bone surface and assessing a fit of a prosthesis on the resected bone surface, for designing prostheses to fit discrete patient populations, and for designing customized prostheses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignees: Zimmer, Inc.
    Inventors: Mohamed Mahfouz, Brian D. Earl
  • Patent number: 9488976
    Abstract: A device for diagnosing an evolutive industrial process comprise a plurality of technical steps for the production of a given industrial compound, for which a plurality of state or characterization technical data is available, the device including at least one microprocessor and one memory, an interface module, a counter module for verifying whether a calculation end criterion has been reached, a management module for managing operations and data exchanges between the different modules, a computational grid comprising a plurality of production window calculation modules in order to determine appropriate production windows, a clustering module for distributing parameter combinations between several clusters in order to perform convergence calculations, and a convergence module for verifying whether an expected convergence rate between clusters has been reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: IP LEANWARE
    Inventor: Sylvain Rubat du Merac
  • Patent number: 9466595
    Abstract: Methods of forming a microelectronic structure are described. Those methods comprise forming a bond between a non-device side of a first die and a non-device side of a second die, wherein forming the bond between the non-device side of the first die and the non-device side of the second die does not comprise using an interfacial glue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Kramadhati V. Ravi, Jim Maveety
  • Patent number: 9389996
    Abstract: A field apparatus includes a first memory that stores a program specifying an operation of the field apparatus; a second memory that stores parameters to be used in the field apparatus; a log generation unit configured to generate an operating log in which first information representing a type of an event generated within the field apparatus, second information representing a time at which the event was generated, and third information related to the event are associated; and a control unit that includes the log generation unit, the control unit storing the operating log in a log storage region secured in a free space in one of the first memory and the second memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: YOKOGAWA ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Satoru Ochiai
  • Patent number: 9367057
    Abstract: A system for operating a plurality of energy consuming devices is provided that includes a plurality of device drivers coupled to respective device controllers. Each device controller is associated with a corresponding one of the energy consuming devices, and each device controller includes at least one sensor and is adapted to modulate an output setting of the corresponding energy consuming device. The system also includes a processor coupled to the plurality of device drivers and adapted to cause each of the plurality of device drivers to periodically receive data from the respective one of the device controllers. The system further includes a display interface coupled to the processor and to a display. The display interface is adapted to transmit data to the display. A non-transitory computer readable medium having recorded thereon a program is provided. An apparatus for analyzing data from a plurality of energy consuming devices is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Omniboard, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Louis Phillips, Michael Bradley Martin, Andrew Manzo
  • Patent number: 9330280
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for identity management of applications on computing devices. A set of applications is registered at an identity management system. Each application allows a different level of access permission to the application based on a user role associated with a user accessing the application. A set of user profiles associated with users are received. Each user profile includes a login credential for allowing access to the applications and a user role for defining a user level of access permission to the applications. An access request to access an application is received at the identity management system and responsive to the access request, a user associated with the access request is authenticated. Upon successful authentication, the user role associated with the authenticated user is determined and the user is allowed to access functions of the application corresponding to the determined user role.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Vivek Rachalwar, Vineet Fernandes
  • Patent number: 9305418
    Abstract: A vending machine for scrubs may include a housing configured to store different sized scrubs. The vending machine also may include a scrub dispenser, a labeler, and a controller carried by the housing. The controller may be configured to cooperate with the scrub dispenser to dispense a selected sized scrub. The controller may also be configured to cooperate with the labeler to generate a time expiring badge for the selected sized scrub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: PRESCIENT LOGISTICS, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Feuer, Errol M. Orehek, Robert J. Goldsher
  • Patent number: 9270642
    Abstract: A process communication device includes a process communication interface for communicating on a process communication loop in accordance with a process communication protocol. A controller is coupled to the process communication interface. A rules store is coupled to the controller, and has at least one process communication packet rule that is based on the process communication protocol. The controller applies the at least one process communication packet rule to at least one process communication packet received from the process communication interface, and generates event information when a process communication packet fails at least one process communication packet rule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Rosemount Inc.
    Inventors: Eric D. Rotvold, Jeff D. Potter
  • Patent number: 9228937
    Abstract: An optical spectrometer may include: an adjustable sampling space having two opposing side-walls between which in use a sample for analysis is charged and in at least one of which is formed an optical interface translucent to optical energy emitted by an optical energy source; an actuator mechanically coupled to one or both of the opposing side-walls and configured to operate in response to a command signal applied thereto to effect relative movement of the opposing side-walls; and/or an optical position sensor configured to detect interference fringes generated by the optical energy traversing a distance between the side-walls a plurality of times, having passed through the at least one optical interface, and configured to generate the command signal in dependence thereof. The adjustable sampling space may be brought into an analysis position at which the side-walls are relatively inclined to form a wedge shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: FOSS ANALYTICAL A/S
    Inventors: Mads Andersen, Thomas Nikolajsen, Mogens Velsing, Bjarne Mølsted
  • Patent number: 9191238
    Abstract: Virtual notes are provided that enable virtual communications between users. A user is enabled to input content into a note using an electronic device. The user is enabled to associate a virtual representation of the note with an entity to generate a virtual note. The user is enabled to position the virtual representation of the virtual note in a virtual space superimposed on the entity. The user is enabled to configure at least one attribute associated with the virtual note. The generated virtual note is transmitted to a notes database. Subsequent users can view and otherwise interact with the virtual note by interacting with the entity associated with the virtual note. For example, the subsequent users can interact with the virtual note by approaching the entity, or by viewing the entity on a map displayed by an electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: YAHOO! INC.
    Inventors: Stephan Douris, Barry Crane, Marc Perry, Athellina Athsani, Chris Kalaboukis
  • Patent number: 9180583
    Abstract: A hydraulic pressing unit includes a hydraulic pump, supply and hydraulic chambers, moving and stationary parts, a restoring spring, and a return valve provided within or attached to a housing. The moving part is displaced from a starting position into a pressing position as a result of filling the hydraulic chamber with a hydraulic medium from the supply chamber by using the hydraulic pump. The return valve is automatically displaced into an open position as a result of a hydraulic pressure corresponding to the pressing position, and the restoring spring moves the moving part. A piston acts on the flow of the hydraulic medium and lowers the pressure such that the return valve is displaced into the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: GUSTAV KLAUKE GMBH
    Inventor: Egbert Frenken
  • Patent number: 9157817
    Abstract: An assembly may comprise a head stack assembly (HSA) swaging tester device, comprising a base and a top tooling assembly connected thereto. The top tooling assembly may comprise an actuator motor; a load cell connected to the actuator motor; and a force gauge connected to the load cell, the force gauge being configured to measure torque imparted by the actuator motor on an HSA under manufacture. The force gauge of the HSA swaging tester device may be calibrated according to a selected type of HSA to undergo the swaging procedure by coupling a selected reference torque assembly to an axle connected to the actuator motor, the selected reference torque assembly being configured to impart a known torque onto the axle. The force gauge may then be adjusted (e.g., calibrated) according to the known torque imparted upon the axle by the selected reference torque assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Chaiya Thongrattana, Jetsada Nontree, Teeraporn Srikwanjai, Piya Maneechote, Chainat Krudpuek, Wirat Khamon
  • Patent number: 9101990
    Abstract: Apparatus, methods, and other embodiments associated with a key duplication machine are described. In one embodiment, an assembly for duplicating a master key includes an optical imaging device, a logic, a clamping assembly, and a cutting member. The optical imaging device is capable of capturing an optical image of at least a portion of the master key. The logic is capable of determining a key pattern of the master key from the optical image of the master key. The clamping assembly is capable of clamping a key blank and the cutting member is capable of cutting a key pattern into said key blank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Hy-Ko Products
    Inventors: William R. Mutch, Randall A. Porras, Thomas F. Fiore
  • Patent number: 9095375
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for planning the positioning of a ball joint prosthesis, in particular a hip joint prosthesis, wherein the prosthesis includes a stem and a cup and the method comprises the following steps: —determining the position of at least one point lying on the rim of the joint socket, in particular the position of at least two points lying in an anterior region of the acetabulum; —defining a requirement for the position and/or orientation of the cup on the basis of the determined positions of the at least one point. The present invention also relates to a method for optimizing the positioning of a ball joint prosthesis, in particular a hip joint prosthesis, wherein the prosthesis includes a stem and a cup and the method comprises the following steps: —defining at least one requirement for the position and/or orientation of the cup; —calculating an optimum position and/or orientation of the cup on the basis of all the defined requirements being fulfilled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Brainlab AG
    Inventors: Martin Haimerl, Lars Dohmen, Melanie Wegner, Sabine Gneiting
  • Patent number: 9064365
    Abstract: The invention is directed to an authentication system comprising a reader and a first and a second authentication media and a meta authentication media foreseen as a carrier between different authentication media and the reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: LEGIC IDENTSYSTEMS AG
    Inventors: Marcel Plüss, Klaus Ulrich Klosa, Urs Andrin Lampe