Time Responsive (duration) Patents (Class 700/14)
  • Patent number: 10143887
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for athletic performance and technique monitoring are disclosed. In one example, a sensor output is received associated with a movement of a user torso during a running motion. The sensor output is analyzed to identify an undesirable torso motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventor: Thomas C. Chuang
  • Patent number: 10121470
    Abstract: Computer-generated speech devices for site survey and maintenance, and methods of using the same are described herein. One computer-generated speech device includes a location engine to determine a location of the computer-generated speech device at a site, a solution engine to identify an action to perform associated with one of a plurality of nodes at the site using the location of the computer-generated speech device and input data associated with the plurality of nodes, and a speech engine to broadcast the identified action as computer-generated speech using a speaker component of the computer-generated speech device for a user to perform during a survey and/or maintenance of the site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Arunkumar Kamalakannan, Shubhankar Sundriyal, Amit Kulkarni, Monica Ravi
  • Patent number: 10116465
    Abstract: A method for operating a network that has a network subscriber that is connected to a superordinate bus and to a subordinate bus comprises steps for the reception of a first superordinate data message by the network subscriber via the superordinate bus, the extraction of first data from the first superordinate data message by the network subscriber and for the transmission of a first subordinate data message by the network subscriber via the subordinate bus. In one case, the first subordinate data message comprises the first data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventors: Thorsten Bunte, Holger Buettner, Erik Vonnahme, Dirk Janssen, Thomas Rettig, Hans Beckhoff
  • Patent number: 9991975
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method and a device for triggering a specified operation, and belongs to the field of smart home technologies. The method includes obtaining a wireless signal received by a receiving device and sent by a specified signal source, determining whether a disturbance occurs in the first wireless signal, obtaining a signal quality characteristic of the wireless signal if it is determined that a disturbance occurs in the wireless signal; determining whether the signal quality characteristic matches with predetermined characteristic sample; and triggering the intelligent device to perform the specified operation if the signal quality characteristic matches with the predetermined characteristic sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Xiaomi Inc.
    Inventors: Hong Chen, Ziguang Gao, Enxing Hou
  • Patent number: 9817439
    Abstract: A system, method and device employs sensor arrangements and an e-system in designing, manufacturing, and monitoring custom human-interfacing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: JumpStartCSR, Inc.
    Inventors: George John Gosieski, Jr., George Jeongsoo Gosieski, Aaron Zev Lichtner
  • Patent number: 9776689
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system and method for static and dynamic positioning or motion control of a marine structure by using real-time monitoring of at least one of a mooring line, marine environments, 6-dof movement of a marine structure, a tank state, a ship topside, the seabed, or their combinations. The static and dynamic real-time monitoring data of the mooring line is obtained and processed for positioning the marine structure or controlling and managing a motion thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: CYTRONIQ., LTD.
    Inventor: Michael Myungsub Lee
  • Patent number: 9618915
    Abstract: Systems, methods and apparatuses for commissioning a set of devices of a structure are disclosed. One method includes communicating, by a mobile computing device, with one or more of the set of devices, communicating, by each of the one or more of the set of devices, a device identifier, and placing each of the one or more of the set of devices on a floor plan of the structure based at least in part on proximity dependent information of the device. One system includes a plurality of sensor units and a mobile device. The system further includes a processor operative to place each of the one or more of the plurality of sensor units on a floor plan of a structure based at least in part on proximity dependent information of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: enLighted, Inc.
    Inventors: Tanuj Mohan, Bo E. Ericsson
  • Patent number: 9501394
    Abstract: Apparatus, method and systems for managing reference data, which can prevent duplicated data loading of reference data and eliminate redundancy of I/O operations for loading of the same reference data required by different virtual machines present in the same physical node to reduce use memory and I/O through sharing virtual machine leveled memories, are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Inventors: Kwang-Won Koh, Kang-Ho Kim, Seung-Hyub Jeon, Seung-Jo Bae
  • Patent number: 9485289
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an HTTP streaming session may be initiated at a client device in a network. The client device may have a buffer and may be configured to request and receive one or more data segments over HTTP from an HTTP server. A first data segment at a first data source rate may be requested and subsequently received. The first data segment may be stored in the buffer. A second data source rate may then be calculated based on a storage level in the buffer, and a second data segment at the second data source rate may be requested.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaoqing Zhu, Zhi Li, Rong Pan, Joshua B. Gahm, Hao Hu
  • Patent number: 9477621
    Abstract: The invention concerns a bandwidth control method in an on-chip system comprising at least one main master module, at least one secondary master module, at least one slave module and a bus connected to each module on a communication link, the bus comprising interconnection means to make at least one common slave module communicate with at least one main master module and with at least one secondary master module via at least one common path portion, the method comprising the following steps carried out for each common slave module: first detection of a first request to access the common slave module, issued by a main master module, definition of a blocking time Dj associated with the common slave module, blocking, during blocking time Dj, of any data transfer on the at least one common path portion between a secondary master module and the common slave module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Inventors: Celine Liu, Nicolas Charrier, Nicolas Marti
  • Patent number: 9387502
    Abstract: Methods and systems of controlling the operation of a pump according to a pump operation schedule are described. In one constructions, a pump controller enters a programming mode and monitors a number of inputs received through a user interface while in the programming mode. The programming mode is then exited and a delay time is defined equal to one hour for each input received through the user interface while in the programming mode. A stored pump operation schedule is accessed and operation of the pump is initiated according to the pump operation schedule after a period of time equal to the delay time has elapsed since exiting the programming mode. Operation of the pump is again initiated according to the accessed pump operation schedule every twenty-four hours since the pump operation schedule was last initiated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Regal Beloit America, Inc.
    Inventor: Marc C. McKinzie
  • Patent number: 9372478
    Abstract: A control system for a power application is provided, including a control module and a configuration tool. The control module is in communication with the power application. The control module includes control logic for controlling the power application by a plurality of frame states. All of the frame states are executed within a period of time referred to as a frame rate. The control module includes control logic for allotting an adjustable amount of time for each of the frame states. The configuration tool is in communication with the control module. The configuration tool includes control logic for modifying the adjustable amount of time of each of the plurality of frame states without modifying the frame rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Inventors: Harry Paul Ridenour, III, Sunil Keshava, Raghavendra Rao Perampalli Nekkar
  • Patent number: 9148935
    Abstract: Apparatuses, methods and systems for dual-technology occupancy detection are disclosed. One dual-technology occupancy detection apparatus includes a motion sensor sensing motion, an ambient light sensor sensing variation in ambient light, and a controller for detecting occupancy and controlling a building environmental parameter based on the sensed motion and the sensed variations in ambient light. One method of detecting occupancy for controlling lighting includes sensing motion with a motion sensor, sensing variations in ambient light with an ambient light sensor, and detecting occupancy and controlling activation of a light based on the sensed motion and the sensed variations in ambient light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: enLighted, Inc.
    Inventors: Tanuj Mohan, Joseph Basil Curasi, Zachary Gentry, Premal Ashar, Sanjeev Patel
  • 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: 9009987
    Abstract: A clothing dryer capable of effectively drying a small amount of substance, and a control method thereof by changing an algorithm of a sensor-dry course, which is configured to control an operation rate, a degree of drying or a temperature of drying, to be adapted to the small load of substance in a case where the substance to be dried has a small load when compared to the entire volume of the clothing dryer, so that the drying efficiency is enhanced regardless of the load of the substance, and a separate option button is provided for a sensor-dry course, so that a small load of substance is dried adaptively to the material characteristic of the substance for a respective dry course, thereby enhancing the drying efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyung Woo Lee, Hee Beom Park, Ja Young Kim, Sang Oh Yoo
  • Publication number: 20150081041
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, there is provided an output apparatus including a signal control unit configured to set a signal from a second output element in an OFF state at a timing earlier than a predetermined timing by the response time of a second load, and set signals from a first output element and the second output element in an ON state, and signals from a first interruption element and a second interruption element in an OFF state at a timing earlier than the predetermined timing by the response time of a first load. The output apparatus includes a diagnosis unit configured to diagnose, at the predetermined timing, whether the first and second interruption elements are in a normal state or a failure state, based on a signal from the first and second digital output circuits.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Fumitaka Mouri, Makoto Toko, Hiroshi Nakatani, Naoya Ohnishi, Akira Nojima
  • Patent number: 8972032
    Abstract: A method for detecting a mechanical overload condition of an energized linear actuator to prevent commanding an activation signal to the linear actuator that may mechanically overload the linear actuator includes monitoring feedback variation of a movable element associated with the linear actuator including monitoring a present feedback signal of the movable element, monitoring a previous feedback signal of the movable element, comparing the present feedback signal and the previous feedback signal and determining the feedback variation based on the comparing. The feedback variation is compared to a feedback variation threshold. An input signal associated with the activation signal for controlling the linear actuator is monitored and the input signal compared to an input signal threshold. The electrical overload condition is detected when the feedback variation is less than the feedback variation threshold and the input signal is greater than the input signal threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Lei Hao, Xiujie Gao, Sanjeev M. Naik
  • Patent number: 8972029
    Abstract: Software for controlling processes in a heterogeneous semiconductor manufacturing environment may include a wafer-centric database, a real-time scheduler using a neural network, and a graphical user interface displaying simulated operation of the system. These features may be employed alone or in combination to offer improved usability and computational efficiency for real time control and monitoring of a semiconductor manufacturing process. More generally, these techniques may be usefully employed in a variety of real time control systems, particularly systems requiring complex scheduling decisions or heterogeneous systems constructed of hardware from numerous independent vendors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Brooks Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick D. Pannese, Vinaya Kavathekar, Peter van der Meulen
  • Publication number: 20150057766
    Abstract: A communication device includes a determining unit and a sending unit. The determining unit determines, when setting information related to a predetermined item is received from a predetermined apparatus, whether another piece of setting information related to the predetermined item is newly received from the predetermined apparatus before a predetermined time period elapses after the setting information is received. The sending unit sends, when the determining unit determines that the another piece of setting information is not newly received from the predetermined apparatus before the predetermined time period elapses, the setting information to a server device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Yusuke Ejiri, Megumi Nakata, Takeshi Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 8948583
    Abstract: This invention provides an information processing apparatus for allowing a user to perform operation without any confusion concerning a device which implements a plurality of functions for one operation member in accordance with operation methods for the operation member. A system controller performs control to execute a predetermined function in response to the start of operation on an operation member and terminate execution of the predetermined function in response to the end of the operation. A timer function unit measures the time from the start of operation on the operation member. When a given operation finishes before the time measured by the timer function unit exceeds a predetermined time after the start of the operation, a notification about the operation method for the operation member is output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroaki Furuyama
  • Patent number: 8937741
    Abstract: A multi-function printer main body has a copy function. A remote terminal conducts various kinds of copy settings or instructions to start copy. An execution button is provided in the multi-function printer main body. When the execution button is operated in normal time, copy is executed with the default settings. When copy is executed by inputting copy settings on the remote terminal side, copy can be executed again with the copy settings used for the last time by operating the execution button until a predetermined period of time passes. Therefore, in a case of executing copy with the default settings or repeatedly executing copy with the same settings as the settings used for the last time, a user's work burden can be reduced because it is sufficient for the user to operate the execution button 38.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Yasuhisa Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8934993
    Abstract: A life management circuit for managing usage rates of a plurality of electronic components includes a storage unit for storing usage information corresponding to each electronic component, a receiving unit, a determining unit and a control unit. Upon receipt of an activation command passed on thereto via the receiving unit, the control unit selects for activation, with reference to the usage information of the electronic components stored in the storage unit, at least one electronic component, the usage information corresponding to which reveals a usage rate that is comparatively lower among the electronic components, controls the determining unit to keep track of the duration of time that the selected at least one electronic component remains activated in response to the activation command, and updates the usage information corresponding to each of the selected at least one electronic component with reference to the duration of time tracked therefor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Yao-Tsung Chang
  • Patent number: 8924013
    Abstract: A path planning system for bringing state of an object into a target state includes a search tree production unit for producing in advance, in a state space with said target state defined as a root, a search tree having a branch at each one of a plurality of sections of the state space, said state space being divided into the plurality of sections in advance. The system also includes a search tree memory unit for storing the search tree, and a path generation unit for determining, a route on the search tree from the branch corresponding to the current state to the root. The path planning/control system further includes a path control unit for controlling the path of the object to bring the state of the object into the target state in accordance with the route on the search tree determined by the path planning system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chyon Hae Kim
  • Patent number: 8862276
    Abstract: A method for the automatic irrigation of plants, wherein the temporal progression of soil moisture is determined from measured soil moisture values, and said progression is used for the calculation of an optimized irrigation time duration, such that both water excess in the soil and soil drying are avoided as much as possible. Preferably, the time duration of irrigation is constantly evaluated and optimized using comparisons of measured values with prespecified moisture- and dryness threshold values (GWmoist, GWdry), and automatically adjusted to changing environmental conditions and/or plant requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Plantcare AG
    Inventors: Walter Schmidt, Yucel Toprak
  • Patent number: 8855793
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for learning equipment schedules based on user occupancy patterns and equipment usage patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Zuli, Inc.
    Inventors: Siddhant Bhargava, Taylor Keith Umphreys, Benjamin Jerming Chang
  • Patent number: 8843218
    Abstract: A method of controlling an actuator includes developing a sequence of actuation commands S(tx)=C(tx, tx), C(tx, tx+1), . . . , C(tx, tx+n) obtained from data sensed before time tx for controlling the actuator at different time intervals (tx, tx+1), (tx+1, tx+2), . . . , (tx+n?1, tx+n). The sequence of actuation commands is transmitted to and stored in memory of an actuation ECU, which then applies the actuation command for time interval (tx, tx+1). If a fault affects a sensor, a control ECU or data communication therebetween, the actuation ECU will not receive an updated sequence of actuation commands S(tx+1) at time tx+1. If the updated actuation command sequence, the actuation ECU applies the actuation command for the time intervals (tx+1, tx+2), . . . , (tx+n?1, tx+n) from the sequence of actuation commands S(tx) that is stored in the memory of the actuation ECU.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Markus Jochim, Lawrence E. Peruski, Barbara J. Czerny, Joseph G. D'Ambrosio, Rami I. Debouk
  • Publication number: 20140195012
    Abstract: The current application is directed to intelligent controllers that initially aggressively learn, and then continue, in a steady-state mode, to monitor, learn, and modify one or more control schedules that specify a desired operational behavior of a device, machine, system, or organization controlled by the intelligent controller. An intelligent controller generally acquires one or more initial control schedules through schedule-creation and schedule-modification interfaces or by accessing a default control schedule stored locally or remotely in a memory or mass-storage device. The intelligent controller then proceeds to learn, over time, a desired operational behavior for the device, machine, system, or organization controlled by the intelligent controller based on immediate-control inputs, schedule-modification inputs, and previous and current control schedules, encoding the desired operational behavior in one or more control schedules and/or sub-schedules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: Nest Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Yoky Matsuoka, Eric A. Lee, Steven A. Hales, Mark D. Stefanski, Rangoli Sharan
  • Patent number: 8768531
    Abstract: A centralized-monitoring apparatus, which centralized monitors a device including a storage, a temperature sensor to detect a temperature therein, and a temperature-variable device to cool or heat inside the storage such that the temperature reaches a set object-preservation temperature, comprises: an input device to be input with first information indicative of a time zone in which the temperature-variable device performing power-saving operation and second information indicative of a set temperature of the time zone; a storage device to store the first-and-second information from the input device; a timing device to measure a current time; and a control device to control the temperature-variable device, based on the first-and-second information and current time, so as to start operation of turning the temperature to the set temperature when the current time reaches a starting time of the time zone, and terminate the operation when the current time reaches an ending time thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Healthcare Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuaki Sonoda, Masanaga Tanaka, Ikue Nono, Shigeyuki Nakamura
  • Patent number: 8751522
    Abstract: A mechanism is provided for improving search results. A user query is analyzed to identify a set of characters in the user query and an encoding code point associated with each character. A determination is made as to whether any of the encoding code points exist within a historic code point table. Responsive to at least one encoding code point existing within the historic code point table, all code points associated with each identified encoding code point in the user query are retrieved from the historic code point table. A modified user query is then created that utilizes the encoding code points of the user query and the code points from the historic code point table. The modified user query is then executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Su Liu, Robert K. Sloan, Shunguo Yan
  • Patent number: 8706264
    Abstract: A method for use in a part tracking system including a camera and a motion controller, the method comprising the steps of time synchronizing the motion controller and the camera at a trigger time when it is anticipated that a part is within the field of view of the camera, causing the camera to obtain an image, using the obtained image to determine an actual location of the part at the trigger time, comparing the actual location and the anticipated location of the part to identify a position difference and at the motion controller, using the position difference at the trigger time to adjust at least one operating characteristic of the automated system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Cognex Corporation
    Inventor: Dale Peterson
  • Publication number: 20140088731
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for providing controlled switching of electronic access control clients without requiring network access are set forth herein. In one embodiment, a method for swapping of subscriptions and/or profiles for electronic Subscriber Identity Modules (eSIMs) without network supervision that prevents possibly malicious high frequency switching is disclosed. The disclosed embodiments offer reasonable management capabilities for network operators, without compromising the flexibility of eSIM operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Jerrold VON HAUCK
  • Patent number: 8639364
    Abstract: Control programs for robotic systems are synchronized through the use of synchronization objects which control access to shared resources and allow for sequencing of events in separate program threads. Where necessary, partner objects generate between control programs and synchronization objects to assure uniform interaction between control program threads and synchronization objects. As all synchronization objects contain searchable partner lists, actual simulated and runtime deadlocks including any type of synchronization object can be detected, and the full system can be analyzed to identify potential deadlocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: KUKA Robotics Corporation
    Inventor: Kenneth A. Stoddard
  • Patent number: 8634325
    Abstract: Each device in an industrial automation system network or other network may have its own associated one or more performance characteristics, such as response time and/or reset time of the network device. Data may be stored representing a plurality of performance characteristics each associated with a different one of a plurality of devices in the network including a first device and a second device. The stored data may be retrieved, representing the performance characteristic of the second device. The first device may communicate over the network with the second device in accordance with the performance characteristic of the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Schneide Electric USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Kerry Van de Steeg, Richard A. Blair, Kenneth S. Lee
  • Patent number: 8630742
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention describe thermostats that are configured to precondition an enclosure and methods for performing the same. According to one embodiment, a method of preconditioning an enclosure includes providing a thermostat and computing a set of preconditioning criteria information (PCI) with said thermostat. The computed PCI is typically representative of time and ambient temperature conditions for which preconditioning should be performed. The PCI may be stored in memory and used to compare against a current time and current ambient temperature condition of the enclosure to determine whether to enter the thermostat into a preconditioning state. If a determination is made that the PCI criteria are satisfied, the thermostat may be entered into the preconditioning state to heat or cool the enclosure. One or more of these processes may be performed while a processor of the thermostat is in a relatively high power mode or relatively low power mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Nest Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark D. Stefanski, Yoky Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 8615313
    Abstract: A sequence of events (SOE) recorder facility in a process control network environment is described herein. The SOE recorder facility is hosted by a networked node that receives digital signal status change (event) data from a networked controller. The sequence of events recorder facility receives a configured set of digital data signals from the controller, temporarily buffers the events in chronological order according to timestamps assigned to the events by their sources (e.g., fieldbus modules). The data is thereafter copied/removed from the buffer and provided to multiple destinations including: a process database that maintains an archival copy of the received event data for rendering event reports, and an SOE client user interface for rendering event logs to printers and/or graphical user interface displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Invensys Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Irvine William Wilson, Erna Renate Heinzelmann
  • Patent number: 8594818
    Abstract: A production monitoring system (10) comprises a plurality of injection and production units (80) coupled in operation to sensors (410) for measuring physical processes occurring in operation in the injection and production units (80) and generating corresponding measurement signals (420) for computing hardware (400). The computing hardware (400) is operable to execute software products (300) for processing the signals (420). Moreover, the software products (300) are adapted for the computing hardware (400) to analyze the measurement signals (420) to abstract a parameter representation of the measurement signals (420), and to apply a temporal analysis of the parameters to identify temporally slow processes and temporally fast processes therein, and to employ information representative of the slow processes and fast processes to control a management process for controlling operation of the system (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Production Monitoring AS
    Inventor: Arild Boe
  • Patent number: 8588443
    Abstract: The method of operating a hearing system comprising at least two devices comprises the step of establishing a common network time among said at least two devices. Said at least two devices can be provided with information on the number of network time units that passed since a time zero point of said common network time. Information on the common network time can be communicated from one device to another device. A wireless link can be used for establishing said common network time. The common network time not only allows for a precise synchronization of events within the hearing system, but also for ordering and sequencing events. A priorization of events, like tasks and actions, is enabled, based on the common network time. Doubly-received or obsolete commands can be recognized and deleted, and tasks can be scheduled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Phonak AG
    Inventors: Raoul Glatt, Micha Knaus, Rolf Laich
  • Patent number: 8577492
    Abstract: Transport scheduling and transport processes for low microbial (“LM”) bulk products are described. The transport scheduling and processes facilitate low microbial activity in a LM bulk product during the transport of the LM bulk product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventors: Robert Mariniello, Edith D. Akins-Lewenthal, Benjamin Warren, Ryan T. Grace
  • Patent number: 8577490
    Abstract: Transport scheduling and transport processes for low microbial (“LM”) bulk products are described. The transport scheduling and processes facilitate low microbial activity in a LM bulk product during the transport of the LM bulk product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventors: Robert Mariniello, Edith D. Akins-Lewenthal, Benjamin Warren, Ryan T. Grace
  • Patent number: 8577491
    Abstract: Transport scheduling and transport processes for low microbial (“LM”) bulk products are described. The transport scheduling and processes facilitate low microbial activity in a LM bulk product during the transport of the LM bulk product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: ConAgra Foods Food Ingredients Company, Inc
    Inventors: Robert Mariniello, Edith D. Akins-Lewenthal, Benjamin Warren, Ryan T. Grace
  • Patent number: 8538709
    Abstract: A fuel battery system is comprised of a power source circuit, a rotating electrical machine that is a load, a memory device and a control unit. Here, a battery learning system corresponds to an arrangement including a fuel battery that is a structural component of the power source circuit, a high frequency signal source, an electric current detection means, a voltage detection means, the memory device and a battery learning part that is a structural element of the control unit. An impedance value can be obtained from alternating current components of respective detecting values of the electric current detection means and the voltage detection means. The battery learning unit has an I-V characteristic curve learning module that learns an I-V characteristic curve and a learning prohibition judgment module that judges whether or not an acquiring interval of the impedance value is over a predetermined threshold interval set in advance, and prohibits learning if the former is over the latter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ayako Kawase
  • Publication number: 20130204400
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a switching unit configured to switch between supply and cutoff of power to the information processing apparatus, a driving unit configured to cause the switching unit to be OFF-state to cut off the supply of power to the information processing apparatus, and a control unit configured, in a case where a predetermined condition is satisfied, to drive the driving unit to cause the switching unit to be OFF-state, in which, if the supply of power to the information processing apparatus is not cut off in response to the control unit driving the driving unit, the control unit reboots the information processing apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Inventor: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
  • Patent number: 8504175
    Abstract: A method and system of predictive model control of a controlled system with one or more physical components using a model predictive control (MPC) model, determining an iterative, finite horizon optimization of a system model of the controlled system, in order to generate a manipulated value trajectory as part of a control process. At time t sampling a current state of the controlled system a cost function minimizing manipulated variables trajectories is computed with the MPC model for a relatively short time horizon in the future, wherein the MPC uses a quadratic programming (QP) algorithm to find the optimal solution, and wherein the QP algorithm is solved using an Active Sets solver (AS) class algorithm with simple constraints based on gradient projection and using Newton step projection. A move of the manipulated value trajectory is implemented and the control process is moved forward by continuing to shift the prediction horizon forward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Jaroslav Pekar, Gregory E. Stewart
  • Patent number: 8489364
    Abstract: A variable indication estimator which determines an output value representative of a set of input data. For example, the estimator can reduce input data to estimates of a desired signal, select a time, and determine an output value from the estimates and the time. In one embodiment, the time is selected using one or more adjustable signal confidence parameters determine where along the estimates the output value will be computed. By varying the parameters, the characteristics of the output value are variable. For example, when input signal confidence is low, the parameters are adjusted so that the output value is a smoothed representation of the input signal. When input signal confidence is high, the parameters are adjusted so that the output value has a faster and more accurate response to the input signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Masimo Corporation
    Inventors: Walter M. Weber, Ammar Al-Ali, Lorenzo Cazzoli
  • Patent number: 8463670
    Abstract: In a method for automatically tracking time, a computer receives a user identification. The computer automatically starts a first task, based on the received user identification. The computer records a start time for the first task. The computer monitors a state of the first task. The computer automatically records an end time for the first task in response to determining that the state of the first task has changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jarir Kamel Chaar, William R Cope, Jr., Per J Kroll, Gaston Robert Williams
  • Patent number: 8457774
    Abstract: To perform a maintenance work safely by a maintenance engineer, even if the maintenance work is performed with power of a substrate processing apparatus turned-on. A substrate processing apparatus, comprising: a controller that inhibits a shift from an idling state to a standby state, when a generation of a prescribed event is detected; the controller further comprising: a shift indicating part that controls an apparatus state so as to be shifted from the idling state possible to receive an indication of execution of the recipe, being an apparatus state possible to step into the substrate processing apparatus, to the standby state possible to execute a recipe, being an apparatus state impossible to step into the substrate processing apparatus; and an event detection part that detects a generation of the prescribed event for inhibiting a shift from the idling state to the standby state and notifies the shift indicating part of the prescribed event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc.
    Inventors: Yukio Ozaki, Satoru Takahata, Ichiro Nunomura
  • Patent number: 8453204
    Abstract: A recommendation engine coupled to a server computer in communication with a plurality of hosts is described. The recommendation engine includes computer readable intrusion-protection instructions stored in a memory device, which cause a processor of said server computer to determine a current host-protection configuration for a target host; detect discrepancy between said current host-protection configuration and a prior host-protection configuration; install said current host-protection configuration in said target host upon detecting said discrepancy; record successive host-reconfiguration periods, a host reconfiguration period being a difference between successive instants of time at which a current host-protection configuration differs from a prior host-protection configuration; determine a monitoring period according to a value of at least one of said successive host-reconfiguration periods; and a scheduler for activating said intrusion-protection instructions according to said monitoring period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Trend Micro Incorporated
    Inventor: Anthony Robert Durie
  • Publication number: 20130079897
    Abstract: A method for checking an output signal of a timer module is provided, the timer module having at least one output module, at least one input module, and at least one logic module. The output signal to be checked is read in into the timer module via an input module in addition to its output via an output module, and in the input module, signal characteristics to be checked are determined for the output signal to be checked. Furthermore, the signal characteristics to be checked are read by the logic module from the input module and the signal characteristics to be checked are compared in the logic module to the predefined values for the signal characteristics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventors: Eberhard Boehl, Ruben Bartholomae
  • Patent number: 8375237
    Abstract: Systems and methods for synchronization of an external control system with Fieldbus devices are described. A message including timing information for at least one Fieldbus device in direct or indirect communication with a controller may be received by the controller. Based upon information included in the received message, the controller may determine a start time for a current operation cycle of the at least one Fieldbus device. The controller may then utilize the start time and a duration of the current operation cycle to determine a specific time at which the controller will execute control functionality for the at least one Fieldbus device such that a control message output by the controller will be received by the at least one Fieldbus device within the current operation cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: William Robert Pettigrew, Justin Brandon Chong
  • Patent number: 8374737
    Abstract: A low visibility landing system is provided for guiding aircraft on landing approaches. The low visibility landing system may aid a pilot during landing in low visibility conditions such that an aircraft may descend to lower altitudes without visual contact with the runway than is possible with other landing systems. The system may use various navigational systems to produce a hybrid signal that may be more stable than individual signals of those navigational systems. The hybrid signal is compared to a predetermined landing approach plan to determine the deviation of the aircraft from the landing approach plan and to provide guidance to the pilot to get the aircraft back onto the landing approach plan. The system may also use multiple navigational systems to perform checks on an operation of a primary navigational system to ensure that the primary navigational system is operating accurately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
    Inventors: Robert S. Takacs, Gary M. Freeman, Glenn L. Connor