Mechanical Control System Patents (Class 700/275)
  • Patent number: 10150483
    Abstract: A method and system for managing settings on a single vehicle/implement system and across a fleet of vehicle/implement systems. Each vehicle/implement system includes a plurality of Embedded Systems having configurable settings, a Precision Agriculture Server having configurable settings, and a Telematics Server having configurable settings. All of the servers are connected by a plurality of vehicle data busses. The Telematics Server is connected to Cloud-Based Servers via the Internet. Vehicle/implement system settings are managed by the Precision Ag Server and shared with other vehicle/implement systems via the Cloud-based Server. Flexibility for different vehicle/implement models and options is provided by a distributed system using Client Software in the Precision Ag Server or Client Software in the Embedded Systems and by a settings identification and versioning schema.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Steven R. Procuniar, Peter J. Jensen, Benjamin Neermann, Sarah L. Schinckel, Jeffrey R. Fox, Sean McKay, Margaux M. Price, Robert J. Meegan, Hans Juergen Nissen
  • Patent number: 10146195
    Abstract: A method of controlling devices connected to a controller includes receiving, from a server, a service rule including a trigger condition and a device executing action which is an action to be performed by one of the devices according to whether the trigger condition is satisfied, selecting one of the devices connected to the controller based on the received service rule, modifying the received service rule to control the selected device, and controlling the selected device according to the modified service rule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventors: Yuzhi Xie, Feng Tang
  • Patent number: 10140561
    Abstract: A system for automated localization of information for smart appliances identifies a user of the smart appliance via a user interface. The system receives scanned input associated with an item from a scanning component. The system requests cognitive services from an appliance cognitive localization server, where the cognitive services integrates localization information with the item information. The system provides the localization information to the smart appliance, and operates the smart appliance using the localization information and the item information. The system retrieves the localization information and the item information from an item repository during a subsequent scan of the item using the scanning device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Debbie A. Anglin, Su Liu, Fang Wang, Charles D. Wolfson
  • Patent number: 10123631
    Abstract: An operating system (10) for operating an article of furniture (12), the article of furniture (12) comprising a support structure, at least one component displaceably arranged relative to the support structure and a receiver. The operating system (10) includes a (controller 34) which communicates wirelessly with the article of furniture (12), the controller (34) outputting operating signals (46) containing operating instructions. A signal processing module communicates with the wireless controller (34) via a routing arrangement (48), the signal processing module receiving the operating signals (46) and converting the operating signals into control signals to be provided to the receiver to effect displacement of the at least one component of the article of furniture (12) relative to the support structure under the control of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: King Furniture Australia Pty Ltd.
    Inventors: Geoffrey David Sizer, Gregory Michael Rosser, Jesse Alan Kovac, James Lawson-Craig, Benjamin Watson Barnes, Bin Xia, David King, Ryan Lawson, Tanya Rechberger, Anastasie Panagopoulos, John Levey
  • Patent number: 10117308
    Abstract: Apparatuses, methods, apparatuses and systems for operating a control fixture are disclosed. One method includes generating a sense signal, maintaining a communications link between the control fixture and a network, tracking a location of a first mobile device, identifying the first mobile device being within a threshold distance of a second mobile device or a place, and allowing the first mobile device or a user of the first mobile device to receive information associated with the second mobile device or the physical place, or to provide information to be associated with the second mobile device or the physical place upon identifying the first mobile device to be within the threshold distance of the second mobile device or the place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: enLighted, Inc.
    Inventors: Sanjeev Patel, Gaile Gordon, Tanuj Mohan
  • Patent number: 10101757
    Abstract: An intelligent control method and an intelligent control device are adapted to be used in a heat-dissipating system. The intelligent control device includes at least a set of sensors and a micro-controller. The intelligent control method includes steps of obtaining a set of first state parameters and a set of second state parameters by sensing the heat-dissipating system at a first time point and a second time point, respectively; analyzing the set of first state parameters and the set of second state parameters to acquire an optimized heat-dissipating strategy, to generate at least a set of first control parameters; and adjusting a heat-dissipating action of the heat-dissipating system according to the set of first control parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Cooler Master Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chu-Yi Kuo, Chung-Yang Chen
  • Patent number: 10098496
    Abstract: To improve the particle size regulation produced by a coffee grinder (64) associated with an espresso coffee dispensing machine (10), a method is described comprising the steps of acquiring, via a sensor (42), a data or an electrical signal indicative of the shape of the thread of liquid coffee (C) while it percolates from the outlet (14) of the machine, driving an operator of the grinder to regulate the particle size thereof as a function of the detected signal or data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventor: Fabio Vettorel
  • Patent number: 10076014
    Abstract: This disclosure relates in general to a networked light switch. More specifically, the disclosure relates to a light switch that, in response to detecting a local input or motion, transmits a communication that causes another light switch to change a state of a light. This disclosure further relates to techniques for detecting an abnormal current draw state of an electrical device such as a lighting device are described; systems including in-wall network devices having a user-facing restore button for restoring some or all of the customizable settings to a factory default state; and techniques for controlling device operations in accordance with scenes or modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventors: Francis Michael Kelly, Jon Plummer, Ryan Yong Kim, Li-ter Chen
  • Patent number: 10071483
    Abstract: A robot includes an arm that has a plurality of arm members, a drive unit driving the plurality of arm members, and a grasp unit; and a force detector. The robot sequentially performs a contact operation in which a fitting member grasped by the grasp unit is moved in a predetermined contact direction and is brought into contact with a to-be-fitted member, a posture change operation in which a posture of the fitting member is changed to a fitting posture, and a fitting operation in which the fitting member in the fitting posture is moved in a searching direction and the fitting member is fitted into the to-be-fitted member in a fitting direction. The contact direction, the searching direction, and the fitting direction are directions different from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Shimodaira, Masakazu Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10065842
    Abstract: A vehicle lift system incorporating one or more lift control modules having an advanced operating platform. The lift control module includes a user interface for receiving user instructions from a user, at least one control module processor, and a non-transitory computer-readable medium with an advanced operating platform stored thereon. The computer readable medium includes a first application operable executable by the advanced operating platform. The first application directs the control module processor to provide instructions to the vehicle lift to control the vehicle lift based on the user instructions. The computer readable medium further includes a second application executable by the advanced operating platform. The second application directs the control module processor to perform certain steps, with such certain steps not directed to controlling the vehicle lift. Furthermore, the advanced operating platform is configured to execute said first application and said second application simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Gray Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry M. Jaipaul, Stephen J. Rucker, Raymond C. Chan
  • Patent number: 10066464
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present invention relates to a drilling-information-management system. The drilling-information management system includes a probe assembly disposed on a drill rod, a first computer interoperably coupled to the probe assembly via a conductor disposed in a drill rod, and a second computer in communication with the first computer. The second computer includes a barcode scanner. The drilling-information management system includes a database in communication with the second computer. Drilling-project data is transferred from the database to the second computer and calibration data is transferred from the second computer to the first computer. The first computer executes a drilling plan according to the drilling-project data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: REI, Inc.
    Inventors: Forrest Paul Schumacher, Jeffrey J. Schwoebel, Michael J. Hardin, Daniel J. Brunner
  • Patent number: 10054960
    Abstract: Various embodiments are described herein for a system for controlling fluid systems and for remotely controlling fluid control devices. In some described embodiments, the system includes at least one fluid control device, a proportional valve driver coupled to the at least one fluid control device, a wireless network, and at least one user controller device coupled to the proportional valve driver through the wireless network. In some described embodiments, the proportional valve driver comprises a wireless transceiver, a proportional translation unit, and a parameter unit. The proportional valve driver comprises a wireless transceiver operable to establish a communication channel with a user controller, receive a request signal, transmit the request signal to a processor for deconstruction and execution, and transmit a response signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Lynch Fluid Controls Inc.
    Inventor: Ernest Thomas Lynch
  • Patent number: 10042340
    Abstract: A building control system includes a wireless measurement device and a controller. The wireless measurement device measures a plurality of values of an environmental variable and uses the plurality of measured values to predict one or more future values of the environmental variable. The wireless device periodically transmits, at a transmission interval, a message that includes a current value of the environmental variable and the one or more predicted values of the environmental variable. The controller receives the message from the wireless device and parses the message to extract the current value and the one or more predicted future values of the environmental variable. The controller periodically and sequentially applies, at a controller update interval shorter than the transmission interval, each of the extracted values as an input to a control algorithm that operates to control the environmental variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Heidi A. Hofschulz, Robert D. Turney, Timothy C. Gamroth, Matthew J. Ellis
  • Patent number: 10041736
    Abstract: A cooling tower simulation system may receive a measurement from a cooling tower sensor and generate a predicted output of a cooling tower system based on a model of the cooling tower system. The simulation system may generate an estimated output using an extended Kalman filter with the measurement and the predicted output as inputs, wherein the estimated output represents a characteristic of the cooling tower system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: BL Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Aditya Kumar, Brett R. Ellis, Zhaoyang Wan, Claudia C. Pierce, Mustafa Tekin Dokucu, Dongrui Wu, Sangeeta Balram
  • Patent number: 10033184
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject technology relate to a demand response device that is configured to receive comparison report information from a notification system, wherein the notification system is configured to execute steps including receiving at least one temperature report for each of a plurality of demand response devices, and identifying two or more demand response devices that share a common geographic location. In some aspects, a notification system of the subject technology can be further configured for generating a comparison report, wherein the comparison report is based on the ambient temperature information and the geolocation data for at least two of the plurality of demand response devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: OPOWER, INC.
    Inventors: David Byron, Sudarshan Mandayam Aji, Thom Loftus, Edward L. Peters, Janet Yu
  • Patent number: 10021770
    Abstract: A networked lighting control system includes a variety of lighting control devices, including intelligent luminaires, standalone intelligent control nodes, plug load controllers, and power packs that communicate over a wireless control network and a commissioning network. Each lighting control device includes a dual-band wireless radio communication interface system. The dual-band wireless radio communication interface system is configured for unicast and multicast communication over a first of two different wireless communication bands as well as point-to-point communication over a second wireless communication band. The standalone intelligence control node can be a wall switch or detector. Commissioning and provisioning of the lighting control system is performed over the second communication band via communications with a mobile device and lighting controls are carried out over the first communication band. The lighting control devices may be divided into light control groups or zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: ABL IP HOLDING LLC
    Inventors: Larry D. Turvy, Jr., John W. Scrimgeour, Tyler B. Fultz, John Peter Roquemore, III
  • Patent number: 10014821
    Abstract: A system for measuring the power or energy loss in a photovoltaic array due to soiling, which is the accumulation of dust, dirt, and/or other contaminants on the surfaces of photovoltaic modules, comprising: a pair of photovoltaic reference devices placed within or near the photovoltaic array and co-planar to the modules comprising the array, wherein one reference device is a module similar to those of the array and is allowed to accumulate soiling at the natural rate, and wherein the second reference device is a module or a cell and is periodically cleaned; and a measurement and control unit which measures and compares the electrical outputs of the soiled reference device and the clean reference device in order to determine the fraction of power lost by the soiled reference module due to soiling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventor: Michael Gostein
  • Patent number: 9994125
    Abstract: Embodiments include a vehicle comprising a seat, a first sensor coupled to the seat for detecting a seat angle, and a processor communicatively coupled to the first sensor and the seat, and configured to output a control signal for correcting the seat angle if the seat angle is not within a predetermined range of values. Embodiments also include a method of correcting a position of a vehicle seat having an occupant seated therein. The method comprises receiving, at a processor, an output detected by a sensor unit coupled to the seat; comparing, using the processor, the output to a predetermined threshold to determine whether an alarm condition exists; if it does, outputting a control signal for correcting the seat position, wherein the sensor unit includes an angular position sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mauricio Magaña, Paul Fernando Cepeda Rode, Juan Palencia, Alfredo Gutiérrez Torres, Leonardo D. Reyes Chacalco
  • Patent number: 9957754
    Abstract: A method of operating a directional drill rig from a remote location may involve the steps of: Issuing instructions from a remote location using a remote communications system; receiving said instructions at a drill site location using an on-site communications system; applying said instructions to a directional drill rig; and communicating directional drill rig data from the drill site location to the remote location using the remote and on-site communications systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Ozzie Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Dwayne Osadchuk, Ryan Littlefield
  • Patent number: 9938911
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method for operating an internal combustion engine for a motor vehicle, in particular a passenger car having a turbocharger with a compressor and a turbine. The method includes determining a change quantity of a gas flow quantity of a gas flow through the internal combustion engine and regulating the compressor based on this change quantity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventors: Joerg Bernards, Martin Miertschink
  • Patent number: 9905062
    Abstract: The work machine includes a controller including a first storage unit capable of storing work machine information and capable of rewriting the stored work machine information, and a processing unit configured to collect the work machine information, and when trigger information for causing the first storage unit to start storing the work machine information occurs, the processing unit causes at least a portion of the collected work machine information to be stored to the first storage unit. The first storage unit stores header information. At a time when the trigger information occurs, the processing unit generates the work machine data from the collected work machine information in accordance with the header information and stores the work machine data to the first storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Fujimori, Shunsuke Sugimura
  • Patent number: 9881054
    Abstract: An information processing system, a computer readable storage medium, and a method of managing a query to find a set of JSON documents in a multi-schema JSON document store. A query engine receives a first query to find at least one JSON document in a plurality of sets of JSON documents stored in the JSON document store, each set of JSON documents being organized in a unique JSON schema version related to a unique JSON schema version of each other set of JSON documents by at least one schema change. The first query is organized in a first unique JSON schema version. A query translator translates the first query into a second query based on the at least one schema change. The first and second queries are executed to provide first and second query results which are collectively returned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Zhao Cao, Yuan Feng, Tao Li, Lanjun Wang, Lin Hao Xu
  • Patent number: 9876673
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for automatic remediation of application performance degradations caused by configuration changes. In one embodiment, a learning module keeps track of application configuration changes and subsequent effects on the application's performance. The learning module creates new potential remediation rules based on correlations between such configuration changes and performance degradations or improvements. The learning module affirms such potential rules if the correlation between the configuration changes and degradations or improvements are repeatedly observed, and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: VMware, Inc.
    Inventors: Adar Margalit, Eran Dvir
  • Patent number: 9869486
    Abstract: This invention teaches a method of controlling the heating system of a commercial building, to reduce the thermal energy consumed by use of thermal parameters which are derived from readily-available data both internal and external to the building. By deriving a statistical relationship for each of the Solar Gain Rate and Day-time Natural Cool-down Rate from observed data, then based on the weather forecast, it is possible to determine if, when and for how long the mechanical heating system can be turned off or disabled from supplying heat to some of all of the building in question.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventor: Patrick Andrew Shiel
  • Patent number: 9870716
    Abstract: A system for wearable devices including intelligent electronic devices, smart glasses, smart watches, and smart devices. A variety of sensors may be integrated into a wearable smart watch device for health management, voice commands, and lifestyle management. The glasses may continuously screen the food consumed by an individual and analyze the food content based on the size of the morsel, consistency, transparency, and other factors. This may further enable an individual to keep track of daily calorie intake and nutritional value will help in healthy diet and glasses will help in maintaining a healthy weight management. The device may image various people and assess health factors including hydration rate, skin health such as skin rashes, and pulse rates. This may be determined using image recognition and shining a light source on the skin to determine the rate of blood flow and refractory of the light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventors: Sanjay K. Rao, Rekha K. Rao, Sunil K. Rao
  • Patent number: 9869481
    Abstract: The invention provides a method to reduce the thermal energy used in a commercial building by use of thermal parameters which are derived from readily-available data both internal and external to the building. By deriving a statistical relationship for each of the OFVR—Overnight Forced Ventilation Rate—and DFAR—day-time forced air replacement—, based on the weather forecast, the invention provides controlling the time and duration for which the mechanical cooling system is to be turned off or disabled from supplying chilled water to the ventilation system, which in turn, supplies tempered fresh air to some of all of a selected commercial building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventor: Patrick Andrew Shiel
  • Patent number: 9851136
    Abstract: In this container refrigerator, the permissible equivalent negative-phase-sequence current of a generator to be connected is calculated in Step S3 based on its capacitance. Next, in Step S4, the power consumption of an inverter device to generate the equivalent negative-phase-sequence current is calculated. Then, in Step S6, the equivalent negative-phase-sequence current generated by the container refrigerator is calculated based on the power consumption of this inverter device. Thereafter, in Step S9, It is compared to Itg. If It>Itg is satisfied, It is restricted until It?Itg is met by lowering the output frequency of the inverter device repeatedly in multiple stages. Consequently, even if the generator connected has small capacitance, the operation may be continued at a number of rotations appropriate for that small capacitance without causing the generator to overheat or be burned out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Daikin Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kouji Uchida, Naoki Nakatani, Shuuhei Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 9834414
    Abstract: A method controls the operation of the door system using one or combination of parameters of a reduced order model of the door system. The operation includes moving at least one door of the door system. The method measures a signal representing the operation of the door system and filters the measured signal by removing at least one dynamic of the measured signal absent from a frequency response of the reduced order model of the door system. The method also updates parameters of the reduced order model of the door system to reduce an error between the filtered signal and an estimated signal of the operation estimated using the updated reduced order model of the door system. The parameters of the reduced order model include a mass parameter and a friction parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Yebin Wang
  • Patent number: 9808918
    Abstract: A system, and a method of using a system, for controlled tool operation. The method includes providing a tool used in a force application such as a such torque application. The tool communicates with a controller which can communicate with the tool, and to a display in communication with the tool and the controller. The controller can be programmed with operational information about a tool operation. Information related to the operational information is displayed to a user during use. Service information including at least information about an amount of force applied during use is recorded and stored in the controller. Also disclosed is a computerized system for controlled tool operation which sends operational instructions to the tool before use and retrieves service information from the tool after use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Chris Lawton, Jie Li, De L San, Nathan Lee
  • Patent number: 9798343
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes systems and methods for quantifying operating strategy energy usage. One embodiment describes an industrial control system that includes a tangible, non-transitory, computer readable medium storing a plurality of instructions executable by a processor of the industrial control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Philip John Kaufman
  • Patent number: 9749454
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method and a device for controlling a smart device. The method includes: when a connection is established between the terminal and a smart device, detecting whether the smart device is set with a personalized control interface; when detecting that the smart device is set with the personalized control interface, acquiring a personalized interface plug-in of the smart device, the personalized interface plug-in including a personalized function type and a personalized status display type; generating control options and a status display interface, based on at least one of the personalized interface plug-in or configuration information of a common control interface of the smart device; and controlling the smart device according to the control options and the status display interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Xiaomi Inc.
    Inventors: Yuanbo Wang, Qiao Ren, Enxing Hou
  • Patent number: 9746072
    Abstract: An oil pressure control device controls a supply pressure of oil supplied to an oil pressure chamber of a friction element having a first engagement board and a second engagement board engaged with or disengaged from each other between a non-engagement state and a non-sliding engagement state via a sliding engagement state. The oil pressure control device includes: an electromagnetic valve that controls the supply pressure using a spool which reciprocates according to an energizing amount; and a control part that defines a first oscillatory wave part in which the energizing amount is controlled by making a first waveform with a first frequency to superimpose on a second waveform with a second frequency higher than the first frequency during a first period while the sliding engagement state and an instruction value of the supply pressure are kept constant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventors: Akira Sakai, Fuminori Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9730525
    Abstract: The present invention provides an adjustable bed handheld remote control that may include a handheld housing, a touch sensor on a front face of the handheld housing, a transmitter and the like. The touch sensor may be presented in a slider form and may be adapted to facilitate a user in adjusting a frame position of an adjustable bed. The transmitter may be electrically coupled to a processor and may receive input from the touch sensor, for communication control signals to the adjustable bed in accordance with the input received from the touch sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Inventor: Martin B. Rawls-Meehan
  • Patent number: 9689776
    Abstract: An apparatus including a piston bore, exhibiting a longitudinal axis, and a piston, including a piston head and a piston shaft. The piston being axially displace-able within the piston bore along the longitudinal axis. The piston bore and a first surface of the piston head form a first working volume and displacement of the piston alters the first working volume. The apparatus also includes a first plurality of injectors coupled to the first working volume and a first common rail. The first plurality of injectors are configured to inject a hydraulic fluid from the common rail into the first working volume. The first common rail is configured to store the hydraulic fluid at an elevated pressure of 1,000 bar or greater. The apparatus includes a flow path between the first working volume and a reservoir for the hydraulic fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Southwest Research Institute
    Inventors: Riccardo Meldolesi, Peter Mark Lee
  • Patent number: 9660571
    Abstract: A method for hybrid solar tracking, and an apparatus for hybrid solar tracking and a photovoltaic blind system using the same are disclosed. The method includes generating first predicted power output data by analyzing first measured power output data of the past; generating a lagged error; constructing a regression analysis (RA) model, and deriving second predicted power output data; constructing an artificial neural network (ANN) model, and deriving third predicted power output data; selecting either a method for solar tracking based on photovoltaic power output or a method for solar tracking based on location and time depending on whether the second measured power output data of the present time falls within a filtering range based on a first error range and a second error range; and determining the directions of photovoltaic panels according to the selected method for solar tracking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Inventors: Tae Hoon Hong, Choong Wan Koo, Kwang Bok Jeong, Ji Min Kim, Cheol Woo Ban, Min Hyun Lee, Chang Yoon Ji
  • Patent number: 9655197
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling lighting systems and predicting a life expectancy of a plurality of lighting devices are disclosed. The system may include at least one gateway that controls dimming levels of the lighting devices, and at least one of a plurality of luminaires and LEDs that communicates with the gateway via a dimming control interface. The system may further include a sensor subsystem that senses color channels and monitors at least one change in environment in real time, and at least one power meter that measures power in real time, each of which is connected to the gateway. At least one server may be connected to the gateway, and may calculate and predict lumen depreciation of the luminaires and LEDs, and reporting and changing display information associated with the luminaires and LEDs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Gooee Limited
    Inventors: Simon Coombes, Jonathan Couch, Benjamin Hughes, Shmuel Silverman
  • Patent number: 9590259
    Abstract: A fuel cell system comprises: noise detection means for detecting the magnitude of noise in a driver's cabin of a fuel cell vehicle in which the fuel cell system is installed; and a control apparatus for controlling the operation of auxiliary machines. The control apparatus performs high-potential avoidance control to increase electric power consumed by the auxiliary machines so that a power-generation voltage of a fuel cell 1 becomes equal to or lower than a predetermined value, based on noise detected by the noise detection means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventor: Masashi Toida
  • Patent number: 9581987
    Abstract: An agent 10 is associated with a user as a representative of the user. The agent 10 includes a utility value calculation unit 15 that calculates an expected utility value indicating utility for the user with respect to an operating condition of the load device 20 and a cooperation processing unit 16 that judges whether an operating condition of the load device 20 is acceptable or not to the user and uniquely determines an operating condition to be instructed to the load device if the operating condition is not acceptable to the user cooperating with other agents 10. Agents 10 that do not accept the operating condition of the load device 20 determine the operating condition of the load device 20 such that one agent acting as a manager and the other agent acting as a contractor so as to make (some) concession to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Nishiyama, Tetsuo Sawaragi
  • Patent number: 9582765
    Abstract: An apparatus, a method, and a non-transitory computer readable storage medium thereof for recommending an electricity consumption behavior are provided. The apparatus is stored with an appliance efficiency value and an electricity-consuming parameter value for each of a plurality of users. The apparatus generates a plurality of first temporary values by multiplying each of the appliance efficiency values with each of the electricity-consuming parameters, generates a power saving matrix by subtracting each of the electricity-consuming parameters from each of the electricity-consuming parameters individually, generates a changing willingness matrix by the second temporary values, calculates a transform probability matrix by the power saving matrix and the changing willingness matrix, calculates an eigenvalue and an eigenvector of the transform probability matrix, and recommends an electricity consumption behavior according to the eigenvalue and the eigenvector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Institute For Information Industry
    Inventor: Jing-Tian Sung
  • Patent number: 9569670
    Abstract: A method for destination and duration of stay determination in a geographically bounded area such as a smart home includes detecting movement by an identified individual in an origination location of a geographically bounded area and retrieving a contemporaneously generated pattern of movement for the individual. The method additionally includes comparing the pattern for the identified individual to a set of patterns in a pattern data store and predicting from a matching pattern both a destination location in the geographically bounded area and a duration of time at which the identified individual is to remain at the destination location. Finally, the method includes directing activation of a fixture at the destination location responsive to predicting the destination location, and directing deactivation of a fixture at the origination location responsive to predicting a duration of time that exceeds a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: David Bell, Chris Phillips
  • Patent number: 9516100
    Abstract: In one embodiment, agent routines are executed in a first thread, each agent routine being invoked by one of coroutines. A agent processor executes in a second thread the agents associated with the one or more agent routines, including receiving a first yield signal from a first of the coroutines indicating that a first of the agent routines yields to perform a first action that requires an action simulation, in response to the first yield signal, suspending the first coroutine, selecting a second of the coroutines from a head of a first agent queue maintained by the agent processor, and executing the second coroutine by assigning the execution lock to the second coroutine. In a third thread, a simulator simulates the first action on behalf of the first coroutine and signals the agent processor to resume the first coroutine after completing the simulation of the first action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Inventor: Travis T. Wilson
  • Patent number: 9482084
    Abstract: Integrated methods and systems for optimizing drilling related operations include recording data, parsing the data into intervals and analyzing the intervals to determine if the performance data in each time interval is of sufficient quality for using the interval data in a performance optimization process. The quality assessment may involve evaluating the data against a set of determined standards or ranges. The performance optimization process may utilize data mapping and/or modeling to make performance optimization process recommendations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Dar-Lon Chang, Lei Wang, Paul E. Pastusek, Jeffrey R. Bailey, Gregory S. Payette, Darren Pais
  • Patent number: 9482588
    Abstract: In an apparatus and a method of evaluating a clamp force (F) in a threaded joint between a bolt and a matching threaded piece during a tightening operation, a torque (T) provided to the joint is continuously measured and ultra-sonic pulses are simultaneously induced into the bolt such that a time of flight (TOF) of the pulses in the bolt is measured. In response to an increase of the measured torque (T) an increase rate (dT/d?) of the torque (T) is determined, from which an initial rotation angle (?0) where the torque (T) starts to increase due to bolt deformation is determined. An increase rate (dTOF/d?) of the time of flight (TOF) is also determined. A total increase of the time of flight (?TOF) during the tightening operation is then determined based on the initial rotation angle (?0) and the increase rate (dTOF/d?) of the time of flight (TOF).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Inventors: Erik Vilhelm Persson, Arne Torgny Roloff
  • Patent number: 9485427
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus for stabilizing an imaging device and methods of using the same for a wide variety of applications including photography, video, and filming. Also provided are unmanned vehicles including aerial vehicles that contain the apparatus disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Inventors: Tao Wang, Mingyu Wang
  • Patent number: 9441873
    Abstract: In a refrigeration appliance, an enclosure or container defines an enclosed space. A two-plane door forms a portion of the container. The two-plane door opens along one pivot axis and allows access to the enclosed interior space. The container can be a thermally insulated in-door ice compartment of a refrigerated appliance. One example is a bottom freezer style, with the in-door ice compartment in the cold food section of the appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Deron M. Drach, Eric D. Lively, Garett L. Strandemo, Eric W. Kost, Julie A. Mann
  • Patent number: 9436177
    Abstract: A motor driving amplifier and a numerical controller are connected to each other via communication to configure a numerical control system. The numerical controller includes a numerical control unit, a motor control unit, and an amplifier interface unit. Furthermore, a motor control processor included in the motor control unit is a multi-core processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: FANUC Corporation
    Inventors: Mitsuo Kurakake, Toru Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9438150
    Abstract: A method of controlling a brushless permanent-magnet motor. The method includes commutating a winding of the motor at times relative to zero-crossings of back EMF in the winding. Commutation is then advanced when the motor operates over a first speed range, and commutation is retarded when the motor operates over a second speed range higher than that of the first speed range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Libo Zheng, Yongji Zhou, Tuncay Celik
  • Patent number: 9426243
    Abstract: A method for remote collaboration includes receiving posting content from a first employee of a company. The posting content includes a multitude of key terms. The method further includes generating a first employee posting using the posting content, extracting the multitude of key terms from the posting content, matching one of the plurality of key terms to a key term label, storing the key term label in the first employee posting, and selecting a company channel corresponding to the key terms label. The method further includes identifying a subscriber of the company channel, where the subscriber is a second employee of the company, and presenting the first employee posting content to the subscriber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen Whitley, Floyd Louis Broussard, III, Scott Trevor Raphael, Patrick Dineen, Horacio Ricardo Bouzas, Cyril Laroche-Py, Chad Brockman, Vignesh Venkataraman, Brandon David Plost
  • Patent number: 9283662
    Abstract: A method of a hand held torque delivering power tool for tightening a screw joint up to a predetermined target torque level, the method including applying a tightening torque to the screw joint during a tightening phase via a snug torque level, indicating during the tightening phase a torque growth characteristic, interrupting the torque application on the screw joint upon arrival at a target torque level to prevent further rotation of the screw joint, and resuming the torque application via a declination ramp at a declining rate after the target torque level is reached. The resumed torque application is declined at a rate corresponding to the indicated torque growth characteristic to obtain an ergonomically favorable torque reaction characteristic in the power tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Inventor: Adam Klotblixt
  • Patent number: 9276349
    Abstract: A receptacle is provided to connect modular electronic instruments to each other. A box-shaped case has a front face having an opening for inserting a single modular electronic instrument into the box-shaped case. A first connector is disposed inside the box-shaped case to connect the single modular electronic instrument to the receptacle. A second connector is disposed on a first side face of the receptacle for connecting the receptacle to a first receptacle on the side of the first side face. A third connector is disposed on a second side face of the receptacle for connecting the receptacle to a second receptacle on the side of the second side face. A lock secures the connection with one of the first and second receptacles. A leg is disposed on the bottom face. The position of the leg is deviated only to one of the first or second side faces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Inventors: Kenichi Yoshida, Hiroshi Akaishi