Mechanical Control System Patents (Class 700/275)
  • Patent number: 11149373
    Abstract: A remote control method for a washing machine, includes the following steps: between a mobile terminal and the washing machine, a control channel configured to transmit a control instruction and a status feedback channel configured to transmit a working status of the washing machine are established; whether the washing machine is triggered is detected; and if yes, the control channel is cut off, and the status feedback channel is maintained; and if not, the control channel and the status feedback channel are maintained. After a triggering operation is directly performed on the washing machine, the control channel is cut off, that is, remote control of the mobile terminal is cut off, and only a user near the washing machine controls and operates the washing machine, which ensures the running safety of the washing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: QINGDAO HAIER DRUM WASHING MACHINE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sheng Xu, Zhenxing Huang, Wenwei Li, Jun Wu
  • Patent number: 11138820
    Abstract: An unlocking method for an electronic lock includes capturing an environmental background outside of the electronic lock by a person. An environmental background feature is used to create an authenticated environmental background feature information and is saved in an authenticated environmental background feature database. At least one facial feature is set as an authenticated facial feature and is saved in an authenticated facial feature database. A real-time unlocking information is inputted by the person and analyzed to obtain the facial feature of the person and an environmental background feature. The authenticated electronic lock remains in a locking state when the environmental background feature cannot be not obtained. The electronic lock is unlocked only when the facial feature matches with the authenticated facial feature and the environmental background feature matches with the authenticated environmental background feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Inventor: I-Ting Shen
  • Patent number: 11137165
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to a heating and cooling system includes a heat exchanger configured to place an airflow and a refrigerant in thermal communication with one another, where the heat exchanger has a coil and a plurality of fans coupled to the coil, and where the plurality of fans is arranged in an array adjacent to the coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Neelkanth S. Gupte, Tejas Mahendra, Mukesh Sharma, Akshay Baljekar
  • Patent number: 11132729
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and media for translating requests to acquire or change goods and services by receiving a request in a service catalog. The received request is received in a format that is not suitable for a target vendor. The received request is then translated into a format suitable for the target vendor. The translated received request is then transmitted to the vendor using the translated format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: ServiceNow, Inc.
    Inventors: Giri Padmanabh, Brajesh Goyal, Utpal Thakrar, Ashok Madhavan
  • Patent number: 11132881
    Abstract: This application is directed to an electronic device that acts as a bridge between a remote system and one or more other electronic devices. For instance, the electronic device may establish a first network connection using one or more network interfaces and a second network connection using the one or more network interfaces. In some instances, the first network connection includes a wireless local area network and the second network connection includes a low-power wide-area network. The electronic device may then receive data from the remote system over the first network connection, where the data represents a command for an additional electronic device. Using the data, the electronic device may transmit a data packet to the additional electronic device over the second network connection. The data packet may represent at least an identifier of the additional electronic device and the command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ben Wild, Matthew J. England, Mark Siminoff
  • Patent number: 11131659
    Abstract: Systems and methods for measurement of the oil, water, and/or solids concentration in oil-based drilling fluids may be provided in accordance with embodiments of the present disclosure. An example method for monitoring oil-based drilling fluids may include providing a sample of an oil-based drilling. The method may further include determining an estimate of an oil concentration of the sample. The method may further include measuring thermal conductivity of the sample. The method may further include determining an estimate of solids concentration of the sample from a correlation that relates the oil concentration, the thermal conductivity, and the solids concentration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiangnan Ye, Dale E. Jamison, Li Gao
  • Patent number: 11125211
    Abstract: A system for wind turbine control includes a state dependent quadratic regulator (SDQR) control unit, a linear quadratic regulator (LQR) generating control acceleration commands for wind turbine speed and wind turbine power regulation, an actuator dynamic model computing a gain value for the LQR at predetermined sampling intervals and augmenting the actuator dynamic model with a wind turbine model. The wind turbine model either an analytical linearization model or a precomputed linear model, where the precomputed linear model is selected from a model bank based on a real-time scheduling operation, and the analytical linearization model is computed using an online linearization operation in real-time at time intervals during operation of the wind turbine based on current wind turbine operating point values present at about the time of linearization. A method and a non-transitory medium are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Masoud Abbaszadeh, Fabiano Daher Adegas, Fernando Javier D'Amato, Junqiang Zhou, Conner Shane, Justin Barton
  • Patent number: 11126612
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for identifying anomalies in an Internet of Things (IoT) activity profile of a user using an analytic engine. An exemplary method comprises obtaining data from a plurality of IoT devices of a user, wherein at least one IoT device comprises an agent device that performs an action on behalf of the user; applying the obtained data to a feature engineering module to convert the obtained data into time-series features that capture behavior and/or characteristics of an IoT environment of the user; and applying the time-series features to an analytic engine comprising a multi-variate anomaly detection method that learns one or more patterns in the IoT activity profile of the user for a normal state and identifies an anomaly with respect to an action performed by the agent device based on a health score indicating a deviation from the learned patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: EMC IP Holding Company LLC
    Inventors: Shiri Gaber, Omer Sagi, Avitan Gefen
  • Patent number: 11129260
    Abstract: A controller for controlling a lighting system, the controller comprising: an interface arranged to communicate with one or more luminaires at a location to be illuminated; a memory arranged to store information, the information comprising a first illumination status of the location, and information of a first command causing the location to adopt the first illumination status; the interface further arranged to receive a second command comprising an instruction for the at least one luminaire to illuminate the location in accordance with a second illumination status which differs from the first illumination status; and a processor configured to determine whether to execute the second command based upon a comparison between a value associated with the first command and a value associated with the second command, the processor configured to calculate the value associated with the first command based upon a priority level value of the first command and a relevance factor associated with the first command, at a ti
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Remeo Magielse, Leendert Teunis Rozendaal, Daniel Martin Görgen, Michel Van De Wetering
  • Patent number: 11118802
    Abstract: A method and system for indoor environmental weighted preference management are provided. The method includes determining, by a processor of a weighted preference processing system, a plurality of occupant indoor environmental setting preferences for a plurality of users at a location and a complaint history of the users. The processor of the weighted preference processing system determines one or more weighted set points for at least one building system operable to adjust an indoor environment at the location based on the occupant indoor environmental setting preferences for the users as weighted with respect to the complaint history of the users. One or more control devices of the at least one building system are operated based on the one or more weighted set points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: CARRIER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ke Xu, Dang Nguyen
  • Patent number: 11117551
    Abstract: A first driven lever of a vehicle wiper device has a proximal end pivotally connected to a distal end of a first driving lever. A second driven lever has a proximal end pivotally connected to a distal end of the first driven lever and a distal end pivotally connected to a distal end of a second driving lever. A first wiper arm operates integrally with the second driven lever and has a distal end to which a first wiper blade is connected. A swing transmission mechanism transmits a driving force to the first driving lever. The swing transmission mechanism includes a swing crank arm integrally rotatable with a rotation shaft of a single drive source. An extension-contraction transmission mechanism transmits a driving force to the second driving lever. The extension-contraction transmission mechanism includes an extension-contraction crank arm integrally rotatable with the rotation shaft of the drive source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinichi Okada, Norihiro Sugimoto, Yohei Suzuki
  • Patent number: 11111771
    Abstract: Methods of drilling a wellbore within a subsurface region and drilling control systems that perform the methods. The methods include accessing an objective map and calculating a plurality of critical points of the objective map. The methods also include scoring each critical point and selecting a selected critical point of the plurality of critical points. The selected critical point describes an estimated value of at least one drilling performance indicator for a selected value of at least one independent operational parameter. The methods further include operating the drilling rig at the selected value of the at least one independent operational parameter and, during the operating, determining an actual value of the at least one drilling performance indicator. The methods also include updating the objective map to generate an updated objective map and repeating at least a portion of the methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventor: Krishnan Kumaran
  • Patent number: 11079777
    Abstract: A system and approach for verifying and validating a room condition and its behavior in a critical environment. The system and approach may be a room controller built on top of a Niagara™ framework or launched from a Niagara workbench, and leverages extensible of Niagara. The system and approach may be web-based and used to test and verify the room condition per preset conditions. The system may have steps or tabs. They may incorporate screens for a create/open task, select test zone, read flow, hood/booster, T-stat set-up or temperature lever set-up, visual checks, and a report. One may create a new task and edit any existing task on the controller. One may move from task to task in either direction or go directly to the report of a completed task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Ajay N. Nair, Liwen Yu, Upender Paravastu, Wei Hua, Mohamed Kasim Nizamudeen
  • Patent number: 11064664
    Abstract: A wireless system is provided for monitoring environmental, soil, or climate conditions and/or controlling irrigation or climate control systems at an agricultural or landscape site. In some embodiments, the wireless system includes at least one wireless control nodes for monitoring environmental, soil, or climate conditions and/or for controlling one or more irrigation or climate control systems at the site. The wireless system also includes a web based application or a cell phone application and a gateway coupled to a communications network. The communications network is configured to transfer data to and receive remote control commands or queries from an end-user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Rain Bird Corporation
    Inventors: Bulut F. Ersavas, Semih Pekol, Atakan Bodur
  • Patent number: 11045008
    Abstract: A presence detection system for an electrically adjustable furniture assembly is disclosed. The presence detection system comprises at least one steady element and at least one movable element, articulatedly and/or slidably connected to the at least one steady element wherein at least one of the steady elements and/or at least one of the movable elements comprise an electrically conducting element. The presence detection system further comprises at least one actuator, arranged to electrically adjust at least one of the movable elements and at least one capacitance detecting unit, electrically connected to the at least one electrically conducting element, arranged to detect a capacitance value of the at least one electrically conducting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: LOGICDATA ELECTRONICS & SOFTWARE ENTWICKLUNGS GMBH
    Inventor: Walter Koch
  • Patent number: 11029654
    Abstract: A building management system includes (i) one or more building systems including equipment configured to serve one or more spaces in a building and (ii) one or more circuits. The one or more circuits are configured to receive an input to invoke a control strategy to modify a condition of the one or more spaces; define an output of the control strategy where the output relates to a modification that impacts at least one of a location, an equipment type, or a point type; perform a query to identify one or more points associated with the output where the one or more points are defined in terms of at least one of the location, the equipment type, or the point type; and automatically modify one or more values of the one or more points to implement the control strategy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Suvidha Raina, Ryan A. Piaskowski, Charles C. Xing
  • Patent number: 11013651
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting a pinch event or obstruction to a movable component of a patient support. In some embodiments, the patient support apparatus may include a control system capable of controlling one or more actuator systems coupled to one or more movable components of the patient support apparatus. The control system may operate according to one or more modes of operation in controlling the actuator system to move a component from a first position to a second position. In one embodiment, the control system may receive sensor feedback indicative of one or more operating characteristics of an actuator system, and analyze the sensor feedback differently in one mode than in another. In one embodiment, the controller may receive sensor feedback indicative of both a speed of a component coupled to the movable component and a current of power supplied to an electric motor of the actuator system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron D. Furman, Daniel V. Brosnan
  • Patent number: 11008199
    Abstract: Provided are embodiments of a remote crane system including a remote controlled crane system and a remote crane control center (RCCC). The remote controlled crane system adapted to operate based on local control commands, send, to the RCCC via a communication network, crane operational data corresponding to operation of the remote controlled crane system, and receive, from the RCCC via the communication network, remote control commands, and operate based on the remote control commands. The RCCC including remote crane controls and a remote crane operator interface, and being adapted to receive, from the crane system via the communication network, the crane operational data, and present, via the remote crane operator interface, crane operational information corresponding to the crane operational data, receive, via the remote crane controls, remote control commands and send, to the crane controller via the communication network, crane remote control data including the remote control commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: TNT CRANE & RIGGING, INC.
    Inventor: Michael Appling, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11006509
    Abstract: Example embodiments relate to a node and a method of controlling devices connected to the node. In example embodiments the devices may be, but are not required to be, lights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: IGOR, INC.
    Inventor: Dwight L. Stewart
  • Patent number: 10990069
    Abstract: A building monitoring computer system for monitoring building integrity may be provided. Various types of sensors may be embedded throughout or within certain portions of different types of building or construction material making up the building, such as within roofing, foundation, or structural materials. The sensors may be in wireless communication with a home controller. The sensors may be water, moisture, temperature, vibration, or other types of sensors, and may detect unexpected or abnormal conditions within the home. The sensors and/or home controller may transmit alerts to a mobile device of the home owner associated with the unexpected condition, and/or that remedial actions may be required to repair the home or mitigate further damage to the home. The sensor data may also be communicated to an insurance provider remote server to facilitate the insurance provider communicating insurance-related recommendations, updating insurance policies, or preparing insurance claims for review for home owners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventor: Michael S. Jacob
  • Patent number: 10973450
    Abstract: To objectively grasp a stress state of a user and to prevent a mental disorder of the user, the following steps are performed: acquiring, via a network, biogas information at multiple timings and time information corresponding to each of the multiple timings, wherein the biogas information represents a concentration of heptadecane of a user acquired by a sensor that detects heptadecane discharged from a skin surface of the user; obtaining reference information representing an upper limit of a normal range of the concentration of heptadecane per unit period of time, using a memory storing the reference information representing the upper limit of the normal range; determining a stress time period during which a concentration of the heptadecane of the user is more than the upper limit of the normal range, based on the acquired biological gas information; and outputting time period information indicating the determined stress time period to an information terminal of the user, to display the stress time period in
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yukari Nishiyama, Masahiko Tsukuda, Yasuaki Okumura
  • Patent number: 10969664
    Abstract: A damping structure configured for connecting a gimbal with a carrier includes a first connecting member connectable with the gimbal, a second connecting member connectable with the carrier, and a damper elastically disposed between the first connecting member and the second connecting member. The damper includes a damper body, a first fixed portion, and a second fixed portion. The first fixed portion and the second fixed portion are configured to connect with two opposite sides of the damper body, respectively. The first fixed portion includes an elastic ring sleeve configured to sleeve couple with the first connecting member. The second fixed portion is connected with the second connecting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ran Liao, Hao Liu
  • Patent number: 10969127
    Abstract: A residential energy efficiency rating system that may incorporate one or more sensors situated at one or more residential properties, an aggregation and sending device connected to the one or more sensors, a central data receiver and processor connected to the aggregation and sending device, a historical device data storage connected to the central data receiver and processor, and a residential energy efficiency rating calculator connected to the historical device data storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Ademco Inc.
    Inventors: Nicolaas Van Goor, Pedro Davalos, Girija Parthasarathy
  • Patent number: 10958211
    Abstract: Devices and methods for providing a mobile source of power for many different types of situations are provided. A portable emergency alternating current (AC) energy (PEACE) Supplier can serve as a mobile source of power for users with photovoltaic (PV) and/or energy storage systems during power outage situations caused by normal or extreme scenarios. A Supplier can also be used to provide power when weather conditions result in insufficient solar energy for the user's needs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: The Florida International University Board of Trustees
    Inventors: Arif Sarwat, Aditya Sundararajan, Temitayo O. Olowu
  • Patent number: 10948209
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling HVAC equipment in a residential setting. The system may include an outdoor temperature sensor positioned to measure outdoor temperatures, an indoor air temperature sensor to measure indoor space air temperatures, a supply duct air temperature sensor positioned to measure supply duct air temperatures, a return duct air temperature sensor positioned to measure return duct air temperatures, an air blower current sensor positioned to measure air blower currents, and/or an air compressor current sensor positioned to measure air compressor currents, and a controller operable to receive the measures of outdoor temperature, indoor space air temperature, supply duct air temperature, return duct air temperature, air blower current, air compressor current, and measures of solar irradiation intensity and wind speed. The controller may be programmed with instructions to input the measures into a thermal model for outputting signals for implementing changes in the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: The Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma
    Inventors: Li Song, Choon Yik Tang
  • Patent number: 10944728
    Abstract: A surgical hub is configured to transmit generator data associated with a surgical procedure from a generator of the surgical hub to a cloud-based system. The surgical hub comprises a processor and a memory storing instructions executable by the processor to: receive generator data; encrypt the generator data; generate a message authentication code based on the generator data; generate a datagram comprising: the encrypted generator data, the generated message authentication code, a source identifier and a destination identifier; and transmit the datagram to the cloud-based system. The datagram allows for the cloud-based system to: decrypt the encrypted generator data; verify the integrity of the generator data based on the message authentication code; authenticate the surgical hub as the source of the datagram; and validate a transmission path followed by the datagram between the surgical hub and the cloud based system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Eitan T. Wiener, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, David C. Yates
  • Patent number: 10928112
    Abstract: A heat pump device is equipped with a compressor for compressing a refrigerant; a converter for converting a voltage of an alternating current power supply into a boosted direct current; an inverter for converting the direct current output of the converter into an alternating current, supplying the alternating current to the compressor; a voltage detector for detecting an input voltage to the converter; a stop controller for stopping operation of the converter and the inverter when resonance occurs in the voltage detected by the voltage detector; a limit controller for sending an instruction to limit an input current to the converter so as to avoid the resonance; and a manually operable input interface for sending an instruction to cause the limit control unit to operate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Toshiba Carrier Corporation
    Inventors: Kenta Yamamoto, Yuji Katoh, Masaki Kanamori
  • Patent number: 10924296
    Abstract: A device information acquirer acquires device information of each electrical device of a plurality of electrical devices from a control apparatus. A device information display associates and displays on a screen an identifier, an expected installation location, and a device state for each electrical device based on the device information of each electrical device acquired by the device information acquirer. The device information acquirer acquires from the control apparatus the device state information of an electrical device of interest newly collected by the control apparatus after the electrical device installed at the expected installation location of the electrical device of interest is operated by the user. The device information display explicitly shows on the screen whether the device state of the electrical device has changed due to the operation by the user based on the device state information of the electrical device of interest acquired by the device information acquirer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Yuki Ogawa, Hirotoshi Yano, Masaaki Yabe, Satoshi Minezawa, Ichiro Maruyama
  • Patent number: 10905610
    Abstract: A person support apparatus includes one or more motorized actuators that are braked in different manners depending upon whether or not electrical power is available to the control system. When electrical power is not available, a delay circuit delays closing a first switch that, when closed, short circuits the terminals of one of the motors. When power is available, other switches are opened and closed in a manner that short circuits the terminals of the motor while the first switch remains open. The other switches may be part of an H-bridge. The control system may also detect back emf (electromotive force) generated by the motor when electrical power is available and issue a notification to a technician or other user if an amplitude and/or duration of the detected back emf exceeds a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel Vincent Brosnan, Lavanya Vytla, Aaron Douglas Furman
  • Patent number: 10895142
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for controlling drill string rotation. The apparatus may be a control system for controlling a driver operable to rotate a drill string to form a wellbore extending into a subterranean formation. The control system may include a first controller operable to control rotation of the driver and a second controller communicatively connected with the first controller. During the drilling operations the first and/or second controller may be operable to generate a rotational speed command based on status information indicative of operational status of the drill string, and thereby cause the driver to rotate the drill string based on the rotational speed command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Benjamin Peter Jeffryes, Nathaniel Wicks, Shunfeng Zheng
  • Patent number: 10891579
    Abstract: Provided are methods and apparatus that determine a benchmark of energy consumption for an energy system and utilize the determined benchmark in a variety of ways. Once determined, the determined benchmark may be compared to current energy consumption and current outdoor temperature to verify proper operation of the system and identify deviations in system operation. The benchmark may be used to determine the impact of an implemented change in the operation of the system. The determined benchmark may also be used to contract for a term in an agreement and to verify the satisfaction of a term in an agreement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Pathian Incorporated
    Inventor: Daniel Buchanan
  • Patent number: 10883216
    Abstract: A domestic appliance for cleaning a load has a treatment space for accommodating a load to be cleaned, a load detecting device for detecting a load quantity in the treatment space, and a time detecting device for detecting a time value. A controller of the domestic appliance automatically starts a cleaning program when (i) the load quantity detected by the load detecting device exceeds a predetermined load limit value and (ii) the time value detected by the time detecting device exceeds a predetermined time limit value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Diehl AKO Stiftung & Co. KG
    Inventor: Leszek Zatorski
  • Patent number: 10884962
    Abstract: A main control section (30) of a slave device (3) include a slave controller (31), a processor (32), and a watchdog circuit (33) which are configured as a one-chip integrated circuit. In a case where the watchdog circuit (33) has detected that a malfunction has occurred in an operation of the main control section (30), the watchdog circuit (33) resets the processor (32) while not stopping an operation of the slave controller (31).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: OMRON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Maki Nishimura, Megumu Asano
  • Patent number: 10867821
    Abstract: A method of teaching the target body edge position includes moving a photoelectric sensor optical axis to an initial position specified on the target body edge outer side installed so that the target body main surface is horizontal, and specified upper or lower than the target body, repeating an optical axis forward cycle until the target body edge is detected by the sensor, and obtaining the target body edge detected point position based on the substrate transfer robot posture when the target body edge is detected by the sensor to store the edge position. A movement cycle includes a series of movements including lifting or lowering passing through a height level of the target body, forward movement by a first movement amount in a horizontal scanning direction toward the target body, lowering or lifting passing through the level, and forward movement by the first movement amount in the scanning direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignees: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, KAWASAKI ROBOTICS (USA), INC.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Yoshida, Mark Tang
  • Patent number: 10863825
    Abstract: A work environment adjustment system includes multiple instances of controllable office equipment located within an office space, each instance associated with a specific office location and including an activator for controlling states of the instance, at least one presence sensor for detecting user presence within each space associated with each instance, and a master controller linked to each office equipment activator to control activation of each activator to control a current state of each instance. The master controller is programmed to perform the steps of receiving sensor signals from the at least a first presence sensor, determining user presence at each space associated with each instance, controlling states at each of the instances independent of user input when the space associated with the instance is vacant, and enabling user control of the state of each instance associated with a space that is occupied by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: STEELCASE INC.
    Inventors: Jean-Paul Labrosse, Scott Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10852841
    Abstract: A method of performing a function of a device based on motion information of the device in a standby mode of the device, a device for performing the method are provided. The device includes a sensor configured to detect movement of the device in a standby mode of the device; a storage configured to store motion information based on information related to the movement and at least one piece of function information corresponding to the motion information; and a processor configured to control the device to perform a function corresponding to the motion information in the standby mode based on the information related to the movement, the motion information, and the at least one piece of function information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jong-hyun Ryu, Yong-gook Park, Han-joo Chae, Won-young Choi, Jeong-gwan Kang, Nam-hoon Kim, Hyun-su Hong, Jin La
  • Patent number: 10844675
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to apparatus and methods for making up and evaluating tubular threaded connections. A tong assembly may be used for making up threaded connections. A threaded connection may be made up automatically by controlling the rotation speed of the tong assembly according to measurements of torque, turns, and/or time. After a threaded connection is made up, measurements of time, torque, and/or turns may be corrected based on operating parameters. The corrected measurements may be evaluated for indications of failure, such as discontinuity, torque spikes, and torque drops. The threaded connection is then accepted or rejected based on the evaluation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Weatherford Technology Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Martin Helms, Karsten Heidecke, Rainer Ruehmann, Bjoern Thiemann, Michael Wiedecke
  • Patent number: 10837217
    Abstract: A movable barrier operator system is provided that includes a moving-barrier imminent motion notification apparatus, a motor, a controller, and communication circuitry configured to communicate with a remote control. In response to the communication circuitry receiving a communication from the remote control, the controller causes the motor to change the state of the movable barrier and additionally operate the moving-barrier imminent motion notification apparatus upon a determination of the remote control being beyond a physical proximity of a location associated with the movable barrier operator system. Upon a determination that the remote control is within the physical proximity, the controller refrains from operation of the moving-barrier imminent motion notification apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: The Chamberlain Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Casparus Cate, James J. Fitzgibbon
  • Patent number: 10830682
    Abstract: Method and systems for determining acceptance criteria for identification of occluding particles in a lumen of a device are provided. The methods and systems can be used in methods of identifying an occluded device in an inspection method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: INNOVATIVE HEALTH
    Inventors: Aaron J. Fowler, Blessan C. Joseph, Rafal Chudzik
  • Patent number: 10830478
    Abstract: Example apparatus, systems and methods to communicate between a control agent and an edge device via a cloud broker are disclosed and described herein. An example apparatus includes a processor configured to receive a first instruction from a first control agent for an edge device, the first instruction associated with a first schedule of settings for a target, the target accessible via an edge device. The example processor is configured to analyze the first instruction to identify a conflict between the first instruction and a second instruction, the second instruction associated with a second control agent. When no conflict is identified, the example processor is configured to provide the first instruction to the edge device for relay to the target. When a conflict is identified between the first instruction and the second instruction, the example processor is configured to mediate the conflict and provide an outcome to the edge device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Current Lighting Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Leslie Fokou, Bryan Rank
  • Patent number: 10808474
    Abstract: Methods and systems for connecting threaded tubulars are presented. One example method generally includes engaging threads of the tubulars; engaging the first tubular with a clamp of a makeup tool; rotating the clamp of the makeup tool, thereby rotating the first tubular relative to the second tubular and making up the threaded connection; measuring turns of the first tubular; measuring turns of the clamp; and evaluating the threaded connection by comparing the measured turns of the first tubular and the measured turns of the clamp. One example system generally includes a makeup tool operable to rotate a first threaded tubular relative to a second threaded tubular. The makeup tool includes a clamp configured to engage the first tubular. The tubular makeup system further includes a first turns counter configured to measure turns of the first tubular; and a second turns counter configured to measure turns of the clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Weatherford Technology Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Rainer Ruehmann, David Geissler, Benjamin Sachtleben
  • Patent number: 10807621
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a train pantograph structural health monitoring system. The system includes one or more sensors mounted to or integrated with the train pantograph, a data acquisition unit for receiving signal or data from the sensors, and a processing unit for determining the train pantograph's structural health based on the received signal or data. Inspections via the system can be performed in real time continuously or periodically while a train is in service. It can also be performed offline while a train is not in service. Inspection method can be either passive, where sensors collect signals without generating excitation signals to the structure, or active, where some sensors are used as actuators to actively send excitation signals to the structure and other sensors or the actuators themselves collect the structural response signals. The data acquisition unit receives signals or data from sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventors: Chang Zhang, Lei Liu
  • Patent number: 10809685
    Abstract: Systems and methods for monitoring dish ware position and modifying the wash and dry cycle of a dishwasher by capturing and analyzing image data utilizing a plurality of cloud-connected cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: MIDEA GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bassam Fawaz, Robert M. Digman, Qiang Liu
  • Patent number: 10801306
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for optimising energy usage at a drilling arrangement. The method includes the step of determining an acceleration of a drilling head in the drilling arrangement. The method further includes determining a parameter related to the energy usage at the drilling arrangement based on the determined acceleration. The method even further includes optimising the energy usage based on the determined parameter. The present invention also relates to a system for optimising energy usage at a drilling arrangement, to a computer program, and to a computer program product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: LKAB WASSARA AB
    Inventor: Thimaq Tim Peco
  • Patent number: 10802696
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for controlling and monitoring a smoke control system are described herein. One device includes a user interface that can be configured to receive a selection to perform a smoke control operation using a smoke control system of a facility and display a plurality of smoke control elements, wherein each respective one of the displayed smoke control elements represents a different component of the smoke control system used to perform the selected smoke control operation. The device can also include a memory and a processor configured to execute executable instructions stored in the memory to cause the selected smoke control operation to be performed by the component of the smoke control system, wherein the user interface is configured to display an operational state of the components represented by each respective one of the displayed smoke control elements during the performance of the selected smoke control operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Kanaka Nagendra Prasad Naraharisetti, Rajesh Babu Nalukurthy, P Ranjith Kumar, Rich Lau
  • Patent number: 10791595
    Abstract: An illuminating device includes: a semiconductor light source; a temperature control unit disposed on the light source for controlling a temperature of the light source to a desired temperature; a dew condensation determination unit for determining whether dew condensation may occur based on at least a temperature associated with the illuminating device and an ambient environment condition of the illuminating device; and a temperature control mode selection control unit for selecting, as a temperature control mode of the temperature control unit, a dew condensation suppression mode in which the temperature control unit has a temperature higher than a predetermined temperature and equal to or less than an upper limit of a usable temperature of the light source, based on priority items of operational control of the illuminating device and characteristics of the light source, to temperature-control the temperature control unit, when the determination unit determines that dew condensation may occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toru Kuboi, Takeshi Ito
  • Patent number: 10787882
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for controlling pressure relief valve (PRV) set points in real-time during various well and drilling operations. An example method may include receiving, by one or more processors, one or more input variables associated with one or more characteristics of a well during a first time period. The method may include calculating a first PRV set point based at least partially on a model of the well utilizing the one or more input variables received during the first time period. The method may include determining whether the first PRV set point is valid based at least partially on a predetermined expected range of PRV set points for the well. Additionally, the method may include transmitting the first PRV set point to a PRV controller when the first PRV set point is determined to be valid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Karl Kristian Olsen, Torgrim Haaland
  • Patent number: 10764423
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to communicating with and controlling operation of electronically-controlled appliances. In one scenario, a computer system receives a first input from a computing system indicating that an electronically-controlled appliance is permitted to communicate with a cloud computing platform. The computer system generates a notification that is to be sent to a software application, where the software application is configured to control functions of the electronically-controlled appliance. The computer system transmits the generated notification to the software application, where the generated notification indicates that the cloud computing platform is communicably connected to the electronically-controlled appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Traeger Pellet Grills, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Colston
  • Patent number: 10756965
    Abstract: A management device may identify a client device, of a plurality of client devices, in a local network, and may configure one or more remote connection parameters for a connection between the client device and a remote device, configure one or more local connection parameters for a connection between the client device and another client device, of the plurality of client devices, in the local network, configure one or more monitoring parameters for monitoring the client device, and configure one or more alarm parameters for the client device. The management device may manage the client device based on the one or more remote connection parameters, the one or more local connection parameters, the one or more monitoring parameters, and the one or more alarm parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Dayong He, Ray P. Hwang, Jyotsna Kachroo, Hany Samir Atiya
  • Patent number: 10757244
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to communicating with and controlling operation of electronically-controlled appliances. In one scenario, a computer system receives a first input from a computing system indicating that an electronically-controlled appliance is permitted to communicate with a cloud computing platform. The computer system generates a notification that is to be sent to a software application, where the software application is configured to control functions of the electronically-controlled appliance. The computer system transmits the generated notification to the software application, where the generated notification indicates that the cloud computing platform is communicably connected to the electronically-controlled appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Traeger Pellet Grills, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Colston