Flow Control (e.g., Valve Or Pump Control) Patents (Class 700/282)
  • Patent number: 11364340
    Abstract: A simplified insulin pump allows type II diabetics to identify routine patterns in their daily lifestyle that provide a generally accurate typical pattern of activity and meals. An infusion regimen can be programmed into the pump that generally correlates with this typical pattern to provide a viable treatment option for a type II diabetic without the need for specific and precise matching of insulin to carbohydrate consumption or activity level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc.
    Inventor: Mike Rosinko
  • Patent number: 11366464
    Abstract: A diagnosis unit (1) for detection, analysis, and data management of sensor data detected on an actuator (20), has at least one sensor (14, 15), a data processing unit (10), a data manager (11), and an interface unit (12). The at least one sensor (14, 15), the interface unit (12), and the data manager (11) are respectively, connected to the data processing unit (10), enabling data exchange. The diagnosis unit (1) is built into a module with the actuator (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Fibro GmbH
    Inventor: Markus Knaup
  • Patent number: 11366442
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a diagnostic device for a field device from the field of automation technology, comprising a control unit, a sensor carrier, a stereo acoustic sensor, which is fastened to the sensor carrier, a first temperature sensor, which is fastened at a first position on the sensor carrier, and a second temperature sensor, which is fastened at a second position on the sensor carrier. The first position and the second position are remote from one another owing to a first spacing. The sensor carrier is suitable for being expanded such that the first spacing is changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Endress+Hauser Conducta GmbH+Co. KG
    Inventors: Guido Mennicken, Sebastian Schmidt, Ralf Steuerwald
  • Patent number: 11359845
    Abstract: A method of operating an air conditioner unit to implement effective defrost cycles includes obtaining a coil temperature of an outdoor heat exchanger, a dew point of a flow of air through the outdoor heat exchanger, and a flow rate of the flow of air. A frost rate of frost buildup on the outdoor heat exchanger is estimated based on the coil temperature, the dew point, and the flow rate, and a frost quantity or weight is determined by integrating the frost rate. A defrost cycle is initiated if the frost quantity exceeds a predetermined frost threshold, e.g., in pounds of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Haler US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan Isaac D'Souza, Richard Dustin Henderson
  • Patent number: 11355316
    Abstract: A plasma generator and a method for the pulsed provision of electrical power having a frequency of at least 40 KHz to at least two process chambers are described. The plasma generator comprises: a control unit configured to obtain and evaluate process data about processes in the at least two process chambers; a controllable power supply having an output, the controllable power supply being configured to output a direct current at a predetermined voltage and/or intensity at its output in response to a control signal from the control unit; and a switching unit having a first input connected to the output of the power supply and having at least two switching unit outputs for respective connection to one of the at least two process chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: CENTROTHERM INTERNATIONAL AG
    Inventors: Sebastian Hubertus Schulz, Thomas Pernau, Florian Nachbauer, Felix Walk
  • Patent number: 11353941
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a requesting unit that requests a power supply apparatus to supply power, and a determination unit that determines whether the power supply apparatus is an authentic apparatus. In a case in which the determination unit determines whether the power supply apparatus is the authentic apparatus, after the requesting unit has requested the power supply apparatus to supply first power and the determination unit determines that the power supply apparatus is the authentic apparatus, the requesting unit then requests the power supply apparatus to supply second power higher than the first power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroshi Moritomo
  • Patent number: 11348585
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are an artificial intelligence apparatus and a method of operating the same. The artificial intelligence apparatus includes one or more processors that obtain weight data of a container and speech data, determines whether the container is seated on a seating portion of a water dispensing apparatus using the weight data, adjusts a speech recognition sensitivity according to whether the container is seated on the seating portion, inputs the first speech data to a speech recognition model and allows the water dispensing apparatus to perform a first water dispensing operation corresponding to first water dispensing information when the speech recognition model outputs the first water dispensing information based on the first speech data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sangwon Kim, Jaehoon Park
  • Patent number: 11340001
    Abstract: A refrigeration cycle apparatus includes a refrigeration cycle circuit, a liquid receiver, a first valve and a second valve. The refrigeration cycle circuit includes a compressor, an outdoor heat exchanger and an indoor heat exchanger. The liquid receiver is provided in a second section located in the refrigeration cycle circuit. The second section is a section extending between the outdoor heat exchanger and the indoor heat exchanger without extending through the compressor. The first valve is provided in a first section in the refrigeration cycle circuit, and is a solenoid valve or a motor valve. The first section is a section extending between the outdoor heat exchanger and the indoor heat exchanger through the compressor. The second valve is provided in the second section and between the liquid receiver and the indoor heat exchanger, and is an electronic expansion valve, a solenoid valve or a motor valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Yasutaka Ochiai, Haruo Nakano, Hideki Tsukino, Ryohei Horiba, Yasuhiro Suzuki
  • Patent number: 11337363
    Abstract: In one aspect, an agricultural planted is associated with an apparatus, a system and/or a method for calibrating a depth control arrangement in each of one or more row units adapted for attachment to a toolbar of the planter, where each row unit has a depth controlling linkage arrangement operatively connected to an adjustable-depth gauge wheel of the row unit. The linkage arrangement includes a load-sensing element that is monitored during adjustment of a calibration mechanism of the linkage arrangement to remove tolerance stack-up in the linkage arrangement and achieve a uniform desired value of the present load on the linkage arrangement of each of the one or more row units that is consistent with a zero-depth or other reference depth setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Johnathon R. Dienst
  • Patent number: 11342751
    Abstract: A long-term predictor predicts long-term predicted power indicating temporal changes in consumed power of a customer using a long-term prediction model. A short-term predictor predicts short-term predicted power indicating temporal changes in the consumed power of the customer immediately after a current time, using a short-term prediction model, based on temporal changes in the consumed power of the customer immediately before the current time. A controller controls charging and discharging of a power storage apparatus at intervals based on the long-term predicted power and the short-term predicted power. The controller predicts temporal changes in charging power, discharging power, and charged electric energy of the power storage apparatus, and when the charged electric energy is predicted to reaches a lower limit due to discharging of the power storage apparatus, the controller charges power from the power network to the power storage apparatus in advance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akira Minegishi, Tetsuyoshi Ogura, Noriaki Takeda, Junichi Kanou
  • Patent number: 11326404
    Abstract: A system includes a processing device configured to determine a tripping operation to be undertaken. The processing device is configured to also calculate a variable tripping speed for the tripping operation to vary a speed of the tripping operation. The processing device is further generate an output to control the operation of a portion of a continuous tripping system to implement the tripping operation at the variable tripping speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Ensco International Incorporated
    Inventor: Ala Eddine Omrani
  • Patent number: 11314255
    Abstract: An intelligent cleaning robot comprises a housing, an optical module, a pickup module, a central processing module, and a drive module. The housing defines light transmission holes for the optical module, which comprise an infrared light source, a complex light source, a structure light lens to receive reflected infrared light through the holes to form a three-dimensional image, and a color lens to receive reflected light through the holes to form a color image. The central processing module can receive the three-dimensional image and the color image and form an image of an environment. The pickup module can be controlled to pick up garbage and objects in the environment according to the image of an environment, and the robot can be controlled to move on land or in water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: TRIPLE WIN TECHNOLOGY(SHENZHEN) CO.LTD.
    Inventor: Yu-An Cho
  • Patent number: 11307118
    Abstract: A dynamic device for sampling of a body of water, featuring the use of sterile collection equipment and precise parametric controls based on feedback data, so that when the device is activated the product of the sampling and filtration process therein accurately indicates the characteristics of the body of water from which the sample was taken. Various sensors help in providing data for bringing about precise parametric control of the dynamic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Smith-Root, Inc.
    Inventors: Austen Thomas, Jesse Howard, Lorin Mueller, Mike Tavakoli
  • Patent number: 11310938
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for a leak sensor drip tray. In some embodiments, an Information Handling System (IHS) may include: a component; a cold plate disposed above the component; a leak sensor board disposed above the cold plate; and a drip tray disposed above the leak sensor, wherein the drip tray is configured to capture a fluid leak from a fitting coupled to the cold plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Dell Products, L.P.
    Inventors: Iou Ren Su, William Kenneth Coxe, III
  • Patent number: 11296922
    Abstract: Configuration management persistent storage contains entries representing configuration items and relationships between pairs of the configuration items. Event management persistent storage contains entries representing alert records. Change request persistent storage contains change records respectively referring to changes made to the configuration items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: ServiceNow, Inc.
    Inventors: Yair Leibkowiz, Yuval Rimar, Rani Tzur, Maayan Wigelman, Dov Miron, Bnayahu Makovsky
  • Patent number: 11276592
    Abstract: A processing apparatus for processing a substrate includes: a plurality of end devices; a low-level controller configured to control specific end devices among the plurality of end devices; and a module controller configured to execute a recipe for processing the substrate, to specify control steps satisfying a specific condition among a plurality of control steps of the recipe, and to transmit the specified control steps to the low-level controller, wherein the low-level controller controls the specific end devices based on the control steps received from the module controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Katsuhito Hirose, Koichi Miyashita, Hiroshi Hirose, Satoshi Gomi, Yasunori Kumagai, Takashi Yoshiyama
  • Patent number: 11269301
    Abstract: A service panel for controlling at least one utility actuator to control the availability of a utility comprises a covered enclosure having an exterior region and an interior region, at least one readily accessible utility control providing ON and OFF request signals and a limited access control in the exterior region providing a temporary activate signal. The service panel has a controller and data storage programmed with code and data and control circuitry providing an “ON” control signal to the at least one utility actuator to switch the at least one utility actuator to the “ON” state, and the control circuitry providing an “OFF” control signal to the at least one utility actuator to switch the at least one utility actuator to an OFF state, the control circuitry further providing a re-key signal to the at least one actuator in response to activation of a switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: WCM INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: Phil A. Parker
  • Patent number: 11268349
    Abstract: A remote terminal unit (RTU) may control one or more operations a well device associated with a hydrocarbon well. The RTU may include a processor that may broadcast a request to communicatively couple to a cloud-computing system. The processor may then receive a confirmation from the cloud-computing system indicating that the RTU has successfully communicatively coupled to the cloud-computing system and send one or more attributes regarding the RTU, the well device, the hydrocarbon well, or any combination thereof to the cloud-computing system. The processor may then receive one or more software packages from the cloud-computing system based on the attributes. Using the software packages, the processor may control the operations of the well device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Sensia Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Andrew Weatherhead, Edward Anthony Gray
  • Patent number: 11262228
    Abstract: Methods and systems for determining a base field prover volume of a field prover include connecting together a transfer meter assembly, a master prover, and the field prover in series. A flow of fluid at a first flow rate is provided and a calibration sequence is performed at the flow rate. The calibration sequence includes counting pulses generated by the transfer meter assembly over a duration of each pass of the master prover and a pass of the field prover. An intermediate calibrated field prover volume is determined from a ratio of the field prover pulse count to the average master prover pulse count, multiplied by a base master prover volume. The calibration sequence can be repeated to provide at least three intermediate calibrated field prover volumes at the first flow rate. The calibration sequence can be repeated at different flow rates to arrive at the base field prover volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY
    Inventor: Chandulal N. Bhatasana
  • Patent number: 11260793
    Abstract: A construction machine includes an image capturing device configured to capture an image of the surroundings, an image display part mounted in an operator's cab and configured to display a menu screen showing an operating condition and various settings, or the captured image captured with the image capturing device, an operation part including a menu switch to cause the menu screen to be displayed on the image display part, and a detector configured to detect whether a work element is enabled or disabled. The image display part is configured to display a warning in response to the menu switch being operated while the work element is enabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: SUMITOMO (S.H.I.) CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeya Izumikawa, Takashi Nishi
  • Patent number: 11248598
    Abstract: Apparatus features a controller having a signal processor or processing module configured to: receive signaling containing information about a power profile that is specific to a pumping system having N parallel pumps and based upon data related to one or more of pumping system power, losses and wire-to-water efficiency in real time for the N parallel pumps configured to run in the pumping system to generate a head H and a flow F with an efficiency E, and at least one calculation/prediction of at least one corresponding efficiency of at least one combination/number of N?1 and/or N+1 parallel pumps to achieve a corresponding/same head H and flow F with a corresponding efficiency; and determine corresponding signaling containing information to control the operation of the pumping system that depends on a comparison of the efficiency E and the at least one corresponding efficiency, based upon the signaling received, including staging/destaging a pump to or from the pumping system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: FLUID HANDLING LLC
    Inventors: Gaurav B. Vala, James J. Gu
  • Patent number: 11243512
    Abstract: A model formation module (25) is provided for creating a model for controlling a pressure regulating system (7) of a water supply network (5), wherein the water supply network (5) is equipped with one or more pressure sensors of which at least one remote pressure sensor (17a,b) is arranged remotely from the pressure regulating system (7), the model formation module (25) being configured to communicate with the at least one remote pressure sensor (17a,b). The model formation module (25) is configured to create said model without a measured, determined or estimated flow value on the basis of at least one remote pressure value determined by the at least one remote pressure sensor (17a,b) and on the basis of at least one load-dependent variable of the pressure regulating system (7), said model representing at least one pressure control curve for controlling the pressure regulating system (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: GRUNDFOS HOLDING A/S
    Inventor: Carsten Skovmose Kallesøe
  • Patent number: 11236867
    Abstract: The present invention introduced a method for detecting pipe bursts in water distribution systems based on pressure disturbance extraction, including following steps: (1) collecting and pre-processing monitored pressure data, and establishing a matrix of monitored pressures; (2) analyzing time-domain and frequency-domain features of the matrix of monitored pressures by Fourier transform, extracting disturbances, and generating pressure disturbances matrices; (3) identifying outliers in the pressure disturbances matrices by isolation forest algorithm; and (4) further identifying detected outliers by calculating and qualitative index A and quantitative index B and outputting a result of pipe burst detection. Compared with previous methods, the pipe burst detection method introduced in the present invention is accurate and reliable, and is more applicable to large-scale complex water distribution systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Tongji University
    Inventors: Kunlun Xin, Weirong Xu, Xiao Zhou, Hexiang Yan, Tao Tao, Shuping Li
  • Patent number: 11237030
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the field of Internet of Things (IoT), and provides a gas leakage detection method based on a compound IoT and an IoT system. According to the gas leakage detection method based on the compound IoT and the IoT system provided by the present invention, whether a gas pipeline of a user has gas leakage or not is judged via a user participation manner, the judgment manner is intelligent, the judgment result is accurate and thus the gas safety of the user is guaranteed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: CHENGDU QINCHUAN TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Zehua Shao
  • Patent number: 11220874
    Abstract: A drilling system includes a choke valve system in fluid communication with a wellbore via a fluid return line. The choke valve system is configured to receive a return fluid from the wellbore. The choke valve system includes a choke valve through which the return fluid flows and a valve position sensor configured to determine a position of the choke valve. The drilling system further includes a controller in signal communication with the valve position sensor. The controller is programmed to determine a flow rate of the return fluid through the fluid return line based on the determined position of the choke valve. The controller is further programmed to adjust the position of the choke valve in response to the determined flow rate of the return fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: ADS SERVICES LLC
    Inventors: Scott Charles, Anand Parthasarathy
  • Patent number: 11216048
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling cooling in a computing device are provided. A measurement of power consumption of at least one of the computer components is received. A theoretical setting for the cooling system is determined based on the received measurement of power consumption. A current setting of the cooling system is identified. Based on a difference between the theoretical setting and the current setting, a next setting for the cooling system is determined. An output of the cooling system is controlled based on the next setting for the cooling system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: ZT Group Int'l, Inc.
    Inventors: Ting Yu Lin, Daniel Ferrone
  • Patent number: 11215722
    Abstract: A method can include receiving microseismic data of microseismic events as acquired by sensors during hydraulic fracturing of a geologic region; jointly calibrating sensor orientation of the sensors and a velocity model of the geologic region via an objective function and the microseismic data; and, based at least in part on the jointly calibrating, determining one or more locations of the one or more microseismic events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joel Herve Le Calvez, Takashi Mizuno
  • Patent number: 11209183
    Abstract: A method of controlling an HVAC system including a motor having five taps, an HVAC controller connected to the motor, and a mobile device includes receiving user input identification of the motor on a user interface of the mobile device. A plurality of operating conditions and more than five speed settings available for the identified motor are displayed on the user interface. The method includes receiving from the user a selected speed of the speed settings for a first operating condition of the plurality of operating conditions, and transmitting the selected speed and the associated first operating condition to the HVAC controller for use in controlling a speed of the motor during the plurality of operating conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: John F. Broker, Mike J. Moran, Nayan Mishra
  • Patent number: 11191898
    Abstract: The invention relates to a drug delivery system for a patient comprising an insulin delivery device (100), a user interface (101), a controller (109) comprising instructions and a user definable threshold criterion (114; 116) of a residual availability of a drug provided in a reservoir (102) of the drug delivery system, wherein executing of the instructions by the controller (109) causes the controller (109) to control the drug delivery system to determine the amount of the drug that is currently available to the patient and compare the determined amount with the threshold criterion (114; 116), in response to the comparison, in case the determined amount is lower than or equal to the threshold criterion (114; 116), providing a signal to the patient via the user interface (101). The drug is insulin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: ROCHE DIABETES CARE, INC.
    Inventor: Harald von Campenhausen
  • Patent number: 11185023
    Abstract: An integrated actuator coil and decoder module for use in decoder-based irrigation control systems, and related methods of manufacture and installation, are provided herein. In one implementation, an irrigation control device comprises a body, decoder circuitry located within the body, a coil located within the body and coupled to the decoder circuitry, the coil adapted to develop an electromagnetic flux sufficient to cause actuation of a device controlling irrigation equipment in response to signaling from the decoder circuitry. Also included is an electrical connection coupled to the decoder circuitry and adapted to couple to a control wire path of a decoder-based irrigation control system. The decoder circuitry and the coil are integrated into a single device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Rain Bird Corporation
    Inventor: Michael A. Lorenz
  • Patent number: 11175211
    Abstract: Systems and methods for analyzing and modeling natural gas flow in subterranean shale reservoirs. In some embodiments, methodologies and techniques for determining and modeling natural gas flow in shale formations using methodologies and techniques capable of determining natural gas properties related to dual-continuum flow, permeability, and pressure within a subterranean shale reservoir. In some embodiments, the natural gas properties are determined by subjecting a subterranean shale reservoir sample to pulse-decay analysis. In certain embodiments, the methodologies and techniques described may be used in various reservoirs exhibiting macroporosity and microporosity, such as fractured reservoirs and carbonate reservoirs composed of reservoir fluids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Huangye Chen, Hui-Hai Liu
  • Patent number: 11140812
    Abstract: A downforce system adjusts the amount of downforce being applied to a row unit of an agricultural implement. The downforce system is controlled to increase or decrease the force on the row unit. A load is sensed at the row unit and compared to either or both of a user defined target and a lower threshold that can be based, at least in part, upon a percentage of a value. When the load is determined to be below the lower threshold, the user defined amount is increased at a rate of change until the load is above the threshold, at which point the increase is stopped, and reduced, if necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Kinze Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott W. Leimkuehler, David Schulte, Shawn Mack
  • Patent number: 11143434
    Abstract: A refrigeration cycle apparatus includes: a compressor configured to compress refrigerant and discharge the refrigerant to a refrigerant pipe; an air heat exchanger configured to exchange heat between air and the refrigerant flowing through the refrigerant pipe; an expansion valve configured to adjust pressure of the refrigerant flowing through the refrigerant pipe; a water heat exchanger configured to exchange heat between water supplied from the water return header pipe and the refrigerant and send out the water to the water delivery header pipe; an outlet pressure sensor provided on a water outlet side of the water heat exchanger and configured to measure water pressure; and a controller, in which the controller controls an opening degree of the bypass valve such that a value of water pressure measured by the outlet pressure sensor is equal to a preset target value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Takahito Hikone, Yasushi Okoshi, Takuya Ito
  • Patent number: 11126916
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, there is provided herein a system and method for producing a well lifecycle lift plan that includes considerations of multiple types of lift, multiple lift configurations associated with each lift type, and can be used to provide a prediction of when or if it would be desirable to change the lift plan at some time in the future. Another embodiment utilizes a heuristic database with rules that might be used to limit the solution space in some instances by restricting the solution to feasible configurations. A further embodiment teaches how multiple individual well optimization results might be combined with a reservoir model to obtain an optimized lift schedule for an entire field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Baker Hughes ESP, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Rasheed, Mohammed Mounir Shalaby, Shyam Sivaramakrishnan, Steven Jay Tyber
  • Patent number: 11122669
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing network connectivity and remote monitoring, optimization, and control of pool/spa equipment are provided. “Internet-of-Things” (IoT) functionality is provided for pool and spa equipment in a flexible and cost-effective manner. Network connectivity and remote monitoring/control of pool and spa equipment is provided by various components such as a network communication and local control subsystem installed in pool/spa equipment, and other components. Also disclosed are various control processes (“pool logic”) which can be embodied as software code installed in any of the various embodiments of the present disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Hayward Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Potucek, James Murdock, James Carter, Gregory Fournier, Arthur W. Johnson, III, David Blaine, Jason DeBruin, Bruce Aubrey, Jason Parcell, Craig Horrocks
  • Patent number: 11119514
    Abstract: Provided are: a shut-off valve control device which is capable of reducing the difference between a set opening amount and the actual opening amount, when executing a partial valve stroke test; a shut-off valve control system; a method for calculating a shut-off valve control coefficient; and a method for controlling a shut-off valve. This shut-off valve control device is provided with a microcomputer for controlling the opening and closing of a solenoid valve which supplies air from an air supply source, to a cylinder of an air cylinder for controlling a valve shaft of a shut-off valve, and discharges said air. The microcomputer acquires a set opening amount of the shut-off valve. Furthermore, the microcomputer controls the solenoid valve to a value obtained by dividing the acquired set opening amount by a predetermined coefficient C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: KANEKO SANGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masayuki Kobayashi, Nobuyoshi Toda
  • Patent number: 11118670
    Abstract: A vehicle cooling system comprises an oil circulation circuit in which a cooling oil is circulated by an electric oil pump to cool a predetermined cooling target with the cooling oil; an oil temperature sensor detecting an oil temperature that is a temperature of the cooling oil; and a control device including a cooling control portion outputting a rotation command for operating the electric oil pump so as to cool the cooling target. The control device includes a pump abnormality determination portion outputting the rotation command to the electric oil pump to determine a presence/absence of abnormality based on a rotation state of the electric oil pump when an operation stop time of the vehicle is longer than a predefined determination permission time and an oil temperature detection value detected by the oil temperature sensor is higher than a predefined determination permission temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takahisa Yashiro, Yoshitada Yamagishi
  • Patent number: 11106191
    Abstract: A method and system utilizing multi-sensor analysis and data point correlation is provided for predictive monitoring and maintenance of a pressurized fluid cutting system. In a disclosed aspect, multiple sensed characteristics of system operation are correlated to determine a particular failure mode. Identification of the failure mode through active sensor data analysis and correlation facilitates predictive maintenance, minimizes system downtime, and optimizes system output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
  • Patent number: 11099547
    Abstract: A communication device for control interaction between operating electronics and an actuator to set a process fluid flow of a process-engineering plant can include a first communication interface configured to receive electrical signals from the operating electronics, a second communication interface configured to provide electrical actuator commands to the actuator, and a permissibility processor having a data memory that stores permissible actuator commands, the permissibility processor being configured to cause the second communication interface to provide one of the permissible actuator commands to the actuator based on an electrical signal of the electrical signals received via the first communication interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSON AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Rainer Oberheim, Joerg Kiesbauer
  • Patent number: 11099098
    Abstract: An improved sensor system is provided that monitors and controls a dendritic fluid system. A dendritic fluid system can include artificial components and/or natural components that carry fluid from a source to a destination through a series of paths. The sensor system can include magnetic field sensors, acoustic sensors, encapsulated sensor systems, pressure regulators, and valve controllers to monitor and control the dendritic fluid system. For example, magnetic field sensors, acoustic sensors, and/or pressure regulators can be used to measure the flow of fluid within a dendritic fluid subsystem and/or to detect potential leaks. The encapsulated sensor systems and/or valve controllers can be used to detect fluid levels in a contained system and control valves to adjust the fluid levels in the contained system to a desired level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Inventor: Richard Andrew DeVerse
  • Patent number: 11092614
    Abstract: A method for measuring airflow for a plurality of computing devices may include characterizing the fan performance of a selected computing device of the plurality of computing devices to provide characterized RPM information. Each of the computing devices may include a cooling fan configured to exhaust heat into a hot aisle. Each cooling fan may include a rotor and a tachometer. The method may also include connecting the computing devices via a network, distributing computing workloads to the plurality of computing devices, and/or performing work on the computing workloads on the plurality of computing devices. Additionally, the method may include reading RPM information from the selected computing device's fan's tachometer and/or comparing the read RPM information with the characterized RPM information to determine a backpressure value for the selected computing device. The power to the selected computing device's fan may be reduced prior to reading the RPM information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Core Scientific, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence Kom, Thomas Fuller
  • Patent number: 11088651
    Abstract: Compressors in a refrigerant loop are driven by variable frequency drives. The variable frequency drives are configured to demand current from an alternating current power source at different phases relative to one another such that at least one current harmonic frequency at the alternating current power source is cancelled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Inventors: Lin Sun, HuaiYu Lin
  • Patent number: 11080127
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for identifying anomalies in data may operate in conjunction with a processing system and an output. The system may receive actual data and generate nominal data according to the actual data. The system may compare the actual data to the nominal data and identify an outlier in the actual data compared to the nominal data. The output may provide information relating to the identified outlier. In various embodiments, the system may include a neural network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Arizona Public Service Company
    Inventors: Jerrold Vincent, Bradley Fox
  • Patent number: 11060753
    Abstract: A draft perceived by a user under an indoor unit is reduced. A controller makes each of a plurality of indoor units perform a partial supply operation. In the partial supply operation, the controller controls an airflow blocking mechanism such that, regarding the indoor units adjacent to each other with a predetermined distance ? interposed therebetween, no air current is blown from one of the outlet openings which face each other with the predetermined distance ? interposed therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Kojima, Ryouta Suhara
  • Patent number: 11060778
    Abstract: A universal controller for integration of cryogenic equipment, requiring different control mechanisms, onto a single operating platform. The universal controller may include a power supply element that is configured to simultaneously drive a plurality PV of cryogenic devices that have different power supply requirements and a protocol translator element that is configured to enable communication between a plurality' of cryogenic devices that use different, incompatible communication protocols, wherein the protocol translator element translates communications sent by a first type of cryogenic device from a first cryogenic device communication protocol into a second cryogenic device communication protocol and translates communications sent by a second type of cryogenic device from a second cryogenic device communication protocol into the first cryogenic device communication protocol, enabling the first type of cryogenic device and the second type of cryogenic device to communicate with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: SUMITOMO (SHI) CRYOGENIC OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Frank P. Jankowsky, III, Craig Hollabaugh, Gary S. Ash
  • Patent number: 11052504
    Abstract: A temperature regulation system and a temperature regulation method are applicable to a machine tool. The temperature regulation system includes a cooling fluid storage tank, a heating fluid storage tank, an internal circulation subsystem, an external circulation subsystem and a computing unit. The internal circulation subsystem includes a first valve. The external circulation subsystem includes a plurality of flow channels and a second valve and a third valve disposed on the plurality of the flow channels. The computing unit controls the first valve, the second valve and the third valve to switch flow directions of the plurality of the flow channels among the cooling fluid storage tank, the heating fluid storage tank and machine tool. Therefore, a thermal balance of the machine tool can be effectively maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Shi-Jie Luo, Hsi-Hung Hsiao, Kun-Ying Li, Shih-Jie Wei, Yan-Sin Liao, Szu-Chia Lin, Yu-Hsuan Wu
  • Patent number: 11045385
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing network connectivity and remote monitoring, optimization, and control of pool/spa equipment are provided. “Internet-of-Things” (IoT) functionality is provided for pool and spa equipment in a flexible and cost-effective manner. Network connectivity and remote monitoring/control of pool and spa equipment is provided by various components such as a network communication and local control subsystem installed in pool/spa equipment, and other components. Also disclosed are various control processes (“pool logic”) which can be embodied as software code installed in any of the various embodiments of the present disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Hayward Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Potucek, James Murdock, James Carter, Gregory Fournier, Arthur W. Johnson, III, David Blaine, Jason DeBruin, Bruce Aubrey, Jason Parcell, Craig Horrocks
  • Patent number: 11047118
    Abstract: The present inventive concept relates to a water recirculating device (100) comprising: a heating arrangement (120); and a flow path divider (122) placed in a water recirculating path (116) upstream from the heating arrangement (120), wherein the flow path divider (122) is arranged to divide the water recirculating path (116) into a heating path (124) and a non-heating path (126); and wherein a first mixing valve (106) is configured to mix water from the heating path (124) having a first temperature and water from the non-heating path (126) having a second temperature in order to form first temperature regulated water, and wherein a second mixing valve (112) is configured to mix water from the heating path (124) having the first temperature with water from the non-heating path (126) having the second temperature in order to form second temperature regulated water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: ORBITAL SYSTEMS AB
    Inventor: Michael Ridell
  • Patent number: 11007319
    Abstract: A method to dispense medication using one or more fillable medical dispensers by providing the medical dispenser with a first predetermined medication dosage sufficient for a first predetermined dispensing period, wherein the first dispensing period ends on a first repetitive day of the week for ease of remembrance by a user; providing the medical dispenser with a second predetermined medication dosage sufficient for a second predetermined dispensing period, wherein the dispensing period ends on a second repetitive day of the week for ease of remembrance; and installing the medical dispenser at least twice a week at a repetitive weekly replacement schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: EOFLOW INC.
    Inventors: Luis Malave, Jesse Jaejin Kim
  • Patent number: 11002629
    Abstract: An analysis system includes a fluidic system includes a number of components that are interconnected to form a fluidic system having a plurality of flow paths. An example method of pressure testing the fluidic system includes (a) selecting a flow path from the plurality of flow paths through a flow cell in accordance with a prescribed test protocol; (b) actuating a pump to pressurize a fluid in the selected flow path; (c) generating pressure data representative of the pressure in the selected flow path; and (d) processing the pressure data to determine whether the selected flow path maintains pressure in a desired manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: ILLUMINA, INC.
    Inventors: Bradley Kent Drews, Kevin James Cappa