Constraint Or Limit (e.g., Max/min) Patents (Class 700/33)
  • Patent number: 11171033
    Abstract: A substrate placing table, which is installed inside a processing container for processing a wafer, includes: a stage configured to place a wafer on an upper surface thereof and including an inner peripheral flow channel and an outer peripheral flow channel formed therein to circulate a heat medium of a predetermined temperature therethrough; a support table configured to support the stage; and a temperature adjusting plate installed between the stage and the support table, and including a temperature adjusting mechanism configured to adjust a temperature of a heat radiation portion at which heat is radiated between the stage and the support table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Atsushi Tanaka, Ryohei Ogawa
  • Patent number: 11131969
    Abstract: A self-configuring controller includes one or more processors and one or more non-transitory machine readable media storing instructions. When executed by the one or more processors, the instructions cause the one or more processors to receive an output signal from a controlled system or device representative of an operation of the controlled system or device in response to a first perturbed control input perturbed using a first dither signal, estimate a bandwidth of the controlled system or device based on the output signal and the first dither signal, perturb a second control input using a second dither signal based on the bandwidth of the controlled system or device to generate a second perturbed control input, and transmit the second perturbed control input to the controlled system or device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Tyco IP Holdings LLP
    Inventors: Timothy I. Salsbury, John M. House
  • Patent number: 11132637
    Abstract: Interaction data provides information about particular items that have been picked or placed from a particular fixture. A radio signal that conveys designation data indicative of a particular user is coupled to a body of the user. A smart floor tile may emit the radio signal that is electromagnetically coupled to the user and propagates along the user's body. As the hand of the user approaches the fixture, the radio signal is received using antennas at the fixture. When the user touches an item, the propagation pathway may improve, resulting in an increase in received signal strength. By using information about the radio signal and the known location of the antennas, information such as a position of a hand of the user or which item has been picked or placed may be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Camerin Cole Hahn, Nikolai Orlov
  • Patent number: 10935270
    Abstract: An air-conditioning control method for an electronic device is provided that includes determining a rate of temperature change on the basis of changes in the temperature measured for the first time; acquiring first density information on the basis of the determined rate of temperature change and information on a location at which the temperature change is measured; and controlling air-conditioning according to the first density information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventors: Kyungjae Kim, Kwanwoo Song, Seong Hwan Oh, Daeeun Yi, Jeongil Seo, Hunjung Lim, Hyejung Cho, Sunggeun Song
  • Patent number: 10894552
    Abstract: A system and method identify vehicles to be included in a multi-vehicle system that is to travel along one or more routes for an upcoming trip, and determines plural different potential builds of the multi-vehicle system. The different potential builds represent different sequential orders of the vehicles in the multi-vehicle system. The system and method also simulate travels of the different potential builds for the upcoming trip, calculate a safety metric, consumption metric, and/or build metric for the different potential builds based on travels that are simulated, and generates a quantified evaluation of the safety metric, consumption metric, and/or build metric for the different potential builds for use in selecting a chosen potential build of the different potential builds. The chosen potential build is used to build the multi-vehicle system for the upcoming trip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: TRANSPORTATION IP HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: James D. Brooks, Harry Kirk Mathews, Jr., William Schoonmaker
  • Patent number: 10822007
    Abstract: A control system and method determine an energy demand associated with delivery of cargo in a trip. The energy demand represents how much electric energy is needed to move cargo vehicles that carry the cargo through the trip. Locations of energy tenders and states of charge of the energy tenders are determined. A schedule for the cargo vehicles to deliver the cargo to a delivery location within a delivery time slot is determined. This schedule is determined based on the energy demand, the locations of the energy tenders, and the states of charge of the energy tenders. The system and method direct which of the energy tenders that the cargo vehicles are to couple with, be powered by, and move with for powering the cargo along routes to the delivery location of the trip within the designated time slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Transportation IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Jared Klineman Cooper, Samuel William Golden, Robert James Foy, David Michael Peltz, Nathan Thomas North, Milan Karunaratne
  • Patent number: 10560448
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods for on-boarding an out of the box (OOB) device so as to secure electronic control of the OOB device. In some embodiments, a method may be performed by a computing device having an electronic processor, and may include automatically electronically receiving, by a processor, an electronic request to on-board from the OOB device, and authenticating, by the processor, a standardized certificate associated with the OOB device. The method may further include obtaining, by the processor, a policy authority to electronically control the OOB device. The method may further include securing electronic control of the OOB device, by the processor, based at least in part on the obtained approval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Symantec Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Witten, Mingliang Pei, Damon Kachur
  • Patent number: 10532755
    Abstract: A control system and method determine an energy demand associated with delivery of cargo in a trip. The energy demand represents how much electric energy is needed to move cargo vehicles that carry the cargo through the trip. Locations of energy tenders and states of charge of the energy tenders are determined. A schedule for the cargo vehicles to deliver the cargo to a delivery location within a delivery time slot is determined. This schedule is determined based on the energy demand, the locations of the energy tenders, and the states of charge of the energy tenders. The system and method direct which of the energy tenders that the cargo vehicles are to couple with, be powered by, and move with for powering the cargo along routes to the delivery location of the trip within the designated time slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: GE GLOBAL SOURCING LLC
    Inventors: Jared Klineman Cooper, Samuel William Golden, Robert James Foy, David Michael Peltz, Nathan Thomas North, Milan Karunaratne
  • Patent number: 10464548
    Abstract: An auto cruise control method and system for hybrid electric vehicles are provided. Particularly, a PnG driving pattern in consideration of characteristics of hybrid electric vehicles is applied to maximize improvement in fuel efficiency and to satisfy both drivability and improvement in fuel efficiency. The auto cruise control method includes turning on an auto cruise control mode by receiving a user set target vehicle speed using an engine and a driving motor as vehicle driving sources, and turning on a pulse and glide (PnG) mode. A user interface (UI) device is provided to receive a selection of any one of a PnG coast mode, a PnG glide mode and a PnG constant-speed cruise mode, and, when the driver selects one mode through the UI device, the hybrid electric vehicle is operated in the selected mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Jeong Soo Eo, Young Joon Chang, Ji Won Oh, Youn Kwang Jung, Sung Jae Kim, Ba Ro Hyun
  • Patent number: 10444210
    Abstract: A system and method for calculating real-time carbon emissions at a distribution substation level and at an individual device level is disclosed. A substation controller is provided at the utility substation that is in operable communication with one or more devices via a demand response protocol, the demand response protocol including demand response signals transferrable from the substation controller to the one or more devices and demand response signals transferrable from the one or more devices to the substation controller. A carbon emissions calculator module is embedded in the substation controller and/or the devices that is programmed to identify or receive power consumption data from respective devices and calculate carbon emissions for the respective devices based on the power consumption data. Carbon emissions data may be provided to the substation controller to provide for a determination and output of the calculated carbon emissions for each of the one more devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Baton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventors: Payal Rawat, Shravana Kumar Musunuri, Rahul Panday, Sneha Shirish Khole, Ragini Jain, Rohit Joshi
  • Patent number: 10409230
    Abstract: Motion of multiple agents with identical non-linear dynamics is controlled to change density of the agents from the initial to the final density. A first control problem is formulated for optimizing a control cost of changing density of the agents from the initial density to the final density subject to dynamics of the agents in a density space. The first control problem, which is a non-linear non-convex problem over a multi-agent control and a density of the agents, is transformed into a second control problem over the density of the agents and a product of the multi-agent control and the density of the agents. The second control problem is a non-linear convex problem that is solved to produce the control input for each section of the state space. A motion of each agent is controlled according to a control input corresponding to its section of the state space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc
    Inventors: Piyush Grover, Karthik Elamvazhuthi
  • Patent number: 10399584
    Abstract: A system and method identifies vehicles to be included in a multi-vehicle system that is to travel along one or more routes for an upcoming trip, and determines plural different potential builds of the multi-vehicle system. The different potential builds represent different sequential orders of the vehicles in the multi-vehicle system. The system and method also simulate travels of the different potential builds for the upcoming trip, calculate a safety metric, consumption metric, and/or build metric for the different potential builds based on travels that are simulated, and generates a quantified evaluation of the safety metric, consumption metric, and/or build metric for the different potential builds for use in selecting a chosen potential build of the different potential builds. The chosen potential build is used to build the multi-vehicle system for the upcoming trip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: GE GLOBAL SOURCING LLC
    Inventors: James D. Brooks, Harry Kirk Mathews, Jr., William Schoonmaker
  • Patent number: 10220864
    Abstract: A method and system for identifying cargo-carrying vehicles (CCV) to be included in a vehicle system that are non-propulsion-generating vehicles scheduled to depart from a vehicle yard and travel to one or more destination locations at a predetermined departure time. Further includes, calculating a minimum tractive effort threshold required by one or more propulsion-generating vehicles (PGV) to propel the vehicle system to the one or more destination locations along a route within a predetermined time period. And selecting a set of one or more PGV from a larger group of PGV within the vehicle yard to be included in the vehicle system. The set of one or more PGV produce a tractive effort of at least the minimum tractive effort threshold, and having at least one of a lower fuel consumption or lower emissions than selecting one or more of the remaining PGV from the larger group of PGV, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jared Cooper, Samuel Golden, Robert Foy, David Peltz
  • Patent number: 10203713
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a system and method for recommending one or more potential changes in operating parameters of a built environment. The one or more potential changes are associated with a plurality of energy load sources. The method includes a step of fetching a first set of statistical data associated with each of a plurality of energy consuming devices. The method includes another step of collecting a third set of statistical data associated with one or more ambient parameters of the built environment. The method includes yet another step of analyzing the first set of statistical data, the second set of statistical data and the third set of statistical data. In addition, the method includes yet another step of recommending the one or more potential changes for the energy consumption of each of the plurality of energy consuming devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: CONECTRIC, LLC
    Inventors: Phillip Kopp, Wolfgang Lukaschek
  • Patent number: 9928130
    Abstract: A method and system for generating a heartbeat of a process including at least one machine configured to perform a process cycle consisting of timed events performed in a process sequence includes determining the duration of each timed event during performance of the process cycle, ordering the durations of the timed events in the process sequence, and generating a heartbeat defined by the ordered durations of a process cycle. One or more process parameters can be sensed and displayed with the heartbeat in real time. The variance of a current heartbeat to a baseline heartbeat and/or a comparison of a process parameter to a parameter limit can be analyzed to monitor and/or control the process or machine. The heartbeat, the process parameter corresponding to the heartbeat can be displayed on a user interface which can include a message corresponding to the heartbeat and/or the process parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: BEET, LLC
    Inventor: David J. Wang
  • Patent number: 9697726
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for detecting the presence of a mobile device in a room, the apparatus having a device control unit for controlling a target device, a mobile device for controlling a target device, a signal source for emitting a pilot signal, a signal receiver for receiving a room signal caused by the pilot signal, the signal receiver arranged in the vicinity of the mobile device and outputting a measurement signal in response to the room signal, a signal control unit for controlling the signal source, the signal control unit controlling the signal source based on an actual value signal obtained from the measurement signal in such a manner that the actual value signal approaches a predefinable target value signal over time, and the device control unit configured to control the target device by means of the mobile device on the basis of whether the approach has taken place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Karl Storz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Klaus Bruederle
  • Patent number: 9644698
    Abstract: The invention is a device for influencing transfer of vibration between two units, one is mounted so that it can vibrate and the other is mounted to be damped. A parallel circuit is connected indirectly or directly with both units, which comprises at least one elastically deformable element, with an associated first force path and at least one force generator, providing a second force path, oriented parallel to the first force path and associated with a lever, connected indirectly or directly with the one unit, which lever at one end is rotated about a first axis of rotation oriented orthogonally to both force paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignees: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Zur Forderlung Der Angewandten Forschung E.V., Hochschule Darmstadt, University of Applied Sciences
    Inventors: Andreas Bueter, Enrico Janssen, Samuel Gaisbauer
  • Patent number: 9443201
    Abstract: Systems and methods to monitor a signal from an apparatus are disclosed. A feature extracted from the signal is automatically defined. Signals are received over a period of time wherein the apparatus is in a normal operational mode. Features are classified in a learning mode and are applied to create a reference model that defines a within-normal operational mode. In a testing mode a signal generated by the apparatus is received, a feature is extracted and classified. Instantaneous data generated in operational mode by the apparatus is classified by the system as abnormal if it does not lie within boundaries of the reference model or contains information/structure in an orthogonal subspace. A learned reference model is augmented by a user or automatically. In one illustrative example the apparatus is a power generation equipment and the signal is an acoustic signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Heiko Claussen, Justinian Rosca, Hans-Gerd Brummel, Edward David Thompson
  • Patent number: 9327741
    Abstract: A method and system for identifying cargo-carrying vehicles (CCV) to be included in a vehicle system that are non-propulsion-generating vehicles scheduled to depart from a vehicle yard and travel to one or more destination locations at a predetermined departure time. Further includes, calculating a minimum tractive effort threshold required by one or more propulsion-generating vehicles (PGV) to propel the vehicle system to the one or more destination locations along a route within a predetermined time period. And selecting a set of one or more PGV from a larger group of PGV within the vehicle yard to be included in the vehicle system. The set of one or more PGV produce a tractive effort of at least the minimum tractive effort threshold, and having at least one of a lower fuel consumption or lower emissions than selecting one or more of the remaining PGV from the larger group of PGV, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Samuel Golden, Jared Cooper, Robert Foy, David Peltz
  • Patent number: 9310347
    Abstract: Systems and methods for analyzing combustion system operation are provided. According to one embodiment, a method can include receiving multiple CO measurements from respective CO sensors distributed within a combustion system; receiving multiple O2 measurements from respective O2 sensors distributed within the combustion system; and determining at least one operating condition of the combustion system based at least in part on CO indicated by the CO measurements relative to O2 indicated by the O2 measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Guang Xu, David Moyeda, Neil Widmer, Wei Zhou
  • Patent number: 9273597
    Abstract: A system and method for operating an engine turbocharger is described. In one example, the turbocharger includes an electrically actuated waste gate. A controller adjusts a position of the electrically actuated waste gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Vladimir V. Kokotovic, Amey Y. Karnik, Yan Wang
  • Patent number: 9116516
    Abstract: Information from a real sensor and a virtual sensor are fused to form a hybrid sensor. Control signals (and/or the absolute value of the control signals) applied to an actuator are accumulated and converted to a position the actuator should be in based on the accumulated control signals to form the virtual sensor. The actuator position from the virtual sensor is fused with an actuator position from a real sensor to form the hybrid sensor. Small periodic corrections can be made to the accumulating control signals to maintain or achieve, if possible, correlation between the virtual sensor and the real sensor over time. The corrections slowly decrement errors in the actuator position indicated by the virtual sensor. Accumulating numerical errors in the accumulating control signals are reduced and the significance of long past events is de-emphasized by a forgetting factor (kff) used at defined periods of time (tff).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: ABB Technology AG
    Inventor: Francis P. Mullin
  • Patent number: 9014380
    Abstract: A loudspeaker drive circuit comprises an input for receiving an audio signal and a signal processor for processing the audio signal before application to the loudspeaker. The signal processor processes the audio signal to derive a loudspeaker drive signal which results in the loudspeaker membrane reaching its maximum displacement in both directions of diaphragm displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Temujin Gautama, Bram Hedebouw
  • Patent number: 9007008
    Abstract: A method for controlling the operation of an arrangement of at least two electric machines coupled to different wheels of a motor vehicle and connected to a battery which provides an actual minimum and maximum limiting current for the electric machines. Desired torques are provided for the electric machines by a drive control logic. A desired current resulting from the desired torque is ascertained for each electric machine, and the sum of the desired currents are compared with the maximum and minimum limiting current. If the sum lies outside an interval defined by the limiting currents, the desired currents are adjusted using at least one change rule such that the sum of the desired currents lies within the interval. Adjusted desired torques are determined from the adjusted desired currents and used to control the electric machines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Alexander Kruse, Tobias Schneider
  • Patent number: 9005261
    Abstract: A therapeutic laser with a source of pulsed electromagnetic radiation, a control device for controlling the intensity and/or the duration of the therapeutic laser applied to the tissue, and a detection device for detecting optoacoustic signals triggered by irradiating the living tissue with the pulsed electromagnetic radiation. The therapeutic laser is characterized by an evaluation device that acts on the control device and is used for calculating a degree of quality B(t) from the optoacoustic signals detected by the detection device for individual laser pulses applied to a predetermined laser spot and determining a fit function f(t) at a predetermined point in time ?t1, the fit function f(t) approximating the mean curve of B(t) for 0?t??t1. The intensity and/or the irradiation time of the therapeutic laser is defined by the parameters for the predetermined laser spot, the parameters being determined for the fit function f(t).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Medizinisches Laserzentrum Luebech GmbH
    Inventor: Ralf Brinkmann
  • Patent number: 8989877
    Abstract: A system for controlling a machine includes a first model, a second model, a controller, and a comparator. During a first cycle, the first model generates a response signal to the controller while the second model generates a predicted parameter signal. During the first cycle, the comparator transmits a feedback signal to the second model if a predetermined threshold is not met. A method for controlling a machine includes transmitting a response signal from a first model to a controller, generating a control signal to the machine, and generating a predicted parameter value in a second model. The method further includes transmitting a feedback signal to the second model if a predetermined threshold is not met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Hartmut Scholte-Wassink
  • Patent number: 8989909
    Abstract: A multi-dimensional energy control system is provided with an energy management software application that organizes the consumption of energy by a device as an n-dimensional energy space, where n is an integer greater than 2, and each axis in the energy space represents an energy consumption characteristic. The energy management application generates instructions for a device in response to calculating a compromise operating point in the energy space. A user interface (UI) connected to the energy management application has a display to receive a graphical representation of the energy space and compromise operating point, and an input to receive user commands for moving the represented compromise operating point in the represented energy space. The energy management application calculates the compromise operating point in the energy space to match the displayed compromise operating point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Park, James Owen, Carl Mansfield, David Elrod
  • Patent number: 8976515
    Abstract: In accordance with the present disclosure, a system and method for an optimizable rack solution is presented. The system and method is directed to an optimizable rack that includes a frame. The frame has both a primary portion and a detachable portion. The primary portion may contain a primary enclosure and the detachable portion may container a secondary enclosure. Each of the primary enclosure and secondary enclosure are sized to hold a plurality of computing systems. Detaching the detachable portion of the frame both reduces the size and computing systems capacity of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Ty Schmitt, Mark M. Bailey, Anthony Middleton, Edmond Bailey, Laurent Regimbal, Tyler Duncan
  • Patent number: 8972032
    Abstract: A method for detecting a mechanical overload condition of an energized linear actuator to prevent commanding an activation signal to the linear actuator that may mechanically overload the linear actuator includes monitoring feedback variation of a movable element associated with the linear actuator including monitoring a present feedback signal of the movable element, monitoring a previous feedback signal of the movable element, comparing the present feedback signal and the previous feedback signal and determining the feedback variation based on the comparing. The feedback variation is compared to a feedback variation threshold. An input signal associated with the activation signal for controlling the linear actuator is monitored and the input signal compared to an input signal threshold. The electrical overload condition is detected when the feedback variation is less than the feedback variation threshold and the input signal is greater than the input signal threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Lei Hao, Xiujie Gao, Sanjeev M. Naik
  • Patent number: 8965538
    Abstract: A method for operating a controlled device. A feedback signal is received from a controlled device, the feedback signal indicating actual system dynamics of the controlled device. A predefined limit is applied to the actual system dynamics to create limited system dynamics. A modulation parameter is calculated by a processor based at least in part on the limited system dynamics and the actual system dynamics. Desired system dynamics for the controlled device are generated by the processor based at least in part on the modulation parameter and an external command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Ross J. Gadient, Eugene Lavretsky, David C. Hyde
  • Patent number: 8923991
    Abstract: A controlling device has a transient operating quantity upper limit value storing portion storing a transient quantity upper limit value, effective at the time of a transient response due to a change in a setting value. A steady operating quantity upper limit value storing portion storing an operating quantity upper limit value, effective at the time of a steady operation. A setting value change detecting portion detecting a change in the setting value A transient response completion detecting portion detecting the completion of a transient response; an operating quantity upper limit value switching portion setting the operating quantity upper limit value as the operating quantity upper limit value is used in control calculations in a time band from the point in time of the change of the setting value to the point in time of the completion of the transient response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Azbil Corporation
    Inventor: Seiji Kato
  • Patent number: 8918194
    Abstract: A mounting-line power control device (100) includes: a target value obtaining unit (110) which obtains, for each mounting line, a target value for demand power for a first period; a priority obtaining unit (120) which obtains a first priority level of each mounting line; a target value changing unit (130) which decreases the target value for the demand power of a second mounting line in the first period when the demand power of a first mounting line in the first period exceeds its target value, the second mounting line having the lower first priority level than the first mounting line; and a power usage changing unit (140) which reduces power used in the first period by the component-mounted board production apparatus included in the second mounting line, such that the demand power of the second mounting line in the first period does not exceed the decreased target value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kondo, Tomotaka Nishimoto, Masahiro Taniguchi, Masanori Ikeda, Kazuo Kido
  • Patent number: 8903468
    Abstract: An integral laser imaging and coagulation apparatus, and associated systems and methods that allow an ophthalmologist to perform laser retinal surgical procedures with an integral laser imaging and coagulation apparatus disposed at a first (i.e. local) location from a control system disposed at a second (i.e. remote) location, e.g., a physician's office. In some embodiments, communication between the integral laser imaging and coagulation apparatus and control system is achieved via the Internet®.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Gholam Peyman
  • Patent number: 8896255
    Abstract: A servo controller, capable of controlling the motion of a movable body with high accuracy, without depending on the position of the movable body which is moved on a ball screw. The servo controller has a position command generating part which generates a position command value; a velocity command generating part which generates a velocity command value based on the position command value and a position detection value; a torque command generating part which generates a torque command value based on the velocity command value and a velocity detection value; and a position compensation calculating part which calculates an amount of expansion/contraction of the ball screw based on a distance from the servomotor to a nut threadably engaged with the ball screw and the torque command value, and calculates a position compensation based on the amount of expansion/contraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Fanuc Corporation
    Inventors: Yasusuke Iwashita, Kenichi Takayama, Satoshi Ikai
  • Patent number: 8886341
    Abstract: A device and method to adapt a model in a underdetermined adaptive system that provides an output in response to an input. A controller provides parameters to the model in a transceiver system, composed of linearizers, equalizers, or estimators as a function of an error signal. The controller and the model parameters are manipulated to allow agnosticism with respect to input signals or model complexity, enabling robust operation and efficient implementation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: John-Peter van Zelm, Peter Zahariev Rashev
  • Patent number: 8849464
    Abstract: An economizer component of a controller used for fuel efficient temperature regulation of a medium circulated through a zone within a hydronic and steam heating system is disclosed. The controller component includes an input interface adapted to determine if the system requires heat based on receiving one or more of a call for heat from the zone, or an indication that a burner of the system is active. The component further includes a dynamic adaptation module configured to provide a burner control signal for heating the system if required. The control signal has an adjustable high limit, and the dynamic adaptation module is configured to increment the adjustable high limit by an increment value, to a value no greater than a maximum high limit, if it is determined that the system requires heat, and decrement the adjustable high limit by a decrement value, to a value no lower than a minimum high limit, if it is determined that the system does not require heat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: R.W. Beckett Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher Fildes, Timothy Beight
  • Patent number: 8849438
    Abstract: A factory control server stores module configuration data for modules. The modules include processes for producing a final product and have corresponding module requirements. The factory control server analyzes in real-time actual product output data that is generated by a final product tester after a factory produces at least one final product to determine whether the actual product output data meets an expected product output. The factory control server analyzes actual module data in real-time to determine a new module requirement to cause new actual product output data for a subsequent final product to meet the expected product output in response to a determination that the actual product output data does not meet the expected product output. The factory control server notifies a module controller in real-time of the new module requirement. The module controller changes parameters in real-time to manufacture the subsequent final product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Suketu Arun Parikh, Alexander T. Schwarm, Sanjiv Mittal, Charles Gay
  • Publication number: 20140244001
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to controlling of Internet of Things (IoT) devices based on detecting a device and obtaining control information and associated rules for controlling the device. The control functions available to a smart controller can vary based on the condition of the various rules and/or the interaction of the various devices detected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Sarah GLICKFIELD, Isaac David GUEDALIA, Jacob GUEDALIA
  • Patent number: 8812166
    Abstract: In a method for supplying a resource to an entity from a resource actuator, a plurality of physics-based models pertaining to the resource actuator and the entity are developed, a condition detected at the entity is received, feedback control on a resource demand of the entity employed based upon the detected condition, feed forward control on the resource demand of the entity is employed based upon the detected condition and the plurality of physics-based models, a constraint optimization problem having an objective function and at least one constraint using the plurality of physics-based models is formulated, a solution to the constraint optimization problem is determined, in which the solution provides the actuator setting, and the resource actuator is set to the actuator setting to supply the entity with the resource from the resource actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Zhikui Wang, Cullen E. Bash, Niraj Tolia, Manish Marwah, Parthasarathy Ranganathan, Shailesh N Joshi, Andrew James Phelan
  • Patent number: 8805553
    Abstract: A method for dynamically controlling the output of a computerized manufacturing process includes storing a product target parameter in a computer memory of a computer system associated with the manufacturing process equipment. Control limit values for a product delivery statistic are provided and a product delivery parameter is continually monitored and values are stored in the computer memory. A unit product over-delivery amount is determined from the difference between the product delivery parameter and the product target parameter. A cumulative over-delivery amount is determined by summing the difference up to the current sequence number between monitored value for the previously-produced unit products and the product target parameter. A net difference is then determined between the unit product over-delivery target parameter and the cumulative over-delivery amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Schreiber Foods, Inc.
    Inventor: Alexander James Moore
  • Publication number: 20140200685
    Abstract: A system, a method and an apparatus are described. The apparatus includes a modem that responds to a thermal mitigation request by invoking different levels of thermal mitigation for different concurrently active connections. In some instances, the modem may invoke thermal mitigation with respect to a first active connection and refrain from invoking thermal mitigation with respect to a second active connection maintained by the modem. The apparatus determines the first and second active connections based on subscriptions corresponding to subscriber identification modules, an identification of a power amplifier or group of power amplifiers responsible for a thermal issue in the modem. The selection of mitigation levels for each active connection and decisions to invoke mitigation on one connection while refraining from invoking mitigation on another connection may be based on priorities of the active connections, including quality of service related priorities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventors: Francis M. NGAI, Amy DERBYSHIRE, Ronald F. ALTON, Amit MAHAJAN, Michael L. MCCLOUD, Reza SHAHIDI, Sridhar BANDARU, Ashish V. GAONEKAR
  • Patent number: 8768531
    Abstract: A centralized-monitoring apparatus, which centralized monitors a device including a storage, a temperature sensor to detect a temperature therein, and a temperature-variable device to cool or heat inside the storage such that the temperature reaches a set object-preservation temperature, comprises: an input device to be input with first information indicative of a time zone in which the temperature-variable device performing power-saving operation and second information indicative of a set temperature of the time zone; a storage device to store the first-and-second information from the input device; a timing device to measure a current time; and a control device to control the temperature-variable device, based on the first-and-second information and current time, so as to start operation of turning the temperature to the set temperature when the current time reaches a starting time of the time zone, and terminate the operation when the current time reaches an ending time thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Healthcare Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuaki Sonoda, Masanaga Tanaka, Ikue Nono, Shigeyuki Nakamura
  • Patent number: 8755941
    Abstract: A method and system for controlling a temperature of an exhaust gas being introduced to a catalyst is provided. Using an adjustable flow controller, an adjustable amount of tempering fluid is provided to the exhaust gas prior to the exhaust gas proceeding to the catalyst. A sensor senses a parameter indicative of a temperature of the exhaust gas being introduced to the catalyst. A computer processor uses a relationship to relate the parameter to an adjustment of the adjustable flow controller that will adjust the amount of tempering fluid provided to the exhaust gas and change the temperature of the exhaust gas being introduced to the catalyst toward a target temperature. Adjustment of the adjustable flow controller is initiated by the computer processor to change the flow of the tempering fluid, and the relationship between the parameter and the adjustment of the adjustable flow controller is updated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Larry William Swanson, Douglas Frank Beadie, Neil Colin Widmer, Hua Zhang, Gilbert Otto Kraemer
  • Patent number: 8751100
    Abstract: A method for performing diagnostics or software maintenance on a vehicle comprises storing components of configuration files in a central processing system. An update of the configuration files is requested for the vehicle from a central electronic data processing system based on a user request. The requested update of components of configuration files are received from the central electronic data processing system based on a comparison of a record of the vehicle-installed configuration files and target configuration information on configuration files stored at the central electronic data processing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Michael R. Johnson, Daniel Colavita, Tammy R. Pullen
  • Patent number: 8744603
    Abstract: A method for executing mechanical overload protection to prevent commanding a control signal to a linear actuator that may mechanically overload the linear actuator when an overload condition of the linear actuator is detected, the linear actuator utilized for controlling a movable element associated with the linear actuator responsive to the control signal, includes monitoring an overload condition based on position change of the movable element associated with the linear actuator during an integration period and excess energy during the integration period, de-energizing the linear actuator when an overload condition has been detected, monitoring an overload retry counter based on the number of cycles the overload condition is detected, comparing the overload retry counter to an overload retry threshold, an reenergizing the linear actuator when the overload retry counter is less than the overload retry threshold and maintaining de-energizing of the linear actuator when the overload retry counter is at least
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Xiujie Gao, Lei Hao, Paul W. Alexander, Alan L. Browne, Derek L. Patterson, Mark A. Voss
  • Patent number: 8725303
    Abstract: A multi-dimensional energy control system is provided with an energy management software application that organizes the consumption of energy by a device as an n-dimensional energy space, where n is an integer greater than 2, and each axis in the energy space represents an energy consumption characteristic. The energy management application generates instructions for a device in response to calculating a compromise operating point in the energy space. A user interface (UI) connected to the energy management application has a display to receive a graphical representation of the energy space and compromise operating point, and an input to receive user commands for moving the represented compromise operating point in the represented energy space. The energy management application calculates the compromise operating point in the energy space to match the displayed compromise operating point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Park, James E. Owen, Carl Mansfield, David Elrod
  • Patent number: 8700190
    Abstract: A method generates trajectories for motor controlled actuators subject to dynamics, acceleration and velocity constraints. The method solves a constrained optimal control problem with dynamics, acceleration, and velocity constraints. The motor control problem is formulated as an optimal control problem using an energy cost function which is based on numerical optimization results. A solution to the two-point boundary value problem (TBVP) for the unconstrained case of the optimal control problem is obtained. The energy efficient motor control trajectory generation solver is designed for real time energy efficient trajectory generation. The solver converts a difficult multi-point boundary value problem (MBVP) associated with the state and acceleration constrained optimal control problem into an iterative solution for the TBVPs with updated boundary conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs.
    Inventors: Yebin Wang, Yiming Zhao, Scott A. Bortoff
  • Patent number: 8666517
    Abstract: An extremum seeking control method optimizes a control process for a plant such as an air handling unit. The method compensates for abrupt changes in the operation of the plant by resetting the extremum seeking control strategy in response to a detection of the abrupt change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Yaoyu Li, John E. Seem
  • Patent number: 8666556
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a method of using feedforward to control a system component may include determining if a feedforward term exists in a feedforward table for a received operating set point. If a feedforward term does not exist, the system component may be incremented until the system is within a first acceptable tolerance of the desired set point. In some embodiments, a measure of steady state error may be determined and compared to a second acceptable tolerance. If within the acceptable tolerance, the corresponding feedforward term may be recorded in the feedforward table. In some embodiments, if the feedforward term exists for the operating set point, the system component may be controlled using controller output that corresponds to the feedforward term. When a change to the system is detected that is associated with possible changes to the feedforward values, new feedforward values may be generated for the feedforward table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Alcon Research, Ltd.
    Inventor: Daryush Agahi
  • Patent number: 8634940
    Abstract: System and method for managing fermentation feed in a biofuel production process, comprising a dynamic multivariate predictive model-based controller coupled to a dynamic multivariate predictive model. The model is executable to: receive process information, including water inventory and biomass information, from the biofuel production process; receive a specified objective for the fermentation feed specifying a target biomass concentration; and generate model output comprising target values for a plurality of manipulated variables of the biofuel production process, including target flow rates of water and/or biomass contributing to the fermentation feed in accordance with the specified objective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Maina A. Macharia, Patrick D. Noll, Michael E. Tay