Expert System Patents (Class 700/49)
  • Patent number: 10678526
    Abstract: A system for managing the end to end lifecycle of a virtualization environment within an appliance includes a set of installation tools and an administration portal. A reference architecture for an appliance defines technology layers of an appliance. A partner ecosystem defines a delivery model of an appliance to a customer. A setup wizard tool is installing and configuring management software components, infrastructure software components, and application images on an appliance. An environment management module completes the installation and configuration of the management software components of a virtualization environment and provides ongoing management of the infrastructure software and management software components. An image management module stores the configuration of the application images and provides ongoing management of the application images. A catalog management module maintains a library of the application images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: DESKTOP 365, LLC
    Inventors: Darshan B. Arya, Andrey S. Zhulenev
  • Patent number: 10510029
    Abstract: A system tool that provides dispatchers in power grid control centers with a capability to manage changes. Included is a user interface and a plurality of scheduler engines. Each scheduler engine is configured to look ahead at different time frames to forecast system conditions and alter generation patterns within the different time frames. A comprehensive operating plan holds schedules generated by the plurality of scheduler engines. A relational database is coupled to the comprehensive operating plan. Input data is initially received from the relational database for each scheduling engine, and thereafter the relational database receives data from the scheduling engines relative to forecast system conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: David Sun, Kwok Cheung, Xing Wang, But-Chung Chiu, Ying Xiao
  • Patent number: 10372148
    Abstract: A method for determining a location of a disturbance in a power system is provided. The method includes receiving data from a plurality of sensors distributed across the power system; determining, with one or more processors, for each sensor, an extremum of the data corresponding to the sensor; interpolating, with the one or more processors, the extrema; and presenting, on one or more display units, a location corresponding to a global maximum of the interpolated extrema as the location of the disturbance. The method may further include, if a difference between the largest extremum and each of remaining extremum is greater than a predetermined threshold, skipping the interpolating step and the presenting step, and presenting a location of the sensor corresponding to the largest extremum as the location of the disturbance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: University of Tennessee Research Foundation
    Inventors: Shutang You, Dao Zhou, Ling Wu, Yilu Liu
  • Patent number: 10353385
    Abstract: A method enhances an emergency reporting system for controlling equipment. A message receiver receives an electronic message from a person. The electronic message is a report regarding an emergency event related to equipment. One or more processors identify a profile of the person who sent the electronic message, and determine a bias of the person regarding the emergency event based on the person's profile. One or more processors amend, based on the bias of the person, a content of the electronic message to create a modified electronic message regarding the emergency event. The message receiver detects that the modified electronic message came from an unauthorized source. A local controller on the equipment, in response to detecting that the modified electronic message came from the unauthorized source, automatically isolates the equipment from remote control signals for controlling the equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron K. Baughman, Oded Dubovsky, James R. Kozloski, Boaz Mizrachi, Clifford A. Pickover
  • Patent number: 10345769
    Abstract: The application provides a method and an apparatus for controlling a smart home device. The method includes: obtaining a first linkage rule for controlling a first response device to enter into a first state based on a first parameter of a first condition device; traversing a plurality of linkage rules to search linkage rules matching a second state of the first response device and generating a second linkage rule based on a preset strategy in case that no linkage rule matching the second state is found, the second linkage rule is operable to control the first response device to enter into the second state based on a second parameter of a second condition device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: LENOVO (BEIJING) LIMITED
    Inventor: Jinfeng Zhang
  • Patent number: 10303453
    Abstract: A system for managing the end to end lifecycle of a virtualization environment within an appliance includes a set of installation tools and an administration portal. A reference architecture for an appliance defines technology layers of an appliance. A partner ecosystem defines a delivery model of an appliance to a customer. A setup wizard tool is installing and configuring management software components, infrastructure software components, and application images on an appliance. An environment management module completes the installation and configuration of the management software components of a virtualization environment and provides ongoing management of the infrastructure software and management software components. An image management module stores the configuration of the application images and provides ongoing management of the application images. A catalog management module maintains a library of the application images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: DESKTOP 365, LLC
    Inventors: Darshan B. Arya, Andrey S. Zhulenev
  • Patent number: 10238801
    Abstract: A system and method to configure a rule set used in connection with a medical monitoring system for monitoring patients and patient care equipment, especially medication delivery pumps, based on a variety of conditions and parameters associated with monitored biometric information and equipment information and for providing user-defined responses to those conditions and parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: ICU Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven R. Wehba, Timothy L. Ruchti
  • Patent number: 10185720
    Abstract: The invention relates to computer-implemented method for supplementing a data governance framework with one or more new data governance technical rules. The method comprises providing a plurality of expressions and a first mapping. The expressions assign natural language patterns to technical language patterns. The first mapping maps first terms to data sources. A rule generator receives a new natural language (NL) rule comprising one or more natural-language patterns and one or more first terms. The rule generator resolves the new NL rule into one or more new technical rules interpretable by a respective rule engine and stores the one or more technical rules in a rule repository.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Mike W. Grasselt, Yannick Saillet, Marvin Schaefer
  • Patent number: 10050631
    Abstract: In an exemplary embodiment of the present invention, a master oscilloscope propagates a slave signal to one or more slave oscilloscopes. The slave signal includes a synchronized trigger pulse that is used in the master oscilloscope to provide a display of a first signal and also includes a timing interpolation parameter which indicates a timing delay applied in the master oscilloscope with respect to the synchronized trigger pulse when providing the display. A slave oscilloscope can use the synchronized trigger pulse and the timing interpolation parameter to provide a display of a second signal on the slave oscilloscope, thereby ensuring that a triggered edge of the second signal is time-aligned with a triggered edge of the first signal. This arrangement reduces/eliminates absolute as well as relative timing uncertainties when an observer observes the first signal displayed on the master oscilloscope and/or the second signal displayed on the slave oscilloscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Keysight Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas L Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10001763
    Abstract: A method for controlling intelligent device based on linkage rules and a control device are disclosed. The method includes: executing a first linkage rule based on a first parameter of a first condition device to control a first response device to be in a first state; determining that the first response device switches from the first state to a second state different from the first state; disabling the first linkage rule; determining a second linkage rule among a plurality of linkage rules based on the second state of the first response device, the second linkage rule is provided to control the first response device to be in the second state; and setting a third linkage rule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Lenovo (Beijing) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jinfeng Zhang
  • Patent number: 9973536
    Abstract: Data traffic is monitored on a network and data access elements thereof are collected. The collected data access elements are compared to security rules. A first audit data collection is sent to a first repository in response to one or more data access elements of a first data access matching a first condition of one of the security rules. The one of the security rules having the first condition designates the first audit data collection and the first repository. A second audit data collection is sent to a second repository in response to one or more data access elements of a second data access matching a second condition of one of the security rules. The one of the security rules having the second condition designates the second audit data collection and the second repository.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sean C. Foley, Ury Segal, Shidong Shan
  • Patent number: 9604000
    Abstract: A system and method to configure a rule set used in connection with a medical monitoring system for monitoring patients and patient care equipment, especially medication delivery pumps, based on a variety of conditions and parameters associated with monitored biometric information and equipment information and for providing user-defined responses to those conditions and parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: ICU Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven R. Wehba, Timothy L. Ruchti
  • Patent number: 9384220
    Abstract: Systems and methods for optimizing a definition for a database are provided. A method for optimizing a definition for a database, comprises receiving an input command to create a database object, receiving at least one extension corresponding to an estimated feature of the database, submitting the input command and the at least one extension to a knowledge base to determine an optimized command, and generating the optimized command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Battaglia, Heather A. Smith
  • Patent number: 9250897
    Abstract: The subject invention relates to systems and methods that facilitate display, selection, and management of context associated with execution of add-on instructions. The systems and methods track add-on instruction calls and provide a user with call and data context, wherein the user can select a particular add-on instruction context from a plurality of contexts in order to observe values and/or edit parameters associated with the add-on instruction. The add-on instruction context can include information such as instances of data for particular lines of execution, the add-on instruction called, a caller of the instruction, a location of the instruction call, references to complex data types and objects, etc. The systems and methods further provide a technique for automatic routine selection based on the add-on instruction state information such that the add-on instruction executed corresponds to a current state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James H. Jarrett, John E. Belcher, Russell W. Brandes, Jeffery W. Brooks, Bruce A. Christensen, Keith M. Hogan, Michael D. Kalan, Douglas J. Reichard, Diane N. Ritchie, Thomas G. Rodano, Mark E. Taylor, Rae M. White
  • Patent number: 9079306
    Abstract: A publish-subscribe architecture based blackboard system for selecting and exchanging selected information among a plurality of processing modules using filters for implementing conditions described in a procedural language to reduce the amount of information transmitted between the processing modules. More than one filter may be dynamically installed in a message hub to select and collect the published information to be sent to a certain subscribing module. By using the procedural language to describe the filters, the message hub can more intelligently select the information to be sent to the subscribing module. This reduces the amount of information transmitted via communication channels. Further, the subscribing module may be relieved from the task of filtering the information received from the message hub, allowing the subscribing module to devote more resources to other operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Victor Ng-Thow-Hing, Thor List, Kristinn R. Thorisson, Joel Wormer
  • Patent number: 9008821
    Abstract: A servo control system capable of using an angle-based synchronization learning control, even when a reference position is not given, while maintaining the advantage of the angle-based synchronization method. The servo control system has X-, y- and z-axes servo controllers, each configured to control x-, y- and z-axes servomotors, respectively. Each of x- and y-axes servo controllers has a reference signal generating part configured to generate a reference signal which monotonically increases or varies in one direction, based on the position command of each axis transmitted from a higher-level controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: FANUC Corporation
    Inventors: Tadashi Okita, Yukio Toyozawa, Kazuomi Maeda, Naoto Sonoda
  • Patent number: 8862250
    Abstract: A computer-implemented integrated expert system for the identification of abnormal events in an industrial plant. The expert system integrates a model-based expert system with a rule-based expert system. The model-based expert system receives data on the operating conditions of a process unit in the industrial plant and calculates one or more results that determine whether the process unit is operating abnormally. The rule-based expert system also receives data on the operating conditions of the process unit and applies its rules to the process data. The rule-based expert system also applies its rules to the one or more results generated by the model-based expert system. The integrated system may also suppress any redundant messages generated by the model-based expert system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company
    Inventors: Byung-Su Ko, Ramesh Vaidhyanathan, Jeffrey Richter, Thomas F. O'Connor
  • Publication number: 20140277605
    Abstract: In a process plant, a mobile device detects a physical phenomenon and converts the detected physical phenomenon to digital data representative of the physical phenomenon. The data are transmitted to an expert system and analyzed by the expert system to determine a state of one or more process elements. Abnormal conditions associated with the process elements may be detected, and a cause of the abnormal condition may be determined from the digital data. Process control parameters may be automatically changed to correct the abnormal condition, work items may be created to cause personnel to take action to correct the abnormal condition, and/or an operator may be prompted to take a corrective action to resolve the abnormal condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Mark J. Nixon, Ken J. Beoughter, Daniel D. Christensen
  • Publication number: 20140135947
    Abstract: A plurality of real control inputs and real process measurements provided by a real automation system controlling an industrial process are continuously stored continuously storing in a historian database. At the same time, a plurality of forecast control inputs and process measurements provided by a virtual automation system based on a simulation model are continuously stored in a futurian database. Both the past operation of the industrial process up to present time based on data from the historian database and the forecast future operation of the industrial process from the present time onwards based on data from the futurian database are displayed on the operator screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: METSO AUTOMATION OY
    Inventors: Mats Friman, Mika Karaila, Ville Hietanen
  • Patent number: 8719212
    Abstract: The parallel kinematic machine (PKM) trajectory planning method is operable via a data-driven neuro-fuzzy multistage-based system. Offline planning based on robot kinematic and dynamic models, including actuators, is performed to generate a large dataset of trajectories, covering most of the robot workspace and minimizing time and energy, while avoiding singularities and limits on joint angles, rates, accelerations and torques. The method implements an augmented Lagrangian solver on a decoupled form of the PKM dynamics in order to solve the resulting non-linear constrained optimal control problem. Using outcomes of the offline-planning, the data-driven neuro-fuzzy inference system is built to learn, capture to and optimize the desired dynamic behavior of the PKM. The optimized system is used to achieve near-optimal online planning with a reasonable time complexity. The effectiveness of the method is illustrated through a set of simulation experiments proving the technique on a 2-degrees of freedom planar PKM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
    Inventor: Amar Khoukhi
  • Publication number: 20140114443
    Abstract: An inference task is performed using a computation device having a plurality of processing elements operable in parallel and connected via a connectivity system. Performing the task includes accepting at the device a specification of at least part of the inference task. The specification characterizes a plurality of variables and a plurality of factors, each factor being associated with a subset of the variables. Each of the processing elements is configured with data defining one or more of the plurality of factors. At each of the processing elements, computation associated with one of the factors is performed concurrently with other of the processing elements performing computation associated with different ones of the factors. Messages are exchanged via a connectivity system. The messages provide inputs and/or outputs to the processing elements for the computations associated with the factors and provide a result of performing of the at least the part of the inference task.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: Lyric Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Bernstein, Benjamin Vigoda
  • Patent number: 8700379
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for developing microcomputer-based systems. A controller model having at least one parameter is simulated and, similarly, a plant model having at least one parameter and controlled by the controller model is simulated. A user interface then has access to the parameters of the controller model and plant model and optionally suspends the execution of the controller model and plant model in response to a trigger event. The user interface determines the status of the controller model parameters and/or plant model parameters at the time of the trigger without altering the controller model parameters or plant model parameters or the program code of the controller model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd
    Inventors: Makoto Ishikawa, Shigeru Oho, George Saikalis, Donald J. McCune, Jonathan Borg
  • Patent number: 8660670
    Abstract: A controller and corresponding method for operating a machine maintains a historical database including at least one sequence of parameters relating to the operating environment, corresponding actions taken, and corresponding outcomes of operation of the machine. The controller searches the database for episodes satisfying relevance criteria relative to a current sequence of parameters and then performs a randomized selection between two or more options, at least one of which is derived from similar episodes from the database. At least one control signal is then output to the machine indicating an action to be performed as determined based on the selected option.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventor: Sam Freed
  • Patent number: 8577747
    Abstract: Methods and systems for use in acquiring parts from suppliers using auction information including a requested part and decision criteria from an ordering manager agent and from supplier agents associated with part suppliers. A criteria comparison matrix representing a relative importance of each decision criterion is created. A criteria importance vector is created based on the criteria comparison matrix, and a supplier comparison matrix corresponding to each decision criterion is also created. The supplier comparison matrix represents a relative ranking of each supplier with respect to the corresponding decision criterion. A supplier criteria ranking vector corresponding to each decision criterion is created based on the supplier comparison matrix that corresponds to the decision criterion. The supplier criteria ranking vectors and the criteria importance vector are combined to create a supplier score matrix associated with the ordering manager agent and indicating a score associated with each supplier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: William E. Krechel, Kenneth G. Owens, Alexandra Brintrup, Tomas Sanchez-Lopez, Duncan McFarlane, Mark G. Harrison
  • Patent number: 8560106
    Abstract: A server receives equipment data from third party support equipment during operation of the third party support equipment in a manufacturing environment. The server receives the equipment data via a first port on the third party support equipment. The third party support equipment communicates with a process tool via a second port on third party support equipment. The server determines a future state of the third party support equipment based on the equipment data and notifies a user of the future state of the third party support equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: John R. Swyers, Manjunath Yedatore, Tony L. Davis, Donn Turner, Michael W. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8560134
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for a home energy management platform. The platform includes using a whole house power sensor or subset thereof. Data from the power sensor are analyzed using advanced statistical and machine learning techniques for extracting detailed usage information and generating specific energy saving measures, among other relevant information. In an embodiment, a gateway console is provided that has various communication capabilities. The gateway console may communicate with and control HAN devices. The gateway console may collect data from the power sensor as well as HAN devices and upload such collected data to servers for the analysis processing. Certain amounts of data processing and analysis may be performed at a server or at the local level, such as at the power sensor, gateway, or other HAN device, as well. The platform may include a user interface, such as web, mobile, email, mail, phone call, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventor: Kwangduk Douglas Lee
  • Patent number: 8509925
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for generating an optimized solution for a process in a manufacturing under a set of constraints. A solution is evaluated under the set of constraints and first violation metrics and first states corresponding to one or more solution elements are generated, based on at least one constraint. At least one candidate solution is generated from the solution. Thereafter, the candidate solution is evaluated at one or more change-points and the solution elements positioned subsequent to the change points. Subsequently, the candidate solution is accepted based on the acceptance criterion. The selected candidate solution is then evaluated again a pre-defined number of times to generate the optimized solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Optessa Inc.
    Inventors: Ashok Erramilli, Srinivas Netrakanti, Erwin Paes, Aditya Kelkar, Xi Zhu
  • Patent number: 8463411
    Abstract: One or more techniques are provided for the sharing of variable trajectories between multiple controllers in a control system. In general, the present technique is based upon the sharing of predicted desired variable trajectories between multiple controllers requiring a common input variable. In one embodiment, a common input variable is shared between two controllers, wherein one controller is tuned to have dominant control with regard to the shared variable. Each controller determines and communicates their own desired trajectory for the shared variable to the other controller and in doing so, the constraints associated with each controller are shared and honored by the other controller. Based on the communicated trajectories, the dominant controller may exercise control over the shared variable, thus improving overall process control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Kent Stephenson, Lina M. Rueda Velandia
  • Patent number: 8457767
    Abstract: The present invention presents two new model types and a new method for evaluating a model used in the control application. These include a compound model, a hybrid model and a directional change coefficient model. The present invention allows the mixing of models with different inputs and outputs and the switching between these models based criteria for measuring optimization accuracy. The present invention allows switching between these models. The compound model is a model type that allows zooming in on the process to model parts of the data space with higher fidelity or resolution without loosing the capability to model the complete data space. The modeler does not loose any functionally over a regular neural network, but instead gains the ability to define the conditions when the model should use network weights best matched to the defined local conditions. The hybrid model is an extended version of a compound model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventor: Brad Radl
  • Patent number: 8433428
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing machine tools are provided. When a current abnormality occurs in one of at least one machine tool, a specific failure category is determined according to the current abnormality, and at least one suggested combination of parameters is generated according to the specific failure category and a transaction database, wherein the specific failure category is one of a plurality of predefined failure categories, and each suggested combination of parameters includes a plurality of associated parameters, which are commonly retrieved for the specific failure category. Each transaction data in the transaction database records a plurality of parameters corresponding to a failure category, wherein the parameters are the parameters whose parameter values are retrieved from the at least one machine tool, having the abnormality according to the failure category.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Institute for Information Industry
    Inventors: ShinYen Liu, ChunTai Yen, HsiaoWei Chen
  • Patent number: 8433450
    Abstract: An optimization and control system for a utility plant that uses fan based air cooled condensers controls the operation of the power generation system at the plant in conjunction with the operation of the air cooled condensers so as to run the power plant at an optimum operating point associated with minimizing or reducing the cost energy produced by the plant. The optimization and control system includes an optimizer having a numerical solver that determines values for a set of control variables associated with an optimal operating point of the plant and an expert system that oversees and modifies the control variable settings prior to providing these settings to a plant controller. The numerical solver uses an objective function and one or more models of plant equipment to determine the operating point of the plant that minimizes the cost per unit of useful energy generated by the plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Emerson Process Management Power & Water Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter N. Francino, Frederick C. Huff, Harry Robert Winn, David Glen Foster
  • Patent number: 8352049
    Abstract: A system for monitoring an industrial process and taking action based on the results of process monitoring. Actions taken may include process control, paging, voicemail, and input for e-enterprise systems. The system includes an input module for receiving a plurality of parameters from a process for manufacture of a substance or object. The system also includes a library module. The library module includes a plurality of computer aided processes. Any one of the computer aided processes is capable of using each of the plurality of parameters to compare at least two of the plurality of parameters against a training set of parameters. The training set of parameters is generally predetermined. The computer aided process is also capable of determining if the at least two of the plurality of parameters are within a predetermined range of the training set of parameters. Additionally, the system includes an output module for outputting a result based upon the training set and the plurality of parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Smiths Detection Inc.
    Inventors: Chang-Meng B. Hsiung, Bethsabeth Munoz, Ajoy Kumar Roy, Michael Gregory Steinthal, Steven A. Sunshine, Michael Allen Vicic, Shou-Hua Zhang
  • Patent number: 8332337
    Abstract: Real-time condition-based analysis is performed on a machine for providing diagnostic and prognostic outputs indicative of machine status includes a signal processor for receiving signals from sensors adapted for measuring machine performance parameters. The signal processor conditions and shapes at least some of the received signals into an input form for a neural network. A fuzzy adaptive resonance theory neural network receives at least some of the conditioned and shaped signals, and detects and classifies a state of the machine based upon the received conditioned and shaped signals, and upon a predetermined ontology of machine states, diagnostics, and prognostics. The neural network can also determine from the machine state a health status thereof, which can comprise an anomaly, and output a signal representative of the determined health status. A Bayesian intelligence network receives the machine state from the neural network and determines a fault probability at a future time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory A. Harrison, Michael A. Bodkin, Michelle L. Harris, Stefan Herzog, Eric W. Worden, Sreerupa Das, Richard Hall
  • Patent number: 8311672
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a robot and a control method adapted for the robot. The method includes a) measuring time; b) performing a normal biological action when the time reaches a beginning time of a biological function; c) judging whether an instruction is received while during the biological function; d) if the instruction is received while during the biological function, fetching an action adjustment parameter of the biological function and performing an output; e) after the output is finished, resuming performing the normal biological action; and f) stopping the normal biological action when the time reaches an ending time of the biological function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hsiao-Chung Chou, Li-Zhang Huang, Chuan-Hong Wang
  • Patent number: 8311778
    Abstract: An industrial process control transmitter includes a first input configured to couple to a first sensor, and a second input configured to couple to a second sensor. Measurement circuitry is configured to couple to the first and second sensors and provide an output related to a sensed process variable. A multiplexer is configured to selectively couple the first and second sensors to the measurement circuitry. An equalizer circuit is coupled to the first and second sensors and configured to equalize a voltage potential between the first sensor and the measurement circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Rosemount Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew J. Bronczyk, Charles E. Goetzinger, Jason H. Rud, Clarence E. Holmstadt, Douglas W. Arntson
  • Patent number: 8233702
    Abstract: An input image is received, represented by a matrix D having a first number of dimensions. Each of the first number of dimensions may represent or correspond to a portion of the image. A metric objective may be identified. A dimensional reduction on the matrix D may then be performed that optimize the metric objective, so that a matrix d of a second number of dimensions is identified to represent the input image, where the second number of dimensions is less than the first number of dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Salih Burak Gokturk, Lorenzo Torresani, Kuang-chih Lee, Dragomir Anguelov
  • Publication number: 20120191225
    Abstract: A server receives equipment data from third party support equipment during operation of the third party support equipment in a manufacturing environment. The server receives the equipment data via a first port on the third party support equipment. The third party support equipment communicates with a process tool via a second port on third party support equipment. The server determines a future state of the third party support equipment based on the equipment data and notifies a user of the future state of the third party support equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Inventors: John R. Swyers, Manjunath Yedatore, Tony L. Davis, Donn Turner, Michael W. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20120143356
    Abstract: An automated facilities management system has the ability to predict occupant behavior by identifying recurring patterns in the way that people use buildings and comparing them with environmental characteristics. This technology is not limited to human behavior patterns, but extends to any mechanical systems or data points that tend to vary in recurring patterns. The data processing is carried out by rules engines triggered by relational database modifications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Applicant: PEPPERDASH TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Anker Berg-Sonne, David M. Huselid, Howard A. Nunes, Sumanth Rayancha
  • Patent number: 8160729
    Abstract: An arrangement for use in a control system within a building includes a plurality of sensor microsystems (12, 406, 407, 408) configured to obtain environmental information regarding a plurality of areas in a building and a processing circuit (18, 318, 412, 416). The processing circuit is operable to obtain data representative of the environmental information regarding the plurality of areas in the building under a first set of operating parameter values. The processing circuit (18, 318, 412, 416) is further operable to change an operating parameter and obtain data representative of the environmental information regarding the plurality of areas under the changed set of operating parameter values. The processing circuit (18, 318, 412, 416) is also operable to store the data representative of the environmental information under the changed operating parameter values in a knowledge base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventor: Osman Ahmed
  • Patent number: 8140191
    Abstract: An environment control device, an environment control method, an environment control program, and a computer-readable recording medium containing the environment control program for enabling the user to actually have a comfortable feeling in a reliable manner and further to maintain such a comfortable state, are provided. A biological information measuring portion acquires time-series data of the biological information of the user. A chaos analysis portion calculates a parameter about the biological information through chaos analysis of the time-series data acquired by the biological information measuring portion. A state inferring portion infers a comfortable feeling of the user on the basis of the parameter calculated by the chaos analysis portion. A device control portion controls generation of a stimulus to be given to the user on the basis of the result of inference made by the state inferring portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Etsuko Kanai, Masami Funakura, Yasutaka Maeda
  • Patent number: 8019446
    Abstract: In a control loop for regulating a combustion process in a plant (e.g., a power-generating plant, a waste incineration plant or a cement works) having a controlled system for converting material by way of the combustion process while supplying air, with at least one flame body being formed, and having at least one observation device for imaging the flame body, other sensors for determining the input data, at least one adjustment device that can be controlled by output data for supplying at least material and/or air, and a computer for evaluating the input data in relation to target values and for determining the output data by using a current process model, the computer has a feature extraction module that extracts features from the input data using an information measure. The features are informative for the target values, and are for use in an alternative process model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Powitec Intelligent Technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Franz Wintrich, Volker Stephan
  • Patent number: 8000819
    Abstract: A manufacturing instruction evaluation support system includes a data reading part that reads a manufacturing instruction parameter group and manufacturing performance data corresponding thereto, a parameter sorting part that calculates a risk rate for each manufacturing instruction parameter configuring the manufacturing instruction parameter group and an average value of risk rates among the manufacturing instruction parameters to identify as available choices the manufacturing instruction parameters having the risk rates no greater than the average value, a parameter identifying part that calculates an explanatory variable selection reference value for the manufacturing instruction parameter group and the manufacturing instruction parameters of the available choices with the multiple regression analysis program to identify the manufacturing instruction parameter group or the manufacturing instruction parameters of the available choices having the greater calculated explanatory variable selection reference
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinichirou Hanawa, Isao Nakamura, Akiko Tadokoro, Atsunori Hotehama, Yukiko Yamamoto, Haruo Umeki, Akihiro Kondo, Youichi Hamamoto, Kouichi Hiraoka
  • Patent number: 7966276
    Abstract: A controller is provided, operable to control a system on the basis of measurement data received from a plurality of sensors indicative of a state of the system, with at least partial autonomy, but in environments in which it is not possible to fully determine the state of the system on the basis of such sensor measurement data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: BAE Systems
    Inventor: Neil Alexander Cade
  • Publication number: 20110144776
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for the simplified operation of an automation system. The system and method link knowledge-based and/or empirical and historical data to real-time data, such as alarm messages and/or event messages, in cooperation with a control system, such as a process control system. Data and/or links or references to data and/or process states are acquired and stored by means of a first data processing device and can be made available to at least one second data processing device for further processing via at least one allocated communication link, such as a network or bus system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Applicant: ABB TECHNOLOGY AG
    Inventors: Martin Hollender, Kristoffer Husoy, Tone-Grete Graven
  • Patent number: 7912561
    Abstract: A system for monitoring an industrial process and taking action based on the results of process monitoring. Actions taken may include process control, paging, voicemail, and input for e-enterprise systems. The system includes an input module for receiving a plurality of parameters from a process for manufacture of a substance or object. The system also includes a library module. The library module includes a plurality of computer aided processes. Any one of the computer aided processes is capable of using each of the plurality of parameters to compare at least two of the plurality of parameters against a training set of parameters. The training set of parameters is generally predetermined. The computer aided process is also capable of determining if the at least two of the plurality of parameters are within a predetermined range of the training set of parameters. Additionally, the system includes an output module for outputting a result based upon the training set and the plurality of parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Smiths Detection Inc.
    Inventors: Chang-Meng B. Hsiung, Bethsabeth Munoz, Ajoy Kumar Roy, Michael Gregory Steinthal, Steven A. Sunshine, Michael Allen Vicic, Shou-Hua Zhang
  • Publication number: 20100324702
    Abstract: A learning device learns a control parameter (e.g., injection start response delay), which is used for deciding a control content of an injector (controlled object), in relation to a criterion variable (e.g., fuel pressure). The learning device has a storing section for storing a learning vector consisting of the control parameter and the criterion variable. The learning device has a measurement vector obtaining section for obtaining a measurement vector consisting of a measurement value of the control parameter and a measurement value of the criterion variable. The learning device has a correcting section for correcting the learning vector based on the measurement vector and for performing storing and updating of the learning vector in the storing section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Applicant: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Naoyuki YAMADA, Koji Ishizuka
  • Patent number: 7840310
    Abstract: A smart, adaptive control system that monitors and influences physical conditions of an architectural setting. The architectural setting in which the system is deployed typically includes a plurality of private spaces and at least one community space. The individual private spaces, and the community spaces, may include an environmental control device that affects one or more physical conditions of the individual private space. Each private space may also include an environmental sensor that measures a particular physical condition of the private space. The private spaces may also include one or more occupant sensors, which measure either behavioral or physiological parameters of an occupant. The environmental control devices, environmental sensors, and occupant sensors are in communication with a computer. The computer is also in communication with a database, which houses a data set that describes how to best modify the physical conditions of the architectural setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Orfield Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven J. Orfield
  • Publication number: 20100204807
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus optimize ambient conditions of a physical location based upon input from multiple users (e.g., a “crowd) to avoid dominance by only one or a few users. Representatively, a plurality of input devices are distributed throughout the location and users, at certain times, or upon querying, enter their ambient condition preferences. Then, per the particular locations of the input devices, ambient conditions, such as lighting, temperature, sound, air flow, etc., are adjusted based on the inputs. In this manner, anyone can be in a room, at any time, and have their input considered as part of setting the room conditions. No longer does one or a few parties dominate control and no pre-programmed preferences are required. Controllers, input devices, systems, and computer program products, to name a few, are also contemplated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2009
    Publication date: August 12, 2010
    Inventor: Scott Alan Isaacson
  • Publication number: 20100145479
    Abstract: Systems and methods for operating a wireless sensor monitoring system are provided. The sensor monitoring system includes one or more portable sensor devices deployed at a remote location. The system also includes a controller server configured to automatically detect the one or more portable sensor devices via a network connection, to receive sensor data from the sensor devices, process the sensor data using user-defined rules, and to send commands to the sensor devices instructing the devices to perform various actions. The controller server is further configured to provide a user interface for accessing sensor data from the portable sensor devices, generating a map interface of the remote location that displays the positions of the sensor devices, for receiving rule definitions to actions to be taken at specific times or if specified events occur, and for generating alerts and reports from sensor data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2009
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Applicant: G2 SOFTWARE SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Georgia Griffiths
  • Patent number: 7729789
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for on-line monitoring of operation of a process in connection with process measurements indicative of the operation of the process. In some cases, the operation of the process is simulated to generate model data indicative of a simulated representation of the operation of the process and based on the process measurements. A multivariate statistical analysis of the operation of the process is implemented based on the model data and the process measurements. The output data from the multivariate statistical analysis may then be evaluated during the operation of the process to enable the on-line monitoring of the process involving, for instance, fault detection via classification analysis of the output data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Fisher-Rosemount Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Terrence L. Blevins, Mark J. Nixon, Gregory K. McMillan