Digital Positioning (other Than Machine Tool) Patents (Class 700/56)
  • Patent number: 10341809
    Abstract: A system for exchanging GPS or other position data between wireless devices for purposes of group activities, child location monitoring, work group coordination, dispatching of employees etc. Cell phones and other wireless devices with GPS receivers have loaded therein a Buddy Watch application and a TalkControl application. The Buddy Watch application communicates with the GPS receiver and other wireless devices operated by buddies registered in the users phone as part of buddy groups or individually. GPS position data and historical GPS position data can be exchanged between cell phones of buddies and instant buddies such as tow truck drivers via a buddy watch server. Emergency monitoring services can be set up with notifications to programmable individuals in case an individual does not respond. Positions and tracks can be displayed. TalkControl simplifies and automates the process of joining talk groups for walkie talkie services such as that provided by Nextel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: X One, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard D. Haney
  • Patent number: 10324421
    Abstract: A timepiece includes a case in which an electronic module supplying at least one item of information is arranged. The at least one item of information is displayed on a dial by a display. The electronic module also includes a communication unit having an optical receiving device. The optical receiving device includes at least one photoelectric receiver arranged to face a first aperture formed on the dial so that an optical signal can be received by the optical receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
    Inventor: Pascal Lagorgette
  • Patent number: 10317851
    Abstract: A numerical control device includes: a data storage unit that cyclically associates and stores command speeds and actual speeds of a motor in chronological order; a difference pattern table that associates and stores causes of a difference between the command speed and the actual speed, and difference patterns of the causes; a cause analyzing unit that analyzes the cause of the difference between the command speed and the actual speed by comparing the command speeds and the actual speeds stored in chronological order in the data storage unit, with the difference patterns stored in the difference pattern table; and a display unit that displays the analyzed cause.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasutaka Kurasawa
  • Patent number: 10175587
    Abstract: A control device configured to determine a primary first drive signal, based on a first error signal representing a difference between desired and measured positions of a first body, for driving a positioner driving the first body; determine a primary second drive signal, based on a second error signal representing a difference between desired and measured positions of a second body, for driving a positioner driving the second body; determine, based on the second error signal, a secondary first drive signal for driving the first body positioner; determine, based on the first error signal, a secondary second drive signal for driving the second body positioner; combine the primary and secondary first drive signals and combine the primary and secondary second drive signals; and output the combined first and second drive signals to the respective positioning devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Hans Butler, Marcus Joseph Elisabeth Godfried Breukers, Marcel François Heertjes
  • Patent number: 10048918
    Abstract: A process for displaying crime deterrent effects includes first receiving patrol route information indicating a patrol route taken by a law enforcement patrol and determining a type of the law enforcement patrol. Subsequently, a deterrent effect parameter associated with the law enforcement patrol is determined as a function of the determined type of the law enforcement patrol. Finally, an electronic display is caused to display a cartographic map of a geographic area at least partially including the patrol route taken by the law enforcement patrol and, along the patrol route taken, to display a deterrent effect indicator having a radius, width, size, and/or fade time that varies as a function of the type of the determined deterrent effect parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Walamitien H Oyenan, Zheng Fang, Huitian Jiao, Wei Lin
  • Patent number: 9827036
    Abstract: A multi-pole synchronous pulmonary artery radiofrequency ablation catheter includes an adjustment apparatus arranged on a control handle; a lead wire, a temperature sensing wire and a pull wire arranged in a cavity of a catheter body; and an annular ring connected to a flexible end of the catheter body. One end of the pull wire is connected to the flexible end and the other end of the pull wire is connected to the adjustment apparatus. The tension of the pull wire is adjusted through the adjustment apparatus to achieve radian control of the flexible end. A shape memory wire is arranged in the annular ring. The annular ring is provided with an electrode group with each electrode connected to the lead wire and temperature sensing wire; the lead wire and temperature sensing wire go through the catheter body and are electrically connected to the control handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: PULNOVO MEDICAL (WUXI) CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shaoliang Chen
  • Patent number: 9803336
    Abstract: A system for determining a plurality of dump locations for a blade includes a position sensor and a controller configured to determine the position of a work surface and determine a plurality of dump locations along a path between a start location and an end location based upon the position of the work surface and a desired target. Adjacent pairs of dump locations define a load spacing distance and each load spacing distance is sequentially longer along the work surface closer to the start location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Mo Wei, Michael Taylor
  • Patent number: 9767616
    Abstract: An augmented reality display system comprises a passable world model data comprises a set of map points corresponding to one or more objects of the real world. The augmented reality system also comprises a processor to communicate with one or more individual augmented reality display systems to pass a portion of the passable world model data to the one or more individual augmented reality display systems, wherein the piece of the passable world model data is passed based at least in part on respective locations corresponding to the one or more individual augmented reality display systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: MAGIC LEAP, INC.
    Inventor: Samuel A. Miller
  • Patent number: 9668087
    Abstract: An approach is provided for determining location offset information. A correction manager determines to present, at a device, a location-based display including one or more representations of one or more location-based features. Next, the correction manager receives an input for specifying offset information for at least one of the one or more representations with respect to the location-based display. Then, the correction manager determines to present the one or more representations in the location-based display based, at least in part, on the offset information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Core Wireless Licensing, S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Ciprian Cudalbu, James Joseph Mulholland, Mari Joller
  • Patent number: 9579843
    Abstract: An imprint apparatus performs alignment control of a mold and a substrate. A pattern formed on the mold is transferred onto a pattern forming layer on the substrate. A mold holding portion holds the mold, a substrate holding portion holds the substrate, and a control portion effects control so that the mold and the substrate are brought near to each other during the alignment control. The mold and the pattern forming layer are brought into contact with each other and then the pattern forming layer is cured. The control portion changes a driving profile for the alignment control after the alignment control is started and at least one of before and after the mold contacts the pattern forming layer. The driving profile used to move at least one of the mold holding portion and the substrate holding portion to a target position, and includes at least one of acceleration, speed, driving voltage, and driving current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shingo Okushima, Nobuhito Suehira, Junichi Seki, Kazuyuki Kasumi
  • Patent number: 9573319
    Abstract: An imprinting method in which alignment control of a mold and a substrate is effected and a pattern formed on the mold is transferred onto a pattern forming layer provided on the substrate. The imprinting method includes a step in which the mold and the substrate are brought near to each other while effecting the alignment control, after the alignment control is started, to bring the mold and the pattern forming layer into contact with each other, and then, the pattern forming layer is cured, and a step in which the gap between the mold and the substrate is increased, after the pattern forming layer is cured. Further, the alignment control is stopped after the alignment control is started, and at least one of before and after the mold contacts the pattern forming layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shingo Okushima, Nobuhito Suehira, Junichi Seki, Kazuyuki Kasumi
  • Patent number: 9298863
    Abstract: Methods for saving energy and reducing cycle time of a complex operation by using optimal robotic joint configurations. A method includes receiving inputs including the complex operation, generating a plurality of joint configurations of a simulated robot for each one of a plurality of task locations based on the inputs of the complex operation, calculating an edge rating for each of a plurality of robotic movements, wherein a robotic movement accounts for movement between joint configurations of consecutive task locations, calculating a plurality of candidate ratings for each of a plurality of candidate configuration paths, wherein a candidate rating is a summation of edge ratings of robotic movements for a candidate configuration path, determining an optimal configuration path based the candidate configuration path with an optimal rating, wherein the optimal rating is determined by the lowest candidate rating, and return the optimal configuration path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Siemens Industry Software Ltd.
    Inventors: Moshe Hazan, Lisandro Embon, Rahav Madvil
  • Patent number: 9221461
    Abstract: Methods and systems for detection of a construction zone using information from a plurality of sources are described. In an example, a computing device, configured to control the vehicle, may be configured to receive information, from a plurality of sources, relating to detection of a construction zone on the road on which the vehicle is travelling. Also, the computing device may be configured to determine a likelihood of existence of the construction zone on the road, based on the information. Further the computing device may be configured to modify a control strategy associated with a driving behavior of the vehicle, based on the likelihood; and control the vehicle based on the modified control strategy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: David Ian Ferguson, Dirk Haehnel, Nathaniel Fairfield
  • Patent number: 9164774
    Abstract: A driver controlling device includes a processor, a supporting function storing unit which stores information of supportable functions of a driver in a function table, and a function obtaining unit which obtains information of functions of a new driver to be used described in model dependent data of the new driver. The driver controlling device also includes a determining unit which determines whether the information of the functions of the new driver has been stored in the function table, an un-supporting function storage unit that stores information of a function determined not to be stored in the support function storing unit, and a display unit that displays functions stored in the un-supporting function storage unit as a list of un-supporting functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Koji Dan
  • Patent number: 9045927
    Abstract: A method for controlling a door, comprising the steps of storing energy during a manual opening of a door, sensing an object within a doorway, selectively applying a force derived from the stored energy, to close the door, based on the sensing of an object in the doorway. The closure is preferably controlled by an electronic control. A door closing device comprising an energy storage device for storing energy during door opening and releasing the stored energy to subsequently close the door, a damping system for damping a closure of the door, a sensor for detecting an object within a doorway, having an output, a controllable device for selectively restraining the energy storage device from closing the door, and a control system for controlling the controllable device based on the output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Inventor: Steven M. Hoffberg
  • Patent number: 9034055
    Abstract: A synergy-based human-machine interface that uses low-dimensional command signals to control a high dimensional virtual, robotic or paralyzed human hand is provided. Temporal postural synergies are extracted from angular velocities of finger joints of five healthy subjects when they perform hand movements that are similar to activities of daily living. Extracted Synergies are used in real-time brain control, where a virtual, robotic or paralyzed human hand is controlled to manipulate virtual or real world objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH-OF THE COMMONWEALTH SYSTEM OF HIGHER EDUCATION
    Inventors: Ramana Kumar Vinjamuri, Wei Wang, Zhi-Hong Mao, Douglas John Weber
  • Patent number: 9026234
    Abstract: The position and orientation of a target object is obtained based on first measurement data obtained by a first sensor (first calculation). The position and orientation of the target object is obtained based on second measurement data obtained by a movable second sensor set in a position and orientation different from that of the first sensor (second calculation). When the position and orientation obtained by the first calculation and that obtained by the second calculation match each other, the position and orientation obtained by the first or second calculation or a position and orientation calculated from the position and orientation obtained by the first calculation and that obtained by the second calculation is output as the position and orientation of the target object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masahiro Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9026235
    Abstract: An automation and motion control system for theatrical objects, such as theatrical props, cameras, stunt persons, lighting, scenery, drapery or other similar types of devices or items, is provided to coordinate the movement of the objects on a large scale and/or to control the operation of the objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Tait Towers Manufacturing LLC
    Inventor: Scott Fisher
  • Patent number: 9020617
    Abstract: A control system includes a clustered architecture having a master controller, a central control section including one or more first remote controllers under direct control of the master controller, and a distributed control section including a cluster controller controlled by the master controller. The cluster controller controls the activities of one or more second remote controllers. Each of the first and second remote controllers are utilized to drive one or more axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Brooks Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Hosek, Stuart Beale, Roumen Botev, Matthew Coady, Christopher Hofmeister, Mark Ives, Jairo Moura, Robert Caveney
  • Patent number: 8970156
    Abstract: A path display apparatus includes a first position command acquiring unit that acquires first position command for motors, a first position feedback acquiring unit that acquires first position feedback of each of the motors, a correction data acquiring unit that acquires correction data generated for each of the motors, a second position command calculating unit that subtracts the correction data from the first position command to calculate a second position command, a second position feedback calculating unit that subtracts the correction data from the first position feedback to calculate second position feedback, a command path display unit that displays a command path of the tip point of the tool, based on the second position command; and a feedback path display unit that displays a feedback path of the tip point of the tool, based on the second position feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: FANUC Corporation
    Inventors: Junichi Tezuka, Hajime Ogawa
  • Publication number: 20150057769
    Abstract: A system for communicating with a motion control system, comprising a set of motion operations, a set of functions, a set of security levels, and client software. The functions are capable of causing the motion control system to perform at least one motion operation. The client software is capable of calling at least one of the functions. The ability of the client software to call at least one of the functions is restricted based on at least one of the security levels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: David W. Brown, Jay S. Clark
  • Publication number: 20150039101
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for moving a control object, such as but not limited to a data read/write transducer adjacent a rotatable magnetic recording medium in a data storage system. In accordance with some embodiments, a compensation value is calculated for a baseline friction model which predicts friction in a positioning system. A modified friction model is generated based on the compensation value and the baseline friction model. A control object of the positioning system is moved from an initial position to a final position responsive to a trajectory profile calculated using the modified friction model.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: LingZhi Yang, Ju-il Lee, Arnold Slezak
  • Patent number: 8938311
    Abstract: A method of managing electrical power storage can include remotely controlling operation of one of a plurality of water heating units included in a single water heater, separately from controlling a remainder of the plurality of the water heating units, at a customer location in response to a remotely transmitted indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Inventor: Daniel P. Flohr
  • Publication number: 20140379103
    Abstract: The invention provides a position detection apparatus comprising: a base part, a moving part movable relatively with respect to the base part, a position detection part that detects a position of the moving part relative to the base part on the basis of a magnetic flux change to produce position data, a temperature detection part that detects an ambient temperature, a position correction part that calculates a correction value on the basis of a difference between the position data and a given reference value and the ambient temperature, and corrects the position data on the basis of the calculated correction value to produce a first corrected position data, and a linearity correction part that corrects the first corrected position data on the basis of the correction value for nonlinearity of the position detection part to produce a second corrected position data, wherein: the position detection part is capable of detecting position value as far as a position area where, within a position range of relative
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takashi ISHIKAWA, Masanori SHIMOYAMA, Rintaro NISHIHARA
  • Patent number: 8918204
    Abstract: A transport unit (1) is provided for workpieces (2), in particular sheet metal parts, between neighboring placement areas or machining devices (3, 4), in particular presses. The transport unit (1) includes a multi-axis robot (5) having a gripper tool (9). A controllable transfer unit (6) is also provided that is guided by the robot (5). The unit includes an advancement unit (7) and a pivot unit (8) for the gripper tool (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Kuka Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Yong-Hak Cho, Thomas Holecek, Matthias Gastl, Sebastian Mocker, Thomas Henneke
  • Patent number: 8897902
    Abstract: Methods for recognizing a virtual tooth surface, defining a virtual tooth coordinate system, and simulating a collision between virtual teeth are provided. Methods include receiving input data specifying a point on the rendered surface model associated with a tooth, deriving a perimeter on the surface model of the tooth, and analyzing the surface model along a plurality of paths outwardly extending from points on the perimeter. Methods also include receiving point input data, receiving axis input data that defines first and second axes associated with the virtual tooth, computing a substantially normal vector for a portion of the tooth surface surrounding the point, and computing a coordinate system. Methods also include receiving permissible movement input data directed to permissible movement of a first virtual tooth, bringing the first virtual tooth into contact with a second virtual tooth, and displaying data resulting from the simulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Peter See, Richard E. Raby, Nicholas A. Stark
  • Patent number: 8897901
    Abstract: A positive & negative jerk interval parameter setting section divides an acceleration & deceleration interval of an acceleration command curve into an acceleration increasing interval, a constant acceleration interval, and an acceleration decreasing interval, and sets the length of time of each interval independently of each other. A positive & negative jerk interval trigonometric command generating section employs an acceleration command curve generated based on a trigonometric function of a ½ cycle, thereby generating a position command or a speed command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Maekawa, Yuko Takehana, Masahiko Hirano
  • Patent number: 8892235
    Abstract: A method and system for producing a dental implant surgical guide is disclosed. A patient-specific virtual model is generated using image data specific to a patient and virtual dental implants. The virtual model aligns the image data with the virtual dental implants using modeling software. A virtual mold is generated from the virtual model, and a physical mold is generated from the virtual mold. The physical mold is covered with a thermoplastic sheet via a thermoforming process. Excess thermoplastic material is trimmed off after the thermoforming process to produce a thermoformed piece. Metal tubes corresponding to each the virtual dental implants are placed onto the physical mold denoting the position, trajectory, and depth of the one or more virtual dental implants. A dental implant surgical guide that contains the thermoformed piece with the one or more tubes is produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Anatomage Inc.
    Inventors: Woncheol Choi, Jia Leung Jeff Mar
  • Patent number: 8872064
    Abstract: A positioning control system for positioning a moving element on a basis of position command data is provided with a feedback loop. The system is also provided with a loop gain modifier for determining a loop gain, which is to be used in a following positioning operation, on a basis of a difference between an amount of overshoot measured in a current positioning operation and a predetermined tolerance or on a basis of a difference between an amount of overshoot measured in a current positioning operation and a first predetermined tolerance and a difference between an amount of undershoot measured in the current positioning operation and a second predetermined tolerance. The first and second tolerances may preferably be the same in absolute value. The moving element may specifically be a steerable mirror for drilling holes in a work by reflecting a laser beam. Also disclosed is a laser drilling machine including the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignees: Via Mechanics, Ltd., National University Corporation Nagoya Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Takashi Ono, Souichi Toyama, Yaichi Okubo, Hiromu Hirai
  • Patent number: 8855691
    Abstract: A radiographic imaging device has: a generating unit that generates image data expressing a radiographic image formed by irradiated radiation; a first communicating unit at which wireless communication is possible selectively in either of a direct communication mode or an indirect communication mode; a storing unit that stores a setting of a communication mode; and a control unit that, if a setting to carry out communication in the direct communication mode has been made, controls the first communicating unit to carry out wireless communication in the direct communication mode, and, if a setting to carry out communication in the indirect communication mode has been made, controls the first communicating unit to attempt wireless communication in the indirect communication mode with a control device that controls the radiographic imaging device, and, if communication is impossible, controls the first communicating unit to carry out wireless communication in the direct communication mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Kamiya, Yusuke Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 8849613
    Abstract: Vibration protection in a compressor system with a variable speed compressor may include operating a variable speed compressor of a compressor system at a first frequency, measuring a vibration of the compressor system at the first frequency, determining whether the vibration exceeds a maximum vibration value, and operating the variable speed compressor at an average frequency equivalent to the first frequency, when the vibration exceeds the maximum vibration value, by identifying an allowed upper frequency and an allowed lower frequency, calculating an upper operating time and a lower operating time, and operating the variable speed compressor at the allowed upper frequency for the upper operating time and the allowed lower frequency for the lower operating time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jean-Luc M. Caillat
  • Patent number: 8843220
    Abstract: A position and velocity measuring tool for use on a top drive of a drilling rig having a variable frequency drive connected to an electric motor and power supply. The position and velocity measuring tool further has a processor connected to the variable frequency drive and a data storage and computer instructions for presenting an operator directional drilling steering system dashboard with numerous visual components which creates and uses a virtual encoder eliminating a failure point of a mechanical encoder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventors: Paul F. Rembach, Reiner Fiege
  • Patent number: 8838273
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a system, method and article which may be configured to autonomously dispense a medium onto a relatively large surface relatively accurately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Southwest Research Institute
    Inventors: Paul Hvass, Paul Thomas Evans
  • Publication number: 20140244003
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to a method for performing industrial automation control in an industrial automation system. The method may include detecting, via a sensor system, positions and/or motions of a human. The method may then determine a possible automation command corresponding to the detected positions and/or motions, receive an automation system signal from at least one additional control component, and implement a control and/or notification action based upon the determined possible automation command and the received automation system signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Steven J. Scott, Thong T. Nguyen, Suresh Nair, Timothy Roback, David D. Brandt
  • Publication number: 20140244004
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to a method for performing industrial automation control may include detecting, via a sensor system, positions and/or motions of a human in an industrial automation system, determining at least one derivative value from the detected positions and/or motions, and determining a possible automation command and an undesirable condition based upon the detected positions and/or motions and the at least one derivative value. The method may then include implementing a control and/or notification action based upon the determined possible automation command and the undesired condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Steven J. Scott, Thong T. Nguyen, David A. Vasko, Marco Wishart, Travis Tidwell
  • Publication number: 20140228982
    Abstract: A method of mapping a machine having a work tool includes sensing an outer boundary of the machine and generating a first set of information indicative of the outer boundary of the machine, moving the work tool relative to the machine through substantially an entire range of motion of the work tool, and sensing an outer boundary of the work tool during movement of the work tool through substantially the entire range of motion. The method also includes generating a second set of information indicative of a location of the outer boundary of the work tool through substantially the entire range of motion, determining information indicative of a position of an object disposed proximate the machine, and determining whether the information indicative of the position of the object is included in either the first or second sets of information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: CATERPILLAR INC.
    Inventor: Kiran Kumar Ram Bharwani
  • Patent number: 8781609
    Abstract: A system, method, and device for generating a signal processing network for deployment on a motion control system are disclosed. The exemplary system may have a module that supplies one or more signal processing units represented in data format using existing compiled and linked code. Another module provides a dedicated interface with the motion control system. The system may also have a module that supplies each signal processing unit with multiple inputs and multiple outputs and a module that routes the inputs and the outputs between the one or more signal processing units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Schiffer, Stephen J. Yutkowitz
  • Patent number: 8780342
    Abstract: The invention is generally related to the estimation of position and orientation of an object with respect to a local or a global coordinate system using reflected light sources. A typical application of the method and apparatus includes estimation and tracking of the position of a mobile autonomous robot. Other applications include estimation and tracking of an object for position-aware, ubiquitous devices. Additional applications include tracking of the positions of people or pets in an indoor environment. The methods and apparatus comprise one or more optical emitters, one or more optical sensors, signal processing circuitry, and signal processing methods to determine the position and orientation of at least one of the optical sensors based at least in part on the detection of the signal of one or more emitted light sources reflected from a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: iRobot Corporation
    Inventors: Enrico DiBernardo, Paolo Pirjanian
  • Patent number: 8768492
    Abstract: An automation and motion control system for theatrical objects, such as theatrical props, cameras, stunt persons, lighting, scenery, drapery or other similar types of devices or items, is provided to coordinate the movement of the objects on a large scale and/or to control the operation of the objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Tait Towers Manufacturing LLC
    Inventor: Scott Fisher
  • Publication number: 20140180444
    Abstract: A system for modifying a path of operation of a machine includes a position sensor and a controller. The controller stores the path of operation, receives a plurality of position signals as the work implement moves material along the path of operation, and determines the position of the work surface. The controller further determines an amount of material moved based at least in part upon the position of the work surface and modifies parameters used to determine a subsequent path of operation if the amount of material moved exceeds a predetermined amount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: CATERPILLAR INC.
    Inventors: Thandava K. Edara, Michael Taylor, Timothy Felty, Mo Wei, Kenneth L. Stratton, Jean-Jacques Clar
  • Patent number: 8706264
    Abstract: A method for use in a part tracking system including a camera and a motion controller, the method comprising the steps of time synchronizing the motion controller and the camera at a trigger time when it is anticipated that a part is within the field of view of the camera, causing the camera to obtain an image, using the obtained image to determine an actual location of the part at the trigger time, comparing the actual location and the anticipated location of the part to identify a position difference and at the motion controller, using the position difference at the trigger time to adjust at least one operating characteristic of the automated system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Cognex Corporation
    Inventor: Dale Peterson
  • Patent number: 8694133
    Abstract: A method is provided for controlling a machining operation wherein a tool performs a machining operation on a workpiece. The method includes providing a tool holder for holding a tool, a workpiece holder for holding a work piece, and a linear slide for linearly moving a linearly moving part that is either the tool or the workpiece. The step of selecting appropriate machining parameters includes the step of selecting an appropriate feed rate for the linear slide move the linear moving part and appropriate rotational speed is selected for the rotator to rotate the rotating part. The set of appropriate machining parameters are incorporated into the digital controller. The digital controller is then used to control the operation of a linear slide, rotator and modulator to execute the machining of the workpiece by the tool in accordance with a selected appropriate set of parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: M4 Sciences, LLC
    Inventors: James B. Mann, Christopher J. Saldana, Wilfredo Moscoso
  • Publication number: 20140046460
    Abstract: An input device includes a coordinate input unit including capacitance detectors, a capacitance measuring unit that measures the capacitances of the capacitance detectors and outputs them as measurement signals by performing A/D conversion, and a control unit that controls the capacitance measuring unit, obtains the signals while associating them with coordinate information of the capacitance detectors, calculates first data signals that are difference values between the measurement signals and a reference value, performs a calculation for the first data signals, outputs control signals based on the calculation result, performs a first calculation in which the first data signals obtained after performing a noise removal process are associated with the coordinate information as second data signals and a second calculation in which the second signals obtained after performing a smoothing process are associated with the coordinate information as third data signals, and calculates an operation position using the
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventors: Satoshi NAKAJIMA, Satoshi HAYASAKA, Shinichi ENDO
  • Patent number: 8643320
    Abstract: The present application refers to a system and a control method especially applied to electric motors designed to drive cyclical loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool S.A.
    Inventors: Claudio Eduardo Soares, Dietmar Erich Bernhard Lilie, Roberto Andrich, Luiz Von Dokonal
  • Patent number: 8644965
    Abstract: Docking stations and docking methods are provided for use with marking devices used for marking the presence or absence of an underground facility in a dig area. The docking station may serve as a home base for storage of a marking device, for charging the battery of a marking device, for transferring data to and from a marking device, and for securing a marking device against unauthorized use and/or theft. The docking station may be a mobile docking station that is installed in a vehicle or may be a fixed docking station that is installed at a central location in the field, at a central office, at a home base facility, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: CertusView Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Steven E. Nielsen, Curtis Chambers, Jeffrey Farr
  • Patent number: 8644964
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method of controlling movement of a reference point on an end effector of a machine, where the machine includes a controller, a first control mechanism, and a second control mechanism. The method includes initiating a movement of the reference point to a desired location with the first control mechanism. The method also includes determining an actual position of the reference point and communicating the actual position of the reference point to the controller. A second control mechanism controls the movement of the reference point to the desired location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Scott S. Hendron, Sean P. West, James L. Montgomery, Eric R. Anderson
  • Patent number: 8634863
    Abstract: There are obtained a mobile terminal device and a data transfer control program that, even in the case where a plurality of data that become a target of transfer exist, can simply carry out an operation to select data to be transferred from them and to start transfer itself without a mistake. An acceleration sensor 118 fixedly provided in the device is activated at a state where the data to be transferred are displayed on a first liquid crystal display 104 and selected by an operation section 112. A control section 121 starts the transfer of the data using an infrared communication section 105 at the time when to become a posture of a specific angle range continuously more than once. Since a predetermined melody comes out from a speaker 110 during the transfer of the data, it is possible to know that the transfer is carried out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Motoyoshi Hasegawa
  • Publication number: 20140018941
    Abstract: A system for communicating with a motion control system, comprising a set of motion operations, a set of functions, a set of security levels, and client software. The functions are capable of causing the motion control system to perform at least one motion operation. The client software is capable of calling at least one of the functions. The ability of the client software to call at least one of the functions is restricted based on at least one of the security levels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventors: David W. Brown, Jay S. Clark
  • Patent number: 8618755
    Abstract: A control device is for a motor, especially a brushless DC motor. The control device contains a bridge circuit for generating a rotating field for the motor and a sensor system for detecting a position of a rotor of the motor, a control signal for the bridge circuit being derivable from the signal representing the rotor position. The sensor system includes an absolute value transmitter which detects the absolute position of the rotor and which is configured to derive at least one incremental signal from the absolute position and to make it directly available to a control component for controlling the bridge circuit for commuting the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Maier, Christoph Schikora, Thomas Wiercioch
  • Patent number: 8620469
    Abstract: A processing equipment unit performs a predetermined process to a carried object. A case accommodates the carried object. A carrier carries the carried object in the case. An opener is configured to enable the carrier to mount the case on the opener. The opener includes an opener control unit configured to exchange a signal with the carrier to control elevation of the case. The carrier is configured to exchange a signal with the opener control unit thereby to mount the case on the opener. The opener is equipped to the processing equipment unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masaaki Kuroyanagi