Having Protection Or Reliability Feature Patents (Class 700/79)
  • Patent number: 11368578
    Abstract: Two electronic devices are configured with software that can enable or disable features such as voice calling, text messaging, or mobile data. By powering on a configured device or interacting with a user interface of the software, a user may choose which device is active and which device is inactive for these features. The software allows the phones to communicate with each other and/or remote servers in order to ensure that only one device is active for these features at any one time. In this manner, a user can share a single service plan, phone number, and/or SIM data between two devices and swap between them without conflicting with technology or contract requirements of a mobile service provider. This allows a user to switch to a secondary phone in order to avoid damaging or losing a primary phone, or to quickly replace a lost or damaged primary phone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Inventor: Katherine Joanne Weber
  • Patent number: 11368384
    Abstract: A handheld maintenance tool operates to detect the existence of a fault in a communication line or bus, including detecting short circuit or other low impedance faults, open circuit or other high impedance faults, etc. Additionally, the handheld maintenance tool may operate to detect an approximate location of a fault within the communication line with respect to the handheld device, to thereby enable an operator or maintenance person to more easily find and repair a detected fault.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Mehul Rajeshbhai Dalal
  • Patent number: 11329906
    Abstract: A handheld maintenance tool operates to detect the existence of a fault in a communication line or bus, including detecting short circuit or other low impedance faults, open circuit or other high impedance faults, etc. Additionally, the handheld maintenance tool may operate to detect an approximate location of a fault within the communication line with respect to the handheld device, to thereby enable an operator or maintenance person to more easily find and repair a detected fault.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Mehul Rajeshbhai Dalal
  • Patent number: 11310887
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for securing a safety area around at least one automatically operating machine (3), comprising an illuminating marking (4; 5) of the safety area and/or a boundary of the safety area, a sensor-based monitoring device for detecting a breach of the safety area, and a control device (1) for controlling the machine (3), for defining the safety area, for controlling a shape, structure and/or a location of the illuminating marking, and for changing the operating state of the machine (3) or the light source (6, 7) in a manner which is dependent on a detection of a breach of the safety area by way of the monitoring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e. V.
    Inventors: Norbert Elkmann, Christian Vogel, Markus Fritzsche
  • Patent number: 11302041
    Abstract: A highly visible overlay system includes contrasting visible elements configured to define an image overlay, a first portion of the visible elements comprises opaque elements having high contrast with bright areas of a field of view, and a second portion of the visible elements comprises illuminated elements having high contrast with darker elements of the field of view. The system may capture an image of a target scene for display and include a processing component configured to construct the plurality of contrasting visual elements in accordance with a visual acuity factor, and generate an electronic overlay constructed of the contrasting visual elements. The overlay may comprise a reticle formed on an optical element of a scope, including nonilluminated opaque portions and illuminated portions illuminated by a light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: TELEDYNE FLIR, LLC
    Inventors: Dan Darrel Hoffman, Robert Bush
  • Patent number: 11273862
    Abstract: A steering control device capable of suitably handling a temporary drop in a supply voltage of a vehicle is provided. An ECU includes a microcomputer, a pre-driver, and an inverter. The microcomputer generates a command signal for the pre-driver. Upon being initialized by the microcomputer, the pre-driver becomes operable to generate a drive signal for the inverter based on the command signal. The inverter converts direct current power supplied from a battery into alternating current power for a motor by operating based on the drive signal. When a drop in a voltage of the battery is detected, the pre-driver transmits an abnormal-condition detection signal to the microcomputer and stops operating by resetting a state of the pre-driver to an initial state where the pre-driver is not initialized yet. When the abnormal-condition detection signal is received, the microcomputer re-initializes the pre-driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: JTEKT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masashi Yoshikawa
  • Patent number: 11267122
    Abstract: A robot control device configured to control a robot includes a first memory part configured to store work data, a second memory part configured to store restoring data, a calculating part configured to perform an operation instructing process configured to read the work data and generate an operating instruction to the robot, and a data evacuation process configured to determine whether the operation instructing process operates normally, and when the calculating part determines that the operation instructing process does not operate normally, coincide the restoring data with the work data, and an operation controlling part configured to control operation of the robot based on the operating instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masao Aramoto, Atsushi Kameyama, Tomoya Inoue
  • Patent number: 11243903
    Abstract: Configuration states for a computing device and/or associated peripherals (“profiles”) are stored in one or more non-volatile logic (“NVL”) arrays. Using the non-volatile sub-system for the computing device, triggers for reconfiguration of the respective device or peripherals are provided to an NVL array controller, which controls provision of the new profile(s) for the respective device or peripherals over a dedicated bus to a configuration register that stores the active profiles for the device and associated peripherals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Andreas Waechter, Mark Jung, Steven Craig Bartling, Sudhanshu Khanna
  • Patent number: 11242065
    Abstract: A device for controlling a signal connection in a vehicle is presented. The signal connection represents a connection between at least one control unit in a vehicle and at least one actuator in the vehicle. The device is configured to establish, and/or monitor, and/or disconnect the signal connection based on an input signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventors: Ulrich Reith, Thomas Jäger, Mauro Cesar Zanella
  • Patent number: 11204884
    Abstract: A remote terminal adapter device is disclosed. The adapter device includes control processors in communication with a bus controller via a dual redundant data bus (e.g., MIL-STD-1553) having primary and secondary data buses or channels. The adapter device includes analog relays connecting the primary and secondary buses to a main remote terminal (RT) device configured for control of an aircraft subsystem. Additional analog relays connect the data bus to one or more auxiliary or additional RTs (e.g., configured to backup the main RT or simulate the controlled subsystem and its responses. The adapter device may monitor the data bus for traffic and allow the redundant RT to access the data bus (from the same remote terminal) address as the main RT by activating and deactivating the analog relays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian R. Roggendorf
  • Patent number: 11193835
    Abstract: A circuit for determining and/or compensating for a measurement error of a sheathed sensor due to a property of a sheath of that sheathed sensor comprises a first and a second terminal for connecting to a pair of sensor signal leads of a sensor element in a sheathed sensor and a voltage measurement circuit. A switching unit controls switching an electrical connection between a first and a second state. A correction measurement circuit generates a correction signal indicative of that a measured current running from the first terminal through the switching unit. A controller receives the measurement and correction signal in both the first and second state, and calculates an error value indicative of the measurement error and/or a sensor readout value that is corrected for the measurement error by taking the measurement and correction signal into account as obtained in both the first and second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: MELEXIS TECHNOLOGIES NV
    Inventors: Viktor Kassovski, Kostadin Bobchev, Ivan Lesichkov
  • Patent number: 11194004
    Abstract: A sensor includes a detector configured to sense a parameter, at least one test circuit configured to detect a respective fault condition of the sensor and generate a fault signal in response to detecting the fault condition, a checker configured to test the at least one test circuit to determine the operational status of the at least one test circuit, and an output signal generator, coupled to receive the sensed parameter, the fault signal, and the operational status of the at least one test circuit. The output signal generator is configured to generate an output signal of the sensor to communicate the sensed parameter and the operational status of the at least one test circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Allegro MicroSystems, LLC
    Inventors: P. Karl Scheller, Devon Fernandez
  • Patent number: 11182235
    Abstract: A method performed by an appliance includes receiving, from a managing server, information about a data pattern detection routine to detect abnormal data among operation data of the appliance, determining whether the operation data of the appliance matches a normal data pattern defined by the data pattern detection routine, determining the operation data as the abnormal data when the operation data does not match the normal data pattern, and transmitting the abnormal data to the managing server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jae-Hun Lee, Myung-Sun Kim, Ayush Jain, Tae-Ho Hwang, Jae-Hong Kim, Hye-Jung Cho
  • Patent number: 11165602
    Abstract: A communication system includes a plurality of controlled devices each including communication IFs compliant with EtherCAT standards; network connected to communication IF of each of controlled devices, network connected to communication IF of each of controlled devices; control apparatus capable of sending out first control data for controlling controlled devices to network; control apparatus capable of sending out second control data for controlling controlled devices to network; and main control apparatus that performs first control that causes control apparatus to send out the first control data. Main control apparatus further performs second control that causes control apparatus to send out the second control data when the sent first control data fails to reach at least one of controlled devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Murata Machinery, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Kuwahara, Toshihiro Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 11137744
    Abstract: A system receives operations data and determines operations indicator(s) from the operations data. An operator on a manufacturing line reports a downtime event via a human machine interface device. The system receives downtime event and uptime information. The system calculates an operations indicator, such as an overall equipment effectiveness indicator, from the downtime event and uptime information. A user interface of the system includes the operations indicator(s) and visualizations. Some visualizations include a timeline indicating downtime events and other operations events. Additional downtime and uptime information is received by the system in substantially real-time. The system dynamically calculates updated operations indicator(s) from the additional downtime and uptime information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Samsara Inc.
    Inventors: Katherine Lee Heddleston, John Charles Bicket, James Robert Saunders, Peter Lee Atkin
  • Patent number: 11100025
    Abstract: A system includes a computing system and a cable connector. The computing system includes a plurality of processors and an interconnect circuit configured to connect the plurality of processors to each other. The cable connector is configured to connect to the interconnect circuit and provide a channel identifier to the computing system, and the interconnect circuit is configured to set one of the plurality of processors as a system controller based on the channel identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher Brian Noll, Steven A. Avritch
  • Patent number: 11095715
    Abstract: A data location table master system generates a master data location table storing associations of tokens with storage nodes for varying responsibility levels. When the master data location table is updated, the data location table master system updates storage nodes affected by the update as well as other storage nodes and application nodes in the system. Then, the storage nodes and the application nodes store a copy of the master data location table. A token migration and synchronization process reallocates data object storage among the storage nodes based on the updated master data location table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Mark S. Lewis, Anna Povzner
  • Patent number: 11080262
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed to implement, in a database system, database engine nodes that implement multi-page writes as an atomic operation. In embodiments, the database system may include multiple database engine nodes that optimistically perform page writes locally without checking for potential conflicts at a shared storage system. The storage system will detect and report conflicting writes on a single page. To ensure that a group of writes to multiple pages occur atomically, the database engine node maintains a transaction context for the group, so that if a page conflict is later detected for any write in the group, the entire group will be rolled back at the database engine node and the storage system. In embodiments, the transaction context will track subsequent writes generated by the node to any page written by the group, so that these subsequent writes are also rolled back with the group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Levandoski, Niket Goel, Tengiz Kharatishvili, Alexandre Olegovich Verbitski, Kamal Kant Gupta, Xiaofeng Bao
  • Patent number: 11079735
    Abstract: When carrying out an industrial process or during the operation of an industrial system or machine, relevant data is to be detected without additionally loading the control of the industrial process or the system or machine in question. For this purpose, the invention provides a control system (1, 4, 5; 1?, 4?, 5?; 1?, 4?, 5?) with a real control (1; 1?; 1?) for controlling an industrial process, a system or a machine; a virtual control (4; 4?; 4?) for simulating the control of the industrial process, the system, or the machine; synchronization means for synchronizing the real control (1; 1?; 1?) and the virtual control (4; 4?; 4?); and a higher-level processor unit (5; 5?; 5?) for detecting and/or generating operating data and/or state data with respect to the process, the system, or the machine, wherein the operating data and/or state data is based on data originating from the virtual control (4; 4?; 4?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Karl-Josef Amthor, Guido Seeger
  • Patent number: 11050768
    Abstract: A computing anomaly detection technique includes identifying a plurality of compute resources that are susceptible to compute resource anomalies. A group of similar compute resources from the plurality of compute resources may be determined. A difference in one or more of a plurality of attributes of the compute resources of the group may be determined. An anomaly detection notification, containing a compute resource anomaly, may be output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Charles Stickle, Justin Smith
  • Patent number: 11042129
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a redundant wireless safety system that provides a second level of safety protocol when a worker is exposed to a more dangerous work environment. In an embodiment, such a machine may be configured to perform a specific manufacturing function wherein the machine may include first and second transceivers for maintaining enabling signals for functionality of the machine. The system may further include a base station (e.g., remote control) configured to operate in conjunction with the machine that in turn includes third and fourth transceivers also configured to maintain enabling signals for machine functionality. Machine functionality may be interrupted by an interrupt switch disposed in the machine. That is, the interrupt switch may be configured to enable functionality of the machine if and only if the first transceiver maintains periodic communication with the third transceiver and if the second transceiver maintains periodic communication with the fourth transceiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Control Dynamics, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric M. Moran
  • Patent number: 11037070
    Abstract: A framework diagnostic test planning is described herein. In accordance with one aspect, the framework receives data representing one or more sample patients, diagnostic tests administered to the one or more sample patients, diagnostic test results and confirmed medical conditions associated with the administered diagnostic tests. The framework trains one or more classifiers based on the data to identify diagnostic test plans from the diagnostic tests. The one or more classifiers may then be applied to current patient data to generate a diagnostic test plan for a given patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: Marcos Salganicoff, Xiang Sean Zhou, Gerardo Hermosillo Valadez, Luca Bogoni
  • Patent number: 11016548
    Abstract: A single chip system is disclosed, which includes: a reset pin (110), a control unit (120), a central processing unit CPU (130) and a peripheral (140), the single chip system (100) is connected to a master control system (200) via an end of the reset pin (110), the other end of the reset pin (110) is connected to the control unit (120), and the control unit (120) is connected to the CPU (130) and the peripheral (140), where the master control system (200) controls the reset pin (110) to output a reset electrical level; and the control unit (120) detects a signal duration of the reset electrical level output by the reset pin (110), and trigger to wake or reset a single chip according to the signal duration of the reset electrical level, a signal duration for triggering wakeup is different from a signal duration for triggering a reset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: SHENZHEN GOODIX TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Peng Wan, Xingbao Yang
  • Patent number: 11002757
    Abstract: An improved mode of AFM imaging (Peak Force Tapping (PFT) Mode) uses force as the feedback variable to reduce tip-sample interaction forces while maintaining scan speeds achievable by all existing AFM operating modes. Sample imaging and mechanical property mapping are achieved with improved resolution and high sample throughput, with the mode workable across varying environments, including gaseous, fluidic and vacuum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Bruker Nano, Inc.
    Inventors: Yan Hu, Shuiqing Hu, Chanmin Su
  • Patent number: 10998086
    Abstract: Method for configuring a production plant designed for performing at least one chemical reaction, wherein the production plant has at least one plant module, and a plant module for configuring the production plant, which plant module is chosen from a module database running on a first server system and/or is combined from a component database running on a second server system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: BAYER AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Christoph Fleischer-Trebes, Bojan Niko Broetz
  • Patent number: 10928791
    Abstract: A model-based human machine interface (HMI) system is provided. The HMI system includes a plurality of output devices each having output capabilities that include at least one unique output capability level and a semantics library that is configured to receive SUC component models each having an output format and data. The semantics library is configured to analyze the data relative to the SUC component models and to transmit each of the SUC component models to one or more of the plurality of output devices. The one or more of the plurality of output devices are selected based on a correlation between the output capabilities of the plurality of output devices and the output format of the SUC component models.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Arquimedes Martinez Canedo, Lingyun Wang
  • Patent number: 10901883
    Abstract: Memory is dynamically shared or allocated in an embedded computer system. The types of memory that are part of the system are first determined. Thereafter, the amount of memory available for use is determined. The type of memory required by a program or application is determined as is the amount of space that is required. If the amount of memory space that can be allocated to the program in a first type of requested memory is greater than or at least equal to the amount of memory space required by the computer program, the program is then loaded into the available memory. If the requested type of memory is not available or there is not enough of the requested memory available, other types of memory devices are considered and used, if sufficient space in one or more of them exists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Bijal Joshi
  • Patent number: 10891217
    Abstract: Implementations of the present disclosure include methods, systems, and computer-readable storage mediums for test optimization based on actual use of configuration parameters. Actions include receiving a parameter set from a monitoring system, the parameter set including multiple configuration parameters corresponding to development artifacts detected by the monitoring system, retrieving statistical data from a central data analysis infrastructure, the statistical data being retrieved from application systems executing software created out of the development artifacts, processing the parameter set using the statistical data to generate parameter clusters, and providing the parameter clusters to an integrated development environment to generate a test scope proposal based on the parameter clusters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Peter Eberlein, Volker Driesen
  • Patent number: 10855072
    Abstract: Disclosed are an intelligent safety relay and a circuit applied thereby. The intelligent safety relay includes: a first processing chip MCU A, a second processing chip MCU B, first and second input driving circuits, first to third input sampling circuits, first and second diagnostic signal generation circuits, first and second logic circuits, a diagnostic signal detection circuit, first and second relay driving circuits, and first and second relay circuits. The first processing chip MCU A and the second processing chip MCU B can automatically control, based on samples of the input driving circuits taken by the input sampling circuits, connection or disconnection of contacts in the first and second relay circuits so as to switch on or off an output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignees: SHANGHAI CHENZHU INSTRUMENT CO., LTD., SHANGHAI CHENZHU SAFETY TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiaoquan Chen, Ting Zhou, Xinglei Li, Guangyong Song, Yunli Qin
  • Patent number: 10810073
    Abstract: A method for evaluation of faulty behavior of at least one event-data-generating machine including a data logging device for providing event data, comprising: transferring logged event data, the logged event data representing a sequence of events, from the event-data-generating machines to a central processor, mining multi-dimensional sequential patterns and/or mining multi-dimensional sequential rules and/or mining anomalies and/or exceptions within the transferred event data wherein the event data additionally comprises at least one dimensional attribute holding information indicating the event-data-generating machine or at least one event-data-generating machine property; the difference between timestamps of first and last events included in an identified sequential pattern and/or sequential rule and/or anomaly and/or exception may not exceed a predefined time window; and storing at least one reference sequential pattern, sequential rule and/or anomaly and/or exception as an output of the mined multi-dimen
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: LIEBHERR-WERK NENZING GMBH
    Inventors: Zornica Vaskova Vasileva, Michael Kocher, Christian Borgelt
  • Patent number: 10739766
    Abstract: A transportation system having a transportation space including destinations distributed in the transportation space, multiple independent automated vehicles configured for free roving through the transportation space to and between the destinations so that the vehicles are dynamically distributed through the transportation space, a control system communicably connected via a remote communication link to each of the vehicles and having a system controller that addresses each vehicle to different destinations, and the control system having a vehicle accountant controller separate and distinct from the system controller and configured to independently register a dynamic location of at least one of the vehicles, selected from the multiple vehicles in the transportation space, and command shutdown, via the remote communication link, to only the selected at least one vehicle at the registered location if the registered location corresponds to a predetermined location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Symbiotic, LLC
    Inventors: Rick K. Dorval, Todd Comins
  • Patent number: 10699248
    Abstract: A system includes: a storage that stores a degree of deterioration determined from information that, for each part of each of air-conditioning facilities and/or refrigeration facilities during past inspections, an inspection worker perceived from the part; a first determiner that corrects and determines, on the basis of a history of degrees of deterioration of each part of the air-conditioning facilities and/or the refrigeration facilities during the past inspections, at least either scheduled dates of inspection of the air-conditioning facilities and/or the refrigeration facilities, or a priority of inspection work that is performed on each part of an air-conditioning facility and/or a cooling facility to be inspected; and a controller that causes an indicator to display at least either information indicating the scheduled dates of inspection or information indicating the priority of inspection work as determined by the first determiner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kento Tamura, Atsushi Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10683101
    Abstract: A method is provided for determining at least one faulty piece of equipment from amongst a plurality of pieces of equipment of an aircraft. A system is also provided that implements the method. The method comprises the steps of reading a plurality of predetermined parameters for monitoring said equipment; defining a list of symptoms associated with said parameters read, using a predetermined correspondence table; attributing a value associated with each symptom according to the parameters read, which value is selected from amongst a predetermined list of values; evaluating for each piece of equipment an occurrence of one or more fault modes for said piece of equipment on the basis of at least one predetermined truth table which associates a fault mode with each combination of symptom values; and determining at least one faulty piece of equipment from amongst one or more pieces of equipment, of which at least one fault mode is currently occurring, referred to as potentially faulty equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES
    Inventors: Pierre Louis-Marie Emmanuel Guibert, David Guan
  • Patent number: 10672206
    Abstract: Systems, methods and apparatuses are provided for detecting faults. The system includes a fault diagnostic computer in an autonomous vehicle configured to, via at least a first platform and a second platform, receive parameter data for processing simultaneously the parameter data in each platform wherein the first and second platforms are redundant configurations of each other wherein the parameter data includes a characteristic of a data; a check platform, coupled to the first and second platforms, for performing a method for checking the parameter data processed by both platforms using a collision test, the method includes: detecting, by applications of the collision test to one or more corresponding data found on each platform, collisions of the data within a tolerance prescribed by the collision test; and determining faults, in either the first platform, the second platform or both, based on results of comparisons of parameter data of the detected collisions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Mohsen Mehdizade, Gurmitsingh M. Banvait
  • Patent number: 10634086
    Abstract: Methods and systems for operating an engine and determining relative compression ratio differences from a reference cylinder are disclosed. In one example, an engine is rotated via a starter or another type of electric machine and engine deceleration rates related to each engine cylinder are determined. The engine deceleration rates form a basis for compression ratio factors for each engine cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Brien Fulton, Hoon Cho, Michiel J. Van Nieuwstadt
  • Patent number: 10599511
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to novel and advantageous systems and methods of processing and managing data in critical or large-scale systems, such as airliner, automobile, space station, power plant, and healthcare systems. Particularly, the present disclosure relates to a rules-driven data and control method mapped onto complementary physical architecture for a more reliable operational system. By maintaining an algebraic encoding of control and application data at fine granularities, whether static or in transit, it is possible to detect, isolate, and correct many errors that would otherwise go undetected. This more dynamic and precise method addresses cases where deteriorating conditions or cataclysmic events affect much of the system simultaneously, including the control system itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Chippewa Data Control LLC
    Inventor: Robert J. Halford
  • Patent number: 10585818
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method is provided for exclusive control of shared memory objects. The method computer-implemented includes transmitting and performing a plurality of accesses to the shared memory objects from local and remote locations via read requests and write requests made to a memory, and controlling the read and write requests by a memory controller including a read queue, a write queue, and a lock address list. The computer-implemented method further includes initiating each read request to the memory via the memory controller whatever the corresponding lock bit is, initiating each write request to the memory from the recently read location via the memory controller when the corresponding lock bit is enabled, otherwise notify the requesting local or remote locations as incomplete, and enabling and disabling the corresponding lock bit after the initiation of the read and write requests to the memory, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Yasunao Katayama
  • Patent number: 10579550
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method is provided for exclusive control of shared memory objects. The method computer-implemented includes transmitting and performing a plurality of accesses to the shared memory objects from local and remote locations via read requests and write requests made to a memory, and controlling the read and write requests by a memory controller including a read queue, a write queue, and a lock address list. The computer-implemented method further includes initiating each read request to the memory via the memory controller whatever the corresponding lock bit is, initiating each write request to the memory from the recently read location via the memory controller when the corresponding lock bit is enabled, otherwise notify the requesting local or remote locations as incomplete, and enabling and disabling the corresponding lock bit after the initiation of the read and write requests to the memory, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Yasunao Katayama
  • Patent number: 10558559
    Abstract: Techniques for calculating a test confidence metric (TCM) are disclosed. Calculating the TCM involves obtaining test results of a testing application. Calculating the TCM is based on confidence scores corresponding respectively to the test results. Calculate a confidence score for a particular test result involves identifying a failure reason for the test result, determining a weight corresponding to the failure reason, and calculating the confidence score based on the weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Mayank Agarwal, Jagannadha Prasad Srinivas Vadlamani, Wendy Mui
  • Patent number: 10546504
    Abstract: A method for manipulating aircraft flight plan segments is provided. A result of an avionics calculation, such as a flight plan sequencing, is selected from among a plurality of results determined by a plurality of systems executed in parallel and placed in competition, each system communicating to at least part of the other systems conditions to be satisfied by the result of a calculation, the method comprises the steps of a given system from among the plurality of systems shares its own calculation result with at least one other system only if its own calculation result satisfies the conditions received from at least one other system. Developments describe various modalities of negotiation and/or selection of the results, the switch to independent and/or the deactivation of a system, voting and/or weighting mechanisms. Software and system aspects are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: THALES
    Inventors: Marc Riedinger, Emmanuel Dewas, Alexandre Darbois
  • Patent number: 10514682
    Abstract: A device system includes a terminal device which is usable by a plant worker, and an information processor which is connectable to the terminal device through a network. The terminal device includes a collector configured to collect a detection result from a sensor which detects a state around a device installed in a plant, and a communicator configured to transmit the detection result collected by the collector to the information processor. The information processor includes a storage which stores teacher data in which past detection results obtained by the sensor and data representing whether or not an abnormality exists in the device are associated with each other, and an analyzer configured to determine whether or not an abnormality exists in the device based on the detection result transmitted from the communicator and the teacher data stored in the storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Yokogawa Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Kazutoshi Kodama
  • Patent number: 10514970
    Abstract: A method of ensuring operation of a calculator includes causing, by a CPU, the calculator to perform a predetermined operation verification calculation of which a correct value that is a resultant value in normal operation is set to ae predetermined value; acquiring, by the CPU, the resultant value of the calculation; referencing, by the CPU using a relative address referencing capability of the CPU, an address that is stored in an address acquired by adding the acquired resultant value to the starting address of the memory; and executing, by the CPU, a function stored at the referenced address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masayuki Yokoyama
  • Patent number: 10509379
    Abstract: An operation support apparatus includes an operation control device controlling a target operation performed for a target facility on the basis of operation control information, which indicates each performed operation, including information of the target facility representing a facility that is a target for performing an operation and information of the target operation indicating contents of the operation performed for the target facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Yokogawa Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Ryouhei Furihata, Yusuke Yokota, Toshihiro Itou, Yoshio Uomori
  • Patent number: 10502761
    Abstract: An improved mode of AFM imaging (Peak Force Tapping (PFT) Mode) uses force as the feedback variable to reduce tip-sample interaction forces while maintaining scan speeds achievable by all existing AFM operating modes. Sample imaging and mechanical property mapping are achieved with improved resolution and high sample throughput, with the mode workable across varying environments, including gaseous, fluidic and vacuum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Bruker Nano, Inc.
    Inventors: Yan Hu, Shuiqing Hu, Chanmin Su
  • Patent number: 10503160
    Abstract: A method includes receiving information defining multiple functional configurations associated with an industrial process control and automation system. The functional configurations identify operations to be performed by the control and automation system. The method also includes receiving, at a test system integrated in the control and automation system, information defining multiple tests to be performed on the control and automation system. The method further includes executing the tests using the test system, where the test system accesses data from both the test system and the control and automation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Cathleen F. Kilpatrick, Antoine Guillot, Meenal Gharpure, Michael James Waynick, Yong Yang
  • Patent number: 10503137
    Abstract: A safety module for an automation system including a communication interface, which is configured for a signal-transmitting connection to a communication system including an output interface, which is configured for a signal-transmitting connection to consumers, which can be attached downstream, and including a processing device which is connected to both interfaces and is configured for processing communication signals from the communication interface and for providing processing results as output signals at the output interface. The processing device is configured such that a safety-related output signal is provided at the output interface if a safety signal, which is contained in a communication signal, is present, and if at least two data records, which are respectively provided in a communication signal, are encoded differently and are directed at the processing device, conform with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: FESTO AG & CO. KG
    Inventors: Martin Gehrke, Martin Maier, Roland Kalberer, Andreas Herzog, Ralf Forcht
  • Patent number: 10452594
    Abstract: Configuration states for a computing device and/or associated peripherals (“profiles”) are stored in one or more non-volatile logic (“NVL”) arrays. Using the non-volatile sub-system for the computing device, triggers for reconfiguration of the respective device or peripherals are provided to an NVL array controller, which controls provision of the new profile(s) for the respective device or peripherals over a dedicated bus to a configuration register that stores the active profiles for the device and associated peripherals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Andreas Waechter, Mark Jung, Steven Craig Bartling, Sudhanshu Khanna
  • Patent number: 10436468
    Abstract: In the present invention, provided is a monitoring device (10) including an operating-state-change information acquisition unit (11) that acquires operating-state-change information indicating a time-series change in operating states of an electrical device, the device being capable of assuming multiple types of operating states, a standard transition pattern storage unit (12) that stores standard transition pattern information indicating a pattern of transition between operating states generated in a normal electrical device, and a monitoring unit (13) that determines whether or not the electrical device is normal using the operating-state-change information and the standard transition pattern information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Satoko Itaya, Yuan Luo, Shin Nakamura, Kenichi Maruhashi
  • Patent number: 10379144
    Abstract: An arrangement having two redundant modules that monitor one another and that each contain a current or voltage source, which is connected to a first line terminal via a first controllable switch and a first current sensor, wherein each module also has a second line terminal and a ground terminal, between which lies a second current sensor in series with a second controllable switch, where each module, when in the functioning state, closes the controllable switches contained therein, and contains a monitoring device connected to the two current sensors of the modules, the monitoring device generating a monitoring signal identifying the corresponding other module as functioning if at least one of the two current sensors detects a current flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Dirk Marenski
  • Patent number: 10382275
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to, among other things, performing automated configuration of infrastructure components associated with a software system. In some examples, configuration information associated with an infrastructure component of a software system may be received. Additionally, a set of instructions configured to enable configuration of the software system may be generated. Based at least in part on execution of the set of instructions, remote feedback associated with the software system may be received. Additionally, in some examples, the infrastructure component may be configured based at least in part on the received remote feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Charles Stickle, Kevin James Wittkopf