Product Assembly Or Manufacturing Patents (Class 700/95)
  • Patent number: 11401684
    Abstract: A perception-based alignment system can assist in aligning a loading machine with a material receptacle. The perception-based alignment system can be associated with a visual sensor network that can capture an image of the material receptacle. A fiducial marker is associated with the material receptacle. In an aspect, the perception-based alignment system can record an alignment data record of a loading operation and associate the alignment data record with the fiducial marker and, in another aspect, the perception-based alignment system can retrieve and execute the alignment data record to assist with a subsequent loading operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey K. Berry, Michael A. Spielman
  • Patent number: 11403444
    Abstract: A method of optimizing golf club head and golf ball design is disclosed herein. The method includes inputting a RBF for stress, a RBF for CT and a RBF for ball speed into an Adaptive Simulated Annealing algorithm to generate an optimized structure for the club head for ball speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventor: James A. Seluga
  • Patent number: 11341305
    Abstract: A method of predicting a shape of a semiconductor device includes implementing a modeled semiconductor shape with respect to a designed semiconductor layout, extracting a plurality of samples by independently linearly combining process variables with respect to the modeled semiconductor shape; generating virtual spectrums with respect to ones of the extracted plurality of samples through optical analysis, indexing the virtual spectrums to produce indexed virtual spectrums, generating a shape prediction model by using the indexed virtual spectrums as an input and the modeled semiconductor shape as an output, and indexing a spectrum measured from a manufactured semiconductor device and inputting the spectrum to the shape prediction model to predict a shape of the manufactured semiconductor device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kwang-Hoon Kim, Do-Yun Kim, Ki-Wook Song, Sung-Bo Shim, Ji-Hye Lee, Dong-Chul Ihm, Woo-Young Cheon
  • Patent number: 11327989
    Abstract: A customized industrial graph knowledge base for an industrial operation includes a graph database storing nodes of multiple dimensions predefined according to the nature and characteristics of the industrial operation. The nodes are extracted from baseline, domain-specific, and implementation specific industrial knowledge data sources using various analytics for structured and unstructured data. The customized industrial graph knowledge base further includes edges representing relationships between nodes that are either inter-dimensional or intra-dimensional. The importance of each node to the industrial operation is further quantified using a graph model and is included in the graph database as a composite filtering parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Accenture Global Solutions Limited
    Inventors: Yikai Wu, Fang Hou, Xiaopei Cheng, Hui Shen
  • Patent number: 11321605
    Abstract: Methods and systems identify frequently-used CAD components and apply machine learning techniques to predict mateable entities and corresponding mate types for those components to automatically add components to a CAD model. An example method includes accessing information regarding CAD model parts and related mate information stored in a computer database, and dividing parts into a plurality of clusters having parts with similar global shape signatures. In response to a new part being added, contextual signatures of entities of the new part are input into a mateability predictor neural network to determine a mateable entity of the new part. Input into a mate-type predictor neural network is (i) a contextual signature of the mateable entity and (ii) a contextual signature of an entity of another part of the CAD model to determine a mate type between the entities. A mate between the new part and the other part is automatically added based on the determined mate type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: DASSAULT SYSTEMES SOLIDWORKS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ameya Divekar, Makarand Apte, Shrikant Savant
  • Patent number: 11318576
    Abstract: A component production method includes: a step of binding a long frame by a plurality of support devices arranged along the frame; a step of measuring, with a distance sensor, a distance to the frame supported by the plurality of support devices; a step in which, based on frame shape data prerecorded in a memory, the support devices move support positions where the frame is supported so that a calculated radial position of the frame being supported by the support devices matches the data about the frame shape; a step of fixing the frame in a state in which the data about the frame shape matches the radial position of the frame; and a step of performing a hole-making operation on the fixed frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Makoto Ishida, Yuji Ito, Kazushi Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 11315053
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for optimizing control of a process includes a computer receiving a process definition and a collection of elements to be arranged in a way that optimizes the utility of the process; initializing the process using a collection of discrete elements (stops, events, work orders, tasks, locations, etc.), and producing a solution for the collection by inserting the elements into the solution using the Minimum Insertion Heuristic; modifying the order of the elements to be inserted and continuing the process to produce solutions with better scores; and continuing to produce solutions based on improving the order of insertion until the process is determined to be sufficiently optimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: TensorX, Inc.
    Inventors: G. Edward Powell, Mark T. Lane
  • Patent number: 11314222
    Abstract: An object is to realize a technology in which a more appropriate power failure operation can be performed when the configuration of a servo system is selected. A selection device 20 includes: a servo system selection unit 21b which selects a servo amplifier corresponding to the specification of a motor and a drive condition of the motor in a servo system; a UI display control unit 21a which receives the setting of a condition on a power failure operation in the servo amplifier selected by the servo amplifier selection unit; and a power failure operation determination unit 21d which determines, based on the condition on the power failure operation received in the power failure operation condition setting unit, a method for the power failure operation in the selected servo amplifier, and the UI display control unit 21a outputs the method for the power failure operation which is determined by the power failure operation determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hironao Tanouchi
  • Patent number: 11306705
    Abstract: A system and a method for monitoring a device including the steps of obtaining operation information from a device, wherein the operation information is associated with the condition of the device in operation; and processing the operation information with a device modelling engine to determine one or more operation conditions of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: City University of Hong Kong
    Inventors: Xin Liu, Zijun Zhang
  • Patent number: 11300943
    Abstract: To provide easy determination of a causative factor of a machining problem in a machining target or easy checking of the effectiveness of an adjustment of, e.g., a machining program, a control command such as a position command, a servo control, or machine operation. This invention includes: storage units storing pieces of machining position data obtained from machining performed based on at least two of a machining program, a control command for performing servo control on a servo motor for driving a machine tool, and pieces of feedback information related to the servo control and machine operation, the machining being performed on a machining target by the machine tool; a machined surface simulation unit performing machined surface simulations based on the stored machining position data; and a display unit displaying images of machined surfaces resulting from the machined surface simulations in a juxtaposed manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nobuaki Aizawa, Wei Zhao
  • Patent number: 11287810
    Abstract: Systems and methods for industrial process control coordination and implementation are disclosed. In some embodiments, a facility coordinator may be configured to: receive a facility prescription from a remote server; translate the facility prescription into one or more commands understood by one or more of a plurality of controllable devices; communicate the one or more commands to the one or more controllable devices; receive sensor data from one or more of a plurality of environmental sensors; determine based on the sensor data whether an aspect of an environment or one or more of the controllable devices violates one or more constraints; and in the event operational, safety, or physical constraints are or will soon be violated, determine a corrective action and send corrective action commands to one or more of the plurality controllable devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Crossno & Kaye, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Foley, Bryan Kaye, Daniel Walsh, Jesse Crossno
  • Patent number: 11275870
    Abstract: It is proposed a computer-implemented method for designing an assembly of parts in a three-dimensional scene. The method comprises: providing at least a first part and a second part, the parts being stored in a database; for each part: (i) querying in the database for one or more constraints applied to the part; (ii) retrieving in the database geometries on which constraints are applied; computing at least one relative position of the first part and the second part by using the retrieved geometries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Dassault Systemes
    Inventors: Michaël Eric Francois Diguet, Marc Nusinovici
  • Patent number: 11250164
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for secret sharing for secure collaborative graphical design. Graphical secret shares are generated from a three-dimensional graphical design and distributed to one or more contributor devices. Contributor graphical designs modifying graphical secret shares may be received from contributor devices. Various corresponding and related systems, methods, and software are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: DESPREZ, LLC
    Inventor: James L Jacobs, II
  • Patent number: 11226856
    Abstract: Methods and systems correlating hypotheses outcomes using relevance scoring for intuition based forewarning are disclosed. For one example, an intuition based forewarning method includes collecting and storing core data and surroundings data, wherein the core data includes parameters describing a system and ring data includes parameters describing surroundings of the system. The collected core data and ring data are analyzed to determine one or more changing situations of the system. A relevance score is provided for each determined changing situation of the system based on the analyzed core data and ring data. Each determined situation is correlated with one or more hypotheses outcomes representing a future system state based on the relevance score. A system forewarning is generated based on the correlated hypotheses outcomes which can be observed by one or more users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: SENSLYTICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rabindra Chakraborty, Jay Kalra, Anupam Awasthi, Amol Awasthi
  • Patent number: 11176660
    Abstract: A method and system for sorting pistons with flaws is disclosed. In an embodiment, a piston with flaws is three dimensionally scanned and compared to a reference image to detect the location and geometry of the flaws. The location and geometry of the flaws are recorded and used to generate a surface condition score. The pistons are sorted based on the surface condition score being higher or lower than a set threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Kegan Luick, Kevin P. Reardon, Allison Karen White, Jason Robert Mrkonich, William Ryan McDermith
  • Patent number: 11170371
    Abstract: A method for managing data in a decentralized blockchain consensus network of nodes interrelated with each other according to a tree-like structure includes publishing, by a root node, a product contract description for a new product, the product contract description including at least product information and product state information. The method further includes generating, by the root node, at least one product item for the new product by publishing a product item contract including at least item identification information, the product contract for the item, item state information, and valid modifier information for information of at least one node to be able to modify the item state. The method also includes updating, by the root node upon generating a new item for a product, the product contract description by including item information into the product contract description.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ghassan Karame, Wenting Li
  • Patent number: 11158133
    Abstract: A method for automatically generating hierarchical exploded views based on assembly constraints and collision detection, in which parts to be exploded are layered in explosion sequence according to a design result of the 3D assembly process planning, and the parts to be exploded in each layer are grouped based on the type and the disassembly direction; a feasible explosion direction of the parts in each layer is determined according to assembly constraints and collision detection; the explosion sequence and explosion direction of the parts in each layer are determined; and then the layered explosion is performed at a certain distance. Ball markers and a part-list are generated after all the parts are exploded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: The 38th Research Institute of China Electronics Technology Group Corporation
    Inventors: Fujun Tian, Xingyu Chen, Hongqi Zhang, Hongqiao Zhou, Yixiong Wei, Lei Guo, Liangxi Chen, Jinwen Zhou, Yanlong Zhang, Jianjun Su
  • Patent number: 11137749
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for the harmonization of color in manufactured items, which allows color tolerances to be established based on pre-defined values and visual observations for the different parts that form the item and the operating conditions for the manufacture of said parts by which means the colors falling within said tolerances can be obtained as well as the acceptance of the color harmonization of the final product by means of the use of algorithms and visual examination by a person or a machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Inventor: Eloisa María Ortiz Obando
  • Patent number: 11136974
    Abstract: A method for controlling and/or monitoring a compressor system is provided. The compressor system includes one or more compressors and one or more peripheral devices. The compressors and peripheral devices are arranged or connected in a predetermined configuration. The compressor system is controlled and/or monitored by a control/monitoring unit. The method involves creating one or more derived models on the basis of one or more initial models of the compressor system that are based on a P&I diagram. The derived models take into account the operative interrelationships among the individual compressors and peripheral devices, and optionally also dynamic processes. The one or more derived models form the basis for subsequent control, monitoring, diagnosis or evaluation routines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: KAESER KOMPRESSOREN SE
    Inventors: Florian Wagner, Andreas Birkenfeld, Anika Hartwich
  • Patent number: 11063965
    Abstract: A system including a deep learning processor obtains response data of at least two data types from a set of process stations performing operations as part of a manufacturing process. The system analyzes factory operation and control data to generate expected behavioral pattern data. Further, the system uses the response data to generate actual behavior pattern data for the process stations. Based on an analysis of the actual behavior pattern data in relation to the expected behavioral pattern data, the system determines whether anomalous activity has occurred as a result of the manufacturing process. If it is determined that anomalous activity has occurred, the system provides an indication of this anomalous activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Nanotronics Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew C. Putman, John B. Putman, Vadim Pinskiy, Damas Limoge, Andrew Sundstrom, James Williams, III
  • Patent number: 11004030
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are embodiments of systems, methods, and computer program products to process product return requests. In one embodiment, the method includes performing image analysis on the electronic device; retrieving business rules governing the warranty plan of a service provider associated with the electronic device; and determining whether the electronic device is accepted under the warranty plan based on the business rules and the image analysis associated with the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: FedEx Supply Chain Logistics & Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Randy W. Engel, Edgar A. Grigalis
  • Patent number: 10986144
    Abstract: A system to support collaboration among client devices on a network comprising: a storage device that includes a class data structure to associate a message object, a file object, and a task object; a message bus module to communicate over the network; a file module configured to associate a message a file object instance with at least one of a message object instance and a task object instance; a task module configured to associate a task object instance with at least one of a message object instance and a file object instance; and a message module configured to associate a message with at least one of a file object instance, and a task object instance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: HealthLinx Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kijoon Lee, Maksim Ustinov
  • Patent number: 10937248
    Abstract: An automobile production system includes an image-pickup device configured to take images of vehicles to be manufactured on a manufacturing line, and a control device configured to control the image-pickup device. The control device associates the images of the vehicles to be manufactured acquired from the image-pickup device with information about purchasers of the vehicles to be manufactured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshihiko Watanabe, Yuji Nabeshima, Koji Kawasaka
  • Patent number: 10929787
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a process scanner and a processor connected with the process scanner. The processor is configured to retrieve, via the processing scanner, operation information indicative of a serial number of an operation, an operation number, an order number of an order associated with the operation, a work time spent on the operation, and a material number of a material associated with the operation. The processor associates the operation information with a first user assigned to the operation, and saves, to a history database, a process record. The record includes the first user, a time element, a location of the operation, a completion status of the operation, a current status of the operation, and one or more turnbacks of the operation. The processor outputs to a display a graphic of the operation information and a balance of user time associated with the operation information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventors: Alfredo Rodriguez Diaz, Pedro E. Rivera Figueroa, Wilfredo Xavier Perez-Jimenez, Orlando Rosado Nieves, Jose A. Gonzalez Velez, Ahmed David Costas Lopez, Migna Delgado Ocasio, Radames Tricoche Pedrogo, Luis R. Soto Guzman
  • Patent number: 10885561
    Abstract: A platform facilitates buyers, sellers, and third parties in obtaining information related to each other's transaction histories, such as a supplier's shipment history, the types of materials typically shipped, a supplier's customers, a supplier's expertise, what materials and how much a buyer purchases, buyer and shipper reliability, similarity between buyers, similarity between suppliers, and the like. The platform aggregates data from a variety of sources, including, without limitation, customs data associated with actual import/export transactions, non-public shipper records, and facilitates the generation of reports as to the quality of buyers and suppliers, the reports relating to a variety of parameters that are associated with buyer and supplier quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Panjiva, Inc.
    Inventors: James Ryan Psota, Joshua Green
  • Patent number: 10882303
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of generating and modifying a virtual model of a set of teeth, where the method provides that a restoration can be inserted into a physical model of the set of teeth manufactured from the virtual model of the set of teeth. A method of and a system for generating a virtual model of a set of teeth for manufacturing a physical model of the set of teeth, and to a physical model of a set of teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: 3SHAPE A/S
    Inventors: Rune Fisker, Sven Nonboe
  • Patent number: 10867306
    Abstract: A validation engine validates product demand data using novel supply-demand imbalance data. Validating the product demand data provides confidence that the demand data is accurate. Confidence in the demand data allows manufacturers, distributors, and others involved in commerce to rely upon the demand data for product manufacture and ordering. The validation engine correlates determined product demand data with product supply data to generate ‘imbalance data’. The product supply data represents data for the same time period as the time period of the product demand data. The imbalance data is, in one embodiment, a difference between the product supply data and the product demand data. In one embodiment, the validation engine generates the imbalance data by subtracting product demand data from the supply data associated with the same product. Negative imbalance data indicates undersupplied products, and positive imbalance data indicates oversupplied products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Versata Development Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel P. Karipides, Elizabeth M. Schwartz, John W. Kamm, IV, James H. Ogden
  • Patent number: 10832919
    Abstract: A method for modeling planarization performance of a given material includes patterning a first photoresist layer over a first material deposited over a substrate. The method also includes etching portions of the first material exposed by the patterned first photoresist layer to create a patterned topography of the first material comprising two or more different design macros in two or more different regions. The method further includes coating the given material over the patterned topography of the first material, patterning a second photoresist layer over the given material, measuring the critical dimension of a metrology feature in each of the two or more different regions, and utilizing the measured critical dimensions of the metrology feature in the two or more different regions to generate a model of the planarization performance of the given material by relating the measured critical dimensions to focal planes of the given material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Romain Lallement, Stuart A. Sieg
  • Patent number: 10812316
    Abstract: Implementations described and claimed herein provide systems and methods for investigating, tracking, preventing, and providing accountability for telecommunication network outages, particularly human error outages. In one implementation, a ticket is received for a network outage. The ticket specifies a responsible team and an estimated outage reason for the network outage. The estimated outage reason indicates a human error by the responsible team. A notification of the ticket is provided to the responsible team. The notification prompts an action by the responsible team. The action specifies whether the team made the human error. The ticket is completed based on the action and stored. The completed ticket details a root cause of the network outage and a performance management strategy for preventing future network outages similar to the network outage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Level 3 Communications, LLC
    Inventors: James Male, Cecil Sunder, Paul J. Yelton, Jennifer L. Moses
  • Patent number: 10753976
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods for detecting transient high-torque events associated with rotating machinery in an electric power system. In one embodiment, a relay may include an electrical parameters module that receives a representation of a voltage and a current at a terminal of rotating machinery in an electric power system. A torque calculation module may continuously determine a calculated torque value for the rotating machinery using the representation of the voltage and the current at the terminal of the rotating machinery and compare each calculated torque value to a threshold. An action module may generate an alarm when the calculated torque value exceeds the threshold. A log module may generate a log comprising a peak of the calculated torque value and a time at which the peak torque value occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale S. Finney, Normann Fischer, Derrick Haas
  • Patent number: 10751878
    Abstract: Methods and systems for billing the use of a robot, including methods and systems for reducing a robot's functionality based on a user's account information. In some embodiments, the system comprises a computer readable memory comprising a database with a user's account information, a processor operably coupled to the computer readable memory and to a robot, a checking application stored on the computer readable memory and executable by the processor for determining if the user's account is active based on the account data and a functionality reducing application stored on the computer readable memory executable by the processor for reducing the robot's functionality to a reduced state if the checking application determines the user's account is not active and limiting the robot's functionality to the reduced state until the checking application determines that the user's account is active.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: A&K Robotics Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Henry Anderson, Jessica Hil-Yin Yip, Anson Yan Shun Kung, Ranjit Singh Khangura
  • Patent number: 10732609
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to produce fluid control device components are related fluid control devices. An example method of producing a valve component, includes: accessing a first request from a user interface device to produce a valve component, the first request specifying first characteristics of the valve component; when the first characteristics are not associated with a first build file, comparing the first characteristics to first reference characteristics to determine if the first characteristics satisfy a threshold; if the first characteristics do not satisfy the threshold, providing feedback accessible at the user interface device to change the first characteristics to second characteristics, where the second characteristics satisfy the threshold; and when the first characteristics are associated with the first build file or when the first or second characteristics satisfy the threshold, causing, using the one or more processors, an additive manufacturing machine to produce the valve component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: FISHER CONTROLS INTERNATIONAL LLC
    Inventor: Thomas N. Gabriel
  • Patent number: 10710218
    Abstract: A compliance unit includes a return piston that causes a first body and a second body to return to a home position and a locking mechanism that locks the return piston in the home position. The locking mechanism includes a locking member that is capable of being freely displaced to a locking position where the locking member is fixed in place by being in contact with the return piston and to a non-locking position where the locking member is not in contact with the return piston and is not fixed in place, a locking spring that presses the locking member toward the locking position, an unlocking piston that presses the locking member toward the non-locking position, an unlocking pressure chamber that causes the unlocking piston to generate thrust, and an unlocking port for supplying air to the unlocking pressure chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: SMC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Motohiro Sato
  • Patent number: 10706438
    Abstract: Systems and methods for the generation of a promotional design matrix with recommendation overlay are provided. A product, discount, quantity and offer structure selection are received from a user, or are imputed based upon previous offers. Variants for the discount vale and quantity are generated by incrementing these values. The quantity and its variants are each assigned to a column of a design matrix, while the discount and variants are assigned to the design matrix rows. At each intersection of a row and column of the design matrix a plurality of offer structures based upon the offer structure selection is generated. The system applies recommendation logic to flag offers that are most likely to be successful based upon their performance, feasibility and diversity. This flagging may include placing an icon, such as a star, next to the recommended offers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: EVERSIGHT, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Montero, Jamie Eldredge, John Brockardt, Kevin Hsieh, Lynn Murphy, Jacob Solotaroff, David Moran
  • Patent number: 10684831
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes: a processor configured to: conduct lexical analysis on an interpreter-type source code; compress a source code, on which the lexical analysis has been conducted, by using a compression dictionary that associates an internal code and a compression code; when an execution command of an interpreter is received for the source code compressed, convert the source code compressed into an internal code in accordance with the compression dictionary; and sequentially execute processing in accordance with the internal code converted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Masahiro Kataoka, Takaki Ozawa, Kohshi Yamamoto, Tomohiko Hosaka
  • Patent number: 10679493
    Abstract: An apparatus, method, program product, and system are disclosed for cognitive-based incident response. A sensor module captures baseline environment data related to a traffic incident using one or more sensors at a location of the traffic incident. A recommendation module generates and makes available, in real-time, one or more recommendations for responding to the traffic incident using cognitive computing processes based on the baseline environment data, the one or more recommendations comprising precautionary information for managing one or more emergency situations at the traffic incident. An update module continuously captures new environment data for the traffic incident using the one or more sensors, supplements the baseline environment data with the new environment data, and generates and makes available, in real-time, one or more updated recommendations based on the supplemented environment data using the supplemented environment data and the cognitive computing processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: David B. Kumhyr, John F. Behnken, Louie A. Dickens, Rodolfo Lopez
  • Patent number: 10655236
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an electrode structure which can detect the electric current and optionally activate alarm signals in electrolytic cells for the electrodeposition of non-ferrous metals, for example for electrowinning of metals, in particular for the electrolytic production of copper and other non-ferrous metals proceeding from ionic solutions. The present invention further relates to a data acquisition system to be used in connection with said electrode structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: INDUSTRIE DE NORA S.P.A.
    Inventor: Felix Prado Pueo
  • Patent number: 10657721
    Abstract: In some embodiments of the present disclosure, augmented reality and/or virtual reality technologies are used to present information for a vehicle to a technician. A virtual object model file that includes a context model and at least one assembly detail model is created based on a vehicle design model. A VR/AR device uses its camera to generate video of a vehicle, and superimposes a depiction of a vehicle component or assembly from the virtual object model file over the video in the location in which the vehicle component or assembly is actually located, as if the vehicle were “see-through.” The VR/AR device may then also allow the technician to select specific components of the depicted assembly in order to retrieve and display detailed information about the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: PACCAR INC
    Inventors: David Wei-Cheng Yin, Dirk Maiwald, William Timothy Ryan, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10632801
    Abstract: A tire characteristic determination system is disclosed. The tire characteristic determination system includes a memory device that stores tire-engaging data related to one or more tire-engaging value to be utilized for spatially manipulating a tire about a wheel for forming a tire-wheel assembly. The tire characteristic determination device includes a tire-engaging test probe that is urged adjacent the tire at one or more tire displacement distances or is urged against the tire with one or more amounts of urging forces. The tire characteristic determination device is communicatively-coupled to the memory device for communicating the one or more tire displacement distances or the one or more amounts of urging forces to the memory device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Android Industries LLC
    Inventor: Joshua James Hicks
  • Patent number: 10613512
    Abstract: The invention pertains to a method of manufacturing parts, where each part must satisfy a global dimensional requirement on a specific dimension of said part akin to a tolerance stack up comprising at least two tolerances, each tolerance corresponding to a characteristic dimension of the part, where: the global dimensional requirement is fixed so that the specific dimension of the parts has a mean ?0 and a standard deviation oG lying in a global acceptance range constructed on the basis of one or more statistical criteria; a reference dimension is chosen from among the characteristic dimensions, and a mean ??? and a standard deviation oref of said reference dimension are calculated on the basis of a sample of collected parts; a range of acceptance for the other characteristic dimensions of the tolerance stack up constructed with the same statistical criterion or criteria as the global acceptance range is calculated on the basis of the global acceptance range and on the basis of the mean ITO and the standard d
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES
    Inventors: Olivier Ferry, Arnaud Cambefort, Charles Cleret De Langavant, Pascal Courtin, Nicolas Hardouin
  • Patent number: 10615609
    Abstract: A selection apparatus includes a storage unit for storing a start-up condition of the selection apparatus and specification data representing performance of each of a plurality of motor systems, an information reception unit for receiving start-up information and machine condition, a start-up determination unit that determines that start-up can be performed when the start-up information received by the information reception unit is coincident with the start-up condition stored in the storage unit and determines that start-up cannot be performed in the case of noncoincidence thereof, a selection unit that collates, when the start-up determination unit determines that start-up can be performed, the machine condition received by the information reception unit with the specification data and executes selection processing for selecting the motor system conforming to the machine condition from among a plurality of the motor systems, and an information output unit for outputting a processing result by the selection
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kenta Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10593489
    Abstract: A pressing switch mechanism includes a housing, a board that is accommodated in the housing, a switch portion that is fixed to the board and generates a click feeling according to pressing a pressed portion in a direction approaching the board, and an operation plate which includes a bowl-shaped recessed surface that is recessed from a surface of the housing, of which an outer peripheral edge is supported by the housing, which is displaceably bent in the direction approaching the board, and in which a bottom wall portion of the recessed surface protruding inward the housing is in contact with the pressed portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Panasonic i-PRO Sensing Solutions Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuhito Oomori, Tatsuya Tobimatsu, Noboru Takada, Eiji Takahashi, Izumi Sato
  • Patent number: 10576990
    Abstract: A device for operating an apparatus comprising a first controller configured to be controlled by a first control signal, a second controller configured to be controlled by a second control signal, a control unit operatively connected to the first controller and the second controller, wherein the first controller and the second controller are both configured to operate the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Axel Freiwald, Bejoy Mathews, Antonio Vilela
  • Patent number: 10515083
    Abstract: An event analysis device includes an event collector configured to collect event log data which represents operation history of a DCS operator; an event analyzer configured to analyze event log data collected by the event collector to extract analysis result data representing operation method based on the operation of the DCS operator or analysis result data representing operation intention based on the operation of the DCS operator; an operation sequence extractor configured to extract analysis result data respectively in every period in specified multiple periods and extract operation sequence sorting analysis result data based on operation time; and an operation sequence clusterer configured to cluster the operation sequence based on the degree of the similarity between the operation sequences which are different from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Yokogawa Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Zhuo Liu, Yuichi Sakuraba
  • Patent number: 10481678
    Abstract: Interface-based modeling and design of three dimensional spaces using two dimensional representations are provided herein. An example method includes converting a three dimensional space into a two dimensional space using a map projection schema, where the two dimensional space is bounded by ergonomic limits of a human, and the two dimensional space is provided as an ergonomic user interface, receiving an anchor position within the ergonomic user interface that defines a placement of an asset relative to the three dimensional space when the two dimensional space is re-converted back to a three dimensional space, and re-converting the two dimensional space back into the three dimensional space for display along with the asset, within an optical display system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: DAQRI LLC
    Inventor: Sterling Crispin
  • Patent number: 10466681
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods for machining knowledge reuse by determining a machining strategy for a designated part to be formed, based at least in part on machining strategy information used to form one or more similar parts. Methods include receiving an input representation (such as a 3D model) of the designated part, searching a machining knowledge database for one or more similar parts that have a shape similar to the designated part, retrieving machining strategy information that was used to form the similar parts, and deriving a machining strategy for the designated part based at least in part on the machining strategy information used to form the similar parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Machine Research Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Thomas Jones, Brian Dean McCabe, Christopher John Skubic
  • Patent number: 10436894
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to system and method of processing meteorological data. The system receives meteorological data corresponding to a geographic region for a storm event. A hail data indicator pair comprising a first hail data indicator and a second hail data indicator is selected, with hail data indicators being meteorological data which directly or indirectly indicates hail activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventors: Daron D. Sneed, Michael J. Weissbluth
  • Patent number: 10430846
    Abstract: A platform facilitates buyers, sellers, and third parties in obtaining information related to each other's transaction histories, such as a supplier's shipment history, the types of materials typically shipped, a supplier's customers, a supplier's expertise, what materials and how much a buyer purchases, buyer and shipper reliability, similarity between buyers, similarity between suppliers, and the like. The platform aggregates data from a variety of sources, including, without limitation, customs data associated with actual import/export transactions, non-public shipper records, and facilitates the generation of reports as to the quality of buyers and suppliers, the reports relating to a variety of parameters that are associated with buyer and supplier quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Panjiva, Inc.
    Inventors: James Ryan Psota, Joshua Green
  • Patent number: 10429320
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a method of tool matching that employs an auto-learning feedback loop to update a library of key parameters. According to the method, measurements are performed on a control wafer to collect a set of parameters associated with the process/analysis tool that is being matched. When deviated parameters correlate to a correctable tool condition (i.e. a tool matching event), the parameters are added to the library of key parameters. These key or critical parameters may be monitored on a more frequent basis to identify deviations that have a strong likelihood of matching with a correctable tool condition. The tool matching methodology advantageously allows for monitoring of an automatically updated list of key parameters instead of needing to look at the full set of parameters collected from a control wafer each time. As such, tool matching can be performed on a more frequent basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: KLA-Tencor Corporation
    Inventors: Francis Raquel, Matthew Manzer, Christopher Lee
  • Patent number: 10417924
    Abstract: Methods and system are disclosed that generate configurable visual work instructions. In one aspect, information to assemble multiple variants of a product is compiled, determined by multiple routing operations and allocation of multiple components of the product to the multiple routing operations. A sequence of instructions to assemble the multiple variants of the product to verify an order of the multiple routing operations and the allocation of the components to the multiple operations may be simulated. Upon verification, a superset of visual work instructions corresponding to the sequence of instructions to assemble the multiple variants of the product may be generated. Upon receiving a request to assemble a desired variant of the product, a configuration including attributes associated with the desired variant of the product may be generated. Based on the configuration, the superset of visual work instructions may be reduced to a subset of visual work instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventor: Stephan Kohlhoff