Design Or Planning Patents (Class 700/97)
  • Patent number: 11891193
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for assembling a wing. Methods include suspending an upper wing panel of an aircraft beneath a shuttle, translating a rib to a position it, and placing the rib into contact with, then affixing the rib to, the upper wing panel, while suspended. Some methods include installing ribs and spars to the upper wing panel, and joining a lower wing panel to the ribs and spars, while the upper wing panel is suspended. Some methods involve joining ribs to spars (e.g., all, or some) to produce a support structure that is then affixed to the upper wing panel. Systems include a shuttle that suspends an upper wing panel, and a cart that includes supports to hold a rib, a chassis to translate the rib to a position beneath the upper wing panel, and a lifting apparatus to lift the rib into contact with the upper wing panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Daniel R. Smith, Darrell D. Jones
  • Patent number: 11883961
    Abstract: A method includes, during a processing cycle: navigating the sanding head across a region of a workpiece according to a toolpath; and, based on a sequence of force values output by a force sensor coupled to the sanding head, deviating the sanding head from the toolpath to maintain forces of the sanding head on the workpiece region proximal a target force. The method also includes: detecting a sequence of positions of the sanding head traversing the workpiece region; interpreting a surface contour in the workpiece region based on the sequence of positions; detecting a difference between the surface contour and a corresponding target surface defined in a target model of the workpiece; generating a second toolpath for the workpiece region based on the difference; and, during a second processing cycle, navigating the sanding head across the workpiece region according to the second toolpath to reduce the difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2023
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: GrayMatter Robotics Inc.
    Inventors: Avadhoot L. Ahire, Yi-Wei Chen, Satyandra K Gupta, Ariyan M. Kabir, Ashish Kulkarni, Ceasar G. Navarro, Jr., Martin G. Philo, Brual C. Shah
  • Patent number: 11861739
    Abstract: A programmable manufacturing advisor includes an information unit that receives measurements for at least one parameter of each operation of a plurality of operations in the manufacturing process, and an analytics unit that determines a baseline performance metric for the manufacturing process based on the measurements of the at least one parameter. The programmable manufacturing advisor also includes an optimization unit that determines a recommended improvement action by determining a predicted performance metric for the manufacturing process based on an adjusted value of the at least one parameter and comparing the predicted performance metric to the baseline performance metric. The optimization unit also automatically presents the recommended improvement action to the operations manager.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
    Inventors: Semyon M. Meerkov, Pooya Alavian, Liang Zhang
  • Patent number: 11828044
    Abstract: A work analysis device includes a state data acquisition unit state, a work specification unit, and an output unit. The data acquisition unit acquires state data indicating a state of a work machine. The work specification unit specifies, based on the acquired state data, a classification of work of the work machine for each of the multiple times, and collects the classification of work in a chronological order. The output unit outputs a time series of the specified classification of work.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventors: Shintaro Hamada, Minami Sugimura
  • Patent number: 11810034
    Abstract: Conventional resource management systems often merely assign resource data to accounts determined on a yearly basis, which does not provide an efficient means of planning for changes at a more granular level, or for making adjustments if an allocation needs to be modified during a budget period. An embodiment of the invention provides a method for managing modifications to an allocation. Modifications to an allocation may be represented as deltas, and the deltas may be evaluated against a set of rules to determine a precedence for selectively applying the deltas. The deltas may be selectively applied to the allocation according to the precedence to generate an allocation instance, and the allocation instance may be adapted into a location of a user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: Kardin Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Schwartz, Vince Rohr
  • Patent number: 11778800
    Abstract: An article management apparatus allocates articles necessary for a board working machine out of the articles stored in a storage based on a production plan of the board working machine that performs a predetermined board work on the board to produce the board product. The article management apparatus includes a first setting section, a second setting section, and a selecting section. The first setting section allows a user of the board working machine to set a restriction condition for each production plan of the board product. The second setting section allows the user to set a priority among multiple priority elements when allocating the articles for the articles needed in a case of producing the board product under the restriction condition set by the first setting section. The selecting section allocates the articles based on the priority of the priority element set by the second setting section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: FUJI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuya Fukao, Kazuyuki Ishiyama, Fumitaka Kato, Tomoko Ozaki
  • Patent number: 11762283
    Abstract: Techniques relating to synthesizing masks for use in manufacturing a semiconductor device are disclosed. A plurality of training masks, for a machine learning (ML) model, are generated by synthesizing one or more polygons, relating to a design pattern for the semiconductor device, using Inverse Lithography Technology (ILT) (106). The ML model is trained using both the plurality of training masks generated using ILT, and the design pattern for the semiconductor device, as inputs (108). The trained ML model is configured to synthesize one or more masks, for use in manufacturing the semiconductor device, based on the design pattern (110).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: Synopsys, Inc.
    Inventors: Amyn A. Poonawala, Jason Jiale Shu, Thomas Christopher Cecil
  • Patent number: 11710203
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus and method for generating title products. A device accepts a title product search request for a title product for a property. The device initiates a search of databases that contain information about the property such as data or evidence of title. A rule engine compares the retrieved information with business rules such as title insurance underwriting criteria. The comparison provides results for generating a title report, insurance contract or other title insurance products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2023
    Assignee: FIRST AMERICAN TITLE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: David H. Blackman, Terry A. Ehrhard
  • Patent number: 11699117
    Abstract: A control system and control method for controlling a process performed by production equipment. The control system has a first interface configured to obtain, from a data provisioning module, production control data for operating the production equipment wherein the production control data relates to operating instructions configured to control the production equipment to automatically process a plurality of physical items and their respective components. It further includes a risk evaluator module configured to determine for each item a total risk value based on partial risk values associated with the respective components, and further configured to detect a change in the determined total risk values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2023
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventor: Sascha Shuxia Zhu
  • Patent number: 11654005
    Abstract: The invention relates to methods for preparing a three-dimensional digital model of a prosthetic denture base for fabrication using a light-based three-dimensional printing apparatus. A virtual reference model of a prosthetic denture base is prepared and manipulated to establish specific spatial orientation and angular inclination with respect to the build platform surface of the printing apparatus. Methods may include performing a corrective digital scaling process on the virtual reference model in order to achieve further improvements to dimensional accuracy in the fabrication of prosthetic denture bases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignee: DENTSPLY SIRONA INC.
    Inventors: Md Abu Hasan, Dan Ammon
  • Patent number: 11657555
    Abstract: Automating conversion of drawings to indoor maps and plans. One example is a computer-implemented method comprising: preprocessing an original CAD drawing and thereby creating a modified CAD drawing, a text database containing text from the modified CAD drawing, a CAD vector-image of the modified CAD drawing, and a CAD raster-image of the modified CAD drawing; creating a floor-level bounding line that encircles a floor depicted in the modified CAD drawing, the creating by applying the CAD raster-image, the CAD vector-image, and the text database to a floor-level machine-learning algorithm; applying an active contour model to an initial floor-level segmentation created from the floor-level bounding line to create an intermediate floor outline that delineates the floor; removing drawing-entities from the modified CAD drawing that are a predetermine distance away from the intermediate floor outline to create a final floor outline; and creating an indoor map using the final floor outline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignee: POINTR LIMITED
    Inventors: Ege Çetintaş, Melih Peker, Umeyr Kiliç, Can Tunca
  • Patent number: 11633268
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and/or computer-readable media described herein provide technical solutions to the highly technical problems of machine generation of dental restorations. In particular, these systems, methods and/or computer readable media may provide technical solutions to aid in the creation of dental restorations that more closely resemble a natural tooth (including its internal optical structure). These systems, methods and/or computer readable media may help in virtually rendering a tooth, including its internal optical structure, and apply these renderings (e.g., digital models) to the fabrication of the dental restoration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Yosi Moalem, Gilad Elbaz, Ofer Saphier, Maayan Moshe, Shai Ayal, Doron Malka
  • Patent number: 11583928
    Abstract: A method of additively manufacturing includes generating a thermal model driven scan map that identifies an equiaxed cap region, a single crystal (SX) region, and a columnar to equiaxed transition (CET) region; and forming an active melt pool with respect to the thermal model driven scan map such that a depth of the active melt pool is greater than a thickness of the equiaxed transition (CET) region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: Raytheon Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Ranadip Acharya, Vijay Narayan Jagdale
  • Patent number: 11579596
    Abstract: In order to monitor the operational status of a plant, a plant monitoring apparatus 10 includes: a control program acquisition unit 11 configured to acquire a control program for controlling the plant on the basis of sensor data from a sensor installed in the plant; a causal relationship extraction unit 12 configured to extract, from the control program, causal relationships between a plurality of signals that are used in the plant; a causal relationship specification unit 13 configured to specify the current state of the plurality of signals and compare the specified state and the extracted causal relationships to specify a causal relationship corresponding to the specified state; and a display unit 14 configured to display the specified causal relationship on a screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masafumi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 11576992
    Abstract: A method and a system for generating a fragrance (also referred to herein as perfume) are disclosed. A method may comprise providing a perfume blender machine (100) and cartridges (102) for storing liquid olfactory ingredients (112), the machine comprising dispensing means to dispense olfactory ingredients (112) from the cartridges (102) for generating a fragrance (114); controlling the dispensing means to generate a fragrance (114) based on instructions given by a user on the liquid olfactory ingredients (112) to be blended and the quantity of each; and generating a recipe with the information of the ingredients (112) and their respective quantities which have been used to generate the fragrance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Manuel Gimeno Asin, Jakub Jan Jedlinski, Hugo Lasala Alonso, Alvaro Suarez Iribarne
  • Patent number: 11573560
    Abstract: The invention discloses a material transport method between process points of a photovoltaic production line. A mobile robot receives an instruction to transport materials from one process point to another, and the mobile robot and the process point dock based on near field communication to take or discharge materials. In the operation method and system of the invention, the flower baskets are transported from one process point to another on the photovoltaic production line by means of a mobile robot instead of manual human effort, significantly improving the automation degree and production efficiency of the photovoltaic production line, ensuring transportation safety, and reducing labor cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Assignee: SUZHOU XINYOUHUA INVESTMENT ADVISOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Junwei Zhao
  • Patent number: 11537765
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and software for placing, customizing, and pricing part marks for use in one or more part designs that are represented in a computer model. Placement may be performed as a function of particular locations of part designs. Users may customize part marks by determining particular attributes thereof, such as textual content, font, and/or manufacturing method, among others. A user may manipulate a graphical user interface in order to determine various attributes that further define part mark. Pricing may be performed as a function of user-determined attributes and/or data from one or more pricing catalogs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: Benko, LLC
    Inventors: James L. Jacobs, II, John E. Cronin, Kyle W. Kulp, Steven M. Lynch
  • Patent number: 11526819
    Abstract: Out of office management is provided to an institution and customers of the institution. Employee data can be monitored of one or more employees of the institution. A likelihood an employee is out of office is determined. A set of projects of the employee that are affected by the out of office is determined. The projects are analyzed to determine departure scores for each project of the set of projects. The projects are ranked according to the departure scores to determine criticality of each project. The projects are reassigned based on the employee data and the ranking. Customer sentiments are monitored after reassignment for machine learning to affect future out of office reassignments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
    Inventors: Lalitha Lakshmipathy, Tapan Totla, Naveen Gururaja Yeri, Fordjour Y. Kyei, Janaki R. Akella, Narender Dhiman, Ramamohan S, Kevin J. Hale
  • Patent number: 11511380
    Abstract: A method for capturing a tool path, applicable to a machine tool having a controller and furnished with a tooling, includes the steps of: obtaining a data update frequency of the controller; calculating a feed rate of the controller, determining whether or not the feed rate is obtained, going to next step if positive, and going to the previous step if negative; reading G-codes of the controller to confirm the feed rate; and, based on the confirmed feed rate, recording machine coordinates transmitted from the controller for synthesizing a tool path file. The tool path file is used for simulation and analysis of machining of the machine tool. In addition, a device for capturing the tool path is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Yu-Ling Chang, Chih-Yuan Hsu, Guo-Wei Wang, Yu-An Tseng, Yung-Sheng Chang, Bei-Hua Yang, Chia-Chun Li, Shuo-Peng Liang
  • Patent number: 11494662
    Abstract: Today, product developers with customized small batch production needs come across the problem of finding capable and flexible manufacturers, while manufacturers face underutilization due to inconsistent demand. In this disclosure, a digital manufacturing framework is presented to address the challenge of matching the underutilized manufacturers with the new product developers. This disclosure presents a Production as a Service (PaaS) framework to connect users (consumers or product developers) who have customized small batch manufacturing needs, with manufacturers that have existing underutilized resources. PaaS is a cloud-based, centralized framework based on a service oriented architecture (SOA) that abstracts the manufacturing steps of a product as individual (production) service requests. PaaS creates a market place for small-to-mid sized manufacturing industry by coordinating multiple manufacturers to provide the requested services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
    Inventors: Kira Barton, Yikai Lin, Zhuoqing M. Mao, Dawn M. Tilbury, Efe Balta
  • Patent number: 11475307
    Abstract: Systems and methods for automating information extraction from piping and instrumentation diagrams is provided. Traditional systems and methods do not provide for end-to-end and automated data extraction from the piping and instrumentation diagrams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Tata Consultancy Services Limited
    Inventors: Monika Sharma, Rohit Rahul, Lovekesh Vig, Shubham Paliwal
  • Patent number: 11468211
    Abstract: A method of operating a computer aided design (CAD) system model for modelling an article to be manufactured includes receiving a representation of the article, receiving constraints for the article, determining a maximum permissible curvature of one or more parts of the article, measuring the maximum curvature of the one or more parts of the article in the received representation and comparing the measured maximum curvature with the maximum permissible curvature. If the measured maximum curvature of at least one of the one or more parts exceeds the determined maximum permissible curvature, an error indication is provided. If the measured maximum curvature of each of the one or more parts does not exceed the determined maximum permissible curvature, the received representation for the article is stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: Siemens Industry Software Limited
    Inventor: Peter A. Knight
  • Patent number: 11441997
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to quality control for point-of-care medical diagnostic systems. In various embodiments, the system includes an on-board storage containing a synthetic quality control material, a plurality of sub-systems having a plurality of operating parameters and including a material analyzer, a database storing quality control results that include results of the material analyzer analyzing the synthetic quality control material over time, one or more processors, and at least one memory storing instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the system to, automatically without user intervention: generate a control chart based on the quality control results, determine that a parameter of the plurality of operating parameters is out-of-tolerance based on the control chart, and adjust at least one of the plurality of sub-systems without user intervention to bring the out-of-tolerance parameter to within tolerance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: IDEXX LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventors: Jeremy Hammond, Timothy Butcher, Jui Ming Lin, James Russell
  • Patent number: 11431817
    Abstract: An electronic device, non-transitory computer readable medium and a method for management of network based media processing functions is provided. The method includes receiving a list of functions included in a functions repository; building a workflow using functions within the list of functions; determining an output of a first function and an input of a second function that are not compatible; inserting compatibility functions between the first function and the second function; creating a function group with the first function, the compatibility functions, and the second function; replacing each instance where the first function immediately precedes the second function with the function group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Prakash Kolan, Imed Bouazizi
  • Patent number: 11429087
    Abstract: In order to improve the planning and implementation of the manufacture of a product in a manufacturing plant, the manufacturing plant is modeled via a machine network plan modeling the manufacturing plant as a network of manufacturing nodes, and the product to be manufactured being modeled via a product synthesis plan modeling the hierarchical structure of the product in the form of a tree of product synthesis nodes. The machine network plan and the product synthesis plan are linked with each other to form a manufacturing sequence, in which a manufacturing node of the machine network plan is selected for each operation node of the product synthesis plan, which selected manufacturing node carries out the manufacturing process to be carried out at the relevant operation node. The manufacturing sequence is carried out in the manufacturing plant via a system controller in order to produce the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: B&R INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION GMBH
    Inventors: Thomas Zehnder, Stefan Huber
  • Patent number: 11422536
    Abstract: A new method is disclosed for monitoring the operation of a corrugated board production plant, the method provides for detecting at least one operational parameter of a functional unit of the plant, for example a current absorbed by a motor. Then, the current value of a statistical function of the operational parameter is calculated in a current temporal window. The maximum value and the minimum value of the same statistical function are calculated based on historicized data of the operational parameter in question. By comparing the current value of the statistical function and the maximum and minimum values, a piece of information of predictive diagnostics is obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Fosber S.p.A.
    Inventors: Mauro Adami, Marco Imposti, Gianluca Berrettini
  • Patent number: 11416828
    Abstract: Systems and methods discussed herein are related to optimizing time slot yield rates. A method can include: determining that an earlier time slot has become available; identifying a set of users corresponding with preexisting time slots scheduled for a time later than the available earlier time slot; ranking the set of users according to ranking criteria; selecting, based on ranking the set of users, a subset of top ranked users eligible for the available time slot; sending a set of messages to the subset of users indicating that the earlier time slot is available; receiving a message from a first user of the subset of users indicating that the first user is willing to replace their corresponding preexisting time slot with the available earlier time slot; and replacing the first user's corresponding preexisting time slot with the available earlier time slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Publius Inc.
    Inventor: Bradley G. Peltz
  • Patent number: 11414997
    Abstract: A method is provided for machining an airfoil section (12) of a turbine blade or vane produced by a casting process. The airfoil section (12) has an outer wall (18) delimiting an airfoil interior having one or more internal cooling passages (28). The method involves: receiving design data pertaining to the airfoil section (12), including a nominal outer airfoil form (40N) and nominal wall thickness (TN) data; generating a machining path by determining a target outer airfoil form (40T), the target outer airfoil form (40T) being generated by adapting the nominal outer airfoil form (40N) such that a nominal wall thickness (TN) is maintained at all points on the outer wall around the one or more internal cooling passages (28) in a subsequently machined airfoil section; and machining an outer surface (18a) of the airfoil section (12) produced by the casting process according to the generated machining path, to remove excess material to conform to the generated target outer airfoil form (40T).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Siemens Energy Global GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Daniel M. Eshak, Susanne Kamenzky, Samuel R. Miller, Jr., Daniel Vöhringer
  • Patent number: 11392108
    Abstract: Provided is a production module for the execution of at least one production function upon or for a product, wherein the production function is configured for interaction with a further production function of a further production module in a production operation, and the production module is executable as a self-similar fractal module, having an execution unit for the autonomous execution of the at least one production function, having a processor unit for the delivery of a production service for accessing the at least one production function, a self-description service for the delivery and communication of self-descriptive information incorporating properties of the production function for the further production module, and for the reception of further self-descriptive information incorporating properties of the further production function, a coupling service for the determination of a cooperation zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Inventors: Frank Buschmann, Vladimir Zahorcak
  • Patent number: 11365898
    Abstract: Methods and related systems of detecting a fault in a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system are disclosed. In an embodiment, the method includes determining an expected runtime of the HVAC system required to achieve a temperature setpoint in a comfort zone of the HVAC system following a triggering event, wherein the expected runtime is based on a design temperature of a geographic location at which the HVAC system is installed. Additionally, the method includes monitoring a current runtime of the HVAC system elapsed following the triggering event, and comparing the expected runtime with the current runtime of the HVAC system elapsed following the triggering event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Trane International, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Blake Smith, Jonathan Edward Thrift
  • Patent number: 11347210
    Abstract: A method and a system for developing semiconductor device fabrication processes are provided. The developments of vertical and lateral semiconductor device fabrication processes can be integrated in the system. First, according to a target semiconductor device and a specification thereof, an initial target model and a general database are captured. The initial target model and the general database are compared to obtain a corresponding relationship. According to the corresponding relationship, multiple fixed fabrication parameters of the general database are applied to the initial target model, such that at least one adjustable parameter is defined. Thereafter, the parameter is set according to a setting instruction received through a user interface to produce a target model to be simulated. A simulation test is performed with the target model, and the adjustable parameter is modified until the simulation result of the target model satisfies a standard result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: AlCP TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kei-Kang Hung
  • Patent number: 11348017
    Abstract: Embodiments provide efficient, robust, and accurate programmatic prediction of optimized TCAD simulator system settings for future simulation executions to be performed by a TCAD simulation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Synopsys, Inc.
    Inventors: Hiu Yung Wong, Nelson de Almeida Braga, Rimvydas Mickevicius
  • Patent number: 11340584
    Abstract: Examples of synchronized parallel tile computation techniques for large area lithography simulation are disclosed herein for solving tile boundary issues. An exemplary method for integrated circuit (IC) fabrication comprises receiving an IC design layout, partitioning the IC design layout into a plurality of tiles, performing a simulated imaging process on the plurality of tiles, generating a modified IC design layout by combining final synchronized image values from the plurality of tiles, and providing the modified IC design layout for fabricating a mask. Performing the simulated imaging process comprises executing a plurality of imaging steps on each of the plurality of tiles. Executing each of the plurality of imaging steps comprises synchronizing image values from the plurality of tiles via data exchange between neighboring tiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Danping Peng, Junjiang Lei, Daniel Beylkin, Kenneth Lik Kin Ho, Sagar Trivedi, Fangbo Xu
  • Patent number: 11332269
    Abstract: A packaging system for high flexibility and speed box-last packaging comprises one or more dimensional scanning sensors that are configured to scan a group of one or more target products that are to be boxed and gather dimension information describing physical dimensions of the group of one or more target products. The system also comprises one or more packaging-production machines that are configured to generate custom-made packaging templates that conform to a pre-determined set of packaging template types. Additionally, the system comprises a packaging template buffer that comprises physically divided sections that contain multiple packaging templates selected from the pre-determined set of packaging template types that are generated by the one or more packaging-production machines. Each of the packaging templates are organized within the physically divided section based upon packaging template type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Packsize LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Lamb, David Iverson, Adam De Laveaga, Ryan Osterhout, John McCracken, Gary Moe, Niklas Pettersson
  • Patent number: 11331805
    Abstract: A system for restricting user motion using a robot includes a robot comprising one or more barrier elements, a processing unit operable to identify one or more boundaries in a real environment and/or a virtual environment, the boundaries corresponding to a predetermined extent of allowed motion in that environment, and a control unit operable to control the robot such that at least one barrier element is arranged at a position corresponding to one of the identified boundaries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Fabio Cappello, Jason Gordon Doig, Michael Eder
  • Patent number: 11328101
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a data processing method for blueprint design, a product lifecycle management (PLM) widget and a computation device. The method comprises: receiving by a PLM widget a first acquisition request from a blueprint design program; in response to the first acquisition request, acquiring by the PLM widget a design check file corresponding to blueprint information of a current blueprint in the blueprint design program from a PLM program, the design check file being used to prompt a user to check design compliance of the current blueprint; and transmitting by the PLM widget the design check file to the blueprint design program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jieli Wang, Jiangbo Luo, Xu Zhang, Ce Jing
  • Patent number: 11327474
    Abstract: Producing a product, differently detailed structural information about a structure of the product and digital machining information about a machining process are read in. The structural information is examined as to whether a respective item of structural information is given further detail by a respective other structure. A plurality of machining sequences are generated from the structural information and machining information so that an item of structural information from a first machining sequence is given detail by an item of structural information from a second machining sequence. The first machining sequence is transmitted to a first planning module and the second machining sequence is transmitted to a second planning module. The planning modules generate an action sequence as a planning result, which is considered by the second planning module during generation of the action sequence. Control signals are output by the action sequence generated by the second planning module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Bernd Kast, Sebastian Albrecht, Wendelin Feiten
  • Patent number: 11301610
    Abstract: Methods for iteratively optimizing a two-dimensioned tiled area such as a lithographic mask include determining a halo area around each tile in the tiled area. An extended tile is made of a tile and a halo area. Each extended tile in the tiled area is iterated until a criterion is satisfied or a maximum number of iterations is met. Optimizing the extended tile produces a pattern for the tile such that at a perimeter of the tile, the pattern matches adjacent patterns that are calculated at perimeters of adjacent tiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: D2S, Inc.
    Inventors: P. Jeffrey Ungar, Hironobu Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 11301206
    Abstract: A computer system and associated computing device are provided which allow for the collection of user selections during playback of an audio file at a client computing device within a buffer period of a time window, calling a corresponding application responsive to the user selections to generate an output for a user based upon user-specific information, and changing the start and end times of the playback time window based upon user selections collected during the buffer period exceeding a threshold percentage of total user selections collected during the playback time window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: PODUCTIVITY LTD.
    Inventors: Mark Asquith, Kieran McKeefery
  • Patent number: 11295050
    Abstract: A structural analysis method executed by a computer, includes acquiring model information; evaluating based on the acquired model information, a degree of agglomeration of a model subject to analysis; and selecting for the model, a direct method or an iterative method as an algorithm to solve simultaneous linear equations of a structural analysis solver that uses a finite element method, the direct method or the iterative method being selected based on a result of evaluation of the degree of agglomeration of the model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Takanori Negishi, Yasuhiro Kawashima, Kazuya Yamaura, Masao Fukushima, Tsuyoshi Tamaki, Toshio Arai, Toshiyasu Ohara
  • Patent number: 11269310
    Abstract: A method of fabrication for a component to be installed in a facility, the facility being represented by an electronic design model, the method including extracting, at a computing device and from the model, details of the component and controlling a plurality of stations with the computing device to fabricate and track the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Greenlee Tools, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin Bollendorf
  • Patent number: 11269317
    Abstract: A support system displays, on the basis of management information as a past record which shows, for each product loaded in a production system in which a plurality of different models of products are loaded and a sequential order of two or more of a plurality of steps is different depending on the model, an execution time of each of the steps, at least one of a first holistic chart (having a time axis and showing a feature value of production situation of the product during a display target period on a per predetermined unit basis) and a second holistic chart (showing a relationship between a plurality of steps with respect to a flow of a plurality of models of products). The support system selects at least one of a model and a step for one of the holistic charts, and displays step element information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Shigeyasu Kubo, Yusuke Yajima, Kenichirou Kawakami, Kazuhiro Matsuya
  • Patent number: 11262721
    Abstract: A movement controller of a machine uses in the context of processing a part program defining a useful processing action a parameter set having a plurality of parameters to determine, based on commands of the part program and actual values of a number of axes of the machine controlled by the movement controller, control commands for drives of the machine which are associated with the axes and to apply the determined control commands to the drives. A checking device checks the respective parameters for compliance with conditions defined by respective physical characteristics. In many cases, the checking device can determine the respective physical characteristics using other parameters of the parameter set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: David Bitterolf, Carsten Hamm, Theo Reichel
  • Patent number: 11257015
    Abstract: This document describes impact networks that enable stakeholders to measure and take actions to adjust the impact of changes to products and services. In one aspect, a method includes receiving a stakeholder impact graph defining stakeholders. Each stakeholder is a node that is connected to at least one other stakeholder by an impact relationship edge. Data defining a first design perturbation in one or more design properties for a product or service of a first stakeholder is received from the first stakeholder. A determination is made, for one or more second stakeholders of the stakeholders connected to the first stakeholder by a respective impact relationship edge, a respective impact on the second stakeholder caused by the first design perturbation. Data defining a remediation perturbation that adjusts the respective impact of the first deign perturbation on the one or more second stakeholders is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Accenture Global Solutions Limited
    Inventors: Alex M. Kass, Michael J. Biltz
  • Patent number: 11247386
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a three dimensional article includes forming the three-dimensional article with three-dimensional printing, processing the three-dimensional article to remove support material ink, illuminating the three-dimensional article with electromagnetic radiation, inspecting the three dimensional article for photoluminescence that is responsive to the illumination, and verifying whether the support material has been sufficiently removed based upon the inspection. The support material ink includes a phosphor component that phosphorescently emits light in response to the illumination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: 3D Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Raymond Parker, Bo Wu, Jule W. Thomas, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11244083
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention disclosed herein provide techniques for generating a design autocomplete recommendation. The techniques include determining one or more first components included in a first design. The techniques further include analyzing, via the processor, a plurality of designs included in a database to select a second design that includes one or more second components that correspond to the one or more first components. The techniques further include selecting, via a processor, one or more third components included in the second design that are not included in the first design. The techniques further include causing an autocomplete recommendation that includes the one or more third components to be output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: AUTODESK, INC.
    Inventors: Hyunmin Cheong, Wei Li, Francesco Iorio
  • Patent number: 11194576
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to A method of automating a process to process a task or an object comprising: defining elements of the process in one or more human-intelligible and editable and machine interpretable workflow program documents, the workflow program documents each including a plurality of actors who perform actions or take decision, a sequence of action steps each associated with an actor and having at least one expected outcome and a corresponding next step for each expected outcome, and wherein the action steps may include a first type of action further defined within the workflow program documents and a second type of action implemented by a computer according to code defined other than in said workflow program documents; and executing the process by a processor running the code defined by the workflow program documents, wherein if an exception is detected in the processing of a task or object according to the code, the exception is passed to a supervisory function to perform a remedial acti
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Inventors: Tielman Francois Botha, Dawid Eduard Botha, Philip Viljoen
  • Patent number: 11182520
    Abstract: A method, medium, and system to execute an additive manufacturing (AM) simulation on a model of a part; determine, based on the AM simulation, a prediction of a temperature and displacement distribution in the part at a particular time in the AM process; apply the predicted temperature and displacement distributions in the part as a boundary conditions on a support design space to determine a temperature distribution throughout the support design space; and execute a thermal-structural topology optimization based on the determined temperature and displacement distributions throughout the support design space to determine a distribution of material in the design space for a thermal support structure to interface with the part that optimally reduces a thermal gradient in the part with a minimum of material and results in the generation of an optimized AM support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Sathyanarayanan Raghavan, Ananda Barua, Prabhjot Singh, Arvind Rangarajan, Changjie Sun, Dean Robinson
  • Patent number: 11173051
    Abstract: A prosthesis, radiation bolus, pre-surgical model, or burn mask formed using a rapid prototyping device, such as a three-dimensional printer. In some exemplary aspects, the prosthesis includes a scaffolding and a coating at least partially covering the scaffolding. Methods and systems for forming the prosthesis, radiation bolus, pre-surgical model, or burn mask are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Indiana University Research and Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Travis Dean Bellicchi, Zebulun Maxwell Wood, Cade Bradley-Thomas Jacobs
  • Patent number: RE49095
    Abstract: A method of designing a guide tool for cartilage repair in an articulating surface of a joint, comprising the steps of: I. determining physical parameters for cartilage damage in a joint and generating design parameters for cartilage repair objects and their relative placement in a predetermined pattern. comprising: II. selecting repair objects to fit the individual cartilage damage site wherein the repair objects have: cross sectional areas adapted to fit the surface area of the cartilage damage site, lengths adapted to fit the selected joint and/or type of cartilage damage, and surfaces intended to align with the articular cartilage surface in the joint, based on the healthy surface contour curvature, III. determining, based on obtained image data, positions and angles of the selected cartilage repair objects, wherein the positions and angles are adapted so that the selected repair objects fit the individual cartilage damage site, IV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: EPISURF IP-MANAGEMENT AB
    Inventors: Nina Bake, Janarne Wetterheim, Robert Axelsson, Martin Qvänstedt