Customized For Particular Vehicle Type Or Model Patents (Class 701/34.2)
  • Patent number: 10231380
    Abstract: A combine harvester includes a threshing unit for threshing picked-up crop to obtain grain, a driver assistance system, with a memory for storing data, for controlling the threshing unit, and a computing unit for processing at least the data stored in the memory. A sensor system ascertains at least a portion of the current harvesting-process state. A sensor configuration assigned to the sensor system is defined by the type and scope of operational sensors is stored or can be stored in the memory. A functional system model for at least a portion of the combine harvester is stored in the memory. The computing unit is designed to carry out an autonomous determination of a threshing-unit parameter based on the system model, and defines the system model forming a basis of the control of the threshing unit depending on the sensor configuration stored in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Christoph Heitmann, Andreas Wilken, Joachim Baumgarten, Sebastian Neu, Christoph Bussmann, Henner Voecking
  • Patent number: 10186158
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods related to aviation communications are included. A computing device can receive position data indicating a position of an aerial vehicle. The position can include an altitude. The computing device can determine, from a plurality of possible airspace classifications, a first airspace classification at the position of the aerial vehicle, where each airspace classification specifies one or more communication parameters for communication within an associated airspace. The computing device can select, from a plurality of communication repositories, a first communication repository that is associated with the first airspace classification, where each communication repository specifies a set of pre-defined communication components for at least one associated airspace classification. The computing device can generate a communication related to the aerial vehicle using the first communication repository. The computing device can send the generated communication to at least one recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventors: James Burgess, Chirath Thouppuarachchi, Gregory Whiting
  • Publication number: 20150149033
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for testing equipment with variable geometries of an aircraft engine, especially turbomachine. In a first phase, a computer tests the chain of controls of the fuel dosage function. In a second phase, said computer tests the jacks of the chains of controls of equipment with variable geometries by keeping the aircraft shut-off valve open during rod extensions of jacks and by controlling the injection shut-off valve to expel fuel into the injection chamber during their rod retractions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: SNECMA
    Inventors: Matthieu DUSSAP, Antoine VEYRAT-MASSON
  • Publication number: 20150149032
    Abstract: An engine control method of a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle may include accumulating an EV accumulated driving distance or an EV accumulated driving time. The EV accumulated driving distance or the EV accumulated driving time is compared with each of reference values. An engine is operated for inspection if the EV accumulated driving distance or the EV accumulated driving time is greater than each of the reference values.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Keunseok LEE, Jae Wang LEE
  • Patent number: 9043094
    Abstract: An assembly is described for coupling a towing vehicle to a trailer having a towing vehicle-side coupling unit and a trailer-side coupling unit. A measuring device, which records and analyzes the force acting on the towing vehicle-side coupling unit in at least one direction, is assigned to the towing vehicle-side coupling unit. The measuring device is coupled to a vehicle immobilizer that prevents the towing vehicle from starting and/or being set in motion in response to the force recorded by the measuring device and/or a physical quantity derived therefrom exceeding a predefined threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Matthias Marcus Wellhoefer, Stefanie Siefke
  • Publication number: 20150134198
    Abstract: A method for monitoring degradation of an on-board device of an aircraft includes comparing an abnormality score obtained for a given aircraft flight to a decision threshold and emitting an alarm when the decision threshold is exceeded.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: SNECMA
    Inventors: Jean-Remi Andre Masse, Pierre Jean, Emile Beauseroy, Xavier Boulet, Edith Grall-Maes, Ouadie Hmad
  • Patent number: 9020692
    Abstract: A diagnostic apparatus of a hybrid vehicle includes an internal combustion engine, an electricity storage device, a motor generating a driving force for a vehicle travel using at least electricity from the electricity storage device, a diagnostic unit diagnosing a vehicle state when an output of the internal combustion engine is zero, a state detection unit detecting a state of the electricity storage device, a remaining time acquisition unit acquiring a remaining time required until diagnostic completion, when the vehicle state is diagnosed by the diagnostic unit, a determination unit determining whether or not the diagnosis of the vehicle state is continued by the diagnostic unit, based on the state of the electricity storage device and the remaining time when the vehicle state is diagnosed by the diagnostic unit, and a control unit that controls continuation or stop of the vehicle state diagnosis according to the determination result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masato Amano, Yuki Oshitani, Yutaka Tsuji, Atsushi Izumiura, Akihiro Shinjo, Keisuke Minatoya
  • Patent number: 9014878
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for detecting the performance of the aircraft comprising: collecting data reflecting operation status of the aircraft; generating the customized message based on the collected data, wherein, the customized message is configured to include one or more main parameters related to the operation status of the aircraft; storing or transmitting the customized message; and detecting the performance of the aircraft based on the customized message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Air China Limited
    Inventors: Zhuping Gu, Jiaju Wu, Fengliang Zheng, Lei Huang, Minjie Tang
  • Patent number: 9008877
    Abstract: A controller executes an engine intermittent operation to stop operation of an engine when a given engine operation stop condition is satisfied and to start the engine when a given engine start condition is satisfied, makes an in-cylinder injection valve abnormality determination while causing a total amount of fuel to be injected from the in-cylinder injection valve, and makes a port injection valve abnormality determination while causing the total amount of fuel to be injected from the port injection valve. The controller inhibits execution of the engine intermittent operation until the in-cylinder injection valve abnormality determination has been made and the port injection valve abnormality determination has been made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Daigo Ando, Yukio Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20150051792
    Abstract: A method and system for detecting defects to railway wagon wheels and to the rail. A method for detecting a wheel flat, or an event that may cause a wheel flat to develop on a railway wagon, including the steps of a) monitoring at least the longitudinal and vertical acceleration of said railway wagon, and b) concluding that a wheel flat has developed, or that there is a risk of developing a wheel flat, if a specific acceleration pattern is monitored, said pattern comprising a longitudinal acceleration above a first threshold followed by a vertical acceleration above a second threshold. A system for detecting a wheel flat of at least one wheel of a railway wagon and the use of an acceleration sensor mounted on the sprung part of a railway wagon for estimating the wheel flat size of a wheel of the railway wagon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: Railway Metrics and Dynamics Sweden AB
    Inventors: Helmuth Kristen, Jack R. Long, Jan Lindqvist
  • Patent number: 8954225
    Abstract: A method for remotely monitoring and gathering information about a plurality of vehicles, including the steps of accessing the plurality of vehicles wherein each vehicle is individually operated, selecting vehicle data from the plurality of vehicles, communicating the vehicle data from the plurality of vehicles to a remote processor, and processing the plurality of vehicle data into population data by the remote processor. The individual operation of each vehicle preferably includes the steps of generating vehicle data, operating the vehicle based on the vehicle data with a vehicle controller, and storing the vehicle data in a database located on the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Mission Motor Company
    Inventors: Seth LaForge, Jon Wagner
  • Publication number: 20150032326
    Abstract: A failure diagnosis apparatus comprises a controller that is configured to execute a failure diagnosis process of the internal combustion engine based on a predetermined diagnosis requirement. The diagnosis requirement in a case where engine-operation-electric-power supply is executed is made different from the diagnosis requirement in a case where engine-normal-operation is executed such that a failure of the internal combustion engine in the case where the engine-operation-electric-power supply is executed is less likely to be detected or the failure of the internal combustion engine is less likely to be recognized by a driver than in the case where the engine-normal operation is executed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shunsuke Fushiki, Makoto Yamazaki, Keita Fukui
  • Patent number: 8930068
    Abstract: A system and method according to which data associated with a damage log is received, the damage log being associated with an instance of damage to a portion of a vehicle such as, for example, a portion of an aircraft. A graphical representation of the portion of the vehicle is outputted, and a graphical damage indicator is outputted. The graphical damage indicator is located, relative to the graphical representation of the portion of the vehicle, to indicate a location of the instance of damage on the portion of the vehicle. The graphical damage indicator visually represents a type of damage to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: American Airlines, Inc.
    Inventors: Drew Douglas Helder, Cesar Ongaro Silva
  • Publication number: 20140379209
    Abstract: A method of diagnosing an electric vehicle incorporating an electric component, comprises detecting a physical load applied to a vehicle body, which is other than an electric characteristic of the electric component; and changing a diagnostic operation for the electric component based on the electric characteristic of the electric component such that the diagnostic operation is performed based on the detected physical load applied to the vehicle body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2011
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshimoto Matsuda
  • Publication number: 20140336883
    Abstract: An articulated work machine determines the relative orientation of two members of the machine utilizing output from inertia sensors mounted on the members. The machine includes a first frame and a second frame having a body and a chassis, the body pivotally connected to the chassis at a pivot point. The first and second frames are connected by a coupling and are movable relative to each other in at least one direction. The machine includes a first multi-axis inertia sensor attached to the first frame providing an output relating to the position of the first frame, and a second multi-axis inertia sensor attached to the body providing an output relating to the position of the body. The machine further includes a controller configured to compare the outputs of the first and second multi-axis inertia sensors to calculate the position of the body and the first frame relative to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Stephen Thompson, Gerard Owen McCann, David Brion Higdon
  • Publication number: 20140336865
    Abstract: A method of diagnosing a trailing edge flap fault in an aircraft having a trailing edge flap system including multiple trailing edge flaps, a flap handle for setting the position of the trailing edge flaps, and a flap position sensor, the method includes receiving a position signal, determining a variation in the position signal relative to a reference position, diagnosing a fault, and providing an indication of the diagnosed fault.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: GE Avivation Systems Limited
    Inventors: Christopher Joseph Catt, Julia Ann Howard
  • Patent number: 8886391
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of off-board tools (OBTs) may be used in vehicle inspection maintenance programs are provided. The OBT may include a processor, vehicle communication circuitry for linking to a vehicle diagnostic system, host interface circuitry for communicating with a host computer, and voltage determination circuitry for measuring a voltage through the vehicle diagnostic system. The OBT may include logic for storing a communications protocol used to link with a vehicle diagnostic system that is preferably used for re-establishing dropped communications links. In addition, the OBT may contain logic for testing at least one component of a starting and/or charging system of a vehicle. Still other embodiments may include logic for sending unsolicited messages to a host computer. Additional embodiments may include logic for determining the minimum number of messages that must be received by an OBT.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Bosch Automotive Service Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Thomas J. Bertosa, Robert A. Roberts, Michael Gessner, Hamid Namaky
  • Patent number: 8886388
    Abstract: A damage-detection apparatus for an aircraft may include a composite structure comprising embedded conductive traces. The embedded conductive traces may be for transmitting a damage-detection signal to indicate if the composite structure has been damaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Matthew A. Moser, Jeffrey L. Duce, Gregory J. Clark, John L. Vian, Joseph A. Marshall, Clete M. Boldrin
  • Patent number: 8886392
    Abstract: A method, device, and/or medium associated with managing vehicle maintenance activities may include monitoring data associated with an operating condition of a particular vehicle and updating historic operational data associated with the particular vehicle based on the data associated with the operating condition of the particular vehicle. The updated historic operational data may be updated with a predetermined maintenance standard associated with a substantially similar type of vehicle and a maintenance recommendation may be generated based, at least in part, on a result of the comparing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Intellectual Ventures Fund 79 LLC
    Inventor: Joon Maeng
  • Patent number: 8880284
    Abstract: A vehicle data acquisition system that stores, in a memory device, vehicle data acquired by way of a vehicle-mounted information processor. A data acquisition program assisting the acquisition of the vehicle data is dynamically incorporated in the vehicle-mounted information processor. A probe section, which can be replaced with another command, is positioned as an invalid command in one or a plurality of positions in an application program incorporated in advance in the information processor. The data acquisition program replaces the probe section with a vehicle data acquisition command and stores the acquired vehicle data in chronological order in the memory device. The data acquisition program re-replaces the probe section with an invalid command after the vehicle data is acquired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shinichiro Yamauchi
  • Patent number: 8880242
    Abstract: A system and method for actively controlling a structure is disclosed. At least one non-optimal event is identified in real-time based on at least one real-time elasticity measurement, if an event threshold exceeds a predetermined value. In response to an active control command, a control mechanism is then activated in real-time to compensate for the non-optimal event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Harris O. Hinnant, Jr., Darin W. Brekke, David J. Black, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8838332
    Abstract: In one example, a network device stores a mapping of application operation modes to vehicle conditions such as a first condition of the vehicle powered but not moving and a second condition of the vehicle moving. The network device receives a wirelessly transmitted request for a particular application to utilize an interface powered by the vehicle. The network device compares an application identifier specified by the received request to the mapping. The network device then identifies a portion of the vehicle interface according to the comparison and signals control software on the vehicle to grant the particular application access to only the identified portion of the vehicle interface itself. The application can reside on the mobile device and utilize the vehicle interface as an extended interface, or the application can reside on the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Airbiquity Inc.
    Inventors: Kamyar Moinzadeh, Leon L. Hong, Lee Zhao
  • Patent number: 8831824
    Abstract: In one example, a network device stores a mapping of application operation modes to vehicle conditions such as a first condition of the vehicle powered but not moving and a second condition of the vehicle moving. The network device receives a wirelessly transmitted request for a particular application to utilize an interface powered by the vehicle. The network device compares an application identifier specified by the received request to the mapping. The network device then identifies a portion of the vehicle interface according to the comparison and signals control software on the vehicle to grant the particular application access to only the identified portion of the vehicle interface itself. The application can reside on the mobile device and utilize the vehicle interface as an extended interface, or the application can reside on the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Airbiquity Inc.
    Inventors: Kamyar Moinzadeh, Leon L. Hong, Lee Zhao
  • Patent number: 8825277
    Abstract: System and method for collecting and using vehicle data. Crash data is received from a plurality of vehicle monitoring devices and added to a crash data database. The database is updated with additional information gathered from specific crashes. The crash data is correlated based upon a vehicle type parameter. Crash data parameters associated with one or more injury severity thresholds are identified. Alternatively, crash data parameters associated with one or more vehicle damage severity thresholds are identified. Injury and property damage estimates for subsequent crashes are made based upon the information collected in the crash database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: inthinc Technology Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott McClellan, Todd Follmer
  • Publication number: 20140214267
    Abstract: A method for a vehicle, a vehicle and a server are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicants: VOLKSWAGEN AG
    Inventor: Stefan SELLSCHOPP
  • Patent number: 8706095
    Abstract: System for providing dynamic group and service assignments. In one embodiment, a method is provided for dynamically assigning regional groups and service providers to provide services for equipment. The method includes determining that the equipment has moved into a selected regional group, and assigning the equipment to the selected regional group. The method also includes selecting a service provider associated with the selected regional group, and assigning the service provider to provide services for the equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Omnitracs, LLC
    Inventors: Satish N. Ram, Robert D. McCloskey, Loyle H. Sims, III
  • Patent number: 8700256
    Abstract: A Vehicle Disturbance Estimator determines estimates of a vehicle disturbance force according to vehicle operating conditions. The determined vehicle disturbance force estimate can be used, for example, in connection with controlling a cruise control system for the vehicle, in connection with fuel economy evaluations and testing, and in connection with vehicle diagnostics. A plurality of sets of inputs can be used to determine plural vehicle disturbance estimates for time periods during which a cruise control is on, the vehicle is being driven in the highest gear, and the vehicle is not being braked by any brakes. The plurality of vehicle disturbance estimates can be averaged to provide an output corresponding to an average vehicle disturbance estimate over a plurality of sampling time periods. Kalman filtering can be used to determine the vehicle disturbance estimates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Daimler Trucks North America LLC
    Inventors: Shivkumar Duraiswamy, Dieter Reckels
  • Patent number: 8670893
    Abstract: A framework for supporting one or more repair processes of one or more aircraft. The repair processes are based on repair information or repair solution corresponding to the damages to one or more structural components of the aircraft. The framework includes a knowledge engine, and a deployment engine. The knowledge engine automatically generates one or more knowledge interpretation systems based on the user inputs. The knowledge interpretation systems provide the repair information corresponding to the various structural components of the aircraft based on the user inputs. The deployment engine fulfills the deployment requirements corresponding to the one or more knowledge interpretation systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Infosys Limited
    Inventors: Veera Venkata Ravi Kumar Geddam, Sambasiva Rao Maddali, Devaraja Holla Vaderahobli, Narendhar Rao Soma, Rajesh Balakrishnan, Venugopal Subbarao, Sandeep Kumar Dewangan
  • Patent number: 8649943
    Abstract: A control system for a construction machine includes at least one sensor and at least one controller, wherein a serial connection exists between the sensor and the controller, and wherein at least one sensor and/or controller are of the two-channel or multi-channel type. Furthermore, this invention relates to a method for operating such control system for a construction machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Liebherr Werk Ehingen GmbH
    Inventors: Erwin Morath, Eduard Zink, Joachim Treuer
  • Patent number: 8626376
    Abstract: A system for wireless process control comprises at least a first wireless network, which is used to communicate real-time instructions and data between one or more pieces of mobile equipment to at least one other piece of mobile equipment. In one variant, a second wireless network is provided, using a different radio frequency band, to concurrently communicate the same or substantially the same real-time instructions and data as are communicated over the first wireless network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Suncor Energy Inc.
    Inventors: Derrick Trottier, Jamie Haggett
  • Patent number: 8626378
    Abstract: A method is provided for determining and providing information for the transport of an object with a passenger car. A determining of the first parameter of the object to be transported takes place, where the at least one first parameter is selected from the group consisting of dimensions of the object and the mass of the object. In addition, a determining of a current transport capacity of the passenger car takes place. Furthermore, a determining of a probable loading state of the passenger car based on the determined first parameter and the determined current transport capacity of the passenger car takes place. In addition, an outputting of information regarding the determined probable loading state takes place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Marten Wittorf, Sven Wanner
  • Patent number: 8600627
    Abstract: The invention relates to a monitoring device and to a method for monitoring the function of the components of an agricultural implement, with a vibration sensor for providing signal values containing information on mechanical vibrations generated by moving components of the implement, an operating state detecting device for providing a signal containing information on the operating state of components of the implement, and a calculating device for generating state information on the basis of the state of the components of the implement. The calculating device can be operated to divide the signal values of the vibration sensor on the basis of the corresponding signals of the operating state detecting device into different classes, which correspond to different combinations of the operating states of the components in the detection of the signal values, and to compare the signal values divided into classes or data derived from these signal values with comparison values for generating state information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Folker Beck, Lutz Bischoff
  • Patent number: 8565998
    Abstract: An on-engine data storage device for a gas turbine engine includes a housing, an interface device, and a memory device. The interface device can communicate with a peripheral device. The memory device is mounted within the housing and is operable to store engine data related to the gas turbine engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Rork S. Brown
  • Patent number: 8543287
    Abstract: A system, method and computer program for simulating vehicle energy use is provided. The system comprises a server, an energy modeling tool is linked to a server and generates energy consumption data that provides an energy consumption function of a vehicle under consideration. The data logging tool is linked to test vehicles and collects drive cycle data from real-world driving conditions. The data logging tool then communicates the drive cycle data to the server over a network. The fleet management tool is also linked to the server and combines the energy consumption data with the drive cycle data to estimate the energy use of a vehicle under consideration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Cross Chasm Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Stevens, Christopher J. Mendes
  • Patent number: 8494711
    Abstract: An automated start/stop system for a vehicle comprises an auto-stop module, a diagnostic module, and an auto-start module. The auto-stop module selectively initiates an auto-stop event and shuts down an engine while the vehicle is running. The diagnostic module selectively diagnoses a fault in a clutch pedal position sensor of the vehicle. The auto-start module, while the vehicle is running and the engine is shut down, selectively initiates an auto-start event after the fault has been diagnosed when current drawn by a starter motor is less than a predetermined maximum starting current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Inventors: Awadesh Tiwari, Vijay Shettigar, Amit Kumar, Srinivas B. Chande
  • Publication number: 20130173092
    Abstract: An aircraft is provided. The aircraft may include, but is not limited to, an accelerometer configured to measure a deceleration experienced by the aircraft and a processor coupled to the accelerometer. The processor may be configured to determine if the aircraft experienced a hard landing if the deceleration experienced by the aircraft was greater than a predetermined threshold, and generate a maintenance advisory if the aircraft experienced a hard landing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Nagarajan Chandran, Girish M. Lad
  • Publication number: 20130158781
    Abstract: An evaluation map showing the allowable ranges (A) of the crank deflection and bearing loads determined according to the inclination of the crankshaft of an engine and the intermediate shaft is prepared beforehand. When the engine is installed in a ship, the inclination of the shafts within the allowable ranges can be easily known. While the ship is in service, the shafting alignment of the ship can be evaluated by merely measuring the inclination of the crankshaft and the intermediate shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: HITACHI ZOSEN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hitachi Zosen Corporation
  • Patent number: 8463484
    Abstract: A theft deterrent apparatus is used in a marine vessel which includes a propulsion device. The theft deterrent apparatus includes an authentication unit, a fault detection unit arranged to detect a fault of the authentication unit, and an operation control unit arranged to control operation of the propulsion device. When the authentication unit is normal, the operation control unit controls the operation of the propulsion device in accordance with an authentication result of the authentication unit. When a fault has occurred in the authentication unit, the operation control unit controls the operation of the propulsion device without referring to the authentication result of the authentication unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takaaki Bamba
  • Patent number: 8457833
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for diagnosing the state of health of a vehicle and for providing the operator of the vehicle with a substantially real-time indication of the efficiency of the vehicle in performing an assigned task with respect to a predetermined goal. A processor on-board the vehicle monitors sensors that provide information regarding the state of health of the vehicle and the amount of work the vehicle has done. In response to anomalies in the data from the sensors, the processor records information that describes events leading up to the occurrence of the anomaly for later analysis that can be used to diagnose the cause of the anomaly. The sensors are also used to prompt the operator of the vehicle to operate the vehicle at optimum efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventor: LeRoy G. Hagenbuch
  • Patent number: 8433475
    Abstract: A maintenance computer system for an aircraft, including a network partitioned into a secured avionics zone and an open zone. The system includes a first software module accommodated in the avionics zone and a second software module accommodated in the open zone, the first module configured to follow a fault-finding logic tree, and the second module configured to present an electronic maintenance document, with the path along the fault-finding logic tree followed by the first module automatically and synchronously generating a presentation by the second module of pages of the maintenance document associated respectively with nodes of the tree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations SAS
    Inventor: Jean-Philippe Corbefin
  • Patent number: 8423228
    Abstract: An apparatus for detecting a decrease in air pressure of a tire attached to a vehicle includes a rotation speed detection means for periodically detecting rotation speeds of tires of respective wheels of the vehicle; a rotation wheel speed ratio calculation means for calculating a rotation wheel speed ratio between front wheels and rear wheels of the vehicle; a wheel torque calculation means for calculating a wheel torque of the vehicle; an initialization means for obtaining a relation at a normal internal pressure between the wheel torque and the rotation wheel speed ratio; a comparison means for comparing the rotation wheel speed ratio with the rotation wheel speed ratio at a normal internal pressure obtained from the wheel torque and the relation; and a determination means for correcting the comparison result by a front-to-rear direction acceleration and determining whether there is a tire having a decreased air pressure or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuji Oshiro
  • Patent number: 8401729
    Abstract: A device according to the present invention comprises: a central unit (8) having access to a database (18) in which there are stored not only information on the aircraft fleet to be managed but also an aircraft repair manual, this central unit (8) having means of communicating with the outside, and in particular with a technical center (16) of at least one aircraft manufacturer, at least one portable device equipped with visual display means as well as with means of wireless communication between the said portable device and the central unit (8). Application to the analysis of damage observed in an aircraft during inspection thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations SAS
    Inventor: Fran├žois Rouyre
  • Patent number: 8401760
    Abstract: A system and method of monitoring oil consumption in a gas turbine engine system are provided. When the gas turbine engine is not running the reservoir oil level, reservoir oil temperature, and reservoir attitude are sensed. The current gas turbine engine system oil quantity is determined based on at least the sensed reservoir oil level, the sensed reservoir oil temperature, and the sensed reservoir attitude. When a predetermined event has occurred, an average gas turbine engine system oil quantity is automatically calculated. The gas turbine engine system oil consumption rate is determined from a plurality of the average oil quantities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Payne, Harold Riley
  • Patent number: 8396622
    Abstract: A diagnostic system for a vehicle, includes a computer storing software on a computer readable media, configurable for setting up recording of vehicle operations, selecting from a plurality of customizable triggering operations according to Boolean logic, and a vehicle communication interface detachably connected to the computer, being setup by the computer for recording of vehicle operation while the vehicle is operating and recorded information stored in a computer readable media of the vehicle communication interface being reviewed by the computer, and detachably connected to the vehicle for recording of the vehicle operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Service Solutions U.S. LLC
    Inventors: Olav M. Underdal, Harry M. Gilbert, Oleksiy Portyanko, Randy L. Mayes, Gregory J. Fountain, William W. Wittliff, III
  • Patent number: 8396624
    Abstract: Exemplary methods, systems and components enable selective control of an operational mode for a vehicle that is subject to an administrative standard. In some instances a qualified person or entity may attain a possible consequential result related to a user-selected vehicle operation mode that may involve a vehicle operation paradigm and/or a vehicle travel route and/or a vehicle travel destination. In some embodiments, implementation of the selected vehicle operation mode may modify a conformity status of the vehicle relative to the administrative standard. Various accessible records may be maintained regarding administrative compliance states and their respective benefits, as well as regarding certification of preferable consequential results available to qualified recipients based on a correlated vehicle operational mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Jordin T. Kare, Thomas J. Nugent, Jr., Clarence T. Tegreene, Charles Whitmer, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Victoria Y. H. Wood
  • Patent number: 8359134
    Abstract: A center control unit (11) of a center unit (4) generates assessment information corresponding to the strictness of the usage conditions for a specified component based on operation data stored in an operation data accumulation unit (13) received by an in-vehicle terminal (2) and assessment regulations stored in an assessment regulation storage unit (14), and generates report information for displaying a report in a form allowing comparison of this generated assessment information to relative comparison assessment information stored in an assessment information storage unit (15). A transmitter-receiver (12) transmits the report information generated by the center control unit (11) to a user terminal (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Isuzu Motors Limited
    Inventor: Noboru Maesono
  • Patent number: 8346407
    Abstract: A method for assigning a first motor vehicle to a second motor vehicle by exchanging electromagnetic signals. The electromagnetic signals are transmitted from the first motor vehicle in a predetermined temporal signal pattern and received by the second motor vehicle, where they are compared as to whether the received electromagnetic signals correspond to a signal pattern stored in the second motor vehicle. The first motor vehicle then is assigned as a function of the comparison. This method is particularly suited to assigning trailers to a towing vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Herbert Schneider, Robert Tschofen, Robert Vretska
  • Patent number: 8315760
    Abstract: A system, method, and apparatus for retrieving trouble codes from an equipment under diagnosis and retrieving only relevant diagnostic information relative to the returned codes from one or more remote diagnostic libraries. An electronic diagnostic library contains diagnostic vehicle information tagged with trouble code identification ID's at a first location, and a diagnostic tool at a second location requests only relevant diagnostic information from the electronic library that is tagged with trouble code identification ID's corresponding to the retrieved trouble codes and information identifying the equipment under diagnosis. The diagnostic tool receives the specific diagnostic vehicle information at the first location and may store the specific vehicle information locally prior to displaying an index to the information to a repair technician.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Mitchell Repair Information Company LLC
    Inventor: David Costantino
  • Patent number: 8306690
    Abstract: Testing or diagnostics are performed on an electric vehicle. The vehicle is operated and current flow through a system of the vehicle is monitored. A voltage related to the system is also monitored. Diagnostics are provided based upon the monitored voltage and the monitored current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Midtronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin I. Bertness, Stephen J. McShane
  • Patent number: 8296008
    Abstract: A vehicle diagnostic device is provided that includes a programmable function to control a function on an emission computer workstation. The function key can be programmed to interact and manipulate with the workstation. The vehicle diagnostic device allows a user to wirelessly communicate with the workstation while located in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: SPX Corporation
    Inventors: Dan Sampson, Thomas L. Webster, Richard Mattox