Temperature Measuring System Patents (Class 702/130)
  • Patent number: 11181065
    Abstract: A method of exercising a generator includes detecting a temperature of the generator by a temperature sensor, if the temperature of the generator is above a predetermined temperature, activating, by a controller, a starter motor of the generator, and performing, by the controller, an exercise test, and if the temperature of the generator is below the predetermined temperature, not activating, by the controller, the starter motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Briggs & Stratton, LLC
    Inventors: Mike Miller, Dean Weigand, Robert Townsend, Richard Jungmann, Todd Plichta
  • Patent number: 11118790
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a thermal server plant (40) arranged to be connected to a thermal energy circuit (10) comprising a hot conduit (12) configured to allow heat transfer liquid of a first temperature to flow therethrough, and a cold conduit (14) configured to allow heat transfer liquid of a second temperature to flow therethrough. The thermal server plant comprises a balancing device (41) arranged to be connected to the hot conduit and to the cold conduit for selectively allowing heat transfer liquid to flow from the hot conduit, via a regulator (42) and a heat exchanger (44), into the cold conduit or allowing heat transfer liquid to flow from the cold conduit, via the regulator and the heat exchanger, into the hot conduit. The flow direction is determined by a pressure difference between the hot and cold conduits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: E. ON SVERIGE AB
    Inventor: Per Rosén
  • Patent number: 11094610
    Abstract: Provided is a semiconductor power module including: a first electrode on which a plurality of element arrays each including a plurality of semiconductor elements arranged in an X direction, are arranged in a Y direction; a first main wiring connected to the respective element arrays mounted on the first electrode; a first sensor mounted on a first detection target element as one of the semiconductor elements, which is least influenced by synthetic inductance of the first main wiring among the semiconductor elements of the plurality of element arrays mounted on the first electrode; a first control terminal disposed on the first electrode; and a control board configured to control a current flowing through the first detection target element based on a detection result of the first sensor obtained via the first control terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Masakazu Tani
  • Patent number: 11083834
    Abstract: A system for anal and/or stomal irrigation comprises a reservoir (102) for an irrigating liquid, a catheter (100) comprising a catheter tip for insertion into the rectum and/or stoma of a user and for expelling of the irrigating liquid from the catheter tip, the catheter further comprising an expandable retention element (104), such as a balloon. A pump (101) is provided to pump the irrigating liquid from the reservoir to the catheter tip, and a user-operable control interface (123;125) comprising a dedicated emergency stop zone (125) is provided for receiving user input to withdraw the irrigating liquid from the retention element (100) for purging thereof in any operational state of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventors: Hans Falleboe, Marie Svane Rizk Vestergård
  • Patent number: 11078935
    Abstract: In one or more embodiments, a system for predicting health of a hydraulic pump comprises a reservoir tank temperature sensor to measure a temperature of a reservoir tank. The system further comprises a hydraulic pump temperature sensor to measure a temperature of the hydraulic pump. Also, the system comprises a differential pressure sensor to measure a differential pressure across a filter associated with the hydraulic pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Dennis D. Chung
  • Patent number: 11002618
    Abstract: An assessment system and method are described that capture indoor temperature measurements and corresponding outdoor temperature measurements in order to determine a thermal efficiency of a structure. The assessment system identifies quiescent periods and trims these periods to eliminate undesirable influences such as auxiliary heating or solar gain. The quiescent periods are then compared to outdoor temperature differences to determine the thermal efficiency of the structure. The system can model the structure's performance metrics, through inferred qualitative and quantitative characterizations including, but not limited to, the building's rate of temperature change as a function of internal and external temperatures, the building's heating, cooling, and other energy needs as they relate to the building envelope, appliances, and other products used at the site and occupant behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
    Inventors: Nicholas Cresswell Lange, Ethan Goldman, Gregory Josh Fanslow, Jacob Curtis Jurmain
  • Patent number: 11002458
    Abstract: A method carries out an outside temperature-dependent control of at least one thermal power indicative parameter of a supply temperature of a first heating or cooling system in a first building (H). The control is carried out on the basis of the at least one thermal power indicative parameter. The at least one thermal power indicative parameter is indicative of the heat consumption or of the cooling power of at least one second heating or cooling system of a second building (H?, H?, H??), located at a distance from the first building, and is received via a data network (1), in particular, via the Internet. An arrangement is provided for controlling a first heating or cooling system of a first building, wherein the arrangement is adapted to carry out the method mentioned above. A server is further provided that is adapted to receive at least one thermal power indicative parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: GRUNDFOS HOLDING A/S
    Inventors: Casper Hillerup Lyhne, Peter Elvekjær
  • Patent number: 11003778
    Abstract: An information handling system includes a non-volatile dual in-line memory module (NVDIMM) and a processor. The NVDIMM instantiates first and second partitions of non-volatile memory. The first partition is reserved and is not accessible to an operating system instantiated on the information handling system. The second partition is accessible to the operating system. The first partition includes a first region and a second region. The processor boots the information handling system to configure the NVDIMM based upon information from the first region, detects an error associated with the NVDIMM, and writes information associated with the error to the second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Ching-Lung Chao, Shih-Hao Wang, Hung-Tah Wei, Hsin-Chieh Wang
  • Patent number: 10985139
    Abstract: In one example embodiment, a semiconductor system includes a first chip configured to generate first temperature information of the first chip, the first temperature information being based on at least one temperature measurement using at least one first temperature sensor. The semiconductor system further includes a second chip including a second temperature sensor configured to be controlled based on at least the first temperature information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ki Hun Yu, Tae Young Oh, Nam Jong Kim, Kwang Il Park, Chul Sung Park
  • Patent number: 10959303
    Abstract: A lighting device comprises an array of controllable light emitting pixels, each pixel having an adjustable light output colour. A controller is configured to receive a limited set of light output colours and to locally process these light output colours to form a colour gradient pattern to be displayed across pixels of the array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Markus Jozef Maria Kurvers, Bartel Marinus Van De Sluis, Bas Driesen, Berent Willem Meerbeek
  • Patent number: 10920769
    Abstract: A pumping system featuring a pump, motor, a bearing assembly, integrated data acquisition system and combined programmable logic controller (PLC), data acquisition and modem. The pump couples to a pump shaft that responds to a pump shaft force to pump a liquid. The motor couples to the pump shaft, responds to VFD/VSD control signaling and provides the pump shaft force to drive the pump shaft. The bearing assembly includes a bearing with the pump shaft arranged therein and couples the pump and the motor. The variable frequency/speed drive (VFD/VSD) receives PLC control signaling and provides the VFD/VSD control signaling to drive the motor. The integrated data acquisition system responds to PLC data acquisition signaling, and provides integrated data acquisition system signaling containing information about an integrated set of pumping system parameters related to the pump, the bearing assembly, the motor and the VFD/VSD in the pump system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: FLUID HANDLING LLC
    Inventors: Florin Rosca, James J. Gu, Taifur Rahman
  • Patent number: 10897839
    Abstract: An improved computer server that generates less heat, requires less energy to operate, and is capable of operating in much higher temperatures includes a power conversion assembly that receives standard 110 volt or other voltage AC power and converts it to unregulated 48 volt DC current externally. Then the 48 volt current is fed into the internal power train, and converts that current to lower voltages for use by various components within the server. Additionally, the size and shape of the server housing allows for more efficient heat transfer, wherein the housing, in a preferred embodiment, has a lateral cross-section with dimensions of between 3.5 inches to 8 inches of width and 3.5 inches to 7 inches of height. The server also may include heat and humidity sensors within the server housing, and these sensors are operationally connected to the fan used for cooling the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Inventors: Michel Bernardin, Arch Davis, Joseph Chrzempiec, Benjamin Esposti
  • Patent number: 10853760
    Abstract: In a retail store having a sales area and a back-store area including a storage area, a system for managing produce includes a sensor arrangement for reading distinct identifiers associated with containers passing along a produce transfer path from the back-store area to the sales area. A processing system maintains a database including a record for each container received to the back-store area, each container record including a produce type and freshness data. For each produce type, the system determines at least one container of the given produce type in the back-store area having a shortest salability period as derived from the freshness data, this being designated a priority container, The system monitors whether containers transferred along the produce transfer path correspond to the priority containers. If a container other than a priority container is transferred, at least one enforcement action is actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventor: Gideon Feiner
  • Patent number: 10833718
    Abstract: Provided are techniques for automatically protecting portable and wearable electronic devices from potential hazards by predicting when such hazards may occur. Techniques may include monitoring a plurality of sensors on the mobile computing device; receiving, on the mobile computing device, context data from a plurality of context-service applications; selecting a set of device-protection policies based upon an availability of the plurality of sensors and the plurality of context-service applications, wherein the set of device-protection policies are configured to determine a level of risk to the mobile computing device based on sensor data received from the plurality of sensors and the context data; applying, the sensor data and the context data to the set of device-protection policies to generate the level of risk; and triggering a self-protection action if the level of risk exceeds a pre-determined threshold level of risk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Maggie Phung, Eric J. Rozner, Chin Ngai Sze, Zhennan Wang
  • Patent number: 10817216
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes a motor, a controller, and a nonvolatile memory. The controller executes: an estimated-value calculating process for calculating an estimated value of a temperature of the motor; a first writing process for writing the calculated estimated value into the nonvolatile memory in a situation in which the calculated estimated value increases; and a second writing process for writing the calculated estimated value into the nonvolatile memory in a situation in which the calculated estimated value decreases. The controller executes the first writing process when at least a first time has elapsed after the estimated value is written in the nonvolatile memory. The controller executes the second writing process when at least a second time has elapsed after the estimated value is written in the nonvolatile memory. The first time is less than the second time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Nobuhiko Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10818034
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed for concealed fiducial markers for vehicle camera calibration. An example vehicle includes a frame, at least one panel coupled to the frame, and fiducial markers arranged in a predefined grid. The fiducial markers are configured to be detectable by a camera and concealed from observation by the human eye. The predefined grid of the fiducial markers is arranged to facilitate calibration of the thermal camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Gehrke, Jonathan Diedrich, Brian Bennie
  • Patent number: 10816401
    Abstract: A method for providing a high spatial resolution thermal imaging of an active electronic device. The method includes placing an electronic device on a testing stage of an imaging system. The method, calibrating the imaging system by determining thermoreflectance coefficient for a plurality of pixels forming thermal images, each pixel having a coordinate (x,y) captured from the electronic device at each of a plurality of wavelengths of illumination (CTRi(x,y,?i), activating the electronic device, and determining changes in reflection for each of the plurality of pixels at each of the plurality of wavelengths (?R/R), determining ?R/R vs. CTRi(x,y,?i) for each of the plurality of pixels for each of the plurality of wavelengths, fitting ?R/R vs. CTRi(x,y,?i) to a predetermined mathematical function and use the parameters to calculate the temperature at each pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: MICROSANJ, LLC
    Inventors: Dustin Kendig, Ali Shakouri, Hamid Piroozi
  • Patent number: 10782754
    Abstract: A method of thermal management in a computing device using a management controller is provided. The method includes obtaining, via a virtual management controller, monitoring information of a thermally sensitive component untethered to the management controller. The monitoring information can include temperature information of the thermally sensitive component. The method also includes transmitting, via the virtual management controller, the monitoring information to the management controller via a system interface of the management controller. Finally, the method includes adjusting, via the management controller, operation of a thermal management component of the computing device tethered to the management controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: QUANTA COMPUTER INC.
    Inventor: Chun-Hung Wang
  • Patent number: 10779442
    Abstract: The disclosure is related to a method for verifying an immersion cooling system. The immersion cooling system includes a first sensor, a second sensor and at least one third sensor. The method includes: obtaining a first difference value; determining whether the first difference value is smaller than a first threshold value; determining that the first sensor and the second sensor are in normal operation when the first difference value is smaller than the first threshold value; when the first difference value is not smaller than the first threshold value, determining an operating condition of the first sensor or the second sensor according to a relationship between a sensor value of the at least one third sensor and the sensor value of the first sensor, or a relationship between the sensor value of the at least one third sensor and the sensor value of the second sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignees: INVENTEC (PUDONG) TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION, INVENTEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kai-Yang Tung, Hung-Ju Chen
  • Patent number: 10725458
    Abstract: A CPU unit is a life prediction device for a fan. The CPU unit includes a temperature calculation unit to calculate internal temperature of the CPU unit on the basis of at least one of the utilization of the CPU unit, the temperature a CPU, and the rotation speed of the fan; and a storage unit to store fan life data that indicates the life of the fan relative to temperature. A control unit includes a life prediction unit to calculate remaining life expectancy of the fan on the basis of the fan life data and the internal temperature calculated by the temperature calculation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroki Matsuyama
  • Patent number: 10716216
    Abstract: Various aspects of the disclosed technology relate to pixel-based thermal conductivity determination. A pixelized representation is created for a conductor layer of a printed circuit board. The pixelized representation is analyzed to identify conductor paths in a direction. Based on the conductor paths, the conductor pixels separated into net pixels and isolated pixels. An effective thermal conductivity property value in the direction is then computed for a section or a whole of the conductor layer based on the number of the isolated pixels, the number of the net pixels and the number of total pixels in the section or the whole of the conductor layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Mentor Graphics Corporation
    Inventor: Paul Richard Blais
  • Patent number: 10663187
    Abstract: An air conditioning system including a management server for analyzing data being received from at least one air conditioner at a predetermined time interval and for diagnosing a state of the air conditioner is provided. The condition of the air conditioner is diagnosed in real time through the analyzing of the data on the air conditioner. Performance deterioration on the air conditioner corresponding to variations over a certain period is diagnosed with data calculated or accumulated on a performance and an efficiency based on the data relating to the air conditioner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Seunghwan Jung, Juntae Kim
  • Patent number: 10591965
    Abstract: Various embodiments of methods and systems context-aware thermal management in a portable computing device (“PCD”) are disclosed. Notably, the environmental context to which a PCD is subjected may have significant impact on the PCD's thermal energy dissipation efficiency. Embodiments of the solution seek to leverage knowledge of a PCD's environmental context to modify or adjust thermal policy parameters applied within a PCD in response to a thermal event within the PCD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Palkesh Jain, Ronald Alton, Jon Anderson, Mehdi Saeidi
  • Patent number: 10588247
    Abstract: An embodiment circuit includes a plurality of heat-generating circuits, a heat-sensitive circuit exposed to heat generated during operation of the plurality of heat-generating circuit, and a temperature sensor disposed at a location between the heat-sensitive circuit and the plurality of heat-generating circuits, the temperature sensor being configured to generate an over-temperature signal as a function of temperature sensed at the location. The plurality of heat-generating circuits may be selectively deactivatable in an ordered sequence based on deactivation weights respectively assigned to the plurality of heat-generating circuits and in response to the over-temperature signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS S.R.L.
    Inventors: Giovanni Luca Torrisi, Domenico Porto
  • Patent number: 10541040
    Abstract: There is provided a circuit assembly for time-discretizing an analog electrical signal, including an input terminal supplying the analog electrical signal, an output terminal providing a time-discrete signal depending on the supplied analog electrical signal and a sample and hold circuit, which comprises a capacitor connected to the output terminal, an electronic switching unit connected between the input terminal and the output terminal and a control unit controlling the switching unit, wherein the switching unit provides an off-state due to an off-signal of the control unit and an on-state due to an on-signal of the control unit, wherein the switching unit provides an electrical resistance in the on-state, which cooperates with the capacitor and comprises a preset resistance value, such that the sample and hold circuit provides a low-pass with preset cut-off frequency. There is further provided a detection device and lighting device with such a circuit assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: OSRAM GMBH
    Inventors: Andreas Seider, Johannes Jantsch
  • Patent number: 10440679
    Abstract: According to various embodiments, there is provided a passenger load prediction system including: a component configured to detect a wireless device carried by a passenger on a train or a train station platform, the train including a plurality of train cars; a passenger to train car mapper configured to determine a location of the passenger, based on a location of the wireless device; a destination predictor configured to predict a destination of the passenger, based at least in part on an identifier code of the wireless device; and a train car load level estimator configured to predict a respective passenger load of each train car of the plurality of train cars, based on the predicted destination and further based on the determined location of the passenger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Rajesh Vellore Arumugam, Wujuan Lin, Yutaka Kudo, Su Hnin Wut Yi
  • Patent number: 10402515
    Abstract: An environmental monitoring system including a base station. The base station may receive at least two reports from at least one environmental sensor in an environment; compute, based on values of physical properties of a simulated object and the at least two reports, a simulated condition of the simulated object within the environment; and transmit, to a computing device, the at least two reports and/or the computed simulated condition of the simulated object. A method of operating a base station of an environmental monitoring system. At least one computer-readable storage medium encoded with executable instructions that, when executed by at least one processor, cause the at least one processor to perform a method of operating a base station of an environmental monitoring system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Digi International, Inc.
    Inventors: Harry J. Schechter, Philip Trapasso
  • Patent number: 10381956
    Abstract: The embodiments describe monitoring user activity to estimate the amount of power generated by piezoelectric fabric disposed in an article of clothing, where the piezoelectric fabric is configured to generate electrical energy in response to user movement that is stored in a power supply device, and where the power supply device is configured to provide power to a charging coil disposed in the article of clothing for charging an electronic device. Upon determining the estimated power is insufficient to charge the electronic device to a threshold power level, a user exercise is selected which is predicted to generate sufficient power using the piezoelectric fabric to reach the threshold power level. A prompt is outputted to the user to perform the user exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sarbajit K. Rakshit, Harish Bharti, Abhay Patra
  • Patent number: 10363197
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing network connectivity and remote monitoring, optimization, and control of pool/spa equipment are provided. “Internet-of-Things” (IoT) functionality is provided for pool and spa equipment in a flexible and cost-effective manner. Network connectivity and remote monitoring/control of pool and spa equipment is provided by various components such as a network communication and local control subsystem installed in pool/spa equipment, and other components. Also disclosed are various control processes (“pool logic”) which can be embodied as software code installed in any of the various embodiments of the present disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Hayward Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Potucek, James Murdock, James Carter, Gregory Fournier, Arthur W. Johnson, III, David Blaine, Jason DeBruin, Bruce Aubrey, Scott Petty, Jason Parcell, Craig Horrocks
  • Patent number: 10337930
    Abstract: A number of variations may include a method which may include determining a temperature rise in an IGBT junction without the use of a temperature estimation or measurement device because determination may be made by first determining the power loss due to the conduction losses of the IGBT and power loss associated with switching the IGBT where these losses may be determined by utilizing the saturation voltage of the IGBT, IGBT PWM duty cycle, IGBT switching frequency, fundamental frequency along with a lookup table for the switching energies and the phase current going through the IGBT. The determined power loss may be multiplied by a measured, sensed or obtained thermal impedance from the IGBT junction. Finally, the determined temperature rise of the IGBT junction may be added to a measured, sensed or obtained temperature of the coolant in order to determine the absolute temperature of the IGBT junction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: S. M. Nayeem Hasan, Bryan M. Ludwig, David P. Tasky
  • Patent number: 10254178
    Abstract: Techniques for estimating ambient temperature are described herein. Temperature data may be received from a first sensor of a computing device. Temperature data may be received from a second sensor of a computing device. The ambient temperature may be estimated based on the first temperature data in relation to the second temperature data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Carbone, Paul Karayacoubian
  • Patent number: 10247625
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for correcting a temperature sensing signal of an IGBT temperature sensing device which outputs only a temperature sensing signal having a voltage value equal to or higher than a preset voltage value, by using an output limiting diode. The apparatus includes: a calculating part configured to calculate a conduction current value of the output limiting diode by using the resistance of an NTC thermistor included in the IGBT temperature sensing device; a determining part configured to determine a drop voltage value of a voltage drop occurring in the output limiting diode based on the conduction current value; and a correcting part configured to correct the temperature sensing signal by increasing the voltage of the temperature sensing signal output from the IGBT temperature sensing device by the drop voltage value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: LSIS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hong-Seok Kim, Jae-Moon Lee, Chun-Suk Yang
  • Patent number: 10228292
    Abstract: A virtual temperature monitoring system in a data center communicates with servers mounted in racks to receive internal temperature data generated by internal temperature sensors of the servers. The system derives a virtual sensor measurement of external temperatures external to the server, including a portion of a cold aisle that extends proximate to a rack in which the server is mounted, based upon a relationship between the received internal temperature sensors and the external environment. Sensor data from other sensors can be received via a building management system, and building management signals to the building management system can be generated based at least partially on the virtual sensor data. The virtual sensor data can be used to generate a graphical representation of the servers that highlights relative thermal characteristics of the servers based on the virtual external sensor measurements, including heat indices, excursions beyond thresholds, historical excursion histories, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter George Ross, Adolfo Bravo Ferreira, Richard Chadwick Towner
  • Patent number: 10219975
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing network connectivity and remote monitoring, optimization, and control of pool/spa equipment are provided. “Internet-of-Things” (IoT) functionality is provided for pool and spa equipment in a flexible and cost-effective manner. Network connectivity and remote monitoring/control of pool and spa equipment is provided by various components such as a network communication and local control subsystem installed in pool/spa equipment, and other components. Also disclosed are various control processes (“pool logic”) which can be embodied as software code installed in any of the various embodiments of the present disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Hayward Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Potucek, James Murdock, James Carter, Gregory Fournier, Arthur W. Johnson, III, David Blaine, Jason DeBruin, Bruce Aubrey, Scott Petty, Jason Parcell, Craig Horrocks
  • Patent number: 10216876
    Abstract: A method of designing a semiconductor circuit using a circuit simulation tool executed by a computer includes calculating power consumptions of elements of the semiconductor circuit by use of the circuit simulation tool. A thermal netlist is created about the semiconductor circuit, based on the power consumptions and geometry information of each of the elements. A simulation of the semiconductor circuit is performed with the thermal netlist using the circuit simulation tool to detect a temperature of each of the elements. The thermal netlist includes thermal capacitance information of each of the elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jongwook Jeon, Yeoil Yun, Sangwoo Pae, Uihui Kwon, Keunho Lee
  • Patent number: 10198051
    Abstract: To make a replacement time difference between two power supply devices as small as possible when the two power supply devices serving as double power supply devices constitute a PLC, a power supply unit includes a temperature detection unit that detects an internal temperature of the own power supply unit, and an output adjustment circuit that adjusts internal power output from the own power supply unit so as to make smaller a difference between a detected temperature by the temperature detection unit of the own power supply unit and a detected temperature by the temperature detection unit included in the other power supply unit attached to a same PLC as the PLC to which the own power supply unit is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Takahiko Yamanaka
  • Patent number: 10194390
    Abstract: A portable recording device may use a low-energy transceiver to communicate with a computing device in order to activate a high-energy communication connection with the computing device for exchanging data. The portable recording device may initially broadcast a device identifier of the portable recording device via the low-energy transceiver. The portable recording device may then connect to a computing device via a high-energy communication connection that is formed using a high-energy transceiver of the portable recording device. The computing device may be triggered to initiate a formation of the high-energy communication connection with the portable recording device by the device identifier broadcasted using the low-energy transceiver. Subsequently, the portable recording device may send data files to the computing device via the high-energy communication connection. The data files may include a data asset that is captured by the portable recording device or metadata for the data asset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignees: WHP Workflow Solutions, Inc., Getac Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Guzik, Muhammad Adeel
  • Patent number: 10161646
    Abstract: A motion sensor assembly may include a cover plate configured to be mounted to an electrical box. The cover plate may include a front surface configured to face away from the electrical box and a rear surface opposite the front surface. The cover plate may further include an aperture configured to receive a toggle or rocker type switch. A motion sensor may be coupled to the cover plate. A power source and processor may be operably coupled to the motion sensor. Furthermore, the processor may be operably coupled to a communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: SEARS BRANDS, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Shwetak N. Patel, Matthew Stephen Reynolds
  • Patent number: 10154095
    Abstract: An improved system and method are disclosed for receiving sensor readings from one or more devices and processing the readings in real time to create an output. For example, the method may include, for each device, calculating a value based on the sensor readings obtained from the device for which the value is being calculated. Each of the values that satisfies at least one defined parameter is identified. All of the values that satisfy the defined parameter are aggregated to form an aggregated value. A defined action is executed based on the aggregated value. The steps of receiving, calculating, identifying, aggregating, and executing occur in real time without storing the sensor readings, the values, or the aggregated value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: n.io Innovation, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas A. Standley, Matthew R. Dodge, Randall E. Bye
  • Patent number: 10134257
    Abstract: Operating a pumping system includes moving a pumping element to transition liquid through the pump, and determining a value based at least in part upon inlet pressure and pumping speed that is indicative of a pressure of the liquid within a bore susceptible to cavitation. Pumping speed and/or inlet pressure can be varied responsive to the determined value to limit cavitation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Yanchai Zhang, Zhaoxu Dong, Xuefei Hu
  • Patent number: 10119537
    Abstract: A pump monitoring device is configured to be connected to a case drain of a pump. The device includes a manifold having an inlet for connection to the case drain. A flow rate sensor generates a signal indicative of a flow rate of fluid in a fluid path. The flow rate sensor includes a temperature sensor, a heater, and a sensor barrel. The heater heats the sensor barrel while in fluid communication with the fluid. A pressure sensor generates a signal indicative of a pressure of the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: IOT Diagnostics LLC
    Inventors: Rex A. Wetherill, John Rasmussen, Peter R. Jones
  • Patent number: 10105704
    Abstract: A pressurizable sample system includes a microplate having a planar plate surface and several sample wells. Each sample well has a flange positioned circumferentially around an outer surface of the sample well and against the planar plate surface. The sample system further includes a capping plate with a planar cap surface and several caps projecting from the planar cap surface. Each cap has a geometrical configuration in complementary correspondence with the configuration of the sample well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: PRESSURE BIOSCIENCES, INC.
    Inventors: Edmund Y. Ting, Alexander Lazarev
  • Patent number: 10082849
    Abstract: A computing system includes a first pool of collocated high heat density computing components; a second pool of collocated low heat density computing components; and a reconfigurable switching fabric electrically interconnecting the pools. A first cooling structure is in thermal communication with the first pool; a second cooling structure is in thermal communication with the second pool; and at least one heat rejection unit is in thermal communication with the first cooling structure, the second cooling structure, and at least one heat sink. A controller is configured to obtain a specification of a computing workload; electrically configure at least a portion of the first pool and at least a portion of the second pool to handle the computing workload, by reconfiguring the switching fabric; and select operating parameters for the first and second cooling structures and the at least one heat rejection unit to handle the computing workload.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy J. Chainer, Pritish R. Parida
  • Patent number: 9994438
    Abstract: An automated system for filling oil tankers and other equipment with different materials. The system comprises product/additive pumps, a section for delivering product/additive, and optionally an emergency control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: MEDA ENDUSTRI KONTROL SISTEMLERI TICARET LIMITED SIRKETI
    Inventor: Bülent Sahiner
  • Patent number: 9955924
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods and systems for magnetic nanoparticle temperature imaging. Particularly, the present methods involve applying different combinations of magnetic fields to magnetic nanoparticles placed in a one-dimensional space, collecting AC magnetization signals of the magnetic nanoparticles, and analyzing the collected signals to obtain in vivo temperature information of the one-dimensional space. Different exciting magnetic fields are applied to the magnetic nanoparticles, so that one-dimensional temperature imaging is transformed into single-point temperature measurement of each minizone, and one-dimensional temperature imaging can be precisely and quickly achieved without knowing the concentration distribution of the magnetic nanoparticles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: HUAZHONG UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Wenzhong Liu, Shiqiang Pi, Wenping Mao, Jing Zhong, Le He
  • Patent number: 9910495
    Abstract: A system is provided that automatically converts an input into one or more haptic effects in near real-time. The system senses the input in near real-time. The system automatically converts the sensed input into one or more haptic signals in near real-time. The system generates the one or more haptic effects based on the one or more haptic signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Amaya Becvar Weddle, Danny Grant
  • Patent number: 9903765
    Abstract: An apparatus for detecting temperatures of power-conversion semiconductor elements, which is applicable to a system including a plurality of power-conversion semiconductor elements and a plurality of temperature signal outputs for outputting temperature signals correlated to temperatures of the respective semiconductor elements. In the apparatus, the temperature signal outputted from at least one of the temperature signal outputs is input directly to a microcomputer without passing through at least one input-output interface. The temperature signals outputted from the other two or more temperature signal outputs are input to a plurality of input ports of the at least one input-output interface sequentially connected to an output of the interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Osamu Daitoku, Hiroshi Fujita
  • Patent number: 9880628
    Abstract: A system is provided that automatically converts an input into one or more haptic effects in near real-time. The system senses the input in near real-time. The system automatically converts the sensed input into one or more haptic signals in near real-time. The system generates the one or more haptic effects based on the one or more haptic signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Amaya Becvar Weddle, Danny Grant
  • Patent number: 9878804
    Abstract: Aerial thermal images of a ground surface may be captured using a thermal image sensor. The images may be contrasted, georeferenced, orthorectified, and/or stitched together to form a complete thermal image. The complete thermal image may include a plurality of pixels with display values corresponding to temperatures of the ground. Local temperature sensors may measure the temperature at locations on the ground. Based on display values for pixels corresponding to the locations on the ground and the temperature measurements, a curve mapping display values to temperature measurements may be calculated. Temperatures may be calculated for pixels for which the temperature was not previously known. Users may select a temperature range of interest, and pixels with temperature values within the temperature range of interest may be distinctively marked. The pixels may be marked with different colors based on where their temperature value falls within the temperature range of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventor: Eric Olsen
  • Patent number: 9861014
    Abstract: An automatic control system and method of chillers for a data center are provided. The control system includes: a plurality of servers; a plurality of first temperature sensors, mounted at air inlets of the plurality of servers, respectively, and configured to detect temperatures at the air inlets of the plurality of servers in a real-time manner, respectively; a controller, configured to receive detected temperatures sent by the plurality of first temperature sensors, calculate an average temperature in the data center according to the detected temperatures, and generate a control instruction according to the average temperature in the data center; and an air conditioner, configured to receive the control instruction sent by the controller, and adjust a working mode of the air conditioner according to the control instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: BEIJING BAIDU NETCOM SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shu Zhang, Guofeng Chen, Ruiquan Ding