Mechanical Measurement System Patents (Class 702/33)
  • Patent number: 11513532
    Abstract: A robot can include a cart to receive one or more objects; a camera sensor to photograph a periphery of the robot and capture an image of a user of the robot; a handle assembly coupled to the cart; a moving part to move the robot; a force sensor to sense a force applied to the handle assembly; and a controller configured to generate physical characteristics information on physical characteristics of the user of the robot based on the image of the user, and adjust at least one of a moving direction of the robot, a moving speed of the moving part and a value of torque applied to a motor of the moving part, based on the physical characteristics information and a magnitude of the force applied to the handle assembly sensed by the force sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Hyeri Park
  • Patent number: 11489732
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a method, system, and apparatus for using a machine learning system to configure and optimize complex, distributed computer networks. The machine learning system receives an input related to a computer network and classifies the input using either a supervised learning approach or an unsupervised learning approach. From the classification of the input, the machine learning system builds a first training domain and determines a steady state network configuration for the computer network. After determining a steady state network configuration for the computer network, the machine learning system receives a plurality of inputs from one or more sensors or agents distributed throughout the computer network. The machine learning system compares the plurality of inputs to the steady state network configuration to detect a deviation from the first steady state network configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Crenacrans Consulting Services
    Inventor: James W. Greene, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11465632
    Abstract: An apparatus (1) for calibrating an ADAS sensor of an advanced driver assistance system of a vehicle (9) positioned in a service area (8), includes: a support structure (3); a vehicle calibration assistance structure (4), mounted on the support structure (3) and including a calibration device (41, 42) configured to facilitate aligning or calibrating the ADAS sensor of the vehicle (9); a positioning system; a computer (102), having access to a database (101) and configured to: receive one or more information items as input; query the database (101) to retrieve a reference parameter (111) and a geometric parameter (112) as a function of the input information; process the reference parameter (111) and the geometric parameter (112) to generate derived data (114) relating to a reference position of the vehicle calibration assistance structure (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: NEXION S.P.A.
    Inventor: Giulio Corghi
  • Patent number: 11448637
    Abstract: A system for locating and tracking an object is provided. The system includes a measuring device configured to determine a property of a paving-related material, a locating device configured to determine a location of the measuring device, a tracking system configured to store tracking information associated with the measuring device and one or more properties determined by the measuring device, and a communications system configured to transfer, to a remote device, the location of the measuring device and the tracking information associated with the measuring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Troxler Electronic Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Ernest Troxler
  • Patent number: 11443714
    Abstract: A display control device includes: a first control unit that performs control for displaying a bar for plotting an inspection result for each inspection item in a subject with one direction of the bar representing a value of the inspection result, and displaying a mark representing a last inspection result in the bar; and a second control unit that performs control for displaying information representing a predetermined number of inspection results of at least one of the subject individual or the same variety as a variety of the subject individual for a predetermined inspection item along the one direction of the bar with different color or density depending on a frequency of each inspection result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Shigetoshi Ishikawa, Keiji Tsubota, Haruyasu Nakatsugawa
  • Patent number: 11374586
    Abstract: A digital signal generation assumes that a base frequency (the frequency with which the primitive phase angles are specified relative to) is equal to the carrier frequency for all relevant times. But this causes errors in the digital signals output to each array element transducer. Thus, it is necessary for the development of a signal generation system that is capable of producing a digital signal using the free selection of amplitude and phase. This is used to produce a substantially error-free signal that preserves the amplitude and phase relative to a constant base frequency while allowing the carrier frequency to vary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: ULTRALEAP LIMITED
    Inventors: Benjamin John Oliver Long, Brian Kappus
  • Patent number: 11368328
    Abstract: A method for controlling a terminal apparatus, to remotely operate a plurality of appliances, the terminal apparatus including a memory that stores setting information for setting a plurality of target appliances to be operated by remote operation. The method includes causing a computer of the terminal apparatus to judge whether the setting information includes information about the plurality of target appliances; causing a display of the terminal apparatus to, when the computer judges that the setting information includes information about the plurality of target appliances, display a start instruction image, that includes an instruction image region that provides an instruction for the remote operation to the plurality of target appliances and provides a starting instruction for the remote operation; and causing the computer, when the instruction image region is operated, to output control data for providing the instruction for the remote operation to the plurality of target appliances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Hiroshi Amano, Toshihisa Nakano
  • Patent number: 11353384
    Abstract: An apparatus for testing tangential and normal resistance of an anchor chain and soil under an equivalent elastic boundary and a method therefor, and the apparatus includes a support frame, a transmission device (4), an air pressure loading system, a test box (5), a vertical displacement applying part (6), a tangential anchor chain unit (7), a normal anchor chain unit (8), etc. The present disclosure can, by using a spring of equal stiffness to simulate the elastic boundary and being capable of overcoming an influence of boundary conditions, greatly reduce a size of the test box, thereby effectively saving materials and reducing difficulty of a test operation; moreover, it integrates the normal and tangential resistance tests into one, which can measure tangential and normal interactions of the anchor chain and the soil at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: ZHEJIANG UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Zhen Guo, Lizhong Wang, Shengjie Rui, Yi Hong, Lingling Li, Yujie Li
  • Patent number: 11313686
    Abstract: A moving body, which a person boards, includes an acquisition unit configured to acquire current position information of the moving body, and a recommended path calculation unit configured to calculate a path that is a recommended path toward a predetermined destination and passes through an interior of at least one building, based on the current position information and the predetermined destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tae Sugimura, Hirotaka Karube, Kazuki Matsumoto, Makoto Mori, Jun Kondo
  • Patent number: 11308666
    Abstract: An event process data integration and analysis apparatus of the present disclosure includes an integrated display output interface. The integrated display output interface generates, based on unit operation data, a unit operation band for each device among a plurality of devices, the unit operation band representing an operation intention of an operator and being arranged in a time series. The integrated display output interface generates, based on process data, a process trend chart for each device, the process trend chart representing a change over time in a process value. The integrated display output interface generates an integrated display that displays the unit operation band and the process trend chart associated by time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: YOKOGAWA ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ayako Akimoto, Yuichi Sakuraba
  • Patent number: 11268454
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine for an aircraft comprises a high-pressure (HP) spool comprising an HP compressor and a first electric machine driven by an HP turbine; a low-pressure (LP) spool comprising an LP compressor and a second electric machine driven by an LP turbine; a combustor; an electrical energy storage unit; and an engine controller configured to: in response to receipt of a request for an increased electrical power supply by the engine (dPD) within a requested timeframe (dt), evaluating a current HP compressor surge margin (dRH/RH) and a current LP compressor surge margin (dRL/RL) based on the operating points thereof; in response to evaluating that one or more of the HP compressor and the LP compressor has insufficient surge margin to facilitate a change of electrical power supply at a requested rate (dPD/dt), meeting the requested electrical power demand using the electrical energy storage unit whilst increasing fuel flow to the combustor to accelerate the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE PLC
    Inventor: Caroline L Turner
  • Patent number: 11260881
    Abstract: A LIDAR system includes a laser source, a first lens, and a second lens. The laser source is configured to output a first beam. The first lens includes a planar portion and a convex portion. The first lens is configured to receive the first beam and output a second beam responsive to the first beam. The second lens includes a concave portion and a planar portion. The second lens is configured to receive the second beam and output a third beam responsive to the second beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: BLACKMORE SENSORS & ANALYTICS, LLC
    Inventors: Edward Joseph Angus, Zeb Barber, Ryan Moore Galloway
  • Patent number: 11243614
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the disclosure, a user input device is provided comprising a substrate to couple to a user, a sensing unit coupled to the substrate and including a first sensor of a first type and being configured to generate a first signal indicative of a change in deformation of the user's skin, and a second sensor of a second type different from the first type and being configured to generate a second signal indicative of a deformation level of the user's skin, and a controller configured to receive the first signal and the second signal, determine, based on the first signal, a number of motions performed by a user, determine, based on the second signal, a type of the motions performed by the user, and determine a gesture performed by the user based on the determination of the number of motions and the type of motions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: BOSE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Prateek Nath
  • Patent number: 11221272
    Abstract: A springback variation cause analysis method includes: calculating a first stress distribution in a press forming part; calculating a second stress distribution in the press forming part; calculating a difference between the second and the first stress distribution, and replacing and setting the first or the second stress distribution with the calculated stress difference distribution; calculating a first springback amount to be caused in the press forming part; changing a value of stress difference in a partial area of the press forming part in the stress difference distribution set for the press forming part; calculating a second springback amount; and analyzing a portion in the press forming part that is a cause of variation in springback amount in the press forming part due to scattering or variation in press forming conditions, based on the second springback amount and the first springback amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: JFE Steel Corporation
    Inventor: Masaki Urabe
  • Patent number: 11162382
    Abstract: A method for operating a turbine engine is provided. The method includes receiving operating data comprising at least an engine operation parameter, an environmental parameter, a location parameter, and a time parameter; operating the turbine engine based on a baseline ground operation schedule; generating an adjusted ground operation schedule based on the operating data and the baseline ground operation schedule, wherein generating the adjusted ground operation schedule is based on a machine learning algorithm; and operating the engine based on the adjusted ground operation schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Rangasai Madoor Comandore, Narayanan Payyoor
  • Patent number: 11150159
    Abstract: An adaptive loading method for real-time hybrid simulation testing based on a space frame model. The system initial delay is controlled to be close to 0 before the loading of seismic wave by a dual compensation strategy for the initial delay based on the initial delay compensation and the adaptive loading segment, thereby solving the problem of insufficient estimation and compensation of the initial delay in the real-time hybrid simulation. In addition, the test substructure of the space frame model is equated as a test element, and the overall displacement response corresponding to the test substructure in the overall model is converted to the actual loading relative displacement of the test substructure by using the signal conversion module, thereby realizing the real-time loading of the large-scale spatial frame model with great rigidity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology
    Inventors: Tengfei Li, Mingzhou Su, Yan Sui, Lei Ma, Huanxue Gong
  • Patent number: 11091165
    Abstract: A method for estimating a probability distribution of the maximum coefficient of friction (?) at a current and/or future waypoint (s, s*) of a vehicle. According to the method, a first probability distribution (WV1) for the maximum coefficient of friction (?) at the waypoint (s) of the vehicle is determined by a Bayesian network from a first data set, which is, or was determined, for one, in particular current, waypoint (s) of the vehicle and which characterizes the maximum coefficient of friction (?) at the waypoint (s) of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignees: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG, LUCAS AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Matthias Schlegel, Jochen Abhau, Heinz-Joachim Gilsdorf, Julian King, Jochen Köhler, Horst Krimmel, Gerhard Niederbrucker, Lara Ruth Turner, Volker Wagner, Robert Zdych, Vanessa Adler, Sascha Heinrichs-Bartscher, Ralf Raffauf, Holger Simon, Walter Stein
  • Patent number: 10928816
    Abstract: A control schedule for a wind turbine indicates how the turbine maximum power level varies over time. Generating the schedule includes determining a value indicative of the current remaining fatigue lifetime of the turbine, or one or more turbine components, based on measured wind turbine site and/or operating data; applying an optimisation function that varies an initial control schedule to determine an optimised control schedule by varying the trade-off between energy capture and fatigue life consumed by the turbine or the one or more turbine components until an optimised control schedule is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: VESTAS WIND SYSTEMS A/S
    Inventors: Chris Spruce, Chakradhar Byreddy
  • Patent number: 10863925
    Abstract: Provided is an information processing device that includes a determination portion that determines, on the basis of information regarding an exercise state of a user, whether the exercise state of the user is a sitting state or a standing state, and a display processing portion that performs processing for displaying at least one of a time when the exercise state of the user changes from the sitting state to the standing state or the number of times the exercise state of the user changes from the sitting state to the standing state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Susumu Takatsuka, Yutaka Murakami
  • Patent number: 10859554
    Abstract: One embodiment provides a pipe inspection robot, including: a chassis configured to traverse through an interior of a water or sewer pipe; an extension piece coupled to the chassis; a water quality probe comprising a first end that couples to the extension piece and a sensing end distal thereto; an electric motor configured to reposition the sensing end of the water quality probe with respect to the extension piece; said electric motor acting to rotate the sensing end of the water quality probe to reposition the sensing end proximate to fluid containing water located proximate to a bottom part of the chassis; the sensing end configured to contact the fluid containing water for contact sensing of water quality data. Other aspects are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: RedZone Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Starr, John Lettman, Todd Kueny, Foster J. Salotti, Galin Konakchiev
  • Patent number: 10843898
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method for predictive maintenance and high efficiency operation through elevator analysis, and the method includes: a predictive maintenance step of collecting operation information of an operation unit in a normal state and operation information of the operation unit, which appears before a failure occurs, and detecting an abnormal symptom of the operation unit operating in real time based on the collected operation information so as to induce stable predictive maintenance of the operation unit of the elevator; and a high efficiency operation step of analyzing the operation information of the elevator operation unit in real time based on the operation information of the operation unit in the normal state to extract the operation information of an elevator, and controlling a door-closing time for the elevator based on the extracted operation information so as to induce efficient operation of the elevator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: ITS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Young Kyu Lee
  • Patent number: 10761067
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed for characterizing and quantifying composite laminate structures, including structures with surfaces that are curved in two and three dimensions. The embodiments take a composite laminate of unknown ply stack composition and sequence and determine various information about the individual plies, such as ply stack, orientation, microstructure, and type. The embodiments can distinguish between weave types that may exhibit similar planar stiffness behaviors, but would produce different failure mechanisms. Individual ply information may then be used to derive the laminate bulk properties from externally provided constitutive properties of the fiber and matrix, including extensional stiffness, bending-extension coupling stiffness, bending stiffness, and the like. The laminate bulk properties may then be used to generate a probabilistic failure envelope for the composite laminate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Baylor University
    Inventors: David A. Jack, John E. Fitch, Theresa Vo, Caleb Heimsoth, Sarah Stair
  • Patent number: 10728127
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for maintaining network connectivity over power lines is disclosed. Such network connectivity is maintained even if various customers are covered by different power line networks or if one or more power lines in a network are unavailable to transmit data. More particularly, in order to bridge a gap in a power line network, one or more messages are extracted from a first node in a power line network and are then transmitted to a second node via free space transmission. When those messages are received at the second node, the message is injected back into the power line on the other side of a gap in power line coverage. This method of transmission backup will continue until power line connectivity is restore upon which the preferred method will be selected and used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Alan K. Au, Farhad Barzegar, Edward J. Dolan, Irwin Gerszberg, Jeremiah A. Okoro
  • Patent number: 10667116
    Abstract: Systems and methods for triggering emergency mass notifications include an EMNS activation service, a plurality of activation premises devices, a plurality of EMNS provider services, and a plurality of event personnel devices. The EMNS activation service includes a universal translator module that receives an event trigger signal relating to an emergency event from one of the activation premises devices. The universal translator module translates the event trigger signal to event-specific EMNS protocols of the EMNS providers. The EMNS activation service communicates the event-specific EMNS protocols to the EMNS providers, and communicates event data to event personnel devices based on a list of event personnel devices to be notified of an emergency event. An activation premises device includes a housing event with trigger controls for creating the event trigger signal, wherein these event trigger controls are inaccessible to users in the absence of an authorized access or an emergency access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventors: Brian Fitzpatrick, Henry Jeff Burkhardt
  • Patent number: 10625673
    Abstract: An information processing system is provided with a modeling unit. The modeling unit models, based on a degree of similarity among individual travel histories of a plurality of drivers, individual travel histories of at least one or more drivers from among the individual travel histories of the plurality of drivers to construct a driver model indicating a relationship between conditions of the at least one or more drivers and travel environments of at least one or more vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tadashi Shibata, Toshiya Mori, Masanaga Tsuji, Nobuyuki Nakano
  • Patent number: 10564130
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises an acoustic sensing system and an analyzer module. The acoustic sensing system is positioned relative to an object, wherein the acoustic sensing system detects acoustic emissions and generates acoustic waveform data for the acoustic emissions detected. The analyzer module is implemented in a computer system that receives load data and the acoustic waveform data for the object, generates a plurality of frequency distribution functions using the acoustic waveform data, and generates a frequency distribution function time evolution image containing a plurality of points of each of the plurality of frequency distribution functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Hong Hue Tat, Yuan-Jye Wu, Joseph D. Schaefer, Anne Kao, Mary J. Mathews, Matthew G. Pike, Victor P. Pauca, Rongzhong Li
  • Patent number: 10514732
    Abstract: According to certain embodiments, a micro controller unit of a smart computer case provides, based on the identification of the smart computer case: 1) lighting control of a plurality of individually addressable LEDs associated with computer case fans, logo panels and integrated lighting features, 2) fan speed control and monitoring, and 3) monitoring of temperature sensors. According to certain embodiments, each LED need not be RGB but instead can be single color LEDs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Corsair Memory, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Michael Kinstle, III
  • Patent number: 10489523
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention include apparatuses and methods for performing remote experiments in real-time. The method includes sending requests to perform remote experiments for a desired configuration to a first and second facility. The desired configuration may include a first and second configuration. The method includes running a first remote experiment in real-time at the first facility to obtain a first output variable. The first facility may include the first configuration with a first input variable. The method includes simultaneously running a second remote experiment in real-time at a second facility to obtain a second output variable. The second facility may include the second configuration with a second input variable. The first output variable may be set as the second input variable to mimic the desired configuration. The method includes obtaining experimental results of the desired configuration via the first and second input and output variables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY AND AGRICULTURAL AND MECHANICAL COLLEGE
    Inventor: Paulo J. Waltrich
  • Patent number: 10467825
    Abstract: An airframe health monitoring system uses a controller to automatically determine a status of the airframe of an aircraft in real time, at power up and periodically during flight of the aircraft, based on the output of pressure sensors such as ribbon sensors and flex sensors mounted on the airframe arms and body. The controller can determine in real time whether the airframe has a fault or is damaged based on continuity measured in ribbon sensors located along the outside surfaces of the airframe. The controller can also determine a metric on the status of the airframe in real time based on arm impulses measured in flex sensors located along inside surfaces of arms of the airframe. This will lead to less expensive, more accurate, faster, automated detection of airframe faults, airframe damage and/or metrics on the health of the airframe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Drone Racing League, Inc.
    Inventors: Phil Herlihy, Nate Ferris, Trevor Smith, Ryan Gury
  • Patent number: 10461579
    Abstract: A method monitors an operating state of an energy supply network. Measurement values indicating an operating state are detected using sensors which are provided at measurement points paired with primary components of the energy supply network, and a visualization indicating the operating state of the energy supply network at each measurement point is generated using a monitor. The aim is to minimize the configuration and parameterization complexity for the operator of the energy supply network. The measurement values are transmitted from the sensors to an application server. The measurement values are analyzed, thereby forming system status values, the system status values indicating the operating state of the energy supply network at the measurement points. The system status values are transmitted to the monitoring device and a visualization which indicates the operating state of the energy supply network is generated by the monitoring device using the system status values and displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Wiebke Froehner, Thomas Werner
  • Patent number: 10380279
    Abstract: There is described herein a process for assigning location-specific correction factors to composite components using data obtained from the simulation of an automated manufacturing process, and correlating the location-specific correction factors to safety margins across the surface of the composite component, in order to quantify the impact of features introduced by the manufacturing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: BOMBARDIER INC.
    Inventors: Jean-Philippe Marouze, Vishal Kassie, Jonathan Laliberte, Kaven Croft
  • Patent number: 10345799
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for detecting a short in a blade of a gas turbine engine, the apparatus including: a first plate configured to form a first capacitor with the protective sheath when the apparatus is located proximate to the blade; a second plate configured to form another capacitor with a portion of the airfoil when the apparatus is located proximate to the blade; and a voltage source electrically connected to the first plate and the second plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sameh Dardona, Cagatay Tokgoz
  • Patent number: 10311854
    Abstract: A noise cancellation system for a vehicle includes a sensor configured to determine an imminent noise that will be perceivable in a passenger compartment of the vehicle, a noise identification module operable to identify at least one quality of the imminent noise, and a noise cancellation device operable to substantially attenuate the imminent noise as the imminent noise becomes a perceivable noise in the passenger compartment based on the at least one quality of the imminent noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Eli Tzirkel-Hancock, Ilan Malka, Bassam S. Shahmurad
  • Patent number: 10309854
    Abstract: A method for processing a signal of a pressure measuring device inside an internal combustion engine, the device including: a pressure measuring sensor supplying an output voltage signal (SB), and a processing unit connected to the pressure measuring sensor, the method including the following steps: I. calculating a duration (Dt1) between a first time (t0) corresponding to a first combustion pressure peak (P0) and a second time (t1) corresponding to a second combustion pressure peak (P1), consecutive to the first combustion pressure peak (P0), II. calculating a correction start time (tc1) defined according to the previously calculated duration (Dt1), III. measuring a value of the signal (VOFF1) at the correction start time (tc1), IV. correcting the signal, on the basis of the correction start time (tc1) in relation to a reference value (VREF) and obtaining a first processed signal (S) such that: S=SB?VOFF1+VREF.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignees: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE FRANCE, CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Laurent Landrevie, Fabrice Tonon
  • Patent number: 10260935
    Abstract: A method for analyzing the condition of a machine, and an apparatus for analyzing the condition of a machine are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: S.P.M. Instrument AB
    Inventor: Lars-Olov Elis Hedin
  • Patent number: 10251037
    Abstract: A computing device, such as a smartphone, can replace the hardware of various instruments to overcome the cost issue in designing universal smart instruments. Distinguished from traditional instruments, a universal smart instrument takes the maximum advantage of the latest smart phone or mobile computing devices. The instrument control panel is realized on the smartphone by applying the interactive graphical representation of control and indicator elements common in real instruments such as knobs, buttons, dials, graphs and the like. Universal smart instruments unify heterogeneous measurement probes on the market into a single device that can be readily modified or expanded when new technologies need to be added to the existing system or current measurement requirement change. Universal smart instruments also make use of the internet to publish and share data, which was unable to be achieved in conventional propriety instruments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: FOCUS UNIVERSAL INC.
    Inventor: Desheng Wang
  • Patent number: 10203268
    Abstract: Methods are disclosed for nondestructive testing and measuring the structural health of prestressed concrete structures, such as slabs, columns, girders, bridges, towers, elevated storage tanks, silos, cooling towers, wind power generation towers, liquefied gas storage tanks, nuclear power containment buildings, and the like. Measurements are made as the structure undergoes tensioning and detensioning operations. By measuring actual movements of cardinal points on the structure, in an absolute three-dimensional coordinate system, and comparing the measurements to a model—as tension on a tendon is changed—a margin of safety is assured. High accuracy measurements are made by electronic distance measurement (EDM) instruments over hundreds of meters, which yield coordinates of cardinal points with an uncertainty of the order of one part per million.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventor: Sophie Lin
  • Patent number: 10168348
    Abstract: A method for determining an average segment time of an encoder wheel of an internal combustion engine, the encoder wheel being connected in rotationally fixed fashion to a crankshaft of the internal combustion engine, markings being situated along the circumference of the encoder wheel, and the crankshaft of the internal combustion engine passing through specified angular ranges during segment times, segment times being acquired, associated rotational speed values being determined from the segment times, a rotational speed curve being determined from the individual determined rotational speed values, a value of the average rotational speed being determined from the rotational speed curve, and an average segment time being determined from the value of the average rotational speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Stefan Bollinger, Joachim Palmer, Bjoern Bischoff, Michael Walter
  • Patent number: 10168687
    Abstract: The invention provides a control device comprising: an actual value obtaining part, obtaining a torque actual value and a velocity actual value, wherein the torque actual value represents a torque generated by the driving source and the velocity actual value represents a velocity of the motion body; an inferring part, which calculates an external force inferred value and a velocity inferred value every other operation period based on the torque actual value by using an operation formula of a predetermined model representing driving of the motion body, wherein the external force inferring value represents an external force generated by the control system; and an output part, evaluating a reliability of the external force inferred value based on the velocity inferred value calculated together if the inferring part calculates the external inferred value, and effectively outputting the external force inferred value when it is judged that there is a designated reliability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Tatsuya Koga, Masahiro Murai
  • Patent number: 10077576
    Abstract: An exemplary vehicle keypad assembly includes, among other things a virtual button having a first area and a second area, a first phosphor between the first area and a light source, and a different, second phosphor between the second area and the light source. An exemplary vehicle keypad illumination method includes, among other things, selectively illuminating a first area of a keypad in one of a plurality of different colors while illuminating a different, second area of the keypad in a single color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, James J. Surman, Cornel Lewis Gardner
  • Patent number: 10031009
    Abstract: Apparatus includes a signal processing module configured at least to: receive signaling containing information about an application of a rotating magnetic field across a fluid flowing in a pipe, tank, cell or vessel; and determine a flow analysis across the fluid flowing in the pipe, tank, cell or vessel, based at least partly on the signaling received. The signal processing module may also be configured to provide corresponding signaling containing information about the flow analysis across the fluid flowing in the pipe, tank, cell or vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: CiDRA CORPORATE SERVICES, INC.
    Inventor: Alan D. Kersey
  • Patent number: 9857275
    Abstract: A method for determining the aerodynamic moment of resistance Maero-EM of a wheel by calculating the variation with respect to time, of the product of the rotational speed of at least one wheel set in rotation about an axis and of the inertia of the said wheel about the said axis, the wheel being equipped with a device for picking off and recording the numerical values of its rotational speed. The wheel is protected by a removable cap and in is subjected to a flow of air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignees: Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin, Michelin Recherche et Technique S.A.
    Inventor: Benoit Gardarin, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9841346
    Abstract: A method for determining the aerodynamic moment of resistance Maero-EM of a wheel arranged on an axis, by measuring the value of the mechanical power Pm to be applied to the wheel in order to maintain it in rotation at a constant speed ?, the said wheel being equipped with a rotational-drive means and with a device for picking off and/or recording the numerical values of the said mechanical power and those of the rotational speed. The wheel is protected by a removable cap and is subjected to a flow of air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignees: Compagnie General des Etablissements Michelin, Michelin Recherche et Technique S.A.
    Inventor: Benoit Gardarin, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9752960
    Abstract: A system and method for anomaly detection is provided. The system (100) and method (200) include utilizing one or more processors, such as in a server, for receiving (108) operational and dynamics data (104) from sensors associated with devices (102), filtering the data, establishing a set of baseline dynamics data and eliminating data dependencies (110). The system and method further include generating an expected level of data variation (112), identifying an anomaly based on a deviation of the device data from the baseline data normalized by the expected level of data variation (114), optionally correlating an anomaly with potential causes, and providing an output indicating an anomaly (116).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Electric Power Research Institute, Inc.
    Inventors: Leonard Angello, Tim Lieuwen, David Robert Noble, Brian Poole
  • Patent number: 9714019
    Abstract: Methods for testing the operation of an aircraft braking system utilize the steps of applying a predetermined electrical energy level to an electromechanical actuator attached to a brake assembly, followed by discontinuing electrical energy to the electromechanical actuator. In some test methods, an actuation level of the electromechanical actuator is determined and used to evaluate braking performance. In other tests, a voltage generated by an electric motor in an actuator is measured and used to evaluate braking performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eric Cahill, Marc Georgin
  • Patent number: 9707747
    Abstract: A method for producing a flat prepreg material blank impregnated with at least one matrix resin in an at least partially automated production system. The method includes cutting the fibrous material in a blanking station to the geometry of the particular prepreg material blank to be produced. The resultant fibrous blank is subsequently impregnated in an impregnation station. Then, the resultant single prepreg layer is joined in an assembly station with at least one further single prepreg layer, which was previously impregnated in the impregnation station, to form a multiple-layer prepreg material blank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: MBB Fertigungstechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Robert Buehlmeyer
  • Patent number: 9707982
    Abstract: A system which eliminates the need for wayside monitoring of railcar wheel bearings and wheels includes a temperature sensor located on the railcar in close proximity to the bogie; a measuring laser located on the railcar in close proximity to the bogie and arranged to monitor breakage; a power source for the temperature sensor and the measuring laser; and a wireless transmitter to transmit the data collected by the temperature sensor and the measuring laser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventors: Leo Byford, Kenneth Zweiacher
  • Patent number: 9628098
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to multichannel transducer devices and methods of operation thereof. One example device includes at least two acquisition modules that have different sensitives and a signal processing stage that generates a blended signal representative of a lower gain signal mapped onto a higher gain signal. One example method of operation includes receiving a first signal from a first sensor having a first sensitivity, receiving a second signal from a second sensor having a second sensitivity that is different from the first sensitivity, generating a blended signal by mapping the second signal to the first signal, outputting the first signal while the first signal is below a first threshold and above a second threshold, and outputting the blended signal when the first signal is above the first threshold and when the first signal is below the second threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS S.R.L.
    Inventor: Andrea Lorenzo Vitali
  • Patent number: 9410855
    Abstract: A method for press forming analysis includes (1) performing a coordinate transformation to calculate a distribution of stress (a) before a release from the press die in a local coordinate system; (2) performing a springback analysis which includes (i) calculating a distribution of residual stress after the release and performing the coordinate transformation to calculate a distribution of residual stress (b) in the local coordinate system, and (ii) calculating shape data (d) after the release; (3) calculating a difference (a-b) as SB effective stress, performing a coordinate transformation to calculate a distribution of SB effective stress in a global coordinate system, changing or removing the SB effective stress in an analysis target region and performing the springback analysis to calculate a shape data (c) after the release; and (4) calculating a difference (c-d) to determine a degree of influence of the analysis target region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: JFE STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akinobu Ishiwatari, Hirotaka Kano
  • Patent number: 9402010
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus comprises a storage apparatus configured to store a model-specific setting value information containing a name of machine, a setting item code that is the object for adjusting of the setting value and an outlier determination condition of the setting value, which is predefined every combination the model name and the setting item, and a self-apparatus setting value information containing a setting value of self-apparatus, the setting item code and the setting value, and a control panel configured to display a display unit for displaying the model-specific setting value information and the self-apparatus setting value information every setting item code, and an adjustment value input screen including a input unit for inputting a new setting value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignees: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA, KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Yoshikatsu Kamisuwa, Masaki Narahashi, Sou Miyazaki, Reiji Murakami