Mechanical Measurement System Patents (Class 702/33)
  • 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
    Inventors: Sameh Dardona, Cagatay Tokgoz
  • 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
    Inventors: Laurent Landrevie, Fabrice Tonon
  • 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
    Inventors: Eli Tzirkel-Hancock, Ilan Malka, Bassam S. Shahmurad
  • 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
    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: 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: 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
    Inventors: Stefan Bollinger, Joachim Palmer, Bjoern Bischoff, Michael Walter
  • 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
    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
    Inventors: Eric Cahill, Marc Georgin
  • 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: 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: 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
    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
    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
    Inventors: Yoshikatsu Kamisuwa, Masaki Narahashi, Sou Miyazaki, Reiji Murakami
  • Patent number: 9373203
    Abstract: Real-time feedback may be generated during a driving session from status data collected via one or more sensors. This feedback data may include various metrics related to a student's driving skills, which may be utilized to generate tagged driving events. A user may also manually enter tagged driving events. The tagged driving events may include real-time information based on the collected status data, such as acceleration, braking, cornering data, descriptions entered by the user. The location of these tagged driving events may be mapped in real time. Sensors used to collect this data may be integrated within the device displaying the feedback or located on another device, in which case the status data may be communicated to the device displaying the feedback. The displayed real-time feedback may be viewed by an instructor to assess a student's driving skills in real time and to calculate a driver feedback score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Inventors: Brian Mark Fields, Steve Roberson, Abhishek Harish, Hyunji Lim, Matthew James Waughtel
  • Patent number: 9233457
    Abstract: A hand-held power tool, in particular to a screwing device, includes a control device for controlling and/or regulating the tool movement of a tool holder and/or of a tool. The hand-held power tool has an interface for communicating with an external adjustment device. The interface is configured to be connected to the control device in such a way that signals may be transmitted for the parameterization of at least one tool movement sequence. The tool movement sequence includes a plurality of sequentially-progressing tool movements. A method for parameterizing at least one tool movement sequence of a hand-held power tool includes parameterizing the at least one tool movement sequence with a separate setting device in a remote-controlled manner via an interface of the hand-held power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Helmut Wanek, Thomas Gabriel
  • Patent number: 9230444
    Abstract: A method and system for determining local information which is dependent on a local runway state when the aircraft is in movement on the runway in order to update, in real-time, or practically in real-time, data used by a braking assistance system, according to whether the local runway state associated with the determined local information indicates a runway deterioration relative to a reference runway state used initially.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Inventors: Jean-Michel Lascombes, Jerome Journade, Remi Morin, Robert Lignee
  • Patent number: 9217999
    Abstract: A collaboration system may include a non-destructive testing (NDT) inspection device that may communicate with at least one other computing device via a computing network. The computing network may communicatively couple a plurality of computing devices and the NDT inspection device may acquire inspection data, establish a communication connection to the at least one other computing device, and send the data to the at least one other computing device. There, the at least one other computing device may analyze the data. After the data is analyzed, the NDT inspection device may receive the analyzed data from the at least one other computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Michael Christopher Domke, Jason Howard Messinger, Sekhar Soorianarayanan, Thomas Eldred Lambdin, Scott Leo Sbihli
  • Patent number: 9208017
    Abstract: A method for protecting against fan failure in a server uses a storage unit and a plurality of fans in the server. The method includes the following steps. A rotation speed of each of the plurality of fans is detected. A continuous working time period of each fan is timed. The rotation speed reading and the continuous working time period reading of each fan is compared with predefined rotation speed values and predefined continuous working time periods stored in the storage unit. The results of comparisons are made. A countdown is started when any of the results of comparison falls into one of predefined failure conditions for the fans. Unless a renew or other countdown-amending signal is received, the server is counted down to zero and then shut down. A server equipped to be able to carry out the protecting method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignees: Patentcloud Corporation, Patentcloud Co. Limited
    Inventors: Hsin-Fu Wang, Kuan-Hsiang Chao
  • Patent number: 9202362
    Abstract: An infrastructure monitoring system and method that comprises multiple monitoring devices and/or multiple output devices. Each monitoring device includes at least one sensor for collecting data, a data storage device for storing the data, a processor for analyzing the data, and a communications device for transmitting and receiving data. The system may also include an operations center for controlling and receiving data from the plurality of devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Mueller International, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory E. Hyland, Robert Paul Keefe, Marietta Edmunds Zakas, C. Robert Barker
  • Patent number: 9132911
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure are directed to measuring, via at least one sensor, at least one of a damage and a compromise associated with a vehicle, determining at least one of a region and a location of the at least one of a damage and a compromise and a level of the at least one of a damage and a compromise, and adapting an operational envelope for the vehicle based on the determined at least one of a region and a location of the at least one of a damage and a compromise and the level of the at least one of a damage and a compromise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Inventors: Anthony Litwinowicz, Vineet Sahasrabudhe, Jonathan K. Garhart, Preston R. Bates
  • Patent number: 9064357
    Abstract: A system and methods for alleviating an anomaly in a structure are presented. At least one anomaly detector structural member is embedded in the structure. A measurement signal is sent to the anomaly detector structural member and a feedback signal is received from the anomaly detector structural member in response to the measurement signal. A difference between the measurement signal and the feedback signal is calculated to determine a change in the structure, and at least one non-optimal event is identified in real-time if the change exceeds an event threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Inventor: Patrick Joseph McCormick
  • Publication number: 20150134270
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining turbine engine system stability encompass measuring or otherwise determining values of performance parameters, storing a data set of such values in memory, generating a stability indicator, and displaying the stability indicator on an operator interface. The stability indicator is generated by a processor operating in data communication with the computer memory, utilizing customized software algorithms to remove high frequency components, apply an adaptive filter to adjust selected parameters according to a target value of a selected target parameter, and apply a stochastic filters to estimate true values of the selected parameters, based on the remaining variation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Dean Frederick Long, Kenneth William Simon, Grant August Radinzel
  • Patent number: 9031791
    Abstract: Aspects of the invention provide systems and methods for using ballast sensors to detect rock fall events in a vicinity of railway tracks or similar roadways or tracks. The ballast sensors are spaced apart from the tracks. Particular embodiments permit the use of signals from the ballast sensors to discriminate rock fall events from other types of events and to detect the hypocenter of a rock fall event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Weir-Jones Engineering Consultants Ltd.
    Inventors: Bohdan Nedilko, Iain Weir-Jones
  • Publication number: 20150127272
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a measurement device for a rotating system, the measurement device providing a first sensor arranged in the vicinity of a shaft of the rotating system, the first sensor being configured to generate a signal relating to a rotation of the shaft, and a control unit connected to the first sensor. The control unit is further configured to form a first parameter based on the signal from the first sensor, determine a current time reference, form a data package having the first parameter and a time stamp relating to the current time reference, and distribute the data package to at least one monitoring device over a network connected to the control unit. The present invention also relates to a monitoring system having the measurement device and a corresponding method for monitoring a condition of a rotating system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Fredrik Sundquist
  • Publication number: 20150120214
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system of non-regression tests of a designing tool including modules (13) used to build a monitoring device (11) of an aircraft engine (7), said system of tests including: processing means (9) configured to automatically create an experience base (9e) by instrumenting behaviour tests upon executing the modules, said experience base including reference input signals (SIN—ref), sets of reference parameters, reference output signals (SOUT—ref), and collections of results of reference executions relating to said modules, processing means (9) configured to start again said behaviour tests on said modules (13) depending on the corresponding reference input signals and the corresponding sets of reference parameters thus generating test output signals (SOUT—test) and collections of results of test executions, and processing means (9) configured to compare said test output signals with the corresponding reference output signals and said collections of results of test execution with said c
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: SNECMA
    Inventors: Aurelie GOUBY, Jerome Henri Noel LACAILLE
  • Publication number: 20150118047
    Abstract: A method for determining parameters of a wind turbine is disclosed. The method may generally include receiving signals from at least one Micro Inertial Measurement Unit (MIMU) mounted on or within a component of the wind turbine and determining at least one parameter of the wind turbine based on the signals received from the at least one MIMU.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Ken Yoon, Brandon Shane Gerber, Lisa Kamdar Ammann, Hai Qiu, Yong Yang, Zhilin Wu, Xu Fu, Lihan He, Na Ni, Qiang Li
  • Patent number: 9020778
    Abstract: A method of monitoring the mechanical condition of a machine in which statistically significant measurements on a characteristic signal are made over a period of time which can include interruptions and variations in the operation of the machine giving rise to uncharacteristic signals and the processing of the signal during the statistically significant measurement automatically excludes those parts of the signal associated with interruptions and variations in the operation of the machine. The invention also includes apparatus for carrying out the above method including a preamplifier, adapted to provide output to a further amplifier, adapted to provided output to dynamic enveloping circuitry, adapted to provide an output to an analogue to digital converter, adapted to provide an output to a digital micro-electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Kittiwake Holroyd Limited
    Inventors: Trevor James Holroyd, David Lin
  • Publication number: 20150100251
    Abstract: An example system includes one or more sleeves, each configured for attachment to a leg and comprising a pressure sensor, an accelerometer and a magnetometer. A processor processes sensor signals from the pressure sensor, the accelerometer and the magnetometer to estimate action (A) and work (W) using event detections of peak stance and valley swing events associated with leg movement, for optimizing energy efficiency for maintaining a balance of the body leaning forward in a gravity pull-down force, with the periodic upward force of the sequential foot-thrusts with the toes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: James C. Solinsky
  • Patent number: 9002688
    Abstract: In a method for simulating a measuring process of a workpiece, one or more virtual probes of a workpiece measuring machine are created. A vector of each of the virtual probes is calculated, and an appropriate vector for each of measuring points of a workpiece is acquired for a computerized drawing of the workpiece. The angle between the vector of each of the measuring points and the vector of each of the virtual probes is calculated. A virtual probe is determined for each measuring point according to the calculated angles. The measuring points are sorted according to the virtual probe of each measuring point, and the measuring programs of the sorted measuring points that relate to the same virtual probe are combined. The combined measuring programs are executed to determine whether the actual probe would collide with the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chih-Kuang Chang, Xin-Yuan Wu, Min Wang
  • Publication number: 20150081229
    Abstract: A system including: at least one computing device configured to monitor a compressor blade in a turbomachine by: extracting time of arrival (TOA) data about the compressor blade at a defined interval; correlating turbomachine operating conditions with the TOA data; extracting resonance data about the compressor blade during startup or shutdown of the turbomachine, and extracting static deflection and tip clearance data about the compressor blade during steady state operation of the turbomachine; creating a baseline compressor blade comparison level based upon the extracted resonance data, extracted static deflection and tip clearance data, and correlation between the turbomachine operating conditions and the TOA data; and iteratively extracting updated TOA data and performing the correlating, the extracting of the resonance data, static deflection and tip clearance data using the updated TOA data at the defined interval to create an updated baseline compressor blade comparison level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Lijie Yu, Adil Ansari, Vivek Venugopal Badami, John Thomas Bliss, Rahul Chadha, Rajan Gupta
  • Patent number: 8983794
    Abstract: A non-destructive inspection system for a structure is described. The inspection system includes a local positioning system (LPS) configured for determining position and orientation of objects relative to a structure coordinate system, a six degree-of-freedom digitizer operable for at least one of temporary attachment to the structure and placement proximate the structure, a non-destructive sensor array, and a processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: William P. Motzer, Gary E. Georgeson, Scott W. Lea, James J. Troy
  • Patent number: 8981952
    Abstract: A sensor includes a housing and a mass, suspended in the housing. The motion of the mass emulates dynamic behavior of a brain of the wearer along a plurality of axes. At least one sensing element is coupled to generate sensor data based on the motion of the mass, in response to an impact to a protective helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: THL Holding Company, LLC
    Inventors: John W. Howard, Richard Cutler
  • Publication number: 20150057950
    Abstract: A method for monitoring tribological levels of a surface of a location is provided including the steps of receiving tribological data generated by a tribometer, where the tribological data corresponds to at least one tribological level of a surface of at least one location, associating the tribological data with a floor plan representing the at least one location, and displaying the tribological data on the floor plan for viewing on a computing or remote device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Timothy J. Vassallo, Robert W. Vassallo, JR., Patricia E. Vassallo
  • Publication number: 20150046098
    Abstract: Method and system are disclosed for characterizing and quantifying composite laminate structures. The method and system 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 method and system 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: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: David A. Jack, John E. Fitch, Theresa Vo
  • Patent number: 8954292
    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: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Troxler Electronic Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Ernest Troxler
  • Publication number: 20150039243
    Abstract: A portable-terminal-using inspection method for a rotating machine component allows an operating state of a rotating machine component such as a bearing to be easily inspected by using a popularized portable information terminal and a dedicated sensor that supplies detection information to the terminal. The state of the rotating machine component is detected by the sensor. Detection data regarding the detected state is supplied from the sensor to the terminal. Data processing is performed on the detection data in the terminal or a server connected to the terminal via a communication line, by using data processing software and specification data for the model number associated with the component, and a result of the data processing is displayed on a screen of the terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: NTN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Seiichi Takada, Shoji Itomi
  • Patent number: 8948887
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided that are capable of synchronizing an industrial process. The industrial process may include a plurality of process levels. A visualization group may be displayed, showing the various levels of a process. A transition group may be graphically defined that allows for the linking of the transitions between the various process levels. In certain embodiments, sequential function charts (SFC) may include expanded capabilities that allow for the visual definition, editing, and review of the transition groups. Such SFC embodiments may be capable of process flow synchronization across any levels of the modeled process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert C. Kline, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150032387
    Abstract: A craft inspection process is described. The craft inspection process includes: (i) locating, using an overhead robot, a candidate craft in space within one or more robotic envelopes and identifying craft offset; (ii) locating, using the overhead robot and the craft offset, a component and/or sub-component of the candidate craft within one of one or more of the robotic envelopes and identifying a component offset and/or the sub-component offset; and (iii) inspecting the component and/or the sub-component using an underside robot and the component offset and/or the sub-component offset.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: AEROBOTICS, INC.
    Inventors: Douglas A. Froom, William T. Manak
  • Publication number: 20150017591
    Abstract: A system includes an analytics system including a processor configured to receive an indication of a detectable radiation associated with a combustion system. The detectable radiation includes multidimensional granular data associated with an operation of the combustion system. The processor is configured to determine a first value of one or more operational characteristics of the combustion system based at least in part on the indication of the detectable radiation, and to derive an output. The output includes a second value derived based on the first value of the one or more operational characteristics to adjust the first value thereto.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Richard Joseph Mitchell, Jonathan Carl Thatcher
  • Patent number: 8935103
    Abstract: The present invention provides golf ball recommendations correlating to a golfer's swing parameters determined by comparing the flight characteristics of a golf ball driven by the golfer with a database of flight characteristics of golf balls associated with particular swing parameters. The swing parameters in the database may be correlated with golf ball flight characteristics determined using empirical tests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Hideyuki Ishii
  • Publication number: 20140372049
    Abstract: Prediction of emission by a source of sound and a propagation of the sound within a surrounding medium, over a frequency range is provided. A system including the source and the surrounding medium is represented by elements e. For each element e and each frequency fi, a parameter Pe,i is associated to the element. At frequency fi, a parameter Pe,max is calculated over the frequency range. For each element e, elementary matrices Ke,max and Me,max are determined using the parameter Pe,max. For each frequency fi and for each element e, parameter Pe,i is used to determine a polynomial degree used to approximate the sound field, elementary matrices Ke,i and Me,i are extracted out of the matrices Ke,max and Me,max and are assembled into global matrices Ki and Mi. A global matrix system Zi is established based on the global matrices Ki and Mi, and the global matrix system is solved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Hadrien Bériot, Stijn Donders, Michel Tournour