Electrical Input And Feedback Signal Means (459) Patents (Class 91/361)
  • Patent number: 11448239
    Abstract: A hydraulic control loop controls a hydraulic adjusting cylinder. The cylinder has a cylindrical housing and a displaceable piston therein. The piston divides the housing interior into a first and a second hydraulic chamber. A first hydraulic valve supplies the first hydraulic chamber with hydraulic fluid. A hydraulic pressure of the first hydraulic chamber is adjustable by controlling the first hydraulic valve. A second hydraulic valve supplies the second hydraulic chamber with hydraulic fluid. A hydraulic pressure of the second hydraulic chamber is adjustable by controlling the second hydraulic valve. A control device controls the two hydraulic valves. In a position control state, the second hydraulic valve is controlled by a position control signal dependent on the working position of the piston and the first hydraulic valve is controlled by an adjusted position control signal, that is generated on the basis of the position control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: SMS group GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Zielenbach, Jörn Sohler, Peter Horn, Martin Schmidt
  • Patent number: 11421401
    Abstract: A system for controlling the operation of a work vehicle implement during an implement shake operation may include an implement configured to pivotably coupled to a loader arm. A controller may be configured to monitor an angle of the implement relative to the arm during the implement shake operation. Furthermore, the controller may be configured to determine first and second differentials between monitored angles of the implement during first and second cycles of the implement shake operation, respectively, and a predetermined average implement angle. Additionally, the controller may be configured to determine an estimated differential between an anticipated angle of the implement during a third cycle of the implement shake operation and the predetermined angle based on the first and second differentials. Furthermore, the controller may be configured to adjust a duty cycle and/or an amplitude of the third cycle of the implement shake operation based on the estimated differential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Duqiang Wu, Navneet Gulati
  • Patent number: 11401958
    Abstract: A carrier comprising a hydraulic cylinder having a piston, a controller and a piston position sensor, wherein the carrier is arranged to carry an accessory through the use of the hydraulic cylinder and wherein the controller is configured to: receive piston position information; determine a direction of movement of the piston; and if the piston position equals a stop distance from an end wall of the hydraulic cylinder in the direction of movement, abort the movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: HUSQVARNA AB
    Inventor: Tommy Olsson
  • Patent number: 11092175
    Abstract: A dual-independent hybrid actuator system includes an actuator body defining a hydraulic chamber. The actuator system includes a hydraulic piston assembly, including a hydraulic piston disposed within the hydraulic chamber and dividing the hydraulic chamber into a first hydraulic sub-chamber in fluid communication with a first hydraulic fluid passage and a second hydraulic sub-chamber in fluid communication with a second hydraulic fluid passage. The actuator system further includes a piston rod mounted to the hydraulic piston that passes through the second hydraulic sub-chamber with a distal end that projects outward from the actuator body. The actuator system further includes an electric motor mounted to the actuator body, and a threaded axle mechanically coupled to a motor shaft of the electric motor. The threaded axle passes through the first hydraulic sub-chamber and engages with a threaded port formed in the hydraulic piston assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: David E. Blanding, Jeffrey C. Coffman, Jimmy M. Quiambao
  • Patent number: 11072910
    Abstract: A plurality of electromagnetic proportional control valves are configured to control a pressure of a pilot oil generated by operation of a first control lever device and a second control lever device and, in accordance with the pressure of the pilot oil, adjust a flow rate of a hydraulic oil supplied to hydraulic cylinders. The plurality of electromagnetic proportional control valves are divided into a first valve block including at least one of the electromagnetic proportional control valves and a second valve block including at least one of the electromagnetic proportional control valves. The first valve block and the second valve block are arranged to be separated from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventors: Takeo Yamada, Shota Nakamura, Gousuke Nakashima
  • Patent number: 11047402
    Abstract: Electrically controllable hydraulic system for a vehicle transmission and method for controlling the same An electrically controllable hydraulic system (1) for a vehicle transmission comprises a pressure pump system (4a, 4b) and a subsystem (1A) comprising a transmission element (2) and an electrically controlled hydraulic pressure controlling module (1B) including a hydraulic valve element (15) for controlling a hydraulic pressure for actuating the transmission element (2) and an electromagnetically controllable operating element (21) for operating the hydraulic valve element (15). The subsystem (1A) and the pressure controlling module (1B) have a first and a second cut-off frequency (f1, f2) with f2>f1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Punch Powertrain N.V.
    Inventors: Rekha Kandiyil Raveendran, Timotheus Franciscus Adrianus Van Els
  • Patent number: 11035389
    Abstract: A system for compensating for drift or movement of a hydraulic actuator connected to a machine's boom or similar elongate member that is caused, at least in part, by damping of mass-induced vibration. The system comprises a processing unit and a plurality of sensors operable to collect data from a control valve connected to an actuator's load holding chamber and to calculate additional volume present therein due to vibration damping. Using the calculated additional volume, the processing unit determines a hydraulic fluid flow rate appropriate to substantially reduce or eliminate the additional volume. The processing unit combines this flow rate with the hydraulic fluid flow rate necessary to cause operation of the actuator in response to the machine's operator input, and provides signals to the control valve causing actuation of the valve to output hydraulic fluid to the actuator at a rate equal to the combined flow rates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventors: Qinghui Yuan, Meng Wang, Michael Rannow, Chad Larish
  • Patent number: 11028861
    Abstract: A hydraulic system (600) and method for reducing boom dynamics of a boom (30), while providing counter-balance valve protection, includes a hydraulic cylinder (110), first and second counter-balance valves (300, 400), first and second control valves (700, 800), and a selection valve set (850). The selection valve set is adapted to self-configure to a first configuration and to a second configuration when a net load (90) is supported by a first chamber (116, 118) and a second chamber (118, 116) of the hydraulic cylinder, respectively. When the selection valve set is enabled in the first and second configurations, the second and first control valve may fluctuate hydraulic fluid flow to the second and first chamber, respectively, to produce a vibratory response (950) that counters environmental vibrations (960) of the boom. When the selection valve set is not enabled, the first and second counter-balance valves are adapted to provide the hydraulic cylinder with conventional counter-balance valve protection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventor: Meng (Rachel) Wang
  • Patent number: 10645857
    Abstract: An implement control system includes an automatic control valve assembly configured to utilize fluid from a supply conduit to cause a cylinder to raise a ground engaging tool relative to a soil surface and to utilize the fluid flow from the supply conduit to cause the cylinder to lower the ground engaging tool relative to the soil surface while an automatic control mode is active. The implement control system also includes a controller configured to control the automatic control valve assembly based on a position of the ground engaging tool relative to the soil surface to control the position of the ground engaging tool relative to the soil surface while the automatic control mode is active. The controller is also configured to deactivate the automatic control mode in response to fluid pressure within a first manual control conduit exceeding a threshold pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Michael W. Glennon, Duqiang Wu, John C. Endsley, Christopher Stovall
  • Patent number: 10626889
    Abstract: The invention relates to a hydraulic drive (1) comprising a working cylinder (2) and a travel cylinder (3) which is mechanically connected to the working cylinder (2). The working cylinder (2) and the travel cylinder (3) each comprise an upper and a lower cylinder chamber (21, 22, 31, 32), and all four cylinder chambers (21, 22, 31, 32) of the working and travel cylinder (2, 3) are connected to one another in a suitable manner in a closed pressure circuit (4) which is filled and prestressed with a hydraulic fluid (F). A rotational speed-variable hydraulic machine (5) with a first and second pressure connection (51, 52) is arranged in the pressure circuit (4) in order to conduct the hydraulic fluid (F) between the individual cylinder chambers (21, 22, 31, 32) of the working and travel cylinder (2, 3) during the operation (B) of the hydraulic drive (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Moog GmbH
    Inventors: Werner Händle, Achim Helbig, Tino Kentschke
  • Patent number: 10072681
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems and methods are provided for controlling at least one fluid actuated device; e.g., an actuator such as a hydraulic cylinder. A method is provided, for example, involving an actuatable component and an actuation system, which includes an actuation system component and an actuator. During a mode of operation, the actuation system component is fluidly coupled with a first chamber and a second chamber of the actuator using the actuation system. The actuator is operable to move the actuatable component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: VECNA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Daniel Theobald
  • Patent number: 9915261
    Abstract: Provided is a substrate treating apparatus. The substrate treating apparatus includes: a transfer chamber conveying a substrate; a process chamber disposed adjacent to the transfer chamber and performing a treating process o the substrate; and a drive assembly supplying a power by which a component of the transfer chamber or the process chamber operates, wherein the drive assembly includes: a cylinder connected to pipes; a piston disposed to be movable inside the cylinder and connected to the component by a drive shaft; and a pipe control unit automatically adjusting a moving speed of the piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Semes Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jin Ho Choi, Ju Mi Yoo
  • Patent number: 9909500
    Abstract: A self-purge system includes an additively manufactured purge valve assembly in communication with a fuel passage to selectively purge the fuel passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Joe Ott, Stanley J Funk, Roger O Coffey, Shawn Stempinski, Lyutsia Dautova, Dennis M Moura
  • Patent number: 9670842
    Abstract: A bleed valve control system for mounting to a support structure adjacent to a fan air plenum within an aircraft includes a bleed valve module, a pneumatic valve controller, and a fan air duct. The bleed valve module includes a pipe, a plurality of bleed valves connected to the pipe, and a plurality of pneumatic actuators connected to the bleed valves. The pneumatic valve controller includes a plurality of electrical control elements and a cooling shroud. The cooling shroud is attached to the pipe and at least partially surrounds the plurality of electrical control elements. The fan air duct connects the cooling shroud to the fan air plenum such that fan air flows through the cooling shroud to cool the plurality of electrical control elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: Donald E. Army, Gregory L. DeFrancesco, John M. Malijanian
  • Patent number: 9546672
    Abstract: In some applications, a piston of a hydraulic actuator may move at high speeds, and large undesired forces may be generated if the piston reaches an end-stop of the hydraulic actuator at a high speed. The undesired forces may, for example, cause mechanical damage in the hydraulic actuator. A controller may receive information indicative of the piston reaching a first position at a first threshold distance from the end-stop, and, in response, may modify a signal to a valve assembly controlling flow of hydraulic fluid to and from the hydraulic actuator. Further, the controller may receive information indicative of the piston reaching a second position at a second threshold distance closer to the end-stop of the hydraulic actuator, and, in response, the controller may further modify the signal to the valve assembly so as to apply a force on the piston in a away from the end-stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Alex Perkins, Kevin Blankespoor, Alfred Rizzi
  • Patent number: 9528534
    Abstract: A safety circuit for valves actuated hydraulically via a positioning cylinder. The positioning cylinder in one embodiment is configured to be hydraulically or pneumatically depressurized in an emergency. The positioning cylinder has two cylinder chambers configured to be fluidically connected via a working line. A first and a second series-connected shut-off valve are provided in the working line. The positioning cylinder in another embodiment is configured to be hydraulically or pneumatically actuated in an emergency. The positioning cylinder has at least one first cylinder chamber configured, in an emergency, to be supplied with pressurized fluid via a first pressure medium flow path. A first and a second series-connected shut-off valve are provided in the first pressure medium flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignees: Robert Bosch GmbH, E. ON Anlagenservice GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Juergen Finke, Meik Brinkmann, Dirk Bracht
  • Patent number: 9221488
    Abstract: A remote controlled vehicle includes a chassis, front and rear axles mounted on the chassis and at least one wheel coupled to each axle. A front hydraulic drive drives the front axle and a rear hydraulic drive drives the rear axle. The remote controlled vehicle includes front and rear control valves in fluid communication with the corresponding front and rear hydraulic drives for regulating at least one of a fluid direction and a fluid flow through each control valve to each corresponding hydraulic drive. A controller communicates drive commands to each hydraulic drive and receives the drive commands front an external communicator. The chassis has a width substantially equal to the widest width of the reservoir and the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Southeast Directional Drilling, LLC
    Inventor: John M. Heieie
  • Publication number: 20150075360
    Abstract: In a hydraulic control circuit including a solenoid valve, whose change responsiveness in an actual pressure with respect to a change in an instructional pressure deteriorates when the instructional pressure enters a dead band region on a lower pressure side than a dead band threshold, for adjusting a hydraulic pressure supplied to a hydraulic device operated by the hydraulic pressure based on the instructional pressure, the instructional pressure is increased in a stepwise manner to a charge pressure higher than the dead band threshold, when the instructional pressure is set in the dead band region and the instructional pressure increases within the dead band region to such an extent that a speed ratio does not change. Then, a lower limit of the instructional pressure is set to the dead band threshold, and use of the dead band region is prohibited for a certain period of time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Seiichiro Takahashi, Takashi Eguchi, Tomohiro Utagawa, Hisao Nobu, Kenji Sakakibara, Takahiro Ikeda, Masayuki Shimizu
  • Patent number: 8863642
    Abstract: This invention relates to a feedback control device for controlling the stroke of an actuator stroke driven by a working fluid. The feedback control device for controlling the stroke correctly controls the stroke using a simple means by compensating secular changes in the flow rate control valve that controls the working fluid. The device for controlling the stroke of an actuator 110 is provided with a single flow rate control valve 1 for controlling the feed and discharge of the working fluid, and the flow rate control valve is operated to control the stroke by feedback. The flow rate control valve 1 has a neutral position where the working fluid is neither fed nor discharged, and a flow rate control valve control device 9 is provided with a learning device 91 for learning variations in the neutral position. The feedback control is executed, i.e.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Isuzu Motors Limited
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Takei, Yasushi Yamamoto, Hiroyuki Kawanishi
  • Publication number: 20140283509
    Abstract: In a lowering operation of a boom, the amount of operation of a control lever is detected by a pressure sensor and input to a controller. Based on the input operation amount, the controller obtains a target flow rate Q0 of return oil discharged from a boom cylinder, calculates a deviation ?Q between the target flow rate Q0 and an actual flow rate Q obtained from an actual rotation speed N of an electric motor acquired by a rotation speed sensor, calculates a signal Sm for controlling the opening area of a proportional solenoid valve in a manner allowing hydraulic fluid to flow to a control valve in just as much as ?Q, and controls an operation pilot pressure of the control valve supplied from a sub-pump in accordance with the signal Sm so that the hydraulic fluid will flow to the control valve exactly in the amount of ?Q.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: Seiji Hijikata
  • Publication number: 20140230643
    Abstract: An actuator displacement measuring system in an electro-hydraulic system for a construction machine is disclosed, which can detect an actuator displacement using the characteristics of an electro-hydraulic system. The actuator displacement measuring system includes controlling driving of an electric motor, determining whether the electric motor is driven, determining whether a set pressure value of a relief valve is larger than or equal to a measured pressure value of the hydraulic system if a displacement value of an actuator that is always detected deviates from a zero value of a reference position, setting the actuator displacement value to a previous value if a pressure value of the hydraulic system is larger than or equal to a pressure value of a relief valve and calculating the actuator displacement value using a rotating speed of the electric motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: VOLVO CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT AB
    Inventor: Ji-Yun Kim
  • Patent number: 8763513
    Abstract: A control system for controlling the movement of a system such as a hydraulic servo controlled gimbal systems. The system includes a plurality of actuators and sensors that sense the position of the actuators. On start up, a control system determines the present orientation of the system and compared it to a user defined desired orientation. The system operates in a first mode on start up where the control system moves the actuators so that the system is moved form the present orientation to the desired orientation at a controlled rate. Once the desired orientation is reached, control is then passed to a user controlled device such as a joystick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Arnold Peterson
  • Publication number: 20140174069
    Abstract: A hydraulic control system for a machine is disclosed. The hydraulic control system may have a tank, a pump, a swing motor having a first chamber and a second chamber, and at least one control valve configured to control fluid flow between the pump, the swing motor, and the tank. The hydraulic system may also have an accumulator configured to selectively receive pressurized fluid discharged from the swing motor and selectively supply pressurized fluid to the swing motor and a controller. The hydraulic control system may further include a first valve and a second valve coupled between the accumulator and the first and the second chambers of the swing motor. One of the first or second valve moves between a first position, a second position, and a third position for selective charging and discharging of the accumulator. The second valve also moves between multiple positions to realize selective charging and discharging of the accumulator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Kuehn, Jeremy T. Peterson, Gang Wen
  • Publication number: 20140123846
    Abstract: In an electropneumatic field device for controlling a pneumatic actuator, an energy transducer is provided which converts pneumatic energy into electrical energy. The energy transducer has a working chamber with a pneumatic compressed air inlet via which a compressed air impulse is introduced, a reset chamber, a coil, an armature separating the working chamber and the reset chamber and guided for translational back and forth movement, and a permanent magnet so that electric energy is induced in the coil. The pneumatic compressed air inlet is configured such that the compressed air impulse leaving the compressed air inlet has an inflow direction angle into the working chamber which has an axial angular direction component which is parallel to a translational axial movement direction of the armature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Inventors: Stefan Kolbenschlag, Christof Weigand
  • Publication number: 20140116241
    Abstract: In a electropneumatic field device, an electrical field input and a pneumatic supply input are provided. At least one field output is provided at which a field output signal is output based on a field control signal received via the electrical field input. A group comprising at least two modular components of different functionality is provided and at least one modular slot for occupation with either of said modular components from said group. The at least two modular components of the group and the at least one slot are modularly adapted to one another such that interfaces of the slot and interfaces of either of said modular components in the seat merge into one another when the slot is occupied with either of said modular components so that the modular component which is in the slot is connected to the electrical field input and to the at least one field output.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventor: Frank Valentin-Rumpel
  • Publication number: 20140076154
    Abstract: The invention relates to a flap actuator, in particular to a servo/spoiler actuator, comprising at least one electrohydraulic servo valve and at least one actuator which are hydraulically connected to one another, wherein the actuator comprises at least one actuator housing in and/or at which the at least one channel is arranged by means of which one or more components, preferably likewise arranged in and/or at the actuator housing, are hydraulically connected and wherein no valve block is arranged between the actuator and the servo valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: Liebherr-Aerospace Lindenberg GmbH
    Inventors: Joern FRICK, Anton GAILE, Franz WEIXLER
  • Publication number: 20140047824
    Abstract: An electrohydraulic controller feedback system and method including an electrohydraulic operator controller and a feedback mechanism is disclosed. An operator controls a machine hydraulic function using the electrohydraulic operator controller, the feedback system senses a property of the hydraulic function, and generates tactile feedback in the electrohydraulic operator controller based on the sensed property. The electrohydraulic operator controller can be, for example, a joystick or control lever. The tactile feedback can be vibrations that vary based on the sensed property. The vibration can vary according to a profile relating the vibration amount to the sensed property. The profile can include portions of various shapes, for example, linear, exponential or parabolic, and can include breakpoints. The profile can include high sensitivity regions where small changes in the sensed property result in large vibration changes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Inventors: James D. Matthews, Daniel J. Wallace
  • Patent number: 8607917
    Abstract: Provided an electrically-operated hydraulic actuator unit that includes an electrically-operated motor controlled by a control apparatus and actuating a volume adjusting mechanism through driving-side and driven-side arms, and a clutch mechanism in which the driven-side arm presses a contact member against a clutch case so that the driven-side arm is locked when a force from the volume adjusting mechanism is applied to the driven-side arm. The control apparatus can set duties of first to fourth drive signals to be output to the electrically-operated motor in a neutral-side start period, a neutral-side ordinary actuation period, a higher-volume-side start period and a higher-volume-side ordinary actuation period. The duties of the first and fourth drive signals are larger than that of the second drive signal, the duty of the third drive signal is larger than that of the fourth drive signal, and an integrated ON-time of the third drive signal is larger than that of the first drive signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Kanzaki Kokyukoki Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Minoru Kamada, Nobuhiko Ichinose
  • Patent number: 8548693
    Abstract: A control device for a work machine on a construction vehicle is provided so that a bucket cylinder is stopped at a target position, with high accuracy achieved in a bucket cylinder length, and with chock held down to a low level. A bucket cylinder length detection section refereces a cylinder length detection table on the basis of a boom angle and a bell crank angle, thereby detecting a bucket cylinder length. A bucket attitude control section controls the bucket cylinder length so that a target position will be reached. Feedback control is performed until a set value which is set short of a target value is reached. After the bucket cylinder length reaches the set value, open loop control is performed until the target value is reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Masatsugu Numazaki, Isamu Satoh, Satoshi Kohsuge, Kyouhei Sawada, Yoshiaki Saito, Jun Kawayanagi, Minoru Wada
  • Patent number: 8375842
    Abstract: In an electro-pneumatic system for controlling a double-acting pneumatic actuator having first and second working chambers, first and second preliminary pneumatic control components generate first and second preliminary pneumatic control signals transferred to respective first and second main pneumatic control components having outputs connected to the respective first and second working chambers. An electronic splitter circuit precedes the first and second preliminary pneumatic control components for splitting and inverting an electrical control signal input to the splitter circuit around an electrical mean control value to create first and second mirror-inverted electrical control signals respectively connected to the respective first and second preliminary pneumatic control components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Samson Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Stefan Kolbenschlag, Dirk Klee
  • Patent number: 8365762
    Abstract: A control system for transferring fluid between a fluid supply and a process. The control system includes a transfer controller, which outputs a transfer signal that corresponds to a time varying fluid transfer rate, and plural valves that are plumbed in parallel for connection between the fluid supply and the process. Each valve has a corresponding input to receive an actuation signal that enables a closed state or an open state. The system also includes plural means for limiting the rate of fluid flow corresponding to the plural valves, and a valve drive that is coupled to the corresponding inputs of the plural valves, which operates to generate a sequences of valve actuation signals that result in a combined fluid flow rate through the plural valves selected to track the time varying fluid transfer rate defined by a modulated transfer signal within a margin of error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Air Tractors, Inc.
    Inventor: Victor D. Trotter
  • Patent number: 8301276
    Abstract: A control device for the position control of a hydraulic cylinder unit has a controller which receives a set and an actual piston position and determines a preliminary manipulated variable based on the difference of the set and actual positions. A linearization unit multiplies the variable with a linearization factor and outputs it to the valve control unit so that the piston is adjusted at an adjustment speed. The linearization unit determines the factor dynamically as a function of the actual piston position and of working pressures that prevail at both piston sides. The linearization factor is determined such that a ratio of the adjustment speed to the difference of the set and actual positions is independent of the actual position and the working pressures. In the specific case where the controller is configured as a P controller, the order of the controller and the linearization unit can be reversed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Wilfried Tautz, Dietrich Wohld
  • Patent number: 8290631
    Abstract: Example methods and apparatus to arbitrate valve position sensor redundancy are disclosed. A disclosed example method comprises measuring a first value representative of a position of a valve, measuring a second value representative of the position of the valve, computing a first estimated position of the valve, selecting one of the first and second values based on the first estimated position, and generating a first valve control signal for the valve based on the selected one of the first and second values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Emerson Process Management Power & Water Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Sweeney, Scott Shaw, Peter Nicholas Francino
  • Patent number: 8230771
    Abstract: A hydraulic arrangement for regulating a lifting mechanism (12) of an agricultural machine (10) is described. The hydraulic arrangement (16) comprises a hydraulic cylinder (24) having a chamber (50) capable of being acted upon by pressure, a proportionally adjustable inflow valve (22) which is connected on the outlet side via an inflow line (30) to the chamber (50) and which is connected on the inlet side to a hydraulic pump (18, 18?), a first outlet line (32) which makes a connection between the chamber (50) and a hydraulic tank (20), adjustment means (42, 44) for generating an adjustment signal for the hydraulic cylinder (24), and an electronic control unit (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: Marcus Bitter
  • Patent number: 8191456
    Abstract: A method of driving a hydraulic actuator provided with a pressure-controlled proportioning solenoid valve; the method includes the steps of: determining a first open-loop contribution according to a pressurized oil flow rate which crosses the proportioning solenoid valve and according to the desired load pressure inside the actuation chamber; determining a second open-loop contribution according to the desired position of the spool of the proportioning solenoid valve; determining a third closed-loop contribution according to the difference between a desired value of the position of the mobile piston and a real value of the position of the mobile piston; and calculating a desired electric driving current value of the proportioning solenoid valve by means of an algebraic sum of the three contributions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Magneti Marelli Powertrain S.p.A.
    Inventors: Alessandro Fusari, Paolo Machetto, Roberto Ragazzi
  • Patent number: 8146481
    Abstract: An actuator in which overshooting has been reduced is provided. A cylinder is divided by a piston to provide first and second chambers, and first and second control valves 41, 43, which adjust fluid pressure supply to respective chambers in a non-step manner, and first and second discharge valves 42, 44, which control outflow of fluid from the first and second chambers, are provided. A first control device carries out feedback control of pressure to be supplied to the first or second chamber such that a difference between a target position of the piston and a detected position of the piston becomes smaller. A second control device carries out differential-preceding PD control to bias pressure to be commonly supplied to the first and second chambers such that the difference between the target position of the piston and the detected position of the piston becomes smaller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: University of Tsukuba, National University Corporation
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Hoshino, Don Gayan Krishantha Weragala
  • Patent number: 8118058
    Abstract: A method is disclosed that includes allowing both frequency and amplitude of a periodic waveform to be adjusted. The method also includes creating the periodic waveform having the frequency and the amplitude. The periodic waveform is coupled to at least one control signal. The at least one control signal is provided to an output suitable for coupling to an actuator of an electronically controlled device. An apparatus and computer program product are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Enfield Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel S. Cook, Roger Edwin Howe
  • Patent number: 8109197
    Abstract: A control system for controlling the movement of a system such as a hydraulic servo controlled gimbal systems. The system includes a plurality of actuators and sensors that sense the position of the actuators. On start up, a control system determines the present orientation of the system and compared it to a user defined desired orientation. The system operates in a first mode on start up where the control system moves the actuators so that the system is moved form the present orientation to the desired orientation at a controlled rate. Once the desired orientation is reached, control is then passed to a user controlled device such as a joystick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Inventor: Arnold Peterson
  • Patent number: 8069772
    Abstract: Methods and systems for controlling a hydraulic motor are described. By way of illustration, a motor control system has a first input configured to receive a step/direction command signal. A second input is configured to receive a position signal from a motor position sensor, such as a continuous turn motion sensor coupled to a hydraulic motor. A processing system is configured to control a hydraulic servo valve based at least in part on the step/direction command signal and the position signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Inventor: Arnold Peterson
  • Patent number: 8037807
    Abstract: A machine configured to prevent unintentional motion in a linkage pivotally connected to a frame may include a first hydraulic actuator connected to the linkage and a second hydraulic actuator connected to the linkage. The machine may include a sensor and an electronic control module in communication with the sensor. The electronic control module may be configured to close a valve of the first hydraulic cylinder and/or cancel an actuation command to one of the first hydraulic actuator and the second hydraulic actuator in response to the electronic control module determining unintentional motion of the linkage has occurred based on the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Merritt P. Callaghan, Justin P. Pahl, Brian W. Tracy, Joel C. Weber, Wayne E. Harshberger, Rajeev V. Kumar, Steven C. Budde
  • Patent number: 8037682
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method and device for suppressing vibration of boom of concrete pump truck, in which the boom cylinder is connected with the vibration suppression cylinder; the information about hydraulic pressure in the boom cylinder and/or about changing of concrete pumping direction is monitored by a pressure sensing unit in real time; the monitored information about hydraulic pressure and/or about changing of concrete pumping direction is transmitted to the control unit for vibration suppression cylinder; the control unit for vibration suppression cylinder analyzes and processes the monitored information and adjusts the volumes of the rod side chamber and the non-rod side chamber in the vibration suppression cylinder such that the vibration suppression cylinder may generate a pulsed vibration and the pulsed vibration at the end of the boom is less than or equal to the vibration amplitude caused by the intermittent concrete supply at the end of the boom in amplitude, with a phase differen
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Sany Heavy Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiaogang Yi, Yonghong Liu, Guocheng Peng, Chengzhi Guo, Xionghui Miao
  • Publication number: 20110247484
    Abstract: In an actuating drive or method for capturing a position of a final control element to be positioned by a drive member of the actuating drive, the final control element is pushed from an initial position to a target position by a spring body acting on the drive member. A first reference position is spatially configured in a vicinity of or at the spring body. A second reference position moving relative to the first reference position during positioning movement of the drive member is spatially configured adjacent a first outer surface of the spring body. A distance between the first reference position and the second reference position is captured.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Inventors: Joerg Kiesbauer, Stefan Kolbenschlag, Karl-Bernd Schaertner, Frank Valentin-Rumpel
  • Patent number: 8001993
    Abstract: An apparatus includes dead band reduction circuitry. The dead band reduction circuitry includes an input configured to receive an input signal and an output configured to provide an output signal. The dead band circuitry is configured to apply compensation to the input signal to create the output signal. The output is configured to be coupled to an electronically controlled valve. The valve is configured to use the output signal to control movement of a valve member in the valve. The valve member includes one or more lands that overlaps an associated one or more openings. The one or more lands are sized relative to an associated one or more openings such that a dead band is caused. The compensation is defined to reduce the dead band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Enfield Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel S. Cook
  • Publication number: 20110056805
    Abstract: A hydraulic moving floor actuator in a slat-type reciprocating moving floor system having movable floor slats arranged side-by-side in parallel, with each slat extending longitudinally along a conveyance path and interconnected with other slats to form groups of slats which may be extended or retracted in unison or one group at a time, that includes a fluid power cylinder controllably moving each group of interconnected slats and hydraulic circuitry that provides fluid communication between the rod side and the head side of each cylinder and causes extension of the cylinder when pressurized hydraulic fluid acts simultaneously upon the rod and head sides of the cylinder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2009
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Applicant: Hydra-Power Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Travis V. Schmidt, Lynn A. Stuart
  • Patent number: 7877997
    Abstract: A hydraulically operated wastegate valve control system for a turbocharged internal combustion engine is disclosed. The control system includes a hydraulically operated wastegate valve configured to permit exhaust to bypass a turbine section. A first sensor is configured to sense an actuation of at least one of an intake valve and an exhaust valve by a variable valve actuation mechanism, and a second sensor is configured to detect a turbocharger speed. A controller is configured to deliver a control signal based on a predetermined relationship between the actuation of at least one of the intake and exhaust valves by the variable valve actuation mechanism and the turbocharger speed, and an operator is configured to receive the control signal and control actuation of the hydraulically operated wastegate valve based on the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Michael Gruel
  • Publication number: 20100313981
    Abstract: A system for positioning a device such as a valve with a mechanical input using a fluid operated actuator, a mechanical position feedback member coupled to a feedback element of the fluid operated actuator and an activation fluid valve. The fluid operated actuator has an output coupled to the mechanical input of the valve, a feedback element for mechanically indicating a position of the valve, and inputs for actuating fluid, such that fluid at the inputs causes the fluid operated actuator to move in opposing directions. The activation fluid valve has outputs coupled to the inputs of the fluid operated actuator, a first opposing force input coupled to the mechanical position feedback member and a second opposing force input coupled to a control input force. The position of the activation fluid valve is controlled by a balance between the force from the mechanical feedback member and the control input force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Applicant: G. W. LISK COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Gary Garcia, Jeff Tyler
  • Publication number: 20100300279
    Abstract: A hydraulic actuator system designed to inwardly contain major portions of its control system. The system includes a unique non-vented and air tight sealed reservoir with expandable bladder. This inward control system and non-vented reservoir optimize space saving advantages and eliminate the need for external elements typically used in a hydraulic system, while extending fluid life, reducing cavitation and fluid oxidation, and increasing performance in the hydraulic system. The system configurations can work for both a single or dual acting linear actuator and further can involve a motor, hydraulic pump, and electro-hydraulic valve circuit used to control fluid throughout the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Inventors: George Kadlicko, Wade Stone
  • Publication number: 20100282067
    Abstract: Method of indicating the position of a hydraulically actuated armature, comprising an adjust cylinder for actuating the armature, connected by at least one pressure medium line to an adjustment valve through which the pressure medium line can be switched between pressure-causing forward flow and pressure-less backward flow. wherein the flow through the pressure medium line is converted into a number of electric pulses and the number of pulses reflecting the flow is processed in a program in an indicator unit such that the number of pulses occurring in a predetermined adjustment travel when the flow in the pressure medium line is pressure-less is calculated as being the same adjustment travel as when the pressure medium line is switched to be the pressure line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Inventors: Michael Middelanis, Stephan Quinkert
  • Publication number: 20100224058
    Abstract: The invention relates to a regulating device for a hydrostatic piston engine. The regulating device (30) has an electronic control unit (17) for generating adjusting signals. An adjusting position of the hydrostatic piston engine scanned by a feedback element (36, 61) is detected by a sensor element (42) of the electronic control unit (17) without contact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2006
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Inventors: Grit Geissler, Olaf Bartels, Juergen Gintner, Andreas Dambacher
  • Publication number: 20100212489
    Abstract: A regulation structure (13) for regulating a hydraulic cylinder unit (1) has an internal regulator (15) and an external regulator (16). The external regulator is supplied with a set force (F*) or a set position (s*) for a piston (3) of the hydraulic cylinder unit and a corresponding actual parameter (F, s) for the piston. The external regulator determines a set status (z*) for the hydraulic cylinder unit and provides the same to the internal regulator as the set value therefor. The regulator structure comprises a status determining unit (19), provided with both an actual position (s) and an actual force (F) for the piston and which determines an actual status (z) for the hydraulic cylinder unit and provides the same to the internal regulator as the actual value therefor. The internal regulator determines a control parameter (u) for a valve control unit (9) of the hydraulic cylinder unit (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Inventors: Wilfried Tautz, Dietrich Wohld