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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
700282000 Flow control (e.g., valve or pump control) 567
700276000 HVAC control 547
700280000 Vibration or acoustic noise control 54
700279000 Balancing or alignment 26
700281000 Control of fluid level or volume 24
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20130030573COMPUTER-BASED METHOD AND DEVICE FOR AUTOMATICALLY PROVIDING CONTROL PARAMETERS FOR A PLURALITY OF COAL MILLS SUPPLYING COAL POWDER TO A PLANT - A method and device are disclosed for automatically providing control parameters for a plurality of coal mills supplying coal powder for example to a furnace of a power plant. An exemplary method includes (a) acquiring a multiplicity of operation variables indicative of a load of an individual coal mill for each of the coal mills; (b) acquiring a demand variable indicative of a coal demand from the plant; (c) supplying the acquired multiplicity of operation variables and the demand variable to a computing system; (d) calculating the control parameters based on the multiplicity of operation variables and the demand variable using a multivariable calculation algorithm; and (e) providing the calculated control parameters for controlling each coal mill individually.01-31-2013
20100023166FREE-COOLING LIMITATION CONTROL FOR AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS - An air conditioning system having a cooling mode and a free-cooling mode. The system includes a refrigeration circuit have a compressor, a pump, an expansion device having a variable opening, and a controller. The controller selectively operates the system in the cooling mode by circulating and compressing a refrigerant through the refrigeration circuit via said compressor, or in the free-cooling mode by circulating the refrigerant through the refrigeration circuit via the pump. A free-cooling limitation and variation sequence resides on said controller and varies the variable opening based at least upon a differential temperature.01-28-2010
20130030572Position-Based Step Control Algorithm for a Motion Control System - A motion control interface device includes an FPGA configured to implement a step generation algorithm that generates step control signals for a motion device. The signals are not determined based directly on time, but instead are determined from the position of the motion device. More particularly, the step generation algorithm operates to keep track of a position fraction based on the position. The position fraction is incremented (or decremented) at each clock tick of the FPGA. The algorithm generates rising edge signals when the position fraction crosses a particular threshold value, referred to as the rising edge threshold value. Similarly, the algorithm signals direction changes when the position fraction crosses a threshold referred to as the direction change threshold value.01-31-2013
20100152902METHOD FOR CONTROLLING OF REFRIGERATOR - According to a method of controlling a refrigerator in accordance with the present invention, after the refrigerating chamber and the freezing chamber are operated at the same time, refrigerant recovery is performed and the refrigerating chamber is then cooled. Accordingly, imbalance due to the pressure difference between the refrigerating chamber evaporator and the freezing chamber evaporator can be solved. Further, there is an advantage in that the refrigerating chamber can be cooled rapidly since refrigerant is supplied to the refrigerating chamber smoothly.06-17-2010
20100152901Position Data Based Method, Interface and Device for Blowout Preventer - Methods and devices for using position data of a piston connected to a ram block in a blowout preventer to determine a backlash of the ram block, and/or to record a position of the ram block, and/or to calculate an instant when a supplemental closing pressure is desired to be applied, and/or to determine when maintenance of a ram locking mechanism is due, and/or to determine when sealing elements are worn.06-17-2010
20110196538MEDICAL CABINET ACCESS BELT OPTIMIZATION SYSTEM - A cabinet for securely storing items includes a drawer enclosure, a drawer, a cover, an electric actuator, and a switch. The drawer is slidable at least partially into and out of the enclosure, and includes a compartment. A cover which is configured as a metal belt is designed to selectively block access to the compartments of the drawer when the cover is in a first configuration, and to allow access to the compartment when the cover is in a second configuration. The electric actuator is designed to move the cover from the first configuration to the second configuration in one of two directions. The actuator selects the direction to reduce the time required to make such movement.08-11-2011
20100076604METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROL USING CONTROL DEVICES THAT PROVIDE A VIRTUAL MACHINE ENVIRONMENT AND THAT COMMUNICATE VIA AN IP NETWORK - The invention provides improved methods and apparatus for control using field and control devices that provide a virtual machine environment and that communicate via an IP network. By way of non-limiting example, such field device can be an “intelligent” transmitter or actuator that includes a low power processor, along with a random access memory, a read-only memory, FlashRAM, and a sensor interface. The processor can execute a real-time operating system, as well as a Java virtual machine (JVM). Java byte code executes in the JVM to configure the field device to perform typical process control functions, e.g., for proportional integral derivative (PID) control and signal conditioning. Control networks can include a plurality of such field and control devices interconnected by an IP network, such as an Ethernet.03-25-2010
20110202179METHOD FOR SPECIFYING CONTROL CURVE PARAMETERS FOR CONTROLLING CLIMATIC ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS OF CLIMATE-CONTROLLED ENCLOSED SPACES - A method is provided for specifying the parameters of control curves of equipment for controlling the environmental conditions of climate-controlled enclosed spaces, including the step of specifying at least one control curve for the equipment, which is formed by a sequence of pairs of values introduced in succession. Each pair identifying the value of a predetermined parameter in a corresponding instant of time, the curve, indicating the desired variation of the parameter in time, is used for reproducing the variation of the parameter in time in said space according to the specified curve. The method also includes preliminary plotting of the shape of a curve in a graphic system of Cartesian axes. The curve represents a previously selected variation of the predetermined parameter as a function of time.08-18-2011
20100076603CONTROLLER FOR COOLING SYSTEM - According to a controller for a cooling system, when an optimum value of a low-pressure side pressure set value corresponding to an operation environmental condition to be generated is registered in a data base 03-25-2010
20100076602METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COMPRESSOR OF AIR CONDITIONER FOR VEHICLE - The present invention relates to a method for controlling the operation of a compressor for preventing noise that occurs in case of the shortage of refrigerant flow caused by less discharge capacity of the compressor of an air conditioner for a vehicle. In a method for controlling a compressor of an air conditioner for a vehicle according to the present invention, wherein the compressor includes a cylinder bore 03-25-2010
20100114381Towrope Winch User Interface - A system for controlling a towrope winch may comprise an electronic user interface selectively coupled to the towrope winch in which the user interface is configured to send and receive data to and from the towrope winch. A towrope winch user interface may comprise a processor configured to control said towrope winch, and a number of memory devices electrically coupled to the processor, in which the user interface is configured to send and receive data to and from the towrope winch. A mobile communications device may comprise a processor configured to control a towrope winch, a number of memory devices electrically coupled to the processor, and a tow system port configured to provide signal transfer between the processor and the towrope winch coupled to the mobile communications device, in which the mobile communications device is configured to send and receive data.05-06-2010
20100114377Air conditioning device for switchgear cabinets - The invention relates to an air conditioning device for switchgear cabinets, wherein the air conditioning device, which is located in a case, is arranged in constructional proximity to a switchgear cabinet and an air circulation between the switchgear cabinet and the air conditioning device is allowed by means of openings directed to the switchgear cabinet. According to the invention the air conditioning device can be operated in three different modes, which allow an active cooling, a passive cooling and a heating of the circulating air.05-06-2010
20130085607PROCESSING MACHINE WITH VIBRATION COMPENSATION OF MOVABLE MECHANICAL STRUCTURES - A control device of a processing machine actuates an axle drive of the processing machine commensurate with a reference displacement movement, displacing a mechanical structure of the processing machine accordingly. The control device determines an absolute movement of the mechanical structure in space and therefrom, taking into account the reference displacement movement of the mechanical structure, a compensation movement for a compensating mass damping a vibration of the mechanical structure. Arranged on the mechanical structure is a compensating drive which acts on the compensating mass. The control device actuates the compensating drive in accordance with the compensation movement, displacing the compensating mass relative to the mechanical structure and thereby damping the vibration of the mechanical structure.04-04-2013
20120265349METHOD FOR OPERATING A DRIVE CONTROL DEVICE AND DRIVE CONTROL DEVICE HAVING MEANS FOR USE IN SUCH A METHOD - A method for operating a drive control device includes sending and receiving data over a bus connected to a bus port of a drive control device which has in addition to the bus port a communication interface and a memory, loading into the memory a basic functionality, which includes a software interface, for controlling and/or regulating a connected motor, loading into the memory during operation of the drive control device a functionality of a web server which cooperatively interacts with the basic functionality via the software interface, and forwarding to the web server incoming data received via the communication interface for editing or processing.10-18-2012
20120265347SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING FANS AND FAN HAVING THE SYSTEM - A fan includes a number of fan blades, a casing, a first actuating device, a second actuating device, a camera, and a controlling system. The first actuating device drives the fan blades. The second actuating device makes the fan change direction, thus to adjust a direction of wind from the fan. The camera captures an image of a scene at front of the fan. The controlling system checks the image to determine whether there is a person in the image, and to determine a position of the person in the image and outputs a corresponding position signal to the second actuating device for controlling the fan to change the direction of the wind from the fan.10-18-2012
20130041510NUMERICAL CONTROL SYSTEM HAVING MULTI-CORE PROCESSOR - A motor driving amplifier and a numerical controller are connected to each other via communication to configure a numerical control system. The numerical controller includes a numerical control unit, a motor control unit, and an amplifier interface unit. Furthermore, a motor control processor included in the motor control unit is a multi-core processor.02-14-2013
20100106302CONTROLLING FROZEN STATE OF A CARGO - A method for operating a refrigeration system for a container for refrigerating frozen cargo, and a system employing the method. The method includes providing a compressor, a condenser, and an evaporator connected in series, and providing an evaporator fan. The method also includes alternating operation of the compressor and the evaporator fan, in combination, between an active mode where the compressor compresses a refrigerant and directs the refrigerant through the condenser and the evaporator, and where the evaporator fan rotates to supply refrigerated supply air from the evaporator to the cargo within the container, and a sleep mode in which the compressor and the evaporator fan are deactivated, and operating the compressor and the evaporator fan in the sleep mode for a duration that is based on a measured duration of a prior sleep mode.04-29-2010
20100106301METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AN ELECTRIC DRIVE - The invention discloses a method for controlling an electric drive that drives reels of a slitter in the paper machine. In the method at least speed and acceleration/deceleration of a slitter is controlled. According to the invention a limit value of the electric drive is defined in the method, values of at least two or more parameters effecting to the electric drive is monitored, a reference value of the acceleration/deceleration is defined on the basis of at least two parameters, and the electric drive is controlled so that the acceleration/deceleration corresponds to the highest possible reference value, by which the reference value of the acceleration/deceleration defined on the basis of any parameter is not exceeded, and that the limit value of the electric drive is not exceeded.04-29-2010
20100106303CONTROL OF PULL-DOWN IN REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS - A method for operating a refrigeration system for a container to pull down the temperature of cargo from ambient to a predetermined set-point temperature, and a system employing the method. The method includes operating a compressor at a first power to compress a refrigerant and direct the refrigerant through a condenser and an evaporator of the refrigeration system, initially operating an evaporator fan at a first speed to supply refrigerated supply air from the evaporator to the cargo within the container, sensing the temperature of the supply air, comparing the temperature of the supply air with a predetermined set-point temperature, and increasing the speed of the evaporator fan to a second speed faster than the first when the temperature of the supply air is lower than the predetermined set-point temperature to maintain the temperature of the supply air at the predetermined set-point temperature.04-29-2010
20100106304CONTROL DEVICE FOR A BLOWER AND AIR CONDITIONER MODULE FOR MOTOR VEHICLES - A control device of a blower and air conditioner module a for motor vehicle is disclosed with a blower controller and an air conditioner controller, which governs the refrigerating plant with a refrigerant condenser, as well as flaps and valves of the blower and air conditioner module, and processes information from sensors and a man-machine interface, with the blower controller and the air conditioner controller, together with a blower motor controller of a blower motor designed as a central control device and it is placed on the blower motor.04-29-2010
20100106300DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING AN ELECTROMAGNETIC VALVE - In a device for controlling an electromagnetic valve, input device(s) write a multitude of measured values for the current and/or the voltage into a first memory to represent a characteristic. Analysis device(s) perform a state analysis and/or a change-over-time analysis. On the basis of the state analysis and/or the change-over-time analysis, evaluation device(s) correct at least one control variable, which characterizes the control, and write it into a second memory. Control device(s) control an output stage on the basis of the control variables.04-29-2010
20100332035METHOD FOR POSITION FEEDBACK BASED CONTROL FOR OVERLOAD PROTECTION - A method for executing mechanical overload protection to prevent commanding a control signal to a linear actuator that may mechanically overload the linear actuator when an overload condition of the linear actuator is detected, the linear actuator utilized for controlling a movable element associated with the linear actuator responsive to the control signal, includes monitoring an overload condition based on position change of the movable element associated with the linear actuator during an integration period and excess energy during the integration period, de-energizing the linear actuator when an overload condition has been detected, monitoring an overload retry counter based on the number of cycles the overload condition is detected, comparing the overload retry counter to an overload retry threshold, an reenergizing the linear actuator when the overload retry counter is less than the overload retry threshold and maintaining de-energizing of the linear actuator when the overload retry counter is at least the overload retry threshold.12-30-2010
20120185100METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING PHYSICAL ACTUATORS IN PERVASIVE COMPUTING ENVIRONMENTS - For achieving a coordinated and opportunistic actuator control a method for controlling physical actuators in pervasive computing environments is claimed, wherein an entity—actuation space—is provided, the actuation space being configured to manage actuation requests and actuation status information, wherein at least one resource user sends one or more actuation requests to the actuation space that stores the one or more actuation requests, wherein at least one actuator resource controls at least one physical actuator on the basis of one or more of the actuation requests stored in the actuation space, wherein the at least one actuator resource sends actuation status information corresponding to one or more of the actuation requests to the actuation space, and wherein the at least one resource user and the at least one actuator resource share the actuation space. Furthermore, a corresponding system is disclosed.07-19-2012
20090125148Control Unit for an Awning - The present invention relates to a control unit for controlling the motor drive for a sunblind, comprising:—an electric drive motor with which the sunblind can be driven;—an electric power supply; and—a universal, programmable microcontroller connected to the power supply and provided with:—at least one input port for receiving first operating signals according to a first signal protocol and/or for receiving second operating signals according to a second protocol differing from the first protocol, and—a control port coupled to the drive motor for transmitting to the drive motor a control signal with which the drive motor can be switched on and off; wherein the microcontroller is adapted to receive an incoming operating signal, to determine the protocol followed by the operating signal, to convert the operating signal into the correct control signal for the drive motor, and to transmit the control signal to the drive motor.05-14-2009
20100070082METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CONTROLLING AN AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM OPERATING IN FREE COOLING MODE - A method of controlling an air conditioning system having a cooling mode and a free-cooling mode, including activating the air conditioning system; measuring a first temperature of ambient air surrounding a condenser, measuring a second temperature of the working fluid; calculating a difference between the first and second temperatures; and comparing the difference to a predetermined value, wherein if the difference is greater than or equal to the predetermined value the free-cooling mode is activated, and wherein if the difference is less than the predetermined value the cooling mode is activated.03-18-2010
20100063631DRIVING MECHANISM HAVING POSITION ENCODER FOR TWO-DIMENSIONAL POSITIONING - A driving mechanism comprises a fixed housing, a movable housing on which an object to be driven is mounted and a driving motor which is operative to drive the movable housing to move linearly as well as to rotate relative to the fixed housing. An inductance-type encoder determines both linear and rotary displacement of the movable housing relative to the fixed housing, whereby to provide closed-loop control of the position of the object in both linear and rotary directions.03-11-2010
20090043426Apparatus and Method for Controlling Fan Motor of Air Conditioner - An apparatus for controlling a fan motor of an air conditioner comprises: a hybrid induction motor (HIM) for discharging warm air outwardly by a control signal; a temperature detecting unit for detecting a temperature of an evaporator; and a controlling unit for comparing the temperature of the evaporator with a preset temperature, and outputting a control signal to control the HIM based on a result of the comparison.02-12-2009
20100138044SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FIXED FOCUS LONG FORMAT DIGITAL RADIOGRAPHY - An X-ray imaging system comprising a motorised X-ray tube located at a fixed focus position (06-03-2010
20090306827Display device and household appliance including the same - Disclosed herein are a display device capable of preventing a buyer from arbitrarily switching a demo mode or a function control mode in an exhibition room, and a household appliance including the same. The household appliance includes a main body and a control device provided in the main body to control at least one function of the appliance, and at least one of a first display device electrically connected to the control device to display an operation state of the appliance controlled by the control device and a second display device to perform a demo function of the appliance is selectively mounted.12-10-2009
20090306826Vibrating Plate System - A vibrating plate system comprises at least two vibrating plates are mechanically coupled to one another via a coupling device and a controlling transmitter for outputting control data to the vibrating plates. Each of the vibrating plates comprises a receiving device for receiving the control data, a drive mechanism for propelling the vibration plate forwardly and rearwardly, and a position determining device for determining the position of the relevant vibrating plate within the group. A rule memory is also provided in which control rules are stored. One control rule defines a correlation between a control measure for controlling the traveling mechanism according to the position of the vibrating plate and an item of control information given by the control data. In each vibrating plate, a single control device selects a suitable control rule according to the position of the vibrating plate and to the control measure.12-10-2009
20120191251Markless Registration System For Labels In Labelling Machines - Registration systems for labels in labelling machines, in order to provide the correct positioning of a label on an object, namely on a container are provided. In particular, the registration system of the invention is applicable on a labelling machine of the type that uses a label reel from which single labels are cut and are applied on a container.07-26-2012
20120191250POWER TOOL - According to an aspect of the present invention, there is provided a power tool including: a motor; a driving circuit that supplies an electric power from a power supply to the motor; a control part that sets a target rotation number for the motor in accordance with a mode selected from a plurality of modes, each mode having a corresponding target rotation number; and a voltage detecting circuit that detects a voltage of the power supply, wherein the target rotation number is varied based on the detected voltage.07-26-2012
20120191249NETWORK IN WIND TURBINE - The invention relates to a wind turbine (07-26-2012
20090093909CONTROL SYSTEM AND A METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A REFRIGERATION SYSTEM COMPRISING TWO OR MORE COMPRESSORS - A control system (04-09-2009
20090093910Controllable Caliper - An embodiment of the invention is directed to an electronic caliper which combines positioning and measurement in one unit without the use of hydraulics for subsea use. In certain embodiments, several attachments can be affixed to accommodate a range of measurement tasks. In a preferred embodiment, one jaw is adjustable and the other, or opposing, jaw is fixed, e.g. by bolting it on to a mounting structure. The jaws typically allow for the removal and replacement of other attachments. In another embodiment, the unit communicates to computer software for position control, precise indication and clamping for adjustment. In a preferred embodiment, computer software displays all feedback via laptop computer on surface. The caliper is maneuvered to a position proximate an object and used to measure a predetermined physical characteristic of the object. The measurement can be displayed, e.g. at the surface, using a computer with control software.04-09-2009
20100114379FAN CONTROL SYSTEM - A fan control system includes first and second adjacent fans, first and second motors configured to rotate the first and second fans, and a control unit configured to control rotational speeds of the first and second motors in order to control rotational speeds of the first and second fans. The first and second motors are energized such that the rotational speeds of the first and second fans reach target rotational speeds prior to increasing the rotational speeds of the first and second fans to required rotational speeds. The target rotational speeds are lower than the required rotational speeds. The first and second motors are energized such that the rotational speeds of the first and second fans reach the required rotational speeds after the rotational speeds of the first and second fans reach the target rotational speeds.05-06-2010
20110015788CONTROL OF AN ELECTRIC MACHINE - A control system for an electric machine that includes an analogue-to-digital converter (ADC), a processor and a memory device storing a lookup table. The ADC converts a voltage at an input to a first value. The processor then uses the first value to address an element of the lookup table. Data stored in the addressed element is used to generate an index value, which the control system then uses to generate one or more control signals for controlling excitation of a winding of the electric machine. Additionally, a method of controlling the electric machine and a method of trimming the control system.01-20-2011
20090299531ELECTRONIC DEVICE - An electronic device includes a deviation value calculation unit which calculates a deviation value from the normal boundary of the relationship between a power index associated with the driving power and the measured rotational speed of the fan, a clogging detection unit which detects, based on the deviation value, clogging in an air duct through which the fan takes in air outside the case and sends it to the radiator, and a deviation value correction unit which corrects the deviation value in accordance with aging of performance of the fan to compensate for deterioration of the clogging detection capability of the clogging detection unit caused by the aging.12-03-2009
20090299529EFFICIENT AC OPERATION USING DEW-POINT TEMPERATURE - A system for controlling air-conditioning in a vehicle includes an input, a sensor, a first offset module, and an evaporator temperature control module. The input receives an input temperature. The first sensor measures a first dewpoint temperature of air adjacent to a windshield of the vehicle. The first offset module generates a second dewpoint temperature based on the input temperature and generates a first offset based on the first and second dewpoint temperatures. The evaporator temperature control module generates a target evaporator temperature based on the first offset.12-03-2009
20090299528APPLICATION SUCH AS AN ELECTRICALLY ADJUSTABLE BED OR ELECTRICALLY DRIVEN PATIENT LIFT - Application such as, for instance electrically adjustable beds or electrically driven patient lifts with an actuator system comprising at least one electromechanical actuator, a power supply and a control unit and a cordless control, characterized in that all applications each have their own unique address and when a command is sent from the control, said command contains the specific address of exactly that application.12-03-2009
20090299527Distributed intelligence in lighting control - Exemplary systems, methods, and apparatuses for distributed intelligence in facility lighting control are provided. A facility lighting system may be organized into multiple control areas, each of which may include one or more component devices. Each lighting control area may be associated with a control apparatus, which controls the operation of the lighting devices of the associated control area based on various types of signal information. Signal information may include information concerning local conditions or environments, as well as information from a centralized control server. Some embodiments further include monitoring the operation and predicting fault states of the lighting control area.12-03-2009
20090271040Method for Operating a Winding Machine - Described is a method for operating a winding machine used for winding up and/or unwinding a winding material, said winding machine comprising a device for controlling and/or regulating the winding process. A variable value is monitored that concerns a machine state and/or a change in the winding material, and at least one parameter of said controlling and/or regulating device is modified in accordance with the change identified.10-29-2009
20090271042BUILDING OPTIMIZATION SYSTEM AND LIGHTING SWITCH WITH ADAPTIVE BLIND, WINDOW AND AIR QUALITY CONTROLS - A building optimization system for optimizing an environment of a building is disclosed. The building optimization system includes a number of building optimization switches for controlling the environment of a corresponding space in a building according to a plurality of operation modes, as well as any number of modular, interchangeable binary controllers for controlling various environmental factors of a number of zones of a building. The building optimization includes switch an A/B lighting switch having lighting controls and a graphical display. The A/B lighting switch is further connected to one or more sensors for sensing and measuring environmental data of at least one zone of the building. The building optimization switch further includes a binary controller connected with the A/B lighting switch to control an environmental variable of the zone based on user input or the environmental data.10-29-2009
20090271041Lifting device - The invention relates to a lifting device for lifting objects, such as motor vehicles, comprising at least one main lifting unit (10-29-2009
20130066471DRILLING ADVISORY SYSTEMS AND METHODS WITH DECISION TREES FOR LEARNING AND APPLICATION MODES - Integrated methods and systems for optimizing drilling related operations include global search engines and local search engines to find an optimal value for at least one controllable drilling parameter, and decision trees to select algorithms such as between learning mode algorithms and application mode algorithms for generating operational recommendations based on the results from global and local search engines. The operational recommendations are used to optimize the objective function, mitigate dysfunctions, and improve drilling efficiency.03-14-2013
20130066470AUTOMATED BUILDING MONITORING SYSTEM - An automated building monitoring system for monitoring a plurality of apparatuses in a building, includes: a plurality of controllers for controlling the plurality of apparatuses; a controlling platform for providing control-setting information; and a controlling server connected to the controllers and the controlling platform for receiving and storing the control-setting information provided by the controlling platform, and obtaining real-time data of the controllers or real-time data of the apparatuses via the controllers, the controlling server controlling the controllers to control the apparatuses based on the control-setting information and the real-time data of the controllers or the apparatuses. When the controlling platform is abnormal or is abnormally connected to the controlling server, the controlling server continuously monitors the apparatuses in the building based on the stored real-time data of the controllers or the apparatuses.03-14-2013
20110022234Integrated Gearbox/Encoder and Control System - An integrated gearbox/encoder and control system that includes: a gearbox with an output shaft connected to a mechanical load; a first sensor detecting the rotary position of the output shaft; a motor; a second sensor detecting the rotary position of the motor; and a system controller controlling motive drive to the motor. The two rotary position sensors permit direct determination of gearbox backlash which can be used in motor control. A drive current sensor similarly permits determination of a vibration signature for comparison with a standard.01-27-2011
20110022233APPARATUS FOR ROTATING SHUTTER ' S AXIS - An apparatus for electrically rotating a shutter's axis in order to fold and unfold the shutter includes an electrical motor; a gear that is driven by the motor; and a rotatable adapting unit or a flange to which the shutter's axis is connected. The rotatable adapting unit is connected to the gear. The apparatus may also include two switches, each switch stopping the motor when depressed, located at both ends of a rail, and wherein an element is installed in the rail capable to move along the rail and the element depresses one of the switches when arriving to any end of the rail. A circular plate with a spiral tunnel grooved on its surface is joined to the rotatable adapting unit or flange; and a pin is installed on the element and is settled in the grooved tunnel, moving the element along the rail according to the rotation of the plate.01-27-2011
20110046789BUILDING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM WITH ACTIVE BUILDING SKIN, AN ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCE COLLECTOR FOR USE IN SUCH A SYSTEM AND A METHOD OF MANAGING RESOURCES USED IN A BUILDING - A building management system (02-24-2011
20130166072RECIPROCATING MICROTOME DRIVE SYSTEM - An apparatus having a sample sectioning device including a cutting mechanism that is operable to cut sections from a sample and a sample holder that is operable to hold the sample. The apparatus further includes a drive system coupled with the sample holder to drive movement of the sample holder and a reciprocating member coupled to the drive system to drive vertical movement of the drive system. The reciprocating member to move in a reciprocating manner within an angle of rotation of less than 180 degrees. A surface orientation sensor may further be provided that is operable to sense an orientation of a surface of the sample held by the sample holder.06-27-2013
20120239200REMOTE OBJECT VIBRO-KINETIC FEEDBACK SYSTEM AND METHOD - The present document describes a system and method for rendering a vibro-kinetic feedback representative of the vibro-kinetic properties of a remote object on a vibro-kinetic platform. The user may control the motion of the remote object using a remote control such as a joystick or the like. Motion commands generated by the remote control are sent to the remote object for execution. Telemetry data representative of measurements related to the remote object may be captured by a telemetry capture system. A vibro-kinetic encoder generates, using the telemetry data, a vibro-kinetic signal representative of the vibro-kinetic properties of the remote object for rendering on the vibro-kinetic platform. The vibro-kinetic platform may be a motion-enabled chair, or a vibro-kinetic platform having the shape of the remote object for more realistic effect. In an embodiment, the audio and/or video environments of the remote object are also captured and rendered on a feedback system.09-20-2012
20110029137MOTOR DEVICES, AND MOTOR DRIVING SYSTEM AND INTEGRATED CIRCUIT DEVICE COMPRISING THE SAME - A motor device comprising a motor, and a drive control circuit for driving and controlling the motor, in which the drive control circuit includes a control unit for generating a control signal for controlling the rotation of the motor, a drive unit for driving the motor on the basis of the control signal, and a communication unit for making serial communications via a serial communication bus for transmitting serial data. This communication unit has an address generating function for generating and setting addresses.02-03-2011
20110035058PATIENT-LIFTING-DEVICE CONTROLS - In some implementations a storage device having a voice-recognition engine stored thereon is coupled to a microcontroller, a device-controller for a patient-lifting device is operably coupled to the microcontroller, a microphone having apparatus to locate the microphone in close proximity to the mouth of a human is operable to couple to the microcontroller.02-10-2011
20120101636FREIGHT LOADING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING MOVEMENT OF A FREIGHT ITEM ON A CARGO DECK - A freight loading system may include: freight transport devices each with at least one roller for transporting freight items in a transport direction and each sensor for detecting the presence of a freight item, wherein the rollers of at least a first freight transport device are mounted rotationally mobile such that the transport direction of the first freight transport device is adjustable, and a control unit which receives signals from sensors of at least two freight transport devices in order to detect a movement, of a freight item, wherein the control unit is designed to calculate from the signals a relative movement of part of the freight item relative to the first freight transport device and align the at least one roller of the first freight transport device taking into account the relative movement of the part of the freight item.04-26-2012
20120101635FLOOR CONSTRUCTION WITH VARIABLE GRADE OF RESILIENCE - The present invention is related to a floor construction. To provide a floor that is able to serve the different aspects of the use and the user himself, in particular to aspects related to longer standing periods, a floor construction is proposed that comprises a resilient layer (04-26-2012
20110282496ELECTRONIC CONTROL DEVICE AND METHOD FOR OPERATING AN ELECTRIC ROLLER SHUTTER - An electronic control device and method for operating an electric roller shutter include establishing a wireless connection between the electronic control device and an electronic device if a preset login password is input. The electronic control device provides an operation interface to the electronic device, and receives a function instruction from the electronic device if a function key on the operation interface is pressed. The electric roller shutter is operated by the electronic control device according to the received function instruction.11-17-2011
20110282495MODULAR SEAT ACTUATION CONTROL SYSTEM AND COMMUNICATION METHOD - A seat actuation control system includes at least one seat having a plurality of seat devices and a plurality of control modules interconnected over a communication bus. Each module is associated with a corresponding seat control device and is configured to control its corresponding seat device. Each module includes a processor and a memory coupled to the processor and storing program instructions therein which include receiving a status packet from each of the other control modules over the communication bus, processing the status packet for updating the overall system status, and actuating the seat device based on the overall system status. The program instructions further include determining status of the corresponding seat device, generating a status packet including the status information, and broadcasting the status packet to the other modules over the communication bus.11-17-2011
20130024027CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FAN - A safety control method for a fan includes: capturing an image of an object next to the fan and gathering distances between a plurality of points on the object and a depth-sensing camera, obtaining the distance between the object in the scene and the fan, comparing the distance between the object and the fan against a first preset value, and cutting off power to the fan when the distance between the object and the fan is less than the first preset value.01-24-2013
20100292845ENHANCED AZIMUTH ANTENNA CONTROL - An assembly that has a rotator element, a sensor element coupled to the rotator element or assembly, and a controller element provides azimuth antenna control. The rotator element has a worm gear driven slewing ring having a through hole through which a feed line to an antenna may be inserted to accommodate continuous rotation of greater than 360 degrees or partial rotation in either direction of the antenna coupled to the rotator element. The controller element is coupled to the rotator element and to the sensor element, and the controller element receives feedback information concerning a current azimuth position of the antenna from the sensor element to control the rotator element to rotate to a future azimuth position of the antenna in accordance with a selected azimuth function and the feedback information provided by the sensor element.11-18-2010
20110054693DISCRETE FOURIER TRANSFORM (DFT) ANALYSIS FOR APPLICATIONS USING ITERATIVE TRANSFORM METHODS - According to various embodiments, a method is provided for determining aberration data for an optical system. The method comprises collecting a data signal, and generating a pre-transformation algorithm. The data is pre-transformed by multiplying the data with the pre-transformation algorithm. A discrete Fourier transform of the pre-transformed data is performed in an iterative loop. The method further comprises back-transforming the data to generate aberration data.03-03-2011
20110054695Multi-Segment Linearization of Micro-Actuator Transfer Functions - Embodiments of the present invention provide improved accuracy of displacement control by using a multi-segment transformation of an actuator's non-linear response. The present invention may set intermediate points to effectively divide the actuator response into multiple segments. Each segment may be assigned a transform function that represents the actuator's response in that particular segment. The present invention may operate in two modes, a calibration mode and a normal operations mode. During calibration mode, the intermediate points and the segment transforms may be set. During normal operations mode, a drive signal may be generated according to the calibrated set values.03-03-2011
20090055027Water pump disconnect clutch - A water pump disconnect clutch including: a first race having first and second portions with first and second diameters, respectively; a second race having at least one ramp; at least one rolling element disposed radially between the first and second races; and an engagement means for axially displacing the at least one rolling element. In response to an increase in temperature for the pump above a specified level, the engagement means is for axially displacing the at least one rolling element from a first position, in which the first and second races are rotationally independent, to a second position to rotationally lock the first and second races. In response to a decrease in temperature for the pump below the specified level, the engagement means is for axially displacing the at least one rolling element from the second position to the first position.02-26-2009
20110301763Controller Structure for Multiple Mechanically Coupled Drive Units - A controller structure for more than two drive units coupled mechanically to a movable element includes a position measuring device for determining an actual position of the movable element and a position controller for calculating a setpoint speed from a setpoint position and the actual position, the position measuring device and the position controller jointly serving all drive units. Each drive unit, however, has a speed controller of its own. The drive units are configured either as master or as slave, individual drive units also being able to assume both functions. A torque-master-slave controller ensures a compensation of the torques between the drive units.12-08-2011
20110301764Method of learning a device for controlling home-automation equipment of a building - Method of training a device for controlling home-automation equipment of a building, comprising—a viewing screen; —on which each item of home-automation equipment is represented by an equipment icon, an equipment name being associated with each equipment icon, —and on which are displayed location icons, a location icon representing a set of home-automation equipment installed in one and the same place of the building such as a room or a group of rooms, a location name being associated with each location icon, —a first selection means able to select one of the location icons, a second selection means able to select one of the equipment icons, characterized in that it comprises a step of association between an item of equipment and a location in the course of which the equipment name is automatically modified when an equipment icon is associated with a location icon.12-08-2011
20110301762ELECTRIC TRANSPORT REFRIGERATION UNIT WITH TEMPERATURE-BASED DIESEL OPERATION - A method of operating a transport refrigeration unit that is operable to regulate a temperature of a cargo space. The method includes providing a controller, driving a refrigerant compressor of the transport refrigeration unit with an internal combustion engine to compress a refrigerant defining an engine operating state of the transport refrigeration unit, and driving the refrigerant compressor of the transport refrigeration unit with an electric motor to compress the refrigerant defining a motor operating state of the transport refrigeration unit. The method further includes sensing the temperature of the cargo space, receiving into the controller a signal indicative of the temperature of the cargo space, determining the temperature of the cargo space using the controller, and switching between the engine operating state and the motor operating state in response to a signal generated by the controller based on the temperature of the cargo space.12-08-2011
20110276180PROCESS CONTROL SYSTEMS AND METHODS HAVING LEARNING FEATURES - A system for operating a process includes a processing circuit that uses a self-optimizing control strategy to learn a steady-state relationship between an input and an output. The processing circuit is configured to switch from using the self-optimizing control strategy to using a different control strategy that operates based on the learned steady-state relationship.11-10-2011
20110288686MACHINE MOTION CONTROL SYSTEM - An exemplary embodiment of machine motion control system for testing electronic devices includes a machine and a control module electrically connected to the machine. The machine secures the electronic devices and includes a sensing unit and a servo unit, the sensing unit obtains different test parameters of the electronic devices to generate corresponding sensed signal. The control module includes a signal conversion unit electrically connected to the sensing unit and a main control circuit, the main control circuit is electrically connected to the signal conversion unit and the servo unit. The signal conversion unit converts the sensed signal into corresponding command signal, and the main control circuit drives and controls the servo unit to adjust the motion state and test strength on the electronic device according to the command signal.11-24-2011
20130218348PERFORMANCE ESTIMATION METHOD AND SCALE-UP METHOD FOR PARTICLE SIZE BREAKUP APPARATUS - A comprehensive mixer performance estimation method that can be applied to each of the mixers of the rotor-stator type having the various configurations and circulation modes is provided. In accordance with the mixer performance estimation method of the present invention, the total energy dissipation rate ε08-22-2013
20110295428MACHINE MOTION CONTROL SYSTEM - A machine motion control system includes a number of moving parts for securing test electronic devices, a machine and an axis control card mounted on the machine. The machine includes a number of servo modules and a number of sensing units. The servo modules drive and control the corresponding moving parts on the machine. Each sensing unit is electrically connected to a corresponding moving part; the sensing units are operable to sense and transmit location information of the moving parts and the machine. The axis control card is electrically connected to the moving parts, the machine, and the sensing units. The axis control card receives location information of each moving part and processes the location information to generate a corresponding command signal, and transmits the generated command signal to the servo modules to control and adjust the moving parts.12-01-2011
20110295429Method for Controlling a Processing Machine with Driven Axes - A method for controlling a processing machine with driven axes, in particular a printing press, wherein a radius of at least one axis is used to automatically determine a control limiting value.12-01-2011
20120022699Control System for a Partition System - A control system for a partition wall system, which has individually displaceable partition wall elements, which each have a subordinate control unit. The wall elements can be disposed to form a closed partition wall by being displaceable in a guiding rail by a drive motor for displacing the partition wall element. The subordinate control units are equipped with a position data detection unit, which detects the position of the partition wall elements independently from an operating state during interruption of energy supply to the control system.01-26-2012
20100100243REFRIGERATOR AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME - A refrigerator and a control method for the same are disclosed. Precise temperature control for plural cooling compartments can be achieved so that the cooling compartments can be respectively cooled down in various temperature zones, the temperature in the cooling compartments can be efficiently controlled, and a refrigerant does not remain in the system. Accordingly, the overall performance of the system is enhanced.04-22-2010
20100036532REFRIGERANT CYCLE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - An object of the present invention is to reduce electrical noise in accordance with the necessity of a countermeasure taken against electrical noise without changing a structure of an expansion valve. In a case where a judgment result as to whether or not the countermeasure against electrical noise is taken is affirmative, a drive timing (interval) of an expansion valve (02-11-2010
20110264270Truck Restraint for Loading Dock - A device for restraining a horizontal bar at the rear of a vehicle to a stationary support adjacent a loading dock, the device having: a frame having a vertical track and a mounting bracket for securing the frame to the stationary support; a suspended carriage mounted to the track for vertical movement relative to the track, the suspended carriage having a forwardly and upwardly extending member; a vertical motion actuator mounted to the frame and having: a master carriage slidably mounted to the suspended carriage, the master carriage engaging the suspended carriage for moving the suspended carriage between a lower retracted position and an upper engaged position wherein the member engages a forward surface of the horizontal bar; and a resilient suspension member disposed between the master carriage and the suspended carriage and having a resilient range of travel, whereby the suspended carriage is capable of vertically floating relative to the master carriage within the range of travel; a control system including: a suspended carriage position sensor on at least one of: the master carriage; and the suspended carriage for determining the position of the suspended carriage relative to the master carriage; and a processor in communication with the position sensor and the vertical motion actuator that: determines when the suspended carriage has engaged the horizontal bar by measuring the relative distance between the suspended carriage and the master carriage; and produces a signal command to the vertical motion actuator to move the master carriage relative to the suspended carriage by a predetermined distance.10-27-2011
20100030383METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING TEMPERATURE IN A REFRIGERATOR - A refrigerator includes a refrigerator cabinet, a fresh food compartment disposed within the cabinet, a freezer compartment disposed within the cabinet, an ice compartment disposed within the cabinet, and an electronic control system associated with the refrigerator and adapted to monitor and control the fresh food compartment, the freezer compartment and the ice compartment. The control system provides for energy efficient control and operation through various means, including adjusting cut-in and cut-out temperatures of the cooling system to control.02-04-2010
20090240374METHOD OF CONTROLLING AIR CONDITIONER - A method of controlling an air conditioner is provided. The method may include determining whether the air conditioner is operating in an abnormal state, and, when the air conditioner is operating in the abnormal state, operating a compressor in a safe mode having a different frequency pattern than when it is operated in a normal mode of the compressor. This allows the air conditioner to provide continuous heating/cooling, even when operating in an abnormal state.09-24-2009
20090055028System for Dynamically Controlling the Torque Output of a Pneumatic Tool - Pneumatic tightening tools can be used for high speed assembly of critical bolts to precise loads by dynamically controlling the output power of the pneumatic tool during a tightening cycle using an electronically controlled air pressure regulator to reduce the tightening rate, or the load increase per impact for impact or impulse tools, to enable the tool to be stopped precisely at a specified stopping load or torque. For prevailing torque fasteners, the output power of the pneumatic tool is dynamically controlled to minimize the speed of rotation during rundown, to minimize the heating effects associated with such torque fasteners, and to then increase the power from the tool, as required, to provide the torque to reach the specified stopping load or torque. The maximum air pressure supplied to the pneumatic tool can be limited, depending on the expected torque required to tighten the fastener to the specified load or torque.02-26-2009
20090076656COLLECTING DEBRIS FROM A TOOL - An apparatus and associated method for collecting debris from a tool, wherein programming instructions are stored in memory and executed by a machine tool controller, and wherein the controller is responsive to an intermittent debris collect signal in altering an operative path of the tool in order to engage the tool with a debris collecting device.03-19-2009
20100114376DIGITAL I/O SIGNAL SCHEDULER - An apparatus and method of scheduling signals. In one embodiment, the method includes a first circuit receiving a first plurality of reference values. The first circuit selects a reference value from the first plurality according to a first reference identifier (ID) that is stored in memory. The first circuit compares the selected reference value to a first match value.05-06-2010
20100114378Refrigerator and control method thereof - Disclosed are a refrigerator and a control method thereof, wherein operation of an icemaker can be controlled according to time or function. A sleep mode to control operation of an icemaker according to time is set to prevent generation of noise due to an ice-separating operation implemented at night. In the setting of the sleep mode, a control range of the sleep mode is selected according to a desired operating function (ice-making function or ice-separating function) of the icemaker and also, a period of the sleep mode in units of days/weeks/months (or an operating term) is selected.05-06-2010
20110125327BUILDING MANAGEMENT APPARATUS - A building management apparatus that can provide a comfortable environment based on diligent control is provided. A building management apparatus 05-26-2011
20110202178VIDEO-BASED SYSTEM AND METHOD OF ELEVATOR DOOR DETECTION - A video-based system detects the position of elevator doors based on video data provided by one or more video detectors. Based on the detected position of the elevator doors, a distance between the elevator doors can be determined. The operation of the elevator doors is controlled based, at least in part, on the detected distance between the elevator doors.08-18-2011
20110264271APPARATUS WITH WIRELESS COMMUNICATION FOR MANAGING INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY, SUCH AS SURFACERS AND VACUUM CLEANERS - An apparatus (10-27-2011
20100280665SENSOR AND BOILER CONTROL SYSTEM - A system and method is presented for a boiler controller for a boiler system. The boiler controller comprises a sensor monitoring component, operably coupled to a temperature detector operable to measure a temperature of a medium within the boiler, and a pressure detector operable to measure a pressure of the medium. The boiler controller also comprises a burner controller coupled to a burner. The burner controller is operable to control the burner to heat the boiler based upon at least one of the temperature of the medium measured by the temperature detector compared to a range of temperature setpoints, results of an energy efficiency calculation, a presence of the medium, and the pressure of the medium.11-04-2010
20120035771COMMAND GENERATOR - A positive & negative jerk interval parameter setting section divides an acceleration & deceleration interval of an acceleration command curve into an acceleration increasing interval, a constant acceleration interval, and an acceleration decreasing interval, and sets the length of time of each interval independently of each other. A positive & negative jerk interval trigonometric command generating section employs an acceleration command curve generated based on a trigonometric function of a ½ cycle, thereby generating a position command or a speed command.02-09-2012
20120035769SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE FAN - An electronic device and a method for controlling fan speed of the electronic device include setting a speed range corresponding to a variety of pulse-width modulation (PWM) duty cycles of the fan, and setting a speed variation value of the fan. The method further includes reading the PWM duty cycle and detecting an actual speed of the fan, and adjusting the PWM duty cycle in the PWM duty cycle instruction according to the speed variation value.02-09-2012
20120109384CONSUMER ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION, CONTROL AND SUPPORT CONCIERGE DEVICE AND METHOD - We disclose a concierge device that can be configured to register, control and support a consumer device. It can alternatively or redundantly connect to a home management bridge and/or cloud-based management servers. It can accept menus that allow a single concierge device to provide a wide range of functions for various consumer devices. The concierge device allows the user in a single action to initiate a support session, automatically identifying the consumer device. The concierge device can be configured for voice or video support calls. The concierge device in conjunction with a home management bridge or gateway can manage on boarding of components of an automated home, such as switches and lamps. Implementations of the concierge device that include a display can show supplemental information, such as advertising, optionally in coordination with media being played on a consumer device coupled in communication with the concierge device.05-03-2012
20120109383DYNAMICALLY EXTENSIBLE AND AUTOMATICALLY CONFIGURABLE BUILDING AUTOMATION SYSTEM AND ARCHITECTURE - A building automation system (BAS) architecture is disclosed. The BAS comprises, in one embodiment, an architecture comprising a communication network and having a dynamic extensibility capability and an automatic configuration capability; an engine communicatively coupled to the communication network; and at least one control device communicatively coupled to the communication network, the control device being known or unknown to the engine. The engine can be adapted to selectively implement the dynamic extensibility capability to establish communications with and to control both known and unknown control devices. The engine can be further adapted to selectively implement the automatic configuration capability to determine at least one characteristic of both known and unknown control devices. A method of adding a control device to a building automation system (BAS) by dynamically extending and automatically configuring an architecture of the BAS is also disclosed.05-03-2012
20120109382DRILLING CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system includes a control unit including a model of the system that includes model parameters and operational conditions. The system also includes an assembly that includes one or more sensor modules and a second processor, the second processor including definitions of the model parameters and configured to determine the model parameters based on information received from the one or more sensors. The system also includes a communication medium communicatively coupling the control unit and the assembly.05-03-2012
20120109381WEB CONTROL SYSTEM FOR SOLAR TRACKING - A web control system for solar tracking includes one or more trackers, a communication port management unit, a status processing unit, a tracker control unit, a back tracking unit, a web server unit, and the memory unit. The trackers operate in compliance with driving commands and change the position of a solar cell panel in response to the tracking of the location of a sun. The communication port management unit is responsible for data transmission and reception. The status processing unit scans the status of the trackers. The tracker control unit directly controls the trackers. The back tracking unit analyzes the status information, and controls the tracker control unit. The local GUI interface unit displays a local or remote user screen. The web server unit provides the GUI data to a user. The memory unit stores the information.05-03-2012
20090198382Tool control system - A tool control system is disclosed. The control system may have a first actuator configured to control a first linkage. The control system may further have a second actuator configured to control a second linkage. The control system may also have a third actuator configured to control a work tool, wherein the second linkage is connected to the work tool and movably connected to the first linkage. The control system may still further have a plurality of operator input devices configured to provide operator control of the first, second, and third actuators. The control system may also have a controller in communication with the first, second, and third actuators and the plurality of operator input devices. The controller may be configured to receive a desired tool path for the work tool. The controller may also be configured to control movement of the first, second, and third actuators based on operator input received from fewer than all of the plurality of operator input devices to move the work tool along the desired tool path.08-06-2009
20090248204Cooling system and control method of cooling system - The position of a damper is changed over to switch over the cooling mode between an inside air intake mode and an A/C intake mode. In the inside air intake mode, the air inside a passenger compartment of a motor vehicle is taken in and directly blown to a battery by the operation of a battery blower fan. In the A/C intake mode, the air cooled down by an air conditioner (evaporator) is taken in and blown to the battery by the operation of the battery blower fan. When the detected vehicle speed V is not lower than a preset reference speed Vref, the position of the damper is immediately changed over (steps S10-01-2009
20100100245SHEET PAPER STORAGE AND DISPENSING DEVICE - A sheet paper storage and dispensing device according to the present invention stores and dispenses sheet paper, and includes: a first reel drum onto which a tape is wound from one side of the tape; a second reel drum on which sheet paper is stored by winding the tape thereon from an opposite side of the tape in a state in which the tape and sheet paper supplied from an external sheet paper transporting section to an intake/discharge port are mutually superimposed; a motor which drives the first reel drum and the second reel drum via a drive system; an electromagnetic clutch which switches between transmitting and interrupting drive force from the drive system; an electromagnetic brake which applies a brake to the drive system; a trigger sensor which detects supplying of the sheet paper from the sheet paper transporting section to the intake/discharge port; a tape speed detection section which detects a transporting speed of the tape at the intake/discharge port; a motor speed variation control unit which controls changes in a rotation speed of the motor; and a winding control unit which causes a winding operation by controlling the electromagnetic clutch so as to transmit the driving force of the motor when supplying of the sheet paper to the intake/discharge port is detected by the trigger sensor, the winding operation being a operation in which the tape is dispensed from the first reel drum while the tape is wound onto the second reel drum, so that the sheet paper supplied to the intake/discharge port is wound onto the second reel drum, the winding control unit controlling the motor speed variation control unit such that, during the winding operation, the transporting speed of the tape detected by the tape speed detection unit is held at a fixed speed which is faster by a predetermined amount than a transporting speed of the sheet paper transporting section.04-22-2010
20100100244Reed's High Rise Emergency Rescue Egress System - An emergency rescue system includes a cantilever arm, a gondola, a ground unit, and a cable block. The cantilever arm is operable to be positioned on a roof of a building and extend one or more cables from the roof to the ground. The gondola is operable to be coupled to the cantilever arm with the cables and to travel along the more cables. The ground unit is operable to be positioned on the ground beneath the cantilever arm and to be coupled to the gondola with the cables. The ground unit comprises a motor operable to raise and lower the gondola along the cables and a control system operable to provide controls for the ground unit and the gondola. The cable block is coupled to the cables between the gondola and the cantilever arm and controls the cables as the ground unit raises and lowers the gondola.04-22-2010
20120296475CONTROLLER FOR A MACHINE TOOL FOR EXECUTING TAPPING - A controller (11-22-2012
20100125365REFRIGERATOR AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME - A refrigerator is provided. The refrigerator may include a freezing chamber positioned under a refrigerating chamber. A refrigerating chamber fan and a freezing chamber fan may be provided at a refrigerating chamber duct and a freezing chamber duct, respectively, and a damper may selectively open and close the refrigerating chamber duct. By controlling the refrigerating chamber fan, the freezing chamber fan and the damper, cold air may be selectively supplied to the refrigerating chamber and/or the freezing chamber based on individual cooling needs as appropriate.05-20-2010
20100125366REMOTE CONTROLLER FOR AIRCRAFT MODEL - The present invention relates to a remote controller for an aircraft model, which includes a body, a mode selection switch, and a signal acquisition unit. The body is adapted to be held in a first direction and a second direction. The mode selection switch may be configured to issue a mode selection signal. The signal acquisition unit acquires the manipulation signals manipulated by the first joystick and the second joystick in the remote controller, and processes the manipulation signals according to the mode selection signal, so as to enable the remote controller to operate respectively in the first manipulation mode and the second manipulation mode. The remote controller of the present invention merely switches the electric signals for switching between the manipulation modes without modifying the mechanical structure, thereby simplifying the switching operations.05-20-2010
20100125364CONFIGURABLE CONSUMABLE HOLDER FOR AN APPLIANCE - A removably coupled consumable holder for an appliance configured to perform a cycle of operation on a physical article comprises a receptacle sized to hold one or more compartments for holding a consumable. The compartments are connected with an array of actuators for controlling the delivery of the consumable from the compartment to the appliance. A controller is connected with the array of actuators for actuation of the actuators during a cycle of operation. The consumable holder is further connected with an internal communications network in the appliance for communication with one or more components of the appliance.05-20-2010
20100280666OPERATING SYSTEM FOR ROLLER BLINDS WITH PROTECTION AGAINST EXCESSIVE WIND - A control method is described, said method being used within an operating system (11-04-2010
20110172827CONTROL SYSTEM FOR A DOOR WING - In a process aimed at monitoring and controlling a wing door with radar sensors, while the radar sensors send signals and receive response signals, the response signals shall be transmitted to a central control unit, which incoming response signals (07-14-2011
20090281664Mouse-Based Hand Wheel Control For a Machine Tool - The present invention provides a device for controlling a hand wheel of a machine tool and a method for using the same.11-12-2009
20090299530START/STOP OPERATION FOR A CONTAINER GENERATOR SET - A generator set including a prime mover, a generator coupled to the prime mover, and a controller that is associated with a temperature controlled space and operates the generator set in one of a start/stop mode and a continuous mode depending on a demand defined at least in part by contents within the temperature controlled space.12-03-2009
20090149997ICE PROTECTION SYSTEM - An ice protection system is disclosed for a structure having at least one surface to be protected from a range of icing conditions, the ice protection system comprising: at least one heater device (06-11-2009
20100138047CONTROLLING A SLAVE DRIVE WITH DYNAMIC DETERMINATION OF THE DYNAMICS OF THE MASTER AXIS - A control device and a method for controlling several master axes in a machine, for example a production machine, is disclosed. The disclosed method includes the steps of defining profiles of desired values for a plurality of master axes, determining for each master axis a current desired value and also a current desired value for a slave axis using a logic combination rule, controlling a first drive in accordance with the current desired value of the slave axis, and if the dynamics controlling the first drive exceeds an upper dynamics limit, starting at the next clock pulse to modify determination of the current desired values for at least one of the master axes, and controlling the first drive with a reduced dynamics until the reduced dynamics falls below a lower dynamics limit.06-03-2010
20100145526MOVEMENT CONTROL METHOD, MOVEMENT MANIPULATION APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR MANIPULATING MOVEMENT OF MOVING BODY - In a movement control apparatus manipulation can be carried out while watching the movement of the moving body, without needing to watch one's hands, so even a novice operator can perform the manipulation easily, safely, reliably, and quickly. The apparatus can include a signal transmission cable, a casing of a manipulation remote controller disposed at one end of the cable, a rotary encoder that produces a signal corresponding to the direction of the casing, and a motor drive control circuit that is disposed on the other side of the cable and controls the movement of a moving body on the basis of a signal corresponding to the direction of the casing. The signal corresponding to the direction of the casing can be supplied from the rotary encoder, through the cable, to the motor drive control circuit. Therefore, the operator can hold down a manipulation switch without looking at his hands and thereby adjust the direction of the casing of the manipulation remote controller while looking at the movement direction of a load.06-10-2010
20080228322Actuator drive system having smart sensor module and smart actuator module - Disclosed is an actuator drive system including a smart sensor module including a sensor, a sensor input unit, and a controller; a smart actuator module including a drive output unit and an actuator; and a battery for supplying each of the smart sensor module and the smart actuator module with power. Advantageously, the conventional ECU is replaced with the smart sensor module and the smart actuator module, and the smart sensor module and the smart actuator module are connected to each other by a cable. Therefore, noise or heat generated by the smart actuator module is not transferred to the smart sensor module. When one of the smart sensor module and the smart actuator module malfunctions, only the malfunctioning module is replaced. In addition, when the specification of the sensor (or actuator) is modified, the design of the smart sensor module (or smart actuator module) alone is modified.09-18-2008
20080288113OPEN/CLOSE DOOR DRIVE CONTROLLER FOR DRAWER-TYPE HEATING COOKER - When a user manually opens/closes the door of the drawer-type heating cooker, a pulse generation means attached to an electric motor generates pulses for counting the number of revolutions. A determination means determines whether the door is opened/closed manually or not on the basis of detection of the pulses. A prediction means predicts whether the manual operation is door opening or door closing in response to the status of position detection switches for detecting the position of the door. A motor control means decides the rotation direction of the electric motor in accordance with the prediction by the prediction means and controls the rotation of the electric motor on the basis of the decision. Hence the burden of door opening/closing operation is alleviated with the help of the driving force of the electric motor even when both hands of the user are occupied.11-20-2008
20080288114Method and System for Control of a Compliant System - The invention relates to the control of an actuator system comprising an actuator and a load that is connected to the actuator by a drive chain comprising a compliant element. The load is positioned by controlling the actuator, which control of the actuator comprises at least the feeding of one or more reference signals to the actuator. To compensate for drive chain compliancy the invention proposes to generate a main reference signal component based on performance specifications of the system and to generate an additional reference signal component, which is adapted to compensate for predetermined jerks induced in the actuator system by the main reference component. The main reference signal and the additional reference signal are superimposed and fed to the actuator.11-20-2008
20080288112APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR COLLECTING A PRINTED COPY - An apparatus and method for collecting a printed copy is disclosed. A collecting cylinder is operable in a non-collect mode and a collect mode. A cam collect is coupled to the collecting cylinder. The collecting cylinder is switchable between the non-collect mode and the collect mode by a relative rotational movement between the collecting cylinder and the cam collect.11-20-2008
20080294290Apparatus to control rotation of driven member - An apparatus to control rotation of a driven member, includes a rotation member rotatably supported, a driving unit to rotate the rotation member, a potentiometer to detect an angular position of the rotation member in a detectable angle range thereof, and a control unit to control the driving unit to rotate the rotation member from a present angular position to a target angular position. The control unit controls the driving unit in a normal mode where the rotation member is rotated while confirming the present angular position of the rotation member when the rotation angle is less than 180 degrees, and controls the driving unit in a minimum mode where the rotation member is rotated from the present angular position to the target angular position via a non-detectable angle range of the potentiometer when the rotation angle is 180 degrees or more.11-27-2008
20080312773Barrier-Free Appliance - The present invention provides a method for barrier-free control of a household appliance, said method comprising, providing a program-controlled household appliance with a control panel having a plurality of operating program selectors for selecting programs of appliance operations and corresponding program cycles controlled by a micro controller, a memory component for storing the functions of the appliance operating programs and corresponding program cycles, a display unit for displaying the output of the status of the appliance operation, selecting the desired appliance operating program, enabling by an automatic selection a set of compatible program cycles corresponding to the selected appliance operating program, disabling automatically the corresponding non-compatible program cycles that are contrary to the selected appliance operating program, disabling automatically the corresponding non-compatible program cycles that are contrary to the selected program cycles, and executing the program cycles of the selected appliance operating program.12-18-2008
20110208360ON DEMAND ELEVATOR LOAD SHEDDING - Upon request from a power utility to reduce the electrical demand of a building, an elevator system is automatically disconnected from power being delivered by the power utility (or remains connected but receives limited power from the power utility), and a secondary power storage device is connected to the power bus of the elevator system. The secondary power storage device provides power to the elevator system during a period in which the request to reduce electrical load of the building is in effect. When the request end, the elevator system is automatically reconnected to the power delivered by the power utility and can potentially work in a hybrid mode.08-25-2011
20100138046METHOD AND UNIT FOR OPERATING AN ELECTROMECHANICAL ADJUSTING DEVICE - In a method for operating an electromechanical adjusting device, having an actuating part driven by a controller controlled motor, and which can be adjusted according to a manual specification for a controller operating element between a first and a second end position, the controller detects the precise position of a blockage of an adjusting movement from fed sensor signals, wherein user action performed on the operating element adjusts the actuating part by a first movement directed toward the end position to a position at which mechanical blockage occurs in order to determine a reference position, and adjusts the actuating part by a second movement into the second end position to examine the validity of the previously determined reference position by a test program which decides whether an automatic operating mode, in which an actuating process runs automatically, is activated, or blocked, as a function of the test result.06-03-2010
20120143378OPERATION SCHEDULER FOR A BUILDING AUTOMATION SYSTEM - A computer-implemented method for managing and controlling multiple automation components coupled via a building automation network. The computer implemented method includes receiving, via the building automation network, a first operational schedule from a first automation device where the first operational schedule is formatted according to a first protocol, receiving, via the building automation network, a second operational schedule from a second automation device where the second operational schedule is formatted according to a second protocol, converting the received second operational schedule from the second protocol to the first protocol, generating a unified schedule that includes the first operational schedule and the converted second operational schedule, and displaying the unified schedule in a user accessible manner.06-07-2012
20090182455SYSTEM FOR INSTANTLY AND REMOTELY MANAGING ASSETS OF AIR CONDITIONING EQUIPMENT - A system for instantly and remotely managing assets of air conditioning equipment is provided, which is applied to remote air conditioning equipment for processing instant network asset monitoring and asset management of the air conditioning equipment via network system. The system is characterized by providing instant control and management over operational state of the controlled air conditioning equipment, thus achieving objective of instant and remote control over air conditioning equipment asset, and further achieving objective of decreasing operational cost.07-16-2009
20100274393METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DISABLING PORTS IN A MOTOR CONTROL SYSTEM - A motor control host includes a plurality of ports, a memory, and a processing device. The memory is operable to store an enable mask defining an enablement state for each of the ports. The processing device is operable to send a first message over those selected ports having an affirmative enablement state to maintain a communication link over the selected ports and inhibit the first message for those ports having a negative enablement state. A method for configuring a motor control system including a motor control host having a plurality of ports includes storing an enable mask defining an enablement state for each of the ports. A first message is sent over those selected ports having an affirmative enablement state to maintain a communication link over the selected ports. The first message is inhibited for those ports having a negative enablement state.10-28-2010
20100145524Refrigerator and operating method thereof - Disclosed is a method of operating a refrigerator, including: providing a plurality of usage environment information which includes national information; selecting the usage environment information corresponding to a nation or region where the refrigerator is used among the plurality of usage environment information; and controlling operation of the refrigerator based on the selected usage environment information.06-10-2010
20090187281METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MONITORING A CALIBRATED CONDENSER UNIT IN A REFRIGERANT-CYCLE SYSTEM - A real-time monitoring system that monitors various aspects of the operation of a refrigerant-cycle system is described. In one embodiment, the system includes a processor that measures power provided to the refrigerant-cycle system and that gathers data from one or more sensors and uses the sensor data to calculate a figure of merit related to the efficiency of the system. In one embodiment, the sensors include one or more of the following sensors: a suction line temperature sensor, a suction line pressure sensor, a suction line flow sensor, a hot gas line temperature sensor, a hot gas line pressure sensor, a hot gas line flow sensor, a liquid line temperature sensor, a liquid line pressure sensor, a liquid line flow sensor. In one embodiment, the sensors include one or more of an evaporator air temperature input sensor, an evaporator air temperature output sensor, an evaporator air flow sensor, an evaporator air humidity sensor, and a differential pressure sensor. In one embodiment, the sensors include one or more of a condenser air temperature input sensor, a condenser air temperature output sensor, and a condenser air flow sensor, an evaporator air humidity sensor. In one embodiment, the sensors include one or more of an ambient air sensor and an ambient humidity sensor.07-23-2009
20090118867Air Conditioner and Address Setting Method in Air Conditioner - A serial number detection portion simultaneously transmits a detection command for requesting a first digit of a serial number to plurality of indoor units, and the serial number detection portion simultaneously transmits a detection command for requesting a second digit immediately preceding the first digit to the indoor units when a response to the detection command is absent. That is, the address setting is performed again from the immediately preceding digit without returning to an initial digit of the serial number, so that the time necessary for the address setting can be shortened. When the address setting is performed again from the immediately preceding digit, the address setting can be performed more securely by changing a method of recognizing the detection command in the indoor units.05-07-2009
20100004786Control System For Modulating Water Heater - A method of controlling a modulating water heater supplying water to a system includes sensing a parameter which changes corresponding to a change in system flow rate, the sensed parameter being a parameter other than system temperature, and then modulating output of the heater in response to a change in the sensed parameter. Early detection of system flow rate changes permits early modulation of water heater output before the changes in flow rate have had time to significantly impact the system temperature.01-07-2010
20090005909METHOD FOR RUNNING IN A DRIVE TRAIN COMPONENT OF A WIND ENERGY PLANT AND WIND ENERGY PLANT FOR EXECUTING THIS METHOD - A method for running in a drive train component of a wind energy plant, wherein the wind energy plant has an operation management which can control at least one operational variable B significant for the strain of the drive train component to a desired value B01-01-2009
20130218349SYSTEM, METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR GROUPING BUILDING AUTOMATION OBJECTS FOR GROUP COMMUNICATION WITHIN A BUILDING AUTOMATION SYSTEM - A system is provided for communicating common data associated with building automation objects between building automation devices across a network. The common data corresponds to a group of one or more building automation objects representing points associated with a plurality of field devices controlled or monitored in a building by the building automation devices. The system comprises a first building automation device having a group master object that includes a group identifier. A second building automation device includes a group member object having the same group identifier as the group master object. The group master object exchanges the common data to each of the building automation devices having a group member object that has the same group identifier as the group master object.08-22-2013
20090177328System and method for shaft heat treament for correction slow roll - Certain exemplary embodiments comprise a method comprising a plurality of activities comprising, for a shalt of an electric motor, the shaft comprising a runout sensing area: determining an electrical runout value for the runout sensing area; rotating the shaft; and/or heating the runout sensing area of the shaft sufficient to reduce the electrical runout value.07-09-2009
20090177327INTERACTIVE ADJUSTABLE MEDIA BED PROVIDING SLEEP DIAGNOSTICS - An bedding apparatus is provided that allows a user the ability to control a bedroom environment using one selectable control. The apparatus includes an adjustable bedding unit and a computing unit coupled to the adjustable bedding unit. A number of controllable electronic appliances, having an effect on the bedroom environment, are electrically coupled to the computing unit. These electronic appliances are capable of being controlled by the computing unit. A user interface control unit is coupled to the computing unit. The user interface presents the user with a number of user-selectable settings that cause an adjustment in the position of the adjustable bed and at least one of the electronic appliances.07-09-2009
20090177326Heater control architecture for an ice protection system - A heater control structure for an ice protection system is disclosed that includes a first multi-role logic block having a first scheduler to schedule the operation of an array of heaters and a first controller to control a first group of heaters within the array of heaters, wherein the first scheduler communicates with a first private data bus and the first controller communicates with a second private data bus, and wherein the first scheduler and the first controller communicate with one another over a first pair of inter-channel data busses. The structure further includes a second multi-role logic block having a second controller to control a second group of heaters within the array of heaters and a second scheduler to schedule the operation of the array of heaters, wherein the second controller communicates with the first private data bus and the second scheduler communicates with the second private data bus, and wherein the second controller and the second scheduler communicate with one another over a second pair of inter-channel data busses.07-09-2009
20090187280METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ICE MACHINE THROUGH TEMPERATURE SETTING - The present invention includes steps of: setting a first temperature and a second temperature; continuously detecting the temperature inside an ice tray in an ice machine, starting an ice making schedule as the ice tray temperature is identical to or higher than the first temperature; heating the ice tray as the ice tray temperature reaches the second temperature so as to rise the ice tray temperature up to the first temperature; and repeating the steps for continuing ice making. Through the method described above, the ice machine can utilize a judgment of temperature to form an ice making schedule, which includes an ice removing procedure, a water inflow procedure and a freezing procedure, and also can utilize the detection of the temperature variation in the ice tray to judge if the water level reaches a preset position, so as to ensure a proper water amount in the ice tray.07-23-2009
20090143914SYSTEM FOR OPERATING MODES FOR AN ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH - Various operational mode arrangements of an electric toothbrush (06-04-2009
20090326718Calibration Device, Method And System For A Container Crane - A device, method and system for automatic calibration of a container crane, the container crane being controlled by a system including a first sensor (LPS) and/or a second sensor (TPS), are provided. A calibration rig is arranged in a fixed position and includes a plurality of markers, each arranged at a known and fixed position and distance relative to one another. The markers may include a first marker with a first visual appearance, or active marker and/or a second marker with a second visual appearance, or passive marker. The active marker is preferably an illumination source, such as an IR source. A method for calibrating a container crane using the calibration device and a container control system including the calibration device and one or more computer programs are also described.12-31-2009
20110224831PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEM WITH MANAGED OUTPUT AND METHOD OF MANAGING VARIABILITY OF OUTPUT FROM A PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEM - Photovoltaic systems with managed output and methods for managing variability of output from photovoltaic systems are described. A system includes a plurality of photovoltaic modules configured to receive and convert solar energy. The system also includes a sensor configured to determine an orientation for each of the plurality of photovoltaic modules, the orientations based on a maximum output from the photovoltaic system. The system also includes an orientation system configured to alter the orientation of one or more of the plurality of photovoltaic modules to provide a reduced output from the photovoltaic system, the reduced output less than the maximum output.09-15-2011
20090024252Control Device and Control Method For Cooling Fan - A hybrid ECU executes a program including the steps of: setting a fan driving level F for a cooling fan, as based on a high voltage battery's temperature TB, SOC and input and output currents, and a vehicular cabin's internal temperature and background noise; detecting from a signal transmitted from a voltage sensor the voltage of an auxiliary battery serving as a power supply for the cooling fan; and setting a duty command value for the cooling fan from fan driving level F and the auxiliary battery's voltage so that the duty command value is smaller as a voltage of the auxiliary battery is higher.01-22-2009
20110144810ELEVATOR AND BUILDING POWER SYSTEM WITH SECONDARY POWER SUPPLY MANAGEMENT06-16-2011
20110144809WELL PROG EXECUTION FACILITATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A prog analysis and execution system and method. The system includes a computer control system, an interface engine in communication with the computer control system, the interface engine being configured to receive prog information, and an action item development engine in communication with the control system, the action item development engine being configured to analyze received prog information and to determine corresponding action items. The system further includes a sensor engine in communication with the computer control system, the sensor engine being configured to receive input from at least one sensor for use in controlling a well drilling operation, and an operational equipment engine in communication with the computer control system, the operational equipment engine being configured to receive input from the computer control system and to control the well drilling operation in accordance with the determined action items in the prog.06-16-2011
20110144808METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CONFIGURING MAILING EQUIPMENT - A computer receives two input documents, including a carrier product description file and a document that describes attributes of a type of mailing equipment. The computer extracts information from the documents and generates a provisioning document based at least in part on the extracted information. The provisioning document is suitable for controlling a piece of mailing equipment which belongs to the particular type of mailing equipment, in such a manner that the piece of mailing equipment generates mail pieces in compliance with the carrier product description file. The provisioning document includes a script for controlling operation of the piece of mailing equipment and data to be read by the piece of mailing equipment.06-16-2011
20110144807POWER MONITOR FOR VAPOR COMPRESSION EQUIPMENT DIAGNOSTICS - A method of automatically detecting an anomalous condition relative to a nominal operating condition in a vapor compression system. An expected input power function in the form of a hyperplane is calculated based on three temperature readings: an intake temperature from an intake area of the condenser unit, a return temperature from an intake area of an evaporator unit, and a supply temperature from a supply output area of the evaporator unit. The function produces an estimate of the expected input power consumed by the compressor unit, and this expected input power is compared with an actual input power measured from the compressor unit. If the expected input power deviates from the measured input power by more than a predetermined tolerance, an indication is stored and communicated that an anomalous condition, such as a refrigerant loss, condenser unit fouling, or a malfunctioning fan, exists in the vapor compression system.06-16-2011
20090062962Control Device for an Electronic Domestic Appliance - A control device for an electronic domestic appliance has a control panel of an electrically conducting material and an electronic control system with a mains-connected circuit and a circuit that is galvanically separated from the mains. To protect the electronic control system from electrostatic discharges the control panel is grounded by way of an electrical connection between the control panel and the circuit that is galvanically separated from the mains and also an electrical connection between the galvanically separated circuit and the mains-connected circuit. The latter electrical connection between the galvanically separated circuit and the mains-connected circuit has at least one protection impedance.03-05-2009
20120078421MATTRESS MONITORING SYSTEM - A system for monitoring a mattress controller including a portable monitor having a memory, an input/output node in selective communication with the mattress controller, a processor programmed to maintain in the memory a data structure including a control data associated with the mattress controller, and selectively link with the mattress controller to communicate with the mattress controller to confirm or update the control data.03-29-2012
20120078420FAN SPEED CONTROL - In one implementation, an environmental controller operates a cooling system in an electronic device. The environmental controller includes a closed loop control system for operating a cooling fan at a target speed. The environmental controller may select the target speed based on one or more temperature sensors. The environmental controller may select the target speed based on the speeds of additional fans or the fans may be controlled in unison. The closed loop control system includes a proportional weight. When a measured cooling fan speed deviates from the target speed by more than a threshold error value, the proportional weight is constant. As the measured cooling fan speed approaches the target speed, and the threshold error value is crossed, the proportional weight is variable. The variance may be a function of time such as a periodic stair step function.03-29-2012
20080262657SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ADJUSTABLE FURNITURE - A system and methods for controlling adjustable furniture 10-23-2008
20090005910SYNCHRONIZATION CONTROL SYSTEM - A synchronization control system includes plural controlling object apparatuses connected through first and second wired OR lines. Each controlling object apparatus includes a function of switching an output to the first wired OR line from a first state to a second state in an odd numberth synchronization waiting state and switching an output to the second wired OR line from the first state to the second state in an even numberth synchronization waiting state. A control apparatus determines an odd numberth synchronization in response to changing of the first wired OR line from the first state to the second state when all the controlling object apparatuses enter the odd numberth synchronization waiting state, and determines an even numberth synchronization in response to changing of the second wired OR line from the first state to the second state when all the controlling object apparatuses enter the even numberth synchronization waiting state.01-01-2009
20090005911Method of configuring a system for driving a screen for closure, sun protection, or projection purposes - This configuration method applies to a system for driving a screen (01-01-2009
20090248208INDOOR UNIT, AIR CONDITIONER INCLUDING INDOOR UNIT AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING AIR CONDITIONER - An in-ceiling embedded type air conditioner including an indoor unit having an air blower and an indoor heat exchanger accommodated in a housing a substantially box-shape, and a filtering unit including a gas-liquid contact member that is disposed at the downstream side of the indoor heat exchanger on an air blowing passage through which air sucked by the air blower flows in the indoor unit and infiltrated with electrolytic water generated by electrolyzing water, the air and the electrolytic water being brought into contact with each other in the gas-liquid contact member, whereby the air cooled or heated in the indoor heat exchanger is filtered, that is, virus, etc. contained in the air is inactivated, sterilized or the like and then blown out to a room to be air-conditioned.10-01-2009
20090216378POWER ASSIST APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - In a control method for a power assist apparatus, a pressing force acting on a workpiece held by a workpiece holding apparatus is detected, a determination is made as to whether or not the detected pressing force exceeds a preset threshold, a determination is made as to whether or not a dead man switch provided on the workpiece holding apparatus is ON, and a determination as to whether or not to release a rotation restriction applied to a joint portion for connecting the workpiece holding apparatus rotatably to an arm is made in accordance with a result of the determination as to whether or not the detected pressing force exceeds the preset threshold and a result of the determination as to whether or not the dead mean switch is ON.08-27-2009
20090222137AUTOMATED SHADE CONTROL METHOD AND SYSTEM - This invention generally relates to automated shade systems. An automated shade system comprises one or more motorized window coverings, sensors, and controllers that use one or more algorithms to control operation of the automated shade control system. These algorithms may include information such as: 3-D models of a building and surrounding structures; shadow information; reflectance information; lighting and radiation information; ASHRAE clear sky algorithms; log information related to manual overrides; occupant preference information; motion information; real-time sky conditions; solar radiation on a building; a total foot-candle load on a structure; brightness overrides; actual and/or calculated BTU load; time-of-year information; and microclimate analysis.09-03-2009
20090240373ESTABLISHING A USE CYCLE USING A CONTAINER CONDITION - An example method of establishing a use cycle using container conditions includes monitoring a container condition and adjusting a use cycle of the container or a component held by the container using the container condition.09-24-2009
20090248205CONTROLLING METHOD FOR DRIVING A DRAWER OF A REFRIGERATOR - A movement structure for a drawer of a refrigerator is provided. The movement structure may a storage box to be automatically withdrawn from or inserted into a storage compartment of the refrigerator by pressing a button. This automatic movement of the storage box may allow the storage box to be easily withdrawn from and inserted into the storage compartment regardless of a weight of items stored in the storage box.10-01-2009
20090248207SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DRIVING A DRAWER IN A REFRIGERATOR - A system and method for driving a drawer of a refrigerator are provided. This system allows a drawer to be automatically withdrawn from and/or inserted into a main body of the refrigerator. This system also allows a drawer which has been stopped during the withdrawal process to be further withdrawn from the main body so as to complete action on a withdrawal command, or to be re-inserted into the main body, so as to reduce cool air loss.10-01-2009
20090248206Control method of laundry treating machine - A control method of a laundry treating machine is disclosed. A control method of a laundry treating machine comprising a cabinet where an accommodating space receiving laundry is formed and a heat pump supplying hot air to the accommodating space, the control method includes driving the heat pump and identifying whether the heat pump is abnormal based on at least one temperature information of the heat pump. An object of the present invention is to provide a control method of a laundry treating machine capable of identifying an operational abnormality thereof conveniently. Another object of the present invention is to provide a laundry treating machine capable of taking an appropriate action for or informing a user of the abnormality thereof, after identifying the abnormality by using at least one temperature information of the laundry treating machine.10-01-2009
20090254222AUTOMATED SHADE CONTROL RELECTANCE MODULE - Automated shade systems comprise motorized window coverings, sensors, and controllers that use algorithms to control operation of the automated shade control system. These algorithms may include information such as: 3-D models of a building and surrounding structures, shadow information, reflectance information, lighting and radiation information, ASHRAE clear sky algorithms, log information related to manual overrides, occupant preference information, motion information, real-time sky conditions, solar radiation on a building, a total foot-candle load on a structure, brightness overrides, actual and/or calculated BTU load, time-of-year information, and microclimate analysis.10-08-2009
20090254221REFRIGERATOR DISPENSER CONTROL TECHNOLOGY - Refrigerator dispenser control technology, in which user input related to moving a dispensing unit between a received position and a dispensing position is received and it is detected whether a dispensing unit is oriented in the received position or the dispensing position. The dispensing unit is driven based on the user input and the detection of whether the dispensing unit is oriented in the received position or the dispensing position. The dispensing unit may be driven from the received position to the dispensing position based on detecting that the dispensing unit is oriented in the received position. The dispensing unit also may be from the dispensing position to the received position based on detecting that the dispensing unit is oriented in the dispensing position.10-08-2009
20090254219APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING IMPROVED WIPER OPERATION - Methods and an apparatus are provided for controlling a wiper system of a type that can operate in an automatic mode wherein the wiper system is deactivated automatically and in a manual mode wherein the wiper system is deactivated by a user, the wiper system including at least one wiper configured to move across a surface of a vehicle. The apparatus comprises a motor coupled to the at least one wiper for moving the at least one wiper across the surface and a processor in operable communication with the motor. The processor is configured to detect when the wiper system is operating in the automatic mode and return the at least one wiper to a predetermined position, and deactivate the wiper system, if the wiper system is operating in the automatic mode and the vehicle is turned off.10-08-2009
20090254220Refrigerator and control method thereof - A refrigerator capable of supercooling a target object and a control method thereof are provided. The refrigerator includes a temperature sensor which senses a temperature of the target object in the cooling compartment, wherein the temperature sensor is prevented from being in contact with ambient cool air and is installed on a bottom surface on which the target object is placed so as to sense only the temperature of the target object. Further, the control method includes sensing a temperature of the target object at each interval of a specified time Δt, calculating a difference between two temperatures sensed at specified time intervals, and comparing the difference between two temperatures with a predetermined reference value ΔTc to determine the supercooled state of the target object.10-08-2009
20120035770METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ADJUSTING A MACHINE - The invention relates to a load measuring element for the braces of a machine in order to determine the force transmitted by the load measuring element, comprising a carrier element which can be exposed to the force by way of a force introduction element and in turn rests on a support. The force introduction element, the carrier element, and the support interact with each other during operation such that the carrier element flexibly deforms under the weight load, wherein a measurement element is provided for determining said flexible deformation, hi this way, an associated height adjustment can be specifically activated in order to adjust the machine such that it can be set up without impermissible distortion of the frame.02-09-2012
20100152904Refrigerator having user-controlled functions - A refrigeration device may provide a snooze feature, in which the compressor of the refrigeration device is turned off for a predetermined period of time in response to a user command. The refrigeration device may also provide a quick chill feature, in which the compressor of the refrigeration device is turned on for a predetermined period of time in response to a user command. User commands for controlling the operation of the refrigeration device may be provide through a control panel, a remote control or a network interface.06-17-2010
20100152903REFRIGERATING CYCLE APPARATUS AND OPERATION CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR - In a refrigerating cycle apparatus and control method thereof, a controller sets a high-pressure pressure target value from thermal load and temperature conditions based on refrigerant information that has been obtained from detectors, and controls at least one of a rotational frequency of a compressor, a degree of opening of an electronic expansion valve, a rotational frequency of an outdoor fan, or a rotational frequency of an indoor fan to match a high-pressure pressure to the high-pressure pressure target value that has been set. Here, a threshold value is set when the high-pressure pressure target value is set, and a method for setting the high-pressure pressure target value is modified depending on whether the high-pressure pressure is greater than or equal to the threshold value or less than the threshold value when the high-pressure pressure target value is decided.06-17-2010
20100179694AMBULATORY INFUSION DEVICE WITH PLUNGER POSITION MEMORY - An ambulatory infusion device for the infusion of a liquid drug into a patient's body over an extended time period is disclosed. The infusion device provides a housing having a cartridge compartment designed to receive a cartridge, a drive having a plunger adapted to engage a plug of the cartridge and to displace the plug within the cartridge in a controlled way, and an electronic controller controlling operation of the drive. The infusion device further has a position memory which stores at least one stored loading position of the plunger, and in which the controller retrieves a stored loading position from the position memory and controls the drive to displace the plunger into the retrieved loading position. A system for ambulatory drug infusion comprising such an ambulatory infusion device as well as a filling apparatus and a method for loading a cartridge into such a device are also disclosed.07-15-2010
20100262293METHOD, SYSTEM AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING A DEVICE RELATED TO A BUILDING APERTURE - A method of controlling a controllable device related to a building aperture, whereby a climate related characteristic for the aperture is adjusted by the device, and whereby the device is controlled in accordance with a climate and comfort program which is dependent on a control parameter, whereby the device is controlled in accordance with a time schedule provided by the climate and comfort program.10-14-2010
20120197443MACHINE TOOL AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - A machine tool which processes a machine target object using a main shaft which revolves, the machine tool includes a support portion which supports the main shaft; a first driving unit which revolves the main shaft about a first axis; a second driving part which feeds the main shaft from the support portion in a direction of the first axis; a control part which changes an upper limit value of a revolution speed of the main shaft according to a feeding length of the main shaft fed from the support portion; and a memory unit which associates and stores the upper limit value of the revolution speed and the feeding length.08-02-2012
20120197441DRYING MACHINE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - A method for controlling a drying machine which includes a drum, a fan to circulate air within the drum, and at least one heater to heat air provided to the drum, and uses the motor and the at least one heater as a load, includes, upon receiving a drying process command from a user, receiving power rate information for each hour from an energy management system (EMS), recognizing current power rates on the basis of the power rate information for each hour, determining whether the current power rates are higher than reference power rates by comparing the current power rates with the reference power rates, and adjusting the operation rate of any one of the motor and the at least one heater when the current power rates are higher than the reference power rates. The drying machine changes the load operation rate before the power rates exceed the reference power rates, resulting in reduction in power consumption. Furthermore, as the drying machine can prevent total power consumption from being rapidly increased, the power plant need not be additionally driven to generate more electricity. As a result, the drying machine reduces environmental impact and prevents power rates from being increased.08-02-2012
20120197442METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR IMPROVING SHOCK RESISTANCE OF MEMS STRUCTURES - Embodiments of the subject invention relate to a method and apparatus for stabilizing a moveable element of a device. In an embodiment, a device is provided including a base, an element capable of moving relative to the base, and at least one actuator. Each actuator of the at least one actuator is configured such that when the actuator is driven the actuator moves into a hold position, wherein the actuator limits movement of the element. In a particular embodiment, the at least one actuator holds the element, or a portion of the element, at a particular position, angle, and/or attitude. In an embodiment, the at least one actuator is used to limit movement of the element when the device is turned off. The at least one actuator can be positioned to allow greater movement of the element when the device is turned on.08-02-2012
20100262296LIGHTING CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system for the control of a set of powered utilities is disclosed. The system comprises a first device which in turn comprises a processor capable of altering a state of a first powered utility. This first device further comprises a data port configured to transmit a set of messages. These messages include a transmitted message delivered from the processor. The system additionally comprises a second device which in turn comprises a second processor capable of altering a state of a second powered utility. The second processor is configured to selectively alter the state of the second powered utility based on the transmitted message.10-14-2010
20100262295REFRIGERATOR CONTROL TECHNOLOGY - Refrigerator control technology, in which cool air is supplied to an ice making chamber provided in a refrigerator. The refrigerator senses whether an ice storage basket is attached or detached, whether the ice storage basket is full of ice or not, and/or whether a refrigerator door is opened or closed. Based on the sensing, the refrigerator controls ice removal operations from the ice making chamber to the ice storage basket, ice dispensing operations from the ice storage basket, and/or cool air supply to the ice making chamber.10-14-2010
20100217440Welding quality control and monitoring system - A quality assurance system includes an internet/wide area network interface configured to provide bidirectional communication with user terminals; a wireless interface configured to provide bidirectional communication with mobile user terminals; and a quality assurance database cooperatively coupled with a database manager. The data base manager is configured to populate the quality assurance database with identifications of individual ones of a plurality of construction project welders, weld inspectors and a plurality of weld data logs individual ones of which are associated with a specific welding operation of a construction project. Each weld data log is configured to store information that is at least descriptive of a welder, material used during the specific welding operation, specifics of a completed weld including at least weld location, weld type and weld dimensions, and information descriptive of a weld examination. Information entry into at least one weld data log is made by a weld inspector using a report from one of the mobile user terminals.08-26-2010
20110112690DIGITAL CONTROL MANAGER - Embodiments of the invention provide a digital control manager comprising a first transceiver configured to provide one or more wireless communication links to one or more energy autonomous end devices; a second transceiver configured to provide one or more wireless communication links to one or more digital control managers and one or more end devices; a local database; an intellectualize function module configured to execute a computer program to provide intelligence to the digital control manager and to end devices in communication therewith. A digital control manager system comprises a network of communication links between the digital control managers to enable data exchange between the digital control managers; a plurality of end devices, wherein each end device is in communication with at least one digital control manager by a communication link to enable data exchange between the end device and the at least one digital control manager; and at least one distributed database comprising a copy of the objects of the local databases of at least some of the digital control managers.05-12-2011
20090076657CONTROL DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD, COMPUTER PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A control device that controls grip of an object is disclosed. The control device includes: detecting means for detecting a slip of the object and outputting a slip detection value; change-value calculating means for calculating, on the basis of the slip detection value, a change value for changing a command value, which sets gripping force for the object, to magnitude for resting the object; suppression-value calculating means for calculating, on the basis of the slip detection value, a suppression value for suppressing the command value to necessary minimum magnitude for resting the object; and setting means for setting the magnitude of the command value on the basis of the change value and the suppression value.03-19-2009
20100235001CONTROL AND MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A monitoring system and a monitoring method applied to the monitoring system, in which the monitoring system includes detectors detecting a state of a turbojet thrust reverser, a monitoring computer device controlling the reverser monitored by the computer as a function of information from the detectors provided to the computer by way of the control device, and a device regulating the turbojet monitored by the computer as a function of the information from the detectors provided to the computer by way of the control device.09-16-2010
20090292395Detection and correction of reverse operation of a compressor in a refrigeration system - A method and system for detecting and correcting unintended reverse or backward operation of an electric motor driven scroll compressor of a refrigeration system is characterized by monitoring the pressure at a suction side of the compressor during operation of the refrigeration and determining whether the pressure, after a first time interval following startup of the compressor, exceeds and remains in excess of a predetermined upper pressure limit for at least a second time interval. If it does, the compressor is turned off for a third time interval and is then restarted. The foregoing is repeated and if the compressor is turned off a selected number of times because of successive occurrences of high suction side pressures during operation of the refrigeration system in a chilling cycle, an error indication is generated and the refrigeration system is shut down.11-26-2009
20100250003DETECTION PLATFORMS - Platforms for detecting, identifying and/or designating objects. Platforms according to one embodiment of the invention include an extendable mast connected to a skid via a linkage that allows pivoting of the mast with respect to the skid, and preferably does not permit rotation of the mast; at least two actuators connected to the mast; at least one inclination sensor; at least one detection sensor connected to the mast for detecting presence of an object; and circuitry that receives information from the inclination sensors and plumbs the mast. Coupling and actuator mechanisms are disclosed for connecting the mast to the skid in a manner that allows the mast to be stable for accurate use of the sensors, yet easily and quickly deployable for such use, whether the platform is deployed from the bed of a truck or when the skid is on the ground and the mast is fully extended. A screw drive mechanism is also disclosed which allows elevation of the detection components to an operational level without full mast extension.09-30-2010
20100211221Method For Controlling A Cryogenic Distillation Unit - A method for controlling a cryogenic distillation unit, for example an air separation unit or a unit for separating a mixture having hydrogen and carbon monoxide as its main components is presented.08-19-2010
20130218347BUILDING AUTOMATION AND CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATING THE SAME - There is disclosed herein a building automation and control system and a method for operating the same. According to the embodiments of the present disclosure, a building controller may process data using a plurality of protocols without using a BACnet gateway, thereby controlling devices in a building coexisting with two or more protocols. According to the embodiments of the present disclosure, sub-systems having different their own protocols, respectively, may be integrated to establish a building automation and control system, and data may be processed using a single building controller, thereby enhancing the scalability and stability of the system.08-22-2013
20100262292AUTOMATED CONTROL METHOD FOR A SOLAR PROTECTION SCREEN INSTALLATION COMPRISING RETROREFLECTING-TYPE SLATS - An automated control method for a solar protection screen (SCR) installation (INST) comprising retroreflecting-type slats (B10-14-2010
20120143379Air Compressor - A control method for an air compressor including a compressor body for compressing air and an item to be replaced used during the operation of the compressor body. The method includes computing a service time of the item to be replaced, being based upon an operating time of the compressor body, discriminating whether the item to be replaced is a manufacturer's recommended item or not, determining whether or not the service time of the item to be replaced discriminated as the manufacturer's recommend item is not longer than a first reference time, but determining whether or not the service time of the item to be replaced discriminated as one which is not the manufacturer's recommended item is not longer than a preset second reference time which is shorter than the first reference time, and issuing an alarm when determining that the reference time is exceeded.06-07-2012
20100198409SEQUENCING OF VARIABLE SPEED COMPRESSORS IN A CHILLED LIQUID COOLING SYSTEM FOR IMPROVED ENERGY EFFICIENCY - An improved method for sequencing variable speed centrifugal compressors on and off line to ensure optimal operating efficiency in a liquid cooling system under all operating circumstances is described. The present disclosure teaches modifying equipment sequencing decisions (to add or shed a unit), based in part on the position of the compressor inlet vanes. This new approach achieves improved energy efficiency of the overall system by taking into account operating conditions of individual compressors or chillers that may be sub-optimal.08-05-2010
20100198411VENTILATION SYSTEM - A method for controlling a fan and a light. A ventilation time period length is established. During a predetermined period of time: (i) the light is operated in response to a user placing a controller in a first state; (ii) the fan is operated during a first period of time corresponding to the time when the light is in operation, in response to the controller being placed in the first state; (iii) operation of the light is discontinued in response to the controller entering a second state; (iv) operation of the fan is discontinued in response to the controller entering the second state; and (v) the fan is automatically operated for a second period of time in addition to said first period of time, when the light is not in operation, such that the fan is operational for a total period of time having at least the ventilation time period length.08-05-2010
20090319085CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OXYGEN SENSOR HEATER CONTROL - The present disclosure provides a control system for a heating element used in an oxygen sensor. The control system comprises a rate module that periodically determines a rate of change of current through the heating element and a temperature adjustment module that periodically compares the rate of change and a rate value. The temperature adjustment module selectively adjusts an operating temperature of the oxygen sensor between a normal temperature and a remedial temperature lower than the normal temperature based on the comparison of the rate of change and the rate value. The present disclosure also provides a related control method for the heating element.12-24-2009
20090112367Apparatus and method for dislodging and extracting solid materials from tubes - The present invention provides an apparatus and method for efficiently dislodging and extracting at least a portion of solid materials from one or more reactor tubes of shell-and-tube reactors without damage to at least a portion of the solid materials which would otherwise render the solid materials unsuitable for re-use. The apparatus has at least one rod, a rotator assembly for rotating the rod, and a transmission assembly for applying an axially-directed force to insert the rod into a corresponding reactor tube and dislodging solid materials therein. The rod is also in fluid communication with an aspirator for extraction of dislodged solid materials. When the apparatus has more than one rod, they are arranged in a configuration matching the pattern of the reactor tubes and each rod is in axial alignment with a corresponding reactor tube. The method involves the steps of inserting one or more rods into corresponding reactor tubes, dislodging at least a portion of the solid materials, while minimizing damage to the solid materials or the tubes by rotating and applying an axially directed force to the rods as they contact the solid materials. The dislodged solid materials are then extracted from the reactor tubes. The method may further involve tracking and communicating the completed steps for each reactor tube by placing and replacing indicators on the reactor tubes, thereby enabling an operator to determine which step to perform next.04-30-2009
20090112368MAINTENANCE AND CONTROL SYSTEM FOR GROUND SUPPORT EQUIPMENT - Ground support equipment for servicing an airplane includes a ground support equipment cart upon which are mounted at least two equipment modules and a control module. A first equipment module mounted upon the cart contains ground support equipment for servicing an airplane and also has a network connection, and at least one additional equipment module mounted upon the cart contains additional ground support equipment for servicing an airplane and also has a network connection. The control module has a user display and user controls that are connected to a control processor which has a network connection. The user display and the user controls serve as a shared control panel for the ground support equipment contained in the modules mounted upon the cart. A network interconnects the network connections of the modules mounted upon the cart. The control processor can cause the user display to present a menu listing various types or classes of airplanes for selection by a user. In response to user selection of a type or class of airplane, the control processor sends over the network to one or more of the other modules information defining what particular services the selected type or class of airplane requires of the modules.04-30-2009
20090112366Actuator with Memory Part for Building Management System - A building management system (04-30-2009
20090105883METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MEETING END CONDITIONS IN A MOTION CONTROL SYSTEM - One embodiment of a system and method for meeting end conditions of a path plan utilizing a path generator that continuously generates commands for a path plan while tracking the total time expired in the path plan. The path generator computes the time remaining in the path plan and substitutes the remaining time for the length of the final sample period in the path plan when the length of the remaining time is less than the length of a full sample period.04-23-2009
20090105884Cooling Storage Cabinet and Method of Operating the Same - A cooling device is provided with an inverter compressor. Set speeds of the inverter compressor can be switched to six stages from a first speed to a sixth speed. The relationship between each of the set speeds of the rotational speed is set so that the stages adjacent to each other have gradually larger differences in rotational speed as the rotational speed becomes higher. With this, independently from the level of the rotational speed, a degree of increase in cooling performance between each of the stages can be equalized. In a case of performing a control to increase or decrease the rotational speed of the inverter compressor stage by stage depending whether an actual temperature drop rate is larger or smaller than a target temperature drop rate, the change amounts in cooling performance that can be substantially equalized, and too high or too low cooling performance does not result, i.e. fluctuation in cooling performance can be minimized. Thus, control to drop the internal temperature in accordance with a predetermined cooling characteristic can be stably performed.04-23-2009
20100324739Scheduling Cool Air Jobs In A Data Center - Scheduling cool air jobs in a data center comprising computers whose operations produce heat and require cooling, cooling resources that provide cooling for the data center, a workload controller that schedules and allocates data processing jobs among the computers, a cooling controller that schedules and allocates cooling jobs among cooling resources, including assigning data processing jobs for execution by computers in the data center; providing, to the cooling controller, information describing data processing jobs scheduled for allocation among the computers in the data center; specifying, by the cooling controller in dependence upon the physical location of the computer to which each job is allocated and the quantity of data processing represented by each job, cooling jobs to be executed by cooling resources; and assigning, by the cooling controller in accordance with the workload allocation schedule to cooling resources in the data center, cooling jobs for execution.12-23-2010
20130131869BUILDING CONTROLLER WITH OPERATING SYSTEM INTERACTION THROUGH AN INTEGRATED DISPLAY - A building controller for controlling one or more building control components in a building, wherein the building controller is configured for bidirectional communication via a communication network between the building controller and the one or more building control components. The building controller can include a housing, a control unit, and a display unit. The control unit can execute an operating system and a building control application program having a control algorithm. The display unit may be configured to display at least one screen that facilitates user monitoring of diagnostic messages of the operating system of the control unit. Alternatively, or in addition, the display unit can be configured to display a screen to facilitate user entry of operating system parameters and/or a screen to facilitate entry of operating system commands for execution on by the control unit.05-23-2013
20100305760SOLAR PROTECTION INSTALLATION EQUIPPED WITH A WIND SENSOR - The invention relates to a solar protection installation (12-02-2010
20090069945Adjusting and Guiding System for Tools - The invention relates to an adjusting and guiding system for guiding tools (03-12-2009
20100332034System and Method for an Electrical Insulating Shutter System - A system, and a method for manufacturing that system, for electrically and automatically opening, closing and otherwise controlling window shutters on a building, for the purposes of limiting radiant, conductive, and convective thermal losses from the inside of the building to the outside during the heating season, and limiting radiant, conductive, and convective thermal gains from the outside of the building to the inside during the cooling season. The system further comprises an interface to accommodate connection to other sensors not used to control the thermal environment of the building, such as motion detectors, burglar alarms, CO sensors and the like.12-30-2010
20100185331ELECTROMECHANICAL LOCK - An electromechanical lock, and its operation method are disclosed. The method includes: generating electric power from mechanical power by an electric generator; reading data from an external source with the electric power; matching the data against a predetermined criterion with the electric power; powering the electric generator by the electric power; and setting the lock mechanically from a locked state to a mechanically openable state by the electric generator, provided that the data matches the predetermined criterion.07-22-2010
20110245977TOASTER COVER CONTROL DEVICE WITH FIREPROOFING FUNCTION AND APPLICATION METHOD THEREOF - A toaster cover control device with fireproofing function comprises a cover sliding-frame or a cover opening-closing mechanism and a power switch (K), a cover switch (K10-06-2011
20110029136Load Control System Having An Energy Savings Mode - A load control system for a building having a heating and cooling system and a window located in a space of the building uses a daylighting procedure to adjust the amount of power delivered to the lighting load in response to the amount of daylight entering the window, and controls amount of daylight entering the window in order to attempt to reduce the power consumption of the heating and cooling system if the daylighting procedure is not causing the heating and cooling system to save energy. If the lighting load is consuming more energy when the fabric of the motorized window treatment is at a position above the fully-closed position than the lighting load would consume if the fabric was at the fully-closed position, the motorized window treatment moves the fabric to the fully-closed position.02-03-2011
20110029135METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A PAPER-PROCESSING MACHINE - A method is provided to control a paper-processing machine. Following an occurrence of at least one error, the error is automatically detected with at least one detection device. Following the detection of the error, a measure is automatically introduced to counteract the error. The measure is then canceled at least in part if the error no longer occurs or the machine is stopped completely if the error is still detected by the detection device following completion of a predetermined criterion.02-03-2011
20110245978MOTOR DRIVEN DOOR ASSEMBLY - A motor driven door assembly is provided, the motor driven door assembly includes a door frame, a motor assembly connected to the door frame and having a motor directly connected to a first portion of a door hinge, and a door connected to the door hinge. The door hinge includes a second portion supported by a bearing assembly that carries substantially all of the door's weight, and the motor directly drives the door hinge to open or close the door.10-06-2011
20110112691METHOD AND COMPUTER IMPLEMENTED APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING A LIGHTING INFRASTRUCTURE - The invention relates to the control of a lighting infrastructure such as a complex lighting system. An embodiment of the invention provides a method for controlling a lighting infrastructure by means of a computer comprising the acts of generating a single room view (05-12-2011
20110046788METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR AUTOMATIC DETECTION OF STEERING WHEEL CONTROL SIGNALS - A method for automatically detecting a control signal configuration of a vehicle component includes making a connection to a channel of the component, performing an electrical measurement on the channel, and identifying a control signal configuration based upon the measurement. A method for sending control signals from one vehicle component to another includes making a connection on a channel of one component, making a connection to a channel of the other component, performing electrical measurements on the channels, identifying control signal configurations based upon the measurements, and configuring a control signal interface. A control signal interface includes an input unit, a signal processing unit, and an output unit. The input and output units each can connect to a channel of a vehicle component and perform an electrical measurement. The signal processing unit can determine control commands based upon control signals.02-24-2011
20120173025CONTROLLER AND CONTROLLER OF ROLLING MILL - A controller restraining overcorrections which occur upon manual intervention in operation of an equipment controller. The controller includes a driving device which drives equipment to perform mechanical work, a computation element which computes a target value related to an action of the equipment, an automatic controller which outputs an automatic control signal for the driving device based on the target value so that the equipment becomes stable. The controller also includes a manual intervention control unit which outputs a manual correction signal for the driving device in response to a manual intervention. A manual correction unit makes a determination as to whether there is an overcorrection based on the automatic control signal and the manual correction signal, and outputs to the driving device a product obtained by multiplying the manual correction signal output from the manual intervention unit by a prescribed gain regulation value.07-05-2012
20090062963Cooling Fan Controller and Cooling Fan Controller for Working Machinery - A cooling fan controller is provided for controlling the revolving speed of a cooling fan that introduces outside air as a cooling wind to cool a fluid being cooled; in order to optimally control the revolving speed if the cooling fan in accordance with load, and to suppress noise caused by the cooling fan. The cooling fan controller includes a fluid temperature sensor 03-05-2009
20100145525METHOD AND CIRCUIT ARRANGEMENT FOR SECURE CONTROL OF ACTUATORS, SENSORS AND/OR USERS IN AN ELECTRICAL DEVICE COMPRISING THE SAME IN PARTICULAR IN AN ELECTRICAL DOMESTIC APPLIANCE - A method for secure control of one of actuators, sensors, and loads in an electrical appliance, with at least two switch bodies operated in accordance with an AND logic gate for effective switching of the one of actuators, sensors, and loads by control signals acting on the at least two switch bodies. A continuous signal and a pulse signal are issued as control signals to a number of bistable control bodies corresponding to a number of the switch bodies, which are put into a switched-on state only by issuing the continuous signal and the pulse signal which occurs during issuing of a relevant continuous signal, in which the switch bodies are effectively switched, and put into a switched-off state in which the switch bodies are switched off solely by switching off the continuous signal and kept in this switched-off state even if the relevant continuous signal is issued once more.06-10-2010
20110245976SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR RETRACTABLE FAN COOLING OF ELECTRONIC ENCLOSURES - Systems and methods for a retractable fan cooling system for an electronics enclosure are provided. In one embodiment, a system comprises at least one cooling fan coupled to an electronics enclosure having a heat sink; and a fan positioning mechanism coupled to the at least one cooling fan. When a temperature inside the electronics enclosure is less than a first temperature, the positioning mechanism places the at least one cooling fan into a retracted position that does not inhibit a natural convective air flow across the heat sink. When the temperature inside the enclosure is greater than a second temperature, the positioning mechanism places the at least one cooling fan into an engaged position that produces a forced air flow across the heat sink.10-06-2011
20100138045MOTOR DRIVING DEVICE - A motor driving device for driving a motor includes a motor driver, a speed control loop, a current control loop, and an arithmetic selecting module. The motor driver provides a current signal for the motor to output a speed signal. The speed control loop receiving the speed signal and a speed command, includes a first selector and two first arithmetic modules. The current control loop receiving the current signal, includes a second selector and two second arithmetic modules. The arithmetic selecting module outputs a first select command and a second select command to select an arithmetic module of the speed control loop and the current control loop correspondingly. The speed control loop provides a current command for the current control loop and the arithmetic selecting module. The current control loop provides a control signal for the motor driver to adjust the current signal thereby to adjust the speed signal.06-03-2010
20110082590CONTROLLER FOR ACTUATORS IN MICROSCOPE LENSES - A controller for microscope lenses for correcting spherical aberration and for adjusting particularly difficult to access microscope lenses to an optimum of imaging quality, enabling automatic adjustment of the different actuators of a microscope lens, to effect a simple, cost-effective, user-friendly, and precise balance, particularly of cover slip deviations and different base thicknesses of Petri dishes for the purposes of increasing imaging quality. At least two movable elements of a microscope objective supporting lenses or lens groups, are provided in a movable manner in the axial direction along the optical axis of the microscope objective relative to the housing of the microscope lens in a motor-actuated manner by way of respective adjusting rings. A controller externally controlled and disposed in the microscope lens is provided for storing different characteristic curves for paths of motion of the movable elements.04-07-2011
20100114375SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR VOLUMETRIC DISPLAY USING A SPINING MIRROR AND AN ORTHOGONALLY DEFLECTED LINEAR PICTURE ELEMENT SOURCE - A system and method for creating a three-dimensional (“3D”) volumetric display using a linear array of active point light sources and projecting those points on a mirrored surface. The linear image is then modulated and swept along that mirrored surface to create a two-dimensional (“2D”) raster image. Simultaneously, the mirrored surface upon which the raster image is created is rotated along a axis that is orthogonal to the raster image. During the orthogonal rotation the 2D raster image is redrawn as separate frames in a timed and coordinated manner such that each pixel element (“pixel”) of the 2D image is displayed sequentially in 3D space as a volumetric pixel element (“voxel”). The integrating characteristics of human sight are then used to create the impression of a volumetric surface from the integration of the raster images.05-06-2010
20110082589CONTROL DEVICE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE - A control device for a motor vehicle, wherein the control device serves to monitor user access. The system has a piezo sensor which is arranged for pressure or touch detection by a user and connected to a pressure loaded area. A charging circuit is provided, which charges the piezo sensor until a previously specified voltage parameter is reached. A recording and analysis system transforms the voltage that is applied to the piezo sensor into digital parameters and records a series of transformed voltage parameters. A control system is connected to the piezo sensor with an activatable input, and activates the analysis system. A microcontroller is arranged in the control system, and a signal to the activatable input triggers an interrupt in the microcontroller.04-07-2011
20110082588AUTOMATIC PARKING STRUCTURE - The present invention as disclosed herein is an improved vehicle parking structure and method for using the same. The vehicle parking structure provides for the automated storage and retrieval of vehicles in response to user inputs. In one aspect, the vehicle parking structure comprises one or more transfer rooms in which a vehicle operator may deposit and later retrieve a vehicle, a plurality of parking spaces of either fixed or variable dimensions, and one or more vehicle transporters used to move vehicles from the one or more transfer rooms to the plurality of parking spaces. The one or more vehicle transporters are in turn each preferably comprised of one or more vertical stabilizers, one or more tractors, one or more lifts, a lifting platform, and a dolly. The vehicle transporters move the lifting platform and dolly so that the dolly may be positioned to access a vehicle located in a transfer room or parking space.04-07-2011
20100036530AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS AND METHODS HAVING FREE-COOLING PUMP STARTING SEQUENCES - An air conditioning system having a cooling mode and a free-cooling mode is provided. The system includes a refrigeration circuit, two pressure sensors, a controller, and a pump starting sequence resident on the controller. The refrigeration circuit includes a compressor and a pump. The first pressure sensor is at an inlet of the pump, while the second pressure sensor is at an outlet of the pump. The controller selectively operates in the cooling mode by circulating and compressing a refrigerant through the refrigeration circuit via the compressor or operates in the free-cooling mode by circulating the refrigerant through the refrigeration circuit via the pump. The pump starting sequence cycles the pump between an on state and an off state based at least upon a differential pressure determined by the controller from pressures detected by the pressure sensors.02-11-2010
20100036531METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CONTROLLING AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS HAVING A COOLING MODE AND A FREE-COOLING MODE - A method of controlling an air conditioning system having a cooling mode and a free-cooling mode, including activating the air conditioning system; measuring a first temperature of ambient air surrounding a condenser; measuring a second temperature of the working fluid; calculating a difference between the first and second temperatures; and comparing the difference to a predetermined value, wherein if the difference is greater than or equal to the predetermined value the free-cooling mode is activated, and wherein if the difference is less than the predetermined value the cooling mode is activated.02-11-2010
20090259340MANIPULATOR AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING MANIPULATOR - A manipulator includes: a drive section which electrically drives a joint; an instruction input section which executes instruction input; a control section which generates a driving signal in response to the instruction input; a sensor which detects an operation status of the joint or the drive section in time series; a setting section which sets an allowable operation range of the drive section; a determination section which determines whether an operation status signal including a detection signal is within the allowable operation range; and a replacement section which, in a case when the operation status signal is determined as deviating from the allowable operation range, replaces the detection signal with a previous detection signal acquired just before the determination of deviance in order to generate a driving signal.10-15-2009
20100023165SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING UNIQUELY DECORATED COMPONENTS - Uniquely decorated devices may be manufactured using high speed production equipment. In one approach, a master piece of artwork is selected. For each decorated part to be fabricated, a portion of the master artwork is selected. Image data for the portion of the master artwork is input to a manufacturing tool, such as a laser etch machine. The manufacturing tool may process each part to have a representation of its corresponding portion of the artwork, resulting in plural parts that each has a unique cosmetic appearance.01-28-2010
20090326716Control device for an auger type ice making machine - A control device for an auger type ice making machine according to the present invention includes a driver circuit that drives a geared motor for rotating an auger; a voltage detector that detects an input voltage applied to the geared motor; a current detector that detects a motor current flowing in the geared motor; and a control circuit in which a plurality of current threshold values that differ according to the input voltage are set in advance, the control circuit controlling the driver circuit so as to stop the geared motor when a value of the motor current detected by the current detector exceeds a current threshold value that corresponds to the value of the input voltage detected by the voltage detector.12-31-2009
20090048714CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AN AIR HANDLING FAN FOR A VENT HOOD - A system and method of controlling a variable speed air handling fan for a vent hood includes a temperature sensor and a processor. Speed setpoints and a deadband range are received from a user by the processor. The processor computes deadband setpoints and receives a temperature from the temperature sensor. The processor is in communication with a motor controller for controlling the speed of the fan. The processor changes the speed of the fan when the temperature rises above a certain setpoint. However, the processor will not change the speed of the fan back to its previous speed until the temperature falls below the deadband setpoint that corresponds to the certain setpoint.02-19-2009
20090312874Apparatus and Method for Providing Cooling to Multiple Components - Methods and systems for processing memory lookup requests are provided. In an embodiment, an integrated circuit includes an input configured to receive a first control signal and an output module configured to generate an output signal based at least on the first control signal and a second control signal generated based at least on a measured temperature of the IC. The output signal is configured to control a cooling device.12-17-2009
20090312873Security Gate - The invention relates to an access lock for cyclically permitting people to pass through. The access lock has at least two locking elements (12-17-2009
20100063633Operation control method, operating device, and circuit-board working apparatus - A method of controlling an operation of an operating member from a first position to a second position, wherein an operating speed of the operating member is initially increased from zero while an acceleration value of the operating member is first increased from zero and then decreased to zero, and the operating speed is subsequently decreased while the acceleration value is first decreased from zero and then increased to zero, and wherein a derivative of the acceleration value of the operating member is controlled such that the derivative during an acceleration increasing time and the derivative during an acceleration decreasing time are asymmetric with respect to each other. Also disclosed in an operating device including the operating member and a control device having an asymmetric control portion configured to practice the control method.03-11-2010
20100131106Method for efficient operation of cooling system - A method for efficient operation of cooling system by using a system capable of controlling average cooling ability. The method describes controlling of injection of refrigerant ‘ON and ‘OFF’ into evaporator alternately according to preset period of time or preset differential room temperature by constructing circuits of specific arrangement of components of cooling system which are compressor, condenser, expansion valves, evaporator(s), evaporator pressure regulator, solenoid valves and/or a three-way valve. The system functions to control of the operation of air-conditioning more or less similar to those system using Inverter to control the air-conditioning system, but is a much simpler technology, easy to repair or maintain and much less expensive, in addition to be able to apply with cooling system of the Variable Refrigerant Volume (VRV) type or multi-fancoil type.05-27-2010
20100131105ICE DISPENSING TECHNOLOGY - An ice making apparatus for a refrigerator, in which an ice bank stores ice and has an opening that discharges ice on its one side. An ejector opens and closes the opening and is rotatably provided at the opening to also eject ice from the ice bank. After completion of an ice discharging operation, a sensor senses a relative position of the ejector against the ice bank and the ejector is controlled to close the opening to the extent necessary.05-27-2010
20100131104GENERATION AND DISTRIBUTION OF MOTION COMMANDS OVER A DISTRIBUTED NETWORK - A method of causing movement of at least one target device based on at least one of a plurality of motion programs stored on a content server connected to a network. At least one identified characteristic of the at least one target device is identified. At least one selected motion program is selected from the plurality of motion programs stored on the content server. The at least one identified characteristic and the at least one selected motion program are transferred to the motion server. A motion media data set is generated at the motion server for the target motion device based on the at least one identified characteristic of the target device and the at least one selected motion program. The motion media data set is transferred from the motion server to the target motion device to cause the target device to perform the desired sequence of movements.05-27-2010
20090216379METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE OPERATION OF AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A method of operating an electronic system includes determining first and second temperature signals with a thermostat processor. The first and second temperature signals are provided by a temperature sensor. The method includes adjusting the operation of an air conditioning unit in response to an indication that a difference between the first and second signals is within a predetermined range. The second temperature signal is provided in response to an indication from a timer.08-27-2009
20090216377Air conditioner and method of controlling the same - An air conditioner is provided. The air conditioner includes a first temperature sensor configured to measure an indoor temperature during a heating operation, a second temperature sensor configured to measure a discharge temperature of a compressor, a valve provided at an outlet side of an indoor heat exchanger during the heating operation, and a controller configured to control an opening of the valve by comparing a temperature detected by the first temperature sensor with a temperature detected by the second temperature sensor.08-27-2009
20100070081REFRIGERATING APPARATUS CONTROL CIRCUIT, REFRIGERATING SYSTEM, AND REFRIGERATING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD - A refrigerating driving control section controls the driving of the refrigerating apparatus. A control constant storage section stores data in which information indicating the object to be refrigerated by the refrigerating apparatus and control constants that the refrigerating driving control section adopts for the object are associated together. An operation of operation section specifies the object. From the control constant storage section, the refrigerating driving control section reads the control constants corresponding to the object specified by the operation section, and the driving of the refrigerating apparatus is controlled on the basis of the read control constants.03-18-2010
20110178641PHOTOVOLTAIC ASSEMBLY FOR USE IN DIFFUSE WEATHER CONDITIONS AND RELATED METHODS - A method includes collecting site specific data, collecting field data at a site of an array of photovoltaic members, determining a current tracked irradiance of the array of photovoltaic members, calculating predicted irradiance for multiple orientations based on the site specific data and the sensed field data, or sensing an actual irradiance for multiple orientations. The method further includes determining a maximum predicted irradiance from the calculated predicted irradiance or a maximum actual irradiance from the sensed irradiance. The method further includes comparing the maximum predicted irradiance or the maximum sensed irradiance with the current tracked irradiance, and re-orienting the array of photovoltaic members to an orientation having the maximum predicted or actual irradiance if the maximum predicted or actual irradiance is greater than the current tracked irradiance.07-21-2011
20100070080DEVICE FOR FALL PROTECTION OF YAW RATE SENSORS - A device includes a yaw rate sensor and at least one acceleration sensor. The device has a control device with the aid of which the yaw rate sensor is controllable as a function of an acceleration measured by the acceleration sensor.03-18-2010
20100070083CONTROL METHOD OF REFRIGERATOR - The present invention provides a method of controlling a refrigerator, including a main body having a plurality of storage chambers; a plurality of evaporators installed to independently cool the plurality of storage chambers, respectively; a refrigerant control valve for controlling refrigerant introduced into the plurality of evaporators; and a plurality of fans for circulating air of the storage chambers through the evaporators, respectively, the method includes a fan rotation step of, in an evaporator opening mode of the refrigerant control valve, rotating a fan of the plurality of fans, which circulates the air through an evaporator into which the refrigerant is introduced; an evaporator defrost step of, when a consecutive rotating time of the fan is greater than a setting time, operating the refrigerator in a defrost mode of the evaporator into which the refrigerant is introduced; and an evaporator defrost end step of, when a temperature sensed by a defrost sensor of the evaporator that is being defrosted is higher than a return setting temperature after the evaporator defrost step begins, finishing the defrost mode of the refrigerator. Accordingly, the present invention is advantageous in that it can defrost each evaporator efficiently at an exact point of time at which defrosting is required.03-18-2010
20110251723Method for Improving the Simulation of Object Flows using Brake Classes - A method for simulating object flows which move in an area, the method being based on cellular automata is improved in such a way that the simulation depicts the object flows as realistically as possible. It is further proposed that based on a desired speed of an object, the speed is lowered as the object density increases using a brake class table having a plurality of brake classes in such a way that a relationship between the object density and the object speed results according to a fundamental diagram. Thus, conventional methods for simulation of object flows are improved. The method is suitable in particular for flows of persons.10-13-2011
20110098863GROUP MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND GROUP MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - A group management apparatus manages, as a plurality of groups, numerous installation devices installed in a plurality of buildings. The group management apparatus includes: an acquiring component, a summarizing component and a screen generating component. The Acquiring component acquires operating data of the numerous installation devices via controllers. The controllers are placed in the buildings and control the numerous installation devices inside the buildings. The summarizing component summarizes, per group, operating data values that are values represented by the operating data. The screen generating component generates a screen in which results, with respect to the plurality of groups, of the operating data values having been summarized by the summarizing component are juxtaposed.04-28-2011
20110071685CREATION AND USE OF SOFTWARE DEFINED BUILDING OBJECTS IN BUILDING MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS AND APPLICATIONS - A computing system for providing a software defined building object to applications of a building management system is shown and described. The computing system includes an interface configured to receive building management system inputs from the building management system. The computing system further includes a memory device. The computing system further includes a processing circuit configured to define a software defined building object and to relate building management system inputs received at the interface to the software defined building object. The processing circuit is configured to store the software defined building object in the memory device and to expose the software defined building object to at least one service accessible by the applications of the building management system.03-24-2011
20110071686Coalescence of Compartmental Entertainment Units for Intellectual Property Screening - The present invention is directed towards, in one embodiment, a system, process or method for controlling, operating, displaying, generating, rendering or otherwise managing the IP content within a retail structural facility. In a preferred embodiment, the present invention comprises a retail structural facility having a computer controlled system adapted for consumer browsing, retrieval, access, consumption, control of, and interaction with, all forms of available intellectual property content within one or more screening chambers within the retail structural facility. The computer controlled system may include at least one computer system, or may include a plurality of computer systems in electronic communication with other on-site computer systems, or in electronic communication with off-site computer systems, mobile devices, and the Internet. The present invention is adapted to allow consumers to consumer intellectual property content upon demand on a predetermined audio/video system within the facility, within a time schedule set by the consumer. In another embodiment, the present invention allows the adjustment the screening chambers to maximize viewing quality and sensory perception.03-24-2011
20110071684METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT FOR OPERATING A SHIP RAMP - A method and arrangement are provided for operating a ship ramp driven by an electric motor between an upper end position and a lower end position. The arrangement includes means for reducing the maximum torque of the at least one electric motor when the ramp is in proximity to an end position of the ramp, and means for determining the position of the ramp on the basis of at least one of the number of rotations performed by the at least one electric motor, a quantity indicative of the number of rotations, and an elapsed time in accordance with the velocity of the ramp. The arrangement also includes means for allowing the reduction of the maximum torque of the at least one electric motor only when the determined position of the ramp is within a zone defined by predetermined limits.03-24-2011
20110071683Mounting Apparatus for a Television or Display - A mount apparatus 03-24-2011
20110060467METHOD FOR CORRECTING SPEED DEVIATIONS BETWEEN ACTUAL AND NOMINAL PULL SPEED DURING CRYSTAL GROWTH - A system and method correct crystal pulling motor speed deviations in a crystal pulling mechanism. In a first embodiment, a processor implements a tracking filter by estimating new filter state based on previous state and the since-then-travelled nominal distance, and then updating the filter state based on estimation error and filter gains which are also functions of the travelled nominal distance. In a second embodiment, a harmonic tracking filter suppresses residual harmonic modulation and allows a short time constant. Rapid variations of pulling speed may thus be corrected.03-10-2011
20090018701Medical diagnosis and/or intervention device - On a medical diagnosis and/or intervention device having a movable component, collision sensors are to be arranged without the cabling outlay becoming too high. This is made possible by the collision sensors being capable of sending signals wirelessly. The voltage supply can also be provided wirelessly along a section by using e.g. a slip ring.01-15-2009
20120303163METHOD FOR ADJUSTING A SPINNING SPEED OF A DRUM OF A HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCE FOR CARING FOR LAUNDRY ITEMS - In a method for setting a spin speed of a drum of a household laundry care appliance, which is installed on a base, a gradient of an actual speed of the drum is detected during a spin operation and a determination is made as to whether the speed gradient is rising or falling. Vibrations caused by the household appliance during a spin operation as a function of the base in respect of frequency and/or amplitude are detected and compared with reference values. The spin speed is then changed as a function of the determined speed gradient if parameter values characterizing the vibrations deviate from the reference values.11-29-2012
20110040413Method Of Controlling The Pitch Velocity Of A Wind Turbine Blade And Control System Therefore - A method of controlling at least one wind turbine blade during the stopping process of the rotor in a wind turbine system is disclosed. The method optimizes the control velocity of the process in response to one or more feedback values of the system and/or one or more feedback values from the surroundings of the system by altering the angular pitch velocity from 10°/sec during the initial stage of the stopping process to 5°/sec at the final stage of the stopping process. A control system and a wind turbine as well as use hereof are also disclosed.02-17-2011
20110060468Enabling of Functions in a Door Drive - A method for operating a door operator, includes inserting a first functional module into a slot of the door operator. The first functional module includes first information data function to be enabled. The first information data is transmitted to the door operator and, determining which additional functions are to be enabled. A first unique first identification is generated in the door operator. This generated first identification is transmitted back to the first functional module and saved in the first functional module. The determined functions to be enabled are activated, respectively enabled in the door operator.03-10-2011
20110060466AUTOMATIC DOOR WITH POSITION-DEPENDENT FORCE LIMITING - A method of controlling the motion of a moveable door includes determining the direction that the door is moving with respect to its anticipated closed position, and based on the direction, regulating an amount of force that is available to the door for its motion. The method may further include monitoring the position of the door as it is moving, and adjusting the motion of the door and regulating the amount of force available to the door for its motion, based on the calculated difference between the door's position as detected during monitoring and its expected position.03-10-2011
20110251721SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ONLINE MONITORING OF MOLTEN SALT CORROSION - A system and method for online monitoring of molten salt corrosion of a component of an apparatus is disclosed. First and second electrodes are electrically isolated from each other within the component and exposed to a corrosive operating environment of the apparatus. The first and second electrodes are electrically coupled such that when an electrical potential difference exists between the first and second electrodes an electrical current flows between the first electrode and the second electrode. The electrical potential difference between the first electrode and the second electrode is based at least in part on molten salt corrosion at the first electrode or the second electrode. At least one of the electrical potential difference or the electrical current flowing between the first electrode and second electrode is measured and analyzed such that a corrosion characteristic of the component can be predicted.10-13-2011
20110251720METHOD FOR THE AUTOMATED CONTROL OF A SUN-SHADING DEVICE - A method for the automated control of a solar protection installation (INST), comprising: 10-13-2011
20110040412Window Fan Control System and Method of Controlling a Fan Unit - In the specification and drawings a window fan control system and a method of controlling a fan unit are described and shown. The window fan control system may comprise an electronic controller, an indoor sensor responsive to at least one characteristic of interior air, and an outdoor sensor responsive to at least one characteristic of exterior air. The electronic controller may cause at least one fan of a window fan to be activated when the interior air meets certain criteria relative to a set point and the exterior air meets certain preselected criteria relative to the interior air. The method of controlling a fan unit may comprise the steps of measuring at least one characteristic of exterior air, measuring at least one characteristic of interior air, and activating an intake fan of the fan unit when the interior air meets certain criteria relative to a set point and the exterior air meets certain preselected criteria relative to the interior air.02-17-2011
20100312395Belt Driven Power Sliding Door With Belt Tensioner - A power drive system for a sliding door on a motor vehicle includes a guide track fixedly secured to the vehicle. A motor fixedly secured to the track is adapted to receive power. The motor converts the power into a rotational force. A set of pulleys and wheels are fixedly secured to the track to direct the path of a belt. The belt extends between first and second ends which are operatively coupled to the door and move relative to each other as the motor drives the belt to move the door between open and close positions. Upon manual movement of the door, relative movement between the first and second ends of the belt is sensed by sensors. The sensors create a feedback signal received by an electronic controller which operates the motor to overcome a motor back-driving force and belt friction forces created during manual movement of the door.12-09-2010
20110178640Building Equipment Control System - A building equipment control system with at least one partial system comprising a sensor and/or an actuator, each of which is coupled to a processing unit and which incorporates a wireless signal transmission and reception unit that is coupled to the processing unit.07-21-2011
20110160912METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING ELECTRICAL MACHINES - An embodiment is a method, and related system, to implement the square root extraction operation, which grants a 32 bits precision, which has high execution speed and is able to process a decimal radicand. An embodiment relates to a method for controlling an electric machine, comprising the detection of the value of at least one electrical quantity characterizing the machine operation and processing the detected value of said electrical quantity. The control method controls the machine operation on the basis of this processing. In particular the processing of the detected value of the electrical quantity comprises calculating a square root of a radicand value related to the detected value of electrical quantities. The calculation of the square root includes: calculating an approximated value of the square root, having a first precision, and then calculating a corrective value and combining said approximated value with said corrective value to obtain a square root value having a second precision greater than the first precision.06-30-2011
20100063634REFRIGERATOR AND THE CONTROLLING METHOD - There are provided a refrigerator and a method of controlling the same. When a difference between a temperature of an inside of a freezer compartment and a set temperature is referred to as a first error temperature and when a difference between a temperature of an inside of a refrigerator compartment and the set temperature is referred to as a second error temperature, the method of controlling a refrigerator includes varying stroke of an inverter linear compressor to operate the inverter linear compressor by a maximum output when the first or second error temperature is higher than a maximum output temperature and varying the stroke of the inverter linear compressor at least once in a freezer or refrigerator cycle one period to operate the inverter linear compressor when the first or second error temperature is no more than the maximum output temperature.03-11-2010
20120203378VEHICULAR ENTERTAINMENT STAGE - Provided herein is a vehicular stage with individual seats and seat control system and method for controlling a movement of a seat, the seat control system including: a motor configured to move the seat in at least one direction; a control computer, which is disposed remotely with respect to the seat, and which is configured to output control commands for controlling the movement of the seat; and a microcontroller, which is connected to the motor and the control computer and configured to receive the control commands from the control computer and to control the motor to move the seat in the at least one direction based on the control commands received from the control computer.08-09-2012
20090118868ROLL PAPER PRINTING APPARATUS - A roll paper printing apparatus includes a transmission source identification unit to identify a transmission source of print data received from a host interface unit, a transmission source information storage unit to store the transmission source information identified by the transmission source identification unit, a transmission source information comparison unit to compare transmission source information of a preceding print job with transmission source information of a print job which is to be printed next, an uncut printed output identification unit to identify an uncut printed output, and an interrupt printing prohibition unit to prohibit printing of the print job which is to be printed next as interrupt printing if the transmission source information of the preceding print job and the transmission source information of the print job which is to be printed next are different when the uncut printed output is identified by the uncut printed output identification unit.05-07-2009
20110257792Lighting Control System with Wireless Network Connection - Wireless network used to control multiple lights, includes multiple different networks for different purposes, and interference prevention mechanisms.10-20-2011
20130158713INTEGRATING A DATA CENTER THERMAL CONTROL SYSTEM AND INDIVIDUAL FAN CONTROLLERS FOR CONTROLLING A THERMAL ENVIRONMENT IN A DATA CENTER ROOM - A thermal control system for a data center room, for controlling an ambient temperature in the data center room to meet an ambient temperature set point, receives multiple ambient temperature votes from multiple fan controllers positioned in the data center room each for controlling fan speeds for at least one separate fan from among multiple fans each positioned within a separate system from among multiple systems within the data center room. The thermal control system sets the ambient temperature set point to a lowest ambient temperature specified in the multiple ambient temperature votes, such that the thermal control system and fan controllers operate as independent systems, but are integrated for selecting an ambient temperature that minimizes the power required for controlling a thermal environment in the data center room.06-20-2013
20110054696OPTICAL TRANSMISSION STRAIN SENSOR FOR WIND TURBINES - The invention relates to a broad band optical strain sensing system for a wind turbine. The strain sensing system includes an optical fibre with an input at one end and an output at the opposite end. The optical fibre is provided with Bragg sensors between the input and the output. By injecting light at the input of the fibre, measuring the spectral intensity distribution of at the output of the fibre and determining spectral locations of intensity notches in the spectral intensity distribution, it is possible to determine strain values at the locations of the Bragg sensors from the transmitted light.03-03-2011
20110054694Autonomous Carrier for Continuously Moving Wing Assembly Line - A method and apparatus for moving a structure. The structure is supported on a carrier. The carrier comprises a platform having a first side and a second side, a movement system associated with the first side and configured to move the platform on a surface, a support system associated with the second side of the platform and configured to support the structure on the platform, and a leveling system configured to substantially maintain the structure in a desired orientation during movement of the platform on the surface. The carrier is moved with the structure over the surface. At least one of the movement system and the support system is adjusted to substantially maintain the structure in the desired orientation.03-03-2011
20100292848METHOD FOR OPERATING A CONTROL UNIT FOR HEAT-SENSITIVE ACTUATORS - A method for operating a control unit for heat-sensitive actuators includes first disabling the control unit after a thermal loading, which is calculated on the basis of the computing model, of at least one actuator has reached a threshold.11-18-2010
20100292846REFRIGERATOR INCLUDING ICE MAKING DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A refrigerator and a control method thereof, in which an ice making speed is controlled. A selected ice-making operation mode may be determined, and, based on the determination of the selected ice-making operation mode, an internal temperature of the ice making compartment may be controlled to an appropriate temperature. For instance, an operation rate of a cold air fan and/or a rotating speed of the cold air fan may be controlled.11-18-2010
20100292847PATH PLANNING AND COLLISION AVOIDANCE FOR MOVEMENT OF INSTRUMENTS IN A RADIATION THERAPY ENVIRONMENT - A patient positioning system for use with a radiation therapy system that monitors the location of fixed and movable components and pre-plans movement of the movable components so as to inhibit movement if a collision would be indicated. The positioning system can also coordinate movement of multiple movable components for reduced overall latency in registering a patient. The positioning system includes external measurement devices which measure the location and orientation of objects, including components of the radiation therapy system, in space and can also monitor for intrusion into the active area of the therapy system by personnel or foreign objects to improve operational safety of the radiation therapy system.11-18-2010
20110118879Transmitting Instructions in a Medical Supply Unit - A medical supply unit includes a bus system for transmitting instructions of control elements to actuators. The bus system is provided with transmitters and receivers being connected to each other by a transmission system. Via the transmission system, commands of the transmitters are transmitted, which are controlled by the control elements, and the responsive receiver transfers the command to a switching instruction at an output of the responsive receiver so as to control an actuator.05-19-2011
20110137466METHOD, SYSTEM, AND CONTROLLER FOR CONTROLLING HELIOSTAT MIRRORS - Controlling at least one mirror in a solar power generation system by using a central controller to calculate at least one coefficient based on at least one of a daily cycle and a yearly cycle of the sun, and storing the at least one coefficient in a memory area of the central controller. The at least one coefficient is transmitted, by the central controller, to at least one local controller via a network such that, in response to receiving the at least one coefficient, the at least one local controller calculates at least one position for the at least one mirror based on the at least one coefficient and an internal clock, and controls movement of the at least one mirror to the at least one position using an actuator.06-09-2011
20100324740METHOD FOR OPERATION OF A SECURITY GATE - The invention relates to a method for operating a turnstile for the cyclical release of a passageway, wherein the turnstile comprises a control unit having a data memory and a data processing unit and comprising at least one blocking element that moves between a blocking position that blocks the passageway at a blocking point and a pass-through position that releases the passageway, wherein the at least one blocking element is connected to a moving support (12-23-2010
20100179692SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MOTOR PARAMETER ESTIMATION - A system and method for determining unknown values of certain motor parameters includes a motor input device connectable to an electric motor having associated therewith values for known motor parameters and an unknown value of at least one motor parameter. The motor input device includes a processing unit that receives a first input from the electric motor comprising values for the known motor parameters for the electric motor and receive a second input comprising motor data on a plurality of reference motors, including values for motor parameters corresponding to the known motor parameters of the electric motor and values for motor parameters corresponding to the at least one unknown motor parameter value of the electric motor. The processor determines the unknown value of the at least one motor parameter from the first input and the second input and determines a motor management strategy for the electric motor based thereon.07-15-2010
20100179693REFRIGERATOR AND THE CONTROLLING METHOD - There are provided a refrigerator and a method of controlling the same. The method of controlling a refrigerator includes varying stroke of an inverter linear compressor to operate the inverter linear compressor by a maximum output when a temperature of an inside of a freezer compartment or a refrigerator compartment is higher than a maximum output temperature and varying the stroke of the inverter linear compressor at one period interval to operate the inverter linear compressor when the temperature of the inside of the freezer compartment or the refrigerator compartment is no more than the maximum output temperature.07-15-2010
20090281666CONTROL DEVICE - A control device is configured to control an air conditioner that includes an air conditioner outdoor unit and an air conditioner indoor unit. The control device includes a microcomputer and a storage element. The microcomputer causes a signal to be transmitted and received between an outdoor communication unit of the air conditioner outdoor unit and an indoor communication unit of the air conditioner indoor unit. The storage element stores specific information in response to command from the microcomputer. The microcomputer causes the storage element to store operation information including a state of transmission and reception of the signal of the air conditioner at a constant time interval.11-12-2009
20100121493Towrope Winch Rider Profile - A system for controlling a towrope winch may comprise a computing device configured to send and receive data to and from the towrope winch, and a towrope winch application configured to operate on the computing device, in which the computing device is configured to operate the towrope winch based on data inputted by the user to the towrope winch application. A towrope winch user interface may comprise a processor configured to send and receive data to and from a towrope winch, and a towrope winch application configured to operate with the processor, in which the processor is configured to operate the towrope winch based on data inputted by the user to the towrope winch application.05-13-2010
20100121492AIR-CONDITIONING CONTROLLER - An air-conditioning controller is configured to receive an operation input for an air-conditioning apparatus capable of being set to a plurality of airflow direction settings. The air-conditioning controller includes a switching button, a determination unit and a display unit. The switching button is for switching between the airflow direction settings. The determination unit is configured to determine a currently selected airflow direction setting based on an operation input inputted via the switching button. The display unit is configured to simultaneously display an image and a character corresponding to the airflow direction setting determined to be currently selected by the determination unit.05-13-2010
20110071682ELEVATOR DOOR WIRELESS CONTROLLER - Control systems and methods for operating the doors of an elevator where the control logic is distributed in local car and landing door controllers that communicate wirelessly with one another to eliminate door control signal wiring in the hoistway thereby simplifying installation and diagnostics and affording door motor control that is individualized for each door.03-24-2011
20110087376METHOD FOR CONTROLLING REFRIGERATOR - The embodiment relates to a method for controlling a refrigerator. The method for controlling a refrigerator including: inputting an opening signal to open a selected door of a plurality of doors; rotating a driving motor to open a selected door; and opening the selected door by pushing the selected door of the plurality of doors by one of a plurality of push members by the rotation of the driving motor.04-14-2011
20100114380PORTABLE METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MONITORING REFRIGERANT-CYCLE SYSTEMS - A portable monitoring system that monitors various aspects of the operation of a refrigerant-cycle system is described. In one embodiment, the system includes a processor that measures power provided to the refrigerant-cycle system and gathers data from one or more sensors and uses the sensor data to calculate a figure of merit related to the efficiency of the system. In one embodiment, the measurements performed by the monitoring system include one or more of: an evaporator input air temperature, an evaporator output air temperature, evaporator air flow, evaporator air humidity, condenser air input temperature, condenser air output temperature sensor, electrical power. In one embodiment, the portable monitoring system receives information about the refrigerant-cycle system from either the system itself or from a computer network.05-06-2010
20110153087SOLAR POWER PLANT WITH VIRTUAL SUN TRACKING - A system for causing a solar collector to track the sun can include a collector controller that can control one or more solar collectors in a solar field, where the collector controller has one or more processors. The collector controller can estimate a sun angle, determine an angle of the one or more solar collectors with respect to the sun based at least partly on an inclination angle of the one or more solar collectors, and compare the estimated sun angle with the angle of the one or more solar collectors to determine a desired movement of the one or more solar collectors. Further, the collector controller can actuate the motor to effectuate the desired movement until the angle of the one or more solar collectors is within a hysteresis value within a virtual track deadband.06-23-2011
20110153086METHOD FOR DETERMINING LOAD SIZE IN A CLOTHES DRYER USING AN INFRARED SENSOR - A method for controlling the operation of a clothes dryer by determining a load size estimation based on at least one of a temperature variation of the laundry load and a delay time wherein the delay time is a time it takes for the temperature variation to satisfy a predetermined threshold.06-23-2011
20110153085LAUNDRY TREATING APPLIANCE CONTROL SYSTEM - A control system for a fabric treating appliance configured to determine one or more operating parameters of a cycle of operation as a function of a user-selected performance goal weighting.06-23-2011
20100082160REFRIGERATING STORAGE CABINET AND CONTROL METHOD FOR COMPRESSOR THEREOF - Deviation calculating means 04-01-2010
20100082159REFRIGERATOR HAVING DISPENSER - A refrigerator includes a cooling chamber, a door that is configured to open and close at least a portion of the cooling chamber, and a dispenser positioned on the door and configured to dispense ice pieces or water through the door when the door is oriented in a closed position. The refrigerator also includes a dispensing button unit configured to control a dispensing start time and a dispensing speed of the ice pieces or water dispensed through the dispenser based on a position of at least a portion of the dispensing button unit that results from movement of the portion of the dispensing button unit.04-01-2010
20100191378DISTRIBUTED POWER TOWERS WITH DIFFERENTIATED FUNCTIONALITIES - A concentrating solar system has multiple receivers, in some embodiments mounted on multiple towers, on which solar energy is concentrating using heliostats. At least some heliostats are controlled such that they may direct energy onto different receivers to achieve any of various control goals, such as temperature or flux uniformity of the receiver. In preferred embodiments, the receivers or receiver portions are fluidly connected in stages such that there are high temperature targets, e.g., superheated receivers or portions, and low temperature targets, e.g. evaporating receivers or targets. By doing so, it is possible to selectively control heliostats to track for directing energy on the targets to, for example, achieve temperature uniformity of the high temperature target by selecting heliostats for that control goal under varying circumstances.07-29-2010
20090281665Control system and method for a modular manufacturing chain - A control system for a manufacturing chain having a plurality of modular manufacturing stations positioned in series includes a memory for storing a plurality of unique operation patterns thereon. The control system also includes at least one communications conduit for receiving a first position signal from a first position tracking device of each modular manufacturing station. A processor is configured to independently transmit at least one operation signal corresponding to one of the unique operation patterns to an article transportation device of each modular manufacturing station via the communications conduit based, at least in part, on the first position signal from each modular manufacturing station. The communications conduit further receives a second position signal from a second position tracking device of each modular manufacturing station. The processor is further configured to transmit an index signal to the article transportation device of each modular manufacturing station via the communications conduit based, at least in part, on the second position signal from each modular manufacturing station.11-12-2009
20110190942Lift arm and implement control system - A system for a loader stores a signal indicative of a desired inclination of an implement. Upon receiving an operator interface actuation signal, a controller transmits a signal to move the implement to the stored inclination. The controller further transmits a lift arm command signal to move a lift arm towards a lower limit of travel of the lift arm. The lift arm command signal is terminated after the controller receives a signal from a sensor on the lift arm indicating that the lift arm is near its lower limit of travel. After the command signal is terminated, the controller may transmit a second lift arm command signal to further move the lift arm.08-04-2011
20110190943FACILITIES CONTROL SYSTEM AND OPERATING METHOD OF THE SAME - A system and method for controlling one or more facilities based on one or more operation logic parameters is provided. An operation scenario is generated, taking into consideration actual operation of one or more facilities of a particular system, actual control orders, a time interval between data inputs, and other such factors. Operation logic parameters, or algorithms, are then tested based on the generated operation scenario. This system and method may reduce testing time and costs, and may prevent abnormal operation of the facilities of the system.08-04-2011
20110190941Systems and Methods for Structure Contour Control - Systems and methods provide for the controlled application of forces to a structure during assembly, machining, manufacturing, and/or transportation operations. According to embodiments described herein, a contour control system includes a number of force control modules that are communicatively linked to a control system. The control system receives or retrieves data indicating the shape of the structure and a shape associated with a desired structure, and determines if the structure is consistent with the design specifications and any associated tolerances. The control system controls the force control modules to apply calculated forces to the structure to control the contours of the structure and/or to maintain the structure in a desired configuration. According to embodiments, the force control modules include support cradles, air cushion pads, vacuum cups, and/or other structures for selectively applying dynamic and/or static forces to the structure.08-04-2011
20110190940Linear Drive For Sliding Doors or the Like - The invention relates to linear drives (08-04-2011
20110218679PATH PLANNING AND COLLISION AVOIDANCE FOR MOVEMENT OF INSTRUMENTS IN A RADIATION THERAPY ENVIRONMENT - Apparatus and methods for therapy delivery are disclosed. In one embodiment, a therapy delivery system includes a plurality of movable components including a radiation therapy nozzle and a patient pod for holding a patient, a patient registration module for determining a desired position of at least one of the plurality of movable components, and a motion control module for coordinating the movement of the least one of the plurality of movable components from a current position to the desired position. The motion control module includes a path planning module for simulating at least one projected trajectory of movement of the least one of the plurality of moveable components from the current position to the desired position.09-08-2011
20100017037Capacity modulation compressor and air conditioning system having the same - Provided is an air conditioning system comprised of a plurality of indoor units connected to each other in parallel, each having an expansion valve, and an outdoor unit including a plurality of compressors, in which at least one of the compressors provided to the outdoor unit is a capacity modulation compressor including an electromotive driving unit for driving a plurality of compression units capable of selectively compressing a working fluid, and the electromotive driving unit for the capacity modulation compressor has a stator with a coil wound around thereon and a rotor rotating inside the stator, the rotor being an LSPRM including a rotor core, flux barriers, permanent magnets and conductive bars.01-21-2010
20100017039DRIVE CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR REFRIGERATOR TYPE FAN MOTOR - An apparatus and method for controlling driving of a fan motor for a refrigerator are disclosed. When operated, a plurality of fan motors provided in a refrigerator are sequentially operated at certain delay times, to thus improve operation efficiency of the plurality of fan motors. The apparatus for controlling driving of a fan motor includes: at least one blowing unit that supplies cool air; a driving unit that generates a drive signal for driving the blowing unit; a control unit that controls operation of the driving unit; a power unit that provides operation power of the driving unit and the control unit; and a cut-off unit that is positioned between the driving unit and the power unit and cuts off noise and a surge voltage introduced from the power unit to the driving unit.01-21-2010
20100017038Device For Controlling A Fixed-Capacity Compressor - The invention relates to a command device (01-21-2010
20100017036PROCESS CONTROL METHOD - A process in an electro-mechanical system having a plurality of controllable components, is controlled by: (a) storing component objects each corresponding to a component and having activation and/or feedback data for that component; (b) storing operation objects each referencing an operation to be carried out on a component and a pointer to the relevant component object; (c) storing process steps each referring to operation objects; and (d) sequentially processing process steps, by: following each reference to an operation object to determine the operation type and the component object, and performing a data operation to be component object to cause the operation to be carried out on the relevant component. In this way, a system controller can be used to activate components in dependence on the activation state of corresponding component objects and to update the feedback states of component objects in dependence on signals received from the components.01-21-2010
20110118878SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR JOINT MOTION SIMULATION - A simulator for driving a prosthetic element includes a prosthetic drive mechanism that drive the prosthetic element during an accelerated wear test of the prosthetic element. A simulation input represents the action of the simulator and a sensor mechanism is used to measure the force and torque applied to the prosthetic element. Position and orientation control sensors are further used to measure displacement of the prosthetic element. A closed loop feedback control system, responsive to the sensors, is used to determine a drive signal for the drive mechanism. The control system advantageously adds a computational model that incorporates mechanical representations of ligament fibers. The computational model is a non-human approximation to situations that would be encountered by the prosthesis within the human body and includes dimensional geometry of insertion sites and mechanical properties of ligament fibers. The computational model is responsive to the position and angular displacement sensors to determine constraint forces and torques of ligaments that mitigate action of the control system. The action of the control system may further be mitigated by the measured force and torque05-19-2011
20100063632PLATFORM SCREEN DOOR - A control system for a platform screen door system. The platform screen door system includes a door configured to be opened and closed. The control system includes a door drive means and a microprocessor door drive control means configured to control an opening and closing of the door according to a predetermined profile. Also included is at least one probe configured to monitor one or both of the door drive means and a motion of the door. Further included is a controller configured to control the door drive means such that when the controller is in use the controller brakes the door drive means when a signal from the probe is outside a predetermined door operating envelope.03-11-2010
20110307098AUTOMATED REFRIGERATOR OPENER - An automated refrigerator opener is described. The automated refrigerator opener includes a door seal separator (e.g., solenoid) for breaking a door seal between a refrigerator door and a refrigerator door casing. Also included is a powered door opener (e.g., linear actuator) for attaching with a refrigerator door and automatically opening the refrigerator door after the door seal is broken. A control device is communicatively connected with both the door seal separator and the powered door opener. The control device is operable for receiving an actuation command from a user and, thereafter, activates the door seal separator to break the door seal and cause the powered door opener to open the refrigerator door. Alternatively, if the door is already open, the control device is operable for causing the powered door opener to pull the door closed.12-15-2011
20110112689EGRESS LATCH - A door for an entryway in a vehicle is provided. The door includes a latch mechanism configured to be fastened, such that the door maintains closure of the entryway, and capable of being activated and released, such that the door opens the entryway. The door also includes an interior-facing surface and an exterior-facing surface. The door additionally includes a control-surface portion operatively connected to, and incorporated into the interior-facing surface. The control-surface portion is moveable relative to the interior-facing surface, such that the moving of the control-surface portion relative to the interior-facing surface activates and releases the latch.05-12-2011
20120041599TELEOPERATOR SYSTEM WITH MASTER CONTROLLER DEVICE AND MULTIPLE REMOTE SLAVE DEVICES - This invention enables the affordability of an elaborate, high-performance teleoperator master controller while encouraging continual operator training by supporting a teleoperator system in which one centralized master controller controls multiple field slaves sequentially.02-16-2012
20120041598ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING MOTIONS OF MECHANICAL ARM USING THE ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A method controls motions of a mechanical arm using an electronic device. The mechanical arm includes an x-axis, a y-axis, and a z-axis. The method sets a step angle of a motor installed in line with the z-axis, and predefines angles of rotation as reference points regarding orientation of the rotating arm when rotated. The method further calculates a rotation angle of the rotating arm in a polar coordinate system, calculates coordinate motions of the x-axis and the y-axis if a free end of the rotating arm orientates to one of the reference points, and calculates an offset correction value of a pole origin position of the polar coordinate system. After correcting each of the coordinate motions and the pole origin position, the method controls the mechanical arm to move, and drives the rotating arm to reach another reference point according to a multiple of the step angle.02-16-2012
20120310415CONTROL PANEL FOR A CONTROL SYSTEM AND A CONTROL SYSTEM - The invention relates to a control panel and controlling system for adjusting environmental conditions of at least one location, wherein the location has desired environmental conditions. The system comprises equipments controlled by controlling means for changing and/or maintaining the environmental condition of the locations. The controlling means is adapted to provide controlling parameters to equipments for adjusting the environmental condition of said location. The system includes a control panel including at least one sensor, whereby the environmental condition is controlled on the basis of the signal received from the sensor.12-06-2012
20120310414SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING A HYBRID ENERGY SYSTEM - A method includes identifying a first operating sequence of a repeated operation of at least one non-traction load. The method also includes determining first and second parameters respectively indicative of a requested energy and output energy of the at least one non-traction load and comparing the determined first and second parameters at a plurality of time increments of the first operating sequence. The method also includes determining a third parameter of the hybrid energy system indicative of energy regenerated from the at least one non-traction load and monitoring the third parameter at the plurality of time increments of the first operating sequence. The method also includes determining at least one of an energy deficiency or an energy surplus associated with the non-traction load of the hybrid energy system and selectively adjusting energy stored within the storage device during at least a portion of a second operating sequence.12-06-2012
20110004346Feedback Control for Shape Memory Alloy Actuators - Control feedback for regulating strain output of a shape memory alloy (SMA) actuator using a stress sensor for outputting an indication of a mechanical resistance applied against the SMA actuator, and a state sensor for outputting an indication of a state of actuation of the SMA actuator has been found to be surprisingly accurate. Advantageously feedback detection can be provided with sensors that have low power requirements and can be controlled with simple electronics.01-06-2011
20120046791METHOD OF IMPROVING PERFORMANCE OF SMA ACTUATOR - A method of improving the speed and consistency of response of a shape memory alloy actuator under varying ambient and operating conditions. The method includes probing the shape memory alloy by periodically determining an electric signal strength at which it will undergo forward or reverse phase transformation, while avoiding actual phase transformation; priming the shape memory alloy by bringing it close to phase transformation; initiating phase transformation; and maintaining the shape memory alloy in the phase transformed state. The electric signal strength at which the shape memory alloy will undergo phase transformation is determined by identifying a cusp feature in the electric resistance of the shape memory alloy which closely precedes phase transformation.02-23-2012
20100262294APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SCREEN - An apparatus and a method for controlling a screen are disclosed herein, the apparatus includes an object detection module and an adjusting device. The object detection module can detect a position of at least one object. A position analyzer recognizes the position of the object and the adjusting device can set the screen to a predetermined position according to the result recognized by the position analyzer.10-14-2010
20120116590RACK-LEVEL MODULAR SERVER AND STORAGE FRAMEWORK - A modular rack-level server and storage framework is disclosed. The modular rack system includes a plurality of chassis placed in one or more racks and a plurality of sleds placed in each chassis. Each sled includes an information handling system, a shared fan module, a shared power module, and a shared management module. The shared fan module cools the plurality of sleds in each chassis and the shared power module supplies power to one or more sleds in one or more chassis. The shared management module manages the operation of the plurality of chassis.05-10-2012
20120010751ARRANGEMENT AND METHOD IN CONNECTION WITH A TRANSPORT SYSTEM - A transport system includes a motor for moving the transport appliance and a power supply circuit of the motor. The power supply circuit is connected between the motor and a power source that is limited (P01-12-2012
20090132090FIELD RETROFITTABLE REFRIGERATOR LOCK WITH TEMPERATURE MONITORING, TEMPERATURE BASED ACCESS CONTROL AND ALARMING - Disclosed are apparatus and methodology subject matters for temperature monitoring and controlled access to refrigerated medications. An electronically controlled lock is installed on a refrigerator used for storage of temperature sensitive medications. Lock access is given to individuals having differing levels of access authorization so that user level authorization holders may have access to stored medications. Supervisor level authorization holders may have access to stored medications and may also effect changes in lock settings including setting alarm levels. Alarm levels may be adjusted to monitor temperatures within the refrigerated storage area so that in the case that temperature fall outside preset limits, access to the stored medicines may be had only by those individuals having supervisory access authorization.05-21-2009
20100023167AIR-CONDITIONING SYSTEM CONTROLLER - In an air-conditioning system controller provided with a central control unit and a local control unit, the central control unit includes a heat source machine measurement system for measuring an input/output state of a heat source machine, a setting unit for setting air-conditioning condition data on air-conditioning object spaces, an outdoor air measurement system for measuring outdoor air condition data, a total air-conditioning load operating unit, an optimal operating state estimation unit, and a heat source machine control. The total air-conditioning load operating unit calculates a total air-conditioning load or a heat exchange rate of the heat source machine based on chilled water inlet and outlet temperatures and chilled water flow rate of the heat source machine.01-28-2010
20120022696DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING THE MOVEMENT OF A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT - A control device includes an arm (01-26-2012
20120022697SYSTEM, METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR SIMULATED INSTABILITY IN EXERCISE EQUIPMENT - A system, method, and, as an option, computer program product are provided for simulating spontaneous movement on a stability ball, half-stability ball, other exercise device, or with no accompanying exercise device. In operation, the user has the option of entering information into the device. Additionally, the device may adjust to a setting based upon the information entered, when available; otherwise, a default setting may be selected. Furthermore, the device may randomize direction of spinning motion and force of spinning motion applied to an exercise ball by translatory motion by the mobile apparatus of the invention. The purpose of this device is to allow a single individual to achieve and surpass the effectiveness of various exercises which would otherwise require two individuals in traditional fitness training; however, the device may also be applicable to non-fitness-related fields of study and practice.01-26-2012
20120022698SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REPORTING A CAUSE OF AN EVENT OR EQUIPMENT STATE USING CAUSAL RELATIONSHIP MODELS IN A BUILDING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - A computerized method for evaluating and reporting a fault in a building management system includes receiving, at a processing circuit, multiple fault indications for different building equipment of the building management system. The method further includes displaying a single fault related to the multiple fault indications rather than reporting the multiple fault indications.01-26-2012
20120059521DRILLING CONTROL METHOD AND SYSTEM - Method and system for drilling control comprising a plurality of controllers adapted to control performance process parameters, on the basis of driller controls from a driller that provides this as instructions to said controllers, wherein the system further comprises sensors and means for obtaining process values, such as downhole pressure, temperature and torque, where- in the system is adapted to, continuously and/or repeatedly, calculate safeguard envelopes for performance process parameters on the basis of process values and drilling process models and that it is adapted to restrain said controllers from applying performance process parameters outside said safeguard envelopes as a result of driller instructions, and—a method and system for automatically triggering a remedying action in case of an evolving or existing critical situation, comprising calculation of process parameter boundaries which represent a critical condition for the well by using calibrated drilling process models, comprising (i) triggering an emergency action if a parameter exceeds said boundaries, said emergency action being intended to minimize the effect of said critical situation, (ii) then further analyzing the well in order to determine which remedying action to then be applied, the remedying action being intended to remedy the cause of said effect; (iii) if said remedying action is not capable of remedying the cause of said effect, then applying predetermined safe process parameters or shutting down.03-08-2012
20120158187MOUNTING APPARATUS FOR ADJUSTING SWIVELLING ANGLE OF DISPLAY DEVICE - An apparatus for adjusting a swivel angle of a display panel. The apparatus includes: a swivel frame configured to forwardly or reversely rotate in a first direction with respect to a reference surface; a panel mount bracket mounted on the swivel frame and allowing the display panel to be mounted thereon; a motor mounted on the swivel frame; and a driving force transmitting unit configured to receive a rotational force of the motor and drive the swivel frame to forwardly or reversely rotate, wherein the panel mount bracket is eccentrically disposed on a side of the swivel frame so that the display panel is spaced apart from the reference surface during rotation.06-21-2012
20120116591FEEDBACK LOOP IN CONTROL OF AN ADJUSTABLE BED INCLUDING A MEMORY - This disclosure concerns a wireless communication system adapted to establish a feedback protocol between a handheld remote control and at least an adjustable bed controller, the handheld remote control having a memory position user interface adapted to initiate a transmission of a position recall command from the handheld remote control to an adjustable bed controller using the feedback protocol to adjust a position of a bed segment to a preset position from within a predetermined range of acceptable positions stored in memory. The adjustable bed controller is adapted to initiate a communication from the adjustable bed controller to the handheld remote to indicate that the adjustable bed controller has responded to the position recall command.05-10-2012
20080262656INTERMEDIATE JOB TERMINATION RESPONSE - A method to increase productivity on digital production press machines following an interrupt job includes sending an expected termination point with continuation data back to a digital front end when the machine terminates the original job, as opposed to waiting until the last schedule sheet exits the machine. In this manner, the digital front end may resubmit the continuation of the original job sooner, thus reducing or eliminating the skipped pitches. Final termination information is determined and compared to the continuous data. If there is a discrepancy, the machine may cycle down and recalculated to ensure job integrity.10-23-2008
20120123592METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR JOINT MOTION SIMULATION - A joint motion simulator to simulate biomechanical motion includes a mount to which a prosthetic device is mounted, actuators coupled to the mount to drive the mount, and a programmable controller to drive the actuators to translate the mount and to rotate the mount with a center of rotation controllable independent of translation. The simulator can include a linear actuator to translate the mount in a linear direction substantially parallel to the axis of rotation. The linear actuator can include a piston within a sleeve, the piston being coupled to the mount and being hydraulically driven to translate the mount, and the actuators can be coupled to the sleeve. The controller may be programmed to vary the center of rotation with linear translation and rotation of the mount. Sensors may be included that measure displacement of the actuators. The controller may drive the actuators based on the measured displacement.05-17-2012
20120158186METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT FOR MONITORING A COMPONENT - A method and an arrangement for monitoring a component which is a part of a solar power system is provided. The component receives and converts solar energy using a receiver. The temperature of the receiver of the component is determined using a remote monitoring method. The component is then adjusted or corrected in accordance with the temperature.06-21-2012
20120158185METHOD FOR LINKING CONTROL SYSTEM INPUTS AND OUTPUTS TO SYMBOLIC CONTROLS - A method for generating a graphical user interface for use in a smoke control system. In the method, a computer drawing of a building is provided which includes positioning information for equipment that is used in the smoke control system. In addition, a key is provided which is indicative of the equipment and operations for the smoke control system. The key is then associated with inputs and outputs of the smoke control system. The key is also associated with the positioning information of the building equipment and the inputs and outputs. Further, the key is associated with control widgets for enabling control of the equipment. The inputs and outputs, positioning information and the control widgets are merged based on the key to provide merged data. A graphical user interface is then generated from the merged data.06-21-2012
20110066288GUARD LOCK FOR A COMPONENT FOR CLOSING AN OPENING - Guard lock for a component for closing an opening having a fixed part and a movable part, with a bolt, which is guided movably between a locking and an unlocked end position in the longitudinal direction of the bolt, a drive implementing a movement for moving the bolt and a transmission device between the drive and the bolt, wherein the drive is an electric motor, and the drive, the transmission device and the bolt are coupled in terms of movement in such a way as to directly transfer kinetic energy, it being possible for the bolt speed to be regulated via a control, and it being possible for monitoring of the movement of the drive, which is coupled in terms of movement to the bolt, to be implemented by the control, and the control being connected to at least one sensor for determining the position of the movable part relative to the fixed part.03-17-2011
20110066287Article with Force Sensitive Motion Control Capability - An article 03-17-2011
20110035056System and method for precise measurement of deflection - A system for measuring deflection in a structure. The novel system includes a detector array for measuring a position of a spot of light and a light source configured to form a spot of light at a position that is dependent on a deflection in the structure. In an illustrative embodiment, the system includes a corner reflector adapted to reflect a beam of light from the light source to the detector array such that a vertical position of the reflected beam is dependent on a total bending in the structure. In an alternate embodiment, the system includes a mirror for reflecting a beam of light from the light source to the detector array such that a vertical position of the reflected beam at the detector array is dependent on a deflection angle between two adjacent panels in the structure.02-10-2011
20110035057PATIENT HEALTH BASED SUPPORT APPARATUS CONFIGURATION - A person-support apparatus operates according to a set of default operating parameters, processes information corresponding to an occupant of the person-support apparatus from a receiver to determine if an optimal value for an operating parameter is different from the default value, modifies a default operating parameter to an optimal value based on the information corresponding to the occupant of the person-support apparatus to create a modified operating parameter, and operates the person-support apparatus utilizing the modified operating parameter.02-10-2011
20100094466INTEGRATED QUIET AND ENERGY EFFICIENT MODES OF OPERATION FOR AIR-COOLED CONDENSER - An integrated quiet and energy efficient modes of operation for an air-cooled condenser according to the present disclosure can allow a user to select operation along a continuum that extends from a relatively more efficient mode of operation to a relatively more quiet mode of operation. The user-selected mode allows a user to select a compromise between efficient operation and quiet operation so that a desired operation of a cooling system having the air-cooled condenser is realized. The speed of a fan which induces an airflow across a condenser can be adjusted based on the user-selected operating mode.04-15-2010
20100094465METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CONTROLLING AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS HAVING A COOLNIG MODE AND A FREE-COOLING MODE - An air conditioning system having a cooling mode and a free-cooling mode. The system having a refrigeration circuit having a compressor and a pump; a suction pressure sensor for measuring a suction pressure of the compressor; a discharge pressure sensor for measuring a discharge pressure of the compressor; a controller for selectively operating in the cooling mode by circulating and compressing a refrigerant through the refrigeration circuit via the compressor or operating in the free-cooling mode by circulating the refrigerant through the refrigeration circuit via the pump; and a recover-refrigerant sequence resident on the controller, the recover-refrigerant sequence being configured to pump the refrigerant in a portion of the refrigeration circuit not used in the free-cooling mode to remaining portions of the refrigeration circuit used in the free-cooling mode when the controller switches from the cooling mode to the free-cooling mode.04-15-2010
20100094464METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MOVING A FREE-SWINGING LOAD FROM A STARTING POINT TO A TARGET POINT - In a method and apparatus for moving a free-swinging load that is suspended relative to a suspension point, a first path along which the load should be moved from a starting point to a destination, with a first location-dependent velocity, is provided to a processor. In the processor, a second path is automatically determined along which the suspension point should be moved with a second location-dependent velocity to cause the load to move along the first path from the starting point to the destination with the first location-dependent velocity. A movement-imparted mechanism, connected to the suspension point, is automatically controlled from the processor to move the freely-suspended load from the starting point to the destination by moving the suspension point along the second path with the second location-dependent velocity.04-15-2010
20100250004XY STAGE DEVICE, SEMICONDUCTOR INSPECTION APPARATUS, AND SEMICONDUCTOR EXPOSURE APPARATUS - An XY stage device having an X-axis movable body which moves in the X-axis direction on a platen, and a Y-axis movable body which moves in the Y-axis direction on the platen and guides the movement of the X-axis movable body in the X-axis direction. The XY stage device includes a pair of actuators which can be provided so as to be separated from each other in the X-axis direction, and drives the Y-axis movable body in the Y-axis direction, a detector which detects the yawing angle that can be the angle of the Y-axis movable body in a rotational direction around the Z-axis, a controller which controls the driving of the pair of actuators on the basis of the yawing angle detected by the detector, and a pair of supporters which supports the Y-axis movable body on the platen. One of the pair of supporters can be a rolling guide which guides the movement of the Y-axis movable body in the Y-axis direction, and the other of the pair of supporters can be an air pad which supports the Y-axis movable body in non-contact with the platen.09-30-2010
20100250002CONTROLLER AND METHOD FOR PREVENTING SENDING SATURATED CONTROL SIGNALS TO AN ACTUATOR - In a controller and method for preventing sending saturated control signals to an actuator, the controller receives parameters of controlling the actuator. The parameters include: a limit capacity value of the actuator, a predefined value which the status value of the plant needs to obtain, a ratio of the ideal control signal value to the limit capacity value, and a ratio of the actual control signal value to the limit capacity value. The controller calculates an ideal control signal value and an actual control signal value by applying a hyperbolic tangent function. And then the controller sends a control signal to the actuator according to the actual control signal value. The actuator drives a plant to move according to the control signal.09-30-2010
20100250006TIP DRIVE APPARATUS - A tip drive apparatus is capable to moving a tip unit toward an object, while holding the tip unit at a prescribed angle. The tip unit is formed on a support unit having flexibility and directed to the object at the prescribed angle. The tip drive apparatus includes a main unit configured to move the tip unit toward the object, while holding the tip unit at the prescribed angle, an operation module configured to instruct that the tip unit be moved, and an attachment member extending from the main unit and configured to be secured to a condenser lens of an inverted microscope.09-30-2010
20100250005Ice Management Apparatus - An ice making and delivery apparatus for making and delivering ice to different ones of a plurality of receptacle units is provided, in which ice delivered via a conduit to a diverter valve mechanism, is diverted from alignment with one ice discharge line to another, depending upon sensors in ice receptacles recognizing a level of build-up of ice in any given receptacle, for computer control of a gearmotor for moving the diverter valve from one position to another. Various controls are provided for preventing ice build-up, and for operating the diverter valve during a “dwell” period of ice movement in the conduit, as distinguished from a “push” period of ice movement in the conduit to the diverter valve. A force multiplication technique is employed for moving the diverter valve notwithstanding the presence of ice therein.09-30-2010
20120221148REAL-TIME PERFORMANCE ENABLED BY A MOTION PLATFORM - The present document describes a system and method for controlling the movements of a motion platform in real-time based on the movements of a remote subject. For example, the user of the motion platform may experience movements/vibrations that correspond to the movements of a motorcycle in a live racing event. The system comprises a motion capture system which determines the movement of the remote subject. The output of the motion capture system is used by an encoder to generate motion signals which cause the motion platform to produce movements which correspond to the movements of the remote subject. The motion signals are sent to the motion platform over a communication link. In an embodiment, the remote subject is provided with one or more motion sensors which communicate with the motion capture system over another communication link.08-30-2012
20120130543INDEPENDENT AUGER OPERATION - A control system for controlling augers that includes a data input unit and a processing unit. The processing unit receives data input from the data input unit and generates and distributes output signals that are derived from the data input. Each of the output signals includes a control setting for at least a first auger. The control setting includes a position for the first auger relative to a position of a second auger in order to gain greater control during a variety of processing stages.05-24-2012
20120130544Logical Groupings of Intelligent Building Fixtures - Methods, apparatuses and systems of building control, are disclosed. One system includes a plurality of building fixtures and at least one sensor interfaced with at least one of the plurality of building fixtures. Further, each building fixture includes a communication port and a controller. For this embodiment, each controller is configured to independently control at least one of an environmental load or a security device, either receive or help designate the building fixture as belonging to a logical group of building fixtures, and share at least one of sensor or state information with other building fixtures within the logical group of building fixtures, through the communication port.05-24-2012
20120165990HOME AUTOMATION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - The invention relates to a home automation system and a method for controlling the same. In order to stably control a continuing concerted adjustment action of a continuously variable parameter by means of few and low-sized commands in order to avoid overloading of a low-data rate network while providing means for fast and unobtrusive correction of failures due to missed commands, it is provided a method for controlling a wireless home automation system, the home automation system being arranged as a network comprising at least one controller and a plurality of devices, wherein the method comprises the steps of sending a start command from the controller to a group of devices comprising an action type and a transaction ID and sending a stop command from the controller to the devices comprising the transaction ID and a controller counter.06-28-2012
20120165989SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING BUILDING FACILITIES AND DEFECTS THEREOF - A system for maintaining building facilities includes: a building status management engine for monitoring status and environment of a building, and outputting data accumulated through the monitoring or a control instruction generated based on the data accumulated through the monitoring; a building facilities association database for storing information on association between the building facilities; a facility control instruction input unit for receiving a facility control instruction as an input; and a building facility controller for controlling a building facility installed in the building, and, determining effect thereof on building facilities using the building facilities association database.06-28-2012
20120165988METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR COLLECTING BUILDING MANAGEMENT DATA - An apparatus collecting building management data, the apparatus includes a plurality of central control & monitoring systems (CCMSs) for receiving building management data collected from various facilities and sensors installed in the building; an object filter for filtering the building management data to produce filtered building management data; and a common communication layer (CCL) message generator for converting the filtered building management data into common building management data. The converted common building management data is used for constructing common management environment of individual buildings.06-28-2012
20120215359ADAPTIVE FAN CONTROL BASED ON SERVER CONFIGURATION - A server or other computing system contains a plurality of heat-generating electrical components and one or more cooling fans to dissipate heat from those components during operation. The fans are controlled by one or more fan controllers, which are programmed with an adaptive control algorithm to change the speed of each system cooling fan based on the needs of the components. The adaptive control algorithm is selected based on a detected configuration of the system's components, which may be detected upon startup of the system. During operation, a fan controller receives the component temperatures from one or more sensor and uses the algorithm to determine the fan speed. Thus, the system variably controls the speed of the fans based on the configuration of components housed in the server unit and on the current temperature of the components.08-23-2012
20100204832CONTROL APPARATUS FOR TAKING OUT ICE OF REFRIGERATOR AND METHOD THEREOF - The present invention relates to a control apparatus for taking out ice of a refrigerator and a method thereof. The present invention includes an input unit for inputting the amount of ice to be taken out; and a taking-out unit for taking out the ice corresponding to the amount inputted to the input unit.08-12-2010
20100204833Automated transport control system - Each load-carrier of a system is always controlled by one of a series of MCUs (monitoring and control units) that are assigned to contiguous regions along guideways. Each carrier is slowed down to maintain a safe distance behind a carrier ahead, or to avoid collision with another carrier when approaching a merge point of a convergent Y-junction or when otherwise desirable. Distance measurements take into account the lengths of carriers and of assigned regions and the counts of speed pulses sent to MCUs since entry of carriers into their respective regions. For merge control, arrival data are developed that include the times and speeds to and at arrival of two carriers at a merge point. Through repeated comparisons of arrival data developed from one carrier with arrival data previously developed and stored as to the other carrier, the one carrier is gradually slowed down as necessary to avoid a collision.08-12-2010
20120136485Control System and Method for Managing Wireless and Wired Components - System and method provide wireless distributed lighting control systems implementing a secure peer-to-peer, self-organizing and self-healing mesh network of actuators and system inputs. The system and method can be designed specifically for indoor and outdoor lighting where actuators include in-fixture, on-fixture and circuit control modules with ON/OFF and full range dimming capabilities, and system inputs include occupancy/vacancy sensors, daylight sensors and switches. A unique messaging protocol facilitates wireless and wired communication between actuators and system inputs, and provides web-based commissioning and monitoring of the lighting control system using a wireless access point accessible from a local network or Internet which can provide an intuitive and easy to use Graphical User Interface (GUI).05-31-2012
20120136486Mitigation of Brake Failure - A method and system for mitigations brake failure in a medical device. The method and system includes a motion system for at least one movable load. Each movable load has a drive, a controller for the drive, and a brake. The controller is adapted to monitor positional parameters of the drive or electrical parameters of the brake or a combination of both. The method involves the step of monitoring the parameters and evaluating the parameters to detect a brake failure of the brake.05-31-2012
20120136484DATA CENTER - A data center is provided. The data center includes a plurality of racks, a container management network and a container management module. Each of the racks includes a rack management module and a plurality of server modules. The rack management module is used for receiving an operation status of the corresponding server module. The container management network is connected to the rack management module and the server module. The container management module is connected to each rack through container management network to receive the operation status for controlling and managing each rack according to the operation status.05-31-2012
20110184561METHOD OF CONFIGURING A HOME AUTOMATION INSTALLATION - Method of configuring a home automation installation comprising a plurality of mobile screens driven by actuators identified by an identifier, the method comprising the following steps: 07-28-2011
20110184560POWER SENSOR - Disclosed is an apparatus, system, and method for sensing the current supplied to a motorized hoist for raising a maintenance platform and providing an estimate of the operating status of the motor, for example, as stopped, starting, stalled or operating as expected. In various embodiments, measures of voltage and current may be used to determine the operating condition of the hoist and to estimate the magnitude of the applied load. Unintended modes of operation can then be determined so that the conditions can be indicated to the operator and protective measures taken.07-28-2011
20100198410METHOD OF CONTROLLING OVEN - A method of controlling an oven is provided. The oven includes a first heater, a second heater having a lower output than the first heater, at least one third heater, and at least one fan blowing a heat of the third heater to a cavity. The first heater operates for cooking food and then the second heater operates after the first heater stops. Then, the third heater and the fan continuously operate while the first heater and second heater operate.08-05-2010
20100174412AIR CONDITIONER AND METHOD FOR DETECTING MALFUNCTION THEREOF - An air conditioner, which automatically detects malfunction, and a method for detecting a malfunction thereof are provided. The method includes: measuring an indoor unit pipe temperature around an indoor heat exchanger during operation of the air conditioner; actuating an indoor expansion valve connected to the indoor heat exchanger to a first state; and detecting whether or not a variation of the indoor unit pipe temperature is abnormal by measuring the indoor unit pipe temperature after actuating the indoor expansion valve to the first state.07-08-2010
20100174411CAM DRIVE SYSTEM FOR AN AUTOMATED MEDICATION CART - The system includes a plurality of vertically spaced medication trays with a base assembly and a motor, responsive to computer commands, mounted on the base assembly. A drive shaft case member extends vertically from the base assembly. A cam assembly includes a plurality of spaced cam members, each cam member having concave portions and lobe portions on a peripheral surface thereof. A first drive clutch selectively engages the motor with both the drive shaft case member and the cam assembly for rotation of both in one direction, while a second drive clutch selectively engages the motor with just the cam assembly for rotation thereof in an opposing direction. The drive shaft case member has a cam follower assembly associated with each cam member, wherein one portion of the cam follower assembly engages the cam element and another portion engages an associated tray when the cam follower engages a selected concave portion on the cam element associated with the tray.07-08-2010
20120173024Drapery Assembly with a Powered Carrier - A drapery assembly extends and retracts a drape with a powered carrier. The carrier receives both a power signal and a command signal from a controller via an electrically powered surface of a drapery rod. The carrier supports a portion of the drape and moves linearly along the length of the drapery rod in response to the control signal.07-05-2012
20120215360PATIENT SUPPORT WITH ELECTRONIC WRITING TABLET - A patient support may, among other things, support a person in a number of positions including a reclined, laying-down and/or seated position. An electronic writing tablet enables the capture of handwritten input in electronic form. The patient support may include one or more electronic writing tablets operably coupled thereto. Handwritten input of a patient or a caregiver may, among other things, be captured at the electronic writing tablet, stored at the patient support, converted into a bed command, communicated to an external system (such as an EMR system or a patient-nurse communication system) and/or displayed at the point of care.08-23-2012
20120215361process for the processing of food products, in particular for the processing of ice-cream, and machine for effecting said process - A machine for processing food products in at least one basin (08-23-2012
20110208359Assigning Scenarios to Command Buttons - A method of controlling an installation formed by a plurality of home automation equipment items linked to a building, and handling therein, depending on the type of home automation equipment item, thermal and visual comfort functions, such as heating and air conditioning, natural ventilation, lighting, solar protection functions, and/or security functions, such as closure and/or alarm functions, the home automation equipment items communicating over one and the same home automation network. A programmable remote control implementing the control method.08-25-2011
20120253518METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR DRILLING BOREHOLES - A computer-readable medium including program instructions for drilling a borehole. When the program instructions are executed by one or more processors of a computer system operatively associated with a drill rig, the program instructions cause the processor to carry out the steps of initiating a drilling phase and monitoring a drill parameter during the drilling phase. The drill parameter includes at least one of drill rotational speed, drill torque or number of drill retractions. The program instructions further cause the processor to carry out the step of determining whether the monitored drill parameter is within a predetermined specification for the monitored drill parameter in order to choose a drilling phase defect mitigation routine. After implementing the drilling phase defect mitigation routine, the processors carry out the step of resuming the drilling phase.10-04-2012
20120316685GIMBAL SYSTEM WITH LINEAR MOUNT - Gimbal system, including method and apparatus, for mounting a gimbal apparatus to a support platform with a mount assembly. The mount assembly may include first and second bar assemblies that are rotationally coupled to each other by a pair of gears.12-13-2012
20120316686METHOD AND AN APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING A MACHINE USING MOTION BASED SIGNALS AND INPUTS - The present invention provides a method and apparatus for controlling a machine, such as a crane or other industrial equipment, based on motion-based input to motion sensors such as accelerometers. An input state is selected according to an integrated user input to determine a mapping between motion-based signals, corresponding to motion-based input, and one or more of a plurality of machine control signals provided for controlling the machine. Machine control signals are provided via the mapping when the input state is an operational state, and are not provided via the mapping when the input state is a standby state.12-13-2012
20120179296APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR GENERATING MANAGEMENT PLAN OF BUILDING - An apparatus for generating a management plan of a building includes a basic reference input part for receiving at least one of an indoor-outdoor environment information, a building status information, a requirement for building-management, a sensor information, and a metering information. Further, the apparatus for generating the management plan of the building includes a building-management information part for accumulatively storing past building-management data; and a rule set part which is constructed by accumulating building-management plans extracted from accumulated past building-management information. Furthermore, the apparatus for generating the management plan of the building includes a building-energy characteristic information part for storing energy-consumption characteristics shown through building-management; and an inference engine part for generating a building-management plan based on at least one of the building-management information, the rule set, and the building-energy characteristic information, in accordance with information from the basic reference input part.07-12-2012
20100274392ILLUMINATION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR OBTAINING ILLUMINANCE WITH HIGH UNIFORMITY - An illumination apparatus of the present invention quickly adjusts illuminance of the light radiated from the light source in the irradiation surface to have high uniformity. The illumination apparatus includes the light source that emits a light beam having a rectangular shape, a DMD on which light emitted from the light source is incident and which controls reflection/non-reflection of the incident light by opening/closing control of minute mirrors, an optical system that shapes the light reflected by the DMD, a half mirror that splits the light emitted from the optical system into irradiation light and monitor light, the irradiation surface irradiated with the irradiation light, a monitor unit that measures illuminance of the monitor light, and a control unit that transmits a control signal to control opening/closing of the minute mirrors of the DMD to the DMD, based on a measurement result measured by the monitor unit. In this case, an illuminance distribution in the irradiation surface is adjusted to a predetermined value.10-28-2010
20100010677METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TREATMENT OF DISCOGENIC PAIN - A method of treating discogenic back pain in a patient includes the steps of acquiring an image of at least a portion of the patient's spine, locating the spinal disc causing the back pain, and identifying a treatment volume encompassing at least a portion of the spinal disc. The method further includes prescribing a radiation dose to be delivered to the treatment volume, providing a radiation therapy machine, positioning the patient in the radiation therapy machine, programming the radiation therapy machine to deliver the radiation dose to the treatment volume, and delivering the radiation dose to the treatment volume.01-14-2010
20100010676APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING DRIVING OF FAN MOTOR FOR REFRIGERATOR - Disclosed is an apparatus and a method for controlling a driving of a fan motor for a refrigerator. In a normal driving mode that a temperature of the inside of the refrigerator is higher than a predetermined temperature, the fan motor is driven in a normal speed, and in a waiting mode that the temperature of the inside of the refrigerator is lower than the predetermined temperature, the fan motor is driven in a driving speed very lower than that of the normal driving mode, without stopping of the fan motor, accordingly it is capable of preventing moisture introduced into the fan motor from being frozen, thereby preventing the fan motor from being locked.01-14-2010
20090319086Seat Device - An airplane seat includes a processing unit, adapted to operate actuators, and a memory unit in which at least one comfort position transition dataset for bringing about a comfort position transition between at least two comfort positions is memorized. The processing unit, in at least one operating mode, is adapted to operate the actuators in accordance with the comfort position transition dataset for bringing about the comfort position transition.12-24-2009
20120259466ARCHITECTURE AND METHOD FOR CENTRALLY CONTROLLING A PLURALITY OF BUILDING AUTOMATION SYSTEMS - A framework for centrally controlling a plurality of building automation systems. The architecture and method automates a plurality of existing and new building automation systems comprising access control, HVAC, fire safety etc. in such a way that the plurality of building automation systems can be monitored and controlled from a central dashboard. The central dashboard effectively monitors, takes right decisions and remotely controls the buildings across the globe from a centralized location.10-11-2012
20120259467CONTROLLING A TOOL - A control apparatus for a tool comprising features for engaging with corresponding features on an object, the control apparatus comprising an identifier configured to provide information relating to the tool, a reader configured to read the identifier, and a processor in communication with the reader and configured to process the information relating to the tool and to control the tool.10-11-2012
20120232699TAPE CARTRIDGE - A cutting mechanism assembly for use with a tape cartridge includes a support arm having first and second opposing ends and adapted to be coupled to the tape cartridge. The cutting mechanism assembly also includes a mount for a biasing element. The mount is coupled to the support arm and the biasing element is configured to couple the mount to the tape cartridge. Further, the cutting mechanism assembly includes a support plate for a mechanism for reducing a biasing force from the biasing element. The support plate is coupled to the support arm and the mechanism is configured to couple the support plate to the tape cartridge.09-13-2012
20080300724METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE HORIZONTAL BRUSH OF A VEHICLE WASHING SYSTEM - The method for controlling the movement of the horizontal brush of a vehicle washing system, provides for a first and a second vector velocity control mode of the brush and an alternating logic between the first and the second control mode, the first control mode being based on the control of the absorption current of the rotation motor of the brush, the second control mode being based on the geometric limitation of the plunge of the brush.12-04-2008
20110004349Exergy Based Evaluation Of An Infrastructure - In a method of evaluating an infrastructure having a plurality of components based upon exergy loss values, exergy loss values of the components are aggregated. In addition, at least one of the components in the infrastructure is controlled based upon the aggregated exergy loss values.01-06-2011
20110004348ARRANGEMENT FOR TRANSMITTING DATA AND/OR SIGNALS IN A TRANSMISSION - An arrangement for transmitting data and/or signals between a transmission control device (01-06-2011
20110004347MEDICAL RADIOLOGICAL DEVICE AND RADIOLOGICAL SYSTEM - A medical radiological system has a radiological device with at least one element that can be electrically adjusted in order to allow an adaptation of the radiological device to body dimensions of a patient to be examined. The radiological device has a controller with an interface that receives a patient parameter set from a computer, with which patient data are processed and stored. The controller calculates a desired position of the element from the received patient data set, and automatically controls positioning of the element by electrically adjusting the element to the desired position.01-06-2011
20120239202Building Optimization System And Lighting Switch With Adaptive Blind, Window And Air Quality Controls - A building optimization system for optimizing an environment of a building is disclosed. The building optimization system includes a number of building optimization switches for controlling the environment of a corresponding space in a building according to a plurality of operation modes, as well as any number of modular, interchangeable binary controllers for controlling various environmental factors of a number of zones of a building. The building optimization includes switch an A/B lighting switch having lighting controls and a graphical display. The A/B lighting switch is further connected to one or more sensors for sensing and measuring environmental data of at least one zone of the building. The building optimization switch further includes a binary controller connected with the A/B lighting switch to control an environmental variable of the zone based on user input or the environmental data.09-20-2012
20120239201CPU UNIT OF PLC, SYSTEM PROGRAM FOR PLC, AND RECORDING MEDIUM STORING SYSTEM PROGRAM FOR PLC - A system includes a first execution control instruction to start execution of a first control program every first execution cycle of the same period as a control cycle period and a second execution control instruction to start execution of a second control program every second execution cycle whose period is an integral multiple of at least twice the control cycle period. The second execution control instruction includes an instruction to start, in a control cycle in which a second execution cycle starts, execution of the second control program after the end of execution of the first control program, and if the second control program is not completed before the end of the control cycle, to start execution of an unexecuted part of the second control program after the end of execution of the first control program in the next control cycle.09-20-2012
20120265348NETWORK SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A network system may be provided that includes an electronic product, a recognition target, a recognition device, a setting program and a display unit. The electronic product may operate to manage or process a target. The recognition target may include information relating to the target. The recognition device may recognize information listed on the recognition target. The setting program may convert information recognized by the recognition device into setting information. The display unit may display the setting information converted by the setting program.10-18-2012
20120271457Rotary Position Sensor - A rotary position sensor includes a rotatable disk, a first light sensor configured to generate a first opacity signal, a second light sensor configured to generate a second opacity signal, and a comparator. The opacity of the rotatable disk is substantially unique at each radial angle value. The comparator is configured to generate a disk position signal as a function of the first opacity signal and the second opacity signal.10-25-2012
20120271459POSITIONING APPARATUS FOR ACTUATOR WITH WAVE GEAR DEVICE - In a positioning apparatus for an actuator, a sliding mode controller for compensating for nonlinear characteristics of a wave gear device of the actuator generates a control input u to a controlled object, based on a position command θ10-25-2012
20120271458METHOD OF MODIFYING EXCITATION RESPONSE CHARACTERISTICS OF A SYSTEM - A method of modifying excitation response characteristics of a structural system, including an aerofoil blade mounted to a support disc, including the steps: (a) identifying a limit cycle associated with the system; (b) determining the amplitude of the limit cycle; (c) comparing the amplitude of the limit cycle against a threshold value; and (d) if the amplitude of the limit cycle is greater than a threshold value, modifying the system to reduce the amplitude of the limit cycle.10-25-2012
20120323369MECHANICAL PARKING SYSTEM FOR VEHICLES AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - An exemplary mechanical parking system includes platforms for parking vehicles, a switch electrically connected to the platforms, cameras mounted on the platforms, a data processing device electrically connected to the cameras and the switch, and an alarm electrically connected to the data processing device. When any one of the platforms is switched to move, the cameras capture photos/videos for an environment of the mechanical parking system and send the photos/videos to the data processing device continuously. The data processing device analyzes whether there is a person appearing in the photos/videos and decides whether the movement of the platform should be stopped via the switch. After the danger is precluded, the movement of the platform is restored and the cameras start to work again, until the parking of the car is finished.12-20-2012
20120323373NUMERICAL CONTROL DEVICE - A numerical control device including: a linear axis dependent position correction amount calculating unit which calculates a position correction amount of the linear axis from a translation error and an attitude error dependent on movement of the linear axis; a rotary axis dependent position correction amount calculating unit which calculates a position correction amount of the linear axis from a translation error and an attitude error dependent on movement of the rotary axis; a rotary axis angle correction amount calculating unit which calculates an angle correction amount of the rotary axis from a part of the attitude error dependent on movement of the linear axis and a part of the attitude error dependent on movement of the rotary axis; and a position addition correction amount calculating unit which calculates a position correction amount of the linear axis corresponding to the rotary axis correction amount.12-20-2012
20120323368ENERGY MANAGEMENT GATEWAYS AND PROCESSES - An energy management gateway is provided. The energy management gateway includes a memory, a processor coupled to the memory, a building management system (BMS) interface executed by the processor and an energy management system interface executed by the processor. The BMS interface is configured to receive a first message, the first message being structured according to an industrial protocol. The energy management interface is configured to translate the first message into a second message structured according to an energy management protocol different from the industrial protocol, the second message including a query comprising at least one command and a set of qualifiers, the query being addressed to at least one first endpoint and to provide the second message to a first domain member of a first domain including the at least one first endpoint, the first domain member being a device other than the at least one first endpoint.12-20-2012
20120323372ELECTRIC ARC DISCHARGE EVALUATION METHOD, AND ASSOCIATED TEST STAND - Electric arc discharges between bearing rings in a roller bearing are analyzed by setting a defined operating state based on rotational speed of the roller bearing, temperature of the roller bearing, an imbalance of the roller bearing causing vibrations, lubricants, axial/radial/tilt loads, tilting of the bearing rings relative to each other, pulse shape and pulse repetition rate of an applied electrical voltage, bearing play, and pre-existing damage to the roller bearing. A pulse-shaped electrical voltage between inner and outer bearing ring generates electric arc discharges, wherein for each electric arc discharge a characteristic value representative of energy, power, voltage and/or current and duration of the electric arc discharge is determined. Only those electric arc discharges are evaluated that have a qualifying value determined in accordance with at least one of the characteristic values greater than a predefined limit value.12-20-2012
20120323371BELT FOR TRANSMITTING A DRIVE MOTION, DEVICE FOR DRIVING A BELT AND METHOD FOR STARTING A BELT - The invention relates to a belt for transmitting a drive motion, comprising a belt body consisting of an elastic material and a carcass that extends in the longitudinal direction of the belt and that is at least partially surrounded by the belt body for increasing the strength of said belt body in the longitudinal direction of the belt. A data memory for saving data is situated in the belt body and at least one piece of information that identifies the belt is stored in the data memory. The drive motion can be enabled and/or disabled in accordance with the information that identifies the belt.12-20-2012
20120323370OPENING-AND-CLOSING MEMBER CONTROL DEVICE - An opening-and-closing member control device for controlling a driving device to operate an opening-and-closing member according to a target speed includes a detection portion detecting an operational state of the driving device during the control, a disturbance determination portion for determining whether a disturbance is generated at the opening-and-closing member, which is applied in the same direction to an operating direction of the opening-and-closing member during an opening-closing operation of the opening-and-closing member, by monitoring at least one of a change in an electric signal and in an operation speed of the opening-and-closing member generated relative to the target speed, and a threshold value changing portion for switching an entrapment threshold value when the disturbance determination portion determines that the disturbance is generated. Whether an external object is entrapped at the opening-and-closing member is detectable by comparing an electric signal obtained by the detection portion and the entrapment threshold value.12-20-2012
20090216376Group Elevator Scheduling With Advanced Traffic Information - A near-optimal scheduling method for a group of elevators uses advanced traffic information. More particularly, advanced traffic information is used to define a snapshot problem in which the objective is to improve performance for customers. To solve the snapshot problem, the objective function is transformed into a form to facilitate the decomposition of the problem into individual car subproblems. The subproblems are independently solved using a two-level formulation, with passenger to car assignment at the higher level, and the dispatching of individual cars at the lower level. Near-optimal passenger selection and individual car routing are obtained. The individual cars are then coordinated through an iterative process to arrive at a group control solution that achieves a near-optimal result for passengers.08-27-2009
20110238220APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR WELL PLACEMENT AND RESERVOIR CHARACTERIZATION - A resistivity array having a modular design includes a transmitter module with at least one antenna, wherein the transmitter module has connectors on both ends adapted to connect with other downhole tools; and a receiver module with at least one antenna, wherein the transmitter module has connectors on both ends adapted to connect with other downhole tools; and wherein the transmitter module and the receiver module are spaced apart on a drill string and separated by at least one downhole tool. Each transmitter and receiver module may comprise at least one antenna coil with a magnetic moment orientation not limited to the tool longitudinal direction. A spacing between the transmitter and receiver module may be selected based on expected reservoir thickness.09-29-2011
20110238219ELECTRONIC APPARATUS WITH AUTOMATIC ORIENTATION FUNCTION - An electronic apparatus includes a first member, a second member with a first point and a second point, a processing unit, and a drive device. The drive device pivotably connects the second member to the first member. The processing unit calculates a first distance between the first point and a third point and a second distance between the second point and the third point. The processing unit controls the drive device to rotate the second member relative to the first member according to the first distance and the second distance, thus the line defined by the third point and a middle point between the first point and the second point is perpendicular to the line defined by the first point and the second point.09-29-2011
20110238218MIRROR AND ADJUSTMENT METHOD THEREFOR - A method for adjusting a mirror. The method includes using a camera to capture an image of an object, locating a suitable region in the image, obtaining a first midline between a reference line in the suitable region and a top of the object in the suitable region, obtaining a second midline of the image, comparing the first and second midlines to determine whether the two midlines overlap, outputting a comparison signal upon the condition that the two midlines do not overlap, and directing a driving apparatus to move the mirror to adjust a height of the mirror according to the comparison signal.09-29-2011
20100235002Magnetic Vibratory Screen Clamping - Methods for automatically controlling a vibratory separator for processing drilling fluid are disclosed. The methods include introducing material to a vibratory separator, and sensing with a sensor apparatus a state parameter indicative of operation of the vibratory separator and providing a signal indicative of a value of the state parameter to a control apparatus. Then, with the control apparatus, automatically controlling the vibratory separator based on the level of the state parameter.09-16-2010
20100235000Bumper Structure for an Automatic Moving Device - The present invention provides a bumper structure for an automatic moving device which directs the moving device to change directions when bumping into an obstacle. The bumper structure of the present invention comprises a base, an elastic housing and a conductive terminal. A plurality of conductive sheets is formed over the base, wherein the conductive sheets are coupled to the control circuit of a moving device via the base. The elastic housing is formed over the base, with a protruding actuator section formed within the elastic housing, and the actuator section is parallel to the conductive sheets. The conductive terminal is formed at the bottom of the actuator section but is not in contact with the conductive sheets. The elastic housing may provide buffer when bumping into an obstacle, and the force generated by the impact presses the actuator section downwards, allowing conductive terminal of the actuator section to couple with the plurality of conductive sheets, thereby connects the plurality of conductive sheets and sends a signal to the control circuit of the moving device, directing the moving device to change directions.09-16-2010
20110257790DOOR CLOSER WITH DYNAMICALLY ADJUSTABLE LATCH REGION PARAMETERS - A door closer with dynamically adjustable latch region parameters is disclosed. Embodiments of the present invention include a door closer with a control unit to intelligently control a valve to vary the operating characteristics of the door closer as needed. The control unit can repeatedly determine whether a door has reached jamb upon closing. A setting or settings for the latch region of the door can be adjusted when the door does not reach jamb. These adjustments are such that the likelihood of the door reaching jamb upon closing is increased. Jamb successes can also be monitored, so that once there have been enough successful closes, settings can be adjusted to decrease the force on the door so that the latch region parameters are constantly adjusted for changing conditions to achieve closing success with the minimum closing force necessary.10-20-2011
20120089255Method for Predefining an Operating Point of a Drive Machine of a Drive System - A method for predefining an operating point of a drive machine of a drive system, including the drive machine and at least two loads which are driven by the drive machine is disclosed. The method includes the following steps: (i) identification of in each case one instantaneous load power demand of the at least two loads, (ii) determination of at least one partial request point of the drive machine for each identified load power demand in order to meet the respective load power demand, (iii) determination of at least one overall request point of the drive machine on the basis of the specific partial request points, (iv) determination of a cost variable of the drive machine for the at least one overall request point, and (v) selection of the operating point taking into account the cost variable and predefining of the operating point.04-12-2012
20110276181PROGRAMMABLE ELECTRIC HAND TRUCK - Hand trucks and methods for displacing an object with a hand truck are disclosed. An example hand truck includes a lifting toe and a lift apparatus coupled to the lifting toe and configured to displace the lifting toe. A microprocessor is configured to output a plurality of control signals. An actuator is coupled to the lift apparatus and is configured to displace the lift apparatus responsive at least in part to the microprocessor outputting at least one of a plurality of control signals. An example method includes changing the load on a lifting toe from a first weight to a second weight and activating an actuator responsive at least in part on changing the load. A lift sled is moved in a first direction responsive to the activation of the actuator and the lifting toe is moved in the first direction by the lift sled.11-10-2011
20120095600COMPUTER IMPLEMENTED METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR INTEGRATING MULTIPLE BUILDING SYSTEMS AND BUSINESS APPLICATIONS - A computer-implemented system and method by which an end user can monitor and manage multiple building systems with a single interface as well as customize and revise the settings and automated responses for multiple building systems based on input and transactions from multiple different building systems and enterprise applications. A drop-in command and interface software module allows a user to integrate control, command and response functions between previously installed and un-integrated building systems and to configure the activation or deactivation of one system function based on the data, alarm, event, or transaction from one or more other systems. The invention takes the data and control functions from any and every control system and allows a user to build his or her own intelligent building, and to edit the control processes on their own at any time. The responses of building systems are process driven, rather than rules based, and the response process is fully editable by the end user. The system allows for multiple processes for a given input, depending, for example, on the location of the sensor providing the input. A completely different process may be programmed for launch for every individual sensor. The invention accommodates input from both value-oriented systems (also referred to as point-oriented systems) and transaction-oriented systems (also referred to as event-oriented systems). The invention provides a system and method for integrating both point-based building systems and transaction-based building systems and enterprise applications and the end-user building, configuration, and customization of response processes using input from both value- and transaction-oriented systems.04-19-2012
20120095599HYBRID MACHINE CONTROL INCORPORATING FAST-TOOL SERVOS - Presently disclosed is a method and system for processing standard part description programs in real time into the tool position control data appropriate to a CNC machine's standard and high bandwidth mechanisms, respectively. The result is precise tool tip control that tracks the programmed path at all times while maintaining the appropriate feed rates and accelerations for each type of mechanism. In one exemplary embodiment, a hybrid mechanism employing a high bandwidth mechanism mounted on and moved by a standard mechanism is employed. The command vector for the high-bandwidth mechanism is computed by subtracting the tool tip vector filtered to comprise only the tool tip positions and trajectories realizable by the standard mechanism from an ideal tool tip trajectory vector that represents the complete programmed path. These calculations produce a synchronous set of movements for both standard and high bandwidth mechanisms.04-19-2012
20110320043Determining Identifying Information Of A Cooling Fan - A method and device for determining identifying information about a system cooling fan (12-29-2011
20110320041OVEN TESTING FIXTURE AND METHOD - A testing apparatus is provided for opening and closing a door of an appliance being tested. The apparatus includes a framework; a first actuator attached to the framework, the first actuator having a retracted position and an extended position; a first attaching bar attached to the first actuator and to the door; and a controller for controlling the first actuator such that the first actuator causes the door to move to an open position when the actuator moves from a first one of the extended position and the retracted position to the other of the extended position and the retracted position, and the first actuator causes the door to move to a closed position when the actuator moves from the other of the extended position and the retracted position to the first one of the extended position and the retracted position.12-29-2011
20120330464RPM Controller Using Drive Profiles - A control circuit for controlling the rotational speed of a fan may include a memory element to store operating data corresponding to an operational profile of the fan defined by RPM (revolutions per minute) versus temperature, with the operating data comprising a respective temperature value and a respective RPM value for each respective operating point representing a change in slope of a function that corresponds to the operational profile of the fan. A processing unit may receive a present temperature value, retrieve the operating data from the storage unit, and identify a pair of consecutive operating points corresponding to the present temperature. The processing unit may calculate a desired RPM value corresponding to the present temperature value by performing linear interpolation between the pair of consecutive operating points, and provide the desired RPM value to a closed-loop fan controller to control the fan according to the desired RPM value.12-27-2012
20130018510Selectively Networked Extension and Retraction Arrangements - A system of selectively networked extension and retraction arrangements, each with local controls for individually controlling a selective extension and retraction of the arrangement. A central control adjusts the plurality of extension and refraction arrangements between a local control condition and a networked condition and centrally controls a selective extension and refraction of the plurality of extension and retraction arrangements when they are in a networked condition. Individual control over the selective extension and retraction of the arrangements by the local controls is prevented when the arrangements are in the networked condition. Each arrangement has a linking control interface module electrically associated with a motor for propelling extension and retraction, and a control system interface module is electrically interposed between the central control and the linking control interface modules of the arrangements.01-17-2013
20100217442DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING MULTIAXIAL JOINT UNIT - A device is provided for controlling multiaxial joint unit. The device includes a multiaxial joint unit, an estimating module, a path determining module, a path editing module. The multiaxial joint unit is to perform at least an action. The estimating module estimates parameter changes of the multiaxial joint unit while performing the action. The path determining module determines a work path according to the parameter changes. The path editing module determines multiple turning points of the work path and determines a simplified path according to the turning points, thereby controlling the multiaxial joint unit so that it moves according to the simplified path and performs the action repeatedly. A method for controlling the multiaxial joint unit is further provided.08-26-2010
20100217441METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MANAGING MULTIPLE MODEL VARIANTS - According to one aspect, the present invention provides a method of controlling operation of a plurality of different model variants of a refrigeration appliance using a commonly-configured control board for the plurality of different model variants. The method includes identifying the first model variant as being one of the plurality of model variants to be controlled; and responsive to this identifying, selecting a suitable control routine from among a plurality of available control routines that are accessible to the control board for controlling operation of the plurality of model variants. The plurality of available control routines includes at least a first control routine to be executed for controlling operation of a portion of a refrigeration circuit provided to the first model variant and a second control routine to be executed for controlling operation of a portion of a refrigeration circuit provided to the second model variant. The first control routine is different than the second control routine. The first control routine is to be executed to control operation of the portion of the refrigeration circuit provided to the first model variant.08-26-2010
20100198413METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A COFFEE MACHINE - The method for controlling a coffee machine grinder comprises one step of measuring the actual value of a physical quantity relating to the percolation process and one step of modifying the ground coffee grain size at least for the next percolation so that a possible detected deviation between the actual value and a reference value for the physical quantity is compensated.08-05-2010
20100198412ADAPTIVE VEHICLE ENERGY HARVESTING - A vehicle energy harvester and method of harvesting vehicle energy is provided. The vehicle energy harvester includes a first unit that accepts as an input a measure of mass, speed or velocity of a vehicle, a second unit that accepts or computes a rate of acceleration or deceleration of the vehicle based on the measure of speed or velocity, a third unit that compares at least one of the measure of mass, speed, velocity, and acceleration or deceleration to at least one of an acceleration value, a mass value, or a speed value, and a fourth unit that adjusts a reaction force imparted by the vehicle energy harvester on the vehicle based on the comparison by the third unit.08-05-2010
20100082158CONDITION MONITORING PARAMETER NORMALIZATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - In one embodiment, the disclosed method includes controlling operation of a machine system via actuators and a first set of signals received from sensors, receiving a second signal from a vibration sensor, calculating vibration parameters based on the second signal. The method further includes the steps of normalizing each of the vibration parameters and presenting the normalized vibration parameters in an operator interface. In another embodiment, the system includes a controller configured to receive sensor signals from a machine system and to control operation of the machine system via actuators. The system also includes a condition monitoring user interface configured to display normalized vibration parameters for the machine system.04-01-2010
20100168920ELECTRONIC CONTROL CIRCUIT FOR A POWERED APPLIANCE DRAWER - An appliance, such as a refrigerator, includes a drawer mounted within a cabinet for movement between an opened position and a closed position. A driving mechanism, including an electric motor connects to the drawer for driving the drawer between the opened position and the closed position. A control circuit connected to the electric motor and the transmission assembly of the driving mechanism commands the transmission assembly to connect or disconnect the electric motor and the drawer, and further commands the electric motor to drive the drawer to one of the opened position and the closed position when the electric motor is connected to the drawer. The control circuit also senses obstructions and adjusts the movement of the drawer accordingly.07-01-2010
20100168919CONTROL METHOD AND CONTROL SYSTEM FOR MANIPULATOR - In a control method of a multi-jointed manipulator, the manipulator is controlled through a process to transmit a difference between an end position of the manipulator and a target position to the joint axes, and a process to adjust joint displacements and joint velocities of the joint axes independently of one another of the joint axes based on the difference, these processes being repeated until the end position coincides with the target position. By such a manipulator control method, there can be realized position control which is robust against ambient environments and which is easy to achieve even with redundancy or nonlinear drive elements involved.07-01-2010
20130013114Integrated Simulation Technology - Virtual material handling systems can be used to drive the operation of real material handling systems for purposes such as testing and validation of the components of the real material handling systems. The real material handling system, in turn, can provide data regarding system operation which may be fed back to the virtual material handling system to control its function.01-10-2013
20130013116DISTRIBUTED ICE PROTECTION CONTROL SYSTEM - The present application includes a distributed ice protection system that utilizes a distributed control system with a server/client communication protocol to prevent single point failures, reduce affected system loss when a failure occurs, improve required maintenance turn around time, and provide a tailorable, interactive, integrated, cross platform solution for a variety of aircraft ice protection requirements. The distributed ice protection system includes master servers and control modules that are compatible with a variety of aircraft platforms. The control modules interface with individual anti-ice and de-ice hardware components on the aircraft.01-10-2013
20130013115System and Method for Generating a Tool Motion - The invention relates to a system for generating the motion of a tool, in particular for the work on biological cell material, includes an apparatus, the apparatus providing a tool section, at which a tool can be arranged, and at least one actuator element arranged to move the tool section, the system further comprising a system control device, the system control device providing control means, which are configured to let the apparatus perform a pulsed motion of the tool section, starting from a first position of the tool section, moving the tool section to a second position, and moving the tool section from the second position to a third position or back to the first position, by means of the at least one actuator element, the system further including a feed motion device, which is linked to the tool section or which is linked to the apparatus, respectively, and which is capable of providing a feed motion of the tool section, control means being configured to control the feed motion of the tool section, wherein control means are configured such that the tool section performs a combined motion, comprising a feed motion and a pulsed motion, wherein the time shift between a first time during the pulsed motion and a second time during the feed motion is predetermined and is provided by the control means. Further, a corresponding method for generating a tool motion is provided.01-10-2013
20100131108THIN-FILM PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE - In some embodiments, a photovoltaic module includes an active layer, a top layer, and a bottom layer. The active layer includes a plurality of strips of thin-film PV material that are arranged spaced apart from and substantially parallel to each other. The top layer is disposed above the active layer and includes a substantially transparent film. The bottom layer is disposed below the active layer, the bottom layer including a conductive backsheet configured to form a current return path for the strips of thin-film PV material. The PV module further includes means for serially and redundantly interconnecting the strips of thin-film PV material together.05-27-2010
20100131107CONTROLLING PROCESS FOR REFRIGERATOR - According to a method of controlling a refrigerator in accordance with the present invention, a refrigerating chamber and a freezing chamber are cooled at the same time, one and the other of the refrigerating chamber and the freezing chamber are cooled sequentially, and refrigerant recovery is then performed. Accordingly, upon initial start-up of a refrigerator, a temperature within each chamber can be cooled more rapidly through simultaneous cooling. Further, when a compressor is actuated again after being off, refrigerant can be supplied to each evaporator smoothly through a refrigerant recovery step. Accordingly, there is an advantage in that the cooling performance of a freezing cycle can be improved.05-27-2010
20130018511Control device for a linear actuator, particularly for the movement of sliding doorsAANM Cavalcante; ToniAACI DuevilleAACO ITAAGP Cavalcante; Toni Dueville IT - A control device for a linear actuator, the actuator being of the type comprising a body, to be fixed with corresponding elements of fixing between two jambs of a door, an electric motor being accommodated within the body which actuates a rotor that is adapted to interact with a rail, which is fixed to a door to be translationally moved, the body being coupled to the rail by way of a slide connected to the rail in order to enable the relative sliding between the body and the rail, the device further comprising 01-17-2013
20130018509CONTROL SYSTEM FOR STOPPING OR REVERSING MOVEMENT OF AN IRRIGATION SYSTEMAANM Korus; Thomas J.AACI LindsayAAST NEAACO USAAGP Korus; Thomas J. Lindsay NE US - A control system for stopping or reversing movement of an irrigation system comprises an electronic proximity sensor and a control device. The electronic proximity sensor is configured for mounting to the irrigation system and operable to detect a target. The control device is responsive to the electronic proximity sensor for stopping or reversing movement of the irrigation system when the electronic proximity sensor detects the target.01-17-2013
20130018512Method for Controlling or Regulating a MachineAANM Otte; RalfAACI WeinheimAACO DEAAGP Otte; Ralf Weinheim DE - The invention relates to a contactless man/machine interface and to an appropriate method for controlling or regulating a machine. The interface comprises a first signal generator, which is equipped with at least one component that has a noise signal. By means of calibration according to the invention, it is possible to use the signal for controlling or regulating a machine.01-17-2013
20110160911DRIVING CONTROLLER, DRIVING CONTROL PROGRAM, AND MEASURING DEVICE - In order to possibly suppress noise components contained in a signal value of a detection signal for use in controlling a rate of rotations or speed, an driving controller receives a detection signal in accordance with a rate of rotations or speed and acquires a signal value of the detection signal every predetermined sampling time, and controls an actuator at control timings with predetermined intervals using the signal value, so that the rate of rotations or speed is controlled at each of the control timings in accordance with variation aspects of a plurality of signal values acquired before the outstanding control timing.06-30-2011
20110160910METHOD OF OPERATING A MOBILE HAND-OPERATED DEVICE FOR OUTPUTTING OR ENABLING POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS CONTROL COMMANDS AND CORRESPONDING HAND-OPERATED DEVICE - The invention relates to a method of operating a mobile hand-operated device (06-30-2011
20080255706Smartrepair - The present invention relates to methods and devices for positioning a plug train at a desired position within a pipeline with at least some gas in the fluid in the pipeline.10-16-2008
20110264272ACCELEROMETER BASED CONTROLLER AND/OR CONTROLLED DEVICE - The present disclosure generally relates to techniques for controlling a device to perform a function, for example, window washing. A controller device may be adapted to control a controlled device. In response to hand movement, an accelerometer in the controller may obtain acceleration and/or angle signals. The signals may be processed in order to identify a command that may be used to control the controlled device. The controlled device may be secured to, for example, a window. Upon identifying command(s) initiated from the controller device, the controlled device may respond to the commands. The controlled device may include, for example, a cleaning unit. The command(s) may be instructions for the controlled device to move about the window and activate the cleaning system.10-27-2011
20080221736UNIT FOR SUPERVISING AND REPORTING THE OPERATING STATUS OF A PORTABLE TOOL FOR MACHINING SURFACES - A portable electric or pneumatic tool for machining surfaces is provided with a unit (09-11-2008
20080221735Cooktop control and method for manually adjusting the setting on an operating line - A cooktop has a plurality of reflection-sensitive infrared sensors. A plurality of IR receiving elements is arranged along an operating line having a density such that an operator's finger placed on the operating line necessarily covers at least one of the IR receiving elements. A smaller number of IR transmitter diodes is arranged in correspondingly lower density next to the operating line. In the setting process, two effects are used on the operating line, specifically both the radiation of the optical transmitter reflected by the finger and also the radiation of the ambient light that is thrown into shadow by the finger. The resultant signal distribution on the optical receivers can be used for reliable evaluation of the finger's position in nearly all environmental conditions.09-11-2008
20130178984PLUG AND PLAY MOTOR CONTROL SYSTEM - A motor control system is provided that includes a communication gateway that facilitates connection of components, such as a motor starter, an operator interface, and a terminal block, through a digital communication link. The communication gateway includes control logic designed to discover interface and operational components connected to the digital communication link upon start-up of the motor control system. The control logic may then set up an operational profile for the motor control system based on the discovered components. For example, the control logic may retrieve and load an operational profile that corresponds to the set of discovered components from a storage of the communication gateway. The operational profile can then be used during operation of the motor control system to govern the functionality of the motor control system.07-11-2013
20130173063METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A COMPRESSOR - A compressor includes a control unit and a model unit. The control unit determines at least two actuation values of at least two actuating elements of the compressor via a transmitted setpoint value of a parameter of the compressor from a characteristic diagram of the compressor or at least two corrected actuation values of the at least two actuating elements via a model-based theoretical setpoint value from the characteristic diagram of the compressor. The model unit determines a model-based theoretical state of the compressor via the actuation values or the corrected actuation values by using a state model of the compressor. The model-based theoretical state of the compressor is described at least with the model-based theoretical setpoint value of the parameter of the compressor. The control unit controls at least one of the actuating elements as a function of the corrected actuation value of this actuating element.07-04-2013
20130173062SMART BUILDING UNIFIED MANAGED SOLUTIONS - The present invention provides a system and method for monitoring and management of operational control systems. The method and system includes receiving a plurality of input data from one or more of a plurality of dissimilar sensors and operations control systems, wherein one or more of the input data being in a data format different from one or more other input data. The system and method conforms the plurality of input data to report status changes in real-time to a unified monitoring system. The method and system enables changes to one or more operational control systems in response to conditional parameters.07-04-2013
20120253519METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR DRILLING BOREHOLES - A computer-readable medium including program instructions for collaring a borehole. When the program instructions are executed by one or more processors of a computer system operatively associated with a drill rig, the program instructions cause the one or more processors to carry out the steps of performing a first phase collaring operation from a surface start to a point at which a drill bit reaches a dynamically determined collaring depth or a maximum collaring depth, and performing a second phase collaring operation to form a hole collar. The second phase collaring operation includes the steps of retracting the drill bit until the drill bit is above the surface, and activating a water injection system during the retracting of the drill bit.10-04-2012
20130090766METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR OPERATING IRRIGATION SYSTEMS MOTORS - An irrigation system includes a central pivot and a series of mobile towers connected to the central pivot and to one another by support structure. Each mobile tower has wheels and a motor for driving at least one of the wheels. A control system operates the motors to maintain alignment of the mobile towers and the central pivot while preventing power usage of the system from exceeding a maximum power threshold. The control system determines in which sequence to operate the motors to maintain alignment of the mobile towers while operating no more than a selected number of the motors simultaneously.04-11-2013
20130103201Intelligence in Distributed Lighting Control Devices - Exemplary systems, methods, and apparatuses for distributed intelligence in facility lighting control are provided. A facility lighting system may be organized into multiple control areas, each of which may include one or more component devices. Each lighting control area may be associated with a control apparatus, which controls the operation of the lighting devices of the associated control area based on various types of signal information. Signal information may include information concerning local conditions or environments, as well as information from a centralized control server. Some embodiments further include monitoring the operation and predicting fault states of the lighting control area.04-25-2013
20130103202CONTROL OF WIND TURBINES IN A WIND PARK - A wind park comprises a plurality of wind turbines with a least one wind turbine downstream of at least one upstream turbine. The downstream turbine includes a Lidar or other device for sensing characteristics of the wake produced by the upstream turbine and for providing an output to a turbine or wind park controller indicative of the measured wake. The controller controls parameters of the downstream turbine an possibly adjacent turbines in accordance with the wake indicative signals. The control may include overrating the downstream turbine if the wake indicative signal indicates that there is a low risk of fatigue damage to components of the downstream turbine.04-25-2013
20130103200METHOD FOR LOCATING A VEHICLE - A portable computing device can be used to locate a vehicle in a parking structure. In particular, the portable computing device can communicate with a parking system that manages the parking structure and/or with a vehicle in order to locate the vehicle. Communications between the portable computing device, parking system and vehicle can be based on one or more wireless connections, such as Bluetooth and/or Bluetooth LE connections.04-25-2013
20130103203ELECTRONIC CONTROL UNIT AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A power supply ECU includes memory, a CPU, and a reset circuit. The CPU reads a program stored in the memory, and executes a process for controlling equipment based on the program. When a reset signal is input to the CPU, the CPU resets the process. The reset circuit outputs the reset signal to the CPU when the ignition switch is turned off while a rewrite command signal is input.04-25-2013
20130123990DENSITY PROFILE MEASUREMENT BY DETECTING BACKSCATTERED RADIATION WITH POSITION-SENSITIVE DETECTOR - A method for measuring a density profile of a fluid in a process vessel is disclosed. The method includes emitting gamma rays into the fluid and acquiring a backscattered gamma ray counts distribution using at least one position sensitive gamma ray detector disposed proximate the vessel. The method further includes determining the density profile of the fluid contained in the process vessel based on the backscattered gamma ray counts distribution.05-16-2013
20130123989Integrated Control Architecture And Method For A Bi-Directional AC-To-AC Converter - A method and system for controlling power transfer includes the operations of receiving a power transfer value indicating a power level to be transferred either to or from an energy storage sub-system and receiving an input comprising a rotational speed of a rotating mass in the energy storage sub-system. The operations further include calculating a torque value corresponding to the power transfer value based on the rotational speed of the rotating mass and determining whether the torque value exceeds a maximum allowed torque. The operations further include defining an adjusted torque value as the maximum allowed torque value if the torque value exceeds the maximum allowed torque value or defining the adjusted torque value as the torque value if the torque value does not exceed the maximum allowed torque value, and providing the torque value to a direct torque controller for controlling the torque of the rotating mass.05-16-2013
20110313573METHOD AND DEVICE FOR COMMAND INPUT IN A CONTROLLER OF A MANIPULATOR - In a method and a device for entering control commands into a controller of a manipulator, such as a robot, a first force or movement or sequence of forces or movements is detected, and the detected force, movement or sequence is electronically compared with stored forces, movements or sequences, respectively. Each of the stored forces or movements or sequences has a control command associated therewith. Upon the comparison indicating a coincidence between the detected force or movement or sequence with one of the stored forces or movements or sequences, the control command associated with that one of the stored forces, stored movements or stored sequences is automatically supplied as an input to the controller for operating the manipulator.12-22-2011
20110313572Automatic Down Pressure Adjustment System For Set Of Ganged Disc Openers - A disc opener unit for an agricultural implement has a down pressure adjustment device that automatically adjusts the amount of down pressure applied on a furrowing disc based on strain measurements taken by a strain gauge or load cell. The strain gauge, which may be mounted to an arm that is used to set the position of a depth setting gauge wheel, provides feedback to a processor that in turn controls the amount of hydraulic fluid in a hydraulic cylinder to adjust the down force applied on the disc. The amount of down pressure is therefore adjusted in substantially real-time in response to changes in field conditions, which improves furrow depth consistency and reduces wear on the gauge wheel and its components.12-22-2011
20130131870HOSPITAL BED COMPUTER SYSTEM FOR CONTROL OF PATIENT ROOM ENVIRONMENT - A point-of-care computer system is provided, including a display positioned in a point-of-care location. The point-of-care computer includes hardware coupled to a frame of a hospital bed.05-23-2013
20130144442Flexible and Scalable Modular Control System for Transport Refrigeration Units - A control system for a refrigeration unit is disclosed. The control system may include a user interface, an interface bus, a power control module, a first module, and a second module. The interface bus may communicatively couple the user interface, the power control module, the first module, and the second module. The user interface may be capable of receiving and dispatching information. The power control module may be capable of distributing and monitoring power to the control system. The second module may have at least one connector with flexible input and output configuration capabilities. The first module may have a controller and at least one connector with flexible input and output configuration capabilities.06-06-2013
20090326717Method and control system for controlling the load-handling elements of a fork-lift truck and a regulating apparatus for controlling the control system - The invention relates to a method for controlling the load-handling elements of a fork-lift truck, the load-handling elements being used in the method to grip the load to be handled. The load-handling elements are operated using an electrically controlled operating device, which is controlled using an analog control voltage formed using an electromechanical controller. In addition, the analog control voltage coming from the electromechanical controller is regulated actively externally on the basis of measurement data and set criteria, before the analog control voltage formed by the electromechanical controller is conducted to the electrically controlled operating device. The analog control voltage coming from the electromechanical controller is regulated using a feed external to the electromechanical controller, in parallel with the electromechanical controller. The invention also relates to a corresponding operating system and regulating apparatus.12-31-2009
20080201018System, method, and apparatus for managing wastewater treatment installation - Apparatus for managing a residential wastewater treatment system includes an in situ control unit that monitors an individual system. The control unit provides local control and alarms, and also sends status reports and/or alarms to a remote monitoring center via a telemetry device. The remote monitoring center makes information concerning the individual system available through a website.08-21-2008
20100286829RECIPROCATING COMPRESSOR SIMULATOR AND A COMPUTER SYSTEM USING THE SAME - A method comprising operating a compressor; obtaining operating parameters of the compressor; starting a counter for a crankshaft angle from 0 to 360 degrees; calculating piston displacement and a volume of gas in a cylinder of the compressor as a function of the angle; and calculating a pressure within the cylinder.11-11-2010
20110245979Arrangement with an Electronically Adjustable Piece of Furniture and Method for Wireless Operation Thereof - An arrangement with an electronically adjustable piece of furniture is disclosed. The piece of furniture includes at least one electric drive motor, at least one functional region and at least one controller for controlling the drive motor and the functional region. A programmable operating unit is designed for wireless operation of the piece of furniture and a communication device capable of wireless data transmission between the piece of furniture and the operating unit. A method for wireless operation of an arrangement with an electronically adjustable piece of furniture is also disclosed.10-06-2011
20110251722METHOD FOR PERFORMING ADAPTIVE FRICTION COMPENSATION IN AN ACTUATOR ACCOUNTING FOR VARIATION IN FRICTION CHARACTERISTICS OF WAVE GEAR DRIVE ACCOMPANYING CHANGE IN TEMPERATURE - According to a method for performing adaptive friction compensation of an actuator including a wave gear drive, there is used as a friction compensation current applied to a motor drive current a static friction compensation current i10-13-2011
20090149998DIGITAL POSITION TRANSMITTER - The disclosure relates to a digital position transmitter for control of an actuating element having a positioner in a process installation, with the position transmitter having a regulator with a dead band in order to suppress disturbance signals. It is proposed that the dead band in each case lags the set-value change asymmetrically with respect to the set value.06-11-2009
20110238221POSITION CONTROL DEVICE - For full-closed position control, there is provided a position control device capable of suppressing occurrence of stick-slip which occurs during a feed operation performed in a very low speed region. An adder 09-29-2011
20110238217TRANSFER SUPPORTING APPARATUS - A transfer supporting apparatus is provided with actuators for actuating supporting members and a controller for controlling the actuators based on the operation of operating units. The controller includes a movement path setting unit for setting movement paths of the supporting members and an operation correcting unit for correcting movements of the supporting members based on the operation of the operating units by driving the actuators so that the supporting members move along the movement paths set by the movement path setting unit.09-29-2011
20110257791CONTROLLER FOR A BRUSHLESS MOTOR - A controller for a brushless motor that includes a processor, a first timer, a second timer, a compare register, a comparator, an input, and one or more outputs. The processor starts the first timer in response to a signal at the input. The first timer then generates an interrupt after a first period. In response to the interrupt, the processor generates a first control signal at the outputs. The processor also loads the compare register and starts the second timer in response to either the input signal or the interrupt. The comparator then generates a second control signal at the outputs when the second timer and the compare register correspond. Additionally, a motor system that includes the controller.10-20-2011
20130151011SERVER SYSTEM WITH FAN SPEED CONTROL - A server system includes a server cabinet, servers accommodated in the server cabinet capable of modulating a PWM signal, fan groups coupled to a rear side of the server cabinet, and fan control boards. The fan groups each include and to provide a horizontal airflow to cool several servers. The servers are connected to one fan control boards via a first ground cable, a first tachometer cable, and a first PWM cable, and one fan control board is connected to one of the plurality of fan groups via a second ground cable, a second tachometer cable, a second PWM cable, and a supply voltage cable. The servers modulate a PWM signal and send the PWM signals to the corresponding fan group for controlling a rotation speed of the fans, and the first and second tachometer cable transmits in real-time the rotation speed of the fans back to the several servers.06-13-2013
20120283879NUMERICAL CONTROLLER HAVING FUNCTION OF OPERATION BASED ON TABLE FORMAT DATA - A next command reference value close to a “the value L serving as a reference” is read from its own path table, and if there is the read command reference value in its own path table, then it is determined whether or not the “the value L serving as a reference” reaches the command reference value. When the “the value L serving as a reference” reaches the command reference value, if there is a waiting command of waiting for other path table, counting of the “the value L serving as a reference” is stopped. When waiting for the other path table is completed, the stop of counting of the “the value L serving as a reference” is released, the command is executed, and processing is continued.11-08-2012
20120283878CONTROLLER AND SOLID STATE LIGHTING DEVICE FOR LARGE AREA APPLICATIONS - Flexible and shape adjustable solid state lighting devices and control circuits are presented in which the control circuit selectively phase cuts AC power supplied to the lighting device to send a plurality of data symbols of a message to the lighting device indicating a physical adjustment command or value, and an actuator selectively sets or adjusts a physical condition of the lighting device according to the message.11-08-2012
20120283877REMOTE CONTROL INTERFACE - Interface (11-08-2012
20130184873CONTROL APPARATUS OF MANIPULATOR SYSTEM, MANIPULATOR SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD OF MANIPULATOR SYSTEM - A manipulator system includes a slave control circuit. The slave control circuit generates termination identification information representing a termination form at the time of termination of the manipulator system, stores the termination identification information, and reads the termination identification information at the time of activation of the manipulator system.07-18-2013
20130184872ELECTRIC LOCK CONTROL CIRCUIT AND METHOD - An electric lock control circuit and method allow users to control an electric lock with a reference password pertaining to a parameter related to at least two dimensions. The circuit includes a substrate, a memory unit, an input unit, and a processing unit. The memory unit stores the reference password. The input unit rotates in a space of at least two dimensions to generate a parameter signal related to at least two dimensions. The processing unit encodes the parameter signal to turn the parameter signal into an input code and outputs an unlocking signal or a locking signal based on a result of comparison of the input code and the reference password to control the electric lock. Controlling the electric lock with a reference password pertaining to a parameter related to at least two dimensions enhances confidentiality and complexity of the electric lock.07-18-2013
20110288685System for Storage of Articles in a Secured Area - A storage system includes storage units for securely retaining articles therein. The storage system includes an electronic user identification system to insure that the individual storing articles therein is the same individual removing the articles there from. The user identification system also compares the user identification information with database information to determine if the user is permitted to use the storage unit or not. The storage system provides such information to security personnel so that improper use of the storage system can be identified and appropriate action taken.11-24-2011
20110313574Method for Controlling at least One Machining Device which is Coupled to a Machine Tool by Means of an Encoder Signal - A method is disclosed for controlling at least one machining device which is coupled to a machine tool by means of an encoder signal, the machine tool having at least one motion control device. In order to improve the accuracy of the encoder connection, at least one additional variable which characterizes the transport is digitally transmitted from the motion control device to the at least one machining device and is used to correct the encoder signal.12-22-2011
20130190929APPLIANCE CONSOLE WITH CONNECTOR-FREE ATTACHMENT TO APPLIANCE - A configuration system for an appliance such as a dryer or washing machine provides for multiple interchangeable consoles having different user controls and displays that may be attached to standardized appliance housings to change the functionality of the appliance allowing for multiple appliance styles to be offered with reduced inventory stocking requirements07-25-2013
20130190928CONTROL SYSTEMS FOR MACHINES - A control system 07-25-2013
20110320042METHODS AND PROCESSES TO AGGREGATE MULTIPLE IMAGE FEEDS AND DYNAMICALLY SELECT COMMAND REFERENCE FRAMES - Methods and systems to improve operator control of mobile robots are disclosed. The invention comprises in various embodiments the aggregation of multiple image feeds to improve operator situational awareness and the dynamic selection of command reference frames to improve operator intuitive control. The disclosed methods and systems reduce operator workload, reduce task completion times, and extend the capabilities of mobile manipulation systems.12-29-2011
20120029704SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A SHADING DEVICE - The invention describes a system for controlling a shading device with a plurality of controllable shading elements. To provide a system for controlling a shading device, which reduces direct sunlight transmission and enhances thermal comfort and lighting conditions, the system comprises at least one detector unit for providing an image signal of a shading area and a control unit (02-02-2012
20120029703MOVEMENT SIMULATOR - A movement simulator includes a base; a platform movable relative to the base; a plurality of actuators each having a controllably variable length, each of the actuators being coupled with the base and carrying the platform, wherein the dimensions of the base and the platform, and the variable lengths of the actuators determine a workspace within which the platform can move. A controller is operable to provide a motion cueing algorithm having a demanded platform state as output and a washout controller having a washout adaptation as output, which washout controller keeps the platform within its workspace by adapting the demanded platform state to a commanded platform state using the washout adaptation. The commanded platform state controls, via a kinematic transformation, the lengths of the actuators. The washout adaptation is calculated using a model predictive control algorithm.02-02-2012
20120029702WELLBORE MACHINING DEVICE - A wellbore machining device is proposed for machining a tubular component of a wellbore. The device includes a control unit at the surface level of the wellbore and a down-hole tool unit connected to the control unit through a wire line. The tool unit includes an elongated guide member, a tool member movably supported on the guide member with respect to at least three axes of motion and a plurality of actuators controlled by the control unit and adapted to move the tool member with respect to the axes of motion. The tool unit further includes two anchor members each mounted to an axial end of the guide member and adapted to releasably clamp the tool unit to the tubular component. The control unit and the tool unit form a computer numerical control device (CNC device) wherein the actuators are electric servo motors controlling an actual position of the tool member with respect to a path and/or a sequence of desired position defined by the control unit.02-02-2012
20120029701DOOR OPERATOR WITH ELECTRICAL BACK CHECK FEATURE - A door operator with an electrical back check feature is disclosed. Embodiments of the present invention are realized by a motorized door operator that electrically creates a back check force for an opening door. The door operator simulates the back check normally created by hydraulic means in convention door closers, but without the use of pistons, springs or hydraulic fluid. The door operator includes a motor disposed to operatively connect to a door so that the door will open when the motor moves, and a position sensor to determine a position of the door. A processor is programmed to exert a closing force on the door in the back check region. In some embodiments, the closing force is exerted by injecting a voltage into the electric motor of the door operator.02-02-2012
20120041597FAN SPEED CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD - A fan speed control system includes a fan, a hardware device, and a basic input/output system (BIOS) module. The BIOS module includes a memory unit, an initial power detecting unit, a searching unit, and a control unit. The memory unit stores a matching table between of initial power ranges and corresponding fan speed control curves. The initial power detecting unit is operable to detect the initial power of the hardware device. The searching unit is operable to read the matching table and search which fan speed control curve matches with the initial power of the hardware device. The control unit is operable to select the matching fan speed control curve to control a speed of the fan.02-16-2012
20130204438CONTROL OF A HEIGHT ADJUSTABLE PIECE OF FURNITURE - The present invention relates to a height adjustable piece of furniture comprising an electric motor for driving the height adjustable piece of furniture, a control unit for control of the operation of the electric motor, wherein the height adjustable piece of furniture further comprises an interface for communicative connection to a computing device and wherein the interface enables control of the control unit by the computing device08-08-2013
20120303162MOBILE OBJECT CONTROLLER AND FLOOR SURFACE ESTIMATOR - A total floor reaction force required correction amount by which an error between an observed value of a total floor reaction force acting on a mobile object 11-29-2012
20120083925Jitter Control and Operating Profiles for Air Moving Devices - Various methods related to air moving devices in electronic systems are disclosed. Various electronic systems including controlled air moving devices are also disclosed. Thus, one example electronic system includes an air moving device and a controller for controlling the air moving device. The controller is configured to selectively control a rotational speed of the air moving device. The controller is configured to vary the rotational speed within a range bounded by and including a first rotational speed and a second rotational speed during a time that a target rotational speed is within the range.04-05-2012
20130211598WARM-UP CONTROL DEVICE FOR MACHINE TOOL - Prior to machining a workpiece, a warm-up control device for a machine tool is activated to perform a warm-up in which a main shaft rotary drive part and axes drive parts are driven. The amount of displacement of heat that is generated upon starting of the warm-up and changes with time is calculated every predetermined time period. Whether to end the warm-up is determined based on the thermal displacement amount. Whether to restart the warm-up after the end of the warm-up is determined based on the thermal displacement amount. When it is determined to restart the warm-up, the warm-up is restarted.08-15-2013
20130211599SYSTEM CONTROL APPARATUS AND SYSTEM CONTROL METHOD - A system control apparatus and a system control method in which, when a state of a production system is maintained at a reference value or within a reference range, a state of the production system is surely controlled while generation of useless energy is avoided and a user can recognize a degree of energy saving. In consideration of an influence of a disturbance, a prediction range is derived with respect to data (“status data”) indicating the state in which quality of a product produced by the production system, and an instrument is controlled based on a relationship between the prediction range and the reference value. Therefore, the instrument can be controlled in consideration of a variation in status data due to the influence of the disturbance.08-15-2013

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