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20130030764APPLICATION PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENT AND REPORTING - Systems and methods related to performance measurement and reporting are described. In one method, a first application is profiled in a first profiling session to generate a first parameter dataset related to performance of segments of the first application. A session report is created based on the first parameter dataset. Further, based in part on the session report, comments for one or more of the segments of the application are received. A consolidated report is then generated based on the first parameter dataset and the comments.01-31-2013
20110184700METHOD AND DEVICE FOR THE DYNAMIC MONITORING OF A BROADBAND LAMBDA PROBE - The invention relates to a method for monitoring dynamic characteristics of a broadband lambda probe (07-28-2011
20130211783ATTRIBUTING CAUSATION FOR ENERGY USAGE AND SETPOINT CHANGES WITH A NETWORK-CONNECTED THERMOSTAT - Systems and methods are described for attributing a primary causative agent for HVAC system usage being above or below an average, the HVAC system being controlled by a self-programming network-connected thermostat. Systems and method are also described interactively and graphically displaying schedule information to a user of an HVAC system controlled by a network-connected thermostat. The displayed information can include indications of the manner in which one or more setpoints was created or last modified. Historical HVAC performance information can also be displayed that can include details of certain energy-effecting events such as setpoint changes, adaptive recovery, as well as automatic and manually set non-occupancy modes.08-15-2013
20090192761PERFORMANCE-TESTING A SYSTEM WITH FUNCTIONAL-TEST SOFTWARE AND A TRANSFORMATION-ACCELERATOR - One embodiment of the present invention provides a system that facilitates testing a system-under-test with functional-test software and a transformation accelerator. During operation, the system receives a functional-test template at the transformation accelerator. The system also receives a test signal at the transformation accelerator, wherein the test signal comprises testing parameters. Next, the system manipulates the functional-test template at the transformation accelerator according to the testing parameters to create one or more functional-test transactions. The system then sends the one or more functional-test transactions to the system-under-test. Next, the system receives results for the one or more functional-test transactions from the system-under-test. Finally, the system queues the results.07-30-2009
20100082295Method and System of Wind Turbine Condition Monitoring - The invention relates to a method of condition monitoring of a wind turbine. Measurement data and operating condition parameters are captured. A subset of the operating condition parameters is selected. A set of n characterizing moments is calculated based on the subset of operating condition parameters. A finite n-dimensional space each representing possible values for one of the characterising moments is provided. The n-dimensional space is sub-divided into a number of bins each representing a n-dimensional interval defined by n one-dimensional intervals. Each one-dimensional intervals represents an interval in one of the n dimensions. Each bin defines an acceptable range for the set of n characterizing moments. The set of the characterising moments is determined if it belongs to one of the bins. The set of the characterising moments and measurement data are accepted if the set of the characterising moments belongs to one of the bins.04-01-2010
20110202313Method and System for Program Execution Integrity Measurement - The present disclosure is directed towards methods and systems and methods for measuring the integrity of an operating system's execution and ensuring that the system's code is performing its intended functionality. This includes examining the integrity of the code that the operating system is executing as well as the data that the operating system accesses. Integrity violations can be detected in the dynamic portions of the code being executed.08-18-2011
20110202312OPERATION SOUND COLLECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD - According to one embodiment, a system includes a first operation sound collector, a second operation sound collector, a database, a receiver, and controller. The first operation sound collector is provided in a movable part of equipment, and transmits first data including inclination angle data and first operation sound data. The second operation sound collector is provided in a fixed part of the equipment, and transmits second data including second operation sound data being collected simultaneously with the first operation sound data. The database stores operation sound data in normal operation. The receiver simultaneously receives the first data and the second data. The controller determines whether an operation sound is abnormal based on the first data, the second data, and the operation sound data of the database.08-18-2011
20100076727FLUID EJECTION DEVICE AND METHOD - A fluid ejection device includes one or more digital data storage arrays having plural EPROM cells. A method for affirming performance adequacy of EPROM cells in the one or more arrays includes the steps of identifying a reference cell in each array, measuring a selected performance criterion for the reference cells, obtaining a reference criterion value, and evaluating the actual performance of at least one cell in each array with respect to the reference criterion value.03-25-2010
20120245892Performance Characteristic Calculation and Comparison - A method of performance calculation and comparison is provided and includes collecting, at a central location, data relating to a performance characteristic of a machine, calculating at the central location and from the collected data, the performance characteristic of the machine and comparing the calculated performance characteristic with a target performance characteristic.09-27-2012
20100114528SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR WELL SURVEILLANCE AND MANAGEMENT - A method and system is provided for managing well assets. The method includes the steps of determining “first tier” statuses corresponding to pre-defined well attributes, mapping the first tier statuses to one or more well performance classifications, determining “second tier” statuses corresponding to the well classifications, and combining the second tier statuses to determine an overall well surveillance status. The method and corresponding system can be used to manage wells by exception, to readily identify “under-performing” wells, and to prioritize actions to be taken by well operators.05-06-2010
20130080116WAVELENGTH-CONVERTING RESIN COMPOSITION FOR PHOTOVOLTAIC CELL AND PHOTOVOLTAIC CELL MODULE - A wavelength-converting resin composition for a photovoltaic cell, comprising: a fluorescent substance having a maximum absorption wavelength in an absorbance spectrum of which being λ03-28-2013
20130085717METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR QUALIFYING PERFORMANCE OF A CONVENTIONAL CONTROL VALVE - A method of qualifying performance of a conventional control valve in a process plant, the valve being controlled by a controller, the method comprising a processor obtaining data samples from a database stored on a server of the process plant, each data sample comprising a process variable, a set-point, and a manipulated variable; the processor computing a non-linearity index from the data samples and determining if the non-linearity index is greater than a threshold value; if the non-linearity index is greater than the threshold value, the processor charting a plot of the process variable against the manipulated variable and determining if the plot has an elliptical or rectangular fit; and if the plot has an elliptical fit, the processor determining if a percentage of the total number of data samples lying within a theoretical ellipse encompassed within the elliptical fit is less than or equal to a preset percentage.04-04-2013
20100082293COMPRESSED AIR SYSTEM MONITORING AND ANALYSIS - Techniques are disclosed for providing robust, comprehensive measurement and analysis for optimizing efficiency of compressed air systems. The techniques provided can be implemented, for example, in a network appliance local to the target compressed air system, and/or in a server configured to remotely monitor and evaluate the target system. On-site data logging as well as on-site or remote data analysis can be enabled, along with onboard data consolidation. Meters (e.g., airflow, air pressure, power, and/or acoustic) are deployed at the target system and provide data upon which the analysis is based.04-01-2010
20100042366DISTRIBUTED DECISION MAKING ARCHITECTURE FOR EMBEDDED PROGNOSTICS - A distributed decision making architecture for embedded prognostics in a platform is provided. An estimation system determines at least one performance characteristic of at least one device in the platform. A supervisory system is in communication with, and superior to, the estimation system. The supervisory system calculates a prediction of remaining useful life (RUL) of the at least one device in the platform. The supervisory system is adapted for collecting the at least one performance characteristic from the estimation system to generate a performance estimate, and implementing at least one data-driven equation to match the at least one performance estimate against of at least one known degradation condition to generate the prediction of remaining useful life of the at least one device.02-18-2010
20100042365IDENTIFYING CAUSES OF SERVICE LEVEL AGREEMENT AND PERFORMANCE VIOLATIONS - A computer-implemented method may include measuring a performance of a virtual channel carrying packets through a transport network for a time period, measuring a performance of an ingress interface to the transport network carrying the virtual channel packets for the time period, and measuring a performance of an internal interface carrying the virtual channel packets internal to the transport network for the time period. The computer-implemented method may determine that the performance of the virtual channel during the time period does not meet a first performance standard, and, when the performance of the virtual channel does not meet the first performance standard, may automatically determine whether the performance of the ingress interface meets a second performance standard and whether the performance of the internal interface meets a third performance standard.02-18-2010
20100042367ANALYSIS METHOD - A method is provided of analysing measured parameter values, in relation to corresponding expected parameter values, from a system which has a plurality of associated system variables. The method includes the step of optimising an error function which relates said measured parameter values to the system variables. The step of optimising the error function includes adjusting the system variables to vary the expected parameter values and thereby vary the amount of error represented by the error function. A portion of the system variables are adjusted independently of each other. A further portion of the system variables are adjusted dependently of each other. In the further portion, the system variables remain in a predetermined constant ratio relative to each other, the predetermined constant ratio being characteristic of a known mechanism changing the performance of the system.02-18-2010
20090157353Ethernet service testing and verification - A method of testing a service connection within a container in an Ethernet network comprises coupling a test device to a port on a node in a path that includes the container, switching traffic of the service connection to the port, measuring selected parameters of the switched traffic in the test device, and using the measured parameters to evaluate the performance of the service connection. In one implementation, the switching uses service and container identifications, and switching the traffic to the test device is based on the service and container identifications. The test device may be capable of inserting traffic within the service connection, and the container may be a tunnel.06-18-2009
20100106460NON-CONTIGUOUS REGIONS PROCESSING - Non-contiguous regions of interest as well as contiguous regions of interest are similarly processed. After an isotope peak detector has identified isotope peaks on LC/MS images, a microaligner microaligns bounding areas of identified isotope peaks and redefines the bounding areas to help subsequent scoring process. Forms of isotope peaks influence formation of a peak association matrix and a mass/charge association map which creates association in the mass/charge dimension. A correlation scorer produces reproducibility scores as well as quality scores to help aid scientists to discover biological features of interest.04-29-2010
20100106459Scalable Performance Management System - A performance management system, having a peer-to-peer architecture, enables performance transparency in computer information systems, providing granular performance data and scalability. Peer appliances in a computer information system collect performance data. When a user requests a performance report, an originating peer appliance may determine which peer appliances contain the data required for the report and what data processing, if any, is required. The originating peer appliance may send requests indicating what data and what data manipulation processing is required. Each of the receiving peer appliances (including the originating peer appliance) may perform its own portion of the data processing. The originating peer appliance may receive resultant data from the peer appliances (including itself) and combine the resultant data into the requested report for the user. The performance management system distributes significant data processing across the peer appliances, avoids bottlenecks, and increases system scalability.04-29-2010
20100332188MOBILE IMAGE CAPTURE SYSTEM - A mobile image capture system, a system comprising: a sensing unit for attaching to a vehicle, the sensing unit having a camera constructed and arranged to view a participant on the vehicle, the camera capturing at least one image; and processing electronics for storing data representing the captured at least one image or for relaying data representing the captured at least one image to a computer or a network.12-30-2010
20120185212METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PREPARING SENSOR OUTPUT DATA OF A SENSOR ASSEMBLY FOR FURTHER PROCESSING IN AT LEAST ONE APPLICATION AND/OR BY AT LEAST ONE ALGORITHM - A method and a system are provided for preparing sensor output data of a sensor assembly comprising at least one sensor for further processing in at least one application and/or by at least one algorithm. The method includes a configuration phase and an operational phase. The operational phase includes: Providing a data manipulation structure comprising a filter function for transforming the sensor output data into processable sensor data and at least a first memory function for storing the processable sensor data; Transforming the sensor data from the sensor assembly into processable sensor data processable by the at least one application and/or the at least one algorithm by means of the filter function; Storing the processable sensor data by means of the at least first memory function; Providing the stored processable sensor data to the at least one application and/or the at least one algorithm for further processing.07-19-2012
20090125276SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS CHECKING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A substrate processing apparatus checking method that can simply and reliably check the transient response characteristics of a substrate processing apparatus. An analyzing apparatus reads and analyzes process data comprised of time-series data on a plurality of parameters relating to a process comprised of a plurality of steps carried out on a substrate by the substrate processing apparatus. The analyzing apparatus extracts data that satisfies predetermined extracting conditions from the process data, and analyzes the extracted data based on predetermined analyzing conditions.05-14-2009
20080201105METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MONITORING VIRTUAL CONCATENATION GROUP PERFORMANCE - The invention includes a method and apparatus for determining the performance of a virtual concatenation group (VCG) signal transporting a client signal over a transport network. A method includes collecting a plurality of performance monitoring indicators associated with a plurality of VCG member signals of the VCG signal, synchronizing the performance monitoring indicators with respect to each other, combining the synchronized performance monitoring indicators to form VCG-level performance monitoring indicators, calculating VCG-level performance monitoring primitive measurements based on the VCG-level performance monitoring indicators, and processing the VCG-level performance monitoring primitive measurements to determine VCG performance.08-21-2008
20090306934Instrument monitoring system - An instrument monitoring system comprises a monitoring device including a sensor for measuring an instrument and a control unit, where the control unit includes a data flow microcontroller processor; a wireless transmitter configured to receive a data signal from the monitoring device and to transmit the data signal using a wireless data transmission protocol; a wireless reader capable of receiving the data signal from the wireless transmitter; a computing device in communication with the wireless reader, where the computing device includes software configured to present the data signal as user-readable data; and a computer-readable storage medium in communication with the computing device, wherein the computer-readable storage medium is capable of storing the data.12-10-2009
20090105988Method of Producing Thermoelectric Material - A process for determining an optimum range of compositions for a nanocomposite thermoelectric material system, within which the material may exhibit generally high figure of merit values, is provided. The process is performed for a nanocomposite thermoelectric material system having a first component and a second component made from nanoparticles. The process includes selecting a plurality of material compositions for a nanocomposite thermoelectric material system to be investigated and calculating a thermal conductivity value and calculating an electrical resistance value for each material composition selected. In addition, at least one Seebeck coefficient is determined for the material compositions selected. Then, a plurality of figure of merit values are calculated using the calculated plurality of thermal conductivity values, the calculated plurality of electrical resistivity values and the determined at least one Seebeck coefficient. After the plurality of figure of merit values are calculated, an optimum compositional range can be determined within which the largest ZT values may be exhibited.04-23-2009
20120191414EQUIPMENT STATE DETECTION APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT STATE DETECTION METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM - In order to detect an operating state of equipment, when a plate material reaches a support part, a press machine outputs a start signal to move a press part downward. An input receiver receives input of the start signal. An operating detector detects that the press machine is in an operating state. When the press machine moves the press part upward, and shaping of the plate material ends, the press machine outputs a standby signal. The input receiver receives input of the standby signal. The detector detects that the press machine is in a standby state. When the plate material is again conveyed onto a roller conveyer from the support part, the press machine outputs a stop signal. The input receiver receives input of the stop signal. The detector detects that the press machine is in a stop state.07-26-2012
20090093995METHOD FOR EVALUATING A DIAGNOSTIC TEST - One aspect of the present invention generally relates to a method for standardizing and evaluating a diagnostic test. The method includes generating at least one of a standard, control, or sample required for a validation. Then, the at least one of a standard, control, or sample is compared to at least one of an assay, protocol, or reagent for testing on a predetermined number of aspects of performance. Finally, an indicator that represents the performance of the diagnostic test. Preferably, the method is performed at a centralized location on a plurality of diagnostic tests.04-09-2009
20130073258SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PREDICTING COOLING PERFORMANCE OF ARRANGEMENTS OF EQUIPMENT IN A DATA CENTER - A system and method for evaluating equipment in an improper cluster in a data center, the equipment including a plurality of equipment racks, and at least one cooling provider. In one aspect, the method includes receiving data regarding each of the plurality of equipment racks and the at least one cooling provider, the data including a layout of the improper cluster of equipment racks and the at least one cooling provider, storing the received data, identifying at least one gap in the layout, determining cooling performance of at least one of the plurality of equipment racks based, at least in part, on characteristics of the at least one gap, and displaying the layout of the data center, wherein the layout includes an indication of the cooling performance of the at least one of the plurality of equipment racks.03-21-2013
20110015897SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TESTING DERATING PERFORMANCE OF A COMPONENT OF AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A system and method for testing derating performance of a component obtains a component list, a pin list, and a standard derating list of the electronic device from a storage. The system and method further receives parameters of each component, the parameters of each component comprising voltages of two pins of the component and a working temperature of the component, calculates a working voltage and a derating ratio of the component according to the parameters. The system and method also analyzes the working voltage and the derating ratio of the component to get analysis result, generates a test report comprising the derating ratio, the working temperature, the analysis results of each component in the component list, and storing the test report in the storage.01-20-2011
20130060522METHOD FOR EMULATING AN ENVIRONMENTAL SENSOR IN A MOTOR VEHICLE AND FOR TESTING AN ANTICIPATORY SAFETY SYSTEM, AND AN EMULATION SYSTEM - In a method for emulating an environmental sensor in a motor vehicle in a specified collision situation at a first predetermined speed of the motor vehicle, raw data are recorded in a collision situation at a second speed, which is lower than the first speed, with the environmental sensor to be emulated using the motor vehicle and/or a structurally substantially identical motor vehicle and stored. The stored raw data and/or raw data extrapolated therefrom are used downsampled for emulating the environmental sensor at the first speed.03-07-2013
20090271150SYSTEM, METHOD AND ALGORITHM FOR DATA-DRIVEN EQUIPMENT PERFORMANCE MONITORING - A method for automatically monitoring the performance of equipment (10-29-2009
20090271149Analysis Method - A method of analysing measured data, in relation to expected data, from a system which has a plurality of associated system variables, is provided, the method including the steps of: a) optimising an error function which relates said measured data to a predetermined number of the system variables adjusting the system variables; b) selecting a subset of the adjusted variables; and c) re-optimising the error function by adjusting only the variables in said subset. A method of identifying likely contributors to an error cause in measured data from a system which has a plurality of associated system variables, is also provided which uses the above method. A further method of analysing measured engine service or test data, in relation to expected data, from an engine has a plurality of associated system variables, is provided which includes the step of optimising an error function which relates said measured data to a predetermined number of the system variables by adjusting the system variables, wherein the error function is a sum of absolute variations and the step of optimising includes a least-absolutes optimisation.10-29-2009
20090030652Monitoring and Reporting Normalized Device System Performance - Apparatus and computer program products are provided to monitor and report performance data of a device such as a data storage drive. A plurality of quantitative values are obtained from feedback and measurement mechanisms in a data storage device of a first model during operation of the storage device. The plurality of quantitative values are normalized. Then, one or more qualitative values are generated from one or more normalized quantitative values and evaluated against corresponding baseline performance values established for the first model.01-29-2009
20110022356DETERMINING PERFORMANCE SENSITIVITIES OF COMPUTATIONAL UNITS - Performance sensitivities to a change in performance capabilities of computational units of a computer system are determined based on measured utilization metrics for each of the computational units. In order to determine the performance sensitivities, in one approach, the computational units are operated at a first performance level, and respective first utilization metrics are determined. The computational units are then operated at a second performance level and respective second utilization metrics are determined. The sensitivity to performance capability change, e.g., a frequency change, is determined based on the respective first and second utilization metrics. The performance sensitivities of the computational units to a change in performance capability are continually updated in response to, e.g., a process context change of a computational unit or in response to a predetermined period of time elapsing since the last sensitivity to a performance capability change was determined for a computational unit.01-27-2011
20130166250METHODS FOR ASSESSING DATA CENTER EFFICIENCY AND DEVICES THEREOF - A method, non-transitory computer readable medium, and apparatus for assessing efficiency of a data center includes querying, based on a system management protocol, each of a plurality of information technology (IT) devices to obtain utilization information. A power rating value is obtained for each of the plurality of IT devices. An IT power consumption value for the plurality of IT devices is generated based on the utilization information for the plurality of IT devices and the power rating values. A value for at least one efficiency metric is generated and output based on the IT power consumption value.06-27-2013
20080294379ON-BOARD PERFORMANCE MONITOR AND POWER CONTROL SYSTEM - A system and method for controlling performance and/or power based on monitored performance characteristics. Various aspects of the present invention may comprise an integrated circuit comprising a first circuit module that receives electrical power. A second circuit module may monitor one or more performance characteristics of the first circuit module and/or the integrated circuit. A third circuit module may, for example, determine power control information based at least in part on the monitored performance characteristic(s). The power control information may be communicated to power supply circuitry to control various characteristics of the electrical power. Various aspects of the present invention may also comprise an integrated circuit comprising a first module that monitors at least one performance characteristic of a first electrical device. The integrated circuit may also comprise modules that determine power control information based on the monitored performance characteristic(s) and communicate such power control information to power supply circuitry.11-27-2008
20080294378IMAGE ANALYSIS PROCESSES AND METHODS FOR THE EVALUATION OF TAMPON PERFORMANCE - A method for the study and evaluation of the performance of medical devices in vivo is disclosed. The medical devices are preferably tampons that are observed and evaluated in the vaginal cavities of women during their menstrual cycles in order to obtain data relative to tampon performance for the improvement of tampon technology. The method preferably uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), although other types of imaging techniques may be used. The present invention also resides in a method of MRI analysis in which a three-dimensional surface model image of a medical device such as a tampon or similar feminine hygiene product in vivo is created from two or more two-dimensional cross section images and combined with a second surface model image to produce a single image.11-27-2008
20080294377Method for Automatic Detection of Operational Performance Data of Reading Systems - To detect operational performance data of reading systems images of the delivery surfaces featuring the delivery addresses are stored together with associated reading results. Relevant delivery address the images stored in the performance data memory under the respective delivery characteristic are video coded, and the coding result are stored in the performance data memory under the relevant delivery characteristic. The reading results of the OCR reader and the associated video coding results are compared for each delivery characteristic contained in the performance data memory. The video coding results and the evaluation result are stored under the relevant delivery characteristic and a statistical evaluation is performed for determining error or reading rates relative to the system.11-27-2008
20110035186PORTABLE WIRELESS SENSOR - The present disclosure provides an apparatus for fabricating a semiconductor device. The apparatus includes a portable device. The portable device includes first and second sensors that respectively measure first and second fabrication process parameters. The first fabrication process parameter is different from the second fabrication process parameter. The portable device also includes a wireless transceiver that is coupled to the first and second sensors. The wireless transceiver receives the first and second fabrication process parameters and transmits wireless signals containing the first and second fabrication process parameters.02-10-2011
20090076775METHOD FOR ACHIEVING ARBITRARY PRECISION - A method for achieving arbitrary precision is disclosed. First a serial connection mode obtains approximation to zero error result by means of negative rough precision with addition or multiplication to obtain semi-finished products of negative 1% rough precision. Next, a measurement apparatus is utilized to measure the precision value of each semi-finished product. Next, a mathematical calculation is used to shift semi-finished product, and the shifted semi-finished products is added such that the product value matches the predetermined precision. The parallel connection mode obtains approximation to zero error result by means of positive rough precision with division or subtraction to obtain semi-finished products of approximately positive 10% rough precision, and a measurement apparatus used to measure the precision value of each semi-finished product. Next, a mathematical calculation is utilized to sift semi-finished product, and connect the sifted semi-finished products in parallel such that the product value matches the predetermined precision.03-19-2009
20100268511METHOD, PROGRAM AND APPARATUS FOR OPTIMIZING CONFIGURATION PARAMETER SET OF SYSTEM - The method includes the steps of: storing a plurality of parameter sets; selecting one of the plurality of parameter sets as a test parameter set to be evaluated; measuring performance only for one batch job out of N (N is a positive integer) batch jobs constituting full set performance measurement for the test parameter set; and calculating an evaluation value on the basis of a difference between an integral of measurement values obtained until the performance has been measured for r (r is a positive integer smaller than N) batch jobs by using the test parameter set; and an integral of mean measurement values of the performance for the r batch jobs by using an optimal parameter set which is one of the parameter sets used in the performance evaluation having been performed; determining whether or not the evaluation value has deviated from a predetermined evaluation continuing range; and terminating the evaluation of the test parameter set on condition that it is determined that the evaluation value has deviated form the evaluation continuing range toward performance deterioration. It is preferable that the predetermined evaluation continuing range be of a width from a width W where r is equal to zero, to a width W′ (0≦W′10-21-2010
20090299697SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRIP EVENT DATA ACQUISITION AND WIND TURBINE INCORPORATING SAME - A system and method is provided for acquiring operational data from a wind turbine and analyzing trip events. One or more data buffers can store operational data obtained from at least one control subsystem. A trip event detection system can be connected to the data buffers, and monitors for the occurrence of a trip event. The data stored in the data buffers can be transferred to a trip log buffer.12-03-2009
20110288821SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PREDICTING THE USEABLE LIFE OF A PHOTORECEPTOR IN IMAGING DEVICES - Systems and methods of determining a predicted usable life of components, such as a photoreceptor, associated with an imaging device. The systems and methods include a power source configured to increase an electric field across the photoreceptor. A sensor or array is configured to detect charge deficient spots (CDS) in a charge transport layer (CTL) of the photoreceptor as a result of increasing the electric field. The systems and methods are configured to determine the predicted useable life of the photoreceptor based on the detected CDS. The systems and methods are further configured to output a report of the estimation. The estimation is conducted at fixed or variable intervals throughout the life of the photoreceptor and/or imaging device.11-24-2011
20090119064Systems and Methods for Efficient Utilization of Power Sources In a Redundant Configuration - A method may include generating an efficiency curve for each of a plurality of power sources and operating the plurality of power sources based at least on the generated efficiency curve. Generating the efficiency curve for each power source may include coupling a test load to the power source for a period of time, measuring an output power after the period of time, determining a productivity of the power source, determining an efficiency of each power source based at least on the measured output power and the determined productivity, repeating the efficiency determination of the power source for a plurality of different test loads, and generating an efficiency curve from at least the determined efficiencies.05-07-2009
20110295556METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ANALYSING THE CONDITION OF A MACHINE HAVING A ROTATING PART - A method for analyzing the condition of a machine having a rotating shaft, includes: 12-01-2011
20090037143COMPRESSOR PERFORMANCE CALCULATOR - A computer program and system for calculating the performance of a compressor includes selecting a compressor from a database, inputting application conditions, comparing data for the selected compressor to the inputted application conditions, defining an operating envelope for the selected compressor by defining a series of points representing lower and upper limits of evaporating and condensing temperatures for the selected compressor, determining whether the selected compressor operates within its operating envelope, and calculating the performance of the selected compressor.02-05-2009
20100145655RATIONAL APPROXIMATION AND CONTINUED-FRACTION APPROXIMATION APPROACHES FOR COMPUTATION EFFICIENCY OF DIFFRACTION SIGNALS - Methods and apparatuses for improving computation efficiency for diffraction signals in optical metrology are described. The method includes simulating a set of diffraction orders for a structure. A set of diffraction efficiencies is determined for the set of diffraction orders. A rational approximation or a continued-fraction approximation is applied to the set of diffraction efficiencies to obtain a rationally approximated set of diffraction efficiencies or a continued-fraction approximated set of diffraction efficiencies, respectively. A simulated spectrum is then provided.06-10-2010
20100191507Multi-Protocol Fire-Alarm Strobe Synchronization - A system and method of synchronization protocol for fire alarm strobe systems which has the ability to synchronize the strobe light devices from different manufactures simultaneously.07-29-2010
20080312876METHOD OF ANALYZING EFFECTIVE POLISHING FREQUENCY AND NUMBER OF POLISHING TIMES ON POLISHING PADS HAVING DIFFERENT PATTERNS AND PROFILES - A method for analyzing the effectiveness of polishing frequency and the number of polishing times on the polishing pads having different patterns and profiles while performing the chemical-mechanical polishing process on the wafers is described. This method is to convert the images of various patterns and topography of the chips and grinding pads into binary images, and then calculates the binary images by numerical matrix method, which only needs to calculate the modified model of the position changed and the frequency of grinding during the rotation and deformation of different patterns and topography during relative movement, and then uses overlay model of effective grinding frequency to predict the distribution of effective grinding frequency at a fixed period of grinding time under a set grinding path. Further proposes the overlay model of the grinding frequency of “Least Pixel Number (LPN)”, “Cross-section Check CSC”, “Straight Line-Path Effective polishing Factor (SLEF)” and “Scale Factor (SF),” so as to develop the procedures of analyzing the distribution condition of effective grinding frequency on the surface of the chips. It is referential to design better patterns and topography of grinding pads as well as setting the assembly parameters for CMP machines in the future.12-18-2008
20110218771Method and system for evaluating the efficiency of an air conditioning apparatus - The applicant describes a system and methods of calculating the overall operating efficiency of an air conditioning chiller that evaluates efficiency of the component parts of the chiller and generates an overall efficiency based on these component efficiency values. If the overall chiller efficiency is less than the maximum attainable chiller efficiency, the cost of the inefficiency is calculated and presented to the user. Recommendations for corrective action to restore maximum chiller efficiency are identified and presented to the user.09-08-2011
20110218770OPERATION MONITORING DEVICE, AN OPERATION MONITORING METHOD AND A PROGRAM STORING MEDIUM - In an operation monitoring device which groups a plurality of types of performance information and focuses on monitoring the representative of the grouped performance information, abnormality of the non-representative of the performance information is also monitored efficiently without increasing a monitoring load at ordinary times.09-08-2011
20100223027MONITORING METHOD FOR MULTI TOOLS - A monitoring method for multi tools is disclosed. The method includes the steps of providing a plurality of measurement tools for measuring the testing points of standard wafers, calculating a vector for representing a measurement tool, calculating the angle between every two of the vectors and determining the measurement tools having the same performance or not. Thereby, the measurement tools can be efficiently grouped and the measuring stability of the measurement tool is analyzed.09-02-2010
20090150121PERFORMANCE MONITORING APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR FLUID MACHINERY - A performance monitoring apparatus for a fluid machinery which includes a predicted performance curve calculator for obtaining a curve representing the relationship between a pressure coefficient and a flow coefficient by non-dimensional characteristics per a plural fluid control quantities from a compression ratio or a pressure difference and an inlet flow rate of the fluid machinery, and a performance monitoring calculator for obtaining an actual performance head from fluid control quantities, a suction pressure, a discharge pressure, a suction temperature, a compression coefficient, a gas average molecular weight, and a specific heat ratio at the time of the operating fluid machinery, and obtaining a predicted performance head from a predicted performance curve, fluid control quantities, and an inlet flow rate; and calculating a performance degradation from the ratio of the predicted performance head to the actual performance head.06-11-2009
20080288212Method and system for processing application performance data ouside of monitored applications to limit overhead caused by monitoring - The present invention provides a system and method that aggregates and processes monitoring data acquired inside a monitored application outside of the said application to reduce overhead caused by monitoring tasks in the monitored application. Monitoring data acquired by monitoring sensors is stored in a ring buffer after acquisition, which decouples acquisition of data and its transfer, enabling asynchronous sending of performance data to a monitoring server for analysis. Memory consumption of said ring buffer is limited to a fixed size which keeps memory consumption caused by monitoring processes low and predictable. Correlation, analysis, all computation of monitoring data, and bytecode manipulation to place sensors is performed outside of the monitored application, by a monitoring server.11-20-2008
20120109580SENSOR BASED MEANS OF MONITORING THE MECHANICAL CONDITION OF ROTATING MACHINERY THAT OPERATES INTERMITTENTLY - A method of monitoring the mechanical condition of a machine in which statistically significant measurements on a characteristic signal are made over a period of time which can include interruptions and variations in the operation of the machine giving rise to uncharacteristic signals and the processing of the signal during the statistically significant measurement automatically excludes those parts of the signal associated with interruptions and variations in the operation of the machine. The invention also includes apparatus for carrying out the above method including a preamplifier, adapted to provide output to a further amplifier, adapted to provided output to dynamic enveloping circuitry, adapted to provide an output to an analogue to digital converter, adapted to provide an output to a digital micro-electronic device.05-03-2012
20120109579METHOD OF TESTING AND PROVING FUEL EFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENTS - A method of testing and proving fuel efficiency improvements includes installing a telematic device in each of a first plurality of vehicles and a second plurality of vehicles. The telematic devices collect baseline fuel consumption data during a first time period and collect test fuel consumption data during a second time period. Between the first and second time periods, at least one operating parameter of the second plurality of vehicles is modified such that the baseline fuel consumption data and the test fuel consumption data can be analyzed to determine any fuel efficiency improvements caused by the modified operating parameter. To ensure reliable and statistically-significant results, each plurality of vehicles may include 15 vehicles and each time period may include 60 days.05-03-2012
20090093997PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system and method is described herein that includes a software-based functionality to assess the relationship between reliability, operational, maintenance and plant betterment activities and to determine the frontier of efficient spending and other measures of performance to achieve a level of reliability that is based on data from units of similar design and performance.04-09-2009
20090093998PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system and method is described herein that includes a software-based functionality to assess the relationship between reliability, operational, maintenance and plant betterment activities and to determine the frontier of efficient spending and other measures of performance to achieve a level of reliability that is based on data from units of similar design and performance.04-09-2009
20090093996PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system and method is described herein that includes a software-based functionality to assess the relationship between reliability, operational, maintenance and plant betterment activities and to determine the frontier of efficient spending and other measures of performance to achieve a level of reliability that is based on data from units of similar design and performance.04-09-2009
20100088067In Situ Health Monitoring of Piezoelectric Sensors - An in situ health monitoring apparatus may include an exciter circuit that applies a pulse to a piezoelectric transducer and a data processing system that determines the piezoelectric transducer's dynamic response to the first pulse. The dynamic response can be used to evaluate the operating range, health, and as-mounted resonance frequency of the transducer, as well as the strength of a coupling between the transducer and a structure and the health of the structure.04-08-2010
20100100354DYNAMIC CALCULATION OF ALLOCATION FACTORS FOR A PRODUCER WELL - To monitor performance of wells, allocation factors are dynamically calculated for a particular producer well with respect to plural respective well patterns each containing at least one corresponding injector well. The allocation factors represent a production characteristic of the particular producer well in the respective well patterns.04-22-2010
20100125435POWER CONVERTER REMAINING LIFE ESTIMATION - Subject matter disclosed herein may relate to monitoring and/or estimating remaining life for a power converter.05-20-2010
20090281769APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ASSESSING EXCEEDANCE OF A PROCESS BEYOND SAFE OPERATING LIMITS - An apparatus and method implementable with a software application for checking or assessing exceedances process variables beyond safe operating limits is disclosed. The process has instruments, a process history database, and one or more external databases. The instruments measure process variables and can be associated with the equipment. The process history database stores a plurality of values of the process variables measured by the instruments. Data of the equipment, the associated instrument, and the safe operating limit for the equipment is defined in a limit sequence of the software application. Preferably, the data of the equipment, the instrument, and the safe operating limit is imported from the one or more external databases. The process history database is searched for one or more exceedance values that are measured by the defined instrument and that exceed the defined safe operating limit. The “apparent” exceedance values are then imported from the process history database into the software application. Finally, the user uses to software application to evaluate and validate the exceedance values.11-12-2009
20100280793METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MEASURING THE EFFICACY OF PLAQUE REMOVAL - A method for measuring the efficacy of a dental care product with respect to plaque removal on the teeth of a volunteer, comprising the steps: 11-04-2010
20090119065Virtual sensor network (VSN) system and method - A method is used for providing sensing data to a control system of a machine. The method may include providing a plurality of virtual sensors, each of which may have a model type, at least one input parameter, and at least one output parameter. The method may also include integrating the plurality of virtual sensors into a virtual sensor network; determining interdependencies among the plurality of virtual sensors; and obtaining operational information of the plurality of virtual sensors. Further, the method may include recording measurement data and performance information of the virtual sensor network and the plurality of virtual sensors; and generating one or more calibration certificate of the virtual sensor network based on the operational information, the measurement data, and the performance information.05-07-2009
20110172963Methods and Apparatus for Predicting the Performance of a Multi-Tier Computer Software System - A method and system for predicting the performance of a multi-tier computer software system operating on a distributed computer system, sends client requests to one or more tiers of software components of the multi-tier computer software system in a time selective manner; collects traffic traces among all the one or more tiers of the software components of the multi-tier computer software system; collects CPU time at the software components of the multi-tier computer software system; infers performance data of the multi-tier computer software system from the collected traffic traces; and determines disk input/output waiting time from the inferred performance data.07-14-2011
20080306711Programmatic Root Cause Analysis For Application Performance Management - Programmatic root cause analysis of application performance problems is provided in accordance with various embodiments. Transactions having multiple components can be monitored to determine if they are exceeding a threshold for their execution time. Monitoring the transactions can include instrumenting one or more applications to gather component level information. For transactions exceeding a threshold, the data collected for the individual components can be analyzed to automatically diagnose the potential cause of the performance problem. Time-series analytical techniques are employed to determine normal values for transaction and component execution times. The values can be dynamic or static. Deviations from these normal values can be detected and reported as a possible cause. Other filters in addition to or in place of execution times for transactions and components can also be used.12-11-2008
20080270074User customized machine data acquisition system - A data acquisition system for a machine is disclosed. The data acquisition system has at least one sensor disposed on a machine and configured to produce a signal indicative of a value of an operational condition of the machine. The system also has a controller communicatively coupled to the at least one sensor. The controller is configured to receive a user-defined event associated with operation of the machine, and receive a user-defined trigger corresponding to the event. The controller is also configured to receive a user-defined parameter to be reported upon triggering of the event, and report an occurrence of the event and a value of the user-defined parameter based on the signal.10-30-2008
20080281558Methods and Systems for Self-Improvement - A system and method of assessing an individual's chance for success is disclosed. The method includes taking a test, the test including questions that measure a plurality of characteristics of the individual. A score associated with each of the measured plurality of characteristics of the individual in accordance with the pre-selected field is weighted. Then a final score is determined from the weighted scores, the score being indicative of the chance for success in the pre-selected field. A movie representing an individual's progress may be generated.11-13-2008
20080288211Method and Device for the Evaluation of a Quality of Signal Representing at Least One Stimulus, as Perceived by a Recipient of Said Stimulus - A method is provided for evaluating quantity PQ representing a quality, as perceived by a recipient, of a signal OFx carrying data representing at least one stimulus intended to be produced on said recipient. The method includes a step of quantification of parameters Sqm and Tqm representing a spatial quality and a temporal quality of the signal, and a step of weighting during which a weighted product of the parameters Sqm and Tqm is computed and raised to a power C strictly below one. The method can be used to take account of a correlation that will be made by a person exposed to the stimulus between its spatial and temporal qualities, in applying an automatic technique in real time.11-20-2008
20080312875Monitoring and control of integrated circuit device fabrication processes - An integrated circuit (IC) device fabrication process may be monitored by processing product wafers to fabricate product IC devices, collecting process tool data from tools used to fabricate the product IC devices, and testing the product IC devices. To predict and monitor yield, the process tool data collected during processing and the defectivity data from testing the product IC devices may be input to a yield model that also takes into account design information particular to the product devices. The design information may comprise layout attributes of the product devices. The yield model may be generated from a defectivity model created by processing test wafers to fabricate test structures, collecting process tool data from tools used to fabricate the test structures, and testing the test structures. The test structures may have varying layout attributes to cover a design space allowed by design rules for particular product IC devices.12-18-2008
20090271151Machine data acquisition system with data compression - A machine data acquisition system is disclosed. The data acquisition system may include a sensor disposed on a machine and configured to produce a signal indicative of an operational parameter of the machine. The system may also include a data processor and controller configured to convert the signal into a plurality of parameter data points. The system may further include a primary data circular buffer disposed on the machine and configured to store the plurality of parameter data points. Additionally, a variable resolution circular buffer may be disposed on the machine and configured to store a compressed parameter data point calculated from the plurality of parameter data points.10-29-2009
20100138188SYSTEM, REMOTE DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR VALIDATING OPERATION OF A WIND TURBINE - A method for validating operation of a wind turbine from a remote device. The remote device communicates with a controller, which is operatively coupled to the wind turbine. The method includes enabling a user through the remote device to submit a request for wind turbine operating data, composing a command corresponding to the request, transmitting the command to the controller, and receiving by the remote device a response from the controller. The response includes wind turbine operating data corresponding to the command.06-03-2010
20090089010SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING AN ABUSED SENSOR DURING ANALYTE MEASUREMENT - A method of measuring an analyte in a biological fluid comprises applying an excitation signal having a DC component and an AC component. The AC and DC responses are measured; a corrected DC response is determined using the AC response; and a concentration of the analyte is determined based upon the corrected DC response. Other methods and devices are disclosed.04-02-2009
20090182531LOGGING MECHANISM FOR AN INTELLIGENT TRANSMITTER MODULE - An optoelectronic device having an intelligent transmitter module (“ITM”) includes a mechanism for logging operational information regarding the ITM. The optoelectronic device includes a microcontroller and a persistent memory. The microcontroller is configured to identify the operational information, and write log information representing the operational information to the persistent memory. The operational information may include statistical data about operation, or may include measured parameters. Log entries may be made periodically and/or in response to events. The log may then be evaluated to determine the conditions under which the ITM has historically operated.07-16-2009
20090082998MOUNTING CONDITION DETERMINATION METHOD - A method of determining a mounting condition of a mounter (03-26-2009
20090125275Method For Determining Temporal Solar Irradiance Values - A method for generating temporal solar irradiance values for a selected area. Binary format hillshade files are generated for selected azimuth and altitude points on the Sun's path for selected time points for the area. Data in the hillshade files is reclassified into reclassified files, on basis of the selected time points relative to the solar radiation data. The reclassified files are then summed to generate a set of normalized reclassified files, each representing a selected intermediate interval. The values for each corresponding one of the cells in the set of normalized reclassified files are summed to generate an irradiance-weighted shade file. The hillshade files are summed by inclusively OR-ing corresponding values for each of the cells in each of the hillshade files to generate respective composite files for each said selected intermediate interval. The composite files are then summed to generate a summed shade/time frequency file in which each data point therein represents the frequency of repetition of corresponding cells in the hillshade files over a selected upper interval of time. Each data point value in the irradiance-weighted shade file is then divided by the corresponding data point value in the frequency file to generate a file having solar access values for the upper interval, relative to the intermediate interval, for the selected area.05-14-2009
20090144024Method and Structure for Screening NFET-to-PFET Device Performance Offsets Within a CMOS Process - A method of screening on-chip variation in NFET-to-PFET device performance for as-manufactured integrated circuits (ICs) made using a CMOS process. The method includes defining an acceptable frequency- or period-based NFET-to-PFET device performance envelope by simulating a pair of ring oscillators, one of which contains only NFET transistors and the other of which contains only PFET transistors. The ring oscillators are then fabricated into each as-manufactured ICs. At screening time, the ring oscillators in each fabricated IC are tested to measure their frequencies (periods). These frequencies (periods) are then compared to the performance envelope to determine whether the NFET-to-PFET device performance of the corresponding IC is acceptable or not.06-04-2009
20090006034Method and apparatus for providing data processing and control in a medical communication system - Methods and apparatus for providing data processing and control for use in a medical communication system are provided.01-01-2009
20110144944COMPRESSOR DIAGNOSTIC AND PROTECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A method is provided and may include generating a high-side signal indicative of an operating condition of a high-pressure side of a refrigeration circuit and generating a low-side signal indicative of an operating condition of a low-pressure side of the refrigeration circuit. The method may further include processing by a processor the high-side signal and the low-side signal to determine a non-measured system condition and determining by the processor an efficiency of the refrigeration circuit based on the non-measured system condition.06-16-2011
20090144025METHOD FOR DISCRIMINATING BETWEEN OPERATING CONDITIONS IN MEDICAL PUMP - A method is disclosed for determining the operating condition of a medical pump based on data derived from a pressure sensor and a position sensor. The pressure sensor generates pressure data by sensing the force on the pumping element. The position sensor generates position data by tracking the pumping cycle and determining the position of the pumping element. The pump pressure data and pump position data are processed and the calculated results compared with a pre-determined threshold value to determine the operating condition of the pump. The three main types of operating conditions of concern are the following: normal condition, where liquid is present and no leaks exist in pumping chamber; leak condition, where liquid is present but a leak exists in the pumping chamber; and air stroke condition, where the chamber contains some air.06-04-2009
20090006033Testing Electronic Systems - An imaging system comprises a local processing unit with a plurality of components or subsystems, which for the purposes of illustration comprise five variously interconnected components or subsystems, 01-01-2009
20090055129AIRCRAFT VEHICULAR PROPULSION SYSTEM MONITORING DEVICE AND METHOD - Methods and systems for monitoring rotating shaft shafts and couplings in an aircraft propulsion system is described. The measurement system/method provides for accurate and precise monitoring of a rotating shaft flexible coupling in a fixed wing aircraft vehicle propulsion system. The measuring system/method provides for a high reliability short take off vertical landing fixed wing aircraft in which the vertical propulsion dynamically rotating drive shaft system and couplings are monitored in real time. The vehicular shaft coupling misalignment measuring system utilizes multiple positional sensors to provide highly reliable and precise determination of the dynamic characteristics of the rotating sensor target components of the propulsion system drive shaft. The relative position of the sensors is rigidly fixed externally from the rotating targets with a structural frame. The collar misalignment measuring system of the invention provide a misalignment measurement of the propulsion system drive shaft flexible coupling which relates to a critical performance of rotating shaft coupling in the operation of an aircraft vehicle. The method/system provides for monitoring a rotating drive shaft system and dynamically measuring a rotating drive shaft coupling in a fixed wing aircraft propulsion system.02-26-2009
20090055128BURN-IN TEST SYSTEM FOR PROJECTION DEVICE - A burn-in test system for a plurality of projection devices includes a plurality of light sensing modules, a data collecting module, a data receiving module, and a data processing module. Each of the light sensing modules is configured for receiving light from the respective projection device and converting the light into an electrical signal. The data collecting module is configured for converting the electrical signals from the light sensing modules into a plurality of digital signals and transmitting the digital signals. The data receiving module is configured for receiving the digital signals from the data collecting module. The data processing module is configured for processing the digital signals provided from the data receiving module to obtain age information of the projection devices.02-26-2009
20090099815Method and System for Analyzing Interlinked Production Processes for Manufacturing A Product - A method and system for analyzing interlinked production processes for manufacturing a product are provided. Static and dynamic input data for at least one product parameter or process parameter are acquired. At least one degree of freedom of the at least one product parameter or process parameter is determined. At least one target parameter is acquired. The acquired static and dynamic input data are processed on the basis of at least one degree of freedom and, the at least one product parameter or process parameter is automatically adjusted. At least some of the data determined and acquired in steps a) to d) are stored or output.04-16-2009
20120143566COMPLEX INDEX, IN PARTICULAR A PAVEMENT CONDITION INDEX (PCI) - A method for adjusting a complex index with inherent anomalies due to the presence of multiple quality levels of the same indexed characteristic in a single sample. Select embodiments of the present invention provide for adjusting the complex index where both two and three quality levels of the same characteristic are present in the inspection sample. Select embodiments of the present invention provide an adjustment for a pavement condition index (PCI) established with ranges of severity estimated as low, medium and high for each distress type.06-07-2012
20120078575CHECKING OF FUNCTIONS OF A CONTROL SYSTEM HAVING COMPONENTS - A method for checking functions, to be checked, of a control system, the control system having components to be checked, in particular redundant components, and an evaluation unit which evaluates the operability of the components on the basis of status reports of the components, the method including a component-side check of the functions, to be checked, of the components to be checked, and a system-wide check of at least one, but not all, of the functions checked on the component side.03-29-2012
20110029283MEASURING LINE PERFORMANCE - A method of measuring the performance of a DSL line is proposed, providing an indication of potential faults in the line. Analysis of broadband DSL is less straightforward than for other technologies, since ‘normal’ behaviour depends on a number of factors, including line length and line quality, where normal behaviour for a long line could be regarded as poor for a short line. The data transmission characteristics of a DSL line under test are measured with reference to its upstream line attenuation, then the results are compared with the model for the corresponding data transmission characteristic. A performance measure is calculated for each characteristic indicative of the difference between the measured characteristic and the observed ‘average’ for other lines having the same upstream line attenuation. A final line performance indicator is calculated based on the combination of all the individual performance measures, which provides a quantitative measure of a line's performance.02-03-2011
20090222239Method for the Computer-Aided Analysis of the Reliability of a Technical System, Corresponding Device, and a Corresponding Technical System - The invention relates to a method for the computer-assisted analysis of the reliability of a technical system comprising a plurality of technical components. According to said method, the reliabilities of the components are respectively described by a component function that depends on at least one parameter and a parameter interval of the at least one parameter, which is associated with the components and influences the reliability of the components; a system reliability of the technical system is determined from the reliabilities of the components; a variation value is respectively determined for at least some of the components f&, constituting a value for the variation of the system reliability according to the variation of the parameter interval of the respective component; and an influence quantity relating to the influence of the respective components on the system reliability is respectively determined for at lest some of the components from the variation value.09-03-2009
20090248358Real Time Operation Specification Calculation System That Provides Specifications To A User Interface - A system comprises a functional apparatus having a plurality of performance capabilities as per a specification, a user output interface, a processor for calculating the specification for achieving a desired performance of the functional apparatus; and an output controller for providing the calculated specification on the user output interface.10-01-2009
20090254307Systems and Methods for Operational Verification of a Missile Approach Warning System - A coupler that generates and emits a simulated missile signature for assessing the operational capability of a missile approach warning system. The coupler may be directly attached to the system by an adapter. Couplers may be used in multiplicity, simultaneously or sequentially. The simulated signature may be digitally stored, as may be the results of the assessment. Simulated signatures may also be generated from freeform. The coupler also performs sensitivity testing.10-08-2009
20090222241SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR STREETLIGHT MONITORING DIAGNOSTICS - One or more example diagnostics may be performed by a network server for a network of intelligent luminaire managers or other radio frequency (RF) devices. The network server may receive messages or information from one or more of the plurality of networked intelligent luminaire managers or RF devices. The network server may perform diagnostics based upon the received messages or information from one or more of the plurality of networked intelligent luminaire managers or RF devices. The network server may also leverage knowledge of respective statuses of at least a portion of the plurality of the networked intelligent luminaire managers or RF devices to determine a system-level status.09-03-2009
20090222240BALER MACHINE MONITORING AND PERFORMANCE INTERFACES, SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Monitoring and performance interfaces are disclosed for baler machines. The interfaces collect and analyze runtime and downtime data and present reports or varying detail to interested personnel that allow objective assessment of baler machine performance. Multiple baler machines may be monitored and analyzed to reveal human and machine-related issues that inhibit optimal performance but are otherwise extremely difficult to detect.09-03-2009
20090248360METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MACHINE CONDITION MONITORING AND REPORTING - A method for reporting machine condition, includes monitoring at least one machine function from a plurality of points on the machine and obtaining performance data; transmitting the data to a report generator; operating the report generator to compile the data into at least one report indicative of at least one machine condition and performance factor from the plurality of points; and displaying the at least one report indicative of the at least one function from the plurality of points.10-01-2009
20090254308Method for Automatic Monitoring of Generator Operation - The invention relate to a method for automatic monitoring of generator operation, which method has the following steps: recording of generator input variables, calculation of set generator output variables based on the recorded generator input variables, recording of the actual generator output variables, comparison of the recorded actual generator output variables with the calculated set generator output variables, and evaluation of the comparison results.10-08-2009
20100057401SYSTEM, METHOD AND KIT FOR TESTING GAS MONITORS - System and method are utilized for testing the performance of a gas monitor against predetermined monitor characteristics to determine if performance of a gas monitor is validated following testing gas being directly delivered to a gas sensor of the gas monitor.03-04-2010
20100262402PERFORMANCE EVALUATION DEVICE AND PERFORMANCE EVALUATION METHOD - A performance evaluation device includes an event counter unit that counts events occurring by execution of an evaluation target program from arrival of a measurement start signal indicating a measurement start point of a measurement section preset to the evaluation target program to arrival of a measurement stop signal indicating a measurement stop point of the measurement section, and an iteration counter unit that counts iterations of the measurement section to be iterated based on at least one of the measurement start signal and the measurement stop signal.10-14-2010
20100262401Method for analysis of the operation of a gas turbine - A method for analyzing the operation of a gas turbine is provided. A neural network based upon a normal operation of the gas turbine is learned. A dynamic pressure signal is read by a pressure sensor in or on the compressor of the turbine, and an operating parameter is read by a further sensor. The dynamic pressure signal is subjected to a frequency analysis, a parameter of a frequency spectrum of the pressure signal being determined. Based upon the measured operating parameter and the parameter of the frequency spectrum of the pressure signal, the neural network is learned. The measured operating parameter and the parameter of the frequency spectrum are input parameters, and a diagnostic characteristic value representing a probability of a presence of operation of the gas turbine as a function of the input parameters is output.10-14-2010
20100191506Data Quality And Ancillary Data Checking For Raman Sensor - Systems and methods for operating, particularly in the field, a Raman spectroscopy device that includes a laser, a spectrograph, an intensified charge coupled device (ICCD), and an autofocus subsystem. Before spectral data acquisition commences a series of ancillary data checks is performed to monitor operating conditions of at least the laser, the ICCD, and the autofocus subsystem. Further, after each Raman spectrum acquisition, a series of data quality checks is performed to enhance confidence in the just collected data. Only spectral data that passes the data quality checks are further processed. However, all spectral data are stored in a log file. When the log file reaches a predetermined capacity, the log file is closed, and a new round of ancillary data checks is performed to again monitor the status of the Raman spectroscopy device.07-29-2010
20100228524Sports analytics: use of a multi-dimensional database technology in the analysis of sports metrics related data - A method and apparatus for the processing and usage of a multi-dimensional database management system to support an analytic database focused on the analysis of player-based scoring for team and individual performance data. A multi-dimensional database is defined as having multiple perspectives (or dimensions) organized such that analysis of complex data sets is simplified for users of the system. Performance scoring metrics of athletes provides players, coaching staffs and office personnel with statistical information that represents true performance player by player in a specific sport. This data is by nature complex and comprised of extremely large data sets. Furthermore, the base set of facts only provides a certain level of information to these users, much more important is the derived information that can be surmised from these metrics. The definition and production of unique identifiers and metrics is a fundamental component of this apparatus.09-09-2010
20100161277NETWORKED EVALUATION SYSTEM - A networked organization performance evaluation system based on an integrated number of Performance Components quantified by a computerized statistical analysis of data collected from within the organization. The data is collected by a network accessible interface generated by software resident on computers and databases maintained by the system. The Performance Components include: (a) an Achievement Component and a Failure Component representing end points of a Performance Range, (b) an Exposure Component of an identified population of said organization, (c) an Individual Exposure component of an individual within the population, (d) a Significant Personal Pleasure Component associated with the Achievement Component, (e) a Significant Personal Discomfort Component associated with the Failure Component, (f) a Meaning Component, (g) a Strategy and Plan Component. Each of the Performance Components is assigned a ranked value derived through the statistical analysis.06-24-2010
20100241401Solar collector electronic freeze protection system, with differential circulation control of pump and automatic freeze protection - An automatic and electronic freeze protection system for solar energy collector systems. The system includes a solar collector for collecting solar energy in the form of heat, a circulation pump operated by a DC power source (typically a small photovoltaic module), a storage tank, an ac current connection to provide freeze protection at times when no sun is available, and various valves and piping to complete. Sensors are provided at both the storage tank and the solar collector to monitor the temperature of the water and also the temperature of the collector (more specifically, the temperature of the fluid in the collector). Whenever the fluid in the collector approaches its freeze point, the electronic freeze protection will use AC or battery power to energize the DC circulation pump, thereby circulating water from the storage tank to and through all components of the system. When the temperature of the collector (the temperature of the fluid in the collector) rises to a predetermined point and freezing is no longer imminent or possible, the electronic freeze protection will shut off the circulation pump. This process will repeat as often as is necessary to protect the collector and system components that are exposed to freezing temperatures. The primary difference between our current invention and existing systems is that there is no electronic freeze protection device available for DC-solar systems. In addition, we have combined existing DC differential control with electronic freeze protection for a truly unique and extremely useful improvement. Differential control of the circulation pump will increase efficiency of the system, thereby increasing total solar gain. Finally, and uniquely, this invention includes fault protection in the event of an open or shorted sensor at the collector. In the event of a fault, the present invention will energize the circulation pump, thereby preventing freezing and making the system fail-safe. The invention is unique by three means: combination of electronic freeze protection AND differential control in a single unit, automatic backup with battery and ac power, and fault protection for fail-safe operation.09-23-2010
20100228525DATA LOGGER FOR HYBRID VEHICLE - A data logging system includes a sensor for monitoring a parameter and a data logger. The data logger includes a first logging mode and a second logging mode. The first logging mode has a low-capacity logging mode adapted to collect data from the sensor at time intervals, identify a start of a data cycle when the parameter reaches a first limit, identify a stop of the data cycle when the parameter reaches a second limit, process the data collected between the start and stop of the data cycle, log the data processed, the data processed having less bytes than the data collected between the start and stop of the data cycle. The second logging mode is adapted to collect data from the sensor at time intervals and to log a portion of the data collected after receiving an event code.09-09-2010
20100145656Method for monitoring the operation of a medication delivery device, an electronic module, and a medication delivery system - The disclosure relates to a method for monitoring the operation of a medication delivery device, the method comprising the steps of: providing a medication delivery device, the medication delivery device comprises a medication delivery module, providing an electronic module coupled to the medication delivery device, the electronic module comprises a sensor element, a control element, and a storing element, detecting, using the sensor element, signals generated in response to a measurable operation of the medication delivery module, generating electronic data by processing, using the control element, electronic information derived from the detected signals, the electronic data comprises information about a medication delivery characteristic of at least one measurable operation of the medication delivery module, and storing the electronic data in the storing element.06-10-2010
20110238372OPERATIONAL STATE ANALYSIS SYSTEM AND OPERATION STATE ANALYSIS METHOD - The operational state analysis system may analyze an operational state of a plant based on processed data items related to the plant. The operational state analysis system may include a reception unit that receives a selection of the processed data items, the selection being performed by user of the operational state analysis system, a property value acquisition unit that acquires a plurality of property values, each of the plurality of property values being one of values of the processed data items and statistical values based on the processed data items of which the selection is received by the reception unit, and a waveform display unit that displays the plurality of property values acquired by the property value acquisition unit as waveforms that analyzes the operational state.09-29-2011
20100070239PERFORMANCE EVALUATION DEVICE AND PERFORMANCE EVALUATION METHOD - A performance evaluation device and a performance evaluation method to evaluate at least one under-test module in a ROM of an electronic device are provided. The performance evaluation device comprises a time stamp counter, a measuring module, a recording module and a calculating module. The time stamp counter increments every time period to generate a time-stamp-number. The measuring module measures a unit-time time-stamp-number during a unit time to further calculates the time period. The recording module records a begin time-stamp-number when the at least one under-test module begins the operation and a finish time-stamp-number when the at least one under-test module finishes the operation. And the calculating module calculates an operation time data according to a difference between the begin time-stamp-number and the finish time-stamp-number and the time period.03-18-2010
20120245893MODULE FOR MONITORING INDUSTRIAL PROCESSES - A module for monitoring industrial processes for use in a system for monitoring industrial processes that comprises sensor means (09-27-2012
20090265135Electro-Hydraulic Timed Angle Controlled Joint Simulation Torque Calibration, Certification and Analysis Device - A joint simulator is provided having a housing with a chamber, a piston, slidable within the chamber, and a shaft rotatable within the housing, the shaft having (i) an end configured to engage a power tool to be tested, and (ii) a threaded end engaged with the piston, whereby rotating the shaft causes the piston to slide within the chamber Hydraulic fluid fills a section of the chamber formed by a side of the piston and the housing, and computer software controlled pressure and relief valves are actuated to regulate the flow of hydraulic fluid in the chamber, to achieve target pressures. The pressure of the hydraulic fluid creates resistance to rotation of the shaft, thereby increasing the torque relative to the angular increase on the shaft and/or relative to time. The joint simulator is provided with means to determine the angular displacement and torque applied to the shaft;10-22-2009
20090326868METHOD FOR SELECTING A TOOLKIT AS WELL AS SYSTEM AND USE THEREOF - A method is described for selecting a toolkit, preferably a cryptographic toolkit, from a plurality of toolkits, in a computer environment, by providing a test frame, performance characteristics being established for the plurality of toolkits, and the toolkit being determined upon the basis of established parameters for the performance characteristics.12-31-2009
20090248361REAL TIME DOSER EFFICIENCY MONITORING - A real time, average pressure difference method for monitoring doser efficiency is described that determines the difference between the average pressure when the doser is not injecting and the average pressure when the doser is injecting at a predetermined commanded injection rate. The average pressure difference method results in improved doser efficiency monitoring. The method can be implemented in a number of areas. For example, in a diesel truck application, the doser efficiency can be monitored accurately in real time.10-01-2009
20090319229MEASUREMENT ARRANGEMENT HAVING A MONITORED MEASUREMENT UNIT AND HAVING A CONTROL UNIT FOR CONTROLLING A MACHINE - A measuring arrangement includes a measuring unit for detecting an operating variable of a machine, and a control unit connected to the measuring unit by a bi-directional digital data connection to control the machine. The measuring unit has a sensor for detecting an analog measuring signal for the operating variable, an evaluation unit for digitalizing and evaluating the analog measuring signal, and a monitoring unit for checking the threshold value of the analog measuring signal. The data connection transmits digital measuring or monitoring information determined by the evaluation unit and the monitoring unit, from the measuring unit to the control unit, and transmits a digital control command for initiating a self-test of the monitoring unit, from the control unit to the measuring unit. A modification system provides targeted amplifying or damping of the analog measuring signal supplied as a test signal during the self-test of the monitoring unit.12-24-2009
20090319228Methods and Systems for Evaluating the Performance of MEMS-based Inertial Navigation Systems - Disclosed are systems and methods for evaluating the navigation performance of MEMS inertial sensors. The method uses MEMS inertial sensors static data signals to estimate the static sensor errors and combines them with a reference kinematic signal obtained through field testing of a high-grade inertial sensor. Such emulated field data may then be processed with the corresponding GPS data collected in the same or different field test to evaluate the navigation performance of the MEMS inertial sensors.12-24-2009
20090319230Multi-Sensor Monitoring of Athletic Performance - Athletic performance monitoring systems and methods, many of which utilize, in some manner, global positioning satellite (“GPS”) data, provide data and information to athletes and/or to equipment used by athletes during an athletic event. Such systems and methods may provide route information to athletes and/or their trainers, e.g. for pre-event planning, goal setting, and calibration purposes. Such systems and methods optionally may provide real time information to the athlete while the event takes place, e.g., to assist in reaching the pre-set goals. Additionally, data and information collected by such systems and methods may assist in post-event analysis for athletes and their trainers, e.g., to evaluate past performances and to assist in improving future performances.12-24-2009
20110238370Methods, Apparatuses and Systems for Automatically Determining the State of a Cluster Tool - Methods, systems, and apparatuses are disclosed for determining the state of a cluster tool. In one embodiment, the method may include receiving status information for one or more modules of a cluster tool. The method may include defining one or more wafer flows through the cluster tool. Each wafer flow through the cluster tool may include one or more wafer flow steps performed by one or more modules. The method may include determining, with a processing device, the states of the one or more wafer flow steps in response to the status information. The method may include determining, with a processing device, the states of the one or more wafer flows in response to the state of the one or more wafer flow steps. The method may include determining the state of the cluster tool in response to the states of the one or more wafer flows.09-29-2011
20110112797Efficiency monitoring of a compressor - A method for monitoring the efficiency of a compressor is provided. A mass flow, an entry pressure, an exit pressure, an entry temperature, and an exit temperature of the process medium are all determined and a performance factor is ascertained. At the inlet of each stage, a stage entry temperature and a stage entry pressure are directly or indirectly measured as measurement parameters. At the outlet of each stage, a stage exit temperature and a stage exit pressure are directly or indirectly measured as measurement parameters. Each stage is assigned a module which calculates a stage efficiency as a performance factor from the measurement parameters using a calculation means.05-12-2011
20100305904PORTABLE APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR TESTING AND CERTIFICATION OF LASER-BASED SPEED MEASURING DEVICES - A portable test and certification unit for laser-based speed measuring devices (traffic laser guns, etc.) is provided. The test and certification unit is capable of performing manual, semi-automatic and automatic measurements on laser guns, ensuring no “missed” steps in the certification process. The unit is optionally supported by a general-purpose digital computer such as a “PC,” which may, in turn, record test results and print certification documents. The test and certification unit allows for fast and accurate certification of laser guns in a laboratory or in the field by operators of only minimal technical skill, thereby saving expense and time, as laser guns no longer must be removed from vehicles and/or shipped to a remote certification facility.12-02-2010
20130132032SYSTEM, DEVICE AND ASSOCIATED METHODS FOR MONITORING A PHYSICAL CONDITION OR OPERATING PERFORMANCE OF A STRUCTURE - A system for monitoring a structure is provided. The system comprises at least one sensor node attachable to a structure and configured to monitor a physical condition or operating performance that is being exhibited by the structure; a power source configured to power the at least one sensor node; a converter adapted to receive an analog output signal generated by the at least one sensor node in response to the monitored physical condition or operating performance of the structure and to convert the analog signal into a digital signal; and a processor for receiving the digital signal and processing the digital signal into feedback readable by a user to determine whether the physical condition or operating performance of the structure falls within a predetermined range.05-23-2013
20090037142PORTABLE 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.02-05-2009
20100332187SYSTEMS AND METHOD FOR POWER PLANT PERFORMANCE RECONCILIATION - A method and system for determining the overall performance of a power plant are provided. The system includes a plurality of components includes a processor configured to generate a first reference model of the power plant and generate a first measured model of the power plant. The processor is further configured to determine the performance impact of the at least one of the plurality of components of the power plant on the overall thermal performance of the power plant, normalize the performance impact to design conditions, and output at least one of the normalized performance impact on overall plant performance.12-30-2010
20110029282HARSH ENVIRONMENT SENSOR SYSTEM AND DETECTION METHODS - A system for measuring a plurality of operating parameters of an object in a harsh environment is provided. The system includes a first energy transceiver system configured to transceive energy signals. The system also includes a transcieved modulant coupled to the first energy transceiver system. The system further includes a second energy transceiver system at least partially disposed on the object and capable of being interrogated by the first energy transceiver system. The second energy transceiver system still further includes a sensing system. The system also includes a processor coupled to the first energy transceiver system. The processor is configured to determine of the plurality of the operating parameters of the object in the harsh environment based upon the transceived modulant.02-03-2011
20130191073Evaluating Sprinkler Head Performance within a Turf Irrigation System - Systems and methods for evaluating individual sprinkler head performance within a turf irrigation system are disclosed.07-25-2013
20130191072MODULAR REFRIGERATION UNIT HEALTH MONITORING - A method for modular refrigeration unit (MRU) health monitoring includes receiving log data on a log data input from the MRU by a MRU health monitor, the log data comprising a plurality of datapoints, each of the plurality of datapoints comprising a position of a control valve of the MRU and a corresponding time; determining by the MRU health monitor a plurality of MRU parameters from the log data; determining a plurality of MRU health flags based on the MRU parameters; adding the plurality of MRU health flags to determine an MRU health score; determining whether the MRU health score is higher than a replacement threshold; and indicating replacement of the MRU in the event the MRU health score is higher than the replacement threshold.07-25-2013
20090063097PRESSURE SENSING SYSTEMS FOR SPORTS, AND ASSOCIATED METHODS - A system determines athletic performance. A pressure sensor senses change in elevation. A microprocessor processes signals from the pressure sensor to determine speed corresponding to the change in elevation. A display reports the speed to a user.03-05-2009
20110087460Field device for determining or monitoring a physical or chemical process variable - Field device for determining or monitoring a physical or chemical process variable, wherein the field device is composed of a sensor, which works according to a defined measuring principle, and a control/evaluation unit, which, as a function of a safety standard required for the particular safety-critical application, conditions and evaluates, along at least two equivalent measuring paths, measurement data delivered by the sensor. The control/evaluation unit is implemented on an FPGA, on which are provided at least a first section and a second section, wherein, in each section, a digital measuring path, which is composed of a plurality of software-based and/or hardware-based function modules, is dynamically reconfigurable. The sections are isolated from one another by permanently configured spacer regions, wherein the spacer regions are embodied in such a way, that a temperature and/or a voltage change in one of the sections has no influence on the other section or other sections, and, in the case of malfunction, no connection occurs between the sections. The control/evaluation unit, as a function of the particular defined safety-critical application, partially dynamically reconfigures the function modules in the measuring paths in such a manner, that the field device fulfills the required safety standard.04-14-2011
20120173200Method, System and Computer Program Product for Real-Time Detection of Sensitivity Decline in Analyte Sensors - Method, system and computer program product for providing real time detection of analyte sensor sensitivity decline is continuous glucose monitoring systems are provided.07-05-2012
20110251824ATHLETICISM RATING AND PERFORMANCE MEASURING SYSTEM - A universal athleticism rating system and related athletic performance measuring systems for accurately detecting and recording athletic performance are disclosed. The athleticism rating system evaluates individual athletes against a common, standardized, set of athletic performance tests. Each athlete performs the athletic tests and his or her scores in the individual tests are entered into a standardized calculation to produce a single athletic performance score. The related performance measuring system is preferably a timing system that ensures quick, easy, and accurate collection of athletic event timing related data without the need for the athlete to wear any special detection devices or the like. In a preferred embodiment, the performance measuring system integrates with the rating system to provide seamless athletic data collection and rating of athletes.10-13-2011
20100057400METHOD AND SYSTEM TO MONITOR, DEBUG, AND ANALYZE PERFORMANCE OF AN ELECTRONIC DESIGN - Various methods and apparatuses are described that provide instrumentation and analysis of an electronic design. A performance monitoring apparatus may be located on an interconnect of a fabricated integrated circuit. An event measurement module (EM) includes an event generator sub-module that generates monitoring events and event measurements associated with transactions between initiator intellectual property (IP) cores and target IP cores over the interconnect. The EM further includes a software visible register block that provides software access for controlling the EM on which one or more transactions to monitor and to configure one or more parameters associated with that transaction to track. The EM further includes a filtering sub-module that selects transactions to be monitored based on information received from the software. The performance counter module aggregates events and event measurements received from the EM into quantities of performance metrics associated with transactions between the IP cores over the interconnect.03-04-2010
20090216492Solar radiation shielding member and solar radiation shielding member forming fluid dispersion - A solar radiation shielding member comprising solar radiation shielding fine particles, which has a transmittance having a maximum value at a wavelength of from 400 nm to 700 nm and a minimum value at a wavelength of from 700 nm to 1,800 nm, and, where the maximum value of the transmittance is represented by P, the minimum value thereof by B and the visible-light transmittance by VLT, has solar radiation shielding performance satisfying the following mathematical expression (1) at 60%≦VLT≦80% or satisfying the following mathematical expression (2) at 38%≦VLT≦55%:08-27-2009
20090216490REMOTE BEVERAGE EQUIPMENT MONITORING AND CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD - The present disclosure provides a system and method for monitoring and controlling modifications to beverage equipment. The system includes at least one beverage equipment which may include a controller. The controller communicates over a communications network with a data collection server which may be accessible to a central office or equipment provider. A method is also disclosed for first monitoring or querying beverage equipment for a setting or configuration modification. Next, the modification may be compared against a modification threshold to determine whether the modification warrants corrective action. A corrective action may include but is not limited to, resetting the equipment to original or default settings, notifying an end user, notifying the equipment providers, logging the action, or some combination of two or more of these actions.08-27-2009
20090216491METHOD FOR LOGGING THE PERFORMANCE OF A VEHICLE SUSPENSION SYSTEM - A method for logging the performance of a vehicle suspension system including the steps of measuring the dynamic effect of an impulsive load with an electronic weighing system, wherein the electronic weighing system is mounted onboard the vehicle, and determining one or more parameters selected from the group consisting of the dampening ratio of the suspension, the oscillation frequency of the suspension and the impact loading of the vehicle.08-27-2009
20100063775METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TESTING AUTOMOTIVE COMPONENTS - Method and apparatus are provided for automatically testing automotive components for one or more operating parameters. At least one operating parameter dependent variable is sensed and the data collected regarding the values of the operating parameter are transmitted to a data processing system. The data processing system compares the measured data to pre-programmed operating data that will determine a pass/fail decision for the machine element. The dependent variable data are compared to a predetermined set of values as determined by a pass envelope defined between a set of maximum values and a set of minimum values which can be illustrated as curves for an operating cycle of the machine element. The data processing system can determine, as correlated to an independent variable, whether or not the values are acceptable for the dependent variable.03-11-2010
20110178770METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MEASURING INTERNAL QUANTUM WELL EFFICIENCY OF LED - Provided is a method and apparatus for measuring efficiency of an optical device. In the method, a power of emission light from the optical device is calculated by irradiating an excitation stimulus on the optical device. A power of a reference excitation stimulus at which a variation of recombination coefficients in a quantum well of the optical device with respect to a variation of carrier concentration in the quantum well of the optical device becomes minimum is extracted. An internal quantum efficiency of the optical device at the power of the reference excitation stimulus is calculated. An internal quantum efficiency of the optical device at powers of various excitation stimuli is calculated from the internal quantum efficiency of the optical device at the power of the reference excitation stimulus.07-21-2011
20110178771METHOD FOR EVALUATING PERFORMANCE OF A SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING PITCH OF A SET OF BLADES OF A WIND TURBINE - Methods of controlling a variable speed wind turbine generator connected to a power grid. The method may include measuring the frequency, f, of the power grid, controlling the speed of the generator for optimizing the power delivered to the power grid, and setting limits for the generator speed. The setting of the limits for the generator speed is performed in dependency of the measured frequency of the power grid. This provides a dynamical set of limits providing improved possibilities of optimizing the power production.07-21-2011
20110178769DYNAMIC RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TESTING WITH CONSUMER ELECTRONICS DEVICES - One embodiment of the present invention sets forth a technique for performing dynamic randomized controlled testing to evaluate design choices for a consumer electronics (CE) device. A plurality of CE devices may communicate with a server system over a data communications network to be assigned a variant of the design choice. The variant may correspond to a variant of a user interface component of the CE device or a functional component of the CE device. Once assigned, feedback may be collected from the plurality of CE devices specifying one or more performance metrics associated with the design variant assigned to a respective CE device.07-21-2011
20110153274CHILLER'S PERFORMANCE TESTER - A chiller's performance tester includes two flowrate sensors, four temperature sensors, one current sensor, one voltage sensor, all sensors being externally connectable, and an enclosure in which a thermal energy calculation IC board, an electrical power calculation IC board, and a programmable logic controller are arranged. The enclosure has a front side to which a man-machine interface panel that displays measurement readings and provides function-related operations is mounted. The enclosure has a back side to which a socket-carrying panel that is connectable to cables of the sensors is mounted. Readings of flowrate, temperature, current, and voltage are transmitted to the programmable logic controller in which software is executed to compile and integrate these signals to be further transmitted to a computer for subsequent analysis and monitoring. Test of a water chiller is made simple and cost, man power, and working hours are saved.06-23-2011
20120303322INCORPORATING MEMORY AND IO CYCLE INFORMATION INTO COMPUTE USAGE DETERMINATIONS - A system and method provide for receiving data corresponding to a computing node and identifying a processor usage, a memory usage and an input/output (IO) usage based at least in part on the data corresponding to the computing node. In addition, a compute usage value may be determined for the computing node based at least in part on the processor usage, the memory usage and the IP usage.11-29-2012
20110040527PROCESS CONDITION SENSING WAFER AND DATA ANALYSIS SYSTEM - A measuring device incorporating a substrate with sensors that measure the processing conditions that a wafer may undergo during manufacturing. The substrate can be inserted into a processing chamber by a robot head and the measuring device can transmit the conditions in real time or store the conditions for subsequent analysis. Sensitive electronic components of the device can be distanced or isolated from the most deleterious processing conditions in order increase the accuracy, operating range, and reliability of the device.02-17-2011
20110213589SYSTEM AND METHOD TO DETERMINE ELECTRIC MOTOR EFFICIENCY USING AN EQUIVALENT CIRCUIT - A system and method for determining electric motor efficiency includes a monitoring system having a processor programmed to determine efficiency of an electric motor under load while the electric motor is online. The determination of motor efficiency is independent of a rotor speed measurement. Further, the efficiency is based on a determination of stator winding resistance, an input voltage, and an input current. The determination of the stator winding resistance occurs while the electric motor under load is online.09-01-2011
20100004899Method For Conducting Radiated Performance Tests Of A Wireless Device - A test apparatus for conducting a radiated performance test on a wireless device under controlled test conditions, the test apparatus having an anechoic chamber; a test computer; and an interface, the interface adapted to connect the test computer to the wireless device, the test apparatus being adapted to: establish a data connection on the interface between the test computer and the wireless device; initialize and start a timer for a predetermined interval on the wireless device; subject the wireless device to the radiated performance test in the anechoic chamber after the predetermined interval; and analyze test results on the test computer from a test log stored on the wireless device during the radiated performance test, wherein the interface between the test computer and the wireless device is adapted to be removed during the predetermined interval; for conducting a radiated performance test on a wireless device01-07-2010
20090240470TRANSIENT PERFORMANCE DATA PHASE COMPENSATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system and method of phase compensating transient performance data are provided. Transient performance data are collected for a plurality of parameters, and two of the parameters are selected. A transfer function is applied to the transient performance data for at least one of the selected parameters to thereby generate phase compensated performance data that is representative of a steady state relationship between the selected parameters.09-24-2009
20090240469DYNAMIC DISPLAY SYSTEMS AND METHODS THEREOF - A method and system for displaying asset health information includes determining a status of at least one asset in a monitored system based on operational information obtained about the at least one asset. The obtained operational information about the at least one asset is compared against other operational information obtained about the monitored system. A review of the determined status of the at least one asset is conducted based on the comparison. At least one of textual information and numeric information is displayed based on the conducted review of the determined status of the at least one asset. Additionally, at least one of three or more indicator lights is displayed based on the conductive review of the determined status of the at least one asset.09-24-2009
20090144026METHOD FOR DISCRIMINATING BETWEEN OPERATING CONDITIONS IN MEDICAL PUMP - A method is disclosed for determining the operating condition of a medical pump based on data derived from a pressure sensor and a position sensor. The pressure sensor generates pressure data by sensing the force on the pumping element. The position sensor generates position data by tracking the pumping cycle and determining the position of the pumping element. The pump pressure data and pump position data are processed and the calculated results compared with a pre-determined threshold value to determine the operating condition of the pump. The three main types of operating conditions of concern are the following: normal condition, where liquid is present and no leaks exist in pumping chamber; leak condition, where liquid is present but a leak exists in the pumping chamber; and air stroke condition, where the chamber contains some air.06-04-2009
20100191504Tool for Calculating the Performance of Progressive Lenses - The invention relates to a method for computer-assisted evaluation of the performance of progressive lenses, specifically while taking into account individual parameters of a given eyeglass wearer, the individual parameters including at least personal prescription data, in particular, additional spherical, astigmatic, and/or prismatic power, and/or personal wearer data for the eyeglass wearer, in particular, forward inclination, horizontal frame inclination, corneal vertex distance, and/or interpupillary distance. The method includes the following steps: determining the individual parameters; calculating a total performance factor P in each case for at least two quality classes of progressive lenses as a function of the individual parameters, the total performance factor P being correlated with the quality of the monocular visual acuity and/or binocular visual impression; — and outputting the calculated total performance factor P for the quality classes. The invention further relates to a device, a computer program product, a storage medium, and a graphical user interface.07-29-2010
20110054841CLIENT LOAD SIMULATION FRAMEWORK - Described is a technology for load testing a service such as a medical data service (e.g., Microsoft Amalga® UIS) with mixed test sets. Simulated users perform randomly selected operations against the service. State machines are created to represent the simulated users, with the operations arranged within states of the state machine. By randomly selecting each state and its operations, the actions of many real users may be simulated, providing a realistic load test of the service. Moreover, to match certain types of usage scenarios, the states in a state machine may be weighted relative to one another so that the random selection is biased in favor of more weighted states. Similarly, each operation within a state may be weighted relative to each other operation within the same state, so that when a state is determined, the random selection is biased in favor of more weighted operations within that state.03-03-2011
20110054840FAILURE PREDICTION OF COMPLEX STRUCTURES UNDER ARBITRARY TIME-SERIAL LOADING CONDITION - A method and apparatus for the nonlinear detection of imminent failure in a complex structural element is disclosed. The method and apparatus include sensing stress and strain displacement-related data for said structural element, analyzing the sensed stress and strain displacement-related data as a function of one or more principle components, generating a crack-growth rate function relating said data for each principle component over a load/unload cycle, determining a total crack-growth rate function based on at least one crack-growth rate function, deriving from said total crack-growth rate function at least one indicator function, monitoring trends in said at least one indicator function, and providing an indication when said monitoring detects an end-stage trend in said at least one indicator function.03-03-2011
20110022357LOCATION DETERMINING SYSTEM - A location measurement system comprises: a GPS receiver for attachment to a person and for determining earth location of the person; a display for attachment to the person; memory for storing map data; a processor configured to process earth location and the map data to instruct display the person's current location with a map on the display.01-27-2011
20110022355Network Characterization, Feature Extraction and Application to Classification - Methods, systems and apparatus for characterizing networks are presented. For example, a method of characterizing a network represented by a plurality of nodes and a plurality of edges is provided. The method may be implemented on a processor device and includes calculating, for example, by the processor device, a passthrough count of at least a portion of the network. The passthrough count includes a count of a number of passthroughs in the at least a portion of the network. A passthrough includes one of the plurality of nodes, a directed edge of the plurality of edges coupled to the one of the plurality of nodes, and another edge of the plurality of edges coupled to the one of the plurality of nodes. At most one of the directed edge and the other edge is directed towards the one of the plurality of nodes. At most one of the directed edge and the other edge is directed away from the one of the plurality of nodes.01-27-2011
20110040526Device and Method for Performing A Functional Test On A Control Element Of A Turbo Engine - A turbomachine has a first process control element, a second process control element, and a test system for testing the first process control element. The first process control element and the second process control element influence the same process variable. To test the first process control element, the test system changes the process variable by means of the second process control element. This change in the process variable caused by the second process control element is compensated again by means of the first process control element.02-17-2011
20090112518Executing An Overall Quantity Of Data Processing Within An Overall Processing Period - Exemplary methods, systems, and products are described for executing an overall quantity of data processing within an overall processing period that include executing repeatedly through a series of iterations a portion of the overall quantity of data processing that can be completed in a set processing period, wherein each iteration includes the set processing period and a variable delay period and calculating the variable delay period for an iteration in dependence upon the set processing period, a portion of the overall quantity of data processing performed during the set processing period of the iteration, the overall quantity of data processing, and the overall processing period.04-30-2009
20110071792CREATING AND VIEWING MULTIMEDIA CONTENT FROM DATA OF AN INDIVIDUAL'S PERFORMANCE IN A PHYSICAL ACTIVITY - Individuals participating in various sports or other physical activities can have data and media captured to provide a record of such activities. Small devices including a variety of sensors attached to individuals or equipment can capture data about the individual's performance. Video cameras, still image cameras and microphones can be placed throughout the venue or on the individuals to capture audio and image data. Audio, video, location information and performance data can be captured and then used to produce media of the activity. As a result of such data capture techniques, the data from sensors and the image and video data from the cameras are associated with the identification and location of the individual during the course of the individual's performance. Using this information, various media, such as videos, maps and other images, and combinations thereof, can be generated for each individual based on events occurring in the individual's performance and the location of the individual. Individuals can use such media for a variety of purposes, including but not limited to, sharing it with others.03-24-2011
20110257933SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING AND MANAGING THREE-PHASE POWER FLOWS IN ELECTRICAL TRANSMISSION AND DISTRIBUTION NETWORKS - A system and method for monitoring and managing three-phase power flows in electrical transmission and distribution networks through the use of a deterministic, non-iterative method using an holomorphic embedding and algebraic approximants for determining the power flows in the three phases of a power generating system having an electrical grid. Such method is capable of determining whether or not a physical solution to the load flow problem exists, or if the system is in a state of voltage collapse. It may be employed in either real-time or off-line analytic applications for balanced or unbalanced electric power systems, in particular for monitoring and analyzing unbalanced conditions in three-phase electrical networks and for the accurate calculation of short-circuit conditions.10-20-2011
20100082294COMMISSIONING AND USER SYSTEM FOR RADIATION THERAPY TREATMENT DEVICES - This invention is generally directed to a method, system and computer program product for commissioning an RTD. The method comprises entering identification data and machine information for an RTD into a database, importing scan data measuring beam characteristics, entering additional data from measurement results generated by test equipment measuring aspects of the RTD's beam into the RTD database, creating a Data Book in the database comprising output factors, transmission factors and processed scan data; comparing information in the Data Book with information according to a predefined standard for commissioning the RTD, comparing a treatment plan MU based on a set of treatment parameters to the RTD MU calculated using the set of treatment parameters, and commissioning the RTD based at least in part on if the comparing meets the predefined standard and if the MU calculated by the RTD is within an acceptable range of the treatment plan MU.04-01-2010
20100082292ANALYTICAL GENERATOR OF KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS FOR PIVOTING ON METRICS FOR COMPREHENSIVE VISUALIZATIONS - A process context analyzer of an industrial process allows the flexibility of a client to customize process data that is captured, which can allow data capture to encompass a larger hierarchy of an enterprise or lower subset of a hierarchy with a requisite need for customization to match its architecture. Although analytics can be readily accessed for fixed context for which key performance indicators (KPIs) visualizations are defined, an opportunity for addressing abnormal operation or non-optimal performance is addressed by brining enhanced analytics that benefit from recognizing attributes of the flexible context. Thereby, requested calculated tags can be supplied, as well as offering a return on investment increase by pattern recognition of time frame dependent or ambient condition dependent variations in the flexible context.04-01-2010
20110264408TRACKING OF ENGINE WASH IMPROVEMENTS - A method comprises the step of quantifying an improvement in a gas turbine engine operation after a cleaning of the engine. A computer-readable medium, and a system for performing the method are also disclosed.10-27-2011
20110191062FIELD DEVICE FOR DETERMINING OR MONITORING A PROCESS VARIABLE IN PROCESS AUTOMATION - A field device for determining or monitoring a process variable in process automation. The field device includes: sensor, which works according to a defined measuring principle; and a control/evaluation unit, which conditions and evaluates measurement data delivered by the sensor along at least two equal valued measuring paths as a function of a safety standard required in a particular safety-critical application. The control/evaluation unit is embodied, at least partly, as a reconfigurable logic chip, with a plurality of partially dynamically reconfigurable, function modules. The control/evaluation unit so configures the function modules in the measuring paths as a function of the defined safety-critical application, that the field device is correspondingly designed to the required safety standard.08-04-2011
20100030521Method for analyzing and classifying process data - Process data mining system and method. The system analyzes data from complex process plants or systems and operates in open-book and closed-book modes. In closed-book mode, the system monitors incoming data sets against pre-defined clusters of data values and generates reports, indicating whether incoming data is a match or a no-match with the pre-defined clusters. In open-book mode, the system generates initial clusters, without having a-priori knowledge of the component or process, and also creates clusters “on the fly”, thereby fine-tuning the analysis. A knowledge base encompasses a combination of parameters for a particular component. Clusters are defined within the knowledge base, each cluster representing a particular operating condition. The system expands clusters, within pre-defined limits, or creates new clusters, as needed, in order to accommodate incoming data values. Newly created clusters are then named, so as to indicate the particular operating conditions.02-04-2010
20110307216METHOD FOR AUTOMATED MEASUREMENT OF EYE-TRACKING SYSTEM RANDOM ERROR - An estimate of random error in an eye-tracking system is done directly from eye-tracker outputs during a trial, without the need for an explicit calibration process. The distances traveled between adjacent user observations are computed, and the random error δ12-15-2011
20100191505Quantifying the impact of network latency on the end-to-end response time of distributed applications - A method for measuring system response sensitivity, using live traffic and an analysis that converts randomly arriving stimuli and reactions to the stimuli to mean measures over chosen intervals, thereby creating periodically occurring samples that are processed. The system is perturbed in a chosen location of the system in a manner that is periodic with frequency p, and the system's response to arriving stimuli is measured at frequency p. The perturbation, illustratively, is with a square wave pattern.07-29-2010
20100153067Method and device for diagnosing a pop-off valve of a turbocharger - A method for diagnosing an electrically controllable pop-off valve of a turbo-charging device of an internal combustion engine, which pop-off valve is situated in a pop-off pipe bypassing the compressor, includes: providing a reading regarding an air mass flow supplied by an air supply channel to the internal combustion engine; after the activation of the pop-off valve in order to switch over the pop-off valve, analyzing the time curve of the air mass flow reading in order to determine, within a specified time after the beginning of the activation of the pop-off valve, a local maximum of the air mass flow indicated by the air mass flow reading; and detecting a fault of the electrically controllable pop-off valve if the local maximum of the air mass flow is not able to be determined within the specified time.06-17-2010
20120046909AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM OVERALL EFFICIENCY CALCULATING DEVICE AND METHOD - An indoor load is calculated from an indoor entropy of a controlled room, a supply air entropy of conditioned air that is supplied into the controlled room, and the amount of supply of the conditioned air that is supplied into the controlled room (indoor load=|indoor entropy−supply air entropy|×supply air flow rate). An overall efficiency for the air-conditioning system is calculated from the calculated indoor load and the total value for the amount of energy used by heat source equipment, heat source auxiliary equipment, and an air conditioner (the primary energy equivalent value thereof) (air-conditioning system overall efficiency=Σ indoor load/Σ (heat source energy usage amount+heat source auxiliary equipment energy usage amount+air conditioner energy usage amount)).02-23-2012
20120010854Quantum Efficiency Measurement System and Method of Use - A system for measuring a characteristic of a solar cell is disclosed and includes a light source irradiating an optical signal having a spectral range from about 100 nm to about 3000 nm, a wavelength selector configured to selectively narrow the spectral range of the optical signal, a beam splitter, a reference detector in optical communication with the beam splitter and configured to measure a characteristic of the optical signal, a specimen irradiated with the optical signal, a reflectance detector in optical communication with the specimen via the beam splitter and configured to measure an optical characteristic of the optical signal reflected by the specimen, a multiplexer in communication with at least one of the reference detector, specimen, and reflectance detector, and a processor in communication with at least one of the reference detector, specimen, and reflectance detector via the multiplexer and configured to calculate at least one characteristic of the specimen.01-12-2012
20080243436INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR MEASURING COOLING PERFORMANCE AND FOR DETECTING DETERIORATION IN THE PERFORMANCE - According to one embodiment, an information processing apparatus, includes a power consumption reading unit configured to read information corresponding to power consumption of a system, a temperature reading unit configured to read a temperature of the processor, a first storage unit configured to store power consumption P10-02-2008
20110166828SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR USING A NETWORK OF THERMOSTATS AS TOOL TO VERIFY PEAK DEMAND REDUCTION - The invention comprises systems and methods for estimating the rate of change in temperature inside a structure. At least one thermostat located is inside the structure and is used to control an climate control system in the structure. At least one remote processor is in communication with said thermostat and at least one database stores data reported by the thermostat. At least one processor compares the outside temperature at least one location and at least one point in time to information reported to the remote processor from the thermostat. The processor uses the relationship between the inside temperature and the outside temperature over time to derive a first estimation for the rate of change in inside temperature assuming that the operating status of the climate control system is “on”. The processor also uses the relationship between the inside temperature and the outside temperature over time to derive a second estimation for the rate of change in inside temperature assuming that the operating status of the climate control system is “off”. The compares at least one of the first estimation and the second estimation to the actual inside temperature recorded inside the structure to determine whether the actual rate of change in inside temperature is closer to the first estimation or the second estimation.07-07-2011
20120016636SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING STEADY STATE CONDITIONS IN A GAS TURBINE - Certain embodiments of the invention may include systems, methods, and apparatus for determining steady state conditions in a gas turbine. According to an example embodiment of the invention, a method for determining stability in a gas turbine is provided. The method can include receiving a guide vane (VGV) command and a fuel stroke reference (FSR) command associated with a gas turbine control system, determining a filtered VGV change based at least in part on the received VGV command, determining a filtered FSR change based at least in part on the received FSR command, and outputting a unit stability signal after a pickup delay time when the filtered VGV change is less than a predetermined VGV stability threshold and the filtered FSR change is less than a predetermined FSR stability threshold.01-19-2012
20120016637SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MEASURING PERFORMANCE OF ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS - A system and method for measuring performance of an electronic product using a measurement control device that connects to a measuring machine and a display device. A component of the electronic product is determined according to a coordinate array, and a physical factor of the component to measured is determined according to performance specifications of the electronic product. A sensor corresponding to the physical factor of the component is selected from sensors of the measuring machine, and a physical factor of each the component is measured by the selected sensor. The system indicates whether the electronic product is workable or unworkable by comparing the physical factors of the components with the performance specifications of the components, and generates a measurement report for evaluating the performance of the electronic product according to the indication results.01-19-2012
20120065935SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EVALUATING CHANGES IN THE EFFICIENCY OF AN HVAC SYSTEM - The invention comprises systems and methods for evaluating changes in the operational efficiency of an HVAC system over time. The climate control system obtains temperature measurements from at least a first location conditioned by the climate system, and status of said HVAC system. One or more processors receives measurements of outside temperatures from at least one source other than said HVAC system and compares said temperature measurements from said first location with expected temperature measurements. The expected temperature measurements are based at least in part upon past temperature measurements.03-15-2012
20110106498STATUS DETECTING DEVICE FOR IEPE PIEZOELECTRIC ACCELERATION SENSOR - A detecting device for determining the status of an IEPE piezoelectric acceleration sensor is disclosed. The detecting device comprises a battery power supply management system, an IEPE sensor operating power supply management system, an IEPE operating status detection system, a microprocessor control system, a low battery LED indicator, a sensor operating status LED indicator, a universal meter/voltage meter interface, and a characteristic signal generating system. Therefore, a display system may be removed from the detecting system, thereby providing improved convenience for technicians tasked with sensor maintenance and also making the detecting device more portable.05-05-2011
20110106497Yield Computation and Optimization for Selective Voltage Binning - Techniques for improving parametric chip yield of manufactured chips are provided. In one aspect, a method for optimizing parametric chip yield is provided. The method includes the following steps. Parametric chip yield is computed based on performance and power consumption of a plurality of manufactured chips subject to a given voltage binning scheme. It is then determined whether the parametric chip yield computed is optimal. If the parametric chip yield is not optimal, the voltage binning scheme is altered and the compute and determine steps are repeated. Otherwise the binning scheme is left unaltered.05-05-2011
20110106496TESTING ANALYTICS TOOL - Embodiments of the invention relate to systems, methods, and computer program products for testing analytics. Embodiments herein disclosed provide for automating the collection and storage of test data, automating test performance calculations across a multitude of segments within the test group and automating test result information delivery.05-05-2011
20100094592Using Application Performance Signatures For Characterizing Application Updates - One embodiment is a method that determines application performance signatures occurring at an application server in a multi-tier architecture. The method then analyzes the application performance signatures to determine whether a change in transaction performance at the application server results from a modification to an application.04-15-2010
20090132201Method and apparatus for measuring performance of a periodically changing system accomplishing a task - A device is disclosed to determine performance of a periodically changing system, to generate a performance diagram and to measure and display performance in said. The device further measures sufficiency, efficiency, and effectiveness, sufficiency reserves, efficiency reserves, and effectiveness reserves of the system during performance of tasks by comparison with sufficiency reference frames, efficiency reference framers and effectiveness reference frames, said frames determining the operating range for further determination of deterioration and/or improvement of the system from the time changes of the reserves. The method and device have utility to determine the need for intervention, to design and monitor interventions for improvement of the system.05-21-2009
20100250191METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MEASURING PERFORMANCE OF HIERARCHICAL TEST EQUIPMENT - A method includes defining a hierarchy associated with a test system including a plurality of test units for testing integrated circuit devices. At least some of the test units have a plurality of sockets. The hierarchy includes a first level including a first plurality of entities each associated with one of the sockets and at least a second level including a second plurality of entities each associated with a grouping of the sockets. State data associated with operational states of the sockets is received. A set of state metrics is generated for each entity at each level of the hierarchy based on the state data. Each set of state metrics identifies time spent in the operational states.09-30-2010
20100250192SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ESTIMATING AN EFFICIENCY OF A POWER DEVICE - A method for estimating an efficiency of a power device includes identifying a state of operation of the power device, measuring power-related information produced by the power device, and determining an estimated efficiency of the power device based in part on the state of operation of the power device and power loss parameters associated with the power device by using the measured power-related information. Other methods and devices for measuring efficiency are further disclosed.09-30-2010
20100250193SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TESTING LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE - A system for testing a liquid crystal display (LCD) device includes a testing device photographing and capturing an image of a defect generated on a substrate having a thin film array formed thereon, the testing device providing testing information on the defect, a ARPC automatically determining defectiveness of the substrate by an automatic determination method using a defect determining automation program designed based on a testing worker's determination method and behavior aspect, the captured image and the testing information on the defect, a PRPC determining defectiveness of the substrate based on the captured image and the testing information on the defect, if the defectiveness of the substrate is undeterminable by the ARPC, and a main server connecting the ARPC with the PRPC and storing the captured image and the testing information on the defect. The ARPC extracts characteristics of the defect by using the testing information on the defect and the ARPC analyzes the extracted characteristics of the defect to classify and calculate the degree of the defect.09-30-2010
20120221294SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR USING A NETWORK OF THERMOSTATS AS TOOL TO VERIFY PEAK DEMAND REDUCTION - The invention comprises systems and methods for estimating the rate of change in temperature inside a structure. At least one thermostat located is inside the structure and is used to control an climate control system in the structure. At least one remote processor is in communication with said thermostat and at least one database stores data reported by the thermostat. At least one processor compares the outside temperature at least one location and at least one point in time to information reported to the remote processor from the thermostat. The processor uses the relationship between the inside temperature and the outside temperature to determine whether the climate control system is “on” or “off”.08-30-2012
20120136628MACHINE TOOL DATA ACQUISITION DEVICE AND METHOD - A machine tool data acquisition device for processing a plurality of far-end acquisition commands transmitted from a plurality of monitoring devices is provided. The far-end acquisition commands are used for requesting a plurality of parameters from a machine tool, and the plurality of parameters constitute a combination of parameters, including: a monitoring device connection module for receiving the plurality of far-end acquisition commands from the plurality of monitoring devices; a command establishing module for establishing a plurality of near-end acquisition commands according to the far-end acquisition commands, wherein there is an sequence among the plurality of near-end acquisition commands, and each near-end acquisition command corresponds to a plurality of parameter acquisition requests used for requesting and acquiring all of the parameters of one combination of parameters; and a machine tool connection module for sequentially transmitting the parameter acquisition requests corresponding to the near-end commands to the machine tool according to the sequence among the near-end acquisition commands, and acquiring the parameters corresponding to the parameter acquisition requests from the machine tool.05-31-2012
20120136627METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETECTION OF MACHINE OPERATION STATE FOR MONITORING PURPOSES - Embodiments of the invention described herein use an output of an energy harvester as an indication of the operating state of the machine, device, or process the energy harvester is associated with. In one aspect, a system is described. The system is comprised of at least one of a machine or process, a processor, and an energy harvesting device associated with the machine or process. The processor is configured to use an output of the energy harvesting device created by the machine or process to determine whether the machine or process is in a first operating state or a second operating state.05-31-2012
20120215490METHOD FOR USING REAL-TIME APC INFORMATION FOR AN ENHANCED LOT SAMPLING ENGINE - A method includes passing a lot through a production process and evaluating a statistical quality of the production process. Additionally, the method includes calculating an advanced process control (APC) recipe parameter adjustment (RPA) distribution value and determining if sampling is indicated. Furthermore, the method includes, if sampling is indicated, performing a measurement process of the lot.08-23-2012
20120215489SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR OPERATIONAL VERIFICATION OF A MISSILE APPROACH WARNING SYSTEM - A coupler that generates and emits a simulated missile signature for assessing the operational capability of a missile approach warning system. The coupler may be directly attached to the system by an adapter. Couplers may be used in multiplicity, simultaneously or sequentially. The simulated signature may be digitally stored, as may be the results of the assessment. Simulated signatures may also be generated from freeform. The coupler also performs sensitivity testing.08-23-2012
20120215488Method and Apparatus for Partial Stroke Testing of an Emergency Shutdown Valve - A method for conducting a partial stroke test of an emergency shutdown valve includes receiving a request to initiate the partial stroke test from a user interface or another source, establishing a direct or an indirect wireless communication link with the emergency shutdown valve, and generating one or more commands of a digital industrial automation protocol to be transmitted to the emergency shutdown valve via the wireless communication link, so that a partial stroke test of the emergency shutdown valve is initiated in response to these commands.08-23-2012
20100049472Power Distribution Network Performance Data Presentation System and Method - A visualization system for monitoring performance data of an electrical power distribution network is provided. In one embodiment, a user may select a network circuit and view a network circuit diagram that includes indicia representing transformers and other electrical power distribution network elements positioned on a map. The relative positions of the indicia on the network circuit diagram may correspond to the relative physical locations of the transformers in the geographical area represented by the map. The indicia may be color coded to convey performance data to the user.02-25-2010
20120253744Real-Time Evaluation of Machine Performance For Fleet Management - A real-time performance evaluation system can compare machine performance to a performance standard. A Fleet Operations Subsystem (FOS) can determine a machine status such as Parked, Idle, Working, Travel or Turning. The FOS can be configured to determine machine performance by determining the amount of time spent in each status. The performance can be compared to predetermined performance standards, for example a minimum number of hours spent working, or a maximum number of hours spent idle. A performance score can be generated based on the comparison. A report of the performance evaluation can be provided. A report can be in the form of a performance marker graphic on a visual display. The performance marker can represent the performance score. The performance marker can be in the form of an alarm symbol for a poorly performing machine. The system provides an operator or manager the opportunity to improve machine performance.10-04-2012
20120221293PERFORMANCE LOGGING FRAMEWORK - Techniques for logging performance data are described herein. According to one embodiment, in response to a request for logging performance data, where the request includes a data type indicating a type of performance data and an actual performance data value, a non-linear mathematical operation is performed on the performance data value to generate an index value. The performance data represents a performance measurement of a predetermined operation performed by a data processing system. Thereafter, a value of a data field in a performance data store that stores the performance data is updated based on the type of the performance data and the index value. The value of the data field is updated without having to lock the data field for purpose of simultaneously accesses.08-30-2012
20120259585METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR MONITORING OPERATION OF EQUIPMENT - A condition assessment system for use in monitoring the operation of at least one of a plurality of units included within a fleet of substantially similar units is described. The system includes an input device configured to receive a selection of at least one source of data related to the operation of at least one of the plurality of units. The system also includes at least one sensor associated with the at least one source of data and configured to sense data related to the operation of at least one of the plurality of units. The system also includes a condition assessment device configured to receive data from the at least one sensor, sample data associated with at least one data parameter from the received data, and generate a baseline parametric curve from the data associated with the at least one sampled data parameter.10-11-2012
20080300827SYSTEM AND METHOD TO DETERMINE ELECTRIC MOTOR EFFICIENCY NONINTRUSIVELY - A system and method for nonintrusively determining electric motor efficiency includes a processor programmed to, while the motor is in operation, determine a plurality of stator input currents, electrical input data, a rotor speed, a value of stator resistance, and an efficiency of the motor based on the determined rotor speed, the value of stator resistance, the plurality of stator input currents, and the electrical input data. The determination of the rotor speed is based on one of the input power and the plurality of stator input currents. The determination of the value of the stator resistance is based on at least one of a horsepower rating and a combination of the plurality of stator input currents and the electrical input data. The electrical input data includes at least one of an input power and a plurality of stator input voltages.12-04-2008
20120265489Compliance Tracking and Intelligent Suggesting with Information Assemblages - An information assemblage that includes a plurality of assets can be created and disseminated to a target audience. For instance, a target device can access the information assemblage via a secure web-based portal. Feedback corresponding to consumption of the information assemblage can be received. Based upon the feedback, a compliance measurement can be generated. Additionally or alternatively, suggestions can be yielded as a function of the feedback. For example, the suggestions can relate to forming an information assemblage, determining how to evaluate compliance from feedback based on the information assemblage, or supplying supplemental asset(s) to a target device.10-18-2012
20120323530VIRTUAL SENSOR SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ESTIMATION OF STEAM TURBINE SECTIONAL EFFICIENCIES - Systems and methods of estimating an efficiency of a section of a steam turbine are disclosed. The systems and methods include determining a set of measurement data obtained directly from a set of sensors on the steam turbine, determining a set of derived data relating to measurements that cannot be obtained directly from the set of sensors, and estimating the efficiency of the section using the set of measurement data and the set of derived data. The systems and methods disclosed use physics-based models combined with nonlinear filtering techniques to estimate steam turbines' efficiencies when physical sensors are not available. These models capture the behavior of different components of the power plant, including all steam turbine sections, admission and crossover pipes, flow junctions, admission and control valves.12-20-2012
20110238371METHOD FOR BRAKING STATE MONITORING AND WIND ENERGY INSTALLATION FOR CARRYING OUT THE METHOD - A method for determining the state of a braking apparatus of a wind energy installation can include obtaining data relating to load behavior of the braking apparatus, recording a measured value during a time period between a start of a braking process and an end of the braking process, and determining a brake state characteristic value based on the data and the measured value. A wind energy installation for performing the method can include a braking apparatus, a sensor, a control unit configured to instruct the sensor to record a measured value in a time period between a start of a braking process and an end of a braking process, a data memory configured to store data relating to load behavior of the braking apparatus, and a computation module configured to determine a brake state characteristic value based on the data and the measured value.09-29-2011
20120278041Measurement and Tuning of Hands Free Telephone Systems - An arrangement is described for measuring performance characteristics of a hands free telephone system. There is a measurement system which is coupleable over a telephone audio interface directly to the hands free telephone system for measuring the performance characteristics.11-01-2012
20110264409COMPRESSOR SENSOR MODULE - A sensor module for a compressor, having an electric motor operating at a first voltage, the sensor module operating at a second voltage, is provided. The sensor module includes a plurality of inputs connected to a plurality of sensors that generate a plurality of operating signals associated with operating conditions of the compressor. A processor is connected to the plurality of inputs and records multiple operating condition measurements from the plurality of operating signals. A communication port is connected to the processor for communicating said operating condition measurements to a control module that controls the compressor. The processor is disposed within an electrical enclosure of the compressor, the electrical enclosure being configured to house electrical terminals for connecting a power supply to the electric motor. The second voltage is less than said first voltage.10-27-2011
20120089367Method and Apparatus for Monitoring a Material Medium - A material medium, such as an optical fiber or electrical cable, is used to carry services. The material medium is monitored with at least one diagnostic sensor. The diagnostic sensor may measure the operational health of the material medium, or may measure local environmental conditions around the material medium.04-12-2012
20110276311METHOD FOR TESTING FUNCTIONALITY OF AN OPTICAL MEASURING DEVICE OF A MACHINE TOOL - In a method for testing functionality of an optical measuring device of a machine tool, optical measurement signals are acquired and converted into analog electrical signals, which are in turn supplied to an evaluation unit. The analog electrical signals are also supplied as test signals to a monitoring unit, which performa, upon initiation by a control device of the machine tool, a self-test of the monitoring unit by adjusting the test signals supplied to the monitoring unit such that a combination signal formed from the test signals is below the lower or above the upper threshold limit. It is then checked, if an error signal is transmitted to the control device of the machine tool, when the combination signal is below the lower or above the upper threshold limit, wherein failure to transmit an error signal indicates a malfunction of the monitoring unit.11-10-2011
20120101774LIGHT SOURCE EVALUATION APPARATUS, LIGHT SOURCE EVALUATION SYSTEM, LIGHT SOURCE ADJUSTMENT SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR EVALUATING A LIGHT SOURCE - Provided are a light source evaluation device, a light source adjustment system, a light source evaluation system, and a light source evaluation method whereby it is possible to evaluate the characteristics of a solar simulator, which is a light source for measuring the characteristics of a solar cell, without creating a reference cell or pseudo cell tailored to the spectral sensitivity of a solar cell to be measured. Said evaluation is performed by calculating an evaluation value of the characteristics of the light emitted by a solar simulator in comparison to natural sunlight on the basis of the spectral irradiance of the light emitted by a solar simulator as measured by a spectroradiometer, the spectral irradiance of natural sunlight, and the pre-measured spectral sensitivity of the solar cell to be measured.04-26-2012
20100169046HEAT SINK BLOCKAGE DETECTOR - A method, a data processing system, and a computer program product identify blockages in a heat sink of a data processing system. An electromagnetic emitter and an electromagnetic detector are positioned on opposite sides of the heat sink. An intensity of a stream of electromagnetic radiation directed from the electromagnetic emitter is measured by the electromagnetic detector. Based on the measured intensity of the stream of electromagnetic radiation as measured by the electromagnetic detector, a blockage level of the heat sink is determined. If the blockage level of the heat sink exceeds a blockage threshold, an alert is generated.07-01-2010
20100131239METHOD OF CONTROLLING APPARATUS FOR DELOCALIZED BIOLIOGICAL ANALYSIS - The invention relates to a method of inspecting point-of-care biological test appliances (i=05-27-2010
20100131238SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROL SYSTEM VERIFICATION AND HEALTH ASSESSMENT - A method of testing a component of a mobile platform without using an aircraft control system of the mobile platform, where the component forms a part of the aircraft control system. The method may involve using a test controller independent of the aircraft control system to initiate a test operation. The test operation is used to generate a test signal. The test signal is applied to a test subsystem carried on the mobile platform but operable independent of the aircraft control system. The test subsystem is used to act on the component of the aircraft control system. A response of the component may then be evaluated.05-27-2010
20110161049TIRE PRESSURE MONITOR SYSTEM TOOL WITH PARTS NUMBER DATABASE - A tool for use with a tire pressure monitor system includes a storing module configured to store a plurality of communication protocols used by the tire pressure monitor system to interface with a vehicle electronic control unit, the storing module further including a database having parts numbers of sensors utilized with the tire pressure monitor system, the database further includes a vehicle data associated with the tire pressure monitor system, a requesting module configured to request the vehicle data from the storing module, a receiving module configured to receive the vehicle data from the storing module, an accessing module configured to access the storing module to retrieve at least one communication protocol based on the vehicle data, a communications module to receive and transmit the at least one communication protocol to and from the electronic control unit and to and from a sensor, and a processor.06-30-2011
20130173217DEVICE TO VERIFY SEQUENCE OF EVENTS DATA COLLECTION IN A CONTROL SYSTEM - The present disclosure describes embodiments of a control system and a switch simulation device for use in the control system. The switch simulation device provides diagnostic capabilities that verify the accuracy and operability of sequence of events (SOE) data and SOE detection functions of the process control system. In one embodiment, the switch simulation device includes a pair of switches (e.g., metal-oxide field effect transistors (MOSFETS)) that are anti-parallel to one another. A drive circuit operates the switches at a pre-determined frequency to generate an output signal that simulates the position of switches that are coupled to components on the asset. The output signal impresses on contact inputs, which are coupled to the switches, and which are useful to generate the SOE data.07-04-2013
20130173218Malfunction Detection Method and System Thereof - To allow early sensing of anomalies in a manufacturing plant or other infrastructure (plant), provided is a method that acquires data of runtime status of said plant from a plurality of sensors of said plant, makes a model from training data that corresponds to the regular runtime status of said plant, employs the training data thus modeled in computing a anomaly measure of the data acquired from the sensors, and detects anomalies. In computing the anomaly measure, the anomaly is detected by recursively carrying out: a derivation of a residual error from the training data thus modeled acquired from the plurality of sensors, a removal of a signal having a residual error that is greater than a predetermined value, and a computation of the anomaly measure for the data that is acquired from the plurality of sensors whereupon the signal having the large residual error is removed.07-04-2013
20080221833METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTING DEPENDABILITY VULNERABILITIES - The present invention is a method and an apparatus for detecting dependability vulnerabilities in production IT environments. In one embodiment, a method for detecting a dependability vulnerability in a production IT environment includes injecting a synthetic disturbance into the production IT environment and observing the response of the production IT environment to the synthetic disturbance.09-11-2008
20130144556LENS STORAGE UNIT WITH PROGRAMMABLE AND COMMUNICATION ELEMENTS FOR MONITORING THE CONDITION OF LENSES AND THEIR RESPONSE TO GEO-SOCIAL PHENOMENA - The present invention provides for a programmable processor in a ophthalmic lens storage unit for contact lenses. The processor can be in logical connection with a plurality of sensors that can provide data and a digital storage for storing the data and using it via executable software for lens monitoring. In some embodiments, the processor is additionally operative via the executable software to correlate geo-social phenomena with the optical performance of a lens.06-06-2013
20120253743Real-Time Determination of Machine Performance for Fleet Management - A real-time performance determination system is configured to determine machine performance over a predetermined time interval. An automatic data unit onboard a machine can provide apparatus data to a Fleet Operations System (FOS) of a Fleet Management System. Apparatus data can be used to determine a machine status such as Parked, Idle, Working, Travel or Turning. A performance determination module of the FOS can determine the amount of time a machine spent in a particular status. A performance report can include a graphical indicator in a visual display that can convey the percentage of time spent in each status. A report can include performance determinations for a plurality of machines, each represented by performance indicator that allows easy comparison of machines. A performance report can be provided to a fleet manager for fleet management purposes such as scheduling and allocation of resources, as well as performing machine maintenance and adjustments.10-04-2012
20090248359REAL-TIME DOSER EFFICIENCY MONITORING - A real time doser efficiency monitoring method is described that measures the average instant pressure difference within one duty cycle of the doser injector. The disclosed method results in improved doser efficiency monitoring. The disclosed method can be implemented in a number of areas. For example, in a diesel truck application, the doser efficiency can be monitored accurately, for example within 5% error, all the time, no matter whether the truck is in a transient or steady state.10-01-2009
20130096880SYSTEM TEST METHOD - Disclosed is a test system and method that is configured to identify a position of a process control block, access the position of the process control block, and monitor performance factors related to the process control block.04-18-2013
20130096879METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR EVALUATION OF FIRE SUPPRESSION SYSTEMS PERFORMANCE - An initial (near-field) spray generated by a sprinkler under study is fully characterized using a laser-supported Shadowgraphy/PTV system. Near-field spray characteristics are established from local measurements, which are mapped in a spherical coordinate system consistent with the kinematics of the spray. A novel data compression scheme is introduced to generate analytical functions describing the sprinkler spray based on the measurements. These analytical functions are useful for initiating the sprinkler spray in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) based spray dispersion and fire suppression modeling. The near-field spray measurements and associated data compression approach are validated by comparing volume density measurements 1 meter below the sprinkler with volume density predictions generated from spray dispersion calculations initiated with the analytical spray functions.04-18-2013
20130103353MONITORING AND DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEM FOR A FLUID ENERGY MACHINE SYSTEM AND FLUID ENERGY MACHINE SYSTEM - A monitoring and diagnostic system for a fluid energy machine system includes a central processing unit to which each sub-system and each system component of the fluid energy machine system is connected via standardized bi-directional interfaces and via one or more data lines, for data communication. Each sub-system and system component has a sensor element for determining status information thereof. The sensor elements are controlled by a control device. A memory device stores the status information determined for the respective sub-system and the respective system component and the comparison data for operating the fluid energy machine system. A comparator unit compares the status information with defined threshold values for each sub-system and system component. A display device displays the status information as well as an alarm in the event of an undershoot or overshoot of a threshold value in the case of a sub-system or a system component.04-25-2013
20130103350METHOD AND SYSTEM TO VALIDATE WIRED SENSORS - The present invention provides a method and system using wireless sensors to validate wired sensors used in applications where the requirements on the reliability of wired sensors are stringent. A computing means periodically collects measurements for each variable from the wired and wireless sensors and compares them against an expected value. The expected value is a weighted average of all the measurements for a variable, in which the weight assigned to the measurement from each sensor is determined according to both its reliability and accuracy. As such, measurements are compared with the corresponding expected value for a particular variable. If the difference between a measurement and its corresponding expected value is found to be unacceptable, the validation computer will generate a corresponding alert. Application examples include 1) validating wired sensors used in safety shutdown systems for industrial facilities and 2) validating wired sensors used to monitor storage tanks.04-25-2013
20130103351Method for Predicting Reliable Lifetime of SOI Mosfet Device - Disclosed herein is a method for predicting a reliable lifetime of a SOI MOSFET device. The method comprises: measuring a relationship of a gate resistance of the SOI MOSFET device varying as a function of a temperature at different wafer temperatures; performing a lifetime accelerating test on the SOI MOSFET device at different wafer temperatures, so as to obtain a degenerating relationship of a parameter representing the lifetime of the device as a function of stress time, and obtain a lifetime in the presence of self-heating when the parameter degenerates to 10%; performing a self-heating correction on the measured lifetime of the device by using the measured self-heating temperature and an Arrhenius model, so as to obtain a lifetime without self-heating influence; performing a self-heating correction on a variation of the drain current caused by self-heating; performing a self-heating correction on an impact ionization rate caused by hot carriers; and predicting the lifetime of the SOI MOSFET device under a bias. The embodiment of the invention prevents the self-heating effect from affecting the SOI MOSFET device in a practical logic circuit or in an AC analog circuit, which leads to a more precise prediction result.04-25-2013
20130103352SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPTIMIZING SELECTION OF AN AIR FILTER - A method for estimating energy use in an air filtration system using a preselected air filter includes the steps of: entering filtration system information into a computer having access to dust holding capacity—pressure drop curves for a plurality of air filters; determining an estimated current energy use of the air filtration system for a current air filter in the system; and presenting the estimated energy use on a display of the computer. Proposed filters can be evaluated and filter operation and changing cycle can be optimized.04-25-2013
20130103349POWER SUPPLY UNIT WITH SERVICE LIFE EXPIRATION ALARM AND METHOD THEREOF - A power supply unit includes a storage unit, a temperature detecting unit, a ripple voltage detecting unit, and a processor. The storage unit stores a conversion relationship between ripple voltages V in different temperature ranges and equivalent ripple voltages V04-25-2013
20080208531MODULAR NETWORKED SENSOR ASSEMBLY - In a network sensor assembly, network environmental monitor, and associated fabrication methods, a network sensor assembly comprises a panel configured for mounting on a surface, a plurality of addressable sensors coupled to the panel that sense environmental conditions at the surface, a memory device that stores configuration information associated with the plurality of addressable sensors, and a bus. The bus is communicatively coupled to the plurality of addressable sensors and the memory device and is configured for communicatively coupling the network sensor assembly to a network node for communicating data associated with the sensed environmental conditions in a network.08-28-2008
20080208530METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR ASSESSING HEALTH OF MEMORY UTILIZATION OF A PROGRAM - Techniques for assessing the utilization efficiency of a portion of memory are provided. One or more images of a portion of memory are obtained. The one or more memory elements found within each image are categorized into one or more application-neutral categories, wherein the one or more categories distinguish between data and structural overhead. At least one analysis is performed on the one or more categorized memory elements of the one or more images using a measure representative of the efficiency of utilization of the portion of memory. The one or more results of the analysis step are outputted.08-28-2008
20080201108System and Method for Distributed Reporting of Machine Performance - Certain exemplary embodiments can comprise obtaining and analyzing data from at least one discrete machine, automatically determining relationships related to the data, taking corrective action to improve machine operation and/or maintenance, automatically and heuristically predicting a failure associated with the machine and/or recommending preventative maintenance in advance of the failure, and/or automating and analyzing mining shovels, etc.08-21-2008
20080201107Coaching aid for golf - Systems and methods providing statistical analytics of golf performance for coaching including text, tabular, graphic, and image-based outputs that include trends information for the golfer, all based upon actual golf play on course situations, wherein the golfer inputs shot data during play, without interrupting the flow of the game, and uploads the shot data for analytics and review online, and wherein all information related to a given user are reviewable by an authorized coach user through a web-based coach access account. The system is further operable to provide the coach user rights for providing corrective or instructive feedback to the user, including visual recommendations (such as modified target areas).08-21-2008
20080201106Situation-neutral golf metrics systems and methods - Systems and methods providing statistical analytics of golf performance including text, tabular, graphic, and image-based outputs that include trends information for the golfer, all based upon actual golf play on course situations, wherein the golfer inputs shot data during play, without interrupting the flow of the game, and uploads the shot data for analytics and review online, including detailed diagrammatic representations of golf performance analytics, including scattergraph diagrams having the directionality of any shot being uniformly and consistently oriented to provide a zeroed-out orientation for each shot.08-21-2008
20100286958ANALYSIS SYSTEM - An apparatus for analysing the condition of a machine having a rotating shaft, including: 11-11-2010
20100286957Method for measuring HVAC efficiency - A method for measuring HVAC efficiency is disclosed which may be used to test various elements within the HVAC system to determine whether any element, such as a heating coil, is operating at an acceptable efficiency when compared to design specifications or previously established standards. The method may also be used to easily determine volumetric flow rate of air through the system at various points simply.11-11-2010
20100286956SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PREDICTING COOLING PERFORMANCE OF ARRANGEMENTS OF EQUIPMENT IN A DATA CENTER - A system and method for evaluating equipment in an improper cluster in a data center, the equipment including a plurality of equipment racks, and at least one cooling provider. In one aspect, the method includes receiving data regarding each of the plurality of equipment racks and the at least one cooling provider, the data including a layout of the improper cluster of equipment racks and the at least one cooling provider, storing the received data, identifying at least one gap in the layout, determining cooling performance of at least one of the plurality of equipment racks based, at least in part, on characteristics of the at least one gap, and displaying the layout of the data center, wherein the layout includes an indication of the cooling performance of the at least one of the plurality of equipment racks.11-11-2010
20100286955SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PREDICTING MAXIMUM COOLER AND RACK CAPACITIES IN A DATA CENTER - A system and method for evaluating equipment in a data center, the equipment including a plurality of equipment racks, and at least one cooling provider. In one aspect, a method includes receiving data regarding each of the plurality of equipment racks and the at least one cooling provider, the data including a layout of the equipment racks and the at least one cooling provider, a power draw value for each of the equipment racks, and a maximum cooler capacity value for the at least one cooling provider; storing the received data; determining cooling performance of at least one of the plurality of equipment racks based on the layout; determining a cooling load for the at least one cooler and a difference between the cooling load and the maximum cooler capacity value; for each equipment rack, determining a maximum rack capacity based on the layout and the difference between the cooling load and the maximum cooler capacity value; and displaying an indication of the maximum rack capacity for each equipment rack.11-11-2010
20120278040METHOD FOR DETERMINING CHARACTERISTICS OF AN AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION - A method of determining a fill current value of a converter lock-up clutch of an automatic transmission. The automatic transmission comprises a hydrodynamic converter, at which a speed ratio arises, and an output shaft. In a control sequence with the output shaft being stationary, the speed ratio is influenced by changing the control current, and the fill current value is determined from the progression of the speed ratio arising, during the control sequence, in conjunction with the progression of the control current.11-01-2012
20100318323MULTI-CHANNEL TRAINING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system for training employees anywhere, anytime, using the Internet or a similar network using a multi-channel teaching method. The system ensures that employees view and understand important company policies, and can be used to implement important training such as sexual harassment and diversity training campaigns. The organizational information and training can be regular and ongoing. The system further may provide complete third-party documentation of the program's success in a company. The system also may empower companies to transfer special knowledge across the enterprise that was once limited to certain sectors by geographic or physical constraints. The system possesses the ability to distribute and disperse mass volumes of information in a way easily absorbed through video, the power to ensure clarity through audio instruction, and the capacity to stress critical information or high points through PowerPoint (or similar) slide presentations. In addition, modules may be repeated, allowing users the opportunity to reinforce their retention. The system also may incorporate testing to ensure that the user's total attention and interest is kept throughout the presentation. Audiences must pay attention to pass the tests at the end of each section. The shortness of the presentations and the multi-channel method further help to keep the user's interest.12-16-2010
20130158952SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LIGHTING OPTIMIZATION - In an embodiment in accordance with the present invention, a method for determining a series of alternative lighting systems having reduced energy usage over a baseline lighting system comprises determining and presenting a series of alternative lighting systems. The method receives an identification of a plurality of baseline components of the baseline lighting system and calculates estimates of performance characteristics of the baseline lighting system based on specified performance characteristics of the identified baseline components. The series of alternative lighting systems is then determined based on the estimates of performance characteristics of the baseline lighting system. Each alternative lighting system includes a plurality of mutually compatible components obtained from a database specifying performance characteristics for a plurality of components including the mutually compatible components. The series of alternative lighting systems are presentable hierarchically based on at least one of energy usage, economic criteria, and rated life.06-20-2013
20130185020FAULT DETECTION METHODS - A fault detection method uses inertial measurements provided by an inertial measurement unit (IMU) (07-18-2013
20130191074METHOD FOR DETECTING A MISFIRE CONDITION IN AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A method detects a “misfire” condition in an internal-combustion engine including a driving shaft and phonic wheel that is splined to the shaft and coupled to a sensor. The method comprises steps of: detecting intensity of a signal generated by passage of teeth of the wheel by the sensor, sampling the signal generated by the passage of the teeth, processing the sampled signal by applying a discrete Fourier transform, representing the sampled signal processed by a virtual phasor that represents in a vector form the signal that has been sampled and processed, determining a corresponding theoretical phasor for the virtual phasor that represents theoretical evolution of the signal that has been sampled and processed over time, comparing the theoretical phasor with the virtual phasor, and determining presence of a “misfire” condition by comparing the theoretical phasor with the virtual phasor that represents the signal that has been sampled and processed.07-25-2013
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20090063096METHOD, COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT, AND SYSTEM FOR RAPID RESULTANT ESTIMATION PERFORMANCE DETERMINATION - The present invention provides a method, system and computer program product for rapidly determining a resultant in relation to a plurality of predetermined performance characteristics using a method for determining test values in exponential and binary processes which are sequentially and comparatively assessed in relation to one or more maximum performance constraints (MPC) of a set of predetermined performance characteristics.03-05-2009
20130211782Automated Testing and Verification of a Robotic System - Methods automatically and comprehensively self-test the operation, hardware, and programs of a robotic system to reveal problems in a robotic system. The system preferably evaluates repeatability of measurement by each distance sensor, an accuracy of measurement by each distance sensor, an accuracy of movement of any positioning joints used to position the robot arm, and an accuracy of at least one routine of the system control programs. The positioning joints may include one or more rotational joints or one or more translational joints. In some embodiments, the robotic system is a robotic pulse/echo layer thickness (PELT) system. When a robotic system has passed all of the tests, then the system performance has been verified. The inclusion of these self-tests allows a robotic PELT system owner to determine whether or not the robotic portion of a system is performing correctly.08-15-2013

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