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Data processing: generic control systems or specific applications January USPTO class listing 01/08

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01/31/2008 > patent applications in patent subcategories. USPTO class listing

20080027565 - Allocating processing units to generate simulated diffraction signals used in optical metrology: In allocating processing units of a computer system to generate simulated diffraction signals used in optical metrology, a request for a job to generate simulated diffraction signals using multiple processing units is obtained. A number of processing units requested for the job to generate simulated diffraction signals is then determined.... Agent: Morrison & Foerster LLP

20080027564 - System and method for providing increased availability of i/o drawers during concurrent i/o hub repair: A system and method for providing increased availability of input/output (I/O) drawers during concurrent I/O hub repair are provided. The illustrative embodiments provide an alternative cabling scheme between an I/O planar and a plurality of I/O hubs that facilitates the I/O drawers being available even when an I/O hub fails.... Agent: Ibm Corp. (wip) C/o Walder Intellectual Property Law, P.C.

20080027566 - Home network system: The present invention discloses a home network system (100) which uses a message structure for efficient communication between a plurality of home appliances. The home network system (100) includes at least one slave device (60, 70, 80), and at least one master device (50) connected to the slave device (60,... Agent: Mckenna Long & Aldridge

20080027568 - Method and apparatus for equipment health monitoring: The present invention provides for monitoring the health of a system. In one embodiment, a method includes storing benchmark data in a memory, storing a second plurality of system data indicative of system conditions during system operations, determining from the second plurality of system data that the system was operating... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20080027569 - Control apparatus, control method for control apparatus, multi-functional apparatus, multi-functional apparatus control system, control program, and computer-readable storage medium: A control apparatus comprises: a job processing section for acquiring, on input of selection application information into a multi-functional apparatus, setting condition corresponding to the selection application information from the multi-functional apparatus, and carrying out predetermined data processing corresponding to the setting condition; a job result transmission section for outputting... Agent: Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP

20080027570 - Scoring system for games: Scoring a board configuration for a territory board game is often not straightforward and yet there is a desire to determine such scores quickly and accurately. For example, in the game of GO, determining the score at the end of the game involves assessing whether stones on the board are... Agent: Lee & Hayes PLLC

20080027573 - Audio apparatus: This audio apparatus includes: a property data obtain device which obtains a property data appended to music data on playing; a command generation device which generates specific commands for each of operation devices; a command registration device which registers the commands generated by the command generation device, to a database... Agent: Arent Fox LLP

20080027574 - Surgical console operable to playback multimedia content: A method and system are disclosed for playing, storing, accessing, and retrieving multimedia content and providing the content to a surgical environment. In particular, the audio playback function can provide a means to play background music in an operating room to provide a soothing and/or entertaining background to the surgical... Agent: Alcon

20080027567 - Method and apparatus for automatic configuration of equipment: An architecture for automatically configuring equipment. A piece of equipment connected externally to a user PC has one or more machine-resolvable codes (MRCs) associated therewith. The piece of equipment receives configuration information from a remote location disposed on the network in response to reading a select one of the one... Agent: Howison & Arnott, L.l.p

20080027571 - Method of conducting a fighting contest: A method and computer program product for conducting a fighting tournament are disclosed. Fighters are chosen to compete in the fighting tournament. Pairing the fighters produces a predetermined number of bouts in a first stage of the tournament. Also, a number of rounds for each bout and a time duration... Agent: Fish & Richardson, PC

20080027572 - Automobile radio having a removable mpeg player: An automobile radio having a removable MPeg player, especially an MP3 player, the automobile radio having a base part that includes at least one radio part, the MPeg player being developed as an insertion module and forming a unit with the base part in the inserted state, the MPeg player... Agent: Kenyon & Kenyon LLP

20080027575 - Modeling systems for health and beauty consumer goods: The present invention relates to modeling systems for designing consumer beauty care products and selected components for use in consumer beauty care products, consumer beauty care products and components selected by such models and the use of same.... Agent: The Procter & Gamble Company Intellectual Property Division - West Bldg.

20080027576 - Defect probability calculating method and semiconductor device manufacturing method: A defect probability calculating method includes assuming a plurality of process conditions containing process variations caused in a process of forming a pattern on a substrate based on a design pattern, acquiring appearance probabilities of the respective process conditions, performing process simulation to predict a pattern to be formed on... Agent: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

20080027577 - Feature dimension deviation correction system, method and program product: A system, method and program product for correcting a deviation of a dimension of a feature from a target in a semiconductor process, are disclosed. The invention determines an origin of a deviation in a feature dimension from a target dimension regardless of whether it is based on processing or... Agent: Hoffman, Warnick & D'alessandro LLC

20080027578 - Parts production management system and parts production management method: A parts production management system includes: a first table in which a line cycle number representing a line cycle that is a process unit for processing a group of parts and a parent lot number of a part input for being processed in a line cycle represented by the line... Agent: Arent Fox LLP

20080027579 - Dosage limiting medication dispensing method and apparatus: A method for controlled release of medication comprises a dispenser for regulating the release of medication according to designated instructions and for identifying instances where the dispenser has been tampered with in connection with attempts to release additional medication above the designated instructions. In addition, a dispenser for abusable medication... Agent: Ip Group Of Dla Piper US LLP

20080027580 - Robot programming method and apparatus with both vision and force: Both vision and force control are used to program a robot so that a tool having a tip can follow a desired path visibly marked on a workpiece when the tool is to perform work on the workpiece. There is a force sensor, a camera positioned to view the visibly... Agent: Michael M. Rickin, Esq. Abb Inc.

20080027581 - Means in a reverse vending machine (rvm) for receiving, handling, sorting and storing returnable items or objects: The invention relates to means in a reversed vending machine (RVM) for receiving, handling, sorting, and storing returnable items or objects. The RVM includes an item supporting, rotating, sorting and conveyor unit, an upright storage chamber for such items, a safety apparatus to avoid operational hazards, a camera aided detection... Agent: Rodman Rodman

20080027582 - Optical tactile sensor, sensing method, sensing system, object operation force controlling method, object operation force controlling device, object holding force controlling method, and robot hand: An optical tactile sensor has a touch pad and a CCD camera for imaging behavior of the touch pad. A CPU processes image information from the CCD camera, extracts information on the size, shape, and center of gravity of a contact region, and extracts information on the size of a... Agent: Lahive & Cockfield, LLP

20080027584 - Computer-implemented methods for re-designing a concrete composition to have adjusted slump: Design optimization methods can be used to design concrete mixtures having optimized properties, including desired strength and slump at minimal cost. The design optimization methods use a computer-implemented process that is able to design and virtually “test” millions of hypothetical concrete compositions using mathematical algorithms that interrelate a number of... Agent: Workman Nydegger

20080027583 - Computer-implemented methods for redesigning a pre-existing concrete mix design: Design optimization methods can be used to design concrete mixtures having optimized properties, including desired strength and slump at minimal cost. The design optimization methods use a computer-implemented process that is able to design and virtually “test” millions of hypothetical concrete compositions using mathematical algorithms that interrelate a number of... Agent: Workman Nydegger

20080027585 - Fuel injector control: A method of operating a fuel injector having a piezoelectric actuator that is operable by applying an electrical drive pulse thereto to activate and deactivate the injector. The method includes monitoring an electrical characteristic of the actuator during a predetermined time period, determining a time-domain data sample corresponding to the... Agent: Delphi Technologies, Inc.

20080027587 - Code replacement for irrigation controllers: Described herein are several embodiments relating to modular irrigation controllers. In many implementations, methods of implementing irrigation control are provided that detect a presence of a first module coupled with a control unit of an irrigation controller, the control unit operating in accordance with a bootloader set of code and... Agent: Fitch Even Tabin And Flannery

20080027586 - Sensor device for interrupting irrigation: Methods and apparatus are provided herein for permitting or interrupting irrigation using sensor equipment. In one embodiment, a method for controlling irrigation comprising the steps of: generating an indication representing the amount of rain fall at a sensor unit; transmitting a signal comprising at least the indication from the sensor... Agent: Fitch Even Tabin And Flannery

  
01/24/2008 > patent applications in patent subcategories. USPTO class listing

20080021577 - Reproducing apparatus, reproducing method, and reproducing program: The present invention provides a reproducing apparatus for reproducing a plurality of pieces of content data stored in a content data storage unit according to a play list defining reproduction order of the content data. The apparatus includes a play list storage unit, a request information generating unit, and a... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt, P.C.

20080021571 - Method, system and medium for controlling manufacture process having multivariate input parameters: A method, system, and medium of modeling and/or for controlling a manufacturing process is disclosed. In particular, a method according to embodiments of the present invention includes calculating a set of predicted output values, and obtaining a prediction model based on a set of input parameters, the set of predicted... Agent: Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman

20080021572 - Quality control system and quality control information delivery device: There is provided a quality control system capable of displaying a display screen regarding quality control of an testing, including a display control part for performing a display control of the display screen regarding the quality control, wherein the display control part displays the display screen on a display in... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione

20080021573 - Communication system for flexible use in different application scenarios in automation technology: There is described a module for expanding a central module of an automation system, the data transfer between module and central module being accomplished by means of a serial communication system having point-to-point connections in a daisychain or backplane layout and the module having, in a physical layer herefor, at... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20080021574 - File system for a stage lighting array system: A file system for a stage lighting system that maintains the different files associated with the stage lighting system. Each of the files that can represent an effect are maintained within the system within a configuration file. The configuration file can be updated on each start of the system so... Agent: Law Office Of Scott C Harris

20080021575 - Safety control device, safety control system, and method for detecting communication error: A safety control device for ensuring safety of an object to be controlled, including: communication unit which is used for communication with another safety control device and uses a frame including a test bit string T having correlation with a base bit string B; and detection unit which compares with... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt, P.C.

20080021576 - System and method for large scale survey analysis: Disclosed herein is a method of analyzing large scale survey results comprising obtaining a sparse data set representing a subset of an original data set comprising a plurality of individuals' responses to a plurality of questions, wherein the sparse data set comprises less than ninety percent of the responses in... Agent: Mayer Brown LLP

20080021580 - Interactive apparatus with recording and playback capability usable with encoded writing medium: An interactive apparatus is disclosed. The interactive apparatus has an audio recording mode and an audio playback mode. Further, the interactive apparatus includes a writing tool for manually writing on an encoded writing medium, an audio input device for recording audio, an audio output device for playing the recorded audio.... Agent: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd

20080021579 - Interactive system: A system including a sensing device is disclosed. In one embodiment, the system has (a) an article comprising: (i) a surface having a plurality of positions and a plurality of different print elements respectively at the plurality of positions, and (ii) a plurality of substantially invisible codes respectively at the... Agent: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd

20080021578 - Method of associating audio with a position on a surface: A method of enabling recorded audio to be associated with a location on a surface is provided. The surface has coded data printed thereon, which is indicative of a plurality of locations on the surface. The method comprises the steps of: interacting with the surface using an optical sensing device... Agent: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd

20080021581 - Method of integrating audio and encoded writing medium using interactive apparatus: A method of integrating audio and an encoded writing medium using an interactive apparatus is disclosed. The method comprises activating an audio recording mode of the interactive apparatus. The interactive apparatus comprises a writing tool, an audio input device, and an audio output device. Furthermore, while recording audio, the method... Agent: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd

20080021582 - Method and apparatus for assembling personalized electronic media into printed products: A method and apparatus for assembling personalized CDs, DVDs and other types of optical disks, magnetic media, and data storage devices into magazines, catalogs, pamphlets, and other printed products in order to enhance the amount and quality of personalization associated with the printed product includes reading and/or writing personalized information... Agent: Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

20080021583 - Computer implemented method for defining an input product: A computer system and implemented method for defining an input product to be manufactured into an output product, comprises steps of: (a) receiving an output product having attributes and comprising at least one sub-product, said sub-product having attributes; (b) associating to said output product a manufacturing operation identified among a... Agent: Hamilton, Brook, Smith & Reynolds, P.C.

20080021584 - Methods and systems for management of information related to the appearance of an object: The present invention provides an improved system for measuring the appearance of an object, that improves upon the prior art systems by employing a digital CMOS camera and a variety of features attendant thereto, provides an improved calibration system, an improved quality control system, an improved tooth whitening system, and... Agent: Ogilvy Renault LLP

20080021585 - Method and system for providing a selection of golden tools for better defect density and product yield: Aspects of the present disclosure provide a method and a system for providing a selection of golden tools for better defect density and product yield. A golden tool selection and dispatching system is provided to integrate different components for robust golden tool selection and dispatching. The golden tool selection system... Agent: Haynes And Boone, LLP

20080021586 - Method and device for producing a three-dimensional object, and computer and data carrier useful therefor: The invention relates to a method for producing a three-dimensional object by solidification of a material solidifiable under the action of electromagnetic radiation by means of energy input via an imaging unit comprising a predetermined number of discrete imaging elements (pixels). The method comprises performing solidification with exposure using bitmap... Agent: George W. Neuner Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP

20080021587 - Compensation for distortion in contact lithography: A method of contact lithography includes predicting distortions likely to occur in transferring a pattern from a mold to a substrate during a contact lithography process; and modifying the mold to compensate for the distortions. A contact lithography system includes a design subsystem configured to generate data describing a lithography... Agent: Hewlett Packard Company

20080021588 - Embroidery data processing apparatus, embroidery data processing program recorded on computer-readable recording medium, and sewing machine: When a user specifies, as an embroidery sewing condition, an embroidery pattern that can be sewn with thread spools set for needle bars, embroidery data on an embroidery pattern and needle bar thread information on a thread set for a needle bar are read and stored in a RAM. Embroidery... Agent: Oliff & Berridge, PLC

20080021589 - System for the exchange of information between a machining apparatus and a transfer device: In a system for an exchange of information between a machine tool (1) and a transfer device (11) for feeding blank or pre-machined work pieces or tools to the machine tool (1) or removing machined products or tools from the machine tool (1), the machine tool (1) comprises a control... Agent: Maginot, Moore & Beck, LLP Chase Tower

20080021590 - Adaptive control scheme for detecting and preventing torque conditions in a power tool: A control scheme is provided for a power tool having a rotary shaft. The control scheme includes: monitoring parameters of a power tool during operation of the tool; evaluating a rotational condition of the tool about a longitudinal axis of the rotary shaft using a function defined as a linear... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C

20080021591 - Numerical controller having interference check function: When an operation state of a numerical controller which controls a machine tool is (1) in a state were rotation of a spindle is being stopped, (2) in a state where cutting feed rate of a tool with respect to a work exceeds a set maximum cutting feed rate corresponding... Agent: Staas & Halsey LLP

20080021592 - Systems and methods for sway control: Systems, methods and computer program code for the measurement and control of sway in load transportation systems are provided which include using Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) devices to measure and control the sway of suspended loads such as loads suspended from cranes.... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20080021593 - Integrated transportation control for wafer fabrication facility: System and method for implementing integrated transportation control in a wafer fabrication facility are described. One embodiment is a factory automation system for a wafer fabrication facility (“fab”) comprising a plurality of bays, wherein each of the bays comprise a plurality of equipment interconnected by an intrabay overhead transport (“OHT”)... Agent: Haynes And Boone, LLP

20080021594 - Transportation state notification system and method, program, and information storage medium: A server includes a communication section which receives event information from an event detection device which detects a plurality of types of events occurring in a plurality of temporary storage devices provided at different locations, and transmits transportation load display information to a PC, a storage section which stores lot... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C

20080021595 - Programming presets in a vending machine: A vending machine apparatus includes a housing which defines an internal cavity and an article storage area where predetermined groups of stored articles are located at predetermined positions within the housing. An article retrieval device associated with the housing moves articles to be vended from the storage area to a... Agent: Lawrence C. Edelman,IPCounsel Fastcorp

20080021596 - Online, safe service technique for automated libraries: A safety system for online servicing of a media library is provided, wherein the library comprises a plurality of media storage cells and at least one media picker robot that moves along the media storage cells, and wherein the library is contained within an enclosure having at least one access... Agent: Brooks Kushman P.C. / Sun / Stk

20080021597 - Device and method for safeguarding a machine-controlled handling device: An apparatus and method is disclosed for protection of a machine-controlled handling appliance having moving parts, having a safety sensor system for detection of objects in the working area of the handling appliance, having a safety controller which interacts with the handling appliance controller and in the process controls safety-relevant... Agent: Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC

  
01/17/2008 > patent applications in patent subcategories. USPTO class listing

20080015711 - Systems and methods for forest harvest management: In accordance with aspects of the present invention, provided are systems, methods and computer program products for: creating an inventory of un-harvested logs; simulating the growth of the un-harvested log inventory; estimating current and projected values of the un-harvested log inventory; and, providing a consolidated price-schedule listing normalized, and thus,... Agent: Bereskin And Parr

20080015715 - Card reader for audio player: A card reader of the present invention includes a central processing unit (CPU), a conversion unit, an access device and an audio device. The access device has a storage device, in which music compressed files are stored. The conversion unit extracts the compressed file to a digital audio signal and... Agent: Bacon & Thomas, PLLC

20080015716 - Detachable audio module and media player including the same: A detachable audio module and a media player including the same are disclosed. In accordance with the detachable audio module and the media player including the same, an audio signal and a control signal is received via a wired communication when the detachable audio module is attached to the reproduction... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC

20080015719 - Computer-assisted assessment of seat design: Method of computer-assisted assessment of seat design. The method being applicable to any number of seating, including but not limited to vehicle seating commonly employed in automobiles, watercraft, aircraft, etc. The method optionally including overlaying a body pressure distribution (BPD) data object relative to an architectural drawing to facilitated assessing... Agent: Brooks Kushman P.C. / Lear Corporation

20080015712 - Virtualization of a global interrupt queue: A method, system, and article of manufacture for processing virtual interrupts in a logically partitioned system are provided. An intelligent virtual global interrupt queue (virtual GIQ) that may be associated with a plurality of virtual processors running in a logical partition may be utilized. Upon receiving a virtual interrupt, the... Agent: Ibm Corporation, Intellectual Property Law Dept 917, Bldg. 006-1

20080015713 - Circuit arrangement and method for controlling at least one actuator in a motor vehicle: A circuit arrangement is provided for controlling at least one actuator in a motor vehicle, comprising a microcontroller, a watchdog circuit with an active operating mode for monitoring the functionality of the microcontroller and a reduced activity operating mode, and with at least one microcontroller-controlled peripheral unit with a first... Agent: Mg-ip Law, PLLC

20080015714 - Apparatus and method for configurable process automation in a process control system: Phase function blocks are associated with a process for producing at least one product or part thereof. For example, a phase function block could reside in a recipe control module defining the process. Each phase function block can be executed to implement the process. A phase function block may acquire... Agent: Honeywell International Inc.

20080015717 - Auxiliary power adapter having device controls: An accessory for a portable electronic device, such as a digital music player, includes a set of device controls for controlling the portable electronic device. The accessory includes a microprocessor and a memory that contains function codes corresponding to the functions selected by the controls. Preferably, the accessory is a... Agent: Hornkohl Law Firm

20080015718 - Playback apparatus, playback method, and computer program: A playback apparatus can communicate with a second server, which temporarily stores in a first buffer compressed digital data that is received from a first server, and when the first buffer has stored a first data volume of the compressed digital data, which is a volume that is sufficient for... Agent: Wolf Greenfield & Sacks, P.C.

20080015720 - Evaluation support apparatus and method for evaluation of recyclability/environmental load: A design support apparatus includes an evaluation unit that evaluates a recyclability of the product, using evaluation condition and parts/material data, an analysis unit that analyzes a factor obstructing the recyclability based on an evaluation result of the evaluating unit, and a display unit that displays a remedy against an... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt, P.C.

20080015721 - Methods and systems for employing dynamic risk-based scheduling to optimize and integrate production with a supply chain: A production and inventory control for a manufacturing facility is provided that facilitates and coordinates improved planning and execution of such facility in a supply chain with a focus on providing an improved and robust planning, production and inventory control, even in the presence of uncertainty. This may include Optimal... Agent: Mcguirewoods, LLP

20080015722 - Method for projecting build progression for a product in a manufacturing environment: A computer implemented method is used for determining a product build schedule for sequential fabrication steps. The computer implemented method comprises: receiving a routing of the sequential fabrication steps; assigning a raw process time to a fabrication step in the routing; generating a cycle time for the fabrication step; receiving... Agent: Wagner, Murabito & Hao LLP

20080015723 - Carrier transportation management system and method for internal buffer process tools: System and method for carrier transportation management in a wafer fabrication facility (“fab”) are described. In one embodiment, the fab comprises a process tool having an internal buffer for storing a plurality of carriers each containing a wafer lot and a load port for loading wafer lots into and out... Agent: Haynes And Boone, LLP

20080015724 - Method for resource allocation and re-grouping recognizing competing priorities which vary by date: A method determines production starts in a manufacturing environment by inputting production starts. The method groups the production starts into production lots according to grouping rules and assigns start dates and associated priorities to each of the production lots based on business priorities. Each production start date of a production... Agent: Frederick W. Gibb, Iii Gibb & Rahman, LLC

20080015725 - On-line process specification adjusting and component disposing based on predictive model of component performance: A disposition process involves a part proceeding through a sequence of fabrication steps. The process involves obtaining a specified parameter for the part at an individual fabrication step; measuring the specified parameter of the part at the individual fabrication step; obtaining a final specified parameter for the part upon completion... Agent: Wagner, Murabito & Hao LLP

20080015726 - Ranged fault signatures for fault diagnosis: A method and apparatus for diagnosing faults. A fault is detected. One or more process variables that contributed to the fault are determined. A relative contribution of each of the one or more process variables is determined. A determination is made as to which fault signatures match the fault, a... Agent: Marina Portnova Blakely, Sokoloff, Taylor & Zafman LLP

20080015727 - Local enforcement of accuracy in fabricated models: The systems and methods disclosed herein employ a combination of digital three-dimensional modeling and rapid fabrication technologies to provide pre-indexed, pre-registered, and/or precut components for articulated dental models. Dental articulators and components of dental models as described herein use a positioning key to encode positional information for components of the... Agent: Strategic Patents P.C..

20080015728 - System for processing semiconductor substrate by using laser and method of the same: The present invention provides a system for processing a semiconductor substrate using a laser beam, the system including: a storing unit storing a process control data set for a slot for loading the semiconductor substrate therein; a process controlling unit detecting identification information of the slot in which the semiconductor... Agent: Ladas & Parry LLP

20080015729 - Machining condition determining system and method for sinker electric discharge machining apparatus: A method of determining machining condition for a sinker electric discharge machining apparatus in which a tool electrode is advanced along a z-axis to machine the workpiece, comprises the steps of: (a) producing a cavity model (D) as a solid model of part of the tool electrode; (b) tessellating the... Agent: Mcdermott Will & Emery LLP

20080015731 - Chemical substance total management system, storage medium storing chemical substance management program and chemical substance total management method: A chemical substance total management system aids for reduction of release and transferring amount of managing substances in business entities. The system retrieves releasing and transferring amount record relating to predetermined managing substance on the basis of total tabulation link information with correlation between the tabulation result record managing releasing... Agent: Kenyon & Kenyon LLP

20080015732 - Chemical substance total management system, storage medium storing chemical substance management program and chemical substance total management method: A chemical substance total management system aids for reduction of release and transferring amount of managing substances in business entities. The system retrieves releasing and transferring amount record relating to predetermined managing substance on the basis of total tabulation link information with correlation between the tabulation result record managing releasing... Agent: Kenyon & Kenyon LLP

20080015730 - Method and system for monitoring batch product manufacturing: A system and method for monitoring product through a batch manufacturing plant is provided. The system includes, a parallel flow mode when product flows concurrently from at least two units to a single unit; and a serial flow mode where product flows from one unit to another at a given... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20080015734 - Logical library architecture for data storage applications and methods of use: Systems and associated methods provide a level of indirection between multiple host computers and multiple data storage resources, such as removable media data storage devices. At least one of the hosts is not provided with direct access to some of the removable media data storage devices. Instead, logical addresses are... Agent: Perkins Coie LLP Patent-sea

20080015733 - Position indicator apparatus and method: An apparatus and method for indicating a position of an item to be processed from a shelf is disclosed. An embodiment of the apparatus includes a frame member and an indicator moveable on the frame member. The indicator is positionable in front of the item to be processed from the... Agent: Crowell & Moring LLP Intellectual Property Group

20080015735 - Apparatus and method for positioning objects/mailpieces: An apparatus and method for positioning objects at a desired reference position, including a sensor for determining the length of each object/mailpiece from a leading to a trailing edge, a transport mechanism having a positionable drive element for transporting the object/mailpiece, and a controller or processor for controlling the position... Agent: Pitney Bowes Inc. 35 Waterview Drive

20080015736 - Facilitating vending of customer-configured pizza preparation kits: A vending machine comprises a first product dispensing unit configured for dispensing packaged pizza crust product, a second product dispensing unit configured for dispensing packaged pizza topping product, and an information processing apparatus coupled to the first product dispensing unit and the second dispensing unit. The information processing apparatus is... Agent: David O. Simmons

20080015737 - Facilitating vending of customer-configured pizza preparation kits: A vending machine comprises a first product dispensing unit configured for dispensing packaged pizza crust product, a second product dispensing unit configured for dispensing packaged pizza topping product, and an information processing apparatus coupled to the first product dispensing unit and the second dispensing unit. The information processing apparatus is... Agent: David O. Simmons

20080015738 - Obstacle following sensor scheme for a mobile robot: A robot obstacle detection system including a robot housing which navigates with respect to a surface and a sensor subsystem aimed at the surface for detecting the surface. The sensor subsystem includes an emitter which emits a signal having a field of emission and a photon detector having a field... Agent: Fish & Richardson PC

20080015739 - Low cost programmable hvac controller having limited memory resources: A programmable controller and method of operating a programmable controller are provided. In one illustrative embodiment, the programmable controller may have non-volatile memory and random-access memory (RAM), which, in some cases, may be implemented in a single microcontroller. The illustrative programmable controller may include a function block engine resident in... Agent: Honeywell International Inc.

20080015740 - Temperature control system with multiple networked sensors: A temperature control system is disclosed where a single smart thermostat controls a single HVAC source according to information received through a network from multiple temperature sensors placed at different locations served by the HVAC source. This system addresses the common problem most often found in multi-cubicle and/or multi-office environments... Agent: Robert Osann, Jr.

20080015741 - Valve cluster and a communication method therefor: A valve cluster and a communication method operate with valves. arranged in a row direction against each other and with a control means for the control and/or monitoring of the at least one internal component included in the valve cluster or at least one external component connected with the valve... Agent: Hoffmann & Baron, LLP

20080015742 - Method and apparatus for managing an energy consuming load: A method for managing an energy consuming load in a group of energy consuming loads and a method for managing the group of energy consuming loads. The method includes generating sets of load state data from the loads, making enablement state decisions for one or more loads independently of the... Agent: Rodman Rodman

  
01/10/2008 > patent applications in patent subcategories. USPTO class listing

20080009956 - Flexible resource rotation linking system: A system for optimizing usage of energy converting stages. It may have a stage driver, and stage driver adds as needed. The system may control the on-times of the stages according to a pattern that optimizes energy usage, processing and memory. The pattern may control the stages according to lead... Agent: Honeywell International Inc.

20080009958 - Adjusting system for moving a vehicle seat in a vehicle cabin: A vehicle seat, an adjusting system and a method for moving at least one vehicle seat arranged in a vehicle cabin, particularly an aircraft seat, comprising seat components that are coupled or guided together, such as a seat part, a backrest and a leg rest, the location and/or inclination of... Agent: Jacobson Holman PLLC

20080009957 - Controlling the interactive behavior of a robot: A method for controlling behavior of an intelligent mechanical system having more than one degree of freedom, the method comprising: (a) providing a target to a selector unit that requires operation of actuators of the mechanical system; (b) generating by a selector unit more than one behavior commands adapted to... Agent: Fenwick & West LLP

20080009959 - Enterprise factory control method and system: A system, method, service and media for managing both supplier-owned and non-owned manufacturing asset types utilizing a supplier model of a product which goes across the manufacturing asset types. The invention maps the model to instances of the asset types and uses a network to control and monitor the assets.... Agent: Ibm Microelectronics Intellectual Property Law

20080009960 - Method and system for utilizing fabric as storage medium: This invention provides a digital technology based on fabric weave for the encoding, identification and decoding of information. A method for storing information in fabric based on weaving, knitting, braiding or other yarn interlacing styles, comprising: inputting information into a computer; converting each unit of the information to a corresponding... Agent: GlobalIPServices

20080009961 - Gauge system: Gauge system, including methods and apparatus, for positioning workpieces to be processed. In some embodiments, the gauge system may have a plurality of stops for positioning the end of a workpiece at distinct distances from a processing station. In some embodiments, the plurality of stops may be arrayed along a... Agent: Kolisch Hartwell, P.C.

20080009962 - System, method, and computer program product for automated high-throughput seed sample aliquot preparation, treatment and dispersal: A system, method, and computer program product for separating a seed aliquot from a bulk sample and preparing the seed aliquot for downstream research purposes is provided. The system embodiments may comprise a counter device, which is configured to receive at least a portion of the bulk sample and to... Agent: Alston & Bird LLP

20080009963 - facilitating vending of customer-configured pizza preparation kits: A vending machine comprises a first product dispensing unit configured for dispensing packaged pizza crust product, a second product dispensing unit configured for dispensing packaged pizza topping product, and an information processing apparatus coupled to the first product dispensing unit and the second dispensing unit. The information processing apparatus is... Agent: David O. Simmons

20080009965 - Autonomous navigation system and method: Robot platforms, methods, and computer media are disclosed. The robot platform includes perceptors, locomotors, and a system controller, which executes instructions for autonomously navigating a robot. The instructions repeat, on each iteration through an event timing loop, the acts of defining an event horizon based on the robot's current velocity,... Agent: Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC

20080009972 - Device, program, recording medium and method for preparing robot program: A robot programming device includes a workpiece-feature obtaining section obtaining workpiece feature information from a three-dimensional shape data of a workpiece; a retainer-position obtaining section obtaining relative position information between a workpiece and a workpiece retainer; a hand-position obtaining section obtaining relative position information between a workpiece and a hand;... Agent: Drinker Biddle & Reath (dc)

20080009968 - Generic robot architecture: The present invention provides methods, computer readable media, and apparatuses for a generic robot architecture providing a framework that is easily portable to a variety of robot platforms and is configured to provide hardware abstractions, abstractions for generic robot attributes, environment abstractions, and robot behaviors. The generic robot architecture includes... Agent: Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC

20080009969 - Multi-robot control interface: Methods and system for controlling a plurality of robots through a single user interface includes at least one robot display window for each of the plurality of robots with the at least one robot display window illustrating one or more conditions of the respective one of the plurality of robots.... Agent: Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC

20080009966 - Occupancy change detection system and method: Robot platforms, methods, and computer readable media are disclosed. The robot platform includes perceptors, locomotors, and a system controller. The system controller executes instructions for producing an occupancy grid map of an environment around the robot, scanning the environment to generate a current obstacle map relative to a current robot... Agent: Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC

20080009970 - Robotic guarded motion system and method: Robot platforms, methods, and computer readable media are disclosed. The robot platform includes perceptors, locomotors, and a system controller. The system controller executes instructions for repeating, on each iteration through an event timing loop, the acts of defining an event horizon, detecting a range to obstacles around the robot, and... Agent: Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC

20080009967 - Robotic intelligence kernel: Robot platforms, methods, and computer readable media are disclosed. The robot platform includes perceptors, locomotors, and a system controller. The system controller executes a robot intelligence kernel (RIK) that includes a multi-level architecture and a dynamic autonomy structure. The multi-level architecture includes a robot behavior level for defining robot behaviors,... Agent: Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC

20080009964 - Robotics virtual rail system and method: A virtual track or rail system and method is described for execution by a robot. A user through a user interface generates a desired path comprised of at least one segment representative of the virtual track for the robot. Start and end points are assigned to the desired path and... Agent: Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC

20080009971 - Walking robot and control method thereof: A walking robot includes legs, driving parts provided respectively at the legs for operating the legs, detecting parts provided respectively at the legs for detecting operating states of the legs, a walking pattern generating unit for generating a walking pattern by using predetermined control factors, and a stiffness adjusting unit... Agent: Stanzione & Kim, LLP

20080009973 - Robot control apparatus and robot system: A robot system of the invention in order to achieve the above-described object is constituted by a plurality of pieces of robots, a robot control apparatus 10 for controlling based on a robot program, and a robot instruction apparatus 11 connected to the robot control apparatus 10 for displaying the... Agent: Sughrue-265550

20080009974 - Apparatus, method, and medium for localizing moving robot and transmitter: Provided are an apparatus allowing a moving robot to localize a user, or localizing the moving robot from a fixed location, and a method and medium thereof. The apparatus includes a motion controller to control the moving robot such that the sensor passes a plurality of measurement points by rotating... Agent: Staas & Halsey LLP

20080009975 - Robot apparatus, turning method for robot apparatus, and program: A robot apparatus includes a moving unit configured to move in a moving plane on flooring, and turn in horizontal direction of the flooring about a rotation axis vertical to the flooring; an imaging unit configured to take images in a direction horizontal to the moving plane, and rotate in... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt, P.C.

20080009976 - Methods and systems for manufacturing optimized concrete: Design optimization methods can be used to design concrete mixtures having optimized properties, including desired strength and slump at minimal cost. The design optimization methods use a computer-implemented process that is able to design and virtually “test” millions of hypothetical concrete compositions using mathematical algorithms that interrelate a number of... Agent: Workman Nydegger

20080009977 - Apparatus and method for monitoring a chemical-supply system: The present invention provides a processing apparatus having multiple systems, and multiple components in each system. The apparatus includes a monitoring capability for monitoring the components and calculating a Health Index of each system, based on aggregate component performances of the components. The computer may initiate a trouble-shooting routine on... Agent: Perkins Coie LLP

20080009978 - Multi-mode control algorithm: A system and method for controlling a flow of a fluid using a multi-mode control algorithm is described. One embodiment includes a method for changing the multi-mode control algorithm from a closed-loop mode to an open-loop mode. The method includes receiving at least one sensor indicator generated by a sensor.... Agent: Neugeboren Law Firm PC

20080009979 - Device for the controlled power consumption of electric drives in machinery and machine including the device for processing printing material: A device for controlling electric drives in machinery includes an electronic control unit for calculating in advance the electric power required by the at least one electric drive as a function of motion profiles of the electric drive. A printing material processing machine having the drive, is also provided.... Agent: Lerner Greenberg Stemer LLP

20080009980 - Method for controlling system to work at appropriate temperature: A method for controlling a system to work at an appropriate temperature provides a control manner allowing not only a temperature factor but also a time factor to be considered when a system is heated. When a heated value of the system reaches a certain preset value, a controller will... Agent: Bruce H. Troxell

20080009981 - Control method for the air-conditioning treatment of products: A control method for the air-conditioning treatment of products cyclically measures, at definable time intervals, the product temperature and, according thereto, automatically adjusts several environmental parameters inside the treatment chamber. In order to provide a process that is automatic and gentle and to save energy and time in comparison to... Agent: David A. Guerra International Patent Group, LLC

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