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1.

METHOD FOR MONITORING AND MAINTAINING HEALTH STATE OF ELECTRICAL DEVICE, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

      
Application Number 18525065
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-11-30
First Publication Date 2024-06-13
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (China)
Inventor
  • Zheng, Wei
  • Wang, Zhui
  • Huang, Longbin
  • Chen, Zhen
  • You, Changhui

Abstract

Methods and devices for monitoring and maintaining a health state of an electrical device. The methods can include obtaining a first operation state of the electrical device; rendering a holographic image of the electrical device and a first health state of the electrical device indicated by the first operation state by using a mixed reality device; detecting an action of a first user by using the mixed reality device; in response to that an operation performed by the first user on the electrical device has been detected, performing the operation on an image model of the electrical device in the holographic image to obtain a second operation state after the electrical device is operated; and updating the first health state to a second health state indicated by the second operation state.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 11/32 - Monitoring with visual indication of the functioning of the machine
  • G02B 5/32 - Holograms used as optical elements
  • G06T 19/00 - Manipulating 3D models or images for computer graphics
  • G06T 19/20 - Editing of 3D images, e.g. changing shapes or colours, aligning objects or positioning parts
  • G06V 40/20 - Movements or behaviour, e.g. gesture recognition

2.

Method and System for Effective Handling of Reverse Power Flow for On-Load Tap Changer Controller

      
Application Number 18582853
Status Pending
Filing Date 2024-02-21
First Publication Date 2024-06-13
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Valsan, Simi
  • Gupta, Arinjai

Abstract

A method and a system for controlling an on-load tap changer of a transformer during reverse power flow includes determining a loss ratio factor using voltage and current values for each of a primary side and a secondary side of a transformer. Further, the method comprises determining a relative strength of a first source connected to the primary side and a second source connected to the secondary side of the transformer based on the loss ratio factor. Thereafter, transmitting a control signal to an on-load tap changer of the transformer to regulate voltage on the primary side or on the secondary side of the transformer based on the relative strength of the first source and the second source.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G05F 1/14 - Regulating voltage or current wherein the variable is actually regulated by the final control device is ac using tap transformers or tap changing inductors as final control devices
  • H01F 29/04 - Variable transformers or inductances not covered by group with provision for rearrangement or interconnection of windings having provision for tap-changing without interrupting the load current

3.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING A REGION OF WATER CLEARANCE OF A WATER SURFACE

      
Application Number 18534120
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-12-08
First Publication Date 2024-06-13
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Marano, Stefano
  • Arsenali, Bruno
  • Maas, Deran
  • Tervo, Kalevi
  • Peltola, Jukka

Abstract

A method and a system for determining a region of water clearance of a water surface are disclosed. The method includes receiving image data of an image captured by a camera, determining water surface pixels of the image from the image data, determining image coordinates of at least a first group of the determined water surface pixels in an image coordinate system, determining a position and an orientation of the camera at the time the image has been captured, determining real-world coordinates of the corresponding water surface in the real world by transferring at least the image coordinates of the first group to a real-world coordinate system under consideration of the determined position and orientation of the camera, and determining a region of the water surface, which is defined by the determined real-world coordinates of the first group, as the region of water clearance.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06V 10/26 - Segmentation of patterns in the image field; Cutting or merging of image elements to establish the pattern region, e.g. clustering-based techniques; Detection of occlusion
  • G06T 7/11 - Region-based segmentation
  • G06T 7/70 - Determining position or orientation of objects or cameras

4.

Distributed Control System with Seamless Software Update

      
Application Number 18531819
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-12-07
First Publication Date 2024-06-13
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Bicik, Josef
  • Powroznik, Piotr
  • Macauda, Andrea
  • Riju, V

Abstract

A distributed control system includes low-level controllers interacting with field devices, a high-level controller providing instructions, a human-machine interface that receives an input from a user transmits it to the high-level controller, receive from the high-level controller state information of the process, and display this state information to the user; first and second instances of backend software that are communicatively coupled to the high-level controller, first and second instances of frontend software running on respective client devices of the plant, and a software manager that indicates to each client device which version of frontend software is available for the client device, wherein the first instance of frontend software interfaces with the version of the first instance of backend software, and the second instance of frontend software interfaces with the version of the second instance of backend software.

IPC Classes  ?

5.

BATTERY CABINET FOR ACCOMMODATING ONE OR MORE BATTERY MODULES, BATTERY PACK, AND BATTERY SYSTEM

      
Application Number EP2023084796
Publication Number 2024/121342
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-12-07
Publication Date 2024-06-13
Owner ABB SCHWEIZ AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Molitor, Francoise
  • Schume, Matthias
  • Meier, Felix
  • Gilgen, Alexander
  • Kurmann, Sebastian

Abstract

A battery cabinet (20) for accommodating one or more battery modules (20) is provided. The battery cabinet (20) comprises: a cabinet housing (21) comprising or being made of a first material; and one or more connection elements (36, 38), wherein the connection elements (36, 38) are arranged within the cabinet housing (21), are fixedly coupled to the cabinet housing (21), are configured for holding the corresponding battery modules (22) within the cabinet housing (21), and comprise or are made of a second material, wherein a thermal conductivity of the second material is lower than a thermal conductivity of the first material.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01M 50/22 - Mountings; Secondary casings or frames; Racks, modules or packs; Suspension devices; Shock absorbers; Transport or carrying devices; Holders characterised by the material of the casings or racks
  • H01M 50/224 - Metals
  • H01M 50/233 - Mountings; Secondary casings or frames; Racks, modules or packs; Suspension devices; Shock absorbers; Transport or carrying devices; Holders characterised by physical properties of casings or racks, e.g. dimensions
  • H01M 50/244 - Secondary casings; Racks; Suspension devices; Carrying devices; Holders characterised by their mounting method
  • H01M 10/658 - Means for temperature control structurally associated with the cells by thermal insulation or shielding
  • H01M 50/231 - Mountings; Secondary casings or frames; Racks, modules or packs; Suspension devices; Shock absorbers; Transport or carrying devices; Holders characterised by the material of the casings or racks having a layered structure

6.

METHOD OF DETERMINING MOBILE ROBOT POSITION, PROJECTOR AND ROBOT SYSTEM

      
Application Number EP2022085128
Publication Number 2024/120643
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-12-09
Publication Date 2024-06-13
Owner ABB SCHWEIZ AG (Switzerland)
Inventor Kontaxakis, Polychronis

Abstract

A method of determining a primary robot position (74a) of a primary mobile robot (44a), the method comprising projecting, by a projector (10), one or more light beams (28) to form at least one pattern (32) on one or more surfaces (30); determining, by the projector, a size (34) of each pattern as formed on the one or more surfaces; communicating size data (45) indicative of the size of each pattern from the projector to the primary mobile robot; detecting, by a primary imaging device (58a) of the primary mobile robot, each pattern as formed on the one or more surfaces as primary image data (68a); determining, by the primary mobile robot, based on the primary image data and the size data, a relative pattern position (80) of each pattern in relation to the primary mobile robot; and determining the primary robot position based on each relative pattern position.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01S 1/70 - Beacons or beacon systems transmitting signals having a characteristic or characteristics capable of being detected by non-directional receivers and defining directions, positions, or position lines fixed relatively to the beacon transmitters; Receivers co-operating therewith using electromagnetic waves other than radio waves
  • G06T 7/73 - Determining position or orientation of objects or cameras using feature-based methods
  • G05D 1/02 - Control of position or course in two dimensions

7.

METHOD AND SCHEDULING SYSTEM FOR GENERATING A DRIVING SCHEDULE FOR A BATTERY ELECTRIC MINING VEHICLE

      
Application Number EP2022084602
Publication Number 2024/120612
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-12-06
Publication Date 2024-06-13
Owner ABB SCHWEIZ AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Lindkvist, Rickard
  • Astrand, Max
  • Onnerlov, Lisa

Abstract

A method of generating a driving schedule for a battery electric mining vehicle, including obtaining a current state of charge of the vehicle, and obtaining a target path of the vehicle. The target path includes a charging section provided in a section of the target path. The charging section has a charging infrastructure for providing a charging power to the vehicle. The target path further includes a road section suitable for regenerating electrical energy with the vehicle. Based on target path data and the current state of charge of the vehicle, a driving schedule is generated including instructions to control a movement of the vehicle along the target path. Generating the driving schedule includes optimizing the driving schedule according to penalties, the penalties including a penalty term indicative of an amount of energy wasted when the vehicle travels along the road section.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60L 7/10 - Dynamic electric regenerative braking
  • B60L 53/30 - Constructional details of charging stations

8.

METHOD OF CONTROLLING A MINING VEHICLE AND SCHEDULING SYSTEM FOR GENERATING A DRIVING SCHEDULE FOR A MINING VEHICLE

      
Application Number EP2022084607
Publication Number 2024/120613
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-12-06
Publication Date 2024-06-13
Owner ABB SCHWEIZ AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Lindkvist, Rickard
  • Astrand, Max
  • Onnerlov, Lisa

Abstract

A method of controlling a mining vehicle. The vehicle is one of a plurality of mining vehicles. At least two of the plurality of mining vehicles are electrically connectable to a power delivery infrastructure. Each of the plurality of vehicles has a power status while traveling along a target path, the power status including a power demand or a power surplus. The method includes determining fleet status data, the fleet status data including a position and optionally target path data of each of the plurality of vehicles. The method includes, based on input data including the fleet status data, generating a driving schedule including instructions to control a movement of the vehicle along the target path. Generating the driving schedule includes optimizing the driving schedule according to penalties, the penalties including a penalty term indicative of a power surplus of the plurality of vehicles.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60L 5/00 - Current-collectors for power supply lines of electrically-propelled vehicles
  • B60L 5/04 - Current-collectors for power supply lines of electrically-propelled vehicles using rollers or sliding shoes in contact with trolley wire
  • B60L 15/20 - Methods, circuits or devices for controlling the propulsion of electrically-propelled vehicles, e.g. their traction-motor speed, to achieve a desired performance; Adaptation of control equipment on electrically-propelled vehicles for remote actuation from a stationary place, from alternative parts of the vehicle or from alternative vehicles of the same vehicle train for control of the vehicle or its driving motor to achieve a desired performance, e.g. speed, torque, programmed variation of speed

9.

Method and An Arrangement for Identification of Lateral Vibration Characteristics of An Electric Machine

      
Application Number 18524588
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-11-30
First Publication Date 2024-06-13
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Holopainen, Timo
  • Ryyppö, Tommi
  • Szucs, Aron

Abstract

The invention relates to the field of electric drive devices and electric machines, such as electric drive motors and electric generators for industrial applications, and more particularly to a method and an arrangement for identification of lateral vibration characteristics of an electric machine. The arrangement for identification of lateral vibration characteristics of an electric machine according to the present invention includes a frequency converter, one or more vibration sensors and an electric machine, wherein said frequency converter is arranged for producing torsional excitation, said torsional excitation effecting lateral vibration in said electric machine; and wherein said one or more vibration sensors include at least one lateral vibration sensor arranged for measuring the lateral vibration from said electric machine as excitation response and for producing lateral vibration data.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01H 1/10 - Measuring vibrations in solids by using direct conduction to the detector of torsional vibrations
  • G01M 13/045 - Acoustic or vibration analysis
  • H02K 7/065 - Electromechanical oscillators; Vibrating magnetic drives
  • H02K 11/24 - Devices for sensing torque, or actuated thereby

10.

Method For Operating Electric Power Converter And Electric Power Converter

      
Application Number 18527645
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-12-04
First Publication Date 2024-06-13
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Salmia, Teemu
  • Vilkki, Markus
  • Kantola, Timo

Abstract

A method for operating an electric power converter, and an electric power converter including a plurality of controllable power semiconductor switches and configured to operate in a grid-forming mode of operation such that the controllable power semiconductor switches are operated at a first switching frequency, and in response to detecting a short-circuit fault in an AC network connected to the electric power converter provide an AC current of at least a predetermined magnitude to the AC network such that the controllable power semiconductor switches are operated at a second switching frequency, wherein the second switching frequency is lower than the first switching frequency.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02M 1/32 - Means for protecting converters other than by automatic disconnection
  • H02M 7/539 - Conversion of dc power input into ac power output without possibility of reversal by static converters using discharge tubes with control electrode or semiconductor devices with control electrode using devices of a triode or transistor type requiring continuous application of a control signal using semiconductor devices only, e.g. single switched pulse inverters with automatic control of output wave form or frequency

11.

System and a Method for Asset Monitoring in an Industrial Plant

      
Application Number 18582840
Status Pending
Filing Date 2024-02-21
First Publication Date 2024-06-13
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Riju, Varghese
  • Bhangale, Milind
  • Nair, Vivek
  • Trosten, Anders

Abstract

A method, performed by an industrial automation system, for condition monitoring an industrial plant includes receiving operational data of die industrial plant and obtaining an information model corresponding to at least one asset of the industrial plant from a cloud infrastructure. The method further includes processing die operational data using the information model to generate a recommendation for a control action. The industrial automation system is configured to provide a means to update the information model by dynamically receiving a new scheme for condition monitoring from a user and generating an updated information model based on the received scheme using an engineering tool m the cloud infrastructure. The step of updating the information model is performed by storing the updated information model in a machine readable file format on the cloud infrastructure.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G05B 19/418 - Total factory control, i.e. centrally controlling a plurality of machines, e.g. direct or distributed numerical control (DNC), flexible manufacturing systems (FMS), integrated manufacturing systems (IMS), computer integrated manufacturing (CIM)
  • G05B 19/042 - Programme control other than numerical control, i.e. in sequence controllers or logic controllers using digital processors

12.

Vetting and/or Functional Validation of Software Components

      
Application Number 18533573
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-12-08
First Publication Date 2024-06-13
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Finster, Soeren
  • Gamer, Thomas
  • Kohnhaeuser, Florian
  • Coppik, Nicolas
  • Powroznik, Piotr

Abstract

A computer-implemented method for providing vetting and/or functional validation of software components, comprising: providing a software component and software component data indicating the software component; writing the software component data in a distributed ledger; functional validating and/or vetting the software component and providing functional validation and/or vetting data of the software component; writing the functional validation and/or vetting data in the distributed ledger; providing the data written in the distributed ledger to a software component consumer.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 21/57 - Certifying or maintaining trusted computer platforms, e.g. secure boots or power-downs, version controls, system software checks, secure updates or assessing vulnerabilities

13.

METHOD FOR MONITORING HEALTH OF ROBOT AND HEALTH MONITORING SYSTEM FOR ROBOT

      
Application Number CN2022136669
Publication Number 2024/119328
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-12-05
Publication Date 2024-06-13
Owner ABB SCHWEIZ AG (Switzerland)
Inventor Zhang, Jiafan

Abstract

A method for monitiroing health of robot and a health monitoring system for the robot. The method comprises: obtaining measured data associated with health condition of the robot (2001); generating a 2-dimensional, 2D, bar code based on the measured data, the 2D bar code comprising information associated with the health condition of the robot (2002); and displaying the 2D bar code on a displayer (2003). The method and system can reduce or eliminate sensitive data leakage and other cyber security issues for the robot system and improve user experience.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01M 99/00 - Subject matter not provided for in other groups of this subclass
  • H04B 7/26 - Radio transmission systems, i.e. using radiation field for communication between two or more posts at least one of which is mobile

14.

FIXTURE, ROBOTIC FIXTURE INCLUDING THE SAME, AND A METHOD FOR CLAMPING A TURNOVER BOX

      
Application Number CN2022136707
Publication Number 2024/119335
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-12-05
Publication Date 2024-06-13
Owner ABB SCHWEIZ AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Lei, Haoteng
  • Ma, Bojun
  • Yu, Dilong
  • Tian, Yin

Abstract

Embodiments of the present disclosure generally relate to a fixture, a robotic fixture including the same, and a method for clamping the turnover box. A fixture comprising: an corner fixture assembly configured to support the turnover box at the top corner of the turnover box; a drive mechanism including a first drive rail and a second drive rail; a first side fixture assembly movable along the first drive rail and a second side fixture assembly movable along the second drive rail, the first side fixture assembly and the second side fixture assembly configured to support the turnover box at a side wall of the turnover box adjacent the top corner, respectively. Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a fixture with an asymmetric clamp combination with structural simplicity, self-indication capability, and clamp stability.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B65G 47/90 - Devices for picking-up and depositing articles or materials
  • B65G 1/137 - Storage devices mechanical with arrangements or automatic control means for selecting which articles are to be removed

15.

USE OF A CURVE SECTION IN A PROCESS CONTROL SYSTEM

      
Application Number 18553775
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-04-09
First Publication Date 2024-06-06
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Pang, Zhibo
  • Landernäs, Krister
  • Dobrijevic, Ognjen
  • Wiatr, Pawel

Abstract

A control network for supporting one or more mobile robots operable in a facility includes: a fleet management system authorized to perform path planning and path execution for the mobile robots; and a network management system authorized to configure and perform resource allocation in an access network, which is operable to provide the mobile robots with wireless connectivity in the facility. The respective authorities of the FMS and NMS are mutually exclusive, and the FMS is configured to generate, on the basis of the path planning, a predictive network resource request and share this with the NMS. A vertical application layer server is configured to generate a network resource request which specifies a future location of said one or more VAL UEs. A network resource management server is configured to generate a QoS forecast for one or more VAL UEs.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 47/83 - Admission control; Resource allocation based on usage prediction
  • G01C 21/20 - Instruments for performing navigational calculations
  • G05D 1/692 - involving a plurality of disparate vehicles
  • H04L 41/147 - Network analysis or design for predicting network behaviour
  • H04L 47/70 - Admission control; Resource allocation
  • H04W 4/02 - Services making use of location information

16.

Mine Hoist Monitoring System

      
Application Number 18556079
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-04-19
First Publication Date 2024-06-06
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Kent-Rodgman, Christopher
  • Keen, Stephen
  • Martin, Sean
  • Davis, Mike

Abstract

A mine hoist monitoring system (102) for monitoring a mine hoist (100) comprising a hoist drum (120), the mine hoist monitoring system (102) comprising a hoist controller (150) configured for controlling the mine hoist (100); a plurality of strain gauges (144) mounted on the hoist drum (120); and at least one drum data node (140) mounted on the hoist drum (120), the plurality of strain gauges (144) being coupled to the at least one drum data node (140), wherein the at least one drum data node (140) is configured for determining strain signals indicative of strain in the hoist drum (120) using the plurality of strain gauges (144); wherein the at least one drum data node (140) is configured for transmitting the strain signals to the hoist controller (150); wherein the hoist controller (150) is configured for determining a strain distribution in the hoist drum (120) based on the strain signals received from the at least one drum data node (140), and wherein the hoist controller (150) is configured for visualizing the strain distribution.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B66B 5/00 - Applications of checking, fault-correcting or safety devices in elevators
  • B66B 1/34 - Control systems of elevators in general - Details
  • B66B 15/04 - Friction sheaves; "Koepe" pulleys
  • B66B 15/06 - Drums
  • B66B 19/06 - Applications of signalling devices

17.

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS FOR ELECTRIC SYSTEMS

      
Application Number 18514446
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-11-20
First Publication Date 2024-06-06
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Tomarchio, Salvatore
  • Testa, Marco

Abstract

The present disclosure relates to a power supply apparatus for an electric system including an AC/DC conversion unit electrically connectable to an AC electric power source, said conversion unit being configured to receive an AC input voltage and provide in output a DC charging voltage, a capacitor bank including a plurality of storage capacitors operatively coupled to said conversion unit to be charged in parallel by said conversion unit, each storage capacitor having a first terminal configured to receive a charging current provided by said AC/DC conversion unit, a DC bus electrically connectable to one or more electric loads, said DC bus being configured to feed said electric loads with a DC feeding voltage, and a plurality of current blocking devices electrically connected between said capacitor bank and said DC bus.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02J 7/00 - Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries
  • H02J 7/34 - Parallel operation in networks using both storage and other dc sources, e.g. providing buffering

18.

DEPLOY SERVICE FOR COORDINATED DEPLOY TO RUNTIME

      
Application Number 18522143
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-11-28
First Publication Date 2024-06-06
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Thilderkvist, Hans
  • Karlekar, Sunil
  • Macauda, Andrea
  • Sasso, Massimiliano
  • Jetley, Raoul
  • Andersson, Staffan

Abstract

A method performed by a deploy service for coordinated deploy to RT services in an automation system. The method includes, from each of a plurality of engineering services, obtaining at least one configuration collection, each configuration collection being addressed to a specific one of the RT services. The method also includes forwarding each of the obtained configuration collections to the RT service to which it is addressed. The method also includes, for each of the configuration collections, in response to the forwarding thereof, receiving an acknowledgement from the RT service to which it was forwarded, indicating that the RT service is able to apply the configuration collection. The method also includes, in response to receiving the acknowledgements for all of the configuration collections, instructing each of the RT services from which the acknowledgements were received to apply the configuration collections.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G05B 19/042 - Programme control other than numerical control, i.e. in sequence controllers or logic controllers using digital processors
  • H04L 67/02 - Protocols based on web technology, e.g. hypertext transfer protocol [HTTP]

19.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROGRAMMING AN INDUSTRIAL ROBOT

      
Application Number CN2022135720
Publication Number 2024/113286
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-11-30
Publication Date 2024-06-06
Owner ABB SCHWEIZ AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Tian, Ye
  • Zhang, Jiafan

Abstract

Embodiments of present disclosure relates to a method for programing an industrial robot (200). The method comprises: acquiring a first set of reachable posture data of a tool model (110) by moving the tool model (110) around a first portion of a workpiece (120) in a reachable area of the robot (200), the tool model (110) being held and moved by a user without being held by the robot (200); in response to that the first portion of the workpiece (120) has been processed by the tool model (110), causing the tool model (110) to emit a control signal (116) to move the workpiece (120) such that a second portion of the workpiece (120) is within the reachable area of the robot (200); acquiring a second set of reachable posture data of the tool model (110) by moving the tool model (110) around the second portion of the workpiece (120); and generating, at least based on the first set of reachable posture data, the control signal and the second set of reachable posture data, a first executable code which is to be executed by the robot (200) to process the workpiece (120) via a real tool (210) held by the robot (200), and a second executable code which is to be executed to move the axis (O) of the workpiece (120) when the robot (200) processes the workpiece (120) via the real tool (210). The method for programing for the robot according to the present disclosure is of high efficiency, of high scalability and of easy operability.

IPC Classes  ?

20.

A SWITCHGEAR TANK

      
Application Number EP2023083018
Publication Number 2024/115323
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-11-24
Publication Date 2024-06-06
Owner ABB SCHWEIZ AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Gentsch, Dietmar
  • Javora, Radek
  • Skuci, Michal

Abstract

The present invention relates to a switchgear tank (1), comprising: - one or more centre body parts (2); - a first end cap (3); and - a second end cap (4); wherein the one or more centre body parts are formed from one or more bent metal sheets; wherein the first end cap is connected to at least one centre body part of the one or more centre body parts at a first axial position; wherein the second end cap is connected to at least one centre body part of the one or more centre body parts at a second axial position; and wherein each of the one or more centre body parts comprises at least partly cylindrical shape.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02B 13/045 - Gas-insulated switchgear - Details of casing, e.g. gas tightness
  • H01H 33/56 - Gas reservoirs

21.

SEALING ASSEMBLY AND ROBOT

      
Application Number 18553918
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-04-30
First Publication Date 2024-06-06
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor Cao, Xiaodong

Abstract

A sealing assembly which includes a rigid abutting sleeve hermetically and fixedly arranged on an end of a first component of a robot and axially extending into a ring-shaped groove formed at an end of a second component of the robot. The second component is coaxially rotatable relative to the first component. A rotatory seal is arranged in the ring-shaped groove and axially extending beyond or flush with an end surface of the second component. The rotatory seal includes a coupling portion and a deformable portion.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B25J 19/00 - Accessories fitted to manipulators, e.g. for monitoring, for viewing; Safety devices combined with or specially adapted for use in connection with manipulators
  • B25J 17/00 - Joints
  • F16J 15/3204 - Sealings between relatively-moving surfaces with elastic sealings, e.g. O-rings with at least one lip
  • F16J 15/3252 - Sealings between relatively-moving surfaces with elastic sealings, e.g. O-rings provided with casings or supports with rigid casings or supports

22.

Method of Producing Three-Dimensional Object, Control System and Additive Manufacturing Device

      
Application Number 18553236
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-04-06
First Publication Date 2024-06-06
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Strassel, Thorsten
  • Ho, Chau Hon
  • Capon, Elisabet
  • Maranò, Stefano
  • Lymperopoulos, Ioannis
  • Verschueren, Robin
  • Schuler, Gabriel

Abstract

A method of producing a three-dimensional object, the method including providing an object model of the three-dimensional object; providing a candidate support structure model of one or more support structures for the three-dimensional object based on the object model; selecting a removal strategy among a plurality of candidate removal strategies for removal of the one or more support structures from the three-dimensional object based on the object model; modifying the candidate support structure model based on the selected removal strategy to provide a modified support structure model; forming the three-dimensional object based on the object model, and the one or more support structures supporting the three-dimensional object based on the modified support structure model, by means of additive manufacturing; and removing the one or more support structures from the three-dimensional object based on the selected removal strategy.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B29C 64/40 - Structures for supporting 3D objects during manufacture and intended to be sacrificed after completion thereof
  • B29C 64/393 - Data acquisition or data processing for additive manufacturing for controlling or regulating additive manufacturing processes
  • B33Y 30/00 - ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING, i.e. MANUFACTURING OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL [3D] OBJECTS BY ADDITIVE DEPOSITION, ADDITIVE AGGLOMERATION OR ADDITIVE LAYERING, e.g. BY 3D PRINTING, STEREOLITHOGRAPHY OR SELECTIVE LASER SINTERING - Details thereof or accessories therefor
  • B33Y 40/20 - Post-treatment, e.g. curing, coating or polishing
  • B33Y 50/02 - Data acquisition or data processing for additive manufacturing for controlling or regulating additive manufacturing processes

23.

Method of Calibrating Manipulator, Control System and Robot System

      
Application Number 18556276
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-04-29
First Publication Date 2024-06-06
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Hanssen, Sven
  • Andersson, Hans
  • Noren, Johan

Abstract

A method of calibrating a manipulator of an industrial robot, the method including providing a primary manipulator having one or more primary joints and a primary mounting interface; providing a secondary manipulator having one or more secondary joints and a secondary mounting interface, where the primary mounting interface is substantially rigidly connected to the secondary mounting interface; providing a load sensor between the primary mounting interface and the secondary mounting interface, the load sensor being configured to provide load data indicative of loads between the primary mounting interface and the secondary mounting interface; controlling the primary manipulator to adopt at least one calibration state; for each calibration state, recording a primary joint position of at least one primary joint; and calibrating the secondary manipulator based on the at least one recorded primary joint position; wherein the primary manipulator is controlled to adopt the at least one calibration state based on the load data; and/or wherein the calibration of the secondary manipulator is additionally made based on the load data.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B25J 9/16 - Programme controls
  • B25J 13/08 - Controls for manipulators by means of sensing devices, e.g. viewing or touching devices

24.

VEHICLE SYSTEM AND VEHICLES THEREFORE

      
Application Number EP2022083703
Publication Number 2024/114895
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-11-29
Publication Date 2024-06-06
Owner ABB SCHWEIZ AG (Switzerland)
Inventor Terpstra, Haayo

Abstract

The present invention relates to a vehicle system for handling objects such as picking fruits, the system comprising a movable platform (4, 5), at least one container (9, 13), an object-handling robot (1) mounted on said platform, the platform comprising a first support (8) for the container within reach of the robot (1) and at least one second support (12) for the container, wherein the platform (4,5) comprises a horizontal conveyor (11,14) adapted to swap the container between said first and second supports via a first path, and an elevator (20) adapted to swap the container between said first and second supports via a second path above the first path, wherein the second path comprises an apex position that is high enough above the first path for the container (9) to be swapped along the first path when a similar container (13) is at the apex position.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A01D 46/24 - Devices for picking apples or like fruit
  • A01D 46/30 - Robotic devices for individually picking crops
  • B65G 1/137 - Storage devices mechanical with arrangements or automatic control means for selecting which articles are to be removed
  • B65G 29/02 - Rotary conveyors, e.g. rotating discs, arms, star-wheels or cones for inclined or vertical transit
  • B65G 65/00 - Loading or unloading
  • B25J 5/00 - Manipulators mounted on wheels or on carriages
  • B25J 9/00 - Programme-controlled manipulators
  • B25J 11/00 - Manipulators not otherwise provided for
  • B60P 1/48 - Vehicles predominantly for transporting loads and modified to facilitate loading, consolidating the load, or unloading using pivoted arms raisable above the load supporting or containing element

25.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR LOAD-AWARE OPTIMIZATION OF A TRAJECTORY FOR AN INDUSTRIAL ROBOT

      
Application Number EP2022084248
Publication Number 2024/114921
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-12-02
Publication Date 2024-06-06
Owner ABB SCHWEIZ AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Norrlöf, Mikael
  • Wahrburg, Arne
  • Groth, Tomas
  • Artigas, Jordi
  • Styrud, Jonathan
  • Björkman, Mattias
  • Seger, Magnus

Abstract

A method of operating a robot arm (110), comprising: receiving a definition of a robot task including moving a workpiece (130); estimating (212) a mass of the workpiece; and generating (214), on the basis of the estimated mass, a robot-arm trajectory for carrying out the robot task, wherein the robot-arm trajectory includes robot-arm movements scheduled with respect to physical time. In some embodiments, the mass of the workpiece is estimated on the basis of torque measurements on the robot arm while it moves the workpiece, after which the mass can be identified by fitting the torque measurements to a predefined dynamical model of the robot arm. In other embodiments, the mass of the workpiece is estimated by performing a torque measurement on one or more joints of the robot while the workpiece is moved along a predefined path. In still other embodiments, the mass is estimated by surface-scanning the workpiece.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B25J 9/16 - Programme controls
  • G01G 19/14 - Weighing apparatus or methods adapted for special purposes not provided for in groups for weighing suspended loads

26.

EMERGENCY LIGHTING HEAD WITH HORIZONTAL ROTATION AND ASSOCIATED OPTICS

      
Application Number IB2023000720
Publication Number 2024/115964
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-11-28
Publication Date 2024-06-06
Owner ABB SCHWEIZ AG (Switzerland)
Inventor Rapeanu, Radu, Cornel

Abstract

An emergency lighting device may include a housing container, wherein the housing container includes: a body defining a cavity, and a structural assembly, wherein the structural assembly is configured to be adjustably rotatable along a first translatable axis and independently rotatable along a second translatable axis extending transversely to the first translatable axis. An emergency lighting device may include a lighting assembly, wherein the lighting assembly includes at least one light source, wherein the at least one light source is mounted to the structural assembly, and the at least one light source is configured to illuminate an asymmetrical beam of light. An emergency lighting device may include an electrical circuit, wherein the electrical circuit is disposed in the cavity of the housing container. An emergency lighting device may include the electrical circuit is configured to electrically power to illuminate the at least one light source.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F21S 9/02 - Lighting devices with a built-in power supply; Systems employing lighting devices with a built-in power supply the power supply being a battery or accumulator
  • F21V 5/04 - Refractors for light sources of lens shape
  • F21V 5/08 - Refractors for light sources producing an asymmetric light distribution
  • F21V 19/02 - Fastening of light sources or lamp holders with provision for adjustment, e.g. for focusing
  • F21V 21/30 - Pivoted housings or frames
  • F21Y 115/10 - Light-emitting diodes [LED]

27.

TUNDISH FOR CONTINUOUS CASTING

      
Application Number 18551632
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-03-25
First Publication Date 2024-05-30
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Yang, Hongliang
  • Rydholm, Bengt
  • Teng, Lidong
  • Zielinska, Monika

Abstract

The present invention provides a tundish for continuous casting, the tundish having an inner volume including an inlet portion including an inlet for receiving molten metal, an outlet portion including at least one outlet for discharging molten metal, and a flow separator. The tundish further includes an EMS stirrer for electromagnetic stirring, wherein, the flow separator is positioned between the inlet portion and the outlet portion, the EMS stirrer is disposed outside of the tundish, at a vertical position below the top of the inner volume of the tundish and above the bottom of the inner volume of the tundish, the EMS stirrer is disposed to make the molten metal in the outlet portion flow in a horizontal direction, and the flow which is directly induced by the EMS stirrer flows away from the inlet.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B22D 11/115 - Treating the molten metal by using agitating or vibrating means by using magnetic fields

28.

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A PRINTHEAD

      
Application Number 18577465
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-07-15
First Publication Date 2024-05-30
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Skaar, Andreas
  • Finnestad, Yngve
  • Sundvoll, Elias

Abstract

A method of printing an image onto a surface using a printhead carried by a robot arm, including: obtaining an image which exceeds the predetermined print width of the printhead; splitting the image into at least two image strips, each contained within a reduced print width which is less than the predetermined print width, and generating associated printhead paths; detecting a deviation from the printhead paths when the robot arm is fed with a first control signal in a dry run; modifying the image strips to compensate the detected deviation by applying a local lateral shift; and printing the modified image strips onto the surface while the robot arm is fed with a control signal that is equivalent to the first control signal.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B41J 2/045 - Ink jet characterised by the jet generation process generating single droplets or particles on demand by pressure, e.g. electromechanical transducers

29.

Electrical System and Electrical Apparatus for Bus Plugs with Rotary Handle

      
Application Number 17993927
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-11-24
First Publication Date 2024-05-30
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor Sadowski, Mateusz

Abstract

The present disclosure provides an electrical system and an electrical apparatus including a flexible interlock mechanism. An electrical system to operate an electrical device in an enclosure includes an interlock mechanism, where the interlock mechanism includes an interlock slider for selectively engaging the enclosure with a busway structure; an actuating system on a door of the enclosure, where the actuating system includes a cam assembly that is configured to control the interlock mechanism; and a flexible mechanical interlock assembly that connects the cam assembly to the interlock mechanism, and where the flexible mechanical interlock assembly includes a push pull cable having a first end and a second end, where the first end of the push pull cable is connected to the cam assembly through a first connecting element, and where the second end of the push pull cable is connected to the interlock mechanism through a second connecting element.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02B 11/133 - Withdrawal mechanism with interlock
  • H01H 9/20 - Interlocking, locking, or latching mechanisms
  • H02B 1/20 - Bus-bar or other wiring layouts, e.g. in cubicles, in switchyards

30.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE ROBOT, ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM

      
Application Number 17758962
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-01-22
First Publication Date 2024-05-30
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Mao, Yichao
  • Ju, Zheng
  • Chen, Xiaohao

Abstract

A system and a method for controlling the robot. The method includes determining, based on feedback data received from the robot, first position information of a joint of the robot. The feedback data indicates a movement of the joint. The method also includes determining second position information of the joint based on sensing data received from a sensor. The sensing data indicates a relative movement between the joint and a second object to be aligned with the first object. The method also predicts a target position for aligning the first object with the second object.

IPC Classes  ?

31.

ANONYMOUS DATA EXCHANGE

      
Application Number EP2023081866
Publication Number 2024/110273
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-11-15
Publication Date 2024-05-30
Owner ABB SCHWEIZ AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Maczey, Sylvia
  • Coppik, Nicolas
  • Schmidt, Benedikt
  • Gaertler, Marco

Abstract

Computer-implemented method for providing a data exchange of sensitive data between at least one data provider and at least one data receiver, comprising: providing sensitive data by the at least one data provider; anonymizing the provided sensitive data and providing the anonymized sensitive data with an anonymized connection link; providing the anonymized sensitive data with the anonymized connection link to the at least one data receiver, in case the anonymized sensitive data are considered by the at least one data receiver as to be of interest, providing an anonymized communication between the at least one data receiver and the at least one data provider by the anonymized connection link, wherein the communication includes: providing a request for changing the anonymization via the anonymized communication to the at least one data provider, approving or denying the request for changing the anonymization by the at least one data provider, providing the anonymized sensitive data having a changed anonymization to the at least one data receiver when the request is approved.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 9/40 - Network security protocols
  • G06F 21/55 - Detecting local intrusion or implementing counter-measures
  • G06F 21/62 - Protecting access to data via a platform, e.g. using keys or access control rules

32.

ELECTRIC SWITCH

      
Application Number 18511222
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-11-16
First Publication Date 2024-05-30
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Lehtimäki, Jarmo
  • Kultalahti, Antti

Abstract

An electric switch including a frame, a first stationary contact stationarily fixed to the frame, a contact support element adapted to move relative to the frame between a first position and second position, a movable contact stationarily fixed relative to the contact support element and having a longitudinal direction, a first arc shutter, and an actuation system for moving and guiding the first arc shutter during an opening event. The actuation system includes a first actuator member stationarily fixed relative to the frame, and a second actuator member stationarily fixed relative to the first arc shutter. The first arc shutter is adapted to move in an outward direction during the opening event, wherein the outward direction is parallel to the longitudinal direction of the movable contact.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01H 9/32 - Insulating body insertable between contacts

33.

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR AN ARCP INVERTER

      
Application Number 18520906
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-11-28
First Publication Date 2024-05-30
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Leppänen, Veli-Matti
  • Muszynski, Peter

Abstract

A control apparatus for ARCP (Auxiliary Resonant Commuted Pole) power inverters include a modulator and a modulation control. The modulator is configured to carry out a commutation of an ARCP inverter by selectively using a Continuous PWM (CPWM) modulation and a Discontinuous PWM (DPWM) modulation. The modulation control is configured to dynamically select either the CPWM modulation or the DPWM modulation in a such a way that switching losses of the ARCP inverter are reduced while a failure of the commutation of the ARCP inverter due to a neutral point voltage unbalance of the ARCP inverter is avoided.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02M 1/00 - APPARATUS FOR CONVERSION BETWEEN AC AND AC, BETWEEN AC AND DC, OR BETWEEN DC AND DC, AND FOR USE WITH MAINS OR SIMILAR POWER SUPPLY SYSTEMS; CONVERSION OF DC OR AC INPUT POWER INTO SURGE OUTPUT POWER; CONTROL OR REGULATION THEREOF - Details of apparatus for conversion
  • H02M 7/487 - Neutral point clamped inverters

34.

EMERGENCY LIGHTING HEAD WITH HORIZONTAL ROTATION AND ASSOCIATED OPTICS

      
Application Number 18521880
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-11-28
First Publication Date 2024-05-30
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor Rapeanu, Radu Cornel

Abstract

An emergency lighting device may include a housing container, wherein the housing container includes: a body defining a cavity, and a structural assembly, wherein the structural assembly is configured to be adjustably rotatable along a first translatable axis and independently rotatable along a second translatable axis extending transversely to the first translatable axis. An emergency lighting device may include a lighting assembly, wherein the lighting assembly includes at least one light source, wherein the at least one light source is mounted to the structural assembly, and the at least one light source is configured to illuminate an asymmetrical beam of light. An emergency lighting device may include an electrical circuit, wherein the electrical circuit is disposed in the cavity of the housing container. An emergency lighting device may include the electrical circuit is configured to electrically power to illuminate the at least one light source.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F21V 5/08 - Refractors for light sources producing an asymmetric light distribution

35.

System for Controlling a Mining Truck and Method for Controlling a Mining Truck

      
Application Number 18552260
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-03-25
First Publication Date 2024-05-30
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor Hammarström, Gunnar

Abstract

A system and method for controlling the state of battery of a trolley assisted mining truck connectable to one or more trolley line(s), the trolley assisted mining truck carrying out an operation schedule including transport cycles. The system includes a battery charge status unit for determining battery charge status data indicative of the present charge status of the battery of the mining truck; a transport status unit for determining progress data of the progress of the mining truck in a present transport cycle; and a control unit for determining a schedule condition indicative of whether the operation schedule can be met and maintained. The control unit is configured to adapt, in case of the schedule condition being determined to be not satisfactory, at least one operational parameter and/or the operation schedule of the mining truck for obtaining a sustainable state of battery charge.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60L 58/12 - Methods or circuit arrangements for monitoring or controlling batteries or fuel cells, specially adapted for electric vehicles for monitoring or controlling batteries responding to state of charge [SoC]
  • B60L 5/00 - Current-collectors for power supply lines of electrically-propelled vehicles

36.

SEALING ASSEMBLY AND ROBOT

      
Application Number 17759278
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-05-03
First Publication Date 2024-05-30
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Liang, Linjian
  • Cao, Xiaodong
  • Chen, Kaiwei
  • Sha, Jiajie
  • Ha, Yun

Abstract

A sealing assembly which has a housing adapted to be arranged on and cover an end of a first component of a robot. The sealing assembly includes a circumferential coupling section; a flange adapted to be arranged on and cover an end of a second component of the robot that is coaxially rotatable relative to the first component; and an elastic sealing ring. The elastic sealing ring includes a coupling portion coupled to the circumferential coupling section; and a sealing portion arranged between the housing and the flange with an interference fit.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F16J 15/3284 - Sealings between relatively-moving surfaces with elastic sealings, e.g. O-rings characterised by their structure; Selection of materials
  • B25J 19/00 - Accessories fitted to manipulators, e.g. for monitoring, for viewing; Safety devices combined with or specially adapted for use in connection with manipulators

37.

ASSEMBLIES, CIRCUITS, AND METHODS OF TRANSMITTERS BETWEEN DIFFERENT EQUIPMENT PROTECTION LEVELS IN A HAZARDOUS ENVIRONMENT

      
Application Number 17792324
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-08-04
First Publication Date 2024-05-30
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Baluja, Wilfredo Fernando
  • Liu, Chang
  • Yu, Yasong
  • Jaroslawski, Andrzej
  • Aerts, Wouter Frans

Abstract

The disclosure relates to a transmitter assembly for a hazardous environment. The transmitter assembly includes a transmitter that includes a transmitting unit and a probe. The transmitting unit is configured to be positioned in a first area and includes an intrinsically safe circuit. The probe is configured to be positioned in a second area that is more hazardous and has a higher equipment protection level than the first area. The probe is electrically connected directly or indirectly to the intrinsically safe circuit. The transmitter assembly also includes a separation assembly positioned between the transmitting unit and the probe and including a hermetic seal configured to be electrically connected to the transmitting unit and the probe and a nut defining a tunnel sized to receive the hermetic seal therein. The exterior threads of the nut are complementary to threads on a partition wall positioned between the transmitting unit and the probe.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01F 23/62 - Indicating or measuring liquid level or level of fluent solid material, e.g. indicating in terms of volume or indicating by means of an alarm by floats using elements rigidly fixed to, and rectilinearly moving with, the floats as transmission elements using magnetically actuated indicating means
  • F16L 5/10 - Sealing by using sealing rings or sleeves only
  • H02H 9/02 - Emergency protective circuit arrangements for limiting excess current or voltage without disconnection responsive to excess current

38.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROGRAMMING AN INDUSTRIAL ROBOT

      
Application Number CN2022133229
Publication Number 2024/108333
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-11-21
Publication Date 2024-05-30
Owner ABB SCHWEIZ AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Tian, Ye
  • Wang, Huiming

Abstract

Embodiments of present disclosure relates to a method and a system for programming an industrial robot. The method comprises: acquiring posture data (115) of a tool model (110) moved by a user around a workpiece (120) to be processed, the tool model (110) being held by the user without being held by the robot (200); determining reachability of the posture data (115) by the robot (200); and generating, based on reachable posture data (115), executable codes which is to be executed by the robot (200) to process the workpiece via a real tool (210) held by the robot (200). With the method and the system, robotics programming efficiency can be improved without compromising performances.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G05B 19/427 - Teaching successive positions by tracking the position of a joystick or handle to control the positioning servo of the tool head, master-slave control
  • B25J 9/16 - Programme controls
  • B25J 9/22 - Recording or playback systems
  • B25J 13/00 - Controls for manipulators

39.

A METHOD FOR PRODUCING A TRANSFORMER

      
Application Number EP2023081222
Publication Number 2024/110195
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-11-08
Publication Date 2024-05-30
Owner ABB SCHWEIZ AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Banaszczyk, Jedrzej
  • Michalik, Adam
  • Rzepecki, Michal

Abstract

A method for producing a transformer (1), in particular a medium voltage instrument transformer, comprising the steps of winding (101) a coil of a transformer (1) with an insulation material (2) comprising capsules (3) with a chemical initiator (4), preparing (102) an active part of the transformer (1), wherein the active part comprises the wound coil, casting (103) the active part of the transformer (1) with an impregnation material (7), wherein the impregnation material (7) is an epoxy resin or a silicone; increasing (105) a temperature of the active part of the transformer (1) to release chemical initiator (4) from the capsules (3) to allow cross-linking, while the cross-linking is carried out until curing of the impregnation material (7); and cooling (106) the transformer (1). Further, after the step of casting (103) the active part of the transformer (1) and before the step of increasing (105) the temperature of said active part to allow cross-linking, a temperature of the active part of the transformer (1) is increased (104) to reduce the viscosity of the impregnation material (7), and said cross-linking is initiated by a temperature higher than the activation temperature of the chemical initiator (4) to release the chemical initiator (4) from the capsules (3). Furthermore, the insulation material (2) is poly(ethylene terephthalate) non-woven porous fabric, polypropylene non-woven fabric, fiberglass or crepe paper. The insulation material (2) has distributed on its surface the chemical initiator (4) encapsulated in capsules (3). The capsules (3) are adapted to release the chemical initiator (4) in a temperature higher than an activation temperature of the chemical initiator (4).

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01F 41/12 - Insulating of windings
  • H01F 27/32 - Insulating of coils, windings, or parts thereof
  • H01B 3/47 - Insulators or insulating bodies characterised by the insulating materials; Selection of materials for their insulating or dielectric properties mainly consisting of organic substances waxes fibre-reinforced plastics, e.g. glass-reinforced plastics

40.

Dual cabinet high density power distribution unit

      
Application Number 29777086
Grant Number D1028914
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-04-02
First Publication Date 2024-05-28
Grant Date 2024-05-28
Owner ABB SCHWEIZ AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Belcastro, Christopher Alan
  • Miller, Gilbert Taylor

41.

Electrolyzer Plant Comprising a Plurality of Electrolyzer Modules and a System for Controlling Operation of the Electrolyzer Plant

      
Application Number 18426512
Status Pending
Filing Date 2024-01-30
First Publication Date 2024-05-23
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Gutermuth, Georg
  • Franke, Rüdiger
  • Biskoping, Matthias
  • Lenders, Felix
  • Grindler, Clemens

Abstract

An electrolyzer plant comprising a plurality of electrolyzer modules includes a system having a processing unit that determines, for each of the plurality of electrolyzer modules, an electrolyzer module set point at which the electrolyzer module is to be operated, and controls operation of each of the plurality of electrolyzer modules at the respective electrolyzer module set point. The determining comprises inputting data representative of operation characteristics of each of the plurality of electrolyzer modules into the processing unit and the processing unit performing an optimization procedure that outputs the electrolyzer module set points, the optimization procedure comprising an optimization for one or more of overall electrolyzer plant efficiency, overall plant lifetime, lifetime of each of the electrolyzer modules, operational safety, and maintenance patterns.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G05B 19/4155 - Numerical control (NC), i.e. automatically operating machines, in particular machine tools, e.g. in a manufacturing environment, so as to execute positioning, movement or co-ordinated operations by means of programme data in numerical form characterised by programme execution, i.e. part programme or machine function execution, e.g. selection of a programme

42.

DRIVE SYSTEM WITH PROTECTION CAPABILITY

      
Application Number 18504945
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-11-08
First Publication Date 2024-05-23
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Schaeffer, David
  • Huju, Kalle
  • Sievers, Manfred
  • Lindell, Elisabeth
  • Poyhonen, Simo
  • Magnusson, Jesper
  • Becerra, Marley

Abstract

A drive system including: a DC bus, a plurality of power electronics devices, each including a capacitor, each power electronics device being connected to the DC bus in parallel with the other power electronics devices, and a plurality of arc suppressing devices, each being configured to short circuit the DC bus in case of an arcing fault on the DC bus.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02H 7/26 - Sectionalised protection of cable or line systems, e.g. for disconnecting a section on which a short-circuit, earth fault, or arc discharge has occurred
  • H01H 33/59 - Circuit arrangements not adapted to a particular application of the switch and not otherwise provided for, e.g. for ensuring operation of the switch at a predetermined point in the ac cycle

43.

GROUND FAULT PROTECTION IN A HIGH RESISTANCE GROUNDING SYSTEM

      
Application Number 18057193
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-11-18
First Publication Date 2024-05-23
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Kendzia, Iii, Thomas Anthony
  • Bose, Veerakumar
  • Kallarackal, Liju

Abstract

A ground fault protection system includes a power switch including a source-side and a load-side. The power switch is structured to receive a load current from a power source at the source-side and selectively output the load current from the load-side to a load. A first voltage measuring device is structured to measure a first voltage of the source-side while the power switch is not conducting the load current. A second voltage measuring device is structured to measure a second voltage of the load-side while the power switch is not conducting the load current. A controller is structured to determine a source-side-to-ground voltage based on the first voltage, determine a load-side-to-ground voltage based on the second voltage, determine a ground fault is occurring, and determine a direction of the ground fault relative to the power switch.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02H 3/16 - Emergency protective circuit arrangements for automatic disconnection directly responsive to an undesired change from normal electric working condition, with or without subsequent reconnection responsive to fault current to earth, frame or mass
  • H02H 1/00 - EMERGENCY PROTECTIVE CIRCUIT ARRANGEMENTS - Details of emergency protective circuit arrangements

44.

GROUNDING BRUSH ASSEMBLY

      
Application Number 18058340
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-11-23
First Publication Date 2024-05-23
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Perigo, Elio
  • Rakuff, Stefan
  • Mikail, Rajib
  • Medlin, Graham
  • Scott, Christopher

Abstract

A device may include a first end, a second end, and a coupler configured to extend through an aperture from a first side to a second side of a motor cover. The coupler includes a head portion, a conduit portion extending from the head portion towards the second end, and a first bore axially extending through the coupler. The device may include a brush holder extending through the first bore. The brush holder includes a cylindrical body, a socket at the first end, and a receptacle at the second end. The device may include a first lock nut including a first threaded bore axially extending through the nut. The device may be configured to enable a grounding brush to contact a motor shaft to provide a current discharge path to ground to reduce an erosion of the motor components including the motor shaft and rolling bearing elements.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02K 11/40 - Structural association with grounding devices
  • H01R 39/38 - Brush holders
  • H01R 39/39 - Brush holders wherein the brush is fixedly mounted in the holder
  • H02K 5/14 - Means for supporting or protecting brushes or brush holders

45.

DOWNLOADABLE FIRMWARE FOR PROGRAMMABLE CIRCUIT BREAKERS

      
Application Number 18058491
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-11-23
First Publication Date 2024-05-23
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Rivers, Cecil
  • Shao, Maggie

Abstract

A device may determine, by a microprocessor, whether the circuit breaker is performing a task which is already in progress, wherein when the determine is that the circuit breaker is performing the task, store the second firmware data to a second location of the memory. A device may receive, by a circuit breaker, a second firmware data transmitted from a computing device, wherein the circuit breaker already has a first firmware data stored in a first location of memory. A device may the first location of the memory being a firmware location for execution to operate the circuit breaker according to the first firmware data. A device may set, by the microprocessor, the second location of the memory as the firmware location, wherein the reset of the circuit breaker executes the second firmware data at the second location to operate the circuit breaker according to the second firmware data.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02H 1/00 - EMERGENCY PROTECTIVE CIRCUIT ARRANGEMENTS - Details of emergency protective circuit arrangements
  • G06F 8/65 - Updates
  • H02H 3/00 - Emergency protective circuit arrangements for automatic disconnection directly responsive to an undesired change from normal electric working condition, with or without subsequent reconnection

46.

A MODULAR POLE ASSEMBLY FOR OVERHEAD LINE SYSTEMS

      
Application Number IB2022061022
Publication Number 2024/105435
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-11-16
Publication Date 2024-05-23
Owner ABB SCHWEIZ AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Chiplunkar, S
  • Patil, Chetan Dilip
  • Narayan Varade, Bhalchandra
  • Jakate, Vikas
  • Malik, Shamim
  • Trivedi, Pooja

Abstract

A modular pole assembly 100 for overhead line systems is disclosed. The modular pole assembly 100 includes a top insulator housing defined by a first end and a second end. A bottom insulator housing 104 is defined by a third end 166 and a fourth end 152 where, the third end 166 of the bottom insulator housing 104 is removably coupled to the second end 168 of the top insulator housing 102. A chamber 106 is defined by at least one wall extending perpendicularly from at least one of the second end 168 of the top insulator housing 102 and the third end 166 of the bottom insulator housing 104. Further, the chamber 106 is structured to accommodate at least one sensor 128.

IPC Classes  ?

47.

Method for Providing Network Configuration

      
Application Number 18515707
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-11-21
First Publication Date 2024-05-23
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Karaagac, Abdulkadir
  • Hark, Rhaban
  • Gruener, Sten
  • Heuschkel, Jens

Abstract

A method for providing a network configuration for an industrial network includes discovering network topology data by a network configuration agent (NCA); receiving communication intent data from a network device; commissioning and identifying a remote network engine; forwarding the discovered network topology data and the received communication intent data to the remote network engine and requesting by the NCA the remote network engine for calculating network configuration data indicating network configurations; calculating the network configuration data on the provided network topology data and the received communication intent data; providing the calculated network configuration data to the NCA and distributing the calculated network configuration data to the network device, and initiating a network configuration in the industrial network.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 41/0813 - Configuration setting characterised by the conditions triggering a change of settings
  • H04L 41/085 - Retrieval of network configuration; Tracking network configuration history
  • H04L 41/12 - Discovery or management of network topologies
  • H04L 67/10 - Protocols in which an application is distributed across nodes in the network
  • H04L 67/12 - Protocols specially adapted for proprietary or special-purpose networking environments, e.g. medical networks, sensor networks, networks in vehicles or remote metering networks

48.

Computer-Implemented Methods Referring to an Industrial Process for Manufacturing a Product and System for Performing Said Methods

      
Application Number 18549428
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-03-12
First Publication Date 2024-05-23
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Kotriwala, Arzam
  • Li, Nuo
  • Schlake, Jan-Christoph
  • Juhlin, Prerna
  • Lenders, Felix
  • Biskoping, Matthias
  • Kloepper, Benjamin
  • Bhalodi, Kalpesh
  • Potschka, Andreas
  • Janka, Dennis

Abstract

A computer-implemented method is provided. The method includes receiving geological data of a material and processing data referring to a plurality of processing stations of an industrial process for manufacturing a product from the material; receiving, for the geological data and the processing data, corresponding product quality data of the manufactured product; and training or retraining a prediction model for the industrial process to determine predicted product quality data for the geological data and the processing data

IPC Classes  ?

  • G05B 19/418 - Total factory control, i.e. centrally controlling a plurality of machines, e.g. direct or distributed numerical control (DNC), flexible manufacturing systems (FMS), integrated manufacturing systems (IMS), computer integrated manufacturing (CIM)

49.

METHOD OF HANDLING SAFETY OF INDUSTRIAL DEVICE, ELECTRONIC CONTROL SYSTEM AND INDUSTRIAL DEVICE SYSTEM

      
Application Number EP2022081889
Publication Number 2024/104563
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-11-15
Publication Date 2024-05-23
Owner ABB SCHWEIZ AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Mellander, Roger
  • Matthias, Bjoern

Abstract

A method of handling safety of an industrial device (12), the method comprising providing an electronic control system (14) comprising a safety- related part (32) configured to provide a safety function (50) by monitoring observables (40) and commanding a safety response (62) if an actual value of the observables violates a supervision criterion, and a control part (34) configured to control actions (60a-60m) of the industrial device, where the safety-related part has access to reference values (48) of the observables associated with a signature action (60c, 60e, 60g, 60h, 60i, 60j, 60k, 60m) of the industrial device; controlling the industrial device to perform the signature action; recognizing, by the safety-related part, the signature action by recognizing that actual values of the observables correspond to the reference values; and changing the supervision criterion of the safety function upon recognizing the signature action.

IPC Classes  ?

50.

METHOD OF COLLECTING DATA FOR PROCESS IDENTIFICATION OF A MULTIVARIABLE PROCESS

      
Application Number EP2022082328
Publication Number 2024/104590
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-11-17
Publication Date 2024-05-23
Owner ABB SCHWEIZ AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Lundh, Michael
  • Isaksson, Alf

Abstract

A method of collecting data for process identification of a multivariable process is provided. The method includes, for each input variable of a set of input variables of the multivariable process, performing a bi-directional excitation experiment. The bi-directional excitation experiment includes setting the input variable at an initial input value. The bi-directional excitation experiment includes performing a first excitation of the input variable, comprising setting the input variable at a first excited input value at a first time, wherein the first excited input value differs from the initial input value by a first amount. The bi-directional excitation experiment includes measuring a plurality of output variables of the multivariable process in response to performing the first excitation, wherein a respective hysteresis level is associated to each of the measured output variables. The bi-directional excitation experiment includes identifying a hysteresis exceeding output variable among the measured plurality of output variables, wherein the hysteresis exceeding output variable is an output variable having a measured value that exceeds the hysteresis level associated with the output variable. The bi-directional excitation experiment includes performing a second excitation of the input variable in response to identifying the hysteresis exceeding output variable, wherein performing the second excitation comprises setting the input variable at a second excited input value at a second time, wherein the second excited input value differs from the initial input value by a second amount, wherein the first amount and the second amount have opposite signs. The bi-directional excitation experiment includes measuring at least the hysteresis exceeding output variable in response to performing the second excitation. The bi-directional excitation experiment includes setting the input variable at a final input value at a third time after the second time.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G05B 17/02 - Systems involving the use of models or simulators of said systems electric

51.

MODULAR SWITCHGEAR AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLING THE SAME

      
Application Number 18419194
Status Pending
Filing Date 2024-01-22
First Publication Date 2024-05-16
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Mcbride, Brittany Leigh
  • Khzouz, Erik Ryan
  • Lafond, Michael Paul

Abstract

An electrical enclosure includes a main cabinet and a modular cabinet removably secured to the main cabinet. The main cabinet includes a bus compartment that includes a busbar assembly, and the bus compartment is located between an end wall of the main cabinet and a partition opposite the end wall. The modular cabinet is comprised of interlocking compartment modules. Each compartment module interlocks with an adjacent compartment module. Each compartment module includes first and second side panels. Each side panel includes an alignment member that engages an alignment member of a respective side panel of the adjacent compartment module. Each compartment module also includes a base that extends between the first and second side panels and a terminal wall that joins the first and second side panels. The terminal walls of the interlocking compartment modules engage to form a structural wall of the modular cabinet.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02B 1/56 - Cooling; Ventilation
  • H02B 1/21 - Bus-bar arrangements for rack-mounted devices with withdrawable units
  • H02B 1/36 - Racks with withdrawable units

52.

Robot Gripper and Method of Using It

      
Application Number 18422119
Status Pending
Filing Date 2024-01-25
First Publication Date 2024-05-16
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Vanderhoydonk, Willem
  • Leroy, Rudi

Abstract

A robot gripper comprises a palm and first and second fingers connected to said palm that have gripping surfaces facing each other for gripping an object between them and that are displaceable with respect to each other along a first axis normal to said gripping surfaces. The palm further carries at least a third finger having a support surface, wherein, when the gripper is in a use pose in which the support surface is oriented horizontally and facing upward, the first axis is also horizontal and the gripping surfaces are located above the support surfaces.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B25J 15/02 - Gripping heads servo-actuated
  • B25J 9/16 - Programme controls
  • B25J 13/08 - Controls for manipulators by means of sensing devices, e.g. viewing or touching devices
  • B25J 15/00 - Gripping heads

53.

Method and System for Industrial Change Point Detection

      
Application Number 18455340
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-08-24
First Publication Date 2024-05-16
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Tan, Ruomu
  • Gaertler, Marco
  • Kloepper, Benjamin
  • Maczey, Sylvia
  • Potschka, Andreas
  • Hollender, Martin
  • Schmidt, Benedikt

Abstract

A method for detecting change points, CPs, in a signal of a process automation system, includes, in an offline learning phase, unsupervised, candidate CPs on at least one offline signal using unsupervised detection method are detected, CPs are selected from the candidate CPs; the selected CPs are provided to a supervised process; in the supervised process, an offline machine-learning (ML) system is trained to refine CPs from the selected CPs using a supervised machine learning method; a training data set for an online ML system is created using the offline ML system by projecting the refined CPs on the signal; the online ML system is trained in a supervised manner, using the created training data set; and after the offline learning phase, CPs are detected using the trained online ML system.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G05B 13/02 - Adaptive control systems, i.e. systems automatically adjusting themselves to have a performance which is optimum according to some preassigned criterion electric

54.

Stator For Electric Machine and Method of Manufacturing Said Stator

      
Application Number 18505285
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-11-09
First Publication Date 2024-05-16
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Danci, Alex
  • Ikäheimo, Jouni

Abstract

A stator for an electric machine including a stator core including an outer shell, a plurality of stator teeth and a plurality of stator slots, wherein the plurality of stator slots is adapted to receive a stator winding of the electric machine; at least one auxiliary coil located adjacent to the stator core, and adapted to generate an auxiliary coil voltage during operation of the electric machine. The at least one auxiliary coil is located around at least a portion of one of the plurality of stator teeth such that said at least a portion of one of the plurality of stator teeth extends inside the at least one auxiliary coil.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02K 3/26 - Windings characterised by the conductor shape, form or construction, e.g. with bar conductors consisting of printed conductors
  • H02K 3/12 - Windings characterised by the conductor shape, form or construction, e.g. with bar conductors arranged in slots
  • H02K 15/02 - Methods or apparatus specially adapted for manufacturing, assembling, maintaining or repairing of dynamo-electric machines of stator or rotor bodies
  • H02K 15/06 - Embedding prefabricated windings in machines
  • H02K 15/085 - Forming windings by laying conductors into or around core parts by laying conductors into slotted stators

55.

Busbar for a Low Voltage, Medium Voltage, or High Voltage Switchgear

      
Application Number 18506316
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-11-10
First Publication Date 2024-05-16
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Kopp, Dalibor
  • Dolezal, Radim

Abstract

A busbar includes a plurality of bar elements having a first bar element and a second bar element; wherein the first bar element comprises a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface; wherein the first bar element comprises at least one raised section or embossment protruding out from the first surface; wherein the second bar element comprises a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface; and wherein the first bar element is connected to the second bar element, wherein the first surface of the first bar element faces towards the first surface of the second bar element.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02B 1/20 - Bus-bar or other wiring layouts, e.g. in cubicles, in switchyards

56.

Distributed Control System for Industrial Processes, A Method Therein, Computer Program and Computer Program Product

      
Application Number 18506605
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-11-10
First Publication Date 2024-05-16
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Gjerseth, Jan
  • Thilderkvist, Hans
  • Jetley, Raoul
  • Koziolek, Heiko
  • Karlekar, Sunil

Abstract

A distributed control system and a corresponding method for industrial processes are provided. The distributed control system includes one or more runtime services spanning over a server- and control layer. Each runtime service is arranged to manage its own configuration data, and each configuration item of the runtime service is provided with an identifier that is unique within the distributed control system, wherein each such unique identifier is associated with a physical host address corresponding to an endpoint of the respective runtime service and stored as an attribute of its configuration item.

IPC Classes  ?

57.

Electric Motor Fan Cover, End Bell Interface, and Radially Mounted Brush Holder

      
Application Number 17987128
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-11-15
First Publication Date 2024-05-16
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Mask Iii, Robert J.
  • Sharum, Mark J.
  • Christiansen, Bevan J.

Abstract

A system for mitigating induced currents in an electric motor having a shaft includes: a brush holder having a handle end, the brush holder having: a brush holder handle at the handle end; and a shaft grounding brush attached to the brush holder handle, the shaft grounding brush including a contact at a contact end of the brush holder, the contact end being opposite the handle end; and an end bell of the electric motor, the end hell being receiving the contact end of the brush holder such that the contact of the shaft grounding brush contacts the shaft.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02K 11/40 - Structural association with grounding devices
  • H01R 39/38 - Brush holders
  • H02K 5/14 - Means for supporting or protecting brushes or brush holders
  • H02K 9/06 - Arrangements for cooling or ventilating by ambient air flowing through the machine having means for generating a flow of cooling medium with fans or impellers driven by the machine shaft

58.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ENHANCING DATA PRIVACY OF AN INDUSTRIAL SYSTEM OR ELECTRIC POWER SYSTEM

      
Application Number 18529923
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-12-05
First Publication Date 2024-05-16
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Locher, Thomas
  • Oriol, Manuel
  • Giannopoulou, Georgia
  • Kabir-Querrec, Maelle
  • Wahler, Michael
  • Dan, Andrei
  • Vukovic, Ognjen
  • Yu, Der-Yeuan

Abstract

Techniques for configuring data protection settings for data of an industrial system or an electric power system are provided. The industrial system or the electric power system includes at least one gateway via which the data are transmitted to a computing resource for processing and/or storing. One or several privacy-preserving techniques to be applied to the data are automatically determined. The one or several privacy-preserving techniques being determined based on data privacy requirements for the data and processing operations to be performed on the data by the computing resource. The determined one or several privacy-preserving techniques are automatically applied.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 21/60 - Protecting data
  • G06F 21/62 - Protecting access to data via a platform, e.g. using keys or access control rules

59.

SHUTTER SYSTEM FOR SWITCHGEAR

      
Application Number IB2023060826
Publication Number 2024/100488
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-10-26
Publication Date 2024-05-16
Owner ABB SCHWEIZ AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Pyclik, Tomasz
  • Zmij, Zdzislaw
  • Babik, Tomasz

Abstract

The present disclosure relates to a shutter system for switchgears. According to the invention there is provided a shutter system comprising a main barrier (200-1) with at least one opening for insertion of at least one connector of a circuit breaker (100-3), a guiding means in a form of at least a first guide rail (200-3) for guiding a shutter (200-2) between a closed position and an open position, a driving mechanism for moving a shutter (200-2) between the closed position and the open position, at least one shutter assembly comprising the shutter (200-2) and a carriage element (200-5) and a returning means for retracting the shutter (200-2) from the open position to the closed position.

IPC Classes  ?

60.

EXPLOSION-RESISTANT DEVICE WITH GRAPHICAL INTERFACE ASSEMBLY AND METHODS THEREOF

      
Application Number US2022079678
Publication Number 2024/102162
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-11-11
Publication Date 2024-05-16
Owner ABB SCHWEIZ AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Adams, Donald R.
  • Smith, Brian C.
  • Robertson, Brian J.

Abstract

An explosion-resistant device is provided. The explosion-resistant device includes an enclosure defining a control compartment and a display compartment. The display compartment is isolated from the control compartment. The explosion-resistant device also includes a graphical interface assembly received in the display compartment. The graphical interface assembly is configured to present visual information and receive input from a user. The graphical interface assembly includes a display sensor assembly including a face plate, a backing plate, and a sensor layer positioned between the face plate and the backing plate and configured to detect touch of the user.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H05K 5/00 - Casings, cabinets or drawers for electric apparatus

61.

ELECTRIC MOTOR FAN COVER, END BELL INTERFACE, AND RADIALLY MOUNTED BRUSH HOLDER

      
Document Number 03219977
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-11-14
Open to Public Date 2024-05-15
Owner ABB SCHWEIZ AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Mask, Robert J., Iii
  • Christiansen, Bevan J.
  • Sharum, Mark J.

Abstract

A system for mitigating induced currents in an electric motor having a shaft includes: a brush holder having a handle end, the brush holder having: a brush holder handle at the handle end; and a shaft grounding brush attached to the brush holder handle, the shaft grounding brush including a contact at a contact end of the brush holder, the contact end being opposite the handle end; and an end bell of the electric motor, the end bell being receiving the contact end of the brush holder such that the contact of the shaft grounding brush contacts the shaft.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02K 11/40 - Structural association with grounding devices
  • H01R 39/38 - Brush holders
  • H02K 5/14 - Means for supporting or protecting brushes or brush holders
  • H02K 11/00 - Structural association of dynamo-electric machines with electric components or with devices for shielding, monitoring or protection
  • H02K 13/00 - Structural associations of current collectors with motors or generators, e.g. brush mounting plates or connections to windings; Disposition of current collectors in motors or generators; Arrangements for improving commutation

62.

SURFACE INSPECTION APPARATUS AND METHOD

      
Application Number EP2022080588
Publication Number 2024/094298
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-11-02
Publication Date 2024-05-10
Owner ABB SCHWEIZ AG (Switzerland)
Inventor Álvarez, Víctor

Abstract

A surface inspection apparatus comprises: a) a camera (7); b) an actuator apparatus (3, 4) for displacing the camera (7) relative to a surface to be inspected (1); c) a first light source (10) mounted to the actuator apparatus (3, 4) for joint displacement with the camera (7), and d) a second light source (9) arranged so that an angle in which optical axes (17, 16) of the first and second light sources (10, 9) intersect is non-zero.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01N 21/88 - Investigating the presence of flaws, defects or contamination
  • G01N 21/95 - Investigating the presence of flaws, defects or contamination characterised by the material or shape of the object to be examined

63.

Validating Component Specifications for Industrial Automation Systems

      
Application Number 18417732
Status Pending
Filing Date 2024-01-19
First Publication Date 2024-05-09
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Sarkar, Santonu
  • Hoernicke, Mario
  • Stark, Katharina

Abstract

A computer-implemented method and system for validating a component specification defining at least one component of an industrial automation system, wherein the component specification is arranged in an object-oriented data format, includes obtaining an invariant specification specifying one or more invariants that must be satisfied for the component specification to be deemed fit for use in conjunction with the industrial automation system; and validating the component specification using the invariants specified in the invariant specification.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G05B 19/418 - Total factory control, i.e. centrally controlling a plurality of machines, e.g. direct or distributed numerical control (DNC), flexible manufacturing systems (FMS), integrated manufacturing systems (IMS), computer integrated manufacturing (CIM)

64.

Electrical Contact and Method of Designing an Electrical Contact

      
Application Number 18505658
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-11-09
First Publication Date 2024-05-09
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Cesarz, Bartlomiej
  • Domurad, Zbigniew
  • Liszewski, Piotr
  • Piekarski, Piotr

Abstract

An electrical contact includes a knife having a first portion, a second portion, and a fixed contact. The fixed contact comprises a galvanic contact point and an arc ignition point. The knife is configured to operate in a first position, where the knife insulated from the fixed contact; a second position, wherein the closest distance between the knife and the fixed contact is between the first portion and the arc ignition point to form an electrical arc between the first portion of the knife and the arc ignition point; a third position, wherein the closest distance between the knife and the fixed contact is between the second portion of the knife and the galvanic contact point; and a fourth position, where the knife and the fixed contact are electrically coupled, namely the second portion of the knife and the galvanic contact point are electrically coupled.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01H 1/42 - Knife-and-clip contacts
  • H01H 11/00 - Apparatus or processes specially adapted for the manufacture of electric switches

65.

Wireless Automation Network Source and Destination Device

      
Application Number 18506258
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-11-10
First Publication Date 2024-05-09
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Pang, Zhibo
  • Isaksson, Alf

Abstract

A wireless automation network (WAN) source device is configured to generate a WAN data packet containing a payload with automation data according to a WAN communication protocol, and to transmit the data packet to a WAN destination device; wherein the WAN source device comprises a wireless localization engine configured to generate a source location stamp and at least one packet wrapper configured to insert the source location stamp in the data packet.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04W 12/104 - Location integrity, e.g. secure geotagging
  • H04W 12/08 - Access security
  • H04W 12/63 - Location-dependent; Proximity-dependent
  • H04W 64/00 - Locating users or terminals for network management purposes, e.g. mobility management

66.

Inrush Current Limiting Circuit

      
Application Number 18544585
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-12-19
First Publication Date 2024-05-09
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Vancu, Florian
  • Fueglister, Markus

Abstract

An inrush current limiter circuit for a rectifier provides a flow of a current between a rectifying part of the rectifier and a filter capacitance. A power stage includes a power stage resistor and a power stage transistor disposed in parallel circuit arrangement to the power stage resistor. The power stage resistor conducts an amount of the current in dependence on the state of the power stage transistor, and the power stage transistor conducts an amount of the current in dependence on a charging of a gate capacitance of the power stage transistor.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02H 9/02 - Emergency protective circuit arrangements for limiting excess current or voltage without disconnection responsive to excess current
  • H02H 9/00 - Emergency protective circuit arrangements for limiting excess current or voltage without disconnection

67.

Systems and Methods for Reducing Electromagnetic Interference in Robotic Devices

      
Application Number 18549013
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-03-05
First Publication Date 2024-05-09
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Liu, Liming
  • Li, Shanghua
  • Pan, Zach Z.
  • Zhang, Yu

Abstract

A robotic device for reducing electromagnetic interference (EMI) noise and suppress leakage current is provided. The robotic device comprises a controller configured to control phase-shift switching of a plurality of axes to reduce electromagnetic interference (EMI) noise and suppress leakage current, an electrical circuit, and a plurality of loads coupled to a plurality of motors of the plurality of axes. The electrical circuit comprises a power source and rectifier; an EMI filter configured to further reduce the EMI noise and suppress the leakage current from the plurality of axes; and the plurality of axes comprising a plurality of drives and a plurality of motors that are configured to operate the plurality of loads.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02M 1/44 - Circuits or arrangements for compensating for electromagnetic interference in converters or inverters
  • H02M 1/12 - Arrangements for reducing harmonics from ac input or output
  • H02M 1/42 - Circuits or arrangements for compensating for or adjusting power factor in converters or inverters

68.

Method of Controlling a Robot And a Robot Control System

      
Application Number 18549952
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-03-16
First Publication Date 2024-05-09
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Kulläng, Roger
  • Ekelund, Anders

Abstract

The invention is concerned with a robot control system and a method of controlling a robot where the robot control system includes a human-machine interface; a real robot control environment including a real robot and a real robot controller controlling the real robot and a cloud-hosted robot control environment including a virtual robot controller, which is a replica of the real robot controller, where the human-machine interface is configured to transfer a robot change instruction from a user to the cloud-hosted robot control environment, the virtual robot controller is configured to validate the robot change instruction and the real robot controller is configured to apply the validated robot change instruction when controlling the real robot.

IPC Classes  ?

69.

Production Line and Trolley for Use Therein

      
Application Number 18411305
Status Pending
Filing Date 2024-01-12
First Publication Date 2024-05-09
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor Rodrigues, José

Abstract

A production line for processing a work piece in successive steps comprises a plurality of stations and a plurality of trolleys, each of which comprises a first connector, said plurality of stations comprising at least one workstation adapted for carrying out therein an associated one of said steps and at least one charging station comprising a second connector for providing a commodity to one of said trolleys when connected to the first connector of said trolley. At least one of said trolleys comprises a second connector which communicates with the first connector.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60S 5/02 - Supplying fuel to vehicles; General disposition of plant in filling stations
  • B60L 53/30 - Constructional details of charging stations

70.

Immutable and Tamper-Resistant Event Data

      
Application Number 18501646
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-11-03
First Publication Date 2024-05-09
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Gamer, Thomas
  • Finster, Soeren
  • Kohnhaeuser, Florian
  • Coppik, Nicolas
  • Powroznik, Piotr

Abstract

A method includes receiving data indicating an event from at least one industrial device; providing the received data indicating an event to nodes of a distributed ledger; in response, selecting at least one of the nodes of a distributed ledger and writing a transaction into the distributed ledger, wherein the writing of a transaction into the distributed ledger is authorized by the selected at least one of the nodes of the distributed ledger, wherein the transaction comprises transaction data, wherein the transaction data allows an accessing of event data; wherein the transaction data comprises a pointer pointing to original or pre-processed data existing in one or more industrial databases of the at least one industrial device; providing immutable and tamper-resistant event data, event reaction data, control data, or training data for training a machine learning or an artificial intelligence based industrial control system based on the transaction data.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G05B 19/418 - Total factory control, i.e. centrally controlling a plurality of machines, e.g. direct or distributed numerical control (DNC), flexible manufacturing systems (FMS), integrated manufacturing systems (IMS), computer integrated manufacturing (CIM)

71.

Method of Handling Manipulator, Control System and Industrial Robot

      
Application Number 18549021
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-03-11
First Publication Date 2024-05-09
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Andersson, Hans
  • Enberg, Markus
  • Hanssen, Sven

Abstract

A method of handling a manipulator of an industrial robot, the manipulator including a base member, a mounting interface and a kinematic chain between the base member and the mounting interface, the kinematic chain including the base member, the mounting interface and at least one controllable joint, the method including providing a candidate trajectory for the manipulator, the candidate trajectory being associated with a candidate path; receiving a load location input from a user, the load location input being associated with a load location associated with the industrial robot outside the kinematic chain; and calculating load values of a load parameter that will affect the load location if the candidate trajectory is executed. A control system and an industrial robot are also provided.

IPC Classes  ?

72.

SENSING ASSEMBLY FOR USE IN PIEZOELECTRIC LIQUID LEVEL SENSOR

      
Application Number 18549259
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-06-04
First Publication Date 2024-05-09
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor Wu, Jianjun

Abstract

A sensing assembly for use in a piezoelectric liquid level sensor. The sensing assembly includes a first piezoelectric sensing module arranged on a magnetostrictive wire and adapted to receive an ultrasonic guided wave signal propagating along the magnetostrictive wire. The assembly also includes a second piezoelectric sensing module arranged on the magnetostrictive wire and spaced apart from the first piezoelectric sensing module. The assembly includes an isolation layer arranged on the magnetostrictive wire between the first piezoelectric sensing module and the second piezoelectric sensing module and adapted to block the ultrasonic guided wave signal from propagating to the second piezoelectric sensing module.

IPC Classes  ?

73.

Electrical System and Electrical Apparatus for Static Transfer Switch Power and Cooling

      
Application Number 18053595
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-11-08
First Publication Date 2024-05-09
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Miller, Gilbert T
  • Kendzia, Iii, Thomas Anthony

Abstract

An electrical system and apparatus for powering and cooling a static transfer switch (STS) assembly are provided. The electrical system includes an STS assembly, which includes at least two silicon controlled rectifiers (SCRs) for at least one power phase of the STS assembly, where the at least two SCRs are for incoming power sources that are opposing to each other. The electrical system includes a cooling system located between the at least two SCRs for the incoming power sources that are opposing to each other for the at least one power phase of the STS assembly. The electrical system further includes a plenum structure, where the cooling system is mounted in a middle of the plenum structure, and the STS assembly is arranged around the cooling system.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H05K 7/20 - Modifications to facilitate cooling, ventilating, or heating

74.

Fault Detection for a Flying Capacitor Converter

      
Application Number 18495262
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-10-26
First Publication Date 2024-05-02
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor Pettersson, Sami

Abstract

A flying capacitor converter comprises a converter input comprising a positive pole and a negative pole, an output terminal, and a plurality of cells, each cell comprising two switches and a flying capacitor arranged between each cell. A method for detecting a plurality of faults in the converter includes measuring, by a second current sensor arranged at the positive pole, a second current; measuring by a third current sensor arranged at the negative pole, a third current; and detecting a first fault in the flying capacitor converter when the second current or the third current exceeds a first current threshold, and/or when a gradient of the second current or a gradient of the third current exceeds a first gradient threshold.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01R 19/165 - Indicating that current or voltage is either above or below a predetermined value or within or outside a predetermined range of values
  • G01R 31/40 - Testing power supplies
  • H02H 7/12 - Emergency protective circuit arrangements specially adapted for specific types of electric machines or apparatus or for sectionalised protection of cable or line systems, and effecting automatic switching in the event of an undesired change from norm for rectifiers for static converters or rectifiers

75.

Low Voltage; Medium Voltage; or High Voltage Cable Fixation System

      
Application Number 18495860
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-10-27
First Publication Date 2024-05-02
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Vyhlidal, Jan
  • Renda, Radovan

Abstract

A cable fixation system includes a cable strip and a cable rack. The cable rack is configured to be mounted to a cable compartment of a low voltage, medium voltage, or high voltage switchgear. The cable rack comprises at least one hole. A first end of the cable strip is configured to connect to a second end of the cable strip. The cable strip is configured to fix or clamp a cable of the low voltage, medium voltage, or high voltage switchgear, and wherein to fix or clamp the cable: the cable strip passes through one or more holes of the at least one hole of the cable rack, the cable strip loops round at least a part of the cable, and the first end of the cable strip is connected to the second end of the cable strip.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02B 1/30 - Cabinet-type casings; Parts thereof or accessories therefor
  • H02G 3/32 - Installations of cables or lines on walls, floors or ceilings using mounting clamps

76.

Bushing for a Medium Voltage Switchgear

      
Application Number 18499439
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-11-01
First Publication Date 2024-05-02
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Cernohous, Josef
  • Horak, Jakub
  • Bednarowski, Dariusz

Abstract

A bushing for a metal clad medium voltage switchgear includes a hollow body and a t-off and pin assembly. The hollow body is made from polyamide. The t-off and pin assembly is made from polyamide. A first end of the hollow body is configured to connect to a compartment of a medium voltage switchgear. The t-off and pin assembly is configured to connect to a second end of the hollow body. The t-off and pin assembly is configured to connect to a T-off and pin.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01B 17/26 - Lead-in insulators; Lead-through insulators
  • H02B 13/02 - Arrangement of switchgear in which switches are enclosed in, or structurally associated with, a casing, e.g. cubicle with metal casing

77.

Method of Handling Gear Pump, Control System, Coating Apparatus and Robot System

      
Application Number 18548358
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-03-03
First Publication Date 2024-05-02
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Krogedal, Arnulf
  • Krogedal, Geir
  • Trydal, Jakob

Abstract

A method of handling a gear pump, the gear pump including a driving gear wheel having a plurality of driving teeth and a driven gear wheel having a plurality of driven teeth meshing with the driving teeth, the method including controlling the gear pump in a testing mode including commanding driving of the gear pump to pump liquid towards a downstream device and commanding an increase of rotational speed of the gear pump; monitoring rotation values indicative of the rotational speeds during the testing mode; monitoring pressure values by means of at least a downstream pressure sensor during the testing mode, the downstream pressure sensor being arranged to measure a downstream pressure of the liquid between the gear pump and the downstream device; and determining at least one operational condition of the gear pump based on the pressure values and the rotation values.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F04C 14/28 - Safety arrangements; Monitoring
  • F04C 2/18 - Rotary-piston machines or pumps of intermeshing-engagement type, i.e. with engagement of co-operating members similar to that of toothed gearing of other than internal-axis type with toothed rotary pistons with similar tooth forms
  • F04C 13/00 - Adaptations of machines or pumps for special use, e.g. for extremely high pressures

78.

METHOD, ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR GENERATING A PATH

      
Application Number CN2022128070
Publication Number 2024/087121
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-10-27
Publication Date 2024-05-02
Owner ABB SCHWEIZ AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Xu, Yan
  • Peng, Cheng
  • Kim, Dong-Jin

Abstract

A method, electronic device and computer program product for generating a path. The method comprises: receiving a point cloud, the point cloud indicating an outline of an object (202); determining a centroid of the point cloud (204); selecting a first point from the point cloud (206); and determining a second point adjacent to the first point based on a step angle (208). By applying the method, the path of the point cloud of the various shapes of the object can be determined, no matter how complicated the shape is.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06T 7/13 - Edge detection
  • G06T 7/136 - Segmentation; Edge detection involving thresholding
  • G06T 7/194 - Segmentation; Edge detection involving foreground-background segmentation
  • G06T 5/00 - Image enhancement or restoration

79.

Medium Voltage Connector

      
Application Number 18495875
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-10-27
First Publication Date 2024-05-02
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor Claus, Oliver

Abstract

A medium voltage connector incudes a flange leg and a cone leg. The flange leg is connected to the cone leg, and a central longitudinal axis of the flange leg is angled to a central longitudinal axis of the cone leg. The flange leg is configured to be connected to a part of a medium voltage switch gear. The cone leg comprises an outer cone connection, and an outer surface of the flange leg comprises an electroconductive coating and/or an outer surface of the cone leg comprises an electroconductive coating.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01R 13/05 - Resilient pins or blades
  • H01R 13/53 - Bases or cases for heavy duty; Bases or cases with means for preventing corona or arcing
  • H02B 13/045 - Gas-insulated switchgear - Details of casing, e.g. gas tightness

80.

POSITIONING DEVICE FOR CLAMPING OPENING COMPONENT

      
Application Number 18548372
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-03-31
First Publication Date 2024-05-02
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor Shan, Yonghua

Abstract

A positioning device for clamping an opening component, including a bracket; a guide rod supported by the bracket; a connecting block connected to the guide rod through threads and being capable of translating between a first position and a second position along the guide rod when the guide rod rotates with respect to the bracket; a follower through which the guide rod extends, the follower being capable of translating with respect to the guide rod; a supporting component connected to an end of the follower and configured to support the opening component. The positioning device also includes a pair of pressing arms, wherein each arm includes a clamping part, a first connecting part connected to the connecting block via a hinge, and a second connecting part connected to the follower via a first rotating shaft.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B23K 37/04 - Auxiliary devices or processes, not specially adapted to a procedure covered by only one of the other main groups of this subclass for holding or positioning work

81.

Method for Boosting Current Compensation in Auxiliary Resonant Commutated Pole Inverter (ARCPI) with Saturable Inductor

      
Application Number 17975527
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-10-27
First Publication Date 2024-05-02
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Aeloiza, Eddy C.
  • Shi, Yuxiang
  • Mandic, Goran
  • Chen, Weiqiang

Abstract

A method for an auxiliary device of an auxiliary resonant commutated pole inverter (ARCPI) to determine a boosting time of the ARCPI is provided. The auxiliary device includes an auxiliary switch path that uses a resonant inductor with at least one saturable inductor. The method includes: calculating, by a processor of the auxiliary device, a first boosting time in the auxiliary switch path based on a theoretical resonance inductance and a voltage that are applied to the resonant inductor; determining, by the processor, a second boosting time in the auxiliary switch path based on a look-up table; and determining, by the processor, the boosting time in the auxiliary switch path based on the first boosting time and the second boosting time. The method further includes controlling, by the processor, boosting current of the ARCPI based on the boosting time in the auxiliary switch path.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02M 7/539 - Conversion of dc power input into ac power output without possibility of reversal by static converters using discharge tubes with control electrode or semiconductor devices with control electrode using devices of a triode or transistor type requiring continuous application of a control signal using semiconductor devices only, e.g. single switched pulse inverters with automatic control of output wave form or frequency
  • H02M 1/00 - APPARATUS FOR CONVERSION BETWEEN AC AND AC, BETWEEN AC AND DC, OR BETWEEN DC AND DC, AND FOR USE WITH MAINS OR SIMILAR POWER SUPPLY SYSTEMS; CONVERSION OF DC OR AC INPUT POWER INTO SURGE OUTPUT POWER; CONTROL OR REGULATION THEREOF - Details of apparatus for conversion
  • H02M 7/48 - Conversion of dc power input into ac power output without possibility of reversal by static converters using discharge tubes with control electrode or semiconductor devices with control electrode

82.

MONITORING CHANGES IN PROCESS STATIONS UTILIZING VISUAL INDICATORS

      
Application Number 17979424
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-11-02
First Publication Date 2024-05-02
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor Strauch, Andreas

Abstract

In one aspect, a system is configured to detect a trigger event, identify a first digital image of the process station captured prior to the trigger event, identify a second digital image of the process station captured in response to the trigger event, and identify, in the first and second digital images, a visual indicator of the process station. The system is further configured to compare the visual indicator in the first and second digital images to identify a change in the visual indicator, and identify configuration data for the process station that defines an expected change in the visual indicator from the first digital image to the second digital image. The system is further configured to determine whether the change deviates from the expected change, and generate indicia representative of the identified change in response to determining that the change deviates from the expected change.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06V 20/52 - Surveillance or monitoring of activities, e.g. for recognising suspicious objects
  • G01N 35/00 - Automatic analysis not limited to methods or materials provided for in any single one of groups ; Handling materials therefor
  • G06V 10/22 - Image preprocessing by selection of a specific region containing or referencing a pattern; Locating or processing of specific regions to guide the detection or recognition
  • G06V 10/75 - Image or video pattern matching; Proximity measures in feature spaces using context analysis; Selection of dictionaries

83.

MONITORING PROCESS STATIONS UTILIZING VISUAL INDICATORS

      
Application Number 17979434
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-11-02
First Publication Date 2024-05-02
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Strauch, Andreas
  • Laplante, Sylvio
  • Maret, Yannick
  • Robins, Carl
  • Alarie, Guillaume
  • Larose, Sébastien

Abstract

In one aspect, a system includes at least one processor configured to identify a digital image of the process station generated during an operation of the process station, identify, in the digital image, a visual indicator of the process station, and analyze the visual indicator to identify a current state of the visual indicator. The at least one processor is further configured to identify configuration data for the process station that defines an expected state of the visual indicator, determine whether the current state deviates from the expected state, and generate indicia representing the identified current state in response to determining that the current state deviates from the expected state.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06V 20/52 - Surveillance or monitoring of activities, e.g. for recognising suspicious objects
  • G01N 35/00 - Automatic analysis not limited to methods or materials provided for in any single one of groups ; Handling materials therefor
  • G06T 7/00 - Image analysis
  • G06T 7/70 - Determining position or orientation of objects or cameras
  • G06V 10/22 - Image preprocessing by selection of a specific region containing or referencing a pattern; Locating or processing of specific regions to guide the detection or recognition

84.

CONVERTER-FRIENDLY OPTIMIZED PULSE PATTERNS

      
Application Number EP2023079114
Publication Number 2024/088868
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-10-19
Publication Date 2024-05-02
Owner ABB SCHWEIZ AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Dorfling, Martinus David
  • Geyer, Tobias

Abstract

iiiiii). The total demand distortion of the load current is minimized subject to at least one additional constraint, which limits a turn-off current, and/or a switching loss, a temperature and/or a voltage to be blocked for a set of semiconductor devices (26) of the electrical converter (18).

IPC Classes  ?

85.

HERMOCHROMIC MATERIAL BASED HOT SURFACE WARNING ON ROBOT AND ROBOT INCLUDING THE SAME

      
Application Number CN2022126970
Publication Number 2024/086967
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-10-24
Publication Date 2024-05-02
Owner ABB SCHWEIZ AG (Switzerland)
Inventor Zhang, Jiafan

Abstract

A robot comprises a surface of the robot. Temperature warning of the surface is enabled by providing thermochromic material on the surface, and the temperature warning changes as a temperature of the surface changes. A method for providing temperature warning is also provided.

IPC Classes  ?

  • D06F 75/26 - Temperature control or indicating arrangements
  • G01K 3/04 - Thermometers giving results other than momentary value of temperature giving integrated values in respect of time
  • C09K 9/02 - Organic tenebrescent materials

86.

PIEZOELECTRIC SENSOR AND LIQUID LEVEL MEASURING SYSTEM

      
Application Number CN2022127995
Publication Number 2024/087106
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-10-27
Publication Date 2024-05-02
Owner ABB SCHWEIZ AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Gu, Yongwei
  • Liu, Ying

Abstract

A piezoelectric sensor comprises a first polarized piezoelectric member(12) having a first polarized direction, a second polarized piezoelectric member(14) having a second polarized direction opposite to the first polarized direction, a first electrical conductor(16), a second electrical conductor(18),and a central through hole(11) centrally positioned in the piezoelectric sensor(10) along the central axis and configured to receive a magnetostrictive wire(20) extending along the central axis. Structure of the piezoelectric sensor is simplified resulting reduced cost without compromising detection accuracy.A liquid level measuring system comprising piezoelectric sensor(10) is also provided.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01L 1/16 - Measuring force or stress, in general using properties of piezoelectric devices
  • G01F 23/26 - Indicating or measuring liquid level or level of fluent solid material, e.g. indicating in terms of volume or indicating by means of an alarm by measuring physical variables, other than linear dimensions, pressure or weight, dependent on the level to be measured, e.g. by difference of heat transfer of steam or water by measuring variations of capacity or inductance of capacitors or inductors arising from the presence of liquid or fluent solid material in the electric or electromagnetic fields

87.

Methods And Means For Failure Handling In Process Control Systems

      
Application Number 18047935
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-10-18
First Publication Date 2024-04-25
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Johansson, Bjarne
  • Rågberger, Mats

Abstract

A method in a system is provided for handling failures in a process control system comprising a plurality of compute nodes. The process control system comprises at least two instances of virtualized distributed control nodes, VDCNs, deployed in a respective compute node of a cluster of at least two compute nodes, wherein a first VDCN is a primary VDCN controlling an automated process and at least a second VDCN is a backup VDCN. The method comprises detecting that the number of instances of the VDCNs is less than a set number and assigning the role of primary VDCN to the second VDCN. A device, computer program, computer program product and system are also disclosed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02M 7/48 - Conversion of dc power input into ac power output without possibility of reversal by static converters using discharge tubes with control electrode or semiconductor devices with control electrode
  • H02M 1/00 - APPARATUS FOR CONVERSION BETWEEN AC AND AC, BETWEEN AC AND DC, OR BETWEEN DC AND DC, AND FOR USE WITH MAINS OR SIMILAR POWER SUPPLY SYSTEMS; CONVERSION OF DC OR AC INPUT POWER INTO SURGE OUTPUT POWER; CONTROL OR REGULATION THEREOF - Details of apparatus for conversion

88.

ELECTRIC CONNECTOR DEVICE, SYSTEM, AND INDUSTRIAL ROBOT

      
Application Number EP2022079189
Publication Number 2024/083332
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-10-20
Publication Date 2024-04-25
Owner ABB SCHWEIZ AG (Switzerland)
Inventor Wadstein, Marcus

Abstract

An electric connector device (20a; 20b) comprising a base structure (24); a connector (26a; 26b) for being electrically connected to a secondary device (22a; 22b), the connector (26a; 26b) being fixed with respect to the base structure (24); a screw (28a, 28b) rotatable relative to the base structure (24) in a rotational movement (32a, 32b) for threadingly engaging the secondary device (22a; 22b); a push element (36a, 36b) linearly movable relative to the base structure (24) in a linear movement (38a, 38b) between a first position (40) and a second position (88); and a transmission mechanism (76a, 76b) configured to transmit the linear movement (38a, 38b) to the rotational movement (32a, 32b). A system (18a; 18b) and an industrial robot (10) are also provided.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01R 13/639 - Additional means for holding or locking coupling parts together after engagement
  • F16B 5/02 - Joining sheets or plates to one another or to strips or bars parallel to them by means of fastening members using screw-thread
  • F16B 21/16 - Means without screw-thread for preventing relative axial movement of a pin, spigot, shaft, or the like and a member surrounding it; Stud-and-socket releasable fastenings without screw-thread by separate parts with grooves or notches in the pin or shaft
  • H01R 13/621 - Bolt, set screw or screw clamp
  • F16B 35/04 - Screw-bolts; Stay bolts; Screw-threaded studs; Screws; Set screws with specially-shaped head or shaft in order to fix the bolt on or in an object
  • H01R 13/627 - Snap-action fastening

89.

Method of Monitoring Cleaning of Coating Apparatus, Method of Cleaning Coating Apparatus, Coating Apparatuses, and Robot System

      
Application Number 18547392
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-03-01
First Publication Date 2024-04-25
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Finnestad, Yngve
  • Trydal, Jakob
  • Mossige, Morten
  • Sandvik, Bjarne

Abstract

A method of monitoring cleaning of an apparatus for applying a coating medium to an object, the apparatus including a rotatable deflecting element for atomizing the coating medium; and a cleaning medium line for conducting a cleaning medium to the deflecting element; where the method including commanding performance of a cleaning operation including delivery of the cleaning medium through the cleaning medium line towards the deflecting element while rotating the deflecting element; collecting operational values of at least one operational parameter of the apparatus for the cleaning operation; comparing the operational values with reference values of the at least one operational parameter for the cleaning operation; and determining whether the cleaning operation was successful or unsuccessful based on the comparison. A method of cleaning an apparatus for applying a coating medium to an object is also provided.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B05B 15/55 - Arrangements for cleaning; Arrangements for preventing deposits, drying-out or blockage; Arrangements for detecting improper discharge caused by the presence of foreign matter using cleaning fluids
  • B05B 3/10 - Spraying or sprinkling apparatus with moving outlet elements or moving deflecting elements with rotating elements discharging over substantially the whole periphery of the rotating member
  • B05B 13/04 - Means for supporting work; Arrangement or mounting of spray heads; Adaptation or arrangement of means for feeding work the spray heads being moved during operation

90.

CONVERTIBLE TRANSFER SWITCH

      
Application Number 18047842
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-10-18
First Publication Date 2024-04-25
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Bose, Veerakumar
  • Kendzia, Iii, Thomas Anthony

Abstract

A system and a method for connecting electrical load(s) to a first power source and a second power source including a switching device and a controller. The switching device includes a first semiconductor device pair and a second semiconductor device pair. The controller configured to receive a first set of electronic signals corresponding to a condition of the first power source and the second power source, isolate the first power source or the second power source from the one or more loads by transmitting a first set of control signals to the switching device, receive a second set of electronic signals corresponding to the condition of the first power source and the second power source, and connect the first power source or the second power source to the one or more loads by transmitting a second set of control signals to the switching device.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02J 3/38 - Arrangements for parallelly feeding a single network by two or more generators, converters or transformers
  • H02J 3/00 - Circuit arrangements for ac mains or ac distribution networks
  • H02J 3/44 - Synchronising a generator for connection to a network or to another generator with means for ensuring correct phase sequence

91.

Predicting Process Variables by Simulation Based on an Only Partially Measurable Initial State

      
Application Number 18394328
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-12-22
First Publication Date 2024-04-18
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Kloepper, Benjamin
  • Hansson, Rikard
  • Didriksen, Helge
  • Thorud, Elise

Abstract

A method for predicting based on the state of an industrial process at a first point in time that is described by a process snapshot record with values of a first set of variables a value of at least one process variable of the industrial process at a second, later point in time, includes mapping using a machine learning model the process snapshot record to at least one initial state record; providing the initial state record to a simulation model; simulating using the simulation model the further development of the process; obtaining from the simulation model a final state record; and determining based on the final state record the sought value of the process variable at the second point in time.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G05B 13/04 - Adaptive control systems, i.e. systems automatically adjusting themselves to have a performance which is optimum according to some preassigned criterion electric involving the use of models or simulators

92.

Improved Congestion Handling in Time Sensitive Networks Through Coordination Between Network Segments

      
Application Number 18393217
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-12-21
First Publication Date 2024-04-18
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Gogolev, Alexander
  • Akerberg, Johan
  • Braun, Roland

Abstract

A method for operating a time-sensitive network (TSN) includes splitting data stream on network elements into a “preempting” class and a “preemptable” class based on a mapping from priority labels; forwarding the data streams to respective next-hop network elements, wherein the forwarding of “preempting” data streams takes precedence over the forwarding of “preemptable” data streams; and forwarding the data streams received from both segments based on the priority labels and the classes of the data streams to at least one next-hop network element; wherein forwarding of “preempting” data streams takes precedence over forwarding of “preemptable” data streams; wherein the priority label attached to the data stream that has the highest priority is different from the priority label attached to the data stream that has the highest priority within the second segment.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 47/2425 - Traffic characterised by specific attributes, e.g. priority or QoS for supporting services specification, e.g. SLA
  • H04L 43/0882 - Utilisation of link capacity
  • H04L 43/55 - Testing of service level quality, e.g. simulating service usage

93.

Stable And Passive Observer-Based V/Hz Control For Induction Motors

      
Application Number 18475971
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-09-27
First Publication Date 2024-04-18
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Hinkkanen, Marko
  • Tiitinen, Lauri

Abstract

According to an aspect, there is provided an apparatus for a drive for driving an induction motor. The apparatus comprising means for performing the following. The apparatus obtains a stator current vector of the induction motor and estimates, using a state observer for the stator and/or rotor flux linkage vector of the induction motor, the stator and/or rotor flux linkage vector based on the stator current vector, a voltage reference vector and a stator angular frequency reference. The state observer is a speed-sensorless reduced-order state observer based on a mathematical model of the induction motor. The apparatus performs speed-sensorless state-feedback control based on the estimated stator and/or rotor flux linkage vector, the stator current vector, a stator flux linkage reference vector and the stator angular frequency reference for calculating the stator voltage reference vector. The apparatus applies the stator voltage reference vector to an inverter of the drive.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02P 21/13 - Observer control, e.g. using Luenberger observers or Kalman filters
  • H02P 21/14 - Estimation or adaptation of machine parameters, e.g. flux, current or voltage

94.

Stable And Passive Observer-Based V/Hz Control For Synchronous Motors

      
Application Number 18476461
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-09-28
First Publication Date 2024-04-18
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Tiitinen, Lauri
  • Hinkkanen, Marko

Abstract

According to an aspect, there is provided an apparatus for a drive for driving a synchronous motor. The apparatus includes means for performing the following. The apparatus obtains a stator current vector and estimates, using a state observer, a stator flux linkage vector based on the stator current vector, a voltage reference vector, a stator angular frequency reference and a control-rotor rotation angle estimated by the state observer and being defined as an angle between control and rotor coordinates. The state observer is a speed-sensorless back-electromotive-force-based state observer defined in the control coordinates and based on a mathematical model for the synchronous motor. The apparatus performs speed-sensorless state-feedback control based on the estimated stator flux linkage vector, the stator current vector, a stator flux linkage reference vector and the stator angular frequency reference for calculating the stator voltage reference vector. Finally, the apparatus applies the stator voltage reference vector to an inverter of the drive.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02P 21/13 - Observer control, e.g. using Luenberger observers or Kalman filters
  • H02P 21/22 - Current control, e.g. using a current control loop

95.

FILTER CAPACITANCE ESTIMATION BY RESONANCE FREQUENCY DETERMINATION

      
Application Number 18480066
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-10-03
First Publication Date 2024-04-18
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Väinölä, Vili
  • Kukkola, Jarno

Abstract

A method of estimating a quantity dependent on a capacitance (Cf) of an electrical filter (14) connected to an AC side (16) of an electrical converter (12) comprises: injecting a plurality of frequency components (42) into a voltage reference (34, 34′) of the electrical converter (12), wherein the frequency components (42) have frequencies in a frequency range, where at least one of a resonance frequency (54) and an anti-resonance frequency (52) of the electrical filter (14) is expected; operating the electrical converter (12) with the voltage reference (34, 34′) by determining switching commands (28) from the voltage reference (34, 34′) and applying the switching commands (28) to the electrical converter (12); determining an AC side voltage (uc) and an AC side current (ic) in the AC side (16) of the electrical converter (12) and determining therefrom a filter admittance (50) and/or filter impedance; determining at least one of a resonance frequency (54) and an anti-resonance frequency (52) of the electrical filter (14) by determining a frequency, where a phase angle of the filter admittance (50) and/or filter impedance switches between a negative value and a positive value; and determining the quantity dependent on the capacitance (Cf) of the electrical filter (14) from the resonance frequency (54) and/or the anti-resonance frequency (52).

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02M 3/00 - Conversion of dc power input into dc power output
  • H02M 1/00 - APPARATUS FOR CONVERSION BETWEEN AC AND AC, BETWEEN AC AND DC, OR BETWEEN DC AND DC, AND FOR USE WITH MAINS OR SIMILAR POWER SUPPLY SYSTEMS; CONVERSION OF DC OR AC INPUT POWER INTO SURGE OUTPUT POWER; CONTROL OR REGULATION THEREOF - Details of apparatus for conversion
  • H02M 1/12 - Arrangements for reducing harmonics from ac input or output
  • H02M 3/158 - Conversion of dc power input into dc power output without intermediate conversion into ac by static converters using discharge tubes with control electrode or semiconductor devices with control electrode using devices of a triode or transistor type requiring continuous application of a control signal using semiconductor devices only with automatic control of output voltage or current, e.g. switching regulators including plural semiconductor devices as final control devices for a single load

96.

Method and Device for Generating Charging Price Signals for an Electric Charging Site

      
Application Number 17965208
Status Pending
Filing Date 2022-10-13
First Publication Date 2024-04-18
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Wang, Zhenyuan
  • Brissette, Alexander
  • Zhang, Yuzhi
  • Coats, David Lee
  • Pathak, Himani Ravindra

Abstract

A method for determining a charging price for an electric charging site includes receiving time tags and data obtained based on automated metering infrastructure (AMI) data for the electric charging site, and weather information for a service area of the electric charging site; clustering power consumption of the electric charging site with similar weather information and time tags; calculating a center of mass and a distribution confidence parameter for the clustered power consumption to obtain a look-up table; retrieving historical information of voltage VPCC and injection power Psite pairs that is measured at a point of common coupling (PCC) of the electric charging site; receiving weather forecast information for the service area of the electric charging site; and calculating a dynamic hosting capacity (DHC) curve and a price curve based on the center of mass and the distribution confidence parameter, the VPCC and Psite pairs, and the weather forecast information.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 50/06 - Electricity, gas or water supply
  • G06Q 30/02 - Marketing; Price estimation or determination; Fundraising

97.

SAFE START OF AN AC MOTOR

      
Application Number EP2022078219
Publication Number 2024/078700
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-10-11
Publication Date 2024-04-18
Owner ABB SCHWEIZ AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Lindgren, Joakim
  • Thenander, Erik

Abstract

A method (400) for safely starting an alternating-current, AC, motor from a pre-loaded stationary condition, the method comprising: applying (402) a brake to immobilize the AC motor's axle; feeding (404) the AC motor with a predefined drive signal waveform configured not to generate torque and sensing resulting stator currents; comparing (406) the sensed stator currents with reference currents associated with the drive signal; and enabling (408) release of the brake in response to finding that the sensed stator currents match the reference currents.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H02P 1/00 - Arrangements for starting electric motors or dynamo-electric converters

98.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETECTING DATA INCONSISTENCY

      
Application Number EP2023077434
Publication Number 2024/078933
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-10-04
Publication Date 2024-04-18
Owner ABB SCHWEIZ AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Gaertler, Marco
  • Schmidt, Benedikt
  • Maczey, Sylvia
  • Coppik, Nicolas

Abstract

A method for detecting data inconsistency, the method comprising connecting (SI) a consistency enforcer module (10) with an operation technology, OT, domain knowledge sources and deriving candidates for modelling rules which model the consistency in collected data resulting in aggregated OT domain knowledge and assessed information; combining (S2), by using a reporting module (20), the aggregated OT domain knowledge and assessed information from a security information and event management, SIEM, system to build report data; applying (S3), by using a recommender module (30), the report data to events of the SIEM system and correlating thereon based results with the OT domain knowledge; and feeding (S4) the results to the consistency enforcer module (10) to prepare corresponding consistency rules.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 21/55 - Detecting local intrusion or implementing counter-measures
  • G06F 21/57 - Certifying or maintaining trusted computer platforms, e.g. secure boots or power-downs, version controls, system software checks, secure updates or assessing vulnerabilities
  • H04L 9/40 - Network security protocols

99.

DIAGNOSIS AND PROGNOSIS OF IGBT MODULES

      
Application Number 18465207
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-09-12
First Publication Date 2024-04-11
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Vulli, Aleksi
  • Schlottig, Gerd
  • Bianda, Enea
  • Orkisz, Michal
  • Firla, Marcin

Abstract

An apparatus for performing the following. The apparatus maintains, in a memory, information on a computational model for thermal behavior of layers of an insulated-gate bipolar transistor, IGBT, module. The apparatus obtains measurements of the dissipated power at the semiconductors and the ambient temperature and determines one or more current values of one or more temperatures of the IGBT module based on a switching delay of the IGBT module. The apparatus calculates a current estimate of a joint state-parameter space of the computational model using a Bayesian filter and the computational model taking as inputs the dissipated power and the ambient temperature. The joint state-parameter space includes the one or more temperatures, one or more thermal loss parameters and one or more wear parameters. The one or more current values of the one or more temperatures are used as observations in the Bayesian filter.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01R 31/26 - Testing of individual semiconductor devices
  • G01R 31/27 - Testing of devices without physical removal from the circuit of which they form part, e.g. compensating for effects due to surrounding elements

100.

Computer Implemented Method for Providing Temperature Data, a Computer Product Element and a System

      
Application Number 18479961
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-10-03
First Publication Date 2024-04-11
Owner ABB Schweiz AG (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Gebhardt, Joerg
  • Sosale, Guruprasad
  • Dasgupta, Subhashish
  • Ackermann, Patric
  • Daake, Wilhelm
  • Schroeder, Karsten

Abstract

A computer implemented method for determining boundary thermal resistance data of a boundary layer includes obtaining first temperature data from a first temperature sensor, which is arranged at a first pipe section; obtaining second temperature data from a second temperature sensor, which is arranged at a second pipe section, wherein the first temperature sensor is a non-invasive temperature sensor and the second temperature sensor is an invasive temperature sensor; providing process condition data; determining boundary thermal resistance data of a boundary layer of the fluid next to an inner wall of the pipe based on the process condition data.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01K 13/02 - Thermometers specially adapted for specific purposes for measuring temperature of moving fluids or granular materials capable of flow
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