US Pat. No. 9,112,400

METHOD FOR FORMING ELECTRODYNAMIC MACHINE INSULATED COILS

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC, A...

1. A method for manufacturing an electrodynamic machine conductive coil, comprising:
forming a continuous strand of insulation coated wire into a generally planar elongated closed loop having a circumference
and an outer surface;

machine wrapping a permanent insulation tape layer around at least a portion of the closed loop outer surface, the permanent
insulation tape layer having thereon prior to said machine wrapping a catalytic chemical compound including at least one part
of a multi-part epoxy resin;

shaping the closed loop with the machine wrapped permanent insulation tape layer thereon, but without applying a temporary
sacrificial tape over the machine wrapped permanent insulation tape layer prior to the shaping, by application of pressure
into an insulated three-dimensional rigid electrodynamic machine conductive coil; and

preparing the insulated three-dimensional rigid electrodynamic machine conductive coil for insertion into a pole slot of an
electrodynamic machine without removing the machine wrapped permanent insulation tape layer that was present thereon during
the shaping.

US Pat. No. 9,087,309

SALES ESTIMATING TOOL WITH ALTERNATE ESTIMATING

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A method for providing an estimate for a defined building control system, the method comprising:
displaying on a user interface a plurality of areas for the defined building control system, the plurality of areas displayed
on the user interface in a defined hierarchical or graphical arrangement, the plurality of areas including at least a first
area and a second area;

associating a plurality of subsystems of the defined building control system with the plurality of areas, wherein the plurality
of subsystems include at least one typical subsystem, the typical subsystem defined by a subsystem file, the subsystem file
identifying a plurality of building automation components, and the subsystem file associated with a quantity value equal to
a plurality of instances of the typical subsystem in the plurality of areas;

displaying on the user interface the typical subsystem;
indicating a number of instances of the typical subsystem that are associated with all of the plurality of areas;
selecting the first area of the plurality of areas;
deselecting the second area of the plurality of areas, and continuing to display the second area on the user interface without
changing the displayed defined hierarchical or graphical arrangement of the first area and the second area after the second
area is deselected; and

generating a cost estimate for the defined building control system, the cost estimate based at least in part on building automation
components associated with the first area and not based on building automation components associated with the second area.

US Pat. No. 9,048,701

PASSIVE MAGNETIC BEARINGS FOR ROTATING EQUIPMENT INCLUDING INDUCTION MACHINES

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. An induction machine apparatus, comprising:
a machine housing;
a bearing housing coupled to the machine housing;
a stator in the machine housing;
a rotor oriented within the stator, having a rotor shaft rotatively captured in the bearing housing;
a rotor shaft support bearing, selected from the group consisting of a lubricated bearing and an active magnetic bearing,
in the bearing housing, rotatively capturing the rotor shaft; and

a permanent magnet bearing in the machine housing, the permanent magnet bearing exerting a directional magnetic force on the
rotor shaft that generates a desired intensity and magnitude preload force on the support bearing,

wherein the directional magnetic force preloads the support bearing radially,
wherein the permanent magnet is sector-shaped, having an inner concave surface in opposed spaced relationship with the rotor
shaft, an outer convex surface, and axial width, and the directional magnetic force generated thereby is aligned radially
with the rotor shaft centerline, and

further comprising electrical steel circumscribing the permanent magnet outer convex surface and at least part of the axial
width thereof, for orienting the magnetic force exerted on the shaft.

US Pat. No. 9,219,394

ACTUATOR ARRANGEMENT WITH WORM GEAR AND ROTATIONAL OUTPUT HAVING AN ENCODER

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. An actuator arrangement having a rotational output, comprising:
a power input connection adapted to be connected to a source of electrical power;
a motor having an output shaft, the output shaft including a worm gear, the motor operably connected to the power input, the
motor and output shaft rotatably connected to a housing of the actuator;

at least one intermediate gear;
an output gear generating a rotational output at an axis thereof, the output gear operably coupled to be driven by the at
least one intermediate gear;

a solenoid operably connected to the power input, the solenoid including a piston member, the piston member having an actuated
and a non-actuated position, wherein the piston member in the actuated position urges the worm gear and the at least one intermediate
gear into meshing connection.

US Pat. No. 9,298,863

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SAVING ENERGY AND REDUCING CYCLE TIME BY USING OPTIMAL ROBOTIC JOINT CONFIGURATIONS

Siemens Industry Software...

1. A method for saving energy and reducing cycle time of a complex operation by using optimal robotic joint configurations,
the method performed by a data processing system and comprising:
receiving inputs including the complex operation;
generating a plurality of joint configurations of a simulated robot for each one of a plurality of task locations based on
the inputs of the complex operation;

calculating an edge rating for each of a plurality of robotic movements edges, wherein a robotic movement edge accounts for
a robotic movement between joint configurations of consecutive task locations;

calculating a plurality of candidate ratings for each of a plurality of candidate configuration paths, wherein a candidate
rating is a summation of edge ratings of robotic movement edges for a candidate configuration path;

determining an optimal configuration path based on the candidate configuration path with an optimal rating, wherein the optimal
rating is determined by the lowest candidate rating; and

returning the optimal configuration path.

US Pat. No. 9,059,927

NETWORK TRAFFIC PROFILE AGGREGATION FOR EFFICIENT DISCRETE EVENT SMART GRID NETWORK SIMULATIONS

Siemens Corporation, Ise...

1. A method to simulate a communication network in a planning phase with a plurality of nodes in a Smart Grid electricity
network, comprising a processor performing the steps:
importing geographical terrain data and a topology of the communication network that determines a plurality of electrical
devices in the Smart Grid electricity network as sources for traffic over the communication network in the planning phase
by setting one or more parameters associated with each of the sources of traffic for each of a plurality of communication
protocols, the one or more parameters including at least a packet size and a transmit time, the plurality of electrical devices
being selected from the group performing Smart Grid applications consisting of delivery management and optimization, demand
management and optimization and asset management and optimization;

setting transmit times for the one or more sources of traffic for each of the plurality of communication protocols by selecting
one or more parameters including at least a simulation time and a delay;

creating inter arrival times, weights and distributions of traffic sources;
creating a plurality of traffic models for the one or more sources based on each of the prior steps;
inputting each of the plurality of traffic models into a network simulator that is a discrete event simulator that simulates
a traffic of the Smart Grid electricity network containing thousands of electrical devices; and

determining a quality measure for simulated traffic for each of the plurality of traffic models executed by the discrete event
network simulator.

US Pat. No. 9,457,469

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AUTOMATIC AND EFFICIENT LOCATION GENERATION FOR COOPERATIVE MOTION

Siemens Industry Software...

1. A method for automatic and efficient location generation for cooperative motion, the method performed by a data processing
system and comprising:
receiving a cooperative operation comprising a master operation performed by a master robot and a slave operation performed
by a slave robot, wherein the master operation comprises a master trajectory, a start location and an end location, and wherein
the slave operation comprises a slave trajectory and a plurality of slave locations;

simulating the slave operation to obtain a slave duration between consecutive slave locations and a trajectory time to perform
the slave operation;

populating a plurality of potential locations along the master trajectory;
generating a plurality of candidate operations in a population, wherein each of the plurality of candidate operations comprises
a number of candidate locations at the potential locations on the master trajectory equal to the difference between a number
of locations in the master operation and the plurality of slave locations;

for each of the plurality of candidate operations in the population:
simulating a candidate operation with the slave operation to calculate an efficiency factor to perform the candidate operation;
removing the candidate operation from the population when the efficiency factor is not better as compared to other candidate
operations in the population; and

operating the master robot and the slave robot using the candidate operation remaining in the population.

US Pat. No. 9,154,008

HYBRID ROTOR BAR ASSEMBLIES, ELECTRIC MOTORS INCLUDING HYBRID ROTOR BAR ASSEMBLIES, AND METHODS OF ASSEMBLYING SAME

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A rotor bar assembly, comprising:
a rotor bar configured to be received in a slot with a slot exit of a rotor package; and
an aluminum shim substantially lining the rotor bar about a radial periphery,
wherein the aluminum shim lines the rotor bar continuously except over a small arc segment opposite from the slot exit of
the slot,

wherein a thickness of the aluminum shim is about one fourth to about one eighth of a thickness of the rotor bar, and wherein
the aluminum shim is secured to the rotor bar by brazing.

US Pat. No. 9,497,885

PASSIVE VENTILATION FOR OUTDOOR ELECTRICAL ENCLOSURES

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. An outdoor electrical housing apparatus, comprising:
(a) an outdoor container having a cover, a base, and at least three walls securing said cover to said base, and forming said
outdoor container having said container cover;

(b) said container cover having a top surface and at least one first opening for the passage of at least one wire, and at
least one second opening for the passage of at least one fluid in a first direction;

(c) at least one passive ventilation apparatus is secured to at least a portion of said container cover, such that at least
a portion of said passive ventilation apparatus overlaps said at least one second opening;

(d) said at least one passive ventilation apparatus comprises a top cover, at least one vertical flange secured to at least
a portion of the peripheral edge of said top cover, a horizontal flange extending outwardly from said vertical flange and
at least one feet secured underneath at least a portion of said horizontal flange extending outwardly to provide a side opening
beneath said top cover wherein the side opening enables venting of fluid from within the outdoor housing apparatus to atmosphere
in a second direction transverse to the first direction, wherein the at least one feet secured to at least a portion of the
peripheral edge of said horizontal flange and wherein the peripheral edge of said horizontal flange extends outwardly substantially
parallel to the at least one feet about up to the peripheral edge of the at least one feet to define the side opening as a
straight flat gap between said horizontal flange and the cover of the outdoor container to enable a free flow of hot air coming
from the inside of the outdoor container;

(e) wherein said horizontal flange extending away from said at least one second opening wherein said horizontal flange extends
past a vertical plane of the side opening to form an overhang above the side opening to protect the side opening from environmental
conditions; and

(f) wherein at least a portion of said feet is secured to at least a portion of said top surface of said container cover,
and thereby forming said outdoor housing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,045,289

UNIVERSAL SAFETY DEVICE FOR EXTENDIBLE CONVEYORS

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. An extendable boom conveyor system comprising:
a first boom element;
a controller;
a movement sensor, wherein the controller, using the movement sensor, detects cyclic movement of a distal end of the first
boom element and, in response to the detection, moves the first boom element to reduce the cyclic movement.

US Pat. No. 9,532,477

DATA RACK SUPPORT AND WIRE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR USING THE SAME

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A data rack assembly for use in an electrical panel comprising:
a lower bracket comprising a base having a base width and a base length, and a first side wall extending upwardly from the
base at least partially along the base length, and a second side wall extending upwardly from the base at least partially
along the base length, wherein the first side wall and the second side wall define a channel for arranging one or more wires
therebetween;

an upper bracket attached to the lower bracket, the upper bracket comprising an upper portion having an upper portion width,
an upper portion length, a first side, and a means for attaching the data rack assembly in the electrical panel.

US Pat. No. 9,372,009

PRESSURE CONTROL WITH COARSE AND FINE ADJUSTMENT

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A pressurization control system configured to regulate air pressure within a room, the room comprising a closeable doorway,
the system comprising:
a first damper fluidly coupled to an air supply duct and having an operating range, the first damper configured to control
delivery of a main air flow directly to the room;

a second damper having an operating range, the second damper fluidly coupled to a second air supply duct, the second damper
configured to control delivery of a supplemental air flow directly to the room, the supplemental air flow being separate from
the main air flow; and

a room controller configured to:
provide a first control signal to the first damper and a second control signal to the second damper, the provision of the
first control signal comprising selection of a control scheme from a plurality of control schemes the selection of the control
scheme from the plurality of control schemes comprising selection of a high-flow feedback control scheme, a low-flow feedback
control scheme, or a pressure feedback scheme to be run for a period of time,

wherein in a first configuration, the first control signal drives the first damper to direct the main air flow towards a deadband
within the operating range of the first damper, the deadband within the operating range of the first damper including a pressure
set point for the room, and when the air pressure within the room is within the deadband within the operating range of the
first damper, the second control signal drives the second damper to direct the supplemental air flow towards the pressure
set point for the room, and

wherein in response to the closeable doorway opening and the air pressure within the room increasing, the second control signal
drives the second damper towards a closed position, and when the air pressure within the room exits the deadband, the first
control signal drives the first damper towards a closed position until a low flow limit is reached.

US Pat. No. 9,262,371

SYSTEM FOR MONITORING MULTIPLE BUILDING AUTOMATION SYSTEMS

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A method, comprising:
receiving into a processing circuit from a requesting device via the Internet first identification information;
using the processing circuit to identify a plurality of geographically dispersed systems associated with the first identification
information;

generating a data inquiry to a data system, the data inquiry including information identifying each of the plurality of geographically
dispersed systems;

obtaining information from the data system for each of the plurality of geographically dispersed systems in a fat XML string
format which is repackaged by the processing circuit into a thin XML string format, resulting in a second mark-up language
format, such information including geographical coordinates and system status information; and

transmitting the obtained information via the Internet to the requesting device in the second mark-up language format.

US Pat. No. 9,207,667

AUTOMATIC GENERATION OF ROBOTIC PROCESSES FOR SYMMETRIC PRODUCTS

Siemens Industry Software...

1. A method for producing a robot program for a substantially-symmetric product, comprising:
receiving a first-side robot program by a data processing system, wherein the first-side robot program is a robot program
for processing a first side of the substantially-symmetric product;

identifying one or more resources of the first-side robot program by the data processing system and producing corresponding
mirrored resources in a second-side robot program;

identifying one or more robots for the first-side robot program by the data processing system and producing corresponding
mirrored robots in the second-side robot program;

processing machine data files of the first-side robot program by the data processing system;
updating logic block signal connections from the first-side robot program to the second-side robot program by the data processing
system;

replacing references to objects in the second-side robot program by the data processing system;
assigning tool mounts to the second-side robot program by the data processing system, according to a mount definition and
a tool of the first-side robot program;

producing and storing the second-side robot program by the data processing system, wherein the second-side robot program is
a complete adapted robot program for processing a second side of the substantially-symmetric product and corresponds to the
first-side robot program.

US Pat. No. 9,299,051

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR EVALUATING THE PERFORMANCE OF BUILDING PROCESSES

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A method performed by one or more data processing systems to evaluate system performance of building processes, the method
comprising:
generating, by a data processing system, process control chart data for a building process;
generating a summary record of sample data from the control chart data;
determining a process grade for each process using the summary record, including
determining an upper distance, in process standard deviations, from a process mean to a process upper specification limit,
determining a lower distance, in process standard deviations, from the process mean to a process lower specification limit,
determining an area under a lower bell curve from negative infinity to the determined lower distance,
determining an area under an upper bell curve from negative infinity to the determined upper distance, and
determining the process grade by subtracting the area under the lower bell curve from the area under the upper bell curve;
and

generating a process report card including the determined process grade for each process.

US Pat. No. 9,293,844

FOUR-POST TERMINAL BLOCK WITH THROUGH POSTS

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A terminal block for use with a railroad terminal board, said terminal block comprising:
a terminal block body having first and second sides;
a plurality of first connection posts extending from the first side of the body; and
a plurality of second connection posts extending from the second side of the body, each of said plurality of second connection
posts being connected to a respective one of said plurality of first connection posts, said plurality of second connection
posts being configured to mount said terminal block to the railroad terminal board without a support and mounting screws.

US Pat. No. 9,143,141

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR POWER QUALITY MEASUREMENT

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A method for measuring characteristics of a power line signal having a fundamental frequency, the method comprising:
estimating the fundamental frequency of the power line signal using a digital signal processor coupled to an analog-to-digital
converter sampling the power line signal;

generating a sampling clock based on the estimated fundamental power line frequency using a clock generator coupled to an
output of the digital signal processor to receive a control signal from the digital signal processor representative of the
estimated fundamental frequency of the power line signal;

sampling the power line signal with the sampling clock using the analog-to-digital converter after generating the sampling
clock with the clock generator, to generate data samples that include one or more complete cycles of the power line signal;

using the digital signal processor to process the data samples to detect zero crossings of the power line signal; and
using the detected zero crossings to calculate a U_rms(½) value, the r.m.s. voltage of the power line signal measured over
one full cycle, commencing at a zero crossing, and refreshed each half-cycle.

US Pat. No. 9,092,038

VARIABLE FLOW RATE ANALOG OUTPUT PNEUMATIC (AOP) TRANSDUCER

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

9. A variable flow device comprising:
a body having a first orifice and a second orifice, wherein the first orifice is in fluid communication with the second orifice
via a fluid chamber;

a motor for translation of a drive pin between a first position and a second position, wherein the drive pin includes an actuating
post extending substantially orthogonal from an outer surface of the drive pin;

a first valve actuator including a first valve stem configured to symmetrically engage the first orifice, wherein the first
valve stem is shiftable relative to the first orifice in response to the translation of the actuating post substantially adjacent
to the first position; and

a second valve actuator including a second valve stem configured to symmetrically engage the second orifice, wherein the second
valve stem is shiftable relative to the second orifice in response to the translation of the actuating post substantially
adjacent to the second position;

wherein the motor comprises a drive shaft extending parallel to the first and second valve actuators and connecting with the
drive pin, which is inline with the drive shaft so also parallel with the first and second valve actuators, and the actuating
post is a single post with two opposite sides, a first of the opposite sides for contacting the first valve stem and a second
of the opposite sides for contacting the second valve stem.

US Pat. No. 9,225,222

MAGNETIC BEARING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR VARYING SHAFT THRUST LOAD SUPPORT IN INDUCTION MOTORS AND OTHER ROTATING MACHINERY

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A bearing apparatus for a rotating machine, comprising:
a bearing bracket;
at least one lubricated shaft support mechanical bearing coupled to the bearing bracket;
a permanent magnet bearing having a stationary permanent magnet portion coupled to a permanent magnet support which is incorporated
into the bearing bracket, and a rotating permanent magnet portion coupled to a rotating magnet support, the permanent magnet
bearing exerting a directional magnetic force that generates an axial thrust preload support force on a rotating shaft that
is selectively varied by varying air gap between the stationary and rotating permanent magnet portions; and

an air gap adjustment mechanism for selectively varying the air gap between the stationary and rotating permanent magnet portions,
for varying the magnetic force, the air gap adjustment mechanism having a control system coupled thereto for dynamically varying
the air gap based on external load applied on the rotating machine, wherein the control system comprises a controller that
varies the air gap in response to changing loads imparted on the rotating machine, and wherein the controller is coupled by
communication pathway to a load sensor in a feedback loop.

US Pat. No. 9,135,824

RED LIGHT VIOLATOR WARNING

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A method for providing a red light violator warning, the method comprising:
detecting that a first vehicle is about to violate a red light at an intersection;
based on detecting that the first vehicle is about to violate the red light at the intersection:
broadcasting a warning message to all connected vehicles in proximity of the intersection of a pending red light violation;
and

determining if the first vehicle is a connected vehicle;
based on determining that the first vehicle is a connected vehicle, transmitting a notification message to the first vehicle
warning of a pending red light violation.

US Pat. No. 9,274,684

HIERARCHICAL NAVIGATION WITH RELATED OBJECTS

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A method in a data processing system for navigating information, the method comprising:
identifying, using a processor of the data processing system, a value for a property of a first object associated with one
or more devices managed by a management system;

grouping a plurality of objects into first groups and displaying a first plurality of tiles for the plurality of objects according
to the first groups, at least one of the displayed first groups of the first tiles including more than one of the displayed
first tiles, the plurality of objects including the first object, a first tile in the first plurality of tiles being for the
first object, the first tile including a display of a graphic associated with the first object and the identified value for
the property;

identifying a plurality of related objects that are related to the first object and displaying a second plurality of tiles
for the related objects in response to receiving a selection of the first tile, wherein displaying the second plurality of
tiles for the related objects comprises grouping the related objects into second groups based on object type and displaying
the second plurality of tiles for the related objects according to the second groups, each of the second groups of the second
tiles including a number of the second tiles and at least one of the displayed second groups of the second tiles including
more than one of the displayed second tiles;

displaying, in response to receiving a selection of a second tile, in the second plurality of tiles, for one of the related
objects, information about the one related object;

displaying, in response to receiving a predefined user input while displaying the second plurality of tiles for the related
objects according to the second groups, third tiles for the second groups of the second tiles, each of the displayed third
tiles representing a respective one of the second groups of the second tiles and including display of a numeral for the number
of the second tiles in the respective group, the predefined user input being a different input than selection of a tile; and

displaying, in response to receiving a selection of one of the third tiles for one of the second groups, the second tiles
for the related objects that are in the one second group of the selected third tile.

US Pat. No. 9,251,480

SALES ESTIMATING TOOL FOR BUILDING CONTROL SYSTEM

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A method for providing an estimate for a defined building control system, the method comprising:
displaying on a user interface a plurality of areas for the defined building control system;
associating a plurality of subsystems of the defined building control system with the plurality of areas, the plurality of
subsystems including a typical subsystem defined by a subsystem file, wherein the subsystem file identifies a plurality of
building automation components in a database and is associated with a number of instances of the typical subsystem;

displaying on the user interface the typical subsystem in association with the plurality of areas;
displaying a number on the user interface indicative of the number of instances of the typical subsystem that are associated
with all of the plurality of areas; and

generating within a processing unit a cost estimate for the defined building control system based at least in part on the
number of instances of the typical subsystem.

US Pat. No. 9,244,471

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR REMOTELY MONITORING AND CONTROLLING HVAC UNITS

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A method for remotely monitoring and controlling a heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) unit, the method comprising:
receiving by a processor via a communication network supply temperature data indicating a supply air temperature in a duct
coupled to the HVAC unit, the processor located at a geographically remote location from the HVAC unit;

receiving by the processor via the communication network zone temperature data of a space maintained by the HVAC unit;
receiving by the processor via the communication network thermostat data from a thermostat in the space;
analyzing by the processor at least one of the supply temperature data, the zone temperature data and the thermostat data
to determine whether the HVAC unit is malfunctioning;

generating by the processor a control signal responsive to the analysis; and
transmitting via the communication network the control signal to an HVAC controller, wherein the control signal causes the
HVAC controller to transmit a disable signal to a thermostat causing the HVAC unit to be disabled by the thermostat.

US Pat. No. 9,244,812

METHODS AND SYSTEMS IN AN AUTOMATION SYSTEM FOR VIEWING A CURRENT VALUE OF A POINT IDENTIFIED IN CODE OF A CORRESPONDING POINT CONTROL PROCESS

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A method performed by a data processing system in an automation system, the method comprising:
displaying, in a user interface and by the data processing system, a portion of code associated with a process running in
a device in the automation system that is remote from the data processing system, the process associated with a point variable
in the automation system, the portion of code including the point variable, the point variable being a value of an input or
output of the device in the automation system;

responsive to detecting a cursor in a location associated with the user interface for a period of time, identifying the location
of the cursor in the user interface by the data processing system;

identifying, by a listener program executing in the data processing system, the process and the device in the automation system
that is associated with the portion of code;

requesting, by the data processing system, a point value of the point variable in the portion of code and associated with
the location of the cursor;

receiving the point value of the point variable over a network connection; and
displaying the point value in the user interface in association with the point variable.

US Pat. No. 9,272,804

BUNDLE UNWRAPPING MACHINE

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

12. A machine for removing wrapping from a bundle of flat articles, the machine comprising:
a conveyor configured to transport the bundle through the machine, wherein the bundle is wrapped in the wrapping and wherein
the wrapping is a plastic material;

a vacuum system including a vacuum head configured to apply suction to an area of the wrapping covering an outer face of the
bundle, drawing the wrapping towards the vacuum head and creating a bulge in the wrapping;

a first blade assembly including a blade having a point and a mechanical actuator having a holder, the blade mounted on the
holder, wherein the mechanical actuator is configured to slide the point first along an outer surface of the wrapping for
a period of time until the point of the blade pierces the bulge in the wrapping causing the blade to move beneath the wrapping,
and then along an outer surface a flat article in the bundle, wherein the blade is configured to stretch and tear the wrapping
as the blade continues to move beneath the wrapping; and

an automated removal and disposal system configured to separate torn wrapping from the flat articles.

US Pat. No. 9,244,469

AUTOMATED HVAC SYSTEM FUNCTIONALITY TEST

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A method for automated functionality testing for a heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, the method comprising:
receiving a user input to test one of a heating or cooling functionality of the HVAC system;
identifying an amount to change a setpoint for a zone controller for the HVAC system based on the user input;
changing the setpoint for the zone controller to force the HVAC system into one of a heating mode and a cooling mode in accordance
with the user input;

storing data from the HVAC system operating in the one of the heating mode and the cooling mode; and
determining whether the HVAC system has been installed properly based on the stored data,
wherein:
the HVAC system comprises a plurality of HVAC systems installed at one or more locations,
each of the HVAC systems is controlled by a separate one of a plurality of zone controllers, respectively, and
determining whether the HVAC system has been installed properly comprises determining whether supply temperature sensors for
two or more of the zone controllers have been switched during installation based on the stored data.

US Pat. No. 9,230,756

CIRCUIT BREAKER HANDLE ACTUATION DEVICE

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A circuit breaker handle actuation device used in conjunction with a circuit breaker having a circuit breaker handle, comprising:
a stationary frame having first and second horizontal supports;
a rotatable frame having first and second horizontal elements which extend from first and second vertical elements, respectively,
wherein the first and second vertical elements are rotatably attached to the first and second horizontal supports and wherein
an opening for receiving the circuit breaker handle is located between the first and second vertical elements;

a rotatable bracket having first and second vertical arms rotatably attached to the first and second horizontal elements,
respectively; and

an external handle having an attachment arm, wherein the attachment arm is attached to the rotatable bracket and movement
of the external handle causes corresponding movement of the circuit breaker handle, and

wherein the attachment arm is rotatably attached to a cam located in the external handle.

US Pat. No. 9,210,052

STREAMING GRAPHIC METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT DATA FOR BUILDING CONTROL SYSTEMS

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A method, comprising:
a) receiving at least one interpreted software program over the Internet using a web-browser;
b) executing at least one interpreted software program to display at least a first graphical element representative of building
control system information, the first graphical element having a fixed element and a variable element, the variable element
representative of a first building control system value;

c) executing at least one interpreted software program to generate a request for updated values, the request configured to
cause a web server to generate server request to a data server, the generated server request configured to cause the data
server to hold the server request open until a change in at least one of the set of building control system values is acknowledged
in the server object and to provide to the web server a response to the server request including data representative of the
acknowledged change, the request further configured to cause the web server to return at least a second value over the Internet
responsive to the request, the second value comprising non-graphical information based on the data in the response to the
server request; and

d) executing at least one interpreted software program to display the first graphical element such that the variable element
is representative of the second value.

US Pat. No. 9,143,332

METHOD AND TOOL FOR WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS WITH SLEEPING DEVICES IN A WIRELESS SENSOR CONTROL NETWORK

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A method of communicating with automation components configured for use within a building automation system, the method
comprising:
determining a first communication schedule, the first communication schedule configured to govern an activity schedule for
use by an automation component, the first communication schedule being to direct activation of the automation component for
communication;

defining a duration of time the first communication schedule is to be implemented;
communicating the first communication schedule and the duration of time the first communication schedule is to be implemented
to the automation component, wherein the automation component currently implements a second communication schedule to govern
the activity schedule;

adjusting the second communication schedule to equal the communicated first communication schedule, wherein the activity schedule
increases a communication frequency in response to the adjustment from the second communication schedule to the communicated
first communication schedule; and

implementing the second communication schedule once the duration of time elapses after the adjustment.

US Pat. No. 9,216,654

ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATION WITH RECONFIGURABLE ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION OPTIONS AND METHODS

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. An electric vehicle charging apparatus, comprising:
a housing having a body having a front cavity having at least one electrical terminal, a rear cavity formed by sidewalls,
at least one sidewall having a slot formed therein the slot including a slot opening at a terminal edge of the at least one
sidewall, a separating wall separating the front cavity and rear cavity and having a common electrical passage through the
separating wall; and

a power cord having a cord length, the power cord connected through the common electrical passage, wherein the cord length
is configurable to provide installation options including:

an outside cord option wherein a portion of the cord length is received in the slot opening and extends from the rear cavity
through the slot to a position outside of a footprint of the body and is adapted to electrically connect to an first electrical
article located outside of the footprint, and

a rear mount option wherein a portion of the cord length is received in the rear cavity and is adapted to electrically connect
to a second electrical article located inside of the footprint of the body

wherein the installation options are changeable between the outside cord option and the rear mount option without removing
the power cord from the common electrical passage.

US Pat. No. 9,188,969

ARRANGEMENT AND METHOD FOR ACCESSING DATA OF A BUILDING AUTOMATION SYSTEM COMPONENT

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A method of providing access to information on a controller in a building automation system, the method comprising:
a) providing an external definition file, the external definition file including a first section that includes an application
interface definition that defines a set of user interface displays and a second section that defines a functionality of objects
using protocol-specific data corresponding to a first data format employed by the controller;

b) employing a host application to create a first node comprising one or more objects based upon the protocol-specific data,
the first node configured to communicate and exchange information with the controller using the first data format, the first
node configured to process data received from the controller and communicate the processed data in a second data format; and

c) employing the host application to create a user interface element based on the application interface definition, wherein
the user interface element is configured to: receive the processed data from the first node in the second data format, to
provide a user interface to the processed data and to receive user values via the user interface, and to provide the user
values to the first node, wherein the first node is configured to convert the user values into information that causes an
action by the controller.

US Pat. No. 9,171,406

OFFLINE EXCEPTION PROCESSING OF MAIL

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

9. A mail processing system, comprising:
at least one processor;
an accessible memory; and
mail processing equipment, the mail processing system configured to
scan a plurality of mail pieces in a first processing step, by mail processing equipment, to produce mail piece images;
create a mail piece fingerprint corresponding to each mail piece image, wherein each mail piece fingerprint uniquely identifies
the corresponding mail piece based on graphical features of the corresponding mail piece including text blocks, colors, shapes,
locations, pictures, or other visually distinctive items, without applying any identifier to the mail piece;

produce a template based on a plurality of the mail piece images;
associate a plurality of mail pieces with the template, the associated plurality of mail pieces forming a mail set;
identify quality-control problems associated with the mail set;
separate the mail set from other mail during a second processing step by using the mail piece fingerprints to identify mail
pieces that are part of the mail set; and

separately process the mail set from the other mail.

US Pat. No. 9,085,424

EXTENDIBLE CONVEYOR AND PARCEL HANDLING SYSTEM

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. An extendable boom conveyor system comprising:
a first boom element;
a controller;
an input device; and
a second boom element, wherein the controller, using the input device, adjusts the position of the first boom element to maintain
a distance relative to a user and continues to dynamically adjust the position of the first boom element to maintain the distance
relative to the user as the user unloads parcels from a container.

US Pat. No. 9,349,559

LOW-PROFILE ELECTRONIC CIRCUIT BREAKERS, BREAKER TRIPPING MECHANISMS, AND SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF USING SAME

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. An electronic circuit breaker, comprising:
a circuit breaker housing containing a first electrical branch and a second electrical branch, the first and second branches
split from a power terminal and, the housing having a maximum transverse width (Wt);

a first load terminal coupled to the first branch;
a second load terminal coupled to the second branch;
an electronic processing circuit within the housing adapted to monitor an electrical condition of one or more of the first
branch and the second branch; and

a first actuator and a second actuator coupled to the electronic processing circuit, the first and second actuators being
disposed in a non-central position within the circuit breaker housing to enable reduction of the maximum transverse width
(Wt),

wherein the maximum transverse width (Wt) of the housing is limited so as to occupy only a single standard breaker panelboard
location, the transverse width (Wt) is less than or equal to 1 inch, and the electronic circuit breaker is a two-pole electronic
circuit breaker.

US Pat. No. 9,312,665

ELECTRICAL DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS INCUDING PARALLEL ENERGY SOURCE AND METHODS

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. An electrical distribution system, comprising:
a main panel including a main disconnect adapted to electrically connect to a utility power source;
a meter stack having one or more tenant utility meters, each tenant utility meter being electrically coupled to the main disconnect;
a meter socket load center combination apparatus electrically coupled to the main disconnect, the meter socket load center
combination apparatus including

an owner utility meter,
an owner load center electrically coupled to the owner utility meter and having a plurality of locations that receive circuit
interface devices,

a parallel energy source disconnect having an amperage rating up to an amperage rating of the owner load center; and
a parallel energy source electrically coupled to the parallel energy source disconnect.

US Pat. No. 9,267,791

SASH POSITION SENSOR

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A system for determining the area of a sash opening in a fume hood formed by at least one movable sash panel mounted over
a hood opening to an enclosure structure of the fume hood to reduce the area of the sash opening when the at least one sash
panel is moved in one direction or to expand the area of the sash opening when moved in the other direction to provide access
to a work surface in the fume hood enclosure space, the system comprising:
a emitter and sensor panel mounted in a fume hood enclosure space, the emitter and sensor panel comprising a first light emitter
mounted on one side of an image sensor, and a second light emitter mounted on an opposite side of the image sensor, the first
and second light emitters configured to illuminate the fume hood enclosure space;

a first reflective marker mounted on one edge of the sash opening to reflect light from at least the first light emitter;
a second reflective marker mounted on an opposite edge of the sash opening to reflect light from at least the second light
emitter, where at least one of the edges of the sash opening with either the first or second reflective marker is formed by
an edge of one of the movable sash panels; and

a sash position tracking unit configured to determine a distance between the first and second reflective markers based on
a distance between a first marker image of the first reflective marker and a second marker image of the second reflective
marker in an image detected by the image sensor, where the distance between the first and second reflective markers is used
to determine the area of the sash opening

and where the image sensor is configured to capture a two-dimensional image divided in pixels, and where the distance between
the first and second reflective markers is determined by determining the number of pixels between the first and second marker
images, and dividing the number of pixels by a scaling value indicating a number of pixels per unit length.

US Pat. No. 9,214,832

PARALLEL ELECTRIC SERVICE SYSTEM AND METHOD USING METER SOCKET AND LOAD CENTER COMBINATION

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

8. A parallel electrical service system, comprising:
an enclosure having a utility compartment and a load center compartment;
a meter socket in the utility compartment adapted to receive a utility meter, the meter socket including line poles and load
poles, the line poles adapted to be electrically connected to a utility power source from a utility;

a load panel mounted in the load center compartment, the load panel having
a base pan, and
one or more main service disconnect breakers provided on the base pan;
first and second load conductors electrically connecting the load poles of the meter socket with the one or more main service
disconnect breakers, wherein the first and second load conductors attach to meter socket connection terminals of the load
poles;

a parallel source disconnect breaker mount provided in the load center compartment and adapted to receive a parallel power
source disconnect breaker;

first and second parallel power conductors electrically connecting the load poles of the meter socket and the parallel source
disconnect breaker mount, wherein the first and second parallel power conductors attach to the meter socket connection terminals
of the load poles, wherein the first and second load conductors attached to the meter socket connection terminals are separate
conductors from the first and second parallel power conductors attached to the meter socket connection terminals; and

a parallel power system electrically connected to the parallel source disconnect breaker mount,
wherein the parallel power system concurrently provides power to both the load panel and the utility back through the utility
meter.

US Pat. No. 9,205,461

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DELIVERY POINT MULTIPLICATION

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

13. A method performed by a mail sorting machine, the method comprising:
receiving a plurality of mailpieces in an input of the mail sorting machine;
sorting the mailpieces into a plurality of sequencing groups;
storing a first subset of the mailpieces in each sequencing group in a buffer feeder;
sorting a second subset of the mailpieces in each sequencing group to a plurality of outlets, wherein storing the first subset
and sorting the second subset are performed for each sequencing group by processing each sequentially in a group order; and

sorting the stored first subset mailpieces from the buffer feeder to the plurality of outlets, wherein the buffer feeder has
a buffer capacity C calculated according to


where Vg represents a total expected volume of the mailpieces and L represents a number of buffer splits L.

US Pat. No. 9,067,091

DAMPER ACTUATOR ASSEMBLY WITH SPEED CONTROL

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A damper actuator assembly including a processor and connected to a damper, the damper actuator assembly comprising:
a) a gear train including a follower gear, the follower gear rotating less than a complete revolution for an entire range
of travel of the damper;

b) a sensor, wherein the sensor is a potentiometer, configured to monitor the position of the follower gear and configured
to provide an electrical signal indicative of the angular position of the follower gear to the processor; c) the processor
is configured to determine an angular speed corresponding to an angular speed of the follower gear based on the electric signal
provided by the sensor at different times and configured to control a driving member at two or more non-zero speeds; d) wherein
the processor is configured to control the driving member connected to the gear train and configured to drive the gear train
at two or more different non-zero speeds depending on the electrical signal indicative of the angular position of the follower
gear; and e) wherein the driving member controls the rotational speed of the follower gear such that the follower gear rotates
to an open and closed position within a predetermined time.

US Pat. No. 9,272,721

USER CONFIGURABLE HORIZONTAL BRAKE FEATURE FOR RAILROAD CROSSING GATES

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A method of controlling a crossing gate comprising:
determining if a first crossing gate arm is in a substantially horizontal position; and
locking the first crossing gate arm in the substantially horizontal position by activating a braking mechanism when it is
determined that the first crossing gate arm is in the substantially horizontal position, the braking mechanism preventing
the first crossing gate arm from being raised while the braking mechanism is activated,

wherein the step of determining if the first crossing gate arm is in the substantially horizontal position comprises:
monitoring an output of a sensor connected to the first crossing gate arm; and
determining if a value of the sensor output is indicative of the first crossing gate arm being in the substantially horizontal
position,

wherein the crossing gate further comprises a second crossing gate arm and said step of locking the first crossing gate arm
in the substantially horizontal position simultaneously locks the second crossing gate arm in the substantially horizontal
position.

US Pat. No. 9,158,870

NETWORK ELEMENT CONSOLIDATION FOR RAPID DISCRETE NETWORK SIMULATIONS

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A method of modeling a communication system in an electrical utility in a geography containing a first plurality of electricity
devices, each electricity device in the first plurality of electricity devices transmitting data over a communication channel
during a transmission time to a first node, comprising:
determining from the first plurality of electricity devices a second plurality of electricity devices that are characterized
as each having similar transmission characteristics and a similar communication channel to the first node;

grouping of the second plurality of electricity devices into a plurality of bins, including a first bin, each bin capturing
a same number of different electricity devices; and

simulating by a processor of data traffic generated by the electricity devices captured by the first bin.

US Pat. No. 9,158,872

APPARATUS, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR INCREASING AIRFLOW THROUGH INDUCTION MOTORS

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A rotor core assembly of an induction motor, comprising:
a plurality of rotor laminations, each rotor lamination comprising:
a plurality of slots arranged around an outer radial periphery of a rotor lamination and passing through the rotor lamination,
each slot configured to receive a rotor conductor bar there through;

a first row of vents passing axially through the rotor lamination; and
a second row of vents passing axially through the rotor lamination; wherein:
each vent of the first row of vents has a first shape and each vent of the second row of vents has a second shape different
from the first shape, and

each vent of the first row is radially aligned with a respective vent of the second row, and each pair of radially aliened
first and second vents is radially aligned with a respective slot of the plurality of slots along a same radial vector such
that magnetic field lines passing radially through the plurality of rotor laminations around the first row of vents, the second
row of vents and the plurality of slots are substantially evenly spaced apart throughout the rotor core assembly and a magnetic
flux density is substantially uniform throughout the rotor core assembly.

US Pat. No. 9,054,516

CIRCUIT BREAKER TRIP NOTIFICATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A method of notifying a user of a circuit breaker trip event, the method comprising:
providing a plurality of circuit breakers disposed in one or more columns;
monitoring a position of operating handles of one column of the circuit breakers with a sensor wherein monitoring the position
of the operating handles of the circuit breakers includes projecting a sensor beam from the sensor along a path including
the plurality of circuit breakers in the one column through the tripped position of the operating handles of the circuit breaker
in the column wherein the at least one sensor is disposed so that the operating handles intercept the sensor beam when in
the tripped position;

sensing a change in the position of the circuit breaker operating handles with the sensor beam to a tripped position when
one of the operating handles moves to a position along the path that intercepts the sensor beam;

generating, based on a change in length of the sensor beam, a first signal representative of an identifier of a particular
circuit breaker of the circuit breakers in the column with the operating handle in the tripped position;

transmitting the first signal to a communications device; and
providing notification of a trip event within and an identity of the particular circuit breaker that is tripped to a user
via the communications device.

US Pat. No. 9,707,681

ANTI-COLLISION MANAGEMENT OF OVERLAPPING ROBOTIC MOVEMENTS

Siemens Industry Software...

1. A method for anti-collision management of two or more single robots performing robotic operations, the method comprising:
receiving, by a data processing system, inputs, the inputs including a respective trajectory that each single robot of the
two or more single robots follows to fulfill robotic operations, wherein each single robot along a trajectory is located within
a respective single swept volume, and wherein the robotic operations of the two or more single robots take place at least
partly in a shared space such that at least two of the single swept volumes of individual single robots form an overlapping
area where collisions between robots may occur; and

creating, by the data processing system prior to operation of the two or more single robots, discretized subswept volumes
between robotic path locations for each single robot according to one or more discretization criteria such that the operation
of each single robot moving along the known trajectory is controlled in order to allow synchronized execution of robotic operations,
only overlapping discretized subswept volumes being considered for synchronization.

US Pat. No. 9,290,193

REAL-TIME GRAPHICAL DISPLAY OF LADDER LOGIC FOR RAILROAD EQUIPMENT

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A method of displaying a railroad system status output, the system status output being a signal indicative of a status
of a function associated with a gate crossing predictor device, and an underlying logic equation used to formulate the system
status output, said method comprising:
receiving, at a processor within the system, a request for real-time data associated with the gate crossing predictor device
and processed by the underlying logic equation to formulate the system status output;

retrieving, at the processor, the real-time data;
outputting, from the processor, the real-time data; and
displaying, on a user interface device, a graphic containing the underlying logic equation and comprising a logical association
of the real-time data to the system status output,

wherein the graphic is generated at the user interface device using system configuration information associating the real-time
data to the system status output.

US Pat. No. 9,267,837

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR ACTIVE LOAD WEIGHT FOR MINING EXCAVATING EQUIPMENT

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A method for actively determining a load weight for mining excavation equipment, the method comprising:
scanning an excavation surface;
determining an excavation surface shape based on the scanned excavation surface;
identifying an excavating path of a mining excavation equipment;
calculating a volume of a material in a bucket of the mining excavation equipment based at least on the excavation surface
shape and the excavating path of the mining excavating equipment; and

calculating a weight of the material in the bucket of the mining excavating equipment based on the volume of the material
in the bucket using at least one density factor,

wherein the scanning an excavation surface comprises:
scanning an excavation surface surrounding the mining excavating equipment using a plurality of laser scanners; and
generating a plurality of data points based on a plurality of images generated by the plurality of laser scanners; and
wherein the determining an excavation surface shape comprises:
combining the plurality of images into a three-dimensional model of the excavation surface;
obtaining a plurality of sets of coordinates for each of the plurality of images; and
determining the excavation surface shape based on the plurality of sets of coordinates.

US Pat. No. 9,235,989

ADJUSTMENT OF A TRAFFIC SIGNAL CONTROL PLAN BASED ON LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A method for adjusting a signal control plan for a traffic signal at an intersection based on local environmental conditions,
the method comprising:
operating the traffic signal based on a standard signal control plan;
receiving an indication of an adverse environmental condition;
determining if the standard signal control plan should be adjusted based on the indication of the adverse environmental condition;
based on determining that the standard signal control plan should be adjusted based on the indication of the adverse environmental
condition, creating a modified signal control plan based on the adverse environmental condition and the standard signal control
plan;

operating the traffic signal based on the modified signal control plan by changing a length of at least one of a yellow light
time and a green light time within a length of a phase that includes at least three sub-phases that correspond to a red light
time and the yellow light time and the green light time;

determining whether the adverse environmental condition concluded;
based on determining that the adverse environmental condition concluded, operating the traffic signal based on the standard
signal control plan; and

based on determining that the adverse environmental condition has not concluded, operating the traffic signal based on the
modified signal control plan,

wherein the indication of the adverse environmental condition is received from a sensor connected to roadside equipment disposed
at the intersection, and

wherein the determination of whether the signal control plan should be adjusted based on the adverse environmental condition
is based on one or more of:

a severity of the adverse environmental condition;
a location of the adverse environmental condition;
a number of indications received of for the adverse environmental condition; and
a source of the indication of an adverse environmental condition.

US Pat. No. 9,139,102

ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATION WITH A FIELD UPGRADEABLE COMMUNICATIONS FACILITY

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. An electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) charging station comprising:
a sealable housing including a first compartment adapted to house high power electrical components and a second compartment
adapted to house non-high power electrical components formed in part by a lid, the second compartment including an access
to an upgrade port wherein a communication module is adapted to couple to the upgrade port within the second compartment accessible
under the lid;

a partition within the housing that is adapted to insulate the first compartment from the second compartment; and
an EVSE charging station control circuit configured to recognize a communication module when coupled to the upgrade port and
to use the communication module for communications if the communication module is connected.

US Pat. No. 9,487,224

MECHANICALLY EXTENDABLE RAILROAD CROSSING GATE

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A system for mechanically extending or retracting an extendable gate arm of a railroad crossing gate, the system comprising:
a lever having a first distal end and a second distal end, wherein a first roller is directly coupled at the first distal
end of the lever;

a spring having first and second ends, the first end of the spring is coupled to a first lug that is fixedly attached to a
fixed portion of the extendable gate arm and the second end of the spring is coupled to a second lug that is fixedly attached
to the extendable gate arm;

a cable mechanism including a second roller and a cable having first and second ends, the lever movably coupled to the cable,
the second end of the spring coupled to the first end of the cable, the second roller coupled to a crossing mechanism; and

the crossing mechanism comprising a block coupled to a post for lifting the extendable gate arm from a gate closed position
to a gate opened position and vice versa, wherein the second distal end of the lever is rotatably attached to the post via
a pin and the second end of the cable coupled to the post,

wherein the cable mechanism is configured to hold and release a tension in the cable mechanism that in turn extends and retracts
the extendable gate arm, and

wherein the lever is configured to control the tension so that when the extendable gate arm is lowered a slack is introduced
into the cable thereby enabling the spring to pull the extendable arm out from a base position in which the extendable gate
arm is retracted.

US Pat. No. 9,358,595

ROLLING STAND ROLL NECK SEAL

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A seal assembly for a rotatable shaft, said seal assembly comprising:
a seal end plate circumscribing said shaft;
a pair of radially projecting circular flingers mounted on said shaft for rotation therewith, said flingers being arranged
to straddle said seal end plate and having interior sealing surfaces spaced axially from respective oppositely facing sides
of said seal end plate;

circular grooves in the oppositely facing sides of said seal end plate;
ring seals captured in and projecting axially from said grooves;
a network of first passages in said seal end plate, said first passage being configured and arranged to deliver a pressurized
fluid to said circular grooves to thereby bias said ring seals axially into contact with the interior sealing surfaces of
said flingers, said ring seals having axially oriented second passages for bleeding said pressurized fluid from within said
seal end plate to environmental zones outside of said seal assembly, wherein said second passages comprise axial flutes in
external surfaces of said ring seals.

US Pat. No. 9,335,005

MANIFOLD

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A fluid manifold, comprising:
a body;
a first sensor outlet;
a second sensor outlet located on the same side of the body as the first sensor outlet that is adapted to connect to a sensor
with the first and second sensor outlets connected by a channel; and

a plurality of knobs that in a first position allow fluid to flow to the first sensor outlet from a first inlet and in a the
second sensor outlet from a second inlet, and in a second position between the first sensor inlet and the second sensor inlet,
wherein a first knob fits into the body to control the flow in a first channel and a second knob fits into the body to control
the flow in a second channel and a third knob fits into the body to control the flow between the first channel and the second
channel, and where the first knob divides the first channel, the second knob divides the second channel, where the plurality
of knobs have at least the first knob, the second knob and the third knob, wherein the first knob, the second knob, and the
third knob are all on the same side of the body.

US Pat. No. 9,248,848

WIRELESS AND/OR WIRED FREQUENCY PROGRAMMABLE TERMINATION SHUNTS

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A programmable termination shunt comprising:
a multi-frequency shunt circuit comprising a plurality of selectable shunt frequencies defined by banks of inductor-capacitor
circuit branches each having an associated inductance and capacitance;

a switching circuit connected to the multi-frequency shunt circuit; and
a processor coupled to the multi-frequency shunt circuit via said switching circuit, said processor adapted to set a termination
frequency of the shunt by selecting a switch setting within the switching circuit that selects one of said selectable shunt
frequencies in the multi-frequency shunt circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,272,677

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING AUXILIARY POWER BY REGENERATION POWER MANAGEMENT IN MOBILE MINING EQUIPMENT

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC, A...

1. A method for operating an ultracapacitor system used in a mining excavator powered by a power source, comprising:
detecting whether a power from the power source is present; and
based on detecting that the power is not present:
measuring a voltage level of the ultracapacitor system;
comparing a measured voltage level with a minimum voltage level for the ultracapacitor system; and
based on comparing that the measured voltage level is more than the minimum voltage level, supplying auxiliary power from
the ultracapacitor system to operate mining excavator systems.

US Pat. No. 9,233,698

RAILWAY SAFETY CRITICAL SYSTEMS WITH TASK REDUNDANCY AND ASYMMETRIC COMMUNICATIONS CAPABILITY

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A control system for a railway safety critical application system, comprising:
at least one controller executing first and second tasks;
the first task having an external bilateral communications interface capable of sending and receiving a safety critical systems
message within a railway safety critical application system, the message including a security code and safety critical data;

the second task having an external communications interface capable of receiving a safety critical systems message, but incapable
of sending a safety critical systems message that is generated within the second task, the second task having a security code
generator; and

an inter-task communications pathway coupling the first and second tasks;
wherein the first and second tasks respectively receive an input safety critical systems message including input safety critical
systems data and an input security code, verify the input message integrity and generate output safety critical systems data,
the second task generates an output security code and sends it to the first task, and the first task sends an output safety
critical systems message including the output safety critical systems data and the second task output security code for use
within the railway safety critical application system.

US Pat. No. 9,237,070

DEVELOPMENT, TEST, AND DEMONSTRATION OF AUTOMATION SOLUTIONS USING WEB-BASED VIRTUAL COMPUTERS AND VPN TUNNELING

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A method, executing on hardware, for remotely accessing provider software, comprising:
(a) electronically accessing said provider software via the Internet with a first interface comprising an Internet access
network interface controller (NIC) of at least one user device;

(b) electronically accessing at least one customer hardware with a second interface comprising a local network NIC of said
at least one user device;

(c) establishing at least one virtual private network (VPN) tunnel between said provider software and said at least one customer
hardware via said first interface and said second interface of said at least one user device; and

(d) allowing said at least one user device to perform a software function on said at least one customer hardware via said
second interface of said at least one user device with said provider software,

wherein a virtual personal computer (PC) is preloaded with at least one version of the provider software and demonstration
applications,

wherein the provider software running on the virtual PC communicates with the at least one customer hardware, and
wherein the virtual PC is accessed via the Internet using only a web-browser installed on the at least one user device, and
without storing the provider software in the at least one user device or the at least one customer hardware.

US Pat. No. 9,469,029

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SAVING ENERGY AND REDUCING CYCLE TIME BY OPTIMAL ORDERING OF THE INDUSTRIAL ROBOTIC PATH

Siemens Industry Software...

1. A method for saving energy and reducing cycle time by using optimal ordering of an industrial robotic path, the method
performed by a data processing system and comprising:
receiving inputs including a complex operation;
generating a plurality of task groups of the complex operation based on the inputs, wherein an area of each task group comprises
a fringe not defined by a task location;

calculating a group edge rating for each of a plurality of robotic movement edges between each of the plurality of task groups;
calculating a candidate rating for each of a plurality of candidate paths, wherein the candidate rating comprises a summation
of the group edge ratings for a candidate path;

determining an optimal path comprising the candidate path with an optimal rating, wherein the optimal rating is determined
by the lowest candidate rating; and

operating a robot using the optimal path.

US Pat. No. 9,280,897

EMERGENCY TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A roadside equipment device comprising:
a transceiver configured to communicate with one or more mobile devices via a wireless communications channel, wherein the
transceiver is further configured to monitor an availability of a cellular telephone network in a vicinity of the roadside
equipment device;

a processor configured to provide the emergency information to the one or more mobile devices via the transceiver, wherein
the processor is configured to provide the emergency information to the one or more mobile devices via the transceiver only
upon determining that the cellular telephone network in the vicinity of the roadside equipment device is not available; and

a power supply configured to provide power to the processor and the transceiver.

US Pat. No. 9,052,731

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROGRAMMING AND IMPLEMENTING AUTOMATED FAULT ISOLATION AND RESTORATION USING SEQUENTIAL LOGIC

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A method for facilitating automated fault isolation and service restoration in power distribution networks having protective
relay devices, comprising:
programming into each of the protective relay devices a plurality of operational sequences that when executed control associated
switching devices when a fault detection element identifies a faulted section in the network, wherein each operational sequence
is selected for execution based on system status information and fault information;

sharing system status information and fault information via peer-to-peer messaging between protective relay devices via a
high speed communication system; and

executing an isolation operation comprising a proper operational sequence based on system status information and fault information
shared between protective relay devices to isolate the faulted.

US Pat. No. 9,156,310

CONTROLLED LUBRICANT VOLUME SEAL HOUSING

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC, A...

1. A mechanical drive seal housing comprising:
a circular outer diameter;
a circular inner diameter;
a seal receiving slot located on a first side of the mechanical drive seal housing between the outer diameter and the inner
diameter;

a lubricant reservoir located adiacent to the seal receiving slot and between the outer diameter and the inner diameter,
wherein the lubricant reservoir protrudes adjacent to a surface of a standing lubricant level, and
wherein the lubricant reservoir protrudes tapered from a first point of zero protrusion to a point of maximum protrusion to
a second point of zero protrusion along substantially one-half the circumference of the mechanical drive seal housing.

US Pat. No. 9,168,935

VITAL SPEED PROFILE TO CONTROL A TRAIN MOVING ALONG A TRACK

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A system for controlling a train, the system comprising:
a first processor, the first processor being configured to calculate a first speed profile for the train along a first portion
of track associated with the first processor, the first speed profile including a maximum allowable speed of the train for
each point along the first portion of track, the first speed profile including a braking curve corresponding to a portion
of the track in which the maximum allowable speed transitions from a higher speed to a lower speed;

a second processor, the second processor being configured to calculate a second speed profile for the train along a second
portion of track associated with the second processor, the second speed profile including a maximum allowable speed of the
train for each point along the second portion of track, the second speed profile including a braking curve corresponding to
a portion of the track in which the maximum allowable speed transitions from a higher speed to a lower speed, at least part
of the second portion of track associated with the second processor overlapping the first portion of track associated with
the first processor;

a transmitter; and
an integration processor connected to the transmitter and connected to receive the first speed profile from the first processor
and the second speed profile from the second processor, the integration processor being configured to compare the part of
the second speed profile overlapping the first speed profile to the first speed profile and, if the parts of the first speed
profile and the second speed profile match, to transmit the part of the speed profile matching the part of the second speed
profile to a receiver located onboard a train via the transmitter;

a receiver located onboard the train, the receiver being configured for communication with the transmitter;
an onboard processor located onboard the train and connected to the receiver; and
a memory located onboard the train and connected to the onboard processor;
wherein the onboard processor is configured to store a speed profile received from the integration processor via the receiver
in the memory and to control the train such that the speed of the train does not exceed the speed profile.

US Pat. No. 9,267,210

PICKLE LINE ASSEMBLY WITH INCLINED EXPANSION SEAL

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A pickle line assembly comprising:
a first roll tank having a front face and a rear face angled relative to vertical such that an upper end of the front face
and an upper end of the rear face are closer to each other than a lower end of the front face and a lower end of the rear
face, each of the front face and the rear face defining an opening for receiving a pickling material;

a pickle tank defining an internal cavity for transport of the pickling material and a first opening and a second opening;
a first expansion seal having a first surface for interfacing the first roll tank and a second surface for interfacing the
pickle tank, the first expansion seal configured to surround a perimeter of the first opening of the pickle tank, the first
surface of the first expansion seal being oriented at an angle that aligns with the angle of the front face of the first roll
tank,

wherein, when assembled, the first surface of the first expansion seal mates with the front face of the first roll tank to
form a first interface and the second surface of the first expansion seal mates with the pickle tank to form a second interface
and wherein the first expansion seal is compressed between the front face and the pickle tank such that a thickness of the
first expansion seal is decreased due to the compression to form an air-tight and water-tight seal at the first and second
interfaces and wherein the first opening of the pickle tank is in registration with the opening of the front face of the first
roll tank such that the first expansion seal encloses a path between the pickle tank and the first roll tank, the first expansion
seal deforms so that the first surface aligns with the front face when in registration with the first roll tank; and

a first flange extending beyond a lower portion of the first expansion seal so that, when assembled, the first flange extends
through the plane of the front face of the first roll tank into an interior of the first roll tank, wherein the first flange
extends between a lower portion and an upper portion of the opening of the front face of the first roll tank, such that the
pickle tank can be vertically raised and lowered absent interference between the pickle tank and the upper portion of the
front opening of the first roll tank.

US Pat. No. 9,212,944

WEIGHT DETERMINATION FOR OBJECTS MOVING PAST A FIXED SPOT

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A method performed by a mail processing system, comprising:
transporting a mail piece having a weight;
during transport, determining physical characteristics of the mail piece;
during transport, determining a density profile of the mail piece using an x-ray scanner;
determining the weight of the mail piece according to the physical characteristics and the density profile, by referencing
a previously-stored weight classifier corresponding to the density profile, and using a weight associated with the previously-stored
weight classifier as the determined weight; and

selectively separating the mail piece during transport based on the determined weight.

US Pat. No. 9,214,309

TWO-POLE CIRCUIT BREAKER WITH TRIP BAR APPARATUS AND METHODS

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A two-pole circuit breaker, comprising:
a first mechanical pole comprising a first armature and a first cradle, the first mechanical pole configured to trip in response
to sensing an electrical fault;

a second mechanical pole comprising a second armature and a second cradle, the second mechanical pole configured to trip in
response to sensing an electrical fault; and

a trip bar mechanically coupled to the first and second mechanical poles, the trip bar configured to trip one of the first
and second mechanical poles in response to the other of the first and second mechanical poles tripping, the trip bar having
a first cradle interface having a first recessed surface and a first cradle contact surface; wherein:

one of the first and second cradles is configured to move past the first recessed surface before contacting the first cradle
contact surface during a trip.

US Pat. No. 9,140,297

RADIAL MAGNETIC VIBRATION DAMPING APPARATUS, BEARING SUPPORT ASSEMBLIES, AND OPERATIONAL METHODS

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A bearing support assembly, comprising:
a thrust bearing for coupling to a rotor shaft and carrying axial thrust loads along an axial axis; and
a radial magnetic damping apparatus comprising an upper member and a lower member that at least partially axially overlap
each other, the upper member comprising a first permanent magnet set and the lower member comprising a second permanent magnet
set, each permanent magnet set having a plurality of magnetic field-producing members providing radial magnetic force acting
on the rotor shaft to reduce radial vibration thereof,

wherein the thrust bearing comprises:
a bearing housing; and
a thrust block member for coupling to the rotor shaft,wherein one of the upper member and the lower member is coupled to the bearing housing, and the other of the upper member
and lower member is coupled to the thrust block member.

US Pat. No. 9,124,132

AUTOMATED DEMAND RESPONSE GATEWAY

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A method for an automated demand response (ADR) gateway that reduces an electrical load in a facility having a building
automation system, the method comprising:
receiving a demand response message associated with a demand response event via a computer connected to a network, the demand
response message identifying at least a duration of a demand response event and a target power level for the demand response
event;

determining a first demand group to activate at the start of the demand response event, where more than one demand group exist;
activating the first demand group for a maximum timer period to achieve a first power saving;
activating a second demand group upon expiration of a delay time when the first demand group fails to meet the target power
level for the demand response event; and

further starting a duty cycle timer at a start of a duty cycle period associated with the activation of the first demand group,
and resetting the duty cycle timer upon expiration and reactivating the first demand group if it has been deactivated prior
to the duty cycle timer expiring.

US Pat. No. 9,473,668

DISTRIBUTED STORAGE AND PROCESSING OF MAIL IMAGE DATA

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A method performed by a local image server, the method comprising:
maintaining an original image of a mail piece in the local image server;
generating metadata corresponding to the original image by the local image server, the metadata not including any image of
the mail piece;

transmitting the metadata to a regional image server over a network, without transmitting the original image to the regional
image server with the metadata, wherein the regional image server manages image data for a specific geographic area of a country
having multiple geographically-separated local image processing facilities;

receiving a request for the original image from a second system; and
transmitting the original image to the second system in response to the request.

US Pat. No. 9,321,601

AUTOMATED UNLOADER BASE BELT AND CONTAINER

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A base belt for use with an automated unloading apparatus that can automatically unload a container having a plurality
of items located on the base belt, the base belt comprising:
a trailer end configured to be removably attached to a container so that the trailer end remains attached to the container
as the automated unloading apparatus travels along the base belt into the interior of the container;

an unloader end configured to be routed over a nose ramp of the automated unloading apparatus and removably attached to the
automated unloading apparatus; and

a machine-readable belt identification tag that includes machine-readable indicia that identifies a serial number of the base
belt, wherein at least one of the trailer end and the unloader end is structured in a rod-and-strap attachment configuration
that includes a plurality of rod-retention members that securely retain a rod that extends substantially the width of base
belt.

US Pat. No. 9,281,151

LEVER ARM FOR A SHUNT TRIP DEVICE

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A shunt trip device for a circuit breaker having a trip bar for tripping the circuit breaker, comprising:
a housing having a bottom wall and a front wall;
a pivot pocket formed in the bottom wall;
a lever arm having a lever projection portion and a pivot portion, wherein the pivot portion is located in the pivot pocket
to enable rotation of the lever arm about a lever rotation axis between first and second positions wherein when the lever
arm is in the second position the lever projection portion moves the trip bar and trips the circuit breaker;

an actuation device for moving the lever arm to the second position; and
front and rear retention walls for stopping rotation of the lever arm in the second and first positions, respectively, wherein
the rear retention wall is located between a solenoid and the lever arm.

US Pat. No. 9,162,828

MAIL SORTER WITH OUTPUT CONTAINER EXCHANGE

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A method performed by a mail processing machine, the method comprising:
assigning a first delivery point and a second delivery point to a single output at the same time;
sorting a plurality of mail pieces, including at least a first mail piece sorted to the first delivery point and at least
a second mail piece sorted to the second delivery point;

placing both a first output container, associated with the first delivery point, and a second output container, associated
with the second delivery point, into a position proximate to the output;

while sorting, when the first mail piece reaches the output, moving the first output container into a first position to receive
the first mail piece from the output, and when the second mail piece reaches the output, moving the second output container
into a second position in place of the first output container, wherein the second position is substantially the same as the
first position, to receive the second mail piece from the output; and

continuing to exchange the first output container and the second output container at the output, by moving the first output
container into the first position in place of the second output container to receive the mail pieces sorted to the first delivery
point from the output and moving the second output container into the second position to receive the mail pieces sorted to
the second delivery point from the output.

US Pat. No. 9,124,078

METER SOCKET BLOCK ASSEMBLY

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A meter socket block assembly for a meter socket connected to a meter having at least one meter blade, wherein the meter
socket includes at least one conductor, comprising:
at least one lug and jaw body, the body having a lug portion and a first jaw portion which are integrally formed in one piece
and wherein the lug portion is connected to the conductor;

a second jaw portion attached to the first jaw portion to form a jaw for connecting to the meter blade;
a jaw guide for guiding insertion of the meter blade,
wherein the first jaw portion includes a wall having ridges configured to receive the jaw guide therebetween and to guide
the jaw guide in surrounding relation around the first and second jaw portions; and

a base for supporting the jaw and lug body.

US Pat. No. 9,248,849

APPARATUS FOR BI-DIRECTIONAL DOWNSTREAM ADJACENT CROSSING SIGNALING

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A first crossing predictor for operation at a first crossing, comprising:
a control unit;
a first port connected to the control unit, the first port being operable to receive a first signal from a second crossing
predictor, the first signal indicating whether the second crossing predictor has detected a train in an approach of the second
crossing predictor;

a second port connected to the control unit, the second port being operable to transmit a constant warning time signal to
a device located at a second crossing;

a transmitter connected to and under control of the control unit and being operable to transmit a second signal over the rails
of a train rack;

a receiver connected to and under control of the control unit and being operable to receive the second signal;
wherein the control unit is adapted to detect the presence of a train based on a characteristic of the second signal and determine
whether to transmit the constant warning time signal via the second port based at least in part on the first signal.

US Pat. No. 9,334,051

APPARATUS FOR SERVICING A DETECTOR OF A FIRE SAFETY SYSTEM

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. An aerial platform for servicing a detector comprising:
a frame;
a gas canister attached to the frame, the gas canister having gas therein;
a gas delivery cup seated directly on and affixed to the frame and in fluid communication with the gas canister, wherein gas
from the gas canister is capable of being selectively released into the gas delivery cup to test the detector; and

a drone attached to the frame, the drone capable of flying the frame under remote control by an operator to the detector.

US Pat. No. 10,143,104

ADAPTIVE MOUNTING RAIL AND MOUNTING ASSEMBLIES FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICES

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. An adaptive mounting rail for an electronic device comprising:a base element comprising a first side and a second side;
a plurality of rails disposed on the first side of the base element for mounting an electronic device; and
a first adaptive mounting element disposed on the second side of the base element allowing to removably mount the adaptive mounting rail to a support mounting rail,
wherein the first adaptive mounting element comprises a top mounting hanger allowing the adaptive mounting rail to rest on a top rail of the support mounting rail, and
wherein the plurality of rails comprises bottom rails comprising threaded surfaces, the bottom rails being arranged so that the threaded surfaces face each other and form a gap for receiving bolts or screws used to fasten an electronic device.

US Pat. No. 9,319,101

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GROUND FAULT DETECTION IN A TRANSFORMER ISOLATED COMMUNICATION CHANNEL OF A NETWORK DEVICE

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A ground fault detection system for detecting a ground fault in a system having a first node, a second node, and a communication
channel between the first node and the second node, the ground fault detection system comprising:
a bias generator electrically connected to the communication channel system, the bias generator having a first connection
to ground and a second connection for output of a non-ground voltage, and the bias generator configured to establish a bias
voltage on a first portion of the communication channel and a second portion of the communication channel;

a first resistor electrically connected to the second connection of the bias generator to receive the non-ground voltage and
electrically connected to the first and second portions of the communication channel, the first resistor being connected between
the bias generator and the first and second portions of the communication channel; and

a first detector circuit configured to detect a first voltage across the first resistor and configured to output, based on
the detection of the first voltage, a signal indicative of whether the ground fault exists in the communication channel system.

US Pat. No. 9,278,456

HIGH SPEED TRAVERSING SHEAR

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A trim shear for trimming the front and tail ends of a hot rolled product exiting from a rolling mill along a mill pass
line and travelling at either high or low speeds, depending on the size of the product being rolled, said trim shear comprising:
a trim station having a high speed a set of trim knives configured and arranged to trim the front and tail ends of high speed
products, and a different low speed set of trim knives disposed laterally from said high speed set of trim knives and configured
and arranged to trim the front and tail ends of low speed products, wherein said high speed set of trim knives comprises continuously
rotatable front end trim knives laterally spaced from continuously rotatable tail end trim knives by a high speed pass through
devoid of trim knives, and wherein said low speed set of trim knives comprises continuously rotatable front end trim knives
laterally spaced from continuously rotatable tail end trim knives by a low speed pass through path devoid of trim knives;
a chopping station arranged in series with said trim station along the mill pass line, said chopping station having a set
of high speed chopping knives configured and arranged to chop the front and tail ends of high speed products, and a different
set of low speed chopping knives configured and arranged to chop the front and tail ends of low speed products, wherein said
high speed sets of chopping knives comprises continuously rotatable front end chopping knives laterally spaced from continuously
rotatable tail end chopping knives by a high speed pass through path devoid of chopping knives, and wherein said low speed
set of chopping knives comprises continuously rotatable front end chopping knives laterally spaced from continuously rotatable
tail end chopping knives by a low speed pass through path devoid of chopping knives; the high and low speed pass through paths
of said sets of high and low speed chopping knives being aligned respectively with the high and low speed pass through paths
of said sets of high and low speed trim knives; and,

traversing means operable to shift both said trim station and said chopping station transversely in unison with respect to
the mill pass line.

US Pat. No. 9,218,523

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING AUTHORSHIP OF A DOCUMENT

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A method for determining authorship of a handwritten document for which the authorship is not known, the method performed
by at least one data processing system, comprising:
scanning a document to produce a first scanned image of the document, wherein the first scanned image is a wide-spectrum color
image of the document;

identifying stylus information corresponding to the document from the first scanned image, the stylus information corresponding
to a type of a stylus used to produce the document and indicating physical characteristics of the stylus or an ink used by
the stylus to produce the document;

identifying authorship information corresponding to the document;
determining an authorship of the document based on the stylus information and the authorship information; and
storing the stylus information, authorship information, and authorship of the document.

US Pat. No. 9,270,033

LUG RETENTION ARRANGEMENT

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A lug arrangement for electrically connecting a conductor to a terminal of an electrical power distribution device, comprising:
a lug including a lug opening and first and second holes wherein the lug opening includes a conductor opening for receiving
the conductor and a slot for receiving the terminal;

a lug screw threadably engaged with the first hole for compressing the conductor against the terminal; and
a lug retainer for insertion into both the second hole and a third hole formed in the terminal wherein the lug retainer includes
at least one moveable protrusion for engaging the second hole to attach the lug retainer to the lug thereby inhibiting movement
of the lug relative to the terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,124,090

COMBINED CIRCUIT BREAKER AND DC POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A circuit breaker, comprising:
an AC line connector;
an AC load connector;
a tripping module coupled between the AC line connector and the AC load connector, the tripping module configured to interrupt
power between the AC line connector and the AC load connector in response to sensing an electrical condition between the AC
line connector and the AC load connector;

a DC power supply circuit having an input and an output, the input coupled between the tripping module and the AC load connector,
and the output configured to provide a DC voltage;

a DC load connector coupled to the output of the DC power supply circuit; and
a housing containing the AC line connector, the AC load connector, the tripping module, the DC power supply circuit, and the
DC load connector.

US Pat. No. 9,095,974

MATERIAL CAROUSEL

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

9. A material carousel, comprising:
a hub having a polygonal shape wherein the hub is fabricated from a low friction material; and
a plurality of equally spaced arms extending from the hub, wherein each arm is adapted to hold cable or harness assemblies
or includes a bin for holding materials used for production operations and wherein each arm is press fit into the hub;

a support column extending through the hub, wherein the hub is adapted to rotate about the support column and wherein rotation
of the hub rotates the arms in an arm rotation path about the support column;

an adjustable support collar for supporting the hub on the support column; and
a peg mechanism having a plurality of downwardly extending resilient pegs wherein the pegs are located in the arm rotation
path and wherein the arms strike the pegs during rotation of the arms to stop rotation of the arms.

US Pat. No. 9,271,421

ADAPTER FOR ARC RESISTANT MOTOR CONTROL CENTER

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. An adapter plate of a motor control center (MCC) configured such that a plenum and an expansion chamber are mountable to
the adapter plate, the adapter plate comprising:
a frame comprising:
a top, a bottom, and at least one side, the at least one side at least partially defining an outer perimeter of the frame;
at least one opening extending from the top to the bottom, the at least one opening at least partially defining an inner perimeter
of the frame;

a plurality of first connection locations disposed along the frame, the plenum being mountable to the adapter plate at the
plurality of first connection locations; and

a plurality of second connection locations disposed along the frame, the expansion chamber being mountable to the adapter
plate at the plurality of second connection locations,

wherein the plenum is mounted to the adapter plate via the plurality of first connection locations, or the expansion chamber
is mounted to the adapter plate via the plurality of second connection locations.

US Pat. No. 9,124,077

METER SOCKET AND LOAD CENTER COMBINATION APPARATUS, ELECTRICAL DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS, AND METHODS OF ASSEMBLY

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A meter socket, load center combination apparatus, comprising:
an enclosure having a back side, a first side, and a second side;
a meter socket section having a meter socket configured to receive a utility meter;
a load center section having a panelboard with a plurality of locations configured to receive one or more circuit interface
devices;

a cross-bus connection section extending between the first and second sides and located between the meter socket section and
the load center section, the cross bus connection section surrounding one or more cross bus bars and having one or more side
openings configured to allow electrical connection to the one or more cross bus bars; and

a main circuit breaker coupled between the panelboard and the meter socket,
wherein the main circuit breaker is mounted in front of the cross bus housing.

US Pat. No. 9,117,614

CIRCUIT INTERCONNECT ATTACHING APPARATUS, ATTACHING ASSEMBLIES, AND METHODS OF CONNECTING CIRCUIT INTERCONNECT DEVICES

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A circuit interconnect attaching apparatus, comprising:
a body adapted to couple to a circuit interconnect device, the body having a first end and a second end;
one or more frame connector coupled to the first end of the body, wherein the one or more frame connector includes one or
more recesses configured to enable the one or more frame connector to engagingly rotate with respect to one or more frame
rail in operative connection with one or more bus bar;

at least one tab portion positioned on an outer surface of the second end of the body, wherein the at least one tab portion
is adapted for accepting at least one fastener member; and

one or more bus connector configured to connect to or disconnect from the one or more bus bar responsive to a rotational motion
of the body and the circuit interconnect device with the one or more frame connector in rotatable engagement with the one
or more frame rail.

US Pat. No. 9,701,011

METHOD FOR ROBOTIC ENERGY SAVING TOOL SEARCH

Siemens Industry Software...

1. A method for product data management, the method performed by a data processing system and comprising:
receiving inputs including one or more of robot information, tooling information, operation information, and position information;
generating a list of tooling candidates for a robot required to complete one or more tasks for a complex operation and a task
location for each of the one or more tasks in the complex operation;

removing a tooling candidate from the list of tooling candidates when the robot cannot reach every task location on a path
required by the complex operation when using that tooling candidate;

adjusting the path to remove one or more collision events;
calculating a total energy consumption value for each remaining tooling candidate; and
operating the robot using an optimal tooling based on the tooling candidate with a lowest total energy consumption.

US Pat. No. 9,090,268

POINT LUG AND RAIL MOUNT CONNECTIONS FOR A RAILROAD POINT MACHINE APPARATUS

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A connection assembly adapted to connect a point rail to a shaft of a point machine, said assembly comprising:
a yoke having a top and a pair of sides extending from the top, the sides being spaced apart from each other by a predetermined
distance and having a slot; and

a point lug assembly having a first end connected to a top surface of the top of the yoke and a second end adapted to be connected
to the point rail,

wherein the yoke is adapted to receive an end of the shaft within the space between the sides and the slots are adapted to
receive a transverse connecting mechanism used to maintain the end of the shaft in a slidable arrangement within the space
between the slots.

US Pat. No. 9,476,943

SOLENOID STATUS DETERMINATION METHODS AND SYSTEMS

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. An operational condition sensing system for determining the status of a solenoid, comprising:
a current sensor configured to measure a plurality of parameters associated with a current conducting through the solenoid
during operation for a stroke, the parameters including an end of stroke time (Tend), an end of stroke current (Iend), a reference time (Tref), a reference current (Iref), and an instantaneous current (I(t));

a memory configured to store the measured plurality of parameters during operation for the stroke in an array for subsequent
comparison and analysis;

a control module coupled to the current sensor, the control module capable of detecting and reporting a mechanical failure
and an obstruction which prevents operation of the solenoid, the control module is configured to receive measured parameters
from the memory and operable to compare the measured parameters to predetermined reference parameters to determine the status
of the solenoid,

wherein the solenoid is determined to be in a first state if Tend is less than or equal to a first threshold time (Tgood) but greater than a second threshold time (Tmin),

wherein the solenoid is determined to be in a second state if Tend is greater than Tgood, but less than or equal to a third threshold time (Tmax),

wherein the solenoid is determined to be in a third state if Tend is greater than Tmax or if Tend cannot be identified,

wherein the solenoid is determined to be in a fourth state if Iref is greater than a maximum rated coil current (Icoil max) and no Tend is determined, and

wherein the solenoid is determined to be in a fifth state if Iref is less than a minimum rated coil current (Icoil min); and

a display coupled to the control module, the display is configured to display the status of the solenoid for assisting in
maintenance or troubleshooting of the solenoid based on the mechanical failure and the obstruction of the solenoid.

US Pat. No. 9,189,957

SINGLE CYCLE OFFSET ADJUSTMENT FOR TRAFFIC SIGNAL CONTROLLERS USING A THRESHOLD PERCENTAGE OF THE CYCLE LENGTH

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A method for performing a single cycle offset adjustment of a traffic signal comprising:
receiving a current signal control plan and a new signal control plan;
calculating an offset between the current signal control plan and the new signal control plan;
determining if the offset is less than a threshold percentage of a cycle length of the new signal control plan;
based on determining that the offset is less than the threshold percentage of the cycle length of the new signal control plan,
reducing a time period of each phase of a next cycle of the new signal control plan;

based on determining that the offset is greater than or equal to the threshold percentage of the cycle length of the new signal
control plan, increasing the time period of each phase of the next cycle of the new signal control plan; and

executing the new signal control plan.

US Pat. No. 9,440,264

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR WEIGHING MAIL PIECES

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A computer implemented method for determining the weights of flat articles being sorted, comprising:
receiving sensor information resulting in data for individual flat articles, which data comprises classifier physical attributes
other than weight of the flat articles;

building a mathematical three-dimensional surface model of each flat article based on the data;
comparing each three-dimensional surface model to historical models stored in computer memory;
comparing the data to classifiers stored in the computer memory; and
assigning a weight value to each flat article based on classifier matches and the comparison of the three-dimensional models
with the historical models.

US Pat. No. 9,434,268

ELECTRICAL DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM RECHARGING STATION FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. An electric vehicle recharger, comprising:
an electric vehicle charging connector having first and second connector pins for electrical connection with a charging outlet
of an electric vehicle;

a ground fault circuit interrupter located within a load center and having first and second line terminals and first and second
load terminals, the first and second line terminals respectively coupled to first and second electrical power phases received
at the load center, the load center configured to distribute power downstream of the load center and having at least first
and second phase busbars; and

a recharging station comprising:
an enclosure;
a contactor located within the enclosure and comprising a first separable contact coupled between the first load terminal
and the first connector pin, and a second separable contact coupled between the second load terminal and the second connector
pin;

a recharger controller located within the enclosure and coupled to the contactor for selectively opening and closing the first
and second separable contacts to selectively transfer electrical power to the electric vehicle, the recharger controller including
at least one ground fault detection and monitoring function; and

first and second current sensing coils located within the enclosure and coupled to the recharger controller and between the
contactor and the electric vehicle charging connector, wherein the first current sensing coil is configured to supply metering
information to the recharger controller, and the second current sensing coil is configured to enable the at least one ground
fault detection and monitoring function; wherein:

the recharging station does not include a ground fault circuit interrupter.

US Pat. No. 9,658,263

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR MEASUREMENT AND VERIFICATION WEIGHTING WITH TEMPERATURE DISTRIBUTION

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A method in a data processing system for temperature weighting in energy-usage measurements, the method comprising:
identifying a number of days that each of a plurality of different temperatures occurred at a location during a period of
time;

identifying a baseline for initial energy usage at a building located in the location;
receiving measurements for energy usage at the building;
generating an expression for measured energy usage as a function of temperature by performing a regression analysis on the
measurements for energy usage;

identifying a difference between the baseline for initial energy usage and the expression for measured energy usage;
generating a weighting for the difference between baseline energy usage and the measured energy usage at one or more temperatures
based on the number of days the one or more temperatures occurred during the period of time; and

adjusting the baseline using the weighting for operating subsystems of the building to reduce an amount of energy consumption.

US Pat. No. 9,652,728

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR GENERATING A BUSINESS PROCESS CONTROL CHART FOR MONITORING BUILDING PROCESSES

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A method performed by one or more data processing systems to generate building process summary data depicting a process
over time, the method comprising:
receiving a process value and attribute information;
calculating, by the data processing system, statistical moments for the received data;
retrieving a “where used” database list for a specific process;
determining if received attribute information matches database record attributes;
where there is a match, adding calculated statistical moments for the received data into a current database record; and
while received attribute information matches additional database record attributes according to the “where used” database
list, storing calculated statistical moments for the received data into same or additional database records as building process
summary data.

US Pat. No. 9,364,875

SASH POSITION SENSOR USING IMAGE ANALYSIS

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A system for determining the area of a sash opening in a fume hood formed by at least one movable sash panel mounted over
a hood opening to an enclosure structure of the fume hood to reduce the area of the sash opening when the at least one sash
panel is moved in one direction or to expand the area of the sash opening when moved in the other direction to pro vide access
to a work surface in the fume hood enclosure space, the system comprising:
a camera mounted in a fume hood enclosure space to capture an image of at least a portion of the hood opening;
an area determining function configured to receive a digital representation of the image, to analyze the image by detecting
edges in the image, to identify image edges corresponding to edges of the sash opening, and to determine the area of the sash
opening by applying a scaling value to the area formed by the image edges corresponding to the area of the sash opening.

US Pat. No. 9,310,786

AUTOMATED DEMAND RESPONSE SCHEDULING TO REDUCE ELECTRICAL LOADS

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A method of reducing an electrical load in a facility with a building automation system, the method comprising:
receiving a demand response message related to a demand response event via a computer connected to a network, the demand response
message identifying at least one demand response mode for the demand response event;

determining at least one device of the building automation system to be controlled during the demand response event based
on an association between the at least one device and the at least one demand response mode for the demand response event;

responsive to receiving the demand response message, automatically generating a schedule of a plurality of control actions
for the at least one device for execution in association with the demand response event, wherein the schedule of control actions
is generated based at least in part on a demand response control period associated with the plurality of the control actions;

determining whether at least one schedule conflict exists for a first control action and a second control action from the
schedule of control actions, wherein execution of the first control action would cause the at least one device to operate
differently than the second control action during the associated demand response control period; and

sending control messages to the building automation system to execute the control actions for the at least one device according
to the schedule of control actions for the demand response event.

US Pat. No. 9,841,278

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RESOLVING INFORMATION ABOUT A ROTOR COMPRISING A MEASURING DEVICE FOR MEASURING AND RECORDING IN A FIXED ROTOR STATE WITHOUT VIBRATION DUE TO ROTATION

Siemens Industry Software...

1. A system for resolving information about a rotor, the system comprising:
a circumference of the rotor, the circumference having a repeating pattern thereon, wherein the repeating pattern has multiple
repeating segments;

a contactless sensor directed to the pattern during rotation of the rotor;
a measuring device configured for measuring and recording, in a fixed rotor state without vibration due to rotation, one or
more of:

an angular period of every segment of the repeating pattern;
a width of every segment of the repeating pattern; and
an output signal of the contactless sensor signal by moving the sensor along every segment of the repeating pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,741,162

FUNCTIONAL VISUALIZATION IN SYSTEM-LEVEL MULTI-DOMAIN SIMULATORS

Siemens Industry Software...

1. A method for visualizing functions of a system based on data from a simulation environment, comprising:
importing a functional model of the system from the simulation environment, including a plurality of function nodes and a
plurality of connections, each connection linking two of the function nodes;

for each of the function nodes, creating a function configuration triple including a function description, a system component
with which the function is associated, and at least one system variable with which the function is associated;

for each of the connections, creating a connection configuration triple including a source function and a destination function
selected from the function nodes, and a type of flow associated with the connection;

generating a functional visualization file from the function configuration triples and the connection configuration triples;
including in the functional visualization file, a subscription list of variables associated with each of the functions of
the function configuration triples;

subscribing to retrieve values for each of the system variables in the subscription list based on the function configuration
triples from the simulation environment; and

displaying a functional visualization based on the functional visualization file and the system variables.

US Pat. No. 9,809,237

GATE CROSSING ARM COLLISION DETECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A detection and warning system for a railroad crossing, the system comprising:
a sensor configured to be mounted on an underside of a gate arm of a railroad crossing gate to detect a presence of a vehicle
or other object that is obstructing the railroad crossing, the sensor including a sensing strip;

a sensing circuit coupled to the sensing strip to detect an event of contact being made between the vehicle or the object
and the sensing strip of the sensor; and

a communication interface coupled to the sensor,
wherein in response to a detection of the vehicle or the other object, the communication interface relays to a locomotive
approaching the railroad crossing a warning signal indicative of a possible collision on the railroad crossing with the vehicle
or the other object,

wherein the communication interface to relay the warning signal to a control interface of a locomotive engine, and
wherein the sensing circuit is configured to operate in a fail-safe mode in that a reduce speed command is broadcast to all
oncoming trains in case of a transmit condition when a collision or a circuit compromise is detected and no command is broadcast
in case of a do not transmit condition when no collision is detected or the sensing circuit is functioning properly.

US Pat. No. 9,594,606

RUNTIME EXTENSION FRAMEWORK

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A system comprising:
an event manager, at a computing device, adapted to direct events received from a human machine interface to a plurality of
event handlers;

a plurality of external event handlers adapted to receive and process events associated with implementing a protocol translation
for at least one application program interface associated with a respective component, the protocol translation translating
commands from the event manager having no inherent meaning to the respective component into commands that can later be ascertained
by the respective component and supporting an extension of application behavior of the at least one application program interface,
wherein each of the plurality of external event handlers is subscribed to receive a respective event or category of event
from the event manager and each of the plurality of external event handlers is adapted to perform a protocol translation associated
with the respective event or category of event to which that external event handler is subscribed; and

at least one internal event handler adapted to receive events related to an extension of the human interface supporting the
protocol translation and process the events to facilitate the extension of the human machine interface.

US Pat. No. 9,368,296

FUSIBLE SWITCH ASSEMBLIES, AND LOAD BASE ASSEMBLIES, LINE BASE ASSEMBLIES, LINE BUS CONNECTOR ASSEMBLIES, FUSE CLIP ASSEMBLIES, FUSE CLIP AND LUG ASSEMBLIES, AND OPERATIONAL METHODS THEREOF

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A load base assembly, comprising:
a load base; and
one or more fuse clip and lug assembly coupled to the load base, the fuse clip and lug assembly including:
a lug body including a first lug configured to receive a first electrical wire, and a second lug configured to receive a second
electrical wire,

first and second slide features formed in the lug body,
first and second sliding nuts configured to be received in the slide first and second slide features, and
a fuse clip at least partially formed by the lug body between the first lug and the second lug,
wherein the fuse clip includes a domed support surface to prevent plastic deformation of a spring member and allow elastic
deformation of the spring member, and

wherein one end of the first and second sliding nuts include one or more stops that interface with and abut the lug body and
function to limit an amount of insertion of the first and second sliding nuts into the first and second slide features.

US Pat. No. 9,496,111

PRONG-LESS NEUTRAL CONNECTOR ASSEMBLIES, CIRCUIT BREAKERS INCLUDING PRONG-LESS NEUTRAL CONNECTOR, PANEL BOARDS WITH FLEXIBLE NEUTRAL BARS, AND NEUTRAL CONNECTION METHODS

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. Neutral connector assembly for a circuit breaker, comprising:
a connector body including a first contact portion configured to make electrical connection with a neutral bar, a second portion
having a neutral conductor connected thereto, the connector body being prong-less and immovably mounted to a molded case portion
of the circuit breaker,

wherein the first contact portion is located on a bottom side of the circuit breaker and towards a load side of an electronic
pole, the bottom side of the circuit breaker is configured to mount to a front side of a panel board and

wherein the first contact portion having a mating surface that is flush with the bottom side of the circuit breaker.

US Pat. No. 9,440,661

INTEGRATED CEILING ASSEMBLY FOR RAILCARS

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A ceiling assembly for a vehicle comprising:
a one-piece extruded component mountable to a ceiling of a vehicle, wherein in a cross-section through the one-piece extruded
component, the one-piece extruded component includes:

a vertical wall;
at least one flange extending laterally from the vertical wall, which at least one flange is configured to mount to the ceiling
of the vehicle;

at least one cable duct and at least two C-rails that extend vertically below the at least one flange; and
a housing configured to receive a lighting installation therein,
wherein in the cross-section:
the at least one cable duct includes an opening that faces upwardly; and
the at least two C-rails include respective openings facing outwardly of the one-piece extruded component;
a translucent cover mountable across an opening to the housing; and
at least one interior paneling configured to mount to at least one of the C-rails in an arrangement in which the at least
one interior paneling extends downwardly from the one-piece extruded component along a body shell of an interior room of the
vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,406,466

EXPANSION CHAMBERS FOR CIRCUIT BREAKERS

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A circuit breaker comprising:
first and second electrical contacts, the contacts adapted to generate an electrical arc during separation, at least one of
the first and second electrical contacts being a movable electrical contact; and

an expansion chamber disposed adjacent to at least one of the first and second electrical contacts such that an arcing space
is defined by the first electrical contact and the second electrical contact when the first and second electrical contacts
are separated,

wherein the expansion chamber includes an opening configured to permit air flow between the arcing space and a chamber of
the expansion chamber and further includes a one-way valve configured to permit either a higher rate of air flow from the
arcing space into the chamber of the expansion chamber than from the chamber of the expansion chamber into the arcing space
or a lower rate of air flow from the arcing space into the chamber of the expansion chamber than from the chamber of the expansion
chamber into the arcing space.

US Pat. No. 9,261,299

DISTRIBUTED MICROSYSTEMS-BASED CONTROL METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR COMMERCIAL REFRIGERATION

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. An arrangement for use in a refrigeration system, the refrigeration system comprising a plurality of refrigeration devices
including a compressor, a condenser, at least one evaporator unit, and at least one expansion valve, the arrangement comprising:
a first microsystem including a first MEMs sensor configured to measure a first air temperature associated with a first of
the plurality of refrigeration devices;

a first controller configured to generate a first actuator control signal based at least in part directly or indirectly on
the first air temperature measurement;

a second microsystem including a second MEMs sensor configured to measure a second air temperature associated with a second
of the plurality of refrigeration devices;

a second controller configured to generate a second actuator control signal based at least in part directly or indirectly
on the second temperature measurement; and

a pressure regulation device having a device input coupled to refrigerant outputs of both the first and second refrigeration
devices and a device output coupled to the compressor;

a third controller configures to generate a third actuator control signal based at least in part on the first air temperature
measurement and the second air temperature measurement, wherein the pressure regulation device is configured to regulate the
pressure in the first and second refrigeration devices based on the third actuator control signal;

wherein the first refrigeration device comprises a first evaporator and a first expansion valve that provides refrigerant
to the first evaporator and wherein the arrangement further includes a first liquid line solenoid valve operably connected
to provide refrigerant to the first expansion valve, the first liquid line solenoid valve including a first actuator configured
to alter an operation of the first liquid line solenoid valve based on the first actuator control signal; and

wherein the second refrigeration device comprises a second evaporator and a second expansion valve that provides refrigerant
to the second evaporator wherein the arrangement further includes a second liquid line solenoid valve operably connected to
provide refrigerant to the second expansion valve, the second liquid line solenoid valve including a second actuator configured
to alter an operation of the second liquid line solenoid valve based on the second actuator control signal.

US Pat. No. 9,922,144

ENERGY AND CYCLE TIME EFFICIENCY BASED METHOD FOR ROBOT POSITIONING

Siemens Industry Software...

1. A method for product data management, the method performed by a data processing system and comprising:
receiving inputs including one or more of robot information, operation information, position information, and constraint information;
generating a list of candidate positions of a robot based on the robot information and the position information;
for each candidate position, determining a time value of the candidate position and when the time value of the candidate position
does not meet a threshold cycle time value, removing the candidate position from the list of candidate positions;

for each candidate position, determining an energy consumption value of the candidate position;
for each candidate position, determining one or more of a rating and a ranking for the candidate position based on the time
value and the energy consumption value;

determining an optimal position of the robot based on the ranking of each candidate position; and
positioning the robot in the optimal position.

US Pat. No. 9,610,959

MONITORING SYSTEM, WAYSIDE LED SIGNALING DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR MONITORING A WAYSIDE LED SIGNALING DEVICE

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A monitoring system for a wayside signaling device comprising:
a light emitting diode (LED) circuit comprising at least one LED, a LED driver unit for driving the at least one LED, and
a mechanism for connecting and disconnecting the LED circuit;

an optical light sensing circuit comprising at least one light-controlled variable resistor operably coupled to a resistor
driver unit comprising relay functionality; and

a vital processing system, the LED circuit and the optical light sensing circuit being operably connected to the vital processing
system,

wherein the LED circuit and the sensing circuit are arranged such that the at least one light-controlled variable resistor
monitors an output of the at least one LED, and that the relay functionality triggers the mechanism to connect or disconnect
the LED circuit based on the output of the at least one LED, and

wherein the LED circuit further comprises a passive inductor arranged in series with the at least one LED, and a passive bandpass
filter arranged in parallel with an output of the vital processing system for performing cold filament checks.

US Pat. No. 9,604,257

AUTOMATED WASTE MAIL VERIFICATION

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A method for automatically sorting undeliverable as addressed (UAA) mail, comprising:
capturing a first image of a first UAA mail piece with a camera connected to an automated mail transport to create first image
data;

passing the first image data to a waste verification system and performing optical character recognition on the first image
data using the waste verification system to produce a first character recognition data set;

classifying the first UAA mail piece as finalized in a classification category that is one of a forward to new address category,
a return to sender category, a waste category, or a send for manual handling category;

placing a label on the first UAA mail piece based on the classification category;
when the first UAA mail piece is finalized in the waste category, then:
testing the first character recognition data set compared to the label to determine whether the first UAA mail piece is a
verified waste mail piece; and

if the first UAA mail piece is a verified waste mail piece, then routing the first UAA mail piece into a first bin, and
if the first UAA mail piece is not a verified waste mail piece, then routing the first UAA mail piece to a second bin.

US Pat. No. 9,605,856

AIR PRESSURE CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A pressurization control system configured to regulate air pressure within a space, the system comprising:
an air supply source fluidly coupled to a damper;
a room controller configured to provide an incremental control signal to the damper, the room controller includes:
a flow controller configured to generate a flow feedback signal; and
a pressure controller configured to generate a pressure feedback signal, wherein the pressure feedback signal is generated
independent from the flow feedback signal;

wherein the room controller is configured to:
generate a flow control signal based on the flow feedback signal and a pressure control signal based on the independently
generated pressure feedback signal; and

generate the incremental control signal as a function of the generated flow control signal without the generated pressure
control signal in a first condition and as a function of the generated pressure control signal without the generated flow
control signal in a second condition.

US Pat. No. 9,527,119

SYSTEM FOR DETECTING A POSITION OF A FUME HOOD SASH

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A method for determining a height of a sash opening formed by a movable sash relative to an edge defining one end of a
cutout in a fume hood, wherein air flowing through the sash opening has a face velocity, comprising:
providing a laser device located on the hood to provide unobstructed access to a work area that forms the sash opening;
providing a target element on the sash in line with a light emitting axis of the laser device;
positioning the sash in a closed position wherein when the sash is in the closed position the target element is moved to a
corresponding position indicating that the sash is closed;

measuring a first distance between the laser device and the target element when the sash is in the closed position;
positioning the sash in an open position to form the sash opening wherein when the sash is in the open position the target
element is moved to a corresponding position indicating that the sash is opened;

measuring a second distance between the laser device and the target element when the sash is in the open position; and
determining the sash height based on a difference between the first and second distances wherein the determined sash height
is used to adjust air flow to maintain the face velocity within a desired range.

US Pat. No. 9,455,110

TWO-POLE CIRCUIT BREAKERS

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A multi-pole circuit breaker comprising:
a first mechanical pole comprising a first armature having a first armature extension;
a second mechanical pole comprising a second armature having a second armature extension; and
an electronic pole comprising a first solenoid and a second solenoid, the electronic pole including a trip detection circuit
including:

a first current and voltage monitor circuit that monitors a first current and a first voltage on the first mechanical pole,
and

a second current and voltage monitor circuit that monitors a second current and a second voltage on the second mechanical
pole,

wherein the trip detection circuit generates a first trip signal to trip the second mechanical pole when the first current
and the first voltage are substantially zero and the trip detection circuit generates a second trip signal to trip the first
mechanical pole when the second current and the second voltage are substantially zero to common trip both the first mechanical
pole and the second mechanical pole without using a trip bar in response to an arc fault and/or a ground fault that occurs
on the first mechanical pole and/or the second mechanical pole,

wherein the first armature extension is disposed adjacent the first solenoid, and the second armature is disposed adjacent
the second solenoid.

US Pat. No. 9,401,961

CLOUD-ENHANCED TRAFFIC CONTROLLER

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A method for controlling a traffic signal with a cloud-enhanced traffic controller, the method comprising:
assigning a unique identification to the cloud-enhanced traffic controller;
storing a connection agent in a memory of the cloud-enhanced traffic controller;
connecting the cloud-enhanced traffic controller to the traffic signal and to a communications network;
based upon detecting that the cloud-enhanced traffic controller is connected to the communications network, automatically
establishing by the connection agent a secure connection to a web service using stored preconfigured configuration to provide
access to the cloud-enhanced traffic controller by indirectly connecting the cloud-enhanced traffic controller to the Internet
via the web service without a customer needing to supply an IP address, wherein the secure connection to the web service is
secured using a trusted certificate stored in the memory;

transmitting by the connection agent the unique identification for self identifying to the web service with the unique identification
of the cloud-enhanced traffic controller and a status information of the cloud-enhanced traffic controller to the web service;
and

querying the web service by the connection agent for receiving instructions over the communications network for the cloud-enhanced
traffic controller.

US Pat. No. 9,349,555

CURRENT LIMITED ELECTRICAL DEVICES, ELECTRICAL DEVICE CONTACT ASSEMBLIES, AND OPERATIONAL METHODS

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. An electrical device contact assembly, comprising:
a first electrical contact;
a second electrical contact separable from the first electrical contact along a separation path; and
a magnetic field generator configured as part of a line conductor and oriented and operable to produce a magnetic field including
magnetic field lines acting on the separation path wherein the magnetic field lines acting on the separation path are substantially
parallel to the separation path during a short circuit event.

US Pat. No. 9,338,238

OPERATION SCHEDULER FOR A BUILDING AUTOMATION SYSTEM

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A building automation control system configured to manage and control multiple automation components coupled via a building
automation network, the building automation control system comprising:
a processor;
a memory in communication with the processor, the memory configured to store a building automation control tool as one or
more processor implementable instructions and wherein the processor implementable instructions are configured to:

receive a first operational schedule related to operation of a first automation device, the first operational schedule comprising
a first start time and a first stop time for the first automation device, and a report or collection routine start time;

receive a second operational schedule comprising a second start time and a second stop time related to the operation of a
second automation device;

recognize the first and second start and stop times associated with the first and second operational schedules, respectively;
and

generate a unified schedule that:
displays the first operational schedule as a first time period that extends between the first start time and the first stop
time, and a point when the report or collection routine starts; and

displays the second operational schedule as a second time period that extends between the second start time and the second
stop time,

wherein the second time period is aligned relative to the first time period.

US Pat. No. 9,653,954

ELECTRIC MACHINE ROTOR WITH ROTOR VENT AND AXIAL SLOT FLUID COMMUNICATION

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A rotor of an electric machine, comprising:
laminations bonded to form first and second core elements, each of the first and second core elements including an annular
array of teeth defining annular arrays of leakage notches, axial slots and rotor bar openings,

wherein the first and second core elements comprise outer diameter retention elements formed by partial opposite flanges defining
the leakage notches such that each rotor bar opening is positioned radially between a corresponding leakage notch and an axial
slot, and each rotor bar opening being configured to retain a rotor bar therein; and

a spacer element interposed between the first and second core elements to define a rotor vent opening fluidly communicative
with the axial slots and the leakage notches, the spacer element comprising an annular spacer hub portion and an annular array
of spacer teeth, the annular array of spacer teeth extending radially outwardly from the spacer hub portion,

wherein the annular array of spacer teeth is aligned with the annular array of teeth, and
wherein each of the spacer teeth comprises an airfoil-shaped body with a distal portion that tapers with increasing radial
distance from the spacer hub portion.

US Pat. No. 9,637,263

FILM-WRAPPED BUNDLE OPENER

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A method for automated opening polyfilm wrapping on a package, comprising:
providing a plurality of packages moving on a conveyer that are each wrapped at least in part in a polyfilm wrapping, wherein
the contents of each package are one of magazines, mailpieces, paper, cardboard, bottles, glass, or cans;

providing an automated machine tool having a rubbing surface, the machine tool comprising a hardware controller preprogrammed
with parameters to allow controlled automatic opening of the package, wherein the rubbing surface is a friction belt configured
to be rotated by a motor, wherein the friction belt is mounted on a drive roller driven by the motor and an idler roller,
the friction belt being supported by a frame;

lowering the frame by an actuator coupled to the frame, thereby lowering an end of the friction belt, and a section of the
end of the friction belt comes in contact with a surface of the polyfilm wrapping of each package on the conveyer;

applying the rubbing surface to the polyfilm wrapping of each package on the conveyer;
controlling movement, using the hardware controller, of the rubbing surface and application of the rubbing surface to the
polyfilm wrapping of each package, the hardware controller being configured to control the motor and the actuator; and

creating an opening in the polyfilm wrapping of each package caused substantially by friction heat via the rubbing surface
rotating and moving relative to the polyfilm wrapping of each package, without damaging the contents of each package, the
parameters preprogrammed in the hardware controller including a dwell time required to generate the friction heat to produce
the opening of each package.

US Pat. No. 9,601,295

BREAKER TRIPPING MECHANISMS, CIRCUIT BREAKERS, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS OF USING SAME

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A circuit breaker, comprising:
a housing containing a moveable electrical contact;
an electronic processing circuit in a form of a printed circuit board; and
a tripping mechanism coupled to the moveable electrical contact, the tripping mechanism including a tripping unit including:
a magnet,
a bimetal member extending alongside of the magnet,
an armature pivotable on the magnet, the armature having an engagement portion that engages with the bimetal member at a moveable
end of the bimetal member, wherein the armature comprises a first end,

an arc chamber formed by a first housing portion and a center housing portion, the arc chamber defined by an end wall, and
an actuator that couples to the armature at the first end, the actuator is located in a pocket formed adjacent to the end
wall and the actuator is further located along a back side of the circuit breaker opposite from a handle side, and within
a space formed by an interaction of the first housing portion and the center housing portion, wherein the electronic processing
circuit is mounted in a pocket of the first housing portion or sandwiched between the first housing portion and the center
housing portion.

US Pat. No. 9,478,949

FUSIBLE METER STACK APPARATUS, MULTI-UNIT POWER DISTRIBUTION APPARATUS, AND OPERATIONAL METHODS

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A meter stack apparatus, comprising:
an enclosure having a first side and a second side;
a meter section including a stack of meter sockets to receive utility meters;
a cross bus connection section including cross bus bars extending between the first side and the second side, and having one
or more side openings to allow electrical connection to the cross bus bars;

a pull-out fusible switch contained within the enclosure;
riser bus bars coupled to a load side of the pull-out fusible switch and coupled to a line side of the meter sockets; and
connect bus bars directly coupled to a line side of the pull-out fusible switch and to the cross bus bars of the cross bus
connection section, wherein the connect bus bars having a lower portion that includes bends that couple via bolting to terminals
on the pull-out fusible switch.

US Pat. No. 9,429,606

INCREASING RESOLUTION OF RESISTANCE MEASUREMENTS

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A method of increasing resolution of resistance sensing, includes the steps of:
determining a maximum resistance position of a resistive device;
sensing a voltage that is generated by passing a current through the resistive device when the resistive device is at the
maximum resistance position;

increasing the current generated by a variable current source by increasing the current value, until the voltage that is sensed
is near a maximum voltage;

storing the current value used by the variable current source associated with the maximum voltage as a first current value;
determining a minimum resistance position of the resistive device;
sensing the voltage that is generated by passing the current through the resistive device when the resistive device is at
the minimum resistance position;

decreasing the current generated by the variable current source by decreasing the current value, until the voltage that is
sensed is near a minimum voltage when the device the resistance position;

storing the current value used by the variable current source associated with minimum voltage as a second current value;
determining a maximum resolution step value derived from the minimum resistance position and maximum resistance position;
and

changing the current value used by the variable current as the resistance value changes by the maximum resolution step value.

US Pat. No. 9,361,513

SORTING SYSTEM USING WEARABLE INPUT DEVICE

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

6. A wearable device configured to wirelessly communicate with a mail processing system, the wearable device comprising:
a processor;
an accessible memory;
a speaker;
a display; and
a camera,
the wearable device configured to
determine that the camera is directed at a mail piece, wherein the wearable device is carried by a user's head and the wearable
device determines that the camera is directed at the mail piece when the user's head is directed toward the mail piece;

automatically capture an image of the mail piece by the camera when the user looks at the mail piece; and
transmit the image to the mail processing system,
wherein a user wearing the wearable device is notified of a sort location at the mail processing system that corresponds to
the mail piece when the user moves to place the mail piece in a case having a plurality of receptacles for receiving mail
pieces, the sort location being transmitted by the mail processing system to the wearable device to be presented to the user
wearing the wearable device by displaying a feedback indicator of the sort location using the display or by activating an
indicator proximate to the sort location, and

wherein the accessible memory stores pre-recorded audio feedback.

US Pat. No. 9,215,100

ISOLATED DATA ACQUISITION

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A data acquisition circuit comprising:
a transformer comprising a primary winding in communication with a primary side of the data acquisition circuit and a secondary
winding in communication with a secondary side of the data acquisition circuit;

a push switch on the primary side of the data acquisition circuit;
a pull switch on the primary side of the data acquisition circuit;
a control and data decode logic element connected on the primary side of the data acquisition circuit and constructed and
arranged to

supply a control signal to the primary winding of the transformer by alternately opening and closing the push switch and the
pull switch; and

receive data;
a first analog to digital converter circuit connected on the secondary side of the data acquisition circuit and constructed
and arranged to receive a first analog signal and output a first data signal indicating that the first analog signal has been
received to the secondary winding of the transformer;

a second analog to digital converter circuit connected on the secondary side of the data acquisition circuit and constructed
and arranged to receive a second analog signal and output a second data signal indicating that the second analog signal has
been received to the secondary winding of the transformer; and

a data demodulator circuit connected on the primary side of the data acquisition circuit and constructed and arranged to:
receive a pull modulation signal from the primary winding of the transformer when the pull switch is closed and when the control
signal is being supplied to the primary winding of the transformer, the pull modulation signal substantially comprising the
first data signal;

receive a push modulation signal from the primary winding of the transformer when the push switch is closed and when the control
signal is being supplied to the primary winding of the transformer, the push modulation signal substantially comprising the
second data signal;

detect a voltage dependent on a current of the pull modulation signal;
detect a voltage dependent on a current of the push modulation signal;
compare the voltage dependent on the current of the push modulation signal to a threshold voltage and output a result of the
push modulation comparison to the control and data decode logic element; and

compare the voltage dependent on the current of the pull modulation signal to the threshold voltage and output a result of
the pull modulation comparison to the control and data decode logic element;

wherein the control and data decode logic element is further configured to:
identify a binary logic state of the first analog to digital converter circuit output from the result of the pull modulation
comparison; and

identify a binary logic state of the second analog to digital converter circuit output from the result of the push modulation
comparison.

US Pat. No. 9,995,640

SYSTEMS, DEVICES, AND/OR METHODS FOR MANAGING A THERMOCOUPLE MODULE

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A system comprising:one or more thermocouples that transmit calibration voltage values and a thermocouple voltage value;
a thermocouple input module communicatively coupled to the one or more thermocouples;
a programmable logic controller (PLC) communicatively coupled to the thermocouple input module; and
firmware stored in the thermocouple input module; wherein the thermocouple input module:
receives the calibration voltage values from the one or more thermocouples during a user calibration process performed after a factory calibration process;
determines via the firmware one or more calibration factors for the thermocouple input module based on the received calibration voltage values;
receives the thermocouple voltage value from the one or more thermocouples after the user calibration process; and
applies via the firmware the calibration factors to the thermocouple voltage value received from the one or more thermocouples to obtain an adjusted thermocouple voltage value prior to obtaining a temperature value,
wherein the PLC receives the temperature value from the thermocouple input module and utilizes the temperature value as an input in a control program adapted to cause operation of an actuator.

US Pat. No. 9,863,656

ROOM SENSOR USING CHARGED PARTICLE AIRFLOW

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A sensor assembly comprising:
a housing including an interior portion adapted to sit within a wall and an exposed portion adapted to extend outward from
an outer surface of the wall, the exposed portion including at least two ventilation openings at opposed ends of the exposed
portion and having a passage with closed sides extending therebetween, wherein the passage defines a jog where the passage
partially extends from the exposed portion into the interior portion, and wherein the jog at the interior portion includes
a sensing element therein, and wherein said passage is in fluid communication with the sensing element; and

an electrokinetic transducer configured to move air in a first direction with the passage.

US Pat. No. 9,658,307

TRACK TEST LOAD DEVICE AND TRACK TEST LOAD SYSTEM FOR CALIBRATING A CONSTANT WARNING TIME DEVICE

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A track test load device comprising:
an inductor assembly comprising simulated track inductors simulating a rail track;
a connector assembly for connecting the inductor assembly to a constant warning time device; and
a multi-way-switch-assembly comprising a multi-way-switch with multiple switch positions,
wherein the multi-way-switch assembly is operably coupled between the inductor assembly and the connector assembly, and wherein
a switch position of the multi-way-switch corresponds to a calibration operation for calibrating a constant warning time device
when the track test load device is coupled to the constant warning time device, the connector assembly being configured to
be inserted into a track module of the constant warning time device,

wherein an alternating current (AC) signal is transmitted by the constant warning time device via the simulated track inductors
and a voltage response of the simulated track inductors is measured by the constant warning time device for calibrating the
constant warning time device.

US Pat. No. 9,606,550

STREAMING GRAPHIC METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT FOR BUILDING CONTROL SYSTEMS

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A building system server, comprising a processing device executing a server program to:
receive a request from a remote device for information regarding a building control system;
provide, responsive at least in part to the request for information, at least one software program and at least first data
defining a graphical element over the Internet to the remote device, said software program, when executed by said remote device,
causes the remote device to

i) display at least a first graphical element, the first graphical element having a fixed element and a variable element,
the fixed element derived from the first data defining a graphical element, the variable element representative of a first
value from a building control system; and

generate a function call to a building control system data source, wherein the function call causes the building control system
data source to provide to the server program a plurality of subsequent data values associated with the variable element of
the first graphical element;

wherein the processing device further executes the software program to provide to the remote device a second value representative
of at least one of the plurality of subsequent data values, the second value comprising non-graphical information; and

wherein said software program, when executed by said remote device, further causes the remote device to,
ii) display the first graphical element such that the variable element is representative of the second value, and display
the fixed element using the first graphical data received prior to step i).

US Pat. No. 9,595,410

CIRCUIT BREAKER INCLUDING ADJUSTABLE INSTANTANEOUS TRIP LEVEL AND METHODS OF OPERATING SAME

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A circuit breaker, comprising:
a mechanism pole containing a thermal and magnetic mechanism including a bimetal, a magnet, and an armature;
a thermal adjustment mechanism configured to adjust thermal tripping of the circuit breaker; and
a magnet position adjustment mechanism configured to provide an adjustable instantaneous trip level via moving the magnet
to allow adjustment of an air gap between the magnet and the armature, wherein the magnet position adjustment mechanism comprises:

an adjustment knob that is externally adjustable, the adjustment knob including a cam,
a magnet carrier including a pivot and a first end engageable with the cam, and
mounting features configured to mount the magnet on the magnet carrier.

US Pat. No. 9,586,570

METHODS AND SYSTEM FOR VERIFYING A BRAKE SYSTEM IN A VEHICLE

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A method for checking sets of components of a vehicle, the method comprising:
configuring a system control unit of a vehicle to perform a check of a first set of components and a second set of components
of the vehicle, the first set of components being different from the second set of components;

automatically checking the first set of components using the system control unit; and
automatically checking the second set of components using the system control unit, wherein the system control unit is configured
to perform a check of the second set of components automatically unless the check is disabled based upon a disable command
provided to the system control unit,

wherein the second set of components comprises at least one service brake device of the vehicle,
wherein the checking of the at least one service brake device comprises:
predetermining a threshold value for a speed of a traction motor;
applying the at least one service brake device to the traction motor;
applying a predetermined force (torque) by the traction motor against the at least one service brake device; and
monitoring the speed of the traction motor while the predetermined force (torque) is applied.

US Pat. No. 9,566,989

RAILWAY SAFETY CRITICAL SYSTEMS WITH TASK REDUNDANCY AND ASYMMETRIC COMMUNICATIONS CAPABILITY

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A control system for a railway safety critical application system, comprising:
at least one controller executing first and second tasks;
the first task having a first external communications interface capable of sending and receiving a safety critical systems
message within a railway safety critical application system, the message including an input security code and input safety
critical data;

the second task having a second external communications interface capable of receiving a safety critical systems message,
the second task having a security code generator; and

an inter-task communications pathway coupling the first and second tasks;
wherein the first and second tasks respectively receive via their respective first external communications interface and second
external communications interface an input safety critical systems message including input safety critical systems data and
an input security code, verify the input message integrity and generate output safety critical systems data, the second task
generates an output security code and sends it to the first task via the inter-task communications pathway, and the first
task sends an output safety critical systems message including the output safety critical systems data and the second task
output security code for use within the railway safety critical application system.

US Pat. No. 9,543,085

NON-FUSIBLE SWITCH ASSEMBLIES, LINE BASE ASSEMBLIES, LOAD BUS CONNECTOR ASSEMBLIES, AND OPERATIONAL METHODS

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A line base assembly, comprising:
a base;
a line bus connector assembly coupled to the base, the line bus connector assembly including:
a connector body including a first body portion and a second body portion extending from the first body portion and being
thinner than first body portion, wherein the connector body is a single piece, first and second line lugs formed in the first
body portion, and first and second line slide features formed in the connector body,

first and second line-side sliding nuts configured to be received in the first and second line slide features, and
line-side stationary contacts coupled to the second body portion; and
a load bus connector assembly coupled to the base, the load bus connector assembly including:
a lug body including a front side, a back side, and an underside, wherein the lug body is a single piece, first and second
load lugs formed in the lug body, and first and second load slide features formed in the lug body,

first and second load-side sliding nuts configured to be received in the first and second load slide features, and
load-side stationary contacts attached to, and extending downward from, the underside of the lug body, and wherein the load-side
stationary contacts are positioned directly underneath of the first and second load lugs within a projected footprint of the
lug body.

US Pat. No. 9,516,474

PASSIVE INDOOR OCCUPANCY DETECTION AND LOCATION TRACKING

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. An occupancy location system, comprising: a beacon having a transmitter that transmits a beacon signal having a beacon
identifier, where the beacon signal is a first protocol signal; a processor in a smart device in communication with a first
receiver that receives the beacon signal that includes the associated beacon identifier, and incorporates a smart device identification
and the beacon identifier in a message; a transmitter coupled to the processor that formats the message for transmission to
a server, where the beacon identifier is associated with an area within a building automation system (BAS); a receiver in
the building automation system (BAS) that receives the message, where the message is encoded in a second protocol signal;
and the server that is coupled to the receiver and a database in the BAS that identifies a user location by accessing the
database with the beacon identifier and the smart device identification, wherein the server adjusts at least one parameter
associated with the BAS in response to the user location, where the at least one parameter is a parameter associated with
air conditioning.

US Pat. No. 9,501,803

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR MONITORING ENERGY SYSTEMS

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A system comprising:
a set of electrical energy monitoring devices, each of said set of electrical energy monitoring devices adapted to determine
an energy usage by a corresponding circuit branch electrically coupled to an electrical energy source via a corresponding
circuit breaker, said energy usage determined via a measured voltage relative to neutral at said corresponding circuit breaker
and a current flow through said corresponding circuit breaker, each of said set of electrical energy monitoring devices adapted
to be mounted in a circuit breaker panel, each of said set of electrical energy monitoring devices adapted to be mounted substantially
adjacent to said corresponding circuit breaker, each of said set of electrical energy monitoring devices operably yet non-simultaneously
couplable to each of a single phase alternating current circuit branch and a three phase alternating current circuit branch,

wherein each of said set of electrical energy monitoring devices measures current and voltage irrespective of whether a single
phase alternating current circuit branch or a three phase alternating current circuit branch is present in the corresponding
circuit branch;

an energy monitoring master controller adapted to be communicatively coupled to each of said set of electrical energy monitoring
devices, said master controller comprising a web page server connectable to the Internet, said web page server adapted to
provide circuit breaker information from each of said set of electrical energy monitoring devices via a web page.

US Pat. No. 9,415,422

MAIL SORTING SYSTEM

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A method for sorting mail pieces, comprising:
loading a batch of mail pieces to be sorted into individual holders;
sorting the holders using an automated sorting system that reorders the holders so that the holders are ordered according
to a sort scheme for the mail pieces contained in holders;

storing the sorted holders in a storage area during sorting; and then
unloading the mail pieces from the holders in order according to the sort scheme.

US Pat. No. 9,815,201

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR INDUSTRIAL ROBOTIC ENERGY SAVING OPTIMIZATION USING FLY-BY

Siemens Industry Software...

1. A method for optimizing energy savings and reducing cycle time for mutating an initial path when a collision is detected,
the method performed by a data processing system and comprising:
initializing a plurality of clone paths where the collision was detected and a stop condition, wherein a clone path is a clone
of the initial path and the initial path comprises a source location, a plurality of intermediate locations, and a target
location;

until the stop condition occurs, determining a candidate path to store in a population by repeating:
applying a plurality of mutations to a selected clone path;
generating a graph with a plurality of zone permutation vertices for each of the plurality of intermediate locations of the
selected clone path and a plurality of rating edges between each zone permutation vertex of consecutive locations, wherein
each of the plurality of zone permutation vertices has a radius one increment larger than a previous zone permutation vertex;

simulating robotic movement of the candidate path to determine values for the rating edges, wherein the value of the rating
edges is based on an energy consumption and a cycle time;

removing the candidate path when a collision is detected;
calculating a breed rating for each of a plurality of candidate paths, wherein the breed rating comprises a summation of the
rating edges for the candidate path; and

storing the candidate path possessing a lowest breed rating in the population;
determining an optimal breed comprising the candidate path with an optimal rating, wherein the optimal rating is determined
by the lowest breed rating in the population; and

operating a robot using the optimal breed.

US Pat. No. 9,748,743

ELECTRICAL PANELBOARD ASSEMBLIES AND METHODS

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A panelboard assembly, comprising:
base rails;
a first bus support extending between the base rails;
one or more buses coupled to the first bus support; and
one or more breaker mounting barriers received over top of the one or more buses
wherein the panelboard assembly accommodates one or more buses having different widths and/or thicknesses, wherein the first
bus support comprises pins extending from a top surface and configured to contact an underside of a thin bus design and to
be received adjacent to lateral sides of a thick bus design.

US Pat. No. 9,619,125

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ADDRESSABLY PROGRAMMING A NOTIFICATION SAFETY DEVICE

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. An apparatus for addressably programming a notification device, comprising:
a wireless transceiver operably configured to selectively establish communication with the notification device;
a configuration list that includes location information associated with the notification device and an address associated
with a network connecting the notification device to a control panel;

a memory that stores the configuration list and a plurality of instructions that, when executed, accesses the configuration
list to identify the address based on the location information, and assigns the identified address to the notification device
via the wireless transceiver to establish the notification device's operability with the control panel across the network;
and

a processor in signal communication with the memory and that executes the plurality of instructions.

US Pat. No. 9,597,970

STATUS INDICATING ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATION, LIGHTGUIDE ASSEMBLY AND METHODS

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. An electric vehicle charging apparatus, comprising:
a housing having a periphery and a body; and
a light guide assembly mounted to the body and adapted to display a status of the electric vehicle charging apparatus, the
light guide assembly further comprising:

a light guide including a light receiving region located adjacent to one or more light sources,
a light guiding region, and
a light exit region at the periphery, wherein the light exit region includes a side facing surface including an angle of tilt
relative to light emitted from the light guiding region, the side facing surface configured to provide a halo effect about
one or more segments of the periphery,

wherein the angle of tilt of the side facing surface is between about 30 and 50 degrees and is selected such that a light
beam is spread across substantially all of the side facing surface for providing the halo effect as a maximum halo effect
in that the light exit region displays a halo of different colors each color indicating a specific status of a particular
electric vehicle charging state.

US Pat. No. 9,520,755

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR INDUCTION MOTOR HEAT TRANSFER

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A dynamoelectric machine heat sink apparatus, comprising:
a motor housing having a fan-end bearing bracket and an opposed drive-end bearing bracket through which a motor shaft that
drives an external cooling fan extends;

a plurality of apertures through the fan-end bearing bracket and the drive-end bearing bracket;
a plurality of heat sinks, wherein each heat sink includes:
a mounting portion adapted for coupling to the motor housing;
a first heat sink portion adapted for insertion into an interior of the motor housing through one of the apertures; and
a second heat sink portion thermally coupled to the first heat sink portion, adapted for orientation outside the motor housing,
and including a plurality of parallel cooling fins,

the mounting portion comprising a mounting plate coupled to at least one of the heat sink portions, the mounting plate having
a pair of opposed forks with tongues that are engaged by sliding insertion within peripheral grooves of the at least one of
the heat sink portions,

wherein when the mounting portion is coupled to the motor housing, the heat sink is inserted through the aperture and covers
the aperture,

wherein at least one first heat sink of the plurality of heat sinks is arranged through one of the apertures on the fan-end
bearing bracket where the heat sink is in direct communication with airflow of the external cooling fan

wherein a plurality of second heat sinks of the plurality of heat sinks are arranged through apertures on the drive-end bearing
bracket where the second heat sinks are in direct communication with the airflow of the external cooling fan, wherein the
parallel cooling fins of the plurality of second heat sinks are orientated parallel to each other and extend outwardly from
the drive-end bearing bracket in an axial direction.

US Pat. No. 9,047,714

AUTOMATED PASSENGER SCREENING CHECKPOINT

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A method performed by an automated screening system, comprising:
receiving a personal identifier from an individual at an induction kiosk by the automated screening system;
issuing a scanning unit at the induction kiosk by the automated screening system;
associating the scanning unit with the personal identifier by the automated screening system;
inducting the scanning unit, including at least one item added by the individual, at the induction kiosk by the automated
screening system;

conveying the scanning unit to an imaging device by the automated screening system;
imaging the scanning unit and the item by the automated screening system to produce a scanned image;
receiving the personal identifier at a return kiosk by the automated screening system; and
returning the scanning unit and the item to the individual, by the automated screening system, based on the association between
the scanning unit and the personal identifier.

US Pat. No. 10,041,476

SYSTEMS, METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR IMPROVED ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS WITH SECURITY-ORIENTED PROBABILISTIC WIND POWER GENERATION DISPATCH

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A method of controlling an energy delivery system, the method comprising:providing an energy management system (EMS) including a wind power management (WPM) system;
determining sensitivity values for a plurality of wind farms within the energy delivery system using the WPM system;
maximizing wind power generation from the plurality of wind farms within a set of security limits defined based on the sensitivity values using the WPM system;
minimizing wind power generation loss from the plurality of wind farms using the WPM system;
determining wind farm security-priority groups using the WPM system;
minimizing wind power generation production cost based on cost priority of the wind farms in each security-priority group using the WPM system;
minimizing wind power generation production cost based on energy bids for each wind farm in each security-priority group using the WPM system;
conducting a fault analysis to identify which wind farms would trip if a contingency is applied;
computing a total loss of wind power from those wind farms that would trip; and
for each of the contingencies, comparing the total loss of wind power to pre-designated wind power loss thresholds for determining a contingency ranking,
wherein the contingency may be ranked as a critical contingency, a semi-critical contingency or a non-critical contingency,
wherein the critical contingency is that which causes a wind generation loss that is greater than a maximum admissible wind generation loss,
wherein the semi-critical contingency is that which causes the wind generation loss that added to a configurable adder constant is greater than the maximum admissible wind generation loss, and
wherein the non-critical contingency is that which are neither critical contingencies nor semi-critical contingencies.

US Pat. No. 9,783,209

OVERHEAD LIGHT IN ARTICULATION AREA OF RAIL VEHICLES

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A bellows assembly for a vehicle comprising an articulation area, the bellows assembly connecting a first vehicle module
and a second vehicle module, the bellows assembly forming a tube between the first vehicle module and the second vehicle module
with a top region and a bottom region, the top region corresponding to a roof region of the vehicle above an aisle of the
vehicle, the bellows assembly comprising:
a bellows with a section configured to receive a lighting installation, the section being arranged in the top region of the
bellows assembly, wherein the section comprises an opening, wherein a window is arranged in the opening and fastened to the
bellows, the window allowing natural light to enter the articulation area.

US Pat. No. 9,748,755

CLIP-BASED NON-METALLIC FITTINGS FOR ATTACHMENT OF FLEXIBLE METALLIC CONDUIT

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A flexible conduit fitting system comprising:
a conduit adapter comprising:
a conduit aperture configured to receive a flexible conduit, the conduit aperture having a central axis;
two guide holes separated across the central axis from one another; and
a conduit retention clip comprising two prongs configured to be inserted in the two guide holes and configured to engage on
opposite radial sides of the flexible conduit,

wherein the two guide holes in the conduit adapter are located so that the two prongs as inserted into the guide holes are
located tangentially to a minor diameter of the flexible conduit inserted into the conduit aperture.

US Pat. No. 9,690,266

BUILDING AUTOMATION SYSTEM CONTROL WITH MOTION SENSING

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. An arrangement configured to control an environmental parameter in a building space, the arrangement comprising:
a building automation system including at least one field device configured to control the environmental parameter within
the building space; and

a motion detector configured to detect a plurality of humans within the building space and to determine a measurement of movement
for each of the detected humans;

wherein the building automation system is configured to:
determine a respective comfort level for each respective detected human based at least in part on the measurements of movement
for the detected humans;

determine an overall thermal comfort level based at least in part on the determined comfort levels for the detected humans;
and

control the at least one field device based at least in part on the determined overall comfort level.

US Pat. No. 9,646,485

LIVE PAGING SYSTEM AND METHODS OF USING THE SAME

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A fire control panel with paging capabilities comprising:
a processor in signal communication with a memory and configured to execute a plurality of instructions of a control panel
application stored in the memory and in response to an emergency event;

wherein upon receiving an alert indicative of the emergency event, the processor, under the control of the control panel application,
is configured to:

generate a message identifying the emergency event;
transmit the message to a mobile device;
relinquish the paging capabilities to the mobile device;
receive a reply message, via the mobile device, in response to the message;
determine whether the reply message identifies an audio file corresponding to the emergency event and resulting from the relinquished
paging capabilities; and

broadcast, via one or more notification devices operably connected to the fire control panel, an audio signal in response
to determining whether the reply message identifies the audio file.

US Pat. No. 9,627,164

CIRCUIT BREAKERS INCLUDING SHORT WIRED PIGTAIL, BASE PANS, INSTALLATION METHODS AND ASSEMBLIES THEREOF

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A circuit breaker, comprising:
a housing; and
a short wired pigtail exiting the housing, the short wired pigtail having a factory length from a point to exit from the housing
to a terminal end of less than about 16 cm,

wherein the housing includes a connection feature formed on the circuit breaker to interface with a complementary feature
formed on a base pan having a insulating base portion,

wherein the insulating base portion including a pigtail guide channel configured to direct the short wired pigtail towards
a neutral bar socket as the circuit breaker is mounted to the insulating base portion,

wherein the insulating base portion may be formed laterally in line with the complementary feature,
wherein the complementary feature is configured and adapted to receive the connection feature to position and lock the circuit
breaker on the base pan, and

wherein mounting is accomplished by engaging the connection feature to the complementary feature at an angle and then rocking
the circuit breaker clockwise onto a stab to insert the short wired pigtail into the neutral bar socket.

US Pat. No. 9,620,310

ACCESSORY DEVICE HAVING INTEGRALLY FORMED PLUNGER

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. An accessory device for a circuit breaker, wherein the circuit breaker includes an operating mechanism having a first mating
surface, comprising:
a housing having a top wall and a hinge portion wherein the housing holds at least one switch;
a plunger arm extending from the hinge portion to form a cantilever wherein the plunger arm is moveable between an initial
position wherein the plunger arm does not activate the at least one switch and a deflected position wherein the plunger arm
contacts the at least one switch thereby activating the at least one switch, the plunger arm includes a sloped inner surface
having a contact area that is downwardly sloped toward an end of the plunger arm, wherein the contact area is positioned such
that the contact area contacts a switch button for activating the switch button; and

a second mating surface formed on an end of the plunger arm for mating with the first mating surface wherein the housing,
hinge portion and plunger arm are integrally formed.

US Pat. No. 9,597,967

STATUS INDICATING ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATION, LIGHTGUIDE ASSEMBLY AND METHODS

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. An electric vehicle charging apparatus, comprising:
a housing having a periphery and a body, the body having a front, and a lid mounted to the body; and
a planar shaped light guide assembly mounted to the body and adapted to display status of the electric vehicle charging apparatus
wherein the light guide assembly comprises:

a light guide having a light receiving region located under the lid and adjacent to one or more light sources,
a light exit region extending laterally out from an exterior of the housing and along a segment of the periphery, the light
exit region including an expansion zone wherein a thickness of the light guide is increased, the light exit region comprising
a side facing surface relative to the front, a front facing surface, and a rear facing surface wherein each of the side, front
and rear facing surfaces are adapted to allow light to exit the light guide assembly,

a light guiding region under the lid and extending radially from the light receiving region to the light exit region, the
light guiding region configured to project light onto the side facing surface of the light exit region and provide a halo
effect about the segment of the periphery, and

wherein the light guide comprising a transparent material and the thickness of the light guide is increased upon transition
at the exterior of the housing to the light exit region from the light guiding region,

wherein the light exit region including the side facing surface angled relative to the light guiding region such that to provide
the halo effect, and

wherein the light exit region is viewable adjacent to an edge of the lid, when the lid is closed such that the light is conveyed
by the light guide and displayed at the light exit region located on the exterior of the housing.

US Pat. No. 9,423,789

SYSTEM FOR ACCESSING AND BROWSING A PLC PROVIDED WITHIN A NETWORK

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A non-PLC (programmable logic controller) information device, comprising:
a memory;
a processor coupled to the memory and configured to execute instructions stored on the memory to provide:
a PLC network interface configured to:
connect to a PLC network selected from one of a Profibus network and a Point-to-Point Interface PLC network;
hierarchically present the PLC network as a namespace shell extension of an operating system of the non-PLC information device
such that the non-PLC information device interprets the PLC network as the namespace shell extension;

render the PLC network as a node of a network to which the non-PLC information device is connected, and
initiate a search of at least one of files and content of files within any one or more of the PLC network, a PLC coupled to
the PLC network, and a PLC memory device coupled to the PLC in response to a user entering one or more search parameter values
via the non-PLC information device.

US Pat. No. 9,419,494

INDUCTION MACHINE POWER CONNECTION BOX INCLUDING POWER SUPPLY FOR AUXILIARY DEVICES INCLUDING AUXILIARY COOLING FANS

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. An induction machine power connection system for coupling to an external electrical distribution power line comprising:
an induction machine disposed in a housing having a winding;
a connection box coupled to the induction machine, having therein a first connector coupled to the induction machine winding,
the first connector adapted for coupling the induction machine to the external electrical distribution power line having a
first voltage;

a power conversion device coupled to the first connector, adapted for converting the first voltage of the external electrical
distribution power line to an auxiliary power at a second voltage, wherein the second voltage is lower than the first voltage;
and

an auxiliary connector coupled to the power conversion device, adapted for supplying the auxiliary power to one or more auxiliary
devices coupled to the auxiliary connector, wherein at least one of the one or more auxiliary devices is an electric powered
cooling fan for circulating cooling air through the housing,

wherein the power conversion device includes an alternating current transformer for converting power line alternating current
to auxiliary power alternating current, the electric powered cooling fan including a low voltage alternating current power
electric motor.

US Pat. No. 9,318,277

ELECTRICAL CONTACT APPARATUS, ASSEMBLIES, AND METHODS

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. An electrical contact assembly, comprising:
an outer element of a first material composition having one or more apertures, wherein the first material composition includes
an electrically conductive metal having a first range of % of the electrically conductive metal and a first material, the
first material composition having a mechanical wear property and an electrical wear property;

an inner element of a second material composition contacted through a length of at least one aperture of the one or more aperture,
wherein the second material composition includes the electrically conductive metal having a second range of % of the electrically
conductive metal and a second material, the second material composition having an electrical conductivity property; and

a solder layer configured to solder both the inner element and the outer element directly to at least one conductor such that
both the inner element and the outer element are soldered onto the at least one conductor by the solder layer,

wherein the outer element is arranged to surround the inner element such that the outer element provides a structure for supporting
the inner element when the inner element gets soft when hot during operation,

wherein the second range of % of the electrically conductive metal is different from the first range of % of the electrically
conductive metal,

wherein the second material is different from the first material.

US Pat. No. 10,072,992

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING MACHINE CONDITION AND FORCE MEASUREMENT IN A STATOR OF AN ELECTRICAL MACHINE

SIEMENS INDUSTRY SOFTWARE...

1. A system for measuring at least one mechanical force in a stator of an electrical machine, the system comprising:the stator in the electrical machine, wherein the stator comprises at least two stacked metal lamina, wherein each of the at least two stacked metal lamina comprises a tooth; and
a fiber Bragg grating (FBG) element placed between the two stacked metal lamina, the FBG element being placed on or in a surface of the tooth of one of the two stacked metal lamina, the surface being opposite a surface of the other of the two stacked metal lamina.

US Pat. No. 10,061,308

PARCEL DELAYERING SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AUTOMATIC PARCEL PROCESSING BASED ON ACCURATE DE-LAYERING

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

7. A method for delayering a plurality of parcels, comprising:receiving, at an input, a plurality of parcels, wherein the plurality of parcels is a multi-layer bulk flow of the parcels;
transporting the plurality of parcels on a multi-stage arrangement of sequential cascading conveyors, wherein one or more of the sequential cascading conveyors has a high-friction belt which is inclined in a direction of travel and arranged such that a first conveyor section discharges from above onto a second conveyor section;
during transport, operating at least one of the sequential cascading conveyors at a higher duty cycle than a previous one of the sequential cascading conveyors by adding pulsation in the at least one of the sequential cascading conveyors; and
outputting the plurality of parcels to an output, wherein the output plurality of parcels are substantially delayered into a single parcel layer.

US Pat. No. 10,005,472

IDENTIFYING FORCES IN A INTERFACE BETWEEN A BODY AND A SUSPENSION OF A VEHICLE

SIEMENS INDUSTRY SOFTWARE...

1. A system for identifying forces in a vehicle interface, the system comprising:a processor;
a plurality of strain gauges positioned on a car body by connection points of the car body with a suspension;
a plurality of accelerometers positioned on the car body by the connection points;
an inertial measurement unit connected with and on the car body, the inertial measurement unit comprising a position sensor;
a memory comprising instructions and a combined rigid-flexible car body model, the instructions executable by the processor to cause the processor to estimate the forces at the connection points from the combined rigid-flexible car body model and input signals from the strain gauges, accelerometers, and inertial measurement unit, a rigid part of the combined rigid-flexible car body model responsive to signals from the inertial measurement unit, and a flexible part of the combined rigid-flexible car body model responsive to signals from the strain gauges and the accelerometers, the combined rigid-flexible car body model modeling behavior of motion of the car body as a whole with the rigid part and deformations of the car body with the flexible part.

US Pat. No. 9,997,956

SYSTEMS, APPARATUS, AND METHODS FOR AUTOMATIC GENERATION CONTROL ISLANDED OPERATION

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A power distribution system comprising:a plurality of power generating resources operating within a control area;
a plurality of power consuming loads;
a power transmission network coupling the resources to the loads; and
an energy management system in communication with the resources and configured to control operation of the resources within the control area, wherein the energy management system is operative to:
divide the control area into a plurality of isolation areas in response to detecting that isolation areas have occurred within the control area,
assign at least one of the resources to each of the isolation areas,
disable operation of the control area,
enable each of the isolation areas to operate as an island having automatic gain control,
balance a generation level and load level for each isolation area, and
use load frequency control to stabilize operation of each isolation area.

US Pat. No. 9,816,302

CONCEALED EXTERNAL HINGE WITH 180 DEGREE ROTATION

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. In combination with a sidewall and a door, an external hinge for pivotally connecting the door to the sidewall, comprising:
a first curved arm extending between a first pivot pin of a first part mounted on an interior surface of the sidewall and
a second pivot pin of a second part mounted on an interior surface of the door, the first pivot pin and the second pivot pin
mounted rotatably so as to allow the door to pivot between a fully open position and a fully closed position relative to a
door opening; and

a second curved arm extending between a third pivot pin of the first part mounted on the interior surface of the sidewall
and a fourth pivot pin of the second part mounted on the interior surface of the door, the third pivot pin and the fourth
pivot pin mounted rotatably so as to allow the door to pivot between the fully open position and fully closed position, wherein
the external hinge is substantially concealed behind the sidewall and the door in the fully closed position of the door,

wherein the first curved arm and the second curved arm are offset with each other by a thickness of the first and second parts
and pivotally connected to each other adjacent their point of connection with the first and second parts such that from a
fully open position to a fully closed position movement or degree of rotation of the external hinge is about 180°.

US Pat. No. 9,746,213

DEMAND FLOW FOR AIR COOLED CHILLERS

Siemens Industry, Inc, A...

1. An air cooled chiller comprising:
a refrigerant loop having a compressor fluidly connected to a condenser, the condenser fluidly connected to an evaporator,
and the evaporator fluidly connected to the compressor;

a refrigerant pump and isolation valve in the refrigerant loop and fluidly connected in parallel between the condenser and
the evaporator; and

a receiver between the pump and the evaporator and fluidly connected with an output of the refrigerant pump.

US Pat. No. 9,721,459

LIVE PAGING SYSTEM AND METHODS OF USING THE SAME

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A fire control panel with paging capabilities comprising:
a processor in signal communication with a memory and configured to execute a plurality of instructions of a control panel
application stored in the memory and in response to an emergency event;

wherein upon receiving an alert indicative of the emergency event, the processor, under the control of the control panel application,
is configured to:

generate a message identifying the emergency event;
transmit the message to a mobile device;
relinquish the paging capabilities to the mobile device;
receive a reply message, via the mobile device, in response to the message;
determine whether the reply message identifies an audio file corresponding to the emergency event and resulting from the relinquished
paging capabilities; and

broadcast, via one or more notification devices operably connected to the fire control panel, an audio signal in response
to determining whether the reply message identifies the audio file.

US Pat. No. 9,685,293

APPARATUS AND METHOD OF BLOCKING AND UNBLOCKING A BREAKER HANDLE OF A CIRCUIT BREAKER

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. An apparatus to block and unblock a breaker handle of a circuit breaker having main contacts, the apparatus comprising:
a locking mechanism including:
a locking handle shaft configured to latch the locking mechanism for keeping the breaker handle in a mid-position in which
the main contacts stay open, the locking handle shaft having a latching surface configured to be removed from its position
in order to rotate the breaker handle to a fully ON position in which the main contacts fully close; and

a locking latch is configured to prevent rotation of the locking handle shaft, wherein the locking latch is configured to
engage and disengage with the locking handle shaft in order to rotate the breaker handle from a reset position to the mid-position
in which the locking mechanism locks the breaker handle rotation thus preventing the main contacts from closing, wherein the
breaker handle is stopped at the mid-position by the locking mechanism until a self-test is passed.

US Pat. No. 9,671,487

TRACK TEST LOAD DEVICE AND TRACK TEST LOAD SYSTEM FOR CALIBRATING A CONSTANT WARNING TIME DEVICE

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A track test load device comprising:
an inductor assembly comprising simulated track inductors simulating a rail track;
a connector assembly for connecting the inductor assembly to a constant warning time device; and
a multi-way-switch-assembly comprising a multi-way-switch with multiple switch positions,
wherein the multi-way-switch assembly is operably coupled between the inductor assembly and the connector assembly, and wherein
a switch position of the multi-way-switch corresponds to a calibration operation for calibrating a constant warning time device
when the track test load device is coupled to the constant warning time device, the connector assembly being configured to
be inserted into a track module of the constant warning time device,

wherein an alternating current (AC) signal is transmitted by the constant warning time device via the simulated track inductors
and a voltage response of the simulated track inductors is measured by the constant warning time device for calibrating the
constant warning time device.

US Pat. No. 9,541,378

SASH POSITION DETERMINING SYSTEM

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A system for determining a sash panel position at a sash opening in a fume hood formed by at least one movable sash panel
mounted over a hood opening to an enclosure structure of the fume hood, the system comprising:
a light emitting module comprising a linear array of light emitting elements spaced at equal distances from one another, the
light emitting module mounted on a fume hood frame with each of the light emitting elements directed to generate a light path
normal to a sash panel direction of motion such that the sash panel blocks the light path when positioned at a corresponding
one of the light emitting elements;

a light sensing module comprising a linear array of light sensing elements spaced at equal distances from one another, the
light sensing module mounted on the fume hood frame on a side opposite the sash panel, the light sensing elements being aligned
to each receive the light path generated by a corresponding light emitting element on the light emitting module when the sash
panel is not present between the light emitting element and the light sensing element; and

a shift register in the light sensing module comprising a plurality of bits corresponding to each of the light sensing elements
in the linear array, the shift register configured to store a state each light sensing element and to output an output signal
comprising a series of bits indicating the state of each light sensing element;

where the series of bits forms a pattern indicating open spaces and closed spaces along the sash panel direction of motion.

US Pat. No. 9,415,423

MODIFIED RADIX SORT SYSTEM

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

8. A mail sorter, comprising:
at least one sort control unit;
a plurality of transport lanes each having an input tray, an output tray and at least one buffer,
the sort control unit connected to control each of the plurality of transport lanes and the at least one buffer, and to direct
mailpieces from an input tray along the transport lanes to the respective output trays and buffers,

wherein the mail sorter is configured to:
receive a plurality of mailpieces at the input tray;
perform a buffered sort process by transporting the mailpieces along a plurality of transport lanes,
wherein each transport lane has an output tray and a buffer,
wherein the mailpieces are selectively transported from the input of each transport lane directly to the output tray on the
transport lane, or the mailpieces are first transported to the respective buffer and then to the output trap of the transport
lane,

wherein the plurality of transport lanes comprise a selected transport lane,
wherein the mailpieces are not transported from the input try to the output tray on the selected transport lane,
wherein during the buffered sort process, the mailpieces are transported from the buffer to the output tray on the selected
transport lane, and

wherein said control unit further selects a new selected transport lane of the plurality of transport lanes, and
repeat the buffered sort process and the transporting mailpieces from the buffer to the output tray on the new selected transport
lane.

US Pat. No. 9,876,344

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR MONITORING AND RESPONDING TO POWER SUPPLY AND/OR DETECTION CIRCUIT FAILURES WITHIN AN ELECTRONIC CIRCUIT BREAKER

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. An electronic circuit breaker, comprising:
a trip switch configured to open and close a current path between an electrical power source and an electrical circuit;
a detection circuit configured to detect and respond to a fault condition in the electrical circuit, the detection circuit
configured to respond to a fault condition by causing the trip switch to open the current path between the electrical power
source and the electrical circuit;

a power supply configured to convert an AC voltage received from the electrical power source into a first DC voltage, the
power supply providing the first DC voltage to the detection circuit; and

a monitoring circuit coupled to receive and monitor a second DC voltage from the detection circuit, wherein the monitoring
circuit is configured to respond to a power supply or detection circuit failure within the electronic circuit breaker by causing
the trip switch to open the current path between the electrical power source and the electrical circuit, and wherein a predetermined
voltage level of the second DC voltage indicates no failure of the power supply or detection circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,836,704

POSTAL SEAMLESS ACCEPTANCE SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING EXCEPTION HANDLING

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A method, performed by at least one mail processing system, the method comprising:
receiving a mailing manifest that includes mailpiece identifiers, by the at least one mail processing system, each mailpiece
identifier corresponding to an individual physical mailpiece in a group of mailpieces, the mailing manifest including a mailer
identification that identifies the mailer of the group of mailpieces;

physically processing the group of mailpieces by the at least one mail processing system, including imaging each of the mailpieces
by at least one scanning device and sorting each of the mailpieces by at least one sorter;

tracking a status of each of the mailpieces by the at least one mail processing system while processing each physical mailpiece;
updating a status of the mailpiece identifiers on the mailing manifest according to the tracking, by the at least one mail
processing system, and producing mail processing data; and

analyzing and storing the mail processing data by the at least one mail processing system.

US Pat. No. 9,807,568

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PASSIVE BUILDING INFORMATION DISCOVERY

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A system for passive building information discovery comprising:
at least one processor configured to:
receive communications from a plurality of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) sensors mounted in spaced-apart relation across a building,
which communications include information detected by the BLE sensors from BLE signals from a plurality of portable devices
that uniquely identify each portable device;

track positions in the building of the portable devices over time based on the received communications;
based on the tracked positions, determine a first place in the building at which portable devices are not previously detected;
based on the tracked positions, determine a second place in the building where portable devices are detected during a first
time period and are not detected during a second time period during the day;

determine when at least one of the portable devices is positioned in an unauthorized location in the building corresponding
to the second place when the at least one processor detects that the at least one portable device remains stationary in the
first place during the first time period and moves to the second place during the second time period, and responsive thereto
provide at least one notification regarding the determination about the unauthorized location.

US Pat. No. 9,741,002

SALES ESTIMATING TOOL FOR BUILDING CONTROL SYSTEM

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A non-transitory computer readable medium including instructions for controlling a computer system to carry out a method
that provides an estimate for a defined building automation system, the method compromising through operation of the computer
system:
associating a plurality of building automation components with a typical subsystem in a single subsystem file in a database;
associating a number of instances of the typical subsystem with the typical subsystem in the database, the number of instances
of the typical subsystem including at least a first instance and a second instance of the typical subsystem;

displaying on a first screen portion of a user interface a plurality of areas for installation of the defined building automation
system;

displaying on the first screen portion of the user interface, the number of instances of the typical subsystem in association
with the plurality of area, the typical subsystem defined by the single subsystem file in the database, the single subsystem
file identifying the plurality of building automation components, and the single subsystem file associated with a quantity
value in the database, the quantity value equal to the number of the instances of the typical subsystem; and

determining a cost estimate for the building automation system based at least in part on the number of instances of the typical
subsystem.

US Pat. No. 9,738,466

AUTOMATED BED-LOADED CONTAINER UNLOADER AND METHOD

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. An automated unloading apparatus for use with a container having a plurality of items located on a base belt, the automated
unloading apparatus comprising:
a ramp configured to pass under the base belt;
a conveyor configured to remove a first item from the plurality of items;
a spooling roller configured to wind the base belt around itself and by doing so, move the automated unloading apparatus into
the interior of the container.

US Pat. No. 9,738,293

ADJUSTABLE RAILWAY WAYSIDE SIGNAL STRUCTURE

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. An adjustable mount for a light signal assembly comprising:
a fixture configured to be attached to the light signal assembly; and
a mounting track configured to allow the fixture to be adjustably positioned in a direction substantially parallel to a length
of a cantilever or bridge and mounted to the mounting track, the mounting track comprising a plurality of parallel mounting
elements,

wherein the fixture comprises mounting hardware configured to couple the fixture to at least two of the plurality of parallel
mounting elements.

US Pat. No. 9,741,180

CLOUD-BASED ADDRESS PROCESSING

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A method for processing mail, performed by a mail processing system, comprising:
receiving a plurality of mailpieces in the mail processing system;
associating a unique identifier with each of the plurality of mailpieces;
obtaining destination address information for each of the plurality of mailpieces;
comparing the destination address information with a potential move table to determine destination addresses for which there
is a potential change of address;

sending the destination address information including a recipient name to a change of address (COA) server;
receiving COA results from the COA server; and
printing destination information on each mailpiece according to the COA results, including correlating the COA results to
the unique identifiers.

US Pat. No. 9,725,006

ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATION WITH A FIELD UPGRADEABLE COMMUNICATIONS FACILITY

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. An electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) system, comprising:
an EVSE charging station including
a sealable housing including a first compartment and a second compartment, the second compartment including an access to an
upgrade port, a partition within the sealable housing that is adapted to insulate the first compartment from the second compartment,
the partition including an opening providing access the upgrade port,

a built-in communications circuit, and
an EVSE charging station control circuit configured to recognize a field upgradeable communication module when coupled to
the upgrade port and to use the field upgradeable communication module for communications if the field upgradeable communication
module is connected;

a meter device including a wireless communication capability adapted to communicate with the EVSE charging station via a home
area network (HAN); and

a power supply outlet adapted to provide electricity to the EVSE charging station and to remotely control the EVSE charging
station via commands issued through the home area network (HAN),

wherein the built-in communications circuit enables the EVSE charging station to communicate with both the home area network
(HAN) as well as the meter device, and

wherein the field upgradeable communication module provides capability: where the home area network (HAN) does not support
a particular protocol of the built-in communications circuit, if the built-in communications circuit does not provide sufficient
range or bandwidth for a homeowner's application, to additionally or alternatively communicate wirelessly with devices or
systems via a second communications channel and/or for concurrently communicating more detailed metering information to the
home area network (HAN).

US Pat. No. 9,705,358

PANEL BOARD EMERGENCY LIGHTING SYSTEM

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. An emergency lighting system, comprising:
a three-phase electric panel board having a first electrical phase layout section comprising A-B-C-C-B-A-A consecutively arranged
electrical phases starting from a top of the three-phase electric panel board, wherein A represents a first electrical phase,
B represents a second electrical phase, and C represents a third electrical phase; and

a plurality of emergency circuits, wherein each of the emergency circuits comprises a 2-pole branch circuit breaker and a
1-pole remotely-operated-relay electrically connected to one pole of the 2-pole branch circuit breaker, the 2-pole branch
circuit breaker having two voltage inputs, the plurality of emergency circuits comprising:

first and second emergency circuits each having their respective 2-pole branch circuit breaker electrically connected to the
C-C consecutively arranged electrical phases; and

third and fourth emergency circuits each having their respective 2-pole branch circuit breaker electrically connected to the
A-A consecutively arranged electrical phases.

US Pat. No. 9,664,367

LEVEL CROSSING LIGHT PANEL

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A level crossing panel comprising:
a frame;
a lighting module coupled to the frame; and
a connection support coupled to the frame and electrically connected to the lighting module, the connection support comprising
an interface configured to be removably coupled to a connector of a mast and an electrical contact configured to transmit
power from the connector of the mast to the lighting module, wherein the connection support interface comprises a locking
notch configured to mate with the connector of the mast to removably couple the connection support to the connector of the
mast.

US Pat. No. 9,601,296

LOW TRIPPING LEVEL CIRCUIT BREAKERS, TRIPPING UNITS, AND METHODS

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A circuit breaker comprising
a housing containing a moveable electrical contact; and
a tripping mechanism coupled to a moveable electrical contact, the tripping mechanism including a tripping unit having
a magnet,
a bimetal member extending alongside of the magnet and including a moveable end, and
an armature including an engagement portion being moveable by motion of the moveable end of the bimetal member to trip the
circuit breaker upon exceeding an instantaneous current level and wherein the tripping mechanism comprises a cradle having
a triggering end engageable with a latching surface of the armature of the tripping unit, and an aperture formed in a body
of the armature wherein the aperture is configured to receive the triggering end therein upon tripping, wherein: the armature
or the bimetal member includes a non-magnetic separating piece preventing a magnetic short circuit between the moveable end
and the armature.

US Pat. No. 9,318,883

SEALED DOORS, ENCLOSURES, AND METHODS ADAPTED FOR USE WITH ELECTRICAL ARC-PRONE COMPONENTS

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A sealed enclosure, comprising:
a case configured to receive an arc-prone electrical component;
a face frame defining an opening in the case;
a door configured to cover the opening;
a sealing surface provided on a portion of the face frame or on an edge portion of the door adjacent to the face frame; and
a plurality of flaps having a sealing portion, the sealing portion angled relative to the sealing surface, the plurality of
flaps arranged around the opening and configured to be flexible and deformable and configured and capable of operating to
flex from a disengaged position when not under pressure, to an engaged position in contact with the sealing surface when exposed
to arcing pressure inside the case during an arcing event so as to seal between the door and the face frame on all edges of
the door.

US Pat. No. 10,127,504

METHOD FOR LINKING CONTROL SYSTEM INPUTS AND OUTPUTS TO SYMBOLIC CONTROLS

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A method for generating a graphical user interface for controlling a smoke control system,wherein the graphical user interface is based on a computer generated drawing of a building having a plurality of smoke control devices for use in the smoke control system having inputs and outputs,
wherein the computer generated drawing includes position information for the smoke control devices,
wherein each smoke control device is associated with at least two keys of a plurality of keys,
wherein each key of the plurality of keys provides an association between a control block and a user interface object to be included in the control block,
the method comprising:
receiving the plurality of keys; and
generating the graphical user interface based on the received plurality of keys so as to display the control blocks associated with the received plurality of keys in an arrangement based on the position information for the respective smoke control devices associated with the received plurality of keys,
wherein at least a portion of the control blocks are generated in a display format that includes at least two user interface objects for each control block that facilitate bidirectional communication with the inputs and outputs of respective smoke control devices, based at least in part on a respective set of at least two of the received plurality of keys that associate each respective control block to the at least two user interface objects.

US Pat. No. 9,928,974

TERMINAL BARRIER ASSEMBLIES FOR ELECTRICAL SWITCHING APPARATUS AND METHODS OF ASSEMBLY THEREOF

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A terminal barrier assembly for one or more electrical terminals of an electrical switching apparatus, comprising:a first barrier portion including a first opening portion and first slide-in retention members configured and adapted to slide into first housing retention features formed on a base portion of a molded case housing of the electrical switching apparatus, and
a second barrier portion including a second opening portion, wherein the first opening portion and second opening portion interface with one another to form a shielding aperture configured for shielding around one or more line wires extendable from the one or more electrical terminals.

US Pat. No. 9,915,720

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR FIELD TESTING AN ELECTRICAL PANEL METER SYSTEM

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A field tester for testing metering accuracy, the field tester comprising:
a reference power meter;
a current source having an output coupled to an input of the reference power meter;
a computer coupled to the reference power meter and to the current source, the computer comprising a processor and a memory;
a plurality of power conductors coupled to the reference power meter and to the current source and configured to be coupled
to a respective plurality of terminals of a main line connector of an electrical panel meter system;

a first conductor coupled to an output of the reference power meter and configured to be coupled to a first terminal of a
test conductor of the electrical panel meter system, the test conductor coupled sequentially to each meter module of a plurality
of meter modules of the electrical panel system;

a second conductor coupled to a return of the current source and configured to be coupled to a second terminal of the test
conductor; and

a third conductor coupled to the computer and configured to be coupled to a controller of the electrical panel meter system,
wherein the controller includes an Ethernet connector coupled to the third conductor to provide Ethernet communications between
the controller and the computer,

wherein the controller is configured to communicate with a system memory and the each meter module of the electrical panel
system, and

wherein the controller to provide energy monitoring, meter module testing, related data calculation and analysis functions
and perform various calculations and/or determinations related to electrical readings received from the each meter module
of the electrical panel system.

US Pat. No. 9,878,578

WINDSCREEN FOR HOUSING A SANDING SYSTEM, RAILWAY VEHICLE WITH SANDING SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR INSTALLING A SANDING SYSTEM IN A RAILWAY VEHICLE

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

1. A windscreen comprising:
a first shell element and a second shell element, the first shell element being detachably connected to the second shell element,
wherein the first and second shell elements, when assembled, form an envelope comprising a common interior space within the
first and second shell elements; and

a container in communication with a sanding system and comprising material used when the sanding system is in operation, wherein
the container is positioned in the interior space of the envelope formed by the first and second shell elements.

US Pat. No. 9,865,418

CIRCUIT BREAKERS, ARC EXPANSION CHAMBERS, AND OPERATING METHODS

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. A circuit breaker, comprising:
first and second electrical contacts, the electrical contacts configured to generate an electrical arc upon being separated;
an arc chamber surrounding at least a portion of a space between the first and second electric contacts;
at least one expansion chamber positioned proximate to the arc chamber; and
a valve assembly configured to allow threshold-based flow into and out of the at least one expansion chamber,
wherein the valve assembly comprises an inlet valve configured to allow one-way inflow and an outlet valve configured to allow
one-way outflow such that the outlet valve is different than the inlet valve,

wherein the outlet valve is oriented at an angled orientation to the arc chamber to produce a gas jet that impinges directly
onto a moveable electrical contact when the moveable electrical contact is in a tripped position,

wherein the outlet valve comprises a bearing, a piston moveable relative to the bearing, and a reset spring coupled to the
piston, wherein the piston includes a shaft that is closely and slidably received in an aperture of the bearing,

wherein when a pressure in the arc chamber falls below an outlet threshold pressure, the shaft moves outwardly in the aperture
such that one or more outlet ports in the shaft are opened, and

wherein when a pressure in the at least one expansion chamber nears equalizing with the pressure in the arc chamber a force
of the reset spring recloses the outlet valve by moving the one or more outlet ports back into the aperture.

US Pat. No. 9,846,531

INTEGRATION OF BUILDING AUTOMATION SYSTEMS IN A LOGICAL GRAPHICS DISPLAY WITHOUT SCALE AND A GEOGRAPHIC DISPLAY WITH SCALE

SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC., ...

9. A method of operating a building automation system (BAS) operation and maintenance center (OMC) for a building, comprising:
through operation of at least one processor:
accessing at least one database in a memory logical graphics display data having logical graphics associated with a plurality
of BAS devices located within a plurality of areas of the building;

based on the accessed logical graphics display data generating through at least one display device in a first window a logical
graphics display having icons in a schematic diagram associated with at least a portion of the plurality of BAS devices located
within an area of the building without a scale that depicts proportions for distances between individual icons that correspond
to proportions for distances between BAS devices in the building;

receiving through at least one input device a selection of at least one icon displayed in the first window;
responsive to the selection of the at least one icon, accessing from the at least one database geographic display system data;
and

based on the accessed geographic display system data generating through the at least one display device in a second window
a geographic display that displays the BAS devices represented by the at least one icon in a visualization of a portion of
the building with a scale that depicts proportions for distances between individual BAS devices in the visualization that
corresponds to proportions for distances between BAS devices in the building depicted by the visualization.

US Pat. No. 9,840,156

AUTOMATICALLY SELECTING CHARGING ROUTINE FOR AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE BY BALANCING UTILITY AND USER CONSIDERATIONS

Siemens Industry, Inc., ...

1. An electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) charging system comprising:
an EVSE charging station configured to be coupled to an electric vehicle (EV); and
an EVSE cloud server coupled to the EVSE charging station optionally via a charge management network,
wherein the EVSE cloud server to automatically determine a charging routine for the EV based on historic rate and charge data
of the EV and enable a user to interactively modify the charging routine in real-time,

wherein the charging routine to provide one or more charging options to the user based on a desired trade-off between different
charging cost structures,

wherein the one or more charging options includes an option to charge that targets arbitraging charging activity and managing
demand charge costs, and

wherein the option to charge includes a first routine that both limits power of charging and delays charging, a second routine
that prioritizes between limiting power of charging and delaying charging and a third routine that does not limit power of
charging and does not delay charging.