US Pat. No. 9,375,188

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR IMPROVING MEDICAL IMAGE DATA AND EVALUATION OF TISSUE CONTENT WITHIN THE MEDICAL IMAGE DATA

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A method for recording and displaying medical imaging data records of a body part comprising fatty tissue, the method comprising:
receiving, by a processor, an emission-tomographic data record and magnetic-resonance imaging data record of the body part,
the emission-tomographic data record and the magnetic-resonance imaging data record being recorded by a combined positron-emission
tomography (PET) and a magnetic resonance imaging device using a recording sequence designed such that the fatty tissue is
displayable and distinguishable from other types of tissue;

generating, by the processor, at least a gradual mask having a plurality of different values, each of the plurality of different
values of the gradual mask corresponding to a voxel in the recorded magnetic-resonance imaging data record such that when
fat content of one voxel is higher than fat content of another voxel in the recorded magnetic-resonance imaging data record,
one of the plurality of different values of the gradual mask that correspond to the one voxel is higher than another one of
the plurality of different gradual mask corresponding to the other voxel;

identifying, by the processor, regions in the emission-tomographic data record using at least the generated gradual mask,
the identified regions corresponding to the fatty tissue;

modifying, by the processor, the emission-tomographic data record in the identified regions corresponding to the fatty tissue;
and

displaying the modified emission-tomographic data record to a user.

US Pat. No. 9,318,979

CONVERTER ARRANGEMENT HAVING A FILTER

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A converter configuration, comprising:
at least one AC voltage connection at which an alternating current can be fed in or drawn;
at least one DC voltage connection at which a direct current can be fed in or drawn;
at least two series circuits connected in parallel and having external connections forming said at least one DC voltage connection,
each of said series circuits connected in parallel containing in each case at least two sub modules connected in series, each
of said sub modules containing at least two switches and a capacitor;

an energy storage device coupled to said capacitor of at least one of said sub modules; and
a filter connected electrically between said capacitor and said energy storage device, said filter selected from the group
consisting of a low-pass filter and a band-pass filter, said filter having at least one of a limit frequency or an upper limit
frequency being lower than a fundamental frequency of an alternating voltage present at said at least one AC voltage connection,
the limit frequency of said low-pass filter or the upper limit frequency of said band-pass filter is maximally as large as
half of the fundamental frequency of the alternating voltage present at said at least one AC voltage connection.

US Pat. No. 9,099,891

SUBMODULE FOR A MULTI-STAGE POWER CONVERTER HAVING ADDITIONAL ENERGY STORAGE DEVICE

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A submodule for forming a multilevel converter for electrical power distribution and transmission, the submodule comprising:
a capacitor unit; a power semiconductor circuit having power semiconductors which can be turned off; output terminals;
said capacitor unit and said power semiconductor circuit being connected to one another for producing at least a voltage dropped
across said capacitor unit at said output terminals or a zero voltage at said output terminals, depending on a drive of said
power semiconductors;

an additional energy storage device; and a chopper unit connected between said additional energy storage device and said capacitor
unit for regulating a current flow between said capacitor unit and said additional energy storage device; said chopper unit
having an electronic switch and an inductive unit connected in series with said electronic switch, said electronic switch
including two power semiconductors which can be turned off, said two power semiconductors being connected in series with one
another and having opposite current flow directions.

US Pat. No. 9,323,414

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A DEVICE

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A method for controlling a device having a user interface by which functions of the device are controlled, comprising:
dividing the functions into categories and the categories into subcategories;
representing the categories by primary regions on the user interface, the primary regions arranged in a schema and physically
containing elements which each represent a subcategory of a category of one of the primary regions;

responding to a selection of an element by expanding only one primary region by displaying a secondary region, such that the
one primary region is physically expanded by the secondary region, the secondary region being a region in which control elements
are displayed for at least one function which is associated with an associated subcategory that is represented by the element
selected, wherein an entire display area of the one primary region and all the elements contained in the primary region remain
displayed when the one primary region is physically expanded by the secondary region and displaying the secondary region includes
using an animation that pushes remaining primary regions from the user interface; and

controlling the at least one function by way of the control elements.

US Pat. No. 9,196,049

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR REGRESSION-BASED 4D MITRAL VALVE SEGMENTATION FROM 2D+T MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING SLICES

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A method of mitral valve segmentation from a plurality of 2D cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) slices, comprising:
detecting a set of mitral valve landmarks in each of the 2D CMR slices;
estimating mitral valve contours in each of the 2D CMR slices based on the detected landmarks; and
reconstructing a 3D mitral valve model from the mitral valve contours in the 2D CMR slices using a trained regression model.

US Pat. No. 9,308,832

METHOD FOR OPERATING RAILBOUND VEHICLES

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A method for operating railbound vehicles, the method comprising the following steps:
transmitting driving information between a first railbound vehicle and a second railbound vehicle not connected to the first
railbound vehicle, the driving information relating to future driving operation of at least one of the first and second railbound
vehicles; and

coordinating the future driving operation of the first and second railbound vehicles based on the driving information transmitted
between the first and second railbound vehicles, to permit braking energy fed back by the first railbound vehicle during a
braking operation to be used at least partially by the second railbound vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,074,490

GAS TURBINE

1. A gas turbine, comprising:
a stator blade support, which is essentially hollow-conical or hollow-cylindrical and extends along a machine axis; and
an outer wall, which is essentially hollow-conical or hollow-cylindrical and is segmented into a plurality of annular segments
in a circumferential and/or axial direction, of an annular hot gas path, and whose plurality of annular segments are attached
by means of a plurality of hook elements to an inside of the stator blade support by a connecting joint,

wherein the hook elements of at least one of the plurality of annular segments are geometrically matched such that the outer
wall which bounds the hot gas path has a variable cross-sectional contour, the variability of the contour ranging from an
essentially elliptical cross-sectional contour in a section at right angles to the machine axis when gas in the hot gas path
is at room temperature, to an essentially circular cross-sectional contour after a thermal deformation which occurs as the
gas rises above room temperature,

wherein a plurality of radial lengths of the plurality of hook elements are matched such that the plurality of hook elements
have different lengths with different circumferential positions in order for the outer wall to have a variable cross-sectional
contour, and

wherein shims for different radial positions of the plurality of hook elements are arranged in an annular groove in the stator
blade support.

US Pat. No. 9,171,692

DRIVE FOR ROTARY ANODE WITH STATOR WITH YOKE WINDING

1. An x-ray arrangement comprising:
a vacuum container;
a rotary anode and a rotor of an electrical machine disposed in the vacuum container, wherein the rotary anode and the rotor
have a torque-proof connection to one another and are rotatably supported in the vacuum container, so that the rotary anode
and the rotor are rotatable around an axis of rotation;

a laminated stator core of the electrical machine, which, viewed in a direction of the axis of rotation, is disposed in an
area of the rotor and encloses the vacuum container radially outwards; and

a stator winding system disposed in the laminated stator core, the stator winding system comprising yoke windings, wherein
turns of the yoke windings run in grooves from a first axial end of the laminated stator core to a second axial end of the
laminated stator core radially outwards, on an outer side of the laminated stator core, back to the first axial end of the
laminated stator core, and radially inwards to the corresponding groove,

wherein the laminated stator core is divided into segments in a cross sectional plane orthogonal to the axis of rotation,
each segment comprising a pair of teeth, a first tooth of the pair pointing radially inward and a second tooth of the pair
pointing radially outward, opposite the first tooth, and wherein a yoke winding is disposed on each segment of the laminated
stator core and positioned between adjacent pairs of teeth,

wherein the segments are configured such that boundary surfaces intersect a radial beam at an intersection point, therein
dividing the respective boundary surface centrally in the cross-sectional plane and providing an angle greater than 0° as
measured between the radial beam extending outward from the axis of rotation and the boundary surface extending toward the
outer side of the laminated stator core,

wherein each boundary surface is provided between immediately adjoining segments that adjoin each other along a plane extending
between a first adjoining segment at the inner side of the laminated stator core at the radially inward pointing tooth of
the first adjoining segment and a second adjoining segment at the outer side of the laminated stator core at the radially
outward pointing tooth of the second adjoining segment.

US Pat. No. 9,235,800

METHOD FOR THE COMPUTER-AIDED LEARNING OF A RECURRENT NEURAL NETWORK FOR MODELING A DYNAMIC SYSTEM

1. A method for computer-aided learning of a recurrent neural network for modeling a dynamic system which is characterized
at respective times by an observable vector comprising one or more observables as entries, the method comprising:
providing a recurrent neural network comprising a causal network, a retro-causal network, an observable vector with one or
more observables,

wherein the causal network describes an information flow proceeding forward in time between first state vectors of the dynamic
system, wherein a first state vector at a respective point in time comprises one or more first entries which are each assigned
to an entry of the observable vector, and one or more hidden states of the dynamic system,

wherein the retro-causal network describes an information flow proceeding backward in time between second state vectors of
the dynamic system, wherein a second state vector at a respective point in time comprises one or more second entries which
are each assigned to an entry of the observable vector, and one or more hidden states of the dynamic system,

determining the observable vector by respectively combining the first entries of the first state vector with the second entries
of the second state vector for respective points of time before and after a current point of time,

wherein the causal network and the retro-causal network are learned based on training data which contains a sequence of consecutive
known observable vectors.

US Pat. No. 9,146,291

METHOD TO GENERATE AN MR IMAGE, AND CORRESPONDING MAGNETIC RESONANCE SYSTEM

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A method to generate a magnetic resonance (MR) image comprising:
operating an MR data acquisition unit, in which an examination subject is placed, to radiate an excitation radio-frequency
(RF) pulse into the subject to excite nuclear spins in the subject;

operating said MR data acquisition unit to radiate additional RF pulses, and at least one magnetic gradient field, in order
to detect MR data, resulting from the excited nuclear spins within a predetermined time period;

entering the acquired MR data into an electronic memory representing k-space along multiple uniform trajectories in k-space,
so as to acquire data in each of said trajectories;

acquiring said trajectories chronologically in a predetermined order before a predetermined point in time within said time
period;

acquiring said trajectories chronologically in a different order, that differs from said predetermined order, after said point
in time in order to cause an i-th trajectory after said point in time in said different order to be adjacent to an (n?i+1)-th
trajectory in said predetermined order, wherein n is a number of said trajectories acquired before said point in time and
after said point in time, with two of said trajectories being adjacent when a distance between the two trajectories is less
than a predetermined threshold;

acquiring said trajectories to cause none of said trajectories, except for said (n?i+1)-th trajectory, acquired before said
point in time has a distance from said i-th trajectory that is less than said threshold;

setting said predetermined time period to be within a time duration after radiating said RF excitation pulse so as to cause
a contrast change within said predetermined time period to proceed substantially linearly with respect to time;

setting said point in time to be in a middle of said time period; and
in a processor, accessing k-space in said memory and generating a magnetic resonance image representing said examination subject
from the acquired trajectories in k-space, and making data representing said image available as a data file at an output of
said processor.

US Pat. No. 9,205,411

COMPONENT HAVING A CATALYTIC SURFACE, METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME, AND USE OF SAID COMPONENT

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A component part comprising:
a catalyst surface comprising:
metallic surface regions of Co or Sn or Zn or alloys of at least one of these metals, and
surface regions of MnO2 in contact with the metallic surface regions,

wherein the surface regions of MnO2 define a plurality of islands of MnO2 physically separated and spaced apart from each other at the catalyst surface by the metallic surface regions such that only
a portion of the catalyst surface includes MnO2, and

wherein the surface regions of MnO2 surrounded by the metallic surface regions comprise nanoparticles having a diameter between 100 nm and 1 ?m.

US Pat. No. 9,352,368

METHOD AND PLANT FOR PRODUCING METAL ROLLED PRODUCTS

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A method for producing rolled products, the method comprising the following steps:
a) generating together, simultaneously and at an identical speed, at least two supply metal section bars by a continuous casting
process;

b) sending together the two supply metal section bars simultaneously and at an identical speed to at least a first rolling
station of a rolling mill, the first station including at least one cage provided with rolling rollers;

c) rolling together the two supply metal section bars simultaneously and with identical rollers of an identical rolling cage
of the first rolling station;

d) sending together the two metal section bars exiting the first rolling station simultaneously and at an identical speed
to a second rolling station including at least one cage provided with rolling rollers;

e) rolling together the two section bars of step d) simultaneously and with an identical rolling cage of the second rolling
station;

f) sending the two metal section bars exiting the second rolling station simultaneously and at an identical speed to a third
rolling station including at least one rolling cage provided with rolling rollers; and

g) rolling together the two section bars of step f) simultaneously and with identical rollers of an identical rolling cage
of the third rolling station.

US Pat. No. 9,352,936

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING A FORCE, AND USE OF THE METHOD AND/OR OF THE APPARATUS

1. A method for determining a force which acts on a component by way of a pinion gear which is connected to a shaft rotated
by an electric motor, the component being directly coupled to the pinion gear, comprising:
determining a voltage and a current supplied from a power supply device to the electric motor via a power amplifier, the voltage
and the current being determined by way of a connecting electrical circuit, which connects the power amplifier to the power
supply device; and

when the component is moving with a velocity, determining the force acting on the component, using the voltage, the current,
and either:

an angular velocity of the shaft and a radius of the pinion gear, or
an average value of the velocity of the component determined over a predefined time interval.

US Pat. No. 9,274,037

METHOD AND COMPUTERIZED TOMOGRAPHY SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING BONE MINERAL DENSITY VALUES

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A method for determining bone mineral density values of an object to be examined by way of a computerized tomography system,
the method comprising:
acquiring first two-dimensional projection overview image data of the object to be examined in an image detail with a first
X-ray energy;

acquiring at least second two-dimensional projection overview image data of the object to be examined in an image detail with
at least one second X-ray energy, which differs from the first X-ray energy;

planning a computerized tomography (CT) examination of the object using one of the first two-dimensional projection overview
image data and the second two-dimensional projection overview image data;

determining a bone overview image data record using the first projection overview image data and the second projection overview
image data;

determining at least one specific evaluation region of the image detail using the bone overview image data record; and
determining a bone mineral density value for the specific evaluation region of the image detail using the image data of the
bone overview image data record in the specific evaluation region such that one of the first two-dimensional projection overview
image data and the second two-dimensional projection overview image data is simultaneously used to plan the CT examination
and determine the bone mineral density value for the specific evaluation region of the image detail of the object.

US Pat. No. 9,052,184

APPARATUS FOR POSITION ASCERTAINMENT

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. An apparatus, receiving an adequate electrical power supply, for ascertaining a position of a moveable component, comprising:
an electrical machine having a rotor axle, and a rotor and a stator with magnetic and/or magnetized parts coupled to the moveable
component via the rotor axle, the electrical machine performing as a drive motor moving the moveable component and as a generator
generating electrical energy in a position ascertainment during manual movement of the moveable component, the electrical
machine being coupled with the moveable component such that at least one of a magnetic attraction reaction and a repelling
reaction between the magnetic and/or magnetized parts of the rotor and the stator of the electrical machine result in a short-term
acceleration of the rotor unhindered by coupling with the moveable component and a short-term increase in generated electrical
energy resulting therefrom, so that by counting periodic increases in the generated electrical energy, corresponding to a
number of revolutions of the rotor, the position ascertainment of the moveable component can be implemented.

US Pat. No. 9,234,429

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A COMPRESSOR BLADE BY FORGING AND UNIAXIALLY STRETCHING

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A method for producing a compressor blade, comprising the following steps:
forging a blank from an austenitic-ferritic steel;
uniaxially stretching and plastically deforming the blank, while at least an elongation and a deformation force of the blank
are detected and monitored; and

ending the stretching after a defined limit value for stress has been reached; wherein the defined limit value for the stretching
of the blank is an intended 0.2% elongation limit.

US Pat. No. 9,203,042

ELECTRONIC COMPONENT AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING AN ELECTRONIC COMPONENT

OSRAM Opto Semiconductors...

1. An electronic component comprising:
a substrate;
a layer sequence, which comprises at least one functional layer, on the substrate; and
an encapsulation, which is arranged on the layer sequence and the substrate and, together with the substrate, completely encloses
the layer sequence,

wherein the encapsulation has at least two double layers,
wherein a double layer has a first layer and a second layer disposed outside on the first layer,
wherein the first layer is an organic monomolecular layer with a two-dimensional order,
wherein the first layer comprises linear molecules with a length which is selected from the range 0.5 nm to 5 nm and has a
thickness which corresponds to the length of the linear molecules,

wherein the linear molecules comprise a first end group, a middle group and a second end group,
wherein the first end group is selected from a group consisting of hydroxamic acids, oximes, isonitriles, phosphines, R1—Si(R2)—R3, O?C—R4, O?P(R5)—R6 and O?S(R7)?O, wherein:

R1, R2, R3 are mutually independently selected from H, Cl, Br, I, OH, O-alkyl groups, benzyl groups and unsaturated alkenyl groups, wherein
at least one of R1, R2 and R3 is not H,

R4 is selected from H, Cl, Br, I, OH, OSiR1R2R3, O-alkyl groups, benzyl groups and unsaturated alkenyl groups,

R5 and R6 are mutually independently selected from H, Cl, Br, I, OH, O-alkyl groups, benzyl groups and unsaturated alkenyl groups, and

R7 is selected from Cl, Br, I, OH, O-alkyl groups, benzyl groups and unsaturated alkenyl groups, and

wherein the second end group is selected from a group consisting of unsubstituted aryl groups, substituted aryl groups, substituted
aromatics, unsubstituted aromatics, substituted heteroaromatics and unsubstituted heteroaromatics.

US Pat. No. 9,192,785

DEVICE AND METHOD TO DETERMINE THE POSITION OF A COMPONENT THAT IS MOVEABLE IN A LINEAR MANNER ALONG AN ASSIGNED AXIS

1. A device for determining a position of a component that is moveable in a linear manner along an assigned axis, the device
comprising:
a reference element that extends in a direction of the assigned axis, the reference element being assigned to the component,
the component operable to be brought into mechanical contact with the reference element; and

a piezo transducer arranged on the reference element, the piezo transducer operable to generate and receive vibrations in
the material used for the reference element,

wherein the component is in mechanical contact with an edge of the reference element, on which the piezo transducer is arranged,
wherein the mechanical contact between the component and the reference element is created with a sliding or rolling element,
and

wherein the sliding or rolling element is moveable in a groove of the reference element.

US Pat. No. 9,433,135

RF APPARATUS AND ACCELERATOR HAVING SUCH AN RF APPARATUS

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. An RF apparatus comprising:
an RF resonance device having an electrically conductive cylindrical outer wall defining a cylindrical RF cavity, the cylindrical
outer wall having a first circumferential wall section with a first flange extending therefrom and a second circumferential
wall section with a second flange extending therefrom, wherein the first and second flanges extending from the first and second
cylindrical outer walls are separated from each other by a gap extending around a circumference of the outer wall, and

an input coupling device for coupling RF power into the RF cavity comprising:
an RF generator arranged on an outer side of the outer wall of the RF resonance device in a region of the gap, the RF generator
coupling RF radiation of a particular generator frequency through the gap into an interior of the RF resonance device, and

shielding configured to externally shield the generator and electrically bridge the gap on the outer side of the outer wall,
wherein the shielding is formed as a resonator with a high impedance for the particular generator frequency, and
wherein the generator comprises a plurality of transistor modules distributed around the circumference of the RF resonance
device, wherein each transistor module is (a) physically coupled to the first and second flanges of the first and second circumferential
wall sections and (b) extends completely across the gap in a longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 9,118,101

SIGNAL PATH FOR A SMALL SIGNAL OCCURRING IN A MAGNETIC RESONANCE SYSTEM

1. A signal path for a small signal oscillating at a frequency of at least 20 GHz occurring in a magnetic resonance system,
the signal path comprising:
a signal source operable to generate the small signal and a signal sink operable to process the small signal, the small signal,
on a path from the signal source to the signal sink, being transmittable at least in a part section via a cable,

wherein the part section is configured at least partly as a dielectric waveguide, the dielectric waveguide being disposed
at least partly within an examination volume of the magnetic resonance system and being delimited on a source side by a source-side
mode converter and on a sink side, by a sink-side mode converter,

wherein the small signal is suppliable to the source-side mode converter via a source-side electrical conductor, and
wherein the small signal is injectable by the sink-side mode converter into a sink-side electrical conductor.

US Pat. No. 9,453,895

DYNAMIC IMAGE RECONSTRUCTION WITH TIGHT FRAME LEARNING

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A computer-implemented method for reconstructing an image based on a learned tight frame, the method comprising:
acquiring undersampled k-space data over a time period using an interleaved process;
determining an average of the undersampled k-space data;
generating a reference image based on the average of the undersampled k-space data;
determining a tight frame operator based on the reference image; and
generating a reconstructed image data from the undersampled k-space data via a sparse reconstruction which utilizes the tight
frame operator,

wherein determining a tight frame operator based on the reference image comprises:
determining a reference vector based on the reference image;
initializing one or more tight frame filters using an existing tight frame system; and
performing an iterative process comprising:
defining an analysis operator based on the tight frame filters,
determining a coefficient vector comprising a plurality of tight frame coefficients by applying the analysis operator to the
reference vector,

updating the coefficient vector by applying a hard thresholding operator to the tight frame coefficients, and
updating the tight frame filters based on the updated coefficient vector.

US Pat. No. 9,313,922

POWER ELECTRONICS SYSTEM WITH LIQUID COOLING SYSTEM

1. A power electronics system, comprising:
a multipart housing having three housing elements of cuboid basic structure to define a central element having an inlet port
and an outlet port for a cooling liquid, an upper cover element, and a lower cover element, said upper and lower cover elements
arranged on opposite connection surfaces of the central element;

a plurality of power electronics switching devices accommodated in the housing;
a condenser device having condenser connection elements arranged in the central element of the housing; and
a liquid cooling system having a plurality of cooling chambers located between all three elements and including at least one
first upper cooling chamber between the central element and the upper cover element, and at least two first and second lower
cooling chambers between the central element and the lower cover element, said upper and lower cooling chambers configured
for circulation of the cooling liquid entering through the inlet port and exiting through the outlet port of the housing.

US Pat. No. 9,356,635

METHOD FOR OPERATING A VEHICLE-SIDE RECEIVER DEVICE OF A TRAIN CONTROL SYSTEM AND VEHICLE-SIDE RECEIVER DEVICE

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A method for operating a vehicle-side receiver device of a train control system, which comprises the steps of:
receiving at least one encoded signal, being encoded by modulation, by the vehicle-side receiver device via at least one track
circuit;

determining at least one carrier frequency of the at least one encoded signal received;
identifying a transmission method used by a respective train control system taking into account the at least one carrier frequency
determined; and

setting the vehicle-side receiver device specifically for the transmission method identified.

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. 9,251,981

ARRANGEMENT COMPRISING A CIRCUIT BREAKER UNIT

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A circuit breaker unit assembly, comprising:
a first arcing contact piece and a second arcing contact piece and a breaker gap between said first and second arcing pieces;
a switching gas channel leading from said breaker gap to a switching gas outlet opening of the circuit breaker unit;
first and second pipe sections delimiting said switching gas channel, at least in portions thereof, said first and second
pipe sections overlapping one another in an axial direction within an overlap segment;

each of said first and second pipe sections having lateral surfaces formed with discharge openings, and wherein unobstructed
discharge openings in said first and second pipe sections are axially offset relative to one another; and

fitting bodies respectively encompassing said pipe sections at end faces thereof, with said fitting bodies protruding from
opposite directions into said overlap segment such that said fitting bodies end at a common path running around the axial
direction.

US Pat. No. 9,194,927

SIMPLE METHOD TO DENOISE RATIO IMAGES IN MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A magnetic resonance imaging method, comprising the following steps:
generating a magnetic resonance imaging sequence provided for acquiring data from an object to be imaged, and configuring
the magnetic resonance imaging sequence for generating at least two different respective standard images including a first
standard image and a second standard image;

acquiring the two different standard images;
combining the two different standard images in a ratio image; and
obtaining the ratio image by calculating a ratio of the first standard image and the second standard image being tunable by
a parameter ? and automatically choosing the parameter ? for maximizing negentropy of the ratio image.

US Pat. No. 9,169,972

FORCE COMPENSATING DEVICE AND USE IN A MEDICAL SYSTEM

1. A force compensating device comprising:
a force generating unit configured to generate a compensating force to at least partially counteract a tractive force acting
on the force compensating device;

a safety unit coupled to the force generating unit, wherein the safety unit is rotatable about a first axis of rotation, wherein
the safety unit comprises a first element and a second element that are rotatably connected to each other at a second axis
of rotation, and wherein the safety unit is configured to be moved from an operating position to a locked position by the
force generating unit when the force generating unit has a malfunction; and

a locking unit configured to block movement of the safety unit from the locked position to the operating position when the
safety unit is triggered as a result of the malfunction.

US Pat. No. 9,113,796

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ADJUSTING THE VISUALIZATION OF VOLUME DATA OF AN OBJECT

1. A method for adjusting a visualization of volume data of an object as an image with regard to diagnostically relevant medical
information relating to an environment of a region under investigation, the method comprising:
specifying at least one slice region in accordance with slice information within the volume data;
using a first mapping of a value range of the volume data for visualizing the at least one slice region on a display; and
using a second mapping different from the first mapping for visualizing a region bordering on the at least one slice region
on the display,

wherein the first mapping, or the first mapping and the second mapping use at least one transfer function or a window level
specification,

wherein the at least one transfer function, the window level specification, or the at least one transfer function and the
window level specification of the first mapping are selected in accordance with a visualization of calcifications, adipose,
or connective tissue,

wherein the first mapping is selected in accordance with the visualization of calcifications, and
wherein the second mapping is selected in accordance with the visualization of adipose or connective tissue.

US Pat. No. 9,482,730

MAGNETIC RESONANCE APPARATUS WITH TOUCHSCREEN IN FLEXIBLE FOIL HOUSING

1. A magnetic resonance apparatus, comprising:
a magnet unit; and
a housing unit comprising a housing shell unit surrounding the magnet unit, wherein the housing shell unit is embodied as
a flexible foil with a foil thickness of approximately 5 mm to 7 mm, and at least one touchscreen operating element integrated
into an outward-oriented surface of the housing shell unit that faces away from the magnet unit,

wherein the housing shell unit comprises at least one first form-fit element disposed on at least one internal outer edge
area of the housing shell unit,

wherein the housing shell unit further comprises at least one second form-fit element corresponding to the at least one first
form-fit element disposed on a corresponding internal interior edge area of the housing shell unit, and

wherein the at least one first form-fit element fits into the corresponding at least one second form-fit element of the housing
shell unit so that the edge areas of the housing shell unit containing the at least one first form-fit element and the at
least one second form-fit element abut and/or overlap one another whereby the housing shell unit seamlessly surrounds the
magnet unit without contacting the magnet unit.

US Pat. No. 9,459,333

ALIGNMENT PHANTOM FOR MR/PET SYSTEM

Siemens Medical Solutions...

1. A phantom for co-registering a magnetic resonance image and a nuclear medical image, said phantom comprising: a longitudinal
member having a first end cap and a second end cap and a chamber contained within the longitudinal member, wherein the chamber
contains a fluid for producing a first image using a first imaging modality; and a first rod disposed within the chamber of
the longitudinal member, wherein the first rod contains a radioactive substance for producing a second image using a second
imaging modality, wherein the first imaging modality is magnetic resonance (MR).

US Pat. No. 9,429,635

ADAPTIVE AND INTERACTIVE ASSESSMENT OF TISSUE PROPERTIES IN MR IMAGING

Siemens Medical Solutions...

1. A system for evaluating properties of tissue from Magnetic Resonance (MR) signal data of the tissue, the system comprising:
an image data processor configured to select, for each individual image element of a plurality of individual image elements
of an MR image of the tissue, a particular parameter from a plurality of parameters of the tissue; and

a display processor configured to generate data representing the MR image using the particular parameter to represent the
individual image element,

wherein the plurality of parameters include a first parameter associated with water, a second parameter associated with a
fat/water mixture having a fat percentage FP determined for the individual image element, and a third parameter associated
with fat;

wherein a and b are constants selected for the MR image such that 0?a?b?1; and
wherein the particular parameter is equal to:
the first parameter when FP?a;
the second parameter when a the third parameter when FP>b.

US Pat. No. 9,336,966

INDICATOR LAMP

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. An indicator lamp, comprising:
a housing;
a light source arranged in the housing, to emit light when supplied with energy; and
a lens arrangement including
a first lens unit, arranged in a propagation direction of the light emitted by the light source and configured such that light
beams emitted by the light source emerge substantially in parallel from a side of the first lens unit that faces away from
the light source, and

a second lens, arranged on a side of the first lens unit that faces away from the light source and configured such that some
of the light beams emerging from the first lens unit are directed with respect to the parallel propagation direction toward
a transparent side surface of the housing, wherein the second lens is a prismatic ring, an entry surface of which at least
partly overlaps an exit surface of the light beams from the first lens unit.

US Pat. No. 9,717,164

CURRENT CONVERTER APPARATUS HAVING A MULTI-PHASE CURRENT CONVERTER

1. Current-converter apparatus for a multi-phase current, said current-converter apparatus comprising:
multiple current-converter modules for each current-converter phase that are electrically connected to one another;
a heat sink in each current-converter module;
at least one semiconductor component arranged on each heat sink in each current-converter module; and
a current-converter cabinet, the current converter modules for each phase being arranged horizontally in a respective row
in the current converter cabinet, one beside the other, the module rows for the respective current converter phases being
arranged vertically, one above the other,

wherein at least one first current converter module has just one control component and just two first semiconductor components,
the two first semiconductor components being electrically connected in parallel or in series with one another, each first
semiconductor component being an insulated gate bipolar transistor, the two first semiconductor components being electrically
connected to be controlled by the control component,

wherein at least one second current converter module has four second semiconductor components, the four second semiconductor
components being electrically connected in series with one another, each second semiconductor component being a diode.

US Pat. No. 9,163,536

WIND TURBINE WITH AN AUTOMATIC LIQUID LUBRICANT CHANGING ARRANGEMENT

1. A wind turbine, comprising: an automatic liquid lubricant changing arrangement comprising a source of liquid lubricant,
a supply line for supplying the liquid lubricant from the source to a component of the wind turbine, which requires lubricating,
a waste liquid lubricant collecting unit for waste liquid lubricant, and a removal line for conveying the waste liquid lubricant
from the component to the waste liquid lubricant collecting unit, wherein the automatic liquid lubricant changing arrangement
further comprises a control device, wherein the control device controls the wind turbine such that is configured to determine
that a procedure to remove waste liquid lubricant and/or to supply liquid lubricant is to be carried out, wherein responsive
to this determination the control device is configured to cause: the wind turbine to be is stopped by activating a brake of
the wind turbine, after the wind turbine has stopped, waste liquid lubricant to be is removed from the component by opening
the removal line, liquid lubricant to be is supplied to the component by opening the supply line, and the wind turbine is-to
be started by releasing the brake.

US Pat. No. 9,240,680

SWITCH FOR A TRANSMISSION PATH FOR HIGH-VOLTAGE DIRECT CURRENT

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A switch for a high-voltage direct current transmission path, the switch comprising:
a series circuit including a first switching device and a second switching device, said first switching device configured
for interrupting current and said second switching device configured for voltage isolation; and

a device configured for building up a counter-current against a current in the transmission path for reducing a current through
said switching devices, said device for building up the counter-current being connected in parallel with said first switching
device and including a high-voltage capacitor and a third switching device connected in series with said high-voltage capacitor,
said third switching device being a thyristor.

US Pat. No. 9,125,576

SEPARATING ENDOSCOPY CAPSULE FROM SURFACE OF LIQUID

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A method for completely immersing an endoscopy capsule, floating on a surface of a liquid, by separating the endoscopy
capsule from the surface of the liquid, the endoscopy capsule having a fixedly integrated magnetic element with a magnetic
dipole moment, said method comprising:
generating, in a solenoid system, at least one of a magnetic field and a magnetic gradient field for magnetic guidance of
the endoscopy capsule, having a brief force curve with at least one force pulse onto the fixedly integrated magnetic element
of the endoscopy capsule where amplitude sizes of the force pulses and a trend over time of the force pulses are adapted to
an oscillation resonance of a spring-mass system, the force pulses having a direction substantially perpendicular to the surface
of the liquid.

US Pat. No. 9,516,782

ARRANGEMENT FOR COOLING ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS AND/OR ASSEMBLIES

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. An arrangement, comprising:
a substrate having at least one opening,
a heat sink side below the substrate, and
a populating side above the substrate to accommodate electronic components and/or assemblies to be cooled;
a cover provided on the populating side, having
a lower chamber covering the populating side of the substrate, and
an upper chamber separated from the lower chamber by an intermediate plane;
a heat sink to dissipate heat from the substrate, the heat sink being provided on the heat sink side of the substrate such
that the substrate is provided between the heat sink and the electronic components and/or assemblies;

insulation material positioned above the heat sink and below the substrate;
a guide channel for a cooling medium provided between the substrate and the heat sink insulation material above the heat sink;
and

a fan fitted above the substrate and the at least one opening, such that
a first cooling flow of the cooling medium generated by the fan is conducted through the guide channel below between the substrate
and the insulation material above the heat sink, and then through the at least one opening in the substrate, wherein the insulation
material reduces heat transfer between the heat sink and the first cooling flow,

a second cooling flow of the cooling medium generated by the fan is conducted in the lower chamber of the cover over the populating
side of the substrate,

the cooling medium absorbs heat to become a heated cooling medium, and
the heated cooling medium is deflected by the fan into the upper chamber of the cover and conducted toward outer faces of
the cover.

US Pat. No. 9,496,779

DRIVE DEVICE FOR ROTATIONAL AND LINEAR MOVEMENTS WITH DECOUPLED INERTIAS

1. A drive device, comprising:
a shaft;
a rotational drive device having a rotating stator and a rotating armature for imparting a rotational movement to the shaft,
said rotating armature being connected to a first shaft section;

a linear drive device having a linear stator and a linear armature for imparting a linear movement to the shaft, the rotational
drive device and the linear drive device being arranged coaxially one behind the other, said linear armature being connected
to a second shaft section in axial alignment with the first shaft section, with the first and second shaft sections being
connected to each other so as to be movable axially with respect to each other but rotatable only together; and

a detector, operably connected to a control and regulation facility, for ascertaining a highly dynamic movement of the shaft,
said detector being at least one member selected from the group consisting of a sensor for detecting the linear movement of
the shaft, and a hollow shaft sensor for detecting the rotational movement of the shaft,

wherein said first shaft section and said second shaft section having axially proximal end portions which are arranged telescopically
in one another and axially distal end portions which are axially spaced from each other and connected to the rotating armature
and to the linear armature respectively,

wherein said axially proximal end portions of said first shaft section and said second shaft section are arranged telescopically
in one another with interposition of a torque linear bearing and radially inside said rotating armature of said rotational
drive device.

US Pat. No. 9,374,269

METHOD AND DEVICES FOR MATCHING DATA BETWEEN A MANAGER AND AN AGENT IN A MANAGEMENT NETWORK

1. A method for operating a management network of a communications network, the management network having a manager, an agent
and an object model, by way of synchronizing information which is relevant for the manager to have an image of a current status
of the communications network, the method comprising:
using the object model, according to which objects are assigned to object classes, for communication between the manager and
the agent;

sending from the manager to the agent a request for synchronization of information which is relevant for the manager to have
the image of the current status of the communications network; and

sending from the agent to the manager, in response to the request, exclusively information relating to at least one of objects
and alarms, which identifies all differences between the current status of the communications network and a status of the
communications network at a specific point in time, that are relevant for the manager.

US Pat. No. 9,412,514

ARRANGEMENT FOR THE INDUCTIVE WIRELESS DELIVERY OF ENERGY

1. An arrangement for the inductive wireless delivery of energy, comprising:
a controllable power supply;
a floor-mounted winding assembly including an electrically conductive first coil of circular shape, said first coil being
connected to the controllable power supply, an electrically conductive second coil of circular shape, said second coil being
connected to the power supply such that a current direction in the second coil is directed opposite to a current direction
in the first coil, and a core element connecting central regions of the first and second coils; and

a vehicle-mounted cylindrical winding operated by the floor-mounted winding assembly.

US Pat. No. 9,312,090

X-RAY EMITTER HOUSING

1. An x-ray emitter housing comprising:
a first housing part;
a second housing part;
a radially sealing element;
an axially acting threaded ring; and
a disk spring;
wherein the first housing part has a larger diameter than the second housing part, and wherein at least a portion of the first
housing part overlaps the second housing part along a radial axis of the x-ray emitter housing,

wherein the first housing part and the second housing part are connected to one another in a form-fit manner with the axially
acting threaded ring, wherein the axially acting threaded ring is positioned between the portion of the first housing part
that overlaps the second housing part,

wherein the second housing part comprises a ring-shaped projection having a circumferential annular groove, the ring-shaped
projection located at an end of the second housing part facing outward from a center of the x-ray emitter housing toward the
first housing part,

wherein the radially sealing element is arranged within the circumferential annular groove of the ring-shaped projection,
and

wherein the disk spring is arranged between the axially acting threaded ring and the ring-shaped projection, the disk spring
configured to maintain pre-stressing forces and prevent settling effects.

US Pat. No. 9,091,327

DEVICE SYSTEM FOR A WIND TURBINE

1. A drive system for a wind turbine, said drive system comprising:
at least one planetary gear stage, connectable to a rotor shaft of the wind turbine via a clutch, said planetary gear stage
comprising an annulus gear, a planetary carrier, a plurality of planetary gears mounted in the planetary carrier and engaging
with the annulus gear, and a sun gear engaging with the planetary gears;

a driven hollow shaft connected to the sun gear;
a pitch tube constructed as a hollow shaft and having a generator-side end, said generator-side end having a centering shoulder
formed by an abrupt change of a wall thickness of the pitch tube, and a face side provided with threaded holes, said pitch
tube being in concentric relationship with the annulus gear and extending axially across the entirety of the planetary gear
stage;

an adapter element having an opening for receiving a generator add-on component, said adapter element being received on and
in surrounding relationship with said generator-side end and fixed in position radially and axially in one direction by the
centering shoulder, said adapter element having an annular extension projecting from an inside of the adapter element said
annular extension bearing against an end side of the shoulder in an axial direction of the adapter element and having axially
extending through-holes for receiving the screw-type connection fittings; and

a plurality of screw-type connection fittings extending axially through the adapter element and being received in the threaded
holes of the pitch tube for securing the adapter element to the pitch tube.

US Pat. No. 9,414,797

COMBINATION OF CONTRAST MEDIUM AND MAMMOGRAPHY CT SYSTEM WITH A PRESPECIFIED ENERGY RANGE AND METHOD FOR GENERATING TOMOGRAPHIC MAMMOGRAPHY CT IMAGES BY THIS COMBINATION

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A mammography CT system configured to perform a CT scan, comprising:
a contrast medium application apparatus configured to supply a contrast medium to a patient, the contrast medium including
an opacifying element having an absorption peak in a first energy range, the first energy range falling within a second energy
range and the absorption peak being a K-edge of the opacifying element;

an x-ray generator including a cathode and an anode, the x-ray generator configured to emit x-rays towards a breast of the
patient lying in a prone position, the anode having an acceleration voltage applied thereto;

a prefilter configured to prefilter the x-rays before the x-rays reach the breast; and
a computer configured to,
determine a lower limit of the second energy range such that the lower limit is set based on a minimum energy absorbable by
the breast and is greater than or equal to 20 keV,

determine an upper limit of the second energy range for the CT scan of the breast such that the upper limit is above the k-edge
of the opacifying element, below a subsequent maximum dose enhancement ratio (DER) of the contrast medium and less than or
equal to 70 keV,

set the accelerating voltage of the x-ray generator such that a maximum energy of the x-rays that are emitted is the upper
limit of the second energy range, the absorption peak of the opacifying element being below the upper limit of the second
energy range, and

configure the pre-filter such that the pre-filter filters the x-rays to have a minimum energy equal to the lower limit of
the second energy range, the absorption peak of the opacifying element being above the lower limit of the second energy range.

US Pat. No. 9,373,875

STORAGE ELEMENT FOR A SOLID ELECTROLYTE ENERGY STORE

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A storage element for a solid electrolyte energy store, comprising a three-dimensional lattice structure wherein the lattice
structure is composed of plural layers, wherein each layer comprises plural elements;
wherein each element comprises a material that comprises an electron-conducting redox pair, wherein the redox pair comprises
at least one metal/metal oxide pair or a pair of metal oxides with different stages of oxidation; and

wherein each layer comprises elements in a form of a straight rod, wherein each rod is separated from other rods in a respective
layer.

US Pat. No. 9,367,924

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SEGMENTATION OF THE LIVER IN MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGES USING MULTI-CHANNEL FEATURES

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A method for liver segmentation in a multi-channel magnetic resonance (MR) image, wherein the multi-channel MR image is
obtained using an MR Dixon scan, comprising:
segmenting an initial liver boundary in the multi-channel MR image; and
refining the segmented initial liver boundary in the multi-channel MR image based on features extracted from an opposed channel
and a water channel of the multi-channel MR image using a trained boundary detector.

US Pat. No. 9,306,385

SURGE ARRESTER

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A surge arrester, comprising:
a tubular housing having an end;
an end fitting connected to said end of said housing;
a varistor block disposed in said housing; and
a supporting element disposed in a region of said end fitting, said supporting element having:
a supporting ring resting on said housing and including a first cone;
a first clamping ring including a first opposing cone associated with said first cone;
wherein said first cone is clamped with said first opposing cone such that said supporting ring is pressed immovably against
said housing.

US Pat. No. 9,279,413

WIND TURBINE

8. A wind turbine, comprising:
a stationary main shaft arranged within a nacelle of the wind turbine;
a rotor hub comprising a hollow shell defining an interior; and
a plurality of rotor blades extending radially outwards from the rotor hub,
wherein the rotor hub is rotatably mounted to the stationary main shaft via a bearing, and
wherein the bearing is arranged within the interior of the rotor hub and connected to a section of the stationary main shaft
protruding into the interior of the rotor hub;

wherein the rotor hub is rotatably mounted to the stationary main shaft via at least two bearings;
wherein at least one of the two bearings is located in the interior of the rotor hub;
wherein one of the at least two bearings is configured to support at least an axial load; and the other of the at least two
bearings is configured to support at least a radial load.

US Pat. No. 9,114,751

UNIVERSAL TOWER TRANSPORT STAND

1. A support system comprising:
a hub including a spoke connection region and a hub contact surface;
a support stand with a matching contact surface configured to match and receive at least a portion of the hub contact surface
to support the spoke connection region; and

a plurality of spokes, each spoke comprising an inner end connectable to a respective spoke connection point disposed in the
spoke connection region, wherein each spoke is independently positioned angularly about the spoke connection region, wherein
at least one spoke of the plurality of spokes has a length that is independently adjustable;

wherein the support stand comprises a flat base configured to support the spoke connection region on a ground surface.

US Pat. No. 9,057,768

LOCAL COIL FOR A MAGNETIC RESONANCE DEVICE

1. A local coil for a magnetic resonance device, the local coil comprising:
a double resonance conductor loop arrangement comprising at least one conductor loop;
a converter apparatus configured for converting operating energy received at a first resonance frequency into an operating
voltage; and

an electronics arrangement operated with the operating voltage, the electronics arrangement configured for processing magnetic
resonance signals received at a second resonance frequency,

wherein the at least one conductor loop includes at least one shorting capacitor, an additional capacitor and a frequency-dependent
additional impedance being connected in parallel with the at least one shorting capacitor, so as to generate a double resonance,
the frequency-dependent additional impedance having a barrier effect for one resonance frequency of the first resonance frequency
and the second resonance frequency.

US Pat. No. 9,124,581

INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SAFEGUARDING THE SYSTEM

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. An industrial automation system, comprising:
a requesting unit;
a fingerprint-determining component; and
a digital fingerprint assigned to the requesting unit requesting access to the industrial automation system and based on at
least one parameter of a communication between the requesting unit and the fingerprint-determining component;

wherein during operation of the industrial automation system, the fingerprint-determining component grants the requesting
unit access to the industrial automation system and compares a determined fingerprint of the requesting unit with a stored
fingerprint, said determining and comparing being continually performed during at least predefined intervals to ensure that
the requesting unit is authorized to access the industrial automation system;

wherein a total number of parameters are determined for determining the fingerprint, and wherein the fingerprint is formed
from a configurable partial number of parameters of the total number of parameters of the communication of the requesting
unit; and

wherein the total number of parameters comprises:
a protocol used by the requesting unit for communication with the fingerprint-determining component;
ports of the fingerprint-determining component used by the requesting unit for the communication;
addresses queried by the requesting unit in a context of the communication;
a length of data frames produced by the requesting unit;
a time duration between successive transmission of two data frames; and
a Media Access Control (MAC) address of the requesting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,221,572

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR THE CONTROLLED EMPTYING OF A TRANSPORT CONTAINER HOLDING PIECE GOODS

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A method for the automated emptying of piece goods from a collection or transport container holding the piece goods, the
method which comprises:
temporarily holding the container with a tipping device and pivoting the container with the tipping device according to a
defined motion schema into an emptying position during which the collection or transport container is tipped out;

measuring with at least one sensor a progress of the current emptying process for determining a rate at which the piece goods
drop out of the container; and

selectively accelerating or decelerating the motion schema defining the tipping procedure of the collection or transport container
in dependence on the current emptying process and/or taking into account a speed and/or an amount of tipped-out piece goods.

US Pat. No. 9,407,582

REDUNDANTLY OPERABLE INDUSTRIAL COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATION THEREOF

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A redundantly operable industrial communication system comprising:
a plurality of communication devices that are redundantly linked to an industrial communication network, each the plurality
of communication devices including:

at least a first and a second transmission and reception unit, each of the first and second transmission and reception units
having an interface for a network connection in the industrial communication network, the first and second transmission and
reception units having an identical network address;

a signal processing unit connected to the first and second transmission and reception units and having a multiplexer unit
for forwarding messages to be sent to the first and second transmission units in parallel and a redundancy handling unit for
processing messages received from the first and second reception units, the redundancy handling unit comprising a filter unit
configured to detect received redundant messages; and

a plurality of network infrastructure devices that are associated with the industrial communication network, each of the plurality
of network infrastructure devices including:

a plurality of transmission and reception units, and
a coupling element connecting the transmission and reception units of a network infrastructure device to one another;
wherein the industrial communication network comprises:
a plurality of transmission and reception stations for wireless message transmission, and
a plurality of buffer memory units for message elements which are received by wire at a network node based on at least one
of (i) high availability seamless redundancy and (ii) a parallel redundancy protocol, and which are sent wirelessly by the
network node;

wherein the buffer memory units each have a maximum buffer size and are configured such that, when the maximum buffer size
is exceeded, an oldest message element situated in a respective buffer memory unit is erased from the respective buffer memory
unit, and that, until the maximum buffer size is exceeded, the oldest message element is selected as a next message element
to be sent wirelessly.

US Pat. No. 9,292,501

PROCESS AND A SYSTEM FOR UPDATING A DATA STRUCTURE IN A RELATIONAL DATABASE USED WITHIN A MANUFACTURING EXECUTION SYSTEM

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A process for updating a data structure in a relational database used within a manufacturing execution system, which comprises
the steps of:
a) defining within the relational database the data structure;
b) defining SQL scripts having a number of specific rules, the rules containing a header describing an initial data structure
and a final data structure, thereby defining each of the defined SQL scripts as a section of an updating process;

c) analyzing a current data structure of the relational database;
d) identifying required sections among the sections available by comparing the current data structure of the relational database
to the initial data structure defined in the header of a SQL script;

e) defining a sequence order to consistently apply the sections; and
f) running required SQL scripts according to a defined sequence order of the sections.

US Pat. No. 9,273,956

METHOD FOR DETERMINING A DISTANCE BY X-RAY IMAGING, AND X-RAY DEVICE

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A method for determining a distance between a first point and a second point on an object under examination within the
body of a person under examination by x-ray imaging with an x-ray device, the method which comprises:
recording a first x-ray image containing the first point, with a first relative positioning of an x-ray source to the object
under examination;

recording a second x-ray image containing the first point, with a second relative positioning of the x-ray source to the object
under examination;

wherein the first relative positioning and the second relative positioning are shifted relative to one another substantially
in parallel to a central beam of the x-ray device;

recording a third x-ray image containing the second point, with a third relative positioning of the x-ray source to the object
under examination;

recording a fourth x-ray image containing the second point, with a fourth relative positioning of the x-ray source to the
object under examination;

wherein the third relative positioning and the fourth relative positioning are shifted relative to one another substantially
in parallel to the central beam of the x-ray device;

determining a location of the first point in the first x-ray image and in the second x-ray image;
determining a location of the second point in the third x-ray image and in the fourth x-ray image;
carrying out a stereo reconstruction based on the locations of the first point thus determined as a corresponding landmark
for obtaining a 3D position of the first point;

carrying out a stereo reconstruction based on the locations of the second point thus determined as a corresponding landmark
for obtaining a 3D position of the second point; and

determining the distance between the first point and the second point from the 3D position of the first point and the 3D position
of the second point.

US Pat. No. 9,254,109

SELECTION OF A RADIATION SHAPING FILTER

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A method for selecting a radiation shaping filter arrangement, configured to modify a spatial distribution of at least
one of intensity and spectrum of x-rays of an x-ray source of an imaging system, the method comprising:
recording anatomical measurement data of an object under examination; and
selecting the radiation shaping filter arrangement, automatically, based upon the anatomical measurement data of the object
under examination, the radiation shaping filter arrangement including more than three individual radiation shaping filters
arranged in a radiation shaping filter stack.

US Pat. No. 9,267,678

CONTINUOUS STEAM GENERATOR

1. A continuous steam generator, comprising:
a combustion chamber including a plurality of burners for fossil fuel;
a vertical gas duct disposed downstream of the combustion chamber and connected on a hot gas side in an upper region via a
horizontal gas duct;

the horizontal gas duct;
a plurality of superheater tubes;
a plurality of evaporator tubes; and
a water separation system, comprising:
a plurality of water separating elements, each including an inflow tube section connected to the respective upstream evaporator
tubes, and viewed in a longitudinal direction, transitions into a water discharge tube section,

wherein a plurality of outflow tube sections branch off in a transition zone, and are connected to an inlet collector of the
respective downstream superheater tubes, and

wherein a distributor element is disposed on a steam side of the water separation element between the respective water separating
element and the inlet collector,

wherein an external wall of the combustion chamber is formed from the plurality of evaporator tubes that are welded to one
another in a gas-tight manner and disposed upstream of the water separation system and is formed from the plurality of superheater
tubes that are welded to one another in a gas-tight manner and disposed downstream of the water separation system, and

wherein the respective distributor element comprises a baffle plate, an inlet tube disposed vertically with respect to the
baffle plate, and a plurality of outlet tubes arranged in a star shape around the outside of the baffle plate in the plane
thereof such that the flow medium impinges on the baffle plate and is distributed vertically in a symmetrical manner with
respect to the inflow direction and conducted into the outlet tubes wherein the plurality of outlet tubes lead at equal intervals
into the inlet collector,

wherein the baffle plate is circular and the plurality of outlet tubes are arranged concentrically with respect to a center
of the baffle plate at equal spacings from the respective adjacent outlet tubes.

US Pat. No. 9,279,735

MACHINE AND METHOD FOR MONITORING THE STATE OF A SAFETY BEARING OF A MACHINE

1. A method for monitoring wear of a safety bearing of a rotor shaft of a machine, wherein the rotor shaft is supported by
a magnetic bearing, the safety bearing having an outer ring and an inner ring arranged for rotation with respect to the outer
ring, the method comprising the steps of in the following order:
switching the magnetic bearing off for monitoring the state of the safety bearing,
catching a rotor shaft of the machine with the safety bearing when the magnetic bearing is switched off, and
while the magnetic bearing remains switched off
rotating the rotor shaft with the machine by using a defined motion sequence,
measuring a physical variable of the safety bearing with a sensor, wherein the physical variable is a distance between the
outer ring and the inner ring, and

determining the wear of the safety bearing from the measured distance between the outer ring and the inner ring.

US Pat. No. 9,250,307

MAGNETIC RESONANCE SYSTEM AND METHOD TO GENERATE DIFFUSION INFORMATION

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A method to generate diffusion information representing diffusion of predetermined molecules in tissue of a subject, comprising:
operating a magnetic resonance data acquisition unit, in which a subject is located, to obtain a plurality of diffusion-weighted
magnetic resonance images of the subject, with each of said diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance images being generated with
a respective, individual diffusion gradient;

in a computerized processor, sorting the diffusion gradients to produce, after sorting, respective groups of said diffusion
gradients with a predetermined number of said diffusion gradients in each group and each of said diffusion gradients belonging
to at least one of said groups, to place diffusion gradients in respective groups of at least two diffusion gradients per
group that are, within the respective groups, as linearly independent of each other as possible by having an absolute value
of a scalar product of the at least two diffusion gradients that is minimal;

in said processor, for each of said groups, combining the respective magnetic resonance images that were generated using the
respective diffusion gradients in the respective group to form, for each group, a magnetic resonance result image;

in said processor, determining spatial transformations between respective magnetic resonance result images that represent
movement of said subject that exists in the respective magnetic resonance result images for which the spatial transformation
is determined;

in said processor, using the respective spatial transformations between respective magnetic resonance result images to modify
the respective magnetic resonance result images to account for said movement in bringing the respective magnetic resonance
result images into registration with each other;

in said processor, forming diffusion information based on the modified magnetic resonance result images; and
at a display in communication with said processor, displaying said magnetic resonance images with said diffusion information
embodied therein.

US Pat. No. 9,358,993

METHOD FOR OPTIMIZED OPERATION OF AN ELECTRICALLY DRIVEN RAIL VEHICLE ON A PREDEFINED ROUTE

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A method for optimized operation of an electrically driven rail vehicle on a rail network having a set of routes, which
comprises the steps of:
providing a data processor;
operating the electrically driven rail vehicle on the rail network, the routes of the rail network being respectively fed
with electrical energy from an energy supplier external to the electrically driven rail vehicle and energy costs and environment
pollution on the routes of the rail network being dependent on the energy supplier supplying a respective route with the electrical
energy, wherein the operating step comprises successively operating the electrically driven rail vehicle on different routes
of the set of routes according to the following further steps of:

acquiring route energy data of each of the different routes by the data processor, the route energy data being selected from
the group consisting of costs of the electrical energy fed into the respective route and amount and type of the environmental
pollution created when producing the electrical energy fed into the respective route;

setting a driving style for each of the different routes via the data processor for operating the electrically driven rail
vehicle on the respective route according to at least an optimization goal selected from the group consisting of minimal energy
costs and minimal environmental pollution, wherein the driving style including at least a travel speed of the electrically
driven rail vehicle and is set by using the route energy data of the respective route; and

operating the electrically driven rail vehicle on the different routes according to a respective set driving style.

US Pat. No. 9,309,780

COATING, COATING LAYER SYSTEM, COATED SUPERALLOY COMPONENT

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...


all percentages relative to a total weight of the coating,
and unavoidable impurities,
and a balance of nickel.

US Pat. No. 9,274,535

CURRENT TO VOLTAGE CONVERTER, ARRANGEMENT COMPRISING THE CONVERTER AND METHOD FOR CONVERTING AN INPUT CURRENT TO AN OUTPUT VOLTAGE

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

17. Converter for converting an input current to an output voltage, the converter comprising:
a first region;
a second region galvanically separated from the first region;
an input reference node in the first region, wherein the converter is configured to allow a flow of the input current through
a device to the input reference node;

circuitry configured to generate, based on the input current, the output voltage relative to an output reference electric
potential, wherein the circuitry comprises a voltage transfer component for transferring the output voltage from the first
region to the second region, wherein the voltage transfer component comprises a first circuit in the first region and a second
circuit in the second region, and wherein the first circuit is driven by a first electric supply voltage relative to a first
supply reference potential;

an output terminal located in the second region and connected to the second circuit for outputting the output voltage;
wherein the converter is adapted to supply electric energy to the device and convert the input current in a predetermined
input current range between 0 mA and 20 mA, to an output voltage in a predetermined output voltage range between 0 V and 5
V, relative to a ground potential.

US Pat. No. 9,274,196

METHOD AND MAGNETIC RESONANCE SYSTEM TO GENERATE ANGIOGRAPHY IMAGES

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A method to generate magnetic resonance (MR) angiography images of a predetermined three-dimensional volume segment of
a living subject, comprising:
operating an MR data acquisition unit, in which a living subject is located, to acquire MR data from a predetermined three-dimensional
volume segment of the subject, and entering the acquired MR data into k-space along multiple radial trajectories in k-space;

in a processor, automatically executing an analysis of the MR data entered into k-space in order to subdivide said MR data
entered into k-space into a plurality of individually selectable groups, with said analysis causing each group to comprise
only MR data acquired during a predetermined heartbeat phase of the heart of the subject; and

in said processor, generating an MR angiography image using only MR data from a selected one of said groups.

US Pat. No. 9,088,429

METHOD FOR OPERATING, MONITORING AND/OR CONFIGURING AN AUTOMATION SYSTEM OF A TECHNICAL PLANT

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A method for operating, monitoring and/or configuring an automation system of a technical plant by a facility remote from
the technical plant by way of a secure communication link through a public network, wherein the remote facility comprises
remote facility software for operating, monitoring and/or configuring the automation system and comprises a first network
address for communication with the public network, and wherein the first network address can be addressed by the remote facility
software in order to send data via the public network to the automation system, comprising:
a) executing, by at least one processor, control software of the remote facility to ensure that software processes of the
remote facility software that are relevant to communication through the public network are terminated,

b) executing, by the at least one processor, the control software of the remote facility to establish a secure communication
link from a first terminal point in the remote facility to a second terminal point in the automation system via the public
network,

c) in the remote facility, assigning a second network address to the first terminal point, wherein the second network address
is different than the first network address,

d) executing, by the at least one processor, the control software of the remote facility to start one or more software processes
of the remote facility software that are relevant to communication through the public network,

e) executing, by the at least one processor, the one or more started software processes of the remote facility software sending
data packets for operating, monitoring and/or configuring the automation system to the first network address, and

f) the control software routing the data packets sent to the first network address to the second network address,
wherein the control software and the one or more software processes are stored in non-transitory computer-readable media of
the remote facility.

US Pat. No. 9,281,144

CIRCUIT BREAKER CONTACT ASSEMBLY AND CAM LEVER

1. An electrical contact apparatus, comprising:
an outer carrier;
an inner carrier moveable relative to the outer carrier about an inner carrier pivot;
one or more contact fingers pivotally mounted to the inner carrier;
a cam lever pivotally mounted to the outer carrier; and
a cam formed on the inner carrier and a cam profile formed on the cam lever, the cam being adapted to follow the cam profile.

US Pat. No. 9,403,124

METHOD FOR REDUCING THE CONCENTRATION OF NITROGEN DIOXIDE

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A method for reducing a concentration of nitrogen dioxide, NO2, in an exhaust gas from an incomplete combustion of hydrocarbons or hydrocarbon mixtures, wherein an exhaust gas containing
nitrogen dioxide and uncombusted hydrocarbons, UHCs, is passed over a catalyst for NO2 reduction which reduces NO2 by reaction with UHCs and in the process oxidizes UHCs, and the nitrogen dioxide present in the exhaust gas is reduced in
the presence of the catalyst at least to nitrogen monoxide, NO,
wherein the catalyst:
(i) has a storage temperature, TUHCabs, above which the catalyst stores UHCs and also partial oxidation products of UHCs,

(ii) has an activation temperature, Tred, above which the catalyst catalyzes the reduction of NO2 to at least NO by oxidation of the UHCs, and

(iii) has a working temperature, Tox, at which oxidation of UHCs with oxygen, O2, in the exhaust gas starts,

wherein the storage temperature TUHCabs for the storage of UHCs is below the activation temperature Tred for the reduction of NO2, as shown in equation (I):

TUHCabs
and
wherein the working temperature Tox for the oxidation of the UHCs with O2 is above Tred, as shown in equation (II):

Tox>Tred.  (II)

US Pat. No. 9,274,035

CLAMPING DEVICE

1. A clamping device for clamping a flat material test sample while a material test is carried out, comprising:
a substantially cylindrical clamping part, from the free end of which there extends a receiving slot for receiving the material
test sample;

a pressure ring concentrically surrounding the clamping part in the region of the receiving slot; and
a pressure sleeve provided between the clamping part and the pressure ring such that the pressure sleeve is concentric with
the clamping part and the pressure ring in the region of the receiving slot, the pressure sleeve is formed and actuable such
that, under radial expansion, it connects the clamping part and the pressure ring together and clamps the material test sample
held in the receiving slot.

US Pat. No. 9,064,611

2D COLLIMATOR FOR A RADIATION DETECTOR AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SUCH A 2D COLLIMATOR

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A radiation detector, comprising:
an array of 2D collimators configured to collimate in at least two collimation directions, each of the 2D collimators of the
array including 2D collimator modules arranged in series, adjacent ones of the 2D collimator modules being glued together
via a layer of adhesive, to establish a fixed mechanical connection to facing module sides of the 2D collimator modules, relatively
outer ones of the 2D collimator modules including at least one retaining element on at least one remaining side, the retaining
element including a screw mechanism for mounting each of the 2D collimators of the array opposite a detector mechanism, wherein

each of the 2D collimators of the array is replaceable independently of the remaining ones of the 2D collimators of the array.

US Pat. No. 9,279,846

FAULT IDENTIFICATION AND LOCATION IN A POWER SUPPLY LINE WHICH IS FED FROM ONE SIDE

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A method of determining a faulty section of a power supply line that is fed from one side and is divided into a plurality
of sections by switching devices, wherein each switching device has a measurement device associated therewith, the method
comprising:
detecting with each measurement device a current signal at a measurement point at the respective switching device, the current
signal indicating a current flowing at the respective measurement point;

sampling with each measurement device the current signal to form current sample values and determining a current measurement
variable from the current sample values;

forming with each measurement device a delta current value being a difference between an instantaneous current measurement
variable and a previous current measurement variable determined a fixed number of periods of the current signal before;

comparing with each measurement device the delta current value with a current threshold value and identifying a jump in current
when the delta current value lies above the current threshold value;

sending a status message with each measurement device, the status message indicating a jump in current, upon identifying the
jump in current; and

identifying with a fault location device a fault as being present on that section of the power supply line which is delimited
at one end by a switching device at which the respective measurement device has identified the jump in current, and is delimited
at another end by a switching device of which the respective measurement device has not identified a jump in current.

US Pat. No. 9,225,165

SURGE ARRESTER WITH EXTENDABLE COLLAR

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A surge arrester, comprising:
an arrester column;
end fittings;
at least two tensioning elements being clamped under tension between said end fittings and clamping said arrester column under
tension in an axial direction; and

at least one collar encompassing at least one part of said tensioning elements in a plane lying in a perpendicular manner
with respect to the surge arrester, in such a manner that said tensioning elements being fixed in a radial direction, said
collar lying against an outer side of said arrester column and having radial protuberances receiving and encompassing said
tensioning elements and fixing said tensioning elements in a tangential direction with respect to a center axis of the surge
arrester.

US Pat. No. 9,191,334

METHOD FOR IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF DATA TRANSMISSION IN A PACKET-BASED COMMUNICATION NETWORK

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A method for improving the quality of data transmission in a packet-based communication network comprising a plurality
of network nodes, wherein each network node of the plurality of network nodes has a plurality of ports, each port of the plurality
of ports being associated with at least one queue with which a communication connection to another network node of the plurality
of network nodes is producible, the method comprising:
monitoring at least the queues of ports of the plurality of ports that are disposed in the network nodes along communication
paths that are formed in the communication network for queue length;

determining a degree of overload for the ports from the queue length; and
establishing an alternative communication path for at least one runtime delay-critical, delay variation-critical, or runtime
delay-critical and delay variation-critical communication path of the communication paths that is routed via an overloaded
port when the degree of overload exceeds a predefined threshold value, the established alternative communication path bypassing
the overloaded port.

US Pat. No. 9,322,938

DETECTOR MODULE FOR A RADIATION DETECTOR AND RADIATION DETECTOR

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A detector module for a radiation detector, comprising:
a converter layer including contacts, arranged distributed over an area on a rear side of the converter layer, to transmit
electrical signals;

a rewiring layer on the rear side of the converter layer, the rewiring layer including conductive deposited lavers;
a target region on a rear side of the converter layer, the target region being smaller than the area of the rear side of the
converter layer;

a substrate layer arranged on a radiation output side of the detector module for mechanical stabilization of the detector
module, the substrate layer including a through-hole cutout opposite the target region;

wherein the contacts are covered by the rewiring layer and the contacts are routed, by the rewiring layer, to target contacts
on the target region and a connector passes through the substrate via the through-hole cutout in the substrate layer.

US Pat. No. 9,279,870

MAGNETIC RESONANCE ANTENNA ARRANGEMENT AND MAGNETIC RESONANCE SYSTEM

1. A magnetic resonance antenna arrangement comprising:
at least one first antenna group comprising a plurality of first antenna conductor loops, the plurality of first antenna conductor
loops being individually-controllable; and

a second antenna group adjacent to the at least one first antenna group, the second antenna group comprising a plurality of
longitudinal second antenna elements, the plurality of longitudinal second antenna elements being individually-controllable,

wherein the plurality of first antenna conductor loops essentially extend in a first extending surface and are arranged in
the first extending surface in a first direction in a row behind one another,

wherein the plurality of longitudinal second antenna elements are disposed with longitudinal axes transverse to the first
direction in parallel next to one another and extend in a second extending surface that runs essentially in parallel to the
first extending surface,

wherein the plurality of longitudinal second antenna elements are coupled at a first end area and at a second end area to
a conductive element such that each longitudinal second antenna element of the plurality of longitudinal second antenna elements
forms a second conductor loop with the conductive element, which is at an angle to the first extending surface, and

wherein the plurality of longitudinal second antenna elements are disposed so that, in the first end area, the second end
area, or the first end area and the second end area, each longitudinal second antenna element of the plurality of longitudinal
second antenna elements overlaps with an adjacent first antenna conductor loop of the plurality of first antenna conductor
loops.

US Pat. No. 9,265,441

ASSESSMENT OF TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A computer-implemented method for assessing a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in a patient, the method comprising:
obtaining diffusion magnetic resonance imaging (dMRI) data from the patient;
obtaining resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rs-fMRI) data from the patient;
extracting connectivity features between different regions of a brain of the patient, the connectivity features extracted
from the rs-fMRI data obtained from the patient and/or from the diffusion magnetic resonance imaging (dMRI) data obtained
from the patient;

extracting network features from the connectivity features; and
determining a TBI diagnosis for the patient based on at least the network features and the connectivity features using a trained
classifier.

US Pat. No. 9,257,890

PERMANENT MAGNET ROTOR FOR AN ELECTRICAL MACHINE

1. A rotor for an electrical machine, comprising:
a rotor body;
a permanent magnet arranged on a circumference of the rotor body to thereby cover an area on the circumference of the rotor
body, said area having at least one recess formed at least in one of the rotor body and a circumference-proximal side of the
permanent magnet so as to define between the permanent magnet and the rotor body a contact area which is between 20% and 85%
of a surface area of the circumference-proximal side of the permanent magnet, said recess configured as a slot which extends
in parallel relationship to the circumference-proximal side of the permanent magnet; and

a ferromagnetic bar removably insertable in the recess to allow removal of the permanent magnet.

US Pat. No. 9,175,545

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR OBTAINING, IN PARTICULAR IN SITU, A SUBSTANCE CONTAINING CARBON FROM AN UNDERGROUND DEPOSIT

1. An apparatus for extracting a substance containing hydrocarbons from a reservoir, wherein the reservoir can be subjected
to thermal energy in order to reduce the viscosity of the substance, the apparatus comprising:
at least one closed conductor loop partially extending horizontally in the reservoir for inductively applying current, the
at least one closed conductor loop being provided an electric/electromagnetic heater of the reservoir;

a pressurization device for injecting a liquid into the reservoir in liquid form,
wherein a processing entity extracts the liquid that is to be injected from a reservoir liquid that is taken from the reservoir
or from a medium that is taken from the reservoir; and

wherein a conductor of the conductor loop is surrounded in at least one section by a liquid carrying conduit for injecting
the liquid into the reservoir.

US Pat. No. 9,573,765

BELT-CONVEYING INSTALLATION, METHOD FOR OPERATING THE SAME, AND USE THEREOF

THYSSENKRUPP INDUSTRIAL S...

1. A belt-conveying installation for heavy industry, comprising:
a support structure;
a conveying belt; and
a drive apparatus to drive the conveying belt, the drive apparatus comprising: a drive roller driving the conveyor belt in
rotation;

an independently excited drive motor in the form of an alternating current synchronous motor which is fed by a frequency converter,
is supported by the supporting structure, and has a stator and a rotor;

a drive shaft rotating the drive roller, connected to the drive motor without any gearing, and rotated by the drive motor,
the drive shaft and the rotor being arranged coaxially, the drive shaft being guided through the rotor; and

a drive shaft bearing arrangement supporting the drive shaft,
wherein the rotor of the drive motor is configured to rotate at a rotational speed up to 80 revolutions per minute for extracting
or mining applications.

US Pat. No. 9,418,318

ROBUST SUBSPACE RECOVERY VIA DUAL SPARSITY PURSUIT

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A computer-implemented method of detecting a foreground data in an image sequence using a dual sparse model framework,
the method comprising:
creating an image matrix based on a continuous image sequence;
initializing a background matrix, a foreground matrix, and a coefficient matrix;
performing a subspace recovery process over a plurality of iterations until convergence of one or more of the background matrix,
the foreground matrix, and the coefficient matrix over the plurality of iterations, the subspace recovery process comprising:

updating the background matrix based on the image matrix and the foreground matrix,
updating the coefficient matrix by minimizing an L?1 norm of the coefficient matrix using a first linearized soft-thresholding
process, and

updating the foreground matrix by minimizing an L?1 norm of the foreground matrix using a second linearized soft-thresholding
process;

generating one or more background images based on the background matrix; and
generating one or more foreground images based on the foreground matrix.

US Pat. No. 9,281,150

CIRCUIT BREAKER TRIP BLOCKING APPARATUS, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS OF OPERATION

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A circuit breaker trip blocking apparatus, comprising:
a trip bar having a trip blocking arm; and
a blocking lever having
a first projection configured and adapted to contact a handle arm, and
a second projection configured and adapted to block tripping of the trip bar responsive to motion of the handle arm,
wherein the blocking lever includes a pivot,
wherein the pivot is mounted for rotation relative to a frame.

US Pat. No. 9,540,173

BELT-CONVEYING INSTALLATION, METHOD FOR OPERATING THE SAME, AND USE THEREOF

THYSSENKRUPP INDUSTRIAL S...

1. A belt-conveying installation for heavy industry, comprising:
a support structure;
a conveying belt; and
a drive apparatus to drive the conveying belt, the drive apparatus comprising: a drive roller driving the conveyor belt in
rotation;

an independently excited drive motor in the form of an alternating current synchronous motor which is fed by a frequency converter,
is supported by the supporting structure, and has a stator and a rotor;

a drive shaft rotating the drive roller, connected to the drive motor without any gearing, and rotated by the drive motor,
the drive shaft and the rotor being arranged coaxially, the drive shaft being guided through the rotor; and

a drive shaft bearing arrangement supporting the drive shaft,
wherein the rotor of the drive motor is configured to rotate at a rotational speed up to 80 revolutions per minute for extracting
or mining applications.

US Pat. No. 9,341,693

MOTION COMPENSATED MAGNETIC RESONANCE RECONSTRUCTION IN REAL-TIME IMAGING

Siemens Corporation, Isl...

1. A method for motion compensated magnetic resonance reconstruction, the method comprising:
acquiring, for each of multiple coils, magnetic resonance data representing an interior region of a patient with multiple
shots;

performing, for each of the multiple coils, an initial reconstruction for each of the shots;
determining, for each of the multiple coils, motion between the initial reconstructions of the multiple shots with an inverse-consistent
non-rigid registration;

reconstructing, for each of the multiple coils, a coil image with a matrix inversion solver as a function of the motion and
the magnetic resonance data for the multiple shots, the coil images for the multiple coils representing the interior region
of the patient;

combining the coil images from the multiple coils into an output image; and
displaying the output image representing the interior region of the patient.

US Pat. No. 9,285,448

ITERATIVE RECONSTRUCTION METHOD WITH PENALTY TERMS FROM EXAMINATION OBJECTS

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A method for calculating an MR image of a target layer from an examination object, wherein the MR image is calculated using
iterative reconstruction, the method comprising:
acquiring MR data from an initial layer of the examination object, the initial layer differing spatially from the target layer;
determining information produced by the examination object from the acquired MR data of the initial layer;
determining a penalty term from the determined information produced by the examination object; and
performing the iterative reconstruction of the MR image for the target layer, taking into account the determined penalty term.

US Pat. No. 9,986,648

HEATING ELEMENT FOR SMD MOUNTING

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A heating element comprising:a mounting side for SMD mounting;
a housing enclosing a cavity; and
a reactive substance in the cavity that reacts exothermically at a reaction temperature T1.

US Pat. No. 9,055,882

METHOD AND APPARATUS TO GENERATE MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGES

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A method to generate a magnetic resonance (MR) image that includes a volume of interest in an examination subject, said
examination subject comprising an additional excitation volume, which differs at least partially from said volume of interest,
comprising:
in a processor, automatically analyzing at least one MR overview image of the examination subject to automatically determine
a position of at least one anatomical structure in the examination subject;

in said processor, automatically determining the volume of interest using the position of the at least one anatomical structure;
in the processor, automatically determining said additional excitation volume using the position of the at least one anatomical
structure and not said volume of interest; and

generating an examination protocol in said processor configured to acquire the MR image that includes the volume of interest,
by radio-frequency excitation of nuclear spins in the automatically determined additional excitation volume in order to achieve
a desired magnetization of nuclear spins in the volume of interest, and making said protocol available at an output of the
processor in an electronic form that causes a magnetic resonance apparatus to be operated according to said protocol.

US Pat. No. 9,375,184

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PREDICTION OF RESPIRATORY MOTION FROM 3D THORACIC IMAGES

Siemens Corporation, Ise...

1. A method for predicting respiratory motion of a patient, comprising:
generating a patient-specific anatomical model of the respiratory system from a 3D thoracic image of the patient;
deforming the patient-specific anatomical model of the respiratory system using a biomechanical model;
personalizing the biomechanical model for the patient by estimating a patient-specific thoracic pressure force field to drive
the biomechanical model; and

predicting respiratory motion of the patient using the personalized biomechanical model driven by the patient-specific thoracic
pressure force field,

wherein the patient-specific anatomical model includes at least one lung region, a thorax region, and a sub-diaphragm region,
and generating the patient-specific anatomical model of the respiratory system from the 3D thoracic image of the patient comprises:

segmenting the at least one lung region, the thorax region, and the sub-diaphragm region in the 3D thoracic image;
generating a respective mesh for each of the segmented at least one lung region, thorax region, and sub-diaphragm region;
and

defining a plurality of pressure zones on the meshes for the thorax region and the sub-diaphragm region.

US Pat. No. 9,274,868

COMPUTERIZED METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR AUTOMATED SYSTEM DIAGNOSIS DETECTION

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A method for identifying a diagnosis of a system incident in a computerized system upon occurrence of said system incident,
said system incident producing incipient symptoms in said computerized system before said system incident results in a failure
of said computerized system, said method comprising:
providing a processor with an electronic description of said incipient symptoms and, in said processor, defining a diagnosis
domain from said incipient symptoms, said diagnosis domain comprising a plurality of possible diagnoses of said system incident;

in said processor, automatically generating, for each possible diagnosis in said diagnosis domain, a confidence level that
numerically expresses a probability that the respective possible diagnosis is a correct diagnosis of said incipient symptoms;

providing said processor with a first electronic input that describes a predetermined preference function for making a selection
of the possible diagnoses in said diagnosis domain based on their respective confidence levels;

providing said processor with a second electronic input that describes confirmed symptoms of said computerized system;
in said processor, automatically prioritizing said possible diagnoses in said diagnosis domain according to a predetermined
combination of said confidence levels, said preference function, and said confirmed symptoms;

in said processor, applying an abduction algorithm to said incipient symptoms and a selected subset of the prioritized possible
diagnoses that are higher in said prioritization, to obtain, for each possible diagnosis in said subset, a corresponding hypothesis
for said system incident;

providing said processor with a third electronic input that describes observed system observations regarding operation of
said computerized system;

in said processor, applying said system observations to the respective hypotheses corresponding to the possible diagnoses
in said subset, to select at least one of said hypotheses as an explanation for said system incident; and

at a display monitor in communication with said processor, displaying, as a diagnosis of said system incident, a description
of the possible diagnosis that corresponds to said at least one selected hypothesis.

US Pat. No. 9,133,537

SUPERALLOY COMPONENT AND METHOD OF IMPROVING THE SAME

1. A method of improving a superalloy component, comprising:
introducing at least one additive selected from the group consisting of Hf, La, and Y to the superalloy component, wherein
the at least one additive is introduced into a surface layer of the superalloy component by:

applying a slurry onto the surface layer, wherein the slurry comprises an organic binder and a solid content, with the solid
content including the at least one additive and the base material of the superalloy, the at least one additive including Hf
in an amount up to 2.5% by weight of the slurry and/or La in an amount up to 0.1% by weight of the slurry and/or Y in an amount
up to 0.1% by weight of the slurry, with the base material of the superalloy substantially forming the balance of the slurry,

subjecting the component with the slurry to a heat treatment to cure the slurry and form a cured slurry layer, and
melting the slurry entirely into the surface layer of the component by scanning the surface with a laser beam to locally melt
the solid content of the slurry and the surface layer,

solidifying the melted solid content of the slurry and the surface layer to obtain a material composition of the surface layer,
applying an oxidation and/or corrosion resistant coating directly over the solidified surface layer of the superalloy component.

US Pat. No. 9,180,896

SIGNAL TRANSMITTER

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A signal transmitter, comprising:
luminous elements including at least one first luminous element and at least one second luminous element;
an interface for connecting the signal transmitter to a signal box; and
a drive device connected between said interface and at least two of said luminous elements, in an event of a switch-on signal
coming from the signal box for said second luminous element, said drive device controlling an activation of said second luminous
element in dependence on a signaling state of said first luminous element.

US Pat. No. 9,139,211

DEVICE FOR DETECTING THE OCCUPIED OR AVAILABLE STATUS OF A TRACK SEGMENT AND METHOD FOR OPERATING SUCH A DEVICE

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

5. A device for detecting an occupied state or a clear state of a track section, the device comprising:
a transmitter for feeding an outgoing signal into running rails of the track section;
at least one receiver for receiving an incoming signal produced by transmitting the outgoing signal via the running rails
of the track section;

trackside connection boxes;
exchangeable tuning units disposed in said trackside connection boxes, the device can be matched, by configuration, to the
different operating frequencies by means of said exchangeable tuning units; and

the device being matched, by configuration, to different operating frequencies and configured to vary the frequency of the
outgoing signal within a range of a configured operating frequency, the device programmed to:

vary a frequency of the outgoing signal;
determine a resonance frequency of the outgoing signal; and
set the frequency of the outgoing signal to the resonance frequency determined.

US Pat. No. 9,888,620

ALLOCATION OF PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARDS ON FITTING LINES

1. A method for allocating printed circuit boards to fitting lines of a fitting system for fitting the printed circuit boards
with electronic components, the method comprising:
detecting requirements for fitting a plurality of printed circuit boards with respectively allocated electronic components;
allocating a subset of the printed circuit boards to fitting lines under predetermined specifications by integer linear programming;
determining equipment families for the fitting lines on a basis of the allocation of the subset of the printed circuit boards;
and

carrying out a new allocation of a subset of the printed circuit boards until a criterion has reached a predetermined threshold,
the criterion being formed on a basis of a number of equipment families of the fitting lines,

wherein the criterion comprises a condition that: (1) the number of equipment families of each fitting line is greater than
a respective predetermined threshold, (2) the number of equipment families of each fitting line is less than the respective
predetermined threshold, or (3) differences between the number of equipment families of each fitting line are below the respective
predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,056,354

MATERIAL SYSTEM OF CO-SINTERED METAL AND CERAMIC LAYERS

MIKRO SYSTEMS, INC, Char...

1. A method of fabricating a metal and ceramic layered material system, comprising:
selecting a metal material and a ceramic material with respective coefficients of thermal expansion that are within 15% of
each other throughout an operating temperature range plus a co-sintering temperature range;

forming a substrate from a powder of the metal material;
disposing a layer on the substrate, wherein the layer comprises a powder of the ceramic material containing at least 2% by
volume of ceramic nano-particles having an average diameter of less than 100 nm;

co-sintering the substrate and the layer within the co-sintering temperature range to a final density of the substrate of
at least 97% theoretical density; and

selecting the metal material, the ceramic material, and the percentage of ceramic nano-particles such that the co-sintering
produces respective shrinkage amounts of the layer and the substrate that are within 1.0% of each other throughout the co-sintering
thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,413,311

RADIO-FREQUENCY POWER AMPLIFIER

1. A device for radio-frequency power amplification, the device comprising:
a switching arrangement with a signal input and a signal output, the switching arrangement being configured to amplify, during
operation, a radio-frequency input signal that is present at the signal input and has an input power, and to provide, during
continuous wave (CW) operation, a continuous output signal at the signal output, the continuous output signal having a greater
output power compared with the input power,

wherein the switching arrangement comprises at least two amplifier devices, a respective output of the at least two amplifier
devices being connected to the signal output of the switching arrangement,

wherein each amplifier device of the at least two amplifier devices comprises a switching transistor, wherein the switching
transistors are configured to be inoperable during the CW operation without being destroyed,

wherein the at least two amplifier devices are drivable as pulse amplifiers with a temporal offset using a control device
such that pulses generated in temporal succession at the outputs of the at least two amplifier devices produce a CW signal
at the signal output of the switching arrangement, and

wherein a respective controllable switching element is arranged between the outputs of the at least two amplifier devices
and the signal output of the switching arrangement.

US Pat. No. 9,257,843

CONTROLLER, WIND PARK AND CONTROL METHOD

1. A controller,
wherein the controller is adapted to control a transformation ratio of a park transformer of a wind turbine park comprising
a plurality of wind turbines connected to a first node, wherein the park transformer is connected between the first node and
a second node which is connected to a utility grid to which electric energy produced by the wind turbines is to be delivered;

wherein the controller is further adapted to control at least one impedance element connected to the second node or between
the park transformer and a wind turbine transformer of at least one wind turbine; and

wherein the impedance element comprises an inductor.

US Pat. No. 9,810,431

SILO COMBUSTION CHAMBER FOR A GAS TURBINE

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A silo combustor arrangement for a gas turbine, comprising
a flame tube formed by an inner wall and a flame tube base and bounding a combustion space,
an outer wall that surrounds the inner wall,
a cavity defined in part by the inner wall and by the outer wall,
a conduit that is disposed outside of an external casing of a silo combustor of the silo combustor arrangement and curved
to form an annular chamber in fluid communication with at least one inflow line, wherein the at least one inflow line is configured
to be fluidically coupled to a hot side of a heat exchanger during operation of the gas turbine,

at least one burner which opens, on an outlet side, into the combustion space via an opening in the flame tube base and whose
oxygen supply is fluidically connected to the annular chamber,

a plenum chamber that is arranged above the flame tube base, and at least one connecting part that connects the conduit to
the outer wall and provides fluid communication therethrough from the annular chamber, through a side wall of the conduit,
and to the plenum chamber, and

partition plates that partly define the cavity and the plenum chamber and which fluidically separate the cavity from the plenum
chamber

wherein the at least one burner is fluidically connected to the plenum chamber for the purpose of oxygen supply.

US Pat. No. 9,706,629

X-RAY APPARATUS WITH VOLTAGE GENERATOR COMPONENT DISPOSED AT THE SAME END OF A C-ARM AS A DETECTOR

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. An x-ray apparatus, comprising:
a C-arm frame having a middle section, a first end remote from said middle section, and a second end remote from said middle
section;

an x-ray source disposed at said first end;
a detector for recording radiation emitted by said x-ray source and disposed at said second end; and
a voltage generator for supplying a voltage to said x-ray source, and at least one component of said voltage generator and
said x-ray source being disposed separately from one another, said at least one component of said voltage generator is disposed
at said second end of said C-arm frame at which said detector is disposed;

wherein said at least one component of said voltage generator is selected from the group consisting of a voltage transformer,
a voltage rectifier, a voltage capacitor, a heating transformer, a combination thereof and said voltage generator entirely.

US Pat. No. 9,210,826

POWER SEMICONDUCTOR MODULE HAVING LAYERED INSULATING SIDE WALLS

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A power semiconductor module, comprising:
a module housing having an electrically insulating side wall, said insulating side wall being entirely constructed as a stack
of insulating partial elements formed as a single piece, said partial elements having contact areas resting against one another;

at least two interconnected power semiconductor units disposed in said module housing and having switchable power semiconductors;
and

at least one connecting bar extended through said side wall and connected to at least one of said power semiconductor units;
said partial elements being circumferentially closed.

US Pat. No. 9,191,379

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AUTHENTICATING MULTICAST MESSAGES

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A method for authenticating a multicast message from among different multicast message types, comprising:
calculating an initialization hash chain in an initialization phase by a transmitter based on an anchor value of the transmitter
using an initialization hash function and chain elements of the initialization hash chain provided for initialization of a
message protection hash chain;

calculating, by the transmitter for each multicast message type, based in each case on an anchor value formed by one of the
chain elements of the initialization hash chain, an associated message type hash chain using a respective hash function for
the multicast message type;

distributing a last chain element of the initialization hash chain as an initialization function value to at least one receiver
in the initialization phase;

receiving and storing the multicast message by a receiver;
receiving, from the transmitter by the receiver, an authentication key release message containing a cryptographic authentication
key released by the transmitter for authentication of the multicast message stored by the receiver;

calculating, by the receiver, a cryptographic function value for the cryptographic authentication key contained in the authentication
key release message using a predetermined cryptographic function;

comparing the cryptographic function value of the authentication key calculated by the receiver with the initialization function
value to check validity of the cryptographic authentication key contained in the authentication key release message; and

authenticating, by the receiver, the multicast message stored in the receiver based on the authentication key that has been
recognized as valid.

US Pat. No. 9,245,091

PHYSICALLY-CONSTRAINED MODELING OF A HEART IN MEDICAL IMAGING

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A method for physically-constrained imaging a heart, the method comprising:
acquiring first and second medical diagnostic data representing a patient with a medical scanner;
estimating, with a processor, first anatomy locations of a valve of the patient from the first medical diagnostic data of
the patient at a first time;

estimating, with the processor, second anatomy locations of the valve of the patient from the second medical diagnostic data
of the patient at a second time different than the first time;

altering the first anatomy locations for the first time as a function of the second anatomy locations and a biomechanical
model relating physical mechanics of the valve from the first and second times;

altering the second anatomy locations for the second time as a function of the first anatomy locations and the biomechanical
model; and

generating an image as a function of the altered first or second anatomy locations.

US Pat. No. 9,189,851

METHOD OF MOTION COMPENSATION FOR TRANS-CATHETER AORTIC VALVE IMPLANTATION

SIEMENS MEDICAL SOLUTIONS...

1. A computer-implemented method of motion compensation in a cardiac imaging using a dynamic overlay of a 3D aortic volume
with an intra-operative fluoroscopic image sequence of a target cardiac region, comprising
estimating the motion of the target cardiac region by tracking an image object, located at a relatively fixed position in
the target cardiac region and moving in a correlated manner with the motion of the target cardiac region, throughout the image
sequence;

describing the correlated motion of the image object with the motion of the target cardiac region by a correlation motion
model; and

adjusting the 3D aortic volume in the overlay with the fluoroscopic image sequence using the estimated motion of the target
cardiac region and the correlation motion model of the image object with the motion of the target cardiac region,

wherein the fluoroscopic image sequence of the target cardiac region comprises a biplane fluoroscopic image sequence,
wherein the estimating step comprises estimating either or both translational and rigid-body transformation of the target
cardiac region by tracking the image object in a 3D space against two views of the biplane fluoroscopic image sequence, and

wherein the two views of the biplane fluoroscopic image sequence are two synchronized biplane views in a synchronized cardiac
movement.

US Pat. No. 9,398,268

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR COOPERATIVE DIVERSITY VISUAL COGNITION IN WIRELESS VIDEO SENSOR NETWORKS

Siemens Corporation, Ise...

1. A method for cooperative diversity visual cognition in a wireless sensor network comprising:
receiving, by at least one video sensor node deployed in an area, a request for a video image of the area for a visual cognition
task;

determining, by the at least one video sensor node, an estimate of a performance metric of the at least one video sensor node
for the visual cognition task based on a contribution of the at least one video sensor node to a value of a communicative
coalition of video sensor nodes associated with the visual cognition task;

determining, by the at least one video sensor node, whether to join the communicative coalition of video sensor nodes associated
with the visual cognition task based on the determined estimate of the performance metric of the at least one video sensor
node; and

in response to a determination to join the communicative coalition by the at least one video sensor node, obtaining and transmitting
to a requestor the video image of the area,

wherein the step of determining, by the at least one video sensor node, whether to join the communicative coalition of video
sensor nodes associated with the visual cognition task comprises:

declining, by the at least one video sensor node, to join the communicative coalition in response to determining that the
contribution of the at least one video sensor node to the value of the communicative coalition associated with the visual
cognition task does not increase a total performance metric of the communicative coalition associated with the visual cognition
task.

US Pat. No. 9,288,822

METHOD FOR ADVERTISING CHANNEL RESERVATIONS

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A method for advertising channel reservations by an advertisement in a wireless mesh network, the advertisement being identified
by an advertisement identification number and being adapted for at least partially advertising channel reservations known
by a transmitting node via one or multiple advertisement elements, the method comprising for each advertisement element:
mapping at least one channel reservation to an advertisement element identifier in a fixed mapping, the advertisement element
identifier identifying an advertisement element;

considering said advertisement element to contain a set of channel reservations assigned to said advertisement identification
number; and

advertising said reservation by transmitting said advertisement element identified by said advertisement element identifier.

US Pat. No. 9,064,332

FUSED-IMAGE VISUALIZATION FOR SURGERY EVALUATION

Siemens Medical Solutions...

1. A computer-implemented method of visualization, comprising:
(i) receiving at least one pre-operative image and at least one intra-operative image of an anatomical structure;
(ii) straightening the pre-operative image to generate a straightened pre-operative image;
(iii) identifying a region of interest in the intra-operative image;
(iv) identifying a symmetric region in the straightened pre-operative image based on the intra-operative image, wherein the
symmetric region is substantially symmetrical to a target region in the straightened pre-operative image, wherein the target
region corresponds to the region of interest in the intra-operative image;

(v) extracting the symmetric region from the pre-operative image and reflecting the extracted symmetric region to generate
a reference image;

(vi) rigidly registering the intra-operative image with the reference image to generate a registered intra-operative image;
and

(vii) overlaying the registered intra-operative image on the target region in the straightened pre-operative image to generate
a first fused image.

US Pat. No. 9,264,799

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ACOUSTIC AREA MONITORING BY EXPLOITING ULTRA LARGE SCALE ARRAYS OF MICROPHONES

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A method for creating an acoustic map of an environment having at least one acoustic source, comprising:
surrounding the environment with an array of microphones that contains 1000 or more microphones in the array;
a processor determining a plurality of disjoint spatial masks associated with the array of microphones covering the environment,
each mask defining a different pass region for a signal and a plurality of complementary rejection regions, wherein the environment
is monitored by the array of microphones;

the processor determining for each mask in the plurality of disjoint spatial masks a defined subset of microphones in the
array of microphones and a beamforming filter for each of the microphones in the defined subset of microphones that maximizes
a gain for the pass region and minimizes gain for the complementary rejection regions associated with each mask according
to an optimization criterion that does not depend on the at least one acoustic source in the environment; and

the processor applying the plurality of disjoint spatial masks in a scanning action across the environment on signals generated
by microphones in the array of microphones to detect the acoustic source and its location in the environment, wherein for
each applied spatial mask only samples generated by the corresponding defined subset of microphones are processed by the processor.

US Pat. No. 9,233,373

TUBE MILL

1. A tube mill, comprising:
a body disposed for rotation about an axis of rotation and receiving material to be ground for comminution;
an electric motor for rotationally driving the body, said electric motor having a rotor disposed around the body in fixed
rotative engagement with the body, and a stator yoke disposed stationarily around the rotor; and

a concrete element running around at least half a circumference of the stator yoke, said stator yoke being connected to the
concrete element such that a force acting on the stator yoke is transferred to the concrete element.

US Pat. No. 9,443,330

RECONSTRUCTION OF TIME-VARYING DATA

Siemens Medical Solutions...

1. A non-transitory computer readable medium embodying a program of instructions executable by machine to perform steps for
facilitating iterative data reconstruction, the steps comprising:
(i) receiving a time-varying two-dimensional (2D) image dataset of one or more vessel-like structures;
(ii) forward projecting temporal volumes in a current estimated time-varying three-dimensional (3D) dataset to obtain 2D attenuation
coefficients, and determining an error between the 2D attenuation coefficients corresponding to the current estimated time-varying
3D dataset and corresponding projection data from the received time-varying 2D image dataset;

(iii) back projecting the error across the temporal volumes in the current estimated time-varying 3D dataset to adjust the
current estimated time-varying 3D dataset;

(iv) applying a regularization function to the adjusted current estimated time-varying 3D dataset; and
(v) repeating at least steps (ii), (iii) and (iv) until a terminating condition is met.

US Pat. No. 9,392,989

MAMMOGRAPHY APPARATUS

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A mammography apparatus comprising:
an x-ray source that emits an x-ray beam that comprises a central ray;
a compression unit that compresses a breast therein with an adjustable compression pressure;
a radiation detector;
said x-ray source being mounted for movement along an arc-shaped trajectory so as to irradiate the breast in the compression
unit with said x-ray beam from each of a plurality of different projection angles along said arc-shaped trajectory, and said
radiation detector detecting x-rays that have proceeded through the breast in the compression unit at each of said projection
angles, with said central ray proceeding through a different radioscopy path in the breast at the respective projection angles;
and

a control and evaluation unit configured to adjust the compression pressure applied to the breast by said compression unit
to cause said radioscopy path of said central ray through the compressed breast to stay within a predetermined deviation,
relative to a length of said radioscopy path at a first of said projection angles, as said x-ray source proceeds through said
different projection angles along said arc-shaped trajectory.

US Pat. No. 9,244,144

METHOD FOR DETERMINING MAGNETIC RESONANCE DATA AND A MAGNETIC RESONANCE SYSTEM

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A method for acquiring magnetic resonance (MR) data for a plurality of layers of an object to be examined in a section
of a magnetic resonance system including a basic magnetic field, wherein the section is located at an edge of a Field of View
of the magnetic resonance system in a first direction, the method comprising:
producing a first gradient field with a non-linearity of its location dependence such that in the section the non-linearity
compensates a local inhomogeneity of the basic magnetic field;

positioning the object to be examined in the first direction in multiple ways such that the plurality of layers of the object
to be examined, perpendicular to first direction successively, include the section; and

acquiring magnetic resonance data for each of the layers with recording sequences.

US Pat. No. 9,192,064

ELECTRONIC MODULE FOR AUTOMATION ENGINEERING

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. An electronic module for automation engineering, comprising:
a housing;
a back configured with a retaining device for latching in a support system;
a front;
a movable cover connected to the housing and disposed at the front;
a receptacle disposed in a top region of the front of the housing, the receptacle being configured to receive a first hinge
piece of a hinge, with a latching mechanism, connecting the housing and the movable cover, the movable cover being configured
at a first end as a second hinge piece of the hinge, a first opening being disposed perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of
the cover at the first end in an enclosure of the cover, an axial casing being inserted into the first opening, the first
hinge piece having a second opening into which a partial region of the axial casing is inserted to form an axis of rotation
of the hinge, the cover being rotatable as a movable front flap in an opening direction; and

a foil-insulated flat conductor disposed between the housing and movable cover and including a first conductor part and a
second conductor part, the first conductor part being connected to the second conductor part via a cross-piece, the first
conductor part being disposed in a first half rotation and the second conductor part being disposed in a second half rotation
around an axis of rotation of the hinge, and the cross-piece being disposed parallel to the axis of rotation of the hinge
and perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the first and second conductor parts.

US Pat. No. 9,591,788

COUPLING SYSTEM BETWEEN A WASTE-HEAT GENERATOR AND A WASTE-HEAT RECEIVER

1. A coupling system as a thermal interface between a waste-heat generator and a waste-heat receiver, said coupling system
comprising;
a first body having a first contact area;
a second body having a second contact area, said first and second contact areas abutting one another for heat exchange; and
a tongue and groove connection provided in two edge regions of the first and second contact areas and in a central region
of the first and second contact areas which is substantially central and equidistant from the edge regions, the tongue and
groove connection having a plurality of grooves extending vertically in a longitudinal direction and spaced horizontally from
each other and a plurality of tongues formed as sliding blocks inserted in each of the grooves and spaced vertically from
each other and connecting and tensioning the first and second contact areas,

wherein the plurality of grooves of the tongue and groove connection includes three grooves, with two of the grooves arranged
adjacent to two vertical edges of the first contact area correspondingly and a third of the grooves arranged horizontally
between the two grooves and substantially centrally and equidistantly from the two grooves,

wherein the sliding blocks are fixed in the first contact area, and a spring element is positioned on an element of the tongue
and groove connection and provides in mounting condition a restoring force acting substantially in a direction of surface
normal of the first and second contact areas so that due to the restoring force a contact pressure which forces the first
and second contact areas to one another is increased,

wherein the element of the tongue and groove connection on which the spring element is positioned is the sliding block of
the tongue and groove connection,

wherein each of the sliding blocks is T-shaped and has a base and a crossbar extending perpendicular to the base, and the
spring elements are secured on the crossbar on both sides of each of the sliding blocks.

US Pat. No. 9,442,961

SYSTEM FOR ORDERING FREQUENCY DOMAIN COMPONENTS REPRESENTING MR IMAGE DATA

Siemens Medical Solutions...

1. A system for ordering acquisition of frequency domain components representing MR image data for storage in an array, comprising:
a storage array of individual data elements for storing corresponding individual frequency components representing an MR dataset
of an anatomical region of interest, including components of a low spatial frequency, an intermediate spatial frequency and
a high spatial frequency;

a magnetic field generator for generating a magnetic field for use in acquiring a plurality of individual frequency components
in order of said intermediate spatial frequency, said high spatial frequency and said low spatial frequency, said high spatial
frequency substantially corresponding to a maximum radius value of said region of interest from a designated center of said
array; and

a storage processor for storing individual frequency components acquired using said magnetic field in corresponding individual
data elements in said array, wherein said individual frequency components are successively acquired in an order in which radius
of respective corresponding individual data elements increases and decreases along a substantially spiral path as said plurality
of individual frequency components is sequentially acquired during acquisition of an MR dataset representing an MR image.

US Pat. No. 9,396,412

MACHINE-LEARNT PERSON RE-IDENTIFICATION

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A method for person re-identification, the method comprising:
mapping color values separately for different regions from first and second images to first and second probability distributions
over a plurality of colors, the plurality of colors in a first color space different than a second color space of the color
values;

calculating separately, with a processor, for the different regions a similarity score between the first and second probability
distributions;

determining an affinity score as a function of the similarity scores from the different regions, and different weights applied
to different similarity scores, the weight being a rank-boosted machine-learnt value; and

identifying a person in the second image as a person in the first image, the identifying being a function of the affinity
scores.

US Pat. No. 9,366,378

SUPPORT ARM FOR ULTRASOUND SCANNING

Siemens Medical Solutions...

1. A system for ultrasound scanning, the system comprising:
an ultrasound transducer;
at least a first support arm connected with the ultrasound transducer, the first support arm being moveable;
a resistance device configured to counteract less than all of a gravitational force applied to the first support arm, such
that gravity causes the ultrasound transducer to press against an object for scanning with a pressure less than caused by
the gravitational force applied to the first support arm without the resistance device but more than zero;

an adjustable resistance applicator configured to apply different amounts of weight counteracting force;
a joint sensor configured to detect an angle of the first support arm or another support arm;
a controller in communication with the joint sensor, the controller configured to:
determine an angle of the first support arm or the other support arm relative to the direction of the gravitational force
based on the detected angle; and

adjust an amount of resistance provided by the resistance device and the adjustable resistance applicator based on the determined
angle such that the pressure with which the ultrasound transducer is pressed against the object is maintained.

US Pat. No. 9,312,732

ROTOR WITH PERMANENT EXCITATION HAVING PERMANENT MAGNETS AND FLUX CONDUCTING ELEMENTS THEREBETWEEN, ELECTRIC MACHINE HAVING SUCH A ROTOR AND MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR THE ROTOR

1. A rotor, comprising:
a shaft having an axis of rotation;
a plurality of permanent magnets arranged around the shaft in a circumferential direction for permanent excitation, at least
one of the permanent magnets being attached to the shaft; and

a flux conducting device for conducting a magnetic flux of the permanent magnets, said flux conducting device having a plurality
of separate soft-magnetic flux conducting elements, with each flux conducting element being mounted between two of the permanent
magnets and fixed thereto so as to be indirectly held in place on the shaft, at least one of the flux conducting elements
having at least one radially outer contact area sized to cover an outer edge of one of the permanent magnets in the radial
direction and narrows radially inwardly to a line extending in an axial direction to form a vertex where it contacts the shaft.

US Pat. No. 9,302,686

TRACK BRAKE FOR RAIL VEHICLES

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A track brake for a rail vehicle, comprising:
a continuous brake beam;
a plurality of elongated brake shoes affixed on said continuous brake beam and spaced apart one behind another, said brake
shoes having a brake surface formed with depressions;

inserts disposed in said depressions within said brake surfaces of said brake shoes, said inserts being arranged with height
level offsets relative to one another perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of said brake beam, and said inserts being
formed of a material that, under a braking load for braking the rail vehicle, is thermally stable and produces abraded matter.

US Pat. No. 9,271,678

CONSTRAINED REGISTRATION FOR MOTION COMPENSATION IN ATRIAL FIBRILLATION ABLATION PROCEDURES

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A method for model based motion tracking of a catheter during an ablation procedure comprising:
receiving a training series of biplanar fluoroscopic images of a catheter, wherein each biplanar image is a pair of images
in different planes acquired at a same time;

segmenting and processing the series of biplanar images to produce a distance transform image for each biplanar image at each
acquisition time;

minimizing, for each pair of biplanar images at each acquisition time, a first cost function of the distance transform image
for each pair of biplanar images to yield a translation parameter that provides a best fit for a 3-dimensional (3-D) model
of the catheter to each pair of biplanar images at each acquisition time; and

calculating an updated catheter model for each acquisition time from said translation parameter,
wherein the first cost function is
wherein PA,t and PB,t are projection matrices for biplanar image planes A and B, IDT, At, IDT, Bt are the distance transform images for each image in the pair of biplane images at time t,
is a transformation matrix for the fluoroscopic images at time t with translation parameters rt=(rt,x, rt,y, rt,z)T and superscript u for ‘unconstrained’, respectively, and mi,t, is the 3-D catheter model at time t, and the sum is over all points i in the catheter model,
wherein said catheter model is used to track a circumferential mapping catheter in a catheter ablation procedure using mono-plane
fluoroscopic images acquired in real time.

US Pat. No. 9,395,427

ACTIVATION OF TRANSMIT/RECEIVE ARRAYS FOR DECOUPLING DURING TRANSMISSION

1. A system for electromagnetic excitation of an object under examination during magnetic resonance tomography, the system
comprising:
a radio frequency (RF) device configured to generate a radio-frequency signal;
a plurality of antennas configured to emit the radio-frequency signal; and
a signal connection between an output of the RF device and the plurality of antennas,
wherein a source impedance of the signal connection with the output of the RF device at connection points of the plurality
of antennas is higher than an impedance of the plurality of antennas at the connection points, so that the plurality of antennas
are fed in a current source feed mode when the radio-frequency signal is present.

US Pat. No. 9,356,973

METHOD FOR THE TRANSMISSION OF SIGNALLING DATA IN A NETWORK INTERFACE UNIT AND IN A CONTROL UNIT AND CORRESPONDING DEVICES

1. A method for signaling by means of signaling messages between a control unit and an interworking unit, comprising:
transmitting of a first H.248 ADD.req message from the control unit to the interworking unit,
transmitting of a first H.248 ADD.resp message from the interworking unit to the control unit,
transmitting of a second H.248 ADD.req message from the control unit to the interworking unit,
transmitting of a second H.248 ADD.resp message from the interworking unit to the control unit,
executing of an H.223 Multiplexing Level Negotiation by the interworking unit,
transmitting of a first H.248 MOD.req message from the control unit to the interworking unit,
transmitting of a first H.248 MOD.resp message from the interworking unit to the control unit,
transmitting of a second H.248 MOD.req message from the control unit to the interworking unit, and
transmitting of a second H.248 MOD.resp message from the interworking unit to the control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,282,941

IMAGING METHOD WITH A RADIOTHERAPY DEVICE AND RADIOTHERAPY DEVICE

1. A method for imaging with a radiotherapy device, the radiotherapy device comprising an imaging apparatus that is movably
mounted, the imaging apparatus comprising an X-ray source and an oppositely disposed X-ray detector, the method comprising:
storing a plurality of different therapeutic beam directions in a treatment plan;
setting a first imaging direction based on the treatment plan such that the first imaging direction corresponds to a first
therapeutic beam direction stored in the treatment plan;

preparing a first image with the imaging apparatus from the first imaging direction, the preparing of the first image being
performed before a therapeutic beam application along the first therapeutic beam direction;

moving the imaging apparatus to a position that permits the preparation of a second image from a second imaging direction,
which extends at an angle to the first imaging direction, and permits the therapeutic beam application along the first therapeutic
beam direction;

preparing the second image with the imaging apparatus from the second imaging direction, the preparing of the second image
being performed after the therapeutic beam application; and

verifying a position of an object to be irradiated using the first image and the second image.

US Pat. No. 9,316,708

PATIENT SUPPORT APPARATUS FOR A MEDICAL IMAGING APPARATUS AND A MEDICAL IMAGING APPARATUS HAVING THE PATIENT SUPPORT APPARATUS

1. A patient support apparatus for a medical imaging apparatus, comprising:
a couch for laying a patient;
a lifting unit for vertically moving the couch;
a travel unit;
a sensor unit comprising a sensor element for detecting a weight variable for determining a weight of the patient; and
a force transmission element that is disposed on one end of the lifting unit facing the couch,
wherein the sensor element is disposed on the lifting unit and/or on the travel unit,
and wherein the sensor unit further comprises a reference sensor element for detecting a reference variable generated within
the sensor element to eliminate an interference signal from the weight variable, wherein the interference signal is generated
due to magnetic field and/or gradient field applied in the medical imaging apparatus within the sensor element,

and wherein the reference sensor element is configured to detect the interference signal before the sensor element detecting
the weight variable of the patient when the medical imaging apparatus has been started up.

US Pat. No. 9,279,327

GAS TURBINE ENGINE COMPRISING A TENSION STUD

1. A gas turbine engine comprising:
a rotor rotatably mounted in a body about an axis, an axial direction being defined along the axis in downstream direction
of a main fluid path, the rotor comprising:

a stud;
a first set of rotating elements of a first section of the gas turbine engine, the first section being a compressor section
of the gas turbine engine;

a second set of rotating elements of a second section of the gas turbine engine, the second section being a turbine section
and/or a further compressor section, the first and second set of rotating elements being discs and/or shafts, the stud extending
along the axis and comprising:

a first external end and a second external end, the first external end adapted to engage a first pre-load nut or one of the
shafts and the second external end adapted to engage a second pre-load nut or one of the shafts such that the set of rotating
elements are secured,

a first shank connected to the first external end, and
a second shank connected to the second external end,
wherein the first shank being located in the first section and having a first diameter,
wherein the second shank being located in the second section and having a second diameter which is greater than the first
diameter,

wherein at least one of the first shank and the second shank has a conical surface.

US Pat. No. 10,091,885

ELECTRICAL POWER CONVERSION SYSTEM

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. An electrical power conversion system for converting a high voltage (HV) from a HV electrical power supply to a low voltage, the electrical power conversion system comprising:at least one power converter; and
at least one RC network including a plurality of resistive components and a plurality of capacitive components electrically connected in series, wherein the at least one RC network is in series connection with the at least one power converter, and the at least one RC network and at least one power converter are arranged to be connected across a line potential of the HV electrical power supply, wherein the at least one power converter includes a rectifier to rectify a current flowing through the at least one RC network.

US Pat. No. 10,033,095

DECOUPLING DEVICE, RADIO FREQUENCY COIL AND MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING APPARATUS

1. A decoupling device comprising:a first substrate;
a first inductive coil disposed on the first substrate;
a second substrate;
a second inductive coil disposed on the second substrate; and
a joining component that joins the first substrate to the second substrate,
wherein the first inductive coil and second inductive coil have an area of overlap when the first substrate and the second substrate are joined by the joining component, and
wherein the first inductive coil is connected to a first antenna unit, and the second inductive coil is connected to a second antenna unit.

US Pat. No. 9,235,400

METHOD FOR OPERATING A CONTROL DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING A TECHNICAL INSTALLATION

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A method for operating a first or second control device provided to control a technical installation with control data
stored on a data medium in a predetermined format, the method comprising:
converting first control data into a second format during operation of the second control device such that the converted first
control data can be processed directly by the second control device for read and write access without further intermediate
processing steps, the control data being stored on the data medium in a first format to permit direct reading and direct writing
by the first control device, the control data comprising the first and second control data; and

converting (i) the second control data for each access at run time from the first format into a format which can be processed
by the second control device and (ii) the first control data for each access at run time from the second format into a format
which can be processed by the first control device.

US Pat. No. 9,226,683

SYSTEM SCAN TIMING BY ULTRASOUND CONTRAST AGENT STUDY

Siemens Medical Solutions...

1. A method for scan timing, the method comprising:
injecting ultrasound contrast agents into a patient as a test bolus;
scanning a first region of a patient with ultrasound;
detecting, from the scanning, the ultrasound contrast agents in the first region;
determining a length of time from injecting to the detection of the ultrasound contrast agents in the first region; then
determining a length of time for magnetic resonance or computed tomography contrast agents to reach the first region or a
second region from injection based on the length of time from the injecting to the detection of the ultrasound contrast agents;

injecting magnetic resonance or computed tomography contrast agents into the patient;
scanning the first region or the second region of the patient with a magnetic resonance or computed tomography system; and
triggering the scanning with the magnetic resonance or computed tomography system based on the determined length of time for
magnetic resonance or computed tomography contrast agents to reach the first region or a second region from injection.

US Pat. No. 9,194,959

POSITRON EMISSION TOMOGRAPHY DETECTOR BASED ON MONOLITHIC SCINTILLATOR CRYSTAL

Siemens Medical Solutions...

1. A high-resolution nuclear radiation imaging detector, comprising:
a monolithic scintillator crystal block;
a photomultiplier tube optically coupled to a surface of the monolithic scintillator crystal block normal to incident radiation;
and

at least one solid-state photosensor pixel array optically coupled to at least one surface of the monolithic scintillator
crystal block other than a surface normal to incident radiation.

US Pat. No. 9,178,348

DC VOLTAGE LINE CIRCUIT BREAKER

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A DC voltage line circuit breaker, comprising:
a first node;
a second node;
a third node;
a fourth node;
a fifth node;
a first interrupter disposed between said first node and said fourth node;
a second interrupter disposed between said fourth node and said third node;
a parallel circuit containing a commutator device and an energy absorber disposed between said fourth node and said fifth
node;

a switch disposed in series with said parallel circuit; and
a series circuit having a semiconductor switch and a resistor disposed between said second node and said third node.

US Pat. No. 9,134,392

DUAL IMAGING ACQUISITION USING COMMON TIME-BASE FREQUENCY

Siemens Medical Solutions...

1. A method for providing image acquisition timing signals in a multi-modality medical imaging system, the system comprising
a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) subsystem using an MRI timing signal and a non-MRI imaging subsystem, the non-MRI imaging
subsystem using a non-MRI timing signal, at least part of the non-MRI imaging subsystem being located within a radio frequency
(RF) cabin of the MRI subsystem, the method comprising:
separately deriving, by a processor, said non-MRI imaging subsystem timing signal and said MRI timing signal from a common
clock, the non-MRI imaging subsystem timing signal and MRI subsystem timing signal being created by dividing a common time
base into a plurality of phase locked signals,

utilizing the common clock between the MRI subsystem and said non-MRI imaging subsystem to perform simultaneous imaging without
causing interference between the MRI subsystem and non-MRI imaging subsystem.

US Pat. No. 9,090,269

KEY LOCK AND ARRANGEMENT HAVING A KEY LOCK

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

4. A key lock configuration, comprising:
a signal box;
a key lock containing a communication device for wirelessly linking said key lock to said signal box, said key lock containing:
a key;
a sensor device for detecting a presence or non-presence of said key and said key lock wirelessly transmitting an information
signal via said communication device, specifying a presence or a non-presence of said key, to said signal box; and

an actuator device for releasing or blocking a removal of said key from said key lock and said key lock wirelessly receiving
a release signal, from said signal box, specifying permission or the blocking of the removal of the key;

a line-independent power supply device for autonomously providing electrical power needed for operating said key lock; and
at least one switching element secured by said key lock.

US Pat. No. 9,583,228

SCATTERED RADIATION GRID OF A CT DETECTOR

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A scattered radiation grid of a CT detector, comprising:
a plurality of detector elements arranged in multiple rows in a phi direction and z direction of a CT system, including walls,
enclosing a plurality of free passage channels, arranged to correspond to the detector elements, at their longitudinal sides,

wherein the scattered radiation grid is made up of a number of individually produced grid modules; and
wherein the walls of the grid modules forming an outer face of the grid modules are configured thinner than the remaining
walls of the grid modules.

US Pat. No. 9,414,798

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATIC TRIGGER-ROI DETECTION AND MONITORING DURING BOLUS TRACKING

Siemens Medical Solutions...

1. A method for bolus tracking, comprising:
acquiring one or more baseline images;
automatically establishing trigger regions within each of the one or more baseline images by determining an anatomical context
of a volume of interest and automatically cross-referencing the anatomical context to the trigger regions;

administering a bolus;
monitoring the automatically established trigger regions for bolus arrival at the trigger regions;
forecasting first and second bolus arrival times at the volume of interest based on the bolus arrival at first and second
of the trigger regions;

automatically calculating first and second confidence scores corresponding to the first and second of the trigger regions,
wherein each of the first and second confidence scores represents a level of certainty associated with an ability of a corresponding
trigger region to accurately predict the bolus arrival within the volume of interest based on identification of the bolus
within the corresponding trigger region;

forecasting a third bolus arrival time at the volume of interest based on an average of the first and second bolus arrival
times weighted in proportion to the confidence scores; and

acquiring a diagnostic scan of the volume of interest at the forecasted third bolus arrival time.

US Pat. No. 9,188,023

OIL SUPPLY SYSTEM FOR A STATIONARY TURBOMACHINE

1. An oil supply system for a stationary turbomachine, comprising:
an oil tank for storing oil comprising a lower region and an upper region that are stacked horizontally one above the other
and are separated from each other by a separating element;

a circulation conduit comprising a circulating pump for pumping the oil out of the upper region into the lower region;
a heat exchanger provided in the circulation conduit for cooling the oil; and
a lift oil conduit for removal of lift oil comprising a lift oil pump, wherein an end of the lift oil conduit is open into
the lower region.

US Pat. No. 9,082,158

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR REAL TIME STENT ENHANCEMENT ON LIVE 2D FLUOROSCOPIC SCENE

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A method of stent enhancement in a fluoroscopic image sequence, comprising:
generating a motion compensated stent enhancement image from a first set of frames in a fluoroscopic image sequence;
generating a weighting field based on the motion compensated stent enhancement image;
receiving a new frame in the fluoroscopic image sequence; and
enhancing a stent in the new frame by compounding the new frame with the motion compensated stent enhancement image using
the weighting field.

US Pat. No. 9,389,885

METHOD AND VIRTUALIZATION SOFTWARE FOR PROVIDING INDEPENDENT TIME SOURCES FOR VIRTUAL RUNTIME ENVIRONMENTS

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A method for providing at least two mutually independent time sources for at least one real-time operating system of a
data processing device with a plurality of virtual runtime environments, the method comprising the steps of:
running a general-purpose operating system in a first virtual runtime environment of the plurality of virtual runtime environments
and the at least one real-time operating system running in a second virtual runtime environment of the plurality of virtual
runtime environments;

managing the plurality of virtual runtime environments by virtualization software;
assigning a first processor core to the first virtual runtime environment and assigning a second processor core to the second
virtual runtime environment;

assigning a first time source exclusively to the at least one real-time operating system, the data processing device including
a second time source independent of the first time source, the second time source being configured to periodically generate
an interrupt comprising one of an initialization signal, a start signal or a non-maskable interrupt;

generating periodically, by the second time source, an interrupt;
accessing, by the first processor core assigned to the first virtual runtime environment including the general-purpose operating
system of the plurality of virtual runtime environments, the virtualization software with each interrupt triggered by the
second time source;

updating, by the virtualization software, a content of at least one memory cell which is readable by the at least one real-time
operating system; and

implementing, by the real-time operating system, the updated at least one memory cell as a time source which is independent
of the first time source.

US Pat. No. 9,854,702

COMPRESSED-AIR RACK FOR AN ELECTRIC LOCOMOTIVE

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A compressed-air rack of an electric locomotive, the compressed-air rack comprising:
sheet metal rack walls; and
an electric assembly inserted between said sheet metal rack walls;
said electric assembly having a frame with a front, a rear, no rear wall, open sides and reinforcing transverse members in
a skeleton structure, said transverse members resting on said front of said frame and said transverse member having a rear;

said electric assembly having electric modules accessible from said front and electric modules attached to said transverse
members;

U-shaped mounting plates supported on said rear of said transverse members; and
a longitudinal member connected to said U-shaped mounting plates and connected above and below to said rear of said frame.

US Pat. No. 9,443,315

METHOD AND SYSTEM TO PROCESS MAGNETIC RESONANCE DIFFUSION IMAGE DATA

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A method to process diffusion image data acquired by magnetic resonance from an examination subject, comprising:
providing magnetic resonance diffusion image data to a computer;
providing said computer with a designation of a signal threshold;
in said computer, automatically calculating a b-value map from said diffusion image data and said predetermined signal threshold;
and

making said b-value map available in electronic form, as a data file, from an output of the computer.

US Pat. No. 9,410,643

CABLE HANG-OFF ARRANGEMENT

1. A cable hang-off arrangement for an elevated support, comprising:
a cable assembly comprising a flexible reinforced protective tube for accommodating a transmission cable arrangement, wherein
the flexible reinforced protective tube comprises a reinforcing layer;

a mounting assembly configured to be arranged on a top surface of the elevated support; and
a lifting assembly for lifting the cable assembly from a lower level to a higher level, wherein the lifting assembly comprises
a clamp configured to clamp a portion of the reinforcing layer of the flexible reinforced protective tube to the lifting assembly,
wherein the lifting assembly is configured to mount to the mounting assembly such that the cable assembly is suspended between
the higher level and the lower level.

US Pat. No. 9,377,136

CABLE HANG-OFF ARRANGEMENT

1. A cable hang-off arrangement for an elevated support, comprising:
a cable assembly comprising a flexible reinforced protective tube for accommodating a transmission cable arrangement, wherein
the flexible reinforced protective tube comprises a reinforcing layer;

a mounting assembly configured to be arranged on a top surface of the elevated support; and
a lifting assembly for lifting the cable assembly from a lower level to a higher level,wherein the lifting assembly comprises a clamp configured to clamp a portion of the reinforcing layer of the flexible reinforced
protective tube to the lifting assembly, wherein the lifting assembly is configured to mount to the mounting assembly such
that the cable assembly is suspended between the higher level and the lower level.

US Pat. No. 9,356,830

COMMUNICATION DEVICE FOR A REDUNDANTLY OPERABLE INDUSTRIAL COMMUNICATION NETWORK AND METHOD FOR OPERATING THE COMMUNICATION DEVICE

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A communication device for a redundantly operable industrial communication network, comprising:
at least one first and one second transmitter and receiver each having an interface for a network connection of the redundantly
operable industrial communication network, the at least one first and second transmitter and receivers having an identical
network address and an identical device identifier;

a signal processor connected to the first and second transmitter and receivers and having a multiplexer for parallel forwarding
of data packets to be transmitted to the at least one first and second transmitters and a redundancy handler for the processing
of data packets received by the at least one first and one second receivers, the redundancy handler comprising a filter configured
to detect received redundant data packets; and

a singly linked network node connected to the signal processor via a coupling element;
wherein the signal processor is connected to the coupling element via a first and second interface, the first interface exclusively
communicating data packets received by the first receiver to the coupling element, and the second interface exclusively communicating
data packets received by the second receiver to the coupling element; and

wherein the redundancy handler comprises an identifier configured to insert a redundancy indicator into a received redundant
data packet, the redundancy handler being configured to forward, in a manner free of buffer storage, data packets received
by the at least one first and second receivers to the coupling element.

US Pat. No. 9,274,190

LOCAL COIL

1. A local coil for a magnetic resonance tomography device, the local coil comprising:
a plurality of antenna elements,
wherein an antenna element of the plurality of antenna elements has two conductor tracks that are disposed on opposite sides
of an insulator and are connected electrically-conductively to one another by plated through-holes through the insulator,

wherein in at least one area, in which conductor tracks of at least two antenna elements of the plurality of antenna elements
cross, at least one antenna element of the two antenna elements only has a conductor track on one side of the insulator, and

wherein at least in areas, at which capacitors are inserted into the local coil, at which conductor tracks cross, or at which
capacitors are inserted into the local coil and at which conductor tracks cross, conductor tracks of a respective antenna
element of the plurality of antenna elements are connected to one another by plated through-holes.

US Pat. No. 9,220,918

MEDICAL DEVICE OPERATING WITH X-RAYS AND METHOD FOR OPERATING SAME

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A medical device operating with x-rays, comprising:
a rotation apparatus,
a single x-ray radiation source mounted on the rotation apparatus, the single x-ray radiation source configured to emit an
x-ray radiation cone having an inhomogeneous intensity profile which has a maximum intensity along a central beam and a lower
intensity away from the central beam,

wherein the rotation apparatus is configured to rotate the single x-ray radiation source about an isocenter,
wherein the single x-ray radiation source is mounted on the rotation apparatus at a fixed, non-isocentric angle relative to
the rotation apparatus throughout the rotation of the x-ray radiation source about the isocenter, such that the x-ray radiation
cone emitted by the single x-ray radiation source maintains a fixed angle relative to the rotation apparatus throughout the
rotation of the x-ray radiation source about the isocenter,

wherein the central axis of the x-ray radiation cone is aligned paraxially past the isocenter such that for any particular
rotational position of the single x-ray radiation source, the intensity of x-ray radiation at the isocenter is less than the
maximum intensity along the central beam of the x-ray radiation cone,

wherein the fixed angle of the single x-ray radiation source relative to the rotation apparatus is selected such that upon
rotation of the single x-ray radiation source, the central beam of the x-ray radiation cone follows a path that is tangential
to an imaginary circle around the isocenter to provide a collective illumination near the isocenter that is more homogenous
than the inhomogeneous intensity profile of the x-ray radiation cone.

US Pat. No. 9,414,767

METHOD AND EKG TRIGGER DEVICE FOR CORRECTING AN EKG SIGNAL IN MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGE ACQUISITION

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A method to correct an EKG signal, comprising:
operating a magnetic resonance (MR) data acquisition scanner to execute a data acquisition sequence that comprises gradient
jumps that repeatedly, respectively occur at respective fixed time intervals from each other;

while operating said MR data acquisition scanner to execute said sequence, acquiring an EKG signal from a patient in the MR
data acquisition scanner, said EKG signal comprising a plurality of cardiac cycles each having an R-spike therein that is
to be detected and used to trigger acquisition of MR data in said sequence, each cardiac cycle in said plurality of cardiac
cycles having a cycle duration that is at least five times said time interval, said EKG signal also comprising interference
signals that results from said gradient jumps;

providing said EKG signal to a computer and, in said computer, immediately after the R-spike in a first cardiac cycle of said
plurality of cardiac cycles, making no detection of subsequent R-spikes during a dead time that is shorter than said cycle
duration, and defining the EKG signal acquired during said dead time as a reference signal;

in said computer, automatically analyzing said reference signal to extract interference signals therefrom that repeat at said
time interval and using the extracted interference signals to generate a correction signal having a correction signal duration
equal to said time interval;

in said computer, automatically repeating said correction signal and synchronizing the repeated correction signals with said
EKG signal and, with the synchronized repeated correction signals, correcting said EKG signal, at least outside of said dead
time, to produce a corrected EKG signal that does not exhibit said interference signals; and

from said computer, emitting said corrected EKG signal in electronic form, and using R-spikes detected in said corrected EKG
signal to trigger acquisition of MR data by said MR data acquisition scanner in said sequence.

US Pat. No. 9,387,436

EXHAUST-GAS PURIFICATION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR THE REDUCTION OF NITROGEN OXIDES FROM AN EXHAUST GAS OF A FOSSIL-FIRED POWER PLANT

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A process for the reduction of nitrogen oxides NOx in a nitrogen oxide-containing exhaust gas (AG1) from a combustion process, wherein
a) the exhaust gas (AG1) and a reducing agent (R1) are fed into a first reaction process (K1), where part of the nitrogen oxides NOx present in the exhaust gas is reduced to water H2O and nitrogen N2 by selective catalytic reduction at a first reaction temperature (T1) to form an exhaust gas (AG2) which has a reduced nitrogen oxide content NOx,

b) part of the nitrogen monoxide NO present in the exhaust gas (AG2) having a reduced nitrogen oxide content NOx is oxidized to nitrogen dioxide NO2 by means of oxygen O2 at a reaction temperature (T2) in a second reaction process (K2) to form an exhaust gas (AG3) having a ratio (V) of nitrogen monoxide NO to nitrogen dioxide NO2,

c) the exhaust gas (AG3) and a reducing agent (R2) are fed into a third reaction process (K3), where nitrogen monoxide NO and nitrogen dioxide NO2 are reduced to water H2O and nitrogen N2 by means of the reducing agent (R2) at a reaction temperature (T3) by means of fast selective catalytic reduction to form an exhaust gas (AG4) which has been essentially freed of nitrogen oxides NOx.

US Pat. No. 9,218,584

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MEASURING QUALITY OF PERFORMANCE AND/OR COMPLIANCE WITH PROTOCOL OF A CLINICAL STUDY

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A method of improving compliance within at least one clinical study at a clinical trial site using an analytical device
having a processor, the analytical device being networked to clinical information technology (IT) infrastructure, the clinical
IT infrastructure including a clinical workflow management system, comprising:
obtaining, by the analytical device, at least one protocol for the clinical study by accessing a clinical study standard operating
procedure (SOP) information from a first database;

extracting, from said first database, a list of work-oriented quality regulations that includes weighting factors indicating
a weight given to an associated one of the quality regulations based on a correlation between the associated quality regulation
and an increase in the compliance with the at least one clinical study provided therefrom, and forming said quality regulations
including the weighting factors into a second database for quality-related rules for a clinical workflow;

linking, by said analytical device, enrolled patient identifications (IDs) with said second database;
planning, by said analytical device in conjunction with the clinical workflow management system, if a patient is enrolled
in the second database, a plurality of clinical actions in compliance with criteria obtained from the clinical study standard
operating procedure (SOP) information of said first database and/or from the quality-related rules for the clinical workflow
established in said second database; and

deleting volatile clinical data generated during execution of the clinical actions upon determining a correlation between
the volatile clinical data and the criteria.

US Pat. No. 9,955,620

FORMATION OF EQUIPMENT FAMILIES ON FITTING LINES

1. A method for determination of equipment families for a fitting line for populating circuit boards with electronic components, the method comprising:initially forming, by a processor, a plurality of equipment families;
assigning, by the processor, circuit boards to each equipment family of the plurality of equipment families, wherein the circuit boards for each equipment family of the plurality of equipment families have one or more associated component types and a track usage;
selecting one equipment family of the plurality of equipment families;
distributing, by the processor, the circuit boards of the selected one equipment family across the other equipment families of the plurality of equipment families by integer linear programming,
wherein each equipment family of the plurality of equipment families is a respective group of circuit boards that are populatable on the fitting line without changing a number of component types that are held ready at the fitting line for populating, and
wherein initially forming the plurality of equipment families comprises:
selecting a circuit board having assigned component types that exhibit a largest track usage as compared to the track usage of circuit boards associated with the plurality of equipment families;
assigning the selected circuit board to another equipment family of the plurality of equipment families, or
wherein selecting one equipment family of the plurality of equipment families comprises selecting one equipment family of the plurality of equipment families having assigned circuit boards with a smallest number of component types as compared to the number of component types of assigned circuit boards of the other equipment families of the plurality of equipment families.

US Pat. No. 9,356,491

MAGNETIC CAP ELEMENT FOR A STATOR OF A GENERATOR

1. A stator system of a wind turbine generator, the stator system comprising:
a stator housing element, the stator housing element comprising a first surface comprising slots to which stator windings
are attachable, and a second surface radially opposite to the first surface, the second surface comprising an axially extending
groove,

a cap element mounted to the stator housing element to close the groove such that a channel for guiding a cooling fluid within
the groove is formed, and

an insulation layer located between the cap element and an inner volume of the groove, wherein the insulation layer is impregnated
with resin, and wherein the insulation layer comprises an expandable fibrous material arranged such that upon impregnation
with the resin the insulation layer expands and acts as a spring to fix the cap element to the stator housing element,

wherein the cap element comprises a magnetic material.

US Pat. No. 9,299,140

METHOD FOR RECONSTRUCTING CT IMAGE DATA WITH WEIGHTED BACKPROJECTION, INCLUDING COMPUTATION UNIT AND CT SYSTEM FOR THE METHOD

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A method for reconstructing CT image data, including a plurality of image voxels, by way of weighted filtered back-projection
(WFPB), the method comprising:
receiving detector data, from at least one multi-row detector rotating about an examination object, detector rows of the at
least one multi-row detector extending in a direction perpendicular to a system axis of a CT system;

calculating convolved projection data from the detector data of adjacent beams, wherein one projection data item of a central
beam through the image voxel for each predefined projection angle corresponds to each respective image voxel and wherein a
detector row coordinate relative to the detector is allocated to each respective projection data item, which corresponds to
a position of the central beam on the detector; and

weighting the respective projection data as a function of the detector row coordinate allocated to each respective projection
data item, wherein a weight function is used to weight the respective projection data during the filtered back-projection,
weighting the projection data of central beams striking a detector row close to the edge of the row relatively less, and weighting
the projection data of central beams striking a detector row more centrally relatively more; and

reconstructing the CT image data via the WFPB, based upon respective weighted projection data.

US Pat. No. 9,243,499

GAS TURBINE ROTOR COMPRISING AN AXIALLY DISPLACEABLE TURBINE ROTOR SHAFT

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A gas turbine rotor for a gas turbine, comprising:
a compressor rotor shaft;
a turbine rotor shaft displaced axially in relation to the compressor rotor shaft; and
a coupling device which constantly connects the compressor rotor shaft with the turbine rotor shaft,
wherein the compressor rotor shaft is a hollow shaft through which the turbine rotor shaft is guided, such that it completely
overlaps the compressor rotor shaft.

US Pat. No. 9,226,682

PROCESSING ELECTROCARDIOGRAPH SIGNALS

1. A system for processing electrocardiograph signals, the system comprising:
a processor; and
an interface to provide a first electrocardiograph signal and a second electrocardiograph signal from an electrocardiograph
to the processor,

wherein the processor is configured to receive the electrocardiograph signals, to process the first electrocardiograph signal
to identify a feature of the first electrocardiograph signal, to process the second electrocardiograph signal to identify
energy over time, and to identify a first time instance of interest based on the feature, and

wherein the processor identifies the energy over time by smoothing and determining a threshold in the second electrocardiograph
signal.

US Pat. No. 9,126,206

SEPARATING DEVICE FOR SEPARATING A MIXTURE

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A separating device for separating a mixture of magnetizable and non-magnetizable particles, comprising:
a separating channel that is delimited on one side by a ferromagnetic yoke and on the other side by a magnetizable delimiting
body,

a separating element arranged at the outlet of the separating channel and configured to separate out the magnetizable particles,
a coil assembly configured to generate a magnetic field, the coil assembly comprising coils arranged along the separating
channel in grooves of the yoke, the coils being configured for actuation by a control device to produce a temporally variable
magnetic field that essentially deflects toward the yoke and travels along the separating channel.

US Pat. No. 9,051,922

DRIVE SYSTEM FOR A WIND TURBINE

1. A drive system for a wind turbine, comprising:
a transmission unit comprising at least one planetary gear stage having an internal gear wheel, a plurality of planetary gears,
a planet support, and a sun gear;

a first shaft associated with the transmission unit, said shaft comprising a coupling flange which is connectable to a driven
machine shaft or rotor shaft and is supported by the planet support;

a motor unit or a generator unit connected to the transmission unit and having a rotor hollow shaft and a rotor which is non-rotatably
connected to the rotor hollow shaft;

a second shaft associated with the transmission unit and configured as a hollow shaft, said second shaft having a transmission-side
end section in concentric surrounding relationship to a motor-side or generator-side end section of a sun wheel shaft and
non-rotatably connected thereto;

a stub shaft non-rotatably connected to the rotor hollow shaft and having a transmission-side end section which is concentrically
surrounded by the second shaft of the transmission unit and non-rotatably connected thereto;

a first bearing arrangement associated with the second shaft and configured to support the sun wheel shaft;
a transmission housing connecting piece arranged between the transmission unit and the motor or generator unit in concentric
surrounding relationship to the second shaft of the transmission unit, said transmission housing connecting piece providing
a bearing seating for the bearing arrangement;

a second bearing arrangement having first and second bearings to support the rotor hollow shaft; and
two housing covers respectively arranged on a motor or generator end face for providing bearing seatings for the first and
second bearings of the rotor hollow shaft.

US Pat. No. 9,755,098

RADIATION DETECTOR MANUFACTURED BY DICING A SEMICONDUCTOR WAFER AND DICING METHOD THEREFOR

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A group II-VI semiconductor wafer comprising:
a zinc blende structure in which the wafer has a {001} plane main surface, and
half-cut or full-cut planes, the cut planes having an angle ? of about 30° or about 60° relative to a slip direction of the
wafer.

US Pat. No. 9,354,713

METHOD FOR RETRIEVING A DATA POINT OF A SWITCH

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A method for retrieving a data point of an electrical switch, the electrical switch being connectable to a device via a
data connection, the method comprising:
retrieving, via the device, a data record of the electrical switch during the data connection, the data record including a
description and a use of the data point, wherein the electrical switch is part of an arrangement of electrical switches, and
the data point indicates a category of the arrangement of switches and a position of the electrical switch in the arrangement
of electrical switches;

extracting, via the device, at least the description and the use of the data point from the data record such the data point
becomes known to the device;

retrieving, via the device, the known data point at least for the duration of the data connection; and
processing, via the device, the known data point using the extracted description and the extracted use, wherein
the retrieved data record further includes additional information, the additional information relating to a plurality of data
points within the retrieved data record and including a data format and an identification number for each of the plurality
of data points, and

the additional information includes a name for at least some of the plurality of data points, the name being displayable on
a display device.

US Pat. No. 9,316,206

METHOD OF AND DEVICE FOR DETERMINING A COMMON BLADE FREQUENCY OF A ROTOR OF A WIND TURBINE, AND METHOD OF OPERATING A WIND TURBINE

1. A method regarding a wind turbine, the method comprising:
determining a common blade frequency resulting from a common vibrational movement due to mutual interactions between members
of a rotor in a wind turbine, the wind turbine comprising a tower, a nacelle, and a plurality of rotatable blades, each rotatable
blade having a blade edge frequency;

measuring, using an accelerometer or a strain gauge, a vibration quantity indicative of a vibration of the tower or nacelle
of the wind turbine,

wherein the determining of the common blade frequency is performed by way of signal processing in a frequency domain or in
a time domain with a determining unit and a peak detector, wherein the common blade frequency is based on the measured vibration
quantity, and wherein the determining of the common blade frequency comprises:

determining a respective frequency quantity indicative of a vibration of each of the plurality of rotatable blades, and
calculating an average of the determined respective frequency quantities of the plurality of rotatable blades, the calculated
average indicative of the common blade frequency,

wherein the peak detector determines at least in part the common blade frequency by selecting a frequency value from blade
edge frequency values whose associated frequency spectrum comprises a highest signal value in a region around the common blade
frequency,

wherein the frequency spectrum of the vibration quantity comprises at least one peak corresponding to a vibration quantity
having a maximum signal in a frequency range of the peak being equal to or approximating the common blade frequency, and

setting in a controller of the wind turbine an operational mode of the wind turbine based on the determined common blade frequency,
the setting of the operational mode comprising at least one of setting the wind turbine in a shutdown mode, setting the wind
turbine in a standby mode, and changing a rotor rotational speed.

US Pat. No. 9,285,116

METHOD AND A SYSTEM FOR CONVERTING CARBON DIOXIDE INTO CHEMICAL STARTING MATERIALS

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A method for converting carbon dioxide into chemical starting materials, the method comprising:
isolating carbon dioxide from flue gas emitted by a combustion system, to produce an isolated carbon dioxide;
burning an electropositive metal, in an atmosphere of the isolated carbon dioxide in an exothermic burning reaction that produces
thermal energy, to reduce the isolated carbon dioxide into the chemical starting materials, wherein the electropositive metal
is a lithium metal, and the burning the electropositive metal produces reaction products comprising lithium carbonate and
lithium oxide;

regenerating the lithium metal from the lithium carbonate and lithium oxide; and
using a part of the thermal energy produced by the exothermic burning reaction of the electropositive metal with the isolated
carbon dioxide to supply heat to a desorption process of a carbon dioxide capture/isolation process.

US Pat. No. 9,277,683

LIQUID COOLED ELECTRONIC MODULES AND METHODS FOR REPLACING THE SAME

1. A liquid cooled electronic device comprising:
a compartment configured to enclose an electronic module therein, the compartment comprising:
a stationary cooling plate disposed on an interior portion of the compartment, the stationary cooling plate comprising a liquid
cooling system configured to remove heat from the stationary cooling plate; and

a plurality of electrical connectors configured to connect to the electronic module;
wherein the electronic module comprises:
a mobile cooling plate configured to intimately fit with the stationary cooling plate when the plurality of electrical connectors
are connected to the electronic device module;

wherein the heat generated by the electronic module is removed by the mobile cooling plate and the stationary cooling plate,
wherein the stationary cooling plate comprises a first plurality of ridges and grooves with an equidistant distribution,
wherein the mobile cooling plate of the electronic module comprises a second plurality of ridges and grooves with an equidistant
distribution,

wherein the stationary cooling plate comprises a plurality of channels for circulating a cooling fluid of the liquid cooling
system, and

wherein each of the plurality of channels are disposed adjacent to one or more of the second plurality of ridges and grooves
when the plurality of electrical connectors are connected to the electronic module.

US Pat. No. 9,271,072

ANALOG INPUT MODULE

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1. An analog input module comprising;
an activation unit;
an analog-to-digital (AD) converter;
an input circuit with a first input and a second input; and
a voltage divider disposed between the first input and the second input,
wherein the activation unit is connected to the first input and the second input and is connected upstream of the analog/digital
converter,

wherein the voltage divider has center tap which is connected to a first comparator input of a comparator of a closed-loop
control unit,

wherein the closed-loop control unit has a switching device disposed between the second input and a reference point,
wherein the comparator includes a second comparator input which is connected to a reference source,
wherein the comparator has a control output which is connected to a control input of the switching device,
wherein the closed-loop control unit is configured such that the switching device,
(1) on connection of a two-wire transducer to the first input and while the second input remains unconnected, enables a current
path to the reference point; and

(2) on connection of a four-wire transducer to the first input and the second input, disables the current path to the reference
point.

US Pat. No. 9,212,819

SWIRLED FUEL INJECTION

1. A fuel injection duct for a combustion apparatus, comprising:
an inlet opening;
an outlet opening, wherein the fuel injection duct conducts only fuel from the inlet opening to the outlet opening; and
a duct wall defining an inner surface,
wherein the inner surface exhibits a surface structure imparting a swirl to the fuel moving from the inlet opening to the
outlet opening, the fuel interacting with the surface structure of the inner surface,

wherein the inner surface with the surface structure defines a conduit for the flow of said fuel, wherein the cross-section
of the conduit is an open flow area,

wherein the surface structure is a groove or a protrusion along the inner surface of the duct wall, imparting a swirl to fuel
moving from the inlet opening to the outlet opening.

US Pat. No. 9,198,630

METHOD AND COMPUTING UNIT FOR MEASURING AND DISPLAYING THE BONE DENSITY OF A PATIENT

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A method, comprising:
using a CT scan of a patient with at least two different x-ray energy regions, so that separate projection data exist for
each x-ray energy region;

generating volume displays for bone material and at least one further material composition;
calculating two simulated dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) projection recordings, each with a respectively different
x-ray energy spectrum, using the volume displays for bone material and the at least one further material composition;

using the two simulated DEXA projection recordings to determine a specific bone mass occupancy; and
generating and outputting at least one projection recording using at least one of the simulated DEXA projection recordings
and at least one average, specific bone mass occupancy in at least one region of the at least one projection recording.

US Pat. No. 9,087,665

CIRCUIT BREAKER ELECTRICAL CONTACT ASSEMBLY, AND SYSTEMS AND METHODS USING SAME

1. An electrical contact assembly, comprising:
a crossbar;
a pivot pin mounted in the crossbar;
a contact arm pivotally mounted on the pivot pin and rotatable about a pivot axis;
a moveable electrical contact spaced from the pivot axis on a first arm portion of the contact arm; and
a spring assembly coupled between the crossbar and the contact arm at a connection location spaced from the pivot axis, the
spring assembly including a spring and a clevis pin wherein an end of the clevis pin opposite the connection location extends
through the spring and is received in, and is pivotable in, a pivot recess in the crossbar.

US Pat. No. 9,316,283

VELOCITY-PROPORTIONAL ACTIVE VIBRATION DAMPING

9. An active vibration damper, comprising:
a damping device arranged on a vibration-susceptible mechanical structure and comprising a damping drive configured to directly
inject a damping force into the mechanical structure,

at least one sensor configured to measure a magnitude of a movement of the mechanical structure in space, and
a control device connected with the at least one sensor for data transfer for receiving values measured by the at least one
sensor and connected with the damping drive for controlling the damping drive, wherein the control device is configured to:

capture a temporal course of an absolute movement of the mechanical structure in space over an extended time period,
determine, based on the magnitude of the movement of the mechanical structure in space, a damping force damping a vibration
of the mechanical structure, wherein the damping force is proportional at all times to an instantaneous velocity of the mechanical
structure,

determine whether a predefined natural vibration of the mechanical structure is damped in a predefined manner,
control a damping drive of the damping device, which is constructed as an electric direct linear drive and arranged on the
mechanical structure, commensurate with the determined damping force, and

directly inject with the damping drive the determined damping force into the mechanical structure so as to automatically track
a proportionality factor between the instantaneous velocity of the mechanical structure and the damping force exerted on the
mechanical structure, such that the natural vibration of the mechanical structure is damped in the predefined manner.

US Pat. No. 10,111,314

ENERGY GENERATION BY IGNITING FLAMES OF AN ELECTROPOSITIVE METAL BY PLASMATIZING THE REACTION GAS

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A method for generating energy, the method comprising:supplying a reaction gas and an electropositive metal separately to at least one nozzle having coaxial electrodes;
wherein the electropositive metal at least one material selected from the group consisting of: alkali metals, alkaline earth metals, aluminum, zinc, mixtures;
combining the reaction gas and the electropositive metal at a mixing point in the at least one nozzle to burn the reaction gas with the electropositive metal; and
converting the reaction gas into a plasma with a high-voltage discharge between the anode and the cathode upstream of the mixing point.

US Pat. No. 9,554,953

MOBILE MEDICAL DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A MOVEMENT OF THE MOBILE MEDICAL DEVICE

1. A medical device comprising:
a chassis; and
a controller,
wherein the medical device is configured by the chassis to move in at least two spatial directions on a plane of motion and
to rotate about an axis of rotation perpendicular to the plane of motion, and

wherein the controller comprises at least one control element configured to control the chassis,
wherein the at least one control element is configured to be manually operated by an operator,
wherein the at least one control element comprises a longitudinal axis and is configured to perform a control element rotary
movement about the longitudinal axis of the at least one control element, and

wherein the controller is configured to initiate a rotary movement of the medical device about the axis of rotation based
on the control element rotary movement.

US Pat. No. 9,421,500

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A MICROSCREEN

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A process for producing a microsieve, comprising:
providing a carrier;
applying a photoresist layer to the carrier;
exposing the photoresist layer to radiation using a mask to thereby selectively crosslink the photoresist layer, the mask
defining a structure of the microsieve; and

developing the photoresist,
wherein the photoresist layer has a thickness on the carrier, such that a subregion of the photoresist layer is defined, the
radiation used for exposure penetrating into the subregion of the photoresist layer only to such a minor degree that substantially
no crosslinking takes place in the subregion of the photoresist layer,

when developing the photoresist layer, at least one anchoring structure is produced, and
the microsieve produced from the photoresist layer remains adhered to the carrier via the at least one anchoring structure,
after the photoresist layer has been developed.

US Pat. No. 9,354,290

METHOD AND MAGNETIC RESONANCE SYSTEM TO GENERATE AN MR IMAGE WITH A TRACKING FACTOR

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A method to generate a magnetic resonance (MR) image of a predetermined volume segment of a living subject, comprising:
operating an MR scanner to acquire MR data from a predetermined volume segment of a living subject, for different positions
of a moving area of the living subject, said volume segment comprising a plurality of different regions within said volume
segment;

providing said MR data to a computer, and using said computer to determine the different position of the moving area and a
respective tracking factor for each of said plurality of different regions of the volume segment that correlates movement
of each different region to said moving area;

for each of said different regions, using said computer to calculate a position of the respective region dependent on the
position of the respective region and the tracking factor for the respective region, by determining the position of the respective
region from the tracking factor dependent on a position of the moving area; and

using the MR data and the calculated positions of the respective regions to reconstruct a motion-corrected image of each respective
region wherein the calculated positions of the respective regions correct for motion of the respective regions due to said
moving area, and making the reconstructed motion-corrected images available in electronic form from the computer as a data
file.

US Pat. No. 9,343,936

ROTOR FOR AN ELECTRIC MACHINE

1. A rotor for an electric machine, comprising:
a rotor body configured for rotation about an axis and having recesses extending in a direction of the axis and forming guides;
permanent magnets held by the guides on the rotor body in a radial direction and in a direction of rotation of the rotor body;
and

a plurality of locking fixtures arranged at an axial end region of the guides in one-to-one correspondence and held by the
guides on the rotor body in the radial direction and in the direction of rotation, each said locking fixture having a movable
moving element which when moved causes the locking fixture to connect with the rotor body by a positive fit or interference
fit.

US Pat. No. 9,315,279

CONTAINER FOR TRANSPORTING ITEMS OF LUGGAGE IN A SORTING SYSTEM AND SORTING SYSTEM

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A container for transporting items of luggage in a sorting system at an airport using a conveying system for conveying
individual items including items of luggage, the container comprising:
a bottom region configured to be coupled with a conveying unit of the conveying system;
a transporting region supported by said bottom region and configured to receive an individual item of luggage to be transported;
said bottom region and said transporting region each being produced from a radiolucent material; and
a one-part basic body of a radiolucent material being a foamed material molded part forming said bottom region and said transporting
region.

US Pat. No. 9,413,164

PROTECTION SYSTEM FOR ELECTRICAL POWER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM USING DIRECTIONAL CURRENT DETECTION AND LOGIC WITHIN PROTECTIVE RELAYS

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. Power distribution system for a dynamically positionable vessel, the power distribution system comprising:
a plurality of busses comprising a first bus to which a load is connectable;
a plurality of switches comprising a first switch and a second switch
wherein the plurality of busses are connected via the plurality of switches in an interjacent manner to form a ring,
wherein the first bus is connected in between the first switch and the second switch, and
wherein the power distribution system is configured to open the first switch and concurrently open the second switch, thereby
disconnecting the first bus from the ring, if (a) a first current flowing via the first switch in a direction towards the
first bus is above a predetermined current threshold for longer than a predetermined time duration and (b) a second current
flowing via the second switch in a direction towards the first bus is above the predetermined current threshold for longer
than the predetermined time duration,

wherein each of the first switch and the second switch comprises a programmable relay including a logical unit providing logical
functionality, and

wherein the first bus is identified using the logical functionality within the first switch and the second switch.

US Pat. No. 9,199,570

TRANSPORTATION OF WIND TURBINE BLADES, IN PARTICULAR ALONG CURVED ROADS

1. A system for supporting a blade for a wind turbine, in particular a wind turbine blade having a curved portion, the system
comprising:
a first support arrangement comprising:
a root support element adapted to support a root portion of the blade such that the root portion is adjustably rotatable about
a longitudinal axis of the blade, and

a root elevation element adapted to adjust a vertical position of the entire root support element along a linear path, wherein
the vertical position of the root support element is adjustable relative to a root support frame of the first support arrangement,
wherein adjustable rotational and/or vertical positioning of the root portion of the blade respectively provided by the root
support element and the root elevation element is effective to adjust blade position based on road varying geometry and/or
obstacles encountered when the blade is transported along a road.

US Pat. No. 9,309,587

PLASMA SPRAY NOZZLE WITH INTERNAL INJECTION

1. A plasma spray nozzle, comprising:
an inner channel including a first end and a second end which is downstream from the first end; and
a powder injection hole,
wherein the inner channel includes a divergent region at the second end, and
wherein the powder injection hole is not arranged in the divergent region, wherein the inner channel consists of the divergent
region and a region with a constant cross section,

wherein the divergent region includes a first end which is disposed where in the inner channel starts to diverge and a second
end which coincides with the second end of the inner channel,

wherein the plasma spray nozzle includes a shoulder at the first end of the divergent region configured to guide plasma toward
the inner channel,

wherein the powder injection hole is arranged close to the first end of the inner channel opposite from the divergent region,
and

wherein a first outer diameter of the plasma spray nozzle at the second end of the divergent region is less than a second
outer diameter at the first end of the inner channel.

US Pat. No. 9,655,260

HOUSING FOR AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A housing for an electronic device, comprising:
a double-walled frame comprising a first wall and a second wall, the first wall forming an outer wall;
wherein the first wall forms two parts;
wherein a first wall part of the first wall and a second wall part of the first wall are arranged relative to one another
such that with a force acting from outside on the double-walled frame, the first wall part is shifted over the second wall
part by overcoming a frictional force that is present between the first wall part and the second wall part, the housing further
comprising:

an intermediate element arranged between an upper part and a lower part such that said intermediate element is disposed between
a first wall part of the second wall and a second wall part of the second wall;

wherein the double-walled frame includes the upper part and the lower part, the upper part and lower parts being configured
to assemble into a single unit; and

wherein the intermediate element includes a first assembly frame, a second assembly frame and an auxiliary frame, said first
and second assembly frames extending parallel to one another.

US Pat. No. 9,461,325

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PERMANENTLY BONDING A POLYMER ELECTROLYTE MEMBRANE TO AT LEAST ONE GAS DIFFUSION ELECTRODE

1. A method for permanently bonding a polymer electrolyte membrane to a gas diffusion electrode, comprising:
enclosing the gas diffusion electrode by a frame of a same thickness as the gas diffusion element to prevent lateral deformation
of the electrolyte membrane under effects of pressure and heat;

disposing the membrane and the gas diffusion electrode within a sealed pressure chamber;
within the sealed pressure chamber forming an air tight envelope comprising a fluid impermeable elastic intermediate element
composed of one or several individual elements of a same material;

arranging the intermediate element about the membrane and the gas diffusion electrode so as to completely enclose the membrane
and the gas diffusion electrode;

within the sealed pressure chamber, placing a fluid in contact with the membrane or the gas diffusion electrode, wherein the
fluid contacts the membrane or the electrode via the elastic intermediate element; and

increasing the pressure of the fluid to press the membrane and the gas diffusion electrode together within the sealed pressure
chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,276,495

SWITCHING CONVERTER AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SWITCHING CONVERTER

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

7. A switching converter for quasi-resonant switching, comprising:
a PWM controller, a sense voltage and a regulator output voltage being supplied to the PWM controller for determining a switch-off
time, said sense voltage indicating a current through a switched-on switching element; and

a valley switch controller for determining a switch-on time;
a signal present at an output of a valley detection circuit is supplied to a circuit for reducing the sense voltage in each
valley occurring after a switch-off operation such that a drop in a voltage level from which the sense voltage rises occurs
with the reduction.

US Pat. No. 9,277,404

METHOD FOR REGISTERING A WIRELESS COMMUNICATION DEVICE AT A BASE DEVICE AND CORRESPONDING SYSTEM

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A method for registering a wireless communication device at a base device, comprising:
a wireless authentication device monitoring at least one communication signal from at least one of the wireless communication
device or another wireless communication device located within wireless range of the authentication device,

generating a piece of authentication information including the at least one monitored communication signal and transmitting
a piece of authentication information for reception by the wireless communication device,

transmitting the wireless authentication device the piece of authentication information using at least one of a reduced transmitting
power and a reduced directionally, such that the piece of authentication information is receivable by the wireless communication
device in a spatially restricted manner,

the base device receiving the piece of authentication information from the wireless communication device and analyzing the
received piece of authentication information, and

including the wireless communication device in a network based on the result of the analysis.

US Pat. No. 9,276,448

CONDITION MONITORING SYSTEM FOR A MOTOR

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A terminal box cover for a motor, comprising:
a sensor unit to record a measured variable for a condition of the motor, the measured variable including at least one of
a temperature of the motor, a temperature of a stator winding of the motor, and an out-of-balance condition of the motor;

a communications device to transmit to a reading device a parameter that characterizes the measured variable available; and
a supply unit to supply energy to the sensor unit, the supply unit being supplied with energy from an energy source that is
external to the terminal box cover, wherein

all components of at least the sensor unit and the communications device are provided completely within the terminal box cover,
which fits on and covers a terminal box,

the terminal box is fixed to the motor, and
the terminal box cover forms a self-sufficient monitoring unit for monitoring the condition of the motor.

US Pat. No. 9,182,894

METHOD AND TERMINAL FOR DISPLAYING INFORMATION ON A SCREEN

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A method for displaying information, comprising:
receiving, from an information source, at a first network device having a first display format for displaying information,
a plurality of data including a first element and a second element configured for simultaneous display on a second network
device having a second display format for displaying information larger than the first display format, the plurality of data
defining a screen page according to the second display format;

after receiving the plurality of data but prior to displaying any of the received data, the first network device separating
the received data into at least the first element and the second element, wherein the separation is based on the first element
being of a first type and the second element being of a second type;

upon separating the received data, automatically displaying only one or more elements of the first type at the first network
device in the first display format;

detecting a first trigger at a controller on the first network device;
based at least on the detecting of the trigger, switching from displaying only the elements of the first type in the first
display format to displaying only one or more elements of the second type in the first display format;

responsive to switching from displaying the elements of the first type to displaying the elements of the second type, starting
a timer having a preset duration;

if a subsequent trigger is detected at the controller before the timer expires, continuing to display the elements of the
second type and resetting the timer; and

if the timer expires without detecting a subsequent trigger at the controller, automatically switching from displaying the
elements of the second type in the first display format back to displaying the elements of the first type in the first display
format.

US Pat. No. 9,392,958

METHOD OF ATTENUATION CORRECTION OF POSITRON EMISSION TOMOGRAPHY DATA AND COMBINED POSITRON EMISSION TOMOGRAPHY AND MAGNETIC RESONANCE TOMOGRAPHY SYSTEM

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A method of attenuation correction of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) data based on Magnetic Resonance Tomography (MRT)
data using a combined PET-MRT system, the PET data and the MRT data being acquired for a region of interest of a patient,
the method comprising:
acquiring the PET data for the region of interest by a PET imaging unit during a first imaging period, the PET data comprising
a plurality of PET data segments;

acquiring the MRT data for the region of interest and a surrounding region, by a MRT imaging unit, during a second imaging
period, the MRT data comprising a plurality of MRT data segments, the first and second imaging periods at least partially
overlapping;

determining, by a processor, further data being indicative of an iterative cycle of a physiological observable of the patient;
matching, by the processor, the PET data with the MRT data, based on the further data, to provide associations between each
PET data segment and at least one MRT data segment which are acquired during related portions of the iterative cycle;

applying, by the processor, the attenuation correction to the PET data based on the MRT data, wherein the attenuation correction
is based on the provided associations; and

providing the attenuation corrected PET data to a display.