(19)
(11)EP 3 574 800 A1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT APPLICATION

(43)Date of publication:
04.12.2019 Bulletin 2019/49

(21)Application number: 19172918.5

(22)Date of filing:  07.05.2019
(51)Int. Cl.: 
A47B 9/00  (2006.01)
(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR
Designated Extension States:
BA ME
Designated Validation States:
KH MA MD TN

(30)Priority: 31.05.2018 CN 201810550877

(71)Applicant: Loctek Inc.
Fremont, CA 94538 (US)

(72)Inventors:
  • Xiang, Lehong
    Ningbo, Zhejiang (CN)
  • Zheng, Xiangming
    Ningbo, Zhejiang (CN)
  • Liu, Shu
    Ningbo, Zhejiang (CN)

(74)Representative: Cabinet Chaillot 
16/20, avenue de l'Agent Sarre B.P. 74
92703 Colombes Cedex
92703 Colombes Cedex (FR)

  


(54)LIFTING DESK CONTROL METHOD


(57) The invention provides a lifting desk control method including a motor drive unit, a current detection unit and an arithmetic unit. The control method comprises the steps of: step 1: detecting current a at the current time t1 and current b at time t2 after the current time by the current detection unit at a set time interval during normal operation, wherein the time t2 is later than the time t1; step 2: calculating the current change value from t2 to t1 and the current change rate L=(b-a)/(t2-tl) by the arithmetic unit; and step 3: comparing the current change rate L with a set value, judging that an obstacle is encountered if the set value is exceeded, and issuing a stopping or retreating instruction to a motor by the motor drive unit. The scheme employed by the invention is to calculate the change rate of current, without the need to consider the magnitude of a current value during normal operation and the influence of the current operating conditions on the normal operating current, so judgment is made with higher accuracy; and the change speed of current is detected and hence protection is not required when the current rises to a set value, so whether an obstacle is encountered is judged with high sensitivity.




Description

FIELD OF THE INVENTION



[0001] The invention relates to the field of lifting desk control, and in particular to a lifting desk control method.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION



[0002] Electric lifting desks are generally used in homes or offices. When a user adjusts the height, if there is an obstacle, damage may be caused to the obstacle or the structure of a lifting desk. If the human body is collided, personal injury may be caused. In order to improve the product safety, the lifting desk product in the prior art may be additionally provided with a function of stopping or retreating in case of an obstacle.

[0003] Most of the lifting desk products on the market achieve the function of stopping or retreating in case of an obstacle by the following approaches: 1. whether an obstacle is encountered is judged by checking for an abrupt change in current during collision; 2. an obstacle is detected by a mechanical sensor such as a piezoelectric sensor or a spring; and 3. a three-axis acceleration sensor is used to detect whether the lifting desk has a rising obstacle to judge whether an obstacle is encountered. Abrupt current change detection is generally used for fixed obstacle detection, but has low sensitivity for the detection of resistance with a smaller force, for example, when a user presses a desktop and if only the magnitude of a current value is judged, the current value is not accurately judged due to different service conditions under different working conditions. Mechanical sensors have high mounting requirements and are not easy to produce. Three-axis acceleration sensors have high cost and tend to misjudgment.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION



[0004] A technical problem to be solved by the invention is to provide a lifting desk control method with high detection sensitivity and low cost for detecting whether a lifting desk encounters an obstacle.

[0005] To solve the above technical problem, the invention provides a lifting desk control method including a motor drive unit, a current detection unit and an arithmetic unit.

[0006] The control method comprises the steps of:

step 1: detecting current a at the current time t1 and current b at time t2 after the current time by the current detection unit at a set time interval during normal operation, wherein the time t2 is later than the time t1;

step 2: calculating the current change value from t2 to t1 and the current change rate L=(b-a)/(t2-t1) by the arithmetic unit; and

step 3: comparing the current change rate L with a set value, judging that an obstacle is encountered if the set value is exceeded, and issuing a stopping or retreating instruction to a motor by the motor drive unit.



[0007] With the above-described structure, the invention has the following advantages compared with the prior art:
the scheme employed by the invention is to calculate the change rate of current, without the need to consider the magnitude of a current value during normal operation and the influence of the current operating conditions on the normal operating current, so judgment is made with higher accuracy; and the change speed of current is detected and hence protection is not required when the current rises to a set value, so whether an obstacle is encountered is judged with high sensitivity; and thirdly, no additional sensor is required and the cost is relatively low.

[0008] Preferably, the lifting desk control method is executed after the lifting desk is started for a period of time. Since the current changes greatly when the lifting desk is started, the control method is stopped at this time to avoid a false alarm using this step, and whether the lifting desk encounters an obstacle is judged during normal operation.

[0009] Preferably, the method further comprises the steps of: setting an upper threshold of a current value, and issuing a stopping or retreating instruction to the motor by the motor drive unit when the detected current value at any time exceeds the threshold. The overcurrent of the lifting desk can be protected by this step.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



[0010] Fig. 1 is a flow diagram of a lifting desk control method of the invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION



[0011] The invention will be further described below in detail with reference to particular embodiments.

[0012] As shown in Fig. 1, the invention provides a lifting desk control method including a motor drive unit, a current detection unit and an arithmetic unit, wherein the current detection unit is used for detecting the current of a motor and sending the value to the arithmetic unit, and the arithmetic unit is used for performing operation and sending a signal to the motor drive unit. The control method comprises the steps of:

step 1: detecting current a at the current time t1 and current b at time t2 after the current time by the current detection unit at a set time interval during normal operation, wherein the time t2 is later than the time t1;

step 2: calculating the current change value from t2 to t1 and the current change rate L=(b-a)/(t2-t1) by the arithmetic unit; and

step 3: comparing the current change rate L with a set value, judging that an obstacle is encountered if the set value is exceeded, and issuing a stopping or retreating instruction to a motor by the motor drive unit.



[0013] For example, in practical applications, the current at the current time t1 is detected to be 6A every one second, time t2 is set to be later than the time t1 by 0.5 second and the current at the time t2 is 6.5A, then the current change rate L at this time is calculated as (6.5-6)/0.5=1 A/s. The current change rate is greater than a set value of 0.3 A/s in the invention, then it is judged that an obstacle is encountered, and a stopping or retreating instruction is issued to the motor. Of course, the invention is not limited to the above set value. However, any method for judging whether the lifting desk encounters an obstacle by detecting the current change rate should fall within the protection scope of the invention.

[0014] The scheme employed by the invention is to calculate the change rate of current, without the need to consider the magnitude of a current value during normal operation and the influence of the current operating conditions on the normal operating current, so judgment is made with higher accuracy. For example, if the load of the lifting desk is small during normal operation, the normal operating current is also small; and if the load of the lifting desk is high during normal operation, the current value during normal operation is also high. Whether an obstacle is encountered is judged by a threshold of a current value for retreating in both cases, which may lead to misjudgment and affect normal use. However, when the current change rate is judged by the present method, normal operation is judged if the current change rate is below the threshold, which may not lead to misjudgment and provides higher accuracy.

[0015] Furthermore, in contrast, a method for directly detecting the current value requires the process in which the current rises to a set value, but the current rises rapidly when a fixed obstacle is encountered and a motor is stopped, while in case of an unfixed obstacle, e.g. a person, the lifting desk only has some resistance, but does not stop, and the current rises slowly at this time and hence it cannot be immediately judged that an obstacle is encountered. However, with the present method, as long as the rate at which the current changes exceeds the set value, it is judged that an obstacle is encountered, and the sensitivity far exceeds that of the method for directly detecting the current value.

[0016] Preferably, the lifting desk control method is executed after the lifting desk is started for a period of time. Since the current changes greatly when the lifting desk is started, the control method is stopped at this time to avoid a false alarm using this step, and whether the lifting desk encounters an obstacle is judged during normal operation. For example, in the invention, the lifting desk control method is set to be executed after the lifting desk is started for one second, thus avoiding a false alarm.

[0017] Preferably, the method further comprises the steps of: setting an upper threshold of a current value, and issuing a stopping or retreating instruction to the motor by the motor drive unit when the detected current value at any time exceeds the threshold. The overcurrent of the lifting desk can be protected by this step.


Claims

1. A lifting desk control method, including a motor drive unit, a current detection unit and an arithmetic unit, the control method comprising the steps of:

step 1: detecting current a at the current time t1 and current b at time t2 after the current time by the current detection unit at a set time interval during normal operation, wherein the time t2 is later than the time t1;

step 2: calculating the current change value from t2 to t1 and the current change rate L=(b-a)/(t2-t1) by the arithmetic unit; and

step 3: comparing the current change rate L with a set value, judging that an obstacle is encountered if the set value is exceeded, and issuing a stopping or retreating instruction to a motor by the motor drive unit.


 
2. The lifting desk control method according to claim 1, wherein the lifting desk control method is executed after the lifting desk is started for a period of time.
 
3. The lifting desk control method according to claim 1, further comprising the steps of: setting an upper threshold of a current value, and issuing a stopping or retreating instruction to the motor by the motor drive unit when the detected current value at any time exceeds the threshold.
 
4. The lifting desk control method according to claim 1, further comprising the steps of: if the set value is not exceeded, returning to the step 1 and continuing to detect the current value.
 




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