Patents Assigned to Gilbarco, Inc.
  • Patent number: 11481745
    Abstract: A fuel dispenser comprises a housing enclosing fluid handling components including a fluid flow meter. The housing has a user interface including a panel display. A control system is in electrical communication with the user interface and is operative to display money and volume information on the panel display during a fueling transaction. A secondary display having digit structure that registers fuel dispensing information is in electrical communication with the control system. The secondary display is configured to not be viewable by a customer during a fueling transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Scott D. Slabbekoorn, Felix La Pietra, Anny Liao, Edward Asbell Payne
  • Patent number: 11482863
    Abstract: A fuel dispenser includes a power distribution system having an alternating current (AC) power supply and an AC to direct current (DC) power converter configured to convert a portion of the AC power to DC power for one or more DC peripheral components associated with the fuel dispenser. The power distribution system also includes processing circuitry configured to power down at least one of the DC peripheral components in response to an actuator, cause an indicator to be activated indicating that the DC peripheral components are de-energized and the AC power supply is active, power up the at least one direct current peripheral component in response to the actuator when the direct current peripherals are de-energized, and cause the indicator to be activated to indicate that both the DC peripheral components and the AC power supply are active.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Giovanni Carapelli, Joseph Long, Wayne McNinch
  • Patent number: 11462070
    Abstract: A retail environment having retail terminals with data entry point devices selectively encrypts input received by the data entry point devices and passes the encrypted data to a security module. The selective encryption is based on whether or not sensitive or confidential information, such as a personal identification number (PIN) associated with a debit card, is being input. To prevent hacking of the software of the retail terminal, content destined for display on the retail terminal is authenticated prior to display. In this manner, the retail terminal may be assured that confidential information is input only when desired, and thus may be encrypted only as needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Philip A. Robertson, Rodger K. Williams, Timothy M. Weston
  • Patent number: 11393051
    Abstract: A fuel dispenser comprises fuel flow piping defining a flow path from a source of fuel toward a fueling nozzle. A plurality of fuel handling components are disposed along the fuel flow piping. Control electronics are in operative communication with the fluid handling components. A payment system includes a PIN pad that transmits secure tokens which are preferably cryptographically unique and independent such as not to be a function or derivative of network keys or user PIN. The tokens are then received and acted upon by a second subsystem to render PIN entry display data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Rodger K. Williams, Edward A. Payne
  • Patent number: 11339049
    Abstract: A method of delivering a selected fuel product having a selected octane level to an operator from a fuel dispenser including a blend manifold, a fuel nozzle, and a fuel hose extending therebetween, including the steps of determining a first volume of a first fuel that is retained in the fuel hose upon completion of a first fueling event, determining a first octane level of the first volume of the first fuel, determining a second volume of a second fuel having a second octane level, and delivering the first fuel volume and the second fuel volume to the operator during a second fueling event, wherein a total volume of fuel equaling the first volume of the first fuel and the second volume of the second fuel has a total octane level that falls within a predetermined limit of the selected octane level of the selected fuel product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Gordon W. Johnson, Christopher Adam Oldham, Michael C. Liebal
  • Patent number: 11242239
    Abstract: A flow control valve is provided including a valve aperture in a valve body configured to convey fuel from an inlet to an outlet, a valve element configured to close the valve aperture to block flow of the fuel, a valve actuator configured to shift the position of the valve element between a closed position and an open position, and an antifraud circuit. The antifraud circuit is configured to receive a signal to open the flow control valve, determine if the signal is legitimate based on a signal characteristic, cause the flow control valve to shift to the open position in response to determining that the signal is legitimate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph Daniel Long
  • Patent number: 11204271
    Abstract: A method for alternative fuel life-cycle tracking includes electronically receiving, at a remote server, fuel data of fuel in a first container. The fuel comprises first and second batches. The fuel data includes first and second sets of alternative fuel identifiers (AFIs) associated with, respectively, a first unit of the first batch and a second unit of the second batch. The method further includes electronically receiving, at the remote server, a transfer volume of the fuel being transferred to a second container. The method further includes electronically transferring, at the remote server, first and second subsets, respectively, of the first and second sets of AFIs to be associated with the second container. The transfer of the first and second subsets is based on the transfer volume and a proportion of the first unit to the second unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Rodger K. Williams, Edward A. Payne
  • Patent number: 11197033
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, a card reader in dispenser (CRIND) is provided including a processor and a memory including computer program code, the memory and the computer programming code configured to, with the processor, cause the CRIND to receive one or more transaction messages from a forecourt controller or a peripheral device associated with a fuel dispenser, compare the one or more transaction messages to one or more message sequences associated with transaction phases of a fuel dispenser, determine a transaction phase of the fuel dispenser based on the comparison of the one or more transaction messages with the one or more message sequences, and cause feature processing circuitry to provide selected alternative media content to a user interface of the fuel dispenser based on the determined transaction phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventor: Giovanni Carapelli
  • Patent number: 11169954
    Abstract: A retail payment, advertising, and content switching system and method are disclosed. According to one embodiment, a secure content source or a non-secure content source is allowed to drive a customer user interface, respectively, without compromising security requirements. The content may be video, audio, prompts, or any other type of content. A secure controller is provided to control one or more user input devices and a user interface access module to control whether a secure source or a non-secure source drives the user interface, depending on the security mode of the system. The secure controller, the user interface access module, and the customer input devices are provided in an anti-tampering module. The secure controller prevents the non-secure source from providing unauthorized prompts on the customer user interface to “fake out” the customer so that sensitive customer information is not passed “in the clear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: GILBARCO INC.
    Inventors: Giovanni Carapelli, Paolo Filippini, Michael E. Williams
  • Patent number: 11078068
    Abstract: A fuel dispensing nozzle comprises a nozzle body defining a dispensing path extending between a distal inlet and a proximal outlet and configured to dispense fuel. A fuel flow valve is disposed in the nozzle body between the distal inlet and the proximal outlet. An actuation assembly movable to open the fuel flow valve is also provided. The nozzle also includes a shut-off mechanism operatively connected to the actuation assembly. A hand lever is pivotally connected with respect to the nozzle body, the hand lever being operatively connected to the actuation assembly so as to cause opening of the fuel flow valve when the hand lever is pivoted in a valve opening direction. The hand lever has a grasping portion extending between a proximal location nearer the proximal outlet and a distal location. The nozzle according to this aspect further includes a hold open mechanism including a trigger disposed at the proximal location of the hand lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: David Lucas, Brian Christopher Worley, Niranjan Srinivasan, Brandon Kirby, Andres Deogracias Viduya
  • Patent number: 11008210
    Abstract: A fuel dispenser includes a fuel nozzle configured to be connected to a vehicle fuel system, fuel piping configured to transfer fuel from at least one fuel storage tank associated with the fuel dispenser through the fuel nozzle into the vehicle fuel system, and a fraud detection valve apparatus. The fraud detection valve apparatus includes a cutoff valve configured to selectively prevent flow of fuel, a flow sensor configured to sense a flow of fuel, and processing circuity. The processing circuitry is configured to receive an indication of flow of fuel through the fuel flow control valve apparatus, determine an authorization status, and in response to a determination of no authorization during flow, cause the cutoff valve apparatus to close.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: GILBARCO INC.
    Inventors: Giovanni Carapelli, Howard Myers
  • Patent number: 10870572
    Abstract: A method of delivering a selected fuel product having a selected octane level to an operator from a fuel dispenser including a blend manifold, a fuel nozzle, and a fuel hose extending therebetween, including the steps of determining a first volume of a first fuel that is retained in the fuel hose upon completion of a first fueling event, determining a first octane level of the first volume of the first fuel, determining a second volume of a second fuel having a second octane level, and delivering the first fuel volume and the second fuel volume to the operator during a second fueling event, wherein a total volume of fuel equaling the first volume of the first fuel and the second volume of the second fuel has a total octane level that falls within a predetermined limit of the selected octane level of the selected fuel product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Gordon W. Johnson, Christopher Adam Oldham, Michael C. Liebal
  • Patent number: 10778009
    Abstract: A fuel dispenser includes a power distribution system having an alternating current (AC) power supply and an AC to direct current (DC) power converter configured to convert a portion of the AC power to DC power for one or more DC peripheral components associated with the fuel dispenser. The power distribution system also includes processing circuitry configured to power down at least one of the DC peripheral components in response to an actuator, cause an indicator to be activated indicating that the DC peripheral components are de-energized and the AC power supply is active, power up the at least one direct current peripheral component in response to the actuator when the direct current peripherals are de-energized, and cause the indicator to be activated to indicate that both the DC peripheral components and the AC power supply are active.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Giovanni Carapelli, Joseph Long, Wayne McNinch
  • Patent number: 10679456
    Abstract: A fuel dispenser comprises fuel flow piping defining a flow path from a source of fuel toward a fueling nozzle. A plurality of fuel handling components are disposed along the fuel flow piping. Control electronics, in operative communication with the fluid handling components, include a multi-core processor having at least two processor cores located on a common integrated circuit chip, the at least two processor cores utilizing different operating systems in an asynchronous manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Gilbarco, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Asbell Payne, Rodger K. Williams
  • Patent number: 10657524
    Abstract: A secure evaluation assembly in which an encrypted communication of cardholder data from an input device to a remote host processing system may be securely evaluated. The secure evaluation assembly includes antitampering control electronics and a memory. The secure evaluation assembly memory contains information needed to decrypt data encrypted according to a first encryption method and information needed to encrypt data according to a second encryption method. Further, the secure evaluation assembly memory is encrypted according to a third encryption method. The antitampering control electronics are operative to decrypt the secure evaluation assembly memory and are further operative to decrypt cardholder data encrypted according to the first encryption method to produce unencrypted cardholder data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignees: Gilbarco Inc., Gilbarco, S.r.l.
    Inventors: Giovanni Carapelli, Kenneth Ringeman, Rodger Williams
  • Patent number: 10332083
    Abstract: A method of performing a fueling transaction via an application installed on a mobile device, such as a smart phone. One step of the method involves receiving at the mobile device a short range wireless initiation signal directly from a fuel dispenser. The wireless initiation signal contains information indentifying the fuel dispenser. In response to the wireless initiation signal, an application is automatically launched on the mobile device. Input is received into the mobile device from a customer, which is interpreted by the application to correspond to at least one selection made by the customer. Payment information of the customer is transmitted from the mobile device to a remote cloud server so that the transaction can be authorized. As fuel is dispensed from the fuel dispenser, at least one of fueling information and promotional information is received at the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Rodger K. Williams, Robert P. Hoffman, Giovanni Carapelli, Edward A. Payne
  • Patent number: 10266387
    Abstract: A fuel dispenser comprising fuel flow piping defining a flow path from a source of fuel toward a fueling nozzle. The fuel flow piping further has a filter manifold for mounting a fuel filter thereon. A plurality of fuel handling components are disposed along the fuel flow piping. A sensor device is mounted to the filter manifold, the sensor device having at least one sensor operative to detect a sensed condition related to the fuel dispenser. The sensor device further comprises electronics to transmit a signal related to the sensed condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Giovanni Carapelli, Michael Charles Liebal, Wayne McNinch, Howard Myers, Edward A. Payne, Christopher Adam Oldham
  • Patent number: 10173885
    Abstract: A fuel dispenser comprises a fuel nozzle configured to be connected to a vehicle fuel system. Fuel piping configured to transfer fuel from at least one fuel storage tank associated with the fuel dispenser through the fuel nozzle into the vehicle fuel system is also provided. A flow control valve and a flow measurement device are located along the fuel piping, the flow measurement device having a housing defining a flow path therethrough. The flow measurement device includes a first exciter for producing a first wave in fuel moving along the flow path. A second exciter produces a second wave in the fuel which passes through the first wave, wherein the second wave has a higher frequency than the first wave. At least one sensor is spaced apart from the first exciter and the second exciter, the at least one sensor being configured to detect at least one measurable characteristic of the second wave from which flow rate can be derived.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventor: Giovanni Carapelli
  • Patent number: D893676
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: David Lucas, Brian Christopher Worley, Niranjan Srinivasan, Brandon Kirby, Andres Deogracias Viduya
  • Patent number: D898869
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: David Lucas, Brian Christopher Worley, Niranjan Srinivasan, Brandon Kirby, Andres Deogracias Viduya