Patents Assigned to Gilbarco, Inc.
  • 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: 10156594
    Abstract: Methods and systems provide for detecting tampering of a fuel dispenser. Power is applied to a valve coil of a fuel dispenser. The valve coil is part of a control valve configured to accomplish a gradated fuel flow of the fuel dispenser. Current flowing through the valve coil is measured in response to the power being applied to the valve coil. The current measurements are compared with predetermined criteria and tampering with the valve coil is determined if the current measurements are sufficiently different than expected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Geoffrey A. Benton, Michael L. Jennings
  • Patent number: 10155652
    Abstract: A retail fueling environment comprises a plurality of fuel dispensers located so that each defines at least one refueling position. Site automation electronics are in communication with the plurality of fuel dispensers. A fueling position availability indicator system is also provided, including a plurality of position indicators indicating availability status of at least one associated refueling position. Detection electronics are operative to ascertain data regarding transaction status of refueling transactions at the refueling positions. In addition, processing electronics are operative to determine a state of each of the position indicators based at least in part on the transaction status. A position indicator control device is operative to produce control signals to the position indicators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Giovanni Carapelli, Michael Charles Liebal, Andrew Pearce, Wayne McNinch
  • Patent number: 10109142
    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: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Philip A. Robertson, Rodger K. Williams, Timothy M. Weston
  • Patent number: 10102401
    Abstract: A vending machine user interface can include a first controller operatively connected to an input device capable of receiving payment or account information. The first controller can, with another device, via a second controller, or otherwise, allow secure communication of data from the input device. The first controller, in this regard, can control the communication between the input device and the other device to protect the input device from unwarranted communication from the other device. The first controller can establish a secure channel with the other device using encrypted communications. The first controller, second controller, etc. can be connected to independent printed circuit boards (PCB). Activation of sensors connected to the PCBs can cause the first and/or second controllers to erase data necessary to ascertain/decode communications from the input device, such as encryption/decryption information, or may otherwise decommission the input device or a portion thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventor: Giovanni Carapelli
  • Patent number: 10088109
    Abstract: A method of filling a storage vessel with a fuel gas at a fuel dispenser. In various embodiments, the method includes providing a fuel dispenser comprising a housing defining a fluid flow path therein, the fluid flow path operatively connected with a source of the fuel gas. The fuel dispenser includes a control valve disposed along the fluid flow path and a controller in operative electronic communication therewith. The method also includes actuating the control valve to provide a predetermined difference between the pressure of the fuel gas upstream of the control valve and the pressure of the fuel gas downstream of the control valve. The predetermined difference is selected such that the temperature of the fuel gas is reduced to a predetermined temperature after passing through the control valve. The method also includes dispensing the fuel gas into the storage vessel, the fuel gas having first mass flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Andy Grimmer, Ronald Cloyd, Ryan Salberg, Steve Zepp
  • Patent number: 10077872
    Abstract: Systems and methods for completely filling a storage vessel with a fuel gas. One method includes flowing the fuel gas along a fluid conduit in fluid communication with the storage vessel and actuating a valve disposed along the fluid conduit to provide a predetermined difference between the pressure of the fuel gas upstream of the valve and the pressure of the fuel gas downstream of the control valve. The predetermined difference is selected such that the temperature of the fuel gas is reduced to a predetermined temperature after passing through the valve. The method further includes dispensing the fuel gas into the storage vessel at a first mass flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Andy Grimmer, Ronald Cloyd, Ryan Salberg, Steve Zepp
  • Patent number: 10019953
    Abstract: A system and method for displaying information at a fuel dispenser comprises an electrophoretic display that may be configured to operate in low temperature environments. The fuel dispenser may comprise a keypad located beneath the electrophoretic display in order to present a graphical user interface to a customer and receive the customer's selections. The fuel dispenser may comprise additional electrophoretic displays to present additional information to the consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Edward A. Payne, Rodger K. Williams, Ryan C. Garrett
  • Patent number: 9972159
    Abstract: An assembly for installation in a fuel dispensing environment having a forecourt controller and at least one fuel dispenser communicating via legacy cable. The assembly comprises a sniffer device connectable along the legacy cable such that a first communication side thereof is in electrical communication with the forecourt controller and a second communication side thereof is in electrical communication with the fuel dispenser. The sniffer device is operative to receive an incoming message at either the first communication side or the second communication side. The sniffer device also includes memory and a processor, the processor implementing instructions to interpret the incoming message. Based on an interpretation of the incoming message, the sniffer device is operative to determine an action to be taken regarding the incoming message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Giovanni Carapelli, Thomas J. Park
  • Patent number: 9959816
    Abstract: A system and method for displaying information at a fuel dispenser comprises an electrophoretic display that may be configured to operate in low temperature environments. The fuel dispenser may comprise a keypad located beneath the electrophoretic display in order to present a graphical user interface to a customer and receive the customer's selections. The fuel dispenser may comprise additional electrophoretic displays to present additional information to the consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Edward A. Payne, Rodger K. Williams, Ryan C. Garrett
  • Patent number: 9897509
    Abstract: Methods and systems for monitoring the health and operational status of components in a fuel dispensing environment. In one aspect, a method includes providing a control system having a memory in which is stored information representative of a first vibration characteristic of a component, providing a sensor in electronic communication with the control system, the sensor operative to sense vibration characteristics of the component, and coupling the sensor with the component. The method also includes sensing a second vibration characteristic of the component using the sensor, transmitting information representative of the second vibration characteristic to the control system, and comparing the information representative of the second vibration characteristic to the information representative of the first vibration characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventor: Ryan Charles Garrett
  • Patent number: 9878896
    Abstract: A meter for measuring the flow rate of fuel in a fuel dispenser comprises a housing with an axial bore extending therethrough and defining an inlet and an outlet. A flow indicating mechanism comprising one or more rotatable components are mounted in the axial bore of the housing and configured to rotate as fuel flows from the inlet to the outlet, wherein each rotation indicates fuel flow. A pulse generating device senses rotation of the rotatable components and generates an output signal indicative of the fuel flow. Finally, a vapor generating device is configured to generate vapor bubbles that flow through the flow indicating mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Charles Liebal, Christopher Adam Oldham, Brian Keith Jones
  • Patent number: 9804016
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for improving the accuracy of fuel flow meters by compensating for the presence of vapor bubbles generated within the flow meter. The method comprises measuring the temperature of the fuel flowing through the meter and using an algorithm or static lookup table to determine a vapor compensation factor based on that temperature. Because the tendency of fuel to vaporize depends largely on seasonal variations in fuel temperature, applying a temperature-dependent vapor compensation factor promotes year-round accuracy of the flow meter output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Charles Liebal, Christopher Adam Oldham
  • Patent number: 9802810
    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: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Gordon W. Johnson, Christopher A. Oldham, Michael C. Liebal
  • Patent number: 9715600
    Abstract: A vending machine can include a touch display and a touch controller operatively connected to the touch display and configured to transmit display data to the touch display and receive input data from a touchscreen function of the touch display. The vending machine also includes a secure device operatively connected to the touch display for securing the display by managing touch input information provided to one or more applications based on the input data received from the touchscreen functionality. The vending machine has a processor operatively connected to the secure device for communicating access requests for the touch display to the secure device from the one or more applications along with an indication of whether the one or more applications are signed by an authorized entity. The secure device manages the touch input information provided to the one or more applications further based at least in part on the indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignees: Gilbarco Inc., Gilbarco, S.r.l.
    Inventors: Rodger K. Williams, Giovanni Carapelli
  • Patent number: 9523597
    Abstract: A fuel flow meter assembly for detecting fraud caused by tampering. The fuel flow meter assembly comprises a fuel flow meter comprising a shaft and a fiber optic displacement sensor operatively connected to the fuel flow meter shaft for generating information representative of an amount of fuel delivered through the fuel flow meter. The fuel flow meter assembly also comprises at least one transponder coupled with one of the fuel flow meter shaft and the displacement sensor. Further, the fuel flow meter assembly comprises at least one interrogator electronics coupled with the other of the fuel flow meter shaft and the displacement sensor. The at least one interrogator electronics is configured for remote electronic communication with the at least one transponder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Rodger K. Williams, Edward A. Payne, John A. Lofgren, Mark B. Monson
  • Patent number: 9495822
    Abstract: Various systems and methods are provided for facilitating powered communications over legacy cabling. This can be implemented in a fuel dispensing environment where the fuel dispenser can include a diode coupler communicatively coupled to the legacy cabling for receiving powered communications from one or more backroom components over the legacy cabling during a power outage, and a broadband communications modem for communicating with the one or more backroom components, wherein the diode coupler provides power from the powered communications to the broadband communications modem. Relays can be used at the fuel dispenser and/or backroom components to determine whether to use the powered communications or legacy communications based on whether power is available at the components communicating over the legacy cabling. In addition, failsafe protection of legacy communication circuits is provided when powered communications are active.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne McNinch
  • Patent number: 9496920
    Abstract: A fueling environment communication system for providing high bandwidth information via existing field wiring to a plurality of forecourt devices. The communication system according to this aspect comprises a back room communication module having a first plurality of Ethernet ports for connection to external devices using Ethernet communication and a second plurality of Ethernet ports. The back room communication module further comprises a plurality of modulation interface devices each connected on a first side to a respective one of the second plurality of Ethernet ports. A summing and isolation module having a high pass filter is connected to each of the modulation interface devices on a second side thereof to pass a modulated high frequency signal. The summing and isolation module further has a low pass filter through which low frequency legacy data can be passed and combined with said modulated high frequency signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Giovanni Carapelli, Joseph D. Long, Wayne McNinch, Howard Myers