Patents Assigned to Hunter Industries, Inc.
  • Patent number: 11067259
    Abstract: Disclosed is an outdoor light fixture assembly having a housing, a contact block, and a user serviceable light module. The housing has a first opening for receiving the contact block and a second opening for receiving the user serviceable light module. The contact block has at least one contact and a power wire. The contact block can be disposed relative to the first opening so that the at least one contact is accessible from inside the housing. The user serviceable light module light module is sized and shaped to transition between a connected position and a released position relative to the housing. The user serviceable light module has a cover and a circuit board supporting one or more light emitting diodes and having at least one contact pin. The light emitting diodes are arranged relative to the circuit board to emit light in a direction towards the second opening when the user serviceable light module is in the connected position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Hunter Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Darrin I. Schmuckle, Adam Zeman, Sergio Corona
  • Patent number: 11040359
    Abstract: A sprinkler can include a turbine, a nozzle, a gear drive and a reversing mechanism. The gear drive and the reversing mechanism rotatably couple the turbine and the nozzle. The gear drive can shift a direction of rotation of an output stage that is coupled to the reversing mechanism. The sprinkler can include at least one arc adjusting gear that moves and arc adjusting tab to contact a shift arm to cause the shifting mechanism to change direction. The arc adjusting gear can engage with the arc tab for adjusting the arc setting and disengage from the arc tab for normal operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Hunter Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Zachary B. Simmons
  • Patent number: 10967395
    Abstract: A modular irrigation controller has a robust ground path with high conductivity that can accommodate lightning induced power surges on field valve wires and common wires that are connected to a plurality of station modules. Sensitive electronic components in the station modules are thereby protected from damage. The robust ground path extends from conductors on circuit boards within the station modules through captive mounting screws to a metallic backplane and then through metallic grounding brackets within a pedestal enclosing the modules and the backplane. The grounding brackets are in turn grounded to both an earth ground stake and to a ground wire associated with the incoming one hundred and ten volt AC power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Hunter Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard C. Stange, David M. Hurrle, Kok Huat Chong
  • Patent number: 10965109
    Abstract: A watertight electrical compartment for use in an irrigation device can include a compartment body having a chamber and a sealing section configured to mate with one or more sealing rings. A sealing cap can mate with the sealing section and/or the sealing rings to seal the chamber. A cap retainer can be advanced over at least a portion of the sealing cap. One of the compartment body and cap retainer can have internal threads to be screwed onto external threads of the other one of the compartment body and cap retainer. The cap retainer can also have a stopping feature to keep the sealing cap in its sealed position. The watertight electrical compartment can be used in a wireless flow sensor assembly, a battery operated irrigation controller, and/or a battery-operated central controller device, to provide irrigation control, and/or sensor information, without the need for AC power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Hunter Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael F. Paul
  • Patent number: 10939626
    Abstract: A control module for a water harvesting system can be operatively connected to a water level sensor in a water collection cistern, the pump/master valve (P/MV) output port of an irrigation controller, a pump start relay that controls a pump coupled to the cistern, and a pair of master valves that are coupled to station valves for delivering water to a plurality of sprinklers. The control module uses a processor, a plurality of switching circuits, and an operational program stored in a memory to cause the landscape vegetation to be watered with water from the water collection cistern or a municipal water supply, depending on the level of water detected in the water collection cistern. The control module can include a display that can indicate a graphic depiction that represents an actual level of the water in the water collection cistern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Hunter Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffery J. Kremicki, Peter John Woytowitz
  • Patent number: 10918030
    Abstract: An irrigation system comprises an irrigation controller that receives user input and provides a power signal and command and message data to an encoder. The encoder encodes the command and message data onto the power signal to provide a data encoded power waveform that is sent over a two-wire path. The irrigation system further comprises one or more decoders in communication with the two-wire path to receive the data encoded power waveform and one or more irrigation valves in communication with the one or more decoders. The data encoded power waveform provides power to the decoders and the decoders decode the command and message data from the data encoded power waveform to control the irrigation valves according to the user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Hunter Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter John Woytowitz
  • Patent number: 10917979
    Abstract: A landscape control box includes a base portion and a facepack. The facepack supports a rotary shaft extending along an axis in a first direction. A cover has a hole aligned with the rotary shaft. A knob has a receptacle and a first portion of an interacting structure. The receptacle engages with the rotary shaft so as to transfer rotational motion of the knob to the rotary shaft. The first portion of the interacting structure engages with a second portion of the interacting structure on the cover so as to inhibit movement of the knob. The control box can receive one or more modules for enhancing functionality of the control box and/or superseding station programming stored by the control box or input by the user. The control box includes openings that are sized and shaped to allow attachment of different sized pipes and conduits to the control box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Hunter Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael F. Paul
  • Patent number: 10874003
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided to transmit a data encoded power signal to addressable devices. A data signal includes address and command data that varies between logical states. A controller provides a low loss rectified power signal. The controller further provides data within the power signal by forming a positive polarity rectified power waveform corresponding to data in a first state and a negative polarity rectified waveform signal corresponding to data in a second state using substantially loss-less circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Hunter Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter John Woytowitz
  • Patent number: 10850295
    Abstract: An irrigation sprinkler can be provided with a flow guard feature configured to send an indicator stream into the air when a nozzle is missing, while still conserving most of the water that would have been wasted without the flow guard feature. The flow guard feature can include a valve assembly having a first port and a second off-axis port. The second port can be smaller than the first port. The second port can be non-parallel to the first port. The first port can be open when the nozzle is present and be sealed when the nozzle is missing. The second, off-axis port can be open even when the nozzle is missing to provide the indicator stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Hunter Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Blake A. Wildt, LaMonte D. Porter
  • Patent number: 10816168
    Abstract: Disclosed is an outdoor light assembly to be disposed in a pathway or other hardscape area. The light assembly having a sleeve forming a receptacle having one or more coupling structures disposed in the receptacle and a user replaceable light fixture assembly being sized and shaped to transition between a secured position and an unsecured position relative to the receptacle. The light fixture assembly having one or more engagement structures that are complementary to the one or more coupling structures so as to inhibit, but not prevent, removal of the light fixture assembly from the sleeve when the light fixture assembly is in the secured position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Hunter Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Adam Zeman
  • Patent number: 10798834
    Abstract: A communications interface system includes a housing and one or more removable components. The removable components can include one or more removable communications module configured to facilitate communication between the interface system and one or more other communications or control systems. A facepack can be removably coupled with the housing. The facepack can include one or more displays and/or user input structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Hunter Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas E. Veloskey
  • Patent number: 10786823
    Abstract: A sprinkler can include a turbine, a nozzle, a gear drive and a reversing mechanism. The gear drive and the reversing mechanism rotatably couple the turbine and the nozzle. The gear drive can shift a direction of rotation of an output stage that is coupled to the reversing mechanism. The reversing mechanism can include a shift member coupled with the gear drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Hunter Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael L. Clark, Zachary B. Simmons
  • Patent number: 10717093
    Abstract: An irrigation sprinkler can include a reversing mechanism configured to transition the nozzle turret of the irrigation sprinkler between a forward direction of rotation and a reverse direction of rotation. The reversing mechanism can include shifting frame having an input gear and at least one output gear. The at least one output gear can be mounted on an axle of rotation which permits lateral movement of the at least one output gear between a power transmitting position, wherein rotational power from a gear reduction is transferred to the nozzle turret, and a disengaged position wherein rotational power from the gear reduction is not transferred to the nozzle turret.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Hunter Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: James A. Bell
  • Patent number: 10702883
    Abstract: An irrigation sprinkler can include an outer case having an inlet end and an outlet end. The sprinkler can include a riser positioned at least partially within the outer case and having an upstream end and a downstream end. The riser can be configured to transition between a retracted position and an extended position wherein the downstream end is positioned on a side of the outlet end of the outer case opposite the inlet end of the outer case when the riser is in the extended position. The sprinkler can include a cup assembly connected to the downstream end of the riser, the cup assembly including organic or artificial turf therein, wherein the cup assembly is configured to be removed from the riser without emptying the turf therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Hunter Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald H. Anuskiewicz, Richard M. Dunn, Revis R. Hunter, Santo Uccello
  • Patent number: 10612755
    Abstract: A light fixture can include a light housing and a light cartridge. The light cartridge can be configured to releasably and/or electrically connect to a portion of the light housing. In some embodiments, the light cartridge includes a collar movably connected to the cartridge and configured to rotate with respect to the cartridge. Rotation of the collar can facilitate attachment and/or release of the cartridge from the light housing. In some cases, the cartridge includes a releasable driver, one or more lenses, one or more beam reflectors, one or more diffusers, and/or other electrical and optical components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Hunter Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Darrin I. Schmuckle, Bounthavy K. Manivone
  • Patent number: 10605420
    Abstract: Lighting fixtures can have installation and mounting features that reduce the number of mounting screws that are readily visible or accessible from outside the lighting fixture. The lighting fixture can have an elongate housing, one or more light modules, first and second installation brackets, a plurality of J-bolts, and a cover. The only fastener(s) accessible from outside the housing of the lighting fixture can be one or more cover screws for securing the cover to the housing. The cover screw(s) can be positioned in inconspicuous locations and are not visible in plain view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Hunter Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl A. Eberts, Darrin I. Schmuckle
  • Patent number: D892796
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Hunter Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael F. Paul, Stephen A. Sharp
  • Patent number: D912550
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Hunter Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen A. Sharp, Thomas E. Veloskey
  • Patent number: D916346
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Hunter Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen A. Sharp, Thomas E. Veloskey
  • Patent number: D916350
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Hunter Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl A. Eberts, Stephen A. Sharp