Abstract: A method and apparatus for passively monitoring the distribution of fuel and lubrication fluids to track vehicles and other heavy duty work equipment, such as bulldozers, draglines, scrapers, loaders, etc. The system includes means for identifying and recording the identity of the dispensing vehicle, the dispensing operator, the location of the dispensing vehicle, the receiving vehicle, the receiving port on the receiving vehicle, the type of fluid dispensed, the quantity of fluid dispensed, and the time of the dispensing. The system also includes means for verifying that the proper fluid is dispensed to the appropriate port. Use of the system does not in any way interfere with the servicing operations.
Abstract: A system and process for generating a control program for execution by a programmable logic control unit including the steps of: providing a variable editing user interface allowing a user to define and edit variables including input variables and output variables; providing a program level editing user interface allowing the user to edit a program level; providing a state editing user interface allowing a user to define and edit a plurality of states of the control program; providing a condition editing user interface allowing a user to define and edit at least one condition for each of the states of the control program; and generating the control program as a function of associative relationships of the variables, states, and conditions.
November 10, 1998
Date of Patent:
January 7, 2003
Richard Harris, Jack Wiens, Joseph Fraser, Heiki Kask, Peter Nobel
Abstract: A process is provided for generating a flow chart representing a control program defined by associative relationships between program levels, states and conditions, each condition specifying a transition from an associated one of the states as a source state to a corresponding selected destination state upon satisfaction of the condition during execution of the control program by the logic control unit. Each program level defines a sub-process of the control program.
Abstract: A capillary electrophoresis method and apparatus (10) are disclosed in which pressure or vacuum is selectively applied to an outlet end (16) of the capillary tube (12) during sample loading, sample separation and sample mobilization past a detector (34). The vacuum can be used to load a sample mixture from the reservoir (20) quickly into the capillary tube (12), and then also move the sample quickly toward a detector (34) once it has been separated. When a voltage is applied across the capillary tube (12) to effect separation of analytes in the mixture sample, the pressure or vacuum can be selectively controlled as desired to either augment or oppose the effects of electroosmotic flow, and thereby enhance the sample separation. The pressure or vacuum can be adjusted during any phase of the operation and feedback circuitry (110) can be employed to control the flow rate of a sample through the capillary tube automatically.