Patents by Inventor Brian L. Sholes

Brian L. Sholes has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10272460
    Abstract: A closed-loop refillable dispensing system may include one or more reusable or refillable product packages configured to dock with an automated filling station. The automated filling station automatically mixes concentrated chemical product with a diluent and dispenses the resulting chemical product solution. The product package may include a fitment insert configured to mate with a docking connector at the automated filling station. When the product package is removed from the docking connector, the fitment insert provides a positive, leak-proof seal for the product package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Schultz, Kenneth T. Dobizl, Brian L. Sholes
  • Publication number: 20180071762
    Abstract: A closed-loop refillable dispensing system may include one or more reusable or refillable product packages configured to dock with an automated filling station. The automated filling station automatically mixes concentrated chemical product with a diluent and dispenses the resulting chemical product solution. The product package may include a fitment insert configured to mate with a docking connector at the automated filling station. When the product package is removed from the docking connector, the fitment insert provides a positive, leak-proof seal for the product package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Schultz, Kenneth T. Dobizl, Brian L. Sholes
  • Patent number: 9827582
    Abstract: A closed-loop refillable dispensing system may include one or more reusable or refillable product packages configured to dock with an automated filling station. The automated filling station automatically mixes concentrated chemical product with a diluent and dispenses the resulting chemical product solution. The product package may include a fitment insert configured to mate with a docking connector at the automated filling station. When the product package is removed from the docking connector, the fitment insert provides a positive, leak-proof seal for the product package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Schultz, Kenneth T. Dobizl, Brian L. Sholes
  • Publication number: 20170120274
    Abstract: A closed-loop refillable dispensing system may include one or more reusable or refillable product packages configured to dock with an automated filling station. The automated filling station automatically mixes concentrated chemical product with a diluent and dispenses the resulting chemical product solution. The product package may include a fitment insert configured to mate with a docking connector at the automated filling station. When the product package is removed from the docking connector, the fitment insert provides a positive, leak-proof seal for the product package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Publication date: May 4, 2017
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Schultz, Kenneth T. Dobizl, Brian L. Sholes
  • Patent number: 9051163
    Abstract: Automatic calibration of dispense parameters of a product dispense system is accomplished via electronic communication of product information. A chemical product includes an electronically readable tag or label that stores and communicates chemical product data concerning the chemical product to a chemical product dispenser. The chemical product data may include, for example, the name of the chemical product, the type or class of the chemical product, manufacturing information regarding the chemical product (e.g., manufacturing date, location, serial number, lot number, etc.), concentration of active ingredient(s), weight, volume, viscosity, density, hardness, specific gravity, shape, color, and/or other data concerning the chemical product. A controller within the dispenser automatically calibrates the dispense parameters based on the chemical product data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Ecolab Inc.
    Inventors: Richard J. Mehus, Brian L. Sholes
  • Publication number: 20120024858
    Abstract: A fitment is provided that includes a body, a cap and a membrane. The body has a first end and a second end. The body further has a body passage that extends between the first end and the second end. The cap has a first end and a second end. The cap has a cap bore that extends in the first end of the cap. The cap is configured to selectively plug the body passage proximate the second end of the body. The membrane is in the second end of the cap. The membrane is configured to allow two-way venting through the body passage of the body when the cap is plugging the body passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Inventors: Brian L. Sholes, Katherine O. Vetter, Mark D. Levitt
  • Publication number: 20110082595
    Abstract: Automatic calibration of dispense parameters of a product dispense system is accomplished via electronic communication of product information. A chemical product includes an electronically readable tag or label that stores and communicates chemical product data concerning the chemical product to a chemical product dispenser. The chemical product data may include, for example, the name of the chemical product, the type or class of the chemical product, manufacturing information regarding the chemical product (e.g., manufacturing date, location, serial number, lot number, etc.), concentration of active ingredient(s), weight, volume, viscosity, density, hardness, specific gravity, shape, color, and/or other data concerning the chemical product. A controller within the dispenser automatically calibrates the dispense parameters based on the chemical product data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Publication date: April 7, 2011
    Applicant: Ecolab Inc.
    Inventors: Richard J. Mehus, Brian L. Sholes
  • Publication number: 20100146587
    Abstract: Authentication of products dispensed in an automated chemical dispensing system occurs via electronic communication of product information. The dispensing system includes a plurality of dispense stations, each of which is configured to dispense a corresponding specified chemical product. A product container includes an electronically readable label or tag that includes product information that identifies the chemical product in the container. A product dispenser reads the product information and automatically determines whether the specified product has been loaded onto or into the dispense station. If the product is thus “authenticated,” the system may permit dispensing of the chemical product. If the product is not authenticated, the system may prevent dispensing of the chemical product and/or generate an error message.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2008
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Applicant: Ecolab Inc.
    Inventors: Brian L. Sholes, Christopher J. Opelt, Joshua P. Magnuson, Megan W. Malvey