Patents by Inventor Bruce L. Hill

Bruce L. Hill 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).

  • Publication number: 20190249871
    Abstract: A locally powered intermittent pilot combustion controller may include an igniter, a thermal electric and/or photoelectric device that produces an electrical signal having power when exposed to a flame, and a local power source for providing power when the thermal electric and/or photoelectric device is not exposed to a flame. In some cases, the intermittent pilot combustion controller may include a memory for storing information about an ignition sequence for igniting a pilot flame, and a controller coupled to the memory. The controller may be configured to initiate the ignition sequence of the pilot flame using information stored in the memory, determine whether the ignition was successful by monitoring the electrical signal produced by the thermal electric and/or photoelectric device, and adjust the information stored in the memory based on whether the ignition sequence completed successfully.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Inventors: Brent Chian, Bruce L. Hill, Timothy J Nordberg, Rolf L. Strand, Douglas Bird, Peter Anderson
  • Patent number: 10345007
    Abstract: A method for detecting and compensating for sediment build-up in a tank style water heater is disclosed. An illustrative but non-limiting example may include monitoring a temperature of water within a water storage tank of a water heater over time, resulting in a monitored temperature profile. The method may then include determining if the monitored temperature profile includes one or more features that indicate sediment build up in the water storage tank, and if so, provide an output that indicates sediment build up is present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Ademco Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce L. Hill, Lubomir Dobsik
  • Publication number: 20190137140
    Abstract: A method for detecting and compensating for sediment build-up in a tank style water heater is disclosed. An illustrative but non-limiting example may include monitoring a temperature of water within a water storage tank of a water heater over time, resulting in a monitored temperature profile. The method may then include determining if the monitored temperature profile includes one or more features that indicate sediment build up in the water storage tank, and if so, provide an output that indicates sediment build up is present.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: Bruce L. Hill, Lubomir Dobsik
  • Patent number: 10208954
    Abstract: A locally powered intermittent pilot combustion controller may include an igniter, a thermal electric and/or photoelectric device that produces an electrical signal having power when exposed to a flame, and a local power source for providing power when the thermal electric and/or photoelectric device is not exposed to a flame. In some cases, the intermittent pilot combustion controller may include a memory for storing information about an ignition sequence for igniting a pilot flame, and a controller coupled to the memory. The controller may be configured to initiate the ignition sequence of the pilot flame using information stored in the memory, determine whether the ignition was successful by monitoring the electrical signal produced by the thermal electric and/or photoelectric device, and adjust the information stored in the memory based on whether the ignition sequence completed successfully.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ademco Inc.
    Inventors: Brent Chian, Bruce L. Hill, Timothy J. Nordberg, Rolf L. Strand, Douglas Bird, Peter Anderson
  • Patent number: 10088852
    Abstract: A water heater system including two or more water storage tanks plumbed in series, parallel or a combination thereof and methods of controlling said water heater systems. The water heater systems may include one or more mixing valves and one or more temperature sensors for providing water at a desired temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Fritz Hazzard, David Heil, James Holmberg, Gregory Young, Donald J. Kasprzyk, Bruce L. Hill
  • Publication number: 20180058723
    Abstract: A method for detecting and compensating for sediment build-up in a tank style water heater is disclosed. An illustrative but non-limiting example may include monitoring a temperature of water within a water storage tank of a water heater over time, resulting in a monitored temperature profile. The method may then include determining if the monitored temperature profile includes one or more features that indicate sediment build up in the water storage tank, and if so, provide an output that indicates sediment build up is present.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Inventors: Bruce L. Hill, Lubomir Dobsik
  • Patent number: 9885484
    Abstract: A water heater system that includes a first water storage tank plumbed in series with a second water storage tank, and methods for controlling such a water heater system. In some instances, and in response to a water draw, a controller may activate both a first heat source associated with a first water storage tank and a second heat source associated for a second water storage tank. This rapid turn-on control may help reduce a drop in water temperature in the first water storage tank that might otherwise occur. The controller may also increase the setpoint temperature of the first water storage tank and/or the second water storage tank in response to a water draw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Young, James Holmberg, Fritz Hazzard, Donald J. Kasprzyk, Bruce L. Hill
  • Publication number: 20160342163
    Abstract: A water heater system including two or more water storage tanks plumbed in series, parallel or a combination thereof and methods of controlling said water heater systems. The water heater systems may include one or more mixing valves and one or more temperature sensors for providing water at a desired temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Publication date: November 24, 2016
    Inventors: Fritz Hazzard, David Heil, James Holmberg, Gregory Young, Donald J. Kasprzyk, Bruce L. Hill
  • Patent number: 9435566
    Abstract: A method for detecting and compensating for sediment build-up in a tank style water heater is disclosed. An illustrative but non-limiting example may include monitoring a temperature of water within a water storage tank of a water heater over time, resulting in a monitored temperature profile. The method may then include determining if the monitored temperature profile includes one or more features that indicate sediment build up in the water storage tank, and if so, provide an output that indicates sediment build up is present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce L. Hill, Lubomir Dobsik
  • Patent number: 9249987
    Abstract: A mounting bracket for mounting a temperature sensor, a gas valve, a power delivery unit, a controller and/or any other suitable object or device to a water heater tank. An illustrative but non-limiting example may be found in a mounting bracket that includes a polymeric body that has a sensor portion configured to receive a temperature sensor. The sensor portion may have a distal end that extends into and supports the temperature sensor within the water heater tank, and may include a shell disposed over at least a portion of the sensor portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Regan Foster, Thomas M. Johnson, Don C. Kennedy, Lynn Fliger, Bruce L. Hill
  • Publication number: 20140209767
    Abstract: A mounting bracket for mounting a temperature sensor, a gas valve, a power delivery unit, a controller and/or any other suitable object or device to a water heater tank. An illustrative but non-limiting example may be found in a mounting bracket that includes a polymeric body that has a sensor portion configured to receive a temperature sensor. The sensor portion may have a distal end that extends into and supports the temperature sensor within the water heater tank, and may include a shell disposed over at least a portion of the sensor portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Regan Foster, Thomas M. Johnson, Don C. Kennedy, Lynn Fliger, Bruce L. Hill
  • Publication number: 20140202549
    Abstract: A water heater system including two or more water storage tanks plumbed in series, parallel or a combination thereof and methods of controlling said water heater systems. The water heater systems may include one or more mixing valves and one or more temperature sensors for providing water at a desired temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Fritz Hazzard, David Heil, James Holmberg, Gregory Young, Donald J. Kasprzyk, Bruce L. Hill
  • Publication number: 20140203093
    Abstract: A water heater system that includes a first water storage tank plumbed in series with a second water storage tank, and methods for controlling such a water heater system. In some instances, and in response to a water draw, a controller may activate both a first heat source associated with a first water storage tank and a second heat source associated for a second water storage tank. This rapid turn-on control may help reduce a drop in water temperature in the first water storage tank that might otherwise occur. The controller may also increase the setpoint temperature of the first water storage tank and/or the second water storage tank in response to a water draw.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Gregory Young, James Holmberg, Fritz Hazzard, Donald J. Kasprzyk, Bruce L. Hill
  • Publication number: 20140199640
    Abstract: A locally powered intermittent pilot combustion controller may include an igniter, a thermal electric and/or photoelectric device that produces an electrical signal having power when exposed to a flame, and a local power source for providing power when the thermal electric and/or photoelectric device is not exposed to a flame. In some cases, the intermittent pilot combustion controller may include a memory for storing information about an ignition sequence for igniting a pilot flame, and a controller coupled to the memory. The controller may be configured to initiate the ignition sequence of the pilot flame using information stored in the memory, determine whether the ignition was successful by monitoring the electrical signal produced by the thermal electric and/or photoelectric device, and adjust the information stored in the memory based on whether the ignition sequence completed successfully.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Brent Chian, Bruce L. Hill, Timothy J. Nordberg, Rolf L. Strand, Douglas Bird, Peter Anderson
  • Publication number: 20140060457
    Abstract: A method for detecting and compensating for sediment build-up in a tank style water heater is disclosed. An illustrative but non-limiting example may include monitoring a temperature of water within a water storage tank of a water heater over time, resulting in a monitored temperature profile. The method may then include determining if the monitored temperature profile includes one or more features that indicate sediment build up in the water storage tank, and if so, provide an output that indicates sediment build up is present.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce L. Hill, Lubomir Dobsik
  • Patent number: 8245987
    Abstract: A mounting bracket for mounting a temperature sensor, a gas valve, a power delivery unit, a controller and/or any other suitable object or device to a water heater tank. An illustrative but non-limiting example may be found in a mounting bracket that includes a polymeric body that has a sensor portion configured to receive a temperature sensor. The sensor portion may have a distal end that extends into and supports the temperature sensor within the water heater tank. The polymeric body may also includes a threaded portion that is configured to threadably engage a threaded spud in a water heater tank such that the distal end of the sensor portion extends into the water tank of the water heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Fritz Hazzard, James E. Eickson, Douglas Bird, Bruce L. Hill
  • Publication number: 20110147549
    Abstract: A mounting bracket for mounting a temperature sensor, a gas valve, a power delivery unit, a controller and/or any other suitable object or device to a water heater tank. An illustrative but non-limiting example may be found in a mounting bracket that includes a polymeric body that has a sensor portion configured to receive a temperature sensor. The sensor portion may have a distal end that extends into and supports the temperature sensor within the water heater tank. The polymeric body may also includes a threaded portion that is configured to threadably engage a threaded spud in a water heater tank such that the distal end of the sensor portion extends into the water tank of the water heater.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Fritz Hazzard, James E. Erickson, Douglas Bird, Bruce L. Hill
  • Patent number: 7167813
    Abstract: A water heater performance monitoring device for monitoring whether a water heater is functioning optimally or whether it requires service. The device uses maximum heating rates taken from a plurality of measured heating rates to determine if the performance of the water heater has degraded from a threshold performance level. A water heater performance monitoring device can reduce the number of false alarms that occur regarding the need for water heater service by filtering out temporary factors, lasting less than a time cycle, which affect heating rate of water in the water heater. This can save users time and money by reducing unnecessary water heater inspections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Brent Chian, Bruce L. Hill, Timothy J. Nordberg
  • Patent number: 7123020
    Abstract: A fault detection system and method for a warm air furnace is provided. A sensing circuit connected to an AC power source measures a level of current consumption during several points in the warm air furnace operating sequence. The measured level of current consumption is compared with an expected value. If the measured level exceeds the expected level by a threshold amount, a fault in the warm air furnace may be detected. An indication of at least one warm air furnace component that is most likely to have caused the fault may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Assignee: Honeywell international Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce L. Hill, Rolf L. Strand, Michael W. Schultz
  • Patent number: D873958
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Ademco Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Young, Brian Moy, Don C. Kennedy, Bruce L. Hill, James E. Erickson