Patents by Inventor Bryan James Beckley

Bryan James Beckley 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: 20200087836
    Abstract: A washing machine appliance includes a level sensor positioned within a bulk dispense tank. The level sensor includes a tether, a float body and a circuit board. The tether is mounted within the bulk dispense tank such that a distal end portion of the tether is moveable relative to the bulk dispense tank. The float body is positioned at the distal end portion of the tether. The circuit board is positioned within the float body and has one or more of an accelerometer chip and a gyroscope chip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventor: Bryan James Beckley
  • Publication number: 20190169781
    Abstract: A user interface includes a curved outer surface, a generally flat printed circuit board defining a base plane, and a capacitive touch sensor connected to the generally flat printed circuit board and offset from the base plane. The capacitive touch sensor is substantially aligned with the curved outer surface. The user interface may be provided on an appliance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: Bryan James Beckley, S. Neil Malone
  • Publication number: 20190071815
    Abstract: A door assembly for a horizontal axis washing machine includes a door rotatably mounted to a front panel to permit selective access to an opening of the washing machine appliance. A sub-door is rotatably mounted to the door and is movable between an open position and a closed position. The sub-door defines a pretreat basin for collecting wash fluid from a wash fluid supply when the sub-door is in the open position for pretreating an article of clothing. After the pretreatment procedure is complete, the sub-door may be pivoted toward the closed position such that the article of clothing and the collected wash fluid are passed directly into the tub through a door opening and drain conduit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Publication date: March 7, 2019
    Inventors: Richard Gary Woodham, JR., Bryan James Beckley
  • Patent number: 9644300
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for determining the amount of detergent in water used in a washing machine and to supplementing such water as needed for a wash load is provided. The amount of detergent present in grey water that is reused for washing, as well as the amount released from clothes or other articles to be washed, can also be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: James Quentin Pollett, Bryan James Beckley
  • Publication number: 20150361608
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for determining the amount of detergent in water used in a washing machine and to supplementing such water as needed for a wash load is provided. The amount of detergent present in grey water that is reused for washing, as well as the amount released from clothes or other articles to be washed, can also be determined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Publication date: December 17, 2015
    Inventors: James Quentin Pollett, Bryan James Beckley
  • Patent number: 9115454
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for determining the amount of detergent in water used in a washing machine and to supplementing such water as needed for a wash load is provided. The amount of detergent present in grey water that is reused for washing, as well as the amount released from clothes or other articles to be washed, can also be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: James Quentin Pollett, Bryan James Beckley
  • Patent number: 9006627
    Abstract: A microwave oven includes a top wall, side walls, and a bottom wall at least partially defining a cavity of the microwave oven, and a table coupled to the bottom wall. The table has a top surface and an opposing bottom surface. The top surface is configured to support an item within the cavity. A light source directs light to the table. The table is configured to diffuse light emitted from the light source into the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Terry Lien Do, Bryan James Beckley, Kyle Robert Eden, Brian Michael Schork
  • Patent number: 8826679
    Abstract: Apparatus and methodologies are provided to improve the refrigeration system by precisely controlling refrigerator compartment and heat exchanger temperatures through continuous modulation of device speeds or positions to match capacity with instantaneous load. A controller in a refrigerator is configured to provide a plurality of control loops to control various operational aspects of selected components in the refrigerator. A first loop controls the operating speed of a compressor based on temperature of the evaporator or based on the desired speed of an evaporator fan. A second control loop controls speed of an evaporator fan to maintain a prescribed freezer compartment temperature. A third control loop maintains a prescribed temperature in a fresh food compartment. In certain embodiments selected of the control loops may be thermodynamically coupled by way of thermal interaction between the various cooled compartments rather than being electrically coupled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jason Andrew May, Brian Michael Schork, Bryan James Beckley
  • Patent number: 8538597
    Abstract: A hot water heater, and method of regulating the same, which includes a PID control. The PID control is responsive to inputs such as water temperature in the hot water heater and the flow rate of water such as through inlets and outlets coupled to the hot water heater. In one embodiment, the PID control generates an output that modifies the operating parameters of a heating device to accommodate changes in the temperature of the fluid in the hot water heater. The output results from one or more modules of a three-term control structure, wherein the modules comprise one or more of a proportional control module, an integral control module, and a derivative control module. Each of the modules is assigned at least one term, wherein the term is defined in accordance with gain parameters such as a proportional gain, an integral gain, and a derivative gain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Bryan James Beckley, John Joseph Roetker, Brian Michael Schork
  • Publication number: 20130030552
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a front projection system operatively mounted as part of an appliance and configured to optically project a virtual user interface; an optics system operatively mounted as part of the appliance and configured to direct the virtual user interface optically projected by the front projection system onto a given surface; a user input system operatively mounted as part of the appliance and configured to receive one or more input selections made by a user in correspondence with one or more features that are part of the virtual user interface optically projected by the front projection system on the given surface via the optics system; and a controller operatively coupled to the front projection system and the user input system, and configured to control operation of one or more components of the appliance in response to the one or more input selections made by the user in correspondence with the one or more features that are part of the virtual user interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Inventors: Bryan James Beckley, Daniel Vincent Brosnan, Brian Michael Schork, Steven David Paul, Richard DeVos, Christopher David Hunter, John P. Ouseph, Geoffrey Lee Ranard
  • Publication number: 20120266387
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for determining the amount of detergent in water used in a washing machine and to supplementing such water as needed for a wash load is provided. The amount of detergent present in grey water that is reused for washing, as well as the amount released from clothes or other articles to be washed, can also be determined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: James Quentin Pollett, Bryan James Beckley
  • Publication number: 20120175365
    Abstract: A microwave oven includes a top wall, side walls, and a bottom wall at least partially defining a cavity of the microwave oven, and a table coupled to the bottom wall. The table has a top surface and an opposing bottom surface. The top surface is configured to support an item within the cavity. A light source directs light to the table. The table is configured to diffuse light emitted from the light source into the cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Inventors: Terry Lien DO, Bryan James Beckley, Kyle Robert Eden, Brian Michael Schork
  • Publication number: 20120119660
    Abstract: Apparatus and methodology is provided to control lighting associated with an appliance. Ambient light proximate the appliance and/or light from one or more lighting devices associated with the appliance is monitored and used to control the energization of the appliance lighting devices. Lighting device may include illumination devices as well as indicia display devices. The controller is configured to compensate lighting levels over the lifetime of the lighting devices to provide consistent lighting from the appliance lighting under all operating conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Daniel Vincent Brosnan, Andrew L. Reder, Brian Michael Schork, Bryan James Beckley
  • Publication number: 20120060525
    Abstract: Apparatus and methodologies are provided to monitor temperature from at least two locations on an evaporator in a refrigeration system. Operational characteristics of one or more of the compressor, condenser and evaporator cooling fans are adjusted based on the difference in temperature between the two locations on the evaporator. In some systems a second evaporator may be provided along with a refrigerant control valve. Cooling air flow across the second evaporator and refrigerant distribution between the plural evaporators may also be control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Brian Michael Schork, Bryan James Beckley, Jason Andrew May
  • Publication number: 20120060526
    Abstract: Apparatus and methodologies are provided to improve the refrigeration system by precisely controlling refrigerator compartment and heat exchanger temperatures through continuous modulation of device speeds or positions to match capacity with instantaneous load. A controller in a refrigerator is configured to provide a plurality of control loops to control various operational aspects of selected components in the refrigerator. A first loop controls the operating speed of a compressor based on temperature of the evaporator or based on the desired speed of an evaporator fan. A second control loop controls speed of an evaporator fan to maintain a prescribed freezer compartment temperature. A third control loop maintains a prescribed temperature in a fresh food compartment. In certain embodiments selected of the control loops may be thermodynamically coupled by way of thermal interaction between the various cooled compartments rather than being electrically coupled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Jason Andrew May, Brian Michael Schork, Bryan James Beckley
  • Publication number: 20120024240
    Abstract: A hot water heater, and method of regulating the same, which includes a PID control. The PID control is responsive to inputs such as water temperature in the hot water heater and the flow rate of water such as through inlets and outlets coupled to the hot water heater. In one embodiment, the PID control generates an output that modifies the operating parameters of a heating device to accommodate changes in the temperature of the fluid in the hot water heater. The output results from one or more modules of a three-term control structure, wherein the modules comprise one or more of a proportional control module, an integral control module, and a derivative control module. Each of the modules is assigned at least one term, wherein the term is defined in accordance with gain parameters such as a proportional gain, an integral gain, and a derivative gain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2010
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Inventors: Bryan James Beckley, John Joseph Roetker, Brian Michael Schork