Patents by Inventor Charles Agnew

Charles Agnew 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: 11910964
    Abstract: A power management system for a dispenser that includes a passive infrared radiation sensor arranged along the dispenser and configured to detect infrared radiation emitted by one or more users within a prescribed detection range, area, or zone of the dispenser. When the passive infrared radiation sensor does not capture infrared radiation within the prescribed detection range, area, or zone, the dispenser is placed in a low power state with the passive infrared sensor remaining connected to a power source and a controller, a dispensing mechanism, and/or the proximity sensor being disconnected from the power source. Other aspects also are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Inventor: Charles Agnew Osborne, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11889955
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present disclosure is directed to a sheet material dispenser that includes a feed roller that is rotatable to facilitate dispensing of the sheet material from a discharge in a housing of the dispenser. The dispenser can have a cutting assembly that includes a cutting blade and at least one movable support coupled to cutting blade and that is actuated with rotation of the feed roller to cause movement of the cutting blade to at least partially cut, score, or perforate the sheet material during dispensing thereof. The dispenser also can have a biasing assembly coupled to the feed roller body to assist rotation of the feed roller body and/or movement of the cutting blade. Other aspects also are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Inventor: Charles Agnew Osborne, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20240032739
    Abstract: A dispenser assembly facilitating selective dispensing of sheet material from a plurality of supplies of sheet material can be provided. The dispenser assembly can include a drive system to facilitate dispensing of the sheet material from the plurality of supplies of sheet material from the dispenser. The drive system can include a plurality of driven rollers each configured to engage and move sheet material from a respective supply of sheet material, and a drive mechanism driving the plurality of driven rollers and connected thereto by a belt driven transmission. When the drive mechanism is driven in one direction, one of the plurality of driven rollers is rotated to dispense sheet material from one of the plurality of supplies of sheet material, and when the drive mechanism is driven in the opposite direction, another one of the plurality of driven rollers is rotated to dispense sheet material from another supply of sheet material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2023
    Publication date: February 1, 2024
    Inventor: Charles Agnew Osborne, JR.
  • Publication number: 20240016348
    Abstract: A dispenser assembly facilitating selective dispensing of sheet material from a plurality of supplies of sheet material having a plurality of driven rollers each configured to move sheet material from a respective supply of sheet material. The dispensing assembly including an activation system that can include an opposing beam dispenser activation assembly for triggering a dispensing operation and/or a visible light indicator for guiding a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2023
    Publication date: January 18, 2024
    Inventor: Charles Agnew Osborne, JR.
  • Patent number: 11864695
    Abstract: A sheet material dispenser can include a dispenser housing that supports one or more supplies of sheet material, and a feed roller configured to engage and feed the sheet material from the dispenser housing. The dispenser also can include a sheet material loading assembly including a cover that is rotatably connected the dispenser housing and movable between a closed position and an open position. The sheet material loading assembly further can include a roller that is rotatably connected to the cover and configured to be coupled to a portion of sheet material from one of the supplies, with the cover in its open position, and to press the portion of sheet material into engagement with the feed roller body, with the cover in its closed position, to initiate dispensing of the at least one supply from the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Valve Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Agnew Osborne, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20230404334
    Abstract: A sheet material dispenser can include a dispenser housing that supports one or more supplies of sheet material, and a feed roller configured to engage and feed the sheet material from the dispenser housing. The dispenser also can include a sheet material loading assembly including a cover that is rotatably connected the dispenser housing and movable between a closed position and an open position. The sheet material loading assembly further can include a roller that is rotatably connected to the cover and configured to be coupled to a portion of sheet material from one of the supplies, with the cover in its open position, and to press the portion of sheet material into engagement with the feed roller body, with the cover in its closed position, to initiate dispensing of the at least one supply from the dispenser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2023
    Publication date: December 21, 2023
    Inventor: Charles Agnew Osborne, JR.
  • Publication number: 20230404333
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to systems and methods that facilitate identifying, logging, mapping, and/or tracking of the movements and/or activities of individuals throughout a facility using a plurality of dispensers are positioned at selected locations about the facility. The systems and methods further allow for capturing infrared radiation of one or more individuals within a prescribed detection range, area, or zone covered using at least one passive infrared radiation sensor. The control system of a dispenser of the plurality of dispensers can be disconnected from a power source of the dispenser when the at least one passive infrared radiation sensor does not capture infrared radiation of one or more individuals within the prescribed detection range, area, or zone. Other aspects also are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2023
    Publication date: December 21, 2023
    Inventor: Charles Agnew Osborne, JR.
  • Patent number: 11819169
    Abstract: A dispenser assembly facilitating selective dispensing of sheet material from a plurality of supplies of sheet material can be provided. The dispenser assembly can include a drive system to facilitate dispensing of the sheet material from the plurality of supplies of sheet material from the dispenser. The drive system can include a plurality of driven rollers each configured to engage and move sheet material from a respective supply of sheet material, and a drive mechanism driving the plurality of driven rollers and connected thereto by a belt driven transmission. When the drive mechanism is driven in one direction, one of the plurality of driven rollers is rotated to dispense sheet material from one of the plurality of supplies of sheet material, and when the drive mechanism is driven in the opposite direction, another one of the plurality of driven rollers is rotated to dispense sheet material from another supply of sheet material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Inventor: Charles Agnew Osborne, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20230337869
    Abstract: The present disclosure is in one aspect to a dispenser for rolled sheet materials. The dispenser includes a feed roller that is rotatably mounted to a housing of the dispenser housing, and that is configured to feed a predetermined amount of sheet material from the supply of sheet material through a discharge provided along the housing of the dispenser. The dispenser also has a feed roller drive assembly with a drive motor, and a belt transmission assembly. The belt transmission assembly has a drive belt coupled to the drive motor and to the feed roller such that rotation of the feed roller is driven by operation of the drive motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2023
    Publication date: October 26, 2023
    Inventor: Charles Agnew Osborne, JR.
  • Patent number: 11779167
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to systems and methods that facilitate identifying, logging, mapping, and/or tracking of the movements and/or activities of individuals throughout a facility using a plurality of dispensers are positioned at selected locations about the facility. The systems and methods further allow for capturing infrared radiation of one or more individuals within a prescribed detection range, area, or zone covered using at least one passive infrared radiation sensor. The control system of a dispenser of the plurality of dispensers can be disconnected from a power source of the dispenser when the at least one passive infrared radiation sensor does not capture infrared radiation of one or more individuals within the prescribed detection range, area, or zone. Other aspects also are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Inventor: Charles Agnew Osborne, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20230316892
    Abstract: Systems and methods for tracking, locating, identifying, or mapping movements of persons or personnel within a facility may include badges carried by individuals throughout the facility. These badges can each include a transmitter configured to transmit signals including signature information identifying the badges and also identifying codes of each signal transmitted. In addition, a plurality of dispensers can be positioned at selected locations of the facility and can include receivers that receive the signals transmitted by the transmitters of the badges. These receivers also can be configured to transmit information related to the received signals to one or more processors configured to identify each badge from which signals are received based upon the signature information and also to determine the proximity, range, distance, or zone between the badge identified and the receivers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2023
    Publication date: October 5, 2023
    Inventors: Charles Agnew Osborne, JR., Zohar Laufer
  • Publication number: 20230249932
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present disclosure is directed to a dispenser assembly for dispensing supplies of sheet material. The dispensing assembly can include a carrier supporting the supplies of sheet material and being moveable along a track between various dispensing positions. The dispenser assembly also can include a carrier pivoting assembly with a lever that engages one of the supplies of sheet material and rotates during dispensing thereof, as well as one or more biased pins connected to the lever and configured to engage locking features provided along the track to support the carrier in one of the dispensing positions. The biased pins further can be configured to retract with rotation of the lever such that they disengage the locking features so the carrier to moves along the track to different dispensing position. Other aspects also are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2023
    Publication date: August 10, 2023
    Inventor: Charles Agnew Osborne, JR.
  • Publication number: 20230248189
    Abstract: A dispenser assembly facilitating selective dispensing of sheet material from a plurality of supplies of sheet material can be provided. The dispenser assembly can include a drive system that includes a plurality of driven rollers configured to engage and move sheet material from a respective supply of sheet material and a drive mechanism configured to drive the plurality of driven rollers. When the drive mechanism is driven in one direction, one of the plurality of driven rollers is rotated to dispense sheet material from one of the plurality of supplies of sheet material, and when the drive mechanism is driven in the opposite direction, another one of the plurality of driven rollers is rotated to dispense sheet material from another supply of sheet material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2023
    Publication date: August 10, 2023
    Inventor: Charles Agnew Osborne, JR.
  • Patent number: 11715365
    Abstract: Systems and methods for tracking, locating, identifying, or mapping movements of persons or personnel within a facility may include badges carried by individuals throughout the facility. These badges can each include a transmitter configured to transmit signals including signature information identifying the badges and also identifying codes of each signal transmitted. In addition, a plurality of dispensers can be positioned at selected locations of the facility and can include receivers that receive the signals transmitted by the transmitters of the badges. These receivers also can be configured to transmit information related to the received signals to one or more processors configured to identify each badge from which signals are received based upon the signature information and also to determine the proximity, range, distance, or zone between the badge identified and the receivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Assignee: Valve Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Zohar Laufer, Charles Agnew Osborne, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20230233037
    Abstract: A power management system for a dispenser that includes a passive infrared radiation sensor arranged along the dispenser and configured to detect infrared radiation emitted by one or more users within a prescribed detection range, area, or zone of the dispenser. When the passive infrared radiation sensor does not capture infrared radiation within the prescribed detection range, area, or zone, the dispenser is placed in a low power state with the passive infrared sensor remaining connected to a power source and a controller, a dispensing mechanism, and/or the proximity sensor being disconnected from the power source. Other aspects also are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2023
    Publication date: July 27, 2023
    Inventor: Charles Agnew Osborne, JR.
  • Patent number: 11655117
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present disclosure is directed to a dispenser assembly for dispensing supplies of sheet material. The dispensing assembly can include a carrier supporting the supplies of sheet material and being moveable along a track between various dispensing positions. The dispenser assembly also can include a carrier pivoting assembly with a lever that engages one of the supplies of sheet material and rotates during dispensing thereof, as well as one or more biased pins connected to the lever and configured to engage locking features provided along the track to support the carrier in one of the dispensing positions. The biased pins further can be configured to retract with rotation of the lever such that they disengage the locking features so the carrier to moves along the track to different dispensing position. Other aspects also are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Inventor: Charles Agnew Osborne, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11612279
    Abstract: A power management system for a dispenser that includes a passive infrared radiation sensor arranged along the dispenser and configured to detect infrared radiation emitted by one or more users within a prescribed detection range, area, or zone of the dispenser. When the passive infrared radiation sensor does not capture infrared radiation within the prescribed detection range, area, or zone, the dispenser is placed in a low power state with the passive infrared sensor remaining connected to a power source and a controller, a dispensing mechanism, and/or the proximity sensor being disconnected from the power source. Other aspects also are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2023
    Assignee: Valve Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Agnew Osborne, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11612278
    Abstract: A power management system for a dispenser that includes a passive infrared radiation sensor arranged along the dispenser and configured to detect infrared radiation emitted by one or more users within a prescribed detection range, area, or zone of the dispenser. When the passive infrared radiation sensor does not capture infrared radiation within the prescribed detection range, area, or zone, the dispenser is placed in a low power state with the passive infrared sensor remaining connected to a power source and a controller, a dispensing mechanism, and/or the proximity sensor being disconnected from the power source. Other aspects also are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2023
    Inventor: Charles Agnew Osborne, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20230064043
    Abstract: A sheet material dispenser can include a dispenser housing that supports one or more supplies of sheet material, and a feed roller configured to engage and feed the sheet material from the dispenser housing. The dispenser also can include a sheet material loading assembly including a cover that is rotatably connected the dispenser housing and movable between a closed position and an open position. The sheet material loading assembly further can include a roller that is rotatably connected to the cover and configured to be coupled to a portion of sheet material from one of the supplies, with the cover in its open position, and to press the portion of sheet material into engagement with the feed roller body, with the cover in its closed position, to initiate dispensing of the at least one supply from the dispenser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2022
    Publication date: March 2, 2023
    Inventor: Charles Agnew Osborne, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11478111
    Abstract: A sheet material dispenser can include a dispenser housing that supports one or more supplies of sheet material, and a feed roller configured to engage and feed the sheet material from the dispenser housing. The dispenser also can include a sheet material loading assembly including a cover that is rotatably connected the dispenser housing and movable between a closed position and an open position. The sheet material loading assembly further can include a roller that is rotatably connected to the cover and configured to be coupled to a portion of sheet material from one of the supplies, with the cover in its open position, and to press the portion of sheet material into engagement with the feed roller body, with the cover in its closed position, to initiate dispensing of the at least one supply from the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Valve Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Agnew Osborne, Jr.