Patents by Inventor James S. Bianco

James S. Bianco 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: 10214115
    Abstract: A multiple EVSE installation employs a power sharing system for EVSE pairs which share a common circuit breaker. When only one EVSE is connected to an electric vehicle for charging, the connected EVSE is allowed to charge at full capacity. When a second EV connects to the second EVSE of the pair, while the first EVSE is charging, a controller senses the latter event and issues commands to both EVSE units to limit their current so that the rated circuit breaker capacity is not exceeded. The controller continuously monitors the charging of each of the EVSE units and sends commands to adjust the supply of current to each EVSE accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Control Module, Inc.
    Inventors: James S. Bianco, John Fahy
  • Patent number: 10086657
    Abstract: A system involves the use of one or more sensor pins which generate a binary output to determine the position of the tire on the sensor module, and if the depth of the tire tread meets the recommended depth for safe operation. The vehicle drives over two linear sensor modules, one for the driver side tires and the other for the passenger side tires. As the tires pass over the sensor modules, the sensor pins on/off status is recorded and analyzed to determine whether the tires are centered on the module and whether the depth of the threads meet or exceed the recommended depth for safe operation. When both front and rear tires have passed over the sensor modules, the tire statuses will be displayed on a tire status indicator, and a receipt with the tire status will be printed for the vehicle. When used with fleet management systems, the vehicle identification and the tire statuses will also be sent to a data center for further processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Control Module, Inc.
    Inventor: James S. Bianco
  • Publication number: 20180272880
    Abstract: A cable management system for an overhead EVSE employs a lever-latch on the EV connector. A controller and motor mechanism is employed to lower the connector to an ADA compliant position or a pre-established height which is typically four feet. For an overhead system which employs a shuttle which slides along a track, the connector may then be grasped to pull the shuttle to a selected position along the track. The latch is depressible to extend the service cable to the connector so that the connector may be positioned and connected at the EV inlet. When the connector is unlatched from the EV inlet, the latch may be depressed to retract the connector to the pre-established height or ADA position. The latch requires a force of less than 5 lbs. for activation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Inventors: James S. Bianco, David C. Parmelee, David B. Palmer, John Fahy
  • Patent number: 9950634
    Abstract: An overhead cable management for charging an electric vehicle employs a reel which receives a cable with an EV connector. A drive assembly employs a bi-positionable clutch and a gear assembly which sequentially engages a drive gear for the reel to unwind the cable from an overhead position to an ADA height, allow the cable and connector to be extended to connect with the EV and to wind the cable until a locked home position is obtained. The cable management is incorporated into an EVSE which is ceiling mounted, or an EVSE which is mounted to a pole or a wall. Numerous modules and features are optionally employed in connection with the operation of the cable management.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Control Module, Inc.
    Inventors: James S. Bianco, John Fahy, David B. Palmer
  • Patent number: 9908422
    Abstract: A system for coiling an electrical cable employed for charging an electric vehicle employs a cable management system. The cable management system has a drive assembly which has a drive mode that retracts the cable and release mode which allows for the cable to be extended. The installation employs a drum having a cylindrical sidewall. The drive assembly drives the cable downwardly into a drum so that the cable progressively engages the sidewall to form a vertical coiled configuration. A clutch assembly cooperates with the drive assembly to provide the automatic retracting and extending operations and also locks the vehicle connector at the end of the electrical cable in an extended position as well as a retracted home position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Control.Module, Inc.
    Inventors: James S. Bianco, John Fahy
  • Patent number: 9902276
    Abstract: An electric charging system for charging electric vehicles is particularly adapted for use in a parking garage. Parking spaces in the garage are fixed with a charging station so that the vehicles may be charged while they park at the garage. The power cable which connects to charge the vehicle battery is suspended at a height generally above the vehicle and is automatically retractable. Information concerning the power charge is automatically transmitted to the payment station at the exit gate. A point of sale (POS) module is mounted for communication with the power cable. The point of sale (POS) module and the connector are easily accessible and the connector is positionable for ease of connection with the vehicle terminal. A retractor for extending and retracting an overhead power cable employs a drive wheel and a clutch which are electronically controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Control Module, Inc.
    Inventors: James S. Bianco, John Fahy
  • Patent number: 9886679
    Abstract: A connection line protection system employs unique identifiers on outlets and inlets. A connector connects a selected outlet with a selected inlet. The connector mounts at opposing ends an identifier that identifies the connector. A scanner is employed to scan in tandem a first identifier of the outlet and a connector identifier and a second identifier of the inlets and the identifier of the connector. The readings are compared with a schedule to determine whether the connector is properly mounted and connected between a selected outlet and a selected inlet. The identifiers include RFIDs and barcodes. The identifiers are preferably angularly spaced around the outlets, inlets and the couplers of the connector. The identifier may be affixed by snap rings mounting barcode labels or RFID buttons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Control Module, Inc.
    Inventors: James S. Bianco, John Fahy
  • Publication number: 20170361728
    Abstract: A multiple EVSE installation employs a power sharing system for EVSE pairs which share a common circuit breaker. When only one EVSE is connected to an electric vehicle for charging, the connected EVSE is allowed to charge at full capacity. When a second EV connects to the second EVSE of the pair, while the first EVSE is charging, a controller senses the latter event and issues commands to both EVSE units to limit their current so that the rated circuit breaker capacity is not exceeded. The controller continuously monitors the charging of each of the EVSE units and sends commands to adjust the supply of current to each EVSE accordingly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Inventors: James S. Bianco, John Fahy
  • Patent number: 9770994
    Abstract: A multiple EVSE installation employs a power sharing system for EVSE pairs which share a common circuit breaker. When only one EVSE is connected to an electric vehicle for charging, the connected EVSE is allowed to charge at full capacity. When a second EV connects to the second EVSE of the pair, while the first EVSE is charging, a controller senses the latter event and issues commands to both EVSE units to limit their current so that the rated circuit breaker capacity is not exceeded. The controller continuously monitors the charging of each of the EVSE units and sends commands to adjust the supply of current to each EVSE accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Control Module, Inc.
    Inventors: James S. Bianco, John Fahy
  • Publication number: 20170267114
    Abstract: A shuttle system employs an overhead track for selectively positioning an overhead EVSE for servicing one of multiple bays of a service facility. The EVSE is mounted to rails of the track system by tandem roller assemblies. The power cord which connects the EVSE to the power supply is coilable by roller assemblies which also slide on a rail and allow the EVSE to be connected to power regardless of the position along the rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Inventors: James S. Bianco, John Fahy
  • Patent number: 9764604
    Abstract: A fuel dispensing installation employs multiple fuel islands with fuel dispensers and multiple fuel/travel lanes. The installation employs a communication/controller system for automatically identifying a vehicle, and upon authorizing the vehicle, allowing fuel to be dispensed to said vehicle, determining the quantity of fuel dispensed to the vehicle and securing the dispenser when the vehicle leaves a detection zone. The detection system employs RFID tags placed at both the driver side and the passenger side of the vehicle. Generally oppositely oriented antennas define a detection zone for each of the lanes. A light indicates whether the vehicle is authorized for receiving fuel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Control Module, Inc.
    Inventors: James S. Bianco, John Fahy
  • Publication number: 20170129351
    Abstract: An overhead cable management for charging an electric vehicle employs a reel which receives a cable with an EV connector. A drive assembly employs a bi-positionable clutch and a gear assembly which sequentially engages a drive gear for the reel to unwind the cable from an overhead position to an ADA height, allow the cable and connector to be extended to connect with the EV and to wind the cable until a locked home position is obtained. The cable management is incorporated into an EVSE which is ceiling mounted, or an EVSE which is mounted to a pole or a wall. Numerous modules and features are optionally employed in connection with the operation of the cable management.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Inventors: James S. Bianco, John Fahy, David B. Palmer
  • Publication number: 20160299557
    Abstract: A system involves the use of a power sensing circuit and an actuating module to automatically press the power control button on a portable computer used as a fixed work station when primary power is applied. The actuator module preferably employs a solenoid which controls the displacement of an actuating arm to selectively depress the power control button.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Publication date: October 13, 2016
    Inventors: James S. Bianco, John Fahy, David C. Parmelee
  • Patent number: 9457674
    Abstract: A power cable which connects to charge the battery power supply of an electric vehicle is suspended at a height generally above the vehicle and is automatically retractable. The operation of the power cable is automatically managed to provide a slack-free condition of the cable when the cable is moved in the extending and the retracting directions. The cable connector is easily accessible and the connector is positionable for ease of connection with the vehicle battery charging terminal. The cable management system for extending and retracting the overhead power cable employs a drive mechanism and a clutch assembly which are electronically controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Control Module, Inc.
    Inventors: James S. Bianco, John Fahy
  • Publication number: 20160207408
    Abstract: A system for coiling an electrical cable employed for charging an electric vehicle employs a cable management system. The cable management system has a drive assembly which has a drive mode that retracts the cable and release mode which allows for the cable to be extended. The installation employs a drum having a cylindrical sidewall. The drive assembly drives the cable downwardly into a drum so that the cable progressively engages the sidewall to form a vertical coiled configuration. A clutch assembly cooperates with the drive assembly to provide the automatic retracting and extending operations and also locks the vehicle connector at the end of the electrical cable in an extended position as well as a retracted home position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Publication date: July 21, 2016
    Inventors: James S. Bianco, John Fahy
  • Publication number: 20160159165
    Abstract: A system involves the use of one or more sensor pins which generate a binary output to determine the position of the tire on the sensor module, and if the depth of the tire tread meets the recommended depth for safe operation. The vehicle drives over two linear sensor modules, one for the driver side tires and the other for the passenger side tires. As the tires pass over the sensor modules, the sensor pins on/off status is recorded and analyzed to determine whether the tires are centered on the module and whether the depth of the threads meet or exceed the recommended depth for safe operation. When both front and rear tires have passed over the sensor modules, the tire statuses will be displayed on a tire status indicator, and a receipt with the tire status will be printed for the vehicle. When used with fleet management systems, the vehicle identification and the tire statuses will also be sent to a data center for further processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Publication date: June 9, 2016
    Inventor: James S. Bianco
  • Patent number: 9290896
    Abstract: A modular gate system for a vehicle travel lane employs a plurality of various modules to control the traffic flow and to sense and monitor the vehicles traversing the travel lane. The power and communication for the modules are provided by power and communication lines enclosed in a conduit which is mounted to an elevated rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Control Module, Inc.
    Inventor: James S. Bianco
  • Patent number: 9290103
    Abstract: An EVSE controller system controls the supply of power to multiple charging stations for charging electric vehicles. A controller is interposed in a power line for controlling the flow of power to each charging station. An authorization station receives input from a vehicle operator for authorizing the supply of power at a given charging station. A vehicle detector is employed to automatically sense the presence of an electric vehicle at the charging station and to automatically terminate power supply to the charging station upon departure of the electric vehicle. Both level 1 and level 2 EVSE are operated by the controller system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Control Module, Inc.
    Inventor: James S. Bianco
  • Publication number: 20150352971
    Abstract: A multiple EVSE installation employs a power sharing system for EVSE pairs which share a common circuit breaker. When only one EVSE is connected to an electric vehicle for charging, the connected EVSE is allowed to charge at full capacity. When a second EV connects to the second EVSE of the pair, while the first EVSE is charging, a controller senses the latter event and issues commands to both EVSE units to limit their current so that the rated circuit breaker capacity is not exceeded. The controller continuously monitors the charging of each of the EVSE units and sends commands to adjust the supply of current to each EVSE accordingly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Publication date: December 10, 2015
    Inventors: James S. Bianco, John Fahy
  • Publication number: 20150348343
    Abstract: A fuel dispensing installation employs multiple fuel islands with fuel dispensers and multiple fuel/travel lanes. The installation employs a communication/controller system for automatically identifying a vehicle, and upon authorizing the vehicle, allowing fuel to be dispensed to said vehicle, determining the quantity of fuel dispensed to the vehicle and securing the dispenser when the vehicle leaves a detection zone. The detection system employs RFID tags placed at both the driver side and the passenger side of the vehicle. Generally oppositely oriented antenna define a detection zone for each of the lanes. A light indicates whether the vehicle is authorized for receiving fuel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Publication date: December 3, 2015
    Inventors: James S. Bianco, John Fahy