Patents by Inventor John B. Solie

John B. Solie 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: 20120177809
    Abstract: A method of sealing pipes or ducts with a duct coating applicator having a camera mounted thereon. The duct coating applicator sprays plural compounds on an interior of the duct. A duct coating applicator mounted camera records a video of an inside of the duct. The video is quickly accessible for customer review on site. A customer billing statement is quickly generated on site. A controller communicates with the nozzle carriage. A pump feeds the duct coating applicator from a resin tank via a resin supply line. The controller receives resin temperature and pressure, duct diameter, and duct coating applicator speed data and can adjust resin feed and duct coating applicator speed rates. The duct coating applicator has a cylindrical body having an outer member and a core member. An adjustable nozzle is on an outlet end for dispersing resin. Extension arms may be adjusted to accommodate various duct sizes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2011
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Inventors: JOHN B. SOLIE, MARVIN L. STONE, EVANDER EVANS CHAMBERS
  • Patent number: 7896045
    Abstract: An apparatus for delivering air through a powered axle assembly and an improved powered axle assembly which incorporates the apparatus. The apparatus comprises: a base attachable to a non-rotating structure within the axle assembly and a rotor mountable in the axle assembly for rotating with the drive axle and for forming an air chamber between the rotor and the base. The base includes at least one air inlet for delivering air to the air chamber and the rotor includes at least one air outlet for air flow out of the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: The Board of Regents for Oklahoma State University
    Inventors: John B. Solie, Marvin L. Stone, Anthony Ingram
  • Publication number: 20100324830
    Abstract: A handheld sensor is disclosed. The sensor has a microcontroller, a current pulse control unit coupled to a light emitting diode (LED), and a photodiode. The microcontroller controls the current pulse control unit to provide a pulsed illumination of a target plant and the photodiode reads the magnitude of the reflectance from the target plant. The microcontroller accepts the reading from the photodiode and computes a normalized difference vegetative index (NDVI) based at least on the reading.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Inventors: JOHN B. SOLIE, MARVIN L. STONE, WILLIAM R. RAUN
  • Publication number: 20100230516
    Abstract: A low pressure plural component mixing nozzle for mixing plural component materials for coating the interior of small diameter conduits. A body defines a first passageway that extends from a right to a left side. The body further defines a second passageway communicating an inlet side with the first passageway proximate the right side and defining a third passageway communicating the inlet side with the first passageway proximate the left side. A fourth passageway passes through the body from the inlet side to the exit side. A mixer, such as a mixing cartridge, is located in the first passageway for mixing a fluid from the second passageway and a fluid from the third passageway and directing a mixture of the fluids into contact with fluid flowing through the fourth passageway wherein the mixture flows to an exit nozzle on a distal end of the body stem for exiting the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Inventors: JOHN B. SOLIE, MARVIN L. STONE
  • Publication number: 20080127773
    Abstract: An apparatus for delivering air through a powered axle assembly and an improved powered axle assembly which incorporates the apparatus. The apparatus comprises: a base attachable to a non-rotating structure within the axle assembly and a rotor mountable in the axle assembly for rotating with the drive axle and for forming an air chamber between the rotor and the base. The base includes at least one air inlet for delivering air to the air chamber and the rotor includes at least one air outlet for air flow out of the chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2006
    Publication date: June 5, 2008
    Inventors: JOHN B. SOLIE, MARVIN L. STONE
  • Patent number: 7188450
    Abstract: A method for in-season macro and micronutrient application based on predicted yield potential, coefficient of variation, and a nutrient response index. The inventive method includes the steps of: determining a nutrient response index for a field; determining the normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) of an area to fertilize; determining the coefficient of variation of NDVI over a plot; determining a predicted crop yield for the area without additional nutrient; determining an attainable crop yield for the area with additional nutrient; determining the nutrient requirement for the area as the difference between the nutrient removal at the attainable yield minus the nutrient removal at the predicted yield, adjusted by the efficiency of nutrient utilization in the particular crop as indicated by the coefficient of variation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Assignee: The Board of Regents for Oklahoma State University
    Inventors: William R. Raun, Gordon V. Johnson, John B. Solie, Marvin L. Stone, Kyle Freeman
  • Patent number: 6880291
    Abstract: A method for in-season macro and micronutrient application based on predicted yield potential and a nutrient response index. The inventive method includes the steps of: determining a nutrient response index for a field; determining the normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) of an area to fertilize; determining a predicted crop yield for the area; determining an attainable crop yield for the area; determining the nutrient requirement for the area as the difference between the nutrient removal at the attainable yield minus the nutrient removal at the predicted yield, adjusted by the efficiency of nutrient uptake in the particular crop. In one preferred embodiment, processing requirements at the time of application of the nutrient are eased by generating a lookup table of nutrient requirement relative to measured NDVI prior to application of the nutrient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Assignee: The Board of Regents for Oklahoma State University
    Inventors: William R. Raun, Gordon V. Johnson, John B. Solie, Marvin L. Stone
  • Patent number: 6855933
    Abstract: A spectral reflectance sensor including: a light source for emitting a modulated beam of red light; a light source for emitting a modulated beam of near infrared light; a receiver for receiving reflected light produced by either the red source or the near infrared source; a receiver for receiving incident light from either the red source or the infrared source; a signal conditioner responsive to the modulation such that the signals produced by the receivers in response to reflected and incident light from the source can be discriminated from signals produced by ambient light; and a microprocessor having an input such that the microprocessor can determine the intensities of incident red light, reflected red light; incident near infrared light; and reflected near infrared light. From these intensities, and by knowing the growing days since emergence or planting, the sensor can calculate the mid-growing season nitrogen fertilizer requirements of a plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Assignee: The Board of Regents for Oklahoma State University
    Inventors: Marvin L. Stone, Duane Needham, John B. Solie, William R. Raun, Gordon V. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20040237394
    Abstract: A method for in-season nutrient application which includes the steps of: determining a nutrient response index for a field; measuring the normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) of a plurality of noncontiguous areas within an area; determining an average rate of application of the nutrient as indicated by the measured areas; and applying the nutrient to a second nearby area at the indicated rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2004
    Publication date: December 2, 2004
    Inventors: Ted E. Mayfield, John B. Solie
  • Publication number: 20040231239
    Abstract: A method for in-season macro and micronutrient application based on predicted yield potential, coefficient of variation, and a nutrient response index. The inventive method includes the steps of: determining a nutrient response index for a field; determining the normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) of an area to fertilize; determining the coefficient of variation of NDVI over a plot; determining a predicted crop yield for the area without additional nutrient; determining an attainable crop yield for the area with additional nutrient; determining the nutrient requirement for the area as the difference between the nutrient removal at the attainable yield minus the nutrient removal at the predicted yield, adjusted by the efficiency of nutrient utilization in the particular crop as indicated by the coefficient of variation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2004
    Publication date: November 25, 2004
    Applicant: The Board of Regents for Oklahoma State University
    Inventors: William R. Raun, Gordon V. Johnson, John B. Solie, Marvin L. Stone, Kyle Freeman
  • Publication number: 20040065834
    Abstract: A spectral reflectance sensor including: a light source for emitting a modulated beam of red light; a light source for emitting a modulated beam of near infrared light; a receiver for receiving reflected light produced by either the red source or the near infrared source; a receiver for receiving incident light from either the red source or the infrared source; a signal conditioner responsive to the modulation such that the signals produced by the receivers in response to reflected and incident light from the source can be discriminated from signals produced by ambient light; and a microprocessor having an input such that the microprocessor can determine the intensities of incident red light, reflected red light; incident near infrared light; and reflected near infrared light. From these intensities, and by knowing the growing days since emergence or planting, the sensor can calculate the mid-growing season nitrogen fertilizer requirements of a plant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2003
    Publication date: April 8, 2004
    Applicant: The Board of Regents for Oklahoma State University
    Inventors: Marvin L. Stone, Duane Needham, John B. Solie, William R. Raun, Gordon V. Johnson
  • Patent number: 6702200
    Abstract: A nozzle attitude controller for use in connection with a farming apparatus for precision farming, the apparatus comprising an applicator vehicle, a boom supported by and extending across the rear of the vehicle, a manifold rotatably supported by the boom, a plurality of nozzles disposed from the manifold and oriented in a direction opposite to the direction of movement of the vehicle, but disposed at an angle with respect to the horizontal, the attitude controller including a linear actuator operated by a stepper motor and a radar sensor which connects to the stepper motor and which measures the speed of the vehicle such that pulses from the radar sensor to the stepper motor moves the linear actuator to change the angle of the nozzle so that the horizontal component of its velocity is equal and opposite to the speed of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Assignee: The Board of Regents for Oklahoma State University
    Inventors: John B. Solie, Marvin L. Stone, Stewart D. Reed
  • Patent number: 6601341
    Abstract: A method for in-season fertilizer nitrogen application based on predicted yield potential and a nutrient response index. The inventive method includes the steps of: determining a nutrient response index for a field; determining the normalized difference vegetation index of an area to fertilize; determining a predicted crop yield for the area; determining an attainable crop yield for the area; determining nitrogen uptake for the vegetation within the area; and determining the amount of fertilizer nitrogen required by said vegetation. In one embodiment, the normalized difference vegetation index is determined by scanning an area to fertilize with a spectral reflectance sensor which provides reflectance values for red light and near infrared light. The normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) is defined by: NDVI=(NIR−red)/(NIR+red) where “NIR” is the reflectance value for near infrared light and “red” is the reflectance value for red light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2003
    Assignee: The Board of Regents for Oklahoma State University
    Inventors: William R. Raun, Gordon V. Johnson, John B. Solie, Marvin L. Stone
  • Patent number: 6596996
    Abstract: A spectral reflectance sensor including: a light source for emitting a modulated beam of red light; a light source for emitting a modulated beam of near infrared light; a receiver for receiving reflected light produced by either the red source or the near infrared source; a receiver for receiving incident light from either the red source or the infrared source; a signal conditioner responsive to the modulation such that the signals produced by the receivers in response to reflected and incident light from the source can be discriminated from signals produced by ambient light; and a microprocessor having an input such that the microprocessor can determine the intensities of incident red light, reflected red light; incident near infrared light; and reflected near infrared light. From these intensities, and by knowing the growing days since emergence or planting, the sensor can calculate the mid-growing season nitrogen fertilizer requirements of a plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Assignee: The Board of Regents for Oklahoma State University
    Inventors: Marvin L. Stone, Duane Needham, John B. Solie, William R. Raun, Gordon V. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20030019152
    Abstract: A method for in-season macro and micronutrient application based on predicted yield potential and a nutrient response index. The inventive method includes the steps of: determining a nutrient response index for a field; determining the normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) of an area to fertilize; determining a predicted crop yield for the area; determining an attainable crop yield for the area; determining the nutrient requirement for the area as the difference between the nutrient removal at the attainable yield minus the nutrient removal at the predicted yield, adjusted by the efficiency of nutrient uptake in the particular crop. In one preferred embodiment, processing requirements at the time of application of the nutrient are eased by generating a lookup table of nutrient requirement relative to measured NDVI prior to application of the nutrient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2002
    Publication date: January 30, 2003
    Inventors: William R. Raun, Gordon V. Johnson, John B. Solie, Marvin L. Stone
  • Publication number: 20030019151
    Abstract: A method for in-season fertilizer nitrogen application based on predicted yield potential and a nutrient response index. The inventive method includes the steps of: determining a nutrient response index for a field; determining the normalized difference vegetation index of an area to fertilize; determining a predicted crop yield for said area; determining an attainable crop yield for said area; determining nitrogen uptake for the vegetation within said area; and determining the amount of fertilizer nitrogen required by said vegetation. In one embodiment, the normalized difference vegetation index is determined by scanning an area to fertilize with a spectral reflectance sensor which provides reflectance values for red light and near infrared light. The normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) is defined by: NDVI=(NIR−red)/(NIR+red) where “NIR” is the reflectance value for near infrared light and “red” is the reflectance value for red light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2001
    Publication date: January 30, 2003
    Inventors: William R. Raun, Gordon V. Johnson, John B. Solie, Marvin L. Stone
  • Publication number: 20030019949
    Abstract: A nozzle attitude controller for use in connection with a farming apparatus for precision farming, the apparatus comprising an applicator vehicle, a boom supported by and extending across the rear of the vehicle, a manifold rotatably supported by the boom, a plurality of nozzles disposed from the manifold and oriented in a direction opposite to the direction of movement of the vehicle, but disposed at an angle with respect to the horizontal, the attitude controller including a linear actuator operated by a stepper motor and a radar sensor which connects to the stepper motor and which measures the speed of the vehicle such that pulses from the radar sensor to the stepper motor moves the linear actuator to change the angle of the nozzle so that the horizontal component of its velocity is equal and opposite to the speed of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2001
    Publication date: January 30, 2003
    Inventors: John B. Solie, Marvin L. Stone, Stewart D. Reed
  • Patent number: 4683826
    Abstract: In the subsurface application of herbicides, a plurality of upwardly directed nozzles having one millimeter openings are pulled beneath the soil surface behind the trailing side of a sweep in parallel paths two to four centimeters apart while jets of herbicide are emitted so that moving soil passing over each jet receives ample herbicide properly spaced to control germinating weeds. The pressure of application and speed of movement forms treated bands having widths before diffusion of five millimeters of soil and liquid uniformly mixed to a depth of approximately eight centimeters over the treated area. The sweep operates at a depth up to eight centimeters and pesticide incorporation depends on such variables as soil density, soil moisture, spacing of nozzles and injection pressure. A uniform distribution of chemicals in bands near or completely to the surface of the soil is made possible with a one-pass operation, while the soil and plant residue on the surface remain substantially undisturbed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1985
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1987
    Assignee: The Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska
    Inventors: John B. Solie, Howard D. Wittmuss, Orvin C. Burnside