Patents by Inventor Michael E. Miles

Michael E. Miles 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: 9523514
    Abstract: A water heating system is provided. The water heating system includes an inlet connectable to a supply of untreated water, supply and return lines connectable to a point-of-use water treatment system, and an output for dispensing a supply of treated and optionally heated water. An internal heating element is adapted to heat the treated water to one of a plurality of pre-selected temperature settings. Temperature control can be achieved by cycling the power applied to the heating element and/or controlling the flow rate of treated water through the heating element. The water heating system includes additional improvements in electrical compatibility, energy consumption, and remote failure detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: Matthew J. Lilley, Michael E. Miles, Terry L. Lautzenheiser, Kevin G. King, Rick G. Good, Jeffrey A. Shumate, Ryan Millhouse, Karen J. VanderKooi
  • Publication number: 20160340202
    Abstract: A water treatment system having a water treatment engine including a pressure vessel, electronics module and optionally replaceable shrouds. The water treatment engine may include a tether and a single connection point for water and power lines. The tether may have a release that is accessible only when the electronic module is removed. The water treatment engine may be circular and the water and power lines may be arranged within a region bounded by tangent lines that square the circular shape. The electronics module may be configured to receive one of a variety of alternative interchangeable displays. The electronics module may have a single display port that provides power and data that can be utilized by a plurality of different types of displays. The system may include a replaceable cartridge with soft end caps that include an integral seal and are shaped to self-center within the pressure vessel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Publication date: November 24, 2016
    Inventors: Terry L. Lautzenheiser, Michael E. Miles, Robert M. Missman, David J. Anderson, Ilir Furxhi, Liane B. Hopaluk, Amy Sue Puroll, Kevin G. King, Rick G. Good
  • Patent number: 9493366
    Abstract: A dielectric barrier discharge lamp assembly for a fluid treatment system. The lamp assembly can include an inductive secondary, first and second electrodes coupled to the inductive secondary, and a lamp including a dielectric barrier interposed between the first and second electrodes. The dielectric barrier can define a discharge chamber including a discharge gas, and one of the first and second electrodes can extend within the discharge chamber. The inductive secondary can be adapted to receive power from a nearby inductive primary to promote a dielectric barrier discharge in the discharge chamber. The resulting dielectric barrier discharge can generate ultraviolet light for the treatment of air or water, or for other applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: ACCESS BUSINESS GROUP INTERNATIONAL LLC
    Inventors: Karlis Vecziedins, Michael E. Miles, Joshua K. Schwannecke, David A. Meekhof, Donovan L. Squires, William T. Stoner, Jr., Matthew J. Norconk, Richard B. Bylsma, Matthew J. Lilley
  • Publication number: 20150190743
    Abstract: A water treatment system is capable of meeting the particular needs of a variety of water treatment system applications. For instance, the water treatment system may include a customizable display, multiple interchangeable filters and disinfection systems. In one embodiment, a vessel containing the filters and disinfection assembly can be easily removed from a base that supplies water to the vessel. In another embodiment, the water treatment system includes a plate that includes at least one electrical connection. One or more electronics bricks with sensors, displays and the like can be removably attached to the plate such that each electronics brick is in electrical communication with said brick. In another embodiment, the water treatment system incorporates one or more stackable and interchangeable filter blocks that direct water flowing into the vessel through each filter media.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Publication date: July 9, 2015
    Inventors: Terry L. Lautzenheiser, Michael E. Miles, Karlis Vecziedins, Kenneth E. Conrad
  • Publication number: 20150138748
    Abstract: A lighted display assembly for an appliance includes interchangeable display screens. Multiple light sources flash, turn on and turn off to indicate a status of the appliance by illuminating a selected one of the display screens. A display grid extends continuously between the light sources and the selected display screen and defines light passages that are each uniquely associated with one or more corresponding light sources. Light emitted by each light source is confined to a discrete area of the display screen by the corresponding light passage. The discrete areas of the interchangeable display screens may include any of a variety of markings, for example, markings in a different language. The assemblies may be tailored to the needs of a particular customer by selecting an appropriate display screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Michael E. Miles, Terry L. Lautzenheiser, Karlis Vecziedins
  • Patent number: 8944620
    Abstract: A lighted display assembly for an appliance includes interchangeable display screens. Multiple light sources flash, turn on and turn off to indicate a status of the appliance by illuminating a selected one of the display screens. A display grid extends between the light sources and the selected display screen and defines light passages that are each uniquely associated with a corresponding light source. Light emitted by each light source is confined to a discrete area of the display screen by the corresponding light passage. The discrete areas of the interchangeable display screens may include any of a variety of markings, for example, markings in a different language. The assemblies may be tailored to the needs of a particular customer by selecting an appropriate display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: Michael E. Miles, Terry L. Lautzenheiser, Karlis Vecziedins
  • Publication number: 20140326348
    Abstract: A fluid flow director for use in a water treatment system is provided. The fluid flow director is defined by a plastic sheet made up of a plastic substrate with a protective coating. The plastic substrate has fasteners disposed along two parallel edges thereof and the protective coating is substantially opaque to UV light. The plastic sheet is configured to be helically rolled such that the fasteners align and sealingly mate to form a tube. The fasteners are sized, constructed, and arranged to sealingly mate to form a substantially water-tight seam therebetween. In one embodiment, the plastic substrate is polyethylene and the UV opaque coating is polytetrafluoroethylene (“PTFE”).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: Terry L. Lautzenheiser, Randall D. Betz, Liane B. Hopaluk, Michael E. Miles, David S. Vachon
  • Patent number: 8692639
    Abstract: A flux concentrator and method for manufacturing a flux concentrator is provided. The method can include combining powdered soft magnetic material, a binder, a solvent, a internal lubricant; mixing the materials to create a mixture, evaporating the solvent from the mixture, molding the mixture to form a flux concentrator, and curing the flux concentrator. The flux concentrator may be laminated and broken into multiple pieces, which makes the flux concentrator more flexible. Breaking the flux concentrator does not significantly affect the magnetic properties. Since the permeability of the binder is very similar to that of air, adding tiny air gaps between the fractions is not significantly different than adding more binder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: David W. Baarman, Joshua K. Schwannecke, Roy M. Taylor, Jr., Matthew J. Norconk, William T. Stoner, Jr., Kaitlyn J. Turner, Thomas J. Berwald, Michael E. Miles
  • Publication number: 20140086565
    Abstract: A water heating system is provided. The water heating system includes an inlet connectable to a supply of untreated water, supply and return lines connectable to a point-of-use water treatment system, and an output for dispensing a supply of treated and optionally heated water. An internal heating element is adapted to heat the treated water to one of a plurality of pre-selected temperature settings. Temperature control can be achieved by cycling the power applied to the heating element and/or controlling the flow rate of treated water through the heating element. The water heating system includes additional improvements in electrical compatibility, energy consumption, and remote failure detection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: Matthew J. Lilley, Michael E. Miles, Terry L. Lautzenheiser, Kevin G. King, Rick G. Good, Jeffrey A. Shumate, Ryan Millhouse, Karen J. VanderKooi
  • Patent number: 8443825
    Abstract: A valve system enables use of a standard single line faucet with a water treatment system. The valve system may include a housing having ports for receiving untreated supply water, supplying water to a water treatment system, receiving treated water from the water treatment system and supplying treated water to a dispenser. The valve system includes an automatic shutoff device that prevents water from flowing into the water treatment system when the dispensing faucet is closed and allows water to flow into the water treatment system when the faucet is open. The valve system may include a pressure relief mechanism that removes pressure from the water treatment system when the faucet is closed and a check valve for maintaining a desired amount of pressure within the valve system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: Terry L. Lautzenheiser, David O. Godfrey, Michael E. Miles
  • Publication number: 20130048550
    Abstract: A water treatment system having a sealing enclosure for separating an electronics module from a water treatment assembly within the housing of the water treatment system. The sealing enclosure is a one-piece component having a perimeter seal that extends continuously around the periphery of the sealing enclosure. The perimeter seal is configured to directly engage the housing to automatically create a seal as the sealing enclosure is installed in the housing. The sealing enclosure includes a stationary portion and a movable portion joined along a living hinge. The movable portion covers an accessible compartment and can be selectively swung open about the living hinge to provide access to the interior of the accessible compartment, for example, to replace the batteries. The movable portion can be closed to reengage the housing and reestablish the seal. The electronics module may include an electronic components mounting bracket. The sealing enclosure may be mounted to the bracket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: ACCESS BUSINESS GROUP INTERNATIONAL LLC
    Inventors: Michael E. Miles, Karen J. VanderKooi, Terry L. Lautzenheiser, Karlis Vecziedins
  • Publication number: 20130044459
    Abstract: A lighted display assembly for an appliance includes interchangeable display screens. Multiple light sources flash, turn on and turn off to indicate a status of the appliance by illuminating a selected one of the display screens. A display grid extends between the light sources and the selected display screen and defines light passages that are each uniquely associated with a corresponding light source. Light emitted by each light source is confined to a discrete area of the display screen by the corresponding light passage. The discrete areas of the interchangeable display screens may include any of a variety of markings, for example, markings in a different language. The assemblies may be tailored to the needs of a particular customer by selecting an appropriate display screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Applicant: ACCESS BUSINESS GROUP INTERNATIONAL LLC
    Inventors: Michael E. Miles, Terry L. Lautzenheiser, Karlis Vecziedins
  • Patent number: 8375970
    Abstract: A valve system enables use of a standard single line faucet with a water treatment system, protects water treatment systems and other fluid flow devices from unnecessary fluid pressure, and regulates or prevents fluid flow to a dispenser or outlet in response to a particular event, such as a leak. The valve system includes a housing having ports for: (1) receiving a supply fluid, (2) supplying the fluid to a device, such as a water treatment system, (3) receiving the fluid from the device and (4) supplying fluid to a dispenser. The valve system also includes an automatic shutoff device within the housing that prevents water from flowing into the housing and the water treatment system when the dispensing outlet is closed and that allows water to flow through the housing and into the water treatment system when the outlet is open. The valve system may also include a second actuator connected to the automatic shutoff that is capable of moving the automatic shutoff to a partially or fully closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: Terry L. Lautzenheiser, David O. Godfrey, Michael E. Miles, Steve O. Mork, Richard B. Bylsma
  • Publication number: 20120179519
    Abstract: A method for product information retrieval with a mailable item. The method includes providing a mailable item with a communication system and memory, transferring product usage information from the product to the mailable item, and mailing the mailable item to a recipient who can retrieve and analyze the product information. Incentives can be offered to entice a user to obtain the mailable item and/or to return the mailable item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Applicant: ACCESS BUSINESS GROUP INTERNATIONAL LLC
    Inventors: Simon S. Vance, Harold E. Morse, Karlis Vecziedins, Terry L. Lautzenheiser, Michael E. Miles, Richard B. Bylsma
  • Patent number: D687517
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: Michael E. Miles, Terry L. Lautzenheiser, Karen J. VanderKooi, Shangfu Ma, Stephen Carl Reif
  • Patent number: D699499
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: Matthew J. Lilley, Michael E. Miles, Terry L. Lautzenheiser, Jeffrey A. Shumate, Ryan Millhouse
  • Patent number: D709596
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: Michael E. Miles, Terry L. Lautzenheiser, Karen J. Vanderkooi, Shangfu Ma, Stephen Carl Reif
  • Patent number: D750784
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: David J. Anderson, Michael E. Miles
  • Patent number: D765867
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: Bradley J. Pippel, Sean T. Eurich, Joe D. Doucet, Michael E. Miles, Daniel L. Schlenk
  • Patent number: D765868
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: Bradley J. Pippel, Sean T. Eurich, Joe D. Doucet, Michael E. Miles