Patents by Inventor Paul L. Mason

Paul L. Mason 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: 20190186660
    Abstract: A crimp connection fitting includes a socket with at least one annular recess axially spaced from an annular O-ring receiving groove. The recess includes a plurality of axially spaced crimping elements such that, when the socket is crimped, it grips a conduit positioned within the socket. The crimping elements preferably are split ring spring clips. In some embodiments, multiple spaced recesses support one or more crimping elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Applicant: NIBCO Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin L. Lawrence, David A. Bobo, Christopher W. Mason, Keith W. Yoder, Paul Frische-Mouri, Justin J. Carey
  • Patent number: 9816673
    Abstract: A vending machine includes a controller with an interface to control vending machine peripherals including an integrated LED lamp assembly having a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) and a DC power connector to connect to a source of DC power within the vending machine. A power regulating circuit adjustably controls the amount of power provided to the LEDs in response to vending machine control signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: ELLENBY TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Bob M. Dobbins, Louis J. Frontino, Philip Rene Reger, Paul L. Mason
  • Publication number: 20170138544
    Abstract: A vending machine includes a controller with an interface to control vending machine peripherals including an integrated LED lamp assembly having a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) and a DC power connector to connect to a source of DC power within the vending machine. A power regulating circuit adjustably controls the amount of power provided to the LEDs in response to vending machine control signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: Ellenby Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Bob M. Dobbins, Louis J. Frontino, Philip Rene Reger, Paul L. Mason
  • Patent number: 9593811
    Abstract: A retrofit LED lamp assembly and retrofitting method for use in a vending machine. The retrofit LED assembly having a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) and a power connector adapted to connect to a source of power within a vending machine. A power regulating circuit adjustably controls the amount of power provided to the LEDs in response to control signals received by a communication circuit in the lamp assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: ELLENBY TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Bob M. Dobbins, Louis J. Frontino, Philip R. Reger, Paul L. Mason
  • Publication number: 20160076707
    Abstract: A vending machine includes a controller with an interface to control vending machine peripherals including an integrated LED lamp assembly having a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) and a DC power connector to connect to a source of DC power within the vending machine. A power regulating circuit adjustably controls the amount of power provided to the LEDs in response to vending machine standard control signals received from the vending machine via a communication circuit compatible with the vending machine controller interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Publication date: March 17, 2016
    Applicant: ELLENBY TECHNOLOGIES, INC
    Inventors: Bob M. Dobbins, Louis J. Frontino, Philip R. Reger, Paul L. Mason
  • Publication number: 20150181673
    Abstract: A vending machine includes a controller with an interface to control vending machine peripherals including an integrated LED lamp assembly having a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) and a DC power connector to connect to a source of DC power within the vending machine. A power regulating circuit adjustably controls the amount of power provided to the LEDs in response to vending machine standard control signals received from the vending machine via a communication circuit compatible with the vending machine controller interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Publication date: June 25, 2015
    Applicant: ELLENBY TECHNOLOGIES, INC
    Inventors: Bob M. Dobbins, Louis J. Frontino, Philip R. Reger, Paul L. Mason
  • Patent number: 8905579
    Abstract: A vending machine includes a controller with an interface to control vending machine peripherals including an integrated LED lamp assembly having a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) and a DC power connector to connect to a source of DC power within the vending machine. A power regulating circuit adjustably controls the amount of power provided to the LEDs in response to vending machine standard control signals received from the vending machine via a communication circuit compatible with the vending machine controller interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Ellenby Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Bob M. Dobbins, Louis J. Frontino, Philip R. Reger, Paul L. Mason
  • Patent number: 8003931
    Abstract: A transparent-front vending machine includes an optical vend-sensing system with an article sensing subsystem arranged athwart a vend space. The article sensing subsystem has two emitter/detector arrays, each having at least one emitter and a plurality of detectors. The emitter/detector arrays are arranged so that at least some electromagnetic radiation emitted by an emitter of the first array can be detected by at least two active detectors of the second array, and at least some electromagnetic radiation emitted by an emitter of the second array can be detected by at least two active detectors of the first array so that articles falling through the vend space will interrupt electromagnetic radiation between an emitter and at least one detector. At least two emitters are active at one time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Automated Mechandising Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul L. Mason, David A. Sprankle
  • Patent number: 7988015
    Abstract: A vending machine includes at least one width-adjustable storage rack, the storage rack having a fixed wall and a movable wall connected to the fixed wall by at least one connecting link; and an adjustment mechanism constructed and adapted to position the movable wall relative to the fixed wall and to thereby vary an interior width between the fixed and movable walls. Two movable walls can be connected to a single fixed wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Automated Merchandising Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Paul L. Mason, II, David A. Sprankle
  • Publication number: 20090261236
    Abstract: A transparent-front vending machine includes an optical vend-sensing system with an article sensing subsystem arranged athwart a vend space. The article sensing subsystem has two emitter/detector arrays, each having at least one emitter and a plurality of detectors. The emitter/detector arrays are arranged so that at least some electromagnetic radiation emitted by an emitter of the first array can be detected by at least two active detectors of the second array, and at least some electromagnetic radiation emitted by an emitter of the second array can be detected by at least two active detectors of the first array so that articles falling through the vend space will interrupt electromagnetic radiation between an emitter and at least one detector. At least two emitters are active at one time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Publication date: October 22, 2009
    Applicant: Automated Merchandising Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Paul L. Mason, David A. Sprankle
  • Patent number: 7446302
    Abstract: A transparent-front vending machine includes an optical vend-sensing system with an article sensing subsystem arranged athwart a vend space. The article sensing subsystem has two emitter/detector arrays, each having at least one emitter and a plurality of detectors. The emitter/detector arrays are arranged so that at least some electromagnetic radiation emitted by an emitter of the first array can be detected by at least two active detectors of the second array, and at least some electromagnetic radiation emitted by an emitter of the second array can be detected by at least two active detectors of the first array so that articles falling through the vend space will interrupt electromagnetic radiation between an emitter and at least one detector. At least two emitters are active at one time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: Automated Merchandising Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul L. Mason, David A. Sprankle
  • Publication number: 20080094837
    Abstract: The present invention is an efficient, long life alternative to conventional vending machine fluorescent lamp light sources that provides added control capabilities. More specifically, the present invention provides reduced energy use, improved safety, extended life, and allows attention-getting use of the machine lighting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2006
    Publication date: April 24, 2008
    Applicant: Ellenby Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Bob M. Dobbins, Louis J. Frontino, Philip R. Reger, Paul L. Mason
  • Patent number: 7246719
    Abstract: A vending machine includes at least one width-adjustable storage rack, the storage rack having a fixed wall and a movable wall connected to the fixed wall by at least one connecting link; and an adjustment mechanism constructed and adapted to position the movable wall relative to the fixed wall and to thereby vary an interior width between the fixed and movable walls. Two movable walls can be connected to a single fixed wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: Automated Merchandising Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Paul L. Mason, II, David A. Sprankle
  • Patent number: 6708079
    Abstract: An optical vend-sensing system for reliably detecting the dispensing of an article, is presented. The system includes two parallel reflecting surfaces, each mounted at opposite sides of a vend space through which the article falls upon selection by a consumer. An emitter generates an optical beam which is reflected off each of the reflecting surfaces such that the reflected beam traverses across the vend space. A detector senses the reflected beam and communicates with a machine control unit. In response to the detector sensing that the reflected beam has been interrupted, the machine control unit terminates the vending operations of a mechanism controlling the dispensing of the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: Automated Merchandising Systems
    Inventor: Paul L. Mason, II
  • Publication number: 20020179620
    Abstract: An optical vend-sensing system for reliably detecting the dispensing of an article, is presented. The system includes two parallel reflecting surfaces, each mounted at opposite sides of a vend space through which the article falls upon selection by a consumer. An emitter generates an optical beam which is reflected off each of the reflecting surfaces such that the reflected beam traverses across the vend space. A detector senses the reflected beam and communicates with a machine control unit. In response to the detector sensing that the reflected beam has been interrupted, the machine control unit terminates the vending operations of a mechanism controlling the dispensing of the article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2001
    Publication date: December 5, 2002
    Inventor: Paul L. Mason