Patents by Inventor Peter J. Woytowitz

Peter J. Woytowitz 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: 20190150380
    Abstract: A control module for a water harvesting system can be operatively connected to a water level sensor in a water collection cistern, the pump/master valve (P/MV) output port of an irrigation controller, a pump start relay that controls a pump coupled to the cistern, and a pair of master valves that are coupled to station valves for delivering water to a plurality of sprinklers. The control module uses a processor, a plurality of switching circuits, and an operational program stored in a memory to cause the landscape vegetation to be watered with water from the water collection cistern or a municipal water supply, depending on the level of water detected in the water collection cistern. The control module can include a display that can indicate a graphic depiction that represents an actual level of the water in the water collection cistern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Jeffery J. Kremicki, Peter John Woytowitz
  • Patent number: 10225996
    Abstract: A control module for a water harvesting system can be operatively connected to a water level sensor in a water collection cistern, the pump/master valve (P/MV) output port of an irrigation controller, a pump start relay that controls a pump coupled to the cistern, and a pair of master valves that are coupled to station valves for delivering water to a plurality of sprinklers. The control module uses a processor, a plurality of switching circuits, and an operational program stored in a memory to cause the landscape vegetation to be watered with water from the water collection cistern or a municipal water supply, depending on the level of water detected in the water collection cistern. The control module can include a display that can indicate a graphic depiction that represents an actual level of the water in the water collection cistern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Hunter Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffery J. Kremicki, Peter J. Woytowitz
  • Patent number: 9915420
    Abstract: An illuminating device can include a housing having one or more sidewalls defining a housing interior. The device can include at least one light element and an optics assembly. The optics assembly can include an outer face and at least one lens. The at least one lens can be configured to allow light from the at least one light element to pass therethrough. The optics assembly can include a skirt extending from the outer face into the housing interior and surrounding the at least one lens. The skirt can have an interior surface defining a skirt interior and an outer surface facing the one or more sidewalls of the housing. Potting material can be positioned between the outer surface of the skirt and the one or more sidewalls to prevent water ingress into the skirt interior. In some cases, no potting material is positioned within the skirt interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Hunter Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter J. Woytowitz, Darrin I. Schmuckle
  • Patent number: 9781887
    Abstract: An irrigation system includes at least one environmental sensor, such as a solar radiation sensor that is installed on an irrigation site, and a soil moisture sensor that is also installed on the irrigation site. Programming allows an estimated ET value to be calculated based at least in part on the output signal of the environmental sensor. A pre-programmed watering schedule is automatically modified based on the estimated ET value to thereby conserve water while maintaining the health of plants on the irrigation site. The system automatically inhibits irrigation when an output signal of the soil moisture sensor indicates an amount of moisture in the soil is above a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Hunter Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter J. Woytowitz, Jeffery J. Kremicki, Christopher M. Shearin
  • Patent number: 9678485
    Abstract: A landscape controller includes a housing and a control panel in the housing. The control panel includes a display and at least one manual control that enable a user to enter and/or select a watering schedule. A memory is provided for storing an operational program for carrying out the watering schedule. A processor is connected to the memory and is capable of executing the operational program. A connecting device in the control panel operatively connects at least one feature module to the processor. The controller further includes station control circuitry controlled by the processor that enables the processor to selectively energize a plurality of valves to deliver water to sprinklers in accordance with the watering schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: HUNTER INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: John Malaugh, Peter J. Woytowitz
  • Publication number: 20170051910
    Abstract: An illuminating device can include a housing having one or more sidewalls defining a housing interior. The device can include at least one light element and an optics assembly. The optics assembly can include an outer face and at least one lens. The at least one lens can be configured to allow light from the at least one light element to pass therethrough. The optics assembly can include a skirt extending from the outer face into the housing interior and surrounding the at least one lens. The skirt can have an interior surface defining a skirt interior and an outer surface facing the one or more sidewalls of the housing. Potting material can be positioned between the outer surface of the skirt and the one or more sidewalls to prevent water ingress into the skirt interior. In some cases, no potting material is positioned within the skirt interior.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Inventors: Peter J. Woytowitz, Darrin I. Schmuckle
  • Publication number: 20170040205
    Abstract: Disclosed herein, a contact pad for use on a robot arm in transfer chamber in a wafer processing tool is provided, comprising an elastomer body and a high hardness powder doping a surface of the elastomer body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Publication date: February 9, 2017
    Inventors: Jacob L. Hiester, Richard M. Blank, Tyson L. Ringold, Peter J. Woytowitz, Mohsen S. Salek
  • Patent number: 9301461
    Abstract: An irrigation system includes an irrigation controller with an adjust feature and at least one sensor. The irrigation system further includes a sensor control unit operatively connected to the irrigation controller and the at least one sensor. The sensor control unit is configured to calculate an irrigation value using a signal from the sensor and to automatically modify a watering schedule of the irrigation controller through the adjust feature based on the irrigation value to thereby conserve water while maintaining plant health.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: HUNTER INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Peter J. Woytowitz, Christopher M. Shearin, Jeffrey J. Kremicki, LaMonte D. Porter
  • Patent number: 9295170
    Abstract: A lighting controller includes a housing and a power transformer mounted in the housing for stepping down an inputted AC power signal at a first higher voltage to at least one output AC power signal at a second lower voltage for powering a plurality of light fixtures. The controller further includes a switching device that can be closed and opened to connect and disconnect a primary winding of the power transformer to a source of AC power that can provide the inputted AC power signal. At least one wire connection terminal is connected to a secondary winding of the power transformer. A face pack is removably mounted in the housing and is operatively connected to the source of AC power and the switching device. The face pack includes a display, at least one manually actuable input device, a processor, a memory operatively connected to the processor, and an operational program stored in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Hunter Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter J. Woytowitz, Darrin I. Schmuckle
  • Patent number: 9153970
    Abstract: A drive circuit for a DC latching device includes a battery, a storage element, and a plurality of switches connecting the battery to the storage element for charging the storage element from the battery and discharging the storage element into the coil of a DC latching device. The drive circuit further includes components for determining a state of the DC latching device. The drive circuit may include components for terminating the discharge of the storage element into the coil of the DC latching device in response to determining that the DC latching device has changed states to add reliability to the system and reduce energy consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Hunter Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Lucian Scripca, Peter J. Woytowitz
  • Patent number: 9081376
    Abstract: A plurality of receptacles in an irrigation controller removably receive a plurality of modules. At least one station module is configured for insertion into a first one of the receptacles and is connectable to a corresponding solenoid actuated valve through a dedicated field valve line and common return line. The station module includes at least one switching device for selectively providing a first power signal that energizes the corresponding solenoid actuated valve. At least one encoder module is configured for insertion into a second one of the receptacles and is connectable to a multi-wire path for sending encoded signals and a second power signal along the multi-wire path for selectively energizing one of a plurality of solenoid actuated valves connected to corresponding decoder circuits connected along the multi-wire path. A processor executes the stored watering program and controls the station module and/or the encoder module in accordance with the stored watering program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Hunter Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter J. Woytowitz
  • Publication number: 20150112494
    Abstract: An irrigation system includes at least one environmental sensor, such as a solar radiation sensor that is installed on an irrigation site, and a soil moisture sensor that is also installed on the irrigation site. Programming allows an estimated ET value to be calculated based at least in part on the output signal of the environmental sensor. A pre-programmed watering schedule is automatically modified based on the estimated ET value to thereby conserve water while maintaining the health of plants on the irrigation site. The system automatically inhibits irrigation when an output signal of the soil moisture sensor indicates an amount of moisture in the soil is above a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Peter J. Woytowitz, Jeffery J. Kremicki, Christopher M. Shearin
  • Patent number: 8977400
    Abstract: A landscape controller includes a housing and a control panel in the housing. The control panel includes a display and at least one manual control that enables a user to enter and/or select a watering schedule. A memory is provided for storing an operational program for carrying out the watering schedule. A processor is connected to the memory and is capable of executing the operational program. A connecting device in the control panel operatively connects at least one feature module to the processor. The controller further includes station control circuitry controlled by the processor that enables the processor to selectively energize a plurality of valves to deliver water to sprinklers in accordance with the watering schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Hunter Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: La Monte D. Porter, Peter J. Woytowitz
  • Patent number: 8924032
    Abstract: An irrigation system includes at least one environmental sensor, such as a solar radiation sensor that is installed on an irrigation site, and a soil moisture sensor that is also installed on the irrigation site. Programming allows an estimated ET value to be calculated based at least in part on the output signal of the environmental sensor. A pre-programmed watering schedule is automatically modified based on the estimated ET value to thereby conserve water while maintaining the health of plants on the irrigation site. The system automatically inhibits irrigation when an output signal of the soil moisture sensor indicates an amount of moisture in the soil is above a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Hunter Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter J. Woytowitz, Jeffrey J. Kremicki, Christopher M. Shearin
  • Patent number: 8867194
    Abstract: A lighting controller includes a housing and a power transformer mounted in the housing for stepping down an inputted AC power signal at a first higher voltage to at least one output AC power signal at a second lower voltage for powering a plurality of light fixtures. The controller further includes a switching device that can be closed and opened to connect and disconnect a primary winding of the power transformer to a source of AC power that can provide the inputted AC power signal. At least one wire connection terminal is connected to a secondary winding of the power transformer. A face pack is removably mounted in the housing and is operatively connected to the source of AC power and the switching device. The face pack includes a display, at least one manually actuable input device, a processor, a memory operatively connected to the processor, and an operational program stored in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Hunter Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter J. Woytowitz, Darrin I. Schmuckle
  • Patent number: 8838021
    Abstract: A two conductor hard wired communications link accepts an actual value of at least one parameter of interest from an environmental sensor in the form of data encoded on the conductors via current modulation. The sensor is mounted in a location remote from an irrigation controller. A circuit connected to the sensor transmits an RF signal representing an actual value of a parameter of interest detected by the sensor. A data relay is connected to the hard wired communication link of the irrigation controller. The data relay includes a receiver that receives the RF signal, and circuitry configured to extract the actual value of the parameter of interest and emulate a predetermined set of physical and protocol properties of the hard wired communication link of the irrigation controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Hunter Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter J. Woytowitz
  • Patent number: 8793024
    Abstract: An irrigation controller has a control panel including a display and a plurality of user inputs. A processor is operatively connected to the control panel and to a memory. A plurality of switches are operatively connected to the processor for turning a power signal ON and OFF to a plurality of valves that deliver water to a plurality of sprinklers in different zones. Programming is stored in the memory for implementing a seasonal adjustment feature that is independently operable with a plurality of individual watering programs to selectively energize the valves. The programming calculates a soil moisture requirement value for each program using a signal from at least one soil moisture sensor that is associated with a zone that is assigned to that watering program, and automatically modifies the watering program assigned to that zone through the seasonal adjust feature based on the soil moisture requirement value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Hunter Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter J. Woytowitz, Jeffrey J. Kremicki, LaMonte D. Porter
  • Patent number: 8773030
    Abstract: A power source and control system is particularly suited for use in an outdoor landscape lighting system. The power source and control system includes at least one switching mode AC-to-DC power supply having an additional output stage for efficiently converting the DC output signal into another relatively low frequency AC signal for transmission to a plurality of buried power conductors. A Manchester encoded control signal is encoded at a relatively high frequency onto the AC signal sent over the buried power conductors so that intelligent LED lighting fixtures can be powered by the AC signal and selectively have their intensity changed when they decode the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Hunter Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter J. Woytowitz
  • Publication number: 20140172180
    Abstract: An irrigation system includes an irrigation controller with an adjust feature and at least one sensor. The irrigation system further includes a sensor control unit operatively connected to the irrigation controller and the at least one sensor. The sensor control unit is configured to calculate an irrigation value using a signal from the sensor and to automatically modify a watering schedule of the irrigation controller through the adjust feature based on the irrigation value to thereby conserve water while maintaining plant health.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Hunter Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter J. Woytowitz, Christopher M. Shearin, Jeffrey J. Kremicki, LaMonte D. Porter
  • Patent number: 8744773
    Abstract: An intelligent rain sensor incorporates at least one hygroscopic member and a sensor that generates signals representative of its amount of expansion due to absorption of moisture. A microcontroller executes a pre-programmed algorithm that determines at least the rate of expansion and uses that information to distinguish between actual rainfall events on the one hand, and high humidity, dew or a light sprinkle on the other hand, and sends a shut off command to an irrigation controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Hunter Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter J. Woytowitz, La Monte D. Porter