Patents by Inventor Robert L. Mills

Robert L. Mills 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: 20190353121
    Abstract: A fuel tank system constructed in accordance to one example of the present disclosure includes a fuel tank and an evaporative emissions control system. The evaporative emissions control system is configured to recapture and recycle emitted fuel vapor. The evaporative emissions control system includes a liquid trap, a first device, a second device, a control module and a G-sensor. The first device is configured to selectively open and close a first vent. The second device is configured to selectively open and close a second vent. The control module regulates operation of the first and second devices to provide over-pressure and vacuum relief for the fuel tank. The G-sensor provides a signal to the control module based on a measured acceleration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Applicant: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventors: Vaughn K. Mills, Matthew Memmer, Curtis T. Moy, Steven Ambrose, Russell Trapp, Robert P. Benjey, Max Russell Franklin, Kenneth Brauning, Santosh Balasaheb Patil, Atish Dinkar Gawale, Santosh Kumar Sharma, Hrushikesh Arun Barve, Pritam Bhurke, Daniel L. Pifer
  • Patent number: 10400713
    Abstract: A fuel tank system constructed in accordance to one example of the present disclosure includes a fuel tank, a first vent tube, an evaporative emissions control system and a cam driven tank venting control assembly. The first vent tube is disposed in the fuel tank. The evaporative emissions control system is configured to recapture and recycle emitted fuel vapor. The evaporative emissions control system has a controller. The cam driven tank venting control assembly has a rotary actuator that rotates a cam assembly based on operating conditions. The cam assembly has at least a first cam having a first cam profile configured to selectively open and close the first vent tube based on operating conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Vaughn K. Mills, Matthew Memmer, Curtis T. Moy, Steven Ambrose, Russell Trapp, Robert P. Benjey, Max Russell Franklin, Kenneth Brauning, Santosh Balasaheb Patil, Atish Dinkar Gawale, Santosh Kumar Sharma, Hrushikesh Arun Barve, Pritam Bhurke, Daniel L. Pifer
  • Patent number: 8138676
    Abstract: A system for operating a fluorescent light is provided. The system comprises: a fluorescent lamp with at least one electrode having at least one corresponding heating filament; a filament signal power supply for providing a filament current signal having a filament current frequency, the filament signal power supply connected to create a filament current through the at least one filament; and a plasma signal power supply for providing a plasma power signal having a plasma power frequency, the plasma signal power supply connected to create a plasma current between the at least one electrode and a gas contained in the fluorescent lamp. The plasma power frequency is greater than the filament current frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Inventor: Robert L. Mills
  • Publication number: 20100134023
    Abstract: A system for operating a fluorescent light is provided. The system comprises: a fluorescent lamp with at least one electrode having at least one corresponding heating filament; a filament signal power supply for providing a filament current signal having a filament current frequency, the filament signal power supply connected to create a filament current through the at least one filament; and a plasma signal power supply for providing a plasma power signal having a plasma power frequency, the plasma signal power supply connected to create a plasma current between the at least one electrode and a gas contained in the fluorescent lamp. The plasma power frequency is greater than the filament current frequency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2008
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Inventor: Robert L. MILLS
  • Patent number: 5337885
    Abstract: A travel monitor for a rectangular sludge conveyor having a plurality of scrapers attached to and driven by a pair of chains, each of which is formed in a closed loop having an upper run. A pair of detector sprockets independently engage and are driven by the upper runs. Switches positioned adjacent the sprockets create a series of pulses in response to their rotation. The phase difference between the series of pulses resulting from rotation of the sprockets is detected, and a misalignment alarm is activated when the phase difference exceeds a predetermined amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 16, 1994
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventors: Robert L. Mills, John C. Lodholz, Rangasami Sarat-Chandra, Franklin P. Orlando, Donald J. Christian
  • Patent number: 4176693
    Abstract: An apparatus has means for containing a level of flowable hardenable material therein, and means is selectively operable for carrying a predetermined amount of the hardenable material from the level thereof in the containing means to a preselected position beyond the level of the remaining hardenable material in the containing means. Means is associated with the carrying means in its preselected position for extracting therefrom another amount of the hardenable material predeterminately less than the predetermined amount.A method of operating the apparatus is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1978
    Date of Patent: December 4, 1979
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jesse A. Stoner, Robert L. Mills