Patents by Inventor Thomas J. Chadwell

Thomas J. Chadwell 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: 8650844
    Abstract: A product dispenser includes an outer housing and a shell disposed within the outer housing. The shell defines a product dispensing chamber, wherein the product dispensing chamber is climate controlled, for receiving a product, portioning the product, storing the portioned product, and dispensing the portioned product upon a dispense command. The product receptacles are stored in a dispense buffer disposed within the product dispensing chamber, and then are dispensed into an airlock for retrieval by a customer. The product dispenser further recognizes demands to keep the dispense buffer slots filled, and demands to dispense a filled product receptacle. The product dispenser may seal the product receptacles to ensure a sanitary product. The product dispenser may further include a vend interface unit to interact with a controller and consumers, whereby the consumer are able to place a demand on the vend interface unit, and await a dispensed filled product receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventors: Michael T. Romanyszyn, Thomas J. Chadwell, John Vira
  • Publication number: 20130335948
    Abstract: An information display device illuminates a light pipe, and includes a controller to regulate the power levels delivered to a light source, thereby regulating the amount of light delivered to the light pipe. Alternatively, the information display device delivers visual data, including alpha-numeric characters, predetermined images, or a controlled phasing. The information display device may be utilized to illuminate information associated with the structure. The illumination system provides the ability to phase between different colors, as well as blended colors. Accordingly, an information display device phases between varying colors, and may blend colors to create color schemes. The illumination system includes a control module disposed within the structure to control device parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventors: Thomas J. Chadwell, John Vira
  • Patent number: 8506115
    Abstract: An information display device illuminates a light pipe, and includes a controller to regulate the power levels delivered to a light source, thereby regulating the amount of light delivered to the light pipe. Alternatively, the information display device delivers visual data, including alpha-numeric characters, predetermined images, or a controlled phasing. The information display device may be utilized to illuminate information associated with the structure. The illumination system provides the ability to phase between different colors, as well as blended colors. Accordingly, an information display device phases between varying colors, and may blend colors to create color schemes. The illumination system includes a control module disposed within the structure to control device parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventors: Thomas J. Chadwell, Michael T. Romanyszyn, John Vira
  • Patent number: 8388187
    Abstract: An information display device illuminates a light pipe, and includes a controller to regulate the power levels delivered to a light source, thereby regulating the amount of light delivered to the light pipe. Alternatively, the information display device delivers visual data, including alpha-numeric characters, predetermined images, or a controlled phasing. The information display device may be utilized to illuminate information associated with the structure. The illumination system provides the ability to phase between different colors, as well as blended colors. Accordingly, an information display device phases between varying colors, and may blend colors to create color schemes. The illumination system includes a control module disposed within the structure to control device parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Inventors: Thomas J. Chadwell, Michael T. Romanyszyn, John Vira
  • Publication number: 20120195061
    Abstract: An information display device illuminates a light pipe, and includes a controller to regulate the power levels delivered to a light source, thereby regulating the amount of light delivered to the light pipe. Alternatively, the information display device delivers visual data, including alpha-numeric characters, predetermined images, or a controlled phasing. The information display device may be utilized to illuminate information associated with the structure. The illumination system provides the ability to phase between different colors, as well as blended colors. Accordingly, an information display device phases between varying colors, and may blend colors to create color schemes. The illumination system includes a control module disposed within the structure to control device parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Inventors: Thomas J. Chadwell, Michael T. Romanyszyn, John Vira
  • Publication number: 20120110948
    Abstract: A product dispenser includes an outer housing and a shell disposed within the outer housing. The shell defines a product dispensing chamber, wherein the product dispensing chamber is climate controlled, for receiving a product, portioning the product, storing the portioned product, and dispensing the portioned product upon a dispense command. The product receptacles are stored in a dispense buffer disposed within the product dispensing chamber, and then are dispensed into an airlock for retrieval by a customer. The product dispenser further recognizes demands to keep the dispense buffer slots filled, and demands to dispense a filled product receptacle. The product dispenser may seal the product receptacles to ensure a sanitary product. The product dispenser may further include a vend interface unit to interact with a controller and consumers, whereby the consumer are able to place a demand on the vend interface unit, and await a dispensed filled product receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Inventors: Michael T. Romanyszyn, Thomas J. Chadwell, John Vira
  • Patent number: 7813834
    Abstract: A beverage dispenser includes an electronic control system for controlling beverage dispenser components. The beverage dispenser components include at least a user interface, a dispensing valve, and a valve interface for regulating the delivery of a beverage from the dispensing valve. The electronic control system includes a microcontroller for monitoring the user interface and for activating the valve interface responsive to user input, thereby regulating the delivery of a beverage from the dispensing valve. The electronic control system further includes a program memory with firmware configured in a state machine system architecture for controlling the microcontroller. The state machine system architecture supports either a non-preemptive or a preemptive multitasking real time operating system. The firmware includes supervisory control firmware, dispenser tasks firmware, and low level drivers firmware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Lancer Partnership, Ltd.
    Inventors: David C. Sudolcan, Thomas J. Chadwell
  • Patent number: 7734373
    Abstract: A method and apparatus wherein traditional design methodologies directed toward obtaining minimized component costs are largely set aside in favor of mass customization, reduced design and ownership costs, and shorter design cycles. The distributed architecture contemplates widespread distribution of monitoring and control functions for most device-specific hardware under the direction of a CPU module. In implementation of the distributed architecture, various component modules are placed in communication with the CPU module through at least one and preferably multiple communication busses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Lancer Partnership, Ltd.
    Inventors: David C. Sudolcan, Thomas J. Chadwell
  • Publication number: 20100134283
    Abstract: An information display device illuminates a light pipe, and includes a controller to regulate the power levels delivered to a light source, thereby regulating the amount of light delivered to the light pipe. Alternatively, the information display device delivers visual data, including alpha-numeric characters, predetermined images, or a controlled phasing. The information display device may be utilized to illuminate information associated with the structure. The illumination system provides the ability to phase between different colors, as well as blended colors. Accordingly, an information display device phases between varying colors, and may blend colors to create color schemes. The illumination system includes a control module disposed within the structure to control device parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2010
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Inventors: Thomas J. Chadwell, Michael T. Romanyszyn, John Vira
  • Patent number: 7729800
    Abstract: A method and apparatus wherein traditional design methodologies directed toward obtaining minimized component costs are largely set aside in favor of mass customization, reduced design and ownership costs, and shorter design cycles. The distributed architecture contemplates widespread distribution of monitoring and control functions for most device-specific hardware under the direction of a CPU module. In implementation of the distributed architecture, various component modules are placed in communication with the CPU module through at least one and preferably multiple communication busses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Lancer Partnership Ltd.
    Inventors: David C. Sudolcan, Thomas J. Chadwell
  • Publication number: 20100114365
    Abstract: A beverage dispenser includes an electronic control system for controlling beverage dispenser components. The beverage dispenser components include at least a user interface, a dispensing valve, and a valve interface for regulating the delivery of a beverage from the dispensing valve. The electronic control system includes a microcontroller for monitoring the user interface and for activating the valve interface responsive to user input, thereby regulating the delivery of a beverage from the dispensing valve. The electronic control system further includes a program memory with firmware configured in a state machine system architecture for controlling the microcontroller. The state machine system architecture supports either a non-preemptive or a preemptive multitasking real time operating system. The firmware includes supervisory control firmware, dispenser tasks firmware, and low level drivers firmware.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2001
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Inventors: David C. Sudolcan, Thomas J. Chadwell
  • Patent number: 7665874
    Abstract: An information display device illuminates a light pipe, and includes a controller to regulate the power levels delivered to a light source, thereby regulating the amount of light delivered to the light pipe. Alternatively, the information display device delivers visual data, including alpha-numeric characters, predetermined images, or a controlled phasing. The information display device may be utilized to illuminate information associated with the structure. The illumination system provides the ability to phase between different colors, as well as blended colors. Accordingly, an information display device phases between varying colors, and may blend colors to create color schemes. The illumination system includes a control module disposed within the structure to control device parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Inventors: Thomas J. Chadwell, Michael T. Romanyszyn, John Vira
  • Patent number: 7631984
    Abstract: A flashlight includes a flashlight head assembly that may be used with either one or two batteries. For use with one battery, a body receives a battery therein and the flashlight head assembly is secured to the body. For use with two batteries, an extension unit is secured to the body and the flashlight head assembly is secured to the extension unit. A switch assembly disposed in the body and electrically connected with the flashlight head assembly controls the delivery of power to the flashlight head assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: Lightstick Partners, LLC.
    Inventors: Richard W. Martin, Thomas J. Chadwell, Philip W. Miller, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20090188938
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing flavors to beverages or food products is provided. A programmable pump apparatus allows for dispensing a varying amount of a selected flavor in response to user input. A main tower is mountable on countertops or other work surfaces such as a home, office, or food preparation area, and allows users to select one or more flavors and control the amount of flavor dispensed. The apparatus may comprise buttons that can be programmed for pour and hold with a specified time-out and a guard time delay to prevent accidental dispensing of flavor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2008
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Inventors: Jeffrey Blaine Farris, Thomas J. Chadwell, Phillip B. Frazier
  • Publication number: 20080236006
    Abstract: An information display device illuminates a light pipe, and includes a controller to regulate the power levels delivered to a light source, thereby regulating the amount of light delivered to the light pipe. Alternatively, the information display device delivers visual data, including alpha-numeric characters, predetermined images, or a controlled phasing. The information display device may be utilized to illuminate information associated with the structure. The illumination system provides the ability to phase between different colors, as well as blended colors. Accordingly, an information display device phases between varying colors, and may blend colors to create color schemes. The illumination system includes a control module disposed within the structure to control device parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Inventors: Thomas J. Chadwell, Michael T. Romanyszyn, John Vira
  • Patent number: 7318353
    Abstract: A displacement sensing device transduces deflection of a body disposed around a conduit into complementary signals indicative of the amount of displacement experienced by the conduit. The displacement sensing device includes a cuff and a sensor disposed on an outer periphery of the cuff, and may further include a controller in communication with the sensor, such that the controller receives signals from the sensor and compares the current signals to a normal operating range. The normal operating range may be predetermined or derived based on trends, thereby allowing the controller to adapt to any product disposed within the conduit. Once the range is determined, the controller is able to discern when the product system is out of product, or operating at elevated pressures. In alternative embodiments, a pumping device or an inductor may generate a recognizable wave pattern that may be monitored to determine if the product system contains product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Assignee: Lancer Partnership Ltd.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Chadwell, Michael T. Romanyszyn, John Vira
  • Patent number: 6934602
    Abstract: A beverage dispenser includes an electronic control system for controlling beverage dispenser components. The beverage dispenser components include at least a user interface, a dispensing valve, and a valve interface for regulating the delivery of a beverage from the dispensing valve. The electronic control system includes a microcontroller for monitoring the user interface and for activating the valve interface responsive to user input, thereby regulating the delivery of a beverage from the dispensing valve. The electronic control system further includes a program memory with firmware configured in a state machine system architecture for controlling the microcontroller. The state machine system architecture supports either a non-preemptive or a preemptive multitasking real time operating system. The firmware includes supervisory control firmware, dispenser tasks firmware, and low level drivers firmware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Assignee: Lancer Partnership, Ltd.
    Inventors: David C. Sudolcan, Thomas J. Chadwell
  • Patent number: 6834317
    Abstract: A network topology for communication within and between food service equipment items generally comprises one or more food service equipment items, each having a controller and at least one functional subsystem configured as a slave to the controller, and a master interface and a bus slave interface associated with each controller. Each master interface is adapted for electrical communication over an intra-equipment communication channel with a slave interface associated with the functional subsystem. Each bus slave interface is adapted for communication, external to the food service equipment item, over an inter-equipment communication channel. Each bus slave interface is substantially electrically identical to each slave interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2004
    Assignee: Lancer Partnership, Ltd.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Chadwell, David C. Sudolcan
  • Publication number: 20040239535
    Abstract: A self-calibrating touch sensor generally includes a dielectric switch pad in electrical communication with a controller. A forcing function waveform is delivered to the dielectric switch pad. The step response waveform of the dielectric switch pad is then monitored by the controller to detect changes in the dielectric properties of the dielectric switch pad. Upon startup of a system in which the self-calibrating touch sensor is embedded or upon detection of an event indicative of a persistent change in the dielectric environment about the dielectric touch pad, the controller processes the step response waveform to determine the time constant of the circuit comprising the dielectric switch pad. The determined time constant is stored as baseline value by the controller. The controller then monitors the step response waveform for temporary changes from the stored value, indicative of a key press event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2003
    Publication date: December 2, 2004
    Applicant: LANCER PARTNERSHIP, LTD.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Chadwell, David C. Sudolcan
  • Patent number: D616476
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Inventors: Michael T. Romanyszyn, Thomas J. Chadwell, John Vira