Timer-controlled Patents (Class 119/51.11)
  • Patent number: 10882068
    Abstract: Coating apparatuses and methods are provided for direct coatings with various shapes. The coating apparatus includes a die body with one or more bores. One or more cams are pivotally mounted within the bores and have one or more recessed areas formed into the respective peripheral surfaces thereof. The one or more cams are rotatable within the die body to dynamically, independently vary the width or shape of the respectively dispensed one or more fluid coatings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Jonathan J. O'Hare, Karl K. Stensvad, Daniel H. Carlson, Glen A. Jerry, Mikhail L. Pekurovsky, Gary W. Maier, James Zhu
  • Patent number: 10798916
    Abstract: An animal feeder comprising a housing, at least one food receptacle coupled to the housing, configured to receive and store food and comprising an inlet opening for receiving food and an outlet opening for releasing food, at least one supplement receptacle coupled to the housing, configured to receive and store at least one supplement, a food dispensing mechanism coupled to the at least one food receptacle, configured to dispense food, a supplement dispensing mechanism coupled to the at least one supplement receptacle and configured to dispense supplement from the at least one supplement receptacle, a control system coupled to the housing and connected to the food and supplement dispensing mechanisms, the control system configured to control the food and supplement dispensing mechanisms so that a desired amount of food and supplement are dispensed, and a power source coupled to the control system and the food and supplement dispensing mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: THE ANIMAL DOCS LLC
    Inventors: Ashley Miliotti Dewey, Maria Brömme, Kitcia Jael Juache Aguilar, Sandy N. Moreno Anaya, Chenxi Ji, Jose A. Ramirez Ruiz, Hector Hugo Alvarez Toledo
  • Patent number: 10743518
    Abstract: A wild game feeder for safely feeding game that uses an inverted cone-shaped device to disperse the feed once the feed is expelled through the dispenser hole, that can be suspended from any structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Douglas Feeders and Accessories, LLC
    Inventor: Douglas H Knight
  • Patent number: 10721912
    Abstract: The pet enrichment device comprises a housing, a microcontroller, a treat dispenser, an interface device, and a detection device. The pet enrichment device provides automated training by displaying videos and/or projecting audio via the interface device. The detection device captures, analyzes, and tracks the specific movement and specific positions of the animal. If a command is performed correctly, the treat dispenser may dispense an edible object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventor: Kevin Hanson
  • Patent number: 10683174
    Abstract: A flow-through discharge assembly having a rotatable tube section and an opening through which product is discharged and a positioning apparatus for rotating the tube section between operation and non-operational conditions. When the tube is positioned in an operational orientation, grain exits through the opening for discharge from the assembly. When the tube is returned to a non-operational condition, the tube opening is blocked and grain is prevented from exiting through the opening. The tube opening may be a single elongated opening or may include multiple tube openings through which product is discharged. A method of using a rotary discharge assembly to control grain flow within a grain handling system is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: AG GROWTH INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Jeremy J. Huff, Douglas Kruse, Michael Patenaude, Bradley D. Smith
  • Patent number: 10568305
    Abstract: Monitoring systems and methods for tracking movement of one or more animals in an enclosure, such as a fish tank, include introducing various stimuli, such as food, light, and auditory stimuli, and tracking the movement of the animals in response to these stimuli. Movement patterns of the animals can be determined and analyzed from data obtain from cameras that record images/videos of the relevant portions of the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Georgetown University
    Inventors: Jagmeet S. Kanwal, Bishen J. Singh
  • Patent number: 10548295
    Abstract: An automated livestock feeder consists of a feeder body, a plurality of supports, an actuating mechanism, a control system, and a power source. The feeder body has an internal feed reservoir, a dispenser aperture, a dispenser door, a fill aperture, and a fill door. The actuating mechanism is engaged with the dispenser door to open and close the dispenser door over the dispenser aperture in order to dispense livestock feed from the feed reservoir into a trough. The control system can be programmed to automatically dispense feed at pre-programmed times or intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventor: Timothy Donald Blevins
  • Patent number: 10531638
    Abstract: A game feeder having a recessed game feed spinner plate, which discharges game feed through a relatively narrow opening. The spinner plate is rotated by an electric motor, which is housed in a protective enclosure within the game feeder, along with the battery and timer, and protected from animals. The narrow discharge opening minimizes feed loss by animals accessing the spinner plate. The game feeder may sit on the ground, or may be mounted on a support such as a pole or tree with mounting hooks and a bracket, and when mounted is especially resistant to feed loss or feeder damage by bears, feral hogs and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Inventor: Jeffrey Chad Christie
  • Patent number: 10517268
    Abstract: An animal feeder for the feeding of animals in a remote location. The trough of the feeder has a retractable cover controlled by an actuator that is programmable to open the trough to allow feeding and close the trough to prevent feeding over desired intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Priefert Mfg. Co, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward D. Priefert
  • Patent number: 10517277
    Abstract: A feeding trough for poultry farming includes automatic dispensing of feed from a vertically displaceable horizontal dispensing tube, formed by just three pieces. One of the pieces is a plate formed in one piece with a ring which in a lowered position of the bell-like housing opens a crown of apertures and in a raised position of the bell-like housing closes the crown of apertures so as to reduce the amount of feed transferred to the plate. The feed trough is also configured to facilitate periodic rinsing thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: GIORDANO POULTRY PLAST S.P.A.
    Inventor: Oscar Giordano
  • Patent number: 10502630
    Abstract: The temperature measurement device includes a thermography 20 for measuring a temperature distribution of a predetermined range in a non-contact manner; a calibrator 21 including at least one heater 30 able to generate heat to a preset temperature; thermistors 32a to 32d provided on installation points on the calibrator 21, and measuring temperatures at the installation points, the installation points having different temperatures; and a controller 22 for calibrating a first temperature measurement result obtained from a temperature distribution of a range covering an object (an eye E of a calf C) measured by the thermography 20, based on temperature differences between a second temperature measurement result obtained from a temperature distribution of a range covering the calibrator 21 measured by the thermography 20 and a third temperature measurement result obtained from a temperature distribution of the calibrator 21 measured by the thermistors 32a to 32d.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Topcon Corporation
    Inventor: Hisashi Isozaki
  • Patent number: 10405525
    Abstract: A frozen food aquarium feeder controls the melting and dispersion of frozen aquarium food. The feeder includes a rotatable first cylindrical column having a floor/ceiling including a set of passages and a rotatable second cylindrical column having a ceiling/floor including a matching set of passages. The cylindrical columns are assembled with an interference fit to a round bracket allowing each cylindrical column to be rotated with respect to the round bracket. The floor/ceiling of the first cylindrical column may reside against the ceiling/floor of the lower column, and the cylindrical columns may be positioned to provide a desired overlap between the passages to control the passage of melted food from the first cylindrical column to the second cylindrical column. The feeder may be positioned with the first cylindrical column extending above the aquarium water line, and ports in walls of the cylindrical columns may be positioned to intercept aquarium currents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventor: Steven Yim
  • Patent number: 10398128
    Abstract: One embodiment of the invention could be an automated animal feed dispenser and method, the automated animal feed dispenser comprising a three-wall cabinet generally forming a hollow interior and further defining a feed delivery slot that connects to an angled slide located within the hollow interior; a set of vertically-stacked and spaced-apart drop shelves support animal feed located within the hollow interior, each drop shelf hingedly connects to the cabinet; a set of latches supported by the cabinet, each latch comprises a motorized automotive door lock that controls the drop of a respective drop shelf; a latch control system operates the latches to drop the drop shelves in a timed and sequenced manner that allows dropped drop shelves to successively overlay one another to create a progressively angled slide that empties down upon the angled slide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventor: Larry Green
  • Patent number: 10357019
    Abstract: A transportable pet care center includes (1) a canister having a plurality of dispensing sections for proving food, water, medicine, treats, toys, and such like to a pet (2) an electronics dashboard for providing interaction with the pet via localized entertainment and network interaction with the owner, (3) adjustable trays for receiving materials from the dispensing sections, (4) a base try for providing stability and capturing items that fall from the trays, and (5) and extendable handle with wheel assembly for easy transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventor: Johnnie Mack Brown Encarnacion
  • Patent number: 10278363
    Abstract: A feeding station for at least one animal, said feeding station comprising at least one supply hopper having a food product; a food dispensing unit having means for dispensing controlled portions of said food product; a weigh hopper for receiving said food product from said food dispensing unit; a hemi-circular disc-shaped feeding platform for receiving said food product from said weigh hopper; and a hemi-frustoconical sweeping member comprises at least one compartment to contain said food product on hemi-circular disc-shaped feeding platform; said hemi-frustoconical sweeping member rotatable on a top surface of said hemi-circular disc-shaped feeding platform to remove unconsumed food product off said feeding platform after a feeding event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: LIONESS FEEDING TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventors: Brian Ausman, Christine Stec
  • Patent number: 10206377
    Abstract: Disclosed is an aquaponics system with minimal outflows of waste. A stream of waste water from aquatic animals is mineralized in a waste conversion unit having algae and bacteria located on multiple horizontal plates through which the stream of waste water flows. The stream of waste leaving the waste conversion unit passes through troughs upon which plants are hydroponically grown by absorbing the mineralized waste. The water leaving the troughs is returned to the tank holding the aquatic animals and the cycle is repeated. The system may be augmented with an air source, a light source, and a nutrient source in the waste conversion unit to further enhance the breakdown of the animal waste. Additionally, floating trays may be utilized in the troughs to support a wide range of plants hydroponically grown in the troughs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Glynn Barber
  • Patent number: 10188078
    Abstract: A gravity flow feeder is disclosed having a vertically arranged, canister, funnel, chute, and trough arrangement wherein feed contained within each canister is allowed to flow down, aided by gravity, to settle within a feed trough. Use of a timing mechanism and a pneumatic or hydraulic cylinder allows for the articulation of a closeable access to open or close the trough in order to protect the feed contained from the elements and scavenging animals and condition the timing of animal arrival at the feeder. Any number of feed containing canisters may be implemented in order to provide for mixing of various types of feed within the trough for maintenance of a balanced diet for desired animals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventor: Ray Bellow
  • Patent number: 10104868
    Abstract: A livestock feeder is provided with a feed discharge assembly for dispensing a premeasured amount of feed into the trough of each feeding stall. The livestock feeder includes individual feeding stalls wherein the same amount of feed is dispensed for each animal such that the feeding of each animal may be monitored and controlled. Indicator lights may be provided to attract the livestock to the individual feeding stalls during feeding periods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventor: Dave Barney
  • Patent number: 10098331
    Abstract: An animal feeder has a hopper body adjustably mounted on a mounting base for directing feed material in a selected direction. The mounting base includes a pair of ground support elements pivotally mounted on a lateral support plate with a pair of pivot bolts, and further including a locking bolt that enables the lateral support plate to be pivotally adjusted with respect to the pair of ground support elements. The hopper body is rotatably mounted on the lateral support plate via a center bolt. A feed dispensing mechanism discharges the feed material through a feed discharge aperture, in a direction that is adjusted via the positioning of the adjustment base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventor: Mark Bogart
  • Patent number: 10091971
    Abstract: A game feeder having a recessed game feed spinner plate, which discharges game feed through a relatively narrow opening. The spinner plate is rotated by an electric motor, which is housed in a protective enclosure within the game feeder, along with the battery and timer, and protected from animals. The narrow discharge opening minimizes feed loss by animals accessing the spinner plate. The game feeder may sit on the ground, or may be mounted on a support such as a pole or tree with mounting hooks and a bracket, and when mounted is especially resistant to feed loss or feeder damage by bears, feral hogs and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventor: Jeffrey Chad Christie
  • Patent number: 10091972
    Abstract: A smart bowl system includes one more food and water smart bowls that each has a processor, memory, and a bowl weight sensor. The smart bowls communicate with a cloud server and one or more caretaker computing devices. The caretakers can input physical information for the pet including weight. The smart bowl system can determine the healthy weight range for the pet and determine a recommended feeding schedule. The smart bowl system can remind the caretakers to feed the pet, monitor the quantity of food and water that are placed in the smart bowls and the consumption of the food and water by the pet and transmit reports to the caretaker's computing device(s). The smart bowl system can maintain the recommended feeding schedule to keep the pet within the healthy weight range or adjust the feeding schedule to bring the pet's weight within the healthy weight range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: OBE INC.
    Inventors: Hilary Jane Jensen, Ernest Edward Ward, Jr., Jean Renying Kao
  • Patent number: 10070619
    Abstract: An animal feeder for the feeding of animals in a remote location. The trough of the feeder has a retractable cover controlled by an actuator that is programmable to open the trough to allow feeding and close the trough to prevent feeding over desired intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Priefert Mfg. Co, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward D. Priefert
  • Patent number: 10058071
    Abstract: Suction teat arrangement for an automatic feeder for feeding livestock, in particular calves, with a suction teat holder, which has a suction teat receiver for receiving a suction teat, a fastening device for fastening the suction teat holder on a feed stand and a supply connection for connection with a supply line, a valve, with which a liquid supply from the supply line to the suction teat can be released and blocked, and a branch connection for connection with a branch line, characterized in that the valve and the branch connection are integrated into the suction teat holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventors: Hans Joachim Holm, Hans Joachim Laue
  • Patent number: 9961885
    Abstract: Animal sustenance-dispensing stations described herein may be capable of supplying food or water to animals, of controlling electrical loads that prevent liquid sustenance freeze-up or overheating and other loads that help sanitize the sustenance, that illuminate the station, or that generate sounds; of acquiring and processing data from a variety of sensors both internal and external to the station, and of reporting both raw and processed data. They may also be capable of wirelessly communicating with other stations, or with non-station devices over wireless communication networks to facilitate reporting of sensor and other data, and to support configuration of station controller operational and reporting behavior. Station configurations may facilitate monitoring of video and audio activity of nearby animals, tagged animals visiting the station, weather conditions in the station's vicinity, station food or water supply levels, and other parameters according to the sensors of a given embodiment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventors: Teddy Leland Bennett, Maria Ivanova Bennett
  • Patent number: 9955670
    Abstract: Device for automatically feeding calves with a mixing container for mixing a liquid food product, a teat, a connection line, which connects the mixing container with the teat, a branch line, which branches off from the connection line at a branch point and connects the connection line with a pump and a controller for controlling the pump, where a sensor is arranged on the teat, which is connected with the controller and is designed to detect a movement and/or deformation of the teat, and the controller is designed to control the pump during detection of a movement and/or deformation of the teat such that liquid food product is delivered out of the branch line towards the branch point until liquid food product exits the teat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventor: Hans Joachim Holm
  • Patent number: 9914589
    Abstract: An automated feed chute system for a cube feeder that includes: a feed chute, where the feed chute includes a closed position, an open position or any desired position in between; a mounting pin extending from one side of the feed chute; an opening mechanism, where the opening mechanism engages the mounting pin; and a mechanism to remotely activate the actuator. The opening actuator mechanism includes an arm that attaches to the mounting pin on the feed chute. The feed chute includes a pivot point, where the feed chute pivots about the pivot point to move the feed chute between the closed position, open position or any desired position in between. Preferably, the means to automatically activate the opening mechanism is a remote control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Inventors: John Teel, J. W. Teel, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9907294
    Abstract: The invention relates to a control feeding pan for use in a feeding system for poultry keeping, comprising a mounting element for mounting the feeding pan to a conveyor line; a feeding dish; a feeding shaft through which feed gets from a conveyor line to the feeding dish; a filling level sensor which is arranged and formed to generate a drive control signal; characterized by a signal unit arranged and formed to emit a feed signal that can be perceived by the poultry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: BIG DUTCHMAN INTERNATIONAL GmbH
    Inventor: Friedrich Otto-Luebker
  • Patent number: 9795115
    Abstract: A feeding station for at least one animal, said feeding station comprising: at least one supply hopper having a food product; a food dispensing unit having means for dispensing controlled portions of said food product; a weigh hopper for receiving said food product from said food dispensing unit; a hemi-circular disc-shaped feeding platform for receiving said food product from said weigh hopper; a hemi-frustoconical sweeping member rotatable on a top surface of said hemi-circular disc-shaped feeding platform to remove unconsumed food product off said feeding platform after a feeding event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: LIONESS FEEDING TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventors: Brian Ausman, Christine Stec
  • Patent number: 9743641
    Abstract: A game feeder includes a housing having a plurality of support legs that elevated it above an underlying surface. Superimposed on the housing is a pivotal lid that selectively exposes a battery-powered winch mounted on the upper surface of the cap. Depending from the lower end of the housing is a feed hopper having an automated dispenser that projects feed to the surrounding area at desired times and for a desired duration. Using the winch, a hunter can easily reload the hopper by lowering it to ground level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventor: Theresa M. Attard
  • Patent number: 9700015
    Abstract: A method for measuring feed flow, feed is moved through a flexible pipe using a flexible auger operably positioned within the pipe. Feed flow through a metered section (309) of the flexible pipe is metered using a feed meter (304) attached to the flexible pipe. The feed meter includes load cell (312) configured to detect strain induced by feed mass within the metered section (309). Metering feed includes providing a measure of mass flow of the feed, using the load cell (312), when the feed moves through the metered section (309).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Feedlogic Corporation
    Inventors: Drew Ryder, Neal Tovsen
  • Patent number: 9655342
    Abstract: A game feeder having a recessed game feed spinner plate, which discharges game feed through a relatively narrow opening. The spinner plate is rotated by an electric motor, which is housed in a protective enclosure within the game feeder, along with the battery and timer, and protected from animals. The narrow discharge opening minimizes feed loss by animals accessing the spinner plate. The game feeder may sit on the ground, or may be mounted on a support such as a pole or tree with mounting hooks and a bracket, and when mounted is especially resistant to feed loss or feeder damage by bears, feral hogs and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Inventor: Jeffrey Chad Christie
  • Patent number: 9629339
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system for rearing larvae includes a plurality of culture trays arranged in at least one stack of trays, each stack comprising multiple levels of trays, each tray comprising an open-topped basin adapted to receive larvae and larval food, a feed delivery system adapted to automatically deliver larval feed to individually selected culture trays, and a water delivery system adapted to automatically deliver water to the culture trays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: The University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: G. Larry Newton, D. Craig Sheppard
  • Patent number: 9521828
    Abstract: A feeder is provided for animals selected from domestic pets, cage birds, chickens, fish and wild birds. The feeder has a hopper to hold a supply of dry feed. A chamber receives feed by gravity from a lower portion of the hopper, and has a discharge outlet at one axial end of the chamber. A passage is defined from and includes the chamber and extends to an opening at the distal end of the discharge outlet for discharge of feed from the feeder. An auger is mounted for rotation about an axis within the chamber. The auger is adapted as it rotates to move feed along the passage to be discharged at the distal end of the discharge outlet. A shutter is adapted to occlude the passage and is provided within the discharge outlet. The shutter is coupled to and rotates with the auger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Pet Mate Ltd.
    Inventors: Steve Brooks, Jeremy Oates
  • Patent number: 9504370
    Abstract: Embodiments include a dispenser for dispensing a product. The dispenser has a housing, a container, a container holder and a first holder magnetic element positioned on the container holder. The first holder magnetic element and a first stationary magnetic element interact to create a first magnetic force. The first magnetic force can induce the container holder to move. The position of the container holder along an axis of the container holder is correlated with the weight of the product remaining in the container. An indicator may alert user regarding the amount of product remaining in the container based on the position of the container holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Jared Ryan Freudenberg, Brian Joseph Doffing
  • Patent number: 9480242
    Abstract: An aquarium fabricated of a transparent material contains water. A housing retaining the aquarium has an opening for displaying the aquarium including fish swimming in the aquarium. Player components on the housing include a payment assembly and a feeding button. Operational components within the housing include a feeder assembly with fish food. An intelligent electronic controller is within the housing. A line couples the intelligent electronic controller to the feeder assembly for dispensing fish food in response to activating the payment assembly and depressing the feeding button. A timer allows dispensing of fish food at regularly timed intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Inventor: Nikolay V. Tumanov
  • Patent number: 9433189
    Abstract: An automatic pet wet canned food dispenser robot has a robotic arm comprised of mechanical elements and motors, and a programmed microprocessor. The programmed microprocessor guides the robotic arm to grasp a food can and utilize levers and/or motors to open the pop top can, then the microprocessor guides the robotic arm to invert the opened food can over an empty bowl and shake out the food contents into a bowl for a pet at predetermined times setup by the pet owner whose presence is not required at time of feeding. The current invention utilizes advanced automation and programming to overcome prior limitations to deliver freshly opened canned food to pets without human presence required at the time of operation and does not require use of a can opener for opening the pop top cans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Inventor: Bruce Taneja
  • Patent number: 9374981
    Abstract: An animal feeder is configured to resist clogging, enable user cleaning of the feed dispensing canister assembly and resist pest intrusion. The animal feeder includes an outer shell assembly detachably connected to a dispensing canister assembly configured to push the feed over the top of the dispensing canister assembly into the outer shell assembly. The expelled feed is collected into a feed passage and delivered to a feed receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Inventor: Kenneth Jay Powers
  • Patent number: 9277730
    Abstract: A gate valve unit that can be used with existing animal feeders that have a feed container and aperture in the feed container for allowing the feed to be dispensed. Generally, the feed is gravity fed through the aperture and contacts a spinning feed dispensing member throwing the feed about the animal feeder. The invention includes a plunger-type gate that is solenoid actuated and is closed by one or more return springs. The spinning member and the plunger gate can be actuated together by either a timer or by a wireless command from a remote location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Inventors: Kenneth Salinas, Cordelia Salinas
  • Patent number: 9247719
    Abstract: Powered flying animal sustenance-dispensing stations described herein may be capable of supplying food or water to flying animals, of controlling electrical loads that prevent liquid sustenance freeze-up or overheating and other loads that help sanitize the sustenance, that illuminate the station, or that generate sounds; of acquiring and processing data from a variety of sensors both internal and external to the station, and of reporting both raw and processed data. They may also be capable of wirelessly communicating with other stations, or with non-station devices over wireless communication networks to facilitate reporting of sensor and other data, and to support configuration of station controller operational and reporting behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Inventors: Teddy Leland Bennett, Maria Ivanova Bennett
  • Patent number: 9241478
    Abstract: A feeder for larval and juvenile fishes is capable of delivering an adjustable dose of microparticulate feed to selected locations, via pneumatic conveyance and control. A source of low-pressure dry gas is used to blow microparticulate feed through a manifold and into a selected one of a number of tubes. In order to adjust the portion dispensed by the feeder, an adjustable portion control is provided. Instead of a fixed sized ration cup a threaded recess is provided. Within the recess is provided a mating nylon set screw with an Allen hex head socket. By screwing the set screw in, or out, a user may increase, or decrease the volume of each dose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Inventors: Thomas M Scott, Kenneth Ashley Webb, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9173377
    Abstract: An animal feeder includes a feed container containing animal feed for use in spreading the animal feed onto the ground over which the animal feeder is positioned. A housing moves between open and closed positions, wherein the closed position, the housing is positioned so that it substantially encloses a motorized animal feed dispenser positioned in proximity to a hole in the feed container through which the animal feed passes from the container. In the closed position, the sides of the housing completely block the dispensing of the animal feed onto the ground. In an open position, the housing is positioned so that the motorized animal feed dispenser is exposed for dispensing of the animal feed onto the ground. Also, in the closed position, physical access from outside of the housing to the animal feed residing on the animal feed dispenser and through the hole is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Inventor: Glenn Morris
  • Patent number: 9120610
    Abstract: A dispensing device may include a main body including a wall having a dispensing mouth defined in the wall; a storage portion, wherein the storage portion is retained by the main body; and a conveyance path providing communication between the storage portion and the dispensing mouth. In addition, the dispensing device may include a conveyor disposed in the conveyance path; a drive motor mechanically coupled to the conveyor; and a sensor, wherein the sensor is directly or indirectly electrically coupled to the drive motor and the sensor is in optical communication with the environment proximate to the dispensing mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Brookstone Purchasing, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen B. Mills, Stevenson Tom
  • Publication number: 20150090186
    Abstract: An automated feeding apparatus for animals comprises an inlet hopper having a discharge outlet provided with a feeder actuable in accordance with a predetermined feeding regime, the discharge outlet being of variable size. The discharge outlet is adjustable in length and depth to enable variation of volumetric flow therethrough, with the distance between the auger and the top wall being at least the average size of the food particles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: René MASSICOTTE
  • Publication number: 20150068462
    Abstract: A feeder is provided for animals selected from domestic pets, cage birds, chickens, fish and wild birds. The feeder has a hopper adapted to hold a supply of dry feed. A chamber is adapted to receive feed by gravity from a lower portion of the hopper, and has a discharge outlet at one axial end of the chamber. A passage is defined from and includes the chamber and extends to an opening at the distal end of the discharge outlet for discharge of feed from the feeder. An auger is mounted for rotation about an axis within said chamber. The auger is adapted as it rotates to move feed along the passage to be discharged at the distal end of the discharge outlet. A shutter is adapted to occlude the passage and is provided within the discharge outlet. The shutter is coupled to and rotates with the auger. The shutter has a forward edge and a trailing edge defined in relation to the direction of rotation. The discharge outlet is provided with an enlarged end portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Steve Brooks, Jeremy Oates
  • Publication number: 20150047568
    Abstract: An animal feeder includes a feed container containing animal feed for use in spreading the animal feed onto the ground over which the animal feeder is positioned. A housing moves between open and closed positions, wherein the closed position, the housing is positioned so that it substantially encloses a motorized animal feed dispenser positioned in proximity to a hole in the feed container through which the animal feed passes from the container. In the closed position, the sides of the housing completely block the dispensing of the animal feed onto the ground. In an open position, the housing is positioned so that the motorized animal feed dispenser is exposed for dispensing of the animal feed onto the ground. Also, in the closed position, physical access from outside of the housing to the animal feed residing on the animal feed dispenser and through the hole is prevented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Glenn Morris
  • Publication number: 20150040832
    Abstract: An automated animal feeding station includes a housing having a closable lid that is hingeably attached to the housing. The housing includes a removable liner that forms an interior surface having one or more feeding compartments. The lid is hingeably attached to the housing such that when closed, the lid forms a sealable cover over the opening. The animal feeding station may include a sealing surface that forms a seal to the lid such that when the lid is closed, air and moisture transfer between the interior and the exterior of the housing is reduced. The animal feeding station also includes motor unit that is mechanically coupled between the housing and the lid, and may be open and close the lid upon actuation by motor control signals provided by a programmable control unit based upon a user defined feeding schedule and an identification sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Ronald P. Klein
  • Patent number: 8893653
    Abstract: An improved automated animal feeder or feeding apparatus comprises a substantially water-resistant housing having at least one closable port. A feed distributor is located in the housing and configured to distribute feed to the exterior of the housing through the port. An opening in an upper end of the housing is configured to admit feed to the housing and to the feed distributor through gravity. A drive arrangement is disposed in the housing and coupled to the feed distributor and to the closeable port to selectively actuate the feed distributor and selectively open and close the closeable port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventors: Art R. Browning, Joseph Michael Wood
  • Patent number: 8893654
    Abstract: A rotary feed dispensing apparatus includes a reservoir configured to hold feed. The apparatus includes a rotary dispenser having an inlet operatively coupled to the reservoir and a rotary dispenser outlet, the rotary dispenser defining a rotary dispenser interior area configured to selectively receive the feed from the reservoir through the rotary housing inlet. An impellor assembly is rotatably mounted in the rotary dispenser, the impellor assembly having an impellor body portion and at least one impellor end portion pivotally coupled to the impellor body portion. The impellor end portion is movable between an extended configuration and a folded configuration. A motor is operatively coupled to the impellor assembly and configured to rotate the impellor assembly when energized. The impellor end portion is configured to eject the feed from the rotary dispenser through the outlet when the motor is energized and the impellor end portion is at the extended configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: Robert Todd Wisecarver
  • Patent number: 8800489
    Abstract: The present invention is a game feeder that employs a confined auger to convey game feed from a hopper to a desired feed location. In this invention, the auger's flightings protect unreleased stored feed from the reach of animals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: Don Coxsey
  • Publication number: 20140174368
    Abstract: A gate valve unit that can be used with existing animal feeders that have a feed container and aperture in the feed container for allowing the feed to be dispensed. Generally, the feed is gravity fed through the aperture and contacts a spinning feed dispensing member throwing the feed about the animal feeder. The invention includes a plunger-type gate that is solenoid actuated and is closed by one or more return springs. The spinning member and the plunger gate can be actuated together by either a timer or by a wireless command from a remote location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventors: KENNETH SALINAS, CORDELIA SALINAS