Programmer Or Timer Patents (Class 137/624.11)
  • Patent number: 10953423
    Abstract: A method of dispensing fluid from an apparatus includes determining a phase offset to separate actuation of a plurality of valve sub-sets into phases and determining a sub-phase offset to separate actuation of valves within each of the plurality of valve sub-sets. The method also includes sequentially actuating valves in a first sub-set based on the sub-phase offset, and sequentially actuating valves in a second sub-set based on the phase offset and the sub-phase offset such that (i) at least one valve in the second sub-set is actuated out of phase from a preceding valve in the first sub-set by the phase offset; and (ii) the at least one valve in the second sub-set is actuated out of phase from a preceding valve in the second sub-set by the sub-phase offset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Capstan Ag Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Kale Schrader
  • Patent number: 10948101
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing device and method for controlling the device are provided. The device includes a housing defining a fluid outlet. A valve controls the flow of fluid to the outlet. A sensor is configured to detect an object outside of and proximate to the housing. A solenoid is configured to move the valve between an open position and a closed position. A controller is configured to receive the output signal of the sensor, determine a characteristic of noise in the output signal such as a level of noise; adjust at least one of a sampling rate of the output signal and an amount of filtering of the output signal responsive to the characteristic of noise in the output signal, and transmit a control signal to the solenoid responsive to the output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: MASCO CANADA LIMITED
    Inventors: David Paul Morrish, Bryan Fisher
  • Patent number: 10901439
    Abstract: A water management method for controlling at least one operational parameter of at least one water control device, wherein the operational parameter is associated with water used by the water control device, the method comprising: sending, from an electronic controller of the water control device, operational data associated with the operational parameter to an embedded electronic device; receiving, at the embedded electronic device, the operational data, and developing control data based on the received operational data and sending the control data to the electronic controller; and receiving, at the electronic controller, the control data and controlling the operational parameter of the water control device based on the received control data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignees: Caroma Industries Limited, micas AG
    Inventors: Steve Cummings, Michael Fritzsche, Mark Ebert
  • Patent number: 10842093
    Abstract: A device for dispensing liquids, in particular irrigation water, comprises a liquid tank (1) of displaceable type with a cover (2) for closing said tank (1), an electric pump (7) inserted into the cover (2) for drawing the liquid from the tank (1) and delivering the liquid itself to irrigation pipes extending outwards, and an electronic control unit (13) for setting the liquid delivering times. The electronic control unit (13) comprises a movable selector (15) for programming the times and durations of the liquid deliveries, a start button (16) for starting the selected program, and a display (17) for viewing the state of the device as a function of the selected program. An external power source (33) is provided, with the possibility of using rechargeable cells (35), which are automatically rechargeable and which can be enabled in case of absence of external power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: CLABER S.P.A.
    Inventor: Gian Luigi Spadotto
  • Patent number: 10847939
    Abstract: A reconfigurable modular power station is provided. The power station includes a mounting plate having a plurality of half moon cutouts. Also included is a half moon slot assembly. The half moon cutouts correspond to half moon slots in the half moon slot assembly. Each of the half moon slots include a power wire, a plurality of data wires, and a ground wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventor: Suriyont Mujjalintrakool
  • Patent number: 10774510
    Abstract: An overflow system for determining a level of a liquid to be contained in a container, which comprises a body extending along a longitudinal axis, the body being insertable within the container; and a level sensor unit secured to the body for detecting the level of the liquid along the longitudinal axis of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: MAAX BATH INC.
    Inventors: Charles Kerwin Braddock, Thomas Stuart Debaugh, Ashley Imsand
  • Patent number: 10732068
    Abstract: A system and method for determining a leakage condition of a fluid distribution system in view of a failure to detect a no flow condition at a fluid access point of the fluid distribution system for a pre-established time duration within a pre-established time period longer than the pre-established time duration. The system includes a sensor and optionally a valve, a reporting module and/or a control means. The valve is responsive to commands directing a blockage of flow of fluid. The reporting module may include an alerting module, a messaging module, a cellular phone, and/or an electronic communications network. The control means is coupled with the valve and is enabled to direct the controlling valve to block fluid flow. The control means may be integrated with elements of the reporting module. The leakage condition may be related to a leakage in an inflow direction or alternately in an outflow direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventor: Patrick Patrick Reilly
  • Patent number: 10697628
    Abstract: An illumination device for a faucet includes an opaque base supported above a translucent diffuser. A plurality of light emitters is supported by a substrate intermediate the base and the diffuser, wherein light from the light emitters is transmitted through the diffuser and outwardly to provide a display of substantially uniform light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Delta Faucet Company
    Inventors: Michael Scot Rosko, Joel D. Sawaski
  • Patent number: 10688519
    Abstract: A nozzle apparatus in a distributed system controls the nozzle in the desired direction using a position-controlled motor and is controlled by a computer with pre-recorded or preset patterns. The apparatus may be a fountain apparatus, a sprinkler apparatus, or a pool apparatus where the nozzles of these apparatuses emit a pressurized liquid such as water. The position-controlled motor can be an inexpensive hobby servo, or an elaborate self-contained control system with a servomotor, and a computer commands the desired position of the motor with preset patterns. The preset patterns may have music along with control information of the nozzles, valves, lights, and pumps. An aesthetic water display is produced from the overall systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: Richard Anthony Bishel
  • Patent number: 10647309
    Abstract: A quick service limiting valve includes a housing defining an interior chamber, a brake pipe passageway, and a brake cylinder passageway, a valve member received within the interior chamber of the housing, with the valve member including a body, a first seal, a second seal, and a valve spring. The body of the valve member defines a valve passageway, with the valve member having a first position where the valve passageway allows fluid communication between the brake pipe passageway and the brake cylinder passageway and a second position where the brake pipe passageway is isolated from the brake cylinder passageway. The valve further includes a follower assembly received within the interior chamber of the housing, with the follower assembly including a body, a first check valve, a second check valve, a diaphragm, and a follower spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: WESTINGHOUSE AIR BRAKE TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: William John Potter, Ryan Repko, Edward W. Gaughan
  • Patent number: 10582673
    Abstract: Described herein are several embodiments relating to modular irrigation controllers. In many implementations, the irrigation controllers are modular in that various functional components of the irrigation controller are implemented in removable modules that when inserted into position within the controller, expand the capabilities of the controller. Also described are various different types of expansion modules that may be coupled to the modular controller, having as variety of functions and features, as well as related methods of use and configuration of these modules in the controller. In one implementation, an expansion module is provided that includes a microcontroller capable of sending and receiving data communications to and from a main microcontroller of the controller that executed irrigation programs, the data communications relating to an irrigation program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Rain Bird Corporation
    Inventors: Harvey J. Nickerson, Russel D. Leatherman, Jose Macias Galarza, Bill Merkt
  • Patent number: 10481619
    Abstract: A water management method for controlling at least one operational parameter of at least one water control device, wherein the operational parameter is associated with water used by the water control device, the method comprising the steps of: sending, from an electronic controller of the water control device, operational data associated with the operational parameter to an embedded electronic device; receiving, at the embedded electronic device, the operational data, and developing control data based on the received operational data and sending the control data to the electronic controller; and receiving, at the electronic controller, the control data and controlling the operational parameter of the water control device based on the received control data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignees: Caroma Industries Limited, Micas AG
    Inventors: Steve Cummings, Michael Fritzsche, Mark Ebert
  • Patent number: 10471458
    Abstract: A nozzle apparatus in a distributed system controls the nozzle in the desired direction using a position-controlled motor and is controlled by a computer with pre-recorded or preset patterns. The apparatus may be a fountain apparatus, a sprinkler apparatus, or a pool apparatus where the nozzles of these apparatuses emit a pressurized liquid such as water. The position-controlled motor can be an inexpensive hobby servo, or an elaborate self-contained control system with a servomotor, and a computer commands the desired position of the motor with preset patterns. The preset patterns may have music along with control information of the nozzles, valves, lights, and pumps. An aesthetic water display is produced from the overall systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventor: Richard Anthony Bishel
  • Patent number: 10458570
    Abstract: A valve operating method for a sprinkler system with a plurality of electrical valves is disclosed. The method includes the following steps: receiving a user generated query signal; generating a first set of the control signals to a driving circuit of the plurality of electrical valves of the sprinkler system in response to the query signal; generating a detection signal successive to the first set of the control signals; orderly sending the detection signal to the plurality of solenoid valves; and sensing a voltage level of a sensing terminal of the driving circuit, and obtaining a sensing result accordingly. A first sub-circuit of the driving circuit is disabled in response to the first set of the control signals. The valve control device include electronic parts to implement the above-mentioned steps is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: AEON MATRIX INC.
    Inventor: Ming-Je Tsai
  • Patent number: 10413764
    Abstract: Water mist fire protection systems and methods for the protection of data centers having a raised floor defining an interstitial space beneath the floor. The systems and methods include the location of a plurality of automatic water mist nozzles above and/or beneath the floor to generate a water mist for effectively addressing a fire in the presence of a flow of forced air ventilation through the interstitial space. The systems and methods of water mist fire protection include the interconnection of the automatic water mist nozzles to a water supply to provide for dry pipe or preaction systems and methods. Water mist fire protection of data centers using fire propagating cable is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignees: TYCO FIRE PRODUCTS LP, LPG TECNICAS EN EXTINCION DE INCENDIOS, S.L.
    Inventors: Sean E. Cutting, Alex Palau Bosch
  • Patent number: 10385684
    Abstract: Systems and methods for communicating downhole signals using a mud pulser. The method includes encoding data collected from a downhole sensor as symbols into electrical pulses received by the mud pulser; transmitting the electrical pulses as pressure pulses through using the mud pulser; converting the pressure pulses into full wave pressure signals; processing the full wave pressure signals to recover the symbols; and decoding the symbols to provide the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Pulse Directional Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Antal Soos, Karl Edler, Steve Braisher
  • Patent number: 10380272
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method, computer program product and computing system for management of a pressure pipe network is provided. A processor retrieves a topology model of a pipe network. The processor retrieves one or more measurement expressions of the pressure pipe network. The processor determines a parameter list for a first measurement expression, wherein a first parameter of the parameter list represents a cutting point measurement device. The processor generates a first subsystem of the pipe network based, at least in part on, the first parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Yong Deng Hu, Eoin Lane, Xiao Lv, Jian Wang, Ke Zhang
  • Patent number: 10380274
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method, computer program product and computing system for management of a pressure pipe network is provided. A processor retrieves a topology model of a pipe network. The processor retrieves one or more measurement expressions of the pressure pipe network. The processor determines a parameter list for a first measurement expression, wherein a first parameter of the parameter list represents a cutting point measurement device. The processor generates a first subsystem of the pipe network based, at least in part on, the first parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Yong Deng Hu, Eoin Lane, Xiao Lv, Jian Wang, Ke Zhang
  • Patent number: 10319395
    Abstract: A system and method for predictively generating visual experiences based on streaming audio is disclosed. More specifically, the present invention is directed to systems and apparatus for analyzing streaming audio and predictively mapping the information in the stream to a sequence of visual patterns generated by a lighting system in a manner that induces a perceptual association between the streaming audio and visual patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: LIMBIC MEDIA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Justin Thomas Love, Manjinder Singh Benning, Adam Elliot, Jakob Leben, Gabrielle Odowichuk
  • Patent number: 10260322
    Abstract: A plunger catch assembly for a lubricator includes a catch housing and catch end cap. The catch housing and catch end cap form a dart cylinder and a diaphragm cylinder. The dart cylinder allows a dart positioned at least partially therein to slidingly and selectively extend into the lubricator to catch a plunger. The dart may be coupled to a diaphragm by a spring and spring plate. The plunger catch assembly may be reconfigurable between a pneumatic configuration and a manual configuration. The end cap may include a machine thread for coupling a handle assembly and a pneumatic coupler for coupling a pneumatic line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: PRIORITY ARTIFICIAL LIFT SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel J. Brewer, Roddy W. Simpson, Jr., Joseph E. Kutac, Robert M. Wilkerson
  • Patent number: 10239005
    Abstract: A filter housing of a filter for air, water, fuel, oil or urea-water solution of an internal combustion engine, including: an inlet for fluid to be purified; and an outlet for purified fluid; a hollow filter element including a filter medium for filtering fluid, which surrounds an element interior space with respect to a filter axis, is exchangeably arranged so as to separate the inlet from outlet; wherein the filter housing has at least two housing parts, which can be partly be separated from one another in order to open up an installation opening of the filter housing for the hollow filter element; wherein at least one of the housing parts has connecting tab(s) and at least one other of the housing parts has a tab receptacle(s) adapted to a connecting tab(s) for the insertion of the at least one connecting tab for connecting the housing parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: MANN+HUMMEL GmbH
    Inventor: Pedro Miguel Pereira Madeira
  • Patent number: 10221656
    Abstract: A system and process relating to well fracturing and stimulation operations are provided. The system and process allow for fracturing multiple zones in a wellbore. The system and process provide for introducing a fluid through a plurality of spaced-apart sleeve assemblies wherein each sleeve assembly can be in an operable state which allows the sleeve assembly to be open or closed and can be in a non-operable state which prevents the sleeve assembly from opening or closing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Sagerider, Incorporated
    Inventors: Ryan Barton, Tyler Wall, Stephen Lee Jackson, Ledif Basanta
  • Patent number: 10206342
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide an interface unit interfacing with an irrigation controller, comprising: a housing; a controller configured to instruct an interruption of a watering schedule executed by the irrigation controller, the interruption based on one or both of sensed temperature and sensed rainfall amount, and based on one or both of user entered temperature and rainfall threshold parameters; a switching device coupled with the controller, and configured to cause the interruption in response to signaling from the controller; and a user interface comprising: a plurality of user input devices configured to provide signaling to the controller based upon user's engagement, and configured to allow the user to define the temperature and rainfall threshold parameters; and a user display comprising a display screen; wherein the controller is configured to cause the display screen to display a plurality of pictorial representations that in combination convey whether irrigation is being interrupted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Rain Bird Corporation
    Inventors: David M. Redmond, Michael J. Tennyson, Randall A. Hern, Gerald E. Peterson, David G. Fern
  • Patent number: 10145090
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus, including computer program products, implementing and using techniques for regulating water flow in a pipe. A water flow regulator includes a valve configured to regulate water flow, a power source, a communication module and a processor. The communication module is configured to receive instructions pertaining to water flow regulation over a wireless network and to send instructions to the processor. The instructions are based at least in part on weather data and on the physical location of the water flow regulator. The processor is coupled to the communication module, and is configured to send a control signal to the valve to regulate the water flow in accordance with a received instruction from the communication module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: James C. Fletcher
  • Patent number: 10113491
    Abstract: An actuation system for a valve is disclosed. The actuation system comprises a housing having an end wall. A first piston and a second piston is slidably positioned within the housing. The second piston is positioned between the first piston and the end wall. A piston rod is coupled to the first piston and slidably extends through the second piston and the end wall. The piston rod is configured to be coupled with the valve. A first spring is arranged between the first piston and the second piston. Further, a second spring is arranged between the second piston and the end wall. The first spring and the second spring are configured to bias the valve to a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph J. Stabnik, Malcolm Trimm, Lawrence Chandler, Cormac Quinn, Ryan M Brown, Stephen J. Marshall
  • Patent number: 10092785
    Abstract: In one implementation, a computer-implemented method includes receiving, at a computer system, information that indicates that a fire has been detected in a building and that a fire suppression system within the building has begun dousing the fire; monitoring sensor information from one or more sensors located within the building; determining, by the computer system and based on the sensor information, whether the fire has been extinguished; activating, in response to determining that the fire has been extinguished, a feature to turn off a water supply to the building, the feature being presented on a computing device for a user who is associated with the building; receiving, after activating the feature and from the computing device, a command to turn off the water supply; and transmitting, by the computer system, a control signal that causes an electromechanical device to close a water valve within the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: WWTemplar LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Schmitt, Michael Kramer, Ronak Desai, Randall Kurtz
  • Patent number: 10045451
    Abstract: A lighting control system may include a main lighting controller having an opening therein and a main coupler for connecting to an expansion pack. An expansion pack of the lighting control system may have a connector having an opening therein and an expansion coupler for connecting to the main lighting controller. Junction boxes may be configured to connect to the main lighting controller and expansion pack based on a predetermined distance associated with openings of the main lighting controller and expansion pack. Installation of a combined main lighting controller and expansion pack at a plurality of junction boxes may be coordinated. A method may include combining a main lighting controller and an expansion pack, connecting two or more junction boxes to one another to form an array, and connecting the two or more junction boxes to the main lighting controller and expansion pack in accordance with a predetermined spacing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Universal Lighting Technologies
    Inventors: Rob Mahaffey, John Cavacuiti, John Hung, Audey Korpus, Tony Lee, Tan Ly, Kaveh Malakuti
  • Patent number: 10028453
    Abstract: A pressure indexing valve having an inlet assembly, a timer disk, a plunger assembly, a main body assembly, and an outlet assembly. The inlet assembly has an inlet endcap, a base, and a bypass housing which houses a ball, a ball return spring, and a set screw. The timer disk has flow thru-holes, an upper cam profile, and a lower cam profile. The plunger assembly has a piston, a plunger shaft, holes, and grommets. The main body assembly has a recess inset to receive the timer disk. The inlet assembly is secured onto the main body assembly to house the timer disk, and the plunger assembly. The outlet assembly has outlet passages, and outlet markers. The main body assembly is secured onto the outlet assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: ZAP MOSQUITO SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Keith Donald Brookins
  • Patent number: 10030818
    Abstract: A liquid-flow monitoring device (10) arranged to monitor the flow of liquid in a conduit. The device (10) comprises sampling means (20), processing means (30) and data storage means (40). The sampling means is arranged to receive data substantially continuously from a sensor (12) indicative of at least one variable sensed by the sensor (12) indicative of fluid flow in a conduit and to sample the data to produce a stream of sampled data. The processing means (30) is arranged to process the stream of sampled data to extract at least one sub-sampled stream therefrom, the sub-sampled stream comprising a plurality of data sets, each data set being a statistical subset of the stream of sampled data over a respective data-set period. The data storage means (40) is arranged to store the at least one sub-sampled stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: IMPERIAL INNOVATIONS LIMITED
    Inventors: Asher John Hoskins, Ivan Iordanov Stoianov
  • Patent number: 10016643
    Abstract: A hydro fire mitigation system is provided that is associated with a structure. The system employs a number of sensors that detect an oncoming fire, which directs a controller to initiate fluid flow through a number of sprinklers. The system is fully autonomous and does not require municipal water or power during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: WAVEGUARD CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael H. Smith, Randy Lang, Ken DiPaolo
  • Patent number: 10006550
    Abstract: A plug member of gas valve has an axial bore, a first bore, and a second bore, wherein the first bore and the second bore are located in a radial direction of the plug member, and communicate with the axial bore, respectively. A diameter of the first bore is larger than that of the second bore. A first guiding slot and at least one first oil groove are recessed into the outer peripheral surface of the plug member, wherein the first guiding slot has a first end communicating with the first bore, and a second end near the second bore without physically communicating with the second end. The at least one first oil groove is near the second end of the first guiding slot without physically communicating with the first guiding slot or the second bore. Whereby, the first oil groove provides space for receiving lubricant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: GRAND MATE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chung-Chin Huang, Chin-Ying Huang, Hsin-Ming Huang, Hsing-Hsiung Huang, Yen-Jen Yeh
  • Patent number: 9976370
    Abstract: A dump bailer actuator mechanism is disposed in a dump bailer having an elongated body and a longitudinal bore therethrough. The actuator mechanism has a collet rod which is moved longitudinally between a first, lower position and a second, upper position, by an electric motor turning a threaded shaft, on which rides a nut assembly connected to a push rod, which in turn contacts the collet rod. In the first, lower position, the collet rod keeps the collet fingers of a collet finger assembly, which have external shoulders, engaged with a shoulder profile within the bore of the main body. A weight bar assembly is attached to the collet finger assembly. When the collet rod is moved to the second, upper position, the collet fingers disengage from the profile, and the weight bar assembly is moved forcefully downward, striking a swab piston and forcing cement out of the dump bailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Inventor: Michael Wayne Boleyn, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9976290
    Abstract: The present invention provides an electronic plumbing fixture fitting with a flow module, such as an electronic faucet with a flow module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Moen Incorporated
    Inventors: Kenneth E. Evans, Sanjeev S. Moghe
  • Patent number: 9951733
    Abstract: A plug-in pump includes a cylinder and a pump housing, wherein the cylinder has a cavity in which a movable piston is accommodated, wherein a first end of the piston delimits a pump chamber, and a second end of the piston is connected to a drive device for the piston. An inlet valve is arranged in the cylinder, which inlet valve connects the pump chamber to a feed line for a first fluid, and an outlet valve connects the pump chamber to an outlet. The pump housing has a cavity that forms a first chamber connected to a feed line for the first fluid, and at least one second chamber which is separated from the first chamber and which is connected to a fluid system of a second fluid. The first chamber is fluidically sealed off with respect to the second chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Ngoc-Tam Vu, Uwe Nigrin
  • Patent number: 9939299
    Abstract: By monitoring pressure transients in a liquid within a liquid distribution system using only a single sensor, events such as the opening and closing of valves at specific fixtures are readily detected. The sensor, which can readily be coupled to a faucet bib, transmits an output signal to a computing device. Each such event can be identified by the device based by comparing characteristic features of the pressure transient waveform with previously observed characteristic features for events in the system. These characteristic features, which can include the varying pressure, derivative, and real Cepstrum of the pressure transient waveform, can be used to select a specific fixture where a valve open or close event has occurred. Flow to each fixture and leaks in the system can also be determined from the pressure transient signal. A second sensor disposed at a point disparate from the first sensor provides further event information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
    Inventors: Shwetak N. Patel, James A. Fogarty, Jon E. Froehlich, Eric C. Larson
  • Patent number: 9908812
    Abstract: A lime slaker system for converting quicklime to a lime slurry includes: a lime feeder; a base slaker that includes a slaking chamber and a dilution chamber; a grit remover; and a modular water panel with a piping assembly in fluid communication with at least the base slaker and grit remover. The modular water panel is configured to independently control water distributed to the slaking compartment, the dilution chamber, and the grit remover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Integrity Municipal Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Roop C. Jain, Robert R. Arseneau, Kyle A. Lindberg
  • Patent number: 9862618
    Abstract: The water treatment system, particularly reverse-osmosis system, comprising a water line with a plurality of filter stages, is characterized in that before and after at least one filter stage a respective line branches off from the water line, which is provided with a valve adapted to be switched by a control device and leads to a pressure sensor device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Vivonic GmbH
    Inventor: Manfred Volker
  • Patent number: 9804113
    Abstract: A soil moisture sensor includes a capacitive probe configured to be inserted into soil, a series RLC circuit electrically coupled to the capacitive probe, a microcontroller configured to determine the capacitance value of the soil and determine the moisture content of the soil from the capacitance value of the soil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Fiskars Oyj Abp
    Inventors: Hari Hara Kumaran, Vibha Tomar
  • Patent number: 9756989
    Abstract: A system and method for dispensing hand cleaning fluid material including a dispenser with a rechargeable battery powered by a solar generator, a remote electrically powered light source spaced from the dispenser directing light onto the solar panel of the dispenser and a control mechanism controlling the operation of the light source in relation to the status and operation of the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: OP-Hygiene IP GmbH
    Inventors: Heiner Ophardt, Andrew Jones
  • Patent number: 9715223
    Abstract: A scent delivery system includes scent delivery units that are configured to deliver scent at a variable scent level by being turned on and off successively according to a variable duty cycle. The scent delivery units are associated with corresponding base scent settings. The scent delivery system also includes a central controller configured to control the scent delivery units by generating command data based on a scenting schedule that indicates a desired activation time for more than one implicated scent delivery unit. The scenting schedule is configured to further indicate a scent level bias to be applied to the base scent settings that are associated with different of the implicated scent delivery units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: SCENTAIR TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: John Thurston Chandler, Chad Alan Morton
  • Patent number: 9586067
    Abstract: Systems and methods for mitigating the risk of and/or suppressing fires caused by lithium battery-powered personal computing devices used on the flight deck or in crew and passenger compartments onboard an aircraft. A fire detection and suppression pack is attached to a lithium-ion battery-powered portable personal computing device. The fire detection and suppression pack has a weight and volume consistent with and does not impair the use of the portable personal computing device. The fire detection and suppression pack is a full-time fire suppression system that is on hot standby at all times, independent of the computing device's power mode. The fire detection and suppression pack uses gases stored in canisters to provide cool-down, displacement suppressant to control and extinguish any fire source and associated burnable fuel required to sustain the fire event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: David W. Kirkbride
  • Patent number: 9528253
    Abstract: A controller assembly for an automatic flush valve provides economical approach to transforming a manual flush valve into an automatic flush valve. The controller assembly includes a base for holding a battery set and a sensor into a combination, and a cap covering the combination. A solenoid valve and a membrane below the combination are receiving in a socket of a foundation. A ring is rotatably mounted around a bottom of the foundation. A sleeve passing the cap is mounted around the foundation and stands on the ring. The ring allows the controller assembly to be easily assembled with a valve body of any type into an automatic flush valve or to be easily removed from the automatic flush valve and replaced by a manual controller assembly so as to form a manual flush valve. Thereby, the transformation can be economical accomplished without replacing the existing valve body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Flushtech Corporation
    Inventor: Bin-Han Huang
  • Patent number: 9518445
    Abstract: An isolation valve for use in a wellbore includes: a housing; a piston longitudinally movable relative to the housing; a flapper carried by the piston for operation between an open position and a closed position, the flapper operable to isolate an upper portion of a bore of the valve from a lower portion of the bore in the closed position; an opener connected to the housing for opening the flapper; and an abutment configured to receive the flapper in the closed position, thereby retaining the flapper in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Weatherford Technology Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Joe Noske
  • Patent number: 9293774
    Abstract: A fluid supply system includes a tank, a shutoff valve, a fluid fill channel, a fluid supply channel, a fill detector, a pressure detector, and a controller. The shutoff valve includes a shared channel to enable fluid to flow from a fill hole to the tank and to flow from the tank to a fluid usage device. The pressure detector is provided in the fluid supply channel. The controller is configured to output a close instruction to the shutoff valve and configured to execute a processing to determine open valve malfunctions in the shutoff valve based on changes in pressure values which are input from the pressure detector. The controller stops the processing to determine open valve malfunctions when the fill detector detects that the fluid supply system is in the supplying state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Saneto Asano, Koichi Takaku, Koichi Kato, Taneaki Miura, Hiroyasu Ozaki
  • Patent number: 9081389
    Abstract: A water flow control device (27) that may, for example, deliver water to a domestic dwelling (10). The device (27) includes a plurality of valves, which may include three valves (12, 13, 14). The valves (12, 13) are connected to an outlet conduit (16) by means of a flow restriction device (15). The valves (12, 13, 14) are electronically operated and are controlled by a programmable logic controller (PLC) (17).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Premier-Fosters (Australia) Pty Limited
    Inventor: Geoffrey Frederick Foster
  • Patent number: 9010359
    Abstract: The safety protection device contains a control unit, a transmission unit, and a throttle unit. The control method contains the following steps: step A: setting a condition parameter X of the control unit; step B: engaging the safety protection device into an operational mode; step C: determining if an external condition X0 satisfies the condition parameter X; if yes, continuing to the step D; otherwise, returning to the step B; and step D: turning off the throttle unit through the transmission unit driven by the control unit. A valve is configured inside the throttle unit and connected to a base through a driving device and to the transmission unit. The control unit contains an energy storage/release device configured on the throttle unit. A moveable block is configured inside the energy storage/release device. The transmission unit, together with the block, controls the open and close of the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Chun-Hsien Lee
  • Publication number: 20150086338
    Abstract: The present application provides a control valve actuator cooling system for providing a flow of cooling air to a control valve actuator. The control valve actuator cooling system may include a pressurized air source with the flow of cooling air, an air timing valve system, and a cooling air discharge port positioned about the control valve actuator such that the air timing valve system provides the flow of cooling air to the control valve actuator on an intermittent basis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Jose Francisco Aguilar
  • Patent number: 8978582
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for stimulating an udder during milking, made up of a housing with a first connection (350, 351) and a second connection (352, 353), which housing can be grasped by a hand. The first connection connects the housing to a pulsator and the second connection connects the housing to a teat cup. A throttle valve (305, 306) is interposed between the first connection and the second connection. A control device (309) is housed in the housing and is adapted to bring the throttle valve, after a defined duration, from a partially open to an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Lactocorder AG
    Inventor: Tilman Hoefelmayr
  • Patent number: 8967192
    Abstract: A water rationing device that controls and manages municipal household water usage including a signal conveying wired pipe having electrically conductive wires, a flow sensor coupled to the signal conveying wired pipe, a flow gauge, a first and a second control valve coupled to the signal conveying wired pipe, a first and a second pipe connector having push connectors, a converter connected to the electrically conductive wires via the push connectors, a power supply connected to the converter, and a first and a second transceiver connected to a controller that receives the water flow signal from the water flow gauge, sends and receives control signals to the first control valve and the second control valve, and sends and receives signals from the first and second transceiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Yousef Dhani Alonazy
  • Publication number: 20150053288
    Abstract: A water timer is revealed. The water timer includes a base assembly, a valve assembly and a display module. The base assembly consists of a first housing and a second housing. The valve assembly having a conducting tube and a valve member is for turning on or off water supply. The display module is composed of a first space, a circuit board, an input member, and a rectangular column connected to t first space and used for receiving a battery box. The water timer features on that the display module is arranged with an integrated rectangular column used for receiving a battery box and the display module is locked on the first housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: YUAN-MEI CORP.
    Inventor: CHI-HAN CHENG