Level Or Overflow Responsive Patents (Class 141/198)
  • Patent number: 10351407
    Abstract: An enhanced bottle filler assembly for filling bottles with a liquid from a pressurized vessel into an unpressurized vessel. In a preferred embodiment a molded body has a fitting housing and a grip formed perpendicular to one another. A grip passage interposing the grip, a valve actuator interposing the grip passage, a housing passage interposing the fitting housing, wherein said housing passage is fluidly connected to the grip passage. Two tubes are placed inside each other forming an annulus where a compressed gas can be forced to the bottom of a vessel to purge the vessel of oxygen. A sealing mechanism allows a liquid to flow into the bottle when trigger is pulled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: John Blichmann
  • Patent number: 10207910
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing assembly, including a valve, a housing, a user interface, and a fitting to couple to a fluid source. The valve may include a first sensor detecting proper placement of the fluid container based on a magnetic material positioned at the bottom of the fluid container, a plunger having a plunger shaft coupled thereto, the plunger selectively placing the valve in fluid communication with the fluid container, and a solenoid coupled to the plunger shaft and moving the plunger shaft to transition the plunger between an open position and a closed position. The user interface may be coupled to the valve to enable selection of at least a fluid container size and a dispensing mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: GrinOn Industries
    Inventor: Joshua Springer
  • Patent number: 10196159
    Abstract: A filling needle for filling a container with a fluid, in particular a pharmaceutical or cosmetic fluid, having a housing that extends along a longitudinal axis and has an inlet opening and an outlet opening, having a core element arranged within the housing so as to be displaceable between an opening position and a closure position, having a plunger element coupled to the core element that closes and opens the outlet opening, and having an actuating arrangement for the displacement of the core element between the opening position and the closure position. The core element has at least one core magnet, wherein the actuating arrangement is arranged outside the housing and has at least one actuating magnet, and wherein core actuating magnets are arranged such that they interact with an attractive action and the core element and the actuating arrangement are displaceable jointly parallel to the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Groninger GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Ralf Glock, Johannes Schuhmacher
  • Patent number: 10189693
    Abstract: A filling element for filling containers includes a liquid valve disposed to control flow into the container. The valve has an elastic diaphragm and a valve surface. An actuator causes the diaphragm to transition between a first state, in which it butts against the valve surface, and a second state, in which it is spaced apart from the valve surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Bernd Bruch, Andreas Fahldieck
  • Patent number: 10173880
    Abstract: A filling system includes filling elements, each of which has a channel formed in its housing. During filling, filling material, under a liquid valve's control, passes through the channel and exits through an opening and into a container held on a vertically displaceable container carrier. During pressure filling, the container carrier seals the container against the filling element. During cleaning and sterilization, rinsing caps seal each opening. Each filling element is associated with an extension that seals the outlet. Each extension has a filling-material through-passage that, when the extension is sealed against said outlet, extends the filling-material channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Niehr, Jürgen Franz Vorwerk
  • Patent number: 10173521
    Abstract: A tube extends through an attachment section and defines a vapor passageway. A housing is supported to the attachment section for movement between several positions relative to the attachment section. The housing defines a float chamber below the tube. A valve seat portion is located within the float chamber and has an engagement part, a sleeve part and a seat surface. The engagement part is connected to the housing. The sleeve part telescopically engages the tube and is movable along the tube with the housing. The valve seat portion defines a central bore open to the vapor passageway and the seat surface. The float moves within the float chamber. When to fluid enters the float chamber the float floats up against the seat surface closing off the central bore and the vapor passageway. In the absence of fluid the float moves downward exposing the seat surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Flynn, Jason Easter
  • Patent number: 10060822
    Abstract: An inter-flap space 36 between an outside flap 24 and an inside flap 44 of a filler pipe 16 is placed in communication with the inside of a fuel tank 14 using a communication pipe 62, and an open and close valve 64 is provided to the communication pipe 62. Further provided are a pressure reduction pump 82 that depressurizes the fuel tank 14, an internal tank pressure sensor 68 that detects an internal tank pressure of the fuel tank 14, and a controller that controls opening and closing of the open and close valve 64 and driving of the pressure reduction pump 82, and that determines an outside flap seal state of the outside flap 24 based on the internal tank pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shuichi Aso
  • Patent number: 9976291
    Abstract: A fluid delivery apparatus includes a spout, an ultrasonic sensor, and a capacitive sensor. The ultrasonic sensor is configured to detect the presence of a user adjacent the spout when enabled. The capacitive sensor is configured to define a capacitance sensing field in an area near the spout and also to detect a presence of a user. A controller is coupled to the capacitive sensor and the ultrasonic sensor. The controller is programmed to detect the presence of a user in the capacitance sensing field based on an output signal from the capacitance sensor. The controller is also programmed to enable the ultrasonic sensor in response to detecting the presence of the user in the capacitance sensing field with the capacitive sensor, thereby reducing the amount of power used by the ultrasonic sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Delta Faucet Company
    Inventors: Joel D. Sawaski, Kyle R. Davidson, Kent Rittenhouse
  • Patent number: 9969605
    Abstract: There is disclosed a high pressure dispensing nozzle for providing cryogenic fuel such as liquid natural gas (LNG) from a source to a filling receptacle, such as on a vehicle. The nozzle has a gun-style nozzle construction and a plurality of jaw members provided near a distal end for locking engagement with the filling receptacle. The nozzle further has a movable internal poppet to establish a fuel passageway through the nozzle for delivery of fuel therethrough. Two different triggers enable separate steps of locking of the nozzle onto the filling receptacle and initiating gas flow for ease of use. The two steps may also me combined and actuated by a single trigger. One nozzle disclosed includes a safety button for dispersing residual gas in the nozzle prior to disengagement to help avoid injury to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: ACD, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Geipel, Sam Safi
  • Patent number: 9973710
    Abstract: A sensor arrangement for a forage harvester. The sensor arrangement includes a frame, a CCD or CMOS camera mounted to the frame in a first position, and a time-of-flight camera mounted to the frame in a second position. The CCD or CMOS camera is mounted to the frame in the first position such that, when a filling wagon is located with respect to the forage harvester in a filling position, a first image of at least a portion of the filling wagon is capturable by the first camera. The time-of-flight camera is mounted to the frame in the second position such that, when the filling wagon is located with respect to the forage harvester in the filling position, a second image of a segment of the portion is capturable by the second camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Joachim Boydens, Bart M. A. Missotten, Pieter Vanysacker, Karel M. C. Viaene
  • Patent number: 9970807
    Abstract: Climate control devices and methods are disclosed. A climate control device includes a housing, an ultrasonic emitter, an ultrasonic receiver, and a controller. The housing defines a receptacle for receiving liquid. The ultrasonic emitter is positioned to emit an ultrasonic wave toward a surface of the liquid received in the receptacle. The ultrasonic receiver is positioned to receive the ultrasonic wave after the ultrasonic wave reflects off of the surface of the liquid. The controller is configured to provide a liquid level indication based on the ultrasonic wave received by the ultrasonic receiver. A climate control method includes receiving liquid in the receptacle, emitting an ultrasonic wave toward a surface of the liquid in the receptacle, receiving at least a portion of the ultrasonic wave after the ultrasonic wave reflects off of the surface of the liquid, and providing a liquid level indication based on the received ultrasonic wave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Essick Air Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Thomas
  • Patent number: 9932216
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing system includes a control system electrically connected with a beverage dispenser, a proximity sensor, and a touch-sensitive display. The control system causes the touch-sensitive display to display an advertising state when the proximity sensor indicates a user is not present at the beverage dispensing system and a beverage selection state when the proximity sensor indicates a user is present. The control system further causes the touch-sensitive display to display a pour state after a beverage choice selection is made through the touch sensitive display during the display of the beverage selection state. The control system still further causes the beverage dispenser to deliver the beverage choice after a pour request is made through the touch sensitive display during the display of the pour state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Lancer Corporation
    Inventors: George E. Hernandez, Jeremiah A. Hong
  • Patent number: 9908765
    Abstract: A method for distributing product using a consumer refillable packaging in a retail environment comprises manufacturing a liquid product at a point of manufacture. The liquid product is then transferred to a retail location in a refillable canister, which is mounted in a storage room as part of a delivery subsystem for communicating the liquid product from the storage room to a refill station in a retail floor space. Consumers operate the refill station to refill a refillable container with the liquid product from the canister in the storage room via the refill station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: C.H.& I. Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence M. Levenstein, Eric A. Williams
  • Patent number: 9868552
    Abstract: A fluid transfer system includes a multi-jointed robot which is capable of transferring a vial and a syringe, and a syringe driving apparatus. The syringe driving apparatus includes a cylinder body holder which holds a cylinder body of the syringe, an actuator which pulls and pushes a plunger of the syringe, and a rotation mechanism configured to make the cylinder body holder and the actuator freely rotatable about an axial line intersecting with a center axial line of the syringe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA DENKI
    Inventors: Kenji Matsukuma, Kenichi Tachibana, Fumiaki Furusawa, Makoto Umeno
  • Patent number: 9868553
    Abstract: A fluid transfer system includes a multi-jointed robot, a syringe actuator configured to pull and push a plunger of a syringe, and a controller. The controller performs control of the multi-jointed robot so as to reverse a vertical relation between the vial and the syringe in a state where a vial containing a liquid is disposed on a lower side of the syringe and a needle of the syringe punctures the vial, and control of the syringe actuator so as to absorb a liquid in the vial into the syringe by pulling the plunger in a state where the vial is disposed on an upper side of the syringe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA DENKI
    Inventors: Kenji Matsukuma, Kenichi Tachibana, Fumiaki Furusawa, Makoto Umeno
  • Patent number: 9862584
    Abstract: A method for processing containers includes introducing flushing gas into a container's interior while the interior remains connected to a vacuum source, and adjusting flow of the flushing gas and an underpressure of the vacuum source such that, while flushing gas flows through the interior, a flushing pressure in the interior lies between 0.46 and 0.9 bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Ludwig Clüsserath
  • Patent number: 9841227
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a main body having a storage chamber, a door opening or closing the storage chamber, and a dispenser provided at the door. The dispenser includes a dispenser housing that is recessed backward into the door to define a container accommodation space. A control panel unit includes a display part and a dispensing mode selection part. An image corresponding to the dispensing mode selected through the dispensing mode selection part is displayed on the display part as a moving picture by a control from a controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jungyeon Hwang, Jiyoung Park, Eunjoo Lee, Kyukwan Choi, Boram Lee
  • Patent number: 9840343
    Abstract: A robot system includes a multi-jointed robot, a syringe actuator which pulls and pushes a plunger of a syringe having a needle; and a controller which controls the multi jointed robot to handle a vessel storing a liquid and the syringe and controls the syringe actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA DENKI
    Inventors: Kenichi Tachibana, Fumiaki Furusawa, Makoto Umeno
  • Patent number: 9744816
    Abstract: A wheel mounted control assembly receives therethrough the tire valve stem from an air maintenance tire. A control assembly regulator controls a flow of air to and from a tire-mounted air pumping tube. The control assembly includes a bi-directional air distribution flow control system having multiple parallel air pathways, each air pathway coupled to a respective conduit connected to an air pumping tube mounted within a tire sidewall. The pathways alternatively operate to deliver ambient non-pressurized air to the air pumping tube in response to directional tire rotation against a ground surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventor: Cheng-Hsiung Lin
  • Patent number: 9689579
    Abstract: A dehumidifier includes an improved structure of a water tank in order to enhance convenience in use of the water tank. The dehumidifier includes: a main body to form an external appearance of the dehumidifier, and including an air entrance and an air exit; a heat exchanger in which refrigerant to exchange heat with air coming through the air entrance circulates; and a water tank configured to store condensed water formed when the air come through the air entrance exchanges heat with the refrigerant, wherein the water tank includes: a storage space formed in the water tank to store the condensed water, and a handle coupled to the water tank at one side of the water tank, and inclined toward the other side of the water tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hee Soo Jung, Seong Ryeol Myeong, Je Woo Bang
  • Patent number: 9671156
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a main body having a storage chamber, a door opening or closing the storage chamber, and a dispenser provided at the door. The dispenser includes a dispenser housing that is recessed backward into the door to define a container accommodation space. A control panel unit includes a display part and a dispensing mode selection part. An image corresponding to the dispensing mode selected through the dispensing mode selection part is displayed on the display part as a moving picture by a control from a controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jungyeon Hwang, Jiyoung Park, Eunjoo Lee, Kyukwan Choi, Boram Lee
  • Patent number: 9587973
    Abstract: A fluid level detection device comprising an elongated shaft having a plurality of sensors and associated switches on a distal end thereof. The distal end of the shaft extends into a liquid reservoir with the switches configured to detect multiple predetermined fluid levels. The first fluid level detected is a warning level indicating that the level of fluid in the reservoir is low and results in a warning indication. The second fluid level detected is for a shutoff threshold that results in shutdown of the device using the fluid in the reservoir and a shutdown indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: RELIABLE PUMP STOP, INC.
    Inventor: Matthew D. Kouri, Sr.
  • Patent number: 9517441
    Abstract: Systems and methods of beverage dispensing include a dispensing unit, at least one diluent source, and at least one flavoring source. An amount of beverage product to dispense is calculated and a beverage product including at least one diluent and at least one flavoring is dispensed. An actual diluent-to-flavoring ratio is calculated based upon at least one value from the sensing unit during the dispense of the beverage product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Cornelius, Inc.
    Inventors: Thaddeus M. Jablonski, Richard Schultz, David K. Njaastad
  • Patent number: 9466088
    Abstract: A fully-automated system suitable for use in a hospital setting for filling patient-specific liquid prescriptions to be administered by oral syringes on a just-in-time basis. The system enables hospital pharmacists to simplify and streamline their task, increasing the number of prescriptions that can be filled in a day, improving patient safety and care by minimizing medication errors and the consequences that ensue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: National Instrument, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas J Perazzo, Robert A Rosen, John G Grosskopf, Jr., Mark Bennett, John M Chopper
  • Patent number: 9429460
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for filling at least one liquid into at least one cavity. The method comprises filling a predetermined filling volume of the at least one liquid into the at least one cavity and determining if the liquid in the at least one cavity reaches a first liquid level in the at least one cavity. Filling the predetermined filling volume of the at least one liquid and the determining if the first level has not been reached, is repeated until enough volume of the at least one liquid has been added to the cavity or if the first level has been reached. The predetermined filling volume is equal to or smaller than a buffer volume above the first liquid level in the at least one cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: STRATEC Biomedical AG
    Inventor: Martin Trump
  • Patent number: 9408347
    Abstract: An agricultural harvester is provided with a pivotable discharge elbow that conveys picked-up and processed crop into a transport container of a transport vehicle. An electro-optical device is correlated with the discharge elbow. An electronic evaluation and control processing unit is connected to the electro-optical device and processes signals received from the electro-optical device to effect an automatic targeted control of the crop stream into the transport container based on the processed signals. The electro-optical device is a 3D laser scanner provided with a 2D laser scanner and a pivot unit that pivots the 2D laser scanner about an approximately horizontal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Maschinenfabrik Bernard Krone GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Menke, Bernd Schniederbruns, Lars Ambrosy, Rainer Hory
  • Patent number: 9388920
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a vent tube apparatus, system and methods incorporating a traceable material such as a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag for use in conjunction with a filling machine during container filling operations for a quicker and more accurate detection of the location of the vent tube after it has become detached from a filling machine during filling operations, and to increase the safety of the filling operation and reduce costs and time when a malfunction occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Dorcia, LLC
    Inventors: Grant Cook, Daniel Namie
  • Patent number: 9383134
    Abstract: An apparatus, method and system for sensing parameters related to water and/or ice being dispensed from a dispensing station of a refrigerated appliance is disclosed. The dispensing system includes a sensing system positionable at the dispensing station at the point of dispension for liquid and/or ice to sense a parameter related to dispensed water and/or ice and produce a sensing signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Grant J. Devilbiss, Jonathan C. Valentine, Tiemen T. Van Dillen
  • Patent number: 9334149
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing system comprising a dispensing device including a dispensing valve for dispensing a beverage, an actuator for initiating the dispensing of said beverage through said valve, a display screen having a user interface being coupled to said dispensing device, wireless communication electronics coupled to said beverage dispensing system and adapted to communicate with a wireless transponder and a controller functionally connected to said at least one dispensing valve, said display screen and said wireless communication electronics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: ValidFill LLC
    Inventor: Peter Dorney
  • Patent number: 9238865
    Abstract: A vapor deposition method and apparatus including at least two vessels containing a same first source chemical. A controller is programmed to simultaneously pulse to the reaction space doses or pulses of a gas from the vessels, each of the doses having a substantially consistent concentration of the first source chemical. The apparatus may also include at least two vessels containing a same second source chemical. The controller can be programmed to simultaneously pulse to the reaction space doses or pulses of a gas from the vessels containing the second source chemical, each of the doses having a substantially consistent concentration of the second source chemical. The second source chemical can be pulsed to the reaction space after the reaction space is purged of an excess of the first source chemical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: ASM IP HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Christophe Pomarede, Eric Shero, Mohith Verghese, Jan Willem Maes, Chang-Gong Wang
  • Patent number: 9227830
    Abstract: The present application provides an automated beverage dispenser for dispensing a beverage and ice into a cup. The automated beverage dispenser may include an ice dispensing station with an ice auger and a weight sensor, a beverage dispensing station, and a control device. The control device instructs the ice auger to fill the cup with a predetermined amount of ice and instructs the beverage dispensing station to fill the cup with a predetermined amount of the beverage in response to a weight of the cup as determined by the weight sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: THE COCA-COLA COMPANY
    Inventors: Andrew Mark Angus, Kenneth Andrew Nicoll, Mark David Rob, Sean Pickett, Mark Brian Dockrill, Ravisha Sellahewa, Stephen Houghton, Scott Alexander Anderson
  • Patent number: 9212040
    Abstract: Methods and systems directed to dispensing fluids, such as beverages, using wireless technology are provided. Aspects relate to a container, such as a beverage cup, having a wireless transceiver configured to transmit and/or receive wireless signals to a second wireless transceiver associated with a dispenser. The wireless transceiver may be configured to transmit electronic signals indicative that the container is validated to receive a beverage and whether it is properly located to receive the beverage from a valve of the dispenser. Further aspects of the invention relate to a beverage dispensing system having a wireless transceiver. In one embodiment, the dispenser is configured to receive a return signal from a container indicative that the container is validated to receive a beverage and whether the container is properly located to receive a beverage from a valve of the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: William W. Segiet, Alex L. Gray, Fernando A. Ubidia, Aaron M. Stein, John F. Lewis
  • Patent number: 9090157
    Abstract: A system for preventing overflow in a storage tank which is fillable via a nozzle includes a nozzle receiver configured to fit within a fill passage of a storage tank. The system further includes at least one seal disposed in the nozzle receiver configured to seal the nozzle within the nozzle receiver. The system has a first passage and a second passage. The first passage is configured to fit at least partially within the fill passage of a storage tank and receive at least a portion of a flow of liquid from the nozzle. The second passage is in communication with the first passage. The system also includes a valve having a first position that directs liquid to flow through the first passage and a second position that directs liquid to flow through the second passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Myers Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Steve Burkholder
  • Patent number: 9046464
    Abstract: A device for detecting at least one substance of a fluid, has a piezoacoustic thin film resonator with a piezoelectric layer on which electrode layers are arranged, and an adsorption surface for adsorbing the fluid substance, wherein the piezoelectric and electrode layers and the adsorption surface are designed and arranged on each other such that by electrically activating the electrode layers, an excitation alternating field can be coupled into the piezoelectric layer. The thin film resonator can be excited to a resonance oscillation frequency fR which depends on an amount of the substance adsorbed on the adsorption surface because of an excitation alternating field coupled into the piezoelectric layer. An electrical insulating layer is arranged directly on a side of one of the electrode layers facing away from the piezoelectric layer. Particularly advantageous is the combination of an aluminum electrode layer and a silicon dioxide insulating layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Thomas Huber, Martin Nirschl, Dana Pitzer, Matthias Schreiter
  • Patent number: 9038678
    Abstract: A reductant fill system is provided. A reductant tank is configured to store a reductant. A receiver is configured to receive a supply of the reductant from an off-board reservoir. A first valve is in communication with the reductant tank and is configured to control a reductant flow into the reductant tank. A reductant supply line is in fluid communication with the receiver. The reductant supply line is configured to provide the reductant flow to the first valve. The reductant level sensor is configured to generate a signal based on a level of reductant in the reductant tank. A controller is communicably coupled to the reductant level sensor. The controller is configured to purge a stranded reductant in the reductant supply line, based on the signal generated by the reductant level sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Cameron J. Wright, Christopher M. Gruel
  • Patent number: 9027609
    Abstract: A controlled environment enclosure is disclosed. The enclosure has a tank with a lid, wherein the lid and tank are capable of creating a sealed enclosure. The enclosure also has a fluid filling inlet for introduction of a filling fluid into the tank, a fluid sensor for detecting a fluid other than the filling fluid, and a controller connected to the fluid sensor and the fluid filling inlet for selectively allowing the filling of the enclosure by the filling fluid through the fluid filling inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: John R. Pease
  • Patent number: 9022080
    Abstract: A communication device or auxiliary ECU is activated when a fuel door of a fuel cell vehicle is open. Upon closing the fuel door, the communication device/ECU is shut off. The communication device/auxiliary ECU is operational regardless of whether the keys in the vehicle or not. This assures that communication of information can occur when a refueling station is most likely to request the information, i.e. when the fuel door is open. A temperature measurement device may monitor a vehicle tank temperature, communicate the tank temperature data to a filling station, and confirm that the tank temperature data is associated with the tank being filled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: David W. Cun, Ryan Douglas Roy Harty
  • Patent number: 9004117
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment can be inflator having an integrated compressor and carry handle. The compressor can include a housing having a top surface contoured to form at least a first portion of a first container holder. The carry handle can he foldable between a first upright carry position and a second folded position wherein the carry handle lies flush with a top surface of the compressor housing. The carry handle can include an inner grasping area contoured to form at least a second portion of the first container holder when the carry handle is in the folded position and wherein the carry handle second portion of the first container holder is complementary to the compressor housing first portion of the first container holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Ethan T. Stansbury, Brandt A. Haener, Brendan P. Kelso
  • Patent number: 9004115
    Abstract: A dispensing system includes a detection device and a dispenser configured to dispense at least one of ice and a liquid. The detection device is configured to detect a container positioned with respect to the dispenser and generate a first signal representative of the container position. The dispensing system also includes a controller coupled to the detection device and the dispenser. The controller is configured to determine a stability of the container and activate the dispenser to dispense at least one of an amount of the ice and an amount of the liquid into the container based on the first signal and the determined stability of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Andrew Reinhard Krause, Lorina June White
  • Patent number: 8997803
    Abstract: A dispensing system is provided that includes a vessel having a base portion with an aperture, and a dispenser containing a control system. The dispensing system controls the flow of a liquid into the vessel to provide for a rapid fill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Manitowoc Foodservice Companies, LLC
    Inventors: Barry Fallon, Paul Hanniffy
  • Patent number: 8968812
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing a liquid mixed product from at least one liquid base component and at least one liquid additive, which is added to the base component in a metered manner, wherein the at least one liquid additive is metered into the base component depending on the amount of the mixed product removed from the mixing chamber (2.3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Klaus Ehrlinger
  • Patent number: 8967181
    Abstract: An exhaust after-treatment system associated with a diesel engine includes a diesel exhaust fluid storage unit. The storage unit includes a diesel exhaust fluid tank and a vent system coupled to the tank and configured to regulate flow of air into the tank and fluid vapor out of the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Stant USA Corp.
    Inventors: Paul C. Wetzel, Jason M. Crawford
  • Patent number: 8955561
    Abstract: A refilling system for use in refilling a container with a fluid from a fluid source. The container having an air space above a fluid space. The fluid having a fluid level within the container. The refilling system comprising: a pilot-operated fluid flow control valve fluidly connected with a fluid level sensor via a pressure line and a bleed line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: SpillX LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Mitrovich, Matt Molz, Matt Campbell
  • Patent number: 8955562
    Abstract: A filling element for filling systems for filling bottles or similar containers (2) with a hot liquid product, comprising a liquid channel (14, 15), which is formed in the filling element (1), has a filling valve (9) and forms at least one discharge opening, via which, by controlled opening and closing of the liquid valve (9), the liquid product can be introduced into the respective container (2) that has been raised towards the filling element (1) in a lifting movement, and comprising at least one flow path (16, 17, 18), which is formed in the liquid valve (1) and, for heating the filling element (1), can be connected to a hot circulation of the liquid product, characterized in that control means (5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Dieter-Rudolf Krulitsch
  • Patent number: 8950427
    Abstract: A water transport system comprising a first container, a second container, a mechanical connector fixing the first and second containers to each other and/or a towing vehicle, and a control device. The water transport system may be used in a method of water management for recreational vehicles (RV), trailers, or motor homes. The water transport system may be sized and configured to fit in a bed of the towing vehicle used for towing the RV, trailer, or motor home. The second container may be coupled to a macerator pump of the RV, trailer, or motor home to receive wastewater therefrom and the control device may be configured to automatically shut off the macerator pump when the second container is full.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventors: Eugene F. Gallo, Amy-Noelle Gallo
  • Patent number: 8944117
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for dispensing a liquid to fill a container (4) up to a predetermined liquid level. The invention also refers to a dispenser capable of achieving such a method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products Corporation N.V.
    Inventors: Cristina Bertoni, Andrei Uhov, Elvio Zanon
  • Patent number: 8939182
    Abstract: A liquid collection system includes a liquid collection portion configured to attach to a waste receptacle having a waste receptacle opening. The liquid collection portion has a liquid collection opening which extends into the waste receptacle opening. The liquid container also has a liquid reservoir portion attached to the liquid collection portion and in communication with the liquid collection opening. A fill indicator is in communication with the liquid container. The fill indicator is configured to indicate when an amount of liquid in the liquid reservoir portion has a predetermined volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: Jay Vincent Lambke
  • Patent number: 8936051
    Abstract: A non-overflow liquid delivery system comprises a pumping apparatus having a liquid delivery pumping portion and a liquid recovery pumping portion fluidically isolated one from the other. A nozzle has a liquid delivery conduit and a liquid recovery conduit. A liquid delivery hose connects the liquid delivery pumping portion of the pumping apparatus in fluid communication with the liquid delivery conduit. A liquid recovery hose connects the liquid recovery pumping portion of the pumping apparatus in fluid communication with the liquid recovery conduit. A valve has a first movable valve portion for opening and closing the liquid delivery conduit. A manually operable valve control mechanism is connected to the valve for controlling the first movable valve portion, and has a liquid sensor responsive to a threshold condition of liquid in the liquid recovery conduit to thereby cause the first movable valve portion to close the liquid delivery conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Fuel Transfer Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Bonner, Gary Underhill
  • Publication number: 20150013826
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for filling a tank with a liquid medium, in particular a urea solution, comprising a filling pipe and comprising a suction channel for removing air from the tank. The invention is characterized in that at least one air guiding element is provided inside the suction channel, said air guiding element being designed to deflect the air transversely to the longitudinal axis of the filling pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Michael Driftmeyer
  • Patent number: 8931523
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tank venting system for a fuel tank (12) of a vehicle, having a vent line (14) for discharge of gaseous hydrocarbons from the fuel tank (12) during refueling thereof. Gaseous hydrocarbons originating from the fuel tank (12) can be introduced in a filler pipe (20) of the fuel tank (12) via a recirculation line (24). A control device (34) controls a proportional valve (32) and changes in this way a pass-through cross section of the recirculation line (24). In this way, a load of an activated charcoal filter (16) which is coupled with the vent line (14) can be minimized. The control device (34) can especially determine a pressure in the fuel tank (12). Furthermore, the invention relates to a method of venting a fuel tank (12) during refueling thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Harald Hagen, Andreas Wagner