Level Or Overflow Responsive Patents (Class 141/198)
  • Patent number: 10772461
    Abstract: A moving assembly of a coffee maker has a body, a first moving module, and a second moving module. The first moving module is mounted to the body, and has a first slide rail and a feeding component. The first slide rail is connected to the body. The feeding component is slidably mounted to the first slide rail and has a nozzle. The second moving module is mounted to the body below the first moving module, and has a second slide rail and a platform. The second slide rail is connected to the body and located below the first slide rail in a direction intersecting with the first slide rail. The platform is slidably mounted to the second slide rail. Therefore, the nozzle may move against a coffee cup put on the platform in two directions with the two independent moving modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Huashuay Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chih-Ping Fang
  • Patent number: 10766753
    Abstract: A filling element includes a filling-level sensor having an oscillating body disposed to interact with fluid that is in a container being filled. A change in the oscillation of the body, triggered either electromechanically or by fluid flow, provides information indicative of filling level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Ludwig Clüsserath, Dieter-Rudolf Krulitsch, Matthias Damerow
  • Patent number: 10745145
    Abstract: A fuel tank inerting system is disclosed. The system includes a fuel tank and a catalytic reactor with an inlet, an outlet, a reactive flow path between the inlet and the outlet, and a catalyst on the reactive flow path. The catalytic reactor is arranged to receive fuel from a fuel flow path in operative communication with the fuel tank and oxygen from an oxygen source, and to catalytically react a mixture of the fuel and oxygen along the reactive flow path to generate an inert gas. An inert gas flow path provides inert gas from the catalytic reactor to the fuel tank. An adsorbent is disposed along the fuel flow path or along the reactive flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventors: Zissis A. Dardas, Sean C. Emerson, Catherine Thibaud, Tianli Zhu
  • Patent number: 10745154
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a non-traceable vent tube and a traceable vent tube cap apparatus, system and methods incorporating a traceable material such as a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag or a magnet for use in conjunction with a filling machine during container filling operations for a quicker and more accurate detection of the location of the non-traceable vent tube or the traceable vent tube cap after becoming 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: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: DORCIA, LLC
    Inventors: Grant Cook, Daniel Namie
  • Patent number: 10670023
    Abstract: A method for use with a pumping system includes receiving a pump command signal for starting a pump; initiating a valve command signal for opening a valve, in response to the receiving the pump command signal; receiving a valve sensor signal indicating that the valve is open; and initiating a pump start command signal, in response to the received valve sensor signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: SCHWING AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Scott Roisum
  • Patent number: 10664132
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are disclosed that, in some aspects, provide for a cost-reduced touch sensitive user interface including a static printed display. The methods and systems may include providing illumination to guide a user through interaction with a touch sensitive user interface. The methods and systems may include a configurable printed display. Further aspects are disclosed providing use of a cost-reduced touch user interface in a beverage dispensing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Eduardo Broen, Dominick Salvato, Peter Randall Daly
  • Patent number: 10627992
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are disclosed that, in some aspects, provide for a cost-reduced touch sensitive user interface including a static printed display. The methods and systems may include providing illumination to guide a user through interaction with a touch sensitive user interface. The methods and systems may include a configurable printed display. Further aspects are disclosed providing use of a cost-reduced touch user interface in a beverage dispensing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Eduardo Broen, Dominick Salvato, Peter Randall Daly
  • Patent number: 10604403
    Abstract: A gravity-fed fuel delivery system is provided. A central storage tank holds fuel to re-supply a number of pump trucks or other mechanized equipment, such as on a hydraulic fracturing location, and can be selectively raised or lowered. Hoses or other conduits extend from the central storage tank to individual fuel tanks of the equipment to be refueled. Adapters allow connection of the distal end of each hose or conduit to an inlet opening of a fuel tank. A float valve assembly senses when fuel inside an individual fuel tank is below a predetermined level, thereby mechanically opening a valve assembly to permit fluid to flow from the central storage tank, through a conduit, through the float valve assembly and into the fuel tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventor: Brennan Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10558947
    Abstract: A book inventory monetary value of a selected product in the retail store is received. The book inventory monetary value is the monetary value of the selected product according to the accounting records of a retail store. A perpetual inventory (PI) monetary value is also received from the retail store. The PI monetary value is a product of multiplying a PI value for the selected product with the cost of the selected product. The book inventory monetary value and the PI monetary value are stored in a database. Subsequently, the book inventory monetary value and the PI monetary value are retrieved from the database. A difference between the book inventory monetary value and the PI monetary values is determined. An adjustment of the PI value is determined based upon the difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Greg A. Bryan, Cristy C. Brooks, David B. Brightwell, Benjamin D. Enssle
  • Patent number: 10526185
    Abstract: An automated consumable dispenser with a precision method for delivering consumable ingredients in specific proportions to a container up to a specified volume. This method involves the use of a system of sensors and a micro-microprocessor, which detects, digitizes and develops a three dimensional rendering of the container, calculates the container volume and dispenses specific amounts of consumable ingredients. A user is able to pick the level in the vessel to which the consumable ingredients should be dispensed and displays the selected desired level. The embodiments described include an automated dispenser capable of dispensing beverages and food items, either separately or together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Ramesh Jagannathan, Mohammed Yaseer Omar, Dirichi D. Ike-Njoku, Pablo Pacareu, Vasily Rudchenko, Pedro Zufiria
  • Patent number: 10457540
    Abstract: A kit of parts is provided that can include a plurality of hose connection parts selectable from, first hose connection parts comprising one fluid inlet and one fluid outlet, second hose connection parts comprising two fluid inlets and one fluid outlet, and third hose connection parts comprising three fluid inlets and one fluid outlet. The kit of parts can be suitable for assembling a hose connection having at least a first and second fluid inlet and a fluid outlet, according to any one of three configurations. The invention also relates to a fuel dispensing unit for refueling vehicles and a method for assembly a hose connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Wayne Fueling Systems Sweden AB
    Inventors: Mattias G. Martensson, Lars Andersson, James Dirocco, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10427415
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting apparatus includes an ejection portion and a circuit. The ejection portion has a plurality of ejection ports configured to eject liquid supplied from a liquid storage portion defining a liquid storage space configured to store liquid. The circuit is electrically connected to at least one of a bottom electrode and a side electrode. The circuit is configured to detect a capacitance between the bottom electrode and the side electrode. The bottom electrode is provided at a bottom surface of the liquid storage portion. The side electrode is provided at one side surface of the liquid storage portion and electrically isolated from the bottom electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Daiki Higashiguchi, Isao Kubo, Takahiko Watari, Satoshi Yoshioka
  • 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