Portable Systems Or Track Mounted Supply Means Patents (Class 141/231)
  • Patent number: 10882732
    Abstract: A system and method for fueling multiple saddle tanks of hydraulic fracturing equipment from a single self-propelled cart. The cart having multiple retractable fuel lines for providing and obtaining fuel. Each retractable fuel supply line uses a flowmeter, a ball valve, and an electrically actuated valve to provide remote control to a controller based on a user's selected fueling requirements. An electronic reporting system provides fuel data to operators and users. Fuel data such as fuel tank status, an amount of fuel usage over a stage level, a daily level, or job level along with a fill level of the fuel tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: American Energy Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Luke Haile, Daniel Thomas Haile
  • Patent number: 10810572
    Abstract: Methods, systems, apparatus, and non-transitory computer readable media are described for using a vehicle as a payment device. Various aspects may include receiving a selection of a stored financial card or financial account at a vehicle head unit. The selected financial card or financial account may be transmitted to a point-of-sale (POS) terminal for making a payment by transmitting a tokenized card number to the POS terminal. The tokenized card number may be transmitted over a very short-range communication link to ensure that the transmission is secure. For example, electronic circuitry may be attached to the exterior of the vehicle, where the electronic circuitry may be within a threshold distance (e.g. one inch, three inches, six inches, one foot, three feet, etc.) of the POS terminal. The tokenized card number may be transmitted from the vehicle head unit to the electronic circuitry and then to the POS terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Kristopher Keith Gaudin, Leo Nelson Chan, Justin Davis
  • Patent number: 10803440
    Abstract: Methods, systems, apparatus, and non-transitory computer readable media are described for using a vehicle as a payment device. Various aspects may include receiving a selection of a stored financial card or financial account at a vehicle head unit. The selected financial card or financial account may be transmitted to a point-of-sale (POS) terminal for making a payment by transmitting a tokenized card number to the POS terminal. The tokenized card number may be transmitted over a very short-range communication link to ensure that the transmission is secure. For example, electronic circuitry may be attached to the exterior of the vehicle, where the electronic circuitry may be within a threshold distance (e.g. one inch, three inches, six inches, one foot, three feet, etc.) of the POS terminal. The tokenized card number may be transmitted from the vehicle head unit to the electronic circuitry and then to the POS terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Kristopher Keith Gaudin, Leo Nelson Chan, Justin Davis
  • Patent number: 10753754
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a method for an autonomous vehicle obtaining services can include: detecting, by the autonomous vehicle, a need for service; sending, over a network interface of the autonomous vehicle, a request for service; determining a rendezvous location at which service will be received; maneuvering, by the autonomous vehicle, to the rendezvous location; receiving, by the autonomous vehicle over a network, an authentication code; in response to receiving the authentication code, enabling, by the autonomous vehicle, access to components of the autonomous vehicle; determining, by the autonomous vehicle, that the service is complete; and transmitting, by the autonomous vehicle, an indication that the service is complete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventor: Andrew DeLizio
  • Patent number: 10669147
    Abstract: Crossover protection system graphical user interfaces, crossover protection systems that display graphical user interfaces, and methods for pairing tank delivery connectors with product delivery vehicle systems are provided. A tank delivery connector reads a tank tag with a tank tag reader, and transmits a tank tag indicator associated with the tank tag with network interface hardware. An electronic control unit receives the tank tag indicator with network interface hardware, determines a distribution tank fuel type associated with a distribution tank based on the tank tag indicator, determines that the tank delivery connector is associated with a tank compartment of a product delivery vehicle based on the tank tag indicator, and displays a graphical user interface on the display. The graphical user interface includes a tank delivery connector graphic displayed proximate a tank compartment graphic to indicate that the tank delivery connector is associated with the first tank compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: KNAPPCO, LLC
    Inventors: Mikael A. Nelson, Kapil Pandey, Scott A. Finnell, Jeffrey J. Blair
  • Patent number: 10580001
    Abstract: A transaction request may be initiated and completed using a vehicle based communication system. A vehicle may include a wireless tag or transponder, and a wireless system at a service station or fuel station can detect the presence of the wireless tag in a predefined wireless service area. The wireless system can transmit location information based on the detected location of the wireless tag or vehicle to the wireless tag. A communication device may establish a communication connection with a wireless tag or transponder, and through the communication connection, the wireless tag can transmit the location information received from the wireless system to the communication device. The requester may use the communication device to provide or enter transaction information. The communication device can transmit the transaction information for transaction authorization, and in response to authorization of the transaction, a transaction authorization indication may be transmitted to a point of sale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Epona LLC
    Inventors: Ernest Betancourt, Vince Peschio
  • Patent number: 10556781
    Abstract: A boom assembly including a boom defining a longitudinal direction pulley rotatably mounted on a pivot pin, the pivot pin having a first end with a first outer surface and a second end with a second outer surface, a pulley frame having a first part for receiving the first outer surface, a second part for receiving the second outer surface, a first hole for receiving a first adjustment rod and a second hole for receiving a second adjustment rod, the boom including a first receiving portion for receiving the first adjustment rod and a second receiving portion for receiving the second adjustment rod, the boom assembly being configured such that adjustment of the first and second adjustment rods causes movement of the pulley in the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: J. C. Bamford Excavators Limited
    Inventor: Andrew Mark Jones
  • Patent number: 10486966
    Abstract: A method and a device for generating of hydrogen are provided with which an instantaneous release of hydrogen in considerable amounts is possible. The method comprises a one or two step mixing including injecting the fuel and an activator fluid into a reaction chamber. The device is adapted to be operated with such a method. Further, a fuel suitable for the use with such a method is provided, the fuel being based on a dry metal hydride or a dry metal borohydride being dispersed in a non-aqueous dispersion medium. Moreover, a method for (re-) fuelling the hydrogen generating device at a service station and a method for supplying a service station with fuel are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: H2FUEL-SYSTEMS B.V.
    Inventor: Gerardus Wilhelmus Lugtigheid
  • Patent number: 10431344
    Abstract: An assembly is provided that includes a device for locking tubes in position relative to one another, with at least a first arm, a locking axle having a plurality of bearing surfaces, the locking axle being movable between a position locking the tubes each between one of said bearing surfaces and the first arm, and a released position, in which the tube segments are free.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: AREVA NP
    Inventors: Christophe Parize, Laurent Cahouet
  • Patent number: 10384927
    Abstract: A mobile liquid transferring system comprising a first articulating fluid conduit configured to couple to a first tank, a pump comprising a pump inlet in fluid communication with the first articulating fluid conduit, a flow meter comprising a first pickoff for a first liquid of a first viscosity and a second pickoff for a second liquid of a second viscosity, a meter register configured to control flow of the first liquid and the second liquid in accordance with one or more loading parameters and one or more liquid parameters, a flow control valve in fluid communication with the flow meter and configured to alter flow of at least one of the first liquid and the second liquid in response to a communication from the load rack controller, and a second articulating fluid conduit in fluid communication with the flow control valve and configured to couple to a second tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Pro Petroleum, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Mathers, Justin Miller, Matthew Wichman, Mark Moody
  • Patent number: 10354478
    Abstract: The present application discloses at least a method, apparatus, and system for automatic refueling of a driverless vehicle. A specific implementation of the method includes: sending refueling request information when a fuel amount is lower than a preset value and a refueling condition is satisfied; receiving preselected gas station information corresponding to the refueling request information; determining, from the preselected gas station information, destination gas station information and driving route information of a destination gas station; sending refueling request information after arriving at the destination gas station based on the driving route information of the destination gas station; turning off an engine and/or an electric motor after receiving refueling permission information corresponding to the refueling request information, opening a fuel tank cap, and sending refueling confirmation information; and closing the fuel tank cap after receiving refueling completion information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: BAIDU ONLINE NETWORK TECHNOLOGY (BEIJING) CO., LTD
    Inventors: Xiaoyan Guo, Kelei Li, Cuijuan Xiao, Hang Zhang, Yuanyuan Zheng
  • Patent number: 10269082
    Abstract: In general, intelligent fuel dispensers are provided. In at least some implementations, an intelligent fuel dispenser can determine customer identities and/or other characteristics and provide customized fueling sessions based on the determined customer identities and/or other characteristics. In at least some implementations, the fuel dispenser includes a touchless interface allowing customers to complete fueling sessions with minimal physical contact with the fuel dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Wayne Fueling Systems LLC
    Inventors: John Joseph Morris, Scott R. Negley, III, Annika Birkler, Richard Carlsson, Patrick Jeitler, Randal S. Kretzler
  • Patent number: 10207411
    Abstract: A service robot can detect one or more makers positioned on relative surfaces of a vehicle. Each marker can include data corresponding to its location on the vehicle. The service robot can determine the location of the markers based on the data. The service robot can also determine the location of a service area proximate to the markers. The service robot can receive data generated by the vehicle corresponding to at least one maintenance condition for the vehicle related to the service area. The service robot can select a service to perform on the vehicle based on the at least one maintenance condition. The service robot can be controlled so as to perform the selected service on the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Research Institute, Inc.
    Inventor: Nikolaos Michalakis
  • Patent number: 10185328
    Abstract: A method for passing on at least one consignment from a transferring vehicle to a receiving vehicle in which the transferring vehicle and the receiving vehicle are made to roughly approach one another, in which, after the transferring vehicle and the receiving vehicle have been made to roughly approach one another, they are made to approach one another precisely while approximating the speeds and the directions of travel of the transferring vehicle and the receiving vehicle to one another, in which, while the transferring vehicle and the receiving vehicle are traveling with speeds and directions of travel which are approximate to one another, the at least one consignment is transferred from the transferring vehicle to the receiving vehicle, and in which, after the transfer of the at least one consignment has taken place, the transferring vehicle and the receiving vehicle move away from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Deutsche Post AG
    Inventor: Ralph Wiechers
  • Patent number: 10095239
    Abstract: Systems and methods for automatically servicing autonomous vehicles are provided. In one example embodiment, a computer implemented method includes obtaining data associated with one or more reference mechanisms located on an autonomous vehicle. The method includes identifying information associated with the autonomous vehicle based at least in part on the data associated with the one or more reference mechanisms located on the autonomous vehicle. The information associated with the autonomous vehicle includes an orientation of the autonomous vehicle. The method includes determining a vehicle maintenance plan for the autonomous vehicle based at least in part on the information associated with the autonomous vehicle. The method includes providing one or more control signals to implement the vehicle maintenance plan for the autonomous vehicle based at least in part on the orientation of the autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Shaw Wood, Dirk John VandenBerg, III
  • Patent number: 9988172
    Abstract: A bag holder is capable of holding a bag in an upright position with the use of expanding arms and a unique two stage hinge and clamp mechanism, which allows the expanding arm apparatus to enter and clamp a refuse bag quickly and efficiently. The operation utilizes a hook mechanism and a clamp, which allows the operator to use one hand to manipulate the expanding arm apparatus and the other hand to position the refuse bag. In addition, the bag holder functions as transport cart for refuse bags. Also, the unique cart structure, allows storing of two garden tools and multiple refuse bags. The bag holder is able to fold onto itself and be stored on a hook, by the unique handle. The bag expander and clamp mechanism is detachable which can be adapted to existing dolly's or hand truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Inventor: Nebojsa Ristoski
  • Patent number: 9945517
    Abstract: A portable gas filling system for transfer of cryogenic fluids to high pressure gas cylinders includes a moveable platform, a cryogenic fluid pump for connection to an off platform cryogenic fluid Dewar, and a vaporizer for connection between the fluid pump and gas cylinders. A vacuum pump is provided for purging of interconnecting system lines and a gas accumulator interconnected to the system lines enables storage of gas to pressurize the Dewar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: ACD COMPANY
    Inventors: Craig Fennessy, Duane Bergmann
  • Patent number: 9776601
    Abstract: There is provided a loading station. An exemplary loading station comprises a storage medium for use as a source of energy for vehicles. The exemplary loading station also comprises a device that controls a loading and/or unloading process of the storage medium and for identifying the storage medium. A transponder for wireless data transmission is connected to the storage medium. The loading station further comprises a detection device for the transponder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Deutsche Post AG
    Inventor: Adrian Bercovici
  • Patent number: 9701284
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system for locking and/or unlocking a power battery under a vehicle chassis, comprising a plurality of tools, each of which includes elements for aligning said tool relative to the battery along a longitudinal axis and along a transverse axis, elements for bearing against the underside of the chassis and enabling balancing, and locking and/or unlocking elements for actuating an attachment bolt between a locked configuration, in which the battery is locked under the chassis, and an unlocked configuration, in which the object is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: RENAULT s.a.s.
    Inventors: Jacques Poillot, Gilles Mulato, Stephane Trentin, Bruno Escande
  • Patent number: 9683701
    Abstract: This invention relate to a tank, for transport and/or storage of cryogenic gases where the tanks insulation (1) are on the inside of the tank. The tanks insulation (1) has a leak proof layer (2) made of carbon fiber, fiberglass, plastic, metal or similar leak proof material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: LNGTAINER AB
    Inventor: Tom Sommardal
  • Patent number: 9440843
    Abstract: A mobile or portable pumping platform for being conveyed to a point of use where there are tanks containing a liquid, such as fuel, to be dispensed is disclosed. The platform comprises at least one station including a display indicating at least price/quantity of liquid to be dispensed, and possibly type of liquid. In some embodiments, the platform includes at least one metering station and a computer for calculating price of dispensed fluid. The pumping platform may be mounted to a truck or skid and deployed for use, or configured as a trailer to be towed to a point of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Inventor: Kurt A. Polzin
  • Patent number: 9392746
    Abstract: A system and method for transferring agricultural material from a transferring vehicle to a storage portion of a receiving vehicle, and detecting and filling void areas of the agricultural material is disclosed. A transferring vehicle having a spout transfers agricultural material to a storage portion of a receiving vehicle. An imaging device associated with the transferring vehicle and facing towards the storage portion of the receiving vehicle collects imaging data. An image processing module is operable to, based on the imaging data, estimate fill levels of agricultural material within the storage portion; identify an area of the storage portion as targeted to fill; and identify a first void within the targeted area. A controller in communication with the image processing module is configured to command the spout to a position to direct agricultural material to the first void.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignees: DEERE & COMPANY, IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew J. Darr, Robert McNaull, John Kruckeberg, Zachary T. Bonefas
  • Patent number: 9326444
    Abstract: A spout is pivotally mounted to a transferring material for transferring the agricultural material to the receiving vehicle. An imaging device faces towards the storage portion of the receiving vehicle and collects image data. A container module is adapted to determine a container position of the storage portion, or its container perimeter. An alignment module determines the relative position of the spout and the container perimeter and for generating command data to shift a relative longitudinal alignment between the vehicles in or against a direction of travel of the vehicles when the discharge end of the spout is in misalignment state. An angle sensor is associated with the spout for measuring an observed rotational angle of the spout, wherein the misalignment state means the observed rotational angle is equal to or greater than a rotational angle limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventor: Zachary T. Bonefas
  • Patent number: 9067506
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an energy storage, a connecting portion, a lid box, a lid state detector, a vehicle speed detector, and a stop drive device. An external energy supply device is connected to the connecting portion when energy is supplied to the energy storage from the energy supply device. The lid box is to protect the connecting portion. The lid box includes a lid. The lid state detector is configured to detect an open state of the lid of the lid box. The vehicle speed detector is configured to detect a speed of the vehicle. The stop drive device is configured to prevent the vehicle from being driven if the open state of the lid is detected and if the speed of the vehicle is lower than or equal to a threshold stopped vehicle speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chihiro Wake, Koichi Takaku
  • Patent number: 9038676
    Abstract: A conveying device for free-flowing fine-particle solids, in particular for powdery and/or granular (mixed) material, especially plastic granulate, includes a vertically arranged and flexibly mountable telescopic pipe for the conveyance of, preferably, polymer granulates, for example in a plant for the filling of polymer granulates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Bayer MaterialScience AG
    Inventors: Herbert Ungerechts, Hans-Joerg Frank, Dieter Scholten, Markus Hagedorn
  • Publication number: 20150107190
    Abstract: An apparatus for processing one or more products in need of closure. The apparatus comprises a vessel including an inlet for receiving the one or more products and an outlet for discharging the one or more products under sterile and/or pyrogen free conditions. A device is also adapted for applying the closure to the one or more products in the vessel, along with the optional filling and/or weighing of the products before or after applying the closure. Related apparatuses, systems, and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Jean-Pascal Zambaux
  • Patent number: 8998152
    Abstract: A portable barrier installation system and release mechanism is provided. A support frame comprising a first support arch is coupled on each end to a first and second support base. A second support arch, parallel to the first support arch, is coupled on each end to the first and second support base. A hopper assembly is coupled to the support frame. Rotation of the hopper assembly causes the hopper assembly to be in a fill or storage position. A release mechanism facilitates the release and placement of filled bags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Landmark Earth Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Barton Wade Daniel, Timothy Charles Stamps
  • Patent number: 8991447
    Abstract: A fueling system including a ship or air deployable automated fueling station and one or more sea surface water vessels. The fueling station including a ballast arrangement to maintain an optimal freeboard for fueling the one or more water vessels, the fueling station and the one or more water vessels including a communication arrangement for communications between the fueling station and the one or more water vessels. The fueling station including a plurality of nozzles for simultaneously fueling a plurality of water vessels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Scott M. Petersen
  • Patent number: 8959774
    Abstract: A method of constructing a modular, commercial unit includes arranging components of said commercial unit in separate modules, each of the separate modules having a frame assembly. The modules are then transported to a predetermined location where certain of said separate modules are connected together, via the frame assemblies, to form an operation superstructure. The components are not removed from the separate modules prior to the separate modules being connected via their respective frame assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventors: Jose Cajiga, Arturo Cajiga Villar, Vicente Cajiga Villar
  • Patent number: 8919391
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for collection and containment of collected materials is provided. The apparatus can include a vacuum truck with at least one vacuum tank disposed thereon, the vacuum tank having a hollow interior region. A flexible bladder can be disposed within the hollow interior region of the vacuum tank. The bladder can be impermeable to and compatible with the collected material and capable of containing the material therewithin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Hydrochem LLC
    Inventors: James F. Harvey, Pete K. Alvarez, Rodney Scott Holland, Rodney Scott Holland, Jr., John Bilke, Tommy Garcia, Jon Daniel
  • Patent number: 8915407
    Abstract: A mobile confectionary apparatus for dispensing beverages and/or frozen confections includes a vehicle configured for travel over public roads to a location such as a parking lot, street, festival or fair grounds, or the like. The vehicle includes an enclosure having an interior space in which one or more persons can prepare and dispense confections, or containers for confections or beverages. The enclosure includes one or more service windows or openings for dispensing the prepared confections or containers; and a self-serve liquid dispensing system on or in an outer surface of the enclosure, usable by recipients of the dispensed confections or containers, for selectably dispensing toppings on the confections, or liquids into the containers, separately from the dispensing and selling thereof. The dispensing system is closable or coverable by a person from within the interior space, to prevent access from the outside, and for cleaning, service and travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Kona Ice, Inc.
    Inventors: Tony Lamb, Tony M. Guard
  • Patent number: 8905089
    Abstract: A liquid transportation system includes a loading station where a liquid is loaded into a container of a delivery vehicle, and a drop off location where the delivery vehicle transfers the liquid into a storage tank. The storage tank includes a tank marker including a first identification device that generates a first signal. The first signal identifies a type of liquid to be stored in the storage tank. The delivery vehicle includes a product marker having a control system and a second identification device. The second identification device identifies a type of liquid contained in the container. The control system receives the first signal and the second signal and determines whether the type of the liquid stored in the container is the same as the type of liquid to be stored in the storage tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: CHS Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth R. Evans
  • Patent number: 8905087
    Abstract: The invention relates to a paint mixing machine comprising a body (1), a plurality of containers (3) fixed with respect to the body and containing a pigment paste to be dosed into a paint pot (2), for each container, dosing equipment fixed with respect to the body for dosing paste contained in each container into the paint pot via nozzles (4) of the dosing equipment, and means for using the dosing equipment, wherein a robot (6) is arranged beneath the dosing nozzles (4) for moving the paint pot (2) along the robot's freely selected paths in a space coordinates system at least in relation to a currently selected dosing nozzle (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Xemec Oy
    Inventor: Pentii Airaksinen
  • Patent number: 8881773
    Abstract: An apparatus configured to facilitate removal of existing, previously-applied loosefill insulation material from a building cavity is provided. The apparatus includes a removal hose configured for conveying the removed loosefill insulation material and an actuator connected to the removal hose. The actuator is configured to generate a removal force configured to remove the loosefill insulation material from the building cavity. A receptacle is connected to the actuator and configured for storage of the removed loosefill insulation material. The removed loosefill insulation material is configured for reuse as loosefill insulation material within the building cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Owens Corning Intellectual Capital, LLC
    Inventors: Carla Miller, Jason S. Fokens
  • Patent number: 8807599
    Abstract: A semi-tractor trailer for distribution of natural gas and a system and method for use of the same are disclosed. In one embodiment, a semi-tractor trailer supported fuel receptacle has a plurality of metered fuel dispensers along the sides thereof to permit customers to park along side the semi-tractor trailer and fuel their vehicles with clean natural gas, which may be compressed natural gas or liquid natural gas, for example. The semi-tractor trailer is filled at a central filling location and transported by a tractor to a convenient retail location. A volume monitor monitors the volume of clean natural gas in the semi-tractor trailer and transmits this information to the central filling location, which may dispense a replacement semi-tractor trailer upon the volume of clean natural gas reaching a pre-determined threshold and retrieve the spent semi-tractor trailer in one trip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: William Lamont Brown
  • Patent number: 8789563
    Abstract: A system for controlling the loading of grain in a grain bag is described. The system includes a grain cart, a tractor attached to the grain cart, and a grain bagger with an attached grain bag. The grain bagger further comprises a steering and steering control systems and a braking and braking control system. A hopper connected to the grain bagger receives grain from an auger connected with the hopper and auger and defines a loading position in which a distal end of the auger is positioned relative to the hopper such that grain transfers from the auger into the hopper. A controller provides velocity and steering commands to the tractor and a coordinated movement system connected to the controller receives position information as to the auger and hopper and provides course adjusting information so as to maintain the auger and hopper in the loading position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: Craig Edward Wenzel
  • Patent number: 8740251
    Abstract: An equipment service apparatus, which is suited for use in servicing ground support equipment (GSE) or aircraft ground equipment (AGE), includes a plurality of features for use in servicing and maintaining the GSE/AGE where the GSE/AGE is in use servicing an aircraft so that the GSE/AGE is not itself required to be transported to a remote location for servicing and/or maintenance. The apparatus may be constructed as a towable cart. The apparatus may include a fuel tank, a pump system configured to add fuel to or remove fuel from the fuel tank, and a fuel valve assembly operable to control fuel flow into and out of the fuel tank. The apparatus may also include a container storage portion configured to retain a plurality of removable fluid storage containers, at least one power source, and a power control system operable to control power from the at least one power source to operate at least some features of the equipment service apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Spokane Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan S. Batson, Silas E. Carroll, IV, Steve W. Santjer
  • Patent number: 8695645
    Abstract: A fuel transfer system and a method of using said system by an operator in transferring fuel from a fuel tank or fuel line of an off-road or sport/recreational vehicle to the fuel tank of a second vehicle, the fuel tank of auxiliary equipment or to some other reservoir is provided. The fuel transfer system generally comprises a fuel transfer fitting, a flexible conduit, and a nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: McAvey Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Michael McAvey, Walter Edlin
  • Patent number: 8671996
    Abstract: An apparatus for the filling of a dialyzer with a dialysis liquid and/or for the draining of dialysis liquid from a dialyzer is mobile. The apparatus has at least one liquid container for the reception of a liquid, preferably of RO water, at least one concentrate receptacle for the reception of concentrate and/or a concentrate connection for the connection of a container holding concentrate as well as at least one preparation unit which is arranged and configured such that liquid from the liquid container can be mixed with concentrate from the concentrate receptacle and/or from the container holding the concentrate in the preparation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Weilhoefer, Georg Zehner
  • Patent number: 8656693
    Abstract: A filling degree gauge for measuring and displaying a residual filling potential of a target area, such as a container, being filled through a target, such as an open top, with goods by a goods carrier, such as a discharge spout, of an agricultural vehicle, such as a harvester, has a 3D sensor for observing at least a part of the target area including at least a part of the target, a data control system and a visual display unit. The data control system operates to provide on the visual display unit a visual display indicating residual filling potential by indicating the current one of at least three different levels of residual filling potential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: CLAAS Agrosystems KGaA mbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Tommy Ertbolle Madsen, Morten Rufus Blas, Kristian Kirk
  • Patent number: 8596308
    Abstract: A method is for handling a sterilized food product and includes securing an aseptic fitment to a filling port of an intermodal container including a rigid shell having an elongate shape with opposed closed ends, and at least one frame assembly supporting the rigid shell. The method also includes sterilizing the intermodal container, and aseptically filling the sterilized intermodal container with the sterilized food product through the aseptic fitment. The method may also include sealing the aseptic fitment after aseptic filling. A related intermodal container and filling station are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: John Bean Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory W. Schrader, Manuele Levati, Paul P. Brocker
  • Patent number: 8590583
    Abstract: A potting apparatus has a first conveyor suitable for receiving a pot thereon, a second conveyor has a surface suitable for receiving soil thereon and having an end positioned so as to deliver soil to the pot on the first conveyor, a drill positioned above the first conveyor so as to be movable upwardly and downwardly relative to the pot on the first conveyor so as to form a hole in the pot, and a driving means cooperative with the first conveyor for moving the first conveyor in an indexing manner such that the first conveyor temporarily stops at a location directly below the drill. The drill is slidably supported on a frame so as to be driven by a belt connected to the drill. A servomotor is drivingly connected to the belt so as to move the drill in an upward direction or a downward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Mitchell Ellis Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Sean Mitchell Ellis
  • Patent number: 8561654
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a kit which can be easily adapted to a buckraking device or silo-bag, to allow people to work without using a tractor. The kit includes a movable base having at least one wheel and an independent engine mounted on the movable base. The independent engine activates the load screw and a clutch mechanism is coupled to the independent engine. A coupling fuse is coupled to the clutch mechanism and a speed reducer is coupled to the coupling fuse. A short cardan joint is coupled to the speed reducer at one end and to the hopper in the other end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventor: Sabrina Morici
  • Patent number: 8561658
    Abstract: Vehicle fuel removal system for vehicles raised upon a automotive lift or driven over a automotive work pit. The device features a piercing spear member with engagement to a hydraulically translating member of smaller diameter for piercing the fuel tank. The small diameter member acts to allow flow of fluid around the spear head and down along the small diameter translating member. The hole produced by the piercing spear tip can be adapted to allow the insertion of a bung (where required). This assembly is surrounded by a funneling basin to direct fuel flow to a receiving hose. The described members can be engaged upon a rolling support or on an arm of a pivoting wall mounted support. A residual fuel removal system from the fuel tanks of vehicles raised upon a automotive lift or driven over a automotive work pit. The device features a piercing spear member operatively engaged to a hydraulically powered translating member of smaller diameter for piercing the fuel tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventor: Chris Kightly
  • Patent number: 8544508
    Abstract: A telescoping tube for fuel transfer operations has a fixed part and a moving part, the moving part further having a dynamic sealing system which guarantees the sealing of the moving part against the fixed part, a cushioning system which absorbs the energy of the impact of the moving part against the fixed part in operations for extending and retracting the tube and protection systems against electrical discharges which ground the moving part to the fixed part, the aforementioned dynamic sealing, cushioning and protection systems all being incorporated in a single unit in the moving part of the telescoping tube. Additionally, the invention relates to an in-flight refuelling system for a tanker aeroplane, to carry out in-flight fuel transfer operations to a receiving aircraft, having a telescoping tube with the abovementioned characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: EADS Construcciones Aeronauticas, S.A.
    Inventor: Ricardo Fernández Calviño
  • Publication number: 20130213521
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a compact, mobile filling station for filling cylinders. The compact modular filling station is capable of filling cylinders with fluids at high pressures and at high gas flow rates to achieve a rapid fill rates as measured in volume of fluid per time per filling system area using a controlled temperature filling process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Inventors: WENDELL W. ISOM, Marcelo Ribeiro, Armando Alejandro Garcia
  • Patent number: 8511351
    Abstract: A fuel delivery system of an aircraft refueling vehicle that is configured to distribute fuel from a hydrant pit valve at an airport. The fuel delivery system includes a first hose including a coupler that is configured to be fluidly connected to a hydrant pit valve at an airport to receive fuel from the hydrant pit valve. A fuel passageway is fluidly coupled to the first hose. An on-board fuel tank is fluidly coupled to the fuel passageway. A second hose is fluidly coupled to the fuel passageway. The second hose includes a nozzle that is configured to be coupled to a refueling point on an aircraft to distribute fuel into a fuel tank of an aircraft. A valve is coupled to the fuel passageway to control the flow of fuel to and from the aircraft refueling vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: General Transervice, Inc.
    Inventors: Owen Watkins, Edward A. Sell
  • Patent number: 8499537
    Abstract: The invention relates to an arrangement for filling a container (5) with bulk material (3), comprising a filling device with an outflow opening (6) for the bulk material (3) and a container (5) with a filling opening, through which the bulk material (3) passes into the container (5). According to the invention, an arrangement of the abovementioned type is equipped with a measuring device (13) for the repeated detection of image data from the surface (7) of the bulk material (3) in the container (5) during filling and for the repeated determination of filling state values h which are equivalent to the level of the filled bulk material in predefined regions of the bulk material surface, and with a signal processing device for generating control commands from the filling state values h for positioning the outflow opening (6) and the filling opening relative to one another and/or for influencing the quantity of bulk material (3) which flows out of the outflow opening (6) per unit time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss Microscopy GmbH
    Inventors: Nico Correns, Christoph Nieten, Michael Rode
  • Patent number: 8479780
    Abstract: An apparatus for filling top opening refuse bags including an upright bag supporting structure and a separate hopper supportable on the upright structure for directing refuse into a refuse bag. The upright support structure and hopper both have a collapsible design which permits folding from an open operative condition to a substantially flat condition for storage. The hopper is formed by a unique arrangement of trapezoidal panels which permit collapsing of the hopper to the substantially flat condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Inventors: Jesus Daniel Fernandez, David J. Fernandez, Jr., Nicolas G. Walters
  • Publication number: 20130153083
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and a method for loading/unloading cryogenic or hot fluids between a free end of a transfer pipeline and a ship. The system comprises a shaft extended upwards to above the sea level, at least one dolly for the transfer pipeline at the free end, an internal hose, and a loading arm for connection with a ship manifold. The loading arm further comprises an external hose as well as an elbow spool, a valve, an end flange at its mobile end for connecting with a ship manifold. A crane is used to lift the mobile end of loading arms between a loading position and storing position. Internal and external hoses are freely hanging catenary for accommodating end displacements of a transfer pipeline and ship motions, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventor: Xuejie Liu