With Signal, Indicator, Recorder, Inspection Means Or Exhibitor Patents (Class 141/94)
  • Patent number: 10266135
    Abstract: A system for controlling a dark current of a vehicle includes: a storage device storing address information of a customer; a navigation device acquiring current location information of a vehicle; a start detection device detecting a start of the vehicle to acquire start information; and a dark current controller determining whether to switch an initially set operation mode based on the address information, the current location information, and the start information. A method for controlling a dark current of the vehicle includes: storing the address information; acquiring the current location information; acquiring the start information; and determining whether to switch an initially set operation mode based on the address information, the current location information, and the start information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Woo Kuen Kim, Jin Gu Kwon, Myoung Soo Park
  • Patent number: 10145509
    Abstract: Provided is a hydrogen station that is used to charge hydrogen to a hydrogen tank mounted on a vehicle, the hydrogen station including: a compressor that compresses hydrogen; a lubricant cooling unit that cools the lubricant of the compressor while circulating the lubricant; a hydrogen cooling unit that is capable of cooling hydrogen which is not charged to the hydrogen tank mounted on the vehicle yet and is compressed by the compressor; a sensor that detects whether the vehicle approaches or reaches the hydrogen station; and a startup unit that starts up at least one of the lubricant cooling unit and the hydrogen cooling unit by a signal from the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Nagura, Hitoshi Takagi
  • Patent number: 10060897
    Abstract: This tank device comprises a fuel gas tank that stores fuel gas to be supplied to a gas consuming device, a first pressure sensor that detects the gas pressure when the fuel gas tank is filled with gas, a second pressure sensor that detects the pressure of the fuel gas supplied from the fuel gas tank to the gas consuming device, and a sensor output evaluation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiromu Saito
  • Patent number: 9715683
    Abstract: A pump surrogate controller system and method allows multiple point of sale systems to control a particular service system. For example, a register at a cashier stand may activate the same fuel pump as an automated checkout kiosk. The surrogate controller may further coordinate the transmission of transaction data to the appropriate destinations. For example, transaction information relating to a fuel transaction may be delivered to the appropriate point of sale for completion. Transactions that are pre-authorized prior to a purchaser's arrival at a service station may also be activated using the surrogate controller. Fuel dispensing may be dependent on confirmation that the vehicle and dispensing pump are in close proximity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Epona LLC
    Inventor: Ernest Blas Betancourt
  • Patent number: 9662273
    Abstract: Embodiments of work stations for use in medical dose preparation management system. A work station may include a camera stand. The camera stand may include a housing enclosing a camera and one or more light sources therein. As such, the camera and light sources may be directed at a medical dose preparation staging region to capture medical dose preparation images of the medical dose preparation staging region. The camera stand may include an adjustable support positionable in a plurality of positions to dispose the camera and light source relative to the medical dose preparation staging region. A base with a removable tray may be provided that include medical receptacle engagement features. The work stations may facilitate improved image quality, efficiency of work flows carried out at the work station, and administrative tasks such as cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Baxter Corporation Englewood
    Inventors: Joseph V. Ranalletta, Wesley J. Weber
  • Patent number: 9646435
    Abstract: A control system and method are provided for a station to dispense fuel to a vehicle, including an electric vehicle, without requiring dedicated access to a communications network, with the advantage that authorization for fleet vehicles or individuals can be obtained from an access management system, using a portable, wireless device, such as a smart phone or a dashboard appliance. The authorization is wirelessly relayed to the station by the wireless device, to enable the dispensing of fuel. Subsequently, a log comprising the transaction is provided to the access management system, through the same or a different wireless, mobile computing device. The log may also report status and other events, such as load shedding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Liberty PlugIns, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Scott Outwater, William Gibbens Redmann
  • Patent number: 9598274
    Abstract: A system and method for distributing fuel, managing fuel transactions, and determining fuel pricing. The system includes a fuel tank and dispensing systems connected thereto for serving customers. The dispensing systems include a meter measuring a volume of dispensed fuel and a data subsystem that transmits transaction data for fueling transactions completed during a first period. A tank gauge measures an ending volume of fuel at the end of the first period. A management system uses the transaction data to generate a usage report and invoice for the customers based on fuel usage during the first period. The management system further monitors the gauge and determines a price for the ending volume of fuel and a variance based on the measured ending volume of fuel and an expected volume. The variance is used to determine a second price for fueling transactions completed during a second period following the first period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: CONRAC Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Anthony Wayne Criddle, Matthew Reed Fairbanks
  • Patent number: 9458968
    Abstract: The present invention provides a process for dispensing gaseous hydrogen, comprising the steps of: a) providing a first vessel comprising a first quantity of gaseous hydrogen at a pressure in the range of from 350 to 1000 bar absolute and a temperature in the range of from ?20° C. to 50° C.; b) passing in the range of from 40 to 100 wt %, based on the weight of the first quantity, of the first quantity gaseous hydrogen from the first vessel through an isenthalpic valve to obtain a cold second quantity of gaseous hydrogen having a temperature in the range of from ?100 to ?20° C.; and c) dispensing the cold second quantity of gaseous hydrogen to a second vessel. In a further aspect the invention provides a system for dispensing gaseous hydrogen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Shell Oil Company
    Inventor: Nikunj Gupta
  • Patent number: 9412062
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a Radio Frequency Identification apparatus includes a coupling body having a metal material and a transponder chip configured to contactlessly transmit data. The transponder chip is physically coupled to the coupling body, has a storage element which stores the data, and has a first electrode which is at a distance from the coupling body. The coupling body is in the form of a second electrode for the transponder chip configured to couple the transponder chip to an external Radio Frequency Identification reader for reading the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG
    Inventors: Walther Pachler, Gerald Holweg, Guenter Hofer
  • Patent number: 9340405
    Abstract: A fuel transaction tracking system such as used at gasoline pumps wherein a four wire data system is operated utilizing two wires and a multiplexing system to connect to a remote four wire station including computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Progressive International Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Arthur E Barker, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9222621
    Abstract: To provide a gas filling system capable of optimizing filling of a gas tank depending on the cooling capability of a gas station. A gas filling system comprises: a vehicle having a gas tank; a gas station having a cooling device that cools a gas from a gas supply source, the gas station discharging the gas cooled by the cooling device to fill the gas tank with the gas, and a temperature sensor that detects the temperature of the gas cooled by the cooling device on the upstream side of the gas tank. The vehicle has a first controller that determines the filling flow rate of the gas to the gas tank based on the gas temperature detected by the temperature sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroaki Nishiumi
  • Patent number: 9212042
    Abstract: Fixed-volumes of liquid are measured and dispensed from a container by empirically determining the liquid surface height and opening a dispensing valve for a time period that is calculated using a volume of liquid specified to be dispensed and the empirically-determined liquid surface height. The liquid surface height in the container is determined empirically for initial and subsequent volumes of liquid that are dispensed. Dispensing accuracy is maintained whether the container is full or nearly empty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Prince Castle LLC
    Inventors: Loren Veltrop, Christopher Lyons
  • Patent number: 9133013
    Abstract: A method and structure are described for preventing the accidental introduction of an incorrect liquid into a tank, such as the introduction of gasoline into the fuel system of a diesel-powered vehicle. In a first embodiment, the entrance to a fill tube of a diesel-powered vehicle is configured with a sensor ring. When an incorrect fueling operation is attempted, such as the introduction of gasoline into the fuel tank of a diesel-powered vehicle, at least one but fewer than all of displaceable mechanical elements are displaced, and the sensor ring alerts the operator visually and/or audibly before fueling starts, thereby preventing incorrect fueling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Inventor: Curtis Roys
  • Publication number: 20150144223
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system (1) for distributing solid particles in order to load an enclosure with solid particles, including: a device (30) for supporting a device (10) for loading solid particles, said supporting device being arranged such as to maintain the loading device in the enclosure, and a sensor-supporting device (40), said sensor (46) intended for collecting information on the loading of the enclosure, and in which the system for distributing solid particles is arranged such that the supporting device and the sensor-supporting device can be mounted on the device for loading solid particles, while being movable relative to said loading device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: TOTAL RAFFINAGE CHIMIE
    Inventors: Julien Mairesse, Guillaume Berric
  • Publication number: 20150123462
    Abstract: An unmanned self-sustained fuel dispensing station for fuels of all sorts (gasoline, pesticides, water, fertilizers etc.) a tank, docking, and coupling system for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) of the vertical takeoff types. The station can be independent of public power and communication utilities and can operate by remote control without an on-site attendant. The preferred system has a central command center with a control computer in communication with a station control computer located at one or more satellite stations through a communications link. The station control computer can be controlled remotely by the command center. The station control computer programming has control over the activities of the station through an electrical generation subsystem with a solar array, battery bank, battery charger and standby generator; a fuel dispensing subsystem; a security subsystem with video cameras; a communications link and a status sensor subsystem.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Brian Kamradt
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150114515
    Abstract: A dosing method and apparatus for filling containers in an automatic in-line or linear liquid filling machine where a single positive displacement dosing apparatus produces a repeatable volumetric or net weight master dose which is precisely subdivided hydraulically into a plurality of equal and repeatable subdoses. Each equal subdose synchronously fills a container such that with each dosing apparatus cycle all containers are simultaneously and equally filled. A precision dose control is located in each subdose flow branch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: ODEN MACHINERY INC.
    Inventor: IVER PHALLEN
  • Patent number: 9016329
    Abstract: A gas filling system (1) includes a gas tank (30); a gas filling device (2) that fills gas into the gas tank (30); and a controller (24) that calculates a temperature increase ?T and a pressure increase ?P in the gas tank (30) during a predetermined period of time (t seconds) that elapses from a start of gas filling. The controller (24) selects a filling rate map (Ma, Mb) from a prepared filling rate map group on the basis of the calculated temperature increase ?T and the calculated pressure increase ?P. The gas filling device (2) carries out gas filling using the filling rate map selected by the controller (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Mori
  • Patent number: 9010580
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a refrigerator cabinet and a refrigerating compartment within the refrigerator cabinet. A beverage dispensing system is operatively connected to the refrigerator cabinet, the beverage dispensing system configured to dispense a stream of a beverage. The beverage dispensing system includes a light source and a light sensor positioned on opposite sides of the stream of the beverage. The beverage dispensing system is configured for detecting if dispensement of the beverage is occurring and characterizing the volume or amount of the beverage being dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Robert J. Rolek
  • Publication number: 20150106196
    Abstract: A method of performing a fueling transaction via an application installed on a mobile device, such as a smart phone. One step of the method involves receiving at the mobile device a short range wireless initiation signal directly from a fuel dispenser. The wireless initiation signal contains information indentifying the fuel dispenser. In response to the wireless initiation signal, an application is automatically launched on the mobile device. Input is received into the mobile device from a customer, which is interpreted by the application to correspond to at least one selection made by the customer. Payment information of the customer is transmitted from the mobile device to a remote cloud server so that the transaction can be authorized. As fuel is dispensed from the fuel dispenser, at least one of fueling information and promotional information is received at the mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Rodger K. Williams, Robert P. Hoffman, Giovanni Carapelli, Edward A. Payne
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150090363
    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: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Kenneth R. Evans
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150083273
    Abstract: According to the described embodiments, an intelligent compressed natural gas distributing system is inserted into an existing compressed natural gas fueling station. A means to distribute compress natural gas associated with designated primary dispenser as determined by fueling situations. The system maintains a high differential of pressure during fueling as to decrease time of fueling by means of control valves on the dispenser lines. Within the system, at least one of the dispenser line is determined to be the primary active dispenser and is fueled directly from a compressor when pressure is detected under optimal threshold. The subordinate lines are subject to a bypass in which fueling is directly sourced from a high-pressure storage and receiving excess gas from the primary active dispenser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Bradley H. Thiessen
  • Patent number: 8978715
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for filling a tank with pressurized gas, particularly hydrogen in the tank of a vehicle, using a filling station that comprises: a plurality of buffer containers for containing the pressurized gas and filling the tank through successive pressure balancing phases; a device for generating a pressurized gas and for filling said buffer containers from a fluid source; wherein the method comprises a tank filling step by gas transfer from a buffer container and simultaneously by gas transfer directly from the source via the gas generation device, characterized in that the pressurized-gas generation device includes a compressor connected to the buffer containers and in that the compressor supplies gas to the tank from a gas source including a first buffer container for at least part of a pressure balancing phase between at least one second buffer container and a tank, the buffer containers being successively used as sources by the compressor after being used for pressure balancing wi
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide, Societe Anonyme pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventor: Laurent Allidieres
  • Patent number: 8973622
    Abstract: Some embodiments disclosed herein related to a device for transferring precise amounts of fluid from at least one source container to a at least one target container. In some embodiments, the fluid is first transferred from the source container (e.g., a vial) through a connector to an intermediate measuring container (e.g., a syringe). In some embodiments air can pass through an air inlet and enter the vial to compensate for the volume of fluid withdrawn from the vial. An air check valve or a bag or a filter can prevent the fluid from escaping through the air inlet. The precisely measured amount of fluid can then be transferred from the intermediate measuring container to the target container (e.g., an IV bag). In some embodiments the connector can include a source check valve and a target check valve to direct fluid first from the source container to the intermediate measuring container and then from the intermediate measuring container to the target container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: ICU Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: George A. Lopez, Thomas F. Fangrow, Peter Leissling, Matthias Janssen
  • Publication number: 20150059922
    Abstract: The apparatus and methods of the current invention utilize a container having an interlock that prevents filling the container, dispensing from the container, or both, as well as a detecting mechanism that senses a unique identifier associated with a particular product allowing its use in conjunction with the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Andrew Thompson
  • Patent number: 8967208
    Abstract: A secured system for fire suppression refill and recovery and a method for using such system. Operation of the system involves the refilling of an extinguisher tank with matter from a storage tank, the recovery of matter from an extinguisher tank to a storage tank, the cleansing of matter within a tank, and the purging of matter from a tank. The system includes a secure recovery unit, secure tank units, and equipment for connecting the recovery unit to the tank units. The system is configured such that, during its operation, safety and security risks commonly associated with the transfer of matter to and from extinguisher tanks are greatly reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: International Fire & Safety, Inc.
    Inventors: George A. Bridges, Pamela Sue Bridges
  • Publication number: 20150053302
    Abstract: A refrigeration apparatus includes a dispenser for dispensing water or ice into a receiver vessel. The dispenser includes a dispense command input for receiving a dispense command from a user and a code reader for interpreting an identification code associated with the receiver vessel. At least one controller is operatively connected to the dispense command input to receive the dispense command, and to the code reader to receive a vessel identification based on the interpreted identification code. The at least one controller controls the dispensing. A memory is configured to store the vessel identification in association with a usage parameter for the vessel. The at least one controller determines whether water/ice has been previously dispensed into the receiver vessel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Willis, Kurt Froehlich
  • Publication number: 20150053303
    Abstract: The invention concerns a beverage dispenser (1) comprising a base (2) and a holding system that comprises a holding part (3) positionable beneath a beverage outlet (4) in order to accept a first, relatively small receptacle, and being configured and dimensioned to be moveable between a deployed holding position suitable for accepting the small receptacle and a second position in which the holding part is moved at least partly out of the way of the beverage outlet to create an unoccupied space in which a second, larger receptacle can be positioned, in place of the first receptacle, beneath the beverage outlet, wherein the holding system comprises a sensor (8) configured for detecting the position of the holding part between the first position and the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Roberto Angelo Calderone, Cedric Rey, Guillaume Langloy
  • Patent number: 8950441
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed toward a reciprocating compressor having a high pressure storage vessel let down for a CNG station for refueling motor vehicles, wherein the CNG station design utilizes inlet gas from a local gas utility. By supplementing the inlet gas with a pressure let down in order to de-pressurize the gas from a high-pressure storage vessel, the CNG station has the ability to increase and adjust its flow capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Clean Energy Fuels Corp.
    Inventors: Denis Ding, Mitchell Pratt
  • Patent number: 8950446
    Abstract: An electric generator set fuel control system is disclosed. The fuel control system includes an electric generator, a prime mover mechanically coupled to the generator, a first fuel tank, a fuel level sensor configured to generate a fuel level signal indicative of a fuel level in the first fuel tank, a fuel loading operator input device configured to generate a fuel loading signal, a fueling mode operator input device configured to generate a fueling mode signal, and a control module. The first fuel tank is configured to supply fuel to the prime mover, and selectively receive or supply fuel to a second fuel tank through a fuel pump. The control module is configured to generate a fuel transfer signal as a function of the fuel loading signal, the fueling mode signal, and the fuel level signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Folken, Joydip Chakravarty, Edward M. Schroeder, Andrew W. Black, Nelson Slaughter
  • Patent number: 8944119
    Abstract: A method and system of gas refilling management for gas storage canister utilizing identification accessing control includes an identification information transmission device, a control device, and a gas refilling equipment, which are applicable for management of refilling of at least one storage canister. The storage canister is provided with an information identification label, which contains at least one record of canister information. By using the identification information transmission device to first read the information contained in the label of a storage canister, the control device may then set a refilling condition based on which the gas refilling equipment carries out a refilling operation to the storage canister, so as to suit for management of refilling various types of gas storage canisters to provide the best performance in a practical application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Asia Pacific Fuel Cell Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Jefferson Ys Yang, Feng-Hsiang Hsiao, Hong-Shi Chang, Chih-Hsueh Chen
  • Publication number: 20150027585
    Abstract: Rotary filling machine comprising a rotating infeed starwheel (3), configured to supply packages (2), a rotating filling carrousel (6), upon which a plurality of filling stations (5) are located and; a rotating outfeed starwheel (4), configured to remove the packages (2). Each filling station (5) comprises dosage means (60); vertical displacement means (20) configured to vary the relative distance between the package (2) and the dosage means (60) in the direction of a vertical axis (Z); rotation means (40) configured to provide relative rotation movement (R) between the package (2) and the dosage means (60), around the vertical axis (Z) and; horizontal displacement means (70) configured to vary the relative distance between the package (2) and the dosage means (60) on a horizontal plane (XY), perpendicular to the vertical axis (Z).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Antonio MENGIBAR RIVAS
  • Patent number: 8941481
    Abstract: A method for assisting in maintenance of a motor vehicle having a drive motor, an drive energy storage device, and a filling level measuring device. A request for a maintenance process is identified by a self-monitoring device with the maintenance request being transmitted as a maintenance indication to a driver by an information device. The maintenance indication is transmitted to the driver as a function of a switch-off filling level present when the vehicle drive motor is switched off and detected by the filling level measuring device. The maintenance indication is transmitted when the switch-off filling level is lower than a preset filling level threshold value or when a filling level difference between a switch-on filling level, present when the vehicle drive motor is subsequently switched on again and detected by the filling level measuring device, and the preceding switch-off filling level indicates a positive filling level value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Joris Fokkelman, Martin Böld
  • Publication number: 20150013840
    Abstract: A modular, environmentally friendly mobile fuel distribution station includes a fuel tank, a support structure having a plurality of legs for supporting an operation platform in an elevated position a predetermined distance above ground, an alternative power generation device, the alternative power generation device being one of a solar power generator and a wind power generator for providing primary power to the mobile fuel distribution station and a central platform operatively connected to at least two of the legs, the at least two of the legs bearing the weight of the central platform, wherein the fuel tank and the alternative power generation device are disposed on the operation platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: JOSE A. CAJIGA, Arturo Cajiga Villar, Vincente Cajiga Villar
  • Publication number: 20150013838
    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: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Kurt A. Polzin
  • Publication number: 20150013839
    Abstract: A modular, environmentally friendly mobile fuel distribution station includes a fuel tank, a support structure having a plurality of legs for supporting an operation platform in an elevated position a predetermined distance above ground, an alternative power generation device, the alternative power generation device being one of a solar power generator and a wind power generator for providing primary power to the mobile fuel distribution station and a central platform operatively connected to at least two of the legs, the at least two of the legs bearing the weight of the central platform, wherein the fuel tank and the alternative power generation device are disposed on the operation platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: JOSE A. CAJIGA, ARTURO CAJIGA VILLAR, VINCENTE CAJIGA VILLAR
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8925594
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a structure for a portable tire inflator that includes a triangular housing comprising a triangular face, a triangular back, two sides extending between the triangular face and the triangular back on first and second sides of the triangular face and back, and a support base on a third side of the triangular face and back extending between the triangular face and the triangular back, a pump motor within the housing. The inflator may be configured such that a majority of the total weight of the portable tire inflator is positioned between the middle of the triangular face and the base. The tire inflator may also include a reflective border on at least two of three edges of the triangular face and an air pressure indicator responsive to air pressure within the air hose, the air pressure indicator visible on an external surface of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Bell Automotive Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick L. Ohm, C. Kwai Kong, Alan Okamura
  • Publication number: 20140373972
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention generally relate to an automated inflation device configured for inflating an inflatable structure, which can then be used—for example—as a protective packaging material. As described in detail herein, various embodiments of the inflation device are configured to be mounted on a wall for convenient installation and use. According to certain embodiments, the inflation device is configured to automatically inflate multiple inflatable chambers in the inflatable structure using an efficient inflation-at-a-distance method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Shawn Michael Frayne, Paul Chudy, Tung Yiu Fok
  • Publication number: 20140360625
    Abstract: An overfill containment system for a tanker has an overflow tank having an inlet selectively fluidly coupleable to a vapor-release system of the tanker and an outlet selectively fluidly coupleable to an input/output port of the tanker and to an inlet/outlet of a tank of the tanker. The input/output port of the tanker and the inlet/outlet of the tank are for liquid, e.g., hazardous, volatile, and/or flammable liquid, gasoline, oil, fuel, fuel oil, chemicals, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Marlon WILLIAMSON
  • 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: 8905458
    Abstract: An access port cover is described. The access sport cover may seal an aperture located in a vehicle body whereby the access port cover may also provide access to a terminal located within the body. The access port cover may include a cover, a hinge mechanism and a linkage mechanism. The cover may include an outer portion and an inner portion, wherein the inner portion may include a first and a second end. The hinge mechanism may be located on each end of the inner portion. The linkage mechanism may be connected to the hinge mechanism, wherein the linkage mechanism may the said cover towards and away from the aperture. The cover and the linkage mechanism may be rotated into and stored within the body when the cover is not sealing the aperture in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: A. Raymond et Cie
    Inventors: Walter Pipp, Todd Hemingway, Joe Ponteri, Todd Murray
  • Patent number: 8899280
    Abstract: Systems and methods for dispensing beverages are provided. Aspects relate to providing audio and/or visual feedback to users during the dispensing of a selected beverage. Audio and video files are stored electronically within the dispenser. In response to the selection of a beverage, audio and video files corresponding to the beverage are selected and presented to a user during the dispensing of the beverage. The sound file may correspond to the type of beverage being dispensed and the video may show a fill state of a beverage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: Indrani Deo, Steven Jersey
  • Patent number: 8899278
    Abstract: A method for dispensing compressed gas from two or more compressed gas storage volumes to receiving vessel such as vehicle fuel tanks. Control instructions are provided to cycle the compressed gas storage volumes through pressure cycles in a rolling rotating cascading manner such that each of the compressed gas storage volumes cycle from an upper pressure limit to a lower pressure limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Perry Cohen, David John Farese, Ravi Subramanian
  • Publication number: 20140345745
    Abstract: A method for filling containers with filling goods that comprise liquid that has a solids content includes using a magnetically inductive flow meter for controlling at least one of volume and quantity of said filling goods in a particular container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Andreas Fahldieck, Jonathan Lorenz, Dieter-Rudolf Krulitsch, Ludwig Clusserath
  • Patent number: 8893542
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for monitoring and determining fuel vapor recovery performance is disclosed. The dispensing of liquid fuel into a tank by a conventional gas pump nozzle naturally displaces a mixture of air and fuel ullage vapor in the tank. These displaced vapors may be recovered at the dispensing point nozzle by a vapor recovery system. A properly functioning vapor recovery system recovers approximately one unit volume of vapor for every unit volume of dispensed liquid fuel. The ratio of recovered vapor to dispensed fuel is termed the A/L ratio, which should ideally be approximately equal to one (1). The A/L ratio, and thus the proper functioning of the vapor recovery system, may be determined by measuring liquid fuel flow and return vapor flow (using a vapor flow sensor) on a nozzle-by-nozzle basis. The disclosed methods and apparatus provide for the determination of A/L ratios for individual nozzles using a reduced number of vapor flow sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Veeder-Root Company
    Inventor: Robert P. Hart
  • Publication number: 20140332113
    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: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Joshua Springer
  • Patent number: 8875749
    Abstract: A method for the preparation of samples by means of a dosage-dispensing device, a weighing system with a load receiver, a processor unit, a memory unit, and an exchangeable dosage-dispensing unit. A target container is set on the load receiver. The dosage-dispensing unit and/or the target container includes electrically insulating material. The dosage-dispensing unit has the capability to change positions relative to the load receiver. While the dosage-dispensing unit is in a first position and a target container is on the load receiver, a starting weight value is determined, the dosage-dispensing unit is brought into a second position, a dosage-dispensing cycle delivers a dosage material in a predefined amount from the dosage-dispensing unit into the target container by means of the processor unit, the dosage-dispensing unit is brought into the first position, and while the dosage-dispensing unit is at rest in the first position, an ending weight value is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Mettler-Toledo AG
    Inventors: Bruno Nufer, Siegfried Gluvakov