With Signal, Indicator, Recorder, Inspection Means Or Exhibitor Patents (Class 141/94)
  • Patent number: 11339046
    Abstract: A refrigerator including a refrigerated compartment and a door to open and close at least a portion of the refrigerated compartment. A dispenser unit is positioned on the door that is configured to dispense content into a receptacle. The dispenser unit includes a receptacle support, a dispensing system, a sensor system with at least a first sensor and a second sensor. A control unit electrically coupled to the dispensing system and sensor system. The dispensing system is configured to operate the first sensor to determine the receptacle height and the second sensor to determine the liquid height within the receptacle. The control unit determines when to stop filling the receptacle based on the two measurements. A method for detecting when to shut off the dispensing unit when dispensing liquid into a receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventor: John Gracki
  • Patent number: 11336069
    Abstract: A supply device for supplying a device that can be moved on a driving surface with a material supplied through a supply line. The supply device has a plug with an electric plug contact element that extends along a plug axis and is coupled to a plug receptacle of the mobile device by a linear joining movement, and a supply line with a valve, and detects a coupled state of the plug with the plug receptacle by an electric plug contact element. In the coupled state the valve is actuated. The supply device has a nozzle arranged on the supply line and is coupled to an inlet port of the mobile device. A feeding holder keeps the nozzle and the plug in a defined position and orientation relative to each other so that when coupling the plug to the plug receptacle the nozzle couples to the inlet port. The movement device makes the feeding holder with the plug and nozzle at least height adjustable and movable in the direction of the joining movement along a joining axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Cleanfix Reinigungssysteme AG
    Inventor: Felix Ruesch
  • Patent number: 11332360
    Abstract: A system for warning that a fuel line nozzle should be removed from a gas tank, by: determining that a fuel pump nozzle has been tilted from its resting position in a pump cradle to a refueling position where it has been inserted into a gas tank tube; and then determining that fueling through the fuel line has stopped by detecting vibration of the fuel pump nozzle when the fuel line shuts off; and then activating an alert system including a warning light and an audible sound if the fuel pump nozzle has not been removed from the gas tank tube and returned to the pump cradle after a predetermined period of time. The system can also wirelessly transmit fuel line use data to a remote computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Inventor: Reese E. Williams
  • Patent number: 11281959
    Abstract: According to the invention there is provided a method of connecting a crockery item to a contactless readable electronic information carrier comprising the steps: providing the crockery item, the crockery item comprising a material selected from a group consisting of glass, ceramic and plastic or a combination thereof, applying a carrier layer to a surface of the crockery item, applying the information carrier to a surface of the carrier layer, that is remote from the surface of the crockery item, wherein a base surface of the information carrier is smaller than a surface of the carrier layer, and applying a cover layer of printing ink in such a way that the cover layer at least portion-wise covers a surface of the information carrier, that is remote from the carrier layer, and the surface of the carrier layer, wherein the carrier layer includes a plastically deformable material, wherein application of the information carrier to the carrier layer includes impressing the information carrier into the carrier la
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Rastal GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Thomas Nieraad, Carsten Kehrein
  • Patent number: 11251604
    Abstract: A voltage transformer includes: a body with primary windings and secondary windings coupled to each other by electromagnetic induction; a measuring device electrically connected to the secondary windings via a first fuse; and a relay having a coil and at least one pole with normally open contacts, the at least one pole being configured to be thrown by an energizing of the coil. The coil is arranged in series with the primary windings. The at least one pole with normally open contacts is arranged between the secondary windings via the first fuse in order to short circuit the first fuse when the at least one pole is thrown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: EATON INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventors: Gerard Cornelis Schoonenberg, Johanna Maria Elisabeth Morskieft
  • Patent number: 11237036
    Abstract: A network connection is established with a server. A broadcasted advertising packet of a wireless communication protocol is received from a remote device. The remote device repeatedly broadcasts content of the advertising packet based at least in part a total number of remote devices specified to broadcast to the system. Payload content from the advertising packet is extracted. At least a portion of the extracted payload content is sent via the network connection to the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: NECTAR, INC.
    Inventors: Prabhanjan C. Gurumohan, Aayush Phumbhra, Anshul Gulati
  • Patent number: 11204133
    Abstract: If an abnormality detecting unit detects an output abnormality of an internal temperature sensor, a discharge control unit obtains the amount of discharge (a limit value L of gas flow rate F) on the basis of an ambient temperature measured by an ambient temperature sensor, and controls the discharge of fuel gas on the basis of the obtained amount of discharge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoru Kawase, Makoto Wada, Kazuyuki Kadowaki
  • Patent number: 11182052
    Abstract: A mobile terminal includes a wireless communication unit configured to communicate with a beverage-making apparatus; a display unit; an input unit configured to receive a recipe input request for inputting information about a recipe of a beverage for the beverage-making apparatus; and at least one processor. The at least one processor is configured to: in response to the recipe input request, display a recipe input interface for inputting the information about the recipe of the beverage; and based on displaying the recipe input interface, receive recipe information for the beverage through the displayed recipe input interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Mina Suh, Hyungsun Kim
  • Patent number: 11091360
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing system (10) for dispensing a beverage stored in a single use collapsible beverage container (18) including a measuring device (50) for at least retrieving information about the beverage and/or the single use collapsible beverage container (50), and including an electronic sensor (48) device for reading said information from said measuring device (50), thereby establishing digital data representing said information about said beverage and/or said collapsible beverage container (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Carlsberg Breweries A/S
    Inventor: Jonas Christiansen
  • Patent number: 11077409
    Abstract: The methods and systems of the invention include the use of automated solution dispensers in laboratory environment. The automated solution dispensers can be controlled locally or remotely within a network. The usage of the instruments can be followed and procurement of supplies can be automated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: LABMINDS, LTD.
    Inventors: Ville Lehtonen, Michal Wozny, Jochen Klingelhoefer
  • Patent number: 11079072
    Abstract: Provided is a gas supply system for supplying hydrogen to a vehicle, the vehicle including: a tank loaded with a hydrogen storage alloy, storing and releasing hydrogen; and a thermal medium distribution unit attached to the tank and configured such that a thermal medium for heating or cooling the hydrogen storage alloy is distributable from outside, includes: a reservoir reserving hydrogen at a pressure of 0.2 MPa or greater and less than 3.0 MPa; a hydrogen flow path connectable to the vehicle for supplying hydrogen from the reservoir to the tank; a cooling medium reservoir reserving the thermal medium for cooling; and a thermal medium flow path connectable to the vehicle for distributing the thermal medium to the thermal medium distribution unit in the vehicle, in which the hydrogen flow path and the thermal medium flow path are combined at least at an end portion connectable to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akitoshi Fujisawa, Yukinobu Taniguchi, Kento Ogata, Hiroo Hangai
  • Patent number: 11078817
    Abstract: Apparatus for collecting and measuring oil drained from a vehicle includes a receptacle and a valve. The receptacle includes a wide upper oil collection portion with an upper receptacle wall configured to collect and contain oil drained from a vehicle, and includes a narrower lower outlet portion having a lower receptacle wall configured to allow the oil to drain from the receptacle via a gravity feed. The receptacle has markings arranged on at least one of the upper receptacle wall or the lower receptacle wall and configured to measure the oil drained and collected from the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Inventor: Arthur D. Schaller
  • Patent number: 11073054
    Abstract: Apparatus for collecting and measuring oil drained from a vehicle includes a receptacle and a valve. The receptacle includes a wide upper oil collection portion with an upper receptacle wall configured to collect and contain oil drained from a vehicle, and includes a narrower lower outlet portion having a lower receptacle wall configured to allow the oil to drain from the receptacle via a gravity feed. The receptacle has markings arranged on at least one of the upper receptacle wall or the lower receptacle wall and configured to measure the oil drained and collected from the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Inventor: Arthur D. Schaller, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11048243
    Abstract: Methods for simultaneously producing different products on a single production line are disclosed. The method may be used to produce different fluent products and other types of products including assembled products. In some cases, the method includes providing a plurality of articles which are components of the products to be produced. The method further involves providing a track system and a plurality of vehicles for the articles. At least some of the vehicles may be independently routable around the track system. The method further includes simultaneously sending one article-loaded vehicle to a unit operation station where a step in the production of a product is performed and another article-loaded vehicle to a unit operation station where a step in the production of a different product is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Ryan Andrew Burkhard, Nathan E Moore, Elizabeth Marie Fikes, Daniel Richard Royce, Kyle Christopher Ballman
  • Patent number: 11011038
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure include methods, apparatus, and computer readable medium for managing a removal code of a tag includes providing information associating the tag with a merchandise item, wherein the information includes a removal code for removing the tag from the merchandise item, receiving, from a requesting device, a request for the removal code, authenticating the request, and transmitting, in response to successfully authenticating the request, the removal code to the requesting device, wherein the removal code is configured to be transmitted by the requesting device to the tag to remove the tag from the merchandise item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: SENSORMATIC ELECTRONICS, LLC
    Inventors: Adam S. Bergman, Sergio M. Perez
  • Patent number: 10960508
    Abstract: A machine element, in particular for a shaping machine, includes a lubricated bearing and/or a seal and a primary drainage conduit for catching a fluid medium issuing from the bearing and/or the seal, preferably substantially pressure-lessly. A collecting device is provided for collecting the fluid medium which is caught in the primary drainage conduit over a period of time, and a measuring device is adapted to directly and/or indirectly measure an amount of the fluid medium collected by the collecting device over the period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: ENGEL AUSTRIA GMBH
    Inventors: Werner Kappelmueller, Martin Poecheim, Johannes Bauer
  • Patent number: 10726406
    Abstract: A system for purchasing fuel is provided. The system includes, but is no limited to, a local device for retrieving identification information which identifies a fuel dispensing station, the identification information containing information identifying the fuel dispensing station from which fuel is desired to be purchased, and a remote server connected with the local device. Upon receiving the identification information at the local device, the local device automatically forwards the identification information along with a unique identifier to the remote server. The remote server generates and transmits an unlock code to the fuel dispensing station. The unlock code signals the fuel dispensing station to dispense fuel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy W. Webb, Jason R. Todd, Danny K. Olivarez
  • Patent number: 10670190
    Abstract: A remaining-LP-gas display control apparatus includes a consumption obtaining unit that obtains daily gas consumptions in a tank, a consumption predicting unit that predicts future daily gas consumptions for a set number of days such that each future gas consumption is predicted based on the latest gas consumption on the same day of the week included in the gas consumptions obtained by the consumption obtaining unit, a replacement date predicting unit that predicts the amounts of gas remaining in the tank and a date on which the gas remaining in the tank will be used up by using the obtained gas consumptions and the predicted future gas consumptions, and a display control unit that controls a display unit to display an image in which remaining-gas information is superimposed on a location where the tank is placed by using the predicted date and location information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Azbil Kimmon Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Eiji Murakami
  • Patent number: 10589979
    Abstract: A fluid management controller includes a processor, a wireless interface, and a memory. The wireless interface is configured to communicate between the processor and one or more fluid management components. The processor is configured to authorize control of the one or more fluid management components over the wireless interface. The memory is encoded with instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to provide dispense authorizations to the one or more fluid management components and record fluid dispense information from the one or more fluid management components in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Graco Minnesota Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin J. Paar, Bradley G. Kahler, Chad G. Igo, Gregory D. Sieckert
  • Patent number: 10561802
    Abstract: A syringe adapter includes a housing having a first end and a second end and defining an interior space, a seal arrangement received within the interior space of the housing, a connector body positioned adjacent the first end of the housing and configured to be connected with a syringe barrel with the connector body secured to the housing and rotatable relative to the housing in first and second directions, and a cannula secured to the connector body. The connector body is axially fixed relative to the housing. The seal arrangement is configured to cooperate with the cannula to provide a sealed transfer of fluids through the cannula to a mating connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Becton Dickinson and Company Limited
    Inventors: Jayeon Kim, Laurie Sanders, Yan Yevmenenko
  • Patent number: 10552768
    Abstract: A travel coordination system allows a rider to request a trip with a flexible departure time. The rider can specify a pick-up location, a trip destination, a target trip price, and a departure timeframe for the trip. The travel coordination system attempts to assign the rider to a provider at a point in time during the departure timeframe when the trip price would be less than or equal to the target trip price. The travel coordination system may also guarantee that the rider will pay no more than the target trip price if the travel coordination system determines that the trip price is likely to be lower than the target trip price at some point in time during the departure timeframe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Yifang Liu
  • Patent number: 10513175
    Abstract: A method for operating a covering apparatus for covering a connection element of a motor vehicle. The connection element is designed as a junction between an energy delivery apparatus external to the motor vehicle and an energy storage unit and is designed for filling and/or recharging the energy storage unit with an energy source. The covering apparatus can preferably be designed as a charging flap or as a fuel tank cover. A release device carries out the following: determination that the motor vehicle is located within a predetermined radius of the energy delivery apparatus; generation of a release signal, which describes a release of an access to the connection element through opening of the covering apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Andreas Schlaudraff
  • Patent number: 10450183
    Abstract: A fluid management controller includes a processor, a wireless interface, and a memory. The wireless interface is configured to communicate between the processor and one or more fluid management components. The processor is configured to authorize control of the one or more fluid management components over the wireless interface. The memory is encoded with instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to provide dispense authorizations to the one or more fluid management components and record fluid dispense information from the one or more fluid management components in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Graco Minnesota Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin J. Paar, Bradley G. Kahler, Chad G. Igo, Gregory D. Sleckert
  • Patent number: 10378943
    Abstract: A vehicle control device for a vehicle includes a communication unit configured to communicate with a communication device located at a gas station, and a processor configured to control the vehicle to perform at least one of autonomous driving or autonomous fueling based on information received from the communication device. In addition, a control method for controlling a vehicle includes communicating with a communication device located at a gas station, and controlling a vehicle to perform an operation based on information received from the communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Daebum Kim, Sangmin Park, Jonghwa Yoon, Chaehwan Leem
  • Patent number: 10359125
    Abstract: A flow control device includes a flow channel composed of non-magnetic material having a center axis, a first length segment having a first diameter, a second length segment, wherein the flow channel expands conically from the first diameter to a second diameter in the second length segment, and a third length segment; a magnetic closing ball, which is movably arranged in the second and third length segments and has a ball diameter that lies between the first and the second diameters; a first, axially polarized (north-south) ring magnet, which is oriented centrally in the center axis and is arranged so as to be longitudinally movable along the center axis and has an inside diameter that is greater than the outside diameter of the flow channel in the third length segment; and a preloading device, which axially pushes the north-south-polarized first ring magnet toward the first length segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Bürkle GmbH
    Inventor: Peter Hübner
  • Patent number: 10295516
    Abstract: To provide a calibration device for an apparatus filling a gas such as hydrogen gas and capable of precisely measuring quantity of the gas such as hydrogen gas that are filled at high pressure. A calibration device of the present invention is characterized by including a filling vessel, accommodated in a measurement housing, to the filling vessel a high pressure fuel gas such as hydrogen gas being fed from outside of the measurement housing, and a scale for measuring a weight of a fuel gas fed to the filling vessel, wherein a dry gas pipe for feeding a dry gas is detachably mounted in the measurement housing. Here, the scale preferably measures the weight of the fuel gas fed to the filling vessel together with a weight of the measurement housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Tatsuno Corporation
    Inventors: Tsutomu Otaki, Norikazu Osawa
  • 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