With Recorder, Register, Indicator, Signal Or Exhibitor Patents (Class 222/23)
  • Patent number: 10392242
    Abstract: A fluid product dispenser is sized to removably receive a product package containing a supply of the fluid product. The product package includes an internally integrated fluid pump, and the dispenser includes a drive unit powered by flow of a fluid. Flow of the fluid powers the drive unit, which in turn drives the pump internal to the product package, resulting in dispensation of the fluid product in a product/fluid ratio that is independent of the fluid flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Paul R. Kraus, Keith E. Olson, Sherri L. Tischler
  • Patent number: 10294678
    Abstract: A device suitable for finishing and sealing the joints and openings of different surfaces is described here. The device includes a base, which is conical in its essence. The base has a collar to connect the device to the gun of sealant of finishing material; a holder is integrated with the base at an angle, a movable smoothing pad with a carriage is fitted in the holder, and the carriage is installed in a casing inside holder. In the working position, there is a space between the smoothing pad and the tip of the nozzle of the tube, so that the material which is applied from the tube to the surface can visually be monitored and thus the desirable quantity dosed during the performance of the works.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Okei Meistrid OÜ
    Inventor: Silver Kensap
  • Patent number: 10251385
    Abstract: An improved system of determining the speed at which an agricultural vehicle is traveling is disclosed. A control system for the sprayer receives feedback signals from multiple sensors, where each feedback signal may be utilized to determine the speed at which the sprayer is traveling. An operator interface, such as a touch-screen terminal, is provided to receive input from the operator for selecting one of the feedback signals. Each of the feedback signals has certain operating conditions under which they are more or less reliable. The operator may select one of the feedback signals from which the speed of the sprayer is determined according to the present operating conditions. The speed determined from the selected feedback signal is then used by the sprayer to control and record application of product to the field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Nathan Paul Brooks, Roy A. Bittner
  • Patent number: 10245407
    Abstract: A humidification system can include a heater base, a humidification chamber, and a breathing circuit. A cartridge can be removably coupled to the heater base. The cartridge can include various sensors, probes, sensor wire connectors, heater wire connectors, and/or other features. The cartridge can include features configured to mate with corresponding features on the humidification chamber and the heater base. The cartridge includes a memory, such as an EEPROM, or other suitable storage device. When the cartridge is installed on the heater base, the memory is electrically connected to a processor and/or memory of the heater base. Various models of cartridges can be produced for use with different humidification chambers, breathing circuits, and/or therapies. A connector can couple an inspiratory conduit to an outlet port of the humidification chamber. The connector can provide a pneumatic connection to the outlet port and an electrical connection to the cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: FISHER & PAYKEL HEALTHCARE LIMITED
    Inventors: Hamish Adrian Osborne, Gavin Walsh Millar, Stephen David Evans, Bruce Gordon Holyoake, James William Stanton, David Leon McCauley, Gareth Thomas McDermott, Nicholas James Michael McKenna, Myfanwy Jane Antica Norton, Adrian John Elsworth, Michael John Andresen, Jonathan Andrew George Lambert, Sandeep Singh Gurm, Tessa Hazel Paris, Joseph Nathaniel Griffiths, Ping Si, Christopher Gareth Sims, Elmo Benson Stoks, Dexter Chi Lun Cheung, Peter Alan Seekup, Po-Yen Liu, Richard Edward Lang, Paul James Tonkin, Ian Lee Wai Kwan
  • Patent number: 10225979
    Abstract: A system and method for dispensing a liquid product from a mobile machine includes opening and closing a plurality of valves of a plumbing circuit, the plumbing circuit having a first fluid circuit and a second fluid circuit. Under influence of a pressurized gas, a flow of liquid product flows through plumbing of the first fluid circuit that has a temporarily inactive centrifugal pump and a flow of liquid product through plumbing of the second fluid circuit that has a boom plumbing assembly with plural nozzles coupled to the boom plumbing assembly. The flow of the liquid product through the first and second fluid circuits is controlled by the opening and closing of the plurality of valves and dispensing the liquid product of the first and second fluid circuits to either a product tank or through the plurality of nozzles based on the flows through the first and second fluid circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: AGCO Corporation
    Inventor: Dean L. Trask
  • Patent number: 10201398
    Abstract: Devices and methods for dispensing material from a dental handpiece. In one example, the method includes receiving an input that indicates that an amount of the material is to be dispensed from the container of the dental handpiece. The method also includes rotating an electric motor to rotate an imbalanced mass to vibrate a vibration transmission element that vibrates the material in the container. The method also includes dispensing the amount of the material from the container with a piston based on the input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignees: Kaltenbach & Voigt GmbH, KaVo Dental Technologies, LLC, Kerr Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Aaron Fisher, Robert Thomas St. Louis, Gopikrishnan Soundararajan, Matteo Riccardo Bosisio, Michael Carl Dunaway
  • Patent number: 10194581
    Abstract: An agricultural implement for applying an active ingredient to a geographic area includes a chassis, and at least one active ingredient tank. Each active ingredient tank is removably positioned on and carried by the chassis. Each active ingredient tank contains an active ingredient therein which is to be applied to the geographic area. Each active ingredient tank has an identification (ID) tag representing data associated with the active ingredient. An electrical reader carried by the chassis is configured for reading the ID tag and providing an output signal. An electrical processing circuit is coupled with the reader and receives the output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Lyle P. Mangen, Aaron R. Tollefsrud, Todd T. Taylor
  • Patent number: 10190901
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein generally relate to devices, systems and methods for measuring the dose remaining in a drug delivery device that is used for delivering a dose to a patient. In some embodiments, a dose measurement system for measuring the liquid volume in a container includes a plurality of light sources which are disposed and configured to emit electromagnetic radiation toward the container. A plurality of sensors are located in the apparatus that are optically coupleable to the plurality of light sources and are disposed and configured to detect the electromagnetic radiation emitted by at least a portion of the light sources. The apparatus also includes a processing unit configured to receive data representing the portion of the detected electromagnetic radiation from each of the plurality of sensors. The processing unit is further operable to convert the received data into a signature representative of the electromagnetic radiation detected by the plurality of sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Common Sensing Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Whalley, James White
  • Patent number: 10175079
    Abstract: An encoder device and a fluid meter incorporating the encoder device is disclosed herein, wherein the fluid meter can embody a gas meter that monitors supply of gas to a consumer. The encoder device is configured to generate a signal with information that quantifies the supply of gas, for example, by associating the movement of a moveable element with a volume of fluid that flows through the gas meter The gas meter can include a metrological part with a housing that forms an interior space that wholly encloses the encoder device therein and can also be configured with an input/output member that conducts the signal from inside of the interior space to outside of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Dresser, LLC
    Inventors: Giuseppe Triaca, Gary Martin Lawlor, Franco Morosini
  • Patent number: 10112399
    Abstract: A liquid jet apparatus comprises a liquid jet head, a carriage carrying the liquid jet head in a side-to-side direction, a liquid flow channel, and a liquid container in fluid communication with the liquid jet head through the liquid flow channel. The liquid container includes a liquid containing chamber arranged along a front/back direction orthogonal to the side-to-side direction; a liquid outlet port, from which the liquid contained in the liquid containing chamber flows to the liquid flow channel; and a liquid inlet port, through which the liquid is injected into the liquid containing chamber. The liquid inlet port has an end surface that does not face in a vertical direction relative to a normal posture of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Shoma Kudo, Takashi Koase, Toshiya Okada, Yasunori Koike, Tetsuya Takamoto, Nobutaka Suzuki, Satoshi Tamai, Toru Nakazawa, Katsutomo Tsukahara, Masayuki Kanazawa, Naofumi Mimura, Keigo Iizawa, Yutaka Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10080844
    Abstract: The subject matter described herein relates to a supplementary device for attachment to an injection device, the supplementary device comprising: a first imaging arrangement and a second imaging arrangement each configured to capture an image of a moveable number sleeve of the injection device from different respective angles. The supplementary device also comprises a plurality of light sources and a processor arrangement configured to control operation of the first imaging arrangement and the second imaging arrangement and the plurality of light sources and to receive image data from each of the imaging arrangements, wherein the processor arrangement is configured to combine images captured by the first imaging arrangement and the second imaging arrangement into a single image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GMBH
    Inventors: Theresa Kunz, Mario Bock, Gertrud Blei, Matthew Jones, Samuel Steel, Barry Yates, Anthony Paul Morris
  • Patent number: 9962080
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method for qualifying an alarm among the alarms stemming from a first supervision system supervising the activity of an individual, the system being adapted to compute an activity index that is representative of the activity of the individual, alarms being triggered by the supervision system in the event of a drift in the activity index, a drift corresponding to a difference in the value of the index in relation to a reference value, the method being such that it is implemented in a management server connected to at least one second supervision system, and that it has, on reception of an alarm triggered by the first supervision system, steps of obtainment of a drift in the activity index of the at least one second supervision system, comparison of the drift in the activity index of the first supervision system and a value that is representative of the drift in the activity index of the at least one second system, and qualification of the alarm according to the result of the comparison
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Orange
    Inventors: Marc Berenguer, Marie-Jeanne Bouzid
  • Patent number: 9962946
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting system has a liquid ejecting apparatus, a liquid storing container, and a conduit. When the liquid storing container is pulled out from the case of the liquid ejecting apparatus, the visual recognition portion provided on the liquid storing container is exposed from the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Munehide Kanaya, Tokujiro Okuno, Hideo Shimamura
  • Patent number: 9945882
    Abstract: ABSTRACT The present invention lies in the field of automated analysis apparatuses and relates to a method for transferring a liquid volume from a first liquid vessel into a second liquid vessel. The method ensures increased pipetting accuracy, even from liquid vessels which have foam on the surface of the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Products GmbH
    Inventors: Matthias Korn, Kristin Moser, Holger Pufahl, David Solbach, Christian Verhalen
  • Patent number: 9907902
    Abstract: A dosage control system includes a syringe and a dosage control module. The syringe includes a barrel and a plunger. The plunger includes a plunger seal located within the barrel and the barrel includes an end configured to connect to a needle. The dosage control module measures a first distance between the plunger seal and the end of the barrel, measures at least one second distance between the plunger seal and the end of the barrel, determines whether a predetermined amount of medication has been administered from the syringe based on a difference between the first distance and the at least one second distance, and selectively activates at least one of a visual indication and an audio indication if the predetermined amount of medication has been administered from the syringe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Jim Mitrosky, Roberto Amadio, Mike Lander
  • Patent number: 9909601
    Abstract: A motor control system includes a piston chamber and a piston assembly disposed within the piston chamber to move therein between first and second positions. A magnet is coupled to the piston assembly to move therewith and a sensor is axially mounted with respect to the piston assembly to generate a continuous output signal corresponding to a position of the magnet relative to the sensor. The motor control system also includes a controller for processing the output signal from the sensor to monitor continuously the position of the piston assembly within the piston chamber and for actuating the piston assembly to move in an upstroke toward the first position and in a downstroke toward the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Dieter Bernhard Heerdt, David Michael Folmer
  • Patent number: 9886708
    Abstract: A system includes a processor configured to wirelessly instruct fuel dispensation initiation over a direct wireless connection between a vehicle and a refueling truck, responsive to a wireless request made by the refueling truck, the request including a valid token and a refueling truck MAC ID with which the wireless connection is established.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Omar Makke, Joseph Wisniewski, Kevin Lee Helpingstine, Perry Robinson MacNeille, Nicholas Colella, David Hamilton, Matthew S. Blackburn, Aiswarya Kolisetty
  • Patent number: 9861226
    Abstract: A brewer, system and method for heating water and dispensing heated water for producing a brewed beverage The brewer includes a water reservoir with a heating element associated with the reservoir for heating water retained in the reservoir A brewing substance holder is associated with the reservoir for receiving heated water from the reservoir A temperature sensitive control valve is provided in communication with the reservoir for controllably dispensing heated water from the reservoir to the brewing substance holder The temperature sensitive control valve may be in the form of a passive control valve which uses a bimetallic, magnetic or other material which is responsive to heat The water is placed in the reservoir and heated The elevated temperature of the water will result in operating the heat sensitive control valve to open the control valve and allow water to pass from the reservoir to the brewing substance holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Bunn-O-Matic Corporation
    Inventors: Suresh Radhakrishnan, Charles H. Clark, Kent Morman, John T. Knepler
  • Patent number: 9849237
    Abstract: A powerhead (50) of a power injector is disclosed that includes a syringe housing (110) that contains a capacitive fluid detector (112). The capacitive fluid detector (112) may be operable to detect fluid within a syringe (116) installed on the syringe housing (110). The output of the capacitive fluid detector (112) may be used to estimate the volume of fluid within the syringe (116). The capacitive fluid detector (112) may include a plurality of discrete capacitors (118a-118h) arranged serially along a longitudinal axis (120) of the syringe (116). Each of the plurality of capacitors (118a-118h) may be operable to produce an electric field extending into the syringe (116). Each of the plurality of capacitors (118a-118h) may be formed on a printed circuit board (130).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: LIEBEL-FLARSHEIM COMPANY LLC
    Inventors: Chad M. Gibson, Charles S. Neer
  • Patent number: 9836950
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are different embodiments of a hand hygiene compliance system, beacon, wearable monitor and kit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: University Health Network
    Inventors: Oleksandr Igorovich Levchenko, Steven Michael Pong, Geoffrey Roy Fernie
  • Patent number: 9836036
    Abstract: An agricultural implement arrangement includes a container of seed having an ID tag associated therewith; an implement for applying a product to a geographic area; an electrical reader configured for reading the ID tag and providing an output signal; and an electrical processing circuit coupled with the reader and the implement. The ID tag has data representing at least one attribute associated with the seed. The electrical processing circuit receives the output signal and controls the implement, dependent upon the output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Blair J. Johnson, John Stratton, Andrew Meyer, Scott Andrew Elkins, Todd T. Taylor
  • Patent number: 9776612
    Abstract: A method for checking a functional state of an automatic parking brake system having a control unit and an actuator configured to generate an electromagnetic braking force includes actuating the actuator, using the control unit, at a first frequency higher than a second frequency. The second frequency is able to cause a rotation of the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Oliver Leibfried
  • Patent number: 9761117
    Abstract: Methods to perform an operation comprising receiving, based on a unique identifier of an identification device in a room, clinical information of a first patient present in the room, receiving a unique identifier from an identification device associated with a garment worn by a health care professional in the room, receiving a history of the garment based on the unique identifier, and upon determining that the history of the garment violates a predefined rule, outputting a notification of the violation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gary D. Cudak, Christopher J. Hardee, Sarbajit K. Rakshit, Adam Roberts
  • Patent number: 9752570
    Abstract: A variable displacement piston assembly including a plurality of cylinders, each cylinder having an axis substantially parallel to the axis of the other cylinders, a plurality of pistons, one piston in each cylinder, and each piston and corresponding cylinder having a displacement. The assembly also including a transition arm having a connector pin for each piston, each connector pin connecting each piston to said transition arm, a drive shaft connected to the transition arm and a control shaft rotatably coupled to the drive shaft, the control shaft being movable to adjust the displacement of the piston assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: S-RAM Dynamics
    Inventors: Ricardo Conde, Richard Kruse, Lee Jestings
  • Patent number: 9713685
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a dose counter. Particularly, but not exclusively, the invention relates to a dose counter for use with a Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI). The dose counter comprises a rotary counting element (26) and an actuator (2). The actuator (2) is movable relative to the rotary counting element (26) and comprises a shaped part (17) which can move into and out of engagement with a complementary feature (33) of the rotary counting element (26) when the actuator (2) moves between first and second positions. When the shaped part (17) of the actuator (2) is engaged with the complementary feature (33) of the rotary counter element (26), rotation of the rotary counter element (26) is resisted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Cipla Limited
    Inventors: Geena Malhotra, Xerxes Rao, Shrinivas Madhukar Purandare
  • Patent number: 9669167
    Abstract: A multifunctional glucose monitoring system and method of measuring glucose level, determining insulin dosage, and indicating insulin dosage on a syringe is disclosed. The multifunctional glucose monitoring system includes standard functionality with respect to acquiring a blood glucose reading. However, in addition, the multifunctional glucose monitoring system includes a dosage algorithm for calculating an insulin dosage based on the blood glucose reading and any other useful parameters, and includes a built-in marking device for marking the calculated dosage level on the barrel of an insulin syringe that is installed in the body of the multifunctional glucose monitoring system. A method includes the steps of measuring the glucose level, determining an insulin dosage, and indicating the insulin dosage on a syringe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Artis Lockhart, Lawrence Monahan
  • Patent number: 9655355
    Abstract: An improved system of determining the speed at which an agricultural vehicle is traveling is disclosed. A control system for the sprayer receives feedback signals from multiple sensors, where each feedback signal may be utilized to determine the speed at which the sprayer is traveling. An operator interface, such as a touch-screen terminal, is provided to receive input from the operator for selecting one of the feedback signals. Each of the feedback signals has certain operating conditions under which they are more or less reliable. The operator may select one of the feedback signals from which the speed of the sprayer is determined according to the present operating conditions. The speed determined from the selected feedback signal is then used by the sprayer to control and record application of product to the field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Nathan Paul Brooks, Roy A. Bittner
  • Patent number: 9642968
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein generally relate to devices, systems and methods for measuring the dose remaining in a drug delivery device that is used for delivering a dose to a patient. In some embodiments, a dose measurement system for measuring the liquid volume in a container includes a plurality of light sources which are disposed and configured to emit electromagnetic radiation toward the container. A plurality of sensors are located in the apparatus that are optically coupleable to the plurality of light sources and are disposed and configured to detect the electromagnetic radiation emitted by at least a portion of the light sources. The apparatus also includes a processing unit configured to receive data representing the portion of the detected electromagnetic radiation from each of the plurality of sensors. The processing unit is further operable to convert the received data into a signature representative of the electromagnetic radiation detected by the plurality of sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Common Sensing Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Whalley, James White
  • Patent number: 9638564
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein generally relate to devices, systems and methods for measuring the dose remaining in a drug delivery device that is used for delivering a dose to a patient. In some embodiments, a dose measurement system for measuring the liquid volume in a container includes a plurality of light sources which are disposed and configured to emit electromagnetic radiation toward the container. A plurality of sensors are located in the apparatus that are optically coupleable to the plurality of light sources and are disposed and configured to detect the electromagnetic radiation emitted by at least a portion of the light sources. The apparatus also includes a processing unit configured to receive data representing the portion of the detected electromagnetic radiation from each of the plurality of sensors. The processing unit is further operable to convert the received data into a signature representative of the electromagnetic radiation detected by the plurality of sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Common Sensing Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Whalley, James White
  • Patent number: 9527714
    Abstract: A removable liquid transport assembly configured to be readily installed in and removed from a liquid dispenser to permit the liquid dispenser to be readily sanitized. The removable liquid transport assembly preferably includes a liquid manifold, a valve assembly and a pump head. The removable liquid transport assembly is configured such that liquid can flow in a first direction through the removable liquid transport assembly to permit a liquid to be dispensed from a liquid dispenser and liquid can flow in a second direction back to a liquid storage container to prevent damage to one or more components of the liquid dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Cardomon International Limited
    Inventors: Philip A. Walton, Stephen James Vipond, Dennis Laurier Rivard, Tyler Wayne Nickerson
  • Patent number: 9402373
    Abstract: An automated feeding apparatus for animals comprises an inlet hopper having a discharge outlet provided with a feeder actuable in accordance with a predetermined feeding regime, the discharge outlet being of variable size. The discharge outlet is adjustable in length and depth to enable variation of volumetric flow therethrough, with the distance between the auger and the top wall being at least the average size of the food particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: CAVADISTRIB, INC.
    Inventor: René Massicotte
  • Patent number: 9355418
    Abstract: Customer-used objects, such as tabletops, dinnerware, and retail racks, are impregnated with an accelerometer, a processor, and a Bluetooth chip. Taping or knocking such an entity by alerts a worker of a requested service. The accelerometer captures vibration data associated with the tapping or knocking and sends that data to the processor. The processor recognizes the gesture's vibrations. Finally, a recognized gesture will command the Bluetooth chip to send an alert to the server. The invention prevents a customer from second-guessing possible orders or purchases and allows an employee to become more efficient, thus saving time money.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Twin Harbor Labs, LLC
    Inventors: James D Logan, Blake VanThof, Kevin Castonguay, Garrett Richard Malagodi
  • Patent number: 9327957
    Abstract: A water dispenser is proposed of which a raw water container is mounted upside down at the lower portion of a housing. The water dispenser has a piercing member which serves both as one end of a water supply line and one end of an air intake line. With this arrangement, when the raw water container is opened, the interior of the raw water container is simultaneously connected to the water supply line and the air intake line. Raw water containers can be easily exchanged. The raw water container is made of a soft material, so that air can be freely sucked into the raw water container through the air intake line while a pump is activated. This allows the pump to lift water with a minimum force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA COSMO LIFE
    Inventor: Yoshinori Orita
  • Patent number: 9322682
    Abstract: A flow meter includes a magnet actuated switch, and an impeller configured to be insertable into a standard NPT ¼? pipe fitting. Rotation of the impeller in response to a fluid flow actuates the magnet actuated switch with a frequency that is proportional to a flow rate of the fluid flow. The impeller has a cylindrical shaft and a plurality of extensions that extend from the cylindrical shaft that form a spiral shaped cross section. Each extension has an inner curved surface and an outer curved surface, and the inner curved surface is concave shaped to catch the flow of the fluid, and the outer curved surface is convex shaped to provide reduced counter resistance to the rotation of the impeller. A pipe section assembly includes a pipe section including a standard NPT ¼? pipe fitting and the flow meter vertically inserted into the pipe fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Parker-Hannifin Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Alton White, Christopher Templeman, David Thomas, Jeffery Gibson
  • Patent number: 9090447
    Abstract: An appliance including a housing, a dispenser, and a water supply mechanism. The appliance includes a drink supply mechanism configured to removably hold a plurality of drink supply containers, a user interface panel, and a computer. The computer is configured to: cause the user interface panel to display a plurality of different images, each image associated with a different one of a plurality of different beverages which correspond to a drink supply in at least one of the plurality of drink supply containers held by the drink supply mechanism, enable the user interface panel to receive an input from a user of a selected one of the plurality of different displayed images, and after receiving the input from the user of the selected one of the plurality of different displayed images, cause the dispenser to dispense the beverage corresponding to the selected image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Beverage Works, Inc.
    Inventor: Harry Lee Crisp, III
  • Publication number: 20150144653
    Abstract: A product dispenser is configured to dispense products subject to a warning and products not subject to a warning, the product dispenser further configured to transmit a product warning notice only in response to a request to dispense a product subject to the warning. In another embodiment, a product dispenser is configured to dispense a food or beverage product and provide information indicative of an attribute of the food or beverage product, such as nutrition facts, as it is being dispensed. In another embodiment, a product dispenser is configured to enable a user to request a customized product from the product dispenser, to determine a first profile for the customized product blend, compare the first profile to a second profile, and reformulate the customized product blend to a dispensed product blend comprising a third profile approximating the second idealized profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Michael J. Kline, Denise Lisa Salvucci
  • Publication number: 20150144652
    Abstract: A product dispenser includes a product sampling portion configured to contain a product to be sampled. The product sampling portion includes a product sample dispenser. A packaged product portion is configured to contain and dispense a packaged product corresponding to a product to be sampled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Michael J. Kline, Denise Lisa Salvucci
  • Publication number: 20150144650
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatus for the purchase of and/or free sampling of products. The systems, methods, and/or apparatus may permit push notifications of purchased products and/or free product samples being available and may permit the use of mobile devices and/or mobile device applications to be used to purchase products or dispense free samples of products via a product dispenser or vending machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Michael J. Kline, Denise Lisa Salvucci
  • Patent number: 9035765
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods are provided for adherence monitoring, and devices, systems, and methods are provided for monitoring use of consumable dispensers. In general, the devices, systems, and methods can facilitate an individual's adherence to a schedule for consuming consumables and can facilitate monitoring and tracking of the individual's adherence to the schedule. The devices, systems, and methods can allow data regarding the individual's historical adherence to the schedule to be accessible via a computer system. In one embodiment, an accessory is provided that can be configured to attach to consumable dispensers. The accessory can be configured to be removably and replaceably coupled to the dispenser. The accessory can be configured to provide a notification to a user indicating that a certain event occurred and/or that a certain action needs to be taken. The accessory can be configured to sense attachment thereof to and removal thereof from the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Gecko Health Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Yechiel Engelhard, Mark Maalouf
  • Patent number: 9027788
    Abstract: A fluid level gauging mechanism external of a reservoir bottle in a dispenser which mechanism emits electromagnetic radiation and senses the electromagnetic radiation emitted which passes through the bottle or is reflected from the bottle through a wall of the bottle into the bottle at a first height and senses reflected radiation passing outwardly from the bottle at a second different height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: GOTOHTI.COM INC.
    Inventors: Heiner Ophardt, Edward House, Cuneyt Tezcan, Dusan Stan
  • Publication number: 20150114992
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatus for dispensing a lubricant are provided, in which the apparatus includes a chamber having an inlet through which the lubricant is received and an outlet through which the lubricant is ejected, and a piston movably positioned in the chamber. The apparatus also includes a motor coupled with the piston, and a power source coupled with the motor. The apparatus further includes a switch coupled with the power source and the motor. The apparatus also includes a controller coupled with the switch, so as to control whether the switch is closed or open. The controller is configured to switch the switch open and closed according to a duty cycle, so as to control a speed of the motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: AKTIEBOLAGET SKF
    Inventors: Kong Guo, Terry C. Peters, Viktor Alekseyev, Americo dos Santos, Jerry Shew
  • Publication number: 20150114991
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatus for dispensing a lubricant are provided, in which, for example, the apparatus includes a chamber having an inlet through which the lubricant is received and an outlet through which the lubricant is ejected. The apparatus also includes a piston movably positioned in the chamber to take lubricant into the chamber and eject it therefrom. The apparatus further includes a sensor configured to take a measurement of a condition related to a force applied to the piston to move the piston in the chamber. The apparatus additionally includes a controller coupled with the sensor so as to receive data related to the measurement from the sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: AKTIEBOLAGET SKF
    Inventors: Viktor Alekseyev, Jose Americo Francisco dos Santos, Terry C. Peters, Jerry Shew, Kong Ling Guo
  • Patent number: 9016517
    Abstract: Devices and methods for guiding a needle in movement through a bottle closure, such as a cork, to extracting fluids from the bottle without removal of the cork. A force indicator may indicate when a force exceeding a threshold value is applied to the needle during insertion and/or withdrawal of the needle from a cork.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Coravin, Inc.
    Inventor: Adam Brierley Craft
  • Publication number: 20150110931
    Abstract: A device and mechanism for recommending a water filter in a beverage dispenser is described. A sensor senses qualities of unfiltered water. Another sensor senses qualities of a flavorant container, such as the flavorant contained within the container. Based on the quality of the unfiltered water and the particular flavored beverage desired, the device will recommend a water filter to optimize the flavor of the beverage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: KEVIN M. CHASE
  • Publication number: 20150108160
    Abstract: A novel canister storage system, mixing system, canister assembly, dispensing system, and tracking system. In one or more embodiments, the systems are used for storing, mixing and dispensing fluids. In one application, the fluid includes one or more paint toners.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Peter Santrach, Bruce Funk, Barry Hines, Christopher Herman
  • Patent number: 9010572
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tip seal (10) for an adapter (1) and such an adapter (1) for a pressurized dispensing container comprising a viscous foamable solution, said adapter (1) comprising a tube (11) in connection with said container and conveying the into foam converted viscous foamable solution towards said tip seal (10), said tip seal (10) comprising a core part (101) with an at least partially open proximal end (101a) and at least partially open distal end (101b), said core part (101) at least partially being inserted into said tube (11) at said proximal end (101a); and a cap part (102) which is movably connected with said core part (101) at said distal end (102b) of said core part (101) between an open position and a closed position of said tip seal (10), wherein said cap part (102) comprises a closure element (1021) which is adapted for closing off said at least partially open distal end (101b) of said core part (101) in said closed position of said tip seal (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Altachem N. V.
    Inventors: Jordi Demey, Felix Oeser, Oskar Pittl
  • Publication number: 20150102056
    Abstract: A dispensing system includes a dispensing device and a container of fluid to be dispensed. The dispensing device includes a fluid flow tube through which the fluid can flow from the container to an outlet, a valve that controls the flow of fluid through the tube, and a control system that actuates the valve to dispense fluid at predetermined intervals. The container includes an RFID tag having an ID number associated uniquely with the container, and the control system includes an RFID reader configured to read the ID number of the container. The control system includes a memory device that stores the ID numbers of containers that have been used previously and is configured to provide an alarm signal when it senses the ID number of a container that has been used previously.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Peter Sage-Passant
  • Patent number: 9004004
    Abstract: Marking devices for dispensing a marking substance on the ground and marking methods are provided. The marking devices and marking methods use one or more detection mechanisms to detect one or more characteristics of the marking substance. In some embodiments, the detection mechanism may be, but is not limited to, an optical sensor, an olfactory sensor, a weight sensor, a switch device, and any combination thereof. The one or more detection mechanisms may provide, for example, the capability to: (1) determine the type of marking substance that is installed in the marking device; (2) determine in advance of or during a marking operation the amount of marking substance within the marking dispenser; and (3) determine when the marking dispenser is becoming empty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: CertusView Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Nielsen, Jeffrey Farr, Curtis Chambers
  • Patent number: 8991649
    Abstract: A dispensing system includes a housing and a refill container carrying a dispensable material and received in the housing. A pump mechanism is coupled to the refill container and movable from a first position to a second position and back to the first position. An identifier is carried by either the refill container or the pump mechanism, and a detection device is carried by the housing. The detection device monitors a status of the identifier and allows operation of the pump mechanism based on a status change of the identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Gojo Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jackson Wegelin, Christopher Cole
  • Patent number: 8994537
    Abstract: A hand sanitizer compliance detection system for RFID-tagged employees comprises a hand sanitizer station with a detector enclosure having a sensor and an aperture that narrows a field of view by the sensor to define a hand detection zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Guard RFID Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Dalibor Pokrajac