Plural Patents (Class 222/25)
  • Patent number: 10239079
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device intended to contain and dispense a cosmetic substance, said device comprising: a container that forms a leaktight volume having an orifice through which the cosmetic substance is introduced so as to be stored temporarily in said leaktight volume; a closure means for shutting off said orifice in the container; characterized in that said closure means has: a detection member for detecting actuation of said closure means with a view to taking said cosmetic substance; a communications interface for transmitting the information output by said detection member to an external data server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: INTUISKIN
    Inventors: Pascal Ränsch, David Moulinier
  • Patent number: 10229401
    Abstract: A method for preventing shortage at a customer location of consumable ingredient capsules for use in a machine for preparing a beverage, the beverage preparation machine at the customer location being distant from a capsule supplier and in data-exchange connection with a server of the capsule supplier to form a network. The method can comprise: supplying from the capsule supplier a stock of consumable ingredient capsules to the customer location; automatically monitoring via the network consumption of the consumable ingredient capsules in the beverage preparation machine; and whenever the automatic monitoring detects a reaching of a shortage of consumable ingredient capsules at the customer location, the supplier server generating automatically an instruction: a) to invite the customer to make an order for a shipment of a new stock of capsules, or b) to prepare a shipment of a new stock of capsules for supply to said customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventor: Alfred Yoakim
  • Patent number: 10059581
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media are described for dispensing consumable products. An example method may include generating, at a controller associated with a beverage dispenser, a beverage composition record for a beverage that is formulated via an ingredient matrix and dispensed at the beverage dispenser, where the ingredient matrix comprises multiple ingredient packages each comprising a beverage ingredient. The method may include writing depletion data to the ingredient package or to a data processing device associated with the ingredient package for each ingredient package from which a beverage ingredient was included in the dispensed beverage, wherein the depletion data is based at least in part on the beverage composition record.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Dan Peters, Son V. Tran, David R. Newman, Leonard F. Antao, David O. Slagley, H. Brock Kolls
  • Patent number: 9834386
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a dosing apparatus for dosing a good, in particular a good to be dried such as a fermentation substrate or dung, comprising a conveyor for conveying a good to be dried in a conveying direction, wherein the good to be dried may be fed onto the conveyor by a feeding system and wherein the conveyor may deliver the good to be dried to a downstream unit such as a drying apparatus, and a control unit designed to control a conveying speed of the conveyor, wherein the conveyor is pivotally arranged about a vertical swivel axis, characterized in that the control unit is arranged and designed to control an oscillating movement, preferably a speed, in particular an angular speed, and/or a frequency of the oscillating movement, of the conveyor about the swivel axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: BIG DUTCHMAN INTERNATIONAL GMBH
    Inventor: Lars Halbritter
  • Patent number: 9636458
    Abstract: An injection device for injecting a medicant into a plurality of tissue sites in a patient for a selected treatment is constructed and arranged such that the number of tissue sites is the total number for the selected treatment thereby requiring a single positioning step. The injection device includes a body having a syringe and a control linkage, the syringe including a plurality of barrels, and a cooperating plunger array including a plurality of plungers. Each barrel receives a corresponding plunger. The injection device further includes a plurality of injection needles connected to the syringe wherein one injection needle is connected to each barrel, a multi-lumen tip, a shaft connected to the multi-lumen tip and extending between said multi-lumen tip and said body. The control linkage is connected to each needle so as to move each needle between a deployed injection position and a retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Muffin Incorporated
    Inventors: Grant T. Hoffman, Robert Eells, Wen Hong Neoh, Jeffry S. Melsheimer
  • Patent number: 9533867
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a cabinet, a first compartment, a second compartment, a first door providing access to the first compartment, a second door providing access to the second compartment, and a beverage dispensing system operatively connected the cabinet. The refrigerator further includes a user interface operatively connected to the cabinet, the user interface having a display and being configured to identify a user of the beverage dispensing system and customize beverage settings and preferences associated with the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Gregory Gene Hortin
  • Patent number: 9457951
    Abstract: An automatic discharge device includes a housing having a recess for receipt of a container. Further, a first compartment for receipt of a first battery and a second compartment for receipt of a second battery are provided. An actuator is disposed above the recess and the first compartment and the second compartment are disposed on opposing sides of the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: M. Scott Carpenter, Paul E. Furner, Thomas P. Gasper, Chris A. Kubicek, Leon M. Lemon, Brent D. Madsen, Kenneth W. Michaels, Cory J. Nelson, Michael E. Short, Gene Sipinski, Nathan R. Westphal
  • Patent number: 9372024
    Abstract: An ice machine includes an insulated compartment to store ice, a dispenser having access to the insulated compartment to dispense ice from the insulated compartment, a card reader, and a controller in communication with the card reader and the dispenser. The controller stores permission settings including a public setting and a private setting. The controller is to receive a card number from the card reader. The controller is to determine whether to initiate ice dispensing using the dispenser based on the card number, the public setting and the private setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Inventor: David W. Tenberg, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9265383
    Abstract: A soap dispenser can be configured to dispense an amount of liquid soap, for example, upon detecting the presence of an object. Certain embodiments of the dispenser include a housing, reservoir, pump, motor, sensor, electronic processor, and nozzle. In certain embodiments, the sensor can be configured to generate a signal based on a distance between an object and the sensor. In certain embodiments, the electronic processor can be configured to receive the signal from the sensor and to determine a dispensation volume of the liquid. The dispensation volume can vary as a function of the distance between the object and the sensor. The processor can be configured to control the motor to dispense approximately the dispensation volume of the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: simplehuman, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, David Wolbert, Joseph Sandor, Orlando Cardenas
  • Patent number: 9227209
    Abstract: Control method and apparatus for a manual spray gun may include a second manually actuated trigger disposed on the spray gun handle, with the second trigger being operational to select one or more coating operation parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Mather, Jeffrey A. Perkins
  • Patent number: 9115564
    Abstract: A loading apparatus features a hollow barrel that can be threaded to one end of the stuffing box of a pump. A plunger having an enlarged piston can axially push the contents of the barrel into the stuffing box. The apparatus can be used to install replacement packing elements, such as seals, into the stuffing box. The barrel and the stuffing box can be coaxially engaged by mating threads. A retrieval apparatus is formed from a body have an internally threaded axial bore at one end and a transverse bore at the other. The retrieval apparatus can be used to recover a pump rod that has been retracted while packing elements are being replaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Iron Horse Industries, LLC
    Inventor: Benjamin K. Villines
  • Patent number: 9111303
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing system includes a point of sale and one or more free-pour and/or controlled-pour spouts. The system receives data at the point of sale that includes a beverage selection entered at a user interface and determines the ingredients in the beverage selection. A dispensing instruction is sent to one of the controlled-pour spouts to dispense a quantity of the ingredient based at least in part on the beverage selection. For the free-pour spouts, a quantity of the ingredient is measured as the ingredient is dispensed from a container through a free-pour spout. The point of sale receives data that includes the identity of the ingredient and the measured quantity. A price of the beverage selection is calculated based at least in part on the ingredients dispensed and the quantities thereof. The price may be automatically calculated upon dispensing of the beverage selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: BEVERAGE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: James Nicol, Gorham Nicol
  • Patent number: 8950628
    Abstract: A through surface hybrid apparatus for dispensing a fluid either in an automatic mode or a manual mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: San Jamar, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd J. Muderlak, Kenneth J. Muderlak
  • Patent number: 8868245
    Abstract: A dispensing device includes an actuating device that actuates first and second containers, respectively, and a sensor for detecting an environmental condition. In a first period the actuating device is inactive, in a second period the actuating device actuates the first container at a first frequency, and in a third period the actuating device actuates the second container at a second frequency. If the sensor has detected the environmental condition, the actuating device actuates the first and/or second containers, respectively, during a fourth period at a third frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Tai P. Luc, Kenneth W. Michaels, Megan L. Polzin, Bhavesh Shah
  • Publication number: 20140172523
    Abstract: A vertical elongated kiosk with a floor-engaging portion is equipped with a handle and optional wheels adjacent a rear surface to facilitate is mobility. A deck region has a dispenser which may include a spout from which hand/surface sanitizer is dispensed in response to a motion sensor. Electrical power is provided alternatively by a storage battery which may be recharged by a solar panel or an ac outlet plug. A wireless receiver/transmitter communicates with a remote base computer to control and monitor the operation of the kiosk. Informational displays, both video and placard, can be accommodated and a business card dispenser provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventors: David J. Stob, Keith Haluska
  • Patent number: 8734640
    Abstract: A water purifying apparatus, comprises: a filtering unit for filtering water supplied from a wellhead into purified water; a water tank unit including a cold water tank for storing the purified water in a cold water state, and a hot water tank for storing the purified water in a hot water state; a discharging unit for selectively discharging out the purified water stored in the water tank unit; a state detecting unit for detecting an operation state of at least one of the filtering unit, the water tank unit, and the discharging unit; a controller for comparing the information detected by the state detecting unit with a preset reference, thereby judging an abnormal state of the water purifying apparatus; and a state displaying unit for displaying the abnormal state information to outside. When the water purifying apparatus has a breakdown, mal-operated components of the water purifying apparatus may be checked by being displayed on the state displaying unit, without being checked by an A/S specialist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sung-Yong Shin, Deul-Re Min
  • Publication number: 20140110430
    Abstract: A removable non-integrated treating chemistry dispensing cartridge assembly may emit a signal in response to a predetermined amount of treating chemistry being detected and in response to a predetermined amount of illumination being detected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: PAUL E. BESHEARS, JR., SATHISH A. SUNDARAM
  • Patent number: 8676376
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include systems and methods of dispensing control for a product dispenser. In one embodiment, a system or product dispenser can be provided. The system or product dispenser can include a plurality of beverage ingredient sources comprising a respective beverage ingredient, a plurality of beverage supply lines in respective communication with the plurality of ingredient sources, at least one pump in communication with the plurality of beverage supply lines, and a controller in communication with the at least one pump and operable to execute a set of instructions. The set of instructions can be operable to store data associated with a prior poured beverage, provide a command for a user to dispense the prior poured beverage in a subsequent pour, and after selection of the command, based at least in part on the data associated with a prior poured beverage, dispense a subsequent beverage similar to the prior poured beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Daniel S. Quartarone, Erika Gomez
  • Patent number: 8627984
    Abstract: A removable non-integrated treating chemistry dispensing cartridge assembly may emit a signal in response to a predetermined amount of treating chemistry being detected and in response to a predetermined amount of illumination being detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Paul E. Beshears, Jr., Sathish A. Sundaram
  • Patent number: 8590741
    Abstract: A dispenser for a flowable medium, such as soap, foam soap or the like, has an outlet opening on the underside, a sensor in the region of the outlet opening, which sensor emits an electrical signal upon sensing a person, and an electrical pump which is caused to dispense a portion of the medium through the outlet opening as a result of the electrical signal from the sensor. A switch is also provided on the dispenser, the operation of which switch causes the next signal from the sensor to emit an optical or acoustic signal instead of dispensing a portion of the medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: Hans Georg Hagleitner
  • Patent number: 8565926
    Abstract: A dispensing device includes first and second actuators that actuate first and second containers, respectively, to dispense volatile material therefrom and a sensor for detecting an environmental condition. In a first period the first and second actuators are inactive, in a second period the first actuator actuates the first container at a first frequency to dispense volatile material therefrom, and in a third period the second actuator actuates the second container at a second frequency to dispense volatile material therefrom. If the sensor has detected the environmental condition, the first and/or second actuators actuate the first and/or second containers, respectively, during a fourth period at a third frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Tai P. Luc, Kenneth W. Michaels, Megan L. Polzin, Bhavesh Shah
  • Publication number: 20130245819
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for generating a dynamic graphical display for use in a product dispensing system, wherein the content of the display is dynamically generated based, at least in part, by the dispensing of a product. The product dispensing system can be a beverage dispensing system. When an operator activates a product dispenser to dispense a product, product imagery and/or related information may be dynamically generated and presented on a graphical display. A product dispensing and display system can include multiple product dispensers (for example, beverage taps) and an associated display for displaying dynamic digital content (such as visual and/or audible content) based on information received from the product dispensers and/or other input sources.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: STARBUCKS CORPORATION DBA STARBUCKS COFFEE COMPANY
    Inventor: Starbucks Corporation dba Starbuck Coffee Company
  • Patent number: 8485392
    Abstract: A system for dispensing solvents removes the need for storing solvents in multitudes of small containers or containers which are not suitable for storing the solvents for a long duration. The system minimizes laboratory space requirements for the storage and handling of solvents. The system minimizes waste generation. With the system for dispensing solvents, the solvents are stored properly and are able to be dispensed in small quantities for use as needed. The system for dispensing solvents also includes leak detection, a spill tray, a fume hood and other precautionary measures to ensure a safe handling environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Inventor: Jeffrey Wilson Tarter
  • Patent number: 8458312
    Abstract: A distributed intelligent system. The distributed network includes at least one gateway server configured for receiving meter data from one or more nodes of a distributed meter network and at least one subscriber station in communication with the at least one gateway server via a communication network. The at least one gateway server is further configured to selectively distribute the received meter data to the at least one subscriber station in accordance with a policy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: US Beverage Net Inc.
    Inventors: Prabhu R. Raghunathan, Patrick J. Danial, Mark E. Young
  • Publication number: 20130001248
    Abstract: A removable non-integrated treating chemistry dispensing cartridge assembly may emit a signal in response to a predetermined amount of treating chemistry being detected and in response to a predetermined amount of illumination being detected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: PAUL E. BESHEARS, JR., SATHISH A. SUNDARAM
  • Publication number: 20130001249
    Abstract: A beverage dispense system having sensors for monitoring one or more characteristics relating to dispense of a beverage and outputting a signal representative of the or each monitored characteristic, and a control system responsive to signals received from the sensors for controlling operation of the dispense system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: IMI Cornelius, Inc.
    Inventors: Klaus Wiemer, Heinz Altenbach
  • Publication number: 20120228325
    Abstract: A dispensing apparatus for dispensing predetermined volumes of fluid into receptacles receives the fluid to be dispensed from a fluid supply into a reservoir. A fill tube is connected to the fluid reservoir such that it forms a closed loop with the reservoir. The fill tube minimizes the fluid turbulence that occurs inside the reservoir while the reservoir is being re-supplied with fluid from the fluid source. Additionally, the fill tube holds the predetermined volume of fluid to be dispensed into the receptacle. A fluid level sensor is disposed along the fill tube to control the volume of fluid flowing into or out of the fill tube, while a timer controls a dispense valve to meter the flow of fluid into or out of a dispense tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: Acertacorp LLC
    Inventors: John R. Randall, JR., Denis E. Keyes
  • Patent number: 8255089
    Abstract: A dispensing device includes a controller and first and second actuators coupled to the controller and adapted to actuate first and second containers, respectively, to dispense volatile material therefrom. The device further includes a sensor coupled to the controller for detecting an environmental condition. The controller is configured to operate in a first period during which the first and second actuators are inactive, in a second period during which the first actuator is controlled to periodically actuate the first container at a first frequency to dispense volatile material therefrom, and in a third period during which the second actuator is controlled to periodically actuate the second container at a second frequency to dispense volatile material therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Tai P. Luc, Kenneth W. Michaels, Megan L. Polzin, Bhavesh Shah
  • Publication number: 20120125366
    Abstract: A removable non-integrated treating chemistry dispensing cartridge assembly may emit a signal in response to a predetermined amount of treating chemistry being detected and in response to a predetermined amount of illumination being detected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: PAUL E. BESHEARS, JR., SATHISH A. SUNDARAM
  • Publication number: 20120103073
    Abstract: Solvent feed systems are disclosed. Chromatography systems containing a solvent feed system are also disclosed. Methods of making and using solvent feed systems are further disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Inventors: Josef P. Bystron, Dirk Helgemo, Sheldon Nelson, James Anderson, JR., Washington Mendoza, Raaidah Saari-Nordhaus, Steven Lewis, Nick Klein, Bruce Frohman
  • Publication number: 20120048880
    Abstract: A dispensing apparatus for dispensing hair products such as developer solution. The dispensing apparatus includes a user interface for interacting with the user by allowing the user to enter desired parameters or for displaying prompts to the user. The user interface also includes a user tracking mechanism such as a card reader or a key pad where identifying information can be communicated to the apparatus. Data pertaining to each dispensing transaction is processed by the controller and communicated to a database, wherein the information is stored for retrieval at a later time. User data can be used by the business owner to manage his business more efficiently. The user may enter the desired dispensing parameters which are communicated to the dispensing mechanism. A reservoir containing developer solution is connected to a pump which, in conjunction with a central controller, regulates the dispensing of developer solution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Inventor: Chris Damolaris
  • Publication number: 20120018446
    Abstract: A breakaway separation prevention safety device that provides warning indicators reminding users to replace a fuel nozzle after dispensing fuel. The safety warning system reminds users of a fuel pump to replace the nozzle into the nozzle mount. The system is activated as the user removes the nozzle from the nozzle mount. An audio and visual warning is emitted as a reminder for the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Inventors: Johnie Lee Tague, Michael James Noble
  • Publication number: 20110289890
    Abstract: A dispensing device comprising at least one pair of indicia on separate structures which are rotatable with respect to one another, wherein the indicia have corresponding shapes such that alignment or unalignment of the corresponding shapes puts the device in a locked or unlocked position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Inventors: Brian Lee Floyd, Ian Andrew Carnduff, Paul Frank Diehl, Graham Clive Hufton
  • Publication number: 20110204086
    Abstract: The invention is a container with a neck extension having a sight glass and containing indicia to enable a user to verify the liquid content of the container with a graduated level indicator. The container enables a user to verify whether when a gasoline pump indicator reflects the dispensing of one gallon of gasoline into the container. A liquid level indicator allows the user to verify whether the pump has accurately dispensed a gallon or whether the amount of gasoline received is less than one gallon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2010
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Inventor: Anthony A. Karam
  • Publication number: 20110180564
    Abstract: A soap dispenser system for dispensing soap in response to a user's action, such as pumping force to a dispenser pump of a soap container. The soap container has a theme identifier device corresponding to the soap container. A supportive base detachably connects to the soap container. The base includes a receiver device for detecting the theme identifier device of the soap container when the soap connector is connected to the base. A readable data storage is connected to the receiver device. The storage contains data representing a variety of different human perceptible media, such as audio (e.g., animal, people, or musical sounds). At least one of the variety of media corresponds to the theme identifier device of the soap container. An output device delivers the media to a user of the soap container. A processor connected to the receiver device, the storage, and the output device responds to the receiver detecting the theme identifier device and dispensing action by a user to obtain soap from the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2011
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Inventors: Terry G. Jones, John Morris Lynn
  • Publication number: 20110108568
    Abstract: A controller for use in a material dispensing system having a first material inlet, a second material inlet, a distribution outlet, a first material container and a second material container. The first material container has a first container parameter and can contain an amount of a first material. The second material container has a second container parameter and can contain an amount of a second material. The first material container can provide the first material to the first material inlet, whereas the second material container can provide the second material to the second material inlet. The controller includes a device and an output device. The device is arranged to receive the first material and to receive the second material. The device can provide a first signal based on the first material and can provide a second signal based on the second material. The output device can provide an output signal based on the first signal and the second signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Inventor: Jeremiah Hogan
  • Publication number: 20110095050
    Abstract: An electrically operated dispenser for sanitary or hygienic products, for example soap, paper, cleaning or care products or the like, contains a housing and respective displays which are visible from the exterior and which indicate operability and a required service intervention. At least one third display is provided in the interior of the dispenser and indicates the type of service intervention required once the housing has been opened.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Inventor: HANS GEORG HAGLEITNER
  • Patent number: 7886739
    Abstract: A circuit compliance compensated volume control system in a patient respiratory ventilation system and method, including: a circuit compliance estimator, to provide a relationship between a circuit volume and a differential pressure between a circuit pressure and a positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) of the respiratory circuit, a circuit volume estimator, operative to provide an estimated circuit volume based on the relationship between the circuit volume and the differential pressure, a patient volume observer, operative to provide an estimated patient volume by subtracting the estimated circuit volume from a measured machine delivered net volume, and a volume delivery controller, operative to update the machine delivered net volume based on the estimated patient volume and a set tidal volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Carefusion 207, Inc.
    Inventors: Ihab S. Soliman, Steven Duquette
  • Publication number: 20100301074
    Abstract: One embodiment of an apparatus for dispensing food items at pre-selected time intervals is provided. The apparatus may include a dispensing member, a receiving member, a timer and a locking member. The dispensing member may store at least one food item therewithin. The dispensing member may dispense a predetermined quantity of the at least one food item. The receiving member may receive the predetermined quantity of the at least one food item dispensed from the dispensing member. The receiving member may be accessed in an open state thereof for retrieving the dispensed food item. Further, the timer may measure a pre-selected time interval. The timer may be activated based on one of a user input and accessing of the receiving member for dispensed predetermined quantity of the at least one food item. The locking member may be configured to lock one of the dispensing member and the receiving member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2009
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Inventor: Jeffrey Koesterich
  • Patent number: 7824543
    Abstract: Wireless water purification systems and wireless remote dispensing devices for a water purification system. The remote dispensing device is fluidly coupled with the main purification unit. A wireless transceiver is associated with the remote dispensing device and another wireless transceiver is associated with the main purification unit. The wireless transceivers communicate across a wireless communications link between the remote dispensing device and the main purification unit. The system may include multiple remote dispensing devices and/or multiple main purification units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Barnstead Themolyne Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas Joseph Larkner
  • Patent number: 7824545
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the present disclosure, a fluid supply assembly fluidly connectable to a source of fluid is provided. The fluid supply assembly includes a housing (702); a hydraulic assembly (710) supported within the housing (702), wherein the hydraulic assembly (710) is configured and adapted to pressurize the fluid which is supplied to a solenoid shut-off valve (724); a tank assembly (714) supported within the housing (702) for retaining a quantity of pre-conditioned fluid therein; and a filter assembly (720) supported within the housing (702) and in fluid communication with the hydraulic assembly (710).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Inventor: David Mitchell Windmiller
  • Publication number: 20100230437
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for measuring fluid flow comprising an inferential flow meter having a housing defining a fluid flow path. A pulser is operative to produce an output signal indicative of flow rate through the meter. The apparatus further includes a controller in electronic communication with the pulser so as to receive the output signal. Based on the output signal, the controller is operative to determine fluid flow in a plurality of dynamic time sub-windows corresponding to respective periods of substantially consistent instantaneous flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2009
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Inventor: Giovanni Carapelli
  • Patent number: 7779099
    Abstract: A distributed intelligent system. The distributed network includes at least one gateway server configured for receiving meter data from one or more nodes of a distributed meter network and at least one subscriber station in communication with the at least one gateway server via a communication network. The at least one gateway server is further configured to selectively distribute the received meter data to the at least one subscriber station in accordance with a policy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: US Beverage Net Inc.
    Inventors: Prabhu R. Raghunathan, Patrick J. Danial, Mark E. Young
  • Patent number: 7699993
    Abstract: Wireless methods for dispensing water supplied by a main purification unit to a remote dispensing device. The remote dispensing device is fluidly coupled with the main purification unit. A wireless transceiver is associated with the remote dispensing device and another wireless transceiver is associated with the main purification unit. The wireless transceivers communicate across a wireless communications link between the remote dispensing device and the main purification unit. The system may include multiple remote dispensing devices and/or multiple main purification units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Barnstead Thermolyne Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas Joseph Larkner
  • Patent number: 7611030
    Abstract: An apparatus for automatically dispensing a fluid includes a container adapted to carry a supply of fluid, and a valve connected to the container, wherein actuation of the valve dispenses the fluid. An apparatus position indicator is associated with the container and an object sensor is positioned near the valve. The object sensor monitors an area below where the valve dispenses when open and upon detection of an object opens the valve. Initial positioning of the apparatus triggers the apparatus position indicator to generate an appropriate signal until the object sensor is properly positioned and permanently secured. A control circuit in cooperation with a hidden switch allows programming of lighting indicators, dispense cycle size, and dispense quantities. The control circuit also provides for overload protection, motor braking and RF shielding. And an anti-vandal feature prevents excessive use of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Inventors: Aaron R. Reynolds, Bruce J. Van Deman, Martin O'Toole, Paul Waterhouse
  • Publication number: 20090127283
    Abstract: The invention relates to a self-defense apparatus configured to release a substance when activated and further configured to transmit control signals to remote device. Such remote device may be a cell phone configured to transmit emergency data to a remote location. Such emergency data may include GPS coordinates, image data, sound data, vehicle control signals, alarm system control signals, lighting control signals, and other signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2008
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Inventors: Charlotte Ann Smith, William MontySimmons, Isaiah MontySimmons
  • Publication number: 20090090742
    Abstract: A dispensing system has a source container for dispensing fluid concentrate into receiving containers, and a control module connected to the source container to control dispensing of the fluid concentrate from the source container. An interactive media module is configured to provide communication between the dispensing system and a user. The interactive media module has a menu of options and being capable of responding to commands by the user. The interactive media module is connected to the control module to provide input to the control module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Publication date: April 9, 2009
    Applicant: IDISPENSE, LLC
    Inventors: R. Bruce Yacko, Edward L. Mueller, Jeffrey C. Gayer, Luke Stonis, Gary E. Myers, Tim C. Rothwell, Robert J. Hayes
  • Publication number: 20090069933
    Abstract: Embodiments of a dispensing system for dispensing a number of products to a user are disclosed. The dispensing system may include an input/output device and a dispenser. The input/output device may be adapted to receive a selection of one of the products from the user. The dispenser may be adapted to dispense a plurality of diluent components, the diluent components and a ratio of the diluent components corresponding at least in part to the selection of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2008
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Applicant: THE COCA-COLA COMPANY
    Inventors: Arthur G. Rudick, Annie T. Ellis
  • Publication number: 20090039108
    Abstract: A delivery unit (40) for automatically delivering a viscous sealant at a predetermined pressure to a stuffing box (70)of a shaft (20) is disclosed. The delivery unit (40), such as a pressure booster incrementally displaceable piston, is controlled to deliver the sealant at a predetermined pressure on demand when the pressure of the sealant within said stuffing box is less than the predetermined delivery pressure being sufficient to promote adhesion of the sealant onto a shaft segment and to thereby prevent or retard the egress of working fluid from a corresponding working chamber (17) of a machine adapte to perform work by the shaft. A system for reducing the pressure of sealant within a stuffing box by use of the delivery unit and of an impeller-based dynamic seal is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2007
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Applicant: Tamar (R.C.) Technologies Development Ltd.
    Inventor: Vaitzman Cohen-Zada
  • Publication number: 20080216504
    Abstract: An automatic liquid dispenser and a refrigerator with the same is disclosed wherein a level of liquid to be ejected into a receptacle can be established, and a display module is mounted to thereby enhance a user convenience, and wherein the automatic liquid dispenser is mounted on the refrigerator to allow being independently driven and manufactured.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Inventors: Jong Hwan Kim, Ju Hwan Yun, Young Hyun Lee, Dong Joo You