Motor Control Patents (Class 222/63)
  • Patent number: 10137465
    Abstract: An electric sprayer is provided. The electric sprayer includes a water tank and a spray device. The water tank is provided at the upper end with a sealing cover, and is provided at the front with a mounting seat, on which a motor, a pump and an electric outlet are fixed. A power supply, which is a lithium battery pack, is removably disposed on the electric outlet. The spray device is connected to a water outlet of the pump, whose water inlet is in communication with the water tank. With the technical solution of the present disclosure, the power supply is disposed in front of the water tank, which facilitates knapsack operation of the sprayer, and avoids the problem of heating the operator's back due to prolonged operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: SUZHOU CROSSTEC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xiaobing Zhang
  • Patent number: 9974233
    Abstract: A harvesting machine includes: a crop tank; a measuring device that measures an amount of crop that has been stored in the crop tank; an unloader apparatus that discharges crop that has been stored in the crop tank; a device control part that executes precise measurement oriented device setting processing; a measurement control part including a precise measurement execution part that performs, precise measurement which involves the precise measurement oriented device setting processing, and a simplified measurement execution part that executes, simplified measurement; an operational instruction processing part that outputs a precise measurement instruction and a simplified measurement instruction in response to an operation performed by a manual operation device; and a measurement result recording part that rewrites a simplified measurement result recorded based on a preceding simplified measurement instruction, with a precise measurement result that is based on a succeeding precise measurement instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Mao Ueda, Kazuhiro Takahara, Hiroshi Ikeda, Hirotsugu Inoue, Tadashi Hamanishi, Yukihiro Iname, Shoma Deguchi
  • Patent number: 9943786
    Abstract: A screen intake apparatus for a water intake system uses a cleaning system to clean one or more screen intakes. To clean debris from a screen, pipes in the interior of the screen receive pumped liquid (e.g., water or incompressible liquid) from a pump. Outlets, such as apertures or nozzles, on the pipes then direct the pumped liquid into the interior of the screen. One or more valves can vary, agitate, or pulse the flow of pumped fluid and/or can selectively deliver the pumped liquid to the pipes to remove collected debris from the exterior of the screen. A heater of the system can also heat the pumped liquid for delivery to the pipes to remove or prevent ice formation on the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Aqseptence Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Ekholm, Dilipkumar P. Shah
  • Patent number: 9641962
    Abstract: Sensor information is received from a set of sensors. First and second sets of machine monitoring data are generated from the sensor information. The first set of machine monitoring data is sent to a control system with a display in an operator compartment of a mobile machine. The second set of machine monitoring data is sent to a processing system that is separate from the control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Timothy J. Kilworth, Scott Pilarczyk, Jason D. Walter, Tim Roszhart, Gerald E. Rains, Brent A. Smith, Sean Mahrt, James Lawrence Sachs, David C. Smart
  • Patent number: 9594382
    Abstract: Method and device for metering a medium from at least one storage tank by a metering device, which has a piston pump, which defines a working chamber with a cylinder and a piston, wherein in a first method step a determined filling quantity of a medium is conveyed via an inlet valve into the working chamber and the determined filling quantity is greater than the quantity to be metered and, in a second method step, the piston reduces the working chamber in size enough that only the quantity to be metered remains, wherein the excess medium flows out of the working chamber, wherein the excess medium flows via the inlet valve back into a ring line, which is connected in a medium-conducting manner to the storage tank and is arranged outside the working chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: ZEPPELIN SYSTEMS GMBH
    Inventor: Stefan Hertel
  • Patent number: 9434598
    Abstract: Vehicles, systems, and methods for delivering natural gas and providing mobile fueling services are disclosed. A method of delivering natural gas includes: delivering a source vehicle to a receiving tank for receiving natural gas at a remote refueling location, the source vehicle having a natural gas engine for driving the vehicle and a source tank disposed onboard the source vehicle for storing the natural gas; and transferring natural gas from the source vehicle to the receiving tank using pressure equalization between the source tank and the receiving tank and using a compressor disposed onboard the source vehicle. The onboard compressor is operatively connected to and powered by the source vehicle engine. The source tank is adapted to store a volume greater than or equal to about 200 DGE of natural gas and supplies natural gas to power the source vehicle engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Ultimate CNG, LLC
    Inventors: Dennis A. Pick, Brian P. Fimian
  • Patent number: 9393586
    Abstract: A non-contact jetting dispenser, viscous fluid dispensing system and method. The system includes a viscous fluid dispenser for dispensing the viscous fluid. The system further includes a viscous fluid supply container adapted to hold the viscous fluid. A flow path is provided for the viscous fluid between the viscous fluid supply container and an outlet of the viscous fluid dispenser. An electronic flow meter device is used to produce electrical output signals proportional to the flow rate of the fluid flowing through the flow path. A control is operatively coupled to the electronic flow meter for continuously receiving and processing the electrical output signals and performing a responsive control function in a closed loop manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: NORDSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joseph E. Donner, Michael Gorman, Christopher L. Giusti, Horatio Quinones, Thomas L. Ratledge, Yuriy Suhinin
  • Patent number: 9375528
    Abstract: Methods and systems for dispensing a fluid using an automated fluid delivery system are disclosed. A pump may be configured to force an aliquot of fluid from a fluid source into a fluid delivery channel. A processor may receive values of a property for the aliquot and the fluid source of the aliquot, and may use these values to determine a volume of the aliquot. The determined volume is compared by the processor against an expected volume to establish the amount of fluid being pumped by the pump per unit, such as time or revolutions. The processor controls operation of the pump to dispense a predetermined dose based on the amount of fluid being pumped by the pump per unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Bayer HealthCare LLC
    Inventors: Charles Marsh, Larry McCutchan
  • Patent number: 9366203
    Abstract: In accordance with an aspect of the present disclosure, a conformable high pressure gas fuel storage system has a high pressure gaseous storage vessel with a central section disposed between end sections and in fluid communication therewith. The end and central sections have hollow geometric objects. The geometric objects have self-similarity providing the gas storage vessel with a fractal geometry. Each geometric object of each end section branches into a plurality of the geometric objects of the central section. The geometric objects of the central section have a smaller cross-section and thinner outer wall than the geometric objects of the end sections. The geometric objects of at least the central section are formable with bends to a configuration to conform the gas storage vessel to a space in a vehicle in which the gas storage vessel is packaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventor: Tarek Abdel-Baset
  • Patent number: 9363336
    Abstract: A cloud-aware smart device that facilitates automated configuration and integration of the device within an automation system is provided. Upon installation within the automation system, the smart device determines its geographical location, identifies other devices on the system, and determines its role within the system. The smart device then establishes communication with a cloud platform running one or more cloud-based applications or services and sends a device profile containing the gathered information to the cloud platform. The device profile can be used to automatically configure the device for operation within the system or to add the smart device to an existing cloud-based application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Douglas C. Lawson, Douglas J. Reichard, Joseph A. Harkulich, Rainer Hessmer, Sujeet Chand, David W. Farchmin
  • Patent number: 9296009
    Abstract: A hot melt adhesive dispensing unit includes an adhesive supply for receiving solid or semi-solid hot melt adhesive material, an adhesive supply heater associated with the adhesive supply for melting the solid or semi-solid hot melt adhesive material into a liquid hot melt adhesive material, a manifold connected to the adhesive supply and including a flow rate sensor for measuring a flow rate of the liquid hot melt adhesive material, the flow rate sensor generating flow rate information, a pump connected to the manifold for pumping liquid hot melt adhesive material from the adhesive supply into the manifold, the pump including a pump motor, and a variable frequency drive for controlling the pump motor. The variable frequency drive is in communication with the flow rate sensor for receiving the flow rate information and the pump motor for controlling the speed of the pump motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: NORDSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Robert Bacco, David Mark Pendley
  • Patent number: 9249790
    Abstract: A fuel delivery system is provided including one or more pump assemblies and one or more controllers configured to control the one or more pump assemblies. The fuel delivery system may conserve energy by selectively activating the one or more pump assemblies and the one or more controllers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Franklin Fueling Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander P. Kobryn, Donald Edward Watzke, Jr., William S. Nelson
  • Patent number: 9181943
    Abstract: A method for synchronizing pistons within linear pumps of a variable dispense ratio system comprises operating first and second pistons, controlling the first and second pistons, and reversing direction of one of the first and second pistons. The first and second pistons are operated within first and second cylinders so that the first piston moves at a slower speed than the second piston to produce a variable dispense ratio. The first and second pistons are controlled to reverse directions whenever one piston reaches an end of its respective cylinder to produce pumping. One of the first and second pistons reverses direction before either piston reaches an end of its respective cylinder to adjust the synchronicity of the pistons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Graco Minnesota Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher R. Blackson
  • Patent number: 9167952
    Abstract: A dispenser for a dishwasher having a wash tub includes a fluid reservoir to hold a treating chemistry, a lid operatively mounted to the fluid reservoir, and configured to move between an open position and a closed position, and a hydraulic actuator fluidly coupled to a fluid source and configured to initiate movement of the lid between its closed and the open positions in response to fluid pressure applied to the actuator by the fluid source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Paul E. Beshears, Jr., Elliott V. Stowe
  • Patent number: 9115847
    Abstract: A lubricator comprises a container of variable volume holding a lubricant and having an opening for dispensing the lubricant. An electromechanical or electrochemical actuator operated by a control circuit makes it possible to reduce the volume of the container. An electrical circuit for displaying the state of the lubricator comprising a light source can emit at least one alarm light signal. A lid affixed to the container in a removable manner constitutes a housing for the electrical signal display circuit and defines a reference axis of the lubricator. A light diffuser guides the light emitted by the light source towards numerous light outlets distributed along the circumference of the lid in a manner that at least one of the light outlets is visible regardless of the position of an observer facing the lubricator and is located on a circle of observation centered on the reference axis of the lubricator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: NTN—SNR ROULEMENTS
    Inventors: Sébastien Guillaume, Hervé Lenon, Gérard Mermoud, Christophe Oddoux
  • Patent number: 9039557
    Abstract: A powered dispensing tool includes a housing, a motor at least partially positioned within the housing, a rack operably coupled to the motor for powered translation, and a transmission selectively operably coupling the motor and the rack. The transmission includes an output shaft rotatable in response to rotation of the motor, and an output member drivably coupled to the rack and supported on the output shaft for relative rotation therewith. The transmission also includes a clutch member coupled for co-rotation with the output shaft and movable along the output shaft between a first position, in which the clutch member is engaged with the output member for transferring torque from the output shaft to the output member, and a second position, in which the clutch member is disengaged from the output member to inhibit torque transfer between the output shaft and the output member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Naughton, Anna M. Kaczmarczyk, John G. Marx, David P. Lincoln, Joseph H. Ellice, Troy C. Thorson
  • 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: 9016519
    Abstract: A beverage system includes a pump that draws a set mount of a flavored concentrate into a mixing chamber through a conduit for mixing with water to form a beverage. A sensor detects when the amount of the flavored concentrate in the conduit or in the container is low or out. The sensor includes two wings each including a recessed surface that together defines a circular space. A portion of the conduit is received in the circular space. Each of the wings includes an ultrasonic portion that emits ultrasonic waves that are non-intrusive. When the amount of flavored concentrate in the conduit is low, air bubbles are generated in the flow along the conduit and/or a vacuum is created in the conduit to draw the conduit away from the recessed surface. The ultrasonic waves detect either of these two features, indicating that the amount of the flavored concentrate is low.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Carrier Commercial Refrigeration, Inc.
    Inventors: James J. Minard, Mark E. Bush
  • Patent number: 9010367
    Abstract: The controller of the plural component proportioner (10) dispenses both components (or all three if a three component material) as necessary to maintain the correct mix ratio. The fluid displacement measuring technique described allows this proportioning to take place with the “A” or main component pump always able to supply fluid to the spray gun without being stopped. The “B” component, at a higher pressure, is added as necessary to control ratio. The control can determine whether the pumps were properly loaded with fluid, and the fluid was properly compressed for accurate measurement. This technique allows for the proportioned fluids to be provided to the spray gun(s) at high flow rates and consistent spray pressure without interruption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Graco Minnesota Inc.
    Inventors: Martin P. McCormick, Richard T. Mallum, Jeffrey G. Zinn
  • Patent number: 8998040
    Abstract: A substance dispensing system that includes a hydraulic drive system is disclosed. The hydraulic drive system includes a hydraulic valve having a variable pressure setting, the hydraulic valve operable between a closed position in which a hydraulic pump moves hydraulic fluid to a hydraulic cylinder and an open position in which the hydraulic pump moves the hydraulic fluid to a hydraulic reservoir. The substance dispensing system of the present disclosure provides a system that recirculates hydraulic fluid in a hydraulic drive system instead of recirculating a substance back to a container via a pump. The substance dispensing system of the present disclosure allows for precise, accurate, and instantaneous control of an external force in a substance dispensing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Rooftop Research, LLC.
    Inventor: Robert S Burns
  • Patent number: 8998036
    Abstract: A dispenser including a base unit with an actuation mechanism for dispensing liquid and a refill unit insertable into the base unit in an inverted configuration with its outlet lowermost for the supply of liquid to the base unit. The refill unit includes an annular wall projecting into the refill unit and defining an outlet from the refill unit, the annular wall being closable at its innermost end by a valve element biased onto the annular wall. The base unit includes a hollow spigot and an annular seal surrounding and spaced from the top of the spigot whereby insertion of the refill unit into the base unit causes the spigot to enter the annular wall and to lift the valve element from the annular wall to define a flow path from the refill unit, and the annular seal to seal between the spigot and the annular wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Reckitt & Colman (Overseas) Limited
    Inventors: Xianzhi Zhou, Dong Xiao You, Christopher Leonard Padain, Jacobus Simon Petrus Van Diepen
  • Patent number: 8960498
    Abstract: An electrically powered device includes at least one electrically powered component and a power source having at least two cells. One cell powers the electrically powered component and the remaining cells are held in reserve. A control circuit is connected to the electrically powered component and the power source. The control circuit includes a controller which generates a charge signal, a boost regulator circuit connected to the controller which receives power from the power source and generates a boost signal for conversion into a charge signal. A capacitor is connected to the controller and receives the charge signal and provides a predetermined voltage to the electrically powered component. A boost regulator circuit and the controller monitor the power source and draw power from one of the remaining cells held in reserve when the cell is fully depleted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Gojo Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jackson W. Wegelin, Chip W. Curtis
  • Patent number: 8957608
    Abstract: A motor-driving device of an electric caulking gun has a micro-controller unit (MCU), a direction-changing module, a motor and a speed sensor. The direction-changing module and the speed sensor are electrically connected to the MCU. The direction-changing module is electrically connected to the motor, and the speed sensor detects a speed of the motor. The MCU is built in with a speed determination procedure comparing an actual speed of the motor acquired from the speed sensor with a preset speed. If the actual speed is lower than the preset speed, it indicates that the resistance at a tube nozzle of the electrical caulking gun increases and the direction-changing module increases the speed of the motor to maintain a preset caulk discharge rate. Given the motor-driving device, the operational inconvenience arising from the unstable caulk discharge rate of conventional electric caulking gun can be tackled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Techway Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chih-Hua Hsu, Sen-Hsien Fang, Tain-Meei Lee, Hong-Yao Chen
  • Patent number: 8955724
    Abstract: A dispensing pump, and more particularly, a valve impact type dispensing pump that may be used in a process of manufacturing an electronic product and may dispense an accurate amount of a liquid, such as a liquid synthetic resin, at high speed. The present invention provides a valve impact type dispensing pump that can descend a valve rod at high speed and thus can dispense a liquid with high viscosity at high speed. The valve impact type dispensing pump can dispense an accurate amount of a liquid at high speed. Also, the valve impact type dispensing pump can dispense a liquid having high viscosity at high speed due to a fast descending speed of a valve rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Protec Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seung Min Hong, IL Kang
  • Publication number: 20150028059
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for mixing and applying a bead of material. For example, the bead of material can be used to seal gaps cracks and seams of a building. The apparatus includes a supply machine and an applicator. The supply machine provides each of the parts of the material to the applicator at a controlled rate. The applicator mixes the parts of the material at a nozzle. The applicator provides a bead (rather than spraying) of the mixed material through the nozzle. The bead of material may be applied in a precise manner to seal gaps, cracks and seams of an existing building and/or the bead may be provided during new construction of a building between components of the building.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Robert J. O'Leary, Christopher Relyea
  • Publication number: 20150028062
    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: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: 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: 8939325
    Abstract: A foaming pump mechanism for dispensing a foamable or foaming liquid composition, as well as dispensers for delivery of a foaming or foamable liquid composition therefrom which is operable by a non-contact interaction with the user. The foaming pump mechanism includes foam recovery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Reckitt & Colman (Overseas) Limited
    Inventors: ZhiHao Liang, XianZhi Zhou
  • Patent number: 8936181
    Abstract: A dispensing pump, and more particularly, a valve accelerating type dispensing pump that may be used in a process of manufacturing an electronic product and may dispense an accurate amount of a liquid, such as a liquid synthetic resin, at high speed. The present invention provides a valve accelerating type dispensing pump that can descend a valve rod at high speed and thus can dispense a liquid with high viscosity at high speed. The valve accelerating type dispensing pump can dispense an accurate amount of a liquid at high speed. Also, the valve accelerating type dispensing pump can dispense a liquid having high viscosity at high speed due to a fast descending speed of a valve rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Protec Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seung Min Hong, Il Kang
  • Patent number: 8915399
    Abstract: A medical fluid injection system may include a powered injector and a fluid reservoir that contains a simulated contrast medium. The simulated contrast medium may exhibit a fluid flow property substantially equal to that of an active contrast medium but be devoid of any active contrast agent that provides contrast during diagnostic imaging. During operation, a syringe in the powered injector may be filled with the simulated contrast medium and then evacuated to discharge the simulated contrast medium from the syringe. The simulated contrast medium may be used to test and evaluate the performance of the powered injector prior to use in a medical procedure without exposing personnel to an active contrast agent or creating medical waste that contains the active contrast agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: ACIST Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Sidney D. Nystrom
  • Patent number: 8905265
    Abstract: A hybrid dispenser incorporating structural elements providing the ability to alternatively dispense soap or other liquid from a container either by an electric motor or manually including a pivoted actuator member having cam surfaces spaced from one another on opposite sides of the pivot location, a rotatable member rotated by the motor engaging one of the cam surfaces, and a manually operable member engaging the other cam surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Dispensing Dynamics International
    Inventors: Todd Jeffrey Muderlak, Roland E. C. Schwarz
  • Publication number: 20140339256
    Abstract: A system for dispensing a beverage includes a conical inner sleeve configured to receive a mixture of beverage components, a first blade, and a blade arm. An outer shell receives the first blade, blade arm, and the inner sleeve. A top couples the inner sleeve and outer shell in a fixed position. A tap module includes a tap handle and a tap control. The tap handle restricts and allows beverage flow through a beverage port. The tap control detects whether the tap handle is in a first position or a second position. The tap control prevents a motor from operation while the tap handle is in the first position and engages the motor while the tap handle is in the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: COOLERITA, INC
    Inventors: Malcolm Lunn, Larry Killszewski, Brett Triola
  • Patent number: 8889082
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an apparatus for dispensing the fragrance of an odor control substance. The apparatus includes a housing defining a housing interior adapted to receive a refill component. The refill component includes a container with liquid odor control substance and a wick. The refill component is installed from the bottom into the housing for ease of servicing. A pump device in the housing dispenses a dose of the liquid odor control into a wicking area of the refill component. In another embodiment, the refill component includes the pump device. The pump device is installed into the housing when the refill component is replaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: San Jamar, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd J. Muderlak, Kenneth J. Muderlak
  • Patent number: 8881945
    Abstract: A method of operating a dispensing system includes the step of alternating between active and lockout modes within a first timing sequence, wherein during the active mode at least one sensor is active to detect sensory input, and whereupon detection of the sensory input results in product being released from a first container, and wherein during a lockout mode product is not released from the first container. The method further includes the step of alternating between active and lockout modes within a second timing sequence, wherein during the active period at least one sensor is active to detect sensory input, and whereupon detection of the sensory input results in fluid being released from a second container, and wherein during a lockout mode fluid is not released from the second container. The expiration of the first timing sequence, and the initiation of the second timing sequence, occurs from at least one of the lapsing of a time interval, sensory input, and manual input from a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas P. Gasper, Christopher S. Hoppe
  • Patent number: 8870548
    Abstract: Systems and methods for maintaining substantially a baseline pressure in a chamber of a pumping apparatus are disclosed. Embodiments of the present invention may serve to control a motor to compensate or account for a pressure drift which may occur in a chamber of the pumping apparatus. More specifically, a dispense motor may be controlled to substantially maintain a baseline pressure in the dispense chamber before a dispense based on a pressure sensed in the dispense chamber. In one embodiment, before a dispense is initiated a control loop may be utilized such that it is repeatedly determined if the pressure in the dispense chamber is above a desired pressure and, if so, the movement of the pumping means regulated to maintain substantially the desired pressure in the dispense chamber until a dispense of fluid is initiated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Entegris, Inc.
    Inventors: James Cedrone, George L. Gonnella
  • Patent number: 8851111
    Abstract: The controller of the plural component proportioner (10) dispenses both components (or all three if a three component material) simultaneously (at least initially) and maintains ratio at the end of each predetermined volume of material by determining which component pump (12) has reached the desired amount of travel (given the resolution available) and using a valve (16) to shut off output of that pump until the other side has caught up. At pump changeover, the output valve for that pump (12) is shut off and the air motor (12a) allowed to run until travel stops to account for cavitation, air entrainment, compressibility, or poor inlet check performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Graco Inc.
    Inventors: David M. Pittman, Vu K. Nguyen
  • Publication number: 20140263416
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling a fluid flow may include a flow channel, a housing, a flow restrictor, and a housing adjustment member. The flow channel defines a fluid pathway for the fluid flow. The fluid pathway includes an inlet and an exit. The housing surrounds the flow channel. The housing comprises an exterior surface defining a first threaded portion. The flow restrictor is located within the housing and proximate the exit. The housing adjustment member includes a second threaded portion in contact with the first threaded portion. Embodiments may include a method for controlling a fluid flow. The method comprises: causing the fluid flow to pass through a flow channel having an inlet and an exit; restricting, via a flow restrictor, the fluid flow, the flow restrictor located proximate the exit; and adjusting a position of the flow restrictor to further restrict or unrestrict the fluid flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: C. Brad Green
  • Patent number: 8833608
    Abstract: A system and method to facilitate the unloading of bulk materials from containment vessels and transport vehicles, including non-flowing DDGs in such vehicles, is disclosed. The system includes a compressed air system that further includes a motor, an air compressor, and an air reservoir; a hydraulic fluid system that further includes a motor, a hydraulic fluid reservoir, and a pump; a wireless control system; a slew drive; a hydraulically-powered, articulating boom arm that also includes hydraulic cylinders that remain in a plane parallel to the boom arm throughout operation of the system; and a blaster assembly with first and second ends that includes an air reservoir proximate the first end, a mount assembly, a discharge tube assembly, and a discharge tip assembly that includes a shooting valve proximate the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Pneumat Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Larry Walters, Terry Dale Pankratz, Gregory Wallace Nelson
  • Patent number: 8833607
    Abstract: A radio frequency identification (RFID) dispenser is configured to communicate with an RFID tag provided by a refill cartridge utilizes a multi band pass filter to convert the radio frequency identification into a digital signal. The digital signal read by the dispenser is processed by a controller to enable a dispensing function that is representative of the code associated with the RFID tag. In addition, the dispenser includes a pair of transistors that write to the RFID tag provided by the refill cartridge. The dispenser may also be configured to communicate with the RFID tags that are disposed upon cartridges utilized by the dispenser. In addition, the dispenser may be configured to utilize cartridges that include adjustable or telescoping partitions that allow the size of the cartridge to vary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jackson W. Wegelin, Aaron R. Reynolds, Chip W. Curtis
  • Patent number: 8833605
    Abstract: A product delivery and monitoring system is provided. The system includes at least one air pump, an air pump sensor for each air pump, at least one diaphragm pump, a diaphragm pump sensor for each diaphragm pump, a controller and an indication system. Each air pump sensor is configured and arranged to monitor the operation of the air pump. The at least one diaphragm pump is configured and arranged to deliver a product in response to the operation of an associated air pump. Each diaphragm pump sensor is configured and arranged to monitor the delivery of the product by the diaphragm pump. The controller is in communication with each air pump sensor and each diaphragm pump sensor. The controller is configured to generate at least one control signal based on a comparison of communications from an air pump sensor and an associated diaphragm sensor. The controller is configured to manipulate the indication system with the at least one control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Richard J. Mehus, Robert D. Grapes, James Unwin
  • Patent number: 8816536
    Abstract: A system includes a dispenser and a transmitter. The dispenser is configured to support and dispense product. The dispenser includes: a housing; an antenna disposed and configured to receive electromagnetic energy that originates from the transmitter; a power supply disposed within the housing and configured to convert the electromagnetic energy received at the antenna into DC (direct current) power; a dispenser mechanism configured and disposed to dispense the product from the dispenser on command; a controller disposed in operable communication with the power supply and the dispenser mechanism; and, an actuator disposed in operable communication with the controller. Upon actuation of the actuator, and upon presence of the DC power, the controller is responsive to facilitate action by the dispenser mechanism to dispense the product. The transmitter is configured to transmit electromagnetic energy and is disposed in operable communication with the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP
    Inventors: Brian S. Borke, Andre Lanouette
  • Patent number: 8814536
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a system, method and computer program product for reducing the hold-up volume of a pump. More particularly, embodiments of the invention can determine, prior to dispensing a fluid, a position for a diaphragm in a chamber to reduce a hold-up volume at a dispense pump and/or a feed pump. This variable home position of the diaphragm can be determined based on a set of factors affecting a dispense operation. Example factors may include a dispense volume and an error volume. The home position for the diaphragm can be selected such that the volume of the chamber at the dispense pump and/or feed pump contains sufficient fluid to perform the various steps of a dispense cycle while minimizing the hold-up volume. Additionally, the home position of the diaphragm can be selected to optimize the effective range of positive displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Entegris, Inc.
    Inventors: Marc Laverdiere, James Cedrone, George Gonnella, Iraj Gashgaee, Paul Magoon, Timothy J. King
  • Patent number: 8807397
    Abstract: A device that dispense dosages of a free-flowing substance has a support column with a horizontal support arm (10) cantilevered thereon. The device includes a holder unit (20) on which at least one movably supported receiving unit (30) is arranged. The receiving unit is designed so that at least one dosage unit (70) can be set into, as well as taken out of, it. The holder unit contains at least one agitation actuator (50) that acts on the receiving unit. The dosage unit can be fastened to the receiving unit by means of a pre-tensioned clamping module (60). For the insertion and/or removal of the dosage unit, the clamping module can be spread apart from a dispensing position into a loading position by means of an opener module that is based on the holder unit. In the dispensing position, the opener module is uncoupled from the receiving unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Mettler-Toldeo AG
    Inventors: Marc Zehnder, Pascal Frei
  • Patent number: 8807390
    Abstract: An energy efficient dispenser for dispensing product from a container includes at least one indicator for displaying a first indication sequence when the dispenser is in a dispense mode operational state and a second indication sequence when the dispenser in a lockout mode operational state. Each indication sequence includes one or more activations of the at least one indicator, which utilize no more than 0.0625 mAh of energy to provide an indication to a user of the operational state of the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Saleh A. Saleh, Gene Sipinski, Craig J. Witcraft
  • Publication number: 20140224831
    Abstract: A powered dispensing tool includes a housing, a motor positioned within the housing, a rack coupled to the motor for powered translation in at least one of a forward direction and a reverse direction, and a transmission selectively coupling the motor and the rack. The transmission includes an input ring rotatable in response to rotation of the motor in a first direction corresponding with powered translation of the rack in the forward direction, a first clutch member engaged with the rack through an intermediate gear, and a second clutch member that receives torque from the input ring and that is movable in response to rotation of the motor in the first direction toward a first position engaging the first clutch member. The second clutch member is also movable in response to rotation of the motor in an opposite, second direction toward a second position disengaged from the first clutch member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC TOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Naughton, Troy C. Thorson, Brandon L. Verbrugge, William E. Check, Thomas G. Simeone, Scott D. Eisenhardt, Scott Schneider
  • Patent number: 8794485
    Abstract: A system for dispensing a beverage includes a conical inner sleeve configured to receive a mixture of beverage components, a first blade, and a blade arm. An outer shell receives the first blade, blade arm, and the inner sleeve. A top couples the inner sleeve and outer shell in a fixed position. A tap module includes a tap handle and a tap control. The tap handle restricts and allows beverage flow through a beverage port. The tap control detects whether the tap handle is in a first position or a second position. The tap control prevents a motor from operation while the tap handle is in the first position and engages the motor while the tap handle is in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventors: Malcolm Lunn, Larry Kiliszewski, Brett Triola
  • Publication number: 20140203041
    Abstract: The present invention provides a water supply apparatus capable of performing a backup operation, without lowering water supply capability, when a failure has occurred in one control substrate due to surge or noise caused by lightning or due to lifetimes of various sensors, by switching to the other control substrate, and capable of reliably performing the backup operation by means of devices that prevent failure of the control substrates. The water supply apparatus (1) includes: a plurality of pumps (3); a plurality of inverters (INV) each configured to change and control a rotational frequency of a corresponding one of the plurality of pumps (3); and a plurality of control substrates (CN) configured to control the plurality of inverters (INV). When an abnormality occurs in one control substrate, other control substrate backs up the one control substrate to thereby allow the water supply apparatus to continue its operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: EBARA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takahide Komatsu, Kazuhiro Kaneda, Tomoharu Tejima, Nobuhiro Higaki, Sachiko Miyauchi
  • Patent number: 8783513
    Abstract: A product dispensing system includes a flow control device configured to regulate a first ingredient. A pump module is configured to be coupled to a supply of a second ingredient. A controller is configured to provide a first control signal to the flow control device for controlling the supply of a first quantity of the first ingredient based upon, at least in part, a predetermined recipe. The controller is further configured to provide a second control signal to the pump module for controlling the supply of a first quantity of the second ingredient based upon, at least in part, the predetermined recipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Russell H. Beavis, Benjamin W. Jones, John M. Kerwin, Larry B. Gray, Casey P. Manning, Felix Winkler, Robert A. Charles
  • Patent number: 8783509
    Abstract: A method, device and system for metering powder material from a powder material source by a metering device connected to the source. The device is charged from the source with a batch of powder material in a charging configuration. The batch is discharged from the device in a discharging configuration. The source is connected with a metering piston space in the charging configuration via a first channel of a fixed metering channel hub. The volume of the space is controlled between a metering piston and a hub peripheral surface by controlling the piston position in the space, to charge the volume with material by gravity. The metering space is turned around the hub, to the charging configuration. The volume filled with material is enclosed until reaching the discharging configuration. The metering piston space is connected with a discharge opening via a second channel of the hub for discharging the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Saab AB
    Inventor: Magnus Nordlund
  • Patent number: 8783510
    Abstract: A dispensing system is disclosed which utilizes an electronically powered key device and/or identification code associated with a refill container to preclude the need for mechanical keys. The system utilizes a near field frequency response to determine whether a refill container is compatible with a dispensing system. In particular, the refill container is provided with a coil terminated by one of a number of capacitors. The container is received in a housing that provides a pair of coils that are in a spatial relationship with the installed refill container's coil. By energizing one of the housing's coils, the other coil detects a unique electronic signature generated by the container's coil. If the signature is acceptable, the dispensing system is allowed to dispense a quantity of material. The system also provides a unique latching mechanism to retain the container and ensure positioning of all the coils.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventors: Aaron R. Reynolds, Mark E. Rosenkranz, Paul Waterhouse