Including Timer Patents (Class 222/638)
  • Patent number: 10470919
    Abstract: A portable male urination container. Having a top funnel opening with accompanied lid enclosure. Liquid is contained within a collection chamber. The container includes two handles which provide a means for stable operations as well as preventing any spillage. The urinal is ideal for potty-training when bathroom facilities are impracticable for teaching purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventor: Steven Patrick Pascale
  • Patent number: 10104008
    Abstract: Techniques are described for accumulating unused computing resources. The techniques may involve associating, with a task, a baseline amount of a computing resource for each time interval of a predetermined number of time intervals, and monitoring a consumption of the computing resource by the task in each time interval. Resource credits can be accumulated based on an unused amount of the computing resource during at least some of the time intervals. When a workload of the task consumes more than the baseline amount of the computing resource, the accumulated resource credits can be applied to allocate an additional amount of the computing resource to the task. A proportionate additional amount of a memory resource can also be allocated to the task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Rahul Gautam Patel, William John Earl, Nachiketh Rao Potlapally
  • Patent number: 9491112
    Abstract: Techniques are described for accumulating unused computing resources. The techniques may involve receiving a request to execute a task for a tenant on shared hardware resources and assigning a task identifier to the task. A baseline resource credit per time interval of a computing resource can be determined based on a service level agreement associated with the tenant. The techniques may further involve monitoring a performance counter associated with the computing resource to determine a utilization amount of the computing resource by the task during a first time interval, determining an unused amount of the computing resource in the first time interval based on a difference between the utilization amount and the baseline resource credit and incrementing a resource credit balance associated with the task identifier by the unused amount of the computing resource.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Rahul Gautam Patel, William John Earl, Nachiketh Rao Potlapally
  • Patent number: 9474694
    Abstract: A medication dispensing assembly includes a canister that has an outer wall extending between a top end and a bottom end of the canister. The top end of the canister is open so the canisters may contain a medication. A lid is coupled to the top end of the canister. A processor is coupled to the canister. A timer is coupled to the canister and the processor. The timer determines a trigger time that the medication is to be removed from the canister. An actuator is coupled to the canister and the processor. The actuator is actuated to determine the trigger time. An alarm is coupled to the canister and the processor. A sensor is coupled to the canister and the processor. The alarm continuously emits an audible alarm until the sensor detects that the lid is positioned in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Inventor: Julian Perry Hartley
  • Publication number: 20150102057
    Abstract: A system for dispensing a flowable food product from a reservoir is provided. A wall of the reservoir defines an aperture therethrough allowing the flowable food product to exit the reservoir. The system includes a valve having a base member having a first passageway extending therethrough and a moving member having a second passageway extending therethrough, the moving member configured to slide relative to the base member between a closed position in which the first passageway and the second passageway do not overlap and an open position in which the first passageway and the second passageway overlap. When the moving member is in the open position, an axis extending through the first passageway and the second passageway extends through the aperture in the reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: GEHL FOODS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Gehl, Michael Sowieja, Christoph Albiez, Paul Hatch, Thomas Mitchell, David Mucci, Anders Olof Rostlund
  • Patent number: 8961893
    Abstract: A chemical diluter system includes a housing. A container is mounted in the housing and is adapted for storing soluble flowable chemical solids. A mixing chamber is disposed within the housing and adjacent to the container. A disposable dispenser is attached to the container for automatically dispensing a measured amount of the chemical solids from the container into the mixing chamber via gravity flow. The mixing chamber is adapted to receive fluid for dissolution of the chemical solids and for dispensing a diluted chemical solution of the chemical solids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: NCH Corporation
    Inventors: Wayne Anthony Fleming, Jose Eduardo G. Evaro
  • Patent number: 8845887
    Abstract: A water purifier determining an appropriate discarded water quantity includes: a purified water supply; an integrated flow quantity measuring part; and a control and calculation part. The control and calculation part is configured to determine whether purified water is unsuitable for use based upon the integrated flow quantity measured for a period of time from when the supply is started. A value of water quantity Qti at the Nth time is determined based on a length of time from when the purified water supply stops the supply at the (N?1)th time up to when the purified water supply starts the supply at the the Nth time; and a difference between a quantity of water measured for a period of time from when the supply at the (N?1)th time is started to when the supply at the (N?1)th time is stopped and a value of Qti at the (N?1)th time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takashi Morisue
  • Publication number: 20140263423
    Abstract: A dispensing device is improved through the inclusion of modular components, for example, mechanical interfaces to couple to a container and a base. The modular dispensing device may also include communication systems related to the container and the base. Specifically, the modular dispensing device may receive information such as the contents of the container (e.g., quantity, identity, etc.) and a schedule for dispensing the contents. Using this information, the modular dispensing device may control the dispensing of the contents of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Makefield LLC
    Inventors: Kutadgu Akdogan, Kalyan C. Vepuri, Christian Von Heifner
  • Publication number: 20140158165
    Abstract: An ice dispensing system includes an ice hopper structure including a plurality of walls having inner surfaces that define an inner volume storing ice therein. The ice hopper may include a drain. A cleaning structure is coupled to the ice hopper structure. The cleaning structure includes a pump linked to a spray mechanism positioned within the inner volume of the ice hopper structure. The spray mechanism disperses a liquid on an inner surface of the ice hopper structure during a cleaning cycle of the ice dispensing mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: IMI CORNELIUS INC.
    Inventors: Vittal Murthy, Jayateertha Malagi, A.R. Servesh, Matthew Kampert, Chris Zemko
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130277389
    Abstract: A volatile material dispensing system includes a housing retaining a container having a tilt-activated valve stem. A displacement member is disposed on the tilt-activated valve stem. A drive unit is disposed within the housing. The drive unit includes a gear mechanically associated with an actuating cam mounted on a transfer shaft to displace the displacement member. The transfer shaft is not parallel to a longitudinal axis of the container. The actuating cam rotates in a plane not parallel to the longitudinal axis of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventors: Thomas A. Helf, Edward L. Paas, Brent D. Madsen, Paul E. Furner
  • Patent number: 8550299
    Abstract: The present invention is methods and devices for encouraging, educating, entertaining, and or motivating children to brush their teeth. In preferred embodiments of the invention, one or more characters are used, each with its own look and personality. The characters are used in a variety of forms and media as the shape of functional devices, advertising, education and entertainment. The characters may also be animated. The characters and their images, associated slogans and brand name may be used on a line of merchandise. The invention in a preferred embodiment includes a toothpaste dispenser or a toy in the shape of one of the characters. The toothpaste dispenser or toy, in a preferred embodiment, is able to talk to, play a song or otherwise communicate with the child to give entertaining, educational or motivating messages to the child regarding brushing their teeth. The invention in another embodiment includes one or more of the characters in the form of finger and or hand puppets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventor: Alicia H. Lohmann
  • Patent number: 8540118
    Abstract: A water dispenser is fluidly connectable to a water source. The water dispenser includes a water tank; a faucet fluidly connected to the water tank and configured to generate an activation signal after being activated; a valve fluidly connectable to the water source and fluidly connected to the water tank; a first float switch movably disposed in the water tank and configured to generate an open signal after moving away from a predetermined position; and a controller operatively connected to the faucet and the first float switch. The controller is configured to open the valve to refill the water tank with water from the water source after the controller receives both the activation signal from the faucet and the open signal from the first float switch. A method of operating the water dispenser is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Neil McDonald, Daniel Capelle, Daniel Brosnan
  • Publication number: 20130240560
    Abstract: A method of operating a dispensing unit includes the steps of applying a power source to a dispensing unit that includes a container and performing a startup procedure in response to applying the power source. The startup procedure also includes the step of performing an activation sequence that discharges a fluid from the container. The method further includes the step of performing an active mode procedure after the startup procedure without providing a lockout period in between. The active mode procedure includes activating a sensor associated with the dispensing unit, performing an activation sequence that discharges the fluid from the container when the sensor detects sensory input, and performing a transition procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventor: Gene Sipinski
  • Publication number: 20130240558
    Abstract: A method of operating a dispensing device includes the step of entering a first active state, in which the detection of sensory input by a sensor initiates a first pattern activation sequence to energize a drive unit of the dispensing device for a first length of time and a second subsequent length of time to actuate a container. Upon completion of the first pattern activation sequence, the device enters a second active state. The detection of sensory input in the second active state initiates a second pattern activation sequence to energize the drive unit for a third length of time and a fourth subsequent length of time to actuate a container if the sensory input is detected before a time period P lapses. The dispensing device initiates the first pattern activation sequence if the sensory input is detected after the lapsing of the time period P.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventors: Christopher S. Hoppe, Thomas P. Gasper, Bhaveshkumar Shah
  • Publication number: 20130221023
    Abstract: Methods and devices for micro-dosing a liquid are disclosed herein. According to one embodiment, a method for a time controlled micro-dosing of a liquid from a liquid reservoir includes: receiving the liquid reservoir with a structure wherein the structure is portable; securing the liquid reservoir to the structure; connecting a second end of a drive unit to a piston disposed within the liquid reservoir; activating a drive motor; displacing the drive unit with respect to the structure towards the piston in an axial direction with the drive motor; moving the piston axially within the liquid reservoir; and micro-dosing the liquid from the liquid reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: ROCHE DIAGNOSTICS INTERNATIONAL AG
    Inventor: Roche Diagnostics International AG
  • Publication number: 20130098849
    Abstract: A pH balancing solution dispenser having an upper body portion and a lower dispenser body portion. An interior support portion is provided with a dispensing grid and an at least one piercing mechanism thereon. A dispenser lid and an at least one dispensing mechanism are provided wherein a container of pH balancing solution is placed within the upper body portion and situated in communication with the piercing mechanism. The container is pierced and opened and the pH balancing solution flows from the container through the dispensing grid and is stored for distribution by the at least one dispensing mechanism. A unit controller can be provided to meter a dose of pH solution when instructed by the pH balancing solution dispenser to balance the pH of the body of water based on the estimation made by the unit controller using the measured operational time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Inventors: Kevin Doyle, Bruce Johnson, Keith Schulte
  • Publication number: 20120241532
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are insect repellant formulations and dispensing systems which avoid the need for synergists while still using highly effective pyrethrin repellant compounds. The formulations preferably are presented in aerosol form.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Inventors: Kent M. Palkki, Murthy S. Munagavalasa
  • Patent number: 8197762
    Abstract: A method of dispensing a volatile material comprises the steps of providing power to a volatile material diffuser having a diffusion element. The method further includes the step of operating the diffusion element for a randomly determined period of time, wherein the diffusion element is continuously activated and deactivated during the period of time at a randomly determined duty cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas P. Gasper
  • Patent number: 8162178
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing device, in at least one embodiment containing medication typically have a shelf life and separately an expiration date after first being opened, as this exposure created by opening or sing the container for the first time raises the chance of contamination dramatically. A time indicator is situated so that as the container is opened for the first time, a timer displays the expiration date and time of the container. The time indicator can not be reset once it is triggered. In one embodiment, the indicator is triggered as the container is actuated by a rotational movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Valois SAS
    Inventor: Jean-Jacques Ligny
  • Patent number: 8101562
    Abstract: Water-soluble detergents and enzymes are used for mechanically cleaning textiles or crockery. According to the invention, enzymes with a catalytic effect on typical stains are added to the washing or cleaning process, only for as long as their catalytic effect is desired. This avoids superfluous removal of the enzymes that have been used in a washing or cleaning process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventor: Egbert Classen
  • Patent number: 8083934
    Abstract: A water disinfection apparatus includes a chamber adapted for connection to a pressurized water source. An ultra violet light is oriented to shine ultra violet rays into the chamber and to disinfect water therein, and a normally closed output valve connects the chamber to a supply valve. A control senses when a connected supply valve has been opened, and is operative to turn the ultra violet light on when the connected supply valve is opened; open the output valve after the ultra violet light has been turned on; close the output valve off after a supply time period expires; and turn the ultra violet light off when the output valve has been closed. The ultra violet light is turned on at all times that the output valve is open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Inventor: Udo Staschik
  • Publication number: 20110220139
    Abstract: A cosmetic or dermatological system including a handheld packaging and dispenser device including one or more compositions from which a preparation to be delivered in a fluid form suitable for an application onto skin, mucous membranes or keratinous fibers, an internal clock and/or a clock data receiver, an adjustment system coupled to or suitable for being coupled to the packaging and dispenser device, enabling at least one property of the preparation dispensed by the packaging and dispenser device to be modified, and a processor for controlling the adjustment system, the controlling based on at least of clock data delivered by the internal clock and/or the clock data receiver, or for informing the user, at least as a function of the clock data, of an action to be taken on the adjustment system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Applicant: L'OREAL
    Inventor: Henri Samain
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7977295
    Abstract: Water-soluble detergents and enzymes are used for mechanically cleaning textiles or crockery. According to the invention, enzymes with a catalytic effect on typical stains are added to the washing or cleaning process, only for as long as their catalytic effect is desired. This avoids superfluous removal of the enzymes that have been used in a washing or cleaning process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventor: Egbert Classen
  • Publication number: 20110127291
    Abstract: The present invention provides an easy to maintain dispenser which will dispense an appropriate amount of fluid to effectively clean a user's hand, even if the dispenser is inactive for a period of time. Also disclosed is a method of dispensing a fluid from the dispenser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2009
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Inventors: Paul Francis Tramontina, Richard Paul Lewis
  • Publication number: 20110121023
    Abstract: For use in dispensing a material that has a limited period of utility, a novel device comprises a first part (1) containing the material and a second part (2), wherein the first and second parts have mutual engagement means (6,7) and can be disengaged to allow the material to be dispensed, wherein the device includes, located within the device, control means that can be activated to initiate a time-controlled period of use and that, at the end of that period, causes the first and second parts to be permanently engaged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2009
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Applicant: MILAN INNOVATION LTD.
    Inventor: Guy Dimitri Milan
  • Publication number: 20110108571
    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: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Inventor: HANS GEORG HAGLEITNER
  • Publication number: 20110095044
    Abstract: A method of operating a dispensing unit including the steps of applying a power source to a dispensing unit that includes a container and performing a startup procedure in response to applying the power source. The startup procedure includes performing an activation sequence that discharges a fluid from the container. The method further includes the step of performing an active mode procedure after the startup procedure without providing a lockout period therebetween. The active mode procedure includes activating a motion sensor associated with the dispensing unit, performing an activation sequence that discharges the fluid from the container when the motion sensor detects motion, and performing a transition procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Inventor: Gene Sipinski
  • Publication number: 20110042408
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing system which includes a server, a sensing system coupled to the server for detecting a quantity of beverage retained in the server, a display coupled to the sensing system, and a count-up timer coupled to the system. The display may provide indicia as to the time and/or freshness of the beverage in the server. A method for sensing and displaying a quantity of beverage in a beverage server which can also include a freshness indicator. A resettable timer is incorporated which cannot be reset until at least the sensing system has been physically or operatively uncoupled from the server. The resetting may also require the sensing system to detect an empty server upon recoupling the sensing system with the server. Further, the resetting may also require monitoring a refill function for refill occurring within a predetermined rate parameter or time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Applicant: BUNN-O-MATIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Samuel A. Giordano, Burton L. Hart, John T. Knepler
  • Patent number: 7874462
    Abstract: A pressure-actuated disinfectant dispenser and method for treating wastewater in an aerobic treatment system. The dispenser includes a reservoir for holding a disinfectant supply and a dosage container for holding a dosage of disinfectant. The container is positioned within the reservoir and has a flow-regulated path for fluid communication from the reservoir into the container. The invention also includes actuation means for increasing the pressure within the dosage container to force disinfectant therefrom, and a discharge assembly for discharging fluid from the dosage container into said storage tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Cecil's On-Site Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Cecil A. Yandell
  • 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: 7832655
    Abstract: A delivery system and methods for generating droplets of liquid active materials, such as a perfume, air freshener, insecticide formulation, and volatile materials, to the atmosphere by means of a electromechanical transducer. The electromechanical transducer employs a first period of activation and a second period of deactivation to increase the distribution of volatile materials contained within the liquid active materials to the atmosphere and reduce the hedonic habituation of the user. The electromechanical transducer is configured to improve flow rate and decrease deposition of the droplets on to nearby surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Fernando Ray Tollens, Steven Louis Diersing, John Philip Hecht, Steven James Schroeck, William Paul Mahoney, III
  • Publication number: 20100200621
    Abstract: A device for removing condensation from an ice duct of an ice dispenser for a refrigerator. The device may include a flap, which is arranged to seal an output opening of the ice dispenser and a controller for the flap, which is designed to move the flap between a closed position, in which the inner side of the flap contacts the edge of the outlet opening and a dispensing position in which the flap is withdrawn from the edge of the outlet opening to permit the dispensing of ice cubes. Further, the controller is designed to open the flap after expiry of a first time period, during which the flap is not moved by the action of a user or by the controller and to close the flap after expiry of a second time period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Publication date: August 12, 2010
    Applicant: BSH BOSCH UND SIEMENS HAUSGERÄTE GMBH
    Inventors: Martin Buchstab, Jürgen Diebold, Irene Dumkow, Klaus Flinner, Markus Hanichl, Bernd Heger, Peter Nalbach, Günter Raubold, Gerald Schmidt, Martin Schweyer
  • Patent number: 7750817
    Abstract: The present invention provides systems and methods for monitoring the dispensing of a beverage from a dispensing apparatus into a container using a scale and other devices. Methods of the present invention may perform the following steps: measuring a scale time for the container on a scale, measuring a end weight for the container on the scale, and determining that a dispense event has occurred for the beverage based on whether a tilt condition of a dispensing apparatus occurred substantially within the scale time and based on whether the end weight of the beverage dispensed into the container approximates a serving based on point-of-sale information. In some embodiments the tilt condition is measured by a sensor device that does not contact the beverage being dispensed. Further embodiments may use pour time and the weight of the dispensing apparatus. The determined dispense event may determine the brand of the beverage dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Beverage Metrics Holding Ltd
    Inventor: David Teller
  • Publication number: 20100147878
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser device (1; 1?) including actuator means (3; 3?) that can be actuated so as cause fluid to be dispensed, the device being characterized in that it is provided with time-indicator means (6; 6?) that are suitable for providing a visual indication that is representative of the passage of a period of time following initialization.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2006
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Applicant: VALOIS SAS
    Inventor: Jean-Jacques Ligny
  • Publication number: 20100108713
    Abstract: Water dispensers are disclosed which include a Sabbath function. When activating the Sabbath function, water refill of the hot water reservoir tank is prevented and the heating of the water in the hot reservoir tank is modified to provide a constant heating at a less than boiling temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2010
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Inventors: Ilan Grossbach, Joseph Bach
  • Patent number: 7641082
    Abstract: An applicator for dry particulate matter has an operating module body having a handle and trigger. The applicator lacks a back-pack and particulate matter is instead stored in a flexible tube. A flow path in the body is partially blocked and fully opened by a battery operated reciprocating gate valve that can be operated by the trigger on the body's handle. The tube is long enough to pass around a user's neck when the operating module is held by a hand of the user's extended arm, so that the free end can be manipulated by the user's other hand. A microprocessor in the body is adapted to regulate the operation of the gate valve to adjust the quantity of particulate matter dispensed according to user inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Inventor: Ian Seton
  • 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: 20090140004
    Abstract: This invention provides a liquid dispensing apparatus such as, for example, a liquid soap dispensing apparatus. The apparatus can be provided as a self-contained unit including a reservoir provided at a spaced location from a base. Sensor means are provided to allow the selective dispensation of liquid from the reservoir upon the detection of a part of a user's anatomy in a position between the liquid reservoir and the base. A motor can be connected to an outlet from the liquid reservoir which allows a portion of the liquid to be dispensed in a controlled manner, and the power source for the motor is typically a battery or batteries and the same are located in the base. The provision of the batteries in the base, a position remote from the liquid reservoir, protects the batteries from the liquid and means that the liquid reservoir need not be provided with a sealing cap to prevent liquid from entering the power source and damaging the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2006
    Publication date: June 4, 2009
    Inventor: Iain Scorgie
  • Publication number: 20090120962
    Abstract: A method for the vaporization of particulate material (10) includes providing one or more containers (15) each containing possibly distinct particulate' materials (10) each having at least one component, fluidizing the particulate material (10) in at least one of the containers (15), and providing a vaporization zone (50) that is thermally isolated from at least one of the containers (15). The method further includes delivering particulate material received from each container (15) to the vaporization zone (50), and applying heat to vaporize the delivered particulate materials (10) at the vaporization zone (50).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2006
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Inventors: Sergio Malorni, David John Marchant
  • Publication number: 20090108034
    Abstract: A dispenser includes a delivery mechanism adapted to deliver a substance from a container to a discharge opening in the delivery mechanism when activated by a user. The dispenser also includes a housing attached to the delivery mechanism. The housing includes an indicator that produces a signal visible to the user when the delivery mechanism is activated. The signal is not visible prior to activation of the delivery mechanism. The signal remains integral with the housing after activation of the delivery mechanism. The signal remains visible only for a predetermined amount of time after activation of the delivery mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Inventors: Christopher Michael Bechyne, Stephen Robert Kehn
  • Patent number: 7523717
    Abstract: An animal feeder apparatus includes a food storage hopper which includes a top hopper portion and a bottom hopper portion. A food retainer assembly is attached to the bottom hopper portion, and the food retainer assembly includes a top retainer portion, a bottom retainer portion, and top-to-bottom connection means connected between the top retainer portion and the bottom retainer portion. The top retainer portion includes a top food passage channel, and the bottom retainer portion includes a bottom food passage channel. A timer-controlled food distribution assembly is attached to the bottom retainer portion in registration with the bottom food passage channel, and a stand is provided for supporting the food storage hopper, the food retainer assembly, and the timer-controlled food distribution assembly. The animal feeder apparatus of the invention can be used to attract wildlife at predetermined times that can coincide when a hunter or wildlife photographer is near.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Inventor: Christopher T. Nicholes
  • Patent number: 7455814
    Abstract: An automated metered fluid dispensing and aspirating apparatus comprising a combination delivery/removal fluid head with upper shuttle and lower reservoir assemblies is disclosed. A covered, variably positionable well table allows for mounting sample wells and automatically presenting at least one array of sample or reaction wells to the delivery/removal fluid head at a time. A fluid handling system of inter-connected tubing, pumps and valves interfaces with the delivery/removal fluid head. The fluid handling system provides reagents to and removes waste from the delivery/removal fluid head and sample wells. A control assembly, including a central processing unit and hardware, software and gas pressure sources, provides for time responsive operation and control of the delivery/removal fluid head, drive mechanisms for the table and fluid head, fluid handling system and well table. The entire apparatus is mounted on its own platform and includes separate housings for control and sample handling sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Inventor: Leonard J. Giblin
  • Publication number: 20080280275
    Abstract: Generally, a material dispenser having reciprocal means which operates to deliver an amount of material from a material delivery conduit and generates timed indicia of elapse of a dispensed material use interval. Specifically, a hand wash dispenser having reciprocal means which operates to deliver an amount of hand wash material and generates timed indicia of elapse of a hand wash interval.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2007
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Inventor: Charles T. Collopy
  • Publication number: 20080135587
    Abstract: A time-pressure system for dosing liquid, comprising: a tank of liquids which communicates with at least one discharge conduit; organs for regulating the pressure of the liquids at a predetermined level; a choke unit, acting on a section of the discharge conduit in order to obstruct/allow passage of the pressurised liquids coming from the tank, thus determining projection of dosed quantities of liquids externally at predetermined time intervals. In particular, the choke unit comprises a brushless motor, which cyclically moves an obstructing element between a choked position and a disengaged position of the section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2007
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Applicant: MARCHESINI GROUP S.P.A.
    Inventor: Giuseppe MONTI
  • Publication number: 20080083793
    Abstract: A device for delivering a chemical to an area includes a chemical supply tank and, optionally, a solvent supply line. The device includes a controller that delivers the chemicals, or a mixture of the chemicals and solvent, and actuates flow of the chemicals or chemical-solvent mixture from the controller. Optionally, the actuator includes a timer in combination with a pump and/or control valve. The chemicals or chemical-solvent mixture is delivered to a feed line, optionally through a filter and flow controller, to a dispenser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2006
    Publication date: April 10, 2008
    Inventor: Larry Swain
  • Publication number: 20080078780
    Abstract: An automatic dispenser for dispensing a liquid such as a cleaning or disinfecting liquid to a fixture. The dispenser includes a housing with a reservoir. A removable container of liquid is installed in the housing such that the liquid flows by gravity through the opening in the container into the reservoir. A pinch valve controls the flow of liquid from the reservoir and provides for a reliable dispensing system aided by gravity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2007
    Publication date: April 3, 2008
    Inventors: Nancy S. Sanger, H. Bradley Calkins, David G. Simmons
  • Publication number: 20070284401
    Abstract: A key charm has a timer and a device for alerting a user. The timer is set to wake up after a period of time such as five-six hours; at which time the device for alerting the user is energized for a short period of time such as thirty seconds. The device for alerting the user is, for example, a vibrator, a sounder and/or a light. The key charm can be provided to an individual so that when it alerts the individual, the individual will think of someone or will think of an advertisement. Optionally, a mute button is provided to mute one or more of the vibrator, sounder and light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2006
    Publication date: December 13, 2007
    Inventor: Alexander W. Hilliard
  • Patent number: 7282880
    Abstract: A method and apparatus to automatically reverse the motor of a power tool, such as a dispensing gun or similar tool. In some constructions, a controller automatically reverses the direction of plunger movement and removes the plunger from contact with the back wall of a cartridge. The controller has a trigger switch that is coupled to a power source, such as a battery, and includes a main power on/off switch and a potentiometer. A protection or secondary switch is coupled in parallel to the main power on/off switch. A power supply circuit and a commutator are each coupled to the main and secondary switches. An overload sensor is coupled to the commutator. The controller includes a programmable device that is coupled to the power supply circuit, the potentiometer, the commutator, and the overload sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin L. Glasgow, Robert M. Crisp