Material Level Control Patents (Class 222/64)
  • Patent number: 10591846
    Abstract: A replaceable unit for an electrophotographic image forming device according to one example embodiment includes a housing having a reservoir for storing toner. A rotatable shaft is positioned within the reservoir and has an axis of rotation. A first magnet and a second magnet are connected to the shaft and rotatable around the axis of rotation in response to rotation of the shaft. The first magnet and the second magnet are detectable by a magnetic sensor when the replaceable unit is installed in the image forming device. A polarity of the first magnet is oriented opposite a polarity of the second magnet relative to the shaft. An amount of angular offset between the first magnet and the second magnet varies depending on an amount of toner in the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Scott Carpenter, Michael Craig Leemhuis, Robert Watson McAlpine
  • Patent number: 10584697
    Abstract: A piston pump arrangement that disables operation of the pump in the absence of an inlet liquid and also to a piston pump arrangement useful to discharge liquids from at least two sources and to disable discharge of all of the liquids when supply of liquid from at least one source is empty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: OP-HYGIENE IP GMBH
    Inventors: Heiner Ophardt, Andrew Jones, Zhenchun Shi, Valery Ten
  • Patent number: 9990820
    Abstract: This museum showcase comprises a display space visible to the public for receiving objects, at least a detection sensor of a parameter of the showcase and at least one of an alarm and an actuator for adjusting a parameter of the showcase. The museum showcase further comprises a processing unit and a showcase interface; the showcase interface is operatively connected between the sensor, the adjusting actuator and/or the alarm and the processing unit, in order to transmit information from the sensor to the processing unit and to transmit commands from the processing unit to the adjusting actuator and/or the alarm. The museum showcase is therefore completely controllable by means of the processing unit, which receives information from one or more dedicated sensors that is considered necessary for the specific showcase and which manages actuators and alarms so as to maintain the desired conditions and/or signal abnormal situations, according to the information received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: GOPPION S.P.A.
    Inventor: Alessandro Goppion
  • Patent number: 9801524
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a dishwasher comprising a body; a washing cabin that is disposed on the body and wherein the washing process is performed; a door that almost completely closes the washing cabin and that has a closed position perpendicular to the floor and an open position almost parallel to the place where access to the washing cabin is provided, and a dosing unit that is disposed on the door, wherein the liquid/gel detergent can be filled and that enables the detergent to be transferred to the washing cabin during the washing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: ARCELIK ANONIM SIRKETI
    Inventors: Ugur Kan, Cumhur Ayvazoglu
  • Patent number: 9152079
    Abstract: A developing apparatus includes a developing unit configured to be detachable from and attachable to an image forming apparatus to contain a developer, a rotary member configured to rotate in the developing unit, and a detection unit installed on an internal surface of the developing unit and configured to detect a pressure caused by pressure through the developer by rotation of the rotary member. In addition, a measurement unit is configured to measure a period in which the pressure is changed, and a determination unit is configured to determine an amount of the developer in the developing unit based on the period detected by the measurement unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toshikazu Tsuchiya, Masafumi Monde, Hidetoshi Hanamoto, Tsutomu Ishida
  • Patent number: 9152080
    Abstract: A replaceable unit for an electrophotographic image forming device according to one example embodiment includes a housing having an inner volume forming a reservoir for storing toner. A rotatable shaft is positioned within the reservoir. A paddle is mounted to the shaft. The paddle includes a magnet that has a magnetic field detectable by a magnetic sensor for detecting the motion of the paddle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Craig Leemhuis, Jeffrey Alan Abler, Daniel Steinberg
  • Patent number: 9027788
    Abstract: A fluid level gauging mechanism external of a reservoir bottle in a dispenser which mechanism emits electromagnetic radiation and senses the electromagnetic radiation emitted which passes through the bottle or is reflected from the bottle through a wall of the bottle into the bottle at a first height and senses reflected radiation passing outwardly from the bottle at a second different height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: GOTOHTI.COM INC.
    Inventors: Heiner Ophardt, Edward House, Cuneyt Tezcan, Dusan Stan
  • Publication number: 20150097003
    Abstract: A beverages dispenser, particularly for carbonated beverages, comprises a cooled tank where beverage is stored, an inlet pipe to the tank, an inlet valve on the inlet pipe, a pump downstream the inlet valve for feeding a beverage to the tank in order to maintain a predetermined level wherein, an outlet pipe from the tank to a beverage dispensing nozzle, and an outlet valve on the outlet conduit. An auxiliary pipe is disposed between the inlet pipe downstream the inlet valve and the outlet pipe downstream the outlet valve and a control unit is adapted to close the inlet valve and to run the pump in order to empty the outlet pipe into the tank after the beverage is dispensed in order to prevent dripping.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventor: STEFANO TAVOLAZZI
  • Publication number: 20150034669
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of discharging dry bulk material from a container. The method comprises the steps of applying vibration to the container in accordance with a predetermined vibration application routine. A resultant amplitude of vibration of the container resulting from the applied vibration is then monitored to facilitate the determination of a level of dry bulk material present in the container. In the event that the determined level of dry bulk material is above a predetermined level, the application of vibration to the container is ceased for a predetermined time interval. In the event that the determined level of dry bulk material is at or below a predetermined level, the application of vibration to the container is maintained in accordance with the predetermined vibration application routine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Mike Hamilton, James Francis McDiarmid
  • Patent number: 8944286
    Abstract: A dispensing system and methods employed therein uses optical displacement sensing to control dispensation of one or more products. An optical displacement sensor measures displacement of a load beam supporting a vessel from which the product is to be dispensed. The displacement of the load beam is related to the amount (weight) of the product remaining in the vessel. The system may thus control dispensation of the product based on the optical displacement measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Richard J. Mehus, Paul R. Kraus, Mihnea A. Popa
  • Patent number: 8939329
    Abstract: A sewage sludge silo is provided, having a central discharge arm for discharging sludge via a central discharge opening, by means of the discharge arm sweeping across a preferably sloped silo floor, with the discharge arm having upper and lower ends, with the lower end extending forward of the upper end in transverse generally vertical cross-section, as the discharge arm moves in a forward direction across the silo floor. The silo floor can be of multi-layer construction, with one of the layers being molded to facilitate a sloped configuration for the silo floor. The movement of a silo discharge arm can be computer controlled to adjust the speed of the discharge arm to maintain a predetermined or substantially constant rate of discharge of sludge from the silo, with such control being facilitated by appropriate sensor mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: RDP Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard W. Christy, Michael Quici
  • Patent number: 8925763
    Abstract: A beverages dispenser, particularly for carbonated beverages, comprises a cooled tank where beverage is stored, an inlet pipe to the tank, an inlet valve on the inlet pipe, a pump downstream the inlet valve for feeding a beverage to the tank in order to maintain a predetermined level wherein, an outlet pipe from the tank to a beverage dispensing nozzle, and an outlet valve on the outlet conduit. An auxiliary pipe is disposed between the inlet pipe downstream the inlet valve and the outlet pipe downstream the outlet valve and a control unit is adapted to close the inlet valve and to run the pump in order to empty the outlet pipe into the tank after the beverage is dispensed in order to prevent dripping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Stefano Tavolazzi
  • Patent number: 8875944
    Abstract: A beverage dispenser is proposed which includes a soft raw water container and which makes it possible to spontaneously use up drinking water in the container. A water passage tube (12) of a container connecting portion (10) includes a tubular partitioning wall (13) dividing the interior of the water passage tube (12) into a water passage (14) communicating with a water passage hole (14a), and an air passage (15) communicating with the water passage (14) through a small air passage hole (15a). A water passage pipe (16) is connected to the water passage (14). The water passage tube (12) has a base portion (12a) formed with an opening (15b) communicating with the air passage (15). An air passage pipe (17) is connected to the opening (15b) and hangs vertically downwardly into a low-temperature tank (2). An on-off valve (19b) is provided at the free end of the air passage pipe (17) which is adapted to open when the water level in the low-temperature tank (2) lowers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Cosmo Life
    Inventors: Nana Shiotani, Masaru Shiotani
  • Publication number: 20140312062
    Abstract: Easily serviced and hygienically maintained liquid supply system. A liquid storage vessel switching device switches between vessels to supply liquid uninterruptedly. Provided in a first connection tube is a liquid cutoff device, including a loop section, for switching the system between allowing/cutting-off supplying of liquid to a dispenser through the first connection tube. Utilizing the liquid cutoff device eliminates, along the first connection tube, intervening conventional valves having structural components that come in direct contact with the supplied liquid, and on which sponges or other cleaning elements might get caught. The inner wall of the first connection tube may thus be cleaned readily with a sponge or the like. Beverages such as beer thus can easily be kept hygienically and served.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicants: Asahi Breweries, Ltd., Kyokko Electric Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Junichi Kitano, Takashi Wada, Kenji Kusunoki
  • Patent number: 8863987
    Abstract: A beverage forming method and system in which a waste bin arranged to collect leaked or spilled liquid has a liquid level sensor and can be removed from the beverage forming machine, e.g., to allow disposal of the waste bin contents. One or more electrical contacts on the waste bin can be connected to the level sensor and electrically connect to control circuitry of the beverage forming machine when the waste bin is received by the machine. A liquid level detected by the level sensor may correspond to a fill level that is far less than the maximum volume of the waste bin, allowing beverage production to be prevented unless the waste bin can collect the full volume of a beverage dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.
    Inventors: William T. Jacobs, Paolino Carnevale
  • Patent number: 8863986
    Abstract: A dispensing apparatus for dispensing predetermined volumes of fluid into receptacles receives the fluid to be dispensed from a fluid supply into a reservoir. A fill tube is connected to the fluid reservoir such that it forms a closed loop with the reservoir. The fill tube minimizes the fluid turbulence that occurs inside the reservoir while the reservoir is being re-supplied with fluid from the fluid source. Additionally, the fill tube holds the predetermined volume of fluid to be dispensed into the receptacle. A fluid level sensor is disposed along the fill tube to control the volume of fluid flowing into or out of the fill tube, while a timer controls a dispense valve to meter the flow of fluid into or out of a dispense tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Acertacorp LLC
    Inventors: John R. Randall, Jr., Denis E. Keyes
  • Patent number: 8851740
    Abstract: A self-serve drink blending device includes a blend chamber, at least one product source, a water source, an ice source, a liquid level sensor, a controller and a dispenser. The blend chamber includes a blending blade. The at least one product source is configured to deliver a volume of product to the blend chamber. The water source is configured to deliver a volume of water to the blend chamber. The ice source is configured to deliver a volume of ice to the blend chamber. The liquid level sensor is mounted to the blend chamber and configured to create a liquid level signal when contents in the blend chamber reach a predetermined level. The controller is configured to automatically calibrate the at least one product source, the water source, and the ice source based on the liquid level signal. The dispenser is arranged to dispense contents from the blend chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: K-Tec, Inc.
    Inventors: Christian D. Mills, Gregory D. Jackson
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140190990
    Abstract: A Sabbath compliant water dispenser, which comprises a hot water chamber, a heating element that is positioned in the hot water chamber for heating a body of water which is retained within the hot water chamber and a tap, through which hot water is dispensable. The water dispenser is controlled by a controller which is operable in a Sabbath mode to command the heating element to maintain the body of water at an essentially constant temperature which is near to scalding temperature and to command introduction of unheated water into the hot water chamber, when a low water level condition is detected. This way, overheating of the heating element is prevented, while also preventing the introduced, water from being dispensed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: Zuri Naaman Victor Ltd.
    Inventors: Raoven Raoven, Gidon Ben-Moshe
  • Publication number: 20140158707
    Abstract: Fixed-volumes of liquid are measured and dispensed from a container by empirically determining the liquid surface height and opening a dispensing valve for a time period that is calculated using a volume of liquid specified to be dispensed and the empirically-determined liquid surface height. The liquid surface height in the container is determined empirically for initial and subsequent volumes of liquid that are dispensed. Dispensing accuracy is maintained whether the container is full or nearly empty.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: Prince Castle LLC
    Inventors: Loren Veltrop, Christopher Lyons
  • Publication number: 20140144936
    Abstract: A dispensing system and methods employed therein uses optical displacement sensing to control dispensation of one or more products. An optical displacement sensor measures displacement of a load beam supporting a vessel from which the product is to be dispensed. The displacement of the load beam is related to the amount (weight) of the product remaining in the vessel. The system may thus control dispensation of the product based on the optical displacement measurements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: ECOLAB USA INC.
    Inventors: Richard J. Mehus, Paul R. Kraus, Mihnea A. Popa
  • Patent number: 8733592
    Abstract: A liquid supply system capable of being serviced and hygienically maintained easily. A beer storage barrel switching device (12) uninterruptedly supplies beer by switching between beer storage barrels (21-1, 21-2). A first connection tube (23-1) is provided with a fluid stopper device (31-1) including a loop section. The fluid stopper device (31-1) switches between a suppliable state in which it is possible to supply the beer to a dispenser (11) through the first connection tube (23-1) and a non-suppliable state in which it is not possible to supply the beer. Using the fluid stopper device (31-1) eliminates the need to provide a conventional valve in the middle of the first connection tube (23-1), the conventional valve having a structural element which comes in direct contact with the beer. Accordingly, the case that a cleaning member, such as a sponge, is caught by the valve does not occur, and this enables the inner wall of the first connection tube (23-1) to be cleaned using the cleaning member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignees: Asahi Breweries, Ltd., Kyokko Electric Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Junichi Kitano, Takashi Wada, Kenji Kusunoki
  • Patent number: 8733589
    Abstract: Systems and methods for activating polymer within a water treatment facility. The system includes a polymer makedown unit for blending and mixing diluent and polymer, the makedown unit including a polymer pump and a back pressure regulator operatively connected to the polymer pump. The system further includes a source of polymer including a sealed storage container for the polymer capable of being pressurized with compressed gas. The container includes a chamber for storing polymer under pressure, the container being capable of being pressurized by compressed gas, and an outlet for outputting pressurized polymer to the polymer makedown unit. There may also be provided a desiccant filter connected by a pressurized gas line for providing dry compressed gas into the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Klenzoid Company Limited
    Inventors: Josh Ince, Paul Winsor
  • Patent number: 8657161
    Abstract: A beverages dispenser, particularly for carbonated beverages, comprises a cooled tank where beverage is stored, an inlet pipe to the tank, an inlet valve on the inlet pipe, a pump downstream the inlet valve for feeding a beverage to the tank in order to maintain a predetermined level wherein, an outlet pipe from the tank to a beverage dispensing nozzle, and an outlet valve on the outlet conduit. An auxiliary pipe is disposed between the inlet pipe downstream the inlet valve and the outlet pipe downstream the outlet valve and a control unit is adapted to close the inlet valve and to run the pump in order to empty the outlet pipe into the tank after the beverage is dispensed in order to prevent dripping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Stefano Tavolazzi
  • Patent number: 8646656
    Abstract: A system for providing power to a plurality of soap or disinfectant dispensers through a power over ethernet (PoE) network and for sensing various operational parameters of the dispensers and communicating those parameters through the network connection to a central computing device. The system includes a Data/Power controller associated with the dispensers for providing power to the dispenser and for sending and receiving data between one or more sensors in the dispensers and a central computer device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventor: Raymond C. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8647592
    Abstract: Method for transport of suspensions containing mechanically sensitive material with a sample-transporting device comprising transport conduits and at least one system for accelerating a sample or aliquot through the transport conduit from at least two burets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Bayer Technology Services GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Steigmiller, Hans Tups, Karsten Sommer, Sonja Danstedt, Martin Schiffhauer, Sebastian Schmidt, Jörg Kauling, Arndt Braun
  • Publication number: 20140008386
    Abstract: The apparatus for preparing carbonated refrigerated beverages comprises at least one containment tank (2) suitable to contain the product to be dispensed and closed by a pressure tightening lid (4); means for feeding the product to be dispensed inside said containment tank (2); and means for feeding a pressurization gas inside said containment tank (2) to maintain the same tank (2) under pressure. The feed means of the pressurization gas comprise single feed and discharge ducts (21, 22) for the pressurization gas, separately connected to said tank (2) and provided with respective valve members (23, 24) for controlling the flow of the same pressurization gas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventor: Enrico Grampassi
  • Patent number: 8616410
    Abstract: Apparatus for dosing powdery or granulated materials in capsules, or the like. The apparatus comprises an engine associated with a transducer controlling chuting means. The engine imparts to the chuting means movements which are proportional to an electric signal controlled by an electronic control unit. The movements of the chuting means, together with the regulation of the spatial position assumed by the chuting means, are such to accurately dose the powdery or granulated material in the bases of the capsules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: MG2—S.r.l.
    Inventors: Angelo Ansaloni, Ernesto Gamberini, Antonio Tagliavini
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8496136
    Abstract: Apparatus for delivering a fluid to a location includes a mechanism for supplying fluid connected to a reservoir. The reservoir has a variable volume and includes an outlet via which fluid may be delivered to the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Colormatrix Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Stewart Jones, Sergio Malorni, Michael Alexander Pratt
  • Patent number: 8484949
    Abstract: A method is provided for monitoring of the functionality of an After Treatment Injector (ATI) for injection of a fluid in an engine exhaust gas system upstream of an exhaust gas treatment unit. The monitoring is performed by using a pressure sensor which detects the pressure of the fluid delivered to the ATI for a specific condition or injection cycle. The pressure sensor is located downstream of a flow regulator and upstream of the ATI in a conduit for supplying of a substance from a container to the ATI. An ECU is programmed to perform a predetermined sequence of opening and closing commands for the flow regulator and the ATI, furthermore perform a frequency analysis of the measured pressure value in order to monitor the functionality of the flow regulator, the ATI and the pressure sensor. The method is adapted to be used in connection with an On Board Diagnosis (OBD) system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Volvo Lastvagnar AB
    Inventors: Richard Sebestyen, Anders Lingenhult
  • Patent number: 8469238
    Abstract: A resin fluid dispensing apparatus includes a container having a first volume arranged to receive a resin fluid, a first connection unit connected to the container, a pressure chamber having a second volume configured to connect to the first connection unit and to contain the resin fluid transported from the first volume through the first connection unit, a pressure unit including a pressure plate directly pressurizing the resin fluid in the second volume, a dispenser having a syringe arranged to receive the pressurized resin fluid transported from the second volume through a second connection unit connected to the pressure chamber and to dispense the received pressurized resin fluid through the syringe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jung-Min Lee, Choong-Ho Lee
  • Patent number: 8453878
    Abstract: A liquid level sensing and reporting system for bar keepers is proposed, having a liquid level sensor in wireless communication with a remote computer having software algorithms for calculating and reporting volume. The sensor is substantially in the form of a liquor bottle spout, and includes a means for measuring the height of the liquid in a bottle, sensing inversion of the spout, and sending the data wirelessly to a receiver. The receiver is associated with the computer, and transmits the data to the computer which calculates liquor volumes based on the changing height of the liquid in a bottle from pre-pour to post-pour status. The software extrapolates this information to produce a variety of real-time beverage consumption reports, including error reports caused by over pours, under pours, and skimming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventor: Keith Palmquist
  • Patent number: 8453886
    Abstract: A device for discharging a constant amount of a high-viscosity material, capable of accurately discharging the material even if the material is sent under high pressure. A device for discharging a constant amount of a high-viscosity material, provided with: a discharge unit (400) having a discharge opening which discharges the high-viscosity material; a holding unit (300) having a holding area which holds the high-viscosity material, a receiving opening which supplies the high-viscosity material to the holding area, and a delivery opening which delivers the high-viscosity material to the discharge unit; and a high-pressure supply pump (100) for supplying to the holding unit under a first pressure the high-viscosity material having been filled into a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Musashi Engineering, Inc.
    Inventor: Kazumasa Ikushima
  • Patent number: 8448817
    Abstract: In the method of optimizing the dosage-dispensing process of a dosage-dispensing device, an examination takes place prior to a first dosage delivery, whether at least one flow parameter relating to the dosage-dispensing process is stored in the memory module of the dosage-dispensing unit. If a stored flow parameter is found to be present, said flow parameter is called up from the memory module. If no store flow parameter is present, a flow parameter is requested by the user by entering a request, a flow parameter is called up from a central database, or at least one flow parameter is determined by means of the first run of the dosage-dispensing process based on a default setting of the dosage-dispensing program. With the at least one flow parameter, the dosage-dispensing program is directly adapted, at least one run of the dosage-dispensing process is performed with the adapted dosage-dispensing program, and/or the at least one flow parameter is stored in the memory module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Mettler-Toledo AG
    Inventors: Marc Bloechlinger, Paul Luechinger, Hansruedi Kuenzi, Siegfried Gluvakov, Bruno Nufer, Jean-Christophe Emery
  • Patent number: 8444015
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing apparatus is configured to dispense a predetermined volume of fluid, and includes a fluid reservoir to hold a fluid to be dispensed, a dispense tube to dispense the fluid, and an elevator mechanism. The fluid reservoir receives a fluid from a fluid supply. A dispense tube has a dispense outlet, and is connected to an outlet port on the fluid reservoir. The elevator mechanism changes a relative vertical displacement between the dispense outlet and the outlet port. Particularly, a processor controls the elevator mechanism to raise the dispense tube to a raised filling position to prevent fluid flow from the dispense outlet, and lower the dispense tube to a lowered dispensing position to dispense the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Inventors: Denis E. Keyes, John R. Randall
  • Publication number: 20130119083
    Abstract: A method of generating ozone containing fluid comprising: drawing atmospheric air into an air compartment, generating ozone within the air compartment from air in the air compartment by conversion within the compartment of oxygen in the air within the compartment into ozone to form ozonated air, discharging the ozonated air from the air compartment, mixing the ozonated discharged air with a flowable fluid to form a ozonated fluid-air mixture, and passing the ozonated fluid-air mixture out a discharge outlet. Preferrably the method is carried out in a dispenser utilizing a piston pump to draw air through a corona discharge ozone generator and to draw liquid from a liquid reservoir and simultaneously pass both the ozonated air and liquid through a foam generator to generate foam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventors: Heiner Ophardt, Andrew Jones
  • Patent number: 8424323
    Abstract: An ice level sensing system for an appliance having a cavity with a cavity wall. An ice storage bin and an ice maker are disposed within the cavity. The ice storage bin is configured to hold ice discharged from the ice maker. The ice level sensing system includes a transmitter for transmitting a light beam and a detector for detecting the light beam. The transmitter and the detector are disposed on the cavity wall. A reflector is disposed relatively remote from the transmitter. The transmitter is operative to project the light beam toward the reflector. The transmitter and the detector are angled relative to each other so that the light beam reflected by the reflector is directed toward the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Martin Nicholas Austin, Bryan W. Snider
  • Patent number: 8393141
    Abstract: A method is provided for monitoring of the functionality of an After Treatment Injector (ATI) for injection of a fluid in an engine exhaust gas system upstream of an exhaust gas treatment unit. The monitoring is performed by using a pressure sensor which detects the pressure of the fluid delivered to the ATI for a specific condition or injection cycle. The pressure sensor is located downstream of a flow regulator and upstream of the ATI in a conduit for supplying of a substance from a container to the ATI. An ECU is programmed to perform a predetermined sequence of opening and closing commands for the flow regulator and the ATI in order to monitor the functionality of the flow regulator, the ATI and the pressure sensor. The can be used in connection with an On Board Diagnosis (OBD) system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Volvo Lastvagnar AB
    Inventors: Richard Sebestyen, Conny Bergkvist
  • Patent number: 8356731
    Abstract: A water cooler assembly and/or liquid dispensing apparatus and method for using same, including an energy-saving baffle, which may take the form of a conventional or bottom load water cooler. Additionally, various other, alternative features may be included, such as: a door stop mechanism; an adjustable drip tray assembly; a leak stop mechanism; an adjustable bottle interface accommodating dimensional variations in water bottles; an instaboil feature; and various programmable dispensing and visual display modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: MTN Products Inc
    Inventors: Tony Xiao, Chun Yen Wang
  • Publication number: 20130015199
    Abstract: A beverages dispenser, particularly for carbonated beverages, comprises a cooled tank where beverage is stored, an inlet pipe to the tank, an inlet valve on the inlet pipe, a pump downstream the inlet valve for feeding a beverage to the tank in order to maintain a predetermined level wherein, an outlet pipe from the tank to a beverage dispensing nozzle, and an outlet valve on the outlet conduit. An auxiliary pipe is disposed between the inlet pipe downstream the inlet valve and the outlet pipe downstream the outlet valve and a control unit is adapted to close the inlet valve and to run the pump in order to empty the outlet pipe into the tank after the beverage is dispensed in order to prevent dripping.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Stefano TAVOLAZZI
  • Patent number: 8336734
    Abstract: Systems are described for delivery of a wide variety of materials in which liquid and gas or vapor states are concurrently present, from a package preferably including a fluid-containing collapsible liner. Headspace gas is removed from a pressure dispensing package prior to liquid dispensation therefrom, and ingress gas is removed thereafter during dispensation operation. At least one sensor senses presence of gas or a gas-liquid interface in a reservoir or gas-liquid separation region. A gas removal system including an integral reservoir, at least one sensor, and at least one flow control elements may be included within a connector adapted to mate with a pressure dispensing package, for highly efficient removal of gas from the liquid being dispensed from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Advanced Technology Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald D. Ware, Glenn M. Tom, Paul Dathe, Amy Koland, Jason Gerold, Kirk Mikkelsen, Kevin T. O'Dougherty, Michael A. Cisewski
  • Patent number: 8276787
    Abstract: A combination beverage and water dispenser includes a housing having a liquid-beverage-concentrate storage reservoir, a hot water storage tank and a cold water storage tank received therein. The cold water storage tank is in fluid communication with both a domestic water supply line and a dispensing cavity for receiving an inverted water bottle. Level sensors within the cold water storage tank communicate with a control valve on the domestic water supply line to control incoming domestic water supply. Alternatively, the domestic water supply may be disabled and a water bottle may be installed within the cavity to use bottled water in lieu of domestic water, if desired. The hot water tank, the cold water tank and the beverage concentrate reservoir are in selective communication with a mixing valve wherein hot or cold water and beverage concentrate are mixed to produce a desired hot or cold beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Inventors: Paul J. Gremillion, Gary V. Triola, Jane Triola, Benjamin Triola
  • Publication number: 20120228325
    Abstract: A dispensing apparatus for dispensing predetermined volumes of fluid into receptacles receives the fluid to be dispensed from a fluid supply into a reservoir. A fill tube is connected to the fluid reservoir such that it forms a closed loop with the reservoir. The fill tube minimizes the fluid turbulence that occurs inside the reservoir while the reservoir is being re-supplied with fluid from the fluid source. Additionally, the fill tube holds the predetermined volume of fluid to be dispensed into the receptacle. A fluid level sensor is disposed along the fill tube to control the volume of fluid flowing into or out of the fill tube, while a timer controls a dispense valve to meter the flow of fluid into or out of a dispense tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: Acertacorp LLC
    Inventors: John R. Randall, JR., Denis E. Keyes
  • Patent number: 8241433
    Abstract: A method for dispensing a first treating agent and a second treating agent into the washing tub of a dishwasher includes providing each of first and second reservoirs with a sensor for monitoring its fill level. After a first dispensing operation, a controller compares the sensor signals and determines whether a ratio of the fill levels deviates from a ratio of the capacities of the reservoirs. The controller elects either a standard or an alternative subsequent dispensing operation based on whether the fill level ratio deviates from the capacity ratio. The controller chooses the standard subsequent dispensing operation if the fill level ratio does not deviate from the capacity ratio and chooses the alternative subsequent dispensing operation if it does. The alternative subsequent dispensing operation includes changing at least one amount dispensed by dispensing devices compared to a corresponding amount dispensed in the first dispensing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Miele & Cie. KG
    Inventor: Markus Hellweg
  • Patent number: 8225963
    Abstract: An autofeeding low application temperature hot melt application system comprises a hot melt tank, a compact integrated auto feed, and operates at temperatures of not more than 260° F.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Justin A. Mehaffy, David Duckworth, John Rye
  • Patent number: 8196776
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for controlling a beverage dispensing machine. The apparatus performs the method and the method includes steps of monitoring, through a sensing device, the ingredient amount/level and/or the shape of the surface of the ingredient within the container, comparing the monitored value with a reference value stored in a machine control unit, and changing one or more operative parameters of the beverage dispensing machine, when necessary on the basis of the comparison. The monitoring may include detecting a distance between the sensing device, which is positioned above the ingredient, and at least one point of an upper surface of the ingredient. The operative parameters may be operating time of the machine to draw the ingredient from the container, an amount of ingredient drawn from the container, and an operating time or condition of other machine units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Rhea Vendors, S.p.A.
    Inventor: Luca Doglioni Majer
  • Publication number: 20120138632
    Abstract: An apparatus and method may be configured for detecting selection between a hot version and a cold version of a beverage, causing opening of a first of a plurality of valves and closing of a second of the plurality of valves for providing water to a first of a plurality of mixing chambers based on the selection, causing delivery of beverage concentrate to the first mixing chamber, controlling a flow rate of the water and a flow rate of the beverage concentrate into the mixing chamber for mixing of the water with the beverage concentrate in a controlled ratio to create the beverage, and dispensing the beverage from the mixing chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Applicant: PEPSICO, INC.
    Inventors: Xuejun Li, William W. Segiet, Fernando A. Ubidia, John F. Lewis, Aaron M. Stein
  • Patent number: 8187574
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an intermittent aerosol dispensing device, for application of a product to skin of a human being, where the aerosol dispensing device includes an intermittent injection mechanism located downstream of an aerosol valve of an aerosol dispenser and responsive to a pushbutton of the aerosol dispensing device, and the aerosol dispensing device further includes a pressure chamber. A ratio of an injection time to a stop time is set, in said intermittent injection mechanism, to 0.1 to 5.0, so that when said aerosol valve is opened a cycle of injection and stop is performed 1 to 25 times per second in order to obtain a cooling and/or massage effect on the skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Dazio Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Mekata, Hiroshi Fujio
  • Publication number: 20120104032
    Abstract: A feed dispensing machine for delivering ready access feed to farmers, horse owners and the equivalent. The feed dispensing machine having a controller, a storage container, a surge container, a first conveyor system, a level sensor, a weighing mechanism, and a second conveyor system. The first conveyor system connects the storage container to the surge container while the level sensor is positioned within the surge container to signal capacity of bulk material within the surge container. The weighing mechanism includes a scale and connects to the controller. The second conveyor system connects the surge container to the weighing mechanism, and is positioned above the scale.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Inventor: Craig D. Bahn