Processes Patents (Class 239/1)
  • Patent number: 11396892
    Abstract: A product application system for an agricultural applicator includes a boom assembly including a plurality of boom sections, with each boom section being pivotably coupled to at least one adjacent boom section. The system also includes a common rail product circuit spanning across a length of the boom assembly, a product pump configured to supply an agricultural product through the common rail product circuit, and a plurality of nozzle assemblies provided in association with each of the boom sections. Each nozzle assembly across the plurality of boom sections is individually coupled to the common rail product circuit. In addition, the system includes at least one pressure accumulator provided in fluid communication with the common rail product circuit, with the pressure accumulator(s) being configured to adjust a circuit pressure of the agricultural product within the common rail product circuit in response to pressure deviations from a predetermined pressure range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Scott Allen Long, Nathan Brooks
  • Patent number: 11388854
    Abstract: An agricultural product distribution apparatus includes a primary product container mounted on a product cart and a secondary product container. A metering device and a primary inductor assembly are mounted to the primary product container and a control system controls dispensing of products from the primary product container either through the metering device directly to furrow openers, or through the inductor assembly to the secondary product container and then through a secondary inductor assembly to downstream singulating meters. The secondary product container can be mounted on the implement frame or the product cart. A plurality of primary product containers can be mounted on the product cart each with a metering device and primary inductor assembly such that each tank can dispense through either of the corresponding metering devices or primary inductor assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Bourgault Industries Ltd.
    Inventors: Scot Jagow, Jami Rieder
  • Patent number: 11369115
    Abstract: A liquid formulation is described for the treatment of wood in plants such as vines, almond trees and the like, to enhance self-defences and resistance of the plant against fungal diseases. The formulation consists in a compound made from copper, essential plant amino acids, menadione sodium bisulphite and water, where the copper is incorporated in the form of nanoparticles with a size under 60 nm, and in a proportion of less than 1.0% by weight. The application of the formulation allows incorporation thereof in different fertiliser irrigation methods, or via the leaves with a spraying device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: AGROSTOCK, S.A.
    Inventors: Jorge Casas Chiné, Jose Luis Ordoñez Ramos, Ernesto Francisco Simó Alfonso, Enrique Javier Carrasco Correa
  • Patent number: 11346064
    Abstract: A portable device for transporting asphalt repair materials for use in repairing potholes in asphalt pavements. The device has a body with a hopper compartment for transporting and dispensing asphalt mix materials. Emulsion oils are held and dispensed from a separate emulsion oil tank. An emulsion pump provides emulsion oils to a spray wand. The emulsion oil tank includes an emulsion rejuvenator apparatus which works to prevent separation of the emulsion oils. A control circuit actuates the rejuvenator any time that the emulsion pump is turned on to supply emulsion oils to a spray wand to spray emulsions onto the road repair site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: H. D. Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Harold W. Dillingham
  • Patent number: 11300067
    Abstract: An electromagnetic valve drive device, that drives a fuel injection valve having a solenoid coil, includes a drive unit configured to drive the solenoid coil, an energization control unit configured to control energization for the solenoid coil by controlling the drive unit, a processing unit configured to obtain a current value arrival time, which is a time having elapsed from a start of energization for the solenoid coil until a current flowing through the solenoid coil reaches a predetermined current value, and an estimation unit configured to estimate a valve opening start time, which is a time from the start of the energization to a start of opening of the fuel injection valve on the basis of the current value arrival time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: HITACHI ASTEMO, LTD.
    Inventors: Noriaki Sumisha, Takahiro Kogure, Kyohei Matsumoto, Daichi Kawakami
  • Patent number: 11247777
    Abstract: Fluid dispersal systems and methods of controlling such systems are provided. A method for emitting a fluid from an aerial fluid dispersal system includes receiving data corresponding to an initial aerial distribution profile of fluid emitted by the aerial fluid dispersal system across a distribution width. The fluid is emitted through a plurality of individually controlled nozzle assemblies, and an emission rate of the fluid emitted from a respective nozzle assembly of the plurality of nozzle assemblies is based on an operating parameter of a valve assembly of the respective nozzle assembly. The method also includes determining an effect of the emission rate of each respective nozzle assembly on the initial aerial distribution profile of the fluid across the distribution width. The method also includes controlling the operating parameter of each respective valve assembly to adjust the emission rate of each respective nozzle assembly to generate a compensated distribution profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Capstan Ag Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey John Grimm, Duane Needham
  • Patent number: 11220458
    Abstract: A concrete composition and method include a portion of fine aggregate bearing a coating of a polymer or an admixture, which may be a continuous coating layer or a layer of powdered, discrete particles embedded in a binder. The polymeric coating may be an admixture in powdered form, a super absorbent polymer (insoluble in water, but absorbing water), or another polymer such as the acrylamides, co-polymers thereof, polyacrylamides, or the like (soluble in water). The coating absorbs water, but particles are too small to form significant voids. Water is absorbed into the concrete mix in far greater proportions (e.g. w/c ratio over 0.5) improving workability, doubling workability time, and improving ultimate compressive stress (strength).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: AQUASMART ENTERPRISES, LLC
    Inventors: Calder Hendrickson, Todd Naff
  • Patent number: 11220421
    Abstract: A product system for an agricultural sprayer can include a product tank configured to store a first volume of an agricultural product. A second volume of the agricultural product can be positioned within a flow assembly after the fill mode. A reclaim system can be configured to provide the agricultural product within the flow assembly to the product tank. A computing system can be communicatively coupled with the reclaim system and configured to determine an open volume of the product tank based on data captured by the tank sensor and activate a reclaim mode of the reclaim system to move the second volume of the agricultural product from the flow assembly to the product tank when the open volume can be greater than the second volume of the agricultural product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Mitchell Sandey, Scott Allen Long, Ricardo Escobedo, Nathan Paul Brooks
  • Patent number: 11213841
    Abstract: A hose end sprayer includes a concentrate tank and a sprayer head. The sprayer head has an inlet end, an outlet end and a flow tube, along with a suction tube and a valve. When the sprayer head is closed, neither the first nor the second flow orifice communicates with the flow opening and the concentrate opening is closed by the valve body. When the sprayer head is in wet mode, the vent opening communicates with the concentrate opening as concentrate is drawn into the flow tube. When the sprayer head is in dry mode, the concentrate orifice communicates with the concentrate opening to direct a portion of the fluid into the concentrate tank. A metering plate injects a selectively adjustable amount of concentrate into the fluid stream. The sprayer head may further include a concentrate basket to hold a dry product within the concentrate tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Chapin Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Dubiel, James R. Fontaine, Mark T. MacLean-Blevins
  • Patent number: 11213846
    Abstract: A product system for an agricultural sprayer includes a product tank configured to store an agricultural product. A reclaim system can be configured to provide the agricultural product within a flow assembly to a product tank. A computing system can be communicatively coupled to the reclaim system. The computing system can be configured to receive information indicative of one or more characteristics of the agricultural product inputted into the fill station during a fill mode; detect termination of the fill mode; and activate a reclaim mode to move the agricultural product from the flow assembly to the product tank through activation of the reclaim system, wherein one or more operating conditions of the reclaim mode are based on the one or more characteristics of the agricultural product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Mitchell Sandey, Scott Allen Long, Nathan Paul Brooks
  • Patent number: 11186088
    Abstract: Provided is a liquid ejection head comprising: an ejection opening row along a first direction; a pressure chamber with print-element; a passage communicating with the pressure chamber; a supply opening row along the first direction with supply openings extending in a second direction to supply liquid to the passage; a collection opening row along the first direction with collection openings extending in the second direction to collect a liquid from the passage; a first common supply passage along the first direction to supply a liquid to the supply opening row; a first common collection passage along the first direction to collect a liquid from the collection opening row; a first supply side communication opening extending in the second direction to supply a liquid to the first common supply passage; and a first collection side communication opening extending in the second direction to collect a liquid from the first common collection passage, wherein at least one of the first supply side communication openi
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shingo Okushima, Seiichiro Karita, Takatsuna Aoki, Noriyasu Nagai, Eisuke Nishitani, Yumi Komamiya
  • Patent number: 11178809
    Abstract: A treatment system for spraying treatment fluid onto plants in a field is described. The treatment system includes a highly configurable treatment mechanism including an array of nozzles and valve assemblies coupled into manifolds, and manifold assemblies. The manifolds of the manifold assemblies can be oriented in an open state or a nested state, the open state with no overlap between nozzles of adjacent manifolds and the nested state with overlap between nozzles of adjacent manifolds. The manifolds can have multiple configurations, examples of which include a tube manifold and an offset manifold. The nozzles of the system can have multiple configurations, examples of which include a tri-spray nozzle, a bar nozzle, a fan nozzle, and a deflected fan nozzle. The system can be controlled by a system controller which detects plant material and instructs a nozzle or combination of nozzles to spray treatment fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: BLUE RIVER TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventors: Thomas W. Brown, Eric M. Gawehn, Kent Anderson
  • Patent number: 11148468
    Abstract: A non-pneumatic tire having a plurality of individual modules is mounted on a wheel having with a plurality of depressed module mounting slots to form a wheel and tire assembly. Each module has a body with an opening in the middle that separates the upper region from the lower region. The lower region has an attachment hole for attaching the module to the mounting slot. The lower region of the module and the mounting slot are shaped accordingly to fit each other. The module has two arms, each having an interlocking face disposed at their ends. A full set of interconnected modules forms a complete annular tire. The wheel includes a plurality of depressed mounting slots with a wheel attachment hole disposed around the rim where the modules can be mounted. The rim includes flanges that bound the mounting slot on both sides preventing the modules from sliding sideways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Inventor: Abraham Ballena
  • Patent number: 11129343
    Abstract: A modular system includes a hub and a set of modules removably coupled to the hub. The modules are physically coupled to the frame relative to each other so that each module can operate with respect to a different row of a field. An individual module includes a sensor for capturing field measurement data of individual plants along a row as the modular system moves through the geographic region. An individual module further includes a treatment mechanism for applying a treatment to the individual plants of the row based on the field measurement data before the modular system passes by the individual plants. An individual module further includes a computing device that determines the treatment based on the field measurement data and communicates data to the hub. The hub is communicatively coupled to the modules, so that it may exchange data between the modules and with a remote computing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: BLUE RIVER TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventors: Lee Kamp Redden, James Patrick Ostrowski, Kent Anderson, Edward William Jeffcott Pell
  • Patent number: 11117146
    Abstract: A spray system for an agricultural machine is configured to include a valving arrangement and multiple liquid product lines coupled to spray nozzle assemblies such that the valving arrangement can connect the product lines to the spray nozzle assemblies in different ways to achieve different modes of operation. Such modes can include providing agricultural liquid product flow through the spray nozzle assemblies at differing rates and/or flushing the product through the spray nozzle assemblies in differing directions. This can be achieved by controlling the valving arrangement to selectively connect any of the lines to pump for supplying product, to tank for returning product, or to block the lines to inhibit the flow of product. In one aspect, the product multiple lines can be of different sizes to enable more modes of operation, such as greater or lesser flow rates while spraying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Roy A. Bittner, Steven Winkel
  • Patent number: 11107167
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method can include obtaining irrigation data. The method can further include obtaining a first set of watering rates. The method can further include generating a first set and a second set of soil moisture estimates. The first and second sets of soil moisture estimates can be based at least in part on the irrigation data. The method can further include obtaining a custom constraint and making a first determination that the first set of soil moisture estimates satisfies the custom constraint. The method can further include obtaining a moisture reference value in response to making the first determination. The moisture reference value can be based at least in part on the second set of soil moisture estimates. The method can further include making a second determination that the moisture reference value exceeds a first threshold, and generating an irrigation plan in response to making the second determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jitendra Singh, Saurav Basu, Mukul Tewari, Lloyd A Treinish
  • Patent number: 11097545
    Abstract: A liquid ejection device, a cleaning apparatus and a cleaning method for a module substrate, which can remove foreign matter on an ejection opening face and in a flow path connected with an ejection opening is provided. For that purpose, an ejection opening face is covered with liquid, cleaning is performed by driving a device configured to vibrate liquid, and after that the liquid is collected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akiko Iimura, Hisashi Namba, Noriyasu Hasegawa, Masahiro Kuri
  • Patent number: 11071264
    Abstract: The present invention provides an improved valve assembly and valve controller for controlling the movement of fluid for irrigation. In according with a preferred embodiment, the present invention teaches a system and method for monitoring the status of a valve assembly and for providing “proof of placement” for selected applicants. According to further preferred embodiments, the present invention includes a valve assembly including a valve controller for applying an electric current to a latch valve thereby switching the latch valve from a first flow state to a second flow state. According to a further preferred embodiment, the valve assembly of the present invention preferably further includes a state/current detector which preferably measures the active current being applied to the latch valve and outputs the measured waveform for analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: VALMONT INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: Mark Moeller
  • Patent number: 11067072
    Abstract: A diaphragm pump (10), in particular for use as a detergent dosage pump, comprises a pump housing (12) with at least a first check valve (14) and a second check valve (16), a fluid chamber (18), a diaphragm (20) defining a wall of the fluid chamber (18) and reciprocatingly movable, a stepping motor (28) as driving means for reciprocating said diaphragm (20), wherein the stepping motor (28) comprises a controller (34) for actuating the stepping motor (28), and an external control unit (36) for operating the controller (34) of the stepping motor (28), wherein the external control unit (36) is connected to the controller (34) by a power supply line (38) for transmitting an operating signal (42, 46) to the controller (34), wherein the operating signal (42, 46) is a start signal for operating the diaphragm pump (10), in particular the stepping motor (28), at preset parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Andreas Ruppert, Wolfgang Sauer
  • Patent number: 11045826
    Abstract: A coating system operations vehicle. Related methods are provided for filling a tank and operating coating equipment on a vehicle. The methods include pumping coating from containers into a tank on the vehicle and dispensing the coating for application on a surface. A method also includes removing residual coating from the containers after pumping out coating and adding the residual coating material to the tank. If the level of coating is at the desired level in the tank, a layer of water may be formed over the coating in the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Inventor: Michael Matlack
  • Patent number: 11041284
    Abstract: A system for coupling an implement to a work vehicle includes a controller comprising a memory and a processor, wherein the controller is configured to receive a first signal indicative of a distance between a protrusion of a connector assembly of an arm of the work vehicle and a receiver assembly of the implement. While the first signal is less than a first threshold, the controller is configured to instruct a first actuator to rotate the connector assembly of the work vehicle, instruct a drive system to move the work vehicle toward the implement, instruct a second actuator to lift the arm of the work vehicle, or a combination thereof, such that the protrusion of the connector assembly engages a recess in the receiver assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Inventor: Alexander Fey
  • Patent number: 11020987
    Abstract: An ink pressure modulation method is presented in a direct-to-shape printing system for applying images on the exterior of an axially symmetrical media object that has a contoured, varying exterior surface, such as occurs on curved wine bottles and sports equipment like bats. The method varies ink pressures based on the movement positions of each print head as they move over the surface of the media object. A movement-based formula is presented to allow for continuous updating of pressures in ink tank manifolds to allow independent changes in pressure to each inkjet print head during printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: LSINC Corporation
    Inventors: James Richard Bullington, Christopher Shea Curry
  • Patent number: 10991180
    Abstract: There is described a controller area network (CAN) message scanner for a winter service vehicle. The CAN message scanner generally has a housing; a controller inside said housing; and a CAN bus link having a proximal end connected to said controller and a distal end connected to a diagnostic port of an engine control unit (ECU) of said winter service vehicle; said controller performing, while said winter service vehicle has a given speed, receiving a CAN message from said ECU vehicle via said CAN bus link, said CAN message having vehicle data fields located at corresponding addresses of said CAN message; retrieving a vehicle data field having a value matching a speed value indicative of said given speed of said winter service vehicle; and generating a signal indicating an address corresponding to said retrieved vehicle data field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventors: Martin Grenier, Mathieu Jobin
  • Patent number: 10974273
    Abstract: An ejector for jetting a viscous medium onto a substrate is disclosed. The ejector comprises a jetting chamber adapted to accommodate the viscous medium, a nozzle communicatively connected to the chamber, and an impacting device adapted to impact a volume of the viscous medium in the chamber such that viscous medium is jetted through the nozzle towards the substrate. The ejector may further comprise a rotating mechanism adapted to rotate the impacting device around a length axis of the impacting device such that shearing is induced in the viscous medium to be jetted. A corresponding system and method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Mycronic AB
    Inventor: Johan Bergstrom
  • Patent number: 10941762
    Abstract: A liquid delivery system is presented. The liquid delivery system comprises a source of fluid coupled to an outlet. The liquid delivery system also includes a hydraulic cylinder coupled to the source of fluid. The hydraulic cylinder has a piston movable between a first limit position and a second limit position during an operational cycle. The hydraulic cylinder is configured to pressurize fluid received from the source of fluid, and deliver the pressurized fluid to the outlet. The liquid delivery system also comprises a rod connected to the piston and extending out of the cylinder. The liquid delivery system also comprises a sensor configured to sense a position of the rod to provide a signal indication of the piston with respect to the first position or the second position. An indication of the sensed position is provided to a controller, and the controller is configured to send a control signal to initiate a normal operation loop based on the sensed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Wagner Spray Tech Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel R. Zientara, Lam H. Nguyen, Jonathan L. Schaumann
  • Patent number: 10932404
    Abstract: A semi-closed loop hydraulic circuit includes a prime move, a first hydraulic circuit operatively coupled to the prime mover, and a second hydraulic circuit operatively coupled to the prime mover. The second hydraulic circuit is fluidly coupled to the first hydraulic circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: DHG, Inc.
    Inventor: Aaron Andrew Kime
  • Patent number: 10920764
    Abstract: A chamber has at least three openings, or a first opening, a second opening, and a third opening formed therein that are in communication with a reservoir. The second opening is higher in level than the first opening. The third opening is used for discharging a liquid within the reservoir by introducing gas through at least one of the first opening and the second opening into the reservoir. Since the third opening is the lowest in level among the three openings, the liquid stored in the reservoir is able to be drained easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventors: Junki Nishimura, Hiroyuki Ogura, Masahito Kashiyama, Toru Momma, Shoji Kirita, Hidetoshi Sagawa, Shogo Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10913086
    Abstract: Wind speed, wind direction, and field boundary information are detected and used to identify a monitor area indicative of a likely overspray condition. Control signals are generated to obtain information from a sprayed substance sensor, in the monitor area. When an overspray condition is detected, an overspraying signal from the sprayed substance sensor indicating the detected overspray condition is received and overspray processing is performed, based upon the received overspray signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Mark E. Barker, Richard A. Humpal, Aaron A. Wells
  • Patent number: 10913083
    Abstract: In order to develop devices and methods for impulse ejection of medium, a device for impulse ejection of medium is proposed, comprising a medium chamber for holding a medium, said chamber being defined by an ejection tube and a sleeve, adjoining the ejection tube at the opposite end from the ejection end thereof, and a propellant chamber) for holding a propellant, said propellant chamber surrounding at least partially the medium chamber in the region of the sleeve, wherein the sleeve is designed for movement between a pressure position and an ejection position and seals, in the pressure position, the medium chamber from the propellant chamber at an end plate and wherein the sleeve in the ejection position is spaced apart from the end plate such that there is fluid communication for passage of the propellant from the propellant chamber into the medium chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Inventor: Martijn Steur
  • Patent number: 10869432
    Abstract: Some example embodiments may provide a capability for intelligent control or management of a number of assets in connection with yard maintenance with the assistance or inclusion of a management unit having distributed properties. Thus, for example, sensor equipment and task performance equipment operation may be coordinated between local management and remote management entities for efficient monitoring and maintaining of lawn wellness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: HUSQVARNA AB
    Inventors: Tomas Wykman, Fredrik Edholm, Eric Lennings, Pär Christensson, Stefan Grufman, Björn Mannefred, Patrik Jägenstedt, Magnus Öhrlund, Olle Markusson
  • Patent number: 10843645
    Abstract: A system for providing power includes a control and a switch. The control is configured to indicate providing parallel power to a vehicle mounted device. The switch is configured to connect power in parallel to the vehicle mounted device, where connecting power in parallel includes back current protection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Lytx, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Lambert, Angel Valdes
  • Patent number: 10821232
    Abstract: A needleless syringe for injecting an injection objective substance into an injection target area of a living body is provided. The syringe includes an enclosing unit enclosing the injection objective substance, and an ignition device including an ignition charge and flowing an ignition current so that the ignition charge is combusted. The syringe also includes a pressurizing unit pressurizing the injection objective substance, and a flow passage unit defining a flow passage so that the pressurized injection objective substance is allowed to inject to the injection target area. The pressurizing unit raises a pressure applied to the injection objective substance to a peak pressure for the injection objective substance to penetrate through a surface of the injection target area and then lowers the pressure applied to the injection objective substance to a waiting pressure within 2 msec after the ignition current was allowed to flow to the ignition device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Daicel Corporation
    Inventor: Shingo Oda
  • Patent number: 10822758
    Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatus, and computer program products are provided for dispensing a travel path applicant. For example, a computing entity can monitor the location of a maintenance vehicle and/or its travel path to dispense travel path applicants accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Inventor: Nagesh Kadaba
  • Patent number: 10782132
    Abstract: A division map creation system includes circuitry and a memory. The circuitry is configured to acquire work field information including a shape of a work field and a position of the work field and to acquire travel routes based on the work field information. Each of work vehicles is configured to travel along each of the travel routes in the work field. The circuitry is configured to divide the work field into a plurality of sections in order to create division maps based on a travel direction in which each of the work vehicles travels along each of the travel routes and based on a work width within which each of the work vehicles works while travelling in the work field. The memory is to store the division maps such that each of the division maps corresponds to each of the work vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: KUBOTA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Megumi Suzukawa, Kazuo Sakaguchi, Atsushi Shinkai
  • Patent number: 10731594
    Abstract: Provided is a control device of a fuel injection device which can stabilize a behavior of a valve even when a voltage of a voltage source varies, and can reduce a deviation of an injection amount. The fuel injection device includes a valve and a coil which generates a magnetic attraction force to attract a movable element which drives the valve. A control device applies a predetermined voltage to the coil on the basis of an injection pulse, causes a drive current to flow to the coil until the drive current reaches a maximum current, drives the valve by attracting the movable element, and injects fuel. The drive current flowing to the coil is lowered from the maximum current before the valve reaches a desired maximum lift position, and a constant voltage lower than a predetermined voltage or 0 V is continuously applied to the coil until the valve reaches the desired maximum lift position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryo Kusakabe, Masayuki Saruwatari, Noriyuki Maekawa
  • Patent number: 10723066
    Abstract: A cartridge for a stereolithography machine, comprising a supporting structure suited to be removably associated with the stereolithography machine, a container provided with an access opening and associated with the supporting structure, and a first reservoir associated with the supporting structure for containing a first material, liquid or pasty, suited to solidify following exposure to a predefined radiation. The cartridge also includes a second reservoir associated with the supporting structure for containing a second material, liquid or pasty, different from the first material, a conveyance associated with the supporting structure to convey the first material and the second material from the reservoirs towards the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventor: Ettore Maurizio Costabeber
  • Patent number: 10721881
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and method which combines field mapping and control software to effectively manage end gun parameters to adjust for changes in weather conditions and positional/terrain changes. According to a first preferred embodiment, the present invention preferably provides a system which monitors a mapped set of boundaries and preferably receives data regarding a variety of weather factors including wind monitoring (speed, direction, averages, and gusts) and preferably makes adjustments to the system to adjust and modify the shape of a desired distribution area based on the weather factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Valmont Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin K. Fischman
  • Patent number: 10687484
    Abstract: A fully automated irrigation system to irrigate regular and irregular shapes of land. The system includes a water delivery pipe assembly configured to travel laterally while irrigating adjacent to a stationary row of spaced access valves supplied by a water main. The system includes a single coupler automated connector configured to supply water to the water delivery pipe assembly. The connector includes a swing arm mounted to and hydraulically connected to the water delivery pipe assembly. The connector includes a valve coupler mounted to the swing arm, the valve coupler configured to raise and lower relative to the swing arm to selectively access water from the water main via the spaced access valves. The connector includes a swing arm length regulator enabling substantially horizontal coupler travel relative to the swing arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: Christopher Guy Williams
  • Patent number: 10669911
    Abstract: A diesel exhaust fluid delivery system and a dual-variable control strategy for adjusting the delivery pressure and the mass flow rate of the fluid passing through the system. The method for operating the system using two operating modes: low flow rate and high flow rate. While operating in the low flow rate operating mode, the speed of a DEF pump remains constant and DEF delivery to the exhaust system is adjusted by controlling a backflow valve. While operating in the high flow rate operating mode, the backflow valve is closed and the speed of the pump is adjusted to regulate DEF delivery to the exhaust system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Andres Murube Lindahl, Oliver Wintersteller
  • Patent number: 10618843
    Abstract: A concrete composition and method include a portion of fine aggregate bearing a coating of a polymer or an admixture, which may be a continuous coating layer or a layer of powdered, discrete particles embedded in a binder. The polymeric coating may be an admixture in powdered form, a super absorbent polymer (insoluble in water, but absorbing water), or another polymer such as the acrylamides, co-polymers thereof, polyacrylamides, or the like (soluble in water). The coating absorbs water, but particles are too small to form significant voids. Water is absorbed into the concrete mix in far greater proportions (e.g. w/c ratio over 0.5) improving workability, doubling workability time, and improving ultimate compressive stress (strength).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: AQUASMARTENTERPRISES, LLC
    Inventor: Calder Hendrickson
  • Patent number: 10588275
    Abstract: A drip irrigation system includes a distribution pipe and drip irrigation pipes that branch off in communication with the distribution pipe. Each drip pipe has a flushing valve coupled to a downstream end and at least some of the drip pipes each have an inlet valve coupled to an upstream end for communication with the distribution pipe. The system further has at least one command valve in communication with the distributing pipe and also with at least some of the inlet vales, wherein opening of the command valve is configured to close the at least some inlet valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Netafim, Ltd.
    Inventors: Esteban Socolsky, Ron Keren
  • Patent number: 10590899
    Abstract: Nozzles and method of making the same are disclosed. The disclosed nozzles have at least one nozzle through-hole therein, wherein the at least one nozzle through-hole exhibits a coefficient of discharge, CD, of greater than about 0.50. Fuel injectors containing the nozzle are also disclosed. Methods of making and using nozzles and fuel injectors are further disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Scott M. Schnobrich, Barry S. Carpenter, Barbara A. Fipp, James C. Novack, David H. Redinger, Ryan C. Shirk
  • Patent number: 10569021
    Abstract: It is possible to feed an injection objective substance to a depth of a skin structure of an objective living body without using any injection needle. A syringe having no injection needle comprises an enclosing unit which encloses the injection objective substance, a pressurizing unit which pressurizes the injection objective substance enclosed in the enclosing unit, and a flow passage unit which defines a flow passage so that the injection objective substance, which is pressurized by the pressurizing unit, is allowed to inject to an injection target area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Daicel Corporation
    Inventor: Shingo Oda
  • Patent number: 10499561
    Abstract: A system includes a boom. The boom includes a first section and a second section. The system includes a first actuator element configured to drive rotation of the first section, a second actuator element configured to drive rotation of the second section, and a locking element configured to block rotation of the first section and to block rotation of the second section while the locking element is in an activated position. Moreover, the system includes a sensor element disposed on the boom. The sensor element is configured to output a signal indicative of a first height between the first section and a field and a second height between the second section and the field. The first and second sections are configured to independently rotate based on the received signal to maintain a desired height between the field and each of the first section and the second section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Nathan Carl Grotelueschen, Todd Rasmussen, Jon Ellingson
  • Patent number: 10501566
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and an apparatus for producing an ?-olefin low polymer by subjecting an ?-olefin to low polymerization reaction in the presence of a catalyst in a liquid phase part within a reactor, and the present invention relates to a method and an apparatus for producing an ?-olefin low polymer, such as 1-hexene, etc., by subjecting an ?-olefin, such as ethylene, etc., to low polymerization reaction, in which the formation of a polymer on an upper tube plate surface of a shell and tube type heat exchanger that is used for heat removal is suppressed, thereby performing a continuous operation stably over a long period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroki Emoto
  • Patent number: 10493474
    Abstract: A two part adhesive spray system is provided herein. This system provides numerous enhancements to the prior art including limiting overspray “fog,” saving on sprayed material because of a more efficient spray pattern, and providing a more efficient bond than that of the prior art. In particular, the present invention provides a spray pattern having both adhesive and activator. The activator is sprayed in a smaller spray area than the adhesive, which is sprayed on a larger area. As such, when sprayed on a substrate, the activator provides a rapid tack to hold a second adhered material to the substrate sufficient to hold it in place while the remainder of the adhesive dries and/or cures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Worthen Industries
    Inventors: Robert J. Rose, Andrew T. Sinclair
  • Patent number: 10485141
    Abstract: A method of cooling a data centre, and a data centre, is disclosed. Optionally, the data centre comprises: a cooling air source (201); at least one rack room (202) having a floor and rack storage areas (203a-203d) on the floor, each rack storage area accommodating racks in which items of electronic equipment having at least one fan (204) are housed; one or more cold aisles (205) in the rack room, each cold aisle being adjacent to a rack storage area; one or more hot aisles (206) in the rack room, each hot aisle being adjacent to a rack storage area; and an air supply corridor (207) for transporting cooling air, above the floor, from the cooling air source to the one or more cold aisles. The method optionally comprises transporting cooling air from the cooling air source (201) to the one or more cold aisles (205) substantially under the control of the fans (204) of the items of electronic equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: BRIPCO BVBA
    Inventors: Paul Rogers, Neil Crow, Lucian Hicks
  • Patent number: 10471455
    Abstract: A drive device in which a controller includes a detection determiner, a high threshold that is initially set and a low threshold are switchably set in the detection determiner as thresholds for determining whether or not to capture detection signals, the controller performs: when the detection determiner makes a capture determination before drive processing, low-switching processing to switch the threshold from the high threshold to the low threshold before the drive processing is started based on the determination results; and perform drive cancellation processing to cancel driving of a driver when the detection determiner makes a capture determination after the low-switching processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO CHEMICAL COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventor: Tuyoshi Orita
  • Patent number: 10448585
    Abstract: Various arrangements for visual control of a network-enabled irrigation system are presented. In some embodiments, a video stream of an outdoor location that can include a lawn may be captured. The video stream of the outdoor location may be transmitted to a cloud-based irrigation management server system. The lawn may be monitored for a period of time using the video stream. Based on monitoring the lawn for the period of time, a visual change in a state of the lawn may be identified. Based on the visual change in the state of the lawn, an adjustment of an irrigation program of the network-enabled irrigation system may be determined. An irrigation control message may be transmitted to the network-enabled irrigation system that alters an irrigation schedule for the lawn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Deepak Kundra, John Nold, James Stewart, Ankit Mohan, Leon Tan
  • Patent number: 10421551
    Abstract: An anti-icing system for an aircraft structure includes a cavity that has an exterior surface subject to ice accretion and a bleed source that is configured to provide a fluid to the cavity via a duct. The system includes multiple temperature sensors, disposed at the aircraft structure, with each temperature sensor configured to detect a temperature associated with an aircraft structure location. A controller is in communication with the temperature sensors. The controller is programmed to compare outputs of the temperature sensors and to determine a temperature sensor fault condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Michael D. Greenberg, Zhijun Zheng, David Baszak, Scott W. Simpson