Processes Patents (Class 239/1)
  • 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
    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
    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
    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
  • Patent number: 10383290
    Abstract: Provided is an emitter (120) comprising a flow path that leads from an intake path (221) for taking in irrigation liquid that is within a tube to a recessed section (252). The flow path comprises opening/closing sections (248) that are arranged with a gap (249) therebetween. The gap (249) communicates with a discharge section. When the opening/closing sections (248) are pushed by the pressure of the irrigation fluid within a recessed section (242), the tip sections of each of the opening/closing sections (248) are brought into contact and one part of the gap (249) is blocked. The flow rate of the irrigation fluid within the emitter (120) is controlled by the remaining amount of said irrigation fluid that is capable of passing through the gap (249).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Enplas Corporation
    Inventor: Masahiro Kidachi
  • Patent number: 10369585
    Abstract: A rinse monitoring and control system for a self-propelled sprayer is configured to allow automatic rinsing of plumbing components and tubing of the sprayer with a liquid rinse by automatically controlling the timing and sequencing of electronic valves upon receiving a rinse command. Aspects of the rinsing can be configured by an operator, such as the whether the product tank is rinsed, the duration of each rinse, and the number of rinse cycles. The valves and liquid flow can be monitored in real time from a touchscreen HMI during the rinsing. Accordingly, the sprayer can be thoroughly rinsed by pressing a single button to generate the rinse command, without requiring the operator to manually actuate valves and/or recall stages of the rinse sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Nathan P. Brooks, Roy A. Bittner
  • Patent number: 10370594
    Abstract: A fluid jet nozzle for a decoking tool, a decoking tool and method of operating same. The nozzle includes a nozzle assembly for use in a fluid jet decoking tool. The assembly includes a housing to hold one or more nozzles that are used to spray or otherwise distribute decoking fluid. An internal flowpath that extends from an inlet of the nozzle to an outlet of the nozzle defines a tapered shape such that when the decoking fluid passes through the nozzle, the flowpath produces a predominantly coherent flow pattern in the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Flowserve Management Company
    Inventors: Matthew J. Pattom, Lloyd D. Hanson
  • Patent number: 10316697
    Abstract: A steam turbine exhaust chamber cooling device includes a plurality of spray nozzles, and the plurality of spray nozzles inject spray water from an injection port to the turbine exhaust chamber. Here, a center line of the injection port is inclined with respect to a radial direction of a turbine rotor so that the plurality of spray nozzles inject the spray water in a direction counter to a rotation direction of the turbine rotor. An inclination angle ? at which the center line of the injection port is inclined to a forward side of the rotation direction with respect to the radial direction of the turbine rotor is in a relationship represented by the following formula (A), 25°???45°??(A).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventors: Xiaolan Wang, Yasuteru Kawai
  • Patent number: 10286662
    Abstract: A bifurcation path and a flow path which communicates with the head main body through the bifurcation path are provided. The bifurcation path includes an upstream-side path and a downstream-side path. In a plan view of a flow-path forming surface including the bifurcation path and the flow path, the flow path is disposed in a state where an angle between a flowing direction in the flow path and a flowing direction in the downstream-side path is an acute angle. In addition, an angle between a first wall surface of the flow path, which is the wall surface located downstream from the upstream-side path, and a second wall surface of the upstream-side path, which is the wall surface connected to the first wall surface, is equal to or less than 90°. Furthermore, the second wall surface of the upstream-side path has an R shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Isamu Togashi
  • Patent number: 10263126
    Abstract: Provided in one embodiment is a method of making, comprising: exposing a raw material having a first viscosity to a first pressure and a first temperature such that the raw material after the exposure has a second viscosity, wherein the raw material comprises particles comprising at least one electrically conductive material, and wherein the second viscosity is sufficiently low for the raw material to be adapted for a hydrodynamic cavitation process; and subjecting the raw material having the second viscosity to the hydrodynamic cavitation process to make a product material having a third viscosity. Apparatus employed to apply the method and the exemplary compositions made in accordance with the method are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Applied Caviatation, Inc.
    Inventors: Dana Lynn Hankey, Marshall Campion Tibbetts, Joseph Capobianco, Christopher Davey
  • Patent number: 10252285
    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 deploy an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), with a sprayed substance sensor, to the monitor area. The UAV is controlled to reposition it, as a spraying machine moves through the field being sprayed. When an overspray condition is detected, an overspraying signal from the UAV indicating the detected overspray condition is received and overspray processing is performed, based upon the received overspray signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Mark E. Barker, Richard A. Humpal, Jui Desai, Paresh Bharatiya
  • Patent number: 10244748
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for the position-controlled guidance of at least two pivotably movable cantilevered arms of an agricultural distribution machine over a ground surface wherein a relative position of the at least two pivotably movable cantilevered arms in relation to the ground surface is respectively detected and a realignment of the at least two cantilever arms is carried out via autonomous regulation based on the detected relative position of each cantilevered arm in response to a pivoting motion in relation to the ground surface. The method provides that the autonomous regulation is temporarily interrupted for at least one of the two pivotably movable cantilevered arms, wherein a positioning of one of the two pivotably movable cantilevered arms is carried out in a manually controlled manner during the interruption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: HORSCH LEEB Application Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Theodor Leeb
  • Patent number: 10225996
    Abstract: A control module for a water harvesting system can be operatively connected to a water level sensor in a water collection cistern, the pump/master valve (P/MV) output port of an irrigation controller, a pump start relay that controls a pump coupled to the cistern, and a pair of master valves that are coupled to station valves for delivering water to a plurality of sprinklers. The control module uses a processor, a plurality of switching circuits, and an operational program stored in a memory to cause the landscape vegetation to be watered with water from the water collection cistern or a municipal water supply, depending on the level of water detected in the water collection cistern. The control module can include a display that can indicate a graphic depiction that represents an actual level of the water in the water collection cistern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Hunter Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffery J. Kremicki, Peter J. Woytowitz
  • Patent number: 10220149
    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: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Daicel Corporation
    Inventor: Shingo Oda
  • Patent number: 10168269
    Abstract: A biological and non-biological aerosol real time monitor includes a laser light source assembly configured to emit a laser beam and generate a line-shaped laser spot at a particle excitation position of an air flow to be measured; a sealed photoelectric measurement chamber, wherein the laser light source assembly is assembled at a laser entrance port of the sealed photoelectric measurement chamber, the air flow intersects with the optical axis in the traveling direction of the laser beam-at the particle excitation position; a scattered light signal reflecting mirror and a fluorescence signal reflecting mirror bilaterally provided with a measurement point as the center which is formed by the intersection of the laser beam and the air flow; a scattered light signal detector and a fluorescence signal detector respectively mounted behind a center opening of the reflecting mirrors to detect a scattered light signal and a fluorescence signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventor: Ruzheng Wu
  • Patent number: 10159996
    Abstract: A system for dispensing a plurality of chemicals includes a respective storage tank for each chemical. A respective metering, rotary positive displacement pump is in hydraulic communication at an inlet thereof with an outlet of each tank. An outlet of each pump is connected to a respective discharge hose. At least one heater is in thermal contact with each discharge hose. At least one temperature sensor is provided for measuring a temperature of each chemical in each respective discharge hose. A pressure sensor is provided for measuring pressure at an inlet end and at an outlet end of each discharge hose. A processor is in signal communication with each temperature sensor, each pressure sensor, a metering signal output of each pump and in control communication with each heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Akurate Dynamics LLC
    Inventors: Charles I. McAndrew, Trey D. Cook, Travis T. Brandt, R. Ryan Snider, Kenneth D. Swatzel, Edward R. Brewer
  • Patent number: 10076758
    Abstract: A sprinkler adjustment member includes a plurality of nozzle tubes aligned in a sprinkler base. An adjustment piece is assembled with the sprinkler base. The adjustment piece controls and guide the plurality of nozzle tubes correspondingly and the adjustment piece swings so as to drive the plurality of nozzle tubes moving at an angle and different water distribution patterns are provided. The sprinkler base is pivotally disposed on a receiving member and for adjustment angle with a pendulum movement. A place base is connected with the receiving member and the receiving member is capable of pivoting on the place base, such that the sprinkler moves and tilts at multi-angles and multi-directions for providing various sprinkling patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: YUAN-MEI CORP.
    Inventor: King-Yuan Wang
  • Patent number: 10028532
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an electronic cigarette. The electronic cigarette includes: a first tubular body forming a vaporizer chamber, a removable mouth piece disposed on the first tubular body, a vaporizer assembly disposed inside of vaporizer chamber, having a positive terminal with an e-liquid conduit hole, a negative terminal, 2 sets of e-liquid media, and 2 heating wires wound around e-liquid media, a squeezable e-liquid tank adapted for storing e-liquid with an e-liquid conduit to provide e-liquid to e-liquid media in vaporizer chamber, a second tubular body forming a squeezable e-liquid tank container; and a connecting and sealing assembly for connecting first tubular body and second tubular body. When a user squeezes the squeezable e-liquid tank to soak e-liquid media with e-liquid, user starts e-cigarette smoking by switch on a battery power source to provide electrical power heating wires 25 to vaporize e-liquid and generate e-cigarette vapor for user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Inventor: Xiaochun Zhu
  • Patent number: 10011419
    Abstract: An automatic discharge device includes a housing having a recess for receipt of the body of a container and a groove configured to receive a portion of a valve stem of the container. The recess includes a tapered upper end configured to fit a neck of the container. Further, a first compartment for receipt of a first battery and a second compartment for receipt of a second battery are provided. An actuator is disposed proximate the groove, which defines lateral sidewalls and a rear sidewall and has an open forward end to receive the valve stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: M. Scott Carpenter, Paul E. Furner, Thomas P. Gasper, Chris A. Kubicek, Leon M. Lemon, Brent D. Madsen, Kenneth W. Michaels, Cory J. Nelson, Michael E. Short, Gene Sipinski, Nathan R. Westphal
  • Patent number: 9952602
    Abstract: A liquid material application device can alleviate programming work for drawing a line. The device includes a discharge head (50) for discharging a liquid material, a worktable (25) on which a workpiece is placed, a robot (20) for moving the discharge head and the worktable relative to each other in XYZ directions, and a control unit including an arithmetic device and a storage device for storing an application program, the liquid material application device applying the liquid material to be drawn in the form of a line on the workpiece while the workpiece and the discharge head are moved relative to each other, the control unit includes a first control unit (30) for moving the workpiece and the discharge head relative to each other in accordance with the application program, and a second control unit (40) for controlling a discharge amount of the discharge head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Inventor: Naotoshi Ikushima
  • Patent number: 9943872
    Abstract: An apparatus for configuring dispersing equipment for applying liquid solutions to vegetation, comprising: a plurality of nozzles for dispersing liquid in the form of liquid droplets; a plurality of magnets for applying a magnetic field to the liquid droplets; where the nozzles are configured to produce liquid droplets sized less than 400 microns and preferably less than 150 microns and more preferably within the range of 10 microns to 50 microns; where each magnet in the plurality of magnets has a magnetic remanence of at least 0.9 and preferably at least 1.25; where the plurality of magnets are moveably mountable on the spray equipment to vary the field strength and polar orientation to adapt for application conditions and purposes; where the liquid solution includes at least water, and where the nozzles are positionable to produce air turbulence and a spray cloud consisting of liquid droplets impacting target vegetation during spraying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Inventor: Theodore F. Lenhardt
  • Patent number: 9879785
    Abstract: A seal system includes a housing defining a bore having an inner bore surface. A rotating shaft is rotatably received in the bore and includes a recessed annular groove. A seal body has an unassembled form having a ring shape, wherein in an assembled state the seal member is received in the annular groove of the rotating shaft with the seal member flipped with a first side surface facing radially inward toward the annular groove and a second side surface facing radially outward toward the bore, the first side surface along a cylindrical outer diameter surface being lifted off of a bottom surface of the annular groove so that the second side surface along the outer diameter surface engages the inner bore surface while the second side surface along an inner diameter surface is spaced from the inner bore surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Freudenberg-NOK General Partnership
    Inventors: Raymond L. Szparagowski, Ross Maag
  • Patent number: 9828257
    Abstract: An atomizer for use in waste water evaporation includes a motor having a rotor shaft, at least one conduit for receiving the waste water, a housing supporting the motor and the at least one conduit, and a hub having a plurality of holes for distributing waste water in the form of water droplets. The motor is a variable speed motor and is cooled by waste water flowing through the at least one conduit. The hub is connected to the rotor shaft and spins at a variable speed with the rotor shaft. The atomizer may be used in a waste water evaporation system that further includes an anemometer and a control system. The control system receives a wind speed input from the anemometer and provides a signal to the variable speed motor to adjust the speed of the variable speed motor and hub, thereby adjusting the water droplet size in response to varying wind conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: E3 Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Jamey Scott Noel, Jeffrey Morris Sullivan, William McBride Blanchard
  • Patent number: 9724709
    Abstract: A swirl element for swirling fluid in a nozzle has a swirler body. The swirler body defines a feed channel including an axially oriented channel surface and a swirl chamber in fluid communication with the feed channel. The swirl chamber defines a radially oriented swirler surface substantially normal to the channel surface. The swirl chamber and the axially oriented channel are in fluid communication through a tangential slot for imparting swirl on fluids passing from the feed channel into the swirl chamber. The tangential slot includes a smoothly rounded surface transitioning from the channel surface to the swirler surface for providing a smooth, substantially separation free transition in fluid flow from the channel into the swirl chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignees: Delavan Inc, Delavan Limited
    Inventors: Lev A. Prociw, Neil Smith, Frank Whittaker
  • Patent number: 9701846
    Abstract: A radiation-reflecting road marking, comprising: metal particles having a diameter of between 0.5-2.5 mm, wherein the metal particles are particles comprising aluminum, magnesium, zinc or an alloy thereof. Also, a method for producing the radiation-reflecting road marking, where the radiation-reflecting road marking is a cold plastic, by mixing components of a two-part system, if necessary, to form a mixture, applying the mixture to a road surface, and adding the metal particles and optionally glass beads during or directly after an application of the cold plastic to the road surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: EVONIK ROEHM GmbH
    Inventors: Guido Protzmann, Joern Kiwitt, Dominik Kiefer, Guenter Schmitt, Marita Kaufmann, Michael Olapoju
  • Patent number: 9694636
    Abstract: An amphibious pumping vehicle comprising: a floatable vehicle body; ground engaging propulsion structure configured to raise and lower relative to the vehicle body; a fluid pump; a first fluid nozzle configured to direct fluid through the air, the fluid nozzle connected by a fluid conduit to the fluid pump; and, a power source configured to provide power to both the ground engaging propulsion structure and the fluid pump. The vehicle is particularly well suited to pumping and recirculating fluid within manure lagoons and is able to be driven up out of the lagoon when the lagoon level has been lowered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Nuhn Industries Ltd.
    Inventor: Ian Nuhn
  • Patent number: 9661809
    Abstract: In embodiments, an application vehicle includes an application system for applying a product during an agricultural application. The application system (used in conjunction with the application vehicle) includes a priming module that determines a priming location. When the application vehicle is in proximity to the priming location, the priming module primes aspects of the application system so that it is ready to apply the product when the application vehicle reaches a region in which the product is to be applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Gregory Daniel Chiocco, Gurcan Aral
  • Patent number: 9573146
    Abstract: A swirler for swirling fluid in a nozzle has a swirler body. The swirler body defines an inlet end, an outlet end opposed to the inlet end, and a circumferential periphery. The circumferential periphery extends axially from the inlet end to the outlet end. The outlet end defines a first swirl chamber. The inlet end defines a second swirl chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignees: Delavan Inc, Delavan Limited
    Inventors: Lev A. Prociw, Frank Whittaker, Neil Smith
  • Patent number: 9540265
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a chemical feeder that includes a housing having a housing chamber, a sieve plate residing within the housing chamber, and a funnel residing on an upper surface of the sieve plate. The funnel includes upper and lower openings, an interior funnel space, and at least one funnel sidewall aperture. The sieve plate includes a plurality of sieve plate apertures at least a portion of which are in fluid communication with the interior funnel space via the lower funnel opening. During operation, a feed liquid passes up through at least a portion of the sieve plate apertures and into the interior funnel space where it contacts a solid chemical material, so as to form a treated liquid that includes dissolved chemical material, at least a portion of which passes out through the funnel sidewall aperture(s) and exits the chemical feed through an outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: AXIALL OHIO, INC.
    Inventors: Richard H. Ferguson, John Gary Miller, Frank Schiffman
  • Patent number: 9539454
    Abstract: An appliance specific laser aiming device for visual spray pattern testing of fire suppression spray nozzles has a hollow cylindrical body with a first end threadably fitted to an adapter that is fitted to the existing spray nozzle. A laser module within the cylindrical body projects a light beam through the interior and out of the lens on the second end. The second end has dial adjustment. A hollow housing with grip removably and rotatably fits to proximal the first end. Rotating the hollow housing positions a chosen nozzle depiction for setting to match specific spray nozzle characteristics wherein one device tests a plurality of nozzles, including those of various manufacturers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Inventors: Anthony Griggs, Stephanie Redmon
  • Patent number: 9532563
    Abstract: A liquid spray boom having a plurality of spray nozzles and a flow monitoring system for monitoring the liquid flow to each of the spray nozzles. The spray nozzles each have a respective flow metering passage through which liquid to the nozzle passes a magnetic turbine in the metering passage rotatable as an incident to and in relation to liquid directed through the flow metering passage for generating changing magnetic fields, a hall effect sensor associated with each magnetic turbine for sensing the changing magnetic fields, and a control module for receiving signals from the sensor for monitoring the liquid flow to each spray nozzle and providing an alert indication in the event that the flow fails to meet predetermined requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Spraying Systems Co.
    Inventors: Marc A. Arenson, Joe Davenport, Steven G. Stone
  • Patent number: 9474216
    Abstract: A rain shut-off for a mechanical irrigation system such as a center pivot irrigation system, a corner irrigation system, or a linear irrigation system. The rain shut-off includes a rain gauge which transmits rainfall information to a rain controller. The rain controller will shut down the drive towers of the irrigation system, the water pump engine and the oil dripper system upon a predetermined amount of rainfall occurring within a predetermined period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Inventor: Ben Reiss
  • Patent number: 9459628
    Abstract: A method of moving at least two irrigation spans across a ground surface of a field may include receiving an initial movement control signal corresponding to a user-selected fluid application rate, determining the user-selected fluid application rate from the initial movement control signal, determining a position of at least one span in the field, modifying the initial movement control signal to a modified movement control signal according to a predetermined modification factor, with a value of the modification factor varying according to a position of the span in the field such that the modification factor varies among span positions, and sending the modified movement control signal to the drive motor control. A system is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Precision Circle, LLC
    Inventor: Kevin Abts
  • Patent number: 9441595
    Abstract: A CNG control ECU has a pulse signal determination device determining a pulse width and an output timing of a pulse signal, an electricity control device controlling a supply of electricity to a solenoid, and a current value sensing part sensing a current value of the solenoid. Further, the CNG control ECU has an estimation part estimating an injection start timing and an injection full opening timing on the basis of a differential value of the current value, a first calculation part calculating a first correction part, and a full opening time difference calculation part calculating a full opening time difference. Still further, the CNG control ECU has a correction injection quantity calculation part calculating a correction injection quantity and a second calculation part calculating a second correction value. A correction part makes a correction of adding the first correction value to the output timing and a correction of adding the second correction value to the pulse width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Inventor: Tomoki Fujino
  • Patent number: 9402354
    Abstract: A self-propelled irrigation system includes a drive tower configured to cross over a drainage ditch or other watercourse in an irrigated field without the use of a bridge or other support structure to support the load of the drive tower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Inventor: George Edmund Bullard, III
  • Patent number: 9392743
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle platform and system for selectively performing an in-season management task in an agricultural field while self-navigating between rows of planted crops, the autonomous vehicle platform having a vehicle base with a width so dimensioned as to be insertable through the space between two rows of planted crops, the vehicle base having a first portion and a second portion, wherein the first portion is pivotably coupled to the second portion, and each of portion is operably coupled to at least one ground engaging wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: RowBot Systems LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Camacho-Cook, John E. Bares, Kent Cavender-Bares
  • Patent number: 9376932
    Abstract: A system for cleaning gas turbine engines is described. More specifically, methods and apparatuses for cleaning stationary gas turbines and on-wing turbofan engines found on aircraft are disclosed that includes a trailer-mounted, automated low-pressure water delivery system, additive and detergent injection system, nozzle and manifold technology, and active waste water effluent collector system. The system will deliver the liquid cleaning medium at a specific pressure, temperature, and flow rate to optimize the atomization that occurs at the nozzles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: EcoServices, LLC
    Inventors: Hubert E. Sales, Jr., Peter Asplund
  • Patent number: 9342076
    Abstract: The present disclosure is generally directed to an adjustable speed irrigation system having a control panel, at least one water conduit, at least one tower, and a position sensor. A user inputs a user-defined end destination at the user-defined arrival time into the control panel. The control panel receives a current position of the irrigation system from the position sensor. The control panel compares the current position to the user-defined end destination and calculates a new optimum ground speed required to reach the user-defined end destination at the user-defined time based on the current position of the irrigation system. The control panel then sends a signal to a speed control unit to adjust the speed of the irrigation system to match the new optimum ground speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Inventors: Craig Malsam, Mark Moeller
  • Patent number: 9333951
    Abstract: An anti-freezing apparatus and an anti-freezing method using the same are provided. The anti-freezing apparatus includes: a nozzle which sprays anti-freezing liquid to a wind shield; a storage container which stores the anti-freezing liquid; a pump which delivers the anti-freezing liquid stored in the storage container to the nozzle; and a controller which controls the driving of the pump in a stop state and allows the anti-freezing liquid to be sprayed through the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Inventors: Gi Jae Pyun, Jae Seo Lee
  • Patent number: 9300170
    Abstract: A system for supplying energy is provided. The system comprises a shelter for users of an outdoor recreational area. The shelter has a roof portion and photovoltaic cells disposed on the roof portion, the photovoltaic cells being arranged to convert solar energy into electrical energy. The system also comprises an energy distribution system arranged to receive converted electrical energy from the photovoltaic cells, and to receive grid electrical energy from a power distribution network. The energy distribution system is arranged to provide converted electrical energy to an electrically powered component of the system at times when there is sufficient converted electrical energy to power the component, and to provide grid electrical energy to the component at times when there is insufficient converted electrical energy to power the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Inventors: Nurul Afzan Omar, Ashaari Yusoff, Mohamed Razman Yahya, Asban Dolah, Syamsuri Yaakob, Norman Fadhil Idham Muhammad
  • Patent number: 9260843
    Abstract: A method of disinfecting a valve configured for use as part of a water delivery system includes activating a heating element that is configured to heat a body of the valve to a temperature sufficient to kill organisms that may be present on internal surfaces of the valve, wherein the heating element and the valve are configured to be provided within the water delivery system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Inventor: Kevin T. Peel