With Selective Proportioning Or Correlated Flow For Plural Fluids Patents (Class 239/61)
  • Patent number: 11186513
    Abstract: Systems for producing articles from glass tube include a converter having a base with a plurality of processing stations and a turret moveable relative to the base. The turret indexes a plurality of holders for holding the glass tubes successively through the processing stations. The systems further include a gas flow system or a suction system for producing a flow of gas through the glass tube during one or more heating, forming, separating or piercing operations. The flow of gas through the glass tube produced by the gas flow system or suction system may be sufficient to evacuate or purge volatile constituents of the glass from the glass tube and/or pierce a meniscus formed on the glass tube during separation, thereby reducing the Surface Hydrolytic Response (SHR) of the interior surface of the glass tube and articles made therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: CORNING INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Keith Raymond Gaylo, Lewis Kirk Klingensmith, Joseph Michael Matusick, Elias Panides
  • Patent number: 11103840
    Abstract: A mixing and dispensing device and method. In particular, the device used by the applied method reduces the risk of chlorine gas formation while providing a stable, effective and safe disinfectant in the form of a hypochlorous add and sodium hypochlorite mixture. The mixing and dispensing device includes a highly concentrated disinfectant and dilutes the concentrate through the device while simultaneously mixing the concentrate with a dilute solution of an organic acid. The two diluted solutions are mixed without production of chlorine gas and to a level of safety before being dispensed to produce the stable, effective and safe neutral pH sodium hypochlorite solution disinfectant in the form of a hypochlorous add and sodium hypochlorite mixture. The mixing and dispensing device can be in the form of a kit for retrofitting into institutions or isolated, remote areas in need thereof or for off the shelf use in the home.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: PROCESS CLEANING SOLUTIONS LTD.
    Inventors: Michael Rochon, Asquith Williams
  • Patent number: 10954930
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure includes a method of calibrating a pump in a system to determine a minimum pump duty cycle needed. The system comprises a pump, a plurality of application lines downstream of the pump, and a flow control device in each application line. The method determines the minimum pump duty cycle to achieve total flow in the system, achieves a minimum pressure in the system, and ensures that the flow control device is not at or beyond a maximum open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Precision Planting LLC
    Inventors: Adam Vaccari, Brendan O'Rourke, Ben Schlipf, Justin McMenamy
  • Patent number: 10721856
    Abstract: The objective of the present invention is to provide a work vehicle where an operator can, on the work vehicle side, confirm which working machine is engaged and set which working machine to engage. A tractor, to which a working machine can be mounted, is provided with: a liquid crystal panel selectably displaying an engageable working machine mounted and displaying the currently engaged working machine so as to be identifiable; an operation unit (encoder dial, enter button, and command buttons) for carrying out selection and determination operations for the working machine displayed on the liquid crystal panel; and a control device that, when a determination operation is carried out by the operation unit for a desired working machine, disengages the currently engaged working machine, and configures the working machine for which the determination operation has been carried out to be engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: YANMAR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Miwa
  • Patent number: 10113283
    Abstract: The plowing of streets and roadways in areas with snowy climates is typically done with a labor intensive, manually operated snow removal apparatus mounted on a vehicle designed to push the snow off the roadway. A problem is that there may be areas near the roadway, such as, driveways, mailboxes, crosswalks, cross streets, and fire hydrants that should not be blocked or covered with discharged snow. The present inventions are an apparatus and a method by which the snow removal apparatus can be operated automatically without the need for manual intervention, to avoid throwing discharged snow on areas that would be undesirable to block or cover with snow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventor: Charles M. Jones
  • Patent number: 9867329
    Abstract: An agricultural implement includes a first storage container mounted on a frame of the agricultural implement and configured to store a solid particulate agricultural product and a second storage container mounted on the frame and configured to store a liquid. The agricultural implement also includes at least one arm configured to extend laterally outward from the frame, and each of the at least one arms has at least one first nozzle for distributing the solid particulate agricultural product and at least one second nozzle for distributing the liquid. An air metering system includes an auger assembly configured to meter the solid particulate agricultural product from the first storage container into a pneumatic distribution hose, and an air flow in the pneumatic distribution hose is configured to transfer the solid particulate agricultural product toward the at least one first nozzle as the agricultural implement travels across a field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Keith W. Wendte, John H. Posselius
  • Patent number: 9649651
    Abstract: Control method and apparatus for a manual spray gun includes display that is disposed on the spray gun and that provides information to an operator about one or more coating operation parameters. An auxiliary trigger may be used that enables an operator to makes selections of one or more coating operation parameters. The display and auxiliary trigger together permit an operator to make selections without having to divert attention or field of view away from the spray gun or the coating area, especially during a coating operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Mather, Jeffrey A. Perkins
  • Patent number: 9375739
    Abstract: A hand-held dispensing device operable to dispense a fluid as an atomized spray by hydraulic pressure. The device includes a cartridge containing a fluid to be dispensed and a pressure-multiplying piston pump operable by liquefied gas pressure and manually controlled by a valve. The pump is configured to receive pressure from a compartment containing liquefied gas and transmit higher pressure to the fluid to be dispensed. The pressure multiplying pump produces high pressure, typically between 6-30 bar, which is suitable for generation of fine spray by hydraulic atomization. The device uses about 1/10th the amount of liquefied gas compared to a propellant-based aerosol therefore it has a significant ecological and health benefits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Inventor: Yehuda Ivri
  • Patent number: 9359668
    Abstract: An improved feeder system and method for a vapor transport deposition system that includes a carrier gas bypass flow line to allow for continuous carrier gas flow to a vaporizer unit when a vibratory unit which supplies powdered material and carrier gas to the vaporizer unit is out of service. A process gas flow line to the vibratory unit may be included when the powdered material contains a powdered dopant in the material mix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: First Solar, Inc.
    Inventors: Gang Xiong, Feng Liao, Rick C. Powell
  • Patent number: 9298188
    Abstract: A control system is disclosed for use with a machine. The control system may have a communicating device, a locating device configured to generate a first signal indicative of a location of the machine, a sensor configured to generate a second signal indicative of contact of the machine with a berm, and an onboard controller. The control system may also have an offboard controller configured to generate a first set of coordinates of a dump target, and to assign the first set of coordinates to the onboard controller for use in controlling the machine. The offboard controller may also be configured to detect contact of the machine with the berm based on the second signal during reverse travel toward the dump target, and to generate a second set of coordinates of the dump target to correspond with a location of the machine at a time of contact detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Ananth P. Kini, Joshua C. Struble, Andrew J. Vitale, Craig L. Koehrsen, Bryan J. Everett, Mark H. C. Banham, Dean G. Povey, Matthew A. Holmes
  • Patent number: 9244464
    Abstract: A control system is disclosed for use with a machine at a worksite. The control system may have an offboard controller. The offboard controller may be configured to receive information regarding a berm at the worksite, determine starting and ending points spaced apart along an edge of the berm based on the information, and determine a maximum orthogonal distance from a virtual line extending between the starting and ending points to the edge of the berm. The offboard controller may be further configured to selectively validate the starting and ending points based on the maximum orthogonal distance, and to designate a center of the virtual line between validated starting and ending points as a dump target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Ananth P. Kini, Joshua C. Struble, Andrew J. Vitale, Craig L. Koehrsen, Bryan J. Everett, Mark H. C. Banham, Dean G. Povey, Matthew A. Holmes
  • Publication number: 20150115058
    Abstract: In a sprayer nozzle apparatus a pressurized liquid source directs pressurized liquid through a supply conduit and a supply port connects the supply conduit to first and second nozzles oriented such that spray patterns dispensed thereby do not intersect. First and second pressure sensors send pressure signals to a controller indicating first and second operating pressures at the nozzles. First and second pressure regulators vary the corresponding operating pressures in response to a control signals received from the controller to vary the dispensing rate of the first and second nozzles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Wilfred H. Wilger
  • Publication number: 20140373441
    Abstract: A rotary atomizer is disclosed for the even distribution of a treatment fluid within a treatment chamber. The treatment fluid is delivered onto a rotating disk atomizer through multiple outlet ports. Fluid passages provide each outlet port with an even flow of treatment fluid at generally the same time and rate. This even and simultaneous flow of treatment fluid results in a more even distribution of treatment fluid on the seed that flows through the treatment chamber throughout the treatment cycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: KSI CONVEYOR, INC.
    Inventors: Paul Arthur Kaeb, Bradley S. Strahm, Jason Paul Kaeb
  • Patent number: 8849468
    Abstract: A method of optimizing water applications of a center pivot irrigation system. The field is mapped to determine the yield potentials of various parts of the field. The field map is divided into sectors or zones and the yield potentials of those sectors or zones are determined. The number of sectors or zones to be irrigated is dependent upon the water flow available to the irrigation system. Only those sectors or zones which can receive adequate irrigating water to achieve the predetermined water application depth will be irrigated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Cropmetrics, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin Abts, Nick Emanuel
  • Publication number: 20140246508
    Abstract: A fuel injection system (10) for delivering metered amounts fuel into the combustion chamber or cylinder of an engine. The fuel delivered can selectively comprise a gaseous fuel, a liquid fuel or a fuel mixture comprising the gaseous fuel and the liquid fuel. When the fuel delivered comprises a mixture of the gaseous fuel and the liquid fuel, the quantity of liquid fuel comprises a metered quantity. The quantity of gaseous fuel also comprises a metered quantity, with the metering of the gaseous fuel being regulated by prediction. The injection event involves delivering the liquid fuel and the gaseous fuel, with the metering of the gaseous fuel delivered being adjusted to allow for the quantity of liquid fuel delivered with the gaseous fuel. The injection system (10) comprises a liquid fuel circuit (11) and a gaseous fuel circuit (13), both communicating with a fuel delivery injector (15) that delivers fuel to the combustion chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: ORBITAL AUSTRALIA PTY LTD
    Inventors: David James Caley, Thomas Gerlach, Simon Christopher Brewster
  • Patent number: 8777037
    Abstract: A device 10 for selectively dispensing ones of multiple fluids, preferably cleaning agents, is disclosed. The device includes a reservoir 50 that holds a diluent “D” therein and a housing 20 that includes a main body segment 22 and a head segment 26. A container assembly 100 may be held between the main body and head segments 22, 26. The container assembly may include at least one container body 105, 110, 112, 114, 116. Each container body 105, 110, 112, 114, 116 houses a concentrate “C,” for example, a concentrated form of a cleaning or other agent therein. The diluent “D” and concentrates “C” are kept separate from each other, whereby no end use product is stored in the device 10. Instead, end use product is mixed on demand during dispensation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy F. Knopow, Jeffrey L. Crull, Lawrence J. Fenske, Cunjiang Cheng, Cory J. Nelson, Jose M. Arevalo
  • Publication number: 20140154695
    Abstract: The invention generally relates to methods and systems for manipulating droplet size. In certain aspects, the invention provides methods for manipulating droplet size that include forming droplets of aqueous fluid surrounded by an immiscible carrier fluid, and manipulating droplet size during the forming step by adjusting pressure exerted on the aqueous fluid or the carrier fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: Raindance Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin J. Miller, Qun Zhong, Darren Roy Link
  • Patent number: 8740013
    Abstract: A system for controlling the operation of pneumatic tools includes a controller for controlling the delivery of compressed air to the tool. The controller includes a first flow path that is associated with operation of the pneumatic tool at a first flow rate and a second flow path that is associated with operation of the pneumatic tool at a second flow rate. The controller is configured to automatically configure the system for operation of the pneumatic tool via a flow of air from one of the first flow path or the second flow path. In painting environments, such a system enhances control of the operation of the pump in accommodating a generally stable pump reciprocation rate as fluid viscosities change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: PFP Control Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Michael D. Elberson
  • Patent number: 8716006
    Abstract: A fluid delivery system having a rotating reservoir insert and a cartridge body. The rotating reservoir insert having a plurality of reservoirs in communication with ports on the external surface of the insert. The ports are positioned such that upon rotation the port is in-line with a fluid extracting device, such as a syringe, capable of extracting fluid from the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Integrated Nano-Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Kilcoin, Konstantin Aptekarev, Richard S. Murante, Dennis M. Connolly
  • Publication number: 20140084080
    Abstract: A method of managing aircraft exhaust includes providing hot air at a hot air mass flow rate, providing cold air at a cold air mass flow rate, and mixing the hot air and the cold air at a variable hot air mass flow rate to cold air mass flow rate ratio, wherein the variable hot air mass flow rate to cold air mass flow rate ratio is selectively maintained independent of at least one of (1) a variation in the hot air mass flow rate and (2) a variation in a translational speed of the aircraft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC.
    Inventors: Daniel B. Robertson, Dudley E. Smith, Robert M. Laramee
  • Publication number: 20130015262
    Abstract: Solvent-free spraying system including methods and apparatus for spraying plural component materials without requiring the use of solvents to flush out equipment or as part of the materials being dispensed. Materials sprayed can have simultaneously widely varying viscosities, pressures, temperatures and ratios between two or more respective components being combined by the spraying apparatus. Cure rates and gel times can vary widely from hours to less than 10 seconds for mixing and dispensing various plural component thermoplastic and thermosetting materials including foams, moldings and coatings made from urethanes, ureas, epoxies, polyesters, phenolics and other chemical compositions that react rapidly upon mixing of the components thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Inventors: Ryan Winston MONCHAMP, Peter Paul ROOSEN
  • Patent number: 8348098
    Abstract: A dispensing device dispenses at least two different preparations substantially simultaneously. The device has a delivery element to deliver a first preparation from a package to its surrounding environment when an actuating element, in at least one embodiment a trigger connected to a pump, is actuated. The dispensing device has a connection line between the delivery element and at least one portion cartridge for a second preparation. The portion cartridge is detachably coupled to the dispensing device such that as the actuating element is actuated, the first and second preparations can be simultaneously dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
    Inventor: Erik Brückner
  • Publication number: 20120261483
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for operating and calibrating a paint mixture delivery system includes a positive displacement fluid cylinder and a linear transducer that monitors operation of the positive displacement fluid cylinder. A controller is connected to a servo drive whose operation manipulates the performance of the positive displacement fluid cylinder. Operation of the fluid delivery system is controlled such that the ratio of paint or resin to catalyst or hardener can be accurately controlled and calibration of the discrete fluid flow sensors can be quickly and conveniently calibrated to assure delivery of the respective fluids are the desired mixture ratio.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Inventor: Michael D. Elberson
  • Patent number: 8079421
    Abstract: A method and device for preventing fire and for extinguishing fire in an enclosed space in which a permanent negative pressure is set, includes fresh air being supplied in a regulated manner to the compartment atmosphere as supply air and exhaust air being discharged from the compartment atmosphere in a regulated manner, and wherein should a fire occur or to prevent a fire, an extinguishing agent which is gaseous under normal conditions is supplied to the compartment atmosphere as the supply air. In order to achieve a relieving of pressure without changing the set negative pressure, or upon a sudden flooding of the space with the gaseous extinguishing agent, the total volume flow of fresh air and/or extinguishing agent supplied to the compartment atmosphere as supply air is at all times less than or equal to the volume flow of the exhaust air discharged from the compartment atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Amrona AG
    Inventor: Ernst-Werner Wagner
  • Publication number: 20110220149
    Abstract: A spray device and method for operating an appliance for washing objects, such as spray dishwashers, wherein the spray device rotates in two directions (e.g., clockwise and counterclockwise) to improve spray coverage of the objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Inventor: RAMASAMY THIYAGARAJAN
  • Publication number: 20110076411
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a fluid supply device for a spraying system, comprising a first module (1) with two feed lines (50, 60) for paint, the lines being independent from each other and connected to a first color changer (100) with color valves (103, 104) disposed therein and circulation valves (105, 106), further comprising two lines that are independent from each other for the circulation of the paints (51, 61), the lines connecting a first color changer (100) to a second color changer (400) with release valves (401, 402) disposed therein. The color valves (103, 104) of the first color changer (100) are connected on the one hand via a common line (82) to a cleaning agent valve (101) and an air valve (102), and on the other hand are connected via a common pressure regulator line (55a, b) by a pressure regulator (200) disposed therein and a dosing pump (300) to the release valves (401, 402), a discharge valve (403) as well as a discharge line (56) of the second color changer (400).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2007
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Inventor: Herbert Nussbaum
  • Publication number: 20100319322
    Abstract: The invention relates to a metering system for injecting a urea solution into the exhaust gas flow (9) of an internal combustion engine for selective catalytic reduction, and method for controlling the injecting of a urea solution by means of compressed air, wherein the metering system can be connected to a urea solution tank (1), wherefrom urea solution can be removed, and wherein the metering system can be connected to a compressed air supply (6), wherein the metering system comprises at least one nozzle (5) through which the urea solution can be injected into the exhaust gas flow (9) by means of compressed air, wherein the metering system comprises an air valve (7) by means of which the pressure and/or the quantity of air and/or the valve opening times of the compressed air supply (6) can be regulated, and a sensor for measuring the pressure and/or the quantity of air is disposed in the compressed air supply (6) between the air valve (7) and the nozzle (5), so that the quantity of compressed air fed in for
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2009
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Inventor: Georg Hüthwohl
  • Patent number: 7839301
    Abstract: A surface condition sensing and treatment system includes a transmitter for transmitting electromagnetic radiation (EMR) toward a surface material disposed upon a vehicle travel surface. Reflected EMR is received and signals indicative of the reflected EMR are processed to produce output corresponding to a characteristic of the surface material. Characteristics include friction, depth and composition, including ice present in the surface material. Sensing may be locally or remotely, automatically or manually initiated. The system may include a display and at least one computer with a database of surface material characteristics, historical, environmental and GIS positional information. Sensed characteristics processed with database information may determine a surface treatment, according to a selected outcome or level of service. A spreader system applies the surface treatment responsive to local, remote, automatic or manual command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Western Strategic Products, LLC
    Inventors: John A. Doherty, Charles A. Kalbfleisch
  • Patent number: 7826930
    Abstract: A networked delivery system and method for controlling operation of a spraying system includes nozzles for emitting an agrochemical according to a predetermined spray pattern and flow rate; vibration sensors located adjacent an agricultural spray system component to sense vibrations of the agricultural spray system component, such as spray nozzles. The networked delivery system also includes a control area network with a computer processor in communication with the vibration sensors. The processor conveys information to an operator regarding the agricultural spray system component based on the sensed vibrations. The processor also actuates each of the agricultural spray system components such as the spray nozzles to selectively control each of the nozzles or a designated group of the nozzles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Capstan AG Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Durham Kenimer Giles, Duane Needham
  • Patent number: 7742842
    Abstract: A networked delivery system and method for controlling operation of a spraying system includes nozzles for emitting an agrochemical according to a predetermined spray pattern and flow rate; vibration sensors located adjacent an agricultural spray system component to sense vibrations of the agricultural spray system component, such as spray nozzles. The networked delivery system also includes a control area network with a computer processor in communication with the vibration sensors. The processor conveys information to an operator regarding the agricultural spray system component based on the sensed vibrations. The processor also actuates each of the agricultural spray system components such as the spray nozzles to selectively control each of the nozzles or a designated group of the nozzles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: Capstan Ag Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Durham Kenimer Giles, Duane Needham
  • Patent number: 7717353
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing and mixing flowable materials that includes at least one hopper connected to a mixing chamber. The apparatus further includes at least one valve associated with the hopper. The valve operates to regulate the flow of material from the hopper to the mixing chamber. The apparatus also includes a controller that communicates with the at least one valve wherein the controller selectively controls the operation of the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Inventor: Joseph J. Matulis
  • Publication number: 20100108779
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a fragrance or paint sprayer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Inventor: Ehsan Filsouf
  • Publication number: 20100072298
    Abstract: A spray gun capable of mixing detergent includes a detergent tube having a water guiding tube passing through its upper cover, an interior tube fixedly connected to its bottom having a horizontal water inlet communicating with the detergent tube; a separate tube fixedly put between the interior tube and the adjustment tube for connection, an upper end of the separate tube connected to the water guiding tube, an inside of the separate tube partitioned by a partition wall to form an upper tube hole and a lower tube hole, an upper end of the upper tube hole having a detergent guiding inlet, a bottom of the upper tube hole having a water guiding inlet, the lower tube hole connected to a water source, an upper end of the lower tube hole having a water outlet; and an adjustment tube having an upper extension tube for putting the interior tube, a tube wall of a bottom of its tube having a plurality of long concave grooves and a plurality of short concave grooves, a corresponding side wall of the upper extension tube
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2008
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Inventor: Shun - Nan Lo
  • Publication number: 20100051716
    Abstract: The present invention discloses operation of a system for injecting a predetermined amount of a secondary fluid into a primary fluid stream. The system uses a liquid additive injection pump driven by a fluid powered motor that is driven by the primary fluid stream and can be selectively suspended by an automated switch mechanism. The automated switch mechanism comprises an actuator in communication with an actuating shaft and a fluid source. When the actuator is pressurized, an actuating shaft is displaced relative to a housing which either engages or suspends the fluid-powered motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2008
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Inventor: Frank A. Walton
  • Patent number: 7665348
    Abstract: A system and method for determining the atomization characteristics of fluids being emitted by a nozzle is disclosed. In one embodiment, a fluid is emitted through a nozzle while simultaneously sensing vibrations occurring within the nozzle. The vibrations provide information about the atomization characteristics of the fluid. By comparing the sensed vibrations to vibration patterns produced by known fluids through the same or a similar nozzle, the atomization characteristics of the fluid being tested can be predicted. In one embodiment, for instance, the atomization characteristics of a fluid may be determined as a function of velocity or flow rate through the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: Arena Pesticide Management, Inc.
    Inventor: Durham Kenimer Giles
  • Patent number: 7614455
    Abstract: A fire fighting vehicle of the type having a system for introducing a liquid foam concentrate into a water delivery hose so that the percentage concentration of foamant in the mixture remains at a predetermined set value irrespective of variations in the water flow rate. The improvement provided involves the addition of an AutoStart feature whereby upon application of power to the foam control system, the system comes up in an on mode without the need for human intervention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: Sta-Rite Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Lawrence C. Arvidson, Robert S. Horeck
  • Publication number: 20090179083
    Abstract: A spray drive includes a spray unit, a restored unit, a plurality of joysticks and a plurality of pumps. The method for controlling the spray drive, the steps include step 1: the trigger being pivoted back and forth by mechanical method to drive a plurality of joysticks to generate reciprocated forces; step 2: the a plurality of joysticks applying the reciprocated forces to fluid channel in the plurality of pumps, and step 3: said plurality of pumps connected with the nozzle and configured to provide a continuous spray via said trigger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2008
    Publication date: July 16, 2009
    Inventor: Lee-Wei Chou
  • Publication number: 20090121042
    Abstract: The Hand Held Sanitary Washer provides a mechanism to deliver soap, water or a soap and water mixture. Soap delivery is accomplished through a venture mechanism or through compressive means. A soap reservoir may be detachable or included within the sanitary washer handle. Water aeration diminishes splashing as well as aiding in the mixture of soap and water. The addition of temperature controlled water is provided for and various attachment means to existing plumbing facilities are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2008
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Inventor: Ragai Mitry
  • Publication number: 20080314452
    Abstract: A system for supplying at least two fluids in proportioned quantities may include a first and second intake passages configured to be in flow communication with sources of first and second fluids, respectively. The system may include a fluid transfer device in flow communication with the first intake passage and the second intake passage, and a pump in flow communication with the first intake passage. Operation of the pump is configured to supply a quantity of the first fluid to a first chamber of the fluid transfer device such that a quantity of the second fluid is expelled from a second chamber of the fluid transfer device. When operation of the pump is ceased, a quantity of the second fluid enters the second chamber and a quantity of the first fluid is expelled from the first chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2008
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Inventor: Clyde M. Smith
  • Patent number: 7320437
    Abstract: A liquid dispenser (100) primarily for use in dispensing liquid drench to animals. The dispenser (100) is electronic in operation and has the ability to control the speed of its pump (5) according to environmental conditions including the viscosity of the liquid being dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Assignee: Instrument Supplies Limited
    Inventors: Garth Anderson, Shaun Plant, Cornelis Klein
  • Patent number: 7311004
    Abstract: An apparatus and process for monitoring fluid flow through a nozzle is disclosed. A vibration sensor, such as an accelerometer, is mounted to a nozzle. The vibration output received from the sensor is then analyzed to determine whether or not the nozzle is operating properly. Through the present invention, information can be obtained regarding variations in flow rate, and/or variations in spray pattern and droplet size spectra. If the nozzle flow pulsates, the vibration sensor may also provide information regarding whether the nozzle is pulsating according to a desired frequency duty cycle or waveform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Assignee: Capstan Ag Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Durham Kenimer Giles
  • Patent number: 7213772
    Abstract: A mobile, real-time, closed-loop system for delivering an aerosol spray to a treatment area during a treatment period of time employs a prime mover having a spray nozzle through which an air volume is produced in order to entrain a liquid as particles in an airstream passing out of the nozzle. A particle size detector, weather centers and an electronic controller are used to regulate the amount of insecticide and particle size dependent upon speed of the prime mover and weather conditions at the treatment area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Assignee: Adapco, Inc.
    Inventors: Avron L. Bryan, Larry D. Heller
  • Patent number: 6938829
    Abstract: An apparatus and system, preferably mounted on a service vehicle, provides synchronized application of fluid materials, either solid or liquid, to a vehicle travel surface in proportional amounts or spatially distributed proportions in response to user defined requirements and/or operation of a vehicle mounted component in response to conditions encountered in real time. A first embodiment is a vehicle mounted apparatus and system for coordinated application of a plurality of materials to a surface simultaneously and in desired proportions and/or widths automatically and/or selectively. A second embodiment includes a granular material distribution device and includes a plurality of liquid spray headers and pumping means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Inventors: John A. Doherty, Charles A. Kalbfleisch
  • Patent number: 6938405
    Abstract: The mister includes a plurality of manifolds extending between opposite sides of a duct. Each manifold carries a plurality of nozzles at laterally spaced positions along the length of the manifold. The manifolds are spaced one behind the other in the direction of air flow in the duct and the pipes connecting the nozzles of the intermediate and upstream manifolds bypass the downstream manifolds to provide the nozzles in a common plane perpendicular to the direction of air flow in the duct. This arrangement affords a uniformity of spray and, hence, a uniformity of humidified air to the inlet of the compressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: William George Carberg, Richard Robert Trewin
  • Patent number: 6926211
    Abstract: A mobile, real-time, closed-loop system and method for delivering an aerosol insecticide spray to a treatment area during a treatment period of time employs a prime mover having a spray nozzle through which an air volume is produced in order to entrain insecticide as particles in an airstream passing out of the nozzle. A particle size detector, weather centers and an electronic controller are used to regulate the amount of insecticide and particle size dependent upon speed of the prime mover and weather conditions at the treatment area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: Adapco, Inc.
    Inventors: Avron L. Bryan, Larry D. Heller
  • Patent number: 6921027
    Abstract: A chemical ratio proportioning apparatus (100, 200) intended primarily for use in a wash bay (10) of a vehicle wash system. A gantry (14) and spray wands (18) are used for washing a vehicle (12). A quantity of solvent such as water (109) is provided under pressure from water pumps (104, 202). A chemical (114, 114a) is provided under pressure from chemical pumps (124, 206, 206a), mixed in correct proportion under control of a control unit (120) and flow sensors 112 and 118. The control unit controls metering devices such as a metering pump (124) and/or one or more proportioning solenoid valves (208, 208a) to control the quantity of chemical (114, 114a) entering the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2005
    Assignee: Ultra Express Truck Wash, LLC
    Inventor: Roy J. Firestone
  • Patent number: 6899282
    Abstract: An injection spraying system for mixing additives in controlled amounts to water for spraying, which improves handling and calibrating of the concentration of the mixture. The system includes a water tank, mixing globe, pump device, unloader chamber and a worm reduction element for reducing pumping of one gallon of water into one revolution of a drive shaft. The shaft extends through a clutch device and a plurality of injection chambers. The injection chambers supply and meter the amount of additives injected. Rotation of the shaft through the injection chambers loads a set amount of additives for suction into a mixing globe. The unloader chamber controls the spraying cycle and by-pass cycle of fluid flow through the system. The present invention provides a versatile injection spraying system for multiple tasks. The types and amounts of additives sprayed can be easily adjusted without requiring adjustments to sensitive metering or measuring devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Inventor: Raymond G. Hill
  • Patent number: 6896197
    Abstract: An abrasive blasting system (100) having provision (190, 400) for its operating parameters to be automatically set to optimum values. A “smart” container (200) having a built-in dispensing system (204) is pre-loaded at a depot with an abrasive powder suitable for a particular task under certain conditions, and the appropriate operational parameters for the blasting system (100) are programmed into a storage and transmission system (290) forming part of the “smart” container (200). When the “smart” container (200) is coupled to the abrasive blasting system (100), the stored operational parameters are transmitted to a reception system (190) which causes the parameter setting system (400) to set the operating parameters without operator intervention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Assignee: EXA SA
    Inventors: Pierre Rochat, Michel Parnia
  • Patent number: 6894448
    Abstract: Hydraulically actuated aerial lift trucks typically have a primary hydraulic pump system driven by the vehicle's engine and a backup pump system driven by a direct current motor. Due to infrequent use of such motors, they are vulnerable to failure due to corrosion of the brush/commutator interface or seizing of the motor bearings. A remote power unit is provided to periodically run the back up motor for brief periods to maintain the motor in running condition. Voltage levels across the motor terminals are monitored for correspondence to failure indicating levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph A. Bell
  • Publication number: 20040129796
    Abstract: A mobile, real-time, closed-loop system and method for delivering an aerosol insecticide spray to a treatment area during a treatment period of time employs a prime mover having a spray nozzle through which an air volume is produced in order to entrain insecticide as particles in an airstream passing out of the nozzle. A particle size detector, weather centers and an electronic controller are used to regulate the amount of insecticide and particle size dependent upon speed of the prime mover and weather conditions at the treatment area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2003
    Publication date: July 8, 2004
    Inventors: Avron L. Bryan, Larry D. Heller