By Programming Means Patents (Class 239/69)
  • Patent number: 10624280
    Abstract: A method for managing an irrigation schedule is described. Data related to soil at a location may be received from a first sensor by way of a first wireless communication. Data related to weather at the location may be received from a second sensor by way of a second wireless communication. At least one video frame of the location may be received from a camera located within a predetermined distance from the location by way of a third wireless communication. An amount of liquid to discharge at the location may be determined based at least in part on the received data and the received video frame. A discharge of the determined amount of liquid at the location may be activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew J. Eyring, Jeremy B. Warren, James E. Nye
  • Patent number: 10561079
    Abstract: An irrigation controller comprises actuable controls, a memory to store the watering program, and one or more displays. The actuable controls and display are incorporated into a removable face pack that is mounted to an interior door of the irrigation controller. The face pack can be easily moved from a first position on the front side of the interior door to a second position on the back side of the interior door and the face pack automatically senses its position. When the face pack is in the first position, the actuable controls and display are configured for operating information. When the face pack is in the second position, the wiring hook up area of the irrigation controller is exposed and the actuable controls and display are configured for diagnostics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: HUNTER INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Richard C. Stange, Thomas C. Kadien, Steven B. Cook, Kok Huat Chong
  • Patent number: 10542684
    Abstract: A controller has two irrigation station module connection areas within it and can either accept two irrigation station modules at the same time or one larger module that spans both connection areas. The larger module, however, includes more irrigation station terminals than both of the smaller irrigation station modules combined. Therefore, a greater number of irrigation stations can be connected to the controller when the larger module is substituted for the two smaller modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: The Toro Company
    Inventors: Randall Pearson, Burnett Jones, Jack McIntosh, Brian Edward Ries, Jeffrey A. Miller, Noel Macasias, Eric Pettet, Tong Le, Michael Jackson
  • Patent number: 10368506
    Abstract: A control system for a low-volume irrigation system includes a plurality of valve controllers for opening and closing valves; an irrigation system controller for controlling the valve controllers in accordance with an irrigation plan; and a graphical user interface for allowing a user to interact with the irrigation controller and to create the irrigation plan. The graphical user interface displays an irrigation zone list, an irrigation set list, and an irrigation plan field. The user interface has drag and drop functionality that permits an irrigation zone listing from the irrigation zone list to be dragged and dropped into any of the irrigation set listings in the irrigation set list and that permits an irrigation zone listing or an irrigation set listing to be dragged and dropped into the irrigation plan to create irrigation steps within the irrigation plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Lindsay Corporation
    Inventors: Ward V. Neesen, Reece Robert Andrews, Brant Burkey
  • Patent number: 10268211
    Abstract: A method for controlling a valve actuator, a valve actuator control device and a valve actuator assembly. The method includes the steps of providing a valve actuator control device, connecting the control device to a valve actuator with a signal transmitting wire, and supplying operating power to the valve actuator from the control device. The method further includes a step of transmitting control signals from the control device to the valve actuator via the signal transmitting wire in order to control the actuator. Hereby, configuration, control and maintenance of valve actuators are facilitated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: IMI HYDRONIC ENGINEERING INTERNATIONAL SA
    Inventors: Jean-Christophe Carette, André Lenoir, Bernhard Henke, Christoph Rohwetter
  • Patent number: 10165741
    Abstract: An irrigation system with steady state speeds of movement achieves and maintains substantial straight alignment of multiple interconnected spans with continuous movement over a range of speeds in a forward and reverse movement direction. A variable-speed drive controller monitors and processes the output of the corresponding alignment detector and, based on the output of the alignment detector, selects from memory and continuously furnishes to the corresponding span motor a predetermined progressively increasing speed profile, a predetermined progressively decreasing speed profile, or a new fixed current speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Irrovation LLC
    Inventors: Kevin J. Abts, Kim Jedlicka, Gerald L. Abts
  • Patent number: 10130054
    Abstract: An irrigation system with transient state speeds of movement achieves and maintains substantial straight alignment of multiple interconnected spans with continuous movement over a range of speeds in a forward and reverse movement direction. A variable-speed drive controller monitors and processes the output of the corresponding alignment detector and, based on the output of the alignment detector, selects from memory and continuously furnishes to the corresponding span motor a predetermined progressively increasing speed profile or a predetermined progressively decreasing speed profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Irrovation LLC
    Inventors: Gerald L. Abts, Kevin J. Abts, Kim Jedlicka
  • Patent number: 10098979
    Abstract: A microwave auto-induction aroma diffuser comprises an aroma diffuser body, and the aroma diffuser body consists of a bottom housing, a fan, a DC seat, a DC seat fixed mount, a water tank, a face housing, a water tank spray cover, a main board, an atomizer plate and an atomizer plate bracket. According to the utility model, the aroma diffuser body is provided with a microwave auto-induction switch to realize automatic control over the working state thereof; when people get close, the aroma diffuser starts to work; and when people leave, the aroma diffuser is automatically switched into the standby state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventor: Xia Wang
  • Patent number: 10088067
    Abstract: A remotely controlled valve includes an electric motor and transmission for moving a valve stem or valve actuator. The operation of the motor may be controlled by a first input for power and analog signals. The valve is also provided with a programmable logic controller and a wireless module for receiving wireless control signals for controlling the operation of the motor which moves the valve stem or a valve actuator in a desired manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Oasis Testing, LLC
    Inventors: Demetri M. White, Michael W. Martin, Donald S. Divelbiss
  • Patent number: 10067491
    Abstract: An automated drilling rig control system in which one or more intelligent algorithms are in two-way communication with a rig control system and are configured to provide continuous external control over the a rig control system includes a safety logic module deployed between the intelligent algorithms and the rig control system. The safety logic module is configured to automatically close a communication pathway between the intelligent algorithms and the rig control system thereby preventing the intelligent algorithms from controlling the rig control system when an unsafe condition is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Mochammad Faisal Wingky, Thierry Lemaout, Jean-Marc Guy Fichet
  • Patent number: 10021841
    Abstract: A system and method for retrofitting an electric center irrigation pivot to have a standardized user interface and remote control functionality. A local control element having a standardized local user interface is installed at a pivoting point of the pivot by bypassing an existing control logic of an original control system while using an existing transformer of the original control system. A remote control element having a standardized remote user interface is also installed at the pivoting point of the pivot, and is functionally integrated with the local control element. A position-determining element is mounted on a movable portion of the electric pivot. Retrofitting multiple pivots provides each with the same standardized user interfaces. Because existing elements of the original control system are either bypassed or used, uninstalling the system and reverting to the original control system can be quickly and easily accomplished.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Lindsay Corporation
    Inventors: Reece Robert Andrews, Daniel James Pickerill
  • Patent number: 9907238
    Abstract: The disclosure extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for generating and optimizing irrigation protocols. The disclosure extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for optimizing water usage in growing plants for yard and crops. The disclosure also extends to methods, systems and computer program products for providing automated irrigation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Skydrop Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Clark Endrizzi, Matt Romney, Mack Dalley, Robert Mars
  • Patent number: 9901042
    Abstract: The disclosure extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for generating and optimizing irrigation protocols. The disclosure also extends to methods, systems and computer program products for providing automated irrigation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Skydrop Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Clark Endrizzi, Matt Romney, Mack Dalley, Robert Mars
  • Patent number: 9895741
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for distributing a number of utilities. The number of utilities may be coupled between a number of utility sources and a utility fixture. The number of utilities may be coupled between the utility fixture and a mobile system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Harinder S. Oberoi, Alfredo Jose Gerosa, Kevin Marion Barrick, Quang T. Do, Yuanxin Charles Hu, Branko Sarh, Scott Allen Mackay
  • Patent number: 9829871
    Abstract: Programmable controller technology, in which data is received that identifies a particular type of irrigation system component that is to be controlled by a programmable controller. Based on receiving the data identifying the particular type of irrigation system component, configuration information is accessed for the particular type of irrigation system component. Based on the configuration information, a configuration is determined for one or more interface ports of the programmable controller. The one or more interface ports of the programmable controller are configured according to the determined configuration. A connection between the particular type of irrigation system component and the programmable controller that satisfies the determined configuration is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Daniel Goodman, Craig Carl Heffernan
  • Patent number: 9775307
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments of the invention include methods and systems for upgrading an existing irrigation system to increase its sensing and control capability without requiring extensive rewiring. A controller module is installed between an irrigation controller and a zone valve and physically proximate to the irrigation controller without disturbing most of the existing wiring between the irrigation controller and the zone valve. A field module is installed between the controller module and the zone valve without disturbing most of the existing wiring between the irrigation controller and the zone valve. The controller module and field module are the communicatively coupled primarily using the existing wiring. The controller module may encode commands transmitted to the field module and/or decode encoded data transmitted from the field module. The field module may encode data transmitted to the controller module and/or decode encoded commands transmitted from the controller module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: CREATIVE SENSOR TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Norman Bartlett, Charles Woringer
  • Patent number: 9763396
    Abstract: The disclosure extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for generating and optimizing irrigation protocols. The disclosure also extends to methods, systems and computer program products for providing automated irrigation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Skydrop Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Clark Endrizzi, Matt Romney, Mack Dalley, Robert Mars
  • Patent number: 9749753
    Abstract: The present invention regards a hearing device comprising a power source, a control unit, a power source charge state monitoring unit, a timing unit, and an output unit. The hearing device is configured to be worn on or at an ear of a user. The power source is configured to power the hearing device. The power source charge state monitoring unit is configured to monitor the charge state of the power source by determining a current output voltage value of the power source. The timing unit is configured to measure a duration between two points in time. The output unit is configured to generate output sounds corresponding to electrical sound signals. The control unit is configured to activate a low-energy warning mode, if the current output voltage value determined by the power source charge state monitoring unit is below a predetermined threshold output voltage value of the power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: OTICON A/S
    Inventors: Morten Kjær Petersen, Mikael Andersen
  • Patent number: 9633532
    Abstract: A rainwater collection system utilizes an electronic controller in electrical communication with a plurality of water sensors. Some of the sensors are configured to measure the presence of rainwater, the depth of rainwater within a vessel and the temperature of the rainwater. The controller is programmed to permit fluid communication between the vessel and a plurality of pumps, valves and pipes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventor: John Larrison
  • Patent number: 9565810
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to a method that may include receiving a watering restriction for a location, detecting that a sprinkler controller is associated with a property within the location, and transmitting, to the sprinkler controller, the watering restriction. Additionally, a method may include receiving, at a sprinkler controller, a watering restriction for a location, the sprinkler controller associated with a property within the location, and adjusting, in response to the watering restriction, a sprinkling schedule for the property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Adam D. Eng, Pat W. Goodwin, James A. Heffner, Kevin Nervick, Paul Vaillancourt
  • Patent number: 9527102
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an irrigation sprinkler sensor for sensing if a sprinkler riser has elevated, if water is flowing through the sprinkler riser, if the sprinkler is rotating, or if a sprinkler valve has properly closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: The Toro Company
    Inventors: Jason Lester Hill, Thomas H. Runge, Alex Korol
  • Patent number: 9445556
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide systems and methods of controlling irrigation, comprising: communicating an assumption broadcast from a first irrigation controller to each of a plurality of other irrigation controllers defining assumed states of control elements, wherein the control elements are shared with one or more of the first irrigation controller and the other irrigation controllers; determining whether a reply is received from one or more of the other irrigation controllers in reply to the assumption broadcast; identifying, from the reply, a correction to a state corresponding to a first control element; updating state information corresponding to the first control element in response to the identifying the correction; and communicating a subsequent notification from the first irrigation controller to each of the plurality of other irrigation controllers of the irrigation system, where the subsequent notification comprises the updated state information corresponding to the first control element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Rain Bird Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan I. Marsters, Douglas H. Callison
  • Patent number: 9244449
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide methods and systems of controlling irrigation. Some of these systems comprise: a connector of a controller interface (CI) coupled with an irrigation controller, wherein the connector is configured to receive a valve activation signal activated by the irrigation controller; a user interface of the CI; a processor of the CI configured to obtain valve transceiver (VT) programming with VT programming being received from inputs through the user interface, determine a station identifier, and identify as defined in the VT programming a remote valve associated with the station identifier and controlled by a remote VT; and a wireless transceiver configured to wirelessly transmit a wireless activation signal configured to be wirelessly received by the VT controlling the valve associated by the VT programming with the station identifier such that the VT is configured to control an actuator to actuate the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Rain Bird Corporation
    Inventors: Michael James Tennyson, Angel Reyes, Frank Torres, Robert H. Jenkins, Brian Jeffrey Mueller
  • Patent number: 9226490
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling the level of a moveable first wing in a vehicle mounted spray system. The vehicle mounted spray system comprises of the moveable first wing and a moveable second wing mounted to a common support structure to form a pair of opposed independently moveable wings extending laterally from the vehicle. The method and system comprise a first step of determining an initial control signal for the moveable first wing based on a position of the moveable first wing 210, then determining a compensating signal; and then controlling the level of the moveable first wing based on the initial control signal and the compensating signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Topcon Precision Agriculture Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Martin Keye
  • Patent number: 9116043
    Abstract: An electronic device may have a display with a brightness that is adjusted based on data gathered from one or more ambient light sensors (ALSs). In one suitable arrangement, an ALS may include a photodiode, a temperature sensor, a scaler, an analog-to-digital converter (ADC), and a subtractor. The subtractor may have a first input coupled to the photodiode via the ADC, a second input coupled to the temperature sensor via the scaler, and an output on which a leakage-compensated sensor output is provided. In another suitable arrangement, the ALS may include first and second photodiodes, a light blocking layer formed over the second photodiode, a scaler, and a subtractor. The subtractor may have a first input coupled to the first photodiode, a second input coupled to the second photodiode via the scaler, and an output on which a leakage-compensated sensor output is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Dong Zheng
  • Patent number: 9101098
    Abstract: A water timer is revealed. The water timer includes a base assembly, a valve assembly and a display module. The base assembly consists of a first housing and a second housing. The valve assembly having a conducting tube and a valve member is for turning on or off water supply. The display module is composed of a first space, a circuit board, an input member, and a rectangular column connected to t first space and used for receiving a battery box. The water timer features on that the display module is arranged with an integrated rectangular column used for receiving a battery box and the display module is locked on the first housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: YUAN-MEI CORP.
    Inventor: Chi-Han Cheng
  • Patent number: 9089864
    Abstract: An exemplary painting robot and corresponding operating methods for the same are disclosed. The robot may be configured to paint motor vehicle bodies on an outer surface and an inner surface with an atomizer that is guided by the painting robot. According to the exemplary illustrations, the painting robot is suitable for painting the outer surfaces and for painting the inner surfaces of the motor vehicle bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Durr Systems, GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Herre, Manfred Michelfelder, Markus Erhardt, Michael Baumann, Rainer Melcher, Thomas Buck
  • Patent number: 9055720
    Abstract: A control system for stopping or reversing movement of an irrigation system comprises an electronic proximity sensor and a control device. The electronic proximity sensor is configured for mounting to the irrigation system and operable to detect a target. The control device is responsive to the electronic proximity sensor for stopping or reversing movement of the irrigation system when the electronic proximity sensor detects the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Lindsay Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas J. Korus
  • Patent number: 9043036
    Abstract: The invention is a centralized server-based system containing a database with relevant information regarding features, parameters, and characteristics of a particular irrigation system, which utilizes proprietary irrigation software to control a plurality of field modules, at one or more remote locations, via a network bridge adapter. An irrigation system may comprise a single server, or multiple servers that may be configured so that control of the entire system is centralized, and control of one or multiple irrigation locations may be accomplished remotely by wirelessly accessing, monitoring and controlling a location's field module matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: American Pipe and Fitting, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Joseph Fekete
  • Publication number: 20150136873
    Abstract: A system that synchronizes a disbursed scent with a related audio playback message in a retail or public environment. This system is controlled and managed off-site via the Internet with a specially designed software application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Scott Holmes Stapleford, Spencer Levy, Gary Nelson Stapleford
  • Patent number: 9032998
    Abstract: Methods and systems control an irrigation system that includes an irrigation controller, a valve actuator, and at least one irrigation sensor connected by a communication circuit. A sensor charging pulse having a temporal duration less than a solenoid actuation time threshold for a solenoid is provided over the communication circuit. The sensor charging pulse charges a charge storage device in at least one irrigation sensor. A series of addressing pulses is also generated over the communication circuit, which indicate a device identifier of at least one irrigation sensor. The series of addressing pulses activate at least one irrigation sensor having the device identifier indicated by the series of addressing pulses such that the activated irrigation sensor provides a sensor signal indicative of an irrigation condition to the irrigation controller via the communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: DIG Corporation
    Inventor: Mike O'Brien
  • Patent number: 9027849
    Abstract: In an electric airless sprayer (16), as the motor (14) temperature approaches allowable limits, several performance cutbacks can be used to prevent overheating. The preferred method is to gradually reduce the controlled pressure. If the temperature continues to rise, the control (20) switches to on/off or deadband control. If the temperature continues to rise in spite of these measures, the control (20) shuts the unit down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Graco Minnesota Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Lind, Robert G. Gilbert
  • Publication number: 20150115052
    Abstract: A system and corresponding method for automated sprinkle management for managing a sprinkler system in a plurality of repetitive periods is provided. For a present repetitive period where sprinkling is not to be performed, an amount of one or more meteorological-related metrics is retrieved for a previous repetitive period, and the amount is logged. For a present repetitive period where sprinkling is to be performed, the method, and implementing system, includes retrieving for an elongated period, including a multiple of the repetitive periods, one or more of these amounts and calculating a sum of these amounts for the elongated period. It also includes determining a sprinkling interval based at least in part on the sum, the sprinkling interval being a period of time that the sprinkler system is operable, and causing the sprinkler system to operate for the sprinkling interval.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: LEHMANN SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventor: Michael Lehmann
  • Patent number: 9016315
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mechanism, intended for assembly on an irrigation emitter, which includes a cylindrical housing (2) in which the pressure of the water flowing through the emitter moves a first disc-shaped part (3), thus rotating a tubular body (7) which in turn rotates a cylindrical part (9) which is connected to a second disc-shaped part (12), to which end screws (15) are connected, the extent to which said screws are tightened defining in the displacement and rotation of the parts the operation of the emitter during either one of the possible time periods relative to the total time commanded by the irrigation controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Melcart Projects, S.L.
    Inventor: Luz Enseñat De Carlos
  • Publication number: 20150108234
    Abstract: The present invention describes a spraying device comprising: a housing adapted to receive a container of fluid; actuation means configured, in use, for periodic actuation of the container of fluid; motion sensor means; a controller in operable communication with said actuation means and said motion sensor means; wherein the actuation means is operable, in use, to actuate at a time interval of t1; and wherein the motion sensor means is operable, in use, to detect motion in the vicinity of the device and communicate any detection to the controller which causes the actuation means to actuate; and wherein subsequent detection of motion by the motion sensor is communicated to the controller which causes the actuation means to actuate at a time interval of t2; and wherein t2?t1. The present invention further describes a method of spraying fluid from a container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Martin BUTLER, Dennis CHAN, Wu JIN, Chris JONES, Shaun RYMER
  • Patent number: 9014925
    Abstract: A system for determining a ripping path includes a position sensing system, a work implement, and a controller. The controller is configured to determine a plurality of positions of the machine as the machine moves along an operating path and the work implement moves a volume of material and sense the material characteristics of at each of the plurality of positions along the operating path. The controller is further configured to determine the ripping path based upon the material characteristics sensed at the plurality of positions and store the ripping path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Jacques Clar, Seth J. Redenbo, Brian G. Funke
  • Publication number: 20150102121
    Abstract: A pressure washer includes a prime mover, a pump driven by the prime mover, and a spray gun fluidly coupled to the pump. The spray gun includes a flow-control valve movable between an open position and a closed position to control a fluid flow from the spray gun, a user interface for controlling the flow-control valve, a sensor configured to detect the state of the user interface, and a first wireless system electrically coupled to the sensor. In a first state of the user interface, the flow-control valve is in the closed position. In a second state of the user interface, the flow-control valve is in the open position. The pressure washer further includes a second wireless system electrically coupled to the prime mover. The second wireless system signals the prime mover to start to drive the pump to provide fluid to the spray gun upon receiving a start signal from the first wireless system indicating that the sensor detects the user interface in the second state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: John Dey, Brandon Palicki, James Radwill
  • Patent number: 8998117
    Abstract: An irrigation system is composed of a mobile sprinkler cart; a system water supply pipe supporting a plurality of hydrants adapted to be engaged by the mobile sprinkler cart and to supply water to a sprinkler supported on the cart; and an addressable electronic ID tag mounted on each hydrant. A main controller is programmed to control operation of the mobile sprinkler cart, and the ID tag is adapted to send at least hydrant identifying data to the main controller to thereby enable the main controller to move the mobile sprinkler cart to the hydrant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Nelson Irrigation Corporation
    Inventors: Mark A. Bauman, Chad D. Leinweber, Craig B. Nelson, Robert L. Rupar
  • Patent number: 8985480
    Abstract: A controller may drive a solenoid switch valve to switch the same between a first connecting state and a second connecting state in a state where an electric pump is stopped. In the first connecting state, the switch valve connects the pump to a rear washer nozzle. In the second connecting state, the switch valve connects the pump to a camera washer nozzle. The controller may also display a captured image of an onboard camera and a camera wash touch panel switch on a display when the controller receives a reverse mode signal. The controller may drive the pump to feed the washer fluid to the camera washer nozzle when the controller receives a command signal from the camera wash touch panel switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: ASMO Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Kikuta, Yukihiro Matsushita
  • Patent number: 8977400
    Abstract: A landscape controller includes a housing and a control panel in the housing. The control panel includes a display and at least one manual control that enables a user to enter and/or select a watering schedule. A memory is provided for storing an operational program for carrying out the watering schedule. A processor is connected to the memory and is capable of executing the operational program. A connecting device in the control panel operatively connects at least one feature module to the processor. The controller further includes station control circuitry controlled by the processor that enables the processor to selectively energize a plurality of valves to deliver water to sprinklers in accordance with the watering schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Hunter Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: La Monte D. Porter, Peter J. Woytowitz
  • Publication number: 20150060562
    Abstract: A controlling and monitoring system for irrigating localized areas includes a first power and control unit supplying power to multiple power outlets; a first plurality of controllable valves connectable to a water pipeline and positioned at first specific areas, each connected by a first control line to a power outlet; a return line interconnecting all of the first plurality of valves and the first power and control unit; a second plurality of controllable valves connectable to the pipeline and positioned at second specific areas, each controlled by a valve control unit having first and second inputs; and a second power and control unit having a first power and control output connected to the return line with the first inputs of the valve control units, and a second power and control output connected to the second input of each of the valve control units via a second control line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: S-Rain Control A/S
    Inventor: Tom Nohr Christiansen
  • Publication number: 20150053786
    Abstract: An intelligent precision irrigation system is disclosed. In one embodiment, the intelligent precision irrigation system comprises a power generator is coupled with a pipeline conveying a material. The power generator is configured to generate power when the material passes by the power generator. The intelligent precision irrigation system further comprises a valve coupled with the pipeline which is configured to control the flow of the material through the pipeline. The intelligent precision irrigation system further comprises an electronic controller configured to generate an instruction to the valve to control the flow of the material through the pipeline.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Uriel Rosa
  • Publication number: 20150034732
    Abstract: An electronically controlled device which can provide fluid delivery to targeted areas in a scheduled and repeatable manner, without providing fluid delivery inconsequentially to untargeted areas. In one example, the device includes one more nozzles for directing a fluid, one or more motors for controlling the pitch and the yaw of the one or more nozzles, one or more valves for controlling the flow of fluid to the nozzle, and a controller for selectively directing the one or more nozzles to direct fluid in a predetermined pattern. The controller may include a visual interface for providing the predetermined pattern and/or volumes of water, and may further be included with or remote to the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Steve FERNHOLZ
  • Patent number: 8944343
    Abstract: A liquid flow monitoring device for monitoring the supply of liquid to a spray nozzle including a deflectable check valve in a liquid supply passage to the spray nozzle, a light sensing device having a light emitter and a light receiver disposed on opposite sides of the check valve, the check valve being deflectable into at least partially obstructing relation to a light beam directed from the light emitter to the light receiver as an incident to liquid flow through the monitoring device to the spray nozzle, and a control system for receiving signals from the sensing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Spraying Systems Co.
    Inventors: James Cesak, Joshuah DeVoll
  • Patent number: 8931716
    Abstract: The invention refers to a spray pump device for spraying a liquid operated by a memory shape element. The spraying device is provided with a memory shape alloy wire with electrical resistivity, that is able to generate heat that increases its temperature so that due to memory shape property, the wire shrinks when current is applied. This shrinking permits the wire to activate a pump that atomizes a volatile substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Zobele Holding SpA
    Inventors: Stefano DeFlorian, Julio César Ruiz Ballesteros, Walter Sordo, Daniel Mosconi
  • Patent number: 8930032
    Abstract: Provided are a system and method for wireless irrigation control with a remote application. The system includes a processor and plurality of interactive zone switches for connection to at least one irrigation device; each zone switch further operable to detect a state of a connected irrigation device. Non-volatile memory is coupled to the processor and provided with executable instructions to direct operation of each interactive zone switch. There is at least one remote application to establish a schedule within the non-volatile memory for operation for each interactive zone switch and to receive the schedule from the non-volatile memory in response to a users desire to review or modify the schedule. A wireless network component is coupled to the processor and the non-volatile memory and is in communication with the remote application to schedule operation of at least one interactive zone switch and at least one irrigation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: ZBS Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Deborah Gail Shupe, Michael Edward Shupe, Jeffery Stephen Bettcher, Anthony Carlo Zambai
  • Patent number: 8924031
    Abstract: Irrigation of plants or crops is effected using plant canopy temperature measurements. The process and device include an irrigation scheduling algorithm based on an integrated water stress index (WSI) and an integrated WSI set-point. A WSI is calculated at repeated time intervals and compared to an encoded threshold WSI value that is crop and region specific. If the calculated WSI is greater than the encoded WSI value, a unit of integrated WSI (IWSI) is accumulated. If the time integral exceeds the encoded value for a 24 hour period, an irrigation signal is produced, directing the irrigation system where, when and how much to irrigate. The process and device will automatically schedule crop irrigations when the crop is water stressed and may control a moving or static irrigation system to apply the irrigation. Moreover, irrigation applications can be selectively varied over specified control areas or management zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Steven R. Evett, Susan A. O'Shaughnessy, Robert Troy Peters
  • Patent number: 8919676
    Abstract: An agricultural sprayer includes a spray boom equipped with a plurality of spray heads, with each head having a body defining a cavity located in fluid communication with a fluid inlet and an array of four outlets leading to four nozzles respectively having different flow rates. A nozzle-select control member is mounted for rotation in the cavity and includes a fluid passage arrangement for establishing fluid connections between the inlet and different ones or combinations of the four nozzles as the control member is rotated among preselected discrete positions by an electric stepper motor, with the stepper motor being controlled in response to vehicle speed so that the spray tip capacity decreases for effecting a constant application rate as the vehicle speed decreases from a maximum permitted speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Travis G. Funseth, David S. Mercer, Richard A. Humpal
  • Patent number: 8924032
    Abstract: An irrigation system includes at least one environmental sensor, such as a solar radiation sensor that is installed on an irrigation site, and a soil moisture sensor that is also installed on the irrigation site. Programming allows an estimated ET value to be calculated based at least in part on the output signal of the environmental sensor. A pre-programmed watering schedule is automatically modified based on the estimated ET value to thereby conserve water while maintaining the health of plants on the irrigation site. The system automatically inhibits irrigation when an output signal of the soil moisture sensor indicates an amount of moisture in the soil is above a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Hunter Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter J. Woytowitz, Jeffrey J. Kremicki, Christopher M. Shearin
  • Patent number: RE47101
    Abstract: A spray control method employs a spray vehicle including a material tank, a pump communicating with the tank, and nozzles of a spray boom communicating with the pump. A GNSS receiver mounted on the vehicle and interfaced to a controller tracks its position in relation to stored position coordinates of field boundaries separating spray zones from spray exclusion zones. The tank is activated and deactivated by the controller to retain spray of the material within the spray zones and to prevent spray of the material in the exclusion zones, by processing an offset of the spray nozzles from the receiver, the spray range of the nozzles, spray turn-on and turn-off lag times, and the velocity of the spray vehicle, all in relation to the field boundaries. An alternative embodiment individually controls spray from the nozzles by using associated valves interfaced to the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: AGJUNCTION LLC
    Inventors: John A. McClure, Aaron C. Stichter