By Programming Means Patents (Class 239/69)
  • Patent number: 11423426
    Abstract: Systems and methods for allocating cells within a virtual grid to content providers according to various priority and selection schemes are used to target content delivery to information playback devices in a geographically and/or application selective manner. The priority schemes, geographical selectivity, and application selectivity of the system and methods of the invention allow a content provider to specifically target a desired demographic with high cost efficiency and flexibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: MOASIS GLOBAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven Golden, Ryan Golden, Jason Mascari
  • Patent number: 11402741
    Abstract: A system for automated detection and removal of visual obstructions such as debris, fumes, or mist from the view zone of an imaging device. An autodetection algorithm runs on incoming visual data from a data acquisition (DAQ) system to determine if a visual obstruction is present. A controller initiates a dry-cleaning dual cycle (DCDC) run including a wet clean cycle and a dry clean cycle. During the wet clean cycle, a base fluid mist is distributed onto the view zone. Subsequently during the dry clean cycle, compressed air is distributed onto the view zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Gillies Alexander MacDonald, Prashant Shekhar, Abhijit Kulkarni
  • Patent number: 11388868
    Abstract: The present invention provides an irrigation system that includes a control system for determining whether to apply an applicant to an agricultural field. In an implementation, the control system includes memory operable to store one or more modules and a processor coupled to the memory. The processor is operable to execute the one or more modules to cause the processor to receive one or more signals representing a microbe characteristic from a soil sensor. The processor is also operable to determine whether to apply an applicant (i.e., water having a concentration of a biological or a microbe therein) to a soil based upon the microbe characteristics and to initiate operation of the irrigation assembly to apply the applicant to the soil in response when the soil requires the applicant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Valmont Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Jacob L. LaRue
  • Patent number: 11376622
    Abstract: A waterfall or fountain that has the capacity of printing images with water and a method for printing images by said water. The water inside such fountain is released out of nozzles in the form of parallel and regular lines of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Inventor: Khaled Sulaiman Al Harbi
  • Patent number: 11375677
    Abstract: A system and associated method are disclosed for dynamically and automatically optimizing fluid usage and preventing waste in an at least one pipe system, such as an irrigation system. In at least one embodiment, an at least one fluid sensor is positioned and configured for monitoring a flow of fluid through a pipe of an at least one zone of the pipe system. At least one control valve is positioned in-line with the pipe and configured for being selectively actuated for controlling the flow of fluid therethrough. At least one controller is positioned and configured for being in communication with each of the fluid sensor and control valve. At least one central computing system is in selective communication with the controller and configured for receiving and processing data related to at least one of the fluid sensor, controller and control valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Inventor: Max Safai
  • Patent number: 11369067
    Abstract: A method and system for irrigating a field adjacent a watercourse is disclosed comprising a plurality of pumps along the watercourse and measuring from time to time at a plurality of measuring locations the salinity, the pH, the temperature and the turbidity of the water. The measuring locations are different from the pumping locations. A real time salinity, pH, temperature and turbidity at the pumping locations is predicted from the measured values and the pumps selectively disabled or enabled on the predicted salinity, pH, temperature and/or the turbidity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: RYNAN TECHNOLOGIES PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: My T. Nguyen, Cuong Q. Hong, Luong V. Truong, Toan Q. Tran, Trieu T. Le, Bien T. Mai, An Trinh, Thong A. Nguyen, Khang M. Duong
  • Patent number: 11363766
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and method for maintaining desired pressure levels in an irrigation system when the flow rate available to the irrigation system is reduced below the system's required flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Valmont Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerry Gerdes, John Kastl
  • Patent number: 11346662
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and device for predicting a volume median diameter (VMD) in an overlapped spray area of twin nozzles. Placing a single nozzle at different heights to determine a spray area; measuring all VMDs in the spray area to obtain first true measured values; dividing the first true measured values to construct a first calibration set and a first prediction set; establishing a polynomial fitting formula by a REGRESS function; placing twin nozzles at different heights and different nozzle spacing, and measuring VMDs in the overlapped spray area to obtain second true measured values; determining simulated values of the VMDs of first and second nozzles; dividing the simulated values of the VMDs and the second true measured values to construct a second calibration set and a second prediction set; quantitatively calibrating by using a radial basis function neural network (RBFNN) to obtain a prediction model; determining a VMD in the overlapped spray area of twin nozzles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: ZHEJIANG UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Fei Liu, Wenwen Kong, Yufei Liu, Lei Feng, Hui Fang, Han Guo, Jun Zhou, Jiangang Shen
  • Patent number: 11317572
    Abstract: A monitoring system for an irrigation system is presented. The irrigation system includes a movable end gun operatively associated with a portion of the irrigation system. The monitoring system includes a sensor configured to generate an electrical signal indicative of movement and/or positioning of the movable end gun relative to the portion of the irrigation system over time, a processor, and a memory. The memory includes instructions stored thereon, which when executed by the processor cause the system to: receive the generated electrical signal, determine whether the movable end gun, or one or more components thereof, requires maintenance based on the electrical signal, and determine when the moveable end gun is in an on and/or off trigger state based on the electrical signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: HEARTLAND AG TECH, INC.
    Inventors: Russell Sanders, Jeremie Pavelski, Robert Buchburger
  • Patent number: 11285717
    Abstract: In some examples, a control apparatus for a fluid ejection device includes a plurality of selectors controllable by an input control signal to produce signals for selecting respective nozzles of the fluid ejection device, where a first selector is responsive to the input control signal propagated over a first signal path to turn on a device in the first selector, and a second selector is responsive to the input control signal to perform a different task. A memory encoder is to select a memory location in the memory, the memory encoder responsive to the input control signal propagated over a second signal path to turn on a device in the memory encoder, where signal loading of the second signal path is isolated from signal loading of the first signal path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Boon Bing Ng, Hang Ru Goy
  • Patent number: 11277973
    Abstract: Several embodiments provide cycle and soak irrigation control units, comprising: a housing; a plurality of pairs of actuation line connectors comprising input connectors to couple with output actuation lines of a separate irrigation controller, and output connectors to couple with actuatable devices; a plurality of electrical pathways each coupling a respective input connector to a corresponding output connector and allowing an activation signal to be passed; at least one switch configured to selectively allow or interrupt activation signals to pass to a corresponding output connector; and a timing control circuit controlling the switch, based on an application of an activation signal on an input connector, a duration of a series of cycle-on timings during which the activation signal is emitted from the output connector to activate an actuatable device and soak-off timings during which the activation signal is prevented from being emitted deactivating the actuatable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Rain Bird Corporation
    Inventors: Randy R. Montgomery, John E. Price, Chong Wang Kwak, Samuel C. Walker, David Charles Belongia
  • Patent number: 11246258
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods and vehicles for separately applying a solid fertilizer and a liquid fertilizer additive to a working area of a field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Wolfram Zerulla, Markus Schmid, Gregor Pasda
  • Patent number: 11203848
    Abstract: A system for controlling water distribution from a water distribution vehicle includes spray heads for spraying water from the vehicle and an actuator system for turning the spray heads on and off. A computer processor is programmed to control the actuator system in response to a sensor input. The system can include means for measuring the ground speed of the vehicle, such as a GPS, and the sensor input signal can be associated with the ground speed of the vehicle. Using a pulse width modulated signal, the processor can adjust water flow from the spray heads based on the vehicle ground speed. The processor also can be programmed to prevent water flow from one or more spray heads when the vehicle speed is below a minimum speed or as the vehicle speed is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: MEGA CORP, INC.
    Inventors: James F Kunz, Jeffery Linn, Christopher Barry, Norman J Redenshek, Randall Raymond Harris, Robert Gaetz, Scott R Wilson, Timothy M Hoover, Richard J Bando, Joseph Michael Davis
  • Patent number: 11178831
    Abstract: A system (10) may include sensor equipment (30) including one or more sensors (140, 142) disposed on a parcel of land, watering equipment (20) disposed on the parcel and configured to selectively apply water to the parcel, and a gateway (40) configured to provide for communication with the sensor equipment (30) and the watering equipment (20). The watering equipment (20) may include a watering pump (120), the watering pump (120) being operably coupled to a water source (100) and a water line (110) to alternately couple the water source (100) to and isolate the water source (100) from the water line (110), and processing circuitry (160). The processing circuitry (160) may be configured to determine an operational mode of the watering pump (120) and direct the watering pump (120) to operate in accordance with the operational mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Husqvarna AB
    Inventors: Johannes Gungl, Florian Soor, Horst Schnürle, Philipp Bolliger
  • Patent number: 11178830
    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: January 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: HUNTER INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Richard C. Stange, Thomas C. Kadien, Steven B. Cook, Kok Huat Chong
  • Patent number: 11131397
    Abstract: An electric ball valve and a manufacturing method therefor. The electric ball valve comprises a control component, a gear decelerating mechanism, a valve body component, and a housing component, wherein the control component comprises a cover and a rotator component provided in the cover, the housing component comprises an upper housing part and a lower housing part, the cover, the upper housing part and the lower housing part are made out of a stainless steel material by machining, the cover is fixed to the upper housing part by welding, the upper housing part is fixed to the lower housing part by welding, and the lower housing part is fixed to a valve body by welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Zhejiang Sanhua Climate and Appliance Controls Group Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Weilin Yan, Minghui Xu
  • Patent number: 11083146
    Abstract: A decoder-based irrigation controller comprising a controller housing; a first microcontroller within the controller housing; a decoder interface coupled to the first microcontroller; and a handheld user device, wherein the handheld user device comprises an optical imaging device configured to read an optically readable pattern from each of the plurality of decoder units, wherein the handheld user device is configured to cause data read from the optically readable pattern of the plurality of decoder units to be transferred to the first microcontroller, and wherein the data read comprises an address of each of the plurality of decoder units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Rain Bird Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan I. Marsters, Harvey J. Nickerson, Sundarraj Karthikeyan, Douglas H. Callison, Steven A. Hollington, Darin K. Price
  • Patent number: 11061144
    Abstract: A system and method for providing power and alignment control within an irrigation system having at least two spans and a drive system for moving the spans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Valmont Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Tracy A. Thatcher
  • Patent number: 10987472
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a dose detection system for use in combination with a medication delivery device. In one aspect, the system includes a module body adapted to be removably attached to the actuator of a medication delivery device, and a plurality of magnetic sensing elements attached to said module body. The magnetic sensing elements can be spaced apart from one another to define a ring pattern. The system detects the amount of rotation of a magnetic ring of said one or more dipoles of a medication delivery device relative to the magnetic sensing elements during dose delivery when the module is attached to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Eli Lilly and Company
    Inventors: Roy Howard Byerly, Rossano Claudio Massari, Davide Paccioretti, Russell Wayne Perkins
  • Patent number: 10974261
    Abstract: A system and method to direct a communication from a user device to rotate a deflector guide located proximal to a sprinkler head. The sprinkler head rests on a sealed bottom ring comprised of a waterwheel, transformer, rotating slider, and D2M communications device. When water is deployed from the sprinkler head, the waterwheel inside the sealed bottom ring rotates to generate energy. This starts the communication device which maintains a D2M communication signal until the water is turned off. The communication device is managed by a user on a user device through a user interface. After communication signal is selected in the user interface of the user device, the deflector head responds to commands and pivots along a circular path. The deflector comprises an opening that limits the spray from the sprinkler head to a more limited range than if the deflector was not used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventors: Melanie Joy Davis, Jon Cameron
  • Patent number: 10959362
    Abstract: A below-grade smart irrigation object includes: an input signal portion configured to receive an energizing signal for the below-grade smart irrigation object; an output signal portion configured to indicate the location of the below-grade smart irrigation object in response to receiving the energizing signal; and an irrigation portion configured to effectuate an irrigation operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: SmarTerra, LLC
    Inventors: Peter T. Frodigh, Matthew D. Powell
  • Patent number: 10925221
    Abstract: A hose-pull apparatus for mounting to an irrigation system mobile tower supporting a fluid-carrying conduit. The hose-pull apparatus includes a swivel, a first pipe section, a joint, and a second pipe section. The swivel is configured to be in fluid communication with the conduit and rotate about a vertical axis. The first pipe section has a first end connected to the swivel and a second end extending outwardly from the swivel so that the first pipe section can pivot horizontally. The joint is connected to the second end of the first pipe section. The second pipe section has a first end connected to the joint so that the second pipe section can articulate relative to the first pipe section. The joint also has a second end configured to be in fluid communication with a supply hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Lindsay Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew J. Dudik, Thomas J. Korus
  • Patent number: 10823720
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a deep soil water percolation monitor and a monitoring method therefor. The monitor includes a soil water balance portion, a flow collection portion, a measurement portion, a water collection portion, a rainfall collecting portion and a control device, wherein the control device includes a central controller, a water inlet pipe, a plugging trough, a drive mechanism, a water level sensor and a humidity sensor. The monitor and monitoring method provided by the present invention can increase the measurement sensitivity of the percolation monitor and increase the measurement accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignees: Inner Mongolia Low coverage Sand Control Technology Development Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yiben Cheng, Wenbin Yang
  • Patent number: 10814028
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure include a method of managing scent in an environment, which includes disposing at least one scent diffusion device within an environment, wherein the at least one scent diffusion device comprises a communications facility that enables transmitting signals to and receiving signals from a remote computer, receiving at least one target value of a scent parameter for the environment at the remote computer, and controlling, via the remote computer, diffusion of a liquid from a source of the liquid in fluid communication with the at least one scent diffusion device to achieve the target value of the scent parameter. Controlling a diffusion rate of the liquid includes altering at least one of a voltage and a duty cycle applied to at least one component of the diffusion device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: SCENTBRIDGE HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Todd H. Becker, Thomas A. Conroy, David L. Langton, Christopher H. Patstone
  • Patent number: 10757873
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a system and method for interfacing with an irrigation controller based on rainfall, the system comprising: an interface unit including a housing and a control unit within the housing and configured to: cause an interruption of one or more watering schedules executed by the irrigation controller, which is separate from the interface unit, based on signaling received from a rain sensor including hygroscopic material, when a sensed expansion of the hygroscopic material is above a set rainfall accumulation threshold parameter, the rain sensor being separate from the interface unit and the hygroscopic material being configured to expand in response to being contacted by the rainfall and to contract in response to an absence of the rainfall; and remove the interruption after a completion of a predetermined interval of time after a sensed contraction of the hygroscopic material indicative of a rainfall stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Rain Bird Corporation
    Inventors: Steven W. Weiler, Harvey J. Nickerson
  • Patent number: 10743483
    Abstract: A system and method for managing a schedule on an irrigation controller is claimed. For each irrigation zone, out of a set of one or more irrigation zones, the process begins by receiving input for an irrigation controller for both i) an offset from an irrigation cycle start time according to a master clock in the irrigation controller and ii) a length of run time. Next the offset from the irrigation cycle start timer and the length of runtime is stored in an ordered array. An overall multiplier for an array is also stored. Continuing further the ordered array with or without the overall multiplier is wirelessly transmitted to the irrigation controller. In one example the set of the one or more irrigation zones are in numerical order. In another example the set of one more irrigation zones is out of numerical order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Hoover Pumping Systems Corporation
    Inventor: David Ross Melrose
  • 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: 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