Dispensing Management (e.g., Spraying) Patents (Class 700/283)
  • Patent number: 10940275
    Abstract: It is an objective of the present invention to reduce the disadvantages in currently available Vaporizers by providing a method and system of controlling the output voltage of the Battery such that the electrical current within and the temperature of the heating element and Extract are controllable. The present invention discloses the Battery that operates by supplying voltage that varies with time and provides various automatically or manually selectable voltage-time profiles. The voltage is controlled by an integrated controller that is able to vary the battery output voltage via voltage modulation and is able to continuously vary the output voltage. The voltage is modulated using pulse width modulation. The integrated controller is capable of storing and executing an embedded program for voltage modulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Vuber Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: David Crowe
  • Patent number: 10942940
    Abstract: The present invention provides an information processing device capable of properly controlling a smell presentation device by matching a using state. The information processing device acquires information on the using state of the smell presentation device that presents a smell to a user, and causes the smell presentation device to present a smell in a mode determined in accordance with the acquired information on the using state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Inventors: Shinichi Hirata, Yoichi Nishimaki, Hiroshi Osawa, Kyoko Furumura, Takeshi Yamagishi
  • Patent number: 10918131
    Abstract: A laser heater assembly for a vaporizer includes a power source, a laser source, a lens, and a reaction chamber. The lens is disposed within the optical path. During operation, the laser source emits light, the light propagating along an optical path during operation of the light source. The lens receives the emitted light from the laser source, and outputs a modified light having an energy profile that is substantially spatially uniform. The modified light traverses at least a portion of an opening of the reaction chamber and vaporizes a vaporization substance (e.g., a dry plant material) received within the reaction chamber. The emitted light can be collimated light, and the modified light can be a homogeneous line profile beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: LUMENARY, INC.
    Inventor: Robert Scott Schneider
  • Patent number: 10782173
    Abstract: According to one or more aspects, systems and techniques for hydrogen fueling with integrity checks are provided herein. Communicated parameters measured by on-board sensors of a vehicle may be cross-referenced against calculated parameters measured by sensors of a fueling station. For example, communicated parameters relating to a compressed hydrogen storage system (CHSS) tank of a vehicle to be fueled may be received at different time intervals. Calculated parameters may be calculated based on a mass of hydrogen fuel dispensed by a hydrogen fueling station from a reference point to one of the time intervals and densities of the CHSS tank of the vehicle at respective time intervals. An error may be calculated between the communicated parameters and the calculated parameters. A fueling mode, such as a conservative fueling mode or a non-conservative fueling mode, may be determined based on the calculated error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Steven R. Mathison
  • Patent number: 10778009
    Abstract: A fuel dispenser includes a power distribution system having an alternating current (AC) power supply and an AC to direct current (DC) power converter configured to convert a portion of the AC power to DC power for one or more DC peripheral components associated with the fuel dispenser. The power distribution system also includes processing circuitry configured to power down at least one of the DC peripheral components in response to an actuator, cause an indicator to be activated indicating that the DC peripheral components are de-energized and the AC power supply is active, power up the at least one direct current peripheral component in response to the actuator when the direct current peripherals are de-energized, and cause the indicator to be activated to indicate that both the DC peripheral components and the AC power supply are active.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Giovanni Carapelli, Joseph Long, Wayne McNinch
  • Patent number: 10778777
    Abstract: Intelligent system (1) for monitoring a reference environment, suitable for multisensorial interaction with a user, comprising: at least one multiprotocol control unit (2), provided with at least one internal wireless modem (16), a power supply connector (71), a microprocessing unit (15), RAM memory means (13), program memory means (12) and data memory means (14); at least one modem, respectively a modem-router, external (30) with respect to the control unit (2) and operatively connected to the same; wherein said system (1) further comprises: sensor means, internal with respect to the control unit (2); a plurality of actuator means external (20) with respect to the control unit (2); sensor means external with respect the control unit (2); wherein: said sensor means internal with respect to the control unit (2) which are, individually or in combination, at least a microphonic sensor (3), a relative humidity sensor (4), a temperature sensor (5), respectively an atmospheric pressure sensor (6) or the like
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Tera Srl
    Inventor: Antonio Sacchetti
  • Patent number: 10710107
    Abstract: A filling apparatus (110, 210) for a hermetically sealed bottle (200) is created by means of a dual bottle adapter (210), at least indirectly connected to the bottle (200), for an input of liquid from a storage container (100) provided with a dual container adapter (110) and at least partially filled with liquid, wherein between a liquid exit port (111) of the dual container adapter (110) and a liquid entry port (211) of the dual bottle adapter (210) a sealed-off liquid communication connection is present, and between a gas entry port (112) of the dual container adapter (110) and a gas exit port (212) of the dual bottle adapter (210) a sealed-off gas communication connection is present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventor: Andrzej Sokolowski
  • Patent number: 10709919
    Abstract: Fire suppression systems (10) for vehicles and industrial applications including arrangements of an input bus (24) and output bus (26) coupled to a centralized controller (20) to provide for automatic and manual detection of a fire (H) and manual and automatic system actuation in response to the fire. The arrangements further provide for system information regarding the status and operation of the system components. Additionally, the arrangement of system components provide for expandability and programmability to configure the system for the protection of multiple and variable hazards (H) using customized or programmed detection and/or actuation. The systems include configured connectors (25) and colour coded schemes to facilitate system installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Tyco Fire Products LP
    Inventors: Derek M. Sandahl, Brian L. Counts, Marvin B. Fernstrum, Chad Ryczek, Saul Escalante-Ortiz, John T. Werth, Gregory J. Lilley, David R. Strehlow, Anthony J. Kreft, Thomas John Myers, John S. Bushert, Richard J. Hackl, Marvin D. Thorell
  • Patent number: 10656066
    Abstract: Optical imaging systems and methods are disclosed herein for investigating and analyzing one or more characteristics of a spray, including spray front velocity, spray sheet length, spray break-up dynamics, drift potential, and drop-size distribution. Optical imaging systems disclosed herein include an image acquisition device, one or more illumination source, a processor for processing and analyzing image data, a background, and a spray system that includes at least a nozzle. The image acquisition device and illumination sources are positioned on the same side of the spray. The processor has a first algorithm to generate a feedback correction factor and a second algorithm to identify droplets and develop a drop-size distribution for the spray. Optical imaging methods for determining spray characteristics are also disclosed and generally include the steps of providing an imaging system, capturing images of the spray with the imaging system, processing the images, and analyzing the images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: ISP Investments LLC
    Inventors: Sounak Sarkar, Surya Kamin
  • Patent number: 10535030
    Abstract: A method of automated remote terminal benchmarking includes providing a computing system including a processor having an associated memory which implements a benchmarking algorithm. The benchmarking algorithm implements receiving raw data associated with a plurality of Key Performance Indicator (KPIs) including real-time data from different bulk liquid terminals spanning sites across a plurality of continents, and calculating a global target benchmark value or global target benchmark range for at least a first of the plurality of KPIs from the raw data. Responsive to a user' request at a selected first of the different bulk liquid terminal (first terminal), a benchmark report is generated which benchmarks a KPI performance of the first terminal including for the first KPI by a comparison to the global target benchmark value or global target benchmark range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Ramesh Murugan Natarajan
  • Patent number: 10446390
    Abstract: A device and method for dispensing liquid spin-on glass (SOG) onto semiconductor wafers. The method includes dispensing liquid SOG through a dispenser nozzle, detecting liquid SOG outside of the dispenser nozzle, indicating the presence of liquid SOG in an abnormal length relative to the dispenser nozzle and adjusting a suck back (SB) valve to withdraw liquid SOG from the abnormal length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventor: Yung-Tsun Liu
  • Patent number: 10401879
    Abstract: Technical solutions are described for determining topological connectivity between stations of a fluid-delivery pipeline network. An example method includes receiving temporal sensor measurements of the fluid-delivery pipeline network, that include a series of sensor measurements from each respective station of the fluid-delivery pipeline network. The method also includes generating a causality graph of the fluid-delivery pipeline network based on the temporal sensor measurements, where the causality graph includes a set of nodes and a set of links, where the nodes are representative of the stations, and a pair of nodes is connected by a link in response to the pair of stations being temporally dependent. The method also includes determining a topological network of the stations based on the causality graph, where the topological network identifies one or more destination stations for a supply station in the fluid-delivery pipeline network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Utopus Insights, Inc.
    Inventors: Harsh Chaudhary, Younghun Kim, Tarun Kumar, Abhishek Raman, Rui Zhang
  • Patent number: 10208423
    Abstract: A laundry treating apparatus includes a detergent insert door rotatably provided on a front surface of a detergent container receiving portion to open or close the detergent container receiving portion, wherein the detergent insert door includes a bracket coupled to the front opening portion to allow a detergent inlet formed on a front surface thereof to communicate with the front opening portion, and including a hinge receiving portion; a cover inserted into the hinge receiving portion and coupled to the bracket; a shaft damper coupled to a hinge shaft at one side of the bracket; and an elastic member supported by the bracket and the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sungwoon Jung, Hunjun Jang
  • Patent number: 10189220
    Abstract: A calculation system (1) for manufacturing an ophthalmic lens. A set of calculation modules (M1, M2, M3, M4) is associated to partial calculation in relation with manufacturing process of said ophthalmic lens. A managing unit (MU) is configured to: receive input data, and calculate output data through one or several iteration(s) of: determining one or several calculation module(s) to be activated, determining an order of activation of the one or several calculation module(s), and activating the determined one or several calculation module(s), in accordance with the determined order of activation. The managing unit transmits an indication that the output data have been calculated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Essilor International
    Inventors: Laurent Marcepoil, Sebastien Maurice, Luc Martin, Benoît Holvoet Vermaut
  • Patent number: 10149468
    Abstract: A robotic orchard spraying system having autonomous delivery vehicles (ADV), each autonomously delivering an amount of a premixed solution over a non-overlapping path verified by a forward-looking sensor, video, or both. Also, a mobile control center, configured to wirelessly inform the autonomous delivery vehicle of the path within the areas and to confirm that the autonomous delivery vehicle is following the path within the area. Additionally, a mapper vehicle generates the path within the area, the mapper vehicle being configured to communicate information about the path and the area to the command center. The mapper vehicle senses the path with a forward-looking LiDAR sensor, and senses the area with a GPS sensor. Moreover, a nurse truck has a reservoir of premixed solution for replenishing a tank of the ADV. ADVs and the control center communicate over a radio network, which may be a mesh network, a cellular network, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Crinklaw Farm Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David Curtis Crinklaw, Chase Schapansky, Richard Vaccari, Jeremy Bischel, Ryan Johnson
  • Patent number: 10024114
    Abstract: A method for dust suppression for an autonomous drilling machine operating at a work site. The method comprises of generating by a perception module perception data of the work site, receiving at least one machine parameter from a machine sensor of the autonomous drilling machine, predicting by a controller a dust level for the autonomous drilling machine at the work site based on one of the perception data or the machine parameter, determining a fluid discharge rate for a fluid discharge unit based on the predicted dust level, and adjusting the fluid discharge rate based on dust level detected during the drilling operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Nicolas François-Xavier Christophe Vandapel, Michael Karl Wilhelm Happold, Meenal Patel
  • Patent number: 9894849
    Abstract: Prescribing a drip line for use in a field includes: accessing soil conditions data that includes vertical transect data relating to at least one vertical transect of soil in a field; based on a plant type and a length of time between a first watering and a second watering of a plant via the drip line, determining, a desired plant available water content of a portion of the soil within the at least one vertical transect to be substantially achieved as a result of the first watering; and based on the vertical transect data, the determined desired plant available water content, climate conditions data and geographical conditions data, determining perforation spacing and flow rate for a set of emitters for the drip line such that the desired plant available water is substantially achieved in the portion of the soil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Trimble Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel James Rooney, David Fitzpatrick, Robert Wample
  • Patent number: 9826733
    Abstract: The present application relates to the manipulation and handling of biological materials and, in one form, provides an apparatus for micromanipulation of biological material, including a channel for accommodating biological material and allowing for passage of liquid treatment solutions. The apparatus may include a two part construction wherein two portions of the apparatus are adapted to be heat sealed with a secondary material intermediate the two portions prior to a vitrification process step. A system for vitrification of a biological specimen is also provided including a software operable means for controlling the temperature environment, a software operable means for controlling fluid dispense volume and velocity and aspiration volume and velocity for the application of liquid treatment solutions to the biological specimen, and a software operable means for controlling protocol time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Genea IP Holdings Pty Limited
    Inventors: Eduardo Vom, Tammie Kim Roy, Craig Matthews Lewis, Benjamin Rawlingson Hobbs, Simon James Hobbs
  • Patent number: 9610467
    Abstract: A fire suppression and control system includes a unique fire pump controller which uses advanced technologies in a manner consistent with the need for high reliability in the fire protection industry. A preferred controller includes three PIC chips including a control PIC for controlling operation of the water pump, a power monitor PIC for receiving all voltage and current inputs to the controller, and a data recorder PIC for collection and storage of data relevant to the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Master Control Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: William Stelter
  • Patent number: 9553455
    Abstract: A utility network powered by a power source has a plurality of substations enabled to power electrical equipment in a participant site. At least one substation is disconnected from the utility network and is to be reconnected via a substation with a power constraint. A processor determines how much power should be shed in a participant site of the substation with the power constraint to allow reconnection of the substation that is disconnected. The processor initiates a Demand Response signal to power consuming equipment in the participant site of the substation with the power constraint to shed power. After shedding power based on the Demand Response signal, the substation that was disconnected is connected to the utility network by closing a switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Peter Horsfield
  • Patent number: 9510525
    Abstract: An agricultural sprayer (1) with a pump (20), a plurality of nozzles, a valve arrangement (28) associated with the nozzles and a feed conduit (25). The valve arrangement (28) selectively connects the feed conduit (25) to a bypass conduit (26) or to the nozzles. A return conduit (32) branches off from the feed conduit (25). A regulation valve (30) applies a variable degree of throttling to the fluid flowing through the return conduit. A pressure sensor (41) provides a signal for fluid delivered to the valve arrangement. A flow sensor (42) provides a signal representing the flow in the feed conduit (25). A controller (50) is in receipt of the sensor signals, receives instructions from an operator and controls the regulation valve (30) using the instructions from the operator and available measured signals using feedback control loops combined with a feed forward signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: SA Exel Industries
    Inventor: Bjarne Schmidt
  • Patent number: 9307694
    Abstract: An agricultural communication system is provided that enables sensor-to-sensor link communications of peripheral farming devices (planters, fertilizer or pesticide applicators, etc.) so as to enhance diagnostics for locating system faults and blockages. The system also provides a means to operate with single-faults present with real-time diagnostics to the operator. The point-to-point communications also facilitates simplified installation by automatically determining the sensor addressing based on the physical connection of the sensors. Since the sensor-to-sensor daisy chain bus system is self-configuring there is no dependency on the sensor manufacturing data or sequential installation procedure to define the sensor address as required in other prior art systems. A dual power supply from each end of the looped bus with independent switching provides operation in the presence of single-faults, and a diagnostic mode combined with sensor power supply voltage measurements provides fault location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Inventors: David Kuhnel, Gregry C. Miller
  • Patent number: 9265853
    Abstract: A fragrance dispensing device includes a housing, a fragrance assembly, a cover panel, a fan, and a drive assembly. The housing includes a first portion and a second portion, which moves relative to the first portion. The housing includes an intake opening and an exhaust opening. The fragrance assembly rotates within the housing's interior cavity and defines a plurality of receptacles for receiving fragrance inserts. The cover panel substantially seals one or more receptacles and defines an opening. The fan is coupled to the housing's second portion. The drive assembly rotates the fragrance assembly such that at least a portion of a user-selected fragrance insert is aligned with the cover panel's opening. The fan moves air from the housing's intake opening, across the cover panel's opening, and out the housing's exhaust opening, thereby releasing a fragrance into an environment. The drive assembly may include a shaft with helical threads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Innovaci Inc.
    Inventors: J. Henry Scott, Michael Gordon
  • Patent number: 9228853
    Abstract: A method of accounting for the quantity of water or other distributed resource in a distribution system utilizing automated meter reading and reporting. Missing readings are identified and estimated to allow the quantity of unaccounted for water always to be computed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Inventor: William J. Brennan
  • Patent number: 9077183
    Abstract: A distributed wireless monitoring system with a cloud server and low-power remote sensors includes data encoding/compression at sensors to reduce power use from transmission and storage, event activated operation/data logging triggered by configurable thresholds, remote configuration via the cloud server of event triggering thresholds and correlation templates, distributed processing capabilities, and sensor clock synchronization from a network time service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignees: Portland State University, Stevens Water Monitoring Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Evan A. Thomas, Michael E. Fleming, William K Spiller, Chun Kit Chan, Zdenek Zumr
  • Patent number: 9048177
    Abstract: A translucent member 41 that has been trial-coated with a resin 8 for measurement of a light emission characteristic is placed on a translucent member placement portion 53, an excitation light that excites a phosphor is emitted from a light source unit 42 disposed above, the resin 8 coated on the translucent member 41 is irradiated with the excitation light from above, a deviation between a measurement result obtained by measuring the light emission characteristic of the light emitted from the resin 8, and a light emission characteristic specified in advance is obtained, and an appropriate resin coating amount of the resin to be coated on the LED element for actual production is derived on the basis of the deviation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Inventors: Seikou Abe, Masaru Nonomura
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9037304
    Abstract: A method of controlling a fluid delivery machine configured to deliver fluid on a worksite is disclosed. In the method, operation of a power source of the fluid delivery machine is controlled with a control module. Fluid delivery on the worksite is also controlled by the control module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Peter William Anderton, Khanh Tu Ngo, Apostolis Kouvelis, Marcin Domink Blaszkowski
  • Publication number: 20150127177
    Abstract: A simulated rain enclosure includes a ceiling supporting a tightly packed two dimensional array of water ejecting ceiling tiles having a direct presence detector associated with each ceiling tile. Detection of one or more persons under one or more said water tiles by the direct presence detectors turns off water flow from each associated ceiling tile and to a defined region of the ceiling tiles adjacent to each associated ceiling tiles. Water flow is returned from any ceiling tile previously turned off but not currently in a defined region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Keith H. Rothman
  • Publication number: 20150116485
    Abstract: A device, system and method of shading person large open area from large height without obstruction to view, work and play by matching shade pattern formed by shading unit for the given sun position and the location of the person on land and building, by means of shading units moved by control from computer and by manual control and providing local cooling by directed, pulsed cold air jet. Shading unit supported by cables and at periphery shading unit on cantilever based support is used and for small areas. The above devise and system is to protect people from occupational and environmental harmful effect of bright sunshine causing skin cancers and allergy and which so far has been tolerated quietly by people involved in sports, construction, agriculture, sea rigs, and recreation in beach.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 4, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Krishna Prasad Panduranga Revankar
  • Publication number: 20150105920
    Abstract: An assembly for installation in a fuel dispensing environment having a forecourt controller and at least one fuel dispenser communicating via legacy cable. The assembly comprises a sniffer device connectable along the legacy cable such that a first communication side thereof is in electrical communication with the forecourt controller and a second communication side thereof is in electrical communication with the fuel dispenser. The sniffer device is operative to receive an incoming message at either the first communication side or the second communication side. The sniffer device also includes memory and a processor, the processor implementing instructions to interpret the incoming message. Based on an interpretation of the incoming message, the sniffer device is operative to determine an action to be taken regarding the incoming message.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Giovanni Carapelli, Thomas J. Park
  • Patent number: 9008848
    Abstract: A method for operating a fluid additive control system to inject a fluid additive into a fluid dispensation system is provided. The method includes receiving a first control signal indicating that a fluid dispensation device within the fluid dispensation system is active, and determining a fluid additive quantity based upon the identity of the fluid dispensation device. The method also includes activating a fluid additive injection system, where the fluid additive dispensation system injects the fluid additive into the fluid dispensation system in response to the activation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Virid Services, LLC
    Inventor: Jon Lips
  • Publication number: 20150086326
    Abstract: A method for optimizing performance of a compressor by adjusting the position of an inlet guide vane and the speed of a drive unit. In one embodiment, the method can compare measured values for operating flow rate and operating pressure for a combination of operating settings for the position and the speed against threshold values for each of these measured values. In this way, the method can identify “how” the compressor is operating and equate such operation to one of a plurality of operation scenarios. In turn, the method can provide an adjustment to one or both of the speed and the position that corresponds with such operating scenario. The method can also vet the selected adjustment to avoid operation of the compressor outside of its safe operating configurations, as defined for example by minimum and maximum values for the position of the inlet guide vane and the speed of the drive unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Dale Eugene Husted, Marc Gavin Lindenmuth
  • Patent number: 8989907
    Abstract: A mobile apparatus and a process for adequately irrigating soil, wherein the apparatus has an irrigation unit for irrigating soil and a mobile microwave measurement unit for determining the water content of the soil along a measurement path. A control unit is used to irrigate the soil along the measurement path depending on the measured water content. The apparatus preferably also has a water tank and leaves an area of soil to be irrigated autonomously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Plantcare AG
    Inventors: Walter Schmidt, Yucel Toprak
  • Patent number: 8989906
    Abstract: A method is provided for regulating fluid pump pressures by detecting an elevation differential between a fluid flow control device and the distal end of a fluid line in communication with the fluid flow control device. A fluid flow control device, for instance a peritoneal dialysis device, is at a first height, a distal end of a fluid line is at a second height, and a valved outlet, when open, affords communication between the fluid flow control device and the distal end of the fluid line. The elevation differential is correlatable with a pressure measurable during a calibration procedure provided as a part of the methodology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Larry B. Gray, Robert J. Bryant, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150052677
    Abstract: A system and method of Touch Free Automatic faucet controlled by electronic sensors provides a Primary-Water-Flow-Mode, a Continue-Water-Flow-Mode, a Temperature-Control-Mode, a Faucet-Pause-Mode, an Adjust-Water-Flow-Mode and a Flow-Temperature-Default-Setting-Mode for users to control faucet water flow and water temperature without touching any parts of faucet body. The system comprises at least three electronic sensors, a logical processor circuit board, an electricity power supply package, a water flow control valve assembly, a temperature control valve assembly, at least one faucet body housing and at least one inlet fluid line. From the outputs of the sensors, the logical processor responds to the flow control valve assembly and to the temperature control valve assembly to control water flow and temperature to the faucet spout.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Chung-Chia Chen
  • Patent number: 8958922
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for optimized decision-making in water supply networks and/or water supply operations. The system includes at least one central data processing device and a control system having at least one integration device. The system also includes at least one functional unit for identifying and/or processing status information affecting the respective network or operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: ABB Technology AG
    Inventors: Frederik Blank, Markus Gauder, Heinrich-Martin Schreyer, Stefan Lauxtermann
  • Publication number: 20150041555
    Abstract: Apparatus for use with an applicator, systems for dispensing fluids, methods of using a nozzle (52), and a nozzle (52). The nozzle (52) includes a communication device (60) having a memory (86). The memory (86) stores data relating to the operational history and configuration of the nozzle (52). In response to receiving a query signal (90) from an interrogation device (24), the communication device (60) transmits the data residing in the memory (86). The communication device (60) also receives and stores data in the query signal (90) to the memory (86) so that the operational history of the nozzle (52) is maintained in the memory (86) of the communication device (60).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Mani Ahmadi, Daniel W. Ashley, Erik A. Fiske
  • Publication number: 20150019030
    Abstract: A scent delivery system includes scent delivery units that are configured to deliver scent at a variable scent level by being turned on and off successively according to a variable duty cycle. The scent delivery units are associated with corresponding base scent settings. The scent delivery system also includes a central controller configured to control the scent delivery units by generating command data based on a scenting schedule that indicates a desired activation time for more than one implicated scent delivery unit. The scenting schedule is configured to further indicate a scent level bias to be applied to the base scent settings that are associated with different of the implicated scent delivery units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: John Thurston Chandler, Chad Alan Morton
  • Publication number: 20150019029
    Abstract: A scent delivery system includes first and second scent delivery units and a central controller. The central controller is configured to generate command data capable of affecting operation of at least the first and second units based on one or more scenting schedules. The central controller is also configured to determine a relatedness and an order of priority between the units, and determine whether a desired activation time for the first unit overlaps at least partially with a desired activation time for the second unit. Based upon a determination that the first unit is related to the second unit and that a desired activation time for the first unit overlaps at least partially with a desired activation time for the second unit, the central controller is further configured to coordinate activity level of each of the first and second delivery units during the overlapping activation time according to the order of priority.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: John Thurston Chandler, Chad Alan Morton
  • Patent number: 8924101
    Abstract: A system and method for adjusting movement of an irrigation apparatus to help compensate for transient conditions occurring during operation of the apparatus to accomplish a substantially uniform fluid application rate, and including transient conditions such as a detected actual speed of movement of the span across the field is lesser or greater than expected or such as a detected actual flow rate of fluid to the irrigation system is lesser or greater than expected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: AgSense LLC
    Inventors: Terry D. Schiltz, Michael D. Meyer, Jesse L. Hohm
  • Patent number: 8924030
    Abstract: An agricultural system which includes at least one agricultural implement with at least one application device for applying crop inputs, where the agricultural implement includes an agricultural harvester and/or an agricultural planter. A databus is connected to the at least one agricultural implement, and at least one input device is connected to the databus. At least one data storage device is connected to the databus, and an application controller is connected to the at least one application device. A processor is connected to the databus and the application controller, where the processor applies inputs to the application controller to adjust and/or optimize in real time a current operation of the application device(s) in order to efficiently and accurately apply the crop inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Keith W. Wendte, Martin Rund
  • Publication number: 20140379148
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and an apparatus for at least one and including a network of enhanced drinking fountains that dispense water to the public while enabling a property owner or network operator to generate revenue from advertising, related promotional services and vending. The invention includes several embodiments of an apparatus that dispenses water, displays media content, facilitates user interactions and provides an efficient means for ensuring timely filter changes by transmitting water usage data to a server over a wide area network. By facilitating the generation of revenue, the present invention provides property owners and/or network operators with a way of offsetting the cost of purchasing, installing and maintaining enhanced drinking fountains. By improving upon the current state of the art, the present invention facilitates a faster and wider adoption of enhanced drinking fountains.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Wylie Sawyer
  • Patent number: 8905152
    Abstract: Disclosed is a fire hose coupling apparatus for self powered lighting of an area where a fire fighter is engaged in fires suppression with a fire hose, and for providing real time environmental data to fire fighters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Generation Unlimited, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth G. Kling, Arthur E. Brown
  • Publication number: 20140358304
    Abstract: A method of managing fluid supply in a process control system is provided. The method includes identifying, via a controller of a pilot device, a predetermined minimum source pressure, the predetermined minimum source pressure being the minimum pressure required at a fluid supply source to permit a simultaneous operation of all of a plurality of process lines. The method also includes determining, via the controller, whether a pressure of the fluid supply source is less than the predetermined minimum source pressure. The method further includes determining, via the controller, that the fluid supply source is to be changed when the pressure of the fluid supply source is less than the predetermined minimum source pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Gordon Cameron Muir
  • Publication number: 20140358303
    Abstract: A method of stabilizing pressure in an intelligent regulator assembly is provided. The method includes receiving, at an on-board controller of a pilot device, a request to activate a suspend control mode. The method also includes activating, via the on-board controller, the suspend control mode. The activation of the suspend control mode includes adjusting an inlet valve and an exhaust valve of the pilot device, and suspending control of the inlet valve and the exhaust valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Christian Leonard
  • Publication number: 20140343736
    Abstract: A system for substance control flowmeter, level meters and other sensors to determine problem events and communicate problem events to a control unit. A valve may be turned off in the event of a leak and system status may be viewed. Embodiments employing battery power during loss of power such as a power blackout and as a main source of power. Problems can be wirelessly communicated with a control unit. Problems that exist may be displayed on the control panel or remote via the internet including alarm conditions sensors, low battery, poor signal, leak detected, communication failure, or flowmeter failure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: Timothy Meyer
  • Publication number: 20140324234
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system for monitoring and controlling an industrial paint operation, where a five-sided intermodal shipping container is painted with a water-based coating composition. The system includes a paint application system, a drying system with a chamber configured to handle one or more intermodal shipping containers, and modules for monitoring and controlling the application of paint and the drying of the applied paint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: Joseph John Hromadka, Jason R. Bala, Michael A. Bauer, Wylie H. Wetzel
  • Publication number: 20140322032
    Abstract: Systems and methods for maintaining substantially a baseline pressure in a chamber of a pumping apparatus are disclosed. Embodiments of the present invention may serve to control a motor to compensate or account for a pressure drift which may occur in a chamber of the pumping apparatus. More specifically, a dispense motor may be controlled to substantially maintain a baseline pressure in the dispense chamber before a dispense based on a pressure sensed in the dispense chamber. In one embodiment, before a dispense is initiated a control loop may be utilized such that it is repeatedly determined if the pressure in the dispense chamber is above a desired pressure and, if so, the movement of the pumping means regulated to maintain substantially the desired pressure in the dispense chamber until a dispense of fluid is initiated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: James Cedrone, George L. Gonnella
  • Patent number: 8868300
    Abstract: The invention provides a system, device and method that can control the rates of seed dispensation and fertilizer application as a function of forward speed as well as across all rows. Thus, the system and control device allow control of each individual row unit, whereby dispensation and application are effected, by a central controller which controls a plurality of pulse width modulation valves, each of which controls a hydraulic motor with an integrated rpm reduction and which drives a stub drive shaft which rotates at the proper speed in order to provide the desired seed and fertilizer metering. Each of the stub drive shafts may rotate at completely different speeds and/or may be shut down while the remaining stub drive shafts rotate at the desired speed. The integrated rpm reduction within each hydraulic motor allows very fine rotational control of the dispensation and application rates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Raven Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jared E. Kocer, Jesse L. Wagers, Charlie R. Schoenfelder, Brent Bast