Dispensing Management (e.g., Spraying) Patents (Class 700/283)
  • 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
    Assignee: DICKEY-JOHN CORPORATION
    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
    Assignee: NEPTUNE TECHNOLOGY GROUP INC.
    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
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    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: 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
  • 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
  • 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
    Applicant: TESCOM CORPORATION
    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
    Applicant: TESCOM CORPORATION
    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: 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
  • 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
    Applicant: VALSPAR SOURCING, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph John Hromadka, Jason R. Bala, Michael A. Bauer, Wylie H. Wetzel
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8868245
    Abstract: A dispensing device includes an actuating device that actuates first and second containers, respectively, and a sensor for detecting an environmental condition. In a first period the actuating device is inactive, in a second period the actuating device actuates the first container at a first frequency, and in a third period the actuating device actuates the second container at a second frequency. If the sensor has detected the environmental condition, the actuating device actuates the first and/or second containers, respectively, during a fourth period at a third frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Tai P. Luc, Kenneth W. Michaels, Megan L. Polzin, Bhavesh Shah
  • Patent number: 8855827
    Abstract: A method of controlling operation of a diffusion appliance to treat the atmosphere within an enclosed space. The method may include programming the operation of the appliance according to a control scheme specifying a flow rate of liquid to a diffusion means and a periodic operation of the diffusion means. Control schemes may be associated with different volumes of spaces to be treated by the appliance, the rate of decay of the liquid within the space to be treated and the level of concentration of the liquid desired within the space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Prolitec, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard W. Weening, Marc Robert
  • Publication number: 20140297048
    Abstract: A hot water heater sensor can be configured to determine a level of hot water available for resident use. A set of facets can control a distribution of hot water within a residence. Communication transceivers can be communicatively linked to the hot water heater and the facets to exchange digital information regarding hot water availability and consumption to a home-automation communication hub. A user device with a graphical user interface can present information derived from the hot water heater sensor and the facets to control, monitor, regulate, or change hot water availability to resident members via the graphical user interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: BRIAN K. BUCHHEIT, CASSANDRA J. OLIVER
  • Patent number: 8849467
    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: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Lindsay Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas J. Korus
  • Publication number: 20140260294
    Abstract: A method of controlling operation of a pressure gain combustor comprises: determining a fuel injector duty cycle and a combustion frequency that meets a target load set point and a target fill fraction of the combustor; determining a fuel supply pressure setting, a fuel injector timing setting and an ignition timing setting that achieves the determined fuel injector duty cycle and combustion frequency; and sending a fuel supply pressure control signal with the fuel supply pressure setting to a fuel pressurizing means of the combustor, a fuel injector control signal with the fuel injector timing setting to a fuel injector of the combustor, and an ignition timing control signal with the ignition timing setting to an ignition assembly of the combustor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Soheil Farshchian
  • Publication number: 20140277781
    Abstract: An agricultural implement for applying an active ingredient to a geographic area includes a chassis, and at least one active ingredient tank. Each active ingredient tank is removably positioned on and carried by the chassis. Each active ingredient tank contains an active ingredient therein which is to be applied to the geographic area. Each active ingredient tank has an identification (ID) tag representing data associated with the active ingredient. An electrical reader carried by the chassis is configured for reading the ID tag and providing an output signal. An electrical processing circuit is coupled with the reader and receives the output signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: CNH America LLC
    Inventors: Lyle P. Mangen, Aaron R. Tollefsrud, Todd T. Taylor
  • Publication number: 20140277780
    Abstract: This document discusses, among other things, apparatus and methods for applying liquid substances, including gaseous/liquid substances using an adjustable pump control system. In certain examples, an example liquid application apparatus can include, a metering device to provide a flow of a first substance, one or more distribution branches to receive the flow of the first substance and release the first substance through an orifice of one of the one or more distribution branches; and an applicator controller including memory configured to store an application map, the applicator controller configured to receive speed information and position information of the apparatus, to determine application rate information of the first substance for each distribution branch using the speed information, the position information and the application map, and to provide a flow command to the metering device using the application rate information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Steve S. Jensen, Patrick Hansen, Josh Grabow, Warren L. Thompson, Nick Michael
  • Publication number: 20140257579
    Abstract: Embodiments include a modular fuel pump apparatus for an aircraft refueling chassis and related devices, systems and methods. In one exemplary embodiment, a pump module includes a hydraulic motor driven by a hydraulic pump connected to a chassis motor. A chassis engine is operated at a substantially constant RPM, which causes the hydraulic pump to output hydraulic fluid to the pump module at a substantially constant hydraulic pressure. The speed of the hydraulic motor can be varied by a proportional flow control valve disposed between the hydraulic pump and the hydraulic motor, thereby varying the speed of the fuel pump and the flow rate of the fuel. A controller is configured to operate the pressure control valve such that the flow of the fuel is maintained at a predetermined flow rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: Beta Fluid Systems, Inc. dba Liquip International
    Inventors: Clifford Glenn Darrow, Jonathan Edmund DeLine
  • Patent number: 8827542
    Abstract: A method of feeding livestock using a mobile feed preparation apparatus is presented. The method comprises dispensing from the mobile feed preparation apparatus a first feed ration comprising a base feed and a first feed additive and a second feed ration comprising the base feed and a second feed additive, where the first feed additive and the second feed additive differ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignees: Ganado Technologies Corp., Nutrition Physiology Co., LLC
    Inventors: Stephen E. Bachman, Michael E. Hubbert, Dale Garcia, Michael L. Ray, Troy Brunson
  • Publication number: 20140244052
    Abstract: A method and system of facilitating development of fluids having a variety of elemental compositions are disclosed. A graphical user interface allows user interaction with a lab deposition system to control fluid drop ejection of fluids through multiple nozzles. Fluid drop ejection and drop formation can vary from fluid to fluid, and require adjustments to waveform parameters of a drive pulse applied to the multiple nozzles. The system implements a drop watcher camera system to capture real-time still and video images of fluid drops as they exit the multiple nozzles. The captured drop formation of the fluid drops are displayed to the user, and based on the images the waveform parameters are adjusted and customized specific for individual fluid. In addition to adjusting the drive pulse that effects fluid drop ejection, a tickle pulse can also be adjusted and customize to prevent clogging of the nozzles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: FUJIFILM Dimatix, Inc.
    Inventors: Deane A. Gardner, Paul A. Hoisington, Daniel Cote
  • Patent number: 8812163
    Abstract: A controllable multiple-channel chemical transport bus routes and transports fluids, gasses, aerosols, slurries and the like within a larger system. The system and methods are applicable for use in Lab-on-a-Chip (LoC) technology, and can be useful in the implementation of reconfigurable LoC devices. Routes through the bus are determined by control signals and/or sequences of control signals issued under algorithmic control. Several independent flows may occur simultaneously. Adaptations of Clos, Banyan, and other related multi-stage switching architectures in the flow topology can be supported. Sensors are placed at various locations along bus path segments. Information gathered by the sensors can be used for one or more of controlling measured flows, clearing operations, cleaning operations, and control of the timing flow transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Lester F. Ludwig
  • Patent number: 8805592
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein include systems and methods for fluid identification and tracking. At least one embodiment of a method includes determining that a vehicle is discharging a fluid, determining an ingredient of the fluid, and determining a first vehicle location. Some embodiments include determining, based on the ingredient, whether discharge of the fluid at the first vehicle location is allowable and in response to determining that discharge of the fluid at the first vehicle location is not allowable, performing, by a computing device, a first preventative measure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Cascades Coal Sales, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald W Booth, Tony Anderson