Dispensing Management (e.g., Spraying) Patents (Class 700/283)
  • Publication number: 20140222222
    Abstract: The disclosure describes systems and methods relating generally to filtration. Even more particularly, this disclosure relates to controlling the operation of a pump using filter information. A removable filter can include an electronically readable tag storing filter information. The filter information can be read by a tag reader and rules applied to the filter information to determine whether or how to operate a pump.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Entegris, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul J. Magoon, Raul A. Ramirez, Traci L. Batchelder
  • Patent number: 8794547
    Abstract: A device for calibrating a spray gun and an associated method are provided. The spray gun has a nozzle that is opened and closed by moving an internal needle out of and into sealing engagement therewith. A virtual position of the needle is tracked and recorded. The control system is recalibrated when the virtual position and the actual position of the needle do not correspond. The device includes a sensor structured to detect characteristics of the current used to power the solenoid, and to identify an anomaly in solenoid current characteristics associated with an actuator member seating against the solenoid. The solenoid is placed in a calibration configuration and the identifiable anomaly is detected. When the identifiable anomaly is detected, the spray gun is returned to an initial configuration and the virtual needle position is reset. The virtual needle position and the actual needle position are then calibrated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Stolle Machinery Company, LLC
    Inventors: Neil A. Zumberger, Steven W. Holt
  • Patent number: 8793025
    Abstract: Control devices for use in decoder-based irrigation control systems, and related methods, are provided herein. In one implementation, an irrigation control device comprises decoder circuitry located within a first housing and having an electrical connection configured to couple the decoder circuitry to a control wire path of a decoder-based irrigation control system; a coil located within a second housing; a first wire electrically coupling the decoder circuitry to a first connection of the coil; and a second wire electrically coupling the decoder circuitry to a second connection of the coil. The coil is configured to develop an electromagnetic flux sufficient to cause actuation of a device controlling irrigation equipment in response to signaling from the decoder circuitry. The first housing, the second housing, the first wire and the second wire are non-separably and functionally connected together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Rain Bird Corporation
    Inventor: Michael A. Lorenz
  • Publication number: 20140202584
    Abstract: Disclosed is an improved analytical method that can be utilized by hydrogen filling stations for directly and accurately calculating the end-of-fill temperature in a hydrogen tank that, in turn, allows for improvements in the fill quantity while tending to reduce refueling time. The calculations involve calculation of a composite heat capacity value, MC, from a set of thermodynamic parameters drawn from both the tank system receiving the gas and the station supplying the gas. These thermodynamic parameters are utilized in a series of simple analytical equations to define a multi-step process by which target fill times, final temperatures and final pressures can be determined. The parameters can be communicated to the station directly from the vehicle or retrieved from a database accessible by the station. Because the method is based on direct measurements of actual thermodynamic conditions and quantified thermodynamic behavior, significantly improved tank filling results can be achieved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Steve Mathison
  • Patent number: 8776906
    Abstract: A wildfire prevention system is described. The system includes a data measurement station for measuring environmental factors relevant for determining the likelihood of a wildfire in a prescribed area, a control station configured to receive data measured by the data measurement station and to determine the likelihood of a wildfire by comparison of the data received with predetermined data values representing likelihood of a wildfire, the predetermined data values including data values for each of the environmental factors individually and in combination with other environmental factors, and a moisture induction system including a water reservoir, configured for induction of moisture in the prescribed area on activation by the control station on the determination of the likelihood of a wildfire in the prescribed area. A method of preventing a wildfire is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventor: Srirangapatnam A. Char
  • Patent number: 8770140
    Abstract: Marking information relating to use of a marking device to perform a marking operation may be acquired from one or more input devices, logged/stored in local memory of a marking device, formatted in various manners, processed and/or analyzed at the marking device itself, and/or transmitted to another device (e.g., a remote computer/server) for storage, processing and/or analysis. In one example, a marking device may include one or more environmental sensors and/or operational sensors, and the marking information may include environmental information and operational information derived from such sensors. Environmental and/or operational information may be used to control operation of the marking device, assess out-of-tolerance conditions in connection with use of the marking device, and/or provide alerts or other feedback. Additional enhancements are disclosed relating to improving the determination of a location (e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: CertusView Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Nielsen, Curtis Chambers, Jeffrey Farr
  • Patent number: 8761947
    Abstract: A system and method reduce lateral movement of a car in an elevator system by detecting vibration of the car as a vibration signal. A damping coefficient for a feedback signal is determined according to the vibration signal and a state of the elevator system. A semi-active actuator is arranged between the car and a roller guide assembly. The semi-active actuator includes a rheological fluid, and flow characteristics of the rheological fluid are actuated according to the feedback signal to reduce the lateral movement of the car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Yebin Wang
  • Publication number: 20140172179
    Abstract: A system for dispensing fuel may include a fuel dispenser and a server configured to communicate directly with a plurality of fuel dispensers that are remote from one another. The fuel dispenser may include a housing, a fuel dispensing apparatus mounted in the housing, a controller operatively coupled to the fuel dispensing apparatus, a nozzle operatively coupled to the fuel dispensing apparatus and the controller, and an interface operatively coupled to the controller and configured to receive information from the server. Responsive to information received from the server at the interface, the controller may selectively permit the dispensing of fuel through the nozzle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Shell Oil Company
    Inventors: Earl Joseph BAUDIN, JR., Dipesh Praful PATEL, Brian Hale RICHARDS
  • Patent number: 8755944
    Abstract: A module including a case; an electrical switching device configured to control power to a load; and a controller coupled to the electrical switching device. The electrical switching device and the controller are substantially encapsulated by the case. Functionality of the module can be exposed through a communication interface in the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Randall B. Elliott, Richard A. Leinen, Robert L. Hick, Kevin Parsons, Subramanian Muthu
  • Publication number: 20140163749
    Abstract: Provided is a process, including: receiving, via the network interface, from a remote user device, a command to change a state of the fluid-handling device to a target state; translating the received command into a translated command operative to cause a local controller of the fluid-handling device to drive the fluid-handling equipment to the target state, the local controller being responsive to the command and feedback from the fluid-handling device indicative of whether the fluid-handling device is in the target state; and sending the translated command to the local controller
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: AmpliSine Labs, LLC
    Inventor: Aaron Phillips
  • Patent number: 8747747
    Abstract: A reader for mechanical actuation of fluids within a test cartridge. The instrument interface including multiple independently-controlled plungers aligned to respective fluidic pouches on a test cartridge that is inserted into a testing apparatus embodying the instrument interface. The plungers include tips for applying mechanical force to the respective fluidic pouches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Abbott Point of Care Inc.
    Inventor: Seth Hunter
  • Patent number: 8744633
    Abstract: A liquid mixing station controlled by a computer to dispense predetermined amounts of liquid inputs based on parameters provided by an operator or program. Specifically, the invention is designed to accurately mix liquids and has an inner frame associated with a recipient tank, and an outer frame associated with the inner tank by load bars connected to the computer. The load bars signal the computer regarding weight change on the inner frame. Associated with the outer frame are minor input containers, each in fluid communication with a unique conduit and means to convey the fluid controlled by the computer. The parameters are used by a selected program and the CPU to provide appropriate ratio, sequence, and isolation of inputs. The station includes means for full removal and mix of all contents in a container, full removal of all contents from the recipient, and full clean-out of main conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Agtelligent, LLC.
    Inventors: Doug Applegate, Luke Applegate, Brent Applegate
  • Patent number: 8738188
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide irrigation controllers comprising: a housing; a control unit including a first microcontroller configured to execute irrigation programs and a first set of code; and a removable plug-in device that removably mates with a portion of the irrigation controller and communicationally couples to the first microcontroller, wherein the plug-in device comprises a memory storing a second set of code to replace at least a portion of the first set of code, wherein the plug-in device is configured to re-flash at least a portion of the first set of code allowing a copy of the second set of code to overwrite at least the portion of the first set of code; wherein the first set of code comprises a bootloader that writes the copy of the second set of code over the first set of code with the exception of the bootloader that is not written over.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Rain Bird Corporation
    Inventors: Harvey J. Nickerson, Russel Dean Leatherman, James R. Musselman, Andrew M. Nguyen, Nicholas N. Lapshov
  • Patent number: 8731717
    Abstract: Methods include one or more of robotically positioning a cutting element on an earth-boring tool, using a power-driven device to move a cutting element on an earth-boring tool, and robotically applying a bonding material for attaching a cutting element to an earth-boring tool. Robotic systems are used to robotically position a cutting element on an earth-boring tool. Systems for orienting a cutting element relative to a tool body include a power-driven device for moving a cutting element on or adjacent the tool body. Systems for positioning and orienting a cutting element on an earth-boring tool include such a power-driven device and a robot for carrying a cutting element. Systems for attaching a cutting element to an earth-boring tool include a robot carrying a torch for heating at least one of a cutting element, a tool body, and a bonding material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: David Keith Luce, Sean W. Wirth, Alan J. Massey, Crystal A. Parrot
  • Publication number: 20140127034
    Abstract: Embodiments of the systems and methods disclosed herein utilize a brushless DC motor (BLDCM) to drive a single-stage or a multi-stage pump in a pumping system for real time, smooth motion, and extremely precise and repeatable position control over fluid movements and dispense amounts, useful in semiconductor manufacturing. The BLDCM may employ a position sensor for real time position feedback to a processor executing a custom field-oriented control scheme. Embodiments of the invention can reduce heat generation without undesirably compromising the precise position control of the dispense pump by increasing and decreasing, via a custom control scheme, the operating frequency of the BLDCM according to the criticality of the underlying function(s). The control scheme can run the BLDCM at very low speeds while maintaining a constant velocity, which enables the pumping system to operate in a wide range of speeds with minimal variation, substantially increasing dispense performance and operation capabilities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: Entegris, Inc.
    Inventors: George Gonnella, James Cedrone, Iraj Gashgaee
  • Publication number: 20140129038
    Abstract: A crossover protection system including a product transport vehicle having a tank compartment for containing a liquid product, a fluid property sensor positioned to contact liquid product stored in the tank compartment, a system controller, and a valve coupled to the tank compartment. The valve regulates a flow of liquid product from the tank compartment and has a normally locked state. The system controller may compare a received transported liquid type signal from the fuel property sensor indicative of the type of liquid product in the tank compartment and compare the type of liquid product to a stored liquid product type. If the two types match, the crossover protection controller transitions the valve to an unlocked state to allow the liquid product to unload from the tank compartment. If the two types do not match, the crossover protection controller will disable the valve from transitioning to the unlocked state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: DELAWARE CAPITAL FORMATION, INC.
    Inventors: Scott A. Finnell, Steven D. Gramling, Mark William Dudley, Claude W. Mixon, Francis V. Stemporzewski, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140121846
    Abstract: An engine control system may be implemented with a multi-tier, or multi-layer software hierarchy, or modular algorithms (algorithm modules) to control injection events. In a first hierarchy, the program instructions may be executed to define time periods during which a series of fuel injections of an engine take place. In a second hierarchy, the program instructions may be executed to generate control commands during the defined time periods. In a third hierarchy, the program instructions may be executed to adapt the control commands to a specified injector type. Finally, in a fourth hierarchy, the program instructions may be executed to map the adapted control commands to physical hardware configured to perform the series of fuel injections. Execution of the program instructions may be carried out in any desired combination of software executed by one or more processing elements, implemented in an FPGA, and/or coded in hardware.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventor: Carroll G. Dase
  • Publication number: 20140106079
    Abstract: A system, including an electrostatic spray system, including an electrostatic tool configured to spray a material with an electrostatic charge, and a target with a surface finish greater than or equal to a number 4 mirror finish configured to receive a material sprayed by the electrostatic tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: Finishing Brands Holdings Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Andrew Myers, Payton Xavier Cozart
  • Publication number: 20140107849
    Abstract: A fuel supply system includes: a fuel supply facility capable of supplying fuel; an earth-moving machine capable of traveling toward the fuel supply facility; and a control apparatus that acquires execution permission information indicating whether or not fuel can be supplied to the earth-moving machine, and is capable of executing control based on the acquired execution permission information, wherein when the control apparatus determines that fuel cannot be supplied to the earth-moving machine based on the execution permission information at a time of supplying the fuel to the earth-moving machine, the control apparatus executes entry restriction control for restricting an entry to the fuel supply facility by the earth-moving machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventors: Masanori Tojima, Tsugio Sudou, Koji Takeda, Kouichi Yamashita
  • Patent number: 8695763
    Abstract: A smart machine tool lubrication system monitors the distance traveled by a motion component in a machine tool. A predetermined amount of lubricant is dispensed at a lubrication point of the motion component when the monitored distance exceeds a first threshold value. The smart machine tool lubrication system may further monitor the duration of time the motion component is in motion and dispense the predetermined amount of lubricant with the monitored duration of time exceeds a second threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Haas Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Gene F. Haas, Kurt P. Zierhut, Michael A. Teitel
  • Patent number: 8700253
    Abstract: A system is provided for collecting defect data of components in a passenger cabin of a vehicle that includes, but is not limited to a component identification device for identifying an affected component, and a malfunction selection device, connected to the component identification device, for selecting a malfunction of the identified component from a predefined quantity of component-specific malfunctions. The system includes, but is not limited to a locating device for acquiring a position of the affected component in the passenger cabin, with the aforesaid being connected to the component identification device. In this manner, by means of devices that are very simple to use, imprecise positioning information, component information and malfunction information can be avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventor: Daniel Fischer
  • Patent number: 8694168
    Abstract: A digital shower system contains a showering equipment including at least one first watering device and at least one second watering device; an input interface including a power key, a knob, an ok key, a return key, and a plurality of outlet switches; a valve unit including a motor, a mixing valve, and a number of outlet valves; a central process unit including a setting module, a time module, a memory module, a calculator module, and a water monitor module; and an indicator so that quantity of water use is known by the user to save water consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Globe Union Industrial Corp.
    Inventor: Jingyang Lin
  • Publication number: 20140088768
    Abstract: A spray drier monitoring and control system is provided for a spray drier device adapted to spray dry a liquid sample such as blood plasma. The system may receive information regarding an operator of the device, the liquid sample, a spray drier assembly used by the device for spray drying, and spray drying process parameters. The spray drier system may also conduct a plurality of checks to ensure that traceability and conformance with attendant quality/safety standards are maintained throughout the spray drying process. The information may be output by the system to a remote computing device (e.g., a blood center computing system) that tracks the sample history. Beneficially, the spray drier system allows information regarding spray drying to be easily integrated with the sample information for enhanced tracking and quality control of the sample.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventors: Michael Haley, Dennis Brian Hubbard, JR., Samira Johnson, Abdul Wahid Khan
  • Publication number: 20140088769
    Abstract: A control device for a powder spray coating device and a powder spray coating device are specified. With the aim of ensuring operational reliability during the coating operation of the powder spray coating device, while at the same time preserving the required coating efficiency, the solution according to the invention provides for the control device an assessment device, an enabling device and a first communication interface, the assessment device being designed for assessing on the basis of at least one code received from the powder spray coating device by means of the first communication interface whether or not reliable operation of the powder spray coating device is ensured and passing on the assessment result to the enabling device, the enabling device being designed in turn for enabling operation if the assessment result is positive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventors: Felix Mauchle, Marlo Vasella
  • Publication number: 20140058570
    Abstract: A system includes a vehicle control system, a friction modification unit, and a friction management module. The vehicle control system is configured to obtain a trip plan for the vehicle. The trip plan is based on one or more characteristics of a trip of the vehicle along a route in a transportation network, characteristics of the vehicle, or characteristics of the route along which the vehicle travels. The trip plan designates one or more tractive operations or braking operations. The friction modification unit is configured to modify a friction characteristic of a surface of the route as the vehicle travels on the route. The friction management module is configured to direct the friction modification unit to modify the friction characteristic of the surface of the route based on the trip plan.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventors: Ajith Kuttannair KUMAR, David Eldredge, Daniel Ballestry, Jared Klineman Cooper, christopher Rodney
  • Publication number: 20140046491
    Abstract: An application apparatus is configured for application of a coating agent onto a component part, for example, for application of a sealing agent onto a body component. The application apparatus may include an elongated part, that is rotatable about its longitudinal axis and has a nozzle head with at least one nozzle to discharge the coating agent, and one valve unit to control the supply of the coating agent to the at least one nozzle. In a disclosed embodiment, the valve unit is formed outside the nozzle head and arranged at least in sections along the elongated part in a direction of the nozzle head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: Durr Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Peter Hoffmann
  • Publication number: 20140046492
    Abstract: A computerized method and related apparatus for providing drug infusion values to an infusion pump. A computer database is provided containing a plurality of predetermined drugs, precalculated indication-specific treatment dosages and precalculated infusion rates based on the weight or weight range of a patient to be infused with the drug. An input device in communication with the computer database is provided for inputting the patient's weight, and the drug to be administered. An electronic display communicates with the computer database for displaying a coded image representing a drug infusion rate for the drug to be administered based on the patient's weight. A drug infusion pump is provided and adapted for accepting a digital data input representing a drug infusion rate to be administered to the patient automatically in real time and for adjusting the drug infusion rate to correspond to the digital data input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: EBroselow, LLC
    Inventor: James Broselow
  • Patent number: 8649908
    Abstract: Automatic adjustment of the control and operation of pool or spa equipment is made based upon a time of year, a geographic location, or both. A controller receives input of the time of year or the geographic location of the pool or spa equipment, or both. The controller then automatically adjusts one or more functions of the pool or spa equipment based upon operational information associated with the time of year and/or geographic location. A user interface connected with the controller may be also used to select a mode of operation, input time or geographic location information, and/or adjust various parameters affecting the automatic seasonal or geographic adjustment of the pool or spa equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Zodiac Pool Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: David B. Nibler, Edward Feten
  • Patent number: 8649942
    Abstract: An engine speed sensor determines engine speed data of an internal combustion engine for moving a material distribution vehicle. A ground speed sensor measures a ground speed of the material distribution vehicle. A data processor for controlling a dispensation system to distribute an agricultural input or material at a rate based on the measured ground speed and the engine speed data (e.g., sensed engine speed or change in engine speed) to anticipate a change in the ground speed of the material dispensation vehicle such that a lag in the rate of agricultural input delivered is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: Wade Steven Mitchell
  • Patent number: 8649910
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided to automatically determine plant water requirements and adjust irrigation in order to make efficient use of water. In one implementation an irrigation control unit comprises at least one input configured to be coupled to and receive signals from a temperature sensor, the signals corresponding to current values of temperature. The unit also includes a memory storing historical values of a plurality of variables and a processor coupled to the at least one input and the memory. The processor is configured to determine plant water requirements at least in part using the historical values of the plurality of variables and the current values of the temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Rain Bird Corporation
    Inventors: Harvey J. Nickerson, John R. German
  • Patent number: 8640644
    Abstract: A powder spraycoating method and powder spraycoating equipment. A dense phase powder pump is used. According to a predetermined conveying-air function in a control unit, different rates of compressed conveying air can be defined for different powder rates. In one predetermined total-air function in the control unit, the sum of total-air rate composed of the rate of compressed conveying air and of the rate of supplemental compressed air can be kept constant even if the rate of compressed conveying air changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Gema Switzerland GmbH
    Inventors: Felix Mauchle, Christian Marxer, Hanspeter Vieli
  • Patent number: 8644993
    Abstract: Integrated, stand-alone, multiple-purpose pump stands are provided for controlled pumping of different liquids from a stand-mounted tank to a downstream use location, e.g., a seed treating device. The pump stands are equipped with an operating assembly including a liquid tank, a powered pump, a liquid flow line equipped with a flow meter from the tank and pump to the use location, and a programmable digital control device. During operation, the control device serves to approach and maintain the flow rate from the pump stand at or about a desired setpoint flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: USC, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Timothy A. Craft, Daniel M. Tramp, Lynn E. Strahm
  • Patent number: 8623305
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method for controlling an injection device for feeding an ammonia-releasing reducing agent into an exhaust-gas purification system of an internal combustion engine for the purpose of reducing the nitrogen oxide emissions, wherein the exhaust-gas purification system comprises at least one SCR catalytic converter with n cells which are arranged in series in the exhaust-gas throughflow direction and in which ammonia can be stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Yasser Mohamed sayed Yacoub, Mario Balenovic, Jan Harmsen
  • Patent number: 8620481
    Abstract: The invention comprises devices and methods for providing operational power to a solar-powered irrigation control system. In one aspect, a method includes producing electrical energy from light, storing the electrical energy in a capacitive module, and operating an irrigation controller using the stored electrical energy independent of another power source. In another aspect, a device includes a control system comprising a computer having a programmed irrigation schedule which operates at least one irrigation device, a photovoltaic power module, and a capacitive module connected to said photovoltaic power module to store the electrical energy provided by the photovoltaic power module, where the capacitive module provides power for the control system to operate the at least one irrigation device independent of another power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Dig Corporation
    Inventors: Erik Holindrake, Mike O'Brien, David Levy, Craig E. Beal
  • Patent number: 8620478
    Abstract: There is provided an apparatus (1) and method for protecting a building (3) from pests or other nuisances in the vicinity of buildings. The apparatus (1) comprises a monitor (7) having the ability to acquire environmental condition information relating to environmental conditions in a vicinity of the building (3), and a treatment controller (9) which is capable of using the environmental condition information received from the monitor (7) to provide an amount of treatment agent which, for those environmental conditions, remains below a safety threshold for habitation of the building (3) and reduces a population of the pests. The present invention circumvents the need to evacuate inhabitants of the buildings before any treatment agent is administered to the ground lying therebeneath. Further, near-continuous protection and treatment of buildings is also possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Prestige Air-Technology Limited
    Inventor: Paul Ian Nichols
  • Patent number: 8620479
    Abstract: One aspect of the invention provides a lubricator device for dispensing a lubricant to a lubrication point of a machine. The device includes an electric dispensing mechanism including an electronic control circuit. The control circuit includes an RF receiver for receiving control signals, e.g. signals incorporating a lubrication schedule to be adopted by the control circuit, and an RF transmitter for transmitting operational signals incorporating an ID code of the device and at least one operational parameter of the device. Such at least one operational parameter may include one indicative of an amount of lubricant dispensed or one indicative of an error condition. Another aspect of the invention provides a lubrication system including a plurality of lubricator devices, as referred to, and a computer in communication with them for monitoring their operation via operational signals received from them and for controlling their operation via control signals transmitted to them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Inventor: Johan Hendrik Botha
  • Patent number: 8612063
    Abstract: An environmental control systems (ECS) for an aircraft in which bleed air is cooled with ram air, the ECS may include a ram air controller configured to control a rate of ram air flow responsively to a desired temperature of bleed air at a bleed air outlet and a bleed air controller configured to control a rate of bleed air flow responsively to a temperature lower than the desired temperature of the bleed air at the bleed air outlet. Collectively the two controllers may provide a minimizing of ram air usage for cooling the bleed air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Honeywell International, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrea Chor Ying Lau, Xiaomei Li
  • Patent number: 8610536
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for control of beverage dispensing. In one aspect, authorization data specifying that a beverage dispensing node is authorized to be activated are received. Activation data that request activation of the node are also received, where activation of the node causes a valve that controls flow of fluid to a beverage dispenser to be opened. A determination is made that the activation data are associated with a user identifier for an enabled user, where an enabled user is a user that has been enabled to activate the node. In response to receipt of the authorization data and the activation data a valve that controls flow of fluid to the beverage dispenser is opened. Data (e.g., de-authorization or de-activation data) specifying that an activated beverage dispensing apparatus be de-activated can also be received. In response to receipt of the data, the valve can be closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Table Tap, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Isaac Libby, Jeffrey Lin Portman, Jr., Andrew Hill Adams, Howard Lott Paulk
  • Patent number: 8607864
    Abstract: A method of determining when to stop pumping proppant during hydraulic fracturing in a wellbore is described. By accurately detecting tip screen-out with a bottom hole pressure gauge mounted to a perforating gun, the optimal amount of proppant can be supplied to a fracture while avoiding the risks associated with wellbore screen-out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Trevor Mcleod, Abbas Mahdi
  • Patent number: 8601977
    Abstract: An electronic spraycoating control device for implementing spraycoating methods includes at least one manually driven program selecting element for selecting programs from two different groups of programs. The electronic spraycoating control device further includes a plurality of manually driven parameter setting elements and display units to automatically display the adjusted parameter references values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: ITW Gema GmbH
    Inventors: Felix Mauchle, Christian Marxer
  • Patent number: 8606414
    Abstract: A controllable multiple-channel chemical transport bus providing routing and transport of 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, arid 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. The controllable multiple-channel chemical transport bus can be configured to support chemical flow durations short enough that the chemical flow at a first chemical flow port ends at a time before the chemical flow is first received at a second chemical flow port. At least one sensor detects the flow in an associated flow line, such that a controller uses at least one signal from the sensor to time fluid flow between the two flow ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Inventor: Lester F. Ludwig
  • Patent number: 8606396
    Abstract: A controller and method of controlling an integrated beverage blending system comprising: a controller for menu selection; an ice portion control module; an ingredient module; a dispensing apparatus in communication with the ice portion control module and the ingredient module, wherein the ice and the ingredient are dispensed into a beverage container via the dispensing apparatus; and at least one blender/mixer/cleaner module which blends and/or mixes the ice and the ingredient in the beverage container, thereby producing the beverage; wherein, upon removal of the beverage container from the blender/mixer/cleaner module, the blender/mixer/cleaner module initiates a cleaning mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Enodis Corporation
    Inventors: Jan Claesson, William E. Smith, Roberto Nevarez
  • Patent number: 8600569
    Abstract: An ET based irrigation system includes a stand alone irrigation controller with a seasonal adjust feature and a stand alone weather station including at least one environmental sensor. The ET based irrigation system further includes a stand alone ET unit operatively connected to the irrigation controller and the weather station. The ET unit includes programming configured to calculate an estimated ET value using a signal from the environmental sensor and to automatically modify a watering schedule of the irrigation controller through the seasonal adjust feature based on the estimated ET value to thereby conserve water while maintaining plant health.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Hunter Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter J. Woytowitz, Christopher M. Shearin
  • Publication number: 20130304265
    Abstract: Systems and methods for dispensing compositions, such as beverages, are provided. Beverage dispensers may be configured to receive one or more physiological parameters regarding a user, and in response, formulate at least one beverage recipe for dispensing. A beverage dispenser may wirelessly receive data from a biosensor. Environmental or biological data from the biosensor may be used to alter the recipe to another existing beverage or a custom beverage. Non-physiological data may also be considered. Exertion data may be calculated. The calculation of exertion data may receive inputs regarding at least one physiological parameter and/or non-physiological parameters to derive a second physiological parameter not being measured.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: Indrani Deo, Steven Jersey
  • Patent number: 8565925
    Abstract: A method for operating 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 injection system injects the fluid additive into the fluid dispensation system in response to the activation. The method further includes receiving a second control signal from the fluid additive injection system when the fluid additive quantity for the zone has been injected into the fluid dispensation system, and deactivating the fluid additive dispensation system in response to the second control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Virid Services LLC
    Inventor: Jon Lips
  • Patent number: 8565926
    Abstract: A dispensing device includes first and second actuators that actuate first and second containers, respectively, to dispense volatile material therefrom and a sensor for detecting an environmental condition. In a first period the first and second actuators are inactive, in a second period the first actuator actuates the first container at a first frequency to dispense volatile material therefrom, and in a third period the second actuator actuates the second container at a second frequency to dispense volatile material therefrom. If the sensor has detected the environmental condition, the first and/or second actuators actuate the first and/or second containers, respectively, during a fourth period at a third frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Tai P. Luc, Kenneth W. Michaels, Megan L. Polzin, Bhavesh Shah
  • Publication number: 20130268130
    Abstract: The invention relates to a filling station for a pressurized gas such as hydrogen or natural gas for refuelling a vehicle tank, wherein a storage tank (VT), a computer on the filling station side (PLC), which can open and close a discharge valve, a tank pipe between storage tank (VT) and vehicle tank to be filled and a communication connection (KV) to the vehicle are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventors: Robert Adler, Georg Siebert, Markus Mayer
  • Patent number: 8538591
    Abstract: A fuel management system and method that permits accurate accounting of fuel consumption within the context of a fuel consuming system is disclosed. The system/method may be broadly described as comprising a fuel level sensor, fuel level sensor transponder, fuel accounting system, and optional regulated fuel dispenser. The fuel level sensor accurately determines the contents of a fuel tank. This information is reported via fuel sensor transponder to a fuel accounting system that tracks the fuel consumption of the fuel consuming system and provides billing information based on the detected fuel consumption. This accounting information may be utilized within an optional regulated fuel dispenser to refill the fuel tank to an accurately predetermined fuel level for the next fuel management accounting cycle. While the present invention has many applications, one preferred embodiment targets fuel management within the context of rental/lease vehicles and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventor: Kevin Mark Klughart
  • Patent number: 8532831
    Abstract: An irrigation control device having a modulator that modulates data onto an alternating power signal by distorting amplitude of a first leading portion of selected cycles of the alternating power signal, and permit effectively a full amplitude of the alternating power signal on a following portion of the selected cycles, wherein the first leading portion and the following portion are either both on a high side of a cycle or both on a low side of a cycle of the alternating power signal. The irrigation control device further includes an interface configured to couple the modulator to a multi-wire interface coupled to a plurality of irrigation devices to permit the alternating power signal to be applied to the multi-wire interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Rain Bird Corporation
    Inventor: Timothy J. Crist
  • Patent number: 8523085
    Abstract: A method and system has been developed to individually control the flow of liquid products from any nozzle within a plurality of nozzles using pulse width modulated solenoid actuated valves. The method and system simultaneously controls multiple flow and shutoff related inputs including but not limited to turn radius, nozzle overlap, swath reduction, nozzle spacing, fence row rates, wheel track rates, etc. The method and system will also simultaneously accept one or more external inputs from commercially available application rate control devices where other rate and shutoff inputs may be used, for example, variable rates per boom section based on GIS maps or multiple in-field sensors along the boom. The method and system further incorporates the artificial manipulation of commercial rate controller inputs and outputs to facilitate these individual nozzle control features and benefits without compromising the overall system flow control performed by the commercial rate controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Capstan AG Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff Grimm, Kent Dieball, Duane Needham, Tyron Johnson, Marvin Stone