Dispensing Management (e.g., Spraying) Patents (Class 700/283)
  • Patent number: 8200368
    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 adapted to be coupled to and receive signals from a rainfall sensor and a temperature sensor, the signals corresponding to current values of an amount of rainfall and 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 adapted 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 and the amount of rainfall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Rain Bird Corporation
    Inventors: Harvey J. Nickerson, John R. German
  • Patent number: 8191795
    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 residing on a CAN communication network. The CAN communication network has been further developed to manage the high current requirements of the solenoid actuated valves, the large physical length and high number of nozzles used on modern agricultural application equipment and integration and retrofit requirements when used in conjunction with commercially available application rate control devices. 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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Capstan Ag Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff Grimm, Kent Dieball, Duane Needham, Tyron Johnson, Marvin Stone
  • Patent number: 8185248
    Abstract: Several embodiments provide wireless extensions to an irrigation controller system and related methods of use, as well as other improvements to irrigation control equipment. In one implementation, an irrigation control system includes a transmitter unit including a controller and having a connector to be coupled to an irrigation controller having station actuation output connectors. The controller is configured to receive an indication that the irrigation controller has activated an irrigation station, and is also configured to cause the transmitter unit to transmit a wireless activation signal responsive to the indication. A receiver unit is coupled to an actuator coupled to an actuatable device, such as an irrigation valve, the actuator configured to actuate the irrigation valve to control the flow of water therethrough. The receiver unit receives the wireless activation signal and in response, causes the actuator to actuate the actuatable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Rain Bird Corporation
    Inventors: Mark M. Ensworth, Barbara E. Booth, Dean C. Thornton, David G. Fern, Randall A. Hern, Malcolm N. Napier
  • Patent number: 8180497
    Abstract: Selective harvesting of a parcel of land by a harvesting machine including a motorised support structure on which are mounted a harvesting assembly adapted to deliver a harvested stream, at least two receptacles (1) for storage of the stream and a system for respectively feeding a receptacle (1) with the stream as a function of the location of the machine in the parcel. The parcel is divided into distinct geographical areas and each receptacle is dedicated to an area. The machine comprises upper conveyor means (3) for feeding the receptacles (1) along respective feed paths, a lower conveyor (6) and a device for guiding the harvested stream by opening and closing the feed paths and varying the conveying direction of the lower conveyor, as a function of the receptacle to be fed with the harvested stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: CNH America LLC
    Inventors: Jean-Paul Berthet, Thierry Le Briquer
  • Publication number: 20120109386
    Abstract: An appliance including a housing, a dispenser, and a water supply mechanism. The appliance includes a drink supply mechanism configured to removably hold a plurality of drink supply containers, a user interface panel, and a computer. The computer is configured to: cause the user interface panel to display a plurality of different images, each image associated with a different one of a plurality of different beverages which correspond to a drink supply in at least one of the plurality of drink supply containers held by the drink supply mechanism, enable the user interface panel to receive an input from a user of a selected one of the plurality of different displayed images, and after receiving the input from the user of the selected one of the plurality of different displayed images, cause the dispenser to dispense the beverage corresponding to the selected image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: BEVERAGE WORKS, INC.
    Inventor: Harry Lee Crisp, III
  • Patent number: 8170721
    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 a memory storing historical values of a plurality of variables used at least in part in calculating plant water requirements, and at least one input adapted to receive signals corresponding to current values of one or more of the plurality of variables. The unit also comprises a processor coupled to the at least one input and the memory, the processor adapted to determine the plant water requirements at least in part using, for each of the plurality of variables, a current value in the event the current value is available and at least in part using, for each of the plurality of variables, a stored historical value in the event the current value is not available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Rain Bird Corporation
    Inventor: Harvey J. Nickerson
  • Publication number: 20120072035
    Abstract: A dispensing device is provided for use in a dispensing operation. The dispensing device includes a hand-held housing, a memory to store processor-executable instructions, a processor coupled to the memory and disposed within or communicatively coupled to the hand-held housing, and a camera system mechanically and/or communicatively coupled to the dispensing device to provide image information to the processor. The image information relates to the dispensing operation. The dispensing device also includes a dispensing mechanism to control dispensing of the material. The material is not readily visible after the dispensing operation. The processor analyzes the image information to determine tracking information indicative of a motion or an orientation of the dispensing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Inventors: Steven Nielsen, Curtis Chambers, Jeffrey Farr
  • Patent number: 8121740
    Abstract: A soft PLC technology based computer-implemented method includes updating a system configuration incidence matrix for an electric power distribution system based on both a depth-first search of a connectivity matrix for the electric power distribution system and information about the electric power distribution system, wherein the information includes at least status information about one or more switches of the electric power distribution system. The method further includes detecting a fault in the system based on the incidence matrix. The method further includes generating isolation control logic based on the incidence matrix and isolating the fault based on isolation control logic. The method further includes generating restoration control logic based on a breadth-first search of the incidence matrix and restoring the system based on the restoration control logic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: ABB Research Ltd.
    Inventors: Fang Yang, James Stoupis, Vaibhav Donde
  • Patent number: 8119186
    Abstract: Droplets of a liquid are ejected through a plurality of nozzles to a plurality of coating regions on a substrate based on nozzle information including the ejection amount of a droplet of the liquid ejected through each nozzle. According to arrangement information for disposing the liquid, a plurality of droplet groups are disposed in each coating region while the plurality of nozzles and the substrate are scanned for relative movement. A calculation is performed according to the nozzle information and the arrangement information. Adjustment amount is calculated so that the assigned adjustment amounts vary from one droplet group to another. Driving signals, which drive selected nozzles, are set so that combinations of the driving signals give coating amounts that have taken the assigned adjustment amounts into account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Shinri Sakai
  • Publication number: 20120041605
    Abstract: A surface treating apparatus (10) includes a tank (100) containing a cleaning solution (102) supplied to a supply point (SP) via a fluid flow line (106) under control of a flow control module (108). A chemical pump (144) controls flow of a chemical supplied to the fluid flow line (106). A controller (130) controls the flow control module (108) to operate at an operating flow rate based on a level of the cleaning solution (102) sensed by a solution sensor (120). The controller (130) controls the chemical pump (144) to operate at a flow rate based on the operating flow rate so that the chemical is supplied to the supply point (SP) at a selected chemical dilution ratio. An agitating element (105) agitates the surface with scrubbing pressure which is adjusted by the controller (130). A spike button (168) is coupled to controller (130) and operable to momentarily increase the flow rate, chemical dilution ratio, and/or scrubbing pressure to remove unusually dirty spots.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2009
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Inventors: Donald J. Legatt, Nicholas J. Graupe
  • Patent number: 8117070
    Abstract: A fixed amount sales system adopted in a gasoline stand or the like for preventing operation efficiency reduction which is the case due to independent payments of fuel supply charge and option item amount is disclosed. In the fixed amount sales system, in which the amount of gasoline corresponding to balance amount as a difference of the money amounts of items desired to be bought by a customer among option items (or TBA items) from a preliminarily selected fixed amount is sold by weighing, thus making the giving and taking of small amounts of money and changes between the customer and the shop unnecessary. The fixed amount of money and option items as selected by the customer, are displayed on a menu 22 in the POS terminal 20 for selection by a touch operation of electronic buttons or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: NEC Infrontia Corporation
    Inventor: Masanori Fujimoto
  • Publication number: 20120035772
    Abstract: An oxygen content adjustment apparatus includes an oxygen content detector, a number of keys, a controller, an oxygen source, a first nozzle, a first valve, a flame retardant gas source, a second nozzle, and a second valve. The controller is connected to the oxygen content detector and the keys. A first terminal of the first valve is connected to the controller. A second terminal of the first valve is connected to the oxygen source. A third terminal of the first valve is connected to the first nozzle. A first terminal of the second valve is connected to the controller. A second terminal of the second valve is connected to the flame retardant gas source. A third terminal of the second valve is connected to the second nozzle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2010
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: TSUNG-HAN SU, CHUN-MING CHEN
  • Publication number: 20120029708
    Abstract: Some embodiments of an infusion pump system can include a controller device that communicates with a pump device, the pump device having a memory device. The controller device can be configured to record controller-related data, such as user profile data on the memory device of the pump device. This user profile data that is stored in the memory of the pump device can serves as a data backup system that permits the user to program a new controller device in a situation where the original controller device is lost or damaged. In addition or in the alternative, the controller device can be configured to receive controller-related data, such as software update programs or backup controller data, from the memory device of the pump device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Applicant: Asante Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Miller, John W. Sadler
  • Patent number: 8096198
    Abstract: An electronic metering apparatus for metering liquids with a drive with an electric motor, at least one displacer device with a displacer element, which is connected and/or connectable to the drive, an electric mode key and an electric parameter key for changeover between different menus, a pair of electric control keys, arranged next to each other, for navigation in the menus, setting of parameters and controlling the dislocation of the displacer element, wherein the two control keys control the navigation in the menus, the setting of parameters and the dislocation of the displacer element in different directions, an electronic display device for displaying menus and parameters, an electric control unit, which is connected to the electric motor, the electric mode key, the electric parameter key, the electric control keys and the electric display device, and which controls the display of menus and parameters by the display device as well as the dislocation of the displacer element corresponding to the actuati
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Eppendorf AG
    Inventor: Peter Molitor
  • Patent number: 8095242
    Abstract: A beverage maker for making a hot beverage includes a boiler for heating a quantity of water, and a pump. When the beverage maker is operated, a heating element of the boiler is activated, and the water inside the boiler is heated. When the temperature of the water has reached a predetermined value, a thermostat which is arranged in an electronics circuit for energizing the pump is closed, and a pumping action is started. As a result, water exits the boiler, and passes a thermostat which is arranged downstream of the boiler, and which is arranged in an electronics circuit for energizing the heating element. Under the influence of the hot water, a set point of this thermostat is reached, and this thermostat opens, so that the electronics circuit for energizing the heating element is interrupted, and the heating element is deactivated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventor: Peng Chau Quah
  • Publication number: 20110320049
    Abstract: Minimizing improper dosage of a drug admixture (including a single primary drug component and at least one second drug component). For each drug component in the drug admixture, receiving a name of the drug component along with its dosage unit, a maximum dose warning level and a maximum concentration warning level. Receiving a concentration for each of the single primary drug component and the at least one secondary drug component; and a dose setting of only the primary drug component. Automatically calculating a dose of each of the at least one secondary drug component. Generating an alert when: (i) the received dose setting of the primary drug component or calculated dose setting of the at least one secondary drug component exceeds the dose warning level; or (ii) the received concentration of the primary drug component or the at least one secondary drug component exceeds the concentration warning level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Applicant: Codman Neuro Sciences Sarl
    Inventors: Olivier Chossat, Timothy Flynn
  • Patent number: 8082066
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide systems and methods of controlling fluid dispense to ensure clean break off of fluid at the end of a dispense process and to reduce crystallization of fluid in the dispense nozzle. One embodiment of the present invention can include a controller that can, generate a flow control signal to cause a control valve to close according to a first close rate parameter for a first segment of the close range and to generate the flow control signal to cause the control valve to close according to a second close rate parameter for a second segment of the close range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Entegris, Inc.
    Inventors: Marc Laverdiere, Robert F McLoughlin
  • Publication number: 20110307107
    Abstract: This invention is intended to be a controller for controlling a sanitizing device such as an ozone generator. Microbial populations in waste enclosures such as trash cans, dumpsters, or port-o-potties can cause odor and sanitation issues. As ambient temperature varies by time-of-day or seasonally, the growth rates of the microbial population can vary significantly. This invention modulates the activity of the sanitizing device to apply sanitizing agent when it is needed most to reduce microbial population and/or odor inside a waste enclosure. By varying the amount of sanitizing agent as a function of ambient temperature, this invention minimizes the amount of sanitizing agent required. This also may be intended to reduce energy consumption of the sanitizing devise, allowing for smaller, more cost effective solar panels and/or batteries. It may also extend the lifetime of a sanitizing device by limiting the amount of time that it is active.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Inventors: Howard Jay Frantz, Michael Gideon Frantz, Elan Benjamin Frantz
  • Patent number: 8078329
    Abstract: A system for rejection of tablets produced in a rotary tablet press comprises pan ejection nozzle for sorting out defective tablets. The ejection nozzle is supplied with compressed gas through a supply line having an inlet end for connection with a source of compressed gas and an outlet end communicating with the ejection nozzle. The supply line is provided with a control valve controlled by a control unit in order to open the supply line when a defective tablet has been detected by the control unit. Furthermore, the supply line is provided with a sensor arranged between the control valve and the inlet end of the supply line and adapted to detect a variable indicative of a gas flow through the control valve in order for the control unit to generate an error signal in the case of malfunction of the control valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Courtoy NV
    Inventors: Jurgen Boeckx, Dirk Christiaens, Ivo Van Den Mooter
  • Publication number: 20110298583
    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: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Applicant: TABLE TAP, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Isaac Libby, Jeffrey Lin Portman, JR., Andrew Hill Adams, Howard Lott Paulk
  • Patent number: 8073572
    Abstract: An apparatus, method and computer program product for modifying a surface of a component is provided. In use, a surface of a component is translated relative to at least one jet for a period of time to form a plurality of features thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Tara Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Marc O. Schweitzer
  • Publication number: 20110295434
    Abstract: A dispensing device includes a controller and first and second actuators coupled to the controller and adapted to actuate first and second containers, respectively, to dispense volatile material therefrom. The device further includes a sensor coupled to the controller for detecting an environmental condition. The controller is configured to operate in a first period during which the first and second actuators are inactive, in a second period during which the first actuator is controlled to periodically actuate the first container at a first frequency to dispense volatile material therefrom, and in a third period during which the second actuator is controlled to periodically actuate the second container at a second frequency to dispense volatile material therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Inventors: Tai P. Luc, Kenneth W. Michaels, Megan L. Polzin, Bhavesh Shah
  • Publication number: 20110264284
    Abstract: A product dispenser for use with a container. The product dispenser may include a container motion detector to detect the container in motion, a graphical user interface, and a microprocessor. The microprocessor receives a plurality of data associated with the container in motion from the container motion detector and implements instructions that perform the steps of determining the motion of the container, enabling a user to interact with the graphical user interface, and allowing the user to rotate or move the container to select a product type from the graphical user interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Applicant: THE COCA-COLA COMPANY
    Inventors: Arthur G. Rudick, Louis Mattos, JR., Nilton Antonio Moreira Mattos, Qiuchen Peter Zhang, H. Brock Kolls
  • Publication number: 20110264285
    Abstract: A method for managing orders and dispensing products into a container. The method may include the steps of prompting a user selection of a product type at an order entry station, printing indicia on the container indicating at least the product type selected, reading the indicia at a product dispensing station, and dispensing the product type selected into the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Applicant: THE COCA-COLA COMPANY
    Inventors: Louis Mattos, JR., Qiuchen Peter Zhang, Nilton Antonio Moreira Mattos, Arthur G. Rudick, H. Brock Kolls
  • Publication number: 20110260828
    Abstract: A method of printing indicia on a container to control a product dispenser. The method may include the steps of printing indicia on the container, the indicia controlling access to dispense from the product dispenser, reading the indicia about the product dispenser, determining if the container is authorized to use the product dispenser, and allowing a user to dispense a selected product type into the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Applicant: THE COCA-COLA COMPANY
    Inventors: Qiuchen Peter Zhang, Nilton Antonio Moreira Mattos, Louis Mattos, JR., Arthur G. Rudick, H. Brock Kolls
  • Patent number: 8041463
    Abstract: A droplet actuator drive including a detection apparatus for sensing a property of a droplet on a droplet actuator; circuitry for controlling the detection apparatus electronically coupled to the detection apparatus; a droplet actuator cartridge connector arranged so that when a droplet actuator cartridge electronically is coupled thereto: the droplet actuator cartridge is aligned with the detection apparatus; and the detection apparatus can sense the property of the droplet on a droplet actuator; circuitry for controlling a droplet actuator coupled to the droplet actuator connector; and the droplet actuator circuitry may be coupled to a processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignees: Advanced Liquid Logic, Inc., Duke University
    Inventors: Michael G. Pollack, Philip Paik
  • Publication number: 20110245983
    Abstract: A network of fluid dispensers is disclosed where a Host controller may exchange information with local dispensers, and where local dispensers may exchange information with each other. The information may be dispensing processes, information regarding quality and reliability, problems and/or helpful information, and applications. The information may be exchanged in real time during fluid dispensing where any issues may be shared and resolved quickly even in remote locales. The applications may be developed at a local dispenser or at the Host and then shared throughout the network. The operating systems may include application software development tools, and the applications may include: monitoring deliver schedules and materials inventories; automatic issuing of purchase orders; training broadcasts; implementing industry standards for validation and approval.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Inventor: W. Scott Beebe
  • Publication number: 20110245984
    Abstract: A network of fluid dispenser systems is disclosed where a Host/Server is a virtual controller for a number of fluid dispensers systems. The virtual controller may exchange information with local dispenser systems, that incorporate virtual controlling functions. The information may be dispensing processes, information regarding quality and reliability, problems and/or helpful information, and applications. An application may include synchronizing multiple dispensing syringe assemblies. The information may be exchanged in real time during fluid dispensing where any issues may be shared and resolved quickly even in remote locales. Information may be distributed among the disparate locations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2010
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Inventor: W. Scott Beebe
  • Patent number: 8032258
    Abstract: A controllable multiple-channel chemical transport bus 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, and may 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. Techniques for limiting cross-contamination are provided. Sensors may be placed at various locations along bus line segments and may be used in the control of measured flows or in clearing and/or cleaning operations. Adaptations of Clos, Banyan, and other related multi-stage architectures in the flow topology may also be accomplished.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Inventor: Lester F. Ludwig
  • Publication number: 20110238225
    Abstract: A method and system is provided for automatically preparing transmission electron microscopy (TEM) samples for examination by depositing extremely small samples onto a grid without need for a blotting step. A sample liquid droplet is formed at the end of a capillary, wherein a portion of the liquid is transferred to the TEM sample grid by contact. The excess volume in the liquid droplet is then retracted by an adjacent capillary. After a predetermined time interval, the retraction capillary is moved toward the drop of the sample to remove the excess volume. As compared to a conventional machine, where the blotting procedure can deform the structure of the molecule of interest, the present invention utilizes a very low shear rate for removal of the excess sample fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Inventors: Anubhav Tripathi, Jinkee Lee, Arjit Bose
  • Patent number: 8024075
    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 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Inventor: Daniel Joseph Fekete
  • Patent number: 8014885
    Abstract: What is disclosed is a plurality of prepaints which are used in any combination to produce base paints and/or colored paints of varying end-use application characteristics. Additionally, a mobile paint factory for producing a plurality of lines of paints from a plurality of prepaints en route to and/or at various locations is disclosed, which may include a vehicle having a paint production system, a spectrometer and a gloss meter. Furthermore, a method of producing a plurality of lines of user-selected paints from a plurality of prepaints en route to and/or at various locations is disclosed. The method may include: providing a mobile paint factory; prompting a user to select a value for a paint attribute on a slider; and automatically dispensing predetermined amounts of appropriate prepaints. The method may also comprise storing information about the reflectance of produced paints in a local data storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Microblend Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall L. Hughes, Mel Sauder, David C. Philbrook, C. Daniel McClain
  • Publication number: 20110202187
    Abstract: In methods of and apparatus for managing lubrication of equipment, particulars of equipment requiring lubrication are stored on a computer-readable storage medium. The particulars include at least a desired frequency of scheduled lubrication. A computer provides from the stored particulars a report of scheduled lubrication due. The computer receives information of a specific lubrication having been carried out. The stored particulars are updated to include at least one of when the specific lubrication was carried out and when the specific lubrication is next due in accordance with the desired frequency. In other methods, the report is received, specific lubrication is carried out, and the information of a specific lubrication having been carried out is returned to the computer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Applicant: Bel-Ray Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Ian Bowmer
  • Publication number: 20110202186
    Abstract: A sprinkler controller in a poultry house having a processor, a data storage device operatively connected to the processor, the data storage device having instructions for programming the processor, and an input/output module operatively connected to the processor. The input/output module is configured to communicate with at least one valve for controlling a flow of fluid between a fluid source and at least one sprinkler nozzle. The at least one valve has an open position permitting the flow of fluid, and a closed position inhibiting the flow of fluid, and the position of the valve being determined by the processor. The processor is programmed to set the valve in the open position at a start of an activity promotion interval, and to set the valve in the closed position at the end of the activity promotion interval. The duration of the activity promotion interval is selected such that a sufficient amount of fluid is dispersed through the sprinkler nozzle to promote physical activity in the poultry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2010
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Applicant: Weeden Environments Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin S. WEEDEN
  • Patent number: 7991510
    Abstract: Systems and methods for liquid flow sensing and control for use with a variety of different types of liquid flow measurement and control systems. The liquid flow sensor system senses a flow signal indicative of the flow rate of the liquid flowing in a sensor conduit and analyzes the flow signal to determine, by detecting characteristic changes in the signal, whether a bubble is present in the sensor conduit. Where the system determines that a bubble is present, it may generate an alarm signal indicative of the presence of the bubble. A flow control system incorporating the flow sensor as a feedback source may respond to the detection of a bubble by temporarily freezing the flow control parameters until the bubble has exited the sensor conduit. The flow control system can implement procedures for clearing a bubble from the sensor conduit where the system detects that the bubble has become stuck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Brooks Instrument, LLC
    Inventors: Hao Duan, Aaron S. Tint, Christophe Ellec
  • Publication number: 20110184569
    Abstract: A viscous material noncontact jetting system has a jetting dispenser mounted for relative motion with respect to a surface. A control is operable to cause the jetting dispenser to jet a viscous material droplet that is applied to the surface as a viscous material dot. A device, such as a camera or weigh scale, is connected to the control and provides a feedback signal representing a size-related physical characteristic of the dot applied to the surface. The size-related physical characteristics of subsequently applied dots is controlled by heating and cooling, or adjusting a piston stroke in the jetting dispenser, in response to the size-related physical characteristic feedback. Dispensed material volume control and velocity offset compensation are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Applicant: NORDSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ron Abernathy, Alec J. Babiarz, Nicholas Anthony Barendt, Robert Ciardella, James Everett Cooper, JR., Kenneth S. Espenschied, Erik Fiske, Christopher L. Giusti, Patrick R. Jenkins, Alan Lewis, Raymond Andrew Merritt, Naoya Ian Nagano, Horatio Quinones, Thomas Ratledge, Joe Sherman, Floriana Suriawidjaja, Todd Weston
  • Publication number: 20110178645
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for combining multiple materials. The multiple materials may include both a major material and one or more minor materials. The major and minor materials are added at transient or steady state flow rates, depending upon a command from a control signal. The actual flow rates track the commanded flow rates, but deviate by an error. The claimed arrangement provides an instantaneous and time-based error believed to be unobtainable in the prior art.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Inventors: Jon Kevin McLaughlin, Roger Phillip Williams
  • Publication number: 20110172834
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for introducing a discrete, predetermined amount of material into soil at a plurality of predetermined points in the soil which includes a container for holding the material to be introduced into the soil, and tubing in fluid communication with the container at a first end thereof. At least one electrically controlled injector is provided in fluid communication with a second end of said tubing. Also, at least one shank is provided, which includes a base, and an injector mounting member attached to a surface of the base that is adapted for detachably mounting the electrically controlled injector onto the base. In addition, a controller is provided for activating the electrically controlled injector to introduce the material into the soil. Accordingly, enhanced control of the injection of the material into soil is achieved, and maintenance can be performed easily.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Applicant: Arysta LifeScience North America, LLC.
    Inventors: Michael A. Allan, Charles T. Schiller, Edward G. Salla, Frank V. Sances
  • Publication number: 20110160920
    Abstract: A systems and methods for delivering fluid to a site using a mobile fluid delivery machine are disclosed. The method includes determining a location of the mobile fluid delivery machine on the site, and determining a fluid delivery rate based on the location of the mobile fluid delivery machine using information related to the site. The method further includes delivering the fluid to a surface of the site at the location of the mobile fluid delivery machine, at the determined fluid delivery rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Inventors: David C. Orr, James D. Humphrey, Peter W. Anderton, Adam J. Gudat, Kenneth L. Stratton
  • Publication number: 20110160919
    Abstract: A system and method for delivering fluid to a site using a mobile fluid delivery machine are disclosed. The method includes determining a value of a parameter associated with the site using a sensor, and determining a fluid delivery rate based on the value of the site parameter. The method further includes delivering the fluid to a surface of the site at the location of the mobile fluid delivery machine, at the determined fluid delivery rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Inventors: David C. Orr, James D. Humphrey, Peter W. Anderton, Adam J. Gudat, Kenneth L. Stratton
  • Publication number: 20110153094
    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: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2009
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventor: Johan Hendrik Botha
  • Publication number: 20110147617
    Abstract: A solution for managing illumination of an organism with ultraviolet light is provided. A set of ultraviolet fluorescence characteristics of the organism can be determined using fluorescence data for the organism. The set of ultraviolet fluorescence characteristics can be used to determine a set of target properties of the ultraviolet light. The set of target properties can be used to illuminate the organism with ultraviolet light. The illumination can be managed during growth of the organism, breeding of the organism, and/or maintenance of the organism after harvest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventors: Michael Shur, Steven J. Britz
  • Patent number: 7957842
    Abstract: A method includes determining how to adjust one or more manipulated variables using at least one model. The one or more manipulated variables are associated with a supply of conditioned air for drying one or more objects. The method also includes generating one or more control signals to control one or more controlled variables associated with the supply of conditioned air. The one or more controlled variables include temperature, dewpoint, and/or humidity of the conditioned air. The one or more manipulated variables include a flow of heated material (like steam) used to condition the conditioned air. The one or more manipulated variables could also include a number of active units in a humidifier. Generating the one or more control signals could include accumulating adjustments associated with the humidifier and generating a control signal to alter the number of active units in the humidifier when the accumulated adjustments exceed a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Howard M. Boder, Sam Altschuler
  • Publication number: 20110130927
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a vehicle for distributing manure, whereby a slurry sensor (8) determines the contents of the slurry (G) to be distributed, and an evaluation device (10) compares the determined values with pre-defined contents data. The quantity of slurry (G) to be distributed per unit of surface area is then computed depending on this comparison result. An adjustable valve (6) controls a distributor device (7) by means of which the computed quantity of slurry (G) is distributed on the land in accordance with the comparison result.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2007
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Inventor: Sebastian Zunhammer
  • Publication number: 20110120706
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and instructions encoded in a computer-readable medium can perform operations related to refining information on characteristics of natural fractures of a subterranean formation. Fracture pattern models are generated based on sampling an initial distribution of values for a fracture parameter. Each fracture pattern model may include, for example, a model of natural fractures in a subterranean formation. Each fracture pattern model is compared to microseismic event data for a subterranean region. A refined distribution for the fracture parameter is generated based on the comparison. Generating the refined distribution may include, for example, selecting values of the fracture parameter from fracture pattern models that correlate with the microseismic event data. In some implementations, an injection treatment may be simulated and/or designed based on the refined distribution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: David P. Craig
  • Publication number: 20110125334
    Abstract: Systems and methods for dispensing beverages are provided. Aspects relate to obtaining measurements regarding dispensing an ingredient (including the dispensing conditions of the ingredient) and determining whether to adjust dispensing conditions of at least one other ingredient. In one embodiment, at least one ingredient of a recipe is not dispensed based upon a dispensing measurement. The adjustment of one or more ingredients may comprise the use of adjustable orifices, which do not require separate measurements of ingredients before dispensing, but rather may measure ingredients' parameters (including dispensing conditions) as they are dispensed. Certain embodiments relate to devices and methods that may determine if an ingredient is a non-Newtonian fluid, and if so, may be configured to conduct measurements on such fluids, including, for example, the strain stress and strain rate as the fluid passes within a conduit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Applicant: PEPSICO, INC.
    Inventors: Indrani Deo, Steven Jersey
  • Publication number: 20110123688
    Abstract: Systems and methods for dispensing beverages are provided. In accordance with various embodiments, beverage vendors may maintain the quality associated with a branded beverage while permitting consumers to enjoy the personalized beverages. In one embodiment, a user input may select a beverage formulation. The beverage formulation may be a commercially available branded beverage. A second user input may be received that is configured to modify a concentration of an ingredient of the selected beverage formulation. The ingredient may be a sweetener, such as a sugar. In response to the adjusting the ingredient, a concentration of at least one second ingredient may be automatically adjusted to form a recipe of a modified beverage formulation. In one embodiment, the user input adjusts a natural sugar and, in response, the carbon dioxide concentration is automatically adjusted. In another embodiment, carbon dioxide and another acid may be adjusted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Applicant: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: Indrani Deo, Steven Jersey
  • Publication number: 20110120702
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and instructions encoded in a computer-readable medium can perform operations related to generating probabilistic information on characteristics of natural fractures of a subterranean formation. Fitted fracture models are generated based on microseismic event data for a subterranean region. The fitted fracture models represent estimated locations of fractures in the subterranean region. A distribution of fracture parameter values is generated based on the fitted fracture models. The distribution includes fracture parameter values and a probability associated with each fracture parameter value. Generating the fitted fracture models may include, for example, fitting a plane, a line or another type of equation to the measured locations of microseismic events. In some implementations, an injection treatment may be simulated and/or designed based on the probability distribution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: David P. Craig
  • Publication number: 20110117291
    Abstract: In a template treatment of forming a film of a release agent on a treatment surface of a template, the treatment surface of the template is first cleaned. Thereafter, in a coating unit, the release agent is applied to the treatment surface of the template. The release agent on the template is then dried. Then, alcohol is applied to the release agent on the template to make the release agent adhere to the treatment surface of the template and to remove an unreacted portion of the release agent. Thereafter, the alcohol on the template is dried and removed. In this manner, a film of the release agent is formed in a predetermined film thickness on the treatment surface of the template.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Applicant: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Koukichi HIROSHIRO, Takanori Nishi, Takahiro Kitano, Shoichi Terada
  • Publication number: 20110112696
    Abstract: A medicinal fluid delivery device and methods for its use are provided. The device can include a command means and a dispensing unit that can include a reusable part and a disposable, reservoir part. Software can be included that facilitates pairing and communications between a command means and the dispensing unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2007
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Inventors: Ofer Yodfat, Ido Nir-Shafrir