Fluid Mixing Patents (Class 700/285)
  • Patent number: 10963828
    Abstract: Various embodiments described herein are generally directed to techniques for identifying the availability of an enterprise to provide products, for example, banking products and/or services. Embodiments may include using an availability manager informed by resource status data to determine if an enterprise facility is available to provide at least one product. In some embodiments, at least some data used to determine the availability of an enterprise facility may be collected from sensors and/or transducers associated with the enterprise facility. Various embodiments may include using a machine learning model to analyze enterprise resource availability to determine enterprise facility availability to provide products. In some aspects described herein, at least one record may be updated with resource status information, facility availability, available product set information, and/or estimated lead time information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy Phillips, Shevata Tula, Maxime Moise
  • Patent number: 10865997
    Abstract: A zone controller works with a modulating unit comprising memory storing an instruction set and data related to thermostats, a plurality of duty cycles for a plurality of zones, a plurality of time periods for the plurality of zones, and a maximum zone load. A processor is operative to provide a modulating signal to the modulating unit based on the maximum zone load. The modulating signal determines operation of the modulating boiler and the maximum zone load based on the plurality of duty cycles, time periods, and data related to thermostats. The zone controller may be further operative to: calculate a first duty cycle for the first zone based on a first time period; calculate a second duty cycle for the second zone based on a second time period; and determine a maximum zone load, which is a greater of the first duty cycle and the second duty cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: WATTS REGULATOR CO.
    Inventor: Micheal Keber
  • Patent number: 10690277
    Abstract: A radio frequency identification (RFID) smart inspection assurance cap, including a body having a through-bore, an outer surface, and an inner surface and, an RFID circuit including an RFID chip a first circuit lead connected to the RFID chip, and a second circuit lead connected to the RFID chip, the first circuit lead and the second circuit lead electrically disconnected from one another, deactivating the RFID chip wherein the RFID smart inspection assurance cap is operatively arranged on a fluid connector, the first circuit lead is arranged to contact the fluid connector, the second circuit lead is arranged to contact the fluid connector, wherein the RFID circuit is completed when the first circuit lead and the second circuit lead simultaneously contact the fluid connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Oetiker NY, Inc.
    Inventor: Bradley C. Fremont
  • Patent number: 10589269
    Abstract: A device for microfluidic transport includes a first fluid reservoir, a second fluid reservoir spaced from the first fluid reservoir, a main fluid channel communicated with the first fluid reservoir and the second fluid reservoir, an auxiliary fluid channel communicated with the main fluid channel, and a fluid actuator within the auxiliary fluid channel asymmetric to the main fluid channel such that operation of the fluidic actuator is to induce fluid flow in the main fluid channel from the first reservoir toward the second reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Alexander Govyadinov, Erik D Torniainen, Pavel Kornilovich
  • Patent number: 9981265
    Abstract: A microfluidic mixing device comprises a main channel and a number of secondary channels extending from a portion of the main channel and entering another portion of the main channel. A number of actuators are located in the secondary channels to pump fluids through the secondary channels. A microfluidic mixing system comprises a microfluidic mixing device. The microfluidic mixing device comprises a main fluid mixing channel, a number of main channel actuators to pump fluid through the main fluid mixing channel, a number of secondary channels fluidly coupled to the main fluid mixing channel, and a number of secondary channel actuators to pump fluids through the secondary channels. The microfluidic mixing device also comprises a fluid source, and a control device to provide fluids from the fluid source to the microfluidic mixing device and activate the main channel actuators and secondary channel actuators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventors: Alexander Govyadinov, Pavel Kornilovich, Erik D. Torniainen, David P. Markel
  • Patent number: 9450995
    Abstract: A wireless computer that pairs with a remote audio-video presentation device, such as a television. As a result of the pairing, a communication channel is established for the computer to transmit audio-video content for presentation through that device. Additionally, as part of the pairing, the computer and remote device select a side channel for communication of user commands. The wireless computer may display a user interface through which a user may input commands that control the manner in which the remote audio-video device presents the content. As a result, a user may use the wireless computer as a remote control for the audio-video device, controlling both the content presented and the manner in which it is presented. The side channel may use different frequencies than the channel used to communicate audio-video content, and may use very low power at frequencies in the digital TV spectrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Amer A. Hassan, Billy R. Anders, Jr., Kurt M. Hunter, Brian Larsen
  • Patent number: 9169975
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed for verifying the flow rate of gas through a mass flow controller, such as a mass flow controller used with a tool for semiconductor or solar cell fabrication. To verify the mass flow rate measured by the mass flow controller, gas passing through the mass flow controller is also passed through a mass flow meter. The measured flow rate through the mass flow controller is compared to the measured flow rate through the mass flow meter and any difference between the two measured flow rates is determined. Depending upon the magnitude of any difference, the flow of gas to the mass flow controller may be altered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: ASM IP Holding B.V.
    Inventors: Michael Christopher Sarin, Rafael Mendez, Gregory M. Bartlett, Eric Hill, Keith R. Lawson, Andy Rosser
  • Patent number: 9008848
    Abstract: A method for operating a fluid additive control system to inject a fluid additive into a fluid dispensation system is provided. The method includes receiving a first control signal indicating that a fluid dispensation device within the fluid dispensation system is active, and determining a fluid additive quantity based upon the identity of the fluid dispensation device. The method also includes activating a fluid additive injection system, where the fluid additive dispensation system injects the fluid additive into the fluid dispensation system in response to the activation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Virid Services, LLC
    Inventor: Jon Lips
  • Patent number: 8972037
    Abstract: A system and method for monitoring product through a batch manufacturing plant is provided. The system includes, a parallel flow mode when product flows concurrently from at least two units to a single unit; and a serial flow mode where product flows from one unit to another at a given time, wherein the batch manufacturing plant is modeled based on the parallel and serial flow modes. A lot association is built based on product flow and a parent/child record is created for lot association. The system also includes a data collection system that collects phase information for every unit and a procedure identifier is used to create a batch identifier, where a batch identifier is associated with each lot on each unit through which product is flowing to and/or from at a given time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Vigilistics, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles J Scalfani, Donald L Gaudino, Craig A Nelson, Steven C McCormick, Therese M Sonnenfeld, Todd A Soutar
  • Patent number: 8838278
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a system for controlling the production of a mixture of constituents, especially a mixture with premix dead volumes. By correcting the matrices for calculating the mixture constituents, used in calculating recipes, by introducing limit, order relationship and equality constraints, it is possible to avoid the drifts observed in certain special cases by the implementation of the method and to improve, on the one hand, the diagnostic assistance and the control of the estimation of the properties so as to limit the deviations from the actual quality of the constituents of the mixture and, on the other hand, the speed of manufacture of the mixture and the robustness of the method. The method and the system according to the invention ensure multivariable regulation feedback by a dynamic observer providing an estimate in real time of the properties of the constituents of the mixture, said estimate being sufficient to guarantee the effectiveness of the feedback loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Total Raffinage Marketing
    Inventors: Nicolas Petit, Yann Creff, Mériam Chebre
  • Patent number: 8798799
    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: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: Indrani Deo, Steven Jersey
  • Patent number: 8768524
    Abstract: A beverage dispenser receives a fluid container at an installation position and includes a data reader configured to scan product indicia on an installed container. Based on data from that scan data, a controller operates a pump and a valve to mix beverage concentrate from the installed container with a diluent that corresponds to the desired beverage. The controller mixes the concentrate and diluent at a ratio that is based on the scan data. The controller may also select the correct diluent based on the scan data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: PEPSICO, Inc.
    Inventors: Marcus Hammonds, Fernando Ubidia, John F. Lewis
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8695618
    Abstract: Methods of controllably creating three-dimensional (3D) combined-flow-interface patterns in multi-lane fluidic devices, and systems, apparatuses and software therefor. In one example, the 3D-pattern is created and varied as a function of one or more of the geometry of the inlets to a main fluidic channel in which the 3D-pattern is formed, the Reynolds number of the flows, the dimensions of the main fluidic channel and the inlets, and the spacing of adjacent inlets. In one embodiment particularly disclosed, differing 3D combined-flow-interface patterns are created using a three-lane fluidic device having a fixed inlet geometry. In another embodiment particularly disclosed, differing 3D combined-flow-interface patterns are created using a five-lane fluidic device having a fixed inlet geometry that can be used to effectively mimic variable inlet geometries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Carnegie Mellon University
    Inventors: Yong Tae Kim, William C. Messner, Philip R. LeDuc
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8615329
    Abstract: A control system is disclosed for regulating the flow of a liquid from a liquid provider through a liquid distribution system. The distribution system has a major liquid distribution channel connected to a plurality of minor liquid distribution channels providing the liquid to a multiplicity of users. A plurality of controllable user valves are interposed in the multiplicity of user channels. A liquid monitor senses a liquid flow characteristic within the liquid distribution channel. A user control changes selective controllable user valves for restoring a desired liquid flow characteristic within the liquid distribution channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Water Optimizer LLC
    Inventor: Thomas M. O'Connor
  • Patent number: 8600565
    Abstract: A control system for controlling augers that includes a data input unit and a processing unit. The processing unit receives data input from the data input unit and generates and distributes output signals that are derived from the data input. Each of the output signals includes a control setting for at least a first auger. The control setting includes a position for the first auger relative to a position of a second auger in order to gain greater control during a variety of processing stages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Kuhn North America, Inc.
    Inventor: William Bassett
  • 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: 8568016
    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: September 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Microblend Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall L. Hughes, Mel Sauder, David C. Philbrook, C. Daniel McClain
  • 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: 8565928
    Abstract: A system and method of operating an energy data management and control system has a first communication network to transmit and receive data to and from a user interface, a second communication network to transmit and receive data to and from a Utility company, and a third communication network to access data from and provide data to accessories within a home. The system reformats the data from any of the first, second and third communication networks for communication with another of the first, second and third communication networks, wherein at least one of the communication networks operate on a protocol different from another one of the communications networks. The data defines various operations of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Natarajan Venkatakrishnan, Michael Francis Finch, Robert Marten Bultman, Timothy Dale Worthington, David C. Bingham, Jeff Donald Drake, William Anthony Watts, Kevin Farrelly Nolan, Cathy Diane Emery, Henry Kobraei
  • Patent number: 8532832
    Abstract: In a temperature control system using a controlled mix of high temperature pressurized gas and a cooled vapor/liquid flow of the same medium to cool a thermal load to a target temperature in a high energy environment, particular advantages are obtained in precision and efficiency by passing at least a substantial percentage of the cooled vapor/liquid flow through the thermal load directly, and thereafter mixing the output with a portion of the pressurized gas flow. This “post load mixing” approach increases the thermal transfer coefficient, improves control and facilities target temperature change. Ad added mixing between the cooled expanded flow and a lesser flow of pressurized gas also is used prior to the input to the thermal load. A further feature, termed a remote “Line Box”, enables transport of the separate flows of the two phase medium through a substantial spacing from pressurizing and condensing units without undesired liquefaction in the transport lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: BE Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth W. Cowans, William W. Cowans, Glenn Zubillaga
  • Patent number: 8515587
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining an operation mode of a device, wherein the device is capable of adjusting a physical condition at a source position to correspondingly influence a physical condition at a destination position, the apparatus comprising a determining unit adapted for determining the operation mode by defining a time dependency of the physical condition at the source position so that a target time-dependency of the physical condition is obtained for the destination position, the target time-dependency representing a resultant variation of the physical condition over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Agilent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Klaus Witt, Herbert Anderer, Alwin Ritzmann, Dominik Ruf
  • Patent number: 8509937
    Abstract: Disclosed is a processing apparatus to restrain load of a common usage system shared by a plurality of liquid processing modules. A processing module group includes k sets of share groups comprising a plurality of processing modules to perform an identical processing for each substrate (where, k?2), each set of share groups includes n processing modules (where, n?2), and each processing module includes the common usage system shared by n processing modules in each set and having a maximum capacity capable of processing m processing modules (where m?n). A carrying mechanism repeatedly loads a substrate one by one to the processing module of each set in sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventor: Kouji Takuma
  • Patent number: 8504211
    Abstract: An input dispenser/recorder controlled by a computer to dispense a predetermined amount of input or mixture of inputs based on parameters provided by an operator. Specifically, the invention has an inner frame and outer frame associated by load bars connected to the computer. The load bars signal the computer regarding weight change on the inner frame. Associated with the inner frame is at least one major input container having an opening over a conveyor and a valve therebetween controlled by the computer. Associated with the outer frame are minor input containers, each in fluid communication with the conveyor and a flow meter controlled by the computer. The conveyor may be a flighted auger, a belt, or pump and conduit and is also controlled by the computer. The parameters provided by the operator are used by a selected program and the CPU to control the amount and ratio of inputs, speed of conveyor, and mixture thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Inventors: Doug Applegate, Luke Applegate, Brent Applegate
  • Patent number: 8490829
    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: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: Indrani Deo, Steven Jersey
  • Patent number: 8464741
    Abstract: A method of supplying and controlling the flow of a process gas to a process chamber. The method includes initiating a known flow rate of a process gas to a process chamber, dividing the known flow rate of the process gas into a first flow of the process gas at a first flow rate and a second flow of the process gas at a second flow rate, measuring a first pressure associated with the first flow of the process gas, measuring a second pressure associated with the second flow of the process gas, and controlling the first flow rate and the second flow rate according to a target flow condition by adjusting a first conductance of the first flow of the process gas and a second conductance of the second flow of the process gas and monitoring the first pressure and the second pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventor: Stefan Sawusch
  • Patent number: 8400309
    Abstract: A system and method of monitoring compliance with a hygiene protocol is disclosed. The movement of person within or otherwise associated with a facility may be tracked and hygiene requirements may be imposed based on the movement. In monitoring hygiene compliance, a number of hygiene levels may be defined that are associated with difference hygiene requirements. A hygiene level may be associated with an individual and that level may be raised or lowered based on hygiene related activity associated with the individual. An individual's hygiene level and/or his compliance with multi-level hygiene requirements may be tracked through the use of monitored hygiene stations and/or location tracking stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Resurgent Health & Medical, LLC
    Inventors: James Glenn, Paul R. Barnhill, Timothy Prodanovich, Thomas M. Johannsen, Stephan Jerome Heim, Douglas W. Swartz
  • Patent number: 8395704
    Abstract: A visual display panel (1) comprising: a front face (3); an array of optical display elements, a plurality of fluid flow conduits, each conduit extending through the panel from an aperture on the front face; and a manifold (32) in fluid communication with one or more of the plurality of fluid flow conduits, the manifold having one or more manifold inlets (38) fluidly coupled to a fluid pump (33) for displacing fluid through the conduits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Emile Johannes Karel Verstegen, Dirkjan Bernhard Van Dam
  • Patent number: 8392029
    Abstract: An odor blender is provided in which a number of component odor gases may be increased without increasing the number of carrier gas containers while ensuring a single odor gas concentration is not reduced. The odor blender includes N odor containers, M less than N) carrier gas containers, a blend line leading to a blend part for blending the odor gases, a bypass line for discharging odor gases, and solenoid valves for switching the containers between the blend line and the bypass line. A computer sets the number of odor containers connected to the blend line at the same time to M or less, connects the same number of carrier gas containers to the bypass line as the number of odor containers connected to the blend line, and controls timing of connection of odor containers to the blend line based on a predetermined mixing ratio of the component odor gases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Tokyo Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Takamichi Nakamoto, Hai Dinh Minh Pham
  • Patent number: 8344896
    Abstract: The invention concerns a process for detecting scale deposit in the liquid supply means of a water pump driven machine comprising at least a water tank, a pump and a heating means, where water is pumped from the water tank and fed to the heating means, and where the pump is energized by a controller by providing the pump with an energizing signal to provide an intended water flow rate F, wherein the actual water flow rate f is measured and the discrepancy ? between the actual water flow rate f and the intended water flow rate F is directly and/or indirectly compared to an operating instruction related to scale deposit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventor: Matthieu Ozanne
  • Publication number: 20120330468
    Abstract: Device for supplying water with temperature and flow adjustment and related usage methods. Temperature and flow adjustment device of the type comprising a cold-water inlet and a hot-water inlet each provided with solenoid valves that are adjustable by the user using means for selecting the flow rate and temperature of the water mixed to be supplied and a control unit to adjust the flow rates of cold water and hot water supplied by the respective inlets, in which the device also comprises a mixer connected downstream of said solenoid valves and a mixed-water output characterized in that the inlets of said mixer coming from said solenoid valves face one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2011
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Applicant: Zeyron Technologies, S.L.
    Inventor: Daniel Lopez Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 8340827
    Abstract: A method for establishing a mass flow controller (MFC) control scheme, which is configured for reducing a time scale for gas delivery into a processing chamber, for a recipe is provided. The method includes identifying a set of delayed gas species utilized during execution of the recipe with a set of delivery time slower than a target delivery time scale. The method also includes establishing an initial overshoot strength and an initial overshoot duration for each gas specie of the set of delayed gas species. The method further includes establishing MFC control scheme by adjusting an MFC hardware for each gas specie during the execution of the recipe. Adjusting the MFC hardware includes applying the initial overshoot strength for the initial overshoot duration to determine if the MFC control scheme provides for each gas specie a pressure profile within a target accuracy of an equilibrium pressure for the processing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Gunsu Yun, Iqbal A. Shareef, Kurt Jorgensen, Robert Charatan
  • Patent number: 8335593
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide apparatuses and methods for intelligently monitoring and managing, from a centralized location, one or more power-using systems. For example, in one embodiment of the invention, a current sensor is installed at each heating or cooling system at a facility to measure the electricity used by each heating or cooling system. A current sensor is also installed at each facility to measure the total amount of electricity used by the facility. The current measurements are monitored in real time or near real time to monitor operation of the heating and cooling systems at the facility. In some embodiments, temperature sensors and other sensors are installed for each heating and cooling system and are also used to monitor operation of the heating and cooling systems. In some embodiments, controllers are also installed for each heating and cooling system to permit control of each system at a remote central control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Derek Mallough Johnson, Nickolas Gerhard Friedrich, Russell Dean Warner
  • Patent number: 8311678
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for adjusting concrete rheology requiring only that load size and target rheology value be selected initially rather than requiring inputs into and consultation of a lookup table of parameters such as water and hydration levels, mix components, temperature, humidity, aggregate components, and others. Dosage of particular rheology-modifying agent or combination of rheology-modifying agents is calculated based on a percentage of a nominal dose calculated with reference to a nominal dose response (“NDR”) curve or profile. The NDR profile is based on a correlation between a rheology value (e.g., slump, slump flow, yield stress) and the rheology-modifying agent(s) dose required to change rheology value by one unit (e.g., slump change from 2 to 3 inches) such that exemplary methods can employ corrective dosing based on the NDR and the measured deviation by the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Verifi LLC
    Inventors: Eric Koehler, Mark F. Roberts, Roy J. Cooley, Steve Verdino
  • Patent number: 8294585
    Abstract: A complete hand hygiene station and method of monitoring a complete hand hygiene station are provided. The complete hand hygiene station may include at least an automated wash cylinder or chamber, a sanitizer dispenser and a lotion dispenser. The wash chamber and/or the sanitizer dispenser may be used to provide a user with a hand washing. The lotion dispenser may be used to moisturize a user's hands after the usage of the sanitizer dispenser. The complete hand hygiene station may be monitored to ensure compliance with one or more hygiene protocols. A particular hygiene protocol may specify hygiene requirements such as daily hygiene station usage, lotion usage subsequent to sanitizer usage, and/or mandatory wash chamber use subsequent to a predetermined number of lotion usages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Resurgent Health & Medical, LLC
    Inventor: Paul R. Barnhill
  • Patent number: 8290632
    Abstract: A method for controlling the influx of fluids into a multizone well in which each inflow zone is provided with an inflow control device, comprises: assessing the flux of oil, gas, water and other effluents from the well; monitoring production variables, including ICD position and/or fluid pressure in each inflow zone upstream of each ICD and/or downstream of each ICD; sequentially adjusting the position of each of the ICDs and assessing the flux of crude oil, natural gas and/or other well effluents; monitoring production variables; deriving a zonal production estimation model for each inflow zone of the well; and adjusting each ICD to control the influx of crude oil, natural gas and/or other effluents into each inflow zone on the basis of data derived from the zonal production estimation model for each inflow zone of the well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Shell Oil Company
    Inventors: Jan Jozef Maria Briers, Keat-Choon Goh, Christophe Lauwerys, Peter Stefaan Lutgard Van Overschee, Henk Nico Jan Poulisse
  • Publication number: 20120203038
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for in-line processes of blending butane into gasoline streams, and for blending butane into a gasoline stream at any point along a petroleum pipeline. The invention additionally provides a method for measuring the vapor pressure and vapor to liquid ratio of the gasoline, both upstream and downstream of the blending operation, as well as the sulfur content of the butane entering the blending operation. The blending operation can be controlled to ensure that the blended gasoline meets EPA requirements for vapor pressure and sulfur content of gasoline. The invention further provides a method for accessing and monitoring the operation off-site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Applicant: SUNOCO PARTNERS BUTANE BLENDING LLC
    Inventors: Larry D. Mattingly, Steven M. Vanderbur
  • Patent number: 8219254
    Abstract: A combined water management and communication system for a water provider wirelessly communicating with selected ones of the multiplicity of user wireless transceiver for changing water distribution to selective ones of the multiplicity of independent users upon an undesired water flow characteristic within the water distribution channels. The multiplicity of user wireless transceivers communicating with proximate user wireless transceivers for forming a network for communicating information to a third party wireless transceiver unrelated to liquid flow. The invention is also incorporated into a remote controlled solar operated wireless irrigation valve. The invention is further incorporated into an improved water management irrigation system incorporating an adaptive weather based controller that is adjusted by a weather based sensor base controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Water Optimizer LLC.
    Inventor: Thomas M. O'Connor
  • Patent number: 8195312
    Abstract: One embodiment of the invention comprises a mass flow controller comprising a digital controller, a valve, and a sensor. The digital controller is adapted to implement a control loop having a proportional signal modifier in series with an integral signal modifier. The integral signal modifier is adapted to receive a combination signal and output an integrated signal. The valve is adapted to receive the integrated signal and adjust a valve opening in accordance with the integrated signal. The sensor is adapted to output a measured flow rate signal indicative of an actual fluid flow rate in the mass flow controller. The measured flow rate signal is received by the proportional signal modifier and used in conjunction with a setpoint signal to determine the error signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Hitachi Metals, Ltd
    Inventors: Alexei V. Smirnov, Michael Lynn Westra, Demitri Widener
  • Publication number: 20120136492
    Abstract: A microfluidic arrangement including a fluid channel configured to receive a first fluid from a first inlet and a second fluid from a second inlet, and a mixer connected to the fluid channel, the mixer including a mixer channel configured to receive a volume of the first fluid and a volume of the second fluid from the fluid channel, the mixer channel defining a mixer capacity, wherein the mixer is (i) configured to mix the volume of the first fluid and the volume of the second fluid in order to provide a mixture of the first fluid and the second fluid when the combined volume of the first fluid and the second fluid is less than the mixer capacity, and (ii) further configured to mix the volume of the first fluid and the volume of the second fluid in order to provide a mixture of the first fluid and the second fluid when the combined volume of the first fluid and the second fluid is equal to the mixer capacity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2010
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Inventors: Ahmed Mohamed Eid Amin, Han-Sheng Chuang, Steven T. Wereley, Mithuna Shamabhat Thottethodi, Terani Nadadoor Vijaykumar, Stephen C. Jacobson
  • Publication number: 20120095605
    Abstract: An appliance includes a memory storage location storing a flag indicative of a predicted demand-response (DR) period; and a controller coupled to the flag to autonomously place the appliance in an energy shedding mode during the predicted DR period. Additionally, a method is disclosed to fabricate a building structure includes depositing a phase change material (PCM) on a surface exposed to a conditioned air flow; and forming air channels on the PCM to increase thermal contact between the PCM and the conditioned air flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2011
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Inventor: Bao Q. Tran
  • Patent number: 8160751
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods to mitigate the pressure disturbance associated with the injection of low-pressure analyte samples into a high-pressure HPLC fluid stream, to enhance chromatographic performance related to retention time and reproducibility. The preferred embodiment coordinates the injection run with active pressure control of a binary solvent delivery system to virtually eliminate the customary pressure drop when the low-pressure loop is brought on line. An additional benefit that enhances reproducibility is accomplished by forcing a consistent timing relationship between the injection run, the mechanical position of the delivery pump pistons, and the start and subsequent gradient delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Waters Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Stanley P. Pensak, Jr., John Heden, Steven J. Ciavarini, John Lamoureux, Miguel Soares
  • Publication number: 20120065759
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for determining a mixing regime for use in the preparation of an animal feed in which a main computer is programmed to store a master list of ingredients which are available to farmers and from which a farmer can select a specific set of ingredients for the preparation of animal feed. The main computer is programmed to store the ingredients in a look-up table cross-referenced with standard mixing periods to which the respective ingredients should be subjected during the mixing regime to produce an animal feed. Additionally, the look-up table contains mixing factors by which the standard mixing periods may be altered in order to take account of non-standard conditions, such as variations of the ingredients, the proportion of the particular ingredient, the average size or weight of the animals and the mixing apparatus and condition thereof in which the animal feed is to be mixed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Applicant: SALFORD ENGINEERING LIMITED
    Inventors: Hugh McNab Kerr, John Joseph McCurdy, Jerôme Jean-Yves Eon, Seth Daniel Wareing, Timothy John Penfare
  • Publication number: 20120041608
    Abstract: A control system for controlling a refrigeration system having an operating point, comprising: a memory configured to store a relationship of at least an evaporator efficiency, an evaporator heat load, a refrigerant amount in the evaporator, and a variable dependent on a non-volatile liquid mixed with refrigerant in the evaporator an input port configured to receive a signal corresponding to at least a measured evaporator heat load during operation; an output port configured to present an output to selectively alter an operating point of the evaporator, by altering the refrigerant amount in the evaporator and thereby changing the variable; and a processor, configured to receive the signal, access the memory; and generate the output to selectively move toward an optimum operating point. A corresponding method and refrigeration system are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Inventors: Kevin Zugibe, Riyaz Papar
  • Patent number: 8104948
    Abstract: A processing liquid mixing apparatus and method capable of maintaining a mixing ratio of the processing liquid produced in a mixing tank constant, a substrate processing apparatus including the processing liquid mixing apparatus, and a storage medium storing a program for controlling the processing liquid mixing apparatus are disclosed. Discharge valves are first open and supply valves are close to discharge stock solutions to an outside through the discharge valves. After all flow rates of the stock solutions detected by LFC reach a predetermined flow rate, the discharge valves are close and the supply valves are open to supply the stock solutions to the second mixing tank through the supply valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventor: Keigo Satake
  • Patent number: 8103366
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for installing a foam proportioning system into existing fire fighting equipment is provided. The method can include installing a foam proportioning library into a first application of a processor of the existing fire fighting equipment and installing a foam proportioning support into a second application of a display of the existing fire fighting equipment. The method can also include connecting a foam proportioner to the processor, receiving user inputs with the display, and processing the user inputs with the second application and the foam proportioning support. The method can further include transmitting the user inputs to the processor and operating the foam proportioner in response to the user inputs with the first application and the foam proportioning library.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Sta-Rite Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Gamble, Harold McCabe
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20110313557
    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: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Applicant: MICROBLEND TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Randall L. Hughes, Mel Sauder, David C. Philbrook, C. Daniel McClain
  • Publication number: 20110301768
    Abstract: A beverage dispenser receives a fluid container at an installation position and includes a data reader configured to scan product indicia on an installed container. Based on data from that scan data, a controller operates a pump and a valve to mix beverage concentrate from the installed container with a diluent that corresponds to the desired beverage. The controller mixes the concentrate and diluent at a ratio that is based on the scan data. The controller may also select the correct diluent based on the scan data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Applicant: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: Marcus Hammonds, Fernando Ubidia, John F. Lewis