Fluid Patents (Class 705/413)
  • Patent number: 10229451
    Abstract: A method for processing transaction information for a commodity object is provided. The method includes receiving a request for purchasing a commodity object and generating, based on the request, a transaction order. The transaction order may include transaction amount information, information about a first user selling the commodity object, and information about a second user purchasing the commodity object. The method may further include setting an amount of fund in a fund account of the second user to a frozen state, and after a preset time period, transferring the amount of fund to a fund account of the first user. After the amount of fund is set to the frozen state and before the amount of fund is transferred to the fund account of the first user, an income produced by the amount of fund may be calculated and transferred to the fund account of the second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING LIMITED
    Inventors: Xichun Liu, Baoyou Cheng, Xiangfei Huang, Wei Zhang, Zhenjie Wang, Haiquan Zhang, Junlin Zhu, Heng Li, Shisheng Liu, Zengguang Liu, Libin Sun, Zhen Yang, Yong Wu, Liwen Xie, Hongwei Zhao, Zhebin Tao
  • Patent number: 9949612
    Abstract: A dispensing apparatus for dispensing substances, such as cleaning, washing, or dishwashing agents, in household appliances such as washing machines, dishwashers, or the like, having a dispensing unit having control means to control dispensing of the substances, and a tank receptacle, a tank for stocking the substances, the tank being embodied as a replaceable unit connectable to the tank receptacle, at least one connection for data transmission between the dispensing unit and the tank, at least one connection for data transmission between the household appliance and the tank and/or the dispensing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
    Inventor: Rudolf Lonski
  • Patent number: 9608808
    Abstract: There is provided a mobile terminal for use in a system which includes a backend server having a first encryption key and an onboard unit (OBU). A first receiving unit receives, from the backend server, a base shared key encrypted with a second encryption key, the base shared key encrypted with the first encryption key, and a digital signature. A deriving unit decrypts the base shared key with the second encryption key and derives first authentication information based on the base shared key and a first temporary parameter. A second sending unit sends, to the OBU, the base shared key encrypted with the first encryption key, the digital signature, the first authentication information, identification information of the base shared key, and the first temporary parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Shingo Murakami, Takeshi Matsumura, Toshikane Oda, Shinta Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 9285614
    Abstract: A liquid crystal dispensing system includes a container to contain liquid crystal to be dispensed, a discharge pump to receive the liquid crystal from the container and to discharge the liquid crystal, a nozzle to dispense the liquid crystal discharged from the discharge pump onto a substrate, and a control unit to control a dispensing amount of liquid crystal discharged from the discharge pump and to compensate the dispensing amount when the dispensing amount of liquid crystal exceeds a limitation value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: LG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Joung-Ho Ryu, Soo-Min Kwak, Hae-Joon Son, Man-Ho An, Joon-Young Kim, Do-Hyun Ryu, Seung-Soo Lee
  • Patent number: 9258952
    Abstract: The present embodiments provide systems, processes and/or methods of controlling irrigation. In some embodiments, methods are provided that receive (4112) water usage information corresponding to a first volumetric water usage at a site location having an irrigation controller (130), wherein the first volumetric water usage corresponds to volumetric water usage from a beginning of a budget period of time to a first time within the budget period of time; determine (4114) automatically whether a volumetric water budget at the site location will be met for the budget period of time based on at least the first volumetric water usage, the volumetric water budget corresponding to a specified volume of water for use during the budget period of time; determine (4116) automatically, in the event the volumetric water budget will not be met, an adjustment to the irrigation by the irrigation controller; and output (4118) signaling to effect the adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Rain Bird Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan L. Walker, Harvey J. Nickerson, Blake Snider
  • Patent number: 9076139
    Abstract: An apparatus for the delivery of a product having a delivery outlet, a delivery control device, a remote command device, and a mobile communications device is disclosed. The delivery control device is connected to the remote command device via a communications network and is adapted to activate the delivery outlet when in receipt of an activation signal from the remote command device. The mobile communications device is connectable to the remote command device via a communications network. The remote command device is adapted to send the activation signal to the delivery control device when in receipt of an activation request signal from the mobile communications device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Micros Systems UK Limited
    Inventor: Paul Broome
  • Patent number: 9053503
    Abstract: A method and system for transmitting data between devices within a fueling environment comprising a wireless mesh network wherein the devices are configured to communicate via the wireless mesh network. A wireless communication device is connected to each device, and a middleware executed by the wireless communication device handles communications between the devices and the wireless mesh network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Gilbarco, S.r.l.
    Inventor: Giovanni Carapelli
  • Patent number: 8874475
    Abstract: Fueling transactions (and other types of transactions) may be verified for legitimacy and validity by recording audio, video and/or images of the transaction as it occurs. The recordings may then be indexed according to one or more transaction parameters such as a driver identifier, a vehicle or transportation unit identifier, an invoice number, a fueling station and the like. A carrier associated with a driver and/or vehicle or other transportation unit may specify which transactions are to be recorded. Accordingly, the fueling station may automatically determine whether to record a transaction upon receiving a transaction initiation request. Transaction recordings may be made based on transaction recordation parameters defined by a carrier and stored and indexed based on transaction storing parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Epona LLC
    Inventor: Ernest Blas Betancourt
  • Patent number: 8856228
    Abstract: A method includes, but is not limited to: obtaining status information about one or more physical attributes associated with one or more first physical entities and one or more second physical entities, the one or more physical attributes each being perceived by one or more humans as being capable of having one or more effects upon one or more physical environments, obtaining input information from at least one of the one or more humans through at least in part one or more social networking services, the input information associated with at least one of the one or more physical attributes, and determining assessment information comparing the one or more first physical entities with the one or more second physical entities based at least in part upon the status information and based at least in part upon the input information. In addition to the foregoing, other related method/system aspects are described in the claims, drawings, and text forming a part of the present disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Rob Bernard, Angel S. Calvo, Larry Cochrane, Jason Garms, Roderick A. Hyde, Royce A. Levien, Richard T. Lord, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, Jennifer Mame Pollard, John D. Rinaldo, Jr., Clarence T. Tegreene, Rene A. Vega, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Feng Zhao
  • Patent number: 8768851
    Abstract: Electronic messages may be processed using a stamp authority by receiving an electronic message, identifying a stamp associated the message, determining if the stamp is valid, and, if the stamp is determined to be valid, distinguishing the message from messages with which a valid stamp is not identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Barry Appelman
  • Patent number: 8719187
    Abstract: The invention refers to the technical field of the water supply measurement and control systems. The invention may be installed at the water connection of a user before or after a meter, and provides the necessary means and signals for the interconnection thereof. The system of the present invention comprises a Micro-controller device so the carried-out actions may be modified as per the water consumption market requirements, it further comprises a motorized valve which is connected at the user water connection. Each pulse transmitted from the meter is sensed by the System of the invention, updating a time window in a Real Time Clock, on which the updating of the volume permitted to a determined subscriber is registered. The volume consumed by the subscriber is compared with a stored reference at the memory of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventor: Fernando Milanes Garcia-Moreno
  • Patent number: 8719186
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for itemizing energy consumption to generate and present a utility consumption profile based on disaggregated historical utility consumption data is disclosed. The computer-implemented method comprises obtaining data indicating historical utility consumption of a dwelling over a time period. A non-seasonal portion of the historical utility consumption data is then determined by first computing an average utility consumption based on one or more predetermined intervals within the time period, and then computing the non-seasonal portion by applying the average to the time period. The non-seasonal portion is then subtracted from the historical utility consumption data to obtain a seasonal portion of the historical utility consumption data. The seasonal and/or non-seasonal portion may be further disaggregated by end-use methods, and presented to the user in the utility consumption profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Ennovationz Inc.
    Inventors: Martha Amram, Doug Sauder
  • 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: 8520811
    Abstract: The present invention enables users of a network service to register with the network as valued shoppers, thereby allowing them to receive specialized treatment when calling registered retailers. The present invention enables retailers to register with the network, thereby allowing them to set preferred service logic for handling valued customer calls by the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Marian Croak, Hossein Eslambolchi
  • Patent number: 8498920
    Abstract: A method and system to report the environmental benefits of consumers' purchases of alternative fuels. The system tracks and stores the purchases of customers from a vendor of alternative fuels. The system calculates the environmental savings that a customer generates by using alternative fuel in place of standard fuels. Environmental savings may be calculated in terms of various metrics, including reduced carbon emissions, gasoline not consumed, or other environmental benefits. The system provides a marketplace that allows consumers to receive the benefit of the calculated environmental savings by selling, trading, or retiring the generated savings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Propel Biofuels, Inc.
    Inventors: Rob Elam, Michael Kudriavtseff
  • Publication number: 20130179374
    Abstract: A system includes a custody transfer system configured to transfer a gas fuel from a gas supply to a gas turbine. The custody transfer system includes a plurality of small flow meters running in parallel with each other, each of the small flow meters configured to obtain a measurement of a portion of a flow rate of the gas fuel flowing through the custody transfer system. Further, the custody transfer system includes a large flow meter in series with the plurality of small flow meters, configured to obtain a measurement of a flow rate of the gas fuel flowing from the plurality of small flow meters. Additionally, the custody transfer system includes communications circuitry coupled to each of the small flow meters and the large flow meter, configured to provide metering metrics to a flow computer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: John Victor Hains, Brian Michael Gallagher
  • Publication number: 20130144811
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and method of computing a variable fuel price based on exhaust gas emission of a vehicle. In one embodiment, a system includes an onboard unit fitted in a vehicle for measuring amount of exhaust gas emissions by the vehicle and a remote server communicatively connected to the onboard unit for computing a discount or surcharge on a base fuel price based on the amount of exhaust gas emissions by the vehicle. The system also includes a fuel station communicatively coupled to the remote server for filling fuel in a fuel tank of the vehicle at the discounted or surcharge fuel price.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Inventors: Ajith Kumar Padmalayam Narayana Kurup, Shanmugasundaram Murugesan, Gurbrinder Singh Bindra
  • Publication number: 20130110744
    Abstract: A system for calculating a cost for printing is disclosed herein. A method for calculating the cost includes receiving a print job including print job characteristics and determining a printer classification for a printer. A controlled representative volume of ink to print the print job is determined, responsive to the print job characteristics and the printer classification. The controlled representative volume of ink is independent of a variation within the printer classification.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventors: Odhran Hendley, Eduardo Macias, William Jon Rittgers, Bryan Murphy, Michael Mulloy
  • Patent number: 8433471
    Abstract: A pre-filling vehicle data check method and system are disclosed herein. One example of the method includes receiving, at a financial institution, an authorization request from a filling station for initiating a filling event, where the authorization request includes a financial code. Via a computing device at the financial institution, the financial code is recognized as being associated with at least one of a vehicle identification number or a station identification associated with a vehicle, thereby identifying the vehicle. At least one parameter of the vehicle is identified via a computing device at a data center in selective communication with the vehicle and the financial institution, and an authorization or denial of the at least one filling event based at least upon the at least one parameter is transmitted from the computing device at the data center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Christensen, Michael D. Solomon, Carl J. Hering, Ryan M. Edwards
  • Patent number: 8429083
    Abstract: Electronic messages may be processed using a stamp authority by receiving an electronic message, identifying a stamp associated the message, determining if the stamp is valid, and, if the stamp is determined to be valid, distinguishing the message from messages with which a valid stamp is not identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Barry Appelman
  • Patent number: 8429095
    Abstract: A fluid delivery nozzle for wireless communication to either an active or a passive device located on a vehicle and for wireless communication from the fluid delivery nozzle to a central location for storage of vehicle data. Upon initiation of a fluid delivery transaction, a communication link is established between a vehicle communication device and the central location and between a fluid container of the vehicle and the fluid delivery nozzle. The information received from the vehicle and container is relayed to the central location to authorize delivery of a fluid to the vehicle. Information is also transferred from the central location back and forth to the fluid delivery nozzle to update and store information regarding the fluid delivery transaction. A keyboard and display are provided on the fluid delivery nozzle to provide an operator interface during the fluid delivery transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Inventor: Michael C. Ryan
  • Publication number: 20130066813
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of generating fuel price data for at least one fuel type of a plurality of fuel types, the method being implemented in a computer comprising a memory in communication with a processor. The method comprises receiving, as input to the processor, unassigned delivery capacity data, the unassigned delivery capacity data indicating delivery capacity available for any one of the plurality of fuel types, receiving, as input to the processor, assigned delivery capacity data, the assigned delivery capacity data indicating, for each fuel type of the plurality of fuel types, delivery capacity only available for the fuel type of the plurality of fuel types and processing, by the processor, the assigned delivery capacity data and the unassigned delivery capacity data to generate the fuel price data for the at least one fuel type.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Applicant: KNOWLEDGE SUPPORT SYSTEMS LTD
    Inventor: David McCaffrey
  • Publication number: 20120233095
    Abstract: A method for estimating a fluid volume in a subterranean area of the earth. The method includes performing a preliminary analysis on a first geological sample and placing the first geological sample inside a chamber. The method may then include monitoring pressure change over time data inside the chamber and crushing the first geological sample. After crushing the first geological sample, the method may estimate the fluid volume based on the pressure change over time data and the preliminary analysis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Inventor: Joseph M. Evensen
  • Patent number: 8185420
    Abstract: Approximating cycle times within a material flow network is disclosed. One embodiment includes assigning an approximate cycle time for completion of a part number PN within the material flow network by using a model that rounds the approximate cycle time to a nearest aggregate time period and adjusting the assigned approximate cycle time based on a mathematical function representing an aggregate accuracy of an aggregation of cycle times throughout the material flow network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Alfred Degbotse, Brian T. Denton, Robert J. Milne
  • Patent number: 8162210
    Abstract: A liquid and drink mix vending machine can vend both potable water and as an additional purchase option drink mixes (e.g., flavored drink mixes). The vending machine can include a liquid vending system and a drink mix vending system. The liquid vending system can vend different amounts of water, which can be delivered to a container provided by a user. The drink mix vending system can vend a variety of drink mixes, including drink mixes of different concentrations for a given quantity of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Glacier Water Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian McInerney, Justin Pigott
  • Publication number: 20110246396
    Abstract: Methods and systems for creating dynamic performance measures (DPMs) for an IBA manufacturing process. Included is a method for monitoring an Isobutyl Alcohol (IBA) recovery system that includes computing at least one of an amount of IBA recovered from the IBA recovery system and an amount of waste material produced from the IBA recovery system, and displaying at least one of the recovered IBA and the waste material produced based on time. The method also includes computing a cost saved based on a cost of virgin IBA and the amount of IBA recovered. Computing an amount of waste material includes measuring waste material flow, and computing a cost of waste material management based on the measured waste material flow and a cost per unit volume to dispose of waste material. The IBA recovery system can include an evaporation IBA recovery system and/or a distillation IBA recovery system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Inventor: Russell Barr
  • Patent number: 8019663
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, computer-readable medium and system are disclosed that provide for rebalancing/reallocating funds within a cash handling device. The cash handling device may include one or more stackers, cartridges, rollers, or the like. Service personnel may (manually) extract from the cash handling device an amount of cash. The cash handling device is configured to internally recount an amount of cash remaining within the cash handling device, thereby precluding of a need for service personnel to redeposit funds intended to remain in the cash handling device. Service personnel may also (manually) deposit into the cash handling device an amount of cash in order to replenish the cash handling device. One or more confirmations may be generated to indicate an amount of cash removed from and deposited into the cash handling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel C. Bohen, Amy Baker Folk
  • Patent number: 7970715
    Abstract: An electronic system for maintaining and controlling the use of water includes a control valve, an electronic water counter and a central computer connected to the water counter by wire, internet or wireless for opening and closing a control valve during pre-selected periods or in the event of excess usage. The system is also capable of providing water at an increased charge and subject to modification by a Smart Card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Inventor: Hamad S. H. Al-Harbi
  • Publication number: 20110137827
    Abstract: The efficiency of an irrigation system on a property is determined as a difference between the actual water usage at a property and the irrigation water need of the plant on the property. Data for the property are received including at least the location and irrigation area of the property. A reference evapotranspiration value for the property is determined using the solar radiation data derived from the location of the property. The irrigation water need of the property is then calculated from the reference evapotranspiration value and area. The irrigation water need is compared to the actual water use at the property to determined the efficiency of the irrigation system operating thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Inventors: Lex M. Mason, SR., Matthew E. Piper, Michael B. Bruner, Donald L. Cooper, William Savelle
  • Patent number: 7928852
    Abstract: The present invention generally provides methods and systems for managing a medical gas system by using wireless sensors located at the point of use. In one embodiment, a wireless sensor is fixed to a gas outlet, and is configured to measure gas flow, and to detect whether the gas outlet is connected to a medical device. The gas flow and connection data is included in a wireless signal that is transmitted to a remote server. The data received by the server may be analyzed to determine if any local or system leaks are occurring. In addition, the data may be used to monitor patient therapies, to calculate costs, and to determine replenishment points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: American Air Liquide, Inc.
    Inventors: Franck-Stephane Durtschi, Olivier J. Cadet
  • Publication number: 20110060700
    Abstract: The present invention generally provides methods and systems for managing a medical gas system by using wireless sensors located at the point of use. In one embodiment, a wireless sensor is fixed to a gas outlet, and is configured to measure gas flow, and to detect whether the gas outlet is connected to a medical device. The gas flow and connection data is included in a wireless signal that is transmitted to a remote server. The data received by the server may be analyzed to determine if any local or system leaks are occurring. In addition, the data may be used to monitor patient therapies, to calculate costs, and to determine replenishment points.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Inventors: Franck-Stephane Durtschi, Olivier J. Cadet
  • Publication number: 20110035063
    Abstract: This invention is a water consumption monitoring and control system comprised of a base unit, itself comprising a display and a data entry device, a microprocessor, a communication link to water meters, pressure sensors, temperature sensors, flush toilet vibration sensors and shut-off valves. In addition the base unit has access to the Internet and can access a server which holds a database of water conservation information. This database includes watering advisories from the local government, and weather information from the weather office. The server runs an algorithm and generates control data which is sent to the base unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    Inventor: Saju Anthony Palayur
  • Publication number: 20100250468
    Abstract: A system to form an actual sales value or actual delivery value for all components of a commingled hydrocarbon fluid stream using mass, volume and energy, to create a theoretical commingled hydrocarbon fluid stream molecular composition and present the information on individual components in the commingled hydrocarbon fluid stream instantaneously to a buyer and a seller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Applicant: SPL, INC.
    Inventors: William Joseph Theriot, Mark Reese Brown, Joseph Edward Landes, William J. Wild, Herman Reese Brown
  • Publication number: 20100228688
    Abstract: A chemical composition analyzer may be used to optically determine and report chemical compositions associated with gases within a gas collection and transmission infrastructure. This analyzer includes a number of optical sensors which may be used to perform spectroscopic spectrographic analysis in order to determine the chemical composition of the gas. Additionally other sensors may be used to measure other physical properties associated with the gas. These sensors are tied to a data collection system wherein the output of the optical sensors and sensors used to measure the physical properties of the gas may be combined and processed in order to determine in a nearly continuous fashion the chemical composition associated with the gas at various locations within the gas collection and transmission infrastructure. This real time compositional analysis may be used to determine valuations of the gas or to optimize other processes or equipment configurations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2009
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Inventors: Paul Little, Charles E. Miller
  • Publication number: 20100191674
    Abstract: The assessment of funds related to motor vehicles includes: receiving a vehicle identification for a motor vehicle from an identification system at a fuel station as part of a fueling transaction; obtaining vehicle information and a funds calculation method from a vehicle assessment database using the vehicle identification, where the funds calculation method comprises variables for the vehicle information; calculating funds to be collected during the fueling transaction using the vehicle information according to the funds calculation method; and determining a total cost of the fueling transaction, the total cost comprising the funds to be collected. Other types of funds or non-fund related functions may be taken into account, such as driver socio-economic data, insurance status data, license status data, fees and fines data, law enforcement data, and data collection for research, analysis, and planning, thus providing a tool for customizing the assessment of funds related to motor vehicles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2010
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Inventor: Kevin J. Condon
  • Patent number: 7734441
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and system for measuring and controlling an amount of flow and volume of liquid fluid and/or electrical energy consumed by an electro-pump. The method and system obtains a plurality of values for electrical parameters of the electro-pump including voltage value, currents value and active/reactive energy value; calculates the plurality values; and determines and controls the amount of instant flow and volume of said liquid fluid based on said calculated values. The system/method gathers these two measuring and controlling features (i.e. measuring and controlling the volume of liquid and amount of energy) in one casing, thereby, where applicable, provides a secure reference for policy making of both two parameters at the same time (e.g. for underground water resources).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Inventors: Mohsen Taravat, Amin Moazedi, Hossein Nazarboland Jahromi
  • Patent number: 7734252
    Abstract: A system and method for using a consumer wireless device in retail transactions utilizes a fixed communication device that functions as a base station for the consumer wireless device. The fixed communication device has a limited coverage zone. When a consumer wireless device comes within the coverage zone of the fixed communication device, the consumer wireless device selects the fixed communication device as the preferred base station and initiates a registration with that base station. The consumer wireless device is uniquely identified with ID data transmitted by the consumer wireless device to the fixed communication device. The unique identification is subsequently used in the process of completing a transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Eagle River Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Robert G. Mechaley, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7707125
    Abstract: Disclosed are a system and method for controlling a water supply system having at least one pump and at least one storage facility. Also disclosed are a system and method of establishing a pumping schedule for a water supply system having at least one pump and at least one storage facility. The systems and methods are adapted to minimize the economic cost associated with operating the pump(s) of the water supply system. Another aspect of the systems and methods includes meeting operational constraints of the water supply system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: ControlSoft, Inc.
    Inventor: Alireza Haji-Valizadeh
  • Publication number: 20100082312
    Abstract: The present invention provides novel techniques for controlling flow rates through parallel distribution paths of centrifuges and dryers using model predictive control. In particular, the present techniques are presented in the context of biofuel production, wherein control of whole stillage flow rates through parallel distribution paths of centrifuges and dryers may be optimized. However, the present techniques may also be applied to other suitable applications, such as the production of agricultural products, where parallel distribution paths of centrifuges and dryers may be used to separate solids from liquids as well as to remove water from the solids and liquids.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Applicant: ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Maina A. Macharia, Donald Melvin Maxwell, Srinivas Budaraju
  • Publication number: 20100049669
    Abstract: A fuel dispensing system which sets the price for fuel to be dispensed based on the mileage/fuel consumption history of a vehicle for which fuel is being purchased. A key is used both to enable vehicle operation and to transfer mileage data to the dispenser computer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2008
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Inventor: Ivonis MAZZAROLO
  • Patent number: 7647136
    Abstract: The present application is directed to an apparatus and method of managing transport of fluid commodities in a pipeline network. The method includes obtaining operational settings, which include equipment settings and measured parameters, associated with a pipeline network as a fluid commodity is transported through the pipeline network. From the operational settings, a recommendation is generated concurrently with the transport of the fluid commodity through the pipeline network to optimize at least one of the operational settings. The recommendation comprises revised equipment settings associated with equipment disposed along the pipeline network. The equipment settings in the recommendation may be based on empirical data from previous experience with the transport of fluid commodities through the pipeline network and/or based on theoretical data from modeling of the transport of the fluid commodity through the pipeline network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company
    Inventor: Keith C. McDowell
  • Publication number: 20090125457
    Abstract: A beverage distribution system is offered for the purpose of self-service beverage dispensing, capable of providing customers real-time feedback on beverage consumption levels. The system includes a network of control stations and patron stations which are in constant communication via a wired or wireless network. The system is capable of detecting low beverage levels in beverage containers when or before they occur and can inform wait staff of such events. Furthermore, wait staff is provided with the tools to perform intelligent control of the self-service consumption according to local laws as well as paying visits to patrons at the appropriate time resulting in a very efficient system. A novel valve control scheme is also offered that is energy efficient, that does not generate undesirable heat in the presence of cooled beverages. Also, a generic flow control for beverage distribution is presented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2007
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Inventors: FARIBORZ M. FARHAN, Jeffrey I. Libby
  • Publication number: 20090065570
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention can include systems and methods for dispensing consumable products. In one embodiment, a product dispenser is provided. The product dispenser can include a user interface operable to receive consumer inputs and to present product selection information. In addition, the product dispenser can include a reader configured to obtain identification information associated with a consumer. The product dispenser can include a controller in communication with the reader and user interface, and operable to execute a set of instructions to receive from the reader identification information associated with a consumer. The controller can also be operable to execute a set of instructions operable to retrieve consumer information based at least in part on the identification information, and provide product selection information at the user interface based at least in part on the consumer information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2008
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Applicant: THE COCA-COLA COMPANY
    Inventors: Dan Peters, Son V. Tran, David R. Newman, Leonard F. Antao, David O. Slagley, H. Brock Kolls
  • Publication number: 20080313013
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein provide a new way to generate estimated forward retail prices for a retail commodity within a geographic boundary that represents a target market; Using estimates for local retail prices, combined with knowledge of current and historical wholesale prices, embodiments disclosed herein enable the creation of a forward estimate of retail prices on fuels for a specific location, time period, and fuel grade. In some embodiment, the process of creating a forward estimate of retail prices on fuels comprises performing a predictive modeling utilizing wholesale gasoline prices, rack markup, retail markup, and taxes on a location, time period, and fuel grade basis. In some cases, the estimated forward retail prices thus generated can be used in a pricing model for price protection services for that retail commodity in that target market.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2008
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Applicant: Pricelock, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Fell, Scott Painter, Michael R. Bonsignore, Brian P. Reed, Gary A. Magnuson, Thomas D. Gros
  • Publication number: 20080249965
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for collecting and distributing environmental impact offset payments at the point of sale of a fuel. An exemplary method presents a user interface at a point of sale of a purchase of a fuel, receives via the user interface a user-selection indicating an intention of the user to pay an environmental impact offset fee associated with the purchase, presents a choice to the user of making a custom offset payment or of buying a fuel that has the offset fee included in the price of the fuel, and calculates a custom offset payment for the purchase. The custom offset payment can be based on such considerations as an energy equivalency of the fuel purchased, volume or weight of the fuel being purchased, fuel type, fuel grade, e.g.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Publication date: October 9, 2008
    Applicant: V2Green, Inc.
    Inventors: Seth B. Pollack, David L. Kaplan, Seth W. Bridges
  • Publication number: 20080168009
    Abstract: A business process where hydrogen-depleted carbon, a fuel byproduct, that is removed from pumped-ion, electrochemical engines, or a similar device derived therefrom, is used directly or indirectly to supply carbon that is used as a reactant in solar-powered, liquid-hydrocarbon-fuel synthesizers, or a similar device derived therefrom, the reuse of the recovered carbon thereby yielding a renewable supply of hydrocarbon-based fuel. The synthesized fuel produced by the solar-powered, liquid-hydrocarbon-fuel synthesizers is converted to useful work by the pumped-ion, electrochemical engines. Little to no carbon dioxide gas is exhausted into the atmosphere when solar energy is the sole source of process heat used by the synthesizer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2008
    Publication date: July 10, 2008
    Inventor: Robert Paul Johnson
  • Patent number: 7376495
    Abstract: A fueling agent operates a fueling agent client device for collecting and generating transaction data relating to a fueling transaction. The fueling agent client device transmits the transaction data to a fuel management server, for example, via a wireless communications link. The fuel management server stores the transaction data in a transaction record. The transaction data includes final fuel load data indicating an amount of fuel dispensed during the fueling transaction. Selected transaction data is retrieved from the transaction record and is delivered to a data communications system for transmission to a receiver. The receiver may be in the cockpit of an aircraft. An aircraft data communication system may be a digital data link system for transmitting data to and from the aircraft via VHF radio, such as ACARS. The fuel management server may communicate with an aircraft data communication system directly, or indirectly via an airline computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Assignee: Varec, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Coggins, Steven Jackson, Timothy Lee Archer, John Eric Simmons, Derek Blagg
  • Publication number: 20080041489
    Abstract: An oil supply apparatus includes an oil supply setup apparatus for setting the oil supply in order for clients himself or herself to carry out the oil supply operation; an oil supply mechanism for controlling the oil supply operation on the basis of the oil supply setup content set by the oil supply setup apparatus; and a change payer for settling the oil supply charge in cash due to setting of the oil supply by the oil supply mechanism in one main body case, a change payer has a bill processor for receiving a money by a bill and disbursing the cash when the change is needed of the bill and a coin processor for receiving the money by a coin and disbursing the cash when the change is needed of the coin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2006
    Publication date: February 21, 2008
    Inventor: Hiyoshi Tatsuno
  • Patent number: 7331389
    Abstract: Treating fluid production and subterranean formation treating methods as well as treating fluid compositions that reuse at least part of a prior treating fluid, particularly a fluid having one or more constituents that can be relinked. This includes conditioning a selected at least partially delinked flow-back fluid recovered from a first treating fluid pumped into a well, such that the conditioned selected at least partially delinked flow-back fluid provides a constituent for a second treating fluid. Also included are pricing considerations. A composition for a treating fluid includes a treating fluid residual recovered from a well, preferably a conditioned treating fluid residual. Examples of such compositions include fracturing fluids and gravel pack fluids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Lyle V Lehman, Will E. Haley, Jim Weaver, Billy Slabaugh
  • Patent number: 7162459
    Abstract: A weight estimating system for estimating the weight of a mailpiece and a postage metering system including such a weight estimating system. The weight estimating system includes a measuring system, a diverter mechanism and a microprocessor system. The measuring system includes a transport, a first plurality of detectors for measuring the dimensions of the mailpiece and a second plurality of detectors for measuring values of other characteristics of the mailpiece which are indicative of the presence of non-paper materials in the mailpiece as the mailpiece is transported. The microprocessor is responsive to the second detectors to determine if non-paper materials are included in the mailpiece and, if not, determines the volume from the dimensional measurements and estimates the weight as the product of the volume and a density for paper output an appropriate postage amount to the meter and the mailpiece to the printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: John E. Massucci, Robert A. Cordery, John P. Miller