Weight Patents (Class 705/414)
  • Patent number: 9898775
    Abstract: Provided are a method and system for providing information by using a store terminal. A method performed by a mobile terminal to receive information about goods, the method may include storing a first list of goods from a store; receiving, from the store terminal, a second list of goods confirmed by a store terminal; and displaying goods included in the stored first list and goods included in the second list. The goods listed on the second list may be confirmed by the store terminal to be contained in a shopping cart of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jae-woo Ko, Hee-won Jung
  • Patent number: 8969743
    Abstract: A dynamic scale has multiple weighing units, each equipped with a weighing cell and a weighing pan, the weighing pan lying in an upper plane and the weighing cell between a lower plane spaced from the upper plane in the direction of gravity. A transport device has a motor encoder and sensors, with the encoder and sensors being electrically connected with the inputs of a control unit. The multiple weighing units are serially adjacent in a transport path, with simultaneous cascaded arrangement of the weighing cells in the direction of gravity. The control unit simultaneously starts the weighing processes in all weighing cells in a dynamic weighing mode and controls a transport motor depending on signals of the sensors and the encoder and controls the dynamic scale depending on signals from the weighing cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Francotyp-Postalia GmbH
    Inventors: Uwe Huebler, Axel Kieser, Torsten Schlaaff
  • Publication number: 20150032667
    Abstract: A self-contained assay facility housed in a fixed-wing or rotary wing aircraft that is completely equipped to melt and assay precious metals, particularly gold and silver. An induction furnace melts the metal that is then poured into an ingot. The ingot is weighed and analyzed using an XRF alloy analyzer and the percentage of gold and/or other metals recorded. The value of the gold at current market prices is calculated and the assay and the value of the ingot is printed and given to the seller. The seller may opt to receive the ingot and pay the assayer an assay fee. Alternately, the seller may ask to be paid in cash, in bullion, by wire transfer, or by an open hedge. A transfer or hedge is initiated and confirmed from the assay facility. The ingots are securely stored in a safe within the assay facility.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Chris M. Noyes
  • Patent number: 8805092
    Abstract: A store system includes a reading unit that includes an image acquiring unit and an image output unit, and a sales registration apparatus that includes a similar image detection unit and a sales registration unit. The image acquiring unit acquires an image that is captured by an image capturing unit. The image output unit outputs the acquired image. The similar image detection unit detects an image of a product that is similar to at least a portion of the output image by referencing product management information in which information relating to sales registration of a product and an image of the product are associated for each product. The sales registration unit registers sales of a product based on information relating to the sales registration associated with the image of the detected product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Satoshi Wakebe
  • 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: 8674243
    Abstract: The disclosure describes a novel approach of utilizing a collection bin for a side loading waste collection vehicle. The collection bin includes a weighing system with a processor for measuring the weight of material collected from each waste container and associating this weight with appropriate data, such as the owner of the waste container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: The Curotto-Can, LLC
    Inventor: John Michael Curotto
  • Patent number: 8530762
    Abstract: A flatbed weigh system and methods for weighing substantially flat articles such as mail flats while they are moving. A weigh system has an intake plate (2102) and an accelerator assembly (2100) that receives an article (2150) and accelerates it to a selected velocity. Acceleration is controlled by a servo motor (2112) which in turn is driven by a precision closed-loop servo system (FIG. 12) that accumulates motor torque data to determine the article weight. The accelerator assembly uses vacuum pressure (2130, 2132) to hold the moving article in engagement with a cylindrical capstan roller (2110) while it is being weighed. This vacuum-driven concept eliminates the need for a pinch roller to hold the moving article against a capstan roller as in other designs. Because the pinch roller is eliminated, there is essentially no “bouncing” to address, so dampen is obviated. Further, the vacuum design is not adversely affected by variations in thickness of the article under test as in the pinch roller designs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: RAF Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Bryan J. Turner
  • Patent number: 8533119
    Abstract: A value transfer system and methods are disclosed. A sending entity may initiate a cross-border value transfer by authenticating with an authentication system, where the authentication system communicates with an identity database populated with profiles for the sending entity and a recipient entity that contain government data, where the government data is used in the authentication process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Visa International Service Association
    Inventors: Amer Pasha, Amyn Laasi, Elena Gladkaya, Bharatkumar Patel, Sachin Bountra
  • Patent number: 8503795
    Abstract: A store system includes a reading unit that includes an image acquiring unit and an image output unit, and a sales registration apparatus that includes a similar image detection unit and a sales registration unit. The image acquiring unit acquires an image that is captured by an image capturing unit. The image output unit outputs the acquired image. The similar image detection unit detects an image of a product that is similar to at least a portion of the output image by referencing product management information in which information relating to sales registration of a product and an image of the product are associated for each product. The sales registration unit registers sales of a product based on information relating to the sales registration associated with the image of the detected product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Satoshi Wakebe
  • Patent number: 8481870
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for weighing an article, such as a mail piece, while the article is moving at high speed, for example along a transport of a sorter machine. An article (900) is received from an intake transport (1200), and gripped in a weighing station (1310), in between a capstan roller and a pinch roller (1316), which are synchronized to minimize slipping. A first precision servo system (1252, 1250) alters the speed of the article, and in the process acquires torque data for storage and analysis (1212, 1282). A second precision servo system (1260,1330) applies a constant force, via a tension arm (1320), urging the pinch roller (1316) against the capstan roller, independently of the thickness of the mail piece. Active electronic damping (FIG. 19) preferably is applied in the second servo system minimize vibration of the tension arm, but only while gripping the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: RAF Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Bryan Turner
  • Patent number: 8441365
    Abstract: Various embodiments disclosed herein are directed to weight monitoring systems for recovering, processing, monitoring, and managing various commodities or products stored in a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: MJK Holding, LLC
    Inventors: David H. Jones, Douglas A. Kunnel
  • Patent number: 8427318
    Abstract: A solution for tracking the carbon footprint value of an object as the object is manufactured and/or transported. This value may be stored in a tag associated with the object. Thus, the object can track its own carbon footprint, e.g., using the tag. Alternatively, the values are stored in a database with an entry associated with a particular object. The final composite value, e.g., the sum of the intermediate values associated with manufacturing steps, components, transportation steps, and disposal, may be used, e.g., seen, by the consumer or retail store. The store may use such values to arrange objects by footprint value on a shelf or in a store, or for other purposes. Therefore, the disclosure enables manufactures of products to track the carbon footprint for their products as the products are being produced and transported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Rick A. Hamilton, II, Paul A. Moskowitz, Brian M. O'Connell, Clifford A. Pickover, Keith R. Walker
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130031029
    Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatus, and computer program products are provided for estimating taxes. In one embodiment, the location of a vehicle can be monitored by a variety of computing entities. By using the vehicle's location, it can be determined when the vehicle enters and/or exits defined geofences. After a determination that the vehicle has entered or exited a defined geofenced area, telematics data can be collected and used to estimate taxes, such as road use taxes and fuel use taxes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Applicant: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: MARK J. DAVIDSON
  • Patent number: 8330059
    Abstract: The disclosure describes a novel approach of utilizing a collection bin for a front loading waste collection vehicle. The collection bin includes a weighing system with a processor for measuring the weights of material collected from each waste container and associating this weight with appropriate data, such as the owner of the waste container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: The Curotto-Can, Inc.
    Inventor: John Michael Curotto
  • Patent number: 8304668
    Abstract: A food product scale is adapted to interface with an electronic product ordering system, such as a kiosk ordering system, enabling store personnel to more readily identify, process and complete such orders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Premark FEG L.L.C.
    Inventors: Harry W. Collins, Debra L. Dyer
  • Publication number: 20120268273
    Abstract: Various embodiments disclosed herein are directed to weight monitoring systems for recovering, processing, monitoring, and managing various commodities or products stored in a container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Applicant: MJK Holding, LLC
    Inventors: David H. Jones, Douglas A. Kunnel, Robert J. Megdal, Michael Kenney, Brent Huckey, David Velasquez
  • Patent number: 8203459
    Abstract: Various embodiments disclosed herein are directed to weight monitoring systems for recovering, processing, monitoring, and managing various commodities or products stored in a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: MJK Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: David H. Jones, Douglas A. Kunnel, Robert J. Megdal, Michael Kenney, Brent Huckey, David Velasquez
  • Patent number: 8129635
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for weighing an article, such as a mail piece, while the article is moving at high speed. An article (900) is received from an intake transport (1200), and gripped in a weighing station (1310), in between a capstan roller and a pinch roller (1316), which are synchronized to minimize slipping. A first precision servo system (1252, 1250) alters the speed of the article, and in the process acquires torque data for storage and analysis (1212, 1282). A second precision servo system (1260, 1330) applies a constant force, via a tension arm (1320), urging the pinch roller (1316) against the capstan roller, independently of the thickness of the mail piece. Fourier analysis can conveniently be applied for analyzing the acquired current data and comparing to stored calibration data to determine weight. Weight is determined without regard to the actual speed of the moving article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: RAF Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Bryan Turner
  • Patent number: 8106315
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for weighing an article, such as a mail piece, while the article is moving at high speed. An article (900) is received from an intake transport (1200), and gripped in a weighing station (1310), in between a capstan roller and a pinch roller (1316), which are synchronized to minimize slipping. A first precision servo system (1252, 1250) alters the speed of the article, and in the process acquires torque data for storage and analysis (1212, 1282). A second precision servo system (1260,1330) applies a constant force, via a tension arm (1320), urging the pinch roller (1316) against the capstan roller, independently of the thickness of the mail piece. Fourier analysis can conveniently be applied for analyzing the acquired current data and comparing to stored calibration data to determine weight. Weight is determined without regard to the actual speed of the moving article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: RAF Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Bryan Turner
  • Patent number: 8099256
    Abstract: A method of determining the dimensions of a mailpiece by means of a portable measuring device having a housing provided with an opening having a side reference surface along which the mailpiece is guided under a position sensor in a first pass along a first dimension of the mailpiece, after which pass a value for the first dimension of the mailpiece is determined by a processing unit and is communicated to a franking system to which the portable measuring device is connected, and in a second pass along a second dimension of the mailpiece, after which pass a value for the second dimension of the mailpiece is determined by the processing unit and is communicated to the franking system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Neopost Technologies
    Inventor: Marek Krasuski
  • Patent number: 8055405
    Abstract: An industrial truck with an electronic memory and/or a data transfer unit, an equipment for acquiring utilization data and a control unit, which is connected with the equipment for acquiring utilization data and the memory and/or the data transfer unit, characterized in that the control unit continuously generates an utilization protocol from the acquired utilization data and files it in the memory or transmits it to the data transfer unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Jungheinrich Atiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Ralf Baginski, Frank Manken, Martin Von Werder
  • Publication number: 20110184889
    Abstract: An image forming system includes: an image forming unit that forms an image on a sheet including a mail; a size recognizing unit that recognizes a size of the mail on which the image is formed by the image forming unit; and a postage calculating unit that calculates the postage of the mail, on the basis of a signal output from the size recognizing unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2011
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Junichi Tokita, Kiichiroh Gotoh, Junichi Iida, Takeshi Sasaki, Masahiro Tamura, Satoshi Saito, Ikuhisa Okamoto, Shingo Matsushita, Takahiro Watanabe, Akira Kunieda
  • Patent number: 7970641
    Abstract: An automated system and method for pricing a bundle package based on a weight of a bundle includes an interface, a point of entry and a processor. The interface requests information and displays information. Data relating to the requested information is submitted through the point of entry. The requested information includes dimensions of a booth and a weight of a bundle to be displayed within the booth. The processor receives and controls the data and includes a rules database, a transaction processing system and a calculator. The rules database stores a pre-established set of rules for classifying data into one of a plurality of bundle packages and for associating the bundle packages with a price. The transaction processing system stores and analyzes the submitted data and the pre-established set of rules in the rules database. The calculator determines a bundle package price based on the submitted data and the pre-established rules in the rules database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Freeman Capital Company
    Inventors: Dan Steenstrup, Colleen Wright, Marion Miljevic, Peter Wigren
  • Patent number: 7940181
    Abstract: Product availability can be determined using radio frequency identification (RFID) by determining whether a RFID tag is detectable by a RFID reader and setting a product availability condition, where the RFID tag is not attached to the product, and where distance between the RFID tag and the RFID reader changes as quantity of the product changes. A system for determining availability of products using RFID can comprise a product display unit, a RFID reader, a RFID tag associated with the product display unit, and a computing device configured to set product availability conditions. In the system, distance between the RFID tag and the RFID reader changes as quantity of the product changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Infosys Technologies Ltd.
    Inventor: Girish A. Ramachandra
  • Patent number: 7837103
    Abstract: A system for accounting an item sold by weight according to the present invention detects the weight of the item sold by weight taken in a package, calculates the sales price for the item sold by weight taken in the package based on the detected weight, and writes information on the detected weight and information on the calculated sales price in a recording unit provided on a tray for holding the package and from which data can be read and in which data can be written. Then, the system checks whether an unjust purchase is done for the item sold by weight before the system makes accounts square for the item sold by weight or before the system starts selling the item sold by weight by measuring the weight of the tray and checking whether the weight of the tray identified by the recorded information of the recording unit and the measured weight match or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignees: Fujitsu Limited, Fujitsu Frontech Limited
    Inventor: Atsunori Suto
  • Publication number: 20100280974
    Abstract: An automated system and method for pricing a bundle package based on a weight of a bundle includes an interface, a point of entry and a processor. The interface requests information and displays information. Data relating to the requested information is submitted through the point of entry. The requested information includes dimensions of a booth and a weight of a bundle to be displayed within the booth. The processor receives and controls the data and includes a rules database, a transaction processing system and a calculator. The rules database stores a pre-established set of rules for classifying data into one of a plurality of bundle packages and for associating the bundle packages with a price. The transaction processing system stores and analyzes the submitted data and the pre-established set of rules in the rules database. The calculator determines a bundle package price based on the submitted data and the pre-established rules in the rules database.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2009
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Inventors: Dan Steenstrup, Colleen Wright, Marion Miljevic, Peter Wigren
  • Patent number: 7825343
    Abstract: Described embodiments relate to systems and methods for providing information to a customer. A weigh station has an input module for receiving a product identifier corresponding to a product and a scale for weighing the product. A storage module stores product information for a plurality of products. An information retrieval module identifies a related information profile from the product information based on the product identifier. An interactive customer display displays visual information based on the related information profile to the customer, which includes a plurality of customer-selectable items. The interactive customer display includes a customer-operated input module operable by the customer to select a selected item from the plurality of customer-selectable items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Invatron Systems Corp.
    Inventor: Axel Doerwald
  • Publication number: 20100274676
    Abstract: Custom food product methods and apparatus are provided that allow customers to participate in the preparation of food products as a part of the dining experience. A method of preparing a custom food product under the direction of a customer includes placing a customer-selected substrate on a scale of custom food product preparation table, placing customer-selected ingredients on the substrate in customer-selected amounts and customer-selected areas, and calculating and displaying the cost of the custom food product to the customer as the customer-selected ingredients are placed on the substrate. Each ingredient is assigned a cost per unit of weight and, as the ingredients are utilized, the cost of the food product is calculated and displayed via a display associated with the table. A customer may be provided with a record of the ingredients of the custom food product and may include an image and/or name of the custom food product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2010
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Inventor: Brian Hrudka
  • Patent number: 7820923
    Abstract: A weigh-on-the-fly WOF module for weighing a mail piece as it is being sorted by a mail sort machine. The piece is delivered to entry pinch rollers in the WOF module which, in turn, deliver the piece into pinch at an acceleration roller. The thickness of the piece is measured the pinch at the acceleration roller is adjusted to reduce drag on the mail piece during acceleration. The acceleration roller is driven by a constant torque motor at a first known or measured velocity V1 which is increased to second known or measured velocity V2 when the mail piece arrives. The time of acceleration from V1 to V2 is measured. Once the velocities and the time of acceleration are known, the weigh of that particular mail piece can be calculated using the formula: F=ma wherein F=force or torque m=mass or weight; and a=acceleration or (V2?V1)/time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Inventor: Brent A. Daboub
  • Patent number: 7693800
    Abstract: A method for printing indicia on mailpieces at an increased average speed. The system includes: a postal scale for determining a postage amount for a mail piece; a printer; and a postage meter responsive to the postal scale to control the printer to print an indicium representative of the postage amount. The postage meter further includes: a programmable controller; a secure mechanism for accounting for postage amounts expended; and an indicia generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Sanju Ballurkar, James E. Burke, Jr., John P. Miller
  • Patent number: 7687727
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for weighing an article, such as a mail piece, while the article is moving, for example along a transport path (FIG. 2). In one embodiment, a weigh station comprises a servo motor 110 driven by a servo feed back loop (126, 128) to maintain a selected speed setting 130. When an article is introduced, an impulse is applied to the article sufficient to change its state of motion from its initial state to the selected speed setting. That impulse is applied by the servo motor 110, and the system captures data indicative of the applied impulse, by monitoring the motor current (140, 142). A processor 140 or software converts the captured data to determine a weight of the article, based on stored calibration data 148.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: RAF Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Bryan J. Turner
  • Publication number: 20100049616
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling the inventory of perishable goods. An advanced weighing scale serves as a portal to the output of a perishable goods inventory management software application and a perishable goods price optimization software application that receive and analyze inventory and sales data relating to perishable goods of interest. Inventory suggestions and/or price changes recommended by the software applications with respect to a particular perishable good of interest are viewable directly at a corresponding advanced weighing scale. Operation of the perishable goods inventory management software application and perishable goods price optimization software application may be controlled by the advanced weighing scale. An electronic pricing device may be included for displaying the price of a perishable good of interest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2008
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Applicant: Mettler-Toledo, Inc
    Inventor: Brian Hipsher
  • Publication number: 20090301038
    Abstract: A packaging method includes the step of comparing a total package weight to a freight rate schedule and thereby determining a normal freight rate. The total package weight includes the weight of a container (22), an article (24) to be shipped and a normal amount of dunnage. If predetermined criteria are met, the method also includes the step of reducing the amount of dunnage dispensed below that of the normal amount of dunnage such that the total package weight falls within a freight rate that is less than the normal freight rate. The predetermined criteria include one or more of a predetermined percentage above a change in freight rate, a predetermined weight above a threshold weight for an increase in freight weight, and dunnage requirements including void-volume, degree of fill for the void-volume, type of article, weight of article and type of dunnage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2007
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Applicant: RANPAK CORP.
    Inventors: David M. Gabrielsen, Daniel L. Carlson, Joseph J. Harding, Thomas A. Bilkie, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20090234709
    Abstract: A system, method, computer program product, and mobile receiving station for receiving and processing leaf tobacco at a location of a tobacco farmer, including processing the tobacco leaf at the location, including means for weighing and grading of the received tobacco leaf and, optionally, determining moisture content and transmitting information relating to the optionally determined moisture content, the weight, and the grade of the received tobacco leaf to a tobacco product manufacturing facility over a communications link.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2008
    Publication date: September 17, 2009
    Applicant: PHILIP MORRIS USA INC.
    Inventors: Hal L. TEEGARDEN, David Scott RAY, John Stewart LIVESAY, Isidro GOMEZ, II
  • Patent number: 7586049
    Abstract: An apparatus for measuring the weight of items on a conveyor includes a scale that generates a first signal corresponding to the weight of the items. A movable platform transports the items to the scale and generates a second signal corresponding to position of the items in relation to the scale. A dimensioner examines the items and generates a third signal representative of whether the items are singulated or nonsingulated. A processor receives the second and third signals and determines whether to associate the first signal with information stored in memory about a particular item based upon whether the particular item is singulated or nonsingulated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Assignee: Accu-Sort Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: David A. Wurz
  • Patent number: 7587335
    Abstract: A random weight item transaction system include a scale with label RIFD tag functionality, service person RFID tag functionality and customer RFID tag functionality. A slicer in proximity to the scale may include service person and bulk food product RFID functionalities. The scale may make weigh transaction data available to a computerized checkout system via a communications link or via writing the information to the label RFID tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Assignee: Premark FEG L.L.C.
    Inventors: Robert J. Schuller, Robert J. Weisz, Nigel G. Mills, Mark E. Eberhardt, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7523040
    Abstract: A system for tracking and facilitating control of body weight of a person including a computing device to execute software elements including a weight tracker to receive undated body weights from the user and to display a graphical representation of the body weight of the person over time, a journal to display food items consumed by the person, and a display to present the graphical representation of the body weight of the person over time to the person, the graphical representation including at least one user selectable indicia consisting of at least one point on the graphical representation of the body weight of the person over time indicative of a past time period, which, when selected displays the food items consumed during the past time period, the graphical representation including a plurality of milestones plotted on the graphical representation indicative of weight targets reached by the individual over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignees: Weight Watchers International, Inc., WEIGHTWATCHERS.COM, Inc.
    Inventors: David Kirchhoff, Lisa Connelly, Anna Crook, Sheila Kelly, Karen Miller-Kovach, Amie Perl, Palma Posillico, Thilo Semmelbauer, Amy Sheppard
  • Publication number: 20090070223
    Abstract: A system for calculating postal charges receives detailed information and configuration information about a bulk mail, and collects charge-calculation information on the basis of the detailed information and the configuration information. Then, the system determines discount rates for the bulk mail on the basis of the charge-calculation information, and generates charge information for the mails in consideration of the discount rates. Accordingly, the system for calculating postal charges can provide optimum charges for the mails to a client before the reception of the mails.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Applicant: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Dong-Gil Na, Bo Yun Eom, Yong Hoon Choi, Hoon Jung, Jong Heung Park
  • Publication number: 20090070277
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for processing a plurality of mail pieces that is able to make appropriate class of service determinations during processing based on a first class of service received from a user and a measured weight and dimension(s) of each mail piece. If the first class of service is determined to not be appropriate, a second, appropriate, class of service is determined for the each mail piece using the measured weight and dimension(s). A postage amount is determined for each mail piece using the measured weight and dimension(s) and the appropriate class of service. The method may further include determining whether each of a number of requested special services is applicable to each mail piece so that special service fees may be applied in a discriminate manner. More accurate transaction information may thus be stored for each mail piece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2008
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Applicant: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Robert H. Kummer, JR., Jacques E. Hasbani, Linda S. Lin
  • Publication number: 20080245581
    Abstract: A system for alerting an operator of a weighing apparatus is described. The weighing apparatus may be capable of displaying a message in a message area to an operator. The message may be displayed in response to a command sent from a remote device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2007
    Publication date: October 9, 2008
    Applicant: Mettler-Toledo, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald W. Tamkin, J. Thomas King, Kevin A. Russo
  • Publication number: 20080120163
    Abstract: In one aspect of the invention a degradation drum comprises a generally cylindrical body comprising inner and outer diameters. At least one degradation assembly is disposed on the outer diameter and it comprises a holder and a pick shank secured within a bore of the holder. At least one lubricant reservoir is disposed within the inner diameter and is in fluid communication with the bore of the holder through a fluid pathway. In some embodiments, the lubricant reservoir maintains a fluid pressure on the pick shank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2008
    Publication date: May 22, 2008
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Tyson J. Wilde, Jad A. Mills
  • Publication number: 20080120193
    Abstract: A random weight item transaction system include a scale with label RIFD tag functionality, service person RFID tag functionality and customer RFID tag functionality. A slicer in proximity to the scale may include service person and bulk food product RFID functionalities. The scale may make weigh transaction data available to a computerized checkout system via a communications link or via writing the information to the label RFID tag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2004
    Publication date: May 22, 2008
    Applicant: PREMARK FEG L.L.C.
    Inventors: Robert J. Schuller, Robert J. Weisz, Nigel G. Mills, Mark E. Eberhardt
  • Patent number: 7257566
    Abstract: A computer-implemented decision device and a family of methods and procedures are used for representing and analyzing imprecise, vague, and incomplete probabilistic decision and risk problems and/or when a criteria hierarchy is present. Decision makers can state the problems simply with the precision the decision-makers feel they have evidence for. Probabilities, values (utilities), criteria weights with belief distributions over them, and optimization procedures for fast evaluation of decision rules with respect to such statements are determined and analyzed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Inventors: Mats Danielson, Love Ekenberg
  • Patent number: 7247801
    Abstract: A system and method for fast weighing of items such as mailpieces. The system includes a scale system having a platform connected to a load cell that provides an output signal to an analog-to-digital converter. The resulting digital output signal is processed by a low pass filter and analyzed by a microprocessor to determine weights of items on the platform. The microprocessor also determines postage amounts of items on the platform. The microprocessor also determines postage amounts as functions of the weights and outputs these postage amounts to a postage meter. The microprocessor determines the weights as the median of the peak to valley difference of the digital output signal when the digital output signal peak to valley difference is less than a predetermined value. The microprocessor identifies peaks and valleys of the digital output signal by determining when the derivative of the signal changes sign.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Edilberto I. Salazar, Michael J. Kasmin
  • Patent number: 7193163
    Abstract: The hand held scale of the present invention comprises a rectangular casing with a weighing platform, for supporting items to be weighed, a display screen, for displaying the weight of the objects and to view the animation sequences. There are a series of digital animations that are viewable on the display screen and each different animation sequence corresponds to a particular scale function or operation. The user is amused and entertained with animation when the scale is turned on, objects are weighed, the scale is turned off, reset as well as other functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Inventor: Joshua D. Kesselman
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7120611
    Abstract: An electronic scale integrally formed within the housing of a piece of office equipment increases a user's work space in a home or business environment. The piece of equipment may be a personal computer or one of its peripheral devices. A mailing system automatically computes postal and/or private carrier rates for items of mail based on weight signals derived from the electronic scale. Since the scale is integrated into the computer, all mailing tasks are performed at a user's desk using the least space possible. The system is performed in accordance with a computer program which steps a user through the postage-computing method using one or more interactive display screens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: Vaghi Family Inteleectual Properties, LLC.
    Inventor: Nino Richard Vaghi
  • Patent number: 7057117
    Abstract: The invention relates to the combination of a balance and a cash register with a customer display device shared by both, customary cash register software being used for this purpose. A multiplexer is used, the one data input of which has weighing data of the balance applied to it and the other input of which has price and/or product data that are output by the data processing unit applied to it, the one data input being activated by a multiplex switching signal when the weighing data have a value other than zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Wincor Nixdorf International GmbH
    Inventors: Guenter Baitz, Wolfgang Lohnstein
  • Patent number: RE45012
    Abstract: Various embodiments disclosed herein are directed to weight monitoring systems for recovering, processing, monitoring, and managing various commodities or products stored in a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventors: David H. Jones, Douglas A. Kunnel, Robert J. Megdal