Weighing Type Patents (Class 73/296)
  • Patent number: 10845229
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an abatement apparatus monitoring system. The abatement apparatus monitoring system includes a processor; and at least one load cell for outputting a load cell signal to the processor. The at least one load cell is configured to support a waste tank of an abatement apparatus. The processor is configured to monitor a level of a liquid in the waste tank in dependence on the load cell signal. The present disclosure also relates to an abatement system comprising an abatement apparatus monitoring system; and a method of monitoring operation of an abatement system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Edwards Vacuum LLC
    Inventors: Calvin Michael Cox, David Wren Dupre, Mark Kollin Romeo
  • Patent number: 10697817
    Abstract: A fuel-level detection system is configured to determine a fuel level in a fuel system. A comparative fuel probe is associated with the fuel system and includes a capacitive probe assembly configured to provide a comparative capacitive reading, and a float assembly configured to provide a comparative float reading. A comparator is configured to receive the comparative capacitive reading and to receive the comparative float reading, and to determine a corrective factor based at least in part on the comparative capacitive reading and the comparative float reading. A set of capacitive probes is associated with the fuel system. The fuel level in the fuel system is determined by comparing each local capacitive reading from each capacitive probe in the set of capacitive probes with the corrective factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: CiES, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Philiben
  • Patent number: 10267632
    Abstract: Provided are non-exposure supplied fuel quantity testing device and method of a vehicle-mounted type, and more particularly, a device formed in a trunk of a vehicle without being exposed to test whether or not the ordered fuel quantity is supplied at the time of supplying fuel. Since the device is formed so as not to be exposed, it is disable to perform an artificial tampering of a lubricator, and since the device is mounted in the trunk, it is enable to measure whether or not the ordered fuel is supplied accurately at the same time as supplying fuel. The present invention relates to a testing method using the testing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: KOREA PETROLEUM QUALITY & DISTRIBUTION AUTHORITY
    Inventors: Seung-Hyun Ryu, Jun-Deog Park, Young-Cheol Song, Ju Min Youn, Seung Woo Lee, Seung Heon Lee
  • Patent number: 10175085
    Abstract: A fuel-level detection system is configured to determine a fuel level in a fuel system. A comparative fuel probe is associated with the fuel system and includes a capacitive probe assembly configured to provide a comparative capacitive reading, and a float assembly configured to provide a comparative float reading. A comparator is configured to receive the comparative capacitive reading and to receive the comparative float reading, and to determine a corrective factor based at least in part on the comparative capacitive reading and the comparative float reading. A set of capacitive probes is associated with the fuel system. The fuel level in the fuel system is determined by comparing each local capacitive reading from each capacitive probe in the set of capacitive probes with the corrective factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: CiES, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Philiben
  • Patent number: 9217658
    Abstract: A vaporizer including a reservoir for storing an anesthetic liquid agent and a vaporizing element configured to vaporize the anesthetic liquid agent. A level detector is located outside of and adjacent to the exterior of the reservoir. The level detector includes at least one electrical field sensor configured to provide an output voltage signal based upon the capacitance of material within the reservoir proximate the electrical field sensor. The vaporizer includes a display providing a visual indication of the amount of liquid anesthetic agent in the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Kuehl, Michael Jones, William Breckenridge McHenry, Shawn Thomas Whitman
  • Patent number: 8978463
    Abstract: A pressure gauge 10 has an indicator needle 23 and a scale plate 22. A preset pressure indicating member 31 extending along a pressure scale in a circular arc pattern is slidably attached to a front wall 11 of a case 13, and provided with a first display section 35. An opaque shield portion 36 provided with a second display section 37 at one end thereof is provided to a transparent cover 26 rotatably attached to the front wall. The transparent cover 26 drives the preset pressure indicating member 31 to set a preset pressure range between the first display section 35 and the second display section 37 which is observable from the outside through the transparent cover 26. Therefore, it is easy to change a preset pressure range which is within a measurable range of the pressure gauge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Koganei Corporation
    Inventor: Takeshi Yamauchi
  • Patent number: 8977116
    Abstract: An assembly for measuring the water level of a food industry machine has a water tank holding water to be heated, a load cell installed underneath the water tank so that a weight of the water tank holding the water impinges on a strain gauge of the load cell, a controller for receiving an electric signal from the load cell proportionate to a weight of the water tank plus the water in the water tank and converting the weight to a water level of the water tank based on a pre-determined formula and a display structure for continuously displaying a water level of the water in the water tank. The water level measurement device stays dry and free of scale deposits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Guy Gonen
  • Publication number: 20140326065
    Abstract: A device for contacting at least one conducting track has a contact spring that is connected to a pivotable bow by a pivot bearing. The contact spring also has spring elements connected in series for preloading contacts against the conducting track. An axis of the pivot bearing is arranged parallel to the direction of motion of the contacts over the conducting tracks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: Hans-Guenter Benner, Bernd Pauer, Robert Peter
  • Publication number: 20140311239
    Abstract: A hydration monitor comprises a housing and an attachment mechanism. The housing comprises a processing unit, a power source adapter, weight sensor(s), orientation sensor(s), data interface(s), and a memory. The weight sensor(s) measure a composite weight comprising a container weight and a liquid weight. The orientation sensor(s) measure the orientation of the container relative to the weight sensor. The memory contains instructions to cause the processing unit to calculate a volume of liquid in the container using the composite weight when the container orientation is in a measurable orientation. The data interface communicates data to at least one external device. The external device may include a hydration monitoring application. The attachment mechanism attaches the housing to the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Igor Marjanovic, Matej Marjanovic
  • Publication number: 20140251006
    Abstract: Embodiments include a dispenser for dispensing a product. The dispenser has a housing, a container, a container holder and a first holder magnetic element positioned on the container holder. The first holder magnetic element and a first stationary magnetic element interact to create a first magnetic force. The first magnetic force can induce the container holder to move. The position of the container holder along an axis of the container holder is correlated with the weight of the product remaining in the container. An indicator may alert user regarding the amount of product remaining in the container based on the position of the container holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Jared Ryan Freudenberg, Brian Joseph Doffing
  • Publication number: 20140165716
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods are provided for transporting fluid to a sample such as a sheet of material. The apparatuses and methods may employ a variety of support structures that facilitate controlled fluid transportation from a lumen for absorption by the sample and measurement of the fluid transportation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventor: Andrew Kallmes
  • Publication number: 20140157889
    Abstract: A system for measuring a level of dry bulk material within a container has a columnar device supported vertically within the container. The columnar device has a closed lower end and openings through a sidewall thereof for allowing dry bulk material within the container to flow into and out of the columnar device. A load cell is used to measure a weight of the dry bulk material within the columnar device, which is then correlated to the level of dry bulk solids within the container. The columnar device and the sidewall openings therein can be provided in various shapes and configurations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: Osborne Industries Inc.
    Inventor: George R. Eakin
  • Publication number: 20140113039
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein relate to systems, methods, and devices for remote fuel level detection. A weighing instrument may couple to a propane tank for determining measurement values for a weight of the propane tank, wherein the propane tank is for coupling to a cooking apparatus to provide the fuel to the cooking apparatus. A computing device may receive, via a wireless communication link, measurement values for the weight of the propane tank; correlate the measurement values to data values stored in a database to determine an amount of fuel in the propane tank; and provide the amount of fuel in the propane tank to a user interface. A temperature instrument may determine a temperature of a region proximate to the propane tank to generate a safety factor for the propane tank. A temperature instrument may determine temperatures for regions proximate to the cooking apparatus. A temperature control may control the cooking apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventor: Sydney Barkhouse
  • Publication number: 20140090635
    Abstract: A propane tank fuel gauge for use with a barbecue grill that measures the weight of the tank and thereby provides a readily perceived indication of the amount of propane gas remaining therein. The fuel gauge comprises a base, a tank mount adapted for mounting a propane tank, a spring-loaded support mechanism for supporting the tank mount relative to the base, and a fuel level indicator connected to the support mechanism for providing an indication of the total weight of the tank including the propane gas remaining therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: The Brinkmann Corporation
    Inventor: Randall L. May
  • Patent number: 8601865
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for measuring the mass of liquid within collapsible, bulk fabric storage containers is provided wherein a number of pressure pads arranged in a grid pattern supports the container and undergo deflection creating an increase in the pressure of fluid within their interior which may be measured and correlated to the mass of the liquid within the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Advanced Technologies Group, Inc.
    Inventor: John F. Justak
  • Patent number: 8581734
    Abstract: Management System for managing bulk material inside a silo, that includes: load cells bolted to brackets that are welded to the legs of the silo; an electronic device that measures the weight from the load cells and transmits that information via radio to a gateway that connects to the Internet, a photovoltaic panel to obtain power from solar energy; a set of Supercaps to operate at night-time, a thermistor to compensate for temperature, a XYZ accelerometer to detect movement of the silo and its inclination, a real time clock and a radio communications channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Inventors: Antonio Ozamiz Tapia, Javier Ozamiz Tapia
  • Patent number: 8550301
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a liquid dispensing apparatus for dispensing a liquid from a flexible bag. The apparatus has a support for supporting the flexible bag in use and a mounting adapted for receiving a proximal portion of the flexible bag, for progressive movement relative to the support towards an outlet located at a distal portion of the flexible bag. As the flexible bag is progressively wound up, liquid is squeezed from the proximal portion to the distal portion to dispense liquid from the outlet in a controlled manner in use. This allows desired and precise dosage portions of liquid to be squeezed from the bag and direct dosing from the flexible bag amongst other advantages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventor: Marek Szymanski
  • Publication number: 20130153652
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining amount of solid ammonia stored in a canister used in providing ammonia fluid in exhaust gas after-treatment systems. A microcontroller sets an ammonia level based on the data read from an RFID tag associated with the canister. The data may provide the amount of solid ammonia stored in the canister or a tag number that the microcontroller may use to retrieve the quantity of stored solid ammonia. A measured amount of ammonia fluid used during the treatment process may be used by the microcontroller in determining the amount of solid ammonia depleted from the canister. At predetermined precisions, the amount of depleted ammonia is subtracted from the set ammonia level to determine the remaining amount of solid ammonia in the canister. This determined amount of may be used to reset the ammonia level and be written onto the RFID tag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: International Engine Intellectual Property Company , LLC
    Inventors: David J. Nicholls, Jason B. Arriaga, Jeffrey R. Kelso
  • Publication number: 20130137490
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus on which a drinking vessel may be placed, in particular an apparatus which provides information, wherein the information is connected with the drinking vessel. An apparatus for indicating the filling level of a drinking vessel comprises a placement device on which the drinking vessel is placed, a detection device for detecting the filling level of the drinking vessel (200), and a display element which displays the detected filling level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Applicant: bluebox Promotion GmbH
    Inventor: bluebox Promotion GmbH
  • Publication number: 20130081480
    Abstract: A measuring system is disclosed that may include a sensing module that provides a response to a measured quantity, a first mechanical transducer that provides an output signal proportional to the measured quantity, a conversion device that converts the output signal to a second output signal, and a sensor that detects the second output signal and generates an instrument reading within an instrument range of output signals. A bias assembly may forces a second mechanical transducer to provide the second output signal that is detected by the sensor and which generates an instrument reading outside of the specified instrument range when the mechanical transducer is disconnected from the conversion device. A level detector is also disclosed that may include a displacer assembly, a torque rod coupled to the displacer assembly and connected to a magnet, and a non-contact sensor that detects displacement of the magnet assembly within an instrument range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Daniel Patrick Giovanoni, Conor Padraic Beote, Jean-Marc Mahieu, Denis Vital
  • Patent number: 8322234
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for measuring the mass of liquid within collapsible, bulk fabric storage containers is provided wherein a deflection member arranged in a grid pattern supports the container and undergoes deflection creating an increase in the pressure of fluid within its interior which may be measured and correlated to the mass of the liquid within the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Advanced Technologies Group, Inc.
    Inventor: John F. Justak
  • Publication number: 20120257881
    Abstract: An assembly for measuring the water level of a food industry machine has a water tank holding water to be heated, a load cell installed underneath the water tank so that a weight of the water tank holding the water impinges on a strain gauge of the load cell, a controller for receiving an electric signal from the load cell proportionate to a weight of the water tank plus the water in the water tank and converting the weight to a water level of the water tank based on a pre-determined formula and a display structure for continuously displaying a water level of the water in the water tank. The water level measurement device stays dry and free of scale deposits.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Inventor: Guy GONEN
  • Publication number: 20120097567
    Abstract: The present invention proposes an apparatus (100) and method for managing the liquid volume in a container. The apparatus (100) comprises a detector (101) for detecting liquid volume changes in said container during a first preset period, a first determiner (102) for determining whether said changes are lower than said first preset threshold value and a presenter (103) for presenting the first prompt information in the case of said changes being lower than said preset threshold value. The apparatus and method provided in the present invention can prompt people to drink drinkable liquids such as water in time, enable people to control their drinking intake and are beneficial to their health.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V.
    Inventors: Ying Zhao, Jun She
  • Patent number: 8141420
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus including: a container that receives urine; and a urine amount measuring device that measures the weight of the urine received by the container; wherein the urine amount measuring device has: a mounting plate, which is a plate on which the container is mounted; a measuring portion that measures the weight of the container mounted on the mounting plate multiple times at given time intervals; and an output portion that outputs a result of the measurement performed by the measuring portion, and the apparatus has a fixing structure that is situated in at least a bottom portion of the container and a mounting face of the mounting plate and that detachably fixes the container on the mounting plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Inventor: Yoshihiko Hirao
  • Patent number: 8132456
    Abstract: A fuel level indicator for riding lawn equipment with a fuel tank pivotably mounted under the operator seat. A fuel level indicator arm is pivotably mounted under the fuel tank and has a first end contacting the fuel tank and a second end extending through an opening in front of the operator seat. A scale on the opening indicates the fuel level corresponding to the location of the second end of the fuel level indicator arm. A pair of tension springs are attached to the fuel tank and partially support the fuel tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Sean P. Elmore, Robert G. Frederick, Lynville G. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20110197990
    Abstract: Powder dispensing and sensing apparatus and methods are provided. The powder dispensing and sensing apparatus includes a tray support structure to receive a cartridge tray holding cartridges, a powder dispenser assembly including powder dispenser modules to dispense powder into respective cartridges of a batch of cartridges in the cartridge tray, a powder transport system to deliver powder to the powder dispenser modules, a sensor module including sensor cells to sense respective fill states, such as the weights, of each of the cartridges in the batch of cartridges, and a control system to control the powder dispenser modules in response to the respective sensed fill states of each of the cartridges of the batch of cartridges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Applicant: MannKind Corporation
    Inventors: Trent A. Poole, David F. Bonneau, Per B. Fog
  • Patent number: 7954374
    Abstract: An assembly for estimating consumption of a fluid includes a coupling device enabling fluid flow, a carrier assembly slidingly coupled to the coupling device, a biasing mechanism positioned between the coupling device and the carrier assembly, and a displacement sensing mechanism including a sensor coupled to one of the coupling device and the carrier assembly, and a magnet coupled to the other of the coupling device and the carrier assembly. The displacement sensing mechanism is configured to sense a displacement of the magnet relative to the sensor due to coupling of a fluid source to the coupling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Colder Products Company
    Inventor: William John Rankin
  • Publication number: 20110128152
    Abstract: A device for monitoring the condition of a fluid receptacle such as one that is gradually filling or emptying is disclosed. The receptacle is attached to a torque weighing device, coupled with a transducer that outputs a measurement signal representing the weight of the receptacle. An alert or alarm may be generated by a signaling device in response to the measurement signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Inventor: Frederic Bregeon
  • Patent number: 7926344
    Abstract: An ultrasonic, non-invasive, bottom-up fluid level sensor for a container, includes: an ultrasonic transducer; and a dry couplant in acoustic communication with the transducer. The dry couplant is configured to adapt to the bottom surface of the container and the sensor contains nothing to bias the sensor against the container other than the weight of the container and fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, Inc.
    Inventors: David D. Hyde, John A. Reyner
  • Patent number: 7909208
    Abstract: A process of monitoring the dispensing of process fluids in precision processing operations. A precision measuring instrument measures a cumulative amount of a process fluid dispensed to at least one dispensing station and compares that amount with a predetermined amount. An alarm is provided to an operator when the cumulative actual required amount of process fluid dispensed after a preset number of dispensations differs from the cumulative predetermined dispensed amount of that fluid by more than a preset percentage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Spyridon Skordas
  • Patent number: 7829800
    Abstract: A device for the gravimetric volume determination of liquid volumes. The device comprises a housing (11) having the shape and dimensions of a standard rack used in a clinical diagnostic analyzer system for holding sample or reagent containers, and the following components contained in housing (11): a load cell (12) for gravimetric volume determination, a weighing container (13) for receiving a liquid to be weighed with said load cell (12), a windbreak (14) which shields said weighing container (13) from air flow, an evaporation trap (15) which prevents evaporation of liquid loaded into said weighing container (13), a temperature sensor (21), an air-pressure sensor (31) and a humidity sensor (41) for sensing temperature, air pressure and humidity respectively at predetermined points within said housing (11), and an electronic processing unit for processing electrical output signals delivered by said load cell (12) and by said sensors (21, 31, 41).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Roche Molecular Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Markus Thiel, Philipp Kull, Daniel Ott, Joerg Burmester
  • Patent number: 7770448
    Abstract: A chemical storage device and a method for monitoring chemical usage are described herein. The device and disclosed method utilize a chemical storage canister and a load cell integrated into one transportable unit. The load cell is capable of compensating for the added weight of attached dispensing devices used in the semiconductor industry. Additionally, the load cell continuously displays the weight of the chemicals as they are withdrawn from the chemical storage device. These functionalities are included in the control logic of the load cell which is incorporated into the load cell itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Air Liquide Electronics U.S. LP.
    Inventors: Ashutosh Misra, Benjamin J. Jurcik, Jr., Ravi Laxman
  • Patent number: 7745741
    Abstract: A liquid crystal dispensing apparatus determines an amount of liquid crystal remaining within a liquid crystal container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyug-Jin Kweon, Hae-Joon Son, Wan-Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 7737372
    Abstract: A scale assembly for weighing potentially hazardous materials comprise a containment deck designed to support a container from which materials are dispensed. The containment deck is preferably provided with sufficient storage capacity to capture spillage or leaks from the container and is supported on a low-profile platform supported in turn by load cells which generate signals indicative of the weight of the contents of the container and of any spillage within the containment deck. The containment deck is further equipped with a level detector typically positioned near the bottom of the deck for generating signals indicating the presence of leakage or spillage from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Scaletron Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Edward M. Dougherty, Jr., Edward M. Dougherty, III
  • Patent number: 7735365
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of measuring an amount of a substance depleted from a storage unit, including the steps of: supporting the storage unit on a vehicle, measuring a first weight of the storage unit and any liquid substance contained in the storage unit, allowing a quantity of the liquid substance to be discharged from the storage unit, measuring a second weight of the storage unit and any liquid substance contained in the storage unit, and determining the amount of liquid substance discharged or allowed to be discharged from the storage unit based on the first weight measurement and the second weight measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Crain, Michael Segura
  • Publication number: 20090293609
    Abstract: A method of measuring a fluid level comprises providing a measuring device comprising a first material that changes appearance upon exposure to a first fluid, introducing the measuring device into a location comprising the first fluid and at least one other fluid, waiting for the first material to change appearance upon exposure to the first fluid, and withdrawing the measuring device from the location to determine the depth of the first fluid and the at least one other fluid. A measuring device for performing the method of measuring is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Applicant: L&M Associates Engineering Representatives Incorporated
    Inventor: C. Kevin Silver
  • Patent number: 7614298
    Abstract: Low cost capacity measuring display installed in a label that is attached to an opaque container to measure amount of contents therein. The indicator utilizes the weight of the opaque container in conjunction with a gel reservoir and capillary that is installed in a label. The label extends under the can subjecting the gel reservoir to pressure that results from the weight of the container rendering movement of gel in the capillary that with calibration is a direct representation of the amount of contents in the opaque container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: Display Matrix Corporation
    Inventor: William Bohmer
  • Publication number: 20090133585
    Abstract: Oil remaining for use in popcorn popping is continuously weighed and a signal indicating the status of remaining oil is generated to warn when oil must be replenished. Apparatus and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Publication date: May 28, 2009
    Applicant: GOLD MEDAL PRODUCTS CO.
    Inventors: TIMOTHY A. RHOME, John Ryan
  • Publication number: 20090000373
    Abstract: A bin monitoring system functions both as a device for lifting the bin and as a weighing system for monitoring or measuring the level of feed in a feed bin. Various embodiments having a suspended load cell and methods of retrofitting the bin monitoring system to existing bins are provided. Further, the accuracy provided by various embodiments enables one to accurately predict when the feed bin will be empty. Thus, the feed mill can be aware of anticipated needs days in advance, allowing the feed mill to better optimize its scheduling and deliveries.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2008
    Publication date: January 1, 2009
    Inventor: Mark H. Jaeger
  • Publication number: 20080289691
    Abstract: A dosage system for feeding a fluid (A) to a static mixer (1), said system comprising a tank (2) containing said fluid (A) at a predetermined pressure, a fluid passage (3) connecting said container (1) and tank (2), a control valve (4) provided within said fluid passage (3) to control the flow of said fluid (A) from said tank into said container; and a controller (6) for receiving a target flow rate (SP_Q) of said fluid (A), and an actual flow rate (PV_Q) of said fluid (A), and for outputting a control signal (MV_L) to said control valve (4) indicating a valve position to adjust the flow rate. Further provided is a method for controlling said dosage system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2006
    Publication date: November 27, 2008
    Inventors: Dominique Roberge, Michael Amrhein, Yves Glatz
  • Patent number: 7267001
    Abstract: A bottle plate mates or is integrated with brackets for mounting a gas bottle atop the plate. An aft end of the bottle plate is spacedly affixed to a top of a base plate, the bottle plate being bendable about its aft end corresponding to the weight of a bottle mounted thereon. A plurality of guide pins disposed at a fore end of the bottle plate prevents lateral movement of the fore end with respect to the base plate, but allows to a limited extent displacement of the fore end due to bottle weight. Any displacement of the fore end due to bottle weight is converted to a corresponding bottle weight and a display indicates same to a user. The base plate is used to securely mount the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Inventor: Daniel J. Stein
  • Patent number: 7255003
    Abstract: A scale for determining a quantity of material in a container such as a keg. The scale may include a support member configured to be placed under a portion of the container, a display to indicate the quantity of material in the container, and a weight sensor positioned underneath the support member to determine the quantity of material in the container and to provide a signal to the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Inventor: Calvin R. Schneiter
  • Patent number: RE46725
    Abstract: Methods and systems for integral storage and blending of the materials used in oilfield operations are disclosed. A modular integrated material blending and storage system includes a first module comprising a storage unit, a second module comprising a liquid additive storage unit and a pump for maintaining pressure at an outlet of the liquid additive storage unit. The system further includes a third module comprising a pre-gel blender. An output of each of the first module, the second module and the third module is located above a blender and gravity directs the contents of the first module, the second module and the third module to the blender. The system also includes a pump that directs the output of the blender to a desired down hole location. The pump may be powered by natural gas or electricity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Leonard R. Case, Ed B. Hagan, Calvin L. Stegemoeller, Ron Hyden
  • Patent number: RE47695
    Abstract: Methods and systems for integral storage and blending of the materials used in oilfield operations are disclosed. A modular integrated material blending and storage system includes a first module comprising a storage unit, a second module comprising a liquid additive storage unit and a pump for maintaining pressure at an outlet of the liquid additive storage unit. The system further includes a third module comprising a pre-gel blender. An output of each of the first module, the second module and the third module is located above a blender and gravity directs the contents of the first module, the second module and the third module to the blender. The system also includes a pump that directs the output of the blender to a desired down hole location. The pump may be powered by natural gas or electricity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Leonard R. Case, Ed B. Hagan, Calvin L. Stegemoeller, Ron Hyden
  • Patent number: RE49083
    Abstract: Methods and systems for integral storage and blending of the materials used in oilfield operations are disclosed. A modular integrated material blending and storage system includes a first module comprising a storage unit, a second module comprising a liquid additive storage unit and a pump for maintaining pressure at an outlet of the liquid additive storage unit. The system further includes a third module comprising a pre-gel blender. An output of each of the first module, the second module and the third module is located above a blender and gravity directs the contents of the first module, the second module and the third module to the blender. The system also includes a pump that directs the output of the blender to a desired down hole location. The pump may be powered by natural gas or electricity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Leonard R. Case, Ed B. Hagan, Calvin L. Stegemoeller, Ron Hyden
  • Patent number: RE49140
    Abstract: Methods and systems for integral storage and blending of the materials used in oilfield operations are disclosed. A modular integrated material blending and storage system includes a first module comprising a storage unit, a second module comprising a liquid additive storage unit and a pump for maintaining pressure at an outlet of the liquid additive storage unit. The system further includes a third module comprising a pre-gel blender. An output of each of the first module, the second module and the third module is located above a blender and gravity directs the contents of the first module, the second module and the third module to the blender. The system also includes a pump that directs the output of the blender to a desired down hole location. The pump may be powered by natural gas or electricity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Leonard R. Case, Ed B. Hagan, Calvin L. Stegemoeller, Ron Hyden
  • Patent number: RE49155
    Abstract: Methods and systems for integral storage and blending of the materials used in oilfield operations are disclosed. A modular integrated material blending and storage system includes a first module comprising a storage unit, a second module comprising a liquid additive storage unit and a pump for maintaining pressure at an outlet of the liquid additive storage unit. The system further includes a third module comprising a pre-gel blender. An output of each of the first module, the second module and the third module is located above a blender and gravity directs the contents of the first module, the second module and the third module to the blender. The system also includes a pump that directs the output of the blender to a desired down hole location. The pump may be powered by natural gas or electricity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Leonard R. Case, Ed B. Hagan, Calvin L. Stegemoeller, Ron Hyden
  • Patent number: RE49156
    Abstract: Methods and systems for integral storage and blending of the materials used in oilfield operations are disclosed. A modular integrated material blending and storage system includes a first module comprising a storage unit, a second module comprising a liquid additive storage unit and a pump for maintaining pressure at an outlet of the liquid additive storage unit. The system further includes a third module comprising a pre-gel blender. An output of each of the first module, the second module and the third module is located above a blender and gravity directs the contents of the first module, the second module and the third module to the blender. The system also includes a pump that directs the output of the blender to a desired down hole location. The pump may be powered by natural gas or electricity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Leonard R. Case, Ed B. Hagan, Calvin L. Stegemoeller, Ron Hyden
  • Patent number: RE49295
    Abstract: Methods and systems for integral storage and blending of the materials used in oilfield operations are disclosed. A modular integrated material blending and storage system includes a first module comprising a storage unit, a second module comprising a liquid additive storage unit and a pump for maintaining pressure at an outlet of the liquid additive storage unit. The system further includes a third module comprising a pre-gel blender. An output of each of the first module, the second module and the third module is located above a blender and gravity directs the contents of the first module, the second module and the third module to the blender. The system also includes a pump that directs the output of the blender to a desired down hole location. The pump may be powered by natural gas or electricity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Leonard R. Case, Ed B. Hagan, Calvin L. Stegemoeller, Ron Hyden
  • Patent number: RE49348
    Abstract: Methods and systems for integral storage and blending of the materials used in oilfield operations are disclosed. A modular integrated material blending and storage system includes a first module comprising a storage unit, a second module comprising a liquid additive storage unit and a pump for maintaining pressure at an outlet of the liquid additive storage unit. The system further includes a third module comprising a pre-gel blender. An output of each of the first module, the second module and the third module is located above a blender and gravity directs the contents of the first module, the second module and the third module to the blender. The system also includes a pump that directs the output of the blender to a desired down hole location. The pump may be powered by natural gas or electricity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Leonard R. Case, Ed B. Hagan, Calvin L. Stegemoeller, Ron Hyden