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1. (WO2019046360) PRODUCT LEVEL DETECTION APPARATUSES AND SYSTEMS FOR FLUID DISPENSERS
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Pub. No.: WO/2019/046360 International Application No.: PCT/US2018/048435
Publication Date: 07.03.2019 International Filing Date: 29.08.2018
IPC:
G01F 23/26 (2006.01) ,A47K 5/12 (2006.01) ,G01F 11/00 (2006.01)
G PHYSICS
01
MEASURING; TESTING
F
MEASURING VOLUME, VOLUME FLOW, MASS FLOW, OR LIQUID LEVEL; METERING BY VOLUME
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Indicating or measuring liquid level, or level of fluent solid material, e.g. indicating in terms of volume, indicating by means of an alarm
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by measurement of physical variables, other than linear dimensions, pressure, or weight, dependent on the level to be measured, e.g. by difference of heat transfer of steam or water
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by measuring variations of capacity or inductance of capacitors or inductors arising from the presence of liquid or fluent solid material in the electric or electromagnetic fields
A HUMAN NECESSITIES
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FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
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SANITARY EQUIPMENT NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; TOILET ACCESSORIES
5
Holders or dispensers for soap, toothpaste, or the like
06
Dispensers for soap
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for liquid or pasty soap
G PHYSICS
01
MEASURING; TESTING
F
MEASURING VOLUME, VOLUME FLOW, MASS FLOW, OR LIQUID LEVEL; METERING BY VOLUME
11
Apparatus requiring external operation adapted at each repeated and identical operation to measure and separate a predetermined volume of fluid or fluent solid material from a supply or container, without regard to weight, and to deliver it
Applicants:
GPCP IP HOLDINGS LLC [US/US]; 133 Peachtree Street, N.E. Atlanta, Georgia 30303, US
Inventors:
KOBS, Stephen Russel; US
Agent:
KARTES, Patrick L.; US
GILDEHAUS, Grant; US
BUTLER, Deborah; US
JONES, Crystal; US
Priority Data:
16/114,62328.08.2018US
62/551,51929.08.2017US
Title (EN) PRODUCT LEVEL DETECTION APPARATUSES AND SYSTEMS FOR FLUID DISPENSERS
(FR) APPAREILS ET SYSTÈMES DE DÉTECTION DE NIVEAU DE PRODUIT POUR DISTRIBUTEURS DE FLUIDE
Abstract:
(EN) A fluid dispenser, such as a skincare product dispenser, comprises a dispenser housing configured to hold a reservoir of fluid for dispensing and a drive assembly for interacting with the reservoir and causing dispensing of the fluid. A fluid detection sensor is positioned within the dispenser housing proximate the reservoir and configured to detect a capacitance level therein. A controller is configured to determine, based on data from the fluid detection sensor, a change in the fluid level across a dispense. The controller is also configured to determine, based on the determined change, that the fluid level in the reservoir reaches a threshold level and cause an action, such as providing an alert, sending information to a remote server, or modifying an operating parameter.
(FR) La présente invention concerne un distributeur de fluide, tel qu'un distributeur de produit de soins de la peau, comprenant un boîtier de distributeur conçu pour contenir un réservoir de fluide à distribuer et un ensemble d'entraînement pour interagir avec le réservoir et pour provoquer la distribution du fluide. Un capteur de détection de fluide est placé dans le boîtier de distributeur à proximité du réservoir et est configuré pour détecter un niveau de capacité dans ce dernier. Un dispositif de commande est configuré pour déterminer, sur la base des données provenant du capteur de détection de fluide, un changement du niveau de fluide sur l'étendue d'une distribution. Le dispositif de commande est également configuré pour établir, sur la base du changement déterminé, que le niveau de fluide dans le réservoir atteint un niveau seuil et pour provoquer une action, telle que la fourniture d'une alerte, l'envoi d'informations à un serveur à distance, ou la modification d'un paramètre de fonctionnement.
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Publication Language: English (EN)
Filing Language: English (EN)