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United States Patent Application 20180004179
Kind Code A1
Kah, JR.; Carl L.C. January 4, 2018

SPRINKLER CONTROLLER WITH DIAL POSITION FOR EACH FUNCTION AND PROGRAM CONTENT DISPLAY POSITION

Abstract

A controller for use in an irrigation system includes a selector, an indicator associated with the selector for identifying parameters selected to be set for use in controlling the irrigation system, indicia positioned on a top surface of the controller which cooperate with the selector to indicate the parameter being selected and a display for displaying information regarding the selected parameters; wherein the indicator includes a program display position for displaying information regarding all parameters related to a selected program of operation of the controller.


Inventors: Kah, JR.; Carl L.C.; (North Palm Beach, FL)
Applicant:
Name City State Country Type

Kah, JR.; Carl L.C.

North Palm Beach

FL

US
Family ID: 1000002874420
Appl. No.: 15/709135
Filed: September 19, 2017


Related U.S. Patent Documents

Application NumberFiling DatePatent Number
13271784Oct 12, 20119766609
15709135
11496112Jul 31, 2006
13271784
60704222Jul 29, 2005

Current U.S. Class: 1/1
Current CPC Class: G05B 2219/23165 20130101; G05B 2219/2625 20130101; G05B 2219/23058 20130101; G05B 19/0423 20130101; G05B 2219/23167 20130101
International Class: G05B 19/042 20060101 G05B019/042

Claims



1. A controller for use in an irrigation system comprises: a selector; an indicator associated with the selector for identifying parameters selected to be set for use in controlling the irrigation system; indicia positioned on a top surface of the controller which cooperate with the selector to indicate the parameter being selected; and a display for displaying information regarding the selected parameters; wherein the indicator includes a program display position for displaying information regarding all parameters related to a selected program of operation of the controller.

2. The controller of claim 1, wherein the parameters include day of the week, watering start time, sprinkler station number, current date and current time.

3. The controller of claim 2, wherein the selected program of operation indicates at least one day of the week, at least one start time and at least one sprinkler station number to be activated by the controller in accordance with the selected program of operation.

4. The controller of claim 3, wherein the selected program of operation is one of a plurality of programs of operation executable by the controller.

5. The controller of claim 4, further comprising a switch operable to select the selected program of operation from the plurality of programs of operation.

6. The controller of claim 5, further comprising a plurality of buttons operable to input information into the controller.

7. The controller of claim 6, wherein the plurality of buttons are operable to set specific values for the selected parameter.

8. The controller of claim 7, further comprising a rain sensor switch operable to enable a rain switch input to the controller.

9. The controller of claim 1, wherein the selector is a rotary switch and the associated indicator is a dial.
Description



CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

[0001] The present application is a continuation of U.S. application Ser. No. 11/496,112 entitled SPRINKLER CONTROLLER WITH DIAL POSITION FOR EACH FUNCTION AND PROGRAM CONTENT DISPLAY POSITION filed Jul. 31, 2006 which claims benefit of and priority to U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 60/704,222 entitled SPRINKLER CONTROLLER WITH DIAL POSITION FOR EACH FUNCTION AND PROGRAM CONTENT DISPLAY POSITION filed Jul. 29, 2005, the entire contents of which are hereby incorporated by reference herein.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0002] The present invention relates to a controller for use in controlling an irrigation system. More particularly, the present invention relates to a controller which includes an option of displaying all information regarding a program of operation for the controller at one time on a display of the controller.

Description of the Art

[0003] Controllers for use in irrigation systems are well known in the art. One common controller includes a dial used to set various parameters to program the controller as desired by the user. These dials typically include positions for selecting each of the sprinklers in the irrigation system, the days of the week, just odd days, just even days, watering start times, and other parameters, if desired. Typically, a display is included on the controller to view the selections made and any other information. However, in these conventional controllers when reviewing the programs it is necessary to step through switch positions to view the selections made and the overall program. Thus, in the existing controller, if a user wants to confirm or later find what a particular program is running, the user must step through each position of the rotary switch to determine if that station runs etc.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0004] It is an object of the present invention to provide a controller for an irrigation system that avoids the problems noted above.

[0005] A controller for use in an irrigation system in accordance with an embodiment of the present application includes a selector, an indicator associated with the selector for identifying parameters selected to be set for use in controlling the irrigation system, indicia positioned on a top surface of the controller which cooperate with the selector to indicate the parameter being selected and a display for displaying information regarding the selected parameters; wherein the indicator includes a program display position for displaying information regarding all parameters related to a selected program of operation of the controller.

[0006] Other features and advantages of the present invention will become apparent from the following description of the invention which refers to the accompanying drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING(S)

[0007] FIG. 1 illustrates the controller face of a controller in accordance with an embodiment of the present application.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS OF THE INVENTION

[0008] A controller 1 in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention is illustrated in FIG. 1. The controller 1 preferably includes a selector 2, such as a rotary switch and dial illustrated in FIG. 1, for selecting the various parameters controlled by the controller. While the selector 2 is embodied as a rotary switch and dial in FIG. 1, any appropriate selector may be used. As illustrated, the selector 2 includes positions to set the days of the week, start times, only even days, only odd days, an off position and an auto position similar to a conventional controller. In addition a switch 4 is provided to enable or disable an input form a rain sensor, as desired. The use of rain sensors in conjunction with controllers for irrigation systems is well known and thus need not be described in further detail herein.

[0009] A second switch 6 is preferably included to select a program for controlling the irrigation system. As illustrated, the switch 6 allows the selection of one of three pre-programmed watering schedules or programs, A, B, and C, however, it should be understood that fewer or more programs may be used and the switch 6 may be modified accordingly. For example, a rotary switch and dial could be used.

[0010] The controller 1 also includes three buttons, 8a, 8b, and 8c which are used to input instructions into the controller 1, preferably in conjunction with the selector 2 and switches 4 and 6 as is well known in the art. Typically, the buttons 8A, 8B, 8C are used to set specific values for the parameters selected using the selector 2.

[0011] The controller 1 of the present application also includes a program display position indicated in FIG. 1 by the words "Display Program Contents". When the selector 2 is in this position, the controller 1 will display on the display panel 10 all of the information regarding a selected program. For example, as illustrated, the switch 6 indicates that program C has been selected. The display 10 illustrates the days of the week, the times of day and the valves that are activated by the controller in accordance with program C. Thus, a user can easily see what parameters are set for program C without the need to scroll through each parameter separately as is common in conventional controller.

[0012] The controller of FIG. 1 also preferably includes a microprocessor (not shown) that executes the programs that are set in the controller and is connected to the selector 2, the switches 4, 6 and the buttons 8A, 8B, 8C to accept instructions for execution by the controller. The microprocessor is also connected to the display 10 to control the display of information thereon. A memory (not shown) is typically connected to or integrated with the microprocessor and may be used to store the programs A, B and C, and any other desired information. The use of such microprocessors and memory is well known in the art and thus need not be described in further detail herein.

[0013] Although the present invention has been described in relation to particular embodiments thereof, many other variations and modifications and other uses will become apparent to those skilled in the art. It is preferred, therefore, that the present invention be limited not by the specific disclosure herein, but only by the appended claims.

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