Patents Awarded to Mr. Bruce Zeier, assigned to Bravo Zulu International Ltd.
BattRecon System Process & Device: Patent #8,330,428 B2 December 11, 2012
This patent was issued in recognition that the technology used in the original BattRecon Model 4800 was a unique and novel approach to the use of an electronic signal to de-sulfate industrial lead-acid batteries. Some of the features of the process are as follows:
1) A method of de-sulfating batteries comprising electrical pulses applied to the battery using one or more channels of output power.
2) The channels of power were comprised of a specified ON State and OFF State, duration and frequency.
3) The pulse amplitude battery metric was calculated using a novel comparison of PEAK Amplitude and RMS Amplitude
4) The PEAK AMPLITUDE was measureable, electronically processed and displayed on a PEAK AMPLITUDE METER as disclosed
5) The output pulse was variable in real time by the operator, allowing the power output to be adjusted to match the variable resistance of differing batteries encountered in the field.
6) The process of measuring the battery's internal resistance using a commercially available impedance tester, then basing the termination of the applied desulfation cycle on the change in measured impedance values.
BattRecon Industrial Battery Optimization Device (Fleet-Tune) Patent 9,166,435 B2 November of 2015
This patent was issued in recognition that the technology used in the newly released Industrial Battery Optimization process, commercially known as "Fleet-Tune," was a unique and novel approach the application of a computer controlled battery optimization de-sulfation process, using integral or external devices, to minimize the internal impedance of a battery.
The optimization device uses COMMAND and CONTROL process(es) based upon the real time collection and processing of raw battery metric data, to sequence the connection of internal or external devices that apply techniques to the battery. The sequencing and application of device driven processes minimize the battery's internal resistance, or may charge, or discharge the battery. The reduction of resistance is known to increase the battery's output capacity. The sequencing of devices reduces service labor and personnel training costs.
The invention also disclosed alternative means of applying the electronic pulse. Methods such as, 1) the use of a "Timing Methodology:" the measurement of the charging time along the AC Mains sine wave from the zero crossing point," or 2) the use of a "Current Methodology:" the measurement of a current flow into the battery and the variation of subsequent current cycles, and 3) the use of a "Voltage Methodology:" the measurement of a voltage amplitude and the variation of subsequent voltage cycles.
The invention also disclosed the development and application of a High Frequency - Power Factor Corrected – Switching Isolation Transformer (HFISO) based power supply. The HFISO has the advantage of being lighter than a purely magnetic isolation means, is less expensive to build than a purely magnetic isolation means, and power factor correction results in a lower electrical operating cost than a purely magnetic isolation means. This power supply was also intended to provide the means to operate as a high efficiency battery charger.
The invention disclosed the development of the Pulse Width Modulated (PWM) battery discharge system using a unique process to discharge the battery during a load discharge test. This new process provides an increase in accurracy, a lower production cost, a significant reduction in weight, and may be remotely controlled from anywhere in the world using the BattRecon Cloud Based COMMAND and CONTROL System.
The invention also disclosed a real time, electrolyte temperature compensated, optically digitized Specific Gravity Probe. The temperature compensated, digitized specific gravity battery metric may be used to turn off internal or external battery chargers, as they near the completion of a charge. The termination of the normal battery charge could therefore be defined in terms of Electrolyte Specific Gravity. This may allow the Fleet-Tune device to modify the Charger Return Factor of chargers to prevent overcharging the battery, which is now a common practice to ensure the acid is mixed within the battery cell. The real time digital specific gravity probe will allow the Fleet-Tune device to interrupt the charging process when the acid is fully mixed, saving 10 to 40% of the daily re-charging costs.
The use of battery metrics to provide for real time qualitative analysis of the battery's condition. This data could be compared to historical battery metrics of a specific battery, or to a global battery database of "like kind" batteries, to determine battery life remaining of that battery.
The use of real time battery metrics to modify, reduce or eliminate the practice of equalization charging, that is, the weekly or periodic overcharging of batteries to reduce their levels of sulfation, and to ensure the acid is properly mixed within the cell to prevent "Acid Stratification."
The collection, processing, comparing and storing of the following list of battery metrics for use in the Command and Control of applied devices to a battery, such as battery chargers, battery de-sulfation devices, and battery discharge testers.
1) Battery electrical consumption during charging in Kilo-watt hours (KWH).
2) Battery electrical production during discharging in KWH.
3) Battery electrical consumption during charging in Amp Hours (A/H).
4) Battery electrical production during discharging in A/H.
5) Battery Voltage
6) Battery cell voltage - calculated.
7) A real time battery cell electrolyte temperature measurement.
8) A real time battery qualitative scoring process referred to as a "Q Function."
9) A real time impedance battery measurement.
10) A real time, digitized battery cell electrolyte specific gravity measurement.
11) A real time battery cell external temperature measurement.
12) An individual cell, real time electrolyte level measurement.
13) An applied battery Peak to Peak amplitude measurement.