US 9,809,416 B1
Cable reel length calculator
Stephen Lee Spruell, Woodland, AL (US)
Assigned to Southwire Company, LLC, Carrollton, GA (US)
Filed by Southwire Company, LLC, Carrollton, GA (US)
Filed on Dec. 13, 2013, as Appl. No. 14/105,429.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/737,773, filed on Dec. 15, 2012.
Int. Cl. G01B 7/00 (2006.01); G01B 15/00 (2006.01); B65H 63/08 (2006.01); B65H 54/28 (2006.01)
CPC B65H 63/08 (2013.01) [B65H 54/2854 (2013.01); B65H 54/2878 (2013.01); B65H 63/082 (2013.01); B65H 63/086 (2013.01); B65H 2557/24 (2013.01)] 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A method for calculating a remaining length of a cable on a cable reel, the method comprising:
causing, by a processor of a computing device, a first screen of at least one graphical user interface to be displayed on a display of the computing device;
receiving, at the processor, via the first screen of the at least one graphical user interface, a first input of a first distance between an edge of a first flange of the cable reel and a top portion of the cable remaining on the cable reel, wherein the first input is received on a touchscreen associated with the display of the computing device;
processing, by the processor, the first input to determine a second screen of the at least one graphical user interface to cause to be displayed;
causing, by the processor, the second screen of the at least one graphical user interface to be displayed on the display of the computing device;
receiving, at the processor, via the second screen of the at least one graphical user interface, a second input of a winding characterization indicating how the cable is wound on the cable reel, wherein the second input is received on the touchscreen associated with the display of the computing device;
determining, by the processor, based at least in part on the winding characterization, a factor;
receiving, at the processor, via at least one third screen of the at least one graphical user interface, a third input of dimensions of the cable reel, the dimensions of the cable reel comprising:
a diameter of the first flange,
a cable reel traverse distance indicating a distance between the first flange and a second flange of the cable reel, and
one of a diameter of a drum of the cable reel or a distance between an outer diameter of the drum of the cable reel and the edge of the first flange; and
calculating, by the processor, the remaining length of the cable on the cable reel based, at least in part, on the first distance, the factor, and the dimensions of the cable reel.