US 9,810,572 B2
Food product scale
Debra L. Dyer, Vandalia, OH (US); Robert S. Davis, Tipp City, OH (US); James E. Highley, Jr., Eaton, OH (US); Jill M. Broering, Troy, OH (US); Fredrick D. Knoop, Troy, OH (US); Randy L. Blankley, Jr., Kettering, OH (US); and John A. Dusing, Mason, OH (US)
Assigned to ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC., Glenview, IL (US)
Filed by Debra L. Dyer, Vandalia, OH (US); Robert S. Davis, Tipp City, OH (US); James E. Highley, Jr., Eaton, OH (US); Jill M. Broering, Troy, OH (US); Fredrick D. Knoop, Troy, OH (US); Randy L. Blankley, Jr., Kettering, OH (US); and John A. Dusing, Mason, OH (US)
Filed on Jul. 2, 2014, as Appl. No. 14/322,281.
Application 14/322,281 is a division of application No. 14/319,511, filed on Jun. 30, 2014, granted, now 9,377,345.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/898,061, filed on Oct. 31, 2013.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/876,613, filed on Sep. 11, 2013.
Prior Publication US 2015/0074581 A1, Mar. 12, 2015
Int. Cl. G01G 23/37 (2006.01); G06F 3/041 (2006.01); G01G 19/414 (2006.01); G06F 3/0481 (2013.01); G06Q 10/08 (2012.01); G06F 3/0484 (2013.01); G06F 3/0486 (2013.01); G06F 3/0482 (2013.01); G06F 3/0488 (2013.01); G01G 23/36 (2006.01)
CPC G01G 23/3721 (2013.01) [G01G 19/4144 (2013.01); G01G 23/36 (2013.01); G06F 3/041 (2013.01); G06F 3/0481 (2013.01); G06F 3/0482 (2013.01); G06F 3/0484 (2013.01); G06F 3/0486 (2013.01); G06F 3/0488 (2013.01); G06F 3/04817 (2013.01); G06F 3/04842 (2013.01); G06Q 10/087 (2013.01)] 7 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A scale comprising:
a weigh station for receiving items to be weighed;
an operator interface configured to display information associated with scale operations, the operator interface comprising a touch-sensitive display;
a controller operably coupled to the operator interface to effect display of information thereon, the controller configured to vary brightness of the touch-sensitive display in order to extend operating life of the touch-sensitive display,
wherein the controller is configured to effect a normal brightness setting during operator interaction with the touch-sensitive display and a dimmed brightness setting that is implemented after a set time period without operator interaction with the touch-sensitive display,
wherein the controller is configured such that, during the dimmed brightness setting, multiple selectable icons or fields for triggering respective predefined actions if selected are still displayed on the touch-sensitive display in visible form and remain live and ready for operator selection such that upon operator selection of any one of the selectable icons or fields during the dimmed brightness setting the respective predefined action associated with the one of the selectable icons or fields is carried out by the controller.