US Patent No: 5,465,619

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Capacitive sensor

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An apparatus for detecting the level of material in a container. The apparatus comprises a power source and a first electrode, positioned adjacent the container, electrically connected to the power source. The apparatus further comprises a second electrode. The second electrode is spaced from the first electrode and positioned adjacent the container. The apparatus further comprises an electrical amplifier which is electrically connected to the second electrode. The amplifier amplifies a current induced in the second electrode and generates a voltage signal. The amplifier is adapted to maintain the second electrode at a virtual ground to minimize environmental impedance effects. The apparatus further comprises a rectifier, electrically connected to the amplifier, for rectifying the voltage signal and a comparator, electrically connected to the rectifier, for comparing the voltage signal to a predetermined voltage signal corresponding to the container being full with material.

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XEROX CORPORATIONSTAMFORD, CT18614

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Benedict, Lawrence R Rushville, NY 13 351
Dezen, William L Penfield, NY 1 110
Sotack, John D Rochester, NY 10 297
Werner, Jr Alan J Rochester, NY 25 306
Zayed, Gaith O Rochester, NY 3 150

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