Patents Represented by Attorney Thompson Hine LLP
  • Patent number: 8342194
    Abstract: Conveyor ware washer comprising a water treatment device (70) for treating sprayed wash liquid in such manner that the treated liquid is of potable quality of water from the microbiological point of view and hence can be used as final rinse liquid or as part of a final rinse liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Premark FEG L.L.C.
    Inventors: Dietrich Berner, Klaus Padtberg
  • Patent number: 8336935
    Abstract: A gripping device for gripping sheet material. The gripping device comprises a frame structure and a first gripping member connected thereto. A second gripping member is rotatable mounted to the frame structure. The second gripping member is rotatable between an open position and a closed position for providing a gripping force acting on an object disposed between the first gripping member and the second gripping member. A disengaging mechanism is connected to the second gripping member for moving the second gripping member from the closed position to the open position by providing pushing action acting on the second gripping member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Inventor: Eric Bourque
  • Patent number: 8338468
    Abstract: The invention relates to a microbicidal composition which comprises a mixture of at least two components, the first component being 2-methyl-3-isothiazolone (MIT) and the second component being at least one active compound selected from the following groups of active compounds: a) compound having activated methylol groups b) quats or polyquats c) carbamates d) organic acids e) aromatic alcohols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: ISP Investments Inc.
    Inventors: Andrea Wingenfeld, Christiane Ochs
  • Patent number: 8333136
    Abstract: A food product slicer includes a carriage assembly is mounted to the base for reciprocal movement back and forth past a cutting edge of a knife. An adjustable gauge plate provides variable slice thickness for food product carried by the carriage assembly. During automatic slicing, when the gauge plate is moved from the open position to the closed position, a slicer controller automatically shuts down the carriage drive in a controlled manner that causes the carriage to stop at its most forward position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Premark FEG L.L.C.
    Inventors: Samuel A. Rummel, Shahram Shariff
  • Patent number: 8318015
    Abstract: A stormwater filtration system suitable for treatment of stormwater runoff in a developed environment uses a primary treatment bay that includes a filtration bed with live plant matter. A second treatment bay treats water that exceeds the maximum throughput of the primary bay. A reservoir stores treated runoff to water the plants during dry weather. Removable trays on the surface of the primary filtration bed provide plants suitable for ground cover. Additional bays expand the filtration bed throughput and accommodate extended root systems. A flow control may be provided for the primary treatment bay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Contech Engineered Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Vaikko P. Allen, II, Jeremiah M. Lehman, James H. Lenhart, Jr., Hong Lin, Daniel P. Cobb, Gregory W Byrne
  • Patent number: 8320663
    Abstract: A method for providing an intensity or brightness measurement using a digital image-capturing device comprising: selecting a target area within a field of view of the image-capturing device, the target area containing pixels; determining the brightness of pixels in the target area; accumulating the brightness values of the pixels in the target area; and determining a pixel value representative of the pixels in the target area. A device for making color measurements comprising an image-capture device, a processor or logic device, and a memory location for accumulating color data, and the processor or logic device is programmed to perform color measurements by accumulating the data for pixels located in the target area in memory, and determining a representative color value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Color Savvy Systems Limited
    Inventors: Gary N. Bodnar, Christopher H. Pearson, Donald J. Staufenberg, Joshua M. Broehl, Bryan M. Shova, Ronald J. Duke, Karl F. Seibert
  • Patent number: 8313547
    Abstract: Multiple designs and methods for aerodynamic separation nozzles and systems for integrating multiple aerodynamic separation nozzles into a single system are disclosed herein. These aerodynamic separation nozzles utilize a combination of aerodynamic forces and separation nozzle structure to induce large centrifugal forces on the gases that in combination with the structure of the nozzle are used to separate heavier constituents of the process gas from lighter constituents. In some embodiments a number of separation nozzles are combined into a single system suitable for dynamic processing of a process gas. In other embodiments the separation nozzles are temperature controlled to condition the incoming gas to a temperature in order to encourage a phase change in certain constituents of the gas to occur within the nozzle to further enhance separation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Tenoroc LLC
    Inventor: Michael R. Bloom
  • Patent number: 8308344
    Abstract: A mixing machine includes a mixer body including a head portion that extends over a bowl receiving location. An output member extends downward from the head portion toward the bowl receiving location. A drive system is linked to the output member for effecting planetary rotation of the output member. A bowl guard support is at an underside of the head portion. The bowl guard support provides a circular support path in the form of a groove extending about a periphery of the bowl guard support. A bowl guard assembly includes a housing member and a catch member extending from a surface of the housing member. The catch member is received within the groove to maintain a vertical position of the bowl guard assembly while permitting rotation of the bowl guard assembly. The catch member is movable relative to the housing member and is biased into the groove to seat therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Premark FEG L.L.C.
    Inventors: Ellis G. Short, Joseph C. Huang, Janice Jones Schnipke
  • Patent number: 8308343
    Abstract: A beater for a mixer includes a shaft (14) including a mixer attachment portion (16), the shaft defining a rotational axis (A) of the beater. A first stabilizing arm (18) extends outwardly from the shaft and a second stabilizing arm (20) extends outwardly from the shaft and spaced circumferentially from the first stabilizing arm. A first blade (22) has an upper end connected to the first stabilizing arm at a location spaced from the shaft, a lower end located proximate the rotational axis of the beater and a leading face (40) that transitions from a substantially vertical orientation at the lower end to a downwardly angled orientation at the upper end. A second blade (24) has an upper end connected to the second stabilizing arm at a location spaced from the shaft, a lower end located proximate the rotational axis of the beater and a leading face (42) that transitions from a substantially vertical orientation at the lower end to a downwardly angled orientation at the upper end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Premark FEG L.L.C.
    Inventors: Joseph C. Huang, Dana D. Herbst, David S. Dickey
  • Patent number: 8304668
    Abstract: A food product scale is adapted to interface with an electronic product ordering system, such as a kiosk ordering system, enabling store personnel to more readily identify, process and complete such orders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Premark FEG L.L.C.
    Inventors: Harry W. Collins, Debra L. Dyer
  • Patent number: 8293959
    Abstract: A process for purification of an aromatic fraction containing acetylenes as impurities by selective hydrogenation of the acetylenes by means of a catalyst containing nickel or palladium at a temperature of not more than about 60° C. is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: ISP Investment Inc.
    Inventors: Cornelius Peuckert, Christian Lambernd, Ulrich Niggemeyer, Klaus Koester
  • Patent number: 8288089
    Abstract: A method of binding bacteriophage to particles. The method comprising the steps of exposing the particles to an electrical discharge and then mixing the activated particles with the bacteriophage. The bacteriophage are then bound to the particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Fixed Phage Limited
    Inventors: Michael Mattey, Robert Ivan Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 8279538
    Abstract: A lens system includes, in order from an object side, a first lens group with positive refractive power, a second lens group with negative refractive power that moves during zooming, a third lens group with positive refractive power, and a fourth lens group with positive refractive power that moves during zooming and focusing adjustments. The first lens group includes a lens with positive refractive power and an Abbe number vd1x that satisfies a following condition (vd1x>80). The second lens group includes a lens with positive refractive power and an Abbe number vd2x and two lenses with negative refractive power and Abbe numbers vd2y and vd2z respectively, the Abbe numbers Vd2x, Vd2y and Vd2z satisfying following conditions (vd2x, vd2y, vd2z<23). The third lens group includes a plurality of lenses with positive refractive power, an average vd3a of the Abbe numbers of the plurality of lenses with positive refractive power satisfies a following condition (77.5<vd3a<82.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Nittoh Kogaku K.K.
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Oe
  • Patent number: 8277471
    Abstract: Several embodiments of medical ultrasound handpieces are described each including a medical ultrasound transducer assembly. An embodiment of a medical ultrasound system is described, wherein the medical ultrasound system includes a medical ultrasound handpiece having a medical ultrasound transducer assembly and includes an ultrasonically-vibratable medical-treatment instrument which is attachable to a distal end of the transducer assembly. An embodiment of a medical ultrasound system is described, wherein the medical ultrasound system has a handpiece including a medical ultrasound transducer assembly and including a housing or housing component surrounding the transducer assembly. A method for tuning a medical ultrasound handpiece includes machining at least a distal non-threaded portion of an instrument-attachment stud of the transducer assembly to match a measured fundamental frequency to a desired fundamental frequency to within a predetermined limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Eitan T. Wiener, Mark E. Tebbe, Mark D. Mihal
  • Patent number: 8272343
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for developing latent fingerprints having a heat source and sublimation system wherein the sublimation system is in communication with the heat source. Upon activating the heat source, the heat transforms a cyanoacrylate and a sublimation dye of the sublimation system into vapor. The vapor contacts an object to reveal any latent fingerprints on the object. A light source excites the sublimation dye causing photoluminescent emissions which are viewed through filter goggles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Inventors: David E. Weaver, Mason Hines
  • Patent number: 8258362
    Abstract: A process for the synthesis of linear ?,?-diolefins from an allylic substrate comprises the steps of a) forming the bis-Grignard reagent XMgCH2(CH2)nCH2MgX from an ?,?-acyclic dihalide with X being a halogen; b) preparing a solution comprising an allylic substrate and a copper catalyst; c) catalyzing a coupling reaction by adding to the solution of step (b) the bis-Grignard reagent of step (a); and d) isolating and purifying the ?,?-olefin coupling reaction product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: ISP Investments Inc.
    Inventors: Krishnamurthy Nacharaju, Paul D. Taylor, Mark J. Cooney, Larry A. Crabtree
  • Patent number: 8251567
    Abstract: Mixer systems with pivoting mixer bowl arrangements are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Premark FEG L.L.C.
    Inventors: Brian A. Brunswick, Joseph C. Huang, Brian E. Bader, Janice J. Schnipke, Dana D. Herbst
  • Patent number: 8250770
    Abstract: A pulley alignment apparatus including an elongated body having a mounting surface, two elongated legs extending outward from the mounting surface, each of the legs terminating at a tip, a laser supported by the body, wherein the laser is configured to project a planar beam, a power supply for supplying electrical power to the laser, a normally-open switch configured to detect contact between the body and a pulley, wherein the switch electrically couples the laser with the power supply when the contact is detected, and a magnet supported by the body proximate the mounting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Dayco Products, LLC
    Inventor: Randall R. Diefenderfer
  • Patent number: 8252121
    Abstract: A warewasher for washing wares includes a chamber for receiving wares. The chamber has an associated liquid delivery system for spraying liquid onto wares within the chamber. A tank collects the sprayed liquid. A liquid recirculation system moves liquid from the tank back to the liquid delivery system. A drain system is located within the tank. The drain system includes a well, a liquid recirculation system inlet within the well and a drain opening within the well. A drain control assembly includes a drain stopper member and a strainer connected with the drain stopper member. When the drain stopper member is positioned to block flow through the drain opening, the strainer is positioned to block passage of tableware into the well. The strainer is mounted for sliding movement along a length of the drain stopper member enabling, when the drain stopper member is raised slightly to permit flow out of the drain opening, the strainer to remain in position to block passage of tableware into the well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Premark FEG L.L.C.
    Inventors: Brian A. Brunswick, David Fischer, Thomas A. Grueser, Steven H. Kramer, Michael T. Watson
  • Patent number: 8247480
    Abstract: A PVC composition comprising PVC and a C4-C30 alkyl pyrrolidone additive present in an amount of 0.1 to 20 phr sufficient to improve PVC processing or treatment compared to a control composition without said additive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Inventor: Hasan Kaytan