Patents Assigned to Ecolab USA Inc.
  • Patent number: 10753483
    Abstract: A material supply assembly includes a valve assembly having an outer valve member and an inner valve member rotatable relative to the outer valve member. A plurality of discharge seals may be provide between the outer valve member and the inner valve member, with one of the discharge seals extending around openings of the outer valve member or openings of the inner valve member. A first circumferential seal may also be provided. An engagement structure including a plurality of spaced apart vertical engagement projections and a plurality of complementary configured engagement recesses may be provided between the valve assembly and the base. A locking arm having a locking member may be provided with the locking member positioned in a locking receptacle. A projection engages the locking arm to move the locking member from the locking receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Thaddeus Hans Feiler, Hope Emily Weilage, Kenneth Thomas Dobizl, Michael Henry D'Heilly, Nathan John Millner
  • Patent number: 10751762
    Abstract: Aluminum safe degreaser and pre-soak compositions, methods of making, and uses thereof are disclosed. In particular, a solid degreaser composition is described which provides soft metal protection against corrosion, avoids silicate staining, and maintains efficacy for removal of heavy baked-on carbon, shortening, caramelized, and greasy soils from bakery and deli wares.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Bethany Carter, Karen Rigley, Lee Jones
  • Patent number: 10755210
    Abstract: One embodiment includes a method for monitoring a CIP process previously performed. The method includes accessing CIP process data stored in a CIP library. The CIP process data includes CIP phase data associated with a plurality of CIP phases in the CIP process previously performed, equipment data associated with objects used in the CIP process during one or more of the CIP phases, and consumable data associated with consumables consumed by corresponding equipment in the CIP process. In addition, the method includes displaying at least a portion of the CIP process data, and providing a graphical user interface. The graphical user interface is configured to: organize the CIP process data into at least one of (i) a plurality of CIP phases or (ii) consumable data, and sort equipment data according to one or more of the plurality of corresponding CIP phases or corresponding consumables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Curran, Finn Jensen, Jonathan Kingsbury, Paul Schacht, Juli Young, James Krohn
  • Patent number: 10751438
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to fluorescent marking compositions and their use to determine whether a surface has been cleaned. More particularly, the marking compositions comprise fluorescent polymers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Wegner, Erin Brown, Jeffery Atkins, Paul Zinn, Robert Walicki, Lanhua Hu
  • Patent number: 10751680
    Abstract: An apparatus, method and system providing for calibration and/or control of a liquid dispensing system is disclosed. The hand-held calibration auditing tool includes a flow meter (36-37) with inlets adapted for quick connection to one or more liquid inputs to a liquid dispensing system (10). A sensor (94-95) having a data output of liquid flow information for a liquid input to the dispensing system (10) is operably connected to a controller (12) to receive the liquid flow information for the liquid input. The controller (12) provides a dilution rate and other liquid flow information for a liquid product input to a dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Henry L. Carbone, II, Richard J. Mehus, Kevin C. Tauer, Anatoly Skirda, Eugene Tokhtuev, William M. Christensen
  • Publication number: 20200263117
    Abstract: Provided is a method of processing stillage from an ethanol production process. The method comprises treating stillage comprising oil, protein, and water upstream of a separation, concentration or evaporation step with at least one coagulant and at least one flocculant, thereby forming treated thin stillage comprising solids which include at least a portion of the oil and protein; and clarifying the treated stillage via a solid/liquid separation process thereby forming clarified stillage and a separated solids phase comprising at least a portion of the solids from the treated stillage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2020
    Publication date: August 20, 2020
    Applicant: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventor: Lan Xiao
  • Patent number: 10745608
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to methods for removing deposits in an oil or gas well by contacting the annular fluid in a batch-wise method with an effective amount of a composition comprising a water-soluble copolymer. These methods are advantageous because they can be used as needed to improve well operation. The methods use a water-soluble copolymer comprised of an acrylamide monomer and one or more cationic monomer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Marcus D. Faust, Jr., Tri T. Phan, Theophilus Edovia, Mathew Hancock
  • Patent number: 10745345
    Abstract: Disclosed are compositions and methods for preventing or reducing polymer formation and polymer deposition in equipment used in petrochemical processes. An antifoulant composition includes a combination of one or more antioxidants; one or more antipolymerants; one or more dispersants; and one or more solvents. A method of preventing or reducing fouling of process equipment used in an industrial process is also described. The method includes introducing into the process equipment an antifoulant composition, the antifoulant composition comprising a combination of one or more antioxidants; one or more antipolymerants; one or more dispersants; and one or more solvents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Anahita Khanlari, Andrew R. Neilson
  • Patent number: 10745651
    Abstract: Detergent compositions and methods of preparing and using the detergent compositions are disclosed. The detergent compositions comprise a polymer system comprising at least one polycarboxylic acid polymer, copolymer, or terpolymer, an alkalinity source comprising an alkali metal carbonate, a nonionic surfactant and water. The detergent compositions are suitable at alkaline pH and reduce or prevent scale formation, improve soil dispersion, and provide effective detergency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: David Dotzauer, Timothy Meier, Carter M. Silvernail, John Mansergh
  • Patent number: 10745862
    Abstract: Water-free compositions suitable for application as a surface size to a cellulosic substrate, and methods of applying the water-free compositions to the surface of a cellulosic substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: ECOLAB USA INC.
    Inventors: Gabriel Fernando Sanapo, Matieu Jacques, Tommy Giguere
  • Patent number: 10746653
    Abstract: An optical sensor determines a characteristic of a fluid medium based on a plurality of detector outputs and a characteristic model. The optical sensor directs light into the fluid medium, detects light at each of a plurality of wavelengths transmitted through the fluid medium, and produces therefrom the plurality of detector outputs. The characteristic model provides an estimate of the characteristic of the fluid medium based on a partial least squares analysis of optical transmission measurements through at least one reference fluid medium having a known characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Paul R. Kraus, Victor N. Morin
  • Patent number: 10745623
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to methods and process agents for bitumen extraction from ore. More specifically, the method comprises contacting a process agent to the ore and adding water to form a bitumen-containing slurry. The process agent comprises sodium silicate, an aluminate, a dodecyl sulfate, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Ali Faghihnejad, Song Gao, Meng Luo
  • Patent number: 10745650
    Abstract: The invention includes a solid rinse aid that is particularly designed for extrusion solid formation and which is effective for creating spotless surfaces after rinsing. According to the invention, application has identified the critical combination of solid surfactants, coupling agents, hydrotrope, and hardening agents that is acceptable in the extrusion process to create a solid. The hydrotrope includes one or more short-chain alkylbenzene and/or alkyl naphthalene sulfonates. The composition hardens quickly but not so quick as to negatively impact the extrusion process. The compositions may also be used to form pressed or cast solids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Janel Marie Kieffer, Katherine Molinaro, Gary Becker, Tobias Foster, Karina Labusga
  • Publication number: 20200255569
    Abstract: A process for making down a powder is provided. The process comprises making down a powder comprising one or more acrylamide-based polymer(s) to form a made down powder solution, comprising blending a mixture of the powder and a solvent for no more than about 15 minutes to yield the made down powder solution, wherein the powder comprises particles having been dry-cut to a median particle size of from about 200 microns to about 10,000 microns.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Applicant: ECOLAB USA INC.
    Inventors: Heqing Huang, Cheng Sung Huang, Weiguo Cheng
  • Patent number: 10737302
    Abstract: Peroxyformic acid compositions for removal of biofilm growth and mineral deposits on membranes are disclosed. In particular, peroxyformic acid compositions are generated in situ or on site generation for the reduction and prevention, of biofilms and the mitigation of mineral buildup on the membranes. The compositions according to the invention are compatible with the membranes under application of use conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Junzhong Li, Cynthia Bunders, Richard Staub, Paul Frazer Schacht, Caleb Power
  • Patent number: 10737281
    Abstract: Improved sparge compositions for reverse froth flotation separation and uses thereof, and improved methods of reverse froth flotation are described. Described are sparge compositions comprising collectors and beneficiating agents, the collectors comprising sulfonated fatty acids and/or salts thereof, and the beneficiating agents comprising a hydroxy fatty acid composition. The sparge compositions are suitably used in the reverse froth flotation to separate phosphate beneficiary from ores comprising phosphate and dolomite, calcite, silicate, and/or other gangues. The disclosed compositions and methods exhibit improved separation of phosphate from such ores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Jianjun Liu, Suresh R. Sriram, Kevin O'Brien, Daniel N.T. Hay
  • Patent number: 10736860
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to antiviral compositions that provide efficacy against non-envelope viruses such as noroviruses. The antiviral compositions comprise an alkyl 2-hydroxycarboxylic acid and an effective amount of a sulfonated surfactant. The composition may be used as a topical on human skin, as a hand sanitizer or as a hard surface cleaning composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: ECOLAB USA INC.
    Inventors: Daniel E. Pedersen, Hilina Emiru, Carter Martin Silvernail
  • Patent number: 10738138
    Abstract: Disclosed are paraffin inhibitors, paraffin suppressant compositions, and methods of making and using them. The paraffin inhibitors comprise polymers of a maleic moiety polymerized with at least two olefins having hydrocarbon chains of a different length from each other. When added to hydrocarbon media such as crude oils to form crude oil compositions, the paraffin inhibitors inhibit the precipitation of paraffin waxes in the crude oil compositions and exhibit reduced precipitation, gelling, and/or crystallization from the hydrocarbon media when the media are subjected to sustained low temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Kousik Kundu, Susan Amy Garner, Thomas O. Painter
  • Publication number: 20200248409
    Abstract: A method of incorporating a low molecular weight polymer (e.g., polymer strength aid) into an industrial process (e.g., papermaking process) is provided. The method comprises treating an industrial process (e.g., paper sheet precursor) with a powder or wetted powder, wherein the powder comprises a polymer dry polymer (e.g., polymer strength aid), wherein the polymer dry polymer (e.g., polymer strength aid) has a weight average molecular weight of from about 10 kDa to about 2,000 kDa.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Applicant: ECOLAB USA INC.
    Inventors: Robert M. Lowe, Weiguo Cheng, David Jordan, Heqing Huang
  • Patent number: D892614
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Paul J. Boeijen, Diego Fort