Patents Assigned to XEROS LIMITED
  • Patent number: 10597814
    Abstract: The invention provides an apparatus and method for use in the drying of substrates using a solid particulate material, the apparatus comprising: (a) housing means having mounted therein a rotatably mounted cylindrical drum; (b) access means; and (c) at least one collection means, wherein the rotatably mounted cylindrical drum additionally comprises capturing and transferring means, adapted to facilitate collection of the solid particulate material and transfer of the material to the at least one collection means. The invention also provides a method for drying a wet substrate, the method comprising treating the substrate with a solid particulate material at ambient or elevated temperature, the treatment being carried out using the apparatus of the invention. The apparatus and method find particular application in the drying of wet textile fabrics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Xeros Limited
    Inventors: Simon Paul Wells, Michael David Sawford, Gareth Evan Lyn Jones
  • Patent number: 10590499
    Abstract: A method of treating an animal skin substrate comprising: agitating the animal skin substrate with a solid particulate material and a treatment liquor; separating the animal skin substrate from effluent comprising the solid particulate material, the treatment liquor and solid waste fragments derived from said substrate; transferring the effluent to a first separator, wherein the first separator is configured to allow the treatment liquor and at least a portion of the solid waste fragments to pass through the first separator but to prevent the solid particulate material from passing through the first separator, and providing a first filtrate stream comprising treatment liquor and solid waste fragments and a first residue comprising solid particulate material and residual solid waste fragments treating said first residue to remove said residual solid waste fragments to provide cleaned solid particulate material, wherein said treating of said first residue comprises retaining said solid particulate material on a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Xeros Limited
    Inventors: Mohammed Ashfaq, Anthony Stewart, Michael David Sawford
  • Patent number: 10546261
    Abstract: A system with access to regularly updated information regarding an entity can generate information regarding the performance of that entity. For example, values of various key performance indicators (KPIs) can be determined. One or more of the values can be compared to a corresponding threshold or range. Based on the results of the comparisons, an alert can be generated and sent to a user associated with the entity, a user interface (UI) that presents information to the user about the entity can include information regarding the KPIs, or both. The system may have access to data regarding a number of similar entities. Using the data for the similar entities, one or more benchmarks for the KPIs of the entity can be determined. The KPIs can be compared to the benchmarks and the results shown in a UI, an alert, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Xero Limited
    Inventors: Tim Mole, Grant Anderson
  • Patent number: 10494590
    Abstract: The invention provides a cleaning formulation comprising a multiplicity of solid cleaning particles, wherein the solid cleaning particles comprise polymeric particles and at least one cleaning agent, wherein the at least one cleaning agent is immobilised on the surface of the polymeric particles. Typically the at least one cleaning agent is immobilised on the surface of the polymeric particles by means of chemical bonds, typically ionic bonds, hydrogen bonds, covalent bonds, polar bonds, or bonds formed by virtue of unequal charge distributions between polymeric particles and immobilised materials. The invention also provides a method for the cleaning of a substrate, the method comprising the treatment of the substrate with a formulation according to the invention, and a method for the preparation of the cleaning formulation of the invention which comprises treating a multiplicity of polymeric particles with at least one cleaning agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Xeros Limited
    Inventors: Elizabeth Jean Abercrombie, Ana America Tellechea Lopez, John Edward Steele, Stephen Derek Jenkins
  • Publication number: 20190233760
    Abstract: A method for applying a treatment agent to a substrate, wherein the treatment agent is bound to a solid polymeric particle at a first pH, and wherein the substrate is contacted with the solid polymeric treatment particles under conditions such that the treatment agent is released from the solid polymeric treatment particles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Applicant: Xeros Limited
    Inventors: Aidan LAVERY, Mehrin CHOWDHURY
  • Patent number: 10316448
    Abstract: A washing method with polymer solid particles comprises: step 1: washing clothes with the polymer solid particles, the surface of said polymer solid particles is provided with absorption holes; step 2: dehydrating the polymer solid particles and the clothes together; step 3: separating the polymer solid particles from the clothes and collecting the polymer solid particles; step 4: rinsing the clothes; and step 5: dehydrating the clothes. Before separating the polymer solid particles from the clothes, there is a step of dehydrating the polymer solid particles and the clothes together, so the user can easily separate the polymer solid particles from the clothes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Xeros Limited
    Inventors: Zhengbao He, Chunfeng Lao, Guojun Ma
  • Patent number: 10301691
    Abstract: A method for tanning an animal substrate comprising the steps: i) agitating the animal substrate with a chromium-free tanning agent; and ii) agitating the animal substrate with a tanning agent having an oxazolidine group; wherein at least some of the agitation is performed in the presence of a solid particulate material having an average particle size of from 1 to 500 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Xeros Limited
    Inventors: Addis Duki Feyisa, John Edward Steele
  • Patent number: 10287642
    Abstract: The invention relates to an improved method and apparatus for the treatment of animal skin substrates which employs a multiplicity of solid particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Xeros Limited
    Inventor: Iain Alexander Scott
  • Patent number: 10269062
    Abstract: A mobile banking reconciliation application allows a user to reconcile a business's records with banking records associated with one or more accounts of the business. The mobile banking reconciliation application can access an accounting system to obtain business records and banking records associated with the business. The banking records and business records may be displayed as a set of cards that a user can scroll and/or flip through (e.g., using the touch screen of a mobile device). The related business records displayed may be a suggestion that is based on a determination that the banking record likely matches the business record. The user may identify the appropriate business record for the particular bank record being reconciled from existing business records, or the user may create a new business record.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Xero Limited
    Inventor: Brock Stephen Abernethy
  • Patent number: 10181162
    Abstract: Automated provisioning, according to one example embodiment, enables a mutual customer to establish an intelligent and automated connection between an accounting software system and their financial institution. For example, this might be achieved by allowing a financial institution customer to make feeds from their bank accounts available to the accounting software system within financial internet software (e.g., hosted and operated by the customer's financial institution). Once a customer selects the bank account(s) they want to share with the accounting software system, they are passed along to the accounting software system to link the selected bank account with an account they have set up in the accounting software system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Xero Limited
    Inventors: Rodney Kenneth Drury, Matthew John Vickers
  • Patent number: 10081900
    Abstract: Methods for cleaning at least one soiled substrate in a rotatably mounted cylindrical drum of a cleaning apparatus with a multiplicity of solid particles are provided. One method includes the steps of: agitating the at least one soiled substrate in the drum with wash liquor and the multiplicity of solid particles for a first cleaning cycle wherein the wash liquor includes at least one cleaning agent; draining the wash liquor from the cleaning apparatus; and introducing an aqueous non-detergent medium into the cleaning apparatus and agitating the at least one soiled substrate with the multiplicity of solid particles in the drum for a second cleaning cycle. Another method includes rotating the drum such that the at least one soiled substrate moves about a generally circular path and introducing the multiplicity of solid particles into the drum through an annulus defined by the generally circular path as the drum rotates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Xeros Limited
    Inventors: Simon Paul Wells, Michael Sawford, Wayne Robert Szymczyk, Elizabeth Jean Abercrombie, Stephen Derek Jenkins
  • Patent number: 10069917
    Abstract: In various example embodiments, a system and method for automated data reconciliation processing is presented. The system receives a data movement request with a first status indicator and appends a unique request code to the data movement request. The system causes presentation of the data movement request at a client device and receives a movement response from a second server via a network. The system modifies the first status indicator of the data movement request to a second status indicator to provisionally reflect the receipt of the movement response and verifies the indication of movement from a receiving entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Xero Limited
    Inventors: Dinesh Katyal, Matthew John Vickers
  • Patent number: 10037506
    Abstract: A system with access to regularly updated information regarding an entity can generate information regarding the performance of that entity. For example, values of various key performance indicators (KPIs) can be determined. One or more of the values can be compared to a corresponding threshold or range. Based on the results of the comparisons, an alert can be generated and sent to a user associated with the entity, a user interface (UI) that presents information to the user about the entity can include information regarding the KPIs, or both. The system may have access to data regarding a number of similar entities. Using the data for the similar entities, one or more benchmarks for the KPIs of the entity can be determined. The KPIs can be compared to the benchmarks and the results shown in a UI, an alert, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Xero Limited
    Inventors: Tim Mole, Grant Anderson
  • Patent number: 10017895
    Abstract: The invention provides an apparatus and method for use in the drying of substrates using a solid particulate material, the apparatus comprising: (a) housing means (1) having mounted therein a rotatably mounted cylindrical drum (2); (b) access means (15); and (c) at least one collection means (10), wherein said rotatably mounted cylindrical drum (2) additionally comprises capturing and transferring means, adapted to facilitate collection of said solid particulate material and transfer of said material to said at least one collection means (10). The invention also provides a method comprising treating the substrate with a solid particulate material at ambient or elevated temperature, said treatment being carried out using the apparatus of the invention. The apparatus and method find particular application in the drying of wet textile fabrics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Xeros Limited
    Inventors: Simon Paul Wells, Michael David Sawford, Gareth Evan Lyn Jones
  • Publication number: 20180141089
    Abstract: An apparatus (10) for use in the treatment of at least one substrate with a multiplicity of solid particles comprising: a) a housing (20) in which a drum (40) is rotatably mounted; b) a door (60) moveable between an open position wherein the at least one substrate can be placed in the drum and a closed position wherein the apparatus is substantially sealed; c) a separator (100) mounted in the door, wherein the separator comprises a perforated portion; d) a flow pathway pipe (110) mounted on or in the housing, wherein the flow pathway pipe comprises an outlet (140); and e) pumping means (210) configured to pump treatment liquor and a multiplicity of solid particles from a first location through the flow pathway pipe and out of the outlet towards the separator; wherein the separator is arranged to direct the multiplicity of solid particles into the drum and wherein the separator is further arranged to direct a portion of the treatment liquor to a location other than the drum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Applicant: Xeros Limited
    Inventors: Michael David SAWFORD, Iain Alexander SCOTT, Thomas John WALLACE
  • Publication number: 20180134994
    Abstract: Apparatus (200) for the treatment of one or more substrates comprising a treatment chamber configured to receive a liquid medium and one or more substrates; a supply of a treatment gas comprising ozone; and one or more conduits to convey said treatment gas to a bubble generator (41) wherein said bubble generator is operable to form bubbles of said treatment gas in said liquid medium, wherein the apparatus comprises a multiplicity of solid particles (46). A method of treating one or more substrates, the method comprising agitating said one or more substrates in a treatment formulation comprising a multiplicity of solid particles, a liquid medium and bubbles of ozone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Applicants: Xeros Limited, Xeros Limited
    Inventors: John Edward STEELE, William Bauer Jay ZIMMERMAN
  • Patent number: 9932700
    Abstract: The invention provides an apparatus and method for use in the treatment of substrates, the apparatus comprising housing means (1) having a first upper chamber having mounted therein a rotatably mounted cylindrical cage (2), a second lower chamber located beneath said cylindrical cage (2), at least one recirculation means, access means, pumping means, and a multiplicity of delivery means, whereby both the apparatus and the method find particular application in the cleaning of soiled textile fabrics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Xeros Limited
    Inventors: Simon Paul Wells, Michael David Sawford, Gareth Evan Lyn Jones
  • Patent number: 9914901
    Abstract: The invention provides a method and formulation for cleaning a soiled substrate, the method comprising the treatment of the moistened substrate with a formulation comprising a multiplicity of polymeric particles, wherein the formulation is free of organic solvents. Preferably, the substrate is wetted so as to achieve a substrate to water ratio of between 1:0.1 to 1:5 w/w. Optionally, the formulation additionally comprises at least one cleaning material and, in this embodiment, it is preferred that the polymeric particles are coated with the at least one cleaning material. Preferably, the cleaning material comprises a surfactant, which most preferably has detergent properties. Most preferably, the substrate comprises a textile fiber. Typically, the polymeric particles comprise particles of nylon, most preferably in the form of nylon chips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Xeros Limited
    Inventors: Stephen Martin Burkinshaw, Jane Howroyd
  • Publication number: 20180016528
    Abstract: A method of removing at least a portion of an oxide layer from the surface of a metal substrate comprising exposing the metal substrate to a body of treatment liquor comprising a treatment formulation and a multiplicity of solid particles which comprise or consists of a multiplicity of polymeric particles and wherein said treatment formulation comprises one or more promoters selected from the group consisting of acids, bases and surfactants wherein the method further comprises causing the solid particles and the metal substrate to enter into contacting relative movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: Xeros Limited
    Inventors: John Edward Steele, Robert Andrew Bird
  • Patent number: D806740
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Xero Limited
    Inventors: Jamie Sutherland, Nazarin Hamid, Harold Emsheimer