Patents Examined by Anshu Bhatia
  • Patent number: 10851336
    Abstract: Methods and systems for magnetic mixing. Particular embodiments relate to applying a magnetic field to move a magnetically responsive component in a chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventors: Doug Whitman, James Heisler, Colin Bozarth, Germaine Siew, Charles Collins, Eric Smith
  • Patent number: 10842321
    Abstract: A smart blender of the present invention pulverizes or blends food contained therein by a rotating blade. When the blender is slanted by an external force and the external force is then removed, the blender blends food contained therein while repeatedly shaking side to side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: NEURU CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Joung Geun Ahn, Byung Hyun An
  • Patent number: 10843147
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for mixing highly viscous fluids to form a mixture. The mixture is created rapidly and has a high level of uniformity. The mixture is created by utilizing induced viscous fluid folding under the influence of an electric field. The electric field is introduced by connecting a nozzle dispensing the fluids in parallel to a voltage supply and grounding a collection plate located below the nozzle. When a certain voltage is applied the co-flow viscous fluids start to fold because the electric field exerts stress on the surface of the fluids, which results in changes of the geometry and dynamics of the viscous fluids. Control of the electric field provides great control over the mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventors: Tiantian Kong, Zhou Liu, Ho Cheung Shum, Liqiu Wang
  • Patent number: 10843146
    Abstract: A laboratory device, in particular for shaking and/or mixing substances, comprises a base unit, that comprises a drive apparatus, and a pivot unit, that is pivotably connected to the base unit by means of a bearing element about axes oriented perpendicular to a central axis of the base unit. The drive apparatus comprises an arrangement of magnetic elements at an inner side of a roll-off surface of the base unit and a control apparatus that is configured to control the arrangement of magnetic elements for generating a peripheral magnetic field along a closed path at an outer side of the roll-off surface to drive the roll-off section of the pivot unit by means of magnetic attraction and/or repulsion to make a rolling-off along said path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Hans Heidolph GmbH
    Inventor: Dirk Seifferth
  • Patent number: 10836076
    Abstract: A process for extruding plastic compositions is provided. The process comprises providing a multi-screw extruder with screw elements and conveying, kneading, mixing, degassing or compounding the plastic compositions in the multi-screw extruder using the screw elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Inventors: Michael Bierdel, Thomas Koenig, Carsten Conzen, Ulrich Liesenfelder, Klemens Kohlgrueber, Reiner Rudolf, Johann Rechner
  • Patent number: 10835880
    Abstract: A system for continuously processing a combination of materials includes a continuous process vessel having an outlet and one or more inlets. The continuous process vessel is configured to oscillate along an oscillation axis. An acoustic agitator is coupled to the continuous process vessel. The acoustic agitator is configured to oscillate the continuous process vessel along the oscillation axis. An outlet passage is in fluid communication with the outlet. At least a portion of the outlet passage or at least a portion of the continuous process vessel is disposed within a portion of the acoustic agitator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Resodyn Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Andrew Lucon, Zachary Ruprecht Martineau
  • Patent number: 10827879
    Abstract: A beverage container for a blender includes one or more vibrating mechanisms coupled to a bottom portion of the beverage container or integrated within one or more walls of the beverage container. After a beverage has been blended, the one or more vibrating mechanisms are activated as the beverage is being poured. Vibrations from the one or more vibrating mechanisms are mechanically transmitted to the beverage container, thereby promoting the pourability of the beverage from the beverage container, including dislodging ingredients in the beverage that became lodged or trapped in crevices of the beverage container during the prior blending process, and freeing up beverage ingredients that accumulated at the bottom of the beverage container during the prior blending process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Inventor: Peter Martin
  • Patent number: 10821413
    Abstract: A microparticle forming device is used to form microparticles with uniform particle size and proper roundness, and includes a collection pipe, a fluid nozzle, a reactor and a filter. The collection pipe includes a fluid passage, an aqueous-phase fluid inlet, an oil-phase fluid inlet and a mixed fluid outlet, all of which communicate with the fluid passage. The oil-phase fluid inlet is located between the aqueous-phase fluid inlet and the mixed fluid outlet. The fluid nozzle has a plurality of oil-phase fluid drop outlets aligned with the oil-phase fluid inlet of the collection pipe. The reactor has a reaction chamber communicating with the mixed fluid outlet of the collection pipe, a mixing member accommodated in the reaction chamber, and a microparticle collection port communicating communicated with the reaction chamber. Two opposite ends of the filter respectively communicate with the reaction chamber of the reactor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Inventors: Cheng-Han Hung, Zong-Hsin Liu, Ming-Fang Tsai, Ying-Chieh Lin, Chiu-Feng Lin, Ying-Cheng Lu, Yao-Kun Huang
  • Patent number: 10821407
    Abstract: An extendable auger having a base section, an extension section, an extension fixation assembly and a cover. The base section includes a base section central shaft having a hollow core and a base section helical member. The extension section is positionable over the base section and includes an extension section central shaft having a hollow core and an extension section helical member. The extension fixation assembly includes a base support wall positioned at the top end of the base section central shaft and an extension abutment wall positioned at the bottom end of the extension section central shaft. The base support wall is superposable to the extension abutment wall and securable thereagainst. The extension fixation assembly further includes a fastening assembly configured to removably secure the extension section to the base section, when the base support wall and the extension abutment wall are superposed to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Groupe Anderson Inc.
    Inventors: Patrice Desrochers, Jordan Vachon, Jacques Breton, Michaël Gagnon-Bouchard
  • Patent number: 10821437
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and apparatus for manipulating fluids. The apparatus may include a microfluidic structure including inlet channels (1 and 2) and outlet channels (306, 307, 308, 309, 310, 311, 312, 313, and 314) oriented among bifurcated (5), trifurcated (6) and merging junctions (7 and 8). The apparatus splits and merges fluids flowing in the channels to produce successive dilutions of the fluids within the outlet channels. Multiple apparatus may be combined in serial, parallel, combined serial and parallel and/or stacked configurations. One or more apparatus may be used alone or to provide various devices or chambers with the diluted fluids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: The Trustees of Indiana University
    Inventors: James A. Glazier, Stephen C. Jacobson, Dragos Amarie
  • Patent number: 10814296
    Abstract: The presently disclosed subject matter relates to a system for customizing a cosmetic product. The system includes: an interface device, in electronic communication with a single batch formulation device. The single batch formulation device is configured to formulate a customized cosmetic product, and a threaded container configured to be imported into the single batch formulation device containing a base and exported from the single batch formulation device containing the customized cosmetic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Blee, LLC
    Inventors: Charles C. Brandon, Travis Floyd, Peter Phillips, Phil Powers
  • Patent number: 10816192
    Abstract: An injector mixer for a gasification reactor system that utilizes reactants includes an injector body that extends between a first face and a second face. The injector body includes a first passage that extends between the first face and the second face and has a first central axis. At least one second, impinging passage extends between the first face and second face and has an associated second central axis that has an angle with the first axis. The angle satisfies mixing efficiency Equation (I) disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Inventors: Chandrashekhar Sonwane, Kenneth M. Sprouse
  • Patent number: 10807050
    Abstract: One or more embodiments relate to systems and methods for mixing of two or more fluids using a multi-chamber manifold. One or more embodiments relate to optimal mixing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: TETRA Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Irl Richie, Scott Allen Richie, Leroy Joseph Detiveaux, Jr., Virgilio Garcia Soule, John Anthony Novotny
  • Patent number: 10807052
    Abstract: A mixing vessel for accommodating components to be mixed has a container with at least one mounting depression in a side wall of the container. The mounting depression is adapted so that a mixing impeller housing of a mixing impeller is at least partly insertable, in which at least one magnet is housed for being magnetically connectable to a drive device to be driven. A locking assembly is attachable to the mounting depression from outside for locking the mixing impeller in a storage position, in which the mixing impeller is not rotatable. The locking assembly has a magnetically active element that is adapted to interact with the magnet of the mixing impeller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Sartorius Stedim Biotech GmbH
    Inventors: Lars Boettcher, Jonathan E. Cutting, Sharon D. West, Martin Oschwald, Mike Bates
  • Patent number: 10806171
    Abstract: A fodder mixing wagon, comprising a mixing container containing a mixing device, which is adapted to be driven in a mixing process of at least two fodder components, and at least one electronically operable sensor system having a head and used for determining fodder values of at least one fodder component, the head is arranged such that it is operable in the interior of the fodder mixture during the mixing process for determining fodder values of all loaded fodder components and/or the mixing accuracy of the fodder mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventor: Cornelis Hendricus Liet
  • Patent number: 10801061
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for forming emulsions from an aqueous fluid and oil. The aqueous fluid-in-oil emulsions are useful for numerous molecular biology techniques. The system is configured to cyclically translate a chamber containing the emulsion components, along a cycle path, while maintaining the axial orientation of the chamber with respect to a horizontal plane, and without rotating the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Darren R. Link, Patrick Odoy, Akim Lennhoff, John Luckey, Xinyu Li
  • Patent number: 10799840
    Abstract: A stirring member (90) for an industrial stirrer, in particular for a stirring rod arrangement, for connecting to a stirring mechanism combinable with a container for receiving liquids, wherein the container comprises a filling opening closable with a lid for filling the container in an upper bottom wall, wherein the stirring member is connectable to a rod-shaped stirring member carrier of the stirring rod arrangement, wherein the stirring member comprises a bearing end (91) and a stirring member end (94) connected to the bearing end (91) via a link (92) and having a flow tube (93), wherein the flow tube comprises a tube wall, wherein the flow tube comprises an annularly formed accumulating surface (95) at its flow inlet cross section, wherein the accumulating surface comprises at least one circular ring sector (96) which is inclined with respect to an inflow plane of the flow inlet cross section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: PROTECHNA S.A.
    Inventors: Peter Blömer, Carsten Büsch
  • Patent number: 10792629
    Abstract: A peanut butter mixer system including: a screw-mixer formed as a continuous rod member having sequential looped coils along a length of said continuous rod member and terminating with a cutting edge; wherein said screw-mixer is powered via a motor and a powerer as manipulated by a user-operator to re-mix peanut butter in a provided container. The screw-mixer is powered via the motor and powerer as manipulated by a user-operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventor: Stacey Venables
  • Patent number: 10786117
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a food processor including a cutter head, on which a cutter is arranged; and a cup body arranged on the cutter head. The intersecting line of the side wall of the cutter head and the cross section of the cutter head is a cutter head contour line, the largest inscribed circle or the smallest circumscribed circle of the cutter head contour line is a cutter head base circle, and the central axis of the cutter head penetrates the center of the cutter head base circle. The intersecting line of the cup wall of the cup body and the cross section of the cup wall is a cup body contour line, the largest inscribed circle or the smallest circumscribed circle of the cup body contour line is a cup body base circle, and the central axis of the cup body penetrates the center of the cup body base circle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Inventors: Qian Fan, Xianghe Zeng, Jianfei Xu
  • Patent number: 10786796
    Abstract: A blender base is generally described. The blender base includes a base frame. An outer shell may be connected to the base frame. A motor housing is supported by the base frame and positioned inside the outer shell. The motor housing is isolated from direct connection with the outer shell to reduce the transfer of noise and vibration from the motor to the outer shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Management Corporation
    Inventor: Eugene J. Kozlowski