Patents Examined by Benjamin M Kurtz
  • Patent number: 11180876
    Abstract: A thermally bonded filtration media that can be used in high temperature conditions in the absence of any loss of fiber through thermal effects or mechanical impact on the fiber components is disclosed. The filter media can be manufactured and used in a filter unit or structure, can be placed in a stream of removable fluid, and can remove a particulate load from the mobile stream at an increased temperature range. The combination of bi-component fiber, other filter media fiber, and other filtration additives provides an improved filtration media having unique properties in high temperature, high performance applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Donaldson Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Little, Robert M. Rogers, Derek O. Jones, Keh B. Dema
  • Patent number: 11179658
    Abstract: A filter device comprises a filter housing having a filter housing cup and a filter housing cover. An insert insertable into the filter housing comprises an eccentrically arranged and axially projecting first positioning element configured to engage a positioning contour on a side of the filter housing cup. A guide ramp is provided on the filter housing cup and interacts with a guide device arranged on the insert. The guide ramp is formed of at least one ring segment and extends continuously over at most 270°, and the guide device has a second positioning element. At least one web is arranged on the insert and forms the second positioning element, and the at least one web comprises at least two webs with different axial longitudinal extents arranged one of on the lower end plate of the insert and directly on the insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Inventor: Michael Braunheim
  • Patent number: 11179660
    Abstract: A system for filtering water in a spa that provides safety and greater filtration. The system may include a filter secured to a core. The core may include first and second cages with a plurality of openings allowing water to freely pass through the filter and core while preventing larger objects from passing through. The first cage may provide an orientation feature to position the filter in one direction. The second cage may hold mineral cartridges. The core may be secured to a fitting that is secured to the suction line of a spa via a ratchet like engagement feature. The fitting and core prevent back out of the core unless manually overriding the arm on the core which engages fins on the fitting. The filter may be removed and replaced while the core remains in place providing safety to the user. A cap secures the whole assembly into place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Bullfrog International, L.C.
    Inventors: Eric Hales, Mark W. McLane
  • Patent number: 11161067
    Abstract: A filtration system includes a filtration device having filter slats positioned in a linear array and connected via a supporting structure, the filter slats being parallel to one another and being fixed at an angle relative to the linear array; and pores created by the filter slats; a fluid flow chamber to hold the filtration device such that fluid passes through the filtration device, the fluid flow chamber having a filtration channel with an inlet to receive fluid and an expulsion channel in fluid communication with the filtration channel; a filtrate channel in fluid communication with the filtration channel such that fluid passes through the filtration device between the filtration channel and the filtrate channel, the filtrate channel having a filtrate channel outlet; one or more pressure modulating structures in fluid communication with the fluid flow chamber such that the pressure modulating structure modifies pressure in the fluid flow chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Inventors: Erin Winters-Mist Paig-Tran, James Strother, Raj V. Divi
  • Patent number: 11135534
    Abstract: A modular support structure comprising multiple chord or arc modules configured to selectively fixedly engage adjacent modules to define a completed annular support structure configured to support a rotary element of a rotary filter. The modular chord or arc segments may fixedly engaged an adjacent chord or arc segment through a fixing mechanism selected from the group consisting of: fasteners, clamps, pins, bolts, locks, locking mechanisms, key and socket mechanisms, spot welding, welding, adhesives, and other fastening mechanisms configured to engage and disengage adjacent chord or arc modules with ease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: ANDRITZ LTD.
    Inventors: Christian Harpin, Phil Morency
  • Patent number: 11125729
    Abstract: In various aspects provided are purification media and containers for dispensing a purified liquid are provided herein where a high surface area-to-volume chemically interactive purification media positioned at the outlet of a container that purifies the liquid as it is dispensed and/or extracted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventors: Moon Chul Jung, Abhijit Tarafder, Wade P. Leveille
  • Patent number: 11097216
    Abstract: A liquid separator including a vessel with an inlet for a liquid/gas mixture, where this vessel defines a space which at the top is closed by a cover, where the liquid separator is provided with an outlet for treated gas, where in the space a shield is provided that extends around the outlet and which has a bottom wall with one or more inlet openings, where a chamber is defined by the shield, the bottom wall and the cover. In the formed chamber at least one filter element is provided that extends from the bottom wall around the inlet opening, such that between the shield and the filter element an outlet zone is defined which is in connection with the outlet, where in the cover a small removable cover is provided above each filter element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Inventors: Kristof Adrien L. Martens, Steven Maurits R. Laurent, Walter Josee L. Adriaenssens
  • Patent number: 11083831
    Abstract: Provided is a filter apparatus, comprising two or more filter cartridges having a first end with an inlet and screen and a second end with an outlet and screen, and walls to contain a filter media held in a housing for holding the two or more filter cartridges in about the same orientation, and an attachment clamp connected to the housing. Also provided is a housing for holding two or more filter cartridges in about the same orientation and a method of using the filter apparatus and housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Delcath Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: William M. Appling, Stephen N. Engelhard, Matthew G. Barton
  • Patent number: 11077905
    Abstract: An oil filter exposed to an outside of an internal combustion engine that may be damaged by a stone or a similar object thrown rearwardly from a front tire. A saddle-ride type vehicle includes a power unit that includes an internal combustion engine and a transmission. The transmission is coupled to the internal combustion engine. A lower portion of the power unit forms an oil reservoir. The power unit includes an oil filter, an actuator, and a transmission mechanism. The actuator is configured to drive the transmission. The transmission mechanism is configured to transmit power from the actuator to the transmission. The oil filter is disposed outside a wall portion of the power unit. The wall portion configures a part of the oil reservoir. The oil filter is disposed adjacent to the wall portion and the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Sugiura, Hiroshi Yokota, Noriyuki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 11065569
    Abstract: Provided is an improved filtration module assembly comprising a vessel having a filtration cartridge disposed within it and a header coupled to an end of the vessel, the header including a housing having an open-ended upper end and a lower end, and an end cap including a portion that mates with a complimentary structure defined by the inner all of the open ended upper end of the housing to removable engage with the housing and the end cap may further define a passageway for fluid to flow out of the vessel. The filtration module assembly may enable an improved manifold arrangement used to communicate fluids to and from a filtration system comprising a plurality of such modules and the configurations of the present invention may facilitate improved operation of such filtration systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Inventors: Bruce Gregory Biltoft, Michael Collignon, Robert James McMahon
  • Patent number: 11045753
    Abstract: A filter assembly for fluid filtration having a push-activated lock and release mechanism. A push filter design activates a floating key lock upon insertion and extraction, where the filter key may be used simultaneously as a lock and as an identifier for particular filter attributes. The filter base may be situated inline, and in fluid communication, with influent and effluent piping, such as within a refrigerator. The filter housing assembly may be attached to, and removed from, the filter base by a push-actuated release. Upon insertion, the filter key shifts the filter lock longitudinally to receive interlocking segments. Upon extraction, the same axial push shifts the filter lock further to align the interlocking fingers within gaps that allow for easy extraction. The specific key lock design allows a user to identify and match certain filter configurations received by the mechanical support, and reject other filter configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: KX Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Stephen P. Huda, Michael J. Sherman, Steven J. Haehn, Erik R. Klimpel
  • Patent number: 11045754
    Abstract: The disclosure pertains to a filter assembly comprising a base, a cover, and a cylindrical filter element, the base being adapted to receive the cover with the filter element inserted therein. The base has an outlet orifice with a first sealing zone, and a drainage orifice with a second sealing zone. The filter element comprises an outlet tube with a first sealing element, and a drainage plug with a second sealing element, said outlet tube and said drainage plug being positioned to sealingly engage with said first sealing zone and said second sealing zone, respectively, when the base receives the cover. An axial distance (A) between the first sealing element and the second sealing element is different from an axial distance (B) between an end of the first sealing zone and an end of the second sealing zone facing the filter element. The present disclosure also pertains to a filter element for use in such a filter assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Donaldson Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Luca Ghisu, Gunther Van De Poel, Lukasz Handzlik, Joost Roels, Erwin Verbelen
  • Patent number: 11039709
    Abstract: A capsule or container is provided having optimized recycling attributes. The capsule is provided for use in a machine for preparing a consumable product from capsules. The capsule includes a body that defines an interior space with an opening. A cover is disposed over the opening. A filter is disposed in the interior space to define a chamber between the filter and the cover. The body, filter and cover are preferably formed of the same substantially pure polymer material. Ingredients are disposed in the interior space for preparing a desired product. A hinge is provided to tether the cover to the body. The cover is attached with a peelable seal to the body so that cover may be peeled away from the body while remaining tethered at the hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: 2266170 Ontario Inc.
    Inventors: Liberatore Trombetta, Yucheng Fu
  • Patent number: 11033843
    Abstract: A filter element, filter head, a filter system and methods of assembling or mounting a filter element to a filter head are provided. The filter element and filter head have cooperating axially undulating sealing regions. The filter head has a spud that has a non-cylindrical region that extends through a non-circular opening in the filter element to communicate a central bore of the spud with a central cavity defined by filter media of the filter element. The method includes angularly aligning the undulating sealing regions by inserting the non-cylindrical region of the spud through the non-circular opening of the filter element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Parker-Hannifin Corporation
    Inventors: Russell A. Sutherland, Bradley W. Harbur
  • Patent number: 11020708
    Abstract: A connecting mechanism (1) for a cartridge-type replaceable module (2) that has at least one fluid port (2a, 2b) at each of opposite sides of the module (2) in a longitudinal direction of the module (2). The connecting mechanism (1) comprises two connector elements (3) spaced apart in the longitudinal direction of the module (2) and each provided with at least one fluid connector (3b) configured to releasably inter-engage with a complementary fluid port (2a, 2b) of the module (2) at the respective side thereof, wherein at least one of the connector elements (3) is movable to perform a translational movement in the longitudinal direction of the module (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Merck Patent GmbH
    Inventors: Pascal Roitel, Germain Gaydier, Thierry Cassou, Christian Berducat
  • Patent number: 11020693
    Abstract: A fuel filter for cleaning fuel for an internal combustion engine may include a main filter and a prefilter arranged upstream of the main filter, through which a fuel is successively flowable. The prefilter may include a water separator configured to separate water present in the fuel. The water separator may include a water collection chamber structured and arranged to collect the separated water. The prefilter fluidically connected to the main filter via a conveying device structured and arranged to convey the fuel from the prefilter into the main filter. The conveying device may be configured to provide an excess pressure build up. The fuel filter may also include a suction jet pump fluidically connected to the water collection chamber via which at least one of the fuel and the water is dischargeable from the water collection chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Inventors: Michael Braunheim, Matthias Gaenswein, Uli Haeussermann, Stephan Schild, Dietmar Wilhelm
  • Patent number: 11008224
    Abstract: An apparatus for filtering and/or purifying water preferably comprises a canister having filtration chamber formed therein and a matrix mounted in the filtration chamber for filtering and/or purifying water that passes through it. Shock absorbers preferably are provided for guarding against damage to the matrix if the apparatus is dropped. Preferably, the apparatus is provided with an inlet port to the filtration chamber, a first outlet port from the filtration chamber, and a second outlet port from the filtration chamber. Water may be pumped into the filtration chamber from the inlet port to wash away dirt and debris that may build up in the filtration chamber and then exit the filtration chamber with the dirt and debris via the second outlet port when open, thereby accomplishing removal of dirt and debris from the filtration chamber without having to backwash the apparatus for filtering and/or purifying water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: General Ecology, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard T. Williams, Carl Beiswenger
  • Patent number: 11007460
    Abstract: A device for treating an effluent composed of liquid and of solid particles to obtain a treated effluent includes a filtration device using gravity separation on a rotating cloth having an inlet intended to receive the effluent to be treated and a first and a second outlet, the filtration device being designed to separate the effluent into a first flow and a second flow, the second flow comprising sludges comprising solid particles, the first flow leaving the filtration device through the first outlet, the second flow leaving the filtration device through the second outlet, and at least one recirculation device designed to recirculate at least a part of the sludges of the second flow to the inlet of the filtration device, the second outlet being linked to the at least one recirculation device. A method for treating an effluent is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Inventors: Bruno Domenjoud, Gildas Manic
  • Patent number: 11008225
    Abstract: A water pitcher with sensing capabilities is provided. The water pitcher includes at least a container adapted or otherwise shaped for retaining water therein, and a cover adapted to cover at least a portion of the container. The water pitcher further includes an indication assembly attached to the container and/or the cover. The indication assembly includes at least a sensor for detecting movement of contents within the water pitcher and/or movement of the pitcher upon expiration of a filter within the pitcher. Upon detecting movement of the pitcher, the sensor is configured to activate an indicator (e.g., an LED) for notifying a user of the expired filter and/or movement of the pitcher during the expiration period of the filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Inventor: Zhibin Zou
  • Patent number: 11001508
    Abstract: A filter housing can be configured to receive a filter media to form a filter assembly. Water filter media housings can be adapted for filter-as-you-pour filtration in the context of container (e.g., pitcher) systems where filtering is achieved as the user pours water from the container. The filter housing can have a frame and an optional casing securable about the frame. A filter assembly can include a filter media within, connected to, or associated with a filter housing. The filter media can be securable in an at least partially curved configuration and/or within, connected to, or associated with the filter housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Brita LP
    Inventors: Nikhil P. Dani, Jonathan McDonald, Nicole Doan, Jonathan Taylor Wiegele