Patents Examined by Charles Cooley
  • Patent number: 10434697
    Abstract: A barrel main body, a sleeve, and a fixing mechanism (a fastening hole and a fastening device) are provided. The barrel main body includes a barrel hole having a cylindrical shape and a slit dividing an inner circumferential surface of the barrel hole. The sleeve having a hollow cylindrical shape is removably incorporated into the barrel hole. The slit includes two cutout surfaces facing each other with a space between. The fixing mechanism brings the inner circumferential surface of the barrel hole into close contact with the sleeve without any gap by narrowing the space between the cutout surfaces and deforming the barrel main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Toshiba Kikai Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shozo Suzuki, Masatoshi Ohara, Yasuhiro Maekawa
  • Patent number: 10433632
    Abstract: A shaker bottle having a vessel for retaining a liquid volume, a lid for closing said vessel, a container for storing a powder supplement, and an accessory compartment for storing valuables. The container is releasably arranged to a lower surface of the lid. The vessel is foldable for providing a folded state of the shaker bottle during transportation. The container is received by the bottom of the vessel in the folded state, and thus the release of the container is locked. In an unfolded state the container is released for supply of the powder supplement to the liquid in the vessel, while the container is serving as a stirring device. A method for use of the shaker bottle is provided for securing a safe storing of powder supplements during transportation and for improving the functionality of a shaker bottle for every user with an active lifestyle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: ZiiiP Bottles AB
    Inventor: Mevludin Resic
  • Patent number: 10434522
    Abstract: A fixed angle centrifuge rotor includes a rotor body having a circumferential sidewall and a plurality of circumferentially spaced tubular cavities. Each tubular cavity has an open end and a closed end, and is configured to receive a sample container therein. The rotor further includes a pressure plate operatively coupled to the rotor body so that the pressure plate, in combination with the plurality of tubular cavities and the circumferential sidewall of the rotor body, define a hollow chamber within the rotor. The rotor further includes a plurality of elongated torque transfer members supported by the rotor body and an annular containment groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Fiberlite Centrifuge, LLC
    Inventor: Sina Piramoon
  • Patent number: 10427118
    Abstract: An ultrasonic mixing reactor configured for mixing of plant nutrients for greater absorption using cavitation. The reactor includes a venturi nozzle fluidly connected to a nozzle device having at least one annular shaped plate comprised of a plurality of apertures constructed and arranged to create cavitation. The nozzle device is fluidly coupled to a first ultrasonic reactor having a plurality of variable frequency ultrasonic transducers mounted within the first ultrasonic reactor for generating acoustic cavitation of the bulk mixed plant nutrients. The first ultrasonic transducer is fluidly connected to a second ultrasonic reactor having a plurality of variable frequency ultrasonic transducers mounted within the second ultrasonic reactor for generating acoustic cavitation of the bulk mixed plant nutrients. The second ultrasonic reactor discharge is fluidly coupled to a plate static mixer constructed and arranged to create hydrodynamic mixing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Brisben Water Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Dennis McGuire, Naresh N. Mahamuni
  • Patent number: 10427119
    Abstract: A blender system includes a blender and container. The blender includes a bottle including a blending chamber with a bottle opening and a shoulder about the bottle opening, and a lid configured to couple with the bottle and that includes a container receiver. The container includes a nutrient receptacle to receive contents with a closed end and a receptacle opening opposite the closed end, a lip about the receptacle opening, and at least two flaps coupled to the lip via a lip hinge and positioned to cover a portion of the opening. Coupling the lid to the bottle with the container in the container receiver presses the lip towards the closed end so that the at least two flaps are pushed open to discharge the contents into the blending chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: JOOSTER IP AG
    Inventor: Christoph Bertsch
  • Patent number: 10427170
    Abstract: A rotor of a centrifugal separator, wherein the rotor comprises a central shaft on which an axially movable plate stack, formed by multiple plates, is arranged. A stack base is arranged on the shaft under the plate stack. A stack cap is arranged in an axially moveable manner on the shaft above the plate stack. The rotor includes a compression spring surrounding the shaft, with a first end supported on the shaft and a second end supported on the stack cap, pressing the plate stack together. The rotor includes a sleeve-like extension arranged on the stack cap, projecting into the plate stack and surrounding the shaft with a separation. The compression spring is located inside the extension, at least over a majority of the axial length thereof. A support surface for the second end of the compression spring, is arranged on a base of the extension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: HENGST SE
    Inventors: Markus Lüersmann, Mustafa Kuzgunoglu-Hennecke, Sergej Konkov
  • Patent number: 10413876
    Abstract: A mixer (2) includes: a pair of rotors (44) arranged to have a gap (SP2) therebetween; a casing (45) in which a chamber (C2) in which the pair of rotors (44) is disposed, an introduction port (51) for introducing a material to be mixed (W) into the chamber (C2), and a discharge port (52) for discharging the material to be mixed (W) from the chamber (C2) are formed; a sensor (80) which is disposed above the pair of rotors (44) and detects variation in position or pressure of the material to be mixed (W); and a control unit (82) which controls rotation of the pair of rotors (44), based on a detection result of the sensor (80).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES MACHINERY SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshihito Urakami, Jiro Agawa, Takashi Moribe, Shinichi Noguchi
  • Patent number: 10399050
    Abstract: A blender system includes a blender and container. The blender includes a bottle including a blending chamber with a bottle opening and a shoulder about the bottle opening, and a lid configured to couple with the bottle and that includes a container receiver. The container includes a nutrient receptacle to receive contents with a closed end and a receptacle opening opposite the closed end, a lip about the receptacle opening, and at least two flaps coupled to the lip via a lip hinge and positioned to cover a portion of the opening. Coupling the lid to the bottle with the container in the container receiver presses the lip towards the closed end so that the at least two flaps are pushed open to discharge the contents into the blending chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Jooster IP AG
    Inventor: Christoph Bertsch
  • Patent number: 10384216
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for separating cell suspension into centrate and concentrate includes a solid wall rotatable centrifuge bowl (82). A single use rotatable core (88) is positioned in the bowl and bounds a cavity (90) which serves as a separation chamber. The bowl rotates about an axis (84). An inlet tube (92) and an outlet tube (102) extend along the axis in the bowl cavity. The centripetal pump (98) in the cavity is in connection with the outlet tube. The centrate discharge pump (120) is in connection with the outlet tube. A pressure damping reservoir (122) is fluidly connected between the outlet tube and the discharge pump. At least one control circuit (142) is operative to control the apparatus to maintain a positive pressure above atmospheric pressure within the cavity, so as to maintain the cell suspension away from at least one seal (106) that bounds the interior of the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Pneumatic Scale Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel S. Sutton, Stephen B Kessler, T David Marro
  • Patent number: 10384848
    Abstract: A frame delimits an inside space and includes a peripherally closed side wall and two transverse openings or one transverse opening and a transverse end wall. It is capable of allowing the airtight engagement of the open free edge of a side wall in film form of a receptacle that is at least partially deformable. It is specially designed for the creation of a 3D container. The frame is also able to act as a support for at least one functional port or attachment port of a functional element. Its axial size is adequate for delimiting a space of a size that is at least equal to the axial dimension of the functional element, so that the latter can be completely housed within the inside space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: SARTORIUS STEDIM FMT SAS
    Inventors: Magali Dominique Corinne Barbaroux, Eric Chevalier, Isabelle Valerie Christine Gay
  • Patent number: 10384212
    Abstract: An industrial powder making device having spiked hammer and blade arms. The device includes a powder making cylinder body, spiked hammer arms, a front oblique hammer, vertical hammers, a hammer arm, a detachable rack, a detachable rack inner bulge, spiked blade arms, a front oblique blade, high-hardness wear-resistant alloy sheets, a blade arm, a rotating shaft, a rotating shaft groove, a clamping piece, a feeding port, a discharging port, bearings, a rotating power module, a liquid nitrogen storage tank, a pipeline, a valve, nitrogen input holes, a nitrogen output hole, a fine particle collection device and a disc bevel discharging control device. An operating method is: crushing the ore by the spiked hammer arms, grinding the ore by the spiked blade arms, cooling with nitrogen, controlling equivalent input and output of the ore, and crushing and grinding the ore according to an established route, thereby realizing rapid powder making.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: SHENZHEN TONGYIKA TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yong Chen, Zhenghui He
  • Patent number: 10384215
    Abstract: An apparatus for removing impurities from a fluid stream includes a support structure, a separator unit rotatably mounted on the support structure, and a motor and/or an array of vanes for rotating the separator unit on the support structure. The separator unit has a longitudinal axis of rotation extending through a longitudinal tube disposed centrally within the separator unit. The longitudinal tube is connected or connectable to a pressurized source of fluid requiring separation, the longitudinal tube having one or more openings for receiving fluid under pressure from the said source and one or more lateral openings for introducing the fluid into the separator unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: GM INNOVATIONS LIMITED
    Inventor: Gerard Melling
  • Patent number: 10384211
    Abstract: A ring gear used in a mechanical exfoliation apparatus having a plurality of canisters to hold particulate material and media is provided. The ring gear having an inside surface, an outside surface, a front face, and a back face. The inside surface defining a plurality of beveled gear teeth and the outside surface defining a plurality of recesses that are configured to accommodate the plurality of canisters of the mechanical exfoliation apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: XG SCIENCES, INC.
    Inventors: Scott L. Murray, Jim L. Peyton, Korey Morris
  • Patent number: 10369534
    Abstract: A convertible mixer assembly converts a hand mixer for use as a stand mixer with additional attachments. The assembly includes a motor positioned within a mixer housing. Mixer ports extend into the mixer housing. A handle coupled to the mixer housing allows handheld use. Beater attachments are removably coupable to the mixer housing and rotated by the motor. A connector extends from the mixer housing. A slot extends into an outer surface of a stand. The slot receives the connector such that the stand is configured for holding the mixer housing for use without the mixer housing is handheld.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: Tammie E. Davis
  • Patent number: 10357784
    Abstract: A solid-bowl screw centrifuge has a centrifuge drum that can rotate about a longitudinal axis during operation. The centrifuge drum has a front wall with at least one discharge opening for discharging clarified product from the centrifuge drum. A weir edge is formed at the discharge opening radially toward the outside. An energy recovery device is provided for recovering energy from the clarified product that is being discharged. The energy recovery device defines a discharge pipe through which the clarified product passes as the clarified product flows out. The energy recovery device is situated on the outside of the front wall and in front of the discharge opening that has the weir edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: FLOTTWEG SE
    Inventor: Manfred Schlarb
  • Patent number: 10357788
    Abstract: A rotor is mounted in a stationary casing of a centrifugal separator. An electrical rotation sensor with a first electric coil mounted on the rotor and a second electric coil, connectable to a power source and mounted on the casing, is provided. A processor associated with the second coil detects voltage oscillation induced in the second coil when the rotor rotates to calculate and display rotor speed. The first coil is connected in a circuit including electrodes exposed to the interior of the rotor at a predetermined position. The voltage across the second coil changes when the electrodes are contacted by accumulated material in the interior of the rotor. This change is detected to provide an indication that cleaning of the rotor is required. A permanent magnet is mounted on the rotor and causes automatic charging of the battery via the stator coil when the rotor rotates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: MANN+HUMMEL GmbH
    Inventor: Nigel Burford
  • Patent number: 10350615
    Abstract: A centrifuge (10) comprising a housing (12), a rotor (32), a safety vessel (26) in which the rotor (32) is supported on a drive shaft (37) extending through the safety vessel (26) and a centrifuge cover (16) limiting an inner space (24) of the housing (12), wherein the safety vessel (26) is provided in the inner space (24), a gaseous coolant enters the inner space (24) via a suction opening (20), flows through the inner space (24), thereby guided laterally past the safety vessel (26) and at least sectionally past the drive motor via the rotor (32), and laterally exits the inner space (24) of the housing (12) through an outlet opening (46). The invention is characterized by a channel (41) being provided for the gaseous coolant, running around the safety vessel (26) at least in part and formed by the safety vessel (26) and at least one flow guidance (40), provided in radial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: ANDREAS HETTICH GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Klaus-Guenter Eberle, Matthias Hornek, Robert Hegele
  • Patent number: 10352834
    Abstract: A method of processing at least one biological sample capable of containing at least one target microorganism, the method being carried out within a container and including: (a) performing at least one step of homogenizing the biological sample, during which contents of the container are displaced from a level n, corresponding to a level of the contents at rest, to a homogenization level nh, distinct from the level n, and vice versa; and (b) generating a displacement of the contents to a level n+1, which is different from levels n and nh, such that the contents come into contact with at least one culture, at least one analysis device, or a combination thereof, positioned in a chamber of the container, between level n+1 inclusive and level nh exclusive, wherein step b) takes place before, after or during all or part of the homogenization step a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: BioMerieux
    Inventors: Florent Baril, Bruno Colin, Jean-Pierre Flandrois, Thomas Junillon, Benoît Mallen, Edgard Minassian, David Mosticone, Antoine Vimont
  • Patent number: 10335803
    Abstract: A modular centrifuge device for separating fluid samples, including a housing having a modular power assembly mechanism for rotating samples with manual or electric power. A manual centrifuge device, including a housing having a power assembly mechanism for rotating samples with manual power, and a speed indicator for indicating if a predetermined speed has been reached and a time indicator for indicating if a predetermined or calculated time has been reached for rotating said samples operatively connected to the device. A method of centrifuging samples, by selecting a manual power mode or electric power mode on a centrifuge, rotating samples at a predetermined speed for a predetermined or calculated time, alerting a user that the predetermined speed and predetermined or calculated time have been achieved, and obtaining separated samples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Sisu Global Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Carolyn Yarina, Alexander Matthew Thinath, Nicholas Cobane, Jenna Boeing, Melissa Sweeney, Kattlynn Chartier, Dominic Calabrese, Nathan Pastuzyn, Hannah Grace Cheriyan, Katherine Kirsch, Naveed Iqball, Swetha Viswanatha
  • Patent number: 10335804
    Abstract: A centrifuge (10), in particular a laboratory centrifuge, comprising a rotor (12) for receiving containers with material to be centrifuged, a drive shaft (14) on which the rotor (12) is supported, a motor (18) which drives the rotor (12) via the drive shaft, a bearing unit (30) with damping elements (36) each having a spring axis (36a), and a support element (54) for fixing the motor (18) in the centrifuge via the bearing unit (30), wherein the spring axes (36a) of the damping elements (36) are placed at an acute angle ? to the rotational axis Y of the motor (18). The invention is characterized in that the bearing unit (30) comprises a plurality of struts (34), preferably 3 to 21, which are connected to the damping elements (36), wherein the struts (34) are placed and arranged so that they are concentrically aligned with the respective spring axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: ANDREAS HETTICH GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Klaus-Guenter Eberle, Erik Rainer Gerlach, Fritz Walter Bernd Fiedler, Christoph Pabst, Marcellus Geiselmann, Armin Brendle