Patents Examined by Charles Cooley
  • Patent number: 11660613
    Abstract: A separation disc for a centrifugal separator is adapted to be included in a stack of separation discs inside a centrifugal rotor for separating a fluid mixture. The separation disc has a truncated conical shape with an inner surface and an outer surface and a plurality of spot-formed spacing members extending from at least one of the inner surface and the outer surface. The spot-formed spacing members are for providing interspaces between mutually adjacent separation discs in a stack of separation discs, and the plurality of spot-formed spacing members are tip-shaped and taper from a base at the surface of the separation disc towards a tip extending a height from the surface. A stack of separation discs, a centrifugal separator and a method for separating at least two components of a fluid mixture are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Inventors: Sven-Åke Nilsson, Peter Thorwid
  • Patent number: 11660577
    Abstract: A flow distribution system for distributing and dividing the flows of at least two separate fluids, the distribution system comprising: a three-dimensional nested structure of at least two fluid transporting fractals comprising at least a first fluid transporting fractal and a second fluid transporting fractal, each fluid transporting fractal having a respective fluid inlet which bifurcates to a plurality of fluid outlets, each fluid transporting fractal being configured to facilitate a flow therethrough independent from a flow in the other fluid transporting fractal, each fluid transporting fractal extending along and about a central axis between fluid inlet and a plurality of fluid outlets; wherein each fluid transporting fractals comprises of a series of recursive bifurcation units assembled in a selected number of stages, each bifurcation unit comprising a Y-shaped bifurcated element which is fluidly connected to two successive bifurcation units, each successive bifurcation unit being rotated relative to
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Inventors: Jim Patel, Maciej Mazur, Tejas Bhatelia, Benny Kuan
  • Patent number: 11660781
    Abstract: A system provides building materials including a packaging, a lifting device and a mixing and conveying device. The packaging can be positioned by the lifting device via the mixing and conveying device in such a way that a total height of the system is less than 230 cm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Inventors: Michael Jernei, Reto Kuster
  • Patent number: 11653792
    Abstract: A bench or stand mixer includes a bowl that contains ingredients, a motor that drives an accessory, for example a beater, to process the ingredients, and a sensor. The sensor provides a signal indicative of a change in the ingredients, with the sensor cooperating with a controller, for example a processor, to control the speed of the motor, in response to the change in condition of the ingredients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Inventors: Mark Thomas, Lochana Subasekara Widanagamage Don
  • Patent number: 11649329
    Abstract: A method of forming a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) mixture with talc includes: providing a feed of PET (PET feed); providing a feed of talc (talc feed); mixing the feed of PET with the feed of talc in a mixer at a PET:talc ratio of about 3:1 to about 1:3 to form a PET/talc mixture; and providing the PET/talc mixture as output. A method of forming a Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) alloy having talc includes: providing a feed of the PET/talc mixture (PET/talc feed); providing a feed of PET (PET feed); mixing the feed of PET with the feed of PET/talc in a mixer to form a PET alloy having from about 1% (w/w) talc to about 50% talc (w/w); and providing the PET alloy as output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: OCTAL, INC.
    Inventors: Mohammed Razeem, Chris DeArmitt
  • Patent number: 11633704
    Abstract: A rotation mixer including a housing, a drive unit coupled to the housing, a carriage mounted on the drive unit for rotation relative to the housing, and a basket mounted for rotation relative to the carriage. The basket receives material to be mixed. The carriage includes an arm and a drive line coupled to the arm. The arm is mounted on the drive unit for rotation about a first axis relative to the housing, and the drive line converts rotation of the arm into rotation of the basket about a second axis relative to the arm during use of the rotation mixer. The drive line illustratively includes a belt and plurality of pulleys upon which the belt travels in a continuous loop, the belt engaging with a gear on the basket to cause rotation of the basket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Inventors: Matthew L. Gross, Dale R. Flackett, Maxiliaan Gulden
  • Patent number: 11634674
    Abstract: A method and equipment for the pressurized injection of air or other gases in a controlled manner into wine making tanks or similar for the purpose of efficiently breaking up the cap and extracting polyphenolic and aromatic compounds from the skins to the liquid portion (must) after the crushing of the grapes using the method for pumping over the grape harvest during the maceration thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Inventors: Irene Manzanero Fernandez, Juan Alberto Iniesta Ortiz, Ricardo Jurado Fuentes
  • Patent number: 11617377
    Abstract: A stirring unit of a machine for making liquid or semi-liquid food products, including: a first base element rotatable about a first axis and having a plurality of first mixing vanes and a plurality of scraping appendages connected to the mixing vanes; a first actuator, connected to the base element to set it in rotation about the first axis, a second base element rotatable about a second axis and having a second mixing vane; a processing container forming a processing chamber for processing a base product and in which the first base element and the second base element are mounted; a second actuator, connected to the second base element to rotate it, the first base element and the second base element being configured to rotate independently of each other and the first actuator and the second actuator being configured to be activated independently of each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Inventors: Andrea Cocchi, Roberto Lazzarini
  • Patent number: 11619449
    Abstract: Melting kettles for use on vehicles for continuous processing of material for applying lines, stripes, bitumen, crack sealant or the like. The kettles disclosed herein provide heat transfer by use of oil jacketed tanks. A coil may be placed along a lower section for heat transfer through a burner for heating recirculated oil. A coil may be placed in a lower section and an upper section for heating an oil jacket, as well as heat transfer from the entire circumference of a coil placed in the upper section. An upper coil can be fluidly coupled to a lower coil and positioned within the chamber a spaced apart distance from the interior wall of the melter kettle. A mixer system rotates paddles to cause continuous transfer of material around the upper coil. The melter kettle is cylindrical, but can be corrugated to increase heatable surface area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Inventor: James P. Crocker
  • Patent number: 11613046
    Abstract: A meshing-type rubber internal mixer and a working method thereof are provided. The meshing rubber internal mixer includes a frame mechanism, a mixing mechanism, and an unloading mechanism. The mixing mechanism is on the upper side of the unloading mechanism. The mixing mechanism and the unloading mechanism are in the frame mechanism. An internal mixing chamber is of a closed structure through first automatic telescopic plates and second automatic telescopic plates. The gap between a first meshing-type rotor and a second meshing-type rotor is small, a material is compressed to enter the space between the first meshing-type rotor and the second meshing-type rotor to be extruded with an internal mixing chamber wall. The material is flaky in the internal mixing chamber, so that the material produces great strain deformation, thereby achieving excellent dispersing and mixing effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2023
    Assignee: Anhui Lixin Rubber Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Bikuan Wang
  • Patent number: 11613060
    Abstract: A planetary extruder for producing and processing polymers includes a degassing section. The extruder includes a housing and a bushing arranged therein. The bushing has an internal toothing with a pitch diameter and a root circle. An externally toothed central spindle is arranged within the housing. Planetary spindles rotate about the central spindle between the central spindle and the bushing. A heat transfer fluid is guided through fluid channels which extend helically along an outer surface of the bushing and guide the heat transfer fluid axially. A degassing opening is provided to which a negative pressure is applied for degassing. A minimum radial thickness (t) of the bushing between the root circle of the internal toothing on an inside of the bushing and a bottom of the fluid channels on an outside of the bushing is selected based on the pitch diameter (d) of the internal toothing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2023
    Assignee: Entex Rust & Mitschke GmbH
    Inventor: Harald Rust
  • Patent number: 11604028
    Abstract: A melting kettle for processing of thermoplastic material. The kettle disclosed herein obtains heat transfer by use of an oil jacketed tank with an adjoining main tank for storage of hot oil and a hose tank for recovery of the hot oil. Oil expelled from the oil jacket is directed to the main tank through an opening. Spillage of oil from the hose tank is directed to the main tank through an aperture. The melting kettle reduces the space needed for oil storage, and increases operator safety by eliminating additional transfer lines. Dual kettles benefit by having the adjoining main tank placed therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Inventors: James P. Crocker, Caleb Carroll
  • Patent number: 11596911
    Abstract: Provided is a chemical injection system for connection to a chemical tank and a process line. The system includes a pump box configured to attach to the tank, the pump box including a body defining an interior, a pump assembly disposed within the interior of the body of the pump box, and an injection assembly configured to be fluidly coupled to the pump box. The injection assembly includes an injection lance having a flange and a stem, a first seal abutting a first side of the flange of the injection lance, and a second seal abutting a second side of the flange of the injection lance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Inventors: Justin James Pierce, Neil Andrew Dewitt, Garrett J. Petty
  • Patent number: 11596955
    Abstract: A method of operating a centrifugal separator is provided. The method includes supplying a liquid mixture to be separated to the inlet of the centrifugal separator, separating the liquid mixture into at least one separated liquid component and a separated sludge component, discharging at least one separated liquid component from at least one liquid outlet of the centrifuge rotor, removing gas from a space surrounding a centrifuge rotor of the separator, to obtain a sub-atmospheric pressure in the space, and discharging a separated sludge component from at least one sludge outlet arranged at a periphery of the centrifuge rotor to the space which is delimited by a frame, wherein the discharging is performed when the sub-atmospheric pressure in the space surrounding the centrifuge rotor is within a preset pressure interval ?P.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventors: Fredrik Byhmer, Erwin Kaschmieder
  • Patent number: 11590515
    Abstract: A pusher centrifuge includes a rotatable filter drum having a drum body and a piston that are configured to be reciprocated axially relative to one another, a filter drum drive shaft rigidly connected to the filter drum, a hydraulic push mechanism for generating an axial oscillating push force and connected to the filter drum so as to cause the relative reciprocating movement between the piston and the drum body, a hydraulic pump including a pump input shaft and is in fluid connection with the hydraulic push mechanism, and a drive motor including at least one output shaft connected to the pump input shaft and the filter drum drive shaft to actuate both the pump input shaft and the filter drum drive shaft. The at least one output shaft of the drive motor is connected to the pump input shaft in a manner without an intervening gearbox, thereby forming a direct drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: ANDRITZ KMPT GmbH
    Inventor: Dieter Scherer
  • Patent number: 11590466
    Abstract: A cleaning device for a mixing vessel of a food processor operated by an electric motor, wherein the mixing vessel has a vessel bottom, a circumferential wall and a cover element and can be connected to a rotary element in a torque-proof manner with the aid of a fasteners and is designed for sweeping over at least a partial area of an inner wall of the mixing vessel and mechanically removing deposits located thereon during a rotation of the rotary element about a rotational axis. The cleaning device is in the form of a bristle element or wiper element and has a C-shaped design that is in contact with the vessel bottom, the circumferential wall and the cover element such that cleaning of the vessel bottom, the circumferential wall and the cover element can take place simultaneously when the mixing vessel is closed with the cover element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: Vorwerk & Co. Interholding GmbH
    Inventors: Philipp Charopoulos, Robert Frielinghaus
  • Patent number: 11594305
    Abstract: Process and system for managing a mix design catalog of a concrete producer that involves collecting slump curve data obtained during in-transit monitoring of delivered concrete loads made from a plurality of various mix designs, wherein each mix design is identified by a different identification code (regardless of whether components are different), clustering slump curve data having same movement characteristics according to assigned strength value, and selecting a mix design to produce, to display, or both to produce and to display, from among the two or more slump data curves of individual mix designs within the same data curve cluster. The selection is based on same movement characteristic and assigned strength value, and at least one factor relative to cost, performance, physical aspect, quality, or other characteristic of the concrete mix or its components. Exemplary methods for generating new mix designs are also set forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: VERIFI LLC
    Inventors: Nathan A. Tregger, Mark F. Roberts, Lawrence R. Roberts, Gregory A. Goldstein
  • Patent number: 11577257
    Abstract: A centrifuge (10) and a method for preventing the ignition of combustible temperature control media in centrifuges (10) after a crash of the centrifuge rotor are presented. Ignition is prevented by the release of a protective gas in the event of a crash. More precisely, the released protective gas forms a flow that displaces the oxygen, distributes the escaping temperature control medium and fundamentally changes the momentary ratio of the concentration of oxygen to temperature control medium in such a manner that no ignition can take place either inside or outside the centrifuge (10). Thereby, combustible temperature control media can be used without safety concerns for controlling the temperature of centrifuges (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Assignee: Eppendorf AG
    Inventor: Heiko Müller
  • Patent number: 11571835
    Abstract: A hopper charged with a powder material, a screw arranged below the hopper and exposed at a supply port formed at the bottom of the hopper, and a rolling element in contact with the screw at the supply port are provided. The rolling element is larger than a space between end portions of the supply port and a screw groove of the screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Hiraiwa, Makoto Omura
  • Patent number: 11565440
    Abstract: A kneading apparatus includes a processor, and a extruder. The extruder includes a screw. The screw includes a screw main body. A conveyance portion, a barrier portion, and a path are provided at places of the screw main body. In at least one of the places, the path is provided inside the screw main body, and includes an entrance and an exit. The raw materials, pressure on which is increased by the barrier portion, flow in from the entrance. The raw materials flowing in from the entrance flow through the path toward the exit. The exit is positioned to be remote from the entrance in an axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignees: Shibaura Machine Co., Ltd., HSP Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Akiyoshi Kobayashi, Shigeyuki Fujii, Takafumi Sameshima, Hiroshi Shimizu