Patents Examined by Charles Cooley
  • Patent number: 10843151
    Abstract: A mixing and dispensing apparatus to facilitate automatic mixing and dispensing of a semi-liquid form of a powder material when mixed with a fluid. The apparatus comprises a mechanism to hold and rotate a cartridge, an actuation device, and an injection unit. The cartridge consists of the powder material to be mixed with the fluid. The mechanism rotates the cartridge about a primary axis of rotation and a secondary axis of rotation to uniformly mix the powder material with the fluid. The actuation device performs a piercing stroke to pierce one end of the cartridge, and a dispensing stroke to dispense the semi-liquid form of the powder material through an opposing end of the cartridge. Further, the injection unit is disposed within the actuation device to inject a pre-determined quantity of fluid into the cartridge following piercing stroke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Algimate Dental Systems Private Limited
    Inventor: Binnoy Kurian
  • Patent number: 10835081
    Abstract: A blending system is provided for identifying a blending container. The blending system may include an attachment member that attaches to a blending container. The attachment member may include an identification tag. A receiving system may communicate with the identification tag to identify the container. The receiving system may measure characteristics of the blending container. The characteristics can be compared to stored characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: VITA-MIX MANAGEMENT CORPORATION
    Inventors: David J. Kolar, Fred H. Mehlman
  • Patent number: 10835877
    Abstract: A method for producing dispersions with a defined particle size includes following steps: A) Preparation of a mixed dispersion in a predispersion process, B) introduction of the mixed dispersion into at least one continuously operating separating device, C) separation of the mixed dispersion in the separating device into coarse particles of a coarse-part dispersion and into fine particles of a fine-part dispersion, D) discharging the fine particle dispersion from the separating device into at least one storage tank, E) discharging the coarse particle dispersion from the separating device into at least one disperser, F) grinding the coarse particles of the coarse particle dispersion in the disperser into a dispersed particle mixture and returning the dispersed particle mixture to the mixing tank in the predispersion process, and G) mixing the dispersed particle mixture returned to the predispersion process with the mixing dispersion produced in the predispersion process in the mixing tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: ARCOLOR AG
    Inventor: Boris Ouriev
  • Patent number: 10829946
    Abstract: A mobile operating machine comprising a motor vehicle provided with at least one internal combustion motor which cooperates with a movement unit to move said motor vehicle, an articulated arm able to deliver concrete and a pumping unit configured to pump the concrete from said drum to said articulated arm. At least one of either the articulated arm or the pumping unit is connected to a respective hydraulic pump configured to pump a working fluid and determine the drive of said articulated arm and/or respectively said pumping unit. The mobile operating machine also comprises at least one electromechanical machine connected to said internal combustion motor, to said hydraulic pump, and to an electric accumulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: CIFA S.P.A.
    Inventors: Emanuele Zorzi, Massimo Calculli, Davide Tarsitano, Maria Laura Bacci
  • Patent number: 10827723
    Abstract: The invention provides a mixer feeder (1) comprising a mobile chassis (3), a tub (4) provided on the chassis (3) and at least one auger provided for rotation about a respective vertical axis of rotation. in the tub (4). Seen in vertical cross-section, the wall (12) of the tub (4) extends at least substantially upright from the bottom (6) of the tub (4). The wall (12) of the tub (4) curves inward at the upper side of the tub (4), sloping up and then extending downward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Peeters Landbouwmachines B.V.
    Inventor: Daniel Petrus Marie Peeters
  • Patent number: 10815752
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling wellsite equipment, including a cementing unit comprising a plurality of sensors operable to generate information related to operational status of the cementing unit and a controller comprising a processor and a memory including computer program code. Communication is established between the cementing unit and the controller. The controller is operable to operate the controller to automatically perform initialization of operation of the cementing unit, operate the controller to automatically perform a flow rate calibration of the cementing unit, and/or operate the controller to automatically perform a cement pumping operation of the cementing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Carlos Urdaneta
  • Patent number: 10814297
    Abstract: A feed mixer apparatus that includes a mixing chamber for receiving feed material, and having a mixing element situated therein for mixing the feed material; a transmission having a plurality of gears and connected with a mixing element; a control unit having a display and a plurality of control panel inputs, wherein the control unit is in at least indirect communication with the transmission and the sensors, and wherein the control unit receives a plurality of outputs from one or more of the transmission and sensors, and based at least in part on the plurality of outputs, provides an output command to effectuate a gear change in the transmission, and wherein the control unit includes a processor, a memory, and a control program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Patz Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony H. Sailer, Darrell Patz, Bradley Bedord
  • Patent number: 10792675
    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: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    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: 10786794
    Abstract: A method includes the step of receiving a first weight value from a sensor associated with a feed mixer. A first rotation speed associated with the first weight value is monitored. A second weight value is received from the sensor associated with the feed mixer and a second rotation speed associated with the second weight value is monitored. A mixing profile is generated based on the first weight value, the second weight value, the first rotation speed, and the second rotation speed. In one embodiment, a first feed ingredient is associated with the first weight value and a second feed ingredient is associated with the second weight value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Digi-Star, LLC
    Inventors: Jerome A. Bump, Jack Allen Danner
  • Patent number: 10780607
    Abstract: In order to be capable of reliably supplying a prescribed amount of fiber materials into a heating cylinder for each cycle and continuously manufacturing a homogeneous composite material, a plasticizing unit is provided with a fiber supply device 3 that supplies prescribed amount of fiber materials A2 having a prescribed length into the heating cylinder 1. The fiber supply device 3 is provided with: a cutting section 12 that cuts off a long fiber material A1 pulled out from a reel 11 into a prescribed length; a pressure-feeding section 13 that presses the fiber materials A2 having the prescribed length cut off by the cutting section 12 into the heating cylinder 1; and a fiber transfer device 45 that forcibly transfers the fiber materials A2 accumulated in the cutting section 12 to the pressure-feeding section 13. The pressure-feeding section 13 is constituted by a press cylinder 41 and a press piston 42, and the fiber transfer device 45 is constituted by a vacuum device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Toyo Machinery & Metal Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masanori Okazaki
  • Patent number: 10780212
    Abstract: A blood component collection system (10) includes a first internal pressure calculation unit (110) adapted to calculate a first internal pressure of a first pressed portion (60) using first calibration curve data (118), a second internal pressure calculation unit (112) adapted to calculate a second internal pressure of a second pressed portion (62) using second calibration curve data (120), and a correction unit (114) adapted to correct the first calibration curve data (118) in a manner so that the first internal pressure becomes equal to the second internal pressure in a state in which operation of a collection and returning pump (100) is stopped during at least one of a collection operation and a returning operation of a first cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Terumo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masatsugu Igarashi
  • Patent number: 10781474
    Abstract: A sample preparation apparatus includes a robotic system providing movement in three orthogonal directions to an arm operable to receive a pipette tip and to facilitate movement of fluid into and out of the pipette tip. Optionally, the robot can include a gripper arm in addition to the pipette receiving arm. In addition, the sample preparation apparatus can include a tray for receiving pipette tips, receptacles for receiving tubes, an apparatus for forming an emulsion, a device for forming particles that include copies of the polynucleotide, a device for enriching the particles, as well as a centrifuge for loading such particles onto a sensor array. The sample preparation apparatus can further include receptacles for holding containers of reagent solutions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Life Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Kristopher Barbee, Ryan Jones, Sean McCusker, Maximilian Carpino, John Leamon, Jonathan Schultz
  • Patent number: 10773263
    Abstract: A system is provided that includes a controller in a control cabinet, a touch screen having a plurality of control icons, a controlled device, and a single safety sensor. The controlled device is a continuous flow centrifugation system. The controller prevents operation of the controlled device without simultaneous contact by a user of both the single safety sensor and a respective one of the plurality of control icons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: ALFA WASSERMANN, INC.
    Inventors: Kurt Spiegel, Sorin Weissman, Bill Lepse, Blaine J. Marsh
  • Patent number: 10773013
    Abstract: A blood component collection system (10) includes a first internal pressure calculation unit (110) adapted to calculate a first internal pressure of a first pressed portion (60) using first calibration curve data (118), a second internal pressure calculation unit (112) adapted to calculate a second internal pressure of a second pressed portion (62) using second calibration curve data (120), and a correction unit (114) adapted to correct the first calibration curve data (118) in a manner so that, during a blood returning operation, the first internal pressure calculated by the first internal pressure calculation unit (110) becomes equal to the second internal pressure calculated by the second internal pressure calculation unit (112).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Terumo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masatsugu Igarashi
  • Patent number: 10758665
    Abstract: A biological component collection system and a circuit internal pressure acquisition method are provided, which are capable of accurately measuring the circuit internal pressure. A centrifugal separation device of a blood component collection system comprises an estimated data calculation unit that calculates estimated data B on the basis of initial data A, and a correction unit that corrects the estimated data B in a manner so that the internal pressure calculated by a first internal pressure calculation unit becomes equivalent to the internal pressure calculated by a second internal pressure calculation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Terumo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masatsugu Igarashi, David Benz
  • Patent number: 10758664
    Abstract: A centrifugal separation device of a blood component collection system comprises a data acquisition unit that acquires initial data A, an estimated data calculation unit that calculates estimated data B on the basis of the initial data A, a reaction force calculation unit which calculates a reaction force of a first applied load measurement unit on the basis of the estimated data B, and an internal pressure calculation unit that calculates an internal pressure of the first applied load measurement unit, based on the reaction force and a load detected by a first load detecting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Terumo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masatsugu Igarashi
  • Patent number: 10758878
    Abstract: A feed mixer apparatus that includes a mixing chamber for receiving feed material, and having a mixing element situated therein for mixing the feed material; a transmission having a plurality of gears and connected with a mixing element; a plurality of mixing chamber sensors positioned to sense at least one of the volume and the level of feed material in the mixing chamber; a control unit having a display and a plurality of user inputs, wherein the control unit is in at least indirect communication with the transmission and the sensors, and wherein the control unit receives a plurality of outputs from one or more of the transmission and sensors, and based at least in part on the plurality of outputs, provides an output command to effectuate a gear change in the transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Patz Corporation
    Inventors: Darrell Patz, Bradley Bedord, David C. Pellman
  • Patent number: 10744518
    Abstract: A method for monitoring a screw centrifuge, such as a solid-bowl or a screen-type screw centrifuge. The screw centrifuge processes a product so that solids conveyed out of the drum with the screw are removed from the product. A current angular speed and an average angular speed of the transmission input shaft for the screw over time are determined. The current and average angular speeds are evaluated and a warning signal and/or changing one or more operating parameters of the screw centrifuge is changed if dynamic changes in the angular speed are detected during the evaluation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: GEA MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT GmbH
    Inventor: Martin Overberg
  • Patent number: 10747240
    Abstract: A flow exchanger (FE) system comprising: a supplement pump receiving a supplement first fluid stream and outputting a pressurized supplement first fluid stream; a flow splitter comprising a flow restrictor, wherein the flow splitter receives the pressurized supplement first fluid stream and outputs a power stream and a treatment stream; a main flow manifold, wherein the treatment stream enters the main flow manifold subsequent to passing through the flow restrictor; and an FE cylinder filled downstream with a second fluid and having a fluid interface separator (FIS), wherein the power stream enters the FE cylinder upstream; wherein the power stream engages and pushes FIS downstream, thereby providing for a second fluid stream entering the main flow manifold; wherein a second fluid stream VFR=a power stream VFR; and wherein the main flow manifold provides for a manifold output fluid stream VFR=a pressurized supplement first fluid stream VFR.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Jim Basuki Surjaatmadja, Thomas M. Logan, Timothy Holiman Hunter, Austin Carl Schaffner, Iosif Joseph Hriscu, Brad Robert Bull, Robert Lee Pipkin
  • Patent number: 10744676
    Abstract: A concrete mixing system includes a vehicle, a rotatable mixing drum coupled to the vehicle, an incline and/or slump sensor, and a controller. The controller is configured to effect a change of rotational speed of the rotatable mixing drum in response to a signal from at least one of the sensors indicating an increased likelihood of spillage of concrete from the rotatable mixing drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Schwing America, Inc.
    Inventors: James Dickerman, Carl Phillip Quist, Gary Heidger, Clinton Martinez, Daryl Roehrich, Eric Seelnacht, Dang Thieu, Scott Roisum