Patents Examined by David L. Sorkin
  • Patent number: 10415229
    Abstract: A sewage system component spray assembly is attached at a predetermined height above pumps in the interior of the component and has at least one nozzle for spraying liquid downwardly and generally tangential to a center of the sewage system component. Operation of the nozzle causes the liquid to disperse floating material on the sewage surface and creating a rotational flow around the center to direct such material to the pumps. The source of the sprayed liquid may be internal to the sewage system component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventor: John O. Roper
  • Patent number: 10406524
    Abstract: A reagent preparation assembly includes a body and a reaction chamber adjacent the body, the reaction chamber includes a reagent therein, such as a lyophilized reagent. An access port extends into the reaction chamber, and the access port is configured to receive an instrument. A seal extends across a portion of the reaction chamber and the access port. A reconstitution assembly is movably coupled with the body. The reconstitution assembly includes a plunger, a syringe and a piston. The plunger is movably coupled with the body. The syringe is selectively engaged with the plunger. The syringe includes a solution reservoir containing a solution, and movement of the syringe pierces the seal. The piston is selectively engaged with the plunger, and the piston is movably coupled within the syringe. Movement of the piston pushes the solution into the reaction chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Biolyph, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy Pearcy, James G. Skakoon
  • Patent number: 10400205
    Abstract: In accordance with embodiments of the herein disclosed subject matter it is described a stirring device (100) comprising a shaft rotatable about an axis of rotation; a stirring element (106) attached to the shaft, the stirring element (106) having a recess (108); the recess (108) having a surface portion (114) and an edge (116), the edge (116) defining an opening which provides access to the surface portion (114); the recess (108) being spaced from the shaft, wherein a rotation of the shaft defines a moving direction (120) of the recess (108) in which the edge (116) forms a leading edge of the recess (108); the surface portion (114) defining a depth (122) of the recess (108) with regard to the edge (116); and wherein in a direction (124) radially inwardly the depth (122) of the recess (108) is decreasing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas Köll, Daniel Kern, Michael Krismer
  • Patent number: 10390537
    Abstract: A dough preparation machine includes a power unit, which drives, through rotational speed mechanism, a helical screw shaft that extends into a dough chamber so that the dough is compressed and pushed through rotation of the helical screw shaft to be discharged out of a jet nozzle mounted to the dough chamber. The dough chamber is provided, at a location above the helical screw shaft, with an auxiliary dough driver, which includes two movable blades that are opposite to each other and are selectively extendable outward and retractable inward. When one of the movable blades passes through a circular sidewall of dough chamber, it is pressed by the sidewall to get retracted inwardly and at the same time causing another one of the movable blades to extend outward to knead and poke dough. This process is cyclically repeated to efficiently knead the dough and prevent attachment of the dough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventor: Li-Hsien Wang
  • Patent number: 10391461
    Abstract: The baby bottle with mixer is an infant feeding bottle with an integral, controllable internal mixer. The baby bottle with a mixer includes a conventional bottle having an open upper end and a closed lower end, and a conventional cap for releasably covering and sealing the open upper end of the bottle. An internal wall is mounted within the bottle such that a fluid-tight chamber is defined between a lower surface of the internal wall and the closed lower end of the bottle. An agitator is rotatably mounted on an upper surface of the internal wall, and the agitator is selectively driven by a motor, which is housed within the fluid-tight chamber. A speaker is mounted on the closed lower end of the bottle for playing music, soothing sounds or the like while the baby is being fed. A controller is in communication with the speaker and the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventor: Abdulrazzaq A. A. E. A. Alfoudari
  • Patent number: 10385301
    Abstract: A method of reconstituting a powdered cell culture media includes providing a mixing apparatus and providing a powdered cell culture media to the fluid chamber of the mixing apparatus, prior to introducing fluid to the chamber. The method further includes introducing fluid to the chamber through an influent port, wherein the influent port is tangentially oriented relative to an inner wall of the fluid chamber to thereby cause the fluid to follow the wall of the fluid chamber in a circular motion, creating a vortex flow in the fluid chamber by introducing fluid at a sufficient flow rate, and enhancing the vortex flow with a geometric fluid flow aid by further channeling the water around the wall of the fluid chamber, around the geometric flow aid. The method further includes continuing to introduce fluid to the chamber and collecting reconstituted fluid that exits the chamber through the effluent port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Irvine Scientific, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Reid Fletcher
  • Patent number: 10376853
    Abstract: The invention provides a method of operating a batch mixer for producing first and second numbers of mixtures from first and second numbers of batches of materials to be mixed in the batch mixer, the batch mixer comprising a mixing chamber, a mixing element disposed within the mixing chamber, the mixing element and the mixing chamber being configured for providing an identical flow of the materials to be mixed within the mixing chamber and around the mixing element regardless of in which of the first and second opposite directions the mixing element is rotated, and a motor assembly coupled to the mixing element for rotating the mixing element for mixing the first and second numbers of batches of materials to be mixed for producing the first and second numbers of mixtures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventors: Kenneth Nielsen, Jesper Blok, Christian Gejl Pedersen
  • Patent number: 10376467
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for reconstitution of a solid form of a pharmaceutical composition, comprising the following successive steps: (i) providing the solid form of the pharmaceutical composition in a sealed container, the pressure within the container being an initial pressure (pi,) comprised between 0.5 Pa and 1.2×105 Pa; (ii) at a first time point (t0) introducing the solvent into said sealed container and maintaining the resulting pressure (pr) within the container during a controlled time ?t1; and (iii) at a second time point (t2) increasing the pressure within the container to a controlled pressure (p2) higher than said resulting pressure (pr) until complete reconstitution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventor: Xavier Payet-Burin
  • Patent number: 10350787
    Abstract: The invention provides methods and compositions for carbonation of cement mixes using pressurized carbon dioxide delivered to the mix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: CarbonCure Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Dean Paul Forgeron, George Sean Monkman, Joshua Jeremy Brown, Kevin Cail, Jay Crossman, Paul J. Sandberg, Mark MacDonald
  • Patent number: 10350561
    Abstract: A system and method for automatically aerating drinking products, particularly wine, suitable home, business and/or industrial use is described herein. The system of the present invention is specifically designed for aerating wine for human consumption and includes a multipurpose stirring, storing and serving vessel having a removable magnetic stirring impeller coupled thereto and a programmable magnetic stir plate adapted for use therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventors: Boris Dushine, Annya Dushine
  • Patent number: 10335747
    Abstract: An adhesive-air infuser comprises a hollow body through which adhesive and air flow. The air is directed into the hollow body at an upstream end of the hollow body through an air nozzle positioned within the hollow body, and the adhesive is directed into the hollow body at the upstream end of the hollow body such that the adhesive flows around at least a portion of the air nozzle as the adhesive flows through the hollow body. The adhesive and air are directed by adhesive supply pressure and air supply pressure to flow through the hollow body toward an output port. In various embodiments, adhesive and air flow along a tortuous path that causes the air to mix into the adhesive to form an adhesive-air solution having a density less than the adhesive supplied to the upstream end of the hollow body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Simchem Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond Columbus Simmons
  • Patent number: 10336081
    Abstract: A method for maintaining a fluidic dispensing device includes providing a fluidic dispensing device having a fluid reservoir containing fluid, the fluid reservoir being defined in part by a base wall, and having a stir bar located in the fluid reservoir adjacent to the base wall, and having a fluid ejection chip having a fluid ejection direction; positioning the fluidic dispensing device at a predetermined orientation, wherein the fluid ejection direction is oriented in a range of upward vertical, plus or minus 90 degrees; and rotating the stir bar in a first rotational direction starting with a first rotational speed and increasing rotational velocity from the first rotational speed to a second rotational speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: FUNAI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Steven R. Komplin, William D. Hall, Jr., Thomas D. Schladt, Jason T. Vanderpool, Thomas E. Rabe, Paul J. E. Vernon
  • Patent number: 10335750
    Abstract: The system and method of the invention pertains to use of a back iron on one or both ends of the impeller to increase the magnetic field density, and thus strengthen the magnetic coupling. In addition, pie-shaped (i.e. wedge) magnets, or variations thereof, increase the utilization volume and hence provide higher torque to allow the use of less expensive material (e.g. ferrites). In another embodiment, the rotor side is constructed with a Halbach array which increases the torque without the need to add a back iron piece. In another embodiment, an axial flux stator is implemented to replace the drive-end magnets and the drive motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ashraf Said Atalla, Klaus Gebauer, Richard Lee Damren, David Allan Torrey, Sima Didari
  • Patent number: 10335751
    Abstract: A bioreactor includes a flexible container and an impeller assembly having a hollow tube. The impeller assembly is coupled to the flexible container. At least one mixing element is removably disposed on the hollow tube. A drive shaft is adapted to engage the hollow tube of the impeller assembly and facilitate rotational movement of the hollow tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Life Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Trevor G. Williams
  • Patent number: 10335749
    Abstract: The present application is directed towards systems for adding components to materials being fluidized in a vibratory mixer by use of atomizers or sprayers. A mechanical system can fluidizes, mix, coat, dry, combine, or segregate materials. The system may comprise a vibratory mixer, mixing vessel containing a first material and a sprayer to introduce a second material. The vibratory mixer may generate a fluidized bed of a first material and the sprayer, coupled to the mixing vessel, may introduce a second material onto the fluidized bed to mix the materials in a uniform and even fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Resodyn Corporation
    Inventors: Peter A. Lucon, Lawrence C. Farrar
  • Patent number: 10307751
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are an apparatus and a method for mixing and/or mulling a sample, the apparatus comprising at least one container made of a flexible material and containing a sample, means for holding the container, and means for impacting the container, wherein the means for holding and the means for impacting are movable relative to each other, and wherein the means for holding, the means for impacting, and the container are arranged such that the means for impacting and the container can repeatedly collide, whereby an energy of collision can be imparted to the sample, thereby mixing and/or mulling the sample. Also disclosed is an assembly for performing high throughput experiments including the apparatus for mixing and/or mulling a sample and an extruder configured to receive a sample weighing less than 100 grams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventors: Jean W. Beeckman, Natalie A. Fassbender, Theodore E. Datz, Chuansheng Bai, Adrienne J. Thornburg, Tilman W. Beutel
  • Patent number: 10307195
    Abstract: Devices and methods mix a bone cement and comprise at least one cartridge, wherein the cartridge comprises in its interior a cylindrical mixing chamber, a discharge piston movable in the cylindrical mixing chamber in the longitudinal direction and sealable against the walls of the mixing chamber, a mixing device for thoroughly mixing the content of the mixing chamber, which is arranged in the interior of the mixing chamber. The mixing device is operable externally via a mixing rod and the mixing rod is guided through a passage in the discharge piston such that it can be rotated and displaced in the longitudinal direction by the discharge piston. The cartridge comprises a discharge opening opposite the discharge piston, wherein, in the mixing chamber, a first component is contained between the discharge piston and the discharge opening, wherein a monomer fluid as a second component is introducable through the discharge opening into the mixing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Sebastian Vogt
  • Patent number: 10299630
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a vacuum blender configured to enhance convenience by integrating a vacuum device into the main body of the blender and to separate/store food while maintaining a storage container in a vacuum state by dualizing the vacuum space, and a method for operating the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Myounghwa Chung
  • Patent number: 10286366
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a microfluidic mixing device includes a mixing channel, a fluid inlet chamber to pass fluids into the mixing channel, an axis-asymmetric mixing actuator integrated within the channel to cause fluid displacements that mix the fluids as they flow through the channel, and an outlet chamber to receive the mixed fluids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Alexander Govyadinov, Erik D. Torniainen, David P. Markel, Pavel Kornilovich
  • Patent number: 10279324
    Abstract: A fluid supply pipe according to an embodiment of the invention includes a first internal structure, a second internal structure, and a pipe body configured to house the first internal structure and the second internal structure, and the pipe body has an inlet and an outlet. The first internal structure includes a head portion comprising a plurality of spiral vanes, and a body portion positioned downstream from the head portion and comprising a plurality of protrusions on its outer circumferential surface. The second internal structure formed in a hollow shaft shape includes a head portion comprising a plurality of spiral vanes, and a body portion positioned downstream from the head portion and comprising a plurality of protrusions on its outer circumferential surface. At least a part of the first internal structure is housed in the hollow of the second internal structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: SIO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masuhiko Komazawa, Masaru Ohki