Patents Examined by Fred Prince
  • Patent number: 10738495
    Abstract: A robotic pool cleaner can operate while submerged to clean floor and side wall surface areas of the pool. A second embodiment of the pool cleaner can clean debris while skimming water along the top surface of the pool water. A third embodiment of the pool cleaner when inverted from submerged cleaning mode into skimmer mode, exposes on its bottom surface solar panels by which the pool cleaner's internal batteries can be recharged. A fourth embodiment of the pool cleaner includes different combinations of the submerged cleaning mode, the skimming mode and the battery charging mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: AQUA PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Kameshwar Durvasula, Ethan Hanan, Anthony Meletta, William Londono, Aleksandr Klebanov
  • Patent number: 10731370
    Abstract: A pool cleaning robot that may include a filtering unit for filtering water that passes through the pool cleaning robot; and a sensor for sensing a cleanliness of the filtering unit while the pool cleaning robot is submerged in water; wherein the sensor is a pressure sensor for sensing a pressure of fluid within the pool cleaning robot or an image sensor for imaging the filtering unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: MAYTRONICS LTD.
    Inventors: Shay Witelson, Gil Hillel
  • Patent number: 10730773
    Abstract: An aerated wetland system used for wastewater treatment is disclosed. The system includes a main frame with an entrance and an output opening. The wastewater is entered into the system with maximum velocity via the entrance and via a racetrack. The racetrack comprises an agitated flow pattern with a plurality of baffles along the longitudinal axis of the racetrack to deflect the wastewater and create turbulent flow into the wastewater. The racetrack further includes at least four intersecting sections. The at least two intersecting sections include washed soils and an aeration system and other two intersecting sections include washed soils and a plurality of wetland plants respectively, thereby subjecting the influent wastewater to anaerobic and aerobic conditions respectively, along the racetrack to effectively purify and treat volatile compounds in the influent wastewater. The outlet opening directs out effluent wastewater from the aerated wetland system via the effluent device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventors: Mohammad Hosein Mozaffari, Ehsan Shafiepour, Scott Wallace, Gholamreza Rakhshandehroo, Ahmad Mirbagheri Firozabad
  • Patent number: 10731366
    Abstract: A bezel for inserting into an opening of a water skimmer installed in a wall of an artificial body of water are disclosed. The bezel forms an open-ended duct-like structure that allows water to pass into the skimmer. The visible surfaces of the bezel can have a color or texture that mimics the wall of the artificial body of water so as to conceal the skimmer. The bezel can include one or more ribs that extend from the outside surface of the bezel. The one or more ribs can be sized to form a friction fit that holds the bezel within the opening of the skimmer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventor: Todd Krombein
  • Patent number: 10730777
    Abstract: Sewage sludge is treated to produce Class A (generally pathogen free) biosolids. Some or all of the sewage sludge is thickened or dewatered to 10 wt % dried solids and then fed to a thermophilic anaerobic digester. The thermophilic digester has multiple stages provided by way of a tank with at least one internal wall. Effluent from the thermophilic digester is treated further in a mesophilic anaerobic digester.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: ANAERGIA INC.
    Inventors: Matthew John Kuzma, Juan Carlos Josse
  • Patent number: 10731367
    Abstract: A lid and strainer basket assembly for use in a recirculating system of a swimming pool installation including a swimming pool and a deck, the recirculating system having a skimmer device extending downwardly from an opening proximate to the deck and coupled to a pump for recirculating the water in the swimming pool, the lid and strainer basket assembly including a removable lid closing the opening, a strainer basket in the skimmer device for collecting debris from the water, and an assembly of straps coupling the removable lid to the strainer basket, the straps being both sufficiently flexible and slacked between the lid and the strainer basket to enable the lid to be removed from the opening and tipped to one side to enable visual inspection of the strainer basket in the skimmer device without interference from the straps and without disturbing the strainer basket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventor: Sandra H. Willwater
  • Patent number: 10730772
    Abstract: A system to treat effluent in a septic tank includes filter sections having kerfs. A strainer removes solid debris from the filter for removal without allowing the solid debris to pass. An aerator includes an eight to twelve inch diameter pipe 4 to 6 feet tall matching tank invert height. The aerator has bottom inlet holes, each with an elbow on the outside with a vertical standpipe taking effluent from the clear zone, sending it through the aerator. Air inlet piping is attached to a “T” shaped air diffuser producing bubbles traveling upward through plastic media. Aerator height is field adjusted to approximately 2 inches below static water level. Holes in the upper sidewalls just below the top let air bubbles out sideways. At its top, the aerator has a slotted, sliding, anti-turbulation collar adjusted to be one to two inches above the static water level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: SCAT Enterprises LLC
    Inventor: John C. Baas, III
  • Patent number: 10722827
    Abstract: A durable and configurable strainer basket for pool equipment includes: a first rigid annular member having an outer surface sized to fit within a first pool equipment cavity having a first diameter; a second rigid annular member removably coupleable to the first rigid annular member, the second rigid annular member having an outer surface sized to fit within a second pool equipment cavity having a second diameter larger than the first diameter, but not to fit within the first pool equipment cavity having the first diameter; and a flexible silicone basket attached to the first rigid annular member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventor: Jess L. Hetzner
  • Patent number: 10724265
    Abstract: Automatic swimming pool cleaners and components thereof are described. The cleaners may provide dual filtration of debris suspended in water of pools as well as a fluid path allowing some water to by-pass one of the two filters. They also may include any of all components such as multi-section inlet tubes, Venturi jets, nozzles exhausting water onto rotatable vanes, brushes, downforce turbines, and mechanisms for adjusting water flow through thrust jets or sweep tails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: ZODIAC POOL SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Dustin Borg, Fletcher Ewing, Hendrikus Johannes van der Meijden, Michael Edward Moore
  • Patent number: 10723646
    Abstract: An organic wastewater treatment method that includes a raw sludge removal step, a raw sludge concentration step, a biological treatment step, an excess sludge separation step, an excess sludge concentration step, a sludge mixing step, and a methane fermentation treatment step. The treatment method further includes a sterilization step for heating and sterilizing the concentrated excess sludge upstream of the sludge mixing step. At least one among: (1) the temperature to which the concentrated excess sludge is heated during sterilization, (2) the concentration of concentrated raw sludge and/or the concentration of the concentrated excess sludge, and (3) the mixture ratio between the concentrated raw sludge and the concentrated excess sludge is adjusted according to the fluctuation in the amount of raw sludge generated and the amount of the excess sludge generated, and the temperature of the mixed sludge is controlled to a temperature suited for methane fermentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignees: METAWATER CO., LTD., THE UNIVERSITY OF KITAKYUSHU
    Inventors: Hidenari Yasui, Mitsuharu Terashima, Tetsuya Yanase, Natsumi Noiri
  • Patent number: 10710010
    Abstract: An aquarium filter housing unit includes a top chamber composed of a fluid impeller housing and a fluid impeller, as well as a bottom chamber for a replaceable filter cartridge. The top chamber and the bottom chamber are formed as separate units and are held together via a friction fit along a bottom edge of the top chamber and a top edge of the bottom chamber. The bottom chamber includes a plurality of bottom chamber sidewalls and a base wall, wherein a door is provided for selectively accessing the filter cartridge held within in the bottom chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: ZOO MED LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventor: Gary W Bagnall
  • Patent number: 10711475
    Abstract: A filter holder for holding an open ended filter having an open proximal end and an open distal end in an operative position on a swimming pool cleaner having a pipe stub for receiving one open end of the filter is shown and described. The filter holder includes a cap for covering one open end of the filter, a coupler configured to cooperate with and engage the pipe stub, and a spanning connector configured to span and connect the cap and the coupler outside the pipe stub of the filter. The coupler may include L-shaped brackets. A constricting collar pins the brackets to the pipe stub. The spanning connector may include compression rods and nuts. The filter holder may include an optional adapter collar separable from the coupler, to adapt diameters of the coupler and the pipe stub. The invention may alternatively be considered to be a mobile swimming pool cleaner having a pleated medium filter rather than a flaccid bag filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventor: Glen Heffernan
  • Patent number: 10710912
    Abstract: A submersible chemical dispenser for a pool having a chemical tablet housing defining an internal cylindrical cavity and an outer surface surrounding the internal cylindrical cavity, having a plurality of apertures defined thereon and spatially and fluidly coupled to the internal cylindrical cavity, and with a coupler member coupled thereto, wherein the internal cylindrical cavity is shaped and sized to receive a plurality of water-soluble chemical tablets. The dispenser also includes a buoyancy container defining a buoyancy cavity with a gas therein and having a first end operably configured to selectively, removably, and directly couple to the coupler sidewall in a locked configuration to orient the buoyancy container in an upright orientation with respect to a longitudinal axis of the chemical tablet housing and to encapsulate the buoyancy cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventor: Francisco Javier Gomez
  • Patent number: 10710915
    Abstract: The invention discloses a preparation method of a graphene aerogel metallic organic frame composite material loaded with microorganism as well as preparation method and application thereof in the treatment of azo dye. By using a hydrothermal method, a GA/MIL-100 graphene aerogel metallic organic frame composite material is successfully prepared, and in addition, the composite material disclosed by the invention has good adsorption and degradation effects on an azo dye. In addition, an adsorption method and a biological method are effectively combined, advantages of the two methods are taken into play, and a good application prospect can be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: SOOCHOW UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Jianmei Lu, Dongyun Chen, Jun Jiang
  • Patent number: 10703662
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for treating primary sludge in a wastewater treatment plant, comprising the steps of admixing an organic coagulant and/or polymer to wastewater; allowing a primary treatment of the wastewater in the presence of the organic coagulant or polymer; separating solids as a primary sludge from said primary treatment; and dewatering the primary sludge. The present invention further relates to a method of improving primary sludge dewaterability and improving energy balance of a wastewater treatment plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Kemira Oyj
    Inventors: Joonas Likander, Sakari Halttunen, Outi Grönfors, Bengt Hansen
  • Patent number: 10704282
    Abstract: Pool cleaners are disclosed relating to underwater vacuum cleaning that include a main body, a debris discharge opening, a debris suction opening and a pressure chamber. The pressure chamber may be arranged around an unobstructed cylindrical flow path with the pressure chamber being positioned between the debris discharge opening and the debris suction opening such that water discharged from the pressure chamber directs debris into a debris bag. The cleaners may further be configured to operate by way of a submersible pump, submersible electric motor and a battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: RP 2020, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Todd Dufilho, Cory John Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 10697191
    Abstract: A skimmer apparatus has a handle, a net-bottom-rod at a right angle to the handle, offset from the axis of the handle and joined rigidly to an extension of the handle, a movable frame rotatable about an axis at a right angle to the axis of the handle, a slider translatable on the handle, a linkage mechanism joined to the movable frame and to the slider rotating the movable frame about the axis at a right angle to the axis of the handle, and net material joined to the movable frame and to the net-bottom-rod. Moving the slider away from the net employs the linkage mechanism to rotate the movable frame past the net-bottom-rod, such that the net is turned inside out, facilitating divesting material captured in the net.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventor: Arturo Ramos
  • Patent number: 10696573
    Abstract: The invention provides structures, methods, and assemblies for bioretention systems, including tree box filters with substantially permeable panels integrated into a bottom portion of the tree box filter. The invention also provides methods and additional structures that are useful for managing stormwater flow and inhibiting the flow of pollutants, debris, and other contaminants into drainage systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Oldcastle Infrastructure, Inc.
    Inventors: James Ferguson Holtz, Chris Ryan Demarest
  • Patent number: 10689277
    Abstract: One or more new, or existing, or modified, open bottom bio-remediation reactors R are contained within a commercial, industrial, or municipal waste water aeration treatment facility or tank directly above existing and/or new stand-alone diffusers located on the bottom of the facility or tank. The reactors R increase solubility of air and/or oxygen in water, increase energy efficiency, increase through put of treated waste water, and improve bio-remediation of the waste water. Also, a tube reactor having no packing substrates in a non-tube area is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: IMET CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mehmet A. Gencer, Kaan Gencer, Clark B. Langmack, Paul M. Zakriski
  • Patent number: 10689282
    Abstract: This disclosure provides a process based on hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) treatment for co-processing of high-water-content wastewater sludge and other lignocellulosic biomass for co-production of biogas and bio-crude oil. The mixture of waste activated sludge and lignocellulosic biomass such as birchwood sawdust/cornstalk/MSW was converted under HTL conditions in presence of KOH as the homogeneous catalyst. The operating conditions including reaction temperature, reaction time and solids concentration were optimized based on the response surface methodology for the maximum bio-crude oil production. The highest bio-crude oil yield of around 34 wt % was obtained by co-feeding waste activated sludge with lignocellulosic biomass at an optimum temperature of 310° C., reaction time of 10 min, and solids concentration of 10 wt %. The two by-products from this process (bio-char and water-soluble products) can be used to produce energy as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO
    Inventors: Chunbao Xu, Laleh Nazari, Madhumita B. Ray