Patents Examined by James R. Hakomaki
  • Patent number: 11353161
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to a module for depressurisation and storage of a portion of a gas layer coming from at least one cryogenic tank. Some other embodiments are directed to a system using such a module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: ENGIE
    Inventors: Patrick Subreville, Philippe Liegeois, Yacine Zellouf, Karim Osman, Hicham Guedacha
  • Patent number: 11351677
    Abstract: In the manufacture of certain cosmetics packaging, small metal pans are used to carry the cosmetic material, and these are incorporated in cosmetics carriers. The cosmetic material is initially in a powder form that is compressed into the pan prior to the pan being assembled into a carrier A multi-pan insertion tool includes a control plate and one or more interface plates that can, in turn, be attached to the control plate. Each interface plate corresponds to a different pan configuration. The interface plate includes a plurality of protrusion sites that each correspond to a single pan. An air passage from each protrusion site passes through the tool to the valve on the control plate that is controlled by an operator (either open or closed). A vacuum hose is attached to the valve to create the necessary vacuum/suction. The operator can then use the tool to pick up multiple pans at once, using suction, and then deposit the pans into a press for powder loading and then compression of the powder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Oxygen Development LLC
    Inventor: Jeronimo Olea
  • Patent number: 11345526
    Abstract: A spout assembly for a flexible bag having a base flange, a body and a dual lead thread. The base flange has a top surface and a bottom surface. At least one of the top surface and the bottom surface are configured for coupling to a flexible bag. The body extends from the base flange and includes a proximal end corresponding to the base flange and a distal end spaced apart therefrom, and, an inner surface and an outer surface. The dual lead thread extends along the outer surface of the body between the proximal end and the distal end. The dual lead thread has a first threadform and a second threadform. The first threadform has a first threadform length. The second threadform has a second threadform length. The length of the first threadform is different than that of the second threadform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Scholle IPN Corporation
    Inventors: Kyle Erickson, Chris Murray, David Bellmore
  • Patent number: 11339925
    Abstract: A station and method for refilling a tank or tanks with pressurized gas in which liquefied gas is vaporized in a vaporizer. One portion of the vaporized gas is compressed to produce a compressed gas. Another portion of the vaporized gas is not compressed but instead is fed to a heat exchanger where it is used to cool the compressed gas. The thus-warmed gas is reinjected into a filling line that feeds the liquefied gas to the vaporizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide, Societe Anonyme Pour L'Etude Et L'Exploitation Des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventors: Sosthene Grandjean, Thierry Ott
  • Patent number: 11326740
    Abstract: To provide a gas filling method in which it is possible to estimate a volume of a tank with high accuracy even when the tank has a small volume. A hydrogen filling system includes a hydrogen station having a pressure accumulator of compressed hydrogen gas, a vehicle having a hydrogen tank, a connection tube system that connects the accumulator and the tank, and a flow rate sensor and a station pressure sensor provided on the connection tube system. A hydrogen gas filling method is a method of filling the tank with the hydrogen gas from the pressure accumulator and includes estimating a volume of the hydrogen tank based on detection values of the flow rate sensor and the station pressure sensor and a volume value of the connection tube system, after a start of filling of the hydrogen tank with the hydrogen gas from the pressure accumulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shigehiro Yamaguchi, Yuzo Fujita, Kiyoshi Handa
  • Patent number: 11328890
    Abstract: A method for replacing a volume of coolant fluid in a circulating system in diesel engine system that includes the steps of establishing pneumatic connection with at least one location in the diesel engine coolant fluid circulating system; establishing fluid connection with at least one point in the diesel engine coolant fluid circulating system, the fluid connection location being different from the pneumatic connection; and after pneumatic and fluid connection is established, drawing a vacuum pressure through said pneumatic connection and introducing the volume of coolant fluid into the through said fluid connection as well as a device for accomplishing the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: K.J. Manufacturing Co.
    Inventors: Ram D. Bedi, George Blundy
  • Patent number: 11312614
    Abstract: The present invention solves some of the problems of the prior art by providing a method, system and apparatus for readily refilling the reservoir of a smoking-substitute device with liquid from a dispenser. The method, system and apparatus of the present invention prevents liquid from being dispensed until the dispenser is securely and sealably engaged to the smoking-substitute device, provides independent liquid and gas pathways between the dispenser and reservoir, and substantially alleviates the problems of spillage and/or leakage when dispensing liquid from the dispenser into the reservoir of the smoking-substitute device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Fontem Holdings 1 B.V.
    Inventors: Kenneth Scott, Christopher Lord, David Jones, Stephen J. McDonald
  • Patent number: 11306874
    Abstract: A gas supply system includes: a gas tank; an unbalanced pressure reducing valve that reduces a pressure of the gas supplied from the gas tank; a pressure sensor that detects an outlet-side pressure of the pressure reducing valve; a flow rate changing unit that changes an outlet-side flow rate of the pressure reducing valve; and a control unit. The control unit changes the outlet-side flow rate between first and second flow rates, obtains a first pressure, which is a detection value of the pressure sensor when the outlet-side flow rate is the first flow rate, and a second pressure, which is a detection value of the pressure sensor when the outlet-side flow rate is the second flow rate, and estimates an inlet-side pressure of the pressure reducing valve using the relationship among the first flow rate, the second flow rate, and the difference between the first and second pressures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Inventors: Kosuke Kobayashi, Yukihide Yokoyama
  • Patent number: 11306873
    Abstract: A system for evaluating filling performance of hydrogen storages having various capacities uses a plurality of nozzles, a plurality of receptacles, and a plurality of hydrogen storages, and includes discharging hydrogen filled in one hydrogen storage while filling another hydrogen storage with hydrogen. Evaluation of filling performance may be performed in a back-to-back manner such that hydrogen is introduced into one of the plurality of hydrogen storages and discharged from another of the hydrogen storages. The plurality of hydrogen storages have various capacities, and introduction of hydrogen into the plurality of hydrogen storages is controlled according to a combination of hydrogen storages that corresponds to an evaluation target capacity, such that filling performance evaluation for various capacities is possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Dae Nyung Lee, Aeun Yoon
  • Patent number: 11300248
    Abstract: In a tank filling process for filling a refrigerant tank of a vehicle with a cryogenic refrigerant, firstly a liquefied cryogenic refrigerant stored at a pressure p1 in a storage tank is supplied to a conditioning vessel, subsequently the flow connection between storage tank and conditioning vessel is interrupted, and the pressure in the conditioning vessel is increased, for example by virtue of a flow connection to a pressure build-up vessel being produced, to a pressure p2, wherein p2>p1, whereby the liquefied refrigerant is present in the conditioning vessel in the supercooled state. Subsequently, the supercooled, liquefied refrigerant is supplied to the tank to be filled. By means of the device according to the invention and the process according to the invention, evaporation losses during the filling process can be substantially avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignees: Messer SE & Co. KGaA, Messer France S.A.S.
    Inventors: Émilien Frère, Frank Gockel
  • Patent number: 11299037
    Abstract: A plastic filler neck for vehicles includes a fuel injection pipe, a retainer inserted and fastened into an internal space of a tip of the fuel injection pipe to support a refueling gun, a cap holder directly fastened to the tip of the fuel injection pipe by fusion, and an air drain casing mounted, by a mounting bracket, to an outer diameter portion of the cap holder fastened to the fuel injection pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Corporation
    Inventors: Jin Ug Lee, Man Seok Oh, Jung Su Park, Chang Han Kim
  • Patent number: 11293595
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a hydrogen fueling system based on real-time communication of a compressed hydrogen storage system (CHSS) for a fuel cell comprises a CHSS including a hydrogen tank and a hydrogen tank valve, a dispenser including a dispenser controller receiving sensing data including a pressure and temperature inside the hydrogen tank and a hydrogen supply unit supplying hydrogen to an inside of the hydrogen tank based on the sensing data, and a data hydrogen moving device including a CHSS controller converting the sensing data into data for wireless communication and outputting the data, a wireless communication unit provided for wireless communication between the CHSS controller and the dispenser controller of the dispenser, and a receptacle transferring hydrogen from the hydrogen supply unit to the hydrogen tank valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Inventor: Chung Keun Chae
  • Patent number: 11285803
    Abstract: The application relates to a fill level valve for a pressure equalization line of a fluid tank assembly, wherein the pressure equalization line is fluidically connected between a fluid tank and a filling line opening into the fluid tank, and wherein the fill level valve includes a connecting piece which can be arranged on the fluid tank. It is provided here that a dip tube, which can be arranged in the fluid tank, and which is fluidically connected to the connecting piece, originates from the connecting piece, wherein a flow resistance formed by a constricted flow cross section is provided in the dip tube. The application furthermore relates to a fluid tank assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: AFT AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventor: Thomas May
  • Patent number: 11285804
    Abstract: A ventilation device for ventilating a motor vehicle tank. The ventilation device includes a filler pipe, a ventilation line, a degassing line, and a guide arc member. The ventilation line is to be fluidically connected at a first ventilation line end to the motor vehicle tank, and at a second ventilation line end to the filler pipe via a ventilation inlet. The degassing line is to be fluidically connected at a first degassing line end to the filler pipe via a degassing outlet. The guide arc member is arranged in the filler pipe to define a guide path for incoming vapor passing through the ventilation inlet into the filler pipe. The guide arc member is to facilitate flow of the incoming vapor between an inner wall of the filler pipe and the guide arc member along a periphery of the filler pipe along a periphery of the filler pipe such that a gaseous component of the incoming vapor escapes through the degassing outlet and a liquid component of the incoming vapor flows off through the filler pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: MAGNA Energy Storage Systems GesmbH
    Inventors: Patrick Michael Wiedner, Dominik Steinmann, Karl-Heinz Kulmer
  • Patent number: 11262026
    Abstract: A cryogenic liquid dispensing system having a tank that holds cryogenic liquid and a basin configured to hold cryogenic liquid at a height above a bottom portion of the tank. The system is configured to pump cryogenic liquid for dispensing from the bottom portion of the tank when the cryogenic liquid in the tank is of a sufficient level to provide an adequate liquid head to permit pump operation, and is configured to pump cryogenic liquid for dispensing from the basin when the liquid in the tank is of an insufficient level to provide an adequate liquid head to permit pump operation to dispense cryogenic liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Chart Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Lansky, Jan Kubica
  • Patent number: 11255485
    Abstract: A method of dispensing compressed natural gas (CNG) includes assigning a first priority to the filling of a first destination tank and assigning a second priority to the filling of a second destination tank. The second priority is lower than the first priority. The method also includes filling the first destination tank from a first CNG source while filling the second destination tank from a second CNG source. The second CNG source provides CNG at a lower pressure relative to the pressure at which the first CNG source provides CNG.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Inventors: Richard Allan Poorman, Paul Howison Bergthold, Bradley Wade Fontenot
  • Patent number: 11255484
    Abstract: A device for filling a tank or tanks with pressurized gas comprising a circuit comprising a plurality of upstream ends connected respectively to separate pressurized gas sources, at least one compressor, at least one buffer storage, a set of controlled valves and at least one downstream end intended to be connected to the tank(s) to be filled, the device further comprising an electronic control member configured to control the valves and/or the compressor in order to ensure a transfer of gas into the tank from at least one source and/or at least one buffer storage and/or via the compressor, the device comprising a set of sensors for measuring the pressure in the sources and the buffer storages, the control member comprising member for receiving or generating signal representative of the filling demand from a relatively high demand to a relatively low demand, the control member being configured to ensure the transfer of gas into the tank according to at least a first transfer mode using the source having the h
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide Societe Anonyme Pour L'Etude Et L'Exploitation Des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventor: Francois Thibaut
  • Patent number: 11250659
    Abstract: A fluid filling station which has a supply tank, filter, transfer pump, a high pressure valve, an optional flow meter, a pressure relief valve, at least one muffler, a filling head, a control module, a purge head, cylinder dispensing mechanism, and its method of use are provided for. This fluid filling station is capable of refilling many types of fluids, but is preferably for the use with carbon dioxide. Additionally, this station is capable of housing and dispensing prefilled refillable fluid containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: FOUNTAIN MASTER, LLC
    Inventors: Francis X. Tansey, Jr., Gwenivere R. Tansey, Joseph F. Tansey
  • Patent number: 11242239
    Abstract: A flow control valve is provided including a valve aperture in a valve body configured to convey fuel from an inlet to an outlet, a valve element configured to close the valve aperture to block flow of the fuel, a valve actuator configured to shift the position of the valve element between a closed position and an open position, and an antifraud circuit. The antifraud circuit is configured to receive a signal to open the flow control valve, determine if the signal is legitimate based on a signal characteristic, cause the flow control valve to shift to the open position in response to determining that the signal is legitimate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph Daniel Long
  • Patent number: 11235578
    Abstract: A liquid supplying system includes a tank, a first tubular portion, a second tubular portion, a sleeve portion, and a liquid bottle. The first and second tubular portions have inner ends positioned inside a storage chamber of the tank, and outer ends positioned outside of the storage chamber. The first and second tubular portions are positioned inside the sleeve portion. The sleeve portion includes a first screw portion and a first engagement portion. The liquid bottle includes an outer sleeve connectable to the sleeve portion. The sleeve portion includes a second screw portion threadingly engageable with the first screw portion, and a second engagement portion engageable with the first engagement portion. The first engagement portion can guide the second engagement portion to move in a direction parallel to a center axis of the sleeve portion during connection of the outer sleeve to the sleeve portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takuya Tsuji, Yoshinori Osakabe