Patents Examined by Joseph Drodge
  • Patent number: 10144654
    Abstract: Selective scaling in water treatment systems in which desalination is performed is generally described. According to certain embodiments, the location of the formation of solid scale within a water treatment system is controlled by adjusting one or more system parameters, such as the temperature and/or flow velocity of a saline stream within the water treatment system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Gradiant Corporation
    Inventors: Prakash Narayan Govindan, Steven Lam, Maximus G. St. John, Jonn-Ross Andrews
  • Patent number: 10106446
    Abstract: Systems and methods for treating a wastewater are provided. The wastewater treatment system and methods allows for effective treatment of wastewater during conditions that may cause increased wastewater flow to the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Evoqua Water Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Andrew G. Bishop, Steven E Woodard, Paul M. Rodrigues
  • Patent number: 10076600
    Abstract: This invention uses “Targeted Apheresis” to treat patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis and other autoimmune and inflammatory disorders. “Targeted Apheresis” is a process whereby only the pathogenic and pro-inflammatory elements associated with the disease symptoms are simultaneously and selectively removed from the blood by passing the blood through an extracorporeal affinity device containing selective binding agents. Removal of these pathogenic and pro-inflammatory elements will ameliorate the symptoms of autoimmune disease and may prolong the period of disease remission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventors: Henry J. Smith, James R. Smith
  • Patent number: 10058797
    Abstract: Contacting arrangements adapted to be installed within a liquid-liquid extraction column, and including pairs of disk and doughnut plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventors: Mark Firestein, Oded Lerner, Nadav Dobrin
  • Patent number: 10053384
    Abstract: A wastewater treatment system includes a wastewater collection system, at least one aeration subsystem aerating the aerobic portion, and at least one filtration subsystem. The wastewater collection system has an anoxic portion, an aerobic portion downstream of the anoxic portion, an anaerobic portion downstream of the aerobic portion. The filtration subsystem includes at least one bioreacting filter receiving fluid from the aerobic portion, being operable to filter wastewater received from the aerobic portion, and discharging filtered fluid into the anoxic portion, an oxygen contactor fluidically connected between the aerobic portion and the at least one bioreacting filter and operable to diffuse oxygen into the fluid being supplied from the aerobic portion, and an oxygen supply operable to supply oxygen to the oxygen contactor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Biofilter Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Mark B. Robertson, David O'Keefe, John D. Cox, Daniel T. White
  • Patent number: 10047221
    Abstract: Flocculant compositions containing a cellulosic compound, a superabsorbant polymer, and a flocculant, are useful for preventing the formation of an aqueous phase during the shipping of fly ash slurries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventors: Kevin S. Spittle, Gary L. Bowers
  • Patent number: 10046970
    Abstract: A two-step sc-SWCNT enrichment process involves a first step based on selective dispersion and extraction of semi-conducting SWCNT using conjugated polymer followed by a second step based on an adsorptive process in which the product of the first step is exposed to an inorganic absorptive medium to selectively bind predominantly metallic SWCNTs such that what remains dispersed in solution is further enriched in semiconducting SWCNTs. The process is easily scalable for large-diameter semi-conducting single-walled carbon nanotube (sc-SWCNT) enrichment with average diameters in a range, for example, of about 0.6 to 2.2 nm. The first step produces an enriched sc-SWCNT dispersion with a moderated sc-purity (98%) at a high yield, or a high purity (99% and up) at a low yield. The second step can not only enhance the purity of the polymer enriched sc-SWCNTs with a moderate purity, but also further promote the highly purified sample to an ultra-pure level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventors: Jianfu Ding, Patrick Malenfant, Zhao Li, Jacques Lefebvre, Fuyong Cheng, Benoit Simard
  • Patent number: 10046302
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for manufacturing a potassium compound and a method of recovering a potassium compound from a brine, and provides the apparatus for manufacturing the potassium compound, including: a continuous pre-treatment apparatus including a crushing portion, a pulverization portion, and a particle size separation portion for processing a mixed raw material salt obtained after lithium, magnesium, and calcium are extracted from a brine to have a particle size for easy separation and sorting; a continuous potassium compound lump recovering apparatus continuously separating and recovering the potassium compound from the pre-treated mixed raw material salt; a continuous potassium compound separating and sorting apparatus continuously separating and sorting potassium chloride and a glaserite (Na2SO4.3K2SO4) from the recovered potassium compound; and a continuous potassium sulfate conversion apparatus extracting potassium sulfate from the separated glaserite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventors: Uong Chon, Gi-Chun Han, Im Chang Lee, Ki Young Kim, Woon kyoung Park
  • Patent number: 10041031
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an apparatus and process for continuous saccharification of marine algae and cellulosic biomass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignees: Biol Systems Co., Ltd., Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Myung Kyo Shin, Dong In Jeong, In Sik Kim, Dongjoong Im
  • Patent number: 10040042
    Abstract: A container comprising a female coupling configured to receive and establish a friction seal with a male coupling of an external device for inserting or extracting a liquid to or from the container after the friction seal is established between the female and male couplings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventor: Edward Showalter
  • Patent number: 10040699
    Abstract: A solution for treating a fluid, such as water, is provided. An ultraviolet transparency of a fluid can be determined before or as the fluid enters a disinfection chamber. In the disinfection chamber, the fluid can be irradiated by ultraviolet radiation to harm microorganisms that may be present in the fluid. One or more attributes of the disinfection chamber, fluid flow, and/or ultraviolet radiation can be adjusted based on the transparency to provide more efficient irradiation and/or higher disinfection rates. In addition, various attributes of the disinfection chamber, such as the position of the inlet(s) and outlet(s), the shape of the disinfection chamber, and other attributes of the disinfection chamber can be utilized to create a turbulent flow of the fluid within the disinfection chamber to promote mixing and improve uniform ultraviolet exposure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventors: Saulius Smetona, Timothy James Bettles, Igor Agafonov, Ignas Gaska, Alexander Dobrinsky, Michael Shur, Remigijus Gaska
  • Patent number: 10039413
    Abstract: The present invention pertains in general to an apparatus and method for the infusing, agitation and dispensation of oils in a controlled manner to produce a desired potency of an infusion while remaining below an identified maximum temperature threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: LEVO Oil Infusion, LLC
    Inventors: Christina Spencer Bellman, Joseph Alexander Scaglione
  • Patent number: 10039299
    Abstract: The present invention describes a method and an automatic system for recovering protein powder meal, crude and pure omega-3 oil and purified distilled water from a mixture of animal tissue processed in a filter-drier-reaction tank. Animal tissue, for example fish, and organic solvent are directly or indirectly fed into the filter-drier-reaction tank. The filter-drier-reaction tank mixes, heats, and separates solid and heavy liquid portions of the mixture, the organic solvents are automatically recycled back in to the system after distillation. The solid portion is retained in the filter-drier-reaction tank and baked. Solid protein powder product (the protein powder meal) is thus recovered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventors: Shahmard Maziar Ghorbani, Kerry Coltun
  • Patent number: 10022657
    Abstract: Filter media, including those suitable for hydraulic applications, and related components, systems, and methods associated therewith are provided. The filter media described herein may include two or more layers, at least one of the layers having a relatively high percentage of microglass fibers. Additionally, the filter media may be designed such that the ratio of average fiber diameters between two layers is relatively small, which can lead to a relatively low resistance ratio between the layers. The filter media has desirable properties including high dirt holding capacity with low basis weight and a low resistance to fluid flow. The media may be incorporated into a variety of filter element products including hydraulic filters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Hollingsworth & Vose Company
    Inventors: Milind Godsay, Randall Keisler
  • Patent number: 10017698
    Abstract: A single solvent method and machine for separating bitumen from oil sand ore are disclosed. The method includes the use of a single light paraffinic solvent, such as propane or butane as the agent to separate the bitumen from mined oil sand ore. Since light paraffinic solvents are vapors at atmospheric pressure and temperatures, the ore is placed in a pressurized container so that the solvent remains in a liquid state. When the container is pressurized, by the addition of the solvent itself, the liquid solvent is mixed with the ore to effect separation. The proposed machine settles more than 80% of the solids out under gravity in a modest period of time. The solvent-bitumen mixture is drained after the cleaning cycle, the container is depressured to a vapor recovery system and the remaining solids dumped out. The fine solids, drained with the liquids, are separated from the liquid mixture with relative ease by the use of current technology in other downstream equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventor: Michael James Flegal
  • Patent number: 10017675
    Abstract: Method for separating a polishing material, which is capable of separating and recovering cerium oxide from a used polishing material that is mainly composed of cerium oxide and a regenerated polishing material which can be obtained by the separation method. This method for separating a polishing material is characterized in that a divalent alkaline earth metal salt is added into the slurry of the used polishing material, while controlling the temperature of the slurry within the range of 10-70 DEG C., thereby causing the polishing material to aggregate under such conditions that the mother liquor has a pH of less than 10.0 as the pH is converted to one at 25 DEG C. so that the polishing material is separated from the mother liquor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Atsushi Takahashi, Yuuki Nagai, Akihiro Maezawa
  • Patent number: 10016554
    Abstract: An example dialysis system includes a dialysis machine and a receiver coded with at least one of an address or a personal identification number (“PIN”). The dialysis machine is configured to perform a prescribed dialysis treatment on a patient, generate ultrafiltration (“UF”) removed data over the prescribed dialysis treatment performed by the dialysis machine, and transmit the UF removed data. The example receiver is configured to receive at least one of blood pressure data from a blood pressure monitor or patient weight data from a weight scale. The at least one coded address or PIN ensures that the at least one of the blood pressure data or the patient weight data is received by the receiver as opposed to another receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare SA
    Inventors: Alex Anping Yu, James Grayson, Robert W. Childers
  • Patent number: 10018607
    Abstract: A sensing system for detecting a substance in a dialysate. The system includes a hydrophobic barrier capable of allowing the substance in the dialysate to equilibrate through the barrier to a gas. The system also includes a detector capable of detecting the gas and an interface disposed between the hydrophobic barrier and the detector and configured to allow transport of the gas between the hydrophobic barrier and the detector following a concentration gradient of the gas along the interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignees: Temasek Polytechnic, AWAK TECHNOLOGIES PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Christian Gert Bluchel, Yanmei Wang, Hua Zhang, Jui Pin Er, Kim Jyh Wong
  • Patent number: 10011501
    Abstract: A secure automated water treatment trailer for inserting chemical in a pipeline, the trailer having a frame with at least one axle and a tongue, a base, a plurality of connected walls, a top engaging each of the plurality of connected walls opposite the base forming an enclosure, a door, a plurality of discharge ports, a plurality of suction ports, a controller in communication with each of the pumps and a network, a plurality of pressure measurement devices, a power supply, a plurality of valves, and a plurality of back pressure control regulators. The secure automated water treatment trailer automatically processes multiple fluids simultaneously into the pipeline. Each fluid has fluid characteristics and a specific gravity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventors: Burl Fuller, Jerry Fuller, Mark Clifton, Jose Luna, Jose Marquez, Edy Redmon
  • Patent number: 10004838
    Abstract: A reserve zirconium phosphate module for continuing dialysis in the event the capacity of the original zirconium phosphate module is exceeded. The sorbent cartridge can have a sensor for detecting when the capacity of the zirconium phosphate material has been exceeded, and a valve assembly for diverting the flow of spent dialysate into the reserve module when needed. Any of the modules of the sorbent cartridge can be reusable and the sorbent materials therein recharged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Martin T. Gerber, Christopher M. Hobot