Patents Examined by Joseph W. Drodge
  • Patent number: 11135553
    Abstract: A porous support includes a base body, a supporting layer, and a topmost layer. The supporting layer is disposed between the base body and the topmost layer, and makes contact with the topmost layer. A ratio of a porosity of the topmost layer to a porosity of the supporting layer is greater than or equal to 1.08. A ratio of a thickness of the topmost layer to a thickness of the supporting layer is less than or equal to 0.9.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Miyahara, Kenji Yajima
  • Patent number: 11130690
    Abstract: The primary objective of the present invention is to provide a composition solution for livestock water and feed which eliminates harmful bacteria and encourages consumption. In certain embodiments, this composition solution may also remove bacteria from produce, treat water flows, process oilfield wastewater, destroy taste and odor contaminants in potable and drinking water, remove destructive contaminants from a wide range of industries, and eliminate hazardous pollutants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Biocide Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: Joe Nichols Skelley
  • Patent number: 11130075
    Abstract: A purification system and a method for purification of slop oil and industrial emulsions, wherein the purification system can handle two processes in parallel, a slop oil purification process and an industrial emulsion purification process, said system comprising: —at least one slop oil centrifugal separator (5) into which slop oil is provided for separation of water and oil; —at least one emulsion centrifugal separator (25) into which an industrial emulsion is provided for separation of oil and water; —a first redirecting fluid connection (37, 37?) arranged for transferring oil separated from the industrial emulsion in the emulsion centrifugal separator (25) to the slop oil centrifugal separator (5) possibly via a slop oil tank (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: ROCCO Slop AB
    Inventors: Fred Sundström, Thomas Persson, Fredrik Ajnefors
  • Patent number: 11129489
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling the taste of coffee, a method of controlling the taste of coffee and a coffee maker including the apparatus. The apparatus includes a control unit, configured to determine a target pH value of water corresponding to a desired coffee taste, and a corresponding adjustment control signal; and a pH adjustment unit, configured to adjust, in response to the adjustment control signal applied to the pH adjustment unit, the pH value of water to be fed into a brewing unit of a coffee maker to the target pH value. In accordance with embodiments of the present disclosure, the pH value of water to be fed to a brewing unit of a coffee maker may be adjusted for a desired coffee taste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Inventors: Qiao Hua, Declan Patrick Kelly, Guangwei Wang, Jingwei Tan
  • Patent number: 11129930
    Abstract: A system for obtaining plasma enriched in platelets is disclosed which is closed to the atmosphere. The system includes: a collection tube containing an anticoagulant portion and a separation gel; a first collection syringe adapted to collect a portion of fluid relatively depleted in platelets from said collection tube after centrifugation; and a second collection syringe adapted to collect plasma enriched in platelets from said collection tube after centrifugation, said second collection syringe further comprising a filter unit adapted to filter cells included in said plasma enriched in platelets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Inventor: Aaron Esteron
  • Patent number: 11124440
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for liquid media purification, such as potable water, where biological and chemical composition of fluid to be purified is enhanced. The invention also relates to a device for carrying out said method. According to the invention, the liquid is purified by removing coarse particles from said liquid on first filtering means (2), dispersing the liquid with at least one nozzle (3) into a working chamber (4), where it is exposed to a working pressure and gas or gas mixture is introduced in the chamber from at least one inlet aperture (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventors: Milan Jeremić, Dragan Jeremić, Sre{hacek over (c)}ko {hacek over (C)}adoni{hacek over (c)}, Miro Medve{hacek over (s)}ek
  • Patent number: 11122818
    Abstract: A system and method for vicine/covicine removal includes generating a feed stock from a plant-based protein source, the plant-based protein source having anti-nutritionals disposed therein, including vicine and covicine. The system and method includes generating an ethanol slurry by combining the feed stock with an ethanol wash containing a first volume of ethanol and processing the ethanol slurry through an extractor to generate an ethanol matrix and a feed stock mass. The method and system further includes providing the feed stock mass to a desolventizer and generating a desolventized feed stock mass therefrom. Therein, the method and system includes drying the desolventized feed stock mass to generate a clean feed stock with at least a portion of the vicine/covicine removed therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Nutriati, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A Spinelli, Krisan Singh, Reinhold Brand
  • Patent number: 11111158
    Abstract: Provided are a control device of a water purifier, a water purifier, and a control system of a water purifier. The control device of a water purifier includes a communication module transmitting operation information regarding an operation of the water purifier to a central server and receiving control information regarding control of the water purifier from the central server, and a control module generating the operation information and transmitting the generated operation information to the central server through the communication module and controlling an operation of the water purifier on the basis of the control information received from the central server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Inventors: Jongho Park, Kiwon Yu
  • Patent number: 11103628
    Abstract: A detoxification method includes the steps of inducing flow of patient blood through an extracorporeal device inlet and outlet in fluid connection to the circulatory system of a patient. Biological agents including lipopolysaccharide (LPS) contained within patient blood can be detoxified by passing patient blood over a biochemical reactor surface having attached or immobilized Saccharomyces boulardii alkaline phosphatase enzyme, with the biochemical reactor being contained within the extracorporeal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventor: Donald S. Orth
  • Patent number: 11097212
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure can include a system for filtering of contaminated fluid. The system can include a fiber manufacturing plant. The system can include a filter system which utilizes a fiber filter produced in the fiber manufacturing plant to clean and recycle a contaminated fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Plasma Tech Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: James Charles Juranitch
  • Patent number: 11097205
    Abstract: A plurality of collection surfaces for use in an aqueous slurry has a polymeric coating to provide a compliant and sticky surface. The polymer coating has a chemical to render the surface hydrophobic so as to attract hydrophobic or hydrophobized mineral particles in the slurry. The substrate can take the form of a conveyor belt, a bead, a mesh, an impeller, a filter or a flat surface. The substrate can also be an open-cell foam. The collection surfaces having the mineral particles attached thereon are caused to interact with liquid and supercritical carbon dioxide so that the mineral particles can be stripped from the collection surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Inventor: Michael Stephen Ryan
  • Patent number: 11083979
    Abstract: A separation method and a separation apparatus for a solvent extracted by supercritical extraction. The separation method increases a solvent recovery rate by minimizing the amount of a solvent to be evaporated and lost since the pressure of a solvent is reduced by arranging two or more separators in series. The method includes: introducing a fluid having passed through a supercritical extractor into a first flash vessel; introducing the fluid which has passed through the first flash vessel into a second flash vessel; and discharging and recovering the carbon dioxide and the solvent which have passed through the second flash vessel, respectively. The pressure of the first flash vessel is 40-100 bar, and the pressure of the second flash vessel is 1-30 bar. The fluid includes carbon dioxide and a solvent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Sung Keun Jang, Dae Young Shin, Chang Hoe Heo, Seung Won Choi, Eun Jung Joo
  • Patent number: 11079141
    Abstract: A method for precise control of movement of a motive phase on a lubricant-impregnated surface includes providing a lubricant-impregnated surface, introducing the motive phase onto the lubricant-impregnated surface, and exposing the droplets to an electric and/or magnetic field to induce controlled movement of the droplets on the surface. The lubricant-impregnated surface includes a matrix of solid features spaced sufficiently close to stably contain the impregnating lubricant therebetween or therewithin. The motive phase is immiscible or scarcely miscible with the impregnating lubricant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Karim Samir Khalil, Kripa K. Varanasi, Seyed Reza Mahmoudi
  • Patent number: 11077404
    Abstract: Systems and methods used to control tangential flow filtration are provided, including control systems and methods for use with connected systems with upstream processing units, such as chromatography processing units, in fluid communication with a tangential flow filtration processing unit. Also included are control systems and methods for performing continuous concentration using single-pass tangential flow filtration with permeate flow control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: AMGEN INC.
    Inventors: Eva Gefroh, Randolph W. Schweickart, Krista Petty, Gregory Frank, Christine Salstrom Terpsma, Arthur C. Hewig, III, Joseph Edward Shultz
  • Patent number: 11077408
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a polymer membrane for the selective extraction of cobalt (II) ions as well as a method for extracting cobalt (II) ions using said polymer membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Yoke Lim Lim, Natalia Widjojo, Richard Grant Macoun, Natalia Emeliyanova, Ulf Baus
  • Patent number: 11078176
    Abstract: A shallow bed solvent extractor comprises at least one moving bed having upstream and downstream ends and a feed inlet positioned adjacent to the upstream end, wherein a first batch of wet cannabinoid and terpene containing material is introducible to the at least one moving bed through the feed inlet. An outlet is positioned adjacent to the downstream end, wherein the first batch of wet cannabinoid and terpene containing material is carried on the at least one moving bed and exits the extractor through the outlet. A drive system is operatively connected to the at least one moving bed. The shallow bed solvent extractor further comprises a plurality of sprayers disposed above the upstream and downstream ends of the at least one moving bed and a non-polar solvent. The plurality of sprayers spray the first batch of wet cannabinoid and terpene containing material with the non-polar solvent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Inventors: Mark Tegen, Oscar Navarro Fernandez, Joon Hyung Cho, William Rusty Sutterlin
  • Patent number: 11078100
    Abstract: The invention discloses a method for treating wastewater generated in the spherical nickel hydroxide production process. The invention uses a combined membrane treatment process to systematically and specifically treat process wastewater produced at all stages of the spherical nickel hydroxide preparation process. The concentration of crude wastewater greatly reduces the treatment burden and energy consumption in the evaporation process with obvious environmental protection benefits. In addition, the membrane treatment system has the characteristics of easy control and simple operation. By virtue of the treatment method of the invention, the quality of some produced water can meet the standard of purified water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Sichuan SiDaNeng Envrionmental Protection Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dingjiang Guo, Zhi He, Jinsong He, Chao Liu, Xiangting Cai
  • Patent number: 11072545
    Abstract: According to various aspects and embodiments, a system and method for polishing ultrapure water (UPW) is disclosed. The water polishing system includes a source of ultrapure water (UPW), an ultrafiltration (UF) module having an inlet and a permeate outlet, a recirculation conduit communicating the permeate outlet with the inlet and forming a recirculation loop, a recirculation pump disposed along the recirculation conduit upstream from the inlet of the UF module and fluidly coupled to the source of UPW, a supply conduit fluidly coupled to the recirculating conduit and a demand source, the supply conduit positioned downstream from the permeate outlet, and a pressure control valve disposed along the recirculation conduit downstream from the supply conduit and configured to maintain pressure of permeate at a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Evoqua Water Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Boris Eliosov, Glen P. Sundstrom, Bruce L. Coulter
  • Patent number: 11072550
    Abstract: A membrane separation process is described. The process comprises pumping of a fluid stream through a membrane module to produce a permeate during a plurality of membrane operating cycles. Each membrane operating cycle comprises a filtration cycle and a relaxation cycle. Concentration polarisation is controlled during the process by controlling duration of filtration cycles and relaxation cycles to relatively short duration to maintain the degree of concentration polarisation below a target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Central Gippsland Region Water Corporation
    Inventor: Andrew Hodgkinson
  • Patent number: 11071811
    Abstract: The specification discloses a portable dialysis machine having a detachable controller unit and base unit. The controller unit includes a door having an interior face, a housing with a panel, where the housing and panel define a recessed region configured to receive the interior face of the door, and a manifold receiver fixedly attached to the panel. The base unit has a planar surface for receiving a container of fluid, a scale integrated with the planar surface, a heater in thermal communication with the planar surface, and a sodium sensor in electromagnetic communication with the planar surface. Embodiments of the disclosed portable dialysis system have improved structural and functional features, including improved modularity, ease of use, and safety features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Barry Neil Fulkerson, James Roswell Braig, David J Mishelevich, Charles Clemens, Clark Berg Foster, Martin Hering, Jan Brian Zwierstra, Russell Thomas Joseph, Victor Gura, Thomas Robinson, Milan Trcka, Daniele Ghidoli, Frank Isackson, Mark Forrest Smith