Patents Examined by Joseph W. Drodge
  • Patent number: 10444204
    Abstract: Valves, pumps, detectors, sample loops, fraction collectors and the like are individually incorporated into modules that are mountable at individual mounting sites on a base unit which also supports one or more chromatography columns. Each module includes fluid connections to other modules and a microcontroller joining the module to a computed and monitor through an electronic connector at each mounting site. The fluid connections between the modules and the column(s) are removed from the electronic connections and accessible to the user. A software platform may recognize the modules and their locations, coordinate fluid connections between the modules, and provide a variety of control, monitoring, data generating and data processing functions to generate chromatographic data. The software platform may also provide graphical tools for designing chromatographic methods from a library of phases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Iovanni, Alec Gordon, Bob Avarbock, Wayne Bland, Glenn Price, Ken Baker, Farah Mavandadi, Christof Schultz
  • Patent number: 10443017
    Abstract: A method of recovering an extraction aid from distillers corn oil, by directing stillage containing distillers oil and an extraction aid to a centrifugal separator, recovering a light phase from the centrifugal separator, the light phase containing at least a portion of the distillers oil and at least a portion of the extraction aid, cooling the light phase and causing a precipitate to form, and recovering a precipitate from the cooled light phase containing at least a portion of the extraction aid. A method of recovering distillers oil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Trucent, Inc.
    Inventor: James Robert Bleyer
  • Patent number: 10427069
    Abstract: Disclosed is a process for the alteration of the ratio of the specific gravities of the oil and water phases resulting from the conversion of biomass to liquid products, the reduction of the conductivity and of metals of the product mixture, which each can aid in the removal of solids contained in the oil phase; and a liquid-liquid extraction method for partitioning desirable carbon containing compounds into the oil phase and undesirable carbon containing compounds into the water phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Inaeris Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Vicente Sanchez, Richard Engelman, J. Christopher Lewis, Brent Moore, Edward J. Smith
  • Patent number: 10422023
    Abstract: The disclosure describes a method of extraction for optimal recovery of rare earth elements (REE). This includes the optimization of a liquid-liquid extraction technique for economic extraction of REE from chemically complex brines. Through the use of a model, operating conditions are altered to increase separation efficiency. The technique achieves >98% recovery of all rare earth elements in one fraction, while using small volumes of sample and reagents. The method of the present invention recovers REE from previously unexploited waste streams, without need for development of new process equipment and while keeping a small footprint because of the volumes involved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Clinton W. Noack, Athanasios K. Karamalidis, David A. Dzombak
  • Patent number: 10421043
    Abstract: A system, method and device are disclosed for bio-processing a feed stream and providing a constant output by operating a continuous single-pass tangential-flow process. The single-pass process provides high conversion concentration while operating at relatively low feed flow rates, and the process can also be used to provide constant output diafiltration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: SPF INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Gaston de los Reyes, Leon Mir
  • Patent number: 10421670
    Abstract: The embodiments disclose a device for sanitizing and purifying at least one purified potable water source supply and suspending humic acid and fulvic acid molecules in a mixed solution, at least one separate sanitary facilities to maintain sanitation of mixing and bottling processes of the mixed solution, at least one sanitizing device for preventing an opportunity for contamination to take place including bacterial and microbial growth throughout the mixing and bottling processes, at least one testing device for monitoring sanitized conditions of bottled beverage products in the mixing and bottling processes, and at least one mixing and bottling device for mixing and bottling of the mixed solution for creating black colored water beverages for human consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Inventors: Louise Wilkie, Jacqueline Wilkie
  • Patent number: 10412978
    Abstract: There is disclosed a super critical hydrolysis extraction apparatus including a pressure container comprising a body and a lid coupled to the body to close a space formed therein to accommodate an object; a contact unit configured to open and close the body, while moving the lid forward and backward; and a pipeline unit comprising a supply line where a liquid for filling in the pressure container and a discharge line for discharging the liquid of the pressure container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: INNOWAY CO., LTD
    Inventors: Ho Young Lee, Jung Min Lee
  • Patent number: 10408533
    Abstract: A water purifier having a small size and compact internal structure and enabling a water discharge part through which water is extracted to be rotation-operated, and a control method thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Kyeongbo Kim, Sehwan Bae, Hyoungwon Roh
  • Patent number: 10407325
    Abstract: A method for providing a safe and healthy water and water-based product, comprising: testing pretreated reverse osmosis water to determine whether it meets a first set of pre-defined specifications; introducing a pre-defined nutrient composition into the water, wherein the predefined nutrient composition comprising one or more of mineral nutrients, trace elements and nutritional supplements; testing the water to determine whether it meets a second set of predefined specifications; and disinfecting the water along with its container by UV irradiation from a UV light source to obtain a water product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: A. O. SMITH CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hai-Feng Zhang
  • Patent number: 10401335
    Abstract: Valves, pumps, detectors, sample loops, fraction collectors and the like are individually incorporated into modules that are mountable at individual mounting sites on a base unit which also supports one or more chromatography columns. Each module includes fluid connections to other modules and a microcontroller joining the module to a computed and monitor through an electronic connector at each mounting site. The fluid connections between the modules and the column(s) are removed from the electronic connections and accessible to the user. A software platform may recognize the modules and their locations, coordinate fluid connections between the modules, and provide a variety of control, monitoring, data generating and data processing functions to generate chromatographic data. The software platform may also provide graphical tools for designing chromatographic methods from a library of phases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Iovanni, Alec Gordon, Bob Avarbock, Wayne Bland, Glenn Price, Ken Baker, Farah Mavandadi, Christof Schultz
  • Patent number: 10377792
    Abstract: This invention is in the field of micro-organism and algal cell processing. The invention relates to a method of maximizing migration of micro-organism and/or algal cells to a solvent fraction while simultaneously displacing water in a separate fraction and subsequent extraction of hydrophobic products from the organisms. The invention further relates to a method of sequestration of protein from an aqueous phase to an organic solvent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Sandun D. Fernando, Varun M. Gejji
  • Patent number: 10376840
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for separation of oxyresveratrol molecule from the extracted solution of Artocarpus lakoocha Roxb. through membrane application. The product can be obtained in excellent yield upto 81% in case of extraction using water as solvent and can be separated from the extracted mixture upto 98% using indigenously developed nanofiltration membrane. Only the desired Trans isomer is obtained and no cis isomerization takes place during the extraction process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Council of Scientific & Industrial Research
    Inventors: Swapnali Hazarika, Dilip Konwar, Hirokjyoti Borah, Somiron Borthakur, Pranab Barkakati, Mohan Modon Bora, Ram Nath Das
  • Patent number: 10382957
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure are directed toward methods, apparatuses and systems for operating at a fluid-maintenance site. In certain embodiments, the methods, apparatuses, and systems include a fluid filter, a sensor that provides parameters that characterize fluid flowing through the fluid filter, and a wireless interface circuit. The wireless interface circuit operates in a set-up mode and a normal-operation mode. In the set-up mode, the wireless interface circuit operates by communicating authentication data with a mobile data-processing device while the mobile data-processing device is proximate to the fluid-maintenance site. In the normal-operation mode, the wireless interface circuit operates by sending the parameters wirelessly, according to the authentication protocol, to a remotely-situated server via a wireless communication medium and a broadband connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Hemang R. Patel, Michael N. Cormier, Justin M. Mazzoni
  • Patent number: 10370263
    Abstract: A ballast water treatment device attached to a vessel provided with: a line (1) through which drawn treatment target water flows; and a ballast tank (5) connected to a downstream side of the line (1). The ballast water treatment device is provided with: a filter (3) which is disposed in the line (1) and which filters the treatment target water; and a controller (7). The controller (7) causes the treatment target water to be discharged outboard from an upstream side of the filter (3) in an early stage of drawing of the treatment target water, until water quality is stabilized, and, when the water quality of treatment target water has stabilized, causes the filter (3) to filter the treatment target water. Thus, ballast water filtering can be efficiently performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: MIURA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoaki Tange, Akinori Kawakami
  • Patent number: 10366316
    Abstract: A fluid treatment cartridge includes a housing having a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet with a treatment media contained within the housing. The fluid treatment cartridge includes a detection member comprising at least one closed electrically conductive loop having at least two spatially separate sections. Each of the sections generates a magnetic response when at least one section is electromagnetically excited. The magnetic response of each section is predetermined by the physical shape of the section and comprises at least one of a predetermined magnetic phase response and a predetermined magnetic amplitude response. The predetermined magnetic response of at least one other section of the closed electrically conductive loop corresponds to at least a one digit code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Andrew P. Bonifas, Brock A. Hable, Ronald D. Jesme, Nicholas G. Amell
  • Patent number: 10363502
    Abstract: In general, techniques are described for filter media monitoring within a filtration system. The filter media monitoring techniques described herein include, for example, direct contact with the filter media, e.g., a sensor may be located inside a boundary defined by a surface of the filter media, or indirect contact with the filter media, e.g., a sensor may be located outside the boundary defined by the surface of the filter media such that the sensor does not make direct physical contact with the filter media being monitored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Andrew P. Bonifas, Brock A. Hable, Nicholas G. Amell, Jaewon Kim, Ronald D. Jesme, Jeffrey M. Maki, Robert E. Astle
  • Patent number: 10357745
    Abstract: Provided is a membrane distillation system capable of real-time monitoring of membrane wetting, which includes: a raw water storage tank configured to store fluid; a membrane distillation water treatment unit configured to receive raw water stored in the raw water storage tank to generate pure water, the membrane distillation water treatment unit having an inlet water chamber into which an inlet water flows from the raw water storage tank, a membrane for separating the inlet water in the inlet water chamber into a steam and a concentrated water, and a treated water chamber for receiving the steam separated by the membrane and concentrating the steam; and a membrane wetting detection unit to detect a membrane wetting phenomenon and a membrane wetting location of the membrane by measuring a light passing through the membrane in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: KOREA INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Seong Pil Jeong, hye-won Kim, Seockheon Lee
  • Patent number: 10358367
    Abstract: Organo clay and activated carbon are mixed to form a particle mixture. The particle mixture is contacted with waste water having chlorides and other contaminants, such as organic materials, heavy metals, chlorides, and low level radio nuclei in solution. Acids, oxidizing chemicals, and compressed air are added to pretreat and to treat the waste water. The mixture is filtered with catalytic activated carbon filters to remove the remaining contaminants. The filters produce a clean chloride solution that is discharged or is subjected to a finishing process to produce a marketable chloride product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventor: Tom Lewis, III
  • Patent number: 10342911
    Abstract: An apparatus for extracorporeal blood treatment, comprising a treatment unit (2) having a first chamber (3) and a second chamber (4) separated from one another by a semipermeable membrane (5), a blood removal line (6) connected in inlet with the first chamber (3) and a blood return line (7) connected in outlet with the first chamber; an infusion line (9; 9a, 9b) of a replacement fluid and a fluid evacuation line (10) connected in outlet from the second chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Gambro Lundia AB
    Inventors: Mauro Suffritti, Michela Carpani
  • Patent number: 10343086
    Abstract: An apparatus, such as a compact flotation unit, may include a tank having a fluid inlet. A cylinder may be disposed within the tank and have an open end. A first guide vane may be disposed about the cylinder, with the first guide vane having a portion axially aligned with the fluid inlet. A second guide vane may be disposed about the cylinder adjacent the open end thereof and may include a first end and a second end, with the first end of the second guide vane being axially offset from the second end of the second guide vane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER NORGE AS
    Inventors: Karsten Rabe, Michel Iver Tveitan Maelum, Lars Hardli