Patents Examined by Liam Royce
  • Patent number: 11896921
    Abstract: A filter medium for filtering matter from a fluid and the manufacture thereof are provided. In one exemplary embodiment, a method may be performed by a filter medium for filtering particulate matter from a fluid. Further, the filter medium may include a nonwoven sliver formed into a predetermined shape and composed of first synthetic staple fibers having a first denier, second synthetic staple fibers having a second denier, and third synthetic staple fibers having a third denier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Inventor: Kirk S. Morris
  • Patent number: 11895991
    Abstract: An aquarium skimmer device can include a filter body that attaches to a water pump, filter, or power head, wherein the filter body is configured to hold a filter medium for filtering water that passes through the filter body. The skimmer device can also include a funnel holder that attaches to a top of the filter body, and a funnel assembly comprising a funnel. The funnel assembly can be received by the funnel holder and configured to float up and down with respect to the funnel holder with changes in water level, and a wide opening of the funnel is positioned one inch or less below a surface of the water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Inventor: Robert Douglas Schmidt
  • Patent number: 11890399
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for separating blood into two or more components for collection of red blood cells, plasma, or both red blood cells and plasma. A blood separation system includes a blood separation device and a fluid flow circuit configured to be mounted to the blood separation device. The blood separation device includes a centrifugal separator and a spinning membrane separator drive unit, with the blood being separated into its constituents by the centrifugal separator. Separated plasma may be collected following separation by the centrifugal separator or may first be conveyed from the centrifugal separator into the spinning membrane separator drive unit to separate cellular blood components from the plasma prior to collection of the filtered plasma. The cellular blood components filtered from the plasma may be retained in the circuit as a waste product or may be flushed out of the circuit to a recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Fenwal, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin E. Kusters, Kyungyoon Min
  • Patent number: 11872566
    Abstract: A magnetic filter is disclosed suitable for use in large heating and/or cooling systems, for example heating systems using pipework between 2 inch bore and 4 inch bore. The magnetic filter includes a separation chamber in the form of a pipe, and externally-mounted magnetic 5 assemblies which are movable from a position close to the pipe to a position spaced from the pipe. The magnetic assemblies are pivotally mounted to the pipe via a framework.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: ADEY HOLDINGS (2008) LIMITED
    Inventors: Simon Downie, Kashem Pathan, Alan Ferry
  • Patent number: 11872879
    Abstract: A fuel pick-up device (10) for a fuel tank (13) has a head (11) for fitting to a wall of the tank (13), and an elongate body (14) which extends from the head (11) into the tank (13). A water separator disposed in body comprises an axially-extending separation chamber (18), and a vane (21) for creating a helical flow of fuel flowing through the chamber between an inlet (17) and an outlet (23), wherein any water in the fuel entering the separation chamber through the inlet (17) moves radially outwardly in the helical flow away from the outlet (23), the outlet (23) being arranged such that fuel drawn from the chamber (18) is substantially free of water. Water separated from the fuel is collected in a chamber (25) and can be removed via a drain (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: FUEL ACTIVE LIMITED
    Inventors: Michael John James, Paul Graham Bateman
  • Patent number: 11872567
    Abstract: A magnetic filter is disclosed suitable for use in large heating and/or cooling systems, for example heating systems using pipework between 2 inch bore and 4 inch bore. The magnetic filter includes a separation chamber in the form of a pipe, and externally-mounted magnetic assemblies which are movable from a position close to the pipe to a position spaced from the pipe. The magnetic assemblies are pivotally mounted to the pipe via a framework.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: ADEY HOLDINGS (2008) LIMITED
    Inventors: Simon Downie, Kashem Pathan, Alan Ferry
  • Patent number: 11865476
    Abstract: Centrifugal contactors that can be used for mixing or separating materials are described. The contactors include a sensing system including a communications fiber within the shaft of the contactors and access ports providing access from the communications fiber to the mixing/separating zone of the contactor. The sensing system can be utilized during operation of the contactor and can provide for detailed and accurate on-line characterization of a protocol, as well as process control and system modification as necessary during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2023
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Battelle Savannah River Alliance, LLC
    Inventors: Michael L. Restivo, Michael R. Poirier, Fernando F. Fondeur, Samuel D. Fink
  • Patent number: 11866633
    Abstract: The present invention relates in part to a lignin composition and a method of fabricating a lignin composition. The invention also relates in part to a method of using a lignin composition to adsorb onto a petrochemical oil comprising the steps of providing a solution of lignin in an alcohol, providing an oil on a liquid surface, contacting the oil with the solution of lignin in an alcohol, adsorbing the lignin to the oil, and removing the adsorbed oil from the surface of the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY AND AGRICULTURAL AND MECHANICAL COLLEGE
    Inventor: Bhuvnesh Bharti
  • Patent number: 11865550
    Abstract: A separating installation for separating magnetic and non-magnetic particles present in a suspension includes a stirring stage having a stirrer configured to create the suspension, a filter stage configured to filter the suspension according to grain size by at least one particle filter, and a screening stage having at least one wet screen. The separating installation further includes a magnetic filter stage having at least one magnetic filter. The stirring stage, the filter stage, the screening stage, and the magnetic stage are interconnected by a pipe system in such a way that they form a circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE (KIT)
    Inventors: Winfried Tobie, Frank Becker, Dieter Schild, Markus Plaschke, Carla-Olivia Krauss, Alexander Heneka, Martin Brandauer
  • Patent number: 11860157
    Abstract: A microfilter having a hydrophilic surface and suited for size-based capture and analysis of cells, such as circulating cancer cells, from whole blood and other human fluids is disclosed. The filter material is photo-definable, allowing the formation of precision pores by UV lithography. Exemplary embodiments provide a device that combines a microfilter with 3D nanotopography in culture scaffolds that mimic the 3D in vivo environment to better facilitate growth of captured cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: CREATV MICROTECH, INC.
    Inventors: Olga Makarova, Cha-Mei Tang, Peixuan Zhu, Shuhong Li, Daniel Adams, Platte T. Amstutz
  • Patent number: 11851629
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for collection and disposal or utilization as a carbon neutral fuel of fats, oil and grease that includes a first porous container, a second porous container, and a grease trap having an inlet and an outlet. The first porous container is positioned proximate the grease trap inlet and the second porous container is positioned proximate the grease trap outlet. The first and second porous containers are formed of a porous fabric and contain an absorbent, organic hydrocarbon material capable of absorbing a quantity of fats, oil and grease. The second porous container may be positioned on either side of the grease trap outlet (within the grease trap or intermediate the outlet and an exit pipe) and may be held in a stationary manner via a tether and/or a hinged door having a flange for capturing and holding the porous container in a stationary manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2023
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Inventor: Martin Franklin McCarthy
  • Patent number: 11839838
    Abstract: A method for collecting mill scale from a hot rolling mill is provided. The hot rolling mill includes a flume. The method includes transporting mill scale particles in wastewater, retrieving the wastewater from a flume of the hot rolling mill and separating the mill scale particles from the wastewater using a separator. A hot rolling mill and a method for retrofitting a hot rolling mill are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: ArcelorMittal
    Inventor: Naiyang Ma
  • Patent number: 11839841
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a cleaning liquid for a ship ballast water treatment filter, an online cleaning device and an online cleaning method. The online cleaning device comprises a filter cleaning pipeline and a cleaning liquid preparation tank located in the filter cleaning pipeline. The cleaning liquid preparation tank is provided with a cleaning liquid outlet and a cleaning liquid reinjection opening. The filter cleaning pipeline comprises a cleaning liquid injection pipeline located between the cleaning liquid outlet of the cleaning liquid preparation tank and a filter water inlet, and a cleaning liquid reinjection pipeline located between a filter water outlet and a cleaning liquid reinjection opening of the cleaning liquid preparation tank. The cleaning liquid prepared in the cleaning liquid preparation tank is injected into the filter through the cleaning liquid injection pipeline and is re-injected into the cleaning liquid preparation tank through the cleaning liquid reinjection pipeline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: SUNRUI MARINE ENVIRONMENT ENGINEERING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dongxia Duan, Guangzhou Liu
  • Patent number: 11833279
    Abstract: A method includes: depositing whole blood into at least one separator tube; subjecting the at least one separator tube to a first centrifugal force to cause a combination of the first centrifugal force and separator gel within each separator tube of the at least one separator tube to separate plasma of the whole blood from red and white blood cells of the whole blood within the at least one separator tube, wherein the plasma includes ?2M molecules; transferring one or more portions of the plasma from within the at least one separator tube and into at least one isolator; and subjecting the at least one isolator to a second centrifugal force to cause a combination of the second centrifugal force and a filter within each isolator of the at least one isolator to isolate the ?2M molecules from other components of the plasma within the at least one isolator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: ASTARIA GLOBAL, LLC
    Inventors: David J. Lutz, William J. Cramer, Michael D. Duvall, Robert S. Shoemaker
  • Patent number: 11826680
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a filter element comprising an oil filter port adapted to be in fluid communication with an oil port of an engine the oil filter port includes threads for attaching the filter element in the oil port of the engine. Thus, the inventors realized that by providing the oil port with threads, the oil port of the filter element may be tightened in the oil port of the engine to in this way ensure axial locking of the filter element in the engine. The present invention also relation to a corresponding filter housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Söderström, Jonatan Ekstrand
  • Patent number: 11826679
    Abstract: A filter for treating a fluid in a heating and/or cooling system includes: a first body, hollow and substantially cylindrical in shape, and a second body, wherein the first body and second body are mutually and sealingly connected, so as to internally have a chamber, and wherein the hollow first body is provided with a first mouth and a second mouth respectively having a first duct and a second duct allowing the fluid to enter and/or exit the chamber. A filtering element for treating the fluid is housed at least partially in the chamber, in particular the filtering element includes at least one magnetic element The filter includes a shut-off element having an outer wall provided with a channel and an opening, the shut-off element being housed in the first body in such a way that it can rotate about a longitudinal axis in the first body and alternately switch from a first position to a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: R.B.M. S.P.A.
    Inventor: Guido Bossini
  • Patent number: 11819784
    Abstract: A system for sand cleaning including: a cleaning unit arranged to receive oil impregnated sand; the unit including a chamber having an impeller, said impeller arranged to agitate the oil impregnated sand in a base of the unit; an aperture in the base of the unit arranged to discharge the treated sand; an oil outlet adjacent to a top of the unit arranged to discharge the separated oil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: PETROLIAM NASIONAL BERHAD (PETRONAS)
    Inventors: Mohammad Faizal Bin Che Daud, Maung Maung Myo Thant @ Feroz Sultan
  • Patent number: 11820673
    Abstract: A water purifier includes a filter head, a flow channel control module, and a filter element. The flow channel control module includes a waterway board and a flow manifold. The waterway board is provided with a water flow channel. The flow manifold is provided with a first passage and a second passage. When the flow manifold is driven by the filter element and rotated relative to the waterway board to a first position where the first passage is connected to the water flow channel, the flow channel control module is switched to a first flow channel waterway mode (or filter mode). When the flow manifold is driven by the filter element and rotated to a second position where the second passage is connected to the water flow channel, the flow channel control module is switched to a second flow channel waterway mode (or replacement mode).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: KEMFLO INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sheng-Nan Lin
  • Patent number: 11806644
    Abstract: A filter device has a housing (3, 5) and a filter element (23) that can be received in the housing in a replaceable manner. The housing and filter element engage with at least two key parts (53, 56, 58) or lock parts. The lock parts (57) or key parts of the housing (3, 5) are associated with each other respectively in pairs in an engaged manner, as a coding and/or setting and/or functional structure and/or reproduction protection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: RT-FILTERTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventors: Marco Bautz, Mathias Dieter
  • Patent number: 11794136
    Abstract: A filtration system interconnection structure having manifold with a rotatable manifold magnet of correlated magnets, a shroud with alignment tracks, an actuating valve for water ingress, and a filter cartridge having a rotatable filter magnet of correlated magnets, where the manifold magnet and the filter magnet are in magnetic communication with one another when the filter cartridge is inserted with the shroud, and are at least partially rotatably compatible, where the manifold magnet rotates with the filter magnet until the manifold magnet experiences a rotational stop beyond a predetermined rotation of the filter magnet, thus allowing the filter magnet to shift polarity with respect to the manifold magnet and present a repulsion force for removal of the filter cartridge from the shroud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: KX Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Robert Astle, William Li, Bruno Chima