Patents Examined by Monzer R. Chorbaji
  • Patent number: 10772981
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for disinfecting a lavatory inside a vehicle in response to a set of criteria being met. A determination is made as to whether a set of criteria for activation of a disinfection system that emits far-ultraviolet radiation to perform a disinfection process inside a lavatory has been met. In response to a determination that the set of criteria has been met, the disinfection system is activated to perform the disinfection process inside the lavatory using the far-ultraviolet radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: James J. Childress, Mark L. Cloud, Karen Lee Hills
  • Patent number: 10773220
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for obtaining a product chemistry from a solid block is provided. The product is housed within a dispenser, which utilizes a liquid and a gas to erode the block and produce a concentrate solution. The liquid and gas characteristics can be adjusted in the field to achieve a predetermined concentrate level in the solution. The introduction of air into the dispenser saves water, while producing higher concentrate levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Ronald Schwartz, Ryan Joseph Drake
  • Patent number: 10774460
    Abstract: An antimicrobial supply system employs a process water supply and incorporates a metallic ion supply connected to the process water supply to provide a high ion concentrate to an output. A dilution reservoir is connected to the metallic ion supply output and has an input from the process water supply. A pump is connected to an output of the reservoir. A manifold connected to the pump provides a dilute concentrate to at least one washing system. An electronics control module is connected to a first flow controller between the process water supply and the metallic ion supply and a second flow controller between the metallic ion supply and the reservoir for dilution control establishing a desired metallic ion concentration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: APPLIED SILVER, INC.
    Inventors: Sean D. Morham, William M. Morris, David E. Brown, Keith S. Copenhagen, Thomas B. Brezoczky
  • Patent number: 10765965
    Abstract: Novel thermal evaporative processes for the recovery of heat-sensitive constituents, raw essential oil concentrates, and other compounds from plant biomass material are disclosed, as are systems for implementing such processes. Particularly, the processes include a solvent-less process for either batch-wise or continuous removal and recovery of refined oils, such as volatile aroma components and heavier oils, from plant material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Loxley Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Raechel Sherwood, Steven Sherwood, Reese Cullimore, Greg Mehos
  • Patent number: 10765105
    Abstract: A device for mosquito repellents, including a support structure having a first end arranged to be positioned on a surface, and a second end opposite the first end, the distance between the first end and the second end defining a height H of the support structure. The device further includes a first plate arranged at the second end of the support structure perpendicularly to a direction of height of the support structure, the plate being void of openings and suitable for receiving a heated mosquito repellent. The device still further includes a fan attached within the support structure, between the first end and the second end of the support structure, to blow air from the first end towards the second end of the support structure and the first plate, and means for operating the fan. The size and shape of the first plate is such that it covers the fan, when seen from the second end of the support structure in the direction of height of the support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Proviter Group Oy
    Inventor: Veli-Pekka Kiiski
  • Patent number: 10758106
    Abstract: A reprocessing apparatus for washing and cleaning a load comprising a reprocessing chamber, a buffer tank, a buffer tank valve and recirculation valve, fluid distribution devices and plurality of pumps, at least one ultrasonic transducer and a drainage system characterised by said buffer tank is supplied with fresh water and process chemical where buffer tank holds fresh process fluid that is pumped to at least one fluid distribution device and directly into the load, the drainage system for discharging process fluids and recirculation loop for pumping said fluid back the reprocessing chamber, and a method of reprocessing a load in a reprocessing apparatus characterised by that fresh water is mixed with process chemicals externally to said chamber in the buffer tank and delivered to said chamber through fluid distribution devices and internal connecting lines while simultaneously washing the load internally and externally and discharging the fluid from the reprocessing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Inventor: Pawel de Sternberg Stojalowski
  • Patent number: 10751435
    Abstract: Implementations generally relate to a sanitizing platform. In one implementation, a system includes a base. The system also includes a first sanitizer mechanism coupled to the base, where the first sanitizer mechanism is configured to sanitize at least one hand of a user. The system also includes a second sanitizer mechanism coupled to the base, where the second sanitizer mechanism is configured to sanitize a door handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventors: Steven N. Wyman, Robert T. Wyman, Joseph L. Acayan
  • Patent number: 10736981
    Abstract: Performing a decontamination process by introducing a decontamination agent into a first containment, the first containment is being surrounded by a housing having a primary inlet for admitting a gas medium into the first containment, and a primary outlet for discharging the gas medium from the first containment. The primary outlet leads to an area external to the first containment, into the open atmosphere, or to a second containment and has a gas-technology connection to a first catalyst unit through which the gas medium flows. By means of the at least first catalyst unit, the decontamination agent, which is introduced into the first containment during the decontamination process and enters with the gas medium into the area, open atmosphere or the second containment, can be split into non-critical components and degraded to a non-critical residual concentration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: SKAN AG
    Inventors: Olivera Scheuber, Volker Sigwarth
  • Patent number: 10729131
    Abstract: Methods of generating performic acid by contacting aqueous oxidizing agent and aqueous formic acid source in liquid phase are disclosed. A system and apparatus for the in situ production of the performic acid chemistries is further disclosed. In particular, a continuous flow reactor is provided to generate performic acid at variable rates. Methods of employing the oxidizing biocide for various disinfection applications are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Paul R. Kraus, Benjamin Crew, Junzhong Li, David D. McSherry, Ramakrishnan Balasubramanian, Richard Staub, Ariel Chatman Kleczewski, Minh Tran, Catherine Hanson, Irwan Yunus, Jeffery D. Breshears, Brian Paul Brunner
  • Patent number: 10722605
    Abstract: A photocatalyst filter is provided. The photocatalyst filter includes: a base in which an internal space is formed. The internal space is permeable to fluid, and a plurality of photocatalyst beads are provided in the internal space, wherein a surface of the internal space is reflective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventors: Jee-yeon Kim, Hee-jin Park, Yong-won Jeong, Jeong-eun Lee, Jun-ho Koh
  • Patent number: 10716870
    Abstract: The invention relates to a facility which has a dirty facility area and an adjacent clean facility area, baskets for receiving the dirty articles, and a wall separating the dirty area from the clean area, the dirty area including an entry door for receiving the dirty articles, pre-processing stations with tables for the pre-washing and/or sorting by a human operator, or even by a robotic operator, of the dirty articles and for arranging the pre-washed and/or sorted articles in the baskets, pick-up points at the pre-processing stations for pick-up of the baskets with the pre-washed and/or sorted articles, a plurality of washers, eg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventor: Kim Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 10717055
    Abstract: A floating chemical dispenser is provided, which includes: a body portion having a first chamber for receiving solid chemicals, a second chamber for receiving a floating member, and at least one first hole for communicating the first chamber with an external environment, an opening is disposed at one end of the body portion, and the opening is communicated with the first chamber; and a cover, configured to close the opening of the body portion; wherein the cover is detachably connected with the body portion via a first locking mechanism, and the first locking mechanism has a locking position and an unlocking position, and is configured to move between the locking position and the unlocking position via pressing and rotating the cover by a user, so as to control locking or unlocking of the cover and the body portion. Therefore, safety performance of the floating chemical dispenser can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventors: Shuiyong Huang, Wenhua Hu, Jinlin Chen
  • Patent number: 10710759
    Abstract: A method of packaging pre-filled medical devices is disclosed. The method comprises producing a packaging having a front panel and a back panel defining a compartment capable of holding one or more medical devices wherein at least one of the front panel or top panel has a portion containing a gas permeable material while the remaining portion of the pouch is gas impermeable. This gas permeable material allows gas to pass through the material and contact the one or more articles contained within the compartment or allows gas to pass through the gas permeable material from the inside of the compartment to the outside of the container. Upon completion of sterilization, the pouch is sealed and the gas permeable portion is cut away leaving the sterilized medical device enclosed in a completely gas impermeable pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Di Lu, Adam Zerda
  • Patent number: 10702615
    Abstract: An apparatus for sterilization of objects or materials comprises an enclosure for containing a gaseous atmosphere; an acoustically transparent platform located within the enclosure for supporting the objects or materials to be sterilized; one or more non-contact ultrasound transducers positioned within the enclosure and spaced from the platform; and an electric power amplifier for exciting the one or more transducers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: The Ultran Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Kashyap Patel, Mahesh Bhardwaj, Michael Whetzel, Anuj Bhardwaj, Mikel Langron
  • Patent number: 10702616
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for sterilization are presented. An apparatus includes a sterilizing cabinet assembly including a cabinet having an access port and a bottom, the bottom configurable to induce a condensate to flow on the bottom to a vent port. The apparatus further includes a door connected to the cabinet, the door moveable between an open position permitting passage through the access port to an interior of the cabinet and a closed position precluding passage through the access port. The apparatus also includes at least one of the cabinet and the door having the vent port, and a filter overlying the vent port and forming a sealed interface with an adjacent portion of the one of the cabinet and the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Turbett Surgical, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert E. Turbett
  • Patent number: 10695691
    Abstract: A supercritical fluid extraction (SFE) apparatus is provided that is capable of being operated in a continuous and/or steady-state fashion. The SFE apparatus may include an extraction assembly. The extraction assembly may include a first extraction chamber (FEC) to contain a first amount of source material from which a compound is to be extracted, and a second extraction chamber (SEC) to contain a second amount of the source material. The extraction assembly may include a valve to control a flow of a solvent into the FEC or the SEC. The SFE apparatus may include a collection chamber that is mounted substantially perpendicular to the extraction assembly. Other embodiments are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventors: Matthias K. Crandall, Emerson Biehl
  • Patent number: 10695718
    Abstract: A device (1) for generating clean air in a measuring apparatus, comprising: a duct (2) having an inlet and an outlet for the passage of an air flow to be cleaned; a platinum wire (3), positioned inside the duct (2), for intercepting the air flow to be cleaned, the platinum wire (3) is inserted in an electrical circuit (17) connectable to an electricity supply (15) to be operatively crossed by an electrical current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventor: Marco Remondini
  • Patent number: 10695452
    Abstract: The device for cleaning a hearing aid by contact with a liquid includes a cleaning cavity suitable for receiving the end piece of the hearing aid and that is provided, at the bottom of same, with an opening for discharging the liquid. The cleaning cavity is defined laterally by an inner skin surrounded by an outer skin, the outer skin including an injector for the liquid while the inner skin defines, at the base of same, an opening overhanging the bottom and allowing the liquid to pass into the cleaning cavity. The invention also concerns an assembly includes the cleaning device and a reloading unit, the reloading unit being suitable for filling a tank of the cleaning device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: MG DEVELOPMENT
    Inventor: Jose Gil
  • Patent number: 10687683
    Abstract: A washing and drying unit configured to perform at least one of washing, drying, and sterilizing, or any combination thereof includes at least one sensor configured to determine a dimension and/or shape of the object, a washing and/or sterilizing apparatus and a drying and/or sterilizing apparatus configured to direct at least one apparatus or spray of a washing and/or sterilizing or a drying and/or sterilizing fluid to the object, at least one robot arm connected to at least one of the apparatuses, and a controller operable to orient and move the at least one robot arm. A separate sterilization apparatus may be included and the sterilization may include using electrified water or water that has been exposed to ultraviolet light. The controller orients the at least one robot arm based on the dimension and/or shape determined by the at least one sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: Martin A. Alpert
  • Patent number: 10683121
    Abstract: There is provided a method or improving the surface sterility of an invertebrate organism having an external cuticle, comprising contacting an outer surface of the organism, or a portion thereof, with an aqueous alcohol solution of less than about 70% v/v for a period of less than 60 seconds. The method is especially useful to provide research-grade organisms which can be utilised in research involving injection of compositions through the external cuticle, by reducing phenotype changes resulting from introduction of surface contaminants into the interior of the organism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventors: Olivia Champion, Richard Titball