Patents Examined by Monzer R. Chorbaji
  • Patent number: 9932630
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices for decontaminating materials containing biological or biologically derived materials, such as microorganisms or DNA products, are provided. The methods, systems, and devices may be used for decontaminating or sterilizing materials, such as surfaces, including, but not limited to reducing the number of viable microorganisms on surfaces. The methods, systems, and devices may further be used for rendering DNA non-amplifiable in nucleic acid amplification reactions that synthesize DNA amplification products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: RASIRC, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Alvarez, Jr., Jeffrey J. Spiegelman, Russell J. Holmes, James Hogan
  • Patent number: 9931605
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and system for obtaining a solution from a solid product are disclosed. A solid product is housed in a dispenser. A liquid is introduced into the housing of the dispenser to interact with the solid product to form a solution. To control the concentration of the formed solution, the turbulence of the liquid introduced to the dispenser is controlled and adjusted either manually or on a real time basis to account for varying characteristics of either or both of the solid product and the liquid. The dispenser will adjust the turbulence based on the characteristics to maintain a formed solution within an acceptable range of concentration. The concentrated solution can then be discharged from the dispenser to an end use application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Richard R. Carroll, John D. Morey, Andrew Schultz, Ryan Drake, John E. Thomas, Troy A. Anderson, Joshua J. Lanz
  • Patent number: 9931424
    Abstract: Technologies are generally described for positionable air freshener devices. The devices may comprise an insertion section. The insertion section may include electrodes effective to receive and conduct an electric current and secure the device to an electric source. The insertion section may include a ball. The devices may comprise a base. The base may include a socket. The socket may attach to the ball. The socket and ball may form a ball joint. The base may include a port effective to receive electric current from the electrodes. The base may include a collar effective to apply heat sufficient to release a fragrance from a material when electrical current is supplied to the collar from the electrodes. The device may include a cap with a ring shaped cross-section, sized and shaped so as to be connectable to the base such that the port is accessible when the cap is connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Inventor: Alfred Esses
  • Patent number: 9925289
    Abstract: A lyophilizing and/or sterilizing machine comprises a treatment chamber, a plurality of loading planes having at least one loading surface, disposed inside the treatment chamber, one overlapping the other and positionable in a desired and known manner by means of vertical tie-rods. The lyophilizing and/or sterilizing machine also comprises a movement apparatus to move containers, the content of which is to be treated in the treatment chamber. The movement apparatus comprises at least one loading/unloading device mobile on horizontal guides comprising at least one internal horizontal guide independent and autonomous from the loading planes and located in correspondence to a lateral portion of the loading planes and between the loading surface and the vertical tie-rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: I.M.A. INDUSTRIA MACCHINE AUTOMATICHE S.P.A.
    Inventors: Claudio Trebbi, Gabriele Gabusi
  • Patent number: 9927416
    Abstract: The present application relates to a method for controlling a disinfection status of a heater and/or cooler for human body temperature control during extracorporeal circulation. The temperature control is conducted by use of a heat exchanger and a temperature control liquid circulating through the heat exchanger and the heater and/or cooler. The inventive method comprises using a long term disinfectant in the temperature control liquid, measuring and preferably recording the concentration of the disinfectant in the temperature control liquid and deducing a disinfectant status of the temperature control liquid from the measured concentration of the disinfectant in the temperature control liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Sorin Group Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Johann Schreyer, Erwin Knott
  • Patent number: 9925493
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for storing and delivering a liquid additive for catalytic exhaust gas NOx removal in a motor vehicle, the device comprising a storage vessel (2), in which a delivery line (5), heated filter elements (7) and a combined sensor (12) are arranged. A delivery pump (8) is arranged outside the storage vessel (2). The filter elements (7), the combined sensor (12) and the delivery pump (8) are configured as subassemblies which are connected electrically and/or hydraulically to one another and are separated from one another spatially.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Kautex Textron GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Volker Treudt, Thomas Wagner
  • Patent number: 9925959
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method of cleaning surfaces of an interior cabin space of a contamination comprising a microbial and viral load. The method includes the steps of sealing the interior cabin space and placing water, and a solid or gel pack, into a container and generating a vortex the container by rotating an impeller. The agitation causes the solid or gel pack to release a gaseous cleaning agent. An air-borne spray exiting from the container spreads throughout the interior cabin space to coat the surfaces to be cleaned within the interior cabin space. The cabin is maintained closed for an effective time period while the coating from the air-borne spray dwells on the surfaces to eliminate or substantially reduce the load of the contamination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: NUVINAIR, LLC
    Inventors: Kyle Bailey, Ryan Wood
  • Patent number: 9901105
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method for treating an object with chlorine dioxide gas, comprising contacting the object with chlorine dioxide gas while exposing the object to less than 1000 lux of light. The disclosed method minimizes chlorine containing residue on the surface of the object. The object can be a raw agricultural commodity (RAC) such as a raw fruit or vegetable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: ICA Trinova, LLC
    Inventors: William Ernst, Joel Tenney
  • Patent number: 9901884
    Abstract: A dispensing system includes a dispenser, a logic device, a nozzle, a diluent source, and a solid product. The logic device controls spray on and spray off cycles to pulse diluent supplied to the nozzle. The diluent contacts the solid product to dissolve a portion of the solid product and create a use solution. Pulsing the spray of diluent controls the concentration of the dispensed product in the use solution by limiting the amount of excess dilutant added to the dispensed product. The product is more consistently dispensed and the concentration of the dispensed product in the use solution is more consistent. Additionally, the concentration of the dispensed product in the use solution can be controlled by changing at least one of a volume of diluent dispensed through the nozzle, a pressure of diluent, a pulsed diluent spray frequency, and a pulsed diluent spray duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: R. Ryan S. Carroll, Henry L. Carbone, II, Charles E. Wensman, Bruce W. White, John D. Morey
  • Patent number: 9896230
    Abstract: A PET bottle sterilization method for consecutively sterilizing multiple PET bottles (B) while conveying them, includes introducing hydrogen peroxide into a PET bottle (B) so as to sterilize its interior, and introducing hot air into the sterilized PET bottle (B) so as to eliminate hydrogen peroxide remaining inside it. This method includes introducing plasma into a PET bottle (B) by injecting plasma through a nozzle at at least one time point among a time point before hydrogen peroxide is introduced into the PET bottle (B), a time point after hydrogen peroxide was introduced into the PET bottle (B) and furthermore before hot air is introduced into the PET bottle (B), and a time point after hot air was introduced into the PET bottle (B).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignees: SUNTORY HOLDINGS LIMITED, SUNTORY BEVERAGE & FOOD LIMITED
    Inventors: Shoichi Hijikata, Tokio Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9895455
    Abstract: A method for sterilizing an aqueous antiseptic solution, the method comprising providing a container containing the aqueous antiseptic solution, the aqueous antiseptic solution comprising a bis-(dihydropyridinyl)-decane derivative or a biguanide, heating the aqueous antiseptic solution to a predetermined temperature, maintaining the aqueous antiseptic solution at the predetermined temperature for a predetermined time, and terminating the heating of the aqueous antiseptic solution when the predetermined time expires. The predetermined temperature and the predetermined time are selected such that after terminating the heating, the aqueous antiseptic solution is sterile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Carefusion 2200, Inc
    Inventors: Satish Degala, Christopher Matthew McGinley, Kenneth Bruce Thurmond, Taryn Bagby
  • Patent number: 9896347
    Abstract: A method for performing pasteurization cycles in a hot water system according to a time-temperature profile is provided. The hot water system includes a plurality of temperature sensors configured to measure temperatures of at least one fluid in the hot water system. The time-temperature profile is stored. A predefined modification criteria is stored. Fluid temperature data associated with the plurality of temperature sensors is determined. A determination is made whether the fluid temperature data meets a predefined modification criteria. The time-time temperature profile for performing a next pasteurization cycle is modified based at least in part on the determination that the fluid temperature data meets the predefined modification criteria. The next pasteurization cycle is performed in accordance with the modified time-temperature profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: SolarLogic, LLC
    Inventors: Bristol Stickney, Fredric Milder
  • Patent number: 9878062
    Abstract: A decontamination operation chamber is partitioned into a first operation chamber and a second operation chamber. A connecting portion that connects the first operation chamber and the second operation chamber can be closed. The pressure of the first operation chamber and the second operation chamber is adjusted by a pressure-adjusting mechanism. When the connecting portion is opened and the first operation chamber and the second operation chamber are connected, an inlet portion for the first operation chamber and an outlet portion for the second operation chamber are closed and air flow is generated from the second operation chamber to the first operation chamber by the pressure-adjusting mechanism. When carrying an object into an aseptic manipulation chamber, the object is housed in the first operation chamber and a first decontamination operation is performed, then the object is transferred to the second operation chamber and a second decontamination operation is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: SHIBUYA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masaharu Shomura, Takuya Funazuka
  • Patent number: 9872739
    Abstract: A treatment chamber or treatment carrier for use in a device for treating a medical or dental instrument. The device comprises a housing, which at least partially surrounds the instrument. The device also comprises at least one conductor made of an electrically conductive material layer applied to the housing for converting electrical energy into thermal energy, and at least two electrical contacts embedded in the conductor for supplying the at least one conductor with electrical energy. A treatment device having such a treatment chamber and/or such a treatment carrier is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: W&H Dentalwerk Bürmoos GmbH
    Inventor: Stefan Wimmer
  • Patent number: 9868908
    Abstract: Summary: Method and system for processing a substance in a retort (1) wherein the retort comprises at least one flow deflector internal to the retort. A substance (8) is loaded into the retort (1), the retort (1) is positioned or located in an oven (9), a first (10) and second (11) duct are attacked to the retort, a heat carrier fluidum is passed through the substance (8) in the retort (1) for drying and/or heating the substance inside the retort, an indirect heat is transfer is applied over the wall (3) of the retort (1) and process progress is controlled by means of a controlled indirect heat transfer and/or a flow provided into the retort inlet comprising a heat carrier fluidum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: CLEAN FUELS B.V.
    Inventors: Roland Siemons, Louwerens Baaijens
  • Patent number: 9861101
    Abstract: Methods and systems for on-site, continuous generation of peracid chemistry, namely peroxycarboxylic acids and peroxycarboxylic acid forming compositions, are disclosed. In particular, an adjustable biocide formulator or generator system is designed for on-site generation of peroxycarboxylic acids and peroxycarboxylic acid forming compositions from sugar esters. Methods of using the in situ generated peroxycarboxylic acids and peroxycarboxylic acid forming compositions are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: ECOLAB USA INC.
    Inventors: Paul R. Kraus, Thomas C. Rustad
  • Patent number: 9862627
    Abstract: A water treatment device and methods of treating water such as cooling tower water, agricultural water, water used in the production of oil and/or gas, swimming pool water, and hot tub or spa water, are described. The water treatment device utilizes ultraviolet radiation, a magnetic field, and ozone fortified air to treat the water, typically resulting in reduced microbial contamination and reduced alkalinity in cooling tower water. Cooling tower water may consequently be run at higher cycles of concentration while reducing or eliminating deposition of minerals on cooling tower components. Swimming pool water and hot tub water treated with the water treatment device typically requires less chlorine, and chlorine levels are typically more stable than without the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: SILVER BULLET WATER TREATMENT COMPANY, LLC
    Inventor: David Kolstad
  • Patent number: 9861717
    Abstract: A PET bottle sterilization apparatus is for consecutively sterilizing multiple PET bottles (B) while conveying them, and includes a hydrogen peroxide introducing means (5) for introducing hydrogen peroxide into a PET bottle (B) so as to sterilize its interior and a hot air supplying means (6) for introducing hot air into the sterilized PET bottle (B) so as to eliminate hydrogen peroxide remaining inside it. This apparatus includes a plasma introducing means (P) for introducing plasma into a PET bottle (B) by injecting plasma through a nozzle at at least one time point among a time point before hydrogen peroxide is introduced into the PET bottle (B), a time point after hydrogen peroxide was introduced into the PET bottle (B) and furthermore before hot air is introduced into the PET bottle (B), and a time point after hot air was introduced into the PET bottle (B).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignees: SUNTORY HOLDINGS LIMITED, SUNTORY BEVERAGE & FOOD LIMITED
    Inventors: Shoichi Hijikata, Tokio Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9861102
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods and system for disinfecting surfaces within an area by forming peracids in a reaction layer in situ on the surfaces to be disinfected. Aqueous compositions comprising peracid reactant compounds, particularly hydrogen peroxide and acetic acid, are sequentially dispersed into the area, preventing peracids from being formed until the two peracid reactant compounds contact each other on the surface to be disinfected. Additionally, aqueous compositions containing peracid reactant compounds can further comprise ethanol to both decrease the surface tension of the droplets and enhance the reactants' biocidal activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Markesbery Blue Pearl LLC
    Inventors: W. Russell Markesbery, Eugene J. Pancheri
  • Patent number: 9855358
    Abstract: A gas transfer system including a housing, a pressurized gas canister held by the housing, a first passageway in fluid communication with the pressurized gas canister and configured to supply pressurized pre-sterilization gas from the pressurized gas canister to a fluid flow component, a gas discharge canister held by the housing; and a second passageway in fluid communication with the gas discharge canister and configured to supply post-sterilization gas from the fluid flow component to the gas discharge canister. Additional related devices, systems and methods are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignees: Bürkert Contromatic Corp., Bürkert Werke GMBH
    Inventors: Harm Stratman, Heinz Duemmler, Ray M. Frey