Patents Examined by Nicolas A Arnett
  • Patent number: 11116340
    Abstract: A container such as a beverage container is characterized by a device arranged within the container to impart a laminar flow to a fluid being poured or dispensed within the container. The laminar flow device is arranged in either the central portion of the container or in a side wall of the container. In a preferred embodiment, the flow device includes a plurality of flutes which slow the flow of the beverage into the container. In addition, the container bottom wall is preferably concave to provide a smooth transition for the flow of beverage from the laminar device to the container bottom and up the interior of the container during filling. The laminar device reduces the formation of foam within the fluid during filling of the container. A flow director is also provided for connecting a fluid dispenser with the laminar flow device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Inventor: James Cicarelli
  • Patent number: 11111128
    Abstract: A system comprising a plurality of ports is capable of automated, remote detection of conditions indicating that refill is required in one of a plurality of remote tanks and causing refill of the tank via at least one of the plurality of ports. Further, the system includes automated monitoring and supply of a fuel tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: LDJ MANUFACTURING, INC.
    Inventors: Loren Van Wyk, Daniel John Nibe, Jordan M. King, Aaron J. DeBruin
  • Patent number: 11111041
    Abstract: A tube holder has a housing having an upwardly opening tube receptacle into which a tube can be inserted. A plurality of clamping elements arranged in the tube receptacle can be brought to abut an outer wall of the tube and a clamping force acting radially on the inserted tube cab be applied by at least one spring element. The clamping elements are pivotably mounted in a pivot bearing about a horizontal axis. Further clamping element are below the first group of pivot elements arranged over the tube receptacle and are under the action of the spring element and/or at least one further spring element. The clamping surface of at least some clamping elements and/or at least some further clamping elements at least in sections has a convex contour, curved about a horizontal axis, in the direction of a longitudinal central axis of the tube receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: IWK Verpackungstechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Stefan Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 11111124
    Abstract: A method for filling with a filling product, for example for filling with a beverage in a beverage filling plant by the free jet method, includes supplying a flow of filling product through a filling product supply line by opening a filling valve disposed in the filling product supply line and opening an associated regulating valve for regulating a volume flow, and closing the regulating valve and the filling valve in order to end the flow of filling product at the end of filling. The closing of the regulating valve and the filling valve are synchronized. A corresponding device is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Anton Huber, Josef Doblinger, Florian Angerer
  • Patent number: 11104224
    Abstract: A closure cap for an operating medium tank is provided with a closure device projecting into a fill socket of the operating medium tank. The closure device has a first cap element, a second cap element, and a sealing ring arranged between the first and second cap elements. A lifting assembly axially moves by an axial travel the first and second cap elements relative to each other for opening and closing the fill socket. The lifting assembly has a pressure member acting axially on one of the first and second cap elements. A grip member is provided that is rotatable about a hub and actuates the lifting assembly. A cover disk covering at least partially the fill socket relative to an exterior is connected fixedly to the pressure member of the lifting assembly. The cover disk rotates, together with the pressure member, about the hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Andreas Stihl AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Oliver Gerstenberger, Helmut Schlessmann
  • Patent number: 11092113
    Abstract: An evaporative emissions control system includes a first vent valve configured to selectively open and close a first vent, a second vent valve configured to selectively open and close a second vent, a fuel level sensor configured to sense a fuel level in the fuel tank, a pressure sensor configured to sense a pressure in the fuel tank, an accelerometer configured to measure an acceleration of the vehicle, and a controller configured to regulate operation of the first and second vent valves to provide pressure relief for the fuel tank. The controller is programmed to determine if a refueling event is occurring based one signals indicating the fuel level is increasing, the pressure in the fuel tank is increasing, and the vehicle is not moving, and open at least one of the first and second vent valves based on determining the refueling event is occurring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventors: Max Russell Franklin, Nikhil Nahar, Vaughn Kevin Mills, Mark Beaupre, Matthew Memmer, Steven L. Ambrose, Robert P. Benjey
  • Patent number: 11091283
    Abstract: This invention relates generally to the packaging and preservation of granular products. More specifically, the invention relates to an apparatus and method for flushing undesirable residual gases from a flow of granular product during a packaging of the product, the displacement of the undesirable gases from the product preserving the product's freshness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventor: David Nowaczyk
  • Patent number: 11092252
    Abstract: A valve assembly is provided and includes a valve housing, an actuator housing coupled to the valve housing and configured when actuated to open a normally-closed valve element in the valve housing whereby pressurized fluid is permitted to flow through the valve housing and a solenoid valve. The solenoid valve includes an armature-valve element balanced to remain in a closed position and an electromagnet. The electromagnet generates magnetic flux that moves the armature-valve element into an open position such that at least a portion of the pressurized fluid flows into the actuator housing to actuate the actuator housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Poly Puthur John, Jeevanandham Masilamani
  • Patent number: 11084700
    Abstract: A device for transporting a filled container in a rotary device, for example from a rotary filler to a capper, includes a rotary element rotating about an axis of rotation with a holding element for accommodating the container. The holding element is designed such that the filled container is held so that a container axis, which passes through and is perpendicular to a mouth aperture cross-sectional plane of the container, is oriented below the holding element toward the axis of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Kai-Uwe Dreger, Martin Wagner
  • Patent number: 11085804
    Abstract: A measuring a closed-loop fluid transfer system is provided that includes a measuring adapter having a first end and a second ends, and a chamber located there between and configured to hold a volume of fluid. The measuring adapter includes a first receiving valve assembly located at the first end of the measuring adapter. The first receiving valve assembly includes a receiving valve member, at least a portion of which is separable from a portion of the first receiving valve assembly. This creates an opening that provides fluid communication to the chamber when a force is exerted on the receiving valve member of the first receiving valve assembly. A second valve assembly located at the second end of the measuring adapter includes a valve member. At least a portion of the valve member of the second valve assembly is separable from a portion of the second valve assembly to create an opening that provides fluid communication to the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: BERICAP Holding GmbH
    Inventors: Benjamin Freiburger, Brock Holley, Thomas Headley, Matthew Gevers
  • Patent number: 11077965
    Abstract: A device for filling a reservoir. The device includes a cover portion comprising a septum window, and a bottom portion, the bottom portion configured to attach to a disposable housing assembly comprising the reservoir, wherein the cover portion and the bottom portion are rotatably attached in a locked configuration and wherein in a locked configuration, a septum is obscured through the septum window, wherein when the cover portion and the bottom portion are placed in an unlocked configuration, the cover portion rotates with respect to the bottom portion and the septum is visible through the septum window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Kevin L. Grant, Richard J. Lanigan
  • Patent number: 11077022
    Abstract: A syringe includes a plunger having a plunger tube with proximal and distal ends, a center tube with a center passage that extends within the plunger tube, and a balloon disposed over the center tube and sealingly fixed to at least one of the center tube and the plunger tube. The syringe also includes a barrel having a barrel tube having proximal and distal ends and an interior configured to accept a portion of the plunger, a tip fixedly coupled to the proximal end of the barrel tube, a post fixedly attached to the tip and extending within the barrel tube toward the distal end, the tip configured to partially extend into the center passage of the plunger, and a gas passage extending from a proximal end of the tip to the distal end of the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: CareFusion 303, Inc.
    Inventors: George Michel Mansour, Tyler Devin Panian
  • Patent number: 11078064
    Abstract: A filling machine for the hot filling of containers includes a line for feeding the containers to at least one supporting plate and a line for unloading the filled container from the supporting plate. Above the supporting plate there is a filling head associated with a respective valve assembly to convey the liquid from a containment tank into the container to be filled. The valve assembly is associated with an internally hollow feeder conduit which accommodates a suction conduit with at least one suction inlet configured to determine the liquid level inside the container. The filling head includes a sealing element having a first sealing body configured to engage hermetically against the upper edge of the container and is associated with a vent adapted to pass between a position for sealing the chamber for passing liquid from the supply feeder conduit toward the container and a position for venting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: SACMI BEVERAGE S.P.A.
    Inventors: Mirco Massari, Luigi Marchesi, Aldo Poli
  • Patent number: 11079070
    Abstract: A method of transporting liquid petroleum gas (LPG) comprising coupling reverse thread fittings of a first tank to reverse thread fittings of a second tank, the first tank storing the LPG; and allowing the LPG to flow from the first tank to the second tank through the reverse thread fittings of the first tank and the reverse thread fittings of the second tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Inventor: Gary A. Moser
  • Patent number: 11072521
    Abstract: An apparatus for making a mixed drink includes a housing, a first container, a second container, a first opening mechanism for opening the first container, a second opening mechanism for opening the second container, a chamber with an outlet, a water reservoir, and a pump. The first container holds a concentrate and the second container holds an alcohol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: BIBO Barmaid LLC
    Inventor: Debra L Walker
  • Patent number: 11065181
    Abstract: A syringe-to-syringe coupling for facilitating the transfer of fluids or medications from a first syringe to a second syringe. In example embodiments, the coupling includes a centrally-positioned hub extending from a first end to a second end, and a fluid delivery conduit provided within the hub and extending between the first and second ends. In example forms, each end of the hub includes a male tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: NeoMed, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Martin Davis, Aaron N. Ingram, Mark M. Costello, Tony Doherty
  • Patent number: 11066195
    Abstract: A system for filling bags with sand including a motor assembly, an auger assembly, and a chute assembly is enclosed herein. The motor assembly includes a motor and a frame having wheels attached to the frame. The motor is configured to provide a user with multiple drive speeds to provide maximum maneuverability. The motor is communicably connected to the auger assembly having an auger enclosed around a body being cubic in shape. The auger assembly is configured to effortlessly and efficiently intake large amounts of sand as a user operates the motor. The sand then collected by the auger assembly is transferred to the chute assembly. The chute assembly comprises a first portion and a second portion to aid an assistant in filling bags with sand. The first portion and the second portion are directionally adjustable to further aid an assistant in collecting sand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Inventors: Gordon Curtiss, Barbra Curtiss
  • Patent number: 11059611
    Abstract: A compacting device and method is provided for compacting bulk material in an open package, the compacting device including a poker compactor accommodated on a carrier device. The poker compactor includes a gas-permeable outer wall connected with a suction duct. The poker compactor is suitable to be inserted into an open package for the poker compactor to come into contact with the bulk material to degas and compact the bulk material in the open package. The poker compactor has a longitudinal axis around which it is pivotally accommodated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: HAVER & BOECKER OHG
    Inventor: Willi Vollenkemper
  • Patent number: 11060665
    Abstract: Installation and method for filling tanks with pressurized gas in which fluid supplied to the buffer storage reservoir is at a relatively higher first temperature while fluid is being withdrawn from the buffer storage reservoir to fill a tank and fluid is supplied to the buffer storage reservoir at a relatively lower second temperature when fluid is not being withdrawn from the buffer storage reservoir to fill a tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide Societe Anonyme Pour L'Etude Et L'Exploitation Des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventors: Anh Thao Thieu, Guillaume Cardon
  • Patent number: 11053108
    Abstract: A treatment head for treating a keg's interior includes a treatment-head housing against which the keg is sealed by having the keg fitting pressed thereon and a lifter that is immovable relative to the treatment-head housing. In response to axial relative movement with the keg fitting, the lifter opens the keg fitting when the keg is sealed against the pressure element, thereby establishing a return gas-path through the treatment head, through a deformable seal and into the keg's interior. This relative movement is carried out against a resetting force. The deformable sleeve is a sleeve-shaped seal that surrounds a space that surrounds at least a portion of an axial extent of the treatment-head housing. A top end of the sleeve connects to the treatment-head housing and a bottom end of the sleeve connects to the pressure element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Dieter-Rudolf Krulitsch, Sebastian Eckes