Patents Examined by Nicolas A Arnett
  • Patent number: 11508593
    Abstract: Electronic device processing systems including an equipment front end module with at least one side storage pod are described. The side storage pod has a chamber including a top substrate holder and a bottom substrate holder. In some embodiments, an exhaust port is located at a midpoint between the top substrate holder and the bottom substrate holder. Methods and systems in accordance with these and other embodiments are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul B. Reuter, Dean C. Hruzek
  • Patent number: 11497686
    Abstract: A filling aid. The filling aid includes a locking portion including a groove feature; and a locking feature having a locked and an unlocked position; and a filling syringe holder slidably attached to the locking portion, the filling syringe holder including a filling needle cradle portion having a tongue feature; and a needle housing portion comprising at least one tab having a starting position and a filling position, wherein the groove feature configured to accommodate the tongue feature, and wherein the locking feature interact with the filling syringe holder wherein when the locking feature moves from the locked position to the unlocked position the needle housing portion moves from the starting position to the filling position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Richard J. Lanigan, Kevin L. Grant, Lisa A. Gustin, Timothy D. Moreau
  • Patent number: 11484472
    Abstract: A fluid transfer device (10) includes a vial holder (23) configured to hold a vial (22). An actuator (40) is coupled to the vial holder (23) and can rotate the vial (22) between upright and inverted positions. A pump (positive or negative pressure) can pump contents out of the vial (22). Before pumping of the contents the actuator (40) rotates the vial (22) to the inverted position and after pumping of the contents the actuator (40) rotates the vial (22) to the upright position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Aran Research Development and Prototypes Ltd.
    Inventors: Asaf Asherov, Dmitry Golom, Yaron Cina, Avraham Zakay
  • Patent number: 11485623
    Abstract: A filling unit (1) configured to receive container's mouth, and a dispenser (3) for dispensing liquid substance towards the container. The housing (2) comprises a cavity (26) which is delimited by a bottom wall (24), on which the dispenser (3) opens, and by a lateral wall (25) which at least partly has a truncated cone shape. The dispenser (3) has a dispensing duct (31) with a flow modifier (34) to impart a rotational motion so that the liquid substance comes out with a helical flow. When filling a container (90) of the first type, the liquid substance is dispensed directly into container's mouth (91) and flows onto an internal surface of container's lateral wall. When filling a container (95) of a second type, the liquid substance flows onto the lateral wall (25) of the housing (2) and, after having entered container's mouth (96), flows onto an internal surface of container's lateral wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: KOSME S.R.L. UNIPERSONALE
    Inventor: Gianluca Franceschini
  • Patent number: 11480301
    Abstract: Cryogenic fluid storage tank comprising a pipe for drawing off vaporized gas, which pipe is connected to a first casing and comprises a vaporizer and at least one control valve, a first filling pipe connected to the lower portion of the first casing, a second pipe for filling a downstream end connected to the upper portion of the first casing, a distribution valve assembly configured to enable distribution of the fluid from the fluid source in the filling pipes, a pressurization pipe connected to the lower end of the first casing and a second end connected to the upper portion of the first casing and at least one control valve and a heater, the tank further comprising an air vent regulator, the valve assembly for distribution in the filling circuit, the valve for controlling the pressurization pipe, the valve for controlling the drawing-off circuit and the air vent regulator being integrated into the same valve module, which shares at least one valve element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide, Société Anonyme Pour L'Etude Et L'Exploitation Des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventors: Olivier Beuneken, Didier Geneste, Regis Pointeau
  • Patent number: 11478406
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for aseptically filling a container utilizing an adaptor formed of severable and heat-sealable material connected to a tube and container. The adaptor includes a membrane which is unsealed to allow filling by a known filling machine. Once the adaptor tube and container is formed as a unit, it is sterilized. The adaptor is then severed and sealed, creating a usable aseptic liquid product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Inventors: Chris C. Rutter, Timothy E. Orr
  • Patent number: 11479454
    Abstract: The water, cleaner, and wipe supply station includes multiple, related functions. Specifically: cleaning and refilling bottles with drinking water; cleaning and refilling cleaning product containers; and cleaning and refilling containers with pre-moistened wipes. The result is a reduction of waste introduced into landfills, and a means of centrally distributing clean water, cleaning products, and wipes without the need for additional containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Inventor: John Wink
  • Patent number: 11473347
    Abstract: A flap opening and closing mechanism includes a flap and a lock member. The flap includes a first engagement member, and is pivotally supported on a vehicle body side. The flap opens and closes an opening in an outer plate of a vehicle body. The lock member locks the flap. The lock member includes a body to be mounted on the vehicle body side, a swing member pivotally supported on the body, a second engagement member, and an adjustor. The second engagement member is engaged with the first engagement member, and provided in the swing member. The adjustor allows for a rotational movement of the body about a rotation shaft of the swing member to the vehicle body in a state where the body is temporarily fixed to the vehicle body side. The lock member locks the swing member at a position corresponding to the closing position of the flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroshi Ozawa
  • Patent number: 11446209
    Abstract: The invention relates to an arrangement and a method for preparing a formulation for parenteral nutrition. In more detail the invention relates to a mixing system for parenteral nutrition, comprising at least two containers, wherein the at least two containers form a modular system. The mixing system comprises a septum, which is pierceable by a spike or a needle and a hanger for attaching the mixing system to an infusion rack. A first container comprises a male connector and a second container comprises a female connector, which fit together. First and second container can be coupled together, thereby forming a channel, which enables the passage of liquid and the mixing of the ingredients of the containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Fresenius Kabi AB
    Inventors: Tomas Barkman, Joakim Bohlin
  • Patent number: 11447279
    Abstract: A distribution assembly for product delivers and deposits a precise quantity of product on a support. The assembly includes a cylinder, a piston, displaced in the cylinder by an actuator, a route for taking in the product, an ejection head with a slide valve movable between a first closed position and a second open position, and an outlet nozzle, a preparation chamber, a transfer passage, connecting, selectively the preparation chamber with the outlet nozzle. When the cylinder comes towards the support, the physical contact with the support moves the slide valve from the first position to the second position and triggers delivery of the product, pushed by the piston, via the transfer passage. When the piston arrives at the forward end of range, the piston moves the slide valve from the second to the first position, closing the passage for the product via the transfer passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: NBREAD-PROCESS
    Inventor: Olivier Paurd
  • Patent number: 11434019
    Abstract: A fuel extraction system for extracting a gaseous fuel from a fuel tank. The fuel extraction system includes a conveying device which is configured to convey gaseous fuel and to bring it from a first pressure level to a second pressure level, a first line which is configured to connect the conveying device fluidically to the interior of the fuel tank, a buffer tank which is configured to store the fuel at the second pressure level, and which has a first outlet and a second outlet, at least one valve with a pneumatic actuating device, and a second line which is connected to the first outlet of the buffer tank and is configured to conduct a part of the fuel at the second pressure level to the pneumatic actuating device of the at least one valve. Furthermore, a fuel tank apparatus and a fuel cell system are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventor: Barnaby Law
  • Patent number: 11427452
    Abstract: In order to perform a cleaning-in-place or CIP cleaning of a filling element of a filling machine for the filling of containers with a liquid filling content, at least one closure element can be used, together with the filling element, to form a flushing chamber, in which a filling valve and a filling-level probe are at least partially disposed for the cleaning-in-place cleaning of the filling element. A control unit controls the flow of cleaning medium into the flushing chamber and the performance of at least one electrical measurement with the filling-level probe during the cleaning-in-place cleaning of the filling element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Ludwig Clüsserath, Achim Kunz
  • Patent number: 11427454
    Abstract: A filling unit (1) for filling containers (90) of a first type, such as bottles, and for filling containers (95) of a second type, such as cans, with a liquid substance (99). The filling unit (1) comprises a dispenser (3), which in use faces towards a mouth of the container to be filled so as to dispense the liquid substance (99) through a dispensing opening (30) towards an internal volume of the container, and a valve (4) which is controllable for allowing and preventing the liquid substance (99) to be dispensed from the dispenser (3). The filling unit (1) further comprises a level sensor (51) for detecting a filled level of the liquid substance (99) in the container, a volume meter (52) for measuring a volume of the liquid substance (99) fed to the dispenser (3), and a control system for controlling the valve (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: KOSME S.R.L. UNIPERSONALE
    Inventor: Gianluca Franceschini
  • Patent number: 11419798
    Abstract: A device for producing a skin care pack using a hydrogel and a control method thereof are disclosed. The device may include a housing which is provided with a door for selectively opening and closing a work space for forming a skin care pack, and which maintains a forming temperature required for producing the skin care pack; a platform including a base supported on a floor plate of the work space, and a heater for heating hydrogel discharged onto the base; a former including nozzle modules which are provided to be movable in the work space and each include a pump for receiving and discharging a heated hydrogel; and a control unit which controls the movement of the nozzle modules and the operation of the pumps, and maintains the temperature of the base to a predetermined range by controlling the operation of the heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: AMOREPACIFIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jeong Eun Seo, Ji Hoon Kim, Sung Won Yi, Seung Hoon Park, Keun Sik Choi
  • Patent number: 11407541
    Abstract: The present invention proposes a large industrial vacuum sealer system. The system comprises the following working steps: after materials are placed, a box base moves upwards to be jointed with a box cover in a sealing manner; the first valve 120 is switched on; a rotary vane pump starts roughly pumping the air; next, a roots pump starts working; when the pressure reaches a preset value, the first valve 120 is switched off; valves 110 and the second valve 130 are switched on; diffusion pumps start working; after the air is pumped out completely, all pumps stop working. A box body comprises the box cover and the box base, wherein the box body is fixedly mounted. The box base is driven by air cylinders to move along a rail. In the present invention, a light curtain sensor is mounted between the box cover and the box base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Inventors: Zhou Chen, Jiaduo Li, Tengzhou Xu
  • Patent number: 11407628
    Abstract: A filling element includes a radar for measuring fill level in a container during filling thereof and an antenna connected to the radar. The antenna is disposed along a flow path formed in a gas pipe that forms a flow path for fluid while the container is being filled. The antenna provides the radar with a signal indicative of a measurement of a level of the filing material in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Ludwig Clüsserath, Jochen Ohrem
  • Patent number: 11401055
    Abstract: A system for filling a chambered package includes a carrying mechanism travelling in a machine direction and having chambered recesses defined about a surface thereof, a first dispensing nozzle configured to dispense a quantity of a medium onto the surface of the carrying mechanism for direction into the chambered recesses in a first group of the chambered recesses defined about the surface of the carrying mechanism, and a first wiper blade disposed along the carrying mechanism in the machine direction after the first dispensing nozzle, the first wiper blade defining a curvilinear surface having crests configured to direct the quantity of the medium into the chambered recesses in the first group of the chambered recesses and troughs configured to direct the quantity of the medium away from entering the chambered recesses in the second group of the chambered recesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Church & Dwight Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Johnson, Jonathan Wharton, Christopher King, Carl Henry, Eddie A. Roman
  • Patent number: 11404297
    Abstract: A load port system includes an isolation compartment coupled to an equipment front end module (EFEM). Reactive gas is to be removed from the isolation compartment. The load port system further includes an elevator disposed in the isolation compartment. The elevator is coupled to an elevator arm that extends from the isolation compartment into the EFEM through an opening to raise and lower a carrier opener within the EFEM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Luke W. Bonecutter, David T. Blahnik, Paul B. Reuter
  • Patent number: 11388899
    Abstract: An intelligent, automated system for loading agricultural product application equipment is provided in which a control system can determine a necessary amount of product for completing a field operation and can automatically couple with a tendering system to receive such product at an optimal time and location. The control system can determine a current amount of product, a projected amount of product necessary to complete a field operation and a refill amount of product from the current amount and the projected amount, then transmit the refill amount to the tender. The control system can further determine whether a position of the equipment relative to the tender is within a threshold, and whether an intake coupler of the equipment is connected to a supply coupler of the tender, and can control valve(s) to open and close channel(s) for loading fluid into the storage tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Scott Long, Nathan Brooks, Monte Weller, Lyle Mangen, Michael Armstrong
  • Patent number: 11389377
    Abstract: A filling aid. The filling aid includes a needle housing portion including at least one tab having a starting position and a filling position, and a filling needle cradle including a filling needle, the filling needle cradle slidable connected to the needle housing portion and having a starting position and a filling position, wherein when the at least one tab on the needle housing moves from a starting position to a filling position, the filling needle cradle slides from a starting position to a filling position, and wherein when the at least one tab on the needle housing moves from a filling position to a starting position, the filling needle cradle slides from a filling position to a starting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Richard J. Lanigan, Dean Kamen, Bright C. K. Foo, Kevin L. Grant, Lisa A. Gustin