Patents Examined by Robert J. Popovics
  • Patent number: 10384155
    Abstract: A storm drain sediment filter that can be adapted to cover a catch basin and be held in place by a perforated grate. In one embodiment, the filter includes a frame including four L-shaped rigid members, each of which is provided with at least two spaced apart retaining members. The four L-shaped rigid members are arranged such that a rectangular frame is formed having a total of four overlapping sections. The retaining members engage one of the overlapping portions of the frame but slidably receives the other. No retaining ends are formed at the distal end of the slidably engaged L-shaped members to serve as a sliding boundary. Instead, the dimensions of the filter bag are such that the filter bag serves to define the maximum dimension of the frame and thereby maintain the overlapping L-shaped rigid members in slidable engagement with each other. A circular embodiment is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: ENPAC, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Edward L. DiLalla, Patrick G. Gothro, Timothy D. Reed, Scott R. Janda, Jay Wiley
  • Patent number: 10384154
    Abstract: There is provided a method of desanding a production flow with at least liquid and solid phases. An inlet is connected to a flow line of a sand trap body having a first filter housing defining a first bore and a plurality of second filter housings defining second bores each connected to the first filter housing at spaced intervals transverse to and in fluid communication with the first bore. The flow path between the stand trap inlet and outlet is defined by the first and second housings. A primary filter is inserted into each of the second bores, the production flow is flowed through the sand trap body such that the production flow is filtered by the primary filters, and then a secondary filter is inserted into the first bore. The mesh size of the primary filters is finer than or equal to the mesh size of the secondary filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Gasteq Inc.
    Inventor: Jay R. Morris
  • Patent number: 10385578
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a pool filter backwash assembly is described that comprises a pool filter extension configured to be connected to a backwash outlet of a pool filter and a backwash shower head configured to convert a backwash stream from the backwash outlet to a spray directed away from the pool filter. In some embodiments, the pool filter backwash assembly further comprises a backwash shower extension and an angled adapter. In addition, a method of backwashing a pool filter is described in which a pool filter backwash assembly is attached to a backwash outlet of a pool filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventor: Montasser M. Elsawi
  • Patent number: 10376101
    Abstract: A system for pumping cooking oil from a filtration device or cooking oil reservoir to a storage tank or back into the cooking oil reservoir. The system can also be used to pump oil from the storage tank to a disposal location. The system can include a pump used to pump oil from one location to another. The system can include a housing for containing the pump and/or the storage tank. The system can include a fresh oil storage tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventor: Sal Coco
  • Patent number: 10328366
    Abstract: An inlet filter is disclosed for use with a reductant tank having a fill spout. The inlet filter may have a generally cylindrical base portion with an open top end and an open bottom end and configured for mounting inside the fill spout. The inlet filter may also have a mesh bag with a top connected to the generally cylindrical base portion, a folded bottom, and open side edges. The inlet filter may further have a bag carrier configured to close the open side edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Jason W. Hudgens, Theron J. Cassidy, Dave T. Ahlman, Shawn R. Herold
  • Patent number: 10315136
    Abstract: A self-clearing filter for filtering a fluid, the self-clearing filter comprising a filter wall having a lumenous side and an external side and a pump for creating a flux of the fluid to impinge against the external side of the filter wall. Methods for filtering a fluid by diverting a portion of the fluid flux to impinge against the filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventor: Noadiah S. Eckman
  • Patent number: 10307008
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a kitchen utensil or device, specifically a strainer, which is constructed and adapted to attach by removable means to the side of a pan, pot, or bowl, to provide a convenient means to allow for the separation of solid food product from liquid. The strainer comprising a generally planar top surface, having a plurality of small gauge holes, slits, or openings in its surface. The holes being effective to allow a liquid to pass through the surface of the utensil while retaining the solid food product. The device is attachable by means of a clip to the rim of an existing pan, pot, or bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Tonoga Inc.
    Inventors: George Davison, John Frederic Cooper
  • Patent number: 10307701
    Abstract: A filter element (10) of a filter for fluid and a method for producing a filter element (10) are described. The filter element (10) has a filter medium (14) which is designed as a hollow body (12) and is closed at the periphery, at least with respect to an element axis (16). The filter medium (14) is enclosed on at least part of its periphery and at least part of its axis by an electric heating jacket (26). The heating jacket (26) is arranged in or on a fluid-permeable supporting hollow body (24). The supporting hollow body (24) is open or can be opened, at least in an initial assembly of the filter element (10) on at least one peripheral side for arrangement on the filter medium hollow body (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: MANN+HUMMEL GmbH
    Inventor: Martin Klein
  • Patent number: 10300411
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are provided for treating and removing particulate matter from fluid or treating and removing fluid from a recoverable particulate matter from fluid circulating into, through and out of an industrial operation, and for washing a disposable cartridge filter used therein. The influent fluid is maintained at a flow rate such that the differential pressure across the cartridge filter is no greater than 10 psi to prevent the buildup of non-porous filter cake. A pressure detecting mechanism and method is also provided to detect the amount of deposited particulate matter inside the cartridge filter, so that an operator can determine whether the cartridge filter should be taken out to remove or recycle the deposited particulate matter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventors: John Hampton, Greg Wallace
  • Patent number: 10286339
    Abstract: A filter screen brush apparatus includes a circular connecting portion that has an opening substantially centered on a longitudinal axis of the apparatus. At least one extension arm has one end coupled to the circular connecting portion and extends from the circular connecting portion along the longitudinal axis. The at least one extension arm includes an inner surface that faces the longitudinal axis. At least one brush is coupled to the inner surface of the at least one extension arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventors: James Michael Crandall, Joseph Keith Young
  • Patent number: 10279287
    Abstract: Prevention of contamination of a dried product, deformation of particles, and a change of particle size distribution. The system includes: a solid-liquid separator in which a processing material is supplied between a pair of endless separation filter cloths wound around an outer periphery of a separation roll, and is dehydrated by being squeezed therebetween and also by ventilation gas passing from a ventilation port formed in an outer peripheral surface of the separation roll; and a horizontal rotary dryer provided on a subsequent stage of the solid-liquid separator, wherein carrier gas is made to flow in a rotating shell of the dryer in a cocurrent manner in the same direction as a conveyance direction of the processing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventors: Yoichi Nakata, Tomonori Watarai, Sumito Sato, Satoshi Suwa, Tomoki Homma
  • Patent number: 10267276
    Abstract: A filtering device may includes a bag-shaped filter member that is capable of being connected to a fuel inlet port of a fuel pump disposed in a fuel tank in order to filtrate fuel drawn by the fuel pump, and a wall member that is connected to the filter member such that a fuel reservoir portion can be defined above the filter member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Toshio Nishio
  • Patent number: 10258909
    Abstract: A work vehicle includes a work implement and an operating fluid tank. The operating fluid tank has a tank body and a strainer. The tank body is for collecting operating fluid for driving the work implement. The strainer is installed inside the tank body and includes a cylindrical filter and a cover member. The cylindrical filter is disposed with an axis extending in a vertical direction. The cover member includes an upper plate part and a cylindrical part. The upper plate part of the cover member covers an upper surface of the filter. The cylindrical part of the cover member extends downward from an outer edge part of the upper plate part and covers an upper side surface part of the filter with a gap between the side surface of the filter and the cylindrical part, while allowing a lower side surface part of the filter to be exposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventor: Hisashi Miyasaka
  • Patent number: 10252191
    Abstract: A method for air drying a filter cake contained in a filter chamber defined by a first filter plate, which comprises an air inlet for supplying drying air into the filter chamber to expel fluids from the filter cake, and a second filter plate, which comprises a fluid outlet for discharging fluids from the filter chamber. The method comprises throttling the air flow into the filter chamber by means of an orifice plate that acts as a flow resistance connected in series with the flow resistance of the filter chamber. Preferably the orifice of the orifice plate is so sized that, in case the flow resistance of the filter chamber falls below a normal level, choked flow is achieved in the orifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: OUTOTEC (FINLAND) OY
    Inventor: Teppo Suutari
  • Patent number: 10245531
    Abstract: A fluid strainer assembly and a method of reducing an amount of fluid used during a cleaning cycle of the fluid strainer assembly including: a body defining a chamber; a screen positioned within the chamber; and a backwash port associated with an internal portion of the screen and rotatable about a central axis to cause a tangential flow and backflow of backwash fluid in order to dislodge and remove foreign material collected on the inner surface of the screen to flow into the backwash port and exit out a discharge outlet and backwash pipe, wherein the backwash port is configured such that the area of draw is determined by the equation: i) CS×1.875×1.5?A; and ii) A?CS of backwash pipe, where CS represents the internal transverse area of the backwash pipe and A represents the area of draw of the backwash port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: TM Industrial Supply, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl A. Steiner, Ricky L. Jackson
  • Patent number: 10245534
    Abstract: A filter assembly comprising a housing, a filter, a heater, hose fittings, a heat bridge, and insulators. The housing defines interior and exterior regions communicating through apertures. The filter separate the housing into a region upstream of the filter comprising an aperture, and a region downstream of the filter comprising an aperture. The heater extends into the interior region. The hose fittings are each coincident with an aperture and are formed of a material having a high thermal conductivity. The heat bridge is formed of a material having a high thermal conductivity and thermally connects the heater to the hose fittings. The insulators each are formed of a material having a low thermal conductivity, and each at least partially cover a hose fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Shaw Development, LLC
    Inventors: John R. Koonce, Michael O'Hara
  • Patent number: 10245525
    Abstract: A series of vertically oriented filters of decreasing pore size is sealed from the atmosphere. Pressurized gas is used to force the liquid to be filtered through the filters. The filter stages are thermally insulated from ambient temperatures in order to maintain the liquid passing through at a reduced temperature. Each filter stage has a removable lid, which provides convenient access for replacing the filter cartridge, allowing it to be changed without disturbing the thermally insulated sidewalls of the filter stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Nextleaf Solutions Ltd.
    Inventor: Ryan Delmoral Ko
  • Patent number: 10233707
    Abstract: A system for mud solid control includes a translational elliptical multilayer ultra-wide screen shaker, a degasser, a solid-liquid separator, a large capacity centrifugal machine and a collector for solid shales. The solid-liquid separator includes a base which is provided with a feed tank and vibrating supports. A vibrating tank is fixed to the vibrating supports, and screen drums, vibration motors and an anti-vibration driving motor are assembled on the vibrating tank. The anti-vibration driving motor is connected to the screen drums. Each of the screen drums includes an inner drum, an intermediate drum and an outer drum. The system and a corresponding process thereof can greatly simply and improve the process for mud solid control and relevant devices, improve usage effect, reduce cost, save electrical power, reduce occupied area and simply maintenance and management of devices involved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Jingnan Zhang
    Inventor: Jingnan Zhang
  • Patent number: 10232291
    Abstract: A centrifugal debris trap is provided for collecting debris within various parts of the transmission. The debris trap includes a porous material that disposed in various parts of the transmission. For example, the debris trap may be located within or on any transmission component that rotates or is stationary and that contacts automatic transmission fluid. Particular locations of the debris trap include but are not limited to the torque converter, damper, one or more clutch hubs, one or more clutch pistons, one or more clutch piston dams, including rotating hubs, rotating housings and rotating pistons, gears, gear carriers, electric motors, sprockets, bearings, and flanges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventors: Robert Alan Dziurda, Jonathan Tyler Caulton
  • Patent number: 10207201
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for separating a phase (A) from a phase (B), phase (A) having a higher viscosity than phase (B), by inverting the direction of dispersion from phase (B) in phase (A) to phase (A) in phase (B) by recycling a stream comprising phase (B) in excess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Daniel Pfeiffer, Stefan Bitterlich