Patents Examined by Robert James Popovics
  • Patent number: 10112136
    Abstract: A system for collecting shaving remnants and excess lubrication fluids emanating from a mechanical cutting machine, comprising a catch basin, drain filter, quick connection couplings, fluid reservoir, and pump system for reticulating captured lubricating fluid. The catch basin securely fastens to a cutting machine, while the removable backsplash is deployed at an upstanding angle relative to the catch basin in order to capture superfluous materials liberated from a pipe threading, reaming or cutting tool work piece. The backsplash doubles as a sealable lid capable of retaining the contents of the catch basin eliminating unwanted spillage and allowing for safe transport. The fluid is filtered and collected within the fluid reservoir, whereafter a pump draws the oil through a second filter element to reuse the lubricating fluid in the tool operation to create a closed loop system. Quick connect fittings compartmentalize the system to prevent leaks during maintenance or service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Enviro-Fab LLC
    Inventors: Samuel J Morris, Glenna V Zamora Morris
  • Patent number: 10046982
    Abstract: An improved gray water reclamation system. A filter-valve is coupled to a gray water conduit between a drain where gray water enters the system and a gray water tank and/or sump. Water which enters the filter-valve contacts a filter screen which separates the incoming water into a portion of screened water and a portion of particulate matter which remains behind in the main portion of the filter-valve. The portion of screened water continues out of the filter-valve and into the gray water tank. The filter-valve is cleaned or maintained by backwashing the collected contaminates and particulate matter through the normal sewer drain system by opening an installed motor operated valve and allowing the collected particulate matter and backwash to pass there through via the waste conduit. The backwash and particulate matter from the filter-valve is then directed into a second waste conduit which is coupled to a pre-existing drainage system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventor: Todd McIntosh
  • Patent number: 10024283
    Abstract: A suction filter includes: a casing having an intake port through which fuel is drawn; a filtration member to filter the fuel to be drawn into the intake port; and a wall component which defines a fuel passage for fuel which passes the filtration member toward the intake port. At least a part of the filtration member is located higher than the intake port. The wall component has an upper end positioned higher than the intake port, and the fuel passage is defined so that the fuel flowing through the fuel passage flows over the upper end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventors: Akihiro Ishitoya, Ryosuke Takahashi, Katsuhisa Yamada
  • Patent number: 10024039
    Abstract: A drain strainer includes a base, a drain plate and a cover. The base includes a drainpipe, a surrounding wall located over the drainpipe, and a connecting portion horizontally connected with the drainpipe and the surrounding wall. The drain plate is mounted in the base and includes a rod recess formed at a center of the drain plate and multiple drainage holes formed through the drain plate. The cover is mounted in the rod recess of the drain plate. The drain strainer can decorate the interior of the kitchen or the bathroom, and is able to filter away dirt or hair easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventor: Hsi-Min Cheng
  • Patent number: 9993113
    Abstract: A filtration device to filter cooking oil is provided having an upper layer comprised of a filter paper and a lower layer comprised of a filter pad. The filter paper of the upper layer includes pleats defining a plurality of food particle receiving channels over a substantial portion of a central area of the filter paper. The filter pad is attached to a peripheral portion of the filter paper to form a multi-layered filtration device having a central pleated region in which the upper and the lower layers are unbonded to each other. The central pleated region is configured to accumulate food particles above a threshold size as the filter paper and filter pad cooperatively filter cooking oil during a filtration operation. Methods of making and using filtration devices are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Clarification Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Robin D. Bernard, Jiri Prokop
  • Patent number: 9994465
    Abstract: A tool for use with a basket assembly is provided. The basket assembly is of the type configured for being receivably engaged with an opening defined in a drain cover skirt for covering the perimeter of a floor drain. The tool is configured for engaging the basket assembly and removing the basket assembly from the drain cover skirt upon force input from a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Inventors: James Epstein, Paul Bradley Forrest
  • Patent number: 9982418
    Abstract: A gate valve curb box strainer collects debris introduced through a street level cover, minimizing debris build up in the gate valve access pipe of the curb box. Water passes through the curb box strainer, while the strainer catches debris that naturally builds up over time via the street level cover. When a worker removes the cover to exercise the valve, he need only lift the gate strainer out of the access pipe and shake the debris out of it. There is no need to take extra time digging out or vacuuming out the debris. In an emergency situation such as accessing the valve for a fire hydrant or during a water/sewer main break, this could save valuable time. After the valve has been exercised, the empty gate valve curb box strainer is dropped back in place prior to covering the gate valve curb box with the street level cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Inventor: Barry S. Bennett
  • Patent number: 9970188
    Abstract: In a drainage device for draining road surfaces, parking areas, roof surfaces or the like, comprising a trough body and filter material which is situated in the trough body and is intended for cleaning water loaded with solid particles and/or dissolved pollutants, the filter material is a constituent part of a filter device which has a plurality of filter elements which can be handled individually and, if required, can be removed from the trough body, which filter elements each have a water-permeable enveloping wall with the filter material situated within the enveloping wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignees: H2O Research GmbH, 3P Technik Filtersysteme GmbH
    Inventors: Jorge Torras-Pique, Carsten Dierkes
  • Patent number: 9968872
    Abstract: A device for filtering a stream of water in a channel (2), includes: a wall (6) adapted to be mounted in the channel and including a through-opening, a filter member (10) mounted on the wall opposite the through-opening and including a filter surface projecting relative to the wall, the filter surface having a larger area than would have a flat filter surface fitted in the through-opening, the filter member including retaining members face to face with the filter surface for retaining the bodies that do not pass through the surface, a suction device disposed facing the retaining members, and elements for driving the filter member and/or the suction device in a relative movement of one in relation to the other such that the suction device is successively brought face to face with each retaining member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: E. BEAUDREY ET CIE
    Inventor: Laurent Carayon
  • Patent number: 9956510
    Abstract: A filtration system for filtering a liquid includes a drum filter (2) having a primary inlet (4) and a primary outlet (6) in a housing (8), and a rotatable drum screen (10) arranged in the housing. A back flush element (12) is arranged on one side of the drum filter for back flushing filtered particles from the drum screen, and a gutter element (14) is arranged on an opposite side of the drum screen for collecting filtered particles, wherein the gutter element is connected to a secondary outlet (16) in the housing. The filtration system is furthermore provided with a buffer reservoir (18) having a reservoir inlet (20) which is connected to the secondary outlet so as to be closable. The filtration system further includes compression elements (34) for controlling a gas pressure (Pt) in the housing of the drum filter and a gas pressure (Pr) in the buffer reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventor: Dirk Bastenhof
  • Patent number: 9925479
    Abstract: This invention, methods and apparatus for filtration provides the fluid filtration through the flowing granular material or filtration of the flowing granular material through the flowing fluid. The improved apparatus comprises a body including a substance inlet tubular member for passage of substance into the body, a substance outlet tubular member for passage of substance out of the body, a fluid inlet tubular member for passage of fluid into the body, a fluid outlet device for passage of fluid out of the body, a fluid distribution member comprising a plurality of apertures (perforation), and a diaphragm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventor: Albert Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 9914076
    Abstract: A convertible filtration system for use with cartridge filters and bag-type filters for filtering contaminated fluids comprising a filtration system housing, a base attached to the filtration system housing, and a lid mechanism for generating sealing pressure between the lid mechanism and the filtration system housing. The filtration system housing includes a basket support flange and an integral basin for accommodating both cartridge and bag-type filters. When fluid is introduced into the filtration system housing through one or more fluid inlet ports, the basket support flange and integral basin additionally serve to prevent contaminated fluids from contaminating any filtered fluids that exit the filtration system housing through one or more fluid outlet ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Clarus Fluid Intelligence, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph A. Koreis, Galen A. Bliss
  • Patent number: 9889395
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for drafting or transferring water from a water supply to a fire pump in fire service include a strainer, the strainer having a hood member with an open bottom inlet having an inlet aperture, an outlet having an outlet aperture, a suctioning structure extending away from the open bottom inlet of the hood member, and the suctioning structure having a base offset from the open bottom inlet. Method of using the strainer including immersing a strainer in a water supply, fluidly connecting the outlet to a suction side of a pumping apparatus, activating the pumping apparatus, transferring water through the hood member, directing the strainer toward the bottom of the water supply and maintaining the strainer at the bottom of the water supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventor: Larry F. Reber
  • Patent number: 9849409
    Abstract: The invention is a gray water reclaiming container and system. It is comprised of two containers, an inner container which captures liquids destined for drainage and an outer liquid container for reclaiming water. There is a screen on the top of the inner container allowing ice to be filtered from liquid drinks as ice is fresh water which usually gets thrown away in cups into the trash can. The ice goes to the outer liquid container where it is melted into usable water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventor: E. David Jones
  • Patent number: 9816282
    Abstract: Self-cleaning swimming pool filter apparatus having a hollow cylindrical filter in a filter housing and a cleaning tube rotatable with respect to the filter, with a plurality of filter cleaning orifices, a pump connected to circulate swimming, pool water through the filter in the operational filtering mode and through the cleaning tube and filter cleaning orifices in the filter cleaning mode, according to the setting of directional valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventor: Robert Stanley Chick
  • Patent number: 9816470
    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: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventor: Toshio Nishio
  • Patent number: 9803530
    Abstract: The invention relates to a liquid reservoir (1), in particular for an aqueous urea solution, comprising a buffer storage means (2) arranged on the bottom of the liquid reservoir (1) in the installation position, a liquid delivery unit (3), at least one, preferably a plurality of first filter elements (4) arranged on the bottom in the installation position outside the buffer storage means (2), each of which first filter elements is connected to the liquid delivery unit (3) via a liquid line (5), the first filter elements (4) being constructed such that the filter fabric of the first filter elements (4) is permeable to the liquid located in the liquid reservoir (1) and impermeable to air, a second filter element (6) being arranged between the interior of the buffer storage means (2) and the liquid delivery unit (3), which second filter element is constructed such that the filter fabric of the second filter element (6) is permeable to the liquid located in the liquid reservoir (1) and impermeable to air, the bre
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Kautex Textron GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Volker Treudt
  • Patent number: 9782703
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (10) for separating a heterogeneous mixture of matter into at least one retentate and one filtrate, comprising a housing (12) which is subdivided into a chamber for the heterogeneous mixture (20) of matter having at least one feed (14) and a filtrate chamber (21) having at least one outlet (16), a filter unit (22) which comprises at least one filter element (24), wherein the filter unit (22) is arranged in the chamber for the heterogeneous mixture (20) of matter, and a rinsing system (46, 47, 50, 50?) for cleaning the filter unit (22), wherein the rinsing system (46, 47, 50, 50?) has at least one rinsing port (46, 47) which is constructed so as to introduce a stream, oriented tangentially to the shell surface (54), of a first washing medium into the chamber for the heterogeneous mixture (20) of matter. The invention further relates to a method for cleaning a filter unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Stefan Wittmer, Juergen Linder, Gerhard Welker, Marcus Wagner
  • Patent number: 9771706
    Abstract: One or more devices for being received within a downspout of a rain gutter assembly are provided. The one or more devices may be provided for collecting rainwater flowing through the gutter assembly. One or more collection tanks for storing collected rainwater are also provided. One or more accessory devices for use with the one or more collector devices and the one or more storage tanks are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Rainflex, LLC
    Inventor: Paul Bradley Forrest
  • Patent number: 9752306
    Abstract: A strainer may include a basket portion and a handle or tower portion attached to the basket portion. The handle portion may project away from the basket portion and may be movable between a deployed position and a compressed position, for instance by applying a downward force on the handle portion. The top end of the handle portion may be above the flange of the basket portion, and the handle portion may include a plurality of openings to permit passage of liquid through the handle portion even if the basket portion is filled with waste. The handle portion may be formed of a plurality of sections, and the sections may fold over each other in an accordion configuration in the compressed position. The handle portion may also be resilient, such that the handle portion naturally returns to its deployed position after being moved into its compressed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventor: Nicholas Scamuffa